Atascadero News Magazine • #72 • June 2024

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INSIDE Celebrating Dads

Locals share cherished photos with their Dads for Father's Day

Pets of North County

In honor of Pets Month we highlight local furry animal friends

Taste of Americana

Celebrating Summer with friends, family, and good food They say a



snapshot tells a thousand words,
are true art THROUGH
three local ladies proving those words
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Dear Friends,

In May of this year, I will officially be a Hearing Aid Specialist for 25 years! I don’t know how these years have gone by so quickly. But I do know how blessed I am to have so many wonderful patients like you. I appreciate your loyalty and support. I have seen many changes in hearing health care, and most have been for the better.

I don’t believe anyone misses the big, uncomfortable, squealing hearing aids we had available back in 1999. They were adjusted with tiny screwdrivers and were not too attractive. Today we have rechargeable aids,

Bluetooth streaming and smart phone apps. Most aids are nearly invisible when worn and are comfortable to wear 12 hours a day. We have a few patients that are still with us from 25 years ago.

To celebrate 25 years, we have a few special offers for you. We called our battery supplier, and they agreed to offer you a special price of $25 for a case for 80 batteries. They are normally $40 so you will save $15. We also have new products that turn your TV or computer into Bluetooth streaming devices, and they are all 25% off!

If you or a loved one are considering new hearing aids, we are also offering $250 off each hearing aid. Some patients like to have an extra pair, or they want to upgrade to something with more features. This year all the hearing aid companies are shaking off the Covid dust and have released new products in the hope of providing more clarity and comfort. Call us today and we promise to get you in within 48 hours, not 6 weeks like the big box stores.

Spring is a good time to call us to have your hearing tested. Let us get your hearing aids cleaned and polished so that you are ready for upcoming trips, graduations, and family gatherings. We service all brands like Phonak, Miracle Ear, Oticon and Starkey. Call our friendly Patient Care Coordinator Abby at (805) 460-7385. She will get you scheduled right away. We hope to see you soon!

Best Regards,

P.S. Thank you for your loyalty and support of our family. We appreciate your business and feel grateful to have served you for the past 25 years! Call us at (805) 460-7385. (805) 460-7385 ATASCADERO 7070 Morro Road, Suite D (805) 439-3586 SAN LUIS OBISPO 12326 Los Osos Valley Road Bear Valley Plaza 2024 BEST HEARING AID SPECIALIST
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Photography Through the Female Lens

The Art Issue: We highlight three women photographers who capture diverse stories through their lenses. From family portraits to celebrity shots, they all emphasize empowerment and unique perspectives.

Locals Celebrate Dads

Curated By The Editorial team

Locals shared with us their favorite photos of their dads to celebrate North County dads in for Father's Day.

Dogs of North County

Meet some of our North County's pups shared to us by their owners in honor of pets month.

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Happy June! Summertime is here, and we are gearing up for graduations, summer trips, and camps for the kiddos. This is our season bursting with outdoor fun and community spirit, from the joy of summer concerts in the park to the Lavender U-Pick at Hambley Farms and the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival. June marks the beginning of a season filled with memorable events with friends and family leading up to the 4th of July and the California Mid-State Fair!

As I mentioned last month, our sweet Mirac is graduating from 6th grade, and we've had the pleasure of him attending Children's House Montessori. It's been such a wonderful experience for both him and Max. They are growing so fast; it seems like only yesterday I was following them around as they were learning to walk. My heart is so full of how special they both are. I'm not the perfect parent or the ideal room mom, but I am perfect for them, and I have learned to give myself a lot of grace and forgiveness. They are the best part of both Nic and me.

Speaking of parenting, this month we celebrate our dads, and in honor of Father’s Day, we invited the community to share photos of their dads for us to showcase. Sharing these memories is incredibly special, and we thank everyone for participating. I truly believe the role of a father is the most important. Nic is truly one of the most remarkable men I know and such a wonderful father to our boys. He sets the tone for our home and family, demonstrating to our boys what strength and love truly means. I am grateful for all that he does for our family, our team and our community. This Father’s Day, we send love and appreciation to all the dads out there!

In addition, this issue celebrates local artists. This year, we spotlight three talented local photographers whose art captures the world through their lenses, revealing new forms of beauty. From weaving stories of seniors heading out of school and into the wider world, to capturing celebrities and celebrating women, these photographers share their subjects' stories with the world, each telling their own unique tale.

We take great joy in sharing the unique stories of our community with you. Publishing our local magazine and newspaper isn't just a job—it's a passion for us all. It's about sharing the stories that shape our lives and celebrating the spirit, resilience, and creativity of our community. Each issue is a testament to the achievements of our neighbors, a support for local businesses, and a way to keep everyone informed and connected. Through our publications, we weave together the fabric of our community, fostering a sense of belonging and pride. Together, we celebrate our shared values and diverse perspectives, making our town a vibrant and inspiring place to call home.

We appreciate all your support from our team and our family. We wish you a fantastic and safe start to your summer, filled with laughter, family BBQs, fun outings, and lots of dancing!

We hope you enjoy this month’s issue of Atascadero News Magazine. Hayley & Nic

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Sunny Days And Summer

ummer — we’re here for ya! I’m usually not a summer-time fan — the heat is not my favorite — but after all the rain, I’m very excited to get outdoors and be active.

First up, we have The 10th Annual LIGHTHOUSE 5K Benefit Fun Run and Family Fun Day. It will take place on June 2 at Oyster Ridge Event Center. Runners and walkers are welcome. There will also be events for the kids, a half-mile race and a 100-yard dash for those under 6 years old. And then there's a pancake breakfast hosted by the Kiwanis, a DJ, face painting, a bounce house, and raffles for great prizes donated by local businesses. Most importantly, this event will support an amazing cause. LIGHTHOUSE is dedicated to strengthen our community by overcoming youth addiction through awareness, prevention, and intervention. Lori Bagby is an organizer of the event: A friend and a local rockstar real estate agent, she lost her son to addiction and has used that pain to build up our community.

