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Creston Classic Rodeo by camille devaul

Since the 1990s, the Creston Classic Rodeo has embodied the hometown rodeo spirit. This year they celebrated 25 years with a deep patriotic spirit.

Pioneer Day Belle's by camille devaul

A Pioneer Day Belle is chosen each year along with her Belle Attendants. Belle’s are usually young women whose family has deep-rooted connections in the Paso Robles community.

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91st Annual Pioneer Day Parade by camille devaul

Each year Paso Robles celebrates Pioneer Day on the first Saturday of October— always adhering to the time-old “leave your pocketbook at home” motto.

'Leave Your Pocket Book at Home' by camille devaul

The Paso Robles Pioneer Day Bean Feed is back for its 91st anniversary so get your pots and picnic blankets ready for some good ole' fashion cookin!

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Pioneer Day Committee chose Tom Flynn of Paso Robles as their Grand Marshal and Irene Marquart of Templeton as their Queen. Queens, Marshalls, and Belles are chosen based on their family’s lineage or connection to Paso Robles's history. (pages 24, 26). Photo by Nicholas Mattson 30,000 PRINTED | 26,700 DIRECT MAILED LOCALLY!


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General Store: Happy Anniversary to our Anna & Ash


Paso Robles: Over 200 Tasting Rooms Located Near the Heart of Downtown

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Taste of Americana: Hello Gourd-geous


A World Entranced: J.P. Saxe Hosts an Intimate Covid-Era Concert

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Publisher’s Letter

It’s Happening On Main Street: Slow Down and Enjoy the Ride

Donation: Denise Kudla Memorial Fund

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Something Worth Reading

Publisher’s Letter


publisher, editor-in-chief

Hayley Mattson

he cool crisp in the air has finally arrived, and we are ready for all the holiday events to start filling up our calendar and enjoy warm apple cider, changing colors in the leaves, and trips to local pumpkin farms.

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Nicholas Mattson

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October starts with celebrating our deep history with the 91st Annual Pioneer Days Parade and Bean Feed (pages 22-29). Irene Marquart (99) was named the Pioneer Day Queen this year, and Tom Flynn Sr (83) is this year's, Grand Marshal.

Michael Michaud community writers

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Camille DeVaul Patrick Patton

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The Creston Classic Rodeo (page 16) celebrated 25 years and honored the 13 fallen soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan by having 13 flags ride in for each of the lives lost. A beautiful tribute that touched all who attended and beyond. Take a trip through the downtown tasting rooms with Jennifer Bravo of Paso Robles Wine County Alliance and share in the joy of Denise Kudla Memorial Fund (page 20), who was able to donate over $8,000 to local foundations in her honor. Barbie Butz shares her love of pumpkin season (page 34), and Melissa Barton, owner of North County Pilates, celebrates 15 years of helping people feel better in the North County (page 38). This was the first month in over a year that we were able to follow the annual theme, with some certainty, highlight some of the much-loved events and see the community come together again, which genuinely fills the soul. We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, which does not mean that it does not come with its own challenges. However, as we continue walking through this time in our life, we are reminded each day that it is up to us how we react and treat others. We are so grateful to all of the local businesses who continue to advertise with us and support our team. Please be sure to tell each of these locally owned businesses that you saw them in Paso Robles Magazine and thank them for bringing you all the stories of our community. Our media company has some big changes in the upcoming months that we are very excited about that will help us continue to support hyper-local news. We believe in our communities, and we believe in our team, who love sharing all the stories of you, your friends, family, and neighbors. If you have a story that needs to be told, email us at we would love to share it! We do this for you, and we are humbled by all your love and support. Please stay safe, share love, and be good to one another. We hope you enjoy this month's issue of Paso Robles Magazine. Hayley & Nic

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It’s Happening on Main Street

Slow Down and Enjoy the Ride Karyl Lammers


f you live in and love Paso like so many of us do, then October brings that feeling of excitement and joy with the arrival of “Pioneer Day.” It’s reunion time for residents in and around town and a great display of our history for visitors. This tradition started in 1931. On October 9, we will celebrate the 91st year. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on 16th and Spring Streets. Everyone used to meet in the park after the parade with family picnics everywhere. The city did and still does provide the beans because a picnic is more than eating a meal; it’s a pleasurable state of mind. There were events in the park for everyone. It has always been a time to gather, visit, enjoy and appreciate our quality of life. Paso Robles High School, home of the Bearcats, has a custom of celebrating class reunions on “Pioneer Day.”This year marks the 70th gathering for the class of 1951. There are some VIPs in this class: Norma Della Moye, Carolyn Bircher Dildine, Ann Batts Kellerbrew, Barbara Ernst Silva, Elaine Goodall Smith, Dottie Stauffer Keller, Darlene Vestnys Gates, Johnny Bertoni, Jerry Corbaley, Stanley Stevens, and Richard Yost. These, along with a few more, will be sitting in the park watching the parade. So stop by and say Hello and hear some great Bearcat stories. After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world. Remember Paso was a small town in 1951 where everybody knows what everybody else is doing,


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and all buy the weekly newspaper to see how much the editor dares to print. After recovery from the Pioneer festivities, we move forward to October 23, when Main Street hosts the Golden Oak Honey-Pumpkin Festival featuring the Kids Trading Post. The park will be full of vendors of all kinds. The Kids Trading Post is the perfect opportunity for kids to learn to be merchants. They can set up a booth and sell their toys, crafts, and things they know other children want. It’s fun to watch and a great hands-on education for kids. Call the Main Street office for information and to sign up at (805)238-4103. You can also email The Safe and Fun Halloween Downtown has been canceled again this year for the safety of everyone! But, won’t it be nice when life, as we know and love it, returns to normal!! Love October! Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves. We have had our summer evening, now October eves. Time is Flying!! Being in a hurry does not slow downtime. I began to think in an age of speed; nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. Slow Down and enjoy life! It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too also miss the sense of where you are going and why! To develop and strengthen our spiritual life, we need to slow down and let go! Slow down, life is crossing the road, and the end of 2021 is just ahead...Slow down and enjoy the ride! 

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t was 2013, and we were looking haggard. Anna Peschong was a friend, but not someone we’d call to unload boxes and put together furniture. That’s the kind of gnarly, tedious work you save for your family when you’re opening a store. But Anna sensed that the help we needed was beyond what we’d expected. “Let me help,” she said in her low-key, smiling, life-loving way. It’s the same way she says things like “We should all go see the Avett Brothers” and “I made this bean soup, and it’s vegan, and I left it in the fridge for all who are hungry!” Anna is a voracious music lover, adding new songs and happy vibes to our playlists. She is a seeker, a spiritual person who sees the deeper meaning in the routine interactions of our days at the store. She is endlessly generous, gives the best hugs, and has always believed in us. Anna is the official Mama Bear of General Store Paso Robles, and it is with deep love that we wish her a Happy 8th Anniversary with us. Septembers must be a lucky month for us because it’s the same month, five years ago, that our gentle, fierce AshLynn Hammer walked through the door. We wouldn’t let her leave.

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She had been a customer, always buying little piles of thoughtful cards, and on one visit, Erin got her number for if we were ever able to afford a full-time person. But we lost it. One day we were in the office, and Erin popped out to check a price on something, only to run back in, whispering loudly, “She’s here!” We knew just who she meant. We interviewed her a week later, and when we asked where she saw herself in two years, having just moved back to the area, she said, “Working in the store for you!” Five years in, Ash is truly the engine of our Little Big Shop (the nickname she coined for GSPR). She is protective, calm, loyal, loving, has incredible style, and will soon bring a very lucky little Baby Hammer into the world. We adore her, and can’t wait to Auntie, that little baby to pieces. She will always be our baby sister. Both of these brilliant women are family; we love them with all our hearts and know our store would not be what it is without their smiles, care, and energy. xoxo. The Team @ General Store Paso Robles | 15

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Creston Classic Rodeo Celebrates 25 Years With Patriotic Message By Camille DeVaul


t has been a summer of rodeos, but it wouldn't be complete The 13 United States service members killed in Kabul, Afghanistan this year were: without our very own Creston Classic Rodeo, which celeFor the Marine Corps, the deceased are: brated 25 years, September 16 through 19. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah Attendance was up for the quarter-century celebration, drawing Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts in large crowds Saturday and Sunday night. Great weather and Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California good company made for a memorable weekend. Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California A dance and live band followed the rodeo on Saturday night at Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska The Long Branch Saloon in Creston, thanks to Brian and ChrisMarine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana tine Pritt, owners of the saloon and the Creston Rodeo grounds. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas Since the 1990s, the Creston Classic Rodeo (CCR) has embodMarine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Missouri ied the hometown rodeo spirit. The first CCR was held on SeptemMarine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyoming ber 14 and 15 in 1996 as a fundraiser for a community center. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California Creston is a community known for its resiliency and can-do Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California attitude. They have come together to build their church, school, For the Navy, the deceased is: jail, and firehouse. They maintain their own roads and are always Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio willing to lend a hand to neighbors when they need it. For the Army, the deceased is: The first Saturday on the first-ever CCR held a barn dance at Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tennessee the Loading Chute with music from Monte Mills and the Lucky Horseshoe Band. That Sunday, folks gathered for Cowboy Church led by Pastor Scott Bond. Rohrer Hay and Feed was one of CCR's first sponsors and still supports the rodeo today. Of course, some lessons were learned from that first rodeo. They could have used some more water on the arena, but none the less it was a great event that immediately became a community tradition. Terrie Estrada, a committee member, said, "It's a real family-oriented rodeo." If you've ever been to a rodeo, then you know it is a place where patriotism is embraced and where the American flag shines. So it goes to say patriotism and rodeos go together like whiskey and coke. "We are extremely patriotic—you'll never see a knee bend at a rodeo. Not this one, not ever," said Estrada. The CCR always shares their love for their country, but they took an extra step to honor the 13 fallen soldiers in Afghanistan this year. Thirteen flags rode in for the rodeo's grand entry, followed by singing the National Anthem and prayer.

