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The November chill is in the air as we head into our second to last month of 2022. Looking back over the previous year, we have so much to be grateful for. A lot of hard work, dedication, and grit went into the last three years. But, so much of it was learning how to be flexible, creative, and resourceful to get where we are today, which has only just made us all stronger— there lies the silver lining.
This month we celebrate Armistice Day; we take time to stop and remember all those who served in “the war to end all wars” and every war since. Armistice Day was set aside as a day to remember the cost of war, the treasures of freedom, and the purpose of peace. This year you can attend one of the several Veteran’s Day events in honor of our local veterans who put their lives on the line for the freedom we all know and love (Page 23).
We are excited to announce that we started a new company tradition, our inaugural Pumpkin Pie tasting contest! We reached out to some of the best bakeries in North County, and our team put them all to the test!
Bramble Pie Company (Atascadero), Just Baked (Paso Robles), Cider Creek (Paso Robles), and A-Town Humble Pie (Atascadero), and even though they all were delicious in their own right, we chose a winner, one in each city to be featured on our cover (page 28).
Congratulations to Libby Ryan, owner of Just Baked, for being our Paso Robles and North County Winner! We thank each one of them for participating and hope you all reach out to one of them to fill your pumpkin pie needs this Thanksgiving.
As we take the time to gather with loved ones this Thanksgiving, we can remember what it truly means to be thankful for all we have, the place we call home, and the people we hold dear.
We are grateful to all of our advertisers and to each of you who read our publications and support the wonderful people we have in our community. You make a difference; we are able to employ an incredible group of professionals and do what we all love to do each day which is to Make Communities Better Through Print.
We wish you all a very warm and plentiful Thanksgiving and November. We hope you enjoy this month’s issue of Paso Robles Magazine.
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Through the Grapevine
The Return of Coats for Kids
After two years of not being able to distribute warm items such as coats, jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts directly to some of our North County families in need, Coats for Kids is again partnering with Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles on the “Day of Giving.”
Coats for Kids is an annual event that has been ongoing for 34 warm, wonderful years. Every year, volunteers gather, sort, and distribute new and gently used coats of all sizes, giving warmth to families in need across the Central Coast at absolutely no cost to them. The volunteers work with multiple local businesses and charities to serve over 750 families.
This year, Coats for Kids will be joining the Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles in one of the commercial buildings at the Paso Robles Event Center and will also be joined there by the Salvation Army.
This year’s “Day of Giving” will take place on
Saturday, December 10. This will only be the only distribution day for Coats for Kids this year, but they plan to cover North County as they always have. Dates and times of distri bution will be determined through the Toy Bank's online registration.
The Rotary Club of Paso Robles has joined the Coats for Kids 2022 team and will be distributing collection boxes in November to some of the businesses in the Paso Robles area. They will have boxes in other North County communities to make it convenient for those who want to donate a new or gently used item. Drop off locations will be available on coatsforkidsslocounty.org.
Our North County cleaners, Plaza Cleaners in Atascadero and Paso Robles and Fashion Cleaners in Atascadero, are also drop-off loca tions for items needing cleaning or refreshing. They will clean them free of charge. Just drop them off, say “Coats for Kids,” and a committee member will pick them up.
For more information, contact Coats for Kids Chairman Barbie Butz at (805) 461-1234.
20th Annual Great AgVenture Educates Local Fourth Graders
Fourth-graders around the county learned about agriculture at the 20th Annual Great AgVenture on Tuesday, October 11, at the Paso Robles Event Center.
Hosted by the San Luis Obispo County Agricultural Education Committee and the Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust, the agricultural field day offers a variety of agri cultural lessons as they move from station to station, listening and interacting with local agriculture professionals representing animals, plants, science, farm machinery and an “Ag-tivity.”
“Redwings was excited to participate in the SLO County Great AGventure,” said Redwings Equine Care Manager Sara Ruggerone. “Educational outreach is part of our overall mission and we love working with elementary school groups. It was a great time and we look forward to doing it next year.”
About 45 agricultural organizations
participated in this year’s educational event. Redwings hosted five classes of students at their station. They welcomed classes from Gabriel Elementary School in Atascadero and Vineyard Elementary School in Templeton.
The students started with a brief presentation about what a horse sanctuary is and then were then able to experience an interactive station with saddles, halters, and grooming supplies. The favorite portion of the event was seeing and petting the horses up close. Redwings brought along three horses for the students — Primo, Little Bit, and Buck, a recently retired military patrol horse from Vandenberg Space Force Base.
Other presentations included activities like butter making, owl pellet discovery, learning about soils, horsepower, apple grafting, water resources, strawberries, horses, weather, farm machinery, and Cal Poly’s Tractor Pull.
High School on Wednesday, October 5.
Seven local FFA chapters came to Paso Robles High School to compete in the contest. Paso Robles FFA won first overall in Advanced Open team and second in high Novice team, with top advanced President Kylie Stroud, top advanced Secretary Ashley Skove, top novice President Reese Theisen, top novice Vice President Allie Kemp, top advanced Reporter Priscilla Utter, and top novice Secretary Reese Raymond.
The Opening and Closing contest is a mock-up of the traditional opening and closing ceremonies performed by chapter FFA officers at each meeting. Each team consists of one person representing each officer — president, vice pres ident, sentinel, vice president, reporter, treasurer, secretary, and adviser.
"We are extremely proud of them. They came into 7:30 a.m. practices every day before the competition," said PRHS FFA Adviser and Teacher Matt Vierra. "They worked hard. We had a lot of success all the way across the board."
attended the California Agriculture Teachers Association (CATA) regional meeting in Hollis ter, where the Paso Robles agriculture depart ment was awarded fifth place in the entire state.
This award is based on merits of success in SAE projects/prophecies, State/American degrees, and participation beyond the classroom. There are around 338 active FFA chapters in California.
Proud of his students, Vierra said, "We have a pathway for every single student. They can pursue many different types of careers in agriculture. We offer a good amount of opportunities not only in our career fields but in professional development, and the students see that, and now the state of California sees that."
FFA members from Shandon to San Luis Obispo competed in the 2022 Opening and Closing Competition hosted by Paso Robles
October has been a busy yet successful month for the Paso Robles FFA chapter.
Earlier this month, agriculture advisers
It is also that time of year again for Paso Robles FFA's favorite fundraiser. The chapter is teaming up with Negranti Creamery selling ice cream pies. You can order your pie online and select to support Paso Robles FFA. You can then pick up your pies at Negranti Creamery just before your holiday gathering.
You can order your pie and support Paso Robles FFA at negranticreamery.com.Paso Robles FFA Ranked Fifth in State
Here's to wishing you seconds of joy, minutes of gladness, hours of laughter, days of blessings, and an altogether amazing November!
We begin with the end of Daylight Savings (November 6 — and you thought it ended) when we set our clocks back and end the month with our Downtown Lighting Cere mony in preparation for the holiday season. It's going to be an exciting and eventful month.
Vote — it does matter! Tuesday, November 8 is Election Day! Abraham Lincoln under stood when he said:
"The Ballot is Stronger than the Bullet. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet the national crisis. The great point is to bring them the Real Facts.
Elections belong to the people! It's their decision. If they decide to turn their backs on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will have to sit on their blisters."
Since 1919, and the end of World War I, on the 11th day of the 11th month, Veterans Day was established to honor our veterans for their service to our nation. Watch for flags flying all around Paso Robles, and check your calendars for local events. Continue to honor the sacrifices many have made, and are still making for our freedom and democracy.
"The true soldier fights not because he hates what he sees in front of him, but because he loves what is behind
him." — G.K. Chesterton
Your Downtown Main Street Association continues to cultivate the hometown feeling by bringing businesses, the community and visitors together for the enjoyment of what Paso is all about. On November 12, "Elegant Holiday Evening Downtown" will be in full swing from 5 until 8 p.m. This is one of our most popular events of the year. Businesses have the occasion to provide refreshments while showcasing their merchandise. We, the public, get to dress up (optional) and casu ally stroll the downtown, meet friends and neighbors while you sip and taste delectable appetizers and beverages. It's the perfect time to purchase gifts for ourselves or start filling that holiday gift list. There is music and enter tainment throughout town ... it's a fun, festive Paso tradition!
November 24 — Happy Thanksgiving Day! Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day but every day of your life. Appreciate and never take for granted all that you have. May the blessings of this Thanksgiving season fill your heart and home!
On Friday, November 25, Main Street presents our special 36th annual Downtown Lighting Ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m. It's another fun-filled evening for the entire family! There are music, singing, and celebri ties, including Mrs. Claus, elves, and many of their holiday friends, on stage in the gazebo. The lights in the trees throughout the park, as well as the Downtown Christmas lights, are turned on at the countdown. This is the official welcome for Christmas in Paso Robles.
November 26 is the last Saturday of the month. It's when Paso joins many other communities in presenting Shop Small Saturday in America. We encourage everyone to come Downtown and support our small businesses. They are the backbone of our local economy. They are our friends, and they are the reason so many people love visiting and living in our little, big town.
Main Street is blessed with top-notch, loyal volunteers who devote a lot of time, energy, and dedication to keep Paso alive. Joining our team is Julie Richardson of Community West Bank, who will be our treasurer. We are so happy to have you, Julie, and the joy you bring! We also want to welcome Maria Garcia, who will be our new liaison with the Hispanic community. Thank you, Maria; we look forward to working with you.
Hey, while we're here, let's give John Bertoni a shout-out! He is an irreplaceable volunteer in the Downtown City Park. Early in the mornings, you will find him keeping our park tidy. He takes special care of the Carne gie, the Playhouse, the Children's playground, and the horseshoe pit, removing trash, clean ing graffiti, and keeping everything orderly!
For John, it's just: Where I was born Where I was raised Where I keep all my yesterdays! Happy holidays everyone, and may the spirit of these holidays be with you through out the new year! Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love and peace!
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A Thank You to the Veterans of Paso RoblesBy Camille DeVaul and Paso Robles Area Historical Society & Museum
Oneof the bonuses of volunteering at El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society & Museum is that many interesting people walk through the doors. One example was a woman who had lived in Paso Robles in the 1990s.
