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VOTE FOR KENNEY ENNEY

Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Trustee

SPECIAL ELECTION: APRIL 18, 2023

Kenney Enney Was Unfairly Removed and Made to Run in A Special Election!

Mr. Enney was terminated from the School Board after he demanded that links to harmful material be removed from the schools web site.

• Mr. Enney demanded that parents be informed that their children may have been exposed to grooming and explicit material on the school web site.

• The person who posted the links circulated a petition to remove Mr. Enney and call for a special election. Some teachers reported they were pressured to sign the petition and it succeeded in having Mr. Enney lose his seat on the Board.

• This was part of an effort by some teachers, the teachers union and county bureaucrats to flip the school board and allow liberal progressives to take over.

• The new school board will certainly vote to enforce policies that indoctrinate students with progressive ideology and support their agenda to encourage transgenderism at the expense of academics.

Taxpayer Dollars Spent Need To Maximize Results High Cost, Low Results

Each year taxpayers spend $13,817 per student to attend Paso Robles public schools. Paso Robles High School has a graduation rate of 94%, but math proficiency for the Class of 2023 will be only 25%. Status quo is no longer an option. We need strong leadership to give our children the future they deserve.

Kenney Enney will fight to maintain high academic standards and focus on the needs of children.

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Best of 2023

As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Best of North SLO County, we want to take a moment to reflect on the journey that brought us here. When we adopted the local newspapers in September 2019, we knew that we wanted to highlight the Best of North SLO County in a way that would showcase the incredible businesses and people that make our community so special. And so, we started adding a special issue each year in March 2019 to recognize the winners from our readers' poll.

Being that it is the 10th anniversary, we wanted to make this issue even more special and memorable. We wanted to showcase all the winners in a way that would give them the recognition they deserve for their hard work and dedication to our community. We hope that you will take the time to appreciate all the incredible businesses and individuals who have made it to the top of the list this year.

However, we also want to acknowledge that the last three years have been extremely challenging for everyone, and every business in our community deserves recognition for the truly heroic feat they all endured to make it to where we are today. Despite the obstacles that have come our way, our community has remained resilient, and we are so proud to be a part of it.

We are thrilled that this year's Best of North SLO County issue is not only special in content, but also in format. As you can see we have put together a 68-page perfect bound book filled with the winners of our readers' poll. This book is mailed out to every home and business in the North County, so you can have easy access to the results and keep them for years to come.

We hope that you find inspiration as you go through the list of winners. Each of these businesses and individuals have worked incredibly hard to earn their spot, and we are so proud to showcase them in this special issue. It is because of the support of you, our community that these businesses are able to thrive, and we are honored to be a part of this celebration.

We want to take this opportunity to thank you, the readers, for your continued support and for truly being the Best of North SLO County. Your votes and enthusiasm have made this issue possible, and we are grateful for your involvement in our community.

As you peruse through the pages of this special edition, we hope that you will take a moment to reflect on the incredible impact that each of these businesses and individuals have had on our community. We are so fortunate to have such a supportive and inspiring community, and we look forward to many more years of celebrating the Best of North SLO County together.

We hope you enjoy this special editon of Paso Robles Magazine. Hayley and Nic

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The Event Calendar for March in Downtown Paso Robles will be quiet. We'll take this month to prepare for early April when our Calendar of Events opens and continues monthly through the end of 2023.

That doesn't mean it's all quiet on the home front. Paso is always busy.

Our first full moon is on Tuesday, March 6. It's our "Worm Moon," representing the earthworms that come up with the warming of the soil. These worms provide food for the birds and other animals. It's also called the "Crow Moon" because the crows return home after the winter.

On March 12, we spring forward into Daylight Savings Time. This is called "The Sunshine Protection Act." It was adopted to reduce crime, encourage kids to play outside, and is believed to lower the risk of heart attacks and car accidents. There are pros and cons on these theories, so until the powersthat-be can agree on whether or not to continue the clock change ritual twice a year ... we're stuck! It's strange because if left alone, our days will naturally start getting longer without the clock. The "Vernal Equinox" is on March 21 when our daylight and darkness have equal hours (12) and the days get longer until the "September Equinox" when the daylight and darkness are again equal hours (12) and the days begin to get shorter again.

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"I don't mind Daylight Saving Time," Victor Borge once said. "With inflation, the hour will be the only thing I've saved all year." Albert Einstein said, "The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen all at once."

Friday, March 17, is Saint Patrick's Day. It's a celebration for those who have an Irish heritage. There are parades, people wearing green shamrocks, and drinking green beer and Irish whiskey. It's estimated that 10 percent of the population in the United States is Irish.

On April 1, Main Street will have The Easter Bunny in the Holiday House on 12th and Park Streets from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., bringing the kids treats and surprises. It's always a special time for photos with the bunny. The Easter Bunny tradition began in the 1700s with the Christian German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania. The bunny brought colored eggs to good little girls and boys. The eggs were the symbol of fertility, rebirth, and new life as part of the springtime celebration of Easter. Later chocolates and toys were added.

Our downtown is always crowded. We have so many wonderful businesses offering the best in shops of all kinds from clothes, gifts, and retail specialties for everyone. Our restaurants — tastings of a variety of beverages and food tastings are unique and plentiful throughout downtown. We have become a popular destination for visitors from

everywhere, and so many people still want to move here.

Did you know that the oldest shop in town is still open and ready to serve you? A lot of you know "The Blenders" at 538 12th Street — right across the street from Pacific Premier Bank. This is a wonderful, exclusive, somewhat hidden ladies shop that opened on November 1, 1974, by Barbara Lewin. She started on Park Street, one-half block north of the park on the west side. She stayed there until the earthquake of 2003 when she moved to the 12th Street location so she could continue serving her customers without much interruption. Barb's daughter Lori joined her later and is now serving customers in mom's place. When away from the shop, Judy Bryan, who has worked for The Blenders for over 25 years, is available to help you. This classic shop has something for everyone: a variety of fashions, shoes, handbags, scarves, gloves, and jewelry. There is even a full line of Merle Norman Cosmetics and skin care available along with Lori's expertise. Now, if that's not enough, it's the perfect place to get your ears pierced, adults and children. We're so lucky to have this small, comfortable, personal, and private shop still with us downtown. Thank you, Lori.

Enjoy March. Enjoy the onset of spring. Enjoy Paso Robles. Get ready for a busy year with The Downtown Main Street Association.

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Best Real Estate Agent and Best Real Estate Agency

Malik Real Estate Group has been a fixture in the San Luis Obispo community for decades, providing exceptional service and expertise to those looking to buy or sell properties in the area. The real estate industry can be overwhelming, with a multitude of factors to consider, such as market trends, location, and price points. Having an agent who understands the nuances of the local market and has the experience to guide you through the process can make all the difference.

This is where Jaime Silveira, the owner and broker of Malik Real Estate, excels. Jaime is known for her extensive knowledge of the North SLO County housing market, which allows her to provide her clients with invaluable insights and advice. With Jaime as their agent, clients can be confident that they are making informed decisions that are tailored to their specific needs. She is always willing to go above and beyond to ensure her clients' needs are met and their goals are achieved. This level of service is reflected in Malik Real Estate's team of trained

professional agents, who are dedicated to providing exceptional service to their clients.

The agency's recent recognition as the "Best Real Estate Agency" in the Best of North SLO County awards, coupled with Silveira's recognition as the "Best Real Estate Agent," solidifies their position as a top-performing agency in the North County. This recognition is a testament to their commitment to providing exceptional service and expertise to their clients.

Malik Real Estate's commitment to excellence goes beyond their clients and is reflected in their involvement in various professional associations and the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce. Their active participation demonstrates their passion for making a positive impact on the community they serve.

