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Publisher’s Letter

Creating a Life Well Loved

Round Town

08 Paso Robles Main Street Association: Greetings August! 10 Paso Robles Area Historical Society: What’s in a Label? 11 The Natural Alternative: Sweet Dreams 12 San Miguel: Community Happenings 13 General Store: Celebrating End of Summer


Paso People

Paso Robles Rotary Winemakers’ Cookoff by Camille DeVaul

The 23rd Annual Cookoff is back and expected to one of the best with 20 local wineries and breweries competing.

14 Jaiden Ralston: 5th Generation Bearcat Graduates from Paso Robles High School 16 Don McGeorge: Paso Robles Historial Society Volunteer of the Year

Business Spotlight

24 Farron Elizabeth: Celebrating Seven Years on Entrada Ave. 26 Boys & Girls Club: Tom Maas Clubhouse Celebrates Grand Opening



28 Sip & Savor: Beguiling Bordeauz-Style Blends 30 Taste of Americana: When Life Gives You Lemons


California Farmers Preparing for Curtailment

Local artist and children’s book illustrator Helen K. Davie has been creative and artistic ever since she can remember.

Farmers are facing an uncertain season ahead as water curtailment continues to take its toll on farming and ranching families.

by Christianna Marks

by Camille DeVaul


Calendar of Events: Winemakers Cookoff, Concerts in the Park and more 32 Worship Directory 31

The Illustrated Life of Helen K. Davie


Last Word

34 Vocational Education: Local High Schools Support is on the Upswing 34 Directory of our Advertisers


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Publisher’s Letter

Creating a Life Well Loved


ummertime on the Central Coast is one of my favorite times of the year, and this year, we had only a few days that were hotter than one could stand. Over the last month, we enjoyed some of the fantastic events in July. Circus Vargas was back in town, which has become a family tradition to attend every year. If you have not attended one of their shows, I encourage you to do so when they return; it is sure to be an excellent time for the entire family and just gets better every time we go. Another community and family favorite is the California Mid-State Fair; what I love the most about the Fair is watching it all come together. The amount of people, time, and effort that goes into producing the Fair for the County each year is quite impressive. A terrific job to everyone involved, dedicating their time and effort to bring us “The Biggest Little Fair Anywhere.” A true staple of what our community is all about. If we have learned anything over the last few years, it is that home matters and nurturing the community that surrounds our homes. Over the years, we have volunteered our time and effort to multiple nonprofit and school event committees and sat on Boards for the Chamber and other nonprofits because we believe that is where the real change happens. Many will say the heart of the community lies in the hands of the selfless volunteers that spend their time unpaid putting on the much-loved events our communities thrive and depend on. These committees do not happen by chance, and for most of them, they are a group of individuals who love where they live, believe in our history and tradition, and value what we have here. For that, I will be forever grateful to everyone who showed up before me and taught me to do the same—give of my time, invest in our community, and teach my children to do the same. In turn, we will create a life well-loved and one we can pass on for generations. “The purpose of life is not to be happy, but to matter – to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.” – Leo Rosten We hope you enjoy the month’s issue of Paso Robles Magazine; it is an honor to publish it for you every month. Hayley & Nic Mattson

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Round Town • Paso Robles Main Street Association

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ou’re the Bridge between Summer and Autumn — Between “How the year has been” and “How the year will end.” So, let’s be happy everyone! Happiness is a journey, not a destination. There is no path to happiness. Happiness is the path. These days, when it’s not triple digits, the streets of downtown Paso Robles are filled with happy faces. August is the last month for our “2022 Concerts in the Park” series, held on the 4th, 11th, and 18th. For details on who is playing, etc., look further in this issue of the Paso Robles Press Magazine. Your Downtown Main Street Association is looking forward to filling the City Park with fun for everyone! On August 20, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., there will be a plethora of activities everywhere you look. It’s time for “Trading Days” and the “Kids Flea Market.” This year we will be joined by the “Safety Fest,” an emergency & disaster preparedness event. There will be vendors with crafts, vintage and assorted retail items for sale, and kids selling to kids. This flea market is fun to watch; it’s our future entrepreneurs in action. You’ll enjoy music and dancing, fun hands-on learning activities, sack races, pie making, and eating contests, plus an opportunity to meet some of our First Responders. Main Street has an Ambassador around town. Sharon Kyle is on the streets Thursday thru Sunday, at different hours each day, to greet as many people as possible. She is that friendly smile assisting those who have questions, need directions, or recommendations while downtown. She keeps records for Main Street and volunteers her time to keep the connection open. Tourists in downtown are a large part of the Paso Robles economy. Main Street is here to promote our businesses and make sure locals and visitors are familiar with all we have to offer. Over the years, I have learned that there are many unsung

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Ambassadors in town at all times. The residents here feel so much pride in their town, it’s only natural to share it with others. Speaking of downtown, and a busy, happy place to be, have you visited The Red Scooter Deli recently? They just won the Mac and Cheese Contest in June. They have also been voted the “Best Sandwich in Paso Robles.” It’s no wonder everything they serve is fresh and prepared for you when ordered. From the time they open for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. until they close at 4 p.m., seven days a week, they are non-stop busy. The menu includes wraps, sandwiches, salads, soups, sweet treats, coffee, and more. Seating is outside; they deliver around town on scooters and prepare box lunches for businesses and events. Thank you, Stephanie and your outstanding, hard-working crew for this special downtown Gem! On July 4th Paso Robles joined other communities all over the nation to celebrate our freedom. Friends and families gathered for fun, food, and fireworks. Our local radio station, KPRL (1230 AM - 99.3 FM), played a series of historical programs reminding us of how we got our independence. Nothing political, just plain history — not sugar-coated, but told just the way it was, with scenes that made you feel the impact of these events, the lives lost, and the sacrifices made for the freedoms we enjoy! Ronald Reagan said: “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives. We, the people, tell the government what to do. It doesn’t tell us. Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same”. May the wisdom of his stature prevail in the years to come! We’re so blessed with our freedom. It’s a real reason to be happy in our lives. Happiness is not having what you want. It is appreciating what you have! No medicine cures what happiness cannot. You’re in Paso Robles, live happy!

