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A Summer of Independence

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Paso Robles Main Street Association: Happy Birthday, America! The Natural Alternative: All-Natural Summer Essentials Paso Robles Area Historical Society: History of Paso Robles Schools General Store: Go Green When the Thermometer Turns Red

Paso People 18

Backroad Cowgirls: Documentary series by Kiah Twisselman Burchett

Events 28

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Paso Robles HS Grads: Bearcats Ready to ‘Stand for a Better Future Paso Robles HS Leaders: 2022 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Templeton High School: Resilience Shines Through the Class of 2022 San Luis Obispo Office of Education: One Community Together Wine Country Theatre: Love, Loss, and What I Wore

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Sip & Savor: Paso Wine Fest, A Grand Success Taste of Americana: Flag-Raising Mixed-Berry Potpies for the 4th of July

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s the school year came to an end, we were among those celebrating a graduating senior. Elle Madison took her final High School walk under the stadium lights on a warm June evening at War Memorial Stadium. Elle’s class had one full year of “regular” High School life, and then halfway through her sophomore year, covid hit the world; she and her class transitioned to a whole new way of education than we had ever seen before. Elle took to the changes, adjusted, “pivoted,” and made the decision to graduate early in December 2021 and walk with her class in June. We could not be more proud of her and all she has accomplished. Congratulations to Elle and the graduating class of 2022! Now that the warmer temperatures are here, there is no better place to spend the summer than attending all the events. From concerts in the park, wine festivals, downtown activities, eating late dinners outside, and this month, California Mid State Fair. We are so excited for the Fair’s full return, and the committee is not holding back! With the theme “Full Steam Ahead,” we can all look forward to a great time for everyone. Be sure to check out all the events and activities they have planned. Each July, we start the month planning and preparing for our 4th of July activities and BBQs. Getting together with family and friends to celebrate our independence is a summertime staple. But how much do we actually know (and remember learning) about July 4, 1776? It is important to look back and understand what the founding fathers went through, what they sacrificed, and what our freedom means. No matter your political views, we are all here because of that day 246 years ago; now, what we do from here is up to us. We wish you a very safe and meaningful 4th of July and a wonderful summer. Please enjoy this issue of Paso Robles Magazine. Cheers, Hayley and Nic Mattson

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Round Town • Paso Robles Main Street Association

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t was 246 years ago, on July 4, 1776, that the Declaration of Independence was ratified by the Second Continental Congress, dissolving the political bond with England, and celebrating our freedom and the creation of this country. This country will remain “the land of the free” only as long as it is the home of the brave! Pericles said: “Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.” Let freedom reign! It has been said the sun never set on so glorious a human achievement. Did you know that the United States is the only country with a known birthday? Paso Robles will be celebrating this year on Monday, July 4, at Barney Schwartz Park from 2 to 10 p.m. Admission is free, so come and enjoy music, food trucks, and fireworks. Bring your own picnic if you prefer, but leave the dog at home. July is considered the hottest month of the year. This heat wave is brutal! Not only is it hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk, but you can use your mailbox as a toaster oven. This heat reminds us that it’s Fair Time. The California Mid-State Fair begins on July 20 and ends on July 31. The theme is “Full Steam Ahead.” It’s the usual 12 days of concerts, music, food, carnival rides and games, animals, and more. This fair has always been called “the biggest little fair anywhere.” It began in 1946 as the San Luis Obispo County Fair. There is a free pancake breakfast in the downtown city park on July 28 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. The sausage, pancakes, scrambled eggs, orange juice, coffee, and cooking crew are provided by the Mid-State Fair as a way of saying thank you to the community and reminding us that it’s our fair. Having breakfast in the downtown park with friends and neighbors is so Paso! Our Main Street Association provides the servers and handles the ticket

distributions. Pick up your tickets in advance from downtown retail stores. Call the Main Street Office with questions at (805) 238-4103. Don’t forget the Concerts in the Park on July 7, 14, and 21 in the city park. They are also scheduled for August! Downtown is getting back to normal. It’s busier than ever through the end of 2022! That’s what happens when you’re a vacation destination. I am always reminded about what a wonderful place we live in. We can live a life you do not need to take a vacation from. Live in a way that makes yearly resolutions unnecessary. Make the kind of choices that leave you happy and healthy — where all your needs are satisfied. Live a life where your only wants are for others to feel as good as you do! Just learn to live life as if you were on vacation. Take time to read, play and enjoy every day in Paso Robles! Downtown businesses are diverse, so they stay busy by offering something for everyone! One of our most iconic businesses is The Natural Alternative Nutrition Center, located at 1213 Pine St. Bobbi started this business 27 years ago. She continued her education and dedicated her life to our well-being. You can always count on her and her staff when your health is challenged. Bobbi is entering a new phase in her life and handing everything over to Rachel and the current staff. This means nothing will change, except we will miss you, Bobbi. We have to say thank you for blessing us with this shop and for leaving it with us! May your new life be filled with the love and happiness you truly deserve! Keep moving! Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. I have heard it said that “to sit is to rust” and we all know “rust never sleeps”! Enjoy July, and stay cool!

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by Camille DeVaul and Paso Robles Area Historical Society and Museum

t is now July, and all schools are officially out for summer. We have celebrated our Class of 2022 students and welcomed them on their way to whatever path they have chosen in this next chapter of life. Traditionally before graduation, Paso Robles High School students take a walk down memory lane and tour the city’s schools that brought them to where they are now. As the graduating class takes a look at their past while walking into the future, let’s take a minute to look at the history and past of the schools that shaped them. The first school in Paso Robles was opened on May 21, 1877, and sat on what is now Riverside Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets. Built by Drury W. James, one of Paso’s founders, the one-room school house faced the Salinas River. Ten years later, the school was enlarged to twice its size, yet it still wasn’t large enough. This problem led to the first school tax election and a new two-room schoolhouse was built on the corner of 17th and Oak streets. And in 1892 Paso Robles built the first high school in the county. The first Paso Robles High School was built in 1892 on the corner of 17th Street and Oak Street on land donated by the city’s founders, James and the Blackburn brothers (Daniel and James). It stood as a three-story brick building with eight classrooms, two recitation rooms, an office and a 600-seat auditorium on the third floor. The original plan was to accommodate all students in grades 1-12. The building was completed in 1892. The third floor developed cracks during the 1906 earthquake and the floor was removed in 1925. The building was razed in 1939 and was replaced by the Primary School (old Marie Bauer School) in 1941-42. The Class of 1896 was the first graduating class of Paso Robles High School. For the first 10 years, the average number of graduates was about nine, with a peak during those first years of 15 in 1903. Until 1916, the original building also held grades five through eight. In 1916, it officially became Paso Robles High School until 1924; the following year, it became the George Flamson Middle School. In 1924, science teacher E.W. Moore and his Radio Club students designed and built the community’s first radio transmitter in the high school, broadcasting their first program on January 28 and using the temporary call letters GXRR. It was heard as far away

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as Missouri and Canada. The official call letters KFNL were awarded to the station a week later. The station was able to broadcast public programs from the school. The Class of 1924 had 39 graduates, the largest graduating class to date and also included six graduates from Shandon High School. The second Paso Robles High School building was on Spring Street between 24th and 25th streets. The site was once a beautiful park that allowed overnight parking. The school was completed in December 1924 and dedicated on January 25, 1925. On the south end was an auditorium to seat 600 and was said to have had the best acoustics in the state. It was ivy-covered and boasted massive oak entrance door. During the following years, other structures were built: a gymnasium, home economics building, science room, woodshop, music room and an agricultural building. By 1958, the school was declared unsafe and a bond was passed for $565,000 to rehabilitate the building. During the remodel, the brick façade and front door were removed. In 1981, it became George Flamson Middle School. During the 2003 San Simeon earthquake, the school was heavily damaged and was torn down and rebuilt. The building of the third Paso Robles High School, located at 801 Niblick Road, began in 1979 and was completed in December 1980, then dedicated on January 18, 1981. Over 1,000 students first attended the new campus in 1981. The Liberty Continuation School was added to the school grounds on September 5, 1991. The grammar school on Vine Street was first known as the Paso Robles Primary Elementary School. As time went by, the Glen Speck School and the Marie Bauer School (Paso Robles Elementary School) were joined together under one principal and became one school for kindergarten through fifth grade. These two schools were merged into one name: Bauer/ Speck School. Through the years, other elementary schools have been built and named after longtime local educators: Georgia Brown (built in 1948), Winifred Pifer (1956), Virginia Peterson (1989), Pat Butler (1990), Daniel E. Lewis Middle School (1995), and Kermit King (2001). The El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society and Museum are honored to be located in the historic Carnegie Library at the center of City Park. To learn more, visit

