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SOMETHING WORTH READING 06 Publisher’s Letter ROUND TOWN 08 Colony Buzz 10 Santa Margarita: Health & Happiness


COLONY TASTE 28 Taste of Americana: JELL-O 29 Spicing Up Healthy Food by TENT CITY 20 Building a LIGHTHOUSE: Atascadero Greyhound Foundation Begins Phase One 22 Wellness Kitchen Moves, Keeps Serving Hugs in a Bowl 23 Atascadero, After E.G. Lewis

COLONY PEOPLE by Atascadero Historical Society 12 Jeannie Malik: Atascadero's 2018 Citizen of 24 Is University the Only Path After High School the Year by Dr. James Brescia, Ed.D 13 Bobbi Connor: A Natural Alternative 25 The Fraud Fable: Local Author Denise Braun on Faking It Until You Make It BUSINESS 26 Atascadero Printery & Tent City Marathon 18 Chamber of Commerce Awards 27 Natural Alternative: Celebrate Healthy Hearts 19 805 Boutiques

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EVENTS 30 Activity & Event Guide 31 4th Annual Tamale Festival LAST WORD 34 One of the Greatest Places

ON THE COVER Jeannie Malik alongside one of her favorite locations, the Atascadero Lake Photo by Pat Pemberton

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“I walk every day, and I look at the mountains and the fields and the small city, and I say: ‘Oh my God, what a blessing.’ Then you realise it’s important to put it in a context beyond this woman, this man, this city, this country, this universe.”


— Paulo Coelho

re we there yet? Sometimes, the federal government has me feeling like I’m in the back seat of the station wagon and the parents are having that argument about directions. Do all roads lead to Rome? Or home? Or … are we there yet? I hope you all are feeling the love. It is time to love something and keep a good thing going in 2019. It doesn’t have to be that Eros love. Maybe it is just loving you. So our February issue is partly dedicated to loving ourselves — health, wellness, fitness, and personal growth. It’s hard to fit every topic in, but take a look at some of our articles and try something new. If you don’t find what you are looking for here, remember to remember … take care of you in the way you need to. We are really happy with the team coming together here at Paso Robles & Colony Magazines. We continue to be blessed with great talent that really makes it all come together. We have long-time leaders helping keep the ship sailing north, and we have some new fresh ideas and energy. It all amounts to more focus on our content, both advertising and editorial, and it is proving a success in both accounts. We were really excited to hear from Tami Jo at Tooth & Nail Winery that they had immediate success with their ad with us in January. We also heard that one of our Holiday Gift Guide advertisers, Hope Chest Emporium, did a 30% increase year-over-year. And that isn’t all. We love being a part of the success of our business community, and we really feel strongly about that success continuing in 2019. We are confident that it is our team, and our connection to the community, that will determine our success — whether the stock market or the federal government can figure out what it wants to do, we are going to work to make our community and our partners successful. Our business is assisting your business, and with a distribution of 50,000 copies in the North San Luis Obispo County, success is within in reach. With our dedication to writing “Something Worth Reading” we are always grateful to the community for doing “Something Worth Writing.” Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Fuller would be proud of us. When we come together on an idea, or a 6- or 12-month marketing campaign for our clients, we celebrate the best community in the world, and that is what we want glowing from our pages. Keep it going!

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By Sarah Pope

tith the holiday frenzy now just a speck in the rear view, it’s time to take ME off the backburner. It’s time to upgrade that C25K app on my phone and dust off those running shoes. I admit it, I have completely lost myself in the day-to-day shuffles as a mom: laundry, meals, cleaning, homework, sports, etc. Of course, I’m always at the bottom of my to-dolist, if I even make it on the list at all. By the time this stuff is done, forget it… I’m exhausted. I know and understand that selfcare is key for not only our own well-being, but also for our children. When we replenish, it allows us to have more energy and patience. The two key ingredients to enjoying and surviving parenthood. It’s also important for your kids to see you

practicing self care because you’re modeling healthy behavior, whether it be by exercising or simply committing a half hour per night to your favorite book. Sounds easy. So, why

“ Taking good care of YOU means the people in your life will receive the best of you, rather than what’s left of you.” Carl Bryan

does it seem so impossible to do? Having another little one, a bit later in the game, left me in a completely different stage of life than most of my friends. When I would’ve normally been out and about for Girls Night Out, I was at home (happily) nursing my newborn baby boy. It was an adjustment that I became way too comfortable

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with. As moms, we tend to feel guilty if we spend time away from our families, but as I said earlier… it’s the best thing we can do for everyone. This is the year! Baby steps. This is where I plan to start. My first goal this year is to schedule (at least) one uninterrupted hour with a close friend. Go out for a drink, go out for a bite, or a walk/hike together. It’s about time I catch up with the ones I miss the most. And to help kick-off my year with a self-care mindset, each day I WILL start penning in 20 minutes per day, just for me: make myself an enjoyable drink, go for a walk, paint my toenails, or simply sit on the couch, put my feet up and close my eyes. It’s time to get reacquainted with ME, Sarah (not Mommy). Time to treat myself with the same love and compassion that I treat others.

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On the Trail to Health and Happiness By Simone Smith


n our ever increasing hightech, hurry-scurry world of overload, we are constantly bombarded with the latest and greatest potions, pills, products and techniques to cure what ails us both mentally and physically, but what if increased health and happiness could be attained by simply taking in the atmosphere of a natural environment? Is this possible? YES and improved health can be inexpensively and easily had by a simple stroll on one of our many local trails just east of Santa Margarita! In the 1980s, a form of nature therapy called Shinrin-yoku (aka “forest bathing”) was introduced in Japan to encourage its citizens to make use of miles of wooded trails for therapy. Since then, forest bathing has increased in popularity and has been proven through research and scientific studies to

“What if increased health and happiness could be attained by simply taking in the atmosphere of a natural environment?” have real benefits leading the practice to being regarded as a means of preventative health care and healing in Japanese medicine. According to shinrin-yoku.org, the scientifically-proven benefits of forest bathing include boosted immune system functioning with an increase in the count of the body's Natural Killer (NK) cells, reduced blood pressure, reduced stress, improved mood, increased ability to focus (even in children with ADHD), accelerated recovery from

surgery or illness, increased energy levels, and improved sleep. In practice, Shinrin-yoku is a form of mindfulness meditation which has been separately studied and shown to have additional mental and physical health benefits. In a recent article by Harvard Health*, studies on mindfulness have shown similar results as well as an increased sense of well-being and emotional resilience, reduced anxiety, reduction of chronic pain, and alleviation of gastrointestinal difficulties.

Shinrin-yoku involves the mindfulness techniques of immersing yourself in the present in a natural environment away from distractions (no cell phones, no music). To start experiencing the potential healing benefits of this natural therapy, head out to one of our many natural areas such as Santa Margarita Lake, the Los Padres National Forest or even venture out to the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Simply walk down a trail, quietly observe your surroundings, notice the terrain and fully engage your senses. Notice the sights, sounds and smells, engage your sense of touch and even your sense of taste (if you’re knowledgeable about wild edibles). Have fun, be curious, encourage friends to join you and compare observations. See you on the trail!

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Jeannie Malik Named Citizen of the Year Dancing With Our Stars leader transformed event


wo days after Jeannie Malik was officially recognized as Atascadero’s Citizen of the Year, tickets went on sale for her wildly successful “Dancing with Our Stars” charity event. One of the most popular charity events in the county, “Dancing with Our Stars” has grown considerably under Malik and was a significant factor in the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce’s decision to honor her. “Its success is a testament to Jeannie’s vision and tireless work to expand the event and keep it fresh for all involved,” said John Donavon, chairman of the board of directors. “Atascadero’s rise over the last few years can be attributed to a lot of people and a lot of things taking place, but to have a cheerleader in the form of Jeannie Malik leading the charge has, in my opinion, helped people look differently at Atascadero than in years past and perhaps even with a little envy.” The recognition adds to Malik’s growing list of achievements — from being named Allan Hancock homecoming queen to competing in a 435-mile bike race with a cumulative 30,000-foot climb to breaking a world fishing record. But this honor is different said Malik — also a former Miss California Roller Skating Queen. “I hesitate to view ‘Citizen of the Year’ as an accomplishment,” she said. “I didn’t have to run a race. It’s more akin to receiving a thank you for what I love doing.” As noted in Colony Magazine’s August profile of Malik, she is

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By Patrick Pemberton

known for her seemingly boundless energy. That’s apparent in her volunteer work and her daily walks. “I make a point to prepare a nutritious breakfast so she can recharge after her daily 6 1/2-mile walk with Sophie, our Boston terrier,” said her husband, Greg, whom she met while swimming laps at the Kennedy Club Fitness Pool — also the site of their wedding ceremony. During the Jan. 12 Atascadero Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner, where Jeannie Malik was formally honored, past Citizen of the Year Grenda Ernst cited Malik’s numerous community volunteering efforts, including work with Friends of Atascadero Library, the Chamber of Commerce, local schools, the Boy Scouts and more. “By way of all these activities, Jeannie has reached out and touched people in the best of all

Jeannie Malik, 1978 Miss California Roller Skating Queen

“We have so many deserving people in this community. I feel like I am the face of many. I would not be a recipient of this honor if not for the many citizens I unite with to ensure the success of projects and events.” possible ways, whether by moral support, financial support, or creating a pathway for a dream to move forward,” said Ernst, who nominated Malik for the award. “Her good heart and gentle manner inspire others to want to be like her, but her friends know that she also has a spine of steel under

that kind exterior and that she has an unerring instinct for what is the right and the good thing to do.” Ernst also noted the success of “Dancing with Our Stars,” a community charity event modeled after the popular TV show “Dancing with the Stars.” Malik first participated in the event as a

dancer in 2011, then became the chair, working on the event yearround in 2012. This year’s benefiting charities were chosen in June, Malik said, and community stars were paired with professional choreographers in July. “Some community star dancers have been learning their dance routines since August,” Malik said. “We’ll host three rehearsals and three full dinner shows March 21, 22, and 23 at the Pavilion on the Lake.” She expects each night to sell out for the event, which will benefit seven local nonprofits. The ‘80s-themed event will feature 40 dancers and will be hosted by Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin and Joel Mason, a professional Las Vegas entertainer. Greg Malik thinks part of the event’s success is attributed to recruiting a diverse group of talented people — and getting more people involved. The number of nonprofits benefiting from the event has also grown. “Jennie has a genuine desire to help others,” Greg said. While Jeannie Malik knows the role she has played in Atascadero, she doesn’t claim all the credit. “We have so many deserving people in this community,” she said. “I feel like I am the face of many. I would not be a recipient of this honor if not for the many citizens I unite with to ensure the success of projects and events.” When she’s not volunteering in the community, she works as the marketing manager for Greg Malik Real Estate Group. But her biggest achievement, she said, is raising three children. While those children are now grown, Malik’s extended family is Atascadero itself, where she has lived for the past 25 years. “It is a privilege to live in such a desirable spot in the world and in a community with such remarkable people,” she said. “Our town really is the gem of the Central Coast.”

