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CITY REVIEWS TRAFFIC CALMING OPTIONS local vets provide funeral honors A Chat with Mayor-elect moreno downtown hosts annual taco day



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c ontents FEATURES

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SOMETHING WORTH READING 06 Publisher’s Letter ROUND TOWN 08 Colony Buzz 10 Santa Margarita: Small Town, Big Heart 12 Pope X 3: Thankful Trees 13 Echo: North SLO County’s Homeless Shelter COLONY PEOPLE

14 A Chat with Mayor-Elect Heather Moreno


20 Downtown Hosts Taco Day on Traffic Way 21 Neighbors in Need: Giving Season

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BUSINESS 24 Business Spotlight: Diane Cassidy, Amdal Transport Services, and A Beautiful Face TENT CITY 25 Performing Arts: Wine Country Theatre presents Next To Normal 26 Nonprofit Spotlight: CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates 27 The Importance of Agricultural Education by Dr. James Brescia, Ed.D 28 Birth of Atascadero by Atascadero Historical Society



29 Celebrate Cinnamon, by Lori Foster


30 Activity & Event Guide 31 Veteran’s Day Services in the North County

LAST WORD 34 Nutcracker Ballet Returns to Templeton 34 AARP Card Club Plays Three Times Weekly


Faces of Freedom Veteran’s Memorial Photo by Nicholas Mattson

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I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,

Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong, The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam, The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work, The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,

The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,

The wood-cutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown, The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing, Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,

The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly, Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs. Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass


appy Thanksgiving everyone! It is a favorite of mine, and it was an honor to enjoy breakfast with David Kudija and Elizabeth Schumann, board members of Thanksgiving for Paso Robles — now entering its 34th year, it serves a free Thanksgiving meal to nearly 1,000 people including deliveries — breaking “giving season” wide open. Giving, sharing, and preparing for the coldest and darkest time of the year was a way of life, and an important means of survival in many communities around the world through the previous millennia. We are now in an age of fiber optic speeds, Amazon retail, and artificial moons, but our important festivals from ages past — making their way through a few costume changes along the way — still remind us how much we need each other and give us the opportunity to share and share alike. We share a special community. Our October parades and festivals are a showcase of what makes our home unique — Pioneer Day in Paso Robles, and Colony Days in Atascadero. As with all homes, it is more precious when they are shared with friends and family. As we wind down the year and think about all the people who made a difference in our lives, planning the purchase or creation of gifts and meals, remember to also protect and serve our home by participating in democracy, charitable work, and donating to worthy causes. Shopping local is also a powerful way to keep our community strong. When you shop local, including advertising in locally-owned publications, around 30 percent more of your money stays in the community. That is a big bonus at the end of the year! Check out our Holiday Gift Guide before you make that Amazon purchase! At the end of the day, the more we share locally, the more wealthy we become as a community. That means more to share with our favorite local nonprofit or house of worship! Imagine 30 percent more food at Loaves & Fishes, 30 percent more Toys for Tots or Coats for Kids! What goes around comes around. Any way you slice it, every month of the year, when you buy local, or pay your local bills, remember that it means more for your home community and that is a gift that keeps on giving all year long!

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Glenn’s Rental & Repair Celebrates 50 Years of Business in Atascadero

Coats for Kids Warms Up the


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By Barbie Butz

t may still be warm, but the Coats for Kids committee is gearing up for the Christmas distribution in December. We need new and gently used coats, jackets, sweaters and sweatshirts for children and adults to be distributed to families in need here in North SLO County. On December 12th Coats for Kids will partner with Atascadero Loaves and Fishes, Kiwanis, Toys for Tots and Salvation Army during the Loaves and Fishes Christmas Project at the National Guard Armory in Atascadero. We will partner with Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles, Toys for Tots and Salvation Army at the Paso Robles Event Center for “A Day of Giving” on December 15th. Based on last year’s statistics and combining both distributions, Coats for Kids will serve over 800 families, or approximately 4,000 individuals in North SLO County. Between the two events we serve those in need from San Miguel to Santa Margarita and all outlying areas of the north county with a warm item to wear. Please check your closets for gently used coats or jackets that you or your children are no longer wearing. Take them to any North SLO County cleaners and they will clean them at no charge. A committee member will pick them up. It’s as simple as that! If you want to purchase a new item, please purchase for a child from toddler through grade six. Drop-off boxes will soon be visible in some locations around the area, otherwise you can take new items to the cleaners, but mark item “NEW.” A committee member will get those, too. For more information visit our Facebook page, visit the website at coats-for-kids.net, or call Barbie at 805-4611234. Thanks for your support!

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ne of Atascadero’s oldest still-op- solar panels, installed new lighter-colored erating businesses, Glenn’s roof that reflects heat to cut down on Rental & Repair — which cele- cooling bills, new LED lighting, upped brated it’s 50th anniversary this year and its recycling game and cut its water conwas also named the Atascadero Cham- sumption, all reflected on its monthly ber of Commerce Business of the Year utility bills and verified by Honda. “It’s a tough bar,” Auslen said. “It’s 2018 — has joined the elite ranks of their highest award. It’s pretty Honda dealers that have awesome, nobody else can say received the company’s that. We’ve done a lot in the highest award for environpast five years here to change mental sustainability. the dynamics of the business.” Glenn’s Repair & Rent“It’s a win-win,” said Ausal is one of only four other en’s wife Kate. “It’s good for Honda dealerships nationus, it’s good for the environwide to receive the comment, it saves money and the pany’s Platinum Environcustomers appreciate that mental Leadership Award we’re becoming more and and one of only two power more sustainable.” tool dealerships. The other Geoff and Kate recently two platinum award-winGeoff Auslen ners are car dealerships loPhoto by Luke Phillips received a plaque commemorating their achievement cated in big cities, making Glenn’s Repair & Rental the only small from a Honda corporate representative town business to have received the honor. with Atascadero Mayor Tom O’Malley In order to receive the award, the busi- in attendance to give his congratulations. “We overachieve a little bit,” Auslen ness had to reduce its resource consumption by 50 percent, owner Geoff Auslen said. “We actually did every single edusaid. Auslen started working toward the cational module that Honda offered in goal after learning about the award at a the power equipment world. We like to Honda convention in Las Vegas a year kind of set the bar a little high. It makes ago. Since then, the business has installed a difference.”

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Raising the Roof for Local Seniors


t’s fall in Santa Margarita — there’s that wonderful crispness in the air, the leaves are turning colors and beginning to drop, creating a protective blanket over the earth. It’s the time when we turn our thoughts inward to home, friendship, family and hot meals. These very same comforts are promoted and provided for our local seniors year round at the Santa Margarita Senior Center through the Santa Margarita Area Senior Citizens Club (SMASC) and The Meals That Connect Senior Nutrition Program of San Luis Obispo County. Senior citizens are cherished in our community and both the Senior Citizen Club and The Meals That Connect program

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help to keep our seniors active and involved. The SMASC has fun monthly membership meetings with themed potluck events and activities every second Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. Examples of past themes include last month’s Halloween potluck where members were encouraged to dress up in costumes while playing an exciting round of bingo following lunch, and September’s sock-hop which included old-time cars, pizza, milkshakes, and 40’s 50’s or 60’s clothing. The Meals That Connect program is a nonprofit organization that serves nutritional hot lunches to more than 1,800 seniors in community dining rooms throughout SLO County every weekday. Their mission is to “enhance the health, reduce isolation,

and increase socialization of SLO County residents who are 60-plus years of age.” But a leaky roof and October’s threat of rain nearly halted everyone’s good times and hot meals. Time was short but the news soon spread through town where enthusiastic community members and business owners rallied to the cause. A large and very successful fundraising event called Raising the Roof was put on at Ancient Peaks’ Oyster Ridge barn on June 24. This fun-filled evening included a delicious meal prepared by The Range, music by the always entertaining Monty Mills and The Lucky Horseshoe Band, as well as silent and live auctions. Many of our seniors were in attendance including 104-year-old Henry Barba, Herold Low (99) and his wife, Ginny (95), as well as most of Santa Margarita’s other residents who danced the night away while giving generously. The total money raised by this event was in excess of the needed $11,000 goal and we are happy to report that the new roof is com-

pleted and the good times and hot meals continued to enhance the lives of our cherished seniors as the early October rains fell. Santa Margarita Senior Center is located at 22210 H Street in Santa Margarita. For information on The Meals That Connect program, call Dave at 805-438-5854 or visit mealsthat connect.or or facebook.com/SantaMargarita-Area-Senior-CitizensClub-1585031628428816

Upcoming gatherings in Santa Margarita for November:

• Saturday, November 3 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Game day at Santa Margarita Library. • November 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Native American Crafting at the SM Library. November 17, 5:30 p.m. Santa Margarita Community Church’s annual free “Community Thanksgiving Dinner” held at the Santa Margarita Elementary School.


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ThankfulTREES By Sarah Pope


hanksgiving is fun and delicious... once it’s actually happening right in front of you. Admit it, getting to that amazing moment when you finally get to sit at your picture-perfect dining room table surrounded by your favorite foods and your closest family and friends can be a bit overwhelming. Don’t tell anyone, but I have been privileged to be a guest and not a host (yet), but to only to be in charge of keeping the kids entertained and out of the kitchen. Since the majority are mine! This can be quite the job on its own! As you know, I’m a lover of fun finger foods and do-it-yourself crafts, so there couldn’t be a more perfect person for the job.

