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This September, Paso Robles Recreation Services is excited to offer both in-person and virtual classes for all ages. Here is a sneak peek at some of the highlights for the month:

Paint & Cocoa Party: Fall Owl

We are thrilled to announce the return of CaliKids fitness classes to Centennial Park with a new socially distanced parent participation class for children ages 2-5. This outdoor class is the perfect way to exercise, tumble and dance through warm ups, games and obstacles (all while following current safety guidelines). Tuesdays, September 8-29 from 12-12:45 p.m. $10 (sibling discounts available). Class size is limited and advance registration is required.

Whooo is going to love this fall art class? We think you are! Join art instructor Stormy Capalare to create this fall owl acrylic painting on canvas outdoors at Centennial Park while sipping cocoa and listening to seasonal music. Make your own independent art project or bring your child or the entire family and share a canvas to make a family creation. For this class on Wednesday, September 16 at 5:30 p.m., we'll be painting a moon lit sky with a wise owl (in silhouette) perched on a tree branch. Advance registration is strongly encouraged as space is limited to ensure safe physical distancing for participants. $10 registration + $15 supply fee (per person using their own canvas). Ages 4 to adult. Family registration discounts available.

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Join veteran animal behaviorist Kathy Kropp and her talented team of teachers for Beginning Dog Training, K9 Fun and Games and Introduction to K9 Rally classes this fall at Centennial Park. Class dates and times vary. For dates, pricing and details visit and search “Dog.”

Resin Beach Scene Cutting Board

Learn how to create this exquisite one-of-a-kind resin beach scene cutting board during this new craft-at-home class offered by Creative Me Time. Start with a 17" x 7" wood cutting/cheese board and transform it into a beautiful beach scene using several colors of resin to create the look of waves. Pick up your kit filled with the supplies you’ll need at Centennial Park on Tuesday, September 29 from 6-7 p.m. $15 registration plus $40 supply fee (with cutting board included) or $25 supply fee (without the cutting board). Your kit will include step-by-step instructions and a link to a video to show you exactly how to make this beautiful creation. Pre-registration is required.

At press time, Paso Robles Recreation Services is offering many outdoor recreation classes in compliance with public health guidelines. In addition to those listed above, classes include karate, line dance, Total Body Workout, Zumba Gold, 50+ Yoga and pickleball. To learn more about these and other classes, please visit, call Recreation Services at (805) 237-3988 or email


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s we welcome September and the fall season’s changing temperatures, we are reminded once again that life is dramatically different.

Our kiddos are back in school, but not really, distance learning is the new homeschooling of the 21st Century, and for the most part, that is what we have decided to do. This way of living is new to us all, and learning to navigate our way through it comes with many challenges. No one will handle it perfectly, and that is the underlined beauty of it all, and if we can continue to see that, then we will make it through stronger than ever before. September marks our year anniversary of adopting the Atascadero News and the Paso Robles Press, along with all the ancillary publications that came with them. Being the stewards of the local newspapers during the pandemic has been both an honor and a humbling experience. As with many other businesses, our company has weathered the storm. We changed our direction, our business model, and with each turn,

stayed true to our motto, “making communities better through print.” Having that as our guiding light has helped us navigate some of the most challenging times during this pandemic. We could not have made it through without the deep love and respect we have for one another, our family, and our resilient business partners that continued to advertise even through the unknown. Then there is our team. This talented group of professionals inspires us each and every day from our managing editor Brian Williams, to our company administrator Cami Martin, to Mike Michaud, our layout editor, who lays out all 252 pages (respectfully) of our publications each and every month. Connor Allen, who was our Sports Editor turned News Correspondent, now tells our community’s stories along with our freelance journalist Camille DeVaul. Dana McGraw our full-time advertising consultant along with our long-time sales freelancer Jamie Self to our part-time ad designer Jen Rodman and freelance designer Denise McLean. Each of them are loyal, extremely hard-working, and dedicated to bringing our community the very best. As we continue to walk through these challenging times, of open and closures, school or no school, mask or no masks, vaccine or no vaccine, protest or no protest, red or blue, please remember the support, love and “in this together” that we all shared when we started this journey, because at the end of the day that is all that matters. As we start to embark on the next chapter of our story, we are looking forward to what that will bring for us all. We hope you enjoy this month’s issue of Paso Robles Magazine. Please stay safe, share love, and be a good human. Stronger Together, Hayley & Nic Mattson

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f your immune system is weakened due to a poor diet and an unhealthy lifestyle, you are more susceptible to viruses such as Coronavirus. Remember that fear creates a stress response that can lead to a lowered immune response and sluggish digestion. Customers are stopping by or calling with questions on how to support their health during this difficult time. I might suggest a “news fast” (goes a long way to calm the nerves!), a healthy, antioxidant-rich whole food diet, self-care, and plenty of restorative sleep. While we are currently advised to wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands, I believe there is more we can do. What do I take? I’ll tell you! Immuplex by Standard Process is an “immune system” multi that contains essential nutrients including zinc, Vitamin C & E all from whole food sources. A winner! I also take NAC (n-acetyl cysteine), a supplement especially supportive of the lungs and a source of glutathione, andrographis, and echinacea. A word on andrographis—this multi-tasking herb used widely in Ayurvedic medicine is associated with fighting colds and flu, acts as a liver protector (similar to milk thistle), soothes digestive disorders, fights inflammation, supports brain health,

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eptember is the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. The “Mystical Harvest Moon,” which is the fullest, brightest moon nearest the autumnal equinox (September 22), which begins later sunrises and earlier sunsets. It’s the time when leaves begin to fall, plants go dormant, and hibernation begins. We have always associated September with the end of summer and the last three-day holiday to get away with pay. LABOR DAY is the time to honor our nation’s workforce. It is especially meaningful this year. Our workforce has been under attack for the past six months with an undetermined end in sight. Small businesses have been hit the hardest, and have had to work diligently to survive. Today is not about making a profit; it’s about paying the bills and holding on! Paso Robles is robust. We have that ambiance that keeps vacationers returning over and over to find peace and relaxation. Our businesses are creative and persistent. They are getting no support or breaks of any kind. I have talked with people from all over Cali-

