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February 2022

Issue No. 250


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Paso Robles Police Department Introduces New Police Chief by Camille DeVaul

Paso Robles Police Department welcomes their new Chief of Police, Damian Nord.


Henry Barba of Santa Margarita Passes at 108 Years Old by Camille DeVaul




Paso People 20

A New Day Church Pastor Brad Alford received the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award from a United Nations representative.


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by Christianna Marks

WWII veteran, Henry Barba, passed away on December 24 on what would have been his 81st wedding anniversary.

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Paso Robles Historical Society: Introduces New Exhibits


How to support local farmers in North County.

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From Farm to Table

Round Town

General Store Paso Robles Local Goods Report

by Camille DeVaul


Publisher’s Letter



Local Pastor Receives Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award

Something Worth Reading



Henry Barba: Santa Margarita Passes at 108

Business Spotlight

Athlon Fitness & Performance Athlon’s Dedication to Promoting Health

Taste of Paso

Sip & Savor: Six Test Kitchen

Taste of Americana: Love Month

Odyssey World Cafe Welcomes New Owners

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Publisher’s Letter publisher, editor-in-chief

Hayley Mattson


he month of January was a cold one; we are looking forward to warmer, longer days ahead. Our family went through some significant changes this past month; we sold our beautiful home in Atascadero with sights of moving to more land for the boys to grow up on. That plan has yet to come to fruition, so for the time being, we are a traveling family in a 41-foot fifth-wheel trailer. It is something to get used to, but we are enjoying it for now. February brings out all the hearts and love; we were excited to hear that the Paso Robles Studios on the Park will once again host their annual “Sweetheart Luncheon” on February 15, and in Atascadero, the annual “Father Daughter Dance” is back as well on February 4 and 5.

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We are excited to announce that this year’s “Best Of ” winners have been chosen! Your votes were counted, and next month we will reveal the winners in our March “Best Of North SLO County” issue. In this month’s issue, we focused on Health and Wellness, which given the current day concerns with COVID-19, is a critical focus that can help us all (pages 23-26). We also meet the new Chief of Police Damian Nord, who was officially welcomed to the City on January 18 (on page 16); we get to celebrate A New Day Church’s Pastor Brad Alford went down in American history after becoming a Presidential Lifetime Award recipient on Friday, January 7 (page 18) and honor Henry Barba, a local veteran hero, he was 108 when he passed (page 20). Each month we have so many wonderful stories to tell, and coming out of a very challenging two years, we are honored to be able to continue to share them with all of you. We value all of our loyal advertisers and readers; thank you for sharing your stories and following our journey. We love our community, which is why we are building our company here to be able to offer career positions to local people who love California and the North County. Our team is growing, and we are so proud to work with each one of them. Thank you for supporting our mission and our team. Together we are so much more. We hope you enjoy this month's issue of Paso Robles Magazine. Hayley & Nic

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It’s Happening on Main Street

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e’re on a roll now! January, we were busy scheduling our days, weeks, and months for the year ahead (we should be used to writing 2022 by now). It’s still that quiet time of year when we’re catching up with ourselves after a lively end of 2021 and preparing for all that 2022 has waiting for us. The future starts today, not tomorrow! Downtown Main Street is featuring our first event of the new year: “Valentine Movie Night” on Sunday (before Valentine’s Day), February 6, at 7 p.m. at The Park Cinemas. The featured film is Road to Morocco. A 1942 film starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, and Anthony Quinn. The film has been described as “laugh-drafting.” See it for the first time or again on the widescreen. For $12, the evening includes champagne and chocolates or popcorn and soda! A step back in time, you’ll leave the theater in a “state of peaceful happiness.” Laughter is the best medicine. Call the Main Street Office for tickets at (805)238-4103. If you’re into sports, February presents 17 days of excellent coverage. The XXIV (24th) Winter Olympics start Friday the 4th until Sunday the 20th in Beijing, China, at the National Stadium. “The most important thing in the Olympic

Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well” Pierre de Coubertin, Father of modern Olympic Games. If you’re a football fan, you know the 2022 Super Bowl LVI (56) is on Sunday, February 13, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood (our backyard). This takes place in the middle of the Olympics and is a historical happening in the sports world. Both events will be on NBC (Super Bowl starts at 3:30 p.m. here). Not everyone is into the game of football, let alone the Super Bowl, so there are some interesting quotes from this group “Red wine pairs well with pretending to understand football.” “Beer is my number one draft pick.” “Is it half-time yet?” My idea of a Super Bowl is a large bowl of guacamole. Some Super Bowl stats are 3.8 million pounds of popcorn are sold, 1.3 billion chicken wings are consumed, 325 million gallons of beer will be swallowed, 2 million pizzas baked, 10 million pounds of ribs will be cooked, and about 88 million pounds of cheese sold. And a good time is had by All!! February is one of the most misspelled words in the English language. It’s the only month that can go without a full moon. In 2022 the Febru-

ary full moon is the “snow Moon” and will arrive on the 16th. Looking ahead, Main Street has no events scheduled for March; most other venues have not announced their March events yet. However, this does not mean there is nothing to do in Paso in March. Stargaze, drive-thru the rolling hills of vineyards & wineries, try our hot springs, enjoy one of our exceptional places to dine in downtown and around town, visit one of our historic museums; there is always something to do. The time you enjoy wasting time is not wasted time. To our visitors who become guests in one of our many outstanding hotels, we say: we’re glad to have you as our guest, and hope you have a good night’s rest; Tomorrow, you may again roam, but while your here, just feel at home! Locals remember this is our town -enjoy it. Support our businesses—shop local. Keep our downtown going and our way of life above average. Compare our community with others and see how blessed we are. “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years”. - Abraham Lincoln

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Happy New Year’s Business Goals in 2022

New Year’s resolutions: Have you kept yours? on’t worry — you can still relish that glass of wine, yummy aperitif, or expensive luxury item, and rest assured that 2022 is greeting you with a good dose of Paso Robles spirit. It’s always an opportune time to reflect on last year’s progress and look forward to this year’s upcoming goals with the utmost gratitude for the wonderful place and endearing people that is northern San Luis Obispo County. What better time than now to reflect on your 2022 goals? It’s a great time to discuss what new year’s resolutions position you for success. Many professionals certainly grappled with the past few years with more than enough bright spots throughout to give assurance and hope that the coming year in Paso Robles is positioned for solidity. That said, it’s helpful to re-think channels to stay on track and prepare your operations for a refresh as stunning as our oak-dotted hillsides — now in full verdant splendor.


