Paso Robles Press Magazine • #264 • April 2023

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ON THE COVER 38 20 40 34 Something Worth Reading 10 Publisher's Letter Round Town 12 Through the Grapevine 14 Paso Robles Main Street Association 15 The Natural Alternative 16 Paso Robles Area Historical Society 17 The General Store 18 Kid-Friendly Paso Robles 19 Shift’N Gears Feature 20 Superbloom on the Brain! Business 30 Wildflower Boutique Oak Leaf 32 SLO County of Education 34 Paso Robles Rotary Derby Days 36 Olive and Lavendar Festival 38 Paso Robles Art in the Park 40 Life Coaching with Horses Taste 42 Sip & Savor: Willow Creek Mystque 44 The Farm Stand: Farmers Market Spring Quiche 46 Taste of Americana: Meals for Important Days Calendar 47 Calendar of Events 48 Service Listings: Government and Community Services 49 Worship Directory Last Word 50 Spring Celebrations: Easter Fun & Blooming Wildflowers 50 Directory of our Advertisers CONTENTS
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As we transition into the season of spring, we are thrilled to welcome all the wonderful things that this time of year brings. From the vibrant colors of blooming flowers to the chirping of birds in the morning, it’s a delightful season of renewal and new beginnings. And with Easter and other celebrations just around the corner, there’s even more reason to celebrate and enjoy the joys of spring.

Along with these joys, we have seen an abundance of rain unlike anything we have seen in recent years. The latest figures as of late March shows that Paso Robles is recording 26.38 inches. The county is closely monitoring the reservoir levels with Salinas reporting 107.6 inches of water in its reservoir, Lake Lopez following closely at 98.6 inches. Lake Nacimiento currently holds 85.0 inches of water, while San Antonio and Whale Rock reservoirs report 50.0 and 100.0 inches, respectively. It’s a great sight to see them full, and if you haven’t had the chance to visit yet, we highly recommend you do so.

With the promise of the Superbloom and sunny days ahead, many of us are excited to get outdoors and explore the beauty of North County’s hiking trails. As we make our way to the trails that are now filled with green hills and running streams, please be mindful of your surroundings and stay safe.

In addition to the joys and challenges of spring, we also want to take a moment to address a recent health issue affecting our community. As many of you know, Mayor Steve Martin is currently taking a hiatus from the council due to medical reasons. We send our love and well wishes to him during this time and pray for a safe and healthy recovery.

Mayor Martin has been a dedicated member of our community, and his contributions have made a significant impact on our town. We want him to know that we are thinking of him during this challenging time and we look forward to his return.

May you all have a delightful spring and Easter season filled with joy, hope, and renewal. Embrace all the beauty and wonder that this time of year brings and cherish every moment.

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‘Stay Tuned’ Songs from TV to be presented by Wine Country Theatre

Wine Country Theatre, based in Paso Robles, is presenting a dynamic and entertaining musical revue featuring songs from TV, including classic TV theme songs, songs from TV variety shows, commercials, and parody songs.

“We have a great cast, and it’s been fun putting the script together to represent many of our favorite shows, both contemporary and classic,” said Wine Country Theatre Executive Director Cynthia Anthony. “Audiences will want to sing along to ‘Happy Days’ and ‘Green

Acres’ and ‘The Addams Family,’ just to mention a few. Songs from ‘Yellowstone’ and ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘Ginny and Georgia’ are also included, along with beloved animated shows, including ‘The Simpsons.’ We have a very talented pianist, our Music Director Linda Wilson, plus some cast members will play the guitar and other instruments. It’s not TV, it’s live.”

“Stay Tuned” will be presented by Broken Earth Winery, and all performances are in the Broken Earth Winery tasting room, which is located at 1650 Ramada Drive in Paso Robles. Show dates are April 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Of course, delicious Broken Earth wines and pizzas will be available for purchase to enjoy during the show. Seating is general admission. Tickets are $40 each.

Wine Country Theatre is a professional-caliber community theater that has been presenting plays and musicals for 10 years. Set adrift after the pandemic, due to a change of management of the Park Ballroom, the theater company has been using various venues to present their productions.

“Presenting at Broken Earth Winery is

a privilege and we hope this can be just the beginning of collaborating with other wineries,” proclaims Anthony.

So, turn off the TV and come to see this light and entertaining show. For tickets, go to

Optimist Club Easter Movie Fundraiser at Park Cinemas

On April 16, at 2 p.m., the Optimist Club of Paso Robles will be holding an afternoon Easter Movie Fundraiser at the Park Cinemas in downtown Paso Robles. The theater will be showing the classic film “Easter Parade” starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire.

Released in 1948, “Easter Parade” was one of the highest-grossing musicals in the 1940s. Actor/Dancer Fred Astaire stars as a rising Broadway star who tries to break away from his former dance partner, played by Ann Miller, so he can be with newcomer Judy Garland. With great musical numbers by Irving Berlin and a star-studded cast, this film is one of the best musicals of all time and an entertaining Easter favorite.

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The event will include a special Easter Egg giveaway that includes gift baskets and gift certificates for the lucky winners who draw a Golden Egg from their selected sack. This special giveaway is limited to the first 80 persons to walk in the door.

The cost per person to attend this special screening is $20 and is tax deductible. Tickets will be sold by the theater online at or in person at the Park Cinemas, located at 1100 Pine Street, Paso Robles. Included with your ticket will be your choice of champagne and chocolate or popcorn and a soda. There is a $1.50 per ticket charge for online purchases, but in-theater purchases do not have an additional charge.

The Optimist Club of Paso Robles is the local chapter of Optimist International, a service organization started in 1919 that is dedicated to improving the lives of youth in the community. The Paso Robles Optimist Club provides scholarships to High School Seniors, supports all types of youth activities, holds a Free Kid’s Fishing Derby twice a year, and donates backpacks for CPS kids in San Luis Obispo County. If anyone is interested in

participating with this or other events sponsored by the club or wishes more information on joining the club, please contact Chuck Sawyer at (805) 591-9590 or Linda Stermer at (805) 238-2410. The club holds dinner meetings the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. Locations are variable.

Come join the fun at Easter and enjoy a great classic movie while supporting your local Optimist Club and local youth. We’ll see you at the movies.

anticipated Empty Bowls fundraiser is coming to Paso Robles for the very first time. This event, which has been a huge success in Atascadero in the past, is aimed at raising funds to support ECHO’s efforts to end homelessness in the North County.

For those in the Paso Robles area, the Empty Bowls fundraiser will take on a slightly different format. On Thursday, April 27, Studios on the Park will host an evening reception from 5 to 7 p.m., which will feature soup tastings, curated wine selections, studio art, and live music. Attendees will receive a souvenir wine glass and artisan ceramic bowl to take home. Tickets for the Paso Robles reception are $100 per person, and can be purchased at echoemptybowlspasorobles.

ECHO would like to express its gratitude to the generous sponsors and participating restaurants, bakeries, and artists throughout San Luis Obispo County for making the Empty Bowls fundraiser possible. By coming together to support this important cause, we can help ensure that every member of our community has a warm meal and a safe place to sleep at night.

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April is the Month of Wildflowers

April’s plant of the month is wildflowers. No matter how chaotic life is, when the earth tilts closer to the sun in April, wildflowers will spring up in the middle of nowhere, bringing pure joy. Early in April the Moon is full. On Sunday, April 6, the April Pink Moon appears. The name comes from the common little pink flower, Moss Phlox, which begins to bloom with this moon. This is also the time when water and streams begin to thaw and fully flow.

Are you ready to cure cabin fever after this wild winter we’ve just come through? Main Street opens the month with Hop-To-It. On April 1, the Easter Bunny is in the Holiday House, 12th & Park Streets in the City Park from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. (no joke). Bring the children for a visit and treats.

Easter is celebrated on April 9 this year. This Holiday is meant to be a symbol of Hope, Renewal, and New Life.

For the 15th year, Main Street hosts the Vintage Sidecar Rendezvous from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the East Side of City Park. Joining us in the park is Recycled Treasures consisting of Vendors spread around the park. It’s great shopping for antiques, crafts, food and much more. This year there will be a display of electric vehicles to check out on the west-side of the park. Join us for a fun day.

Hope you saw the almost full River we acquired this winter. It was exciting to see and remember when the Salinas River ran free from the South to the North (one of a few throughout the world). When full, it is a reminder of this beautiful land we live on. Everyone loves Paso Robles. We were incorporated as a City in 1889 and have continued to grow a Downtown which has been operated by locals for so many years. This has provided that special feeling of hometown pride that you won’t find in most other cities around the USA. These business owners work hard to keep their businesses up-to-date and succeeding. The Downtown Main Street Association has been open and available to assist Businesses to effectively restore, promote and enhance the economic vitality and unique historical value of the Downtown while maintaining a friendly Community atmosphere for over 30 years. There are four active Committees available to assist Downtown Businesses:

Design Committee

Here to assist business with consultation for improvements, planning and feasibility issues (codes and ordinances), seismic retrofits along with process and procedure matters.

Economic Vitality Committee

New business recruitment through publication and distribution of materials downtown. Work to strengthen the downtown existing economic base.

Promotion Committee

Market Traditional commercial district’s assets to customers thru publication and distribution of materials about downtown.

Organizational Committee

Builds consensus and cooperation among the many businesses, clubs and individuals who have a role in the downtown revitalization process.

Our Business Improvement District includes a retail mix of professional services, banks, restaurants, wine-tasting rooms, pubs, retail merchants, and offices. Stop by the downtown office at 835 12th Street Suite D (in the alley), or call (805) 238-4103.

An example of one of our Special Downtown Shops is Reminisce located at the corner of Pine and 14th Streets. It’s one of the jewels of downtown. Jeannie Bork became a dealer at Sentimental Journey on Valentine’s Day in 2003. On April 1 of 2006 she took over the business and Reminisce was born. To quote her, “To say Reminisce is my Dream come true is an understatement.” There is so much talent under this roof. This is a charming “Village of Shops” and has everything from new and handmade jewelry to refurbished and primitive gifts, and of course, lots of vintage and some antiques.

