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SOMETHING WORTH READING 06 Publisher’s Letter ROUND TOWN 08 Colony Buzz: Downtown Renaissance 10 Taste of Americana: Colony Cookbook 11 Chamber Chat: BridgeWork COLONY PEOPLE 12 Jeannie Malik: Atascadero’s Leading Lady 13 Rick Evans: Capturing the Moments

TENT CITY 22 Education: San Joaquin Valley College Opens 24 Performing Arts: Templeton PAC Foundation 25 Greyhound Foundation: Meeting Needs 26 Education: Summer Adventures

BUSINESS 18 Business Spotlight: Hearing Aid Specialists 19 New Downtown Business Roundup 20 Traffic Way Records: A New Spin

ORANGE & GREY 28 Dan Pry: CIF Southern Section Hall of Fame

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by County Superintendent Jim Brescia 27 Community: Movies in the Park


30 North SLO County Activity & Event Guide 31 Winemakers’ Dinner Raises $80,000

LAST WORD 34 Thank You For Your Support!


Hot El Camino Cruise Nite, 2017 By Rick Evans

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Whatever your mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve regardless of how many times you may have failed in the past


— Napoleon Hill

elcome to our second issue! We hope you like the first one and we are really excited to have a series in the making. It’s been a hot summer and we all can look forward to some cooler weather hitting us as fall approaches. But we still have a good month and a half before that happens, so how about we fake it with some good old-fashioned high school football games together. Or you could try a school fundraiser, like CAPS Evening for Education! It’s not exclusive, but tickets go fast. If you haven’t witnessed the outpouring of support for our public schools, read about it here in the magazine and get yourself to the show … “Under the Big Top!” That is what makes the world go ‘round in our community, and someone you should have met already is Jeannie Malik. She is a wonderful woman and we are proud to have her join us in our COLONY People section. My neighbor is also there. The very talented Rick Evans. He’ll be at the football games. We have been blessed and honored to put a magazine together about our wonderful community, and we stay on the positive side of the “news” if you will. We love to promote good business, people, arts, entertainment, food, and travel that makes this area so great to be a part of. We also decided to send this to everyone in the neighborhood because we want you to see what a great community you live in and hope that you will decide to enjoy it as much as we do. Nothing is perfect, but we have some really great things going on. Did you get out to the Mid-State Fair? How about the 4th of July Bluegrass Freedom Festival? Did you know that Colony Days parade changed from the third Saturday of October to the first? It will now be held on Oct. 6. It is now a two-day event, beginning on Oct. 5 with a concert in Tent City. Oh yeah, you won’t want to miss this one. Heck, you can even go to the concert, and grab some food before heading to the football game, then come back and finish the night off with some drinks in Tent City After Dark. It will be epic and you should do it! Come join us, or find something special in our North SLO County Activity & Event Guide at the back of this magazine. Do something new to you! Read it cover to cover and tell us what you think! We hope you like it. Please enjoy this issue of COLONY Magazine. Nicholas Mattson 805-391-4566 nic@colonymagazine.com If thou wouldest win Immortality of Name, either do things worth the writing, or write things worth the reading. — Thomas Fuller, 1727

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Colony District

By Annie Wilson



t started fairly quietly, four years ago – a small group of business owners & managers on Traffic Way started meeting weekly to see what we could do about improving business in our downtown district. We knew we had a diamond in the rough, and that there was no reason that Atascadero couldn’t capitalize on the tourism that has brought such success to the Paso Robles downtown. The former Main Street Association had dissolved, and a dedicated volunteer group of “Traffic Way Collaborators” was initiated. The idea was to plan events to bring residents downtown, and get all the businesses involved, and our first event, “Taco Day on Traffic Way,” was a huge sellout. We were encouraged, and continued to reach out to other businesses to get more people involved. Subsequent events were executed; “Tater Day on Traffic Way” for a St. Patrick’s Day event, a summer event called “Paint Your Way Down Traffic Way,” in which artists worked with attendees to create six door-sized paintings, which were then used to create street banners, funded by the event revenues. In the meantime, the City hired Terrie Banish as Assistant City Manager in charge of Promotions, and Terrie was a big supporter of our group, and started working with us in regards to city events downtown. We’ve also received generous support from the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce. Our core group’s energy and dedication has had a lot to do with the new businesses that

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have opened downtown in the past couple years – there is a palpable “buzz” that things are happening in A-Town, and our little group has morphed into the “Atascadero Colony District Committee” (ACDC) and now includes members beyond Traffic Way, including the Zappas family which is developing La Plaza on El Camino Real. The Mission Statement of the ACDC is, “The Atascadero Colony District Committee is an alliance of local small businesses in the Colony District with the purpose of promoting growth and viability in Downtown Atascadero.” The ACDC recently petitioned the City Council to initiate a Parking Business Improvement Assessment, which will help fund beautification and efforts to bring more residents downtown. Deana Alexander, general manager of the Carlton Hotel, was recently quoted in the local news on the subject. “We are really, really dedicated to the downtown district and we want to move forward, we want to do more, we want to include the whole downtown. I want to make sure that all of the businesses know that what we’re doing is going to benefit them in one way or another, whether it’s the beautification, or bringing more people into the downtown. We’re truly committed to keeping the momentum going with the downtown.” All you have to do is take a walk through downtown to check out the cool new businesses and you’ll see, our Colony District/Arts District is really undergoing a Renaissance.

See you downtown!

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Taste of Americana By Barbie Butz

The Colony Cookbook

In 1993, Colony Days — the event to celebrate the founding of Atascadero — celebrated 20 years. To commemorate the event we formed a committee to put together a cookbook, hoping to raise funds for our nonprofit organization that presents the event in October of each year. I was chairman of Colony Days that year and our board officers included Vice Chairman Kacey Sullivan, Recording Secretary Joan Rexroth, Corresponding Secretary Tammy Jordan, and Treasurer Dyann Shepard. Then-directors included Diana Schmaeling, Pat Krout, Gaylene McCarty, Maggie Vandergon, Marge Knowles, Geoff English, and Wayne Cooper. The cookbook planning committee included Pat Krout, Shirley Moore, Joanne Faulconer, David Butz, and myself. As we set out to design the cookbook, it was clear that we had a wonderful source of recipes right here in Atascadero and that the diversity of backgrounds of the early settlers who answered the invitation of founder E.G. Lewis to “Come West” to Atascadero, was reflected in the recipes we were collecting. Many were from family members who had answered the call. Our introduction in the book states that “Throughout the history of Atasc adero, families and friends have celebrated together by sharing food — picnics, formal dinners, potlucks, and brunches — from Atascadero Beach, to Atascadero Lake Park, to Pine Mountain, and places in-between” — and the tradition continues, 103 years later. The cookbook, titled “Great Recipes from The Colony”, was a success in many ways. We made some needed funds for the cele-

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bration in October, and it gave the Atascadero “community of cooks” an opportunity to share their recipes. On Oct. 6, Colony Days will celebrate its 45th year of marching down El Camino to celebrate our community, and the cookbook will be 25 years old! Regional cookbooks are as much a part of Americana as any fancy cookbooks produced by a popular chefs. This month I’m sharing two recipes from the book and I’m sure you will recognize the donors.

* Firestone Walker was not a part of the original recipe, but a beer recommended by the publishers of COLONY Magazine.

Note: This first recipe for Margaritas came from Maggie Rice Vandergon, the Founder of Colony Days. Maggie formed the committee in 1973, and has been a member since that year. She calls the Margaritas “the world’s greatest!” Thus, the name.

Ingredients: 1 to 1½ lb. raw shrimp, cleaned 1 large onion, chopped 2 tablespoons butter or margarine 2 cloves garlic, minced ¼ teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper to taste 2 cans cream of mushroom soup (10 oz. size) 3 teaspoons curry powder ½ cup raisins 5 tablespoons sour cream 2 teaspoons lemon juice Cooked rice

World’s Greatest Margaritas Maggie Rice Vandergon Atascadero Ingredients: 1 can frozen lemonade (6 oz.) 1 can frozen limeade (6 oz.) (Use the empty lemonade can for the next measures.) 1 ½ can Firestone Walker Lager* 1 1/3 can tequila ¼ to ½ can triple sec Ice cubes Directions: Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Mix well. Fill a standard-size electric blender approximately 2/3 full of ice. Pour liquid ingredients over ice. Blend at frappe setting until mixture has reached that consistency. Pour into margarita glasses. (It is your option to rim the glass with salt.) Serve with straws. Recipe makes enough for 2 full blenders.