If you're looking to buy or sell property in the San Luis Obispo area, Malik Real Estate Group's expertise, commitment to excellence, and exceptional service make them a valuable asset to have on your side. Contact them today to begin your real estate journey with confidence and peace of mind. Visit malikrealestate.com for more information.

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Growing Up Together

to help with his sensitive skin. Hers was a business grounded in care from the beginning, and we loved that, and how Jeriel would come visit us in our tiny office with a new batch of scents that we’d evaluate while taking turns holding her sweet baby girl.

Seeing how she and co-owner Bobbie have thoughtfully, intentionally grown and shaped their offerings has been an inspiration.

As Jeriel explains, “I wanted to make a company people could have faith in, one that reflected my own (sometimes impossible) standards.”

We are two months away from our ten-year anniversary, and it’s encouraged a lot of happy reflection among the team at General Store PR. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long since we opened our doors. Just this past year we pulled up floors we laid a decade ago after some water damage, and found a note we’d written to ourselves on the subfloor in Sharpie. We’re sentimental like that.

What really gets us feeling sappy is listing all the makers who have worked with us since the early days, seeing how much their businesses have grown and how all of our lives have expanded and evolved. FableRune is just that kind of partner for us. When we first met Jeriel, co-owner of the natural skincare line, we loved her light and sophisticated scents, and the story of how she started making soap for her husband (an incredible breadmaker and chef)

Pulling up to their Los Osos facility a few days ago, we loaded our truck with boxes and boxes of sweet smelling Fig & Whetstone candles, Salted Grapefruit lotions, and Rose & Amaranth bar soaps. Their workshop felt equal parts production facility and spa retreat, orderly and calm, plants trailing down above rows and rows of freshly poured candles. We pulled away with a car that smelled faintly of orange blossom and a slight feeling of awe at how far we’ve all come on this business and life road together.

Next time you come see us, just try their Be Well Balm. Or that Sicilian Orange Blossom Lotion. They are really special. And yes we know we’re biased, because they are made by our friends, and that’s why we love having a store. Getting to share these things we love with you, our neighbors.

Thank you for supporting all of our women-owned small businesses. Be well!

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Welcomes Gina Grieb & the New Board of Directors

he Paso Robles and Templeton Chambers of Commerce announced the addition of Gina Grieb as business development manager. The appointment concludes a search by the Chamber leadership to drive the strategy, implementation, and management of membership engagement programs.

“We welcome Gina Grieb to the Chamber team. Her extensive experience working in business development and marketing will elevate civic and business engagement while providing quality service to our members. Ms. Grieb will connect with business members and community business leaders, listen to their needs, and assist in creating and enhancing Chamber programs that help local businesses succeed,” said Paso Robles and Templeton Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Gina Fitzpatrick.

“The Chamber connects business leaders, elected officials, residents, and visitors who shape the health of our local communities. The addition of Gina Grieb in this role greatly enhances our capacity to deliver,” added Fitzpatrick.

Prior to joining the Chamber team, Grieb worked at various nonprofit organizations, marketing agencies, and companies, in the areas of communication, account management, leadership, marketing, business development and fundraising.

“As a long-standing resident of Paso Robles, I am passionate about helping strengthen local businesses in support of overall economic vitality in our community,” said Grieb.

Gina Grieb holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication degree and is presently working on earning her Master of Public Administration degree.

Effective October 26, 2022, the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce and Templeton Chamber of Commerce merged, uniting nearly 1,000 businesses that will operate together to provide more for their membership base by increasing economic vitality and bolstering regional business growth and retention.

TOn Saturday, February 11, the Chamber held the Annual Gala and Awards Ceremony at Rava Wines. At the gala, the 2023 Board of Directors were welcomed and goodbyes and thank yous were said to the 2022 outgoing Board members.

The 2022 Board members were:

• Steven Herring | 2022 Chairman of the Board | All About Events

• Miranda Battenburg | SLO Sweets

• Rex Caudle | Battery Systems

• Rich Clayton | California Coast Beer Co.

• Jim Cogan | 805 AgTech

• Lisa Colwell | DAOU Vineyards

• Robert Covarrubias | Cova Lending

• Elizabeth Covert | A.M. Sun Solar

• Aletha Ens | Layered Accounting

• Dr. Maria Escobedo | Cuesta College

• Shonna Howenstine | City of Paso Robles

• Kathy Kelly | Digs Vacation Rentals

• Sarah Martin | HFG Coastal Insurance

• Kathy Nutt | Michael’s Optical

• Victor Popp | La Quinta Inn & Suites

• Stephanie Roberts | River Oaks Hot Springs

• Mike Talen | Cold Stone Creamery

• Debbie Thomas | Thomas Hill Organics

• Thomas White | WTC Services, LLC

• Ashley Wilken | The Rice Partnership

Welcome the 2023 Board of Directors

• Rich Clayton | 2022 Chairman of the Board | California Coast Beer Co.

• Rex Caudle | Battery Systems

• Lisa Colwell | DAOU Vineyards

• Robert Covarrubias | Cova Lending

• Isiah Gomer | Paso Robles Waste & Recycle

• Melanie Greer | Stay on the Vineyard

• Julie Hammer | The Wearhouse

• Megan Harris | Boys & Girls Club of Mid Central Coast

• Shonna Howenstine | City of Paso Robles

• Kristin Kearns | Coast Hills Credit Union

• Kathy Kelly | Digs Vacation Rentals

• Dixon Mann | Central Coast Lending

• Sarah Martin | HFG Coastal Insurance

• Marci Miller | Radiology Associates

• Kathy Nutt | Michael’s Optical

• Victor Popp | La Quinta Inn & Suites

• Stephanie Roberts | River Oaks Hot Springs

• Maria Madrid Sabi | Loaves & Fishes

• Jason Shorrock | Buena Vista Farms

• Debbie Thomas | Thomas Hill Organics

• Ashley Wilken | The Rice Partnership

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President/CEO Paso Robles Chamber Gina Fitzpatrick
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Best Community Involvement by Business Owner

The community has voted, and they nearly all agreed that Eric Peterson should be the winner of the Best Community Involvement Award in our 2023 Best Of.

When learning what the community thought of him, Eric said, "This means the world to me. I was born and raised in Atascadero and have lived in Templeton and Paso, and I love being a part of this community."

Growing up in Atascadero, Eric is the owner of the North County Restaurant Group (NCRG). He got his start in the restaurant business at an early age, washing dishes and busing tables at his grandmother Bonnie Peterson's restaurants — Country Touch Cafe, Touch of Paso Cafe, and Touch of Mexico.

Under his NCRG umbrella, Eric owns family- and community-favorite restaurants, including Jack's Bar and Grill, Street Side Ale House, Guest House Grill, Country Touch Cafes, Kitchenette Coffee and Brunch, Ciello Ristorante and Rooftop Bar — and coming soon, Barley and Boar.

"The community has done so much for me my whole life growing up here as a kid to supporting my businesses as an adult," says Eric, who opened his first restaurant in Atascadero as a senior project while attending Cal Poly. "it is a real privilege that I am now in a position to give back."

As someone who got his start with the help of the community, Eric is proud to be able to give back to the community he loves so much.

With NCRG, Eric enjoys giving back to local sports, including Little League and soccer teams. The group has fed high school football teams, hosted events for the Lighthouse Foundation, and donated to its events along with other local nonprofits.

In Atascadero, Eric's restaurants sponsor many city events like the Tamale Festival, Winter Wonderland, and Cruise Night, just to name a few. When it comes to auctions and fundraisers, the NCRG restaurants are always happy to make donations.

"I really appreciate this acknowledgment," says Eric. "It means a lot, and I look forward to helping the community as much as I can in the future as well as we continue to grow."

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Welcome to the announcement of the winners of the 2023 Best of North SLO County Readers Poll! After weeks of voting and thousands of entries, we're thrilled to share the results with you in our special 10th Anniversary edition of Paso Robles Press Magazine and Atascadero News Magazine.

