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INSIDE Art Through the Female Lens Immerse in the captivating artistry of four Central Coast artists A Day With Dad Explore and create cherished memories together Prsrt Std US Postage PAID Permit 19 13Stars Paso Robles CA ECRWSS Local Postal Customer A Local's Summer Guide to Exploring Our Hometown Treasures PASO ROBLES JUNE 2023

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Local Art Through the Female Lens

Immerse yourself in the captivating artistry of four Central Coast creatives, as their unique perspectives and vibrant creations make waves in the art world. Experience their inspiring works firsthand.

Rediscovering Paso Robles

Experience our hometown like a tourist with exceptional dining, fun activities, and the charm of open roads on horseback or in the air.

Capturing the Essence

Experience the captivating artistry of Derek Luff, where photography, music, and smalltown life converge at his studio on Main Street in Templeton.

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ON THE COVER Something Worth Reading 10 Publisher's Letter Round Town 12 Through the Grapevine 13 Event: ECHO’s Inaugural Empty Bowls 14 Paso Robles Main Street Association 15 The Natural Alternative 16 Event: Wine for Paws 17 The General Store 18 Event: Annual Fishing Derby 19 Shift’N Gears 20 Father’s Day: A Day with Dad Feature 26 Local Summer Getaway: Hearst Castle Business 30 Shift’N Gears 32 7 Points Oak Leaf 34 New Hen in the Nest: Three Speckled Hens 36 SLO County of Education 38 Event: Derby Day Wine Fest Taste 40 Sip & Savor: Taste of the Back Roads 42 The Farm Stand: Seasonal Eating for Summer Calendar 45 June Calendar of Events 46 Service Listings: Government and Services 48 Worship Directory Last Word 50 Editorial Team Recognized by Elk’s 50 Directory of our Advertisers CONTENTS
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Happy June, fellow community members! As the sun returns from its extended sabbatical and Father’s Day approaches, I want to start this issue by expressing my gratitude to a special man. My husband, my rock, who continues to be an outstanding mentor to our boys, and daughter, teaching them what it means to be a strong, caring man. Nic is a testament not only to our family but also to our beloved community as well.

Summer may be making us play the guessing game with its shy sunshine, but I’m optimistic. By the time you are engrossed in this issue, I hope the days have grown warmer and brighter, filled with the rejuvenating light we’ve all longed for.

There’s a lot to be excited about as we begin the summer season. The pages of our magazine are bursting at the seams with community events and stories that will bring a smile to your face.

Art has a way of speaking to our souls, and in this edition, we’re featuring four remarkable women artists who are revolutionizing our local art scene. Their creativity has breathed life into our pages, and we can’t wait for you to read about their exceptional work.

We hold an immense sense of pride for our dedicated team, the vital backbone of 13 Stars Media. This incredible group of professionals has grown tremendously over the years, fueling their passion for producing Paso Robles Magazine each month, along with our weekly newspapers and a host of other publications throughout the Central Coast. Their deep-rooted love for our community is vividly expressed in every issue, and we are profoundly grateful for their dedication and commitment.

Speaking of our team, we’re over the moon to celebrate two of our ownCamille DeVaul and Christianna Marks

of our editorial team. They’ve recently been honored with the esteemed Elk’s Citizen of the Year award. As we celebrate their achievements, we’re reminded of the value and importance of supporting local journalism.

Each advertisement you see in our publications not only sustains the tradition of local storytelling but also directly supports the work of dedicated individuals like Camille and Christianna. Supporting local journalism is an investment in the community — a contribution to an ecosystem that uplifts local organizations, bolsters local businesses, and cultivates a connected and informed community.

Our team is here to continue to tell your stories, celebrate each other’s victories, and face our challenges together. After all, it’s our shared history and collective future that makes this community truly unique and vibrant. Thank you for your continued support.

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Something Worth Reading

Through the Grapevine

Paso Robles 4th of July Celebration Returns to Barney Schwartz Park

a variety of genres, from classic rock and pop to country and jazz, ensuring there will be something for everyone to groove to.

Celebrating the Class of 2023: Paso Robles and Templeton High Schools

Paso Robles High School (PRHS) and Templeton High School are gearing up for their respective graduation ceremonies to celebrate the Class of 2023. PRHS will host its 128th graduation ceremony on June 9 at 6 p.m. in War Memorial Stadium. For those who prefer to watch from home, a livestream presentation of the event will be available at

Meanwhile, Templeton High School’s graduation will take place on June 8 at 7 p.m. at the Volunteer Stadium. Both ceremonies will mark the accomplishments of the graduating students and usher them into the next chapter of their lives.

The City of Paso Robles, in partnership with Travel Paso, is once again gearing up to host its annual free 4th of July celebration at Barney Schwartz Park. This highly anticipated gathering will run from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., welcoming thousands of locals and tourists alike. With last year’s attendance reaching around 10,000 attendees, expectations are high for this year’s celebration to exceed that number.

The upcoming 4th of July celebration promises to be an extraordinary event that will surpass all previous festivities. In an effort to enrich the community’s experience and create an atmosphere of unity, the city has gone above and beyond to bring an expanded and unforgettable celebration to its residents.

One of the highlights of the event will be the inclusion of not just one, but two incredible live bands. With a diverse range of musical styles, these bands will provide a non-stop, high-energy soundtrack for the day’s festivities. Attendees can look forward to enjoying

Furthermore, the Fun Zone, a beloved attraction for families and children, has been significantly expanded. This year, there will be an abundance of thrilling rides, engaging games, and exciting activities to keep everyone entertained throughout the day.

For more information about the event, visit or call (805) 237-3861. Save the date and join the City of Paso Robles and Travel Paso for a fun-filled 4th of July celebration.

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Empty Bowls Sells Out

ECHO Holds Inaugural Fundraiser in Paso Robles

The El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO) held its first Empty Bowls fundraiser in Paso Robles on April 27, following the 8th annual event in Atascadero on April 20. With 150 people in attendance at the Studios on the Park venue, the community showed strong support, and the fundraiser sold out. ECHO's CEO, Wendy Lewis, expressed her gratitude for the community's backing.

Between both events, ECHO raised over $100,000, the most in its history. The majority of the funds will go towards the organization's services and operations, as sponsors and donations cover other expenses. This year, ECHO has permanently housed 56 individuals and families across its two campuses.

The fundraiser featured handmade bowls, soup, wine, and live music by Dawn Lambeth. Local artists, restaurants, and businesses contributed their talents and resources to make the event a success. ECHO thanks the community and artists for their support and invites those interested in volunteering or learning more to visit

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Be Happy ... It’s June!

for purity, and blue is for vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

“God Bless America, land that I love, stand beside her, and guide her through the night with a light from above.” — Irving Berlin.

season, on Wednesday, June 21, with the summer solstice. It’s the official start of summer, as well as the longest day and shortest night of the year.

The happy month of June has finally arrived. All the months of the year have their special features, but there’s something uniquely magical about June. It is the start of summer and brings warm evenings after months of chilly temperatures. It sets the mood for fun. Weather isn’t the only thing June has going for it. There is a whole list of celebrations ahead. As flowers bloom and fruit ripens, June is a time of abundance, most notably are the strawberries. So, the Old Farmer’s Almanac calls this month’s full moon (which appears on June 3) “The Full Strawberry Supermoon,” even though it is golden in color.

Flag Day is Wednesday, June 14, honoring our United States flag since it was adopted in 1777. The flag has 50 stars for the 50 states in the union and 13 stripes for the original 13 colonies. The colors of our flag have distinct meanings: Red is for valor and hardiness, white is

“The American flag is the most recognized symbol of freedom and democracy in the world,” according to Virginia Fox, and John Wayne said, “Sure, I wave the American flag; do you know a better flag to wave?”

Look for our flag-waving all over town and homes everywhere on this day. So, fly her with pride.

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18. Say thanks to all the dads who embrace the responsibility of raising children and staying devoted to their families.

Now it’s time to celebrate this special

“The summer solstice is a time for strength and vitality and for action and movement.” — Carole Carlton

Downtown Main Street has started filling the City Park with festivals and events that celebrate our music, food, history and culture. Paso has the intangible touches of friendly service, a safe environment, clean air and unique surroundings. Our purpose is to support downtown businesses by inviting everyone here to experience our town.

Concerts in the Park Series begins this month with our family-free concerts for the 22nd year. They are Thursdays, June 8, 15, 22, and 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. Food and beverages are available to purchase or bring your own. Enjoy the happiness of June all month long.