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he California Mid-State Fair Livestock Show came to a successful close following several days of online judging as the show and auction moved to a virtual platform for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Out of all the organizations to enter the Livestock Show this year, Atascadero High School’s FFA chapter proved the deepest with the most supreme winners, four. Atascadero’s Robert Featherstone kicked off the run of ribbons for Atascadero FFA, winning both the supreme champion and reserve supreme champions for meat rabbits. Jonathan Nunez earned supreme champion with his market steer while Morgan Ramos did so with her replacement heifer. Atascadero FFA’s Brayden Kahler closed it out, winning supreme champion with his market hog. Additionally, Tyler Cronkright missed out on earning supreme champion in the meat goat division finishing as the reserve supreme champion. However, Atascadero FFA was not the only Atascadero organization to earn the top prize as Rio Rancheros’ Ava Diefenderfer earned supreme champion with her market lamb. Templeton 4-H’s Lacey Conlan won both supreme and reserve supreme champion in the market broilers while Templeton FFA’s Claire Duenow earned reserve supreme champion in the market lamb division. Holyn Slyvester of Canyon Country 4-H was named supreme champion in market turkey division, and San Luis Obispo FFA’s Bella Marden took the top honors with her meat goat. The show operated precisely the way it usually would, except for everyone had to participate wirelessly. The contestants were divided into groups based on the different weights and breeds and prepared a video

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clip up to 90 seconds of them showing their animal the way they would in the show ring. The Mid-State Fair staff sent the clips to the judges in the same order that they would have seen them had they been in person and clicked through the clips making their assessments. However, unlike in years past, judges had the ability to click through links multiple times to get a closer look rather than just one shot inside the ring. Once the 4-H and FFA champions were selected, the top animals were then put up against one another, and a supreme champion was chosen. Overall, all the exhibitors were the big winners as the fair announced that the 2020 livestock sale brought in nearly $1.2 million for the kids. While the pandemic may have caused the show and auction to move virtual, it does sound like some of the new features resonated with the public and might be here to stay. “We received some really positive feedback from the way our auction was set up and how you could view all the kids and all the animals and watch the videos of the animals,” Special Programs Coordinator Hailey Rose Switzer said. “And the extended add-on’s, so that is definitely a conversation right now at the fairground about how we can incorporate that sale, having a preview where people can view the animals before the sale starts, and to have add-ons still accessible online as they were this year.” The Mid-State Fair also extended its add-on’s this year until August 4. The additional time and wireless aspect increased the animals’ accessibility to those who may be located out of the area and have only continued to bring in more money for the exhibitors. To view this year's virtual award ceremony please visit their Facebook page 

Atascadero FFA Jonathan Nunez — Supreme Champion Market Steer

Atascadero FFA Morgan Ramos — Supreme Champion Replacement Heifer

Atascadero FFA Brayden Kahler — Supreme Champion Market Hog

Atascadero FFA Robert Featherstone — Supreme Champion Meat Rabbit

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n July 30, in honor of World Day Against Human Trafficking, nearly 200 people gathered together in Atascadero’s Sunken Gardens to bring awareness to a worldwide epidemic. “Rise Up For Children” was the theme of the awareness campaign initiated by Operation Underground Railroad (OUR). OUR is a nonprofit founded by Tim Ballard and Mark Stott, which assists governments worldwide in the rescue of human trafficking and sex trafficking victims, with a particular focus on children. “We at OUR truly believe your voice and influence will help inspire others to join us in the fight against modern-day slavery,” said local event organizer and spokesperson Alyssa Lewis. “Child trafficking is not a conspiracy theory. It is the fastest-growing criminal enterprise in the world. 2020 has been a horrific year for our children.” Alyssa provided some grim facts and statistics on human trafficking as it relates to children specifically. ▷ A minor is sexually abused in the US every 3 minutes. ▷ The average age of a teen that enters the sex trade in the US is 13 years old. ▷ Infants as young as 6 months old have been rescued from sexual abuse and trafficking. ▷ Globally, sex trafficking generates an estimated $99 billion each year and close to $10 billion annually in the US. ▷ 77 percent of trafficking victims are exploited within their community. ▷ Since COVID-19 hit, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has experienced a 90.46 percent increase in Cyber Tipline reports between January and June of 2020, versus the same time period in 2019. “We will not let these children continue to be overlooked,” Alyssa said. “Because these vulnerable children cannot rally up to fight for themselves, we need to stand up and be their voice. It’s time for us to rise up and get loud for them now.” Passionate guest speakers, including San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow, spoke to the crowd before peacefully marching south on El Camino Real crossing at Morro Road and looping north on El Camino Real back to Sunken Gardens. Dan shared a harrowing and “eye-opening” human trafficking case in 2013, involving two teenagers, 15 and 16 years old. It led him to form the San Luis Obispo County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force shortly before being elected DA. The Task Force’s mission is three-fold, Dan said. “One is to educate the community with events like this so that people understand it’s actually happening, and it’s not a myth,” Dan said. “Two, it’s to educate law enforcement and help them have the right tools that they need to proactively go out and hunt down the predators selling other human beings and then to support victims.” Support for victims is available through various Central Coast agencies, Dan said, including the Women’s Shelter

