Paso Robles Magazine #228 • April 2020

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ROUND TOWN Through the Grapevine: #pasostrong 12 It’s Happening on Main Street: 10

Let Spring Renew Us

Celebrating Spring, Sarah, and more!


San Miguel: Resource Connection 15 Creston: The High Road 16 General Store Local Goods Report: 17

Natural Alternative:

Tips to Fend Off COVID-19

PASO PEOPLE 18 Aaron Bergh | Calwise Spirits Co.

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LOCAL BUSINESS Guesthouse Grill 38 Three Oaks Lodge 40 5 Helpful Writing Tips 42 Diane Cassidy: Real Estate Passion 36

LAST WORD In This Together 58 Directory to our Advertisers 50

TASTE OF PASO Sip & Savor — Exploring the Enclaves: The Back Roads Wineries 44

OAK LEAF 41 Homeschool Survival: By Connie Pillsbury 46 SLO County Office of Education:


Benefits of Outdoor Education


Central Coast Trail Rides Photo by Brian Hallett

Directory of Local Houses of Worship

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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” — Fred Rogers “Love seems to be something that keeps filling up within us. The more we give away, the more we have to give.” — Fred Rogers


s we start to see the changes in the season allow for more light and warmth in the air, we are faced with a challenge never seen nor experienced before. This issue of Paso Robles Magazine was planned out eight weeks ago with our annual theme in mind for April. Featuring stories of the beautiful Wildflowers, enjoying the great outdoors with our Hikes, Bikes, Walks & Rides, and sharing our community love for Pets and Animals. April is one of our favorite times of the year because it seems to be the month that we as Californians start to get that sunshine bug to get outdoors after months of hibernating inside due to the cold and darker days. And even though the sunshine is starting to shine again and that bug is nipping at our toes, we all have been forced into an economic health crisis like never before. For only a month ago, we were a prosperous and lively community. Today we are all trying to make sense of a life that literally was written for a movie screen and not reality. With the school closures, our cities declaring a State of Emergency, social distancing becoming a necessary new form of “normal.” To mandatory “Shelter in Home” and all businesses, not essential fighting to find a way to connect with their loyal consumers in order to remain safe and open, has made us stop and reflect on what really is important. As the publishers of The Paso Robles Magazine and The Paso Robles Press, we are facing the same challenges as everyone else. No one person or company at this time is immune from this economic impact. We are all in this together, and that is what we are pulling strength and hope from. Together we are one. Together we will get through this, it just may not look like what we planned when we walked into 2020. Our promise to you, we will continue to tell the stories of the incredible people and businesses that make up our community, and that is why we did not change the featured stories in this issue. We value each of our business partners’ support, which allows us to print and mail to every home in the North County and beyond. We will use our platform to seek out and recognize the Essential Hero’s whose stories may not have been told if this epidemic had not occurred. We will do everything we can to help support and love our communities as we all walk through this no matter what it looks like on the other end. Because at the end of the day, we genuinely believe that we are all in this together. And together, we can do anything. We hope this issue of Paso Robles Magazine brings a smile to your face and warmth to your heart. Please be safe and well. All our love, The Mattson Family If thou wouldest win Immortality of Name, either do things worth the writing, or write things worth the reading. — Thomas Fuller, 1727

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SPRING BREAK ENRICHMENT CAMPS Blast Off Into Spring Break Science Fun

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Cheers of delight and astonishment emanate from the Centennial Park classrooms whenever science educator Tim Baker of Science-Dipity comes to town. Baker’s hands-on science exploration camps leave kids enthusiastic to learn more and share their scientific knowledge. Baker has a week of science shenanigans planned during spring break beginning with 3,2,1 Lift Off! camp Monday, April 13 through Wednesday, April 15 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Centennial Park. During this hands-on camp, children ages 6 to 11 will soar into aeronautical science exploration with exciting experiments using air and forces. The camp will culminate with each student launching their own water rocket. Registration for this class is $150 per student + $50 supply fee. Science-Dipity will continue the exploration with Abracadabra Science Camp on Thursday and Friday, April 16 and 17 from 9 a.m. until noon or until 3 p.m. for an extended day of magical science. Students ages 6-11 will engineer dozens of their own magical science artifacts sure to wow and delight. Half day (9 a.m. until noon) $50 + a $20 supply fee or all day (9 a.m. until 3 p.m.) $100 + $30 supply fee. Students will keep everything that they make during these camps to share and amaze their friends and family.

Raytoons Camps

Join Ray Mullikin, cartoonist and technology instructor for a week of spring-break camps designed to boost creativity and fuel fun. Students ages 11 and older will learn to create games and applications with easy to use graphical programming software during App Creation for Computers, Tablets and Smartphones on Monday and Tuesday April 13-14 from 9:30 a.m. until noon. $80 + $10 supply fee (no programming knowledge necessary).

Mindful Teen Art & Movement Camp Help your teen reduce stress and live happily. Join Dee DiGioia of Mindful YOUniversity and Vanessa Orr of Yaya Yoga for this special camp just for students ages 11 to 18. Teens will discover how to positively impact their relationships and navigate challenges in daily life both at home and school. Students will explore their inner world of thought, emotions and attitudes through creative arts, games, relaxation practices, mindful awareness training, movement, yoga and journaling. Monday though Thursday, April 13 through 16 from 1-5 p.m. $160 + $10 supply fee.

Create cartoon characters in a Sunday funnies style during Draw Like a Cartoonist! camp on Monday and Tuesday April 13-14 from 1-3:30 p.m. Students ages 6+ will learn to draw humorous simplified faces, figures, cartoon animals and more. $80 + $15 supply fee. Students will learn how to jumpstart the writing process, overcome writers block and stay inspired during Creative Story Writing Games and Activities camp on Wednesday and Thursday, April 15-16 from 9:30 a.m. until noon. $70 + $15 supply fee, ages 11+ Have you ever wondered how the cool action figures that you love are created? During Raytoons Toy Figure Design class, students ages 6 and older will learn the process of designing and making their own toys from sketches to finished art. Their final figure prototypes will be in special toy packaging. Wednesday and Thursday, April 15-16 from 1-3:30 p.m. $80 + $30 supply fee. To learn more or register for any of these camps or other recreation classes, please visit or the Centennial Park registration desk (600 Nickerson Drive) Monday-Friday from noon-5 p.m. For more information about all programs and classes, contact Recreation Services at (805) 237-3988.

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| Through the Grapevine

#PASOSTRONG Paso Robles Chamber responds to local business crisis


uring this unprecedented crisis, our city is learning just how many of us depend on each other for our professional, economic, and personal health. It is imperative our community observe social distancing guidelines. Still, it is important that we don’t forget the suffering local businesses — restaurants, bars, wineries, hotels, and others — experience due to this situation. These businesses are responsible for thousands of jobs in our community as well as tourism attraction and quality of life benefits. Frankly, without these businesses Paso Robles loses much of its appeal as a vacation destination and a place to live. If we lose these businesses, our city will have lost a part of its soul. With this in mind, the Paso Robles

Chamber of Commerce has built an information website hub for all things related to the pandemic effects on our small businesses. The website is named, and we believe the name aptly fits the character of our city. The chamber’s core mission is to promote and protect the economic wellbeing of our member businesses, and it is in times like these, this mission becomes critical. has a myriad of resources for small businesses and concerned residents who are looking to help them. The website offers an e-gift card platform for businesses to create their e-gift cards with several exclusive benefits, including no start-up fees, no contract, no monthly fees, payment upon purchase, and up to $5000 of sales with no per-purchase fee.

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Residents can also find a list of impacted businesses that are offering special deals, delivery and-or takeout options, and e-gift card options. There are additional resources for small businesses, including Small Businesses Association Disaster Loans, work from home guidance, and more. Our heart breaks for the people of our city who are negatively impacted by this health pandemic. However, we believe in the spirit of our city — and in every resident — to strive forward with unwavering determination and look after each other with selfless compassion. It is in this spirit that we hope the community utilizes to preserve the heart of our city. Together we can make those who came before us proud. Together we can alleviate the pain of those suffering now. Together we can heal our city for the generations yet to come. Together we are #PasoStrong. Please visit for more information and contact the Chamber of Commerce at pasostrong@pasorobleschamber. com with your business information so we can add it to the website. Sincerely, Gina Fitzpatrick and the Paso Robles Chamber Team

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| It’s Happening on Main Street

Let Spring Renew Us are taking steps to show compassion and care for our community while complying with the rules. Our businesses are suffering and need support. Contact them and patronize them however you can. Paso Robles is a special our Downtown Main neighborhood, let’s take care of Street Association offieach other! cially locked the door on On March 19 San Luis March 17 through March 31 (or Obispo County issued a shelteruntil the restrictions are lifted) as at-home for everyone. Closing a result of Covid-19 (Coronavi- many businesses who are considrus) and its impending threat to ered non-essential, and asking spread. everyone, especially those over We have canceled all events 65, and those with illnesses to be in the Downtown City Park cautious, and respectful of others through May. Contact us for any through what is being called questions you have about Down- “social distancing.” town: (805) 238-4103 or info@ This is a serious time in our history, and the rules in place are We will send e-mail updates as to help slow the spread of the we get information and continue novel coronavirus and to keep us to promote our businesses who healthy and safe.

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Take a moment to reflect. Count your blessings and say your gratuities. We’ve always heard “expect the unexpected,” and now it’s here! This is a first for most of us (even my 98 year old father-inlaw has never seen such a thing). We are all in this together, no matter how long it lasts we will survive and come back in better spirits. It is my prayer that when you receive this April issue, we are in recovery. You will read this article and have learned something about life, people and yourself. You are the captain of your own ship (thanks, Holloway for that one), so I hope you sail through by eating well, staying positive, keeping busy, and realizing that THIS TOO SHALL PASS!

