Paso Robles Press Magazine • #271 • November 2023

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CONTENTS Publisher’s Letter 08

Something Worth Reading

Round Town 10 12 13 14 15 16 17

Grapevine Paso Robles Main Street Association The Natural Alternative Paso Robles Area Historical Society General Store Paso Robles Kid Friendly Paso Shift'N Gears

Paso People



Butz Are Made for Flying: John Butz

Business The Art of Food: Featuring Barley and Boar By Christianna Marks

Barley and Boar's chefs Sean Deniz and Cordell Pheasant bring creative, farm-to-table dining to Atascadero. Their collaborative, open-air kitchen invites direct customer interaction and offers unique dishes inspired by fresh local ingredients.

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Spotlight: SSgt. Alberto Godinez, USAF Spotlight: Pappy McGregor’s Paso Robles & Templeton Chamber

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SLO County Office of Education Thanksgiving Turkey Trots Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles

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Sip & Savor: Harvest 2023 Farm Stand: Farmer’s Market Turkey

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The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Welcoming everyone to Thanksgiving for Paso Robles

By Christianna Marks

By Camille DeVaul

Exploring Paso Robles' relationship with Polish-born composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski and the upcoming Paderewski Music Festival.

The 39th annual Thanksgiving for Paso Robles event providing a free meals faces food cost challenges but continues its tradition of giving.


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Publisher's Letter • Something Worth Reading "Autumn's embrace, where leaves fall and hearts rise. In the warmth of family and friends, we find the true blessings of the season."




he feeling of Autumn has finally arrived, bringing with it the cool breeze, the crisp nights, and the warmth of cozy sweaters. It is a season we eagerly await, for it not only marks the changing of the leaves but also signals the beginning of the holiday season. Last month, we celebrated another incredible Pioneer Day and extend our heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated volunteers who orchestrated this well-organized event. It is moments like these that fill us with pride, knowing that we are part of such a vibrant community that holds its traditions dear. While we are still saddened by the recent loss of Mayor Martin, we have been reminded of the extraordinary strength of our bonds. Witnessing the way our community has come together during this challenging time has been heartwarming and reaffirms the deep sense of unity that defines us, may we continue to keep Jennifer and her family in our thoughts. This month, we had the privilege of highlighting a wonderful man, Mr. John Butz, a 90-year-old Korean War veteran. John, along with his wife Barbie, stand as unwavering pillars within our community, having played an integral role in shaping it into what it is today. Recently, John and his sons had the honor of taking part in the Honor Flight, and they share their remarkable experience with us. As the Thanksgiving festivities approach, the spirit of giving back shines brightly in our community. Thanksgiving for Paso Robles is gearing up to serve our neighbors once more, ensuring that everyone can partake in a warm meal and savor the togetherness this season brings. We are thrilled to announce that the Best of North County SLO readers' poll is officially open for voting! Be sure not to miss the opportunity to voice your support for your beloved local businesses, as they will be recognized and celebrated next year. As the holidays draw near, we extend our warmest wishes for a joyful Thanksgiving. We are grateful for you and for your continued support. Your stories are our stories, and together, we get to create a lasting piece of history for future generations to look back on with pride. This season, may you find warmth in the company of loved ones and take a moment to reflect on the countless reasons we have to be thankful. Much love, Hayley & Nic

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Through the Grapevine

Coats for Kids celebrates 36th warm year

For over three decades, Coats for Kids has been a beacon of warmth in North County, distributing coats, jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts to those in need. As they gear up for this year’s distribution on December 9, they are thrilled to join forces with the Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles for the “Day of Giving.” The mission of Coats for Kids has always been to provide warm clothing not just for children but for the entire family. It’s a noble endeavor, and it all began 35 years ago in 1987 when Barbie Butz was the president of the

Los Niños Auxiliary of the Children’s Home Society. It’s not too early to start checking your closets for those gently used coats, jackets, sweatshirts and sweaters that you are no longer going to wear this winter. Take them to the cleaners and they will clean them at no charge and a member of our team will pick them up, and put them in our clean storage until December. Participating cleaners include Plaza Cleaners in Atascadero and Paso Robles and Fashion Cleaners in Atascadero. Remember, we distribute warm items to everyone in the family and that means mom, dad, and the kids. If you wish to donate new items, contact Barbie at (805) 461-1234 and they will arrange a location for pick-up. For more information on Coats for Kids and to find drop-off locations, visit Your contribution can help keep North County families warm during the

coming winter season. Celebrate Templeton's rich history at Founder's Day

Get ready to celebrate Templeton's rich history at the Templeton Historical Museum Society's Founder's Day Celebration. This exciting event will take place on Saturday, November 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 309 S. Main St., Templeton. Founder's Day commemorates the arrival of the first passenger train in Templeton in 1886, marking it as the southern terminus of the train line from San Francisco to Los Angeles. It's a day to honor the town's historical roots and explore its vibrant past. The museum house and the historic railroad depot, remarkable symbols of Templeton's history, will be open to visitors. These locations offer a glimpse into life in Templeton during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

One highlight will be the 1900's Blacksmith Shop, where Blacksmith David Thayer will provide captivating demonstrations of traditional blacksmithing techniques. Guests can witness the creation of intricate metalwork. View antique vehicles and railroad artifacts, including the museum's prized 1927 Ford Model "T," an original fire cart, a Model "T" fire truck, and a beautifully restored 1932 Templeton School bus. Founder's Day will also feature history lectures and guided walking tours (weather permitting), allowing you to explore Templeton's historic buildings and their unique stories. This event is family-friendly, with activities for kids, food available at El Red Rooster, and wine tastings at Clavo Wines. Musical performances by "Devil's Game" and free pie and cake (while supplies last) will add a sweet note to the celebration. For more information, visit

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Round Town • Paso Robles Main Street Association

Memories Surround Us

Do not conform to the pattern of the world,But be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” — Romans: 12-2 friends and neighbors because it’s one of Paso’s favorite events. We’ll all be there! Thanksgiving Day is on the 23rd this year. Check for restaurants offering reservations. Wear your gratitude; it’s the heart’s memory. Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving Day! On the next day, at 5:30 p.m., you’re invited to join Main Street in the City Park for our Annual Downtown Lighting Ceremony. We will be passing out our songbooks for singing Christmas carols. Remember, each book has a Bingo game. Visit local shops, get the page stamped

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e’re entering that time of year when our memories surround us. They are the glue that brings the past and the present together. November is the month of food, family, friends, and feelings of love while “wearing a cloak of gratitude to feed every corner of your life,” — Rumi November is always an eventful month, beginning with the end of daylight savings on the 5th. We set our clocks back and prepare for the early morning light and early evening dark. Some say if it gets dark any earlier, we won’t have to get up at all. Veteran’s Day is celebrated every year on the 11th day of the 11th month. We honor and show appreciation for all who have served in the United States Military — in wartime and in peacetime, living or deceased. Check with Faces of Freedom in Atascadero and Paso Robles District Cemetery for local ceremonies, also at the 11th hour. “We can’t all be heroes, someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.” — Roy Rogers Later on November 11, Paso Robles Main Street hosts Elegant Evening

and have an opportunity to win cash shopping sprees. Chad Stevens wii be our master of ceremonies and Mrs. Claus will pull the switch to light up the entire park. This year it will be bigger and better than ever as a plethora of lights have been added. The Grinch will still be roaming around trying to interfere. This is a fun, wonderful, old fashioned, traditional way to kick off the holidays in Paso Robles for the entire family. The next day, again in downtown Paso Robles you’re invited to join us for Shop Small Saturday. It’s a time to support local businesses who are offering discounts and special gifts. Get your Songbook Bingo pages stamped while finding those unique gifts for everyone on your list. Get your shopping done and be ready to enjoy December. As November winds down, we will be blessed with the Full Beaver Moon around 4 a.m. on the 27th. The beavers are out beginning to take shelter, with sufficient food, for the long winter ahead. May your Thanksgiving be bountiful with reasons to be grateful. It’s a busy time of year so you may find yourself asking on a Thursday, “wasn’t it just Friday yesterday?” We get caught up in so many challenges, taking us in every direction, It’s important to stay balanced.



