The Cambrian

In Brief: Tidbits of Cambria news

John MacKinnon, 2nd place People's Choice winner and 2nd place Judge's Choice in the 2009 Chili Cook-Off and Car Show.
John MacKinnon, 2nd place People's Choice winner and 2nd place Judge's Choice in the 2009 Chili Cook-Off and Car Show.

T he Cambria Chamber of Commerce annual Chili Cook-Off and Car Show is taking over the town this Saturday. Come rain or shine, the event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Pinedorado Grounds on Main Street.

Blind Taste Judging dignitaries include The Cambrian’s own culinary columnist, Consuelo Macedo, A Matter of Taste’s Michael Thompson, and Olallieberry Inn’s Marjorie Ott. The public serves as judge, too.

Car trophies are awarded to the top models and at 2 p.m.; the favored chilies receive their awards at 3 p.m.

Contact 927-3624 www.cambriachamber.orgfor more information.

Cambria couple to walk in MS 10K

Toni and Abel Martinez will be participating in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s annual Walk MS (10K) on Saturday. The Society supports more MS research, offers more services for people with MS, provides more professional education programs and furthers more MS advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. MS interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, send to the National MS Society (Abel Martinez, 2745 Newton Drive, Cambria 93428).

Presbyterian Church hosts Turkish pastor

The Community Presbyterian Church will host Rev. Ramazan Arkan, head pastor of Antalya Evangelical Church in Turkey, on Sunday. Pastor Arkan will offer the sermon at the 10 a.m. service.

Pastor Arkan was raised in the Muslim faith. Developing a friendship with a Christian Turk at his workplace led to his conversion to Christianity. After studying at a Bible school, he served as a youth pastor before becoming head pastor.

Turkey, which is 95 percent Muslim, has only 4,000 Protestant believers. Antalya has a population of 1 million, and Pastor Arkan’s church is experiencing a growing membership.

Following the service, a Turkish lunch — a “Sultan’s Feast’”—will be served.

For more information and to make reservations for lunch, contact the church at 927-4356 or go to

Cambria Cappucino under new ownership

Rob and Katie Kontoff of Cambria are the new owners of Cambria Cappucino, 683 Main St.

Residents of the community for the past year and-a-half (although Rob lived here 20 years ago), the Kontoffs assumed ownership of the business April 2.

Rob’s roots in the community go back a stretch. His mother and father were Eliot and Raye Kontoff. Eliot was a past president of the Cambria Lions Club. Both were active in the community.

Katie was a studio caterer in Hollywood. After such a stint, she says, “Everyone’s a celebrity in our eyes.”

Rotarians to clean county’s beaches

The Rotary Coastal Clubs of Group 11 — the Cambria Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Cambria Sunrise Sentinel, Cayucos Seaside, Los Osos and Morro Bay clubs—will be cleaning Central Coast beaches Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to noon.

As part of Rotarians At Work Day, the two Cambria clubs will be meeting at Moonstone Beach. The Cayucos, Los Osos and Morro Bay Clubs will be meeting at the Morro Strand. The public is encouraged to join in.

Bring sunscreen and water; hats, gloves and possibly a snack.

Republican Women hear candidates

The Cambria Area Republican Women Federated’s March meeting at The Brambles Restaurant hosted the candidates running for 2010 SLO Sheriff-Coroner. During lunch each candidate spoke for 10 minutes as to why they should be our next Sheriff-Coroner. The next meeting, May 26, will be a picnic in the park. All are welcome.

8th grade raffle tickets now on sale

The Cambria 8th Grade Raffle has begun as a fundraiser for the annual San Francisco trip in May. The educational and cultural trip will provide diverse activities, including the Exploratorium, the California Academy of Sciences and historic Alcatraz.

Students have tickets for sale for $10 each. The grand prize for the raffle is the new Mac iPad, 16 GB, wi fipersonal computer. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call the school at 927-3693.