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” — Fredrick

Hope this June sends you over the moon!

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Have a Natural Summer

We here at Natural Alternative wanted to say a big “thank you” to our amazing community for showing your support during our annual Customer Appreciation Day.

We also wanted to introduce Josie, our new manager. She is dedicated to making your experience at the Natural Alternative a positive one.

Summer is finally here. After so much rain, the sun is out, we are jumping for joy and excited to tell you about our June summertime promo. Enjoy 20 percent off all sunscreen at The Natural Alternative. We carry top selling sunscreens such as Badger, Original Sprout, Derma E, and local All Good from Morro Bay. As not all sunscreens are created equal, the difference is mineral protection vs. chemical protection.

New research by Environmental Working Group reveals that chemicals commonly used in sunscreens are endocrine disruptors (upsetting hormonal balance),

estrogenic (mimic estrogen), and may interfere with thyroid and hormone processes in the body.

The Natural Alternative only carries mineral based sunscreens with ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium oxide, which create a physical barrier protecting the skin from the sun. We have sunscreen creams, sprays, and sticks available. There’s an amazing lip and cheek tint that will protect sensitive skin from sun with SPF 15 while also giving you a beautiful, natural glow.

Get out this summer and enjoy our local beaches, hiking trails, wine tasting venues, and more, all while keeping your body safe. Stop putting chemicals on your body that end up in your body.

Take the natural route with 20 percent off your favorite sunscreen from The Natural Alternative.

Wishing you a spectacular summer season.

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Wine 4 Paws Event

Garners Support for Woods Humane Society and Our Furry Friends

The 15th Annual Wine 4 Paws event took place on April 22-23, attracting people from all over to support the Woods Humane Society. Over 80 businesses participated, with a percentage of their sales going to the organization. The event attracted both locals and visitors, including Congressman Jimmy Panetta. Not only wineries but also other businesses like barbecue joints, coffee shops, and even a doggie fashion show joined in to support Woods.

The community’s involvement was praised by Woods Interim CEO Emily L’Heureux. Castoro Cellars Vineyards & Winery hosted pet-themed events, while Four Lanterns Winery continued its nine-year participation. Newcomers included Riboli Family/San Antonio, MCV Wines, and others. The proceeds from the event will help Woods place over 3,000 animals into loving homes each year and support their low-cost spay and neuter clinic. The shelter has seen a significant increase in puppies and kittens since the start of 2023.

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Hiking a loop in the hills behind Georgia Brown Elementary last week, we were encircled by all of the parts of the Paso landscape that we love. Oak trees lined our path on both sides, morning light feathering through the leaves. As we crested a particularly challenging incline, we were rewarded with a view of grapevines clambering up and down the still lush hills. “We get to live here,” we almost always say to each other before returning to why the last episode of Ted Lasso was the best one, or encouraging my dog to please not stop at the base of Every. Single. Tree.

Inspired by our unique landscape, we partnered with Life Elements to create three new, all-natural, incredibly beautiful hand and body soap and lotion sets. We look for any reason to work with Curt and Martha because they’re just really cool ... I mean, have you tasted her homemade pozole?! But they also just know their stuff. When we asked them to come up with some new blends that felt like the Central Coast, we expected the normal back and forth we almost always employ when developing

new products. “A little less grass, a little more bergamot,” for example. When Martha brought us batches of three specially scents, we had no notes. Not a one.

We can’t wait for you to meet Golden Sun (with notes of orange, grapefruit, and rosemary), Wild Vine (hints of lavender, geranium, and elemi), and Live Oak (a blend of palo santo, patchouli, frankincense, and sage). Available in a whipped butter, hand and body lotion, and soap, as well as custom candles, these will make a great locally-made gift. They also use 100 percent natural scents, and are made only for us.

Don’t Forget Dad!

We also have handmade and/ or small batch gifts for dad, including gorgeous custom wood serving boards from Shaloha, BBQ spices and olive oils, and handmade soaps in scents like “barber shop” and “bourbon cedar,” all adding up to a thoughtful and unique gift for pops. Throw in one of our NYT Crossword books, a deck of Star Wars playing cards, and a bag of Pop Gold Caramel Corn, and we promise you’ll have one happy papa!

Happy trails from the Team at General Store Paso Robles


Paso Robles Optimist Club

Hosts Annual Fishing Derby to Support Local Youth

The Paso Robles Optimist Club hosted its 15th annual Fishing Derby at Santa Margarita Lake on April 22 to support local youth activities. Almost 85 children of all ages attended the event with their fishing rods and bait for a day of fishing. The club had previously hosted up to three fishing derbies per year for about 15 years, but due to COVID-19 and drought, the number of derbies was cut back to one last year. Proceeds from the club’s fundraiser will go towards supporting local youth, with the club providing all the funding for the derby from fundraisers held throughout the year. The event was made possible with the help of local organizations and volunteers who share a passion for helping youth in the community.

Anyone interested in participating in events sponsored by the club or wishing to know more about joining the club can contact Sawyer at (805) 591-9590 or Linda Stermer at (805) 238-2410. The club holds dinner meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. Locations vary.

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We are here to offer some monthly tips, tricks, and tales from the automotive industry. Whether you are fellow gearheads, garage aficionados, or maybe you think about blinker fluid (hint, hint, you don’t have any blinker fluid), we are here for you.

We are Jimmy and LeighAnn of Shift’N Gears Garage in Paso Robles. If you don’t know us already, we are both locals who decided to give back to our community and open up an ASE Master Certified full-service auto repair shop.

The Heat is On!

All hail the air conditioner! Especially during these North County summers. When you get overheated, you might become “unhinged,” and just like you, your vehicle needs to stay cool to operate normally.

Don’t Sweat it! Pro Tips:

• Reduce the heat in your car when you park — Don’t underestimate the power of a windshield shade screen or placing a towel over your wheel and seat, it will absorb the heat instead of your car. Keep the windows cracked

with lowest air flow setting with recirculation on and windows down for a couple minutes; then put your AC on high with vents facing downward, windows cracked as you drive. In no time at all, you can have an icecold car.

• AC losing its cool? — Two easy things you can check: Make sure your cabin air filter is clean and unrestricted, and make sure your AC condenser is free of bug and grime buildup. (An AC system should be recharged every five years)

• Vehicle starting to overheat? — Run your heater to rid the engine of excess heat and find a safe place to pull over. Do not immediately pop the hood, let your vehicle cool down first. Check your coolant, if you’re low, add in manufacturer specific coolant or distilled water for temporary use. All coolant is not created equal; stay away from tap water — drop that hose!

• Towing in your future? — Transmission coolers act as a secondary safety guard allowing it stay within normal operating temperatures (20-30 degrees cooler than your engine). Some vehicles will already have

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A Day with Dad

Heading out for a weekend adventure with Dad? The Paso Robles Airport provides the perfect starting point with chances for kids to get up close access to many different types of airplanes and helicopters (and a hot air balloon or glider on occasion).

Originally constructed as a military base in 1942, the facility has been a hub of activity since it became a civilian airport in 1947. The Airport is home to the California Highway Patrol, CalFire and medical transport helicopter operations. Grab a delicious breakfast at Joe’s One-Niner Diner located in the terminal. Snag a table by the windows and enjoy watching the

planes arrive and depart. After your meal, head to the outside viewing area — you’ll feel like you’re on the tarmac (because you practically are). From there, kids get a personal airshow with planes and helicopters of all sizes and shapes zooming across the airfield. The second-floor mezzanine area provides a bird’s-eye view of the airport.

Like it or not, dads find themselves at local home improvement stores each spring to tackle those “to-do” lists that never seem to end. These stores also provide a fun learning environment. Take time to intentionally walk through the store with your little ones — the lighting department, the paint department, or nursery area. Inevitably, your child’s curiosity will come out, spurring questions and requests to see how a tool or appliance works. Many store employees are happy to make your child’s experience memorable by obliging! Stores such as Lowes offer wooden building kits for kids and on-site workshops to assist children with project-based skills.

Opportunities for enjoying spring weather

are abundant in our area. A resurgence in golf over the past three years has more children being introduced to the game. Unfortunately, a full round of golf isn’t by nature kid-friendly — including the amount of time it takes to play and the cost. That’s where River Oaks Golf Course comes in. River Oaks is a unique 6-hole course that is affordable and family-friendly. Green fees range from $10 to $22 depending on number of holes played and time of play. No walking is required, as golf carts are available. Play a few holes or all “18” (three tee configurations per hole) … whatever fits your child’s attention span and your budget. The staff is committed to growing the game of golf and it is the perfect course for an hour or two of fun.

