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“California Central Coast brewers showed well this year, making us proud of the 805,” says David Walker. The brewery also continues to release exciting new beers, including Firestone Lager and Nitro Merlin Milk Stout. Meanwhile, unique “one-off” beers are also available exclusively to brewery visitors on an ongoing basis.

As you drive south on Highway 101 from downtown Paso Robles, one billboard says it all:

The Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest is another local tradition that has made an impact in the community. The fest has been a key supporter of Pioneer Day since day one, with net proceeds benefitting initiatives such as the Pioneer Day parade and historic preservation.

Such is the mantra of Firestone Walker Brewing Company, which has been brewing its beer in Paso Robles since 2001. Since that time, Firestone Walker has grown from a small regional brewery to one of the largest craft beer producers in the nation — but its local roots remain stronger than ever.

The seventh annual Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest this month added a new fundraising component as well: the “FWIBF Kick-Off Concert” headlined by Nashville recording artist Nikki Lane at the Paso Robles Event Center. All proceeds benefitted Paso Robles Pioneer Day.

Indeed, after celebrating its 20 th anniversary in 2016, the brewery is now putting the finishing touches on two improvements that will pave the way for the next 20 years in Paso Robles and beyond — specifically a new fermentation block and a new cold-storage warehouse.

“The main beer fest on Saturday is fairly intimate by design, but that means that tickets sell out quickly,” says Jamie Smith, Firestone Walker’s marketing director. “We added this new Friday evening concert event so that we could welcome more people — and particularly locals — to enjoy a taste of what the fest is all about.”

“These latest improvements are related to the brewhouse extension that we completed last year,” says Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “We should now be set for some time to come.”

Adds David Walker, “The brewhouse extension was a fitting milestone in the wake of our 20 th anniversary, and it deepens our local roots for the next 20 years and beyond here in Paso Robles.”

“We have our stalwart beers such as DBA, Union Jack and Pivo, but we’re also experimenting like never before,” Brynildson says. “It’s cool to be able to share some of our most creative beers with locals right here at the brewery.”

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Firestone Walker continues to be actively involved in other local experiences as well. The brewery was a sponsor of the recent 35th annual Wildflower triathlon along with the July 4th event Paso Pops.

“We are committed to the community that raised and supported us faithfully all these years,” says Adam Firestone. “This is our home.” The latest additions to the brewery campus include the new Cold Block 4 and cold-storage warehouse that is hard to miss while driving along Highway 101. A cold block is where wort is fermented after first being made in the brewhouse. Cold Block 4 is connected to the brewhouse by an overhead pipe trellis.

Meanwhile, the new cold-storage warehouse on the north side of the campus solves a mounting capacity problem for storing packaged beer and keeping it fresh. And delivering fresh beer to locals is still what it is ultimately all about for Firestone Walker.

“The majority of our beers are still enjoyed within 200 miles of the brewery, and that makes us smile because the sweetest beer to drink is the one closest to the brewhouse,” Walker says. He adds, “We are profoundly grateful to the community of Paso Robles for supporting us all these years.”

An aerial look at the construction of Firestone Walker’s new cold warehouse.

The Lion and the Bear, David Wal

While Firestone Walker has grown over the years, the quality of the beers has never been better — as evidenced by the fact that the brewery scored a stunning three gold medals at the 2018 World Beer Cup, a prestigious biennial global competition that this year included 2,515 breweries from 66 countries. A total of 8,234 beers were entered in 101 different categories, and only one gold medal was awarded per category. The beers were tasted blind by a judging panel of 295 brewers and beer experts from 33 countries.

Firestone Walker’s C-Hops pale ale earned the lone gold medal in the crowded “American-Style Pale Ale” category. The brewery’s flagship DBA won the gold medal in the “Ordinary or Special Bitter” category, while STiVO (made in collaboration with Russian River Brewing Company) also took home a gold medal.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company | 1400 Ramada Drive, Paso Robles |


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The exciting 4th of July event moves to midweek at the Paso Robles Event Center to celebrate the holiday and Paderweski with SLO Symphony and fireworks.


Christine Minkkinen seeks thrills and comes up roses. Get an inside look at our local wing-walking flower girl.



Tony Wallace moves to Atascadero with satellite offices at Paso Robles Sports Club and Lake Nacimiento.




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The Backyard Beer Garden Plans Fall Opening Business Spotlight: Stacia Finley, Pacific Trust Mortgage; Dr. Lariann Baretta, Las Tablas Animal Hospital Local Goods: Because, Tomato Season Natural Alternative: Safe Fun in the Sun


SOMETHING WORTH READING 06 Publisher’s Letter 08 Paso Robles Downtown Main Street

A column by Millie Drum

10 Through the Grapevine: Things Worth Talking About


14 Spencer Anderson: World Tour 16 Paso Library Volunteer of the Year: Debbie Sharp


18 The Last Flapper: The Legend of Zelda Fitzgerald 20 Two in Tow:

A column by Tonya Strickland

38 Studios on the Park: Winery Partners, Rock & Roll, and More. 40 Dr. Jim Brescia: Summer Learning


42 Borrowed & Bleu: Azurae Talks “Big 3” in Wedding Planning

22 Templeton Happenings 24 Downtown Daydream with Karyl Lammers 26 Vets Tails: Pioneer Spirit


27 PRHS Rodeo: The Race Is On!

A column by Dr. Ryan Ehlinger

44 4th of July Explodes with Things to Do 45 Time & Place Calendar

By Loretta Burke


ON THE COVER: Paso Pops at Paso Robles Horse Park, 2017

50 Jonathan Stornetta Sworn in as Paso Robles Fire Chief

Photo Credit: Firestone Walker Brewing Co.


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SOMETHING WORTH READING Each month, we work toward our North Star here at PASO Magazine. With a team of almost two dozen freelance By Nic professionals, we put our hearts Mattson and souls into delivering another solid issue of our beloved PASO Magazine. What I take away from each issue, is that so many of us all care about the same thing — we are willing to do what it takes to be the best. We don't always score 100 percent, but we try.



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This 4th of July, as the fireworks pop overhead downtown Paso Robles, remember that while we celebrate freedom, independence, and all that makes America great, that it is up to you to challenge yourself, to become the best you can be, and reach for the heights that might one day inspire a festival in your namesake, for the purpose of reaching future generations of children with that inspiration and your story that was left behind.

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Whether the mind behind the eyes looking up at the pyrotechnic explosions will be the next great pianist is a long shot, but the odds become exceptionally higher when we look into what is it that makes a person great — the greatest version of themselves.

WRITER Chuck Desmond WRITER Heather Young COLUMNIST Lynne Schmitz COLUMNIST Tonya Strickland WINE EDITOR Mira Honeycutt

After all, freedom is not the opportunity for you to do as I did. Freedom is about the opportunity to do it like nobody has ever done it before. Sure, there might be a lot of “following along with the bouncing ball” at first, but at some point, the voice in your heart will whisper a new verse, and ask you to do something that makes you uncomfortable … or scared.


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Don’t think twice. Do what you came here to do. Be who you were meant to be. After all, those gentlemen who signed that Declaration of Independence did so on the premise that everyone, living and yet-born, were endowed with a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness without exception. I’m sure each one knew that it was limited time offer. Take advantage, and do us at PASO Magazine a favor — turn your life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness into something worth writing, and we will work on writing something worth reading.

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Downtown Main Street

Where Everyone Comes Together


Millie Drum

Paso’s Main Street is one of America’s finest

Once again, Paso Robles Main Street earned its accreditation through the Main Street America™ program established by the National Main Street Center. The cities that receive accreditation are committed to economic development, community revitalization, and preserving their historic character. It’s an honor granted every year since our Main Street Association was formed in 2000. Other honors have included the designation of serving Paso Robles as a “Great American Main Street City.” The Main Street approach continues to revitalize older and historic communities to create a desirable place to live, work, play and visit.


“The Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association consists of businesses and citizens dedicated to the preservation, restoration and promotion of Downtown Paso Robles,” says President, Margaret Holstine. “Come downtown and meet the friendly merchants who work hard to offer quality goods, personal service and competitive prices. We take pride in our downtown’s vitality, so you will have a nice place to shop.”

It's All About Our Lavender Enjoy the lavender every bit as much as our bees and butterflies!

The Downtown Main Street Association and the Central Coast Lavender Growers Association present the 10th Annual Lavender Festival on July 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the City Park. The FREE event celebrates the North County lavender industry as an emerging force in sustainable farming and the creation of products available

to our local consumers. Opening ceremonies begin at 10:00 a.m. with Master of Ceremonies Lavender Louie Louie. Guitarist Martin Paris will play from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The festival features seminars from local lavender growers and producers offer a large variety of products to the consumer. Learn about sustainable farming practices and how lavender is grown and distilled to the final product that takes on many forms! Lavender themed seminars begin at 1 p.m. beginning with Ali and Kitty from The Spa Central Coast on the use of lavender in the spa industry; 1:30 – Cal Poly Bee Expert Marcel Mueller; 2 – Gage Willey from Cal Poly Agriculture & Environmental Dept.; 2:30 – Lavender distilling demonstration by Don Avery. The soothing scent of lavender makes it one of the most essential oils in aromatherapy along with being a common ingredient in many beauty products. For information about present-

The Lavender Festival features seminars from local lavender growers and producers offer a large variety of products to the consumer. ing sponsor, visit Lila Avery-Fuson, founder and owner of Central Coast Lavender Farm and Apothecary and Main Street member, helped create the festival now celebrating its tenth year. Visit for Lila’s story, her online store and links to related lavender subjects. For more Paso Robles Main Street, go to

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Start dialing "805" when you call locally. To meet demand in the geographic region served by the 805 area code, the California Public Utilities Commission enacted an area code overlay, bringing 820 out of the shadows where it sat since 1957. Area codes 805 and 820 originally split from the 213 in 1957. After 60 years of crafting the 805 lifestyle, we will now need to get used to its sibling moving back home, the 820. Starting on Saturday, June 2, residents of the 805 will need to dial 1 + area code + telephone number in advance of the introduction of 820. Emergency numbers, such as 911, will not be affected. The 805 area code has served to unite San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, affectionately dubbed our Central Coast. But the 805 has a further reach than that … serving U.S. military facilities in Kwajalein, Republic of the Marshall Islands with a Paso Robles prefix — 805-355-XXXX, 4,800 miles away. That arrangement originated because the first U.S. Army satellite communication station was built at Camp Roberts. So just remember to start using your area code, and be proud of your heritage … the original 805 … and welcome our new friends to the 820.