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Program San Luis Obispo, RISE, the Christopher G. Money Victim-Witness Assistance Center, and the North County Abolitionists. Susan Carter of North County Abolitionists based in Templeton encouraged people to do what they could to help. The mission of the faith-based group is to “expose and assist in eradicating human trafficking in our community through awareness and education while working to help restore victims to a life of hope.” A group of local moms led by Alyssa, Mariika Tidwell, Mel Heinemann, Christa Abma and Katherine Fazio were the driving force behind the local event. Each expressed learning about human trafficking and wanting to bring greater awareness to the criminal activity happening on the Central Coast and across the globe but said they could not do it alone. Their like-minded drive and determination brought them together, and they organized the local demonstration. “This has been a cause that has been dear and near to me because I am a mother of five, and it’s not just for my kids’ safety but future grandkids’ safety,” Christa said, who is a mortgage lender with Infinity Mortgage. She provided tips for children and parents to keep them safe from a possible human trafficker. ▷ Run, don’t walk to safety. ▷ Don’t let anyone on the phone or at the door know that you are home alone. ▷ If you ever get lost, ask the closest store clerk for help and stay there until help arrives. ▷ Avoid shortcuts when walking from one place to another. ▷ If you ever get scooped up, scream, kick and fight as hard as you can to getaway. Katherine, who grew up in Germany, has been working with victims of human trafficking for 15 years through the Christian nonprofit organization — Unstoppable Love International. The group operates a safe house and uses it to get people away from harm. “It’s a really, really long process, and you have to have patience, but it is so worth it to see when they are free and get the healing they need,” Katherine shared. Following the demonstration, the local organizers said they were pleased with the turnout and contemplated their next steps. “I’m still in a little bit of a state of shock. I was not expecting this great of a turnout,” Alyssa said. “My hope is that with the success of this demonstration, we will be able to move forward with getting more community support. I believe it was a great event. We will be doing more.” ■ LOCAL RESOURCES • National Human Trafficking Hotline — 888-373-7888 • North County Abolitionists — 805-296-2317 • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children — 800-843-5678

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ntigua Farms is located in the southern part of beautiful San Luis Obispo, owned and operated by the Banys family. Chris, Bambi, and their two children have put a lot of special care and dedication into the whole process. In 2017 they moved to San Luis Obispo to enjoy a better quality of life with more outdoor space. Chris, who had been a homebrewer for over 20 years, was ambitious in joining the many amazing craft breweries in the area. Immediately after settling in at Hacienda Antigua, three different varieties of hops were planted, for a total of 500 bines! They grew remarkably! Their first year of farming, the Banys hosted the Small Batch Brewers Festival presenting the many small craft brewers in the area and benefiting Wood’s Humane Society. Chris’ homebrew, made with Antigua Farms fresh hops, won Taster’s Choice! This was the push they needed to continue their dream, and the Antigua Brewing

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Antigua Farms, the first “Farm to Table” Craft Brewery in San Luis Obispo Company was born. Since then, the farm has doubled the size of the hop yard and added two new varieties of hops. All of Antigua’s hop bines are hand-cut and picked. By not using machines, this allows the bines to be cut as they are ready. The hop plant grows as a rhizome, a vine-like root system. These vines are called “ bines. ” The bines grow up a twine, which is hung from hop top cables that set 23 feet high. They grow crawling upwards in a clockwise direction following the movement of the sun. Bet some of you didn’t know that! These hop flower fields that grow on the plants are an amazing sight to see. They are used as a bittering, flavoring, and as a stability agent in beer. The fresher, the more flavor! When the green cone-like flower

feels light and springy … it’s pickin time! This year our family had the opportunity to attend the 2nd Annual Antigua Hop Harvest Party. This was a first for us, and we were anxious to see how we could help! It was the first big day of harvest and a warm and breezy day in San Luis Obispo. Ninety-eight pounds of Zeus hops were cut and picked just minutes before our arrival, keeping them at their absolute freshest before being sealed and frozen. As we entered the large equestrian barn located on the farm, we were greeted by the intense aroma of the freshly cut bines. Zeus hops, which we were harvesting that day, are known for their aromatic hoppy “kick” and spicy herbal flavor. Several chairs were placed in a circle surrounding a red blanket and paired with a bucket. While placing the lush bines onto the blan-

kets, Chris started explaining the harvest. Soon we all began filling our buckets with bright green hops while getting to know and making new friends with the other attendees. As the youngest of the Banys family collected the picked hops from each of the guest’s buckets, I admired the joy he put into his family’s farm. Once the collection was complete, the hops are taken to Bambi, she then places them in air-flushed, vacuum-sealed packages to be placed in the freezer. It was an unforgettable experience to follow the hops’ journey and support the Banys family on theirs. You will soon be able to enjoy the fruits of their labor at their secured location in downtown San Luis Obispo and, in just a few months, they will be the first “Farm to Table” Craft Brewery in San Luis Obispo. They are truly putting the “Local” in local brewery, crafting happiness with locally grown hops. ■ For more information, you can contact Antigua Brewing Company online at or

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to social media and teams brainstormed creative ways to reach former, current and potential customers. Winery owners, winemakers, heck anybody with a big, likable personality went live on any number of platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Zoom, just to name a few. “The exciting thing was immediately a lot of people went to digital and virtual tastings and really had to figure out how to sell wine without getting tasters through their tasting room doors every day,” Joel said, adding that he sees what was working online becoming the status quo post-COVID-19. “I think people are still going to want to have that interaction with the winemaker or the winery owner. People will be more apt to order a six-pack of wine or a case of wine over the phone or online because they have had to do it for the last six months,” Joel said. Newsom’s order shuttered tasting rooms for nearly three months, late winter, and almost all of spring. Wineries that weathered the darkest days of the quarantine were those with strong wine clubs. Their support carried wineries through March, April and May, Joel said. Wineries used the time to freshen up their tasting rooms and hospitality centers for the day when they could welcome visitors back, albeit behind a face mask and from six feet away. Once reopened reservations and Michelin-quality food pairings became industry standards at wineries. No expense was spared in the kitchen as wineries quickly learned high-quality eats helped boost their Yelp status. Now, if they can stop having to pivot. About six weeks after reopening with tasting both inside and outside, Gov. Newsom


