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Lighting Up Paso

O PEN MAY 19, 2019–JAN UARY 5, 2020

Internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Munro has premiered his largest artwork to date. Field of Light covers the rolling hills of Sensorio in Paso Robles with an array of over color that Smithsonian Magazine has called “stunning.”

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48 LOCAL BUSINESS Sweet Zulu Bakeshop 39 Knockout Boxing 40 Harvest Senior Living 41 Local Goods Report 38

EVENTS Morro Bay Art in the Park 24 Mid-State Fair Exhibitor Deadlines Approach 26 Paso Pops Fills 4th with Light and Sound 28 Fourth of July Events 30 Central Coast Reserve 32 His Healing Hands 33 North County Summer Camps 23

PUBLISHER’S LETTER 8 Something Worth Reading ROUND TOWN Through the Grapevine: Betsy’s Biscuit Bomber Flies to Normandy 12 Cattlemen’s Association Marks 75 Years 14 Mission San Miguel 10

PASO PEOPLE 16 Donna Paulsen Heads to National Quilt Show

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CITY REPORT 34 Templeton Advisory Group 35 Paso Robles City Council TASTE OF PASO 36 Entrée: Señor Sancho’s

OAK LEAF Brains Before Gains Spreads Knowledge 44 Using Vision to Correct Brain Trauma 42

LAST WORD K-9 Jack Retires


ON THE COVERS Paso Pops 20198

Photo contributed by Paso Pops

Field of Light at Sensorio Photo by Luke Phillips

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““To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” — Steve Prefontaine “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” — Theodore Hesburgh


s we head into June, with Fathers’ Day approaching, I get to reflect on what it means to be a father. We all have one right, even if we aren’t all going to be one. Everyone has a father, in the sense that there is a natural biology that requires there to be a father. Even if we get so far into technology that a direct human link is not required, at some point, there is a father there in the chain. But in reflecting on fatherhood, there is so much more than that. As I know other parents do, so much of our extra energy, dedication, focus — outside of our regular duties as acceptable, responsible and productive members of society — is dedicated to our kids. We pour ourselves into our kids, working to provide them every opportunity we feel they ought to have to become the best version of themselves (and much better versions of us). Fatherhood happened. And it is a nice thing to celebrate every June. But being a parent, a caretaker, provider, a dad, is so much more than being a father. Everyone has a father. Not everyone has a dad. As a dad, I try to be there for my kids in every way I can. Everything I do, essentially, is to provide them a better world to live in. I really don’t care about getting credit for it. It is my honor and privilege to do so. If I was doing any of this for credit, my heart would be more or less broken because the better I do, the easier my kids think it is and the less they realize how much sacrifice it takes to be the dad I am. On the other hand, I don’t want to impress on them how much sacrifice it is, because that … well, it takes all the love and joy out of it. I just want to provide them the space, both at home and in the greater social atmosphere, to succeed at discovering who they are as one of 7.5 billion people and to help them push themselves to their own natural limits of what success will be for them. What they do with it from there will be up to them, and what they do with their personal independence will be their own choice. There is only a few things I know of that when they do, I will be able to recognize that, yeah, I taught them that. For me, each time I see that, it is like a Father’s Day in my heart. So, happy Father’s Day to everyone. But I hope, more than a Sunday in June, that everyone is able to appreciate the results of their hard work. You earned it.

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head of the May 3, 2019 takeoff from Estrella Warbirds Museum’s air strip at Paso Robles Airport, Sherm Smoot addressed the Paso Robles Rotary Club to explain the ‘epic’ flight our local crew and C-47 aircraft were about to take across the Atlantic for the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France. The Estrella Warbirds Museum purchased the C-47 named “Betsy’s Biscuit Bomber” for $75,000 from an aircraft business in Canada. The bomber did not participate in D-Day, but did in other WWII drops around Europe as the U.S. led the defeat of German forces to end the war, and also participated in the Berlin airlift. “We had to get a guy to fly the plane [from Canada], and there is just one man that I know who is dumb enough to do it,” Gary Carippo said “and that is Sherm Smoot. All I had to mention is planes and free gas and he is there.” It was in good fun, of course, as Carippo then introduced Smoot as “the best pilot I have ever heard of or known … and he will tell you that.” Smoot explained to the Rotary Club the nuts and bolts of the trip, with some comic anecdotes thrown in for good measure. “[Being the pilot is] kind of like being the quarterback on the football team,” Smoot said. “They do all the hard work, and you get all the glory. But I can’t thank them enough. I can’t thank Estrella Warbirds enough. I really can’t thank Gary [Carippo] enough for getting me back involved with the museum. It is on the rise and you should all get involved.” The museum is a trove of memorabilia, as well as the steward of a great inventory of planes. Some, like the C-47, are still in condition to take regular flights — like a trip across the Atlantic. “This plane has a really good war history,” Smoot said. “We are going to be in the lead formation, so think about this for a second … little ol’ Paso Robles in California, this airplane — which is ‘ours’ because we all contribute a little bit, and if you don’t, you should — is going four or five thousand miles to represent our community here on the Central Coast.” Daks over Normandy will organize two jumps, with a practice jump on June 4 in the UK and a June 5 fly a group of paratroopers across the English Channel for a drop into an original 1944 drop zone in Normandy. “There have not been this many Dako-

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Pilots Sherm Smoot and Ed Monteith.

Photos by Nicholas Mattson. Tony Gaspar pilot for aerial shot.

tas crossing the Atlantic since the war,” Steve Lashley, D-Day Squadron director of communications told the New York Times. “People are going to be able to look up and see something they’ve never seen before.” Locally, Smoot was an obvious choice to pilot “Betsy” and the crew across the Atlantic. Smoot grew up at the old firehouse at the Paso Robles Airport, and moved to Atascadero in 1966 where he graduated high school. He put himself through college flying airplanes, and taught Army, Air Force and Navy ROTC students at Washington State University and at the University of Idaho. He entered the Navy in 1971 and received his wings in 1972. He earned the exclusive “unlimited letter of authority” and he can fly anything with one or two engines over 1,000 horsepower. That, and an almost-crazy sense of duty, made

We have two engines, but you know the old story. When you lose one, the other one just takes you to the scene of the crash. Smoot the highest qualified pilot in the area to take the 75-year old C-47 across the United States, and then across the Atlantic Ocean for the 75-year anniversary of D-Day at Normandy. The D-Day Squadron began five years ago for the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and the success ahead of the 75th anniversary inspired the group to do it again, and do it bigger. With the aging WWII veteran population already pushing into their 90s, it was time. “Why don’t we do something epic in 2019,” D-Day Squadron director of marketing Moreno Aguiari said. “An organization called ‘Daks Over Normandy’ decided to make it happen.” A small army of volunteers was necessary, but so was the GDP of a small country. To pay for the expense of getting “Betsy” across the pond, the crew and supporters raised more than $300,000, and there is still need for more in case of contingencies. “We have to pay for everything on this airplane to and from Ducksford, England,” Smoot

explained. “Once we land in Ducksford, we are part of the airshow and Europe and the promoters there pick up everything.” Packed in the cargo of the plane will be a number of spare parts that the mechanic crew will have available in case something goes wrong. Flying over the Atlantic, it is hard to be prepared for all circumstances, but the experienced crew has confidence in their craft and pilot. “These guys have been working nonstop out here, and I’m very comfortable that she is ready to go,” Smoot said. Smoot’s confidence aside, the trip will be both uncomfortable and dangerous compared to the commercial flights he spent behind the sticks during his career. “I flew for airlines across the Atlantic a lot,” Smoot said, “but I was at 39,000 feet, a first class meal, a flight attendant call button and a drink holder. This is going to be at three to six thousand feet looking at white caps, icebergs and ice … and I don’t like that. It’s not going to be easy.” When asked about the spare parts the crew would be taking, Smoot gave a sobering anecdote with a sense of humor only developed through decades of pilot experience. “We have two engines, but you know the old story,” Smoot said. “When you lose one, the other one just takes you to the scene of the crash. I’m 70, and the plane is five years older than I am, let’s put it that way.” The planes are aging, as are WWII vets. “They are making such a big deal about this because there are just not that many WWII vets alive,” Smoot said. The sense of honor that accompanied the pilot and crew was tangible, and just a small taste of what it might be like when more than a million gather in Normandy for the event on June 6. “This is going to be great for our community, for our museum, and for Paso Robles,” Smoot said. “And it is going to be great for wine country, because every microphone that gets stuck in my face, I’m going to say three things — Paso Robles, wine and flying.” To get more information, go to dday. org/75th, or daksovernormandy. com. Take a trip out to Estrella Warbirds Museum Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to get a closer look, or fly the simulator as a pilot of an F-18. Go to for more info.

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Join us in June!

Our recreation class and camp schedule this month is filled with fabulous activities for children and adults. Here’s a look at what’s planned. All classes listed are held at Centennial Park (600 Nickerson Drive) unless otherwise noted. Youth and senior scholarships are available for all classes. Join us for some summertime fun!

ADULT CLASSES IN JUNE NEW Dream Catcher class with the Workshop Mamas Create a personalized 12" round dream catcher using provided yarn, leather, beads, strips of material, feathers and more. Fri, June 28, 6-8pm. Ages 10+, $35 + $10 supply fee (see photo below). NEW Dog Training: K9 Fun and Games with Good Dogs with Kathy Kropp Enhance your relationship with your dog with easy and fun games to help shape your dog’s personality. Ages 13+ Session 1: June 12-July 17, Session 2: July 24-Aug 28. Wed 6-7pm. $110/$99 for 2nd dog. NEW Self-Hypnosis: Learn to Master your Mind with Art Kuhns of Breaking Day Hypnotherapy Experience the power of your mind by learning self-hypnosis. Find out how to tap into your limitless power to control stress and anxiety, increase your happiness & health. Ages 18+ (minors accompanied). Wed, June 5 or Aug 28. 6-7:30pm. $25/$20 additional family member. NEW Self-Hypnosis: Weight Management with Art Kuhns of Breaking Day Hypnotherapy Are you struggling with weight management and tired of the emotional roller coaster? Have you found that willpower isn’t enough? Experience the power of your mind during this class. Wed, June 26. 6-7:30pm. $25/$20 additional family member. White Oak Rm/ Art Kuhns

YOUTH CLASSES & CAMPS NEW Camp Zootopia with Tim Baker of Science-Dipity Explore the unsung (and real) animals of our own backyards and beyond during this hands-on science camp. Create your own capturing devices, dissect and analyze an owl pellet and squid, plus much more! Ages 6-11. June 17-21, 9am-noon. $126 +$49 materials. Sibling/$116 + $49 materials. NEW Babysitting Skills & CPR Camp with Brenda Matthysse Learn babysitting and childcare skills during this four-day camp. CPR training and First Aid included. Ages 11-16. Tues-Fri, Session 1: June 18-21, Session 2: July 9-12, 2-5pm. $50 + $40 materials. Sibling/$45 + $40 materials. NEW Kids Cooking Class: Fun Flavor Fusion with Cristina Mathers During this fun cooking class kids will learn how to combine ingredients to make bold and flavorful variations on favorite traditional dishes. Ages 10+ (under 10 w/adult). Mon, June 24. 1-3:30pm. $25 + $25 materials. Sibling $20 + $25 materials. NEW Kids Cooking Class: Chef for a Day with Cristina Mathers Learn to cook an entire day’s worth of meals in this class. We’ll make creative dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner that your little chef can easily create at home. Ages 10+ (under 10 w/adult). Wed, June 26. 1-3:30pm. $25 + $25 materials. Sibling $20 + $25 materials. Centennial Kitchen/Cristina Mathers

Looking Ahead to July NEW LEGO Engineering: Harry Potter Magical Engineering (Ages 5-7) Explore the magic of Harry Potter using LEGO®! Travel the world of wizardry and hone your magical skills while learning about Muggle (STEM) concepts. We’ll find Platform 9 ¾, build a Hogwarts Express Train, construct the mysterious Hogwarts Castle & soar on the wings of a Hungarian Horntail Dragon. July 8-12, 9am-noon. $184/Sibling $174. NEW LEGO Engineering: Harry Potter Master Engineering with Play Well (Ages 7-12) Master the magic of Harry Potter using LEGO®! Hone your magical skills while learning about Muggle (STEM) concepts. We’ll build Diagon Alley in preparation for your trip to Hogwarts, hop on your broomstick and play Quidditch, duel with the evil Lord Voldemort and more. July 8-12, 1-4pm. $184/Sibling $174.