I do have to say, the comical Thanksgiving Mad-Libs I stumbled upon on Pinterest were quite a hit last year. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, Mad-Libs are a template word game where one player will ask another or a group for an “adjective� or “plural noun� for the blanks in a story. My oldest had the family rolling (literally, from too much turkey) in laughter. “I smell the hairy turkey cooking in the oven, as I sit here, talking about toenails with my cousin. All this lumpy food is calling my name, but I’m stuck playing this lame word game.� Not only is Thanksgiving a time for turkey and pumpkin pie, it’s also a time to be grateful for what we have. It’s essential that the kids

realize it’s more than a HUGE meal, a playdate with cousins and lots of desserts. A thankful tree has been a creative way of capturing their mindset each year and to get them thinking about the things for which they are most thankful. First, send the kids outside on a scavenger hunt to collect a few long tree branches and some beautiful fall leaves. Things will get messy, so I suggest setting up a craft table outside if the weather allows. Welcome them to jazz up their branch-

es with glitter and paint. Once they are dry, place them into a vase. Next, have them use their leaves to trace onto colorful construction paper or cardstock, then cut them out. With a hole punch and some yarn, make your leaves “hangable,’ so they can be placed onto the branches. Your kids will love and appreciate this meaningful responsibility each Thanksgiving. Place a uniquely-designed leaf at each place setting for your guest to see and use. Hang and enjoy reading what others are most thankful for too! I wish you and your family a November full of new and old traditions! Happy Thanksgiving! @popex3

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El Camino Homeless Organization provides residents a path to success


By Heather Young

he El Camino Homeless Organization is in the business of helping people help themselves into permanent housing. The organization has been in existence since 2001, started by Atascadero residents Mike and Charlotte Byrne. When it first started, the shelter rotated locations each month until finding a year-round home at the First Baptist Church. Several years ago, the nonprofit had the opportunity to purchase the church when the building went up for sale. Since buying that building, ECHO staff, residents, and volunteers have been working to make the shelter more than just a place to spend the night. “Even though we are a shelter, we provide a home, a home environment,” ECHO CEO and President Wendy Lewis said. “It just happens to be home for 50 people.” Every night at 4:30 p.m., ECHO opens its doors to serve dinner to an average of 80 people. “In the evening, we offer a meal to anyone who is hungry,” Lewis said. “It’s kind of a way to show we care.” Lewis added that some people partake in the free meal as a way to prevent homelessness because they are low-income and have a choice between buying food or paying a bill. Those who come for the meal only have to sign in, no one has to prove anything.

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For those who want to stay in the shelter, they meet with a caseworker to see if they would be a good fit for ECHO’s program. “The case manager determines if they are a fit for our program,” Lewis said. “They have to drug- and alcohol-free and be ready to a do a lot of hard work.” If the person is a fit for the program and there is an open bed, he or she meets with the caseworker again to set a plan. Lewis said that new residents are given five days to settle in and catch up on sleep before jumping into the plan. “[The caseworkers] really try to fit the needs of that person,” Lewis said about the plan that is put together for each person, adding that each person and situation is unique, so each plan is as well. The ultimate goal of the program, Lewis said, is to get each person into permanent housing. For some people that includes getting a job, staying drug- or alcohol-free, getting higher paying work or just getting back on their feet after a crisis. In the first nine months of 2018, Lewis said that 95 people successfully graduated from the program. The program lasts 90 days, but each person or family group can get up to three one-month extensions. The nonprofit relies on donations from individuals, other nonprofits and businesses to allow them to help even more people. To find out how you can help, go to echoshelter.org.


Being homeless is terrifying and exhausting. ECHO volunteers and staff enable homeless individuals and families to feel safe and secure. They are treated with dignity and respect. ECHO’s policies are reviewed, including zero tolerance for alcohol and substance abuse. ECHO clients must agree to follow policies at all times.


Within five days of entering the shelter, clients are assigned a case manager who helps identify core issues for their homelessness. ECHO case managers understand what resources are available in the county and they help clients develop an action plan to become housed. Case managers advocate for clients with the Veteran’s and Social Security Administrations. They also assist clients with employment counseling, transportation, clothing and other needs.


Of those who work their case management program, 70 percent of ECHO clients have found housing within 90 days.* If clients are adhering to their plan, but need more time, they may stay longer at ECHO. *Based on data analysis from January – June 2014

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COLONY PEOPLE So I can have tamales and still be OK?

Meet your next Mayor Heather Moreno Talks About the Job, Priorities, Weight Loss, and Tamales.


month before the election, Heather Moreno spotted one of her campaign signs planted near City Hall and pointed. “Vote for that woman,” she joked. “I hear she’s a good one.” Of course, she didn’t need to lobby: As the only candidate in Atascadero’s mayoral race, victory was assured. We sat down with the next mayor, who is also a professional weightloss coach, at the Sunken Gardens for a lighthearted conversation about her new job, weight loss and tamales.

How does it sound — Mayor Moreno?

It’s exciting, and it’s quite an honor. It’s a big job, and I feel really prepared for it.

Did you think when you moved here that... when did you move here?

2004, and the answer is no. I never had political aspirations. We are in such an upward trajectory. In my two and a half years on the Planning Commission and six years on the Council, I built a lot of relationships. And that is critical to keeping all of this moving in that forward direction — continuing to bring more investment to Atascadero and the things we want.

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I like tamales, and I’m OK. We don’t want to discourage anyone from tamales.

Will you talk to other mayors around — is there a mayor's club?

There is a mayors’ meeting that happens once a month, addressing issues that affect us regionally. It’s an opportunity to share best practices and be able to collaborate.

What would you like your first priority to be? Atascadero is a great place to live. It’s becoming a better place to shop and eat. But it also needs to be a better place to work. We need head-ofhousehold jobs here.

What are you most excited about that's happening?

If I had one thing maybe it’s La Plaza (future commercial/retail development) because that has been a need for so long. But it’s hard to pick any one thing. It’s just all of it coming together. City Hall, getting back in there five years ago. The reason we were able to do the footbridge — that was leftover redevelopment funds because we came in under budget on City Hall. We have more investment coming into our town than we had before. We’re making easier for businesses to do business here.

You were a CPA for a long time. I’m still licensed.

What's your favorite place in Atascadero? Did you decide you didn't want to do that anymore — that you hate numbers?

No, I love numbers. I know numbers. I’m good at numbers. It was my last semester of studying for my accounting degree, and I was taking an upper division GE course on nutrition and drugs. I had been interested in health and fitness, and I thought, “Oh, I should have done something like this.” It was just an interest of mine that grew over time. The personal training thing morphed, and now what I do is one-onone coaching.

What's the biggest misperception we have about weight loss?

I think the biggest myth about losing weight is that you don’t enjoy it — that you have to deprive yourself and be miserable. That’s just not true.

What should you do the most? One of the best things you can do is ask, “Am I hungry?” before you eat. We eat for all sorts of reasons that have nothing to do with physical hunger. And make sure you are eating what you enjoy.

The Three Bridges Trail is awesome. You get to the top and you have that view of Atascadero. I’m excited about Joy Park. Parents for Joy came to us five years ago on the Council and said we need an all-inclusive playground, and as a Council we said, “Yeah, we think that’s a great idea,” so we set aside the space at Colony Park and gave that to them and earlier this year and gave them $500,000 in impact fees.

Who's idea was the giant wreath (on City Hall)?

Usually we do the tree lighting. And we lost the one Deodor cedar last year. The other trees are just stressed, and putting lights on them is stressful. So last year we decided, let’s do the wreath. Because we still wanted to have the lighting and be festive for the holidays.

That was an impressive wreath. It was gigantic, wasn’t it?

Publisher’s Note: We thank Mayor-elect Heather Moreno for sitting down with us for the Q&A. While Mrs. Moreno is unopposed and scheduled for installation, there are many candidates and issues on the ballot that need your vote, for and against. Exercise your voice by making it to the polls on Tuesday, November 6. Do your research, and look into the issues and candidates from all angles wherever possible. Thank you for being part of our Constitutional fabric.

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A Few Good Men Carry on Tradition

Central Coast Leatherneck Honor Guard Provides Full Military Funeral Honors Special to COLONY Magazine


n most any Tuesday, between 8 and 9 a.m. at A-Town Diner in the City of Atascadero, you will find a group of Marine veterans gathered around the round table in the middle of the dining area. They may just look like a group of senior citizens, talking about their grandkids, the cost of living and casually solving local and national problems over a cup of coffee. They have been going to the same cafe so long, they don’t need a menu, they just tell the waitress “I will have the usual,” this is good because most of them can’t remember what the usual was. So it’s like being back in the military again, eat what you’re served as long as the coffee keeps coming. In 1999, the federal government asked for assistance in honoring veteran funerals, and at the San Luis Obispo Old Mission Church some of the veterans that meet each week at the A-Town Diner rendered their first Military Funeral Honors Ceremony for a fellow veteran. Because of the continued request from local families, the Central Coast Leatherneck Honor Guard a non-profit organization was created. All of these local veterans, besides proudly serving our country during WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam War, and later, continue to serve their country and their fellow veterans, by rendering Full Military Funeral Honors Ceremonies at veterans funeral. Three Rifle Volley Salute This is the oldest of the customs of a Military Funeral Honors Ceremonies. The custom was originated for American soldiers during the Revolutionary War when each Army would stop the fighting so that the wounded and dead could be cared for or buried. Once the dead had been buried, each side would fire a three rifle volley salute over their graves. This let the other side know that they were ready to resume the fighting. Following the Civil War, the custom of firing a Three Rifle Volley Salute at active duty military funerals was extended to veterans that had honorably served their country.

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Playing of Taps “Taps” is an American Bugle Call, composed by the Union General Daniel Butterfield while camped at Harrison’s Landing Virginia in 1862. “Taps” replaced the earlier bugle call “Tattoo” that was thought to be too formal. The new bugle call became known as “Taps” because it could be tapped out on a drum in the absence of a bugler. Within a year, both the North and the South Army’s were playing “Taps” at the burial of their soldiers. In 1864, “Taps” was adopted by the Army as the officially bugle call to be played at Military funerals and at day’s end on military bases to signal “lights out.” Holding the Flag for Taps At the funeral of a veteran when “Taps” is played, the flag that has covered the casket will be raised and held open. All military members at the funeral (except the bugler and military personnel holding the flag) will render a hand salute until the playing of “Taps” is completed. This is also done at memorial services where there is no casket. The Folding of the Burial Flag The Flag will be folded into a triangular shape with only the blue field with stars showing. The shape of the flag when completely folded takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, reminding us of the hats worn by the soldiers, sailors and marines that served under General George Washington and Captain John Paul Jones during the Revolutionary War. These men fought to preserve for us the rights, privileges and freedoms that we all enjoy today. Care by all members of the Folding Detail is of the utmost importance to make sure the burial flag is correctly folded, because this will be the last time that this flag will ever be folded. Shape of the Folded Flag This triangular shape has always been the traditional way that burial flags for U.S. military personnel have been folded.

Presenting the Flag The flag is then presented to the next of kin, or other appropriate family member as a keepsake, using the words “Please accept this flag from a grateful nation, the President of the United States, and Secretary of [Branch of Service for the veteran] for your loved one’s service to the United States of America. After the burial flag has been presented at a veterans funeral or memorial it should never be opened or flown again or displayed in any way other than in the triangular shape in which it was presented to the family of the veteran. Collection of Three Spent Casings One of Rifle Firing Detail members will collect three spent casings following the Rifle Volley Salute. These casings will be placed in a small black bag and given to the next of kin. With the following wording “Keep these pieces of brass, together with our Nations Flag. As you remember and memorialize your loved one finial military formation and their service to our country. They stand for Honor, Courage & Commitment, the three main character traits embodied in every true American patriot.” Playing Military Branch Song At the conclusion of the Military Honor Ceremony the musicians will play the Song of the Veterans Branch of Military service. Central Coast Leatherneck Honor Guard The Central Coast Leatherneck Honor Guard organization is looking for a few proud Marines to continue its mission of rendering Full Military Funeral Honors for the deserving veterans of the San Luis Obispo area.

