Magic Light Parade Rain or Shine!, Chili Cook Off, Senator Visits

posted Oct 1, 2011, 12:58 PM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 9, 2011, 8:45 PM ]
San Miguel Magic Light Parade poster
Poster artwork by Lillian Larsen students

The 19th Annual San Miguel Magic Light Parade is Saturday, December 18th at 6:00 PM. All parade entries will be lighted with entries streaming along Mission street in San Miguel rain or shine.

Festivities start with the Christmas Craft Fair at 2:00 PM in downtown San Miguel.

A special Chili Cook Off will be held in memory of Jesus Saenz who served as Santa Claus each year at the fire station after the parades. Bring 2 quarts of your favorite chili in a crock pot at 2:30 PM and let the judging begin! All tasters will vote for their favorite. Reserve your entry by calling Scott at 805-712-0264.

The Chili Cook Off will be held across the street from the San Miguel Fire Station from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. Chili tasting is $3.00 each or $5.00 for two people. All proceeds will benefit the Saenz family. Donations are welcome!

Kids are invited to meet Santa at the Christmas party held at the San Miguel Fire Station immediately following the parade.

A contest was held to create the parade poster at Lillian Larsen School. Kimberly Texta and Felicity Hamamotowon the contest with their creative artwork and will be awarded art supplies.

San Miguel Magic Light Parade
Photos from 2009 light parade

Those lining the parade route on Mission street get to enjoy seeing the parade TWICE as the entries turn around by Mission San Miguel and come back to their starting point. Ruth Elvin wrote a poem inspired by this fact called, "Twice Down Mission Street."

Special thanks go to the sponsors that make the parade possible: San Miguel CSD, San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters, Elkhorn Bar, The Ranch, Oak Leaf Equipment, Brown's Cycles, Mission Pizza, Dos Padres Mexican Restaurant, Sid Carter Master Upholsterer, San Miguel Garbage Co, Mission Market and Deli, The Country Diner, Mission Variety, Spyco Construction, The Blueprinter and the San Miguel Resource Connection.


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School Board Vacancy

San Miguel Joint Union School District is soliciting applicants for the vacancy on the school board.

Any person is eligible to be a Board member if he/she is 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the state, a resident of the school district, a registered voter and not legally disqualified from holding civil office.

If interested please come to the December 16th Board Meeting at 6:30 or call 467-3216 ext. 203 and talk to Nancy.

Senator Visits Larsen Students

Senator Blakeslee talks to students
Photo courtesy of Blakeslee newsletter

On a visit to Lillian Larsen School in San Miguel, I was impressed with the intelligent questions the students had prepared for me. With more than sixty kids in attendance, it was quite a crowd! I had the great opportunity to talk with them about the importance of math and science, and remaining competitive in school in order to open future doors of opportunity. With great advocates from the top down, including Superintendent Curtis Dubost, their focus on putting every dollar they can into classroom resources will ensure these bright students have every chance to succeed.

Last month, I participated in a series of meetings with Superintendents and Trustees from all five counties in my district. Much like the educators in San Miguel, I was extremely impressed with the extraordinary effort they are making to use their very limited resources to serve students in such dynamic ways.  - Story from Sam Blakeslee newsletter

Pheasant Hunt Awards

Miller Memorial Hunt group
Group of pheasant hunters

For the fifth year, the San Miguel Lions Club and Paso Robles Friends of NRA teamed up to offer area youngsters a chance to hunt pheasant.  This year the hunt was renamed the Harry Miller Memorial Hunt in honor of San Miguel Lions Club member and local rancher, businessman and sportsman Harry Miller, who passed away earlier this year.  The hunt has been held on theMiller Bros. ranch in Parkfield for the past four years.  

Hunt organizer John Jamrog welcomed the sixty or so young hunters and along with NRA representive Jason Quick, emphasized that the hunt was started to teach youngsters how to hunt pheasant in a fun and safe manner.   He reminded the young hunters about the basic hunter safety rules and told them part of the fun would be learning to clean their own birds.

Pheasant hunt gun winners
Gun prize winners pictured with Noel of Farm Supply

At the conclusion of the hunt every participant went home with a raffle prize and Vanessa Soto was the girls’ winner of a new shotgun while Austin McMillin took home a new 410 for the boys.  

The San Miguel Lions Club set up camp and prepared lunch for all the participants, parents and safety instructors.  They also brought out the clay pigeon station and helped the youngsters learn how to shoot a shotgun on birds.  

Most youngsters went home with two birds and big smiles.  Next year’s hunt will be held again at Miller Brothers Ranch in Parkfield the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving.  - Story and photos by Judy Bedell

Mentoring Award

Healthy Hornets students get award

The Healthy Hornets are a group of 7th and 8th graders at Lillian Larsen School in San Miguel who act as mentors to the younger students.  It has been a while since most of us were in elementary school, but do you remember the awe you felt when you looked at “big kids” and how much you wanted to be one of them? 

The Healthy Hornets use their influence to coach younger children and teach them the importance of healthy eating and proper exercise through leading Walk to School days, through conducting tastings of fresh fruits and vegetables in the cafeteria, through teaching fun games to kids during recess and teaching proper exercise “form”, and through developing educational handouts and presentations, including presentations on intake of sugary beverages.

HEAL-SLO presented the mentoring award to the Healthy Hornets of Lillian Larsen – Ashley Coates, Mikayla Rowlett, and Jacob Salinas. Also acknowledged was the mentoring the students receive from three exceptional women - Laverne Buckman, Eileen Rogers and Christina Wilkinson.  Laverne, Eileen and Christina work magic with limited dollars and put in many hours above and beyond. - submitted by Kathleen Karle from the SLO County Public Health Dept.