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As we welcome the warmer weather and bid farewell to the seemingly endless but much needed rains, it’s time to relish the sunshine and embrace the beauty of the outdoors. The vibrant colors and sweet fragrances of blossoming flowers are not only a gentle reminder of Mother Nature’s wonders but also a fitting tribute to the upcoming celebration of Mother’s Day.

As a proud mother, I am infinitely grateful to my sweet kiddos for making me a mom. Each day, they bring immeasurable joy, teaching me valuable lessons and filling my heart with love. And to all the mothers, we celebrate you, your strength, and the immeasurable love you share with your children.

This month, we get to share the inspiring stories of the remarkable individuals who make up our community. It’s an honor to bring their stories to life each month and witness the impact they make on those around them. We hope these stories uplift and encourage you to cherish the connections that surround you.

Additionally, Nic and I are celebrating our eleventh wedding anniversary this month. Our journey thus far has been nothing short of incredible, filled with love, adventure, and growth. We’re grateful for the life we’ve built together and eagerly look forward to the many chapters that lie ahead.

As we revel in the happiness these celebrations bring, let us pause to admire the splendor of the shifting seasons and the comforting warmth of the sun. In the midst of our joy, let us also remember and honor the brave servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom this Memorial Day.

May this month be filled with love, rejuvenation, and a deep sense of gratitude for the abundance of blessings that grace our lives, as well as the selfless acts of those who have served our nation.

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“I always love how my kids celebrate 100 days of elementary school, and I thought it would be fun to do something similar here,” stated the Chamber’s CEO and President Josh Cross.

There was also a celebratory cake from the local Vons with the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce logo for everyone to share while celebrating the Chamber’s work with local businesses over the last 100 years.

“It’s really an honor to be part of something that has been built by the business community over the years,” Cross added. “Hundreds of business leaders have volunteered to make the Chamber into the organization that it is today.”

Atascadero Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Its 100th Year on the 100th Day of the Year

The Atascadero Chamber of Commerce has been a driving force in the community since 1923. On Monday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce held a celebration on the 100th day of the year to highlight their 100 years in Atascadero. Over 24 community members and business owners walked through the door to help celebrate the day.

Cross added that they are also planning on continuing the party in the fall by burying a time capsule and asking businesses in the community to include their business cards and other fun items from 2023.

CSCC Fryers Club Roast Sunday, May 7, at Terra Mia

Cancer Support Community — California Central Coast (CSC), a local nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting cancer patients and their families, is hosting the

7th Annual Fryers Club Roast, a fundraising event to raise funds and awareness for their programs and services.

This year’s Fryers Club Roast will take place on Sunday, May 7, at Terra Mia and will feature Ali Rush of 15 Degrees C and a vibrant roasting panel of her friends, local celebrities, and industry colleagues. Plus, the afternoon will include both a live and silent auction full of exciting lots from trips and wine to dinners and more.

According to Candice Sanders, Executive Director of Cancer Support Community — CA Central Coast, “Our organization relies on the generosity of our donors and supporters for funding to provide critical mental, social, and emotional support to local families impacted by a cancer diagnosis. We are thrilled to host our 7th Annual Fryers Club Roast, which promises to be a fun and memorable evening for all involved. This event sells out every year, so rush to get your tickets while you can.”

Tickets for the event are available for purchase on the Cancer Support Community’s website at cscslo.org. Your ticket will include a live and silent auction, scrumptious tapas and small bites by local restauranteurs and caterers, delightful local wine and beer, and music by Dante Marsh and The Vibesetters.

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U.S. Open Scooter Championship Series Brings Riders Together at ATown Park

On Saturday, March 25, scooter riders from all over the country and even one from Canada gathered at ATown Park to compete in the second qualifier round of the U.S. Open Scooter Championship Series. The

competition welcomed riders of all ages, from seasoned professionals to newcomers.

“There’s a young man here from Quebec [Canada]. We’re representing, I think, 17 states here today at the competition,” said ATown Park Owner Kevin Campion.

The United Scooter Association (USA) was established in 2017, with Campion being one of its founding members. “This is an International Scooter Federation Qualifier for the World Championships,” Campion said. “ATown Park has been a part of it since its inception. So we’re a stop on the tour. This is the second of, I think, seven qualifiers if I’m not mistaken. And then the World Championship this year in Australia.”

The U.S. Open Scooter Championship Series, sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), attracts talent from around the globe. Both Chris Farris (the men’s pro World Ranked Champion) and Claire Parks (the women’s pro World Ranked Champion) hail from Atascadero and continue to skate at ATown Park. Parks took first place in the Women’s category during the Championship Series, while Farris served as emcee for the day. Judges were present at the event, and all results were run digitally, enabling riders’ scores to be posted immediately after their runs.

“The results and who won that division are known within seconds of that division being completed,” added Campion.

Riders accumulate points based on their results throughout the U.S. Open Scooter Championship Series, determining whether they qualify to compete in the World Championships. Campion also mentioned a “Golden Ticket” awarded to exceptional performers in the open and professional divisions.

For updates and current scores, follow the U.S. Open Scooter Championship Series on the United Scooter Association website at unitedscoot.com.

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Ahhh, sunshine. As I write this, the sun is streaming through my shop windows after what feels like months of solid rain. “We need the rain”... yes, I think we have all reminded ourselves of this, but wow, doesn’t the Vitamin D feel amazing? Looking forward to getting outside and soaking it up.

Now, the only tough decision is what to do outside. And as in months past, our city is serving up some super fun events.

First off, for me, hitting a few of my favorite local hikes —top of my list is Three Bridges Oak Preserve. It has been closed with all the rain — volunteers work so hard to maintain this trail, and I appreciate that they close it to keep us safe, as well as protect the natural environment — but I so cannot wait to visit this path through the oaks, manzanitas, tender ferns and the smooth red trunks of the madrone trees. Off of Highway 41, 2 miles from town, good exercise but not too hard, highly recommend.

Starting off May with a literal bang, an event our family always looks forward to is

the fireworks coordinating this time with the First Fridays event. This will be a Cinco De Mayo bash. Head downtown on May 5 for live music and food trucks starting at 5:30 p.m. The El Paseo Courtyard, my beloved little corner of downtown, will have Dorian Michael with his guitar. I love his music and just him as a person — a good soul. Tons of retail shops will be staying open late, until 7 p.m., for the

The next day, we have the Tamale Festival, May 6. Entertainment will include Emcee Francisco Ramirez along with Medina Light Show Designs, plus the Mariachi Mexicanisimo band, Ranchero Artist Manuel Enrique, the Famous Dancing Horses, and the Folklorico Dancers. Plus a wide variety of bands, including Brass Mash, Dante Marsh & The Vibe Setters, the Steppin’ Out Band, La Marcha Sound and Jungle Fire. Over 90 vendors will be on display offering everything from tamales to merchandise and crafts to adult beverages to a wide variety of food vendors beyond tamales to appease everyone’s palette and appetite. Also, a Tamale Eating Contest and the Chihuahua & Pet Costume Contest. Some of the costumes from last year were so stinkin’ adorable and creative. For more info, visit atascaderotamalefest.com.

Shopping Passport. Participate in this and win prizes donated from local businesses. It’s also the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce’s Sip & Shop, formerly known as the Art & Wine Walk. Taste local wine & brews with the purchase of a ticket from the Chamber. The evening will climax with the fireworks at 8 p.m. You can usually see these from any spot downtown. Wow, what a night.