Downtown between 5 and 8 p.m. Spend your evening strolling through town, do some holiday shopping, enjoy refreshments provided by the downtown businesses. Feel the holiday spirit with music, decorated windows (including mannequins from Class Act Dance Studio) throughout town. You’ll see








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Round Town • Paso Robles Area Historical Society

THE HUMBLE HERO Remembering Robert J. Rader

(Left) Robert Rader holds up his impressive collection of military medals and memorabilia

By Paso Robles Area Historical Society and Museum


iving in Paso Robles, you most likely find yourself driving across the 13th Street Bridge. Most will think of it as just a connection between the West and East side of town across the Salinas River — but what most may not know, and what you should know, is who that bridge represents. In 2006, the City of Paso Robles dedicated the 13th Street Bridge to Robert J. Rader, a man who was enlisted in the Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division — otherwise known as, the Band of Brothers. When Tom Hanks produced Stephen E. Ambrose’s book “Band of Brothers” into an HBO miniseries in 2001, the world took notice of the company’s story. Born in 1923, Robert would

have been 100 years old today. He grew up with during the Great Depression in Ohio alongside a large family and father who was a World War I veteran. At the age of 15 or 16 (depending on the source), Robert and his older brothers enlisted into the Ohio National Guard in an effort to free up more food at the family’s dinner table. However, their youth was soon discovered, leading to

Robert’s honorable discharge. Undeterred, he later enlisted with the Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. Robert would soon find himself overseas, fighting through Europe in the middle of World War II. There, he experienced many formidable moments, including when his company encountered a group of Hitler’s youth who were willing to die for their leader — and opened fire on Robert’s company. It was in that moment that he vowed to dedicate the rest of his life to helping children, a promise he would fulfill in the years to come. While Robert was discharged in 1945, the scars of the war remained with him. Despite being shot in two places, he declined to receive a Purple Heart, feeling that others had suffered more than he did. Instead, he received two Bronze Stars for his bravery. After graduating from college on his G.I. bill, Robert visited a friend stationed at Camp Roberts during the Korean War. He fell in love with Paso Robles and began teaching at local schools in 1950 while also working at the Paso Robles Municipal Airport and

serving as a volunteer firefighter. He started his teaching career at the California School for Boys before moving to San Miguel and, eventually, the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District, where he spent 25 years until his retirement. Robert was known to be a strict but fair teacher, earning the respect of his students. He retired from teaching in 1981 and then died in 1997, but not without impacting his community and students. Robert coached basketball and cross country, achieving success with his teams. His coaching legacy was marked by numerous state finals appearances and the development of standout athletes, including Paso Robles High School Cross Country Coach Ivan Huff. In his retirement, Robert enjoyed simple pleasures like fishing, golf, and watching sports. He remained in touch with his fellow Easy Company veterans, writing letters always with a sentimental sign-off. So the next time you drive across the 13th Street Bridge, remember the hero it represents. Robert J. Rader, here. Be good. Be careful. Sleep warm.

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Weaving Beauty Into Function Handmade Mexican Bags for Fall

It’s autumn, and whether it’s hot outside or just the tiniest bit blustery, we all have our traditions. Some people plant chives and kale. Others pull out their pumpkin carving tools. And some of us reach into the closet to trade out that straw summer bag for something a little hardier. That’s when the woven wool bags from MZ Made shine. We are big fans of function, but we’re suckers for something that is useful and beautiful. For most of the 10 years we’ve been open, we’ve worked with the Chico-based MZ Made to offer their hand-woven clutches and totes. We’ve seen these same bags come in on the arms of customers, year after year, and we’ve looked at our own, and these bags HOLD UP. It’s partly the workmanship—MZ Made works with indigenous Zapotec designers and artisans from Oaxaca, Mexico. They strive to showcase the incredible artistry of their weavers, and to nurture lasting relationships. We can attest to that, having worked with and grown alongside the team at MZ. They are wonderful partners, and they embody the principles of fair trade and the slow fashion movement. (Slow fashion is defined as an awareness and

approach to fashion that carefully considers the processes and resources required to make clothing, and focuses on timeless, high-quality designs over trenddriven pieces destined for the landfill after a few wears.) MZ Made is a Certified B Corp and women owned, and their bags are truly unique. You just have to pick one up, feel the thickness of the wool, see the warmth of the colors, and when you look at the tag, you’ll see the name of the weaver who created it. How often can you be that directly connected to the human who made the goods you’re holding in your hand? This year, as a special treat, we brought in (drumroll!) some of their newest and coolest goods. There’s a long bucket tote, and a wider cross body that will fit everything but that pumpkin latte. And if you want to see more, just ask—we just couldn’t decide, so we brought in a lot of colors and designs that we’ve got in the back. We are so thankful for companies like MZ Made who are keeping traditions alive. Cheers to the traditions you love this time of year. —The Team at General Store Paso Robles

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Round Town • Kid Friendly Paso





ovember is National Gratitude Month, a time to consider that for which we are grateful and give thanks. Living in Paso Robles makes the practice of gratitude an easy one, with daily reminders of the wonderful things in our community. My son and I are thankful to hear the haunting sound of the train rolling through town each day, announcing its arrival and departure with several blasts of the horn, reminding us of our charming train station complete with Cypher Winery next door, our ability to take the train to nearby places such as Santa Barbara for a quick excursion, and Cal Coast Brewing and the Backyard which provide close-up views of the daily Amtrak Coast Starlight. There are many more reasons why families are happy to call Paso Robles home. “We love the amount of kid-friendly places around town. Places the adults want to visit


and can happily take the kids, knowing they’ll be entertained. Our son loves playing cornhole and Connect 4 at BarrelHouse Brewing Company. He loves exploring the fountains and feeding the fish in the koi pond at Still Waters Winery. We love the sense of community. Everyone is so friendly and happy to lend a hand in times of need.” — The Green Family “I love that we are 35 minutes from the beach, but not in a congested city; that we mostly get clear sky nights; the greenery at Paso Robles Inn where kids can feed the fish but also enjoy the tall trees; the Paso Robles golf club which is kid-friendly as well; how you can grow some herbs and roses in your own backyard.” — Caroline Resa “We love the sense of community wherever we go! From walking into Just Baked and the staff greeting your child by name and getting their favorite order ready … To running into friendly faces in the grocery store. I’m from Paso (born and raised) and for how much as it has grown and become a tourist destination, the town has really held on to the small-town community feeling.”

— Sarah Riis-Vestergaard “We love so much about Paso. Namely, the cute hallmark-esque downtown area that brings everyone together!” — The Cacciamani Family “I’ve lived in amazing towns and cities, big and small, and can genuinely say I’ve never felt more at home than I do in Paso Robles. The ability to support and feel connected to local businesses and communities is beyond what I ever could have expected for myself and my family.” — Angela Broida “We love the abundance of local farms and artisans in Paso Robles. We love knowing we can buy local ingredients to make a meal or even an item for our home or a gift from a local maker.” — The Howard Family “Our family is thankful for all of the community events, such as Concerts in the Park, Pioneer Day, the Pancake Breakfast, Safe and Fun Trick or Treat downtown, the Christmas Parade, and Christmas on Vine that bring our town together in a way we never experienced in other places we have lived.” — The Scott Family “We are thankful for all the great kid-friendly spots including the public parks, Ravine Waterpark, story time at the public library, the Paso Robles Children’s Museum, local farms, Paso Robles Marketwalk, the Midstate Fair and of course wineries!” — The Parker Family “I love the small community feel and kid-friendly activities. Everyone is friendly, we are super close to the beach and have access to many wineries. We love the many different events going on every weekend!” — Andrea Dalton. Follow Elisa on IG @pasomommy.

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Know your new maintenance costs • Popping or clicking when turning Simple fluid servicing at regular — possible CV axle issue if front intervals are integral to the longev- wheel drive squealing — belts ity of your vehicle (manufacturer or belt-driven components have recommendations are not always reached their service limit in your best interest). Engine oil (no • Sweet smells — coolant leaks more than 5,000 miles); transmis- • Loose steering — excessive play sion fluid (every 30,000 if towing or with steering components or 50,000 miles); All other fluids should misalignment be every five years or 100,000 miles; • Codes/lights on dash — symptoms ignition components every 60,000- of problems that need remedy 90,000 miles. Not all vehicles before you can smog and transfer are created equal or used for the title. Many “tricks” of used vehisame purposes. Always consult a cle sales are to clear the engine light. This will also reset a series professional. of “monitors” in the computer Test Driving With Red Flag system. A simple hand-held scanPhrases To Know ner can quickly tell you if there are • Delayed shifting — hesitating more any codes or if the engine light has been recently cleared. than 1-2 seconds between gears • Hard shifting — rough engagement Make The Call with a “slam” feeling • Shift “flare”/slipping — a momenYou’ll need to do some extra tary neutral feeling, followed by an research before you buy a used car upshift with a CVT (continuously variable • Front pump noise — humming/ transmission) or an 8-, 9-, & 10-speed whining when accelerating transmission; simply because of the • Shuttering — vibrations can be expense and common need for excessive and erratic feeling, replacements at or before 100,000 usually felt when accelerating can miles. Many manufacturers have apply to engine or transmission extended their powertrain warranty issues to as much as 10 years or 100,000 • Running rough — especially at idle, miles. When looking to purchase, typically will set a check engine call your local dealer of the type of light, but not always rotational vehicle you are looking at; provide grinding, typically caused by failed the full VIN number and ask about its wheel bearings extended powertrain warranty.