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As we look back on 25 years of the CCR, we also celebrate all the accomThe CCR has embodied the spirit of Creston and put it into a sport that plishments it has made in the community. The rodeo has raised funds for has stood the test of time, keeps traditions of the west alive, and never forgets. CATCH, which has renovated the old Station 43 Fire House into a commuFor more information on the CCR, visit the rodeo website at nity center. RODEO EVENT WINNERS Men's All-Around: Will Centoni Women's All-Around: Marci Chavez SORT N ROPE Danny Leslie/ Colton Miller Danny Leslie/ Will Centoni Clay Avila/Tanner Patino Derek Hee/Jon Tracy Peter Rincon/Edgar Machado

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here are more than 200 tasting rooms in Paso Robles; many of those can be found within walking distance of one another and centrally located in the heart of downtown. From highly acclaimed brands opening second locations to family-owned and operated micro-wineries to edgy renegades whose style fits best tucked away in an industrial locale. The downtown wine landscape has been growing by not only the number of tasting rooms but also by the type of wine experiences offered. Known for bold blends and their lively after-hours music scene is Asuncion Ridge Vineyards. One of the first wineries to call downtown Paso home is set directly across from the iconic downtown ark, pet friendly, and offer wines sure to please any palate. Just up the street is the contemporary tasting lounge of Bushong Vintage Company. Eclectic varietals showcase the depth of talent and creativity that is offered at Bushong. Savor the small-lot wines, play some pinball, or choose a favorite record from the collection of over 1,000 vinyl records to play—cruise over to Hoyt Family Vineyards for a cool beach shack vibe and outstanding wines. With vineyards in Malibu and west Paso, the estate wines offer big flavors. Do not miss the Tempranillo or Petit Verdot! The spacious outdoor/indoor setting of CaliPaso Winery offers an openair feel with warm hospitality and outstanding value. You can often find fun events like Sip & Paints happening at CaliPaso along with live music, plus they are the go-to spot for after-dinner wine (they stay open late)! Red-only lovers, listen up! Next door at Pianetta Winery, you’ll find all reds all the time with a vibrant vibe. This father/daughter winemaking team carefully craft wines that showcase the vineyard and quality farming practices. When

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you visit, be sure to order the cheese and wine pairing flight….and ask about the jug wine. Just across the street, you’ll find the tasting rooms of Copia and Sea Shell Cellars. The 20-acre estate, Copia Vineyards & Winery, is nestled in the Willow Creek District of Paso Robles but showcases their highly acclaimed Rhône inspired blends in an elegantly warm space on Thirteenth Street. Adjacent to Copia, discover the first-class wines of Sea Shell Cellars. The bright-tasting space is adorned with a beach mural for an Instagram-worthy selfie or group photo. Taste through the estate wines that showcase balance, vivid fruit, and personality, just like Sea Shell Cellars. As their motto reads...just as every seashell on the beach has a story of its creation, so does every bottle of Sea Shell wine. Mix wine and history at Cloak & Dagger and Derby. Overlooking the park located in the Historic Municipal Bath House is the new kid on the block Cloak & Dagger Wines. The bathhouse was built in 1888 over sulfur springs, included a plunge and 37 bathrooms! The limited production wines are extraordinary, and all have a conspiracy theory theme with unique labels and names Freemasons, Illuminati, Skull, and Bones Society, the Trilateral Commission, the Deep State, and even Area 51. Nearby in the Paso Robles, Almond Growers Building is home to Derby Wine Estates. This spectacular 11,000 square foot building was once a warehouse and processing plant for Paso’s biggest crop, almonds. Taste the diverse wines in the art deco tasting room, tour the historic facility and spend some time in their outdoor lounge. Tucked away in some really unique spaces are three brands who’ve made a big splash in the Paso wine region: Hayseed and Housdon,

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Indigené, and Ranchero Cellars. On Railroad Street, you’ll find the super hip collective tasting room, Paso Under Ground, and maverick winemaker Amy Butler. Amy, who is a consulting winemaker for a few elite boutique Paso brands, has her own solo project, Ranchero Cellars. Using uncommon and triedand-true Paso rhônes varietals, she crafts small production wines that will blow you away. Across the way is the tasting garage of Hayseed and Housdon. Their philanthropic business model will make you feel good about drinking wine! Not only are the Hayseed wines created with sustainably sourced grapes, most importantly, they split the profits 50/50 with several local non-profits like Wine4Paws, CASA, and Operation Surf, to name a few. Located in the alley between Park and Pine Street and next to local hot spot Jeffery’s Wine Country BBQ is Indigené Cellars. Rock star winemaker Raymond Smith is dedicated to winemaking in its highest form, creating noteworthy blends with big flavors. Indigenè is a true hidden gem not to be missed. Two rebel winemakers that are

full of personality and are always pushing the limits of creativity are Straight out of Paso and Herman Story. Nestled in an industrial block is the cellar and tasting room of Herman Story Wines. This boisterous brand colors outside the lines with no-nonsense opulent wines sourcing grapes from the best vineyards on the Central Coast. You’ll find the labels are as rambunctious as the renegade winemaker and his crew, don’t miss these highly acclaimed wines. One of the newest tasting rooms downtown is the second brand of Bodega de Edgar, Straight out of Paso. This new project was started to showcase the varietals that have made Paso Robles into the wine country it is today. The cool tasting room has a great high-energy outdoor space where you can always find local bands jamming. Perfectly situated across from the downtown park on Thirteenth Street is the second location of the world-renowned JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, JUSTIN Downtown. Enjoy wines by the glass or bottle in the modern space and enjoy lunch in the cozy dining area that features indulgent cuisine from their onsite chef. Be sure to ‘look down’ when you are visiting to see the underground wine cellar. JUSTIN helped put Paso wines on the map back in the 80s, and you’ll see why in their downtown location. Bonus! Add these two hot spots to your list of must-visits in downtown Paso Robles: The Backyard and Paso Wine Merchant. The family-friendly outdoor beer garden, The Backyard on Thirteenth, offers 28 rotating taps showcasing local craft beer, cider, and wine. This cool spot was built out of shipping containers and is the perfect place to relax after a day of wine tasting. The Paso Robles Wine Merchant is located inside the Paso Market Walk on Spring Street. This hip wine bar is also the go-to place to taste and buy wine from boutique wineries that do not yet have tasting rooms— the perfect place to find the newest up-and-coming winemakers. On your next trip to Paso, explore downtown; you’ll be sure to discover hidden gems and new favorites. 

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and had introduced her to John Kudla. She grew up in Santa Ynez, where she participated in school plays, track, basketball, was a baton twirler. After graduating, she moved to Paso Robles. The two married not long after they started dating. Together, John and Denise built a beautiful family which included three children, Michelle, Johnny, and Leanne. “Her life was all about her children and grandchildren and children in general—she loved to act and be in the theater,” said Gregory. Denise was active in local theater, which became a family affair. She also sang with a Led Zeppelin cover band and was a member of the Grapes of Wrath Girls. Denise and John often played golf together, and she was a member of the Paso Robles Women’s Golf Association. Bowling was another family affair. She was a member of the USBC Bowling and loved to play Bunco, especially “Drunko Bunco.” Lastly, Gregory says, “We wanted to say thank you again to our community for being so supportive to the Kudla family and how we have all remembered and treasured Denise’s life and accomplishments.” 


enise Kudla was a wonderful individual who loved life and showed everyone how to love. In 2019, Denise Kudla passed away in a horrible automobile accident. There was a Celebration of Life event for Denise and her family at the Cabernet Links and RV Resort on November 2, 2019, where over 1,500 people attended. Funds were raised at the event to support some of Denise’s favorite programs. Unfortunately, the distribution of funds was delayed when the COVID pandemic made its appearance. Finally, the money raised in Denise’s name has been distributed to their rightful places: Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation - $3,000 Boys and Girls Club in Paso Robles - $3,000 Wine Country Theater - $2,000 Denise loved the performing arts, acting, and children. Paso Robles Councilman, Steve Gregory, said, “She [Denise] was a sunny and loving person.” Gregory met Denise when she was 18 years old

