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100 Years of Fire and Emergency Services By Christianna Marks

This year celebrates Atascadero’s 100th year of Fire and Emergency Services. The Fire Department started out small in 1922 but has only grown in equipment, facilities, and staff since.

Get Outdoors

Running Our Way Through North County By Camille DeVaul

Spring has sprung here in California. The weather is heating up and the season of marathons, 5Ks, and triathlons are officially back here in North County.

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Furry Friends

The ‘Tail’ of Woods Humane Society By Christianna Marks

Woods Humane Society has been a staple in animal adoptions for San Luis Obispo County since it was founded by Frances Newhall Woods in 1955.

Atascadero People

Lee Swam the Daffodil Man By Christianna Marks

If you’ve seen the daffodils popping up all over Atascadero the last couple of weeks, you can thank Lee Swam, who was also known as the Daffodil Man.

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ood day Atascadero! It has been a while since I went completely off-script in the Atascadero News Magazine publisher’s letter. I wanna make it count. First, let me thank all of you fabulous readers who have been with us since September 2017 when we took over Paso Robles Magazine for the remarkable Bob Chute, and all those who helped Bob create a good thing we keep going. It’s been a true honor! Think about it. This young entrepreneur family, ready to publish and enjoy our amazing community here. It was a dream come true. Things were going so good with Paso Robles Magazine, we started a sister publication in Atascadero in 2018 (then called Colony Magazine) and then a travel magazine in 2019. So well in fact that the owner of the local newspapers called and asked if we wanted to take over the newspapers here — of course we did!

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ostering, supporting, and empowering diversity in our business community is not only important, but is essential for a thriving community. Different perspectives in a workplace can directly influence a product, how it’s made, who it serves, how it functions, and so on. In addition, people with different backgrounds and a variety of life experiences provide fresh new perspectives that will help refine and enhance processes and improve the customer experience. The summation of all of these positive results? Our community is stronger when we encourage and support diversity. That’s why our Chamber and Diversity Council have created “The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Handbook.” This first-of-its-kind booklet includes tools, insights, and more on how you can encourage and support diversity in your workplace. Our hope is that our community, which is full of incredible organizations, feels more equipped

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and knowledgeable about fostering and encouraging diversity in the workplace. After all, we are all stronger when we stand together. Here at the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce, we believe there is no room for discrimination of any kind in the workplace. As a community builder, we are dedicated to making intentional, actionable strides to ensure our city is one of increased equity and inclusion. That’s why we’d like to invite you, whether you’re a business professional, community leader, organization chair, to take the pledge below to support diversity, equity, and inclusive (DEI) practices in your workplace. Now is the time to use your influential voices to foster workplace environments that demand fair treatment, resources, opportunities, and advancement for all. Leaders that take the pledge will be recognized on the Chamber’s website and will receive a window sticker for their business indicating that they are a DEI Committed Workplace.

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his year celebrates Atascadero’s 100th year of Fire and Emergency Services in our beautiful city. The Fire Department started out small in 1922 but has only grown in equipment, facilities, and staff since then. And this year, we’re celebrating. The Fire Department in Atascadero got its unofficial start in 1915, with a group of volunteers and one model-T Ford as a fire truck, where everyone was paid $1 a fire. Lee Cole, who owned his own fire truck, was pulled in during the summer months. Cole was in charge of the volunteers when he was on duty. Exactly 100 years ago, in 1922, the Atascadero Fire Protection District was born. And in February of 1926, the first paid fire department in Atascadero was started. You can still find the original firehouse on Traffic Way, a block up from the new firehouse, at 5815, though now it’s used for retail purposes. In 2015, it was decided that the “Fire Department” didn’t encompass everything provided by the department, and on September 7, 2016, the Fire Department was renamed Atascadero Fire and Emergency Services. At the February 22 City Council meeting Atascadero Fire Chief Casey Bryson received a proclamation recognizing the 100-year anniversary of Fire and Emergency Services virtually. “In recognition of the 100-year anniversary of the Atascadero Fire Protection District, now known as Atascadero Fire and Emergency Services. Whereas, in 1915, at the beginning of the Colony of Atascadero, a small, all-volunteer Fire Department was established to serve the newly formed community.

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And whereas, in 1922, following a disastrous 5,000-acre wildland fire near the Eagle Ranch property, the Atascadero Fire Protection District was first founded. And whereas the Atascadero Fire Protection District was founded as an all-volunteer force dedicated to providing the community of 3,000 residents and an area of 7 square miles with consistent fire protection services. And whereas on February 4, 1926, the colony of Atascadero’s first paid Fire Department was established. And whereas when the city of Atascadero was incorporated in 1979. The Atascadero Fire Protection District was dissolved, and the Atascadero Fire Department became an official part of the newly incorporated city. And whereas the Atascadero Fire Department grew through the years from one fire station to two, and from ten to 21 paid fire personnel. And whereas the Atascadero Fire Department’s mission has adapted and evolved to encompass the increasingly complex needs of our growing community. Constantly striving to provide swift and excellent fire and emergency response to its citizens. And whereas, in 2021, Atascadero Fire and Emergency Services provided our community with professional emergency responses to 3,546 emergency calls, which included over 2,280 emergency medical calls, 22 structure fires, and 11 grass or brush fire calls. Now, therefore, on behalf of the City Council of the City of Atascadero and in recognition of its more than 100-years of superior fire protection, rescue, and emergency services to the community, I hereby proclaim our sincerest congratulations and appreciation to the Atascadero Fire and Emergency Services,” said Mayor Pro Tem Heather Newsom who gave the proclamation. Atascadero News Magazine