Note: This next recipe was offered by Doris Reynolds who served on the early Colony Days committee. In 2017 she served as Queen of Colony Days. (Retired Judge Ed Chidlaw served as King.) Shrimp Curry with Sour Cream Doris Reynolds Atascadero

Directions: In a frying pan sauté onion and garlic until onion is golden. Add salt, pepper and curry powder, and stir. Add mushroom soup and heat through. Add shrimp and raisins. Heat until shrimp is cooked. Just before serving stir in the sour cream and lemon juice. Taste for seasoning and adjust. Serve over cooked rice with curry accompaniments. Curry accompaniments: Chutney, tomato wedges, salted chopped nuts, ba-

con bits, sliced avocado, shredded coconut, chopped hard-cooked eggs, pickles, pineapple chunks. Be creative! Note: Joyce Elliott DeCou submitted the next recipe. Her parents owned Elliott’s Pharmacy on El Camino Real in Atascadero. She and her husband Jerry owned DeCou Lumber in Atascadero for many years. Jerry was Grand Marshal of the Colony Days Parade in 1997. Marinated Garbanzos Joyce Elliott DeCou Atascadero Ingredients: 7 cans (15½ oz. each) garbanzo beans ¾ cup wine vinegar ½ cup salad oil ½ cup olive oil 1½ tablespoons Italian seasoning 1 teaspoon garlic salt 2 jars pimentos (4 oz. each), drained and chopped 1 bunch green onions, finely chopped Directions: Drain beans and place in large bowl. Add onions and pimentos. Combine vinegar, oils, Italian seasoning and garlic salt in a jar with a lid. Shake to mix and pour over bean mixture. Mix well. Cover and chill overnight, stirring several times. Makes approximately 25 servings. Suggested additions before serving: cherry tomatoes (any variety), finely sliced celery, finely chopped fresh parsley, thinly sliced baby carrots. For more information regarding Colony Days and the 2018 event visit: colonydays.org.

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Creates Shared Workspaces at Atascadero Chamber For Entrepreneurs, Colleagues, and other Creative Minds


ridgeWork. North San Luis Obispo County’s first co-working space is now open and ready to serve you! Earlier this year, the Atascadero Chamber announced plans to relocate their offices and launch the co-working space to better serve the community and their membership. Co-working spaces have gained traction in recent years across the country, primarily in large metropolitan areas. They provide professionals an affordable office space to escape the home office or coffee shop without the hassle that leasing a building brings. BridgeWork is a mix of colleagues in deep focus at private desks, or others sharing ideas and engaging in conversations at our community tables. This shared workspace includes 24/7 access, unlimited hours, free coffee and other beverages, use of conference rooms, private phone booths and more.

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BridgeWork has two membership options available to best suit your needs. An “unreserved desk” provides you the opportunity to switch up where you work each time you come in. If there is an available seat, it’s yours! The “reserved desk” membership allows you to pick out a personal desk or space, make it your own, and have the comfort of knowing it will always be there whenever an idea for your business comes to life. For the Atascadero Chamber, this new venture is more about creating an atmosphere for business people to connect with each other and the greater community and less about filling the space. The hope of the Chamber is that this space serves as a means to educate our community on what North San Luis Obispo County has to offer. With the partnership between the Atascadero Chamber and Pacific Premier Bank, BridgeWork will be a vessel for business education classes and other opportunities for business success to the local community. For more information or to sign-up to utilize BridgeWork, contact Derek Kirk, President | CEO at dkirk@atascaderochamber.org.

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JEANNIE MALIK Atascadero’s Leading Lady


eannie Malik loved watching actors dance in musicals as a child, but she was more interested in choir and baton twirling. Yet, in 2012, at the age of 56, the novice dancer dazzled the crowd at the Dancing with Our Stars competition, performing an impressive


Dancing With Our Stars Participating Organizations & Dancers

• Atascadero AAUW Community Star: Susan Funk, Choreographer : Brian Reeves • Greyhound Foundation - Community Star: Tom Butler, Choreographer: Kara Frenzel • Atascadero Printery Foundation - Community Star: Karen McNamara, Choreographer: Chris Harmon • El Camino Homeless Organization - Community Stars: Steffi Saul-Ketzler and Olaf Saul • Atascadero Kiwanis - Community Star: Jan Lynch, Choreographer Michelle Harms • Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation Community Star: Nancy Beckett, Choreographer : Christina Troxel • Friends of the Atascadero Library - Community Star: Terrie Banish, Choreographer: Brian Reeves • Friends of the Atascadero Library - Community Star: Heather Moreno, Choreographer: Rod Ware

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By Pat Pemberton

tap dance with county supervisor Jim Patterson. “I’d never worn tap shoes,” she said. Despite having a spinal cord injury in 2008 that made it difficult to walk or drive, Malik won the event – thanks in part to her dedication and a huge host of supporters. “I took several months of private lessons,” she said. “I wanted to look like I knew what I was doing.” Soon after Malik took off her dance shoes, she stepped into a new role – as the Friends of the Atascadero Library's as event producer for Atascadero's Dancing with Our Stars, now a wildly successful community charity event that drew close to 650 people this year. “It’s the biggest community event to ever hit Atascadero,” Malik said. Her success with the event – as both a dancer and organizer – is no surprise to those who know her. Malik, who walks 6.5 miles every morning, has a long list of interesting life experiences to list a few: • Homecoming Queen at Allan Hancock College • Miss California Rollerskating Queen • SLO Triathlon participant • Completed 435-mile bike ride (30,000 foot elevation) in Colorado. • Broke the national record for catching the largest dogtooth tuna fish (88 pounds) in Vanuatu, an island in the Pacific. Born in Maine, Malik seldom stayed in a hometown very long. Her father, an Air Force accountant, constantly moved the family, to places like France, the Philippines, and New Mexico. “As a kid, you don’t have a blueprint for anything else,” she said. “So it’s life.” While she was able to experience several places and cultures, there was always a sense of im-

Jeannie Malik at Atascadero Lake. Photo by Pat Pemberton

permanence. “The hard thing was, when we’d go overseas all we could bring was a suitcase,” she said. “Everything else was left in storage. And you’re there for three years, so you can’t wait to return to your toys. It would feel like Christmas when we returned to the States.” The family was in Lompoc long enough for her to attend high school. Following 4 years of college and 2 degrees, she started her own family in Bakersfield and eventually she settled in Atascadero in 1994. “I finally have roots,” said Malik, who met her future husband, Greg Malik, in 2002 while swimming laps at Kennedy Club Fitness. After 28 years in the dentistry business, Jeannie joined Greg’s real estate office as marketing manager in 2005. With an appreciation for her permanent home, she became active in the community, first with her children: Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts, PTA, Committee for Atascadero Public Schools. And when the children became adults, her efforts continued: Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Atascadero Library, Quota of Atascadero and more. But her most exciting role is with Dancing with Our Stars, a dancing event that truly has legs. Modeled after the “Dancing

with the Stars” TV show, the event was initially created to raise capital funds for the new Atascadero Library. Today, it benefits six additional non-profits each year as well as two dancers fundraising for ongoing library needs. Each of the six benefactors chooses a dancer to compete in the March event. Then Malik pairs the dancers with a professional choreographer. As the crowds have grown, the event has expanded to three nights — also increasing the intensity of the competition, with dancers rehearsing for months before the event. “A lot of them start in August for the March show,” Malik said. When she was first invited to participate, in 2011, she began practicing a month before. She finished in second place that year. “It really has changed over the years.” As soon as this year’s event concluded, she was already working on next year’s – “Atascadero Time Machine: Back to the 80s!”with new artistic director Molly Comin. This now-rooted Atascadero resident said she’s excited by the community’s ongoing transformation. And, of course, she’s a big part of it. “Slowly but surely, Atascadero is turning into something extra special,” she said.

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Capturing the Moment

Rick Evans Keeps LIFE in Focus


By Melissa Chavez

In 1976, Rick played bass n yet another country with The Blackberry Ridge road with his camBand, performing couneras in the backseat, try, bluegrass, and rock at Rick Evans drives. Through wedding receptions, private the speakers in his truck, The parties, and large dances in Lone Bellow band wails “You North County. He still plays Never Need Nobody” in a gigs occasionally. crescendo so good and strong, Rick worked an assortment that he hits repeat. Rick leans of jobs like young adults do – over the steering wheel for the 76 Station, an electrician’s a glimpse of a cloudless sky assistant, pest control operawhere eagles swoop, then tor, landscape maintenance, come to rest atop a tall tree. and at Atascadero News “Photography has always from 1979 to 1983, as an asbeen a passion, but it actually sistant pressman, “darkroom took a long time to get into guy,” and paper deliverer. it,” said Rick. “In high school, Photo by Rick Evans “Lon Allan was the editor. one of my best buddies, Al Decker was a freelance Frank Buckley, took photography and I’d watch him develop photos in the photographer and kind of my mentor. My love for photo credits started then,” he grinned. In darkroom. I always wanted to do that.” But for a while, Rick played alto saxophone the early ‘80s, Rick began capturing images of throughout junior high and Atascadero High things being built. Today, evidence of Rick’s photojournalism is (Class of 1973), and again at Cuesta College. His father, Lloyd “Dick” Evans, who hailed everywhere, and many recognize his work, from from North Dakota, played guitar, bass, piano, local newscasts to SLO County print media. and passed away in 1984. “He’s the reason I got His numerous Facebook pages reveal an affinity for all things historic – “I grew up in San Luis into playing music,” said Rick. Obispo County,” “The Printery - The Masonic Temple,” “Atascadero Civic Center,” “The Wrestling Bacchantes,” “Another Rick Evans Photo,” and “Atascadero Historical Society / Colony Heritage Center.” Somehow, Rick balanced his love for photography with a 23-year career as a custodian at San Gabriel Elementary School in Atascadero, where he retired in June. “They were a great bunch of people,” said Rick. “They were like a second family to me.” Rick’s mother Marie, a native of Minnesota, lived a long and fruitful life to age 98 with her son’s attentive assistance. He’s close to his only child, Savanah, 24. Thankfully, Marie was able to Photo by Rick Evans spend precious time with granddaughter Sava-

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nah and great-granddaughter, Millie, born last February, until Marie’s death last December. “I wish for Savanah’s family good health, to be happy in life and to achieve what they want. Austin is a good husband and a good dad to Millie,” said Rick. “To have a daughter who could look up to you? It erases whatever mistakes I’ve made or whether people like me or not. I love her!” said Rick, with eyes welling. “I want to be remembered as a happy-golucky guy with a sense of humor who pretty much liked everybody,” said Rick. “I hope Millie has a decent world to grow up in because we’re in strange times. Maybe we can treat people with respect in how they want to be treated. I hope she will be whatever she wants to be.” Rick parks his truck, steps down onto gravel and grabs his camera. As if on cue, another eagle soars overhead, casting a quick shadow below. A country flyby seems a fitting tribute for the man used to capturing the lives of others through his lens. Those eagle eyes overhead acknowledge Rick’s presence just the same.

