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Nutcracker Ballet Returns by camille devaul

The North County Dance and Performing Arts Foundation (NCDPAF) brings back the Nutcracker Ballet for its 25th anniversary at Cal Poly’s Spanos Theatre.

35th Victorian Vine Street Showcase by camille devaul

Put on by the Main Street Association and the Paso Robles Historical Society, this event is the crown jewel of holiday fun for Paso Robles.

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Oh, Christmas Tree by christianna marks

Post-Thanksgiving, nothing rings in the Holiday season quite like Christmas Tree shopping with your family and friends at one of the many local tree lots and farms.

Baked Goods For Christmas by barbie butz

The Holidays are a time for baking, whether you’re making bread, cakes, or cookies. Discover some “lighter” recipes that any taste-tester will be sure to appreciate.

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It’s Happening On Main Street: Happiest Holidays & Bingo! Chamber of Commerce: Farewell 2021! Hello 2022! The Natural Alternative: Give the Gift of Health San Miguel: Celebrating Christmas with a Parade, Santa, and Lights General Store: Celebrating Joy Templeton: Groundbreaking for a New Library

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Sip & Savor: Paso’s Garagiste Wine Festival Marks Its 10th Anniversary

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Holiday Season his December, we all get to venture out once again and enjoy the annual traditions we have all grown to love to start our Holiday Season.

Bundling up in our favorite winter apparel and getting the kiddos ready to attend a Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting, Nutcracker Performance, Winter Wonderland, or a drive drown Vine Street reminds us how much we value these holiday traditions— many of which were placed on hold last year due to the pandemic. The events are important, but as we can see, the interaction we have with each other face to face is what feeds our soul. It reminds us how incredible our community is and how resilient we truly are. The people behind these events deserve awards and our deepest appreciation for the hours spent coordinating, gathering, and hosting so that we may come and enjoy the few hours together and then go home filled with the holiday spirit, and for that, we say Thank You! Thank you for soldiering on even though the times are still challenging; thank you for knowing how important each one of these events are, and thank you for showing up when no one else did. You all are our community heroes. This month, we featured several holiday events (pages 22-28) and filled up our calendar with cheer each weekend throughout December (page 45). In addition, the tree farms are open and ready for some family fun (page 24), and Barbie Butz gives us some delicious baking options to share with family and friends (page 34). We are honored that we get to come into your home each and every month through Paso Robles Magazine and share with you, your neighbors, friends, and local businesses. We love being able to tell the community stories, so please reach out to us if you know of one that needs to be shared. As you read through these pages, we hope it brings you, Peace & Love, this holiday season, no matter how you celebrate. We hope you feel inspired to share your gift with someone new and know that today is the most important because it is the only one promised.

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Happiest Holidays! “How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness, how time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”

Karyl Lammers


hank you, Dr. Seuss, for articulating so perfectly what we’re feeling. We know all that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has time! We approach December and the end of 2021, realizing our merchants will make good on their annual goals. The streets will fill with holiday shoppers enjoying downtown restaurants, tasting rooms,

and retail outlets. I like to remind everyone to visit Park Cinemas on Pine and 11th streets while in town. The theater is a great way to enjoy an afternoon or evening with the whole family. It’s where movies are enjoyed the way they were made to be seen. While downtown, stop by the theater and purchase gift certificates or purchase good old-fashioned popcorn, candy, and a beverage. Remember, if you are watching a movie, register your car for two free hours, give your ticket to the theater staff and receive an extra free hour of parking! Our countryside will buzz with travelers and locals, introducing friends and family to the experiences they have discovered at our wineries and farms. Paso Robles is on the destination list for holiday getaways. Downtown Main Street Association has continued its tradition of honoring the shops with awards for the Best Decorations. Judges awarded shops as a way of encouraging them all to participate in the spirit of the holidays. Paso Robles has long been a holiday favorite for walking and enjoying the season. Take a stroll through town this month and feel the spirit. It’s the spirit of giving and forgiving. A time we think of everything we have ever loved. Each sight and sound of Christmas, and fragrances sublime, make hearts and faces happy this glorious Christmas time. Our Christmas Light Parade is Saturday, the 4th

at 7 p.m.—Country Christmas Memories. Santa will again be in the Holiday House in the Park. His schedule will be posted on the house. Don’t forget your camera! The Vine Street Showcase will be on Saturday, December 11, from 6 to 9. It is again a drive-thru for the safety of everyone while following the Covid protocol. Scrooge, Snow King, and Queen, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be on the sleigh. For information on any of these holiday events, call the Main Street office (805)238-4103. The holidays consume the month of December, and life gets all tangled in the process. The important thing to remember is not to forget. Stay grounded! On December 18, the full moon hangs over us. It’s called the cold moon because just three days later (on the 21st), we have the first day of winter and the Winter Solstice. This is when the sun is farthest south, and we experience the shortest day and longest night of the year. As we exit December, it’s time to reflect on 2021. Without the stairs of the past, you cannot arrive at the future. I hope this past year has brought you to a good place in your life. Look ahead, not back. Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional! It is said that seven days without laughter makes one weak! Find Peace; it begins with a smile. And know that Love weighs more than gold! Get your priorities straight and BE HAPPY!! 


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See the bingo page and list of businesses in this issue of the Paso Robles Magazine or pick up a Songbook at downtown businesses or Main Street office to win prizes of $300, $125 and $50. To play, visit each store to stamp the page. The COMPLETED page must be turned in to Main Street by Saturday, December 11. Entry is limited to one (1) per person; must be at least 18 years old. Page must be stamped by all businesses. Winners announced Sunday, December 12 at 3:00pm at the City Park Holiday House. The winners need not be present to win. Alliance Board Company CaliPaso Winery & Villa 809 13th St. 1233 Park St. Bella Jule Fine Jewelry 1224 Pine St. Blast & Brew 803 13th St. California Coast Beer 1346 Railroad St.

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See the bingo page and list of businesses in this issue of the Paso Robles Magazine or pick up a Songbook at downtown businesses or Main Street office to win prizes of $300, $125 and $50. To play, visit each store to stamp the page. The COMPLETED page must be turned in NAME (please print) PHONE/CELL to Main Street by Saturday, December 11. Entry is limited to one (1) per person; must be at least 18 years old. Page must be stamped by all Winners announced Sunday, December 12 at 3:00pm at the City ParkBLACK-OUT Holiday House. The BINGO winners need not be present to win. Abusinesses. HOLIDAY SHOPPING SPREE! PLAY DOWNTOWN

See the bingo page and list of businesses in this issue of the Paso Robles Magazine or pick up a Songbook at downtown businesses or Main Street office to win prizes of $300, $125 and $50. To play, visit each store to stamp the page. The COMPLETED page must be turned in to Main Street by Saturday, December 11. Entry is limited to one (1) per person; must be at least 18 years old. Page must be stamped by all businesses. Winners announced Sunday, December 12 at 3:00pm at the City Park Holiday House. The winners need not be present to win.

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can’t believe another year has come and gone. What a year it has been! We’ve grown in ways we never imagined and stretched our abilities far beyond anything we could have conceived. And yet, the resilience of our businesses and community has continued to amaze me every day. Yes, we’ve missed you in person! We sadly had to postpone our beloved Annual Gala and Wake Up Paso; our monthly update meeting

FAREWELL 2021! HELLO 2022!

has been held virtually for more months than we care to count. It’s been almost euphoric to see friends as we sporadically hosted our Membership Mixers or even when we run into our community-loving Chamber members at the grocery store! But we haven’t stayed static. Some businesses have flourished during this time, reevaluating their business model and focus determined that they would redefine their personal normal.

Your Chamber has continued to advocate on your behalf, providing strong leadership at a time when it was needed the most. We rallied with our community partners: Downtown Main Street Association, Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, the Hispanic Business Association, and Travel Paso. While we might not have had all the answers, we put every ounce of our being into finding ways to support and imagine new ways of doing business.

2022 is just around the corner, and yes, we are still trying to figure it all out. Paso has big things on the horizon! At the national level, I fear the economy will continue to fluctuate, adding to financial anxiety, but you better believe our fighting spirit and entrepreneurial pride will win out. Thank you for believing in our beloved city and for your trust in the Chamber. My wish is that your family remains healthy in 2022 and that we all stay Paso Strong. 


