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June 2022

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Officers Honor Benedetti Anniversary by Camille DeVaul

San Luis Obispo County peace officers were honored and remembered on May 5 at Pismo Beach Pier.

Anne Laddon, Visionary Beind Studios on The Park by Camille DEVaul

Across from the Paso Robles City Park on Pine Street sits the inspiring artist hub of Studios on the Park — the love child of its founder Anne Laddon.

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Get to Know Four Local Artist by Christianna Marks

Get to know your local North County artist, meet Max Randolph, a Blacksmith Artist, Sally Lamas, both an Artist and Muralist, Jordan Hockett, a Contemporary Artist and Marie Ramey, a Fine Artist.

Out of the Boredom of a Creative Mind by Simone Smith

Not many people can claim that they’ve even visited most of our 50 states. To have actually worked in 47 out of the 50 is even more impressive, but that’s just a small part of Aaron Trejo’s story.

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Main Street: New Season of Freshness, Joy, and Happiness The Natural Alternative: Its not Goodbye Chamber of Commerce: Gazing Out Our Front Window General Store: Home-Thrown Pottery by Local Artist Sabrina Kruse Paso Robles Area Historical Society: California’s Oldest Watering Place

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ummertime is here once again, and this year we are ready to enjoy some of our much-loved events and gathering that we missed last year. Summer brings a sense of adventure and endless possibilities, long summer days filled with trips to the beach, the ravine water park, and the pool.

Fresh produce and watermelons are a must this time of year, so don’t forget to enjoy the fresh produce made ready for us by our local farmers at our North County Farmers Markets (page 45).

On June 9, our daughter Elle will officially end her High School career. She technically has been done since December, but this will mark the milestone, and we are looking forward to celebrating the start of her new journey.

In June this year, on the 19th, we celebrate our fathers for all the love, support, and guidance they give to us and our families. Watching Nic guide and mentor our boys as they grow fills my heart and soul. He is an incredible father and friend. We are truly blessed to have him. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and men who step into that role when one is needed. I miss my dad each and every day — much love to all of you who are missing your loved ones. Our June issue is filled with art and artist, which led us straight to Paso’s incredible gem Anne Laddon who graced our cover this month (page 22). Along with Anne, we featured five other local artists whose talents will inspire. Each month we are deeply moved by the incredible stories we get to share. We are blessed with an incredible team that helps us put it all together and all of our advertisers who continue to believe in us and the community.

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Round Town • Main Street

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une marks the passing of half a year but portrays the beginning of a New Season of Freshness, Joy, and Happiness. The Downtown Main Street Calendar of Events is on R & R (rest & relaxation) for the month of June, but the beat goes on in this town! Our “Concerts in the Park” series starts Thursday, June 4, and continues thru August 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the City Park. You are invited to enjoy music, food, and refreshments. These fun-filled Thursday nights are sponsored by The Paso Robles Recreation Services, J Lohr Vineyards & Wines, along with Firestone Walker Brewing Company. Proceeds from concession sales and donations collected benefit the REC Foundation in providing youth recreation scholarships to our residents. We’ve missed the concerts and camaraderie they provide our community. On June 14, we celebrate “Flag Day.” On this day in 1777, the Stars and Stripes were adopted by the Continental Congress of the United States as our official flag — “and the Star Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave o’er the Land of the Free the Home of the Brave.” Let’s celebrate all fathers. By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong! When shopping for that special gift, don’t

forget we have some great shops downtown: • Alliance Board Company: 1233 – 1237 Park Street (805) 238-2600 • Boot Barn Western Wear: 1340 Spring Street (805) 238-3453 • Kahuna’s Surf N Sport: 817 12th Street (805) 238-3214 • Takken Shoes (it’s more than shoes for men): 747 Spring Street (805) 238-7778 • Unique Styles: 573 12th Street (805) 835-8640 I gave my father $100 and said, “Buy yourself something that will make your life easier.” So he went out and bought a present for my mother. Now it’s a little later in June, the 21st to be exact, and time to celebrate. It’s the first day of Summer, the longest day of the year. People’s moods are positively affected by the amount of time spent outside between sunrise and sunset, so get out there and take advantage of all that Vitamin D. The perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawnmower is broken! Take a June afternoon, sit in the downtown park, and enjoy people watching. I recently learned that though there are many changes downtown, the comments from visitors and locals are the same as they have been for several years. Visitors remain thrilled to discover the charm of downtown

and still tell me they want to relocate here. Locals rarely come to town on weekends unless to bring friends and family. Locals want less crowds. They enjoy the feeling of familiarity they get from our heritage buildings, quaint streets, and favorite local shops that have been here for years. Paso Robles is a wonderful place to live for so many reasons. Clean air, clean town, happy, friendly people, relaxed atmosphere, and we have The Downtown Main Street Association working hard to keep our culture, heritage, values, and traditions a mainstay of this community. The smalltown festivals they sponsor are appealing to just about everyone because they are built by the hands of the people who live here. Thank you, Norma, for the Board of Directors, the staff, and the many devoted volunteers of this organization. It is our responsibility to pass down our stories and values to the next generation and maintain this culture of the Paso we hold so dear! When was the last time you felt gratitude simply because the sun came up? Seldom do we think about this simple miracle because it happens so often — every day! When we are joyful and grateful, we brighten the world around us. So, let’s welcome June as it scatters blessings of health, happiness, and prosperity to all! 

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y heart is feeling a bit heavy but certainly happy as I pass the torch as owner of The Natural Alternative, a store I gave birth to 27 years ago! You will meet the new owner in the very near future with the finalization of the sale. My team, which is led by my amazing and talented manager, Rachel Howell, will continue to provide all our loyal customers with the same standard of care and compassion that has made us a respected resource for the community’s health care needs. I will continue working part-time, doing nutritional consultations, and helping you reach your optimal health goals! Rachel is currently studying for her CNC board certification as well as future training in Applied Clinical Nutrition, so she will pick up where I leave off! Rachel graduated in May 2021 from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences. She is a great asset to The Natural Alternative and the community. So, it’s not goodbye, but see ya around! I am planning to enjoy a new freedom to travel and enjoy life with my new hubbie (just got married in May!). After making the decision to sell The Natural Alternative and shedding a few tears (bittersweet!), I hope to see you around town as Steve, and I love to frequent our amazing restaurants,

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Round Town • Chamber of Commerce

Gina Fitzpatrick President/CEO Paso Robles Chamber

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pring in Paso is always such a beautiful time of year. We enjoy the blooming almond trees and the last glimpses of green hills before the summer heat sets in. Grapevines are starting to bud, and as the evenings grow warmer, we smile at the hustle and bustle of locals and visitors dining, tasting, and shopping downtown. As we peer through our front window, we see new businesses opening up and established ones thriving. But gazing out the window is not all we’ve been doing these days! We are continuing to work hard to help local businesses. Many of you have heard of or applied for the grant offered by the County of San Luis Obispo being overseen by the Workforce Development Board of San Luis Obispo County. Record applications were submitted, and your chamber has been at the forefront of helping navigate the application process. Our final meeting of the Unhoused Population Futures Study has occurred, and a full report was given at the May 17 City Council meeting. We look forward to spearheading additional communications concerning this important topic and will keep the community informed on the progress. It has been a pleasure to get to know some of our new Templeton businesses as we navigate the merger between the chambers. Fostering these relationships and representing both communities is exciting, and we look forward to officially becoming one organization.

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Women in Business, Wake Up Paso, and our Membership Mixers are all in full force now. And if you didn’t get to join us for the Annual Gala, you really missed out on an amazing evening! In honor of our merger with Templeton, we adopted their Business of the Year award, which was presented to McPhee’s Grill. The Beautification Award was awarded to Cal Coast Beer Co. And because we postponed our 2021 Gala, we recognized our 2020 Roblan, Patricia Bland, as well as our 2021 Roblan, Brian Thorndyke. All, respectively, so well deserved, and we feel fortunate to have an share such a strong sense of community. We’ve also attended several meetings on behalf of our members, including the ECHO Ad-Hoc Committee and City Council meetings, where we have kept a close eye on issues such as additional revenue streams for the city, a potential increase to the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) and a new district map following the redistricting process. We’ve also attended Downtown Parking Commission and J20 Oversight Committee Meetings. It was also our pleasure to meet with Congressman Jimmy Panetta, who represents the 20th District of California. So while we might take a minute to daydream and enjoy the last few days of spring, don’t worry; we have plenty to keep us busy as we fulfill the Chamber’s mission to promote economic vitality, empower leaders, champion businesses, foster civic engagement and honor our history.