It’s no secret the value of joining your local chamber of commerce is more rewarding than ever. Consider a web-based research study of 2,000 adults nationwide by Schapiro Group pointing to this finding: When consumers know a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 44 percent more likely to think favorably of it and 63 percent more likely to purchase goods or services from it. When you display a Paso Robles and Templeton Chambers of Commerce & Visitor Center sticker on your storefront, it’s a clear indication your company’s products are ideally positioned to stack up better against the competition. As you head into 2022, it can be rather exciting to know that Chamber membership yields tremendous power by bypassing any doubt in consumers’ mindsets that your company is offering highly exceptional products and services. Now is an apt time to contemplate the true value of Chamber involvement and how it can positively impact your business’ performance with a reminder of your trustworthiness, community involvement,



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and industry leadership in the coming year. Even if your business doesn’t have a new year’s plan, not to worry, consider your latest financials, competition, goals, and marketing ideas with a ref reshed mindset. Even ask yourself: What worked well for business last year, and what didn’t? Whether it’s refreshing your marketing plan, updating a business plan, expanding your network, or re-thinking supply chain sources — new year’s resolutions are a prudent idea any way you cut it – even if it means splurging on life’s niceties from time to time. Here are at the Paso Robles and Templeton Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Centers; we look forward to helping you prosper in 2022 and partaking in your company’s success now and into the future.



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How do we do this? We rely on YOU. The grassroots effort that has A new year and a new beginning. served us so well the last 10 years, It’s not just any year.... in 2022, remains our model. 4: Raise $1M Toward Our MUST! Charities celebrates 10 years Endowment of thoughtful and strategic partnerWho knew? Not everyone, because ships, of collective giving, and of the it was a soft launch for our endowthousands of lives impacted. As we embark on this new year, we ment, a project that once funded will ready ourselves to the next 10 years ensure MUST! Charities continues and what transformation it holds for to serve this community for many our community. So here we go. Below years to come. are 5 Goals we have for this new year, 5: Youth Board + Giving Model new season. We plan to launch a new form of 1: Launch New Projects with giving called Peer to Peer FUNdraisNew Partners ing, a leveling up of our movement It boils down to serving MORE by putting our Youth Board in the needs, MORE people, and making driver’s seat. About Us an even BIGGER impact. 2: Increase Our Outreach with MUST! Charities manages social Non-Profit Organizations giving that inspires and creates lastMarch of 2020 facilitated the ing solutions to critical community “great pause” on meeting new people, needs. We identify the most critical hosting roundtable discussions that community needs, vet organizations previously helped us find passion and that are serving those needs, then common ground amongst local orga- invest in their infrastructure, so they nizations. In 2022, we are launching are well-positioned to create positive, an ambitious campaign to meet, measurable change for years to come. greet, and be in a state of curiosity The Team about local organizations. @ General Store Paso Robles 10 Years + New Goals

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Introduces New Exhibits

By Camille DeVaul & The El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society


he El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society (PRAHS) and Museum are getting ready to introduce a series of new exhibits throughout 2022 to feature more of El Paso de Robles’s rich history. Starting in March, Paso Roblans and visitors alike will learn more about the Thomas Still Family of La Panza, including the photography of Dr. Thomas Still’s daughter, Dabirma, pioneer lady photographer, and poetry written by Dr. Still’s son, Mentley. The La Panza region, located just East of the La Panza Mountain Range and South of the San Juan Valley, and West of the Carrisa Plains, was the epicenter of California’s only Coastal Range gold rush. We can look forward to displays at the museum giving us an in-depth look at that same Coastal Gold Rush of 1878. In 1863, Dr. Still, his wife, Martha, and their two young sons joined a wagon train from Kansas heading for California. In the late fall of 1867, the Still family arrived in San Luis Obispo and remained there for about five years. In 1872, Dr. Still moved his family to a quarter-section of land in eastern San Luis Obispo County, known as Ortiga Springs. Once gold was discovered in Vasquez Canyon, about 30 miles Southwest of Ortiga Springs, Dr. Still took part in the rush and purchased a mining claim in the area we know now as La Panza. The Still family was one of the many who came to the La Panza area to mine for placer gold. Dr. Still and his wife moved into a sod house with a thatched roof in the Vasquez mining canyon during the summer of 1879. In 1882, Dr. Still bought

a quarter section of school land in La Panza about three-quarters of a mile from the mining claim and moved his family there. With the aid of their seven children, the Stills set up a store, an inn, and the La Panza Post Office within their home. Today, La Panza isn’t known for its gold-rich land but rather for olive oil produced on the La Panza Ranch, once owned by a Paso Robles founder, Drury James—who is notably the uncle to outlaws Jesse and Frank James. It is generally known that the James boys did stay with their Uncle Drury on his La Panza Ranch east of the budding town of “Hot Springs” (Paso Robles) through the winter of 1868-1869, the reason for their visit probably being more of a social call rather than robbery. We can look to another special display coming to the museum presented by the Santa Margarita Historical Society, which discusses the influence and connection with their additionally historical town. Other permanent exhibits at the museum include: • Paderewski • Carnegie Library • Hot Springs and Bathhouses of Paso Robles • Medical Memorabilia • Hotel El Paso de Robles • Bottling Works • Bearcat Alley • The Hiner Group “Uncovering Buried Treasures • Stacks Learn more about the Stills family and their place in our history. Displays will feature detailed information, a video display, photographs, and artifacts of the

Still family, La Panza, and gold mining in San Luis Obispo County. The Paso Robles Area Historical Society and Museum are located in the Carnegie Library at the center of Paso Robles City Park. The Paso History Museum is open five days a week: Thursday through Monday, • 11 am. to 3 p.m. The Research Library hours are: Tuesday and Thursday, • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, visit:

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New Police Chief

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Introduces New Chief By Camille DeVaul


lmost four months after losing Ty Lewis as Chief of Police to his new position as City Manager, Paso Robles Police Department (PRPD) has a new Chief in town — Damian Nord. Chief Nord comes to Paso Robles from Kern County. Growing up in Bakersfield (back when Bakersfield was a small town), he listened to stories from his grandfather, who was a Bakersfield police office, and his uncle, a sergeant for Kern County. One could say the two men inspired him to begin his law enforcement career when he was just 22 years old. By 2001 Chief Nord was promoted to Deputy Sheriff for Kern County. He worked his way through the ranks serving as a Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Commander, and most recently as a Chief Deputy in charge of the Investigations and Detentions Bureaus. Despite his deep-rooted history in Bakersfield, Chief Nord isn't a stranger to Paso Robles. In 2007, he worked as a Police Officer for the City of Paso Robles. His time in Paso made an impression on him, but unfortunately, he had to return to Bakersfield due to family matters. "I can honestly say that Paso and some of the influences upon me at the department in Paso kind of created the future for my law enforcement career. It truly was a springboard for me to truly understand what law enforcement should be like and how we should handle things and deal with people," says Chief Nord. So it wasn't the right time for Chief Nord to make Paso Robles his home. But he kept in touch with friends he made during his time here. It was one of those friends who let Chief Nord know about the newly opened Chief of Police position in Paso.

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Initially, he wasn't looking for a new position, but a ride along with someone in the PRPD changed his mind. "I will say that is what changed my mind. Coming back here riding around, seeing the community, listening to the citizens within the community, and listening to some of the cops interact with each other. For lack of a better term, it brought back my love for the profession. It brought back my passion to want to help the community and be a part of a noble career." Chief Nord is well aware that law enforcement is evolving, and he is comfortable with that. "Law enforcement has changed a lot—I would like to think I've evolved with it and adapted with it; You kind of have to. At the end of the day, we serve the community, and we have to be aligned with what the community wants from us." His predecessor, Ty Lewis, left some big shoes to fill in the department after taking the position as City Manager in August 2021. Lewis has been with the City of Paso Robles for nearly 20 years, serving in every rank and various assignments with the Police Department. "I'm stepping into huge shoes, and all I can hope to do, I would love to surpass what he did, but there was so much.—He was beloved by the community. I look to continue that path and hopefully expand upon it. I would be happy if I could fill those shoes," says Chief Nord. Open communication is crucial to the new Chief. He doesn't appear to shy away from the truth and understands honesty is a key building block to building trust in the community.

Chief Damian Nord with his mother, Marty Thompson, after officially being sworn in by City Manager, Ty Lewis. Photo by Camille DeVaul

"I want to be someone who everyone feels is approachable. That everyone knows they can come and give their opinion or give their side of things, and I'm going to listen. At the end of the day, I am always going to do what's right and within the law and policy of the Paso Police Department. I don't have a side. There are no politics that come into play with me. It's what is right and wrong. We enforce the law. Everyone needs to have a voice. Everyone should have a voice. We are here to serve the community." Chief Nord joined the PRPD in the midst of the holidays, a time when there is an uptick in crime and robberies. He says he is still learning the Paso Robles community and what the City's needs are. He notes that today's law enforcement must work together with various outlets in the community to solve ongoing issues, "It always works better when you can collaborate with others and move forward with a common goal and work together." Chief Nord says he is looking forward to finally joining the Paso Robles community, "I'm so appreciative for getting this job. I love the city. I look forward to coming back. This will be my home. This will probably be my forever home. I'm excited, and I'm looking forward to this next chapter and working with the community and keeping Paso Robles safe."

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Local Pastor Receives

Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award


New Day Church’s Pastor Brad Alford went down in American history after becoming a Presidential Lifetime Award recipient on Friday, January 7. In 2002, President George W. Bush created the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) to honor the hundreds of thousands of people across America that have volunteered hundreds, if not thousands of volunteer hours over their lifetime. The program was established to honor the volunteer works of individuals, families, and organizations throughout the United States. Specifically, The Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award (PLAA, also known as the President’s Call to Service Award) is the highest level of the PVSA, requiring a minimum of 4,000 hours of documented volunteer service. When asked how he felt to be receiving such a prestigious award, he said he felt “Very humble. I don’t deserve an award. I don’t see myself as ‘Oh I’ve done this, I’ve done that, I’ve done this.’ We try to live a selfless life to serve Jesus because He is our reward, and so when Dr. Jason motioned to me that this may be a possibility, I was stunned—I look at it as something that is bigger than me.” Dr. Jason Renville, a Human Rights Ambassador for the United Nations (UN), came to Paso Robles to present the award to Pastor Brad. Dr.

Jason himself is a recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, the Nelson Mandela Global Peace Award, iChange Nations’ World Civility Award, iChange Nations’ National Statesman Degree, iChange Nations’ Peace Icon Award/ Diplomat of The Year. Additionally, Dr. Jason is a Global Ambassador-At-Large and Ecclesiastical Officer under the UNs’ Economic and Social Council – Non-Governmental Organization—on top of that, he ministers around the world. Dr. Jason has conferred the award to Pastors, Bishops, and others alike across the Nation. Recipients of the award must be first be nominated and then meet several requirements, including record and proof of all volunteer hours. After that, Dr. Jason explains what he looks for in a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. “I make sure I look at the heart of the person, I make sure I look at the spirit of leadership, I look at the selflessness, the spirit of our service. How they serve selflessly and what’s there that is measurable—real-time proof of why they are being honored with such a noble award.” He continues to say of Pastor Brad, “I don’t think—one award can quantify the depth of who he is and what he has done for the community, the body, America at large to look at someone as an example and say, This is really it and a prototype,

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and we can go from here. I just feel we need to take all of those into consideration, and tonight we are here to honor.” Before bestowing the award to Pastor Brad and his wife Eileen, Dr. Jason read the document and explained while the current United States President signs the award, it exists before and after that person is in office and regardless of who they are or what party they stand for. In other words, the award is a story of the country. The award document reads, “The American story depends not on any one of us, not on some of us, but on all of us—Throughout our country’s history, the American story has been strengthened by those who combine an optimism about what can be with the resilience to turn that vision into reality.” Pastor Brad started A New Day Church in Paso Robles over ten years ago and has expanded his services to Santa Maria and Arroyo Grande. He is also a talented songwriter and singer. The mission of his church is to help people encounter God through three steps: Bring people into an encounter with God Live by the encounter Share the encounter Pastor Brad explains his purpose is to “raise up sons and daughters, build up disciples. Raise up men and women of God that can do what I do. I

