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Happiest of Holidays The most wonderfilled time of the year

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SOMETHING WORTH READING 06 Publisher’s Letter ROUND TOWN 08 Colony Buzz: Nutcracker 09 Santa Margarita: Holiday Fun 10 Holiday Shopping Tour: By Two in Tow 11 Creston: Creston Light Parade


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Light Up the Downtown! Holiday Lighting set for December 6 26 North SLO County Happenings

TASTE OF COLONY 28 Taste of Americana: Pies for the Holidays

COLONY PEOPLE 14 Barbie Butz: In Her DNA

LOCAL BUSINESS 29 Glasshead Studios

EVENTS 24 Winter Wowwnderland

TENT CITY 30 Atascadero News Recap

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A Cartoon by Colby Stith A Tree and a Hard Place By James J. Brescia, Ed.D.

LAST WORD 34 Making Communities Better Through Print

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hat a year. We hope yours was great. Looking back on 2019, we are amazed at the progress we made as a local media organization, so THANK YOU, Atascadero!

When my wife and I purchased Paso Robles Magazine in 2017, the plan was simple: upgrade local print media and position ourselves to purchase the local newspapers. Two years later, here we are, ready to work. The past few years were very rewarding for us, and we want to thank the community for showing up in support of the changes we made and the direction we are headed. With the adoption of the Atascadero News, we now have the opportunity to serve our community with two distinct flavors of print and we will develop those voices more clearly through 2020 with greater emphasis on our monthly themes in the magazine. Colony Magazine will contain more distinct lifestyle and eventrelated features, as well as a loyalty to our local businesses and monthly themes. Every issue will be packed with great information, and a redesigned aesthetic style that will place content in a digestible format with advertising to match. Our local community is not just about the superheroes that make it work, the nonprofits or events, or downtown parking issues — it’s really all about business. It is about the early birds, the night owls, and everyone in between who put long hours on the feet and in the seats to make our community thrive. It’s about our local businesses who get to work on time to make sure you get where you need to go, and we all work together to support one great local cause — our Central Coast lifestyle, and our North SLO County lifestyle. It’s longstanding family traditions, and new small businesses. It’s old-school culture and grit meeting innovative technology and delivery. It’s about friends, family, and Friday night lights. It’s about big tables, hearty foods, and magical evenings. It’s about first-name basis’ and firm handshakes. It’s about showing up and backing up. It’s about kicking up dust and protecting our way of life. It’s the time of year that brings it all together. From all of us at Colony Magazine and Atascadero News, we wish you the happiest of holidays, and a tremendous 2020. Please enjoy this issue of Colony Magazine. Nicholas Mattson 805-239-1533

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Nutcracker Dances Ahead of the Holidays T

he North County Dance and Performing Arts Foundation ( N C D PA F ) proudly presents The Nutcracker Ballet at the Templeton Performing Arts Center (TPAC) on the Templeton High School Campus. Guests both young and old are invited to enjoy this timeless holiday tradition at six performances on one weekend only from December 5 through 8. In its 23rd year of production, NCDPAF’s The Nutcracker Ballet highlights the beloved Tchaikovsky classical score which contains some of the most recognizable music in the world and traditional ballet choreography to tell the story of Clara Stahlbaum and her magical Nutcracker doll who comes to life in her dreams and accompanies her on a magical journey. 76 dancers, performers including choreographers and directors from North County studios including Class Act Dance, Main Street Dance and Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation audition

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in September and rehearse weekly through the fall months before presenting their pre- professional level talent on stage in December. Directing the production again this year is Cheryle Armstrong, owner of Class Act Dance studio and Artistic Director of the Paso Robles Chamber Ballet. Joining as Assistant Director is Taylor Santero, director of Class Act Dance’s Jazz Company. The talented choreography team is made up of Jocelyn Willis, owner of Main Street Dance studio, Theresa Comstock, Class Act Dance instructor, Molly McKiernan, ballet instructor at both Class Act Dance and CORE Dance Studio in San Luis Obispo, and professional choreographer Kristen McLaughlin. The production is produced by NCDPAF Board of Directors along with a generous and talented team of parent volunteers. Dancing the role of Clara Stahlbaum is Kailey Ardouin, member of Class Act Dance’s Ballet Ensemble Company and an 8th grade honors student at

Atascadero Middle School. Enchanting the audience as the Sugar Plum Fairy is Julia Steffenauer, a graduate of F.F.S. Private School. Julia is 18 and has been dancing for over eight years. Professional ballet dancer and instructor, Peter Hershey, will impress as the Cavalier. Peter began his dance career at age 11 at Seiskaya Ballet Academy in New York and went on to attend both the School of American Ballet and The Julliard School. NCDPAF is honored to have a talented guest dancer in the Cavalier role.

Performances: Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. “Student Night” Open Dress Rehearsal Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. For tickets please visit

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t’s time to bundle up, grab your family and friends and join in on some good ‘ol Santa Margarita holiday fun! Jump in on the Home and Business Decorating Contest to be judged by December 8 and mark your calendars for these upcoming events to let the spirit of the season carry you away! Sunday, December 1 at 5 p.m., gather your loved ones and put on your scarves, hats and mittens for the Annual Tree Lighting in the Santa Margarita Community Park. There’s no better way to get into the Christmas Spirit than with friends and neighbors for this festive occasion. This event, sponsored by the Santa Margarita Village Association, includes caroling and a tree lighting, with hot chocolate, cider and cookies, provided by the Santa Margarita Community Church, followed by continued caroling through the neighborhoods and ending up at the Santa Margarita Community Hall for a free and delicious hot soup and roll dinner provided by the local Lion’s Club.

Santa, ready for your Christmas wishes during the second annual Holiday Stroll. Photo by Simone Smith

Friday, December 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. is the third annual Sip & Shop in downtown Santa Margarita. This adult evening out includes wine tasting, snacks, sales, and extended shopping hours with a festive holiday atmosphere hosted by The Barn Antiques and Unique, Home *Santa Margarita*, Casa Loma Rustic Furnishings and other participating downtown businesses. A fabulous local gift basket will be raffled off with ticket sales and donations from the evening going to benefit The Friends of the Santa Margarita Library. On Saturday, December 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., skip the big box stores and rush on over to the Friends of the Santa Margarita Library Craft Faire and Bake Sale, located at the Santa Margarita Community Hall, 22501 “I” Street, to find those perfect, hand made, one of a kind

items. This annual event features modern and traditional crafts made by the local creative community along with some delicious holiday baked goods. Hot foods and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the day with all event proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Santa Margarita Library. On Saturday, December 14, from 5 to 8 p.m., join the fun of the 2nd annual Santa Margarita Holiday Stroll along El Camino Real in downtown Santa Margarita. This family-friendly event is rapidly becoming one of the most anticipated of the season. Organized by the Santa Margarita Beautiful Association, you are invited to “stroll through the sparkling downtown” and visit participating businesses which will be open late, providing an extra dose of holiday cheer. Serenaded by carolers along the way, you will find sales, hot cider, hot chocolate, cookies, craft activities and more. This year stop by the towns newest business additions, J’s Country Kitchen (next door to HOME) and Caliwala Market and Deli (previous Dunbar location) to see what they’ve got going on. Don’t forget the magical walk to Santa’s House at The Educated Gardener where the announcement of this year’s home and business decorating contest will also be announced at 7 p.m.