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Home-Thrown Pottery by Local Artist Sabrina Kruse

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e can blame Erin for our obsession with pottery. Handmade, imperfect, weighty — whether it’s a plate or a mug, she taught us to appreciate how something made thoughtfully can elevate a piece of toast and a slice of nectarine to a breakfast of mindfulness and beauty. So it is with the biggest smile that we offer another local potter to our shelves, one whose laughter makes you turn and say, “Where is that joyful sound coming from?!” Our dear, dear friend Sabrina Kruse, one of the founders of Must! Charities and gifted artists whose Home-Thrown line of pottery is now available at General Store Paso Robles. Sabrina’s pieces range from simple spoon rests to dressing bowls (made to be held easily while whisking up a vinaigrette), though we are especially partial to the sipping sets, a small tumbler with a rimmed saucer just perfect for salt and tequila. The colors are warm and natural. “I am drawn to the colors of the ocean and earth,” says Sabrina, “the hills that encircle our home and the fields outside my door. I gravitate to glazes that reflect these arrays of colors that I am blessed

to see every day.” When you lift her pieces, you’ll see a sweet stamp of the word Sabie, which was the nickname her father used before he passed in 2017. “He always encouraged me to be creative (we used to write poetry together when I was little) and was my biggest creative fan.” We were reminded of sabi (you might have heard the term wabi-sabi), which, in Japanese culture, means beauty that comes with age, and the broken places and changes due to use that make an object more beautiful and special. It’s exactly what we adore about Sabrina’s pieces. They beg to be used, not just put on a shelf, and you know they will just grow more lovely with time. When we asked her to name her favorite piece to date, she answered in the same sabi spirit. “One of my favorite pieces is one of my first. It’s terrible...heavy and bulky, uneven and off-center, but it reminds me how much I’ve learned and have yet to learn.” We know when you see it, you’ll feel the effusive energy she puts into every piece. We can’t imagine a more soulful gift. The team at General Store Paso Robles

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Round Town • Paso Robles Area Historical Society and Museum

By Camille DeVaul and the Paso Robles Area Historical Society and Museum

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s far back as 1795, the Paso Robles area has been referred to as “California’s oldest watering place.” The notion comes from its abundance of thermal hot springs and mud baths. And if that was not enough, for thousands of years, Native Americans believed in the curative properties of the area’s sulfur, soda, mineral, iron, lithium, mud, and sand springs. Several springs and baths were frequented by Paso Robles visitors. The Main Sulpher Spring was located at what is now 10th and Spring Street and the Mud Bath Springs were about 2.5 miles north of that. Patrons of the springs would reach them by a horse-drawn streetcar line. About half a mile from the Mud Springs was the Sand Spring near the banks of the Salinas River. One hundred feet. Then the Soda Spring was 100 feet north of the Mud Spring, the Lithium Spring was adjacent to the Mud Bath’s bathhouse, and the Iron Spring was northwest of the Mud Springs bathhouses. The summers in the Paso Robles area can get mighty hot, and sitting in the thermal waters certainly was not a way to cool off. The Paso Robles Community pool originated in the mid-1920s as part of the Paso Robles Auto Camp. It was described as “one of the deluxe camps.” During the summer months, local children who attended the Paso Robles Recreation Program were allowed to go swimming for a nickel. In 1937, Stewart J. and his wife Ella Bryant bought the Paso Robles Auto Court on Spring Street between 9th and 10th streets. The purchase included the old plunge, which at the time was in a declining state as the heating system had died and the filtering system was questionable. Upgrades were made, and it became a trendy place to gather for adults and children, operating as a public swimming pool. During World War II, the plunge was operated by the USO, and civilians were not allowed to use the pool. In 1946, the Bryants sold the property. The buyer then sold the plunge

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to the City of Paso Robles, who operated it for several years. The 1950s brought many happy memories surrounding the plunge. There were swim lessons, swim teams, synchronized swimming, and simple, old-fashioned fun. However, the plunge was closed in 1959 by the county health inspectors when the City decided the necessary repairs and upkeep were too costly. Another popular swimming hole was located about four miles west of Paso Robles off 24th Street, known as Nacimiento Lake Road. Just west of where the Jardine Ranch, now known as Resthaven, sat “The Family Playground.” Located at the junction of Nacimiento Lake Road and Adelaide Road, it was the home of John Irving and his wife, Minnie Dellie Lomax McCord, and their four daughters. Around 1943, John McCord built a 160-foot cemented swimming pool with an ice-cold stainless steel water slide with a separate wading pond and playground for children. It was surrounded by large oak trees and grassy areas. Many described it as a “fun pool that McCord built free form along an old stream bed.” Admission to the grounds was 25 cents, but no charge for swimming. They advertised spinner rafts, floats, lawn and shade, barbeque pits and tables, and two acres of campgrounds. The McCords made an overhead entry sign to their acreage from manzanita wood branches that were shaped to read “Resthaven.” The property was sold multiple times, and eventually, the pool was filled in with the acreage converted into a mobile home park. The El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society and Museum are honored to be located in the historic Carnegie Library at the center of City Park. To learn more, visit pasorobleshistorymuseum.org. 

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Round Town • Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

Fallen Peace Officers Remembered May 10 marks one year since Detective Luca Benedetti’s death By Camille DeVaul

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wo San Luis Obispo County peace officers were honored and remembered on Thursday, May 5, at the SLO County Peace Officers’ Memorial held at Pismo Beach Pier. The annual event honors peace officers who died in the line of duty. This year’s event was especially personal to the county since it comes just days short of one year anniversary of the loss of San Luis Obispo Police Detective Luca Benedetti. Benedetti (37) lost his life in the line of duty on May 10, 2021, in San Luis Obispo while serving a search warrant. Benedetti was laid to rest on May 20, 2021, at the Paso Robles District Cemetery, following a memorial and procession. His memorial, held at the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo, was attended by thousands of community members and law enforcement officers. During the memorial service, SLOPD Sgt. Caleb Kemp said, “Detective Luca Benedetti died with a warrior’s heart, serving his community and doing what he loved. I want to thank the Benedetti family for sharing him with the rest of the world and thank Luca for sharing himself with all of us ... We will heal; we will never forget, but we will heal. Luca’s sacrifice, legacy, will permanently be etched into the lives he touched, living his life to the fullest.” Following the memorial, law enforcement led a procession from SLO to Benedetti’s resting place in Paso Robles. The Redding Police Department, Menlo Park Police Department, Stanislaus County Sheriff ’s Office, Carson City (Nevada) Sheriff ’s Office, City of Fresno Police, Manhattan Beach Police, and San Diego County Sheriff ’s Office were just some of the agencies involved. Also remembered at the event was Sgt. Thomas Stanley of the Atascadero State Hospital Police Department. Stanley, 56, died from covid-related complications on December 31, 2021. The ceremony included the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Honor Guard and 21-gun salute team, a California Highway Patrol flyover, and an American flag displayed by the San Luis Obispo Fire Department ladder truck. The Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony is organized and coordinated by the Criminal Justice Administrators’ Association. San Luis Obispo Police Chief Rick Scott released the following statement to Paso Robles Magazine: “Today, we joined our community in honor of our fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives in service to our California Communities. Among them is Luca Benedetti of the San Luis Obispo Police Department, lost in the line of duty on May 10, 2021. We will always remember and honor Detective Benedetti’s selfless service for our police family and a grateful community. We will never forget Luca and the inspiring legacy he leaves behind.” For a list of all fallen officers honored, visit bit.ly/3KNp086 

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Max Randolph forges a sculpture. Photo by Bradical Photography

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s a kid, Max Randolph was always up to something creative, whether it was sculpting with clay, drawing, or playing with Legos, but it was when he learned to weld at 14 that his creativity really exploded. “Suddenly, I was able to make things out of metal, but what really started to happen was I knew I could get it hot and then I could move it, and that’s truly when, all of the sudden, I fell down the rabbit hole,” he said. Though his dream is to one day create things directly from the source with untapped creativity, Randolph is currently working on commissioned projects. He says that skewing his perception through someone else’s lens is a fun challenge. “Someone needs something, and then I create it for them,” he added excitedly. Randolph has a plethora of projects currently being molded or fresh out of his forge, including a massive sculpture of an oak tree with copper leaves that will be going to Mission San Antonio de Padua. You can see Randolph’s art locally in The Alchemist’s Garden’s sign and the clock tower located in Tin City in Paso Robles, where he lives.

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o stranger to paint, Sally Lamas is a muralist who’s had her work all over San Luis Obispo County, from Pismo Beach to her newest mural in Atascadero. “There’s something special about a public mural because it’s almost... I actually took a lot of solicited suggestions from people,” Lamas said. “When you’re working in your studio, it’s you and whoever might be your family doing that. But it’s not an integral thing with the community that then walks by and remembers how they talked to you about that piece of art.” Lamas not only paints her art on public surfaces in the community, but she’s also been known to work on canvases, her own greeting card line, and many more artistic endeavors. Lamas’s most recent mural, which was a part of Atascadero’s Equality Mural Project, can be found on the side of the Monarch Behavior Solutions Building.

