San Miguel Resource Connection

                Apr. 28... Bingo at Senior Center--open to public
                Apr. 30...Pancake breakfast at Sr. Center
                 May 4 ... Sup.  John Peschong available at Mission Parish Hall 2-4
                 May 4 ...Cinco De Mayo Dinner at Lillian Larsen School  2:45-6 pm
              May 7..Walk for Autism Awareness
                 May 10...Native Daughters G.W. mtg 
    May 11... Community Potluck at SeniorCenter 6 pm
                 May 12...Bingo at Senior Center--open to public
                 May 24...History of Hollister Adobe at Caledonia 7 pm
                 May 24...San Miguel Advisory  mtg. 7 pm--  apps for Council elections are due
                 May 26...Bingo at Senior Center--open to public
                 May 26-27...Memorial Day Car Show and Shine and Craft Faire--downtown SM           
                 June 3...Caledonia Annual Car Show, 8--2
                 June 6...Chamber Mixer at the Vines. 5 pm              


    The annual Cinco de Mayo Dinner will be held on Thursday, May 4 in the Lillian Larsen Cafeteria from 2:45 to 6:30.
    Tamale dinners include two tamales, rice, beans & a drink.
    Enchilada dinners include three enchiladas, rice, beans, and a drink.
    $8.00 per dinner. Dine in or take out.
    All money raised goes to fund end of the year events for the promoting 8th grade class.
    Get a ticket from an 8th grade student prior to May 4 or purchase their meal at the door. 

    Walk for Autism

    SAN MIGUEL SCHOOL DISTRICT is actively seeking  more

    members for the CITIZENS OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE for Bond/Measure D—16. 

    If you reside in the school district boundaries you are eligible for the committee.   The Committee only meets 2-3 times a year with meetings lasting only an hour.   Committee essentially oversees whether the work being done with grant monies at both Lillian Larsen and Cappy Culver schools fits within the guidelines set by the bond measure.  Please consider participating.  You may call Lillian Larsen School for more info or to sign up.  805-467-3216 x203 

    San Miguel’s "Lynda Stamps Community Scholarship" for former Lillian Larsen students who are graduating seniors at Paso Robles High School . Funds needed    
    This scholarship was established in 1998 in memory of Lynda Stamps who served as a kind and helpful school secretary for 13 years before cancer overtook her.   The committee needs your help!  Even $5 or $10 will help, but larger donation will help them reach the $1000 needed much more quickly.  Anyone who can donate at all is appreciated.  Who knows, if everyone would pitch in, they might even be able to offer 2 scholarships next year to some needy students. Students from Lillian Larsen have been well educated and are doing very well at Paso Robles High School. Many are focused on attaining a college degree. Many need financial assistance to help them be able to continue their education past high school.
     You can help:   The preference is that you make 
    the check  payable to "Lynda Stamps Community Scholarship Committee"  and MAIL donations to  
    Susan  Johnson  
    9755 River Rd.  San Miguel, CA 93451     or look for them at the downtown Car Show on May 27 or send PayPal payment to or you can make anonymous cash donation in the Lillian Larsen School office .  Please call Susan for questions for further help with making a donation:  423-4846

    If you’d like to help the committee in any other way, please contact Susan or Linda who have been doing this for almost 20 years now and could use your help in making sure this scholarship continues.

    Glancing Back,
    Remembering Our Heritage
    The San Miguel Resource Connection has taken on the San Miguel History Project and this webpage as its major projects.  It is intended to preserve as much of the San Miguel History as possible and share in a way to encourage others to take an interest and understand the rich heritage of the community.       *****

    This month we share  numerous construction projects in San Miguel that will become memories of times gone by. New Construction again leads to historic changes in San Miguel.  Land that has long been vacant is finding new use.  Roads are changing, including Highway 101, and the park is getting a makeover.

    Construction, before and during


     A long term closure for motorists wishing to turn left from San Marcos Road onto northbound US Highway 101 will begin Wednesday, April 12.  This closure is necessary for safety during median construction of the southbound San Marcos Creek Bridge.   Electronic message boards have been activated to inform the community about these closures. Motorists will continue to turn right at this location.  This closure will last until this fall

    Supervisor John Peschong will be available at the Mission Parish Hall from 2-4 pm on May 4.  You can contact his office to set up an appointment. 
    The San Miguel Plan final update is also available online:    It is the last one on the list. 

    All members or interested members of the SMCC are invited to join each month's Board Meetings.  Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm at Mars Mega Storage off Hwy 101 on Wellsona
    ,   (Just past Vines RV.) more info:

    Taking Pride in our Community—A plea to keep it trash-free and nicely landscaped.

    San Miguel Chamber of Commerce has made great progress  improving the garden areas along Mission St. 