fter what has been a challenging year, North County wineries are weathering the pandemic surprisingly well, all things considered. “I would say certainly, it’s been a challenge, but it’s also been an opportunity for so many wineries to pivot, strengthen their marketing and get creative and find ways to survive,” said Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance (PRWCA) Executive Director Joel Peterson. “You are still seeing folks selling wine. It’s just through different channels.” And survive they are as many are reporting increased sales online and a muchneeded uptick in tasting rooms since reopening. Joel said PRWCA partners with Community Benchmark, which uses proprietary algorithms to measure the relative success of tasting rooms and help wineries discover new growth opportunities. Nearly a third of the 175 PRWCA winery members take advantage of the affiliation. Comparing numbers from early August of 2020 to the previous year, Joel said participating wineries were seeing club sales up 5 percent and online sales were up across the board 143 percent. It appears a pandemic pairs well with wine. When Gov. Gavin Newsom issued his stay-at-home orders in mid-March, effectively shutting down the nation’s largest economy and one of the world’s most significant, people used some of the downtime to drink and order wine. Wineries instantly turned their attention to their website, making sure it was user friendly, especially when it came time to fill their digital cart, and that deliveries arrived promptly and in the right number of pieces. Simultaneously, staff attention turned

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changed the rules again, forcing everything outside for tasting rooms, due to spiking COVID-19 numbers across the state. Joel is hopeful the governor will provide relief sooner rather than later, possibly in time for wineries to have events during Harvest Wine Weekend, Oct. 16-18. In previous years, this weekend was a significant draw to the area. “Events are a big part of what we do and how we succeed in the wine industry,” Joel said. “If we can’t have in-person events that is going to hinder us. We are obviously keeping our eyes on those regulations.” Speaking of harvest, PRWCA Communications Director Chris Taranto said 2020 was shaping up to be a good growing year. When writing this for the magazine, the Paso Robles AVA was in the middle of veraison. “Status is right now, we have had a really cool growing season,” Chris said. “But we’ve had a couple of heat spikes recently and that definitely jump-started veraison. We see that pretty widespread and that’s a good thing because that is right about on target.” Chris did his best to project the impact of the cool growing season on the final product. “We will see what comes of it. It could mean for some syrah is going to be not black pepper, but white pepper, stuff like that,” Chris said. “It’s always interesting. It’s always a fun story that you end up being able to retell once the wine is finished and in the bottle ready to release.” ■ For more information about PRWCA, visit online, and be sure to check out PRWCA’s podcast with Adam Monteil, “Where Wine Takes You,” and Zoom Hangouts with PRWCA Communications Director Chris Taranto.

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Tooth & Nail Winery Rallies During Pandemic By Brian Williams


ooth and Nail Winery made the most of its mandated COVID-19 downtime, and now they are reaping the rewards. “You’ve just got to adapt and then it’s how quickly you can adapt and that is where our team really did rally behind us. We’ve got an amazing team of people,” said Caine Thompson. The native of New Zealand is president of Rabble Wine Company, which operates the one-of-a-kind Tooth and Nail Winery castle on Highway 46 West. “The parent company is called Rabble Wine. A rabble in its definition is a revolt, this disorderly mob, where people rally behind a common cause,” Caine said. “Our team rallied behind making us better during this period. It was really great to see that kindred spirit; no job is too big or too small.” Rabble Wine Company was founded in 2012 by Rob Murray and moved into the estate winery facility in 2014. It includes a visitor center that operates under the banner of Tooth and Nail Winery. Rabble Wine Company is known for its balancedriven wines. It has four labels — Rabble, Stasis, Amor Fati and Tooth and Nail. Jeremy Leffert is the winemaker. Tooth and Nail Winery features castle-inspired architecture, an expansive tasting room and when COVID19 guidelines allow a robust schedule of concerts and special events.

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The company was charging along in early 2020 after posting its best quarter, Caine said, and then everything came to a halt in mid-March when Gov. Gavin Newsom issued his stay-at-home orders. The hospitality center was closed to the public for nearly three months. Caine’s team used the time to prepare for the day they would reopen. “Instead of just closing, we had some essential staff members help renovate the tasting room,” Caine said. “We spent that time basically just preparing to reopen. We knew we were going to reopen at some point.” The tasting room inside and out received a complete facelift. They painted, did some concrete work, added new lighting, new pergola and new furniture. And when there wasn’t something to do related to the tasting room, people regardless of job titles and job descriptions pitched in on the bottling line and even helped prune in the vineyard. “It’s not often you close for that long,” Caine said. “For the hospitality center, it gave us the chance to get all of the things that we wanted to do done. So when we did get that notice from Paso Robles Country Alliance that we could open, we immediately opened the next day with all of the COVID regulations and rules in place.” The May reopening included a full culinary team that allowed Tooth and Nail to offer a seasonal menu and food and wine pairings daily, and a brunch on Sunday. Another stipulation of reopening, beyond the social distancing and sanitizing protocols, for wine tasting was that visitors make a reservation. Reservations have been a pleasant surprise. Caine said they are fully booked on Saturdays and Sundays and as a result, sales in the tasting room are booming. “I think we benefited from being one of the first to open and people were looking for something