Atascadero's Awakening Ways Spiritual Community is celebrating its 10th Anniversary and throwing a family-friendly, no-alcohol party with music, dancing, kid activities, food trucks, desserts, vendors, massage demos, and a silent auction on June 10, from 2 to -5 p.m. Held inside the Atascadero Lake Pavilion, this fun celebration will feature the lively band, Burning James & the Funky Flames! Tickets are $10; children 12 and under free. Awakening Ways is a New Thought spiritual community in the tradition of Religious Science, gathering Sundays at 10 a.m. at the Lake Pavilion. It is an all-inclusive community that teaches the Golden Thread of Truth running through all great spiritual traditions and that there is the Presence of a loving and intelligent Divine Universal Consciousness, often called God, expressing as all life. "We've come a long way since we began meeting in our living room ten years ago," shares Dr. Frank zumMallen. "We're looking forward to this celebration and invite the community at large to join us for this great party." Tickets sold at the door, call the Awakening Ways office at 805-4600762 or online Click on Calendar and the June 10 event to find the Paypal button.

Kiwanis Famous BBQ Fundraiser FRIDAY, JUNE 8 FROM 3 TO 6 P.M.

Drive-Thru BBQ Fundraiser

for High School Scholarship Fund

Harris Ranch Ball Tip BBQ, beans, salad & bread

Kiwanis Club of Paso Robles is hosting their famous BBQ Fundraiser on Friday, June 8, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Kings Oil Tools parking lot on the corner of 22nd and Spring streets. Each dinner comes complete with Harris Ranch Ball Tip BBQ, beans, salad, bread and a complementary, reusable tote bag. Dinner for four is only $45, and dinner for two is $25. They always run out so reserve yours now by buying a ticket TODAY!! Once folks smell what Kiwanis is cooking, it won’t last long! Call 805-591-4024, or e-mail to reserve your tickets today! Kiwanis Club of Paso Robles has been servicing the community since 1948 by raising funds to support youth groups, community service projects and student scholarships. Proceeds from this BBQ fundraiser will help fund scholarships awarded to the 2018 graduating classes of our local high schools.

Pick up at Kings Oil Tools | 22nd & Spring streets For tickets, e-mail or visit:


Find out more about our local Kiwanis Scholarship Program at

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If the subtitle didn't grab ya and make ya say, “Whoa, Chuck, what's this all about?” – well, go back and read it again! Heeeeere's Christine!

Talent and Passion By

Chuck Desmond

Born and raised for her first 19 years in Fairfield, Conn., right against the Long Island Sound, CHRISTINE MINKKINEN was destined to be a free spirit. As a youth, her parents enrolled her in everything from gymnastics to swimming to dance. Little did anyone imagine that the upper body strength and leg muscles she was developing were going to play such a dominant role in her life. We'll get to that in a bit, but let's fill in the middle of her story first. Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation is a major employer in Connecticut, concentrating on helicopters and small aircraft. While Christine was in high school, the company issued a grant that would allow students to build an entire Kit Fox, 2-person airplane, from basically an erector set. Christine was part of the team and it opened her mind about flying. Her dad was asked to relocate to Arizona for his business but he turned that down as "that place was simply too hot." Instead the family relocated to Ohio. Christine enrolled in Bowling Green State University (Ohio) to major in Software Design. She was then offered a year-long exchange program at Cal Poly, which she took in a heartbeat. That move sold her on the Central Coast. When her year was finished, she elected to stay at Cal Poly but one thing changed; she needed to come up with the delta for out-ofstate tuition costs. Answering an ad in the paper for selling flowers on weekend nights by walking from restaurant to restaurant, clubs and bars, she found it was a way to fill in her schedule's time and make the money she needed. The exercise sounded good too. A few other gals were already hired, so Christine's assigned territory was Pismo and Morro Bay. Starting in 2000, Christine stayed for 10 years while learning the business of buying and selling, optimum selling times, customer quirkinesses, prime locations, and the kinds of flowers that sell easily. In 2010, Christine had learned all aspects of the business and went out on her own, launching THE FLOWER GIRL


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business. Her TALENT of being her own boss and knowing she could make it on her own was all she needed. Flowers used to come from Nipomo, but these days there is more money in growing cannabis. Flowers now come from Ecuador, where they are flown to L.A. and then immediately driven to flower-vendors throughout the county. Christine's are delivered on Thursday. The are transferred into her cooler while she prepares them for sale during the next two days. Her route generally starts at Big Bubba's Bad BBQ, and then she heads downtown to City Park and walks around the square until all the day's flowers are sold. On special holidays like Easter and Mother's Day, you'll probably see her too. Six years ago, a brand-new PASSION began. Christine and her BFF went to Oceano and rode in a Boeing-Stearman 450 biplane. These planes were made from the '20s, and were most used for military pilot training. Primarily made in Wichita, they were sold all over the world. The planes performed well under all sorts of conditions, including acrobatics, crop dusting and mail delivery. Christine and the owner / pilot, J.R. Smith, hit it off and he asked her if she wanted a job getting people ready for flights. Immediately, she said yes and did that for a few months. Soon into that job came the next big question: “You are the perfect size with muscles. How would you like to be a wing-walker at air shows?” Christine gave another immediate 'yes,' and the tether was fastened and the plane took off! Reaching the right altitude, J.R. said, “We're ready; go out there!” As Christine described it, “It was beyond phenomenal. I climbed out, got onto the wing, stood up with the wind in my face and it was magical! He flew and I walked. Unbelievable exhilaration!

When we landed, we both jumped around like we'd won the Lotto!” They now perform up to six times a year at venues around the state. Christine said she'd do this all the time if she could. There was no holding back her PASSION, joy, smile and exuberance in talking about wing walking. The years of early sports athleticism gave her the fearlessness she needed; Christine was a natural TALENT to be a wing-walker. Christine's PASSION has branched out into a whole new third dimension. Maybe it was her flowery-connection to Mother Earth or the freedom of the open sky where she might have been hit in the goggles by a travel-bug. Don't know, but certainly Christine is passionate about travel. She has hiked the mountains of Switzerland, the peaks of Peru, temples in Japan, the shores of Fiji, Fjords in Iceland and a few dozen other “I wanna go there” spots around the globe. These trips clear her mind, recharge her batteries and open the eyes of her soul. Gentle readers, I'll admit I'd seen Christine in restaurants here in Paso many times. My wife, Heather, and I bought flowers from her but knew nothing about her. One night in Catch Seafood Bar & Grill, I asked her name and introduced Heather and myself to her. Then I got the idea about sharing her with PASO Magazine readers. I'm so glad I did; such a neat story and person. When you see Christine in town, tell her Chuck said to "say hello" and introduce yourselves. Tell her you read about her in PASO Magazine. If you know someone who should be spotlighted for their Talent & Passion, contact Chuck at

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How I Made the Most of Paso Robles High School and the Opportunity to See the World


The Education First Program offered by the Paso Robles High School is an educational opportunity for students to take in the allure and culture of a new land. Written by Spencer Anderson, PRHS Senior


n March of 2017, Paso Robles High School's Education First Program allowed me an amazing opportunity to visit and tour Florence, Italy - the heart of the Renaissance. This was just days before riding a gondola in Venice and exploring the most important sites in Rome; the Colosseum, Vatican, Trevi Fountain, plus so much more. Mount Vesuvius smirked at me as I roamed Pompeii, and I made pasta from scratch in Assisi. These places were certainly great, but they paled in comparison with the life lessons learned from raising money, exploring the culture, and meeting people along the way. My phenomenal AP Literature teacher, Mr. Cantrell, spearheaded the trip, showing those interested how to effectively fundraise. With skills learned in the PRHS music program, I taught piano lessons and played jazz on the streets. In ceramics class, I created and sold pottery. With fellow fundraising friends, whom I otherwise may have never met, I made and sold tamales. Community organizations like the Paso Robles Rotary Club helped by making my fundraising mission heard, and generous donors truly made my Italian dream a reality. Once we arrived in Italy, the first thing I discovered was the American tourist precedent that millions of my nationality had set before me. As I walked into a leather store, the owner said “Hello, good morning” with an uncharacteristically monotone voice for an Italian. With my simple response of “Buongiorno, Come Stai”, he lifted his face and we proceeded to have a part-English/part-Italian conversation


Alex Withers, Gabriella Shuster, Katheryn Varian, Emanuel Angeles, Brook Metcalf, Aaron Cantrell, Spencer Anderson, Kat Dickenson, Alycia Doucette, Dylan Fiel and Joe Cantrell in Florence

mother took our orders and returned to hanging kimonos on a clothesline in the visible backyard. The father cooked our food, and the kids ran around our table as I ate a still-wriggling tentacle. Twelve blocks from Michelangelo's David, that restaurant wasn’t as grand as the Sistine Brook Metcalf, Joe Cantrell, Gabriella Shuster, Alex Withers, Chapel, nor was it constructed in the 1300’s, but Spencer Anderson, and Mia Venturini I was one of two Americans who got to be there, about everything from his sister-in-law from and it was magical. San Francisco to where his leather comes from. I What did I learn from this incredible left with a Vera Pelle belt marked down 15 euro educational opportunity? ($17.82 in US dollars) because he enjoyed the • I learned that taking the time to learn a langood company. It’s amazing to me what happens guage is well worth it, and that the locals really when a little bit of effort is put into learning and do appreciate the effort. appreciating a new language and culture. • I discovered lifelong friends while traveling on Another observation I made was the beauty the other side of the world, even though we’ve in breaking away from the crowd. As thousands lived in the same town for years. of people waited in line to go through a Flo- • I realized how dedicated my teacher really is. rentine cathedral, a friend and I ran in the op- Giving up his vacation to ensure that his stuposite direction until we couldn’t hear any more dents have the experience of a lifetime; and how English on the tight cobblestone streets. We selflessly our community supports the next genfound ourselves in a small, quiet Chinese restau- eration. rant/house. Since my friend is conversational in Never, in such a short period of time, have I Mandarin, we ordered our meals in an empyre- learned more about myself, about culture and an mix of Mandarin, Italian, and English. The about the world outside of Paso Robles. I will always cherish the friendships that I have made and the many experiences that I have enjoyed. The educational experience to travel abroad has changed my life. Spencer eating a panini in Rome

To learn more about study abroad opportunities offered by the Paso Robles High School Education First Program, please call 805-769-1500.

