Atascadero News Magazine • #53 • November 2022

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A Year Full of Gratitude

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

The November chill is in the air as we head into our second to last month of 2022. Looking back over the previous year, we have so much to be grateful for. A lot of hard work, dedication, and grit went into the last three years. But, so much of it was learning how to be flexible, creative, and resourceful to get where we are today, which has only just made us all stronger—there lies the silver lining.

This month we celebrate Armistice Day; we take time to stop and remember all those who served in “the war to end all wars” and every war since. Armistice Day was set aside as a day to remember the cost of war, the treasures of freedom, and the purpose of peace. This year you can attend one of the several Veteran’s Day events in honor of our local veterans who put their lives on the line for the freedom we all know and love (Page 18).

We are excited to announce that we started a new company tradition, our inaugural Pumpkin Pie tasting contest! We reached out to some of the best bakeries in North County, and our team put them all to the test!

Bramble Pie Company (Atascadero), Just Baked (Paso Robles), Cider Creek (Paso Robles), and A-Town Humble Pie (Atascadero), and even though they all were delicious in their own right, we chose a winner, one in each city to be featured on our cover (page 20).

Congratulations to Bramble Pie Company for being our Atascadero Winner! We thank each one of them for participating and hope you all reach out to one of them to fill your pumpkin pie needs this Thanksgiving.

As we take the time to gather with loved ones this Thanksgiving, we can remember what it truly means to be thankful for all we have, the place we call home, and the people we hold dear.

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The Return of Coats for Kids

Coats for Kids is an annual event that has been ongoing for 34 warm, wonderful years. Every year, volunteers gather, sort, and distribute new and gently used coats of all sizes, giving warmth to families in need across the Central Coast at abso lutely no cost to them. The volunteers work with multiple local businesses and charities to serve over 750 families.

This year, Coats for Kids will be joining the Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles in one of the commercial buildings at the Paso Robles Event Center and will also be joined there by the Salvation Army.

boxes in other North County commu nities to make it convenient for those who want to donate a new or gently used item. Drop off locations will be available on

Our North County cleaners, Plaza Cleaners in Atascadero and Paso Robles and Fashion Cleaners in Atascadero, are also drop-off locations for items needing cleaning or refreshing. They will clean them free of charge. Just drop them off, say “Coats for Kids,” and a committee member will pick them up.

After two years of not being able to distribute warm items such as coats, jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts directly to some of our North County fami lies in need, Coats for Kids is again partnering with Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles on the “Day of Giving.”

This year’s “Day of Giving” will take place on Saturday, December 10. This will only be the only distribution day for Coats for Kids this year, but they plan to cover North County as they always have. Dates and times of distri bution will be determined through the Toy Banks online registration.

The Rotary Club of Paso Robles has joined the Coats for Kids 2022 team and will be distributing collection boxes in November to some of the businesses in the Paso Robles area. They will have

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Wayne Cooper Memorial Golf Tournament Returns for Ninth Year

Golfers of all levels headed out to Chalk Mountain Golf Course on October 8, for the 9th Annual Wayne Cooper Memo rial Golf Tournament. The tournament not only honors the Atascadero Grey hound Foundation’s “President for Life”

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who passed away in 2018, but it also benefits the Lighthouse of Atascadero Program, which is attached to the Atascadero Greyhound Foundation.

was a beautiful Atascadero day. It couldn’t have been better; the weather was just perfect, and the atmosphere was like it always is at this tournament,” said Atascadero Greyhound Foundation Executive Director Donn Clickard. “It’s very positive. Golfers, I guess, are pretty positive people. Even if they’re five under or five over, they’re still pretty positive.”

The golf tournament sold out, with 140 locals signing up to play in teams of four players each.

“Everybody at the golf course was just awesome. They were really good hosts, and we enjoyed our day,” added Click ard of Jeremy and Joel Clay and the rest of the staff at Chalk Mountain.

On top of the golf that was played, there was also a super successful raffle and a ball drop, where a large basket of golf balls was raised 75 feet up by a crane provided by Sam’s Tree Service.

The ball drop took place at 2 p.m., and the closest ball to the pin once dropped won $1,000. Atascadero Mayor Heather Moreno’s husband Mike won the prize.

Martha Staib made an orange and grey quilt, which she donated as a raffle item. Diana Cooper, the wife of the late great Wayne Cooper, won.

“Proceeds come to the Atascadero Greyhound Foundation, benefiting the Lighthouse Programs. So that would primarily, this year, be the mentor program at the Middle School, and there’s actually a program at the Middle School that we also sponsor, and that’s called Where Everybody Belongs. It’s a program of inclusiveness in the Middle School,” Clickard added. “Basically, this year, we’re supporting the Middle School and the Elementary Schools.”

Proceeds will also go to support the Lighthouse After School Programs. Including their coffee roasting program, which was at the tournament sell ing Lighthouse Coffee. Students from Paloma Creek High School were there manning the coffee trailer

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lassic car enthusiasts and their owners joined together in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) parking lot for their Oktoberfest-themed car show. The car show was free and opened to the public at 9 a.m. and went until 3 p.m., with an Oktoberfest bratwurst lunch from noon until 2 p.m.

“The car show sold out. And from the weather to turn out could not have been better,” stated Jr. Vice Commander of VFW John Brush.

On top of all the fun and classic cars on display, one could eat bratwurst, sauerkraut, and German potato salad, all made by VFW, to their heart’s content.

“All the cooks that cooked the bratwurst and all that, they’re doing that all-volunteer,” added John.

The Oktoberfest-themed car show also hosted a beer stein-holding contest with beer steins donated by Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

“The cars are, a lot of them, most of them are from the local area. A couple of big things [for this show] are the trophies are custom-made trophies by APS Automotive in Atascadero,” said John of the donated trophies. “There’s 10 trophies. Half the trophies were actually ‘first choice’ awards by sponsors.”

This round, the first choice sponsors were Georgina Garcia May Photography, APS Automotive, Central Coast Mercury Club, Central Coast MOPARS, and Jiffy Lube of Atascadero. Trophies were also handed out for Grand Champion, Grand Marshal’s Award, Mechanics Choice, Officers Award, and People’s Choice Award.

“Most of them [the cars] are classic cars.

It’s an open show, meaning there’s no classifi cations,” John said. “We did have four newer cars; they are the [Dodge] Challengers by the MOPAR Club [of Paso Robles].”

Though the VFW car show was small, with around 25 cars participating and a handful of collector motorcycles, it was also mighty, with lots of fun vehicles for everyone attending to check out, including Rob May’s 1967 Mercury Cougar. Rob was a noted attendee who is a part of the Central California Mercury Club and a contributing editor from Motorhead Magazine.

“The interest in car shows in this town is huge. Absolutely huge,” stated John.

