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Love a parade? There’s still time to get involved in San Miguel holiday events

Santa Claus hitches a ride through town in an old-fashioned fire truck during the holiday Christmas parade in San Miguel in 2012.
Santa Claus hitches a ride through town in an old-fashioned fire truck during the holiday Christmas parade in San Miguel in 2012. ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

There’s just one more month until the San Miguel Christmas Lights Parade on Dec. 15, when San Miguel enthusiastically and joyously welcomes Christmas to come.

There is still time to enter a float or have a booth at the Craft Faire. Download the entry forms at discoversanmiguel.com, visit Mike Sanders at the San Miguel Mercantile or call him at 805-712-9120.

On Saturday, the San Miguel Library will hold a book discussion on “The Wright Sister” by Richard Maurer, a biography of Katharine Wright, sister of famous aviator brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright. The event starts at 4 p.m. at the library, 254 13th St. in San Miguel.

Danielle Walter Valenzuela passed away on Oct. 26 following a long illness. She was born to John and Terrie Walter of San Miguel on June 11, 1982. She will greatly be missed by her parents, husband Ernie and daughters Audrey and Greer Valenzuela, as well as her brothers, Christopher and Sean Walter, and many dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation, where Danielle taught art for the past several years. To donate online, go to www.gofundme.com/9/5kkg.

The San Miguel Community Services District recently received special recognition from the Special District Risk Management Authority. For the district’s dedicated efforts towards proactive risk management and loss prevention, it was honored with the authority’s President’s Special Acknowledgment Award.

San Miguel Seniors will not play bingo again this month due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Go to to www.discoversanmiguel.com for current information on San Miguel events, businesses, organizations, churches and opportunities to volunteer. Topical entry forms and applications are available to fill out online. A history section features stories and pictures from early-day families and the town and area.

Lynne Schmitz’s column is special to The Tribune. She is a longtime resident of San Miguel, and her column appears here every other Thursday. Reach her at Lynne_Schmitz@yahoo.com (with “San Miguel News” in the subject line) or at 805-467-3565.
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