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ine labels are a work of art meant to showcase the art inside the bottle. But the creative and unique labels we see today are a rather new concept compared to the ancient beverage they showcase. Historically, wine labels followed a simple French design. It wasn’t until Richard Blake of Blake’s Printery and Poor Richard’s Press and the HMR Estate Winery (now known as Adelaida Vineyards & Winery) changed the wine label game worldwide. One could say the journey to revolutionizing the wine marketing industry started when Richard Blake, a native of San Luis Obispo, purchased Blake Printery from his father in 1972. As the wine industry began to grow in SLO County, Richard began exploring the local tasting rooms. But it wasn’t the dark glass bottles that constantly piqued Richard’s attention — it was the wine labels. Rather, it was the lack of intrigue that the labels presented that interested Richard. The labels were not memorable, no matter the quality of the wine inside the bottle. Richard noticed that once you left the tasting room or the restaurant, it was difficult to remember what wine you had enjoyed. So Richard set down his glass of wine and

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began to dive deep into wine labels, their creation, the difficulties that went with them, and he set out to create the perfect wine labeling system. By 1981 Richard realized he could provide each winery with a unique, high-quality label at a reasonable cost. He had worked with his employees to develop the design, manufacturing, and quality control resources and purchased the high-tech equipment to do so. His motto became, “without your label, it’s only wine.” Richard worked with his team, headed by division manager Mike Glavin, to find his first customer. The label in mind would be printed on solid black paper with embossed bright gold foil letters. The die-cutting technology would create an unusual shape. Dr. Stanley Hoffman, who founded HMR Winery in 1972, agreed to the proposal. The HMR wines were delivered to local wine shops and stores. A few days later, Richard checked in local shops to see how the new label looked on the shelves, but it was impossible to find a single bottle. The wine was sold out! HMR was considered to be the first modern winery built on the Central Coast after Prohibition. Now known as Adelaida Vineyard & Winery, they were famous after winning both gold and double gold medals for their

Chardonnay at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London in 1979. The success of the wine labels produced by Blake Printery was noticed not only in SLO County but also in Napa. As Blake Printery began to capture the attention of other local wineries, Richard said, “Wineries throughout the Western Hemisphere realized we were correct, resulting in Blake Printery becoming the leading label supplier for most wineries.” However, Richard noted that he never received an order from any French winery. They did not change their labels. By the 1990s, wineries including Pesenti, Talley, Corbett Canyon, Schramsberg, Fetzer, Stoneybrook and Woodbridge were just a few of the famous brands who selected Blake Printery to print their dynamic labels. Blake Printery created a new image in wine labels, sometimes known as the California look. Each new label was seen as a work of art. Napa Valley wineries originally represented Blake’s largest market area. But orders from the East Coast, Pacific Northwest, Texas, Mexico and Russia were significant as well. For more details on the history of Richard Blake and the wine label revolution, visit Paso Robles Press Magazine

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here is plenty happening in San Miguel during these hot dog days of summer! San Miguel brought back its Community Clean-Up on June 25. Thanks to a generous grant from Caltrans and the Clean California Program, the San Miguel Community Service District (SMCSD) was able to help the community get rid of 14.71 tons of large items, broken furniture, household items, and trash that couldn’t go through people’s regular trash pickup. In addition, a 40-yard roll-off was filled with scrap metal, an electronic recycling container was filled up, and 35 mattresses were dropped off for recycling.

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After coming by with their own items, a few considerate community members (like Ant’s Tractor Mowing) drove around San Miguel and collected mattresses and other items dumped by the side of the roads. It was a great day for the community, and a big thanks go out to the San Miguel CSD Utilities Department, Caltrans, San Miguel Garbage, and the good citizens of San Miguel. SMCSD and Caltrans hope to have another Clean-Up in the late fall, check the San Miguel CSD Facebook page or with the office for more information. The San Miguel Senior Center is open and offers Bingo every 2nd and 4th Friday at 6 p.m. Join them for just 50 cents a card and have some fun while getting to know the community. The Senior Center is at 601 12th Street (805) 467-3445. The San Miguel Advisory Council had their election on June 22 for five Board seats: Historian, Treasurer, Secretary, Public Relations Officer, Member at Large, and Alternate positions. Board election results are John McClure, Barbara Goodrich, Jean Hoffmann, Eric Franco, Ed Engler, and Rudy Schalk. More details and information are available on their website .

For those new to the area, Advisory Councils are the community’s way to communicate our needs and concerns to the SLO County Officials and Public Agencies. Reports from the CHP, Sheriff, and County Supervisors are given, along with items that may affect the area. Community member concerns and questions are encouraged at the meetings. Meetings are on the 4th Wednesday night of the month, at 7 p.m., at the San Miguel Community Center at 256 13th Street (next to the library) and serve San Miguel’s district and rural area. A fundraiser has been created, and donations are being collected for the 15 people displaced and the homes that were damaged by a fire that happened on the 4th of July. Donations can be dropped off at the FDAV Church at 301 13th Street in San Miguel, the North County Christian Thrift Store, the Red Cross, and Paso Cares or made on the GoFundMe “A fire took their home” link Updates on the family and neighbors are also available there. Within an hour of the fire, the San Miguel community rallied together and found temporary shelter (thanks to Pastor Mike and the FDAV Church), blankets, supplies, clothing for the children and adults, food, and formula. The fire and its cause are still under investigation.

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he world feels a bit unbalanced right now (it’s not just us feeling that, right?), and we find ourselves looking for inspiration, for peace, for kindness. We’re taking more walks, trying to send that note in the mail, or calling to say we received excellent service from someone who has gone the extra mile. (Shout out to Reed’s Heating & Air and Aloha Pest for always being the definition of responsive and terrific to work with!) We’re also eating more Negranti ice cream, staying up later to finish a movie with the kids while they’re on summer break, and turning off that newsfeed. We’re trying to focus on those small, good things that bring us together. When Mickey Sickelton, cofounder (with husband Chris) of The Body Bean, enters General Store Paso Robles, she bears not only bags and bags brimming with delicious botanical scents but also an energy of kindness, professionalism, and care. We’ve carried her soaps, lotions, and bath soaks for a few years now, and her goods have joined Life Elements, FableRune, and our own Blithe, Lavender, and Gratitude lines as the anchors of our local bath and body offerings. We can’t help but think it’s not only the quality of her goods that makes them so popular (free of synthetics and preservatives,