Tickets will be sold up until the day of the race and can be found at

Another favorite event is the Atascadero Lakeside Winefest. Held at the Lake Park on June 22 from 4 to 8 p.m., the event has local wineries and breweries converging on the grass under the huge oaks to serve up tastings. The event booths continue into the zoo and includes artists, musicians, and food vendors. Tickets can be purchased online at

I’ve volunteered for a few years at this event and it is always a beautiful day.

Since I am the optical lady, I wanted to take a minute to talk about sunglasses and summer. Keep your eyes safe while you are enjoying outdoor activities! The sun’s ultraviolet rays are known to cause cataracts, pterygium, corneal sunburn, macular degeneration, and other not fun things. Quality sunglasses can prevent or slow down these conditions and I always recommend polarized lenses for cutting the bright Central Coast glare.

Depending on your preference, there are three common colors of polarized lenses.

Grey will block the most light, darkening things the most, and keep colors looking true and natural. Best for bright beach days and full sun.

Brown lenses will increase contrast and make sunsets look stunning. Golfers prefer brown as it increases definition in green turf. Brown is great for days that are overcast or foggy.

Green lenses are similar to grey as far as color definition, and have a more “vintage” vibe. Green is versatile and will provide good contrast, great for sunny and low light conditions.

Other options can be a mirror treatment, very on-trend right now and it will also block additional glare and light. A back-side antiglare treatment on the lenses will also improve clarity and prevent you from seeing an annoying reflection of your own eye in the lens.

Many shops downtown carry quality sunglasses. Black Sheep, Rumor, Farron Elizabeth, and of course — me at Specs. For active sports, I recommend checking out 805 Boardshop for wrapped sunglass options. I carry Alba Optics, from Milan, designed for cycling and running. I can do prescription lenses in many of the frames 805 Boardshop offers. We can then customize the lenses for your specific visual needs. Feel free to reach out with questions or for a personalized consultation at

Happy Summer, and enjoy the sunshine!

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Summer is finally here! With more time being spent outside in the sun, we are excited to announce our June promotion. You can receive a discount of 20 percent off all sun care at the Natural Alternative! This includes brands such as All Good from Morro Bay, Badger, Derma E, as well as our aloe vera by Lily of the Desert. You can count on us to carry trustworthy and clean brands that don’t contain any chemicals such as oxybenzone and avobenzone. These chemicals are frequently found in sunscreen products and can act as endocrine disruptors. This is because they have been shown to interfere with the normal function of your endocrine glands. This interference can lead to hormone imbalances, specifically, major hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid hormones.

In 2021, the FDA presented updates to sunscreen regulations. They found that only two ingredients, zinc oxide and titanium oxide, could be classified as both safe and effective. Evidence suggests that few, if any, zinc or titanium particles penetrate the skin or reach living tissues. Whereas, the ingredients oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and avobenzone have shown to be systemically absorbed into the body just after one use.

The FDA also found that these chemicals can be detected on the skin and in the blood weeks after they had last been used.

Due to the potential harmful effects

these ingredients can have on your body, you should constantly be on the lookout for them when purchasing sunscreen. Your skin is your biggest organ and easily absorbs everything you put on it on a daily basis. This is why it’s crucial to use only highquality brands.

The sunscreen brands we carry in store are mineral based and contain sun protectant ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium oxide. It is mistakenly thought that since these ingredients are safe and clean they may not have a strong effect, however, they still succeed in creating a physical barrier that protects your skin from the UV radiation of the sun. These sunscreens protect your skin in a gentle yet effective way, with ingredients that are not only better for your body but for the environment as well. We carry sunscreen lotions, sprays, and sticks that you can choose from. Also, if you’re already suffering from a sunburn, make sure to pick up some of our aloe vera. Head down to our store located on 1213 Pine St. in Paso Robles and check out our selection today! We’re wishing you a fun and enjoyable summer, The Team @ The Natural Alternative Shop online with us today at or visit us on Instagram and Facebook




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Where Memories of Water Skiing Under July Skies Still Shine Bright History of the Atascadero Lake

Long before it was known as "Atascadero Lake," the small, shallow basin that would eventually transform into the lake naturally filled with winter rains and then receded during the summer heat. In reality, Atascadero "Lake" is more accurately described as a pond, a low-lying area sustained by rainfall and run-off. Spanning approximately 30.5 acres and capable of holding over 68 million gallons of water when full, Atascadero Lake has been a prominent feature of the city since its founding by E.G. Lewis on June 6, 1913. Lewis fondly referred to this small lake, filled by rain runoff, as the "Jewel of Atascadero."

Before the town's purchase in 1913, the lake, along with other areas of Atascadero, served as a military training facility for the United States government for nearly a decade, with the original dam being constructed by the U.S. Army. Lewis further developed the lake by enlarging it through excavation, yet even today, its deepest point measures only 13 feet when full. Over the years, maintenance work has been undertaken during dry periods. According to L.W. Allan's book "Atascadero: The Vision of One — The Work of Many," in 1946, San Luis Obispo County managed to bring heavy machinery onto the lake bottom, removing much of the rich topsoil that had accumulated over the years.

In the 1960s, the county seized another opportunity to work on the lake bottom. This time, instead of removing soil from the lake, they opted to relocate it to the south end, resulting in the creation of the island we now see. During the 1920s and 1930s, a smaller windmill and lighthouse adorned the lakeside before the construction of the original pavilion. This pavilion became a hub for dances, roller skating, exercise classes, and birthday celebrations until 1987, when it was deemed unsafe for use. A new pavilion took its place, completed in 1992 following construction that began in 1990.

Atascadero has many fun facts, but perhaps none as delightful as the

one behind a large donor to the new pavilion. According to Allan’s text, Warner Bros. Studio donated $5,000 toward the construction costs while they were in town filming a movie with Steve Martin titled “My Blue Heaven.”

The Lake was once the vibrant backdrop for numerous Fourth of July celebrations, featuring speed boats, water skiing, swimming, and dazzling firework displays that drew crowds of thousands to gather by the water's edge at sundown. However, changes gradually unfolded over the years. Speed boats were prohibited in the early 1960s, swimming was outlawed in the 1990s due to safety concerns, and firework shows were banned shortly after the city's incorporation in 1979. During the 1990s and early 2000s, the City of Atascadero shifted its focus away from the Lake, causing it to lose its status as the city's focal point. However, in recent years, it has experienced a revival.

