Laura Wiens, The Triplicate

Eunice Zeck had a whole lot of hungry visitors stop by her home on Humboldt Road last week.

A large herd of elk, mostly cows and a few bulls thrown into the mix, came up to the front porch looking for handouts.

"Now that's really having guests for breakfast," said 93-year-old Eunice.

Living on the southern fringe of the city, she's used to seeing elk in the neighborhood, but "this is the first time they've come right up to the house," she said.

Even though they eat the new leaves and bite the tops off of some of the plants in her garden, she said, "They're beautiful. I don't bother them."

They also went after the apples growing in her backyard. "That's OK," she said, "They needed them worse than I do."

And as far as cleaning up after them? "I let the weather take care of most of it."

Apply for Christmas baskets

The Del Norte Lighthouse Community Center is currently accepting applications for its annual distribution of Christmas baskets, which will be given out the week of Dec. 16.

Applications must be completed and turned in by Nov. 30 to the center at 2455 Oliver St., located in the Bertsch Tract neighborhood.

The center does not provide Christmas dinner, but everyone in the household will receive gifts.

And while you're there, ask for a schedule of free activities and maybe even get a quick tour of the facility.

Almost every day of the month has something scheduled. Regular weekly programs include an arts and crafts hour for both kids and adults, low-impact exercise sessions for adults, a "Kidz Klub," an open library and Internet cafe.

Once a month the center holds a community potluck and a family movie night.

On Nov. 29 and 30, a Christmas Boutique and holiday tamales sale will be happening from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you'd like to participate in setting up your own table of handcrafted wares, call the center soon, as the openings are filling up. A table with two chairs rents for $20 for both days.

And be sure and bring the kiddos to have breakfast with Santa from 9 to 10 a.m. on Nov. 30.

Call the center at 464-2825 or e-mail

Restaurant transformed

Fisherman's Restaurant isn't just a place to get a great bite to eat, but on Nov. 23, from noon to 4 p.m., the lounge will be transformed into a "Holiday Boutique," featuring art and handiworks of more than a dozen local artisans.

Just a sampling of what you'll find for that perfect holiday gift: photography, glass art, mosaics, body products, wool felts, note cards, "upcycled" crafts and sea treasures.

Enter to win a gift basketand enjoy appetizers and refreshments while you check out all the items. And if you're still hungry afterward, stay for lunch!

Fisherman's Restaurant is located at 700 Hwy. 101 South, right at the entrance to the harbor. Call Tiffany for more information at 465-3474.


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