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Restaurants open during parade: Leo’s Café (249 10th Street) Manny’s Pizza (1425 Mission Street) The San Miguel Market & Deli (1299 Mission Street) Elkhorn Bar (1263 Mission Street) Toy Donation Boxes: Leo’s Cafe San Miguel Garbage Elkhorn Bar

he 31st Annual San Miguel Christmas Lights Parade is happening Saturday, December 18, on Mission Street at 6 p.m. “Every year, our little town has a Christmas Parade, but the community’s heart and love make it really big. San Miguel works together to make the season special for everyone, young and old. And we would love for all to join us,” shared Michelle Hido, San Miguel Firefighters Association secretary and treasurer. The parade route goes through Mission Street between 11 and 14th Street, the heart of San Miguel. Michelle gives some helpful tips on how to best enjoy the parade, “Bring warm clothes, your friends and family, and your folding chairs or sit in your truck bed and watch the parade. Come set up early on the East side of Mission Street and get a bite to eat or a hot drink from our local restaurants.” Following the parade, Santa Claus will be available for photo ops! After he rides in the parade on the historic 1940 Ford Firetruck, Santa will be visiting the Children of San Miguel in the Fire Station’s training room. Children can tell Santa their Christmas wishes, and parents can get a photo of their little ones with Santa, Mrs. Clause, the Grinch, Cindy Lou, and the elves. Additionally, for the past 17 years, the San Miguel Firefighters Association (SMFA) has collected toy donations to be distributed by Santa Claus after the

parade. This year, the SMFA plans to continue that tradition. The firefighters are looking for small, new, unwrapped toys for kids ages 2-12 years old. Donations can be dropped off at the San Miguel Fire Station during business hours, or pick-up can be coordinated as well. To help with donations (and perhaps your sanity going into the busy season), the Elkhorn Bar is offering $1 off any drink to anyone who brings in a new, unwrapped toy to the bar. To add to the holiday cheer, residents will once again be “Lighting Up San Miguel.” People are welcome to decorate their home, business, or property for the holidays for a prize. The SMFA will award gift cards to the top three decorated participants on December 23: 1st Place - $150 | 2nd Place - $100 | 3rd Place - $50 “We will start mapping them [decorated homes] after Thanksgiving and put up a google map for people to drive around town and see the homes,” Michelle explained. She also explained that there is a spot on River Road where the whole town is visible at night with their holiday lights. Michelle invites everyone to “Join us and see San Miguel twinkle and sparkle!”  You can be a part of the parade by submitting your entry by mail or in person at the San Miguel Fire Station located at 1150 Mission Street, or by visiting

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his is our third year of partnering with one of our stationery artists to create a JOY theme for the holidays. After working with People, I’ve Loved on our Paso Robles print and tote (complete with illustrations of our pups and tacos al pastor); we knew they were the ones. A small printmaking workshop in Oakland, they are inspired by authenticity and human connection, and their design for us is a playfully drawn dove, with holly berries in its beak and a message balloon that says “Joy to You!” Jillian even created an adorable mug with our JOY design, adding the message on the back: “With Hope & Love, General Store Paso Robles.” With Hope & Love pretty much sums it up. This has been an extraordinary year. There have been so many opportunities to find fault and difference. But there have also been beautiful, generous moments that shine even brighter now...the kind customer who came in to buy gift cards for the entire staff at her favorite restaurant, saying, “I’m just glad they are still open and there for me.” The birth of our first GSB (General Store Baby), whose feet will probably never touch

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the floor because there are so many aunties elbowing their way in to hold him and marvel at his peacefulness, so much like his mama, AshLynn. Or our building owner, Nick Tomkins, who was there for us from the first hour of Covid lock-down, giving us information, resources, relief, and optimism. (As a special thanks to him and his wonderful team, we will be making a donation in their name to Jack’s Helping Hand, a SLO county non-profit offering assistance to children with special needs and cancer.) And so, with full hearts and a new baby in our midst, we offer up hope and love to you, neighbors. We have lots of locally sourced and thoughtfully made goods in stock, and we have been working hard to make sure those shelves stay full. Helping you find the perfect way to say “Merry Merry” or “Thank You” is our jam, so whether it’s a gift pack for your office mates, a teacher thank you (and man, do they deserve it), or a puzzle for the person who likes a challenge, we’ve got you. Cheers to a mug of something cozy, Celebrate Me Home at full volume, and JOY to our little corner of the world. The Team @ General Store Paso Robles | 17

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Groundbreaking for Templeton’s New Library

By Christianna Marks


local crowd gathered at the Templeton High School Parking Lot on November 9 for a “bring your own shovel” ground-

breaking. The reason, Templeton is finally getting a library! Josh Gibson, a former Boy Scout, who had the original idea to build a Templeton library for his Eagle Scout project, was the first to take a shovel to the ground. Alongside him, with shovels in hand, were Templeton Community Library Association’s President, Melinda Reed, and Josh’s sons Grant and Colton. Josh reminisced about his Boy Scout days, “I

started kicking around the idea when I was about 13, so it was about 23 years ago. I started reaching out to the community, doing my research, and just trying to find out how to get this [library] started. [I had] never done it before, obviously, so it’s like ‘what do you do? How do you start a library?” In 2000 the Templeton Community Library Association was formed, keeping Josh’s dream of a library in Templeton alive. “It’s inspiring to be here today. To see the effort that’s been carried on by the community. Huge shout out to Melinda Reed, who’s really been excited to keep this thing going the entire time. I’m grateful for her,” Josh concluded. The library, a rarity to the county, will be privately funded without county or state funding. Fundraising

is still taking place, but a large donation and bequest of Margaret Anderson Radunich’s will, landed the TCLA where they are today. Reed remembers Margaret fondly. “She began giving money to us [TCLA] in early 2005. She lived in Monterey at the time. She had no children of her own, and she was a widow. So she left us, at the bequest of [her will] nearly a million dollars. But she has given us more than that over the course of all of the time it [the will] accumulated. She saw the vision and wanted us to be able to do it, and we’re so grateful.” The library will be a state-of-the-art Modular Building made up of nine pieces. Three will be for admin and bathrooms, and the other six will make up the library itself. The building is slated to be delivered on-site the second week of December. It will hopefully be open and fully operational in the early Spring of 2022 with a full staff of trained volunteers. “We are going to have an open library with all the book stacks and bookcases around the parameter. And we have space for book-club meetings, and private groups that want to gather in the library. As well as computers and WiFi and technology and all the good stuff,” Melinda said. “To see the hole dug in the ground, it’s a reality that’s come to fruition. We’re very happy.”  To find out more information on how to help or donate, visit




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iegel’s Jewelry store has proudly been Paso Robles’s family jeweler since 2012, but now the husband and wife team, Ken and Kris Siegel, have decided to retire. It is hard to believe that Siegel’s Jewelry Store has served Paso Robles for only nine years. Yet, in that short amount of time, they have cemented themselves into the community’s hearts. They have provided our wedding rings, anniversary jewels, and just because gifts. Ken Siegel’s family began in the jeweler business in the 1940s. Before landing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, his father and grandfather traveled the midwest peddling watches to grow their family roots. There, the Siegel family opened a jewelry and pawnshop operated by the Siegel’s themselves. While in college, Ken met his match, Kris, and the two moved back to Cedar Rapids, where Ken worked alongside his parents and brother for 25 years. For the couple’s 25th wedding anniversary, they came out to California to visit one of their sons and explore the wine country of Paso Robles. Kris explains, “When we were in Paso the first time, it just felt ‘Oh my gosh, this is such a great place.’ because it’s so about community. We really feel like people care about each other [here].” Ken and Kris already had intentions to open another jewelry store, only one with better weather and closer to their son. So when they came across Paso Robles, and corner space was available downtown, there was no question that it was the perfect spot for them. “It’s so different than a lot of other downtowns, and I think it’s what a lot of other downtowns are striving to get to, and it’s not an easy process. We just felt it was the perfect fit for us,” Kris shared. Quickly, the Siegel’s became Paso Robles family jewelers. They operated with the same small family business quality as their Cedar Rapids flagship but focused on estate and designer jewelry. But now, after almost a decade, the couple has decided to retire—for a very cute reason. “Our grandkids are little—we’re really looking forward

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to traveling and spending a good chunk of time there [in Australia],” explained Kris. With the Siegel’s oldest son living in Australia, the two hope to spend more time with their family and enjoy more of what Paso Robles has to offer. “It was a really tough choice because the business is going well. It’s not like it was an easy decision to make based on that,” Kris shared. While the Siegel’s are closing their jewelry store, they plan to remain in Paso Robles. Leaving on a high note, with one of their best years in business, they hope to be front and center in the community they fell for, continuing to be active with the local organizations they support, including the Boys and Girls Club and the Paso Robles Youth Arts Center. To thank their customers for their support, Siegel’s is running a “Going Out of Business Sale” that started starting on November 9, with up to 70 percent off a wide selection of new and estate jewelry, diamonds and watches until sold out—just in time for the holidays! Since their retirement announcement, the couple has enjoyed hearing memories from long-time loyal customers coming from as far as San Diego. Kris adds, “The sale is going really well, so we’re happy about it.” Ken and Kris have been grateful for the support of the Paso Robles community for nearly a decade. “We hope that someone can fill our shoes to fulfill the needs of this community,” Ken shared, “and enjoy our location in the heart of downtown Paso Robles.” “The Paso community has embraced us, which is such a great feeling,” Kris explains. While the Siegel’s look forward to their next chapter in life, Paso Robles can look forward to the couple having more hands-on involvement in the community. Finally, Ken warns, don’t be surprised if you see him with a table at the park, ready to strike up some conversation. Siegel’s Jewelry Store is located at 739 12th Street, Paso Robles.  Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. Top: Ken and Kris Siegel look forward to to 5:30 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and closed Monday. spending more time with their son's family For more information about the sale, visit in Australia (middle). Contributed Photos