“April hath put the spirit of youth in everything.” Shakespeare

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| San Miguel Reflections

An issue with the railroad was that numerous people were crossing the tracks dangerously at 16th Street (ultimately a safer pedestrian path was built). Over the years, the SMRC made an impact an Miguel is one of the on the town. In youth projoldest towns in the county ects, SMRC board member and its fortunes have risen Steve Kalar, a descendant of and fallen many times over the a pioneer family and internayears. As an unincorporated tionally known artist, created township, San Miguel is under a program for Lillian Larsen the aegis of the County Board School students and partnered of Supervisors which over the with the school. “Masters at years has been both helpful and their Trade” provided profesfrustrating. Ever since settlers sional artists, artisans, musicians, arrived and built a town, through and performers to teach classes. thick and thin, there have been The school provided a classroom groups formed to create a better and SMRC purchased keyboards place to live. And so it continues with earphones for music classes today. which thrived until the sad loss Twenty years ago there were of the very talented teacher. Two grants available to upgrade large murals still gracing school the downtown but no local buildings are the result of the group in town eligible to qualart classes. SMRC secured many ify for them. So an enterprisdonations, including financial, ing group of local residents got equipment and in-kind help together and formed the San which supported the program Miguel Resource Connection, a during its tenure there. SMRC nonprofit with 501(c)(3) status was also instrumental in helpwhich would allow access to the ing the Ag teacher build a school grants. They dedicated the group garden and for a time the chilto partnering with individuals, dren could prepare and taste other nonprofits and businesses their produce on site, thus learnwho were interested in improve- ing about nutrition. Another ment and did extensive studies accomplishment was purchasing on local needs. At that time the a piece of property that adjoined priorities were youth projects, the San Miguel Park which was a local website, and a possible then turned over to the County redevelopment agency. to expand the park.

Lynne Schmitz


As time went on, a History Group was formed to study, collect and collate stories and pictures of San Miguel’s rich history. After identifying historic buildings and sites, they created a map with a walking tour of historic San Miguel. Plaques were designed and placed on several of the old buildings, telling their stories. They enlisted the help of a local Boy Scout who earned his Eagle badge by building a kiosk where maps and information are displayed in Father Reginald Park next to the Mission. The past few years have seen a decline in

volunteers for many groups including the SMRC. Recently, the Board of Directors met and decided to disband. The San Miguel Resource Connection is a non-profit organization, dedicated to promoting, facilitating, and implementing improved services, communication, and planning for the community of San Miguel by partnering with government, organizations, and individuals.

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Creston |

Taking the High Road in

CRESTON Jennifer Best


undreds of road cyclists were slated to take to Creston’s highways and byways in April, but as with so many events and gatherings across the nation, SLO Bicycle Club’s Wildflower Century and the Creston Women’s Club’s related annual Creston Spaghetti Feed have been canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fundraising effort has been replaced by a community

endeavor to keep our elderly, frail and immune-compromised safe by providing neighborly deliveries of staple items. The Creston Women’s Club emergency relief effort aims to further make connections between the frail and volunteers who can deliver staples, toiletries, prescriptions and necessary items from town. To request assistance, visit Before the cancellations were within the realm of possibility, SLO County Library Director Chris Barnickel got a jump start on the ride with an eventful ride of his own that demonstrated just how close and wonderful our little community is.

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Barnickel was taking advantage of the cool weather with a late winter ride on Creston’s newly paved sections when his bike’s rear derailleur pulley went through his spokes. He’d made last-minute route changes, unforecasted rain was threatening, homes were few and far between, and cell service was spotty. But of all the places he could have broken down, there he was, just down the hill from Susan Poteet’s picture windows. Susan, a past president of the Foundation for San Luis Obispo County Public Libraries, and her husband, Neal, have enjoyed working with and getting together with Chris and his wife, Catharine. “I thought it was great he’d call up to the house for a ride to Santa Margarita,” Poteet said. “I could see him down there, talking to me on his phone. It just illustrated the fact he’s done a great job making relationships in the community, not just with library friends, but between a lot of different organizations here

to bring together this amazing gift we have in this county.” Anyone who has lived in SLO County for long has experienced some unique meetings: finding each other on a trail, fishing alongside work buddies who chose the same day to play hooky, meeting up with favorite shop owners off the beaten path. “All these connections in SLO County are phenomenal,” Barnickel said. If you have it in you, please continue supporting the nonprofits that are having to cancel their fundraising events. Creston Garden Club will dig deep to keep the garden beautiful for all without its annual Plant and Bake Sale, and Creston Women’s Club will be doing what it can to continue supporting student scholarships. And please continue supporting our local small businesses shuttered by these events. At press time, The Loading Chute was taking call-in orders for pickup and Creston Market was still open for business. | 15




e’re celebrating the 100th anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote by highlighting some of the women in our community who help us do what we do at General Store Paso Robles. Sarah Hinds-Martin of Hinds Financial Group supports us as we navigate the ever-changing world of insurance coverage for small business. She is an expert in employee benefits and health insurance, and shares her incredible depth of knowledge with warmth and patience. “I love working with small groups, especially in a small town - it feels like everyone knows each other,” Sarah says with a smile. She’s both locally involved and nationally connected. You may have seen Sarah at Main Street Paso where she was Secretary, or at the Chamber of Commerce, where she is a Past President. Sarah currently sits on the Board of the NAIFA, (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors), and will be the State NAIFA President next year. She’s also one of our neighbors, is celebrating her wedding this past winter, and always brings calm and expertise to our meetings. Thanks for being our partner, Sarah — we appreciate you!

Up the street from Sarah’s office is another wonderful contributor to our town, the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation (PRYAF). They offer FREE (totally free!) afterschool classes in the arts in a safe, nurturing environment, serving 1,200 students annually. PRYAF will be expanding with a new building (whoo hooo PRYAF!). In honor of this exciting step, we will be giving a percentage of our sales for the month of April to PRYAF, and hey, you can help, too! Their BARN BASH is May 9. It will be a blast (as a past attendee of their events, we can vouch for that), and will help get this expansion off to a blazing start. For info, visitpryaf. org/tickets. And if we can squeeze in a quick plug for some Local Goods : ) Need some Spring Break plans that involve zero screen time? Want to read up on National Parks, incredible bike rides, stargazing, or how to survive in the woods? We’ve got you. Come visit our back book table for ideas for an unplugged, offline Spring break! Wishing you all a safe and happy month, The Team at General Store Paso Robles

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Tips to Fend Off


he coronaviris outbreak has changed our lives dramatically. Most are experiencing the fear of becoming infected, running out of food and necessary supplies, and canceling events. The team at The Natural Alternative has been busy planning our big 25 Year Anniversary Appreciation Day in April, but we have decided to postpone it at this time. We do want the community to know that we are still here for you, taking every precaution to keep you safe as you enter the store, diffusing essential oils and continually wiping down the counters, merchant machine, and door handles. We are working hard to continue to restock all the necessities and have the following suggestions: First of all, don’t panic! Stress lowers your immune response. Focus on deep breathing, try yoga at home, take a walk and notice the beauty surrounding you. Practice good hygiene such as washing your hands well — 20 seconds minimum! Eat healthy — support our local restaurants and order takeout soups, salads, barbecue and have a picnic at home! Avoid sugar and junk food which suppress your immune system for hours! Don’t forget vitamin C and zinc-rich foods: most fresh fruits and vegetables — make your plate colorful! Zinc-rich

foods include animal proteins as well as pumpkin seeds (add to your healthy salads). Antivirals to keep on hand: Elderberry, Colloidal Silver, Andrographis, Eleuthero, Astragalus, and more. We are doing our best to restock and meet your needs so please give us a call to make sure we have what you need in stock. Probiotics and Vitamin D support immune response. Cod Liver Oil contains both Vitamin A and D for added support. Herbal tea with lemon and Manuka Honey (shop our tea section!) is not only warming for the soul but Manuka Honey has strong antiviral properties. Don’t forget your essential oils! Eucalyptus, tea tree, thyme, oregano, frankincense, and Thieves blend — strong antimicrobial properties — diffuse throughout the house! If you are elderly or immune-compromised, always take added steps to avoid exposure. If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, etc. please contact your healthcare provider. If you wish to place an order by phone, we are offering curbside service for added convenience. We are here for you! The Team @ The Natural Alternative Nutrition Center


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| Lifting Spirits

RISING TO THE OCCASION Master Distiller Aaron Bergh pivots from distilling gin to manufacturing hand sanitizer

By Nicholas Mattson


ocal distiller meets needs of first responders and other agencies in desperate need by converting the Calwise Spirits Co. distillery to sanitizer production. Proprietor and master distiller Aaron Bergh made the pivot after seeing calls from agencies serving the community’s most vulnerable, and invites additional agencies in need to contact him. “It concerns me that our community servants don’t have sufficient sanitizer at a time when they need it more than ever,” said Bergh, who is known for producing craft gins and rums at his distillery in south Paso Robles. “I realized that my equipment and supply chain expertise could help out these everyday heroes as they work tirelessly to keep us safe.” In a short amount of time, Bergh has started supplying bulk hand sanitizer to the Templeton Fire Department, San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority, the Camarillo Police Department, 40 Prado Road Homeless Services Center, SLO Food Bank, and others.

