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CONTENTS JULY 2015 volume 15 number 3


Feature Stories

10 The Doyenne of Downtown,

part 2 - Paso’s own Norma Moye

12 Patriotic Fun for Everyone

4 th of July Weekend


14 Welcome to the 70 th California

Mid-State Fair

• 12 Days of Fun – “Puttin’ on the Gritz”

• Karl and Laurie Gage are 2015

Fair Volunteers of the Year

• Miss California Mid-State Fair Pageant

set for July 21

• 4-H, FFA, and the Junior Livestock Auction

• Airgas Industrial Arts Auction Showcase

Local Talent

22 Local Perspective on

Police-Community Frictions

Across the Country

• An interview with Police Chief Robert Burton

• PRPD Hosts 2 nd Annual National Night Out

50 Hoofbeat by Dorothy Rogers

Hoofbeat Calendar and Trail Tales


28 Education

• Athleticism is this 11-year-old’s Answer to ADHD

• Equipping PRHS Seniors with Financial Literacy

• Paso Robles Rotary Club Awards $36,500

in Scholarships

• Paderewski Festival Student Finalists set

for Poland

36 Paso People

• North County Mayors Celebrated Bike Month

with Cycle de Mayo

• Ruth Haynes Honored as June Roblan

• Central Coast LIVE! to Stream Local Music Online

• Rotary Winemakers’ Cookoff

• At The Paso Robles Library

• This ’N’ That - A Collection of ‘Stuff’


48 City of Paso Robles Library

and Recreation

Cool stuff to do for the month ahead!

53 Business

• Wine Country Theatre to Perform Musical I do! I do!

• Business Spotlight - A Column by Meagan Friberg

• What’s Happening on Main Street?

• Introducing J. Scott Reneau Insurance Agency

• Templeton Tennis Ranch

- The Newest Tennis & Pickleball Club in America!

• Mullahey Dodge-Jeep-Chrysler-Ram Opens in Paso

• Ben Polano Creates Atypical Place

• The Mattress Specialists are Open in Paso Robles

51 Time & Place

Where to find just about anything and

everything to do in July

54 Last Word – Getting Ready for

the Fair x 2

Seth Javadi, son of Troy and Lori Javadi of Paso Robles,

competed in the 2014 California Mid-State Fair PeeWee Showmanship Competition.

This year’s event will take place at 11 a.m. on Sunday, August 2 nd . Exhibitors

need to register in the Livestock Office during the first week of the Fair. Both lambs

and hogs are available for the young showmen to showcase their skills.


7 th of each month preceding publication


10 th of each month preceding publication


Phone: (805) 239-1533 Founding Co-Publisher:

Karen Chute 1949-2004


bob@pasoroblesmagazine.com Publisher/Editor: Bob Chute

Mailing address: P.O. Box 3996,

Editorial Consultant:

Paso Robles, CA 93447 Chris Weygandt Alba

In town drop off: Dutch Maytag, Advertising: Millie Drum,

1501 Riverside, Paso Robles Pam Osborn, Jamie Self, and

Web: pasoroblesmagazine.com Bob Chute


Paso Robles Magazine (PRM) © 2015, is owned and published by Bob Chute. No part of this periodical

may be reproduced in any form or by any means without prior written consent from Paso Robles Magazine.

PRM is published monthly and distributed FREE to every residence and business, including rural addresses,

in Paso Robles, Templeton, Shandon, Bradley and San Miguel (zip codes 93426, 93446, 93451, 93461

and 93465). Postage paid at Paso Robles, CA 93446. PRM is also available for our visitors through local

restaurants, Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, North County Transportation Center, and other high traffic

tourist-oriented locations.

Annual subscriptions to PRM, mailed to areas beyond the described distribution areas, are available for

$18 per year (for orders outside U.S., add $10 postage). Mailing address: P.O. Box 3996, Paso Robles,

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42 Round Town

• Concert to Raise Funds for Project SurfCamp For advertising inquiries and rates, story ideas and submissions, contact Bob Chute at

• County Perspective - A Column by Bruce Curtis

any of the above numbers. In town drop point for photos, letters, press releases, etc. at Dutch Maytag Home

Appliance Center, 1501 Riverside.

• The Renaissance Reigns at Laguna Lake Park Graphics Advertising and Editorial – Denise McLean, Mode Communications. Editorial composition by

• Templeton this Summer

Travis Ruppe and Art Production by Sue Dill.

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Just a


By Bob Chute

The staff of the Paso Robles Event

Center have so many things packed in

to the 12 days of the 70th Annual Mid-

State Fair you’re gonna want to plan to

spend several days “Puttin’ on the Gritz”

while checkin’ it out! We’ve devoted several

pages to the Fair this month...starting

on page 14, then a fun profile of 4-H

twins on The Last Word, page 62.. The

fun starts Wednesday, July 22 and runs

By Millie Drum

San Luis Sports Therapy under the

direction of Dr. Michael P. Smith is

proud to present the 10th annual Texas

Hold’em Charity Poker Tournament and

Auction on August 22, 2015 from 2 to

8 pm at the SLO Elks Lodge, 222 Elks

Lane in San Luis Obispo.

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

is a leader in supporting the men and

women of the Armed Forces and their

families. Since 2000, the Fund has provided

close to $120 million in support

for the families of military personnel lost

in service to our nation and for severely

wounded military personnel and veterthrough

Sunday, August 2..see you there!

4th of July activities

The drought has put a serious damper

on fireworks this year but you’ll still

find a complete schedule of 4th activities

all around SLO County on page

12. See below about a fundraiser for the

Intrepid Fallen Heroes…giving a very

real significance to the freedoms we celebrate

on the 4th!

One Day One Dollar

Last month I devoted this page encouraging

everyone to donate to the

Food Bank in support of the One Day

ans. The Fund exists

due to the donations

from hundreds of

thousands of our

country’s citizens.

From 2000

to 2005, the

fund provided

close to

$20 million to

families of US and British military personnel

lost, mostly in service in Iraq and

Afghanistan. In January 2007, the Fund

completed the Center for the Intrepid,

a $55 million state-of-the-art physical

rehabilitation center at Brooke Army

One Dollar program. As of July 17 they

were only a couple thousand dollars

short of their goal to raise $125,000

during June…I’m confident it happened.

Thanks to all who contributed to assist

those in need supporting the wonderful

programs of the Food Bank.

And much more...

There are several other interesting

stories for you this month, jump in and

enjoy the ride! And thanks for supporting

our advertisers. They make possible

the free mailing of Paso Robles Magazine

to you each month!

Support the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

10 th Annual Texas Hold’em Charity Poker Tournament

Medical Center

in San Antonio,

Texas. The Center

serves military personnel

who have

been catastrophically

disabled from

battle in Iraq and

Afghanistan, and

veterans severely

injured in other operations and normal

performance of their duties. An additional

facility provides support for those

with traumatic brain injuries. Follow

www.fallenheroesfund.org for the latest


President Dave Winters, Dr.Michael Smith,

Jason and CFO Thomas Alletto on the

Intrepid Aircraft Carrier.

Personal note

Grandson Adam Thomas Chute

celebrates birthday #5 on July 22,

pictured with my son Ben on their

Bahamas vacation earlier this year.

Rho and I will be

traveling to Colorado

in September

to see Adam and

his whole family

for several days,

including attending a Dodgers-Rockies

game. Then we’ll travel a couple

hours to celebrate our 10th anniversary

where we were married in Estes

Park, CO!

To support the local effort, make

your reservations for tournament play

early! Individuals wishing to donate

items for prize giveaways and auction

items can contact Dr. Smith at msmith

@slsportstherapy.com. Corporate and

business donations will be recognized

during the event with the logo emailed

to the same address. If your donation is

in gift certificate format, mail it directly

to San Luis Sports Therapy, Poker for

the Troops, Attn: Dr. Michael Smith,

350 Posada Lane, #103, Templeton, Ca

93465. Buy in to play is $100, re-Buys

$50. All of the proceeds directly benefit

the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Prizes

and food provided for all players. Email

reservations and donations to msmith

@slsportstherapy.com. Visit www.


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Let the Mother of all

journeys start: Fortune & fate

Fortune doesn’t always smile at people.

Her blitzkrieg of dirty looks can blow you

off-course and stun the moodiest hormonal

teenager on earth, maybe permanently.

But she threw a big beaming smile for a little

alley in Paso Robles, and it was captured in Nova

Color by artist Steve Kalar in May, when “The

Doyenne of Downtown” made its debut behind

835 12th Street.

That smile took 100 years to paint. It sailed

across the globe many times with Fortune’s awful

and wonderful company. The long voyage

seasons a man or a woman like wood — peels

off the green and raw, leaves the heartwood

open so the winds of fate burnish and grind to

a fine strength.

The journey around the world to paint that

portrait, Steve Kalar says, “made my mind spin.”

He painted a meticulous portrait of his mentor.

Then he gave it to her. She plans to send it

back on the road again. Maybe a trip around the

town square.

“She started my adventure.”


A quick glance won’t tell you.

The “Doyenne” paints the face of the heroic

human spirit, which receives what Fortune

giveth and wears it with dignity.

It looks just like Norma Moye in giant

youthful vigor.

Steve says he painted her on purpose. Because

she sailed from an old world to a new one.

But he didn’t plan to come all the way from

Tuscany, to ride along with her. That was a trip,

he says, he never intended to make.

Out on the high seas, a training ground

creates people. The journey makes “Doyennes”

like Norma, the wise elders in a community,

and artist world-designers like Steve.



Both of them, etched in

silver by the winds of fate, smile

at their good fortune, over the

“Doyenne.” Her swirling black

and red lace towers over the

woman who danced around the

town square years ago. Norma

is compact, after doing this for

more than 80 years, but still dancing

around, with the Main Street

program that revived downtown

from a coma.

“She started my adventure,”

says Steve.


Maybe they inherited the spirit

of pioneers.

Their forefathers boarded 19thcentury

sailing ships, and found

the beginning of El Paso de

Robles, built new homes and lives,

creating legacies for generations

– including Steve, great-grandson of a pioneer

Austrian cheese specialist, and Norma, greatgranddaughter

of a pioneer Italian entrepreneur.

You’d have to be a millionaire to set yourself

up here today, with that little grape-growing

operation advertised for $3 million or that

vintage farm for $5 mil.

The pioneer plan started from scratch. Carlo

Ronconi decided to feed the town vegetables.

His family put down roots in the town square, to

take care of people’s needs for food, drink, and a

place to sleep.