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Marie Ramey

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ince the start of COVID, Marie Ramey’s art process has changed. Over the last couple of years, she has repainted over some of her older pieces that she was dissatisfied with, using them to create new paintings. “I haven’t bought canvas since COVID started, and that’s been very fun to do, leaving a little bit of the history of the old painting. I know it’s there, and it contributes to the new painting,” Ramey said. Ramey, who’s been a North County local for 21 years, is currently painting out of her home studio in her barn. where she also teaches classes to locals. She also taught art history and drawing part-time for 10 years at Cuesta College. “I’m always experimenting,” Ramey said of her art process. “Trying to get looser and looser.” For announcements on classes and upcoming events, check out Marie’s website: marieramey.com.

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ordan Hockett grew up in the North County, left to get his art degree from San Francisco State, and returned to Paso Robles in 2015. Initially, Hockett started his college journey wanting to study graphic design, but along the way, he switched over to studying the fine arts. To this day, graphic design still influences his work. “I’ve always loved color and pattern,” Hockett said. “I also worked as an upholsterer for five years, so a lot of textiles influence my current work with the color and the pattern.” Hockett has been a part of Studios on the Park for the last seven years after working for a handful of galleries in San Francisco. He says that, in addition to textiles and graphic design, human interaction plays a big role in his work. “I like to look at how people are interacting with different people and sometimes present it in a humorous way,” Hockett said. You can see Hockett’s art in Paso Robles at Studios on the Park, where he is also Studios on the Park’s curator.

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t all started with an abandoned auto parts business and a And the perfect location would be the old auto shop on Pine Street, right creative vision. across from Paso Robles City Park. Anne instantly knew this was the spot. Across from the Paso Robles City Park on Pine Street sits The building Studios on the Park now occupies was once the Pioneer the inspiring artist hub of Studios on the Park — the love Auto Parts store, which opened in 1960. But the facade of the existing child of its founder Anne Laddon. building dates back to the early 1930s. Studios on the Park is a nonprofit organization “dedicated Throughout the building’s original heyday, it was not only known as to providing a creative, educational, and transformational the place for auto parts, but also as the town’s social center — coffee and experience to enhance understanding and appreciation of the conversation were always happening in the building. But the 2003 San visual arts,” according to its mission statement. Simeon earthquake severely damaged the building, forcing owner Steve Within the studio walls lie canvases bursting with color, invoking photog- Encell to close the auto parts shop. raphy and handmade creations sure to make you smile. But, more than However, the building’s story was not over yet. Just a few short years later, that, the studio is a fulfilled dream for Anne, combining two of Anne managed to convince Encell to let her lease the building her life’s passions. for her vision of Studios on the Park. And so it was, and a Anne’s love for art and creating is a lifelong affair. lease was signed. But one could say her career in the art world started The studio opened to the public in 2009. Since in the mid-’70s when she arrived in Washington, then, it has hosted hundreds of free art classes, art D.C., with a degree in art history and graduate exhibitions, and art festivals. One of the studio’s studies from UCLA and UC Berkeley. greatest passions is the Kids ArtSmart Shortly after, she had the opportunity program. Since 2011, Studio on the Park the visionary behind to be one of the founding artists of The has been bringing art into the lives of the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexcommunities youth with the program. andria, Virginia. Her experience there “The key to our Kids ArtSmart would make a permanent mark on her program at Studios on the Park is to life. Anne and other founding artists create situations for elementary kids that build confidence in their ability to would take the once literal torpedo factory and turn it into the nation’s largest embrace the unexpected and be open to collection of working artists’ open studios surprises,” explained Anne. under one roof. Over 4,000 elementary school students Written by From 1975 to 1984, Anne designed from San Luis Obispo County bus to the CAMILLE DeVAUL the logo and graphics for the art center and studio each year for classes. Photos by worked as a silkscreen printmaker. She created “Our goal is to reach each student two times Rick Evans dozens of limited edition serigraphs, all adorned in their elementary career,” Anne said. “This is their with rich colors. Growing up in San Diego, near the studio as much as it is for our resident local artists.” Mexico border, Anne was always inspired and drawn to the The studio uses art to teach students the life skill of resilience. bold colors used in Mexican culture. That inspiration for color can “There is a lasting sense of accomplishment and joy when kids see be seen throughout all her artwork. their final product,” Anne said. “Their parents recognize their children’s Throughout her career, Anne has exhibited her work in New York each capabilities and our Studios team makes that connection.” year at the International Art Expo and international shows in Frankfurt Recently in May, the studio brought in a new executive director, and Copenhagen. Charles Miller. As a creative professional, Charles has employed his problem-solving San Francisco, and across Europe in Frankfurt, Germany, and Copenskills in his successful business career while also advising nonprofit art hagen, Denmark. organizations in Los Angeles and New York City. His family has decades So how did Anne find herself in Paso Robles? During a whitewater rafting trip on the Colorado River, Anne met Jim of business, educational and philanthropic ties in the Paso Robles region Irving, whose family consisted of longtime Adelaide ranchers. So short story and he recently returned to make his home here in the community. shorter, Anne found herself moving to Paso and soon raising two children. “We are thrilled to welcome him to our Studios on the Park team!” Fast forward to 2007, Anne always reminisced on her Torpedo Factory Anne said. For more information on Studios on the Park, visit studiosonthepark.org  days and finally decided to gather some friends to start a nonprofit.

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ot many people can claim that they’ve even visited most of our 50 states. To have actually worked in 47 out of the 50 is even more impressive, but that’s just a small part of Aaron Trejo’s story. We first began to learn of Aaron Trejo and his artwork this past January on a local Facebook group page post offering his mural services and subsequent posts showing results and photos from happy customers. His work locally has gone from a fish pond/fountain, where he created an aquarium scene in Creston, to interior home walls with tree and baseball park murals, water tanks with horse and native butterfly murals, and a pizza oven at a farm with a pig, goat and alpaca looking over guests in Santa Margarita. Aaron’s work is quick, creative, beautiful and really adds to and highlights the uniqueness of each location and client with seemingly no obstacles getting in the way or any challenge too great. Customers of Aaron’s, like Tina Ballantyne from Giving Tree Family Farm, say that the process of working with him was very simple, giving him a rough idea and maybe a few pictures of what they would like to see and he’s off and running with his own ideas and interpretations to fit the project. Speaking with Aaron recently, I was able to get a better understanding of his background, creative process and a crash course on graffiti arts and hip-hop culture. Growing up very poor, in an area of New Jersey five minutes outside of New York City, Aaron lived in an apartment house with friends who lived a few blocks away in an area that was a “dumping zone” — a stereotypical “hood” with abandoned buildings, trash in the streets and drug dealers on the corners. This was no place for kids to grow up, but nobody seemed to care and the city just turned their back on the area. Aaron was a high-achieving honors student who hung out with kids at least four years older, totally bored at school and for four years was kicked out of every summer camp he was sent to in an attempt to keep him busy and out of trouble. After the failed summer camp attempts, his family decided to send him to be with his very talented aunt at her renaissance art studio where he learned all forms of artwork from painting to ceramics, woodworking, and more. Artistic talent runs in the family and Aaron looked up to and was influenced by his cousins, Rob and Aden, who were into comic book art, BMX riding and a nomadic lifestyle. His aunt’s work has been placed into various museums and Aden’s sketch of a pair of Converse shoes was placed in MOMA before he met an untimely death as a passenger in a car accident at the age of 16, a mere two weeks after his older brother Rob passed in a tragic train incident. That year, with the random passing of five other important people in his life, was the turning point for Aaron. He realized life is too short — anything can happen at any time to anyone, no matter what age or circumstance, and he didn’t want to waste his time. Aaron wanted to get out there, do things and make a difference. Through BMX riding, Aaron was inspired by Joe Tiseo, a New Jersey BMX legend who rode for Animal and Kink, and who built three bikes for Aaron over the years “Joe was a super nice guy who worked at a local BMX shop, he really liked seeing kids have a good time and elevate their lives,” Aaron said. “He just loved to help out and see others succeed.”