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h, life, all the ups, downs, twists, and turns of personal, family, business, local or global happenings… times can certainly seem crazy, but right now, you’re on a journey out there, on the trail. No meetings, bills, traffic jams, housework, or business to attend to. You have unplugged from the digital world, and as you follow the bend around the hillside, you begin to take notice of the quiet and feel the breeze whispering through the pine trees. The cry of an eagle gliding off in the distance, the rustle of a cottontail darting into the underbrush, and the fragrance of sagebrush as the trail starts to climb. Whether you’re enjoying this time from atop the swaying back of a horse taking in the view over perked up ears, or feeling the rollercoaster-like exhilaration of the climb, dips, and bends by bike, getting into the synchronized state of footfall and breath during a run or just out on a pleasurable hike, you can feel the tension in your body begin to relax as your mind starts to clear. Much has been said about the mental and physical health benefits of unplugging and getting out into nature, and no matter what studies say, the feeling of relaxation is undeniable. Trails are often taken for granted, they’re there, and we use them without a second thought, but thanks for these experiences should go out to the unsung and often never seen folks who create and maintain the trails, keeping them free of fallen trees, overgrowth, gullies, and ruts. Here, one man’s passion has been responsible for many private and public trails, which over the years have been enjoyed by thousands of locals and visitors alike throughout San Luis Obispo County. Thomas Becker, (Santa Margarita Beautiful’s 2019 Citizen of the Year) originally came to San Luis Obispo in 1978 to study ornamental horticulture at Cal Poly, where he graduated in 1981, followed by a master’s degree in business in 1984. It was during his Cal Poly years that Tom’s passion started to develop as he began to get more familiar with the area and its trails through running both track and cross-country, racing bikes, and mountain bike riding. After obtaining his master’s degree, Tom worked for local landscape companies until starting his own company, Becker Landscaping, in 1988. Since the beginning, Tom has enjoyed his contracting business, landscaping homes and businesses both locally and from Newport Beach to Pebble Beach. However, Tom says that what he really loves is doing trail work and being out in the “middle of nowhere.” He has avidly done trail building and maintenance since the late 1980s.

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If you have hiked, biked, run, or ridden just about anywhere in San Luis Obispo County, you have no doubt been on one of the many trails that Tom Becker has either built or helped to maintain. After a process which took three years to design and layout new trails at the Pismo Preserve with members of Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers (CCCMB), Tom was hired by the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo as the contractor to build the 11 miles of new trail. In addition, he has also worked on trails at Santa Margarita Lake, Lopez Lake, Montana de Oro State Park, and in the Los Padres National Forest. Most recently, Tom has worked at Santa Margarita Lake on Rockies Trail with a crew of about twenty volunteers from CCCMB along with repairing conditions of Grey Pine Trail and is currently working on trails for private residents of the Ranchita Estates near Lake Lopez. Limited by weather and rainfall, trail work can only take place when conditions are right; generally from mid-Fall to early-Spring when the soil is not too dry, hard, or powdery and is wet enough from rain and can be properly compacted. Tom says the main focus is to prevent erosion and ensure that the trails slope to the side to keep water from causing ruts down the middle. Handwork on trails often includes the use of shovels, rakes, and hoes or a McLeod for small to medium situations in addition to cutting back and clearing brush. For machine work, Tom helps out with his mini-excavator and compactor on larger multi-use trails or those particular areas that have been damaged by heavy use or water runoff, creating deep ruts and unsafe conditions. So as you head out to unplug from the world and hit one of the incredible trails along the Central Coast, be sure to think of people like Tom who made the journey out to the “middle of nowhere,” a much more pleasant and safer experience. If you love our county’s trails and would like to help out, you too can get involved by donating to or volunteering for one of CCCMB’s volunteer Trail Work Days. For more information, visit

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pring has sprung here in California. The weather is heating up and the season of marathons, 5Ks, and triathlons are officially back here in North County! Like everything else, COVID-19 forced the cancellation of marathons everywhere. While many tried going virtual, we can all admit at this point that it is no replacement for gathering with our future humans face to face. So, while we look back and remember some of the good times, we’ve had running, walking, or jogging, let’s also look forward to a year chock full of marathons, 5Ks, and triathlons.


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Lake San Antonio Triathlon May 1 - Bradley The Lake San Antonio Triathlon is back this year to kick off the month of May. The triathlon includes a variety of challenges with their sprint, Olympic course, long course, parent/child, duathlon, and aqua bike. Their first year in 2019 was a great success, and they are ready to come back in 2022. For more information or to register, visit

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Registrations for this year’s Paso Robles Wine Country Half Marathon open April 1. The event is returning as an in-person event at Cali Paso Villa and Winery. Past recipients of funds from Wine Country Runs include: Jack’s Helping Hand, North County Performing Arts Foundation, Templeton Parks & Recreation Department, and many more. Since its inception, Wine Country Runs has donated approximately $450,000 to charity. 2020 canceled/2021 hybrid half marathon For more information or to register, visit ECHO Turkey Trot November 24 - Atascadero In 2021, the El Camino Homeless Shelter held its third annual Turkey Trot in Atascadero. As always, the trot is held on Thanksgiving morning. Participants were encouraged to wear their best turkey costume while they ran/walked twice around the lake. Prizes were awarded for the best costumes for adults, children, and pets. The suggested donation for participation is $20 per individual and will help provide services to those in need in our community. There is no need to register in advance; donations will be taken at the event. For more information, visit turkeytrot Atascadero News Magazine