After leaving Paso, she moved to Oklahoma but knowing she was coming to Paso to visit, she brought with her some items she had acquired while living here and wanted to donate them to us. Among the items was a page from the Bear Cat News on February 13, 1933, and four photos of men who had some connection with Paso Robles. She relayed that she had lived in a bungalow behind Dr. Poe’s home at 303 16th St., and when she moved to Oklahoma, somehow, these items were packed among her belongings. We were able to identify four photos:
Private Donald Brady Keefer, photo dated January 24, 1945, son of Neil H. and Florence B. Keefer. When Don was 10 years old, he heard famous pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski play in the lobby of the old Paso Robles Hotel, and five years later, Don and his family watched flames burn down the old hotel. His family bought land covered with almond trees in the hills west of Paso Robles at the end of 16th and 17th streets. He was active at Paso Robles High School, attended Boys’ State, was student body president from 1941-42, and played football and basketball. After graduation, he studied at Pasadena Junior College from 1942-43 and then joined the Army and served from 194346. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for “heroic achievement in action against the enemy on April 26, 1945, in the vicinity of Auburg, Germany.” Don’s first job after the war was delivering ice, milk, bread, and bakery goods for Boyd Shaw Sr. from Shandon to Avenal to Lost Hills. In 1958, Don began working for the City of Paso Robles and served as city treasurer, tax & license collector, assistant city administrator, and
secretary for the Planning Commission. From 1971-83, Don was city manager of Paso Robles, and in 2010, he held the honor of Pioneer Day Marshal.
Boyd Wendall Shaw, the son of the man who employed Don Keefer after the war to make deliveries of groceries. Boyd was the son of Boyd S. and Edna Shaw, who lived at 2205 Park St. Boyd enlisted in the Army Air Corp on December 1, 1941, at Moffet Field. After the war, Boyd returned to Paso Robles for some time and worked as a junior baker with his father. He died in Sacramento in 1985.
Charles Edmund “Ned” Root, who in 1942 lived at 310 15th St. He was the son of George Francis Root and Mable Louise McCord. Born in 1918 in Paso Robles, Ned married Natalie Russell. George Root’s first wife was Florence Edgar, daughter of John Edgar from the Estrella area. Ned was a half-brother to Glen Stanton Root, who was the father of Glen “Eldon” Root. Ned was a Major in the U.S. Army Air Forces.
Ralph M. Grady lived at 721 Oak St. in 1942, and he was employed as a salesman. During the war, he served in the U.S. Navy.
All four pictures were taken in Tyler, Texas, with the memo on the receipt stating, “Paso Robles.” There was a U.S. Army Infantry Replacement Center and prisoner of war camp near Tyler, Texas, called Camp Fannin. Camp Fannin opened in May 1943, operated for four years, and trained over 200,000 US soldiers. Whether these four servicemen were stationed at Camp Fannin is unknown.
On July 4, 1945, a tribute was made in the Paso Robles Journal newspaper called the Paso Robles 20-30 Club, honoring members who were serving in the Armed Forces.
Soldiers listed were: Jack Edwards, USNR; Raymond W. Barba, Corporal US Army; Donald B. Keefer, Corporal US Army; Ralph O. Hanson Jr., Lieutenant USAAF; Peter G.
Frederickson, Ensign USNR; Boyd Shaw, S-Ser geant USAAF; Cliff O. Bickell Jr., Corporal U.S. Army; Edward Allen, Sergeant USMC; Gifford L. Sobey Jr., Lieutenant USNR; William Brown, Flight Officer ATC; Kenneth Duart S 2-C USNR; Ralph N. Grady, CPO USNR; David Morehouse, MMI-C USNR; Albert Gorham CCS USNR; Jack E. Wilson, Sergeant USAAF; Ned Root, Major USAAF; Joseph Hardesty, Corporal USAAF; Howard O. Claasen, AOM 2-C USNR; Charles Oliver, Corporal U.S. Army; Robert Coughron, USAAF; Pete Nelson, US Army; Kenneth Coates, Corporal U.S. Army; Robert Cousin, AOM 2-C USNR; William Coughran, U.S. Army; Bernard Chism, U.S. Army; Roy L. Barnes, S 2-C USNR; and Hector Banks, T. Sergeant U.S. Army.
Many thanks to these brave men who served our country with pride and education and to the thoughtful woman who protected these four photos for so many years, and for returning them to Paso Robles.
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 pasorobleshistorymuseum.org.Private Donald Brady Keefer Boyd Wendall Shaw Charles Edmund "Ned" Root Ralph M. Grady
Calm. Calm. Calm. That’s our mantra for the holidays this year, ever since we started brainstorming in July. We have been reminded these past few years that there’s not much we control ... supply chain, the Wordle of the day. What we do control is how we move through it all. That response is something we put a lot of thought into at General Store PR. How can we serve our customers, our neighbors, in a way that shows our gratitude, brings a little light, and a lot of joy?
We can offer something special. Each year we partner with a different small stationery artist to create a holiday design just for us. For 2022, we looked to Heather at Klinger Creative, whose love of gardening and the outdoors comes through in her botanical, very California take on a holiday bough. You’ll find her cheerful design on our gift tags and all throughout the store.
is actually a word, we looked it up.) From avocado honey to boozy cherries, salted grapefruit lotion to cranberry fig jam, if it’s tasty, useful, or lovely, we are all about it.
We’ve got things you can only find on our shelves. Paso Pepper Jelly, made just for us by Morning Glory Farms? Or (drumroll, please) CHURRO HONEY CARAMELS? Thank you, Queen Bee. Our Gratitude candle, Calm (!) bath salts by Botanica 805 ... we promise a gift that’s thoughtful and special.
Joy, Calm, & Gratitude, from Our Family to Yours
We’re your neighbors. We can help, in person, with a smile, a recommendation, and a little extra love as we wrap your GSPR holiday gifts (for free!) We’ll help you find just the right thank you gifts for your customers or team. And we can tell you exactly how to use the Yes Cocktail Co. Candy Cane Syrup. Hint: cocoa, tea, or a delish Holiday Julep!
We can share even more local goodness. We are deeply proud of the partnerships we have with local makers and the fact that we can help you create a sweet bundle of locally sourced/made goodies for a gift, be it small or ginormous (which
Join us for our Holiday KickOff (the Thursday before Elegant Evening, check Instagram for details), for Elegant Evening, and pretty much any day this season when you need a little calm, and a lot of joy.
Thankful for you!
-The Team at General Store Paso Robles
OnNovember 20, 1886, the first Southern Pacific passenger train arrived in the new town of Templeton. Southern Pacific was extending the railroad from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Templeton was the route terminus for three years.
While it may be a smaller town compared to its neighbors, Temple ton makes up for it with their historic Main Street and long-standing buildings.
Templeton Historical Museum Society has been remembering that historic date since 2006. This year’s festivities will be held on Saturday, November 19, from 12 to 3 p.m. Pie and cake will be served until they run out, so come early.
Formed in 1989, the Templeton Historical Museum Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting artifacts and records relating to the history of Templeton and the surrounding area. They reside on Main Street in the Horstman house, which was transformed into the Templeton Museum, and officially opened to the public on October 18, 1998.
The museum is staffed fully by volunteers and is open Friday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
There will be short lectures relative to Templeton’s history and a guided walking tour discovering the old buildings of Templeton (weather permitting). The museum’s house and the original railroad depot will also be available for tours.
The depot has many railroad artifacts and houses a 1927 Ford Model “T” and the original fire cart purchased in 1909, by the newly formed Templeton Fire District. Also, the old Blacksmith’s shop will be opened to view the restored 1932 Templeton School bus, 1934 Templeton Fire Truck, and the newly restored Model “T” fire truck along with displays showing the workings of the blacksmiths dating back to 1917. David Thayer will be displaying his blacksmith talents throughout the event.
Learn more about Templeton's history and Founder’s Day here templetonmuseum.com
Jack Creek Farms: Community shows support for Long-standing Local Family Farm StandBy Camille DeVaul
We are finally on the other side of an extreme heat wave on the Central Coast as we move into the winter months, but local farmers are still feeling the repercussions of weeks-long temperatures of 110 degrees.
Jack Creek Farms shared the effects of prolonged heat on their crops, especially their apples.
“I honestly don’t think I had a single crop that was left unscathed,” said Becky Sumpter, who farms, owns, and operates Jack Creek with her family.
Jack Creek Farms is a “u-pick” farm stand just off Highway 46 West. Becky, along with her mother and sister, do all of the work on the farm, from planting to harvesting and all the work that goes in between. They offer seasonal fruits and vegetables from Memorial Day through Christmas.
“We tell everybody we run on God and girl power right now,” she shared.
Becky and her family explained that while farming in California during a drought is hard, adding in the extreme heat is devastating.
With 30 varieties of apples on their farm, Becky estimates they lost approximately 50 percent of their crop. She explained ten days of 110-degree weather cooked the apples on the tree, turning them into a leather like consistency. Having a farm that is smaller than commercial but larger than a backyard garden presents challenges like the inability to afford high cost equipment and methods to combat the heat.
With trees already stressed from the drought,
the heat was an added challenge to the trees, which were already set to have a low yielding year. Becky and her family conserve water as much as they can, relying on dry farm methods and using drip irrigation as a nearly last resort.
Additionally, Becky and her family lost their second season grow of blackberries and over half of their heirloom tomatoes. Thankfully though, their apple trees are staggered planted, meaning they are planted weeks apart to spread out the harvest window. Some apples were able to be saved before the heat did their damage, and Becky says she is grateful for their farm being diversified with their crops.
During the heat wave, the farm asked the community to empty out their plants in exchange for a great price on locally grown goods.
“It was cool how folks did come out and make a point of ‘hey, this is a way we can support our family farm and our neighbor,’” said Becky.
Part of the farm’s goal is to help educate the community and their visitors on the reality of farming, and Becky enjoys sharing their prac tices with the public.
She says a common misconception she hears about the agriculture industry is that they are not components of conservation.
Becky explains, “Whenever we can do some thing that is a good choice, that is building up the land, even if we don’t see that benefit for three or four or five years, that is still the choice that we’ll make because that benefits the future.”
She adds, “Every growing decision that we
make ... is all with the purpose of maintaining the health of the farm.”