A short walk, drive, or bike ride around the corner to the Allegretto Resort will deliver experiences with goats, sheep, and alpacas. Guests and visitors can typically see the collection of furry friends in the front pasture along Buena Vista Drive or on Dallons Drive. Although feeding and petting are not welcomed, the close access is a great occasion for children of all ages to appreciate and respect the animals that are a part of so many people’s lives along the Central Coast.

To round out a fun spring day, head over to Barney Schwartz Park for some fishing and playground time. Start by taking a walk around the small lake just off the parking lot of the top terrace. Over 1 million gallons of water provide the perfect setting to play with remote control boats, fish, or watch wildlife. For children under 16 years, no fishing license is necessary. Any kid’s rod and reel will do the job. A bobber with a small hook and small worm setup works just fine in the late spring and early summer near the waterfall feature. No fishing gear, no problem. Each April, the Paso Robles Police Activities League hosts a children’s fishing event at the park, with fishing equipment provided and lunch included. Enjoy the multi-level playgrounds, swings, and other play features right next to the lake or just down the hill on the walking path. With plenty of shade and four group picnic areas, this is the perfect place for a family barbecue celebrating Dad.

Follow Elisa’s kid-friendly adventures across the Central Coast on Instagram @PasoMommy

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Derek Luff Preserving the Past for the Future

Sitting on Main Street in Templeton, you will find a studio where Derek Luff blends his passion for photography, music, and small-town life. Born and raised in New Hampshire, Derek went on to win several Emmys and Grammys for his sounds, publish internationally known music, and now capture the rural history of North County.

At 13 years old, Derek learned to play the guitar and grew as a local singer and songwriter, playing in bands and recording 16 songs by the age of 15 in Blue Hills, Maine, at Noel Paul Stooky’s (of Peter, Paul and Mary) recording studio. Then came the 1981 Academy Award-winning film “On Golden Pond.”

As a senior at Plymouth Regional High School, Derek was hired as a boat driver for the film and to assist in shuttling Henry Fonda, Katherine Hepburn, and Jane Fonda, along with the other all-star cast members and visitors like Peter Fonda and Michael Jackson, around the lake. He can be seen in the film during the “buzz off” scene with Henry and Katherine in a canoe along with writer Ernest Thompson in the speed boat with Derek.

Derek clearly remembers Henry on set and recalls him saying he never acted a day in his life. It is safe to say that the film set Derek on his path to the film and music industry, where he would eventually make a name for himself. At 17 years old, and with the blessing from his parents, Derek headed to Hollywood.

“I’ve always been driven to create and build,” says Derek.

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Through family ties to writer and producer Dennis Hackin, who wrote and produced Clint Eastwood movies like “Every Which Way But Loose” and “Bronco Billy,” Derek was able to get involved with local musical theater in Santa Monica, where he began to meet more people in the industry. While working at Lumber City, Derek was hired to compose music for advertisement and promotional companies while he continued to write and record songs pursuing a recording artist career.

After a few years, Derek decided to go back to Boston, where he was accepted into Berklee College of Music as a vocal and arranging major. This led him to an internship with the audio department of Cinema Graphics Video One. At 20 years old, Derek was working for the company full-time as a sound engineer and mixer, composing and producing music for their in-house producers and directors.

But Derek was longing to head back to “the Coast.” In 1988, Derek and a fellow musician and good friend Brett Cookingham leased space and moved their studio from Boston to right smack in the middle of Hollywood on Vine Street and Santa Monica Boulevard, where they serviced post-production clients during the day and wrote, produced and performed music at night together.

In 1990, Derek Luff Music was born, a music publishing, creative service, and music catalog company. Two years later came Wild Woods, a post-sound company servicing television, film, and short form media content with complete sound services.

The year that changed Derek’s life was 1999 when he won his first Prime Time Emmy for outstanding sound editorial as director of sound for a Discovery Channel feature documentary, “Why Dogs Smile and Chimpanzees Cry.”

“It was a complete out-of-body experience,” said Derek. “that was the beginning.”

But this was still not the peak for Derek’s career. He went on to direct and produce sound for many Primetime Emmy-winning titles including “Survivor” and “The Apprentice” with producer Mark Burnett along with feature documentary films, including “Raising the Mammoth” and “Valley of the T Rex.” Derek and his company were also recognized for their work on Motion Picture Academy Award-winning and nominated feature documentary films, including “Rosa Parks” and “Black Fish.” To this day, both Wild Woods and DL Music are still thriving and located just outside Universal Studios California, still winning awards and working with many industry notables.

As time went on, Derek found himself farther and farther from the city life, eventually yearning for the small town and rural life he grew up with. Familiar with the Central Coast, Derek found himself in Creston after the suggestion of a friend. Creston was the West Coast equivalent to Derek’s New Hampshire roots. As he began to meet more vineyard owners, farmers, ranchers, and locals, he learned more about the culture of Creston, Atascadero, Templeton, and Paso Robles and set his focus on eventually moving to the area with his wife Marisol and kids to begin lives, stories and journeys of their own.

Derek thanks Jerry Bello for essentially taking him under his wings, bringing him to brandings, teaching him to make homemade wine and introducing him to all the locals.

To Derek, Jerry was “one of the greatest men I have ever met in my life.”

The scenery of North County inspired Derek to take

up photography. Something about the rural nature inspired him to capture it.

Particularly, Derek wanted to capture the area’s history, “My photography is immersive storytelling lifestyle photography. Preserving the values of the past, preserving the past for the future, and trying to help bridge the gap between rural and urban ... You need the new, and you also need the old, so you don’t want to get rid of the old to have the new. I’m hoping that through the images you find it helps people to want to help perserve that vineyard or that building, that it's important.”

Derek’s photography and local products, combined with his drive to help preserve the past for the future, have engaged him as a member of the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce, Paso Robles and Templeton Chamber of Commerce, the Paso Robles Area Historical Society and Museum, Templeton Presbyterian Church and helps any chance he can with Paso Robles Pioneer Museum.

“My hope is local families, businesses and visitors will see and experience the Central Cost beauty and its values the way I do and find the secrets and stories hidden in the moments and locations I have been so fortunate to capture through photography, and all will actively help maintain and preserve the Central Coast the way it is for generations to come.”

“I am grateful and humbled to be a small part of this community, the Central Coast lifestyle, and the people that make this one of the most sought-after destinations to live and visit for all to experience. Let’s work together to keep it that way.”

Visit the main gallery at Derek Luff Photography & Trading in Templeton in the Clavo Cellars building at 315 S. Main Street in Templeton, or his pop-up gallery at B&E Winery on Creston Road in Paso Robles.

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Derek Luff (left) on his mule Leroy and his Central Coast mentor, the late Jerry Bello on his horse Playboy at the Pine Street Saloon on Pioneer Day.

Rediscovering Paso Robles A

Local's Guide to Exploring Our Hometown Treasures

This year marked the 40th anniversary of National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) from May 7 through 13. This weeklong event emphasized the significance of travel and tourism in our communities and economies. As a Paso Robles resident, seize the opportunity to experience your hometown like a tourist and rekindle your love for its unique charm.

Paso Robles combines the free-spirited, cowboy-style vibe with endless activities, exceptional culinary experiences, and intriguing itineraries for all. Boasting excellent wines and invigorating activities without the crowds, innovative dining, and open roads, Paso Robles is the perfect place to explore as a local tourist. Immerse yourself in the many delightful experiences our community has to offer; here are a few of our favorites.

Balloons Over Paso: Central Coast's Finest Hot Air Balloon Rides

Central Coast Trail Rides: A Horseback Adventure Awaits

Embark on a breathtaking journey with Balloons Over Paso, Central Coast's top hot-air balloon ride provider. Founded by Phoebe Brown, who was inspired by a balloon flight in Australia, this small business creates lasting memories by sharing the beauty and serenity of hot air balloon rides. Gently float above the picturesque countryside as the sun rises, making it the ideal way to start your day in wine country. After the hour-long flight, enjoy a champagne toast and breakfast treats before setting off to explore the incredible area you just admired. Available from May through November (weather permitting), a hot air balloon ride should be on your summer or fall bucket list.