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According to Suzi Cusimano, NCDPAF Board President, the production had a late start from not knowing if COVID restrictions would allow them to perform. But, when they knew the show would go on, performers began his time of year, do you ever dream of sugar plum fairies, princes, rat learning their choreography in September. By October 1, the casting was queens, and, well, nutcrackers? If not, I know Clara does. announced. This year's casting includes: The North County Dance and Performing Arts Foundation Jaklyn Woodland...........................Clara Ginger Cusimano..........Arabian Queen (NCDPAF) is ready to bring back the Nutcracker Ballet for its 25th Anni- Justin Grapentine......Nutcracker Prince Haruka Nishimura........ Russian Queen Mylee Kuhn..........................Rat Queen Julia Steffenauer..................Rose Queen versary. For many, the Nutcracker Performance is a tradition for families and their Kate Terrizzi.....................Snow Queen Alyssa Jenkins.............Sugar Plum Fairy official start to the holiday season. This year is set to be extra special, consid- Katie Kowall................. Spanish Queen ...and so many more talented performers! ering it's their silver 25th Anniversary. This year's performance will be held This year's Nutcracker performers have been preparing for months for at the Spanos Theatre at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, on December 4 and 5. perhaps one of the most anticipated productions of the year. This year's The NCDPAF shared, "The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the story 'The production of The Nutcracker will include favorite scenes with some new Nutcracker and the King of Mice' written by E.T.A. Hoffman. Although what additions. is seen on the stage today is different in detail from the original story, the basic "We have a lot of younger children this year, so we added another youth plot remains the same; the story of a young German girl who dreams of a scene to the production," Suzi explained. Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads. As a tradition, each year for Elegant evening, performers display themWhen Marius Petipa had the idea to choreograph the story into a ballet, selves as mannequins in full costume in the windows of downtown Paso it was actually based on a revision by Alexander Dumas, a well-known Robles businesses. The Main Street Association initially canceled this year's French author. His version reflects more of what we have come to love as Elegant Evening, but a few businesses still put together some fun for the the Nutcracker Ballet." start of "Nutcracker Season." Eighty performers, ranging in ages from six to 60, will be dancing at the The production's directors, Cheryle Armstrong, Theresa Comstock, and Spanos Theater at Cal Poly and bringing together dancers from across the Molly McKiernan, "hope both new and returning audience members will be county representing Class Act Dance in Paso Robles, Main Street Dance in inspired by this heartwarming story that has been brought to life for many Templeton, and for the first time, CORE Dance in San Luis Obispo. generations in theatres throughout the world." Dancers are looking forward to returning to live in-person performance Lastly, Suzie shared, "The families, the kids, the choreographers are all so after having to cancel last year's performance due to COVID restrictions. excited to put on this performance. It being the 25th year is extra special." Rather than their traditional ballet, performers participated in a worldwide For more information on The Nutcracker performance or to purchase virtual performance of The Nutcracker with the Nutshell production. tickets, visit 


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Here’s Where You Can Find Your Tree This Year! By Christianna Marks


othing gets you in the holiday mood like Christmas Tree shopping. It’s the perfect reason to gather the family together, bundle up, grab something warm to drink, and go find that perfect bundle of branches to bring home. Not to mention the absolute joy of getting bombarded (in the best way) by the original scent of Christmas. Thankfully, just like Santa, tree lots return every year. It’s obvious that local families are loyal to their favorite Christmas Tree lots and farms. Going back to these locally owned businesses for consecutive years in a row and creating traditions that last generations. Agape Christmas Trees “It’s a pleasure to see the families that come back year after year. You know, 15 years ago, Hidden Springs Tree Farm some of these kids were kids in junior high or high school, or even younger, and now they’re coming in with their own little families. It’s really neat to be involved in such a positive season like Christmas,” shared Rick Armet, owner of Agape Christmas Trees. Hopper Family Christmas Tree Lot Agape Christmas Trees has been an Atascadero staple for the last 15 years. They bring in Store/Hopper-Family-Christmas fresh inventory from Oregon, and occasionally, Northern California every holiday season. “We get a fresh truckload of trees each week, and doing that allows us to keep really good fresh Jack Creek Farms inventory in stock. We have repeat customers that come back each year bragging about how long the trees last. Until the end of January even, so having those fresh truckloads of trees each week definitely keeps them fresher longer,” Rick explained. And it’s not just the families looking for trees Holloway’s Christmas Trees that are creating holiday traditions—it’s the owners of the tree lots and farms, too. “The location where we sell the trees, we had purchased in 2005. We wanted to do something to generate revenue between then and when we Candy Cane Lane Christmas Tree sell the property. So, 2006 was the first year we trees, and we enjoyed it so much we ended Store/Candy-Cane-Lane-Christmas-Tree up keeping it going, and now it’s really become a family tradition. My three boys and my daughter, they love to be at the tree lot helping,” Rick added. Families have been hunting down the perfect trees to bring into their homes for ages. Roughly Avila Valley Barn since the 1830s in the US, to be exact. Though they obviously weren’t debating the legitimacy of whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie or not [it is!] while picking out a tree back then, it’s a longstanding activity that brings the family together and the spirit of the holidays into our living rooms. If you’re looking to support local, family-owned businesses this holiday season, we’ve compiled the perfect tree shopping list for you. Hop in the car, blare “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” and head out to one of these local tree spots! 


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By Camille DeVaul

t's officially the most wonderful time of the year in Paso Robles! The holidays are an especially special time here, and we do our very best to get into the holiday spirit. This year, Paso's holiday traditions are hitting some big milestones. We start the season on Friday, November 26, with the 35th Annual Downtown Lighting Ceremony. Each year, Paso Roblans begin the season by lighting the City Park trees. Downtown Paso businesses turn off their outdoor lights at 5:30 p.m. Then on KPRL, Kevin Will counts down to 6 p.m. when all the lights in Downtown and the park are turned on, commencing the festivities. For the past ten years, the Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association has collaborated with the California Central Coast Cancer Support Community (CSC-CCC) to create the "Lights of Hope" fundraiser. The Lights of Hope fundraiser honors those affected by cancer. Members of the community can sponsor a tree, branch, limb, or bulb as a tribute to cancer patients, survivors, and those lost to cancer while shining a light on the CSC-CCC mission and creating a festive environment for our local community during the holidays.

With the help of CSC-CCC, seventeen trees were lit up to begin the holiday festivities. The community and families enjoyed hot chocolate, music, caroling, and cookies, all while spreading the mission of a good cause. Next on the holiday cheer agenda is the 60th Annual Paso Robles Christmas Lights Parade on December 4 at 7 p.m. For 60 years, the parade has gone down Spring Street, but it wasn't always an illuminating nighttime event. According to our forever queen, Norma Moye, the parade was originally a daytime event. At some point, they decided to move the parade to nighttime, becoming the Light Parade. According to Susanne Anshen, Executive Assistant at Paso Robles Main Street Association, other than the time of day, the parade hasn't changed much. She says floats continue to become more elaborate. This year's parade theme is "Country Christmas Memories." Of course, the parade finishes with Santa Claus making his first appearance for the season. Susanne's tip for the parade is to "Get there early and get your seat. It will be fun."

The Victorian Showcase has been a holiday tradition for 35 years, this year like last, it will be a drive-thru event due to COVID safety precautions. So bring your family and friends and join the holiday caravan to see all your favorite houses, performers and of course Scrooge! Photos by Nic Mattson

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Santa will then be available for visits and photos at the Holiday House in City Park from December 12 to 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Finally, the crown jewel of holiday fun for Paso Robles is the Vine Street Victorian Showcase on December 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., put on by the Main Street Association and the Paso Robles Historical Society. Thirty-five years ago, our very own Holiday Cheermeister, Norma Moye, decided she wanted to have an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas. Her Vine Street Victorian home no undoubtedly inspired her. With the help of her neighborhood friend Grace Pucci, Norma came up with the Vine Street Victorian Showcase, which made its first debut in 1986. Back then, Norma says the showcase didn't stretch as far down on Vine Street but was full of hayrides and Christmas carolers. Each year the showcase grew and grew. Soon there was entertainment found at every home and business on the now infamous street. "We've had wonderful volunteers, wonderful entertainment, and we could always use entertainment," Norma says. To fully immerse visitors into the Victorian Christmas scene, Norma asked Scrooge and the Snow King and Queen to make yearly appear-