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Paso People • John Butz

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The tale of local veteran John Butz By Christianna Marks


tascadero wouldn't be the same without John Butz and his wife, Barbie. The two have become staples in North County, and at the beginning of October, 90-year-old John, who is a Korean War veteran, was invited on an Honor Flight with four of his family members, including all three of his sons. John's military career started when he was drafted into the Army at the end of the Korean War, taking him from his home in Ohio three states over to Missouri. "My military career started in 1953. The Korean War was from 1950 to 1953, and I was drafted in 1953. The [Korean] Armistice [Agreement] was signed in July of '53, so I was sent to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, for my basic training and stayed there for all my military career," said John. With construction experience from before he was drafted, it only made sense that John would end up as an Army engineer, and he spent a good portion of his time building things on base. In addition, John was a company clerk while he was in basic training because he knew how to type. During his two years in the military, he was elevated from platoon leader to private to corporal before receiving an honorable discharge. "When I left in May of 1955, I had two years of National Guard duty. But I was fully released from the Army in May of 1955," he continued. While in the Army, John also ended up over at Fort Belvoir in Virginia to get some extra schooling under his belt. He added that he never ended up using said schooling after he left. "I got out [of the Army] in May. In June, we left Ohio for California. Made a stop in Pasadena, where my mother's sister and her family

John is shown off-duty at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, circa Winter 1954, in front of his '48 Buick Fastback.

were. Then made another stop in Santa Barbara and stayed there until 1977," John said of his move to California. In Santa Barbara, John met Barbie through his sister, Beverly, when they were both in the same sorority. "We met in Santa Barbara. My sister, I have one sister, no brothers. Barbie was at UCSB [University of Santa Barbara], and that's where my sister was, and she was affiliated with the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. That's how I got to meet Barbie. I've followed her around since 1955," John said with a smile. Once again, it was John's construction background that landed him in the right place at the right time. He and his friends were asked by Beverly to help build the Kappa Alpha Theta float for UCSB's Homecoming Parade, and the rest is history. The Butzes have lived in Atascadero ever since they left Santa Barbara, and they have lived on the same property they bought in 1985. Together, they have three sons, Doug, David, and Daniel, 12 grandchildren, and a total of 22 great-grandkids. John, along with his sons, Doug, David, and Daniel, and 18 |

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John Butz (far left) is shown with the other eight Korean War Veterans on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of the Butz family.

daughter-in-law Michele, left on October 2 for John's honor flight, where veterans explore war memorials on the East Coast. The Honor Flight was a charter plane full of veterans from the Korean War and the Vietnam War, and every single military branch was represented. "There were about 100 veterans. Only nine from Korea because we're getting older, as you know," stated John. John stated that out of every amazing thing the group got to do, his favorite was when he and his sons were able to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier together. "We watched the complete Change of the Guard, which is absolutely awesome. The weather was beautiful, with not much humidity, which I was amazed about. That ceremony there was overlooking the capitol." John shared. "The most awesome thing was after the Changing of the Guard, they had a ceremony that changes the wreath of the day. They picked out four Korean Veterans, and I was one of them to walk up and to be right in front of the wreath stand. They brought out the wreath of the day, and there was a short, quick ceremony before the wreath placement of that wreath. The four guards, who will be Korean Veterans, were able to be handed that wreath and then place that wreath on the holder. And then

the ceremony is a flag salute and playing taps for that exchange and then return to our area." He added that he discovered he would be part of the ceremony about five minutes before it started. During the trip, the Butz family, as well as the rest of the Honor Flight crew, were taken to see the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial, the World War II Veterans Memorial, and the Current Veterans Memorial. To finish off the trip, they headed to the Naval Training Station, Annapolis, just in time for the flag-raising ceremony. While on the trip, John's oldest son, Doug, was his guardian, and David and Daniel also helped two of the other Korean War vets while on the flight. "We were known as the Butz Group if you will," John said with a gleam in his eye. John encourages every veteran to take an honor flight if possible. "Everything we did. Everything we saw was just, I mean, some of it's just hard to describe. It's so awesome when you think about the history of this country and how lucky we are," he stated. The Honor Flight returned on Wednesday, October 4, to hundreds of people, including Vandenberg Space Force Base soldiers, chanting "Welcome home" and waving American flags, thanking them for their service.

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The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Exploring Paso Robles' relationship with Polish-born composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski By Christianna Marks

you. This year, the classical music festival will have you humming along to three full days of live performances from classical musicians who are coming to Paso Robles just to bring the musical musings of Polish-born Ignacy Jan Paderewski and other well-known composers to our town. This year, the Paderewski Festival starts on Thursday, November 2, and ends on Saturday, November 4. It will feature performances from the Tina Raymond Trio, the Cracow Duo, the Paderewski Festival's 2023 Youth Piano Competition winners, and Polish pianist Mateusz Krzyzowski, who was the first Pole in history to win first prize at the International Piano Competition. And they're all here in honor of Paderewski and his love for our small town.

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Paderewski: The origin of a musical prodigy

Ignacy Jan Paderewski was born on November 6, 1860, in what is now Ukraine. It wouldn't be long until Paderewski, at the young age of 12, would begin his journey to becoming a star-studded, world-famous composer and performer. At that age, he studied music at Warsaw Conservatory before continuing his studies in Berlin and Vienna. In 1888, Paderewski's magical fingers shot him into international fame, and he never looked back.

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Paderewski's shot to stardom

Sure, Paderewski had written some amazing piano compositions when his career took off, but it was his performance technique that kept people coming back for more. In fact, he had turn-of-the-century fangirls who would come to his concerts after embroidering the first measures of his famous minuet on their bloomers. Most of those women would literally swoon over the musician. The musician loved touring in America and was so dedicated to his instrument and fans that when he sprained one of his fingers in 1914, he kept on playing across the country. He actually continued his tour circuit while only playing the piano with nine of his 10 fingers. However, when his tour landed in San Francisco that year, his sprained finger finally got the best of him.

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Paderewski's charity and government involvement

In 1896, Paderewski helped establish a trust fund that backed American-born composers and their love of music. He donated $10,000 himself. Not only was the man a man about Paso and a world-renowned musician, but he was also the first prime minister of the newly independent Poland in 1919. He also had a hand in signing the Treaty of Versailles. In fact, Paderewski met up with foreign dignitaries while he stayed in the area.

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Paderewski's first trip to Paso Robles

walking suit. He also made sure that he was simply known as Mr. Paderewski and left the fanfare for touring. He loved being part of the local scene and dove into the community when he disembarked the train that brought him here. He would purposely show up to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates do their spring training here. They came out to Paso from 1924 to 1935. Oddly enough, even with the constant visits, he never built a permanent residence in the area, though he was always a frequent guest at the El Paso de Robles Hotel, now the Paso Robles Inn. He did have plans to build, but after the death of his second wife, Helena, in 1934, he couldn't make himself come back. During his stays at the hotel, Paderewski practiced on the ballroom piano, and that Weber piano is still on display to this day. But the legend never actually played an official concert in Paso for its residents.

Paderwski's decision to take a break from touring and performing would change the landscape of Paso Robles forever. One of Paderewski's muscian friends whispered to him the healing properties of the mud spring in Paso Robles and how he needed to go and soak his hand in them. So, Paderewski headed our way, stayed in the original Hot Springs Continuing Paderewski's legacy Hotel, and soaked away all his stress and the pain of his sprained finger in the mud's healing powers.

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Paderewski buys land in Paso

While he was here healing, Paderewski met Dr. Frank Sawyer, who not only owned the hotel he was staying at but became his physician while he was here. On top of that, Sawyer was also a realtor. Yes, Paderewski already owned property in Poland, but Sawyer sold him 2,864 acres of Paso Robles land. The composer would later plant almonds and wine grapes on his property. Those wine grapes would produce a Zinfandel at York Mountain Winery that is almost as well known as the man himself. Between the years of 1914 and 1934, Paderewski could be seen around town when he stopped here for a couple of weeks during every single one of his US tours. Always one for flair, Paderewski loved to explore downtown Paso Robles while dawned in a white

One of the things Paderewski always wanted to do but wasn't able to was create a music conservatory for students and youth in the heart of Paso Robles. One of the Paderewski Festival's goals was to continue his legacy and expand on his dream with a cultural exchange program and the annual Youth Piano Competition. You can even watch the winners of The Paderewski Festival's 2023 Youth Piano Competition perform during the festival. To grab tickets to see all the impressive talent this year, honor Paderewski's legacy, see the weekend's full program or get more information, go to paderewskifest. com or call (805) 235-5409.

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n Thanksgiving Day in 1963, President John F. Kennedy addressed his country with a proclamation saying, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." For 39 years, Thanksgiving for Paso Robles (Paso Thanksgiving) has, in their own way, tried to live by this ideal. The nonprofit, spearheaded by Mildred Watkin, is a celebration of thanks serving over 1,500 men, women, and children from all communities, a traditional Thanksgiving meal at no cost. A true expression of community that brings diverse people together to share the day with others. Paso Thanksgiving Chairman David Kudija explains, "We turn Centennial Park into a restaurant for the day. We are proud to serve it [Thanksgiving dinner] that way." One hundred percent funded by donations and run by volunteers, it costs about $9,000 and 200 people to put on the annual dinner.

By Camille DeVaul Volunteers begin prepping and cooking the meals on Monday and are ready to serve almost 2,000 people by Thanksgiving Thursday. On Thanksgiving Day, up to 200 meals will be donated to the El Camino Homeless Shelter (ECHO), and even more meals will be brought to the homeless around town. However, David wants people to know that Paso Thanksgiving is for those in need of a meal and good company. "We welcome everybody either from a financial or a social need. There are a lot of people that just want to be with someone on special days like this, and we welcome them." In recent years, the nonprofit has found challenges with the rise in the cost of food as well as a food shortage. Rather than placing his meat order in November, David had to reserve his order for meat in September. "Food has gone up [in cost] tremendously, even more so than last year. We continue to seek funds," he explains. Paso Thanksgiving holds a special place

in David's heart. He says he has lived a good life and experienced much — some of which include learning to fly a plane and jumping out of a good one. But he had yet to find something that he loved enough to stick with until he found Paso Thanksgiving over 30 years ago. "There are very few things where I have said I want to spend time doing this and keeping it up, and Paso Thanksgiving is one of those few things," David, who also heads the Bean Feed for Paso Robles Pioneer Days, shared. One of his aspirations for Paso Thanksgiving is to get more volunteer involvement from some younger generations, something he adds the Pioneer Day nonprofit does well. Putting together the annual dinner is truly a community effort, and David's thanks go out to all who make it happen, including the fire department, who help with the big cleanup after the forks are put down. Guests have an option to enjoy a sit-down meal, or if coming down to the park is not an option, volunteers are more than happy to deliver a meal to them.