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oods Humane Society has been a staple in animal adoptions for San Luis Obispo (SLO) County since it was founded in 1955 by Frances Newhall Woods, who opened up her Nipomo property as a form of animal control and adoption services. In 1975, Woods switched its focus entirely to sheltering adoptable dogs and cats. “In 1961, the shelter moved to San Luis Obispo, and then to its current SLO location in 2005. On Jan. 1, 2017, Woods Humane Society merged with North County Humane Society, now called Woods Humane SocietyNorth County, which continues to provide shelter and adoption opportunities for cats and kittens,” said Woods’s communications manager, Jamie Relth. In November 2018, the Woods Humane Society-North County expanded its campus to include the first-ever public spay and neuter clinic (the Daphne Fahsing Spay & Neuter Clinic) in the county. “We are currently in the early stages of planning the next expansion in North County, which will include a completely redesigned, state-of-the-art cattery and adoption center, as well as the expanded ability to offer humane education and dog adoption services in North County,” added Jamie. If you’re looking for a fun way to support Woods Humane Society in April, the 14th annual Wine4Paws event is taking place over the weekend of April 9 and 10. Over 75 local wineries will participate and donate a portion of their proceeds to Woods. Go to for all the details. With an estimated 70 million homeless pets in the US, each adoption story at Woods puts a smile on our faces. Their adoptable dogs and cats are also spayed and neutered before going home with their new owners. “By adopting, you help save not just that one animal from homelessness, but you open up shelter space for another pet in need, many of which are transferred to us from regional shelters that are chronically overcrowded and forced to euthanize animals due to lack of space,” continued Jamie. Two such adoptable pet’s “got you” stories were shared by Relth. Sequoia, one of the 1,467 unowned community cats in the area, was brought in when a Good Samaritan saw her limping and brought her into Woods. She benefited from Woods Humane Society’s Project M.E.O.W., a subsidized veterinary care fund that enables Trap-Neuter-Return efforts. The Woods team treated her broken leg, as well as low-cost spay and vaccinations. When Sequoia healed, she found a forever home with one of Woods’ very own staff members. Rory, a handsome husky mix transferred to Woods last fall, and when tear staining around his left eye was spotted. Rory had a condition where the eyelashes on his lower lid turned inward. Woods was able to operate and restore his eyelid to normal, where soon after, he recovered quickly. The sweet pup got his big break when he was featured live on the evening news. Rory (now Reno) was so well-behaved that he was adopted by a family who already owned a husky, his now sister, Lucia. His adopters shared, “Every sight and sound seem new to Reno and the poor guy eats like he doesn’t know where his next meal is coming from, but we are slowly but surely getting him to understand he’ll never be hungry again. We are forever grateful we are Reno’s forever home.” Woods Humane Society’s adoption fees range from $65 to $200 and include spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchips, licenses, and flea (and other parasites) treatments. “Adopters can arrange a free wellness exam with a local veterinarian after adopting and can opt to enroll in 30 days of pet health insurance at no cost. Many of our dogs also receive basic behavior training during their stay with us, which helps them acclimate to their adoptive homes. All told, Woods spends an average of $800 on each animal and regularly cares for 3,000 animals per year,” Jaime explained. If adoption isn’t something you’re able to do, Jamie adds that spreading the word about Woods’ work and their adoptable animals is one way to go about it. As well as participating in events, fostering, donating, and volunteering at both locations. To adopt your own pet, or find out more about Woods Humane Society, visit Atascadero News Magazine

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f you’ve seen the daffodils popping up all over Atascadero the last couple of weeks, you have one man to thank for them. Lee Swam, who was also known as the Daffodil Man. But the daffodils aren’t the only thing that Lee left behind. Lee first moved to Atascadero in the 90s, changing the city, and the North County as a whole, on multiple levels. Not only did he plant thousands of daffodils, but he was also the man behind some of Atascadero’s longeststanding traditions. “One thing I want to express about Lee, if you’re familiar with Tuesdays in the Park, he started it. He was the man responsible for this,” said Lee’s friend and fellow Rotary member, Garry Brill. “One day he came to the idea, he said why can’t we have music in the park, and combine it with a BBQ. So that’s what he did.” Lee presented the idea to the Rotary Club in the mid-1990s, and that’s how Tuesdays in the Park was born. “There was not another Tuesday evening or Wednesday or Thursday or Friday evening established. This was the first one in the area. And all compliments of Lee Swam,” added Gary. Lee, who was a part of the Atascadero Rotary Club for over 30 years, was known for “Swaming” people in Rotary and his daily life. The slogan, “you were Swamed,” was born out of Lee’s generous and giving heart. Over 50 Rotary members alone were “Swamed” by Lee over the years. “When a new member joined [Atascadero Rotary], he would always find out some stuff about you. What was your career? You know, your trade, your field, and he would then... because he liked to go to thrift shops and garage sales. He always had a lot of stuff that he had collected over the years. And he would go through the things that he had, and he’d find something that was appropriate,” remembers Rotary member, Tom Zirk. Tom Zirk mentioned to Lee that he was a paperboy growing up in Seattle. “Next thing I know, I was “Swamed,” in a week or two, with an about 20-page story called, The Paper Boy. And he would do that for everybody.” Lee was also known for folding one and two dollar bills into shirt and pant

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sets, as well as cranes and gifting them to people, which was yet another version of being “Swamed.” “When I first joined Rotary Club, Lee gave me a couple of Origami $2 bills. They were folded like cranes. I still have them in my wallet and treasure them,” said Brent Keast. “He was always thinking about getting something to somebody that they would remember him by. He just wanted to give things that would be related to the people that he really loved and respected,” added friend and Rotary member, Donald Price. Upon passing in April of 2021, Lee left the Atascadero Rotary Club a six-figure endowment to their scholarship program that provides funds for Atascadero High Students, as well as Morro Bay High students, and school supplies for Creston Elementary.