Register now for all summer classes and camps. For a complete listing of all summer recreation activities, look for the Paso Robles Recreation Guide at Centennial Park, City Hall and many businesses around town, or email to join our mailing list. For more information about all summer activities, camps, lessons and leagues visit or contact Recreation Services at (805) 237-3988.

SLOCCA Turns 75


he San Luis Obispo County Cattlemen’s Association celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. The organization supports youth educational outreach programs and also provides beef industry representation on the national, state and local levels. The SLOCCA strives to provide a safe, nutritious product while maintaining good land stewardship and sustainability. President, Anthony Stornetta, said that the SLOCCA is the largest association in the state with more than 260 members and has a long history of supporting community Ag programs. The association was created in 1944 with 52 charter members. Since its inception, the SLOCCA has been very active in the community. In 1974, the organization was instrumental in creating the Replacement Heifer Show and Sale where youths involved in 4-H and FFA earned money by selling

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livestock they raised. The nonprofit also assisted in creating the Cattlemen and Farmers Day at the fair in 1987, which today has grown to be one of the largest Ag days in California. The organization also hosts the annual Western Art Show and Sale that will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year. All the funds raised by the SLOCCA benefit the local youth and the community.

Families of the charter members from 1944, who are still members 75 years later, were recognized at the SLOCCA meeting this spring.

tosynthesis and carbon sequestration and also allows the rainwater to be filtered back into the basin by cutting down on development runoff.

The organization supports youth educational outreach programs and also provides beef industry representation on the national, state and local levels. On the Central Coast there are more than a million acres of grazing land that feed local livestock and add to the scenic beauty of SLO County. These grass-fed beef operations also help reduce the carbon footprint throughout the area. Large swaths of trees and grasslands help absorb carbon dioxide in the air through pho-

The Environmental Protection Agency reported that beef cattle production in California creates less than 2 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and the California Air Resource Board stated that the entire agriculture industry generates 8 percent of the state’s greenhouse gases. In comparison,

transportation creates 41 percent and the industrial sector produces 23 percent of GHG. The report stated that residential use creates 7 percent of GHG and that California emissions have been on the decline for decades. SLOCCA not only works to educate and protect the next generation of ranch owners but also informs people about the California cattle industry. The nonprofit welcomes any questions the public may have about becoming a member and current members are also available to speak at events to educate the public about their industry.

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now only took one because travelers s I drive through Paso, had a place to rest on their journey actually anywhere in the across the wide open land. Just seven miles north of Paso, county, I am always in off Highway 101, exit Mission awe of how breathtaking this area we call home really is. Especially Street and follow the signs to the after all this much-needed rain. Mission. Here’s a fun game if you How fortunate are we to have so are taking the kids: ask them to many historical places right in our count how many El Camino Real backyard? John Steinbeck once said, (Spanish for The Royal Road) bell “People don’t take trips… trips take markers there are. Since 1906, these people.” Which brings me to this bell markers have been placed apmonth’s historical pick: Old Mission proximately 1-2 miles apart from in San Miguel. This pick isn’t exactly each other, spreading 700 miles, a trip but it will be a journey on dis- connecting all 21 missions which can be found on 14 different routes covering California’s past. Founded July 25, 1797, Father across the state. “I love the interaction of the Fermin Francisco de Lasuén esdifferent types of people I get to tablished this Mission as the 16th of the 21 California Missions. The meet from all over the world — location where this mission is built Australia, Europe, China.” was important because it closed the Sally Donovan, Gift Shop manager gap between San Antonio de PadAfter finding a parking spot, noua (3rd-1771) to the North and San tice the beautiful exterior wall that Luis Obispo de Tolosa (5th-1772) surrounds the property and just to the South. imagine, someone, long ago, helped What was once a two-day drive By Lisa Robinson

build this. That is a part of them living on. Upon entering the gate, look to the right. You will see a beautiful fountain. Unfortunately, this is the only part of the mission that is not original — nonetheless, it is breathtaking. Erected in the nineteenth century and made from salvaged burned adobe, this fountain is a replica of the one in Mission Santa Barbara. There are a ton of other interesting tools and assorted discoveries that can be found throughout the garden area. Walking past the fountain and into the mission grounds you will notice the arches (insert another fun thing for the kids: have them count how many arches there are). Each of the 12 columns commemorates one of the original 12 Apostles but the Mission is not sure which apostle each one is named after. Still, they are really neat and significant. To the left of the arches, just past the soda machine, you will come upon the gift shop and information

for a self-guided tour. There is always a friendly face to greet visitors and help with any questions. A small donation ($5 per adult, $3 per child, under 5 free) is greatly appreciated and goes directly back to the Mission. Historical Sad Fact: On December 4, 1848, eleven people were murdered including four children, one of whom hadn’t even been born yet. Motive: GOLD. You can read more about this tragic event at I don't want to give the tour away because I really believe this is a place to experience for yourself. It is worth mentioning though my favorite part, the Mission Church. Completed between 1818-1821 (sources vary) it was built facing east (per tradition) and the walls are six feet thick! The church itself is 144 feet long, 27 feet wide and 40 feet high. The church is pretty much the same as when it was built. The wall frescos were painted by Spanish diplomat Esteban Carlos Munras. He, along with some

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natives, used ground minerals mixed with cactus juice to paint the elaborate designs. Remember to take your time in this holy place to explore, maybe say a prayer, light a candle or just be blessed that you are able to experience a part of California’s golden history. If you can’t make it to the mission, go to their website to take the virtual tour: If you have a particular historical place or person you would like researched and featured, email me at lisa@pasoroblesmagazine.

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onsumers have been warned against using many types of conventional sunscreens by Consumer Reports and the Environmental Working Group. As sunscreen use has risen dramatically due to the fear of skin cancer, it’s important to know that certain sunscreens may be harmful. Sunscreens protect our skin in one of two ways; with minerals such as zinc oxide and titanium oxide or chemicals. Oxybenzone is one of many chemicals used in commercial sunscreens that is considered a hormone disruptor which may lead to infertility, low sperm count, thyroid dysfunction and possible disruption of the delicate hormonal balance in children. A recent study by the Center for Disease Control found oxybenzone present in 96 percent of the population. In 2018, Hawaiian Governor David Ige signed a bill making Hawaii the first state to ban oxybenzone, a chemical known to harm coral reef ecosystems. What goes ON your body goes IN your body. Stay safe with nontoxic, chemical-free, reef-friendly sunscreens such as locally made All Good Sunscreen. The active ingredient is zinc oxide while also containing aloe, calendula, green tea, rose hips and buriti oil for repairing damaged skin. We carry All Good Kids Sunscreen, Sport Sunscreen and Sunsticks for quick touch-ups. Stay safe in the sun with all Good Sunscreen on sale for 20 percent off. Complete your summer first aid kit (when you stay in the sun too long!) with aloe gel, sunburn sprays, lip balms, soothing lotions, salves and more! The friendly, knowledgeable team at The Natural Alternative wishes to thank you for your continued loyalty in supporting our community by shopping local! Enjoy your summer! Owner Bobbi and her team Sandy, Moriah, Nick, Megan, Monika & Denea

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aso Robles Quilt Artist Donna Paulsen has been accepted into the 2019 Throwback Thursday Quilt Competition at Quiltfest in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Produced by Mancuso Show Management, the festival will take place at the Wyndham Lancaster Resort & Convention Center from May 9–11. Paulsen’s quilt, “A Touch of Red,” will be on display at the show along with many other spectacular quilts, all competing for prizes. Winners will be selected at the show and announced on the Quiltfest Lancaster website,, on Thursday, May 9. Quilt and textile art enthusiasts will have an opportunity to view Paulsen’s quilt among all the other magnificent displays of quilts at the event. The theme for this years’ competition is “Throwback Thursday.”

We all have that throwback moment — what does your work throw you back to? The competition will incorporate pieces made over the past 10 years from some of the best quilters in the U.S. They will be judged, and hang on display to be enjoyed by quilt enthusiasts and other quilt artists. President of

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is a symphony of color for the senses Last month, sweeping fields of illuminated color began to appear on a large swath of land in East Paso Robles. “Field of Light at Sensorio,� an intersection of art, technology and nature by Bruce Munro, is now open to the public through January 5, 2020, at 4380 Highway 46 East. From Wednesday through Sunday, visitors can take part in a serene and immersive art experience unlike anything ever brought to San Luis Obispo County.

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It was a window display of UV light glowing through plastic during a stroll in Sydney, Australia, 34 years ago that caught the eye of Bruce Munro. The British fine arts major walked into the shop, made some inquiries, and was soon knocking on retailers’ doors to sell his own illuminated set designs in between his regular jobs as a bricklayer and painter.

inspired to create a light installation in one of the valleys on the property.”

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‘Everything we do is connected to one another and the world around us.’ Artist Bruce Munro

“Sensorio will cover about 35 acres,” Ken said, referring to his future development project due for completion in 2021. Constructed in phases, Decades later, Bruce’s work has been displayed the project will include a hotel, conference center, in galleries, parks, estates, cathedrals, botanical café, a botanical garden and more. “The planned architecture is playful and full gardens and museums across the United States of movement. It will be a completely creative, and worldwide, including the Guggenheim flowing design,” Ken said. “We love nature and Museum in New York City, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Texas Tech Uni- all it entails. My dad built the Hunter Ranch versity Public Art Collection, and in exhibits in Golf Course and always loved the land across the street. After he passed in 2000, we were able Denmark, UAE, South Korea and Australia. For Paso Robles developer Ken Hunter, it was to acquire that land in 2011, enabling our dream at a 2,831-foot-high sandstone formation known to continue.” Twenty volunteers worked an average of eight as Uluru in the central Australian outback that he and his wife first experienced Munro’s “Field hours per day over five weeks to assemble the tens of thousands of spheres and position them of Light” display. “We are a couple who have had a dream of across the valley landscape. An Earth-friendly bringing an entertaining, natural garden-like project, Sensorio uses energy supplied by solar attraction to Central California for many years. panels that charge by day to power an awe-inWe have a plan to bring something complete- spiring display from dusk to 11 p.m. ly unique to this particularly beautiful property, which we have named Sensorio,” Ken said. “We were able to visit with Bruce at one of his exhibit openings in Denver and invited him to Paso Robles to see the land, where he was

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A total of 240 projectors operating at 25 watts apiece serve as light sources for several hundred fibers dispersed in shallow arrays laid atop the grounds. As light pulses through the fibers, it’s captured inside the glass spheres, creating what Bruce calls “whispers of light.”