In 2013, the Friends of the Atascadero Lake, a local nonprofit organization committed to enhancing and preserving the lake, was established. Their dedication to the beloved "Mudhole" struck a chord with the local community and the city alike. Eventually, in 2015, they collaborated with the city to acquire a piece of land and dig a well that continues to feed the lake, ensuring its vitality for years to come.

You will still find residents who fondly recall their early experiences of learning to water ski on warm July and August evenings at the lake. If you are fortunate to meet one, listen to their stories, and witness their faces light up with warm memories.

Though swimming is no longer permitted, Atascadero Lake remains a source of joy and fun for residents, continuing to hold a special place in the community's heart.

References from the Atascadero Historical Society, City of Atascadero, Atascadero News Historic Records, and L.W. Allan's book "Atascadero: The Vision of One — The Work of Many."

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It’s us! Jimmy & Leigh-Ann from Shift'N Gears Auto Repair. We are here to offer some monthly tips, tricks and tales from the automotive industry. Whether you are fellow gearheads, garage aficionados, or maybe you think about blinker fluid (Hint, Hint, you don’t have any blinker fluid), we are here for you.

Keep Your Cool: Hot Summer Care Tips for Your Car!



Check tire pressure regularly during the summer, as hot weather can cause fluctuations. Your tire pressure recommended specifications can be found on your driver's side inner door panel.


Ensure your cooling system is working at maximum capacity with fresh and clean coolant running through your radiator, water pump, thermostat, and hoses. Check for leaks and check for cooling related codes. You can also get a pressure test at your local shop for your cooling system; as many small leaks will never make it all the way down to your driveway. The temperature of your vehicle when running will evaporate the coolant and sometimes leave crusty white residue. Those are trails of coolant leaks.


Test it before the temperatures rise to ensure it’s working efficiently. If you notice any issues like weak airflow or strange smells, have it checked by a professional. Vehicles typically need their AC Recharged every 5 years to keep it as cold as you want it!

Be aware of the various fluids in your vehicle, such as transmission fluid, engine oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, gear oil for your differentials, and windshield washer fluid. Check these levels regularly and top them up as needed in a pinch. Otherwise, each fluid type as a regular service interval where they need to be properly flushed or drain and filled. Recommended service interval will vary depending on vehicle size, how you drive it and if you tow or not.


Ensure the terminals are clean and securely connected. If your battery is several years old, consider having it tested to ensure it can handle summer demands.


Keep extra towels on hand for spills and covering your seats or steering wheel when sitting and parked. Keep fresh water in glass containers for emergency top-offs and hydration if you get stuck. Always have a first aid kit on hand and basic tools for those surprise occasions (Hopefully your never have to use them).

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Father’s Day

Locals Celebrate Their Dad's with Shared Photos

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Top left to right: Ryan and Kennie Bugg; Lowell and Lily; Richard and Jim Reddick in 1976; Craig and Kynlie; Christianna and Chris; Wallace (Dad) and Jonathan Brown; Dino and Soraya Comes; Bill & Kelli Kneeland.
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Camille and Brett Anderson; David LaHatte Mulvey, Jr., with children, David Joseph Mulvey and Susannah; Alden (Dad), Emmalyn and Nolan Klemm; John Collins with his three sons (oldest to youngest) Lucas, Ethan & Lennon plus his bonus daughter Roxanne; Brandon (Dad) and Rhett Hinrichs.

Pets of

North County

Bubbles & Bix

This playful duo is always a 2 for 1, never apart. Bubbles (Frenchie) is 5 years old and Bix (Pug mix) is almost 2. They walk their owner through the streets of Atascadero daily and have never met a person they don’t like. They share toys and treats and love taking car rides. Keep an eye out for them!



This is Dezi, she is a female Cane Corso who will be 4 in July! She might look scary and tough but is the sweetest girl and loves meeting everyone.

Trooper is a 5-year-old rescued Brittany spaniel and Basset hound mix. He is such a camera ham and brings smiles to so many faces. Trooper enjoys long walks around Atascadero Lake and a good belly rub.

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Clifford is a 5-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi. A food-motivated, goofy boy. He loves doing tricks, like sitting pretty, rolling, and spinning. Hobbies include frisbee, howling at sirens, and shaking hands.

Clifford Ranger

Ranger is a 5-yearold Great Dane who goes to work daily as a horseshoeing dog and loves all animals. He a beloved part of our family and cherished by the community.

Jojo and Ella are twin 5-yearold lovable Labradoodles. They are always together and give their owners so much joy!

Jojo & Ella Floyd

Floyd is a 4-year-old Dachshund. His owner rescued Floyd in January. He had injured his back and his family was finding caring for him too difficult. He is doing great now. He loves his balls and is very vocal. He has a lot to say!

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Through LensFEMALE the

They say a snapshot tells a thousand words, and this month, we have three local ladies proving those words are true. From weaving stories of seniors headed out of school and into the big world, to celebrity shots, and photos that celebrate woman’s bodies, these photographers speak their subject’s truths and share them with the world, while telling their own tales in ways unique to them.

Sarah fell in love with being behind the camera 27 years ago but turned her favorite art form into a career 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since. She explores her subjects through boudoir sessions, elopements, and playful, unposed family portraits. She also loves to get her camera lens on delicious snacks and delightful beverages.

How did you get into photography, and what made you want to make it your career?

Sarah Kathleen: “I fell headfirst into photography as a child of 8 when my parents got me a hot pink 35mm film camera for my birthday. I’ve spent my life teaching myself the art form of photography and storytelling. At 16 years old, I entered the world of wedding photography as an assistant to a local wedding photographer. I fell in love with documenting people and their stories. By 19 years old, I had started my own photography business and booked my first wedding, which rapidly became 22 bookings in my first year.”

Can you tell me how storytelling and photography go hand in hand in your mind?