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CAPS Takes Fundraising Under the Big Top! Submitted article


s summer draws to an end and school is gearing up to start again we all begin to look forward to the CAPS Annual “Evening for Education” that brings us together to support the needs and ideas of the amazing teachers we have in the Atascadero Unified School District. The Committee for Atascadero Public Schools (CAPS) was founded in 2007 when a small group of individuals pulled together to fill the need of extra financial support in order to offer important educational resources that were not available due to budget reductions at the school district. After some research and insight from committees that helped nearby school districts, an “Evening for Education” was conceived. This event has become an annual fundraiser that

Teachers at Atascadero High School. Contributed photo

gives back 100 percent of the proceeds after expenses and is coordinated entirely by a group of volunteers who work throughout the year to pull it all together. CAPS volunteers include teachers, retired teachers, administrators, parents, coaches, and community members who all give their time, talents and efforts to put on this incredible event every year in August. Over the last 11 years, CAPS has granted over $800,000 for various items including field trips, musical instruments, marching band uniforms, photo book projects, battle of the books, iPads, a pottery wheel, science equipment, cameras, dance costumes, microscopes and more, all with the loyal support of donors and sponsors. This year, after several years as co-chairs of the committee, Lori Bickel and Kathy Peterson handed over the reins to Hayley Mattson and Nicole Hider, yet they continue to stay actively involved within the committee. “We are extremely grateful to Lori and Kathy for their mentorship and all they have done,” Hayley Mattson said, “along with all the other advisors and past chairs that have stayed on to help mentor the next generation to be sure the committee is able to stay strong and continue for years to come.” “This year we are thrilled to add a new spin to the evening by going back to choosing a theme for the event,” Hayley continued “the theme for 2018 CAPS ‘Evening for

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Education’ is ‘Under the Big Top!’” The evening at SpringHill Suites on Saturday, Aug. 25 promises to transport attendees to a vintage-inspired circus-themed night, full of thrills and excitement, silent and live auction, passed hors d’oeuvres, lovely buffet dinner, complimentary wine from Platinum Sponsor OPOLO, dessert, coffee and a no host bar. The magical evening will be emceed by the one-and-only Donn Clickard, executive director of the Atascadero Greyhound Foundation, and include performances by the Atascadero High School Drama Department. A full list of live auction items will include a shopping spree experience at Platinum Sponsor K. Jons Diamonds and Gems, bon Vöyage wine tours + photography package for 10, a baseball themed getaway provided by BLoved, coastal vacations and more, presented by new auctioneer duo Doug Filipponi and Tyson Maulhardt, and ending with a full casino of games that include Texas Hold ‘Em, craps, roulette, and black jack. “This incredible fun filled evening directly benefits the kids of Atascadero Public Schools,” Hayley stated. “It is set for 220 guests and sells out every year. It is definitely an evening you will not want to miss. We encourage you to purchase your tickets today.” All the proceeds from CAPS “Evening for Education” are awarded to each school through a grant writing process that every teacher is encouraged to participate in. The committee evaluates the funds after the event and determines the amount available per student which defines how much is awarded to each school site based on number of students enrolled. The theory behind this is an attempt to spread the grant funds equally throughout AUSD and impact each and every student. This method does affect the smaller schools like Creston and Carissa Plains, however, that fact is taken into consideration when reading and approving the teachers grant requests. The grants written are not to be requests for supplies or projects that would normally be funded by school or district budgets. “Our focus is to fund grants to the most creative and interesting projects that will have a direct impact on the students and enhance their educational experience” Nicole Hider said.

The grants are reviewed by a committee of readers who only know the grade level and school of the grant so that each request is considered as impartially and fairly as possible. “Our grant readers are retired AUSD teachers from the elementary grades, middle school, and high school” Nicole stated. Once the grantees are chosen, the CAPS committee works diligently to fulfill the grant requests immediately. As a non-profit organization CAPS has many ways that you can get involved and help support this incredible fundraiser event; you can volunteer your time, become a donor or a

Teachers at Santa Margarita Elementary School. Contributed photo

sponsor, donate an auction item, or attend the event. Every option gives something back to the kids of the Atascadero Unified School District. Every option allows a teacher the resources to directly impact their students to enhance their educational experience and help them stay engaged and present. The CAPS organization began as a thought and a dream for our district’s teachers who wanted just that, to allow children the opportunity to learn hands on without the burden of funding their needs personally. CAPS provides a way for us as a community to pull together and continue to support that to need for years to come. CAPS Evening for Education August 25, 5 to 11 p.m. SpringHill Suites Marriott For tickets & info visit atascaderocaps.org CAPS is in partnership with the Atascadero Greyhound Foundation a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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Hot El Camino Cruise Nite Gets the Weekend Started By Nicholas Mattson

late-comers. Check our website for available parking lots in the downtown area.

Atascadero Lake Park Car Show

Photo by Nicholas Mattson

wice a year, Atascadero’s main drag gets shut down for an event — the annual October parade, and Hot El Camino Cruise Nite in mid-August. Now dubbed “Cruisin’ Weekend,” the City of Atascadero-hosted event added Dancing In The Streets to round out the two-day event beginning on Friday, August 17. While the cruise enters its 26th year, the annual Atascadero Lake Car Show enters its 29th on Saturday, Aug. 18., with the third annual Dancing In The Streets inviting the community to get foot-loose and fancy-free in the Downtown Colony District on Saturday night.

Cruise Nite

The controlled cruise gets the weekend started on Friday at 6:30 p.m. along El Camino Real, between Curbaril Avenue and Traffic Way, with closures on adjoining surface streets along the route. Crowds will be seated along ECR and BBQs smoking in parking lots,


Pre-registration for Cruise Nite is $27 per car, and can only be completed at the Colony Park Community Center, 5599 Traffic Way, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pre-registration ends Friday, Aug. 17 at 4 p.m.

On Saturday, the event moves to the shaded hills of Atascadero Lake Park, where the Mid-State Cruizers will host the annual car show, giving auto fans an up-close look under the hood and inside the cabs. with prime viewing locations at a The five-hour show runs from 10 premium. You may see chairs set out a.m. through 3 p.m. along the route as early as noon on event day … that’s completely normal. Dancing In The Streets Hot rods, trucks, vans, rat rods, Back in the Colony District, the Photo by Nicholas Mattson motorcycles, tricked-out Impalas, evening will bring music, drink, candy painted Dodge Darts, and tur- food, and fun to all ages of attendees bo-charged Chevys will be just a few as Dancing In The Streets drops a ROAD CLOSURES of the sights and sounds to be found block party downtown. Cruise Nite: Friday, August 17 pacing the course as vehicles of all The Central Coast Brewers Guild The city will close the following roads ages, sizes, and colors converge for an will coordinate 15 beverage vendors beginning at 5 p.m. evening of fun. serving everything from wine, craft El Camino Real from Traffic Way Downtown Atascadero has hardly beer, spirits, mocktails, and shaved ice. to Curbaril Avenue been as inviting or accommodating as Atascadero Printery Foundation will San Luis Avenue from Curbaril to Pueblo avenues in 2018, with Entrada Avenue boast- serve finger foods and merchandise, and Pueblo Avenue from San Luis Avenue to El ing two open doors ready to serve bev- 18 food vendors will be open for busiCamino Real erages — Dark Nectar Coffee Roast- ness to serve a variety of eats and sweets. Palma Avenue from East Mall to Traffic Way ers and Dead Oak Brewing. Heating up the sound waves, three East Mall from Lewis Avenue to El Camino Real Also rocking the Colony District is stages and five bands will crank out West Mall from Lewis Avenue to El Camino Real Street Side Ale House, Tent City Beer tunes to keep the boogie humming. Entrada Avenue from Lewis Avenue Company, Malibu Brew, Sylvester’s The Entrada Stage will open with to El Camino Real Burgers, Central Coast Café, Grape the classic rock, country and dance Highway 41 northbound exit on Highway 101 Encounters Wine Empourium, Que sounds of the Martin Paris Band from Highway 41 will be closed to through traffic Pasa, Kochi Korean BBQ and Kai 5 to 8 p.m., and The Monroe will at the intersection of El Camino Real and Lana Sushi, and of course the all-new jump on stage from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Morro Road. The Highway 41 northbound exit Nautical Cowboy holding down the to pump their signature atomic vogue, on Highway 101 will be closed — motorists corner of Traffic Way and El Camino pop, and Motown blend. should use the Curbaril Avenue off-ramp. Traffic Way will be open to northbound traffic inside The Carlton Hotel. The Palma Stage will host funk only on El Camino Real. Friday night will be popping all and dance with Burning James & The around, and parking will be scarce for Funky Flames from 7 to 10 p.m. Dancing in the Streets: Saturday, August 18 The following roads will close at 3 p.m. on Saturday in preparation for the event. East Mall will reopen at 7:30 p.m. East Mall from Lewis Avenue to El Camino Real West Mall from Lewis Avenue to El Camino Real Palma Avenue from East Mall to Traffic Way Entrada Avenue from El Camino Real to Lewis Avenue