For more info regarding the Central Coast Leatherneck Honor Guard, go to leatherneckhonorguard.org, or stop by the A-Town Diner on any Tuesday between 8 and 9 a.m.

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Read more about our Holiday Gift Guide shops on the next page. CONTEST: Collect a business card from each shop, take a picture of all 9 cards together by Nov. 20 and email to publisher@pasomagazine.com, or post to our Facebook Page for a chance to win a $200 Gift Card to the shop of your choice!

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Bijou on the Park — Paso Robles

anna & mom — Atascadero

• The woman who wants to look like herself and not the masses • Explore swoon-worthy clothing, ridiculously cute baby items and chic home accessories • Get lost in our store, soak in the beautifully curated merchandise • Mention this ad for 15% off one item!

clothing & gifts for children & the people who love them.

• Clothing & Accessories for women, girls, boys, baby & maternity • Home Accents • Toys & books & gifts • anna & mom offer something for everyone

Bella Jule — Paso Robles

Farron Elizabeth — Atascadero

• Cutting edge software to design your special piece of jewelry • Use gems of your own or a piece with a Bella Jule Designs diamond or gemstone • Custom, tailored designs • Friendly, comfortable atmosphere • Stop by and meet the Bella Jule designers!

• Fun women’s boutique located in the heart of Downtown Atascadero • Wide variety of clothing, jewelry & accessories • Well made products at an affordable price • Tons of new inventory every week • Come let one of our friendly staff members put together an entire outfit for under $100!

815 12th St. Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 296-3833 • bijouonthepark.com

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10am - 6pm | Friday-Saturday 10am - 7pm

1224 Pine St, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 238-2231 • bellajule.com

Hours: Tu-Th 10am - 5:30pm | Fri 10am - 6pm | Sat 10am - 3pm

Hope Chest Emporium — Atascadero 5800 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422 FB & Insta: @TheHopeChestEmporium (805) 440-9703

• A unique blend of locally-made, restored or repurposed furniture, decor, candles, garden items, and so much more. • Items to use in your home and garden or give as a wonderful gift • New items arrive daily — come by anytime and browse!

Hours: Open Daily from 10am - 5:30pm

Sixteen Twenty — Paso Robles

831 13th Street, Paso Robles, 93446 (805) 369-2829 (805) 610-1828 for a private shopping appt. Offering a trip through history with our finer home goods, gifts, decor, and yearround holidays. Come see our reproduction painted primitive furniture, vintage Christmas and much more! We even have a room dedicated to men! They deserve to have fun too!

Hours: M-T-Th-F-Sat-Sun 10:30am - 5:30pm | Closed on Wednesday Thank you for shopping local, and enjoying our Unique Boutique shops with Great Gift Ideas Holiday Gift Guide. If you haven’t stopped in to say hi to new and longtime local business, please do and tell them PASO & COLONY Magazine sent you!

Our locally-owned shops are ready to make your holidays the best ever with hometown love and warmth. CONTEST: Collect a business card from each shop, take a picture of all 9 cards together by Nov. 20 and email to publisher@pasomagazine.com, or post to our Facebook Page for a chance to win a $200 Gift Card to the shop of your choice!

5945 Entrada Ave. Atascadero, CA 93422 (805) 464-2922 • annaandmom.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am - 5pm | Closed on Sunday

5955 Entrada Ave. Atascadero, CA 93422 (805) 464-7977 • farronelizabeth.com

Hours: M-Th 10:30am - 6pm | Fri 10:30am - 7pm | Sat. 11am - 6pm

Funky Wonderland Vintage — Paso Robles 829 10th Street, Paso Robles, California 93446 (805) 369-2781 • funkywonderland.com

Now open in Paso Robles, featuring a fun collection of vintage apparel, collectibles, Hollywood memorabilia and art! We love providing visitors with unique and fun items that they won’t find elsewhere. Come take a peek at our inventory, and a step back in time, and enjoy the obnoxious and alluring collection that is none other than Funky Wonderland Vintage.

Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-6pm | Sun 11am-5am | Closed Monday

Holiday Craft Boutique — Templeton American Legion Hall 805 S. Main St. Templeton, CA 93465

• A fall classic for more than 30 years! • More than 25 handmade vendors • Knitters, crocheters, jewelry makers, soap and lotion makers, soy candle manufacturers, plus a craft-welder and fabric fabricator

TempletonHolidayCraftBoutique@gmail.com Hours: Saturday, Nov. 3 — 9am - 5pm | Sunday, Nov. 4 — 10am - 3pm

Park Street Gallery — Paso Robles 1320 Park Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 286-4430 • parkstreetgallery.com

• Paso Robles’ Finest Art Gallery • Featuring unique and one-of-a-kind gifts • Finely created by prominent Central Coast Artists • Join us for “Art After Dark” every first Saturday of the month from 6-9pm and meet the artists!

Hours: Sun-Th 11am - 6pm | Fri -Sat Noon - 7pm | Closed Tuesday Bring this coupon & receive 10% off your purchase thru 12/24/18.

Twelve Paths Tae Kwon Do

Providing positive, non-competitive traditional Korean discipline, dynamic martial arts achieving self-respect Knowledge will give you power, but character will give you respect. Ages 8+ Mondays & Wednesdays

Internet Video Game Designers & Explore the world of Internet Gaming through designing web-based game apps. Learn to make games for computers and applications! No programming knowledge necessary. Ages 10+ November 12th or November 21st

Zumba/Dance Fusion

Exercise is a joy with combining traditional Latin Zumba steps with expressive, contemporary styles of dance and beats from around the world. All to exercise the mind and body! No experience needed. Ages 18+ Mondays & Fridays

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Taco Day on Traffic Way By Annie Wilson of Grape Encounters Wine Empourium

ave you been downtown lately? If not, you are missing a very exciting time in our community. Many new businesses have opened in the past year and there are more places to eat and drink and shop than ever before! When we started four years ago as an informal group of downtown business owners and managers, we planned our very first event, Taco Day on Traffic Way. We are now coming up on our fourth annual “Taco Day� and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever! Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. to join your neighbors for amazing tacos, music, art, activities, and exploring new businesses downtown! Last year’s taco participants included: Shave ‘n Flav, Micro BBQ, Taqueria Don Jose, Dark Nectar,


Socrates and Byblos Mediterranean Grill. Participation is free for non-profit organizations and low cost for other non-food vendors as well. This year will have a panel of taco judges as well as people’s choice voting. For information, email deana@the-carlton.com. Our downtown organization also put together the annual Trick or Treat on Entrada free event which takes place every Halloween, with trick-or-treating, a hay maze and costume contests for children and even pets! Remember to bring your family next year! We also recently participated in two other local events, the 3rd Annual Cornhole Showdown, which benefited the high school international champions robotics team The GreyBots,and the Colony Days Parade to raise awareness of our downtown efforts.

Next year, we’ll be challenging other downtown businesses to participate in the Cornhole Showdown and we proved that lack of cornholing experience is no barrier to having fun and making new friends while supporting a great cause. Congratulations and recognition go to Mike LoPicolo and his team that puts together this great event. Atascadero is very fortunate to have an active arts community here, with galleries — ärt/, and Heartwork City Studios — both

of which offer classes; a great art supply store, framers and gallery space in The ARTery; a terrific new record store at Traffic Records; and businesses that display art as well. One of my favorite shows is The ARTery’s annual Under $200 Art Show, which opens Friday, November 16. Artists of all skill levels are welcome to submit up to two pieces of art by Saturday, November 10. Visit the1artery.com for more information, and come to the opening! As the mornings get cooler and the days get shorter, our town sees less tourist traffic and it can be a trying time for small businesses. We are cheered by our loyal customers, and hope that more Atascadero residents will try to keep their shopping dollars local. There are some wonderful new stores here, perfect for unique holiday gifts. All you have to do is take a walk through downtown to check out what’s happening and you’ll see, we really are undergoing an Atascadero Renaissance. See you downtown!



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Neighbors in Need

Resources and ways to help this holiday season By Meagan Friberg

“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” ~ Booker T. Washington


here are many among us in need this holiday season, and there are many among us wanting to help our neighbors in need. This is the heart of our community. Here is a sampling of ways to help and to find help. Look for more ideas in our December edition of COLONY Magazine.

Atascadero Loaves & Fishes

The center and food pantry, located at 511 El Camino Real, is open from 1-3 p.m. Monday through Friday to distribute groceries and essential household items to those in need in Atascadero, Templeton, Santa Margarita, Creston, and California Valley. For more information, call

805-461-1504 or see atascadero loaves.org. HELP IS NEEDED! Volunteer! Call Carol at 805460-6582 or click on the Volunteer link at atascaderoloaves.org to learn more. Donate! Mail a check to Atascadero Loaves & Fishes, 5411 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422 or click the Donate link at atascaderoloaves.org.

Atascadero Loaves & Fishes Holiday Project

The 2018 distribution event is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 12. Sign-ups will take place in early December, and all participants must pre-register. At press time, sign-up dates were unavailable; see atascaderoloaves.org/holiday-proj ect.html for updates or call 805461-1504 for more information. Be prepared to bring the follow-

ing to registration: photo ID and 2018 proof of address for all adults in household, and health insurance card for each child. All participants must live in the Atascadero Loaves & Fishes service area.

Atascadero Salvation Army

Families in need of assistance are encouraged to call 805-4667201 or stop by the Salvation Army Service Center at 8420 El Camino Real Unit G on Wednesday or Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon. The holiday kettle campaign helps generate funds to carry the organization through the entire fiscal year. With additional costs during the holiday season, and continued assistance with utility bills, food distribution, and other services to local families, the need for donations is urgent. HELP IS NEEDED! Be a Bell Ringer! Individuals, families, and groups help ring bells and collect funds at kettles daily Nov. 19 to Dec. 23, except Sundays. Volunteer for two-hour shifts; call 805-466-7201 to schedule a time slot.