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Good. Ones. From “The Green Barbecue Cookbook” by Martin Nordin to “The Green Kitchen” by David Frenkeil and Luise Vindahl, we’ve found countless hacks that are giving us all the summer veg feels. Nordin recommends grilling pineapples sliced in half until their skin is charred black, then cut the fruit out for salads or a lip-smacking pineapple gin sour. It retains a deeper smoky flavor and doesn’t dry out like grilled pineapple rings would. When you get just-picked carrots or peaches at the farmer’s market, you might not even need a cookbook. You do, however, need excellent ingredients. Our Lemon Olive Oil from Olivas de Oro makes tasty pesto, or try a simple drizzle with sea salt over zucchini. Splash Cafe’s Beach BBQ Blends come in smoky flavors of chimi or espresso that can brighten mushroom burgers, eggplant, or peppers. And we have taken to traveling with a stash of our Bitterman’s Sea Salt. It’s that good. Sprinkle a pinch over luscious tomatoes, and you’ll see what we mean. Cheers to a hopeful, healthy summer. P.S. See you at Ziggy’s — The Team at General Store Paso Robles

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‘Backroad Cowgirls’ By Camille DeVaul


new digital series highlighting California’s people in agriculture premiered in June — and it was created and hosted by the Central Coast’s very own Kiah Twisselman Burchett. “Backroad Cowgirls” premiered its first season in June. The digital series features Kiah and her Texan friend, Courtenay DeHoff — known to many as the creator of the Fancy Lady Cowgirl brand. “We don’t want this to be a show just teaching people about how their food is made,” said Kiah, “What we wanted it to be was talking about the people. Because at the end of the day, people connect with people.” The two friends, along with photographer Shelby Caitlin, traveled up and down California, sharing stories of the people behind one of the most vital industries in the world — agriculture. Kiah is a sixth-generation California cattle rancher from Carissa Plains. She has made national headlines after sharing her health journey to lose over 100 pounds in one year.

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A trip through the California agriculture world

She now doubles as a life coach, speaker, and podcast host. Prior to Kiah and Courtenay hitting the road, Shelby offered her photography skills to document the journey. Shelby is a destination photographer known for capturing the western lifestyle based out of Paso Robles. For two weeks, Kiah and Courtenay went to different farms and ranches in California. They ended up producing 13 episodes, with new episodes available every Tuesday, starting June 7, for the next three months. The idea for the project came up in February when Courtenay, who lives in Texas, picked up Kiah from the Dallas Airport, saving Kiah from enduring a seven-hour layover. While chatting over an Italian lunch, the two discussed their dream to create their own television series, but they decided they were tired of waiting for a producer to notice them. The friends each grew up in the agriculture industry — Kiah growing up on the Twisselman Ranch in Carissa Plains and Courtenay, a fourth-generation cattle rancher

chefs, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ farmers, mental health professionals, and more — celebrating the diversity of the industry. Season one features the agriculture community in California, but that is just the start of the Backroad Cowgirl dream. Kiah and Courtenay have plans to take the road all over North America and eventually overseas. According to Kiah, they are already in the works with some big investors for season two of the series. Ultimately, the two friends hope to take the series to a streaming platform like Hulu or Netflix. Their hope with these platforms is to reach an audience outside of agriculture and to bridge the gap between the farming industry and the rest of the world. “There is so much hate in the world today,” Kiah said. “I think it is so easy to hate somebody or something that you don’t know that you can’t put a face and a story to.” She adds, “Agriculture doesn’t just have one look, but it’s so much bigger than what we traditionally think of when we think of agriculture and farming and ranching.”

from Kansas. While their careers took them out of the everyday agriculture business, they each wanted to marry their passions of agriculture and travel. And what better way to do that than to create their own television show? Less than three months later, Kiah and Courtenay were in their “hippie cowgirl van” and on the road. Kiah explained why they didn’t waste time getting started. “If we don’t do it now, life is going to get busy, things are going to get in the way, the excitement is going to fizzle, and it might not ever happen — we decided we are going to do this come hell or high water,” Kiah said. After creating a website, Kiah and Courtenay raised funds for their new venture and gained some sponsors. Kiah and Courtenay’s first stop was the Allgood family in Creston. They then met with agriculture members in Edna Valley, Oceano, Coalinga, Lodi, and Sonoma, just to name a few. Look for new episodes of Backroad Each stop on their journey was meant to highlight diverse members Cowgirls every Tuesday, available on of agriculture. Episodes feature tradi- YouTube. For more information, visit tional-looking cowboys, tatted-up

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om Keffury dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player when he was young. Little did he know that he would become the voice that San Luis Obispo County would wake up to every morning for the last 17 years and the point man for the California Mid State Fair. "To get from there to where I'm at now...I feel lucky," Tom shared, "I feel blessed…I feel grateful." Growing up in Atascadero, one of his first jobs was cleaning stalls at the Mid-State Fair. He remembers avidly listening to KPRL with his dad, along with the era's best radio broadcasters, including Paul Harvey and Howard Cosell. "I've always had a spot in my heart for some old-time radio folks," says Tom. As a kid on road trips with his family, Tom would mimic the radio voices by imagining his own show while interviewing his sister in the car. It didn't occur to either of them that they were foreshadowing Tom's future. After graduating from Atascadero High School, Tom moved to New York City to attend Columbia University, where he had a football scholarship. "Like many people, when they are 17, they think they know everything. I was certainly in

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that camp," Tom shared. "I wanted to get out of the small town Atascadero life and get to a big I chose the biggest city in the world." For the first year, Tom loved being a city kid. But by his sophomore year, he missed the small-town life. So for his third and fourth years of college, he transferred to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, which he described as Atascadero with a college in the middle. For the next two years, Tom played baseball for the university and met his future wife, Myki. While Tom finished his required classes to graduate, he did not meet the other requirements to graduate and walk away with a diploma. The reason he says was because he more so majored in college fun. At that point, Tom moved back home to Atascadero to figure out his next move. His plan was always to make it to the major leagues, but after coming to grips with it not becoming a reality, Tom got his first job in broadcasting with KPRL in Paso Robles. Using the advice from his uncle, a broadcaster for K-Fog in the Bay Area, Tom stayed at KPRL for one year. After, he moved to the SLO-based country music station 92.5 KDDB as its afternoon disc jockey, later transferring to being their morning show host. With his and Myki's first baby on the way,

Tom decided to shift into sales for American General Media. He and his family moved to Arroyo Grande before Tom left the broadcasting industry entirely in 2002 for a quick stint in sales at a local ad agency Barnet Cox. In 2005, American General Media General Manager Kathy Signorelli called Tom and asked him to host the morning show KJug. At the same time, Tom was offered a job at the CMSF, running the fair's sponsorships which both he gladly accepted — so since 2005, Tom has been radio broadcaster by morning and CMSF front man by afternoon. To Tom, the CMSF has always held a special place in his heart. He, like many others in the county, grew up with the fair. It is the Super Bowl of SLO County. But KJug, he says, has become special to him as well. "The fair is very, very special and has always been very special...I'm very grateful to work there and be a part of it," said Tom, "KJug has also become very special. KJug has something different than every other radio station." In addition to KJug, Tom is a large part of the CMSF. For 10 days, the fair brings in some of the genre's biggest acts, including artists like George Strait, Garth Brooks, Kiss, Journey, and countless others. Tom works year-round to secure funding for the fair by working with corporations for sponsorships and acts as a liaison between the music artists and the fair, developing marketing plans for the artists after they are booked. Our "little fair" is known nationwide to music agents. And that started, Tom says, by all the people who came before him. "That's really a testament to the people who came before me but who made the investment and had the vision to see what could happen down the road," said Tom. The first big league act booked at the fair was Buck Owens in 1969. From then on, Paso Robles became a stop for nearly everyone's tour while in California. However, it all almost came to an end in 2020. No one could have ever imagined not having a Mid State Fair, so when it was canceled like so many other events due to the pandemic, Tom says that the fair was on the brink of never coming back if they had to cancel again in 2021. Thankfully, due to the community's support, they made it through the hardship and are returning better than ever. Now, we are in July, two years after that storm of uncertainty, and this year the CMSF returns "Full Steam Ahead!" "We live for that moment of seeing people connect and further develop their relationships," Tom said, "It's great, and we can't wait for this year." 