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ances at Vine Street. Santa and Mrs. Clause can also often be found mulling around. Norma shares, "I love the sound, the people singing, the carols. It really is a true Christmas, and people come from all over." Well over 10,000 people make it a point to visit the Victorian Showcase and have made it a family tradition. With snow, popcorn, hot cocoa, and grandma's cookies, who wouldn't want to take a stroll down Vine Street on this magical night? In the showcases nearly four decades, it has withstood rainstorms, economic challenges, worldwide catastrophic events, camels, and now a pandemic. No matter what, the show must go on. However, for the second year, the Vine Street Victorian Showcase will be a drive-thru event. Ebenezer Scrooge, the Snow Queen, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and the whole crew will be on-hand on Vine Street! There will still be community caroling, illuminated floats, entertainers, live music, and plenty of holiday cheer. Finally, Norma is grateful to everyone who keeps this Paso Roblan tradition alive, "I can't thank everybody enough because it takes a village to put this on."  | 27

Winter S ol sti ce Yuletide By Hayley Mattson


he Winter Solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the Yuletide refers to the time around the Christmas season, traditionyear. Cultures around the world have long held feasts and cele- ally recognized from December 21 until January 1, and dates back brated holidays around the winter solstice. Fire and light are centuries. Though Yuletide’s rituals have changed dramatically over traditional symbols of celebrations held on the darkest day of the year. the years, some Yuletide traditions remain and have contributed to The Winter Solstice is the day of the year with the fewest hours of modern-day celebrations of the festive season. daylight, and it marks the start of astronomDecorating an evergreen tree was a ical winter. After the Winter Solstice, days “May you find peace in the promise of common Yuletide custom in ancient times, start becoming longer and nights shorter as as was giving gifts to friends and loved ones. the solstice night, that each day forward The Yule Log is another centuries-old tradispring approaches. Since ancient times, people all over the is blessed with more light. That the cycle tion meant to symbolize the passing of an world have recognized this important astroold year into a new one, with the promise of of nature, unbroken, and true brings hope and happiness. The oak log is usually nomical occurrence and celebrated the subsequent “return” of the Sun in a variety of faith to your soul and well-being to you. decorated with evergreen branches, sprigs different ways. In addition, old solstice tradiof holly, bare birch branches, and trailing ivy Rejoice in the darkness, in the silence, vines. A more delicious alternative is the clastions have influenced holidays we celebrate now, such as Christmas and Hanukkah. find rest, and may the days that follow sic French Bûche de Noël, a decadent chocThere is no better time of the year to feel olate cake baked in the shape of a Yule Log be abundantly blessed.” and show your love than the holiday season. and shared with family and friends at a YuleThough many people relate the month of tide gathering. Native American Solstice Blessing December with Christmas, there’s so much Children and adults alike around the world by Stephanie Laird more to be said about the month. From find so much joy in the magic this season Hanukkah and Kwanzaa to showing selfless acts of love, this season brings. No matter what you celebrate, may we find peace and love in is all about spreading joy and cheer during the coldest time of the year. celebrating together and showing kindness to one another. This year, Winter Solstice falls on Tuesday, December 21, and in May we remember that this season also brings with it the cold and the northern hemisphere, the date marks the 24 hours with the fewest isolation and prompt us to reach out and share our many blessings daylight hours of the year. with others. It is important that we recognize that and know that the Winter Solstice is considered a turning point in the year in many dark winter days bring the warmth of spring that heals and rejuvecultures. The day is held sacred and celebrates the new solar year’s birth, nate our souls and that the holiday season is so much more than gifts also known as Yuletide. found under the tree. 

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Season's Blessings I

was never fond of the colder months of the year growing up. Over the years, I've woven a tapestry of joy from the blessings this time of year always brings. It begins with pumpkin spice everything in November and transitions to eggnog everything in December. Enter the mittens, scarves, beanies, sweaters, warm socks, and jackets as the days get shorter and the nights get colder. Cozying up by the fire with warm blankets and holiday movies that warm the heart brings a unique gue o contentedness to my soul. Reaching the pinnacle of the dark on the winter solstice, the inner stiry H B y owle R ring of the anticipation of more light brings comfort. After two months of feasting and gathering, h et izab l E we begin again—a new year that brings hope, promise, and a fresh perspective for all. . Rev This is a beautiful time of year to be grateful for the blessings in our lives, the good, the lessons, and for simply being alive here and now. God's greatest gift to us is life, and our greatest gift in return is that of sharing our radiant light, our love, with others. We have overcome much this year, and while we can't be sure of what the future holds, we can be confident that the love of God prevails. Whatever your faith and belief may be, it's essential to know how loved and adored you are by your creator. You are blessed beyond measure, and things will work out; they always do. Aside from pumpkin spice, eggnog, and all the things that bring warmth, I believe the greatest joy of all is the light and love of the Divine. That spark you feel when in the presence of family and friends, that's God. May the warmth, coziness, and love you experience in your togetherness this season spill over into the other parts of your life such that you are inspired to forge ahead with hope and zeal. As a child, Christmas Eve was thrilling for me. I recall being so totally excited and filled with anticipation of my good in the form of presents that I could hardly sleep that night. Let us carry that same childlike joy, wonder, and awe throughout our days and into our nights. Contemplate and give thanks for the many gifts and beautiful blessings already here. Simultaneously, let us wait in joyful anticipation for the infinite bounty that continues to pour into our lives from the kingdom of heaven within—light, forgiveness, trust, prosperity, love, faith, courage, joy, strength, and more. As the end of the year approaches, I love taking the time to contemplate my journey over the past year, and I encourage you to do the same. First, ask yourself, "What did I accomplish? What did I create? What could I have done better? Do I have any unfinished business to complete?" Then contemplate what you would love to see made manifest in your life and the world in the coming year. In what way would you like to get to know yourself better? Finally, choose a word for yourself that embodies your intention for the coming year and pick a theme song to match it. Remember that you are the reason for the season. Thank you for being a beneficial presence on the planet. I celebrate you, and God does too. Happy HanuKwanChriSolstiMas! 

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A Special to Paso Robles Magazine

The Little White Envelope A true Christmas Story by Nancy W. Gavin, December 2015


t's just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past ten years. It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas. Oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it – overspending and the frantic running around at the last minute to get a tie for Uncle Harry and the dusting powder for Grandma – the gifts given in desperation because you couldn't think of anything else. Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to bypass the usual shirts, sweaters, ties, and so forth. I reached for something special just for Mike. The inspiration came in an unusual way. Our son Kevin, who was 12 that year, was on the wrestling team at the school he attended. Shortly before Christmas, there was a non-league match against a team sponsored by an inner-city church. These youngsters, dressed in sneakers so ragged that shoestrings seemed to be the only thing holding them together, presented a sharp contrast to our boys in their spiffy blue and gold uniforms and sparkling new wrestling shoes. As the match began, I was alarmed to see that the other team was wrestling without headgear, a kind of light helmet designed to protect a wrestler's ears. It was a luxury the ragtag team obviously could not afford. Well, we ended up walloping them. We took every weight class. Mike, seated beside me, shook his head sadly, “I wish just one of them could have won,” he said. “They have a lot of potential, but losing like this could take the heart right out of them.” Mike loved kids – all kids. He so enjoyed coaching little league football, baseball, and lacrosse. That's when the idea for his present came. That afternoon, I went to a local sporting goods store and bought an assortment

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of wrestling headgear and shoes and sent them anonymously to the inner-city church. On Christmas Eve, I placed a small, white envelope on the tree, the note inside telling Mike what I had done and that this was his gift from me. Mike's smile was the brightest thing about Christmas that year. And that same bright smile lit up succeeding years. For each Christmas, I followed the tradition – one year sending a group of mentally disabled youngsters to a hockey game, another year a check to a pair of elderly brothers whose home had burned to the ground the week before Christmas, and on and on. The white envelope became the highlight of our Christmas. It was always the last thing opened on Christmas morning, and our children – ignoring their new toys – would stand with wide-eyed anticipation as their dad lifted the envelope from the tree to reveal its contents. As the children grew, the toys gave way to more practical presents, but the small, white envelope never lost its allure. The story doesn't end there. You see, we lost Mike last year due to dreaded cancer. When Christmas rolled around, I was still so wrapped in grief that I barely got the tree up. But Christmas Eve found me placing an envelope on the tree. And the next morning, I found it was magically joined by three more. Unbeknownst to the others, each of our three children had for the first time placed a white envelope on the tree for their dad. The tradition has grown and someday will expand even further with our grandchildren standing to take down that special envelope. Mike's spirit, like the Christmas spirit, will always be with us.” May we always remember what a blessing each day is with our loved ones. Take a moment to be present, to share love, and be a good human. You may not know whose life you will impact when you do. 

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Taste of Paso

Taste of Americana

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ho can deny that December is the “month of sweets.” When I was growing up, my mother made sure that our family had its share of December’s decadent desserts. She was a wonderful baker, and it’s a miracle that I didn’t look like a two-ton-Tillie (not really sure where that expression came from, but I’ve used it for as long as I can remember!).

Since we do tend to indulge ourselves in richness of the season, I researched dessert recipes on the “lighter” side for this month’s column. I hope you will enjoy the change, and if you use these baked goods as gifts for Christmas, I’m sure the recipients will appreciate that lightness! As you celebrate this wonderful season, may the spirit of Christmas be with you and your family. Happy Holidays! Cheers!! 

