Hearts for the Arts BBQ

posted Oct 10, 2011, 2:13 PM by Laverne Buckman

Students, staff, parents and volunteers will host a "drive through" BBQ on Friday, May 8th from 4 pm to 7 pm in the Lillian Larsen School parking lot at 16th and L streets in San Miguel.
BBQ chicken, fresh salad and garlic bread will be packaged to go and delivered to your car by students working to raise funds for the Masters At Their Trade music and arts program.
Dean Smith slices bread for the fundraiser
School Superintendent, Dean Smith, is pictured working at last year's Hearts for the Arts event.
Tickets are an $8 donation per meal which can be purchased directly from students ahead of time or at the event.
America's Classic Ice Cream by the Capelli Family in Rocky Road or Strawberry flavor will be available for $1 each as well as drinks.

Proceeds will ensure continued classes for American Sign Language, cooking, sewing, choir, music, and art provided through the San Miguel Resource Connection's Master At Their Trade program partnered with the afterschool LEAP program at Lillian Larsen School.
Students will be selling tickets at Sagebrush Days Parade. *Click here for a flier.

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.

Thank You
Volunteer Firefighters

Photos of volunteer firefighters
Rotating photos of the San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters at work

The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters wear many hats in San Miguel! They recently held a Babysitter Training class for San Miguel students, teaching them CPR and 1st Aid. Thirteen local kids graduated from the 4 hour course.
The Firefighters also provide a free service to San Miguel Seniors to test and replace their smoke detectors. Our firefighters host an annual Halloween BBQ and candy check as well as bring Santa in a fire engine to hear the wishes of local kids in the Christmas Electric Light Parade.
The Clean-up Committee worked on a Saturday in March to rid the town of two 40 yard dumpster bins full of trash. Six tons of debris were hauled away and 1 ton of trash was recycled. The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters manned the clean up day and were joined by the new District 1 Supervisor, Frank Mecham. The bins are provided at a reduced fee by the San Miguel Garbage Co. and parked on the vacant lot north of the Fire Station.
The Clean-up is possible through volunteer labor and donations by residents who use the service to cover dump fees. There are plans to accept tires from cars and light duty trucks for a fee.  No large truck or tractor tires can be accepted. The firefighter crew offers chipping of yard prunings for a donation to pay for gas and maintenance of the chipper. Sign up for chipping at the San Miguel CSD office.
Show your appreciation for our firefighters by providing a dinner on Tuesday training nights. "Feed the Firemen" is looking for residents to supply a dinner for twelve firefighters. Call Sara at 805-467-9308 to arrange bringing dinner.

sirenThank you to our Volunteer Firefighters:

Captain John Green
Captain Rob Roberson
Captain Ken Smith

Engineer Everett Reasons
Engineer Gib buckman

FF. Will Bedell
FF. Phil Brown
FF. Kevin Bryne
FF.Gilbert Celedon
FF. Jack Cryer
FF. Kelly Dodds

FF. Jose Fuerte
FF. Louis Hook
FF. Joseph Hord
FF. Brandon Kamp
FF. Shalee Miller
FF. Stephen Petersen
FF. Eric Pina
FF. Daniel Ponti
FF. Larry Reuck
FF. Steven Smith
FF. Sean Stanley
FF. Angelica Trujillo
FF. Roney Ward
FF. Scott Young
Visit the SMCSD website to see more photos of our firefighters and learn more about our fire district. To sign-up as a volunteer firefighter contact Fire Chief Snow at the San Miguel Fire Station at 805-467-3300 or *click here for a detailed flier.

Rios-Caledonia Adobe Reopens

Rios-caledonia adobe pictures
Rotating images of the historic adobe in San Miguel
The Friends of the Adobes announced that after eight months of retrofit construction the Rios-Caledonia Adobe has reopened to the public as of April 3rd. Save America's Treasures grant funds were administered by the National Parks Service to retrofit the historic building for earthquake safety and preservation.
The museum and gift shop have been thoroughly cleaned, re-arranged and enhanced. Come visit and wander the lovely grounds where cactus and flora are in bloom. The adobe grounds are a great place to picnic and enjoy the tranquil surroundings where artists often come to sketch.
Hours of operation are Friday through Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. The adobe entrance is located directly across from Mission San Miguel near Hwy 101 at 700 South Mission St.  For more information please contact Joyce via e-mail or call the gift shop directly at 805-467-3357.

Mission Parish Hall
Construction Underway

Model of new parish hall
Model of new Mission Parish Hall and Community Center
Construction is currently underway for the new Parish Hall for Mission San Miguel.  Parishioners and local residents have been raising funds for over 10 years to build the much needed community center in the empty field that sits between the Mission and Highway 101.
During World War II, the land was home to the USO Building that served soldiers at Camp Roberts. After the war the land was set to be auctioned off by the U.S. government. The Mission friars purchased the land and used the USO Building as a Parish Hall. The aging building was later condemned and torn down, leaving the Parish and friars without a meeting hall. The Franciscan Friars Province of Santa Barbara, who saved the land from auction, donated the parcel of land back to Mission San Miguel. Brother Bill Short stated at the ceremony, "We are very pleased that the friars can make a contribution of this land for the purpose of building a parish hall, restoring it to a purpose it enjoyed for many years in the past."
Work has also started on the eagerly awaited retrofit work on the Mission's main sanctuary which has been closed since the December 2003 earthquake. Read more details about the story at the Paso Robles Press.