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Most sobering was a call he received from the FBI field office in Los Angeles. His first reaction was cautionary. “Am I doing something wrong?” Bergh said. “Is this real? Is this somebody posing as an agent?” The disconcerting feelings are understandable considering Bergh’s family history. During prohibition, the feds shut down his great-great-grandfather’s moonshine operation, and a call from the FBI could certainly have disturbed the family spirits. After sifting through reactionary thoughts, he was assured that it was the FBI in need of sanitizer, and his curiosity turned to surprise. “They are organized, and you would think they have access to supplies,” Bergh said, “but they are out just like everyone else.” Being a local source for a federal agency in a time like this lifted the spirits of Bergh, and he said he hoped others would be inspired to do what they could to help in this time. “They have agents out in the field as part of the COVID-19 response team, and they are worried about running out of hand sanitizer,”

Bergh said. “This sanitizer is going to make a huge difference in keeping them and the public safe.” GETTING THE WORD OUT

First responders, government agencies, and charities in need of hand sanitizer may also contact Bergh at sanitizer@calwisespirits. com. His current pricing — based on existing supply costs — is $15 per gallon, which stands in contrast to the high markups seen elsewhere on hand sanitizer. “I hope to get more of our hand sanitizer out there so that our public servants can safely do their jobs in this time of crisis,” Bergh said. A COMMUNITY EFFORT

According to Bergh, the FDA has given distilleries the authority to produce sanitizer under World Health Organization standards. “As far as I know, this has never happened in the United States, it’s totally unprecedented,” he said. Continued on Page 19

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Bergh’s sanitizer is made with three key ingredients: glycerin, hydrogen peroxide, and ethanol alcohol, typically used for making spirits. He is quick to point out that other local businesses have helped him secure necessary supplies, including Cook’s Vanilla, Golden Apple Cannabis, and RS Paul Construction. “These companies have stepped up and helped make a difference,” Bergh said. “This is truly a community effort.” However, Bergh is concerned about possible future supply chain issues and is hoping to crowdsource additional supplies, if needed. “Although I’m adequately stocked right now, I’m concerned about supplies running out, and I may be needing additional hydrogen peroxide and glycerin, as well as large bottles and other containers for packaging,” he said. “I invite anyone who might have inventory or access to these items to contact me.”




Before turning his 6,000 square foot facility into a sanitizer plant, the 27-year old California native had landed in Paso Robles to produce local spirits with a local flavor. “I got started out of college,” Bergh said. “I was a hobbyist and worked as a home distiller. People wanted to drink quality local spirits, so I decided to go legit.” Perhaps nothing is as legit as the •

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Calwise flagship spirit, Big Sur Gin, made with light sage, bay, and elderberry. “We want to make spirits that give you a sense of place,” Bergh said. “Big Sur Gin is made with grapes and local plants that grow in Big Sur.” The ingredients are sourced through local vendors, but some of it is harvested by hand during Bergh’s hikes through local hills and mountains. Due to the coronavirus concerns and shelter-at-home orders by the State, it is unknown when Calwise will open back up for regular business — which had included a restaurant, tastings, and cocktails made to order. “I wish I could remember what regular business was like,” Bergh said. LIFTING SPIRITS

In the meantime, Calwise continues to manufacture sanitizer for agencies. The adaptation from spirits to sanitizer happened quickly. “It was such a day-by-day thing,” Bergh said. “I thought I’d have to restrict my hours and capacity; then we got shut down completely.” Sitting on a supply of ethanol alcohol, and hit with the same wave of uncertainty as everyone else, Bergh hesitated in moving forward. “I didn’t want to start making that and taking advantage of people who need it,” Bergh said. “Then I started noticing agencies calling out for needs. Homeless shelters, food banks, hospitals, and other organizations began to feel the need for an otherwise ordinary industry commodity. With the demand, hand sanitizer became scarce. I didn’t see any cost-effective opportunities or supplies for them,” Bergh said. “I have all the supplies here, and by the time I decided to begin, it took about 12 hours to get started production.” Calwise has since produced 200 gallons of hand sanitizer and is continuing as supplies allow. “It is a supply chain issue,” Bergh said. “It is a matter of connecting the dots, finding out who needs it, and getting it to those people. I’ve always liked working on solving the puzzle of logistics.” By jumping in and helping, Bergh said he hoped to inspire others to make a difference — from volunteering at food banks to delivering meals to seniors — it was about taking action. “You can make a difference in the community,” Bergh said. While Bergh’s focus is on agencies, he is also working on 5-ounce sizes of the hand sanitizer to provide local consumer needs.

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Horseback Riding on the central coast Options abound, from riding on the range to beautiful ocean views


By Camille DeVaul

f you haven’t explored the Central Coast by horseback, then you haven’t really experienced it! As an area with a rich history in agriculture and desperados, traditions like horseback riding are offered on both sides of the Cuesta Grade.

CENTRAL COAST TRAIL RIDES If you are a lover of wine and want a unique experience, Crystal Hallett at Central Coast Trail Rides, based in Creston, has plenty to offer. Specializing in horseback rides with some of the area’s most famous wineries, they currently have rides with five different packages and more in the works. Hallett and her husband Brian operate the business together as a family with their two children, Taylen, 7, and Mattix,15. Soon, riders can look forward to having little Taylen as one of their lead wranglers! To give customers the best experience possible, they partner with some of the area’s most well-known wineries, ranches, vineyards, and resorts. Central Coast Trail Rides brings their customers packages with Cass Winery, Halter Ranch, Calcareous Vineyard, and a ride at Santa Margarita Lake. One of Hallett’s newest part-

nerships includes Hearst Ranch. “We ride at the Hearst Ranch and were pretty proud of that one,” Hallett said. “The Hearst Castle property out there in San Simeon is; definitely, I’d say one of my most prideful connections and partnerships.” Along with her partnerships at local wineries and ranches, guests at hotels and rentals such as Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Camatta Ranch, and others can inquire about their “stay and play” options. Hallett is consistently creating new partnerships to offer as many diverse options as possible. “Always expanding into new properties, new places to ride, new package opportunities,” Hallett said. “Big hills that we switch back onto the top to get the California Coastline views. That is called Cottontail Creek Ranch in Cayucos and that’s our newest, the only one that has ocean views.” The cost of rides ranges anywhere from $95 to $165 per person, depending on location and length of the trip. Groups from two up to 14 people can book with beginning to expert riders welcome. With 27 horses to choose from, riders are sure to find their perfect match. If you are looking to create a special moment — say a proposal — Hallett and her

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husband are happy to help those dreams come true for you! There are many new opportunities in the works for Central Coast Trailrides. Riders can expect new experiences with more of the area’s favorite wineries. For more information on Central Coast Trailrides, their horses and experiences offered, head to cctrailrides. com.

FOSS FARMS Local little ones who are itching to get out on horseback can look to Jenn Foss at Foss Farms for horseback riding lessons. Foss has been providing riding lessons since she was 18 years old. She moved to San Luis Obispo when she was 19 from San Jose and never looked back. She and her husband settled on a small ranch in Atascadero, where she started Foss Farms. With a background in early childhood education and development, Foss specializes in children ages 2 to 12. “The opportunities range from me going onto their property giving lessons on their own personal horse, or they come to our house in Atascadero,” Foss said. “I have two lesson horses to choose from, and my more advanced students have the option of showing with me at local schooling shows.” There are several lesson Continued on Page23

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packages riders can choose from, all within an accessible price range. Half-hour lessons are $35, and full-hour lessons run at $50, both having package options available. It is essential to Foss that her lessons are at a realistic cost for all families. Both of Foss’s horses are rescue horses. Her first horse, Thomas, is a rescue horse from North Dakota and has provided more than 100 students comfort as they take one of their first riding lessons. “We didn’t grow up with a lot of money in San Jose—we couldn’t really afford lessons,” Foss said. “I want to keep my prices affordable and competitive and realistic.” Along with riding lessons, Foss owns and operates her own micro or urban-farm. “We farm heirloom vegetables, usually year-round depending on the season obviously and we raise chickens that are show quality and

I also raise quail for meat and egg production,” Foss said. Foss humanely and ethically raises her quails from incubation to butcher herself and is the only known quail farmer in the area. She specifically raises Japanese Coturnix Quail for meat and eggs. Her products can be found at local vendors like Nature’s Touch in Templeton, SLO Natural Co-Op in San Luis Obispo, Railroad BBQ in Paso Robles, and more. If you’re in the area, be sure to visit the farm stand in front of Foss Farms and get some fresh produce! Visit to book your riding lesson, shop for produce, and learn more about all Foss Farms has to offer!

MADONNA INN TRAIL RIDES If you’re a fan of pink champagne cake (honestly who isn’t), it might be in your interest to check out Madonna Inn Trail Rides. Since 2012, Haddie Townsend has been

guiding rides at Madonna Inn for hotel guests and day visitors. Rides are suitable for beginners and experienced riders alike. No matter your rider experience, the trails at Madonna are sure to impress. The three-and-a-half mile trail takes riders up Cerro San Luis overlooking San Luis Obispo and Laguna Lake, offering stunning views. A wine and cheese pairing with the trail ride package is also available to guests and visitors. Rides at Madonna Inn run seven days a week, operating between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Ages 7 and up are welcome to ride. Small to large groups, with a max capacity of 15 riders, can make reservations by calling Haddie Townsend at (805) 550-5307 or visit madonnainn. com/trail-rides-1 for more information. When you’re done taking in the views on the mountain, treat yourself to taking in a piece of that champagne cake!

HARRIS STAGE LINES Harris Stage Lines in Paso Robles makes it their business to embrace western traditions. Bring a picnic, visit the ranch and ride stagecoach just as they did in Paso Robles in the 1860s! Call Harris Stage Lines at (805) 237-1860 for more information on tours or to make a stagecoach part of your weddings and special events.

PISMO PRESERVE Those with their own horses who are looking for an ocean view are welcome to visit the Pismo Preserve. With 880 acres and 11 miles of trails, riders can enjoy scenic views of the Pacific Ocean from the Irish Hills to Point Sal. Trails are currently closed due to coronavirus concerns and lack of physical distancing by visitors.