“We love and admire Bruce’s design sensitivity to nature, peace, and calm, which you will feel when you experience his exhibit,” Ken added. The meditative 15-acre art installation is the artist’s largest site-specific project to date.

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An all-inclusive invitation

“Our target audience is local, regional, national and international — anyone who loves art, technology and nature,” said Tracy Strann, Executive Director of the Sensorio Project. An all-inclusive art installation, “Field of Light at Sensorio” is wheelchair-accessible and welcoming to everyone.

“We have created a specially designated ADA pathway and a lookout for those requiring it,” said Tracy. “ADA restrooms are in all three restroom locations on the property, and golf carts are available for transport.”

“This is about connecting people to the landscape,” Bruce said. “The effect is different in every location. You become completely and utterly one with the world around you. It took me 39 years to figure it out. I didn’t realize what art could be. It’s not about me, but about them,” he added, referring to visitors who experience what he calls “art that you feel.”

Sensorio range between $27 and $30 for adults and between $9 and $19 for children ages 12 and under. VIP Terrace tickets ($125) with a VIP Picnic Dinner are available for both adults and children. Kids age two and under get in free. Group discounts are available for 20 visitors or more.

Pets, outside food and beverages, bicycles, skateboards, cooking or barbecue equipment, “It’s impossible to live in isolation and art is weaponry, or professional photographic or recordnot insular,” Bruce said. “We need to be much ing equipment are not allowed on the property. more grounded and more kind to one another. For complete information, It’s a positive world if we look at it through a visit positive lens.”

The gates to Sensorio open an hour before the Sensorio is open from 7 p.m. (or dusk) to 11 display begins. p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets for

Email or call (805) 226-4287.

SENSORIO MOBILE KITCHEN TO PROVIDE AL FRESCO DINING General admission and VIP Terrace ticket holders have an opportunity to dine overlooking the Sensorio “Field of Light” art installation on Wednesdays through Sundays, beginning at 7 p.m.

“A rotating array of food and beverages, including local wines, will be offered so that guests can enjoy a complete experience,” said Tracy Strann, Executive Director for Sensorio. Guests can also enjoy live music every evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Kelly Case-Horn, Hunter Ranch Grill’s food and beverage director

since 2006, will manage the food service at Sensorio. A well-known chef in North SLO County for 20 years, Kelly has drawn many to enjoy her delicious entrees at Hunter Ranch Golf Course. The VIP Terrace ticket admission at Sensorio will allow guests to choose in advance from a choice of entrees such as slow-roasted ribeye with horseradish cream sauce, mixed grill roasted veggie (vegan), herb-encrusted roasted chicken, and grilled salmon with lemon Dijon sauce.

Guests may also choose two side dishes from a list that includes: Roasted red skin potato salad, tomato and cucumber salad (vegan), mixed sweet greens salad with ranch and balsamic vinaigrette (on the side), orzo pasta salad with sun dried tomatoes and feta cheese, quinoa, jasmine rice and roasted veggies (vegan), roasted corn, cilantro and black bean salsa (vegan). Also available is an option of one of the following appetizers: Fresh Fruit Medley, Chick pea puree roasted garlic hummus with crackers, baguette with olive tapenade. Desserts include limoncello mascarpone cake, chocolate cake, crème brûlée cheesecake, carrot cake with caramel and cream cheese frosting, coconut rice pudding with farmers market fresh berries (vegan).

Learn more about Sensorio at For group visitor information, email or call (805) 226-4287.

‘This is about connecting people to the landscape.” Artist Bruce Munro

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Explore the Local


North SLO County Downtowns Emerge as Artistic Hotspots By Meagan Friberg

PASO ROBLES Studios on the Park 1130 Pine Street 805-238-9800 Open daily at noon

Nonprofit open studios art center located in the heart of downtown Paso Robles “The hands-on, immersive art experience offered at Studios on the Park is unique on the West Coast,” Executive Director Sasha Irving said. “We invite visitors of all ages to meet our professional local artists and watch as they work, enroll in a class or workshop, view quality exhibitions of artworks from around the world, find creative gifts in our Up Front Gift Shop and make art of their own at our daily COLORbar and free Kids Art Smart Activity Alcove. Don’t miss our Winery Partners Wine Bar every Friday and Saturday night and big Art After Dark Paso festivities every first Saturday of the month.”

Park Street Gallery

1320 Park Street 805-286-4430 Friday & Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.

Paso Robles newest fine art gallery featuring Central Coast artists “What makes Park Street Gallery unique is that we represent

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prominent artists from up and down the Central Coast who are producing original one-of-a-kind statement pieces,” Julie Dunn said. “We’re a fine art and fine craft gallery with a collection of diverse media and art forms, both functional and decorative. We offer paintings, bronze sculptures, a variety of woodwork — furniture, turnings, and carvings — plus jewelry, blown and lamp work glass, ceramics, and fiber craft, all in a beautiful downtown location!

Laure Carlisle Art Studio & Gallery

1030 Railroad St. Suite 103 805-286-2432 Wednesday-Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.

All work exhibited at the gallery is made by the owner and artist “The work exhibited includes watercolors, acrylics, whimsical furniture, and jewelry made with sterling silver, semi-precious stones, titanium and fused dichroic glass,” Owner and Artist Laure Carlisle said. “My work is lively, fun and colorful and has been exhibited and collected throughout the world.”

Dale Evers Design Studio

1000 Park Street, Paso Robles 805-434-9237 Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dale Evers is a cutting-edge American artist. Always the inno-

vator and established as a premiere sculptor/designer of centerpiece art, Dale has gone beyond pure sculpture to successfully blend the world of fine art and functional design. Recognized as a pioneer for his stunning table designs, water features, and his ability to mix mediums at a unique and sophisticated level, Evers has continued to expand his vision for art that serves purpose.


5890 Traffic Way 805-464-0533 Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Unique downtown spot featuring art supplies, custom picture framing, gallery space, cards, and gifts. Events include demos, art openings, and community activities. The ARTery’s largest outside wall features a rotating mural, changed every year or two. The latest iteration is “Tree City” by Marian Galczenski. Stop by, hang out, create, hear about what’s new in town!


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Working artist’s studio, gallery, and teaching space “ärt/ is a unique gallery staffed by

five working painters and photographers,” Owner and Artist Marie Ramey said. “We work, show, and teach at the gallery. We also support local artists with shows and other art related activities.”

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The Photography of Joe Schwartz is a permanent exhibition at Bru. A legendary, award-winning folk photographer and longtime resident of Atascadero, Schwartz committed his life to cultural, racial, and artistic diversity. In addition, collections by local artists are rotated monthly.

TABLE/Heidi Petersen Ceramics

5940 Entrada 805-305-7012 Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The working studio for Heidi Petersen Ceramics and a retail storefront sourcing local makers to bring cool stuff to your table! Featuring one-of-a-kind handcrafted table wares including ceramics, glassware, woven textiles, pine needle baskets, wood carving bowls, charcuterie servers, candles, hand dyed linens, and art work; all created in SLO County.

June 2019

Morro Bay’s next Art in the Park is July 5th to 7th Annual art festival showcases local artisans

The festival is owned by the Morro Bay Art Association, an organization formed to promote he little park on Morro Bay Boule- the arts in San Luis Obispo County. Money vard becomes a bustling artisan mar- raised from the shows go toward scholarships ket three times a year over the long for high school students. holiday weekends of Memorial Day, Fourth of “People should come out to this event July and Labor Day. because of the large variety of After 64 years, Morro Bay Art in the Park art available in an equal variety continues to showcase artists from around California and the West Coast. of price ranges.” Steve Powers, an art show coordinator since Potter Dave Pope 1975, has been organizing the festival since 2016. The show is limited to 108 booths because of the small size of park. About half of the artists are from San Luis Obispo County. “Supporting local artists is very important and this show will showcase many fabulous local talents,” artist Deb Lysek said. “People should come out to this event because of the large variety of art available in an equal variety of price ranges,” potter Dave Pope added. “Visitors get the opportunity to meet and talk to the various artists. Steve Powers does a great Thomas Mayberry fine art and photography of Morro Bay job ensuring a variety of art. Basically, there is Photo courtesy of Steve Powers something for everyone.”

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Because there aren’t any restaurants near the park, there is a small food court allowing people to get food while they peruse the wares of about 125 artisans. The layout of the booths was changed a few years ago to allow shoppers to easily flow through shows without hitting a dead end. “There’s nothing else at all that compares to the quality of the Morro Bay Art Festival,” Powers said. “There are a lot of people who have moved in over the last couple of years who don’t know about the event. I think they’ll be pretty impressed.” The shows take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday. For more information about Morro Bay Art in the Park, visit


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ince 1946, the competitive exhibits at the California Mid-State Fair have delivered a quietly powerful experience to Fair-goers, as display walls are covered with submissions from exhibitors from around the country. From learning first hand how to spin wool, select the perfect egg, tips on gardening, quilt-making, and more, the CMSF Exhibit Department is much more than just the high resolution photos that provide a striking collage of hundreds of different perspectives. If you take a slow walk through the exhibition buildings, you will find a menagerie of expressions on display of our country’s wondrous diversity. “All patrons who visit the Fair will have the opportunity see local items on display created by local people of all ages,” Event and Exhibit Manager Tisha Tucker said. “You can see items

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such as handmade quilts, jams, decorated cakes, photography, fine art, home grown fruits and vegetables as well as fresh cut flowers and professional floral arrangements.” Art is a personal experience, and anything that a person creates to express something more than words can qualify as art. The CMSF has more than a thousand categories for potential exhibitors to find a place where their art might find a home among the other submissions. All locals are encouraged to enter their talents — all ages, beginners to professionals — to showcase their creativity. Entry information can be found at the CMSF website. Earliest deadline to enter is June 11. Each year, the CMSF theme influences the submissions, creating a cohesive-and-diverse sensation throughout the exhibits. “One of the biggest highlights for our exhibitors is the announcement of the annual theme,” Tucker said. “This year we will celebrate the outdoors with ‘Let’s have S’More Fun!’ Every year we create new contests that revolve around our theme. This year participants will compete for the best trail mix made with dried fruit and nuts, painting inspired by a vintage travel poster, best handmade ‘glamping outfit’ or the best use of flannel in a ‘Great Outdoors’ floral arrangement just to name few of the many new contests.” All artists face the same challenge at some point in their lifecycle — offering something personal and precious as one’s own creation to be publicly judged — whether they face that challenge early in their career, or late. One thing is certain, you can only learn what is on the other side of that challenge after you face it. Your work may be lauded or criticized, but presenting your most vulnerable self is something that becomes easier over time and there is no way around it. Besides, even if your art makes a positive impression on just one person, you will have played a part in the rest of their life. Facing that challenge and submitting work is proven to make an exhibitor better at what they do. “I think in all competitions there is a learning curve,” Tucker said. “The end goal for most exhibitors would be a ribbon or the coveted ‘Best of Show’ award. It has been my experience

that most new exhibitors, once they go thru the process. continue to enter year after year and through critique from our judges and practice most exhibitors will walk away with an award.” Evolution is a personal experience as much as it is a communal experience. “Over time the individual entry categories evolve and you can see what craft or technique is trending,” Tucker said. “Puff paint projects may be a hit one year and all but extinct the next. This makes it fun for those of us who work at the Fair and we look forward to the cool new creative pieces we get to display.” The exhibits are a great experience for the exhibitors, as well as for the Fair-goers, who get an impactful experience through the showcasing of achievements of its community members.

