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Honor, Duty and Love for County by simone smith

After graduating from Atascadero High School in 1997 and a short stint at Cuesta College, Leia had a “nagging feeling to serve the country.”

Thanksgiving Paso Robles by camille devaul

For 37 years, Thanksgiving for Paso Robles has provided homemade meals for over 1,200 people per year.

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Mighty Oaks Warrior Program by camille devaul

The Mighty Oaks Foundation serves those in need by providing intensive peer-based discipleship through a series of programs, outpost meetings, and speaking events.

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Based in Bakersfield, the Moseley Family has been serving clients on the Central Coast and throughout California for 33 years.

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It’s Happening On Main Street: Feeling Gratitude The Natural Alternative: Feeling the Burn Chamber of Commerce: Chamber Membership Investment Structure General Store: Grateful and Joyful as We Kick Off the Holidays! Honor: Local Veteran Henry Barba Honored at Dodger Game Time Capsule: 67 Year Old Time Capsule Opened Future Farmers: PRHS Agriculture Department Ranks Top 20 in State Paderewski Festival: Winners of the 2021 Youth Piano Competition

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Libretto: Paso Robles’ Very Own Wine and Jazz Lounge



Veterans Day: Events in the North County Thanksgiving: Pumpkin Pie

Taste of Paso

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Taste of Americana: Cheers to Food, Family & Friends Sip & Savor: Harvest 2021—Mixed Reflections on a Good Year & Climate Change

Business Spotlight

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Protest: Over 250 Protest Student Vaccine Mandate at SLO Health Department





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s we look back over the last 20 months, as hard as it has been, there is so much to be grateful for. Many lessons we learned might have been missed had it not been for the pandemic stopping us in our tracks and the universe asking us to take a moment and pause.

A focus on good health is essential in our lives; daily exercise, organic foods, fresh air, clean water, and meditation heal the soul and spirit, allowing us to hear the needs within. Living on the Central Coast, we have no shortage of places we can go to rejuvenate, with long walks on the beach and multiple hiking and biking trails. This time of year, we take time to reflect on all we have to be grateful for. In November, we honor the sacrifice of so many local men and women who have served our country. We extend a deep appreciation to all veterans for their service and are so grateful for their dedicated commitment to fighting for our freedom.

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Our company is growing, and for that, we are truly grateful. This month we add a new local publication to our media family, the Central Coast Journal. Tom and Julie Meinhold stewarded the iconic magazine, and we are honored to carry on the over 25-year-old legacy. We could not do any of this without our incredible team of professionals, and this month, we get to share them all with you! On page 40, we asked our team a few questions so that you could get to know the team behind the magic of the magazine. We are truly blessed to have each and every one of them dedicated to our mission, to you, and our community. As 2021 nears its end, we are deeply grateful for the local businesses who continue to advertise, as well as all our community members who read and share our publications. Please be sure to visit them all this holiday season and let them know you saw them in the Paso Robles Magazine. From all of us here at 13 Stars Media, we wish you a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving. We hope you enjoy this month's issue of Paso Robles Magazine. Hayley & Nic

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It’s Happening on Main Street


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e’re transitioning from reaping the harvest to celebrating our collective bounty and preparing for winter. This is the month to be aware of and thankful for our many blessings. Gratitude is not only the vitamin


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of the soul, but it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. Paso Robles is overflowing with gratitude to our many business owners who have worked through the past 19 months and survived. Most are independent owners who managed with little or no assistance. There is no elevator to success; you have to take the stairs. Paso businesses know the “three great essentials to achieving anything worthwhile are first, hard work; second, stick-to-itness; third, common sense.” Thomas Edison Downtown is thriving and deserves a big shout-out and our continued support. It’s heartwarming to see the crowds all over town and energizing to see new businesses springing up. We’re proud of each and every one of you! The Downtown Main Street Association has been keeping up with the times. Some of our favorite events in the Downtown City Park have returned, and there’s more to come. On November 26 at 5:30 p.m., in the gazebo, we can enjoy the “Downtown Lighting Ceremony” in preparation for Christmas. The next day is “Shop Small Saturday,” where shops are open, and you can get a head start on your holiday purchases. Our Main Street Association is responsible for bringing our community together. It’s an alliance of merchants, business owners, stakeholders, and community members that are committed to preserving and bolstering a thriving Downtown. We’ve been


in business for 32 years and still continue our mission to restore, promote and enhance the economic vitality and unique historical value of our Downtown. And, we do all this with a friendly, welcoming style that the City of Paso Robles is known for. At Paso Robles, Main Street Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization! Without our many hard-working volunteers, we would be unable to sustain the 20 promotional events Main Street organizes every year in Downtown. Our events bring thousands of locals and visitors into our community, and none of it would be possible without Volunteers. From attending meetings to marking off spaces in the park to donning costumes of Witches, Snowmen, and Elves, organizing and distributing information to merchants, painting our Holiday House, greeting visitors, etc...our Volunteers do it all and do it with a smile. We are so proud of all those who help make our Downtown a vibrant and thriving place to be. “Thank you all; you are so appreciated!” The Main Street Board, Norma, and The Staff. As we begin November, Daylight Savings Time arrives on the 7th at 2 a.m. It’s fall, so, “set ‘em back!” That’s light earlier and dark earlier and shorter days. Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! Remember, it’s not Joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us Joyful! Take one moment, walk outside, stand there, in silence, look up at the sky, and contemplate “How amazing Life is!!” 


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re you suffering from heartburn and reaching for an over-the-counter antacid or prescription acid blocker on a daily basis? Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, otherwise known as heartburn, is typically treated with a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) or over-the-counter medications known as “antacids.” So, what’s wrong with that...... Too Little Stomach Acid? It is reported that over 90 percent of people with “acid indigestion” are not making too much stomach acid, but too little stomach acid, i.e., hypochlorhydria. Symptoms include bloating, belching, gas, indigestion, diarrhea, or constipation. Not pleasant! Stomach acid not only plays a critical role in digestion but also helps to protect you from food poisoning, H. pylori, and many other infections. In addition, in a Dutch study of more than 300,000 patients, it was found that users of heartburn and ulcer drugs such as Nexium, Pepcid, and Prilosec faced almost double risk of developing pneumonia after nearly three years of use. As stomach acid (HCL) is needed to not only break down proteins but also absorb nutrients (esp. calcium, iron, zinc, B12), taking PPIs long term is linked to osteoporosis, anemia, increased risk of fracture, kidney problems, and dementia. A study published in JAMA Neurology reported that the


reduction of B12 caused by these drugs leaves the brain vulnerable to damage. (Ref.: Scientific American /Weintraub 2/1/17)

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or the past 100 years, businesses have joined the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce and paid membership dues based on the number of employees in their organization. Don’t you think it’s time for an upgrade? We did! So we are changing the way our members invest. Starting with our January 2022

renewals, you will see a newly adopted tiered dues system which provides benefits based on the investment level YOU select. This new system will provide the opportunity to receive many new and exciting benefits, even at the entry-level. Why have we chosen this time to make such a monumental change?

The answer is simple: One-sizefits-all doesn’t always fit everyone. Different businesses have different needs and expectations from their membership. This new membership model will guarantee that you have a voice in choosing the package that is important to your business and is aligned with the Chamber’s mission to promote economic vitality. Our Membership Committee has spent the past several months comparing similar models, examining benefits, and curating a dues structure that will help satisfy what members want: • To understand their options and choose benefits and services that are important to their organization • To annually determine their upcoming needs since these evolve as a business grows • To see bottom-line benefits with a return on investment • To know their contribution and business is appreciated at any level • To show their support for the impact and role of the Paso Robles

Chamber of Commerce and reflect that in their choice of tier The solution was to develop five levels of benefits that matched the membership dues investment. In our new structure, you will see Build. Develop. Thrive. Prosper. Succeed. Benefits increase as the investment level increases, no matter how many employees are involved. We will also continue to have our elite business sponsors, Chairman Circle Partners, at the Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond levels. Whichever level is the best fit for your company, you are a valued member of our organization. Our Membership Coordinator, Jeff Railsback, has started taking appointments to review the new program and would love to talk with you! Give our office a call at (805)2380506 to schedule an appointment, especially if your membership will be renewing soon. The entire staff is very excited to help you find the membership level that guarantees you succeed! 