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715 6th St., Paso Robles @mightymunchkinsplayzone “Rentals & Indoor Play. Make any event baby & toddler-friendly & fun for everyone, including you!”

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t probably comes as no surprise that some of our favorite things to give kids aren’t “things” at all — they’re the gift of experience. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule. Because there are some seriously adorable kid stores in the North County. And if you're really set on something to wrap, many of our favorite kiddo experiences also offer gift cards. In no ranking order, here are our recommendations on local places to shop for kids this holiday season (or anytime). I’ve also included their Instagram handles because if you know me at all, you know that’s my favorite way to scope out local businesses these days.

Firefly Gallery

839 12th St., Paso Robles @fireflypaso “Local & whimsical creations: clothes, decor, gifts.” I’ve written about Firefly before, and that’s because it’s a major fave. Every time I walk by this store (or run by, if I’m chasing Wyatt, which is usually) I think to myself how crazy cute the interior is. Seriously, all the products here are gift-worthy. I’ve oohed at the boho dangly earrings and ahhed at the pretty floral notebooks. That children’s section, though? Well, it’s just next-level. In the middle of the store under the chic setup of a little wooden house is a haven of delightful children’s gifts. Think lots of sweetly-selected toys that would work as fancy stocking stuffers or multiuse pieces tucked into a wrapped package’s oversized bow. Plus beautifully crafted picture books, fluffy stuffed ostriches and sloths, and other unique finds.

Anna & Mom

5945 Entrada Ave., Atascadero @anna_and_mom “Unique & affordable clothing and gifts for children & the people who love them.” I’m pretty sure this place is the Fireflylike equivalent of Atascadero. I had never

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Mighty Munchkins Playzone

been there before, and it was such a treat to experience. I took Wyatt on a recent afternoon and he immediately started moving fire trucks in and out of a little wooden firehouse set up for kids to play with while their mamas... peruse the kid’s clothes of course! I got Clara some very nice thick leggings decorated with dainty little rhinestones on the hem and Wyatt selected glittery ice blue rain boots. Both items were fun and different and unlike generic things you’d find online. The displays also included charming board books about goats, dino-shaped eating utensils and unicorn everything. You guys, I barely made it out of the store without literally buying ALL THE THINGS.

Paso Robles Children’s Museum

623 13th St., Paso Robles “To engage children in a joyful learn-throughplay environment and inspire educational curiosity…” Situated inside Paso Robles’ old firehouse, this nonprofit play place has two-stories of exhibits exploring all the things kids love. Throw on an apron and grab paintbrush and swipe strokes of neon shaving cream on the Paint Wall. Fill up a plastic pushcart with plastic fish and veggies at the pretend market and dress up as a magician at the theater dress-up stage. The kids’ museum has all this and more, plus a cool outdoor play area. Want to give the gift of play? The museum runs a special during the month of December. Purchase a $125 annual membership for a family of four and get an additional month free. That’s 13 months of play for the price of 12 months.

Another experience people can gift the littles in their lives is a gift card to Mighty Munchkins Playzone. This new business features soft structure indoor play equipment for babies and toddlers ages 6 and younger. I figured Clara and Wyatt would just run and jump and burn some energy there, but I also watched them make new friends as they worked together to build little structures with the giant play pieces. The ball pit was also a big draw. Gift cards and punch cards are available for purchase.

Hop’s Bounce House

5805 El Camino Real (Suite A), Atascadero @hopsbouncehouse “Indoor Bounce House Play Center: Focusing on a clean, active environment!” Hop’s offers indoor bounce houses for kids of all ages and a play area with toys for littles. Designed for babies to tweens, the facility features a bunch of different bounce houses to jump around in, climb on and slide down. The setup is well thought out with a cubby wall for shoes, toy area for babies and toddlers, TVs, and — my fave — multiple comfy couches for parents to actually sit down for once. Annual passes, daily admission tickets and punch passes would make wonderful gifts here.

Paso Robles General Store 841 12th St., Paso Robles @generalstorepaso “Goods & provisions for pantry & home.”

This store might be your go-to for Paso almond brittle to nibble and munch (no, seriously, gift yourself a bag this Christmas — it’s to die for), but did you know this shop also has some charming Paso-inspired onesies and children’s T-shirts? I haven’t been there lately so I can’t attest to the exact slogans in stock. But usually, it’s catchy sayings such as “Paso Grown” under a blocky tractor/harvest/ farm-life graphic, and all in great colors. If you have a baby, know a baby or are friends with anyone who is about to have a baby, these tops are your go-to gift.

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Small-Town HOLIDAY MAGIC in Creston Jennifer Best


t’s nearly Christmas in Creston. Sure, I realize it’s nearly Christmas everywhere, but it feels extra special out here in the country where the community goes all out for the season. Crestonites are putting up lights only family, friends and a handful of neighbors are likely to spot. We’re opening our homes and farms to family and friends, gathering our clubs and our kids to celebrate the season with parties and dinners and bonfires and services and, yes, even looking forward to a lighted parade and a visit from Santa Claus. Creston Community Church kicks off the season with its Christmas Tree Lighting at 5:30 p.m. on December 8. This free,

public event at the corner of O’Donovan Road and Adams Street includes Christmas music, cowboy beans, cookies, coffee, hot chocolate and cider. The CATCH Fund Creston Cowboy Christmas Party keeps the festivities going Dec. 14 at Creston Community Center, 5110 Swayze Road. Proceeds from the catered dinner benefit further improvements to the center. The evening includes music, access to raffles and a lively home-made dessert auction. Seating in the old firehouse is limited, so only 100 tickets will be sold at $45 per person or $400 for a reserved table of eight. No tickets at the door. Call 805-610-1517 to secure your ticket. The following Saturday brings the Creston Christmas Light Parade. Locals light up anything they can get their hands on — tractors, trucks, boats, horses, kids — for this fun outing through our village. It’s everything a

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small-town gathering was meant to be: small, local, festive. If you plan to take part, plan to arrive early, bring your own chair and to find a spot along the route or

get yourself in the parade lineup at the Longbranch Saloon, 6258 Webster Road by 5 p.m. Christmas Eve starts bright and early for Creston Christmas Eve along Webster Road. The longtime Creston tradition begins when campfires, tripods and good old coffee pots are set up for some deep, dark, cowboy coffee, the men cook up the sausages and set out the breakfast burritos, and Creston 4H Club leads youth activities. Meanwhile, Creston Women’s Club and Creston Volunteer Firefighters usher Santa Claus to the newly reinstalled bench outside Creston Post Office where he accepts any last-minute requests from Creston-area children. The festivities begin shortly after sunrise with Santa’s arrival close to 11 a.m. depending on how the reindeer are pulling. Creston Community Church, 6256 Adams St., wraps up the pre-Christmas events with its own Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. | 11