Mark your calendar for youth recital

The Music Recital & Tea for the Cambria Youth Music Fund will be held Sunday, May 2, at the Cambria Community Presbyterian Church, 2250 Yorkshire.

Tickets are $5; 16 and under admitted free.

The recital showcases the achievements of 14 talented music scholarship students, who range in age from 8 to 17, and are involved in various fields of study: voice, piano, guitar, trumpet and drums.

The Cambria Chorale and the Lions Club of Cambria have been the principal supporters of the Music Fund, providing music lessons for students who show talent in vocal or instrumental music, who need financial assistance to continue their musical training.

A highlight of the event will be the presentation of the 2010 Jim Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement In Music to one of the students.

Tickets will be available at the door, at the chamber and the Joslyn Center. The Cambria Community Bus is available for transportation if needed. Call 927-4173 for reservations weekdays between 9 and 11 p.m.

Free cleanup slated for April 26 -30

During Mission Country Disposal’s free clean-up days, residential customers in Cambria can get rid of more garbage, recycling and greenwaste, along with bulkier items.

From Monday, April 26 through 30, each Cambria customer can discard up to 12 bundles, bags and containers of trash, which can be mixed and matched. Place excess garbage at the curb in tied bundles, 32-gallon trash cans or similarly sized containers. Each cannot weigh more than 75 pounds; bundles and boxes must be no more than 4 feet long.

Also, each household can set out up to two larger items, which will be hauled off at a cost of $10 per item.

For details or to order large-item pickup, call 543-0875 by 4 p.m. at least 48 hours before collection day to describe the more cumbersome items (appliances, sofas, tires, etc.), assuring that a separate, properly equipped truck will be sent out.

All items, including waste-wheelers, must be at the curb by 6:30 a.m. on the regular trash day.

No hazardous waste will be collected. No plastic or plastic bags should be included with recycling or greenwaste.

—Kathe Tanner

Poulos is on musical tour of Ireland

Cambria dentist Jill Poulos, who is also a harpist, singer and actress, is set to leave today (Thursday, April 15) for Ireland with the North County Cuesta College Chorus. As she said, “What better way to see Ireland than through music?”

Poulos reports that the 43-member choir is to represent the U.S. in the International Choral Festival in Bangor, just outside Belfast. The tour starts in Dublin and ends in Belfast. Members range from college age to septuagenarians.

“We’ll sing at the festival and at Armagh, in St. Patrick’s original stone church in Ireland, built in 455 A.D.,” Poulos said. The choir’s performance is to include four pieces from the “American Mass,” in which Ron Kean, a composer-arranger from Bakersfield, put Latin liturgy to American folk hymns, such as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.”

The group has scheduled a post-tour concert for the community at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 9, in the United Methodist Church, 11605 El Camino Real, Atascadero. Tickets — $10, $7 for students — are to be available at the door.

Poulos is the only participant from the North Coast.

—Kathe Tanner

Sanctuary looking for two advisors

Educators, conservationists and others interested in serving on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s advisory council have until April 30 to apply for two vacancies.

Margaret “P. J.” Webb of Cambria, a rescuer for The Marine Mammal Center, was recently reappointed to her at-large seat on the council, which also needs two more members.

The advisory group needs a primary member to represent education and an alternate for the conservation seat. The group of volunteers provides advice to sanctuary Superintendent Paul Michel.

Candidates are to be selected based on community and professional affiliations, knowledge about the protection and management of marine resources and expertise and experience for the seat being sought.

Get applications online at or from Nicole Capps, Sanctuary Advisory Council Coordinator, at 299 Foam Street, Monterey, CA 93940. Mail completed applications to her at 299 Foam Street, Monterey, CA 93940 or by fax to (831) 647-4250.

The sanctuary is the nation’s largest, stretching 276 miles, from Cambria to Marin County north of San Francisco.

— Kathe Tanner