This year's poll features dozens of categories, ranging from the best restaurants and wineries to the best places to hike and the best local celebrities. Each category was a chance for you, the readers, to share your opinions and give a shout-out to the businesses and people that make North SLO County such a special place.

We're proud to recognize the winners, who have been chosen by the people who know North SLO County best — its residents and visitors. We hope that the results of the poll will help you discover new favorite places, or reaffirm your love for long-time local treasures.

In addition, we're excited to announce that the winner of the $10,000 ad package is Street Side Ale House of North County Restaurant Group for receiving the most votes overall in the 2023 Best of North SLO County Readers Poll! This award is a special recognition for the business that received the most votes across all categories in the poll. Congratulations to North County Restaurant Group on this impressive achievement!

Thank you again to all of the businesses, organizations, and individuals who participated in the poll, and a special congratulations to all of this year's winners!

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north county’s favorite tattoo studio two years running

Words by Christianna Marks
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Not only is Pioneer Tattoo Company the North County’s winner for best tattoo studio two years in a row, it's also the first tattoo studio to ever land in Paso Robles.

Pioneer Tattoo Company burst onto the scene on the first day of December 2021, just slightly over a month after the owners got the green light from the City of Paso Robles to open up shop.

“I’ve been in the works, trying to get a [tattoo] studio in the town of Paso for over five or six years. It was really hard,” stated Pioneer Tattoo Company’s owner, founder, and tattoo artist, Dylan Richter.

Dylan and his high school sweetheart, wife, and co-owner Alexa, who hail from Detroit, Michigan, moved to Paso in late 2015 after a short stint living in San Luis Obispo with their two kids, a daughter who’s a freshman at Paso Robles High and a son who’s in the fourth grade. “There’s no culture shock in North County being from the Midwest," Dylan said. "For me, it feels so much like home. For me, it’s so raw; it’s super blue-collar, people are very hard-working, they understand the concept of what it means to be a hard worker.”

Dylan, whose tattoo-iversary is August 4, got his start tattooing in 2013. Before he decided to take up his tattoo machine and create art on people’s bodies, Dylan was the lead vocalist of the Michigan metalcore

band For the Fallen Dreams from 2008-2013. During COVID, he started a new heavy rock project with longtime friend Jason Spencer called Lost For Life. They hit almost a million streams on Spotify in 2020 and are now playing on Sirius XM Octane.

“I’ve toured all around the world. I got two records on the Top 200 Billboard charts. I was on a major label with Twisted Sister and Foreigner and all those people,” stated Dylan. “I toured for about 10 years, and when I got done, I didn’t know what I was going to do being covered in tattoos, so I started to do graphic design.”

However, graphic design wasn’t cutting it as a career, and while chatting with a fan of For the Fallen Dreams, he discovered that the fan’s wife managed a tattoo shop in Detroit. Thus began his tattoo apprenticeship. “It sounds funny because our grandparents always talk about how they walked to school in the snow uphill both ways, but my apprenticeship was me driving 90 miles to work and 90 miles home, five days a week, and I did it in the snow. And some days, it would take me three hours to get home. It was brutal. I did that for nine months,” Dylan said with a laugh.

After finishing up his apprenticeship, Dylan did a stint tattooing on the Vans Warped Tour Festival for three years in a row, and it was at the end of that he and his family moved out to California.

It sounds funny because our grandparents always talk about how they walked to school in the snow uphill both ways, but my apprenticeship was me driving 90 miles to work and 90 miles home, five days a week, and I did it in the snow.

“We moved out to California, which was kind of random," he said. "We came for a funeral, and my wife never went home. I went home and packed up our stuff, and we moved out to California, and now we’re here.”

Dylan’s tattoo journey on the Central Coast has included working in both the South and North counties. He got his first gig at Traditional Tattoo in SLO and worked there for three and a half years before opening White Moth Tattoo Company in Atascadero in 2018, the whole time holding on to his dream of opening the first tattoo studio in Paso.

“I felt like I really wanted to open a studio in Paso, and everyone pretty much told me that it was impossible to do,” Dylan added. He had White Moth for three years before selling his share of the company to his business partner. He then opened a private tattoo studio in SLO on Court Street.

“I had that while I was waiting for this, and I finally got the go-ahead on this, and I was able to open up,” he continued.

The official email from the City of Paso Robles landed in Dylan’s inbox on October 28, 2021. Though zoning for a tattoo shop was very limited, he started looking for property the next day. By October 30, just two days after that glorious email, he landed the spot where Pioneer Tattoo Company now stands.

“The whole time I had White Moth and I had my private studio in SLO, I was waiting. So when I was able to go, I was like, ‘well, I’m gonna get the spot,'” stated Dylan about diving into finding a home for his studio.

Reflecting on the challenges of opening Pioneer Tattoo Company in 2021, co-owners Dylan and Alexa Richter take a moment to catch their breath and admire their hard work paying off.
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Pioneer Tattoo Company’s second tattoo artist, Bran Gomes, isn’t originally a local himself but has family roots in the North County. His family lives out at Lake Nacimiento and also owns a ranch in Bradley. Coming from Fremont, California, in the Bay Area, Bran made the move here to tattoo alongside Dylan and even stayed with Dylan and Alexa before settling on a ranch in Creston.

Paso Robles has prohibited tattoo parlors since 1994, mainly due to The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) not regulating disease and health regulations where tattooing was involved.

“I think there’s still a lot of people that the taboo is not completely gone [for], but I would say that it is respected in the sense where 20 years ago, if you talked to someone about tattoos, that same person would say something completely different about tattoos than they do now. Solely based on the fact that their kids have tattoos now, their grandkids have tattoos now,” added Dylan. He went on to say that there are people in the community that have come in to get their first tattoos solely to support having a tattoo shop in Paso Robles. But tattooing isn’t the only thing the Richter family brings to Paso Robles. Dylan is also involved with multiple well-established Paso institutions, including being one of the youngest officers in the Paso Elks Lodge and being the assistant wrestling coach at Paso High.

“Paso’s home, honestly," he said. "Being involved in the community. Being an officer at the Elks here is super huge in my life. Being the assistant high school wrestling coach here is really big.”

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As the owner, I’m particularly grateful for the well-being of my family and increasingly proud of my management team, my pizza makers, and my (friendly, safe, and courteous) drivers. It’s because of this talented and amazing team that Bravo continues to embrace the same values that we have long held dear and that our loyal customers have long relied on.

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american west tire & auto 8750

Best Tire Sales and Service Winner

American West Tire & Auto is a family owned and operated automotive service center founded in 1982 by Greg and Corina. Their son, Kyle, now runs the business and is continuing to offer the great service American West Tire & Auto provides.

They have been located at 8750 El Camino in Atascadero for over 38 years. Their staff is one big family who strives to maintain a high level of service and excellent customer service. American West Tire & Auto has B-line alignment equipment capable of straightening axle housings and front and rear ends of larger trucks.

Let them prove to you that American West Tire & Auto is the best when it comes to thorough automotive maintenance and affordable tire prices in the Atascadero area. After service, share your review with the team. They love hearing about your experience and are committed to providing the best in automotive service and customer service.

When it comes to tires, and if you’re unsure of what kind of tire your vehicle needs, take some time and visit American

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West Tire & Auto online and use the Tire Size Finder from home. Browse through tires from some of the industry’s leading manufacturers like MICHELIN®, BFGoodrich®, and Uniroyal®. Their ASE-certified technicians can perform tire and wheel services that will keep your tires in peak conditions well throughout the entire tread life of the tire, like tire rotations, flat repairs, TPMS repairs, computer spin balance services, and road force balance services.

Get the full potential out of your vehicle and let their ASE-certified technicians handle your vehicle repairs and maintenance. The mechanics have been repairing vehicles at American West Tire & Auto for over 38 years. Repairs on diesel engine systems, four-wheel drive systems, transmissions, and steering and suspension systems are no problem for our staff of seasoned auto mechanics. They have the largest offering of quality products in the North County area. Visit them at their location in Atascadero, or schedule a service or inspection with us online today.