The Kalar idea likewise started from the

ground up near San Miguel. The land grew a

ground-breaking Kalar operation, producing a

dairy, the feed crop, grain, orchards, and the first

Austrian cheese factory in the region.


Fortune frowned on the decades marching by.

Rocked by the 1960s, Kalar’s grandson warned

his boys, Steve remembers. “My father said

there’s no future in farming.”

Fate intervened and sent Steve to the Old

World – to the Italian Renaissance in Florence,

land of ancient grape-growers. He studied

aesthetic design and Tuscan villas, then tracked

the ancient growers. Over continents, oceans,

and two decades, he found design projects and

custom artwork “traipsing” across Western

Europe and beyond.

“Europe changed who I am,” Steve says.

“I never planned to come back here.”

He launched out while Norma stayed to

feed the town, in the Pass of Oaks. Which got

hairy, when the Oaks took it literally 100 years

later and started Oaks Passing Away – and

morphed into a full-time nursing job, with all

the upswings and downturns known to Man.

You name it: Adventure. Catastrophe. Recovery.

Celebration. Wasting disease. Rebirth.

It happens.

Fortune jerked Steve Kalar back to Paso

Robles in 1995, when his parents began their

passing away. On arrival, his head spinning, he

found Norma waiting.

Downtown had been hammered by

a deadly attack of suburban flight.

The place was a MORGUE. The fight

was fierce.

We have things to do, she said. Big,

structural things, projects that needed

an artistic expert. Norma needed

Steve’s design skills. She wanted huge

murals painted on old brick walls, buried

in pigeons’ poop.

The mother of all journeys swept

Steve into serious fieldwork. He saw

old bricks saved and resurrected, growing

like newborns.

The ancient grape growers shook

hands with the Oaks. The Renaissance

was here.

Photos by Chris Weygandt Alba

Smiles for posterity,

saved in photographs.


Doyenne – Expert, historic downtown

revitalization. Honored director National

Main Street City Paso Robles program,

Norma’s Way, 835 12th St.


Expert, artistic design. Italy’s first American

in “Tuscan Artists of the 21st Century”

trained in Florence, home base San Miguel.

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From the countryside to the seaside, Independence Day preparations are underway. Whether you

celebrate with family or friends, we offer a sampling of options to help make your holiday spectacular.

By Melissa Chavez

Cambria Craft Fair at The Vet’s Hall parking

lot, July 4 from 9-5pm offers free admission.

Booths and live music. Contact Mike Knapp, (559)

288-6614. Visit thecraftfair.org.

Old-Fashioned July 4th Celebration takes place

at Shamel Park, July 4, where Windsor Blvd. meets

the ocean. Daylong family fun, free parking and

admission. No fireworks due to severe drought,

but plenty to see and do. Food, music, concessions, Morro Bay

Lions Club Bounce House, face painting and

prizes. Opening ceremonies (11am), Live music

(11:30-1pm), Waiter and Waitress Balancing Tray

Relay Races (1-2pm), Linn’s Messy Pie Eating

Contest (2-3pm), Raffle Drawings (3pm), Live

Music: Country Rock, Rock & Roll, Dance Music

(3:15-5pm) and Live Music: Rock, Country,

Classic Rock (5:30-9pm). Children’s Games

(11:30am), Swimming Pool (opens at 1pm).

Trolley transportation is available.

Cayucos Peddler’s Faire on July 3-5, from

9-4pm, at the Cayucos Creek Lot between Hardie

Park and Ocean Avenue. Shop for antiques, homemade

products, flea market items, clothing, jewelry

and more. Food available from both vendors and

Cayucos eateries.

Cayucos Independence Day Celebration on

July 4 offers Sand Sculpture Contest from 5-8am,

Cayucos Lions Club Annual Parade at 10am,

Lions Club BBQ at the Vets Hall from 11-3pm

and Lioness bingo in the Vet’s Hall, from 1-4pm.

Sand Sculpture Contest by the pier from 5-8pm,

sponsored by Cayucos Lions Club. Bundle up near

the pier for fireworks beginning at 9pm. Please be

responsible with alcohol, parking, and setting up

chairs. No bonfires, alcohol or personal fireworks

allowed on the beach. Call 995-1200 for general

info or 995-1218 for parade info.

Morro Bay 4th on the beach on

July 4! “Morro Bay rocks the 4th.” Free family fun

at Tidelands Park, including an alcohol-free, traditional

Fourth of July Picnic (bring your own). Morro

Bay Mile Skateboard Race: Register at 9am and race

at 10am, from Morro Bay High to the submarine

on Embarcadero. Live bands from 12-5pm, Food

Court & BBQ and vendors. Sorry, no fireworks this

year. Call (805) 776-3301. Morro Bay 4th is a nonprofit

organization. Donations cheerfully accepted.

Send to PO Box 43, Morro Bay, CA, 93443. Visit


Bike Parade Kick-Off of the Morro Creek Bike and

Pedestrian Bridge, July 4, at 12pm. Deck out your

bikes in Red, White & Blue, then join this spirited

parade. Event for non-motorized bikes only. Children

under 18 must wear a helmet. Park at Morro

Bay High, then meet up on the north side of the

Morro Creek Bridge and ride 1.5 miles to Tidelands

Park. Secure your bike at the Bike Valet at the park.

Paso Robles Eos Winery Independence

Day Open House, 2300 Airport Road, 10-5pm, is

serving Red, White and Sangria along with Kielbasa

on a Stick and wine brownies for $3 each. Tasting

fee, $10. Hear live music and try your hand at horseshoes

and bocce ball. Visit www.eosvintage.com.

Saturday Live at Vina Robles Hospitality Center,

3700 Mill Road, features music by The Belmores

on July 4 from 1-4pm. Complimentary and no

RSVP necessary. Wine for purchase plus tastings

and charcuterie plates are available. Visit www.


Templeton 46 West Summer Block Party

on July 3 at Castoro Cellars, 6:30-9pm. Enjoy a

casual “wine festival” ambiance of terrific wines,

food, and music by JD Project for $45/person. Visit


Templeton July 4th Parade and Celebration is

hosted by Templeton Kiwanis Club. Call Gwen,

(805) 434-1556. Before the parade, gather for

the Annual Fire Department Pancake Breakfast,

7-9:30am. Purchase $5 tickets from Templeton

CSD, Farmers Market, Templeton firefighters or

at the park. Buy early. Only 800 available. Bring

sunscreen, lawn chairs, flags and mark your spot

with along historic Main Street or Old County

Road for the 10am parade. At Templeton Park,

enjoy concessions, BBQ, beer/wine for sale, games,

live music and craft vendors till 3pm.

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This years Fair theme is “Puttin’ On The

Gritz!” The theme is inspired by southern

hospitality, and with that we offer you a warm

and sweet welcome to the 2015 California

Mid-State Fair! We invite you to have lots

of fun on the bayou: are you playing a saxophone

in a Jazz band or maybe standing

in the middle of Bourbon Street watching

the Mardi Gras parade; could you be riding

a horse in the Kentucky Derby or perhaps

you’re a Southern Belle sitting on the porch

of a grand estate drinking sweet tea?

It’s southern peaches and

fried green tomatoes, and

every day during the run of

the fair, twice a day, a New

Orleans style Mardi Gras parade

will run from one end of

the midway to the other at the

2015 California Mid-State Fair,

Wednesday, July 22 through

Sunday, August 2! Fun times ahead!

Our grounds are simply beautiful,

full of splendor and many

new improvements. So,

whether you ride the rides,

listen to the stellar entertainment

staged throughout the

grounds, watch the livestock

and equestrian events,

shop the commercial vendors or

just eat fabulous food, please take the

time to enjoy every aspect that makes this

Fair truly golden... the “Biggest Little Fair


On behalf of the Board of directors and

staff, I want to cordially invite you to attend

our 2015 edition of the California Mid-State

Fair. Come early, stay late, and

have fun!

Warmest regards,

Vivian Robertson

Chief Executive Officer

California Mid-State Fair

By Bob Chute

The crew at the Paso Robles Event Center are

putting together the 2015 version of the California

Mid-State Fair, “Puttin’ On the Gritz!” slated

to begin Wednesday, July 22 and running

through Sunday, August 2.

While several area publications produce their versions of Fair guides, we’ve simply put

together an overview of some of the things to look for, special activities and shows, plus a

look at the entertainment and other items we believe you’ll find of interest.

Heather Young profiles the Fair’s Volunteers of the Year Karl and Laurie Gage and Judy

Bedell takes a look at what you can expect at the Junior Livestock Auction and the Industrial

Arts Auction. We are also honored to present Judy’s Last Word profile of Estrella 4H twins

Cody and Ellie Zack.

Heritage Foundation

The Heritage Foundation works to preserve and enrich the heritage of the 16th District

Agricultural Association and offers support to the 4-H and FFA programs, create agricultural

education opportunities, and maintain a standard of excellence and expansion in

the facilities by implementing capital improvement programs. Join today - 100% of all

monies received for The Heritage Foundation goes back into the Mid-State Fair and Paso

Robles Events Center, learn more at thecmsfheritagefoundation.org.

There’s lots to do, even before the Fair, but especially during the 12 Days of Fun...see you there!

The Paso Robles Event Center is open year-round. It is a convention center complex

located on 40 acres in Paso Robles. Facilities include a 200-by-300-foot indoor equestrian

arena seating 7,587, a 18,000-square-foot community building, and two other commercial


Facilities are located at 2198 Riverside Avenue in Paso Robles. Mailing Address - PO

Box 8, Paso Robles, CA 93447

Tickets/Box Office - (805) 238-3565 or 1-800-909-3247 Phone - (805) 239-0655 Fax -

(805) 238-5308


REGULAR: Child (6-12) - $6/day... Adult (13-61) - $10/day... Senior (62+) - $8/day

($5/day on Senior’s Day: Tuesday, July 28).

DISCOUNT-ALBERTSONS: Child (6-12) $5.25/day... Adult (13-61) $7.25/day... Senior

(62+) $6.25/day if purchased from Albertsons June 1, 2015 through July 21, 2015



REGULAR: Child (6-12) $20/season... Adult (13+) $50/season

DISCOUNT-FARM SUPPLY: Pick up a discount coupon at any local Farm Supply location

and redeem at the CMSF box office through July 21... discount prices are Child (6-12)

$15/season... Adult (13+) $40/season.


REGULAR: $30/day (Mon.-Thurs.), $35/day (Fri.-Sun.) available in the Carnival Area.