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TIM COVELLO For Superior Court Judge

Proven Experience and Judgment

Servicing Most Major Brands, Since 1995


June 2018, PASO Magazine

Superior Court Commissioner presiding over cases in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo courts.

Unanimously elected Commissioner by the judges of the Superior Court.

23-year criminal prosecutor, with 7 years as Chief Deputy District Attorney and Assistant District Attorney, having prosecuted some of the county’s most complex and cases.

Endorsed by 29 judges, including 16 sitting Superior Court judges, two Court of Appeals Justices, eight retired judges.

Endorsed by Police Chief Robert Burton, former Paso Robles Police Chief Dennis Cassidy, the Paso Robles Police Association, Mayor Steve Martin, Mayor Tom O’Malley, Frank Mecham, Dee and John Lacey, as well as other law enforcement, legal community and community leaders.

Paid for by Tim Covello for Superior Court Judge 2018 PO Box 13543 • San Luis Obispo, CA 93406-13543 • FPPC ID #1401192


DEBBIE SHARP is honored as


“Selecting [a VotY] every year is extremely difficult,” Fortin said. “They’re not looking for recognition, they’re here because they care. They really make [the library] feel like a community.” The selection of the Volunteer of the Year is kept quiet until the library’s annual volunteer appreciation event, which now takes place at the end of April, which is National Volunteer Month — at the end of National Library Week. The honoree is announced at the event. “I was surprised,” Sharp said. “I was sort of amazed. I didn’t feel I was doing anything special or wonderful to warrant it. But I’m very honored that they felt I was doing enough.” Previous recipients: • Anne Bell, 2017 • Mary Walters, 2016 • Jan York, 2015 • Shirley Gray, 2014 • Nancy Stephens, 2013 • Jean Schweitzer, 2012 Former Librarian Does What Needs to be Done • Bill Dupree, 2011 • Nan Madding, 2010 By Heather Young • Cappy Culver, 2009 • Mike Reagan, 2008 • Denise Surber, 2006 ebbie Sharp has been named Volunteer of which she does at the circulation desk. Three • Joan Case, 2007 • Ann Martinez, 2005 • Audrey Krauss 2004 the Year for 2018 by Paso Robles City Library years ago, Sharp joined the Board of Trustees staff. Sharp has been volunteering at the library for the library. • Janine Kramer, 2003 • Jean Schubert, 2002 since she and her husband, Loren, moved to Paso “Debbie is one of those people who definitely Robles in 2009. does what needs to be done,” Paso Robles City “This is the 17th year the Library has presented a Library Volunteer of the Year Award and we couldn’t be happier to award it this year to Debbie,” Fortin said, adding that Sharp’s name has been added to the perpetual plaque in the library. Sharp is regularly scheduled to volunteer at the Sharp has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Librarian Angelica Fortin said. “She exemplifies library eight hours a week, but she said she also library science and has worked for several librar- that by deciding to apply for the Board of Trustees." fills in for other volunteers as needed. So watch ies in the past, so when Loren’s job with PG&E One of Sharp’s favorite things is to recom- for her at the circulation desk, and ask her what brought them to Paso Robles, she knew the library mend books. An avid reader, Sharp has read a lot book she recommends for you. For more information about volunteering in was the perfect place for her to spend her time. of books and loves to share the books she’s read “My favorite part is interacting with the public. with others. Some of her favorite authors are the city library, go to or call Volunteer Coordinator Suzanne Robitaille. I also like processing books because you get to see Jodi Picoult, Chris Bohjalian and Rick Bragg. all the new books,” Sharp said. “Volunteering at There were too many authors for her to list. the library has probably done more for me than I “I read everything, except science fiction,” The Paso Robles City Library is located at have for the library.” Sharp said, adding “I don’t cook much, but I love 1000 Spring St. and is open Monday through Over the years, Sharp has worked in differ- to read cookbooks.” Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday ent areas of the library. Currently, she works The Volunteer of the Year is decided by the staff from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information at the circulation desk and catalogs and pro- and is a process that took a few months. In Febon library programs and events, call cesses new books. She started out working at ruary, the staff started discussing volunteers and 805-237-3870 or go to the library’s website. the reference desk, but she prefers to stay busy, identifying those who go above and beyond.


“Volunteering at the library has probably done more for me than I have for the library.”


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ROUND TOWN Wine Country Theatre

Wine Country Theatre in Paso Robles will present The Last Flapper June 1-17, at the Park Ballroom in downtown Paso Robles. This one-woman show, is based on the letters and stories of Zelda Fitzgerald, the glamorous, fun loving and tragic Mrs. F. Scott Fitzgerald, who embodied the “live fast, die young” philosophy. Beth Marshall stars as the indomitable Zelda. The play was recently performed in Cambria to great reviews and has been picked up by Wine Country Theatre to present as part of their season. Akin to a roller-coaster ride, Zelda takes you through her creative, turbulent, childlike, impassioned pursuit of life through fragmented remembrances. With cutting wit one moment and tangible angst the next, she moves through the past, revealing a rebellious nature that Contributed photo surfaced in the home Beth Marshall as Zelda of her Southern arisFitzgerald. tocratic parents.


Against her father’s wishes, Zelda married F. Scott Fitzgerald. This began their whirlwind existence and mutual jealousies — ending with her husband committing her to an asylum and her mental disintegration. Left unsupervised in a sanitarium — where she has been placed by her famous husband — Zelda breaks into the desk of her psychiatrist, flips through her file, and tells us her life story. She was a cultural icon of the 1920s, the symbol of a liberated generation that made up its own rules. She also suffered from an undiagnosed form of mental illness, and she constantly felt overshadowed by her more famous, and more gifted, husband. The Last Flapper monologue alternates sardonic comments about her present confinement and dreamy reminiscences about her adolescence with flashes of anger and resentment, mostly aimed at Scott. An artist and author in her own right, Zelda finds herself a repressed candle dimly flickering in her husband’s limelight, with Scott constantly trying to extinguish or utilize her creativity. It is her submission of a novel to Fitzgerald’s editor that leads to Zelda’s institutionalization.

This highly-recommended production provides insights into one of literary history’s most tempestuous affairs; it also exposes the darker results of shackling an artist’s emergence. See the play and view how the medical community treated Zelda and any woman who challenged the evident Victorian expectations. Her first European psychiatrist wrote that the goal was to bring Mrs. Fitzgerald to accept her role as a good wife and mother to her child. Her artistic pursuits were to be limited to hobbies and not career goals. That Scott and Zelda needed each other and destroyed each other is one of the great stories in American literary culture. On a deeper level, what did their lives say about America, the dream, and the reality? Beth Marshall stars with direction by Jacob Shearer. Shows are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., at the Park Ballroom, 1232 Park Street, Paso Robles. Wine, cheese plates, and snacks are available to enjoy before and during the show. For tickets, go to or call 800-838-3006.

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The other day, we walked the Charolais Corridor Trail near Larry Moore Park on the city’s east side so the kids could check out a cool piece of public art. Well ... kind of. What we were really doing was making a mad dash to exercise our crazy Boxer, Penny. Because she was running Tasmanian devil circles around the living room up until that point. But I had been looking for an excuse to check out the outdoor artwork with the kids anyway. Created by Ojai artist Robert Roemisch, the “Circle of Life” sculpture celebrates the riparian habitat in wood and solid steel. It features a wooden bench, with slats curved like a meandering waterway, welded to a steel half circle displaying animals that live in and around the Salinas River. It was commissioned by the nonprofit REC


Foundation and dedicated in 2013. The mixed-media sculpture is permanently installed along an extension of the Charolais Corridor Trail, which connects to the Salinas River Trail at Larry Moore Park. This smaller corridor segment is a paved city trail behind the Riverbank Lane neighborhood. Walking east, you’ll find rooftops and yards to your left and the expanse of county land to your right. We parked on Riverbank Lane and entered the trail from there, so it took about 15 minutes of walking (at the tiny humans’ pace) to get to where the sculpture is installed at Charolais and South River roads.


As we walked up to it, me pulling Penny away from the last 15 plants she just HAD to investigate, the kids immediately noticed the animals on the arc. Then they started naming some of them: • Rabbit • Butterfly • Snake • Hawk • Frog • Fish I’m sure there’s great science-y names for these particular species, but I don’t know them. What’s that saying? ‘Sometimes I’m awesome, other times I put the milk away in the cabinet.’ Yeah, that’s me after two kids. Anyway, the experience of Clara and Wyatt identifying the animals

Where: Charolais and South River roads Costs: Free Bring: Stroller, water and snacks for walking

made the walk a fun learning activity in addition to getting some fresh air (AND walking the dog). #winning. When Wyatt saw the wolf, he happily pointed his still-pudgy toddler finger and yelled, “dog dog!!” (his favorite dog stuffed animal). And, Clara named all the animals correctly, except she thought the fish was a shark and then stopped short, eyes wide, and said “AAAAH!! There are SHARKS in the river?!” I didn’t correct her. I’m mean like that. See you on the trail! Share in the adventure at @two.n.tow on Instagram + Facebook or at

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Templeton Pool Templeton Pool opened for the season in May. Until Tuesday, June 19, the pool is only open on Saturdays and Sundays. The pool is closed every Monday and lessons will be offered throughout the summer. The summer schedule will be posted at Kids 17 and younger swim during rec swim for free and adults are $4.50. Group and private lessons are also offered throughout the summer. For more information, call 805781-5930 or go to 805-781-1102.