to do. We caught a lot of that early post-COVID business,” Caine said. “We can give people that full experience — great wine, great food and great hospitality — all while feeling really safe and secure and that the company is doing everything possible to follow the COVID precautions.” About six weeks after reopening, COVID-19 cases began spiking in the state and Gov. Newsom directed businesses such as wineries and restaurants to conduct business outside. Caine and his team pivoted again, closing the indoor side of the tasting and moving everything outside. All of the terraces right around the castle were utilized and intimate tastings were scheduled on the castle’s rooftop. The winery moved seamlessly through the newest guidelines and continues to see a steady stream of visitors. Another positive for the winery was seeing the company’s e-commerce sales increase threefold during the pandemic. Rabble is also a 1% for the Planet member, which means 1% of the revenue from each bottle sold goes to the initiative. The company is also known for its augmented reality labels. Caine said this is an excellent way for the winery to connect with its customers long after they leave the facility. The wine labels “come to life” when viewed through the app. Nobody wanted a pandemic, but it’s a reality and Caine said the company has grown stronger. He’s appreciative of the support shown by people who come to the winery. “We feel like we are coming through and going through this COVID period really well as a company,” Caine said. “It feels great. It’s a relief and we feel fortunate that our customers feel safe coming out and want to be here.” ■ Tooth and Nail Winery is located 3090 Anderson Rd., Paso Robles. For more information, visit online or call (805)369-6100.

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The Ot her

| Exploring the Enclaves


aso is known for hi-octane, voluptuous red wines. But summertime calls for refreshing whites. Yet instead of reaching out for the usual “go-to” whites —chardonnay, pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, and Rhône whites like viogniers, roussannes, marsannes, how about exploring The Other White Wines? This means Italian varieties such as falanghina, fiano, vermentino, arneis, and malvasia bianca; the French pantheon that includes sémillon, ugni blanc, picardan, bourboulenc, picpoul blanc, chenin blanc, and clairette blanche or a Portuguese verdelho. How about a German riesling, Alsatian gewürztraminer, Austrian grüner veltliner, Argentinian torrontes, or Spanish varieties like albariño and verdejo? These wines offer a broad spectrum of flavors from lively acidity and minerality to lush tropical notes and fragrant blossoms. Surprisingly, all these varieties are produced by Paso winemakers. Given the region’s diverse soils and climate, all are grown in San Luis Obispo (SLO) County. Wineries mentioned below produce red and white wines, with these uncommon whites in limited production, generally introduced through wine clubs. “It’s a testament to the incredible diversity of climates in Central Coast,” noted Jason Haas, general manager, and partner at Tablas Creek Vineyard, in our phone conversation. The winery is noted for importing all 13 grape varieties from Châteauneuf-du-Pape (CdP) in France’s southern Rhône region, varieties that makeup Tablas Creek’s flagship blends, modeled on the CdP red and white wines. It’s also among the few wineries in Paso producing some ten varietal whites. I tasted 2019 vintages of picpoul blanc exuberant with tropical notes; picardan showing rich texture and a lingering minerality; a honeydew

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melon-laced clairette blanche; and a textured bourboulenc, the latter, clearly a wine for geeks looking to claim bragging rights. There were two non-Rhône varieties in the lineup: the honey-laced petit manseng (native to Languedoc-Roussillon in South West France) and a crisp and citrusy Italian vermentino. Denner, Cayucos Cellars, and Vina Robles are other local vermentino producers. Broken Earth Winery is yet another winery with a large portfolio of underthe-radar whites. The winery’s portfolio boasts some 40 wines, including eight white wines produced from its 722-acre east side estate vineyards planted to 21 varieties ranging from French, Spanish, Italian, Argentinian and Portuguese. The 2019 vintages of six whites I savored reflected each wine’s varietal character, ranging from an aromatic verdelho and a citrusy vermentino to a minerally albariño and a fragrant torrontes. (Symbiosis is another winery producing torrontes). I also tasted two rare varieties, native to Italy’s Campania region — fiano and falanghina, which exude bracing acidity and floral characters. Tin City’s Giornata is another winery producing these two wines. Villa Creek Cellars’ Cris Cherry also crafts a brilliant fiano bursting with bright floral notes with a hint of spice, sourced from neighboring Luna Mata vineyard. “Can’t make enough white wines,” said Ryan Pease, who produces three brilliant whites at his Paix Sur Terre winery on Paso’s westside. “Our white wine program took off when we made ugni blanc,” said Pease of this variety widely planted in France and known

as the popular trebbiano in Italy. Here in Paso, Pease found an acre of ugni blanc and turned this bone dry wine layered with pear notes into his flagship wine. Joining the white portfolio is the stone fruit exuberant picpoul blanc and a richly textured clairette blanche. Lone Madrone, Barton Family Wines, and Four Lanterns are among others producing impressive clairette blanche and picpoul blanc. As for chenin blanc, the classic grape of France’s Loire Valley, winemaker Tyler Russell recently released Lady Amherst, a delicious version dancing with quince and citrus notes and a marzipan finish. Four Lanterns has added a minuscule planting of 0.8 acre of sémillon to its westside vineyard. In its Botrytis cinerea (noble rot) form, sémillon is the star of Sauternes, Bordeaux’s exalted dessert wines. But Four Lanterns and LXV Wine produce it in a dry style with beguiling acidity and luxurious mouthfeel. The Spanish variety albariño, grown mostly in the cool Edna Valley appellation, has become widely popular with Paso winemakers. High in mouthwatering acidity and salinity, it’s ocean breeze in a glass and an ideal match with coastal bounty. Brecon, Diablo Paso, Caliza, Bodegas Paso Robles, Barr Estate, Absolution Cellars, Lusso Della Terra, and Bodega de Edgar are among the many SLO County producers. In addition to falanghina and fiano, other Italian varieties I discovered include malvasia bianca produced by Clesi and Lost Blues, and arneis (native to Italy’s Piedmont region) made by Deno Wines and Bovino Vineyards. Fans of chardon-