DISCOUNT-ALBERTSONS: $23.25/day if purchased in advance from any local

Albertsons store through July 21 (Midnight).


In the lot across the street from the main entrance…before 3 p.m.: $10/day and after

3 p.m.: $15/day


Open 12 noon to 12 midnight each day of the Fair.


Open 12 noon to 12 midnight each day of the Fair.


8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through July 3.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun. starting July 6.

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day of the Fair.


9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through July 3.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sat. & Sun. starting July 6.

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day of the Fair.


Looking for the perfect graduation or birthday gift? The California Mid-State Fair has

the ideal treat - the newly created California Mid-State Fair Gift Card. The gift cards are

available in $25 increments and can be purchased online at midstatefair.com or at the

Fair Box Office, located at 2198 Riverside Avenue in Paso Robles.

The gift cards can be used towards purchases of concert tickets, admission passes or

carnival ride wristband coupons.


The 18th annual 4-H & FFA Golf Classic presented by Wells Fargo will take place on Sunday,

July 19 at the beautiful Paso Robles Golf Club. Net proceeds from the event will go

toward scholarships for our local 4-H & FFA livestock exhibitors. Tournament check-in

and warm-up begins at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The format is a 4-person

scramble. See you there! Register a team for the 2015 CMSF 4-H & FFA Golf Classic!


The 2015 Miss California Mid-State Fair pageant will be on Tuesday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m.

on the Frontier Stage. See individual bios on page 16. Admission to the pageant and

parking will be free!


Wednesday, July 22, 10-11:30 a.m. Don’t miss the

annual Cattle Drive to kick off the 2015 Fair! Leaving

Borjon Auto Center around 10 a.m...heading down

Union Road to 13th Street...then up to Riverside Ave...

and finally arriving at South Gate around 11:30 a.m.!


Thursday, July 30, 7:30 a.m. at Paso Robles Downtown City

Park. The annual CMSF pancake breakfast is prepared by

members of the Grange, and will take place on July 30th

from 7:30-10:30 a.m. in the Paso Robles Downtown Park.

Tickets will be available for FREE from Main Street merchants

the week before the breakfast. See you there!


Wednesday, July 22 - Sunday, August 2, 12:00pm-

11:00 p.m. Where: North West Corner

The 55-target shooting gallery was designed by Daniels

Wood Land to resemble the interior of a farm and

ranch style barn with a hay loft. Fairgoers can set their

sights on fly-up cans, egg-laying chickens and jumping

fish in a bathtub... sponsored by Arco AM/PM.


Wednesday, July 22 - Sunday, August 2, at 1, 3, 5, and 7:30 p.m. Boys and girls, six years

old and younger, weighing less than 60 lbs, try to ride a sheep for a full six seconds. Every

child takes home temporary tattoos and a participation ribbon. World Championship

Mutton Bustin’ will be located on the south end of the PREC.

Please see FAIR page 16

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By Heather Young

Karl and Laurie Gage first volunteered for the

California Mid-State Fair in 1995 when their friend

Sharon Mansker was the volunteer coordinator.

“She saw a need that needed doing and asked

us to do it,” Karl said. “Basically, we started doing

marketing surveys of the attendees.”

After doing the surveys for a few years, they then

worked in the laundry building managing the lockers,

until the lockers moved to the Main Quad, then

to the information booth. Now the Gages volunteer

in the information booth in the Main Quad about

eight days of the fair for a two-hour shift.

“Our favorite shift is the 8 to 10 in the evening,”

Karl said. “Great people watching and we can hear

the music.”

Laurie told a story of when Justin Bieber performed

at the fair a few years ago. She said they noticed large

groups of young girls entering the fair with a single

adult, the girls very excited for the concert.

“They were so electric, so excited,” she said. “We

didn’t hear the music. From the time he started all

we could hear was screaming. It was supersonic.

They never stopped the whole time.”

Laurie said that they saw parents emerging from

the Grandstand, looking shell shocked.

“It was so fun to watch,” she said.

The couple said they enjoy volunteering at the

fair each year because “it’s an amazing cross-section

of people,” Laurie said.

“We get to catch up with people we haven’t seen

[for a while],” Karl added. “We get our fair food fix.”

In addition to working in the information

booth, Laurie also helps with administrative

work. Karl judges the home wine competition

and is a steward with the Central Coast Wine


“It keeps us connected to the community,” Karl


“I love coming here year after year, seeing all the

creative things they do [at the fair],” Laurie added.

Outside of the fair, Karl is a licensed general

contractor and works with the home energy upgrade

program. He’s also a member of SLO Green

Build. Both Karl and Laurie are members of the

Estrella Warbirds Museum. Laurie runs a board

and care facility for horses at their property outside

Paso Robles. Karl said he also does composting

and is taking compost facility training through Cal

Poly Pomona.

“I love coming here year

after year, seeing all the

creative things they do

[at the fair]…”

“I think that’s what I want to do when I grew up,” Karl

said with a laugh, adding that he’s currently working

with San Luis Obispo County Worms.

Laurie said she would volunteer with the fair

more, but her time has been taken up over the last

couple of years because she was part of the water

formation district, is vice president of Pro Water Equity

and is an alternate for the basin advisory committee

for the SLO County Board of Supervisors.

Karl was born in Seattle and went to high school

in Albuquerque. In 1977, he moved to Santa Monica.

Laurie grew up on the west side of Los Angeles

in Pacific Palisades, where the couple lived until

they moved to Paso Robles in 1988.

“I thought it was the best place I ever lived until

we moved to Paso Robles. We moved here to do

horses,” Karl said, though he added that what they

do with horses has changed over time.

“We moved here to do breeding, but it didn’t

work for me,” Laurie said. So they moved into

boarding and caring for horses rather than

breeding them. The Gages own six horses and

have a total of 13 horses on their farm east of Paso

Robles. Laurie started riding horses when she

was 11 years old and was involved in professional

grooming and care when she was 16 years old

in Malibu.

Karl said the name of their farm, Full Sail Farm,

came because of how much he loves to sail. When

they lived in Southern California he was able to

leave his front porch and be on the water within

20 minutes.

“I think I’ve been on my sailboat five times since

we’ve moved here,” Karl said.

“You’ve got the tractor now,” Laurie joked.

The Gages said they can’t imagine living anywhere


“There are plenty of things pulling us, but

nothing pushing us [out of Paso Robles],” Laurie


The Gages will work in the information booth

again this year, usually the 8 to 10 p.m. shift.

“Remember, lockers are $2 all day -- in and out,”

Karl said.

“It’s a great deal,” Laurie added, saying the

lockers are available noon to 10 p.m. She said the

proceeds from the locker rentals go to fund the

Friends of the Fair dinner each year.

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The 2015 Miss California Mid-State Fair will be crowned

on Tuesday, July 21. The pageant takes place at the Frontier

Stage starting at 6:30 p.m., admission and parking will be

free! The contestants include:

Hailey McLean is 19 years old and attends

Cuesta College. She is involved with the San Luis

Obispo Sheriff Dept. Explorer Program, a volunteer

for AVSO soccer coach and has volunteered

for over 200 events and fundraisers. Hailey’s platform

is titled “Into the Wild: Animal Conservation and Education.”

Her booth will have cards with endangered species

on them and some animals from Zoo to You.

Amanda McCaughan is 18 years old and is self

employed. She is involved with the Broadway

Bound Studios, PRYAF, USFSA (United States Figure

Skating Association) and Stop Out Bullying.

Amanda’s platform is titled “Warriors against Bullying.”

She plans to reach out to the community by speaking

to people and educating them about the effects of bullying.

Rachel Andrade is 18 years old and a graduate

of Atascadero High School. She is a member of

the Atascadero FFA, Atascadero Grange Hall 563,

Secretary and SLO Storm Soccer Club. Rachel

platform is titled “ Kicks for Kids.” She plans to

have a booth at the Fair to inform people of the sports that

are available to children.

Annalena Stenger is 18 years old and a graduate

of San Luis Obispo High School. Some of the

organizations she has been involved with are FFA

and Drama Club. Annalena platform is “Agriculture

at an early age”. She plans to attend elementary

schools and present workshops on the importance of


Claire Stenger is 18 years old and a graduate of

San Luis Obispo High School. Some of the organizations

she has been involved with are Drama

Club and FFA. Claire’s platform is titled “Teach

a Man to Fish.” Plans to have an informational

booth informing people of the effects of world hunger.

Abigail Gremillion is 19 years old and attends

Paso Robles Cosmetology School. Abigail’s platform

is titled “Park and Recreation.” She plans to

have an informational booth on community and

recreational activities that are available to our youth.

Rebecca Mason is 19 years old and is a sophomore

at Cal Poly. Some of the organizations she

belongs to are Cal Poly Young Cattleman’s Committee,

CMSF Junior Fair Board, United Methodist

Church, and Cal Poly Marksmanship Club. Rebecca’s

platform is titled “Partners In Equestrian Therapy.” She

plans to have an informational booth on Equestrian Therapy.

Laura Henderson is 19 years old and is a sophomore

at Cuesta College. She is currently an

instructor at Artistry in Motion. Laura’s platform

title is “Dance like no one is Watching.” She

plans to have an informational booth about the

benefits of dance.

Riley Shannon is 18 years old and is a sophmore

at Cal Poly. The organizations that she belongs to

are Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Daughters of the

American Revolution, Collegiate FFA of Cal Poly,

FFA member, Cal Poly swim team, and Philanthropy

committee. Riley’s platform is titled “Bushels

of Fun - Agriculture Education for children affected by

domestic violence.” She plans to have an informational

booth to provide pamphlets and fun fact packets for


Kaitlin Heely is 22 years old. She is a resident

of Paso Robles and attends UC Fresno. The

organizations she belongs to are Fresno State

Young Cattlemens Association, Fresno State

Beef Show Team, and Fit By sacrifice fitness

team. Kaitlin platform title is “Farmers Feed Your Soul.”

She plans to have a informational booth for the community

to come and learn about where their food and produce

comes from.

Karina Medrano is 18 years old and a sophomore

at Cuesta College. Her organizations that

she is involved with are SLO Crusades, Monterey

County Farm Bureau, California Women for Agriculture,

and Associated Students of Cuesta

College. Karina’s platform is titled “FFA: Planting seeds for

future leaders.” She will inform the public of the benefits of

FFA through an educational exhibit at the Fair.