Cranberry-Walnut Sauce

I think this recipe works especially well with the Lemon Ricotta Cakes. Since it calls for grated orange peel and orange juice, you will have a stronger citrus flavor. It will keep in the refrigerator for several days, so try it on pancakes, waffles, ice cream, cream cheese, or turkey sandwiches! Be creative. Directions for cake: In a small saucepan, combine 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, 1 cup granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons grated orange peel, ¼ cup fresh orange juice, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, and ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon. Gently simmer for 15 minutes or until topping is reduced and syrupy. Cool. Just before serving, stir in 1/3 cup toasted chopped walnuts. For a Christmas flair, place 2 clean mint leaves with the dollop of topping.

Lemon Ricotta Cakes

For individual cakes, you will need ten 6-ounce decorative metal molds or two 6-inch-round cake pans. Serve with a fruit topping. Ingredients: • 1 cup sugar • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese • ½ cup whole milk • 3 cups all-purpose flour • ½ tsp baking powder • Finely grated zest of 1 large lemon • Juice of 1 lemon • 4 large eggs

Topping • 3 cups blueberries, sliced strawberries, raspberries, or peaches • ½ cup sugar • 1 tsp lemon juice • Powdered sugar Directions for the Topping: In a medium bowl, combine fruit, sugar, and lemon juice. Serve an individual cake or a small slice of cake with a spoonful of fruit topping on top—dust lightly with powdered sugar.

Directions for cake: In the bowl of a mixer, beat together sugar and butter until light yellow and fluffy, about 2 minutes on medium speed. Add ricotta, milk, flour, baking powder, lemon zest, lemon juice, and eggs and beat well for 2 minutes on medium speed: spray molds or cake pans with nonstick cooking spray. Place ½ cup batter into each mold, spreading tops evenly, or divide the batter between cake pans. Bake molds at 350 degrees on a baking sheet for 25 minutes, or the cake pans for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cakes.

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Lemon Pine Nut Tart

This next recipe is an all-in-one- easy-to-assemble tart. It also uses lemon, and everything just tastes better with lemon! And butter! And pine nuts! Note: You will need a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Ingredients: • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice • 1 (10-inch) purchased pie crust • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest or homemade crust • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted • 3 large eggs • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract • ½ cup heavy cream • 1 cup toasted pine nuts • ¾ cup sugar • Powdered sugar Directions for cake: Place pie crust in the bottom of the tart pan and press up the sides of pan. In a medium bowl, beat eggs, cream, and sugar until smooth. Whisk in lemon juice, lemon zest, melted butter, vanilla, and pine nuts. Pour into tart pan and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake on the middle rack of a 350-degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until the middle is set. Cool to room temperature, remove the outer ring of the tart pan, sprinkle with

powdered sugar, and cut into wedges. Note: Again, you could serve the wedges with a small dollop of the Cranberry-Walnut Sauce with 2 mint leaves. Or, sugar some cranberries and use them for garnish with the mint.

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Cinnamon-Glazed Almonds


Can’t forget Almonds, so here’s a recipe you’ll want to make for your buffet table or cheese platter. Once you get the hang of these, you can experiment with your own spice mixtures. This recipe makes about 2 cups. I know you’ll want to make more when you taste these almonds! Ingredients: • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon • ½ teaspoon ground allspice • ¼ teaspoon salt • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 2 cans (4 ounces each) blanched whole almonds (about 1½ cups) • ½ cup granulated sugar • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine Directions for cake: Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil; grease foil. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon, allspice, salt, and cayenne. Set aside. In a large skillet, combine almonds, sugar, and butter. Cook, stirring over medium heat about 10 minutes, or until sugar melts and turns a rich brown color. Remove from heat. Immediately stir in the spice mixture. Quickly spread almonds on a prepared baking sheet. Let cool completely. Break into small clusters. Store, tightly covered, up to 2 weeks (if they last that long!)

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Sip & Savor


Marks Its th 10 Anniversary R e-emerging with a bang after a year in quarantine, the Paso-based Garagiste Wine Festival returned to its home base to mark its tenth anniversary. The unique wine festival, a runaway success in the second decade of the 21st century, resumed its celebration of the maverick, artisan winemakers in its birthplace of Paso Robles, November 12 through 14, featuring 50 small-production wineries from all over California although mostly from the Central Coast. “It’s good to see everyone; it’s been too long,” commented Bill Powell, the owner of Powell Mountain Cellars. “I’m a winemaker. I want to share. And I can’t do zoom.” His confession came at the Friday night Rare and Reserve Tasting. He was among two dozen winemakers at the Pavilion on the Lake in Atascadero, the kick-off event attended by some 150 Garagiste fans. While most wines offered were recent vintages, there were a few with at least ten years of age on them. Powell poured the 2010 cabernet sauvignon, his very first vintage, while Jenni Abascal, co-owner of Vines on the Marycrest, offered her 2009 vintages of syrah and zinfandel, two wines that were poured at the very first Garagiste festival in 2011. What made some of the wines rare was their limited production, such as Kaleidos Winery’s Praying Mantis (a mere 23 cases produced) and Dusty Nabor’s 2018 grenache from his personal reserve collection. Anita Sahi, on the other hand, quipped, “We are not rare or reserve—but we are pouring two unreleased wines.” The co-founder of Copia Vineyards offered 2019 The Pursuit, syrahs from two different vineyards in Santa Barbara County. Saturday morning activities began at the Paso

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Robles Event Center with a seminar hosted by fest co-founder Stewart McLennan, who welcomed guest speaker Jason Haas, managing director of Tablas Creek Vineyards. “Diversity of Paso is what draws people here,” said Haas commenting on the seminar’s topic, The Past and Future of Winemaking in Paso, while discussing the growth of Rhône-style wines. “We chose to do Rhône-style varieties when not a single acre was planted here in Paso.” While conducting a tasting of four Tablas Creek wines, Haas reflected on his family history. Tablas Creek, a Franco-American joint-venture, was founded in 1989 by his father, the late Robert Haas, in collaboration with the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel in France’s southern Rhône region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Although not a garagiste winery, Tablas Creek has made a significant contribution to Paso wineries, big and small. The team revolutionized planting on the Central Coast by importing clones of Rhône style grapes, a total of 19 varieties to date. The winery, which endured a long quarantine process to bring original cuttings from France, eventually decided to make those varieties available to other wineries. “We made them available to people. We didn’t expect [the growth and popularity of Rhône wines in California]. It surprised Dad.” The Grand Tasting following the seminar was staged indoors in a cavernous hall that had plenty of air ventilation with a few tasting tables and seating outdoors. Following Covid protocols, the tables were spread out at more than six feet apart for greater social distancing. While an indoor mask mandate was signposted, it was challenging for attendees to keep masks on with all the wine tasting going on.

Rhône-style blends and cabernet sauvignon dominated the afternoon, yet this is one festival where you can find interesting blends and varietal wines. Making its debut was Steinbeck’s 2019 Blanc de Blanc, a refreshing sparkler of chardonnay with a splash of syrah, and Josh Beckett’s recently launched Thibido Winery’s 2020 Just Because, a carbonic syrah. Among the eclectic blends were Cypher’s 2018 ZinPunk, a knock-out bold blend of zinfandel, petite sirah, and tannat; Emercy Wines’ 2019 blend of syrah, graciano, and cabernet sauvignon; and Hayseed & Housdon’s 2019 La Macha, a heady carousel of tempranillo, graciano, mataro, and garnacha. Then there were the all-Spanish indulgences from Diablo Paso. There were also not-so-common offerings of whites, such as torrontes from Arianna Wines, vermentino from MEA Wine, and picpoul blanc from Vigo Cellars. Among the reds, there were some interesting tannats from Volatus and MCV Wines; and cabernet francs from Cloak & Dagger and Seashell Cellars. The festival, which shines a light on small, often undiscovered winemakers, was founded by McLennan and Doug Minnick, individuals from the entertainment business and the minds behind this small-lot movement. Neither of them a winemaker at the time, each has evolved to craft his own wines — McLennan making Sharpei Moon in Paso while Minnick produces Hoi Polloi in Newhall, California. The Garagiste is a non-profit foundation, and its Festival Scholarship Fund supports deserving students at Cal Poly’s Wine & Viticulture Department, several of whom have graduated to careers in the wine industry. 