Experience the thrill of horseback riding with Central Coast Trail Rides, offering guided tours through California's Central Coast. Partnering with local wineries, private ranches, vacation properties, and state land, their customizable packages provide a unique way to explore the region. Ride through vineyards, enjoy horseback wine tastings, and watch the sunset on their Hilltop Vista Sunset Ride. All skill levels are welcome, and rides are available year-round by appointment only.

Paso Robles Hot Springs: Relax and Rejuvenate

Experience the natural healing powers of Paso Robles' hot springs at River Oaks Hot Springs Spa, Franklin Hot Springs, and select guest rooms at the Paso Robles Inn. Soak in mineral-rich waters, upgrade to a Sip and Soak package, or enjoy the classic outdoor hot springs experience.

Studios on the Park

Witness art in the making at Studios on the Park, a nonprofit open studios art center showcasing ten working studios, 50 local artists, and The Showroom Gallery representing the Paso Robles Art Association. Enjoy daily demonstrations, classes, and exhibitions.

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Delve into the fascinating history of Paso Robles with visits to the Estrella Warbird Museum and Paso Robles Pioneer Museum. Explore the town's pioneering age, vintage aircraft, military vehicles, and memorabilia for a captivating journey through time.

available. Admission is always free to all.

Access: Visitors without active or retired military ID cards must stop at the Security Office to obtain a visitor pass before entering the Camp. A driver's license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance are required.

Explore the captivating heritage of Paso Robles at the Paso Robles History Museum and the El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society, located in the historic Carnegie Library in downtown City Park. The museum showcases exhibits that celebrate our area's unique past, while the Historical Society's research room offers maps, newspapers, photographs, and family histories. Docents are available to share their knowledge, making the Paso Robles History Museum a must-see for both visitors and locals alike.

Camp Roberts Historical Museum

Experience California's largest Army museum at Camp Roberts, located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on US Hwy. 101. Showcasing the entire history of one of America's most historic Army installations, the Camp Roberts Historical Museum is open to the public on Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (excluding some National Holidays). Groups are welcome, and lunch options are

Discover the rich history of the 16th California mission, Mission San Miguel Arcángel, featuring original layout and buildings dating back more than 200 years. Explore the well-preserved church, wall frescos, and grounds through self-guided or docent-led tours.

Be mesmerized by Bruce Munro: Light at Sensorio, a dreamlike, multi-acre walk-through experience. Featuring 100,000 fiber-optic lit glass spheres and Light Towers made from 17,388 wine bottles, this solar-powered exhibition invites visitors to engage with the environment through an enchanting light-based and sculptural experience.

So be sure to take advantage of the 40th anniversary of National Travel and Tourism Week to explore Paso Robles as a local tourist. With so many attractions and experiences waiting to be discovered, you'll find a renewed appreciation for your hometown's unique charm and history.

Estrella Warbird Museum and Paso Robles Pioneer Museum The Paso Robles History Museum and El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society Mission San Miguel Arcángel Bruce Munro: Light at Sensorio
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Hearst Castle

A Timeless Summer Getaway in San Simeon

Nestled along the picturesque coastline of San Simeon, Hearst Castle is a secret gem waiting to be discovered by North County locals. Once the opulent home of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, this historic landmark now serves as a public museum and an architectural masterpiece. Covering more than 250,000 acres, the estate offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, immaculate gardens, and impressive architecture, guaranteeing an unforgettable experience for first-time visitors and those who make it an annual tradition.

• Travel

To travel from Paso Robles to Hearst Castle in San Simeon, begin by taking CA-46 W for about 30.4 miles. Next, turn right onto CA-1 N/Cabrillo Highway and continue for approximately 15.8 miles. Once you reach Hearst Castle Road, turn right and proceed for 2.2 miles until you arrive at the Hearst Castle Visitor Center. The entire journey covers roughly 48 miles and should take around 1 hour and 15 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.

As you journey through California's Central Coast, be sure to enjoy the picturesque drive, with its rolling hills and stunning landscapes, as you make your way to this remarkable destination.

• Tours and Attractions

Hearst Castle offers a variety of guided tours, each designed to showcase different aspects of the estate. The most popular tour is the Grand Rooms Tour, which takes visitors through the castle's most opulent and famous rooms, including the Assembly Room, Refectory, Billiard Room, and Theatre. This tour is perfect for first-time visitors and provides a comprehensive introduction to the estate.

For a more in-depth exploration, the Upstairs Suites Tour delves into the private quarters of William Hearst and his esteemed guests. Marvel at the Gothic Suite, the Doge's Suite, and the fascinating Celestial Suite, adorned with intricate art and furnishings.

The Cottages and Kitchen Tour offers a glimpse into the more intimate aspects of the estate, showcasing the Wine Cellar, Casa del Mar, and the industrial-sized kitchen that once catered to lavish parties and extravagant dinners.
Designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan in the 1920s for publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, this stunning pool features an intricate design of Italian marble and ancient Roman statues, making it a true masterpiece of art and engineering.
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Finally, the Art of San Simeon Tour is a must for art lovers. This tour focuses on the exceptional European and Mediterranean art collection housed within the castle, ranging from ancient Greek vases to Renaissance paintings. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the opportunity to explore the beautifully maintained gardens, terraces, and pathways surrounding the castle. Don't miss the iconic Neptune Pool, adorned with imported marble statues and offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Official Military Museum of California

• Wildlife and Conservation

Apart from its architectural splendor, Hearst Castle is also home to diverse wildlife, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers. As part of the California State Park System, the estate is committed to the preservation and conservation of its natural surroundings. Zebras, deer, and other exotic animals can often be spotted grazing on the vast property, descendants of the private zoo that once existed on the estate.

• Dining and Nearby Attractions

After a day of exploring the castle, relax at the Hearst Castle Visitor Center, where you can savor a meal at the café, sample local wines, or browse the gift store for souvenirs. Nearby dining options include Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill, offering delicious seafood and oceanfront views.

Extend your stay in San Simeon by visiting the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery, situated just a few miles north of Hearst Castle, where you can observe the majestic elephant seals in their natural habitat. For hiking enthusiasts, the nearby Fiscalini Ranch Preserve features picturesque trails and breathtaking ocean vistas, making it a perfect addition to your trip.

• Accommodations

While there are no accommodations on the castle grounds, the nearby areas of San Simeon and Cambria offer a variety of lodging options catering to all budgets. You can choose from charming bed and breakfasts like Olallieberry Inn and J. Patrick House, or opt for luxurious hotels such as Pelican Inn & Suites or Cavalier Oceanfront Resort. Given the region's popularity among tourists, it is advisable to book your accommodations well in advance to guarantee availability.

By diving into the rich history, captivating architecture, and striking natural beauty of Hearst Castle with your family, you will truly understand why this extraordinary estate is among California's most cherished attractions. Being so close to home, you can easily turn this into a day trip or a local vacation getaway. So, pack your bags, grab your camera, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure at Hearst Castle that awaits just a short drive away.

The famous Zebras of Hearst Castle are descendants of the original herd that once roamed the estate.
the military legacy of the Central Coast in this large interactive museum US Hwy. 101, Exit 244, 12 miles north of Paso Robles
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The camp began as the Army’s largest training camp in World War II and now hosts all types of military units

Local Art

Through the Female Lens

Four Central Coast Artists who are making waves with their unique perspectives and artistic creations

Staley Pearl


Staley Pearl was surrounded by art since birth and was raised by a mother who was an artist herself. It wasn’t until her mom died nine years ago that Staley started to create her paintings.

“I inherited all of her paints, and I just started painting,” said Staley. “It just felt like a normal way of grieving frankly and a good way to connect with her, and then I really started to enjoy it.”

Now Staley, who grew up in Tennessee before making her way to Atascadero, is doing art full-time. In fact, she loves to create art that is specific to Atascadero.

“I think Atascadero is more beautiful than people give it credit for,” she added.

Staley wants to encourage anyone thinking about painting to try it, as it’s been something she’s come to love.

“I hope to encourage people to do it for the sake of doing it, because it’s really, it’s awesome. It’s nice to have a world that’s a little more beautiful,” Staley concluded.

You can find Staley’s work on her website at

Chloe Joy Evers

Paso Robles

Chloe Joy Evers grew up on the Central Coast. Daughter of Dale Evers, she’s been creating art since childhood, but it wasn’t until after college that she started sculpting her own creations.