All other registrations will be handled on-site at the intersection of San Luis Avenue and Pueblo streets Friday, Aug. 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a fee of $37 per car. For information on Saturday’s Car Show contact Duane Powell 805-466-3853, or Larry Wilson 805-466-2265 or midstatecruizers.org; participation is first come, first served. For more information on any of the above information of for assistance with pre-registration call 805-470-3360.

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The Lewis Stage hosts the power folk duo Bear Market Riot from 5 to 7 p.m. and closes with Ricky Montijo from 8 to 10 p.m. with a blend of rock, soul, latin, and reggae. The music is free, and the food and drink is available for purchase.

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To register your car for Hot El Camino Cruise night, visit the Colony Park Community Center before 4 p.m. on Friday. After 4 p.m., register at San Luis Avenue and El Camino Real. For information, visit VisitAtascadero.com/events.

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HEARING AID SPECIALISTS By Heather Young & Hayley Mattson


ative to the Central Coast, Peter Lucier found an early calling and passion for the hearing impaired as a young man in High School. A close friend’s father suffered severe hearing loss and Peter was able to see firsthand the affects it had not only the individual but the family members as well. This ultimately developed his passion and desire to become a licensed hearing aid dispenser. Peter studied and received hands-on training at the world headquarters of Starkey Labs with company founder, Bill Austin. In addition, Peter underwent advanced training in the smallest, nearly invisible style hearing aids, and continued his education by traveling to Denmark to learn directly from the European hearing aid manufacturers. In 2002, Peter along with his wife Nicole, who is the office manager, opened their first practice in the North County. “We were in private practice from 2002-2012 and then decided to sell to a corporate company” Nicole stated. After the sale, Peter continued to work with that company until early 2017, however, his deep desire to offer a more relaxed, personalized, family friendly environment and patient centered care lead he and his wife to open two private locations now known as Hearing Aid Specialist of the Central Coast. One at 7070 Morro Road in Atascadero and the second at 12326 Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo. Both Peter and Nicole have made it their mission to make caring for

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your hearing needs easier than ever before by offering a full arrangement of services that can be provided in your home or at one of their convenient locations in Atascadero or San Luis Obispo. Personalized care is of the upmost importance to them and with their ability to offer both common and uncommon products to assist you or your loved ones, you can be sure that all your needs can be taken care of locally. Their mutual passion is to help people rediscover their best quality of life through better hearing. “Peter provides very personalized service” Nicole said, “We are family owned and our two daughters have been known to greet you from behind the desk.” Peter tests the hearing of individuals who have suspected hearing loss and then determines a plan in order to provide them with the best device. Widex and Phonak are his favorite hearing aid brands to fit for new patients, however, he does understand that a new device is not always what fits patient needs, Peter specializes in fixes as well. “Whether it’s our mobile hearing care, offering our full array of services in the comfort of your home or care facility, or our extensive hearing aid repair equipment that enables us to offer same-day repairs, we’ve designed our business with your satisfaction in mind,” Peter said. Be sure to visit the Lucier family at Hearing Aid Specialists of the Central Coast for all your hearing needs, and onine at slocountyhearingaids.com. Atascadero: 7070 Morro Road, Suite D SLO: 12326 Los Osos Valley Rd Both locations open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekends and after-hours by appointment only. Atascadero: 805-460-7385 or San Luis Obispo: 805-439-3586.

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Downtown is Bursting with New Business

By Heather Young

The sleepy downtown Colony District in Atascadero is no longer sleepy. The area has been reinvigorated in 2018 with empty store fronts being filled in with new businesses. “There’s a lot [going on],” Atascadero Chamber of Commerce CEO Derek Kirk said. “One of the most exciting things is Anna & Mom is celebrating its one year in business on August 17.” Kirk said that the reason the one-year celebration is so exciting is that many businesses don’t make it year. Beginning their first year in business, new arrivals LaDonna’s Bar & Grill and Fossil Wine Bar both at the end of Entrada Avenue at El Camino Real. Additional businesses slated to open in the next few months include Colony Market & Deli, which will open in the old gas station on the corner of Traffic Way and El Camino Real; and Central Coast Distillery in the El Paseo center on Traffic Way at Palma Avenue.

Kirk added that Wildfield Brewery will open next to the Chamber’s new location at 6907 El Camino Real, Ste. A in Colony Square next to the pedestrian bridge connecting the center with downtown. “I get input from our hotel guests all the time,” Carlton Hotel General Manager Deana Alexander said. “The other day, a couple said they want to come back because there’s a lot happening.” In the four years since businesses on Traffic Way formed the group Traffic Way Collaborators, the group has morphed into the Atascadero Colony District Committee, of which Alexander is the chair. Alexander said the committee recently found out that there had been an assessment for business development that had been abandoned in 2009. The committee took a proposal to the city council that has since been approved and will be reinstated in January 2019.

Businesses within the downtown district will pay two times the business license fee. The fee is currently $50 — as of Jan. 1, 2019, downtown businesses will pay $100. “It’s a large area,” Alexander said. The downtown district encompasses businesses located south and north between Morro Road and Rosario Avenue respectively and west and east between Highway 101 and Olmeda Avenue respectively. Since the committee will not receive the assessment funds until February 2019, the city gave the group $8,000 to get started. That money has been used to fund Summer Sizzle, the first on July 11, which brought in a couple of bands and a bounce house. The group also plans to buy Christmas lights and offer to all the businesses in the downtown district in December. Additionally, Alexander said the group is working on a map of downtown businesses for the downtown kiosks.

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traffic R E C O R D S

By Heather Young

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raffic Records at 5870 Traffic Way in Atascadero is one of the newer businesses in the downtown Colony District. Manuel Barba opened the store in March with his partner Dawn Neill. “I didn’t think I’d be opening a record store at all,” Barba said. “I just knew I would do something with music.” The location in downtown Atascadero opened up and Barba

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said when he did the math, it was clear that Atascadero was the place to open a record store. “It didn’t take me long to figure it out,” Barba said. And that was how Traffic Records on Traffic Way was born. The walls of the 400-square-foot space are lined with wooden boxes filled with vinyl records. Many of which Barba buys from people who have either inherited the records or looking to downsize what they’d collected over the years. While he doesn’t take every record that comes through the door, he takes a look at what people bring in. He checks the condition of the dust jacket, the condition of the record and evaluates the record on if it’s something that would appeal to his customers. “I’ve shifted my mindset [when looking for records],” Barba said. “It’s about getting them out into the community. I’m not necessarily looking for records in the same way I was before.” Now, he said, he gets excited when he finds a pristine record that he knows his customers will want. Barba starting with reselling vinyls by organizing record swaps in San Luis Obispo, where he lives with Neill and their three children. The Record Days still continue two to three times a year at the Guild

Hall on Broad Street in SLO. “I’m addicted to music, not vinyl,” Barba said. “Vinyl is just how I prefer to listen to it.” He added that vinyl conveys the music in the way that the musicians intended. Barba himself D.J.s events and weddings with records. At his store he plays the full album of records in the collection he carefully curates for his customers. The full album is put together and is meant to be listened to in full, not just listening to the hits. In addition to selling vinyl records, Traffic Records also sells cassettes and 45s. Barba is in the process of getting a

machine that will enable him to sell tickets from eventbrite.com. Got some vinyls collecting dust in your closet, take your collection to Traffic Records. Barba will sort through them to pick out what he will resale. He pays cash or gives store credit to sellers. After he buys the records, he takes out every record to inspect and clean it before putting it out for sale. He has boxes upon boxes of records in his back room, just waiting for him to go through them and get them on the floor. traffic RECORDS 5870 Traffic Way, Atascadero trafficrecordstore.com


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San Joaquin Valley College to begin classes in Atascadero Private school offers business and medical vocational certifications in Atascadero There’s a new education option for people looking for vocational training in North San Luis Obispo County. At San Joaquin Valley College (SJVC), this private junior college offers nine-month-long programs designed for people who want to accelerate their training toward jobs in demand. SJVC offers one business administration and two medical training programs with on-campus services to assist their students. For the time being, a campus has been established at 7301 Morro Road, Suite 105A, in Atascadero until a permanent three-classroom campus can be constructed at 8845 El Camino Real, the former site of Player’s Restaurant in Atascadero. Founded in 1977, SJVC is accredited by the

By Melissa Chavez

imity to three hospitals and numerous prospective medical and business employers located within San Luis Obispo County. The new campus will include a medical laboratory and a student center with a computer room and a library with reference materials for quiet studying. Two student lounges will offer inside and outside access for students. “The medical lab will have an EKG machine and other equipment used in medical offices,” said Campus President Alyssa Perry, so that students become familiar with what they will utilize in their work environment. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an independent statistical agency, the median hourly wage for medical assistants is

And our Career Services department will help prepare students for externship and employment opportunities by helping them with resume writing and mock interviews. We want them feeling confident in front of employers.”