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From BMX riding to photography and the car scene, Aaron had gotten into tagging but really got into painting after breaking up with a girlfriend. Aaron and his friends had lots of time and room to practice throughout New Jersey until getting into trouble and being required to “pay back through the Jersey City Mural Arts Program”. This was the point that the friends decided to try to make their painting legal and Aaron helped his friends Robert Ramone & Andre Leone to found Rorshach brand. “Rob was the main idea man”, who became the curator of Abington Walls, an outdoor mural and graffiti arts gallery which started when Rob wanted to clean up his neighborhood and have a block party. The friends organized “gorilla style,” — not knowing the owner of the half-abandoned building they had been painting on for years, Aaron created a fake permission slip, Andres father had access to dump trucks to help clear the area of trash and they asked drug dealers to move out of the area. They then proceeded to put on their first event which “showcased 30 of the best of the best artists doing live painting, DJs, dancers, musicians and vocal artists performing jazz, rap and spoken word, they had food vendors and clothing companies. Not only did they clean up and entertain the neighborhood, but the event also gained the attention of the building owner and city, allowing it to become a legal, annual, one- or two-day event called “Brick City Jam.” After three years at Abington Walls, it became a city-sponsored event and moved to Riverfront Park, in Newark, New Jersey. Through his involvement in the car scene at 19, Aaron caught the attention of Donwan Harrell “The Don of Denim” from New York. His companies, PRPS Denim and Akademiks, had more street style and a “brand at the intersection of art, music and fashion.” Aaron’s main project was for another company of Donwan’s called “GIMPT” or Gaget Import, a company fully focused on car events, street racing, and Hot Import Nights. At one point, Aaron was the youngest to ever host a BMW event as the company created merchandise, and hosted and attended events all over the U.S. Although Aaron grew up in New Jersey, he has spent time over the years visiting relatives here on the Central Coast and most recently moved to the area near family outside of Santa Margarita to take a break after working on two of the largest murals in Jersey City. Through Rorschach, Aaron and his friends helped paint a piece by San Francisco-based artist Mona Caron. Her 20-story-tall “Joe Pye Weed” is part of a series of beautiful murals she has done around the world to show “a vision of nature winning,” highlighting the resilience of weeds to put us in our place. The crew worked on making the mural come to life in three weeks from July 13 to Aug. 4, and although they worked hundreds of feet above the city “any fear of heights was gone after the first couple of days” and they “really had fun working on the project.” The piece was completed in August 2021, commissioned by Jersey City for their Mural Arts Program. The second mural, titled “The Future Nurtures the Past,” was designed by friends Andre and Rob of Rorschach, and is a double-sided, quarter-milelong project taking the team two months to complete in December 2021 with the support of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and the city’s Division of Arts and Culture to beautify Raymond Boulevard. Aaron is planning to stay in this area, although he will continue to travel back and forth to spend time with his 5-year-old son, continue involvement with Jersey City Arts events, and work on multiple business and private mural projects. Aaron was really dismayed at the drug and homeless situation he has seen around our area and California in general and says that he would love to work on some local projects to get kids involved and give them something creative to do. Aaron really enjoys the challenge of doing letterwork and would like to teach how to “keep the structure of letters but getting really funky with it, tweaking them to make it your own.” Maybe a skatepark or graffiti jam — there’s so much untapped talent and potential out there. He’s also thinking he’d really like to start up a West Coast version of a hybrid arts festival, similar to Brick City Jam, to highlight upcoming artists and uplift communities. Whatever he does, it won’t be boring and I’m looking forward to seeing more of what Aaron Trejo does in the future. 

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Taste of Paso • Sip & Savor

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here was much excitement at the inaugural Derby Day Wine Fest staged at Windfall Farms in the mare and foaling barn on May 7. The afternoon turned out to be special, including the fact that 80-1 longshot Rich Strike, a 3-year-old colt and most definite underdog, pulled away in the stretch to finish first. A live stream of this history-making race at the 148th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs was seen on a large screen television by the enthusiastic crowd while sipping some of Paso’s impressive wines including Saxum and an equine-themed cocktail named Horse’s Neck. The sponsoring Rotary Sunrise suggested a Kentucky Derby-style dress code so, yes, women turned out in dazzling threads while, this being Paso, a good number of men’s cowboy hats were spotted in the crowd. Outdoor and indoor rotunda horse paddocks served as tasting cabins with one winery per paddock. Food trucks offered delicious fare. A silent auction table was lined with local wines and lifestyle packages while the central grassy area turned festive with blankets and lawn chairs. Proceeds from the auction and ticket sales were over $20,000 reported at the time of this deadline. The Derby Day Wine Fest was created to replace the Annual Crab Feed, which would have marked its 21st year. And there’s a good reason for the change: It was “due to the crab cost almost tripling,” Steve Baker, founder and winemaker of Circle B Vineyards & Cellars, told me. The event’s normal budget used to be $5,000 to $6,000, but because of the crustaceans’ recent price increase, the cost would have skyrocketed to $15,000. “We didn’t think an increase in price from $75 per ticket to $125-plus would be doable,” Baker said. From the looks of it, the Derby theme was a success, with a crowd of some 200 people, and is poised to be the annual fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Paso Robles Sunrise. “From the feedback

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we got, it surprised us,” said Baker. “Everything came off without a hitch.” Indeed, Baker said that next year’s date has been secured for March 6, 2023. There was an eclectic range of winery participants from the cult label Saxum to Jade Moon, a small production wine available only at Paso’s Odyssey restaurant. Saxum, a rare sight at local wine fests, was the first to sign up for this event, Baker remarked. “Heather and Justin [Smith, owners of Saxum] stepped right up without hesitation,” he said. While Justin Smith was absent from the event (attending his daughter’s college graduation), Saxum’s Victor Lopez and Kacee Fox offered two vintages of Broken Stones — the 2010 rich and juicy blend of sirah and mourvèdre from James Berry and Booker vineyards and the 2012 deep-hued concentrated blend of syrah, mourvèdre, greanche and petit verdot sourced from Booker vineyard. Carl Bowker, founder-winemaker of Caliza, was pouring both Caliza and a new label he calls End of the Day, an everyday affordable wine. “You can enjoy it at the end of the day,” Bowker explained. “These are primary grapes we don’t do at Caliza,” he said of the wines produced from sourced fruit. The lineup ranged from the 2021 albariño to the 2020 Cuvee of zinfandel, mourvèdre and syrah. Part of the proceeds from his sales benefit local ag-related charities. Huw and Dale Morris’ Jade Moon is as local as it gets. The small 300-case production is sourced from Paso fruit and produced at Sculpterra currently through December 2023. The wine is sold exclusively at Paso’s Odyssey restaurant. Dale, assisted by her daughter Siân, poured 2016 vintages of a velvety cabernet sauvignon and

Odyssey, an unusual blend of primitivo, cabinet franc and syrah lush with plum flavors on the palate and soft tannins. For Tommy Booth, a “Jeopardy!” fan, it was ironic to be pouring at this horse farm that once belonged to Alex Trebek. Booth not only makes his own wine under the Wine Boss label but crafts private label wines for a list of clients, among them actor/comedian Kevin Hart. Booth’s production is small, around 50 cases of wine for each of his 12 clients. “It’s quality over quantity, and I try to make unique Rhône and Bordeaux blends,” he said. Among the whites, there were more vibrant albariños at Absolution Cellars and Diablo Paso; refreshing pinot gris at Derby Wine Estates; and a 2021 sauvignon blanc at Tooth and Nail. I savored the 2019 cherry-laced pinot noir at Seven Angel Cellars; and Deno’s superb grenache and mourvèdre blends, the textural 2018 and the riper 2019. Other wineries included Lone Madrone, Tackitt Family Wines, Ranchita Canyon Vineyard, Hearst Ranch, Graveyard, AllBaer, Bodega de Edgar, Locatelli, Zanoli, Caelesta and a selection of spirits at Distillers of SLO County. Aptly named for the members’ morning meetings, the Rotary Sunrise supports local charities and international programs, noted past president Baker . “We have adopted the town of Ile in Mozambique,” Baker said of the group’s current program. “At the start of COVID, we raised money for them for hand-washing stations, masks and informational posters.” The Sunrise group is also working with that government to start a local Rotary chapter. “We go beyond Paso,” said Baker. 

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Taste of Paso • Barbie Butz

Leigh Ann’s Potato Salad Barbie Butz

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s the Rodgers and Hammerstein lyrics imply, “June is bustin’ out all over,” and around these parts, it’s bustin’ with graduations, weddings, wine festivals, barbecues, family reunions, and so much more. Funny how our menus change with the onslaught of summer. We go from those warm and cozy comfort food meals by the fireplace to casual outdoor picnics in a park. I love the way our north county seasonal changes inspire us to “cook with the weather.” Potato Salad is always on my summer menus, and I have a minor collection (and growing) of potato salad recipes. I can’t seem to pass up a new or even an old recipe from a friend for that picnic classic. As a matter of fact, a friend has been visiting from North Carolina, and while here, she prepared her version of the salad for Easter dinner. It was served with baked ham. I now have the recipe for my collection, and I’m sharing it with you.

