Benefit for Youth and Horses

posted Oct 10, 2011, 3:03 PM by Laverne Buckman

Photo of child riding a pony
Artwork named "Morning Star" by photographer Stephanie Laird
The entire month of July horse theme art will be on display for purchase at the Stacked Stone Cellars tasting room for their 1st Annual Equine, Wine and Art Fundraiser.
The Grand Finale Donation Awards & Silent Auction at Stacked Stone Cellars will be held Sunday, July 27th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Come enjoy the fun with complimentary wine tasting, BBQ, music, art sales & silent auction!
Proceeds will go toward the vision of Morning Star Youth Ranch. The non-profit program was created to benefit our youth, support families and rehabilitate horses. Contact Kellie Rebel-Watts for more information at (805) 238-7872 or (805) 286-7601.

Camp Roberts Award to San Miguel Resource Connection

Photo of award from Camp Roberts
Resource Connection President Steve Kalar accepts award from Major Kato of Camp Roberts
Major Staci Kato of Camp Roberts presented a certificate of special recognition to the San Miguel Resource Connection for their work at the Camp Roberts Open House. The award was signed by Kevin Brown LTC Deputy Commander and John Smith Commander at Camp Roberts.
Children sing at Camp Roberts
Masters At Their Trade students perform at Camp Roberts. Photos by Laverne Buckman
The Resource Connection hosted a BBQ, raffle and children performed from the Masters At Their Trade program.
The Melodies choral group and Cantemanos (singing hands) American Sign Language group performed patriotic songs for the soldiers and those in attendance at the Camp Roberts Open House in May of this year.

Historic Adobe
Repairs Underway

Photo of historic adobe in San Miguel
A Department of the Interior National Parks Service grant called Save America's Treasures was obtained by San Luis Obispo County for the Rios-Caledonia Adobe in San Miguel. Contractors will begin work on the building that houses the museum and gift shop to make repairs and seismic strengthening.
Although this will provide a safer environment for the adobe, it will temporarily inconvenience the public which visits the adobe daily.  The area of construction will encompass the large adobe structure and will have to be cordoned off from access due to the liability factor.  Construction is due to start July 24, 2008 and will last possibly through mid-October of this year.
For information regarding this closure contact Joyce Herman, Administrator for the Friends of the Adobes at (805) 440-7173.
- story submitted by Joyce Herman

NDGW Installs Officers

Native Daughters of the Golden West pose for photo
In the front row: Patsy Rambo, Past President; Judi Thacker, President; Dixie Thacker, Trustee; Doris Shaffer, Organist
Back Row: Jean Hoffmann, Secretary, Babette Smith, 1st Vice President, Melissa Tyson, Trustee; Lillie Merritt, Marshal; Kathy Shuder, 3rd Vice President; Jani Meyers, Inside Sentinel; Barbara Rowland, Treasurer; Barbara Bruce, Financial Secretary.

The Native Daughters of the Golden West San Miguel Parlor installed new officers at their July meeting. The women's group is dedicated to preserving California's history with emphasis on Missions, lighthouses and local adobes. NDGW are founders of the Children's Foundation with serves children with medical, dental, occupational or educational therapy. To learn more about this fraternal organization visit their website.
The San Miguel Parlor welcomes new members. Women native born to California, or born to Californians while on military duty are eligible. Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7 pm at the San Miguel Senior Center. Call President, Judi Thacker 805-467-0093 for an application.

San Miguel Teachers Volunteer

San Miguel teacher sitting in a backhoe bucket
San Miguel teacher Paul DiMatteo works from inside a backhoe's bucket.
Lillian Larsen School teachers, Paul DiMatteo and Christina Wilkinson, volunteered their time and labor at Morning Star Youth Ranch. The ranch was tearing down an old hay barn to make space for an office.  The ranch will be serving youth and families in our community.
San Miguel teacher carries debris from old structure
Christina Wilkinson is pictured carrying the old timbers from the barn.
Christina Wilkinson was named Teacher of Excellence for Special Education in 2007. Read more about Ms. Wilkinson on the Schools page.
Morning Star operates a Used Tack Store at the San Miguel Flouring Mill to raise funds for their program. The program pairs one child, one horse, and one mentor to meet the individual needs of each one that comes to the ranch offered at no cost.

First Art Piece Installed

Rotating images of artwork installation
The Kalar family is pictured working together to install the mural
Five generations of Kalars were represented during the installation of the first piece of artwork to be installed in San Miguel as part of the San Miguel Masters in Artful Places program. Brothers David and Steve, their mother Fern, and David's son Kris Kalar spent several hours mounting and framing the artwork depicting their ancestors on June 16th.
Steve Kalar painted a mural of his great grandparents, Johnson and Bertha Kalar, agricultural pioneers in San Miguel from 1881 to 1951. A twenty mule team pulling a wheat harvester spans the eight-foot tall by fourteen-and-one-half -foot wide canvas. The Van Horn family donated the space to display the artwork on their barn on Mission Street.
The framed art piece and installation were donated by Steve to San Miguel Resource Connection to commemorate the agricultural history of San Miguel as well as to inspire other local artists to offer their artwork to beautify downtown San Miguel. Vincent Printing gave a special discount for printing the artwork on the outdoor canvas.
Steve Kalar wrote and registered the guidelines for the community arts program with the state of California for the San Miguel Resource Connection. Steve spends time living and painting in both Italy and in San Miguel as a renowned artist. Some of  his artwork is on display in the Museum of the House of Dante.