More rainy, windy weather on its way
M ore rain is forecast for the North Coast starting tonight, Feb. 4, according to the National Weather Service’s (NWS) Web site on Wednesday morning.
The service estimates a 50 percent chance of precipitation and southeast winds of 15 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph.
NWS predicts a 70 percent chance of rain through Saturday, with continuing winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph on Friday.
While precipitation is welcome, most farmers, firefighters, Pacific Gas & Electric troublemen and homeowners in the forest are wary of more wind. Rain-soaked soil has a harder time holding onto shallow-rooted trees, especially aging, top-heavy Monterey pines.
Some things to do before the storm hits:
•Make sure batteries are fresh in flashlights, lanterns and portable radios;
•Have a cell phone, pager or hard-wired phone available for communication;
• Freeze water into blocks of ice in containers to keep refrigerators and freezers chilled in a prolonged outage;
• Pack some refrigerated essentials and ice blocks into a portable cooler to prevent having to open the refrigerator during an outage;
•Have handy a miner’s- style flashlight-on-a-headband, which is often easier when reading or doing chores; and
• Put surge protectors on computers and other sensitive electronic devices, and, for extra protection, unplug them and other appliances during
the height of the storm. During the storm:
•Report any fallen power lines, blocked roadways, damaged structures or emergencies to 911 and any power outages to PG&E at (800) 743-5002, and
• Stay away from any downed wires and areas taped off by emergency
crews. —Kathe Tanner
West Village road work on hold
People wondering when a resurfacing job on will start on West Village’s Main Street should keep an eye on the weather forecast.
That’s what resident Engineer Joe Whalen is doing.
“We need four or five days’ worth of dry weather in the forecast,” before work can begin, he said Tuesday, Feb. 2.
Once Souza Construction crews begin grinding off about 2 inches of the roadway’s choppy surface (from Cornwall Street to the Windsor Boulevard/ Charing Lane intersection), rain could turn the project site “into a muddy mess. We’d get puddles, and then it’s hard to get them dried out” so crews can pave.
He also wants to avoid affecting traffic during the Presidents Day holiday weekend, Feb. 12 through 15. The project includes detours and traffic delays of up to 20 minutes.
Weather permitting, work might be able to start later that week on the $266,000 County Public Works project, Whalen said.
Grinding is to be done from 3 to 10 p.m. over a two-day period, followed by three days of paving during daylight hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Finish work will take two additional weeks.
Warning “no parking” signs are to be posted two days before the prohibitions take effect. — Kathe Tanner
Free tours to mark lighthouse ‘birthday’
The Piedras Blancas Light Station will mark its 135th birthday by offering free, two-hour public tours of the facility on two days in mid-February.
On Tuesday, Feb. 16, and Thursday, Feb. 18, people will tour the rugged, oceanfront Pt. Piedras Blancas that’s 14 miles north of Cambria. The historic lighthouse is a 74-foot-tall “topless” tower that was 40 feet taller before a damaged lantern room was removed in 1949. The site also includes the fog signal building, fuel storage building and other attributes deemed significant and worthy of special preservation by the National Register of Historic Places.
For details or reservations, call 927-7361 and leave a message with name, phone number, preferred tour date and number of people in the party. Guests will gather before their tours at the former Piedras Blancas motel, 1.5 miles north of the light station. —Kathe Tanner
Allied Arts to host grand opening
A llied Arts Association will hold a grand opening of its new gallery and theater from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at the Old Grammar School, 1350 Main St.
The event will include a newly hung art show, free refreshments, live music and entertainment. For details, call event director Shirley Kirkes Mar at 927- 2870.
The gallery’s next show will be of work done by young local artists, in conjunction with Cambria’s first-ever participation in the National Youth Art Month celebration sponsored by the Council for Art Education.
The student art is to be on display from the show’s opening reception at the gallery (10 a.m. to noon on Friday, March 5) through April 4.
Show coordinator Suzette Morrow said any local youngsters, from kindergarteners to high-school seniors, can submit artworks. Call Morrow at 927- 2424 for details on matting and labeling requirements.
Deadline for submissions at the gallery is Tuesday, March 2. Ribbons are to be awarded at each grade level.
For details on Allied Arts, go to www.artistsofcambria.com.New members, volunteer gallery docents and donations are always welcome.
Census Bureau still hiring in Cambria
The U.S. Census Bureau needs a total of 127 people to tabulate the population from San Simeon to Cayucos, and still has 50 openings.
The jobs pay $15 to $17 an hour. Applicants for the temporary jobs must fill out an application (available at www.2010censusjobs. gov), present identification (U. S. passport, California driver’s license or ID card and Social Security card) and pass a 30-minute test to be hired. Interested parties also can take a sample test online.
Tests are to be given in Cambria every Thursday in February (4, 11, 18 and 25) at the Cambria Connection ad every Saturday in February (6, 13, 20 and 27) at Rabobank, 1070 Main St.
Applicants can be retested if they wish. Tests are held in other Central Coast communities; call 345-3650 for details.
— Kathe Tanner
Volunteer English tutors needed
The Cambria Center of the Literacy Council of San Luis Obispo urgently needs more volunteers willing to tutor adults who want to learn the English language.
No experience is necessary, according to Sherry Eiselen, coordinator of the local center. Tutor training and materials are provided. Classes are held Monday and Thursday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church, 2259 Yorkshire Drive.
Volunteer tutors help members of the local community develop confidence in their ability to speak and understand English, guide a learner’s progress toward personal goals and encourage someone who needs to practice reading and writing in their second language.
For details, call 927-7655. —Kathe Tanner
Legion Auxiliary hosts Valentines
Valentines can treat each other to a prime rib dinner on Saturday, Feb. 13, and help support nonprofit activities of the Auxiliary of American Legion Post No. 432.
There will be Valentine’s Dinner seatings at 5:30 and 7 p.m. at the Legion’s club, below and behind the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St., Cambria.
The meal includes prime rib, potatoes, green salad, rolls and dessert.
A “love basket” raffle will be conducted.
Reservations are required by Feb. 10; to make them, call the club at 927- 5010 or Susan at 927-1776. —Kathe Tanner
Thief makes quick coffee shop stop
Sometime between 12:30 and 6 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, someone kicked in the front door of a the Rainbow Been coffee house on Main Street in East Village and stole the cash register, law enforcement officials report.
Todd Steeb, the North Coast’s resident Sheriff’s deputy, responded to the call. He estimates losses at about $1,500, including $1,000 for damage to the door.
He called the break-in a “smash and grab,” and said the thief likely was inside the building for less than a minute. At one point, the hastily departing perpetrator likely had the cash register upside down, Steeb said, because there was a trail of “dimes and nickels going out the front door into the street.”
An investigation is underway.
Friends of the Library host book sale
The Friends of the Cambria Library holds its quarterly book sale from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb 6, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main Street, Cambria.
A $3-per-bag sale begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
The nonprofit group uses proceeds from the book sale to bolster its fund for the completion of a new library at 1043 Main St.
For details, call the library at 927-4336 — Staff
Reading of Twain story benefits pantry
Tickets are on sale for a staged reading of the comedy- drama “The Diaries of Adam & Eve” by Mark Twain.
Featuring Bill McLaughlin and Nancy Green, the evening begins with champagne and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m., followed by the performance at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12, at Santa Rosa Catholic Church, 1174 Main St.
Admission is $15. Tickets are available at the church office (927-4816) and at the Cambria Chamber of Commerce (927- 3624). All proceeds benefit the Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry; Santa Rosa Catholic Church will cover any production costs. —Bert Etling