Free Swimming in San Miguel!

posted Oct 10, 2011, 2:12 PM by Laverne Buckman

Free swimming at San Miguel Pool
A young swimmer dives in the San Miguel Pool
The San Miguel Lions have worked with community support to provide free swimming for San Miguel kids through Fish Fry dinners and donations.
Swim lessons begin June 23rd. For more information contact the SLO County Aquatics Coordinator at 805-781-2460.

Sharing Books with Children

Children read at the San Miguel library
Children enjoy their book bags at the San Miguel Library
Raising a Reader is a program funded by SLO Community Foundation and the Orfalea Foundation.  It is  national proven early literacy program that engages parents in "book sharing" with children young children.  We implemented the program this year in the two state preschool programs at Lillian Larsen. 
The children  checked out Red book bags containing professionally selected books (4) to take home for the week.  There was also a DVD in the bag that gave the parents tips on "sharing" the books with their children. 
On Thursday at the library the children who are entering Kindergarten in the fall received completion certificates and  their own blue book bags to carry books checked out from the library.  Many of the children also received their own library cards. 
The celebration ended with ice cream in the park! SLO Community Foundation paid for the American Classic Ice Cream truck to come. 
- story and photos by teacher,  Peggy Westberg
San Miguel boy enjoying his ice cream

Native Daughters Host Tea

Barbara Rowland at NDGW tea
Barbara Rowland, Grand Vice-President-elect for Native Daughters of the Golden West thanked those attending the Tea event.
Kay Mumford hosts her tea table
Kay Mumford hosted her tea table as well as modeled fashions during the fashion show.
The Native Daughters of the Golden West, San Miguel Parlor, hosted the "What's In Your Garden" Tea and Fashion Show fundraiser on May 30th at the Paso Robles Country Club.
Tea table hosts each decorated their special table with beautiful tea sets and garden themed items.
Fashions were provided by the Queen's Closet of Morro Bay with the narration of the beautiful outfits by store owner, Pam Woodruff.  Fashions were modeled by Jani Meyers, Kay Mumford (both from San Miguel) and Sigrid Castenadis, from Cambria.
Nearly 80 ladies attended the special tea to raise funds for the Native Daughters of the Golden West, who work to preserve California's missions, lighthouses, history and landmarks. Two San Miguel Parlor members are running for election as state officers to the Native Daughters of the Golden West; Barabara Rowland for Grand Vice-President, and Jean Hoffmann for Grand Secretary. To learn more about the fraternal organization please visit their website.

Nominations for
San Miguel Advisory

San Miguel Advisory area of influence
Area of Influence Map for San Miguel Advisory Council
Nominations to serve on the San Miguel Advisory Council were accepted at the May meeting for three board positions for 2 year terms and two alternate positions. Nominees are; Sharon Brower (owner of Fox & Toad Vineyard), Noel Carpenter (incumbent and owner of San Miguel Properties), Jean Hoffmann (President of the San Miguel Resource Connection and NDGW officer), and Mike Sanders (owner of Mission Street Antiques and incumbent).
SMAC will hold their annual election on Wednesday, June 24th at the San Miguel Community Center. Candidates will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and answer questions from those attending.
Voters must be registered within the "area of influence" map for the Advisory Council with voting to be monitored by the League of Women Voters on election day.
More information about the council can be found at the San Miguel Advisory Council's website.

Poly Students Renovate
Family Home

Rotating images of Cal Poly students renovating home
Cal Poly students worked in triple digit heat to renovate a home for the Larry Rueck family in San Miguel. The Rueck's left their home for a few weeks while Cal Poly students labored to improve the comfort, safety and handicap accessibility of their home, as part of the Poly House program. On Sunday, May 17th, the students gathered to "unveil" the renovated house to the Rueck family.
Larry and his wife are long-time residents of San Miguel, who care for their handicapped granddaughter. Their granddaughter was born with a heart defect and had 3 heart surgeries before the age of 3. Larry is a San Miguel Volunteer Firefighter and owns the Rueck Pump & Repair business downtown. Mr. and Mrs. Rueck have opened their home and hearts caring for over 20 foster children through the years.
The challenge for the students was to plan and schedule the work and resources to assure that the entire project could be completed in only four days (2nd and 3rd weekends in May) before the school quarter ends. The class receives no funding with which to perform the work for this project and depends entirely upon the generosity of businesses and individuals in the community. Thanks go to the donors who made the project possible!
Students were under the direction of Associate Professor, Roya Javadpour, Ph.D. from the Industrial & Mechanical Engineering Dept. at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.

Welcome to San Miguel!

Welcome sign over Mission street
Photo of banner over Mission St. courtesy of Mike Ellison
The San Miguel Community Services District is making good use of the new banner poles in the downtown area installed by SLO County Public Works. The CSD will rotate different message banners and they welcome local civic groups to advertise their own special events to be hoisted over Mission Street.
The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters raise the overhead banners for a small fee to help cover the cost of the special equipment required for hoisting the signs.
For more information contact the CSD office at 805-467-3388.

Sagebrush Days Parade

Rotating images of parade
Photos courtesy of Pres Meyers
The Sagebrush Days parade committee would like to thank the Friends of the San Miguel Library, the San Miguel Parlor Native Sons of the Golden West, the San Miguel Fire Dept., the San Miguel Resource Connection, and the San Miguel CSD for their support  of the 21st Annual Sagebrush Days Parade! Parade entries included fire engines, military vehicles, classic cars, horses and antique equipment. The Estrella Warbirds opened the parade with a flyover! Donations to the Estrella Warbird Museum in appreciation of the historic planes will be gladly accepted by the San Miguel Volunteer Fire Dept. 
The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters hosted a fundraising BBQ in front of the fire station after the parade.
To see more photos from the parade please click here.