“One of the aspects that is important to us is involvement within the community,” said Perry. “At local high schools, we’ll make presentations to the students of what their educational opportunities are. Through the Chamber of Commerce, we will be able to connect with employers throughout the area and help meet their needs, too.”

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Accrediting Commission for Community and $18.33 in San Luis Obispo County. Junior Colleges (ACCJC/WASC). Currently, The intensive courses are available year-round the college has 15 campus locations throughout on a continual basis that begin every five weeks. California and one online campus. Class hours are from 7:15 a.m. to 12 noon, Monday through Thursday. The class sizes will be kept small, especially as the college becomes THREE CERTIFICATIONS established. Perry projects an initial enrollment AVAILABLE of approximately 30 students, with an eventual SJVC’s three certificate programs are Medical census of 50 to 60 business and medical students. Assistant, Medical Office Administration and “Holding classes year-round is part of how Business Administration. Both medical courses we’re able to serve as many students as we do,” take nine months to complete, while the business said Perry. “Our programs include externship classes lasts seven months. SJVC considers the where students work with the employers in their three courses as core programs, given their prox- field of study, receiving real-world experiences.

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Recently, SJVC donated restaurant equipment to Atascadero Printery, a local nonprofit, from Player’s Restaurant, a local favorite that has been closed for a decade. The college also donated 30 lunch tables to Morro Bay High School. “As an institution, we look forward to establishing our Atascadero campus where we can serve the Central Coast communities and make a positive impact,” said Perry.

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ard work and generosity are community values in Templeton and the evidence is on display at the Tem-

pleton Performing Arts Center. Many people volunteered their time for several years and many others donated funds in order to complete the inside of the theatre, while Templeton Unified School District and a state grant paid for the construction of the exterior. This beautiful facility is on the campus of Templeton High School at 1200 S. Main St. and is managed and maintained by TUSD. Since opening in 2003, it has become part of the community. It has also become apparent that a theatre like this requires an ongoing commitment-far beyond completing the construction, and far beyond the commitment required by standard school facilities. The TPAC is used by many different groups for many types of activities, from dance recitals and performances to orchestra and band; school assemblies, plays and musicals, to community events. In

all this time, the facility has not had any significant updates (or in some cases, even standard theatre maintenance). The Templeton Performing Arts Center Foundation formed this year with the specific purpose to create additional support and funding for the TPAC, beyond the usual budget provided by TUSD. The non-profit organization’s mission is to increase the utilization of the facility by underwriting, sponsoring, promoting, and/or assisting in performing arts programs, cultural projects, and educational and civic events that take place in this facility. The foundation also supports and assists in the operation of the building to ensure it reaches its maximum potential as a venue for the performing arts, learning, entertainment, and community-building, for both TUSD and the community. The TPAC is one of North County’s premier venues for worldclass, professional performing arts in a small, intimate setting of 330 seats, each with an unobstructed view of the stage due to the steep angle of construction. It has a full orchestra pit, green room, full curtains, lighting, and sound systems. The TPAC is a hub for cultural events serving all the people of the North SLO County and their families, as well as providing an institution for career and vocational technical education for Templeton High School Theatre Marketing

and Management students. You can join the newly formed board of parents, teachers, counselors, current and retired administrators, business owners, and citizens who want to help promote the field of fine and performing arts. The foundation is seeking individuals and organizations to help in the following ways: • Become a member of the foundation board — planning and working events, organizational issues, donation solicitation, etc. • Become a donor • Support the foundation as a consultant on specific items, i.e. sound systems, electrical, planning events, stage production, video, sound, etc. • Donate goods & services to be used at fundraising events • Participate and attend future fundraising functions There are several events already planned to benefit the foundation. August 25, 2018, 7 p.m. “The John Jorgensen Quartet” The first in a series of fundraiser concerts planned by the foundation. It will feature John Jorgensen, best known for his guitar work with bands such as the Desert Rose Band and The Hellecasters. He is

also proficient on the mandolin, mandocello, Dobro, pedal steel guitar, piano, upright bass, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone. While a member of the Desert Rose Band, he won the Academy of Country Music’s “Guitarist of the Year” award three consecutive years. Jorgenson has recorded and or toured with Elton John, The Byrds, Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Hank Williams Jr., Barbra Streisand, Luciano Pavarotti, Roy Orbison, Patty Loveless, Michael Nesmith, and Bonnie Raitt. Tickets: $30 for adults and $15 for students. Buy your tickets at jjquartet.bpt.me, or call 805-3917003. Other future productions include: October 6, 2018, 7p.m. “A Night to Remember” January 12, 2019, 7p.m. “An Evening with Muriel Anderson” If interested in becoming part of the foundation or volunteering, please email the TPACF President Vicki van den Eikhof at templeton PACfoundation@gmail.com or call 805-391-7003.

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Making A Difference for Atascadero The Greyhound Foundation continues to evolve to meet new needs Approaching its 25th year in service to the community, the Atascadero Greyhound Foundation is far from entering the final stretch of a marathon — on the contrary, it might be said that the foundation is just getting started. In 1994, a group formed with a purpose to build the Atascadero High School all-weather track and is undergoing a transformation as a major force in the battle against addiction facing our youth. The LIGHTHOUSE committee was formed in 2012 to fund addiction counseling for high school students, and the mission has become central to the AGF over the six years. Local golfers can get in on the action during the fourth annual LIGHTHOUSE Benefit Golf Tournament at Chalk Mountain Golf Course on Saturday, Oct. 13. Local businesses and individuals can sponsor the tournament, including $100 hole sponsorships. As school resumes, so does the second year of LIGHTHOUSE Atascadero Mentorship Program, with LAMP director Julie Davis leading another group of high school upperclassmen as mentors to Atascadero Middle School sixth-graders. The program was a big success in the first year,

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with students forming the bonds that could last a lifetime with a focus on living life without the use of drugs and alcohol. Another high school resource available to those in need of individual or group support is the Wellness Center, with services coordinated by Kamela Proulx (MA, LMFT, BCBA). The center provides drop-in access during breaks and lunch, or by appointment during study halls or electives. The center even offers family sessions after school. The Wellness Center focuses on substance use prevention and education, social skill development, and mindfulness and stress reduction. The second area of focus is stigma reduction and awareness campaigns regarding behavioral and mental health issues related to young people, as well as bullying, suicide prevention, wellness promotion and education about the adolescent brain. But what do the kids do after school? The AGF helped launch the LIGHTHOUSE After School program, run by Coleen Madsen, the Atascadero Unified School District Director of Curriculum. According to AGF executive director Donn Clickard, the goal of the after school program is

to give kids a “constructive use of leisure time,” and make a habit force that can bring rewards throughout their lives. Continuing support, and expanding its efforts to provide resources in the battle against addiction, the foundation created LASER — LIGHTHOUSE Atascadero Support, Education, and Resources — to provide information and resources, including books, articles, publications and a series of podcasts designed to help individuals and families in the area of drug and alcohol addiction. Atascadero Chamber of Commerce provided the foundation with a space for storing books and other resources for the LASER program. LIGHTHOUSE, LAMP, Wellness Center, LIGHTHOUSE After School, and LASER are a strong foundation for growth as the foundation takes on the next phase of its lifecycle and continue addressing addiction-related issues facing our community youth. For more information, go to atascaderogreyhoundfoundation.org or lighthouseatascadero.org.

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Summer is an Adventure T

he San Luis Obispo County Office of Education operates the Rancho El Chorro Outdoor Educational Campus. tTucked away in the hills above San Luis Obispo, these 250 protected acres include a nature preserve, a school campus, a one-room schoolhouse, incredible learning resources and a

By Jim Brescia, SLO County Superintendent

which were previously part of Camp San Luis Obispo. The Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School once again offered Summer Outdoor Adventures for Kids (SOAK) Camp this year. Nestled between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay off of Highway One, Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School preserve

“Now I see the secret of making the best persons; it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.” - Walt Whitman regional education conference center. The school provides hands-on learning opportunities for students studying science and ecology in a natural setting. The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education has been providing outdoor education

affords some beautiful hiking trails along Pennington Creek, an oak woodland forest, a pond, classrooms and a newly renovated amphitheater courtesy of local Rotary clubs. The outdoor education programs bring students closer to nature while pro-

outdoor education programs.These types of schools are one tool in building a solid foundation of stewardship with the next generation. Outdoor classrooms can be used as an entry point for family and community involvement. The first time my father became more involved with my schooling was in the late 1960s on an outdoor education field trip. I have many people throughout the county stop me to relay stories about chaperoning a field trip. Some of the stories have included recollections about sleeping at Rancho El Chorro as a youth. I commend our local, state, and national Rotary Clubs for their dedication to our community, our youth, and society.