Mother’s Day, May 14 — tons of options, but what’s better than cookies and cute animals? From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy a variety of cookies from local bakers and an opportunity to explore the Zoo and its unique inhabitants. The Cookie Adventure is included with regular Zoo admission. Lots more going on, but out of space. I always have lots of words in my head, per my husband. Be sure to check out visitatascadero.com for a calendar of complete events.

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the restaurant manager, she is hardly there to unwind.

Kristin says that if she were not serving moms at “The Chute” her ideal Mother’s Day would be spent wine tasting in the sun with live music. Venteux Vineyards will celebrate mothers with live music and charcuterie picnic boxes.

A probe into the minds of a local mom group revealed that most would prefer to sleep in, have some alone time, and engage in self-care such as pedicures. While wine tasting is the most popular response, just as common is curling up on the couch to watch a show.

Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, was signed into proclamation by Woodrow Wilson in 1914 as a national holiday honoring mothers. Still, the holiday was not initially intended to be the commercialized parade of flowers, cookies, and jewelry that it has become. Observed by over 40 countries worldwide, typically in March or May, the holiday’s American roots can be attributed to a woman named Anna Jarvis, who sought to honor her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, a peace activist and suffragette who had cared for wounded soldiers during the American Civil War.

Ann Reeves Jarvis had advocated for a Mother’s Day for Peace, a day where mothers could have a reprieve from their husbands and sons losing their lives on a battlefield.

Because she believed her mother’s sentiment had been lost, Anna began to protest the sale of Mother’s Day-themed gifts for profit, even being arrested for disturbing the peace. This begs the question: what does Mother’s Day mean to all the moms out there? While most of us have grown up with family traditions on this day, brunch or breakfast in bed, what do mothers really want on this day?

Beth McCasland, the owner of Penman Springs Vineyard, shared that she dislikes the responsibility that is placed on her children to buy her gifts on this one day when they make her feel special every day of the year. For mothers looking to have an experience in lieu of material gifts, Penman Springs Vineyard will be hosting a Mother’s Day Paint and Sip (details can be found on Eventbrite).

Kristin Parker has spent her last dozen Mother’s Days at the Loading Chute restaurant in Creston, but not as a patron. The Mother’s Day Brunch packs the house, and as

Personally, I would love a little break from the battles of keeping a clean house and gentle parenting a toddler to escape with restorative yoga and massage at Saunter Yoga and Wellness. For Mother’s Day, Ashly at Saunter will be offering a yoga and massage package at their studio in Atascadero — with the possibility of an added tea experience. The studio offers prenatal yoga for those soon to be mothers. And for the mother’s who aren’t expecting, let’s take a break with Saunter to enjoy Beer Yoga at Ancient Owl Beer Garden. More details on Saunter’s experiences can be found at saunteryogaandwellness.com

Maybe the way we celebrate Mother’s Day has changed over time in the sense that we are not asking for necklaces, chocolate-covered strawberries, or even world peace. And while we all appreciate a sentimental homemade card and lots of snuggles, the theme of Mother’s Day as a day of peace has not been lost. Moments of peace and quiet are overwhelmingly what moms truly want on their special day … and wine.

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Vehicle Routine Maintenance should always be on your checklist. It might sound boring, but when it comes to your plans, wouldn’t you rather avoid surprises? Getting regular preventative maintenance services for your vehicle will help to keep you and your family safe, improve fuel efficiency and increase your vehicle’s lifespan. Professional auto repair facilities don’t just sell parts. They sell peace of mind, safety, and independence.

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JOHN COUCH

A Life in Chapters

1. The North Dakota Chapter

John grew up in North Dakota, where he worked on farms and lived a somewhat average life. Like many, he had his ups and downs, but instead of letting that get the best of him, John would eventually use the hard times as lessons and tools for later in life.

Living in the Peace Garden State, John didn't know much about life outside of his immediate surroundings. Eventually, he was faced with the question of college. But even if he went, he didn't know what to study. So, like his father and brothers, one month after his 18th birthday, John joined the U.S. Army.

John enlisted in a specialty with the Army where he learned airframe repair and became an aircraft mechanic. To John, he was learning skills that would be beneficial after his enlistment. Soon, he was promoted out of the course and in early 1971, was sent to the Bird Dog Unit based in Vietnam.

At this time, John knew his world was about to be shaken. Still, he didn't quite understand the extent of what he was about to endure.

In North Dakota, at 18 years old, there were a lot of unknowns for John Couch. He did not know what joining the U.S. Army would mean for him. There was no way for him to know it would eventually take him to California. He didn't know that he would become the chief of police for Atascadero, where he would end up raising a family. And even then, he didn't know he would be president of the Board of Directors for the Estrella Warbirds Museum.

"I tend to live in chapters in my life," is what John says after looking back on the journey that life took him on.

At the Estrella Warbirds Museum, John enjoys hearing his friends tell their life stories. This time though, we take some time to hear a few of his own.

2. The Vietnam Chapter

If there is anything that Vietnam veterans remember about their time overseas, it's the smell, the heat, and the mud.

"I didn't know what to expect, but it didn't surprise me," says John of stepping into Vietnam for the first time. "It hit me when I got off the plane. They opened up the door to the plane, and the massive heat and smells hit me."

After the Bird Dogs were sent back to the States, John stayed in Vietnam to join the 114th Assault Helicopter Company as a helicopter door gunner and crew chief. From late 1971 to 1972, John worked the "jeep of Vietnam" in the Mekong Delta.

John and his unit's job was to provide protection, bringing troops in and out of combat zones. In between jobs, they flew resupply and medivac missions — after all, being in the air proved much better than being on the ground.

"I had no idea that I would be in combat," John says. "I thought I was just going to work on aircraft."

Like many veterans, the details of being in Vietnam will stay with them.

While there, John turned 19. "It was quite a change in my worldview to experience that firsthand — I grew up quickly," he says. "When you are exposed to that, there are a lot of things that happen in your life since then that pale by comparison."

In May, we take a moment to remember and honor those who lost their lives serving their country. Memorial Day can especially be solemn for those who served and survived, unlike many who fought beside them.

Serving in a war different than any before it, Vietnam veterans and their service were greatly overshadowed by the war's politics. The Vietnam War was debated on, politicized, and protested during and well after its conclusion. But what links Vietnam veterans alongside every military man before and after them is they went into combat to fight for the man next to them, always with the goal of making it out.

"We weren't fighting for our country or the flag," he says. "We were fighting for each other."

Despite all of the tragedies witnessed, John learned a new appreciation for life. He also saw the beautiful side of Vietnam and its people. He watched kids be kids and parents hoping for peace.

"It exposes you to [things] you normally wouldn't think you would ever seem," he explains. "How cruel people can be to others and the reality of seeing it all happen and taking part in it like that was life-changing. It served to give me a broader view of life ... more appreciation for what we have in terms of our freedoms, our way of life, and everything."

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3. The California Chapter

At the end of 1972, John was sent to Fort Ord in California, where he entered the military police academy. After graduating from CSU Sacramento in 1977, John would enter what would be an over 30-year career in law enforcement.

At the Santa Clara Police Department, John would work as a motorcycle officer, train at the FBI National Academy, become a sergeant and a part of the department's S.W.A.T. unit.

