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Symphony of the Vines concert at Mission San Miguel pays tribute to 9/11

Symphony of the Vines performs Sunday at Mission San Miguel.
Symphony of the Vines performs Sunday at Mission San Miguel.

On Sunday at 3 p.m., the Symphony of the Vines will present a concert at Mission San Miguel to honor victims of 9/11 and give special thanks to local responders, the military and those who helped rebuild the mission following the 2003 earthquake.

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School board meets

The San Miguel School Board meets Thursday night at Lillian Larsen School, 1601 L St. Open session begins at 6:30 p.m. For information call the school at 805-467-3216 or go to

Memorial Mass

A memorial Mass will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Mission San Miguel for Patti Schober, who passed away Aug. 8.

Patti was a longtime resident of the San Miguel area. She retired from the California Youth Authority school and was active in several clubs, including the Rare Fruit Growers and Farm Bureau Women. Donations may be made to San Miguel Mission Parish in her name.

Coming up this month

Two major annual events will be held in San Miguel on Sunday, Sept. 25.

Caledonia Days, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature Dutch-oven cooking and a barbecue, demonstrations by artisans and and craftsmen and music by Monte Mills Lucky Horseshoe Band.

Mission San Miguel Fiesta, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., will celebrate the 219th anniversary of the Mission’s founding with a Fiesta Mass at 9 a.m. There will be food, music, games and a raffle. Donations are requested for a silent auction. Call Michael Sanders at 805-712-9120 or see him at the San Miguel Mercantile on Mission Street.

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Lynne Schmitz’s column is special to The Tribune. She is a longtime resident of San Miguel and her column appears here weekly. Reach her at (with “San Miguel News” in the subject line) or at 805-467-3565.