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BOBBI CONNER ANSWERS YOUR BIGGEST HEALTH QUESTIONS Find your go-to team at The Natural Alternative Nutrition Center in Paso Robles By Cassandra Frey

“With my detox/weight loss programs, my clients report weight loss averaging 10-20 lbs with renewed energy, mental clarity, and a foundation for healthier eating habits.”


aster herbalist and Clinical Nutritionist Bobbi Conner of Paso Robles is passionate about her role in helping the community thrive, become healthy, and find balance. Conner founded the Natural Alternative Nutrition Center in Paso Robles in 1995, after graduating from Trinity College of Natural Health as a Master Herbalist. She continued her education with the American Academy of Nutrition as a board certified Nutrition Consultant, and she continues her education in clinical nutrition and functional medicine by regularly attending seminars throughout the year. “Becoming a nutritionist was necessary,” she said. “To share my experience and knowledge with

others who want to improve their own health.” Conner admittedly wasn’t always in the best health, she shared, and as a young woman she realized her passion for finding a natural approach to healing. “As I reached my twenties, my health was not as optimal as I would have liked, so I began studying nutrition and the importance of food as medicine,” Conner said. “I wanted to learn how supplements would help support my high-stress lifestyle.”

Conner remembers growing up eating whole foods at her family’s dinner table, which helped to set the stage for a successful and healthy lifestyle. “I always seemed to be fighting various viruses as I grew up, and antibiotics were routine in my life,” she said. She noticed an increase in her energy, vitality, and a remarkable improvement in her immune system just by making simple changes to her diet and lifestyle, leading her to open The Natural Alternative Nutrition Store in 1995. “I have met with individuals wanting to not only achieve a healthy weight, but also improve their cardiovascular health, sleep better, improve digestion and much more,” she said. “With my detox/weight loss programs, my clients report weight loss

averaging 10-20 lbs. with renewed energy, mental clarity, and a foundation for healthier eating habits.” Conner and her team strive to educate their customers, helping them to make the proper dietary and lifestyle changes to achieve optimal wellness. Her message is simple, “Change your diet, exercise daily, and practice disease prevention, that’s the Natural Alternative.” This year in April, The Natural Alternative Nutrition Center celebrates its annual customer appreciation day, which is their way of saying thank you to the community. “I am proud of my team, and I love to serve the community in such a wholesome way,” Conner said. To find out more about upcoming classes or to subscribe to The Natural Alternative’s newsletter, visit natural alternativenc.com.

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OF THE NORTH COUNTY Montaña de Oro Trail Run

The Buzz Marathon in San Miguel

Runners will take to the trails on the historic Camp Roberts Army National Guard Reservation in San Miguel on February 16. The 19th Annual Buzz Marathon is a Boston Qualifier and features an out-and-back course on paved road with dirt and packed gravel shoulders. The course features rolling hills and breathtaking views of oak-studded hillsides, the Salinas and Nacimiento Rivers, and Central Coast wildlife. In the past, the race has been likened to a trail run, according to the event’s organizers. Child care is available by request. The base museum and annex will be open during the race with some military vehicles for public viewing. All proceeds go toward funding the athletic programs at Lillian Larsen Elementary School. Race Details:

Date: February 16 Register here: runsignup.com/Race/ Register/?raceId=7838 Cost: $75 marathon, $65 half, $40 10K, $25 5K, $10 Under 12 Mile

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Jonathan Dolan, Pepe Gonzalez, Stan Packer, Matt Shuck Photo by Nicholas Mattson Where: Camp Roberts Website: buzzmarathon.org/

Hares 'N' Hounds 5K and Fun Run

The Atascadero Greyhound Foundation presents the all-ages, family friendly Hares ‘N’ Hounds 5K and Fun Run on March 2. The money raised will help the organization fund its community-based programs and yearly operations. Local organizations are encouraged to use the event for their own fundraising efforts through individual and group sponsorships. The 5K course is a “certified loop run” that starts and finishes at the

same spot at Atascadero Lake. The 1-Mile and 1/2-Mile runs are out and back from the same start as the 5K. There are no road closures so good traffic awareness is important. Race Details:

Date: March 2 Register here: active.com/atascadero-ca/running/distance-running-races/hares-n-hounds-5k-and-fun-runs2019?int=72-3-A1 Cost: 5K $30; 1-mile run $15; Halfmile run $15 Where: Atascadero Lake Park Website: atascaderogreyhoundfoundation.org/haresnhounds.html

Strike your feet against gold on March 9 at Pacific Coast Trail Runs’ Montaña de Oro Trail Run. Jog in full stride through a mix of rugged, rocky cliffs, coastal plains, sandy beaches and streams. The start/finish line for all distances will be at Spooner’s Cove Beach. This year, the race will feature the brand new “Three Peaks” course, named after Hazard, Valencia, and Oat’s peaks. Take in some epic views of the Pacific Ocean, nearby beaches, and Morro Bay before crossing the finish line. Then settle in for post-race barbecue that offers tacos, fajitas, sliders, and more. Race Details:

Date: March 9 Register here: ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=62601 Cost: $109 50K, $99 36K, $65 Half-marathon, $55 12K, Where: Montaña de Oro State Park Website: pacificcoasttrailruns.com/ event-calendar

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Wine Country Runs Half Marathon Run/Walk and 5K There’s stomping good fun along the Salinas River on March 31 at the annual Wine Country Runs Half Marathon & 5K. The event benefits North San Luis Obispo County charitable organizations and youth sports. Run next to row after row of wine grapes along Buena Vista Drive and Circle B Road. Each participant will receive a Tech-Fabric T-shirt, breakfast and goodie bag. All half-marathon runners and walkers that complete the course will receive a medal and commemorative wine glass. The half-marathon and 5K are presented by IQMS Manufacturing Software, Cass Vineyard and Winery, and La Quinta Inns and Suites. Race Details:

Date: March 31 Register here: active.com/paso-robles-ca/running/distance-running/ wine-country-runs-half-marathonrun-walk-and-5k-2019 Cost: Half $75; 5K $40; Kids Grape Stomp $20 Where: CaliPaso Winery Website: winecountryruns.com

Tent City Marathon

The Atascadero Printery Foundation’s Tent City Marathon is set to attract a variety of competitive

and fun runners on April 7. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the foundation’s efforts toward preserving and rehabilitating Atascadero’s historic Printery Building into a community center for the Arts and Sciences. Participants will be treated to free race photos, “finishers beer or cupcakes," on-course entertainment, multiple on-course aid stations, and a racers “TLC” tent for Post Mileage Yoga, foam roller area, and massages. The race expo at Atascadero’s Sunken Gardens will offer local beer, good eats, and the latest in running and fitness resources. Race Details:

Date: April 7 Register here: active.com/atascadero-ca/running/distance-running-races/tent-city-marathon-2019 Cost: Marathon $90; Half $75; 10K $55; 5K $45; Fun Run $40 Where: Sunken Gardens Website: tentcitymarathon.com

11th Annual Paso Robles Dog Jog

You and your furry, four-legged friends are invited to join Sherwood Dog Park volunteers on a 2K, 4K, or 10K jog or walk through the lush Vina Robles Vineyard at the 11th Annual Dog Jog on Saturday, May 4. After the jog, listen to live music as you enjoy lunch, wine tasting and tour the event expo comprised of local, dog loving vendors, silent auction

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and dog contests. Participation in this fundraiser is a great way to “actively” help support the ongoing maintenance and improvements for the Sherwood Dog Park located in Paso Robles. Registration for this event is already open. Race Details:

Date: May 4 Register here: parks4pups.org or call (805) 239-9326 Cost: $30 pre, $35 day of event Where: Vina Robles Vineyard Website: parks4pups.org

Miracle Miles For Kids

The Family Care Network presents Miracle Miles for Kids on May 11. The 10K (6.2) mile race course runs along the water’s edge from Morro Rock to Cayucos Pier. All money raised from the event will go toward foster care children in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County in need of support and services. Around 2,000 at-risk children, youth and families are served by the Family Care Network annually and Miracle Miles helps support those efforts. One-way transportation for participants will be provided by shuttles from the finish line area near the Vet's Hall parking lot back to the start line area in Morro Bay. A Bag Drop will be available at the start line area for participants to place belongings. All participants will be treated to a post-race par-

ty with live music, breakfast, and vendor fair. Race Details:

Date: May 11 Register here: Coming soon Cost: Coming soon Where: Starts at Morro Rock, end at Cayucos Pier Website: mm4k.com

LIGHTHOUSE 5K Benefit Fun Run and Family Day The LIGHTHOUSE 5K Benefit Fun Run and Family Fun Day will feature an amazing race course for runners and walkers. Participants may choose to run or walk this challenging 5K course through the vineyard. There will be a kids 1/2 mile race following the finish of the 5K run as well as a 100-yard dash for those age 6 and under. Enjoy the Family Activity Area: bounce house, face painting, and crafts. Stay for the raffle prizes, breakfast burritos and rock out to music from DJ Guy Cooper. The Pomar Junction Tasting Room will also be open to the public. Race Details:

Date: June 1 Register here: Coming soon Cost: Coming soon Where: Pomar Junction Vineyard and Winery Website: LIGHTHOUSEatascadero. org

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Stars the past four years and brought this event to a professional level,” Malik said. Sanchez is still very much involved this year as a choreographer for two community stars and also a vignette dance featuring his granddaughter Mia. Malik said that Comin will cast vignette dance routines in between the community stars. “Many of these vignettes will include professional dancers and past community star dancers,” she said. By Heather Young


Head back in time to the '80s!


he Atascadero Dancing With Our Stars fundraiser will return to raise money for nonprofits around the North County in March. The event’s theme of “Time Machine: Back to the ‘80s” will come to life on Thursday, March 21, Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Atascadero Pavilion on the Lake. While the event started as a major fundraiser for relocating the Atascadero library, once the funds were raised for that purpose, the event was modified to raise money for local nonprofits as well as Friends of Atascadero Library. “This is our third year sharing this phenomenal fundraiser with six participating local nonprofit organizations,” Dancing With Our Stars Producer Jeannie Malik said. “We continue to include two community star dancers representing the library to assist with ongoing expenses, as in updating furnishings and technology.” The dancer who raises the most money is named champion of the event.. One dollar equals one vote. Votes are cast by putting cash or a check into the dancer’s collection container or by donating online at FriendsoftheAtascaderoLibrary.org. “The stars host fundraising events, preview parties, etc,” Malik said. “Each organization should have a voting link on their specific web-

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site for Dancing With Our Stars fundraising. Each participating nonprofit has a fundraising chairman that organizes the events and helps relieve the star of this task so the star can focus on their dance routine. All checks are written directly to the specific organization.” Tickets went on sale in mid-January and are expected to sell out quickly. Tickets are $85 per person and include wine from Opolo Vineyards, beer from Central Coast Brewing, appetizers, a buffet dinner catered by Pacific Harvest Catering, plated dessert, coffee and the show. There will also be a silent auction during the event each night. The championship trophies will be presented only on Saturday, March 23 at the conclusion of the show. “In addition to the fundraising champions, we invite the audience at each show to vote for their favorite dancers,” Malik said. “Each night we present a People's Choice trophy to the star and partner.” In 2018, Brenda May and her choreographer Brian Reeves were named as Grand Champions for raising $30,000. Last year a total of $93,000 was raised for participating nonprofits. This coming production is the seventh for Malik and the first for artistic director Molly Comin. “Frank Sanchez directed Dancing With Our

2019 COMMUNITY STARS: Terrie Banish

Terrie Banish will dance the Charleston with choreographer Chris Harmon. Her nonprofit is Friends of the Atascadero Library. As a child, Banish took ballet and tap lessons but did not continue it into adulthood. Banish is the deputy city manager of outreach, promotions and events for the city of Atascadero. She also owns and operates boutique winery Black Hand Cellars with her husband. Harmon is a dancer and choreographer who teaches both dance and high school economics.