John credits his time in Vietnam for giving him more confidence when approaching intense situations, helping with his career as a police officer.

"The reality is, compared to a lot of the things I go through now, don't phase me," he says. "I think it served to help me a lot while I was in police work."

In 1982, John married his wife, Margie, and by 1990 they moved to Atascadero to raise their family. He began his tenure at the Atascadero

Police Department, where he eventually became the Chief of Police from 2004 to 2007.

"I enjoyed the time there," said the now-retired John. "I enjoyed the opportunity that was given to me to be the chief."

Since his retirement, John has served as a board member for the Salvation Army, the North County Women's Shelter and Resource Center, and the Atascadero Veteran's Memorial Foundation. Now, he is serving as the president of the Board of Directors for Estrella Warbirds Museum.

He enjoys the museum's atmosphere and learning the life stories of his friends there. "I like the whole idea of preserving the history of the artifacts," he says.

Inspired by his time in Vietnam, John now enjoys going to the less-traveled corners of the world alongside his son Jared. Last year, John was presented with the Distinguished Veteran Award at the Faces of Freedom Veteran's Day ceremony in Atascadero. Beside him were his wife, Margie, daughter Brittany, and her husband and children.

We look forward to seeing what the next chapters in John's life bring him.

John Couch, center, celebrates his Distinguished Veteran Award last year with (from left) his son-in-law Brent Wellington, daughter Brittany Wellington, grandson Christopher Wellington, wife Margie, and granddaughter Camilla Wellington In this 1971 photo, John Couch is shown with his 114th Assault Helicopter Company in Vietnam John Couch is shown during his time as a motorcycle officer for the Santa Clara Police Department
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This Memorial Day Weekend, Paso Robles

City Park will welcome hundreds of impressive classic cars. The Golden State Classics Car Club returns to Paso Robles for its 15th Annual Car Show on Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27.

Back by popular demand, the weekend begins with the Pre-Show Party held at the Estrella Warbirds Museum in Paso Robles on May 26, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The party's $20 tickets aren't sold at the door, and given the sold-out crowd from last year, it is recommended to get your tickets early. Tickets include a buffet dinner, a tour of the Woodland Auto Display, and live music and dancing with the ’60s rock ‘n’ roll band Unfinished Business.

“In today's climate of inflation, we're trying to give the people coming to the car show and the public something that is reasonable,” said Golden State Car Club President Scotty Smith of the party's second year. “The Pre-Show party was very popular last year. We had a couple of hundred people

there and more on the waitlist”

Then on Saturday, everyone will be welcomed to Paso Robles City Park for the 15th Annual Golden State Car Classics Show. Last year's show brought in over 300 cars to downtown, and this year Scotty is expecting a similar turnout. New at this show is more car classes — which means more awards and trophies.

The show will start Saturday, May 27, going from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Downtown City Park, on 12th and Spring streets. There will be a raffle, food vendors, trophies, and live music featuring The Skylights. Another new and expanding feature is Manufacturer Row, highlighting local classic car-related businesses. This year's title sponsors are Carrillo Automotive, Paso Robles; Mike Dean’s Auto Repair, Atascadero; and Kings Oil Tools.

Scotty is ready to bring his Chevrolet Nova to the show.

The judging classes include early and modern muscle cars, customs, hot rods, special interests, and the traditional classic categories for cars and trucks. There is sure

to be a car there for everyone to enjoy.

The Golden State Car Club started in 1987. They are now 82 members strong and all working for a good cause. Proceeds from the car show go towards local nonprofits.

"As an organization, we support a lot of other nonprofits at the end of the year,” said Scotty. “Last year was a big year for us.”

Last year the Golden State Classics Car Club distributed over $22,000 to local nonprofits. In December 2022, it partnered with Late Night Cruizers Car Club and Daniels Wood Land to hold the first Toy Bank Show & Shine Fundraiser, which raised almost over $14,000 for the Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles. Other nonprofits and organizations the club has supported are Loaves and Fishes, the Estrella Warbirds Museum, Chapter 50 Veterans, Paso Robles Pioneer Museum, and the Cuesta College Automotive Department, just to name a few.

Golden State Classics is a nonprofit organization that promotes classic vehicles and supports local charities. To register or learn more, visit goldenstateclassics.org.

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Vietnam War Veterans Remember Those Lost at the ‘Wall that Heals’

In 1982, a 200-foot-long wall was built with the names of over 58,000 servicemen and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country during the Vietnam War. Since then, the wall has stood in silence as a memorial for survivors to come and remember their fallen brothers, sisters, fathers, sons, and daughters.

In March, a replica of the famed Washington D.C. memorial, the “Wall That Heals,” made its way to the Madonna Meadows in San Luis Obispo as the wall’s first stop on its 2023 tour.

The wall displayed the same names of 58,281 men and women who lost their lives serving their country in the Vietnam War. The wall was last at the Madonna Meadows five years ago, and the location is the first ever where the wall has returned for a second visit.

SLO County Veteran Services Officer Morgan Boyd told Paso

Robles Press Magazine the county was approached to host the wall again over a year ago. After completing the vigorous application process, the county was given the green light in December 2022 to host the wall.

“There’s a lot of things that we had to pull together quickly and we were able to do that with the support of the community,” said Morgan, who hosts the event alongside the Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum.

There were over 60 sponsors for the wall, including the SLO County Board of Supervisors, Madonna Inn, and the Legacy Wellness Center located in Nipomo. On Tuesday, March 14, the wall was escorted from Camp Roberts in San Miguel to the Madonna Inn. Despite the wet weather, over 100 people showed up to escort the wall.

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Ron Mullison at the “Wall That Heals” display searches names on the wall

“To them they are escorting their fallen brothers on the wall, so it is like a memorial service for them,” said Morgan, who passed out special momentos to those who participated in the transport.

The wet weather created a muddy setting for the wall after set-up. It was common to overhear veterans who served in Vietnam to crack a few jokes saying, “looks like they brought the Vietnam mud along with it.”

Wednesday, March 29, marked the 50th anniversary of the removal of American combat troops from Vietnam. Templeton resident Rodney Dykhouse served as an Army helicopter pilot flying Hueys from 1970 to 1971, and came to see the wall at Madonna Meadows.

“[It] tugs at the heart strings — [the] first time in Washington I cried my eyes out,” said Rodney of seeing the wall again and of his first time seeing the original in Washington, D.C.

The “Wall that Heals” made its debut in 1996. It stands 375 feet long and 7.5 feet high. In its 27 years of touring, the wall has been on display in more than 700 U.S. communities, according to vvmf.org.

Like many veterans who were visiting the wall, Rodney had a list of people to find and visit on the wall. He was looking for his roommate from flight school, a high school classmate, a neighbor, and some men from his company that were killed in Vietnam.

“These guys were good young men. They died doing what their country asked them to do,” said Rodney while he searched the wall.

Volunteers and a resource center at the wall in Madonna were crucial for those finding names on the wall. Photos and remembrances of each service member on the wall can be found on vvmf.org/wall-of-faces as well as their exact location on the wall.

The Vietnam War is most commonly and briefly described as a conflict in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia with the purpose of preventing the spread of communism. But the war and its purpose were strongly debated within the U.S.

