The Cambrian

In Brief: Easter weekend events planned; Census workshop set in San Simeon; Volunteer trainining for state parks due

Easter weekend events planned

Cambria’s annual springtime kids’ free-for-all egg hunt for children 8 and younger begins at 8 a.m. sharp Easter Sunday, April 4. The event, sponsored by American Legion Post No. 432, is at Shamel Park, 5455 Windsor Blvd.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, April 3, children and adults can help dye and color eggs at the American Legion Hall at the back of the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St., Cambria.

A special search area is set aside for toddlers age 2 and younger.

Stations of the Cross

Good Friday Stations of the Cross will be prayed at historic Santa Rosa Chapel and Cemetery in Cambria for the first time in almost 50 years, at 2 p.m. Friday, April 2.

Everyone is invited to walk the Way of the Cross, beginning at the base of the hill of Santa Rosa Chapel at 2353 Main Street. Participants will walk up the steep hill, stopping along the way to recall the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus. The prayer service will conclude at the cemetery.

Sunrise service

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church marks Maundy Thursday with a service beginning at 7 p.m. today, April 1.

A three-hour Good Friday observance includes three different programs that allow participants to come or leave as needed. Good Friday Stations of the Cross begins at noon, followed by drama and music at 1 p.m. and concluding with a traditional worship service at 2 p.m., all on Friday, April 2.

On Holy Saturday, April 3, a candlelight Easter vigil begins at 7:30 p.m., and on Easter Sunday, both a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. and a 9:30 a.m. choral Eucharist (with brass accompaniment) will be offered. All services are open to the community. As always, St. Paul’s

Labyrinth and Meditation Garden will also be available for quiet reflection. For more information, call 927-3239 or go to

The church is at 2700 Eton Road.

Sunday church celebration

Cambria Vineyard Church will hold an Easter Sunday celebration at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 4, at the Cambria Grammar School, 3223 Main St.

Vocal artists “The Sanders 3” will sing. There will be programs for children of all ages. For more information, call 927-5550. — Staff

Census workshop set in San Simeon

Today, April 1, is the day when everybody in the U.S. is supposed to be counted. Many have already filled out and mailed their 2010 Census questionnaires. Everyone else is supposed to send the completed forms by the middle of April — or they can expect an in-person visit from a census worker.

Area residents with census questions can attend a workshop from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, at the San Simeon Community Services District office, 111 Pico St.

Anybody may attend, but should bring their census questionnaires. Questions will be answered by trained, sworn Census employees one-on-one, so members of the public may arrive at any time during the event.

Local agencies across the country are encouraging residents to be counted, as every individual helps each agency secure funding from a variety of sources.

Various help sites in the county are to be open through April 19. For details, go to

—Kathe Tanner

Volunteer trainining for state parks due

Training for volunteers for several of the county’s state parks begins April 17 at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History.

The California Department of Parks and Recreation prefers that

prospective volunteers for the museum, Harmony Headlands State Park, Pismo Nature Center and Spooner Ranch House at Montaña de Oro call Carolyn Frank at 528-8578 for an interview prior to the training session. Docents for all but the Harmony park will help staff visitor desks, operate information trailers, lead walks, conduct school

field trips, develop exhibits and tend native-plant gardens and other tasks.

“Harmony Ambassadors” help keep Harmony Headlands State Park open by walking trails, providing visitor information and watching for emergencies.

The initial training session is expected to run from 9:15 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m., except for the Harmony volunteers, who should be done by about 10:30 a.m.

Additional training sessions for all but Harmony Ambassadors continue April 24 at the Pismo center, May 1 at Montaña de Oro and May 8 at the museum.

For details, call Frank or the museum at 772-2694, ext. 0. —Kathe Tanner