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ach year Paso Robles celebrates Pioneer Day on the first Saturday of October with a bean feed, parade, and other activities—always adhering to the time-old “leave your pocketbook at home” motto. On October 12, 1931, Paso Robles businesses came together for the first time to celebrate and give thanks to their farmers and ranchers for what became the first annual Pioneer Day Parade. And now, 91 years later, Paso Roblans will still come together on the second Saturday of October to support their community. Each year, Pioneer day kicks off with a parade. You can see antique tractors and equipment, horse-drawn wagons, marching bands, mounted equestrian groups, youth and church groups, floats, vintage cars, fire engines, and more heading towards the park. Unfortunately, what you won’t see this year are the antique harvesters. With parklets still in place, the big ‘ole machinery just won’t be able to squeeze through! This year is Pioneer Day’s comeback after being canceled in 2020 because, well, we all know why at this point. Last year marked the 90th Pioneer Day Anniversary, and it was the second, no wait, the surprisingly fourth time the event has been canceled. In 1942, after the United States entered World War II, Paso Robles canceled its Pioneer Day festivities. Paso didn’t celebrate its pioneers again until 1945, with Gene Booth as chairman of the committee. But Paso Roblans are a strong group of people. They know how to push on. We are on the other side of a very unique year. One could say this is because some “tough nuts pioneered Paso Robles.” During the 1930s, Paso was known as “Almond City” or the “Almond Capital of the World.” But before that, Paso Robles and its surrounding areas were built by tenacious homesteaders. Many of whom’s lineage still call Paso home. A newspaper clipping from the Daily Telegram of Paso Robles dated October 12, 1936, described the pavement being lined with cars and dirt roads

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next to it full of horsemen and women heading north to Paso’s sixth annual Pioneer Day. I think that is a sight we all hope to see again this year. Families have been making memories at the parade since its start. From the parade to the little cowgirl and cowboy contest, memories are being made in every inch of downtown. During its start in 1931 and even now, the event still brings people together, from the outskirts of town to inland and everywhere in between. Many of whom may only get to see each other on this day every year. For many, it’s a day to relive old Paso. A day to remember the small cow town that once housed outlaw Jesse James himself. And Paul Viborg, “Pioneer Day is one of those special days that we can celebrate good old-fashioned Americana, right here in our hometown. Take a look at the tractors, the horses”. The Pioneer Day Parade starts promptly at 10 a.m. on Sat., October 9, in downtown Paso Robles. The parade route starts at 16th and Spring Street and ends surrounding the Paso Robles City Park. OCTOBER 9 PIONEER DAY SCHEDULE • 7:00 a.m. — Traditional Bean Cooking Begins - City Park • 8:00 a.m. — Children’s Pet Show/Little Cowboy/ Cowgirl & Pioneer Boy/girl contest - City Park Gazebo • 10:00 a.m. — Pioneer Day Parade - Starts at 16th & Spring St. • 12:00 — Free Bean Feed - City Park, bring your pots! • 12:00 — Carnegie Library/Historical Museum Opens - City Park • 12:00 — Pioneer Museum Activities (2010 Riverside Ave) » Tractor Demonstration » Old Gas Engine Show » Antique Equipment Display - Wagon & Tractor Display • 12:30 p.m. — Concert: The Carolyn Sills Combo - City Park Gazebo • 1:00 p.m. — Wiskerino Contest - Carnegie Library • 1:00 p.m. — Horseshoe Pitching Contest - City Park • 1:00 p.m. — Gymkhana - PR Event Center. 

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PIONEER DAY Tom Flynn Sr. is Named Paso Robles Pioneer Day


By Camille DeVaul


n Sunday, August 22, the Paso Robles Pioneer Day Committee announced this year’s Pioneer Day Royalty at the annual royalty dinner. Tom Flynn Sr. is this year’s Marshal, with Irene Elizabeth Smith Marquart standing by his side as this year’s Queen! Since the first Pioneer day in 1931, a Grand Marshal and Queen have been chosen from families who have settled our area or contributed to the community to reign over the celebration. Tom and Irene were also named the 2020 Pioneer Day Marshal and Queen, but since we did not get to celebrate them properly last year, they get to make history being royalty for two years in a row. “I don’t like making history, so doing the Marshal two years in a row is more exciting than I can handle, but I’m gonna work on it,” Tom says with a little laugh. Tom Flynn Sr. was born in San Fernando Valley on January 13, 1938. He was number ten of 13 children. His mother always taught her children the meaning of hard work, and they all had jobs and helped support the family. After high school, Tom joined the US Navy for two years and married his wife Sharon in 1960, just two days after she graduated high school. The two have been married for 61 years now. In 1961, Tom Jr. was born, and in 1963, their second son Marty was born. The boys showed an affinity for working with their dad from the time they were old enough to walk. “I trained them so well now I work for them,” says Tom. In 1978 Tom Sr. and Sharon brought their family to the Paso Robles area where Sharon’s father, Jack Phillips, was involved with the Oak Shores and Heritage Ranch developments. The Flynn’s came up for Thanksgiving and ended up purchasing 25 acres off Linne Road (across from what is now Cass Winery). Tom said they loved it high up on the hill. They had all the farm animals, a

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big garden, quite the experience plus a beautiful home. In 1979, Tom and Sharon went to their first Pioneer Day, and they were hooked. The couple got involved with Pioneer Day, Lions Club, and then Main Street. Some of their favorite memories were Main Street BBQ at Farmers Market on Friday nights, Crazy Days, and Lions Club Chicken BBQ in the park. The two dived into the town’s activities and didn’t look back. They followed the lead of people who set an example, like Ben and Judie Holsted, Jerry and Kathleen Reneau, Larry Eastwood, Ole and Sandy Viborg, Tom and Roslyn Moore, Terry and Sue Minshull, and of course Main Street’s Queen lady, Norma Moye. Although he misses the old days, when you knew everyone in town, the Main Street’s BBQ on Friday nights during the Farmer’s Market, Crazy Days, Lions Club Chicken BBQ in the Park are all fun memories! In all, Tom’s favorite of the Pioneer Day festivities is getting to know another side of people. He says, “Getting to know people outside of their real-world [is my favorite part]. People are a lot different when they’re not in the work mode—it’s pretty interesting to catch them off guard.” Tom Jr. and his wife Rosie have three daughters, Jenny (deceased), Marie, and Eryn. They have three grandchildren. Marty and his wife Teri have two daughters Angee and Nikkie. They are blessed with four grandchildren, and Tom Sr. and Sharon have seven great-grandchildren to love and spoil. If you know Tom, you may also know he prefers to be the guy behind the scene. He says, “I’m the guy who gets the job done, and nobody knows how it gets done and that works for me.” Collectively, the Flynn Family has chipped in to help make Paso Robles the unique and growing place that it is. Now, they manage the cemetery under contract with the Paso Robles District Cemetery Board. While he is excited to be named Marshall, Tom humbly says, “I like to stay in the background and just be the worker bee.” 

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PIONEER DAY Irene Elizabeth Smith Marquart is Named Paso Robles Pioneer Day


By Camille DeVaul


hen Pioneer Day was first celebrated on October 12, 1931, many traditions were born for Paso Robles. One being the Pioneer Day Royalty. Paso Robles’ first Pioneer Day saw Sam Eddy as their first Grand Marshal and Ann Casper as their first Belle. It wasn’t until 1932 when Paso chose their first Queen, Jennie Wiley. Now, 91 years later, the Pioneer Day Committee has chosen Tom Flynn of Paso Robles as their Grand Marshal and Irene Marquart of Templeton as their Queen. Queens, marshalls, and belles are chosen based on their family’s lineage or connection to Paso Robles’s history. Paso’s 2021 Queen, Irene Elizabeth Smith Marquart, was born November 24, 1921, in Fulton County, Arkansas. Like many at the time, Irene’s father went ahead of the family to California to look for work. In 1929, Irene’s mother sold all their belongings to buy a flatbed pick up truck, and seven siblings moved to the Creston area. One of Irene’s favorite memories growing up was listening to her mother play hymns on her organ. The very same organ is now on display in the Paso Robles Pioneer Museum. After attending elementary school houses in Geneseo and Linne, Irene went to Templeton High School, where she graduated in 1939. She spent her high school summers cooking with her sister Gladis McMillan for harvest crews of 16 men in Carrisa Plains. Today, although many have left the Carrisa Plains for greener pastures (literally), those same fields are farmed by some of the same families. Then, at one Saturday night dance at the Templeton Legion Hall, Irene met the handsome and lovable Nick Marquart. The two were married in 1930 on Nick’s family ranch, which he was managing. Nick Marquart’s family ranch is located in the Josephine area between Paso Robles and Cambria. In the 1870s, Nick’s grandfather, Nicholas A.