“The American government screwed it up,” said Rodney, who went on to tell us what he wished people knew about the Vietnam War. “They never went in there with a plan to win. They went in there with a plan to try to neutralize the North and hopefully give the South enough time to grow up and take care of themselves, but that’s not the way to win a war.”

Rodney is the third generation of his family to serve in the U.S. military. His grandfather served in the trenches of World War I, his father was a World War II veteran who went across the Omaha Beach during the Battle of the Bulge, and then one of his sons served as an Airborne Ranger.

“We have kept America free for four generations,” said Rodney, who added that made him feel proud of their services.

Morgan was impressed at the community’s support of the wall coming back to San Luis Obispo County.

The SLO County Veterans Resource Center connects veterans to their accredited benefits. Last year, Morgan’s office was able to bring in $9.668 million to local veterans and are responsible for over 800 million annually — all with a nine-person team.

“We pride ourselves in being efficient and good at helping the veterans navigate their benefits,” added Morgan.

Veterans can find more information on the County’s Veteran’s Services at slocounty.ca.gov/Departments/Veterans-Services.aspx

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Journey into America’s Industrial Legacy: The Best of the West Antique Equipment Show

and Rossi Foundation event. Santa Margarita Ranch poses as the perfect location to enjoy a family gathering outside and teach the younger generations about the heritage of our area.

Arguably the best show in the West, The Best of the West Antique Equipment Show, will be starting its engines on May 25 through May 28 at the Santa Margarita Ranch.

This Memorial Day weekend, guests are welcome to explore and enjoy the equipment that helped build America into the country it is today. More importantly, the weekend is dedicated to remembering and honoring veterans who have given their lives for our country.

The Best of the West Antique Equipment Show is a Paso Robles Pioneer Day Committee

Best of the West coordinator Tara Tedeschi shares her favorite part of the weekend, “I love seeing the kids’ faces and even adults when they see these tractors and these big large pieces of equipment come to life ... they come back every single year because it is such a fun familyfriendly event to go [to] and hang out.”

At Best of the West, you can go back in time in more ways than one. The train holds plenty of history itself. It was featured in the TV show “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman” and was one of the passenger coaches from Santa Fe and Disneyland Railroad from the 1950s. Pretend you are headed out west with a ride on the infamous Santa Margarita Ranch steam engine train. But watch out — word on the street is the Atascadero Trail Riders have plans for robbery!

With Best of the West landing on Memorial Weekend, Tara says it is essential that veterans are honored, “We want to make sure that it’s known that we do this to honor our Veterans and keep their memory alive as well.”

At noon each day, all operations will pause for a military salute and flyover courtesy of the Estrella Warbirds.

Many fan-favorite activities will be back at the ranch, including the Farm Bureau’s tri-tip dinners and other food vendors (including a bar), parades, and the Kid’s Corral.

“I think that farming and ranching and the equipment that has been used for hundreds of years is kind of a dying breed, so it’s important for us to showcase how our ancestors farmed and were able to live on the land,” Tara explained. “I think [its important], especially Paso Robles and the surrounding areas, is such a farming and ranching rich community. It brings all of us joy ... doing this to make sure generations to come

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Living History at Santa Margarita Ranch This Memorial Weekend

can still soak up this rich heritage. I think it’s important for us to keep that memory alive.”

In the Kid’s Corral, youngsters can look forward to some unique activities, including gold panning with the Central Coast Gold Prospectors, vintage water pumps, butter making, model trains and tracks, grain buckets, and roping dummies, giant sand pile, and tire climbing gym.

Throughout the day, guests can enjoy a tractor parade, earthmoving demo, plowing demo, blacksmithing, and so much more.

“It’s not just equipment just sitting there. You will see all these old pieces moving and actually

in action,” Tara adds that this year the show will be adding harvesting demonstrations with antique equipment.

Coming back to the show is the Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owner’s Club (AMOC). Founded in 1991, the AMOC has members all over the world. Several countries are planning to participate in AMOC’s showing at Best of the West in May. Locals from around the county and even folks from across the nation bring equipment and tractors from various decades. It ends up creating a timeline of the mechanized progress of 20th-century America. Of course, none of this would be possible without the help

of JB Dewar, who donates fuel for the show.

The Santa Margarita Ranch is home to many landmarks serving as proof of its own rich history. Here, people can find the original El Camino Real, the Asistencia building, the Wells Fargo building dating back to the stagecoach days, and mission vineyards.

Tara and her team are excited for everyone to enjoy Best of the West in May, “Knowing that we can at least bring a little piece of the past back to life is neat to see in person.”

For more information on tickets, trailer camping, volunteering, and all the show has to offer, visit bestofthewestshow.com.

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Discover Atascadero

Embrace Your Inner Tourist and Explore Our Charming Town's Diverse Offerings

As we approach the 40th anniversary of National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), taking place from May 7 through 13, it's the perfect time to celebrate all that Atascadero has to offer.

This week-long event underscores the significance of travel and tourism in our communities and economies. As Atascadero residents, we can seize this opportunity to explore our hometown like a tourist and rediscover its distinctive charm. In order to provide guidance on experiencing Atascadero as a tourist, we reached out to Terry Banish, Atascadero's Deputy City Manager for Outreach, Promotions, and Events. Terry shared insightful suggestions on how to fully embrace the tourist experience in our beloved hometown.

In Atascadero's downtown area, you'll find a wealth of activities that cater to all ages. Boutique shops, fantastic restaurants, and drinking establishments provide ample entertainment for adults, while familyfriendly attractions such as miniature golf, arcade games, and Colony Cinemas are all within walking distance for families to enjoy together.

History buffs will appreciate Atascadero's rich historical heritage, with landmarks and buildings like the City Hall, the Colony House, and the Printery, which once held the title of the largest printing facility in the western United States. These sites offer a fascinating glimpse into the town's past and the people who shaped it.

Atascadero's vibrant events calendar is sure to keep visitors entertained year-round, with events such as the Tamale Festival, the Central Coast Beer Fest, Fall Fest, Cruisin' Weekend, and First Fridays in the Downtown. These festivities offer something for everyone, regardless of age or interests.

What makes Atascadero a great tourist destination?

Atascadero, a hidden gem on the Central Coast, promises a diverse array of activities that cater to everyone's tastes. Whether you're a local or a visitor, this charming town in San Luis Obispo County offers plenty of opportunities for an unforgettable vacation or staycation. For those who enjoy exploring the great outdoors, Atascadero is home to several beautiful parks, the picturesque Atascadero Lake, and numerous hiking trails where you can immerse yourself in nature while basking in the warm sunshine. The Charles Paddock Zoo, the only zoo in San Luis Obispo County, is situated within a lush 5-acre park and showcases exotic animals from five of the world's 38 biodiversity hotspots.

What are the benefits of playing tourist in Atascadero?

Exploring new places and trying out new experiences can be both personally rewarding and beneficial to those who come to visit. Atascadero is known for its warm and welcoming atmosphere, providing a hometown feel that makes living and visiting this unique town even more special. In the Downtown area, you can enjoy beautiful evenings over nine months out of the year without a reservation, perfect for walking around and taking in the lovely surroundings.