You could also purchase VFW car show shirts with original artwork at the intimate car show. The shirts and bratwurst lunch sold out, and the proceeds from registration fees and donations will go back into the community.

Get Your Motor Running: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Oktoberfest Car Show Sells Out 12 | November 2022 Atascadero News Magazine Round Town • VFW Otoberfest Car Show

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Opens a New Exhibit Featuring Original Atascadero News Equipment Atascadero Historical Society

Starting in early September, the Atascadero Historical Society opened a new exhibit in Atascadero's historic City Hall. The exhibition features four large pieces of equipment used by the Atascadero News of old, with the hope to keep expanding the display over time.

"We put in one of the platinum presses, a proof press, a stone, some wood furniture, lock up cases and whatnot, and one type cabinet," said Atascadero Histori cal Society President and Curator Jim Wilkins.

He went on to say that the Historical Society has had the pieces for six to seven years and that Historical Society Vice Pres ident Tom Lewis, who is also E.G. Lewis's grandnephew, has been wanting to display the items for some time. And now, the time has come to share the items with the rest of the city.

"We got it [the printing equipment] from the Porter family; they used to own the newspaper. They had given it to us probably four years prior to that, but it was just in storage," added Jim.

Lately, the Historical Society has been planning on changing up some of its exhibits in City Hall, and Jim and Tom knew just what to add. Jim said

they're looking to expand on the exhibit, adding more of a story element, in the future.

"Right now, it's just the big stuff sitting in there. We want to do some paper stuff around," Jim said. "We have signs and stuff that explain what the pieces are, but we want to get a little more involved with it. A little more of a storyline type thing."

While City Hall tours, including the new exhibit, are not open to the public regularly due to a docent shortage, and there is a need to have both exhibit rooms locked to the public when docents aren't available, appointments to tour the rooms and City Hall can be made by email. In

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Later in the fall, the Historical Society will be launching a docent drive, hoping to gain more docents to give City Hall tours put on by the organization.

"We wanna kick off and start planning some stuff for next summer all the way up until [next] October," added Jim.

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Man of the Year

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Rodeo family was recognized as the first-ever Creston Man of the Year at the 26th Annual Creston Classic Rodeo (CCR). Cole McKenney was honored with a specialized belt buckle at the hometown rodeo which took place September 15 through 18.

"Cole is such a special kid. He loves this rodeo. He loves helping; he loves being a part of it," CCR Board President Lee Oliver said.

Lee presented Cole with a custom-made belt buckle just before Cole went into the arena for his turn in the hide race. Cole and his teammate Bailey Doherty were the last to compete in the hide race and, as fate would have it, won the race, becoming the 2022 Hide Race Champions.

"It was unbelievably perfect," said Lee, who was proud to see Cole win.

This year's rodeo broke records when it came to their jackpot barrel race, which brought in 135 contestants.

"It went very well. It was bigger than we've ever had," said Lee.

Starting on Thursday, September 15, contes tants and fans of rodeo came out to the CCR arena. Over the weekend, people competed in events like team roping, breakaway, sort n rope, and the ever-favorite hide races. This year, Lee

and his team added a relay race to the lineup, which proved to be a popular event.

A flyover opened the grand entry of the rodeo ceremonies in honor of the late Estrella Warbirds aviator Sherman Smoot.

While last year's CCR was their best year to date, Lee says this year matched if not surpassed, last year's participation in the stands and in the arena.

"The beautiful part about this deal is the majority [contestants] are locals," says Lee of the hometown rodeo.

Each year, locals look forward to trying their hand in the CCR arena, and this year was no different, but Lee stresses the board's main focus is the youth. This value prompted the CCR board to add a Junior All-Around Cowboy and Cowgirl winner.

"They are the future of this heritage that we have," said Lee. "If we don't have the kids under standing the western way and the heritage of it, where it comes from, and the history, it's going to fizzle out."

Longtime supporter and sponsor of CCR Linda Roer favors the youth events, especially the dummy roping.

"She is amazing, and I cannot say enough good things about Linda Roer," said Lee, adding, "[she is the] biggest supporter this rodeo has ever had."

2022 Creston Classic Rodeo All-Around Winners:

• Women's All-Around: Haleigh Grant

• Men's All-Around: Tristan Schmidt

• Junior Girls All-Around: Lilly Thompson

• Junior Girls All-Around: Shaylee Baxley

• Junior Boys All-Around Tie: Cash Filipponi / Trey White

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The Keeper of the Keys

Throughout history, as humans, no matter how scattered, nomadic, formally or informally, our communities have been structured, there has always been the need for points of connection. Whether it’s a meet up of two people or a gathering of thousands, under the shade of a large tree, at crossroads, a town square, or a community building, these points of connection are critical and hold great importance in our lives.

We have the need to come together for trade, communication, business, prayer, celebrations, rendezvous, and reunions. The larger the popula tion, the more points of connection, but for small towns, one of the most important, year-round, multi-purpose gathering spots is the community hall.

Santa Margarita’s Community Hall is just such a place, owned by San Luis Obispo County, managed by the Santa Margarita Lion’s Club, with the keys held voluntarily by Tom Severn, community and Lion’s Club member, for the past twenty-seven years.

Known to many long-time residents of Santa Margarita as the “Sears Appliance Guy,” Tom Severn had his beginnings growing up in Grass Valley, California, where he attended Nevada Union High School and met his future wife, Janice.

Tom’s first job was pumping gas at his father’s gas station, but on May 5, 1970, while still in high school, was hired to work in the freight department of the local Sears catalog store. Over the years, Tom made such an impression that at the age of 21, he became the youngest ever in the state to be promoted to a Sears management position and transferred to their catalog store in Pismo Beach. As times changed, Sears began to close up their smaller stores in Morro Bay and

Pismo Beach, transferring and promoting Tom to the manager position of the larger downtown San Luis Obispo Sears Home Improvement department. During his time with Sears, he ulti mately became manager of the large Appliance department and, being a people person, added sales onto his management position after the company made their final move to Madonna Plaza.

It was shortly after Sears transferred Tom to the San Luis Obispo location that he and his family purchased their current home in Santa Margarita, and wanting to get involved with the community, he immediately became a member of the Santa Margarita Lions Club.

With his calm, friendly and outgoing personal ity, Tom has always been happy to help out others in any way possible, so it’s not surprising that during his first year with the Lions, he agreed when an older member suggested he take over the Hall’s key duties, noting that since he lived close to the Hall, he could easily meet renters. In addi tion to the keys, the volunteer duties also included “taking phone calls at home day or night to give information and schedule rentals,” showing the Hall to interested parties, and “making sure the Hall was in perfect condition for the next rental” being the “head” (and only) janitor.