For more information on the exhibitions, go to and click on the “Exhibits” link.

June 2019

2019 Mid-State Fair Main Grandstand Lineup

Miranda Lambert

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge

Zac Brown Band

July 17

July 18

Rhythm & Brews with Billy Idol July 19

Cardi B July 20

Blake Shelton July 21

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July 17–28, 2019

July 23

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Old Dominion July 25

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Country Rodeo Finals July 27

Monster Trucks July 28

By Melissa Chavez

amily-friendly activities, a live orchestra, carnival rides, lots of delicious food, local beer, wine, and an impressive fireworks finale will be on display at the Paso Pops celebration on July 4th at Paso Robles Event Center. The fourth annual Paso Pops patriotic concert and Independence Day event is an opportunity for families and friends to enjoy a late afternoon and evening under the stars. Conductor Andrew Sewell will lead the San Luis Obispo Symphony, featuring more than 72 professional and student musicians. SLO Symphony is a longtime community supporter of music education.

At 4 p.m., children’s activities, carnival rides, and carnival games for the kids will be available. Helms & Sons Amusements will keep the kiddos busy all evening. For parents’ convenience, wristbands for unlimited rides can be purchased in advance for $10 each or $15 onsite. Single-ride tickets are $3 per ride. Carnival games are available on a pay-as-you-go basis, which range from $3 to $5 per play. At 8 p.m., master of ceremonies and emcee Casey Biggs, known to many as the debonair and dry-witted Paso Wine Man, will arrive to the Pops stage in grand fashion to kick off a dazzling fireworks display between 9:45 and 10 p.m. “Last year, we had a video of Casey at the airport missing the helicopter, then ‘beaming’ down onto the stage using magic act effects,” said Steve Cass,

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president of Paso Pops. “I’m sworn to secrecy about this year’s entrance, so you’ll just have to attend and see!”

“So far, we’ve signed up 24 wineries from all over Paso Robles and we expect to have over 30 wineries participating on the day of the event,” Steve said. “Firestone Walker is our featured local beer. We had a great turnout last year so we’ll be configuring the wine tasting area to accommodate everyone. “We are adding more food trucks, service groups and caterers,” Steve said. “But we also want to encourage people to bring picnic lunches and to have a blast decorating their tables! We’re talking to Mayor Steve Martin about serving as judge for the Best Table decoration.”

Last year, 4,400 attended the Paso Pops celebration. At Paso Robles Event Center, guests can utilize the venue’s generous parking across the street or adjacent to the event site with VIP tickets. Trees and shade structures will offer ample protection from sun and wind during the pre-show wine tasting and kids’ events. General admission bleacher seating will provide great sightlines and eliminate any burden of schlepping in lawn chairs. Guests will also find bathrooms easily accessible on the event center grounds.

Ticket options range from General Admission at $30 each for bleacher seating to sponsored President tables at $2,500 each that seat eight guests and come with perks, such as wine tasting, a gourmet buffet by Cass Winery, wine and beer, plus reserved

VIP parking. Vice-President tables are $750 each, seat eight guests, and include wine tasting and reserved VIP parking. Multiple table buyers also receive additional discounts. To honor active and retired military veterans (with military ID), and to provide discounts for students and seniors, entry to Paso Pops will be available at 50 percent off the General Admission (or $15 each). Families receive a discount, too. Kids age 12 and under get in free when accompanied by a paid adult admission.

Net proceeds from this year’s Paso Pops will directly benefit Paderewski Festival youth programs, Steve noted. “If we do really well, proceeds will be shared with other community youth arts programs, such as Studios on the Park, Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation, and SLO Youth Symphony,” he said. Travel Paso, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Paso Robles tourism, is the title sponsor for Paso Pops. Cass Winery and Firestone Walker Brewing Company are local founding sponsors. But it is the hands-on efforts of community volunteers that ensure the event’s return for families to enjoy. “We have high hopes this year,” Steve said. “I want to encourage the community with the fact that everyone can make a direct impact on area nonprofit organizations through their support of Paso Pops.”

To sponsor Paso Pops, email Steve Cass at or call (805) 239-0873. For complete details on Paso Pops, visit To see a preview of Paso Pops, visit them on Instagram.

June 2019

By Heather Young

he Fourth of July is the annual celebration of the nation’s birthday, the anniversary of the day when the United States officially declared its Independence from England. To celebrate that, events of all sizes take place around the county on July 4. There are parades, music, fireworks and other festivities in the North County. No matter what you prefer to do on that day, there is something for everyone. Since there are few fireworks celebrations — Paso Robles, Cayucos, Cambria and Pismo Beach — there are many events during the day, great for those with young children or those who want an earlier evening.

The Paderewski Festival will host its fourth

Photo by Heather Young

The third annual Bluegrass Freedom Festival will come to Atascadero Lake Park on Thursday, July 4 from 2 to 8 p.m. The event will include live bluegrass music by Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players, The Blue Js, AJ Lee & Blue Summit and Toro Creek Ramblers; familyfun amusements; beer, wine and vendor garden; chicken barbecue dinner, hotdogs, food vendors, and community games. Music begins at 2 p.m. Come visit the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the hot dog stand and thank them for their service to our country! Be there at 3 p.m. for the flag presentation and national anthem! For more information, visit, e-mail info@atascaderofourthofjuly. com or call 805-466-4086. The annual event is sponsored by the Atascadero Colony Days Committee. All proceeds go to support Colony Days. Dinner tickets can be pre-purchased online.

annual Fourth of July celebration, Paso Pops, on Thursday, July 4. The gates open at 4 p.m. with activities and amusements from 4 to 7:30 p.m., wine tasting from 5 to 7:30 p.m. for certain tickets and the concert beginning at 8 p.m. sharp. The event will be punctuated with fireworks from approximately 9:45 to 10:15 p.m. “We think it’s the best Fourth of July show at least on the Central Coast and maybe all of California,” event chair Steve Cass said. “There’s carnival rides for young kids and there’s a kids arts area.” General admission is $30 or $15 for military personnel, seniors 60-plus and students. Children Templeton really comes alive on the Fourth 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Proceeds go to the Paderewski Festival and other youth of July with its annual celebration. It starts with nonprofits. For more information, visit paderewski a pancake breakfast at the Templeton Fire Department from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $5 for or call 805-235-5409. adults and $3 for children 10 and younger and may be purchased in advance at the Templeton Community Services District office from any Templeton firefighter or at the door on July 4. The parade, sponsored by the Templeton Rotary Club, begins at 10 a.m. and will run along Main Street, ending at the Templeton Community Park, where there will be food, entertainment, music and games.

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Photo by Heather Young

Last year’s parade was the first to be organized by the Templeton Rotary Club. Rotary Club member and parade sponsorship chair Wendy Dow recommends that people show up early to stake out their seats because people will not be able to drive down the parade route as close to the start of the parade as they have in the past. For questions or additional information on the parade or to register an entry for the parade, go to

Templeton Education Foundation sells fireworks July 1 through 4 in Templeton on Main Street across the street from Joe’s Place. Live fireworks demonstrations are held July 1, 2 and 3 after dark. All proceeds from the fireworks booth go to Templeton Education Foundation which supports Templeton schools and teachers. Volunteers from the community are sought—those volunteering on July 1 to 3 will receive 25 percent off fireworks and those volunteering on July 4 will receive 35 percent off. For more information or to volunteer, email For exact times of when the booth will open, visit

Photo by Heather Young

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Santa Margarita Community Church hosts the community’s festivities with a small town parade that begins at about 10 a.m. on July 4 at the corner of H and Yerba Buena streets.

Pismo Beach Pier The parade will go east on H Street and end at the park. For more information, visit Santa The annual celebration in Pismo Beach will take place in the pier parking lot and the surrounding area from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be music, vendors and more. With fireworks from the pier after sundown. For more info, go to Cambria at Shamel Park

Photo by Heather Young

OTHER EVENTS IN SLO COUNTY Morro Bay at Tidelands Park

A Family Fun Day will start at 10 a.m. and continue through 5 p.m. with a variety of events for the whole family including live music, games, bike and paddle parades, carnival, food and more.

Cayucos State Beach

Cayucos has a full day of events starting with a sand sculpture contest at 5 a.m. and followed by the annual parade at 10 a.m. The afternoon will include food, Bingo and more.

For more information, contact Morro Bay The fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. Recreation Services at 805-772-6278 or vis- For more information and details on all the it events, go to

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The town’s Old-Fashioned July 4 Celebration will start at 11 a.m. and run through 6 p.m., followed by a fireworks display. There will be old-fashioned games, live music, kids’ games and more. For info, visit


The Second Continental Congress voted in favor of independence from Britain on July 2, 1776. Congress then approved the final draft of the Declaration of Independence on July 4. The first reading of the declaration took place on July 8 at the Pennsylvania State House.

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Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival rebranded as

Central Coast Reserve Annual festival includes wine, beer, cider and spirits By Heather Young


fter 23 years, the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival has expanded its reach to officially include cider, beer and spirits in addition to wine. “We just decided it’s time to expand our festival — we have cideries, distilleries, wineries and breweries in Atascadero,” Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival Chair Barbie Butz said. “When our wine festival was conceived 24 years ago, we said, ‘we have wineries all around us, let’s bring the wineries to the Lake Park.’ The idea was to bring people to Atascadero.” The wine festival got its seed money — though it never needed it — from the zoo society and has been funding specific projects at the zoo ever since. The most recent zoo project funded by the wine festival committee is the red panda exhibit, which opened recently.

While the festival has had beer, cider and spirits for a number of years, this will be the first year that they have been encompassed in the event’s publicity. “The word ‘reserve’ doesn’t mean [the vendors] will be pouring their reserve wines or beer, but more that it means a special experience,” Butz said. “It’s still the same Lakeside Wine Festival conceived 24 years ago.” The wine festival committee has been collaborating with the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce for a number of years and continue to bring more variety to the long-standing, popular event. “The wine festival wouldn’t happen without the core group that started it and have continued to be involved,” Atascadero Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Emily Reneau said.