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In Her DNA Barbie Butz might not wear a cape, but she always

seems to show up where people need the most help


By Patrick Pemberton

our decades later, Barbie Butz still regrets the memory of a boy from one of her classes at San Luis Junior High School. “He came every day with a soiled down jacket,” she said. “It didn’t matter what the weather was, that kid came with that jacket. And I’ll bet you anything there was something underneath that he was embarrassed about, and the jacket hid it.” Butz wishes she had figured that out then. But she has more than made up for the oversight, making sure thousands of children have had clothing through her volunteering efforts at both the Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County and Coats for Kids of SLO County, the latter of which will be teaming up for the Holiday Project this month. (see story on page 20). “I hope I’ve made a difference,” Butz said. “I hope that when I die — when I’m not around anymore — that I somehow did something for somebody.” She doesn’t have to worry about that. As her friend Charlene Ables noted when Butz was recognized at Cuesta College for the Women of Distinction and Community Service Award, a Google search on Butz’s volunteer work can be overwhelming. Those who have benefitted from her efforts include Friends of the Atascadero Library, the Atascadero Historical Society, Atascadero Printery Foundation, Atascadero Performing Arts Center Committee and many more. Meanwhile, her list of awards and recognitions is equally impressive, including Kiwanian of the Year, Woman of the Year from the 33rd Assembly District, and the George Dodge Humanitarian Award.

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"Whenever I have been called to say, 'We want to recognize you' or 'give you an award,' it throws me off a little bit. Because I never have done all this stuff by myself."

Barbie Butz on the steps of the Atascadero Printery Building. Photo by Patrick Pemberton

But Butz is humbled by such recognition. “Whenever I have been called to say, ‘We want to recognize you’ or ‘give you an award,’ it throws me off a little bit,” she says. “Because I never have done all this stuff by myself.” Nearly a native Californian, her parents moved to Arcadia, 83 years ago from Oklahoma, when her grandfather landed a job as a mechanic. “The whole family came,” said Butz, who was less than a year old at the time. “My grandparents and

my aunts and uncles. She began volunteering as a child, helping her father, who was a Lions Club president, and her mother, who was president of the Leonas, the Lions Club women’s auxiliary. “It’s in my DNA,” she said. “It’s in my genes.” She met her future husband, John, while the two worked on a homecoming float — The Flying Horse — at the University of California, Santa Barbara, from which she graduated in 1958. After marrying in 1959, John would

eventually operate his own custom home business while Barbie would work as a substitute teacher, often for long-term assignments. The two moved to Atascadero when land became available in 1980. Five years later, Barbie’s retirement gave her the opportunity to step up her volunteer efforts. One of her earliest volunteer projects was with the Assistance League, which she served as charter president locally. Each year, the organization provides money for low-income kids to buy clothing at Kohl’s in Paso Robles and Old Navy in San Luis Obispo. “When they go to Kohl’s to get the clothes, the first thing they want are shoes,” she said. “They’ll say, ‘Do I get to keep these?’” While she considers Atascadero nearly perfect, her wish list does include a performing arts center — another project she’s been involved with. “I keep telling them we’ve got to get busy,” she starts with a laugh, ‘because I’d like to see it before I go.” Butz often promotes nonprofits in her columns for Atascadero News and Colony Magazine but she also champions good food – something she’s also been involved with for a long time. Her favorite dish to make is something she calls Dump Soup. It’s something she made a lot when her three sons were growing up. “A dump soup is bits and pieces from the freezer,” she explained. “I’d save a little bit of meat loaf, or there’d be corn left over or green beans — whatever. You’d save it, and then you dumped it.” Due to its leftover nature, though, Dump Soup was almost never the same. “You could never give anybody a recipe,” she said.

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A AFAMILY TRADITION LOST TRADITION Cutting your own CHRISTMAS TREE in the North County By By Camillie Camille Anderson Anderson


elieve it or not, there was a time when families would venture into the woods and cut down their very own Christmas tree. Imagine bundling up your family with a Thermos of cocoa in tow, a wagon, and scurrying around the snowy woods for the perfect pine tree. What if I told you that you can cut down your very own Christmas tree right here on the Central Coast? And don’t worry, you won’t end up with frostbite and a squirrel in your tree like Clark Griswald. At one point, there were more than 20 Christmas tree farms in North County alone. The first tree farm in the area was Hidden Springs Tree Farm in Atascadero. Fred and Wanda Frank, farmers from Minnesota, moved to Atascadero and purchased the property in the 1930s. Initially, they farmed hay, wheat, and fruit. Christmas trees were an unplanned venture. The Franks’ driveway was lined with Monterey Pines and one year, during the holiday season, they decided to cut the trees and leave them at the end of the driveway for people to take. It was then, in 1959, when Fred Frank Jr. (Freddie), their only son, convinced his parents to plant the first Christmas trees.

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“We have this cool old sign over here that says ‘honk if you want a Christmas tree.’ People would just come up and honk, and they would just come out of their house and take their money and get a saw,” Craig Dobbs said. After the Franks began their tree business, several others started their farms. The 80s seemed to be the peak for tree farmers in North County. But due to the intensive year-round care required and temporary tree lots now in every parking lot, tree farms slowly went out of business. The Franks started with one lot, which has grown to 10 acres, more than 2,000 trees, and nine varieties for your choosing. Freddie, at 83 years old, is still as active as can be. “His favorite thing is cutting trees,” said his daughter, Auraly Dobbs. “So he’s the chainsaw guy, he loves that. Still will go out there… because of trees falling and stuff and he’s been milling. All the wood on the barn is all from him.” Beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving, customers are welcome to the farm to search for their favorite tree. Auraly Dobbs recalls her favorite part of the season. “It’s just really fun to see all of the customers that keep coming back, and you feel like it’s a community again, it

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feels small town-ish again,” she said. “People are chatting and having fun… they slow down, and it’s nice.” Apple cider, popcorn, and chestnuts harvested from the property’s trees are available for guests to enjoy. They also offer services such as shaking, drilling, netting, and sell stands to make your tree cutting a breeze. Located in Bradley, you'll find what was once Beard’s Circle Pine Ranch. After purchasing property in Bradley, Linda and Jim Beard decided they would plant pine trees to sell during the holiday season. Jim had a daughter who sadly passed away from asthma in her late 20s. The trees were Jim’s way contributing to cleaner air in honor of his daughter. The Beards began selling trees on the weekends in 2007. Like most tree lots, they open on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Linda would get up early in the morning before opening to make hot chocolate and set out cookies. “Every year we had fruit trees,” she said. “I’d make jams, and we would sell the jam, and my husband made things out of horseshoes.” Jim would hook his tractor up to a trailer loaded with hay bales to tow around kids from local schools, and whoever else wanted to enjoy a

little hayride. “Our favorite part was when we opened up and the families would come, and the kids would just scatter and look for their favorite tree,” Linda said. On cold days Jim would start a fire in the burn pit for everyone to huddle around. Even on rainy days, someone would show up to pick out their tree. Linda fondly remembers a family with three little girls. “They all came with their little boots on, their raincoats and their umbrellas,” she said. “They came and sat on the hay bales and got a ride and picked out their tree all in the pouring down rain.” Sadly, Jim had a stroke, and the Beards moved away from the farm earlier this year. Regardless of the circumstances, Jim Beard remains proud of his tree-farming days. Besides the fact that cutting down your tree is about as traditional as it gets, tree farms are also sustainable and contribute to cleaner air. Visiting a tree farm is a unique opportunity to make beautiful memories with your family. So let us get our coats and cocoa together and take a trip to the tree farm!