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they are nourishing and gentle), but also Mickey’s unassuming warmth makes people want to support this Paso-based company. Here are our customer’s favorites: Goat’s Milk Loofah Soap: You get a loofah scrubber and a bar of soap all in one! The loofah gets rid of dead skin cells, while the soap leaves your skin clean and lightly smelling of honey and oatmeal. Pixie Dust: In 3 scents, the Pixie Dust is basically a deconstructed bath bomb. Use a little or a lot for a fizzy bath that relaxes and rejuvenates. Sugar Scrub: In either Coffee or Lavender, the scrub naturally exfoliates and smooths skin. Whether it’s for you or someone whose day needs brightening, one of The Body Bean’s treats will do the job. Thank you, Mickey and Chris, for being right here in our own backyard! Grateful for you and for our customers who allow us to support dozens of small makers in the store.  -The Team at General Store Paso Robles

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Paso People • Jaiden Ralston





lot can happen in five generations. For one Paso Robles family, they saw five generations walk through two different Paso Robles High School (PRHS) halls. Jaiden Ralston, who turned 18 on June 28, is the fifth generation in her family to graduate from PRHS. The tradition started with Jaiden’s great-great-grandmother, Zena Hord (Klintworth), who graduated from PRHS in 1932. At first, Jaiden says she didn’t realize being a fifth-generation graduate was unique but soon came to appreciate being a part of a long line of the city’s history. June Klintworth (Bertoni) graduated in 1955 and currently volunteers at the Paso Robles Historical Area Society, located in the Carnegie Library in City Park, on Thursdays. Following June was Tami Bertoni (Smith), who graduated in 1975, and then Staci Smith (Ralston), who graduated in 2000. June’s father was born in Paso Robles after his parents immigrated to California from Germany in 1886. The family purchased property in the Geneseo area and began farming grapes. As June understands it, her grandparents were one of the first in the county to be bonded to sell wine. In 1950, June’s family purchased a home closer to town so she and her sister could attend Paso Robles schools before heading into high school — located at the current Flamson Middle School campus at the time. As June puts it, she and her sister had to learn how to behave themselves after attending the rural school in Creston. June’s mother, Zena, also attended high school at the Flamson campus. Jaiden’s mother, Staci, was the first of the five generations to attend the current campus on Niblick Road. Other than attending different high school campuses, June says one of the biggest

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Recent Paso Robles High graduate (right) and Jaiden Ralston her June dmot her great-gran two of the ent es pr re Bertoni ns in their tio ra ne ge e fiv arcat be family to Be by o ot Ph s. grad l Camille DeVau differences between their high school careers is Jaiden having the opportunity to play competitively on sports teams. “The girls weren’t really anybody in high school then,” said June. She explained that when she was in high school, there were no official girls’ sports teams at the high school other than physical education classes. Instead, girls would meet after school to play against each other. So Jaiden is the first of her family to go this far in softball, but her talent as a pitcher may have come from her two-times-great grandfather. June’s father was a pitcher, playing baseball on small-town teams. The other difference June notes are how much the city has grown since she was Jaiden’s age, growing from around 3,000 people to a population of over 30,000. Having the chance to know and learn from her great-grandmother is something Jaiden will never forget. Besides learning how to cook from June, Jaiden has learned family traditions and most of all, she says she has learned how to give back. “You learn something from everyone,”said Jaiden.

Jaiden will be attending Iowa State University this fall on a full-ride athletic scholarship for softball. She has been playing softball since she was four years old, starting her traveling softball teams at just 10. At the end of her senior year at PRHS, Jaiden earned several scholar awards and recognitions. She ended the year with a 4.23 GPA, landing her a spot as a Top Cat. Jaiden also received the following recognitions: College and Career Exemplar, Athletic Excellence, Scholar Athletes, Science, SkillsUSA, CTE - Health Sciences, and Cuesta. This summer, Jaiden will be playing softball on a traveling team and move to Ames, Iowa, in August, where she will start practicing with the university’s Cyclones softball team. When not playing softball, Jaiden will be studying biochemistry with goals of becoming a traveling nurse while training to become an anesthesiologist. “I’m proud of her. I’m glad she has her head all together at this age,” said June. “She is very smart, a very good girl, and all-around good at everything.” Paso Robles Press Magazine

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Paso People • Don McGeorge


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By Camille DeVaul


rom the time Don McGeorge was a young boy, he was fascinated with the history of Paso Robles. And over time, he became a great storyteller. So it was no surprise to many when he was announced as the Paso Robles Area Historical Society and Museum's (PRAHS) Volunteer of the Year. Don grew up in Paso Robles after moving to the area with his family at 10 years old. At the same time, another PRAHS volunteer, Terry Minshull, had also moved to Paso Robles. The two eventually became lifelong friends.

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"I love Paso Robles history," says Don, who had been volunteering at PRAHS since 2009. Don started out on the board of directors for the historical society, but his neighbor soon convinced him to join as a docent. After one visit to the museum, located in the Carnegie Library at the center of Paso Robles City Park, Don was hooked. "I love this town. It's my favorite town that I've ever been in ... But I learned so much since I've worked here," said Don. The tales of Jesse James in Paso Robles is one of Don's favorite pieces of the city's history. He enjoys taking people around the museum and sharing what he knows of the city's deep roots and stories. Don was announced as Volunteer of the Year at the PRAHS annual meeting, held at Cass Winery, on June 23. It came as a surprise to Don, as he said, "Who expects anything like that?" After two years attending Cal Poly, Don switched from studying aeronautical engineering to attending ArtCenter Design School in Los Angeles to become an illustrator. As a child, Don loved to draw airplanes. His father worked for Federal Aviation Administration, instilling a lifelong interest in the industry for Don. So he thought becoming an aeronautical engineer would mean designing and drawing airplanes. The field ended up being a bit less exciting than Don thought. Then one year for Christmas, Don made Christmas cards for family and friends, sending one to a friend's father, who was a cartoonist. Don soon received a call from the friend's father who told him he needed to be an artist, not an engineer. So eventually, Don pursued art and eventually became an illustrator for different companies over his 40-year career. Now, Don enjoys water coloring in his free time. Illustrating wildlife is his favorite. "Doing something that you really love for work ... your life is great because you spend most of your waking hours at work," said Don, "And when you love it, it's a great life. So I was very lucky." In 2001, Don moved back to Paso Robles after retiring, which he says was the best move he ever made. Don, who has been intrigued with Paso history since childhood, also loves his job at the museum. He enjoys seeing what treasure finder Dale Hiner finds and adds to his exhibit. But he also loves working with lifelong friend Terry. "This is important to me. I love sharing everything with people," said Don. "I enjoy that, and it's a really good day. And then working with Terry, somebody I went to high school with. And we have a lot of fun. He is a character. We have a good time working here."