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Non-Profit Spotlight

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By Camille DeVaul

Support Community as a fundraising opportunity to support their mission “so that no one faces cancer alone.” he Cancer Support Community California Central Coast The Lights of Hope fundraiser honors those affected by cancer. (CSC-CCC) announced Candice Sanders as their new Exec- Members of the community can sponsor a tree, branch, limb, or bulb utive Director. Candice is an Ovarian Cancer survivor who as a tribute to cancer patients, survivors, and those lost to cancer while served as the former Development Director at CSC-CCC. shining a light on the CSC-CCC mission and creating a festive enviCSC-CCC is a local non-profit, supporting cancer patients’ social ronment for our local community during the holidays. and emotional needs and their families at no charge throughout the Each sponsored tree receives a gold plaque with the name of a busiCentral Coast. They offer services for the whole family, no matter what ness, organization, person, or family member. stage of cancer or recovery. “We [were excited] to see a lot of people come out and help “I am absolutely thrilled. I am so happy to be here. The Cancer shine a light on our mission so that no one faces cancer alone,” Support Community means so much to me. To come and serve as Candice shared. Executive Director is a dream come true,” Candice shared. While Lights of Hope celebrated its 10th Anniversary, the Candice hopes to lead CSC-CCC in reaching further into the City coincidently celebrated its 35th Annual Downtown Lightcommunity, especially the under-served, which their new virtual services ing Ceremony. can help with. With the help of CSC-CCC, seventeen trees were lit She explains, “There is a lot that I want to do. Specifically, up to begin the holiday festivities. The commusome of the things I would love to do is to garner more nity and families enjoyed hot chocolate, music, brand awareness and let people know that we are here caroling, and cookies, all while spreading the and we are a resource for them.” mission of a good cause. Candice also looks forward to expanding the “The lights of hope is our way to beauHispanic programs and availability. tify the City Park for the holidays, but Candice’s return came right before the 10th Annithey are also there to raise awareness versary of the CSC-CCC annual Lights of Hope fundas well as funds for our program in t a unique and special way,” Candice raiser that took place in the Paso Robles Downtown City NDE R S, i re c E xe c u t i v e D Park that she has helped organize over the last few years. explained. Unfortunately, due to COVID, last year’s Lights of Hope event As the new Executive Director, Candice was canceled, so this year the community was excited to be able to cele- is eager to get out into the community and brate the beginning of the holiday season together after Thanksgiving. spread the word of all the programs, assis“We [were] excited to be able to gather together to serve our commu- tance, and support the center has to offer. nity to light up the trees in the downtown City Park, and those lights She welcomes anyone to reach out to will sparkle throughout the winter season,” Candice shared with excite- her by visiting the center at 1051 ment. Las Tablas Rd in Templeton or by Each year, the City of Paso Robles and Main Street collaborates with calling (805)238-4411.  CSC-CCC to light up the Downtown City Park trees and kick off For more information, visit the holiday season. The lights are put up and sponsored by the Cancer









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Business Spotlight: A Clear Vision own a business. Then, in 2010, her family decided to move back to California as they missed the Central Coast and their family here. “I missed the ocean. I missed home,” Kyla shared. “I grew up in Templeton, and I think I had to move away to fully appreciate how amazing the Central Coast is. I love the rolling hills, the small towns that are each unique and special in their own way, the friendly faces, the oak trees, the lack of traffic, the mild winters, family. I will never leave again!” Upon returning to California’s Central Coast, Kyla worked at an optometrist’s office in San Luis Obispo for more than ten years. She began to entertain the idea of opening her own business in North County. That idea grew into a real possibility after she received the tragic news that her birth mother had passed away in December of 2019 and that her birth family had left her an inheritance. Kyla chose to open the business on July 5, which is also her birthday, as a way to honor her birth mother and the opportunity she was given. “The day I was born was the one day that I know we had together,” Kyla shared. The grand opening of Specs by Kyla was on September 24 and combined with Atascadero’s Art, Wine & Brew event. There was a ribbon cutting, eyewear styling, and wine and appetizers in the courtyard by Forager Central Coast Distillery. “Honesty, when I opened, I expected to hear crickets for the first few months,” Kyla explained, “but I have been absolutely blown away with the support from our community and surrounding areas. People have found me mainly through word of mouth and social media, and it has been so exciting to see things take off! I’m so so grateful for the support from other business owners, the mayor, the chamber of commerce, and people who love unique fun eyewear.” Specs by Kyla is truly a family business. Kyla’s husband Jeff, and her two girls Eden and Tessa help her with the business and have supported her from the beginning. “My girls have each helped me in the shop. My 16-year-old is great at helping people, and my six-year-old loves cleaning the floor for me. They do their homework in the shop loft, and I love having the space for them. My husband helped me with all the grueling hard work of construction, and I hope he can eventually help me expand the business to include cutting lenses in-house. He has an intelligent eye for detail, and I’m excited to grow together.” “The future is bright; grab your sunglasses!” Kyla said with excitement! “Cheesy, but I am excited! Thank you, Atascadero and North County, for being so supportive!”  To find out more about Specs by Kyla visit her online

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Specs by Kyla

How Kyla Skinner Made Her Vision A Reality

By Patrick Patton

Photos by Milk & Thistle Photography


yla Skinner saw a need in the North County for unique eyewear with attention to customer service. So she started the renovation of her new space in Atascadero, located at 5808 Traffic Way in the El Paseo Plaza, last May. Kyla and her husband Jeff, who is a contractor, did most of the work themselves on the weekends and evenings. Together they refinished the concrete floors, painted, and added a custom light fixture to complement the abundant natural light already present in the space. The high ceilings and industrial concrete floors showcase Kyla’s selection of modern eyewear. “My instinct told me Atascadero is where I belonged. I live here; my kids go to school here. I sensed a fun energy burgeoning forth, and I was excited to be a part of it. I connected with other business owners here in town and felt supported and encouraged,” Kyla explained. Kyla’s goal is not only to help you see better but to accentuate your features and have your eyewear be a stylish accessory. Personalized attention to detail will ensure the frame fits comfortably and allows you to see well. Kyla offers a wide array of independent eyeglass frames and sunglasses. Partnering with HOYA Lab, Kyla uses digitally surfaced lenses that will enable you to see the most naturally and enjoy a clear, wide field of vision. “I have chosen to only carry independent eyewear lines—smaller companies, better quality products, a personal connection to the eyeglass lines I choose to offer,” Kyla shared. “I have been an optician for 22 years, customer service is so important to me, and I really care to help you see clearly and look amazing in your eyewear. I’m a habitual smiler—I want you to feel at home, comfortable and welcome in the space I’ve created.” Skinner, who was raised in Templeton, began working in the optical field immediately after graduating High School. “Putting a pair of glasses on someone’s face and helping them see the leaves on the trees for the first time is the best feeling ever!” Kyla said. “Making sure their frames are comfortable, adjusting them until they are perfect, hearing about the million compliments they’ve received on their eyewear... there is just something so rewarding about it! It is the perfect balance of medical, technical, and fashion. It is never boring or repetitive, everyone’s face and eyes are different, and I love the challenge of finding perfect frames for each individual.” After studying and learning on the job for a couple of years, she earned her optician certification through the American Board of Opticianry in 1999. Skinner moved to North Carolina around 2007 and lived there for three years; during that time, she helped an optometrist open a new practice and gained knowledge on what it takes to start and | 39

Interior Design

Downtown Paso Robles


Carpet One By Camille DeVaul


s your home flooring in need of a refresher? If so, you’re in luck because Downtown Paso Robles is now home to Carpet One, an updated, classy rendition of the outdated flooring stores. Since 1991, Lori Wyzard has been owner, Chief Executive Officer, and interior designer of Bay Area Floors and Design Carpet One in San Mateo. Before opening up her first store in Redwood City, Lori worked in the fashion industry for over ten years between San Francisco and Manhattan. When she stepped foot into flooring and home improvement, she took the industry by storm with her boutique style. Her goal from the beginning was to mesh what she had learned from both industries to create a space that separated itself from the rest. Her 20,000 sq. ft. showroom that features flooring, furniture, vanities, and décor does precisely that. Not only did she want to make her space as enjoyable as possible for her clients, but for other designers as well. Outside of her showroom, Lori has been an active participant in the surrounding communities. She has always made it a point to value her professional involvement with the Peninsula. As a single mother of three, Lori understands the value of turning a house into a home

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while creating a space that is fashionable and functional. Through the years and her travels, Lori passed through Paso Robles, which soon became a rest stop for her. Clients of Lori had repeatedly asked her to open a second storefront in Paso Robles, and finally, she decided to take the plunge with the plan to eventually retire in Paso. After some delays related to COVID, Lori finally got to open her Paso storefront. “I wanted Paso to be a little bit more of a design center so interior designers and consumers could come in and look at all different things and get help from all different angles to make their homes look a little more current,” Lori explained. Interior designers and customers will be able to find flooring, furniture, wallpaper, and expert design services. “My goal over the next couple of years is to really fine tune it to what everybody wants. I’ve been meeting with a lot of interior designers in Paso,” Lori stated. She explains COVID is still having its delaying effect on the business when it comes to getting product shipments. But Lori has been working closely with Paso Robles interior designers to tailor her store contents to what Paso Roblans want in their homes. “It’s going to take time, but Downtown Paso will have a place that designers can bring their consumer in and sit at a table and not talk about just flooring and furniture but talk about projects in general—you don’t have to buy from me, just come in and have a place, have a round table.” Lori hopes for Paso Robles Carpet One to become an ideal location for designers and their clients and independent customers to collaborate and get their hands on products before making a hard decision. Be sure to stop in and welcome Lori and her team! Learn more by visiting them online at 