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ach year as we head into summer, we look forward to celebrating the Fourth of July, America’s Independence Day, with friends and family. Here in San Luis Obispo County, we have so many options to celebrate the day, from BBQs and camps on the beaches, annual parades, concerts in the parks, and, of course, fireworks. Our day is filled with laughter, joy, and lots of sunshine, and at the end of the day, we take a moment to remember why we are all celebrating and why we love America, the home of the red, white, and blue. The Fourth of July traditions of Independence Day celebrations go back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. Amid the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence on July 2, 1776. Two days later, delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historical document like none other drafted by Thomas Jefferson that would shape the nation we are today. The Revolutionary War began in 1775, arising from growing tensions between residents of Great Britain’s 13 North American colonies and the colonial government, which represented the British crown. Tension between British troops and colonial militiamen in Lexington and Concord in April 1775 ignited the armed conflict. By the following summer, the rebels were waging a full-scale war for their independence. France entered the American Revolution on the

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side of the Americans in 1778, turning what had essentially been a civil war into an international conflict. After French assistance helped the Continental Army force the British to surrender at Yorktown, Virginia, in 1781, the Americans effectively won their independence, although fighting did not formally end until 1783. The strained relationship between Americans and the British authorities began more than a decade before the outbreak of the American Revolution. The French and Indian War, or Seven Years’ War (1756-1763), brought new territories under the crown’s power, but the expensive conflict led to new and unpopular taxes. Attempts by the British government to raise revenue by taxing the colonies — notably the Stamp Act of 1765, the Townshend Acts of 1767, and the Tea Act of 1773 — were met with heated protest among the colonists, who resented their lack of representation in Parliament and demanded the same rights as other British subjects. In response, a group of colonial delegates (including George Washington of Virginia, John and Samuel Adams of Massachusetts, Patrick Henry of Virginia, and John Jay of New York) met in Philadelphia in September 1774 to voice their grievances against the British crown. This First Continental Congress did not go so far as to demand independence from Britain; however, it denounced taxation without representation, as well as the maintenance

of the British army in the colonies without their consent. In addition, it issued a declaration of every citizen’s rights, including life, liberty, property, assembly, and trial by jury. The Continental Congress voted to meet again in May 1775 to consider further action, but by that time, violence had already broken out. On the night of April 18, 1775, hundreds of British troops marched from Boston to nearby Concord, Massachusetts, in order to seize an arms cache. Paul Revere and other riders sounded the alarm, and colonial militiamen began mobilizing to intercept the Redcoats. On April 19, local militiamen clashed with British soldiers in the Battles of Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts, marking the “shot heard round the world” that signified the start of the Revolutionary War. When the initial battles in the Revolutionary War broke out in 1775, few colonists desired complete independence from Great Britain, and those who did were considered radical. By the middle of the following year, however, many additional colonists had come to favor independence, thanks to growing hostility against Britain and the spread of revolutionary sentiments such as those expressed in the bestselling pamphlet “Common Sense,” published by Thomas Paine in early 1776. “Common Sense” was a pamphlet stating the argument in favor of American independence. Pamphlets were an

important medium for spreading ideas and information in the 16th through 19th centuries. “Common Sense” played a remarkable role in transforming a colonial squabble into the American Revolution. On July 4, 1776, the 13 colonies claimed their independence from England, an event that eventually led to the formation of the United States of America. In a June 7 session in the Pennsylvania State House (later known as Independence Hall), Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with the famous words: “Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.” The 13 colonies included New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. It was those colonies that came together to form the United States of America. Though the movement for American independence effectively triumphed at the Battle of Yorktown, contemporary observers did not see that as a decisive victory yet. British forces remained stationed around Charleston, and the powerful main army still resided in New York. Though

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neither side would take decisive action over the better part of the next two years, the British removal of their troops from Charleston and Savannah in late 1782 finally pointed to the end of the conflict. British and American negotiators in Paris signed preliminary peace terms in Paris late that November, and on September 3, 1783, Great Britain formally recognized the independence of the United States in the Treaty of Paris. At the same time, Britain signed separate peace treaties with France and Spain (which had entered the conflict in 1779), bringing the American Revolution to a close after eight long years. After the Revolutionary War, Americans continued to commemorate Independence Day every year in celebrations that allowed the new nation’s emerging political leaders to address citizens and create a feeling of unity. By the last decade of the 18th century, the two major political parties—the Federalist Party and Democratic-Republicans—that had arisen began holding separate Fourth of July celebrations in many large cities. As we look back on our history, we as Americans continue to fight for our independent freedoms. As history shows, we evolve, grow, and become better. At times, however, we can regress and move backward. As we celebrate our independence and that of our nation, we take a moment to reflect on what each of us can do to ensure our freedom continues for the next generation and what we are doing today to preserve it. We wish you a very safe and meaningful Independence Day.

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alifornia Mid-State Fair New CEO The California Mid-State Fair Return’s to Paso Robles “Full Steam Ahead” this summer and with a “new” official CEO. The California Mid-State Fair Board of Directors announced the appointment of Colleen Bojorquez as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the California Mid-State Fair and Paso Robles Event Center, effective March 1 of this year. Bojorquez was named interim CEO in 2020, at the start of the pandemic. Bojorquez began working for the Paso Robles Event Center in 1992 as a ticket operator. During this time, she also received her Bachelors of Science, Ecology and Systematic Biology (2000) and a Master of Education (2003). Bojorquez has held many positions at the Paso Robles Event Center but spent the majority of her career as a business assistant. In that role, she worked closely with past CEOs and the Board of Directors and has overseen staff, special projects, and funds. Over her 30-year career, she gained a unique perspective and brings a diverse knowledge of not only the industry but the organization as well. “We feel fortunate to have someone with Colleen’s experience, integrity, creativity, and passion for the Fair and our community,” said Krista Sabin, president of the Fair Board. “For the past two years, Colleen served as the interim CEO, and through the difficulties and challenges of the COVID19 pandemic, she demonstrated excellent leadership, resourcefulness, and vision that successfully sustained the Fair and the Paso Robles Event Center. Colleen takes great pride in her work and puts people first.” During her time as interim CEO, Bojorquez partnered with community members who could support the Paso Robles Event Center, whether fiscally or by communicating with local, state, and federal officials to keep the doors open. Bojorquez was born and raised on the Central Coast and is part of a 4th-generation pioneer ranch family. Her family includes her husband Tim and children, Curran (17) and Bailey (13).


oleen shared, “The staff and I are so excited to welcome you all back to a jam-packed Fair this year! The California Mid-State Fair is “Full Steam Ahead.” Whether you are enjoying our full lineup of entertainment on all three stages, encountering a wild animal at the Headliner stage, riding rides, or participating in one of many competitive exhibits, livestock, and horse shows—we are so glad to be able to showcase what our

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community has to offer. Make sure you check out our new Cantina on the south end of the Fairgrounds, look for the Dragon Knights Stilt Walkers, who will be sure to entertain and bring our Steampunk theme to life, or take a stroll through Farm Alley and check out the SLO County Farm Bureau exhibit—they are celebrating 100 years! There is so much to see and do; we hope you enjoy the Fair as much as we enjoy hosting it!

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12 Days of Fun OPENING DAY

Kick off the Fair this year by joining in on the fun of attending opening day on Wednesday, July 20, starting at 8 a.m. with Cutting Horse Show at the Hearst Equestrian Center. The day is packed full of FFA and 4-H shows and Career Fair. Grand Opening and Ribbon cutting at 3:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., the Miss California Mid-State Fair Pageant on the Frontier Stage and legendary rock group Journey on the Chumash Grandstand Area. See the full schedule for all the daily details at

KIDS’ DAY & SENIOR DAY On Kids’ Day, Friday, July 29, children age 12 and under are admitted to the Fair for free, and on Friday, July 22, visitors age 62 and older pay just $9.

