In 2004 San Luis Obispo County filed an application with the California Public Utilities Commission to build an at-grade crossing at 16th Street to provide safe access for children to walk across the tracks on their way to the school just up the hill. There were a couple of roadblocks, and in the interim a fence was installed blocking the tracks. The crossing is now under construction and will be completed after signals are installed by Union Pacific Railroad.
Dont forget the spaghetti dinner at Lillian Larsen School, 16th & L Streets, being served from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday to benefit art and music programs.
Mission San Antonio de Padua in Jolon presents An Evening in the Garden from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy wine tasting with paired hors doeuvres; musical entertainment will be provided. Advance tickets may be ordered from the Mission San Antonio Gift Shop at 831-385-4478 extension 10. Funds are for earthquake retrofit and continuing restoration.
The Coffee Station at 12th and Mission streets has added meals to its menu, served from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily. Maria Leonardo provides delicious dinner plates, rice bowls, burritos, wraps, and sandwiches. Homemade pastries and muffins are still available.
The Mission San Miguel Busy Bees will hold their annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Faire on Nov.8, 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the mission. This is a great opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind handmade gift items. Enjoy coffee and cookies while browsing. For more information call the Parish Office at 467-2131 during business hours.
Father John Gini OFM, who was pastor at both Mission San Miguel and Mission San Antonio a few years ago, passed away last week in Los Angeles. Time and place of local services is still being planned.
For information on San Miguel events and history, visit www.discoversanmiguel.com.
Lynne Schmitz is a longtime resident of San Miguel, and her column is published weekly. Reach her at Lynne_Schmitz@yahoo.com (with San Miguel News in the subject line) or at 467-3565.