This is a must-see kinda place. Stroll through, and take your time because there truly is something for everyone. Thank you Jeannie for the joyful experience. Enjoy this beautiful world. Spend time outside, and don’t let the stress life can deal get you down. Walt Whitman reminds us to “Keep your face to the Sunshine and Shadows will fall behind you!”

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Customer Appreciation Day 2023

We personally want to thank you for supporting The Natural Alternative since we opened our doors 27 years ago. We are planning a special day just for you on Saturday, April 29, where you will enjoy 25 percent off storewide, including multiple raffle baskets given away to appreciative customers, vendors sampling out their goods, and samples galore. Mark your calendar and help us celebrate.

When we opened the store in 1995, little did we know it would explode into “the store that’s so much more” — all thanks to you. We have continued to expand our product lines, maintaining the exceptional quality supplements you’ve learned to trust. All of our hair and skincare lines are free of chemicals. We are proud to offer a variety of meal replacement shakes, greens, the highest quality CBD products, children’s supplements, pet care, and perfect gift ideas, including beautiful SoulKu bracelets and necklaces. This line of jewelry is handcrafted by moms from Asheville, NC, to support nonprofits that celebrate, inspire, empower, and connect

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Hunter J’s Reserves, a local CBD company, will join us to sample out their amazing selection of full spectrum CBD lotions in a variety of scents (from pure essential oils) as well as unscented in either 500 mg or 1000 mg strengths. In addition, Be Rooted Botanicals from Santa Cruz will join us to provide samples of their powerful CBD Arnica cream and CBD Magnesium day or night creams to soothe your achy muscles. Also, enjoy Whalebird Kombucha to keep you energized as well as hydrated while you shop. My talented staff will be on hand all day to answer your questions and assist you with your special shopping needs.

Mark your calendar — this is a big one. Saturday, April 29, from 10 to 5 for the storewide sale. Enter to win one of our many baskets and receive tons of samples with each purchase. It’s our way of saying Thank you to our wonderful community for supporting The Natural Alternative since 1995.

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The First Lady of

Growing up on her family ranch in La Panza, Dabirma (Birma) Still was quite aware of the nature in her surroundings. Born on March 20, 1875, in San Luis Obispo County, she captured this world of hers through photography and eventually became known as ‘The First Lady of Photography,’ becoming the most prominent woman photographer in California in the early 20th century.

Most of her earlier photographs were made with an old box camera. It was in December of 1904 when Birma married John Maclean, and she received a ‘new’ folding Kodak camera, from which postcard sized prints could be made. It was during this period that Birma began taking photos of California wildflowers growing in the general area of La Panza from the Carrisa (Carrizo) Plain to Santa Margarita, where the southern end of Shell Creek intersects with Highway 58, also known as the “Carrisa Highway.”

Birma had met Miss Alice Eastwood — an authority on plants native to California — when Alice was visiting friends on the Carrisa

Plain. Birma sent prints of the flowers she had photographed to Alice to identify. Birma then wrote this identification on the negatives to ensure a more permanent record. In all, some one hundred thirty wildflowers and plants native to San Luis Obispo county were photographed and identified.

Dabirma also met the famed naturalist and horticulturist Luther Burbank in 1908. He became quite interested in Birma’s photographs. As a result, the folks in La Panza gathered seeds, roots, and bulbs of native plants for Burbank, who in return sent to La Panza various plants he was experimenting with to test whether these plants would survive in the hot, dry conditions of La Panza.

Wildflowers to look for today in San Luis Obispo County are mustard, goldfields, tidy tips, baby blue eyes, owl’s clover, poppies and lupine.

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A Low-Key Way to Connect Us to Our Neighbors

“I like your dog — Dolly, for President. You are my person. Ramen enthusiast. A drawing of a goat’s face. I’ll take a Double Double. Failure is success in progress.”

The above messages can be found at General Store Paso Robles in an area we refer to lovingly as Sticker Town (which is separate from Puzzle Town, located in the back corner). Stickers are familiar to anyone who grew up in the 80s, where a trip to the Hallmark Store wasn’t complete without a few sheets of Mrs. Grossman’s rainbow stickers for your Trapper Keeper. (Interestingly, there really is a Mrs. Grossman. She accidentally invented an entire industry in 1979 when some heart stickers she’d ordered for a client’s gift store were delivered on rolls instead of sheets.)

The earliest stickers may have been invented by the Ancient Egyptians. Archaeologists found paper remnants on the walls of markets displaying the prices of goods. After the founder of Avery Labels created the world’s first self-adhesive label in the 30s, there was no going back. Dwight Eisenhower used “I Like Ike” bumper stickers to promote his campaign for President. Resorts and tourist attractions would send staff out to put their branded bumper stickers on every car in the parking lot

while their guests were busy inside. (Let’s not try that one.) From politics to music fans to car lovers, stickers have long been a way for people to communicate something they are passionate about.

But why the resurgence now? Now that fanny packs are back (yes they are!), were stickers inevitable? It’s more than that. A survey by Harris Poll from 2017 found that 36 percent of millennials who use “visual expressions” such as emojis, GIFs, and stickers believe those images communicate their thoughts and feelings better than words. And sometimes, just seeing a massive pug sticker on the travel mug of the person next to you in line can make you feel a little less salty.

What we love about stickers now is that there are just so many to choose from, meaning you really can tell a little story about yourself. Maybe a sticker with dinosaurs titled “Original Vegans” does not offer a glimpse into the depth of your soul. But isn’t it kind of fun to let the other taco lovers in the room, who, like you, enjoy overthinking, surfing, and Willie Nelson, know they are not alone?

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hidden gems

Walkable, affordable, and kidfriendly — that’s how I describe downtown Paso Robles to my friends and family. And although some didn’t believe me at first, it’s true — our bustling little downtown has many hidden gems, hiding in plain sight, that make Paso Robles a very kid-friendly place.

Whether you are visiting Paso Robles or are lucky enough to call it home, there are many no-cost/low-cost activities for littles. With the cost of just about everything going up — a recent trip to the dollar store revealed that it is now the $1.25 store — parents and children alike are in need of some fun activities that will not break the bank. Look no further than downtown Paso Robles.

Start out by parking in the public lot behind City Hall and the library. Recent changes have made this entire lot free for anyone coming downtown. It’s an easy and convenient location to start our adventure. From there, head across Spring Street to visit the historic Paso Robles Inn. While taking in the history of the first major attraction in our city, stop by the front desk to ask for a paper cone filled to the brim

with fish food. From there, head out to the lush courtyard to feed the beautiful koi in the three ponds on the grounds. A quick walk back to the library leads to another fish adventure. Ms. Melissa, the children’s librarian, doubles as the library aquarium docent. Ask her about the three generations of fish that call the library home. While there, make sure to sign your child up for a free library card and check out the free weekly activities for newborns to fifth-graders.

Just across the street, within the historic Carnegie Library, is the Historical Society Museum. For the suggested donation of $5, you can take a walk through the history of Paso Robles. Make sure to ask one of the friendly docents about the blue bunny. Somewhere in the Museum hides a little light-up toy for children to find. If you’re lucky enough to find the bunny, a coloring book and a sweet treat is the prize. Most exciting of all, the child that finds the bunny picks the new hiding spot for the next young visitor to find. Next, stroll over to the Brown Butter Cookie company for a perfect toddler-size sample of their classic cookies. Pop into the Paso Robles General Store for hand-selected local items and free stickers for the kiddos.

Complete your kid-friendly walking tour with a stop at the Downtown City Park, a

popular gathering spot post story time at the library, to search for another hidden treasure: acorns. Nestled in the dirt and fallen twigs, below an impressive Oak tree, there is a bounty of these oak nuts that are as synonymous with our city’s name as they are with a nostalgic scavenger hunt. As your little ones hunt and play you will ultimately strike up conversations with other parents.

These chats usually begin with the proverbial “How old are your kids?” and turn into the exchanging of potty-training struggles or sharing of information about yoga classes or swim lessons through the city’s aquatics program. Now you have stumbled upon the true gem of our community: the people. These encounters in our public places have been instrumental in growing meaningful friendships for my child and me.

Friendships increase your sense of belonging, boost your happiness, and help with coping during times of difficulty. In the day and age of using apps to meet other parents and arrange playdates, we have a treasure trove of places to do just that while having fun along the way.

As A.A. Milne said, “We didn’t know we were making memories. We just knew we were having fun.”

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We are here to offer some monthly tips, tricks and tales from the automotive industry. Whether you are fellow gearheads, garage aficionados, or maybe you think about blinker fluid (hint, hint, you don’t have any blinker fluid), we are here for you.

We are Jimmy and Leigh-Ann of Shift’N Gears Garage in Paso Robles. If you don’t know us already, we are both locals who decided to give back to our community and open up an ASE Master Certified full-service auto repair facility that specializes in Transmissions and Differentials. We are a one-stop shop from preventative maintenance to transmission replacements; for your weekend cruiser to your daily commuter. Jimmy has been an ASE Certified Master Tech for over 15 years and also hosts Gearhead Radio, a weekly live call-in radio show on Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m. on KPRL 99.3 FM 1230 AM where all things auto-related are covered.

Check engine lights? Here’s a quick reference guide to understanding what they mean:

Did you know, most vehicles have at least 32 sensors and seven Modules all speaking to one another in various feedback loops? This is why your vehicle’s problems can be multifaceted, affecting your electrical and mechanical systems. Problems have to be treated in terms of symptoms and root causes,

but just like a doctor, sometimes you need to treat the symptoms first before the root cause comes into view.

The first character of the code is a letter indicating the area of the car where the fault lies:

P = Powertrain: Covers the transmission, engine, fuel and ignition systems.

C = Chassis: Covers mechanical systems such as steering, suspension and braking systems.

B = Body: Covers systems primarily located in the passenger compartment.

U = Network and vehicle integration: Functions (outputs) controlled by the OBD-II system.

The 2nd character will be a 0 or 1:

0 = A Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International generic code.

1 = A manufacturer-specific code. The 3rd characters run 0 to 8 and identify a vehicle’s effected system:

0 = Fuel systems and emission controls.

1 = Fuel and air metering.

2 = Fuel injector and air metering circuit.

3 = Ignition system or a misfire.

