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Rios-Caledonia Adobe to celebrate opening of research library

The Rios-Caledonia Adobe is located just south of San Miguel.
The Rios-Caledonia Adobe is located just south of San Miguel.

The grand opening of the Rios-Caledonia Research Library, which focuses on the history of California, San Luis Obispo County and the old West, will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Adobe, 700 Mission St.

The library includes a large collection of books, documents and photographs bequeathed to Friends of the Adobes by well-known late teacher and historian Wally Ohles. Additional donations come from the estate of Wilmar Tognazzini, members of Friends of the Adobes and other local families.

Library hours are Fridays from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and by appointment. For information, call 467-3357.

Concert at mission

Sunday at 3 p.m., the Symphony of the Vines will present “Passport Series: Music of England and Scandinavia” at Mission San Miguel.

Among the 20th-century composers featured will be R. Vaughan Williams, John Fernström, Jean Sibelius, Gustav Holst and Lars-Erik Larsson. Concert guest is the Canzona Women’s Ensemble.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $27 for seniors and $15 for students with ID. Group discounts are available. Tickets may be purchased at Paso Robles, Templeton or Atascadero Chambers of Commerce, Matt’s Music in Templeton and Boo Boo Records in San Luis Obispo or online at For information, call 234-5056.

Sagebrush Days winners

Saturday’s Sagebrush Days was fun-filled and exciting.

Parade first-place winners were: Best overall: San Miguel Vaqueros; floats: Pleasant Valley School; individual vehicles: Marty and Chaz’s “Homemade House”; group vehicles: Kunze Family Tractors; mounted group: SLO Sheriff’s Posse; walking group: Lillian Larsen School.

Thanks to major sponsors Kunze’s Pumpkin Patch, Dos Hermanos and San Miguel Mercantile and to everyone who worked hard and supported the event.

Go to for current information on San Miguel events, businesses, organizations, churches and opportunities to volunteer. A history section features stories and pictures from early-day families, the town and area.

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.