The Santa Margarita Community Hall has been maintained and operated by the Lions Club since 1955 and has been the location for many meetings and memorable community events like the annual Friends of the Santa Margarita Library Holiday Craft Faire, dances, concerts, and fundraisers. Not only is the Hall used for the bi-monthly Lion’s Club meetings and many of their events, but belonging to the County of San Luis Obispo, the Hall is also a polling spot for local and national elections. Other regular

meetings at the Hall include monthly Santa Margarita Area Advisory Council and Commu nity Service Area 23 meetings, in addition to the Lion’s Club, sponsored Scout Troop 123, Cub Scouts, and upcoming Scout Troop Girls group; and currently is the location of Sunday Worship for the expanded membership of the Santa Margarita Community Church.

The Santa Margarita Community Hall capac ity is noted as: Dining 125, Retail Sales 65, and Dancing 269 and consists of a main open area with a stage, bathrooms, furnished kitchen, and a private “Lion’s Den” bar/ meeting room/ office. Rental of the space includes tables and chairs as well as an outdoor patio and barbecue, available to members of the Santa Margarita community with proof of residence.

Tom Severn retired from Sears “6-7 years ago” after firmly cementing his position as the very helpful and trusted “Sears Appliance Guy” and, after 26 years, recently “retired” from his volunteer position of being the Hall’s keeper of the keys. During his past 27 years of active Lions Club membership, Tom also served as club Pres ident nine different times, often overseeing and participating in providing food for many town events. He said as Hall manager for 26 years, he met such nice people, became friends with many regular renters, and only had problems four times. He also said he’s been well fed, either when invited to partake during events or later, when renters brought their delicious leftovers to his house when returning the keys; but he “mainly enjoyed all the weddings and being part of their special day.” Thank you, Tom Severn!

For information regarding Santa Margarita Lions Club membership or Community Hall rental, please email

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Rather than joining her peers in college life after graduation, Heidi Negranti — a Paso Robles High School Bearcat — decided to enlist in the U.S. Navy and National Guard.

“I didn’t feel ready for college,” explained Heidi. “My dad was in the Marines, and he guided me to go into the military at that point.”

So Heidi headed off to boot camp at the Naval Station (NAVSTA) Great Lakes and Recruit Training Command (RTC) in the far north eastern corner of Illinois. Boot camp itself wasn’t hard for Heidi, but as a California native, adjusting to the cold was the challenging part.

With the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act enacted in 1948, women were enabled to serve as members of the armed forces in the United States. But it wasn’t until 1994 that women were permitted to serve on U.S. combatant ships. So in 1996, Heidi was the only woman aboard the USS John Young, which was stationed in San Diego at the time.

“I was the only female most of the time. At first, it was a learning experience and a hard transition for me, but then it became like home, and we had a lot of camaraderie between the ship's crew,” says Heidi.

Aboard the USS John Young, Heidi served as a signalman, which included ship-to-ship silent communications using Morse code, flashing lights, and flags. With a crew of about 400 men, and women being new to the ships, there was still a lack of female emergency readiness gear on the ship for Heidi to use.

After three years aboard the destroyer, Heidi went back home to serve as a drill sergeant at the Grizzly Youth Academy for another three years.

With six years of military service under her belt, Heidi felt it was time for her to move on. So she went back to school and moved back home to Paso Robles, where she got married, and had her son in 2015.

But for her service, Heidi received several medals including: the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal, California Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the Sharpshooter Marksmanship Medal.

Even though Heidi left the Navy, she continues to show her support to

veterans. Prior to the pandemic, Heidi led trail rides for the Mighty Oaks Warrior Program hosted at Sky Rose Ranch in the outskirts of Paso Robles.

The Mighty Oaks Foundation is committed to serving the broken hearted by providing intensive peer-based discipleship through a series of programs, outpost meetings, and speaking events. Heidi is looking forward to getting back to helping with the Mighty Oaks trail rides soon.

And now, Heidi continues to support local troops and veterans by collaborating with the Camp Roberts Morale, Welfare, Recreation (MWR) Program and its mission of supporting soldier readiness. MWR supports the mental, emotional and physical well-being of each soldier, veteran, and family-member through the quality of life programs through fundraising, sponsorship, and events.

In 2019, Heidi started a new adventure — Slim Sadie's Beef Jerky.

Growing up, jerky was a staple in Heidi’s household. Her grandfather developed his recipe in 1955, making it for the family for years. Even tually, Heidi’s mother, Sadie, took over as the jerky maker for the family and then Heidi took it upon herself to start learning the jerky ropes.

When Heidi’s brother opened the Hog Canyon Brewing Company in Paso Robles, he asked her to make the jerky to sell alongside the beer. Though many people had asked her to sell her jerky before, it never occurred to her to put her family’s tradition on the market. But with some encouragement from her husband, Heidi went for it.

Heidi knew she wanted to name the jerky after her mother, and finally, Slim Sadie's was born.

Trying to list everything she learned from her time in the service, Heidi is grateful for the experience, which prepared her for the rest of her life. One of her goals is to grow her business enough to be able to give a percentage back to disabled Veterans.

Reflecting on her time in the Navy, Heidi says, “It definitely changed me as a person. It made me have attention to detail and be able to multitask, and how to be a leader by example. And how to keep going and keep trying.”

Learn more about Heidi and Slim Sadie's, visit

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Armistice Day a Veterans Day Salute

November 11, 1918

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month — one hundred and four years ago — World War I ended with an armistice signing between the Allies and Germany. It was 20 years later, on May 13, 1938, that November 11 was anointed as Armistice Day and proclaimed as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace.”

This November, we remember all those who served in “the war to end all wars” and every war since. Armistice Day was set aside as a day to remember the cost of war, the treasures of freedom, and the purpose of peace.

Take time to attend one of the Veteran’s Day events in remembrance of the cost of war and the peaceful purpose of Armistice Day these 104 years ago.

Veteran’s Day Services to take place on Friday, November 11


Paso Robles District Cemetery 45 Nacimiento Lake Drive

November 11 • 11 a.m.

The program features an invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, welcome, guest speaker, patriotic songs, flyover, closing prayer, honor guard, taps, and complimentary refreshments following the ceremony.

Flags are placed at all identified Veteran’s graves by American Legion Post 50 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10965. Flags are available in the office if your Veteran’s grave is missed.

Volunteers are needed to set up Avenue of Flags at 7 a.m. and remove by 3:30 p.m. Call (805)2384544 to volunteer.


Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial 8038 Portola Road (at Morro Road). November 11 • 11 a.m.

The Atascadero Veterans Memorial Founda tion is hosting the annual Veterans Day Cere mony at the Faces of Freedom Memorial on Friday, November 11, at 11 a.m. The memorial is located at the corner of Portola and Hwy 41 (Morro Road) in Atascadero.