ECHO Shelter

Since 2001, the El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO) has provided critical case management and helped families and individuals find permanent housing. Services include: safe shelter, meal program, and employment services including resume and job search assistance. For more information, call 805-462-3663 or stop by 6370 Atascadero Ave. HELP IS NEEDED! Volunteer! Be a meal provider, overnight chaperone, greeter, outdoor monitor, or intake worker. Or help with data input, laundry, and general cleanup. See echoshelter.org for more information. Donate! Click on the Donate link at echoshelter.org or send a check to: ECHO, P.O. Box 2077, Atascadero, CA 93423. Do you know of additional organizations or individuals offering help during the holiday season? Email meagan@pasomagazine.com by November 5. From all of us at COLONY Magazine, Happy Thanksgiving!

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Calming the Corridor

Downtown Design Calls for Slower Pace and More Parking Space in the Colony District By Kofi Ogbujiagba


he Atascadero City Council is currently considering a plan to calm traffic along the El Camino Real corridor in Atascadero and if approved, it would transform downtown into a calmer and more business and traffic-friendly hub of activity that could boost business and increase the recreational opportunities for both residents and visitors. The plan would merge the existing four lanes of the corridor into one lane in each direction, from the intersection of Highway 41 to the intersection of Rosario Avenue, with the purpose to enhance public safety and provide additional facilities for leisure. According to the City Public Works Department, the design layouts “provide for pedestrian and bicycle safety with enhanced facilities and traffic calming measures. The layouts significantly increase the number of onstreet public parking for visitors patronizing businesses and attending special events.” According to Community Development Director Phil Dunsmore, the plan would create a “sense of place” and increase economic opportunities in the downtown area. “It would also create a kind of intimacy whereby people can drive in and relax and not just drive through the city,’ he said. Terrie Banish, Deputy City Manager for Outreach, Promotions and Events, said that the plan would boost business by encouraging people to come downtown to enjoy events — such as farmers’ market, Dancing in the Streets, Colony Days, and others. It would help the City to show its downtown charm and “showcase our friendly community — classic Americana,” Banish said.

When completed, each of the two lanes would have street parking spaces and also some decorative trees to beautify the sidewalks as well as bike paths for the growing number of cyclists who find the downtown corridor ideal for biking. The plan is envisaged to invite shoppers and other visitors to the downtown area to get acclimated to a more leisurely pace of life that would encourage people to stop, park, shop and patronize the various bars, restaurants and businesses that are located in the area. The plan has received favorable comments from some business owners who believe that it would help their businesses to thrive. Annie Guerrero, Assistant Manager of the Carlton Hotel, said that “slowing down cars makes for a better downtown.” Expectedly, there are mixed reactions from some members of the Atascadero business community to the Traffic Calming Proposal. Fred Pflum, Owner of Pflum’s Atascadero Muffler & Used Cars, whose shop is at the intersection of El Camino Real and Traffic

Way, was very critical of the idea. “It is the dumbest thing that I have seen in this city. Traffic is already hazardous and if they merge the lanes, it is going to be worse than it is,” he said. He urged the city planners to visit the intersection of Traffic Way and El Camino Real at 7:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. on weekdays to see what it is like there. According to him, “ it is a fiasco at this intersection when the kids go to school in the morning or when they get out of school later in the day.” Dennis Swanson, Owner/Photographer of Studio 101 West was more measured in his response. “I would rather have the traffic the way that it is because there are no businesses on the other side [Rabobank side] of the street that warrants additional parking spaces.” According to the Public Works Department, KTUA of San Diego is assisting the City with the analysis and development of the corridor plan while CCTC OF Morro Bay is working as a subconsultant to KTUA to provide traffic engineering and operations analysis.

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A Beautiful Face

Amdal Transport Services



Healthy, glowing skin

Get Where You Need to Be

or the past 11 years, Esthetician Linda Davis has given her clients “a world of beauty and relaxation” through her charming skin care business in Templeton. Linda recently moved to a new, beautiful suite at 75 North Main St., #B in Templeton. “I love what I do,” Linda said “After so many years in business, it’s still gratifying when a client walks in with a big smile and says, ‘I’ve been looking forward to seeing you all week.’ My field is constantly changing, and I attend numerous, advanced training programs. From ancient to modern esthetic techniques, the skin is stimulated to improve its overall function and health. Every step in my treatments work to restore the skin’s natural radiance. Skin dysfunction such as acne, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation occur when biological processes become impeded.” The pampering and relaxing facials include the Signature Deluxe (No. 1 client favorite!), Le Petite Express, Red Carpet Grand Deluxe, along with treatments for anti-aging, deep hydration, microdermabrasion and enzyme therapy. Special touches include luscious spiced apple, orange and chocolate facials…. perfect for gift certificates for your special gal. Linda uses the professional product lines DMK, Yonka Paris, PCA, Skin Script and more. For radiant skin, contact Linda at ldskincare@yahoo.com or 805-434-2961. Visit BeautifulFace.biz to sign up for Linda’s email newsletter for specials and to receive a 10-percent off certificate. Purchase instant gift certificates for any occasion and read the “glowing” testimonials from her clients!


stablished in 2014, Amdal Transport Services (ATS) is the only non-emergency transport provider in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties that offers ambulatory, wheelchair and gurney services throughout California. Andrew Jackson is the Director of Service Development. He adds, “Joining Amdal In-Home Care in 2014 has allowed me to have a greater understanding of senior needs, as well as the needs of our community. I was soon approached by the medical community to consider developing a non-emergency medical transport provider for the Central Coast. By 2015, ATS was incorporated into a separate entity and the adventure began.” ATS serves all five hospitals on the Central Coast and recently opened a new office in Santa Barbara County. Transport options include local and long distance medical appointments, hospital discharges and personal journeys as well. Wheelchairs are also available. The ATS driver can also serve as a “personal assistant” during transport; providing ambulation, mobility and safe transfer assistance. It’s a “through door” service that safely returns the client to their home. Other services include attending appointments, assisting with paperwork, picking up prescription medication before drop-off and transferring client into bed or recliner. ATS also provides the service of a PCA (Personal Care Attendant) during the transport. Care attendants can assist clients during the trip and/or when they return home to include personal care and assisting with incidentals. Transports are private; offering limited additional seating at no cost. Family, caregivers and medical personnel are encouraged to travel with clients. Office locations include Atascadero, Santa Maria and Santa Barbara with transport services throughout California. For more information, visit amdaltransportservices.com or call 844-464-7250.

Diane Cassidy — Over 16 Years of Caring for her Clients

he attraction of San Luis Obispo County along with the desirable types of properties available has created a real estate market that is quite unique. There’s something for every buyer and tons of potential for sellers. Realtor® Diane Cassidy combines her experience in mortgage banking and real estate with her exceptional level of professionalism and service to her clients. Early in her career, she earned the distinction of Fine Home Specialist while working with a Fortune 500 company. Prior to joining RE/Max Parkside in Paso Robles, Diane secured the distinction and professional certification as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist — SRES, earning the certification

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through the education that applies to clients who are 50-plus years old. The concerns of older clients regarding their financial matters, downsizing, selling the family home, possibly relocating can be different from younger sellers and buyers. Within the financial side of the housing industry, Diane’s interest in home staging, interior design and decorating resulted in the establishment of Golden Oak Estate Sales — a personal property and estate liquidation company serving San Luis Obispo County. Working with seniors and their real estate transactions is just one of Diane’s specialties as it ties into her business Golden Oak Estate Sales. Diane’s experience in strategic planning, financial management, marketing, and event planning brings organization and compassion to her client’s real estate transaction; often one of the most important situations in their lives. Golden Oak Estate Sales is licensed, bonded, insured and affiliated with the American Association of Estate Liquidators.

Through Diane’s years of community service through her church, nonprofits and service clubs, she’s touched the lives of thousands of people. Community affiliations past and present include El Paso de Robles Historical Society, Paso Robles Main Street Association, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children), and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Contact Diane at 805-4348300 and DianeCassidy@Remax.net.

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LOCAL BUSINESS winecountrytheatre.com


ine Country Theatre presents the musical Next to Normal November 16 – December 2 at the Park Ballroom in Paso Robles. An emotional powerhouse of a musical, Next to Normal features a compelling Tony Award-winning pop rock score that shatters through the façade of a suburban family dealing with the traumatic effects of mental illness. Winner of three Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this intense, emotional, yet ultimately hopeful musical makes a direct grab for the heart with a story that takes us inside the lives of a typical American family that’s anything but typical. The New York Times said “NEXT TO NORMAL is a brave, breathtaking musical... It is something much more than a feel-good musical It is a feel-everything musical.”

This pop-rock musical by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey investigates the effects of mental illness and trauma on a family that’s desperately trying to keep it together. The driving music, comedy and typical family moments reveal a deeper understanding, and empathy for, those who have lived with mental illness. Directed by Gregg Wolff, with Music Direction by Mark Robertshaw, the show features a cast of six outstanding local performers. Veronica Surber plays Diana Goodman, the mother, who has suffered from bipolar disorder. She tries desperately to balance sanity, happiness and her commitments to her family. Her disorder takes a turn for the worst and her long-suffering husband, played by Gary Borjon-Hernandez, can no longer pretend that

all is well. Her daughter, played by Julia Seibert copes with her family life by being a perfectionist, and the son, played by Elliot Peters hangs on to his mother no matter what the cost. Ritchie Bermudez plays several doctors who treat Diana and Phineas Elliot plays the loveable, slacker boyfriend. Each character is integral to the story and fully developed. “Next to Normal bravely and artistically explores the topic of bipolar disorder, and through this examination of a very human experience, the show is powerful, touching and emotional. It is highly entertaining and we are proud to be the first theatre in our area to present it”, states Cynthia Anthony, Executive Director. “No family is perfect, but every family can be unified by support and love. The

writers, Kitt and Yorkey, once said that the challenge was to strike a balance between telling a truthful, emotional story but also creating a positive experience in the theater. And, as their Pulitzer Prize attests do, they have done just that.” PERFORMANCES November 16 through December 2 at 7:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee every Sunday. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students. Groups of 8 or more are $20 each. Contains strong language and themes. For more informations and to purchase tickets for Wine Country Theatres’ production of Next to Normal visit winecountrytheatre.com.

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CASA seeks caring volunteers for 100 North County children


haos, abuse and emotional trauma should have no part of a child’s upbringing, yet for many youths this is their daily reality. CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates — of San Luis Obispo County offers an effective way to help kids who are suffering when the need is urgent. In its 25th year, this nonprofit organization empowers abused and neglected children and teens so that their voices may be heard in juvenile court and beyond. “We are looking for people who are non-judgmental and can build a relationship with a child or young adult and will be objective in providing insight and recommendations to the juvenile court,” said Cathy Orton, CASA Resource Development Director.