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Marquart, homesteaded the ranch. Fifth-generation Maquarts now run the ranch, and Irene still calls it home. Throughout the years, Nick and Irene have run dairy cows, farmed hay, raised beef cattle, farmed up to 1,000 laying hens, and even farmed Christmas trees. While Irene raised their three children, Nancy Louis Otto, Lucille Ann Milani, and Nicholas Andrew Marquart, she helped Nick run the ranch. Later she worked various jobs in the area. Lucille, one of Irene’s daughters, said, “She was a typical farmer’s wife; she worked. She did all the cooking, but she also helped with chores and things outside as well.” It is safe to say Irene kept herself busy doing chores, canning, tending gardens, and more. Lucille says they held a sustainable lifestyle. Nick and Irene have both been Farm Bureau members since 1939 and held various leadership positions. Both have been Templeton 4-H Club leaders, members of Happy Trails RV club, and charter members of the DO Paso Square Dance Club. Irene was also active in the Paso Robles Women’s club, Paso Robles Republican Women, and a docent at Templeton Historical Museum. The Paso Robles Pioneer Day has been a family tradition for the Marquart’s. In 2000, Nick was the Pioneer Day Marshall. For years, Irene danced on one of the square dancing floats. Now, it is Irene’s turn to wear the crown. “She’s been really excited about it. And very honored and thankful. She is feeling very blessed,” says Lucille. Sadly, Nick passed away in 2006 at the ripe age of 90 years. The two had three children together, Nancy Otto, Lucille Milani, and Nick Jr. Today Irene has six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and recently welcomed her first great-great-grandchild. In November, Irene will be turning 100 years young. At the age of 99, Irene says, “My life has been a long, happy one for which I am very thankful!” 

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n addition to a Queen and Marshal, a Pioneer Day Belle is chosen along with her Belle Attendants. Belle’s usually are fresh high school graduates and young women. Her family has deep-rooted connections in the Paso Robles community. A belle’s attendants represent the different areas that make up Paso and can vary each year. Areas often represented are Carissa Plains, Creston, Parkfield, Templeton, Adelaide, Linne Township, Paso Robles, San Miguel, and so many more. Two belles were chosen this year, one for 2020 (since we missed last year) and one for 2021.

2020 Belle & Attendee

The 2020 Pioneer Day Belle is Jenna Smith representing the Adelaida area. Jenna’s great-grandmother, Mildred “Mickey” Florence Schroeder, was born on the Kentucky Ranch in Adelaida in 1916 to John David Schroeder and Ada Rebecca Heaton Schroeder. She was one of nine children. Mickey was close to her cousin Lydia Claassen Franklin, Megan Hewston’s great-grandmother, and cousin El Casteel. Casteel did most of the beautiful rockwork at the Mid-State Fairgrounds. R.C. Heaton, Mickey’s uncle, owned the famous Heatons Hardware Store which was located on the corners of 13th and Park Streets. Jenna graduated from Paso Robles High School (PRHS) in 2020. Her great-great Aunt Ellen Hansen Schroeder was the 2017 Pioneer Day Queen. She is now attending Cuesta College

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and hopes to transfer to a university and pursue a degree in elementary education. Jenna’s parents are Jeff and Jill Vierra Smith, and her Grandparents are Dave and Shirley Brown Pina and Dennis and Susie Pangburn Smith. Related families: Heaton, Schroeder, Franklin, Claassen, Morehouse, Bonnefield, Brown Pangburn, and Smith. Ardis Warner is the 2020 Belle Attendant representing the Templeton area. Ardis’s four times great-grandfather, Niels Johnson, came to the Templeton area in 1889 from Denmark. Ardis’s great-great Aunt Beverly Lyle Turnquist was the Pioneer Day Queen in 2008, and her great-great Uncle Harrison Wilson was the Marshal in 1996. Her parents are Ellsworth and Jesse Warner, and her grandparents are Renee Nance Warner and Ellsworth Warner. Ardis is a 2020 PRHS graduate. She is planning on attending Cuesta College and transferring to Cal Poly to study Ag Business. Related families: Johnson, Lyle, Nance, Wilson, and Warner.

2021 Belle

Isabelle Stemper is Paso Robles 2021 Pioneer Day Belle and is representing the Creston area. Isabelle’s three times great-grandparents, Pete and Mary Giger, came to the Creston area from Luxembourg in 1892. They bought a homestead for 82 dollars. This left them pretty much penniless, but after 13 years of working hard and saving, they purchased the only hotel, saloon, and livery stable in the town. Isabelle’s great-grandfather,

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Russell Stemper, met and married Helen Perry in 1939. Russell was a rancher and construction worker. His business motto was “We move Earth.” He worked and ran this business for many years along with his six sons. When Isabell’s grandparent’s, Dave and Mary Weyrich, first came to the area in 1980, they were greeted by the young woman representing the Welcome Wagon Committee, Dawn Stemper, and her young son Chad, Isabelle’s Dad. Mary was pregnant at this time with Isabelle’s mom, Kathleen. It was fate in our small world. Isabelle is a senior this year attending PRHS. She plans to attend college with a major in Biomedical Engineering and go on to become a surgeon. Related families: Giger, Wells, Schlegal, Perry, Montague, Weyrich and Stemper

2021 Belle Attendants

Avery Hambly is representing the Paso Robles area. Her parents are Milton and Gina Horzen Hambly, and her grandparents are Tony and Karen Mastagni Horzen and Les and Sandy Conover Hambly. Avery’s family first settled in the Paso Robles area in 1896, where the Firestone Walker Brewery is today. In 2015, Avery’s great-Grandmother, Mary Drake Mastagni, was Pioneer Day Queen and her older sister, Mary, was the Belle. Avery is a senior at PRHS. She plans to attend college and pursue an education in Agriculture. Related families: Wilkinson, Drake, Morris, Conover, Mastagni, Horzen, and Hambly. Megan Hewston is representing the Willow Creek area. Her parents are Michael and Jill Franklin Hewston and her grandparents are Leonard and Linda Franklin and Mike and Pam Hewston. Megan is the sixth generation to represent this area through her mother’s family, the Claassens’ and Franklins’. They settled the area where Heritage Ranch is and where Megan and her family live today.

Megan is a senior attending the Trivium Charter School. She also attends Cuesta College as dual enrollment. She plans on attending Nursing School. Related families: Franklin, Claassen, and Hewston. Hailey Hodel is representing Keys Canyon in the Estrella area. Her parents are Henry and Tamara Marks Hodel, and her grandparents are Ronald and Joan Testerman Hodel, Anya Light Marks, and Robert Marks. Hailey traced her pioneer ancestry on her grandmother Joan’s side back to the 1870s. Hailey attends PRHS as a senior. She plans on attending university to study psychology or something in medicine. Related families: Testerman, Sauret, Horstman, Mack and Hodel. Vanessa Mowreader is representing the San Miguel Area. Her parents are Eric and Kelly Welch Mowreader, and her grandparents are Greig and Gwen Long Welch. Vanessa is a 5th generation Paso Roblan through her three times great-grandparents, John and Zora Lee Strain Meeks, who came here in the late 1930s. Vanessa is also a senior at PRHS this year. She is planning to attend college in Santa Barbara and pursue a career as a surgical nurse. Related families: Chames, Meeks, Long, and Welch. Mia Lojacono-Smith is representing the Hesperia area. Her parents are Ashley Lojacono and Jed Smith, and her grandparents are Rick and Brenda Lojacono and Clay Smith and Lora Jones. The first Smith to come to the Hesperia area in the late 1800s was Mia’s three times great-grandfather, John Parks Hamilton-Smith the second. Mia is a Senior at PRHS this year. After graduating, she plans to enlist in the military and eventually attend college. Related families: Roth, Weferling, Ray, Lojacono, and Smith. 