Judy Thach is 20 years old and has received

her AA from Cuesta College. Her organization

that she is involved with are Asian Pacific

Youth Leadership Project. Judy’s platform

is titled “Community education on Water

conservation.” She plans to have an exhibit about water

conservation to show people how to save water in their

everyday life.


As of press time, with the exception of a few “opening acts,” the bookings for the

Chumash Grandstand Arena have been set. The line-up includes:

Wednesday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.

Meaghan Trainor with Life of Dillon

& Charlie Puth

Thursday, 23, 7:30 p.m. - Pitbull

Friday, 24, 7:30 p.m.

Jason Aldean with Cole Swindell

Saturday, July 25, 7:30 p.m.

Motley Crue with Alice Cooper

Sunday, July 26, 7:30 p.m.

Brantley Gilbert with Colt Ford

Monday, July 27, 7:30 p.m.

Def Leppard with Tesla

FRONTIER STAGE - Free with paid admittance to Fair, two shows per night,

6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Several dates open, to be announced as of press time.

EQUESTRIAN SHOWS - Where: Equestrian Center

Wed, July 22, 9am

4-H & FFA Horse Show

Thu, July 23, 8:30am - Cow Dog Trials

Thu, July 23, 1pm - Ranch Horse Class

Fri, July 24, 8am - Cutting Horse Show

Sat, July 25, 8am - Cutting Horse Show

Sun, July 26, 9am

Sheep Dog Trials & Draft Horse Show

Mon, July 27, 9am - Open Horse Show

Tuesday, July 28, 7:30 p.m.

Alan Jackson with Brett Eldredge

Wednesday, July 29, 7:30 p.m.

Keith Urban with Kelsea Ballerini

Thursday, July 30, 7:30 p.m.

Brews & Blues with Robert Cray

and Stephen Stills

Friday, July 31, 7 p.m.

Evening of Music & Wine with Boston

Saturday, August 1, 7 p.m.

Country Rodeo Finals

Sunday, August 2 - Monster Trucks

Mon, July 27, 2pm - Barrel Racing

Tue, July 28, 8am - Snaffle Bit Futurity

Tue, July 28, 8am - Stock Horse Show

Wed, July 29, 8am - RSNC Sorting

Thu, July 30, 8am - Team Roping

Fri, July 31, 8am

Wrangler Junior Gymkhana

Sat, August 1, 8am - Country Rodeo

Sun, August 2, 9am - Country Rodeo

MISSION SQUARE - Evening shows at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 22 - Bear Market Riot

Thursday, July 23 - Acoustify

Friday, July 24 -

Saturday, July 25 - Mele’uhane

Sunday, July 26 - Code Blues

Monday, July 27 - Live Band Karaoke

Thursday, July 23

Favorite Southern Cooking Desserts

Friday, July 24- Derby Hat Challenge

Saturday, July 25 - Cupcake Challenge

Sunday, July 26 - Locally Grown Salsa

Monday, July 27

Dairy Cow Milking Challenge

Wed, July 22, 9am - Poultry Show

Thu, July 23, 9am - Cattle Pens Judging

Fri, July 24, 9am - Rabbit Show

Sat, July 25, 1pm - Dog Show

Sun, July 26, 6pm

Farm Supply Jr. Livestock Quiz Jam

Mon, July 27, 9am - Dairy Goat Show

12pm - 6pm - Ladies and Lads Lead


Tue, July 28, 8am - Market Hog Show

and Market Lamb Show and Meat Goat Show

Wed, July 29, 8am - Breeding Beef Show

and Market Steer Show and 1:30pm -

Tuesday, July 28 - Live Band Karaoke

Wednesday, July 29 - Live Band Karaoke

Thursday, July 30 - Moonshiner Collective

Friday, July 31 - El Desayuno

Saturday, August 1 - El Desayuno

Sunday, August 2 - Matt Campbell

PASO PETE’S PONDEROSA STAGE - Events nightly at 6 p.m.

LIVESTOCK SHOWS - Where: Livestock Pavilion

Tuesday, July 28

Sands Inn & Suite Apple Pie Contest

Wednesday, July 29

Walmart Junior Fashion Show

Thursday, July 30 - Cotton Ball Challenge

Friday, July 31 - Refrigerator Pickles

Saturday, August 1 - Gator roping

Sunday, August 2

Dairy Cattle Show and 5pm

Replacement Heifer Show

Thu, July 30, 8am - Swine Showmanship

and Meat Goat Showmanship and

Sheep Showmanship

Fri, July 31, 8am - Beef Showmanship

and 6pm - Replacement Heifer Sale

Sat, August 1, 8am - Jr. Livestock Auction

Sun, August 2, 9am - Round Robin

Showmanship and 11am - Pee Wee

Showmanship and 1pm

Livestock Judging Contest

Please see FAIR page 18

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Numerous activities throughout the Fairgrounds from

Wednesday, July 22 to Sunday, August 2, daily 12 noon to 12 midnight

Ag Exhibits - Where: Ponderosa Pavilion

Check out out a wide range of Ag Exhibits all on display in the Ag/Hort Pavilion. Some

of these include the ‘Plant a Barrel’ competition, where competitors are provided with a

barrel and soil, and create planters using flowers, succulents and more. It also is where

you can find birdhouse contest entries, scarecrow contest entries, and much more!

Arts & Crafts - Where: Frontier Pavilion

Check out the decorative design and handicraft items on display. Some of the diplays

you will find here include woodcraft, jewelry, holiday items, scrapbooking, wreaths/baskets,

and much more!

Fine Arts - Where: Ponderosa Pavilion

Check out the local art ranging from drawings to paintings on display.

Flowers - Where: Floriculture Building

Check out award-winning flowers from your neighbors, and don’t miss the days when

fresh flowers get displayed: July 22, July 25 and July 28.

Home Arts - Where: Frontier Pavilion

Check out the clothing & textiles as well as the baked goods, confections, and preserved

foods all on display.

Industrial Arts - Where: Industrial Arts Building

Check out the specialty industrial items fabricated from local San Luis Obispo County

High School students on display.

Landscapes - Where: Floriculture Building

Check out the garden exhibits from local businesses and organizations on display outside

of the Floriculture and Ag/Hort Buildings.

Photography - Where: Ponderosa Pavilion

Check out the still images captured from a range of photographers, from amateurs to

professionals, all on display.

Produce - Where: Ponderosa Pavilion

The produce exhibit features produce from local farms and ranches. It features crops like

vegetables, vine crops, leafy and stem herbs and much more!

Tractor Restoration - Where: Livestock Pavilion

The tractor restoration is a display of restored tractors local young mechanics in the

county worked on to restore. Come visit the display during “Tractor Hour” each day

of the 2015 Fair from 5 to 6 p.m. You’ll have the opportunity to meet the contestants

during an informal Q&A session.

Central Coast Wine Competition - Where: Estrella Hall

The 13th Annual Central Coast Wine Competition returns to answer the daring question,

“who’s got the best wine on the central coast?” The competition features over 600

types of wines from more than 150 wineries, all in competition for the prestigious “Best

Of” title. All Gold Medal winning wines will be showcased at five fairs... the California

Mid-State Fair, the Monterey County Fair, the San Benito County Fair, the Santa Barbara

County Fair, and the Ventura County Fair. Extended publicity and exposure is also

awarded to medal winning wines as they will be featured in spotlight promotions at

participating Albertsons locations.

ALSO: Home Winemaking and Home Brewing Competitions

Olive Oil -Where: Estrella Hall

The Olive Oil Competition will feature extra virgin, flavored extra virgin, organic extra virgin

and flavored organic extra virgin olive oil, and are separated into classes by varietal. A panel

of judges evaluates each entry according to aroma, taste and intensity ranging from delicate

to robust. Olive oil demonstrations are held daily at 4 pm at the kitchen in Estrella Hall.

Getting Ready for the Fair X2

Twins Cody and Ellie Zack will be entering the 8th grade at

Lillian Larsen School in San Miguel this fall. The Estrella 4H

members have been working hard to prepare for the Junior

Livestock competition at the California Mid-State Fair.…

see their story by Judy Bedell on page 63, The Last Word.

18 Paso Robles Magazine, July 2015

By Judy Bedell

Months of hard work will pay off for

local 4-H and FFA members when they

present their market animal projects at

this year’s Junior Livestock Auction at the

California Mid-State Fair.

The auction will be held on Saturday,

August 1st and whether you are looking

to fill the freezer or you would just like to

support the youth of our community, it is

an event you won’t want to miss.

The auction gets started at 8 a.m., but

you will want to arrive early to obtain a

buyer’s number. It is usually standing

room only as youngsters lead their project

animals to the ring in hopes of bringing

home enough money to pay the bills,

buy another animal for next year, and,

usually, put aside the rest for college.

The local auctioneers donate their

services and provide plenty of entertainment

as they help each exhibitor gain

top dollar for their projects. The last two

Dara Dargatz of Paso Robles FFA sold her

meat goat during the 2014 California

Mid-state Fair Junior Livestock Auction

years have been especially rewarding as

the total monies exceeded a million dollars

from the sale of market animals even

with the tough economy.

The bidding process is simple and

there are plenty of people to help you

out if you are new to the auction process.

Beef, lambs, pigs, and goats are all sold

by the pound and the electronic boards

make it easy to calculate what the total

cost of the animal will be.

If you make arrangements ahead of

time at the Livestock office they can help

you out with lining up someone to butcher

and cut and wrap your purchase. Then,

a few weeks later you can enjoy some

of the best meat you will ever have and

know you have helped a future farmer or

rancher in the process.

Monies spent purchasing animals in

the Junior Livestock Auction are tax-deductible

so it is a great way to help a

youngster while gaining a write-off for

your business. You might also consider

going in together with another business

or with neighbors and friends and bid on

an animal together. Businesses often use

it as a means of promotion or advertising

and their support for this community

event is invaluable.

There is a delicious barbecue for all of

Maia Mumford of Atascadero FFA presents her

replacement heifer for bids at the 2014 California

Mid-State Fair Junior Livestock Auction.

the buyers and 4-H members will keep

the audience well supplied with cold

drinks and snacks throughout the daylong


In addition, the Replacement Heifer

sale will be held on Friday, July 31st at

6 p.m. This is a great opportunity to support

local youth and purchase additional

animals for your herd or start out with a

soon-to calve heifer.

For information on how you or your

business can purchase an animal at this

year’s Junior Livestock Auction, call Joel

Twisselman, Livestock Department Coordinator

at 239-0655. The Mid-State Fair

also publishes an informational pamphlet

on the Junior Livestock Auction

that is available at the Fair office at 2198

Riverside Avenue, Paso Robles.