Recently, Becky’s family farm was named in the top 30 pumpkin patches in the U.S., accord ing to a report on Yelp. And this November will be their second year selling “cut-your-own Christmas trees.”
Despite the devastating heat, there is still plenty to enjoy and pick at the farm.
Current farm hours are Friday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Stop by and say hello to Becky and her family.
If you'd like to find more infor mation about Jack Creek Farms, visit jackcreekfarms.com.
Keeping it Classical:
How Paso Robles is Continuing Polish-Born Composer Paderewski's LegacyBy Christianna Marks
Classical music lovers, this one’s for you as the Paderewski Festival makes its return to Paso Robles in 2022.
This year’s festival will feature three days of live performances from classical musi cians (most from Poland), bringing the magic of Ignacy Jan Paderewski and other well-known composers and music-makers to Paso Robles. The Paderewski Festival will run from November 4-6, with performances from the award-winning Cracow Golden Quintet and their woodwind instruments, the Paderewski Festival’s 2022 Youth Piano Competition winners, and virtuoso pianist Jakub Kuszlik, who won not only the Paderewski but also the Chopin International Piano Competition.
Born November 6, 1860, Ignacy Jan Paderewski was a Polish musical prodigy who took the world by storm with his compositions and star-power performances. As a young boy of 12, he studied music at Warsaw Conservatory
and went on to study in both Berlin and Vienna before shoot ing to international fame in 1888.
“He [Paderewski] was one of the premiere performers of his day, which was right around the turn of the century,” said Paderewski Festival President Marjorie Hamon. “He had written some music, but he was primarily known as a performer, and literally, women would go to concerts and embroider the first measures of his famous little minuet on their bloomers. Women would swoon.”
During one of his 20 tours across America in 1914, Paderewski sprained a tendon in one of his fingers. Not wanting to let down his fans, he continued his concert circuit, playing every show with nine of his 10 fingers. When Paderewski’s tour landed in San Francisco, the stress of playing with his sprained finger finally got to him, and that is when a musician friend told him about the healing properties of the mud springs in Paso Robles and how he must go and soak his hand in them.
So, Paderewski made the trek, stayed in the original Hot Springs Hotel, and soaked himself and his sprained finger in the healing mud. Dr. Frank Sawyer was not only a hotel owner and Paderewski’s physician while in Paso, but also a realtor. Though Paderewski owned property in Poland, Sawyer ended up selling him 2,864 acres of Paso Robles land on which he would later plant almonds and wine grapes, producing Zinfandel at York Mountain Winery that became almost as famous as the man himself.
During his years coming to Paso, between 1914 and 1934, Paderewski never built a permanent residence. He had plans to, but after his second wife, Helena, died in 1934,
he couldn’t make himself return to Paso without her. So when Paderewski visited (he liked to stop for a couple of weeks during his US tours), he always stayed at the El Paso de Robles Hotel, now the Paso Robles Inn. While at the hotel, Paderewski would prac tice on the piano in the ballroom. To this day, you can still see the Weber he practiced on displayed. However, the famous musician never once played an official concert for the residents of Paso Robles.
Around town, he was simply known as Mr. Paderewski, and he would explore downtown Paso while wearing a white walking suit. While in Paso, he was very much a part of the local scene, and most fanfare was left behind as soon as he stepped off the train.
Paderewski, who was also the first prime minister of the newly independent Poland in 1919, and signed the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I, also met with many foreign dignitaries while staying in Paso Robles over the years. Paderewski was also a philanthropist, freedom fighter, and in 1896 helped establish a trust fund to back Amer ican-born composers by donating $10,000.The Cracow Golden Quintet will perform at the Festival.
Another fun fact about Paderewski’s time in the North County is that he loved coming to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team do its spring training in Paso Robles. The Pirates trained in Paso from 1924 to 1935. He was also know for throwing St. Ignatius Day parties at what is now Paso Robles Inn in honor of his patron saint.
Paderewski dreamed of one day creating a music conservatory for students and youth in Paso Robles. Sadly, his dream never came to fruition. Still, the Paderewski Festival has kept his dream alive in its own way, creating a cultural exchange program and the fan-favorite Youth Piano Competition.
The cultural exchange program exists to blend young pianists from both Paso Robles, Poland, and now Ukraine since Paderewski’s birthplace is now a part of Ukraine territory. The exchange gives two winners from the Youth Piano Competition the chance to go to Poland and play music at Paderewski’s manor house out in the country on even years. On odd years youth performers from Poland and Ukraine come to Paso Robles. The exchange program has been put on hold due to COVID and now the unrest in Eastern Europe, but they have plans to start it back up in 2023.
This year’s winners of The Paderewski Festival’s 2022 Youth Piano Competition will perform for the community during the festival, carry ing on Paderewski’s legacy. The students competed earlier in October, and the winners were chosen.
“Watching the kids is one of my favorite parts because they’re just amazing,” added Marjorie.
To purchase tickets, see the weekend’s entire program, or for more information, go to paderewskifest.com or call (805) 235-5409.
from seas to Slim Sadie’sBy Camille DeVaul
Rather than joining her peers in college life after graduation, Heidi Negranti — a Paso Robles High School Bearcat — decided to enlist in the U.S. Navy and National Guard.
“I didn’t feel ready for college,” explained Heidi. “My dad was in the Marines, and he guided me to go into the military at that point.”
So Heidi headed off to boot camp at the Naval Station (NAVSTA) Great Lakes and Recruit Training Command (RTC) in the far north eastern corner of Illinois. Boot camp itself wasn’t hard for Heidi, but as a California native, adjusting to the cold was the challenging part.
With the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act enacted in 1948, women were enabled to serve as members of the armed forces in the United States. But it wasn’t until 1994 that women were permitted to serve on U.S. combatant ships. So in 1996, Heidi was the only woman aboard the USS John Young, which was stationed in San Diego at the time.
“I was the only female most of the time. At first, it was a learning experience and a hard transition for me, but then it became like home, and we had a lot of camaraderie between the ship's crew,” says Heidi.
Aboard the USS John Young, Heidi served as a signalman, which included ship-to-ship silent communications using Morse code, flashing lights, and flags. With a crew of about 400 men, and women being new to the ships, there was still a lack of female emergency readiness gear on the ship for Heidi to use.
After three years aboard the destroyer, Heidi went back home to serve as a drill sergeant at the Grizzly Youth Academy for another three years.
With six years of military service under her belt, Heidi felt it was time for her to move on. So she went back to school and moved back home to Paso Robles, where she got married, and had her son in 2015.
But for her service, Heidi received several medals including: the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal, California Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the Sharpshooter Marksmanship Medal.
Even though Heidi left the Navy, she continues to show her support to
veterans. Prior to the pandemic, Heidi led trail rides for the Mighty Oaks Warrior Program hosted at Sky Rose Ranch in the outskirts of Paso Robles.
The Mighty Oaks Foundation is committed to serving the broken hearted by providing intensive peer-based discipleship through a series of programs, outpost meetings, and speaking events. Heidi is looking forward to getting back to helping with the Mighty Oaks trail rides soon.
And now, Heidi continues to support local troops and veterans by collaborating with the Camp Roberts Morale, Welfare, Recreation (MWR) Program and its mission of supporting soldier readiness. MWR supports the mental, emotional and physical well-being of each soldier, veteran, and family-member through the quality of life programs through fundraising, sponsorship, and events.
In 2019, Heidi started a new adventure — Slim Sadie’s Beef Jerky.
Growing up, jerky was a staple in Heidi’s household. Her grandfather developed his recipe in 1955, making it for the family for years. Even tually, Heidi’s mother, Sadie, took over as the jerky maker for the family and then Heidi took it upon herself to start learning the jerky ropes.
When Heidi’s brother opened the Hog Canyon Brewing Company in Paso Robles, he asked her to make the jerky to sell alongside the beer. Though many people had asked her to sell her jerky before, it never occurred to her to put her family’s tradition on the market. But with some encouragement from her husband, Heidi went for it.
Heidi knew she wanted to name the jerky after her mother, and finally, Slim Sadie’s was born.
Trying to list everything she learned from her time in the service, Heidi is grateful for the experience, which prepared her for the rest of her life. One of her goals is to grow her business enough to be able to give a percentage back to disabled Veterans.
Reflecting on her time in the Navy, Heidi says, “It definitely changed me as a person. It made me have attention to detail and be able to multitask, and how to be a leader by example. And how to keep going and keep trying.”
Learn more about Heidi and Slim Sadie’s, visit slimsadies.com
Paso Robles High graduate and Navy veteran Heidi Negranti now in the beef jerky business
Armistice Day a Veterans Day Salute
November 11, 1918By Hayley Mattson
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month — one hundred and four years ago — World War I ended with an armistice signing between the Allies and Germany. It was 20 years later, on May 13, 1938, that November 11 was anointed as Armistice Day and proclaimed as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace.”
This November, we remember all those who served in “the war to end all wars” and every war since. Armistice Day was set aside as a day to remember the cost of war, the treasures of freedom, and the purpose of peace.
Take time to attend one of the Veteran’s Day events in remembrance of the cost of war and the peaceful purpose of Armistice Day these 104 years ago.
Veteran’s Day Services to take place on Friday, November 11
Paso Robles District Cemetery 45 Nacimiento Lake Drive
November 11 • 11 a.m.
The program features an invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, welcome, guest speaker, patriotic songs, flyover, closing prayer, honor guard, taps, and complimentary refreshments following the ceremony.
Flags are placed at all identified Veteran’s graves by American Legion Post 50 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10965. Flags are available in the office if your Veteran’s grave is missed.
Volunteers are needed to set up Avenue of Flags at 7 a.m. and remove by 3:30 p.m. Call (805)2384544 to volunteer.
Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial 8038 Portola Road (at Morro Road). November 11 • 11 a.m.
The Atascadero Veterans Memorial Founda tion is hosting the annual Veterans Day Cere mony at the Faces of Freedom Memorial on Friday, November 11, at 11 a.m. The memorial is located at the corner of Portola and Hwy 41 (Morro Road) in Atascadero.
