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GONZALES — Monterey County Free Libraries’ Gonzales Branch will host a special Thanksgiving Storytime on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 12 p.m. The Gonzales Branch Library is located at 851 Fifth St. Call 831-386-6872 for more information.


SALINAS — Skip the crowded malls and give yourself the gift of unconditional love during the SPCA Monterey County’s Black Friday Adoption Event Nov. 24-26. During the event, adopters can “Pick Their Price” on all adoptable pets in the shelter. SPCA Monterey County is located at 1002 Monterey-Salinas Highway, across from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. SPCA adoptions include the pet’s spay or neuter surgery, permanent microchip identification, vaccinations, SPCA ID tag, a health evaluation and more. For more information, call 831-373-2631 or visit to view adoptable pets.


KING CITY — Mee Memorial Healthcare System is helping children with cancer again this holiday season through the fourth annual Holiday PJ Patrol. The community can participate by donating boys’ and girls’ pajamas for ages 1 to teen/adult sizes (priced from $5 to $30) by Dec. 1. A collection barrel is located in the lobby at Mee Memorial Hospital in King City. Donations will go to the Partnership for Children, which provides holiday gifts for children with life-threatening conditions living in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. For more information, visit or call 831-422-3002.


SALINAS — Alliance on Aging’s benefit shop in Salinas, Spirals by the Arch, will celebrate Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25 with some specials for shoppers. Sammich’d gourmet sandwich food truck will be doing a pop-up with small bites from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with food for purchase, and there will be special savings and raffle drawings on the hour beginning at 12 p.m. In addition, the nonprofit Peace of Mind Dog Rescue (POMDR) will have adoptable dogs on-site from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. POMDR’s mission is to be a resource and advocate for senior dogs and senior people on California’s Central Coast. They focus on helping senior dogs and people from Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. Spirals by the Arch is located at 247-A Main St. in Salinas. For information, call 831-646-5052. All proceeds from the shop will benefit Alliance on Aging’s many programs. Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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