nay could be attracted to the stone fruit notes of this fragrant, crisp, and full-bodied wine. Among the German and Alsatian varieties, SLO County’s coastal corridor vineyards are gaining a reputation for riesling and gerwürztraminer, wines that are bone dry yet rocking with seductive aromatics. Mike Callahan pours his passion into Maidenstoen, his all-riesling brand, sourcing fruit from Counties of Monterey and Santa Barbara. Union Sacré’s Xavier Arnaudin is another under-the-radar winemaker producing delicious rieslings, the off-dry Fräulein, and bone dry Elsass. I tasted the above rieslings alongside a gewürztraminer crafted by Nicole Pope, the winemaker at Cambria’s Stolo Family Vineyards. Made a mere three miles from the Pacific, the wine is redolent with sea salt and jasmine blossoms. Other SLO County wineries producing gewürztraminer include Cutruzzola, Détente, Bushong, Moonstone Cellars, and Tackitt Family Vineyards. Edna Valley’s Claiborne & Churchill has long been known for producing outstanding riesling and gewürztraminer. Austria’s significant variety grüner veltliner is little known in the U.S. Yet I found two vibrant grüners: Paso’s Ulloa Cellars and Zocker in Edna Valley. On my odyssey, I came across some tinted whites — orange riesling from Ambyth Estate, Union Sacré’s Belle de Nuit pink gewürztraminer, and a yellow roussanne at Lone Madrone. Although not delving in obscure whites, Dave McGee of Monochrome Wines deserves mention. His unconventional vinification involves fermenting each variety with different yeasts, in different vessels, and then blending all the variables, resulting in sensory textural white wines. Drink responsibly, in good health. ■

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Paso Robles Boutique Helps People Feel A Little Bit Normal By Brian Williams


here was a point prior to coming out of the COVID19 shutdown when General Store Paso Robles owners asked themselves, “what is it people really need from us?” “What we decided was that people really needed because we needed it too was a joyful place to feel a little bit normal,” said Joeli Yaguda, owner of General Store Paso Robles along with Erin Stuck and Jillian Waters. “We just tried as hard as we could to create that even though this is the farthest thing from normal that you could imagine.” This was three weeks before reopening after being shut down for nearly three months due to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s mid-March stayat-home orders. Joeli, Erin and Jillian have owned General Store Paso Robles for seven years. The quaint shop sits in the heart of Downtown Paso Robles on bustling 12th Street between Pine and Park streets and has a great view of the City Park. The store features products from makers on the Central Coast.

The storage room of General Store Paso Robles has a wall of puzzles stacked nearly to the ceiling. It turns out puzzles and a pandemic go together like cheese and wine. Who knew? During the COVID-19 shutdown, puzzles were the trendy item. Many retailers sold out quickly and had a hard time getting them back in stock. Not so for General Store Paso Robles. “We jokingly said, ‘did you ever think we would have a puzzle store’ because puzzles were really something giving people relief and distraction,” said Joeli. “Thankfully we had these incredible relations we’ve already established and we were getting puzzle deliveries when they were already sold out on Amazon. We were still getting them. It felt good to be able to give somebody something that you knew was going to make them happy for at least a couple of hours.” Other hot sellers for General Store Paso Robles during the days of COVID-19 were Yes Cocktail Company mixers and Paso Almond Brittle. “I think that if you were to paint a portrait of what our average customer was doing, they were sipping a Yes

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Cocktail mixer while doing a puzzle and eating Paso Almond Brittle. That was like 80 percent of our activity,” Joeli said with a laugh. Laughs come easier now for Joeli and her partners. There wasn’t much to smile about back when little was known about the coronavirus. They actually closed down a couple of days before Newsom issued his order. “We were observing behavior that we didn’t feel was safe for employees,” said Joeli, adding that all of the owners were part of the at-risk categories. “At that time, masks were not at all encouraged and we felt like we were putting our employees at risk.” Fortunately, people could place orders on the General Store Paso Robles website. “Thankfully, we had that infrastructure and almost from the moment we closed, we were getting curbside orders and orders for us to ship all over. That was amazing and that just continued,” Joeli said. Joeli and her partners are feeling pretty good today. They are not where they projected they would be when 2020 started, but better than expected when the pandemic first hit.

“We feel super strong and supported. I can say with confidence that we are going to be here,” Joeli said. “We aren’t a huge company and so it is really easy for us to dial things up and down and make adjustments.” With the Christmas season just around the corner, Joeli said they had their usual planning meeting and it was just as fun as previous years. Joeli did not mention any specific items that they are going to bring in just for the holidays. General Store Paso Robles will focus as it always does on local makers first. “We have engaged with our local makers at an even deeper level this year. So you are going to see some more custom items that are made just for us by small local makers that you can’t find anywhere else because we want to give them the business first of all and secondly, we continue to want to be something different than what you can get online. We think there is a lot more soul in it that way,” Joeli said. ■ General Store Paso Robles is located at 841 12th St., Paso Robles. For more information, visit or call 805-226-5757. | 25

| A New Slice of Pie

By Connor Allen

However, the Fatte’s faithful need not worry about any changes to their recipe or style of operation. This will be the second round of ownership for the Nutiles in Atascadero. “ We are excited about it now. It is kind of a sad story what happened with the Atascadero location. Our former business partner and a former friend left in a bad way. The business started failing. He ended up robbing us just a few months ago, and he is now in jail,” Sarah said. “He completely lost that store, the customers have been upset because they can’t get their Fatte’s Pizza anymore, the employee’s lost their jobs, and so we were in the back of our mind waiting until things settled down. Now we are in there opening up brand new.”

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ne of Atascadero’s longest-standing restaurants, Fatte’s Pizza, will re-open its doors in September under the new ownership of Sam and Sarah Nutile, who own and operate Fatte’s Pizza in Paso Robles. Over the past year, the Atascadero location experienced some ownership issues that led to the departure of several dedicated workers and legal trouble that shut down the popular buy-one-get-one pizza spot.