The event will include the flyover by the Estrella Warbirds and the presentation of colors by the Cal Poly ROTC, accompanied by the Central Coast Pipes & Drum. The guest speaker is Chief Warrant Officer Rod Dykhouse, and the Veteran of the Year presented to Specialist 4 John Couch. Also, the laying of the memorial wreath with taps played by Dr. Castellanos and the special presentation of quilts to local Veterans by the local Quilts of Valor guild. Following the event is a no-host BBQ by the Kiwanis.
For more information, visit facesoffreedom memorial.org
Other Veteran’s Resources
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2814
VFW was organized in 1899 when men returning from the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (18991902) found they had no benefits, rights, or services. The VFW’s mission is to “Ensure that
veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recog nized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.”
VFW 2814 is a nonprofit organization comprised of veterans of foreign wars and their families who are dedicated to serving, caring for, and supporting other veterans and their families in San Luis Obispo County and beyond. Learn more at vfwpost2814.org.
Honor Flight Central Coast Honor Flight’s Mission is to honor America’s veterans by taking them to Washington, D.C., on their “Tour of Honor” to visit and reflect at their memorials which have been built to honor their service.
Founded in 2007 from the merger of two separate organizations, Honor Flight and HonorAir, the Honor Flight Network has helped usher 200,000 veterans to view their memorials. Co-founders Earl Morse and Jeff Miller, both sons of war veterans, received the Presidential Citizens Medal from George W. Bush in the Oval Office in 2008. Since its inception, the organization has helped facilitate chapter open ings throughout the United States.
Local veterans can apply for the tour online at honorflightccc.org, email info@honorflightccc. org, or call (805)610-4012.
Make your Thanksgiving meal extra special and delicious this year by visiting a farmer’s market, and your family will be very happy and well nourished. As local farmers, we are so thankful for you, our community, and for having access to such great food year-round.
You can find everything for this stuffing recipe at your local farmer’s market except for salt, pepper, and butter! Check out the local markets and talk to the vendors. The downtown Paso Robles Farmer’s Market has amazing vendors from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Tuesday. If you aren’t sure how to pick the vegetables, just ask the farmer selling them. They are happy to help and probably have other great tips!
Did you know that we have amazing local mushroom growers? Farmer Frank’s Mushrooms has a great selection of fresh mushrooms at the market. For beautiful produce and herbs, check out Velasquez Farms and Aviator Acres. Wild Bread Company sells a variety of tasty bread that would be perfect for serving with dinner and for making this stuffing recipe. You can find bone broth from our own BeeWench Farm. We have recipes on our website to make your own home made broth, stock, and gravy, too! Rocking Chair Ranch will have delicious grapes, persimmons, and oranges for appetizers or desserts.
I hope that your Thanksgiving meal is amazing!
Farmer’s Market Stuffing
• 1 stick unsalted butter
• 4 cups sliced mixed mushrooms (such as cremini, shiitake, oyster and/or button)
• Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
• 4 cups butternut squash peeled and chopped to 3/4-inch cubes (about 1 large or 2 small squash)
• 4 cups chopped fresh kale (about 2 bunches)
• 1 onion, finely chopped
• 5 stalks celery, finely chopped
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
• 3 1/2 cups chicken or turkey broth
• 2 large eggs
• 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
• 12 cups 1/2 -inch cubes of stale bread (about 1 loaf)
• 2 tablespoons fat from the turkey drippings (or sub with butter or olive oil)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and butter a 3-quart baking dish. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and cook about 7 minutes. Stir occasionally until all the mushrooms start
browning. Season with salt and pepper. Remove the mushrooms to a plate.
Melt the remaining 6 tablespoons butter in the pot, then add the squash, kale, onion, celery, sage, thyme, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil, then remove from the heat.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and parsley. Add the bread, mushrooms and vegetable- broth mixture and stir until combined. Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Drizzle with the turkey drippings.
Cover the dish with foil and bake 30 minutes, then uncover and bake until golden, about 30 more minutes.
You can assemble this stuffing the day before and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to bake. If your bread is fresh, chop it up and put it in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees F until slightly golden brown. If you want a dairy-free recipe, sub the butter with olive oil. I highly recommend the lemon olive oil from The Groves on 41! Add more seasonings, veggies, and toppings to this dish to make it your own! Topping this with some pomegranate seeds right before serving gives a little texture and burst of flavor.By BeeWench Farm BeeWench Famers Annie and DJ Loden with their two little helpers, Harrison and Lilyann.
Thanksgiving for Paso Robles ReturnsBy Camille DeVaul
For 38 years, Thanksgiving for Paso Robles has provided homemade meals for anyone who comes to their table on the third Thursday of November.
Thanksgiving for Paso Robles is a celebration of thanks serving over 1,500 men, women, and children from all communities, a traditional Thanksgiving meal at no cost. A true expres sion of community that brings diverse people together to share the day with others.
“We welcome all to come enjoy a dinner with us whether they have a financial need or a social need and just need to be with people,” said Chairman David Kudija. “There’s a lot of people in the area who are just by themselves and would embrace having companionship, and we welcome them with open arms.”
One hundred percent funded by donations and run by volunteers, it costs about $9,000 and 200 people to put on the annual dinner. Volun teers begin prepping and cooking the meals on Monday and are ready to serve almost 2,000 people by Thanksgiving Thursday.
David explains the operation as a one-day restaurant. Everything is set up, served, and then taken down all in one day. It is a lot of work, but when speaking with David, it sounds pretty worth it.
Thanksgiving for Paso Robles starts looking to volunteers in October. Assistance is needed for various jobs throughout the week and day of the dinner. Volunteers help raise money for the supplies, pick up, and then prepare the meals. Then its pre-cleaning, decorating, setting tables
and the best part — serving the meals. But it doesn’t stop there! There is still a job for bussing and cleaning up the aftermath.
The meals are made with love at the Culinary Academy in Paso Robles.
“The Culinary Academy has stepped up the last two years and done a great job supporting our effort and we appreciate it,” said David.
On the menu, this Thanksgiving will again be a traditional meal with homemade ovenroasted turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, mixed vegetables, salad, candied yams, cranberry sauce, rolls, and house-baked pie.
This year, David expects to have a full dining room. The traditional sitdown meal is complete with fine china, table cloths, and plenty of good company. But, if you are unable to make it to the dinner, volunteers are happy to bring your meal to you. Just call to schedule your delivery by November 19.
And remember, at everyone is welcome to the table at Thanksgiving for Paso Robles.
Serving dinner from noon to 2 p.m., all are welcome to enjoy a hand-cooked sitdown Thanksgiving meal at no cost.
For those who are homebound, volunteers can deliver a warm Thanksgiving meal. Call the committee at (805) 239-4137 by November 19 to schedule a delivery.
For more information on Thanksgiving for Paso Robles or to sign up to volunteer or donate, visit thanksgivingforpasorobles.com.
Paso Robles Magazine's First Annual Pumpkin Pie Contest:
Just Baked Comes Out On Top
Whether you like it (in literally everything) or not, pump kin pie will likely find a spot on your Thanksgiving table this November. So staff at Paso Robles Magazine took it upon themselves (such a burden, I know) to taste test some of the best pumpkin pies available in North County.
We put four pies to the test from local bakeries. All the pies tested will be available for pre-order or in-store purchase at the bakeries through November.
Winning the North County Best Pumpkin Pie was Just Baked in Paso Robles. Owner Libby Ryan is no stranger to competition, having competed on Food Network's "Chopped Sweets."
"We take our pie very seriously at Just Baked, and pumpkin is one of our favorites," says Libby, who is opening her new storefront location across from Paso Robles City Park in November.
Libby's whipped cream topping and creamy filling took our staff by storm, earning a unanimous vote for the best pie.
She explains what set the flavor of her pie from the rest, "This one has a bit of a twist with a smidge of one of our favorite ingredients — Speculoos Cookie Butter!"
This November, Libby has her traditional pumpkin pie available for pre-order, as well as a gluten-free and vegan option.
"We are super proud of our little bakery and everything here being scratch-made and are excited to bring home the title of Best Pumpkin Pie," says Libby of their new title.
Bramble Pie Company's traditional pumpkin pie won Best Pumpkin Pie of Atascadero in our first Pumpkin Pie Contest.
Bramble Pie Company
Owner and Atascadero local Emilie Goldstein opened the Bramble Pie storefront in May 2021. Emilie's pie also won the overall most Traditional Pie in our contest — which makes sense considering traditional recipes is Emilie's forte.
"I try to keep it pretty traditional," explained Emilie, "I don't like to get too crazy with extra ingredients just because I know people love their traditions when they are doing holidays."
Emilie takes her pumpkin pie recipe down to its roots by roasting local pumpkins, which is as traditional as pumpkin pie gets. For all her pies at Bramble, Emilie strives to use as many local ingredients and quality products as possible.
"My favorite part of my job is hearing people say, 'Oh, that's just like how my mom or grandma used to make.' And that's honestly the best compliment I could possibly get," says Emilie of why she loves her job.
You can pre-order pumpkin pie from Bramble Pie Company now through November 13.
And if you are looking for a new twist on pumpkin pie, A-Town Humble Pies surprised us with a fresh pumpkin pie swirled with mascarpone cheese and topped with local honey. You can find their pies at the North County Farmer's Markets, where they also source many of their ingredients.
We thank everyone for their participation in our first-ever Pump kin
full of pump kin spice and everything nice.
Contest and wish you and yoursCider Creek, located in Paso Robles, earned the top vote for Best Crust with its balance between butter and the flaky texture we all yearn for in a pie crust.
Drinking the 'Aloha Spirit' with Kula Vineyards
Thursday: 3–7 p.m. Friday: 3–8 p.m. Saturday: 3–8 p.m. Sunday: 3–7 p.m.By Camille DeVaul
When Kula Vineyards and Winery owners Chris and Ayako Williams came to Paso Robles for the first time, they felt an immediate connection to the area's wine industry and the friendly atmosphere.
"We wanted to put down roots in a place we could call home for the rest of our lives," said Chris. "We knew from the beginning that this was the area that was a match for us."
After living in Hawaii for a time, Chris and Ayako were craving for a place they could raise animals and grow crops but maintained the friendly "Aloha Spirit" they knew and loved in their previous home. Ayako is thrilled to have found that and more here on the Central Coast.