4 = Auxiliary emission controls.

5 = Vehicle speed control, idle system and auxiliary inputs.

6 = Computer and output circuits.

7-8 = Transmission.

The remaining digits indicates the “symptom” within that subsystem.

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Ask anyone in San Luis Obispo County if they remember California’s Superbloom of 2019, and chances are their answer will be an excited “yes.” Who could forget? California’s last Superbloom made national (and even global) news as wildflower mania gripped the state.

Some of the best wildflower viewings can be found right here in our own backyard. Santa Margarita is an officially designated Gateway to the Carrizo Plain National Monument, situated off Highway 58, about an hour out of town. An amazing place to explore on its own at any time, the Carrizo Plain is the star of many photos taken during superbloom years with its Easter egg-colored hills acting as a backdrop to Soda Lake and wide expanses of colorful fields of flowers.

Photos of hillsides, meadows, and open spaces covered with spectacular displays of nature’s

most brilliant colors filled the media with the blooming flowers so prolific that the spectacle could even be seen from outer space via satellite images. Already there’s been trouble in paradise as swarms of flower-frenzied fans in some earlier blooming areas have already been “banned” due to bad behavior. So to avoid any problems, here is what you can do for maximum enjoyment and to help ensure these special areas of beauty will remain for future generations.

First of all, it’s important to note that the superbloom phenomenon occurs thanks to trillions of tiny seeds of mostly annual plants, whose life cycles are completed within one year or season, as opposed to a perennial, which in the right conditions can continue its life for multiple years.

Some of the best spots for a superbloom can be found where the landscape conditions are naturally hot, dry and generally inhospitable to sustain many perennials without supplemental watering (think of a rocky hillside, a desert or a sparse and arid grassland). The very nature of such locations actually have helped to preserve the wild and sporadic beauty that we have come to seek out when the blooms demand attention

as these places are often deemed too desolate, dry, and difficult for human habitation, with many referred to otherwise as “barren wastelands.”

With great unpredictability, a year will come along when the rains continue to fall, keeping the soil perfectly moist and with environmental conditions just right, staying relatively cool as spring approaches and not too hot too soon, the soil begins to stir with awakening seeds, finally breaking out of their long slumber of dormancy. The wait time for perfect conditions could be one, five, or 10 years or longer, with studies in controlled situations showing that seeds are perfect little time capsules that can even stay viable for up to 70 years or longer, waiting for conditions to be right for growth.

You’ve probably heard it before, but please be respectful of the plants, keeping to the paths and designated parking areas. Many times we witness (or have taken) the careless footsteps or actions of those who don’t understand the fragility of these landscapes. When cars are parked “just a little off the road,” when people walk off a path or even next to each other stepping on “just a few plants” or even picking “just a few flowers,” or worse, “what could be the problem?”

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During a superbloom, there looks to be such an abundance that these “small actions” can’t possibly do any harm, but this sadly isn’t true. The usually thin soils actually can become compacted or destroyed under the weight of tires and footsteps, which over the years cause ever-widening barren trails and dead zones next to roads, and each crushed plant or picked flower results in the loss of tens to hundreds of seeds for future generations of flowers.

For best viewing, grab a wildflower ID book, and look for as many different plants or colors as you can find. The biodiversity during a superbloom is amazing. If you can revisit an area, it’s possible to witness the progression of colors through the brief season as an area can change from blue or pink. From the early season blooms of Baby Blue Eyes, or Shooting Stars, to the multitudes of yellows, as seen in Goldfields, Tidy Tips or Fiddlenecks; whites from Popcorn Flowers or Blow Wives; purples, pinks, and blues from various Lupines, Owls-Clover, Thistle Sage or Phacelia; and of course, the ever-popular orange of California Poppies and finally ending with the pinks of Farewell to Spring. Avoid weekends and holidays, if possible, to avoid the crowds, bring water and be sure to fill up on gas in advance since most wildflower areas have no services available, and sunny days are best as

some flowers, such as poppies, can be closed on cloudy days.

Be sure to fuel up on gas and food from one of the local restaurants or pick up some snacks or sandwiches from the Margarita Market in Santa Margarita before heading out as there are no services once you leave town. Along the way, you will be treated to many colorful patches of blooms, especially if you make a stop at Shell Creek Road to your left, marked by a windmill and meandering creek about 20 to 30 minutes from town. If you’re short on time this is the place

to go. Remember to leave no trace and please pack out any trash.

Can’t get the superbloom out of your brain?

You can learn more by visiting the Goodwin Education Center while out at Carrizo Plain; go to the Bloom! California website at to learn all about why and how to plant, maintain and grow your own California native garden, and join or donate to a local organization that helps to educate and preserve these special places and share the joy with your friends and family.

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Some of the best wildflower viewings can be found right here in our own backyard

North County has many trails to venture on — for both the novice and esteemed hiker. Below are some fun hikes available to enjoy.

RINCONADA TRAIL in Santa Margarita Lake and Recreation and Natural Area, with an elevation of 974 feet, is a moderate 4.7-mile loop trail near Santa Margarita. On average 2 hours and 22 minutes to complete, it is popular for birding, hiking, and horseback riding. Open year-round, dogs are welcome but must be on a leash.


is considered an easy, 24-minute hike with a low elevation of 26 feet. The 1.3-mile loop trail is popular for birding. The best times to hike are April through October. Leashed dogs are also welcome.


Regional Park near Atascadero is an easy loop route of 1.6 miles taking about 38 minutes to complete, and with an elevation of 167 feet. Popular for birding, hiking, and horseback riding, it is also open yearround and welcomes dogs on on a leash.


MARJ MACKY, BLUE OAK, PINE MOUNTAIN, AND ALPS LOOP TRAILS are fairly easy, taking approximately 1 hour and 7 minutes to complete the 2 miles, with an elevation of 521 feet. Near Atascadero in Stadium Park, it boasts popular trails for birding, hiking, and walking. The best times to visit are March through September. Leashed dogs are welcome.

ROCKY CANYON TRAIL in Paloma Creek Park near Atascadero is a moderate out-and-back trail of 7.7 miles, averaging 3 hours to complete, with an elevation of 813 feet. It is great for birding, mountain biking, and running, or solitude. Dogs are welcome.

SALINAS RIVER WALK in Lawrence Moore Park, near Paso Robles is an easy 3.9 miles out-andback hike, with elevation of 85 feet, and is likely to be completed in 1 hour and 12 minutes. Pleasant for birding, hiking, and mountain biking, it is open year-round, and leashed dogs are welcome.

RAMBOULLIET SNEAD TRAIL is a one-mile, out-and-back trail that can be completed in 20 minutes. Located in Paso Robles, it is great for walking or running and has a low elevation of 45 feet. Dogs are welcome, but on a leash.

CENTENNIAL TRAIL is open yearround, in Paso Robles. It is 1.9 miles, taking roughly 37 minutes out and back. Considered easy, its elevation is 85 feet. The trail is nice for birding, road biking, running, and walking dogs on a leash.

CYPRESS MOUNTAIN DRIVE TRAIL in Templeton is 6.5 miles from point-to-point, and considered easy with an elevation of 862 feet. The year-round popular trail is fitting for off-road and scenic driving, but also quiet at certain times.

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Planning Your Dream Wedding

Planning a dream wedding is an exciting and daunting task, but planning a dream wedding on the Central Coast takes it to a whole new level. With its rolling vineyards, scenic views, and perfect weather, it's no wonder why the Central Coast is a popular destination for weddings. If you're looking to plan your dream wedding, here are some things you should consider:

Couples celebrating their dream weddings at Almond Springs located just outside of Paso Robles.
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First and foremost, finding the right photographer for your big day is crucial. San Luis Obispo County is home to many talented photographers, so take the time to research and find someone whose style aligns with yours. Look at their portfolio and read reviews from previous clients. It's also a good idea to schedule an engagement session with them to get to know each other and ensure that you are comfortable working together.


Next, choose a location that reflects your style and vision. Southern California has a plethora of options, from beaches to vineyards to elegant ballrooms. Make a list of your top choices and visit each one to get a feel for the space. Don't forget to consider logistics such as parking, accommodations, and transportation for you and your guests.


Creating a checklist is an essential step in planning any wedding, but it's even more important for a destination wedding. Include tasks such as booking vendors, sending out save-the-dates and invitations, creating a seating chart, and arranging for transportation. Break down each task into smaller, manageable steps to make the planning process less overwhelming.


Food is a crucial element of any wedding, and our county has no shortage of delicious options. Whether you're looking for traditional wedding fare or something more unique, there are many catering companies and restaurants to choose from. Schedule tastings with your top choices to ensure that the food is not only delicious but also meets any dietary restrictions or preferences.

Planning Your Guest List

When it comes to the guest list, it's important to be mindful of your budget and the venue's capacity. Consider who you want to share your special day with and create a preliminary guest list. Remember that destination weddings can be more expensive for guests, so give them plenty of notice to make travel arrangements.


One thing that many couples overlook when planning a wedding in San Luis Obispo County is the weather. While the area is known for its mild climate year around, it's important to plan for the possibility of rain in the spring or extreme heat waves, especially in July and August. Consider renting tents or fans to keep guests comfortable, and have a backup plan in case of inclement weather.

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North County is full of dog-friendly activities and places

Featured are Bo and Remmington, seen enjoying hanging around downtown and at California Coast Brewing Co.
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There is no reason to leave your furry best friend behind when having a day out in North County. Between Paso Robles and Atascadero, there are plenty of dog-friendly activities and businesses where you and your pup can have fun together.

We have put together ways you and your dog(s) can spend some quality time together in the sunshine here in North County.

Stroll around Downtown Paso Robles, visit the shops, and top it off with a bite to eat and some drinks at one of the many downtown eateries, wineries, or breweries. Downtown Paso Robles has many friendly shops and restaurants for well-behaved hounds.

Start the day slow by picking up some coffee and a bite to eat on the outside table at AMSTRDM Coffee House. Here you can watch the streets and shops wake up and plan your agenda for the day. If you are in Atascadero, get caffeinated at Bru Coffeehouse or Joebella Coffee.