“As a neurodivergent human, I see things differently than anyone else. Sometimes, I feel like I’m looking through a pair of goggles or glasses that no one else has on. I see colors, emotions, and movement more vividly, deeply, and dramatically than the typical eye. And people’s stories are wrapped up in all of it. Stories of love, grief, joy, heartache, mental health battles, and self-evolution. I am a deep feeler and am not afraid to sit with people through their brightest and darkest hours and document whatever comes up for

them. On a wedding day, that could be happy tears or a graze of loving fingers during a stolen moment exchanging private vows. During a boudoir shoot, that could be a woman who’s fought and won her battle with breast cancer but lost her breasts in the process. With a family, I don’t chase the perfect Christmas card photo but instead invite the parents to let their kids be kids and document their unique family dynamic and relationship.”

In addition to all the other photos you take, you also take boudoir photos. Can you tell me a little more about that?

“I have been on a mission to photograph and empower as many women through my art form as possible. Women have been making themselves small, invisible, and quiet for centuries. And what I call a “Bare Session” (because boudoir doesn’t quite fit anymore) is an invitation to let go of old narratives and step into your power, to take up space, be loud, and not apologize for it. I’m in the business of showing women they are beautifully and wonderfully made and don’t need to “lose 5 pounds” or “tone up” before doing the photo shoot. You only get to be this version of yourself once, and she is worth documenting. Over and over again.”

You can find Sarah online at

Instagram @sarahkathleenphoto

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Janese Hockman

Janese moved to Templeton in 2010 and, a year later, started her business. Though her main form of photography is portrait, with a heavy emphasis on high school portraiture, she also dabbles in marketing and lifestyle photos.

When was the moment when you knew you wanted to make photography your career?

Janese Hockman: “It was right after I had my first child in 2003. I was trying to take a decent picture of him for his birth announcements and just couldn’t get it the way I liked. I went online for some inspiration and saw the difference between my amateur point-and-shoot and a professional camera. I couldn’t afford a professional photographer as a new young mother, and it was then that I wanted to figure out how to do it myself. In my ignorance, I thought if I just had a fancy camera, then I could take professional pictures. I quickly realized it took more than a big fancy camera to take good photographs. I self-taught and trial-an-errored so hard until I felt confident enough to open my photography business in late 2011. It all came full circle in 2022 when I got to photograph my son as a senior in high school and again this year for my daughter, who graduates in June.”

Inclusion and making all different kinds of people feel seen is a large part of your brand that you state proudly and boldly. Can you share why that is so important to you?

“Because aren’t we all tired of living in a box? We’ve twisted and crammed and stuffed ourselves so neatly into this ‘perfect’ little box. A box that only benefits a specific genre, when in reality, we’ve

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completely broken and taken people apart, shoving them in where they were never designed to fit. We’ve damaged and hurt people, families, and communities, boxing them up to the point of unrecognization. If there is one thing I’ve learned from photographing people, it’s that they all need space to break free, show their true colors, and experience acceptance in all forms in order for them to believe that they, too, are beautiful and worthy just as they are.”

What is one of your favorite “I got to do that” moments from your career?

“Honestly, it’s anytime I get an inquiry in my inbox. I am deeply honored that people want me to photograph them. I am humbled that they took the time to reach out to me when there are literally thousands of other photographers to choose from.”

Her Instagram @photosbyjanese

Allyson Magda Rivera

Allyson fell in love with photography at a young age and has been using her camera to capture amazing moments for 25 years, most of which have been spent in North County. Her photos have been spotted hanging all over the county, with her last series, featuring 40 women over 40, hanging in Spearhead Coffee last year. She’s currently working on the second round and shooting weddings, senior portraits, and everything in between.

What was the moment when you knew you wanted to make photography into a career?

Allyson Magda: “While in college, my friend was looking for a job at his school and gave me a number of someone looking for a photographer for their daughter’s wedding he saw on the career board (this is really aging to say this, the internet was pretty new at the time). This was in 1999. I called, interviewed, and got the gig. I had never even assisted at a wedding but jumped in and charged a whopping $10 an hour and $10 per roll of film. I had so much fun and thought, “I could do this for a living.” Little did I know it would evolve into what it has today. The places this career has taken me, I’d never have guessed, as that (UC Santa Cruz) Banana Slug college senior shooting her first wedding 25 years ago.”

I know you’ve shot covers for large publications like People Magazine. What has it been like to see your photos on such a large scale?

“My work has been featured on the covers of a ton of magazines over the decades, and it’s always exciting. That will never get old. The Zuckerberg wedding was completely surreal in so many ways. The three images they released were literally all over

the world and are still used today. I’m grateful for that whirlwind experience and exposure. I’d never imagined my business and profile would be featured in Forbes. With all this said, there’s at least one notable gal whose wedding I would absolutely love to shoot, and her name is Taylor.”

You’ve also taken photos of quite a few celebrities. How did you get into that side of the business?

“The celebrities are nearly always a surprise. Countless times, I’ve been waiting in line for water or salad at a wedding and chatting with a guest, having no clue who I’m talking to, until someone comes up and says, ‘Hey, you know who you’re talking to?’ I will admit a bit of ‘blond’ in the category of ‘stardom recognition,’ it’s probably a good thing.”

I know you have a studio team at your photography business; can you tell me about them?

“Jill Hewston started assisting me 15 years ago and has been so instrumental in allowing me to build this business to what it is today. Her enthusiasm, talent and can-do attitude helped take Allyson Magda Photography from surviving to thriving. Jill, Ali Dusi, and Jessica Clough (who have all been associates over the years) shoot weddings and portraits on their own under the umbrella of Allyson Magda Photography.”

You can find out more about Allyson and her team at

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The Most Famous Opera of All Time Produced at Grand Scale!

BOTH SHOWS AT 2PM A countywide arts collaboration, this epic production will unify artists and other non-profits throughout San Luis Obispo County including Civic Ballet San Luis Obispo, Applause Children’s Theater, several collaborating choruses, and others. Featuring an internationally acclaimed cast of opera stars, expansive ballet, spectacular two-story sets, vivid costumes: the production is directed by Zach Johnson, choreographed by Drew Silvaggio, with the fantastic OperaSLO Grand Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Brian Asher Alhadeff!