In Templeton, guests can get cozy on one of Z Ranch’s cabins WORK RANCH and plan a trail ride with vineyard At the edge of Monterey County, views. Z Ranch has 22 acres and in the Cholame Hills, resides the a 360 view of the hills, vineyards, Work Ranch. Since the 1880s, the and oak trees. Be sure to say hello Work family has owned and oper- to their horses, alpacas, and even ated their 12,000-acre ranch in San a zebra! Miguel. Now, they welcome guests from all over the world to explore ur Central Coast has the rolling hills they call home. a deep connection Riders of all experience can partner with western heritage. with one of the Work’s well-tem- Because of this, there are plenty pered horses, or guests can bring of opportunities for visitors and their own! locals to see our countryside by With urban life miles away, horseback. This region has some you’ll be able to breathe and take of the most various and beautiful in all the details nature has created. terrains. Each trail ride offered The majority of their land remains is different, always ensuring an untouched by man as it did over 100 unforgettable experience. years ago. Rides are offered yearAn outstanding horseback ride round with seasonal hours. Trails through the various terrain of the run an hour-and-a-half, with longer Central Coast can be the perfect rides available upon request. Special activity for those visiting and even rates are provided for groups of five locals. Book a horse ride for your or more. girls’ trip, celebrate a milestone, If you are in search of an experi- or your family Sunday Funday. ence that showcases the untouched No matter your reason, a journey beauty of North County, Work through our beautiful county will Ranch is undoubtedly the place to be sure not to disappoint. be. To book a ride with the Work Ranch, call Kelly Work at (805) For all trailheads and rides, 610-0961 or visit please call ahead to conf irm trail-rides-horseback-riding/ for that operations are as listed, more information on the Work due to coronavirus concerns or Ranch and all their upcoming state orders to close non-essenevents! tial services.


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COVID-19 Information Resources • SLO County Official Info

• Templeton Chamber Templeton Strong page

• CDC – Center for Disease Control

• SLO County Official COVID-19 Page

• Atascadero Chamber OTHER COVID-19 RESOURCES

• WHO – World Health Organization


• California COVID-19 Response Page


• Paso Robles Chamber

• Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Tracking

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redwings horse sanctuary - nonprofit horse rescue moving to paso robles By Camille DeVaul


or almost 30 years, it has been Redwings Horse Sanctuary’s mission to eliminate the causes of equine suffering. They started their journey in Carmel with only a few volunteers, rescuing 15 horses their first year. Today, they are located in Lockwood, and have grown to become one of the most well-established equine rescues in Monterey County. The staff at Redwings are looking forward to moving into a new and permanent facility within the next year. Thanks to a donor’s generous bequest gift, the team at Redwings was able to purchase a 141-acre ranch at 6875 Union Road in Paso Robles, where construction for a new facility has begun. The latest move will allow an increase in volunteer capacity and educational outreach with more donor and sponsorship opportunities. Redwings provides a sanctuary for horses from all kinds of backgrounds. From retired racing thoroughbreds to wild mustangs in the Pryor Mountains of Montana, all are welcome. There are many equines within our state with very uncertain futures. This creates a great need for organizations like Redwings Horse Sanctuary, which receives, on average, 20 calls or e-mails a month requesting help for an equine in need. The staff prioritizes the rescue and reh a bi l it ation of the most at-risk horses.

Sara Ruggerone, Redwings Equine Care Manager, said, “We’ve been working closely with SLO County Animal Services lately to take in abused, abandoned and neglected horses and bring them back to health and hopefully offer them out into adopted homes later on.” In some occurrences, these horses are unavailable to adopt and seek a forever sanctuary. Some of these are mustangs and burros from the Bureau of Land Management population control round-ups or rescues from Premarin farms. But not all the rescues come from an abusive or neglected past. Some were service horses for organizations such as the border patrol who served our country. Others come from a partnering organization called the California Retirement Management Account. Through CARMA, the rescue accepts retired off-track California racehorses who came from loving owners and are highly adoptable. Redwings Horse Sanctuary was founded in 1991 with a mission to end the abuse of horses, p on ie s ,

donkeys, burros, and mules. When their lease in Carmel came to an end, the owners of the property decided to sell their ranch, leaving the rescue to re-home. In 2000, they landed on a 167-acre ranch in Lockwood. By 2002, all 90 equines, staff members and volunteers made the transition to their new home. The staff and residents of the sanctuary would like to send out a special thank you to Jack and Marilyn Clifton for generously leasing the Lockwood property to Redwings for the past 20 years. Since 1995, the rescue has been established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All veterinary costs, land lease fees, employee salary, and equine needs are paid for with much-apContinued on Page 27

Say hello to Lover Boy and Melissa. Photos by Jim Vincolisi

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preciated donations. The rescue is accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, making it one of the most well-established horse rescues in the state. Those wanting to support Redwings can do so in several ways. If you wish to contribute, but can’t afford a donation, volunteers are always welcome at Redwings!

Desirae Cogdell, Redwings office manager, said, “All of our volunteers take a training course with Sara. We call it a level one class which teaches basic horsemanship — primarily, our volunteers groom and give extra love and attention.” After completing the level one class, volunteers are welcome to come to the facility’s open hours, which take place Tuesday through Saturdays from 8 a.m.

to 3:30 p.m. and spend time with their level one equines. Tours and visiting hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at no cost to the visitor. One of the best ways to contribute to Redwing’s cause is to go through their foster to adopt the program. “We have a very unique adoption program — we don’t charge adoption fees at Redwings,” says Ruggerone. Instead of paying an adoption fee and leaving, potential adopters must foster their horse for one year. The foster home is required to send monthly updates and expect quarterly visits from the staff at Redwings. “ We offer both riding horses as well as just companion horses,” Ruggerone

said. “For somebody that maybe has a big beautiful pasture and one horse that is maybe a bit lonely.” Since the creation of their Foster to Adopt program in 2014, Redwings has placed a total of 52 horses in new homes. A total of 28 horses have been formally adopted and currently 24 in foster homes are on the path to adoption. For more information on the Foster to Adopt program, visit foster-to-adopt. Donations can be made through the Redwings website at or by calling their office at (831)-3860135. Donors can contribute through a one-time occurrence, a monthly donor program, or done through a horse sponsorship. The caring staff at Redwings Horse Sanctuary is looking forward to their move to Paso Robles and have many exciting opportunities in the works for visitors!

The Rewings team breaking ground at their new permanent facility on Union Road in Paso Robles. Thanks to a donor’s generous bequest gift, horses get to graze a 141-acre ranch.

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Trails Ahead By Jeannette Simpson


pring is here and provides wonderful weather and seasonal sights that encourage us to go out and commune with nature. Lucky for us, San Luis Obispo County is an outdoor enthusiasts dream area because it is home to so many diverse beautiful natural places to roam and explore. Many of the best known existing trails are found along our majestic coast with new trails opening recently and more planned to come. These are wonderful places to explore and visit and we encourage you to check them out too.

Yet, closer to our own backyard, there are several great spaces and places to walk, jog, stroll and bike right here in North County. Whether you are seeking views, water features, hikes, biking, walking, jogging, horseback riding, kid-friendly, dog-friendly, bird watching activities or year round, seasonal and other helpful information, we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a list of local nearby places that include a little something for everyone and provide useful information such as length of trail, difficulty rating, elevation

gain, features, accessibility and activities lists and helpful notes to give you the basics and inspire your outings and adventures. Be sure to check for additional information, maps, directions, weather conditions, hazards, parking options and any fees required before you head out to ensure the best possible experiences. So grab a buddy and get out there and have fun! As with any outdoor adventure it is wise to be prepared before you set out so make sure to check out our Pro Tips before you go!

Atascadero atascadero lake park (loop)

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Length: 1.3 Miles Rated: Easy Elevation Gain: 26 feet Features: Lake, Views, Wild Flowers, Bird Watching • Activities: Hiking, Running, Walking, Paddle Sports, Nature Trips • Notes: Kid Friendly, best used March September, Dogs on leash allowed, Right next to Zoo stadium park trail (loop)

• Length: 1.9 Miles • Rated: Easy - Elevation Gain: 524 feet • Features: Views, Wild Flowers, Bird Watching • Activities: Walking, Hiking, Nature Trips, Running, • Notes: Kid Friendly, best used April October, Dogs on leash allowed jim green trail (loop)

• Length: 1.6 Miles • Rated: Easy • Elevation Gain: 167 feet

three bridges oak

preserve trail (loop)

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Length: 3.5 Miles Rated: Moderate Elevation Gain: 669 feet Features: Forest, River, Views, Wild Flowers, Bird Watching • Activities: Walking, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Nature Trips, Running, Horseback Riding • Notes: Kid Friendly, Dogs on leash allowed, Can be muddy boyscout bridge & loop,

los padres national forest

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Length: 4.6 miles Rated: Moderate Elevation gain:1,154 feet Features: Views, forest Activities: Hiking, running, walking, camping, nature trips • Caution: Poison Oak and tall grasses line trails cerro alto trail loop,

los padres national forest

• • • Features: Forest, River, Views, Wild • Flowers, Bird Watching, Wildlife • • Activities: Walking, Hiking, Moun- • tain Biking, Nature Trips, Running, Horseback Riding • • Notes: Kid Friendly, Dogs on leash allowed • heilmann regional park

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Length: 4.5 Miles Rated: Difficult Elevation Gain: 1,607 feet $10 fee Features: River, views, wildlife, wild flowers, bird watching, forest Activities: Hiking, mountain biking, running, horseback riding, camping Notes: Dogs on leash allowed. Starts half way between Atascadero and Morro Bay Continued on Page 31

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slo county san luis obispo and south coast

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Bishop’s Peak, San Luis Obispo Madonna Mountain Loop, San Luis Obispo Montana De Oro, Los Osos Elfin Forest, Baywood Park/Los Osos Bob Jones Trail, Avila Beach Lighthouse Trail, Avila Beach Pismo Preserve, Pismo

north coast

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Cloisters Wetland to Morro Rock, Morro Bay Harmony Headlands, Harmony Estero Bay Bluff Trail, Cayucos Whale Rock Reservoir, Cayucos Cambria Boardwalk, Cambria Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Trails, Cambria Salmon Creek, Ragged Point