From here, the options are endless. Warm the legs up with a loop around City Park or Sunken Gardens and pop in a few of your favorite shops like The General Store or Wildflower Women’s Boutique.

April happens to be one of the best times in Paso Robles for weather, and we are home to an abundance of pet-friendly wineries. We recommend giving your winery of choice a call ahead of time to verify it is okay for your pet to tag along.

When you are done taking in your daily antioxidants, head back to town for dinner at one of North County’s dog-friendly restaurants. In Paso you will find many pet-accommodating patios Red Scooter Deli or Jeffry’s Wine Country BBQ. In Templeton, visit the Kitchenette, 15 Degrees C, or even Chulo’s Cafe and Cantina. For some wine alternatives, Atascadero is home to The Rancatour Room, Poison Apple, and Ancient Owl — all host of a variety of beer and ciders. Other beer gardens in Paso include Tin City, The Backyard on Thirteenth, and the California Coast Beer Company.

If your dog has some extra energy, we have plenty of dog parks where they can work out all the zoomies and even make a friend:

• Sherwood Dog Park is open from sunrise to sunset and is located at 290 Scott St. in Paso Robles

• Vineyard Dog Park is located at 1010 Semillon Lane in Templeton

• Heilmann Dog Park is located at 9445 El Bordo Ave. in Atascadero.

• Centennial Park is located at 600 Nickerson Drive in Paso Robles

• Salinas Riverwalk Trail is located in downtown Paso Robles, off South River Road

This April, Woods Humane Society will host its annual Wine 4 Paws event to raise funds for homeless pets. Visit any of the over 75 participating wine, cider, and olive oil producers throughout the Central Coast on April 22 and 23, and they will donate 10 percent of sales to Woods Humane Society. You can find more information on the initiative and list of participating businesses here,

So like we said, there are countless ways to spend some quality time with your dog in North County. If you decide to take your dog out on the town this month, we want to see! Send us photos of your dog on their local adventures to editor@13starsmedia. com for a chance to be featured in an upcoming issue of Paso Robles Press.

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Zoo to You The Famous, and Unknown, Menagerie

Tucked away, safe and sound out of earshot of the zooming cars on the 46, is a little oasis filled with all your favorite animals waiting to meet you. Conservation Ambassadors Zoo To You offers the most in-depth hands-on experience with all the animals you thought you would never see up close, and just when you think it can’t get any better, an otter will climb on your lap while enjoying a nice snack.

Zoo To You, which is owned and operated by David and Lisa Jackson, sits on 40 acres and has been in business since 1991. Part of the charm of the zoo is that it is both incredibly famous, yet relatively unknown. David and Lisa have, more than likely, already brought their animals into your home before and you didn’t even know it. No, they didn’t sneak them in while you were sleeping like some mixture of Steve Irwin and Santa Claus. They brought them through your television. If you've seen a cute little fox on "Good Morning America" or an owl on "The Late Late Show with James Corden," there is a good chance those animals live right here in San Luis Obispo County.

Boasting over 50 animals at its site with many more located in their other facility in Auburn (Wild Things), Zoo To You has everything someone could ever want but it doesn't operate like your typical zoo. You can not show up and buy a ticket and tour the zoo on your own — this zoo is meant for education and experiences you can’t get anywhere else.

“It has been David’s dream since he was a kid to start a rescue zoo,” Lisa Jackson says of her husband. “Not just to save animals but to teach kids about conservation because if you touch their hearts. If they get to meet these animals then they want to do something about it they want to help them in the wild. We have a team of people that go out and do school programs and library programs — especially in the summertime. We try to make it specific for that age group. So, we have a cute one that is for the little tiny kids, the pre-K. We call it Fur, Feathers, and Scales, where they learn about the differences in mammals, birds, and reptiles and so it's fun to get them involved in that”

Zoo To You not only joins some of the biggest television shows in order to promote conservation and educate the masses, but they also do

it on a smaller scale, further proving that they are about only one thing, conservation and education. OK, two things.

David and Lisa get their animals a few different ways, but the most common way is rescuing and rehabilitating animals that need a home.

“When David first started he would let Fish and Wildlife and local rehab facilities know," Lisa said. "If you think about it, you get yourself some opossums that need to be rehabilitated and released, but then there is always that one little one that doesn't want to go and is like ‘no, no no, I want to stay in your house,’ and then we end up with those animals as well.

"We also take in animals that are injured and can't be reintroduced into the wild. I have an owl that only has one wing and can’t take care of itself. I also have another owl that is missing an eye and definitely can’t survive. We have bald eagles that can’t fly, so those are all candidates for non-releasable.”

Another interesting way that the Jacksons acquire new exotic friends is due to confiscated animals. Before you even ask — yes, they have animals that have been taken from famous people — but I can’t tell you who they are. That is something you would have to ask Lisa herself after an animal encounter.

At this point, you are probably thinking, how do I get to see these animals? How can I become best friends with a capybara and toss sinking pool rings into his pond and watch him retrieve them? How do I get a chance to hold a monkey or play with a kangaroo?

While you can’t just show up to the zoo whenever you want, you can meet the animals in a few different and incredibly exciting ways. The most common and easy way is booking a private encounter through its website This is going to give you a once-in-a-lifetime experience where Lisa herself will take you into her zoo, which is essentially her home, and for the kangaroo exhibit it literally is, as it is located in her backyard, and introduce you to all her furry, fluffy, feathered, and fabulous friends.

“We have people come up to our zoo and ask if they come in and we tell them we aren’t a zoo that is open to the public, we are open for

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private animal encounters that need to be scheduled," Jackson explained. "You’re going to want to schedule it, you're going to want to come up here and spend the night, maybe you want to stay in our safari tent, maybe it’s on your way to another area on your way to San Diego and you stopped by here to encounter this – it is something that you are not going to get anywhere else.

"There are places where you can go and they are open to the public every day, but we're nothing like that, we are very interactive. You are going to meet a lot of different species and they are all friendly, even your little 2-year-old will have a great experience. It’s great for families or just about anything and any age.”

Your encounter might begin with the bear or the cougar or maybe it starts with the baby sloth, but one thing that is for sure is that you will not want to leave when your time is up — and now you don’t have to. As it did to everyone, the pandemic forced the zoo to get creative in ways to keep their business running, and the public has benefitted from it.

Zoo To You now has two newly available safari tents that can be rented overnight, meaning you can literally fall asleep to the call of the wild and wake up to the song of the kookaburra. And you can rest easy knowing that every dollar you spend goes straight back into the animals that you just spent the evening falling in love with.

If a personalized encounter or a night in the wild doesn’t quite do it for you, Zoo To You will also be holding a summer event that promises to be delightful. The event, which is without an official date yet, will come with live music, pizza cooked in their onsite brick pizza oven, beer, and of course one of David and Lisa’s iconic animal shows.

As the summer quickly approaches, don’t forget to about Zoo To You for a family-friendly experience that will make lasting memories and support a cause that everyone can support.

You are going to meet a lot of different species and they are all friendly, even your little 2-year-old will have a great experience.
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Ravens are extremely intelligent creatures capable of using tools and imitating human speech.

Fourteen years ago, Amber Lease opened Wildflower Women and Sandbox Kids with the purpose of bringing the women of the Central Coast a boutique that housed the fashions and accessories that were missing from other local boutiques and larger department stores. The first Wildflower Boutique opened in Santa Maria. However, Amber and Sandbox Kids have roots in Paso Robles that go back much farther. Amber’s parents owned and operated Johnsons for Children, a children’s boutique located on Park Street in the early 2000s. This store became Amber’s pride and joy as it was the first store her parents allowed her to manage on her own. Sadly, this store closed following the devastating

earthquakes in 2004. Fast forward to 2009, Amber opened Sandbox Kids — named after watching her children in the sandbox — in Santa Maria. In 2011, Amber revised her business plan and introduced Wildflower Women.

“That was the turning point to the business,” Amber said of when she made the transition into a unique boutique for mom and baby. “I have the mom [audience] whether she can shop for the baby or herself, there is something for her.”

Fourteen years later, Wildflower Women & Sandbox Kids spans the Central Coast with five locations. The Paso Robles location opened in early 2021 in the heart of downtown on Park Street.

“I look at each of the stores as the community’s closet to just come in and be

playful,” says Amber. For women, Wildflower brings you premium denim lines, including Mother, Paige, Seven for all Mankind, AG, Citizens, Agolde, Joe’s Hudson; knit and cashmere lines like Michael Star, LNA, Bella Dahl, Bobi and Naddam; and a hat wall that will fancy just about any Central Coast occasion.

“The everyday essence is timeless,” Amber says of her clothing selections. “You are going to have it year after year and not know whether you bought it last month, last year, or two years ago. And with that is the quality that stands behind it.”

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A r t s Outreach

San Luis Obispo County enjoys many avenues of arts outreach for our schools. However, these organizations depend upon the support of residents to thrive and grow. If you are in South County, the Clark Center Arts in Education Outreach Program provides programming for the students of the largest school district in our county, Lucia Mar Unified. The Poly Arts for Youth (PAYF) program is Cal Poly Arts’ education enrichment program for students of all ages throughout the county. Partnerships exist between Studios on the Park in Paso Robles, the Paso Robles Youth Arts Center, Wine County Theatre, Opera San Luis Obispo, and Symphony of the Vines, which provide arts programs for youth. These are just a few examples of arts non-profits that stoke the embers of San Luis Obispo County’s creative spirit in our schools.

According to a recent Arts and Economic

Prosperity Survey, San Luis Obispo County arts and arts-related activities enhance our local economy with approximately 27 million in funding and expenditures. Exploring the arts is one of the most popular Career & Technical Education (CTE) pathways selected by San Luis Obispo County students. The Central Coast Economic Forecast refers to the arts’ positive impact on our local economy. Our county is growing in cultural and artistic vibrancy because of the dedicated individuals that make the central coast their home. Creative outreach is the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education Arts Partnership with arts organizations has afforded every school in the county opportunities. This outreach intends to provide another arts-based partnership supporting the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced the 2001 “No Child Left Behind Act.” Fundamentally, the intent of this iteration, first signed into law under the 1965 Johnson Administration, remains the same: to provide supplemental funds and programs for low-income students and to enable state and local educational agencies to improve access and quality of elementary and

secondary education.

