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Over the years, wedding plans have been ever-changing as couples adapt to the conditions of the times

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Round Town Cross Talk with Josh Cross Community Energy

The Natural Alternative Beautiful & Healthy Skin

Taste of Americana Traditonal Irish servings for St. Patty's Tent City SLO County Office of Education The Benefits of Practicing Kindness North County Event Calendar: March Last Word Creston

From Pole Barn to Community Center Directory to our Advertisers

by Camille DeVaul

On Sunday, January 30, Santa Margarita native and WWII veteran Harold Lowe passed away at 102 years old.

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Something Worth Reading Publisher’s Letter

Remembering Harold Lowe

After counting tens of thousands of your votes, our 9th Annual Best Of North SLO County winners are in for 2022!

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arch welcomes Spring and all the beauty that comes with it. Sunshine-filled days, warmth, and once again, the time change; be sure to turn your clocks forward on Sunday, March 13.

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Spring Equinox is celebrated this year on March 20. On that day, we will officially be halfway between winter and summer, with balance between the day and night. Spring reminds us to stay grateful for the rebirth of life that begins to awaken out of hibernation and how blessed we are to live on the Central Coast.

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This month, we are excited to share the winners of the 9th Annual Best of North SLO County Readers’ Poll with you. We collected and sorted tens of thousands of answers, and each year we are blown away by the response from residents all over North County for their favorite businesses. The Best of North SLO County celebrates all the winners chosen by you, our readers.

All the winners are incredibly appreciative of your vote and for considering them your favorite. So, as you look through the pages to see who won, know that they are the Best of 2022 because our readers chose each and every one of them by popular vote. Sure, some of the winners put in a little extra effort in campaigning (hint, hint), and as we approach our 10th annual, you might consider your strategy in making the top of the list. There were some close calls, landslides, and outright ties, so we made a special note of these on our list this year to give a little peek behind the curtain. We hope you enjoy.

Our small businesses are a part of what makes our community and economy thrive. They are our family, friends, and neighbors, and they have learned to be resilient and thrive even in one of the most challenging times ever in our history. We have all felt the impact of the last two years struggling, and we are proud of all those who kept it all going despite the opposition. With the 9th Annual Best of North SLO County, we celebrate all of the winners together with you. We thank you for supporting all of our small businesses participating in our Readers Poll, and we vote for you as the best readers of 2022! We would not be able to do any of this without you.

Each month we are honored to tell the incredible stories of your neighbors and friends. If you have a story that needs to be shared, please be sure to email it to us at publisher@ atascaderonewsmagazine.com. We hope you enjoy this month’s issue of Atascadero News Magazine.

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n February 8, The Chamber of Commerce prepared a letter of support to the Atascadero City Council advocating for an ordinance and resolution to support Central Coast Community Energy (3CE). The Chamber supports this move as it aligns with OUR vision to serve as a champion for a stronger business community and furthering solutions that support healthy economic growth and community resiliency. I am pleased to inform you that the Council unanimously voted to move forward with an ordinance and resolution. Councilwoman Funk stated, “I believe the Chamber’s letter of support was a key factor in enabling the Council to make this decision on a 5-0 vote.” Before I discuss the benefits of 3CE membership, I should explain that 3CE is one of 21 Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) across California that serves more than 10 million customers. CCAs provide communities more control and choice when it comes to electricity service. CCAs are expected to supply the majority of California’s electricity over the next decade. Here are some of the benefits of 3CE that helped inform our support:

Choice: much in the same way you can choose your cell carrier, now you will have the opportunity to choose your energy provider… 3CE or PG&E. PG&E will continue delivering electricity and maintaining electric infrastructure along with billing. Competition: we believe competition is good for consumers like you. This should keep rates and inflation lower. Clean Energy: 3CE is committed to providing 60 percent of its energy supply from new and renewable resources by 2025 and 100 percent by 2030. Incentives: 3CE uses profits to reinvest in the communities it serves. For example, San Luis Obispo residents can receive $500 towards the purchase of an e-bike. Opt-Out: Businesses and residents can opt-out of the program if they do not feel 3CE is beneficial to them. However, 3CE reports that 93 percent of eligible customers choose to retain services. Advocating on your behalf is one of the many ways the Chamber provides value to our community. We will continue to track this effort and be sure to provide you with the latest information. To learn more about 3CE, visit 3cenergy.org.

New Chamber Members Auslen for Supervisor 2022 auslenforsupervisor.org

Firmelements firmelements.com Golden China Restaurant goldenchinarestaurant.net Grape Encounters Wine Bar facebook.com/GrapeEncountersEmpourium Hop’s Bounce House hopsbouncehouse.com Mindful Choice Coaching mindfulchoicecoaching.com

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Mobile Wash and Detail (805) 975-9856 Musicians Unlimited musicians-unlimited.com Sylvester’s Burgers sylvestersburgers.com The Lodge at Oak Creek Ranch oakcreeklodge.com Vina Robles Vineyards and Winery vinarobles.com

March Programs & Events NEW 2022 - Atascadero Lakeside Wine Passport Good for all of 2022!