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Raises Funds for Local Students By Camille DeVaul


ugust, as Karyl Lammers says, is the bridge between summer and autumn. While some may be a little melancholy about the end of those lazy summer days, there is plenty to look forward to this month — for the great Paso Robles Winemakers’ Cookoff is August 13, and that, my friends, is definitely something to look forward to. This year is the 23rd Annual Winemakers’ Cookoff, hosted by the Paso Robles Rotary Club. The annual event’s proceeds go to the club’s scholarship program. Chairman of the cookoff, Vicki Silva, says, “It’s absolutely a fun event, and then the fact that the money goes to something good is a bonus.” Over the past 22 years, the Winemakers’ Cookoff has raised more than $400,000 for local youth scholarships. Last year, the Rotary Foundation awarded nearly $90,000 in highschool senior scholarships. “It is pretty amazing for a little rotary club like ours,” says Vicki of the Rotary’s recent large scholarship funds. The cookoff will feature local winemakers, live music, and great food — all benefiting local high-school seniors. “There are so many great young people that are applying for these scholarships, and you wish you had enough money to give them all full-ride scholarships,” said Vicki, “But we do what we can, and hopefully, it helps somebody, and it ends up coming out on the other side a good young person who ends up joining Rotary some day.” One recipient of a scholarship from the Cookoff event, Torri Pugh, shared, “I have such a deep gratitude in having received a Rotary scholarship. It enabled me to worry less about the financial burden of college and focus on academics, and I have felt encouraged to continue working hard in my schooling and volunteering within my community at UC Davis because of it.” Vicki describes the event as a backyard barbeque with socializing, great food, and great wine thrown in. The event has been a success over the years due to the exceptional winemakers of the

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Event Details

When: August 13, 6 to 9 p.m. Where: Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave. Tickets are pre-sale only and available at

Paso Robles region generously donating their time, wine, food, staff, and culinary expertise to make the event truly memorable. Part of the fun and excitement of the Cookoff is the winemakers also compete for the “Peoples Choice” and “Judges’ Choice” awards. Over twenty years ago, Rotarian Gary Eberle of Eberle Winery had the idea for a cookoff that would be just as fun for wineries as it would for the guests. Vicki loved the idea, and the two went ahead with their plan, raising over $7,000 that first year. “We’ve been lucky because the community has jumped in and supported the event,” said Vicki. In 2021, the event transitioned to a smaller event due to the pandemic, creating a more intimate experience, and it was a hit with participants. So the Rotary has chosen to keep with the smaller experience and will be limiting ticket sales. The committee is expecting 20 local wineries and breweries to participate in pouring wine and beer and competing in the Cookoff. Some of the past participants expected to return again this year include Ancient Peaks, Asuncion Ridge, Bovino, Calcareous, Cass Winery, Dubost, Eberle, Hope Family Wine,

Hoyt, Midnight Cellars, Peachy Canyon, Pear Valley, Penman Springs, Venteux, Volatus, and Cal Coast Brewery. Vicki invites everyone to “Come have a great time and celebrate life.” Attendees must be 21 years or older to attend, and ticket sales will be limited. Tickets are available for $95 per person or $50 for designated drivers. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information on the Winemakers’ Cookoff, visit About the Rotary Club of Paso Robles The Rotary Club of Paso Robles was chartered in 1924 and has a long history of “service above self,” the motto of Rotary International. The Club is very active in the community through scholarships for high school students of Paso Robles, sponsorship of the local Boy Scouts of America organization, and raising money for local children’s projects like dictionaries for third-grade students and supplies for local schools. The club also participates in global projects including funding international schools, drinking water projects, and eyeglass projects. For more information about the Rotary Club of Paso Robles, please visit Paso Robles Press Magazine

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ocal artist and children’s book illustrator Helen K. Davie has been creative ever since she can remember. She started painting at the young age of 4 and hasn’t looked back since. “My mother especially was very supportive,” stated Helen. “She made sure that I had paints and supplies and nurtured me that way.” Years later, Helen attended junior college, knowing she wanted to do something with art, and thus began her journey toward illustrating books. “As I kept taking the art classes, I began to realize how much I had loved illustrated books as a child, and I still love reading, and it just seemed to be a real natural fit for me,” she said. Helen graduated from Cupertino High School but decided against attending San Jose State University because it only offered a degree in graphics with an illustration emphasis, which didn’t push her toward children’s book illustration. So, she stuck with her gut and attended Long Beach State, where she learned from a slew of fantastic instructors. “At the time, you left with your portfolio, and that gave you a clear idea of where to go next. So, I did what a lot of art students do I sold art supplies [after college],” Helen joked. That’s where she met her first husband, who was also an artist. He was the one who first suggested that Helen start illustrating greeting cards. So, she sent some samples to an art director, who, by happy circumstance, had just become an instructor at Long Beach

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State. And with that, her greeting card career started. “Having these greeting cards in my portfolio made it so much easier for me when my first husband and I went to New York City,” added Helen. When they headed to New York, both had dreams of getting their artwork into the hands of publishers. “We made appointments at publishing houses, and at others, we dropped our portfolios off and then came back,” Helen said. “It’s an experience you just wouldn’t have today. It’s all done electronically [now].” After their New York trip, Helen and her first husband decided to leave California and move to Connecticut. Helen began looking for an art rep, and she landed one who got her started with illustrating children’s textbooks. “Not glamorous. Not necessarily fun. But it paid the bills,” stated Helen. “The rep took my portfolio to Little Brown, and at that time, they had a manuscript and were looking for someone who did borders. A lot of my greeting cards had borders on them. So, I was given the opportunity to look at the manuscript, and I just loved it, and that’s what I call my first real book.” The book was “The Star Maiden: An Ojibway Tale” by Barbara Juster Esbensen. The book features a story about a star that comes to earth. “After that, I had more books with the same author, which is unusual,” Helen continued. “We formed a friendship, and then the editor we’d been working with moved to Orchard