A Growing Need

For children who are displaced by family trauma, foster households can provide surrogate care when extended family is unavailable. Unfortunately, since these dependents of the court cannot always be sheltered under the same roof, the challenge is even more critical to establish healthy family relationships for children to cope and thrive. CASA volunteer advocates are assigned to children, ages newborn to 18, while volunteer mentors assist young adults, 18 to 21, all of whom remain under court jurisdiction. In San Luis Obispo County, a typical waitlist of about 300 children and 500 children under the jurisdiction of the court at any given time in the county makes for a challenge. “Up to 40 percent of teens aging out of foster care at 18 are homeless within 18 months of leaving care,” Cathy said. “For youths who can stay in what is called ‘extended foster care’ (though not residing in a foster home), those rates improve.”

Myths About Volunteering

“Some people might think they need a certain area of expertise, experience or education but that is not true,” Cathy said. “CASA was developed for lay people who care about chil-

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dren and their community. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and with the help of CASA’s supervisors are very effective in connecting with and advocating for the children they have been assigned.” “Another myth is that one must have a lot of time or be retired. We have CEOs of large companies, volunteers who work full-time, who are in college and those who are raising their children,” said Cathy, who emphasized that CASA currently serves 40 percent of the children in need but could do more with enough volunteers. Research has shown that children who receive CASA intervention are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and are more likely to pass their school courses. “Advocates and mentors alike very often ‘plant seeds’ that help the youth experience a normal healthy relationship with an adult, and they’re vitally important to the long-term health of the youth,” said Melanie Barket, North County Program Manager. “Many youths that we serve have never even trusted an adult. When an advocate or mentor is patient and non-judgmental, a youth will often learn to trust, which is invaluable.”

What is it Like to Volunteer?

Lori Bickel, a CASA advocate for two teenagers over the past two years, shared her own experience. “The dynamic of working with teens is cool; they’re real self-aware and introspective,” Lori said. “On average, I spend an hour a week to an afternoon. We eat, see a movie, go shopping, and have our car time to talk. Volunteering has opened my eyes to a whole new awareness to hardships, social and mental health issues and how classrooms are able to handle that.”

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“Despite very traumatic experiences, some kids are very resilient and all want to have a normal childhood with everyday childhood experiences,” Cathy said. “Results can amount to the volunteer helping to advocate in court for a permanent placement, better healthcare, mental health services, becoming their educational rights holder, or just keeping an eye on their education. It could be assisting with signing them up for camps or making sure they have proper clothing and school supplies.” “CASA volunteers have broad authority, given the fact that they are court-ordered by the judge,” Melanie emphasized. “The order is very powerful and gives them a right to investigate and obtain records of their education, mental health and health care services and more.” “You never think you have the time to volunteer, but I had the good fortune to listen to stories about CASA and what they do,” Lori said. “The ability to meet someone where they’re at is important and you learn. See past the clutter and be consistent. The rewards far outweigh the time spent wondering about it. In my training, people from all walks have one common goal: Reach out and serve!” The next volunteer training begins in January 2019. Want to learn more? Call 805-541-6542 or visit slocasa.org.

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Serving The Educational Community James J. Brescia Ed.D

SLO County Office of Education Superintendent


an Luis Obispo County school districts and Cuesta College recently celebrated the success of many talented educators and support staff at the Fall Employee of the Year Gala. Central Coast schools employ a well-trained, dedicated and inspiring educational workforce. With all of the challenges our educational organizations face, opportunity and promise still abound in our local schools. Celebrations such as our “Employees of the Year,” serve as brief moments to acknowledge how valuable our employees are, and how they impact generations of students. We invite you to view these celebrations at the San Luis Obis-

po County Office of Education YouTube site or the two COE-TV channels (Charter 2 and 19) that provide educational public access programming. Almost all of us have experienced first-hand the transformative power of effective school employees. Over my 30-plus years serving in the field, I have encountered many exceptional teaching and non-teaching school employees. These support staff members

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and educators possess a passion for their service and demonstrate genuine care for the students in their charge. Dedicated professionals inspire us to explore ideas, think deeply, accept the challenge, and embrace rigor. Hollywood films portray some of our colleagues such as Anne Sullivan, Jaime Escalante, and Erin Gruwell on a grand scale of the big screen. However, thousands of our support staff and faculty are truly unsung heroes who faithfully serve on a daily basis. I encourage everyone reading this article to take time and thank those who serve the 35,000 students enrolled in our schools throughout San Luis Obispo County.

Educators can bring about extraordinary transformation in our society. Educators are role models; their actions convey more than mere words, and our students learn from all of those in the educational community. Everyone who works in our schools can positively contribute to the lives of our students, especially in their formative years. Previous generations viewed educators as dispensers of information to the empty vessels who walked the school hallways. Today’s teachers, custodians, bus drivers, clerks, administrators, assistants, and all other educational employees hold immense potential in their hands to bring about positive change in our society by demonstrating a duty of care. Join me in celebrating these wonderful individuals who embody the essential elements of educational excellence.

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'The Birth of Atascadero'


hen the Atascadero Historical Society was approached by the publisher of the new Colony Magazine to write a monthly column, there was a lot of discussion as to who was going to write it, what should we call it and other general conversations about a commitment to produce a quality piece every month about the history of Atascadero. We wanted it to be relevant, as well as, informative. Naturally there was no way the Society could deny the request. So the following is the first of what we hope to be many columns to occupy this space. “The Birth of Atascadero" is a book written by early resident of Atascadero, Marguerite A. Travis. It is a first-hand account by this author of the founding and development of Atascadero. She was first introduced to E. G. Lewis in 1909 through a subscription to his magazine, Woman's National Review, which he was publishing while still in Saint Louis, Missouri. In 1915, with her mother and one-year old child, she moved from Boston, Mass. to Atascadero, and later wrote this book which traces the development of Atascadero from raw ranchland into a thriving city of more than 1,000 residents in just a few short years. The book is full of personal stories of dances,

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dinner parties and even local gossip as told through her own personal experiences. It is in the spirit of this book that we are naming this column in its honor. In future columns, we will share some of the ideas documented in the original Atascadero Bulletins by E.G. Lewis, including his initial vision of the civic center from actual 1914 drawings. These Bulletins demonstrate the tremendous depth and breadth of his visionary ideas that were way ahead of their time. We will also introduce E.G Lewis, and how he came to create Atascadero for those who are new to the area. We will describe the founding of the Atascadero Historical Society starting in 1965 when two very different groups, each with a vision of saving the history of the community, came together and included the creation of our Museum in 1967. Our museum existed in the Lower Rotunda of City Hall from 1967 until the 2003 earthquake. Our current Museum (located across the street from City Hall), is housed in a 1919 colony home moved from its original location where Rabobank stands today. The Museum is open Wednesdays & Saturdays from 1 until 4. Please stop by. Future articles will include updates on the progress of the new Colony Heritage Center

taking shape next to the Library. The actual information we will present in this initial column covers the two primary residences that were on the Atascadero Rancho property when purchased by E.G. Lewis in 1913 from Jason Henry. There was the original Henry house located at the North end of the ranch, which is still occupied today. This is where the Henry family lived and ran the ranch. The second principal home, which was larger and grander, was built by Henry for his daughter after she was married. This house was the house chosen my E.G. and Mabel as their primary residence. It became known as Headquarters House and served as the design and social center of Atascadero during the development phase. This house sat on about 10 acres and had several out buildings and elaborate gardens. The Lewis’s both lived in this house until their deaths, several years apart. Following E.G.’s death in 1950 the house was inherited by Mabel’s sister. She continued to live there and as her health failed, the house started to decline. In 1964 the property was bought by a development company, the Williams Brothers. They had plans to develop the property into a major shopping center and had no use for the house and other buildings on the

property. They offered the buildings, for free, to anyone who would move them. A citizens group was organized in early January 1965, to try to save Headquarters House. Ultimately, they failed. At least one of the out buildings was saved and still exists on private property. With the failure to save the house, the furnishings and millwork and most salvageable materials were removed from the building. On Tuesday evening, January 26, 1965 (per the Atascadero News, January 28, 1965) this important building was burned to the ground as a training exercise for the Atascadero Volunteer Fire Department. Ironically, the shopping center, where Vons Market now sits was not built for a few more years. A small plaque now sits in the meridian in the parking lot to the north of Vons. Other than his grave site this is the only formal remembrance of E.G. Lewis in the town he created and built, and this is actually for his house, not him. In future columns the Atascadero Historical Society will share plans for a statue of E.G. as part of our Colony Heritage Center now being built next to the Library. Till next time… - Volunteers of the Atascadero Historical Society

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hat gets us more in the mood for fall and awakens our senses? Think warm, sweet flavors dancing on our tongue, soothing aroma floating through the air, memories of friends and family gatherings. No other spice says fall than the rich and captivating appearance of cinnamon. Cinnamon can be as simple or complex as you want it to be, and can be by our side whichever direction we choose. Keeping traditions alive through our foods, cinnamon stands high on the list of spices our ancestors used. From sweet desserts to savory dishes, adaptable in all sorts of global cuisines from Peruvian to Moroccan, curries to apple pie. Cinnamon has played a role in our everyday lives and has become our friend of comfort and adventure. Let’s discover more about this exciting and powerful aromatic!

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The history of cinnamon is almost as rich as its taste, reaching as far back as biblical times and traveled many routes along the spice trade. Various species of cinnamon have been intermingled throughout history and confusion has followed this exotic spice. Even today the name “cinnamon” refers to several different varieties with much hesitation on which one to choose. Cinnamon (cinnamomum verum) is indigenous to Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon) and is the inner bark of an evergreen tree in the Laurel family. “True Cinnamon”, Ceylon cinnamon, exposes its sweet, woody aroma with a smooth and delicate flavor, yet intense. “Saigon” cinnamon, grown in Vietnam, is rich in volatile oils and is a close relative to Ceylon cinnamon. It has a more pronounced and complex flavor. “Cassia”, often referred to as cinnamon, is in the same family but offers a much more pungent and astringent edge compared to Ceylon cinnamon. Cinnamon sticks, also called quills, are typically Cassia and are thicker and more difficult to grind than the thinner Saigon chips or sticks. Depending on what flavor profile you are looking for and how you are using it can help decide which variety you choose. Which one you use is simply a matter of personal preference. Now let’s have some fun! Bananas fried in butter and flavored with cinnamon, baked apples dusted with cinnamon, mulled wine infused with cinnamon and orange, hot chocolate layered with chili and cinnamon, eggnog commingling with nutmeg and cinnamon, adventurous Indian curries, Moroccan tagine lamb and chicken dishes. I could go on and on. I’m sure you have your treasured recipes or new creations that have delighted your taste buds. A few companion spices that compliment cinnamon include clove, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, mace, turmeric, tamarind, star anise, cardamom, chili, coriander, cumin. The combinations are endless and there are plenty of opportunities to play around with and explore. What would chai tea be without the intimate relationship with cinnamon. Ginger, black pepper, allspice, cardamom, clove and black tea are some of the typical spices blended with cinnamon to create classic chai with lots of wiggle room for variations.