The event will include the flyover by the Estrella Warbirds and the presentation of colors by the Cal Poly ROTC, accompanied by the Central Coast Pipes & Drum. The guest speaker is Chief Warrant Officer Rod Dykhouse, and the Veteran of the Year presented to Specialist 4 John Couch. Also, the laying of the memorial wreath with taps played by Dr. Castellanos and the special presentation of quilts to local Veterans by the local Quilts of Valor guild. Following the event is a no-host BBQ by the Kiwanis.

For more information, visit facesoffreedom

Other Veteran’s Resources

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2814

VFW was organized in 1899 when men returning from the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (18991902) found they had no benefits, rights, or services. The VFW’s mission is to “Ensure that

veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recog nized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.”

VFW 2814 is a nonprofit organization comprised of veterans of foreign wars and their families who are dedicated to serving, caring for, and supporting other veterans and their families in San Luis Obispo County and beyond. Learn more at

Honor Flight Central Coast Honor Flight’s Mission is to honor America’s veterans by taking them to Washington, D.C., on their “Tour of Honor” to visit and reflect at their memorials which have been built to honor their service.

Founded in 2007 from the merger of two separate organizations, Honor Flight and HonorAir, the Honor Flight Network has helped usher 200,000 veterans to view their memorials. Co-founders Earl Morse and Jeff Miller, both sons of war veterans, received the Presidential Citizens Medal from George W. Bush in the Oval Office in 2008. Since its inception, the organization has helped facilitate chapter open ings throughout the United States.

Local veterans can apply for the tour online at, email info@honorflightccc. org, or call (805)610-4012.

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Make your Thanksgiving meal extra special and delicious this year by visiting a farmer’s market, and your family will be very happy and well nourished. As local farmers, we are so thankful for you, our community, and for having access to such great food year-round.

You can find everything for this stuffing recipe at your local farmer’s market except for salt, pepper, and butter! Check out the local markets and talk to the vendors. The downtown Paso Robles Farmer’s Market has amazing vendors from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Tuesday. If you aren’t sure how to pick the vegetables, just ask the farmer selling them. They are happy to help and probably have other great tips!

Did you know that we have amazing local mushroom growers? Farmer Frank’s Mushrooms has a great selection of fresh mushrooms at the market. For beautiful produce and herbs, check out Velasquez Farms and Aviator Acres. Wild Bread Company sells a variety of tasty bread that would be perfect for serving with dinner and for making this stuffing recipe. You can find bone broth from our own BeeWench Farm. We have recipes on our website to make your own home made broth, stock, and gravy, too! Rocking Chair Ranch will have delicious grapes, persimmons, and oranges for appetizers or desserts.

I hope that your Thanksgiving meal is amazing!

Farmer’s Market Stuffing


• 1 stick unsalted butter

• 4 cups sliced mixed mushrooms (such as cremini, shiitake, oyster and/or button)

• Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

• 4 cups butternut squash peeled and chopped to 3/4-inch cubes (about 1 large or 2 small squash)

• 4 cups chopped fresh kale (about 2 bunches)

• 1 onion, finely chopped

• 5 stalks celery, finely chopped

• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage

• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

• 3 1/2 cups chicken or turkey broth

• 2 large eggs

• 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

• 12 cups 1/2 -inch cubes of stale bread (about 1 loaf)

• 2 tablespoons fat from the turkey drippings (or sub with butter or olive oil)


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and butter a 3-quart baking dish. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and cook about 7 minutes. Stir occasionally until all the mushrooms start

browning. Season with salt and pepper. Remove the mushrooms to a plate.

Melt the remaining 6 tablespoons butter in the pot, then add the squash, kale, onion, celery, sage, thyme, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil, then remove from the heat.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and parsley. Add the bread, mushrooms and vegetable- broth mixture and stir until combined. Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Drizzle with the turkey drippings.

Cover the dish with foil and bake 30 minutes, then uncover and bake until golden, about 30 more minutes.

Recipe Notes

You can assemble this stuffing the day before and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to bake. If your bread is fresh, chop it up and put it in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees F until slightly golden brown. If you want a dairy-free recipe, sub the butter with olive oil. I highly recommend the lemon olive oil from The Groves on 41! Add more seasonings, veggies, and toppings to this dish to make it your own!

Topping this with some pomegranate seeds right before serving gives a little texture and burst of flavor.

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Bramble Comes Out On Top

Whether you like it (in literally everything) or not, pumpkin pie will likely find a spot on your Thanksgiving table this November. So staff at Atascadero Magazine took it upon themselves (such a burden, I know) to taste test some of the best pumpkin pies available in North County.

We put four pies to the test from local bakeries. All the pies tested will be available for pre-order or in-store purchase at the bakeries through November.

Annual Pumpkin Pie Contest: Just Baked

Bramble Pie Company

Owner Emilie Goldstein and Atascadero local opened the Bramble Pie storefront in May 2021. Emilie's pie also won the overall most Traditional Pie in our contest — which makes sense considering traditional recipes are Emilie's forte.

"I try to keep it pretty traditional," explained Emilie, "I don't like to get too crazy with extra ingredients just because I know people live their traditions when they are doing holidays."

Emilie takes her pumpkin pie recipe down to its roots by roasting local pumpkins, which is as traditional as pumpkin pie gets. For all her pies at Bramble, Emilie strives to use as many local ingredients and quality products as possible.

"My favorite part of my job is hearing people say, 'Oh, that's just like how my mom or grandma used to make.' And that's honestly the best compliment I could possibly get," says Emilie of why she loves her job.

You can pre-order pumpkin pie from Bramble Pie Company now through November 13.

Owner Libby Ryan is no stranger to competition having competed on Food Network's 'Chopped Sweets.'

"We take our pie very seriously at Just Baked, and pumpkin is one of our favorites," says Libby, who is opening her new storefront location across from Paso Robles City Park in November.

Libby's whipped cream topping and creamy filling took our staff by storm, earning a unanimous vote for the best pie.

She explains what set the flavor of her pie from the rest, "This one has a bit of a twist with a smidge of one of our favorite ingredients — Speculoos Cookie Butter!"

This November, Libby has her traditional pumpkin pie available for pre-order, as well as a gluten-free and vegan option.

"We are super proud of our little bakery and everything here being scratch-made and are excited to bring home the title of Best Pumpkin Pie," says Libby of their new title.

Bramble Pie Company's traditional pumpkin pie won Best Pumpkin Pie of Atascadero in our first Pumpkin Pie Contest. Winning the North County Best Pump kin Pie was Just Baked in Paso Robles.
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if you are looking for a new twist on pumpkin pie, A-Town Humble Pies surprised us with a fresh

swirled with mascarpone

and topped with local honey. You can find their pies at the North County Farmer's Markets, where they also source many of their

thank everyone for their participation in our first-ever Pump kin Pie Contest and wish you and yours a Thanksgiving full of pumpkin spice


Cider Creek, located in Paso Robles, earned the top vote for Best Crust with its balance between butter and the flaky texture we all yearn for in a pie crust.
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Thanksgiving for Paso Robles Returns

For 38 years, Thanksgiv ing for Paso Robles has provided homemade meals for anyone who comes to their table on the third Thursday of November.