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Ingredients: 5-6 potatoes, boiled with skins on 2-3 hard-boiled eggs, finely mashed with a fork 2 stalks celery, finely chopped 1 medium onion, finely chopped

4 dill pickle spears, finely chopped 1 handful pimento-stuffed green olives, finely chopped Paprika and fresh chopped parsley

Directions: Wash potatoes, place in large pot, cover with water, and cook until tender but not over-cooked. Remove from pot and peel when cool. Coarsely chop potatoes and put in large bowl. Add eggs, celery, onion, dill pickle, and green olives. In small bowl, mix mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper, dill weed, and a little milk to thin the mayonnaise. Using a wooden spoon or a spatula, mix dressing into potato mixture. If salad is too dry, mix more dressing, thinning with milk. Lightly sprinkle top of salad with paprika and fresh chopped parsley. Here’s another salad for your summer “people-gathering” menus. Potato salad and coleslaw have always been go-together offerings for picnics and barbecues. There are probably as many recipes for coleslaw as there are for potato salad. This is a lower-fat version of the classic recipe and uses nonfat Greek yogurt and less mayonnaise.

Creamy Coleslaw Ingredients for slaw: 1 large carrot, grated 1 head cabbage, finely chopped Ingredients for dressing: 3 tablespoons sugar 2/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish 1/3 cup mayonnaise (I like Best Foods) 1⁄2 teaspoon salt 2 ounces vinegar (cider, white wine, or rice wine) Directions: Chop cabbage into 1/8 to 1⁄4 inch pieces in a food processor or by hand. Put cabbage and grated carrot in a large bowl. Whisk dressing ingredients together in a medium bowl. Taste dressing and adjust if desired. Add the dressing to the cabbage (using less than full amount if desired), stirring to coat evenly. Best if made at least 2 hours ahead or the day before.

Additional Dressing

Note: I’m including this recipe for an optional dressing. Use the same ingredients and directions for the cabbage, using the following dressing recipe. Ingredients: 1 cup sour cream 1⁄2 cup mayonnaise 1⁄4 cup vinegar (cider, white wine, or rice wine)

5 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 heaping teaspoon horseradish Follow same directions for this dressing as given in the above recipe.

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ach Sunday, a community that feels more like family gathers for worship on top of a hill in Heritage Ranch. Following their services, everyone gathers to barbecue and enjoy the afternoon together for a meal and a good time. Hilltop Christian Fellowship Pastor Perry Morris and his wife Sonja sits on a hill in Heritage Ranch near Lake Nacimiento. Their head Pastor Perry Morris explains, “We’re just having a lot of fun at this church being a big family.” The original hilltop church was opened in 1980. Since then, several fellowships have come and gone, but in 2016, the Hilltop Christian Fellowship was born. They are a non-denominational church that welcomes all to join them in the worship and knowledge of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. “We’re just a bunch of regular folks doing church together,” Morris said. Morris is the fellowship lead pastor and serves alongside Pastor Jerry Gruber. Their mission statement comes in four parts, all tying into them being a family with a purpose: The Church is a Family: A place to know and be known. A place of belonging, love, acceptance, and forgiveness. A family with a purpose. The Church is a Hospital: A place for healing and mercy. A place to bind up the brokenhearted and the hurting being set free. The Church is a School: A place of equipping and training for both

life and ministry. A place where you find what you are made for. Being a people of the Spirit and the Word. The Church is a Army: A place of salt and light to the community around them. A place of benevolence to the lost and the stray. Going from being an audience to being an army of His love and Kingdom. Every Friday, the fellowship holds its Celebrate Recovery ministry. In Celebrate Recovery, the community of Hilltop helps each other and anyone who wishes to join through their hardships. “Some people don’t want to go to traditional recovery programs,” Morris said. “Or they go there, and they realize it’s not for me, and this gives them an opportunity.” In this loving Christian environment, they all bring their hurts, habits, and hangups, allowing them to receive support from others and healing. They believe you can be set free from your past and current hurts and truly Celebrate Recovery. The Hilltops youth group and youth bible study meet every week. Each week, they meet to play games (which often involve nerf guns), sing, and form friendships. Additionally, the fellowship supports a congregation in Kenya led by Pastor Tom Adede and the Down Bikers ministry, which serves those hurt in motorcycle accidents. Monthly they ride with the Christian Motorcyclist Association. There are plenty of ministry groups and outreach programs that Hilltop Christian Fellowship involves itself in. But most of all, they are a family just having a good time — which usually involves food. Services are every Sunday starting at 10:30 a.m. at 2085 Gateway Road in Heritage Ranch and are streamed live online. For more information on Hilltop Christian Fellowship, visit hcfpr.com. 

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Oak Leaf • Paso Robles Chamber

Annual Gala Returns By Camille DeVaul

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fter a year away, the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Gala at Rava Wines on May 7, with Joel Peterson, Executive Director of Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, as the Master of Ceremonies for the second time. “We had a lovely time,” said Chamber Events Coordinator Shanay Brown. “Everybody seemed to be happy to be back together again and to be able to once again hold this lovely tradition that we sorely missed last year.” Traditionally the gala is held each year to welcome new board members and celebrate the Roblan of the Year. The last gala was held in February of 2020, just before the lockdown hit the nation in March. Unfortunately, 2021 did not allow for ease in restrictions, so as a result, the chamber had to cancel the event last year with the hope that 2022 would allow for the return of the gala, and it did. This year the chamber decided to make up for the lost time and honor two Roblans of the Year; the Paso Robles Magazine was able to feature them both in our April issue. The gala filled with over 200 attendees honored Pat Bland as the 2020 Roblan of the Year and Brian Thorndyke as the 2021 Roblan of the Year. In addition, Cal Coast Beer Co. was honored with the Beautification of the Year award. “Celebrate Togetherness” was the theme of this year’s event, which played off our heartstrings being apart for so long. “It represented not just the togetherness of being able to do an event but Paso and Templeton’s chambers coming together,” explained Shanay. “So there are a lot of reasons why that meant something. I think you could feel that people were excited to be together again.” This year marks the first gala as the Paso Robles

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and Templeton chambers are in the process of Their fellow board members include: merging. The two chambers announced their Rex Caudle merger on New Year’s Day, uniting more than Rich Clayton 1,000 businesses. “As we navigate this new Jim Cogan merger, we are going to make sure we honor Lisa Colwell both communities,” added Shanay. Robert Covarrubias A tradition brought into this year’s gala from Elizabeth Covert the Templeton Chamber was Business of the Dr. Maria Escobedo Shonna Howenstine Year. McPhee’s Grill was this year’s recipient. Kathy Kelly Max McPhee received the honor on behalf of his Sarah Martin father, Ian, who was unable to attend the event. Kathy Nutt Notable guests of the evening included: Victor Popp U.S. Congressman Jimmy Panetta, Stephanie Roberts representing California’s 20th District Debbie Thomas Senator John Laird of California Mike Talen Senate District 17 Thomas White Ashley Wilken Kelley Abbas, representative from the office of Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (35th District) While the chamber turned 100 years Mary Strobridge, board president of Cuesta old in 2020, there are some blurred lines College Board of Trustees District 5 and missing records indicating when they started the gala or even electing Roblans Paso Robles Mayor Pro Tem John Hamon of the Year. Paso Robles Councilman Steve Gregory Regardless, their mission has remained Nathan Williams, PRJUSD the same — promote economic vitality, Board of Trustees member empower leaders, champion businesses, Also present were Paso Robles Police Chief foster civic engagement, and honor Damian Nord, Paso Robles Joint Unified School our history. District Superintendent Dr. Curt Dubost, Paso Shanay’s final note of the night was, Robles City Manager Ty Lewis, and Paso Robles “And a great time was held by all.”  Mayor Pro Tem John Hamon. Farewells were given to the outgoing board members Malani Anderson, John Arnold, Fred Bruen, William Enholm, Warren Frace, Nicholas Mattson, Reilly Newman, Julie Richardson, Mark Samsow, and Darryl Stolz. Following their goodbyes, the 2022 board of directors was installed, with Steven Herring elected as the 2022 Chairman of the Board and Isiah Gomer as 2021 Chairman of the Board.