The Cayucos Club hosted a booth in support of the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education Outdoor Education Campus, Rancho El Chorro. Over 24,000 Rotarians from more than 200 counties joined forces in Canada to promote the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.” It is an honor to have multiple Rotary clubs from San Luis Obispo County, the greater Rotary district (including adjacent counties), and clubs from Oregon, Mexico, Canada, Brasil, Burundi and Myanmar supporting the educational programs offered at Rancho El Chorro. I am proud to serve as your county superintendent of schools, employ a talented workforce, and work with community-minded individuals in

“Spending time outdoors makes you feel great.” Yurt Village at Rancho El Chorro

to the community for over 40 years. Nearly 300,000 students and 10,000 adults have enjoyed and benefited from the programs and facilities,

viding fun and adventure. . Students can learn stronger environmental attitudes, civic responsibility and community participation through

This summer I was able to join the Cayucos Rotary Club, along with other Central Coast Rotary Clubs from Paso Robles, Atascadero, and Templeton, at the Rotary International Conference in Toronto, Canada.

- Elizabeth Hurley

our local Rotary Clubs. I invite the entire community to tour Rancho El Chorro and learn about this gem right here in our backyard, promoting environmental education, stewardship, peace mediation and leadership.

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Flash History: The California Grizzly Bear By Tom Taylor Flash History Compiler

Gaspar de Portola lead the first Spanish overland journey north from San Diego. Accompanying him was Father Juan Crespi, along with 163 men and 180 horses and mules. Father Crespi was a Franciscan missionary and explorer. He was the official diarist and documented this exploration into the interior areas of Alta California. The group reached today’s San Luis Obispo on September 2, 1769. Portola’s route followed fairly closely to what was to become El Camino Real (the King’s Highway) or Highway 101. It is important to note that they had escaped the scurvy that plagued the colony of San Diego by eating vitamin C rich watercress (berro) that was in the area. The first stop here was made at Oso Flaco Lake (skinny bear). This is where the soldiers killed a grizzly bear and it was the first time they had eaten bear meat. Father Crespi said it “tasted very savory”. The California grizzly bear (Ursus arctos californicus) was the largest creature in California. The one killed measured 14 hands or about 10 feet tall. The soldiers also

called this area Viper Camp because of the great number of rattlesnakes killed. Later on, they encountered more bears digging for tule roots in the marshy ground and named this area La Canada de los Osos (Valley of the Bears). They also named a large rock along the shore, calling it El Morro (crown shaped hill). Three years later, during the spring of 1772, the people at Mission San Antonio and Mission San Carlos were nearing starvation. The gardens and orchards where just not producing enough food to support them. Lieutenant Pedro Fages, who was part of the Sacred Expedition and in charge of 25 soldiers, led an exIllustration by Tom Taylor pedition back to La Canada de Osos for bear meat. Over a period of 3 months, Fages and his men killed 30 bears. This resulted in providing 9,000 pounds of air dried and salted bear meat to the missions’ populations. The distance to Mission San Antonio is about 90 miles and to Mission San Carlos about 160 miles. It took a long time to prepare and deliver the meat by mules. It was the experience in this area that prompted Father Serra to establish the Mission San Luis Obispo.

BEAR FLAG REVOLT The Bear Flag Revolt was a shortlived attempt by a group of 30 American settlers in Yerba Buena (San Francisco) to break away from Mexican rule. These settlers were farmers and ranchers and adventurers. It was described at the time you couldn’t ride a horse for a mile without seeing 10 grizzlies. And they were dangerous. So, the settlers chose the bear for their rude banner to scare the Mexican authorities. A grizzly bear was daubed on a petticoat using a chewed stick as a brush along with a red five-pointed star above the words “California Republic”. As soon as the flag was hoisted over the custom house, the assembled crowd were heard to shout Coche, the common name for a pig. Without firing a shot, the settlers then captured the city of Sonoma from the Mexican government. It didn’t last long as the flag was retired on July 9th, 1846 when a landing party of 70 sailors and marines landed and raised the American flag – 27 stars – over the same custom house. The twenty-five-day Bear Flag Revolt had ended.

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Wrestling Coach’s Induction is Scheduled for October •

By Nicholas Mattson


uietly moving about the orange foam mats, Dan Pry’s presence in the Atascadero High School Ewing Gymnasium during winter wrestling season carries a lifetime of achievement garnered by few in the nation. On October 17 in Long Beach, Pry will be inducted into the CIF Southern Section Hall of Fame, on the dawn of a story that began 25 years ago. In the fall of 1983, Pry arrived at AHS to take over a program which had not won a league championship in five years. From that day to this, the Greyhounds have won or shared a league championship 20 of the last 25 years. Under Pry’s coaching, AHS won four consecutive CIF Championships and seven total between 1984 and 1995 — ‘84, ’85, ’86, ’87, ’89 and two in ’95 in individual and duals. In Pry’s time as assistant coach, the ‘Hounds won CIF four more times — ’03, ’04, ’09, ’10. Overall, his teams finished as CIF runners-up — ’88, ’99, ’02, ’07, ’08, ’09. When the orange and grey poured through the doors of opposing gymnasiums throughout the CIF Southern Section, it was nothing less than imposing. He built solid relationships with the faculty and community, that to this day still resonate. “Dan set a fundamental and lasting imprint on those who joined our staff and program in many ways,” AHS athletic director Sam Derose said. “First and foremost as a mentor and leader and role model for our student-athletes.” Pry was instrumental in setting a tone and delivering results that

Sam Derose and Dan Pry. Photo by Nicholas Mattson

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Sam Derose, Donn Clickard, Wayne Cooper, and Dan and Sandy Pry. Photo by Nicholas Mattson

still resonates with the program and paints the walls of the AHS training facility. When freshman wrestlers look up at the plaques on the walls and read the names of the wrestlers that came before them, they stand in the shadows of greatness — but the wrestlers that hang as legends on the walls were also once scrawny freshman, looking up at names before them. “Everyone wrestler who walks in the room gets the idea that they are a part of something bigger and Dan Pry has his hand in all of it,” former athlete Chris Ferree wrote in his nomination letter to CIF. “ Ferree wrestled for Pry for thee years, and served as an assistant for six. In turn, Pry served as assistant to Ferree for 10 years and both assisted the program over the last five years. That is the legacy Pry built, and over the past 25 years, the Greyhounds produced 146 CIF place-winners and seven State place-winners — but winning was a byproduct. “Dan will be the first to tell you, [accolades] is not what the program is about,” “The strength of Dan Pry’s legacy is the family con-

cept he has instilled in Atascadero. kids. He started the “Bones BBQ” Dan Pry is the heart of Atascadero as a socialization hub for Atascadewrestling. ro coaches, teachers, parents, and “He has built, established and community. nurtured a framework for wresHe coached 15 years of freshman tling in our community, a thriving football, and 10 years of tennis for opportunity for young people to boys and girls teams. experience benefits of participaDan himself was a California tion in the great sport of wrestling. Southern Section champion in Dan created an environment where 1965, wrestled for National Chamrelationships were as important as pion Cal Poly, coached nine years the skills learned. Dan used wres- at Newbury Park H.S., and earned tling as a the “Dismedium “Dan used wrestling as a tinguished to bring Service families medium to bring families Award” at and inthe 1984 dividuals and individuals together.” Olympics. together Of all to strive toward something bigger his accomplishments, the one that than any individual.” resonates with the community, and Wrestling is a family tradition has made the most lasting impact, for Pry, and built a community is with personal relationships with around the program at AHS that those associated with the AHS still ripples with the heartbeat of wrestling program. “No honor can ever adequately the principles instilled long ago. It was about community for Pry, recognize what Dan Pry means to me as a mentor, coach and friend,” of which wrestling was one part. Pry designed the New Years Ferree continued. “I have been Revolution tournament, unlike any around wrestling long enough to other format in the state. He helped know greatness. I can think of no start the Atascadero Wrestling more fitting an honor than to nomiClub for 5th through 8th grade nate Dan Pry for the Hall of Fame.”

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Special Events

August 11 - Rotary Winemakers’ Cook-off is presented by The

August 25 - Art & Wine Tour is an enjoyable evening stroll

August 17 - Cruisin’ Weekend begins with Hot El Camino Cruise

August 25 - Trading Day & Kids’ Flea Market is a one-stop-shop yard

Paso Robles Rotary. It brings together Paso Robles’ top winemakers to compete to see who the best chef is. This event is held from 6–9 p.m. at the Paso Robles Event Center. For tickets or more information, visit winemakerscookoff.com.