The Frank/Dobbs Family at Hiddle Springs Tree Farm

Hay rides at Circle Pine Ranch

Hay rides at Circle Pine Ranch

Plan your visit


3202 Monterey Rd, Atascadero • 805 466-2134 Opens the Friday after Thanksgiving Trees priced from $10-$55 and pre-cut trees are also available TYPES OF TREES AVAILABLE

• Douglas Fir • Scotch Pine • White Fir • Blue Spruce • Redwood • White Spruce • Austrian Pine

Jim Beard at Circle Pine Ranch

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Winter Holiday around North County

Ebeneezer Scrooge Paso Robles Vine St. Victorian Showcase Lollipop Light Garden Cambria Christmas Market

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The Christmas Story Lamp PR Vine St. Victorian Showcase La NativitĂŠ de Paris Cambria Christmas Market

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Tunnel of Lights Cambria Christmas Market Lighting Ceremony Atascadero City Hall

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Helping Hands

THE HOLIDAY PROJECT offers food, clothing and toys to those in need


By Patrick Pemberton

hile the Holiday Project features many members of the community banding together to help those in need, it’s the young helpers that stand out in Jeanne Robbins’s mind. “I love to watch the children,” said Robbins, who is the Holiday Project Coordinator for Atascadero Loaves & Fishes. “I like to think that we are grooming tomorrow’s volunteers because we won’t be here forever.” Loaves & Fishes assists food insecure families throughout the year. But on December 18, the organization will work with Toys for Tots, Coats for Kids, the Kiwanis Club, the Marine Corps Reserves and the Salvation Army to put on Holiday Project at the Atascadero Armory. At the same time, Coats for Kids and the Salvation Army will partner with the Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles for its 25th annual Day of Giving December 14 at the Paso Robles Events Center. In Atascadero, Loaves & Fishes expects to give out roughly 300 food boxes during the Holiday Project. The organization operates a food pantry that food-insecure families can visit on weekdays, from 1 to 3 p.m. Hundreds of people are fed through the pantry every week. While families can typically visit the pantry twice a month, the Holiday Project allows them an extra box of food in December. Not everyone who gets food during the Holiday Project is a pantry regular, though. And the food offered won’t necessarily be the makings of a holiday meal (Expect lots of soups and vegetables). “Our hope is that what we give them will free them up to get what they will

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want to get for a holiday dinner,” said Robbins, whose husband, Carl, is also a Holiday Project coordinator. Interested families will need to register ahead of time. Once they do, they will also be eligible to get toys and coats at the armory. “The kids don’t normally come because the parents are also getting toys,” said Barbie Butz, who volunteers with Coats for Kids. Each year Coats for Kids gives out roughly 4,000 “gently used” garments to families in the North County, Butz said. Local cleaners offer to clean the coats, which are also available for adults for free. Coats for Kids was an offshoot of the Los Ninos Home Society Auxillary, which Butz led for two years as president. Meanwhile, Toys for Tots collects toys with

the help of the Marines and the Kiwanis Club of Atascadero. Last year, 8,500 toys were given to more than 1,700 children. Toys for Tots drop-off boxes are fixtures throughout the community, beginning the first week of November. “We have 55 locations in Atascadero and Templeton,” said Sage Hider, the local Toys for Tots coordinator. The goal, Hider said, is to provide two toys for every child, plus a game or puzzle to enjoy with the family, a book and a stocking stuffer. While toys might not seem as important as food or clothing, it is important emotionally. “If you feel left out, that makes you feel pretty bad as a kid,” said Hider, a long-time Kiwanis member. Loaves & Fishes is the umbrella for the Holiday Project, which it has put on since 1985. The event specifically reaches out to those who live in Atascadero, the California Valley, Creston, Santa Margarita, and Templeton, making it hyper-local. “We’re trying to take care of our own,” Robbins said. While the event is intended for lowand very low-income families, Robbins said anyone can find themselves in difficult financial situations. “Things come up,” she said. “Doctor bills, losing your job.” Local businesses contribute to the cause, but Robbins said the organization always encourages donations. While the armory can get pretty packed during the Holiday Project, Robbins said the mood is always friendly. “You never see anyone getting upset,” she said. “It’s just a heart-warming day.”

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redit where credit is due, the tangible excitement about Atascadero’s downtown still hinges on the successful completion of La Plaza by Z Villages, and the footings being poured cements the potential of the investments that many downtown businesses have made. But it is the entrepreneurs that pepper the downtown that give it the charm

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and character that make it a shopping destination this holiday season. Like a main vein jutting perpendicular off El Camino across from the future La Plaza, Entrada Avenue is a blooming of new business pumping life in downtown Atascadero. Arguably, the special atmosphere and camaraderie of the business owners make it the best street in Atascadero’s Colony District. From a halfway shutdown tenancy just

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a couple years ago, Entrada now has eating, drinking, and shopping to keep you busy for a few hours at a time, and a barber shop if you stay too long. Wake up at Dark Nectar with a fresh cuppa Joe from Danny Jones and crew, then get on your way. While a day on Entrada might be less exciting for the man of the house, bring him too and drop him off at Dead Oak Brewing Co. He can stay for a spell, then head to Nate’s Barbershop to clean up with a fresh look in a classic barbershop in which you might expect a quartet to serenade the snip while you tour a bourgeoning downtown avenue filled with knowledgable and friendly proprietors. Think we’re fans? Yeah, we are. Want a fresh look with fashion-forward clothing? Hit Farron Elizabeth where you can get fitted and fixed up with the down low on the rest of the shops on Entrada. Farron offers 20 years of fashion experience, custom made clothing, jewelry and accessories in a shop whose atmosphere reflects something out of Caesar’s Palace. It’s a can’t miss for ladies of all ages. Next door, Black Sheep Finds brings sexy back with vintage clothing and unique specialty items. A recently stocked hat selection includes Gigi pip hats, and the macrame is a must see. Broaden the spectrum with a stop at Anna & Mom for a selection of clothing and gifts

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for children and the people who love them. Selections of new books, hats, decor, toys, and seasonal items curated by Anna Pecharich and her team of treasure hunters. Season to season, it is an ever-changing display of wellorganized merchandise for all ages. Mix it up next door at Baby’s Babble, where a collection of gently-used and never-used items for the little ones can be found. From strollers to clothes to toys and games, its a unique experience for the adventurous new mom or dad. Wow, we were just getting started but I feel like it is either time for another cup of coffee from Danny or a stop for a mid-day cold one from Dead Oak Brewering Co. Either way, it is time for a pick me up before round two. Whale’s Tale kombucha out of the tap at Dark Nectar is always fresh and a flavorful punch to

the taste buds, or carb-up with a snack. Popping to the north side of Entrada, you’ll find another one-of-a-kind shop in Mudflat Mercantile, where a selection of boots will blow your socks off. No, seriously keep your socks on when trying on boots, but the selection puts the ‘fun’ in funky. The Mercantile also carries a wide selection of unique gift items that brighten up holiday decorations with vintage and rustic looks. Head over to Scissor Clothing for handmade outfits, local goods and vintage items and apothecary. Almost had enough? Us too. Head back toward El Camino Real and get yourself topped off with some wine tasting at the newly-renovated Kula Vineyards and Winery tasting room. Dog-friendly, featuring an outdoor patio area and dessert pairings on weekends. Need something a bit more hearty? Turn the corner right at ECR and pop in at LaDonna’s for a special homemade meal by none other than LaDonna White. She cooks like it’s her own home, and the atmosphere is modern and inviting. Custom cocktails and special orders are made to order. LaDonna creates from scratch, but can also cook a custom meal — call ahead to reserve and place custom orders to make that special evening spectacular. It’s a short avenue, but packs a punch. Take a trip and tell them Colony Magazine sent you.