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fter 20 years of working in a corporate job, Riana Martinez took a leap to pursue what she loves: herbs. She explains that her “strong attraction, passion, and intuitive knowledge of plants and all they have to offer us” led her to study herbs. In an effort to spread her knowledge about the benefits of herbal medicine, she opened the doors to The Green Omen Apothecary & Tea Lounge on June 3, 2023.

The Tea Lounge offers a cozy place to sip from the herbal beverage menu, which offers plant-based lattes, mocktails, and teas.There are also bulk herbs, loose-leaf herbal tea blends, plant-based personal care items, crystals, books, and other gifts available for purchase, including

one-on-one herbal consultations for custom blends.

For the community, Martinez offers her space for others “to gather for events that influence both physical and spiritual wellness.” Such events may include herbal mocktail workshops, tea parties (adults and children), women gatherings, sound baths, and meditations. She supports local vendor pop-ups and sells their goods in the store, and also collaborates with other SLO County businesses and entrepreneurs.

Martinez plans to offer herbal “flights” for a tea-tasting experience and events “more focused on herbs and how they can enhance and support our everyday lives.” She also hopes

to collaborate further with local businesses. Having grown so much in a short year, Martinez expects “to keep spreading awareness of the benefits plants have to offer us and continue to provide a peaceful space for the community to gather.”

The Green Omen Apothecary & Tea Lounge will be celebrating its first anniversary on June 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a community appreciation event hosting free beverage samples, discounts, and live music.


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The Teresa Rhyne Law Group


hen Teresa Rhyne would accompany her significant other on his wine business trips to North County, she realized “there was a need for sophisticated estate and business planning in this growing region” and knew she needed to open an office here. Rhyne founded The Teresa Rhyne Law Group in 2008, and in 2014 the Paso Robles office was established.

“The Teresa Rhyne Law Group is focused on giving our clients a customized estate plan based on the unique needs of each individual client, because every family is unique, every business is unique, and each person’s legacy should be unique as well,” Rhyne says.

The Law Group specializes in Estate and Estate Tax Planning, Trust Administration,

Charitable Planning, General Business, and Wealth Protection for their clients. Their goal is to provide clients with a comprehensive estate and wealth protection plan, addressing their specific needs and concerns. “In order to do this, our attorneys personally spend an appropriate amount of time with the client and their other advisors to carefully gather the necessary information and formulate a plan,” she explains.

Having recently purchased a home in Atascadero, Rhyne hopes to see more local clients and continue to provide “the highest level of estate planning and trust administration assistance” throughout SLO County.

In helping the community, Rhyne shows

her love of animals as a board member of Loving Farm Animal Sanctuary, and offers pro-bono work for Meade Canine Rescue, Novy’s Ark, and Woods Humane Society. Rhyne also serves on the Professional Advisory Committee for the Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County, and recently helped co-found the California Central Coast Estate Planning Council, having previously served as the President of the Riverside County Estate Planning Council.


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Monica Sheldon

Ramifications from COVID have created many struggles, especially for the Self-Employed. Monica Sheldon has been assisting such individuals with the Self Employment Tax Credit (SETC) program, while also being an insurance agent for Freedom Group and loan originator with Gold Standard Mortgage.

In 2012, after earning her degree in communications from Fresno State, Sheldon moved to the Central Coast and began working in the insurance industry. While working at Freedom Group for the past nine years, she became a licensed loan originator and has been with Gold Standard Mortgage in Atascadero for five years. Sheldon specializes in personal lines insurance, such

as home, auto, rental property, recreational vehicle, and life insurance.

“Freedom Group started offering SETC sign-up assistance to business owners about a year ago,” she explains. “SETC is for 1099, Sole Proprietor, partnerships, and single member LLCs. If you were affected by COVID you could be eligible for up to $32,200 in tax credits” Especially if you had dependents and had to stay home to care for them which affected your ability to work.

“Getting this money back can offset the financial burden that COVID created for some self employed and it can be very helpful after how everyone was and is still affected by COVID,” Sheldon says. SETC is available to claim until April 2025.

Her goal is to promote opportunities for customers that she believes will be beneficial. When businesses come to her, she says, “I feel good that I am able to help out, whether it’s with SETC, Insurance or Home Loans.” Insurance has been very difficult for homeowners in our area but Sheldon said she still has some markets writing.

In the best interest of her clients, Sheldon is able to provide honest and personalized assistance, whether it involves SETC, insurance, or home loans.


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This month, we celebrate 27 years of community, wine, and art at the most anticipated wine festival on the Central Coast, The Atascadero Lakeside Wine Fest. This festival stands as a testament to the spirit of our amazing community. It brings together residents and visitors alike to enjoy exceptional local wines, craft beers, ciders, art, and music. Not only is this a great chance to enjoy all wine country has to offer, but it also offers a chance to connect with neighbors, friends, and family by the beautiful Atascadero Lake.

The story of the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Fest began nearly three decades ago when a group of passionate individuals, led by the incredible Barbie Butz, decided to create something special — a true Atascadero experience crafted for locals to celebrate community and welcoming visitors to join the festivities. As a bonus, festival ticket sales would help support our town's zoo, the Charles Paddock Zoo. Their vision materialized into the hallmark event we know, the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Fest, quickly becoming a local favorite across the coast.

This year's festival, scheduled for Saturday, June


22, from 4 to 8 p.m., promises to be spectacular. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Atascadero Lake, attendees can enjoy unlimited tastings from over 100 premier Central Coast wines and a selection of fine beers and ciders. But that's not all — festival-goers can also purchase delicious food, explore unique art, and rock out to the tunes of The Joy Bonner Band. The Roar & Pour experience is also back again this year. Attendees will also have complimentary entry into the Charles Paddock Zoo and enjoy wine up close and personal with the wild animals.

We invite everyone to join us at this celebration by the Atascadero Lake. Whether you're a longtime resident, a neighbor from the surrounding towns, or a first-time visitor, the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Fest offers a chance to experience the heart of our community.  Tickets are available now, so don't miss out on the most sought-after wine festival on the Central Coast! Visit our website at for tickets, festival FAQs, and more information. See you there!


*Register for events at or call (805) 466-2044.