The three-day festival weekend begins Friday, June 21 at 5 p.m. with the Atascadero Kiwanis Club hosting the annual Mayor’s Winemaker Dinner at the Pavilion on the Lake. Saturday begins with the annual golf tournament hosted by the Atascadero Optimist Club at 8 a.m. and Wine’d Up, yoga and mimosas, with Kennedy Club Fitness. The main event at the Lake Park begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday June 23 and goes until 8 p.m. and will include food, art, wine, cider, beer, spirits and more. Sunday is “fun day” with events at participating businesses around the area.

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His Healing Hands This Local Ministry’s Outreach is Worldwide

By Millie Drum

His Healing Hands is a local Christian nonprofit organization that provides free medical and dental care for people in third world countries that have no access or financial means to receive this care. Since 2010, His Healing Hands has hosted its annual Celebration Dinner to share how the Lord works through its medical mission ministry. The ninth annual Celebration Dinner will take place June 22 at Sculpterra Winery in Paso Robles; gathering our community with the gratitude that is shared by those who raise money to care for the poor and give them hope through teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Award-winning

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comedian Nazareth is the entertainer for the evening. His impressive credits include appearing before more than 40 million people worldwide through live concerts, radio and television broadcasts including appearances on Comedy Central. The current medical mission to the Philippines from May 24 to June 1 at the Bible Baptist Church in Tabaco City will include an Evangelistic Festival that will reach citizens who would never have been helped without the medical ministry of His Healing Hands. This festival, featuring Christian music, speakers and testimonies will reach law enforcement and undercover officers, government leaders, soldiers, medical professionals,

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university students and prison inmates as well as the general public. Since these ministries have been so successful, the festival theme will be extended to other parts of the impoverished world. The medicine, supplies and vitamins are donated by people from all over the country who have the desire but not the means to travel with the missions. Everyone who attends the clinics is given medical care, medicine and eyeglasses free of charge. A recent trip to Ethiopia cared for more than 1,100 patients; extending the gospel to many who decided to receive the message for a better life.

Visit for the inspirational story and to donate online. You can also mail your donation to: His Healing Hands, 1050 Las Tablas Road, Suite 5, Templeton, 93465.

June 2019

Summer Camps around the County Sessions are filling up fast By Heather Young

The end of the 2018-19 school year is here! Parents and caregivers are figuring out summer care for their children and camps fill up quickly. Below is a sampling of summer camps happening in the North County this summer.

Recreation activities

The cities of Paso Robles and Atascadero, along with the community of Templeton, have summer classes and camps all summer. For more information, visit prcity. com/recreationonline for Paso Robles, and click on “Living Here” for Atascadero and

Camp Natoma

Camp Natoma is an overnight camp north of Paso Robles. This camp is for children leaving first through 11th grades. Each session is six nights and six days and includes food, T-shirt, all activities and transportation. Many sessions are already full, check website. For more information or to register, call 805-7092569 or go to

Playtime Discoveries Camp

Playtime Discoveries in Atascadero hosts a variety of day camps for children 4 to 12 years of age, the ages and themes change each week. The cost is $145 per session and the sessions are 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information or to register, go to Camps are fill up quickly.

Bob Cantu’s Basketball Camp

There will be three sessions of Bob Cantu’s Basketball Camp this summer; one at Paso Robles High School June 15 to 18 and two at Mission Prep High School in San Luis Obispo June 24 to 27 and July 9 to 12. The camps are for children 4 to 12 years of age and are held 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $195 per week. For more information or to register, call 805-5461448 or go to campinfo.

Boys & Girls Club Day Camp

The Boys and Girls Club has two-day camps in the North County Monday, June 10 through Friday, July 26 at Atascadero Fine Arts Academy and Thursday, June 13 through Friday, August 9 at 600 26th St. in Paso Robles from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The camps are for incoming kindergartners through eighth graders. The cost is $500 for each program per child. For an application, go to application.

Paso Robles Pioneer Day Camp

The Paso Robles YMCA hosts a summer day camp from Monday, June 10 through Friday, August 9 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade at Centennial Park, 600 Nickerson Drive. The cost is $170 per week. The campers will have traditional camp activities and projects. For info or to register, go to

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TEMPLETON ADVISORY GROUP REPORT Cannabis and Contention with the County By Mark Diaz


for the planning department to open up and start reaching out to the public to let us know what’s going on.” Vice Chair Larry Fluer flatly stated that the process was broken, citing the TAAG’s communication with the SLO County Supervisors. He said that the standard five days notification of agenda items relating to cannabis and changes to ordinances is not enough time for TAAG to gather response from the public let alone establish the committee’s own stance. “We get 180 seconds at the microphone — that’s it! Anybody in this room gets 180 seconds — that’s it!” said a visibly

he Templeton Area Advisory Group voiced its frustration with the San Luis Obispo County Planning Department as it pertained to cannabis business development for the Templeton Area. In a marathon session in front of a packed room, council members took turns describing various aspects of their displeasure to the department’s representative and District Supervisor Debbie Arnold. “For two straight years, while all these cannabis ordinances were being formed up,” delegate Murray Powell said, “we never heard one single word about the process here and it’s time

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irritated Fluer, referring to time allotted from public comment during County meetings. “You don’t get a rebuttal. You get nothing… it’s a broken process.” Powell told Arnold that the County continues to approve cannabis operations before all the information can be gathered or even when they are in direct violation of ordinances. “When does this come to a halt until the County can actually get a handle on what the hell is going on around here?” Powell asked Arnold, drawing scattered applause from the crowd. In response, Arnold said that she wants to see communica-

tion improve between the public and the County and is actively gathering email addresses from concerned citizens to help keep them informed. She explained that the board purposely “held on” to discretionary power which gives them the authority not to approve business if it does not fit in the community where it will operate. She agreed with the board that the public needs more lead time to afford them an opportunity to respond to upcoming projects. Susan Mayor from the SLO Cannabis Watch Group, a local organization formed to oppose “big cannabis” said, “I think... having so many appeals on these permits [and] applications is an indication that something isn’t working.”


June 2019

PASO R OBLES C ITY C OUNCIL R EPORT Downtown Parking Troubles and Police Request Staffing Increase By Mark Diaz

or years, the Paso Robles City Council has sought solutions to the parking predicament in the downtown area. A victim of its own success, the revitalized area has drawn a crowd and they have nowhere to park. Interestingly enough, it is not the patrons or tourists but the employees of local businesses that are causing the parking congestion. The City contracted Dixon Resources Unlimited to assist and advise with the parking management situation. Dixon tried for months to encourage employees to park elsewhere to free up spots for customers and visitors with a parking permit program. However, what started with promising results soon fell way to human nature with more and more spots disappearing from the parking pool by downtown workers. Since the parking is on city streets, there is no legal way to keep employees from utilizing the public spaces.

Councilmember Stone vehemently attempted to dispose of any notion that the introduction of paid parking was some type of “money grab” and said that the Council only wants to find a workable solution to the space management problem. After two hours of presentations, City Council questions, public comments and a tense moment when one citizen refused to relinquish the microphone, both Stone and Councilman John Hamon took a stab at creating a viable motion. However, it was Councilman Steve Gregory who finally pitched a motion that the Council could agree upon.

$1 for each additional hour. Gregory added that before payment kiosks were installed that the new two-hour time limit be posted for 90 days as a last ditch effort to get employees to change their parking habits for the good of the community.

olice Chief Ty Lewis presented the law enforcement’s strategic plan for the coming years. Lewis listed several goals for the department that included building trust and communication with the public, reducing crime and implementing new technologies. Lewis stated that lack of staffing will prove a major hurdle “Community calls for services has for the development of the police department. risen by approximately 20 percent “Community calls for services has risen by in the last five without no correspond- approximately 20 percent in the last five years ing increase in police department without a corresponding increase in police destaffing,” Chief Lewis said. partment staffing,” Lewis said. Using a workload base analysis, the staffing Voting 5-0, the Council passed a motion to study determined that an additional 20 officers require paid parking between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. are required to handle the growing demands of after two hours of free parking and a proposed serving the Paso Robles community.


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at señor sanchos

By Meagan Friberg


ny time is a great time to visit Senor Sancho’s Mexican Restaurant & Bar! A favorite gathering and dining spot of locals for nearly 30 years, it’s the place to be whether


Mindy Dierks Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation Carlo Leyva Señor Sancho’s Owner Santiago Sanchez Señor Sancho’s Chef


enjoying lunch with friends, date night, happy hour, date night, or a family dinner. We invited Mindy Dierks, Executive Director of Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation, to share a meal with us. Our most gracious host, Senor Sancho’s Owner Carlos Leyva sat down to chat with us and shared stories of food, music, art, and friends. Chef Santiago Sanchez gave us the lowdown on the menu and his lovely wife Sandy shared in the fun. “Santiago has worked here for several years and his father, Santiago, Sr., worked with us for 25plus years,” Carlos said. “He was the backbone of Senor Sancho’s and now his son is continuing the family tradition.” Family and community-oriented, this iconic Paso Robles restaurant has a delightful décor that exudes happy times! Art pieces by Los Osos artist John Ramos adorn the walls, including a custom painted surfboard and licensed artwork on the cover of Sancho’s menu. As Nic points out, the art inside Senor Sancho’s is “a bona fide extra that you have to see first-hand; it’s worth a look.” We gathered at a large booth as the attentive wait staff brought us platter after platter of tasty and delightful food. As Carlos pointed out, “If it’s not great, it’s not on the menu!”

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We started off with warm chips and salsa, followed by the famous Paso Platter, an appetizer feast of quesadillas, taquitos, nachos, chicken wings, and tequila poppers with sour cream and house made guacamole. Between bites, Hayley expressed everyone’s sentiments: “This is such a great appetizer to share with a group of friends or family. The jalapeño poppers are one of my absolute favorites. They have just the right amount of fieriness that is toned down by the cream cheese, and who doesn’t love something deep fried? A must-try for sure along with the delicious guacamole that is freshly made every day.”


We ordered a variety, including Street Tacos, Shrimp Tacos, Santiago’s Fish Tacos, and the Chile Relleno with Chicken Enchiladas. Meagan’s Favorite: Chicken Street Tacos — made with charbroiled chicken, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and medium spice; available with other meat choices and served with chipotle ranch.

“As a gluten-free diner, these street tacos are the perfect meal for me, with flavors that pack a punch. The simple ingredients allow enjoyment in every bite, and the size of the tacos are a surprise — I needed a to-go box to take home the leftovers! Enjoyable, tasty, satisfying.” Nic’s Favorite: Santiago’s Fish Tacos — fresh cod, lettuce, cabbage, cheese; prepared cabo-style in soft tortillas and served with rice and beans. “As a pescatarian, I get fish tacos almost everywhere I go. One of the details important to me is the serving size and Santiago’s hit the spot. I ordered a side of Sancho’s Diablo Sauce and it was fire.” Mindy’s Favorite: Chile Relleno & Chicken Enchilada Combo — One of the most popular dishes at Sancho’s, this dish is bursting with flavor. “One of the nice things about this dish is that you are able to taste both sauces; the relleno has red sauce and the chicken enchilada has the green sauce. The chilies are fresh, and are cooked and peeled before being stuffed with cheese, then dipped in batter and carefully placed on the pan for the final process. It’s very filling and the flavors are so good. Don’t forget the side of Diablo Sauce…yum!”