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Employee Shortage in the North County By Christianna Marks


elp wanted signs have been popping up all over The North County. “I think a huge part of it for us is…[what] makes it hard to like fully pull In the windows of businesses, online, and even on the radio. The the trigger and hire people full time, is because business isn’t consistent. explosion of these ads indicates that there are plenty of jobs in And people’s comfort levels aren’t consistent. And so you’re fighting a lot the county, and yet, the jobs aren’t being filled. of variabilities. And so as business owners, and as bosses, you don’t wanna The Dentist Office of Dr. Rick Wearda in Templeton has been running like say ‘hey, come on full time,’ and then not have those opportunities that an ad looking for a Dental Assistant for over a month. They had a total of you’re promising people,” Jacque adds. three responses, and in the end, they hired back a previous employee to fill Spearhead Coffee in Paso Robles hasn’t gone untouched by the employee the role full-time. shortage either, though they’ve been fortunate in finding employees. “So basically, there’s been very little interest [in the position]. There are two “We are fortunate that we have baristas, bakers, and roasters that have pages of dentists looking for dental assistants on Craigslist right now. And stayed with our team for a considerable amount of time and are loyal to us a lot of them aren’t even asking for registered dental assistants, just dental and our brand, but we have noticed that when it’s time to add to our team, assistants. If you’re registered, you can do a lot more than just a dental assis- it’s been increasingly more challenging to find the right fit with the current tant,” says Patty McCall, the receptionist at Dr. Wearda’s office. employee shortage,” says co-owner and CEO, Jeremy Sizemore. Patty has worked as the receptionist at Dr. Wearda’s office for over 14 “We have been able to fill the positions, but it’s taken more time and effort years and has seen employees come a go. than usual. After talking with our friends in the coffee community, we have “I’ve heard from other people, removed from the dental practice, that heard that we have been very fortunate. It hasn’t been as easy for our friends they’re having a hard time filling their openings. My fiancé works at Paso in our industry,” Jeremy concluded. Robles Kia. They are not getting anyone looking for sales jobs. So, they’ve Chulo’s Café and Cantina in Templeton has had to close twice in the last been short-staffed staffed for a while. And people aren’t even coming in and year. Each time for at least a week, due to being short-staffed. applying. It used to be that there was always somebody. They’ve always had “I’ve been looking for employees for—probably a year. And no luck. You some applications,” Patty explained. know, the ads that I put on the internet, on Facebook, we don’t receive any Currently, San Luis Obispo County ranks applications. To the point, that—every time I go to eighth-lowest unemployment rate in the state of the store or something [I ask], ‘do you know someCalifornia. And unemployment rates dropped from body? Do you need a job?’ Anywhere. It’s just been 5.5 percent in August to 4.6 percent in September— a challenge. I’m very short-staffed. I can’t open for while California sits at a steady 7.5 percent and yet, dinners, I used to open for dinners, because we don’t employees are still hard to find. have another cook, or another crew to jump on the “I have job openings for a line-cook on Craigslist, nighttime [shift]. And I don’t want to overwork my Facebook Marketplace, and Indeed. Indeed I had to people,” says owner Karol Struble. pay over $500 to keep it [the ad] visible because there The labor shortage even has owners working are so many cook positions open. I didn’t get one lead multiple jobs themselves. from Indeed. $500 and zero return. And I haven’t “I’ve been here every day helping out. Whatever gotten line-cooks. Which is what we need. We’re a is needed, you know—everything. I could be a dishfamily-friendly, pub-grub spot. It’s not fine-dining, washer one day. I could be a cook another day. I and I get that’s not the most attractive, but there have could be a waitress another day. I could be a busser to be people out there that have skills and want to another day. It’s very hard for me to get a day off work,” says Jacque Fields, president and co-founder because of the situation,” Karol continues. “It’s crazy, of Wild Fields Brewhouse in Atascadero. but it’s real.” It’s clear the employee shortage is having a negaIf the trend in unemployment rates continues to tive effect on local small businesses in North County. decrease, the hope is that local business owners will Local businesses from dentist offices, breweries, coffee But external things, like the pandemic, also play a shops and more are being effected by the employee be able to fill their job openings, especially now with role. the holidays season among us.  shortage. Photos by Camille DeVaul.

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Oak Leaf

San Luis Obispo County Office of Education

James Brescia, Ed.D.




Religion and Our Schools

ach day, millions of families from diverse religious backgrounds entrust constitutional concerns. Three major principles form the United States Supreme their children’s education to our nation’s public schools. Employees Court’s consensus on teaching about religion in public schools: 1) The Court within our public schools need to be fully informed about the consti- has indicated that the study of religion in public schools is Constitutional. 2) tutional and educational principles for understanding the role of religion in The inclusion of studies about religion is vital for student education about public education. According to religious scholars, the phrase “separation of history and cultures. 3) Religions must be taught objectively and neutrally. church and state” was initially coined by Baptists striving for religious toleraThe framers of our constitution held that church and state are distinct in tion in Virginia, whose official state religion was then Anglican (Episcopalian). that the Federal Government should not elevate one denomination over the Baptists thought government limitations against religion were illegitimate. other. Nor can the government or the citizenry usurp divine authority by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson championed their cause. joining politics to the church. Faith should remain a personal matter, not a During the American holiday season, tax-funded schools often face the civil contract tainted by politics. Our founders wrote about the importance of “December Dilemma” or end up between “a rock and a hard place.” Confu- religion and how freedom of religion is vital. A portion of the First Amendsion occurs during the holiday season because the issue of religious expres- ment to the U.S. Constitution states: sion in public schools can become more visible in some situations. Because of “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or COVID-19 protocols, virtual gatherings present additional challenges about prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Within these few words are contained personal and public space. Questions about the use of religious icons, sacred two compelling concepts, separated by only a comma. On the one hand is the music, and religious decorations place the matter of “separation of church and prohibition against the state (i.e., government) establishing or supporting relistate” before students, parents, faculty, staff, administration, and community gious belief or practice called the “establishment” clause. On the other hand, members now more than ever. is the “free exercise” clause that guarantees the religious freedom of American The preamble of the Act Establishing Religious Freedom in Virginia (1786) citizens, including students in public schools. Some general guidelines recomaffirms that “the Author of our Religion gave us our ‘free will.’” Moreover, that mended by legal and civil liberties advisors will guide us in allowing these two He “chose not to propagate it by coerequally essential freedoms to coexist in cions.” This legislation did not diminour schools. ish religious influence on government Religion is a very personal matter. because it also provided stiff penalties Individual students are free to express for conducting business on the Sabbath. their religious beliefs in school if it Legal experts and scholars contend does not interfere with others or the that the Constitution does not inhibit instructional program. Religion is too public displays of faith. At the Constiimportant to our history and heritage tution’s ratification, the early Republic for us to keep it out of our schools even welcomed public worship. Church when addressed within the instructional services were held in the U.S. Capitol program. We can study religion withand Treasury buildings every Sunday. out promoting or supporting a particular Today in many federal facilities, there religious viewpoint in school. is imagery that remains unmistakFinally, when a question about reliably biblical. Where does this leave gion in school surfaces, it is often an our government-funded and operated ideal “teaching opportunity” to have schools? students explore the meaning of the Academics and lawyers advise that First Amendment to our Constitution. when public schools hold holiday celeControversial issues can serve as excelbrations, they should make every effort lent debate topics in our classrooms if to accommodate diverse faiths during appropriately moderated. The “Decemthe holiday season. Legal experts recomber Dilemma” is usually handled in our mend accommodations, including differschools without problems. However, we ent customs, various songs, and varied need to remember that when governtraditional foods at parties or other ment and religion occupy the same in-school events. However, assemblies room, the space between “a rock and a dominated by religious music may raise First A mendment to t he U.S. Const itut ion hard place” can become very narrow. 