The Atascadero Lakeside Wine Fest

Saturday, June 22 | 4 to 8 p.m.

Location: Atascadero Lake Park

Enjoy unlimited tastings of 100 premier wines from the Central Coast and beyond at a sun-kissed lakeside location! Enjoy live music, art, craft beer, cideries, and more at the most anticipated wine festival on the coast. You're encouraged to bring a blanket and a low-back chair to enjoy the afternoon by the lake. Live music and other WOW factor activities will fill the park for a spectacular Wine Fest experience. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Charles Paddock Zoo.

Women of Influence North County (wINC) Mixer

Tuesday, July 23 | 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Location: Wild Fields Brewhouse

Connect and meet other incredible women on the Central Coast during our quarterly wINC Mixers! Hosted at Wild Fields Brewhouse in partnership with AAUW in downtown Atascadero, admission is completely free and is open to everyone.

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1st Quarter San Luis Obispo County Inventory Report




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f you are like me, you have come to accept that interest rates won’t be dropping to pre-pandemic levels anytime soon. The seasoned agents in my office concur and state that most of their clients have come to the same conclusion. Still, they are in constant communication with their clients to ensure a dialogue that provides value when they are ready to make a real estate move. Though disconcerting, keep in mind interest rates are variable and there is hope that they will go down. If you are looking to make a real estate move, notwithstanding the rates, let’s look at inventory. Inventory is another one of the key puzzle pieces within a real estate market that can help or hinder a move.

For San Luis Obispo County, the California Association of Realtors has tracked active inventory from 2018 through 2024. The Inventory Report is meant to provide its REALTOR® members, or their clients, with a trend, as well as a current snapshot of the inventory of homes available for sale in their local area of business in the state of California. Reports are updated with last month's data by the third week of the current month. Please see

Paso Robles is at 36.5 percent, and Templeton recorded a 25 percent growth — all of which are above the statewide growth indicators.

If you are a numbers fan, the interpretation is the tricky part and the graph, talking about percentage growth. The actual numbers for sale show Paso Robles with a March inventory of 71 homes, Atascadero with 30, and Templeton with 20. The economics of it all are the same — you can’t buy what isn’t on the market.

By the end of the 1st quarter of 2024, we continue to see a positive growth in inventory for most of San Luis Obispo County, with a couple of cities in the negative. Countywide, we are above what the state growth percentages indicate. Looking at our North County cities, Atascadero is showing an impressive 66.7 percent year-to-year growth,

The majority of the homes listed for sale in Atascadero were between $500,000 and $1,199,000, with the median price at $922,000. That is a wide price range and again, interpreting the numbers is important. Atascadero properties vary greatly from the size of the home to the acreage of the property, which can account for the large price span of homes available on the market. There are very few planned development communities in Atascadero, so homes are more unique and generally on larger parcels of land compared to the other towns in North SLO County. Paso Robles shows the bulk of the 71 in the same $500,000-to-$1,199,000 price range with some outliers in the lower $300,000-to-$500,000 range. Paso Robles also has some higher-priced homes on the other end of the range as well. The median price of Paso Robles is $950,000. Paso Robles has always had a very diverse range of homes due to the area that is included when talking about Paso Robles homes. There are many planned developments, homes on the outskirts of town on larger lots, and homes out at Lake Nacimiento that are included in the Paso Robles numbers and attribute to the wide price range found.

With most of the inventory above $750,000, Templeton’s actual numbers are lower compared to Atascadero and Paso Robles but are above the statewide growth percentage, though less than the countywide figures. Templeton is a smaller town but has always historically captured the higher price range due to larger homes on larger acreages plus the many vineyards. Additionally, since there are fewer homes available, it creates a higher demand.

So, what does this mean for the first-time homebuyer? Or for the repeat buyer? Well, it’s a bit of a good-news-and-not-so-good-news situation. The good news is that our inventory on the Central Coast continues to grow. The number of homes coming on the market means there are more choices for potential home buyers to choose from. The not-so-good news: If you need a loan to purchase your next home (let’s be honest, most of us do), then the interest rate is going to be on the higher side. But home ownership is a long-term goal which means you’ll have the opportunity in the future to refinance and get a lower interest rate all the while you’re building equity in your home. As I always tell my clients, purchasing a home is a personal decision, only you can decide if the time and situation is right for you.

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school employees

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”  — Voltaire

One of the most positive aspects of serving as county superintendent of schools is working with and acknowledging exemplary educational employees across San Luis Obispo County. Last month, schools across California celebrated the caring and devoted individuals who serve in our schools. For many children, some of the first sparks of joy they encounter at school are from dedicated, caring, and service-minded school employees. The kind words of encouragement from a custodian, driver, assistant, teacher, or administrator can make a tremendous difference.

During my time as a student at UC San Diego, I had the opportunity to work nights as a custodian. This experience not only taught me the value of hard work and service to the community, but also instilled in me a deep appreciation for those maintaining our public agencies. Later, as I embarked on my journey in teacher education in the 1980s, my curiosities and passions led me to another classified position as a computer lab assistant in a new, cutting-edge endeavor in schools: the computer lab.

As the county superintendent, I bring invaluable

experience from these roles to my daily work with educational agencies in San Luis Obispo County and throughout the state. It's crucial to remember that school support staff are not just a part of our schools, but the backbone of our educational system. Their contributions are instrumental in the success of our students, schools, and communities.

School classified staff are often bright spots in a student’s day. I remember this as a student at Bracher Elementary School in Santa Clara, where students were allowed to assist with the lunch services and interact with the support staff that served lunch. This activity was something different that I enjoyed and looked forward to when it was my turn to work the lunch room. Support staff members can build caring, warm relationships with students different from those formed with teachers. You can read stories of these adults playing vital roles in the village surrounding and nurturing our students. That is part of why the California Center on Teaching Careers launched a campaign this year to recruit more school classified staff. The center, a statewide agency headquartered in Tulare County dedicated to tackling California’s shortage of educators, called it “Be Their Joy” — a reference to the smiles these individuals can bring daily to our kids’ faces.