Students who participate in the performing arts build a sense of community, communication skills, collaboration skills, public speaking experience, empathy, and compassion. In many studies, researchers link involvement in the arts to better child development and overall higher student achievement. Providing students access to the arts results in higher academic achievement, a medium for self-expression, improved confidence and self-presentation skills, problem-solving and perseverance skills, empathy, and compassion. Today more than ever, we need to foster positive, peaceful avenues of self-expression in our schools.

My top reasons for supporting the arts in our community include: the arts unify communities, the arts improve well-being, the arts strengthen local economies, the arts encourage tourism, the arts improve academic achievement, the arts spark creativity, and the arts provide joy. It is an honor to serve as your county superintendent. I hope this article will spark discussion among all educational stakeholders about the power of becoming involved in arts outreach as a volunteer, patron, or participant.

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Rotary Club of Paso Roble Sunrise Will Hold its Second Annual Derby Day Wine Fest at Windfall Farms

Returning for its second year, the Rotary Club of Paso Robles Sunrise’s annual Derby Day Wine Fest at Windfall Farms’ wine tasting event will be held on Saturday, May 6, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Windfall Farms Mare and Foaling Barn, located at 4710 Flying Paster Lane, Paso Robles.

“Last year was a lot of fun,” said Rotary Club of Paso Robles Sunrise Treasurer Jocelyn Baer.

This event will feature Central Coast wineries, breweries, and distillers, offering each the opportunity to showcase their most favorite libations. In addition, each is encouraged to decorate their own paddock in a “Derby theme” to compete for “Best Paddock,” as voted by the attendees.

The Rotary Club of Paso Robles Sunrise is a 501(c)3 organization with proceeds from this event going to support local community projects and other charitable organizations as well as vocational and educational scholarships. Organizations helped in the past include ECHO, Loaves and Fishes, RISE, Skills USA, Paso Robles Youth Arts Center, MUST Charities, SLO Foodbank, Paso Robles City Library, the Children’s Museum at the Paso Robles Volunteer Firehouse and many more.

Last year’s event raised about $20,000. Derby Day Wine Fest was thought up to replace the club’s annual crab feed event that ran for 20 years. Following the pandemic and rising costs for crab, it was time for something new.

“[We are] hoping to do better this year — it is an incredible venue,” added Jocelyn.

Club volunteer work projects have included the installation of smoke detectors for senior citizens, refurbishing the Historic Rios-Caledonia Adobe, trash pickup on local streets, cooking at the annual Senior Center BBQ, and coat collection drives just to name a few.

At 3:45 p.m., the 147th Kentucky Derby horse race will be shown on the big screen. Standing as one of America’s oldest sporting events, it is also known as the most exciting two minutes in sports. The race is known for the spectators drinking mint juleps and dressing in elaborate outfits with even more elaborate hats. Following the race, the wine fest will hold its contest for best hat, best tie, and best-dressed couple.

“We are a small and mighty club ... putting on an event like this is challenging, but we are definitely an all-in club and its going to be a beautiful event,” said Jocelyn, who added they are expecting another year of beautiful weather.

The Sunrise Rotary’s Derby Day Wine Fest at Windfall Farms is already becoming an anticipated event that fuses people’s love for wine and equines. The event will be limited to 300 attendees. Find ticket information and more here

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Olive & Lavender Festival RETURNS MAY


The Olive & Lavender Festival is returning for its 19th and 17th year to Downtown Paso Robles this May.

"Over the last 19 years, the popularity of this event has proved that people want to learn more about the health benefits and culinary creativity of olives, olive oil, and lavender. A festival makes it fun for the whole family," said the executive director of the Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association's Olive & Lavender Festival committee, Norma Moye.

For the last three years, the Olive and Lavender festivals have complimented each other into one grand event at the opening of summer. The owners of We Olive, Gary and DeeDee Brown, brought the idea of an olive festival to the Main Street Association 19 years ago to celebrate the healthy properties olives obtain.

A few short years later, Lila Fuson of the Central Coast Lavender Farm had a similar idea for lavender. Both agricultural products bring a variety of health benefits to the table and are proudly grown here in Paso Robles.

The Olive and Lavender Festival will be a great opportunity to discover all the ways olives and lavender can be used. The day will feature olive oil, olive, and lavender vendors both locally and outside the county, featuring their products along with free olive oil tasting and free olive oil ice cream. We Olive will be bringing back its popular

and unique olive oil ice cream alongside some lavender specialties. New this year will be a partnership with the Paso Robles Distillery Trail and the California Coast Beer Company. The distillery trail members will be pouring spirits, featuring their Paso Robles Mule Bar using Root Elixirs and local ginger beer.

The Paso Robles Distillery Trail will be popping up with its interactive Paso Mule Bar featuring a Classic Paso Mule and Lavender Mule. Guests will have the opportunity to select their preferred spirit from the offerings to customize their mules. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Paso Robles Main Street Association. The Paso Robles Distillery Trail is the only distillery trail in California, featuring 13 distilleries throughout San Luis Obispo County. There will be a distillery machine display for lavender oil and an olive oil distillery trailer, along with cooking demonstrations using olive oil and culinary lavender. And to learn more on the two products, there will be seminars on the health benefits.

The Paso Robles Main Street Association event will be held Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park. The event is free admission with a fee for the Distillery Trail and Cal Coast Beer Co. beverages.

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Art in the Park Returns Showcasing

Over 140 Talented Artists

Paso Robles Art in the Park, a bi-annual celebration of art and creativity, is set to return to the Paso Robles Downtown City Park on April 15 and 16. This much-anticipated event, organized by Steve Powers and Company, has been a beloved fixture in the community for many years, drawing art lovers from all over California and beyond.

According to Steve Powers, President of Steve Powers and Company, the event will feature over 140 fine artists and craft designers. Visitors can browse and purchase original works of art, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, and photography.

Yves Goyatton, a sculptor originally from Lyon, France, will be the featured artist at this year’s event. This will be Goyatton’s first showing at Paso Robles Art in the Park, and his exceptional sculptures are sure to impress.

“Paso Robles Art in the Park is recognized by the artists as one of the top 10 fine art shows in the State of California,” Powers said, highlighting the event’s significance in the art world.

Last October, the event drew over 6,000 art patrons to the two-day event. This year, the event promises to be even bigger and better than before.

“We are thrilled to bring back Art in the Park for its 2023 edition,” said Powers. “After a difficult year for everyone, we are excited to provide a space where people can come together and enjoy the beauty and creativity of art.”

The organizers are proud to receive support from the community, including Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin, who recognizes the importance of this event.

“We are proud to support Steve Powers and Company in bringing Art in the Park to Paso Robles,” said Mayor Martin. “This event is an important celebration of the arts, and we are grateful for the hard work and dedication that goes into organizing it each year.”

In addition to providing a platform for artists to showcase their work, Art in the Park also serves as a community-centered event that brings people together. It’s an opportunity to connect with friends, neighbors, and fellow art lovers, while enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Paso Robles Downtown City Park.

For those interested in attending, more information about Art in the Park, including a list of participating artists and event details, can be found on the Steve Powers and Company website at

As we look forward to the 2023 edition of Paso Robles Art in the Park, let us celebrate the beauty and creativity of art, and the sense of community it brings to our lives.

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Local Nonprofit Offers Life Coaching with Horses

One local nonprofit is using horses to help people embark on life-changing journeys. Life Coaching with Horses, located just outside of Paso Robles, has been operating as a nonprofit for the past three years.

Master Facilitator Coaches Kasia Roether, and Jutta Thoerner began Life Coaching with Horses as a for-profit organization, conducting workshops, but at the start of the COVID pandemic, they sat down to discuss the future of their organization. Working for profit never felt right to Kasia and Jutta. The two wanted to give back to people and other nonprofits who don’t usually get to receive.

“It instantly felt better,” said Kasia about their transition. “We both have experienced the value of this work, and we’ve seen the benefits and results when working with others, and we wanted to make it available to a wider range of people.”

Since becoming a nonprofit, Kasia and Jutta have worked with Hospice SLO County, Lumina Alliance, Resilient Souls and more. They support military personnel, law enforcement agencies, first responders, firefighters, medical staff and mental health workers, but anyone can reach out to them for services.

Jutta explains the reason behind including horses with life coaching: “Horses don’t judge us — we can show up however we feel.”

She explains horses have the ability to mirror people’s emotions — even if we try to hide them. But as she said, the horse’s nonjudgement has a way of making clients feel safe — a horse’s natural instinct is to feel their best self and that can project itself onto the person working with them, creating a calming or relaxing sense.

During sessions, Jutta and Kasia offer honest feedback to any human behavior changes, emotion, or intellectual state, providing the participants with unique support.

“It’s a joyous experience for me when I can see how people love what we are doing and how grateful they are. That’s what giving back is all about,” said Jutta.

Jutta and Kasia both come from horse training backgrounds that eventually evolved to include life coaching.

Jutta grew up on a horse ranch in Germany, where she spent her time in nature with her dog and pony. She developed a deep connection to both

the horses and nature, which set a precedent for her future. Her education background includes horse breeding, physiology and all aspects of horse husbandry, as she earned a Master’s degree in farm management in 1983.

She immigrated to the U.S. in 1995, continuing to work with horses. Later, in 2010 she became interested in life coaching and enrolled and completed the Martha Beck Coaching program. In 2017, she graduated from the Center for Equus Coaching as a certified equine master facilitator and coach.

Kasia, who is from Poland, was first introduced to horses when her parents owned a draft horse that she cuddled with in the barn when she was a little girl. That sense of peace was planted into her soul, and never forgotten.

“I had the memory of how I felt around the horses when I was a child and that never left me,” she said.

In 2000, Kasia came to the U.S. to expand her knowledge and experience with equine through training a multitude of horses with professional trainers from top-rated, globally recognized breeding and boarding farms in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and California.

Kasia went on to collaborate with programs like PATH, EGALA, Morning Star Youth Ranch, and veterans organizations to facilitate and coordinate the use of horses for therapy, counseling, and alternative forms of support.