“He was quite a character, and he really did a lot of good things for the City of Atascadero,” said friend, Mike Lucas. On top of being a part of the Rotary Club, Swam was also a volunteer at the Charles Paddock Zoo, the Estrella Warbirds Museum in Paso Robles, and the Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay. Still, he might be most well known for his 2013 campaign to plant at least one daffodil for every resident to help celebrate the City’s Centennial Celebration. “He started making contact with various nurseries around the area to see if they could buy the King Alfreds in bulk. His concept was that he would purchase them and then try to sell them to other people, and whatever proceeds would come from that, that he would use that money to buy more daffodils,” added Mike Lucas. Mike said that Lee purchased thousands of King Alfred daffodils a year, and he helped Lee plant more than a couple thousand himself. “Originally, he wanted to plant a variety of daffodils called Naked Ladies. And he thought that would be a good motto for the city, ‘the home of naked ladies daffodils,’ laughed Tom Zirk. In early 2013 the population of Atascadero was listed at 28,310, and by February 2013, over 10,000 daffodils had already been planted. “I think he actually broke, I don’t know what the number actually ended up being, but I think he planted more than that. It’s just phenomenal,” said Rotary member and friend, Jay DeCou. Though the exact number of daffodils planted since Lee started his campaign in 2013 cannot be calculated. It’s evident that Lee’s original goal has been met, if not surpassed entirely! “You drive down the road, and all of the sudden, in Spring here [Atascadero], all these yellow daffodils pop up, and you just think of him and what he put together,” added Jay DeCou. “He’s a treasure.” Thank you for the Daffodils, Lee.

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Vicki Carroll

The Force Behind Hospice du Rhônee


he bi-annual Hospice du Rhône returns this year, April 21 through 23, at the Paso Robles Event Center, after an absence of four years as the 2020 event was canceled due to pandemic lockdown. “It’s such a relief to think it’s happening; I’m so happy,” Vicki Carroll shared. As president, Carroll is the force behind Hospice du Rhône (HdR), an international vintners association that provides promotional and educational opportunities to growers and wine producers of Rhône variety grapes. “I’m the Mom,” Carroll said with endearing humility when we met in the garden of her Spanish-style house in Edna Valley, surrounded by the family’s 25-acre chardonnay vineyard. Vicki and her husband, Howard Carroll, have resided here for 34 years. For the past two decades, Carroll has been instrumental in guiding and shaping the success of this international organization. For her dedicated work, Carroll was nominated as the 2019 Person of the Year by The Wine Enthusiast. Soft-spoken and affable, Carroll is quick to point out that it’s teamwork. “We have over 100 volunteers, otherwise we wouldn’t have an event,” Carroll said in appreciation of the community’s involvement as well as support from Cal Poly and the local wine industry. For over twenty years, HdR, the San Luis Obispo-based international wine organization, has brought renowned wine producers, distributors, sommeliers, and enophiles to this soughtafter event in Paso. The bi-annual event, which typically brings over 150 international Rhône style wine producers and industry people from France and Australia to Chile and South Africa, will be attended this year by 120 producers and importers, mostly from France. The weekend is filled with seminars, grand tasting, a live auction, and wine dinners at various Paso restaurants.

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Seminars this year spotlight France’s Cave de Tain, the esteemed wine cooperative from Tain l’Hermitage, and wines of the Ventoux region. Washington State’s Walla Walla Valley will be represented by syrahs from the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater and wines from the unique terroir of Horsepower Vineyards, cultivated by draft horses. Other events include two days of grand tastings, a Friday Rosé lunch featuring Middle Eastern fare, Saturday’s lunch during the live auction, and closing dinner with entertainment provided by Paso winemaker Mark Adams (Ledge Wine) and his Mark Adams Band. So how did Carroll get involved with HdR? You could say it came by happenstance. The Cal Poly graduate has worn many hats, from working at Edna Valley Vineyard’s tasting room and as director of Edna Valley-Arroyo Grande Vintners Association to consulting for the local wine industry. That’s how she met winemakers John Alban and Mat Garretson, the team behind the rise of Rhône style wines in California. “Mat’s Rhône epiphany was viognier,” recalled Carrol of the aromatic white variety, special to the Northern part of France’s Rhône region. And in fact, the HdR organization began as the Viognier Guild, launched by Garretson in 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia, where he owned a wine shop. At this first event, just 35 wines were poured for an attendance of 20 people. Enter John Alban of Alban Vineyards, who took the event a step further and expanded it to include other Rhône variety wines. In 1992, Alban approached the Viognier Guild and offered to host the event at his Edna Valley winery. The one-day “Raisin’ Rhônes” event gradually grew to a multi-day celebration. In 1999 the event branded itself as Hospice du Rhône,