Nancy Beckett

Nancy Beckett will dance the Cha Cha choreographed by Christina Troxel. Her nonprofit is Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation. Beckett has been dancing since she was young and has gone from student to performer to

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teacher and then patron of the arts. She is on the board of the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation, which offers art classes free to the community. Nancy and her husband Doug own Peachy Canyon Winery. Her choreographer is Christina Troxel, who is another life-long dancer. She has taught swing and ballroom dancing at the Agricultural Hall in Atascadero.

Tom Butler

Atascadero Unified School District Superintendent Tom Butler will present a swing dance with choreographer Kara Frenzel. His nonprofit is the Greyhound Athletic Foundation. He made an appearance in the 2018 Colony Days Parade as part of the comedy in the entry on his bicycle. He is a member of the Atascadero Rotary Club and is on the board of directors for the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. Unlike some of the other community stars, Butler does haven’t any dancing experience. His partner will balance his lack of dance experience. Frenzel is a West Coast Swing champion and was recently nominated for the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame.

Susan Funk

Atascadero City Council member Susan Funk will perform a country western dance with Aaron Avila and choreographed by Laura Slania. Funk’s nonprofit is Atascadero chapter AAUW. The funds raised by Funk for AAUW will help underwrite the organization’s scholarship program. Susan and her husband, Gordon, along

with their college-age son have lived in Atascadero for the past 10 years. Funk is one of newest members of Atascadero City Council. While Funk does not have a lot of dancing experience, she is a singer and has sung with the SLO Masters Chorale and Canzona. Her partner started dancing at The Graduate when he was attending Cal Poly two decades ago. He started dancing when he was attending Cal Poly. Slania teaches dance and gives private lessons. She is also a paralegal and buys and sells antiques with Avila.

Steffi Ketzler

Steffi Kitzler will dance the Samba with professional dancer Justin McMillan as choreographed by Frank Sanchez. Ketzler’s nonprofit is the El Camino Homeless Organization. Kitzler is not new to Dancing With Our Stars but this is the first year she’s participated as a community star. She was born and raised in Germany and moved to the United States in 2000 and to Atascadero in 2003. She became a United States citizen in December 2018. She owns and operates Baby Seals Swim Academy, which provides aquatic survival and swim lessons to infants and young children. Her partner has worked for nonprofits around the county doing a variety of tasks. He is currently the owner of The Ridiculous Fun Camps, a party and event rental business. He is also writing a “choose your own adventure” book for young dancers.

Jan Lynch

Jan Lynch will dance East Coast Swing with Charlie Bradley, choreographed by Frank Sanchez. Lynch has lived in Atascadero for 32 years with her husband, Patrick. She’s not a newcomer to dancing.

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S he was an aerobic dance teacher for many years and has taken lessons in many different forms of dance, including clogging and line dancing. While Lynch is representing the Kiwanis Club, the organization will direct what money comes in toward the Woods Humane Society Education Program, which teaches children the importance of being a responsible pet owner. Her partner is a retired bank executive who picked up his dancing shoes and motorcycle gloves after leaving his professional life. Their choreographer, Sanchez, has been a part of the fundraiser for the last several years, serving as director for four, and continues on this year. He grew up in a large, musical family and ballroom dance training in his early 20s.

Karen McNamara

Karen McNamara will perform a Nightc lub 2 Step choreographed by Chris Harmon. Her nonprofit is the Atascadero Printery Foundation. Karen is one of the founders, and current president, of the Atascadero Printery Foundation, which is working toward rehabilitating the Printery. She owns Hope Chest Emporium in downtown Atascadero and is a Realtor with Classic Coast Realty Team of Pacific Home Brokers. Karen is also the outgoing chairperson of the Atascadero Colony Days Committee, and a member of the Atascadero Optimist Club.

Heather Moreno

Atascadero Mayor Heather Moreno will present a freestyle

dance choreographed by Rod Ware. Her nonprofit is Friends of the Atascadero Library. Moreno has participated in the fundraiser before. She was a community star in 2014 and has continued to dance in the show each year. She has a background in jazz and tap lessons and has continued dancing into her adult life. Moreno owns Weight Breakthrough and was recently sworn in as mayor of Atascadero after serving as a city council member. Her choreographer is a retired firefighter and is focusing on dance in his retirement. He is a student, choreographer and director with the San Luis Obispo School of Ballet Theatre.


2010: Jim Lewis with choreographer Debi Lewis 2011: Bill White with choreographer Sharon Davis 2012: Jeannie Malik and Jim Patterson with choreographer Judy Magonacelaya 2013: Dan and Eileen O’Grady with choreographer Frank Sanchez 2014: Rolfe Nelson with choreographers Leigh Ormonde and Chris Harmon 2015: Vicky Morse with choreographer Chris Harmon 2016: Mary Kay Mills with choreographer Ernie Gamble 2017: E.J. and Tobi Rossi with choreographer Tracy Rossi 2018: Brenda May with choreographer Brian Reeves

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Chamber Recognizes Business Leaders, Board Members

Mike and Charlotte Byrne By Nicholas Mattson

Farron Elizabeth, Glenn's Repair & Rental celebrated as outstanding businesses


hile Jeannie Malik was the talk of the town at the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner in January as she received the 2018 Citizen of the Year award, her grace did not overshadow five additional and equally-deserving award winners. Alongside Jeannie, Mike and Charlotte Byrne, Gary Borjan, Ray Johnson, Farron Walker, and Geoff and Kate Auslen were invited on stage to receive awards.

Mike and Charlotte Byrne 2018 Community Service Award

Co-founders of the El Camino Homeless Organization, or ECHO as it is well-known, Mike and Charlotte have made a significant impact on Atascadero since arriving in 1971. Both teachers, they brought compassion to their jobs and that compassion carried on in their retirements. Mike taught in Special Education at Atascadero High School, and Charlotte taught Child Development at Cuesta College. Before helping

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start ECHO, Mike and Charlotte served as volunteers at Loaves and Fishes Food Bank. In 2018, Mike and Charlotte stepped down from the board of ECHO, but according to board chair Eric Gobler their contributions will leave a lasting impact on the organization and the community.

Additional Awards Included:

• Gary Borjan, 2018 Ambassador of the Year • Ray Johnson, 2018 Lifetime Member • Glenn’s Rental & Repair, 2018 Business of the Year • Farron Walker, owner of Farron Elizabeth, 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year The event also served as the 2019 Installation Dinner for incoming board members and outgoing Board Chair John Donovan, owner of John Donovan’s State Farm Insurance and Financial Services, recognized the service of the outgoing members. “John [Donovan] stepped in as the board chairperson on January

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1, 2018,” Kirk said, “and I don’t think it is ever easy to step into an organization with a brand new CEO, but he did so fabulously.” At 7’1”, Big John then dwarfed the podium, but his sincere humility and attitude of service put the event in perspective. “I would like to thank my board of directors from last year for all the hard work you did,” “Each one of you showed up to the meetings, volunteered your time and you made the job of chair very, very easy. Thank you.” Donovan also thanked the ambassadors, committee chairs, council chairs, volunteers, Kirk and the Chamber staff, and the membership of the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce. “Without participation from [the members] nothing happens,” Donovan said. Donovan then introduced the outgoing chairpersons, Ray Buban, Eric Gobler, Jessica Sohi, Ryan McGaughey, and Tim Bauman. “Thank you everybody for your participation,” Donovan said. “We are going to miss you.” Then Donovan handed the baton to incoming 2019 Chamber Board Chair Angela Cisneros, manager of K-Jon’s Fine Jewelers. “Last year, I stood before you

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and told you that Atascadero is on the verge of breaking out,” Donovan said. “I don’t think there is any doubt that is indeed happening. At this time I’d like to introduce the chairwoman of the board of the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce for 2019, Angela Cisneros.” “I’m very honored to be your 2019 chairperson,” Cisneros said. “It’s great to be a part of a chamber that is evolving. The chamber’s vision is for business leaders and our business community to succeed.” Cisneros announced the 2019 board, with Tom Jones (PG&E) serving as Chair eElect, Phil Koziel (Atascadero State Hospital) as Vice Chair of Finance, Maria Kelly ( JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery) as Vice Chair, Donovan remaining on as Past Chair, and rank and file members Terrie Banish (City of Atascadero), Gary Borjan (Pacific Premier Bank), Jacque Fields (Wild Fields Brewhouse), Mike Giancola (Chicago Grade Landfill), Sabrina Harper (CoastHills Credit Union), Don Idler (Idler’s Home), Sean Kennedy (Kennedy Club Fitness), Janet Wallace (O’Leary Wallace LLP), and Zoe Zappas (Z Villages and La Plaza). For information, go to atascaderochamber.org.

2019 Executive Board Angela Cisneros, Board Chair Tom Jones, Chair Elect Phil Koziel, Vice Chair of Finance Maria Kelly, Vice Chair John Donovan, Past Chair

2019 Board Members Terrie Banish • Gary Borjan Jacque Fields • Mike Giancola Sabrina Harper • Rich Johnson Sean Kennedy • Janet Wallace Zoe Zappas • Don Idler

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805 Boutiques The Business of Helping Businesses


xpos and craft fairs are a common sight on the Central Coast, but 805 Boutiques brings a new twist on a familiar scene. Owner Robin Peterson said she saw an opportunity to showcase direct sales and multi-level marketing businesses in the community. Three years ago, she rented a small venue and sold spots where local sellers could share their products. Peterson admitted that her business debut produced lackluster results. “It was terrible, no one showed up,” Peterson said, laughing. “But it was a lot of fun.” She said that everyone agreed that there needed to be more events catering to this specific market. The idea and business continued to grow and gain recognition. Currently, the events take place in Sunken Gardens, located in downtown Atascadero,

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supporting approximately 50 vendors in selling their wares. Peterson noted that the City of Atascadero made the transition to the outdoor area painless and the larger venue allows her to sell booth placements at a more competitive level. Peterson believes her business helps the community by connecting local buyers to local sellers. Direct marketing sales generally are limited to the seller’s circle of influence — friends, family and co-workers. However, 805 Boutiques allows budding entrepreneurs the chance to broaden their limited contact range and establish a greater clientele base. She believes that helping others is just good business sense. “There’s more than enough customers,” Peterson said. “There’s more than enough opportunity, find-

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ing our niche and being visible and reaching those people is that much easier to do if you are helping other people.” Apart from being a business owner, Peterson also works part-time as a masseuse in a local chiropractic office and also homeschools her two children, ages 2 and 4. “I love my kids more than anything,” Peterson said. “But being able to help others, specifically being able to help other local moms work out a part-time job and be able to stay home with their kids more, that’s probably my biggest business passion… I think that the more parents can be with their kids, the better society will be.” 805 Boutiques plans to host three events at Sunken Gardens in 2019; March 16, May 11 and a holiday event scheduled in mid-November. All the events are free to attend and this year Peterson is excited to announce food trucks being added to her business expo. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/805Boutiques/

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Phase One: Gathering Data and Information What was scheduled as an 8-hour, two-day workshop turned into 12 packed hours over three days of pointed discussion by more than 60 community leaders led by DJ Pittenger as the facilitator in search of the answer to a burning question: In the next 3 to 5 years, how LIGHTHOUSE Atascadero can contribute to the awareness, prevention, education, and intervention of addiction. LIGHTHOUSE formed in 2012 in response to an unacceptable level of drug overdoses and deaths in our local community, especially impacting the youth. LIGHTHOUSE is a committee of the Atascadero Greyhound Foundation which specifically targets funding for a dedicated licensed therapist at Paloma Creek Continuation High School.