*While coronavirus concerns persist, remember to keep 6-feet physical distancing



salinas river walk

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Length: 3.9 miles Rated: Easy Elevation Gain: 85 feet Features: River, views, forest, wild flowers, bird watching Activities: Hiking, mountain biking, running, walking, road biking • Notes: Kid-friendly, All skill levels, Dogs on leash allowed, Paved trail, Has a small park with playground city park trail

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Length: .5 miles Rated: Easy Elevation Gain: 6 feet Features: Views, bird watching Activities: Walking, hiking, nature trips Notes: Kid-friendly, all skill levels, dogs on leash allowed, wheelchair-friendly

centennial trail

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Length: 1.9 miles Rated: Easy Elevation gain: 82 feet Features: Views, wild flowers, bird watching, forest Activities: Hiking, running, walking, road biking, city walk Notes: Kid-friendly, all skill levels, dogs on leash allowed, paved trail, wheelchair-friendly

cuesta grade area, stagecoach road

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Length: 5.4 miles Rated: Moderate Elevation Gain 859 feet Features: Views, wild flowers, bird watching, wildlife Activities: Hiking, walking, mountain biking, nature trips Notes: Kid-friendly, dogs on leash allowed

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better together

It is more enjoyable to share your experiences but also much safer to be with a buddy in case of any emergency, yours or someone else’s. h2o

Our ever-shifting micro climates can fool us easily, but it gets warm, dry and windy at times so make sure you’ve got more than enough water with you for your journey. snacking

If it’s going to be long day, you may want to bring a picnic, but having a few snacks with you is always a good idea, even on a short hike. attire

Proper footwear and attire for the terrain and weather conditions are a must including layers, jackets, hats, tick/bug repellent, sunglasses and sunscreen, of course. gear up

Know your tools and equipment, check them for proper working order before you head out and bring basics: map, compass, flashlight, fire starter, knife/multi-tool, first aid kit (don’t rely on your cellphone which may not have a signal that many apps and maps need to work properly). selfie evaluation

Cerro Alto. Contributed photo

A serious or life threatening injury just isn’t worth a social media shot. Always use common sense and err on the side of caution when taking photos and exploring. wander inside the lines

Stay on designated trails, do not trespass, be considerate of habitation, animals, plants, locals and other adventurers. locking it up

Stadium Park. Photo by Luke Phillips

Make sure you leave valuables at home, do not leave wallets, purses, electronic devices in vehicles, lock your vehicles and take keys with you. slo lanes

When hiking or biking narrow country back roads, remember that cars often can’t see or hear you until it is too late to stop or slow down to avoid an accident. Be aware, be cautious and courteous. Wear visible clothing, stay single file around curves, on bridges and narrow sections. check in, check out

Atascadero Lake. Photo by Nicholas Mattson

Other Unique and Interesting Places • Biking Wine Tasting Tours with Tour Guides and Bike Friendly Transportation Vehicles • Vineyard or Farm Tours that can include walking, hiking, picnicking, ATV rides • Cal Poly Architecture Graveyard to view previous student building projects

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Let someone know your plans ,where and when you are heading out and when you’ll check back in. pack in, pack out

Be a good steward and bring anything you brought in with you, back out with you. Don’t litter! smokey says

Pay attention to fire danger levels and warnings. Do not start a fire anywhere without a permit or outside a legally designated area.

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Caring for Pets and their People!

Heartworms are spread by infected mosquitoes that bite our furry friends. Left untreated, they can be DEADLY, but fortunately they can be PREVENTED!


Getting your refund is more important than ever. We’re here to help with your tax prep. Safely drop off your docs and go – with or without an appointment. Questions? Call us.

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Annual Trail Ride to Support Historical Adelaida Schoolhouse Due to coronavirus concerns, changes may be made to the event after the date of this publication. Please check with event organizers

By Camille DeVaul


The Adelaida Schoolhouse was initially built in 1917 as the Lincoln Schoolhouse. Back then, Adelaida acted as a way station for horses and riders to rest when transporting goods from the coast to inland. Travelers noticed the land in Adelaida was ideal for farming, and mining mercury, then settled the area. During its hey day, the community was home to three schools, three post offices, two general stores, and a dance hall. Students in first through eighth grades came to the schoolhouse

for lessons until 1964. Afterward, the building stood through the weather and the test of time. Even after the town slowly dried up, the schoolhouse remained. It is now the only original Adelaida building still intact. The Adelaida Farm Bureau holds its monthly meetings there, just as they have done for more than a century. Although the building has done a remarkable job surviving on its own, she needs a little help. The Adelaida Historical Foundation formed in 2003 to begin

ll are welcome to come and join the Annual Adelaida Round Up Trail Ride and BBQ this May 2, 2020! The annual fundraiser, presented by the nonprofit Adelaida Historical Foundation, benefits the former Adelaida Schoolhouse. For over one century, the little one-room schoolhouse has stood off Chimney Rock Road. Surrounded by orchards and nestled at the bottom of a hillside, the building stands as a 103-year-old reminder of the once-bustling town of Adelaida. Days of one-room schoolhouses and riding horses to school instead of buses have passed. Evidence of these days has become harder and harder to come by, but next time you’re taking a drive through Adelaida looking for your next wine venture, take a turn onto Chimney Rock Road, where you’ll find one of the last pieces of the The Annual Trail Ride will run through stunning properties, such as that original town of Adelaida. of Halter Ranch. Photo by Adelaida Historical Foundation

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renovating the schoolhouse. The foundation is a nonprofit and entirely run by volunteers. Some of those attended the school before its closing. So many upgrades have already been made to the building! These updates include replacing the foundation, roof, and siding, and updating the kitchen and utility lines. But there is so much more to be done. Luckily, the foundation has created an event where people can not only donate to keeping the schoolhouse alive but also have a great time. The Annual Adelaida Round Up Trail Ride and BBQ will begin at the schoolhouse with a trail ride at 9 a.m. and take folks around the unique surrounding terrain. The trail runs through the beautiful bordering properties, including Halter Ranch. If available, horses can be rented through Central Coast Trail Rides for an extra fee. Those bringing their Continued on Page 35

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horse can expect a 4-5 mile trail, which comes to about a three-hour ride. If riding isn’t an option for you, no worries! You can still join the fun on the Tenderfoot Wagon! This wagon leaves the station at 10 a.m. with both wagon and horse riders back by 1 p.m. for the barbecue and auction. Ticket donations are $100 for the trail ride and barbecue, $65 for the Tenderfoot Wagon ride and barbecue, or $40 for barbecue and back-hills jawing. Ages 7-18 are $20 for lunch only and free for ages six and under. All adult tickets include a raffle to win a mixed case of wine! This year’s proceeds will go toward improving the existing parking lot, adding AC and heating, and readying the building to host bigger events such as weddings. They are currently open to hosting smaller events as a unique and historical venue! The schoolhouse is more than an old building on the side of a country road, it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and remains an active reminder of a community that once flourished to locals whose families were the area’s original homesteaders. Anyone looking to join the fun and support the Adelaida Schoolhouse should call 805-674-4811 or go to to ask about the 2020 trail ride, as many events have been canceled or postponed due to coronavirus concerns.

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| Guest House Grill

see you at

Guest House Grill


By Meagan Friberg


f you know Atascadero, you know Guest House Grill. As a local favorite, diners have been enjoying the vast menu offerings and hometown ambiance of this restaurant since 2008. “We really do have something for everyone,” Owner Eric Peterson said. “Guest House Grill is that neighborhood restaurant with great food – it’s that comforting, local dinner house.” As one of the longest running restaurants in Atascadero, and a favorite gathering spot, chances are you’ll see a neighbor or coworker dining at a table nearby. “Everybody seems to know each other when they visit – the teachers, the principals, the police chief, the firefighters, cashiers – you are almost guaranteed to see someone you know when you come to Guest House,” Peterson said. SENIOR PROJECT BECOMES FAMILY BUSINESS

Guest House Grill came to fruition when Peterson partnered with

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his close friend and former roommate, Trevor LaSalle. The two had worked together at AJ Spur’s as bussers. Peterson later became a server and manager, and continued working and gaining experience as he put himself through Cal Poly SLO to earn a degree in business finance. As graduation day loomed near, he started thinking about his senior project. “The instructors always said, ‘Do what you know’ and, at that time, I had been in the restaurant industry for about five years,” Peterson said. “I approached Trevor and said, ‘Hey, let’s try opening a restaurant’ and he helped me put it all together. So far, it’s worked out pretty well.” Their partnership also resulted in an Oregon restaurant in 2016, the purchase of Country Touch Café in 2017, Street Side Atascadero in 2016, and Street Side Paso in 2018. Although they are no longer partners in Guest House or Country Touch, and they sold the Oregon restaurant, they maintain a partnership in the two Street Side establishments. “Everyone thinks we are brothers, but Trevor and I are just great friends and business partners,” Peterson said. “It’s been busy, but it’s a lot of fun!” Peterson has also partnered with Colin Wey r ic k to purchase the former

Nino’s in Templeton, now called Jack’s, and a new restaurant at the River Oaks Golf Club named Comfort, now open. In addition, he has purchased Touch of Paso from his grandmother to add to his portfolio of restaurants. “My first jobs were dishwashing at Touch of Paso and Country Touch Café with grandma,” he said. “So, it’s kind of cool for me to be able to take them over and keep them in the family; it’s like a dream come true.” A dedication to hard work, quality, service to others, and family is apparent. Corporate Chef Jose Estrada helps run all of the kitchens, Michael Romero is the corporate manager, and Kias Porter is the Guest House Grill manager. Peterson’s sister, Lacie, manages the books; his dad, Michael, is the head of maintenance; his mom, Debbie, hostesses at Touch of Paso, and his wife, Amy, is a waitress at Guest House. “It’s a true family business,” Peterson said before jokingly adding, “and when my four-year-old is big enough we’ll have him washing dishes!” SERVING UP HOME COOKING

Known for its steak dinners, Guest House offers daily specials such as the All You Can Eat Spaghetti Buffet on Mondays and Steak and

Lobster on Sundays. The plentiful lunch and dinner offerings include the unique and top-selling Coriander Crusted Chicken with raspberry cream sauce…yum! “We know we are not the most high-range restaurant in the area, but we offer comfortable, hearty options of home cooked style food and that hometown feel,” Peterson said. And the staff? Peterson takes pride in celebrating the fact that most have been there for many years offering, with three staff members onboard since day one. “They have gotten to know our guests, and our customers love coming in to see a familiar face,” Peterson said. “Our staff is friendly, welcoming, and non-pretentious. We always have a full team, with lots of hands on deck – bussers, bartender, hostess, multiple servers, manager, cooks – to ensure our customers are getting the attention they deserve.” Looking to the future, Peterson has plans to revamp the restaurant with new paint and artwork as well as extend the bar, and redo the booths, chairs, and tables. “We’re going to give it a modern edge but we aren’t going to change it so much that it seems like a different restaurant,” he said. “It will still feel like Guesthouse Grill, only better.” Call Guest House Grill today, for takeout, and make reservations for your next meal out. Call ahead for

reservations or take-out orders at 805-460-0193. See guesthousegrill. com for hours and menu.