In 2014, the couple moved to the east side of Templeton, where they started growing wine grapes on 10 1/2 acres for other wineries. But it didn't take long for them to jump into the winemaking business themselves.
"We fell in love with the industry and started making our own wine in 2016," explained Chris. "Since then, we have been growing as we can."
Their transition into winemaking was fruitful for them after their
first debuted wine, a 2016 grenache blanc, received a gold medal from the Central Coast Wine Competition.
"We were so excited," said Ayako, "That was the beginning of this journey."
Named after the Hawaiian word for gold, Kula Vineyard and Win ery Tasting Room opened in Downtown Atascadero in 2019. Not only does the winery's name represent the couple's memorable time in Ha waii, but it represents another love — their golden retrievers!
There is no Chris and Ayako without a happy tail wagging close by. Customers who stop by Kula's tasting room can always expect Chris and Ayako's dogs to be nearby greeting guests. Ayako even created Bow Wow Thursday, when everyone is encouraged to bring their dogs to the tasting room and share a glass of Kula wine.
But Chris adds dog days aren't just for Thursday, "Literally any day is a dog-friendly day."
In 2022, Kula received three Best of North awards: Best Downtown Tasting Room, Best Red Wine, and Best White Wine.
Chris expressed their gratitude for receiving the awards this year: "Our supporters turned out for us and made their opinions known in that. We were overwhelmed by that show of support."
One of Kula's wine labels was drawn by a local artist and is a ren dition of Chris and Ayako's dogs and their Arabian horse Hana who recently had a colt. The label with their dogs brought in an award as a Symbol of Central Coast.
Ayako is nearly always hosting and creating events at the tasting room, including Sparkling Fridays, which offers a special price on their Sparking Rose.
But no matter what day you enjoy Kula wine, from the golden hills that surround us to the Golden Retrievers welcoming you to the prop erty, they are Kula Vineyards and Winery!
You can find Kula Vineyard and Winery Tasting Room at 5990 Entrada Ave., Atascadero, where they offer indoor and patio seating.
The Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce prides itself on advocating for its members on a local, state and, at times, the federal level. To ensure that we are staying up-to-date on matters affecting all of those we represent, we maintain a strong Advocacy Committee with one dedicated Chamber repre sentative working solely in this area. Currently, the role of Governmental Affairs & Policy Coordinator for the Chamber is being filled by Amy Russell, who has brought a fresh, new perspective on advocating for you and you and you, too!
One of the state bills that we have been closely monitoring is AB 257, the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act. This bill authorizes the creation of the Fast Food Council, which would include fast food workers and their advocates, franchisees, fran chisors and representatives from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
and the Department of Industrial Relations. This council would be allowed to set minimum standards for workers in the industry, including wages, conditions related to health and safety, security in the workplace, the right to take time off from work for protected purposes and protection from discrimination and harassment.
Earlier this year, your Chamber, along with a coalition of Chambers throughout California, stood in opposition to this bill. Why did we take this stance? It is our belief that should this bill come into effect, there could be far-reaching ramifications on other franchised industries and our entire economy as a whole will be challenged by the united consequences. It is worrisome to think that the implications were not thought through and taken into consider ation. We can only hope this will be brought in front of the voters and ultimately reversed.
The impacts could potentially devastate the service industry by forcing businesses to raise
prices and perform unwanted layoffs — grossly contradicting the original intent to safeguard fast-food workers and give them a seat at the table. Business closures in California commu nities could be a real possibility and this could change the landscape and heavily impact all industries creating more employment chal lenges and disparity.
On September 5, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce immediately joined forces with the Save Local Restaurants Coalition, led by the International Franchise Association and National Restaurant Association, to continue their opposition of the bill. We will continue to keep our members informed of the progress.
In addition to AB 257, along with our part ners at Cal Chamber, we are closely watching nearly a dozen bills that would have substantial impacts on workforce and the health of the business community.
Adios to Señor Sanchos
Popular restaurant sold to new owner, will reopen as Jack’s GrillBy Camille DeVaul
After 32 years of business in Paso Robles, popular Mexican restaurant Senor Sanchos closed its doors on September 27. The restaurant’s now previous owner, Carlos Leyva, announced an ownership change on the restaurant’s social media page on September 22.
Luckily for locals, this is not the end of a neigh borhood restaurant on the east side of Paso Robles.
Eric Peterson with the North County Restau rant Group — owners of Jack’s Grill in Templeton and Street Side Ale House — are currently in escrow to purchase Senor Sanchos. Eric told Paso Robles Magazine they hope to be through escrow by the end of the year.
“I think a Jack’s would service that neighbor hood area [well] back there,” Eric said of opening a second Jack’s Grill location. “It would be more of a neighborhood grill, nothing pretentious.
“It’s not going to be a lot of tourists. And Jack’s is kind of that in Templeton. It’s the neighbor hood hangout. Every time you go in there, you see everybody you know.”
Carlos opened Senor Sanchos in 1990 at its original location on Spring Street, later adding a second location on Creston Road. The Spring Street location closed in 2014.
“To my absolutely wonderful, amazing commu nity, employees past and present, vendors, contrac tors, city workers, emergency responders, and most of all … my customers, I give you all my love and appreciation for keeping us in business for over 32 years,” Carlos said in his announcement.
In the same announcement, Carlos reflects on his years with the restaurant and says he is grateful for being a part of the community and the ability to give jobs to local teenagers.
But he also commented on the ongoing chal lenges of owning a restaurant with the competi tion, cost of operations increasing, the country’s economic hardships, and the recent pandemic.
In 2020, Senor Sanchos owner was very candid about the difficulty of remaining open due to the pandemic economic aftermath and its continuous “flip-flopping” of COVID-19 regulations. At the time, the community showed great support to keep the restaurant open.
“This community is my home,” Carlos said in his post. “You all have been my family, and that is something that I will definitely miss.”
Carlos continued to explain his declining health prevented him from being an on-site owner and operator. He added that he had exhausted his investments to keep his employees and vendors paid, something that has been a concern of his since the start of the pandemic.
Senor Sanchos officially closed its doors on September 27. However, Carlos was able to show up to the restaurant on its last day to give thanks to all of his loyal customers and employees.
“Over three decades of serving you has been so much fun. I’ve always wanted the best for and from employees and the best for my customers (you),” he said. “My time of creating that and actively participating has come to an end. I pass the torch knowing something special continues the legacy on Creston Road.”
Eric hopes to have the second location for Jack’s Grill open by March 2023. He is looking forward to carrying on Carlos’s foundation and legacy for building a neighborhood hangout.
Holiday Magic Returns on Stage with The Nutcracker BalletBy Camille DeVaul
Back for its 26th year, the North County Dance and Performing Arts Foundation (NCDPAF) will present its family favorite produc tion of The Nutcracker Ballet on December 2 and 4 at the Spanos Theatre on the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus.
The NCDPAF shared, “The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the story ‘The Nutcracker and the King of Mice’ written by E.T.A. Hoffman. Although what is seen on the stage today is different in detail from the original story, the basic plot remains the same; the story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads.
When Marius Petipa had the idea to choreograph the story into a ballet, it was actually based on a revision by Alexander Dumas, a well-known French author. His version reflects more of what we have come to love as the Nutcracker Ballet.”
Performers range in age from
6 to 60. The production features several iconic Nutcracker scenes — Party Scene, Fight Scene, Land of Snow, Land of Sweets, and the Dream Ends.
But The Nutcracker festivities begin well before the perfor mance days with the Nutcracker Gala on November 5 at the Atascadero Lake Pavillion. The Gala is NCDPAF’s main fund raiser for the production. It features an auction and themed tables and dinner.
If you are heading down to Elegant Evening in Downtown Paso Robles you can look forward to seeing the Nutcracker balle rinas in the storefront windows posing as live mannequins. Elegant Evening is November 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. in Downtown Paso Robles.
The magic continues with the Sugar Plum Tea Party making its return to the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom on December 3.
Enjoy an afternoon tea with Sugar Plum, Clara, and the Queens from the Nutcracker, with special appearances by magi cal dancers from the Land of the Sweets. The tea offers an oppor tunity for photos with the cast members, autographs, nutcracker gift souvenirs, raffle items and more. This is truly a memorable experience that the young ones in your life will cherish.
For more information on The Nutcracker Ballet performance and events, visit ncdpaf.org
Seeking Joyful Depositsof By Camille DeVaul
The holidays are here, and so is the season of giving, and with that, the Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles is preparing for its 27th annual Day of Giving on Saturday, December 10, at the Paso Robles Event Center.
The Toy Bank provides toys, games, playground balls, stuffed animals, books, arts and crafts, and more for approx imately 1,400 to 1,600 children each year on the Day of Giving. They also partner with The Salvation Army to provide grocery gift cards for families in Paso Robles, San Miguel, Bradley, Creston, Shandon, and Heritage Ranch.
And after a two-year break, Coats for Kids will be returning to the Day of Giving. Coats for Kids distributes new and gently-used children’s and adult’s coats, jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts
to those in need each year. Chair and Day of Giving Coordinator Amanda Bean expects to see a higher need for toys this year.
"I do anticipate that we would have more families than we've had in the past in the sense that everything is so expensive," Amanda explained. "People have less discretionary funds. So we are there to fill that need."
The Toy Bank will have registry lists available on its website, and as usual, it will have its donation boxes out in the community. Amanda says there is always a need for toys in the 9-12 years age range and for girls ages 6-8. If you cannot shop for a toy, the organization accepts monetary donations, and volun teers will buy toys.
Toy Bank requires parents and fami lies to register online at prtoybank.org
starting November 1 through the end of November.
New this year for the toy bank is the Toy Bank Show and Shine Fundraiser. The benefit is a car show presented by Daniels Wood Land, Golden State Classics, and Late Night Cruizers Car Clubs. The show is limited to 150 clas sic cars, trucks, and motorcycles. The 27 unique awards will be designed by the artists at Daniels Wood Land.
Proceeds from the show will help the toy bank purchase additional toys and expenses. The First Annual Show and Shine Show is Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Daniels Wood Land in Paso Robles.
For more information on Coats for Kids, visit coatsforkidsslocounty.org
And for stay updated on the Toy Bank of Greater Paso, visit prtoybank.org.