Templeton this month By Heather Young


Templeton’s summer Concerts in the Park series kicks off June 6 and runs every Wednesday through August 22. The concerts are held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Templeton Community Park. Food vendors will be set up during the concerts, though attendees may bring their own picnics and beverages, including alcohol, along with low-back chairs, blankets and small tables. No dogs and no smoking are allowed during the concert. While alcohol is allowed in the park, no glass is preferred for the safety of everyone in attendance. For more information, call 805-434-4909.

The Mother Corn Shuckers

(Americana, Central Coast Beergrass)

June 13 Brass Mash (Brass Band/Rock/Pop) June 20 Soul’d Out (Funk/R&B/Top 40)

June 27 The JD Project (California Roots Rock)

July 11 High Voltage – a Tribute to AC/DC (Rock)

July 18 The Martin Paris Band (Classic Rock/New Country) July 25 Jill Knight and the Daylights (Folk Pop) Aug. 1 Aug. 8

The Joy Bonner Band (Classic Rock/R&B)

Fourth of July Templeton’s annual Fourth of July celebration will again be held on July 4. See details on page 44.

Royal Garden Swing Orchestra Big Band (Big Band Swing)

Aug. 15 Wood (Folk Rock)

Aug. 22 Monte Mills & The Lucky Horseshoe Band (Country)


Saturday, July 14, and a sunset social on Friday, Aug. 17. These socials are free and include refreshments. Donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, go to parks4pups. org or call 805-239-4437.

Wellness Kitchen Fundraiser The Wellness Kitchen in Templeton will host Summertime S.O.U.L. food and live music at Peachy Canyon, 1480 N. Bethel Road, Templeton, on Saturday, July 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. A light dinner will be prepared by The Wellness Kitchen volunteers Summer Socials at and there will be live music by The Vineyard Dog Park Vineyard Dog Park, 1010 Semillon Paisano’s. Register at Lane, will host its annual Summer SLOFolks Concert: Socials at Vineyard Dog Park startAmanda Anne Platt ing with a coffee social on SaturSLOFolks will present Amanda Anne day, June 16, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Platt at Castoro Cellars on Saturday, Additional socials are scheduled for June 30. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 each. For more information, go to

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By Main Street Ambassador


Karyl Lammers

“When you’re alone and life is making you lonely you can always go DOWNTOWN. When you have worries, all the noise and the hurry seem to help, I know, DOWNTOWN. Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city. Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty, how can you lose. The lights are much brighter there, you can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares, so go DOWNTOWN!!! Things will be great when you’re DOWNTOWN!!! No finer place for sure. Everything’s waiting for you DOWNTOWN.” Petula Clark, released in 1965 and Norma Moye’s cell phone ringtone 2018!

ate the heartfelt friendliness of everyone. The credit goes to the DOWNTOWN business owners who Rock It!! DOWNTOWN is filled with vacationers. You know, the ones with nothing to do and all day to do it in! A couple from Seattle arrived on the Amtrak for a four-day visit. They make this trip several times a year to relax, eat, drink and shop. A Colorado couple drove to Paso to shop for interior items for the home they just built. Four ladies came to Paso from Carmel for their Spring Fling. They enjoy our spas, restaurants, downtown wine tasting and shopping. A return trip in the fall is in the works for holi-

June is the gateway to summer.

School’s out so it’s time to take a trip. With so many places to choose from it is inspiring to know Paso Robles is on top of the list for travelers all over the world. People come to discover our rich and seductive wine terroir, our enchanting olive oils and everything this beautiful area has to offer. DOWNTOWN is the unexpected highlight for visitors. They express excitement and joy, as well as surprise that such a charming community exists here on the Central Coast of California. The City Park, home to the historic Carnegie Library, is surrounded by a variety of shops and restaurants. Our locals and visitors appreci-

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day shopping. A couple stopped on their way to Palo Alto from France to visit their children & grandchildren. Just a brief stop to relax before continuing north. They are staying for two months and want to bring their family back to Paso Robles for a stay. Everyday DOWNTOWN is full of the most wonderful people enjoying what we have. Don’t forget, Summer Solstice is on June 21st. This is the longest day of the year. Enjoy every minute! Time is all at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions.



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The Pioneer Spirit


a family trip to Puerto Rico. Felix gland abscess, so both Felix and Elaine came to Connecticut and unfortu- got to take their antibiotics together nately brought canine distemper with for a few weeks. him. He was one of the 50 percent of A few summers ago, we had a client By Dr. Ryan dogs that survive distemper infection bring in a German Shepherd from Ehlinger and went on to lead a pretty normal Lockwood that had a pretty nasty first-world dog life, except for having rattlesnake bite. It had been going on a chronic problems with his anal glands. few days as the dog had ran away and One day, my client Elaine showed came back with a terrible looking right his months’ column is dedicated to all the folks out there who are She went online and watched a how-to-video. “do it yourself” when it comes to Then, she bought some gloves and some lube. veterinary medicine. Down at Main Street Vet, we lovingly call this the up with Felix. She had a very large hind leg. He was septic and dying. “The Pioneer Spirit.” We have literally seen it all when bandage over her right forearm, and His leg was black as shoe leather and it comes to people treating their pets held Felix under her left arm look- swollen up like an elephant leg. We managed to nurse him back to for various illnesses at home. While ing quite forlorn. I asked her what we love the frugal get your hands happened with her arm. She told me health over several days of hospitalizadirty mindset, we can’t say we always she was tired of paying for expressing tion and intense nursing care. We were love the results! So without further Felix’s anal glands. Then, she went all so happy to see him recovered and adieu, here are some funny stories online and watched a how-to-video. looking well, except for the remaining from the trenches involving the do She bought some gloves and some scar tissue. When the owner came in, lube. But when she went to do the rather than being ecstatic that his dog it yourselfers. Many years ago back in New En- job “I put my finger in there and that was alive and doing well, he was upset gland I was working with an owner crazy dog turned around and bit me about the bill. I told him it could be worse; he that had a mean little terrier cross three times!” named Felix that she adopted on It turned out Felix had an anal could have a large bill and a dead dog!



by Ryan Ehlinger

We laughed about that a bit. He then proceeded to tell me about how he treated his other dog’s wounds. The dog had a large laceration over a foot in length from a run-in with a hefty boar on his property. He was worried the vet bill would be too much, so he put duct tape around the dog and then proceeded to pour hydrogen peroxide over the wounds twice a day for several weeks. At the end he said he took the duct tape off and it was “like new.” Obviously, we don’t endorse the duct tape approach to veterinary medicine, but that story certainly won the Pioneer Spirit Award for 2016! Dr. Ryan Ehlinger is the owner of the Main Street Small Animal Hospital in Templeton. A full-service small animal hospital serving the north county since 1988. Visit for more info.

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Local High School Students Earn Trip to State Finals Rodeo

by Loretta Burke, D7 Member


fter the final April 7 rodeo at Madonna Inn, 30 high school students were chosen to move on to the annual California High School state finals rodeo in Bishop California. Visit our Facebook page “CHSRA District 7” for info and keep up with rodeos through the year with live viewing links for the state finals rodeo. The state finals are set to be held on June 11-16 in the small town of

Bishop. Here, the best in the state will compete for glory and a chance to compete at the High School National Finals rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo. This state finals team has been practicing and competing yearround, since September. In order to win a spot on the state finals team a contestant must be in the top-five of their event(s), decided by adding points from the nine rodeos of the season. They must also be a member

in good standing, which includes going to most of the rodeos, selling raffle tickets, wearing official dress and finishing your work duties, which include working events and picking up trash. The contestants will compete across four days and two rounds to make it to the short go, where the California team is decided. The top four contestants from each event advance to the national finals on na-

tionals on July 15-21 in Rock Springs, Wyo. At nationals, athletes compete with the world's best cowboys and cowgirls from America, Australia and Canada — 1,500 athletes will flock to Wyoming to compete for their shot at becoming a world champion and winning the coveted championship buckles, athletes also compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and assorted prizes.

trout creek From High Mountain Rd., access a beautiful single-track trail — Trout Creek. From the Pozo Ranger Station, ride High Mountain Rd. When road splits, take lower road towards Arroyo Grande. Continue several miles until it levels out. On the left, see barbed wire fence with gate & “Trout Creek” sign. Ride through gate (close it behind you). Follow trail, then return. Many places to stop and eat a packed lunch.


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By Melissa Chavez

his year marks a venue change for Paso Pops, scheduled for the Fourth of July. The patriotic Boston Pops-style annual musical celebration and fireworks show has found its new home at the Paso Robles Event Center at 2198 Riverside Avenue in Paso Robles. Live music by San Luis Obispo Symphony, food, local beer, wine, family-oriented activities and a fireworks finale are planned for the afternoon-into-evening celebration. Paso Wine Man personality and local musician Casey Biggs will emcee the event, and Travel Paso, a 501(c)(6) organization, will be the title sponsor. Returning this year as community sponsors are Cass Winery and Firestone Walker Brewing Company. Conductor Andrew Sewell and San Luis Obispo Symphony are the headliners. Sewell, who hails from New Zealand, has served as Music Director for the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in Madison, Wisconsin, for 18 seasons. He also previously guest-conducted SLO Symphony for Classics in the Cohan in 2016. As a teen, Sewell’s accomplished playing of violin, cornet and piano helped propel him into a successful career at age 16. Since then, he has guest conducted at distinguished concert halls around the globe. For 2018 and beyond, organizers hope to make Paso Robles Event Center as the favorite place for kids on every July 4th.

Carnival rides for children under 12 will be available throughout the day. A kid’s tent will also provide plenty to do, including face painting, toys, art, a symphonic instrument demo and activities for younger children.

“Were extremely excited about the 2018 Paso Pops July 4th celebration,” said Steve Cass, president of Paso Pops. Our new venue has so many features available to us. It will make for a better-run, organized show. I’m told that Casey has a surprise entrance this year, so it should be fun!” Picnic areas will be available for families to gather in a relaxed atmosphere. Food trucks and vendors will also provide a selection of food options to pair with wine and beer, all available for purchase. The Paderewski Festival, a local nonprofit organization that sponsors Paso Pops, decided to change the venue from Paso Robles Horse Park, located adjacent to Paso Robles Airport, to the Events Center for several important reasons.