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| Three Oaks Lodge

Three Oaks Lodge

By AnnMarie Cornejo


he Three Oaks Lodge in Paso Robles provides the comforts of home in a residential care facility for the elderly, offering skilled and compassionate care for those in need. Three Oaks Lodge, which began accepting residents in February, is the second 24-hour residential care facility operated by owner Peggy Thompson who has more than two decades of experience in healthcare. The home, nestled in a serene and pastoral country setting, has been carefully transformed into a comfortable living space for up to six residents. The new care facility offers both private and semi-private rooms, with daily activities, an exercise program and is situated on six acres of land off Creston and South El Pomar Roads. The house is wheelchair accessible and has plenty of room for guests to visit daily. Thompson, a Licensed Vocational Nurse, and her family operate the two facilities, providing both daily needs such as home cooked meals that meet the dietary restrictions of each resident and the individual medical care needed. Thompson opened El Pomar Manor in Templeton in 2012 after working as a nurse in the North County.

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“I enjoy interacting with the elderly,” Thompson said. “I enjoy taking care of the residents and providing the best experience and care that I can for them.” The pastoral setting of both homes makes them serene places to live with horses and other livestock wandering the nearby hills. The staff is specially trained in hospice and dementia care, as well as in the skills needed to support bed-ridden residents. Thompson said that her compassion for others and her knowledge of healthcare has made the businesses successful. “I have a direct line to the healthcare community and offer the best care you can receive for a reasonable price without special fees for certain health conditions,” Thompson said. “I am always making sure that our residents’ lives are the best they can be.” Thompson oversees both properties, with her daughter and daughter-inlaw assisting. The family works closely together in an effort to make sure that residents become a part of their family as well. “Helping people is the path that I chose in life,” Thompson said. “I enjoy caring for people.” To learn more or schedule a visit, contact Thompson at threeoakslodge@ or call (805) 769-2468.

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| Writing Support Group

5 helpful writing tips From Patricia Alexander of The North County Writing Support Group

By Patricia Alexander


love encouraging other writers, whether they write for publication or personal growth. Here are some practical tips from my experience: Pick One Project To Begin Brimming over with ideas, but not getting anything accomplished? Working on more than one idea at a time can be done, but not well. Pick your passion project and get it solidly launched.

Don’t Judge Your Process Writers tend to feel insecure about their process; they think someone else is writing better, faster, smarter. Yet, how many books have you loved even though you don’t know how long they took to write or whether the first drafts were handwritten or typed? Judging your process is a distraction wrapped in self-doubt; give it up and let yourself create however it feels right to you.

Your Best Beginning May Not Be At The Beginning It’s unusual in the flow of writing to get that beginning paragraph launched out of the cannon first thing. Odds are much higher you’ll find it a page or two in — and that’s OK! But do go back and look for it. Understand The Difference Between Writing And Editing

urgent yanks us around, draining time, energy and creativity? Need a Muse? Try a deadline! If you don’t have one, make one and enter it into your schedule. Someone wants to go to lunch when you’ve set that time to write? Tell them you have another commitment. Be vague so they don’t try to talk you out of it. You’ll see your productivity soar if you can create a deadline by finding an online or in-person group of supportive and honest writers with whom you can share your work. And, by the way, if you only write the night before the deadline, it still counts.

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Home School Survival Skills A how-to guide for sheltering-at-home

with pencils and pens, pencil sharpener, paper, scratch paper, calculator if needed, ow that the kids are there with you every ruler, etc. Again, all of this helps get them morning, you are probably experiencing in a ‘school’ mode of thinking and learning. some ‘shock’ and wondering, “How do I 4. Most home school moms have found that do school at home?” Don’t panic. You can do they get all the academics done in three this. Here are a few strategies I’ve developed hours in the morning, 9-12 works well, with through ‘trial and error’ over the years in differlunch and then a play or quiet time break ent school-at-home settings: after lunch, maybe 12-2. Some moms find it helps to have everyone go to their room 1. Give your school a name, maybe a mascot, for one quiet hour to do whatever they a starting time, a permanent place in the want, but not computers or social media home, some ground rules, recess times, and — this gives mom a needed break to just lunchtime. Your kids are used to this kind ‘nerd out.’ (And the kids like it too, after of structure, and they will feel more secure they get used to it) in it. 5. Choose a good book that you will read 2. Before school, have kids (and you) dress for aloud to them every day, for 15 minutes or school, comb hair, make beds, eat breakfast, so — this is a real bonding time, and you just as if they were ‘leaving’ for school — all get to share the story evolving. this reinforces the fact that this is, indeed, 6. Fun activities can happen after the noon real school, even if it is at home. How about break. This ‘shelter-at-home’ season opens a flag salute at the beginning each day? the door to a lot of old-fashioned activiAnd, oh yes, NO TV on during school. ties: bake a cake, cookies or bread; have a 3. Each child will have their own ‘seat’ at your cooking contest, cook part of the dinner; school table, wherever it is. ( Just like at art projects galore and setting up an easel school, they get a sense of ownership and for drawing and painting; learn to sew territory for their spot.) School should not or embroider; glue pieces of scrap wood happen on the sofa or on the floor or in together; play board games; plant a garden their bedroom. Have school supplies ready from seed; learning to sing together (find at your school table: laptops, containers some old song books); puppet shows; create By Connie Pillsbury


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a mini movie that someone films on their iPhone; take a walk; make a nature scrapbook; take photos, and on and on. It’s amazing how creative kids can be when removed from schedules and computers and watching TV. 7. Speaking of computers, avoid the temptation to let the kids play computer games all day. I know, you can get a lot done while they’re absorbed but it can so easily become addictive and mindless. Computer games should be saved for the last hour before or after dinner, like 5-6, and limited to just that hour (Yes, you’ll have to be tough and consistent on this one!). 8. When in doubt, trust your instincts. You really can guide your children in schooling, and you’ll find you actually have a lot to share with them. Just your enthusiasm in being there with them and for them during this hiatus will really enrich your relationships. Be patient with yourself, don’t expect perfection, and smile a lot. Be long on praise and short on criticism. This time at home may turn out to build some of your best memories with your children. h Connie Pillsbury is an elementary teacher, resource specialist, home school mom and grandmom. | 41

| Diane Cassidy

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By AnnMarie Cornejo

iane Cassidy, a Senior Certified Real Estate Specialist with REMAX Parkside Real Estate in Paso Robles, is focused on helping people during the transition process. She specializes in working with clients who are in need of selling or buying residential or investment properties. Cassidy, who was licensed in 2003, began her career in the mortgage industry but quickly moved to real estate sales. In 2006, she joined a Fortune 500 company in Ventura County where she was certified as a Fine Homes Specialist. Today, she is one of the only Certified Estate Liquidators in the area. She has spent her career in real estate,

mortgage banking, interior design, home staging, and estate sales. Cassidy’s background in strategic planning, marketing, financial management, and event planning provides the tools she needs to assist clients with their real estate needs, recognizing that it is often one of the most significant moments in their lives. “Transitioning can be very stressful, especially if the loss of a loved one is involved,” Cassidy said. “Our philosophy is to always help our clients experience peace of mind.” Cassidy’s passion for the community in which she lives and works is apparent in not only her dedication to helping others in her role as a real estate agent, but in the many volunteer roles she has served on

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including the Board of Directors El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society, CASA San Luis Obispo County, The Citizens Corps, and other organizations rooted in event planning and fundraising. Of them all, CASA of San Luis Obispo County — an organization that provides volunteers to serve as the voices for abused and neglected children in court to gain the best outcome for children in foster care — is closest to her heart. “My true passion is volunteering for CASA,” Cassidy said. Cassidy extends her love for the community into her work, helping people to make sound decisions while meeting their real estate goals. “Paso Robles is the last great place,” Cassidy said. “I’m grateful to be here.”