and Carroll was approached by Alban to be its director. It’s a relationship that has lasted 23 years, Carroll noted. Over the years, the festival has moved around from Paso Robles to various locations, including Sonoma, Mendocino, and Tennessee’s Blackberry Farms resort, as well as France’s Rhône Valley. But now, Paso Robles is the anchor for HdR alternating with Blackberry Farms. Paso Robles became the chosen location for the HdR event because the terroir is so well suited to Rhône style grapes. Plus, the region was beginning to draw attention, and people like Garretson and other Rhônist winemakers to Paso. Carroll further noted: “Our relationship with the government of Rhône Valley has been valuable and rewarding,” she said with gratification. “Smaller AOCs [ French appellations] are coming to our events; they understand the significance of the relationship, and it has strengthened us.” The attendance of international winemakers has played a key role in the local wine industry. “There’s been an incredible exchange going on for years,” Carroll said. “Winemakers have forged friendships.” The Central Coast-based non-profit organization, HdR’s goal is to improve the business conditions of the grape growers and wine producers of Rhône variety wines and grapes throughout the world and to provide ongoing educational opportunities to the wine industry. Proceeds from the funds raised at the live auction are used to further the organization’s goal. For tickets to Hospice du Rhône 2022, visit Atascadero News Magazine

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fter two years, the Paso Robles Art in the Park has brought back their April showing. Steve Powers produces the Art in the Park show in the Paso Robles City Park twice a year. However, both shows were canceled in 2020 due to COVID restrictions, only to return in October 2021. But this April, Art in the Park is returning, with over 135 fine artists and craft designers ready to showcase their creations. Celebrating five years in 2022, the Paso Robles Art in the Park Show has become the largest and finest show in San Luis Obispo County. Over 7,000 people visit the show over its two days. The producer of the show, Steve Powers, has been directing art shows in California since 1975. He first became involved with art shows when he started selling his handmade leather belts at shows during his college years. "We're looking forward to it [the show]. We pretty much have a full show and are ready to go," said Powers. Art that can be seen varies from fine art, metal and leatherwork, photography, jewelry, stained glass, and even handmade clothing. Many of the artists are SLO County locals, and others come from all over California. In addition, visitors of the show come from all over the Nation, and some come from Europe while they are here touring the State.

The April show brings beautiful Spring weather and a fresh atmosphere that the artists have missed for two years and are looking forward to getting back to a great art show. "All the artists have been chomping at their bits for a couple of years like most everyone else," said Powers. Some local artists at the show include: • Georganna Dean, Grover Beach • Andrew Wilkie, Morro Bay (teacher at AHS) • Nic Stover, San Luis Obispo • Julie Dunn, Atascadero • Barry Lundgren, Atascadero • Elaine Hyde, Los Osos Each year the show brings in new artists. This year Powers says artists are coming all the way from Oregon and Arizona, all showcasing their original work. Powers only allows original art in the show. All items are handcrafted by the artist, who is with their work in the park. Visitors and art shoppers get to speak with the artist directly and in person, something rarely seen at art shows anymore, says Powers. Admission to the show is free and open to the general public. The April Paso Robles Art Show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 10 in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park.

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Business Spotlight • The Vreamery

The Vreamery is located in the Paso Market Walk at 1815 Spring Street. HOURS: Monday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tues-Thurs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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he Vreamery Vegan Cheese Shop and Melt Bar at the Paso Market Walk on Spring Street is the third vegan cheese shop in the United States to curate the most esteemed vegan cheesemakers in the country. The shop showcases a variety of small-batch, plant-based artisan vegan cheeses and features dozens of cheese styles. The Vreamery’s mission is to educate and inspire people, through experiencing fabulous plant-based foods to embrace a vegan lifestyle. In addition to offering cheese by the ounce, The Vreamery serves a menu with hearty bagels, footlong artisan Panini, freshly made salads, grazing boxes, and a selection of locally sourced Grab and Go goodies. Owner Jennifer Golden began experimenting with crafting plant-based cuisine in 2015, just after her father’s passing. He had suffered from Lewy body dementia which led Jennifer down the rabbit hole of brain health. Jennifer was profoundly inspired by the works of Dr. T. Colin Cambell (author of “The China Study — The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted”), Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (author of “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revo-

lutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition based Cure”) and Dr. Michael Greger ( and author of “How Not to Die - The Role of Diet on Preventing. Arresting; Reversing Our Top 15 Killers). Committed to mitigating disease, Jennifer began to eliminate highly processed and animal-based foods from her diet and replaced them with minimally processed, plant-based whole foods. “It’s a process, not an event,” Jennifer admits. In 2018, Jennifer had the opportunity to attend PLANTLAB, an international Raw Vegan Culinary Academy started by celebrity chef Matthew Kenney. At PlantLab, Jennifer further expanded her education with fermenting and culturing foods. That same year, she began selling her cashew cheese at local farmers’ markets and health food stores throughout the county. The process of making Vegan cheese is much like it is with dairy cheese, just replacing animal milk for nut milk and then culturing and aging in accordance with traditional cheese-making techniques. The end product, albeit not an exact replica


of animal-based cheese, is satisfying and robust with flavor and is often indistinguishable from the dairy counterpart. Jennifer adds, “Vegan cheese is not only a more nutritious choice, it is 100 percent humane with regards to animal welfare and is significantly more sustainable for the environment than dairy cheese.” The Vreamery recently updated their menu and launched several new items, including their ‘Mighty Crab Cake Salad’ featuring Lion’s Mane Mushrooms from local growers’ Mighty Cap Mushrooms’ and a ‘Sage Steak’ Panini which is entirely reminiscent of a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich. The Vreamery is all about saying “yes!” to their clientele, welcoming special orders, and accommodating all food allergies and sensitivities. “We are devoted to providing excellent customer service and exemplary hospitality and would love for you to come in and give us a try,” adds Jennifer. Come in and receive a free ‘Three Cheese Sampler’ available Monday through Thursday between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. when you order any signature sandwiches (just mention this article!)