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Pastor Brad Alford accepted the award with his wife Eileen by his side. Photos by Camille DeVaul

don’t want the church to be centered around me. It’s the body of Christ, so the greatest success that I can have is to see spiritual sons and daughters prosper and go forth and go beyond what I’ve done.” He continues, “My greatest joy is to see people free and to see people living the life that God wants them to live. That’s my greatest joy.” We are living through tumultuous and controversial times that Pastor Brad is more than aware of, but the solution to him is, in a way, simple. “We can tear down walls of division. Especially with racism and things happening. I pretty much pastor in an all-white church. I don’t have an issue with it. If people love God, I’m there, so it doesn’t matter to me. I’m not ignorant or deny the

color of my skin, but I don’t lead with that. The spirit of God is greater than a color, an exterior color. What I try to do is put people at ease and talk to them about the Kingdom instead of racism and all that. Because everything can be nullified and healed and restored in Christ.” Finally, if there were one thing that Pastor Brad could say preach from the mountain tops, it would be, “Encounter Jesus. Everything is shaking. You can’t put your confidence in men, you can’t put your confidence in ability, you can’t put your confidence in things that we used to do and now what do you do—I think God is bringing people to Himself—if you can encounter Him, then your life can change, and you won’t be bored with your life.”

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Paso People

A local Hero

Henry Barba By Camille DeVaul

Beloved Santa Margarita resident and World War II Veteran Henry Barba passed away on December 24 at the age of 108. Contributed photo

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eloved Santa Margarita resident and World War II Veteran Henry Barba passed away on December 24 at the age of 108. It was his 81st wedding anniversary with his late wife, Jesse. Henry was born on October 19, 1913, in a home that still stands in Santa Margarita. But for the first two weeks of his life, he was known as Everett until his mother changed her mind. Henry’s parents were Mauricio Barba of San Luis Obispo and Catherine Walters of Arroyo Grande. The two married and built their home in Santa Margarita on five acres in 1900. Henry was one of seven surviving children. His parents buried six children, including Henry’s twin sister Henrietta who died during infancy. Like most in the area at the time, Henry grew up farming and ranching. As a young child, he worked on the Santa Margarita Ranch. He helped Freddy Higuera (yes, the same family as Higuera Street in SLO) put leather collars on the 10 and 20 mule teams, which pulled the harvesters. And in 1936, Henry, his cousin Juaquin Miller and a friend filled a large barn (also still standing) to the top with hay. That’s a successful hay season! Henry met his future wife, Jesse Hampton, when they were kids. Jesse’s family owned a large ranch near the Riconada Mine. Being six years Jesse’s senior, Henry would joke with her brother that one day he would marry Jesse, take over the family ranch, and throw the rest of the family off it! Henry did end up marrying Jesse, but instead of taking the family ranch, they had one child together, a son named Raymond Barba, born December 14, 1941. Henry comes from a long line of military men, going back as early as the Civil War. Many died in action and are buried in many Central Coast Cemeteries. And in 1940, it was Henry’s turn to follow in the footsteps of the men before him. He was drafted into the U.S. Army. When he heard he was drafted, it was no surprise. All he thought was, “Well, this is it.” Then Henry headed to basic training at Camp McQuaid in Watsonville. He was assigned to the 250th Coast Artillery Battery G, also known as the Glamour Boys, and off he went to Kodiak Island,

of Santa Margarita Passes at 108 Years Old Alaska. Despite the cold, life in Kodiak wasn’t so bad.The troops lived in tents, but coffee was always hot, and they got three square meals a day. Henry, who came from poverty, was lucky to get one, sometimes two meals a day. His family didn’t take assistance or food stamps. So for someone who came from hardships like that, camp life wasn’t so bad. In 1941 it was declared that anyone ages 29 and older was to be sent back to Seattle and discharged. Henry just missed the cut being 28 years old at the time. It turned out it didn’t matter anyway because then, on December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was bombed. The boat turned around and headed back for Kodiak Island. One of Henry’s duties was the spotlight. At night he would scan for enemy aircraft or their artillery. The only thing was if he did spot an enemy, all anyone had were wooden guns! The island had no cannons either. Just wood phone poles made to look like guns and decoy airplanes. There were only five rifles on the entire island. When the war finally ended in Europe, Henry felt happy and proud. When the war ended in the Pacific, where his brothers and friends were stationed, he was elated. Henry and many others who were in the military at the time knew Japan was ready to fight for ten years on their homefront. According to Henry, the U.S. anticipated so many deaths in the Pacific and had so many Purple Heart medals made that they are still giving out medals from the same batch made in WWII. He was one of the oldest living WWII veterans in California. One of Henry's greatest loves was baseball, specifically the Dodgers. He began listening to Dodger games on the radio when they were based in Brooklyn (1884-1957). And on October 11, 2021, he was honored at the Dodger game in Los Angeles. Henry was able to sit between home plate and third base. He even brought his childhood leather baseball glove, just in case he needed it. Henry Barba lived through the Spanish Flu, the prohibition, the Great Depression, World War II, the fantastic 50s, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the takeover of technology, and fast times. He lived through the turn of a century, the terrorist attack on 9/11, another recession, and a second pandemic. He will be greatly missed throughout the community, mowing his lawn and singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

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Health & Wellness

for Another New Year

By Camille DeVaul

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elieve it or not, humans have been making New Year's resolutions for over 4,000 years. Ancient Babylonians are thought to be the first to start this tradition. Granted, instead of promising themselves that come January 1, they would start using their treadmill regularly but rather celebrated New Year's in mid-March and promised to give back whatever tools they borrowed the year prior. The point is New Year's resolutions can happen whenever you want and be whatever you want. If we as a society have learned anything the past two years, it's that there are no more rules. Gone are the days when we had to follow the cookie-cutter ways of doing things. In many ways, we have expanded our options of how something can be done. For example, who says that a New Year's resolution has to only be about physical health? Let's go back to making these annual resolutions about making positive changes and improving our quality of life. Let's be nicer to our neighbors, focus on supporting local businesses and services, call our friends and family more, and look forward to quality time rather than material items. Our health and wellness go well beyond what we put in our bellies. It is about balance, the relationships that we surround ourselves in, and doing things to make us feel our best. Rather than telling yourself, 'I have to lose 20 pounds,' say,