She too, eventually studied under Martha Beck and completed Center for Equus Coaching training and becoming a certified equine master facilitator. Kasia and Jutta met through a life-coaching training and after learning they both lived in North County, decided to work together.

“Our work helps people center, balance, and reconnect with themselves and figure out who they really are,” says Kasia. “Life coaching in general, is about looking at things now and making forward progress.”

At the start of becoming a nonprofit, Kasia and Jutta were thankful to have a beneficiary help them with start-up funds. Since then, they have been able to receive a few small grants to help with ongoing costs. While they will not turn anyone away seeking their services, donations are always appreciated to help them serve more nonprofits and keep their operation going.

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Amountainous region with aging oak trees, cooling breezes, fog, and limestone soils that yield world-class Rhône style wines and Cabernet Sauvignon, the Paso Robles Willow Creek District are one of the region’s most picturesque landscapes. But is there also an aura or mystique about this district?

One way to answer this question is to ask not what is in the Willow Creek District but who. One of 11 Paso sub-appellations, in the past decade, this district has become synonymous with wines garnering high-90 to 100 points from noted wine guru Robert M. Parker Jr.’s The Wine Advocate and other wine publications, names such as Saxum Vineyards, Booker Wines and L’Aventure Winery.

This is not to say that other Paso sub-appellations don’t nab high points. So, what is it about this area and the wines it produces?

“Birds of a feather have flocked together,” quipped Eric Jensen who was recently honored as the 2022 Wine Industry Person of the Year by Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance.

The founder of Booker, Jensen, was referring to the “originals,” his neighboring winemakers, Justin Smith (Saxum), Matt Trevisan (Linne Calodo Wine), and Stephan Asseo (L’Aventure.)

“There’s a unique group of homegrown winemakers that have been in this district such as Justin, Don Burns [Turtle Rock Vineyards] and myself,” agreed Mark Adams, founder/winemaker of Ledge Vineyards. “The three of us were roaming these hills as kids long before we decided to become winemakers.”

The second and most important answer to any mystique is terroir.

“Willow Creek has the sweet spot, the ‘goldilocks spot’ that has calcareous soils that it shares with Adelaida [District] and a cooling effect that it shares with Templeton Gap,” stated Smith. “The two perfectly come together — the temperature and the soils.”

“What looks like a massive wave cresting over the Santa Lucia Range to Willow Creek is the coastal air,” said Trevisan, who acquired his 77-acre ranch in 2002. “It’s all part of the growing conditions here. I bought into it.” Trevisan went on to recall his experience of working in 1992 with Smith and his father Pebble.

“We were one of the earlier ones,” agreed Smith, referring to 1980 when Pebble Smith settled on this cattle grazing land after searching all over California. “There weren’t many wineries. There were several vineyards like Turley’s Ueberroth vineyard.

“My dad liked the combination of being close to the Pacific, the elevation, the Santa Lucia Range, the shale soil and higher rainfall. It

was the right combination for growing quality grapes.”

It’s this magical terroir that speaks through Willow Creek wines, rich and lush fruit with an attitude yet expressing profound elegance, albeit with high alcohol levels. “Yes, 15 to 16 percent [abv] is normal,” insisted Smith, “but they are not overripe because you have great acids. They’re ripe but fresh. Alcohol is just a number.”

Jensen reflected on the terroir, “In simple terms, because of the way the rock formation settled thousands of years ago we have on the west side mostly linne calodo, high calcareous and siliceous soil. Then we have the afternoon cool breeze and steep hillsides.”

Adams, who grew up in Templeton on his family’s 40-acre cattle ranch, began his winemaking career at Saxum before he planted 15 acres of Rhône varieties to the family ranch. “This region is special because we have wide variety and complexity of soil types, elevation and proximity to the ocean.”

Tucked along Highway 46 West, with 1,400 acres under vine Willow Creek is renowned as a Rhône outpost with impressive wines coming from wineries such as Clos Solene, Paix Sur Terre, Caliza and Villa Creek. Yet this is where you find some of the oldest Zinfandel vineyards such as Pesenti (planted in the 1920s) and Ueberroth (planted in the 1880s), both now home to Turley Wine Cellars.

There’s a selection of Italian varieties at nearby Pelletiere, Burgundian at Jack Creek Cellars and Bordeaux varieties at Jada, Denner and Niner, among others.

And there are superb blends. Take L’Aventure’s founder Stephan Asseo, who planted Bordeaux varieties to blend with Syrah. His signature Optimus, a Cab/Syrah blend with a touch of Petit Verdot, would set the trend as the seminal Super Paso wine. On his arrival in 1996 from Bordeaux, he said, “When I did the inspection, I knew everything was right, the soil, the elevation and topography.”

Anita Sahi concurred, “It’s the dirt.” Co-owner of Copia Vineyards, Anita, and her winemaker husband, Varinder Sahi, are among the group of new arrivals here. “Our appellation is special for the confluence of the soil type and the microclimate.”

For Adams, Willow Creek has always been his center of gravity, “It’s home, and I feel lucky to grow grapes and make wine here.”

So, the mystique of Willow Creek has as much to do with the local winemakers and their camaraderie as with soil, wind, and fog.

“More importantly, the hard-working farmers in the [Paso] area who can translate what terroir can do.”

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Farmer’s Market Spring Quiche

This month there should be plenty to choose from at the Farmer’s Markets for all your meals. Many of our favorite Spring fruits are starting to appear. Look for beautiful strawberries, cherries, and rhubarb coming in. Most citrus is going to be more difficult to find this time of year, so make sure to enjoy the last tastes of fresh mandarins, blood oranges, kumquats, and kiwis while you can find them. Peas, celery root, broccoli, asparagus, artichokes, and sweet onions are tasting excellent right now.

With Easter around the corner, make sure to find your favorite eggs at the market. We’re so thankful our flock is over their winter break, and we have plenty of eggs with gorgeous orange yolks from all the green grass. Many of our local farms keep laying hens so they can feed them all the veggie scraps. Your local chickens are all very spoiled and are going to have delicious and super nutrient-rich eggs, so skip the store and find some locally grown eggs. Pick up some purple cabbage, beets (red and yellow), and spinach to make all-natural dyes for beautiful Easter eggs.

Check with your local butchers and farmers to get locally raised meats for your weeknight meals and Easter dinner. Debbie at Charter Oaks Meats raises pork, beef, and lamb and may have just what you’re looking for at Templeton Market on Saturdays. Ben of Ben’s Meats makes some of the tastiest sausages to have any night of the week or to add to this week’s quiche recipe. If you’re shopping the Tuesday market in Paso Robles, check out our BeeWench Farm booth for some delicious pork or chicken.

Vintage Cheese and Stepladder Creamery have a variety of tasty, locally produced cheeses. The Vreamery has amazing dairy alternatives as well. They usually have samples available at the markets, so pick your favorites to add to this Spring Quiche Recipe.


½ pound ground pork, bacon, or sausage

1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets (can sub for asparagus)

1 small onion or 1 leek, finely chopped

3 cups chopped fresh mustard greens (or spinach)

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 sheet refrigerated pie crust (or homemade)


1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat until browned. Remove cooked sausage and add broccoli and onion; cook and stir until broccoli is crisp-tender. You might need to add a little olive oil if you didn’t have a lot from the sausage. Stir in greens and garlic; cook and stir 4-5 minutes longer or until greens are wilted.

2. Unroll crust into a 9-in. pie plate, flute edge. Fill with broccoli mixture and sausage. In a small bowl, whisk eggs, milk, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Stir in 1/4 cup cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup Swiss cheese; pour over vegetables. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

3. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting.

4 large eggs

1 cup milk

1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese, divided


If you want to make a vegetarian quiche, just omit the sausage. Use ¼ cup of olive oil at the beginning to cook up the onions and broccoli. Omit the crust for gluten-free options. Quiche tastes delicious even without the crust, or you can make a crust out of potatoes. Just use a bag of frozen hashbrowns and add seasonings and a little olive oil. Spread it out on your pie plate and bake for 20 min at 400 degrees before adding the fillings and baking again.

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Important Days Meals for of Our Lives

After a very wet winter, spring arrived on March 20, and if all goes well, we will still see some “April showers.” We need the rain, that’s for sure. Looking at my April calendar, I see that Easter is on the 9th, Tax Day is on the 18th, and Earth Day is on the 22nd. All are important days in our lives but in different ways. Easter is the day I remember as a family-gathering day. After attending church services, there was always a hunt for Easter eggs for the children, followed by a feast of wonderful homemade food. Good memories.

Roasted Loin of Pork with Garlic, Apples, and Thyme


2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 5-pound boned and rolled pork loin roast

2 tablespoons butter

8 large garlic cloves, finely chopped

3 large tart baking apples, peeled and thickly sliced

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried thyme

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

3/4 cup apple cider (or applejack)

Thyme sprigs for garnish


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place oil in flameproof casserole or Dutch oven and place over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add pork roast to pan and brown on all sides. Remove roast and add butter to pan. When butter is melted add garlic and apples. Reduce heat to low, cover pan, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Press thyme onto surface of roast, season with salt and pepper. Return roast to pan with garlic and apples and place in preheated oven. Roast for about 1 3/4 hours, or until pork is tender and cooked through; baste roast occasionally with pan juices. Remove pan from oven and transfer roast to cutting board. Cover loosely with foil. Stir vinegar and apple cider or applejack into pan and heat over medium-high heat. Cook, gently stirring mixture, until liquid is reduced and thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. To serve, remove strings and excess fat from roast and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Spoon warm sauce over each serving and garnish with sprigs of thyme. Serves 8

Pan-Roasted Baby Carrots


2 pounds baby carrots, peeled 1 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 cup chicken stock

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place carrots in a shallow baking dish and sprinkle with basil. Pour chicken stock over carrots and dot with butter. Cover casserole loosely and roast for 45 minutes or until carrots are very tender. Serves8

Spring Vegetable Salad


1 pound asparagus

1 pound sugar snap peas

3 cups torn leaf lettuce

1 cup Red Wine Vinaigrette (See recipe below)


Trim asparagus and cut into 1 1/2-inch lengths. Place asparagus and peas in vegetable steamer over simmering water, cover, steam 5 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Remove from heat, rinse with cold water, drain, and chill. Just before serving, toss all ingredients together in a salad bowl. Serves 8

Red Wine Vinaigrette


1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Pinch of salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 cup light olive oil


Combine all ingredients in a jar. Cover tightly with lid. Shake well. Refrigerate for up to one week, tightly covered. Makes 1 1/2 cups

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APRIL Calendar of Events

Recurring Events:



Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday




Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday



Recurring weekly on Saturday

11 a.m. to 12 p.m



Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday





Visit the Easter Bunny with photo opportunities.