Visit Lori at Spice of Life at 1306 Pine St, Paso Robles, CA 93446 for more information on seasonal spices and healthy recipes. By Lori Foster of Spice of Life

Storing spices correctly and choosing the best quality herbs is paramount to the end results. It can be the defining moment where your meal will be remembered or forgotten. The best way to store spices is in airtight glass jars and kept away from heat and moisture. Be careful not to shake your spice jar over a pot where the steam will works its way into the jar or storing your spices next to a hot stove or oven. Typically ground spices last one year and whole spices 3-5 years. Some prefer to store their spices in the refrigerator or freezer. I would just caution to be careful of condensation that can build up because of temperature change bringing them in and out when using. Being mindful of the quality you choose plays a big part in the flavors as well as your health. Look for the freshest spices possible, vibrant in taste and color and should be free of added ingredients such as anti-caking agents and preservatives. Choose spices and herbs that are “non-irradiated”. This is where the spices have gone through a process of ionized radiation in order to increase the shelf life and kill possible bacteria on the spices. Research has shown that not only is cinnamon a powerhouse for flavor but the health benefits are worthy of attention. This warming spice may be useful in treating digestive issues, help fight colds and flu, high blood pressure, relieve nausea, stimulate appetite, and boost our immune system. The nutritional profile of cinnamon contains essential oils, tannins, coumarin, calcium, iron and vitamin K. Those with arthritis may benefit from its anti inflammatory properties as well. Cinnamon has been woven into our daily lives and has captivated our senses. It is one of the most commonly used spices today yet so much curiosity and wonder surrounds its personality. I encourage you to become close friends with this fascinating ingredient, think outside the box in your kitchen, and most of all, have fun creating recipes that will give birth to new holiday memories. Lori is a spice purveyor and owns Spice of Life in downtown Paso Robles. Exploring spices, herbs and teas has been a long time passion.

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Special Events

November 2 — Open to Interpretation, the Opening Reception for a Col-

November 23 — The Downtown Holiday Lighting Ceremony will illuminate

November 3 — Autumn Wine Stroll with Downtown Paso Robles Wineries is a great opportunity to sip and nibble gourmet goodies at 18 different Paso Robles Downtown Wineries tasting rooms, all within walking distance. Enjoy a diverse selection of award-winning wines paired with gourmet bites and openarm hospitality. For tickets, visit travelpaso.com. Starts at 6 p.m.

November 30 — The Atascadero Chamber of Commerce invites you to join the annual “Light Up the Downtown” in Atascadero. From 5 to 8 p.m., this family friendly event is open to the public. Invite your family and friends to join on a tour of the Historic City Hall and meet Santa.

November 10 — The Charles Paddock Zoo invites all Active Duty Armed

to enjoy he annual Musical Holiday Walk Around the Lake from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The evening will be filled with musical groups, carolers, Santa, community singing holiday decorations and more.

laborative Art Show with Page Graeber and Janice Pluma. Held at 3:30-5:00 p.m. at Castoro Cellars Winery, 1315 North Bethel Road, Templeton. This is an Abstract and Contemporary Art Exhibition that continues through Nov. 30. Call 888-DAM-FINE for information.

Forces men, women and their immediate families (spouses and children) to receive free admission to the Zoo. Please bring your valid military ID. We are grateful for this opportunity to say ‘THANK YOU’ to the men and women serving here and abroad!

November 11 — Veterans Day Ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at the Atascadero

Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial to honor those who served their country past and present. The Veterans Memorial Foundation will be hosting the ceremony. Music and a community BBQ hosted by Kiwanis will follow the ceremony.

November 17 — Fourth Annual Taco Day on Traffic Way takes place from

1 to 4 p.m. on Traffic Way in downtown Atascadero. This family friendly event will have tickets available soon. Go to visitatascadero.com for more information.

November 23 — Holiday Craft Bazaar features arts, crafts and handmade

goods from local vendors. Located in Paso Robles Downtown City Park at 10 a.m. will help you get in the holiday spirit. Admission is free.

the way to this year’s holiday festivities in City Park in Paso Robles at 5:30 p.m. Mrs. Claus will arrive and light the downtown, inviting all to share in the holiday joy. Free admission for all will include live music, speeches, candlelight caroling, free cookies and hot chocolate.

December 1— The Atascadero Lake Neighborhood Association invites you

December 1 — The 57th Holiday Light Parade starts at 7 p.m. in Downtown

Paso Robles. This year’s theme of “Cowboy Christmas” will get you in the holiday spirit with an illuminated parade featuring an array of light spectacles from local businesses with special appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

December 7 — Atascadero’s Winter Wonderland is back from 5 to 9 p.m. at Sunken Gardens. The entire downtown will be transformed into a magical winter landscape for all ages to enjoy, featuring a massive snow slide, snow play areas, rock climbing wall, bounce houses, Joe’s Little Train, Santa and Mrs. Claus! December 8 — The 32nd Annual Vine Street Victorian Showcase invites you

to bring the whole family for this community Christmas tradition. This event takes place on Vine Street in Paso Robles between 8th and 21st Street from 6 to 9 p.m.

Submit listings to events@nosloco.com, and visit nosloco.com for more information on events.


November 8 — Parks4Pups is hosting a special film showing of the acclaimed film “Isle of Dogs” at the Park Cinemas as a fundraiser for Sherwood Dog Park. “Yappy Hour” starts at 6 p.m. with wines by the glass available for purchase. Film shows at 7 pm. Early bird tickets are $12 or $15 at the door. Visit parks4pups. org or call 805-239-4437. November 11 — The Second Annual Paso Robles Half Marathon begins at 8 a.m. One hundred percent of race proceeds go to the 4A Foundation for Paso Robles Schools. This family friendly event includes a 5K race, family mile, kids' dash, diaper dash, and weekend festival with live music and local wine and beer. Visit pasohalf.com to sign up.

November 11 — St. James Episcopal Church in Paso Robles presents the 9th annual Music for the Soul fundraiser to help Feed the Hungry in North County. Wine and hors d’oeuvres hour kicks off the evening at 5 p.m. followed by a special concert by pianist Corey Jordan. Tickets and more information available at studiosonthepark.org.

Business Atascadero Chamber of Commerce

atascaderochamber.org • 805-466-2044 6907 El Camino Real, Suite A, Atascadero, CA 93422 November 9 — Women in Business: Memorable Food for the Holidays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Idler’s Home, 2361 Theatre Dr., Paso Robles. Register at atascaderochamber.org November 15 — ABC’s of a Successful Chamber, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 6500 Palma Ave, 4th Floor, Atascadero. November 30 — Good Morning Atascadero, 8 to 9:15 a.m., Galaxy Theaters, 6917 El Camino Real November 30 — Light Up the Downtown Art and Wine Tour, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sunken Gardens

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Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce

pasorobleschamber.com • 805-238-0506 1225 Park St, Paso Robles, CA 93446 Office Hours with District Supervisor John Peschong — third Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m., Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce Conference Room. Contact Vicki Janssen for appointment, vjanssen@co.clo.ca.us, 805-781-4491 Office Hours with Field Representative for Senator Bill Monning — third Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m., Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce Conference Room. Contact Hunter Snider for appointment, 805-549-3784 November 8 — Business Walk, 10 to 11 a.m., Volunteers are needed to visit over 400 businesses in Paso Robles.

Sign up online at pasorobleschamber. com/businesswalk or call the Chamber at 805-238-0506. November 28 — “Wake Up Paso” is a monthly networking event held at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom that meets 7:30 to 9 a.m. 1103 Spring St, Paso Robles. Join us for breakfast, networking and speakers. November 30 — Women Who Mean Business Conference and Panel Luncheon will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom. Visit the Chamber website or call the office for more information.

Templeton Chamber of Commerce

templetonchamber.com • 805- 434-1789 321 S. Main Street #C, Templeton, CA 93465 Board of Directors Meeting — 4 to 5:30 p.m., every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Pacific Premier Bank Conference Room on Las Tablas Blvd. Monthly Meeting — first Wednesday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Veteran’s Day Services to take place Sunday, November 11


n the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month — one hundred years ago — World War I ended with an armistice signing between the Allies and Germany. It was 20 years later, May 13, 1938, that November 11 was anointed as Armistice Day and proclaimed as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace.” This November, we remember all those who served in “the war to end all wars” and every war since. Armistice Day was set aside as a day to remember the cost of war, the treasures of freedom, and the purpose of peace. Take time to attend one of the Veteran’s Day events in remembrance of the cost of war, and the peaceful purpose of Armistice Day these 100 years ago.

Paso Robles District Cemetery 45 Nacimiento Lake Drive Sunday, November 11 11 a.m.

Program features an invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, welcome, guest speaker, patriotic


he United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words: Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and

songs, fly-over, closing prayer, honor guard and Taps. Flags are placed at all identified veteran’s graves by American Legion Post 50 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10965. If your veteran’s grave is missed, flags are available in the office. Volunteers needed for set up of Avenue of Flags at 7 a.m. and removal by 3:30 p.m. Call 805-238-4544 to volunteer. The Cemetery will provide coffee, hot chocolate and cookies. Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Chapel will provide a complimentary hot dog lunch.

Atascadero Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial

8038 Portola Road (at Morro Road). Sunday, November 11 11 a.m.

Marlon Varin will sing National Anthem and patriotic songs. Chaplain Pastor Steve Shively of Refuge Church. Guest Speaker: Dan Dow, SLOCo District Attorney. Central Coast Quilters will give Quilts of Valor to about 20 local veterans. Taps played by County Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong with sons Darin and Derek. The Central Coast Pipes and Drums will escort the color guard, which is being provided by the Grizzly Academy. Kiwanis

the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will

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Club barbecue to follow. Parking available in Atascadero Lake parking lot. Handicapped parking near the Memorial. Call Al Fonzi at 805-423-5482.