'I want to feel better and implement healthier lifestyle habits.' Serve yourself by being more active and moving your body. This doesn't have to mean going to the gym and lifting five days a week. Depending on where you are in your journey, start by going for a walk once a week or exploring different methods of exercise and finding something you have fun doing. Or maybe you struggle with digestive issues. Try diving into that by finally doing some investigation into why you are experiencing discomfort. Increase your energy by adding vitamin D to your morning routine or cutting back on your caffeine intake. Lower your stress by getting a good night's sleep. If you need to invest in a special pillow to do that, then go ahead. You deserve it. Most importantly, take your time making these changes. Throw the weight loss deadlines out the window and try making changes bit by bit. Everyone is different, and as they say, there is more than one way to skin a cat. Implementing healthier lifestyle habits and choices into your life can result in a ripple effect of good things to come. You might find new doors opening with opportunities you haven't had before. Let's live in the moment and serve ourselves in a way that actually makes us feel good. And for once this year, let's just focus on living.

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s we journey into a new year and through continuous aftershocks of a pandemic, health and fitness are on a lot of our minds. And more than ever, Athlon Fitness & Performance in Paso Robles is dedicated to their ever standing mission statement: It’s not just a passion, it’s our CALLING to help people look, feel, and perform at their best and create the life they want. Athlon is the premiere fitness and performance coaching company of San Luis Obispo County, helping busy professionals as well as youth athletes look, feel, and perform at their best. Athlon Fitness & Performance owner and founder Ryan Joiner opened their first location in San Luis Obispo in 2003. Then in late 2019, he, with the help of general manager Andy Sverchek, opened a second location in the Woodland Shopping Center in Paso Robles. Since its start, the Athlon team has helped over 15,000 SLO County residents find the best version of themselves, physically and mentally, in a fun and supportive community environment. They are endorsed by local medical experts as well as trusted by many high-profile athletes from Major League Baseball, the NCAA, UFC, and PGA tour. Ryan and Andy both have Master’s of Science degrees in Kinesiology from Cal Poly, as well as multiple industry-leading fitness, strength, conditioning, and functional neurology certifications to help many different clients from all

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Athlon Fitness & Performance owner and founder Ryan Joiner along with General Manager Andy Sverchek have a calling and a passion to help people feel their best. Contributed photo

walks of life. Ryan describes why he started Athon, "For me, it was the logical progression. I was a competitive athlete and had already been using athlete conditioning methods to help “non-athletes” improve their fitness, health, and performance. So I wanted to create a facility where we could combine the methods of athlete conditioning, sports medicine, and traditional personal training to really help people improve their lives. Working with athletes and “non-athletes” are really just two sides of the same coin. Our methods are good for athletes, business professionals, older adults, and anyone else who wants to look, feel and perform better." Athlon training is tailored to each individual client. Whether you are a beginner in every aspect, an athlete in the making, or someone just looking for a new, unique approach to fitness, the team at Athlon will curate a program to your specific needs. Unlike many other inexperienced fitness programs that implement a “one-size-fits-all” approach, Athlon’s professional coaches, with 70 years of combined experience, deliver highly customized and scientifically proven fitness and performance programs. Their offerings include private/semi-private and small group personal training, sports performance, and basic gym memberships. Anyone interested in personal training will follow Athlon's five-step system:

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From Farm To Table

By Christianna Marks


o you like tasty, fresh food? Are you utilizing the North County’s farmers’ markets? Here’s some reasons why you should be! Before the convenience of the supermarket, before refrigeration, and before it was easy to make a trip into town, people farmed on their own land and ate the food they grew there. Lucky for us, there’s a large group of local farmers keeping that tradition alive! And they’re bringing fresh, delicious produce to a farmers’ market near you. You can find everything at the farmers’ market; locally sourced veggies, fruits, meats, honey, and more specialty items to boot. We should all take advantage of it. “The produce you buy [at farmer’s market] is fresher and will last longer than anything you can buy in the grocery store because a lot of times it’s picked that very day or the night before if it’s an early market. So it will last longer in your fridge, and you’ll have more nutrients,” said the manager of the North County Farmers Market Association, Robyn Gable. But not only is heading off to your local farmers’ market a great way to keep a healthy diet, but you’re also able to connect with the people who are putting food on your table. “The relationship between the farmer and the shopper—it’s great as well. You’re getting to know the farmer that grows your products. They can tell you everything that goes into it, and they have so much knowledge. It really does become a personal relationship with your farmer,” shared Amy Einolander, owner of JUICEBOSS in Atascadero. The farmers who participate in the markets also make bonds with each other. “The farmers’ markets are great. It’s a great community. It’s a great group of small entrepreneurs and farmers from around the county. It’s a really great family,” said Peter Bigsby, cofounder

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and master grower at Zeste Farms out of Paso Robles. Frank Wall, who’s the owner of Farmer Frank’s Mushrooms in Atascadero, stated that “The best thing [about being a part of farmers’ market] is meeting other people, and getting to learn how other things are grown.” Robyn shared that the farmers’ markets are also a great place to shop if you’re a fan of supporting local entrepreneurs. “You can hit up to 40 local businesses at some of our markets. So you can truly support the local small businesses that are trying to make it happen. You can really make a difference in somebody’s livelihood.” Shopping at one of our four local farmers’ markets also means that you’re buying your food seasonally. So, on top of knowing who’s growing your food, you know just how fresh it is. There isn’t cold storage involved or produce brought in from other countries; you’re eating food your new friends are selling directly to you. “The produce is picked fresh. It goes straight from farm to market. You can’t get any better than that. It’s really amazing,” added Amy. Robyn suggests “window shopping” before filling your bags with local goods for first-time shoppers. “Brouse once, and then go back. If there’s two people baking bread, [figure out] which one appeals to you the most.” She also suggests having smaller bills with you when you head out shopping, but not to worry, if you don’t, there’s always an ATM at the markets. “We welcome all people that come and want to support everything. You know, all the vendors. It’s really a big deal in our area. We probably have 100 separate businesses in our four markets. So it’s a big deal to come and shop and enjoy,” concluded Robyn. So go out, get shopping, and don’t forget to make some new friends along the way!