Whether you are from Atascadero, Paso Robles, or Santa Margarita, contact them online to schedule an appointment or drop by and see them during hours of operation.

They are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit americanwesttire.com

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05 Boardshop, owned by Atascadero's 2022 Citizen of the Year, Kevin Campion and his wife Andrea, won not one but three Best Of 2023 awards this year. The shop has been named the Best New Location for an Existing Business, Best Boardshop, and Best Surf, Skate, or Streetwear.

Last year, 805 Boardshop relocated from their previous location on Traffic Way to a brand-new spot at 6100 El Camino Real. Although the shop is primarily known for its selection of surf, skate, and snow gear, it has expanded to offer a wide variety of products for the whole family. 805 Boardshop's aim is to be a small-town department store where customers of all ages can find something they love.

With a wide selection of products for the whole family and expert knowledge from its passionate staff, it's no surprise that the shop has won three Best Of 2023 awards. For more information, visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/805Boardshop.

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Fusion fiit 4200 El Camino Real

Best Weight Loss or Personal Trainer(s)

Fusion FIIT Training is a fitness program that specializes in body transformation strategies for both men and women. The owner and coach, Alexis Mokuahi-Reyes, is an expert in sports medicine and uses her extensive knowledge to create personalized fitness regimens for each of her clients.

One of the unique aspects of Fusion FIIT is its commitment to ensuring that people know they matter and are never just a number. Alexis believes that each of her clients is a unique individual with unique needs, and she strives to create a supportive and inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and encouraged.

Fusion FIIT also offers specialized programs for youth athletes, aimed at teaching them proper techniques and tools to use in their athletic pursuits. As a sports mom herself, Alexis has a particular passion for working with young athletes and helping them develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their sports. Find more information on Fusion FIIT visit, facebook.com/ chatwihcoachlex

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Best Optometrist and Eye Care

Optometric Care Associates (OCA) is a team of eye care professionals who are committed to providing exceptional customer service and personalized care to their patients. They take pride in their friendly and professional team, who strive to spend the necessary time with each patient to ensure a unique experience.

The team of doctors at OCA, including Dr. Daniel Hile, Dr. Douglas L. Major, Dr. Brent R. Wells, Dr. Karen R. Kudija, and Dr. Steve Jio, are passionate about providing high-quality care to their family of patients. They are known for their patience, attention to detail, and thorough approach in dealing with all patients. The doctors speak Spanish and are dedicated to ensuring that each patient is treated in a language they understand.

With a team of passionate and experienced eye doctors, personalized care, and a commitment to providing exceptional customer service, OCA is a great option for all your eye care needs. oca2020.com

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Best Women's Clothing and Casual Attire Best Men's Clothing

Farron Elizabeth and Bloke Outfitters are two of Atascadero's top-rated clothing stores that offer affordable and attainable apparel for both men and women. Farron Elizabeth has been voted the best women's clothing and casual attire store, while Bloke has been voted the best men's clothing and casual clothing store in the area.

Local business owner, Farron Walker, has brought two distinct stores to the community that offer locally curated high-end items. Farron Elizabeth is a store that carries a diverse selection of clothing and gifts for everyone, with the option to shop in-store or online while still receiving exceptional customer service. The store also prioritizes supporting local businesses by featuring a wide variety of gifts and locally made goods. Moreover, Farron Elizabeth boasts a vintage corner that offers customers a chance to discover rare and carefully selected pieces from the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and ‘90s.

One of Farron Elizabeth's unique features is Jewels for Jack, which takes place every Sunday. During this event, customers

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can enjoy a 20 percent discount on all jewelry items, and 5 percent of the sales are donated to Jack’s Helping Hand. This event is also available online, so customers can participate from anywhere.

Bloke, on the other hand, carries a selection of modern and timeless pieces that are both attainable and affordable. In addition to clothing, the store also offers handcrafted leather goods, knives, eyewear, and locally made gift items. The store has an industrial/mid-century vibe inspired by the owner's and her father's love for 1950s-era trains. Bloke is also partnered with the Emilio Velci Share Aloha Project, a local non-profit organization that spreads awareness of the fentanyl crisis through education and advocacy, scholarships for future change-makers, and sponsorships for youth athletics in schools and communities.

Customers can take advantage of weekly sales at both stores, where every Friday a specific style is selected and a 20 percent discount is applied to any item in that category. These two clothing stores are among the most sought-after destinations in Atascadero, offering distinctive events and partnerships that promote local businesses and the community. For more information, visit blokeoutfitters.com and farronelizabeth. com

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Best Flowers & Florist

Bloom 'n Grow is a locally owned florist in North County, known for their exceptional and personalized flower arrangements. With over 30 years of experience, owner Jodi Bloom and her team at Bloom 'n Grow have become the go-to florist for the community, and they have been recognized as the Best Florist for 2023 in North County.

Bloom 'n Grow's florists have the creativity and expertise to craft unique and personalized arrangements, ensuring that every customer gets a truly special experience. They also offer same-day flower delivery in Atascadero and beyond. Aside from their everyday arrangements, Bloom 'n Grow also does large event work for weddings and funerals. They offer personalized consultations with their clients to ensure that their vision is brought to life, creating beautiful and memorable arrangements that will leave a lasting impression.

With a focus on personalization and attention to detail, they have become a trusted and respected florist in the community. bloomngrowca.com

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hearing aid specialists of the central coast, Inc. 7070 Morro Rd Suite

Best Hearing Aid Specialists

Hearing Aid Specialists of the Central Coast, Inc., has earned a reputation as a trusted and reliable source for hearing health care services in North SLO County. As a result of their commitment to excellence, they have been recognized for the second time as the best hearing aid specialists in the region.

The practice has been serving the community for over 20 years with two convenient locations in San Luis Obispo and Atascadero. Patients can expect personalized attention from the specialists, who recognize that each individual has unique hearing needs that require individualized solutions.

Hearing Aid Specialists of the Central Coast, Inc., understands that hearing impairment can be a daily struggle, which is why they provide comprehensive hearing services that cater to patients in the comfort of their homes or care facilities. They also have hearing aid repair equipment that enables same-day repairs, so patients can have their hearing aids fixed in no time. Additionally, they offer a vast selection of high-quality,

comfortable hearing aids that come from major brands in America, Germany, and Denmark. Patients can also find Swiss-made hearing aids and environmentally friendly brands that are known for their carbon-neutral production.

The husband-and-wife owners, Peter and Nicole Lumer, are passionate about helping people rediscover their best quality of life through better hearing. They have created a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere where patients can feel comfortable throughout their journey to better hearing. The practice's website also provides a blog section that contains valuable insights and tips on hearing loss and troubleshooting hearing aids.

Aside from their excellent hearing health care services, the practice also gives back to the community by supporting various charities such as Parks4Pups, The Wellness Kitchen, and Girl Scouts.

Hearing Aid Specialists of the Central Coast, Inc., is open throughout the week, including after business hours when needed, and accepts many insurance plans. Patients can visit their website at slocountyhearingaids.com to learn more about their services and products. Visit slocountyhearingaids.com.

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Best Bounce House or Party Supply and Best U12 Kids Entertainment

Hop’s Bounce House, located in Atascadero, California, is a top-rated entertainment center that offers fun for kids of all ages. The facility has won two awards for Best Bounce House or Party Supply and Best U12 Kids Entertainment, making it a go-to destination for parents and event organizers in the area. Locally owned and operated by David and Laurel Shepard, the two along with their team provide fun-filled experiences for children and families.