Lillian Larsen School 1601 L Street, San Miguel Friday, November 9 8:30 a.m.

The school will honor the active and retired military at the Don Wolf gymnasium. Parking spaces will be reserved for honored guests in the front parking lot. Please RSVP by Tuesday, November 6 at 805-467-3216. Refreshments will be served.

Local Organizations and Resources for Veterans

See COLONYmagazine.com/vet erans-services for a comprehensive list of services available to local veterans.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2814

VFW was organized in 1899 when men returning from the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) found they had no benefits, rights or services — including no health care — for their service. The VFW mission is “to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas con-

and mutual understanding between nations; and Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue

flicts. To serve our veterans, the military and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.” The VFW mission is to “Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.” The Atascadero VFW meets regularly at 9555 Morro Road, Atascadero, CA 93422. Call 805-466-3305 or go to vfwpost2814.org.

Honor Flight Central Coast California

Honor Flight’s Mission is to honor all of America’s veterans by taking them to Washington D.C. on their “Tour of Honor” to visit and reflect at their memorials which have been built to honor their service. Currently over 80 local veterans are waiting to go on their Tour of Honor, and the local Honor Flight chapter is all-volunteer and locally supported. With both WWII and Korea war veterans awaiting the tour, time is of the essence. Please support today. Local veterans can apply for the tour online at honorflightccc.org, email info@honorflightccc.org, or call 805-610-4012.

a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

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Atascadero Library

6555 Capistrano, Atascadero • 805- 461-6161 Tuesday & Wednesday — 10:30 a.m., Preschool Story time for 1-5 year olds Friday — 10:30 a.m., Toddler Story time for 1-3 year olds Special Events November 3 — Family Movie, 2 to 4 p.m., The Emoji Movie November 6 — Gems in the Stacks Book Discussion, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., open to adults November 7 — Craft Club, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., open to 6 to 12 year olds November 10 — Teen Crafts with Sara, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; open to 10 to 17 year olds November 14 — Painting Class for Teens, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., open to 10 to 17 year olds November 15 — Mixed Minds Book Club, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., open to adults November 24 — Lego Club, 2 to 3 p.m., open to ages 5 to12, registration required November 28 — Chumash Interactive Circle with Yak Tityu Tityu Yak Tilhini, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., open to all ages




Paso Robles Library

1000 Spring St., Paso Robles • 805- 237-3870 Monday & Friday — 10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Preschool Story time for 1-3 year olds Wednesday — 2:30 p.m., Grandparents & Books for kids of all ages Thursday — 10:30 a.m., Mother Goose on the Loose for ages 0-18 months Fridays — eBook Clinic with Patrick McCoy, 2 p.m., 2:20 p.m. and 2:40 p.m., open to 16 and over. See Library Events Calendar for more information. SPECIAL EVENTS November 1 — Cycling the Danube with Karen and Mike, 6 to 7:30 p.m., open to adults November 3 — #Adulting, 2 to 4 p.m., open to ages 10 and up, under 13 must be accompanied by adults November 8 — Drop in and Color, 6 to 8 p.m. open to adults November 12 — Library Closed November 15 — Paso Robles Book Club, 7 to 8 p.m., open to adults November 17 — Learn to Knit and Crochet, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., open to ages 13 and over November 17 — Table Top Games Day, 1 to 4 p.m., open to teens and adults, registration is recommended. November 22, 23 & 24 — Library Closed

Art After Dark Paso — first Saturday, wine tasting, 5 to 9 p.m., Downtown Paso, hosted by Studios on the Park.



6290 Adams, Creston • 805- 237-3010 November 8 — International Game Day, 3 to 6 p.m., open to all ages San Miguel Library

254 13th St, San Miguel • 805- 467-3224 November 7, 8 & 10 — International Games Week Events, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., open to all ages November 17 — Book Discussion: The Wright Sister, 4 to 5 p.m. open to adults November 24 — Midday Matinee, 1 to 3 p.m., open to all ages Santa Margarita Library

9630 Murphy Ave, Santa Margarita • 805- 438-5622 November 3 — International Game Day, 10 a.m. to 3:30 pm., open to all ages November 3 — Young People’s Reading Round Table & Movie, 4 to 5:30 p.m., open to 12 to 16 year olds November 6 — E-help at the Library, 1 to 3 p.m., open to all ages November 17 — Native American Crafting, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., open to all ages December 1 — Young People’s Reading Round Table & Movie, 4 to 5:30 p.m., open to 12 to 16 year olds Shandon Library

195 N 2nd St, Shandon • 805- 237-3009 November 3 — Notes with SLO Symphony Music, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., open to all ages

Atascadero Art & Wine Tour, Nov. 30 — Enjoy Atascadero Community Band and the "Fairweather Four" from 5:30-8:30 p.m.; in concert with Atascadero Tree Lighting.


Almond Country Quilters Guild Meeting — Community Quilts, November 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Bethel Lutheran Church, 295 Old County Rd, Templeton. Contact kajquilter@ gmail.com or lisajguerrero@msn.com, acqguild.com. Coffee with a CHP — second Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., Nature’s Touch Nursery & Harvest, 225 Main St., Templeton. Exchange Club — second Tuesday, 12:15-1:30 p.m. McPhee’s, Templeton. 805-610-8096, exchangeclubofnorthslocounty.org Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 465 — second Wednesday, 7 p.m. at Paso Airport Terminal. Getting youth involved with aviation, EAA465.org North County Multiflora Garden Club

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2nd Wednesday, 12 to 3 p.m. Public welcome, no charge. PR Community Church, 2706 Spring St., 805-712-7820, multifloragardenclub.org Monthly Dinner at Estrella Warbirds Museum — first Wednesday, 6 p.m., guest speakers. 805-296-1935 for dinner reservations, ewarbirds.org Paso Robles Democratic Club — monthly meeting, Wednesday, November 21st, 6:30p, at Centennial Park, 600 Nickerson, White Oak Room. For further info visit our FB page or pasoroblesdemocrats.org. North County Newcomers — Deadline for the December 5 luncheon at Cambria Lodge, 2905 Burton Dr, Cambria, Peacock Room is Tuesday, November 27. More information is available at

northcountynewcomers.org Active Senior Club of Templeton — first Friday, 10:30 a.m., Templeton Community Center, 601 S. Main St, Templeton North County Women’s Connection Luncheon — Friday, November 9th we will host the Harvest Boutique at the Templeton Community Center at 11:00 a.m. Lunch plus speaker and boutique is $12.00. Please RSVP to JoAnn Pickering at 805-239-1096 by November 4th. Active Senior Club of Templeton — first Friday, 10:30 a.m., Templeton Community Center, 601 S. Main St, Templeton. Meetings include a presentation on relevant local issues, often followed by a luncheon. Membership is $5 per year. Contact Templeton Recreation Department with questions. 805-434-4909

North County Wines and Steins — first Friday of the month, 6 p.m., Templeton American Legion Hall, 805 Main St. Templeton. Meetings include wine and beer tasting, speaker or program and potluck. Visit winesandsteins.org for more information. Central Coast Violet Society — second Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Brookdale Activity Room, 1919 Creston Road, Paso. Znailady1@aol.com. Classic Car Cruise Night — second Saturday (weather permitting), 5 to 7 p.m., King Oil Tools, 2235 Spring St., Paso. Tony Ororato, 805-712-0551. Daughters of the American Revolution — first Sunday. For time and place, email dmcpatriotdaughter@gmail.com

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EVENTS Service Organizations American Legion Post 50 240 Scott St., Paso Robles • 805-239-7370 Commander John Irwin, 805-286-6187. Hamburger Lunch— every Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $5 Pancake Breakfast — third Saturday, 8-11 a.m., $6 Post Meeting — fourth Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. American Legion Post 220 • 805 Main Street , Templeton Post Meeting — second and fourth Wednesday, 6 p.m. Elks Lodge Atascadero Lodge 2733 1516 El Camino Real • 805-466-3557 Lodge Meeting — second and fourth Thursdays Paso Robles Lodge 2364 • 1420 Park Street • 805239-1411 Lodge Meeting — first and third Wednesdays El Paso de Robles Grange #555 627 Creston Rd., • 805-239-4100 Zumba — Tuesday and Thursday, 8:45 a.m. Do Paso Square Dancers — second Thursday, 7-9 p.m. Pancake Breakfast — second Sunday, 7:30-11 a.m., Kiwanis International Atascadero — 7848 Pismo Ave. • 805-610-7229 Key Club — every Wednesday, 11:55 a.m.

Kiwanis Club — every Thursday, 7 a.m. Paso Robles — 1900 Golden Hill Rd. (Culinary Arts Academy) Kiwanis Club — every Tuesday, 12 p.m. Board Members — first Tuesday, 1 p.m. Night Meeting — third Wednesday, 6 p.m., Su Casa Restaurant (2927 Spring St.) Lions Club Atascadero Club #2385 • 5035 Palma Ave. Meeting — second and fourth Wednesday, 7 p.m. Paso Robles Club 2407 • 1420 Park St. Meeting — second and fourth Tuesday, 7 p.m. San Miguel Club 2413 • 256 13th St. Meeting — first and third Tuesday, 7 p.m. Santa Margarita Club 2418 • 9610 Murphy St. Meeting — second and fourth Monday, 7:30 p.m. Shandon Valley Club • 630-571-5466 Templeton Club 2427 • 601 Main St. • 805-434-1071 Meeting — first and third Thursday, 7 p.m. Loyal Order of Moose Atascadero #2067 • 8507 El Camino Real • 805466-5121 Meeting — first and third Thursday, 6 p.m. Bingo — first Sunday, 12-2 p.m. Queen of Hearts — every Tuesday, 7 p.m. Pool League — every Wednesday

Paso Robles #243 • 2548 Spring St. • 805-239-0503 Visit mooseintl.org for more information Optimist Club Atascadero — dinner meetings second and fourth Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., Outlaws Bar & Grill, 9850 E. Front Rd. or call 805-712-5090 Paso Robles — dinner meetings second and fourth Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Paso Robles Elks Lodge, 1420 Park St. Rotary International Atascadero — 9315 Pismo Ave. Meeting — every Wednesday, 12 p.m. at Atascadero Lake Pavillion Paso Robles Sunrise — 1900 Golden Hill Rd. Meeting — every Wednesday, 7 a.m. at Culinary Arts Academy Templeton — 416 Main St. Meeting — first and third Tuesday, 7 a.m. at McPhee’s Grill Veterans of Foreign Wars Atascadero #2814 — 9555 Morro Rd., • 805-466-3305 Meeting — first Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Paso Robles #10965 — 240 Scott St., • 805-239-7370 Meeting — first Tuesday, 7 p.m.