CARNIVAL RIDES In 2017, Helms and Sons Amusements became the official carnival provider to Mid-State Fair by offering improved quality and lower ride prices. Onsite purchases of single-ride tickets cost 50 cents apiece, $25 for a sheet of 50 tickets, and $50 for a sheet of 100 tickets. Unlimited Ride wristbands are also available for $40 (each day). For fast entry into the Fair, WOWXpress wristbands ($15) are available only at the Carnival Ticket Booths and enable guests to bypass crowds via special entrances on every ride. The carnival opens at noon on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and 4 p.m. on all other days.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Since 1969, the demand for live entertainment has grown at the California Mid-State Fair, and this year truly has something for everyone. So be sure to get your tickets fast at The Bud Light Concert Series lineup in the Chumash Grandstand Arena includes: July 20 • Journey

July 21 • Darius Rucker July 22 • Old Dominion July 23 • Santana

July 24 • Dan + Shay with Carly Pearce

July 25 • Live Rock Tour: Skid Row and Warrant July 26 • Lynyrd Skynyrd

July 27 • Los Tigres Del Norte July 28 • Kane Brown

July 29 • Music & Wine with John Fogerty July 30 • Country Rodeo Finals July 31 • Monster Trucks

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Frontier Stage All shows are free with paid admission to the Fair and start at 8 p.m. every night. July 20: Miss CMSF Pageant (7:00 p.m. start): Come see the lovely local ladies on stage and find out who is crowned Miss CMSF 2022. July 21: Sheena Easton: Sheena has sold over 20 million records worldwide. She has received two Grammys and was the first - and still only - artist to have top five records on five major Billboard charts. Hits include “Sugar Walls,” “9 To 5 Morning Train,” and “Strut.” July 22: Led Zeppelin 2 (Tribute): The Live Experience recreates the sights, sounds, and pure rock & roll euphoria of a prime Led Zeppelin concert. Come hear all the hits like “Stairway To Heaven,” “Welcome To California,” and “Whole Lotta Love.” July 23: Matt Stell: Matt hit the country scene with back-to-back #1 hits “Everywhere But On” and “I Prayed For You.” His current single rising up the charts is “This Ain’t Me No More.” July 24: Los Parras: Los Parras Revolucionando la música regional Mexicana y las redes sociales, LOS PARRAS están conquistando todas las generaciones y son la cara de la música Mexicana. July 25: Maddie & Tae: Maddie & Tae first broke out in 2013 with their brilliant counter to bro country, “Girl In A Country Song,” which took Country radio by storm, skyrocketing to the top of the charts and quickly going platinum. July 26: Mac Powell: Mac Powell co-founded the Christian rock band Third Day. Throughout their nearly three-decade career, the band sold over 10 million albums, earned four Grammy Awards, one American Music Award, 24 Dove Awards, and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. July 27: Foghat: Foghat celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2021, and their live performances show why the band is still around. Foghat’s live show is as intense as ever, with the incredible energy and musicianship that one would expect from a seasoned band with such a long musical history. C’mon and take a “Slow Ride!” July 28: Dante Marsh & The Vibe Setters: The Vibe Setters, a mixture of Island, Soul, Funk, and RnB, with colorful melodies and heavy grooves. The Vibe Setters have won an SLO New Times Music Award and have also been able to cultivate an exciting experience during their shows. July 29: Al Jardine Family & Friends Tour featuring Carnie & Wendy Wilson of Wilson Phillips plus Matt Jardine: Audiences will enjoy legendary hits of The Beach Boys, including “Help Me, Rhonda,” “California Girls,” and “I Get Around.” The show will also feature the Wilson Phillips catalog, including “Hold On,” “The Dream is Still Alive,” and “You’re In Love.” July 30: High Voltage (AC/DC Tribute): High Voltage performs the best of AC/DC, from the early roots of the bands’ Australian club circuit days to the superstar worldwide status of their present hits. Don’t miss the excitement of “Back In Black,” “You Shook Me All Night Long,” and “Money Talks.” July 31: Niko Moon: RCA Nashville breakthrough recording artist Niko Moon kicked off 2021 by topping multiple charts with his Platinum-selling debut single “GOOD TIME.” Moon has five songwriting No. 1 hits (Zac Brown Band’s “Loving You Easy,” “Homegrown,” “Beautiful Drug,” “Keep Me In Mind” and “Heavy Is The Head”) plus co-pen credits on singles by Dierks Bentley and Ashley Monroe, among others. | 25

'22 California Mid-State Fair

FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST It’s back! And the community is ready for it, the Annual Pancake Breakfast in Paso Robles Downtown City Park on Thursday, July 28, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Breakfast includes sausage, pancakes, scrambled eggs, orange juice, and coffee. The cooking crew is provided by the Mid-State Fair as a way of saying thank you to the community. The Paso Robles Main Street Association provides the servers and handles the ticket distributions. Pick up your tickets in advance from downtown retail stores. Or call the Main Street Office with questions at (805) 238-4103. The best part it’s FREE!

CMSF BARN DANCE Just outside the Headliner Stage, radio station, 98.1 KJUG will host dancing for the public from 9 p.m. until closing.

COUNTRY RODEO FINALS The Country Rodeo Finals will take place on Saturday, July 30. The exciting night will return to the Main Grandstand Arena and start at 7 p.m. All seats are General Admission and are on sale now at $25/Adult (13+ years old) and $15/Child (3-12 years old) and can be purchased online. The ticket price is $25 for all on the day of the show. The Country Rodeo

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Finals is the culmination of hard work and stellar performances during the morning’s rodeo events; this is your chance to see some of the best and brightest cowboys and cowgirls. Featured events include Match Roping, Team Penning, Double Mugging, Barrel Racing, Breakaway Roping, and more. This year’s show will feature new addition, Maddison McDonald, who’s been a featured act of the National Finals Rodeo for the last 10 years, as well as Anthony Lucia, one of the best rodeo announcers. The beloved parachute flag drop will also make a return to open the show. In addition, the fans will be treated with specialty acts throughout the performance, including rodeo clown Matt Merritt – the Entertainer of the PBR Velocity Tour.

MONSTER TRUCKS Monster Trucks are back! And this year, the non-stop action takes place in the Chumash Main Grandstand Arena on closing day on Sunday, July 31. Monster Trucks begins at 7 p.m. Ticket pricing, and additional information can be found online at

CMSF DAILY SCHEDULE The official CMSF Daily Schedule will be available in print and online prior to the start of the Fair. Visit for more details.

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Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival is Back

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housands of beer lovers rushed through the gates of the Paso Robles Event Center at noon on Saturday, June 4, to get their beer tasting on while trying an extensive range of beers at the ninth annual Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival (FWIBF). "We are a classic, old school, family business," said David Walker of the Firestone Walker Brewing Company, which he created with his brotherin-law Adam Firestone in 1996. This year the Firestone Walker Invitational was back after taking a break in both 2020 and 2021 due to COVID. A total of 4,500 beer drinkers of all kinds sold out the 2022 fest in just a few minutes, with many festival-goers holding on to the tickets they had bought back in 2020 for that year's canceled Invitational. "The cool thing was, actually, this one sold out in 2020, and we tried to give everyone their money back, and they wouldn't take it," David said. "So, most of the people here, 90 percent of the people here, bought their tickets at the beginning of COVID and held onto them for two years. We canceled the event two years in a row." This year's Beer Festival boasted 63 of the world's top breweries and beer-makers. From the 23 California breweries to the 28 from out of state, and concluding with the 12 breweries that traveled to Paso Robles from multiple foreign countries, the beers were as unique as their makers. "It's very much sort of an eclectic collection of the breweries that we love dearly, and they love coming here," David added. "Paso's sort of this artisanal, cultural place for food and wine and beer, and so it's a great place to come." The Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest also brought in 27 of the Central Coasts' favorite restaurants and food vendors to keep attendees well fed during their beer-drinking fun. There were even two beer and chocolate pairings for people to join in on and two Behind the Beer

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presentations for anyone interested in learning more about the beer they were drinking. And if listening to live music while sipping on a cold beer was more your style, local favorites Shawn Clark Family Band and Lil Smokies, all the way from Montana, played on the Frontier Stage. "There's a ton of people behind the scenes that make this all happen," stated Firestone Walker's Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. "The Paso Robles Pioneer Association, this would not happen without them. Tom Madden and that group were the ones who conceived of the notion of having an event here and spent some time trying to convince me on how this could happen." The Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival benefits Paso Robles Pioneer Day, which is a nonprofit that has been around since 1931. As the festival was drawing to a close, the crowd gathered in front of the Frontier Stage, beers in hand, to see who would win the People's Choice Awards after voting for their favorite restaurant and brewery throughout the day. The People's Choice Award winners, with a tie, for favorite restaurant, went to Roots on Railroad and Fish Gaucho, both from Paso Robles. Fish Gaucho was a returning champion. The People's Choice for Top Brewery was handed off to Garage Project. A brewery that flew all the way in from Wellington, New Zealand. "Give me a round of applause for all these brewers. We had, honestly, it's impossible to choose the best brewers of the world," said Matt during the awards ceremony. "There's so much good beer in the world today. But I can say that we had 60 plus of some of the best brewers in the world and some of the best people in the world." The Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival will be back next year. Keep an eye on their social media for 2023 festival dates.