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The Nutiles understand that they will need once again to build up their goodwill in the Atascadero community. They are focused on three things — customer service, consistency, and speed. “Every owner runs their store a little differently, so when we go in here, we will be doing it our way and not the way it was done before, but we are really excited. We do have a reputation here, and we know people love Fatte’s, so we are excited to come back in and make it better than it was before,” Sarah shared. “We focus here a lot on customer service, being friendly, being fast, and making things correctly and consistently. Some places you can go on a Friday and then go back on a Saturday night and get a totally different pizza, even if you order the same thing.” Fatte’s Pizza, which has locations in Atascadero, Paso Robles, and San Luis

Obispo, allows for subtle differences between franchisees, but the main deviation comes from the ingredients. “They are all very similar but have subtle differences in toppings that you use; you have the freedom to choose. You could be buying the cheapest topping or the most expensive topping, but and we don’t like to skimp,” Sarah noted. The new owners are excited to start cooking pizzas for hungry houses in Atascadero and become a part of the community. The new location has established a new Facebook page to interact with customers and answer questions and might be on the lookout for local youth teams to sponsor when sports can make a safe return. “What we do in Paso is what we would love to do in Atascadero,” Sarah said. “We sponsor a lot of sports teams. You know, soccer and softball and things like that and a lot of people love that, and they come to us looking for sponsorships for their kids, and we a plaque with their picture. We love doing stuff like that.” ■

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| Health & Fitness

By Camille DeVaul


emember when we first went through shelter in place, and we all said, “Well, since I’m stuck at home, I may as well work out! I’m going to come out of this toned up and ready for summer!” Then, three weeks later, we said, “forget it, let’s binge-watch, Tiger King.” Well, by now we have all watched everything there is to see on Netflix and have possibly gained a few pounds to show for it, a badge of honor if you will. But now it is time we learn to navigate this new way of life. For some of us, COVID-19 has shown us the importance of our health. We need to take care of ourselves, mind, body, and soul.

North County Pilates on Traffic Way in Atascadero has been adapting to every blow the pandemic has thrown their way since the beginning. They have been there to keep their clients healthy and keep those happy endorphins flowing! In March, owner and instructor Melissa Barton, knew she needed to temporarily close her studio’s doors after her surgery in San Francisco was canceled due to their city’s shutdown. Rather than wait for the inevitable to happen, Barton and her team got themselves ahead of the COVID game. Almost immediately, the studio had online classes scheduled via Zoom.

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Pre-recorded lessons were made and sent to members to use on their own time. As of now, North County Pilates has stopped all in-studio classes. But, no worries, there is more than one way to peel an orange. North County Pilates is now offering outdoor chair, mat and reformer classes, as well as online Zoom classes. Outdoor classes hold five students with eight feet apart spacing. Classes are scheduled during shady times of the day. Before starting, everyone sanitizes, and socks are required to wear on the equipment. Masks are not required but welcomed if anyone wishes to wear one. After class, equipment is wiped down with a sanitizing wipe by the

client and again sanitized by staff before the next session. Zoom classes have a capacity of 10 or 20 clients at one time and are held at various times throughout the week. Classes for Zoom and outdoor are held Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays. For those with businesses like Melissa, all you can do is play it by ear and roll with the tides of change. The continually changing regulations make Melissa appreciative for her supportive and understanding clients. “I’m so thankful for everyone’s support and care during this time. I feel like so many of my clients reach out to me and ask me how I am,” says Melissa, “[they] send me well wishes, good thoughts and how much they love our business along with how much they love what we do and that they hope that we can continue, that makes me feel like what we’re doing matters.” ■ Anyone wanting to learn more about classes offered or to sign up can visit the North County Pilates websites at

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| Education

What about the

Greatest Generation?

Dr. James J. Brescia, Ed.D

“One of the greatest dignities of humankind is that each successive generation is invested in the welfare of each new generation.” –Fred Rogers



he Greatest Generation is sometimes known as the G.I. Generation and World War II Generation. The Greatest Generation is the demographic cohort following the Lost Generation and preceding the Silent Generation. This generational group includes people born from 1901 to 1927. My grandparents were part of the Greatest Generation. COVID-19 has prompted a review of our family albums, records, and documents during our evenings at home. My paternal grandparents were born in 1899 and 1901, and my maternal grandparents were born in 1921 and 1923. In seventh grade, my social studies teacher

assigned an essay about family history, struggles, and challenges. As a result of the assignment, I interviewed my grandparents about our family history, how things changed, the events they remembered, and the problems their generation encountered. At the time, I did not realize the sacrifices, challenges, and notable world events the Greatest Generation faced. This summer, I ventured into the attic and rummaged through a box my father had given me over thirty years ago with items from my childhood. My walk down memory lane described my paternal grandmother completing her schooling and subsequent nursing training in the middle of the 1918 pandemic, my maternal grandfather standing in bread lines as a child for hours, my paternal grandfather serving in both World Wars, and my maternal grandmother serving in the

SLO County Schools Superintendent James Brescia recounts doing an essay about the Greatest Generation.