Carlos admits customers often share the desserts because they are so full after their chips, salsa, guacamole, drinks, and meals! We decided to follow his lead and shared two desserts — the Strawberry Chimichanga and DeepFried Ice Cream with Strawberry and Chocolate Topping. Save room for dessert! Both

desserts were simply amazing and it’s a good thing we decided to share. Hayley sums up the decadent experience perfectly: “Not much to say here other than YUM! Deep fried ice cream done by the masters of Mexican food is necessary when visiting Sancho’s… the only problem is saving enough room in my belly!” Voted the BEST Mexican restaurant, margarita, and enchilada in SLO County, Senor Sancho’s offers daily specials, full-service catering and a free meal for birthday guests! Be sure to try their burgers… outstanding!

“This is a second home for many people,” Carlos said. “And we love our community; giving back is important to us. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our customers — it is because of you that this icon lives on. We are blessed.” Stop by and say hi to Carlos, Santiago, and the team at Senor Sancho’s, located at 1902 Creston Road in Paso Robles and tell them you saw their story in PASO Magazine! For more information, including hours and menu, follow them on Facebook or call 805-237-9880.

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By Meagan Friberg

“PRYAF is a non-profit agency providing after-school arts education for children ages 5 through 18,” Mindy said. “We offer dance, music, theatre, fine arts, and creative enrichment. Now in our 19th year, we have 17 teachers and most have been with us for many years.” PRYAF serves as a safe-haven for nearly 400 students per quarter; roughly $500,000 needs to be raised annually to keep afloat. PRYAF does not receive any government funding, relying entirely on donations, community gifts, fundraisers, and private or public funding. “Everything is free for the students,” Mindy said, “so there are no financial barriers for any child regardless of income level. PRYAF has proudly served thousands of local youth from across SLO County and even beyond.” The music program offers piano, guitar, ukulele, drums, and other lessons, with some students forming individual bands and performing at wineries and other public venues. “And, in the Fine Arts, students often share their art in the community such as Studios on the Park and Fig at Courtney’s House,” Mindy said.

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Founded in 2001 by Donna Berg, the idea behind PRYAF came about after the death of Mother Theresa. “Donna thought, ‘what can I do to help children like she did?’ She loves the arts, and, at the suggestion of her husband, looked into helping Paso Robles children,” Mindy said. “Although Donna has retired from her work at PRYAF, her inspiration lives on.” Want to help? Click on the “donate” button at As Nic shared, “At a cost of only $250 per year, it’s a great opportunity to make a big impact on a child’s life.”

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If Life Gives You Lemons,

Make Lemon Cake By Mark Diaz

Life can take some interesting turns — just ask Christo and Riana de Nysschen, two South Africans who found themselves opening a bakeshop in downtown Paso Robles.

It started in the early 2000s when the United States experienced a lack of pharmacists. Growing chain stores sought trained professionals from all over the world to fill vacant positions. Christo and Riana took advantage of the employment opportunity and relocated from South Africa to the Central Coast with their two boys in 2006. The plan was simple, Riana would work as a pharmacist as the family went through the arduous process of becoming American citizens, end of story. Or it was supposed to be.

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In 2011, Riana received a breast cancer diagnoses which caused a radical turn in the de Nysschen family’s life. During her treatment, Riana used her pharmaceutical training and began to reexamine the ingredients in their foods and steered the family toward healthier foods with fewer additives. However, when it came to sweets, something the de Nysschen family loved, it was hard for her to find healthy, yet tasty treats. Riana decided if she could not find what she wanted, she would simply make it. In her pursuit to find wholesome desserts, she discovered her love of baking. With “countless hours and endless recipes” Riana discovered how to make delicious Non-GMO, all natural and organic treats. As she shared cakes, cookies and desserts with friends and co-workers the demand for them grew to a point where the

Sweet Zulu Bakeshop offers delicious bites that are made with high-quality ingredients. Grab a sandwich or a sweet treat next time you’re downtown.

Christo and Riana, now cancer free, decided to take the leap and start a business. Sweet Zulu Bakeshop located at 1111 Riverside Avenue sits just a hop, skip and a jump from Paso Robles downtown park. The eatery offers delectable treats from recipes perfected by Riana and created onsite. The shop also offers sandwiches made with high-quality Boars’ Head products and is one of the few vendors that offers Coastal Peaks Coffee in the San Luis Obispo County. The business also caters weddings and works diligently

to utilize high-quality organic, nonGMO ingredients in all their madefrom-scratch cakes and desserts. Once a month, Sweet Zulu hosts a winetasting event. The shop invites local vineyards to hold a tasting as it pairs foods to enhance the flavor and experience of the wine. This month Sweet Zulu features the wine of Paso Port. For more information, visit

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fter years of growth and continually searching for the right place for their business, husband and wife team Nicolina and Adriel PeBenito decided to build a home for it. The new Knockout Boxing Gym, located at 3523 Combine Street off of Highway 46, sports two rings along with male and female locker rooms and is poised to become the next big contender for boxing gyms on the Central Coast. Adriel has decades of boxing experience under his belt that he is eager to share. At the height of his career, he took bronze in the 1996 US Boxing Nationals. He lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a 35-36 decision. Mayweather went on to compete in the Olympics, winning the bronze medal after a highly controversial decision. After taking a hiatus, Adriel returned to boxing and discovered a new sense

of purpose in training the next generation of boxers. “I came back to boxing to find myself,” Adriel said. “I found out that this is what made me me, made me happy, made me have Husband and wife team Nicolina and Adriel PeBenito a role somewhere.” offers classes for the young and not so young alike. KnockOut offers classes for the young and not so young alike. The facility hosts lessons First timers to the gym can sched- like I have,” he said. for kids, women’s classes, one-on-one ule an introduction day where they reAdriel and his team coach a fight training and an open gym for those ceive a tour of the facility and one-on- team that competes in the Central who want to workout on their own. one instruction from Adriel. He tests California circuit. One of the longthe person’s ability and shows how term goals for the new gym is to host The PeBenitos invite people of to use the equipment, unlike a gym amateur boxing matches. The facility all levels of athletic ability to where people new to the experience even has a kitchen to serve concessions experience the new facility and can feel a little lost and intimidated. during a fight. welcome people who want to box Adriel warns those who participate competitively, shed some extra To schedule a one-on-one with that they are in for a serious workout. pounds or blow off some steam by Adriel, call (805) 975-4947 or visit, “The main reason I have this gym is repeatedly hitting something. so that people fall in love with boxing

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Come Home to

Harvest Senior Living

Planting Kindness & Harvesting Love in Paso Robles By Meagan Friberg


ugs are abundant at Harvest Senior Living, a spacious and comfortable six-person care home owned and operated by Alvaro and Diorene Faria. With a motto of “Plant Kindness, Harvest Love” professional caregivers walk alongside residents and their family members, ensuring they are cherished, safe, and active. This senior living home is filled with inviting décor and furnishings, music, arts and crafts, games, movies, and more. Home cooked meals are served to residents and visiting family members as they gather at a large dining table and share laughter and lively conversations.

Outside, residents and visitors enjoy gorgeous landscaping, with wide walkways, cheerful garden signs, flowers, plants, bird feeders, and water fountains. The large family backyard boasts a barbecue pit, patio tables, seating areas, and a playground area for children to enjoy while adults visit nearby. Jennifer and Marco Jimenez opened A Heavenly Home in 2014, and soon realized her parents would be a natural fit as senior caregivers. Doors started

opening, with Alvaro calling it “nothing short of a miracle” the way Harvest Senior Living came to be. “We would visit and it was so easy to be among the elderly and give them love,” Alvaro said. “We knew God was calling us to open our own senior living home, and every single door in Paso Robles opened for us with God leading the way.” “My parents are the most loving and giving people,” Jennifer said. “They have always gone above and beyond for

my siblings and I, and now they bring that love and giving nature to new families, residents, and caregivers; they truly provide that family touch.” Free from housekeeping, medicine management, and other daily tasks, residents relax and spend time doing what they love while being provided personalized health and hygiene care and emergency assistance. Harvest Senior Living offers 24-hour care and access to in-home health agencies and practitioners. “We personalize the experience for each resident, welcome them into our community, and we can do more for them because of our small size facility,” Alvaro said. “Families take comfort in knowing their loved one is seen as an individual and is cared for in every way.” To schedule a tour or for information on Harvest Senior Living, at 805 Experimental Station in Paso Robles, call 805-369-2261 or see



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General Store Paso Robles Old School, Low Tech Fun


Puzzles & Playing Cards & More for Summer!


t’s summertime... imagine it’s a blasting hot Paso afternoon. You and dad or the kids are inside, where it’s cool. You’ve poured yourself a Sunshine Soda Spezi made right here in Paso. It’s a combo of spicy cola and orange that equals “delish.” You pick up the jigsaw puzzle you’ve saved for just this occasion. Then you look at the box. It has 52,000 pieces! Maybe you’d better pour yourself something a teeny bit stronger.

Of course, that would only happen if you’d purchased the largest commercially available puzzle in the world, a massive collage of animals made available in 2018. If that sounds a little daunting, we’ve got some more approachable options for you at General Store. And when we started thinking about gifts for dads and grads, we immediately thought of our puzzle and playing cards; a corner of the store that keeps outgrowing its real estate! Below are a few of our favorite makers, and what we love about them.

PIATNIK Started in Austria in 1824, the company is famous for its playing cards, selling over a million a year. Celebrating everything from our National Parks to Vintage Beer Art, these are increasingly popular with younger peeps who want to unplug. Their puzzles are also incredible, from the wine cork collection to stacks and stacks of macaroons. Eeboo This woman-owned company is known for its bright, cheerful, modern folk designs, all commissioned exclusively for their puzzles. Eeboo specializes in “round table” works, meaning the design faces you no matter where at the table you sit. Our favorite is a 500-piece celebration of the Women’s March. New York Puzzle Co. NYPC partners with artists and organizations to bring truly interesting and informative imagery to their puzzles. We’ve brought in a 750-piece puzzle that shows the entire Pacific Crest Trail, as well as still life art collections (vintage camping gear is a fave.) We were especially drawn to their Space Travel collection. Courtesy of NASA and JPL- Caltech, this series of WPA inspired posters illustrate what the future could look like for space recruiting, travel and tourism.

Maybe you’re already planning a low-tech summer. If you’re hiking, reading, cooking, or playing some cards, maybe throw a puzzle out on the dining room table. We’ve got dozens to choose from and plenty of Spezi to go around.