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n an extremely warm evening, Paso Robles High School (PRHS) hosted its 126th graduation for the Class of 2022 on Friday, June 10, at the War Memorial Stadium. Family and friends filled the stadium to celebrate the class who started their High School career only seven months before the global pandemic. And for the first time since 2019, due to covid-19 restrictions, the senior Bearcats walked and graduated together on the same night. This year 435 students graduated from PRHS, over 30 more than in 2021. This year the senior class asked Geoffrey Land and Jenny Martinez, both PRHS social science teachers, to be the MCs for their graduation. The PRHS Advance Choir Forte opened the ceremony singing the National Anthem, followed by Senior Class President Ashley Paulson leading the Pledge of Allegiance. After introducing PRHS faculty members, Land and Martinez introduced the Superintendent Curt Dubost, Deputy Superintendent Jennifer Gaviola, Assistant Superintendent Brad Pawlowski, Assitant Superintendent Erin Haley, and the Board of Trustees: Chris Arend, Chris Bausch, Frank Triggs, Lance Gannon, Tim Gearhart, Dorian Baker, and Nathan Williams. Associated Student Body President Malia Gaviola was the first student speaker of the night. She asked her classmates to remember what they stood for during their high school years and commended her class for their efforts in activism. "Whenever the senior class saw a problem, we saw to fix it, and we introduced new traditions and ideas to our school community," Malia

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shared, "We set the tone for our underclassmen and sowed the seeds for what Paso Robles High School would be like in the future." She later added, "We are the Bearcats who can stand for a better future." Superintendent Dubost echoed Malia's sentiments and reflected on the country's current and diverse state. "Paso Robles High School Bearcats Class of 2022, please continue to be active, involved, and informed and to propose solutions that will both meet your needs and gain broad support," said Dubost, "Not just from your perspective. Most importantly, please register to vote and take part in the coming elections." Ashley then returned to the podium, reflecting on the moments and trials that led her and her classmates to where they are today. She thanked her family, friends, chosen family, and finally, her classmates. "Thank you for making each day count for each other," she said to her classmates, "We have all had an impact on one another in some shape or form that has created us into who we are now." Ashley then asked her classmates to strive to make every day count, quoting Kanye West, "We can't dwell on the past. All we've got is today. So I'm going to live like there is no tomorrow, no goodbye." She added that she is not Kanye and today is goodbye. Director of Student Services Commander Thomas Harrington presented the nine Bearcat graduates who are going into the US military: Alver Alverez — US Army Jalen Costa — US Army Michael Backstresser — US Navy

Mia Lojacono-Smith — US Navy Sojo Luis Lopez — US Navy Angel Barigone — Marines Urille Granatos — Marines Alan Martinez — Marines Obed Marsetta — Marines The Top Bearcats for the class of 2022 were introduced by Land, which included 97 students all achieving a 4.0 GPA or higher. PRHS class of 2022 Salutatorian Rayvin Wulfing made her way to the stage and started by thanking everyone for supporting her through the last four years and beyond. Rayvin ended her senior year with a 4.79 GPA. Rayvin urged her classmates to find and spread light in the coming years rather than succumb to the temptations of fear. Following Rayvin was Valedictorian Tyler Woodard. Tyler, who earned a 4.83 GPA, shared, "To those of you graduates who have a pretty good idea of what you'd like to do in your life, congratulations. And those who don't, I am glad I'm in good company." He then sent his classmates onto the next stage in life with hopes for them each to find their true selves and find happiness. Principal Overton and Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Board President Chris Arend congratulated the class of 2022 before handing students their diplomas one by one. After reciting the Alma Mater together one last time, the PRHS Class of 2022 turned their tassels to the left and, as a tradition, tossed their caps into the air. Bringing an end to one chapter of their lives and the beginning of another. Congratulations, Paso Robles High School Bearcats Class of 2022! | 31

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Class of 2022 Valedictorian:

Tyler Woodard Class of 2022 Salutatorian:


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aledicere, the Latin origin for valedictorian, appropriately translates to "to say farewell." But, over the centuries, we have coined the term valedictorian to mean much more than just saying goodbye. Valedictorians are the last to give their speech at graduations and are chosen based on their academic standing among their graduating class. Typically, they have the highest grade point average amongst their fellow classmates and become the point persons for the farewell commencement speech. Paso Robles High School Bearcat Tyler Woodard is the Class of 2022 valedictorian, earning a 4.83 GPA. At the PRHS commencement, Tyler opened his speech by saying, "To those of you graduates who have a pretty good idea of what you'd like to do in your life, congratulations. And those who don't, I am glad I'm in good company." But Tyler knows a little bit about where he is going next in life. Tyler will be attending UC San Diego to pursue aerospace engineering with plans to intern for the school or an engineering firm. Regardless of Tyler's plans, he said to his classmates, "No matter what we all choose to do, I hope we choose to enjoy life. I hope we choose to prioritize who we are and who we can be." Between being captain of the boys soccer team and keeping up with school work, Tyler not only maintained his incredibly high GPA but also completed six advanced placement classes. Tyler attributes his stoic mindset and desire to get into college for engineering for his drive to stay on top of his work. And finally, Tyler made his final comments to his classmates, officially commencing their graduation, "Thank you, Bearcats, and I wish you luck in your journey to find who you would like to become."

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s tradition from the earliest universities, a salutatorian is chosen to accompany the valedictorian with the responsibility of giving the salutation or greeting of the graduation. In the early years, salutatorians were fluent in Latin and showed their schools with a speech entirely in the ancient language. However, nowadays, the salutatorian is the second-highest academically rating student in their graduation class. Paso Robles High School Bearcat Rayvin Wulfing is the Class of 2022 salutatorian, earning a 4.79 GPA at the end of her senior year. Rayvin will be attending Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she will major in interior design. During her time at PRHS, Rayvin served as one of the editors in chief of the Crimson News Magazine, developing a sense of pride and joy during her four years in high school journalism. She believes that Crimson not only taught her to be a better journalist but to find meaning and purpose in what she did as a one. During her commencement speech, Rayvin encouraged her classmates to find the light in life. "May our resilience and perseverance from what we have experienced guide us towards the light," said Rayvin. She continued with her final words to her graduating class, "I challenge you, Class of 2022 — do not succumb to the hopelessness, the temptation of fear, and the disturbance of distress. Instead, find the light within you and spread it to those you know and to those who need it the most."

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embers of the Class of 2022 from Templeton High School officially graduated and closed their high school chapter on Thursday, June 9. Elise Black opened the ceremony singing the national anthem and was followed by a flyover from the Estrella Warbirds. THS Principal Josh Aston then took over the ceremony to start with a few dad jokes. Senior Class President and Female Athlete of the Year Maddie Bobbit was the first student to give her speech. Maddie remembered the late Coach Dave Harper, who passed in 2021. She, along with other students, worked to name the school’s new weight room after their late and beloved coach. Graduating senior Remi Campbell gave an official dedication and tribute to Coach Harper later in the ceremony. Co-Salutatorians Owen Daulton and Zach Gonzales shared the stage to address the graduating class. Owen walked the class through Aristotle’s appeals: pathos, ethos, and logos and how they related back to their class. And Zach provided the crowd from some of his favorite quotes from Einstein — and Kanye West.