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igger and better than ever before, the City of Atascadero’s Winter Wonderland will be back this year on Friday, December 13 from 5 to 9 p.m. in Sunken Gardens and the downtown area. Although it doesn’t snow often in Atascadero, rain or shine, there will be snow during this event — and lots of it. “Last year we brought in 53 tons of snow and this year we are bringing in 65 tons of snow because we want to increase the snow pile areas to be more significant,” said Terrie Banish, Deputy City Manager of Outreach, Promotions & Events. “The snow is used to build the snow slide which we couldn’t do without the Atascadero Kiwanis Club. They are a huge part of this event. They build the snow sled area every year and they tear it down.” Building the snow slide is such a massive feat, anyone who wants to volunteer either to build the ramp or dismantle it afterward is highly encouraged to do so. The snow slide will be between Traffic Way and Entrada, the only part of the downtown area with a great slope for getting some serious sledding speed. There will also be age-specific snow play areas for ages 12 and under and for ages 13 and over. To add to the wintry festivities, the Elk’s Club of Atascadero will have Joe’s Little Train; BubbleFun will be there with bounce houses, bungee jumping and obstacle courses; and more than 55 food and craft vendors will be scattered throughout the area between East Mall and

Traffic Way offering a great variety of unique items to help you cross some holiday shopping off your to-do list as well as goodies such as gourmet hot chocolate. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be taking a day off from the North Pole to make an appearance and since he is the guest of honor, Santa will be leading the way by sledding down the snow ramp first along with his elves before they make their way to City Hall for visits with the kids. Outside of City Hall, attendees will find entertainment by Atascadero Elementary and High School Concert and Show Choirs. There will also be performances by Motions Academy of Dance, Fine Arts Academy of Dance and Fine Arts Honor Choir as well as live DJing by Medina Light Show Designs. Entertainment starts at 5 p.m. and keeps going until around 7:30 p.m. A-Town Skate park will do a demonstration on East Mall and El Camino where there will be a band from 7 to 9 p.m. The Winter Wonderland is a free event for all ages. According to Banish, around 10,000 people from all over the county are expected to attend the event throughout the course of the evening to witness the spectacular snowy paradise. “Come and enjoy that event if you haven’t done it, it’s well worth it,” Banish said. “It’s a lot of fun and it really gets you in the holiday spirit.” For more information on Winter Wonderland 2019, go to

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By Melissa Allen

he City of Atascadero will officially be in the holiday spirit Friday, December 6 for the Annual “Light Up the Downtown” Holiday Celebration at Sunken Gardens. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with Holiday Art, Wine & Brew hosted by Atascadero Chamber of Commerce. For those 21 and over, more than 30 downtown merchants will have wine, craft beer and cider tastings. Admission cost is $20 which includes a wristband and a wine glass. Tickets can be purchased online in advance at or at the time of the event either at

Atascadero City Hall or Grape Encounters EmPOURium on Traffic Way. As for the ceremony, a countdown will begin for the beautiful and awe-inspiring lighting presentation at the Historic City Hall at 6 p.m. “You might notice the trees might get a little bigger this year and we have our wreath and all the swag that goes around the building,” said Terrie Banish, Deputy City Manager of Outreach, Promotions & Events. “We turn it all on at one time and from there we have our community entertainment.” Entertainment will include the Fairweather Four Barbershop Q uartet, the Atascadero

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Community Band and many others. Complementary docentled tours of City Hall will also be offered at 5, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tours take approximately 40 minutes. Santa will be making his way from the North Pole and will arrive via fire truck before he makes his way to the lower rotunda of City Hall for personal visits. Attendees can enter through the Lewis Avenue side of the building and make their way to Santa for a photo and a candy cane. Aside from a chance to hang out with Santa, this event, which typically draws around 2,000 people, will also offer the chance to go on a horse-drawn hayride,

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a Model A fire truck ride and, of course, hot chocolate! “This event has gained in popularity over the years.” Banish said. “There’s a lot involved, a lot of community entertainment, a lot of folks out just to seeing their friends and family and neighbors and all ages are welcome, so that makes it kind of cool and it’s a beautiful evening to put light to.” Aside from the Holiday Art, Wine & Brew, this event is free and for all ages. However, you may want to consider bringing your pocketbook to purchase some holiday goodies and get some items crossed off your shopping list. For more information, go to


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tascadero’s Sunken Gardens and the entire downtown will be transformed into a magical winter landscape for all ages to enjoy! It will feature a massive snow slide, snow play areas, rock climbing wall, bounce houses, Joe’s Little Train, Santa and Mrs. Claus!

DATE: Friday, Dec. 13 TIME: 5 to 9 p.m. PLACE: Atascadero's Sunken Gardens and Downtown COST: Free MORE INFO:



Holiday Musical Walk Around the Lake DATE: Saturday, Dec. 7 TIME: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. PLACE: Atascadero Lake Park COST: Free MORE INFO: Presented by the

Atascadero Lake Neighborhood Association. Visit, for more information.







Lighted Boat Parade DATE: Saturday, Dec. 7 TIME: 5:15 to 8 p.m. PLACE: Water front, 695 Harbor St.

Morro Bay

COST: Free MORE INFO: Cheer for your

favorite nautical display. Santa will also be in his house on the Embarcadero.



DEC. 6 Light Up the Downtown Enjoy an evening of holiday fun in Sunken Gardens in Downtown Atascadero. The lighting of the Historic City Hall takes place at 6 p.m. and Santa will be making an apperance. DATE: Friday, Dec. 6 TIME: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. PLACE: Sunken Gardens, Atascadero COST: Free MORE INFO:



Holiday Light Parade

Creston Christmas Tree Lighting

DATE: Saturday, Dec. 7 TIME: 7 p.m. PLACE: Downtown Paso Robles COST: Free MORE INFO: Enjoy the sights

DATE: Sunday, Dec. 8 TIME: 5:30 p.m. PLACE: Corner of O'Donovan Road

and sounds of the holiday spirit with an illuminated parade featuring an array of light spectacles from local businesses.



and Adams Street in Creston COST: Free MORE INFO: Includes Christmas music, cowboy beans, cookies, coffee, hot chocolate and cider.



