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Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019
Hours: From 11AM to 1PM
Location: The Dana Adobe Cultural Center is located at 671 S. Oak Glen Avenue, Nipomo CA 93444 — Come down the road to the 4th gate
Admission: Free
On October 4, people all over the world will be celebrating the feast day of the Patron Saint of Animals, Saint Francis of Assisi. It’s customary that in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures, animals are led to churches for a special ceremony called the “Blessing of the Animals.” Join Dana Adobe at the Dana Adobe Cultural Center as Father Miguel from St. Joseph’s Church in Nipomo blesses your pets in the Cultural Center’s North Courtyard. This event is a non-denominational event, meaning every one, every religion, and every pet is welcome. We please ask the following: All pets must be well behaved and on NON retractable leashes, in pet carriers, strollers, or in your arms as long as there will not be risk of running away. Please remember that ALL animals may be in attendance and be mindful of others and their pets, keep small “prey” animals in enclosed carriers or cages please. If a pet cannot be transported or is unable to attend, a photograph can be blessed instead.  Children are also welcome to bring stuffed animal toys for a blessing.
Followed by a complimentary reception, donations appreciated featuring animal treats and water for pets; plus beverages and light snacks for their humans.

Hoskins’ Hay Ride

Open Every Saturday in October 11am-3pm at the Dana Adobe Cultural Center. $5 Admission


October 13, 2019

10 am

During the Dana Adobe Cultural Center’s monthly trail walk, trained volunteers lead a group along the woodland trails that extend along the Rancho. Topics of discussion include wildflowers, plant and tree identification, natural history, and the cultural and land-use history of the Dana Adobe.

Participants should dress appropriately for the weather. Individuals should also wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Walks last 45 to 60 minutes, and are approximately one mile in length.

Guided trail walks occur on the second Sunday of every month at 10:00 AM. Walks will begin at the Dana Adobe Cultural Center and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Walks are FREE, however, donations are appreciated.

Sunday Speaker Series: WWII Guns

Come hear Emery Knotts tell the stories of California’s use of muskets, rifles, and pistols used from the mid 19th Century to WWII on Sunday, September 15th at 2 PM at the Dana Adobe Cultural Center. The talk is $5 per person and free for DANA members and children.

Talk Synopsis: When one thinks of California during the days of the Old West, one often imagines blazing gunfights between the Pioneers, Natives, lawmen and various outlaws and bandidos of the time with their great assortment six-shooters, lever actions and buffalo guns. However, little of that would have occurred if not for the soldiers, and the guns they carried, who fought the armed conflicts that California found itself embroiled, from the Alvarado Revolt of 1836 to Second World War, in which the Dana Adobe and Rancho would be involved in from hosting the Frémont Expedition during the Mexican-American War to having several sons of the family fighting in WWII.

The small arms that of the various conflicts were brought into California from the larger neighbors who wanted a say in this land’s future, from the troubled Mexican Republic, the colonial powers of Great Britain and France to the ever-encroaching power of the United States. Eventually, California would become a state of the Union and would contribute its resources and manpower to the growth and conflicts which the Unites States would fight in to become a Superpower by 1945.

About the Speaker: Emery Knotts, a local historical arms aficionado, will contribute his knowledge of the great variety of muskets, rifles, and pistols used by the various armies who fought over California in the mid-19th century unto WWII.

Veterans Remembrance World War II Exhibit

From August  11 , 2019, through November  11 , 2019, the Dana Adobe Cultural Center will be showcasing “Veterans Remembrance World War II” Exhibit. Featuring the paintings by renowned local watercolor artist, Milford Zornes, who was a Nipomo resident and official artist for the US Military during WWII.

This exhibit will also feature Millard Sheets who was an artist-correspondent for Life and the United States Army Air Forces in India and Burma during World War II.

The exhibit will also include various WWII Memorabilia including uniforms, weapons, equipment, and  a WWII era Jeeep. Also on display will be the  Nipomo Honor Roll. The Nipomo Honor Roll was a sign that hung in the Nipomo post office listing all the residents of Nipomo who had served in WWII. Our exhibit team has spent countless hours researching all the  people listed on the Honor Roll and have compiled information on many of them. This  exhibit is one you don’t want to miss!

The exhibit will be open to the public daily from 11 AM to 3 PM at the Dana Adobe Cultural Center in Nipomo. Admission is $5 per person.

For more information, call (805) 929-5679.

The work of Millford Zornes is made possible by the generosity of Maria and Hal Baker, Milford’s daughter, and son-in-law, and curated by Shirley Horacek  with help from the DANA exhibit committee.