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It was then Valedictorian John Nicholson’s time to shine in front of his class one last time. He reminisced with his class on their time with Zoom and hybrid schedules. John walked the crowd through the triangle of life, a concept he learned from Teacher of the Year Jason Diodati. Diodati explained to his students that each point on the triangle has an influence on their lives: time, money, and happiness. “The triangles we form will change throughout our lifetime,” said John. “but the key is finding the proper balance of the points.” How each point is used will depend on what the person puts into priority. “I have enjoyed the past four years with each and every one of you, and I hope that we all find balance in our own triangle of life.” Inspirational Teacher of the Year Erik Lewis commended the senior class on how they handled their unexpectedly challenging high school career. “It’s hard to believe that just a few months ago we were still wearing masks,” said Lewis, “I think that it hit these seniors the hardest. They had to deal with COVID for more than half of their high school careers.” The laid-back, surfing, and always supportive teacher gave the students some advice to use

throughout their lives moving forward: 1. When you do something wrong, admit it. Swallow your pride and say you are sorry. 2. You can’t fix other people, but you can fix yourself. 3. Happiness is a choice and attitude is everything. 4. Try to put yourself in other people’s shoes. Perspective in life is everything. “The senior class has been an absolute pleasure,” Lewis added, “Your strength and resilience in this weird time are going to help you get through life through all of its challenges.” Principal Aston then exchanged flags with the class’s foreign exchange students. Traditionally at Templeton, the class will exchange an American flag for the flag of the student’s home country. Aston proceeded to exchange two American flags, one from Japan and one from Spain. To end the night, the Templeton Unified School District Board of Trustees, Nelson Yamagata, Matt Vierra, and Jan Nimick, proceeded to hand the students their diplomas. These Eagles are undoubtedly leaving THS stronger and wiser than when they entered. They stood together through unexpected challenges. Congratulations to the Templeton High School Eagles Class of 2022!

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2022 Templeton High School Honorees Eagle of the Year: Shane Brennan Principal’s Award: Austin Marquart Valedictorian: John Nicholson Co-Salutatorians: Zach Gonzales, Owen Daulton Top Scholars: Helia Bushong, Owen Daulton, Claire Oppedahl Male Athlete of the Year: Kadin Javadi Female Athlete of the Year: Maddie Bobbitt Male Scholar Athlete of the Year: John Nicholson Female Scholar Athlete of the Year: Ashlyn Janzen Jim Fotinakes Award: Jason Diodati Inspirational Teacher Award: Erik Lewis Lebens Award: Girls Cross Country — Marianna Perez, Maddie Bobbitt, Ava Lawrence, Ashlyn Estes Department Awards English Department: Molly Floberg Fine Arts Student of the Year: Ella Kahan Life Science: Katelyn Rosilez Ag Leadership: Shane Brennan Ag Mechanics: Kyle Simonin

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Physical Science: Owen Daulton Theatre Arts Student of the Year: Katelann Harms Mathematics: Justin Grapentine Meritorious Award: Hunter Phillips Social Science: Mariana Perez Musician of the Year: Darin Gong Computer Science: Zachary Gonzales AP Capstone: Owen Daulton Scholarship Winners A-Z Foundation — Ashlyn Janzen, Austin Marquart, Helia Bushong, Makena Martin, Matthew Bobbitt Atascadero Elks Club — Alexandria Dahlen, Jack Wood, Makena Martin Booker Brothers — Ashlyn Estes, Ashlyn Janzen, Ashlyn Miller, Ava Lawrence, Claire Oppedahl, Ella Kahan, Emma Kahan, John Nicholson, Makena Martin California Association of Winegrape Growers — Makena Martin California Retired Teachers Association — Matthew Bobbitt Cancer Support Community — Ella Kahan Friday Night Live — Ashlyn Estes, Audrey Bauske, Claire Oppedahl Mothers for Peace — Helia Bushong, Maddie Bobbitt Multiflora Garden Club — Maddie Bobbitt Nightmare on Main Street — Alyssia Corella Paso Robles Optimist Club — Molly Floberg

Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance — Justin Grapentine, Makena Martin Santa Barbara Scottish Rite — Ashlyn Estes, Ashlyn Janzen, John Nicholson Shelby Sudbrink Memorial Scholarship — Ashlyn Janzen SLO Farm Bureau Women — Mackay Langley SLO Quarter Horse Association — Ashlyn Janzen, Dakota Torgerson, Harrison Orradre, Jack Wood, Kadin Javadi, Mackay Langley St. William’s Catholic Church — Michael Nowinski Success Charities — Kilian Pankowski, Mariel Najera, Taylor Schoenthal, Zachary Gonzales Tanya C. Hendry Fine Arts Scholarship — Emma Kahan Templeton Athletic Boosters — John Nicholson, Maddie Bobbitt, Templeton Drama Boosters — Katelann Harms, Katherine Carter Templeton Lions Club — Dakota Torgerson, Emma Kahan, Justin Grapentine Templeton Lunch Bunch — Ashlyn Estes, John Nicholson, Molly Floberg, Owen Daulton Templeton Presbyterian Church — Ashlyn Estes, Ashlyn Janzen, Ava Lawrence, Claire Oppedahl Templeton Rotary — Ashlyn Estes, Ashlyn Janzen, Mackay Langley, Maddie Bobbitt, Molly Floberg Templeton Teachers Association — Alyssia Corella The Community Foundation — Ashlyn Estes, Helia Bushong, Marianna Perez, Shane Brennan Thelma Jo Sorrow Memorial Scholarship — Dakota Torgerson TIMBA — Josh Baum, Owen Daulton, Darin Gong TWCC — John Nicholson | 35

Oak Leaf • San Luis Obispo County Office of Education “If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

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ay and June were very stressful months for schools nationwide and within our county because of school violence. Social media and even what was once considered traditional media focus on quantity (clicks, likes, shares, etc.) over quality, sensationalism over detail, and rumors consistently outshine fact. I entered the profession in 1986, and as time advances, I have grown to appreciate and value authentic and genuine relationships. Today’s schools face multiple linguistic, cultural, religious, ethnic, and racial issues requiring a caring community to foster positive relationships. Large urban areas such as Los Angeles County and smaller rural communities like San Luis Obispo County experience challenges, social pressures, and school violence. It is not easy to collectively accept responsibility for all of our citizens and their actions. Communities have risen to challenges throughout history, and today is no different. Our school, community, law enforcement, and mental health leaders meet regularly to discuss the needs, perspectives, and challenges of the individuals we serve. How do we collectively address the needs of everyone and build up our entire community? School and community violence across the United States continues to be a topic of my monthly Superintendent’s Council and general school administration meetings. On the Tuesday following Memorial Day, approximately 100 community leaders representing the schools, law enforcement, government, and mental health gathered to review communications and safety practices for all schools in

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San Luis Obispo County. California Civil Code 1714.1 makes parents and guardians vicariously liable for up to $25,000 for their child’s willful misconduct. In addition to arresting responsible parties and legally forcing families to pay for the damages to public facilities, we must do our best to prevent violence and property damage before it happens. Before starting the 2022-2023 school year, my office will facilitate another Building Community Summit to address communications and safety in our schools proactively. The Building Community Summit aims to facilitate multi-agency communication and collaboration, present positive strategies for community engagement, and build up the county. The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education, local students, parents, nonprofit agencies, religious leaders, city & county government officials, school leaders, elected officials, and law enforcement represent the membership of a Department of Justice grant designed to reduce school violence and build community. Sheriff Ian Parkinson and I believe that “we can address our issues proactively, one relationship at a time.” Because of the Sheriff ’s efforts along with the Office of Emergency Services, San Luis Obispo County is one of the first in the state to map every school campus and better connect the community digitally. All district, charter, private, and parochial school properties are reviewed and updated during the summer. Research indicates that community capacity to prevent violence is achieved primarily through the social relations embodied in dense networks of “strong”

ties within geographically bounded spaces known as neighborhoods or communities has been challenged on two grounds (Bellair, 1997; Morenoff, Sampson, & Raudenbush, 2001). Because professional experience and research indicate that violence prevention programs structured to build community capacity are the most successful, our agencies commit to providing proactive practices that mitigate personal or agency disconnect. Everyone has the right to learn in a safe environment. Families need to feel confident in sending children to school without fear. Research indicates that prevention efforts by students, families, school staff, law enforcement, and the entire community can reduce school violence. Consistent communications, holding responsible parties accountable, and proactive safety practices are some of the strategies we are implementing. During the weeks following the tragedies in Texas, I observed our local law enforcement, school personnel, local government officials, and mental health representatives collaborate for the greater good. I believe that together we can positively impact our future by facilitating multi-agency communications, working collectively, and acknowledging that we are all part of a shared community. I pledge to continue fostering these collective efforts and promoting safety throughout the community. It is an honor to serve as your County Superintendent of Schools. True public safety requires a collaboration between law enforcement and the community.” — Betsy Hodges