Vine Street Victorian Showcase

Creston Christmas Light Parade

Victorian Teddy Bear Tea

Holiday Magic at Charles Paddock Zoo

DATE: Saturday, Dec. 14 TIME: 6 to 9 p.m. PLACE: Vine Street in Paso Robles COST: Free MORE INFO: Bring the whole

DATE: Saturday, Dec. 21 TIME: 5 p.m. PLACE: Parade begins at

DATE: Saturday, Dec. 21 TIME: 2-4 p.m. PLACE: Paso Robles Park Ball-

DATE: Saturday, Dec. 21 TIME: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. PLACE: Charles Paddock Zoo, 9100

family to Vine Street for this annual community Christmas party tradition. Visit

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Longbranch Saloon, 6258 Webster Rd. Creston COST: Free MORE INFO: Locals light up anything they can get their hands on for this fun outing

room, 1232 Park St., No. 200 COST: $8 for children, $20 for adults MORE INFO: Event features music, storytelling, gingerbread cookie decorating, and door prizes.

Morro Rd., Atascadero COST: $10 (13 and older); $8 (ages 5-12); $5 (ages 3-4); $9 (seniors); children 2 and under free MORE INFO: Call 805-461-5080

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General Membership Meeting and Luncheon: Wednesday, April 3 The Groves on the 41, 4455 Hwy 41 East, Paso Robles from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $30; must RSVP by 3-24. Visit northcountynewcomers. org

Active Senior Club of Templeton

nity Church, 2706 Spring St., Paso Robles, Public is welcome, no charge, guests welcome. Call 805-712-7820 or visit

Exchange Club

Second Tuesday, 12:15-1:30 p.m. at McPhee’s, 416 S. Main St., Templeton. 805-610-8096,

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 luncheon. Membership is $5 per year. Contact Templeton Recreation Department with questions. 805-434-4909

Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 465

Coffee with a CHP

Monthly Dinner Estrella Warbirds Museum

Second Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., Nature’s Touch Nursery & Harvest, 225 Main St., Templeton.

North County Multiflora Garden Club

Second Wednesday, 12 to 3 p.m. at PR Commu-

Second Wednesday, 7 p.m. at Paso Airport Terminal, 4900 Wing Way. Getting youth involved with aviation,

6 p.m. at Templeton American Legion Hall, 805 Main St. Meetings include wine and beer tasting, speaker or program and potluck. winesandsteins. org, 805-235-2048

Central Coast Violet Society

Second Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Creston Village Activity Room, 1919 Creston Road, Paso Robles. Email with any questions.

Atascadero Republican Women Federated

4th Tuesday at 11 at Atascadero SpringHill Suites Marriott

First Wednesday, 6 p.m., guest speakers. 805296-1935 for dinner reservations,

Daughters of the American Revolution

North County Wines and Steins

First Sunday. For time and place, email

First Friday of the month (Jan-May; Aug-Nov),

CLUBS & MEETUPS 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 • 805-466-3557 Lodge Meeting — second and fourth Thursdays

Loyal Order of Moose

Atascadero #2067 • 8507 El Camino Real • 805-466-5121 Meeting — first and third Thursday, 6 p.m.

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Bingo — first Sunday, 12-2 p.m. Queen of Hearts — every Tuesday, 7 p.m. Pool League — every Wednesday

Kiwanis International

Atascadero — 7848 Pismo Ave. • 805-610-7229 Key Club — every Wednesday, 11:55 a.m. Kiwanis Club — every Thursday, 7 a.m.

Lions Club

Atascadero Club #2385 • 5035 Palma Ave. Meeting — second & fourth Wednesday, 7 p.m. Santa Margarita Club 2418 • 9610 Murphy St. Meeting — second and fourth Monday, 7:30 p.m. Templeton Club 2427 • 601 Main St. • 805-

434-1071 Meeting — first and third Thursday, 7 p.m.

Optimist Club

Atascadero — dinner meetings second Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., Outlaws Bar & Grill, 9850 E. Front Rd. or call 805-712-5090

Rotary International

Atascadero — 9315 Pismo Ave. Meeting — every Wednesday, 12 p.m. at Atascadero Lake Pavilion Templeton — 416 Main St. Meeting — first & third Tuesday, 7 a.m. at McPhee’s Grill | 27

| Taste of Americana

Favorite Barbie Butz


aluminum foil. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes; remove foil and bake an additional 20 to 25 minutes, until crust is golden and filling is bubbly. Serve warm, with scoops of vanilla ice cream if desired. Serves 6 to 8.

his has always been a special time of the year for me. I grew up in a family that loved to cook and the holidays meant cook, cook, cook. The feasts started with Thanksgiving and didn’t end until the day after New Year’s Day. I remember one Christmas, after my parents had moved from Southern California to Paso Robles, that mother had baked eight different pies because she wanted to be sure that everyone could find their favorite. This was the woman who won the Idler’s Apple Pie Contest in 1995, so of course, there was a prize-winning apple pie on the menu that day, along with the roasted turkey and “a million” wonderful side dishes. Since pies are such a part of “Americana,” I’m dedicating this column to pie and will share a few of my favorites:

Ingredients: Pastry for 2 crust 9-inch pie 1 ½ c. raisins ¼ c. lemon juice 3 T. flour 1 c. sugar-cinnamon 1 c. boiling water 1 T. butter Few grains salt Directions: Combine sugar, flour, and salt. Add boiling water slowly, stirring constantly. Cook over hot water until thick and clear. Add raisins, lemon juice, and butter. Mix thoroughly. Pour into pastry-lined pie tin. Cover with top crust. Bake in hot oven (425 degrees) about 25 minutes.




1 c. sugar, divided 1 t. cinnamon, divided 1/3 c. water 2 T. all-purpose flour 1 t. orange zest 4 Golden Delicious apples, cored, peeled and sliced 1 ½ c. fresh cranberries 2 9-inch pie crusts 1 egg white, beaten Optional: vanilla ice cream or whipped topping Directions: Combine one teaspoon sugar and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon; set aside. Combine remaining sugar and cinnamon, water, flour and zest in a large saucepan; stir in apples and cranberries. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until cranberries burst, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool. Arrange one crust in a 9” pie plate. Spoon apple mixture into crust; top with remaining crust. Trim and flute edges; cut vents in crust. Brush crust with egg white; sprinkle with reserved sugarcinnamon mixture. Cover edges of crust with

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Ingredients: Pastry for 2 crust pie (one crust for latticework0 1 ½ c. cranberries 2-3 bananas (not over-ripe) 1 cup sugar Directions: Wash cranberries. Remove stems. Combine cranberries and sugar in medium saucepan. Cover. Cook slowly until fruit is tender and clear. Cool. Line pie pan with 1 pie crust. Cover bottom with thinly sliced bananas. Pour cranberry sauce over bananas. Cover with strips of pastry from second pie crust to form a lattice. Bake in hot oven (425 degrees) 15 minutes.


Ingredients: Pastry for 1 nine-inch pie 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup cocoa ¼ cup flour ½ teaspoon salt 3 eggs, well beaten ¾ cup dark corn syrup ¾ cup light cream

¼ cup melted butter 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup pecan halves Directions: Combine the sugar, cocoa, flour and salt in small bowl; set aside. Combine the eggs, dark corn syrup, cream, melted butter and vanilla in large mixing bowl; add the dry ingredients, stirring til smooth. Stir in pecan halves. Pour into 9-inch pastry lined pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 60 to 70 minutes until center is firm to the touch. Cool. Serves 6-8 I recently found this recipe for a Pecan Streusel. It was part of a recipe for a Persimmon pie. However, I think it would be fun to make it and serve it as a garnish on the Cocoa Pecan Pie, or a pumpkin pie. Just prepare it and be creative!