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PIONEER DAY The Annual Pioneer Day Tradition

BEAN FEED By Camille DeVaul

forget who donated the beef for it, but the story at that time was one he Paso Robles Pioneer of the ranchers in the area donated Day Bean Feed is back the beef and said ‘well if this goes for its 91st anniversary on on three or four years I’ll probaOctober 9. bly donate some of my beef instead David Kudija, captain of the of going over and russlin’ someone bean feed, said, “We’re beefing it else.’” up because we are expecting after Well, this unknown rancher was everyone’s been cramped up for 20 in luck, because after two years, the months now that they’re going to Pioneer Day committee started servcome out in droves, so we want to ing King City Pink Beans. be ready for them.” And to this day, they still do. Due to the COVID pandemic The preparation for the bean feed shutdowns in 2020, there was no begins in August. All 13 large cookPioneer Day bean feed or parade ing pots are pulled out and inspected celebration. for damage. The only other time Pioneer Day Then the beans are ordered from and the Bean Feed were canceled King City, triple cleaned. Have you was from 1942-1944, during World ever cleaned hundreds of pounds of War II. beans for dirt and rocks? As someBut considering the Pioneer Day one with a lot of experience with and Bean Feed were born amid tragdry beans, I can tell you, having edy, it would be only fit for the Paso them come to you triple cleaned is Robles Pioneer days to keep going a godsend. through the world’s current trials and On the Thursday leading up to the tribulations. big feed, the city’s water crew steam “We’re happy to be going again,” cleans all of the cooking pots. David said. The beans used to be cooked over October 12, 1931, amid a depresa wood fire until the 1970s. The sand sion, the people of Paso Robles was laid down, and cooking pots gathered around their downtown were sat on a rack so the fires could city park for what would be the first be stoked continuously. Then the Pioneer Day Parade and Bean Feed. bean crew switched to using propane Reverend Dean Thackeray noticed burners. Propane is then donated by a growing divide between Paso PROPANE CO. Robles townsmen and their counRather than soaking and then try folk. Inspired by a similar event cooking, the dry beans don’t hit the from his previous home in Utah, Rev. water until the morning of Pioneer Thackeray brought his community Day. The beans are put into the pots, together to create what would later be known as Paso Robles Pioneer Day. covered with water, and start cooking by 6 a.m. and are done by 10:30 a.m. It was a day to give thanks to Paso’s farmers and ranchers. Because the beans are purchased fresh from the latest harvest and are a “Leave your pocketbook at home,” said Reverend Thackeray. smaller variety, they cook in just a few hours. And so they did. Businesses closed, and people came into town from A crew of about 15 people volunteer to cook and serve the beans on every nook and cranny. And an annual Paso Robles tradition was born. Pioneer Day. Volunteers come from the Lions Club, Boy Scout Troop 60, Volunteers made enough beef stew to feed an army. firefighters, and anyone else who wants to pitch in. Bob Tullock, a previous Grand Marshal in the Pioneer Day Parade, “I David was drafted four years ago as head of the beans. He got his


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bean experience from helping Boy Scout Troop 60 with their Mother’s Day Meal in a Box, which served 300 pounds of beans a year. “It’s a whole of us that makes it happen—it’s been fun,” says David. His bean predecessor Larry Eastwood, former longtime owner of Vic’s Cafe, was in charge of beans for over 40 years. Larry, a lifetime member of the Lions Club, was given the recipe and told to take over. Larry enjoyed the camaraderie of the day. Paso was a small-town community where everyone knew each other. Families set up picnics in the park, brought fried chicken and all the fixings. Everyone came up with their little pot to get beans back to the picnic blanket. The man in charge of beans before Larry was none other than Camp Robert’s Staff Sergeant Victor B. Buckley. Victor, or Vic,

opened Vic’s Cafe in 1942 with his wife, Lorna. And at some point, he became Staff Sergeant of the Bean Feed. The bean recipe has been passed down and tweaked here and there throughout the years. There’s no special ingredient, no fancy tricks: just beans, seasoning, and some good company. Many memories have been made with these little beans being an underestimated side dish. Frank Mecham, former and first elected mayor of Paso Robles, remembers, “When I was a kid, I lived down on Pine Street, 15th and Pine, and our job was to always go up to the park and take a pot and get some beans, come home and have a bbq.” So get your pots and picnic blankets ready. Beans are served by the clock tower across from the park starting at noon. See you there! 

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Taste of Paso • Sip & Savor


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he much-maligned wine is long past its identity crisis. Not only is merlot trending and here to stay, but it’s also a verb, joining the likes of Google, Zoom, and Instagram. Such as — shall we merlot for lunch? Or are you merlot-ing tonight? I’m ready to merlot. Possibilities are endless. Seemingly, the hex on merlot has lifted from the 2004 film “Sideways,” especially the seminal phrase that caused much damage to this medium-bodied pleasurable wine. (If you don’t get the reference Google it!) Enter #MerlotMe movement, now kicking off its ninth year in October. Thanks to the efforts of Napa Valley’s Duckhorn family, noted for its high-end luxury merlots, and other Napa merlot producers, bloggers, and influencers are jumping on the merlot bandwagon. According to the 2020 MerlotMe stats, social media awareness racked up a whopping 18,724,611 impressions. The month-long ode to merlot which culminates on November 7 as National Merlot Day, will be celebrated by more than 100 merlot producers, wine merchants, restaurants, and consumers as they taste and toast online (#MerlotMe) and at events, homes, and restaurants around the World. For the past three years, I’ve been corralling Paso merlot winemakers to gather around a lineup of local merlots. This year a tasting hosted by Paris Valley Road Estate Winery brought together Paso winemakers and merlot aficionados, among them Doug Hidinger, Adam and Angie Lazarre, Don Arndt, Neeta Mittal, and Chris Kern. “Merlot is the reason I became a commercial winery in 2012,” declared Don Arndt of Arndt Cellars. “It’s my number-two selling wine.” Ardnt poured his 2016 vintage, sourced from Penman Springs Vineyard, a deep garnet-hued wine effusive with black cherries and just the right amount of oak. On the other hand, Hidinger, winemaker at Paris Valley Road (PVR) Estate Winery, noted that they bring out the merlot as a surprise wine in the tasting room. “People can’t identify it,” he said. Produced from its RBZ Vineyard, the medium-bodied 2017 vintage was a rush of red fruits and tart cherries anchored with firm tannins. “Ours is a dark horse that’s coming along,” announced Angie Lazarre. The Lazarre merlot was launched in 2010, and at the time, they couldn’t get people to try it; Angie recalled a wine that is selling fast

now. Luxurious on the palate and insanely seductive, the 2017 rocked with ripe blackberries, revealing traces of Paso garrigue. Hidinger admitted that till the narrative changes, winemakers are going to use it in blends. “It brings something to the table in blends Agreed, it’s popular as a blending wine, but a varietal merlot can reveal its opulence and decadence, bursting with ripe red fruits and soaring with savory notes. And it’s these characteristics that got Écluse owner-winemaker Steve Lock, who was making merlot as a blending wine for the past 15 years, to switch to varietal merlot beginning with the 2017 vintage, a wine that was lush with waves of ripe cherries and firm tannins. Laura Kramer, on the other hand, has been producing varietal merlot all along. “It’s one of my favorite wines we grow on the estate,” said the winemaker of Kramer Estate Wines. Yet, her current 2018 release is a 50/50 blend of merlot and petit verdot, a bold and sassy muscle-flexing wine. J. Lohr’s three styles of merlot ranged from fruit-forward 2018 vintages from El Pomar and Creston Districts to the luxurious merlot-driven 2017 Cuvée Pom, a nod to Bordeaux’s Pomerol region. The 2019 Ancient Peaks was a silky and exuberant merlot crafted by Mike Sinor from its Santa Margarita Ranch, the 2018 Donati Family Reserve, lush with blueberry flavors and smoky accent, and a deliciously supple 2018 Madeline’s. Merlots from Paso’s different enclaves, while true to their flavors of cherries and plums, expressed a broad spectrum of characteristics. The eastside merlots from wineries such as Stillwaters, Sculpterra, Robert Hall, Broken Earth, and Hearst Ranch were bold and fruit-forward, whereas the westside representation from wineries like Rangeland, Castoro Cellars, Four Lanterns, and Justin were full-bodied with complex structure. There were a handful of 2018 Napa merlots in the lineup: the signature Duckhorn, vibrant and effusive with ripe cherries; an elegant and perfumy Seavey; the Peju Legacy Collection, ringing with Bing cherries and traces of white pepper; and the silky 2017 St. Supéry, a carousel of black plums backed with hints of mocha. When tasting Paso merlots alongside Napa, the consensus was that Napa merlots showed consistency in profile and texture while the Paso merlots revealed a maverick style, ranging from herbaceous to overly worked and everything in between. Isn’t that characteristic of Paso? Its diversity that defines Paso’s varied winemaking culture. “Embrace it and celebrate it,” said Hidinger, in the true spirit of merlot’s approachable profile. Check out other Paso merlots from Fratelli Perata, Midnight Cellars, Mitchella, Opolo, Le Vigne, Pear Valley, Penman Springs, Bianchi, and Tobin James. Merlot responsibly. 

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Taste of Americana

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The Right Time for Pumpkin Time

here’s nothing like “pumpkin-time.” From growing them to carving them and cooking them. I simply love pumpkins, and I know I’m not alone, as proved by the many pumpkin stands, festivals, and recipes for its use. In most collections of family photos, you’ll find young children sitting on pumpkins or standing in a field of pumpkins. When our boys were little, we lived in Santa Barbara, and our favorite pumpkin patch was between the Mira Mar Hotel and Santa Claus Lane on the west side of 101 Hwy.

New England is known for pumpkin festivals where you can sample pumpkin cooked in every possible way, from pumpkin stew to pumpkin pancakes. Naturally, pumpkin pie is an all-time favorite. Pumpkins are a symbol of our colonial heritage and the ability of the cooks of those days to use the gourds in more than one recipe. Leftover Jack O’Lanterns are not the preferred pumpkin for pies, but small, sweet pumpkins known as “sugar” pumpkins are available in all of our markets today and are the best for pies. Enjoy! 