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Grateful & Joyful as We Kick Off the Holidays! “It’s not joy that makes us grateful; it’s gratitude that makes us joyful.”


e came across this quote while listening to Dr. Brene Brown on a podcast. (We love us some Brene. Her new book, Atlas of the Heart, will be in store in early December. As will Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighter’s new memoir, The Storyteller. SO MANY GOOD BOOKS!) Anyhoo, the quote strikes a chord for many reasons, especially this year, when sometimes it felt like the only joy to be found was in a bag of chocolate-dipped peanut butter pretzels. And yet, we keep circling back to the work of gratitude, of looking for and acknowledging those things we can be thankful for. It may sound Pollyanna, but it’s a solid part of our business plan: every single day, we are grateful for this work, in this place, with these people. We do not take our store, or you all, for granted. One of our favorite candles is named surprise GRATITUDE, and we are really excited to share that this month we’ll have it as a soap and lotion, too. It’s a small thing, but another example of a local maker creating something just for us that you won’t find on any other shelf. Here are a few other goodies you’ll

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find new in store: • - Mulling Spices made by Yes Cocktail Co., peppered with gorgeous dried orange slices, add it to apple cider or wine (the aroma alone makes us feel festive!) • - Pop Gold Caramel Corn from Aroyo Grande • - Super local, super delish Honey from Barreled Bee, only available here (and we have a few jars with the honeycomb, fantastic on a charcuterie board) • - Biscotti from Paso Almonds (a new offering & perfect with a hot cup of spearhead Coffee who, by the way, is roasting up a special winter blend for those cozy mornings!)… all of which would make a lovely little local gift basket. Just saying. We are so happy to be here this holiday, and yes, it’s been a tough year, but there is much to celebrate. (And if you need a new playlist to jumpstart the season, just search for General Store on Spotify, where you’ll find “joy” - our holiday playlist for the year. Fa la la!) GRATEFUL FOR YOU! The Team @ General Store Paso Robles | 15

Local M.V.P.

Local Veteran Henry Barba Honored At Dodger Game

By Camille DeVaul


ocal World War II Veteran Henry Barba was recently honored at the Dodger game in Los Angeles in October —just a few days later, he celebrated with 108 birthday on October 19. Barba was born 108 years ago, on October 19, 1913, in a home that still stands in Santa Margarita. In 1940 Barba was drafted into the U.S. Army. When he heard he was drafted, it was no surprise. All he thought was, “Well,… this is it.” Then Barba headed to basic train-

ing at Camp McQuaid in Watsonville. He was assigned to the 250th Coast Artillery Battery G, also known as the Glamour Boys, and off he went to Kodiak Island, Alaska. Despite the cold, life in Kodiak wasn’t so bad. The troops lived in tents, but coffee was always hot, and they got three square meals a day. One of Barba’s duties was the spotlight. At night he would scan for enemy aircraft or their artillery. The only thing was if he did spot an enemy,

all anyone had were wooden guns! When the war finally ended in Europe, Barba felt happy and proud. When the war ended in the Pacific, where his brothers and friends were stationed, he was elated. The LA Dodgers aired a presentation honoring Barba’s contributions to the country. As a life-long Dodger fan, he enjoyed the day, complete with a Dodger Dog and a Bud Lite. “He had a grin on his face the entire time. He was in Heaven,” said family friend Carrie Zeidman, who went to the game with Barba and his grandson Danny Barba. She added, “He has been a Dodger fan his entire life.” Barba began listening to Dodger games on the radio when they were based in Brooklyn (1884-1957). During a Dodger losing streak, Cheri Roe of the Santa Margarita Historical Society asked Barba why he didn’t pick another team. He replied, “Because that’s not what a fan does. You don’t just leave your team because they are losing.” In fact, Barba is such a fan of the

Dodgers that even a broken hip wouldn’t stop him from missing a game. On the morning of October 11, Barba fell and broke his hip, yet he insisted he still go to the game and declined pain medication to avoid “brain fog.” According to Zeidman, she didn’t hear Barba complain once about feeling any pain in his hip. He was too busy having fun! For the past eight years, Zeidman and Roe have been working on getting Barba honored at a Dodger game. By chance, Zeidman ran into a sports agent who happened to be best friends with the Dodgers team owner. Barba was able to sit between home plate and third base. He even brought his childhood leather baseball glove, just in case he needed it.  The Dodger presentation and more information on Henry Barba, including updates on him, visit or ?fbclid=IwAR36fGHLboosHUPt82bT gWpRXFdCzQ8NoFRLHO3Tp r4js_8S5sxiL8UqI_w

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History Re-Captured

O Opened at Former Paso Robles Boys School 67 Year Old Time Capsule

By Camille DeVaul

Two Paso Robles Press papers were found in the capsule along with an edition of the Telegram-Tribune. Photos by Gene Richards

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n October 14, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), opened a time capsule that was sealed at the former El Paso de Robles Youth Correctional Facility Administration Building in 1954. The facility on Airport Road has been deactivated and vacant since 2008, and the property is about to be sold. The capsule was opened due to the upcoming sale. About 25 people were present, including DJJ Director Heather Bowlds, Psy.D., and former El Paso de Robles Youth Correctional Facility Superintendent David Bacigalupo. The first youths arrived at El Paso de Robles Youth Correctional Facility on September 30, 1947. The facility, run by the California Youth Authority at the time, was a former Army airfield comprised of 200 acres and 40 barrack buildings and was purchased by the state for $8,000. The El Paso de Robles Youth Correctional Facility served as a youth conservation camp in partnership with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). The time capsule was removed from the brick exterior of the former boys’ school. It took about 20 minutes to cut the copper container from the building. Two Paso Robles Press papers were found in the capsule along with an edition of the Telegram-Tribune. Historical photos were also in the capsule, including one from 1947 of the first boys arriving from a correctional facility in Whittier. Additionally, dozens of business cards from State officials, including a signature from former California Governor Goodwin Knight, were in the capsule. The sight of the former El Paso de Robles Youth Correctional Facility is set to become the new site of a business park. The property is currently going through escrow. Opening the time capsule brought the City of Paso Robles one step closer to saying goodbye to the El Paso de Robles Youth Correctional Facility. 

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Future Farmers


or the second year in a row, the Paso Robles High School (PRHS) Agriculture Department has been ranked in the top 20 Agriculture programs in the State of California. Every year statistical analysis is used by the California Department of Education to evaluate the over 330 agriculture programs throughout the State. Last year, the PRHS Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter placed 17 on the top 20 list. Their goal this year was to go up at least one spot. Instead, the chapter increased six spots, ranking number 11 on the list of top 20 schools. Agriculture departments are evaluated based on student outcomes and achievements, such as the number of State and American degree recipients, proficiency finalists, and career development teams. In addition to the ongoing student success, Paso Robles also set a new personal best by having 17 students earn their American FFA Degree. The American Degree is the highest degree achievable in the National FFA Organization. It shows an FFA member’s dedication to his or her chapter and state FFA association. FFA degrees are earned by meeting qualifications set by the National FFA Organization, including: • Receiving a State FFA Degree • Holding active membership for three years (min.) • Completing secondary instruction in an agricultural education program • Community service hours

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• Leadership abilities • Outstanding scholastic achievements American Degree holders are held in the top one percent of National agricultural students. These students are honored and receive their degrees at the National FFA Convention and Expo. Paso Robles FFA Advisor Justin Pickard said, “Over the last three or four years, we’ve put a constant effort on making sure our students are being full program participants instead of being selective of one or two areas.” This effort has lead Paso FFA to greatly increase their State and American Degree recipients. “That number [degree holders] represents we have so many students who are not only finding success but being recognized for that success,” says Pickard. Increasing their American Degree numbers was not an easy task given the events of the last two years. The lack of community service events last year was no excuse for Paso Robles FFA. Students created their own community projects, including their Paso Strong signs, which proceeds benefited the SLO Food Bank. “We are proud of our students and what they’ve been able to accomplish—It’s a lot of resiliency that we see in our young people, and I think that’s to be commended on their end,” said Pickard. Agriculture advisers Justin Pickard, Amanda Gardner, and Theresa Clark have worked diligently with their talented students and families to achieve this great accomplishment. 