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Coming into its seventh year, LIGHTHOUSE has grown to be a massive local resource that we don’t have room to describe completely here. That growth, led the the question, where do we go from here? And City Council and School Board members, school administration, business owners, retired police and fire, concerned parents and citizens, members of other various nonprofit boards, chamber of commerce, and a few high school students gathered at the Atascadero Unified School District Office and Pittenger led the three-day charge to gather information. “One of the things we set forward, is that after introductions, every voice was equal,” Pittenger said. “The participants were able to honor that.”

High school student and LIGHTHOUSE Coffee Company member Abigail attended all three days. "I wanted more accessiblity to the LIGHTHOUSE program even though I'm still a student," Abigail said. "I can get the connection that some students would not get. Involving more kids expands the committee, and we get more accessibility to the data [we need]. We will get there bit-by-bit. It's not going to happen all at once." At the other end of the age spectrum, AUSD board trustee and AGF executive director Donn Clickard (happy birthday Donn!) planned the workshop to engage the community in becoming a part of LIGHTHOUSE. "I wanted more of the community to have an idea of what it is

By Nicholas Mattson

we are doing, and to contribute to what it is we are doing and what we are going to do," Clickard said. "With the exception of not having more students, we hit it in terms of a cross section of the community." Over three days, the group dove into the obstacles that need to be faced in order to make LIGHTHOUSE more effective in the local fight against addiction. Colony Magazine will follow this story as the action plan develops. We are looking at another three hours and we will have what we wanted,” Pittenger said, “an action plan for the next 3 to 5 years with a 1-year focus and something they can do in the next 90 days.” To contact LIGHTHOUSE or the Atascadero Greyhound Foundation, go to atascaderogrey houndfoundation.org.

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Hares N Hounds 5K Runnin' for more than 20 years! Enjoy a beautiful run on a USATF Certified course around the Atascadero Lake, led by K-Man himself on bike — Keith Schmidt. Also enjoy our 1-mile and 1/2-mile FUN RUNS, awards and raffles, and LIGHTHOUSE Coffee and refreshments.


Race-day Registration begins at 6:45 am • 5K begins at 8 am • 1-Mile at 8:45 am • 1/2-Mile at 9 am See haresnhounds.org to register




www.AtascaderoGreyhoundFoundation.org Atascadero Greyhound Foundation is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) organization

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The Wellness Kitchen Moves Ahead

CONTINUING SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY Local nonprofit in recovery mode after temporary setback due to fire By Meagan Friberg


hen the staff and volunteers of The Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center learned of a fire in their building on October 21, 2018, their immediate concern was how they would manage to provide healing foods to those in critical need in our local community. Despite the setback, which included smoke and water damage, the non-profit organization is carrying on and isin some ways, stronger than ever. “The greatest upset wasn’t as much the building or the cleanup,� said Executive Director Gina Grieb, “but the inability to serve those individuals’ lives that rely on us for our healthy nutrient-rich meals each week. The good news is we were able to resume our weekly therapeutic nutrition program starting December 3 thanks to the use of a commercial kitchen by the generous folks of Atascadero Bible Church. Combined with an offer by the people of Fig at Courtney’s House in Templeton, we also have a temporary distribution location in North County.� Knowing they are now able to continue with

their mission and make a huge impact in the lives they serve has been a tremendous relief to Grieb, the staff, and the 55 active volunteers of The Wellness Kitchen. “The response from the community has just been phenomenal,� said Grieb. “We have received donations from a variety of businesses and individuals, we have more people asking to volunteer, and our administration offices are able to run thanks to the Dusi Family sharing their warehouse with us. It really is a collaborative effort and we can’t take full credit – we have an amazing community supporting us.� The fire also forced the closure of The Wellness Kitchen’s storefront and weekday lunch counter. The primary support for the nonprofit, according to Grieb, will be their weekly pre-order service of Healing Foods, Wellness Foods, broths, soups, and Healing Tea. “The funds that we have been losing will have to be recouped and the pre-order service is one way the community can help us,� said Grieb. Funds from weekly orders and participation in the 2019 Top Chef Competition events will help support the Pay It Forward Program;

Healthy Cooking Programs for Kids, Teens and Adults, and The Wellness Kitchen’s Operation Sustainability. “What happened was just a temporary setback and we are going to overcome this,� said Grieb. “We are continuing to thrive and make a difference.� For more information, to order meals, or register for events, visit thewkrc.org.

The Wellness Kitchen Weekly Pre-Order Service

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ATASCADERO'S BEGINNING: The Planned Civic Center Part 2


his is the Second of a series of articles about the original civic center planned for the colony of Atascadero. Atascadero was the first of a series of colonies that were planned in the name of the Woman’s Republic. In the December edition of this magazine, we had presented a sketch of the Atascadero Civic Center that

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was published in the Atascadero Bulletin #3, dated June 1913. E.G. Lewis published a total of nine Bulletins and used them as advertising as well as status reports on the development of Atascadero. They were distributed worldwide and many foreign nationals settled in the area as a result of these Bulletins.

For this edition, we are going to do something a bit different. In the Atascadero Bulletin #4, dated February 1914, there is a very detailed sketch representing a “Birdseye of the Civic Center Group, Atascadero Calif.” In 1914, there were grand plans for Atascadero. Not only a civic center to be envied, but an

industrial district carefully thought out to the finest detail. Future articles will explore in detail some of the buildings shown and described in the sketch and its caption. The rest of this column presents the view and its caption in its entirety (spelling and punctuation are exactly as presented in the original caption).

BIRDSEYE OF THE CIVIC CENTER GROUP, ATASCADERO, CALIF. This sketch of the Civic Center group of the Atascadero Colony, made from a hill on the opposite side of the State Highway which crosses the entrance plaza of the group, just to the left of the fountain shown in the foreground, gives some idea of the general appearance and effect of this fine grouping of all the civic, social, educational and administrative buildings as they will be when completed. In one beautiful valley, on the eastern center of the great estate, convenient to all parts of its forty square miles of orchards, groves, farms and gardens, and immediately surrounded by the restricted private residence section of the colony. In the immediate foreground, is shown the magnificent fountains which will ornament the entrance plaza facing the State Highway and in front of the Administration Building. Between the Administration Building and the Opera House shown in the background, is the large sunken garden of the central plaza, five hundred feet long. At the left, approached by a series of gentle terraces, is seen the Department Store, 425 feet in length. Opposite the Administration Building and facing the sunken gardens, is the Opera House, while at the right of the central plaza is shown the group of Educational Buildings of the Colony, the Graded and High Schools, the Agricultural College, the Conservatory of Music. the Art Academy, etc. At the extreme right, on the foot of Pine Mountain, ls shown the hotel, Atascadero Inn, while in the distance, also on a foothill of Pine Mountain, is seen the Permanent Residences Apartments Building. In the background, at a short distance back or the Opera House, is seen the new railroad depot of the Southern Pacific main coast line, which crosses the lower end of the Civic Center Valley. ln the right foreground is seen Atascadero Creek, crossed by the

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new $10,000 concrete span bridge now being constructed by the county. The Civic Center Valley occupies a space of approximately one hundred acres, at the foot of the great central valley of the estate, being laid out in flower seed farms, and is being designed as the center of the entire social, commercial and administrative life of the colony. The Civic Center group of buildings. when completed, will have cost approximately $1,500,000. Immediately surrounding the Civic Center, approximately two thousand acres have been laid out as a highly restricted private residence section, in which some twenty-eight miles of streets and roads, shaded by stately liveoaks and in some parts with large Washington Robusta Palms, have been cut and graded. This restricted residence section comprises the first unit of construction, and will be completely sewered and piped with water mains, with high pressure mains in the Civic Center for fire protection. It is conceded that the Civic Center group of the Atascadero Colony will be one of the finest groupings of public and semi-public buildings in America. The style of the buildings adopted by the architects, Bliss & Faville, is pure Italian throughout, the buildings being faced with a cream or buff brick and terra cotta with tile roofs. Connected with the Civic Center by the traffic way along its northern side, will be, throughout the entire colony. a number of local centers with their local buildings, while below the Civic Center and directly on the main line of the Southern Pacific Railroad, and entirely concealed from the Civic Center, has been located another group of buildings constituting, when completed, the industrial and manufacturing center of the colony, where will located the canning, preserving and cold storage warehouses, and all manufacturing industries.

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Is University the Only Route After High School? James J. Brescia Ed.D

SLO County Office of Education Superintendent


he question we should be asking is “How do we best prepare students for life after high school graduation? Last year I was fortunate to be invited to present some of my current educational research at a symposium hosted by Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. In 2015, I lectured at Oxford and was reminded of how similar our educational challenges are both internationally and domestically. At this conference I was co-presenting with my colleague, Dr. James Gentilucci. Our research on “Successful Recruitment Strategies for Teachers” was

commissioned by the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association. We addressed an audience from America, Europe, Asia and Africa on the importance of thoughtful recruitment and retention of educational employees. London is facing a similar shortage of educators as we are in California. One path the European, African, and Asian countries have already implemented is aggressive Career and Technical Education (CTE) in secondary schools that include teacher education. Just a month prior to the Cambridge symposium, I attended a local conference hosted by the California Department of Education on the importance of CTE pathways in our schools. My attendance at this conference and the 2015 Oxford symposium served to

further strengthen my commitment to our county-wide efforts in securing CTE funding for local schools throughout our county. I am honored to have our local assemblyman Jordan Cunningham and state senator Bill Monning also supporting these efforts in the state legislature. Education in the United States, and across the globe, continues to experience challenging times. We would be wise to remember that according to current data one out of three Americans (33 percent) report attaining a bachelor’s degree, and 12 percent reported and advanced degree such as a master’s, professional, or doctorate degree. Almost nine out of 10 Americans (88 percent) attained a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Educational attainment

continues to vary by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, nativity, and disability status. While we here in America continue to navigate our way through federal and state mandates that impact our classrooms, our leaders must include CTE as a piece of the educational puzzle. Ask a puzzle master and you will be advised that instead of taking a wild stab at the puzzle, see if you can identify a good strategy that will lead to an acceptable solution. Similar to the puzzle master’s advice, I believe that CTE is a key piece of the educational quest for student success. As we face an ever-changing Continued on PAGE 27

Future Careers. Locally Grown. "It's been really great learning new things, and having a teacher who is willing to bring us opportunities like this." Grace - Student, Templeton High School www.SLOPartners.org

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DEBUNKING The Fraud Fable


n Atascadero resident is helping people start 2019 by recognizing and overcoming the stories that they tell themselves that keep them from becoming their authentic selves with her debut book, “The Fraud Fable: How To Be Real When You Feel Like a Fake.” The book was release in mid-December and examines the fables people tell themselves, their origins and how to change the story for good. “When I came up with the idea of ‘The Fraud Fable,’ being a therapist it’s not about the countless stories we tell ourselves, it’s where those stories come from,” Braun

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said, adding that many of the fables we tell ourselves were guided by someone who is older and wiser, “but many of those gables don’t serve us.” According to Braun, there are a ton of fables people tell themselves. “The risk of buying into a fable [is that] you don’t get to be your authentic you,” she said. “You’re living someone else’s made-up story.” As a therapist, Braun saw people rewriting their stories but because they did not address the origin, they fall back into the same story. Her book helps people figure

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Denise Braun

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out the root of the story and how to rewrite it. She said what really helps is changing the story in the subconscious. So in her book, she include hypnosis via exercises. There are also audio files that go with each exercise that can be found on her website. “There’s a ton of personal development books on the market,” she said. “There’s a lot of theory, but what do you do?”