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Best Amusement and Games and Best Appetizer

Wild Fields Brewhouse is a unique establishment that has managed to leverage its location and history to create an exciting and family-friendly experience for its patrons. The establishment is situated in the space left behind by Atascadero's old bowling alley, and Wild Fields has embraced this heritage by incorporating mini-bowling lanes in its offerings.

In addition to mini-bowling, Wild Fields Brewhouse has a wide range of games and activities that cater to visitors of all ages. From arcade games to air hockey, foosball, and even a play area for toddlers, Wild Fields Brewhouse has something for everyone.

Beyond the games and activities, Wild Fields Brewhouse also serves award-winning beers and delicious pub grub, making it an ideal spot for families to unwind and enjoy a great meal together. To learn more visit wildfields.squarespace.com.

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Best 12-17 Kids Entertainment

Mr. Putters' Putt Putt is a beloved destination in downtown Atascadero, known for its premier full 18-hole miniature golf course. The establishment has been recognized as the best entertainment for kids aged 12-17, making it an ideal destination for families and groups looking for a fun and engaging activity.

In addition to the miniature golf course, Mr. Putters' Putt Putt now offers gemstone sluicing and fossil digs for discovery and identification fun. These new additions provide visitors with an opportunity to learn more about geology and engage in a unique and exciting activity. For those looking for a great deal, Mr. Putters' Putt Putt offers combination and value deals, as well as 10 percent off group pricing and gift certificates.

Whether you're looking to plan a birthday party, family evening, group or fundraiser event, or team-building activity, Mr. Putters' Putt Putt has something for everyone. For more information visit their website, mrputters.com.

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Best Community Service Group

Starting its charter in Atascadero in 1969, the Kiwanis Club has established itself as a well-known and highly respected community service group. In recognition of their efforts, they have won the award for Best Community Service Group.

Over the years, the Kiwanis Club of Atascadero has become an integral part of the community, offering support and assistance to locals and visitors alike at many of the city's largest events. This year, they have continued to show their dedication to the community by cooking up a pancake breakfast for participants in the Running Chicken 5 and 10k and by cleaning up trash along 101 Highway to keep the city clean and beautiful. Apart from their involvement in local events and community service projects, the Kiwanis Club of Atascadero donates their time, money, and effort to multiple good causes on a monthly basis.

The Kiwanis welcome new members who share their passion for making a positive difference in the commu nity. Visit their website at atascaderokiwanis.org.

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Best Outdoor Event Venue and Best Brewery

BarrelHouse Brewing Co. is a popular brewery that has been recognized as both the Best Outdoor Event Venue and Best Brewery. Established in 2013, the brewery was founded by co-owners Jason Carvalho and Kevin Nickell, along with Chris Vaughn. Their mission was to create a space that would bring together Good People, Good Times, and Great Beer. Since its early days as a garage brewery, BarrelHouse has quickly become the largest family-owned and operated craft brewery in San Luis Obispo County.

One of the things that sets BarrelHouse apart is their unique approach to brewing, which results in a variety of balanced and delicious beers that can be enjoyed by everyone. In addition to their great beer, the brewery is also known for its outdoor beer gardens, which host a constant flow of live family-friendly music and offer a great space for people of all ages to hang out and enjoy themselves. For more information visit barrelhousebrewing.com.

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Best Pet Grooming & Care

For the third year in a row, Steampup Parlor has been named the Best Pet Grooming & Care in the Best of SLO County. Located in Paso Robles, this family-owned business has become a favorite among pet owners for its unique character, atmosphere, and appearance.

At Steampup Parlor, they believe in dreams and pride themselves on being different. They understand that no two dogs are alike and strive to provide personalized services that cater to each dog's unique needs. The groomers at Steampup Parlor are highly trained and experienced, ensuring that each pet receives the best care possible.

Steampup Parlor is open by appointment only on Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday. They are dedicated to providing top-notch grooming services while maintaining a safe and comfortable environment for pets. Pet owners can rest assured that their furry family members are in good hands when they bring them to

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Best Health Food & Supplements

The Natural Alternative has been serving the Central Coast since 1995, offering excellent customer service, nutritional consulting, and high-quality health care products. They provide expert care and the finest nutritional products that are only available through natural healthcare practitioners, including Standard Process, Designs for Health, Metagenics, Orthomolecular, Pure Encapsulations, and more.

The store offers a wide variety of products, including herbs, vitamins, and minerals, local products, CBD, organic snacks and drinks, natural skin and hair care, probiotics, essential oils, and non-toxic home products. The staff at The Natural Alternative are knowledgeable and approachable, always ready to help customers with their natural health needs.

If you're looking for a health store that provides ex ceptional customer service and a wide selection of high-quality natural products, look no further than The Natural Alternative. naturalalternativenc.com

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Best Solar Company

For almost 50 years, Solarponics has been helping San Luis Obispo County go solar while also adding their own light to the community through volunteer work. The solar company, which started in 1975, has been busy installing solar into the local community’s homes, and just installed the 20,000th solar energy system in San Luis Obispo County. They don’t expect it to slow down anytime soon due to the new NEM3 rate plan coming to California on April 14.

The NEM3 (net energy metering) rate plan is a brand-new billing structure that will enable utilities to reduce homeowner export rates of extra power generated by solar power. Currently, under the NEM2 rate plan, solar customers are compensated at a slightly lower retail rate for the energy they sell to the grid. Under NEM3, any excess energy sent back to the grid will only be compensated at slightly over wholesale, which is a 70 percent loss of savings after April 14. Customers of PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E will all be affected, that is unless those customers apply for solar before April 14.

“We’re telling people if you’ve ever considered solar, and you haven’t done it yet, don’t wait any longer. We’re trying to tell people that,” said Solarponics Marketing and Sustainability Director Frank Scotti. “Submit your PG&E application now, and then you’ll have up to three years to actually complete your permission to operate, which is the final stage of the project.”

Frank emphasized that the submittal of the application for solar is the important date, not the project completion date. He said Solarponics is planning on having a large backlog of incoming clients as well as a lot of applications for installing solar coming in before the April 14 deadline. After April 14, people going solar will be able to keep their solar energy savings as long as they also purchase backup batteries, though Frank said that adding batteries to a solar install is a larger investment.

“The purpose [of NEM3] is to promote battery and on-site solar energy storage in homes,” he added. So if a person installs solar with energy storage, a battery system, then they don’t have to export to the grid. They can send the excess solar energy to their batteries and then use the batteries to get them through the night, keeping more of the savings.”

Not only is Solarponics helping educate the Central Coast on the upcoming NEM changes, but they also helped San Luis Obispo County reach its 20,000th solar-powered home.

“We did our part. I mean 20,000 residential solar homes and counting. That’s a big deal,” Frank said.

The North County itself has over 5,000 solar homes, and the coastal communities have over 2,000. And from 2012 thru 2022, Solarponics was named Top Solar Contractor in the nation by Solar Power World Magazine.

“I’d say the North County has huge solar saturation. So, in other words, the per capita of households that have solar is really high; it’s about 18 percent, almost one in five homes,” stated Frank. “For comparison, the national average is 3.2 percent. I feel that the North County has really done their part in becoming more energy efficient, reducing carbon emotions, and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.”

Solarponics has also planted over 2,000 trees in California’s national forests through the Arbor Day Foundation, in honor of every new customer that goes solar. They have also donated more than $500,000 to nonprofits in the area since 1975.

“Going forward, we hope to continue to help Central Coast residents become energy independent, and continue to help our communities thrive,” Frank said. “There are many new exciting energy-saving technologies on the horizon. Stay tuned.”

Solarponics is located in Atascadero at 4700 El Camino Real and is open Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For inquiries, call (805) 466-5595 or check out its website at solarponics.com.

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Paso Robles Youth Arts center 3201 Spring St

Best Youth Charity

Paso Robles Youth Arts Center (PRYAC) has been a beacon of creative expression and inspiration for children in the Paso Robles area since its establishment in 1998. Founded by Donna Berg, PRYAC is a nonprofit organization that has been providing art programs to nearly 400 students aged 5 to 18. They offer over 50 weekly classes and serve more than 700 students annually, making it a vital part of the community.