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Music Festival

The Paderewski Festival

Announces Winners of the 2021 Youth Piano Competition Contributed Article


Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860–1941), a virtuoso pianist, composer, politician, humanitarian and orator, was universally acclaimed as a “Modern Immortal” by his contemporaries. Contributed photos

Showcasing Central Coast talent and trying to fulfill Paderewski’s wish of establishing a music school in Paso Robles has been one of the main goals of the Festival since its inception in 2006.

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he 2021 Paderewski Festival returns to live concerts, open to the public in various venues in and around Paso Robles, on November 5 through 7. Paderewski Patrons and Friends of Paderewski passes as well as general public tickets are now available at One of the most exciting Festival events each year is the Youth Piano Competition Winners’ Recital, presenting talented young pianists from four Central California counties: Fresno, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara. This year’s auditions were held virtually, and a total of 14 students submitted their videotaped entries to the Festival. There were nine contestants in the Junior Division (ages 10-14) and five contestants in Senior Division (ages 15-18). Jurors included professors India D’Avignon, Paul Woodring, and Marek Zebrowski, Paderewski Festival Artistic Director. Competing students ranged in age from 12-16. A total of seven students—three Juniors and four Seniors—were selected to perform live at the 2021 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles. Their recital will be held at Cass Winery, located at 7350 Linne Road. The Junior Division Third Place winner, Noelle Hadsall (13), a La Colina Junior High Student in Santa Barbara, will begin the Winners’ recital by performing Mendelssohn’s brilliant Rondo capriccioso, Op. 14. She studies piano with Pascal Salomon. Sela Yarbrough (12), the Second Place winner in the Junior Division, is a student at the Monarch River Academy in Kingsburg and a pupil of Andreas Werz. Sela will continue the program with the first movement of Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 10 no. 3. Top place honors in Junior Division this year go to Suri Kim (13), an eighth-grader from Orcutt Junior High and a student of Lynne Garrett since the age of five. Suri will be heard in performance of Scarlatti’s Sonata in A major, K. 24. Grace Hu (15), an Honorable Mention (Senior Division) laureate, is a tenth-grader at Dos Pueblos High

School in Goleta and a student of Vera Kong. Due to a prior commitment Grace is unable to participate in the Winners’ concert. The Senior Division showcase begins with the Third Place winner, Andy Shen (15), a sophomore at San Luis Obispo High School and student of Alan Boehmer, will be heard next on the program. His repertoire will include the opening movement of Beethoven’s “Appassionata” and Paderewski’s first published opus, the Impromptu in F major dating from 1879. Aidan Purtell (16), the Second Place winner, is a piano student of Andreas Werz and an eleventh-grader in the Clovis Unified School District. He will present the opening movement of Brahms’s Sonata Op. 2 and Paderewski’s Nocturne, Op. 16 no. 4 The Winners’ concert will come to its conclusion with the performance of Scarlatti’s Sonata in G major, K. 427 and Chopin’s Valse in A-flat major, Op. 42 by Holly Hadsall, the First Place Senior Division winner and (just like her younger sister) a student of Pascal Salomon. Holly is currently a junior at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara. The 2020 and 2021 Youth Competition winners are eligible for selection to participate in the Cultural Exchange Program in Poland administered and financed by the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles and the Festival’s partners in Poland. This program is currently projected to resume in June of 2022 after a pandemic-induced hiatus. Traditionally, the Youth Competition Winners’ concert is free and open to the public. Showcasing Central Coast talent and trying to fulfill Paderewski’s wish of establishing a music school in Paso Robles has been one of the main goals of the Festival since its inception in 2006.  For more information, to donate, or to purchase your festival passes consult website, email , or call (805)235-5409.

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Paso People

Art, Jazz & Good Times

LIBRETTO By Patrick Patton


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brand new underground, members-only wine, and jazz lounge has delivered a sudden and powerful jolt to the cultural heartbeat of Downtown Paso Robles. September 30, marked the grand opening of Libretto on Park Street next to Fish Gaucho. Owners Corey Jordan and Katelyn Smith have been together for ten years and started AMSTRDM Coffee House and Piano Lounge together in 2020. “We didn’t plan to open a second location this quickly,” said Jordan, “However, with AMSTRDM, we started to gain major attention from LA and Bay area musicians. Some of the best studio and concert musicians around. AMSTRDM gained notoriety with a high-quality instrument in an intimate and unique setting. We began to quickly outgrow our small venue and began looking for a larger space with a similar intimate vibe. We knew with AMSTRDM that people are willing to pay for a high-quality experience, so we expanded on that platform for Libretto.” As members enter from the street, they descend a stairway into a comfortably stylish lounge with sexy black booths and settle into the warm, inviting glow of the moody lighting which offers an atmosphere of leisure and sophistication. The old opera house, circa 1919, presents a historic charm and atmosphere while the prominent and beauti-

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fully displayed art of Adam Eron Welch breathes a fresh excitement and raw energy into the old haunt. “The five paintings I made for Corey at Libretto were done in a single two-week push, mostly late at night,” said Welch. “They were hung at the venue while they were still wet, only moments before the first guests arrived. They are ‘abstract soundscapes’—large-scale, immersive abstract mixed-media paintings based on the five pieces of music Corey played on opening night, including my favorite, the ‘Clair de Lune’ by Claude Debussy. For these paintings, I listened to Corey’s music, closed my eyes, let it wash over me, and tried to imagine the shapes and textures of a landscape I was walking through. Then I opened my eyes and painted it.” “Adam and I worked together at Bristol Cider in 2015,” said Jordan. “We shared a love for classical music. I really love his artwork. Adam designed my first album cover in 2017, and we own many of his works. We held a solo show for Adam in our home apartment in December of 2018 and sold out the 40+ works in 3 hours. His artwork hangs at AMSTRDM. I approached him a few months ago about Libretto, and he painted us five beautiful custom works for Libretto.” “Seeing my work on the walls of Libretto, as the venue began to fill up with guests, was a truly moving experience,” said Welch, “because I used to be a homeless person in Paso Robles when I

first arrived in 2007. I lived out of my car. I’m sure some of the same people attending the event at Libretto used to see me on Niblick panhandling.” The room flows naturally from the members’ personal wine lockers at one end to the sleek bar at the other. Of course, the centerpiece and the very soul of Libretto is the 2012 Steinway model D concert grand piano that graces the stage. According to owners Jordan and Smith, the piano was part of Steinway’s personal Southern California concert fleet featuring ten identical Steinway D pianos. Only the finest concert grands made it to this personal Steinway concert fleet. When world-renowned pianists come to Los Angeles to play the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic or the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Steinway takes the artists to that room with ten identical pianos to select which piano they would like to perform on. The piano now housed at Libretto is one of those ten. More often than not, it was top selection by some of the most talented piano players in the world. Lang Lang, Olga Kern, Yuja Wang, John Williams, and many more have played on the piano that now calls Paso Robles it’s home. Chef Michael Jason Chenaux served up a fivecourse meal for the grand opening. “I have known Jason for over 15 years,” said Jordan. “I used to work with him at Artisan