While the smiles on our students' faces are heartwarming, it's important to recognize that our schools need more than just joy. They need to function smoothly so that our students can learn and taxpayer investments (schools) are maintained. Across the country, there are documented negative

consequences of not having enough classified school staff to support our schools. San Luis Obispo County has also experienced a shortage of classroom and non-classroom employees. The national bus driver shortage, for instance, caused some schools in Kentucky to shut down. This is a pressing issue that demands our attention and action. Schools cannot function without classified staff, and our students, families, staff, and the community cannot afford schools that are not running smoothly.

The workload given to public school educators continues to swell because of the increasing demands on our public agencies. Unsurprisingly, many are burning out and leaving the classroom. When a school doesn’t have enough classified staff, that work is often distributed among the school’s teachers — adding hefty (and important) work to an already-full plate. If we want to tackle the California educator shortage, one part of the solution is to ensure every school is staffed appropriately with classified employees.

After serving in various classified staff roles, I became a classroom educator, a program specialist, a school principal, a college instructor, and a district superintendent before being elected as San Luis Obispo county superintendent of schools. I feel fortunate to have served our schools in classified and certificated positions. We should celebrate the positive power that all of our educational employees have with the most important people in our schools: our students. It is an honor to serve as your county superintendent of schools.

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The story of the Sheriff’s Office

The story of the Sheriff’s Office has a natural beginning. It started when San Luis Obispo County began in 1850. Every year, a new chapter is written. For many of those years, the public did not have a comprehensive understanding of all the functions of the Sheriff’s Office. I tried to change that when I was elected sheriff. I have always tried to be as open and transparent as possible with the public. To me, that’s democracy in action and is essential to a functioning, responsive government. I want you to know what the Sheriff’s Office is doing and, maybe more importantly, why we are doing it.

As a result, we’ve improved the ways we get important information to you. Recently, we totally redesigned our website to offer more information and services. Our new features include a whole section on FAQs, otherwise known as Frequently Asked Questions, on topics like our jail, coroner’s office, records and warrants, and our civil division. Another new feature is a whole page of the website dedicated to employment opportunities at the Sheriff’s Office. It’s titled Join Our Team, and it highlights all the different aspects of working here. We have also updated several features on the site. For one, we’ve made the search function so much easier to use to find items of interest on our website. We’ve also made the website ADA-compliant for those with disabilities. And we’ve also made the website available in English and Spanish.

One of the features you’ll find on our website is our annual report. We’ve been providing an annual report for the last 13 years. First in hard copy and then later we transitioned to putting

the annual report on our website. Our newest edition was recently released. It provides a glimpse into what happened in our county and the Sheriff’s Office last year.

It is chock-full of information. But you won’t find a boring recitation of facts and figures. It’s one that’s easy to read with graphics and photos that help tell the story of the Sheriff’s Office. You’ll find narratives on the different units of the Sheriff’s Office, like our detective division, crime lab, bomb task force, K-9 unit, marine enforcement unit, gang task force, and many more. Additionally, we showcase our volunteer units like aero squadron, search and rescue, dive team, and volunteer patrol.

Here are some fast facts for you courtesy of our annual report. We serve more than 120,000

people spread out over 3,300 square miles. Last year alone, we handled almost 130,000 calls for service. With our staff of 170 sheriff’s deputies, 156 correctional deputies, and 134 professional personnel, we ended up making 1,777 arrests, wrote more than 9,000 reports, seized more than 12 pounds of Fentanyl, conducted more than 300 coroner death investigations, and had just over 8,000 inmates booked into county jail.

But I don’t need to tell you that. All you have to do is go to our website at slosheriff. org and click on About Us and then choose annual report in the drop-down menu. Each of our units, divisions, and teams have a different mission. But together they tell the whole story of the Sheriff’s Office.

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Friends, family, and food

When it comes to identifying the busiest months of the year, June makes the list. Check this lineup, and you will see what I mean: graduations, weddings, vacations, Father's Day, class and family reunions, and neighborhood gatherings. Here in Atascadero, we add the 27th Annual Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival at the end

of the month. They all have something in common — friends, family, and food.

Summer makes me immediately think of picnics, barbecues, and potlucks, bringing everyone together to celebrate. Of course, they include those wonderful meals of summer that end with "to die for" desserts. The dessert recipes this month are sure to satisfy your guests, no matter what the occasion.

Lemon Cake with Raspberry Curd


1 cup unsalted butter, softened

• 2 cups sugar

• 1 lemon, zest and juice

• 4 large eggs


• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

• 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 3 (8-inch) square cake pans with baking spray with flour. Line bottom of pans with parchment paper. In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, lemon zest and juice with mixer at medium speed until fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture

• 1 cup whole milk

• Raspberry Curd Lemon Buttercream

• Garnish: lemon slices, fresh raspberries

to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until combined after each addition. Divide batter among prepared pans. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks. Spread Raspberry Curd between layers. Spread Lemon Buttercream on top and sides of cake. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh raspberries.

Raspberry Curd


• 3 cups frozen raspberries (see note)

• 1/2 cup sugar

• 1 lemon, zest and juice

• 3 egg yolks


• 3 tablespoons cornstarch

• 1/8 teaspoon salt

• 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

In medium saucepan, combine raspberries, sugar, and lemon zest and juice over medium heat. Bring to boil; reduce heat to mediumlow. Simmer for 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to container of blender; process until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve; discard solids. Return mixture to saucepan, and increase heat to medium. In medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, cornstarch, and salt. Add about 1/4 cup hot raspberry mixture to eggs, whisking constantly. Add egg mixture to remaining hot raspberry mixture. Cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat, and whisk in butter, 1 tablespoon at a time. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Lemon Buttercream


2 cups unsalted butter, softened

• 1 lemon, zest and juice

• 4 cups confectioners' sugar


In large bowl, beat butter with mixer at medium-high speed until creamy. Add lemon zest and juice, beating until smooth. Gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating until combined after each addition.

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Atascadero Chamber

Annual Awards Dinner and Gala

Gala was seeped in Hispanic culture and hosted at Rava Wines

The 101st Atascadero Chamber Annual Awards Dinner and Gala, held at Rava Wines, celebrated the community's achievements and Hispanic heritage. Emceed by Jim Dantona and featuring Glenn Morris of W.A.C.E., the event highlighted the chamber's recent accolades and the growth of the Hispanic Business Association.