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| Exploring the Enclaves


Paso Robles

the 30-acre estate vineyard planted predominantly to merlot. The wines are structurally balanced — ringing with black fruit aromas and bracing minerality, they are muscle-flexing yet elegant in an Old-World style with seamless tannins and velvety finish. Add to this an unforgettable tasting he Back Roads Wineries of experience (by appointment only) Paso Robles are just that, hosted by Goran and wife Ksenija boutique wineries tucked in a gorgeous salon where you savor away along the back roads of east side home-made Slovenian charcuterie Paso Robles. Perhaps the region’s most paired with their wines. This is wine beautiful terrain, lined with miles of tasting at its best. running fences, acres of well-maniFurther up, amidst the rolling hills cured hillside vineyards and expan- of Creston, Chateau Margene is sive ranches inhabited by longhorns, located on the old Huer Huero Mexisheep and horses. While most of the can land grant. Founders Mike and wineries are located along the four Margene Moony produce complex main arteries — Linne Road, Union Bordeaux-style wines from their Road, Creston Road and El Pomar estate vineyards and superb pinot noir Road, there are many ensconced along sourced from Santa Lucia Highlands. hidden country roads. At Still Waters Vineyards, some 14 This enclave, touching the districts varieties are planted on the spectacular of Templeton Gap, El Pomar, Geneseo hillside ranch, dotted with 130-year and Creston, reflects the full diversity old trees. It’s predominantly cabernet of Paso. This means both Rhône and sauvignon and merlot produced here Bordeaux-style wines are produced in with petite sirah sprinkled in most this region, with cabernet sauvignon blends for an added depth. taking the lead. However, there’s pinot While there are dozens of wineries noir growing in a sweet spot of Sculp- in this enclave, some 30 winemakers terra Winery’s vineyard and chardon- have formed the Back Roads Winernay at Still Waters Vineyards. In the ies group that hosts several events southern part of Templeton Gap annually. The upcoming spring event District, Chris Ferrara, founder of will take place at Cass Winery on Italian-focused Clesi Winery, has April 4. planted five acres to sangiovese and “I had to scrape to find 13 winermontepulciano. ies,” mused Steve Cass who was A hidden gem in the Creston instrumental in the group’s formaDistrict is Aleksander Wine whose tion. “Now there are 30.” impressive Bordeaux-style wines Cass Winery is located in are a rare find in Paso. The two Geneseo’s warm district, with soil merlot-driven blends can rival those composition of clay loam and alluof Bordeaux’s Right Bank. Owner vial. As in other parts of Paso, both Goran Bjekovic crafts his wines from Rhône and Bordeaux-style varieties do well here, Cass noted.


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“Rhône whites are perfectly happy,” said Cass, known for his viognier and roussanne wines plus syrah, cabernet sauvignon and bodacious Rhône blends, all savored with Cass Cafe’s wine country cuisine. Cass offers an Adult Summer Camp, an immersive wine country experience at its 145-acre ranch, offering farm and garden education, cooking classes, wine blending sessions, horse riding and lodging at Geneseo Inn — an eight-unit B&B constructed out of recycled shipping containers. Nearby, Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden has much to offer, with an abundance of giant metal and stone sculptures, historical panels of Paso history, a gazebo and exquisite

gardens. More visual feast abounds indoors where you can taste from a portfolio of some 20 wines — a tropical viognier, an earthy pinot noir, a smoky primitivo or the powerful Bentley Ironworks cabernet sauvignon. A collaboration between two noted winemakers, Andrew Jones and Curt Schalchlin, the Fableist Wine Co. has a wonderful story to tell not only with its catchy labels inspired by Aesop’s fables but the tasting experience conducted in the

historic home. There’s no single tasting counter; a sit-down tasting is offered in one of the many cozy rooms. “It’s what Paso is all about, pick a room to taste in,” said Schalchlin. The portfolio of well-structured wines ranges from cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir to chardonnay and zinfandel, sourced from noted vineyards in Paso and along the Central Coast — all priced at $20 per bottle. Further up, Bovino’s panoramic 83-acre hillside ranch offers a range of 12 wines, under two labels — Joludi and gen-er-os-i-ty. Talk about diversity, here you can taste from albariño and arneis to zinfandel, with a lineup that also includes grenache, sangiovese, tempranillo and Bordeaux-style blends. On weekends, the scenic deck is filled with visitors savoring Chef Jeff Puckett’s culinary delights prepared from locally sourced ingredients at Cafe Bovino. Tucked along a dirt road, the gated hilltop Ambyth estate is Paso’s first and only Demeter-certified biodynamic winery that was founded by Phillip and Mary Hart in 2000. The uphill drive is flanked by dry-farmed vineyards and olive trees, with cattle, sheep, llamas and chickens on the range of this panoramic hillside. The hallmark here is low-alcohol wines with minimal intervention and aged in terra-cotta amphorae. The focus is on Rhône style wines, with some tempranillo, zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon. The new arrival of 7 Angels Cellars in Templeton is drawing enophiles to its bold and complex Rhône-style blends and deep-hued, age-worthy petite sirah. The white wine line up of viognier and grenache blanc is deliciously refreshing. And for a palate refresher, there’s no place like Rava Wines, Paso’s first winery to focus on Méthode Champenoise process of crafting sparkling wines. The menu includes a range of six sparkling wines produced from chardonnay, pinot noir, albariño and grüner veltliner. For more information, visit

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| Education

Benefits of an Outdoor Education Jim J.

Brescia, Ed.D


he San Luis Obispo County Office of Education operates the Rancho El Chorro Outdoor Educational Campus that is tucked away in the hills above San Luis Obispo, directly across from the Cuesta College main campus. These 250 protected acres include a nature preserve, a school campus, a one-room school house, incredible learning resources, and a regional conference center. Nestled between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay off of Highway One, the Rancho El Chorro facility affords some wonderful hiking trails along Pennington Creek, an oak woodland forest, a teaching pond, water reclamation instructional creek, classrooms, a Rotary amphitheater, and Yurt Villages. I commend our local, state, and national Rotary Clubs for their dedication to our community, our youth, and society

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ger environmental attitudes, civic responsibility, and community participation strengthens through outdoor education. These types of schools are one tool in our tool belt for building a solid foundation of stewardship with the next generation of community leaders. through support of outdoor educaOutdoor education can connect tion. families and the greater community The facility provides hands-on with our schools. Many times when learning opportunities for students classrooms are outdoors, an entry studying science and ecology in point for involvement in educaa natural setting. The San Luis tion is presented. The first time my Obispo County Office of Education father became more involved with has been providing outdoor educa- my schooling was in the late 1960s tion to the community for over 40 on an outdoor education field trip. years. Nearly 300,000 Environmental education students and 10,000 is also a promising adults have strategy for helpenjoyed and ing students with benefited emotional, from the cognitive, and Now I see the secret of programs behavioral making the best person: it is to and facilichallenges. ties which Outdoor grow in the open air and to eat w e r e e d u c a t i on and sleep with the earth. previously has potential part of to combine ~Walt Whitman Camp San time outdoors Luis Obispo. with instrucOur outdoor tional practices education programs shown to be effecbring students closer to tive with multiple learnnature; teach about conservation, ing strategies. Students with both while providing fun and adven- strengths and challenges benefit ture. When students participate from outdoor education programs. in outdoor education, their under- The benefits of outdoor experistanding of the environment and ences have been explored through human communities grows. Stron- research on students with Atten-

tion Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Kuo and Faber Taylor in particular have researched this topic and have found green space to be highly beneficial for students identified with ADHD. Rancho el Chorro continues to remind me of a song heard playing on the radio when I was a young student. The song was a parody of a fictional Camp Granada, set to the tune of Ponchelli’s “Dance of the Hours.” This novelty song by Allan Sherman and Lou Busch is said to be based on letters Allan received from his son Robert who was away at camp. The name of the song originates from the first few lyrics. “Hello Muddah, hello Faddah. Here I am at Camp Granada. Camp is very entertaining. And they say we’ll have some fun if it stops raining.” Sherman’s lyrics go on to tell a comical story about campers gone missing or contracting deadly illnesses, fear of bears, and promises to let Aunt Bertha hug and kiss if allowed to come home. By the end of the song, the rain has stopped; the campers are swimming, sailing, and playing baseball. The camper asks his parents to “kindly disregard this letter.” The song has been translated into multiple languages and gained popularity globally because many cultures have some type of overnight camp serving as rite of passage for safe experiences away from the family.

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DIRECTORY of LOCAL HOUSES of WORSHIP The following listing of area houses of worship is provided by the partnership between Adelaide Inn and PASO Magazine. We hope to include all houses of worship in the Paso Robles, Templeton, San Miguel, Shandon, and Bradley areas. Your congregation is welcomed to send us updates and information to make our list complete and accurate. If you have information, please send an email to publisher@pasomagazine. com or call 805-239-1533. Please include your name, address, phone, service times, and name of spiritual leader of your congregation. Thank you, and stay blessed.


Awakening Ways Spiritual Community 9315 Pismo Ave. 10 a.m. at the Pavilion Rev’s Frank & Terry Zum Mallen Congregation Ohr Tzafon 2605 Traffic Way Service: Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Rabbi Janice Mehring (805) 466-0329


Creston Community Church 5170 O’Donovan Road Service: 9:00 a.m. Pastor JD Megason


True Life Christian Fellowship Lockwood/Jolon Road, across from the school in Lockwood Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Erick Reinstedt (805) 472-9325


Heritage Village Church At The Don Everingham Center Heritage Ranch Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Brad Brown (805) 712-7265

Hill Top Christian Fellowship 2085 Gateway Drive Heritage Ranch Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Jack Little (760) 304-2435

Oak Shores Christian Fellowship 2727 Turkey Cove Rd., at the Oak Shores Community Clubhouse Service: 8:30 a.m. Pastor Jack Little (760) 304-2435


Apostolic Assembly of the Faith of Christ Jesus 2343 Park St Bilingual Services: Services: Thursday 7 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m. Pastor Miguel Alvarado (805) 610-2930

Bridge Christian Church Centennial Park Banquet Room 600 Nickerson Dr. Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Tim Mensing (805) 975-7178 Calvary Chapel Paso Robles 1615 Commerce Way Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Aaron Newman (805) 239-4295 Christian Life Center

Christian Life Center Assembly of God 1744 Oak St. Service Times: 10:30 a.m. Youth Ministries: Monday 7:00 Home Groups during the week Preschool: Christian Life Early Learning Center Pastor Guy Drummond (805) 238-3366