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in 2005. I knew he had the culinary prowess to execute the standard we needed here at Libretto. His food is phenomenal, and he has the creative flare.” Aleksander Winery, the family winery of Al Bjekovic, and former Los Angeles Laker, and two-time NBA Champion Sasha Vujacic, poured for the members as they mingled and sunk into their booths. “Al and Sasha are friends,” said Jordan. “They have a family winery up here in Paso—Aleksander Wines. We met through the coffee shop. They came in one day and loved the coffee and the vibe and came back a few times for the jazz evenings. Sasha asked when he could hear me play piano, as I don’t play at my venue typically. I told him I would play if he poured his family wines. He agreed. The grand opening of Libretto was the execution of that agreement.” The highlight of the evening was Jordan’s performance on the Steinway. There were no clinking of glasses, no shifting of silverware and dishes, no shifting in seats. There were only the masterful notes of the most brilliant and beautiful piano performance this writer and musician has ever experienced. Jordan has performed over 85 piano concerts ranging from home concerts to opening the Paderewski Festival in 2018. Pre-COVID, he worked in the film industry, working on arrangement, production, and composition for movie trailers specifically. Libretto will be hosting live music every Friday and Saturday night when they are open to the public. Reservations can be made, and a schedule of the entertainers can be found at, although memberships have sold out at this point. 

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ll the training and testing had taken place, she had given her all, fighting against the odds and despite the naysayers who told her she would never make it. Everything in her life had led up to this very moment as HMLA-775 (Marine Light Helicopter Attack Squadron 775) landed at the Al Asad Air Base in Iraq under the cover of darkness. “It was the most surreal moment of my life, like watching a movie,” said Leia Larson, activated and deployed as a Huey Crew Chief and Door Gunner after September 11, 2001, as part of OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom). “I’ll never forget being hit by the dry, unfamiliar scent of the desert when we first arrived and being rushed into the Intake Tent, with the sound of machine-gun fire and tracers lighting up the sky.” This was the beginning of what would become two tours of active duty in Iraq during OIF II and OIF III for Leia Larson and what she had dreamed of since being a little girl in Santa Margarita. Growing up as the youngest of 5 to older parents, Leia Larson loved listening to her father tell stories. As a Polio survivor, John Larson served in the Civil Air Patrol during WWII, later becoming an avid WWII historian, and although he didn’t have formal school training, was a brilliant Design Draftsman for the Aerospace industry designing parts that are used to this day. Leia went to every Air Show with her dad and remembers one show in particular when, afterward, a pilot asked if she wanted to sit in the cockpit of his F4 Phantom, she was overwhelmed by all the instruments and complexity, but it was at that moment, at the age of four, that she decided she wanted to fly. Leia still has the Honorary US Navy Aircrewman certificate with wings that she received on that day. The pull to serve her country seems to be in Leia’s blood, being surrounded by cousins and relatives in the Marine Corps, with her Uncle serving in Korea. Although Leia had a dream of being the first female Blue Angel Pilot, she said she would often steal one of her brother’s t-shirts, it was her favorite, with a picture of a Huey helicopter, who knew that years later that little girl would become a Huey Crew Chief “I loved that shirt and still have it!” she said. After graduating from Atascadero High School in 1997 and a short stint at Cuesta College, Leia had a “nagging feeling to serve the country.” She had scored high on the ASVAB test and had been talking to recruiters since 1999 when a reserve position came up for a Huey Crew Chief and Door Gunner, that was it, the exact position that she wanted, “a position where I felt I could make a difference and not in the rear with the gear,” she wanted to be part of the action. They said as a female she would fail, but Leia enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2000 and proceeded to pass ALL the training and testing, no bars lowered, to become 6174, UH-1N Huey Crew Chief/Door Gunner as well as becoming Dual Qualified Plane Captain on Hueys and the AH-1W Cobra.

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It was on September 11, 2001, during Flight School at NAS Pensacola, Florida, when she and her schoolmates crowded into a breakroom, watching, shocked as events unfolded live on TV that she knew their lives had forever changed and they would be headed to war. Sure enough, just under a year after completing all Flight School training, her squadron got recalled to active duty and deployed directly to the Suni Triangle in Iraq in early Spring of 2004. Leia said that her experience was “a lot of fun but a lot of hell,” and while there, she fell in love with the people of the country, and it all became about them. She’ll never forget the little girls, mothers, and brothers that she met and thinks of them often, hoping they’re okay. After two tours of duty, the hardest thing was returning home and being dropped right back into civilian life. She was terrified that after serving, they would be poorly treated like the Vietnam Vets but were happily met with thanks and gratitude by her fellow Americans. When asked what she thought would be the best way to honor our country’s Veterans, Leia said, “Take the time to attend Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies, bring your children and teach them to sit quietly and listen to the stories. Our WWII Veterans are quickly passing and with them go their stories and wealth of knowledge. Go up to these old guys, say hello, give them a hug, thank them for their sacrifice to our country, listen to them and learn why.”

Leia Larson enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2000. Contributed photos

These are men like Santa Margarita’s WWII Centenarians, Henry Barba, now 108 years old who served in Alaska as a member of The National Guards Searchlight Battalion—250th Coastal Artillery, Battery G; and Harold Lowe, now 102 years old who served in WWII as a soldier in the US Army with the 162nd Infantry deployed to Australia and later to New Guinea. “Also,” Leia continued, “learn about the tradition and set up a POW/MIA Table to honor and remember our prisoners of war and those who have gone missing in combat.” Thank you, Leia, and all others who have made a personal sacrifice for the greater good of our country; we owe you a debt of gratitude and respect. 

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Mighty Oaks Warrior Program Serving U.S. O Veterans Suffering With PTSD By Camille DeVaul

n November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m., the world celebrated the end of World War I, which would be later known as Armistice Day. The day the world thought would be the end of the war to end all wars would become a national holiday in 1938. Later in 1954, November 11 was proclaimed Veteran’s Day to honor all Veterans. We know now that WWI was not the war to end all wars. And even when soldiers do come home, their war isn’t always over. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was first used as a diagnostic term in 1980. Prior to that, symptoms of PTSD were known as “shell shock.” Since then, PTSD has been prevalent among 13.8 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. According to the U.S. Department of Veteran affairs:

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• Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF): About 11-20 percent who served in OIF or OEF have PTSD in a given year. • Gulf War (Desert Storm): About 12 out of every 100 Gulf War Veterans (or 12 percent) have PTSD in a given year. • Vietnam War: About 15 out of every 100 Vietnam Veterans (or 15 percent) were currently diagnosed with PTSD at the time of the most recent study in the late 1980s, the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS). It is estimated that about 30 out of every 100 (or 30 percent) of Vietnam Veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime. • The average number of Veteran suicides per day was 17.6 in 2018. Continued on Page 28

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After Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Chad Robichaux served eight tours of duty as a United States Marine Corps Force Recon, he was diagnosed with PTSD. His diagnosis led him on a journey to create the Mighty Oaks Foundation, a non-profit committed to serving veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD. The Mighty Oaks Foundation is committed to serving the brokenhearted by providing intensive peerbased discipleship through a series of programs, outpost meetings, and speaking events. Mighty Oaks started in Colorado in 2011 and has grown into four locations—including one at the Sky Rose Ranch in Paso Robles. Jamie Warner, the foundations West Coast Regional Facilitator and former USMC Naval Aviator, said, “Our mission is to serve our nation’s warriors and their families who have endured hardships in their service to America whether they are a veteran, active duty or a first responder and help them find new life purpose through hope and Christ through the different programs we offer.” He adds, “We are unashamedly a faith-based program.” There are five programs developed for veterans:

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Legacy Program for Men Legacy Program for Women Military Resiliency Programs Marriage Advance Aftercare Sky Rose Ranch has hosted the Mighty Oaks since 2012 and handles mainly the Legacy Program for men and women. According to Warner, the foundation has served over 4,000 veterans since its inception. The Veterans, or Warriors as they are called here, who attend are fully sponsored for training, meals, and lodging needs to ensure that upon arrival to the ranch, each Warrior is focused solely on his or her recovery and identifying purpose moving forward. The Mighty Oaks Warrior programs are privately funded. No one coming to the program will ever have to pay for travel to and from the program or anything while they are there. Warner says, “We try to keep those excuses away. It is completely paid for by donations from Americans who are appreciative of their service—we do what it takes to get them there.” A typical day at the Legacy Program begins with colors, raising and saluting our nation’s flag, and breakfast. Each day is filled with a variety of classes, or presentations, on a wide range of topics. One of the activities Warriors participate in is a horseback ride at the

Work Family Ranch in San Miguel. The Work family has been a proud supporter of the Mighty Oaks since it first came to Paso Robles. “We are faith-based, but we don’t force anything on anyone—this is what works for us,” explained Warner. He continued saying, “We use the Bible as our foundation and walk them through ‘this is why a man needs to fight for the most important things in life, this is what a man of character looks like, a man who has discipline this is what brotherhood should look like.” All the instructors and counselors at Mighty Oaks have gone through the program themselves and are also veterans. “They are carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders—when they arrive, you can see it on their face,” said Warner. He explains how Mighty Oaks is often a last resort for many of the veterans they meet, and there is always an impactful moment to witness. “Oftentimes, you’ll hear guys say, ‘I have a stronger brotherhood now than I ever had in the military, and I didn’t think that was possible.’ I see miraculous changes every single week, and it never ceases to amaze me.” The Mighty Oaks Foundation explains how their programs work the best.

“Our five-day intensive peer-to-peer program serves as the catalyst to help Warriors discover the answers to the big questions in life. Challenges related to the struggles of daily military life, combat deployments and the symptoms of post-traumatic stress (PTS) surface during these five days. Utilizing peer leadership, participants find common ground through shared experiences and understanding, allowing greater potential for growth and recovery within the men. By discovering the truth about discipline, brotherhood, legacy, courage, honor, faith and family, men develop authentic character and learn to live a life of leadership. We equip our Warriors to fight through life’s challenges and discover the very purpose for their lives moving forward.” Warner says as instructors, they witness lives being saved. He says, “My two favorite moments of the week is Monday dinner because it’s quiet. People are forcing conversations. You can tell people are uncomfortable. Then Friday at breakfast, there’s laughter, hugging, there’s talking.” Warner often sees a common misconception coming from civilians and veterans: a veteran experiencing PTSD is broken and damaged. One thing Warner says they try to make clear to veterans is Post Traumatic Stress is not a disorder. Instead, they try to retrain people to understand that post-traumatic stress is a normal reaction to the abnormal and horrific situations that veterans and first responders often find themselves in. To learn more on the Mighty Oaks Foundation or to donate or apply for the program, visit  To all Veterans, we thank you for your courage and dedication to preserve the American freedoms we hold dear. And thank you to the military families for their support, resilience, and sacrifice.


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Pumpkin Pie

...and where to find the best that the North County has to offer!

By Camille DeVaul


think it is safe to say the pumpkin has earned a special place in Americans’ hearts. In fact, America’s history with pumpkins dates back to at least the 16th century, when it was one of the first foods brought back from the New World. We love the gourd so much we have found a way to put it in everything from body lotion to our coffee. But, the pumpkin pie will always remain at the center of our pumpkin obsessed hearts. Some of the earliest pumpkin pies dated back to the early 1600s and were made with stewed pumpkin or by filling a hollowed-out shell with cream, honey, and spices then baked in hot ashes. How we became so obsessed with everything pumpkin is unknown, but I have a feeling it is because we have a lot in common with the gourds. We, like the pumpkins, come in all shapes, sizes, and colors--and we are all delicious. Luckily, we have plenty of options here in North County to fulfill our spiced pumpkin cravings this Fall. The perfect pie will make for a very flavorful Thanksgiving! 

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Thanksgiving Paso Robles Returns With Sitdown Meals For 37th Anniversary

By Camille DeVaul


or 37 years, Thanksgiving for Paso Robles has provided homemade meals for over 1,200 people per year. In 2020, Thanksgiving for Paso Robles kept its promise to provide Thanksgiving dinner to those in need. However, due to COVID restrictions, volunteers created take-out meals and delivered them to the community rather than their traditional sit-down dinner. Given challenging circumstances from the past two years, Chairman David Kudija says they are preparing to make 1,500 meals—300 more than usual. Thanksgiving for Paso Robles was started when Mildred Wilkens wanted to prove she could create a one-day restaurant. Ten years later, she stepped down due to her declining health, and the community continued what she started. David began volunteering about 27 years ago. He laughs, saying, “I got involved because I wanted to become great at carving turkeys, and for about six years, I was the turkey carver. I would carve 20 to 28 turkeys a year—I’m a darn good turkey carver.” Now, David serves as the Thanksgiving for Paso Robles chairman and doubles as a captain for the Pioneer Day Bean Feed. Thanksgiving for Paso Robles is 100 percent funded by donations and run by volunteers. It takes approximately $9,000 and 200 volunteers to put on the annual dinner. Volunteers begin prepping and cooking the

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meals on Monday and are ready to serve almost 2,000 people by Thursday. This year there will be 70 turkeys and hams cooked for the community. Volunteers are needed this year more than ever. Kudija says they are always in need of volunteers to help clean up dinner. Kudija explains the operation as a one-day restaurant. Everything is set up, served, and then taken down all in one day. It is a lot of work, but when speaking to Kudija, it sounds pretty worth it. The traditional sit-down meal is complete with fine china, table cloths, and plenty of good company. “It’s fulfilling work—I’ve met a lot of great people doing this. We try to keep it fun,” David shared. This years dinner menu includes: • Oven Roasted Turkey • Ham • Rolls • • Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Dressing • • Green Beans • Candied Yams • • Cranberry Sauce • Housebaked Pies • 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. Thanksgiving for Paso Robles is a “celebration of thanks serving over 1,500 men, women, and children from all communities, a traditional Thanksgiving meal at no cost. A true 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.” 

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t’s November, a beautiful month in this part of our county. The deciduous trees drop their colorful leaves, and the mighty Oaks drop their acorns, often hitting my car like a bullet as I drive through the country. After we gather and give thanks for our many blessings on Thanksgiving Day, it’s all about food, family, and friends. When it comes to the food, I’ve always noticed that the turkey or the ham is usually traditionally the same, but the “sides” vary, depending on the cook. Magazines at the check-out counter of the grocery store vie for your attention with new recipes for those sides. I remember a Thanksgiving when our daughter-in-law, Shannon, served three different potato dishes and three different vegetable dishes because she just wanted to try the recipes. It was a Thanksgiving buffet to remember, and none of us complained! I have located the following recipes for you to consider adding to your menu this year. If you prefer, a mix of young, tender salad greens can be used in place of watercress, and Bosc pears can stand in for Bartletts in the salad. Be sure to purchase the pears several days ahead and let them ripen a bit on your kitchen counter or near a kitchen window. Mild Gorgonzola can replace the goat cheese. The salad can be plated individually or served from a large bowl. Toss with the vinaigrette just before serving. Enjoy your Thanksgiving. Remember that no matter what you serve, whether it’s hamburgers or turkey, it’s being together with those you love that really counts. A pumpkin pie can’t hurt, though! Cheers! 

