The Cambrian

In Brief: Lovejoy to sign books; Dance festival set; Patrons urged to 'Get behind the Plough'

Booksigning raises funds for society

A uthor, illustrator and grandmother Sharon Lovejoy of San Luis Obispo is returning to a longtime love on Saturday afternoon, March 6, to launch and autograph copies of her latest award-winning book, “Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars,”

All proceeds from the book signing from 1-3 p.m. will benefit the object of Lovejoy’s attention—the Guthrie-Bianchini house and garden, now Cambria Historical Society’s museum.

The book, Lovejoy’s latest in a series of children’s- activity books, was released in January, and quickly became Amazon's best-selling grandparenting book.

“Toad Cottages” also received a 2010 iParent ing.comMedia Award.

For details about the former Cambria resident and her books, go to

Lovejoy founded Heart’s Ease Herb Shop, planting the garden for which the Burton Drive business is perhaps best known.

She and Realtor husband Jeff Prostovich helped spearhead a 1980s effort to halt demolition of the Guthrie-Bianchini, and even hauled water in to irrigate historic plants.

County supervisors had been expected to approve a plan which would have replaced the 1880s structure with a parking lot—until they learned that various Cambria residents had gotten the house and garden listed on the National Register of Historic Places. —Kathe Tanner

Dancers can get in swing of things

An annual series of Western-dance seminars in Cambria will be offered Saturday, Feb. 27, and are to be followed by “y’all come” dance that night.

Seminar attendees can learn couples’ classics, such as East Coast and West Coast swing or cha-cha, or sign up for some of 16 new line-dance numbers.

Cambria Chamber of Commerce sponsors the event, which is another that’s aimed at getting people into town during the off-season. The seminars and dance will be held at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St.

The event includes 18 different classes taught by 10 world-class dance instructors. Workshops begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue to 5 p.m. The evening dance from 7 to 11 p.m. costs $10; workshops and dance attendance cost $40 per person.

Registration forms are available at the chamber or call 927-3624. On-site registration is to start at 8 a.m.

— Kathe Tanner

Patrons urged to ‘get behind the Plough’

D onations of time and money have come in to boost a drive to pay for public safety measures and keep a local cultural resource’s doors open, the Pewter Plough Playhouse reports.

The live theater on Cambria’s Main Street, open since December 1976, was ordered in late 2007 to comply with public safety codes. The last and most expensive item on the list, a fire-extinguishing sprinkler system estimated to cost $32,000, must be in place by July 31, when the permit for installation of the system expires.

County and local officials have worked cooperatively with the Playhouse, it reports, in extending deadlines and finding cost-effective fixes that still ensure public safety.

The theater will be allowed to finish the current run of the comedy “Finishing Touches,” which ends on Feb. 28. A firefighter must, however, be on the premises, which had cost the theater up to $100 per performance.

The Cambria Community Services District, which operates the Cambria Fire Department, has agreed to allow the theater to accept the offer of retired Newport Beach Fire Captain John Brannon, a longtime Cambria resident and Cambrian columnist, to volunteer his time and save the theater over $1,000.

The Lions Club of Cambria has donated $500 to the theater’s “get behind the Plough” fund drive.

The nonprofit Pewter Plough Players group will host a community meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the theater, 824 Main St., to give the public an update and to hear suggestions. Cambria Fire Chief Mark Miller is expected to attend so he can answer any questions the public may have.

For more information, e-mail sprinklerfund @pewterploughplayhouse . org, go to,or call 927-3877.

—Bert Etling

Historical Society hosts luncheon

Bill Morem, columnist for The Tribune who served two long-term stints editing The Cambrian, will be the guest speaker at the Cambria Historical Society’s annual meeting at noon, Saturday Feb. 27, at Linn’s restaurant, 2277 Main St.

The meeting includes a soup-and-salad luncheon with pie for dessert. The requested per-person donation is $20. For details, go to www.cambriahistoricalsociety.comor call the society’s Cambria Historical Museum at 927-2891 and leave a message.

Morem, a veteran journalist who also has served as editor of The Tribune’s opinion pages, is a San Luis Obispo native son. Morem was managing editor from 1978 through 1981, then returned to edit the paper from 1997 to 2000.

As Morem wrote in a column late last year, “Perhaps more than any other community in the county, Cambria is home to the finest eclectic collections of humans to be found. Whether a retired captain of industry, ardent politico, housewife or hippie, Cambrians are highly opinionated and articulate individuals who feel passionately about their home and what goes on there.”

—Kathe Tanner

Movie director set to attend screening

The new movie release “No Greater Love,” starring Anthony Tyler

Quinn and Danielle Bisutti, will be shown at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at First Baptist Church of Cambria, 2120 Green St., Cambria.

Writer/director, Brad Silverman, will be in person to share his thoughts and experiences in making the romantic drama. Admission is free, and there will be complimentary popcorn, candy, and drinks.

For more information, call 927.4789 or go go — Staff