“By 7:30, the Main the Paderewski FestiLive music by San Luis Obispo val week in November,” Stage seating area is Symphony, food, local beer, wine, said Cass. “It is our hope in shade, and there are family-oriented activities and a that this event can supplenty of shade strucfireworks finale are planned for the plant some of the many tures and trees for the afternoon-into-evening celebration. smaller fundraisers we pre-show wine tasting, have traditionally held as well as kids’ events,” throughout the year.” said Cass. “Last year, Sponsored President ta25 percent of the cost bles include all the perks, was used for the infraincluding wine tasting, a structure required for gourmet buffet, wine, beer a 4,000-person event. and reserved parking. OpExpenses included the tions range from General stage, porta-potties, Admission ($20) to sponshuttle buses,rental tents, sored President tables and traffic controls – things that are not required at Paso Robles ($3,500), which include perks such as wine tasting, a Event Center. Our nonprofit, Paderewski Festival, gourmet buffet by Cass Winery, wine and beer, plus reserved parking. Vice-President tables ($1,000) like others, struggles to keep afloat financially.” A closer proximity to Downtown and more enjoy wine tasting and VIP parking. Speaker tables with individual seating are available for $75. efficient ingress and egress will be a plus for guests. To honor active and retired military veterans, Another important priority was to increase availDiscounted General Admission will be available at ability of a comfortable shaded area, particularly half-price for $10. Students and seniors (60+) will for children and those who are sensitive to summer also receive Discounted General Admission for $10, heat. Cass explained that the Paso Robles Event while up to two children age 12 and under will get Center provides ample protection from sun and in free with each paid adult General Admission. wind. General admission seating, located in the bleacher areas, will also provide better sightlines and Not only will the Events Center provide a more central location to gather, but the cost savings omit the necessity of schlepping in lawn chairs. “Just two weeks after our show last year, it was means that music students and others will benefit. 107 degrees when other outside events were can- “All revenue goes back into our programs. There celled. Had that happened at the Horse Park on are no salaried staff. Net proceeds will all benefit the Fourth of July, there would have been consid- Paderewski Festival Youth Piano Competition and erable risk to our customers. Funds that we raise the Youth Cultural Exchange program,” said Cass. are used to support our Youth Piano Competition, To learn more, email Steve Cass at steve@casscultural exchange, and the free events held during, or call him at 805-239-0873.

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Celebrates Independence Day Tickets are Still Available for July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza!

New Location, New Flavors, Same Pops By Mira Advani Honeycutt

out-of-town visitors. I noticed last year how the he Paso Robles Horse Park played as the attendees got in the spirit dressing up their tables overture-backdrop for the first two years with elaborate thematic decorations. of Paso Pops, but the move to Paso Robles And, yes, there is a prize for the best table decoEvent Center improves an event still dialing in its ration. The winner gets a table of 10 for the 2019 tune as a benefit for Paderewski Festival. Paso Pops concert, Cass informed. The Horse Park had its charm, Cass admits. The festival, sponsored by Travel Paso, Cass “But the people are going to love the Event Cen- Winery, Firestone Walker Brewery, Paso Robles ter,” he added. The family friendly event offers Rhône Rangers, and DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurkid activities such as carnival rides, a kids tent ance Brokers LLC, will continue its popular pasponsored by Cass’ brother Chip Cass (owner triotic theme headlined by the 60-member San of Cahoots Toys) and a petting zoo area where Luis Obispo Symphony performing under the instead of pets there will be musical instruments baton of its new conductor Andrew Sewell. introduced to the kids by members of the San Starting at 8 p.m. the concert promises an imLuis Obispo Symphony Orchestra. pressive lineup featuring Holly and Noelle Had Other changes this year insall’s performance on the piano clude the event being held on and soprano soloist Sarah LawSteve and the Fourth of July itself, instead rence’s rendition of songs from Alice Cass of a weekend, and the addition "The Phantom of the Opera." of the Paso Robles Rhône RangAt 10 p.m. a fireworks display ers joining as one of the major will conclude the dramatic finale sponsors. Doors open at 4 p.m., to the music of Tchaikovsky’s and some 30-40 wineries will be “1812 Overture." pouring fine Rhône style wines The Paderewski Festival was at the pre-concert tasting from 5 founded in 1993 to honor the Polto 7.30 p.m. for attendees holdish composer and statesman Ignaing President and Vice-President cy Jan Paderewski’s association with tables tickets. Paso Robles. The first concert was Casey Biggs, aka Paso Wine Man, will return held during the annual Zinfandel Festival weekas the evening’s emcee and as in previous years end, recalled Cass. It evolved into a popular music promises to make yet another dramatic entrance. festival until its demise in 2003, revived later by But Cass is hesitant to reveal Casey’s appearance Cass in 2005 at his winery. this year. “It will be magic,” is all he could offer. Two years later the festival morphed into Indeed, the past two years, the Paso Pops has Paderewski Reprise — later renamed Paderewski been a magical and celebratory event attend- Festival — with a concert by pianist Jonathan ed by not only the Paso community but many Plowright.


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This type of music was more in line with Cass’ sensibilities whose interest in Paderewski also stems from the fact his wife Alice Cass is Polish and a pianist. Over the years the festival has grown as a fourday event in November presenting classical, jazz, instrumental, alternative, everything but rock 'n' roll. It was Cass’ idea to marry the Paderewski Festival with Paso’s tradition of July 4th fireworks, launching Paso Pops. This brilliant companion has added a new dimension to the Paderewski repertoire, each stemming from a genuine grass roots effort by the local community. “We are trying to make this event so it’s sustainable,” said Cass, clearly still passionate about the event he launched in 2016. Net proceeds from the concert benefit Paderewski Festival Youth Piano Competition as well as the youth programs of organizations such as Studios on the Park, Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation and San Luis Obispo Symphony.


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By Melissa Chavez

This autumn, everyone from locals to tourists to beer aficionados will be able to enjoy a new spot to relax and enjoy a beer in Downtown when The Backyard beer garden opens in Paso Robles. Situated on the southeast corner of 13th and Railroad Street, where Chubby Chandler’s Pizza is a familiar fixture, Russell Baker’s nondescript lot doesn’t look much now. But in the fall, beer, pizza and activities will make it a fun place to gather. “I saw a dead corner and thought about giving it some serious life,” said Russell. Russell’s career has been in software sales, not a beer garden. A twoyear stint at technology giant Oracle Corporation in Boston led to a position with Microfocus, the world’s seventh largest software company.


land, called Mersea, that uses shipping containers (sea trains) in a real cool way. “I talked to Steve Bryant, who own’s Chubby Chandler’s to ask if I could rent the back of the land his pizza place is on. He told me it was for sale,” said Russell. “That’s when I got kind of scared,” he admitted, referring to the real possibility that it could happen. “So, what am I going to do?” Russell bought the parcel and got to work. “I wanted a place that was family-friendly and dog-friendly, and a place where I’d want to go hang out and where parents could bring their kids and feel comfortable, too,” said Russell.“We met with the City and gave them pictures of what we wanted. But they advised us to get a pro architect to better convey what we wanted to them. So,

He and his wife traveled and lived on both coasts before returning to Paso Robles a decade ago. But as Russell stood on a decrepit lot, the adjacent railroad tracks set the perfect industrial backdrop for his savvy idea. “I was already sold on the idea of using shipping containers as struc-

tures in the beer garden. I liked the look, the feel, and the vibe,” said Russell. “I travel for my job, and I’ve been to places I’ve liked, like Beirgarten SF in Hayes Valley, and Fieldwork Brewing Company in Berkeley, which is going on its sixth location. There’s also a place on Treasure Is-

we went to Larry Gabriel Architect in Paso Robles, who put our vision together.” Anchoring the southwest corner of the 2,552-square-foot garden will be a revitalized structure for Chubby Chandler’s Pizza. On the southeast corner of the lot will be the beer service structure, featuring 24 to 30 taps from national and local craft brewers, including Firestone Walker and Tent City. On the northwest section will be off-street parking, and restroom facilities will be located on the northeast corner. In addition to covered seating and misters to keep everyone cool, there will be horseshoe pits and activities such as shuffleboard and cornhole. A kids’ game area on the north end of the garden will offer a dedicated structure and a confined climbing space on which to frolic. Ideas for a treehouse are also being

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contemplated. “I want shade during the day, but I want them to retract, too, so we can enjoy stars at night,” said Russell. Sea trains are being used increasingly to build permanent structures, with a broad range of commercial, residential and industrial applications. VIP seating and fire pits are part of the plan, and Russell has envisioned The Backyard as a convenient location for light entertainment and special events, such as Oktoberfest. “Russ stepped up and had a vision, and I’m happy to be in the loop. We couldn’t be more pleased with the facelift,” said Steve Bryant, co-owner of Chubby Chandler’s. “It fell into the right hands. I’ve been doing this for 30 years and I hope to keep doing it for another 30; both Chubby Chandler’s Pizza and The Backyard will complement each other perfectly.”

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PACIFIC TRUST MORTGAGE STACIA FINLEY Becoming a mortgage banker in 2010 was a welcome career change for Stacia Finley. Coming from a family of educators and aspiring to become a teacher herself, she planned her college education accordingly. While teaching was then and remains her passion, Stacia reassessed her life goals and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. This led to a more financially stable, but very time-consuming career in corporate America. When raising a family became her priority, Stacia left her corporate job and moved to the Central Coast. Returning to her original passion of being a teacher,


Stacia obtained her substitute teaching credential; later to teach K through 12 grades while being very involved in her community through the PTA at her children’s school and the AYSO youth soccer program. Through a personal referral, an opportunity to enter the mortgage lending profession was presented. A highly respected member of thelocal lending community told Stacia, “Mortgages are an integral part of our community. And it’s so important to educate people about the right way to get and use a mortgage.” The minute the word ‘Education’ was spoken, Stacia new she’d found the perfect profession. Regarding originating mortgage loans, Stacia says, “I absolutely love teaching my clients about how to conservatively purchase a home and understand what they are taking on.” With headquarters in San Luis Obispo, Pacific Trust Mortgage is the only local funding mortgage bank on the Central Coast. Stacia

adds, “When you come to me for a mortgage, it’s locally funded. It means that the mechanism is right here on the Central Coast.” Every mortgage is unique and personal. Every client is equally unique with their needs, goals aspirations and ideas. “It’s my Stacia Finley job to educate my clients about the advantages and potential pitfalls of lending programs. What’s so great about Pacific Trust Mortgage is their breadth of products I have available,” says Stacia. Since Pacific Trust Mortgage is a direct lender, there is local access to creative financing as well as conventional and government financing (FHA, VA, USDA), reverse mortgages and equity lines for purchase, refinance, renovation and construction. Contact Stacia at, 805-890-0765 and click for more information.

