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Photo of the Week

September 11 – 18

Our first submission for “Photo of the Week,” from Art Watanabe, captures one of the better aspects of life in Cambria. The photo depicts (from left to right) Sharon Young, Christine Heinrichs, Zahaira Melendrez, Violet Wills, and Claudia Harmon Worthen participating in the newly revived “Squibbing Day” on September 11. Squibbing Day is Cambria’s Fall cleanup day, named for Paul and Louise Squibb, owners of the historic Squibb House. The Squibbs are known for their dedicated efforts to keep our community clean, and their efforts, along with others that joined them, became known as “Squibbing.”

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Central Coast Jazz Tribute to Duke Ellington

In a tribute to music legend Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington,.Charlie and Sandi Shoemake, producers of the Famous Jazz Artist Series, will perform on vibes and vocals and be joined by Marshall Otwell on piano, Dylan Johnson on bass, and Paul Krybeck on drums.  Ellington was an American composer, pianist, and leader of his eponymous jazz orchestra from 1923 through the rest of his life.

     At the end of the 1930s, Ellington began a nearly 32-year collaboration with composer-arranger-pianist Billy Strayhorn whom he called his writing and arranging companion.  With Strayhorn, he composed multiple suites, as well as many short pieces.  For a few years at the beginning of Strayhorn’s involvement, Ellington’s orchestra featured bassist Jimmy Blanton and tenor saxophonist Ben Webster, and they achieved a musically creative peak. Some years later, following a low-profile period, an appearance by Ellington and his orchestra at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival led to a major revival and regular world tours.

      A single performance from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. will be held on Sunday, August 21, at the Harmony Café (824 Main Street).  Tickets are $25 each with a $10 food and beverage minimum. Reservations can be made by calling 805-935-9007 or via e-mail at:

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Cambria Chorale. We’re looking for a few new singers

The Cambria Community Chorale is recruiting singers because another year of fun is about to begin.  Anyone who enjoys singing in a group is welcome to join us.  Chorale practices for the new season will begin on Tuesday, August 9, with practices at the Joslyn Recreation Center (950 Main Street) every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

     According to Chorale President, Barbara MacDonough, “We’re excited to welcome new and returning singers. There are no auditions.  We have the ‘Best Director in the West and members who are always happy to help new members.  Easy to use online tools are readily available to help anyone who is nervous about not reading music well.”

     The Chorale schedules two concerts a year.  Holiday concerts are planned for December 11 and 18, as well as a Concert in Spring, normally in May.  During the holiday season, the Chorale also enjoys sharing Holiday Cheer on Hospitality Night at the Joslyn Center.  Later in the month we also journey to Morro Bay to sing at Bayside and Casa de Flores. 

     Our Chorale Director Ed Hughes has a fun program planned to bring good cheer for the holidays.  There will be some familiar holiday favorites in the program, new selections, and some community favorites.  For more information, please visit the Chorale website at: or pick up a Choral pamphlet at the Joslyn Center.