“I grew up around it [art] because my dad’s a sculptor, and I was homeschooled, so I got to go to the shop almost every day and travel and go to art galleries. I think that it’s something that I just had high exposure to my whole life,” Chloe shared.

Chloe, who’s been doing metal work for five years, has now set up her own studio in her garage, fully equipped for silver smithing.

“I work primarily with sterling silver, and in addition to that, I’m working on my first three-dimensional stained glass mosaic sculptures in my garage right now,” she added of the life-sized woman’s bust.

She started the unique sculpture back in October of 2022 and will be adding hand-forged stainless steel lilies around it once the mosaic is completed.

You can find Chloe’s art on her website at

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Jenna Hartzell Atascadero

Jenna Hartzell started her artistic career in elementary school when she wanted to get her ears pierced. Her parents told her the only way that was happening was if she wrote and illustrated a book.

“I was like, done! I, of course, did The Little Mermaid or something like that and went with my Grandma to get my ears pierced,” said Jenna.

It was at that moment that she realized you could make art for a living, and from that moment on, she drew on every surface she could find. She majored in Art History, and her need to create led her to become a graphic designer so she could make a living while still being creative.

It was in 2020 when Jenna, who moved to Atascadero 15 years ago, bought an IPad with Procreate on it that opened up her personal artistic endeavors to digital art. Jenna is currently creating beautiful floral art, including a series of birth month flowers.

“I think I’m at that point where I’m just scratching the surface of what I want to do creatively, but it feels really good to be creating consistently,” Jenna added.

You can find Jenna’s art on her website at

Zoya Dixon: Templeton

Artist Zoya Dixon made her way to Templeton, where she lives with her family, by way of Chicago. Though she might not have a traditional artistic background, it hasn’t stopped her from creating one-of-a-kind paintings.

“I have always been drawn to art and creativity, even as a young child,” added Zoya. “Art has always been something I’ve been drawn back to, especially with the flexibility of making my own schedule and being my own boss.”

Zoya’s art is greatly influenced by a trip to Las Vegas, where she went to see Ugo Rondinone’s art installation, Seven Magic Mountains. It inspired her to start painting with bold colors and stacking shapes on top of each other.

Her art took another turn when she was connected with her brother for the first time.

“We met two years ago. He’s also artistic, so we started to collaborate where he does a graffiti background or some lettering in the background, and then I’m doing the stacks on top,” stated Zoya.

Find Zoya’s art on her website

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The passion at Shift’N Gears Garage is making what is old new again.

Shift’N Gears Garage is a full-service auto repair and undercar specialist shop located in Paso Robles. Its ASE Certified technicians all have a love of classic cars and trucks and are eager to revive life back into an iconic vehicles and get them back in gear and ready for miles of driving.

Husband-and-wife owners Leigh-Ann and Jimmy Purdy, lead ASE Master Certified Technician, opened the garage in 2017. Their team has years of experience of improving and perfecting all kinds of vehicles, both domestic and import.

Their facility is fully equipped with advanced diagnostics to accurately identify problems under the hood. Their staff is prepared to figure out any problem or issue that

arises and get it fixed as soon as possible.

Leigh-Ann regards the automotive repair industry as vast: “We are required to be electricians, plumbers, welders, chemists, even IT professionals to be qualified to repair most vehicles. Every day is a new challenge and that’s just the vehicle aspect.”

In addition, they “have committed to a number of things to help elevate the industry and transparency between consumer and shop …” by way of their local weekly radio program on KPRL and numerous spots on national podcasts and local magazines, as well as “joining in on many of the local auto events and continuing with Paso Robles High School as the career technical industry partner for the transportation program.”

Shift'N Gears employees embrace their

specialty of work and necessity for people.

“We help people when they are sometimes at their most vulnerable and frustrated because when someone loses their car, in this society, that means their freedom,” Leigh-Ann says.

Seeing people come in within the county the couple both grew up in is significant to them. “It’s really something special to have your second-grade teacher or your best friend’s mom come in and take care of them,” Leigh-Ann says. “To know that you’re giving back and providing livelihoods for talented, passionate people is something we don’t take for granted.”


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Originally starting out as a cannabis cultivation business in 2018, growing and selling retail-ready products, 7 Points decided to open up a delivery service running from Fresno to Bakersfield. After having such success, the company began “looking for ways to bring the same model over to the Central Coast,” according to Brand Manager Ryan Wall.

7 Points launched its delivery service for the region in January of this year. Delivery runs throughout San Luis Obispo County, as well as into Santa Maria and other parts of Santa Barbara County.

“Locally in SLO, we have 16 employees, but including the entire company with [the] original operation in Woodlake, we have 53 employees,” Wall says.

7 Points’ 100,000-plus-square-feet facility

is located in the little farming town of Woodlake in Tulare County. In utilizing a former citrus packing facility, the business can facilitate environmental control over how it grows and maintains its cannabis in high-production, vegetative, and flowering rooms with a refined nursery “equipped to produce high-quality flower and use a variety of early-veg techniques.”

It is where 7 Points continues to grow and package its own retail brand.

The business’ mission is to “bring its customers the best experience cannabis possible by offering quick delivery times, a large menu with all of the top brands in the market and discrete drop-off service,” Wall says.

Its operators emphasize having discrete drop-offs and delivery speed for North County customers to help alleviate the stress

of traveling far, and therefore can enjoy the ease of having their order delivered right to their door.

7 Points, standing for each leaf on the plant, has grown in terms of its product and services in a short time. There are plans to add more brands to its inventory, as well as launching an Express Menu, “which will give customers the option to shop a limited menu but with a delivery time of one hour or less,” Wall says. He hopes to launch this service in early-to-mid May “and bring North County (and South County) residents their cannabis faster than ever before,” he adds.


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Three Speckled Hens Welcomes New Owner

Antique vendors and pickers came out to the Paso Robles Event Center for three days full of camaraderie and shopping. This April 28-30 show marked the first year of the Three Speckled Hens Antiques and Old Stuff Show under its new owner.

Fifteen years ago, friends Susi Fuller and Kathy Marquart started the Three Speckled Hens show in Templeton after purchasing a little too many goods from another antique show in Washington state. In an effort to convince their husbands not to be upset with their abundant purchases, Kathy thought Templeton was a cute town with no antique show yet, "So we said why not ... let's do it."

Four years later, the show landed at the

Paso Robles Event Center to accommodate its now bi-annual status. Now, Kathy and Susi are ready to retire and pass the show on to Kimber Black, the new owner, and founder of another beloved show, Cowgirl Christmas: A Country Christmas Boutique Show.

"It's changing, the people are changing, we are getting older and we needed some fresh new blood ideas to carry this show on further, and she [Kimber] was perfect," said Kathy of the decision to retire and hand the show over to someone new.

It was thanks to Andy Morris of radio station KJUG that brought Kimber to Kathy and Susi. A mutual friend of both shows, Morris let Kimber know the "original hens" were ready to retire. As the women said, "the rest was history."

The COVID-19 pandemic brought challenges for the antique show, forcing them to shut down for two years, canceling four shows. But Kimber has hopes to bring the show back to its original glory.

"It's an honor and a responsibility that I don't take lightly. I want to restore it to what they built it. I want to build it back for them,"

said Kimber of her new ownership.

Kimber, a Central Coast native, has operated her own show for 20 years. Now living in Texas full time, she comes back home to visit family and run her shows often.

"I have a personal goal of growing this back so that I have something to come back [to] and see my own family. Now I am part of their [Kathy and Susi's] family," says Kimber. This April show was Kimber's first with Three Speckled Hens under her name. Keeping with tradition, she asked Jack's Helping Hand to come back a partnered nonprofit. Jack's Helping Hand was founded by Paul and Bridget Ready in memory of their son Jack, whose three-year struggle with a rare form of brain cancer ended in 2004. Kimber happens to also be a relative of the Readys, whose mission is to provide community programs that meet the unique challenges of children with cancer or special needs under the age of 21. A portion of the proceeds of every show goes towards Jack's Helping Hand.

"We get to have a booth as well as a portion of the proceeds of door sales ... it's been a nice partnership. It has been easy and nice working with Kimber," said Jack's Helping Hand's Event and Volunteer Coordinator Riley Sherlock.

Friday night started with the Feathered Frenzy show, which ushered in early birds with free food and drinks as a "welcome back to the show."

Kathy and Susi, who was in Florence, Italy, during the April show, provided Kimber with boxes of files and information on the show in preparation for the ownership turnover.