Donna Berg's vision has always been to give children from all walks of life an opportunity to participate in a variety of art programs at no cost. Over the past 14 years, Donna has been the driving force behind the design, construction, programming, and expansion of PRYAC. She has retired from her work, but her inspiration lives on in the minds and hearts of its dedicated supporters.

PRYAC has been successful in providing a nurturing environment where children can freely explore their creativity, to find out more visit pryoutharts.org.

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Best Art Gallery

Studios on the Park has recently been awarded the Best Art Gallery in the Best of SLO County award. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to providing a creative, educational, and transformational experience to enhance the community's understanding and appreciation of visual arts. Over the years, they have served over 100,000 students and visitors annually through their Kids Art Smart and Community Arts Access programs, which provides a platform for students to explore their creative abilities and showcase their art.

Studios on the Park is committed to providing access to the creative process to the public, and they achieve this by engaging and inspiring the SLO County community and its visitors with their unique open studio environment. Their dedication to fostering creativity in the community has earned them widespread recognition, and their commitment to providing access to the arts to people of all ages and backgrounds is what sets them apart. To find out more information on the gallery or programs visit studiosonthepark.org.

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Cynthia Lohr’s Dedication to J. Lohr’s Wine Legacy

Niehaus Ryan Group, where she gained a wealth of knowledge that she would later bring to her family’s wine business. In 2002 she was ready to join J. Lohr as director of communications. In 2009, Lohr was named marketing vice president.

Now in the role of chief brand officer (since 2019), she oversees corporate and product visibility and direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales. Plus, she shares the company’s operational oversight alongside her father, Jerry, and her brothers Steve, who serves as president & CEO, and Lawrence, J. Lohr’s COO.

Yet here is a woman who, by her own account, grew up shy and awkward. The mother of two daughters (Annabella, 20, and Emily Rose, 27) projects a radiance that can only be matched by her engaging persona and dedication to her family’s legacy.

While Jerry was raised on a South Dakota farm, her mother Carol came from Long Island, New York.

“My mother was fierce in devotion to her family; she always prioritized the interests of her children, and ensured that family showed up for one another,” Lohr recalled, a legacy she carries on with her two daughters based on the East Coast.

“My father is fiscally prudent but also knows when to take big risks,” Lohr said. “Every decision that Jerry and our team make is always to drive quality and it shows in our wines. There’s an underlying dependability. That’s why we are number one at this price point for so many years.”

That price point starts at a consumer-friendly $13 and goes up to $100, a spectrum that delivers quality and consistency, a hallmark of the J. Lohr portfolio. The $100 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon’s inaugural vintage of 2013 debuted in 2017 to honor Jerry’s 80th birthday.

With an annual case production of approximately 1.55 million (in 2022), J. Lohr has a global distribution in 25 countries. Despite the growth, the 21st largest winery in the U.S. remains family owned and operated.

We were joined by Steve Peck, VP of winemaking, who has been with the winery since 2007.

“There’s no extravagance; it’s a humble family operation with steady and continuous growth,” he commented. “Proceeds from last year’s crop pay for this year’s crop. Money goes into the winery and vineyard.”

Peck and Jessica Kolhoff, director of hospitality, conducted a tasting of two wines from Monterey: a pinot noir from Santa Lucia Highlands and a pinot blanc from Arroyo Seco. From Paso Robles, we sampled the Gesture Syrah from Adelaida District, a malbec from El Pomar and the Signature cabernet sauvignon from Creston District.

Growing up in the wine industry, Cynthia Lohr wasn’t sure how she would fit in at J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, founded by her father, Jerry Lohr, one of California’s early wine pioneers.

“As a young person, I didn’t know what role I wanted to play to be a part of our family brand,” Lohr told me when I met her recently. I had met Lohr on several occasions and wanted to know more about this middle sibling bookended by her brothers Steve and Lawrence.

I met her at the J. Lohr hospitality center in Paso, now sporting a newly remodeled look. The soft-spoken executive resides in the Bay Area with her designer husband, Sam Lucente. Lohr grew up in San Jose and, in the 1980s, upon graduating from high school, briefly worked at the family winery in quality control and tasting room.

But she was drawn to marketing. After graduating from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Lohr began her professional journey in communications and public relations in the technology sector in the Bay Area. Here she honed her marketing skills, holding high-level positions at Alexander Ogilvy Public Relations, Alexa Internet, and

For Jerry Lohr it all began in the 1960s as he conducted extensive research into California’s wine growing which led him to the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County for his first vineyard.

“There was no Arroyo Seco or Santa Lucia Highland AVAs in 1972,” his daughter commented on the year her father planted the original 280 acres to some 11 varieties in 1972 and ’73. The Lohr family’s San Jose winery opened the following year. Early years were challenging for the budding vintner as little was known about modern winemaking in those days.

“But from Paso to Monterey County, Jerry had the knowledge and uncanny ability to choose the right vineyard site to reveal that particular varietal character,” she mused. Jerry also recognized the potential of Monterey County, specifically the Arroyo Seco AVA, and was instrumental in establishing the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association.

Lohr is committed to philanthropic causes and has served on several boards such as Headlands Center for the Arts and REACH Central Coast. Losing her mother to breast cancer led Lohr to launch J. Lohr’s Touching Lives program, a partnership with National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Cynthia Lohr, owner of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
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An Irish ditty for your St. Patrick’s Day

L et's start today with this little Irish ditty I found on a St. Patrick's Day card many years ago.

"When Irish eyes are smilin' and Irish smiles are big, When Irish hearts are hopeful and the piper plays a jig, When Irish stew is bubblin' and the soda bread is hot, and Irish tea is steepin' in a little Irish pot, When the room is warm with laughter and the songs are bright and bold, And there's poetry and magic in the stories that are told, Isn't it a blessing, and isn't it just grand, To know a little part of you belongs to Ireland?"

Of course, on St. Patrick's Day, we can all be a wee bit Irish and to help celebrate on March 17 here are some recipes for your dinner menu.

Leftover corned beef can be transformed into moist meat patties to serve with scrambled eggs or the pancakes in this next recipe.

Glazed Corn Beef

Ingredients:

1 corned beef brisket, with seasonings

1/2 cup dark corn syrup

1 tablespoon prepared mustard

Directions:

Place corned beef in slow cooker. Cover with seasonings and add water to cover meat. Cook brisket on low for 4 to 5 hours. In small saucepan, combine corn syrup and mustard and bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool. cool. When meat is cooked, remove from slow cooker and trim excess fat and place on a rack. Brush top and sides with some of the glaze. Run under broiler 5 to 6 inches from heat, for 10 minutes, brushing several times with remaining glaze. If desired, add potatoes and carrots to liquid in slow cooker during the last hour of cooking the brisket. Then remove the brisket and vegetables and add wedges of cabbage and cook until tender.

I always check the vegetables to make sure they are cooked to my liking before I remove them. Be sure to slice the brisket across the grain.

This next recipe uses leftover corned beef and vegetables to make hash that can be served with a poached egg on top of each serving.

Red Flannel Hash

Ingredients:

1 cup or more chopped cooked corned beef

1/2 cup chopped cooked vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips, green cabbage, and onions

1 cup chopped cooked beets

2 cups chopped boiled potatoes

Bacon fat or vegetable shortening

About 1/2 cup beef broth

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

4 poached eggs (optional)

Directions:

Toss the chopped meat and vegetables in a mixing bowl. Heat a skillet containing fat or shortening about 1/4 inch deep. Spread the hash smoothly to cover the bottom of the pan, tamping it down a bit and adding a little broth. Cook without stirring over a very low heat, until the hash begins to brown at the edges, at least 30 minutes. Fold it as you would an omelet and slice it onto a hot platter. Sprinkle with parsley.