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Oak Leaf • Paso Robles & Templeton Chamber

Business of the Year:

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cPhee’s Grill sits in the heart of Main Street in Templeton — and when you’re on Main Street, it’s a given that you have hometown values and good food. I think it’s safe to say that McPhee’s Grill holds up all of those expectations. In May, McPhee’s Grill was honored as Business of the Year, a traditional award given by the Templeton Chamber of Commerce, who this year merged with Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce. It’s not the first time the restaurant has been honored with the award, but the feeling of being appreciated by the community hasn’t diminished. “We love the community so much, and we love to see it come back to us,” said Max McPhee, who runs the restaurant with his dad Ian. “They appreciate us, and we appreciate them so much. It’s important they know that as well.” In April, the restaurant celebrated 28 years since it first opened on Main Street in 1994. Ian McPhee came to the Central Coast after he was offered a football scholarship to play at Cal Poly. While at Cal Poly, Ian worked at Vista Grande on campus and gained more experience working for other restaurants in San Luis Obispo. Those Cal Poly years led Ian to opening Ian’s in Cambria and then Main Street Grill. He operated the restaurants through the ‘80s before making his move to Templeton. Many of McPhee’s employees have been there since the start. “I have pictures of several of my guys in the kitchen holding me while I was in diapers,” said Max, “They have worked for us my entire life.” Max grew up on Templeton’s Main Street and started working in his family’s restaurant when he was 13 as a busser. Now he works alongside his dad as the first face customers see when they enter the grill. For some, working alongside their parents sounds like a nightmare. But to Max, he wouldn’t have it any other way. “We work so well together it’s perfect — I’m in heaven,” he said. Max goes on to describe the trust he and his father have with each other. While Ian has taken a step back to let his son take on more responsibility, there is always at least one McPhee there to greet you at the door. To Max, McPhee’s embodies the hometown spirit. It is where people

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can come to celebrate life’s special moments and also where they can be regulars, and everyone knows their name. “My goal here is to make sure everybody feels as welcome as possible and feel at home,” he says. Adding to its commitment to the community, McPhee’s strives to use as many local ingredients as possible. The restaurant has established great relationships with local producers of vegetables, cheese, wine, and almost anything it can get its hands on. “We go almost out of our way to make sure we stay local,” explained Max. Recently, the father and son expanded the McPhee’s restaurant family. In October 2020, Max and Ian opened the McPhee’s Canteen located in Tin City on Limestone Way in Paso Robles. While McPhee’s Grill was closed during COVID shutdowns, Ian and Max got a little restless. They were presented with an opportunity to open a second location in Tin City, and that was that. Since its inception, McPhee’s Canteen has primarily been under Max’s care which has been fun and new for him. The Canteen has become the McPhee’s lunch and weekend hangout spot for many locals. Being in the local beer district, Max tries to bring in some lesser-known local brews into the Canteen. Max has brought some favorite lunch menu items from McPhee’s Grill, which is not currently serving lunch. Overall, Max and Ian are grateful for the community’s endless support, along with all the employees who have stuck with them for so long. “I love the community and my employees,” said Max. And McPhee’s commitment to Templeton is evident. Each year they host breakfast for the graduating seniors at Templeton High School. Often, that is the last day all the students will be together in the same room, and it’s a memory everyone counts on making. Some of us will even visit the grill twice on graduation day — no judgment there. So whether you are in McPhee’s Grill to celebrate or for just a regular night, Max, Ian, and their staff are sure to make it a special one. And Max will be there waiting to greet you at the door. “It is so nice to see everyone’s smiling faces,” he said. 

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Ian (left) and and a younger Max McPhee at McPhee’s Grill in Templeton. Max started working as a busser at age 13 and now helps run McPhee’s with his dad

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Oak Leaf • Rodeo

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By Camille DeVaul

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he San Luis Obispo County Sheriff ’s Department held its inaugural Sheriff ’s Rodeo on Saturday, May 14, and the community was ready for it. More than 4,000 people were in attendance. The original plan for the sheriff ’s rodeo was to debut in 2020 but had to be postponed twice due to covid restrictions, but it was well worth the wait. “Everything went phenomenal. It was a huge success,” Commander Chad Nicholson explained. Held in the Grandstand Arena at the Paso Robles Event Center, the rodeo was followed by a concert performance by country music duo Joe & Martina. Families and friends gathered on the rodeo grounds to dance during the concert.

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“We wanted to produce a family-filled event where the community could come together and celebrate togetherness, the sport of rodeo, law enforcement, and the western way of life,” Nicholson shared. Eight different events were held at the rodeo finals: open team roping, sort n rope, #10 roping, breakaway, sorting, barrel racing, steer wrestling, and JR team roping. Contestants competed at the SLO Sheriff ’s Rodeo Qualifier event held at the RCR River Ranch Arena a few weeks prior. Seventy-five contestants tried their hand at becoming the first to win a buckle at the inaugural rodeo. The event winners were: • Open Team Roping — Cody Mora / Dalton Pearce

• Sort N Rope — Dalton Pearce / Brinan Varian • #10 Roping — Cody Mora / Shaylee Baxley • Breakaway — Jaycet Tweedy • Sorting — Joanie Ketchum, Ryan Pascoe, Chad Nicholson • Barrel Race — Cheri Kelly • JR Team Roping — Noah Cervantes / Trey White When planning the rodeo, Nicholson wanted to create a modified timed event rodeo mixed with ranch roping, allowing more locals to join the fun. Announcing the rodeo was Drew Stewart, who came out from Oklahoma to lend his voice. He was joined by Professional Rodeo Cowboy

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eo o Association (PRCA) music director and announcer Taveon Harlston. As a special addition to the rodeo, two North County deputies were honored for their heroism alongside their spouses. Nick Dreyfus, who was shot in the face in June of 2020 while responding to an active shooter call in Paso Robles, was honored along with Richard “Ted” Lehnhoff, who was shot in the leg in a shootout at the Templeton Cemetery in September of 2020. “We honored them for their heroism through those shootings, both involved in the North County and both North County deputies,” Nicholson explained. Plans are already in the works for next year’s rodeo, and according to Nicholson it will be even bigger and better. Attendees can expect to see the same great rodeo with some added variations and vendors. “We want to make this an annual event, and it will be,” Nicholson said. All proceeds for the rodeo support the Sheriff ’s Advisory Foundation (SAF), which supplements the needs of law enforcement throughout the county. Stay up to date on next year’s rodeo visit slosheriffsrodeo.com 

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Oak Leaf • Film Festival

WWII DC-3 “Into Flight Once More” By Camille DeVaul

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t has been 78 years since Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy for what would later be known as the turning point in World War II. That day was June 6, 1944 — D-Day. More than 160,000 troops landed on the 50-mile stretch of the French coastline that day for an operation that would result in over 9,000 wounded and dead troops but also allowed more than 100,000 allied forces to push on and begin the downfall of the Nazi regime. In 2019, D-Day Squadron, a nonprofit organization, made it their mission to recreate the infamous day for its 75th anniversary. They documented the process, interviewing WWII veterans throughout the journey. Narrated by Gary Sinise, the documentary takes viewers through the original film of the day to “the present through the lens of one squadron and their epic recreation journey across the North Atlantic to Normandy for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.” Originally planned to premiere in 2020, the film is finally making its way to big screens this year. World War II DC-3 plane “Spirit of Benovia” flew over San Luis Obispo last month to commemorate the premiere of “Into Flight Once More” at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. The Spirit of Benovia was just one of the planes used in the recreation of D-Day and flew to Europe in 2019 for the project. Paso Robles Press Magazine/ Atascadero News Magazine was invited to participate in the flyover on Wednesday, April 27, to celebrate the premiere. The flyover started at the Estrella Warbirds Museum in Paso Robles. Then, following the timeline of narration at the film’s premiere, the Spirit of Benovia flew over downtown SLO with a plane wave to the crowd below. The Spirit of Benovia was first

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flown in 1942 to support the Allied Forces against Japan during World War II. Following its war career, it was sold to the Civil Air Transport in Taiwan and helped transport Chinese nationalists from China to Taiwan following the Communists’ takeover. Throughout filming, the crew met veterans at each stop of the journey from the United States to France, joining with more planes that flew during wartime. The crew visited Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland, the U.K., and finally France before heading back to the U.S. World War II veteran men and women tell their stories and experiences through the war in the film. Along with the Spirit of Benovia, 14 other DC-3 planes flew to France for the recreation of D-Day: • Pan Am Express • That’s All Brother • D-Day Doll • Betsy’s Biscuit Bomber • Miss Virginia • Virginia Ann • Flabobb Express • Placid Lacie

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Oak Leaf • SLOCOEDU

Fu t u r e Careers Locally Grown James Brescia, Ed.D.