Thanksgiving for Paso Robles is a celebration of thanks serving over 1,500 men, women, and children from all communities, a traditional Thanksgiving meal at no cost. A true expression of community that brings diverse people together to share the day with others.

“We welcome all to come enjoy a dinner with us whether they have a financial need or a social need and just need to be with people,” said Chairman David Kudija. “There’s a lot of people in the area who are just by themselves and would embrace having companionship, and we welcome them with open arms.”

One hundred percent funded by donations and run by volunteers, it costs about $9,000 and 200 people to put on the annual dinner. Volun teers begin prepping and cooking the meals on Monday and are ready to serve almost 2,000 people by Thanksgiving Thursday.

David explains the operation as a one-day restaurant. Everything is set up, served, and then taken down all in one day. It is a lot of work, but when speaking with David, it

sounds pretty worth it.

Thanksgiving for Paso Robles starts looking to volunteers in October. Assistance is needed for various jobs throughout the week and day of the dinner. Volunteers helps raise money for the supplies, pick up, and then prepare the meals. Then its pre-cleaning, deco rating, setting tables and the best part — serving the meals. But it doesn’t stop there! There is still a job for bussing and cleaning up the aftermath.

The meals are made with love at the Culinary Academy in Paso Robles.

“The Culinary Academy has stepped up the last two years and

done a great job supporting our effort and we appreciate it,” said David.

On the menu, this Thanksgiving will again be a traditional meal with homemade oven-roasted turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, mixed vegetables, salad, candied yams, cranberry sauce, rolls, and house-baked pie.

This year, David expects to have a full dining room. The traditional sitdown meal is complete with fine china, table cloths, and plenty of good company. But, if you are unable to make it to the dinner, volunteers are happy to bring your meal to you. Just call to schedule your delivery by October 19.

And remember, at everyone is welcome to the table at Thanks giving for Paso Robles.

Sitdown Meal

Serving dinner from noon to 2 p.m., all are welcome to enjoy a hand-cooked sitdown Thanksgiving meal at no cost.


For those who are homebound, volunteers can deliver a warm Thanksgiving meal. Call the committee at (805) 239-4137 by November 19 to schedule a delivery.

For more information on Thanksgiving for Paso Robles or to sign up to volunteer or donate, visit

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Frame of Mind

In the spring of 2021, John Stapp opened his very own framing shop, Masterpiece Framing, after working 40 years locally in the business.

"I've been a framer in the area since, oh gosh, over 40 years," John said. "I started framing in high school. I went to Paso Robles High. I started working as a picture framer in high school, and I've been doing it ever since."

John, who is also an artist himself, said he was showing some of his paintings at the old Art Association Gallery in Paso Robles during the early '80s when the woman who owned the framing store next door called him and asked if he wanted a summer job doing framing. Thus began his career working part-time in high school, and before he knew it, it was 40 years later, and he now owns Masterpiece Framing.

"I had always worked for someone, and I had actually planned to just continue working for someone until I retired," John stated. "But the shop that I was working in, Accents Picture Framing, closed in the end of December 2020."

The landlord of the Plaza de Pueblo shopping center on El Camino Real, Don Messer, talked John into opening his own store when Accents closed.

"He had a space open [in the center] and wanted me to move into it," John continued. "It's because of him really that I have my shop. His encouragement."

John said that a lot of clients he had been

working with while framing at Accents Picture Framing followed him to Masterpiece Framing.

"It's a nice profession to be in," John

greeting cards, books, novelty socks, tarot cards, calendars, candles, plenty of vintage items, and a selection of fine teas.

"It's just an odd conglomeration of stuff that you normally wouldn't find in Atascadero," said John. "I pretty much just buy what I like. Some times I think it's going to be too weird for some people, and it ends up not being that way. I've been really surprised. Some of the stuff I buy is kind of weird, but people really love it."

Masterpiece Framing also prides itself in having a wide selection of frames to choose from. So if you're looking for something modern and sleek, something rustic, something Victorian, or a classic frame, the shop has you covered.

"Whether you're looking for some thing new or old or something homey or something elegant. We have all of that avail able," continued John. "I do a lot of framing of contemporary pieces because we kind of have something for everybody."

said of framing.

"It's kind of low-key. I like my customers a lot, and I like interacting with people and their art."

Not only is Masterpiece Framing providing frames for your art, your family photos, and more, but John also curates a small store inside his frame shop selling unique items.

"I love buying things for the store and buying art for the store. So it's a lot of fun," John added.

There he sells everything from jewelry, lotions,

During the month of November, Masterpiece Framing will have a discount running on their Thanksgiving-themed items in the store, includ ing novelty jewelry and books. On top of that, John runs weekly sales in his shop, with new inventory coming in often.

Masterpiece Framing is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can find out more by viting their FaceBook page @Masterpiece Framing & Gifts and Instagram @masterpiece_ framing_gifts or by calling (805) 460-6630.

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It's the season of giving! So if you're looking for the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season, we have just the thing! I guarantee you've probably heard this a hundred times, but it can't be overstated. The best gift you can give is the gift of shopping locally. Here's why shopping at the shop across the way in our hometown is one of the best things you can do.

Your purchases at local establishments support local families running the businesses and the employees working at them. Families that will use that money to frequent other community Atascadero shops and restaurants that, in turn, support their own families. It creates a beautiful cycle of giving during the holiday season. However, the benefits of going local for the holidays doesn't stop there.

In late September, the Chamber and its volunteers visited nearly 500 businesses during a Business Walk. Many retail establishments stated that this past summer was an especially slow season for them. This is likely due to residents

and tourists feeling the effects of inflation, gas prices, and economic uncertainty. This tells me that our hometown businesses need us more than ever this holiday season.

Did you know that local businesses are some of the key donors behind incredible nonprofits in our community? They're the ones giving to help support organizations like ECHO, Atascadero Loaves & Fishes, and others. This then allows those organizations to continue to help provide for those who need support the most during the holiday season put food on their table, have a roof over their head, and more.

Shopping local is a choice, an intentional one, especially in the age of online, two-day shipping from Amazon national, online retailers. Supporting the community where we all live, work, and play is one of the best you can give. If you're looking for amazing shops near you to find one-of-a-kind gifts, I encourage you to visit our online Business Directory at business-directory.


