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San Miguel hosts car show and garage sale this weekend

San Miguel will be a busy place this Saturday with a Show and Shine show downtown to benefit Toys for Tots and a communitywide garage sale.

The garage sale begins at 8 a.m. Maps will be handed out at the Coffee Station next to the post office. The show begins at 9 a.m., with an entry fee of an unwrapped toy for a child of any age. Cars, trucks and motorcycles are all welcome. Enjoy live music and a barbecue. The festivities end at 1 p.m.

Birthday calendars

Lions Club birthday calendars are now available at the San Miguel Mercantile.

Craft fair and parade

It’s time to prepare for the San Miguel Holiday Lights Craft Fair and Parade on Dec. 19 downtown. Entry forms are available at and at the San Miguel Mercantile on Mission Street.

The craft fair, children’s carnival and a chili cook-off begin at 2 p.m., and the parade will start at 6 p.m. The best-decorated business will be judged that day for an award. For information and to volunteer (many hands are needed to make the event work), call Mike Sanders at 712-9120 or email Laverne Buckman at

Historical markers

The San Miguel History Committee is preparing a series of plaques to identify historical buildings in town. They were designed by Steve Kalar with graphics done by JoJean Witcosky Schieve.

View the first plaque on the Awalt & Son fence near the mission, where a time line of San Miguel history has been started.

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Go to for current information on San Miguel events, businesses, organizations, churches and opportunities to volunteer. A history section features stories and pictures from early-day families, 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 weekly. Reach her at (with “San Miguel News” in the subject line) or at 467-3565.