1-4pm Saturday, April 1 and every Saturday following

Enjoy a relaxing acoustic series headlining local Paso Robles musicians including Nataly Lola and Kenny Taylor. Starting every Saturday in April through October, enjoy a tasting flight or sip on a glass of Midnight wine under the sunshine and in the outdoor tasting garden.





This Friday will showcase the Stellar Band. The public is encouraged to bring a low-back chair to relax and enjoy the music.







Enjoy the Annual Citywide Yard Sale and shop for treasures and bargains at 150+ yard sales all over town! For shopping information, go to

APR 15: SAT– APR 16



Sat. April 15 10am-5pm.; Sun. April 16 10am-4pm

Art in the Park offers artists and crafts people a high quality outdoor setting to display and sell their wares to an appreciative audience. There will be 130 booths representing 145 independent artists and craft workers.




9am-3 pm

The show will offer onlookers to see sidecars, vintage motorcycles, recycled treasures and electric cars.



Visit any of 75+ wine, cider, and olive oil producers throughout SLO County when they donate 10 percent of sales to Woods Humane Society. No need to buy a ticket, and you don’t have to pre-register. Visit for more information.




We’ll be returning to all of our favorite venues, including the Fremont Theater, Palm Theatre, Downtown Centre Cinemas, Sunset Drive-In, Park Cinemas, and more. Learn more about each of the events and screenings as we get closer to the week of the festival — Volunteer, Sponsorship and Internship opportunities also available.

Wednesdays Saturdays Tuesdays Saturdays ATASCADERO 6505 EL CAMINO REAL, ATASCADERO, CA 93422 3pm - 6pm TEMPLETON CROCKER ST & 6TH ST, TEMPLETON, CA 93465 9am - 12:30pm PASO ROBLES 11TH & SPRING, PASO ROBLES, CA 93446 9am - 11am PASO ROBLES: COUNTY FARM & CRAFT MARKET 11TH & SPRING, PASO ROBLES 9am - 1pm
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Paso Robles Library

1000 Spring St. • (805) 237-3870 • Mon-Fri 9-7 and Sat 9-4

Mondays, 2:30 pm

• Grade School Story Time: Animal Tales with Miss Frances

• Stories and craft for children in grades K-5

Tuesdays, 4:00 pm

• Bilingual Grade School Story Time: Cuentos y Crafts with Miss Cristal, English/ Spanish stories and craft for children in grades K-5

Wednesdays, 10:00 am

Preschool Storytime with Miss Melissa. Stories and a craft designed for school readiness, ages 4-6.

Thursdays, 10:00 am

• Baby Storytime: Mother Goose on the Loose with Miss Carrie

• Nursery rhymes and purposeful play designed to create positive connections, ages 0-18 months

Fridays, 10:00 am and 11:00 am

• Toddler Storytime with Miss Cappy. Stories, songs and craft designed to encourage early literacy, ages 1-3

Templeton Library

1173 S. Main St. Templeton • (805) 221-5372

Hours: Tuesday -thru Friday 1-5 PM. Saturday 10am - 1pm.

CLOSED: Sunday and Monday

Creston Library

6290 Adams St. • (805) 237-3010

Santa Margarita Library

9630 Murphy Ave • (805) 438-5622

Shandon Library

195 N 2nd St. • (805) 237-3009


Paso Robles

• City Council

1st and 3rd Tuesday, 6:30 p

at Council Chambers • 1000 Spring Street

• Senior Citizens Advisory Committee

2nd Monday, 1:30 p

at the Paso Robles Senior Center •

321 S. Main Street #C, Templeton, CA 93465

• Parks & Rec. Advisory Committee

2nd Monday, 4:00 p

at Centennial Park Live Oak Room • 600 Nickerson Road

• Planning Commission

2nd and 4th Tuesday, 6:30 p

at the City of Paso Robles Library

Conference Room • 1000 Spring Street

• Paso Robles Democratic Club

3rd Wednesday, 6:30 p

at Centennial Park White Oak Room •

600 Nickerson


Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce • (805) 238-0506

1225 Park St., Paso Robles, CA 93446

Templeton Chamber of Commerce • Open Thursdays and Fridays 11-3pm (805) 434-1789 • 321 S. Main Street #C, Templeton, CA 93465


Cancer Support Community

Providing support, education and hope

1051 Las Tablas Road, Templeton • (805) 238-4411 • Visit: for more info

Cancer Support Helpline • (888) 793-9355, 6 a.m.- 6 p.m. PST.

North County Parkinson’s Support Group

Providing support, education and hope

2nd Monday of each Month from 6-8pm

Atascadero Bible Church Library, 6225

Atascadero Ave, Atascadero

Vic Breault Or 951-663-9841

SheRecovers Foundation Sharing Circle

1st Thursday each month at 6pm at Dharma Wellness Lounge

• 1329 Spring St Paso Robles

questions contact:

• Monica Galli - SheRecovers Coach

More information about SheRecovers


• Library Board of Trustees

2nd Thursday, 9:00 a

at City of Paso Robles Library • 1000 Spring Street

• Airport Commission

4th Thursday, every other month, 6:30 p

at 4900 Wing Way, Paso Robles

• Youth Commission

1st Wednesday, 5:00 pm

Centennial Park White Oak Room, 600 Nickerson Drive

For general info, call City Hall M-F 8:00 a -

5:00 p at (805) 227-7276.

Visit for virtual & up to date meeting info.

Santa Margarita

• Area Advisory Council

1st Wednesday, 7:00 p

at Santa Margarita Community Hall • 22501 I St.

Visit: for more information.

Optimist Club

Paso Robles Club #14668 • (805) 238-2410

• Meeting — 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 6:30 p

American Legion Post 50

240 Scott St., Paso Robles • (805) 239-7370

• Hamburger Lunch | Every Thursday, 11 a - 1 p, $6

• Post Meeting | 4th Tuesday, 6:30 p

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Paso Robles #10965

240 Scott St. • (805) 239-7370

Elks Lodge

Paso Robles Lodge 2364 • 1420 Park Street • (805) 239-1411

Kiwanis International

Paso Robles •1900 Golden Hill Road • Culinary Arts Academy

• Meeting — Tuesday, 12:00 p

Rotary International

Paso Robles Sunrise Courtyard by Marriott, 12 S Vine St.

Meeting — every Thursday, 12:00 p

Paso Robles Republican Women Club

All meetings held at the Broken Earth Wine tasting room.

• Meetings held the 3rd Monday each month.

• Day meeting January, February, November, December at 11:30 am.

• Evening meetings March, April, May, June, September and October at 5-7 pm. Dark July and August. For information

Almond Country Quilt Guild

Meetings held the 1st Monday each month

• Social hour from 6:15-7:00PM followed by a general meeting and a planned program

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The following listing of area houses of worship is provided by the partnership between Adelaide Inn and PASO Magazine. We hope to include all houses of worship in the Paso Robles, Templeton, San Miguel, Shandon, and Bradley areas. Your congregation is welcomed to send us updates and information to make our list complete and accurate. If you have information, please send an email to or call (805) 237-6060. Please include your name, address, phone, service times, and name of spiritual leader of your congregation. Thank you, and stay blessed.


“ABC” Atascadero Bible Church

6225 Atascadero Mall


(805) 466-2051

Sunday 8am, 9am, 10:45

Thursday 7pm, Celebrate Recovery

Pastor Jeff Urke

Awakening Ways Spiritual Community

9315 Pismo Ave.

10:00 a.m. at the Pavilion

Rev. Elizabeth Rowley Hogue

(805) 460-0762

Congregation Ohr Tzafon

“The Northern Light” 2605 Traffic Way

Atascadero, CA 93422

Friday Night Service 7:30 PM

(805) 466-0329

Cornerstone Community


9685 Morro Road

8:45 & 10:45 AM

Pastor John Marc Wiemann

(805) 461-3899

Hope Lutheran Church

8005 San Gabriel Road, Atascadero 9am Sunday (in-person and livestream on YouTube)

Pastor: Aaron Smith (805) 461-0340


Creston Community Church

5170 O’Donovan Road Service: 9:00 a.m.

Pastor JD Megason


True Life Christian Fellowship

Lockwood/Jolon Road, across from the school in Lockwood Service: 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Erick Reinstedt (805) 472-9325


Heritage Village Church

At The Don Everingham Center

Heritage Ranch Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Brad Brown (805) 712-7265

Hilltop Christian Fellowship

2085 Gateway Drive

Heritage Ranch Service: 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Perry Morris & Jerry Gruber (805) 239-1716

Oak Shores Christian


2727 Turkey Cove Rd., at the Oak Shores Community Clubhouse Service: 8:30 a.m.

Pastor Jerry Gruber (760) 304-2435


Apostolic Assembly of the Faith of Christ Jesus

2343 Park St

Bilingual Services: Services: Thursday 7 p.m.

Sunday 2 p.m.

Pastor Miguel Alvarado (805) 610-2930

Bridge Christian Church

Centennial Park Banquet Room

600 Nickerson Dr. Service: 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Tim Mensing (805) 975-7178

Calvary Chapel Paso Robles

1615 Commerce Way

Service: Sunday at 9 a.m.,

Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Pastor Aaron Newman (805) 239-4295

Chabad of Paso Robles

Rabbi Meir Gordon. 805-635-8684

Monthly - Friday evening at 7:00pm, Saturday morning at 10:00am

Please contact us for address and current schedule

Christian Life Center 1744 Oak St.

Service Time: 9:30 a.m.

Home Groups during the week


Christian Life Early Learning Ctr.