Atascadero Children's Center

A-Town Diner

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

Collins Safety Training

Window Wear

Restorative Partners

Burger Village, Organic and Exotic

Rex Moore Electrical Engineering

Luminari Dresses

The Nest

Malama Auctions & Appraisals

San Luis Electric sanluiselectric.con

Hope Chest Emporium TheHopeChestEmporium

Mary Kay Consultants, Karla Murray

Factor IV Solutions

Sims Fire Protection

Travis Hatter — HealthMarkets

Talley Farms Box Program

State Farm Insurance

Bello Catering

Bank of America*

Rex Moore Electrical & Systems Contractors & Engineers

Malu's Kitchen Toshis Sushi

Vintage Cowboy Winery

MeShawn Dimos, PPLSI Independent Associate meshawnhunt.wearelegalshield. com

Grand Total Bookkeeping

SunPower By Seabright Solar

Central Coast Creamery

3CE Community Energy

Acorn Village Montessori


Celebrate the holiday season with the annual Atascadero Light Up the Downtown and the Art and Wine Tour hosted by the Atascadero Chamber and the City of Atascadero. Sip and shop your way downtown while experiencing the joys of the holiday season with laughter, music, wine, beer, coffee, and other holiday treats from 15+ businesses. Get your tickets at

Boy Scouts of America — Troop 51

Finley Electric

Gouin Construction and Development, Inc.

Honest Web Designs

Acclaimed Tutoring — Stem Academics

Mary Ann Tardiff Attorney

‘ Tis the Season of Local by
Josh Cross CEO/President Chamber of Commerce
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Holiday Magic

6 to 60. The production features several iconic Nutcracker scenes — Party Scene, Fight Scene, Land of Snow, Land of Sweets, and the Dream Ends.

Back for its 26th year, the North County Dance and Performing Arts Foundation (NCDPAF) will present its family favorite produc tion of The Nutcracker Ballet on December 2 and 4 at the Spanos Theatre on the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus.

The NCDPAF shared, “The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the story ‘The Nutcracker and the King of Mice’ written by E.T.A. Hoffman. Although what is seen on the stage today is different in detail from the original story, the basic plot remains the same; the story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads.

When Marius Petipa had the idea to choreograph the story into a ballet, it was actually based on a revision by Alexander Dumas, a well-known French author. His version reflects more of what we have come to love as the Nutcracker Ballet.”

Performers range in age from

But The Nutcracker festivities begin well before the perfor mance days with the Nutcracker Gala on November 5 at the Atascadero Lake Pavillion. The Gala is NCDPAF’s main fundraiser for the production. It features an auction and themed tables and dinner.

If you are heading down to Elegant Evening in Downtown Paso Robles you can look forward to seeing the Nutcracker ballerinas in the storefront windows posing as live mannequins. Elegant Evening is November 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. in Downtown Paso Robles.

The magic continues with the Sugar Plum Tea Party making its return to the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom on December 3.

Enjoy an afternoon tea with Sugar Plum, Clara, and the Queens from the Nutcracker, with special appearances by magi cal dancers from the Land of the Sweets. The tea offers an oppor tunity for photos with the cast members, autographs, nutcracker gift souvenirs, raffle items and more. This is truly a memorable experience that the young ones in your life will cherish.

For more information on The Nutcracker Ballet performance and events, visit

Returns on Stage with The Nutcracker Ballet
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Dancing with our Stars Makes a Triumphant Return

Dancing with our Stars (DWOS) was back and bigger than ever this year. The local dance charity fundraiser took place at the Atascadero Lake Pavillion over the course of four nights. The dinner and dance show featured dinner and dessert from Pacific Harvest Catering, emceeing from Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin, and entertainment featuring some of the community’s trailblazers. “Prime Time Atascadero: Season 11” ran from Wednes day, September 14, to Saturday, September 17, and was directed by Molly Comin with assistant direction from Christina Troxel.

The four nights of fun featured over 40 dancers, including this year’s six Community Stars, their professional dance partners, past winners, and world-class choreographers. Each dance was set to a familiar TV show theme song, and the audience voted for the People’s Choice every night. They also added $20 votes to envelopes representing each of the Community Stars and the charities they were representing. On Saturday night, the overall winners were announced along with the total raised for all six nonprofits.

“The dancers each possess a heart for service, committing tremendous time and effort to commit to the role of “Community Star,” said event producer Jeannie Malik.

Third place went to Kate Auslen, who raised $31,049 for the Atascadero Perform ing Arts Center Committee by dancing to “It’s Green Acres for Mr. Ed,” choreographed by Frank Sanchez. Second place went to Steve Robinson, who raised $51,847 for The Charles Paddock Zoo, dancing to “Meet the Flinstones,” choreographed by Christina Troxel. Finally, the Mirror Ball Trophy and bragging rights of Grand Champion went to Melinda Reed, who raised $65,579 for the Templeton Community Library Asso ciation. She danced to “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego,” choreographed by Judie Magonacelaya and Charlie Bradley. In addition, Dianna Vonderheide danced to benefit the North County Economic Foundation/Leadership North County, Shay Angles performed for the Sheriff’s Advisory

Board/Atascadero Police K9 Foundation, and Michelle Harms danced for the Friends of the Atascadero Library, which was the original reason DWOS started. In total, all money raised by the dancers and the silent auction was over $210,000.

“The coveted Mirror Ball Trophy is a perpetual trophy, passed on year after year to the organization who wins the overall championship,” Jeannie said. “Temple ton Community Library Association,

represented by Community Star Melinda Reed, will display the large trophy at the new Templeton Library (opening soon) until Lumina Alliance hosts the event in March 2024.”

It was announced on Saturday night that after 11 years of DWOS being hosted by the Friends of the Atascadero Library, Lumina Alliance will take over the event.

“CEO Jennifer Adams of Lumina Alli ance approached me after she heard through

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the grapevine that Friends of the Atascadero Library were considering adopting out the event to another nonprofit organization,” Jeannie explained. “I recall the instant warm fuzzy feeling that DWOS had found its forever home and that it would be a perfect fit paired with Lumina Alliance.

“The DWOS event is going county-wide. The sky’s the limit. I have total faith that Lumina Alliance will continue the amazing progression of the event, and their organiza tion will benefit tenfold from the increase in financial support to meet the needs of their victims surviving intimate violence/abuse.”

Jeannie has been at the helm of DWOS since April 2012, which is the same year she won the competition earlier with a tap dance featuring Jim Patterson, the former SLO County supervisor.

On the final evening of DWOS, after the last performance played out, Grenda Ernst and Leigh Livick, President of Friends of the Atascadero Library, presented Jeannie with an award of “Grand Champion, Event Producer Extrodiare,” celebrating Jeannie’s creative direction as event producer for all these years. Her dedication to the community and the library can be seen in the success of the fun competition for all these years — a competition that has continued to grow into what it is today.