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question all Americans should ponder is how we guide the next generation. Community leaders hope for solid, decent, wellrounded young people who will value their families, strengthen their communities, and uphold the democratic values of our civil society. The future of humanity depends on success in fostering the next generations’ healthy intellectual development and curiosity. The students that live in our community today are the citizens, leaders, workers, and parents of tomorrow. If we invest wisely in these young people who are our greatest assets, the next generation will pay that investment back with productivity, civic engagement, and responsible citizenship. If we fail to invest in building a solid foundation, we put our future prosperity and our national security at risk. Tools for fostering engagement such as apprenticeships, internships, Career and Technical Education (CTE), and summer employment are programs that promote a path for today’s youth. The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education (SLOCOE) has fostered a partnership with the County of San Luis Obispo to boost youth employment, apprenticeships and expand our childcare workforce. Apprenticeships are industry-driven, high-quality career pathways developed in partnership with

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employers. These programs are often called internships, job awareness programs, or work experience. The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, the Workforce Development Board, Cuesta College, and SLO Partners are all committed to making use of our American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to enhance and expand paid apprenticeships, on-thejob learning experiences, CTE, job mentorships, and employer accepted job certifications. Investment in these programs allows employers to recruit and develop a diverse and skilled workforce, improve profitability, minimize employee turnover, and create flexible training opportunities. Many apprentices, interns, and on-the-job learning participants become regular or seasonal employees. San Luis Obispo County employers report that these programs provide a pipeline of skilled employees, reduce recruiting costs, and better match employee skills with workplace needs. The SLOCOE Ticket2Teach program inspires future Early Childhood Educators by providing tuition assistance while completing Cuesta College’s Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE), guiding participants through the ECE permit process, and supporting access to pathways to advance employment. Applications for Ticket2Teach are online at ticket2teach.org. By leveraging existing SLOCOE programs, the funds provided by the Board of Supervisors support a collaborative

consortium of local partners, including the SLO County Child Care Planning Council, CAPSLO Child Care Resource Connection, Quality Counts SLO County, First5 SLO County, and the We Are the Care Initiative. All partners are engaged in the shared development and implementation of this ARPA Child Care Funding Plan to support San Luis Obispo County in growing a skilled ECE workforce. Our newly approved Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Services program is structured to provide pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs in online and in-person formats serving disadvantaged populations who often lack capacity in school schedules or have dropped out of school. The SLOCOE Youth Services program facilitates in-school and out-of-school paid and unpaid work-based experiences in partnership with apprenticeship programs, Cuesta College, and adult education. Work-based learning opportunities, including apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship offered by SLOCOE and SLO Partners, assist students in developing soft skills, basic job skills, and work experience skills expected of applicants in highly competitive hiring processes seen among many San Luis Obispo County employers. SLOCOE and SLO Partners have data-supported programs that serve students who are disabled, second-language speakers, disadvantaged, and under-represented in exploring career

pathways. The collaborative efforts of our community provide space for employers across the county to facilitate career pathways. For example, although Pacific, Gas, and Electric (PG&E), the largest private employer in the area, represents a specific industry sector (Energy, Environment, and Utilities), the company employs workers in Informations Communications Technology (ICT), engineering, product design, and hospitality. In addition to providing workplace opportunities for students in multiple pathways and giving significant financial support each year to education, PG&E has a representative advising our workforce development programs. The SLOCOE in-school and out-of-school programs also provide time for tutoring to ensure participants acquire the academic skills to compete successfully for apprenticeships and job placements. These partnerships foster sustainability by leveraging funds from SLOCOE, our CTE Foundation, employers, the Workforce Development Board, the California Department of Rehabilitation, the Adult Education Block Grant, First5, and the Extended Learning Opportunity Grant. I thank the Board of Supervisors, the Workforce Development Board, First5, CAPSLO, Cuesta College, SLO Partners, partner agencies, and local employers for investing in our next generation. As your county superintendent of schools, I am committed to promoting future locally grown careers. 

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‘An Evening Of Aloha’ Brings Fentanyl Awareness to North County

By Camille DeVaul

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riends, family, and local community members gathered at the Colony Park Community Center in Atascadero on Saturday, April 30, for the Second Annual “Evening of Aloha.” The event, put on by the Velci family, promotes fentanyl awareness and raises money for the Emilio Velci Aloha Project in memory of their late son. “My son passed away when he was deceived into thinking he was getting a pharmaceutical-grade Percocet, and in reality, it was a counterfeit pill made of fentanyl, and he passed away,” Emilio’s mother, Cammie Velci, explained. “He went home and played video games and passed away at home. He was found the next day.” Cammie Velci dedicated “An Evening of Aloha” to the parents and siblings who’ve lost their siblings and children to fentanyl homicide. “I had never known about fentanyl and never known about the drug culture and what was going on out there,” Cammie said. “And so I started doing my research, and I decided to do awareness and create awareness for our community and our county in saying what is going on about the counterfeit pills and the illicit drugs laced with Fentanyl.” Stories from other families who lost a loved one to fentanyl poisoning were also shared at the event, and a mother from Gilroy spoke about her son, who she lost in March 2020, the same month and year that Emilio passed away. “It was devastating to find out what has been going on in our state and our country,” Cammie said. “It’s a complete tragedy of the amount of people dying every day.” San Luis Obispo County Assistant District Attorney Eric Dobroth gave a speech in lieu of County District Attorney Dan Dow, who was called away on business the night of the event. Eric went on to say that fentanyl is being cut into other illicit drugs like methamphetamines, heroin, powder cocaine, and fake pharmaceutical pills. He explained that as little as 2mg of fentanyl can kill an average male adult. He also gave the fentanyl stats for San Luis Obispo County from the Sheriff ’s Coroner’s Office. In 2018, out of 44 drug-related overdose deaths, three involved fentanyl. In 2019, out of 53 drug-related overdose deaths, 12 involved fentanyl. In 2020, out of 88 drug-related overdose deaths, 34 involved

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fentanyl. In 2021, out of 123 drug-related overdose deaths, 74 involved fentanyl. District Attorney Dan Dow is currently working on the Velci family’s case. “I created this foundation to create awareness, to educate the public on what is going on, and to give back,” Cammie said. “My son was very generous, and he truly never met a stranger. I decided to give scholarships to the high schools and give back and support youth athletics at the Atascadero Recreation Center.” Emilio was a referee and coach at the Atascadero Recreation Center. The center honored him by putting his jersey on the wall. “[“An Evening of Aloha” is] a way to raise awareness because this is such a crisis, and also, at the same time, we want to give back,” Cammie said. “One hundred percent of the proceeds go back into our community. None of us have paid positions in the foundation, we are all considered volunteers, and 100 percent goes back into the community. We are giving away three scholarships to Atascadero High School and two scholarships to Paloma Creek this year.” Cammie and her three surviving sons issued scholarships to the recipients at scholarship night. Students were asked to write an essay on what “aloha” means to them. The five scholarships awarded are each worth $500, and the foundation was also able to purchase jerseys for the youth basketball program. The Velci family, who are from Hawaii, decided to name the foundation The Emilio Velci Aloha Project because of aloha’s many meanings. “Aloha has many meanings, and a big one is love and sharing, and so that’s the name,” added Cammie. You could feel the aloha spirit at the event, where Zoe’s Hawaiian BBQ from Santa Maria catered, and DJ Joy Bonner MC’d and provided music. The event also included hula dancing, a silent auction, and a fashion show featuring clothes from Farron Elizabeth and Bloke. Both stores, owned by Farron Elizabeth, had pop-up shops at the event, and Farron Elizabeth donated 20 percent of all sales the night of the event to the foundation. To find out more about the Emilio Velci Aloha Project and to donate, visit emiliovelcialohaproject.com. 

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Paso Robles Library 1000 Spring St. • (805) 237-3870 • Mon-Fri 9-7 and Sat 9-4 Children’s Library Activities • Mondays Preschool Storytime (3-6yrs) in person on the Children’s patio with Miss Melissa, 10:00a. Registration required. Craft activity kit for participants to take home! • Tuesdays Try It! (all ages) with Miss Melissa, 4:00 p on Facebook. Craft activity kit available for pick up starting Wednesdays. • Wednesdays Animal Tales Story Time & Craft (1st-5th grades) with Miss Frances, 2:30 p on Facebook. Craft activity kit available for pick up starting the Monday before. • Thursdays Mother Goose on the Loose (0-18mos) with Miss Carrie, 9:00 a on Facebook. • Fridays Toddler Story Time & Craft (1-3yrs) with Miss Cappy, 10:00 a on Facebook. Craft activity kit available for pick up starting the Monday before.

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GOVERNMENT Paso Robles • City Council 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 6:30 p at Council Chambers • 1000 Spring Street • Senior Citizens Advisory Committee 2nd Monday, 1:30 p at the Paso Robles Senior Center • 321 S. Main Street #C, Templeton, CA 93465 • Parks & Rec. Advisory Committee 2nd Monday, 4:00 p at Centennial Park Live Oak Room • 600 Nickerson Road • Planning Commission 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 6:30 p at the City of Paso Robles Library Conference Room • 1000 Spring Street • Paso Robles Democratic Club 3rd Wednesday, 6:30 p at Centennial Park White Oak Room • 600 Nickerson

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• Library Board of Trustees 2nd Thursday, 9:00 a at City of Paso Robles Library • 1000 Spring Street • Airport Commission 4th Thursday, every other month, 6:30 p at 4900 Wing Way, Paso Robles For general info, call City Hall M-F 8:00 a - 5:00 p at (805) 227-7276. Visit prcity.com for virtual & up to date meeting info.