We Left Our Pocketbooks at Homeby Camille DeVaul
A photo gallery of the
Annual Paso Robles Pioneer Day
Per tradition, Pioneers of Paso Robles, young and old, gathered on Spring Street and down town on the second Saturday of October for the 92nd Annual Paso Robles Pioneer Day. Right on schedule, the beans started cooking at 7 a.m., with the parade floats making their way down Spring Street and through downtown. Among the lineup was the Paso Robles' Manuel Enrique and the Famous Dancing Horses, 4-H and FFA floats, marching bands, and all the famous antique equipment the parade is known for.
But most importantly, on Saturday, everyone came together and left their pocketbooks at home.
92nd Annual Pioneer Day Parade Award Winners (2022 Float Theme: Oak & Vine Traditions)
Best Costume | Ladies of Barbary Coast Charro/Charra | Central Coast Charros Church Group | Trinity Lutheran Church Club/Civic Group Sr. | North County Honor Group Club - School | Pleasant Valley School Club - Other Jr. | St. Rose Catholic School Family Group | Taylor Family and Friends Marching Band Sr. | Atascadero High School Marching Band Marching Group | Artistry in Motion
Most Patriotic | Camp Roberts Museum Mounted Group Sr. | Horsemen of the Americas Novelty Jr. | Benjamin McConnell-1951 Alls Chalmers Novelty Sr. | Paso Robles Local Car Clubs
Old Equipment/Tractor | B Dewar Tractor Restoration Program Parade Horse | Carpinteria Ridge Riders
Sheriff/Marshall Posse | Kings County Sheriff's Posse Shriner/Elks/Masonic | San Joaquin Valley Shriners
Wagon Team/Animal Drawn Vehicle | PDC- ShandonChalome Stage/ Silva Sweepstakes | Paso Robles Elementary and Middle schools Judges | PDC Tractors (Lester Patterson)
Marshal | Paso Robles High School Class of 1963 Queen | San Miguel Fire Fighters Belle | Almond Acres Charter Academy Best Use of Theme | Parkfield 4-H ($300).
Teaching ReadingJames Brescia, Ed.D.
Irecently listened to an EdSource Podcast report on why so many kids struggle to learn to read. Some reports indicate that nearly one-half of California third graders do not read at grade level. Academic journals publish brain research suggesting that most children should learn to connect sounds with letters (Phonics), yet many children struggle with this approach. Others claim that Whole Language is the only approach and phonics are old school. Since becoming a teacher in 1986, I have wondered why so many children struggle to read. Today I question why we are still debating over how we teach reading and if there is genuinely a uniform strategy for every learner.
The EdSource Podcast described a child excited to learn to read and a Bay Area teacher creating a vibrant environment for literacy. As parents in Paso Robles, we too experienced our daughter’s teacher providing a classroom library, welcoming parents to read to children, and messaging parents about the joy of reading. Our two daughters were fortunate enough to have the same kindergarten teacher, and each learned to read at a different pace in step with what research reveals about first and secondborn children. The EdSource Podcast describes the child feeling sick and complaining of stom ach aches, and going to the nurse’s office. The contextual teaching challenged the child in the Bay Area classroom. The child was stressed about reading and perceived unable to keep up with the others in the class.
As an elementary school principal, I observed different learning styles, parenting styles, teaching styles, and interests in school. What I found as a common thread in my practice and supported in the research is that contextual learning (similar to the Bay Area classroom) and phonics-based learning (similar to my daugh ter’s classrooms) are both essential strategies in learning to read.
One aspect of our daughters’ elementary experience in Paso Robles was that multiple teachers over multiple early elementary grades
varied and balanced the approaches to reading with phonics, a whole-word system, and the Language Experience Method.
The Phonics Method focuses on helping children learn to break words down into sounds, translate sounds into letters and combine letters to form new words. Phonemes and the corre sponding letters are often taught based on their frequency in English words. Typically 40 English phonemes are guided through different instructional approaches.
The Whole-Word Approach teaches reading at the word level and skips the decoding process by learning to say the word as recognized in written form. Reading via this method is some what automatic and often called sight-reading. This approach is one of the reasons words that are repeated often (high-frequency words) are focused on in spellers and on spelling tests.
The Language Experience Method is more of a personalized approach where the words taught differ for each child. The premise is that learning to spell familiar words is a more manageable approach with a higher retention potential. Teachers and parents create unique stories that use words familiar to the child.
We acquire literacy through various every day classroom, home, and community activities. Similar to learning another language, exposure to spoken words, written words, short stories, novels, and etelenovellas facilitate language comprehension. Young children learn about literacy when describing a drawing, writing words as they can, and reading stories even if they make up some of the terms.
The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education tailors supports to address the specific needs based on the student group’s performance, including ethnic and racial groups, low-income students, English Language Learners, foster youth, and students with disabilities. As my staff works with school districts across the county, I try to remember the young physician in the parking lot with her daughter. I remind my team, stakeholders, and the community
of the importance of treating everyone with respect and dignity and considering that we all learn differently. We have many reasons to give thanks in our county. Examples include: more students completing high school, school attendance rates increasing, more students entering career pathways during high school, more students receiving college credits while in high school through Cuesta College’s dual enrollment, and test scores improving. We have much work ahead of us to continue teaching and learning. Improving outcomes for all students will depend on proven methods and new ideas coming from many voices. Success occurs when we empower local communities to work together for the greater good. It is an honor to serve as your County Superintendent of Schools.
“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” — Vince Lombardi
“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.” — Arthur Conan Doyle
FastandFurious: Paso Harvest 2022 A Winemaker’s VintageBy Mira Honeycutt
Vintage 2022 in the Paso Robles area will go down as challenging to say the least. The scorching, relentless tripledigit heat spell unleashed in early September sent vintners rushing into an early harvest.
“If there’s a winemaker’s vintage, 2022 would be it,” declared Daniel Daou when I met him at his hilltop Daou Family Estate in the Adelaida District.
“Pardon my French, but this has been a ball buster,” said the winemaker and co-founder of his eponymous winery known for Bordeauxstyle wines.
“From a physical standpoint, it was exhaust ing,” said Daou. “First, we received two months’ worth of grapes in two weeks. Then the harvest crew worked 24 hours a day nonstop, with two shifts, early morning and night time.”
The sudden heat caught wine growers off guard and accelerated the harvest.
“The heat spike came at the worst time; we were two weeks away from harvest,” he contin ued. So, the unexpected heat spell forced wine growers to pick the fruit early.
“When you rush into harvest, sugars are rising but physiological ripeness does not. You get tannins in some cases but you have no color, no texture,” Daou commented.
The result is: “You get high tannins low color or low tannins and no color and the sugars are way high,” explained Daou. “It’s a terrible combination. Makes it difficult to create a balanced wine.”
Yet Daou has been able to manage the tannins. “But it has cost us in yield. This is also a vintage where you can’t be greedy. We’ve been averaging 1.3 tons per acre.”
For Daou Estate wines, production will be slightly less but for the Adelaida District label, Daou noted, “We’ll be able to make up with fruit from neighboring vineyards.”
Bob Tillman echoed the sentiment. Yields ran about 15 percent lower with small berries promising concentrated fermentations.
“This will be a year when the wine maker will be the crucial difference in the final product,” said the owner/grower of Alta Colina Vineyards in the Adelaida District.
Tillman and his team finished picking for white wines and Rosé by mid-August with optimal quality in the fruit. The heat wave, which threatened to shrivel the remaining grapes necessitated a rapid pick of syrah and petite sirah, Tillman noted. However, the late September cooling temperature allowed grenache and mourvedre a longer hang time with the final pick on September 29.
Bill Gibbs, the owner of G2 and Heart stone vineyards, claimed his loss was over 50 percent. From his usual 2.8 tons per acre yield, this year it was 1.3 tons per acre.
“There’s a lot less fruit than it would be in a normal year,” said Gibbs. From a farming standpoint, it’s tough for vineyard owners like Gibbs “We will make half the money, but it cost us just the same throughout the year.”
Matthew Glunz of Glunz Family Wine Cellars, in fact, began harvesting in mid-Au gust, which usually would have started mid-September.
“So this was almost one entire month early,” said Glunz.
Harvesting cabernet sauvignon well before Labor Day was not common practice for the family.
“While the early fermentations presented some challenges, we had a few days of Septem ber rain that allowed us to hit the pause button” he said.
This gave him the opportunity to press off the early picks and allow the fermentations to finish off the skins which impacted the final product.
“This step definitely worked in our favor, the wine from the early fruit is now in the barrel and they are nothing short of terrific,” commented Glunz.
Jordan Fiorentini, whose mantra is: “I only let the vineyard speak,” vintage 2022 was different.
“This one, the winemaker has to be selective,”
said the winemaker at Epoch Estate Wines in a phone conversation, taking a brief time out from her harvest duties.
Agreed, Paso has seen sudden summer heat spikes in previous years. This year, however, the temperature rose higher and stayed longer.
“We had 70-degree temperature in the morn ings,” Fiorentini exclaimed.
Between the Paderewski and York Mountain vineyards, the former could handle heat well.
“But York Mountain was never used to seeing this heat,” Fiorentini said.
“Heat and dry farm were a double whammy,” she commented of this dry-farmed vineyard in the cool York Mountain AVA.
“We’re having to use optical sorter, so we’re not using whole cluster this year, more inocu lating and less native yeast," said Fiorentini of this year’s vinification program.
“It’s been a hot and fast run trying to keep up with Mother Nature, but that’s part of the fun,” said Hillary Yount, vineyard manager at Sixmilebridge, a Bordeaux-centric winery in the Adelaida District.
“We’re excited about the flavor profiles and overall expressions from this year’s vintage. We’re rounding the final turn and focusing on the finish,” said Yount of this challenging harvest.
"Keep it Simple" this Thanksgiving
Ihave a large collection of cookbooks, and I will often read something in one of them that sticks in my mind, but of course, I can never find it again. For instance, I remember reading a description of what a Thanksgiving dinner should be like, and it went something like this: A festive meal with a traditional menu served to familiar faces around a table decorated with the season’s fresh fruits, vegetables, and autumn branches or leaves creating a take on the classic cornucopia.