auxiliary as my grandfather served in WWII. Until this summer, I did not fully appreciate what the Greatest Generation faced, how they sacrificed for subsequent generations, and the changes in the world they witnessed. One summer, while staying with my grandparents and standing in line at the bank, my grandfather became visibly angry and began cursing about waiting to give the bank his money. My grandmother later explained that she lived on a farm during the depression and had food but that my grandfather lived in the city as a child and often stood in line for hours waiting for food. Tom Brokaw’s book “The Greatest Generation” talks about how this generation lived through events marked by economic depression (The Great Depression 1929–1939) and global unrest (World War II 1939– 1945). In his book, Tom Brokaw said, “These men and women developed values of personal responsibility, duty, honor, and faith. These characteristics helped them to defeat Hitler, build the American economy, make advances in science, and implement visionary programs like Medicare.” Brokaw describes how the world events experienced by the Greatest Generation shaped some of the civic organizations serving our country

today. Colin L. Powell describes Brokaw’s book as “Full of wonderful, wrenching tales of a generation of heroes.” We have those in our world, country, and community who are today’s heroes. The medical professionals, public servants, parents, and essential workers all dealing with the challenges of our time. As our community begins the school year with distance learning, physical distancing, waiver requests, and reduced in-person services, we can keep the Greatest Generation in mind and the sacrifices they endured. Today we face some of the challenges the Greatest Generation encountered, such as poverty, prejudice, cultural displacement, access to education, political divisions, and impatience. The Greatest Generation reports making mistakes while striving to save the world. I have confidence that history will note the care, empathy, flexibility, patience, and service countless Americans are demonstrating every day during this pandemic. Mother Teresa said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” Perhaps the positive in this pandemic is that we can come together to help one another. It is an honor to serve as your county superintendent of schools. ■

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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.

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

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

NACIMIENTO 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

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

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

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

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 Assembly of God

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.

Adelaide Inn 1215 Ysabel Ave (Just off 24th near Hwy 101 and 46 East intersection) Paso Robles, 805-238-2770

Pastors: Gary Jordon (805) 238-2011 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

TEMPLETON 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 Family Praise & Worship 206 5th st. Service: 10 am Pastor Vern H. Haynes Jr. 805-975-8594

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

SAN MIGUEL 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 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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By Nicholas Mattson

t is extremely hard to write something that doesn’t come off political these days. As we enter the home stretch of the most toxic election season of most of our lifetimes, it’s hard to pen a thousand words on a tightrope. As publishers of this coffee table magazine, we entered this venture on the foundation that our community in SLO County is one deserving of high praise and quality content. The year of 2020 has been a wild ride. Given that it did little more than expose faults, weaknesses, wounds, and insanity, I don’t expect that a clink of champagne glasses on New Year’s Eve will put the toothpaste back in the tube here. What we dedicate to here is to make our communities better through print and communication. We service nonprofits, youth activities, charity organizations, new and existing businesses, events, and culture in our community to remind ourselves of the great community we live in and share the message throughout the North SLO County in an unprecedented way. We distribute more than 40,000 monthly magazines, with most of those being direct mailed to homes and businesses. We adjusted through the shutdowns, zigged, and zagged through the variations trying to help businesses keep their fingers on the wheel of their livelihoods. Looking in from the outside, we rarely-if-ever comprehend the 13 Stars Digital........................................31 A Heavenly Home...................................29 Adelaide Inn............................................32 AM Sun Solar...........................................23 American Riviera Bank..............................7 Athlon Fitness & Performance................21 Avila Traffic Safety....................................23 Blake's True Value....................................15 Bob Sprain's Draperies...........................19 Bridge Sportsman's Center.....................23 CalSun Electric & Solar............................29 Cheri York.................................................27 City of Paso Robles Rec & Library..............5

full spectrum of sacrifice and challenges that an entrepreneur faces. We simply make our purchase or receive our service and move on. There is a trend in entrepreneurism to run a million-dollar company as a single owner without any employees. While that is a substantial benefit to a single person, as well as a benefit to associated subcontractors, it removes potential jobs from the workforce. Over the past several years, we have seen a shift in the way businesses operate. Technology made remote work more effective than ever. Automation improved efficiencies and eliminated some jobs. California’s AB-5 dramatically impacted independent contractors in 2020. COVID-19 shutdowns stress-tested budgets and forced reorganization upon those who could adapt. All said the North SLO County continues to retain more of its normalcy than many regions. Our civic and business leaders have risen to meet our issues. Unfortunately, there has been too much silence on important community issues by many of our elected officials. Business owners and their employees are the core of our community — serving as parents and family members, volunteers, donors, taxpayers, customers, and clients that serve to make this community great. We wake up early, stay up late, answer customer service calls at all hours to make sure our community has what it needs. We do

Thank you for being #pasostrong

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this because we care. We tackle issues and work to fix gaps in our community that need to be filled. We live in one of the most privileged places, in one of the most privileged times, at one of the most privileged intersections in the history of the world. We are here because more than a century of hard-working Californians did what they could with what they had. That brings up a load of valid criticism that the past century is marked with the use of undocumented or illegal immigrant, workers who were disadvantaged in a system. I knew a family of illegal workers in Las Vegas at a construction company. They earned and sent money back to Mexico, and when they saved up $10,000, they would return and retire. This is the way the world worked at that time. Those workers will never have the lifestyle of the owner of the company did, but they will forever be wealthy in their own hometown in Hidalgo. I don’t have an answer for who is the villain in this anecdotal story. What I do know is that the characters in the story came together for a mutual benefit. The owner of the company used his expertise to create an opportunity, and the illegal workers — who traveled in and out of the U.S by stretched limousine at the cost of $400 a trip — took advantage and worked their tails off. I don’t fault them for taking advantage any

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more than I fault the owner of the company for his part in the matter — it was definitely mutual. Not every path forward is a straight line, but we have a standard of living that is built on hard work and making the best of any situation. We all have a lifetime of pain and suffering that has shaped us, and simplifying a person’s existence to intersectionality is as anti-American as it gets. Our personal decisions determine our outcomes, and that is a human experience that dates to the origin of our species. When I began to take responsibility for my situation, I joined the ranks of great human beings working toward making communities better, and I had to find humility quickly. As great as my decision was for myself, it was hardly remarkable to those who were already there. What is remarkable to me is that no matter what a person’s background is — from first-generation immigrants, ex-felons, or those lacking traditional education — those who take responsibility for their circumstances, and take charge of those circumstances, obtain the minimum freedoms promised in the American Dream. People have to find humility, accountability, and purpose in order to find the opportunity that is promised in the American Dream. Enjoy your journey — it beats the alternative. ■

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