That led to Braun including the exercises to help her readers work on the origins of their fables. Those exercises include visualization and deep relaxation, which is “the way we change our gable, not only by reading the book,” Braun said. “Hopefully it helps people reconsider how they fail to be authentic.” Braun found herself living a life that wasn’t authentic, but it wasn’t until her sister, who was dying from breast cancer, said something that it came to Braun that she needed to make a change. And she did. Her book is for sale on her website, therealdenisebraun. com, and on Amazon. She kicked off the release of her book with a book signing at Spa Central Coast in downtown Paso Robles and has lined up an appearance on The Mother Loving Future podcast and others.

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t was six thirty on a cold morning late in March. It was an eerie scene, with 300 people standing in a silent group before a line. An ancient brick building loomed to one side, overshadowing the scene. Some swung their legs and set timers while others gulped down a last-minute gel. Most stood in anticipation, determination written over their faces, breaths producing ghosts in the air. Then the sound: an airhorn, unreasonably loud, broke the silence. The hushed runners abandoned their positions and their silence, breaking into a wild run, many whooping with joy. The 2018 Atascadero Tent City Marathon looked like any other race but differed in a couple of ways. This was its first year and it served as a fundraiser for a shabby, old brick building known as the Atascadero Printery. The Printery was built by Atascadero’s founder, E. G. Lewis, in 1915 and was the colony’s first completed administrative building. The building was about 16,000 square-feet and employed 200 workers. The Printery was the lifeblood of the early colony as it produced publications promoting Atascadero, encouraging people to move to the young community. It was quickly outfitted with the largest rotogravure press west of the Mississippi River and produced its first issue of the Atascadero News in January of 1916. Later that year it introduced a novel experiment: The Illustrated Review, a magazine of photographs instead of words. The first subscription price for the Illustrated Review was ten cents per year. The magazine sought to accurately display life through pictures. So, for its first few years, it included pictures of World War I. By 1917, nearly one million copies were being printed and circulated. This is noteworthy since the population of San Luis Obispo County at the time was 21,000. The Illustrated Review’s fame grew rapidly until it could be bought off of the newspaper stands in New York City. Because Atascadero’s printing press was the only rotogravure press on the west coast, it

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printed a lot of supplemental material for the San Francisco Chronicle, the LA Times, and Sunset Magazine. As E. G. Lewis’ wife was a women’s rights activist, the press also printed many bulletins promoting women’s rights. The Illustrated Review lost popularity in the early 1920s, causing the publication to end in 1924. The end of the Printery caused the building to enter its next phase of use by a variety of owners.

It was sold to serve as a southern satellite campus for an exclusive boys’ prep school. It then was used as a junior college for a period until it was bought by the Masonic Temple Association in 1950. For several decades, it was used as the meeting place for the Atascadero Masonic Lodge. During this time, it served as one of many substations for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff ’s Department, provided office space for the Atascadero Unified School district, gave a photographer a place to live and a studio to work, and watched a karate school flourish on the old printing press floor. The 6.5 magnitude earthquake of 2003 rendered the Printery unsafe to occupy, ending the thriving public use of the building. The Masonic Temple Association had given the building to the City a few years before the earthquake under the condition that the City would continue to provide youth services. However, after the earthquake, because of the money required to repair the structural damage, the Printery remained vacant from that point on, quickly becoming a home for pigeons and a

popular site for vandalism. In 2015, the Atascadero Printery Foundation was started with a very specific goal: to reclaim, rehabilitate, and repurpose the Atascadero Printery. In 2016, they managed to buy the Printery in an auction with a bid of $300,100. The APF is currently in the rehabilitation stage. Because of the earthquake, weather, vandalism, and fifteen years of disuse, it is estimated that at least $6 million is needed to bring the building back to full functionality. The APF has initiated a number of fundraisers to raise this money, chief among these being the Tent City Marathon, which will be put on a second time in April of 2019. However, the APF hopes to raise the bulk of the needed funds with grants and bonds from the City and state. Already, they have cleared the grounds, cleaned the interior, replaced the broken windows, installed security cameras to prevent further vandalism, and drawn up comprehensive architectural plans. Many do not see the significance of the Printery and see the restoration of the dilapidated building as a fool’s errand and a waste of money. To this, APF board member Nicholas Mattson said, “That old building was the first piece of Atascadero.” The Printery was completely built before Hearst Castle’s construction was started and is listed under the National Register of Historic Places. The APF’s vision is to restore the Printery to be a source of vitality for the community and a place for youth to go. And with the addition of a planned amphitheater, it will provide a venue for theater, concerts, performances, comedy, and movie nights. Although it has a long way to go before full restoration, the Printery is on its way. Soon people will be heading down to the Printery for some middle school theater or an art gallery. Publisher's Note: We thank Joe MacFarlane for his interest in local history, and his research into the Atascadero Printery Building. We hope that you will follow suit and get involved. We need Joes.

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CELEBRATE HEALTHY According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year. Nearly 735,000 Americans have a heart attack each year. Did you know that you can support heart health with some simple diet and lifestyle changes?

Healthy Fats for a Healthy Heart?

Inflammation in the body can damage your blood vessels and lead to heart disease and strokes. Omega-3 fatty acids not only reduce inflammation, but are essential for maintaining cell membrane health. Please note that all Omega 3s are Continued from PAGE 24

world, it is important to explore avenues that present multiple paths for student success. CTE curriculum strives to pair academics and high-level workplace skills necessary for the 21st century. Students, administrators, teachers, business members, community leaders and even politicians have endorsed CTE programs. The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education (SLOCOE) and our


not created equal! Be aware that some “cheaper” Omega 3 fish oil supplements may in fact be derived from “farm raised” fish which has a very different fatty acid profile which can actually increase inflammation! We only carry from the most reputable suppliers! This month we are spotlighting Wholemega, a 100 percent wildcaught Alaskan salmon sourced oil. In human clinical trials, Wholemega decreased arachidonic acid, a primary marker for inflammation, as well as C Reactive Protein which is a key marker for cardiovascular health, reduction in LDL (bad cholesterol), triglycerides, and total cholesterol.

Taking Wholemega every day for a week provides the same amount of Omega 3 fatty acids as eating 3 servings of Wild Alaskan Salmon! Your heart and brain will love it! Looking for a natural but effective way to support healthy cholesterol levels? Try Bergamot, clinically-proven to not only dampen inflammation but improve arterial health while improving those important cardio markers such as total cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglyceride levels! “I’ve been taking Bergamot from

CTE program, SLO Partners in Education (SLOPE) continues to engage in discussions and review research related to reporting on several additional career measurements. SLO Partners’ mission is to engage business partners and educators in aligning workforce needs with career and college pathways. We facilitate work experience opportunities to ensure that students have the skills and knowledge necessary for success

in the workplace and businesses have the skilled workers required for a sound growing economy. We continue to work on industry certification such as our highly successful CompTIA Bootcamps. SLO Partners is a regional consortium of business, industry, education, and community leaders committed to working together for collective impact in workforce and economic development by aligning education sys-

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The Natural Alternative for almost 2 months and my total cholesterol dropped from 270 to 212! NP”. This is a “star” supplement for heart health!

Diet for a Happy Heart

Super foods that support a healthy heart include dark green leafy veggies, dark chocolate, berries, aged garlic and turmeric. Stop by The Natural Alternative for the highest quality turmeric, aged garlic, dark chocolate, as well as your heart healthy supplements! Happy Healthy Heart Month! Bobbi Conner, CNC, CAN, MH


tems and employment programs with economic opportunities. As we continue to provide additional opportunities for our students in CTE, I encourage you to learn more about our highly successful partnership with Cuesta College, SLO Partners, our CTE programs, and these CTE opportunities benefiting our community. It is an honor to serve as your County Superintendent of Schools.

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hen it comes to branding and marketing a food product I’d have to say that JELL-O wins by 100 percent! Who doesn’t remember growing up with that flavorful, gelatin and hearing the JELL-O commercial? I ate my share growing up--- at home, at church pot-lucks, picnics, and even in the hospital. It was the first food my mother allowed us to eat after we had the flu and at that point it tasted almost as good as steak — well, maybe not THAT good! One of Norman Rockwell’s famous paintings shows a little girl unmolding her JELL-O. Molded salads are memorable and nothing looks or tastes quite like a beautiful gelatin mold, especially those with names like Apple Blossom, Ambrosia, Gazpacho Salad, or Juicy Layered Orange Pineapple. Molds offer cooks the opportunity to be creative with layers such as a red, white, and blue for the Fourth of July, a Crown Jewel Dessert full of little colorful gelatin cubes, or a Rainbow Ribbon Mold made with the colors in the rainbow. With the necessity for some of us to watch our sugar intake, I thought I’d include some really delicious recipes from one of my old JELL-O cookbooks. Since coffee desserts seem to be popular these days, see if these two don’t satisfy your coffee habit! They call for JELL-O Pudding & Pie Filling.

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By Barbie Butz


Ingredients: - 2 packages (3 ounces each) ladyfingers, split - 1 cup freshly brewed strong coffee, at room temperature, divided - 1 package (8 ounces) Philadelphia Free Fat Free Cream Cheese - 2 cups cold fat free milk - 2 packages (4-serving size each) JELL-O - Vanilla Flavor Fat Free Sugar Free Instant - Reduced Calorie Pudding & Pie Filling - 1 tub (8 ounces) Cool Whip Free whipped - Topping, thawed, divided - Shaved or chopped chocolate for garnish Directions:

Brush cut side of ladyfingers with about ¼ cup of the coffee. Place ladyfingers on bottom and up side of 2-quart serving bowl. Beat cream cheese and remaining ¾ cup coffee in large bowl with wire whisk until smooth. Gradually beat in milk until smooth. Add pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk 1 minute or until well blended. Gently stir in ½ of the whipped topping. Spoon into prepared bowl; cover. Refrigerate 1 hour or until ready to serve. Top with remaining whipped topping. Garnish with 3 tablespoons shaved or chopped chocolate.



Ingredients: - 1 package (3 ounces) ladyfingers, split - 1 ½ cups cold skim milk, divided - 1 container (8 ounces) Philadelphia Light Soft Light Cream Cheese - 2 tablespoons instant coffee - 1 tablespoon hot water - 2 tablespoons brandy (optional) - 1 package (4-serving size) JELL-O Brand - Vanilla Flavor Fat Free Sugar Free - Reduced Calorie Pudding & Pie Filling - 2 cups thawed Cool Whip Lite Whipped Topping - 1 square (1 ounce) Baker’s SemiSweet Baking Chocolate, grated Directions:

Ingredients: - 1 ½ cups boiling water - 1 package (8-serving size) or 2 packages (4-serving size) JELL-O Brand - Cherry Flavor Gelatin Dessert, or any red flavor - 1 ½ cups cold water - 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling - 4 cups angel food cake cubes - 3 cups cold milk - 2 packages (4-serving size) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling - 1 tub (8 ounces) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed Directions:

Cut ladyfingers in half horizontally. Cover bottom of 8-inch springform pan with ladyfinger halves. Place remaining ladyfinger halves, cut ends down, around sides of pan. Place ½ cup cold milk and cream cheese in blender container; cover. Blend on medium speed until smooth. Dissolve coffee in hot water. Place in blender container with brandy and remaining 1 cup cold milk. Add pudding mix; cover. Blend until smooth. Pour into large bowl. Stir in whipped topping immediately. Spoon pudding mixture into pan. Refrigerate 4 hours or until set. Remove sides of pan. Garnish with chocolate. This next recipe would be fun for Valentine’s Day or President’s Day this month.