“Congress shall make no law respect ing an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

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Making a List Checking it Twice Dr. Cindy Maynard


he holiday season is in full swing, and if you’re like most of us you have expectations for a joyful and merry season. And yet, a season that is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year can be just the opposite for some. According to the American Psychological Association, 38 percent of people surveyed stated their stress levels increase during the holiday season. While the majority of people reported feelings of love and joy during the holidays, many people concurrently experience feelings of anxiety, irritability, or sadness. What is it that has us so stressed? Some of this stress stems from the pressure of having high expectations for gift giving, family get-togethers, financial worries, or scheduling too many commitments and feeling the guilt of not meeting these expectations. Or even having to appear jolly when we’re not. These pressures may leave us feeling frazzled instead of fulfilled. There are some ways we can minimize the stress and ensure we experience the joy that the season intends. Fortunately, we know holiday stress has a beginning and end, so we can make plans to decrease the amount of stress we experience. Learn to recognize your holiday triggers. For example, figure out what your recurrent holiday stressors are ahead of time. Pick one or two and have an action plan in place. For me, in the past it used to be trying to attend too many functions. Believe it or not, Covid helped me prioritize those events that are important with those I can skip. If two days is your max with family, let them know you have appointments on

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the 3rd day. Too much togetherness can bring dread instead of anticipation. If you worry a political discussion will occur during the meal that may be divisive, ask the hostess in a humorous way to list the “allowable” topics for discussion before sitting down. Set aside any grievances for a more appropriate time to discuss, if at all, especially if you only see these people once a year. Act generously. Inwardly, express gratitude for their misguided attention or words as their intentions may be positive. Consider what makes you happy during the holidays. If making the list and checking it twice is stressful, throw the list out. If baking or volunteering makes you happy make sure you schedule in that time for you. If finances are worrisome, consider a family gift exchange. I remember when I was strapped for funds in college, I asked the family if we could have a secret Santa exchange and buy only one gift per family member instead of for everyone. Our family has honored that tradition ever since and it’s been a source of great fun and joy. Don’t abandon your health. It’s easy to imbibe and overdose with all the scrumptious goodies so keep up with your rest, exercise, and healthy meals as much as possible. Acknowledge and express your feelings. Just because it’s the holiday season you can’t force yourself to be happy. Seek out support with community, a friend, or therapist if stress or depression feel overwhelming. Lastly, have the intention to experience the joy of the season—whether it’s carving out time for self-care, taking a daily time out to notice what you’re grateful for, or connecting with those who mean the most to you. And if you decide not to partake in all the festivities, give yourself the grace to find other ways that inspire feelings of warmth, joy or belonging. Whatever you do, take time out to honor what is meaningful for you so you can experience the peace and joy of the season.  Cindy Maynard PhD, RD, is a health psychologist, registered dietitian and a health and fitness writer. You can contact her at

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

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INFO: DETAILS: People are welcome to decorate their home, business, or property for the holidays for a prize. The top three decorators will receive a prize from San Miguel Firefighters Association.

TIME: 6:00 p DETAILS: This is a free event for the whole family! Bring friends, family, and neighbors!

TIME: 5:30 - 8:00 p DETAILS: Tickets ($20) available for purchase in front of Historic City Hall and at Colony Market & Deli.

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TIME: (Dec. 3rd) 2:00 - 6:00 p / (Dec. 4th) 10:00 a - 5:00 p DETAILS: Shop for unique items from local artisans as holiday gifts or gifts for yourself at this outdoor shopping experience! Free admission & parking.

TIME: 9:00 a - 3:00 p DETAILS: Shop from 24 local artisan and craft vendors. Additionally, Friends of the Santa Margarita Library will be selling Hot Coffee, Cider, etc. to go along with an array of delicious baked goods.

TIME: 7:00 - 9:00 p DETAILS: Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday spirit with an illuminated parade! A variety of awards will also be given for best in show! Join Santa and Mrs. Claus and watch downtown light up!


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TIME: 4:00 p DETAILS: Join the Santa Margarita Community Church while gathering and mingling with friends and neighbors before the tree lighting festivities begin.

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TIME: (Dec. 4 ) 2:00 p & 7:00 p / (Dec. 5th) 2:00 p DETAILS: Dancers of all ages come to life in this presentation of the Nutcracker Ballet.

TIME: 5:00 - 8:00 p DETAILS: “Trail of Lights” provides an opportunity for residents and businesses to show off their homes and storefronts.

TIME: 5:00 - 9:00 p DETAILS: Enjoy a massive snow slide, live entertainment, food & craft vendors and shopping Downtown!

TIME: 5:00 - 8:00 p DETAILS: Support local businesses, pick up a Holiday Passport to collect stamps to be entered into a raffle!

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TIME: 6:00 - 9:00 p DETAILS: Take a DRIVE down Vine Street and enjoy the decorations, Scrooge and Mr. & Mrs. Clause!

TIME: (Dec. 17 & 18 ) 6:00 p / (Dec. 19th) 2:00 p DETAILS: A free event for the whole family! Bring friends, family, and neighbors!

TIME: 6:00 p DETAILS: Photos with Santa follow the parade, and the San Miguel Firefighters Association hands toys out to the children.


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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

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, 10:00a. Registration required. Craft activity kit for participants to take home! • Tuesdays • Try It! (all ages) with Miss Melissa, 4:00 p on Facebook. Craft activity kit available for pick up starting Wednesdays. • Wednesdays • Animal Tales Story Time & Craft (1st-5th grades) with Miss Frances, 2:30 p on Facebook. Craft activity kit available for pick up starting the Monday before. • Thursdays • Mother Goose on the Loose (0-18mos) with Miss Carrie, 9:00 a on Facebook. • Fridays • Toddler Story Time & Craft (1-3yrs) with Miss Cappy, 10:00 a on Facebook. Craft activity kit available for pick up starting the Monday before.

Service Organizations

Health & Wellness

Cancer Support Community Providing support, education and hope 1051 Las Tablas Road, Templeton • (805) 238-4411 • Cancer Support Helpline • (888) 793-9355, 6a- 6p 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 p • 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month • Grief Support Group | Virtual • 1:30 - 2:30 p • 1st Thursday of each month • Breast Cancer Support Group | Virtual • 11:00 a - 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 a - 12:00 p

American Legion Post 50

Elks Lodge

Optimist 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

Atascadero #14927 • 9850 E. Front St. • Meetings — 3rd Tuesday, 5:30 p Paso Robles Club #14668 • (805) 238-2410 • Meeting — 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 6:30 p

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

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

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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: 10 am on the upper lawn 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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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT LOCAL NEWS Paso Robles City Introduces New Solid Waste Ordinance By Camille DeVaul Introduction of a new solid waste ordinance, presented by Wastewater Resource Manager and Interim Solid Waste Coordinator Matt Thompson. Published Nov. 17, 2021 Community Meeting on Possibility of School Closure By Camille DeVaul Paso Robles Joint Unified School District held a community meeting at Flamson Middle School to discuss possible school closure. Published Nov. 18, 2021 Supervisors Choose Two Draft Maps to Further Analyze By Melissa Guerra The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors held a special meeting to discuss redistricting. Published Nov. 25, 2021 SPORTS Bearcat Boosters Host Cornhole Tournament By Camille DeVaul The community supported Bearcat athletics by competing in a cornhole tournament, silent auction, and raffles. Published Nov. 4, 2021 PRHS Bearcat Athletes Signed By Camille DeVaul Three Paso Robles High School Bearcat athletes signed National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) National Letters. Published Nov. 18, 2021 OPINION Craft Distilleries Should Have the Right to Ship by Aaron Bergh The state of California is about to re-ban an entire industry from selling and shipping its products online. Published Nov. 11, 2021 A Third Option For Paso School District Letter to Editor, Chris Bausch By reducing both short and long-term expenditures, this third option is both reasonable,affordable and achieves several goals. Published Nov. 18, 2021 FEATURES How Did We Get Here? By SLO Anti-Human Trafficking Board We must call pimping and trafficking what it is: abuse and oppression—modern-day slavery. Published on Nov. 11, 2021 Eat to Beat Holiday Stress By Cindy Maynard, Ph.D., RD What a year. And no one is immune—adding to our anxiety levels are the upcoming holidays when stress levels are on over-drive. Published Nov. 25, 2021



HIGHLIGHTS Central Coast Craft Beer Festival Huge Success | By Christianna Marks


unken Gardens in Atascadero was filled with over 2,100 guests. The reason they were there; The Central Coast Craft Beer Festival! The third annual Craft Beer Festival, luckily, beat out the rain, and the people were ready for the festivities. “The City of Atascadero has such a wonderful charm to it, and the Sunken Gardens is a perfect space to gather everyone for the day to celebrate craft beer along the central coast,” said Central Coast Brewers Guild president, Tony Grimes. Published on Oct. 28, 2021

Huge Success For Local FFA Students at National Convention | By Camille DeVaul


hane Brennan and John Paul Schmidt of Templeton, and Cameron McEntire of Atascadero placed in the top twelve finalists for the National program. Brennan took home Reserve Champion, and McEntire's tractor was the Fan-Favorite Runner Up. Additionally, Annika Enstrom of San Luis Obispo's tractor was the Grand Champion. She also earned Best Photo. Published on Nov. 4, 2021

Paso Robles Celebrates Veteran's Day with Drive-thru | By Camille DeVaul


or the second year, Paso Robles District Cemetary invited residents to drive around the cemetery grounds to view the traditional Avenue of Flags on Nov. 11. In Atascadero, ceremonies led by KPRL’s Dick Mason started with a flyover by the Estrella Warbirds at exactly 11:00 a.m., followed promptly by the Presentation of Colors, accompanied by Central Coast Pipes and Drums. Published on Nov. 18, 2021

Shop Small Saturday | By Camille DeVaul


aturday, Nov. 27 is Shop Small Saturday, and if the past two years have taught us anything, it's that we need to support our small business. They are the backbone of our local economy, they are friends, and they are the reason so many people love visiting and living in our little, big town. In 2010, during the recession, American Express developed and campaigned for Small Business Saturday. They understood small businesses are at the core of every thriving neighborhood. Published on Nov. 25, 2021

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