Corned Beef Pancakes

Ingredients:

12 ounces cooked corned beef

1 medium onion

1/4 green pepper, ribs and seeds removed

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1 tablespoon bread crumbs

1 large egg

Directions:

Chop corned beef coarsely, and put it in a food processor with the onion and green pepper, then spin until all is well mixed. Add parsley, bread crumbs, and egg and spin until well mixed. Shape mixture into 8 small or 4 large patties, and fry slowly in a heavy skillet without grease, about 3 minutes per side.

Happy St. Patrick's Day with this blessing:

"May the Leprechauns be near you, To spread Luck along your way. And may all the Irish Angels, Smile on you St. Patrick's Day"

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MARCH Calendar of Events

MAR 1: WED

SPRING RELEASE

PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY ALLIANCE

All Day

The entire month of March is Spring Release. Wineries host individual events throughout the month. Look for more than 100 specialty tours, winemaker dinners, seminars, music events, and more. Spring Release is a themed month that does not feature a single marquee event, but rather individual experiences at the area wineries.

MAR 3: FRI

FIRST FRIDAY

DOWNTOWN ATASCADERO

5:30-7:30pm

Lu Lu and The Cowtippers at City Hall plus enjoy the Vintage & Artisan Street Fair. First Friday Concerts are complimentary and most of the First Fridays will kick off between 5:30 and 6 pm. When there is a concert, the public is encouraged to bring a low-back chair. Make a night of it as a date night or with the family to enjoy the variety of eating establishments, shops, and entertainment Downtown.

MAR 10-11: FRI

40TH ANNUAL LADIES’ CONFERENCE

ATASCADERO COLONY PARK COMMUNITY CENTER

6:30-9:30pm, 9am-3pm

Speaker Kim Meeder, Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, is a best selling author whose humanitarian work has garnered national acclaim. She enjoys wilderness adventuring and lives near Bend, Oregon. Musicians with the Lisa Reiff band will provide the music, featuring keyboard, guitar and vocals. Check out the web page at ladiesconference.com for details.

MAR 11: SAT

ZOO TRIVIA NIGHT

CHARLES PADDOCK ZOO, ATASCADERO

5-8pm

Plan on impressing our Zookeepers with your animal knowledge at the 3rd Annual Zoo Trivia Night at the Charles Paddock Zoo! A fun way to test your knowledge plus enjoy snacks, beverages, and our exotic animals from around the world!

MAR 17: FRI

ST. PATRICK’S DAY

MAR 17-19: FRI

SPRING RELEASE WEEKEND

PASO ROBLES

All Day

Formerly Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend, Spring Release Weekend is a three-day festival celebrating spring and the beginning of the new vintage when wineries release their new wines. Taste the new releases at

an outdoor walk-around tasting in the historic Downtown City Park and enjoy wineries’ individual events like barbecues, vineyard tours, winemaker dinners, and more.

MAR 18: SAT

ATASCADERO ROTARY CLUB

ANNUAL CRAB FEED

PAVILION ON THE LAKE, ATASCADERO

Seating at 5:30pm & Dinner at 6pm

A silent auction will be part of the evening’s activities. Tickets are $75 per person and include beer, wine, soda and water. Since this event sells out fast, be sure to secure your tickets early. Find more information here portal.clubrunner.ca/2814/ SitePage/about-our-club.

MAR 25: SAT

6TH ANNUAL CENTRAL

COAST CRAFT BEER FEST

SUNKEN GARDENS, ATASCADERO

12-4pm

Enjoy samples from 55+ independently owned craft breweries, wineries, seltzers, kombucha and cideries from all over California! Live entertainment by by Dad Religion, the Moondawgs and Vinyl DJ Sets by Traffic Records! Both bands include members of local craft breweries! We will also have plenty of food trucks, a great variety of street faire vendors and lawn games!

APR 1: SAT

SWING UNDER THE WINGS

ESTRELLA WARBIRD MUSEUM, PASO ROBLES

5-9pm

Gala and Auction fundraising hosted by the Trinity Lutheran Boosters with dinner, live music, silent and live auctions. Visit auctria.events/ swingunderthewings2023 for tickets; must be purchased by March 12

APR 1: SAT

HOP TO IT VISIT THE EASTER BUNNY

DOWNTOWN CITY PARK HOLIDAY HOUSE, PASO ROBLES

11am-2pm

Visit the Easter Bunny in the Downtown Paso Robles City Park. For more information, call the Downtown Paso Robles Main Street office at 805-238-4103.

APR 6: THU

SPRING FESTIVAL CHARLES PADDOCK ZOO, ATASCADERO

10am-5pm

The Spring Festival will include a variety of fun, including the arrival of adorable baby chicks and opportunities to view scheduled animal feedings!

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Eating Seasonally with Spring Farmer’s Market Fettuccini

It’s finally feeling like spring. March is the month that marks the end of frost for most of us in North County. That means we can start our spring gardens and planning for summer crops. Our local farmers are very busy weeding, planting, and harvesting plenty of delicious vegetables right now.

In-season produce is always best if you are trying to get the most nutrients from your food. Not only do fruits and veggies taste better when they are grown in season, but they are packed with vitamins and minerals. When you buy your produce from a local farmer, that produce is super fresh and has not lost any nutrients during transport or storage.

I was also told by a wise farmer that you need to eat more seasonally because your body needs those specific nutrients during different times of the year. For example, oranges, kale, and spinach ripen in the winter. All of these are high in vitamin C and Vitamin D, which are especially important in the winter when there is less

sunlight and more colds going around. So, if you feel like you need a nutritional boost, head to your local farmer’s market for some in-season produce. We can enjoy many fruits and veggies here year-round due to our nice weather, but there are a few fruits and veggies you should keep an eye out for that are in season this month:

• Asparagus

• Peas

• Kumquats

• Broccoli Rabe

• Mushrooms

• Artichokes

• Grapefruit

• Brussel Sprouts

• Leeks

Farmer Frank can help you pick the perfect mushrooms for this dish, but my favorite is the lion’s mane or oyster mushrooms. Onions are essential to this dish and luckily you can find them year-round from many local farmers.

This recipe is perfect to utilize some fresh seasonal produce. You can find almost all the ingredients at your local farmer’s markets.

Ingredients:

6 tbsp salted butter

4 tbsp olive oil

3 large sweet yellow onions, sliced peeled and cut into ¼”

1 tbsp sugar

1 lb thin fresh asparagus tough ends removed

8 oz chopped mushrooms (lion’s mane or oyster)

Directions:

1. Heat butter and oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sugar and stir to combine. Cook for about 5 minutes, until onions are just starting to brown. Give a good stir and reduce heat to medium low. Continue to cook until onions are brown and caramelized, about an hour, stirring every 10 minutes. You want those onions to be brown and rich with flavor, so be patient with this step.

2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions, and prepare your vegetables and grate your cheese.

3. When onions are caramelized, stir in the asparagus and mushrooms, and cook until al dente, about 5 minutes.

4. Add the peas and the sherry, and cook for another 2 minutes, then toss in the cooked pasta. When well combined, add cheese and toss until cheese is melted and pasta is well coated with onion sauce.

5. Season well with salt and pepper.

6. Serve with extra freshly grated parmesan cheese

10 oz fresh peas

⅓ cup sherry cooking wine (or chicken broth with lemon)

10 oz fettuccini pasta (fresh Etto pasta is delicious with this)

½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese* plus more for serving

Salt and pepper

Note:

The caramelized onions should be very juicy because this will be your sauce for the pasta. If you feel like the onions need more moisture to continue caramelizing, just add more olive oil as needed throughout the cooking process. Make sure to add salt and pepper to taste when you think they are close to being done.

If you don’t have sherry wine or do not want to use alcohol, you can substitute it with chicken broth and a little lemon.