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WATERCRESS, PEAR, & GOAT CHEESE SALAD WITH SHERRY VINAIGRETTE Ingredients: • 3 firm, ripe Bartlett pears juice from ½ medium lemon • 2 or 3 bunches watercress, long stems removed (about 8 cups) • ½ cup moist dried pitted sweet cherries

For the Vinaigrette: • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • 2 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar • ½ teaspoon salt • Ground pepper to taste • 5 ounces mild-aged goat cheese, cut into small pieces

Directions: Peel, halve, and core pears. Cut each half into 4 wedges. As pears are cut, place in a large bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice. Add watercress and cherries. To make vinaigrette, in a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, sherry vinegar, salt, and pepper until blended—drizzle vinaigrette over watercress mixture. Toss to coat evenly. Divide salad evenly among 6 individual plates. Add goat cheese to salads, distributing evenly. Serve immediately. Notes: An easy way to core a pear is to cut it in half and use a rounded metal measuring teaspoon or melon baller to scoop out the core.

BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH PISTACHIOS AND LIME Ingredients: • 2 pounds small brussels sprouts, trimmed • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter • 3 tablespoons raw pistachios

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2 tablespoons date molasses or honey 1 teaspoon honey Zest of ½ lime 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes Lime wedges for serving (optional)

Directions: Place oven rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 450 degrees. Toss brussels sprouts and oil in large bowl to coat; season with salt and pepper. Toast brussels sprouts on rimmed baking sheet 15 minutes, then shake baking sheet to loosen them. Continue to roast until deeply browned all over, 5-10 minutes longer. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and roast another 10 minutes. Shake baking sheet again, then roast brussels sprouts until the tip of a small knife easily slides through, 5-10 minutes longer. Cook-time will be 35-45 minutes. Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. When butter starts to foam, add pistachios and pinch of salt. Cook, stirring often until nuts are golden brown and butter solids are browned about 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Use a slotted spoon to transfer nuts to paper towels to cool. Coarsely chop and set aside. Bring date molasses, honey, and lime juice to a simmer in same skillet over medium heat, swirling pan to emulsify. Add 1 tablespoon water and swirl to emulsify, scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon. Add brussels sprouts; toss to coat. Transfer brussels sprouts to a platter. Toss nuts, lime zest, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl to combine; scatter over brussels sprouts. Serve with lime wedges if desired. Notes: Rather than al dente brussels sprouts, this recipe asks that they be well-cooked.

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Harvest 2021

arvest is in full swing as I a 30-50 percent reduction in crops. write this column at the While extended drought is not end of September. Euphosustainable, Raines reflects on a posiria, hope, and joy are in the air. For tive note. “There’s no cause for alarm, some vintners, the level of jubilation we are dealing with Mother Nature, in welcoming their first harvest can and we adapt.” only be matched by that of a firstFor Steve Viera, farming is continborn child. ually changing and evolving. “Now Ask Anita and Varinder Sahi, it’s accelerated with the cost of farmowners of Copia Vineyards in the ing and availability of labor,” said the Willow Creek District. vineyard manager at Derby Wine “It’s truly like going through pregEstate. However, labor shortage hasn’t nancy,” said Anita with amusement. affected Derby’s eastside and westside “And then having your first fruit is vineyards yet but could be an issue at like first child - its culmination of the end of harvest in October. hope and passion and new begin“So far, it’s been an excellent year,” nings, it’s exciting to see what the Viera commented on 30 percent of fruits of the labor will be—literally.” harvest underway. He is pleased with By the end of September, a ton the harvest of younger vines; however, of grenache and half a ton of syrah older vines not yet harvested could had been picked. “The fruit came out be impacted. almost perfect,” enthused Varinder. At Seven Angels Cellars, the team Copia’s 20-acre vineyard was was three-fourths of the way through. planted in 2019 mostly to Rhône “The fruit looks beautiful, and the varieties and some Cabernet Sauvi- While there was cause for celebration for many, there were others who were concerned about flavors are amazing,” co-owner gnon. “The vineyard is designed to climate change. Contributed photos Pamela Martin noted. “We see the be a winemaker’s dream,” Varinder weather is turning chilly and hope we commented on the 24 micro blocks, densely planted to different clones and don’t have rain before we pull the last fruit.” drought-resistant rootstocks, the diversity being a factor in blending. “Paso It’s been a busy harvest for Jason Yeager, who launched Scotlynn Vineis known for blends - more lots you have more blends you can experiment yards management company this year. “So far, overall, it’s on the light side with,” Varinder expressed. as far as tonnage goes,” said Yeager. The wind during bloom season resulted While there was cause for celebration for many, there were others who in small berries, which he noted should be good quality. “Wines this vintage were concerned about climate change. could be more age-worthy because of higher acids.” “It’s definitely been a challenging harvest,” commented Daniel Daou, At Booker Vineyard, winemaker Pete Turrone called it a strange year. co-founder and winemaker of Daou Family Estates. Daou took time out “We’ve had drought, springtime was cool and windy, and there were fewer to meet with me at his Daou Mountain hospitality center. He cited several heat spikes,” said Turrone when I met him at Booker’s uber-contemporeasons, among them the cold wave, which cast some shatter and affected rary winery. But overall, quality has been great, especially syrah. “We like the berry size. “I’m noticing the smallest size berries I’ve ever seen and tannin to make a big, bold syrah, so high levels of tannins and color will make a levels elevated,” Daou noted. But the most challenging aspect about this luxurious syrah.” year’s harvest is the high phenolics. Damian Grindley has consciously moved away from early picking; he Challenges notwithstanding, Daou was able to tame the tannins, and said when I met him mid-September at his Brecon Estate. “The heat thing after doing some barrel tasting, he commented in an email update: “Wow, is a non-issue if you have late varieties and you’re far west,” he said of his I’m ready to say that these will be outstanding wines.” Adelaida District vineyard, where he will pick syrah and mourvedre in late Zachary Raines, winemaker of Dubost Winery, concurred: “I definitely October. “I’m going for hang time and avoiding heat and acidity.” see high levels of phenolics coinciding with the drought.” Laura Kramer echoed the sentiment. “The longer it hangs, the better The growing season has been good and the weather cooperative, But the it’s going to be,” said the winemaker of Kramer Estate Wine in a phone drought has affected dry-farmed vineyards like Dubost. “With two light-years conversation. She was standing in her living room, she shared, overlooking in a row, the crop levels have been low,” noted Raines, citing that there’s been her five-acre hilltop vineyard in San Miguel, awaiting harvest. 

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Business Spotlight


Left: Robert Moseley and his son George Right: Robert’s wife Alexis and their two sons George & Luke. Contributed photos

Downtown Paso Robles Welcomes By Camille DeVaul


House of Moseley

owntown Paso Robles recently welcomed lifestyle and gift store, House of Moseley. Based in Bakersfield, interior designer Robert Moseley has been serving clients on the Central Coast and throughout California for 33 years. His flagship store has been open for over 11 years in its current location. “I consider my clients my friends at the end of the day and feel very fortunate that I’m a part of their lives,” Robert shared. When Robert started looking for a second location, many of his clients begged him to open shop in Paso Robles. He mentions that although Paso Robles is its own entity, the area and its people have many ties to his hometown in Bakersfield. “I’m excited to be a part of the Paso area,” Robert explained. He adds he is looking forward to extending his interior design firm services soon in Paso as well. Robert is looking forward to becoming a part of the Paso Robles community and being known as the place people can go for the perfect gift or addition to their home. As we all know, the holidays are among us—and Robert is ready for them! As a lover of the most wonderful time of year, House of Moseley is stocked with all the essentials to dress your home up for all the holidays. Some of Moseley’s fondest memories revolve around the holidays, “I love the fact that it [holidays] is the time you get to gather with your family and share and be grateful for everything you have.”