Stir boiling water into gelatin in large bowl at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water and cherry pie filling. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until slightly thickened (consistency of unbeaten egg whites). Place cake cubes in 3-quart serving bowl. Spoon gelatin mixture over cake. Refrigerate about 45 minutes or until set but not firm (gelatin should stick to finger when touched and should mound). Pour milk into large bowl. Add pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk 1 minute. Gently stir in 2 cups of the whipped topping. Spoon over gelatin mixture in bowl. Refrigerate 2 hours or until set. Top with remaining whipped topping and garnish as desired. Enjoy!

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Healthy Dishes


By Jodi Smith of Spice of Life

ariety is the Spice of Life! Spices and herbs can be the foundation of our cooking, transforming everyday foods into new and exciting culinary adventures. The biggest reason we add spices to our food is flavor, but spices do more than perk up our dishes. High-quality spices are a nutritional powerhouse with health promoting benefits. Creating healthy and delicious meals flavored with spices is an excellent way to reduce calories and unhealthy ingredients. Unlike sauces and condiments that are generally loaded with calories, refined sugar, salt and other processed ingredients, spices allow you to boost the taste of your food in a healthy way. Spices and herbs come from plants, which means they are a source of phytonutrients with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. What’s the difference between spices and herbs? Herbs are typically the leafy part of the plant (parsley, basil, oregano, and bay leaf ) and spices come from other parts of the plant such as the bark, seeds, stems and roots. Coriander, cumin, clove, cinnamon, fennel, and peppercorn are examples of spices. There are countless ways to vary flavors with healthy foods and make it more interesting. When time is short and you are pressed for time, spices are an easy way to accentuate simple whole foods such as fish, vegetables, meat, chick-

en, soups, whole grains, rice and lentils. Using good-quality spice blends offers a time-saving benefit, providing they are good-quality blends not loaded with salt, sugar and preservatives. Pulling a healthy meal together can be quick and easy and having some of the essentials on hand in your kitchen is key. Here’s a list of a few basics for your spice cabinet: Basil, parsley, paprika, garlic, onion, ginger, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, chili, rosemary, smoked paprika (one of my favorites), black pepper and pink himalayan salt or sea salt. A handful of spices have reached an elevated status due to both their incredible flavors as well as their potential to decrease inflammation, aid digestion, reduce cholesterol, fight cancer and boost our immune system. Turmeric, typically found in Indian dishes, has an intense, bright orange/yellow color with mild flavor. Add to rice dishes, curries, marinades, eggs, chicken rub, and salad dressing. Vegetables such as carrots, squash, cauliflower and potatoes work well with a dash of turmeric. Adding a pinch of black pepper helps your body better absorb the nutrients in turmeric. Ginger is an impressive root and a powerhouse for both flavor and health. Add fresh or dried ginger to everything from soups, stir fry dishes, marinades, rubs, and vegetables. Ginger can be effective in overall gut health and helps your body absorb and assimilate nutrients from other foods we eat. Cayenne pepper packs a punch of heat as well as health benefits. The compound capsaicin is responsible for aiding in a variety of health issues. Sprinkle cayenne on egg dishes, vegetables, soups, marinades, meats, poultry, stews, and more.

Spices you stock in your pantry will depend on your taste preferences as well as your comfort level in using them. Here are a few ideas of spices that characterize different cuisines from around the world. For example, Chinese food welcomes garlic, ginger, star anise, cinnamon, and sesame oil. Italian dishes often includes garlic, oregano, parsley, rosemary, and fennel seed while Mexican cuisine builds flavor from cumin, chilis, coriander, oregano, cilantro and various citrus. Allowing your taste buds to enjoy the flavor of foods by reducing the amount of salt can enhance your experience. Over-salted food tends to numb our taste buds and subdue our sensitivity to other flavors. Check labels at the supermarket, limit processed foods that can be loaded with sodium, avoid over-processed “table salt” and substitute with sea salt or pink Himalayan salt. Fresh lemon juice is a wonderful flavor enhancer and a healthier option than reaching for the salt shaker. Consuming too much salt can cause high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and kidney disease. Substituting spices and herbs for salt will uplift your meals and transform bland dishes into mouth watering feasts. Celebrating healthy ingredients and bringing balance and flavor can be magical. Adding texture, color and increasing flavors can bring healthy food alive.

Creating healthy and delicious meals flavored with spices is an excellent way to reduce calories and unhealthy ingredients.



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Special Events

February 1-2 — The Father Daughter Dance will take place at the Atascadero Pavilion on the Lake. February 1 is for those 11-and-under from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and February 2 is for those 12-and-up from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets not sold at the door.

Atascadero.org | 805-470-3360

February 5-March 26 — Body in Balance Tai Chi Gong. Tuesday evenings 7 to 8 p.m. Cuesta College North County Campus, eight sessions. Register at cuesta.edu/communityprograms. Instructor Faye Baker.

February 9 — Big Laugh Live Valentine's Comedy, Magic, and Music. Performers include comedians Cash Levy and Dennis Blair, magician Justin Rivera, and host Lizette Mizelle. Features live music by Ricky Montijo. Beer, wine, appetizers, and desserts available for purchase; 6-9:30 p.m. at the Paso Robles Event Center; 2198 Riverside Ave., Paso Robles. $40 in advance; $45 at the door.

biglaughlive.com | 805-712-0400 | info@biglaughlive.com

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February 10 — Symphony of the Vines presents "Flute Delights," a chamber concert featuring Suzanne Duffy and Carol Houchens, flutes, and Lynne Garrett, piano. It's happening from 4 - 5:30 p.m., Cass Winery, 7350 Linne Road, Paso Robles. Tickets are $15 - $30, students K-12 are free with a paid adult.

February 9 — Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre benefit for the Atascadero Printery Foundation. Experience a five-course gourmet table-served dinner by the one and only Buona Tavola Chef Anthony Varia. A perfect Valentine’s date night complete with champagne and dessert, $100 per seat. Limited seating. Community Church, 5850 Rosario Ave, Atascadero.

March 3 — Symphony of the Vines presents "Harp Chamber Music" with Catherine Litaker on harp; Carol Houchens, flute; Michael Whitson, viola; and Hilary Clark, cello, 4 - 5:30 p.m. Pear Valley Estate Wine, 4900 Union Rd, Paso Robles. Tickets are $15 - $30, students K-12 are free with a paid adult.

February 9 — The Atascadero Chamber of Commerce invites you to the Sweetheart Stroll from 1 to 4 p.m. 15 wineries will be pouring at downtown locations; complementary tours of City Hall. Tickets $20, available at 6500 Palma Ave.

March 24 — Come enjoy "Mendelssohn in Scotland" at the San Miguel Mission. Presented by Symphony of the Vines, this full orchestra concert begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 - $30, students K-12 are free with a paid adult.

805-466-1961 | atascaderoprintery.org

atascaderochamber.org | 805-466-2044

Clubs & Meetings



North County Toast ‘N Talk Toastmasters — Mondays, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. 1101 Riverside Dr, Paso, 805-464-9229 Early But Worth It Chapter — Business Networking International — every Tuesday, 7 to 8:30 a.m., Culinary Arts Academy, Paso, Visitors welcome, bniccc.com Business Networking International — every Wednesday, 7 to 8:30 a.m., Cricket’s, 9700 El

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Submit listings to events@nosloco.com, and visit nosloco.com for more information on events. *Submissions must be made by the 5th of the month prior to publication date.

Almond Country Quilters Guild — General Meeting: Friday, February 1 at Masonic Temple, 6:30-9 p.m. acqguild.com. Speaker Catherine Redford: on Wool Applique. Coffee with a CHP — second Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., Nature’s Touch Nursery & Harvest, 225 Main St., Templeton. Exchange Club — second Tuesday, 12:15-1:30 p.m. at McPhee’s, 416 S. Main St., Templeton. 805-610-8096, exchangeclubofnorthslocounty. org Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 465 — second Wednesday, 7 p.m. at Paso Airport Terminal, 4900 Wing Way. Getting youth involved with aviation, EAA465.org North County Multiflora Garden Club — second Wednesday, 12 to 3 p.m. at PR Community Church, 2706 Spring St., Paso Robles, Public

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is welcome, no charge, guests welcome. Call 805-712-7820 or visit multifloragardenclub.org Monthly Dinner at Estrella Warbirds Museum — first Wednesday, 6 p.m., guest speakers. 805296-1935 for dinner reservations, ewarbirds.org Paso Robles Democratic Club — third Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. at Centennial Park, 600 Nickerson, White Oak Room. All meetings are open to the public. For further info visit our Facebook page or visit pasoroblesdemocrats.org. North County Newcomers — General Membership Meeting and Luncheon: Wednesday, February 6 at La Bellasera Hotel, 206 Alexa Court, Paso Robles, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $30. Visit northcountynewcomers.org Active Senior Club of Templeton — first Friday, 10:30 a.m., Templeton Community Center, 601 S. Main St. Meetings include a presentation on relevant local issues, often followed by a lun-

cheon. Membership is $5 per year. Contact Templeton Recreation Department with questions. 805-434-4909 North County Wines and Steins — first Friday of the month, 6 p.m. at Templeton American Legion Hall, 805 Main St. Meetings include wine and beer tasting, speaker or program and potluck. Visit winesandsteins.org for more information. Central Coast Violet Society — second Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brookdale Activity Room, 1919 Creston Road, Paso. Email Znailady1@aol. com with any questions. Classic Car Cruise Night — second Saturday (weather permitting), 5 to 7 p.m. at King Oil Tools, 2235 Spring St., Paso. Contact Tony Ororato, 805-712-0551 with any questions. Daughters of the American Revolution — first Sunday. For time and place, email dmcpatriot daughter@gmail.com

Camino Real, #104, Atascadero. Visitors welcome, bniccc.com Above the Grade Advanced Toastmasters — first Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m. Kennedy Club Fitness, Paso, 805-238-0524, 930206.toastmastersclubs. org Partners in $uccess — Business Networking International — every Thursday, 7 to 8:30 a.m., Paso Robles Assn. of Realtors, 1101 Riverside

Ave. Visitors welcome, bniccc.com Speak Easy Toastmasters Club — every Friday, 12:10 to 1:15 p.m. Founders Pavilion, Twin Cities Community Hospital. 9797.toastmastersclubs. org. 805-237-9096 Coffee at the Carlton — Entrepreneurs and business leaders meet Wednesdays at 9 am. Carlton Hotel in Atascadero.