Ingredients: • 2½ to 3-pound sugar pumpkin (or one 16-ounce can solid-pack pumpkin) • ½ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar • ½ cup molasses or maple syrup • 1 teaspoon cinnamon • ½ teaspoon ground ginger • 1¼ teaspoons nutmeg • 1¼ teaspoons ground cloves • 2 eggs • 1 cup heavy cream • Pastry for 1 (9-inch) pie crust Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cover jelly roll pan with foil and place pumpkin in the center. Pierce pumpkin about a dozen times with a fork. Bake until flesh is tender and most of the moisture has evaporated, 1 to 1½ hours. Cool. Split the pumpkin in half and discard the seeds. Measure out about 2½ cups pulp, place in a mixing bowl, and mash with mixer or potato masher. Blend in brown sugar, molasses, and spices. Beat in eggs and cream. Pour into prepared pie crust.

Ingredients: • 2½ cups all-purpose flour • 2½ teaspoons baking powder • 1 teaspoon kosher salt • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon • 1 tablespoon ground ginger • 2 eggs • One 15-ounce can puréed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling, just unsweetened puréed pumpkin) • ¾ cup olive oil • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bottom and sides of 9-inch round cake pan with baking spray and line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper for good measure and set the pan aside. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and ginger. Crack eggs into another large bowl and whisk well to combine. Add pumpkin, olive oil, and brown sugar and whisk to mix well. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture until just combined. Us a rubber spatula to scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth surface, so it is even. Bake cake until golden brown, barely firm to the touch, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Let cake cool in pan on a wire rack to room temperature. Use a dinner knife to loosen the edges of the cake from pan sides and then invert the cake onto a work surface. Peel off and discard parchment. Invert cake one more time onto a serving platter, Cut into wedges and serve.

Preheat oven again, this time to 425 degrees. Place pie on baking sheet in bottom third of the oven. Bake 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 20 minutes longer. Move pie to the center of the oven and continue baking until filling is set, another 25 to 30 minutes. Cool. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a light sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg.

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A World Entranced

By Melissa Guerra


n the heart of wine country, at a winery ranked number two most beautifully designed in the world by Architectural Digest, with wine from San Luis Obispo County’s Winemaker of the Year, Jordan Fiorentini, a small group gathered to enjoy the sounds of GRAMMY® Award-nominated JP Saxe at an intimate, outdoor concert. The perfect weather, combined with the intimate experience, including a meet and greet with the artist, created an atmosphere of comfort and familiarity. Guests were able to request songs and share stories of how Saxe’s music had impacted their lives, including me, as I walked down the aisle for my wedding to his song “The Few Things” last month. Saxe himself stated that he planned on trying to keep things classy for wine country but that through the requests of songs, it was clear that guests didn’t mind some cheeky vibes. This event was brought together by 88 Vines Entertainment, created by Danny Cooper, who has over 30 years of experience in both music and wine and was looking for ways to bring the two together. 88 Vines Entertainment promoted and marketed the artist and the winery throughout the LA and OC metro, as well as SLO county areas. “Our goal is to make more people aware of Epoch Estate Wines and Paso Robles wine country in general, as well as to help promote the artist’s new album and upcoming Fall tour,” Cooper shared.

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The caterer for the event was Field to Table Catering, a central coast company created by Tracy Labastida in August 2013. Labastida started in the produce fields before his passion shifted from growing the produce to cooking it. The company maintains strong relationships with local farmers to complete Labastida’s vision of using fresh, local ingredients to craft amazing, mouth-watering menus to complement local events. The wines served at the dinner were all Epoch Estate wines from winemaker Jordan Fiorentini. Fiorentini oversees all the wine and vines decisions as well as day-to-day operations in the winery. Dedicated and not afraid to push the envelope, Fiorentini brings an enthusiastic and experienced spirit to Epoch wines and creates tasting notes to help guests pair them perfectly with their food. The night started with a welcome pour of Rosé, and the tasting room was open for guests to sample other wines from Epoch throughout the night along with the dinner. After the meet and greet dinner was served, JP Saxe took to the stage and began the informal performance, which suits his style of lyrics that always present heartfelt authenticity. “My favorite music has always been the songs that make me feel closer to myself, and I want to make that kind of music. In order to do that, I have to be as close to myself as possible when I write these songs. So, it feels like you get to hear what I’m thinking,” the artist shared. Saxe’s life has always revolved around music from a young age, and after quitting piano as a young kid, he picked it up again to accompany his own vocals. His songwriting career began for other artists but shifted when he first started creating “The Few Things” while sitting at a piano. The shift to telling his own stories in his songs was when he learned to start listening to his instincts and trusting his own taste above all. He found that playing music for someone else was always a moving target, but playing music for himself ended up touching so many people who could relate to the lyrics. Saxe gained momentum with his song “If The World Was Ending,” featuring Julia Michaels, and continues to keep the world entranced with his songs that allow intimate looks into his emotions.  You can follow JP Saxe through his website,, and watch 88 Vines for more artists they plan to bring to the Paso Robles area at

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n October 6, North County Pilates (NCP) celebrates 15 years of helping their clients feel their best! Owner and Pilates instructor Melissa Barton fell in love with Pilates over 15 years ago when she found it relieved her chronic pain from an injury when she was a teenager. Melissa has combined her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from Cal Poly with training from the prestigious BASI Pilates training with Karen Clippinger at Cal State Long Beach. Needless to say, she knows how the body works, and she knows how to help her clients get their movement back or improve. "I love being able to see people get back into all the things that they've always loved doing," Melissa shared. She explains pilates is an effective workout that helps clients live painfree, whether that pain comes from new or previous injuries like herself or simply from age. Melissa found NCP while she was at Cal Poly. She ended up interning at the studio and then worked there for four years as an instructor. Six years ago, she bought the studio and today continues its legacy of being a unique and welcoming environment. All of NCP's instructors are well knowledgeable in Pilates, the movement of the body, and other various forms of exercise. Melissa continues to share why Pilates is so effective, "It works all your small muscle groups. It helps with the dexterity of your body—that fine motor control."

The team at NCP offers group or private sessions and even classes through Zoom. They also know the importance of everyone, and every body is different. That is why they don't offer "cookie-cutter" workouts. Before joining a group session, Melissa has clients go through five private sessions. This gives clients one-on-one attention to learn how pilates works and gives the instructor a chance to understand how the client's body works. "We are attentive, and we build everything around who that person is and what their goals are--but we want to make each person feel important," Melissa explained. NCP is located on Traffic Way in Atascadero. The studio is nestled in a light-filled brick studio that was once the home of the original Atascadero Fire Station, built in 1926. Current clients and anyone curious about pilates are welcome to visit the studio on October 8 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for NCP's anniversary celebration! There will be wine and knowledgeable Pilates instructors there, so it's the perfect time to learn more about the studio and the art of Pilates. "I want people to know how beneficial Pilates is and how it helps us continue doing all the things we love doing as we age or after we get injured. It's a great time to learn about your body and get to know yourself and how to be more self-aware of our bodies," Melissa stated.  Anyone wanting to learn more about classes offered or to sign up can visit the North County Pilates websites at

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edges Insurance Services has been serving our community since 1989 and is heading into its Annual Election Period, which will be open from October 15 through December 7. Hedges sells health and life insurance with an emphasis on Medicare and employee benefit plans. “The real enjoyment is being able to save people money,” owner Mike Hedges shared. “I love being able to save seniors money.” For many, the world of health insurance can be a daunting labyrinth of strange terminology and excessive paperwork. It can be intimidating and overwhelming. “There are so many nuances and rules of Medicare,” Mike explained, “and people are paying too much because this is not like buying an airline ticket or a hotel room online, so we don’t charge anything for our service. The companies pay us. Our allegiance is to the client only, and never to a company.” This time of the year, just before the open enrollment period, Mike concentrates on getting the word out that there are opportunities for people. “One of the benefits that we’re really excited about now is that we have a product where you get free membership to Kennedy Club Fitness,” Mike explained. “If you’re a couple, that’ll save you a thousand bucks a year!” Mike grew up in Covina and enjoyed sales even as a child. He sold World’s

Finest Chocolate at his Catholic school, mowed lawns, and threw newspapers as a youth. After High School, Mike moved to Dana Point, where he had a business refurbishing furniture. In addition, he spent time working in home improvement, which included remodeling kitchens as well. Eventually, he began selling health insurance to self-employed people and found success by simply knocking on the doors of businesses. “The whole point of sales is doing a good job for your customer,” Mike said, “with good follow-through and providing the right product for the right situation.” Hedges Insurance is a family business with a four-person staff. “We are successful insuring thousands of people in the North County alone only because of the quality of our staff,” Mike shared. “It’s family-run, so everybody has a vested interest in the quality of service our company provides. We have four agents, and we treat our clients like we treat our parents and friends by doing a good job for them and helping them get what will work best for them in their situation. One size doesn’t fit all, and far too many people have agents who will sell a job and forget about them. Our staff collectively, between four agents, has over 80 years of experience selling Medicare, so we’ve run into a lot of situations.”  To learn more about Mike and his team at Hedges Insurance Services, visit or call (805)466-9048.