LAS TABLAS ANIMAL HOSPITAL DR. LARIANN BARETTA After over 15 years of combined veterinary medicine experience in small animal general practices and a multi-doctor emergency hospital, Dr. Lariann Baretta, DVM joined Las Tablas Animal Hospital in June of 2017. Owner of the hospital and veterinarian Dr. Edsall says, “Dr. Baretta has brought a high level of diagnostic acumen and experience. I am always impressed with how patient she is with clients in explaining things, listening to them and repeatedly following up with them to make sure of the best outcome. She is very caring and is a true professional. We love having her at Las Tablas Animal Hospital.” Dr. Baretta chose veterinary medicine out of the desire to work with people and animals. After studying wildlife biology, her direction changed to the more personal side. She adds, “I wanted the human

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interaction; knowing that I’m not only helping the animals. Their owners are part of the equation. It’s a very fulfilling job because I can help people deal with all situations; especially the exciting aspects of new pets.” Dr. Baretta’s special interests include ultrasonography, internal medicine, chronic diseases and oncology. She particularly enjoys the fulfillment she receives from educating the pet owners about how to treat their pet’s chronic illness at home. Additionally, she appreciates Dr. Lariann the advances in Baretta technology and imaging, particularly dental radiography, along with other diagnostics that offer a more rapid diagnosis for certain conditions and diseases; especially infectious diseases. Get-to-know Dr. Baretta by making an appointment for all your pet care needs. You’ll see what experienced, compassionate veterinary care really feels like. Call 805-835-4446 and visit

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See Tony Wallace and the crew in Atascadero, Paso, and Heritage Ranch EXPERIENCED | KNOWLEDGEABLE PROFESSIONAL

we needed,” Tony said. “Our location has changed, but our fter 17 years of providing dedication to providing quality expert care to patients on treatment programs to our rePark Street in downtown Paso turning and new patients remains Robles, Tony Wallace, PT and the same.” his staff at Paso Ro In addition to the conbles Physical Theravenience of the Atascadepy have moved their ro and Heritage Ranch main headquarters offices, the Paso Robles to Atascadero and Sports Club location added a new satellite gives staff the ability to office at Paso Robles access and utilize all of Sports Club. With the the sports club equipment move, PRPT now offor patients when deemed Tony Wallace fers three convenient necessary. The pool areas locations to serve folks living and allow for another new and exworking in Northern San Luis citing and opportunity – aquatic Obispo County – Paso Robles, therapy. Atascadero, and Heritage Ranch. “There are advantages to being “We had been wanting to able to offer aquatic therapy and downsize our Paso Robles loca- we are working toward building tion, and when I saw this office that area of our practice with the in Atascadero it was just what addition of new staff,” Tony said. By Meagan Friberg


Tony, owner and director of PRPT, is a graduate Long Beach State. He started his career at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach before moving with his wife, Lisa, to Atascadero in 1982 and working at Twin Cities Community Hospital. In 1986, he directed a private physical therapy clinic before starting PRPT in 2000. Tony and Lisa are the proud parents of four adult boys and eight grandchildren … and counting! Of utmost importance to Tony and his staff is staying on the leading edge of out-patient rehabilitation through continuing education courses, reading medical journals, and maintaining ongoing dialogues with fellow

staff members. With a combined total of 100+ years of experience in physical and occupational therapy, the PRPT staff specializes in orthopedic, neurological, postsurgical/functional rehabilitation, and pediatric therapy. Visit Tony and the entire staff of Paso Robles Physical Therapy at: 5255 El Camino Real, Suite C in Atascadero; Paso Robles Sports Club, 2975 Union Road in Paso Robles, or in the Heritage Ranch/ Lake Nacimiento area at Lake Life Wellness Center, 2150 Heritage Loop Rd, Suite D. For more information, see or call 805-237-0272. Be sure to follow PRPT on Facebook and Instagram.

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Stephanie and Brian Terrizzi know some things. They know how to farm - Stephanie is a prominent force for bio-organic viticulture on the central coast and was recently nominated for wine grape grower of the year in SLO County. They make wine: his Italian varietal blends at Giornata have been called “the best you can find in California.” Add pasta production to the list: Having worked and studied Italian wine in Italy, Brian applied that same rigor to Etto, the family’s local pasta company. Brian spent time at several factories, mostly around the famous pasta town of Gragnano in southern Italy, learning everything about making traditional pastas. Our teammate Anna sent us pictures from a recent field trip she took with her daughter to the Etto Tin City shop and facility, where she raved about everything from the warm welcome to the gorgeous packaging. Now that we have six different pastas on our shelves at General Store, we wanted to learn even more about Etto, so we grabbed Brian for some questions before he left for (you guessed it) a trip to Italy. If you were going to serve one of your pastas to highlight the best of Paso, what would you serve?

#1. Carbonara with the amazing pancetta from Alle-pia paired with our casarecce pasta. (If fresh peas are available add them.) #2. Fresh cherry or grape tomatoes from the farmers market cooked with a little garlic. Add a touch of milk or butter and fresh basil as you add pasta to the sauce. Use the reginetteor trombe pasta. What’s special about pasta the way you make it at Etto?

Our pasta is healthy! We use fresh organic flour, and when cooked al dente, our pasta is low glycemic and gives long term sustainable energy with 12 grams of protein. We also dry the pasta slowly at low temperature to better preserve the nutrition of the grain. We make pasta for our kids’ Montessori school in Atascadero, and hope to expand to more schools in Paso. Delicious, good for you, local, made by lovely people: all the things we love! Learn more at Bring on that basket of tomatoes from farmer’s market! (And if you haven’t tried it already, our new Bitterman’s Salt would round out what you need for the simplest, tastiest meal this summer.) Cheers to Etto! The team at General Store Paso Robles


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Have Safe Fun in the Sun!

Summer is here, and The Natural Alternative would like to invite you to shop for your safe and natural summertime essentials! Protect yourself from sunburn and bug bites with chemical free insect repellant sprays, organic long-lasting sunscreens, sunburn soothing aloes, itch relief sprays first aid creams & ointments, lip balms, and more! We carry top selling sunscreens such All Good from Morro Bay! as Badger, Original Sprout, Goddess Garden, Devita, & our local All Good from Morro Bay! As not all sunscreens are created equal, the difference is mineral protection vs. chemical protection. New research by Environmental Working Group reveals that chemicals commonly used in sunscreens are endocrine disruptors (upsetting hormonal balance), estrogenic (mimicking estrogen), and may interfere with thyroid and hormone processes in the body. EWG warns against using oxybenzone (read your labels!), especially with children or pregnant/nursing women. The Natural Alternative only carries mineral based sunscreens with ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium oxide which create a physical barrier protecting the skin from the sun. We have sunscreen creams, sprays & sticks available. After a day of biking, swimming, kayaking or hiking you will need to soothe those tired, achy muscles! Pick up Cayucos Natural Muscle & Joint Pain Relief, a customer favorite containing the soothing, anti-inflammatory ingredients arnica, turmeric and calendula. Enjoy a cooling foot rub with bolm™ deep healing foot cream. It’s my personal favorite (and it’s not just for the feet!)

Soothing CBD Daily

Also check out our new product line of CBD intensive creams, soothing serum and balms, as well as active sprays. We carry the popular and effective hempderived products from CBD Daily, Earthly Body, Charlotte’s Web and hempSMART. Try them. You will LOVE them! Stop putting chemicals ON your body that end up IN your body! Take the natural route with 20% off your favorite summertime essential from The Natural Alternative. Enjoy your summer! Bobbi & Team

The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only. Please consult with your medical practitioner if health challenges exist.

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EDUCATION & CULTURE PRHS Student Artists’ Culminating Exhibit

Through August 31 Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Gallery Featuring student artists from Paso Robles High School, this is the final exhibit for the 2017-18 school year. A full year’s worth of hard work and artistic creations are showcased.

I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating – there truly is something for everyone at Studios on the Park in downtown Paso Robles! Chat with working artists, attend amazing events including wine nights, take in spectacular exhibits, check out class offerings for all ages, or purchase a gift for that special someone from a wide selection of art of all mediums. Studios is a favorite of locals and the perfect place to take out-of-town guests. See you there! Here’s a sampling of what’s happening at Studios in June:

Winery Partners Wine Bar

June 1-2: Treana Winery June 8-9: Halter Ranch Vineyard June 15 -16: LXV Wine Enjoy a glass of Paso Robles’ top wines while mingling with local artists. Join  Studios  on the Park and their winery partners while exploring


By Meagan Friberg the studios. Want to try your hand at water coloring? Check out the COLORbar for just $10. Wine available for $8/glass. All proceeds benefit Studios’ nonprofit work providing free arts education 6,500+ local children annually.

Art After Dark Paso

Yoga Sundays

Anita Speciale • Sundays • 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Stretch your body, soothe your sou, and get a little artistic inspiration with Studios’ morning yoga classes. Beginners and drop-in attendees are welcome. Entrance to Studios is through the main doors. Please note there are no change room facilities. Students are asked to bring their own yoga mat but a limited number are also available on loan. $10 cash or check.

June 2 • 6 to 9 p.m. Treana Winery & DJ Damian Camacho A fun tradition of art, wine, and music-filled evenings at the start of every month. Free to explore the studios and listen to music! Wine available for $8/glass.

STUDIOS ON THE PARK 1130 Pine St. in Paso Robles Doors open daily at noon (805) 238-9800 Follow on Facebook & Instagram

Rock ‘N’ Roll Transcending

Through July 1 • Atrium Gallery Curated by Celeste Hope Opening reception will be held during Art After Dark on Saturday, June 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.