Families looking to play tourist in Atascadero have plenty of options

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for a memorable day in this charming town. Spend a leisurely afternoon with the family at Atascadero Lake Park, where you can enjoy a picnic under the trees, fish at the lake, or add a little more excitement by renting a paddle boat from Mr. Putter's Boathouse and cruising around at your own pace. Visit the Charles Paddock Zoo, the California Central Coast's only zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Home to hundreds of animal species from around the world, families can learn about the zoo's conservation efforts through its educational programs and events, offering both entertainment and learning opportunities for visitors of all ages.

For some downtown family fun, head to the family-friendly Wild Fields Brewhouse, where you can enjoy a drink while the kids have fun at the arcade. In the same area, catch a movie at Colony Cinemas or enjoy a round of miniature golf at Mr. Putter's Putt Putt. Stop by Sylvester's for a delicious burger, and don't forget to save room for dessert at Negranti Creamery. With these activities and more, families can make unforgettable memories together while exploring the charming town of Atascadero. The combination of natural beauty, engaging attractions, and friendly atmosphere makes it a perfect destination for locals and visitors alike to embrace their inner tourists.

By combining local flavors, outdoor adventures, and shopping experiences, Atascadero offers a well-rounded and memorable experience for both locals and visitors looking to make the most of their time in this enchanting community.

How can a solo person play tourist in Atascadero?

Discover Atascadero by immersing yourself in its public art community through the Equality Mural Trail. This unique experience allows you to explore the town's vibrant artistic side while strolling through its charming streets.

Treat yourself to a pint at Ancient Owl, where you can enjoy live music and a lively atmosphere. Cap off your day with a delicious scoop of ice cream at Negranti Creamery, a family-owned and operated establishment that specializes in crafting sheep's milk ice cream right on the Central Coast.

For gaming enthusiasts, Andy's Awesome Arcade is a popular spot situated in the heart of downtown on Traffic Way. This exciting venue offers hours of entertainment for gamers of all ages and skill levels. By experiencing Atascadero's public art, local flavors, and entertainment options, you can create a memorable day that showcases the town's diverse offerings and unique charm.

How can a couple play tourist in Atascadero?

Embark on the Brews and Burgers Trail Map in Atascadero to experience the local craft beer scene, showcasing family-owned breweries that have earned recognition through their award-winning brews and passion for craft beer. Complement your beer journey with the delicious local wines from Ruby Cellars, Kula Vineyards, and MEA Wines, along with spirits from Central Coast Distillery — all familyowned and mostly within walking distance. Pair your drinks with a mouth-watering burger from Colony Market & Deli or Sylvester's Burgers for a true culinary delight. You can find more information about the Brews and Burgers Trail at visitatascadero.com/things-to-do/ Brews-and-Burgers-Trail/.

For those seeking outdoor adventure, hike the Stadium Park Trailhead up to the monolith for breathtaking views or challenge yourself with a longer hike at Three Bridges Oak Preserve. Both options offer opportunities to connect with nature while taking in the beauty of Atascadero's landscape.

Finally, explore Atascadero's downtown area and discover unique, one-of-a-kind pieces created by local artisans and shop owners. The vibrant shopping scene is the perfect place to find a special gift or souvenir that captures the essence of this charming Central Coast town.

Some favorite restaurants in Atascadero that are tourist favorites?

Atascadero offers a variety of delightful dining options for visitors and locals alike. The Nest, a popular spot for breakfast and lunch, is situated on the town's south side. In the downtown area, Sylvester's is a family favorite known for its delicious burgers and amazing shakes. Don't miss Colony Market & Deli, which features indoor and outdoor seating along with a fun game of cornhole for guests to enjoy. Street Side Ale House and Guest House Grill cater to diverse tastes with a range of menu options, while Cielo Ristorante & Rooftop Bar has quickly become a new favorite in town. With these dining establishments and more, Atascadero provides a culinary experience that will surely please any palate.

As locals, we all know that Atascadero is a hidden gem that offers a multitude of unforgettable experiences for locals and visitors alike. As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of National Travel and Tourism Week, let's take this opportunity to rediscover the unique charm of Atascadero and embrace our inner tourists. With its warm and welcoming atmosphere, engaging attractions, and natural beauty, Atascadero is the perfect destination to create lasting memories while exploring the very best the Central Coast has to offer.

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Giving Through Therapy

Daily mind care can be crucial to healing from the past. Paso Robles therapist Julie Seden-Hansen offers assistance in that healing journey to her clients at California Therapy That Works. A therapist since 2002, she has worked with vets and survivors and specializes in healing from violence and trauma and helping individuals find their path to thriving.

Having moved to Paso Robles when she was in the fifth grade, she later remembered how it was a wonderful place for families, so

much that she moved back with her husband in 2000 when they had their first son.

“I had thought I would be a stayat-home mom, but quickly realized I needed more adult conversation in my day and decided to go to grad school at Cal Poly,” Julie says. “I literally opened the Cal Poly catalog and looked at programs. Luckily I found counseling, which seemed like a good fit.”

She was 30 years old starting graduate school, and now always tells people that it is never too late to start a new career.

Specializing in client-centered therapy, Julie understands that the

client is the “expert on their own life” and therefore deems the therapist’s job is to ultimately be creative and “helpful by providing support.”

She strives to help support their “healing, discovery and loosening up of the places we feel stuck,” she says.

Julie has supervised graduate students at the California Institute of Integral Studies since 2019 and brought two students into her practice. Eric Burke, AMFT/ APCC, joined in April 2022 and Morgan Jo Stong, AMFT, joined in 2023. The three of them believe in client-centered therapy and helping the client in their personal work as opposed to giving the answers.

They offer online therapy which she now finds to be positive because she has the opportunity to welcome therapists she knows and trusts to work with her in serving Central Coast clients even though they live out of the area.

Enjoying your profession is imperative to adding to a happy life and longevity. Julie loves being a therapist and finds that she is consistently inspired by it. She understands that “therapy can be hard, but I think it gets a bad rap, as if it is a difficult road.” However, she implies, it doesn’t have to be difficult but rather fun and meaningful. She doesn’t want to spend too much time in painful parts but “just enough time in the hard stuff to get it healing naturally.”

Julie hopes that with the negative aspects swirling around the world that families get together and address their thoughts, feelings, anger, and anxieties. But sometimes it’s useful to have outside help.

“Counseling is nice because it is not with a member of your family, but it is someone to see you, hear you, respect you, and try to help you with private thoughts or personal things,” she says.

The optimism her business provides is simple: “It is one more person to help us see that we are loveable and we can be OK.”

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ooking for care regarding injuries, pain, malfunctions, or basic mobility is essential when it comes to improving daily lives. When a business meets the needs of that care, it thrives. Hart Family Chiropractic in Atascadero has been serving the community for close to 30 years with the goal to assist patients of all ages in obtaining optimum health.

Dr. Darren R. Hart, who was born and raised in Atascadero and attended Atascadero High School, Cal Poly and Palmer College of Chiropractic, started his practice in 1994. After getting a lifesaving adjustment as a young child, he became inspired. In fact, most of the employees there has a story related to chiropractic care, and it relieving symptoms they were experiencing.

Working with Dr. Jon Wells, who is now

the primary chiropractor, and Dr. Dieter, Hart also hired his nephew Justin Hart as the care coordinator, chiropractic assistant Lindsay Trupe and office manager Elle Freeman. There are two massage therapists, Seth Daugherty and Rachel Wisener.