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or only $75, you can enjoy free tastings at 30 wineries, 4 breweries, 2 distilleries, 1 cidery, and 2 olive oil stops. You will also receive complimentary corkage fees at participating restaurants and discounts on local hotel stays. A portion of the proceeds will help support the Atascadero Charles Paddock Zoo. Purchase your passport at atascaderochamber. org/wine-passport or by contacting the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce at (805) 466-2044. Chamber Mixer March 17, Golden State Mortgage

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ave the date, and join us for a fun-filled mixer hosted by Golden State Mortgage. Explore new businesses in our community by visiting the Member Alley while enjoying complimentary drinks and bites. Tickets to the mixer are complimentary; however, registration is encouraged to assist with food and beverage planning purposes. Register at atascaderochamber.org

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et up and personal with our communities most interesting business owners and residents. Hear them tell their stories and learn their pathway to success. Leave feeling inspired and uplifted. Purchase tickets at atascaderochamber.org

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n Evening of Excellence. Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival: June 25, 25th Anniversary! Atascadero News Magazine | March 2022


THE 9TH ANNUAL READER’S POLL

BY PO PU L A R VOT E !

OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 202

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The Best of 2022

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ach year, as we watch the tally come in, it is with shared joy and disappointment as the score is settled and the gametime runs out.

This year, we saw some upsets, some runaway blowouts, and some close calls. Several hundred voters and tens of thousands of answers came in to decide, by popular vote cast by you the People, who would be THE BEST OF 2022. Our comprehensive list includes food, wine, services, entertainment, family-friendly activities, and charity events. Mark it down and get ready, because in about six months we’ll open the polls for our biggest list ever — our 10th annual reader’s poll. Enjoy our 2022 list, as voted on by our readers, friends, and supporters of all the great businesses we have in North SLO County. From Bradley to Santa Margarita, these are the winners.

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Best of North SLO County

March 2022


As voted on by our readers and your friends.

NONPROFIT GIVING

BEST PARADE

BEST COFFEEHOUSE

BEST CHARITY OR NONPROFIT

K Pioneer Day Parade

K Malibu Brew

K El Camino Homeless

BEST FUNDRAISER

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Shelter (ECHO)

BEST CHARITY EVENT

K Sylvester’s Burgers

K Run4BittiandBrynn

BEST EAT & DRINK

BEST YOUTH CHARITY

THE VERY BEST DINING EXPERIENCE

K Pier 46 Seafood BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT

K Pedro’s Mexican Restaurant

K Run4BittiandBrynn

K Sylvester’s Burgers

BEST LOCAL PROJECT COMPLETED

BEST OVERALL FOOD & BEVERAGE

BEST ASIAN CUISINE

K ECHO Paso Robles

K Street Side Ale House

K Thai Elephant

March 2022

Best of North SLO County

OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 202

THE 2022 WINNERS LIST


T OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 202

BEST EAT & DRINK CONTINUED

BEST BREAKFAST PLACE

BEST FAMILY RESTAURANT

BEST PIZZA

K The Nest

K Sylvester’s Burgers

K Fatte’s Pizza

BEST BRUNCH SPECIAL

BEST HEALTH FOOD, NATURAL FOOD, OR GROCERY STORE

BEST BURGER JOINT

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Sylvester’s Burgers

BEST STEAKHOUSE

K The Range BEST SUSHI RESTAURANT

K Nogi Sushi BEST BBQ SPOT

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Jeffry’s Wine Country BBQ

K The Nest BEST LUNCH SPOT

K Gather Market

K Colony Market & Deli

BEST FARM-TO-TABLE

BEST JUICE BAR

K Juice Boss BEST DESSERT, BAKE OR CAKE SHOP

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Just Baked

BEST VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN

K Alchemists Garden

BEST PASTA RESTAURANT

BEST CHEESE SHOP

K Buona Tavola

K Vivant Fine Cheese

K Thomas Hill Organics BEST LOCAL BEEF, POULTRY, DAIRY, OR PORK

K JR Natural Meats BEST CATERING

K Pacific Harvest BEST OUTDOOR DINING AREA

K Sylvester’s Burgers

THANK YOU

FOR VOTING US BEST NAIL SALON IN NORTH COUNTY! ~ THIRD YEAR IN A ROW ~

CALVIN’S NAILS. PEDI-MANI. WAXING

(805) 952-5606 105 S MAIN ST STE 5  TEMPLETON, CA 93465 Best of North SLO County

March 2022


HELPING YOU REACH YOUR GOALS

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615 S. MAIN ST. SUITE A  TEMPLETON, CA 93465

SPECIALTY ITEMS BEST OVERALL SPECIALTY FOODS

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Alchemist Garden

BEST MOCKTAIL

K Alchemist Garden BEST TACO

BEST FRENCH FRIES

LOCAL ARTISANS

K Sylvester’s Burgers

BEST OVERAL ARTISAN

BEST PASTRY

K Hush Harbor

K Back Porch Bakery BEST FRENCH TOAST

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Cowgirl Café

BEST OLIVE OIL

K Pasolivo BEST BREAD

K Hush Harbor

K El Compadre

BEST CUP OF COFFEE

BEST CAKE

K Malibu Brew

K Just Baked

BEST APPETIZER

BEST TEA

BEST GELATO, ICE CREAM, FROZEN DESSERT

K Street Side Ale House

K Spice of Life

K Negranti Creamery

BEST SALAD

BEST VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN

BEST LOCAL SEASONINGS

K Guest House Grill

K Ziggy’s

K Bren’s Blends

March 2022

Best of North SLO County

OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 202

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US

BEST FINANCIAL PLANNING AGENCY IN NORTH COUNTY!