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t’s been two years since the last Three Speckled Hens Antiques & Old Stuff Show took place at the Paso Robles Event Center in the fall of 2019. “We’ve missed four shows due to the COVID shut down and then the restraints once it [the restrictions] started opening up,” said co-creator Kathy Marquart. “After two years, we are back, and we’re really excited to be back in the community and back having our show. It’s so fun!” The Three Speckled Hen’s spring show will take place Friday, April 29, thru Sunday, May 1. at the Paso Robles Event Center. That’s right, three days of antique goodness this year instead of two. “We are so excited to start off our show; instead of Saturday morning at 8 a.m., we are now starting the night before. So Friday night, April 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. It’s three hours, and it’s called the Fun Feathered Frenzy. And this is for people who want to be the first in to see what the vendors have for sale,” Kathy shared. Friday night (April 29) will be something of a party! With gifts, free wine-tasting, free mini-donuts, free nibbles to go with the wine, and a barber-shop-quartet. “It’s going to be a fun atmosphere,” added Kathy. She also added that there are only 700 tickets available for the Fun Feathered Frenzy on Friday, so snag your tickets now. Plus, once you buy a ticket, it’ll get you into the show any days after the day you bought it for initially. Three Speckled Hens still has some vendors signing up for the show, but Kathy explained that they currently have about 100 vendors at last count. “A lot of vendors/dealers in antiques and vintage kind of quit with COVID. They folded their business. So, we’ve got a lot of new, interesting dealers that we’ve never met that we’ve approved. We’re looking forward to meeting them and watching them do their thing,” Kathy said. The event is expected to have a slightly different look this year, given the fresh vendors, but you can expect the same fun as always. And when asked if there will also be a fall show this year, Kathy said with excitement, “absolutely, we’re back at it twice a year.” Three Speckled Hens Antiques & Old Stuff Show is taking place: • Friday, April 29, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Fun Feathered Frenzy) • Saturday, April 30, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Early Bird) • Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (General Admission) • Sunday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For tickets and more information about the show visit

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Three Speckled Hens Antiques & Old Stuff Show at the Paso Robles Event Center last took place in the fall of 2019, and excited to return on April 29. Contributed photos.

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hope to provide some entertainment this month with an Education Trivia Quiz. Schools have changed a great deal over the years and continue to reflect the changes in our society. Chalkboards were updated to whiteboards and then to Smart Boards. Laptops and iPads replaced notebooks and textbooks in the same way that ballpoint pens replaced fountain pens and ink wells. Test your trivia knowledge and take some time to reflect on education as it was and is today. Education is one of the most empowering forces in the world. Education can create knowledge, build confidence, break down barriers, increase opportunities, and promote social justice. Thank you for your continued support of education in our community. It is an honor to serve as your County Superintendent of Schools.

1) Nelson Mandela 2) Horace Mann 1875 US Congress passes constitutional 3) Massachusetts 1852, Tennesee 1917 4) Great Depression 5) WWII Mock Air Raid 6) Desegregation 7) Safety and prevention of violence 8) National Defense Education Act 9) Lyndon B. Johnson

10) Title IX 11) Free Appropriate Public Education 12) Carter 13) Reagan 14) San Jose 15) No Child Left Behind 16) Outdoor Preschool 17) Atascadero 18) Shandon 19) Atascadero 20) Shandon

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1) Who said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world?” 2) Who advocated for the creation of public schools that would be universally available to all children free of charge, funded by the state? 3) Which were the first and last states to offer free public schooling for all in the United States? 4) What was a significant factor that prompted creating what we know today as the school buses? 5) Why did students in the United States practice ducking for shelter beneath their desks in 1942? 6) What did the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Topeka unanimous Supreme Court ruling end? 7) Why was the Arkansas National Guard mobilized to Little Rock Central High School in 1957? 8) What education legislation passed in 1958 because of Sputnik, the Soviet Union’s launch of the first satellite to orbit the earth? 9) Which President signed the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the 1966 Child Nutrition Act that established the School Breakfast Program? 10) What is the name of the education act passed by the United States Congress in 1972 prohibits discrimination against students in federally funded schools based on sex? 11) What is section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act that protects the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities called? 12) In 1979 which President appointed Shirley Hufstedler as the first Secretary of Education and cabinet-level position fifteenth in the line of succession to the presidency? 13) Which President’s administration published “A Nation at Risk” with recommendations for how schools should teach students? 14) What Bay Area high school placed a new technology with a video game center on campus as an experiment to raise funds? 15) What does NCLB represent in education jargon? 16) In 1995 nine district teachers in Eugene, Oregon, introduced what non-traditional program for instructional delivery? 17) Which San Luis Obispo County school district still had student dormitories operating in the 1980s? 18) Which San Luis Obispo County school district recently requested insurance coverage for a high school student traveling to school on horseback? 19) Which San Luis Obispo County school district covers more physical landmass than Los Angeles Unified? 20) Which San Luis Obispo County school district maintains a one-room school campus? Atascadero News Magazine

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Calendar of Events

Stay up on all the events and happenings in North San Luis Obispo County!

*Due to COVID-19 all events are tentative and dates are subject to change. Please call ahead or check online for more details.