Specialized services provided are to offer a natural, holistic, and drug-free approach to health. Patients get help maintaining spinal alignment, restored balance, and increasing the life, health, and energy in the body.

They also see expectant moms and work with their spine and nervous system throughout all stages of pregnancy, pre and post-partum. In addition, they have alleviated pinched nerves causing heart dysfunction. They were able to bring a patient back to his active lifestyle that specialists couldn’t figure out.

Working with the community is important and so “each year Hart Family Chiropractic donates to Okalhaven Children’s Chiropractic Center, an organization specializing in getting chiropractic care to children in need,” Freeman says. In the past Dr. Hart has also volunteered with Chirofeed, a local event for chiropractors to feed the homeless community.

Hart Family Chiropractic has been providing an assortment of wellness and full body restoration for those in need of it. The business has sustained as a result of the compassionate care they put forth towards each individual that walks through the door.

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Maximize Your Home's Value With These Home Improvement Projects

Understanding the cost recovery and joy score of interior and outdoor renovations

With spring here, the days are getting longer and warmer, and we are renewed with possibilities. Homeowners have been dreaming and planning new projects for their homes all winter long. They’ve worked hard to save up for these dream projects, and now they’re anxious to get started. But amidst this excitement comes the inevitable question, is that project worth it? Should I spend the money inside or outside the home? Which project should come first?

As a real estate agent, I understandably get asked this question frequently. What projects are worth investing in? What type of return will I see if I invest in my home? I always try to guide my clients to choose what is best for them given their circumstances. They will be the one living in the home, so they should customize it to their liking. But, keeping an eye on the equity those projects will create for your home is a smart move.

In fact, the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) has done some extensive research on everything from the cost recovery of interior remodeling projects as well as outdoor remodeling projects to what they term the “Joy Score” for those same improvements. As simple as it sounds, the Joy Score is based on the happiness homeowners reported with their renovations. The NAR’s research group findings were published in reports titled “2022 Remodeling Impact Report” and “2023 Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features.”

Cost recovery should be a question on every homeowner’s mind when contemplating home improvement projects. This is especially important to consider if you are planning on selling your home sometime in the future. As a

homeowner, we want to make sure that the improvements we make to our home are helping our home to appreciate in value. What projects “should” a homeowner consider when balancing cost, personal satisfaction, and adding value to their property? I’m glad you asked! Kitchens and bathrooms are considered big ticket or flashy items and likely the first improvement you’d think of. Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom is generally the most expensive investment you can make to your home. Thankfully, they are also the ones that give you the highest Return on Investment (ROI). ROI is the measurement of how much money, or profit, you have earned on an investment as a percentage of its total cost. It measures the profit you have made (or could make if you were to sell) on an investment. Home buyers tend to pay more for a home with remodeled kitchen and bathrooms because they look and function better than dated ones. Plus, many buyers don’t want to tackle these projects themselves. It stands to reason that 26 percent of Realtors® would recommend a bathroom remodel before selling. Thirty percent would recommend a kitchen upgrade. Not only does a newly remodeled kitchen or bathroom look amazing, but it attracts more buyers. Can we say bidding war?

According to the NAR, the cost recovery for refinishing hardwood flooring is 147 percent, new wood flooring 118 percent, and insulation upgrade is 100 percent, rounding out the top three. Looking at the Joy Score top three, painting the entire interior home, painting one interior room, or adding a new home office you will garner a score of 10. Not surprisingly, 48 percent of Realtors® do recommend painting the entire interior of the home. Talk about positive return!

Another area of the home to capitalize on is the curb appeal and outdoor areas. The cost recovery for outdoor remodeling projects’ top three include standard lawn care service

Home buyers tend to pay more for a home with remodeled kitchen and bathrooms because they look and function better than dated ones. Plus, many buyers don’t want to tackle these projects themselves."

at 217 percent; landscape maintenance 104 percent; overall landscape upgrade 100 percent. Worth mentioning is that an outdoor kitchen will also get a 100 percent. The Joy Score for an in-ground pool addition is 10, landscape lighting is a 10, and a new patio 9.9. Clearly, we truly enjoy our outdoor space, so make sure to spend some time on its upkeep. Creating stunning outdoor areas also cultivates a happy space to enjoy and relax.

Now, there are some investments or regular maintenance items that can’t be avoided and don’t provide a huge amount of return. These items are less sexy and more practical. Items such as a new windows, septic system, or HVAC system are all items that oftentimes can’t be avoided. These necessary investments are great to the pragmatic buyer, but they don’t add as much value to your home, like the newly remodeled kitchen or bathroom. It’s not to say that they add no value, just not as high as others. Realtors®, 33 percent of them, recommend a new roof before selling.

I encourage you to balance the many factors that come into play when determining your next home improvement project. Most of all, enjoy the process and your space. It is important to remember that you can never truly measure your cost recovery until you sell your home. So, until then, have fun customizing your home to your tastes but always be aware of your investments and what type of value they bring to your home.

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Get Your Business Online Today!

Having a website for your business is one of the most important tools you can have in your toolkit to ensure your business’s success. A website can drive online sales and increase customer awareness of your business, leading to greater foot traffic in your store or online bookings. It’s an essential component to having a thriving business in 2023. That’s why our Chamber team has launched the Get Your Business Online! program.

The Chamber’s Program Specialist, Jose Guadarrama, is the point of contact for this effort. The goal is to help 200 small businesses in north

county get online with successful websites that help drive sales and increase exposure so they can thrive for years to come!

How does the Get Your Business Online! program work? Our Program Specialist, Jose Gaudarrama, will visit and reach out to local businesses in Atascadero, Paso Robles, and Templeton that don’t have a website. He’ll work closely with these small businesses to learn why they don’t have a website and then help them create one. Each website will have a home section, list of products/services/menu, contain an “about” section, and a way for customers to contact the

business.

However, the program doesn’t stop there. Participating businesses will also receive training on how to edit and add more to their website to keep it updated in the future. This gives local small businesses the tools and the information they need for continued online success!

The Chamber team is ready to help OUR local businesses succeed online! If you’d like to join the Get Your Business Online Initiative, fill out the sign-up form at forms.gle/ EbSFvC8K5HsTWQn79. If you have additional questions about the initiative, please contact Jose Guadarrama at Jose@atascaderochamber.org or call (815) 533-6011.

MAY Programs And Events

Sip & Shop

May 5, 2023 | 5:30 to 8 p.m. | Downtown Atascadero

Cheers to the spring and the sunshine! Enjoy wine, beer, cider, and more tastings and treats from 15+ downtown Atascadero businesses during our May and special Cinco de Mayo Sip & Shop! Bring your friends, family, or date and enjoy the fun on May 5. Early bird tickets are $20 and are available through April 28. From April 29 - May 4, General Admission tickets are $25, and then on the day of the event, they are $30. Every ticket comes with a complimentary wine glass. Online ticket sales close at noon on May 5. A limited number of tickets will be available to purchase in person at the event. Go to the booth in front of Atascadero City Hall or the Central Coast Distillery on the evening of the event to claim your wine glass and wristband for the tastings.

Your ticket comes with:

A wine glass

Wine, beer, coffee, and cider tastings from 15+ businesses

Complimentary tours of City Hall Register at atascaderochamber.org/5-fridays-at-bridgeworks/.