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ecause of the pandemic, I have attended most local school board meetings virtually and observed local governance in action. Previously, when I mentioned an upcoming local board meeting requiring my attendance, some people would joke, “You mean a bored meeting, don’t you?” I’m afraid I have to disagree with anyone considering local school board meetings boring, irrelevant, or a waste of time. Today more than at any time in my nearly 40-year career, I find local boards important, relevant, and crucial in navigating turbulent times. Locally elected school board members or “trustees” are non-partisan members of our community that ideally reflect the diversity of the Central Coast. According to the National School Boards Association, a nationwide organization, 44 percent of school trustees are female (more than the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate). Nearly 25 percent of elected school board members are from underrepresented ethnic populations. Every school district in the country has an elected board of trustees. Approximately 95,000 school board members make up the largest group of elected officials in the country. In addition to parents, teachers, staff, and administrators, school board members directly influence the quality of education provided within the communities they represent. Most school boards convene one-to-two times per month, are open to the public, and provide governance for the schools they represent. A subtle but significant note is that these are meetings of the board in public, not public meetings. Trustees serve four-year terms with staggered terms to prevent large vacancies from occurring all at once. A trustee must be a registered voter who is at least 18 years old, a citizen of the state they represent, live in the jurisdiction boundaries, and eligible under the ~ Andrew Zimmern state’s constitution to be elected to public office. Depending upon the school district’s size, most trustees are unpaid or receive a small stipend and possibly health insurance coverage. School districts are complex, multi-million dollar organizations. Board members can work from 10 to 40 hours per month on

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school district governance matters. Governing boards oversee the needs of students, the needs of families, budgets, and provide solid stewardship for the nation’s schools. Highly functional school boards fill a vital role in maintaining local districts by always keeping the best interests of students first. Boards should model civility when celebrating successes or dealing with challenges. Successful school boards understand that boards govern while the superintendent, district administrators, teachers, and staff manage their schools. Five critical components of effective school boards are setting a vision, advancing policy, demonstrating accountability, playing a leadership role in the community, and forging civil consensus. The last component is often one of the most difficult to maintain in today’s media-drenched political atmosphere. The title of this article is “Motion, Second, Discussion & Civility,” not “my way or the highway.” An effective board is secure with differing votes that reflect the community they represent. Confident boards often encourage diverse opinions while building a consensus that moves items forward with a majority vote representing the people who elected the trustees. Experienced school board members know that true consensus is not about winners and losers. Motion, Second, Discussion asks all participants to consider and eventually affirm the key points: 1. “Are all voices heard?” 2. “Is the item understood?” 3. “Is it clear that the will of the group has emerged around the proposal?” When a motion is made by a trustee and another trustee seconds the motion, the board then discusses/listens/votes on the action. True democracy exists when civility is maintained, authentic dialogue occurs, and a majority vote takes place. I encourage everyone reading this article to thank our locally elected trustees, attend a school board meeting, and engage in the civic process with civility. The Institute for Local Government reminds us that local officials are grappling with complex issues. Bringing as many perspectives on the best solution to a given problem increases the likelihood that the solution will be successful and enduring. Please contact your local school district or the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education for additional information. It is an honor to serve as your County Superintendent of Schools. 

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Two Words

“It was a beautiful Saturday morning; the sun beamed in through the kitchen window as Trey Collins read his morning newspaper. He looked up from the newspaper for a moment as Brooke entered the room. He stopped, and he glanced at her again; something was different. Her hair, “Hum, shorter, looks good,” he thought. He went back to his newspaper without mentioning his thoughts to her; he continued reading the newspaper where he left off. Trey and Brooke met after college, got married, and settled into their lives together. A decade had passed, and they had fallen into a holding pattern that left them minimally satisfied in their relationship. But they settle into their day-to-day existence, like roommates. Trey put down his newspaper and took a moment to look at Brooke. For the first time in a long time, he really saw her. It wasn’t her hair change that stood out to him. There was something in her green eyes that was stunning. That “something” had likely been there all along. He smiled. “You’re beautiful.” Then, like a thunderbolt of lightning, she looked up surprised and puzzled. Not knowing how to respond, she just stared back at him. They had been all about the work, and they had forgotten why they were a couple. In an instant, her puzzlement changed to acceptance and adoring eyes. She finally responded, “Thank you.” Her eyes and smile shined with gratitude. At that moment, things were suddenly different between Brooke and Trey. They had rekindled the bond between them that had dim through the years of neglect. All Saturday morning, plans went out the window. Instead, they spent the rest of the day together, laughing, and enjoying each other’s company. Two words in one unexpected moment changed everything. NOW OFFERING TELEMEDICINE CONSULTS


ur fictional story is an ordinary day, nothing special, a routine Saturday, probably like most Saturdays. On this day, only two words were exchanged between them. But those heartfelt words changed the course of their day and renewed their love for each other. Our words have that kind of power. Words can do so many things; they can destroy, they can hurt, or they can uplift and encourage. What we say matters, and appreciating those we love is so important in cultivating a healthy relationship. I am no expert on relationships, but I grew up with parents who loved each other deeply and openly displayed their affection. Unfortunately, my mother has recently passed away, and my father is living through loss and grief that only someone married for 63 years can understand. Their love and words made their relationship so strong. It was beautiful to see what amazing friendship they shared and how much they meant to each other. Can you think of two words right now that may make or change someone’s day? Simply saying, “Love you” can change someone’s dark to light. Feeling appreciated and loved is a basic instinct and, even more importantly, is being able to express appreciation and love to others. This is not as instinctual or easy for some individuals to display. If you are one of those people that can express themselves openly, you are blessed. Share your gratitude and love to those around you. For those who struggle, keep trying. You’ll get there. Each day is an opportunity to express truth and kindness. In the midst of chaos and uncertain times, our words can give clarity and support to those around us. Our expressions and heartfelt words can provide hope and light. Choosing words that heal and encourage can make the difference. Keeping in mind, words are easy to say but harder to take back. Let us all strive to choose our words wisely and share love freely. Live life with intention, expressing kindness and love in all you do. Live with purpose. 

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Calendar of of Cendar


EVENTS October



Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday THE HAUNT IN ATASCADERO 5805 EL CAMINO REAL TIME: Your Choice DETAILS: All tickets are now timed ticketing. You'll need to choose a time period to visit us. Visit for tickets and for up to date info.

Every Tuesday (5th, 12th, 19th, 26th)


TIME: 9:00 - 11:30 a

Every Wednesday (6th, 13th, 20th, 27th)

OCT. 2

TIME: 3:00 - 6:00 p

Every Saturday (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th)


OCT. 7







TIME: 10:00 a -3:00 p DETAILS: • Parade runs along El Camino Real

TIME: 7:00 a - 4:00 p DETAILS: $45 to enter a car, $10 spectator. 12 and under free.

TIME: Registration Open DETAILS: TTR's bocce complex is now open. Register at

OCT. 9

OCT. 16







TIME: 10:00 a DETAILS: Bring your lawn chairs, hats and sunscreen. This year’s Pioneer Day marks 91 years.

TIME: 5:00 - 9:00 p DETAILS: Self-guided art walk gives an opportunity to experience art in galleries and other venues. Visit for up to date info.

TIME: 1:00 p DETAILS: Tickets now on sale for $10 per person. Available for purchase at the gate and online at


Stay up on all the events and happenings in North San Luis Obispo County!

OCT. 23 ZOO BOO AT THE CHARLES PADDOCK ZOO 9100 MORRO RD, ATASCADERO TIME: 5:00 - 8:30 p DETAILS: Get your best costume ready and bring the entire family out to a not-too-scary evening at Zoo Boo!

OCT. 31





TIME: 10:00 a - 5:00 p DETAILS: Free event featuring antiques, arts, crafts, food, children’s activities, a spelling bee, and more!

TIME: 4:00 - 6:00 p DETAILS: Join in on the spooky fun this Halloween at this safe, familyfriendly event.