Art Quilts on Display

Spring Concert Series



The art quilts of local resident Jeanne Aird will be on display in the Paso Robles Library the month of April. Jeanne uses techniques like block printing, Japanese shibori, painting, bleaching, dyeing, hand stitching, and embroidery to capture the colors and textures of nature

Band Linups Include: April 2 : Burning James All-Stars April 9: Carbon City Lights April 16: Back Bay Betty April 23: Soloeffect



Paso Robles Art in the Park





10am - 3pm A fun and interactive Earth Day event filled with educational activities, conservation tips and something for all ages! For more info visit




Cancer Support Community’s Tour of Paso Bike Ride

HOP TO IT: Visit the Easter Bunny

26- and 50-mile routes through Paso’s beautiful wine country.Form a team and fundraise together! Prizes awarded for the top three fundraisers! Help to raise $80,000 to support local Cancer patients and their families! For more info visit

11am - 2pm Visit the Easter Bunny in the Holiday House and Get a Prize!




Spring Fling & Easer Egg Hunt



Help our four-legged friends in need Sat: 10am - 5pm, Sun: 10am - 4pm and support ANY of the participating Visit the park to view artists and crafts Wine 4 Paws businesses. Visit displays outdoors! to see who’s participating.

Party For The Planet


Wine 4 Paws Weekend






14th Annual Vintage Sidecar Rendezvous & British Car Club DOWNTOWN PASO ROBLES CITY PARK

9am - 3pm Go back in time and join the fun! See a showcase of classic Britsh Cars, Sidecars & Motorcycles!


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3pm First annual Spring Fling and Easter Egg Hunt. Activities for kids, photos with the Easter Bunny, Diaper Dash, and egg hunt. $15 suggested donation per family. Portion of proceeds donated to Parents for Joy. This event is hosted by the non profit local chapter of MAEVE. For more info visit




6 - 7pm The Paso Robles Library’s adult craft class will focus on Native American beading techniques. Designed for beginning beaders. Participants will receive details about picking up the craft kit and the Zoom meetup before the deadline



11th Annual Empty Bowls 3 Speckled Hens Antiques 8th Annual Brew at the Zoo ATASCADERO BIBLE CHURCH



11:30am - 1:30pm Enjoy a family meal of delectable soups and artisan breads, served up by our own local celebrities! To purchase tickets and more info visit

Friday Feathered Frenzy 4-7pm Saturday Early Birds 8-10am Saturday General Entry 10am-4pm Sunday 9am-3pm Check out this Chic antique show full of home and garden décor

5:30 - 9pm There will be the annual commemorative glasses, plenty of food vendors and live music to dance to! The event will feature over 15 craft beers, ciders, seltzers, wine, and kombucha! To purchase tickets and more info visit

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Events • The Local Directory

At The Library

Health & Wellness

Service Organizations

Atascadero Library

Cancer Support Community

Optimist Club

6555 Capistrano • (805) 461-6161 Register online at Hours: • Tuesday 10-6 • Wednesday 10-6 • Thursday 9-5 • Friday 10-5 • Saturday 9-5

Providing support, education and hope 1051 Las Tablas Road, Templeton • (805) 238-4411 • Visit: for more info Cancer Support Helpline • (888) 793-9355, 6 a.m.- 6 p.m. PST.

Special Programs Email for Zoom links • Every Wednesday • Tai Chi Chih | Virtual via Zoom• 10:00 - 11:00a April Programs: • Mindfulness Hour | Virtual via Zoom • Storytime with Ms. Sally 11:30a - 12:30a April 1st & 15th @ 10:30 a.m. • 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month • Grief Support Group | Virtual via Zoom • Storytime at Sunken Gardens 1:30p - 2:30p Every Wednesday @ 10:30 • 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month Teen Jackbox Games • Adv. Cancer Support Group | Virtual April 8th @ 3:45 p.m - Join us for JACKBOX • 10:00 - 11:00a GAMES! • 2nd Wednesday of each month • Caregiver Support Group | Virtual • Virtual Teen Advisory Board 10:00 - 11:00a April 9th & 16th @ 3:30 p.m. - Looking for • 2nd Thursday of each month volunteer hours? Join Atascadero Library’s • Cancer Patient Support Group | Virtual • Teen Advisory Board (TAB)! 11:00a - 12:00p Lego Club • 2nd Tuesday of each month April 30th @ 2 p.m. - Come create and build • Young Survivor Support Group | Hybrid • with Legos at the library! 6:00 - 7:30p For kids ages 6-12 Register for these virtual programs online at


Creston Library 6290 Adams St.,• (805) 237-3010

Santa Margarita Library 9630 Murphy Ave • (805) 438-5622

San Miguel Library

Atascadero Unified School Board • first and third Tuesday, Closed Session 6pm, Open/Regulart Session 7p.m

Planning Commission • first and third Tuesday, 6 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers, 6500 Palma Avenue

254 13th St. (805) 467-3224

City Council

Shandon Library

• second and fourth Tuesday, 6 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers, 6500 Palma Avenue Visit for virtual & up to date meeting info.

195 N 2nd St. • (805) 237-3009

• Atascadero #14927 • 3rd Tuesday of each month, 5:30 p.m., Outlaws Bar & Grill, 9850 E. Front Rd.

Rotary International • Atascadero • Meeting • every Wednesday, 12 p.m. at Springhill Suites by Marriott, 900 El Camino Real

Kiwanis International • Atascadero • 7848 Pismo Ave. • 805-610-7229 • Meeting • In person or Zoom every Thursday, 7:00 p.m.