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By Judy Bedell

Head over to the Livestock Pavilion

on Thursday, July 23rd at 2 p.m. for the

2015 Airgas Industrial Arts Auction held at

the California Mid-State Fair. This unique

event showcases the talents of local youth

enrolled in high school Industrial Arts programs

throughout the county.

There is something for everyone and if

you are in the market for a unique, handcrafted,

made in San Luis Obispo County

project, this is the place to be.

In addition to the traditional barbecues

and picnic tables, the students have been

getting very creative these past few years

creating fountains, gun cabinets, doghouses

and even windmills. Perhaps you

Letty Stockdale of Shandon FFA was a proud

winner at last year’s Airgas Industrial Arts Auction

with her handcrafted western chandelier.

are looking for a wine display rack or a teeter-totter

for the kids.

Event organizer and sponsor Blake Wal-

lis of Airgas continues to be pleased with

the creativity and craftsmanship he sees in

the entries.

“I see the projects getting more and

more creative. I like to see the kids thinking

out of the box. The auction isn’t just about

barbecues and tables. When I look around

before the auction begins and I see potential

customers talking to the students about

their projects and the techniques and materials

they used that is a great feeling. That’s

what this auction is all about,” said Wallis.

For the students, the project begins

months earlier when they begin working

on getting materials, finding or creating

working plans and then the actual building

of the piece.

Industrial Arts students from throughout the

county will have handcrafted projects for you

to bid on at the annual Airgas Industrial Arts

Auction on Thursday, July 23 at 2:00 pm in

the Livestock Pavillion.

There is no charge to attend the event

and if you see a project you want to bid

on, simply register for a bidding number

before the auction begins and get ready to

have some fun. Projects remain on display

throughout the Fair.

Wallis can be contacted for additional information

at Airgas, 2131 Golden Hill Road,

Paso Robles, phone 237-4007.

Sunday, August 2, 11 a.m. at Livestock Pavillion

If you want to be entertained as well as amazed, check out the up and coming Junior

Livestock showman competing in this event. With competitions to show both hogs and

lambs, these youngsters battle to be awarded a silver belt buckle and bragging rights for

mom and dad. Youngsters 8 and under can sign up in the Livestock Office during the first

week of the Fair for this fun event. Join them ringside on Sunday morning to cheer on

these pint-sized future Junior Livestock exhibitors.

20 Paso Robles Magazine, July 2015

Fair prices good through Aug 31 st

July 2015, Paso Robles Magazine 21

Police Chief Robert Burton: Serving our community with eyes wide open

Local perspective on police-community

frictions around the country

By Chuck Desmond

It’s no secret that police departments

across the USA have

been under the magnifying glass

during the last year. In the wake

of specifically Ferguson and Baltimore

and their ensuing riots,

imprisonments, leaders removed

from office, Federal investigations,

careers ruined and towns in chaos,

Paso Robles Magazine arranged

for a sit-down with our Police

Chief, Robert Burton, to discuss

a whole host of questions that our

readers might find interesting.

The topics are varied and relevant.

The Chief, despite his easy going

smile, is completely serious about

his responsibility to the community,

the police department and

his commitment to the pledge he


First, let’s look at the numbers

to get a feel for the men and

women sworn to protect us. Chief

Burton is soon to be 50. He has

been a policeman for 19 years and

virtually all of it in Paso. He was

appointed to the position of Chief

three years ago. He reports to Paso’s

City Manager Jim App. Reporting

to the Chief are 33 sworn

officers, 4 reserve officers and 2

K9 dogs. There are 13 patrol cars

and a support staff of 15 men and

women in a cadre of positions including

the 9-1-1 response team.

The makeup of the department’s

full-time and reserve officers is 30

White, 7 Latino and no African

Americans. Six officers are “out

on the streets” at any given time.

Paso is home to

about 30,000

residents and

tons of routine

visitors and

thus, plenty of

people and issues

to keep an

eye on.

Our biggest

crime issue:

No matter how

you slice it, it’s a

Chief Robert


lousy situation that drugs, and

specifically heroin, are Paso’s

largest enemies. The bad guys

are more deeply entrenched

and their methods of operation

are far more devious. It’s a day to

day fight.

Thankfully, Paso is not an

Oakland where the body-count

climbs every day. The needless

loss of even one life anyplace

should bring us to our knees. The

high-profile incidents of lost lives

that focused all the attention to

America’s forefront may possibly

be summed up by a lack of awareness,

preparation, training and

most importantly, connection to

a respective community. The sad

fact is that just to the end of May,

2015, there have been almost 400

shooting deaths in America from

policemen. Due to the wide range

of size and location of America’s

police departments, reporting

police-involved homicides at a

Federal level is not uniform or

even mandated across the country.

The “average statistics” from independent

analysts and respected

media like the Washington

Post, see the range at 930 to 1100

per year. Alarming for sure. The

obvious questions are: “Can these

police-involved tragedies happen

in Paso and, what is being done

to keep them from happening?”

Our town has had five homicides

since 2010 but none have involved

a police officer. It was 96 years

ago when a patrolman was last

killed while on duty. Thus, by

comparison, Paso is a poster child

for control.

Since so much recent testimony

around Michael Brown and

the others was based on cameras,

I asked Chief Burton about Paso’s

position on the issue. He replied

that each patrol car is equipped

with an audio/video camera.

There are no body-cams and

those have been on budget-hold

since the economic downturn. Patrol

cars are replaced about every

five years and with today’s newer

technology, a “set of body-cam +

vehicle cameras” is now far more

affordable. It’s the Chief ’s desire

to add them as replacement cars

are ordered. The total cost of car/

body camera sets will be $150K

and that includes the ramped-up

capacity for the storage of all audio/video


The next topic was about recruiting

and weeding-out possible

candidates who wouldn’t be

a good fit for Paso. Screening is

extensive with a myriad of interviews

up and down the chain of

command. Interviews are oral and

face-to-face with the interviewers

and then with a panel. Background

checks are intense and a

polygraph is also taken followed

by a psych screen. If a candidate

passes those and is then offered

a position, he or she is still on

probation for 18 months. Chief

said, “Our community expects

and demands perfection. We have

fully removed one officer from

his job and a couple others opted

to merely resign as they saw the

writing on the wall. Sometimes

we miss something and that reinforces

our resolve to do better.

It takes too much time and resources

to not do this right. Not

only that but if a person leaves

our department for any reason

and applies for a position in another

town, it is the obligation of

that town to look at our records of

that person. We do make them

completely available. Of course

we do the same in reverse when

we look at candidates from other


Please see POLICE CHIEF page 24

22 Paso Robles Magazine, July 2015

July 2015, Paso Robles Magazine 23

By Chuck Desmond

The City’s second NA-


or, NNO as it’s generally

referred to, will

be hosted by the

Paso Robles Police

Department, currently

with a staff

of 33 sworn officers,

two K9 dogs and a total staff of 50.

Many will be on hand at the

“neighborhood” set up just for

this event – the 900 block of Park

Plan to set aside the evening of August 4 th

Police host 2 nd Annual


Street – right across from the

police department itself. That

section of street between the police

department and the court

house will be blocked off from 6 to

8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4, for

the event. Officers, except for those

on duty or patrol, plus the two

K9 dogs will be on hand. There

will also be a SWAT mobile and

a Field Evidence Lab on demonstration.

Make sure you read the companion

police department article in

this issue of your Paso Robles Magazine.

It is an interview with Chief

Robert Burton and why he is so

passionate about the community

and the PD coming together. The

timing is perfect.

In a nutshell, NNO is an opportunity

for neighborhoods across

the United States and their police

organizations to get together, meet

one another face-to-face and discuss

ways to prevent crime. We’re

all familiar with the Neighborhood

Watch Program and NNO

is an outgrowth of that. The concept

was introduced in 1984 and

now, across the entire Country, on

the first Tuesday in August, this

has grown to over 16,000 communities

with more than 37 million

people participating. This puts

NNO events in their 42nd year.

Mary Sponhaltz, the assistant

to Chief Burton, has again taken

charge of leading the evening

event. Being our busy Chief ’s

Please see NIGHT OUT page 26

POLICE CHIEF from page 22

Training covers a lot of territory.

Chief Burton was clear and direct

with his answers. “Some training

takes place here in Paso where officers

come from across the State

and for other classes, our officers

travel to other communities.

We have very recently started an

across-the-board and mandatory

Tolerance Training class. We also

conduct Racial Profiling training.

These classes are designed to meet

State requirements and fully prep

our officers for those type of possible

incidents. Every complaint

filed by a citizen is thoroughly

investigated and every single Use-

Of-Force situation is first examined

by a Sargent and then a Lieutenant

and finally by me personally.

These are grave matters and we

must learn from each one to do the

right thing for both the officers

and those whom they encounter.

There are other mandatory classes

as well and they are lumped into

the category of ‘Perishable Skills’

which means if they are not routinely

practiced, they might not be

as perfect as we’d like. These classes

are things like driving, arrest

control and firearms proficiency.

Paso’s PD has active in-the-field

sergeants. Their job is to monitor,

train and teach the officers whom

they ride with. These sergeants’

responsibility is to ensure skillsgrowth

in every conceivable job

related category. In short, continue

to raise the bar.”

Next on my list was the “Yes, but

what if – ” question. That would be:

What would happen if Paso erupted

like Ferguson or Baltimore?

Chief Burton carefully explained

how that within a matter of minutes,

the alarms go out. All available

officers, and right up to the phone

at the side of Chief ’s bed, receive

the message to show up. The Sheriff

’s department and Atascadero

PD are all notified simultaneously.

There is a Regional SWAT team

and 5 Paso officers are on it. They

are trained in every aspect of what

one would imagine. “We’d be ready

in a heartbeat” was Chief ’s strongly

worded statement.

Recruiting, given the recent

events, was obviously a sad point for

the Chief. “In lieu of those terrible

tragedies, there is a clear downturn

in qualified candidates across the

Country applying for a career in

law enforcement. Candidates who

have received the appropriate educational

degrees and would be ready

for the next step are backing away.

Many times they are dissuaded by

their families who view the career

of a police officer as a no-win situation

with a spotlight over their head

every time they’d head out the door.

Quite honestly, this will be difficult

to get past for some time to come.”