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HOME IMPROVEMENT

BEST ROOFING

BEST FURNITURE

BEST OVERALL HOME IMPROVEMENT

K Jacobs Roofing

K Harrington Home

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Miner’s ACE Hardware BEST SOLAR K Solarponics

Furniture

BEST PEST AND RODENT CONTROL

BEST PAVING, CONCRETE, AND DRIVEWAYS

BEST ELECTRICIAN

K Story Termite & Pest

K Aronsen Construction

K Templeton Electric

BEST GENERAL CONTRACTOR

BEST CONSTRUCTION & BUILDING MATERIALS

K Weyrick Lumber BEST FLOORING

BEST RAIN GUTTERS

K Aronsen Construction

K 5 Star Rain Gutters

BEST CLEANING SERVICE

BEST LANDSCAPING, LAWN, AND GARDEN

K Steam Pro Carpet Care BEST MOVING COMPANY

K Native Creative

K Central Coast Moving &

BEST PLUMBING

BEST PROPANE

BEST STORAGE COMPANY

K Bells Plumbing

K Delta Liquid Energy

K El Camino Storage

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Templeton Floor Co.

Landscaping

Storage

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Best of North SLO County

March 2022


BEST OVERALL SHOPPING & RETAIL

K Anna & Company BEST ANTIQUES, THRIFT, AND CONSIGNMENT

K North County Christian Thrift Store

BEST REPURPOSED, RENEWED OR RESOLD

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Revamped

BEST FLOWERS & FLORIST

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Adelaida Flowers

BEST MEN OR WOMEN’S CLOTHING

BEST DOG PARK

K Anna & Company

K Templeton Dog Park

BEST CHILDREN’S CLOTHING

HEALTH, WELLNESS & BEAUTY

K Anna & Company PETS & ANIMALS

BEST OVERALL HEALTH, WELLNESS, & BEAUTY

BEST PET STORE

K Lemos Feed & Pet Supply K FHF • Fusion Fiit BEST PET GROOMING & CARE

BEST URGENT CARE OR CLINIC

Parlor Paso K Steampup Robles

K Urgent Care of Atascadero

BEST VETERINARIAN OR PET HOSPITAL

Camino K El Animal Hospital

K Michael Lebens, MD BEST PEDIATRICIAN

BEST BOOKS, STATIONARY, AND GIFTS BEST FEED STORE

K Perry’s Parcel

BEST GENERAL PRACTITIONER/DOCTOR

K Lemos Feed & Pet Supply

K Dr. Tamara Battle, Central Coast Pediatrics

Thank you for voting us Best Mexican Restaurant of North County!

Thank You for Voting Us Best American Auto Repair Shop

8550 El Camino Real Atascadero, CA 93422 (805) 461-1111 March 2022

Air Conditioning  Axles & Brakes  Smog Check Domestic & Foreign  Check Engine Light Oil Change & Service  Brake Sales & Service

Best of North SLO County

OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 202

SHOPPING & RETAIL


T OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 202

BEST DENTIST OR ORTHODONTIST

K Pambrum Bracing BEST HEARING AID SPECIALIST

K Hearing Aid Specialists of the Central Coast

BEST EYEWEAR

K Specs by K yla For all your purchase and Refinance needs Conventional, FHA VA USDA and Reverse Mortgages

Voted Best Mortgage Company

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THANK YOU

FOR VOTING US

BEST WINDOW REPAIR & TINTING!

BEST OPTOMETRIST AND EYE CARE

K Primary Eyecare Atascadero BEST CHIROPRACTOR

K Mankey Family Chiropractic BEST DAY SPA

K Bliss Massage & Body Therapy BEST NAIL SALON

K Calvin’s Templeton BEST HAIR SALON

K Salon Envy BEST BARBER SHOP

K Nate’s Barbershop BEST TATTOO PARLOR

K Pioneer Tattoo Paso Robles BEST GYM OR PERSONAL TRAINER

K FHF • Fusion Fiit BEST WEIGHT LOSS OR NUTRITION

K FHF • Fusion Fiit Best of North SLO County

March 2022


BEST BANK OR CREDIT UNION

K SESLOC

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US Best Lunch Spot 3 years in a row!

BEST REAL ESTATE GROUP

K Malik Real Estate Group BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT

K Joanna Nowinski BEST MORTGAGE COMPANY

K Colony Mortgage K Chuck Braun State Farm

6040 El Camino Real Atascadero 805-460-6252

BEST FINANCIAL PLANNING AGENCY

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BEST INSURANCE COMPANY

K Corvus Wealth Advisors BEST TAX PREPARATION

K Glenn Burdette BEST BOOKKEEPING SERVICE

K Tidwell Bookkeeping TRAVEL, ENTERTAINMENT, LEISURE AND EVENTS BEST HOTEL

K The Carlton Hotel BEST EVENT OR WEDDING VENUE

K Rava Vineyard and Winery BEST EVENT SUPPLY COMPANY

K All About Events March 2022

Best of North SLO County

OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 202

FINANCIAL, REAL ESTATE, OR LEGAL SERVICES


T OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 202

TRAVEL, ENTERTAINMENT, LEISURE AND

Original Blend VOTED#1 BEST LOCAL SEASONINGS IN NORTH COUNTY!

EVENTS CONTINUED

BEST ART GALLERY

K Studios on the Park BEST GIRL’S NIGHT OUT SPOT

K Alchemist’s Garden BEST GUY’S NIGHT OUT SPOT

K Ancient Owl Beer Garden & Bottle Shoppe

BEST FAMILY OUTING

K Charles Paddock Zoo Visit my website for locations where you can purchase my Blends.

www.brensblends.com

BEST U12 KIDS ENTERTAINMENT

K Hops Bounce House BEST 12-17 KIDS ENTERTAINMENT

K Ravine Waterpark Thank you for Voting us BEST PET GROOMING & CARE 2 Years in a row and the support from our community and clients!