Books. So I have a book there. And then this author, Barbara Juster Esbensen, she was a poet, and we collaborated on a book together about patterns in nature. And her poems were under contract with Harper Collins, so now I had books at Harper Collins. So a fun progression.” Helen and her second husband moved to Atascadero in 1996 before moving to their current residence in Templeton in 1998. “I was born in Los Angeles and then grew up in Cupertino, so you know this is right in the middle. It’s poetic,” stated Helen. “A funny thing, as kids, you know you’re bored in the car, and we would be traveling for holidays down to relatives in Los Angeles, and on the way, we’d look for landmarks. And there was this one we always looked for; it was the giant milk bottle. It has since been relocated to Main Street in Templeton, and I just found that so ironic. Here I ended up about a mile or so away, living from the milk bottle.” While looking for ways to make new friends in San Luis Obispo County, Helen met a woman at The Art Center (now SLOMA) who was about to start taking print-making classes at Cuesta. A print-makers group was formed, and Helen was invited to participate. “I was hooked, and was like, this is so fun, and it’s so graphic,” she stated. In 2009, when Anne Laddon got Studios on the Park up and running, Helen and a group of artists started working out of one of a studio there, and Helen has been a part of Studios on the Park ever since, displaying her block-printing art for the whole county to see. Paso Robles Press Magazine

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armers up and down California are once again facing an uncertain season ahead of them as a state water curtailment order issued in August 2021 continues to take its toll on farming and ranching families. In July 2021, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order calling a drought emergency and asking for water conservation. Soon after, farmers and ranchers in California received curtailment orders from the California Water Board (CWB) to either immediately or prepare to suspend their senior water rights. Water rights are a complicated and century-long system that farmers and ranchers are all too familiar with — because water is their lifeline. A water right is a legal entitlement authorizing water to be diverted from a specified source and put to beneficial, nonwasteful use. Water rights are property rights, but their holders do not own the water itself. They possess the right to use it. However, one cannot sell water rights without selling the land attached to it. In June 2022, Newsom announced a $1.5 billion proposal to use taxpayer money to buy out farmers' water senior rights to benefit endangered fish species in the state. California Farm Water Coalition (CFWC) Executive Director Mike Wade, who is familiar with the proposal, expressed concern that buying the water right means farmers would have to sell the land attached to the water right. Selling their water right could mean a permanent end to the farms and ranches attached to it. There are several different forms or levels of water rights one can possess. Senior water rights holders are those who established the water claim before 1914, when California created its formal water rights system. There are also appropriative and riparian water rights. Riparian rights refer to the use of naturally flowing water such as land touching a lake, river, or stream. An appropriative right exists regardless of the land's relationship to the water. An appropriative right is generally based upon physical control and beneficial use of the water. The emergency curtailment orders issued on Aug. 3, 2021, by CWB required farmers in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river watersheds to immediately stop diverting water from waters and streams because the drought is rapidly depleting the California reservoirs and killing endangered species of fish. The curtailment orders are resulting in a significant economic impact with the loss of jobs and food, putting many in fear of an impending food shortage. According to data CFWC collected based on current drought conditions, water district's supply availability, and curtailment orders, the state is facing up to an estimated 691,000 acres of fallowed farm ground compared to 395,100 acres in 2021. The loss of farm grounds results in an estimated loss of nearly

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25,000 jobs compared to just over 14,000 jobs lost in 2021. And that ends up leading to an estimated loss of nearly $3.5 billion from the economy. "It's kind of a domino effect that ends up hurting rural communities," says Mike. This year is looking no different for California farmers when it comes to water and food security. The drought still exists, and there are added hindrances from the events in Ukraine — the world's bread basket, iron, steel, and fertilizer supplier. And don't forget inflation and the rise in gas prices. The idea of a food shortage is constantly on the minds of even world leaders, including U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, who warned in June of a "catastrophe" from a global food shortage. "When we see things happening in eastern Europe with Ukraine and Russia and the pressure that it is putting on the global food supply, is it a good idea to be doing things in California to take land out of production?" asked Mike. Back in August 2021, farmers with riparian water rights in areas like Scott's Valley near the Oregon border were asked to sign an agreement from CWB agreeing to cease pulling water when they deemed it appropriate to. Those who did not sign the contract are now receiving notices stating if they do not sign the agreement, the water right holder will face a "potential fine up to $500 per day per water right for each day the certification(s) is/are not filed." Essentially, farmers and ranchers relying on the water for their crops are being left with two options: Sign the agreement and wait for their water rights to be suspended, potential in the middle of farming seasons. Pay $500 per day of diverting water essential to grow their crops and keep their farms and families alive. Neither option seems very bulletproof for the farmer. "From our organization's perspective, we don't like to see farmland taken out of production when it's taking water from a community that is dependent on agriculture," explained Mike. In a February 2022 article in AgAlert, farmers and ranchers living in the Scotts Valley shared their worries about what the curtailment order could bring in its second season. Some were already considering selling out. "There's a lot more thought among some landowners of getting out while the getting is good if this is the way it's going to be," said Siskiyou County cattle rancher and hay grower Rick Barnes of Callahan, who relies on Scott River water. "Selling the ranch has been a topic. It's a thought of mine. I know there's a lot of first, second, and third-generation people who are thinking maybe it's time to head for the exits." In June, Scotts Valley water rights holders received orders under their curtailment order that required them to cease pulling water from Paso Robles Press Magazine

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the Scott River and underground wells. According to the CFWC, "The water in the Scott River and underground wells is the sole supply for these farmers on their 30,000 acres of irrigated land, located within a 512,000-acre watershed. This mountain valley primarily produces alfalfa and grass hay, pasture, grain, and cattle. Besides two organic dairies, beef production is either organic or conventional pasture-based for popular markets." According to CWB, 12,600 out of 16,700 curtailment compliant certifications have been filed. Of those, 795 water rights/claims have filed for health and safety exceptions, and 805 have filed for non-consumption use exceptions. Fifteen have submitted a petition for reconsideration, and 16 submitted proposals saying the curtailment has been inappropriate since August of last year. All petitions for reconsideration have been denied by the CWB. Only one proposal saying the curtailment is inappropriate has been approved. The rest are pending. "The drought is showing how unprepared we are with our water supply system," says Mike, who implores that improving the state's water storage and infrastructure is the only way to avoid losing more farms in the future. Mike tells Paso Robles News Magazine/Atascadero News Magazine of orchards using the water they have now to pull out plots of trees. They do this now, because the high probability of their water being restricted later in the season will make for a less than profitable harvest. "The state and the federal government have to step up and invest in our water supply system," said Mike. "And some things are happening, we aren't saying nothing is happening, but we have to do some big things to stabilize California, our agriculture industry, and our ability to grow food for people because this isn't a farm issue or a farmer issue or a rural community issue. It's an issue for American consumers." Regardless of politics, the end result is the same — no water, no farms, no food.