Pastor Guy Drummond (805) 238-3366

Christian Science Services

17th & Chestnut Streets

Service: 10 a.m. Sunday & 2nd and 4th

Wednesdays 7 p.m. (805) 238-3833

Church of Christ

3545 Spring St. (Corner 36th & Spring)

Service: Sunday, 11 a.m.

Evangelist Bob Champion (805) 286-5875

Sam Hogan (310) 602-9516

Delbert Arthurs (805) 238-4412

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

1020 Creston Rd. Service: 10 a.m. (805)-406-8910

Missionaries: (805) 366-2363

Covenant Presbyterian Church  1450 Golden Hill Rd.

Service: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Dan Katches (805)238-6927

Family Worship Center

616 Creston Rd.

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Patrick Sheean

(805) 239-4809

First Baptist Church

1645 Park St.

Pastor Michael R. Garman

Services: 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.


2343 Park St.

Service: 11 a.m.

Pastor Romero

(805) 238-2445

First United Methodist

915 Creston Rd.

Service: 11 a.m.

Pastor Josh Zulueta

(805) 238-2006

Grace Baptist Church

535 Creston Rd.

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Gary Barker

(805) 238-3549

Highlands Church

Corner S. River and Niblick | 215 Oak Hill

Services: 9-10 am & 10:30-11:30 am

Pastor James Baird

(805) 226-5800

Live Oak

1521 Oak St.

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor John Kaiser (805) 238-0575

New Day

1228 11th St (east off Paso Robles St)

Services: Sunday 10 a.m.,

Wednesday 7 p.m.

Pastor Brad Alford

(805) 239-9998

New Life Tabernacle

3850 So. Ramada Dr. Ste. D

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Efrain Cordero

North County Christian Fellowship

421 9th St.

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Steve Calagna

(805) 239-3325

Paso Robles Bible Church

2206 Golden Hill Rd.

Service: Sunday 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Mark Wheeler/Pastor Dave Rusco

(805) 226-9670

Paso Robles Church of the Nazarene

530 12th St.

Service: 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Charles Reece

(805) 238-4300

Paso Robles Community Church

2706 Spring St.

Service: 9:00 a.m.

Pastor Shawn Penn

(805) 239-4771

Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC

Thirteenth & Oak Street

Service: 10 a.m.

Rev. Wendy Holland

(805) 238-3321

Poder de Dios Centro Familiar

500 Linne Road, Suite D

Services: Sun. 4:30p.m., Wed. 7p.m.

Pastors: Frank and Isabel Diaz

(805) 264-9322 / (805) 621-4199

Redeemer Baptist Church

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

Pastor Christopher Cole

(805) 238-4614

Second Baptist Church

1937 Riverside Ave.

Service: 11 a.m.

Pastor: Gary Jordon

(805) 238-2011

St. James Episcopal Church

1335 Oak St.

Services: 8 a.m. (Rite I), 10 a.m. (Rite II)

Reverend Barbara Miller

(805) 238-0819

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church

820 Creston Rd.

Daily Mass- 8:30 a.m.

Saturday 8 a.m.

Tues. 7 p.m. Spanish

Saturday 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Spanish Vigil Mass

Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.;

Spanish Mass at 12:30PM

Father Rudolfo Contreras

(805) 238-2218

The Revival Center

3850 Ramada Dr., Ste. A-3

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Gabe Abdelaziz

(805) 434-5170

The Light of the World Church

2055 Riverside Ave.

Services: Everyday, 6 p.m.

Sundays 10 a.m. & 5 p.m.

Pastor Bonifacio Robles

(612) 990-4701

Trinity Lutheran Church

940 Creston Rd.

Worship Service: 9:30 a.m.

(805) 238-3702

Victory Baptist Church

3850 Ramada Dr. Ste D4

Sundays - 10 & 11 a.m.

Wednesday - 6:30 p.m.

Pastor Bruce Fore

(805) 221-5251

Victory Outreach Paso Robles

2919 Union Road, Paso Robles, CA

Services: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, 7:00 p.m.

Pastor Pete Torres

(805) 536-0035


Bethel Lutheran Church

295 Old County Rd. Service: 9:30 a.m.

Interim Pastor Russ Gordon

(805) 434-1329

Celebration Worship Center

Pentecostal Church of God

988 Vineyard Drive

Pastor Roy Spinks

Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. (805) 610-9819

Central Coast Center for Spiritual Living

689 Crocker St. Service: 10 a.m.

Rev. Elizabeth Rowley

(805) 242-3180

Family Praise & Worship

Located at Vineyard Elementary School

2121 Vineyard Dr, Templeton Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Vern H Haynes Jr. (805) 975-8594

Templeton Presbyterian Church

610 S. Main St.

Service: 10 a.m.

Reverend Roger Patton (805) 434-1921

Higher Dimension Church

601 Main St.

1st Sunday: 1:30 p.m.

2nd - 5th Sundays 12:30 p.m.

Pastor Charlie Reed, Jr. (805) 440-0996

Life Community Church

8:30 & 10:30 Sundays

3770 Ruth Way, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 434-5040

Pastor Brandon Hall

Solid Rock Christian Fellowship

925 Bennett Way

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Jeff Saylor (805) 434-2616

Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Templeton Hills

930 Templeton Hills Rd.

Services: Saturday 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Zac Page (805) 434-1710

Vineyard Church of Christ

601 So. Main St. Service: 10 a.m.

Evangelist: Steve Orduno (805) 610-4272

Vintage Community Church

692 Peterson Ranch Road

Services: 9 & 11 a.m.

Coaches: Aaron Porter, Dayn Mansfield (805) 296-1120


Iglesia Fuente De Agua Viva 301 13th St.

Services: 10 a.m. & 7 p.m.

Pastor Mike Duran (805) 467-5500

Mission San Miguel Parish

775 Mission Street

Daily Mass: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am Saturday – 4:00 pm (English) Sunday – 7:00 am (English) • 10 am (Bilingual) • 12 pm (English) • 5 pm (Spanish)

Father Lucas Pantoja (805) 467-2131


Shandon Assembly of God

420 Los Altos Ave.

Spanish Service: Sun. 5 p.m., Thurs. 7 p.m. Pastor Jim Mei (805)226-9737


P.O. Box 427 • Paso Robles, CA 93447 Phone: 805-237-6060 or

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Spring Celebrations Spring Celebrations

Easter fun and how to enjoy the blooming wildflowers

The welcoming of spring and all the green and growth that the rains have offered is something to enjoy and be grateful for. Many North County activities are taking place to embrace the season and the Easter holiday.

On Saturday, April 1, Downtown Paso Robles City Park is welcoming the community to Hop To It to meet the Easter Bunny from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call the Downtown Paso Robles Main Street office at (805) 238-4103.

St. Luke’s Episcopal and Hope Lutheran Churches, both in Atascadero, will both be holding Easter Services at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 9.

Awakening Ways Spiritual Community will be hosting a Sunday gathering on April 9 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Pavilion on the Lake in Atascadero. The gathering can also be viewed over Zoom. For information, visit

During the week of April 11, children can go to the Shandon Library and color and decorate an Easter egg between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Tracey at

The Charles Paddock Zoo is hosting its Spring Festival April 2-16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Festival will include a variety of fun during school spring breaks, such as the arrival of baby chicks and opportunities to view scheduled animal feedings. For more information, visit

After the abundance of rain we had this winter, we are sure to experience another Superbloom of wildflowers at the Carissa Plains National Monument. The monument is known as one of the best-kept

secrets in California. Visiting the remote monument of San Andreas Fault, you can find carved valleys and white alkali flats of Soda Lake, Painted Rock, and open grasslands filled with natural wildflowers if you are lucky.

You can keep up to date on the wildflowers in Carissa with weekly updates from the Theodore Payne Foundation Wild Flower Hotline. This hotline provides updates for the best wildflower spots throughout Southern and Central California. Find the updates here

To prepare for your visit, it is best to know that there are no amenities such as water, food, or fuel. Plan accordingly and ensure you get these items in one of the neighboring communities. Know that pets must be leashed or caged at developed sites, such as the visitor center, interpretive overlooks, trailheads, and camping areas. Also, pets are not allowed in the Painted Rock exclusion zone.

Getting to the Carissa Plains has two major sources of access: from the north, via Soda Lake Road off of State Route 58, and from the south, via Soda Lake Road off of State Route 33/166.

The dirt roads leading to the park are likely to be rough, given the amount of rain and rough weather we have had this year. Note that roads may be slippery, muddy, and possibly impassable. The Caliente Ridge, Panorama and Simmler roads can be dangerous when wet.

The bounty of natural elements of the monument and its abundance of wildflowers offers its visitors something to remember, and with Earth Day just around the corner — be mindful and proactive in sustaining respect and peace for nature.



Last Word • Spring Celebrations
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Articles inside

Spring Celebrations Spring Celebrations

pages 50-51

Important Days Meals for of Our Lives

page 46

Farmer’s Market Spring Quiche

pages 44-45


pages 40-43

Art in the Park Returns Showcasing

pages 38-39

Olive & Lavender Festival RETURNS MAY

pages 36-38


pages 34-35

A r t s Outreach

pages 32-33

Zoo to You The Famous, and Unknown, Menagerie

pages 28-31

Planning Your Dream Wedding

pages 24-27


pages 22-23

Superbloom! on the brain

pages 20-22

hidden gems

pages 18-19

A Low-Key Way to Connect Us to Our Neighbors

page 17

You’re Invited to!

pages 15-16

April is the Month of Wildflowers

page 14

Spring Celebrations Spring Celebrations

pages 50-51

Important Days Meals for of Our Lives

page 46

Farmer’s Market Spring Quiche

pages 44-45


pages 40-43

Art in the Park Returns Showcasing

pages 38-39

Olive & Lavender Festival RETURNS MAY

pages 36-38


pages 34-35

A r t s Outreach

pages 32-33

Zoo to You The Famous, and Unknown, Menagerie

pages 28-31

Planning Your Dream Wedding

pages 24-27


pages 22-23

Superbloom! on the brain

pages 20-22

hidden gems

pages 18-19

A Low-Key Way to Connect Us to Our Neighbors

page 17

You’re Invited to!

pages 15-16

April is the Month of Wildflowers

page 14
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