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The following article was posted on December 17th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 41 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 41

Goodwill toward birds


When it comes to the holidays—or any day, for that matter—I’m sure most people would say I’m more of a Scrooge than a Santa Claus. But remember, even Scrooge had a change of heart, and so can I. So while I didn’t get a visit from canaries past or future, my little yellow heart is warmed by all the Christmas cheer going around right now, and I want to share it with others.

At the top of my list are all of the amazing nonprofit organizations in our community that are doing such great work. These benevolent groups definitely deserve their angel wings—and some good, ol’ green, if you know what I mean—for their efforts. If you’re in the giving mood this season, check out this week’s cover story (it’s the Sun’s annual nonprofit wish list). And don’t worry: These groups accept all forms of payment, be it money, time, food, or gently used goods.

Up next on my list are the owners of the Santa Maria Town Center, and their managers and employees. This might seem like an odd choice, but I must say I’ve been thoroughly impressed by the retail transformation that’s taking place over on Main Street. The other day, another Sun employee and I were talking about all of the cool new stores and features now calling the Town Center home. We both agreed that we’ve spent more time at the mall in the last few weeks than we did in the last few years combined.

With the new Edwards movie theater, Kickers Sports Arena, On Deck 2 batting cages, and the various restaurants and shops lining its walkways, the mall is becoming the place to shop, eat, and play in Santa Maria. Sorry if I sound like a commercial, but like I said before, it’s the holiday season, and my heart has grown three sizes too big or something.

No matter what, it’s exciting to see a place that once struggled to stay afloat begin again to thrive. I also like that so many of the mall’s stores are locally owned and operated. It gives the Town Center a distinct Santa Maria-style flair.

In keeping with the spirit of the season, I’m opting not to write anything this week about the latest developments with Santa Maria-Bonita School Board member Will Smith and the rest of the district. A while back, I wished them all peace for the season, but barring a miracle—and this is the time of year for miracles!—I don’t think that’s going to happen anytime soon.

Still, stranger things have happened, and John Lennon and a choir of children and I think Yoko Ono let us all know that war is over, if you want it. I’m sure that applies to bickering and conflict, too.

May your days be merry and bright, Sun readers, may your heads be filled with visions of sugarplums, may your stockings be hung by the chimney with care, and to all a good night.

 

The Canary really can’t stay. Send comments to canary@santamariasun.com.