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This year's dinner menu includes: Oven Roasted Turkey Ham Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Dressing Dressing Mixed Vegetables Salad Candied Yams Cranberry Sauce Rolls Housebaked Pies

Sit-down Meal Serving dinner from 12 to 2 p.m., all are welcome to enjoy a hand-cooked sit-down Thanksgiving meal at no cost.

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Delivery For those who are homebound, they have volunteers to deliver a warm Thanksgiving meal. Call the committee at (805) 239-4137 by November 20 to schedule a delivery. "Everyone is welcome," says David. "We would love to see as many community members there as we can."

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The Art of Food By Christianna Marks

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t's just two dudes playing with food,” says Barley and Boar’s Head Chef Sean Deniz of his collaboration with Sous Chef Cordell Pheasant. The two have been working side by side for two years as of August this year and have been the head chefs behind Barley and Boar’s delectable eats since May 1. It’s a two-chef-mix that has brought amazing, unique food to Entrada Avenue in Atascadero.

Head Chef Sean Deniz prepares one of Barley and Boar’s specialty dishes in the restaurant's open-air kitchen.

"I originally interviewed him (Cordell) for a Sous Chef position over at Cielo [in La Plaza], one of our sister restaurants," Sean said. "I liked him right away. First week working with him, I knew the dude was a banger. This project was already an idea. As soon as I saw this guy work I knew I was gonna keep him. Once we started to talk to each other, know each other, inside and outside of work, we had so much in common and it just, it played out perfectly." Barley and Boar is the newest addition to the North County Restaurant Group. Before he became head chef of Barley and Boar, Sean was executive chef for the group as a whole. But Sean knew Barley and Boar was going to be something special as the restaurant was an idea that had been bouncing around for years, and he wanted to be on board when it came to fruition. "Myself and Eric Peterson, the owner, kind of always talked about doing a farm to table, more upper class, not even upper class, just solid, good food. Something a little nicer, bring something a little different to the area of Atascadero,” stated Sean. “But more so, it's a passion project. I've always wanted to work at an open-air kitchen. I've had a million ideas for a kitchen spot like this and kind of took what we've been talking about for the past five years I've worked with him [Eric] and put it into play."

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The food has been fully left in the hands of Sean and Cordell. And they’re constantly coming up with new ideas where their dishes are concerned. "As far as new stuff goes, we're really kind of on the whim," Sean said of creating Barley and Boar’s menu. "We just walk through farmers and bounce ideas off each other and try them out here in the kitchen. If they work, let's do it, let's run specials, let's get feedback on it. But really it's just what we're feeling.” Because of the open-air kitchen Sean and Cordell are also able to collaborate directly with their customers and get instant feedback about their dishes. "At the kitchen bar, we'll do little bites and get some feedback," added Cordell. He added that when people enjoy those bites, they usually turn it into a dish or an appetizer for the menu. The menu itself changes based on what’s fresh and available in the county, and it officially changes once a month, while keeping a few staples on deck at all times. Weather also plays a factor in their menu as they use all local produce. "A lot of our purveyors and farmers are from the area and have never experienced anything like this," Sean stated. "So for them to team up with us and be part of this and us giving them shoutouts, I think it's good for both parties. I think everyone's really excited that a spot like this has opened up in Atascadero." With its open-air kitchen, Barley and Boar drops the fourth wall that usually separates chefs from their guests. Giving the restaurant a collaborative feel all around. "You develop these relationships with the guests. All these people that come in work super hard for their money. It's my job to prepare the best experience that they could possibly have for their money. I don't want anything less for them. It's very important that they know that 26 |

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their word is being heard as well,” Sean said. Sean and Cordell have built such a tight relationship with the local community since Barley and Boar opened just a few months ago, that it’s gotten to the point where when certain guests come in, they know exactly what extras they will want on their table. The whole experience blends small town Atascadero vibes with big city sensibilities, which makes sense as Sean grew up in Sacramento and Cordell grew up in Morro Bay. Both chefs have a history with big city kitchens and have worked all over the country before landing on Entrada. "It's super nice to get to see people eat your food and interact with them," said Cordell. "I'm a big believer in using all your senses and I think with us being able to see and hear our customers," Sean added. "We're able to get direct feedback, we're able to execute to our full potential.” Both chefs fell in love with kitchen life at a young age. They stated that the camaraderie, culture, business side, and the family aspect of working in restaurants was something they both were drawn to. Along the way, they both fell in love with food and being able to make and share things that they’re excited about with their food-loving audience. Sean also mentioned that the kitchen life didn’t necessarily help his addiction as he was able to continue his lifestyle while working. Four years ago, Sean went to rehab and has been clean ever since. He added that his passion for food has grown even more now, and he’s now putting 100 percent of his focus into giving people the food they want. "This guy's a beast. He just handles it," Cordell said proudly of Sean. The team would like to thank Barley and Boar’s owner for funding the building, which has had a complete overhaul aside from the brew tanks, hood vent, and original floors. Everything else has been custom-built to their vision and makes it feel like a warm hug from a sophisticated stranger inside. Sponsored Editorial

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“We're artists deep down and we have to be very transparent and very vulnerable about what we're putting out.”

They’d also like to thank the North County Restaurant Group’s maintenance crew, the farmers they work with to put fresh food on their guests' tables, and their co-workers at the restaurant. "And the guests. I really want to give a shoutout to them for really welcoming us and accepting our concept. Accepting us into the community,” said Sean. "We're artists deep down and we have to be very transparent and very vulnerable about what we're putting out. It's nerve-wracking. To get feedback and for it to be as positive as it has been, it's motivating.” With the holidays right around the corner, Barley and Boar is the perfect spot to host your private parties. With specialty menu options, including coursed dinners and the ever-changing but equally delicious Chef ’s Choice menu, private events hosted at Barley and Boar are a fantastic option all year long. So, if fine dining and food that is brought straight from a local farm directly to your table is your thing, Barley and Boar has it in aces. Stop on by and say hi to Sean, Cordell, and the rest of the team!


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et ready to embrace the festive spirit as we kick off a series of beloved events that offer a sneak peek into the upcoming holiday season! From dazzling light displays to heartwarming performances, join us in the countdown to the most wonderful time of the year. All events are chronologically listed. Readers are encouraged to confirm all scheduled events. Whether attending local performances, a parade, a craft show, or helping to make a child’s Christmas, Hanukkah, or Winter Holiday a little brighter, there are many experiences to enjoy this season!

Holiday Boutique in Atascadero

Celebrate the holiday season at Atascadero’s Pavilion on the Lake from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This one-day craft show on November 4 features 50+ talented handmade vendors.

Elegant Evening in Paso Robles

Experience the charm of Downtown Paso Robles on November 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy merchant open houses, captivating live mannequins in storefront windows, delightful refreshments, entertaining performances, and a chance to win original artwork in a lively and engaging evening of community festivities.

Holiday Lighting Ceremony Paso Robles

The annual Main Street holiday lighting ceremony, a part of the Cancer Support Community Lights for Hope event, includes candlelight caroling, greetings from city officials, Mrs. Claus and the Elves, and more on November 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Santa’s House/Holiday Plaza at Mission Plaza, San Luis Obispo

Check out the amazing decorations and activities in the plaza, including an evening light display, carousel, Santa’s Mouse Scavenger hunt, write letters to Santa, and more from November 25 through December 24, time TBD.

Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration in Morro Bay

Join the festive Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at Morro Bay City Park on December 1 at 5 p.m. Festivities start at 3:30 p.m., leading up to the enchanting tree lighting ceremony, marking the start of the holiday season in a joyous atmosphere.

The North County Nutcracker

The 27th Annual North County Nutcracker, a Storybook Ballet, presented by North County Dance and Performing Arts Foundation, offers four shows at Cal Poly Spanos Theatre on December 1-3, featuring various performance times. Tickets are available at

47th Annual Downtown San Luis Obispo Holiday Parade

On December 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. This event is one of the largest parades on the Central Coast, attracting thousands of spectators and featuring all types of floats, vehicles, marching bands, dancers, and more.

Light Up the Downtown Atascadero

On December 1, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., soon after the lights come on, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving via an antique Model-A fire truck to the tune of “Here Comes Santa Claus,” performed by the Atascadero Fine Arts Academy. You will then be invited to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at the North Pole entrance located at the back of City Hall that faces Atascadero Middle School.

Holiday Harmony at the Pismo Beach Pier Plaza

This year’s event is on December 1, and will include the tree lighting ceremony, Santa Claus, two snow zones, and activities for the kids. The first 250 children in the Santa Line will receive goody bags compliments of Pismo Beach Recreation. This event is free to all and begins at 5:30 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase; please leave pets at home.