Veterans of Foreign Wars • Atascadero #2814 • 9555 Morro Rd., • 805-466-3305 • Meeting • first Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Elks Lodge • Atascadero Lodge 2733 • 1516 El Camino Real • 805-466-3557 • Lodge Meeting — second and fourth Thursdays

Lions Club Atascadero Club 2385 • 5035 Palma Ave. Atascadero • Meeting — Every 2nd, 4th Wednesday at 7p Santa Margarita Club 2418 • 9610 Murphy St. • Meeting — 2nd, 4th Monday, 7:30p Shandon Valley Club • (630) 571-5466 • Meeting — Call ahead for meeting times Templeton Club 2427 • 601 Main St. • Meeting — 1st and 3rd Thursday, 7p

Loyal Order of Moose • Atascadero 2067 • 8507 El Camino Real • 805-466-5121 • Visit for more information

Business & Networking Atascadero Chamber of Commerce • (805) 466-2044 6907 El Camino Real, Suite A, Atascadero, CA 93422

Templeton Chamber of Commerce • (805) 434-1789 321 S. Main Street #C, Templeton, CA 93465

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The Last Word

Paloma Creek High School Gifts Garden Shed Made by Students to Atascadero


n March 10, Atascadero’s Paloma Creek High School students delivered a garden shed they built themselves to Atascadero Middle School. The 8-foot by 8-foot garden shed was built as part of Paloma High’s Career Technical Education (CTE) training, which is a part of the school’s curriculum. The team started building the shed at the beginning of the school year, back in September 2021, and worked on it two days a week until its completion in March 2022. Paloma Creek High School is Atascadero’s alternative education high school. The students who attend Paloma Creek’s educational setting find the alternative curriculum more productive than a traditional academic setting. “[Alternative education] gives students a different way to approach learning that may not have worked well for them in a normal setting, it’s an awesome school; they’ve got multiple year awards for being a model alternative education high school,” said contractor volunteer Rich Johnson. Paloma Creek’s CTE training introduces possible careers and gives the students valuable knowledge they can use in their own homes. “Paloma Creek High School is extremely proud of the work that our students and community partners have put into building the shed for

Atascadero Middle School. Educating the whole student, and preparing them to enter the world, includes providing learning opportunities that involve gaining skills that transfer into abilities in areas of the trades. Students at Paloma Creek High School are receiving instruction beyond that of reading, writing, and arithmetic. They are learning about how to figuratively - and literally build the lives they want in a responsive, encouraging, and safe environment,” said Atascadero Unified School District’s (AUSD) Alternative Education Principal, Dr. Libby Madding. While making the garden shed, the students learned how to use multiple power tools. Including nail guns and impact drivers. They also learned framing, nailing, fastening, roofing, and many more trade skills, alongside the correct tools to use. Under the guidance of science teacher Holly Payne, contractor volunteers Steve Petrowsky and Rich Johnson instructed the students. “I’ve been retired for a few years, but I’ve volunteered with, first Del Rio, and then Paloma Creek, for seven years now. And this is just one of the great joys of my life to be able to help students. My goal is to help them look at options for career paths,” added Johnson. As of 2017, Paloma Creek High School is located in South Atascadero. It was known as

Del Rio High School when it was previously in North Atascadero. “It was just fabulous to see students who have virtually never touched a tool, put a nail into a board, or use a measuring tape measure fractions. They’re learning math; they’re learning geometry and squaring up things,” continued Johnson. Students came away from working on the shed with knowledge, skills, teamwork ability, and an awareness of possible future careers for themselves.

They are learning about how to figuratively - and literally - build the lives they want in a responsive, encouraging, and safe environment. Donn Clickard, Atascadero Unified School District trustee, said of the project, “Some of these students have never even held a screwdriver or a hammer. The shed project demonstrates one of the many reasons why Paloma Creek High is worthy of and received multiple Model Alternative Education High School awards. It shows what the community, along with the school, can do for our students.”

Rich Johnson, Steve Petrowsky, Howard (HV Towing), Holly Payne, and students build an 8-foot by 8-foot garden shed as part of Paloma High’s Career Technical Education training program. Contributed photos 76 Gas Station.................................. 25 A Heavenly Home............................ 17 American West Tire & Auto..................5 Atascadero Greyhound Foundation...7 Atascadero Historical Society........... 15 Avila Traffic Safety............................. 29 Bloke................................................. 19 Brad’s Overhead Doors.................... 21

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By The Sea Productions.................... 29 Cancer Support Community............ 35 Central Coast Casualty Restoration.. 15 Deep Steam Carpet and Upholstery Cleaners............................................ 15 Dr. Steve Herron OBGYN.................. 21 Five Star Rain Gutters....................... 17 Greg Malik Real Estate Group....10, 11

DIRECTORY TO OUR ADVERTISERS Atascadero News Magazine is brought to you by Hearing Aid Specialists Of The Central Coast....................................................3 Homecraft Handyman..................... 29 House of Moseley............................ 21 James Baugh for San Luis Obispo

County Clerk-Recorder..................... 13 John Donovan Insurance & Financial Services, Inc...................................... 27 JUICEBOSS....................................... 21 Kenneth’s Heating & Air................... 29

Nick’s Painting.................................. 25 O’Conner Pest Control...................... 32 Odyssey World Cafe......................... 27 Optometric Care Associates................5 Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance....2 Perry’s Parcel & Gift........................... 17 Robert Fry M.D.................................. 26 Robert Hall Winery........................... 36

San Luis Obispo County Office of Education.......................................... 29 Solarponics....................................... 17 The Natural Alternative..................... 13 The Vreamery.................................... 26 Three Speckled Hens........................ 19 Writing Support Group.................... 21

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