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SMITH: About those mall ladies in the antlers

Scads of Santa Rosa Plaza shoppers had to wonder about the dozen-plus women — all wearing faux reindeer antlers — who hoofed from store to store as though they feared the sleigh would leave without them.

It's pretty sweet, what was going on.

The women all work as office or clinic techs at Montecito Veterinary Center in Rincon Valley. All received a memo from vets Grant Patrick and Steve Diehl, asking them to gather one recent afternoon at 5.

Then and there, each received a personalized packet containing the clip-on antlers, $250 in cash and instructions: They were to get to the mall and, with antlers affixed, spend $150 on themselves, $50 on a named co-worker and $50 on whomever they pleased.

They had two hours.

I gather they were panting from all the running, shopping and laughing when they reconvened at Roberto's Trattoria Lupo for a lovely four-course dinner with their significant others and the vets, and more gifts.

Pretty humane treatment.

CARMINA SALCIDO, a survivor of the ghastliest killing spree in Sonoma County history, is working to build a better life for herself and her daughter, Zophia Angela, who turns eight months old today.

Carmina gets a little boost this evening from Cindy Corcoran, owner of Cin City Burgers on Rohnert Park's Southwest Boulevard.

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