"We knew she was capable, but this is our baby, our creation, so we wanted her to know this is why and how we did it. Now you [Kimber] can do it and take it to the next level," said Kathy.

Kathy is looking forward to using her retirement to spend time helping her son with their ranch and grandchildren. But she and Susi will remain as support and cheerleader for Kimber and Three Speckled Hens.

"I see it going back to what it used to be before COVID shut them down for four shows," said Kimber about the future of the show. "I look forward to that day, and they are right there with me. They have supported me."

Kimber plans to keep Three Speckled Hens true to its antique roots. Three Speckled Hens will be back for their Fall show this September. You can look for upcoming Feathered Frenzy ticket deals and more information on the show at

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Summer Bridge Program

Aquestion all Americans should ponder is how we guide the next generation.

Community leaders hope for solid, decent, well-rounded 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 generation’s healthy intellectual development and curiosity. The students that fill our classrooms today will become 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 through a lifetime of productivity 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 summer employment opportunities, internships, summer enrichment, outdoor education, Career and Technical Education (CTE), Pre-Apprenticeships, and the arts are all programs promoted by the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education. Research in the neurosciences has pointed

toward powerful new ways of understanding what our children require to achieve optimum learning and development. Cognitive, emotional, and social capabilities are strongly connected to events throughout one’s life during the school year, weekends, and school breaks. The building blocks of learning provide a strong foundation for cognitive abilities throughout life. Together these experiences are the bricks and mortar that comprise the foundation of human development. In other words, learning is not just an academic activity that is confined to the classroom. Learning is part of a complex and ongoing developmental process in the community, the theatre, auto shops, and the garden. Extend learning through community activities such as summer sessions, library summer reading programs, local summer camps, community-based summer youth programs, summer arts programs, and even a “Summer Bridge Program.”

Summer Bridge Programs have grown more common in recent years. The programs vary widely in format, goals, participants, and quality. The length of time and intensity can range from a simple two-day orientation to a six-week advanced skills camp. The content of the summer programs depends on the duration, available funding, staffing, and program goals. Participation can range from an open invitation to a narrow focus, such as for

those struggling with school or employment. Summer Bridge Programs can be coordinated by a single agency, a consortium of agencies, a community college, a university, a community organization, or any combination.

The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education’s 2023 Summer Bridge Program partners with local businesses, Chambers of Commerce, local education agencies, and local workforce programs to support our community’s youth. This summer’s program is funded from various sources, including county funds, state education funds, and a grant from the MOCA Foundation. The program is designed to foster a connection between academic skills, career interests, and future employment opportunities. The program content consists of a series of life skills and professional development activities designed to enhance confidence and improve the employability of program participants. Educators, employers, and nonprofit agencies provide participants with direct instruction and employment support. SLO Partners, the lead agency hosting the Summer Bridge Program, is enrolling three cohorts of 25 youth each in northern, southern, and central San Luis Obispo County. As your County Superintendent of Schools, I am committed to promoting future careers that are locally grown.

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Derby Day Wine Fest

Windfall Farms Event Delights Paso Robles Locals

The second annual Derby Day Wine Fest at Windfall Farms was a hit with Paso Roblesarea locals. The event, which was a fundraiser for Sunrise Rotary, featured a haberdashery theme and was held at Windfall's mare and foaling barn in Creston. The event honored the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, which was live-streamed in Windfall's indoor rotunda that afternoon.

The event attracted around 200 attendees, who dressed up in creative and whimsical outfits. The attire was bold and festive, with smoking pink flamingos and split champagne glasses adorning wide-brimmed hats. Men wore flashy jackets and bow ties, and a few cowboy hats were spotted in the crowd.

The afternoon featured local wines, tri-tip sliders, and cocktails from Distillers of SLO County, a collective of 13 spirit producers. The participating wineries included Dubost Ranch Winery, which won the "best-decorated paddock" award for its white Grenache Noir, and Tablas Creek Winery, which poured a barrel sample of its first release of Lignée de Tablas, a Grenache Blanc sourced from Windfall Farm vineyards.

The event ended with the Best Dressed contest, with Cheryl Armstrong winning in the women's category and Michael Reedy in the men's category. The final tally of funds raised was not available at the time of printing.

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Taste of the Back Roads

A Celebration of Paso’s Four Eastside AVAs

They call themselves the Back Road Wineries but range all over Paso Robles’ eastside. However, they usually are found on back roads. The wineries crop up in four distinctive AVAs: Geneseo, El Pomar, Creston, and Templeton.

This cluster of some 30 wineries meanders here and there, many tucked along winding country roads south of Hwy. 46 East and east of Hwy. 101, including wineries along the Union Road Wine Trail and the Creston Corridor.

The mini-festival held on a clear and sunny spring afternoon with a backdrop of Cass vineyards brought together a group of 17 Back Roads member wineries offering a spectrum ranging from Rhône blends to Italian varietal wines, with Cabernets taking the lead in the reds and Viognier as the popular white.

Winemaker Bryan Widstrand pitched the glories of Geneseo to me when I tasted through a generous selection from Steinbeck Vineyards & Winery.

“It’s a combination of natural acid and tannin profile,” he said in proclaiming the wonders of wines from Geneseo’s warmer region. “I see so much earthiness.” The soil, he explained, is lifted with calcareous stones, which provide calcium and help wines to be in balance.

Balance and structure, “We don’t have to manipulate but bring grapes into the balance the vineyard was meant to have.”

For Widstrand, the hands-off approach

relates to good vineyard practices, crafting wines that reflect the vineyard’s expression with each vintage. The balance and terroir come through in the lineup of wines that were offered at the event: a complex 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon; 2018 The Crash, a lush blend of five grapes—Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Viogner — and an inky 2016 Petite Sirah.

There was a good selection of Italian varieties planted in Templeton and Creston appellations at wineries such as Bella Luna, Clesi, Ella’s, and Rava Wines, the latter noted for superb sparkling wines.

At Bella Luna Estate Winery in Templeton, the late Sherman Smooth and Kevin Healey planted one of the few dry-farmed Sangiovese in 1998. “Everyone told my dad he couldn’t dry farm on the east side,” mused Nichole Healey-Finn, Kevin’s daughter.

It was Healey’s love for Italian wines that encouraged him to plant Sangiovese to which Nebbiolo and Barbera have been added, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon and Ruby Cabernet, the latter, a deep color and drought-resistant variety, that is a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan. The 1,500 annual case production is crafted by Lukas Finn, Nichole’s husband.

“We love our Italian varieties,” Katherine Morris told me. She and her husband, Josh Morris, founded Ella’s Vineyard in 2018 in the Creston appellation. Visitors who come to their Tin City Annex tasting room are delighted to encounter their Italian portfolio after a day of tasting Rhône-style wines, Morris commented.

Ella’s 11.5-acre vineyard is planted to Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Primitivo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. “We are a bit warmer than the westside, and Tuscan varieties do well here — it’s a similar climate,” Morris noted.

“The soils are phenomenal from calcareous to clay.”

In the El Pomar appellation, Bovino Vineyards’ range of 16 varieties, from Arneis and Albariño to Zinfandel, shows the breadth and diversity of the region. The Bovino portfolio stretches from Italian and Spanish to Bordeaux and Rhône-style varieties planted on a 45-acre vineyard. The three primary types of soil, loam, silt, loam, and clay, along with elevation ranges and different rootstock clones, are what give Bovino wines the structure and balance. Crafted by veteran winemaker Steve Anglim, these wines are drinkable now but show a cellar-worthy character.

The Back Roads group, a brainchild of Steve Cass, co-founder of his eponymous winery, evolved organically 16 years ago with a dozen or so winery members. Half of them are now gone, but new ones have come into the fold, said Cass.

Since most of the wineries along this enclave are small family-owned with minuscule budgets for marketing, the idea from a collective was to promote their wines through a combined effort. Thus, the formation of the Back Roads group and an annual event of wine tasting, dinner, and a silent auction fundraiser benefiting a local charity. This year the San Luis Obispo-based Family Care Network was the beneficiary. “We raised $6,000 from the silent auction,” noted Cass.

In addition to the above-mentioned wines, other participating wineries included Demeter, Still Waters, Calaesta, Ascension, RF Wines, Defiance, Rava, Cass, Glunz, Hansen, and Rasmussen, each one offering food bites paired with its wine lineup. Cass Winery’s executive chef Charles Paladin Wayne went all out with his take on Mayan cuisine, an elaborate spread of tamales, pork, and a delicious assortment of fresh salads and condiments.