Awarded 2019 Best All Around Groomer

Specializing in:

Handstripping  Cording Asian Fusion  Creative Color  Show Dogs

BEST AMUSEMENT OR GAMES

K Ravine Waterpark BEST BOUNCE HOUSE OR PARTY SUPPLY

K Hops Bounce House BEST GOLF COURSE

Grooming since 91’ 31st year in the grooming industry! Salon opened in 2020

805-712-2443 steampupparlor.com Steampup Parlor @steampupparlor

K Chalk Mountain Golf Course BEST PARK

K Atascadero Lake Park

NDGAA/IPG Certified Groomer

Best of North SLO County

March 2022


Best Cakes & Best Dessert Best Cake Shop 2 YEARS IN A ROW!

WEDDING CAKES CELEBRATION CAKES FULL PASTRY BAR Dessert Catering 805.369.1554  justbakedslo.com  1825 Spring Street  Paso Robles, CA 93446

** Three years in a row**

March 2022

Best of North SLO County

OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 2022  BEST OF 202

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US


AUTO CARE BEST AMERICAN AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE

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his is it. One of the biggest, most anticipated, and dreamed of days of your life has finally arrived. The butterflies of anticipation can be almost more excitement than you can stand, but friends, family, and the love of your life are waiting to start the next chapter and join the celebration. One thing for sure, whether it’s planned to be a full-blown, recorded, televised, and publicized celebrity event with thousands involved or a simple elopement, when the time comes, there’s just no stopping love and weddings go on despite any obstacles. Over the years, wedding plans have been ever-changing as couples adapt to the conditions of the times. No matter how many monkey wrenches are thrown into the mix, be it personal, financial, travel, bad weather, venue difficulties, or most recently the global pandemic, when it matters most, couples adjust, and the wedding goes on. Since Spring is on its way and love is in the air, I called on a couple of local Santa Margarita experts to check in on what they have seen happening in the world of weddings (at least in our corner) and also to gain a little insight into what we may see in the future. Big-city folks or others who happen into the small town of Santa Margarita are often shocked and delighted to find Jennifer Blue Allen’s Bridal Shop, Something Blue- Fine Sewing, and Wedding Alterations. Jennifer has a natural gift for sewing and design with her life’s passion showing very early on while learning to sew with her mother. At the age of nine, she was already making her own clothes and even earning some money with her sewing talents. By the year 2000, Jennifer Blue Allen had already spent a lifetime making her mark on the fashion world with her designs on runways and truck shows in large department stores and couture boutiques from Beverly Hills to Palm Springs before deciding to mostly retire and relocate to the Central Coast. When first opening her bridal shop in July of 2000, Jennifer was still driving back and forth doing custom gowns and alterations for clients in Los Angeles and Laguna Beach. Business at Something Blue in Santa Margarita grew as word spread of Jennifer’s expertise, design sense, and knack for knowing exactly what’s right to flatter any particular body shape. Over her years of experience, Jennifer Blue Allen has successfully navigated through economic ups and downs and has always been perfectly suited to adapt to changing bridal fashion trends or unique, one-of-a-kind design challenges, all with a calm demeanor

and knowing smile that puts brides at ease. Jennifer has worked on over 2,000 dresses, helping brides with alterations, restyling or customizing off the rack, recycled, found, or family hand-me-down gowns to make them their own, and has also enjoyed creating custom dresses from pencil and scratchpad to walking down the aisle. The past two years, however, have been different. Jennifer said, “the pandemic annihilated the wedding business,” nearly all the “brides who started having their gowns done stopped and had small outdoor weddings with plans to have a bigger ceremony later.” As mandates loosened up a bit, she saw a few other changes, “mask wearing made fittings more difficult,” and there was a change in her clientele, too. “People used to come in for their appointments all dressed up and with family, but now it’s much more casual, and they usually arrive in yoga pants and alone.” Also, with limited local selections and supply chain issues, Jennifer has seen an increase in alterations and shift to everything going more online, especially for the attire of the mothers of the bride and groom and wedding party. Pastor Robert Campbell of the Santa Margarita Community Church said over the past two years, he “never saw any decrease in the number of weddings that he performed, there were no postponements, and all those who wanted to get married did.” “Most weddings are now outdoors with plenty of room and air and much more casual than church weddings, which have still been going on with the required precautions.” The challenge with the informality of going outdoors, he chuckled, is to “make sure that the day’s special event emphasizes the wedding so looking back, the photos won’t look like just a big barbeque or frat party.” The pandemic really has put things into perspective, and the best thing that Pastor Campbell has seen is that “when people gather for weddings now, they are more grateful and joyful because they haven’t been together for so long.” So, are the days of “Bridezilla” and highstress weddings gone? Maybe for a while, as people have been forced to be flexible, but there’s also an increase in creative low-key options like the rise of “minimonies” and pop-ups. Recently, with things improving, Pastor Campbell has seen an increase in engagements, and a wedding “boom” is beginning! For inspiration or local resources, Jennifer Blue Allen suggests checking out theweddingstandard.com. The weddings will go on!  atascaderomagazine.com | 27


