Vol. 24, No. 38
Thanksgiving is almost here, and the holidays—including Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve—aren’t far behind, which means it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to cook, what you’re going to buy, where you’re going to celebrate, and who you’re celebrating with. Lucky for you, we’ve got lots of suggestions in our annual Holiday Guide. You can start by checking out the local holiday events, happenings, festivities, and more . We’ve also included stories about how and where the less fortunate can celebrate the season  and delicious alternatives to turkey and/or ham .
In addition, you can read about what the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission decided about future housing plans ; A Christmas Story onstage in SLO ; and the Nipomo restaurant shelling out fresh oysters .