Open House & BBQ at Camp Roberts

posted Oct 10, 2011, 3:13 PM by Laverne Buckman

Photo of military equipment at Camp Roberts
Families enjoyed seeing tanks at the Camp Roberts Open House last year!
Camp Roberts is celebrating 67 years of dedicated service by hosting an Open House on Saturday, May 3rd from 10 am to 3 pm. The event offers displays of military vehicles, a kids corner, information booths and fun for the whole family! The Camp Roberts Museum will be open, students from Lillian Larsen will perform and Jacob's Ladder will provide live music.
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for a detailed flyer or contact SFC Kevin Hall at 805-238-8447.
Bring your hungry family to enjoy a BBQ top sirloin dinner for an $8.00 donation with hot dog dinners for $3.00. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Heritage Oaks Bank in San Miguel or Coast National Bank in Paso Robles.
A $5 donation will buy a Mega Draw ticket for a chance to win from a long list of valuable prizes donated by local businesses. A hot air balloon ride is one of the bigger prizes!
Proceeds from the BBQ and Mega Draw will benefit the San Miguel Resource Connection's music and art program for local kids and downtown economic development projects. Read more about SMRC programs and accomplishments on the About Us page.
The public is welcome to Camp Robert's FREE event. All vehicles must have current registration, insurance and a drivers licensed to enter the base.

Dollar Plus Store Opens
in San Miguel!

Photo of crew at the new store in San Miguel
Hope Lorden, Maria Mata and owner Steve Pivo are ready to greet customers at the new Dollar Plus Store location in San Miguel
The newest business to open in San Miguel is the Dollar Plus Store at 1470 Mission St. by owners Janice and Steve Pivo. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm and on Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.
Over 2,000 homes in and around San Miguel will get a store coupon in the Clipper Coupon mailer this week for a discount on the already low prices on the amazing variety of items sold at the new shop. Health and beauty aids, novelty and party items, a hardware section, baby essentials, candy, snacks, beverages, cleaning and kitchen supplies, and items to celebrate the holidays with Mother's Day, Father's Day and Grad themed gifts on the shelves. A big selection of piñatas is due to come in just in time for summer parties. Watch for news of their Grand Opening coming soon. Call the Dollar Plus Store at 805-467-3839 for more information.
Photo of Dollar Plus Store merchandise
Aisles of freshly stocked merchandise fill the new store

Lions Club Chicken BBQ

Kitchen crew at the Lions Club
San Miguel Lions are BBQing chicken with all the trimmings for dine in or take out dinner this Friday, May 2nd from 5:00 to 7:30 pm for $8 each. Follow the signs in town to the San Miguel Community Center next to the Library on 13th and alleyway between K and L streets.
Proceeds benefit the many programs of the Lions Club founded in 1949: Community FREE swimming, Old Timers BBQ, NRA Hunter Safety, The Great AGventure Day, White Cane Days, FREE Red Cross Swimming Lessons, student eye screening, Project Lifesaver transmitter bracelets, and much more!

20 years for
San Miguel Parade!

Rotating photos of Sagebrush Days Parade courtesy of Pres Meyers
The Estrella War Birds flew overhead to start the 20th Annual Sagebrush Days Parade on April 26th! Parade entries included fire engines, military vehicles from Camp Roberts, classic cars, the Sheriff's Posse, the Sagebrush Fillies, rocking country music from The Ranch float, Heritage Oaks Bank group and numerous walking entries.
The parade is hosted by the Friends of the San Miguel Library working with the San Miguel Native Sons, the San Miguel Fire Dept. and the San Miguel Resource Connection. San Miguel School Superintendent Dean Smith and parade coordinator Mary Kalvans announced the parade entries from the emcee booth as they passed along Mission Street. The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters hosted a tri-tip BBQ in front of the fire station after the parade.
The parade was at risk to be held this year as for the first time a significant fee was to be imposed for a CHP officer to be on duty. Historically, San Miguel parade organizers have had very little money to work with and have relied heavily on volunteers; with the Native Sons of the Golden West handling road closure duties.  The new costs threatened the continuation of both the Sagebrush and Christmas Parades in San Miguel.
The problem was presented to Supervisor Harry Ovitt's office and they were able to identify a different section of the Vehicle Code that spoke more directly to parades.  In that section of the code, the use of volunteers is an available option if the County adopted an appropriate enabling resolution.  Negotiations on that basis allowed the CHP to reconsider their original position and to agree to San Miguel's continued use of volunteers.

San Miguel Business Forum
Enjoys Success!

San Miguel Business Forum event photos
Rotating photos from the Business Forum event

Over 100 people attended the inaugural San Miguel Business Forum on Thursday, April 24th. The event was hosted at The Ranch, the upcoming hotspot of the north county. The Ranch owners, Marty and Sheila Elisararras gave an exclusive preview of their plans to open a live country western music band venue, mircro brewery and steak house in downtown San Miguel.
Attendees enjoyed a special program for business owners with resources and information regarding projects in and around San Miguel: District One Supervisor Harry Ovitt gave a brief history of bust and boom times in San Miguel; John Fowler from Mission San Miguel gave an update on the Mission restoration project; Brent Grizzle presented plans for the San Miguel Ranch development, LT Colonel Trutanich of Camp Roberts presented plans for military housing and what services soldiers look for; and Mike Manchek of the Economic Vitality Corporation introduced the many resources they offer to small businesses.
Twenty-nine local businesses were showcased with information tables and displays. Forty business owners signed up to formally support a business association for San Miguel. Interested business owners are welcome to attend a planning meeting on May 6th at 8 am at the Mission Market & Deli.
The event was truly a community effort with the loan of tables and chairs from the school and civic groups and refreshments served from the local eateries. The Coffee Station donated their specialty coffee with breakfast fare for the morning crowd. Heritage Oaks Bank supplied decorations, goodie bags and volunteers.
Ninety-six business cards were entered into a drawing for some great prizes including two sets of dinner and show tickets to the grand opening of The Ranch.
The event was sponsored by the San Miguel Resource Connection with grant funds from PG&E and FHL Bank's AHEAD program. Thanks go to Marty, Sheila and their family, Coast National Bank, Heritage Oaks Bank, San Miguel Lions, Lillian Larsen School, San Miguel Seniors, as well as the many volunteers who worked to make the forum a great success! Read the Tuesday, April 27th edition of the Paso Robles Press front page for a great article by Josh Petray.