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BRAINS BEFORE GAINS Spreading Knowledge, Not Fear


By Mark Diaz

hree Paso Robles athletes and healthcare students created Brains Before Gains, a program devoted to spreading head injury awareness to fellow students, coaches and parents. Hannah Lowry, Tiahna Merwin, and Maizie Ross developed the BBG presentation that primarily focuses on concussions to inform of the potential threats head injuries pose. Zoe Murphy, the newest member of the team, said she became interested in the program because he little sister received a concussion playing soccer. With assistance from Healthcare Pathway teacher Shelby LaMendola, PRHS athletic trainer, Maria Curtis, and Team Movement For Life, BBG also seeks to help inform the public without villainizing athletic community.

“As a program, we are strongly for sports,” Ross said. “We’re all athletes. It’s all about spreading awareness for athletes instead of fear.” Drawing information from their sports medicine course, the students detail information on concussions, Second Impact Syndrome and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy utilizing a slide show. Second Impact Syndrome, as the name implies, can occur when a

brain receives a second concussion before it can fully heal from a previous injury causing the brain to swell suddenly and catastrophically. During their research, the students spoke with Isaac Lindsey who received this type of injury in 2015 while playing football for Templeton High School. Injury from CTE can occur over a much longer timeframe and is associated with dementia. The brain may release Tau proteins after a blow to the head. These proteins accumulate over time and disrupt the brain’s functions. The only way CTE can be diagnosed is through an autopsy. Brains Before Gains won a gold medal from SkillsUSA’s regional and state competitions. The national membership association seeks to promote trade, technical and skilled service occupations,

including health occupations by working with students from middle school to college. Later this month, the girls will represent Paso Robles High School in SkillUSA’s national competition. The students plan on spreading the word to other high schools and said that Morro Bay High School has invited them to speak to their athletes. The team said that they are exploring avenues on creating a nonprofit that will help bring Brains Before Gains to schools throughout the United States. For more information, visit or IG@brainsbeforegains.

Those interested can assist the program by donating at Money raised goes toward purchasing informational and display materials.

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USING VISION to CORRECT BRAIN TRAUMA Local optometrist presents research at international brain mapping conference


ouglas Major, O.D. was invited to present research to the Society for Brain Mapping Technology at the annual conference in March, highlighting ways to help those with neurological disorders including brain injuries. In April, Dr. Major and his wife Nancy demonstrated the treatment they used to aid Cal Poly athletes with brain injury at the Stanford Sports Concussion Summit. The 17th annual SMBT conference in Los Angeles is considered the “Academy Awards” for neuroscientists, featuring international brain researchers, neurologists, brain surgeons, and military brain trauma experts. The Stanford Summit included MVP Quarterback Steve Young who wisely chose to end his football career early after a series of concussions.

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Dr. Major presented the results of using non-traditional eyeglasses to help patients redevelop visual skills aiding recovery from debilitating, life-altering symptoms of brain injuries. He shared the podium with alternative medicine advocate Deepak Chopra, concussion doctor Danial Perl, and Artificial Intelligence professor — and brain injury survivor — Clark Elliott PhD.

“Dr. Elliott’s book ‘The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get It Back’ has had a profound effect on how I practice vision care,” Major said. “Clark’s story in that book is so compelling and amazing I had to go back to Chicago and learn it for myself.” Dr. Major and his wife Nancy — a teacher and certified vision therapist — have spent hundreds of hours learning this new way to treat brain disorders. As the only office in California with this specialty training and part of the Mind-Eye Institute, the Majors treat patients from a large geographic area including local high school and college athletes t Cal Poly. “It’s been very gratifying to be able to help those with the

often-hidden effects of a brain injury,” Major said, “and to help a post-concussion college athlete be able to return to class has been amazing.” Mind-Eye Institute in Northbrook, Illinois will extend optometrist Dr. Deborah Zelinsky’s ground-breaking clinical successes and research, which revolutionized scientific understanding of how the retina serves as a two-way portal into the mind and body. “Many mental disorders and learning disabilities are as much related to retinal sensitivities in peripheral eyesight and the lack of integration between visual and auditory signals as they are to abnormal brain activity and neurochemical imbalances,” Dr. Zelinsky said. More information about new treatment can be found at For an appointment for your personal vision with Dr. Major, visit or call (805) 238-1001.

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Vets Tails By Dr. Ryan Ehlinger


elcome faithful readers to the next edition of Veterinary Tails! Down at Main Street, we have been busy pulling foxtails and treating snake bites as summer is basically here. With summer weather and the kids soon to get out for their break, it is time to share a story about an American tradition, the family road trip. I'm sure we can all remember loading up as a family and heading for outof-state destinations armed with a map (yes we used to use paper for directions!) and listening to our parents debate which turn to take while we fight with our siblings or groan in the back. Several years ago I met a very nice family who had recently completed a cross country drive from Long Beach to outside of Hartford, Connecticut. They arrived at my clinic with their old black cat named Figaro, who needed a workup for weight loss. Figaro was getting skinny and ornery despite a really good appetite. After an exam and lab work, I diagnosed Figaro with a thyroid condition and his owners started giving him medication. As I got to know the family better, they shared a really great story with me about their cats' cross country journey.

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The Legend of Figaro The drive from California to New England takes about five days. During their journey, they stopped for the night in an old motel somewhere in New Mexico. They unpacked for the night and let the cat out to explore the room and stretch its legs. Overnight, Figaro decided to do a very cat thing by climbing up into the box-spring of the king-sized bed and hunkering down for the night. The next morning, the motel owners could not get him to come out. So, they started breaking down the bed to flush him out. In doing so, they found a stash of money, a gun, some fake ID's, and counterfeiting equipment hidden up under the bed where Figaro was hiding! They called down to the lobby and notified the motel owner. Next thing you know the local law enforcement is there interviewing the family and snapping pictures of Figaro with all the contraband. It turned out there was a statewide money laundering and counterfeiting operation operating out of that motel room. The evidence uncovered by Figaro led to the arrest of two people based on fingerprints, motel records, and other evidence. Figaro was now part of local law enforcement lore and was made an honorary feline sheriff.

A few years later my family and I chose to make the move from New England to California. We loaded up our two kids, three cats, one dog, and our beta fish. We connected our U-Haul and tried to avoid the tornadoes and 18-wheelers as we hauled it all across the country. I thought of Figaro often when I had to fish the cats out from behind entertainment centers or out from under beds to convince them to get back on the road each morning. There was no contraband awaiting me, usually just dust-bunnies or dead insects. One time I got a lucky penny. About a year after our move, Figaro's owners dropped in at the clinic on Main Street to say hello. They were visiting the Central Coast from Long Beach and wanted to tour the clinic. Figaro was still alive but was struggling with renal failure and heart disease in addition to his thyroid problems. They thanked me for giving him good care back in New England. At this point, he was 22 years old! My first question to them was whether Figaro broke up any crime rings on the way back across the country. Apparently, it was an uneventful trip as the owner told me “Figaro is officially retired from law enforcement but remains a hero in New Mexico."

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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 Atascadero, 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@ 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 am at the Pavilion Rev’s Frank & Terry ZumMallen Congregation Ohr Tzafon 2605 Traffic Way Service: Fridays, 7:30 pm Rabbi Janice Mehring (805) 466-0329


Creston Community Church 5170 O’Donovan Road Service: 9:00 am Pastor JD Megason

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


Heritage Village Church At The Don Everingham Center Heritage Ranch Service: 10 am Pastor Brad Brown (805) 712-7265 Hill Top Christian Fellowship 2085 Gateway Drive Heritage Ranch Service: 10:30 am Pastor Jack Little (760) 304-2435 Oak Shores Christian Fellowship 2727 Turkey Cove Rd., at the Oak Shores Community Clubhouse Service: 8:30 am Pastor Jack Little (760) 304-2435


Apostolic Assembly of the Faith of Christ Jesus 2343 Park St Bilingual Services: Services: Thursday 7 pm Sunday 2 pm Pastor Miguel Alvarado (805) 610-2930 Bridge Christian Church Centennial Park Banquet Room 600 Nickerson Dr. Service: 9:30 am Pastor Tim Mensing (805) 975-7178 Calvary Chapel Paso Robles 1615 Commerce Way Service: 9:30 am Pastor Aaron Newman (805) 239-4295

Christian Life Center Assembly of God 1744 Oak St. ServiceTimes: 10:30 am 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 pm (805) 239-1361 Church of Christ 3545 Spring St. (Corner 36th & Spring) Service: Sunday, 11 am 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 am (805) 238-4216 Missionaries: (805) 366.2363 Covenant Presbyterian Church 1450 Golden Hill Rd. Service: 9:30 am Pastor Dan Katches (805) 238-6927 Belong Central Coast 905 Vine St. meets @ NCCF Service: Sunday 3 pm Senior Leaders: Pep & Angie Robey (661) 205-7853

Life Worth Living Church of God 620 17th St. Service: 11 am Pastor Jim Wilde (805) 238-0978 Live Oak 1521 Oak St. Service: 10 am Pastor John Kaiser (805) 238-0575 Mid State Baptist Church 3770 Ruth Way Services Sunday: 1:30 & 2:30 pm Pastor Bruce Fore (805) 238-2281 New Day 1228 11th St (east off Paso Robles St) Services: Sunday 10 am, Wednesday 7 pm Pastor Brad Alford (805) 239-9998 New Life Tabernacle 3850 So. Ramada Dr. Ste. D Service: 10 am Pastor Efrain Cordero North County Christian Fellowship 421 9th St. Services: 9:30 am Pastor Steve Calagna (805) 239-3325 Paso Robles Bible Church 2206 Golden Hill Rd. Service: Sunday, 10:30 am Pastor Mark Wheeler Pastor Dave Rusco (805) 226-9670

Family Worship Center 616 Creston Rd. Service: 10 am Pastor Patrick Sheean (805) 239-4809

Paso Robles Church of the Nazarene 530 12th St. Service: 10:30 am Pastor Nanci Lovelace, Interim (805) 238-4300

First Baptist Church 1645 Park St. Pastor Michael R. Garman Services: 8:30 am & 11 am Discipleship 10 am (805) 238-4419

Paso Robles Community Church 2706 Spring St. Service: 9:00 am Pastor Shawn Penn (805) 239-4771

First Mennonite Church 2343 Park St. Service: 11 am Pastor Romero (805) 238-2445

Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC Thirteenth and Oak Streets Service: 10 am Pastor Steven Mabry (805) 238-3321

First United Methodist 915 Creston Rd. Service: 11 am Pastor Josh Zulueta (805) 238-2006 Grace Baptist Church 535 Creston Rd. Service: 10:30 am Pastor Gary Barker (805) 238-3549 Highlands Church Corner S. River and Niblick 215 Oak Hill Services: 8:30, 9:45 & 11 am Pastor James Baird (805) 226-5800

Poder de Dios Centro Familiar 500 Linne Road, Suite D Services Sunday 4:30pm & Wed. 7pm Pastors: Frank and Isabel Diaz (805) 264-9322 / (805) 621-4199 Redeemer Baptist Church Kermit King Elementary School 700 Schoolhouse Circle Service: 10:30 am Pastor Christopher Cole (805) 238-4614 Second Baptist Church 1937 Riverside Ave. Service: 11 am Pastors: Rueben Tate, Gary Jordon (805) 238-2011