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In June, you can find just about anything you are looking for to make any recipe. This month you should start to see some delicious summer produce available. Look for these in-season fruits and veggies to get some great flavor and nutrients:

Cherries, Strawberries, Blueberries, Avocado, Rhubarb, Cucumber, Apricot, Fava beans, Arugula, Summer Squash, and Fresh Mint.

I personally cannot resist all the fresh and delicious fruit available this time of year. We buy the bigger containers and packs so that we have plenty to enjoy fresh, and we like to freeze some to have for smoothies and treats later in the year when we can’t find them at the markets. Making some lemonade popsicles blended with fruit is a great treat on those hot summer days. Mixing in a little bit of mint with those fruits for a special drink, smoothie, or popsicle is also a great way to cool down.

Summer squash is also a special treat this time of year. Although zucchini is probably the most well know, patty pan squash is the most delicious and fun summer squash around. These are usually yellow or green, look like a flying saucer, and the skin is edible, just like zucchini. They are perfect for cooking up quickly as a tasty and fun side dish

In Season Eating for the Summer Season

or mixed in with some sausage and onions. You can sub-patty pan squash for zucchini in any recipe.

One of our favorite farmers will have plenty of patty pan squash for you to try out. Make sure to visit farmer Nathan at the Aviator Acres stand to get all the patty pan squash and other delicious veggies to go with it. He grows everything he sells at City Farm SLO and makes it to the Paso Farmer’s Market on Tuesday and the Farm and Craft Market in Paso Robles on Saturday mornings. If you want to support Aviator Acres but can’t make it to those markets, he also sells his produce on Harvestly. Try the tasty patty pan squash recipe as a side to your favorite grilled meal this month.

June has a lot going on. From birthdays, Father’s Day, graduations, and more, it seems like it’s always a very busy month. If you do get invited to an event and need to bring a crowd-pleasing dish, try out this amazing Summer Farmer’s Market Salad. It combines all the delicious flavors of the in season produce. Everyone will love this crisp and refreshing dish, and you can make it the day before your event to make everything easier and tastier. You can serve it with tortilla chips, eat it as is, or it is delicious on top of salmon.

Grilled Patty Pan Squash Summer Farmer’s Market Salad


4 small patty pan squash

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon zest

1 lemon, juiced

1/3 cup fresh parsley, finely minced

2 tablespoons fresh mint, finely minced

6 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Salt and pepper


1. Remove the tops and bottoms of each squash. Cut crosswise into one-inch slices.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the extra virgin olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley, mint, garlic, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

3. Preheat the grill to medium-high (400°F to 450°F) or prepare a grill pan on the stove over medium-high heat.

4. Brush each side of the squash with the mixture — reserving and setting aside any leftover sauce — and grill for two minutes on each side. To achieve perfect grill marks, resist the urge to disturb the squash while grilling. Remove from the grill and serve immediately with the extra sauce spooned over.


2 cups finely chopped cucumber, peeled and seeded

1/2 cup finely chopped tomato

1/4 cup chopped red onion

2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped

41/2 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro

1 garlic clove, minced

1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream

11/2 teaspoons lemon juice

11/2 teaspoons lime juice

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt

Garnish with fresh cilantro (optional)

Baked tortilla chip scoops (optional)


1. In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In another bowl, combine the sour cream, lemon juice, lime juice, cumin, cilantro, and seasoned salt. Pour over cucumber mixture and toss gently to coat. Serve with chips.


The easiest way to seed a cucumber is to peel it first and then cut it in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scrape out the very center. You can skip this part, but it may make the salad extra watery.

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JUNE Calendar of Events




All Day

Paso and Templeton’s residence, come to the Taproom, Visitor Center, and Emporium all day Monday for 25 percent off Beer, Food, and Merchandise. The 4 pm tour on Mondays is also free to Paso and Templeton Locals. Show your ID to redeem the discount.



Enjoy listening to music in the park.





The new pop-up art studio hosts the recurring event where you can meet the artists - Susan Lyon, Kathy Madonna and Maryanne Nucci.






Join LIGHTHOUSE to raise awareness for families affected by addiction. To register and for more information visit






JUN 15, 22, & 29




Enjoy listening to music in the park.

JUN 18


JUN 24





Celebrate Independence Day lakeside under giant shady oaks with three great musical acts on an afternoon of music, food, and drinks. Music begins at 4 p.m. with the Chris Keith Band featuring songs with Brad Elijah Band, followed by Brittain and Silva, and ending with Bremen Town. Don't forget to bring your camp chair or blanket.







Join us and more than 55 of our brewery friends as the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest returns to Paso Robles. The Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest benefits the nonprofit Paso Robles Pioneer Day, a beloved community organization since 1931.

The Atascadero WineFest experience will showcase premier wines from the Central Coast and beyond. Now celebrating it’s 26th year, this WineFest boasts over 100 wines from more than 50 wineries, breweries, food purveyors, and art exhibitors for attendees to enjoy while relaxing at the sun kissed, lakeside location. A portion of event proceeds will help benefit the Charles Paddock Zoo.





The event will include family-friendly activities throughout the day and culminate in a fireworks show after dark. Additions to the 2023 program include an expanded Family Fun Zone, two live bands, and a new sponsorship program.





Get out your red, white, and bluethemed attire, and make sure you find a location where you can watch the parade before it starts. Parade starts at 10 am.

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Paso Robles Library

1000 Spring St. • (805) 237-3870 • Mon-Fri 9-7 and Sat 9-4

Mondays, 2:30 pm

• Grade School Story Time: Animal Tales with Miss Frances

• Stories and craft for children in grades K-5

Tuesdays, 4:00 pm

• Bilingual Grade School Story Time: Cuentos y Crafts with Miss Cristal, English/ Spanish stories and craft for children in grades K-5

Wednesdays, 10:00 am

Preschool Storytime with Miss Melissa. Stories and a craft designed for school readiness, ages 4-6.

Thursdays, 10:00 am

• Baby Storytime: Mother Goose on the Loose with Miss Carrie

• Nursery rhymes and purposeful play designed to create positive connections, ages 0-18 months

Fridays, 10:00 am and 11:00 am

• Toddler Storytime with Miss Cappy. Stories, songs and craft designed to encourage early literacy, ages 1-3

Templeton Library

1173 S. Main St. Templeton • (805) 221-5372

Hours: Tuesday -thru Friday 1-5 PM. Saturday 10am - 1pm.

CLOSED: Sunday and Monday

Creston Library

6290 Adams St. • (805) 237-3010

Santa Margarita Library

9630 Murphy Ave • (805) 438-5622

Shandon Library

195 N 2nd St. • (805) 237-3009


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


Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce • (805) 238-0506

1225 Park St., Paso Robles, CA 93446

Templeton Chamber of Commerce • Open Thursdays and Fridays 11-3pm (805) 434-1789 • 321 S. Main Street #C, Templeton, CA 93465


Cancer Support Community

Providing support, education and hope

1051 Las Tablas Road, Templeton • (805) 238-4411 • Visit: for more info

Cancer Support Helpline • (888) 793-9355, 6 a.m.- 6 p.m. PST.

North County Parkinson’s Support Group

Providing support, education and hope

2nd Monday of each Month from 6-8pm

Atascadero Bible Church Library, 6225

Atascadero Ave, Atascadero

Vic Breault Or 951-663-9841

SheRecovers Foundation Sharing Circle

1st Thursday each month at 6pm at Dharma Wellness Lounge

1329 Spring St Paso Robles

questions contact:

• Monica Galli - SheRecovers Coach

More information about SheRecovers


• 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

• Youth Commission

1st Wednesday, 5:00 pm

Centennial Park White Oak Room, 600 Nickerson Drive

For general info, call City Hall M-F 8:00 a -

5:00 p at (805) 227-7276.

Visit 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: for more information.

Optimist Club

Paso Robles Club #14668 • (805) 238-2410

• Meeting — 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 6:30 p

American Legion Post 50

240 Scott St., Paso Robles • (805) 239-7370

Hamburger Lunch | Every Thursday, 11

a - 1 p, $6

• Post Meeting | 4th Tuesday, 6:30 p

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Paso Robles #10965

240 Scott St. • (805) 239-7370

Elks Lodge

Paso Robles Lodge 2364 • 1420 Park Street • (805) 239-1411

Kiwanis International

Paso Robles •1900 Golden Hill Road • Culinary Arts Academy

• Meeting — Tuesday, 12:00 p

Rotary International

Paso Robles Sunrise Courtyard by Marriott, 12 S Vine St.