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4th annual Tamale Festival fills bellies and downtown streets La Luz Del Mundo conglomerate and Garcia's Restaurant vie for top trophy taker

On Saturday, January 19, the City of Atascadero hosted the 4th Annual Tamale Festival with eighty vendors in attendance and thirty two of them being tamale vendors coming from all over San Luis Obispo County as well as from the far reaches of the Central Valley and Southern California, including Anaheim, Bakersfield, Hemet, Huntington Beach, Riverside and Santa Ana. Each year, the festival has a Judges Favorite and a People’s Choice Tamale Contest. Due to the wide variety of tamales offered, there are three categories for judging: sweet, gourmet and traditional. Following are the results:

2019 Judges Favorite Traditional: 1st Place ~ Garcia’s Restaurant, Atascadero 2nd Place ~ Mary’s Cuisine Catering, San Luis Obispo 3rd Place ~ Maria’s Catering, Anaheim Gourmet: 1st Place ~ La Luz Del Mundo, Ontario 2nd Place ~ Los Osos Mexican Market, Los Osos 3rd Place ~ Barrett’s Tamales, Huntington Beach Sweet: 1st Place ~ La Luz Del Mundo, Santa Ana 2nd Place ~ Barrett’s Tamales, Huntington Beach 3rd Place ~ Los Osos Mexican Market, Los Osos

2018 People’s Choice:

These Tamale vendors won across all categories of traditional, gourmet and sweet! 1st Place ~ Garcia’s Restaurant, Atascadero 2nd Place ~ La Luz Del Mundo Paso Robles 3rd Place ~ Las Delicias de Zacatecas, San Luis Obispo Tamale Eating Contest winners: Ages 12 & Over: Shawn Romagno finished five tamales in under two minutes; Under 12 Years of Age: Daniel Nava won first place by being able to eat two tamales the fastest! Chihuahua Contest and Fashion Show: The Cowboy costume won the prize!



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Atascadero Library 6555 Capistrano, Atascadero • 805-461-6161 Special Events Ongoing Programs Tuesday & Wednesday — 10:30 a.m., Preschool Story time for 1-5 year olds Friday — 10:30 a.m., Toddler Story time for 1-3 year olds 1st Tuesday — 11 a.m. Lego Club 1st Saturday — 2 p.m., Family Movies 1st Tuesday — 11 a.m., Gems in the Stacks Book Group 3rd Thursday — 2:30 p.m., Mixed Minds Book Group February 19, Saturday — 2 p.m., Lego Club Paso Robles Library 1000 Spring St., Paso Robles • 805-237-3870 Monday — 11:30 a.m., Preschool Story time for 1-3 year olds Thursday — 10:30 a.m., Mother Goose on the Loose for ages 0-18 months Fridays — eBook Clinic with Patrick McCoy, 2 p.m., 2:20 p.m. and 2:40 p.m., open to 16 and over. See Library Events Calendar for more information. Special Events For Adults:

• eBook Clinic with Patrick McCoy, by appointment, Fridays, February 1,8, 15, and 22, 2-3 pm and Saturday, February 16, 10-11 am • Make It @ the Library! Lovebird Embroidery, Saturday, February 2, 10:30-12:30 pm • Film Viewing and Discussion: The Latino List, Part 1, Thursday, February 7, 6-8 pm • Drop In and Color! Tattoo Art of Freddy Negrete, Thursday, February 14, 6-8 pm • Black Dove by Ana Castillo book discussion, Thursday, February 21, 7-8 pm • Learn to Knit or Crochet! Saturday, February 23, 10:30-noon • Tabletop Game Day, Saturday, February 23, 1-4 pm • Publishing 1-2-3-with Laurie Gibson, Wednesday, February 27, 6-8 pm • Film Viewing and Discussion: The Latino List, Part 2, Thursday, February 28, 6-8 p.m. For Children: • Story Times, check online calendar for days and times • Take Your Child to the Library Day, Monday February 4, all day • Lego Build, Monday, February 11, 4-5 pm.

• I Love My Library Craft, Tuesday February 12, 4pm. • Maker Monday series—Candy Grabber! February 25, 4-5 pm Creston Library 6290 Adams, Creston • 805-237-3010 Friday, February 1 — Valentine Card Making, 1 p.m. Thursday & Friday, February 7-8 — Sugar Cookie Decorating & Heart Pencil Craft, 2 p.m. San Miguel Library 254 13th St, San Miguel • 805-467-3224 Saturday, February 9 — Movie & Craft Saturday Wednesday, February 13 — Mexican Tin Art Craft, 2 p.m. Saturday, February 16 — Loom Knitting - Knit a hat, 1 p.m. Saturday, February 23 — A Closer Look: Book Discussion, 4 p.m. Santa Margarita Library 9630 Murphy Ave, Santa Margarita • 805-438-5622 Saturday, February 2 — Young People’s Reading Round Table, 4 to 5:30 p.m., open to 12 to 16 year olds Saturday, February 23 — Coding with Matt Shandon Library 195 N 2nd St, Shandon • 805-237-3009 Call for info

Key Club — every Wednesday, 11:55 a.m. Kiwanis Club — every Thursday, 7 a.m. Paso Robles — 1900 Golden Hill Rd. (Culinary Arts Academy) Kiwanis Club — every Tuesday, 12 p.m. Board Members — first Tuesday, 1 p.m. Night Meeting — third Wednesday, 6 p.m., Su Casa Restaurant (2927 Spring St.) Lions Club Atascadero Club #2385 • 5035 Palma Ave. Meeting — second and fourth Wednesday, 7 p.m. Paso Robles Club 2407 • 1420 Park St. Meeting — second and fourth Tuesday, 7 p.m. San Miguel Club 2413 • 256 13th St. Meeting — first and third Tuesday, 7 p.m. Santa Margarita Club 2418 • 9610 Murphy St. Meeting — second and fourth Monday, 7:30 p.m. Shandon Valley Club • 630-571-5466 Templeton Club 2427 • 601 Main St. • 805-434-1071 Meeting — first and third Thursday, 7 p.m. Loyal Order of Moose Atascadero #2067 • 8507 El Camino Real • 805-4665121 Meeting — first and third Thursday, 6 p.m. Bingo — first Sunday, 12-2 p.m. Queen of Hearts — every Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Pool League — every Wednesday Paso Robles #243 • 2548 Spring St. • 805-239-0503 Visit mooseintl.org for more information Optimist Club Atascadero — dinner meetings second and fourth Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., Outlaws Bar & Grill, 9850 E. Front Rd. or call 805-712-5090 Paso Robles — dinner meetings second and fourth Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Paso Robles Elks Lodge, 1420 Park St. Rotary International Atascadero — 9315 Pismo Ave. Meeting — every Wednesday, 12 p.m. at Atascadero Lake Pavilion Paso Robles Sunrise — 1900 Golden Hill Rd. Meeting — every Wednesday, 7 a.m. at Culinary Arts Academy Templeton — 416 Main St. Meeting — first and third Tuesday, 7 a.m. at McPhee’s Grill Veterans of Foreign Wars Atascadero #2814 — 9555 Morro Rd., • 805-466-3305 Meeting — first Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Paso Robles #10965 — 240 Scott St., • 805-239-7370 Meeting — first Tuesday, 7 p.m.

$15, Prospective Members: $20. Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce pasorobleschamber.com • 805-238-0506 1225 Park St, Paso Robles, CA 93446 Office Hours with District Supervisor John Peschong — third Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m., Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce Conference Room. Contact Vicki Janssen for appointment, vjanssen@co.clo.ca.us, 805-781-4491 Office Hours with Field Representative for Senator Bill Monning — third Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m., Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce Conference Room. Contact Hunter Snider for appointment, 805-549-3784 Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce January Restaurant of the Month — Park Street Grill, 1344 Park Street, Paso Robles. 805-369-2705

Membership Mixer — Wednesday, February 13 at Community West Bank, 541 Spring Street, Paso Robles; 5:30-7 p.m. Get to know each other and share business contacts all in the friendly confines of a member business. Wake Up Paso — Wednesday, February 27 at Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, 1103 Spring Street, Paso Robles; breakfast at 7:30 a.m., program at 8 a.m.; members $22, general admission $28 Templeton Chamber of Commerce templetonchamber.com • 805-434-1789 321 S. Main Street #C, Templeton, CA 93465 Chamber Board of Directors Meeting — 4 to 5:30 p.m., every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Pacific Premier Bank Conference Room on Las Tablas Blvd.

Service Organizations Service Organizations American Legion Post 50 • 240 Scott St., Paso Robles • 805-239-7370 Commander John Irwin, 805-286-6187. Hamburger Lunch— every Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., $5 Pancake Breakfast — third Saturday, 8 to 11 a.m., $6 Post Meeting — fourth Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. American Legion Post 220 • 805 Main Street, Templeton • 805-610-2708 Post Meeting — second and fourth Wednesday, 6 p.m. Elks Lodge Atascadero Lodge 2733 • 1516 El Camino Real • 805466-3557 Lodge Meeting — second and fourth Thursdays Paso Robles Lodge 2364 • 1420 Park Street • 805239-1411 Lodge Meeting — first and third Wednesdays El Paso de Robles Grange #555 • 627 Creston Rd. • 805-239-4100 Zumba — Tuesday and Thursday, 8:45 a.m. Do Paso Square Dancers — second Thursday, 7-9 p.m. Pancake Breakfast — second Sunday, 7:30-11 a.m., January 13 — Grange Meeting, 12 to 1 p.m. Kiwanis International Atascadero — 7848 Pismo Ave. • 805-610-7229

Business Atascadero Chamber of Commerce atascaderochamber.org • 805-466-2044 6907 El Camino Real, Suite A, Atascadero, CA 93422 Leaders Lunch — Friday, February 1. Build relationships with other leaders in the community while enjoying a catered lunch, and a talk from one our region’s leaders. Member: $25, Non-Member: $35. Business Mixer: Parents For Joy — Thursday, February 21 at Joy Playground, 5599 Traffic Way, Atascadero, CA 93422. Good Morning Atascadero — Friday, February 22 at Galaxy Theatres, 6917 El Camino Real, Suite I, Atascadero, CA 93422. Catch up on the latest news that you need to know for your business. Join us for a variety of speakers, mimosas, and a light breakfast. Members:

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North SLO County Activity & Events Guide | Health & Wellness THE WELLNESS KITCHEN AND RESOURCE CENTER

Visit thewkrc.org, 805-434-1800 for information on Healing and Wellness Foods meal programs, volunteer opportunities, and classes (to RSVP, register and pay online.) Healthy Cooking Class: Heart Healthy Foods — Thursday, February 21, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Idler’s Home Paso Robles, 2361 Theatre Dr., Paso Robles. Also Friday February 22, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Idler’s Home, San Luis Obispo, 122 Cross St., San Luis Obispo.


1051 Las Tablas Road, Templeton • 805238-4411 Open Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to provide support, education and hope. Cancer Support Helpline: 1-888-793-9355, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST. Visit cscslo.org for description of support groups, social events, education and kid’s programs. Living With Cancer Support Group — 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 10:00am –11:00am. Facilitated by Jamie Dunn, LMFT & Katie Boucher, AMFT. Contact Jamie: 805-238-4411. Caregiver Support Group — 4th Wednesdays - concurrent with patient group in a separate room. 10:00am –11:00am. Facilitated by Jamie Dunn, LMFT & Katie Boucher, AMFT Contact Jamie: 805-238-4411. Breast Cancer Group - Templeton — Last Thursday of each month, 11:00am-12:00pm Facilitated by Lindsey Levenson, LMFT, 2-time breast cancer survivor. Contact Jamie: 805238-4411. Mindfulness Hour — with Katie Boucher, AMFT. Last Wednesday. 11:30am - 12:30pm Learn to practice the concepts of mindfulness, distress tolerance and emotional regulation. Open to patients & caregivers. Space

is limited. RSVP Required. Therapeutic Yoga — Mondays, 11:30am– 12:45pm with Sue Larson. Therapeutic yoga designed for cancer patients. Poses can be modified to accommodate various needs and abilities. All levels welcome. Held at Dharma Yoga (1329 Spring St., Paso Robles). Patient Navigation — By Appointment. Get help with your medical and non-medical resources. Let our navigators support you in finding what you need to better support your care. We can help find resources for medical bills, access to benefits, access to financial resources, support for transportation challenges and much more. Call to book an appointment, 805-238-4411. Healthy Lifestyle — Navigate with Niki, Thursdays by appointment, call 805-238-4411; Cancer Well-Fit® at Paso Robles Sports Club, Mondays and Thursdays 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., pre-registration is required with Kathy Thomas at kathythomas10@hotmail.com or 805-610-6486.; Beautification Boutique offers products for hair loss and resources for mastectomy patients (knittedknockers.org).