The author stressed, “keep it simple,” and don’t fuss over a lot of details. Be sure to spend time and energy on what really matters on that day — enjoying friends and family. Lastly, I remember the author suggested that since most people long
for their own family recipes, ask guests to bring their favorite dish to share or to share a recipe with you ahead of time so you could fit it into your menu.
To make the day easier on the cook, another cookbook author listed a few ideas that I jotted down to share with you. First of all, keep your snack offering light and easy to prepare by buying a wedge of good aged cheddar cheese and serve it with small crackers of your choice.
If making gravy is not your “thing,” substitute Knorr mix or Williams-Sonoma turkey gravy base and add a touch of dry sherry or white wine to liven it up. Always serve some kind of cranberry sauce. Not enough time to make your own? Take
Turkey Breast in a Slow-Cooker
1 bone-in turkey breast (6 to 7 pounds)
4 fresh rosemary sprigs
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1⁄2 cup water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
Place turkey breast, rosemary, garlic and water in a 6-quart slow cooker. Mix brown sugar, pepper and salt; sprinkle over
2 cans (141⁄2 ounces each) re duced-sodium chicken broth
1 jar (16 ounces) chunky salsa
1 can (15 ounces) hominy, rinsed and drained
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
this idea and run with it. Buy a can of Ocean Spray whole-berry cranberry sauce and add a spritz of fresh orange juice and some zest for a fresh flavor.
Lastly, for dessert, buy a pecan pie and add a homemade touch by melting 4 ounces of good-quality chocolate and drizzling it on top. And if you need a taste of pumpkin to end your meal, toast slices of pumpkin bread and serve them with vanilla ice cream topped with warm caramel sauce and toasted chopped pecans.
If you are having a small gathering, consider the following recipe for turkey breast. You won’t have drumsticks, but you won’t have tons of turkey left over.
turkey. Cook, covered, on low 4-6 hours or until turkey is tender and a thermometer inserted in turkey reads at least 170 degrees. 12 Servings.
2 teaspoons chipotle hot pepper sauce
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups cubed cooked turkey breast
1⁄4 cup sour dream
1/3 cup shredded cheddar or
In a large saucepan, combine the first five ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Stir in turkey; heat through. Top servings with sour
Sweet and Salty Munchies
1 pound spiced gumdrops
1 pound candy corn
In a large bowl combine the gumdrops, candy corn and peanuts. Store in and airtight container until you are ready to serve, then fill the muffin cups.
Monterey Jack cheese
1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro
1/3 cup crushed blue tortilla chips
1⁄4 cup shredded red or green cabbage
cream, cheese, cilantro, chips and cabbage. 6 servings
If young children are at your gathering, they will love these little treats.
1 can (16 ounces) salted peanuts
Paper muffin cups to fit the theme of the party
I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble, Gobble!
Music By Unfinished Business
SUNKEN GARDENS, DOWNTOWN
Enjoy live music while sitting on a blanket or low-back chair with the entire family on a nice fall evening.
Almond Country Quilt Guild Annual Holiday Auction
TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, PASO ROBLES
Not Just Your Grandmother's Quilts. Wide assortment of quilts and quilted wearables to bid on. Auction benefits
NCI/Achievement House and Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation.
Veterans Day Ceremony
FACES OF FREEDOM VETERANS MEMORIAL, ATASCADERO
The Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial will be hosting a Veterans Day Ceremony that includes a fly-over by Estrella Warbirds, the National Anthem by Atascadero Fine Arts Academy students, laying of a memorial wreath by the VFW Auxiliary and TAPS. BBQ lunch provided by the Atascadero Kiwanis.
Veterans Day Ceremony
VETERANS MEMORIAL, PASO ROBLES DISTRICT CEMETARY
Program features an invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, welcome, guest speaker, patriotic songs, fly-over, closing prayer, honor guard, and Taps. Flags are placed at all identified veteran’s graves by American Legion Post 50 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10965.by phone at (805)237.3870 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Active Duty Armed Forces Free Admission in Zoo
CHARLES PADDOCK ZOO, ATASCADERO
All active duty armed forces men, women, and their immediate families receive free admission to the Charles Paddock Zoo with valid military ID.
Atascadero Fall Festival
SUNKEN GARDENS, DOWNTOWN
Friday, 4-10pm. Sat and Sun, noon-10pm. The 2nd Annual Atascadero Fall Festival will be a three-day, free admission event with carnival rides, games, over 30 bands on two stages, over 40 street faire vendors and food trucks, craft beer, wine, and seltzer.
MAIN STREET, TEMPLETON
DOWNTOWN PASO ROBLES
drawing for original artwork.
PAVILION ON THE LAKE, ATASCADERO
Thanksgiving for Paso Robles
CENTENNIAL PARK ACTIVITY CENTER, PASO ROBLES
A celebration of thanks serving over 1,500 men, women, and children a traditional Thanksgiving meal at no cost. A true expression of community that brings diverse people together to share the day with others. All made possible through the generosity of caring individuals, students, organizations, churches, and businesses.
AT THE LIBRARY BUSINESS & NETWORKING
Paso Robles Library
1000 Spring St. • (805) 237-3870 • Mon-Fri 9-7 and Sat 9-4
Children’s Library Activities
• The Paso Library will be closed on Friday 11/11 in observance of Veterans day and also from Thurs. 11/24 -Sat. 11/26 in observance of Thanksgiving
• For all ages, Try It! Tuesday craft kits are available starting Tuesdays (while supplies last) to take home and create.
• Cuentos y Crafts with Cristal at 4-5pm -A special bilingual Story Time and Craft program at the Library Study Center.
Join Miss Melissa at 10am in the Story Hour Room for ages 3-6. Enjoy stories, movement, music, and a craft activity.
Miss Cappy is back with Toddler Story Time on Fridays! Join her for a story or two and a simple craft activity at 10:00 am. Library will be closed Fri. 11/25 for Thanksgiving holiday
6290 Adams St. • (805) 237-3010
Santa Margarita Library 9630 Murphy Ave • (805) 438-5622
San Miguel Library 254 13th St. • (805) 467-3224
Shandon Library 195 N 2nd St. • (805) 237-3009
• 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
Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce pasorobleschamber.com • (805) 238-0506 1225 Park St., Paso Robles, CA 93446
Templeton Chamber of Commerce templetonchamber.com • Open Thursdays and Fridays 11-3pm (805) 434-1789 • 321 S. Main Street #C, Templeton, CA 93465
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Cancer Support Community
Providing support, education and hope 1051 Las Tablas Road, Templeton • (805) 238-4411 • Visit: cscslo.org for more info Cancer Support Helpline • (888) 793-9355, 6 a.m.- 6 p.m. PST.
Email email@example.com 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
at Centennial Park
• 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 prcity.com for virtual & up to date meeting info.
• Area Advisory Council 1st Wednesday, 7:00 p at Santa Margarita Community Hall • 22501 I St. Visit: smaaconline.org for more information.
of Foreign Wars
Courtyard by Marriott,
Paso Robles Republican Women Club
All meetings held at the Broken Earth Wine tasting room.
held the 3rd Monday each month.
• Day meeting January, February, November, December at 11:30 am.
Golden Hill Road
Evening meetings March, April, May, June, September and October at 5-7 pm. Dark July and August. For information firstname.lastname@example.org.
Almond Country Quilt Guild
Meetings held the 1st Monday each month
• Social hour from 6:15-7:00PM followed by a general meeting and a planned program
Holiday Season Preview
All events are chronologically list ed. Readers are encouraged to con firm all scheduled events. Whether attending local performances, a parade, a craft show, or helping to make a child’s Christmas, Ha nukkah, or Winter Holiday a little brighter, there are many experienc es to enjoy this season!
Holiday Lighting Ceremony Paso Robles
The annual Main Street holiday lighting ceremony, a part of the Cancer Support Community Lights for Hope event, includes candlelight caroling, greetings from City officials, Mrs. Claus and the Elves, and more on No vember 25 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Santa’s House/Holiday Plaza at Mission Plaza, San Luis Obispo Check out the amazing decora tions and activities in the plaza, including an evening light dis play, carousel, Santa's Mouse Scavenger hunt, write letters to Santa, and more from November 25 through December 24, time TBD.
Classic California Christmas Pismo Beach
The Pismo Beach Ugly Sweater Wine Walk is part of a monthlong California Christmas brought to you by the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce. In combination with the wine walk from 3 to 6:30 p.m., local businesses will be staying open to allow guests to do their shopping starting December 1, through December 31.
Downtown San Luis Obispo Holiday Parade
On December 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. This event is one of the largest pa rades on the Central Coast, attract ing thousands of spectators and featuring all types of floats, vehicles, marching bands, dancers, and more.
Light Up the Downtown Atascadero
On December 2, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., soon after the lights come on, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving via an antique Model-A fire truck to the tune of “Here Comes Santa Claus,” per formed by the Atascadero Fine Arts Academy. You will then be invited to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at the North Pole entrance located at the back of City Hall that faces Atascadero Middle School.
Holiday Harmony at the Pismo Beach Pier Plaza
This year’s event is on Decem ber 2, and will include the tree lighting ceremony, Santa Claus, two snow zones, and activities for the kids. The first 250 children in the Santa Line will receive goody bags compliments of Pis mo Beach Recreation. This event is free to all and begins at 5:30 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase; please leave pets at home.
Lighted Boat Parade on the Embarcadero in Morro Bay
On December 3, be dazzled as our fishing, leisure, and yachting community takes to the water with decorated boats with daz zling lights and holiday cheer. The parade will go on rain or shine and starts at 6 p.m.
Santa’s House on the Embarcadero in Morro Bay
Santa’s Coming to the Embar cadero on December 3-4, 10-11, and 17-18 from 5 to 8 p.m. Come visit Jolly ol’ Saint Nick & get a picture. Santa’s house is at the corner of Embarcadero and Front St.
61st Annual Christmas Light Parade Downtown Paso Robles Enjoy the sights and sounds of the
holiday spirit with an illuminated parade featuring an array of light spectacles from local businesses on December 3, starting at 7 p.m. A variety of awards will also be given for best in show. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus and watch downtown light up with holiday spirit.