• Meeting — every Thursday, 12:00 p

Paso Robles Republican Women Club

All meetings held at the Broken Earth Wine tasting room.

Meetings held the 3rd Monday each month.

• Day meeting January, February, November, December at 11:30 am.

Evening meetings March, April, May, June, September and October at 5-7 pm. Dark July and August. For information

Almond Country Quilt Guild

Meetings held the 1st Monday each month

• Social hour from 6:15-7:00PM followed by a general meeting and a planned program

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


“ABC” Atascadero Bible Church

6225 Atascadero Mall


(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

(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

Hope Lutheran Church

8005 San Gabriel Road, Atascadero 9am Sunday (in-person and livestream on YouTube)

Pastor: Aaron Smith (805) 461-0340


Creston Community Church

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

Pastor JD Megason


True Life Christian Fellowship

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

Pastor Erick Reinstedt (805) 472-9325


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


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

Pastor Jerry Gruber (760) 304-2435


Apostolic Assembly of the Faith of Christ Jesus

2343 Park St

Bilingual Services: Services: Thursday 7 p.m.

Sunday 2 p.m.

Pastor Miguel Alvarado (805) 610-2930

Bridge Christian Church

Centennial Park Banquet Room

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

Pastor Tim Mensing (805) 975-7178

Calvary Chapel Paso Robles

1615 Commerce Way

Service: Sunday at 9 a.m.,

Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Pastor Aaron Newman (805) 239-4295

Chabad of Paso Robles

Rabbi Meir Gordon. 805-635-8684

Monthly - Friday evening at 7:00pm, Saturday morning at 10:00am

Please contact us for address and current schedule

Christian Life Center 1744 Oak St.

Service Time: 9:30 a.m.

Home Groups during the week


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.


Missionaries: (805) 366-2363

Covenant Presbyterian Church 1450 Golden Hill Rd.

Service: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Dan Katches (805)238-6927

Family Worship Center

616 Creston Rd.

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Patrick Sheean

(805) 239-4809

First Baptist Church

1645 Park St.

Pastor Michael R. Garman

Services: 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.

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

Paso Robles Community Church

2706 Spring St.

Service: 9:00 a.m.

Pastor Daniel Baxter

(805) 239-4771

Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC

Thirteenth & Oak Street

Service: 10 a.m.

Rev. Wendy Holland

(805) 238-3321

Poder de Dios Centro Familiar

500 Linne Road, Suite D

Services: Sun. 4:30p.m., Wed. 7p.m.

Pastors: Frank and Isabel Diaz

(805) 264-9322 / (805) 621-4199

Redeemer Baptist Church

Kermit King Elementary School

700 Schoolhouse Circle

Service: 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Christopher Cole

(805) 238-4614

Second Baptist Church

1937 Riverside Ave.

Service: 11 a.m.

Pastor: Gary Jordon

(805) 238-2011

St. James Episcopal Church

1335 Oak St.

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

Reverend Barbara Miller

(805) 238-0819

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church

820 Creston Rd.

Daily Mass- 8:30 a.m.

Saturday 8 a.m.

Tues. 7 p.m. Spanish

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

Spanish Vigil Mass

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

Spanish Mass at 12:30PM

Father Rudolfo Contreras

(805) 238-2218

The Revival Center

3850 Ramada Dr., Ste. A-3

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Gabe Abdelaziz

(805) 434-5170

The Light of the World Church

2055 Riverside Ave.

Services: Everyday, 6 p.m.

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

Pastor Bonifacio Robles

(612) 990-4701

Trinity Lutheran Church

940 Creston Rd.

Worship Service: 9:30 a.m.

(805) 238-3702

Victory Baptist Church

3850 Ramada Dr. Ste D4

Sundays - 10 & 11 a.m.

Wednesday - 6:30 p.m.

Pastor Bruce Fore (805) 221-5251

Victory Outreach Paso Robles

2919 Union Road, Paso Robles, CA

Services: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, 7:00 p.m.

Pastor Pete Torres

(805) 536-0035


Bethel Lutheran Church

295 Old County Rd.

Service: 9:30 a.m.

Interim Pastor Russ Gordon

(805) 434-1329

Celebration Worship Center

Pentecostal Church of God

988 Vineyard Drive

Pastor Roy Spinks

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

(805) 610-9819

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

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


Iglesia Fuente De Agua Viva

301 13th St.

Services: 10 a.m. & 7 p.m.

Pastor Mike Duran (805) 467-5500

Mission San Miguel Parish

775 Mission Street

Daily Mass: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am Saturday – 4:00 pm (English)

Sunday – 7:00 am (English) • 10 am (Bilingual) • 12 pm (English) • 5 pm (Spanish)

Father Lucas Pantoja (805) 467-2131


Shandon Assembly of God

420 Los Altos Ave.

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


P.O. Box 427 • Paso Robles, CA 93447 Phone: 805-237-6060 or

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Editorial Team Recognized as Elk’s Citizen of the Year

A tribute to the influence of local journalism and community engagement

Two valued members of our Atascadero News team, Camille DeVaul, and Christianna Marks, were recently awarded the esteemed Elk’s Citizen of the Year award. This accolade acknowledges their extraordinary contributions to both our community and our organization, serving as a testament to their exceptional work and dedication.

Given annually by the outgoing Exalted Ruler of the Atascadero Elk’s Lodge, this honor is bestowed upon unsung heroes who go above and beyond in their community service. This year, the spotlight shone brightly on Camille DeVaul, our Assistant Content Editor, and Christianna Marks, our Community Reporter. Their steadfast dedication to local journalism and relentless pursuit of community stories have cast a meaningful media spotlight on the profound work done by the Elk’s Lodge and numerous other organizations within our community.

“Each year, the outgoing Exalted Ruler picks someone from our community that they feel goes above and beyond, the unsung heroes of the community, to be recognized as the Elk’s Citizen of the Year,” said Past Exalted Ruler Susan Marple. “This year, we had two [citizens], Camille DeVaul and Christianna Marks. The dynamic duo from the Atascadero News were helpful and supportive and easy to work with, and they shined a media spotlight on many of the good works that the Elks do in our community.”

Christianna, who joined Atascadero News and 13 Stars Media in 2021, cut her teeth in music journalism in her early career, contributing to publications across the US and running her own music blog. Camille, on the other hand, joined Atascadero News and 13 Stars Media in 2020, driven by her passion for writing and agriculture. Continuing the legacy of her family, who published their own Italian newspaper, Il Corriere del Rhode Island, in the 1920s,

Camille’s career in journalism seems not just a job but a fulfillment of destiny.

Both Christianna and Camille have expressed their love for the community and the vital role they play in telling its stories. Camille’s dedication extends to her appreciation for small-town life and its big news, relishing the opportunity to shed light on the community’s history and its many intriguing characters. Christianna, too, thrives on the opportunity to spotlight the extraordinary endeavors within our community, aiding in the crucial task of helping our community feel seen and heard.

But their recognition extends beyond just individual accomplishments. It highlights the essence of our mission at 13 Stars Media: Making Communities Better Through Print™. With a dedicated team of over 20 individuals spanning the Central Coast, from advertising to graphic design and delivery, we pride ourselves on being a small hometown business with a big impact.

Our weekly publications, The Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press, may seem just another part of the community’s routine, but behind every edition lies a colossal team effort.


Each page carries stories intricately woven by our journalists, delivered to you by our diligent team, and made possible by our local advertisers.

While journalism is often a thankless job, we, as a team, take immense pride in knowing that we play a pivotal role in chronicling history. These stories we tell today will be looked back upon by generations to come as snapshots of a time lived and experienced.

As we celebrate Camille and Christianna’s achievement, we also encourage our community to recognize the significance of supporting local journalism. Each subscription to our publication not only sustains the tradition of local storytelling but also directly supports individuals like Camille and Christianna, who are devoted to bringing your stories to life.

By supporting local journalism, you contribute to a larger ecosystem — one that uplifts community organizations, sustains a local business, and fosters an informed and connected community. It’s an investment not just in today’s news, but also in the fabric of our shared history and our collective future. Let us celebrate the power of our community and continue to enrich it, one story at a time.

Last Word • Elk’s Citizen of the Year
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