Christian Science Services 17th & Chestnut Streets Service: 10 a.m. Sunday & 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 7 p.m. (805) 239-1361 Church of Christ 3545 Spring St. (Corner 36th & Spring) Service: Sunday, 11 a.m. Evangelist Bob Champion (805) 286-5875 Sam Hogan (310) 602-9516 Delbert Arthurs (805) 238-4412 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1020 Creston Rd. Service: 9 a.m. (805) 238-4216 Missionaries: (805) 366.2363

Covenant Presbyterian Church 1450 Golden Hill Rd. Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Dan Katches (805) 238-6927

Belong Central Coast 905 Vine St. meets @ NCCF Service: Sunday 3 p.m. Senior Leaders: Pep & Angie Robey (661) 205-7853 Family Worship Center 616 Creston Rd. Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Patrick Sheean (805) 239-4809

First Baptist Church 1645 Park St. Pastor Michael R. Garman Services: 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Discipleship 10 a.m. (805) 238-4419 First Mennonite Church 2343 Park St. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Romero (805) 238-2445 First United Methodist 915 Creston Rd. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Josh Zulueta (805) 238-2006 Grace Baptist Church 535 Creston Rd. Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Gary Barker (805) 238-3549

Highlands Church Corner S. River and Niblick 215 Oak Hill Services: 8:30, 9:45 & 11 a.m. Pastor James Baird (805) 226-5800

Life Worth Living Church of God 620 17th St. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Jim Wilde (805) 238-0978 Live Oak 1521 Oak St. Service: 10 a.m. Pastor John Kaiser (805) 238-0575

Mid State Baptist Church 3770 Ruth Way Services Sunday: 1:30 & 2:30 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Pastor Bruce Fore (805) 238-2281

New Day 1228 11th St (east off Paso Robles St) Services: Sunday 10 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Pastor Brad Alford (805) 239-9998 New Life Tabernacle 3850 So. Ramada Dr. Ste. D Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Efrain Cordero

North County Christian Fellowship 421 9th St. Services: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Steve Calagna (805) 239-3325 Paso Robles Bible Church 2206 Golden Hill Rd. Service: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Pastor Mark Wheeler Pastor Dave Rusco (805) 226-9670

Paso Robles Church of the Nazarene 530 12th St. Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Charles Reece (805) 238-4300 Paso Robles Community Church 2706 Spring St. Service: 9:00 a.m. Pastor Shawn Penn (805) 239-4771

Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC Thirteenth and Oak Streets Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Steven Mabry (805) 238-3321 Poder de Dios Centro Familiar 500 Linne Road, Suite D Services Sunday 4:30p.m. & Wed. 7p.m. Pastors: Frank and Isabel Diaz (805) 264-9322 / (805) 621-4199 Redeemer Baptist Church Kermit King Elementary School 700 Schoolhouse Circle Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Christopher Cole (805) 238-4614 Second Baptist Church 1937 Riverside Ave. Service: 11 a.m. Pastors: Gary Jordon

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St. James Episcopal Church 1335 Oak St. Services: 8 a.m. (Rite I) 10 a.m. (Rite II) Reverend Barbara Miller (805) 238-0819

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church 820 Creston Rd. Weekday Mass: M-S, 7 a.m. Weekend Masses: Saturday - 5 p.m. (Vigil) Sunday - 8 a.m., 10 a.m. (Family Mass) 12:30 p.m. (Spanish) 5 p.m. (Teen) & 7 p.m. (Spanish) Father Rudolfo Contreras (805) 238-2218 The Revival Center 3850 Ramada Dr., Ste. A-3 Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Gabe Abdelaziz (805) 434-5170

The Light of the World Church 2055 Riverside Ave. Services: Everyday, 6 p.m. Sundays 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. Pastor Bonifacio Robles (612) 990-4701 Trinity Lutheran Church 940 Creston Rd. Contemporary Service: 9 a.m. Traditional Service: 10:45 a.m. Sr. Pastor Dan Rowe (805) 238-3702

Victory Outreach Paso Robles 3201 Spring Street, Paso Robles Ca Services: Sunday,10:30 a.m. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Pastor Pete Torres (805) 536-0035


Bethel Lutheran Church 295 Old County Rd. Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Amy Beveridge (805) 434-1329

Celebration Worship Center Pentecostal Church of God 988 Vineyard Drive Pastor Roy Spinks Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. (805) 434-2424 Central Coast Center for Spiritual Living 689 Crocker St. Service: 10 a.m. Rev. Elizabeth Rowley (805) 242-3180 Cowboy Church

Ride For the Brand Ministry Sale Barn 401 Main St. Service: Thursdays, 7 p.m. Pastor Mike Mosby (805) 463-2455 Family Praise & Worship 206 5th st.

Service: 10 am Pastor Vern H. Haynes Jr. 805-975-8594

Templeton Presbyterian Church 610 S. Main St. Service: 10 a.m. Reverend Charlie Little (805) 434-1921 Higher Dimension Church 601 Main St. 1st Sunday: 1:30 p.m. 2nd - 5th Sundays 12:30 p.m. Pastor Charlie Reed, Jr. (805) 440-0996 Life Community Church 3770 Ruth Way Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Keith Newsome (805) 434-5040

Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Assembly of God 925 Bennett Way Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Jeff Saylor (805) 434-2616

Seventh-day Adventist Church Templeton Hills 930 Templeton Hills Rd. Services: Saturday 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Pastor Zac Page (805) 434-1710 Vineyard Church of Christ 601 So. Main St. Service: 10 a.m. Evangelist: Steve Orduno (805) 610-4272

Vintage Community Church 692 Peterson Ranch Road Services: 9 & 11 a.m. Coaches: Aaron Porter, Dayn Mansfield (805) 543-0943


Iglesia Fuente De Agua Viva 301 13th St. Services: 10 a.m. & 7 p.m. Pastor Mike Duran (805) 467-5500

Mission San Miguel Parish 775 Mission Street Weekday Mass: 8 a.m. Weekend Mass: Saturday: 5 p.m. English (Vigil) & 6:30 p.m. Spanish (Vigil) Sunday: 7 a.m., Noon & 6 p.m. (Spanish) Father Eleazar Diaz, OFM (805) 467-2131


Shandon Assembly of God 420 Los Altos Ave. Pastor Keith Richards Pastor Jim Mei (805)226-9737 Spanish Service: Sunday 5 p.m. & Thurs 7 p.m. Pastor Mauro Jimenez

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n this time of unprecedented world crisis, our community has been drawn together as much as it has been forced to social distance. While we all adapt to a different way of life, we work together to maintain as much normal life as possible — and it is a community effort. By Friday, March 13, our community was hit with a flood of hard news that we tried to reconcile what we heard about coronavirus around the world with what we were then hearing from San Luis Obispo County officials regarding the potential of COVID-19 being right here in our cities. Every minute seemed to produce news about a canceled event, suspension of school activity, or warning about the presence of a microscopic new visitor threatening our health, safety, livelihoods and lives of those we care about. The world around us mobilized, taking action to reorganize in defense of our health against coronavirus, resulting in our isolation and social distancing. Not just here, but similar action nationwide and worldwide as COVID-19 stole lives from communities. During that time, our team of news writers and editors collected valuable links, covered special school board meetings, and County press briefings to bring comprehensive and up-to-

date information to our readers. We quickly put together what is still one of the most comprehensive news pages dedicated to information about COVID-19 found in any local community in California. We are so proud of our team’s response — with our senior writer Mark Diaz attending school board meetings, our senior editor Luke Phillips coordinating dozens of news items, and sports editor Connor Allen keeping a thumb on the latest in changes to local sports schedules, with Mike Michaud running print layout. In addition, we had two full-time ad consultants — Dana McGraw and Carmen Kessler — continuing to work with local businesses working to adapt changes to advertising messaging or campaign strategies. Our publishing and production team pushed forward to produce Paso Robles’ only printed weekly and monthly publications — Paso Robles Press and Paso Robles Magazine — while maintaining the area’s top-ranked online news sources in and Our online sites have run full speed to keep up with a constant flood of information regarding COVID-19 updates and news releases — with live updates made to our COVID-19 Updates page as they happened. Like the rest of the business community, coronavirus has forced us to make changes to our staff resources. With an operation of nine fulltime employees, one part-time — Jen Rodman, and two independent contractors — Denise McLean and Jamie Self, we are not immune

to the economic impact facing everyone in our community. We’re so proud of our team, all of whom, despite the impending concerns about job safety, remained committed to bringing 100 percent to the team and the community. We consistently remind our team that each one of them have a hand in our final products. Each one of them have been part of delivering Paso Robles Magazine, Paso Robles Press to our readers. They cover your kids’ achievements, are with you through tough school board and city council meetings, celebrate our community successes and carry the burden of our community challenges. As members of the Paso Robles Magazine and Paso Robles Press team, they are Paso People — making print products that our community can be proud of. When life resumes, visitors will pick up our magazine and our newspaper and hold the passion and presence of our community spirit we share through the good times and the tough times. We are going to get through this. We have no blueprint specific to this pandemic, but we have a blueprint for facing challenges. We do this together. In response to the crisis we face, our daily presence at is here to keep you informed and connected. Visit us for the most up-to-date coverage and changing business information. When looking for your local Paso Robles news, remember to look for The Press — which has been here through thick and thin for Paso Robles since 1889.

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Cider Creek Bakery...............................45 City of Paso Robles Rec & Library.........09 Coast Electronics...................................16 Colony Market and Deli.......................37 Community West Bank .......................02 Compass...............................................11 Connect Home Loans...........................29 Creston Village...............................42, 47 Dr. Charles Chalekson..........................39 Dr. Maureeni Stanislaus.......................25 Dr. Stephanie Mikulics.........................49 Eileen Warren.......................................13 Envoy Mortgage...................................15 Estrella Warbirds Museum..................21 Farron Elizabeth....................................42

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Paso Robles Magazine | April 2020

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