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

First Presbyterian Church of Templeton 610 S. Main St. Service: 10 am Reverend Charlie Little (805) 434-1921

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church 820 Creston Rd. Weekday Mass: M-S, 7 am Weekend Masses: Saturday - 5 pm (Vigil) Sunday - 8 am, 10 am (Family Mass) 12:30 pm (Spanish) 5 pm (Teen) & 7 pm (Spanish) Father Rudolfo Contreras (805) 238-2218

Higher Dimension Church 601 Main St. 1st Sunday: 1:30 pm 2nd - 5th Sundays 12:30 pm Pastor Charlie Reed, Jr. (805) 440-0996

The Revival Center 3850 Ramada Dr., Ste. A-3 Service: 10 am Pastor Gabe Abdelaziz (805) 434-5170

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

The Light of the World Church 2055 RIverside Ave. Services: Everyday, 6 pm Sundays 10 am & 5 pm Pasor Bonifacio Robles (612) 990-4701 Trinity Lutheran Church 940 Creston Rd. Contemporary Service: 9 am Traditional Service: 10:45 am Sr. Pastor Dan Rowe (805) 238-3702 Victory Outreach Paso Robles 3850 Ramada Drive Suite B3 Services: Sunday, 10 am Wednesday, 7 pm Pastor Jason Wilson (805) 835-4195


Bethel Lutheran Church 295 Old County Rd. Service: 9:30 am Pastor Amy Beveridge (805) 434-1329 Celebration Worship Center-PCOG 988 Vineyard Drive Pastor Roy Spinks Services: 10:30 am & 6 pm (805) 434-2424 Central Coast Center for Spiritual Living 689 Crocker St. Service: 10 am Rev. Elizabeth Rowley (805) 242-3180 Cowboy Church Ride For the Brand Ministry Sale Barn 401 Main St. Main St. Service: Thursdays, 7 pm Pastor Mike Mosby (805) 463-2455

Life Community Church 3770 Ruth Way Service: 9:30 am Pastor Keith Newsome (805) 434-5040

Seventh-day Adventist Church Templeton Hills 930 Templeton Hills Rd. Services: Saturday 9:30 & 10:30 am Pastor Zac Page (805) 434-1710 Vineyard Church of Christ 601 So. Main St. Service: 10 am Evangelist: Steve Orduno (805) 610-4272 Vintage Community Church 692 Peterson Ranch Road Services: 9 & 11 am Coaches: Aaron Porter, Dayn Mansfield (805) 543-0943


Iglesia Fuente De Agua Viva 301 13th St. Services: 10 am & 7 pm Pastors Jorge & Maria Alvarez (805) 467-5500 Mission San Miguel Parish 775 Misssion Street Weekday Mass: 8 am Weekend Mass: Saturday: 5 pm English (Vigil) & 6:30 pm Spanish (Vigil) Sunday: 7 am, Noon & 6 pm (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

Praise & Worship 206 5th St. Service: 10 am Pastor Vern H. Haynes Jr. (805) 975-8594

Provided as a community service by.... Adelaide Inn 1215 Ysabel Ave (Just off 24th near Hwy 101 and 46 East intersection) Paso Robles, 805-238-2770

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By Mark Diaz

fter years of service, police K-9 Jack retired from the North Station of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff ’s Department. A generous contribution from the Bank of Sierra grant program aided in the purchase of a new canine officer to replace Jack. The department also faces another valuable loss with the retirement of Senior Deputy Allen Barger who has served as the unit coordinator since its inception in 2000. Canine units support law enforcement operations by helping searches for outstanding suspects, missing persons and narcotics while enhancing officer safety and providing outstanding service to the community. Barger said that canines also act as a force multiplier, meaning the dogs are considered officers on duty. For example, if two officers are required to work a night shift, a handler can enlist his canine partner as his immediate backup. This helps greatly in a rural community where deputies can be separated by large swaths of land. Using canines in this fashion greatly cuts down on the cost of staffing. “Even with vet bills, food, care and feeding of the dog, all the costs involved are minimal compared to what another deputy would cost,” Barger said. The canine program started in January of 2000 with Barger as the lead , participating in a departmental cooperative K-9 program with the California Highway Patrol. Barger joined forces with K-9 Jake, a black Labrador retriever, to create the Sheriff ’s first canine team. The two worked side-by-side until Jake passed away in 2010 after succumbing to cancer. He was 12 years old. Jack, also a black Labrador, worked with Barger until his retirement in March or 2019. Jack is now spending his twilight years living at home with Barger and his family. Adrienne Hagan............................... 13 AM Sun Solar.................................... 15 American Barn & Wood.................... 17 American Riviera Bank..................... 15 April Price Yoga................................. 16 AutoBahn.......................................... 47 Awakening Ways Spiritual Community....................................... 31 Black Cat Bistro................................. 38 Blakes True Value.............................. 37 Bob Sprains...................................... 16 Bridge Sportsmen’s Center.............. 13 Brooklin Oaks Pharmacy.................. 43 California Mid-State Fair................... 25 Chandra Corley................................. 41 Cheri York.......................................... 09 Cider Creek Bakery........................... 18

City of Atascadero............................. 26 City of Paso Robles - Concerts.......... 31 City of Paso Robles-REC................... 11 Colony Media................................... 51 Cone & Associates............................. 41 Connect Home Loans....................... 18 Diane Cassidy................................... 04 Dr Kaitilin Riley DDS......................... 47 Dr. Chalekson................................... 35 Dr. Mikulics....................................... 47 El Paso de Robles Historical Society.45 Equine Experience........................... 32 Estrella Warbirds.............................. 29 Fox Hill Pool & Spa........................... 32 Frontier Floors................................... 45 Gallagher Video................................ 13 Gallegos Garage Door Service......... 47

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It is not uncommon for sniffer dogs such as Jack to be rescue dogs that have failed out of other training programs. Barger explained that although they may be excellent dogs, some may not excel in all aspects of policing such as search and rescue or suspect apprehension. These dogs can be assessed by the department to determine if they can become sniffer dogs. Over the course of his career, Jack completed 1,533 hours of training in locating the odors of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, opium and marijuana. Barger said that his partner located in excess of 5,250 grams (11.5 lbs.) of cocaine, 2,032 grams (4.5 lbs.) of heroin, 1,472,347 grams (3,246 lbs.) of marijuana and 26,640 grams (59 lbs.) of methamphetamine during his years of service. Jack’s positive alert established probable cause for the issuance of 41 search warrants where narcotics were located. The department recently purchased three new cross-trained patrol dogs, one of which is trained to locate explosive substances. The bomb dog will be the first of its kids for the Sheriff ’s Office.


Thank you for choosing Paso Robles Magazine! General Store Paso Robles............... 41 Inter City Electric............................... 34 Glenns Rental and Repair................ 30 Knock Out Boxing Gym.................... 45 H.M. Holloway.................................. 14 Kokers tree removal & demo........... 49 Hairitage Salon................................. 37 Lansford Dental................................ 05 Hamon OHD..................................... 49 Las Tablas Animal Hospital............... 22 Handy Brad Home Services............. 45 Lube N Go......................................... 32 Harvest Senior Living....................... 49 Main Street Animal Hospital............ 46 Hearing Aid Specialists.................... 03 Margarita Adventures...................... 23 Hearing Solutions............................ 14 Nick’s Painting.................................. 30 Heart to Heart Real Estate................ 45 Nose to Tail........................................ 47 Heather Desmond............................ 07 Odyssey World Cafe......................... 34 Heavenly Home Paso....................... 40 Optometric Care Associates............. 44 Heidi’s Cafe Fine Mexican Food....... 35 Pacific Trust Mortgage...................... 45 His Healing Hands........................... 31 Paradigm Advisors........................... 39 Hope Chest Emporium.................... 13 Paso Petcare...................................... 39

The sheriff hosts fundraisers throughout the year to help support the K-9 unit. With the acquisition of the new dogs, another patrol car was needed. For safety reasons, these vehicles require special features. Cars can become incredibly hot even on a cool day. Deputy Barger’s car registered an internal temperature of 80 degrees on the day of the interview despite only being 60 and cloudy outside. One such safety measure is if the AC fails to compensate adequately, the car’s windows will lower and activate a special fan to push out the hot air. “We were able to raise about $60,000 with help from people in the community and we used that money to purchase a brand new patrol car which is our new K-9 car,” Barger said. The dogs also participate in community outreach programs to introduce them to the public. Barger said that the canines are taken to all sorts of service functions and that one of the sheriff ’s priorities for taking on a new K-9 is that the dog has to be a social animal. “Not all K-9 programs are developed that way,” Barger said. “But we want our dogs to be social.” Over the years, Bank of Sierra has donated more than $2 million to various communities. Nonprofits that wish to apply for a Sierra Grant can pick up an instructional brochure at any branch or visit for more information. Paso Pops.......................................... 52 Paso Robles Golf Club...................... 43 Paso Robles Handyman................... 43 Paso Robles Insurance..................... 49 Paso Robles Main Street.................. 18 Paso Robles Safe & Lock................... 47 Patterson Realty................................ 12 Pegasus Senior Living 01.....13, 40, 42 Perfect Air.......................................... 38 PR Chamber of Commerce.............. 42 PR District Cemetery......................... 49 Red Scooter Deli............................... 43 Robert Fry, M.D................................. 31 Señor Sanchos.................................. 51 Sensorio Field of Light..................... 02 Solarponics....................................... 34 Sweet Zulu Bakeshop....................... 38

Ted Hamm Ins.................................. 43 Teresa Rhyne Law Group.................. 17 The Art Works.................................... 18 The Blenders..................................... 18 The Laundromat by Swish & Swirl... 33 The Loft.............................................. 14 The Natural Alternative..................... 16 The Paso Food-Coop......................... 07 Thomas Hall CBD.............................. 13 Tolosa Children’s Dental................... 07 Ward Custom Construction.............. 43 Western Janitor Supply.................... 49 Whitehorse....................................... 37 Writing Support Group.................... 30 Wyatt Wicks Finish Carpentry.......... 32 Yoga Inward...................................... 14

Paso Robles Magazine, June 2019

Free Admission • Food • Wine • Beer • Vendors Kid Zone • Bounce House • Americana Games • Playground

3rd annual • 2-8 pm • atascadero lake Park

Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players The Blue “Js” • A J Lee & Blue Summit T h e To r o C r e e k R a m b l e r s • B a n j e r D a n

Enjoy an afternoon of great music, food, and games before you head out for fireworks around the county!

Festival seating. Bring lowback chairs. No blankets by stage area. No fireworks.

Earlybird BBQ tickets & merchandise available now!

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Profile for Nicholas Mattson

Paso Robles Magazine | June 2019 | Issue No. 218  

The Story of Us | A Monthly Look at the Remarkable Community of Paso Robles, Templeton, San Miguel, Shandon and Bradley • Delivered to every...

Paso Robles Magazine | June 2019 | Issue No. 218  

The Story of Us | A Monthly Look at the Remarkable Community of Paso Robles, Templeton, San Miguel, Shandon and Bradley • Delivered to every...