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Business Spotlight • Farron Elizabeth

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By Christianna Marks


2015, on the then sleepy street of Entrada Avenue in Atascadero, Farron Elizabeth opened its doors for the first time. Seven years later, owner Farron Walker and her clothing boutique are a much-loved part of the community. “It wasn’t an easy start, to say the least, because when I opened, there was not much on this street. Street Side wasn’t even here,” Farron said about the store’s opening. “It was pretty dead, but I had a vision for this street, and I had a lot of faith in what I thought was to come.” Farron, who’s been a part of the fashion industry since she can remember, started out with a retail job before heading off to and graduating from FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in Los Angeles. She had her own fashion line in LA but decided to go back into retail when she moved to Atascadero, opening Farron

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Elizabeth, which was also the name of her original clothing line. “At the time [Farron Elizabeth opened], I did still have my line, so I sold; when I first opened, I had a lot of my own stuff. From time to time, I do make my own stuff, but it’s rare,” said Farron. The retail boutique features styles and clothing for all body types, price ranges, and age groups. Creating an inclusive and affordable shopping experience for everyone who walks through its doors. “We have girls in high school that shop here, and we have women in their 70s that shop here,” Farron said of her clientele. “So it really is pretty vast.” Farron Elizabeth brings in 15 to 20 new styles a week at an affordable price point, so the clothes are constantly changing, which gives shoppers new options weekly. “That’s kind of how I made it work in the beginning, because this wasn’t like a high tourist area, so I realized by bringing in new stuff

every week, the same ladies would come in every week,” Farron added. On top of clothing items, Farron Elizabeth also carries local products from The Body Bean, Red Road Leatherworks, Blueberry Jewelry, Glasshead Studio, Templeton Olive Oil Company, Queen Bee Caramels, and Life Elements. Farron also represents artist Adam Eron Welch, and his pieces not only decorate the walls of Farron Elizabeth but are available for purchase. “I think that sustains the community. We tell people to shop local, but we should carry local products,” Farron said. “Especially in this area, there’s so much available to us.” But Farron Elizabeth isn’t just a retail store: For the last couple of years, Farron Elizabeth has raised money for Jack’s Helping Hand on Sundays. Five percent of the store’s total sales every Sunday go directly to the foundation, which helps children with cancer and disabilities. Farron and both Farron

Elizabeth and Bloke (Farron’s men’s boutique) are also affiliated with the Emilio Velci Aloha Project, which brings fentanyl awareness to the county. “The main thing about this store and my love for it is, being a part of the community and investing in the community because they invest back. That’s a big part of it for me because I feel like this town, we are a community. I think that’s the thing I love most about it, to be honest,” said Farron. In November of 2020, Farron decided to expand her retail options on Entrada and opened Bloke, the male version of Farron Elizabeth, across the street. Following the same formula as Farron Elizabeth, the men’s shop has been a success, but Farron will always remember where she started seven years ago. “I have the same ladies that came to my opening that still shop here today,” she said. “Costumers, they’re literally like family to us, and the community is really important to us.” Paso Robles Press Magazine

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Business • Boys & Girls Club


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By Camille DeVaul


fter just over a year after breaking ground on the building, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast (CGCMCC) celebrated the grand opening of the Tom Maas Clubhouse in Paso Robles. Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin, City Councilman John Hamon, Clint Weirick, a representative from Senator John Laird’s office; Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce CEO Gina Fitzpatrick, and District 3 Supervisor Dawn Legg-Ortiz helped with the clubhouse ribbon cutting along with plenty of excited patrons and future club members. The current Paso Robles BGCMCC is located at the Flamson Middle School on Spring Street and will remain serving students there with goals to expand services to other schools in the area. BGCMCC CEO Michael Boyer told Paso Magazine they are currently in talks with Almond Acres Charter School and the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District to provide additional support. “We have proven programs that are used nationwide that we can provide great outcomes with kids in many different communities,” said Michael. “If we have the capability of doing that in Paso Robles, then we would love to do that.” In 2016, it became evident to board members that they needed a larger facility due to a growing waiting list for children to get into the club. The half-acre lot, formerly home to the North County Racquet Association, was donated by a long-time friend of the Boys & Girls Club, Tom Maas. Just before his unexpected passing in 2019, Maas and his wife Kathleen made a donation that allowed the club to purchase the new property. “He absolutely knew it would happen,” Kathleen Maas said. “It is so rewarding to be here now and to know this will make a difference in the community that we all believe in.” “Thanks to everyone, friends, family who all along the way and the community and remember that we have to stay there,” she continued. “Because now that it is here, we have to keep it healthy, happy, striving forward, always

growing and fulfilling its purpose in this community.” A portion of the funds to build the new clubhouse was raised by Must! Charities. In August 2021, Must! Charities raised funds to complete the build with its first Purpose fundraiser. Philanthropists and wineries raised $1.3 million at the event. Of that total, $543,000 went to finishing the Tom Maas Clubhouse build. Must! Charities has been a long-time supporter of local Boys & Girls Clubs. The Flamson Middle School clubhouse was its first project back in 2012. Recently, the nonprofit helped open Boys & Girls Clubs in Creston and Shandon. However, this is the first new building Must! has helped finance. The Tom Maas Clubhouse is equipped to handle up to 250 kids. There are over 160 children signed up for the summer program. Their summer program will provide engaging activities, field trips, and fun. “We want to keep them really busy. We also want to kind of trick them into learning,” said Michael. “We want to make sure we have fun activities but also always come around and make sure they the learning voids in those activities.” The new facility is home to an outdoor basketball court, multipurpose room, commercial kitchen, STEM lab, and computer lab. The club offers homework tutoring and other programs that will pique youth’s interest. Michael hopes the public will remain supportive of the BGCMCC now that the new clubhouse is open. “This isn’t it. We want to ensure that people realize we are here to serve kids who need to be served. If there are families, if there are parents out there that need [support], we want them to contact us,” said Michael, “we want to make sure they know we are working with the community and other child-serving organizations to provide the best service to our families and children.” The clubhouse officially opened on June 20. The Tom Maas Clubhouse is located at 3301 Oak St. in Paso Robles. To make a donation or learn more about the BGCMCC, visit Paso Robles Press Magazine