    Last fall they applied for and procured a county grant of $1300 to pay for expenses involved in making improvements to those gardens.   At about the same time, they received a donation from San Miguel Garbage Company of some compost for garden plots between 13th and 14th Streets that was spread on top of ground to allow soaking in and later be mixed into the existing dirt.

      If you are not aware, the soil in the existing garden beds was poorly prepared when first installed by county contractors, including inadequate watering system and has been an ongoing struggle to keep them looking nice.  Since the county was only taking responsibility for installation, maintenance didn’t happen for some time.  Thankfully the San Miguel Chamber of Commerce agreed to take on this project.

    When the spring weather allowed, further work was undertaken on gardens between 13th and 14th St. thanks to having the grant money with which to work.   First the gardens were properly weeded before adding more soil amendments.  Organic starter soil, organic fertilizer, and organic soil were mixed together into the weed free composted soil in the beds.  This included 100% organic compost available at Home Depot, Jobes Organic Fertilizer, and diluted Fish Emulsion. Plants were purchased from Arroyo Grande Native Sons Nursery, planted and supplied with individual drip system for water, then weed prevention cover sheets were installed and then covered with bark purchased from Rossi in Templeton.    Mr. Gavino and his son from Paso Bamboo (on River Rd just out of San Miguel) assisted Mike and Miki Sanders with most of the installation work.  Mr. Gavino 

    also donated the two picnic benches at 14th St as well as the two new trees.  He also has volunteered to be responsible for maintaining the 14th St. large garden area with the picnic tables.   Wow!  Thank you Mr. Gavino and son as well as Mike and Miki.

    Mike Sanders, who spearheaded this for the Chamber, would love to have more people step up to the plate and offer to take responsibility for maintaining a garden area.  The plan is to apply for more grant money this year and complete more garden sections.  The blocks between 11th - 13th should be easier because they won’t need quite as much work.

    The goal is to have beautiful landscaping along Mission St. to enhance the town, especially the downtown.  Everyone can help by just putting trash in the provided trash receptacles rather that throwing it on the ground.  The hope is that people will take pride in the downtown and do their part to keep it looking nice.

     Call Mike @ 805-712-9120 for more info

    Friends of Adobes, Inc.
    is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1968 for the purpose of bringing together persons interested in history, especially the history of northern San Luis Obispo county and southern Monterey county. The organization’s major function is to promote the restoration and maintenance of adobes and other landmarks of historical significance in these areas.  Hear about the History of the Hollister Adobe  Please join us for an evening with historian Dennis Judd at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, May 24 at the Rios-Caledonia Adobe. Dennis will be speaking on the history of the Hollister Adobe, another of our wonderful old adobes which is located on the campus of Cuesta College. This historical dwelling has a fascinating history, encompassing much of the history of the San Luis Obispo area, and associated with many of the prominent names of our larger County area. As late as WWII, it was used by soldiers at Camp San Luis as the "Shrine of the Centurion". It is currently going through the restoration process and deserves our attention and support! Dennis is recently retired after 28 years of teaching history at Cuesta College, where he still teaches one class a year on California History. He has also worked as a guide at Hearst Castle, and has a deep love for the Central Coast and its history. He is an entertaining, entrancing speaker, and we are looking forward to spending an informative evening with him in the old Adobe!                Annual Memorial Service at  Estrella Adobe—May 28   Please join us at the Estrella Adobe Church on Airport Road, north east of Paso Robles, on Sunday, May 28th from 2 to 4 pm. The service will be lead by local minister Vern Haynes, Jr.. Vocalist, Lynne Schmitz will sing some familiar old hymns, accompanied by Carol Oxborrow on the antique pump organ. Past Pioneer Day Royalty will speak and Anne Collins will briefly share the history of the Estrella Adobe Church and share the dedication in remembrance of Harry Wolfe, long time attendee. Questers of the area will again serve delicious refreshments. 

    Annual Car ShowSaturday, June 3, 2017 from 8 am to 2 pm  To be held on grounds of Rios-Caledonia Adobe. FREE to public! Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for a small cost; wine tasting will be provided by a local winery; tours of the Adobe; Gift Shop open and a local band will keep us in the mood Please call Linda at 805-680-6086 to volunteer or get more information.

     Sagebrush Days Enjoyed by all
    The San Miguel Parade Committee and the SMCC would like to thank the following organizations for their sponsorship of the San Miguel Sagebrush Days Parade and Peddlers Faire: San Marcos Creek Vineyard and the San Miguel Garbage Company. We would also like to thank those who donated to the event and who paid for advertising and for their booths prior to and during the event.
    Thanks so much from all of us!!
    The winners of the 27th Annual Sagebrush Days Parade are as follows:
    Best Over All: The Vaqueros de San Miguel for their beautiful horsemanship, the impressive numbers of riders and in memory of the passing last year of one of their great riders and mentors. We honor their presentation.