When I asked Chief Robert

what message he personally wanted

to convey to you, the readers, it was

a single word – CONNECTIV-

ITY. “The more the community

knows us, and the more we reach

out to our residents, the better we

can mesh and work as a total team

to protect each and every one of

us. That goes for every neighborhood,

every store owner, every

student, every family and every

beat-cop on patrol. It is mandatory

to always explore ways to keep

talking to one another. The more

we have 2-way monitoring plus

accountability on both sides of

the issues, the more we’ll do just

fine. I believe it; I’m dedicated to

it; I’m open to every idea that fosters


It’s our town and it’s what we

make of it. Chief Burton, thank

you for your candor.

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NIGHT OUT from page 24

assistant is a big job description

unto itself but the equally-busy

Mary also wears many other hats

(like the 9-1-1 coordinator) in our

police department. Mary came

to our PD from Morro Bay and

that’s where she learned about

NNO. It has long been an annual

event they hold there. Mary

brought the idea to the Chief last

year and he thought it was terrific

and the exact right time to begin

hosting the event in Paso. Almost

200 residents showed up and by all

accounts, the evening and ensuing

results were great successes.

This is a great opportunity to

meet the police men and women

of the department without the

sinking feeling coming from having

just seen the flashing red lights

in your rear view mirror. Bring your

questions and your ideas of how to

strengthen the community’s bond

with the PD. But, equally or perhaps

even more important, is to

bring your neighbors and children.

With your neighbors gathered at

the event, you’ll probably meet

“your own personal neighborhood

cop.” For children of all ages,

Community members

connect with our local

police officers during

National Night Out

and explore ways to

prevent crime.

meeting a police man or

woman and knowing his

or her name and understanding

that they are not

the boogeyman – well, that has to

be a good thing! With Paso’s population

at about 30,000, chances

are you’ll meet some folks that you

didn’t know before – they might

even be your neighbors from just

down the street.

The police officers can’t be in

all places at all times so it is the

neighborhood folks that keep their

eyes open to thwart crime. Neighborhoods

with neighbors who

know neighbors and watch out for

themselves are just generally better

at crime prevention. Solidarity also

tells criminals that neighborhoods

are fighting back. Organizations

like NNO and NextDoor.Com

are making real inroads to community

safety. Check them both on

line for more details.

Paso’s police department is

pro-active and it is friendly; and yes,

of course, the men and women are

very serious about their commit-

ment to our safety as their #1 top

priority. The plain fact is that police

departments work better when

there is a community partnership.

There might be a hundred different

things we’d like to know, so ask

yourself a few questions: Of the 33

officers, do I know any of them?

Have I ever seen the dogs? When

should I report what I think is a

crime? Am I “bothering” the 9-1-1

operators if I call in? What’s the

difference between a Paso police

person and a sheriff? How does one

become a policeman – and all those

related questions? How really safe

is Paso? What can I do to make my

own neighborhood safer? Would

a police person come to my neighborhood

for a “neighborhood-specific”

meeting at one of our homes?

Ms. Sponhaltz has arranged for

hot dogs, burgers and beverages

to be served. NO CHARGE

– FREE! These are through the

generosity of local sponsors. A big

thanks to them! There are also giveaways

and games for the children.

Hey Paso – let’s learn together,

grow together and be safer together.

Thank you Mary! This is a great

opportunity for all of us to raise

the bar of safety!




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Trampoline champ Keenan Howell wins the gold

Athleticism is this 11-year-old’s

answer to ADHD

By Paula McCambridge

The hardcore regular workouts required for

trampoline champion Keenan Howell, 11, have

led him to two major victories – one in his sport

and the other of a more personal nature.

Young Keenan has what his mother, Zoe, describes

as a severe case of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity

Disorder, and he faces that challenge

without any medication at all due to his strenuous

exercise, Zoe said.

Keenan is the youngest in a family of four

children – three of which, himself included –

have ADHD. His dad has it too.

“Kids with ADHD are bully magnets; we

found that out with my daughter,” Zoe said. “My

daughter, 15 years old now, was so terribly bullied,

we had her in crisis care. So with Keenan,

we put him in private school in Templeton and

use exercise instead of medications. I didn’t want

to take any chances. Our experience with our

daughter, well she was an amazing teacher.”

Keenan is a precocious child with a head of

loose curls and a constant smile on his face. He

speaks openly, and his positive nature draws

others to him. During our interview in a local

restaurant, a guest in a nearby booth overheard

our conversation and approached Keenan, kneeling

to look him in the eye.

“I want to tell you that you can do anything,

this isn’t a disability,” the man said. “I’ve been

through this, and you just remember that there’s

nothing wrong with you.”

Keenan, continuing to smile listens to the

man and thanks him. When the man leaves our

table, Keenan describes how his life feels.

“I’m extremely blown away by how much people

appreciate me,” he said, still smiling.

This upturn in Keenan’s life began with sports,

currently trampoline competition. Zoe said she

was determined to find a way to keep Keenan

emotionally well after feeling like she’d temporarily

lost that battle with her previous children,

she said.

“You can tell when your kid’s not happy,” she

said. “You have to be fluid. For me, I want to

Keenan Howell, 11, stands

on the winners’ podium for

winning Champion first in

the trampoline competition.

Photo courtesy of Howell family

Keenan Howell shows off his

medals won at various competitions

over the past two years.

Photo by Paula McCambridge

Zoe Howell and her

son, Keenan, 11,

work together, along

with the rest of their

family, to support

Keenan’s trampoline


see successful kids; happiness is a symptom of

success. By putting him in a school that’s more

open to his learning style and making his sport a

priority, we give him a real chance at success.”

Keenan started trampoline gymnastics about

three years ago when his siblings noticed their

younger brother’s ability was more advanced

than theirs.

“They came to me saying, ‘Mom, you need

to sign him up for classes!’ And my kids aren’t

very complimentary, so I knew I needed to do

something,” Zoe said, laughing.

The family started Keenan’s trampoline work

at Pacific Coast Gymnastics in Atascadero then,

encouraged by his progress, auditioned for a

coveted spot at Central Coast Gymnastics in

San Luis Obispo.

“I was pretty nervous,” Keenan said. “I was

used to goofing around the house and going on

the trampoline with my dog.”

Added Zoe with a proud smile, “He auditioned

and walked right onto the team.”

Every move Keenan makes during competition

is now choreographed requiring diligence

and attention to detail. He works well with his

coach, Nick Bockleman, who Keenan said has

become one of his support group.

“In the gym, when my coach is talking, I’m

focused. He’s amazing. When I have a problem,

I feel really comfortable being open and talking

to him.”

Keenan’s hard work on the competition

trampoline team has earned him many medals,

including eight golds for his first-place wins.

“And the season isn’t over yet,” Zoe said,


The focus, the exercise and the routine all help

center Keenan, Zoe said. It is also the reason she

believes he has never had to take medication for

his ADHD and wants other parents to hear her

son’s story.

“Getting your body moving is so important

for these kids; this is going to get him through

puberty,” Zoe said. “Sometimes if you can foster

something athletic, maybe it will mean less

medication for the child. That said, I would never

judge another family – you have to do what you

have to do. We’ve dealt with medication too in

my family. It’s work. Life is work.”

Asked what he sees in his future, Keenan

answers, “I honestly just enjoy everything.

Enjoying what you do in sports, it makes you

want to do more. I watch all the sports on TV;

I watch the Olympics. I picture myself an

Olympic champion standing on the podium.”

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Money Talks arms local youth with tools to navigate the world of real-life finances

Equipping PRHS seniors with financial literacy

By Meagan Friberg

Teens at Paso Robles High

School are learning how to stick

to a budget, build up their savings,

and make financially-sound decisions

with Money Talks, a program

offered locally by the United

Way of San Luis Obispo. Certified

Financial Planner Anne Crabbe of

Cone and Associates recently completed

her second year of sharing

the program with students and said

the response from students, faculty,

and parents has been positive.

“We go into the Economics

classes of Mr. Stroud and Mr. Skinner

once a week for five weeks using

this interactive program that makes

talking about finances engaging and

interesting for the kids,” Crabbe

said. “When I was contacted about

volunteering I said ‘count me in!’

I just love teaching these kids.”

The program uses material from

the University of California Cooperative

Extension Money Talks

program and the National Endowment

for Financial Education.

Using real-life scenarios such as

working, saving money, planning a

budget, buying a car, and apartment

hunting, the lessons are hands-on

and interactive.

Anne Crabbe: Certified

Financial Planner Anne

Crabbe of Cone and

Associates shares financial

literacy with PRHS seniors

with the interactive

Money Talks program.

Photo by Meagan Friberg

“Money Talks uses tools that are

simple to learn,” she said, “and the

lessons are meant to last a lifetime.

For instance, students often receive

multiple credit card offers when they

turn 18. Without proper knowledge

of credit, it’s easy for a young adult

to get into a heap of trouble that

will take a long time to dig out of

financially; we show them how to

build credit wisely.”

The United Way of SLO, explained

CEO Rick London, is focused

on education, income, and

health. With a slew of financial

literacy programs available, he said

the board liked the interactive and

engaging aspects of Money Talks.

Paso Robles Rotary Club awards $36,500 in scholarships

Every year the Paso Robles Rotary Club holds fund raising events to raise

money for both local and international projects. This year the Paso Robles Rotary

Club presented $36,500 in scholarships to Paso Robles High School students.

Representing the club were presenters Wade Taylor, Rotary President and Scott

Laycock, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee

As a club that prides itself in local community involvement they were proud to

award scholarships to the following students:

• Six vocational, or community college scholarships at $1,000 each totaling

$6,000 to Carley Cockrum, Jessica Gage, Marie Avila, Ashley Barrios, Calvin

Jennings, and Shasta Wright.

• 10 four year scholarships at $3,000 each totaling $30,0000 to Taylor Ellstrom,

Carly Cargill, Madison Romero, Jason Germain, Nicole Childs, Dylan Wilkinson,

Shanna Loughmiller, Mason Hargrove, Madison Moore, and Milan Bass.

• Service Above Self Scholarship at $500 given to Xing (Stella) Bao.

“Statistics show that 43 percent

of Americans spend more than

they make,” London said. “By

investing in our youth, we feel

that we can help families become

more financially stable. We started

Money Talks at Nipomo High

six years ago and have offered

the program at SLO and Paso

Robles high schools for two years

now; we would like to find more

volunteers with a financial background

to help us expand across

the county.”

Crabbe’s passion for financial

literacy came from her father.

Hailing from the Depression Era,

he openly spoke to his children

about money and encouraged

them to ask questions.