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lending is an art,” stated Meridith May, publisher & editor-in-chief of The Somm Journal and The Tasting Panel Magazine. May was moderating a panel of five Paso vintners and winemakers at a seminar entitled Beguiling Blends. The seminar focused on Bordeaux-style blends was held at Justin Vineyards & Winery’s barrel room. Indeed, as an artist sits down with a box of paints to create that masterpiece, the winemaker handles a beaker of wine to craft that perfect blend. The winemaker’s palate is akin to an artist’s palette. Blending that perfect combination of wines with different personalities can be daunting. However, for a blender-master, sometimes adding just a minuscule percentage of a grape variety can make all the difference in creating that memorable blend. The blending seminar was part of the CAB Camp, a three-day immersive experience hosted by Paso Robles CAB Collective (PRCC) and the Encino, California-based Somm Journal. The CAB Camp brought together a group of 40 sommeliers and wine distributors from around the country who were in town to explore Paso wines and participate in panel discussions, all related to Paso’s Bordeaux-style wines produced from the five classic varieties — cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, petit verdot and malbec. The seminars ranged from Fab Five, featuring the five classic Bordeaux varieties, and Cabernet Sauvignon, King of Paso Robles, and Beguiling Blends. I attended the Beguiling Blends session that included six industry professionals: Sterling Kragten, winemaker at Cass Winery; Susan Doyle, vice president of winemaking and vineyards at Riboli Family Estates; Neeta Mittal, co-founder, LXV Wine; Patrick Muran, winemaker at Niner Wine Estates; Robert Nadeau,

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grower relations manager at Opolo Vineyards; and Jim Gerakaris, Justin’s sommelier. Doyle presented Riboli Family’s 2017 Stormwatch, a well-structured classic blend of five varieties. “I’m looking for complexity and structure,” Doyle commented on the blend. “I look at the nose and aroma of each variety that completes each other; even 1 to 2 percent can make a big difference in a blend.” Doyle calls herself a minimalist. “I allow the wines to develop in a barrel over time,” Doyle expressed. “Once you put the blend together, it makes a complete wine; let it be terroir, not terror.” There were few other classic five-variety blends. Justin’s flagship Isosceles, the 2018 Reserve led by cabernet sauvignon, was layered with complexity and firm tannins. Opolo’s 2017 Rhapsody, a cabernet-driven blend with robust tannins and exuberant fruit, was a perfect match for a juicy rib-eye steak. From Niner, the 2018 Fog Catcher, bursting with black fruits and violet scents, was another five-variety blend but with merlot replaced by carménère, a lesser-used sixth Bordeaux variety. From Cass Winery, Sterling Kragten presented the 2018 M & M, an unusual combination of merlot and malbec. “This is the first time I’ve done this blend,” revealed Kragten of his experiment, which began with malbec. After trying a few other varieties, he decided on merlot. “I kept adding the wines till it came to a 50/50 blend,” he said of the 22-month barrelaged wine redolent of sage and chocolate. LXV’s 2019 The Secret was a textural delight, a cabernet-dominant blend with petit verdot and cabernet franc, the latter adding a layer of herbaceousness. “We aim to capture a rich concentration of cassis fruit along with just a hint of

traditional cooler climate herbaceousness to make a balanced, layered blend that is elegantly expressive and will gracefully age,” Mittal commented. In addition to the above seminar, I recently came across another blending session, this time Paso’s Bordeaux-style blends compared with wines from Bordeaux itself at Sixmilebridge Vineyards, a new winery in Paso’s Adelaida district. The tasting compared two of Sixmilebridge wines from the 2019 vintage crafted in the Right Bank and Left Bank style with older vintages of two wines from Bordeaux’s Left Bank mini appellation of St. Julien and Right Bank’s Pomerol. Yes, they were distinctly different, expressing Old World finesse and New World bold fruit. The Sixmilebridge Shannon, a classic blend of five varieties, was lush with black cherries and dark chocolate, and Limerick in the merlotdriven Right Bank style, silky on the palate with flavors of red currant. “I’m always looking for texture, to see how the mouthfeel and richness work together,” Yount commented on his blending technique. “As much as our influence is Bordeaux, we stay true to our site, which is cleaner and brighter,” said Anthony of the Sixmilebridge house style. In a classic Bordeaux blend, the house style is something most wineries adhere to. And Justin is among those wineries expressing a style that comes from the consistency of its estate vineyards. According to Justin’s winemaker Scott Shirley, the underlying concept of a blend is what makes the best-tasting wine. “However, the same block will not perform [the same] every year, and that’s one of the challenges — selection of blends is driven by mother nature,” Shirley said. Paso Robles Press Magazine

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Taste of Paso • With Barbie Butz

When Life Gives You Lemons...

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’ve always thought of August as the “wrap-up” of summer. It’s a time to take a mini-vacation before school starts or gather friends and family for one more picnic in the park, at the mountains, or by the ocean. The weather is usually warm and dependable, allowing you to make outdoor plans without a “plan B.” So enjoy this month, and to help you keep cool, think “lemon.” The flavor of lemons enlivens the taste of food, adding a lively, refreshing tang. Try these recipes and see if you don’t agree. They are simple yet delicious and will be a great addition to any picnic or August party menu.

Strawberry Watermelon


Ingredients: 1 (6-pound) watermelon, seeded and cut into chunks 2 pints strawberries, hulled

1⁄2 cup sugar 1 (12-ounce) can frozen lemonade, thawed 3⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice Fresh lemon slices, for garnishest

Directions: Purée watermelon in batches in food processor until smooth; strain juice through sieve into large bowl or 2-quart pitcher. Process strawberries with sugar until

smooth. Add strawberry purée, lemonade concentrate, and lemon juice to watermelon juice. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices.

Lemon Mint


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Ingredients: A very large handful of fresh mint leaves 1 cup (7 ounces) sugar 1⁄2 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 3 medium lemons; grate the zest before juicing the lemons) 2-2/3 cups 1% or whole milk

11⁄2 teaspoons grated lemon zest Extra mint leaves for garnish 2 pints strawberries, hulled 1⁄2 cup sugar 1 (12-ounce) can frozen lemonade, thawed 3⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice Fresh lemon slices, for garnishest

Directions: Stir sugar, lemon juice, and handful of mint leaves together in medium bowl. Let stand for 1 hour. Stir milk into lemon juice mixture. Strain mixture through sieve into bowl, pressing lightly on mint leaves; discard mint. Add lemon zest. Mixture will thicken slightly and may look curdled, but is okay. Pour mixture into shallow pan, cover, and freeze until hard, 3 to 4 hours. Break frozen mixture into chunks with a fork. Process in food processor or blender until mixture is smooth and color has lightened. If some

of frozen chunks are still not broken up, continue processing; extra processing only makes smoother, creamier sherbet. Serve immediately as a slushy spoon drink, garnished with extra mint leaves, or transfer to an airtight container and refreeze until hard enough to scoop, 3 to 4 hours. If sherbet freezes too hard, let it soften in the fridge for 15 minutes or longer, or carefully soften in the microwave on defrost setting, a few seconds at a time. Paso Robles Press Magazine