By PRHS student Maddi Loff

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foundation of human development. Faire with an attendance of more In other words, learning is not just than one thousand people visiting an academic activity that is confined a school midweek in the afternoon. to the school year or the tradition- This Maker Faire was developed by al classroom. Learning is part of a engineering and physics, teacher, Jacomplex and ongoing developmental son Diodati, and allowed students to process that occurs in the community, show off their projects. the theatre, auto shops, and even the “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. garden. Extend learning through Learn as if you were to live forever.” community activities such as summer – Mahatma Gandhi – sessions, library summer reading programs, local summer camps, commu- Last year’s projects included a 1963 nity-based summer youth programs, Ford Fairlane renovated by Burke summer foundation arts programs, Gehrung, a music box by Sara Reand even a local “Maker Faire.” itkerk, guitars, skateboards, drones, Part science fair, part county fair, and even a ride on lawnmower. and part something new, Maker This year’s event held on May 9th, Faires are gatherings of tech enthu- drew participants from north counsiasts, crafters, educators, tinkers, ty, and displayed multiple projects. hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, Science Technology Engineering authors, artists, students, and someEngine Design at the Maker Faire times commercial exhibitors. These “Makers” come to the Maker Faire to display what they have created and learned. During the 2017-2018 school year Templeton High School hosted a Maker

by SLO County Superintendent of Schools Jim Brescia


A question all Americans should ponder is how we guide the next generation. Community leaders hope for solid, decent, well-rounded young people who will value their families, strengthen their communities, and uphold the democratic values of our civil society. The future of society depends on success in fostering the healthy intellectual development and curiosity of the next generation. The students that fill our classrooms today will become the citizens, leaders, workers, and parents of tomorrow. If we invest wisely in these young people who are our greatest assets, the next generation will pay that investment back through a lifetime of productivity and responsible citizenship. If we fail to invest in building a strong foundation, we put our future prosperity and our national security at risk. Tools for fostering engagement


such as Career and Technical Education (CTE), summer enrichment, outdoor education, and the arts are all programs promoted by the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education.

"Learning is more effective when it is an active rather than a passive process...”

– Euripides – Research conducted in the neurosciences has pointed toward powerful new ways of understanding what our children require to achieve optimum learning and development. Cognitive, emotional, and social capabilities are strongly connected to events throughout one’s life both during the school year and during school breaks such as summer recess. The building blocks of learning provide a strong foundation for cognitive abilities throughout life. Together these experiences are the bricks and mortar that comprise the

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Society of Women Engineers at the Maker Faire

and Math (STEM) programs offered in our local high schools represent the cutting edge of hands-on application of material. Students enrolled in local STEM programs complete a rigorous project-based learning curriculum that is closely related to CTE strands such as the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education Pre-Apprenticeship session. This program will be offered again this summer with an expansion in the trades. Prospective students are those from all disciplines that may have expressed interest in programs such as our local Maker Faire. As your county superintendent of schools, I am committed to promoting future careers that are locally grown.

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TASTE OF PASO By Azurae Shults

ou’re engaged! You called all your family and friends, you posted your bling on Instagram and you found the perfect coordinator… now what? It’s time to start working on the Big 3; venue, date & budget. Your venue is the backbone of your event, it will set the tone and style of the wedding and will often be one of the largest expenses. To choose the perfect venue there are a few things you should do first.



Determine a wedding budget. Good questions to ask when touring a venue are: This is an area that is help• Do they require a coordinator? ful for all involved. If money is no object then skip this step! • When do we have access to the venue? When do we have But for most, a set budget will to be out? prevent over-spending. The price of venues range from $7,000- • Does the venue provide rentals? $12,000 in the greater Paso • Does the venue offer a Robles area. bridal cottage? Please note: there are plenty of • Can we do a rehearsal the venues that are outside of this day before? range but this is a good guideline • Does the venue require shuttles? for starting out. • Does the venue follow the 10 p.m. curfew? Once you’ve gotten through the • Does the venue allow outside Big 3, you’re ready to shop! alcohol? If you are working with a coordinator then he/she will rec- • What are the venue’s insurance requirements? ommend venues that fit your criteria and take you on tours to see • Does the venue book more the space and present layout ideas. than one event in a weekend?

days a lot of the old etiquette rules don’t really apply. I’ve found that families do better now when everyone builds an A list and a B list and compromises. Once the venue is chosen then you come back to the list to determine how many guests everyone can safely invite. I always say you should expect 80% of your guest list to attend so don’t over invite!

Make a list of must-have amenities.

Some examples may look like this: Build your guest list. • Must have an outdoor Talk to both of your parents ceremony location and have everyone make a musthave list. Etiquette used to say • Must have an indoor space in case of rain or extreme wind that whomever is hosting (aka paying for the wedding) has veto • Must allow hard alcohol power on the guest list. Nowa- • Must have vineyard setting

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Make sure you go into this process with a date range in mind. The more flexible, the better! Give the venue some dates to check when you inquire but don’t tour venues that can’t accommodate your date! “Wedding Season” used to be from about May-September, but that certainly isn’t true anymore. With the large influx of wedding demands in this area, venues are opening their calendars year-round. December through February is slower and sometimes you can earn an off-season discount. If you’re aiming for a wedding between April-October I recommend planning at least 10-12 months in advance. The majority of brides are giving themselves a year or more to plan. If you wait too long a few of your first picks could be taken! I hope that with the help of a local coordinator you will be able to sit down, get through the Big 3 and find a venue that checks all of the boxes! If you’re planning a 2019 wedding, now is the perfect time to secure a venue and a date! Have a wedding question? Email me at Azurae Shults | Ciel Bleu Event Design

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By Heather Young

The celebration of the nation’s birthday – July 4 – is a big one, especially in San Luis Obispo with events of all size taking place from small community parades to large daylong parties for people of all ages. Some events start as early as 7 a.m. and others run well into the evening.

include one lunch. For more information, go to

Only 800 breakfasts will be sold, purchasing tickets early is recommended. The parade, sponsored by the Templeton Kiwanis Club, begins at 10 a.m. and will run along Main Street, ending at the Templeton Community Park, where there will be food, entertainment, music and games. For additional information on the parade, go to Templeton


Templeton really comes alive on the Fourth of July with its annual celebration. It starts with a pancake breakfast at the Templeton Fire Department from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger, and may be purchased in advance at the Templeton Community Services PASO ROBLES Vina Robles Vineyards & District office, Templeton Farmers' Winery will host its annual Red, Market, from any Templeton fireWhite & Blues Bash on Saturday, fighter, or at the door on July 4. June 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is a tribute to the summer season and Independence Day and will include an Americana barbecue lunch created by Executive Chef Randal Torres, and “boogie Blues and swampified rock” performed by the Cliffnotes featuring Valerie Johnson. Tickets are $12 per person and



Atascadero will celebrate the Fourth at Atascadero Lake Park on Wednesday, July 4 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. The event will include live Bluegrass music by Snap Jackson and the Knock on Wood Players, Little Black Train, The Blue Js, emcee BanjerDan, and Toro Creek Ramblers; family-fun amusements; beer, wine and vendor garden; boat, kayak and paddleboard rentals, BBQ dinner and community games.

For info, go to AtascaderoFourth, call 805-466-4086, or email info@atascaderofourthofjuly. com. The annual event is sponsored by and benefits the Atascadero Colony Days Committee. BBQ will sell out, get tickets online to secure.


Santa Margarita Community Church hosts the community’s festivities with a small town parade that begins at about 9:30 a.m. on July 4 at the corner of H and Yerba Buena streets. The parade will go east on H Street and end at the park. For more information, go to


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Classic R&B Motown Marv's Original Pizza

Rotary Pioneer Day Committee 6.14


Rock, Funk, Reggae Andrea's on Pine

Pacifica 6.21


Country, Rock & Roll Catch Seafood Bar and Grill

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DULCIE TAYLOR BAND Medpost John Peschong


Rockin' American Roots An Affair to Remember Catering



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SOUND INVESTMENT North Coast Engineering




THE KINGS OF 88 MedPost Connect Home Loans



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Rock & Roll, Soul Su Casa Bar & Grill Energetic Blues, Bluegrass Paso Catering Co.

Pop, Rock, Dance Basil Restaurant Country, Rock, Blues Thomas Hill Organics Classic Piano Rock Odyssey World Cafe

Rockin' Old Soul Berry Hill Bistro


TIME & PLACE JUNE A monthly look at local events, fundraisers, meetings, and entertainment. Locations are Paso Robles unless otherwise indicated. Our calendar for June is smaller than usual, but get ready for July when we launch our revamped event calendar. You’re gonna love it. To submit a listing, email by the 5th of each month preceding publication.


Visit or the organization’s website for more information. JUNE June 6, 13, 20, 27 • Templeton Concerts in the Park

June 7, 14, 21, 28 • Paso Robles Concert in the Park

June 10 • Awakening Ways Spiritual Community – 10th Anniversary Celebration June 24 • Sips for Smiles to benefit Tolosa Children’s Dental Center UP AND COMING! July 4 • Paso Pops at the Paso Robles Event Center, July 7 • Lavender Festival, Downtown City Park,


July 25 • Free Improvisation Workshop, ages 12–18, 1 to 2 p.m., PR Youth Arts Foundation

TUESDAY BNI– Early But Worth It Chapter - Business Networking International - 7:00 to 8:30 a.m., Culinary Arts Academy. Visitors welcome,

July 8 • Midsummer Wine Stroll in Downtown Paso,

July 28 • S.O.U. L. Kitchen Fundraiser at Peachy Canyon Winery, MEETINGS & ACTIVITIES MONDAY Almond Country Quilters Guild Meeting - 6:30 p.m., Annual Guild Birthday Party, cake and entertainment, Trinity Lutheran Church, 940 Creston Road, Paso. First Monday contact kajquilter@ General info: lisajguerrero@msn. com,

Writing Support Group with award-winning author/editor Patricia Alexander. Every other Monday, June 11 & 25, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. $25 per or $20 for 4 meetings paid in advance. Call for location 805-479-7778. North County Overeaters Anonymous - 5:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Fireside Room, 940 Creston Rd., Paso,

North County Toast ‘N Talk Toastmasters - 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Keller Williams Real Estate, Paso, 805-464-9229.