“He gave us a financial education

and it helped us out tremendously,”

she said. “When I went to look for

my first apartment, my dad let me

know that I shouldn’t spend more

than 40 percent of my take-home

pay on rent. That simple guideline

was so impactful and his guidance

has helped me throughout my life.

I hope that what I share with these

high school seniors with Money

Talks will have the same impact.”

Crabbe talks about practical,

everyday money topics and reminds

students to PYF (Pay Yourself

First!) while encouraging them

to save, budget, and spend hardearned

money wisely. Seniors work

in groups to understand where their

money may be spent such as housing,

transportation, food, clothes, cell

phone, and more.

“Before long they stop talking

about going out on Friday nights

and start talking about shopping at

thrift stores,” she said. “I try to make

it relatable such as when you get your

own apartment it’s wise to take the

used couch your parents offer and

later buy the one you really want

once you’ve worked and saved up for

it. It’s about making sure these kids

have practical knowledge to maneuver

in the financial world, helping

them understand what to do when

various situations come up, having

discipline, building credit, and staying

in control of their finances.”

Parents and teens are encouraged

to check out www.unitedwayslo.org/

money-talks-teens for a link to the

Money Talks website to learn more

about the program and helpful money

tips. Crabbe is available to talk to those

in search of financial guidance; give her

a call at 237-6460.

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Paderewski Festival student finalists set for Poland

By Melissa Chavez

This month, two Paderewski Festival finalists

are set to fly abroad to participate in

a Student Exchange Program that will provide

firsthand experience of the rich heritage

and culture of Poland. The 2014 Paderewski

Youth Piano Competition winners selected

to go are Daniel Ha of Arroyo Grande

and Kannan Freyaldenhoven of San Luis

Obispo. They earned First Place and Second

Place, respectively, in the Senior Division.

The contest was held in the Paso Robles

Inn Ballroom part of a four-day annual music

celebration last November. Along with

certificates, competition finalists received

cash prizes, ranging from $150 to $750 to Daniel Ha

the best performers. Select winners also have

the opportunity to visit Poland for the 2017 exchange.

The trips are sponsored jointly by the Paderewski Festival

and the Province of Tarnów, Poland.

Daniel Ha, who won second place last year, participated

in the exchange, where enduring friendships

are often formed. The Arroyo Grande High student

has studied for five years with Debbie Lagomarsino,

Nell Kauffman and Dr. Lynne Garrett, and attended

the Music Academy of the West MERIT Program in

Santa Barbara. Daniel won two more awards in both

the 2010-2011 Paderewski Festivals and California

Association of Professional Music competitions, and

plays in solo and chamber performances throughout

the Central Coast. Next up, he will travel to Manhattan

to perform at Carnegie Hall before arriving in Poland.

In reflection of his accomplishments, Daniel said:

“The piano has helped me learn how to work hard at



something and to put time into

things. It has given me the chance

to experience the joy of reaching

difficult goals that I worked hard

to achieve.” This joy is equally

evident in the fruits of his school

work. The straight-A student

wins awards for other academic

accomplishments, takes part in

mock trials and has set his sights

on continuing his education to

complete his long-range plan of

becoming a brain surgeon.

Second Place winner Kannan

Freyaldenhoven has also studied

with Dr. Lynne Garrett for

two years. The San Luis Obispo

High School student enjoys a

well-rounded curriculum in

study and sports. A competitor on his Junior Varsity

water polo team and CIF-level tennis team, he also

participates in Youth and Government. Kannan plans

to couple his seven-year bilingual education with a career

in medicine in order to help underserved communities

throughout the world.

The trip to Poland will be packed with activities, but

truly unforgettable. After the students arrive at Paderewski’s

southern estate in Kąśna Dolna, they will receive

a warm welcome by dignitaries in a formal gathering.

Master classes and intense rehearsals will prepare

them for solo and collaborative performances in Kąśna

Dolna with their Polish and Ukrainian peers.

A day of sightseeing is always a highlight of the time

spent in Poland. In addition to well-told accounts, history

is visually expressed throughout the surrounds in

striking, centuries-old architecture and in the monuments

to heroes who bravely paid their ultimate sacrifices

toward an independent Republic.

2015 Paderewski Youth Piano Competition deadline approaches

The Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles has announced the deadline for applications to the 2015

Paderewski Youth Piano Competition. Submissions must be made by Friday, October 2, 2015. The

Board of Directors invite piano instructors from counties throughout the Central Coast of California

to urge their talented students to apply for the fall Youth Piano Competition. Eligible counties include

San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Fresno, and Santa Barbara counties.

Auditions are scheduled for October 24, 2015. Only non-professional pianists may apply. The participants

are designated into two age groups, Juniors (ages 10-14) and Seniors (ages 15-18). The applicants

must study with an established piano instructor and reside in the eligible counties.

The Winners’ Recital will showcase the prevailing finalists on Sunday, November 7 at 4 p.m., in the

Paso Robles Inn Ballroom. The performance is open to the public with free admission. For more details

about the Youth Piano Competition and Student Exchange Program, visit www.paderewskifest.com.

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North County Mayors celebrated

Bike Month with Cycle de Mayo

Photos and text

by Heather Young

For the first time, the mayors

of Atascadero and Paso Robles

joined together to plan a Bike

Month event for the entire North

County - Cycle de Mayo - on May

17. Friends Steve Martin, Paso

Robles mayor, and Tom O’Malley,

Atascadero mayor, have worked together

over the years to put on Cycle

de Mayo and other bike events

in Atascadero. Now that they have

both been elected to serve as mayors

of their communities, they expanded

the annual event.

“It was great. I had a great time,”

said Martin, who rode his bike from

Paso Robles to Templeton. “We

took the short way [by Target].”

Part of the event’s focus was

to bring attention to the missing

link in the bicycle trail between

Atascadero and Paso Robles –

Templeton. The mayors got San

Luis Obispo Council of Governments

to get behind the expansion.

“We’re pleased that we expanded

to Templeton,” O’Malley said.

“In the past we’re focused on youth

or bicycle safety. The focus is on

putting them through the missing

link in Templeton. It is an important

link for county-wide tourism,

as well as safety.”

SLOCOG Executive Director

Ron De Carli said the Salinas River

Conceptional Plan was adopted by

the countywide governmental board

and endorsed by the SLO County

Board of Supervisors. The plan includes

connecting San Miguel to

Santa Margarita with trails that can

be utilized by pedestrians, horses

and bicycles.

“Meanwhile,” De Carli said,

“you have the cities working [on

paths within the cities’ limits].

[SLOCOG] funded a study to start

looking at this section in between

Paso Robles and Atascadero.”

That study identified a onemile

stretch from the last exit in

Atascadero heading south to the

Vineyard Drive exit in Templeton,

as the most important missing link.

“This time next year the county

will be in a position to seek funding

for the project,” said Director of

County Parks Nick Franco, adding

that the funding will most likely come

from SLOCOG and the state.

SLO County Parks had a display

of the bicycle paths in the county,

along with the proposal for addressing

the missing link. In addition,

Atascadero Kiwanis Club, of

which both Martin and O’Malley

are members, prepared a tri-tip

Right: Mayor Tom O’Malley of

Atascadero, left and Paso Robles

Mayor Steve Martin.

Left: Children negotiate bike mazes

in training sessions.

Lower left: The Atascadero Kiwanis

Club was on hand serving lunch.

Below: A rider works with her bike,

and below, Mayor Martin

discusses bike path goals with

Roblan Larry Werner.

lunch available for purchase. Although

Martin and O’Malley were

the instigators in this year’s event,

they enlisted help to pull it together,

Paso Robles resident Steve

Fluery and Atascadero resident

Susan De Carli.

“They really did a great job,”

O’Malley said, adding that an

Atascadero bicycle club is in the

works. “They will work together

for North County bicycling.”

The event in the park began at

10 a.m. with 23 people cycling

12 miles from Atascadero to

Templeton via Highway 41 and

the El Pomar area. That ride was

led by Atascadero resident Glenn

Vanderlinde, who’s a member

of the SLO Bicycle Club. Paso

Robles Postmaster Mike Milby

led eight people from Paso Robles

past Target and down Main Street

in Templeton.

“It was nice,” Milby said. “It was

a nice, comfortable, easy pace.”

Paso Robles resident Bill Haas

led 14 people in a 22.5-mile ride

through wine country on the east

side of Paso Robles and Templeton.

Around 150 people came out for

the rides, bicycle safety and a children’s

obstacle course.

“For my expectations [for the

event] – this more than fulfilled

them,” said Martin, who got on

his bicycle for the first time to

ride from Paso Robles. “We took

the short way here.” He added

that riding gave him and the other

participants the opportunity to really

see what needs to be done to

improve safety for bicyclists. “The

big red bicycle paths end [at Highway

46 West].”

The event, and the expansion

of the bicycle paths, was also supported

by First District Supervisor

Frank Mecham and Fifth District

Supervisor Debbie Arnold.

Piano, French

and Dutch


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Ruth Haynes honored as June

Roblan of the Month

The Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce

honored Ruth Haynes as Roblan

of the Month at the Membership Mixer

on June 10 at Harris Stage Lines, 5995

North River Road in Paso Robles. The

Chamber honors worthy Roblans each

month for their service and dedication

to the betterment of our community.

Ruth moved to Paso when her husband

Vern was transferred to Camp

Roberts in 1969. Ruth went to Cuesta

College and Cal Poly while raising their

5 children and got a BA in Education

and a teaching credential. She was a

school teacher for over 19 years and retired

from Georgia Brown Elementary

in 1998.

She has always had a passion to serve

her community and soon after moving

here began her volunteer efforts:

• Belongs to the Coast Counties

Ministers Wives Group

• Member of Delta Kappa Gama

• Awarded the Carol Conway Spirit

Award in 1981

• Awarded the Phenomenal Women’s

Award in 2008

• Honored by the Salvation Army in

2014, for 45 years of Selfless

• Serves on the Board Committee

with the Salvation Army

• Other volunteer efforts include;

Cancer Drive, Lifestyle Recovery, the

Red Cross and the Tree of Life. She also

tutors reading to those in need. Each

December, she visits nursing homes and

convalescent hospitals bringing magazines

to the patients.

During the mixer NCI Affiliates, Inc.

was presented the Beautification of the

Month Award.

NCI is a non-profit corporation

based in Paso Robles and was established

in 1979 for the purpose of providing

vocational and community living

services to intellectually and physically

disabled adults in northern San Luis

Obispo, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San

Benito counties. In 2008, NCI moved

its corporate headquarters from the

old Chestnut House to its new 15,000

square foot facility on Linne Road.