As a child, he remembers loving how the stores transformed with the coming holidays. To Robert, interior design should revolve around one’s personal style and livability. He creates spaces for families to feel at home. That’s why he calls House of Moseley a lifestyle store. “It’s not just aesthetic. It has to be livable and breathable, and that it’s able to change over time,” he explains. A favorite product carried in House of Moseley is their candles and fragrances. Like Robert says, “the candles are more than just how they smell— it’s how they make you feel and the memories they bring back.” House of Moseley carries names like Capri Blue, Mariposa, Nest Fragrances, Mackenzie-Childs, and more. They offer unique pieces made with quality, each chosen with care. You can find anything from ornaments, flatware, vases, picture frames, and more. Moseley also offers a bridal registry service. Through their website, customers can browse items they will find in-store or even order for delivery to their homes. House of Moseley is looking to fit in perfectly with the melting pot of downtown Paso Robles. One thing I know for sure is, anyone will be able to find something in Moseley that makes them and their home smile. House of Moseley is located at 840 11th Street, Downtown Paso Robles. Open Daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  To learn more about House of Moseley, visit

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Small but Mighty

Meet the Team at Say hello to the fantastic team at 13 Stars Media who, month after month, help to make our communities better through print and quality media coverage! Each valued member represents an integral part of our “Small but Mighty” team. When asked about themselves, each “Mighty Member” came up with responses that perfectly encapsulate their personalities and why we have such a winning team. To learn more about each team member, visit

Cami Martin Office Administrator Date of Hire: October 2019

What do you like most about your position? ▷ Getting to learn something new every day from people of all walks of life and being able to tell their stories. What’s your favorite way to spend a day off? ▷ With a slow morning and quality time with my husband and dogs and ending with takeout and a cozy night at home.

What do you like about living in SLO County? ▷ I love how much history is packed into this small but impactful County.

Camille DeVaul Date of Hire: December 2019

Advertising Consultant Date of Hire: September 2019

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What’s your favorite joke? ▷ A man makes dad jokes but doesn’t have any kids… what’s he called? A Faux Pas.

Assistant Content Editor

Dana McGraw

What’s your favorite way to spend a day off? ▷ Lately, I’ve been dabbling in Stained Glass.

What’s your favorite way to spend a day off? ▷ It starts by getting up early, having a warm cup of coffee on my front porch, then making a meal with my boyfriend while we play our favorite songs and have a dance party just the two of us in the kitchen.

What's one thing that can instantly make your day better? ▷ Listing to a great podcast, either a comedy, true crime (I’m a Murderino at heart if you know, you know!), or a great survival story, getting caught up in a detailed story definitely makes my day better.

What’s your favorite joke? ▷ What is a cow’s favorite newspaper? The Daily Moos

What's one thing that can instantly make your day better? ▷ Coffee!

What do you like most about your position? ▷ Advertising is crucial for all businesses, whether they are just opening their doors or are well established, but also getting the word out for non-profits, events, and new happenings. It’s like having my finger on the pulse of North County.

What do you like most about your position? ▷ I enjoy getting callers excited about a story we’ve covered for the community, or people wanting to submit a tip/editorial piece that can turn into a story the community would love to read about.

What do you like most about your position? ▷ I enjoy building relationships with local, small business owners. I love seeing them out at dinner and school pick-ups or youth sporting events. My success relies solely on their success and their trust in my marketing skills! What’s your favorite way to spend a day off? ▷ My days off are usually spent at a sports field watching my kids play or in the middle of nowhere while my son rides his dirt bike! Honestly, that’s my happy place!

What's one thing that can instantly make your day better? ▷ My kids can usually make my day better! My daughter has a special way of saying ‘I love you, Mommy,’ that just melts my heart. My son, at 13, still wants to spend time with me, so that makes me pretty happy! I also have some pretty awesome fur-babies! Harley is a 4 yr old Boxer/ Pitbull mix, Dexter is a 2 yr old Cane Corso/ Bullmastiff mix (165lbs… YIKES), and Kitty is a 16yr old cat that we rescued from a pavement hopper.

What's one thing that can instantly make your day better? ▷ An unexpected kindness from a stranger. What’s your favorite joke? ▷ A Man showed up for a duel armed only with a pencil and paper. He then proceeded to draw his weapon. What do you like about living in SLO County? ▷ Every corner of this country offers a completely different experience. I’ve never been anywhere else like here.

Jamie Self Advertising Consultant Date of Hire: May 2007

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What do you like most about your position? ▷ Ad designing gives me the creativity freedom with the variety of advertisers we have in all our publications to help local businesses on our Central Coast. What’s your favorite way to spend a day off? ▷ Trail riding in our jeep or relaxing on the beach.

What's one thing that can instantly make your day better? ▷ Finding lost money in a jacket pocket What’s your favorite joke? ▷ What concert costs just 45 cents? 50 Cent featuring Nickelback!

Jen Rodman Ad Graphic Designer Date of Hire: December 2019

Jessica Segal Advertising Consultant

What do you like most about your position? ▷ Building long-lasting relationships with my clients while being a community resource. What’s your favorite way to spend a day off? ▷ Exploring or relaxing at home with my son, William, and Silver Lab, Jackson. What's one thing that can instantly make your day better? ▷ Hearing my son say, “I love you, you’re a good mom,” or a nice glass of wine.

What’s your favorite joke? ▷ I’m not really a good source for jokes, but I think this one is pretty great: When you look for something, why is it always in the last place you look? Because when you find it, you stop looking! What do you like about living in SLO County? ▷ The slow-paced lifestyle and all the beautiful people and places our County has to offer.

Date of Hire: April 2021

What do you like most about your position? ▷ I love being connected to the community events and aware of what is going on. Sitting in on City calls and hearing residents express their issues, and understanding what’s happening is so important to maintain our community as we grow. What’s your favorite way to spend a day off? ▷ Working on home renovation projects, learning new skills, and sometimes learning that I have a lot left to learn.

What's one thing that can instantly make your day better? ▷ Just one thing?? A good song on the radio with the music up loud. Also, a clean kitchen in the morning, fuzzy socks on a cold day, and bubbly water just all day every day. What’s your favorite joke? ▷ When does a joke become a “dad” joke? When it becomes apparent.

Layout Design Editor Date of Hire: January 2020

What’s your favorite way to spend a day off? ▷ With my wife and two kids, whether we’re at the beach, at the soccer field, on a hike, or just spending a day at home working on projects or watching a movie together.

Assistant Editor Date of Hire: January 2021

Mike Michaud What do you like most about your position? ▷ I’ve become more involved with the community than ever been before, and I’ve acquired a broader understanding of the different facets of our community.

Melissa Guerra

What's one thing that can instantly make your day better? ▷ Both of my kids and my wife all have a pretty sophisticated sense of humor, so it’s not unusual for one of their offhand and witty comments to catch me off guard, crack me to pieces, and instantly brighten my day. That typically results in the other thing that is sure to instantly make my day better: my wife’s contagious laughter and beautiful smile.

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What do you like most about your position? ▷ There are a wonderful variety of publications that we produce at 13 Stars Media— from newspapers and magazines, to special projects like the Mid-State Fair program and Restaurant Guides. Each one provides its own set of challenges, but also a certain level of creative freedom that allows me to make something cool, different, and with a wow factor that keeps readers coming back.

What’s your favorite way to spend a day off? ▷ Playing a round or two of disc golf with some buddies. What's one thing that can instantly make your day better? ▷ Two things actually: good coffee and a SLODOCO donut (or three). What’s your favorite joke? ▷ Why are most artists struggling with finances? Because they have no Monet.