Lighted Boat Parade on the Embarcadero in Morro Bay

On December 2, be dazzled as our fishing, leisure, and yachting community takes to the water with decorated boats with dazzling lights and holiday cheer. The parade will go on rain or shine and starts at 6:30 p.m.

Holiday Musical Walk Around the Lake

On December 2, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., experience a festive “Holiday Musical Walk Around the Lake” at Atascadero Lake. Enjoy carolers, community singing, and holiday decor in a charming lakeside setting.

Santa’s House on the Embarcadero in Morro Bay

Santa’s Coming to the Embarcadero on December 1-3, 9, 10, and 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. Come visit Jolly ol’ Saint Nick & get a picture. Santa’s house is at the corner of Embarcadero and Front St.

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62nd Annual Christmas Light Parade Downtown Paso Robles

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday spirit with an illuminated parade featuring an array of light spectacles from local businesses on December 3, starting at 6 p.m. A variety of awards will be also be given for best in show. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus and watch downtown light up with holiday spirit.

Holiday “Trail of Lights” Tour Map in Atascadero

The holiday tour map is a fun way to showcase your beautiful holiday light decorations and great family activity for residents to drive around and enjoy starting December 4 through 25, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Mid-State Fair Market at the Paso Robles Event Center

The Mid-State Fair Market at the Paso Robles Event Center features local crafters and artisans from throughout San Luis Obispo County selling handmade and unique items on December 8 through 10 from 12 to 4 p.m.

Winter Wonderland in the Sunken Gardens Atascadero

Atascadero’s Sunken Gardens and the entire downtown will be transformed into a magical snowy paradise. 75 tons of snow will create a massive snow slide built by the Kiwanis Club of Atascadero, Cuesta Springs Ice Company & Premier Ag! In addition, there will be two large snow pile areas for the kids on December 8 from 5 to 9 p.m.

37th Annual Vine Street Victorian Showcase Paso Robles

Ebenezer Scrooge, the Snow Queen, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, and the whole crew will be on hand on Vine Street in Paso Robles. Come join in on the fun of community caroling, illuminated floats, entertainers, and live music. Don’t miss this sure-toplease holiday mainstay in Paso Robles on December 9 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Cayucos Christmas Open House

A fun and festive Downtown Cayucos tradition of evening shopping, dining, and merriment along Ocean Avenue on December 9 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Santa’s Doggie Parade at the Avila Beach Promenade

All dogs must be registered and check in between 10:30 and 10:45 a.m. to receive a contest identification number for the costume contest: best dog costume, best dog/owner look-alike, best holiday look, funniest costume, and best in show. The parade starts at 11 a.m. on December 9.

Holiday Magic at Charles Paddock Zoo

The zookeepers have stepped in as Santa’s Elves to prepare gifts for the animals. Santa will be at the zoo on Saturday, December 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help welcome visitors and deliver gifts to the animals.

33rd Annual Teddy Bear Tea in Paso Robles

Bring your Teddy Bear, dress him up. Santa, Mrs. Claus, the Snow King, and Queen, as well as Santa’s Elves, will be there for the fun at the Park Ballroom on December 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Bring your camera for those precious memories.

A Christmas Story in San Luis Obispo

From December 17 to 23, join the San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre at 888 Morro St for “A Christmas Story.” This delightful adaptation of Jean Shepherd’s memoir follows Ralphie’s quest for a Red Ryder BB gun, offering a heartwarming holiday experience from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

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taff Sgt. Alberto Godinez has served in the United States Air Force (USAF) for the past seven years. He is the only USAF and United States Space Force (USSF) recruiter in SLO County. At 16, Godinez knew he wanted to join the Air Force and follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, who had served for 30 years. His grandfather told him about the opportunities from serving in the Air Force, including “traveling the world and setting the foundation for my future,” Godinez says. By the time Godinez was a senior in high school, he talked with his local recruiter and the rest is history. “I have traveled across the world to countries like Korea, Japan, Africa,

Germany, and all over the United States,” he adds. Godinez enjoys having the opportunity to directly impact the lives of so many individuals who are looking to start their careers. He volunteered to become a recruiter, wanting to be stationed in California to “connect with those of similar upbringings and share my experience to help them for the better,” he says. The recruiting process begins in Godinez’s office in SLO to see if they are initially qualified for the Air/Space Force. After he goes over an applicant’s history and the applicant takes a practice aptitude test, and then goes to the Military Entrance Processing

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hrough their travels, Donovan Schmit and his cousin Troy Larkin fell in love with the concept of pubs. Establishing a place where people can gather in a community fashion and be able to watch sports on TVs were ideal to them. The two decided to open Pappy McGregor’s. “We call ourselves a GastroPub, meaning a pub that takes its food and drink seriously, sourcing the freshest and highest quality ingredients possible,” Schmit explains. It is a community gathering place for great drinks, catching up with friends and dancing on the weekends, but also a to enjoy lunch and dinner. With comforting food and drinks amidst a

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his month, we’d like to give thanks to all our Paso Robles & Templeton Chamber of Commerce members. It is with immense gratitude and appreciation that we express our heartfelt thanks to each one of you, our valued chamber members. Your unwavering support and active engagement have been the cornerstone of our chamber’s success, and we are deeply honored to have you as part of our thriving business community. In a world where collaboration and unity have become more critical than ever, your commitment to the ideals and goals of Paso Robles & Templeton Chamber of Commerce has been nothing short of remarkable. Over the years, we have witnessed the profound impact of your involvement, and we would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the numerous ways in which you have made a difference.

First and foremost, your membership serves as a testament to your dedication to the growth and prosperity of our local business community. Through your membership dues, you provide the financial foundation that enables us to develop programs, events, and initiatives aimed at supporting and advancing our businesses. It is your investment in our chamber that allows us to continue fostering an environment where businesses can flourish. Moreover, your active participation in our chamber’s activities has been instrumental in building a vibrant and interconnected business network. By attending our networking events, business mixers, and seminars, you have not only expanded your own horizons but have also created opportunities for collaboration and growth for your fellow members. Your willingness to share your experiences, insights, and expertise has been invaluable, and it exemplifies the spirit of unity that defines our chamber. Beyond the tangible contributions, your membership in our chamber symbolizes your commitment to ethical business practices, community engagement, and the pursuit of excellence. Your businesses have become beacons of integrity, and by extension, you contribute to the overall reputation of our business community. Your professionalism and dedication inspire others

to follow suit, creating a culture of accountability and excellence. Furthermore, and most importantly, your involvement in our chamber has not only benefited your individual businesses but has also had a ripple effect throughout our local economy. By supporting local businesses and advocating for the importance of a strong local economy, you have played a significant role in job creation, economic development, and the overall well-being of our community. Your actions align with our chamber’s mission to drive economic growth and enhance the quality of life for all residents. Looking ahead, we are excited about the future possibilities that await us. Your chamber remains dedicated to providing you with the support, resources, and opportunities needed to thrive in an ever-evolving business landscape. We are committed to adapting to your needs, addressing your concerns, and championing your aspirations. If you ever have suggestions, feedback, or ideas on how we can further enhance your chamber experience, please do not hesitate to reach out. Your input is invaluable, and we are here to serve you. Once again, thank you for being an integral part of our chamber community. Together, we will continue to build a brighter, more prosperous future for our businesses, our community, and our collective success.


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hen I mention an upcoming local board meeting requiring my attendance, people often say, “You mean a ‘bored’ meeting, don’t you?” I must disagree if you think local school board meetings are boring, irrelevant, or a waste of time. Locally elected school board members or “trustees” are nonpartisan members of our community who ideally reflect the diversity of the Central Coast. According to the National School Boards Association, a nationwide organization, 44 percent of school trustees are female (more than the rate of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate), and nearly 25 percent are from underrepresented ethnic populations. Every school district in the country has an elected board of trustees. Almost 95,000 people make up the country’s largest group of elected officials. In addition to parents, teachers, staff, and administrators, school board members influence the quality of education provided within the communities they represent. Typical school boards convene one-totwo times per month, are open to the public,

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and provide governance for the schools they represent. Trustees serve four-year terms with staggered terms to prevent large vacancies from coinciding. In most cases, a trustee must be at least 18 years old, a citizen of the state they represent, live in their jurisdiction, be a registered voter, and be eligible under the state’s constitution to be elected to public office. Depending upon the school district’s size, most trustees are unpaid or receive a small stipend and possibly health insurance coverage. Board members work 10 to 40 hours monthly on school district governance matters. School districts are complex, multi-million dollar organizations that require a governing board to oversee the needs of students and families and budgets and provide solid stewardship for the nation’s schools. Highly functional school boards play a vital role in maintaining local districts by always keeping the best interests of students first. Highly organized school boards that understand the meaning of a trustee empower the superintendent, district administrators, teachers, and staff to manage their schools. Five critical components of effective school boards are to set a vision, advance policy, demonstrate accountability, play a leadership role in the community, and forge consensus. The last component is often the most difficult to maintain in today’s mediadrenched political atmosphere. The title of this











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Sh ak e your feathers

at these North County Thanksgiving Turkey Trots


By Camille DeVaul

efore you break out the pots and pans and turn on the ovens, make room for your Thanksgiving dinner by participating in one of North County's Turkey Trots this November 23. We all know that Thanksgiving is a day for gratitude above all else (yes, even the pie). It is also the start of the time of year when giving back is at the forefront of our minds. What better way to kick off the season of giving than to shake your tail feathers at our local Turkey Trots. 5th Annual ECHO Turkey Trot Atascadero Lake Park Bandstand 8:30 a.m.