          Best Float: The Elkhorn "Fillies", a venue that has only been reinstated this year after several years of retirement. Thank you, ladies, for your historical participation.
    Best Group Vehicles: The Estrella Warbirds, always a welcomed presentation of their WWII era vehicles and of the history (particularly of San Miguel) which they represent. 
    Best Individual Vehicles: The San Miguel Firefighters 1937 Fire Truck, a nostalgic view of our community services (the driver, Gib Buckman, also received the "Key to the Town" during this exhibition!).

    The Best Mounted Group: The San Luis Obispo County Sheriffs' Posse, a stellar team of equestrians and a reminder of the law of the Old West.
    The Best Individual WalkingThe San Miguel Advisory, with thanks to John for representing the Council and reminding us of their involvement in helping bring about improvements for the community. Also noted: The Advisory Council will be having an election for Council members in June. Nomination applications can be collected at the next Advisory Council meetings scheduled for April 26 and May 24 at 7 pm at the San Miguel Community Center (between K and L Streets in the alley by the Library). Your participation makes a difference in San Miguel.
    The Best Walking Group: The Lillian Larsen PTO Old West Style, with representative members of the PTO and their children.      and finally,
    This year's San Miguel Parade Committee Special Award goes to The Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West for their large walking group's display of the massive California Flag. A thrilling sight! 

    Thanks for being a part of Sagebrush Days and congratulations to everyone! 

    The San Miguel Parlor is one of the oldest continuous operating parlors in the state.  Membership is open to all women born in California.  If that's you, consider getting involved  in an organization that promotes preservation of history, helping with veterans welfare, providing for children that need help, and honoring our great state.
    Native Daughters meet the second Wednesday of each month at 7 pm at the Sr. Citizen Center.  Call Jean if you'd like more information or want to get involved:  805-467-0194

    San Miguel  Advisory Council   May 24, next 



     general meeting beginning at 7pm.   They will be accepting nominations for anyone interested in being a member of the Area Advisory Committee. There are 4 seats up for election. This is not a 
    council just for the town of San Miguel, it includes a large area surrounding San Miguel and it's your chance to be involved in making recommendations to county planning and our supervisor.  You can contact Mike Sanders for more information:  805-712-9120


    Next mtg May. 25, 7 pm (6pm closed session)

    Time to clear dry brush and protect your property, making it ready for fire season.  It's that time of year that notices of weed abatement will be in the mail for properties that have not yet addressed the fire hazards on their property.
    If you live within the San Miguel CSD,   get involved, be knowledgeable about what is going on.  Attend meetings, get on a subcommittee.
    The CSD Board is interested in your input. 805-467-3388

    Enjoy a fun night out playing bingo!     San Miguel Senior Citizens host Bi-monthly Bingo at Senior Center East 12th St. every second and fourth Friday.  They invite all interested adults to join in the fun.  Doors open at 6 pm.  They play 10 games at only
     50 cents
    per card and you can enjoy refreshment
    while you play
    Also, once a month they host a Sunday morning Pancake Breakfast from 8:30-11:30.  Scheduled on the last Sunday of each month,  
    Once a month they also have a potluck for all those seniors interested.

    San Miguel Joint Unified School District Board Meetings
    The community is invited to attend school board meetings and provide input to the board's discussion.  Regular meetings are normally held on the second Thursday of each month, adjusted for holidays or special circumstances.  For the most current information, call the superintendent's office at (805) 467-3216, ext. 203.  The board packet for the meetings are posted and available for review/download on the Friday before a meeting on the district website.
    The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the library at Lillian Larsen Elementary, 1601 L Street, San Miguel, CA 93451.
    Currently the District is seeking volunteers to serve on an Oversight Committee.


    Please jo

    in the Almond Country 

    Quilters’ Guild for their Monthly Meeting.

    Please join the Almond Country Quilters’ Guild for a general meeting:

    Monday, May 1, 2017   

    at Trinity Lutheran Church, 940 Creston Road, Paso Robles, 6:30 pm .

    There will be a guest speaker

      For  meeting information the contact is

      Website is    Facebook link is:



          • Large household items such as furniture, mattresses ($10 fee for each), and generally things that won’t fit into your regular garbage can

          • Metal items such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, scrap metal of any kind

          • SMALL batteries &electronic items such as TV’s, VCR’s computers, monitors, stereos, etc.

          • Donations are appreciated to help cover dumping fees The

          • Garbage Company donates their service as the Firefighters donate their time for the clean up days, but they have to pay a $350 dump fee plus $10 per mattress, so your generous donations are needed to insure that this event continues.

        • All donations should be addressed to :  SMFA Cleanup Committee

        • Thank you San Miguel Firefighters Association Volunteers

          and San

          Miguel Garbage Co. for all your efforts in making this event possible!