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Oak Leaf

San Luis Obispo County Office of Education

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS guy who’ ll decide where to go. ~ Dr. Seuss

James Brescia, Ed.D.


ver the past 20 pressure-filled months, I reviewed multiple articles, plans, and reports about the impact of COVID-19 on instruction. I have personally observed education employees across San Luis Obispo County skillfully managing responsibilities under extraordinary circumstances. The positive attitude and actions of students, teachers, support staff, families, and the community reminded me again of our many blessings. Here are a few stories highlighting those blessings in the form of takeaways about distance learning improving in-person practices. “We found it difficult to maintain our train of thought with so many student interruptions online.” Adapting to distance learning was an adjustment, and some students were not comfortable turning on their cameras. Initially, some did not turn on their microphones either. With teacher and support staff encouragement, the students activated their mics and cameras. Slowly, more students joined in and began to show their personalities. In a very short time, the instructional team experienced chaos with students talking simultaneously. The answer to the dilemma came in the form of a chat room or organized routine. The teacher explained the concept to the classes and set up procedures to follow (similar to an in-person classroom). By applying the chat room concept, the students could pose questions for the whole class or submit a question privately for the teacher. The chat room option meant that lessons could flow more smoothly. The use of chat rooms reminded the team about the importance of classroom management procedures for in-person instruction. When in-person services began this fall, the team used the initial days to practice procedures and intentionally reviewed these as new students joined their classes. This middle school team in this example revealed that one of their favorite influences was 7 Tips for Breakout Room Success, by Stephanie Rothstein. “Finding a personal and professional balance in presenting yourself to your students.” This classroom quote describes the realization that educators must maintain a certain professional distance while at the same time personally relating to their students. Checking on students via Zoom or Google Meets provided a visual cue and opened up the personal lives of  Ants  Spiders  Roaches  Bed Bugs  Mice  Rats  Any other unwanted Pest or Rodents

those connecting from homes. The cute dog in the background is charming to some and distracting to others. Should we have our laundry that needs attention visible while teaching online? Over the years, I have observed many types of classrooms and learning environments, some tidy, others cluttered. It is vital to remember that school should remain a professional environment with a personal feeling tone. Most child and adolescent development courses stress the importance relationships play in successful classrooms. The teacher, in this instance, reflected on the lesson learned during her pre-teaching days: “It’s all about relationships!” We need to interact with our students in a personal way, sharing information and asking questions about interests while at the same time maintaining a professional frame. Over time comfort levels will improve, and student interactions will grow. This educator stressed the importance of social-emotional learning by starting lessons with a positive message. “Virtual teaching reminded me of the power a positive tone and attitude hold in shaping a lesson.” Learning environments that are personal and professional directly benefit students. This classroom continues the virtual practice of having students recite “Optimistic Closures” (a method of sharing something they learned) now that they are back in person. “I felt so relieved when I realized that I wasn’t the only one who felt like I did.” When we commit to a meaningful conversation about our challenges and opportunities with our peers, we can better serve our students. To that end, we must continue to support each other and join together as one community. It is easy to allow negative thoughts and feelings to creep into our heads. Mental health experts remind us that focusing on the positive in our lives can help filter out the constant barrages of discouraging news. Promoting a positive mindset will assist in providing an effective support system. Support systems are more than simple “do-it-yourself ” projects. Our family, friends, community, and colleagues all represent pieces of a support network. Winston Churchill was quoted during World War II as saying, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” When we look for opportunities during difficulty, we can improve our situation and that of others. As illustrated in the stories above, the challenges and confusion that surrounded distance learning were overwhelming to some and celebrated by others. I reviewed reports of loneliness, discouragement, and anxiety alongside requests for additional virtual learning. When educators and school leaders begin sharing these challenges and opportunities, we will address the new normal. The daily, weekly, and monthly professional collaboration thrust upon us by COVID-19 is a practice that will benefit a post-pandemic workplace. When we share “truth-telling” with colleagues, we allow others to assist and support our challenges. These are just a few of the success stories we can learn from as we move forward. I am very proud of our schools and consider it an honor to serve as your county superintendent of schools. 

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Over 250 Protest Student Vaccine Mandate at SLO Health Department

Erin Westmoreland and her children protesting for freedom at the SLO County Health Department. Contributed photos

Moms For Liberty protesting for freedom at the SLO County Health Department.

By Camille DeVaul


n Monday, October 18, parents and teachers who oppose vaccine mandates for students and teachers participated in a Statewide sit-out. Parents opposing vaccine mandates pulled their students from school on Monday. Posters circulated around social media, notifying the public of the Statewide sit-out. Those who support the movement were asked not to call their child out as sick but to state, they oppose the vaccine mandate. On October 1, California became the first state to announce a COVID vaccination mandate for schools. Governor Newsom announced the COVID vaccine would be added to the list of required vaccinations for middle and high school students once the vaccine receives full approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Newsom explained the COVID vaccine would be required for in-person school attendance. At 11:00 a.m. on Monday, parents met at the San Luis Obispo County Department of Health to show their support against the vaccine mandates for students. According to Rebekah Koznek, the vice-chair for Moms for Liberty San Luis Obispo County, over 250 people showed up at the health department. Koznek said, “It’s not an anti-vax thing. It’s about being told that they have to [take the vaccine] or they have to quit, or your kids can’t go to school in person. It needs to be a personal choice. Our whole thing is we are supporting the people that are going to face that decision of having to quit or get something they don’t want.” Moms for Liberty is a non-profit organization “dedicated to fighting for the survival of America by unifying, educating, and empowering parents to

defend their parental rights at all levels of government.” Kozneck says the sit-out is a pro-active movement, “To show support for the right to choose, many parents and school staff will not be sending their kids to school and staff will not be going to work.” She also explains they understand the districts are not out to get anyone but are instead put into a rock and a hard place by the State government. Like many, Kozneck is unsure of who started the sit-out movement. When her group first heard of the sit-out, they were unsure if it was something they would promote. Parents left shoes lined up along the sidewalk in front of the building to represent the students who will be pulled out of school when the mandate starts. The shoes will later be donated to a local charity. Similar protests took place statewide on Monday. Thousands gathered in protest of the school vaccine mandate at the State Capitol. Koznek, who has attended many rallies for various causes, said, “I have not seen that much support [before].” Erin Westmoreland, a parent who participated in the sit out and attended the rally in SLO, said the protests are part of a bigger picture. She explained the protests are about protecting their freedoms overall. However, Westmoreland said Monday was encouraging for other parents, showing they are not alone in their stance against the mandate. Westmoreland, who has been attending similar rallies throughout the year, said more supporters show up each time. Parents have also emailed Koznek saying they also oppose the mandate but could not participate in the sit out for lack of child care alternatives. Kozneck says, “We’re all about freedom of choice—I want all points of view to be heard, not just mine, because I know other people disagree with me, and I disagree with other people.” When Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Curt Debost was asked about the sit-out, he said, “While families may see this [sit-out] as a tangible way to show their frustration and dissatisfaction with the Governor’s directive, it is unlikely to change anything. The only certain outcome from the removal of their students for a day is they will have lost another day of in-person instruction, and the absence will cost the district money it could use to support kids. At some point, we have to quit fighting on everything and try to find common ground and heal the divisions.” According to Koznek, an unnamed source told her Atascadero and Paso Robles school districts saw a 30 percent decrease in attendance on Monday. Paso Robles Press has reached out to both districts for a follow-up and has not received a response. 

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TIME: 5 : 12-7p | 6 : 10a-4p | 7 : 10a-3p DETAILS: Handwoven clothing, household items, gifts for sale. Demonstrations of weaving and spinning throughout the show.

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At the Library

Business & Networking

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

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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

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

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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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