Ingredients: ¼ cup plus 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 Tablespoons packed light brown sugar 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon Pinch freshly grated or ground nutmeg Pinch kosher salt ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature and cut into 4 pieces 2 Tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons roughly chopped pecans Directions: To prepare the Pecan Streusel, whisk together flour, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl. Using your fingers, rub butter ito dry ingredients until mixture is crumbly and forms large, moist clumps. Add pecans and work into clumps until incorporated. Refrigerate until mixture is very cold and firm, 1 to 2 hours. To use as a garnish, remove from refrigerator and break the cold Streusel into small clumps and sprinkle over the center of a pie that has baked in the oven and is about 20 minutes away from being removed. The oven temperature at that point should be set at 350 degrees, depending on the kind of pie. You can also place the streusel clumps on a pie tin and put them in a 350-degree oven and bake them for 20-25 minutes, stirring once during that time. Enjoy!

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Business Spotlight: glasshead studio |


By AnnMarie Cornejo

isa Renée Falk’s love of creating distinctive glass designs with bold, brilliant colors is felt the minute you step into her workspace at glasshead studio on Plata Lane in Atascadero. The studio boasts an open, airy floor plan centered around a large worktable that beckons people to gather and create. Falk’s artistic designs are on display throughout the space, including garments fabricated with glass discs made into wearable fashions, purses imbued with glass adornments, mosaic mirrors and colorful dishes and terrariums. Falk, who opened the studio in June after relocating to Atascadero from San Jose, where she co-founded Infuse Glass Studio, said she is inspired by shapes, colors, textures, nature and photography — anything that captures her attention and sparks imagination. “I love going to art museums, galleries and discovering new artists,” Falk said. She first ventured into art when she enrolled at San Jose State University to pursue an art degree and explore her love of glassblowing. While there, an instructor encouraged her to attend a Glass Art Society conference at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New

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Lisa Falk: bold glass design

Lisa Falk at her studio.

Photo by AnneMarie Cornejo

York, which included a glass fashion show organized by Canadian glass artist Laura Donefer. Falk created her first dress with fused glass discs, fiberglass netting, bird netting and embroidery thread for the event, inspiring her to eventually create several more outfits using the glass fabric design. Her creativity doesn’t end there. A love for mixed media such as feathers, fabric, wood, and cast bronze has led her to design purses, feathered brooches, wall hangings and jewelry. “I’m a tactile person and when I am making art, I want to touch and feel the elements of what I am designing,” Falk said. “The process of firing glass is hot and sweaty, and you are in the element of it. That is what speaks to me.”

Falk said hosting an open studio allows her to share that passion and experience. “It allows me to interact with other people who contribute their perspectives about art and the creative process,” she said. An assortment of classes are offered at Glasshead Studio ranging from creating a seahorse or tile mosaic to making fused glass plates or bowls. In December, Falk is offering a fused glass ornament workshop. Individuals of all skill levels are welcome to attend classes. “I love to see the happiness on a student’s face when they have just created something at my studio that they are proud to display,” Falk said. “Kids are welcome as long as they can pay attention, follow directions and respect the materials.” Looking for a good time to stop by and check it out? A Holiday Studio Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, with a variety of hand crafted glass items for sale. January and February are also an ideal time to gather the team together to have a fun time making art. Let glasshead studio host your next group event, office party, girls night out or kid's birthday party. Learn more at | 29

Good News Real News

Hometown News Since 1916

Featuring stories by Mark Diaz, Brian Williams, Connor Allen & Luke Phillips

Council Talks Colony Cats

The City of Atascadero staff presented a report to the Council on how to best address the city's feline overpopulation dilemma. At the top of the list was the option to repeal the mandatory pick-up ordinance. When animal control receives complaints about a cat, they are required to pick up the stray mouser. The practice currently costs the City $350 per animal to catch and shelter. From the Oct. 16 Edition

Atascadero Library Turns 100 Years Old

Founded on Oct. 7, 1919, the Atascadero Library celebrated its 100th anniversary this month. The facility boasts of being one of the first five branches opened in the San Luis Obispo County branch library system. From the Oct. 23 Edition

Tamale Fest Expands to Two Days

AHS Principal Bill Neely to Retire

After nearly three decades of working in the education system, Atascadero High School Principal Bill Neely announced his retirement. Not one to toot his own horn, Neely agreed to be interviewed only at the urging of his wife. One would be hard-pressed to find someone whose whole life revolved around the Atascadero High School more than Neely's. Playing the part of student, coach, teacher and finally principal, Neely is an icon in the school's history. From the Oct. 23 Edition

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The City of Atascadero recently announced the expansion of the 5th Annual Tamale Festival to be held over two days in the Downtown, Jan. 17 and 18. "We work to include the variety of vendors from tamale festivals around the state to bring back to our festival," said Deputy City Manager Terrie Banish. "The success of this event has been evient in the growning attendance each year, which has prompted us to grow to two days." From the Oct. 30 Edition

A Rivalry 100 Years in the Making This Friday marks the final regular-season football Friday on the Central Coast of California, which means one thing — it's Paso Robles versus Atascadero week. It is a tradition that has lived on as long as any in these parts. From the Oct. 23 Edition

Atascadero Student in the Spotlight

Keagan's Magic Wheelchair National nonprofit organization Magic W heelchair teamed up with Paso Robles business Daniels Wood Land to make this Halloween extra special for one Atascadero Boy. Keagan Sullivan was presented with his "wheelchair costume" — a replica of the character Cyborg's vehicle from the TV show "Teen Titans Go!" — at the Atascadero Downtown Business Improvement District's Trick or Treat on Entrada event on Halloween night. From the Nov. 6 Edition

Veteran Shares Memories of WWII

For a brief moment at 0200 hours on June 6, 1944, Paratrooper Chester "Chet" Pickard looked out over an expanse bathed in moonlight as the wind rushed around him and artillery lit the sky. At 19 years of age, Chet took one fateful leap into the clean night air over Normandy and plummeted into the annals of history. "In Normandy, it was like the Fourth of July just seeing all those gun flashes, oh yeah, and seeing all that artillery fire," he said. From the Nov. 6 Edition

"I really can't tell you who my favorite composer is because I like all of them," said Albert Zhang, 11, as he squirmed in his seat and scanned the ceiling for answers. "I guess it must be Beethoven because his songs make me feel like I can do anything. It makes me strong." Zhang, a sixth-grader at Atascadero Middle School has been chosen as Symphony of the Vines Student Spotlight. He will have a solo performance during two concerts featuring pianist Torsten Juul-Borre. From the Nov. 6 Edition

Local School Earns Green Ribbon Award The Atascadero Unified School District celebrated its second school to be nationally recognized for its efforts in conservation and education. The United States Department of Education awarded Carrisa Plains Elementary Schools Award in November of 2019. Last year, Monterey Road Elementary School was the first in the school system to be awarded. From the Nov. 6 Edition

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| Education

A Tree and a Hard Place

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” ~FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION~