Night starting at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. down El Camino Real in Atascadero. A new burn out competition and mini car show will be held in the Sunken Gardens with live music and several food trucks on site. More information available by calling 805-470-3360 or visitatascadero.com

August 18 - 28th Annual Atascadero Lake Car Show presented

by the Mid-State Cruizers brings in 175 – 200 cars annually. Rock and roll will play as you stroll past the cars from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food and drink vendors will be onsite and trophies will be presented around 1 p.m. More information available, visit midstatecruizers.org

August 18 - 3rd Annual Dancing in the Streets is an evening filled with live music throughout downtown Atascadero from 5 – 9 p.m. Be prepared to dance in the streets and enjoy the variety of food and drink vendors set up in the streets. More information available by calling 805-470-3360 or visitatascadero.com

through beautiful Downtown Atascadero. Tickets include a wine glass, tastings among downtown merchants and tours of Historic City Hall. Tickets are available online at atascaderochamber.org ahead of time or day of in front of Historic City Hall located at 6500. Palma Ave.

sale experience in the park from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. This event is free to the public and features arts, crafts, antiques, furniture and much more. Vendor spaces and more information available from pasoroblesdowntown.org.

September 21-22 - Heart & Soul Women’s Conference

invites you to God’s Growing Places with keynote speaker Poppy Smith, and musician Jena Brancart at Trinity Lutheran Church at 940 Creston Rd. Friday, Sept 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Call Debbi 805-610-5194, or register online at heartandsoulwomensconference.com

September 28 & 29 -

North County Christian Fellowship’s is hosting the First Annual Sisterhood Retreat - for ALL sisters in Christ. Worship, meals, speakers, ministry, fellowship and fun will be had! 905 Vine St, Paso Robles. Contact Lora Dawes for more info. 805-391-0154 or lora@stoveandspa.com.

Submit listings to events@nosloco.com, and visit nosloco.com for more information on events.

Fundraisers August 18 — Harvest Hope & Healing Gala to benefit the Cancer Support Community invites you to travel back in time for A Night in Old Hollywood from 5-10 p.m. The evening will be filled with decadent delights, a variety of local wines, cocktails and entertainment. Visit cscslo.org/Support-Our-Work/Harvest-Hope—Healing or call 805-238-4411.

Concerts & Entertainment — Visit NoSLOCo.com


Paso Robles Concerts in the Park Paso Robles Downtown, every Thursday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Templeton Concerts in the Park Templeton Park, every Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Atascadero Concerts in the Park Atascadero Lake Park, every Saturday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday BBQ in the Park Atascadero Lake Park, every Tuesday through August 28, 5 to 8 p.m Live Music Wednesdays on the Veranda — 5:30 to 8 p.m., Paso Robles Golf Club. See ad in this issue for local musicians. Reservations 805-2384722, PasoRoblesGolfClub.com.

More Info Saturday Live — Every Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m., slowdown from your week, sit back and enjoy live music - all while savoring award-winning Vina Robles wines. Whale Rock Music Festival — Sept. 15 & 16 Castoro Cellars, Sept. 15 & 16, see whalerockmusicfestival.com for schedule and ticket information. Blues Concert with Valerie Johnson 5:30 p.m. in the Polin Community Room, Atascadero Library. Movies in the Garden Atascadero Sunken Gardens, August 4, 11 & 25 & September 1 & 9, 8 to 11 p.m., visitatascadero.com to see the movie schedule.

Culture & The Arts Winery Partners Wine Bar — Wine tasting at Studios on the Park every Friday and Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m. benefits the free arts education program for local kids. Studiosonthepark.org

Art After Dark Paso — first Saturday, wine tasting, 5 to 9 p.m., Downtown Paso. Hosted by Studios on the Park.

Farmers Markets Atascadero - Wednesdays 3-6 p.m., Sunken Gardens, 5942 West Mall; Special Event: Summer Sizzle event through August 8. Paso Robles - Tuesdays 3-6 p.m., Paso Robles City Park at 11th Street and Spring Street

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Templeton Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Templeton Community Park at 6th and Crocker Street

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Winemakers dinner Nets $80,000 for local


Carol Hoyt. Contributed photo

his year’s Atascadero Mayor’s Winemaker Dinner on Friday, June 22 raised around $80,000 for Lighthouse Foundation and Kiwanis Club of Atascadero. The Kiwanis Club has organized the winemaker dinner for 10 years. “Every year, [the Kiwanis Club] pick a different nonprofit and this year they chose the Lighthouse Foundation,” Atascadero Chamber of Commerce CEO Derek Kirk said. Kiwanis Club member and club treasurer Mark Dariz said that the club had pledged $30,000 to the Lighthouse Foundation, he added that it’s possible that the club could give more due to the amount raised this year. In 2017, $57,000 was raised at the winemaker dinner. Dariz said that each year more and more money is brought in. “It was nice to see so many community members out sup-

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Gary Eberle and Debbie Arnold. Contributed photo

porting Kiwanis and the community,” Kirk said. Dariz said that not much changed from last year to this year’s event except for the amount raised. This year’s dinner included 33

tables, each with its own winemaker and representative and six guests, enjoyed a gourmet dinner, local wine, live and silent auctions and a fund-a-cause auction, which raised money for Lighthouse Atascadero Mentoring Program. LAMP trains high school students to mentor middle school students. “It’s all about getting the kids involved,”Dariz said. Next year’s Mayor’s Winemaker Dinner will be held on Friday, June 21 at the Atascadero Pavilion on the Lake. For more information, go to AtascaderoKiwanis.org.

The Thompson & Filipponi crew. Contributed photo

Movies in the Park expands to FIVE showings this year

tics and Parkour and Idler’s Home. “We’re able to offer five movies,” city of Atascadero Recreation Supervisor Jennifer Fanning said. All of the movies are free and open to the public. The showing will start at approximately 8:15 p.m., when the sun has set enough contributed photo for the movie to be seen on the inflatable The community is invited to screen placed in front of city hall. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church take over the Sunken Gardens five Saturdays this August and Sep- has been operating the concession stand for the last several years and tember to watch popular movies. Unlike past years, this summer’s will continue to do so this summer. lineup includes a fifth showing Paradise Shaved Ice will also be at thanks to sponsors: Twin Cit- the first two showings in August. Fanning said there are able 500 ies Community Hospital, Perry’s Parcel & Gifts, Thrive Gymnas- people in attendance each week.

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“For Star Wars, we typically get a little more,” Fanning said. The movies are selected based on popularity and the company that the city orders the movies through gives recommendations on what show. This year’s line-up:

Fanning recommends showing up at 7 or 7:30 p.m. with blankets or low-back chairs to get a good place to sit. “[The sponsors] are the ones that make it happen,” she said. For more info, go to atascadero. org or call 805-470-3360.

• Aug. 4: Coco (PG) • Aug. 11: Black Panther (PG-13) • Aug. 25: Paddington 2 (PG) • Sept. 1: Star Wars: Last Jedi (PG-13) • Sept. 8: Wonder (PG) While most of the movies are PG, Fanning said they did choose a couple PG-13 movies. “Star Wars has a good following,” she said. “This is the third or fourth year we’ve shown [a] Star Wars [film].”

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Atascadero Library 6555 Capistrano, Atascadero • 805- 461-6161 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 Special Events August 1 — Craft Club 3:30-4:30 p.m., open to 6-12 year olds, registration is required August 3 — Games & More! 1-3 p.m., open to 10-17 year olds August 4 — Family Movie 2-4 p.m., Early Man August 7 — Gems in the Stacks Book Discussion 11 a.m.-12 p.m., open to adults August 8 — Pajama Story time 5:30 p.m., open to 1-5 year olds August 9 — Sewing Teen Buddies 2-4 p.m., open to ages 10-17 year olds August 16 — Mixed Minds Book Group 2:30-3:30 p.m., open to adults August 18 — LEGO Club 2-3 p.m., open to 5-12 year olds, registration is required



August 2 — Movies at the Library, 4-6 p.m., A League of Their Own San Miguel Library 254 13th St, San Miguel • 805- 467-3224 August 11 — Movie and Craft, 1-3 p.m., open to all ages Santa Margarita Library 9630 Murphy Ave, Santa Margarita • 805- 4385622 August 4 — Young People’s Reading Round Table & Movie, 4-5:30 p.m., open to 12-16 year olds August 11— Pushing the Limits Book discussion, 4:30-5:30 p.m., open to adults, registration is open online September 1 — Young People’s Reading Round Table & Movie, 4-5:30 p.m., open to 12-16 year olds Shandon Library 195 N 2nd St, Shandon • 805- 237-3009 August 8 — Movies at the Library, 4-6 p.m., Peter Rabbit

Tuesday, time/location TBA at website. Office Hours with Supervisor John Peschong Third Thursday, 9–11 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. August 8 — Chamber Membership Mixer, 5:30-7 p.m., Hosted by Tolosa Family Dental Templeton Chamber of Commerce templetonchamber.com • 805- 434-1789 321 S. Main Street #C, Templeton, CA 93465 Chamber Board of Directors Meeting — July 11 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Pacific Premier Bank Conference Room on Las Tablas Rd.