Jaque Fields passed her chairmanship to Raechelle Bowley, acknowledging the chamber's progress under her leadership. The gala honored Atascadero's outstanding individuals and organizations, with interviews and acceptance speeches filmed at BridgeWorks. Award recipients included Wendy Lewis, ALF Food Pantry, The Pottery Atascadero, and La Parrilla restaurant. Doug Filipponi received the Lifetime Achievement Award and led the live auction. Jerry Tanimoto was recognized as Citizen of the Year. The evening concluded with praise for the awardees and anticipation for next year's event. The Christian Motorcycle Association volunteered for cleanup, emphasizing community involvement beyond the gala.

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In partnership with the Central Coast Printmakers, printmakers intertwine poems to inspire their artworks. For information, visit studiosonthepark. org/events/poetic-prints.




For $15 per person (children under 12 are free with adult) you can visit the farm and pick enough lavender to make one bouquet. After harvesting your lavender, find a cozy spot in one of our picnic areas to relax and unwind or visit the farm animals or farm store. For more information, visit visit-the-farm/#u-pick.






The 10th Annual Lighthouse 5K Benefit Fun Run and Family Fun


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Day is kicking off! This year’s scenic site? The gently rolling hills and tidy trails of Ancient Peaks Margarita Vineyards. Start at the stunning Oyster Ridge Event Center and wind your way around the vines of this beautiful venue. Ideal for runners trying to set a quick trail time, or for wandering walkers taking in the views.


1400 Ramada Dr, Paso Robles 9am-3pm

As per tradition, they will be hosting a brunch in their taproom before you hit the road after the Firestone Walker Beer Fest. Anticipate Chef Specials and a warm welcome from their crew.



JUNE 13, 20, 27



Enjoy listening to live music under the evening sky. June 13: JD Project (rock, country), June 20: Dulcie Taylor (rockin’ Americana roots), and June 27: Monte Mills & the Lucky Horseshoe Band (country, rock n’ roll).

JUNE 15 AND 20




Sit and dance by the lake listening to live music by various artists. June 15–Rock Odyssey and June 29–Cinders Blues Band.




The Atascadero Lakeside Wine Fest is a premier event showcasing wineries from the Central Coast that includes nearly 250 wines from over 60 wineries. In addition, breweries, food purveyors, commercial vendors, and art exhibitors will be spaciously displayed under the majestic oaks at the relaxed and sun-kissed lakeside location.



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Hosted by Friends of the Morro Bay Harbor Department, Morro Bay Maritime Museum, and Morro Bay Youth Sailing Foundation, the free event will bring a treasure trove of marine and nautical items, including boats, watercraft, marine supplies,

boatbuilding tools, equipment, marine hardware, fishing gear, scuba and dive equipment, surfboards, surfing-related items, marine art, and collectibles to purchase.




The City of Paso Robles, along with Travel Paso, is offering a familyfriendly event throughout the day and culminating with a fireworks show at night.


Details: Start the day with the Pancake Breakfast at 7am, and then grab a seat for the hometown parade at 10am



Presented by Colony Days and the Printery Foundation, the 4th of July Bluegrass Freedom Festival will offer music, boating, bounce houses, games and more. There will be food, bear and wine available for purchase. For information, visit




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Atascadero Police Charity Golf Tournament and Silent Auction returns for 13th year

On Saturday, April 27, the community came together at Hunter Ranch Golf Course in Paso Robles for the 13th Annual Atascadero Police Charity Golf Tournament and Silent Auction. The tournament was put on by the newly formed Atascadero Police Foundation (APF).

"This year, we actually started the Atascadero Police Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) organization," said APF CEO Scott Pipan. "I am the CEO on the Atascadero Police Foundation. We just newly formed it this year, and this is kind of the kick-off as we transition our fundraising efforts."

The tournament had been hosted by the Atascadero Police Association (APA) for the previous 12 years. The APA still exists and will continue to give back to the Atascadero community. The new APF, which was started this year, will be from which fundraisers for community philanthropy, scholarships, and the like will continue to happen. Community members and business owners will also be able to be part of the foundation and work alongside the APF, while the APA is solely made up of citizens who work for the police force.

Hunter Ranch Golf Course was completely full for the golf tournament, with 130 golfers, including PD and civilian members of the community, coming out to raise approximately $32,000 for the APF and their work in the Atascadero.

"Paso Robles Police Department had a team. City of San Luis Obispo had a team. The Sheriff's Department, in the past has had teams. We had an Arroyo Grande PD team out there. We have a lot of police teams, but we have a lot of business owners on teams that sponsor," added Pipan. "We actually have people that come from all over the state of California. Year after year, they play our tournament and spend the weekend here in Paso and Atascadero."

The event also had lots of fun events outside of the main golf tournament, like a putting contest where a lucky golfer won $500 in cash and had the opportunity to putt for $5,000, which they didn't make. They also gave away a Traeger grill that Home Depot donated.

"We also had the Atascadero High School football players come out," Pipan said. "They volunteered their time to help sell raffle tickets and run some of the events we had going on at the golf tournament."


The APF also held a ceremony where they gave newly established scholarships to two deserving teens from Atascadero High School.

"This year, through the foundation, we started the Luca Benedetti Memorial Scholarship and we awarded that to two local kids, who want to go into public service," continued Pipan.

Tate Pflum and Chelsea Stilts were both given $2,000 checks, and Stilts was even there to receive hers in person.

The Luca Benedetti Memorial Scholarship Program is a touching way to remember and honor Detective Luca Benedetti's memory. Benedetti served Atascadero as a police officer for four years before joining the San Luis Obispo Police Department, where he became a detective. Tragically, he was killed in action on May 10, 2021, while serving a search warrant.

Close to 80 sponsors supported the event, including providing food and drink for the day. Pro Tow, West Coast Towing, and Cal Coast Construction were the event's title sponsors.

"We have a lot of good community businesses and members that have been out here supporting us for a long time," Pipan added.

The APF will see you back on the green next year.

Last Word • Atascadero Police Charity Golf Tournament
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