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Sip & Savor

Six Test Kitchen

Paso’s First Michelin Star Restaurant


n recent years the explosion of Paso’s wine industry and the resulting onslaught of visiting enophiles and foodies have sparked competitive creativity among local chefs. This has culminated in the first Michelin star restaurant in San Luis Obispo County. Six Test Kitchen is among the 22 new restaurants in California to receive the coveted one-star awarded by Guide Michelin in 2021. What began as a six-seat eatery in the garage of chef Rickey Odbert’s father in Arroyo Grande in 2016 has evolved into an always fully-booked twelve-seater in Tin City, where the restaurant moved in 2019. “To earn a Michelin star is such a justification of all that we do,” said the 34-year-old chef when I met him at the restaurant on a cold December afternoon. “It’s just a really awesome experience for me and the guys; we all work really hard.” With a team of four, including beverage director Matt Corella, the hard work comes in the form of a meticulously created multi-course menu; each dish served as hand-crafted art. The restaurant is open for dinner only Wednesday through Saturday, with one seating nightly. “I got an email in June from Guide Michelin saying that we were up for consideration for 2021,” Odbert recalled. He was asked to submit photos, menus and fill out a questionnaire. Two weeks later, Odbert got a direct message on Instagram from the editor of Guide Michelin North America. “She congratulated me and sent me a link to join a video chat with two other chefs and share my ideas on California cuisine.” Within 30 minutes, Odbert got the congratulatory call from the organization. “It was really exciting, but a lot of it was a relief that the wild goose chase was over.” The restaurant’s quiet elegance is livened by

an ’80s retro soundtrack as subtle yet intoxicating aromas fill the air. On a recent Saturday night, the multi-course dining experience began with a trio of chicken liver mousse seductively sweetened by quince gelatin, an oyster garnished with green apple and horseradish, and a sliver of rockfish delicately wrapped in shiso leaf. A decadent spin on bacon and eggs was then served with Kaluga caviar. A 33-day aged Bluefin tuna from Morro Bay was served raw. The palate’s textural journey continued with the Chawan Mushi, a silky custard-like tofu; black Cod with cauliflower and maitaki mushrooms; roasted duck with winter squash; and ended with dry-aged New York steak with caramelized onions. Each bite of each course exploded with seductive flavors that challenged your palate. What comes next? Next is a parade of three indulgent desserts. It started with white chocolate highlighted with an icy crunch of grapefruit granita. Then the delicious goodness of baked pear with pecan ice cream and persimmon garnished with tiny rosemary flowers. Finally, three bite-size delights of salted koji caramel, white sesame dark chocolate, and peanut butter. Every dish is served in unique ceramic dinnerware handcrafted by Tres Feltman, a 70-year-old artist in San Luis Obispo. “There is no dishwasher,” explained Odbert as the prized dinnerware is cleaned by hand. So, through the course of the evening, the restaurant team washes a total of 192 plates/bowls and 72 glasses. The wine pairing changes nightly. Corella’s focus is on small producers and unique varieties from less explored regions. This includes nerello mascalese from Sicily’s Mt. Etna region or poulsard and trousseau from France’s Jura

region as well as classic Burgundies, Barolos, and Brunellos. Among local wines are such hard-to-find labels as Royal Nonesuch Farm and older vintages from Tablas Creek Vineyard. Surprisingly, Odbert didn’t grow up in a foodie family. “We sat down for family dinners, like fried chicken and lasagna. We weren’t eating food that would inspire me to cook.” But a Home Economics class in his 7th grade at Arroyo Grande’s Paulding Middle School fueled by a diet of Food Network’s cooking shows sealed his future as a chef. After graduating from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, he stayed on in the Bay area working at Postrio and such Michelin-starred restaurants as Cortez, Masa’s, Spruce and Aziza, and Meadowood in Napa Valley. When plans to open his own restaurant in San Francisco didn’t pan out, the young chef decided to return home to Arroyo Grande. Despite his impressive portfolio, he couldn’t find the right fit along Central Coast. That’s when the idea was hatched to build a small kitchen in the family garage to cater private parties. It was an easy fit since his father, Garry Odbert, was in the business of building kitchen equipment. As catering turned out to be time-consuming, the garage-turned-kitchen became a restaurant with seating for six and coined the restaurant’s name. For Odbert, like with many other Michelin-starred chefs, this is just the beginning of the coveted recognition. Anonymous restaurant reviewers make multiple visits throughout the year, explained Odbert. So, it’s just as easy to lose the coveted star as it is to gain another one. “We have to keep the integrity going and strive for another star,” said the committed chef. 

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Taste of Paso





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ne thing I’ve learned in my many years is the importance of eating slowly and enjoying the “taste” of my food. That exercise came from my mother. She taught my brother and me that it didn’t matter if it was macaroni and cheese or filet magnon; we needed to take time to relax and savor our meal. It may be a generational thing, but I often find that I am halfway through my food when younger people at the table are finished and ready for dessert. It’s like the meal I’ve prepared is “fast” food so they can get on to other things, like their cell phones. Perhaps, considering health and fitness, we should slow down, take a deep breath and enjoy the food set before us. A glass of wine can certainly help the process. I love the month of February. There are many things to celebrate, like Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Mardi Gras, George Washington’s Birthday, and my birthday! Those are all excuses to entertain. Happy February. Don’t forget your Valentine’s on the 14th. Cheers! 


he other day I did a trial run on tarts for Valentine’s Day. I used Trader Joe’s pre-made pie dough, lemon curd, and some of my cranberry-fruit sauce. I rolled out the pie dough to thin it down and cut heart shapes with a 3-inch wide heart cookie cutter. You will need two hearts of dough for one tart, so just pat them, if needed, to match. Place about one tablespoon lemon curd or your favorite jam in the middle of the heart. Using your finger and a little water, dampen the edge of that heart so it will stick to the other heart when you place it on top. After placing the top heart over the jam, use the prongs of a fork to press the two pieces together around the edge. Pierce the middle of the heart to allow for

steam to be released. Whisk one egg in a small bowl, adding a tablespoon of water. Using a pastry brush, brush the top of the heart with egg mixture and sprinkle with red or white sparkling sugar. Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for 8 or 9 minutes or until golden. Watch carefully so that the heart does not burn. Remove with a metal spatula and allow to cool. Note: With the leftover dough, I cut circles with a small jar lid and made as many as I had dough for. I also filled those with lemon curd, following the same directions as I used for the hearts. 