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ine Country Theatre was back with their production of “Love, Loss, and What I Wore.” The show, which was staged at the Plymouth Congregational Church Fellowship Hall in Paso Robles, had an almost completely sold-out run from June 10 thru June 19. “When we realized that we had no venue any longer at the Park Ballroom, I go to this church; it’s like my second home. I was literally in here [the Plymouth Congregational Church Fellowship Hall] having coffee one Sunday. The church service people gather in here and have cookies and coffee,” said Director and Wine Country Theatre Creator Cynthia Anthony. “I was just staring at that stage, and I thought, I wonder if we could do “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” in here? This is an example of a venue calling out for the play because the play’s very simply staged, and it worked. I just had a vision about it.” “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” is written by esteemed sister duo and screenwriters in their own right, Norah and Delia Effron. Norah is known for penning the rom-coms like “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” while Delia and Norah tag-teamed the likes of “You’ve Got Mail” and “Hanging Up,” which is based on a book also written by Delia. “[I] absolutely loved it,” said actress Christine Miller of the script. “[It’s] well written, it’s fun to play, and when you start getting the feedback from the audience, it just creates this back and forth that is why you’re on stage.” The show expands on what it’s like to be a

woman by examining the clothes worn during life-changing moments, from getting your first bra to going to prom, getting married, and everything in between. Paso Robles Magazine was invited to the almost sold-out show on Saturday, June 11, and was left in stitches by the comedy witnessed on the stage, performed by six of the Central Coasts’ extraordinarily talented and comedic actresses. Dori Duke, Christine Miller, Mary-Ann Maloof, Lindsey Lee Taylor, Allison Bradshaw, and Kristen Saunders brought over 28 characters to life on stage. Each character with their own memories concerning the clothes they wore while surrounded by drawings of outfits and clothes hanging throughout the venue and behind them on stage, telling their own stories. “These women are amazing women, personally, but then also as performers and actors. Our director is awesome, and the theater company, in general, is incredibly active and supportive of getting different material that’s not really been done a whole lot [out there],” shared actress Lindsey Taylor of the company and Wine Country Theatre. The play, while written by Norah and Delia Effron, is actually based on the book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman and was one of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows to date. “It’s really fun. I feel like this show is just so relatable. The script has really got something for everybody, and so much of it really hits home with so many people,” said actress Dori Duke. “A friend of mine saw it and said that it made her realize how much women go through and the judgment, and just how hard we are on ourselves, and all the things that happen. You kind of forget that there’s all of

those things that happen. The good and the bad.” While the play’s subject matter was geared toward females, the humor and heart of the script connected with anyone with a ticket to the show. “We actually had one gentleman who told our actors afterwards that watching the show gave him more insight into the female mystique than him having a wife and three sisters,” actress Kristin Saunders stated.

Six women play over 28 characters in Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Contributed photo. “I did have this 80-year-old man last night tell me, ‘In all of my 80 years, I have never learned anything as much about women as I did tonight.’ So, he just made my night,” added Taylor. The play is a total blast and full of laughs, it also examines what it’s like to be human, and that’s something we all can relate to. “Hopefully, people went home, and they were full of their own memories of clothes through the years, of things about clothes and sisters and friends and marriages and wedding dresses and prom dresses,” concluded Anthony. For upcoming show information visit

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Taste of Paso • Sip & Savor


he Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance knocked it out of the park! A new name and location gave its Paso Wine Fest a much-needed makeover. For starters, there was caviar appetizer paired with Austin Hope Rosé, a fashionably restored French vintage milk truck offered Daou Vineyards & Winery wines, and Bitter Sweet Symphony aperitif-spiked Jello shots passed around at Barton Family Wines’ breezy lounge and wine bar. Talk about an elevated experience! From the post-fest buzz around town, May 21’s Grand Tasting was a hands-down success. The one critique from locals was the high ticket price for the popular tasting that drew a crowd of 1500 this year. Presented by Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance (PRWCA), the four-day event included winemaker dinners, seminars, and Sunday open house festivities at several wineries. Previously known as the Paso Robles Wine Festival, the celebration marking its 39th year is now renamed Paso Wine Fest. The event this year also made its move from the downtown park to the Paso Robles Event Center. “We outgrew the park,” said Joel Peterson, executive director of PRWCA. “And it was a burden for local businesses as the city had to close down the streets.” Besides, the spacious grounds of the Event Center had much to offer by way of infrastructures such as parking, security, and restrooms. That infrastructure came with a price, though. In previous years (2018, 2019), Saturday’s Grand Tasting was priced at $70. This year it was increased to $179, discounted to $159, which was offered to all wineries to pass along to their club members. (Each ticket came with a $10

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food voucher redeemable at one of the eight food trucks.) Indeed that is a whopping increase! However, at that price, the Grand Tasting at the Event Center presented a spectacular look with an artfully laid out plan designed by the San Luis Obispo-based Karston Butler Events working jointly with the PRWCA team. While the 100 wineries were housed in four large tents, some wineries wanted larger spaces, and that’s how the idea came about to offer special sponsorship for lounges. The four wineries, Justin, Daou, Austin Hope, and Barton, created their own dramatic lounges at the venue’s Frontier Park. “It was a trial run,” said Peterson, who noted these particular wineries bring a good number of visitors to town annually. “They’ve been flying the Paso flag.” With 100 plus wineries pouring around 500 wines, there was so much wine to savor and sip (and spit) within the four-hour tasting experience. Among the litany of such exalted names as Saxum, Booker, Law Estate, and Linne Calodo was TOP, a wine I have been following since I discovered it in 2018 at the Garagiste Festival. TOP is a passion project of Stanley Barrios and Elena Martinez, who gave up lucrative jobs in Los Angeles to dedicate themselves to Paso wine. And from the taste of the wines and the crowds around their table, it looks like their passion has paid off. The two TOP wines offered were the 2020 Joule Rosé of mourvedre, a brilliant pink, barrelaged for one year and bottle-aged for six months. 2019 Variant was a carignan-driven blend lyrically balanced with syrah, grenache, graciano, and roussanne. How these five varieties spun

around the palate to deliver a perfect ballet was sheer magic. Edgar Torres, who has long had success with his Bodega de Edgar wines, now has a runaway hit on his hands with his second label, Straight out of Paso, a brand that pays respect to the roots of Paso. With trend-setting wines such as carbonic grenache, he has cultivated a dedicated millennial following. At Torrin, owners Scott and Viquel Hawley offered their distinctive Rhône style blends, the 2019 Le Devoir and 2018 Banshee. Chloé Asseo Fabre, general manager at L’Aventure, and her team poured the 2019 Estate Cuvee, the signature cellar-worthy Rhône/ Bordeaux blend. I savored Josh Beckett’s newly launched Thibido wines, the 2020s of Just Because syrah, and amphora-vinified grenache blanc. Of his minuscule annual production of 150 cases, Becket commented, “I don’t want to lose sleep; it’s grassroots, so let it grow on demand.” Cloak & Dagger’s Ray Shofield, known for his bold red Bordeaux-style blends, was pouring his flagship 2019 Cryptology and 2018s of The Assassin cabernet sauvignon and Deep State, a cabernet franc-driven blend. There was much to celebrate this year for regulars and newcomers, such as Serial Wine, a new addition to downtown wine tasting scene. “We loved the interaction with the guests and signed up people for sales,” commented Terri Harrington, sales & hospitality manager. Harrington also enjoyed the camaraderie with fellow industry friends, trading wine bottles. “It was fun and unexpected; we went home with a mixed case of wines to share with our Serial Team.”

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Barbie Butz Flag-Raising Mixed-Berry Potpies for the 4th of July

I love July, don’t you? I love Independence Day and all it stands for. I love the parades, the fireworks, and the meaning of the 4th of July. And I love the words to this song I learned in school as a young child. Do you remember it, too? In case you don’t remember the words, see the last word in this month’s issue, and and I hope you will sing this song on the 4th of July with your family and friends.

Cream Cheese Pastry

We are fortunate, in this area, to have beautiful fruits available in our markets. Fresh berries give us the opportunity to make jams and jellies we can serve in winter. We can bake cobblers and pies to eat now or freeze to serve later on. The following recipe would be perfect to serve on the 4th of July. Bake the potpies in red ramekins if you have them. Sometimes you can find them at the dollar stores. Decorate each pie with a small American flag.

Ingredients: 2 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest 1⁄4 teaspoon salt 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut in

1/4-inch slices 6 ounces cold cream cheese, cut into small cubes

Directions: In food processor, combine flour, sugar, lemon zest, and salt. Pulse 3 or 4 times. Scatter butter over flour mixture. Pulse until

mixture is consistency of cornmeal. Scatter cream cheese over mixture and pulse until ingredients form a ball. Divide dough in half and follow directions

in recipe for potpies. Dough can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Enjoy these little potpies any time! Cheers!

