Volunteers needed to clear weeds in Estrella River

Lynne Schmitz
Lynne Schmitz

On Saturday at 9 a.m., the Upper Salinas Las Tablas Resource Conservation District is embarking on a serious weed-clearing project in the Estrella River, and it’s asking for help from the public.

Volunteers must be able to hike on uneven terrain, lift up to 50 pounds and not mind getting dirt under their fingernails.

Lunch will be provided, along with other necessary supplies. To sign up and for more information, call Amy Smart at 805-434-0396xt120 or email admin@us-ltrcd.org.

Easter services

Here's the Easter week schedule of services at Mission San Miguel: Holy Thursday at 7 p.m., Good Friday at noon and 7 p.m. (bilingual), and Holy Saturday Vigil Mass at 8 p.m. Easter Sunday Masses will be held at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. (in Spanish).

Mission Days

Mission San Antonio de Padua in Jolon will host its annual celebration of Mission Days this year on Saturday, April 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The mission, founded in 1771 as the third California mission, still stands in its original setting with no modern intrusions in the beautiful Valley of the Oaks surrounding it.

You will be transported back to the days of the missionaries. Historical re-enactors in costumes of the day will portray soldiers, vaqueros and ranchers. Costumed artisans will demonstrate weaving, rope-making, candle-dipping, acorn-grinding, tortilla-making and more in the ways of early mission days. Dancers will entertain.

The New World Baroque Orchestra and Choir will sing music of the period including songs composed for Mission San Antonio by one of its early pastors. There will be mission-era food for sale and original art on display and sale. Admission is $10 per car. Drive north on Highway 101 to Jolon Road to Mission Road. The mission is located on the Fort Hunter Liggett property; be sure to have identification and insurance papers with you and observe speed limits. For information call 831-385-4478 or go to http://missionsanantonio.net/mission-days.

Find information on San Miguel events, history and opportunities to volunteer at www.discoversanmiguel.com.