North County congressional Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, is handing out pocket constitutions to mark Constitution Day on Friday.
“Reading our country’s Constitution is an important exercise all Americans should continue to do,” McCarthy said. “We must be aware of the freedoms and rights that are granted to us by our Constitution to keep our representative form of government in check and the vital civic health of our country strong.”
On Sept. 17, 223 years ago, 39 delegates from 12 states at the Constitutional Convention signed the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia, McCarthy noted.
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After ratification by the 13 original states, the Constitution became the nation’s legal foundation on June 21, 1788.
In 1956, Congress established Constitution Week, then in 2004, designated every Sept. 17 as Constitution Day “to give our founding document the recognition and respect that it deserves,” McCarthy wrote in an announcement.
McCarthy’s local district office is at 5805 Capistrano Ave., Suite C, in Atascadero. The phone number is 461-1034. The office is open from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Supplies are limited, McCarthy added, with a two-Constitution limit per family and 20 Constitutions per nonprofit organization or school.
— Bob Cuddy
The Atascadero Firefighters Association will host a free breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. Friday to accept donations to help send children to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation camp, provide college scholarships for local high school students and purchase firefighting equipment.
The breakfast, sponsored by Spencer’s Fresh Market, will be at the market located at 8665 El Camino Real in Atascadero.
A second event is planned for 6 p.m. to midnight Nov. 6 for the association’s annual Fireman’s Ball at the Taft Barn and Ranch, 10120 Santa Clara Road, also in Atascadero.
The public event includes a cocktail hour, gourmet dinner prepared by the association and Atascadero’s Guest House Grill, live music and a live and silent auction.
For more information, contact Zachariah Jackson at 470-3300 or email@example.com.
— Tonya Strickland
Author and speaker James Kirby Martin will give a lecture on how George Washington prevented a military dictatorship in America on Thursday at Cal Poly.
The free event is open to the public and will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Philips Hall in Cal Poly’s Performing Arts Center.
It’s dubbed Our Remarkable Revolution: How George Washington Saved the American Republic.
Martin is a professor at the University of Houston and author of numerous books on Revolutionary America, according to Cal Poly event organizers.
His talk focuses on the decision by Washington in 1782 to reject the idea of taking over as commander-in-chief after a group of military officers became distrustful of the new American government and sought his dictatorship. Washington vehemently refused and ultimately thwarted the conspiracy.
High school students are especially encouraged to attend the event.
For information, call Robert Detweiler at 756-6585 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Nick Wilson