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n Sunday, January 30, Santa Margarita native and WWII veteran Harold Lowe passed away at 102 years old. He has been laid to rest at Reis Mortuary, and a graveside service was held at Los Osos Valley Memorial Park in February. He leaves behind his wife Ginny, daughter Patricia Lowe Silveira and Son, James Lowe. Harold passes just over a month after his friend, Henry Barba—another Santa Margarita native and WWII veteran. Henry was 108 years old when he passed away on his 81 wedding anniversary on December 24, 2021. The two grew up just blocks away from each other in Santa Margarita. The two men had impeccable memories. Harold once said of his friend, “Henry and I are great buddies because we’re the only natives in Margarita I think that lived here in this county all our lives." Harold was born July 17, 1919, in San Luis Obispo. He grew up with Alex Madonna, who liked to play a few pranks here and there on Harold. Despite embarrassing Harold in front of the entire girls’ locker room, the two remained close friends until Madonna died in 2004. At the age of 21, Harold was one of the first drafted into the war—which he is a little suspicious of since his ex-girlfriend was on the draft board, and it was not a happy breakup! But looking back, he said she was a lovely girl, and he might have brought it upon himself. Luckily though, Harold soon met the love of his life, Virginia “Ginny” Mae Cheda of San Luis Obispo. Ginny stayed by his side throughout the entire war, and the two were married March 2022 | Atascadero News Magazine

on July 1, 1944, just a few days after he got back from the war. The two were married for 78 years. But before marriage, Harold was sent to Fort Lewis, Washington, for boot camp, where he was enlisted with the 162nd Infantry. On the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Harold recounted his memories of the day with Paso Robles Magazine. On the morning of December 7, 1941, around 9 a.m. Harold was sitting in his barracks and reading the paper while at basic training in Fort Lews, Washington. Harold recounted the exact moment he learned Pearl Harbor was attacked, “All of a sudden here comes Corporal down the stairs yelling, ‘Get your clothes on and out of bed, we’re at war! Japan has swarmed Pearl Harbor!'” He was just 22 years old at the time and in the reserves. War was in full bloom in Europe, and the ideas of the U.S. joining were consistently looming– until now. As far as Harold and his commanding officers knew, their fort could be next for the Japanese to attack. During this time, the men were full of nerves and uncertainty about what was next. Harold says all the basic training in the world wouldn’t have prepared them for what war really was like. On March 1, 1942, Harold was loaded onto a ship in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. As they set sail, Harold took his chance to wave goodbye to Lady Liberty through the porthole, the first and last time he ever saw her. Harold finally landed in Australia on April 9, 1942. He spent 28 months overseas there and in New Guinea. “We didn’t have anything to fight with—when we went over about all we had were our rifles and our bayonets—they were just starting to get radios or something like that,” said Harold.

As one of the first draftees, Lowe says none of their uniforms matched as supplies were low. Photo Contributed by the Santa Margarita Historical Society

According to Harold, all new uniforms, weapons, and supplies went to the National Guard before passing them down to draftees. For a while, the American and Australian troops got along, but after more Australians were fighting overseas, the Aussie women were getting more friendly with the Americans. Let's say it didn’t go over very well with Aussie soldiers. Tension grew between the two troops, but reality hit everyone when they finally shipped out and moved into New Guinea. “When we were in New Guinea, we were fighting two people—We lost over 50 percent of our men within a couple of weeks,” said Harold. Along with fighting their mutual enemy, the Japanese army, the troops battled various diseases, including malaria. Harold contracted malaria and was eventually sent home after being overseas for 28 months. After a long trip back home and some trouble with rotten tomatoes, Harold finally made it back to his beloved Ginny. They married just a few days later. The couple had two children, Pattie and Jim, born in 1946 and 1947. Harold decided to leave the army behind him and become a carpenter for about 35 years. He built his own house in Santa Margarita and even helped build the infamous Madonna Inn. But through all of his war stories, he always came back to the same point—his Ginny stayed by his side through everything, and he was forever grateful for the little lady who waited for him. His sense of humor, stories from days gone by, and smile will greatly be missed. You can read more of Harold Lowe's memories of the war by visiting pasoroblespress.com  atascaderomagazine.com | 29


Taste of Americana

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ome years ago, I acquired a beautiful cookbook titled M y r t l e A l l e n’s Cooking at Ballymaloe House. It has been one of my “go-to” books when I want a traditional Irish recipe. Ballymaloe is a legendary countryside inn in County Cork, Ireland. Myrtle Allen and her husband bought the guest house in 1947, and in 1964, she opened the Ballymaloe House restaurant where she began to serve seasonal food using locally grown ingredients, just as so many of our restaurants do today. If you’re wanting to change your St. Patrick’s Day dinner menu from corned beef and cabbage to something different, try one of the following recipes I’m sharing from Chef Myrtle Allen’s cookbook. You will be glad you did. May the Leprechauns be near you.To spread Luck along your way.And may all the Irish Angels, Smile on you, St. Patrick’s Day! Cheers! 

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Ballymaloe Potato Salad Ingredients: 2½ pounds potatoes (unpeeled), quartered ½ cup Billy’s French Dressing 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves 2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives or chopped scallions ½ cup mayonnaise (I use Best Foods)

Billy’s French Dressing Ingredients: ¼ cup mild wine vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard 1 teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 large garlic clove, minced 1 scallion, chopped coarse 1 sprig of parsley 1 sprig of watercress ¾ cup vegetable or olive oil or a combination

Directions for potato salad: Cook potatoes in boiling salted water for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender but not falling apart. Drain well. As soon as the potatoes can be comfortably handled, peel and cut into ½-inch dice. Toss warm potatoes with Directions for dressing: dressing, parsley, and chives. Let salad cool slightly and In a food processor or blender, purée all ingredients. toss with mayonnaise—season with salt and pepper. Let The dressing will keep covered and chilled for 24 hours. salad stand at least 1 hour before serving to allow dressing Return to room temperature before using. to be absorbed. Yield: 6 servings This dressing is used for Ballymaloe House potato salad and should be added when the potatoes are still hot.