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ach day, millions of families from diverse religious backgrounds entrust the education of their children to our nation’s public schools. Employees within our public schools need to be fully informed about the Constitutional and educational principles for understanding the role of religion in public (government-funded) education. According to religious scholars, the phrase “separation of church and state” was initially coined by Baptists striving for religious toleration in Virginia, whose official state religion was then Anglican (Episcopalian). Baptists thought government limitations against religion were illegitimate. James Madison and Thomas Jefferson were reported to have championed their cause. During the American holiday season, tax-payer funded schools often face the “December Dilemma” or end up between “a rock and a hard place.” Confusion occurs during the holiday season because the issue of religious expression in public schools can become more visible in some situations. Questions about the use of religious icons, sacred music, and certain decorations in the classroom place the matter of “separation of church and state” before students, parents, faculty, staff, administration, and community members. The preamble of the Act Establishing Religious Freedom in Virginia (1786), affirms that “the Author of our Religion gave us our ‘free will.’” Moreover, that He “chose not to propagate it by coercion.” This legislation did not diminish religious influence on the government because it also provided stiff penalties for conducting business on the Sabbath. Legal experts and scholars contend that the Constitution does not inhibit public displays of faith. At the Constitution’s ratification, the early Republic even welcomed public worship. Church services were held in the U.S. Capitol

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and Treasury buildings every Sunday. Today, in many federal buildings there is imagery that remains unmistakably biblical. So, where does this leave our government-funded and locally operated public schools? Academics and lawyers advise that when public schools hold holiday celebrations, they should make every effort to accommodate diverse faiths during the holiday season. Students cannot be forced to participate in any event that offends his or her religious beliefs. Legal experts recommend accommodations such as including different customs, various songs, and varied traditional foods at parties or other in-school events. Consider that assemblies dominated by religious music may raise Constitutional concerns. Three vital principles form the United States Supreme Court’s consensus on teaching about religion in public schools: 1.) The Court has indicated that the study of religion in public schools is Constitutional. 2.) The inclusion of a study about religion is essential for student education about history and cultures. 3.) The study of religions must be taught objectively and neutrally. The Court has determined that schools may celebrate the holidays and create displays as long as they so do within “the context of the Christmas Season,” and the religious component of their presentation does not dominate but represents one element of a holiday that has obtained secular status in our society. Under the ruling of Lynch v. Donnelly, 465.U.S. 668, 679, and 691 (1984), a Christmas tree would be appropriate, while a cross or a nativity scene would not be appropriate. Crosses and nativity scenes are religious symbols that have not gained the same secular status in our society as a Christmas tree. Religious icons present a constitutional dilemma when visible in public displays. Balancing the conditions, past practices, and community expectations can present a challenge for even the most experienced school official. The government should make every effort to acknowledge appropriate recognition of religion in American society and avoid

encouraging any particular religious beliefs. Through personal experiences as a student in the Santa Clara Unified School District and as a public school employee, I have observed that the public can be confused about how to deal with religion in our government schools. Opinions can become very polarized with minimal dialogue about favorable and legal compromise. Constitutional scholars and the courts have published reports and briefs on the matter with recommendations that can assist our actions. The framers of our U.S. Constitution held that church and state are distinct in that the Federal Government should not elevate one denomination over others. Nor can the government or the citizenry usurp divine authority by joining politics to the church. Faith should remain a personal matter, not a civil contract tainted by politics. Historical scholars detail how state-controlled churches can exploit power for mistreatment of the population under their jurisdiction. The Spanish Inquisition is thought to have originated in the Castilian court, not the Vatican. Our founders wrote about the importance of religion and how freedom of religion is vital. A portion of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Within these few words are contained two compelling concepts, separated by only a comma. On the one hand is the prohibition against the state (i.e., government) establishing or supporting religious belief or practice called the “establishment” clause. On the other hand is the “free exercise” clause that guarantees the religious freedom of American citizens, including students in public schools. The “December Dilemma” is usually handled in our schools without problems. However, we need to remember that when government and religion occupy the same room, the space between “a rock and a hard place” can become very narrow. It is an honor to serve as your County Superintendent of Schools. “The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.” ~James Madison~

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s a local newspaper, it is important to us that we record the file of the community in a fair, fearless, and accurate way. Our local newspapers are the statement of record for action in our community, and a voice of the community — but as a newspaper, we also have a voice that is distinctly ours. Unlike websites that post newsletters and press releases, our newspapers take an active role in shaping the narrative according to our collective interests, points of view, and even our human failings. We hope to deliver the straight dish in every instance but maybe one week we add a little too much paprika, maybe the next week none at all. In our effort to remain both transparent and participatory in the formation of the community news record, we have formalized an editorial board for each of the Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press. Our board will consist of four standing members and one quarterly rotating member, as well as occasionally guest members and advisory members as appropriate for the topic. Currently, both boards consist of our publishers — Nicholas Mattson and Hayley Mattson — and our editors — Luke Phillips and Brian Williams. We are currently accepting nominations and applications from the community, as well as soliciting select community members to fill our quarterly rotating position beginning in 2020. We are soliciting a Paso Robles resident to sit on our Paso Robles Press board, and an Atascadero resident to sit on our Atascadero News board. Our goal as an editorial board will be the same as our mission as a media company — “Making 76 Gas Station.................................. 34 777 Motorsports.............................. 16 777 Tractor Sales............................... 05 1800 El Pomar Weddings Events & Vineyards......... 07 A Beautiful Face................................ 32 American West Tire And Auto........... 05 Anna & Mom .................................... 22 Atascadero Printery Foundation...... 11

communities better through published word of the column. published in both the Atascadero print.” We will approach all Each of our editorial board News and Paso Robles Press, or issues and editorial columns members, including the rotating it may be published only in the with a dedicated and transparent quarterly member, has full veto city in which it is most relevant. agenda to fulfill that mission. powers on part or all of the In order to maintain our own Our position on issues is column. accountability and remain true social, not political or partisan. Our subject matters range to our mission, we ought to be We do not hold a position of across whatever the community able to end each of our editorials conservatism or liberalism, nor spectrum provides as a topic with a statement of why we feel do we intend to lean left or necessitating our board’s the publishing of said editorial right as a rule. Our position attention according to our makes the community better. on endorsement of candidates company mission — from social In reference to a Thomas is to support those which and civic concerns to spotlight Fuller quote so significant we feel strongly about, and on community successes. it is often mis-attributed to resign ourselves to withhold We welcome input from the Benjamin Franklin, it is our endorsements where there is no community in letters to the organizational commitment consensus. We do not endorse editor or suggestions on topics to continue coverage of a candidates in a single person in need of attention. We are community doing “something race. a diverse community and our worth the writing” and When we publish a column hope is that our editorial will publishing “something worth the as a board, it is done with a build a sense of solidarity and reading.” unanimous approval by the accountability among ourselves. Signed, Nicholas Mattson, on board. We may not agree on the Our editorials may be relevant behalf of the Atascadero News and issues, but we will agree on the to both communities and Paso Robles Press editorial board. DIRECTORY TO OUR ADVERTISERS Atown Family Med .......................... 08 Lube N Go......................................... 32 O'Connor Pest Control..................... 34

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