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Fudge Nut Cookies

Ingredients: • Ingredients: • 1 cup Cabernet wine • 14-ounce semi-sweet chocolate, chopped fine • 1 cup heavy or whipping cream • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 2 Tablespoons butter (room temperature) • ½ cup cocoa Directions: In a small pan over high heat, reduce wine to approximately 3 to 4 tablespoons, then transfer to a medium bowl and add chocolate. Heat in a medium pan the cream, vanilla, and cinnamon to a simmer over medium heat. Pour cream mixture over chocolate and wine reduction. Let sit for a minute. Stir until smooth. Stir in butter until creamy. Chill mixture until very firm. Using a small spoon, form small balls. Roll gently in cocoa; shake off excess cocoa. Store in the refrigerator, lightly covered. Bring to room temperature before serving. Makes 32 candies.

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Odyssey World Cafe

Odyssey World Cafe By Camille DeVaul


amed for the Greek King, Odysseyous’s adventures through the Mediterranean Sea, Odyssey World Cafe was one of the first to bring international comfort food to Paso Robles 25 years ago. Now, after a quarter-century, the cafe’s owners are embarking on a new Odyssey in their lives, turning the restaurant over to long-time Odyssey chef Carmelo and his wife, Anna Rodriguez. In 1997, Dawn Gregory and John Hawley opened the Odyssey World Cafe on Pine Street in downtown Paso Robles. Originally, the two envisioned Odyssey as a marketstyle shop, bringing the community worldly ingredients that Odysseus, from the epic poem by Greek author Homer, may have found throughout the Mediterranean during his Odyssey. But slowly, Dawn realized their customers wanted to stay at the shop and eat. They wanted John to create sandwiches with these new ingredients. Soon enough, Odyssey became a cafe, offering comfort food with an international twist. While they were owners, the cafe survived the San Simeon earthquake of 2003, a recession, and now the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. But due to the overwhelming support from the community, Odyssey continues to survive and thrive. And now it is time for Dawn and John to pass the torch to Carmelo and Anna. “I knew in my heart that it was a yes,” says Anna. “This is our time to take on this adventure. Carmelo has been in the restaurant industry for his entire life—I felt like this was the opportunity for me to raise him up and honor the work and the commit-

ment he has made to his career, and if I got to be a part of it while also including our children, I knew, yes it is a yes.” Chef Carmelo was born in Mexico raised by his father, a butcher, and his mother, a phenomenal cook. Growing up on a farm, he learned husbandry from his father and how to take that bounty and make it into something wholesomely delicious. Anna says this experience and knowledge has given her family a greater appreciation of food, “You have a closer connection to the food and the food source.” He moved to California about 24 years ago, where he worked his way up the ranks in a Santa Barbara restaurant. There he worked under another great chef who taught the importance of consistency, quality, and flavorful sauces. Soon, Carmelo and Anna met, were married, and moved back to Anna’s hometown to build their family. Anna worked for her family’s busi-

ness while Chef Carmelo continued to dial in his skills working at McPhee’s Grill in Templeton and soon, Odyssey World Cafe. “He has a well-rounded teaching, a lot of that comes natural to him. The flavor of his food comes natural,” says Anna. “I am bringing an understanding of small business management—that’s my part, combining the business with a front-of-the-house presence and hospitality.” Chef Carmelo thrived at Odyssey Cafe for the last decade. Anna explains, “They started publishing his name with the specials—it was almost like a foreshadowing of what’s going to happen in the future—they have been choosing him for the last ten years. He really is the strength and the backbone of what we are doing.” The stars finally aligned for Chef Carmelo and Anna to take over Odyssey. Dawn and John were ready to let go, and they always knew they wanted Anna and Chef Carmelo to

adopt the cafe from them. Anna hopes to fill Dawn’s shoes as the warm, friendly face greeting customers into the cafe, “Dawn had this kindness and genuine care for her customers—I am hoping to be able to follow in her footsteps.” Chef Carmelo and Anna look forward to honoring Odyssey World Cafe’s roots while adding notes of their own personality and sharing the experience with their children, Max and Paloma, further adding to the Odyssey Family. For more information on Odyssey World Cafe, visit: odysseyworldcafe. com  Location: 1214 Pine Street Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 237-7516 Hours: Monday - Thursday: 11 am - 8:30 pm Friday - Saturday: 11 am - 9 pm Sunday: 11 am - 8:30 pm

The Odyssey now under new ownership as the the long time owners prepare for retirement. Photo from left to right: Steve and Dawn Gregory, Carmelo and Anna Rodriguez, John and Shaun Hawley. Photo by Camille DeVaul

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hat is the next chapter in your story? How do we best prepare for life after high school graduation? What if I want or need to change employment opportunities? Our most recent SLO Career and Technical Education (CTE) foundation meeting fielded these questions. Similar to the 2015 Oxford University and 2018 Cambridge University conferences I have written about, these questions apply beyond the borders of San Luis Obispo County. Those international conferences addressed audiences from the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa on the importance of thoughtful recruitment, training, and retention of employees. The U.K., London in particular, continues to face similar shortages to those in California. European, African, and Asian countries have consistently implemented aggressive CTE in secondary schools. Our CTE foundation reviewed successful programs and recommitted resources to additional programs. San Luis Obispo County is fortunate to have our local Assembly Member, Jordan Cunningham, and local State Senator John Laird also supporting these efforts in the legislature. Education in the United States and across the globe continues to experience challenging times. The recent census reports that one out of three Americans (33 percent) attained a bachelor’s degree, and 12 percent hold an advanced degree such as a master’s, professional, or doctorate. Almost 9 out of 10 Americans (88 percent) possess a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Educational attainment continues to vary by age, sex, race, nativity, and disability status. As America continues to navigate through federal and state mandates that impact our classrooms, our leaders must continue to include CTE as a piece of the educational puzzle. If you ask a puzzle master, you are advised to identify a suitable strategy leading to an acceptable solution. Like the puzzle master’s advice, CTE is a vital piece of the educational quest for student success. As we face an ever-changing world, it is essential to explore avenues that present multiple paths for students. CTE curriculum and subsequent apprenticeship programs strive to pair academics and high-level workplace skills necessary for the 21st century. Students, administrators, teachers, business members, community leaders, and even politicians have endorsed CTE programs across the country for the following reasons: • CTE-related jobs are in high demand. • CTE preparation can meet individual and community workplace needs. • CTE programs reduce drop-out rates in research and practice. • CTE classes serve to increase student engagement in both CORE and CTE classes. • CTE curriculum increases student achievement during and after school.