Red Cabbage and Apples Ingredients: 1 1-pound head of red cabbage, cored and shredded 2 tablespoons cider vinegar 6 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 pound McIntosh apples

Directions: Combine the cabbage, vinegar, sugar, salt, and ½ cup water in a non-reactive saucepan or skillet and bring the liquid to a boil. Peel, core, and quarter the apples lay them over the cabbage, and simmer the mixture gently, covered, for about 30 minutes, or until the apples and cabbage are tender. (The apples will break down into a pulp.) Check after about 20 minutes and, if there is a lot of liquid, partially uncover the pan to allow most of the liquid to evaporate. Stir the mixture together just before serving. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Directions: Heat half the butter over moderate heat in a kettle or large ovenproof Ingredients: skillet and brown the beef in batches (watch that the butter does not ½ stick (¼ cup) unsalted butter burn), transferring the meat to a plate with a slotted spoon as it is done. 1 pound boneless beef chuck, brisket, or rump, cut into 1-by2-inch pieces Cook the onion in the hot fat for 3 minutes, or until it is just softened. 1 large onion, sliced thin Return the meat to the kettle, and add the bouquet garni, salt (omit if A bouquet garni, made by tying together 1 large sprig each of thyme, sage, using canned broth), pepper, stock or canned broth, and stout, and bring and parsley, and 1 bay leaf the mixture, covered, just to a boil. ¼ teaspoon salt Cook the stew, covered, in a preheated 350-degree oven for about 1 hour. ¼ teaspoon black pepper Add the potatoes and bake the stew for 45 minutes, or until the meat and 1 cup beef stock or canned beef broth potatoes are tender. Taste and add salt and pepper if desired. Discard the ¼ cup stout or dark ale bouquet garni. Enrich the sauce by swirling in the remaining 2 table4 medium potatoes (¾ to 1 pound total), peeled spoons butter. Serve the stew sprinkled with the parsley. Makes 4 servings 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves Serve the stew with a side dish of red cabbage and apples using the above recipe. Beef with Stout

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ix years ago, Wilson Orchard Supply opened in Paso Robles, and then in 2018, the Orchard Supply store merged with Oregon's Oregon Vineyard Supply. "[We] became one company-OVS [Orchard & Vineyard Supply]," said Sales Manager for California, Sean Graham. The local Paso Robles store is one of many up and down the West Coast. Orchard & Vineyard Supply stores span California, Oregon, and Washington states. "We saw the potential that Paso Robles and surrounding areas offer! It's an area that continues to grow with vineyards, orchards, and other crops. We are really enjoying getting more involved in the community and watching it continue to develop with different crops," continued Sean. As the leader in Orchard, Vineyard, and Hops supplies, OVS, takes pride in teaming up with local farmers and companies to give them a one-of-akind experience. "We love supporting our local farmers. It's great to be an active member of our community and the wine and vineyard industry in Paso. We are so happy to be a part of the growth in the industry in this area. Our goal is to continue partnering with locals to help grow our presence and make their lives easier through product and service," Sean added. "We partner with many farming operations up and down the coast and throughout central California. We supply growing supplies for vineyards and orchards throughout California with two storefront locations and a distribution center." With a team of experts, who together have over 50 years of combined experience, the team at Orchard & Vineyard Supply has not only the supplies you're looking for but also the advice you need to go along with them. "Our team of experts partner with the grow-

ers and crop managers to identify each individual growers' needs and find exactly what they are looking to get out of their vineyard or orchard. We then come up with a collaborative solution for their needs—including how they will be planting, trellising, pruning, harvesting, etc. From there, we make suggestions and provide products based on the grower's preferences for their crop," said Sean of the process. Orchard & Vineyard Supply has also teamed up with Cascade Water Systems and Davis Pump & Electric Motors, which has been instrumental in growing their pump and irrigation capabilities up and down the West Coast. And that's just on top of everything else they provide. "At OVS, we provide everything you need for planting, tying & training, trellising, irrigation, harvesting, pruning, and more. We are a distributor for Pellenc mechanical tools and offer demos to local farms. We also rent wine tanks to the Paso region! This year we are launching a new, revolutionary vineyard stake, as well," Sean said with excitement. The OVS team takes pride in their availability and would love to come out to the farms and vineyards in the North County to provide their services and give product quotes. Orchard & Vineyard Supply is located at 77 Marquita Avenue in Paso Robles near Tin City. Visit them to see some of their product offerings, or contact their local reps for any questions. Dallan — Central Coast (805) 260-6637 Brandon — Greater Bakersf ield Area (559) 788-9385 Sean — Greater Fresno Area (559) 907-9358 Paso Robles Store — (805) 434-9488 You can also find Orchard & Vineyard Supply on the web at: ovs.com. 

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ducational agencies across the county participated in the "The Great Kindness Challenge" earlier this year. The week was filled with proactive and positive Social Emotional Learning (SEL) activities focused on improving school climate and increasing student engagement. One of the questions asked during the week was, "What can we adults learn from our youth's actions during the challenge?" This month's article summarizes my review of some research literature on the benefits of practicing kindness and how it will help move us forward as one community. Throughout the pandemic, I stressed that a focus on flexibility, patience, and kindness is a tangible example of how adults practice behaviors that promote SEL. Research teaches us that kindness benefits the person practicing the kindness and the recipient. Harvard Business School researchers examined happiness in 136 countries and documented that altruistic people reported higher satisfaction levels. The data indicated a positive feedback loop between kindness and joy. Researchers found that "people, in general, feel happier when asked to remember a time when they benefited someone else — even happier than when they remembered benefiting themselves." Another study conducted at the University of British Columbia observed a group of people with high levels of anxiety who performed multiple acts of kindness each week. After two months, the participants demonstrated improved mood, increased relationship satisfaction, and decreased social avoidance. Psychology Today researcher Christine Carter, Ph.D., noted that "people who volunteer tend to experience (report) fewer aches and pains." Perhaps this is because they are busy or because altruistic behavior mitigates daily challenges. Unfortunately, today's fast-paced society often keeps us so busy trying to keep up that we forget to take a moment and be present for others. Recently