upport the El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO) and get your blood pumping by running in their 5th Annual Turkey Trot. This Turkey Trot encourages participants of all ages to embrace the holiday spirit by dressing up as festive turkeys. The best part? Prizes await the most impressive turkey costumes for adults, children, and even your furry friends. "Turkey Trot is a Thanksgiving Day 5K and Fun Run like no other. Join us at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day at the Atascadero Lake Park for a heartwarming day of family, fun, and community," says Austin Solheim, ECHO's director of operations and development. "We're gathering to run and raise funds for ECHO, ensuring that every step we take not only breaks a sweat but also makes a profound difference in the lives of those facing homelessness in our community. With a suggested donation to participate this event is all about community and we look forward to seeing you, your family, and your furry friends there." The 5K fun run/walk not only promotes a healthy start to your Thanksgiving Day, but also supports a good cause. ECHO is dedicated to assisting individuals and families experiencing homelessness in North County. This turkey trot has quickly become a North County favorite tradition. There is a suggested donation of $20 per person and pets are welcome to join the fun. Find more information at

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rganized by the 2021 Boys CIF Wrestling Champions, this trot supports the Paso Robles High School wrestling program. Here, participants will have the chance to showcase their running prowess in a 10K run, with separate divisions for Men, Women, High School, Middle School, Open, and Masters. If you're one of the first 100 runners to register, you'll also receive a tee shirt to commemorate the event. "This year the wrestling team is looking to hit a goal of $5,000 for the Turkey Trot," said head wrestling coach Nate Ibarra. "The donations and entry fees go directly to the student-athletes for tournament entries and hotel costs for the tournaments we attend. A portion of the donations also go to the SLO Food Bank." And if you are feeling adventurous, dress in your turkey best for the Best Turkey Costume Contest. To participate, you can register online at for $30 or do so on the day of the event. "I would like to thank the community for always providing such great support to athletics and youth sports. I feel we need to continue with our brand more than ever to bring the community together as Bearcats," adds Nate. "I look forward to this season. We have a lot of underclassmen who have been putting in the offseason time, along with a few veteran seniors: Dominic Marquez, who had a tremendous year last year, winning three matches at state, and Senior Sual Bautista, who is looking to work his way into the rankings of state." So, before you prep your turkey, bake the pies, and set the table, consider adding one of these turkey trots as one more tradition to your day. We look forward to seeing you shake your tail feathers for a good cause this Thanksgiving!

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Oak Leaf • Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles Area

Making Christmas Brighter with the Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles

By Camille DeVaul

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or the past 29 years, the nonprofit Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles (Toy Bank) has worked to make Christmas a little brighter for local children of low-income families. The organization has been able to provide toys and clothing to about 500 families and 1400 children from newborn to 12 years old. They specifically work to serve low-income families from Paso Robles, Shandon, San Miguel, Bradley, and Heritage Ranch. On December 9, Toy Bank will again be partnering with Coats for Kids of SLO County for their annual Day of Giving. Held at the Paso Robles Event Center, volunteers gather toys and coats to be distributed to the over 700 families who seek assistance from the nonprofits. Coats for Kids has been helping keep families warm for now 36 years. Their mission has always been to distribute warm items such as coats, jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts directly to North County families in need. "Every child is different, and no one knows better than a mom or dad about what will bring the most joy on Christmas morning. On the Day of Giving, the parents are able to come through and pick out toys that their kids will love. And that makes us really happy," says Toy Bank Chair and Day of Giving Coordinator Amanda Bean. With inflation steadily increasing, Amanda and her team is anticipating more families will be in need of their help this year. In past years, when more families are in need, it equates to fewer donations received — but Amanda says that does not worry the Toy Bank as they specifically prepare each year for that scenario. There will always be enough toys to go around. But it is also thanks to some other nonprofits in North County that help make each Day of Giving successful. Two local car clubs are back raising money for Toy Bank — the 2nd Annual Toy Bank Car Show Fundraiser, presented by the Golden State Classics Car Club and Late Night Cruizers Car Club, along with Daniels Wood Land in Paso Robles. "We found out that Toy Bank does not receive enough toys for all age ranges, so they need to buy many toys every year," said President of Golden States Classics Car Club Scotty Smith, "Along with other donors, we were able to help fill that need last year with this car show." The car show is scheduled for Saturday, December 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Daniels Wood Land, 2125 Ardmore Rd, Paso Robles. "The car show is free for the public, but we're asking people to bring a toy and help us fill up one of the classic trucks," said Scotty. For a $10 donation, the public may tour Daniels Wood Land, a business that designs amusement park experiences for companies all over the world, including Disneyland. Registration for a car or truck in the show is $55, including two tickets to tour Daniels Wood Land and a wood-carved commemorative souvenir. There are many ways that you can help with Toy Bank, either by volunteering or donating. You will be able to find donation boxes all over Paso Robles this season. Three toy drives are planned at Walmart on November 18, 24, and 25. You can find ideas for toys by checking the Toy Banks lists on Amazon and Target. Toys can be easily purchased from the list and shipped directly to the toy bank. Amanda says, "We are grateful for all toys that are donated. However, we want people to know that we have too many toys right now for boys aged 3 to 5, so please pick another age range." For information on everything Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles, register to receive toys and warm coats, and the Toy Bank Car show, visit

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Harvest Taste of Paso • Sip & Savor

Slow start + longer hang time

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other Nature decided to arrive fashionably late this year, keeping growers and their crews patiently waiting for harvest to kick in. Some continued scrubbing barrels, and a few caught some rolling waves. “This will be remembered as the year we didn’t have a summer,” sighed Molly Bohlman. She even coined new buzzwords, replacing May Grey and June Gloom with “Greypril” and “Fogust.” “The cool and misty weather has led to delays in every vineyard stage — bud break, bloom, and veraison were all one to three weeks behind average,” noted Niner Family Wine’s winemaker for its Jesperson Ranch production in Edna Valley. That being said, Bohlman continued: “It is not necessarily a bad thing to have slower ripening and should result in complex flavors, physiological ripeness in the stems and seeds and good quality overall.” If the sunny weather prevails through October and November, “we should be rewarded with some great wine in the end.” Daniel Daou echoed the sentiment via a Zoom chat. “I think we’re headed toward, potentially, the “vintage of the century,” as long as we don’t get crazy storms and rain,” commented the co-founder and winemaker of Daou Family Estate.

“This year so far I’m loving the quality,” Daou remarked of the first pick of red grapes which was Merlot on September 18. “It’s tasting beautifully, I’ve never seen such high phenolics. This is the highest I’ve seen yet in 14 years.” To say that Daou is delighted with 2023 is putting it mildly. Tracking the growing season’s weather pattern this year, Daou concludes that Paso has been cooler by several degrees as compared to Bordeaux, Napa, and Tuscany. “I’ve never seen a weather like this since 2007.” This vintage also ushers an opportunity for winemakers to craft elegant wines. “I believe that we have the ability to produce lower alcohol, beautifully expressive wines that are powerful but super elegant.” The extended hang time for the fruit is certainly a plus. “That is the beauty, this year we’re reaching physiological ripeness at 23 brix. [Compared at 27-28 brix in a normal year],” Daou continued. “Color is there, acids are perfect so we are picking. It will be definitely lower alcohol this year. I would not be surprised to see our Cabs at 13.8 percent to 14.2 percent alcohol level.” “I’ve never experienced a year

like this in 50 years,” exclaimed Gary Eberle when I met him at his usual perch seated at the winery’s entrance. “This is the weirdest. If we get early rains, boom. Vines are ripened, but sugar has not come up.” Eberle, who’s handed the winemaking reins over to Chris Eberle, no relation, added: “I’m so glad I’m not on the crush crew this year. A lot of guys will be freezing their butts off in November. I told Chris, ‘You’d better be prepared to do pumpovers on Christmas.” Taking a sip of his Cabernet, he continued, “I can’t imagine us being done before Thanksgiving.” Indeed, the delayed harvest has sent winegrowers into a tizzy. “This season has been another crazy one. We are looking at one of the latest harvests in our history of 20 years,” noted Gelert Hart, winemaker at Ambyth Estate, Paso’s first Demeter-certified biodynamic vineyard. As with other Paso winemakers, Hart is pleased with the extended hang time allowing grapes to mature slowly. “The quality and taste are fantastic,” Gelert noted in an email exchange. “The early varietals are looking very small and sparse clusters, not compact. On the other hand, the later varietals have massive and dense clusters.” Long hang time notwithstanding,

delayed harvest could pose some setbacks. “The issue for us this year is the amount of work we must get done in half the time,” said Craig Reed, winemaker at Castoro Cellars. “The good news is that color development is looking good, flavors are there, we are just waiting on sugars to come up and acidity to come down.” Patrick Muran had a lighter take. “If you don’t believe mother nature has a sense of humor, just compare last year’s vintage with our current one,” commented Muran, Niner’s winemaker for its Heart Hill Vineyards and Bootjack Ranch in Paso. While last year, Muran’s crew had finished picking Petit Verdot from Heart Hill Vineyard on September 23, it’s likely this year they will just be starting to pick Malbec on September 25. However, slow ripening does result in complex flavors and physiological ripeness in the stems and seeds. “Overall, things look fantastic,” said the winemaker, who enjoyed the wait period with some outdoor activities. “We will likely be picking fast and furious the last two weeks of October, but maybe just one more surf trip before that time comes.” As we go to print, October rain was in the forecast, with a swell coming in. Yet Gary Eberle was hopeful “The only thing that survives rain is Cabernet Sauvignon.”

