Book tells tale of local schoolhouses
The Cambria Historical Society will feature new exhibits in its Cambria Historical Museum beginning Friday Aug. 12. Member Debbie Soto has fashioned a photo display of four one-room schoolhouses from San Simeon north to the county line, in conjunction with the book she has written on the topic, “Glimpses of a Bygone Era.”
Soto, a member of the early-day Fiscalini family, will sign books from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14 at a public reception in the museum garden. Proceeds from book sales will benefit the society. The books sell for $19.95.
Tony Jankowski, who illustrated Soto’s book, as well as Clark Colahan’s “On the Banks of San Simeon Creek,” has been invited as her special guest.
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Dexter Upton has prepared a photo montage and artifacts of the Cambria fire departments and fire protection district from 1883-1951, based on the collection originally put together by a former fire chief, Jack Peabody. Roger Robinson has renovated and updated the exhibit chronicling the original construction of Highway 1, of special interest due to the recent re-opening of the historic grade.
The museum is at the corner of Burton Drive and Center Street in East Village.
Members only are invited for a private exhibit opening and reception on Thursday, Aug. 11.
For details, call 927- 2891, or www.cambriahistoricalsociety.com.
— Consuelo Macedo
Art show, party mark Persoff’s 92nd
Fire Dove Gallery in West Village, dedicated to display of works by local artists, will celebrate the 92nd birthday of local resident, celebrated actor and artist Nehemiah Persoff with a free party and art show.
The show of Persoff’s oil paintings will run from Aug. 4 to Aug 8; the party from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. That’s the same day as Hospice Partners of the Central Coast’s annual fundraiser at Hearst Ranch, and Fire Dove will donate 10 percent of its profits to the nonprofit organization.
The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 789 Main St. Call 203-5275 for details.— Bert Etling
Free classical concert at camp
A free public concert in the new amphitheater at Camp Ocean Pines begins at 2 p.m. Friday, July 29, at 1473 Randall Drive.Michael Nowak, conductor of the San Luis Obispo Symphony, is running his first symphony camp for kids. These students will be performing.
For details, go to www.campoceanpines.org or call 927-0254.
The first concert in the new amphitheater was held June 10 with the singer-songwriter faculty of SummerSongs West performing to kick off their week of adult songwriter workshop.
Santa Rosa fiesta set for Aug. 10
La Fiesta de Santa Rosa will be celebrated from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10 on the Santa Rosa parish grounds at 1147 Main St.
Parking will be available at Rabobank, and a shuttle will run to the fiesta. There’s no charge for admission. Barbecue and Mexican dinners will be available for $12. Beer, wine and margaritas will also be available for purchase, and the Sweet Shoppe will feature homemade treats.
Live entertainment will be featured throughout the day, as well as Treasures Old and New, Addie’s Succulents, games and local vendors. The day will commence with a bilingual Liturgy at 11 a.m. in honor of the parish’s patron saint, Rose of Lima.
For details, call call Ramona Voge at 203-5066 or the parish office at 927-4816, or go to www.santarosaparish.org.
— Consuelo Macedo
Tickets on sale for first ‘Soupabration’
Tickets are on sale for the inaugural Friends of the Elephant Seal fundraiser, “A Grand Ole Soupabration,” set for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Cayucos Creek Barn in Cayucos.
With children under 10 free, tickets are $40 per person. Seven chefs will compete for the best soups in one of three categories: best seasonal soup; best bisque; and best vegan or vegetarian soup. Food Network celebrity chef Rahm Fam,; Los Angeles celebrity chef Dakota Weiss, The Cambrian food writer Consuelo Macedo and radio host and San Luis Tribune columnist Judy Salamancha will judge the best soups.
A fourth award for “Soupabration favorite” will be voted on by event attendees.
Competing restaurants/chefs include Big Sky Café, Et Voila!, Lido Restaurant, Linn’s of Cambria, Mee Heng Low Noodle House, Robin’s Restaurant, and The Singing Kitchen.
The price of admission includes a non-alcoholic beverage, bread samples from House of Bread, and cookie samples from Red Moose Cookies.
Presentations and hands on exhibits from Marine Mammal Center, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Morro Bay Museum of Natural History, Pacific Wildlife Care and the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Association will take place during the event.
Local wineries will offer tastings, for a $10 ticket which includes a souvenir wine glass. Wineries slated to pour include Bassetti Vineyards, Donati Family Vineyard, Harmony Cellars, Moonstone Cellars, Opolo Vineyards, Sculpterra Winery and Stacked Stone Cellars.
A disc jockey will spin country music in between other free entertainment throughout the afternoon.
Other fundraising activities during A Grand Ole Soupabration will include horseshoe competitions, caramel apple dip sales, raffles and a premium silent auction. “Soupabration” will be a zero-waste event.
Call 924-1628 for tickets. For additional information, 927-3357 or email email@example.com.
Friends of the Elephant Seal is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating people about elephant seals and other marine life and stewardship of the ocean.
Daycare reopens in Cambria
“Little Paradise,” Helen Shalhoub’s state-licensed daycare facility for children from 18 months to 5 years, is open again.
Shalhoub, a credentialed pre-school teacher, had provided the “small family day care home” service for about seven years in Cambria, and in Burbank before that. But she put her day school on hiatus for about five years in order to care for a family member.
Costs depend on if the child is in day care fulltime (from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays) or part-time (from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., offered Thursdays and Fridays).
For details, call Shalhoub at 927-0411.
According to the California Department of Social Services records, Cambria has five licensed child-care facilities, including three larger centers (New Dawn, Small Wonders and Cambria Head Start) and another pending application, plus Shalhoub’s smaller center and one other smaller facility, the Rosario Day Care.
— Kathe Tanner