I was so busy looking down at my phone and checking messages that I nearly walked into a young mother pushing a stroller and struggling to open the shop door. Each day opportunities to practice kindness abound when we take time to notice. Research links six positive health outcomes to the practice of kindness, including increased happiness, improved energy, reductions in anxiety, lower blood pressure, reduced reports of pain, and healthy longevity. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) postulated that, as a strength, kindness has three components: (a) the motivation to be kind to others; (b) the recognition of kindness in others; and (c) the enactment of kind behavior in one's daily life. Study results showed that: (a) Happy people scored higher on their motivation to perform and their recognition and enactment of kind behaviors. (b) Happy people have more happy memories in daily life in terms of quantity and quality. (c) Subjective happiness was increased simply by counting one's acts of kindness for one week. (d) Happy people became more kind and grateful through the counting kindnesses intervention. Additional NIH reports supported the importance of kindness in producing subjective happiness. The same NIH study suggests that motivational and cognitive processes in daily life may create differences between happy and less happy people. The differences may be responsible for some of the consequences of happiness. The research results indicated that happy people might become even happier, kinder, and more grateful following intervention relative to less happy people. Watkins (2004) showed that people who score higher on trait measures of gratitude experience greater subjective well-being and more intense positive effects (happiness, -Aesop vitality, and hope) as well as fewer adverse effects (depression, resentment, and envy). Additional NIH research suggests that, like gratitude, kindness is an essential human strength that influences subjective well-being. Kindness contributes to good social relationships and may be adaptive. The NIH results further suggest that a reciprocal relationship may exist between kindness and happiness, as shown for gratitude and joy in studies conducted by (Emmons & McCullough, 2003). Educators across our county, state, nation, and the world have expressed the challenges experienced over the past two years. Working to restore our communities with kindness is central to the healing process. Many thanks to those of you in the community for examining the benefits of practicing kindness. Your dedication to those we serve is greatly appreciated and makes a difference in today's world. It is an honor to serve as your County Superintendent of Schools. 

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JAN. 12 - MAR. 11

MAR. 1 - 31

MAR. 11 - 12

CALL FOR ARTISTS LIFE REFURBISHED

KEN JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY ON DISPLAY

STUDIOS ON THE PARK

PASO ROBLES CITY LIBRARY 1000 SPRING ST.

DETAILS: Studios on the Park invites artists from all mediums to join the upcoming Life Refurbished exhibition. Artists are encouraged to use refurbished materials to create new pieces of artwork. Email by March 11, with images of your work(s) or a description of a work-in-progress. Entry fees will also be due at this time. Entry fee: $15. For more info visit studiosonthpark.org

MAR. 12 ZOO TRIVIA NIGHT

PASO ROBLES EVENT CENTER FRONTIER PARK, 2198 RIVERSIDE AVE TIME: Friday March 11, 12:00 p - 5:00 p Sat/Sun March 12 & 13, 10:00 a - 5:00 p DETAILS: Local crafters and artisans selling handmade and unique items. Free admission and parking! For more information visit midstatefair.com

DETAILS: For the whole month of March Ken Johnson’s photographic display can be viewed. This series attempts to capture the beauty of the outdoors. For more info visit prcity.com

MAR. 13 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS

MID-STATE FAIR MARKET

MAR. 18 - 20 SPRING RELEASE WEEKEND DOWNTOWN PASO ROBLES CITY PARK

CHARLES PADDOCK ZOO TIME: 5:00 p - 8:00 p DETAILS: Come test your knowledge about animals at the Charles Paddock Zoo. For rules and other information visit charlespaddockzoo.org

DETAILS: Daylight saving begins, so make sure to set your clocks forward an hour. “Spring Forward”

MAR. 23

MAR. 26

TIME: 10:00 a - 6:00 p DETAILS: Gather in the iconic Downtown City Park for the Walk-Around Tasting with 40+ Paso Robles wineries to taste the newest vintages. Meet the makers, enjoy live music, take in the ambiance, and experience why Paso Wine is so special. For more info visit pasowine.com

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APR. 9

BRILLIANT BUGS YOUTH PAINTING

CENTRAL COAST BEER FEST 2022

TOUR OF PASO BIKE RIDE FOR CCSC-CC

HOP TO IT - VISIT THE EASTER BUNNY

STUDIOS ON THE PARK- 1130 PINE ST

SUNKEN GARDENS - 6505 EL CAMINO REAL, ATASCADERO, CA

DETAILS: 26 and 50-mile routes through Paso's beautiful wine country. Form a team to help raise $80,000 in support of local Cancer patients and their families! Prizes awarded for the top three fundraisers! For more info visit cscslo.org

DOWNTOWN PASO ROBLES CITY PARK

TIME: 4:00 p - 5:30 p DETAILS: Youth are invited to paint with Studios on the Park. All materials and instruction from ArtSocial 805 are covered in the $23 fee. For more info visit studiosonthpark.org

APR. 9 - 10 WINE 4 PAWS WEEKEND DETAILS: Join forces with over 50 SLO County businesses to raise funds for Woods Humane Society! Visit in person, or order online. You can help our fourlegged friends in need whether you’re near or far. Visit www.wine4paws.com to see who’s participating

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TIME: 12:00 p - 4:00 p DETAILS: The fourth annual Central Coast Craft Beer Fest, presented by the Central Coast Brewers Guild. For more information visit atascadero.com

APR. 10 - 24

TIME: 11:00 a - 2:00 p DETAILS: Visit the Easter Bunny in the Holiday House and Get a Prize!