Holiday “Trail of Lights” Tour Map in Atascadero
The holiday tour map is a fun way to showcase your beautiful hol iday light decorations and great family activity for residents to drive around and enjoy starting December 6 through 25, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Mid-State Fair Market at the Paso Robles Event Center
The Mid-State Fair Market at the Paso Robles Event Center features local crafters and arti sans from throughout San Luis Obispo County selling handmade and unique items on December 9 through 11 from 12 to 4 p.m.
Santa’s Pop-Up Reindeer Farm at Charles Paddock Zoo
Santa is sending two of his Rein deer to visit the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero before Christ mas. Come out to see them from December 9 through 11 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Winter Wonderland in the Sunken Gardens Atascadero Atascadero’s Sunken Gardens and the entire downtown will be transformed into a magical snowy paradise. 75 Tons of snow will create a massive snow slide built by the Kiwanis Club of Atascade ro, Cuesta Springs Ice Company & Premier Ag! In addition, there will be two large snow pile areas for the kids on December 9 from 5 to 9 p.m.
36th Annual Vine Street Victo rian Showcase Paso Robles Ebenezer Scrooge, the Snow
Queen, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, and the whole crew will be on-hand on Vine Street in Paso Robles. Come join in on the fun of community caroling, illuminated floats, enter tainers, and live music. Don’t miss this sure-to-please holiday main stay in Paso Robles on December 10 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Cayucos Christmas Open House
A fun and festive Downtown Cayucos tradition of evening shopping, dining, and merriment along Ocean Avenue on Decem ber 10 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Santa’s Doggie Parade at the Avila Beach Promenade
All dogs must be registered and check in between 10:30–10:45 a.m. to receive a contest identi fication number for the costume contest: best dog costume, best dog/owner look alike, best holi day look, funniest costume, and best in show. The parade starts at 11 a.m. on December 10.
Holiday Magic at Charles Paddock Zoo
The zookeepers have stepped in as Santa’s Elves to prepare gifts for the animals. Santa will be at the Zoo on Saturday, December 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help welcome visitors and deliver gifts to the animals.
32nd Annual Teddy Bear Tea in Paso Robles
Bring your Teddy Bear, dress him up. Santa, Mrs. Claus, the Snow King, and Queen, as well as Santa’s Elves, will be there for the fun at the Park Ballroom on December 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $8 for children and $20 for adults. Bring your camera for those precious memories.
After three years, we are ready to celebrate like the “good ole days.”
It is time to ring in the season with music, fun, and festivities.
“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 awakeningways.org (805) 460-0762
Congregation Ohr Tzafon “The Northern Light” 2605 Traffic Way
Atascadero, CA 93422
Friday Night Service 7:30 PM
Cornerstone Community Church
9685 Morro Road
8:45 & 10:45 AM
Pastor John Marc Wiemann (805) 461-3899
Hope Lutheran Church
8005 San Gabriel Road, Atascadero 9am Sunday (in-person and livestream on YouTube)
Pastor: Aaron Smith (805) 461-0340 ourhopelutheran.net
Creston Community Church 5170 O’Donovan Road Service: 9:00 a.m.
Pastor JD Megason
True Life Christian Fellowship
Lockwood/Jolon Road, across from the school in Lockwood Service: 9:30 a.m.
Pastor Erick Reinstedt (805) 472-9325
Heritage Village Church
At The Don Everingham Center
Heritage Ranch Service: 10 a.m.
Pastor Brad Brown (805) 712-7265
Hilltop Christian Fellowship 2085 Gateway Drive
Heritage Ranch Service: 10:30 a.m.
Pastor Perry Morris & Jerry Gruber (805) 239-1716
Oak Shores Christian Fellowship
2727 Turkey Cove Rd., at the Oak Shores Community Clubhouse Service: 8:30 a.m.
Pastor Jerry Gruber (760) 304-2435
ouses of worshi
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: 10 a.m. (805)-406-8910
Missionaries: (805) 366-2363
Covenant Presbyterian Church 1450 Golden Hill Rd.
Service: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
Pastor Dan Katches (805)238-6927
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
Corner S. River and Niblick | 215 Oak Hill Services: 9-10 am & 10:30-11:30 am
Pastor James Baird (805) 226-5800
Live Oak 1521 Oak St. Service: 10 a.m.
Pastor John Kaiser (805) 238-0575
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 www.pasochurch.com
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.
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 vbcpaso.org
Victory Outreach Paso Robles
2919 Union Road, Paso Robles, CA
Services: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
Pastor Pete Torres (805) 536-0035
Bethel Lutheran Church
295 Old County Rd. Service: 9:30 a.m.
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
Located at Vineyard Elementary School
2121 Vineyard Dr, Templeton Service: 10 a.m.
Pastor Vern H Haynes Jr. (805) 975-8594
Templeton Presbyterian Church 610 S. Main St. Service: 10 a.m.
Reverend Roger Patton (805) 434-1921
Higher Dimension Church 601 Main St.
1st Sunday: 1:30 p.m.
2nd - 5th Sundays 12:30 p.m.
Pastor Charlie Reed, Jr. (805) 440-0996
Life Community Church
8:30 & 10:30 Sundays
3770 Ruth Way, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 434-5040
Pastor Brandon Hall
Solid Rock Christian Fellowship 925 Bennett Way Service: 10 a.m.
Pastor Jeff Saylor (805) 434-2616
Seventh-Day Adventist Church Templeton Hills
930 Templeton Hills Rd.
Services: Saturday 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.
Pastor Zac Page (805) 434-1710
Vineyard Church of Christ 601 So. Main St. Service: 10 a.m.
Evangelist: Steve Orduno (805) 610-4272
Vintage Community Church 692 Peterson Ranch Road Services: 9 & 11 a.m.
Coaches: Aaron Porter, Dayn Mansfield (805) 296-1120
Iglesia Fuente De Agua Viva 301 13th St.
Services: 10 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Pastor Mike Duran (805) 467-5500
Mission San Miguel Parish 775 Mission Street
Daily Mass: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am Saturday – 4:00 pm (English) Sunday – 7:00 am (English) 10:00 am (Bilingual) 12:00 pm (English) 5:00 pm (Spanish)
Father Lucas Pantoja (805) 467-2131
Shandon Assembly of God 420 Los Altos Ave. Spanish Service: Sun. 5 p.m., Thurs. 7 p.m. Pastor Jim Mei (805)226-9737
Phone: 805-237-6060The 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 email@example.com 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. Pastor Christopher Cole (805) 238-4614 Family Praise & Worship
Three Bearcats Inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame
girls volleyball teamBy Camille DeVaul
Former Bearcats were inducted into the Paso Robles High School Athletic Hall of Fame during the October 7, football game against the St. Joseph Knights. During halftime, Director of Student Services Tom Harrington presented the plaques to the three former student-athletes.
Also, during halftime, the 1988 Bearcat girls volleyball team was recognized for becoming the 1988 Champions of the Los Padres League (LPL).
Meygan Androvich was named the CIF Most Valuable Player. Mika Lamb (First Team) and Juanetta Perkins (Second Team) were also named to the All-CIF teams.
The 1988 team roster included: Michelle McClure, Nan Lee, Belinda Espinosa, Lori Hodel, Sherri Buchanan, Juanetta Perkins, Terah Lee, Mika Lamb, Samantha Scott, Barbretta Jenkins, Meygan Androvich, Kendra Birks, Julieann Thompson, and Carey Alvord Schof.
The coaches at the time were DeDe Bodnar and Steve Burmaster.
Three men were brought into the Athletic Hall of Fame that Friday night — two former football players and one baseball player.
Harrington told Paso Robles Magazine, “We are honored to add such a great group of Bearcats into the Athletic Hall of Fame. They have all distinguished themselves both on and off the field.”
James Black | Class of 1955
Born without his left hand, Black was an all-conference running back who led the Bearcats to a CIF championship. Known as a “Renais sance man” at PRHS, he played on the varsity basketball team and ran track. He even found success off the field as Senior Class President and won the Lions Club speech contest.
Following his athletic and scholar career at PRHS, Black played foot ball and track at UC Santa Barbara before a knee injury ended his career.
Despite that, he went on to graduate with a Master’s degree and had a successful business career.
Jason Brown | Class of 1988
Earning seven varsity letters in football, track and field, and soccer, Brown was an All-Los Padres League (LPL) running back (19851987), All-CIF Desert Mountain Conference defensive back (19861987), and two-time All-San Luis Obispo County selection in football (1986-1987). Adding to his football success, Brown was a 1988 All-CIF selection in track and field and All-LPL in soccer.
Additionally, Brown was a threeyear Lion’s Club Sportsmanship award recipient, named the league Co-MVP in football in 1987 and the PRHS Male Athlete of the Year in 1988. He then received a football scholarship to Cal Poly.
Mike Gray | Class of 1995
Earning three varsity letters in baseball during his time at PRHS, Gray was named to the All-Los
Padres League Team as a pitcher in 1993, 1994, and 1995 and was named to the All-San Luis Obispo County Baseball Team in 1995.
He attended Cuesta College, where he had a record of 22-3 with 197 strikeouts and currently holds Cuesta records in games started (32), strikeouts (197), wins (22), and winning percentage (.880). Gray was named to the First Team All-West ern State Conference Team, First Team All-California Community College Team, and All-America Teams in 1996 and 1997.
Furthering his baseball career, Gray was drafted in the 49th round of the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft by the Atlanta Braves. He played four seasons in the Braves organization, where he advanced to the Double-A level Greenville Braves. In 2001, Gray was traded
to the Arizona Diamondbacks and played three seasons in the Diamondbacks organization, advancing to the Triple-A Tucson Sidewinders. In six professional seasons, he had a career record of 16-14 with a 3.51 earned run average.
“Friday’s Hall of Fame event was a wonderful night of showcasing our former athletic standouts. It was great to see everyone’s excite ment both in the crowd and on the faces of our inductees,” said PRHS Athletic Director Tori Loney, “It’s not very often that we get a chance as alumni to step foot on the field and feel the glow of the stadium lights one more time. Hearing the crowd cheer for all our inductees and celebrate their accomplishments was a great kickoff to the Pioneer Day celebration to follow.”