Take Off Pounds Sensibly — every Monday, 6:30 p.m. at Community Church of Atascadero, 5850 Rosario, basement room. 805-4661697 or visit tops.org North County Overeaters Anonymous — every Monday, 5:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fireside Room, 940 Creston Rd., Paso, OA.org. MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers — first & third Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 940 Creston Road, Paso, Ashley Hazell, 805459-6049, nocomops@gmail.com. Chronic Pain Support Group — CRPS (Chronic

Regional Pain Syndrome), third Tuesdays, 5 to 6 p.m. at Rabobank, 1025 Las Tablas Rd, Templeton. Contact Suzanne Miller 805-704-5970 or email suzanne.miller@ymail.com. North County Parkinson’s Support Group — third Tuesday, 1 p.m. at Templeton Presbyterian Church, 610 So. Main St. Info: Rosemary Dexter 805466-7226. Overeaters Anonymous Atascadero — every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. at California Manor, Past the Lobby and follow the signs, 10165 El Camino Real, Atascadero. Contact Irene 818-415-0353. North County Prostate Cancer Support Group — third Thursday, 7 p.m. at Twin Cities Community Hospital Pavilion Room. Bill Houston 805-9952254 or American Cancer Society 805-473-1748. Lupus/Autoimmune Disorder Support Group — fourth Saturday, 10:30 a.m. at Nature’s Touch, 225 So. Main St., Templeton.


Sponsored by Hospice SLO • 805-544-2266 • hospiceslo.org Living with Grief Group— every Monday, 12:15 p.m. Pet Loss Group — last Monday, 5 p.m. General Grief Group — Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Suicide Bereavement — fourth Wednesday, 3 p.m. Spouse and Partner Group — Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. Child Loss Group — Thursdays, 6 p.m. Family Caregiver Group — every other Friday, 2:30 p.m. Meetings at RISE – Visit in person at 1030 Vine St., Paso Robles or call 805-226-5400 General Grief Group — Wednesdays, 5 p.m. Meeting at 517 13th Street, Paso. No cost, no pre-registration. GriefShare — Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Fireside Room at Trinity Lutheran Church 940 Creston Road, Paso Robles.

Government Paso Robles City Council — first and third Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. at the City of Paso Robles Library Conference Room, 1000 Spring Street Senior Citizens Advisory Committee — second Monday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Paso Robles Senior Center, 270 Scott Street Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee — second Monday, 4 p.m. at Centennial Park Live Oak Room, 600 Nickerson Road Planning Commission — second and fourth Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. at the City of Paso Robles Library Conference Room, 1000 Spring St. Library Board of Trustees — second Thursday, 9 a.m. at City of Paso

Robles Library, 1000 Spring Street Airport Commission — fourth Thursday of every other month, 6:30 p.m. at 4900 Wing Way, Paso Robles. Templeton Community Svcs Dist. Board of Directors — first and third Tuesday, 7 p.m. at 420 Crocker St. Atascadero Planning Commission — first and third Tuesday, 6 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers, 6500 Palma Ave. City Council — second and fourth Tuesday, 6 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers, 6500 Palma Avenue Santa Margarita Area Advisory Council Monthly meetings — first Wednesday, 7 p.m. at Santa Margarita

February 2019, Colony Magazine

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Supervisors Chambers, 1055 Monterey St, Room D170, San Luis Obispo. first and third Tuesday, 9 a.m.

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We Live in One of the Great Places in the World


Here's a few ways you can make it better!

few things coming up that really matter to me as an Atascadero resident. I’ve been a permanent resident of Atascadero for more than 40 years now, growing up here since 1978 and as a matter of choice decided to make the Central Coast my permanent home into my adulthood since returning in 2005. When I returned from a long vacation in Hawaii — paid for by working two jobs during my time in Mammoth Lakes as a rental shop supervisor and a waiter at Hennessey’s Tavern — I stood at Port San Luis and looked south down the Avila Beach coast and I was taken by the wonder of this area. We are smack dab in arms reach of 1,000 things to do within a day’s round trip — all of them epic if you decide it is so. We have hiking, biking, walking, running, tanning, surfing, swimming, cruising, dining, boating, fishing, or just a good old fashioned picnic — and that is all within a 30-minute drive. If you really wanted, you could hike, surf, and snowboard all in

the same day. OK, maybe you are like me and that isn’t exactly realistic … but you should still be able to make sense of the message: you live in one of the unique and amazing places in California, and therefore the world! And you pay for it, so ENJOY IT! So back to the few things coming up that really matter to me. 1) The Atascadero Lake is filling with water after the City of Atascadero was able to open the pipeline from the creek. That is a major assist to preserving our crown jewel’s health. 2) The Atascadero Printery Foundation is hosting a Murder Mystery on Feb. 9, which is an assist in clarifying the long-term goals for the foundation — community, performance art, and history all coming together under one roof. Stay tuned for a radical update on the third part of the foundation’s mission to repurpose the building. 3) The Atascadero Colony Days Committee (no relation to Colony Magazine) has begun its journey toward the 46th annual parade and festival, scheduled for

the first weekend in October. And what do these three things have in common? You can get involved! For very little time, effort, or money, you can provide assistance to things that are going on in Atascadero that happen as a result of community participation. So while you are not enjoying the beautiful area we live in, try this — contact Nancy Hair with the Friends of the Atascadero Lake at 805-674-3850, or Karen McNamara with Atascadero Printery Foundation at 805-4661961, or me at info@colonydays. org to lend a hand or sponsorship for Colony Days. Each of those groups live by the philosophy “many hands make light work” and what better way to get to know your neighbors in Atascadero than to help them make it a better place to live. Make your first call to get your tickets to the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre on Saturday, February 9 and enjoy a five-course Buona Tavola dinner served by Chef Antonio Varia. That will get you in the mood!

So remember:

• You live in one of the best places on Earth.

• You pay for it, one way or another. • So much beauty and life is within your reach ... and we will talk more about that in our March issue as we explore the surrounding area.

• Organizations of humans work together ... like little colonies? ... to make our corner of the world a better place to enjoy, and you can help at literally any age with the willingness to try. • Friends of the Atascadero Lake is putting on LAKEFEST 2019 on Saturday, May 18. Check them out at friendsofatascadero lake.com.

• For $100 you get a five-course gourmet dinner, dessert and wine — and a SHOW! — so, if you haven't gotten your tickets yet, go to atascaderoprintery.org.

• It's a great time to get into the community spirit by joining the Atascadero Colony Days Committee and shape the 46th annual event! Go to colonydays.org for info on how to help.

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1. Will you lose property if you file bankruptcy? No. That is why you have an attorney. In preparing your legal documents we carefully analyze the property you own, so you can keep it, as the law allows. We don’t file unless we know you can keep your property. Once in a while, very rarely, someone has property that cannot be kept in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, so we suggest an alternative remedy for your debt problems.

because their bankruptcy provided so much relief and peace of mind. NO DEBT- Nice.

5. Which debts are cancelled by bankruptcy?

Generally all debts, except child support and alimony, student loans, taxes, restitution for a criminal act and debts incurred as the result of fraud. Taxes may be cancelled if they are old enough; this is something we discuss in your FREE first meeting.

2. Will bankruptcy ruin your credit forever? 6. If you're married, must both of you file? No. In most cases, bankruptcy will provide the quickest way to good credit. Certified Financial Advisor Liz Weston’s article “Filing for Bankruptcy May Actually Help Credit Scores” is available from Richard Rossi.

No. Oft-time the debt is only in one spouse’s name, so the other may opt not to file and so will not have a bankruptcy on their credit history.

Yes. You cannot afford not to have an attorney. An attorney can make sure your keep your property, and give you peace of mind.

No. The moment you file a bankruptcy the lawsuit is stopped (as are foreclosure sales of homes, and creditors’ calls). If a creditor has a judgment against you and is garnishing your wages, the bankruptcy will immediately stop it. The debt you were sued for will be cancelled in the bankruptcy.

3. Do you need an attorney?

Probably no one, except your creditors, unless you disclose the fact - which many of my clients have done

Religion and Bankruptcy: By Dr. Michael Russell (reprinted with permission): “In Deuteronomy 15, Moses reveals God’s concern with perpetual or chronic debt among His people. Moses says, ‘At the end of every seven years you shall grant a remission of debts...’ It has puzzled me over the years why Christian leaders have stressed – almost legalistically at times – that debts have to be repaid no matter what. According to these experts (who often lack theological training), to fail to do so is to sin and reflects spiritual bankruptcy...I reject – that conclusion. God is a God of grace; capitalism knows nothing of grace...Christians need to recognize...the grace of God and that He is, once again, shown to be a God of new beginnings.” (The entire article is available from Richard Rossi.) Testimonials: “Mr. Rossi is a great advisor when it comes to Bankruptcy Law. I went for advice and he with honesty told me all the right things to tell my creditors with out taking a cent. I would highly recommend Mr. Rossi to anyone who needs a service like Bankruptcy as unpleasant as that sounds. I found out I did not need it after all! Thank You Mr. Rossi!” ~ Carolyn M. “When I finally decided to file for bankruptcy a friend recommended Mr. Rossi. After struggling just to keep up with the interest payments on my credit cards it was such a relief to hand everything over to Rick and Debra. Rick made sure I understood the process from start to finish. He made sure that all the collections calls stopped and he ensured that I knew I wasn't a deadbeat for filing bankruptcy and I was able to keep my car. The entire process only took 6 months and I only had to go to court once in Santa Barbara.” ~ Jessica H. Santa Maria


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7. If you‘ve been sued is it too late to file for bankruptcy?

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Are YOU Drowning in Debt? It will only get worse.

Bankruptcy is a Constitutional Right. Why? Simple. Reasonable people get into financial trouble that they cannot get out of.

Getting started: Yes, first call for an appointment. Then make a list of the property you own (home, cars, retirement, etc.) and a list of your debts. You can estimate the amounts owed. List car loans and monthly payments, same with RV and motorcycles, and a list of credit card and personal loans all on one page. You are done! Bring the list with you to the meeting.

Most often clients decide to stop paying credit cards when they meet with attorney Richard Rossi. Immediate Relief. And, you can afford an attorney; we accept payments. Should Seniors consider bankruptcy. Absolutely. Given their fixed income, they usually don’t have the ability to replace savings and investments. Retirement accounts and Social Security are property they CAN KEEP by law. Never borrow against a retirement account or equity in a home to pay unsecured debt. Get a Local Attorney, one who you can meet in person, like Richard Rossi. When speaking with an attorney, ask where the attorney’s office is located. One Testimonial: “Richard Rossi helped me through a very financially difficult time in my life. He took control of the situation and eased my anxiety. He is very knowledgeable about credit law and conducts himself in a very professional manner. I do not hesitate to recommend Richard and his staff to anyone seeking help with money matters.” Bill from AG Turn the page for more information.


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Good people get into financial trouble. Our laws are designed to help people start their financial (and emotional) lives over, very quickly. Bankruptcy is one solution to debt problems; Richard Rossi will explore all your alternatives in your FREE first meeting.

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