APR 23

14TH ANNUAL VINTAGE SIDECAR CHARLES PADDOCK ZOO SPRING FESTIVAL RENDEZVOUS, BRITISH CAR CLUB, ANTIQUE MOTORCYCLES & RECYCLED TREASURES CHARLES PADDOCK ZOO TIME: 10:00 a - 5:00 p DETAILS: Come enjoy fur and feathers for a limited time! The Spring Festival is included with General Admission to the Zoo. For more information call (805) 461-5080

DOWNTOWN PASO ROBLES CITY PARK TIME: 9:00 a - 3:00 p DETAILS: Go back in time and join the fun! See a showcase of classic Britsh Cars, Sidecars & Motorcycles!

Atascadero News Magazine | March 2022


The Last Word

Community

Center

Dream of Creston Community Center turns into a reality By Camille DeVaul

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hanks to the hard work of the Creston community, the generosity of The Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County, and their BUILD Grant program, the Creston Activities Town Center Helping-Hands (CATCH) is transforming the Creston Community Center (CCC) into the facility envisioned by locals since 1994. The CATCH organization was established in 1994 by local Crestonites, such as CATCH Chairperson Rosie Hebron, with the dream of one day having a community center. The organization is made up of nine local clubs and organizations, including the Creston Classic Rodeo, Creston Volunteer Garden Club, the Women’s Club, 4-H, Creston Advisory Body, Men’s Club, Friends of the Library, Creston Community Association, and the 76 Gas Station.................................. 9 A Heavenly Home............................ 7 American West Tire & Auto............... 2 Anna & Mom..................................24 Avila Traffic Safety............................. 9 Bell's Plumbing.............................12 Bren's Original Blends...................20 Calvin's Nails..................................14 Central Coast Casualty Restoration.26 Central Coast Pediatrics.................13 Colony Market and Deli.................19

Colony Mortgage...........................18 Corvus Wealth Advisors.................15 Deep Steam Carpet and Upholstery Cleaners...............26 Dr. Steve Herron OBGYN................26 Ferrell's Auto Repair.......................17 Five Star Rain Gutters....................... 7 Frontier Floors................................31 Greg Malik Real Estate Group...... 4, 5 Hearing Aid Specialists Of The Central Coast.................................... 3

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Since acquiring the lease to the former Creston fire station in 2012, the local organization CATCH has been converting it into a new community center. Contributed photo

Creston Volunteer Firefighters. Their goal was to have a functioning community center available to all the locals for holding a wide variety of Creston events. Unfortunately, no facility was available within 11 miles of Creston for such a purpose. Where and when this dream could be realized was yet to be determined. When the new Fire Station #50 was built in Creston in 2012, the old volunteer fire station became available for lease. CATCH saw its chance and jumped on it. Since acquiring the lease in 2012, CATCH volunteers have been transforming the former fire engine garage/pole barn into a functioning code-compliant building for use by the community. This has been done with finances provided by local fundraisers held by the CATCH organizations, donations from Creston residents and businesses, and most recently through grants by multiple donor organizations. The grants were attained through applications written by CATCH Secretary Sheila Lyons, a retired scientist with experience in writing grants. CATCH has completed many projects to improve the building, including ADA-compliant bathrooms and a space for a fully functioning kitchen in the future. The building has also undergone a complete electrical upgrade, new epoxy DIRECTORY TO OUR ADVERTISERS Atascadero News Magazine is brought to you by

Homecraft Handyman...................32 House of Moseley............................ 9 JJB Auto Glass................................18 Joanna Nowinski- Century 21 Hometown Realty..........................24 Juice Boss......................................28

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flooring, a new covered patio, exterior beautification with planters, signage, and a commercial roll-up garage door behind which sits the vintage fire truck (#43), a part of Creston’s history. The most recent renovation achievement has been to add a commercial double-door entrance to the front façade funded with a generous BUILD Grant of $10,000 provided by The Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County and funds CATCH had previously raised. “This has been our crowning achievement to date,” said Lyons, “Giving the building a much more finished look, like a true community building with a defined and welcoming entry.” Hebron enthusiastically commented, “The new, improved façade dresses up our Community Center. We would never have been able to do it without the philanthropic organizations like The Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County.” CATCH would like folks to know that the new facility is not only available for the CATCH member organization’s use but also for anyone interested in renting it for private events. For example, this spring, it will be the base for the SLO County Bike Club Annual Wildflower Ride. For more information, visit crestonnews.org, or for reservations on the center, contact Rosie at (805) 610-0220. Nick's Painting................................. 9 North County Christian Thrift Shop.22 North County Pilates......................28 O'Conner Pest Control..................... 9 Odyssey World Cafe.......................26 Optometric Care Associates............. 2 Pedro's Mexican Restaurant..........17 Perry's Parcel & Gift........................23 Robert Fry M.D................................. 9 Robert Hall Winery........................36 San Luis Obispo County Office of

Education......................................... 7 SLG Senior Care..............................32 Solarponics....................................21 Specs by Kyla..................................19 Steam Pro Carpet Care...................24 Steampup Parlor............................20 Story Termite & Pest Control..........21 The Natural Alternative..................28 The Vreamery................................... 9 Ziggy’s............................................25

Atascadero News Magazine | March 2022


14TH ANNUAL

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Sunday, April 3 2022

REGISTER TODAY FOR THE 14TH ANNUAL TOUR OF PASO RIDE RIDERS OF ALL SKILL LEVELS, THEIR CHOICE OF TWO ROUTES – PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY NINER

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