PLACES TO GO
Cambria Historical Museum. Local and regional history in the former Guthrie-Bianchini House, a home dated from 1870. Rotating exhibits and displays. Bookstore with gifts and mementos, nursery with heirloom plants. Corner of Burton Drive and Center Street. 1 to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. Free admission, but donations welcome. Museum and gardens available for small parties, meetings and other events. 927-2891, www.cambriahistoricalsociety.com.
Hearst Castle. Daytime tours, daily, $25 adults, $12 children (5-12 years old). Evening tours, Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 30, $36 adults, $18 children (5-12 years old). 800-444-4445, www.hearst castle.com.
Piedras Blancas Light Station Tours. Sept. 1 to June 14: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. June 15 to Aug. 31: Mondays through Saturdays. Meet at 9:45 a.m. at the former Piedras Blancas Motel, 1.5 miles north of the lighthouse. $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-17, no fee for 5 and under. Special arrangements must be made for groups of 10 or more; no tours on federal holidays. 927-7361. Artist paint-out days. Second Wednesdays. $10. To make arrangements, call 927-8574.
Adult day care. Care and enrichment for clients and respite for families and caregivers. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Cambria Adult Resources,
Education and Support (CARES), at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2700 Eton Road, Cambria. 927-4290.
Senior Nutrition Program lunch, 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2700 Eton Road. $2.75. 927-1268.
Free transportation around Cambria for seniors and the disabled on the Cambria Community Bus on weekdays. Weekly trips to Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo; monthly trips to Paso Robles, Templeton and Atascadero. Call 927-4173 from 9 to 11 a.m. two days prior to the day a ride is needed.
Free senior health screening is offered monthly by the Community Action Partnership to seniors 50 years old and older, including monitoring blood pressure, pulse and weight and a finger prick blood test for anemia, diabetes and high cholesterol. No appointment necessary. 9:30 a.m. to noon the second Monday of each month at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2700 Eton Road, Cambria.
“The Wednesday Roundup,” lunchtime activity program for seniors, including board games, low-key chair exercises, enrichment programs (such as musical performances), lunch and general camaraderie. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month in the Community Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 2250 Yorkshire Drive. $2 for lunch. Transportation can be arranged. Call 927-7017 for reservations and details.
Cambria Adult Resources, Education and Support (CARES) provides an adult day program for cognitively impaired adults and resources, education and support to caregivers. CARES welcomes volunteers to become “best friends” to members and assist with programs. Activities include music, fitness, crafts, dancing and more. 927-4290.
Cambria’s Anonymous Neighbors needs volunteers to drive seniors to medical appointments throughout San Luis Obispo County. 927-5673.
The Cambria Community Council needs volunteer drivers for the Cambria Community bus. If you have a good driving record, call 927-1147.
Cambria Community Emergency Response Team volunteers learn about emergency preparedness. After training, the volunteers become part of team of more than 100 Cambrians who can help emergency workers in case of earthquake, tsunami, wild fire and rain and windstorms. Call the Cambria Fire Department at 927-6240 for details.
The Cambria Historical Society needs more volunteer docents, gardeners and grant writers to assist at the Cambria Historical Museum, Burton Drive at Center Street. 927-2891. www.cambriahis toricalsociety.com.
Caring Callers needs individuals for an hour a week to visit with a frail or socially isolated senior. Visit the doctor, read a book, take a drive or just sit and talk. Build a friendship and help meet an important need in the community. 541-1800.
Friends of the Elephant Seal is looking for volunteer docent guides. Docent duties include standing on the bluff and talking to visitors as well as other tasks. Volunteers are also needed to work in the FES office in San Simeon or for FES educational programs. 924-1628.
Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve hosts weekly workdays. A crew of volunteers meets at 8 a.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays to remove radish, mustard and thistles to encourage growth of native flowering plants. To volunteer or for details, call 927-1035 or email ffrpcambria @sbc global.net. RanchHands volunteers meet the third Saturday of each month for projects ranging from trail maintenance to habitat restoration and bench maintenance. To volunteer or for details, call 927-2856 or email ffrp email@example.com.
The Homeless Animal Rescue Team needs volunteers with a “warm HART for cold noses” to help provide foster homes for kittens and a safe, healthy environment where sick cats can recuperate. Help needed includes: transporters to and from veterinary office; to socialize shy cats at the shelter; and cleaners. Must be 18 or older. Call 927-7377 to volunteer, go to www.slohart.org for details.
Piedras Blancas Light Station Outstanding Natural Area needs gift shop help on Monday through Saturday mornings during the summer. Call 924-1807 or e-mail PBLSlibrary@gmail.com. The San Simeon Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers. Visitors come to the office from all over the world. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 927-3500.
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a program of Senior Volunteer Services, matches the interests of persons age 55 and older with volunteer opportunities at hospitals, nonprofit organizations and government agencies in San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara Counties, including law enforcement agencies, senior centers, food banks, museums, parks, libraries, Senior Nutrition Program, Amtrak/airport, Caring Callers, and health care facilities. 544-8740,
The Senior Nutrition Program needs volunteers to help serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2700 Eton Road, Cambria. Volunteers serve lunch at the facility or drive meals to seniors at their homes. 927-1268.
State parks need volunteers. Work at visitor desks and nature stores, lead public walks, tend native plant gardens, develop exhibits, help with publicity and lead programs for schools and youth groups. Training provided.