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Community Services

At the Library

Business & Networking

6290 Adams St.,• (805) 237-3010 • (805) 238-0506 1225 Park St., Paso Robles, CA 93446

Creston Library

Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce

Santa Margarita Library 9630 Murphy Ave • (805) 438-5622

Templeton Chamber of Commerce

San Miguel Library • (805) 434-1789 321 S. Main Street #C, Templeton, CA 93465

Health & Wellness

254 13th St. (805) 467-3224

Shandon Library 195 N 2nd St. • (805) 237-3009

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

Service Organizations

Cancer Support Community Providing support, education and hope 1051 Las Tablas Road, Templeton • (805) 238-4411 • Cancer Support Helpline • (888) 793-9355, 6 a.m.- 6 p.m. PST. Special Programs

Email for zoom links

• Every Wednesday • Tai Chi Chih | Virtual • 10:00 - 11:00 a • Mindfulness Hour | Virtual • 11:30 a - 12:30 a • 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month • Grief Support Group | Virtual • 1:30 p - 2:30 p • 1st Thursday of each month • Breast Cancer Support Group | Virtual • 11:00 - 12:00 p

• 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month • Adv. Cancer Support Group | Virtual • 10:00 - 11:00 a • 2nd Tuesday of each month • Young Survivor Support Group | Hybrid • 6:00 - 7:30 p • 2nd Wednesday of each month • Caregiver Support Group | Virtual • 10:00 - 11:00 a • 2nd Thursday of each month • Cancer Patient Support Group | Virtual • 11:00 - 12:00 p

American Legion Post 50

Elks Lodge

Lions Club

240 Scott St., Paso Robles • (805) 239-7370 • Hamburger Lunch | Every Thursday, 11:00 a - 1:00 p, $6 • Post Meeting | 4th Tuesday, 6:30 p

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

Paso Robles Club 2407 • 1420 Park St. • Meeting — Every 2nd, 4th Tuesday at 7 p.m. San Miguel Club 2413 • 256 13th St. • Meeting — 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 7 p.m. Shandon Valley Club • (630) 571-5466 • Meeting — Call ahead for meeting times Templeton Club 2427 • 601 Main St. • Meeting — 1st and 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m.

Veterans of Foreign Wars • Paso Robles #10965 — 240 Scott St. • (805) 239-7370

Kiwanis International Paso Robles •1900 Golden Hill Road • Meeting — Tuesday, 12:00 p.m.

Rotary International Paso Robles Sunrise Courtyard by Marriott, 12 S Vine St. • Meeting — every Thursday, 12:00 p.m.

Government Paso Robles

• City Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 6:30 p • Senior Citizens Advisory Committee . . . . . 2nd Monday, 1:30 p • Parks & Rec. Advisory Committee . . . . . . . 2nd Monday, 4:00 p • Planning Commission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 6:30 p • Paso Robles Democratic Club . . . . . . . . . . 3rd Wednesday, 6:30 p • Library Board of Trustees . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2nd Thursday, 9:00 a • Airport Commission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4th Thursday, every other month, 6:30 p For general info, call City Hall M-F 8:00 a - 5:00 p at (805) 227-7276. Visit

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County of San Luis Obispo All meetings below meet at the County Government Center, Board of Supervisors Chambers 1055 Monterey St, Room D170, San Luis Obispo • (805) 781-5000 • Subdivision Review Board . . . . . . . . . . . . 1st Monday, 9:00 a • Board of Supervisors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 9:00 a • Parks & Recreation Commission . . . . . . . . 4th Tuesday, 6:00 p • Airport Land Use Commission . . . . . . . . . . 3rd Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. • Air Pollution and Control Board . . . . . . . . . 4th Wednesday of every odd month, 9:00 a • Local Agency Formation Commission . . . . . 3rd Thursday, 9:00 a • Planning Department Hearing . . . . . . . . . . 1st and 3rd Friday, 9:00 a Visit for virtual & up to date meeting info.

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



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

Bridge Christian Church

9315 Pismo Ave. 10:00 a.m. at the Pavilion Rev. Elizabeth Rowley Hogue (805) 460-0762

Calvary Chapel Paso Robles

Awakening Ways Spiritual Community

Congregation Ohr Tzafon

“The Northern Light” 2605 Traffic Way Atascadero, CA 93422 Friday Night Service 7:30 PM Rabbi Janice Mehring (805) 466-0329

Cornerstone Community Church 9685 Morro Road 8:45 & 10:45 AM Pastor John Marc Wiemann (805) 461-3899


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

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


At The Don Everingham Center Heritage Ranch Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Brad Brown (805) 712-7265

1450 Golden Hill Rd. Service: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Pastor Dan Katches (805)238-6927

Hilltop Christian Fellowship

Covenant Presbyterian Church

Belong Central Coast

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

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

Oak Shores Christian Fellowship

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

2727 Turkey Cove Rd., at the Oak Shores Community Clubhouse Service: 8:30 a.m. Pastor Jerry Gruber (760) 304-2435


Apostolic Assembly of the Faith of Christ Jesus 2343 Park St Bilingual Services: Services: Thursday 7 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m. Pastor Miguel Alvarado (805) 610-2930

Family Worship Center

First Baptist Church

2343 Park St. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Romero (805) 238-2445

First United Methodist 915 Creston Rd. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Josh Zulueta (805) 238-2006

Highlands Church

St. James Episcopal Church

Corner S. River and Niblick | 215 Oak Hill Services: 8:30, 9:45 & 11 a.m. Pastor James Baird (805) 226-5800 620 17th St. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Jim Wilde (805) 238-0978

Live Oak

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

New Day

1228 11th St (east off Paso Robles St) Services: Sunday 10 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Pastor Brad Alford (805) 239-9998

New Life Tabernacle

Family Praise & Worship

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

1335 Oak St. Services: 8 a.m. (Rite I), 10 a.m. (Rite II) Reverend Barbara Miller (805) 238-0819

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church 820 Creston Rd. Daily Mass- 12:00 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. Tues. 7 p.m. Spanish Saturday 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Spanish Vigil Mass Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.; Spanish Mass at 12:30PM Father Rudolfo Contreras (805) 238-2218

The Revival Center

3850 Ramada Dr., Ste. A-3 Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Gabe Abdelaziz (805) 434-5170

The Light of the World Church

North County Christian Fellowship

2055 Riverside Ave. Services: Everyday, 6 p.m. Sundays 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. Pastor Bonifacio Robles (612) 990-4701

Paso Robles Bible Church

940 Creston Rd. Worship Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Steve Willweber (805) 238-3702

3850 So. Ramada Dr. Ste. D Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Efrain Cordero 421 9th St. Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Steve Calagna (805) 239-3325

2206 Golden Hill Rd. Service: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Pastor Mark Wheeler/Pastor Dave Rusco (805) 226-9670

Paso Robles Church of the Nazarene 530 12th St. Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Charles Reece (805) 238-4300

Paso Robles Community Church 2706 Spring St. Service: 9:00 a.m. Pastor Shawn Penn (805) 239-4771

Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC

1645 Park St. Pastor Michael R. Garman Services: 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Discipleship 10 a.m. (805) 238-4419

First Mennonite Church

Second Baptist Church

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

Life Worth Living Church of God

1020 Creston Rd. Service: 9 a.m. (805) 238-4216 Missionaries: (805) 366-2363

Heritage Village Church

Grace Baptist Church

Thirteenth & Oak Street Service: 10 a.m. Rev. Wendy Holland (805) 238-3321

Poder de Dios Centro Familiar

500 Linne Road, Suite D Services: Sun. 4:30p.m., Wed. 7p.m. Pastors: Frank and Isabel Diaz (805) 264-9322 / (805) 621-4199

Redeemer Baptist Church

Kermit King Elementary School 700 Schoolhouse Circle Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Christopher Cole (805) 238-4614


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

Trinity Lutheran Church

Victory Baptist Church

Templeton Presbyterian Church 610 S. Main St. Service: 10 a.m. Reverend Roger Patton (805) 434-1921

Higher Dimension Church

601 Main St. 1st Sunday: 1:30 p.m. 2nd - 5th Sundays 12:30 p.m. Pastor Charlie Reed, Jr. (805) 440-0996

Life Community Church

8:30 & 10:30 Sundays 3770 Ruth Way, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 434-5040 Pastor Brandon Hall

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

Seventh-Day Adventist Church Templeton Hills

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

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

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

Vintage Community Church

Victory Outreach Paso Robles

3201 Spring Street, Paso Robles Ca Services: Sunday,10:30 a.m. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Pastor Pete Torres (805) 536-0035

692 Peterson Ranch Road Services: 9 & 11 a.m. Coaches: Aaron Porter, Dayn Mansfield (805) 296-1120


Iglesia Fuente De Agua Viva 301 13th St. Services: 10 a.m. & 7 p.m. Pastor Mike Duran (805) 467-5500


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

Mission San Miguel Parish

Celebration Worship Center Pentecostal Church of God

988 Vineyard Drive Pastor Roy Spinks Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. (805) 610-9819

Central Coast Center for Spiritual Living 689 Crocker St. Service: 10 a.m. Rev. Elizabeth Rowley (805) 242-3180

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

775 Mission Street Daily Mass: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am Saturday – 4:00 pm (English) Sunday – 7:00 am (English) 10:00 am (Bilingual) 12:00 pm (English) 5:00 pm (Spanish) Father Eleazar Diaz Gaytan (805) 467-2131


Shandon Assembly of God

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

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