“Special thanks to my core DWOS team members, Grenda Ernst and Leigh Livick, who have supported me from fall of 2010 as a Community Star dancer and then as event producer from April 2012-22. It’s been an exciting chapter in my book of life,” stated Jeannie. “Grenda and Leigh are the ones responsible for flying our daughter, Michelle, from Oregon for a 24-hour ‘surprise’ trip home so that she could attend the final DWOS event under my leadership. This thoughtful, very generous gift will be with me for a life time. Having Michelle present was the icing on the cake for closing this era in my life.

“Also, a big dose of gratitude to our orig inal director, Frank Sanchez, who brought DWOS to new heights from 2015-2018 with his professional dance experience and kind mentoring. And, many kudos to my dear husband and steadfast anchor, Greg, for his unwavering love and support during the past decade of my passionate DWOS involvement.”

You can catch a sneak peek of Lumina’s DWOS at the Lumina Alliance annual event at Rava Winery on March 18, 2023. DWOS will officially return to the Atascadero Lake Pavilion March 14-16, 2024.  November 2022 | 27

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Ihave a large collection of cookbooks, and I will often read something in one of them that sticks in my mind, but of course, I can never find it again. For instance, I remember reading a description of what a Thanksgiving dinner should be like, and it went something like this: A festive meal with a traditional menu served to familiar faces around a table decorated with the season’s fresh fruits, vegetables, and autumn branches or leaves creating a take on the classic cornucopia.

The author stressed, “keep it simple,” and don’t fuss over a lot of details. Be sure to spend time and energy on what really matters on that day — enjoying friends and family. Lastly, I remember the author suggested that since most people long

for their own family recipes, ask guests to bring their favorite dish to share or to share a recipe with you ahead of time so you could fit it into your menu.

To make the day easier on the cook, another cookbook author listed a few ideas that I jotted down to share with you. First of all, keep your snack offering light and easy to prepare by buying a wedge of good aged cheddar cheese and serve it with small crackers of your choice.

If making gravy is not your “thing,” substitute Knorr mix or Williams-Sonoma turkey gravy base and add a touch of dry sherry or white wine to liven it up. Always serve some kind of cranberry sauce. Not enough time to make your own? Take

Turkey Breast in a Slow-Cooker


1 bone-in turkey breast (6 to 7 pounds)

4 fresh rosemary sprigs


4 garlic cloves, peeled

1⁄2 cup water

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1⁄2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

Place turkey breast, rosemary, garlic and water in a 6-quart slow cooker. Mix brown sugar, pepper and salt; sprinkle over

Turkey Posole


2 cans (141⁄2 ounces each) re duced-sodium chicken broth

1 jar (16 ounces) chunky salsa

1 can (15 ounces) hominy, rinsed and drained


1⁄4 teaspoon salt

this idea and run with it. Buy a can of Ocean Spray whole-berry cranberry sauce and add a spritz of fresh orange juice and some zest for a fresh flavor.

Lastly, for dessert, buy a pecan pie and add a homemade touch by melting 4 ounces of good-quality chocolate and drizzling it on top. And if you need a taste of pumpkin to end your meal, toast slices of pumpkin bread and serve them with vanilla ice cream topped with warm caramel sauce and toasted chopped pecans.

If you are having a small gathering, consider the following recipe for turkey breast. You won’t have drumsticks, but you won’t have tons of turkey left over.

turkey. Cook, covered, on low 4-6 hours or until turkey is tender and a thermometer inserted in turkey reads at least 170 degrees. 12 Servings.

2 teaspoons chipotle hot pepper sauce

1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin

2 cups cubed cooked turkey breast

1⁄4 cup sour dream

1/3 cup shredded cheddar or

In a large saucepan, combine the first five ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Stir in turkey; heat through. Top servings with sour


Monterey Jack cheese

1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro

1/3 cup crushed blue tortilla chips

1⁄4 cup shredded red or green cabbage

cream, cheese, cilantro, chips and cabbage. 6 servings

If young children are at your gathering, they will love these little treats.


1 pound spiced gumdrops

1 pound candy corn


In a large bowl combine the gumdrops, candy corn and peanuts. Store in and airtight container until you are ready to serve, then fill the muffin cups.

1 can (16 ounces) salted peanuts

Paper muffin cups to fit the theme of the party

I wish you all a Happy


Barbie Butz
Gobble! Sweet and Salty
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Music By Unfinished Business




Enjoy live music while sitting on a blanket or low-back chair with the entire family on a nice fall evening.

Almond Country Quilt Guild Annual Holiday Auction



Not Just Your Grandmother's Quilts. Wide assortment of quilts and quilted wearables to bid on. Auction benefits

NCI/Achievement House and Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation.

Veterans Day Ceremony



The Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial will be hosting a Veterans Day Ceremony that includes a fly-over by Estrella Warbirds, the National Anthem by Atascadero Fine Arts Academy students, laying of a memorial wreath by the VFW Auxiliary and TAPS. BBQ lunch provided by the Atascadero Kiwanis.

Veterans Day Ceremony



Program features an invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, welcome, guest speaker, patriotic songs, fly-over, closing prayer, honor guard, and Taps. Flags are placed at all identified veteran’s graves by American Legion Post 50 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post phone at (805)237.3870 or email

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Active Duty Armed Forces Free Admission in Zoo



All active duty armed forces men, women, and their immediate families receive free admission to the Charles Paddock Zoo with valid military ID.

Atascadero Fall Festival


Friday, 4-10pm. Sat and Sun, noon-10pm. The 2nd Annual Atascadero Fall Festival will be a three-day, free admission event with carnival rides, games, over 30 bands on two stages, over 40 street faire vendors and food trucks, craft beer, wine, and seltzer.

Founder's Day






drawing for original artwork.

Holiday Boutique



Thanksgiving for Paso Robles



A celebration of thanks serving over 1,500 men, women, and children a traditional Thanksgiving meal at no cost. A true expression of community that brings diverse people together to share the day with others. All made possible through the generosity of caring individuals, students, organizations, churches, and businesses.


Wednesdays SaturdaysTuesdays Saturdays Atascadero 6505 EL CAMINO REAL, ATASCADERO, CA 93422 3pm - 6pm Templeton CROCKER ST & 6TH ST, TEMPLETON, CA 93465 9am - 12:30pm Paso Robles 11TH & SPRING, PASO ROBLES, CA 93446 9am - 11am Paso Robles: County Farm & Craft Market 11TH & SPRING, PASO ROBLES 9am - 1pm NOVEMBER SUBMIT UPCOMING EVENTS TO: thu nov 24 fri nov 25sat nov 19 sat nov 12sat nov 12 fri nov 18 - 20 thu nov 24 FRI NOV 11 fri nov 11 FRI nov 4 sat nov 5 17th Annual Turkey Trot FOOD 4 LESS PARKING LOT, CRESTON RD, PASO ROBLES 7am check-in Presented by the 2021 Boys CIF Wrestling Champions: Register online or day of. ECHO Turkey Trot ATASCADERO LAKE PARK 8am Join us for a 5K fun run/walk on Thanksgiving morning. Be sure to wear your best turkey costume as there will be prizes for adults, children and pets! Holiday Lighting Ceremony Paso Robles DOWNTOWN PASO ROBLES 5:30-7pm Annual holiday lighting ceremony –candlelight caroling, greetings from City officials, Mrs. Claus and
Elves, and more.
12-3pm Pie and cake will be served until they run out, so
early. There will be tours of historical buildings, antique equipment on display and demonstrations.
10am-3pm Kick off the holiday shopping season with over 50 craft vendors. Elegant Evening
Paso Robles
5-8pm Merchant open houses, live mannequins in windows, refreshments,
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At The Library

Atascadero Library

6555 Capistrano • (805) 461-6161

Register online at


• Tuesday 10-6

• Wednesday 10-6

• Thursday 9-5

• Friday 10-5

• Saturday 9-5

December Programs:

Toddler Storytime

Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.- Join Ms. Sally in the library and read books, sing songs, and have fun! For ages 0-3.

