The Cambrian

In Brief: Tidbits of Cambria news

Chili, Classic Cars coming to Cambria

H ot chili, cool cars and beer tasting are on tap at the Cambria Chili Cook- Off and Classic Car Show.

The public’s invited to enjoy gourmet chili, music, raffle drawings, and beers while viewing some of the coolest classic cars on the Central Coast. It’s all happening at the Vets Hall and Pinedorado Grounds on Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vote for your favorite car, sample a variety of chili, then cast a vote for the most delicious chili in Cambria. Drawings for raffle prizes will be held throughout the afternoon. The Cambria Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the event. For more information, call 927-3624 or visit

Manny Juarez dies

A state park ranger found the body of a Cambria man near San Carpoforo Creek Friday, April 2.

Manuel “Manny” Juarez, Jr., 55, a carpenter and former 10-year volunteer firefighter for the Cambria Fire Department, was found just off Highway 1 near Ragged Point south of the Monterey County line.

Family members said Monday that Juarez had heart problems. An autopsy was to have been performed by the sheriff’s Department Coroner Division Wednesday.

The dedicated sportsman apparently had been taking a bicycle ride up the coast.

A celebration of his life is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17, at Linn’s Farm Store, 6275 Santa Rosa Creek Road in Cambria. Attire is “Manny casual.” In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association or the Juarez Family Fund at Bank of America.

He is survived by his high-school sweetheart and wife of 31 years, Colleen Juarez; sons Damien and Nicholas Juarez and daughter-in-law Patricia Juarez, all of Cambria; his father, sisters and extended family live in Los Angeles.

— Kathe Tanner