Santa Margarita • Area Advisory Council 1st Wednesday, 7:00 p at Santa Margarita Community Hall • 22501 I St. Visit: smaaconline.org for more information.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS Cancer Support Community Providing support, education and hope 1051 Las Tablas Road, Templeton • (805) 238-4411 • Visit: cscslo.org for more info Cancer Support Helpline • (888) 793-9355, 6 a.m.- 6 p.m. PST. Special Programs Email programs@cscslo.org for Zoom links • Every Wednesday • Tai Chi Chih | Virtual via Zoom• 10:00 - 11:00a • Mindfulness Hour | Virtual via Zoom • 11:30a - 12:30a • 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month • Grief Support Group | Virtual via Zoom • 1:30p - 2:30p • 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month • Adv. Cancer Support Group | Virtual • 10:00 - 11:00a • 2nd Wednesday of each month • Caregiver Support Group | Virtual • 10:00 - 11:00a • 2nd Thursday of each month • Cancer Patient Support Group | Virtual • 11:00a - 12:00p • 2nd Tuesday of each month • Young Survivor Support Group | Hybrid • 6:00 - 7:30pYoung Survivor Support Group | Virtual• 1:30 - 2:30 p

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Pastor Miguel Alvarado (805) 610-2930 Bridge Christian Church Centennial Park Banquet Room 600 Nickerson Dr. Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Tim Mensing (805) 975-7178 Calvary Chapel Paso Robles 1615 Commerce Way Service: Sunday at 9 a.m., Wednesday at 7 p.m. Pastor Aaron Newman (805) 239-4295 Christian Life Center 1744 Oak St. Service Time: 9:30 a.m. Home Groups during the week Preschool: Christian Life Early Learning Ctr. Pastor Guy Drummond (805) 238-3366 Christian Science Services 17th & Chestnut Streets Service: 10 a.m. Sunday & 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 7 p.m. (805) 238-3833 Church of Christ 3545 Spring St. (Corner 36th & Spring) Service: Sunday, 11 a.m. Evangelist Bob Champion (805) 286-5875 Sam Hogan (310) 602-9516 Delbert Arthurs (805) 238-4412 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1020 Creston Rd. Service: 9 a.m. (805) 238-4216 Missionaries: (805) 366-2363 Covenant Presbyterian Church 1450 Golden Hill Rd. Service: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Pastor Dan Katches (805)238-6927 covenantpaso.com Belong Central Coast 905 Vine St. meets @ NCCF Service: Sunday 3 p.m. Senior Leaders: Pep & Angie Robey (661) 205-7853 Family Worship Center 616 Creston Rd. Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Patrick Sheean (805) 239-4809 First Baptist Church 1645 Park St. Pastor Michael R. Garman Services: 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Discipleship 10 a.m. (805) 238-4419 First Mennonite Church 2343 Park St. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Romero (805) 238-2445

First United Methodist 915 Creston Rd. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Josh Zulueta (805) 238-2006 Grace Baptist Church 535 Creston Rd. Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Gary Barker (805) 238-3549 Highlands Church Corner S. River and Niblick | 215 Oak Hill Services: 10 am on the upper lawn 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 Charles Reece (805) 238-4300 www.pasonaz.com Paso Robles Community Church 2706 Spring St. Service: 9:00 a.m. Pastor Shawn Penn (805) 239-4771 www.pasochurch.com Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC Thirteenth & Oak Street Service: 10 a.m. Rev. Wendy Holland (805) 238-3321 Poder de Dios Centro Familiar 500 Linne Road, Suite D Services: Sun. 4:30p.m., Wed. 7p.m. Pastors: Frank and Isabel Diaz (805) 264-9322 / (805) 621-4199 Redeemer Baptist Church Kermit King Elementary School 700 Schoolhouse Circle Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Christopher Cole (805) 238-4614

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Second Baptist Church 1937 Riverside Ave. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Gary Jordon (805) 238-2011 St. James Episcopal Church 1335 Oak St. Services: 8 a.m. (Rite I), 10 a.m. (Rite II) Reverend Barbara Miller (805) 238-0819 St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church 820 Creston Rd. Daily Mass- 12:00 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. Tues. 7 p.m. Spanish Saturday 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Spanish Vigil Mass Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.; Spanish Mass at 12:30PM Father Rudolfo Contreras (805) 238-2218 The Revival Center 3850 Ramada Dr., Ste. A-3 Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Gabe Abdelaziz (805) 434-5170 The Light of the World Church 2055 Riverside Ave. Services: Everyday, 6 p.m. Sundays 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. Pastor Bonifacio Robles (612) 990-4701 Trinity Lutheran Church 940 Creston Rd. Worship Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Steve Willweber (805) 238-3702 Victory Baptist Church 3850 Ramada Dr. Ste D4 Sundays - 10 & 11 a.m. Wednesday - 6:30 p.m. Pastor Bruce Fore (805) 221-5251 vbcpaso.org Victory Outreach Paso Robles 3201 Spring Street, Paso Robles Ca Services: Sunday,10:30 a.m. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Pastor Pete Torres (805) 536-0035 TEMPLETON Bethel Lutheran Church 295 Old County Rd. Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Amy Beveridge (805) 434-1329 Celebration Worship Center Pentecostal Church of God 988 Vineyard Drive Pastor Roy Spinks Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. (805) 610-9819 Central Coast Center for Spiritual Living 689 Crocker St. Service: 10 a.m. Rev. Elizabeth Rowley (805) 242-3180

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 hello@lccpaso.org 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) 10:00 am (Bilingual) 12:00 pm (English) 5:00 pm (Spanish) Father Eleazar Diaz Gaytan (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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Battle of Palmito Ranch.” Approximately 300 miles north, Maj. Gen. Granger rode into Galveston with his announcement less than 40 days later, and the day would live on as a true day of celebration for the end of state-sanctioned slavery in the United States. While the Emancipation Proclamation was far more famous, ringing the words of President Lincoln in the heart of the nation, it was Granger’s announcement that gave birth to the holiday, Juneteenth. According to the National Archives, “Although the Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in the nation, it captured the hearts and imagination of millions of Americans and fundamentally transformed the character of the war. After January 1, 1863, every advance of federal troops expanded the domain of freedom.” Moreover, the Proclamation announced the acceptance of black men into the Union Army and Navy, enabling the liberated to become liberators. By the end of the war, almost 200,000 black soldiers and sailors had fought for the Union and freedom.” With new vigor, Union soldiers battled against a DIRECTORY TO OUR ADVERTISERS This issue of Paso Robles Magazine brought to you by Five Star Rain Gutters............................... 29 Frontier Floors.......................................... 17 General Store Paso Robles...................... 17 Golden Reverse Mortgage...................... 47 Hamon Overhead Door........................... 29 Harvest Senior Living, LLC....................... 49 Hearing Aid Specialists Of The Central Coast............................................................3 Heidi’s Cafe............................................... 14 Hilltop Christian Fellowship.................... 32

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ferocious Confederate Army for another two and a half years after Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Ironically, the Second Battle of Galveston also happened on January 1, 1863. A land-sea attack by Confederate Maj. Gen. John B. Magruder successfully retook the island of Galveston and forced the Union out to sea. The Civil War waged on with 257 more battles in 29 months after the famous Emancipation Proclamation, according to the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission. The end of the Civil War came not with a bang, but a whimper as 800 soldiers on both sides fought the Battle of Palmito Ranch, which the Confederate army won — on the southern-most land to hold a battle in the war. But the final Confederate victory was of little to-do, as the announcement by Maj. Gen. Granger was a proclamation of victory for the Union and the end of the practice of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth today stands as the day in history when the proclamation that “all slaves are free” was made in all corners of the nation. The holiday had gained attention in the latter part of the 20th century, but the celebration of the holiday remains concentrated in southern states, especially in Texas, where it has been celebrated for more than 150 years. In 2020, then-President Donald Trump announced Juneteenth would be made a national holiday; and it become official when the Senate unanimously passed a resolution and then signed into law by President Joe Biden on June 17, 2021, which established June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. The now federal holiday is culturally significant to all Americans as the announcement of the end of state-sanctioned slavery and the unceremonious end of the most deadly war in American history.  Odyssey World Cafe................................. 43 Optometric Care Associates..................... 13 Orchard & Vineyard Supply..................... 11 Paso Robles District Cemetery................. 47 Paso Robles Handyman.......................... 47 Paso Robles Safe and Lock....................... 35 Paso Robles Waste & Recycle.................. 11 Red Scooter Deli....................................... 47 Robert Fry M.D.......................................... 39 Robert Hall Winery......................................2 San Luis Obispo County Office of Education............................................. 43

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