Preschool Storytime

Every Friday at 10:30 a.m.- Join Ms. Sally in the library and read books, sing songs, and have fun!

Library Outreach Team at Atascadero Library

Every Wednesday in November at 1011:30am - Get connected with Primary care, recovery, clothing, food, Medicare, shelter, mental health, showers, health insurance, and more.

Teen Scene

Friday Nov. 4th & 18th from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Activities for teens at the library, including Legos, board games, movies, and more! Ages 10-17

Middle Eastern Dance

Saturday Nov. 5th from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Join us for a Middle Eastern dance party! Learn about the culture and different types of dances. Then it's your chance to dance! All ages.12

Lego Club at the Atascadero Library

Saturday Nov. 19th from 2 to 3 p.m. Create and build with Legos at the Library! For kids age 5-12

Creston Library

6290 Adams St. • (805) 237-3010

Santa Margarita Library

9630 Murphy Ave. • (805) 438-5622

San Miguel Library

254 13th St. • (805) 467-3224

Shandon Library

195 N 2nd St. • (805) 237-3009

Health & Wellness

Cancer Support Community

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

• Visit: for more info Special Programs Email for Zoom links and more info

• Every Wednesday

• Tai Chi Chih | Virtual via Zoom• 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

• Mindfulness Hour | Virtual via Zoom • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

• 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month

• Grief Support Group | Virtual via Zoom •

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

• 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month

• Adv. Cancer Support Group | Virtual

• 10:00 a.m - 11:00 a.m.

• 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month

• Caregiver Support Group | In Person • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

• 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month

Cancer Patient Support Group | In Person • 11:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.

• 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month

Grief Support Group (Templeton) | Virtual via Zoom • 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Explore Cancer Support Community’s Virtual Home:



Atascadero Unified School Board

• first and third Tuesday, Closed Session 6pm, Open/Regular Session 7 p.m

Planning Commission

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

City Council

• second and fourth Tuesday, 6 p.m. at City Hall Council Cham bers, 6500 Palma Avenue Visit for virtual & up to date meeting info. General information: City Hall M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 5p.m. (805) 461-5000

Service Organizations

Optimist Club

• Atascadero #14927 • 2rd Thursday of each month, 6:00 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 a.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 7 p.m. Santa Margarita Club 2418 • 9610 Murphy St.

• Meeting — 2nd, 4th Monday, 7:30 p.m. Shandon Valley Club • (630) 571-5466

• Meeting — Call ahead for meeting times Templeton Club 2427 • 601 Main St.

• Meeting — 1st and 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m.

Loyal Order of Moose

• Atascadero 2067 • 8507 El Camino Real • 805-466-5121

• Visit for more information

Atascadero Republican Women Federated Club

• Republican Headquarters - 7357 El Camino Real, Meetings • 4th Tuesday 11:00 am

• visit

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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Historic Printery BuildingOriginal Doors Returned after Restoration

OnOctober 7, the historic Printery build ing received a long overdue facelift. After multiple years of vandalism and lots of restoration, the original doors and transom windows are back on the Printery. Local Questers Chapter, Agua Caliente, and the State Questers of California funded the restoration project.

"They're the original doors. They're copper clad. So we had them taken out and the copper refin ished. There were things like bullet holes that had to be repaired," said The Printery Foundation's President Karen McNamara.

Questers is a nonprofit organization that supports the preservation and restoration of historical buildings and artifacts.

"In very early 2020, we were looking for a project, and with Questers, they're very specific. You know, we can't go in and put a new roof on something we have to repair an original roof, that sort of thing. And so we had looked at some projects that weren't working out, and so we came and took a tour [of the Printery], and we were hooked," said the Preservation and Restoration Chairman for the California Questers Sheila New. "So we took it [the Printery] back to our group, our group said, 'yeah, we'll support that,' and then we just happened to be going to Pasadena

for a State Meeting. So we scrambled and got a bunch of information together because they had been looking for a state project. Something that wasn't state-owned with all the red tape, but this [Atascadro Printery Foundation] is a nonprofit."

Now that the Printery is the Questers' state project, it allows them to apply for matching grants within California. New stated that even though Questers is a nonprofit, they pride them selves on the smaller projects they can accomplish, like restoring the Printery's front doors.

"This was our first big project here, so we're very excited," added New, who is also on the Printery Board.

In the future, Agua Caliente and the State Questers plan on restoring the chandelier from the entryway, the marble floors, and the murals that used to hang inside the Printery.

"It's just little things here and there, but we're hoping the more little projects we do, people will see things happening, and that will get more of the community involved in this [restoration]," New continued.

Craftsman Quill Chase was in charge of the restoration of the doors and transom windows, a project he found out about when he was between jobs from a contractor friend who was too busy to take the job himself. The doors and transoms were

removed from the Printery almost a year ago and moved to Chase's workshop west of Paso Robles.

"I came and looked at it and got interested in the whole project, and it seemed like taking on the door was a simple, kind of straightforward project. It wasn't so simple ultimately, but it was one thing, so that was fun to do," added Chase, who was there for the installation.

Chase commented that the mixed materials made the job interesting since the door is wooden but clad in copper. As an artisan who mainly works with wood and dabbles with metal, he found the project to be a fun challenge. He also had a moment where he was trying to find a router cutter to make new stops to hold the glass in the doors and windows. When he couldn't find one that fit the historical moldings, Chase made one of his own to keep the project's historical integrity.

"It was exciting to do, and I think they're really handsome doors. It feels — I feel touched to be part of this historical building now," added Chase.

After installation, the doors were quickly covered with half-inch thick LEXAN to keep them from being vandalized.

To find out more about the Printery and the Atascadero Printer Foundation, visit

Last Word • Historic Printery Building
Quill Chase (middle) and sons stand in front of the restored Printery doors. Photo by Rick Evans
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