Flag-Raising Mixed-Berry Potpie Pastry Ingredients: 1 recipe Cream Cheese Pastry Fruit: 6 cups mixed berries such as blueberries, blackberries, and red raspberries, picked over

for stems 1 to 11⁄4 cups granulated sugar, depending on sweetness of berries 3 tablespoons cornstarch 4 teaspoons quick-cooking (instant) tapioca 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated if possible) 1/8 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons heavy cream 2 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into 6 slices Granulated sugar for sprinkling

Directions: Make the pastry as directed in recipe for Cream Cheese Pastry. Divide dough in half, and shape each half into a 5-inch disk about 3⁄4 inch thick. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours. Center rack in oven and preheat to 375 degrees. Place six 1-cup ramekins or custard cups (about 4 inches in diameter) on large rimmed baking sheet.

In large bowl, gently toss berries, sugar, cornstarch, tapioca, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Divide fruit mixture evenly among ramekins. Spoon 1 teaspoon of cream over fruit in each ramekin, and top with small pat of butter. On lightly floured work surface, roll out 1 disk of dough. Using a 4 1⁄2 -inch round cookie or biscuit cutter, cut circles that are just a bit larger than the diameter of ramekins. Place a pastry circle on top of each fruit-filled ramekin and

gently press pastry into ramekin around edges. Roll out second dough disk and repeat process. With pastry brush, apply light coating of water to pastry on ramekins. Sprinkle some sugar over top. Make 2 slits in center of each pastry to allow for steam to escape. Bake potpies until pastry is golden and fruit is bubbly, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature. Filling will thicken as it cools.

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Paso Robles Library 1000 Spring St. • (805) 237-3870 • Mon-Fri 9-7 and Sat 9-4 Children’s Library Activities • Mondays Preschool Storytime (3-6yrs) in person on the Children’s patio with Miss Melissa, 10:00a. Registration required. Craft activity kit for participants to take home! • Tuesdays Try It! (all ages) with Miss Melissa, 4:00 p on Facebook. Craft activity kit available for pick up starting Wednesdays. • Wednesdays Animal Tales Story Time & Craft (1st-5th grades) with Miss Frances, 2:30 p on Facebook. Craft activity kit available for pick up starting the Monday before. • Thursdays Mother Goose on the Loose (0-18mos) with Miss Carrie, 9:00 a on Facebook. • Fridays Toddler Story Time & Craft (1-3yrs) with Miss Cappy, 10:00 a on Facebook. Craft activity kit available for pick up starting the Monday before.

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GOVERNMENT Paso Robles • City Council 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 6:30 p at Council Chambers • 1000 Spring Street • Senior Citizens Advisory Committee 2nd Monday, 1:30 p at the Paso Robles Senior Center • 321 S. Main Street #C, Templeton, CA 93465 • Parks & Rec. Advisory Committee 2nd Monday, 4:00 p at Centennial Park Live Oak Room • 600 Nickerson Road • Planning Commission 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 6:30 p at the City of Paso Robles Library Conference Room • 1000 Spring Street • Paso Robles Democratic Club 3rd Wednesday, 6:30 p at Centennial Park White Oak Room • 600 Nickerson

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• Library Board of Trustees 2nd Thursday, 9:00 a at City of Paso Robles Library • 1000 Spring Street • Airport Commission 4th Thursday, every other month, 6:30 p at 4900 Wing Way, Paso Robles For general info, call City Hall M-F 8:00 a - 5:00 p at (805) 227-7276. Visit for virtual & up to date meeting info.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS Cancer Support Community Providing support, education and hope 1051 Las Tablas Road, Templeton • (805) 238-4411 • Visit: for more info Cancer Support Helpline • (888) 793-9355, 6 a.m.- 6 p.m. PST. Special Programs Email for Zoom links • Every Wednesday • Tai Chi Chih | Virtual via Zoom• 10:00 - 11:00a • Mindfulness Hour | Virtual via Zoom • 11:30a - 12:30a • 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month • Grief Support Group | Virtual via Zoom • 1:30p - 2:30p • 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month • Adv. Cancer Support Group | Virtual • 10:00 - 11:00a • 2nd Wednesday of each month • Caregiver Support Group | Virtual • 10:00 - 11:00a • 2nd Thursday of each month • Cancer Patient Support Group | Virtual • 11:00a - 12:00p • 2nd Tuesday of each month • Young Survivor Support Group | Hybrid • 6:00 - 7:30pYoung Survivor Support Group | Virtual• 1:30 - 2:30 p


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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 “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 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. Pastor Christopher Cole (805) 238-4614


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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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Last Word Katharine Lee Bates c. 1880-1890 Photo Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

“America the Beautiful”

“America the Beautiful” Lyrics written by Katharine Lee Bates


he “America the Beautiful”lyrics first appeared in print in the weekly journal The Congregationalist on July 4, 1895. In the summer of 1893, Bates took the trip that would inspire her best-known work. She traveled west to teach English for a few weeks at the Colorado Summer School in Colorado Springs. One day she joined a group of teachers for a trip by wagon and mule up Pikes Peak, a summit in the Rocky Mountains. When they reached the top, joy at the beauty of the landscape replaced Bates’s exhaustion. Back at her hotel, she wrote the first draft of the poem that would become “America the Beautiful.” Who was Katharine Lee Bates? Katharine Lee Bates was a professor and writer best remembered as the author of the lyrics to the song “America the Beautiful.” Katharine Lee Bates was born on August 12, 1859, in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Moving to Wellesley as a young child, she attended Wellesley High School and graduated in 1874. Katharine continued her education at Newton High school and then entered Wellesley College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College in 1880. From 1880 to 1925, Bates taught at Wellesley College as a professor of English

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Literature. She also studied at Oxford and earned a master’s degree in arts from Wellesley. Bates was a noted scholar, poet, and writer. She was a prolific author publishing many volumes of poetry, books on her travels to Europe and the Middle East, and stories, verses, and plays for children. She also published several books on Shakespeare and pre-Shakespearean English Religious drama. In 1915, Bates was a founder of the New England Poetry Club and served as its president. She was involved in social reform activities, working for labor reform and planning the College Settlements Association with Vida Scudder. Bates shared a home for almost three decades with her friend, fellow academic and social reformer Katharine Coman. Bates never married and had no children. In 1925, Bates retired and spent the remaining years in Wellesley. Bates died on March 28, 1929. Katherine Lee Bates was inducted into the Songwriter Hall of Fame in 1970. Bates remarked on the immediate and lasting success of the song, stating, “That the hymn has gained, in these twenty-odd years, such a hold as it has upon our people, is clearly due to the fact that Americans are at heart idealists, with a fundamental faith in human brotherhood.”

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Oe b autiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed his grace on thee And crown thy god with brotherhood From sea to shining sea! O beautiful for pilgrim feet Whose stern impasioned stress A thoroughfare of freedom beat Acros the wildernes! America! America! Thy liberty in law! O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife. Who more than self their country loved And mercy more than life! America! America! iT ll all success be noblenes And every gain divine! O beautiful for patriot dream That sees beyond the years Thine alabaster cities gleam Undimmed by human tears! America! America! God shed his grace on thee And crown thy god with brotherhood From sea to shining sea!

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Sip & Savor: Paso Wine Fest, A Grand Success

pages 40-41

Calendar of Events: 4th of July, Concerts in the Park & More

page 45

Wine Country Theatre: Love, Loss, and What I Wore

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Templeton High School: Resilience Shines Through the Class of 2022

pages 34-35

San Luis Obispo Office of Education: One Community Together

pages 36-37

Taste of Americana: Flag-Raising Mixed-Berry Potpies for the 4th of July

pages 42-44

Service Directory: Library, Health & Wellness, Business, and Networking

pages 46-49

A Summer of Independence

pages 12-13

Paso Robles Area Historical Society: History of Paso Robles Schools

page 16

Firestone Walker: Invitational Beer Festival is Back

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The Natural Alternative: All-Natural Summer Essentials

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Paso Robles HS Leaders: 2022 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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Paso Robles Main Street Association: Happy Birthday, America

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Paso Robles HS Grads: Bearcats Ready to ‘Stand for a Better Future

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General Store: Go Green When the Thermometer Turns Red

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