Chamber Mixer @ Atrium Mercantile

May 18, 2023 | 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Atrium Mercantile

Save the date, and join us for our May Chamber Mixer at the Atrium Mercantile. Join us and get to know local business professionals and our amazing community. Explore new businesses in our community with Member Alley while enjoying complimentary drinks and bites. Tickets for the mixer are free for Members and $10 for Non-Members; registration is encouraged to assist with food and beverage planning purposes. Even if you cannot register ahead of time, we still happily welcome your attendance. Register at atascaderochamber.org

NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS

Adaptive Innovations Inc adaptive-innovations.com

Adelina Acupuncture adelinaacupuncture.com

Amy & Jaime's Place amyandjaimesplace.com

Bemer Group, Tricia Williams triciawilliams. bemergroup.com

County of San Luis Obispo Workforce Development Board SLOworkforce.com

Full Career Consulting (805) 806-6546

KASE Real Estate kaserealestate.com/ central-coast Lonely Oak Arts lonelyoakarts.com

Pedro's Mexican Restaurant pedrosatascadero.com

Pizza Express atownpizzaexpress.com

Sharon’s Quickbooks Bookkeeping Service

The Real McCoy Barbershop (805) 464-2983

Two Nights Insurance Services, LTD twoknightsins.com/

Note: All Chamber Members were asked to participate in this Guide by submitting entries.

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UNDERSTANDING the Changing Education Employment Landscape

This month’s article discusses the current school employee shortage and some additional points of interest. Previously I reported on how the workforce shortage in California is worsening, with many school districts struggling to find enough high-quality employees to fill vacancies. At recent job fairs, dozens of individuals presented applications to our local school districts. However, many school districts throughout the state continue to struggle with staffing positions. The greatest need worsens in the urban areas seeking special education employees, bilingual employees, and specialty positions requiring advanced certifications. Additionally, there has been some misunderstanding about the nature of workforce reductions and layoff notices.

After multiple years of news reports about persistent and worsening employee shortages in the Golden State, some California school districts issued the so-called “March 15 Notices” or “Pink Slips” alerting employees to the possibility of layoffs at the end of the school year. Why do school districts issue layoff notices while schools throughout the state struggle to find fully qualified employees? Have school districts solved the workforce shortage?

Considering a different perspective in

response to this logical question about layoffs and shortages is necessary. We must understand the media’s passion for headlines and single-sentence reactions in order to understand the local nature of educational workforce market fluctuations. Staffing for our schools is based primarily on need, available resources, and estimated long-term viability. As student populations shift from county to county or district to district, the schools must respond and issue “March 15 Notices.” Workforce reduction notifications can be very disruptive to school continuity, families, and the personal lives of our workforce. Some employees indicate that these notifications facilitated their exit from the profession, further exaggerating workforce shortages.

It is important to note that these notices do not automatically result in a layoff. Current state law and collective bargaining agreements require explicitly detailed notification when a workforce reduction is possible. The notices also represent the budget volatility within our state funding for schools. According to a California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) report, most employees who receive notices do not lose a job. Affected employees may experience a change of school, district, or assignment. The LAO reports that out of every ten teachers who receive a “Pink Slip,” eight or nine are rehired before the next school year, and those willing to relocate will find employment.

An analysis of news reports, school board materials, and association data shows that the layoffs are not widespread or statewide. The data

indicates that layoffs reflect particular financial challenges, enrollment shifts, and demographic changes. Declining enrollment is critical in districts such as Santa Ana, San Diego, Temecula, Montebello, Anaheim, Cupertino, and many County Offices of Education. When a district or county office has lower enrollment, they have fewer resources to pay for staffing, and workforce reductions are required to meet budget requirements. In these instances, there is no decrease in the need for employees, just a shift in the demand. Statewide our hiring projections still outpace the supply of highly qualified employees in California. Over half of California school districts reported a shortage last fall, especially hard-to-fill positions.

Because of this trend, ongoing employee attrition, and rising California housing costs, we anticipate continuing employee shortages. Progressive policy and legislation such as apprenticeships, scholarships, internships, and other creative programs are proven solutions to workforce shortages. The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education continues to support a grow-your-own strategy by funding over $500,000 annually in local scholarships to upskill individuals interested in serving as education employees. Interested individuals should contact local school districts or SLO Partners for additional information.

Thank you for supporting our students, families, and education employees. It is an honor to serve as your County Superintendent of Schools.

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MAY 6 & EVERY 1ST SATURDAY

POCKET GALLERY ON PINE

849 13TH STREET, PASO ROBLES

11 a.m. to 12 p.m

The new pop-up art studio hosts the recurring event where you can meet the artists - Susan Lyon, Kathy Madonna and Maryanne Nucci.

MAY 6

7TH ANNUAL TAMALE FESTIVAL

SUNKEN GARDENS, 6500 PALMA AVENUE, ATASCADERO

11am-7pm

Rescheduled due to rain in January, the festival will feature over 30 tamale vendors from California, as well as additional vendors offering adult beverages, crafts and merchandise. Entertainment will include Emcee Francisco Ramirez along with Medina Light Show Designs, Mariachi Mexicanismo band, dancing and more.

MAY 13

WARBIRDS WINGS & WHEELS CAR SHOW

4251 DRY CREEK RD, PASO ROBLES

10am-4pm

Car show with show cars parked in and around warbird airplanes and down the taxiway. Average 250 to 300 cars. Craft vendors, food vendors, Firestone Walker Beer, Eberle Wine, bounce houses and face painter for kids, raffle prizes, 50/50 drawing. All museum buildings and displays open to all. Car show kicks off on May 12 with a dinner/barn dance with Monte Mills and the Lucky Horseshoe Band with silent auction.

MAY 12

MOTHERS DAY

MAY 14

COOKIE ADVENTURE

CHARLES PADDOCK ZOO, 9100 MORRO RD, ATASCADERO

This Mother’s Day, treat Mom to delicious cookies and a fun family outing to the Charles Paddock Zoo. Enjoy a variety of cookies from local bakers and an opportunity to explore the Zoo and its unique inhabitants.

MAY 19-20

PLYMOUTH

CONGREGATIONAL ESTATE SALE

PLYMOUTH CONGREGATIONAL

CHURCH-UCC, 1301 OAK STREET, PASO ROBLES

9am-5pm

Estate sale treasures include: household furniture, framed artwork, yard tools, small home appliances, shop equipment, bicycles and more! On Saturday (during the sale) there will be a kid’s area including a free bounce house and popcorn.

MAY 20

ARMED FORCES DAY

CHARLES PADDOCK ZOO, 9100 MORRO RD, ATASCADERO

10am-5pm

All Active Duty Armed Forces men, women, and their immediate families (spouses and children) receive free admission to the Zoo. Bring your valid military ID to enjoy a visit to the only Zoo on the Central Coast.

MAY 20

6TH ANNUAL FRIENDS OF ATASCADERO LAKEFEST WITH CHILDREN’S DAY IN THE PARK

ATASCADERO LAKE PARK

10am-4pm

Activities for all ages include the Cardboard Boat Regatta & Races, 2-for-1 Charles Paddock Zoo coupons, a fishing derby, DJ, music from the “Way out West” band, kids activities, a 50/50 Raffle, food, and a variety of vendors. For kids, supplies will be available to build their own boat to race as part of the “Kids Class” Cardboard Boat Race.