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2:30-3:30pm This class will demonstrate the process of print making using styrofoam to not just create a stamp but a beautiful bouquet of flowers. For more info and to register visit

6-7pm Beginning and intermediate crafters can create this month’s embroidery project of summer fruits, flowers, and friendly insects. Practice coloring with thread using several stitch techniques to create your own version of this summer garden. Register by Aug. 10th at Paso Robles Library

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Houses of worshiP D I R E C T O R Y



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. ATASCADERO “ABC” Atascadero Bible Church 6225 Atascadero Mall Atascadero (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 Church 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) (805) 461-0340 CRESTON Creston Community Church 5170 O’Donovan Road Service: 9:00 a.m. Pastor JD Megason LOCKWOOD True Life Christian Fellowship Lockwood/Jolon Road, across from the school in Lockwood Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Erick Reinstedt (805) 472-9325 NACIMIENTO Heritage Village Church At The Don Everingham Center Heritage Ranch Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Brad Brown (805) 712-7265 Hilltop Christian Fellowship 2085 Gateway Drive Heritage Ranch Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Perry Morris & Jerry Gruber (805) 239-1716 Oak Shores Christian Fellowship 2727 Turkey Cove Rd., at the Oak Shores Community Clubhouse Service: 8:30 a.m. Pastor Jerry Gruber (760) 304-2435 PASO ROBLES 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 Christian Life Center 1744 Oak St. Service Time: 9:30 a.m. Home Groups during the week Preschool: 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: 9 a.m. (805) 238-4216 Missionaries: (805) 366-2363 Covenant Presbyterian Church 1450 Golden Hill Rd. Service: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Pastor Dan Katches (805)238-6927 Belong Central Coast 905 Vine St. meets @ NCCF Service: Sunday 3 p.m. Senior Leaders: Pep & Angie Robey (661) 205-7853 Family Worship Center 616 Creston Rd. Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Patrick Sheean (805) 239-4809 First Baptist Church 1645 Park St. Pastor Michael R. Garman Services: 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Discipleship 10 a.m. (805) 238-4419 First Mennonite Church 2343 Park St.

Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Romero (805) 238-2445 First United Methodist 915 Creston Rd. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Josh Zulueta (805) 238-2006 Grace Baptist Church 535 Creston Rd. Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Gary Barker (805) 238-3549 Highlands Church Corner S. River and Niblick | 215 Oak Hill Services: 10 am on the upper lawn 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 Kermit King Elementary School 700 Schoolhouse Circle Service: 10:30 a.m.


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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- 12:00 p.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 3201 Spring Street, Paso Robles Ca Services: Sunday,10:30 a.m. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Pastor Pete Torres (805) 536-0035 TEMPLETON Bethel Lutheran Church 295 Old County Rd. Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Amy Beveridge (805) 434-1329 Celebration Worship Center Pentecostal Church of God 988 Vineyard Drive Pastor Roy Spinks Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. (805) 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 SAN MIGUEL Iglesia Fuente De Agua Viva 301 13th St. Services: 10 a.m. & 7 p.m. Pastor Mike Duran (805) 467-5500 Mission San Miguel Parish 775 Mission Street Daily Mass: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am Saturday – 4:00 pm (English) Sunday – 7:00 am (English) 10:00 am (Bilingual) 12:00 pm (English) 5:00 pm (Spanish) Father Eleazar Diaz Gaytan (805) 467-2131 SHANDON Shandon Assembly of God 420 Los Altos Ave. Spanish Service: Sun. 5 p.m., Thurs. 7 p.m. Pastor Jim Mei (805)226-9737

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ocational Education in Local High Schools on the Upswing

By Connie Pillsbury fter World War II, high school education in the United States steered toward academics and away from vocational education, with the idea of ‘college for all’ setting the curriculum. Eventually, that philosophy was found to be a failure, with too many students falling through the cracks as they had no positive way forward after high school. It has not always been so. In our grandparents’ generation, those born before 1920, many young men and women entered the ‘trades’ after the 8th grade, which was the upper limit required in compulsory education. Those who were skilled at working with their hands became apprentices under master craftsman, and by age 17 or 18, were working full-time in their chosen field. Of course, many of these went straight into farming when we were still basically an agrarian society. England’s educational model has been realistic at meeting needs over the centuries, dividing students at age 13-14 through a series of tests and educational records. Students will continue their studies in one of three types of high schools: vocational trade schools, middle management skills schools, and academic programs geared toward higher education. What this provides is a chance for everyone to be successful in finding their chosen field, whether it be working with their hands, their personalities, or their minds. Locally, the good news is that vocational education is making a comeback, especially at Paso Robles High School. With energy, impetus, and funding efforts for twenty years, the Paso High School has reached the status as “one of the very best vocational programs west of the Mississippi,” according to School Board Trustee Tim Gearhart. Paso students have consistently scored among the highest in the state and national “Skills USA” competitions. Over one-fourth of Paso High School, graduates have participated in the vocational program, with subjects ranging from welding,

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plumbing, carpentry, electronics, and metalworking to nursing and childcare. Students have the chance to start their vocational training classes in the 9th grade, giving them four years to master skills needed in the workplace. Many students work after school in their area of expertise, often leading to full-time jobs upon graduation. A big part of the reason for the success of this program is our local community’s participation. Community members and businesses donate funds to enable students to attend state and national competitions as well as provide mentoring and work opportunities. Students also have the advantage of attending classes in their vocational field at Cuesta College while still in high school. For example, if there is a certain type of welding process or equipment that is not available at Paso High, the students can access that skill at Cuesta and receive dual credit. Students are often ready to seek fulltime employment in their field upon graduation. Why is this such an important element of high school education? Because this broad range of hands-on vocational classes help keep student in high school and guide them toward graduation. These are the students that were falling through the cracks with a strictly academic emphasis. Now they have an area of success, of focus, leading them to a rewarding and fulfilling future. Other local high schools are stepping up in the area of vocational education with the support and encouragement of the district Superintendent Jim Brescia. It’s truly the trend of the future and one that we can all support! To those teachers who have struggled and fought to get vocational funding and programming for the past twenty years, thank you! And to the local community for supporting the efforts through funds and jobs for our students; you are appreciated! Let’s keep it going!

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