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Houses of worshi P

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 office@13starsmedia.com 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

“ABC” Atascadero Bible Church

6225 Atascadero Mall

Atascadero

(805) 466-2051

Sunday 8am, 9am, 10:45

Thursday 7pm, Celebrate Recovery

Pastor Jeff Urke

Awakening Ways Spiritual Community

9315 Pismo Ave.

10:00 a.m. at the Pavilion

Rev. Elizabeth Rowley Hogue awakeningways.org (805) 460-0762

Congregation Ohr Tzafon

“The Northern Light”

2605 Traffic Way

Atascadero, CA 93422

Friday Night Service 7:30 PM (805) 466-0329

Cornerstone Community Church

9685 Morro Road

8:45 & 10:45 AM

Pastor John Marc Wiemann (805) 461-3899 cornerstoneca.org

Hope Lutheran Church

8005 San Gabriel Road, Atascadero

9am Sunday (in-person and livestream on YouTube)

Pastor: Aaron Smith (805) 461-0340 ourhopelutheran.net

CRESTON

Creston Community Church

5170 O’Donovan Road Service: 9:00 a.m.

Pastor JD Megason

LOCKWOOD

True Life Christian Fellowship

Lockwood/Jolon Road, across from the school in Lockwood Service: 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Erick Reinstedt (805) 472-9325

NACIMIENTO

Heritage Village Church

At The Don Everingham Center Heritage Ranch Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Brad Brown (805) 712-7265

Hilltop Christian Fellowship

2085 Gateway Drive

Heritage Ranch Service: 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Perry Morris & Jerry Gruber

(805) 239-1716

Oak Shores Christian Fellowship

2727 Turkey Cove Rd., at the Oak Shores Community Clubhouse Service: 8:30 a.m.

Pastor Jerry Gruber (760) 304-2435

PASO ROBLES

Apostolic Assembly of the Faith of Christ Jesus

2343 Park St

Bilingual Services: Services: Thursday 7 p.m.

Sunday 2 p.m.

Pastor Miguel Alvarado (805) 610-2930

Bridge Christian Church

Centennial Park Banquet Room

600 Nickerson Dr. Service: 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Tim Mensing (805) 975-7178

Calvary Chapel Paso Robles

1615 Commerce Way

Service: Sunday at 9 a.m.,

Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Pastor Aaron Newman (805) 239-4295

Christian Life Center

1744 Oak St.

Service Time: 9:30 a.m.

Home Groups during the week

Preschool: Christian Life Early Learning Ctr.

Pastor Guy Drummond (805) 238-3366

Christian Science Services

17th & Chestnut Streets

Service: 10 a.m. Sunday & 2nd and 4th

Wednesdays 7 p.m.

(805) 238-3833

Church of Christ

3545 Spring St. (Corner 36th & Spring)

Service: Sunday, 11 a.m.

Evangelist Bob Champion (805) 286-5875

Sam Hogan (310) 602-9516

Delbert Arthurs (805) 238-4412

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

1020 Creston Rd.

Service: 10 a.m. (805)-406-8910

Missionaries: (805) 366-2363

Covenant Presbyterian Church  1450 Golden Hill Rd.

Service: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Dan Katches

(805)238-6927

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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 a.m.

Pastor Gary Barker

(805) 238-3549

Highlands Church

Corner S. River and Niblick | 215 Oak Hill

Services: 9-10 am & 10:30-11:30 am

Pastor James Baird

(805) 226-5800

Live Oak

1521 Oak St.

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor John Kaiser

(805) 238-0575

New Day

1228 11th St (east off Paso Robles St)

Services: Sunday 10 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m.

Pastor Brad Alford

(805) 239-9998

New Life Tabernacle

3850 So. Ramada Dr. Ste. D

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Efrain Cordero

North County Christian Fellowship

421 9th St.

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Steve Calagna

(805) 239-3325

Paso Robles Bible Church

2206 Golden Hill Rd.

Service: Sunday 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Mark Wheeler/Pastor Dave Rusco

(805) 226-9670

Paso Robles Church of the Nazarene

530 12th St.

Service: 10:30 a.m.

Pastor 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

ADELAIDE INN

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

Second Baptist Church

1937 Riverside Ave.

Service: 11 a.m.

Pastor: Gary Jordon

(805) 238-2011

St. James Episcopal Church

1335 Oak St.

Services: 8 a.m. (Rite I), 10 a.m. (Rite II)

Reverend Barbara Miller

(805) 238-0819

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church

820 Creston Rd.

Daily Mass- 8:30 a.m.

Saturday 8 a.m.

Tues. 7 p.m. Spanish

Saturday 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Spanish Vigil Mass

Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.;

Spanish Mass at 12:30PM

Father Rudolfo Contreras

(805) 238-2218

The Revival Center

3850 Ramada Dr., Ste. A-3

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Gabe Abdelaziz

(805) 434-5170

The Light of the World Church

2055 Riverside Ave.

Services: Everyday, 6 p.m.

Sundays 10 a.m. & 5 p.m.

Pastor Bonifacio Robles

(612) 990-4701

Trinity Lutheran Church

940 Creston Rd.

Worship Service: 9:30 a.m.

(805) 238-3702

Victory Baptist Church

3850 Ramada Dr. Ste D4

Sundays - 10 & 11 a.m.

Wednesday - 6:30 p.m.

Pastor Bruce Fore

(805) 221-5251

vbcpaso.org

Victory Outreach Paso Robles

2919 Union Road, Paso Robles, CA

Services: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, 7:00 p.m.

Pastor Pete Torres

(805) 536-0035

TEMPLETON

Bethel Lutheran Church

295 Old County Rd.

Service: 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Russ Gordon

(805) 434-1329

Celebration Worship Center

Pentecostal Church of God

988 Vineyard Drive

Pastor Roy Spinks

Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

(805) 610-9819

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 Lucas Pantoja (805) 467-2131

SHANDON

Shandon Assembly of God

420 Los Altos Ave.

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

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Being a Part of Small Hometown Communities:

Believing in Each Other, Well-being, and More

Being a part of a small hometown community is a truly special experience. It means knowing the names of your neighbors, recognizing familiar faces in town, and feeling a sense of belonging. Living in a small town offers a unique opportunity to build long-lasting relationships, get to know your neighbors, and contribute to a supportive community that believes in the well-being of all its members.

The North County is a perfect example of a place where small-town charm and a close-knit community meet the beauty of nature. Whether it’s enjoying a morning hike on a local trail, taking a stroll on the beach, or admiring the wildflowers in the springtime, there’s something for everyone.

But living in a small town isn’t just about enjoying the natural beauty and charm. It’s about the people who make up the community. Small towns offer a unique opportunity to come together and support one another, whether it’s rallying around local causes or showing up for our neighbors in times of need.

One of the most important ways we can support our community is by shopping local and supporting small businesses. Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy and help to create jobs, generate revenue, and bring unique character to our town. By choosing to shop local, we can keep our dollars within our community and contribute to the growth and prosperity of our hometown.

Raising our kids in North County provides an environment where they are surrounded by people who genuinely care about their well-being and growth. Neighbors become family, and everyone looks out for one another. It’s a place where kids can be kids and have the freedom to run around and play outside without parents constantly worrying about their safety.

Taking pride in our community means doing our part to keep it beautiful and thriving. This includes volunteering for local events and organizations, participating in community clean-ups, and being a good neighbor. We can also work to preserve the history and unique character of our town by supporting local museums and historical sites.

Living in a small-town community means being a part of something bigger than ourselves. It means taking care of our neighbors, preserving our natural beauty, and working to keep our unique character alive. This lifestyle brings a sense of fulfillment and happiness to our lives.

Let’s continue to take pride in our hometown and do our part to support the community. Thank you for shopping local, volunteering, and being good neighbors. Together, we can keep the charm and beauty of the North County alive for generations to come.

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