MAY 20

PASO ROBLES OLIVE AND LAVENDER FESTIVAL

PASO ROBLES CITY PARK

10am-5pm

Enjoy everything olive and lavender while learning about both industries through seminars and demonstrations, and also arts, crafts, collectibles, food, as well as beer and spirits tastings. For information visit pasoroblesdowntown.org.

MAY 25-28

BEST OF THE WEST ANTIQUE EQUIPMENT SHOW

SANTA MARGARITA RANCH

8am-5pm

Get an up-close and hands-on look at antique equipment, including: tractors, engines, cars, steam trains, airplanes and much more. Hosted at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch on California’s beautiful central coast, this unique event is fun for the whole family. For more information visit bestofthewestshow.com

MAY 26

PRE-SHOW PARTY

PRESENTED BY:

GOLDEN STATE CLASSIC CAR CLUB

4251 DRY CREEK ROAD, PASO ROBLES

5:30-8:30pm

Your ticket includes appetizers, a chicken buffet dinner, live music with Unfinished Business, and a free tour of Woodland Auto Display. The party is open to anyone who wants to socialize with other car enthusiasts. Come hang out and dance the night away. Learn more at goldenstateclassics.org.

MAY 27

GOLDEN STATE CLASSICS CAR SHOW

PRESENTED BY:

GOLDEN STATE CLASSIC CAR CLUB

PASO ROBLES CITY PARK

9am-2pm

About 300 cars and trucks from all over California will be on display. Visitors can expect to see everything from muscle cars to hot rods, and antiques to exotic sports cars. The event will feature live music with The Skylights, food, product vendors and Manufacturers Row.

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Something From the Kitchen for Mother's Day

In 1914, President Wilson set aside the second Sunday in May as a national holiday to honor America's mothers. In 1907 the idea of such a holiday was conceived by Anna Jarvis, and was celebrated for the first time in May 1908. Although cards, flowers, and boxes of chocolates are always in order, I think something "from the

kitchen" makes a very special gift. A tart with a sweet filling or a fresh lemon filling will let your mother or someone else who is special to you, know that you are thinking of them on Mother's Day. I think the recipes for this month are sure to become favorites in your collection of desserts.

“Cheers!”

Maple-Walnut Tart

Ingredients: Pastry for a 10-inch pie or tart

3 large eggs

1 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup (2/3 stick) butter, melted and cooled

1 cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

Lemon Tart with Almond

Shortbread Crust

Ingredients for Crust:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup confectioners' sugar

1/3 cup ground almonds

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 1/2 squares bittersweet chocolate

Ingredients for Lemon Filling:

1 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3 large eggs, lightly beaten

Juice of 1 lemon

Grated rind of 1 lemon

Confectioners' sugar for decorating

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter a 9 1/2-inch tart pan with a removable bottom (or use a 9-inch pie pan). For crust, sift together flour, salt, and confectioners' sugar in a small mixing bowl. Blend in almonds. Beat

in cooled melted butter and almond extract until thoroughly combined, forming a thick dough. Using your fingers, press dough into tart pan, evenly lining the bottom and sides. Place tart pan in oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Transfer tart pan to a wire rack.

While crust is pre-baking, melt chocolate in a small, heavy saucepan over low heat or in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. While crust is still warm, brush chocolate in an even layer over it, coating bottom completely, and allow chocolate to cool.

To make filling, sift granulated sugar, flour, and baking powder together in a small mixing bowl, and then beat in eggs, lemon juice, and lemon rind. Pour mixture into cooled, chocolate-coated crust. Carefully return the filled crust to oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until filling is set and very lightly browned. Remove to wire rack and allow tart to cool completely. Remove outer ring of tart pan, leaving tart on pan bottom.

To decorate tart, center a round paper doily on it and lightly sprinkle confectioners' sugar over it, gently holding doily down against tart's surface with your other hand. Carefully remove the doily, leaving a lacy pattern of sugar on top of tart.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line an 11inch tart pan with the pastry. Line pastry with aluminum foil weighted with dry beans. Bake pastry crust for 7 minutes and remove from oven. Place crust on a wire rack. Remove beans and foil, and cool. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees.

In a mixing bowl beat together all remaining ingredients except walnuts until thoroughly blended. Stir in walnuts. Place crust on oven rack and carefully spoon filling mixture into it (this is easier than filling crust first and then transferring it to oven.) Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted in filling comes out clean. Remove tart to wire rack to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature. Happy Mother's Day to all of you mothers out there. Cheers!

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Processing Grief: It takes as long as it takes

This year the third of March marked the first anniversary when I sat by my mother’s bedside and watched her leave this world. She fought cancer for 17 months. Her fight ended that day. There is a different kind of grief when you lose a parent. For those of you who have experienced this loss, I am sure you will agree that when a loving parent has passed, there is an all-encompassing quiet sorrow.

That sorrow becomes intensified by the hollow truth that one person you’ve always trusted and who was always there for you is now gone. You will never hear the voice of the first person who guided your steps, encouraged you, and you confided in ever again in this life. Even if you were not close to your passing parent, the sense of loss is still hard to describe. An honest glimpse into your own mortality as the torch passes on to the next generation.

The thing about processing grief is no one answer works for everyone. There is no one way to make the sorrow lesson quicker. I now know one thing about grief...it takes as long as it takes. No steps to complete, no magical words or prayers can rush the process. It just takes time. It will get better with the support and prayers from friends and family. But truthfully, losing a parent is hard. I must say that milestones are the toughest, and holidays are not easy either. Still, there is something about those dates that leave a permanent reminder that someone you love has died. Dates that stand out as a day uniquely theirs, like Mother’s Day, the day they were born, and

There’s an empty space in our hearts, Where you once held a place. A hollow ache that brings us to tears, Of the sadness we must face.

We will miss everything about you, Your smile, your laugh, your caring heart. We don’t know how to carry on without you, Maybe celebrating you today, we can find a start.

We will take comfort in your memory, As we reminisce of you, so special, so kind. We love you so much and will do our best, But you will never drift too far from our mind.

We can rest in the assurance of seeing you again, One day we will embrace you again in love. Until then, we know God will keep you, Peaceful and loved in his arms above.

sadly the day they died.

Remembering and honoring my mother is so important to me. I keep in weekly contact with my father, as his loss is much different than mine. He lost the love of his life. Every day is a journey of sorrow for him, missing her presence in his world. I can’t imagine his loss, just like I can’t imagine the loss of a child, which he and my mother also experienced. I came to the astounding realization that wherever you are in your grief. Own it! Take your time to deal with your loss and take the time to reminisce, hurt, cry, and even scream if it helps. Be decisive even when you don’t feel like it, and never give up; your loved one wouldn’t want that for you. Be careful of anyone, although well-meaning, telling you it’s time for you to move on or to get past it. It takes as long as it takes, and you need to take just as long as you need. Don’t allow insensitive family and friends to dictate how you process your grief. I know my grief for my mother will get better with time.

My advice, find solace in whatever your belief system may be. If you need a friend, find one; if you need therapy, call one; and if you need a grief group, there are plenty around. Just remember to take care of yourself. Remember the beautiful memories you created with that person. Whoever they are to you, your mother, father, spouse, child, sibling, dear family member, or friend. Mourn them, remember them, honor them, and cherish their memory by loving yourself.

Finally, be gentle with yourself; grief takes as long as it takes.

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