• CTE has the potential to maintain a cutting edge for U.S. business interests. According to recent research, California is improving how it makes available timely and transparent information about career readiness and apprenticeships. However, we still have to prepare our community for post-secondary options and report our progress to the public. A central element of California’s positive move toward transparency and accountability is the California School Dashboard. The Dashboard shows how districts and schools are performing on a range of measures of student success, including tests, scores, graduation rates, and suspension rates. Our Dashboard is part of the significant shifts to the state’s public education system, including new standards, new assessment, and a locally driven funding formula. The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) use state and local indicator data from the Dashboard to monitor student progress. When Dashboard indicators identify student subgroups as low performing or low growth, districts should engage in continuous improvement to develop strategies and then monitor their effectiveness. Our regional consortium, SLO Partners, convenes business, industry, education, and community leaders committed to working together for collective impact in workforce and economic development by aligning education systems and employment programs with economic opportunities. The Workforce Development Board, County Board of Supervisors, the Community College Chancellor’s Office, and local funders have supported SLO Partners in Pre-Apprenticeship and CTE programs. The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education (SLOCOE), Cuesta College, every school district, and charter school in our county continue to join forces in leveraging CTE funding to best serve the students in our county. I encourage everyone to learn more about our highly successful partnerships with Cuesta College, businesses, participants, and the community. SLOCOE and SLO Partners continue to engage in discussions and reviews of research related to recruitment, training, and workforce retention. SLO Partners’ mission is to engage business partners and educators in aligning workforce needs with career and college pathways. We facilitate work experience opportunities to ensure that students have the skills and knowledge necessary for success in the workplace. We promote opportunities for businesses to maintain skilled workers required for a sound, growing economy. SLO Partners facilitates industry certifications, pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, and CTE dual enrollment. It is an honor to serve as your county superintendent of schools. “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin 


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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. ATASCADERO 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

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

Centennial Park Banquet Room 600 Nickerson Dr. Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Tim Mensing (805) 975-7178

Grace Baptist Church

Second Baptist Church

Calvary Chapel Paso Robles

Highlands Church

St. James Episcopal Church

1615 Commerce Way Service: Sunday at 9 a.m., Wednesday at 7 p.m. Pastor Aaron Newman (805) 239-4295

Corner S. River and Niblick | 215 Oak Hill Services: 10 am on the upper lawn Pastor James Baird (805) 226-5800

Life Worth Living Church of God

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

2085 Gateway Drive Heritage Ranch Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Perry Morris & Jerry Gruber (805) 239-1716

905 Vine St. meets @ NCCF Service: Sunday 3 p.m. Senior Leaders: Pep & Angie Robey (661) 205-7853

Oak Shores Christian Fellowship

616 Creston Rd. Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Patrick Sheean (805) 239-4809

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

Family Worship Center

First Baptist 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

620 17th St. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Jim Wilde (805) 238-0978

Live Oak

1521 Oak St. Service: 10 a.m. Pastor John Kaiser (805) 238-0575

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

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

535 Creston Rd. Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Gary Barker (805) 238-3549

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. Pastor Christopher Cole (805) 238-4614

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Family Praise & Worship

1937 Riverside Ave. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Gary Jordon (805) 238-2011

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. Pastor Steve Willweber (805) 238-3702

Victory Baptist Church

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

Seventh-Day Adventist Church Templeton Hills

930 Templeton Hills Rd. Services: Saturday 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Pastor Zac Page (805) 434-1710

Vineyard Church of Christ 601 So. Main St. Service: 10 a.m. Evangelist: Steve Orduno (805) 610-4272

3850 Ramada Dr. Ste D4 Sundays - 10 & 11 a.m. Wednesday - 6:30 p.m. Pastor Bruce Fore (805) 221-5251

Vintage Community Church

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

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

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

Mission San Miguel Parish

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

Located at Vineyard Elementary School 2121 Vineyard Dr, Templeton Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Vern H Haynes Jr. (805) 975-8594

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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Local Quilt Guild

Gifts Donations to Local Non-Profits By Christianna Marks


n January 3, the Almond Country Quilt Guild gathered for their monthly meeting at Trinity Lutheran Church in Paso Robles. On top of their regular quilting meeting, they also awarded two local non-profits with donations raised at their yearly quilt auction. “We have a yearly auction where members of our guild make quilts and various other things. So we have a live and a silent auction,” Cindy Ursprung, this year’s co-chair at the guild auction, said. “We were not able to have one last year, obviously, so this year we had a plethora of quilts, which was just fabulous.” The auction, which was held on November 6, 2021, brought in a whopping total of $9,000.

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While one-third of the profits raised stay with the guild for funding classes and the quilts they make for foster care children in SLO County, the rest is given to local non-profits. “It went very well,” Ursprung said of the auction’s success. This year the Almond Country Quilt Guild gave $3,000 to both the Cancer Support Community California Central Coast (CSC-CCC) in Templeton and RISE. The non-profits change yearly. “I’m a cyclist, and we always have a bike ride for the Cancer Center, and they weren’t able to have them for the last couple of years. They’re completely funded by donations. And I think everybody has been touched by cancer at some point in their lives. And the fact that they do everything for free is just wonderful,” Ursprung said of this year’s recipient. “And then because we are a group of women, RISE is also very important to everyone.” Candice Sanders, Executive Director of the Cancer Support Center, California Central Coast (CSCC-CCC) was at the meeting to receive the $3,000 donation to CSC-CCC. “All of our funding comes through donations from businesses, grants, wonderful organizations like the Almond Country Quilt Guild, as well as our fundraisers that we host each year,” Sanders shared. The organization focuses on the social and emotional impacts of a cancer diagnosis, with all of its programs being led by licensed therapists. CSC-CCC provides all of its services to the community for free. So the $3,000 will go a long way. “This $3,000 will definitely go into helping DIRECTORY TO OUR ADVERTISERS Paso Robles Magazine is brought to you by:

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