Paso Robles Republican Women Federated - third Monday (no July meeting), 11:30 a.m. lunch, speaker at noon. $22 cash, guests welcome, Paso Robles Inn Ballroom. Reservations by the 2nd of each month to Diane Oehlke, 805-239-8693

MOPS – Mothers of Pre-schoolers - first & third Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, 940 Creston Road, Paso, Ashley Hazell, 805-459-6049,

Paso Robles Lions Club - second & fourth Tuesday. 7:00 p.m., PR Elks Lodge, 1420 Park St., Paso. 805- 712-1260. American Legion Post 50 - monthly meeting fourth Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. 270 Scott Street, Paso Robles. Info: Commander John Irwin, 805-286-6187.

Line Dancing, Tuesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Centennial Park Banquet Room. $50 for 10 Punch Pass (can be shared by more than one person) or $5 per class drop in. Beginning and intermediate taught by Tina Scarsella,, 805-835-2076. WEDNESDAY Live Music Wednesdays on the Veranda - 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., Paso Robles Golf Club. See ad in this issue for local musicians. Reservations 805-2384722,

Monthly dinner at Estrella Warbirds Museum - first Wednesday, 6:00 p.m., guest speakers. 805296-1935 for dinner reservations. North County Multiflora Garden Club - second Wednesday, 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. Public is welcome, no charge. PR Community Church,

2706 Spring St., 805-712-7820, guests welcome.

Paso Robles Democratic Club - third Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. White Oak Room, Centennial Park, 600 Nickerson, Paso. Visitors/newcomers welcome. Joyanne Soderholm, 805-769-4847. THURSDAY June 14 • PR Youth Arts Foundation orientation for summer enrollment June 16 – 24. Summer classes June 25 – August 17. 805-238-5825, pryaf. org/enrollment. June 24 • Templeton Chamber of Commerce Membership Mixer at Pacific Premier Bank with The Wellness Kitchen, 1255 Las Tablas Road, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.,

Above the Grade Advanced Toastmasters - first Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Kennedy Club Fitness, Paso. 805-238-0524, 930206.toastmastersclubs. org. BNI – Partners in $uccess - Business Networking International -Thursday, 7:00 to 8:30 a.m. Paso Robles Assn. of Realtors, 1101 Riverside Ave. Visitors welcome,

Hamburger Lunch– American Legion Post 50, $5, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 240 Scott St., Paso.

North County Prostate Cancer Support Group third Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Twin Cities Community Hospital Pavilion Room. Bill Houston 805-9952254 or American Cancer Society 805-473-1748.

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Continued from page 46 FRIDAY Winery Partners Wine Bar - Wine tasting at Studios on the Park every Friday and Saturday, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. benefits the free arts education program for local kids.

Poetry in the Garden – second Friday, 6:30 p.m. Join local poets and share your poetry and prose. Meet in Ellie’s Garden, Ellie, 805-227-0110, Speak Easy Toastmasters Club - 12:10 to 1:15 p.m. Founders Pavilion, Twin Cities Community Hospital. 805-2379096 SATURDAY Winery Partners Wine Bar - Wine tasting at Studios on the Park every Friday and Saturday, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. benefits the free arts education program for local kids.

Vaccination Clinic at Paso Petcare – second Saturday, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. for cats, dogs and Microchip ID implants. Cash/check only, dogs on leash, cats in carriers, 238-1091.

Art After Dark Paso – first Saturday, wine tasting, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., Downtown Paso. Hosted by Studios on the Park.

Central Coast Violet Society - second Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Brookdale Activity Room, 1919 Creston Road, Paso. Pancake Breakfast - third Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., $6, American Legion Post 50, 240 Scott St., Paso. SUNDAY Daughters of the American Revolution - first


Sunday. For time and place,

PR Grange Pancake Breakfast - second Sunday, 7:30 to 11:00 a.m., 627 Creston Road, Paso. GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS Sponsored by Hospice SLO, 805-544-2266, Bereaved Parents Group - Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Suicide Bereavement Support - fourth Wednesdays, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Meetings at RISE - 1030 Vine St., Paso Robles

General Grief Support - Wednesdays, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Meeting at 517 13th Street, Paso. No cost, no pre-registration.

GriefShare - All Saturdays in June. A 13-week on-going faith-based seminar/support group for people grieving a loss of a loved one. 10:00 a.m. to noon, $15, on-going, open enrollment. Trinity Lutheran Church, Fireside Room, 940 Creston Rd., Paso. Deaconess Juliet Thompson, 805-2383702, ext. 205. Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, 805-238-0506

June 13 • Membership Mixer, 5:30 to 7:00, Rabobank, 845 Spring St., Paso Robles. June 21 • Women in Business Farm to Fork and Scholarship Event, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Cass Winery.

June 27 • Wake Up Paso, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, register online.

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To All Our Dads, Happy Father’s Day!

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Jonathan Stornetta swears in as Paso Robles Fire Chief By Chuck Desmond Time flies. It was just 6 months ago when PASO Magazine readers were learning about Jonathan Stornetta being sworn in as the new Interim Fire Chief. Since graduation from high school, he had been working around fire departments until he was encouraged to become a fireman himself. He landed a full time position as firefighter and paramedic in Morro Bay until he

Photo by Chuck Desmond

Paso Robles Fire Chief Jonathan Stornetta stands at attention during the May swearing-in ceremony in Paso Robles.

was recruited to El Paso de Robles in 2001. In 2003, Jonathan was promoted to Captain and in 2006 was about to become appointed Battalion Chief but concluded he wasn't quite ready for that yet. He decided to remain as Captain until the time was right. That next opportunity came up ten years later! When Ken Johnson who was the Fire Chief, retired, a temporary Chief was brought on from Santa Ana while the City Manager, Tom Frutchey, and the interviewing ACC, Inc. 36 Adelaide Inn 51 Adrienne Hagan 23 AM Sun Solar 31 Amdal Transport 49 American Riviera Bank 21 Applied Telecom Technology 15 Arlyne’s Flowers 35 Associated Traffic Safety 35 Awakening Ways 10 Berry Hill Bistro 33 Blake's True Value 25 Blenders 44 Bob Sprain’s Draperies 39 Bridge Sportsmen Center 49 Brooklin Oaks Pharmacy 48 Cal Paso Solar 40 Cal Sun Electric & Solar 21 California Mid-State Fair 52 CASA 38


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team looked for a permanent solution. They probably thought right away that Jonathan was the right person but being Fire Chief and Head of Emergency Services is a really big deal. And so, Mr. Stornetta was promoted to be the Interim Chief with a time-line of 6 months for all opportunities to be explored. Jonathan is a man who has long said, “I just always wanted to help people.” That's a good thought and it needed to be balanced with much more than putting out fires. The job description also includes: Public Safety, saving lives and property, managing a department of 27 including 13 paramedics, community leadership, displaying (and living) the values of duty and honor above self. From a logistics view, there were 3,800 calls to 911 last year. That's way up from the 2,900 the year before. 65% of all calls are medical emergencies; 7% are real fires and 12% are minor incidents like falls in the home or workplace. Paso has 2 fire engines and each is manned by three persons when it flies out of the garage. We have a ladder truck, a heavy-duty rescue-vehicle and an aircraft rescue-vehicle stationed at the airport. A response time of less than six minutes is the mandate for 90% of all calls. With a growing number of the community moving slightly East, there needs to be a new station out on 46 East someplace. The Fire Chief needs to lead that long list of decisions about when, where and who. Jonathan's “Interim 6-month position” was not a walk in the park. He hit the ground running and his plate was full. Oh yeah, his wife and two children wanted a little of his time too! And so, this man that looks ya right in the eye and knows what needs to be done, was watching his bosses just as they were watching him. The position was posted and qualified applicants from across the entire State applied. As Jonathan and his wife spent loads of time making their decision that “he should go for it” he also had to prepare for what became a grueling series DIRECTORY TO OUR ADVERTISERS

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of intense interviews. Every candidate was given the same courtesy and grilling. One by one, they were eliminated as Interin Chief Stornetta rose like cream to the top. On March 30th, the announcement was made and the word “Interim” was removed from the title. As you read above, Emergency Services is a hectic job. But finally, a time slot was carved out to make it official and spread the word. May 7th at 9:00 in the morning in City Hall, in a room full of over 70, the official swearing-in ceremony took place. Fire Chiefs from across the county, some of our police officers, Paso City officials and Jonathan's family all watched as Mr. Frutchey did indeed make it official. The applause was long, loud and well deserved. Congratulations, Chief Stornetta. Paso is darn lucky to have you!

Photo by Chuck Desmond

Paso Robles Fire Chief Jonathan Stornetta swears in to service in his new position before PR City Manager Tom Frutchey. Paradise Grill 24 Paso PetCare 48 Paso Pops 02 Patrick Wood Construction 23 Patterson Realty - Paso Robles 11 Perfect Air 48 Photo Stop 44 Placer Title 08 PR Casino 49 PR Chamber of Commerce 30 PR District Cemetery 43 PR Ford 34 PR Golf Club 45 PR Handyman 46 PR Insurance 39 PR Main Street Assoc. 42 PR Sports Club 09 Ranch Wifi 13 Red Scooter Deli 46 Reneau, J Scott - Insurance 47

San Joaquin Valley College 18 Solarponics 43 Spice of Life 49 TEAM Auto Collision 49 Ted Hamm Ins. 30 Teresa Rhyne Law 38 The Art Works 32 The Auto Bahn 24 The Harley Group 15 The Loft 41 Thomas Hill Organics 41 Vic’s Cafe 44 Voice of Paso 40 Western Janitor Supply 41 Whitehorse 26 Wine Country Theatre 19 Wink Lash & Brow Bar 37 Writing Support Group 46 Wyatt Wicks 47

PASO Magazine, June 2018

June 2018 paso mag hi res  

The Story of Us - A Monthly Look at the Remarkable Community of Paso Robles and surrounding areas.

June 2018 paso mag hi res  

The Story of Us - A Monthly Look at the Remarkable Community of Paso Robles and surrounding areas.