Mission Variety Reopens

posted Oct 10, 2011, 2:22 PM by Laverne Buckman

Photo of variety store merchandise
Aisles of freshly stocked merchandise fill the newly reopened store
Mission Variety sells a little bit of everything! Shop for everyday household items, dry goods, food and drinks, party items, piñatas, cleaning and baby supplies, health and beauty products, as well as a large variety of discounted merchandise. Hot coffee and tabacco products will be available at the store soon. The variety store is conveniently located downtown at 1470 Mission Street in San Miguel.
The store is closed Mondays and open:
Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm
New store hours for daylight savings time, starting March 8th, will be 10 am to 7 pm.
For more information call Mission Variety at 805-467-2646.

Thrift Store Moves

Thrift store moving day
Volunteers load up to move the thrift shop to its new location
The Amigos de los Niños Thrift Store lost their lease at their long time location on 13th street in San Miguel. Volunteers moved the displays and store merchandise to their new location behind the Coffee Station at 1199 Mission St., (access from 12th street).
Volunteers have painted and laid new carpet for the store. The shop plans to be reopened Tuesday, March 3rd. The shop will accept merchandise donations for the new store starting Tues. Feb. 17th from noon until 3:00 p.m. daily. They welcome donations of clothing, shoes, household goods, linens, small items of furniture and miscellaneous treasures. The Los Niños are looking for volunteers to help staff the store. Contact Linda if you are interested in helping this wonderful organzation.
Sales from the Thrift Shop benefit youth in the North County with various programs including the San Miguel Lions swimming and Masters At Their Trade arts and music. The Los Niños have been serving local children since 1993.
After March 3rd the new shop hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 pm. For the months of March and April, we will also be open on Sundays from noon until 4:00 p.m. on a trial basis.

Funds Needed to Display
Art Mural in San Miguel

Kalar art work of cowboy characters and cows
Kow Party mural by Steve Kalar
World renowned artist, Steve Kalar, has created a mural depicting the history of the cattle industry in San Miguel. Steve has incorporated cowboy cartoon caricatures drawn by his late father into the art piece to be mounted on the San Miguel Flouring Mill. Steve is a 4th generation San Miguel resident.
The artwork has been named, "Kow Party" and is awaiting funds to be raised to cover the $1,000 cost of installing the 16' x 14' outdoor canvas. The artwork is being donated to the "San Miguel Masters in Artful Places" community arts program which is administered by the San Miguel Resource Connection.
The artwork is offered for sale as note cards in 4 designs, each representing a section of the mural. The sales generated from the note cards will go directly to pay for the printing and mounting of the new mural. To support this project, please purchase the note cards directly from Kalar & Kalar Productions, (see their ad on this page). Retailers in San Miguel are encouraged to arrange selling the cards in their local businesses. Call 805-467-3429 to sell or buy the note cards priced at $4.00 each.

Mission Parish Hall
Breaks Ground

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.