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Taste of Paso • BeeWench Farms

Farmer’s Market Turkey Pot Pie By BeeWench Farms


ovember is here! It’s time for some cool, crisp weather and more cozy meals with the family. If you are like me and avoided turning on your oven during the summer, it’s time to let it warm up the house and make some amazing meals and treats. I love making squash with ground pork and mixing in as many fall veggies that I can as a simple dinner. Baking some apple crisp with beautiful apples is a tasty treat that also makes your entire home smell like fall. My mom makes the best apple crisp and, thankfully loves to gift it to friends and family this time of year. Right now, summer fruits and veggies are going to be hard to find. Luckily, because we have growers from up and down the coast, you can still find almost everything you could want at any local farmer’s market. Personally, I love buying the most in-season produce because it is going to be the tastiest and most nutrient dense when it’s grown in its best conditions. If you are looking for more in-season produce here is what to look for: Fruits: Apples, Cranberries, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Kiwi, Kumquats, Mandarins, Pears, Pomegranates Vegetables: Brussels Sprouts, Celery, Cucumbers, Parsnips, Peas, Pumpkins, Winter Squash, Sweet Potatoes Because November has a big food celebration coming up, I decided to share a family-favorite recipe for those delicious leftovers. I love leftovers and really love finding new ways to use them, especially after big celebrations. My husband could live on leftover turkey sandwiches forever, but we usually have enough turkey to make something else, too. Pot pie is one of those comfort foods that fill you up and nourish your soul. I usually use a lot of leftovers and make a shepherd’s pie, but my kids prefer the biscuit top to the mashed potatoes, so this has been a winner. I also make this with leftover chicken for a more traditional pot pie when we don’t have a bunch of leftover turkey. It is just as delicious! If you are gluten-free, you can make some gluten-free biscuit dough or find gluten-free pie crust to use at most stores. You can also just stick with the mashed potato topping and make a shepherd’s pie. My husband makes excellent biscuits and gravy, so he makes the biscuit dough for the topping. Feel free to add any veggies that you have left over or from the market. I also like adding carrots and peas because my kids like those best.

Farmer’s Market Turkey Pot Pie Ingredients DJ’s Butter Biscuits

• 1 ½ Tbs sugar (sub with maple syrup or • ½ cup salted butter honey) (1 stick) • 1 Tbs baking powder • 2 ½ cups all• 1 ½ tsp salt purpose flour • 1 ¾ cup buttermilk

Ingredients For the Filling

• 3 cups shredded leftover • 4 slices bacon Thanksgiving • 1.5 cups diced turkey leeks (or onions) • 2 cups turkey or • 1.5 cups cut green chicken broth beans • 1/2 cup heavy • 2 cups diced cream (use celery coconut cream if • 2 cups diced dairy-free) butternut squash • 2 tsp marjoram • 1.5 tbsp flour • 1 tbsp fresh (use arrowroot or thyme tapioca starch for • 1 tbsp fresh sage gluten-free)

Instructions 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Heat a large ovenproof skillet to medium-high heat. 2. Make the biscuit dough: In a medium-sized bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Mix in softened butter with a fork until well combined. Add your buttermilk and let sit. 3. Cook the bacon in the skillet until desired crispiness (3-5 minutes per side). Set aside and crumble. Keep the skillet hot, and be sure to reserve at least 1 tbsp bacon fat in the pan. Reduce heat to medium. 4. Now add in the leeks, green beans, squash, and celery. Cook for about 7 minutes, stirring frequently. Coat the vegetables with flour and toss. Now pour in the broth, continuing to stir to make sure there are no lumps from the flour. Increase the temperature so that a rolling boil occurs. Reduce back to a simmer. Stir in the turkey, heavy cream, marjoram, and fresh herbs. Let the filling cook for another 3-5 minutes. 5. Remove the skillet from heat. Prepare the biscuits by lightly sprinkling an ice cream scoop or 1/4 cup measuring cup with flour. Then scoop in the dough so that it forms a nice circular shape, place one biscuit at a time around the perimeter of the skillet. Flatten each biscuit a little with the back of a spoon. You should be able to create at least 10 biscuits. 6. Transfer the dish to the oven and bake for approximately 25 minutes, keeping an eye on the biscuits so they don’t overcook. The top should be lightly golden, and the filling should be bubbly. 7. Serve hot and add salt and pepper to taste.

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NOV 2-5


NOV 10

The annual Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles celebrates Ignacy Jan Paderewski's diverse legacy with concerts, exhibits, wine tastings, youth piano competition, and cultural exchanges, highlighting the region's rich heritage. Find more information on concert times and locations here


Enjoy the Rare & Reserve Tasting featuring over 50 unique wines, exclusive to this event. Don’t miss this chance to savor rare, world-class wines and meet the passionate winemakers. Check our official website for event details and tickets.



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Enjoy a music featuring Erin & the Earthquakes. There will be wine, beer, and other treats to purchase.

Merchant open houses, live mannequins in windows, refreshments, entertainment, and drawing for original artwork.


NOV 11


Kick off the holiday season at Pavilion on the Lake in Atascadero with a one-day craft show featuring 50+ handmade vendors. Vendor registration starts on October 3. Returning crafters have priority registration.

NOV 4-5


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NOV 11


Program features an invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, welcome, guest speaker,


patriotic songs, fly-over, closing prayer, honor guard, and Taps. Flags are placed at all identified veteran’s graves by American Legion Post 50 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10965.

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A celebration of thanks serving over 1,500 men, women, and children a traditional Thanksgiving meal at no cost. A true expression of community that brings diverse people together to share the day with others. All made possible through the generosity of caring individuals, students, organizations, churches, and businesses.


NOV 23


Join us for a 5K fun run/walk on Thanksgiving morning at Atascadero Lake Park Bandstand at 8:30 a.m. Be sure to wear your best turkey costume as there will be prizes for adults, children and pets!

NOV 23


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NOV 24


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93rd Paso Robles Pioneer Day The 93rd annual Pioneer Day parade in Paso Robles was celebrated with enthusiasm and cherished traditions. The Thursday leading up to parade day, welcomed Paso locals to the annual Old Timers BBQ hosted by the Paso Robles Rotary Club. Then on Saturday, October 14, residents near and far gathered in downtown Paso Robles for the big parade, bean feed, and festivities. The parade featured historical tractors, school representatives, local businesses, and more, winding through the streets. The event has its roots dating back to 1931 and continues to unite the community. Various contests such as the Little Cowboy and Cowgirl, Pioneer Girl and Boy, and Pet Show added a fun and competitive element to the day. The Whiskerino competition, gymkhana, and a line for the famous beans kept attendees entertained throughout. Parade Judge Norma Moye expressed her excitement about the event’s success and the reception of the floats. Pioneer Day remains a cherished tradition, emphasizing the importance of community, heritage, and the preservation of Paso Robles’ history, making it a treasured annual tradition for all generations.

Photos by Becca Sligh and Derek Luff

Old Timers gather for annual barbeque

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



“ABC” Atascadero Bible Church 6225 Atascadero Mall Atascadero (805) 466-2051 Sunday 8am, 9am, 10:45 Thursday 7pm, Celebrate Recovery Pastor Jeff Urke Awakening Ways Center for Spiritual Living 9315 Pismo Ave. 10:00 a.m. at the Pavilion Rev. Elizabeth Rowley Hogue (805) 391-4465 Congregation Ohr Tzafon “The Northern Light” 2605 Traffic Way Atascadero, CA 93422 Friday Night Service 7:30 PM (805) 466-0329 Cornerstone Community Church 9685 Morro Road 8:45 & 10:45 AM Pastor John Marc Wiemann (805) 461-3899 Hope Lutheran Church 8005 San Gabriel Road, Atascadero 9am Sunday (in-person and livestream on YouTube) Pastor: Aaron Smith (805) 461-0340

Apostolic Assembly of the Faith of Christ Jesus 2343 Park St Bilingual Services: Services: Thursday 7 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m. Pastor Miguel Alvarado (805) 610-2930 Bridge Christian Church Centennial Park Banquet Room 600 Nickerson Dr. Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Tim Mensing (805) 975-7178 Calvary Chapel Paso Robles 1615 Commerce Way Service: Sunday at 9 a.m., Wednesday at 7 p.m. Pastor Aaron Newman (805) 239-4295 Chabad of Paso Robles Rabbi Meir Gordon. 805-635-8684 Monthly - Friday evening at 7:00pm, Saturday morning at 10:00am Please contact us for address and current schedule Christian Life Center 1744 Oak St. Service Time: 9:30 a.m. Home Groups during the week Preschool: Christian Life Early Learning Ctr. Pastor Guy Drummond (805) 238-3366 Christian Science Services 17th & Chestnut Streets Service: 10 a.m. Sunday & 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 7 p.m. (805) 238-3833 Church of Christ 3545 Spring St. (Corner 36th & Spring) Service: Sunday, 11 a.m. Evangelist Bob Champion (805) 286-5875 Sam Hogan (310) 602-9516 Delbert Arthurs (805) 238-4412 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1020 Creston Rd. Service: 10 a.m. (805)-406-8910 Missionaries: (805) 366-2363 Covenant Presbyterian Church 1450 Golden Hill Rd. Service: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Pastor Dan Katches (805)238-6927 Family Worship Center 616 Creston Rd. Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Patrick Sheean (805) 239-4809 First Baptist Church 1645 Park St. Pastor Michael R. Garman Services: 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.