1255 Las Tablas Rd., Templeton. Visit thewkrc.org, 805-434-1800 for information on Healing and Wellness Foods meal programs, volunteer opportunities, and classes (to RSVP, register and pay online.) Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday until 6 p.m. November 15 — Healthy Cooking Class: Holiday Treats — Instructor Evan Vossler. 5:30-7:30 p.m., FREE for those facing illness, otherwise $20. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. November 16 — Healthy Cooking Class: Thankful for Sides — 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Idler’s Home, 122 Cross St., San Luis Obispo. RSVP required to 805-434-1800 or nancy@TheWKRC.org. November 28 — Intro to Wellness: A Taste of Change with Registered Dietitian Hayley Garelli. Learn 10 simple ways to begin your clean eating journey, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Please RSVP. Class is FREE. November 29 — Top Chef Competition & Fundraiser — 3 to 8 p.m. will be held at Idlers Home, 2361 Theatre Dr, Paso Robles. More information available by visiting thewkrc.org


1051 Las Tablas Road, Templeton provides support, education and hope. 805-238-4411. Cancer Support Helpline, 888-793-9355, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. PST. Visit cscslo.org for description of support groups, social events, education and kid’s programs. SPECIAL PROGRAMS: November 7 - Life Beyond Cancer, 11:30 a.m. November 13 - Young Survivors Peer Gathering, 6 p.m. in Templeton November 15 - Advanced Cancer Support Group, 11 a.m. November 21 - Potluck Social, 11:30 a.m. November 28 - Mindfulness Hour, 11:30 a.m. November 29 - Breast Cancer Support Group, 12 p.m

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MONDAY: Therapeutic Yoga at Dharma Yoga, 11:30 a.m.; TUESDAY: Educational Radio Show, 1:00 p.m.; WEDNESDAY: Living with Cancer Support Group —Newly Diagnosed/Active Treatment, 10 a.m.; FRIDAY: 8/10 & 8/24-Grupo Fuerza y Esperanza, 6 p.m. Healthy Lifestyle — Navigate with Niki-Thursdays by appointment, call 805-238-4411; Cancer WellFit® at Paso Robles Sports Club, Mondays and Thursdays 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., pre-registration is required with Kathy Thomas at kathythomas10@ hotmail.com or 805-610-6486.; Beautification Boutique offers products for hair loss and resources for mastectomy patients (knittedknockers.org).


Take Off Pounds Sensibly — every Monday, 6:30 p.m. Community Church of Atascadero, 5850 Rosario,, basement room. 805-466-1697 or visit tops.org North County Overeaters Anonymous — every Monday, 5:30 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, Fireside Room, 940 Creston Rd., Paso, OA.org. MOPS — Mothers of Pre-schoolers — first & third Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, 940 Creston Road, Paso, Ashley Hazell, 805-4596049, nocomops@gmail.com. Chronic Pain Support Group — CRPS (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome), third Tuesdays, 5 to 6 p.m. Rabobank, 1025 Las Tablas Rd, Templeton. Suzanne Miller 805-704-5970, suzanne.miller@ ymail.com. North County Parkinson’s Support Group — third Tuesday, 1 p.m., Templeton Presbyterian Church, 610 So. Main St. Info: Rosemary Dexter 805-4667226. Overeaters Anonymous — every Thursday, 7 p.m. Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 4500 El Camino Real, Atascadero. Irene 818-415-0353.

North County Prostate Cancer Support Group — third Thursday, 7 p.m., Twin Cities Community Hospital Pavilion Room. Bill Houston 805-995-2254 or American Cancer Society 805-473-1748. Lupus/Auto Immune Disorder Support Group — fourth Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Nature’s Touch, 225 So. Main St., Templeton.


Sponsored by Hospice SLO, 805-544-2266, hospiceslo.org Bereaved Parents Group — every Tuesday, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Suicide Bereavement Support - fourth Wednesdays, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Meetings at RISE – Visit in person at 1030 Vine St., Paso Robles or call 805-226-5400 General Grief Support — every Wednesday, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Meeting at 517 13th Street, Paso. No cost, no pre-registration. GriefShare — every Saturday, 10 to noon in the Fireside Room at Trinity Lutheran Church 940 Creston Road, Paso Robles.


Paso Robles City Council — first and third Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., City of Paso Robles Library Conference Room, 1000 Spring Street Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee — second Monday, 4 p.m., Centennial Park Live Oak Room, 600 Nickerson Road Templeton (Community Service District) Board of Directors — first and third Tuesday, 7 p.m., 420 Crocker Street Atascadero City Council — second and fourth Tuesday, 6 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 6500 Palma Avenue Santa Margarita Area Advisory Council Monthly meetings — first Wednesday, 7 p.m., Santa Margarita Community Hall, 22501 I St.

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By Heather Young

or some, it’s not Christmastime without the Nutcracker, a ballet that was adapted by Alexandre Dumas Pére’s of E.T.A. Hoffman’s story and set to music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovksy. A Russian ballet, it premiered in western countries in the 1940s and has remained a Christmas tradition. North County Dance and Performing Arts Foundation will present its annual production of the Nutcracker ballet Thursday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Templeton Performing Arts Center on the campus of Templeton High School. “It’s definitely a family tradition,” Director Cheryle Armstrong said. “It’s a heart-warming story. We try to keep it traditional, [though] we twist it a little.” The ballet tells the story of a young girl named Clara who gets a nutcracker from her Uncle Drosselmeyer on Christmas Eve and is transported to another world in her dreams. This year’s cast includes Kaela Tran as Clara, Jenevieve Crossett as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Billy Cusimano as Drosselmeyer and Samuel Fulk, a guest artist from Sacramento, as the Cavalier.

“He’s fantastic,” Armstrong said. “He’s very musical and fun.” The cast for the 2018 season of the Nutcracker has a record number of dancers, which come from throughout the entire North County. The cast has nearly 75 people of all ages, quite a few more than past years, North County Dance and Performing Arts Foundation Vice President Cali Domenghini said. Past years have had 40 to 50 cast members. What changed it this year, Domenghini said is that the foundation opened up participation to dance students around the county. Main Street Dance owner Jocelyn Willis is one of the production’s choreographers and she has more than 15 dancers in the cast. Another change to this production is the addition of a new assistant director – Taylor Santero. “Taylor is also our jazz company director,” Domenghini said. “We’re excited to have her on board.” While the rehearsals are held at Class Act Dance in Paso Robles, dancers who train anywhere are welcome to audition. The only requirement, Armstrong said, is that dancers have at least one year of training – that includes even the youngest dancers.

For more information, email info@northcountyperformingarts.org


• Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.

(open dress rehearsal and student night)

• Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.

• Saturday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

• Sunday, Dec. 9 at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $29 for adults and $24 for children 12 and younger and seniors 62 and older. For the open dress rehearsal, tickets may be purchased at NCDPAF.org. SUGAR PLUM TEA PARTY

• Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. at Cantinas on the Park

General admission is $18, get a VIP upgrade with photos for an additional $5

AARP Card Club Offers Fun Three Times a Week By Heather Young

The AARP Card Club has been meeting in the building next to the Atascadero Lake Park since 1961. The group meets three times a week for Bridge on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 3 p.m. “When we say card club we mean Bridge,” member Julie Hartman said. The card club is open to anyone who would like to play Bridge, whether they’ve played it before or have never played it before. Before joining the regular group, all new members are invited to attend free Bridge lessons on Thursdays at 1 p.m. with Virginia Carsley, who has been with the club for many years. Bridge lessons are free and people just need to show up. When the club started in 1961, it met in the Ewalt Bible School Building and had 73 charter members and a board of officers. Soon after the group started meeting on Oct. 13, 1961, George Ingham gave the group a lot he 76 Gas Station.......................... 23 A Beautiful Face........................ 09 American West Tire Pros........... 11 Arlyne’s Flowers & Gifts............ 09 Atascadero Greyhound Foundation............................... 23 Atascadero Pet Hospital........... 21 Awakening Ways...................... 15 Baby’s Babble........................... 22 Bob Sprain’s Draperies............. 25

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owned in the Atascadero Lake State Park. The members donated money to constructing a building on that land. That building has since been sold to the Atascadero Kiwanis Club and renamed from the AARP Building to Kiwanis Hall. Now, the member is down to about 25 people, with about 8 to 12 people coming to each Bridge meeting. For those who want to play in the regular Bridge games, it is required they call 805-461-4136 and leave a message in advance of the date they’d like to attend. Each Bridge meeting needs to have multiples of four because four people are needed in order to play. Hartman said that if there aren’t quite enough people, there are people who come play when needed. “It’s fun,” member Carey Rogers said. “It’s a great brain exercise.” Member Virginia Carsley shared an article called “Why play bridge?” from the book, Bridge DIRECTORY TO OUR ADVERTISERS

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for Beginners and Beyond. In it, it says that playing bridge can boost “your brain functions” and it can improve basic reasoning skills and long- and short-term memory. Part of the reason it’s good for the brain is that every hand is different and it exercises both sides of your brain. Carsley said that everyone puts in a dollar each time they play and then they divide up the pot for prize money. There’s a one-time fee of $10 when joining the card club to help cover supplies. The club also plays mahjong on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and pinochle on Thursdays at 11 a.m. Nautical Cowboy...................... 09 Odyssey World Cafe................. 21 Reverse Mortgage Pros ........... 13 Robert Fry, M.D......................... 20 San Joaquin Valley College..... 35 San Luis Obispo County Office of Education................... 27 Señor Sanchos......................... 07 Solarponics.............................. 05 Spice of Life.............................. 11

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Brynn & Brittni Frace’s Memorial

2019 Running Chicken 10K & Fun Run JANUARY


Fundraiser for Scholarships, Athletic Equipment and Community Connectivity


Lake Santa Margarita, SLO County Race Starts at 9:00 am Sunday, January 6, 2019


Brynn & Bitti were sisters, best friends and dedicated runners who ran with passion and friends. They were selfless, authentic and full of joy. A Memorial Athletic Scholarship as well as an Athletic Shoe Donation program would be just the thing they would support. Brynn & Bitti wanted everyone to find their Inner Chicken. What does being a chicken mean? To them it meant living each day with: Courage, Commitment, Loyalty, Dancing, Spontaneity, Acceptance, Fun and Running with Passion. INFORMATION & REGISTRATION AT: RUN4BITTIANDBRYNN.ORG