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

Speak Easy Toastmasters — Friday, 12:10 to 1:15 p.m. Founders Pavilion, Twin Cities Community Hospital. 9797. toastmastersclubs.org. Coffee at the Carlton — Entrepreneurs and business leaders. Wednesday, 9-10 a.m. at The Carlton Hotel in Atascadero. Free, open networking. Meet and learn from other business members and expand your network. 6005 El Camino Real, Atascadero.

with aviation, EAA465.org. North County Multiflora Garden Club — second Wednesday, Noon to 3 p.m. Public is welcome, no charge. PR Community Church, 2706 Spring St., 805-712-7820, guests welcome, multifloragardenclub.org Monthly Dinner at Estrella Warbirds Museum — First Wednesday, 6 p.m., guest speakers. 805296-1935 for dinner reservations, ewarbirds.org North County Newcomers — July 24 deadline for August 1 luncheon at Estrella Warbirds Museum, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gatherings held first Wednesday for residents living here less than 3 years. RSVP and info go to northcountynew comers.org Active Senior Club of Templeton — first Friday,

10:30 a.m., Templeton Community Center, 601 S. Main St, Templeton. North County Women’s Connection Luncheon — second Friday, 11 a.m., Templeton Community Center. $12.00. Reservations by July 10 to JoAnn Pickering, 805-239-1096. Central Coast Violet Society — second Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Brookdale Activity Room, 1919 Creston Road, Paso. Znailady1@aol.com. Classic Car Cruise Night — second Saturday (weather permitting), 5 to 7 p.m., King Oil Tools, 2235 Spring St., Paso. Tony Ororato, 805-7120551. Daughters of the American Revolution — first Sunday. For time and place, email dmcpatriot daughter@gmail.com.


Atascadero Chamber of Commerce Atascaderochamber.org • 805-466-2044 6904 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422 August 16 — Chamber Grand Opening & Monthly Mixer, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce Office Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce pasorobleschamber.com • 805-238-0506 1225 Park St, Paso Robles, CA 93446 Restaurant of the Month Appreciation, first

Taking Care

August 21 — Paddock Puppet Players 10:30 a.m., open to 1-5 year olds Paso Robles Library 1000 Spring St., Paso Robles • 805- 237-3870 Monday & Friday — 10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Preschool Story time for 1-3 year olds Wednesday — 2:30 p.m., Grandparents & Books for kids of all ages Thursday — 10:30 a.m., Mother Goose on the Loose for ages 0-18 months Special Events August 3 — Club Ghibi 4 p.m., open to 13-17 year olds August 7 — World Crafts 4 p.m., open to 7-12 year olds August 8 — Pyjama Drama Interactive Theater 10: 30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m., open to 1-7 year olds August 13 — LEGO Build 4 p.m., open to all ages August 27 — Maker Monday 4 p.m., open to 7-12 year olds Creston Library 6290 Adams, Creston • 805- 237-3010



North County Toast ‘N Talk Toastmasters — Mondays, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Keller Williams Real Estate, Paso Robles, 805-464-9229. BNI— Early But Worth It Chapter — Business Networking International — Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 a.m., Culinary Arts Academy, Paso Robles, Visitors welcome, bniccc.com Business Networking International — Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 a.m., Cricket’s, 9700 El Camino

Clubs & Meetings Almond Country Quilters Guild Meeting – August 6 at 6:30 p.m., lecture by Laurel Anderson, Trinity Lutheran Church, 940 Creston Road, Paso. Community Quilts, August 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Bethel Lutheran Church, 295 Old County Rd, Templeton. Contact kajquilter@ gmail.com or lisajguerrero@msn.com, acqguild.com. 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. McPhee’s, Templeton. 805-610-8096, exchangeclubofnorthslocounty.org Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 465 — second Wednesday, 7 p.m. at Paso Airport Terminal. Getting youth involved

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EVENTS 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.-1 p.m., $5 Pancake Breakfast — 3rd Saturday, 8-11 a.m., $6 Post Meeting — 4th Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. American Legion Post 220 • 805 Main Street, Templeton Post Meeting — 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 6 p.m. Elks Lodges Atascadero Lodge 2733 • 1516 El Camino Real • 805-466-3557 Lodge Meeting — second and fourth Thursdays Paso Robles Lodge 2364 • 1420 Park Street • 805-239-1411 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 — 2nd Sunday, 7:30-11 a.m. Kiwanis International Atascadero • 7848 Pismo Ave. • 805-610-7229 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 — 1st Tuesday, 1 p.m. Night Meeting — third Wednesday, 6 p.m., Su Casa Restaurant (2927 Spring St.) Lions Club Meetings Atascadero Club 2385 • 5035 Palma Ave. Meeting – second & fourth Wednesday, 7 p.m. Paso Robles Club 2407 • 1420 Park St. Meeting – second & fourth Tuesday, 7 p.m. San Miguel Club 2413 • 256 13th St. Meeting – first & third Thursdays, 7 p.m. Santa Margarita Club 2418 • 9610 Murphy St. Meeting – second & fourth Monday, 7:30 p.m. Shandon Valley Club • 630-571-5466 Templeton Club • 601 Main St. • 805-434-1071 Meeting – first & third Thursdays, 7 pm Loyal Order of Moose Atascadero #2067 • 8507 El Camino Real • 805-466-5121 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. • 805-2390503. 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 Pavillion 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., • 805466-3305 Meeting — first Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Paso Robles #10965 • 240 Scott St., • 805-2397370 Meeting — first Tuesday, 7 p.m.

8/18 • Harvest Hope and Healing Gala, 5 p.m. 8/23 • Breast Cancer Support Group, 12 p.m., 8/23 • Education: Nutrition, 1 p.m. 8/27 • Walking Together, 5:45 p.m. 8/29 • Mindfulness Hour, 11:30 a.m., Must RSVP 8/27 • Drumming: Musical Expression, 6 p.m. WEEKLY SCHEDULE: MONDAY: Therapeutic Yoga at Dharma Yoga, 11:30 a.m. TUESDAY: Educational Radio Show, 1 p.m. WEDNESDAY: Living with Cancer Support Group — Newly Diagnosed/Active Treatment, 10 a.m. FRIDAY: 8/10 & 8/24-Grupo Fuerza y Esperanza, 6 p.m. 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 required with Kathy Thomas at kathytho mas10@hotmail.com or 805-610-6486.; Beautification Boutique offers products for hair loss and resources for mastectomy patients knitted knockers.org.

p.m. Rabobank, 1025 Las Tablas Rd, Templeton. Suzanne Miller 805-704-5970, suzanne.miller@ ymail.com. North County Parkinson’s Support Group — third Tuesdays, 1 p.m., Templeton Presbyterian Church, 610 So. Main St. Info: Rosemary Dexter 805-466-7226. Overeaters Anonymous — 7 p.m. Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 4500 El Camino Real, Atascadero. Irene 818-415-0353. North County Prostate Cancer Support Group — third Thursday, 7 p.m., Twin Cities Community Hospital Pavilion Room. Bill Houston 805-9952254 or American Cancer Society 805-473-1748. Lupus/Auto Immune Disorder Support Group — fourth Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Nature’s Touch, 225 So. Main St., Templeton.

Health & Wellness WELLNESS KITCHEN AND RESOURCE CENTER 1255 Las Tablas Rd., Templeton. 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.) Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday until 6 p.m. August 16 — Healthy Cooking Class: Thirst Quenchers — Instructor Evan Vossler. 5:30-7:30 p.m., FREE for those facing illness, otherwise $20. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. August 17 — Healthy Cooking Class: Thirst Quenchers — 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Idler’s Home, 122 Cross St., San Luis Obispo. RSVP required to 805-434-1800 or nancy@TheWKRC.org. August 22 — Intro to Wellness: A Taste of Change with Registered Dietitian Hayley Garelli. Learn 10 simple ways to begin your clean eating journey, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Please RSVP. Class is FREE. CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY 1051 Las Tablas Road, Templeton provides support, education and hope. 805-238-4411. Cancer Support Helpline, 888-793-9355, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. PST. Visit cscslo.org for support groups, social events, education and kid’s programs. SPECIAL PROGRAMS: 8/2 • Open House & BBQ, 6 p.m. 8/6 • Walking Together, 5:45 p.m. 8/8 • Young Survivors Peer Gathering, 6 p.m. 8/15 • Art Time with Katie; 1:30 p.m. 8/16 • Advanced Cancer Support Grp, 11 a.m.

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SUPPORT & ENCOURAGEMENT North County Overeaters Anonymous — 5:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Fireside Room, 940 Creston Rd., Paso, OA.org. MOPS — Mothers of Pre-schoolers — first & third Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. 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

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS Meetings at RISE: 1030 Vine St., Paso Robles Sponsored by Hospice SLO, 805-544-2266, hospiceslo.org Bereaved Parents Group - Tues, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Suicide Bereavement Support — fourth Wednesdays, 3 to 4:30 p.m. General Grief Support – Wednesdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Meeting at 517 13th Street, Paso. No cost, no pre-registration. GriefShare All Saturdays in August, A 13-week seminar/support group for people grieving loss. 10 a.m. to noon. $15 enrollment. Trinity Lutheran Church, Fireside Room, 940 Creston Rd., Paso. Call Deaconess Juliet Thompson, 805238-3702, ext. 205 to RSVP.

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COLONY Magazine, August 2018

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