CRESTON Creston Community Church 5170 O’Donovan Road Service: 9:00 a.m. Pastor JD Megason LOCKWOOD True Life Christian Fellowship Lockwood/Jolon Road, across from the school in Lockwood Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Erick Reinstedt (805) 472-9325 NACIMIENTO Heritage Village Church At The Don Everingham Center Heritage Ranch Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Brad Brown (805) 712-7265 Hilltop Christian Fellowship 2085 Gateway Drive Heritage Ranch Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Perry Morris & Jerry Gruber (805) 239-1716 Oak Shores Christian Fellowship 2727 Turkey Cove Rd., at the Oak Shores Community Clubhouse Service: 8:30 a.m. Pastor Jerry Gruber (760) 304-2435

Discipleship 10 a.m. (805) 238-4419 First Mennonite Church 2343 Park St. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Romero (805) 238-2445 First United Methodist 915 Creston Rd. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Josh Zulueta (805) 238-2006 Grace Baptist Church 535 Creston Rd. Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Gary Barker (805) 238-3549 Highlands Church Corner S. River and Niblick | 215 Oak Hill Services: 9-10 am & 10:30-11:30 am Pastor James Baird (805) 226-5800 Live Oak 1521 Oak St. Service: 10 a.m. Pastor John Kaiser (805) 238-0575 New Day 1228 11th St (east off Paso Robles St) Services: Sunday 10 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Pastor Brad Alford (805) 239-9998 New Life Tabernacle 3850 So. Ramada Dr. Ste. D Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Efrain Cordero North County Christian Fellowship 421 9th St. Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Steve Calagna (805) 239-3325 Paso Robles Bible Church 2206 Golden Hill Rd. Service: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Pastor Mark Wheeler/Pastor Dave Rusco (805) 226-9670 Paso Robles Church of the Nazarene 530 12th St. Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Stephen Anastasia (805) 238-4300 Paso Robles Community Church 2706 Spring St. Service: 9:00 a.m. Pastor Shawn Penn (805) 239-4771 Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC Thirteenth & Oak Street Service: 10 a.m. Rev. Wendy Holland (805) 238-3321 Poder de Dios Centro Familiar 500 Linne Road, Suite D Services: Sun. 4:30p.m., Wed. 7p.m. Pastors: Frank and Isabel Diaz (805) 264-9322 / (805) 621-4199

Redeemer Baptist Church Kermit King Elementary School 700 Schoolhouse Circle Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Christopher Cole (805) 238-4614 Second Baptist Church 1937 Riverside Ave. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Gary Jordon (805) 238-2011 St. James Episcopal Church 1335 Oak St. Services: 8 a.m. (Rite I), 10 a.m. (Rite II) Reverend Barbara Miller (805) 238-0819 St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church 820 Creston Rd. Daily Mass- 8:30 a.m. Saturday 8 a.m. Tues. 7 p.m. Spanish Saturday 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Spanish Vigil Mass Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.; Spanish Mass at 12:30PM Father Rudolfo Contreras (805) 238-2218 The Revival Center 3850 Ramada Dr., Ste. A-3 Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Gabe Abdelaziz (805) 434-5170 The Light of the World Church 2055 Riverside Ave. Services: Everyday, 6 p.m. Sundays 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. Pastor Bonifacio Robles (612) 990-4701 Trinity Lutheran Church 940 Creston Rd. Worship Service: 9:30 a.m. (805) 238-3702 Victory Baptist Church 3850 Ramada Dr. Ste D4 Sundays - 10 & 11 a.m. Wednesday - 6:30 p.m. Pastor Bruce Fore (805) 221-5251 Victory Outreach Paso Robles 2919 Union Road, Paso Robles, CA Services: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Pastor Pete Torres (805) 536-0035 TEMPLETON Bethel Lutheran Church 295 Old County Rd. Service: 9:30 a.m. Interim Pastor Russ Gordon (805) 434-1329 Celebration Worship Center Pentecostal Church of God 988 Vineyard Drive Pastor Roy Spinks Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. (805) 610-9819

Family Praise & Worship Located at Vineyard Elementary School 2121 Vineyard Dr, Templeton Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Vern H Haynes Jr. (805) 975-8594 Templeton Presbyterian Church 610 S. Main St. Service: 10 a.m. Reverend Roger Patton (805) 434-1921 Higher Dimension Church 601 Main St. 1st Sunday: 1:30 p.m. 2nd - 5th Sundays 12:30 p.m. Pastor Charlie Reed, Jr. (805) 440-0996 Life Community Church 8:30 & 10:30 Sundays 3770 Ruth Way, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 434-5040 Pastor Brandon Hall Solid Rock Christian Fellowship 925 Bennett Way Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Jeff Saylor (805) 434-2616 Seventh-Day Adventist Church Templeton Hills 930 Templeton Hills Rd. Services: Saturday 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Pastor Zac Page (805) 434-1710 Vineyard Church of Christ 601 So. Main St. Service: 10 a.m. Evangelist: Steve Orduno (805) 610-4272 Vintage Community Church 692 Peterson Ranch Road Services: 9 & 11 a.m. Coaches: Aaron Porter, Dayn Mansfield (805) 296-1120 SAN MIGUEL Iglesia Fuente De Agua Viva 301 13th St. Services: 10 a.m. & 7 p.m. Pastor Mike Duran (805) 467-5500 Mission San Miguel Parish 775 Mission Street Daily Mass: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am Saturday – 4:00 pm (English) Sunday – 7:00 am (English) • 10 am (Bilingual) • 12 pm (English) • 5 pm (Spanish) Father Lucas Pantoja (805) 467-2131 SHANDON Shandon Assembly of God 420 Los Altos Ave. Spanish Service: Sun. 5 p.m., Thurs. 7 p.m. Pastor Jim Mei (805)226-9737

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n the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month—one hundred and five years ago—World War I ended with an armistice signing between the Allies and Germany. It was 20 years later, on May 13, 1938, that November 11 was anointed as Armistice Day and proclaimed as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace.” Armistice Day, now known as Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in several other countries, stands as a solemn reminder of the sacrifices made by the servicemen and women throughout history. Its origins, dating back to the end of World War I on November 11, 1918, signify not only the cessation of hostilities but also the hope for a lasting peace. The armistice signed on that significant day did not symbolize victory but rather represented a collective, weary acknowledgment that conflict should cease. The repercussions of this decision were felt worldwide, leading to a determination that diplomacy should prevail over conflict, a principle that was, tragically, to be tested repeatedly in the following century through various global conflicts, including World War II. When Congress enacted the day as Armistice Day in 1938, it was a tribute to the veterans of World War I. Still, there was a shift following the substantial conflicts of World War II and the Korean War. Recognizing the continuous sacrifices being made in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name from Armistice Day

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to Veterans Day, expanding the significance of the day to honor American veterans of all wars, not just those who had served in World War I. In this contemporary era, 105 years after that fateful day in 1918, Veterans Day embodies a dual purpose: it is a time of remembrance for those who lost their lives and a time of gratitude for those who served. Across the nation, ceremonies, parades, and memorials will be held in honor of these brave men and women. They serve as a reminder not just of past wars but of current and ongoing conflicts and the continuous efforts of all our service members. The aspiration for peace that marked the original Armistice Day remains as crucial now as it was 105 years ago. Today, as we commemorate Veterans Day, we reflect on the toll of war, honor those who fought and continue to fight for freedom and peace, and contemplate the essentialness of diplomacy and dialogue over conflict. Each event attended, each story shared, each moment of silence observed, reinforces collective memory and respect—ensuring that the past’s lessons steer the future’s choices. This November, we remember all those who served in “the war to end all wars” and every war since. Armistice Day was set aside as a day to remember the cost of war, the treasures of freedom, and the purpose of peace. If you are able, please take the time to attend one of the Veteran’s Day events in remembrance of the cost of war and the peaceful purpose of Armistice Day. DIRECTORY TO OUR ADVERTISERS

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Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial Corner of Morro and Portola Roads, Atascadero 11am

Gather at the Veterans Day Ceremony at the Faces of Freedom Memorial hosted by the Atascadero Veterans Memorial Foundation. Annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner Atascadero Elks Lodge, 1516 El Camino Real 5pm

The Atascadero Elks Lodge #2733 is hosting its Annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner on November 11 to honor and express gratitude to veterans and their caregivers. Veterans and caregivers are welcome for free, while non-veterans can attend for $12. RSVP by November 7 at (805) 466-3557. Veterans Day Memorial Paso Robles District Cemetary 11am

Program features an invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, welcome, guest speaker, patriotic songs, fly-over, closing prayer, honor guard, and Taps. Flags are placed at all identified veteran’s graves by American Legion Post 50 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10965.

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