Within a few years, the Linne Road

site needed to expand its programs and

dition to broadcasting concerts, weddings

and sports, but decided to set his

sights exclusively on showcasing local

music. Armed with vision and a business

plan, Golden hopes that start-up

funding, grants and investors will enable

him to hire additional personnel,

purchase equipment and secure larger

office space. “We have a small staff

working with us now.”

it was time for the administrative team

to look for a new corporate home. NCI

Affiliates then decided to give their 100

year old Chestnut House a new facelift.

NCI contracted with Semmes and

Company Builders to come up with a

complete makeover, with the understanding,

it must retain its original beauty

and character. From the foundation

up, Turko Semmes and his team began

the task of removing, reinforcing and

replacing the old, with new flooring,

plumbing and electrical, energy efficient

double pane windows, energy efficient

air conditioning and heating and insulation.

NCI also took into consideration

Paso’s lack of rain and decided to

landscape the

outside with

drought resistant

plants and

a state of the art

automatic drip

irrigation system.


and Achievement


Central Coast LIVE!

to stream local music online

Above, Brad Golden at Google, and below,

the app on an Android smartphone.

Jennifer Golden

As musicians are added to the site

lineup, Central Coast LIVE! Internet

Radio for computers and mobile apps

will supply music options to choose

from various genres. “The radio station

is going to be a really big part of

our offering and one that both musicians

and fans will be very excited

about,” Golden emphasizes. To make

listening more enjoyable, promotional

spots will be geared to yield maximum

effects for their advertisers with a

soothing, nostalgic tone, unlike more

typically jarring, modern-day ads.

“We’re being received with open

arms from the music community

and connecting with great people

out there,” says Golden. “Carmine

Rubino of D’Anbino Tasting Room

and Music Venue has been very

supportive and we’ve developed a

strategic relationship to bring live,

streamed concerts most every weekend.

We’ve done a lot of work with

local favorite Louie Ortega and his

band, Louie and the Lovers, who are

big supporters.”

Ortega, a Grammy award-winner,

was recently voted the 2015 “Best of

SLO - Best Local Entertainer Award”

in a local media poll. Enthusiastic

about the potential for area artists,

Ortega says, “Central Coast LIVE!

is on the cutting edge with their

By Melissa Chavez

Imagine the entertainment of Austin

City Limits, YouTube, Rolling Stone,

Pandora Internet Radio and television

meshed into one and you have

Central Coast LIVE! Finally, there is

a clever resource specially designed to

showcase the talents of local musicians

from the Central Coast. Live music

and video performances, featured artist

interviews, concert calendars, venue

information and more will be made

available free on computers, laptops

and mobile applications through Android

and iPhone devices.

“My wife Jennifer and I originally

conceived the idea of Central Coast

LIVE! in 2011,” says owner and

founder Brad Golden. His background

in graphics, Web design, animation

and video coupled with the capability

of live streaming video intrigued him.

“I began looking further into these

technologies and building our own

proprietary, multi-camera streaming

video system.”

Previously, Golden produced

twelve, one-hour episodes of an Internet-based

food and wine show in ad-

Ruth Haynes

corporate team is proud to be back

home in their beautifully restored masterpiece.

For information about the Recognition

and Excellence Program, or to

nominate a business, call the Chamber

office at 238-0506 or visit www.pasorobleschamber.com.

John Bradley of NCI Afflilates accepted the Beautification Award recognizing

the recent remolding of their facility.

“Central Coast LIVE! is on the cutting edge

with their local Internet radio station.”

Louie Ortega

local Internet radio station.” Other

professionals who favor Golden’s

concept is Eddie Frawley of Central

Coast Music in Morro Bay, recently

named “Best Place to Buy Music Instruments”

in the same media survey,

and Human Nation band member

Adam Levine. His credits include

session work on major record labels,

prime-time television shows and


In the works is a print version of

Golden’s website, Central Coast LIVE!

The Magazine, and his team is creating

a how-to video for music fans so

that they, too, can get content onto

their televisions. “Although it’s fun

and convenient to watch a concert on

your tablet or phone, we want folks to

enjoy our live, streamed concerts on

widescreen TVs,” says Golden.

Web streaming for Central Coast

LIVE! will come at no cost to artists

or audience members. By offering

premium content, Golden hopes to

build a large, sponsored viewership.

Last but not least, he’s even putting

up a virtual Tip Jar for grassroots fans,

where 100 percent of the proceeds

will benefit their favorite musicians.

For more information, visit the

Central Coast LIVE! Facebook page,

www.centralcoastlive.com or email


38 Paso Robles Magazine, July 2015


By Scott Brennan

The Paso Robles Rotary Club is

once again bringing Paso Robles’ top

winemakers together to compete to

see who is the best chef. The 17th

Annual Winemakers’ Cookoff is Saturday,

August 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at

the Paso Robles Event Center, 2198

Riverside Avenue, Paso Robles.

“The Paso Robles Winemakers’

Cookoff has become one of Paso

Robles’ most-popular wine, food and

music events,” says event co-chairperson

Bob Fonarow. “Participating

wineries pair their grilled culinary

creations with their finest wines and

compete for both Judges’ Choice

and People’s Choice awards the day of

the event. We are expecting tickets to

sell out fast.”

All proceeds from the event benefit

local high school scholarships.

Thanks to the event, The Paso Robles

Rotary contributed $36,500 to Paso

Robles High School scholarships

this year. Since the event’s inception,

over $400,000 in scholarships

has been awarded to

local high school students.

IQMS is returning as the

title sponsor of the event.

“The IQMS sponsorship

of the Rotary event

underscores our company’s

commitment toward the

education and support of

our local youth,” said Randy Flamm,

President and C.E.O. of IQMS. “As

we continue to prosper here, our involvement

in helping to further the

goal of an event like the Cookoff is

one way of giving back.”

Back by popular demand: Julie Beaver

& the Bad Dogs will be performing

throughout the evening.

The Rotary Club is limiting attendance

to just 1,200 tickets, must be 21

to attend, no children, pets or ice chests

allowed. Blankets & beach chairs are

welcomed. Free parking is available onsite.

Regular ticket: $85 per person +

associated fees, and designated driver:

$45 per person + associated fees. Tickets

on sale now at Eventbright, also

available in downtown Paso Robles at

the offices of Access Publishing, 806

9th St, #2D, Paso Robles (805) 226-

9890. Unless this is a sold out event,

tickets are available for purchase at the

event, between 5-6 p.m.

Questions? E-mail: info@winemakerscookoff.com

July 2015, Paso Robles Magazine 39


Art Quilts in the Paso Robles

City Library

“I’ve been making

art for as long

as I can remember.

Using fabric, dyes,

thread, yarn, paint

and other exciting

materials I

create ‘Art Quilts’

which are fabric

paintings,” states July’s artist Jeanne

Aird. “Nature and the environment

are very strong influences in the

work I create. Many of my quilts are

abstract and focus on capturing the

colors and textures of nature. Photographs

of places near where I live,

including my own backyard, inspire

my work. The gnarly branches of the

hundred-year-old oak trees on our

property provide me with images to

recreate in some form or another.”

Call for display proposals

for 2016 at the Library

The Paso Robles City Library

encourages the artistic and cultural

interests of the community by providing

space in the Library to display

visual art and other exhibits of interest

to the public. The Library Board

of Trustees reviews proposals annually

to select displays for the following

year. The duration of the displays

is usually one month.


Applications are available at

the Library and at www.prcity.

com and will be accepted no later

than August 31, 2015.

Proposals should include a

completed application along with

photographs or other representation

of the work to be displayed.

Submit application packet to

Paso Robles City Library, Attention:

Don Rader, 1000 Spring

St., Paso Robles CA 93446. For

more information or to have an

application mailed to you, contact

Don at 237-3870 or drader@prcity


Continue your musical

journey this summer

at the Library

Continue your musical journey

and explore a full symphony

of good reads and great programs

while earning prizes, too, thanks to

such generous sponsors as the Paso

Robles Library Foundation, Mc-

Donald’s, Taco Bell, Paso Robles

Children’s Museum, San Luis Blues

Baseball, Paso Robles Recreation

Department, In N’ Out Burger,

Cambria Drug and Gift, Lego

Land, The Ravine, Round Table

Pizza and Target.

July’s special reading‐incentive

program activities for adults include:

Friday, July 10, 7 p.m.

The Spaces Between – You’ll be

rockin’ in the library with this local

band’s fusion of funk, jazz, alternative

and rock music

Wednesday, July 15, 7 p.m.

Drum Circle – Bring your own instrument

or use one of theirs for an

evening of self‐expression, group

connection, and emotional, spiritual,

and physical well‐being.

Friday, July 17, 7 p.m.

Book Discussion – Join them in discussing

Michael Chabon’s Telegraph

Avenue – an intimate epic about

Brokeland Records, a used record

store located in the borderlands of

Berkeley and Oakland, set to the

funky beat of classic vinyl soul‐jazz

and pulsing with a virtuosic, pyrotechnical

style all its own.

Complete program information,

times, locations, and preregistration

requirements are available in the

library, in the June‐August 2015

Summer Activity Guide, and online

at www.prcity.com/library.

The Library presents

The Adventures of

Super Reader Continue!

Children will continue to explore

a wide-range of good reads and

great programs while earning prizes

in July’s special reading-incentive

program activities for children, ages

3-12, include:

Wednesday, July 8

Gerald Joseph Magician – Don’t

miss Gerald’s wacky mix of magic

and comedy fun for all ages!

Tuesday, July 14

Sing Loud, Be – Join musician

Melissa Green for a jamming and

jumping concert for families. Perfect

for little rockers ages 8 and


Thursday, July 16,

It’s Not Rocket Science Wait!

Yes it is! – Visit the library to create

your own rocket to be launched in the

Downtown City Park on Saturday.

Saturday, July 18

Rocket Launch – Bring your rocket

from library craft day and watch

it soar! (Children who wish to participate

must come to the Children’s

Desk with a parent/guardian to sign

a waiver and pick up their participation

wrist band before the launch.)

Complete program information,

times, locations, and preregistration

requirements are available in the

library, in the June-August 2015

Summer Activity Guide, and online

at www.prcity.com/library.

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NA collection of stuff

In The Heights musical

theatre in Templeton

North County Theatre Works, a

new community theatre company

in Templeton, presents In The

Heights at the Templeton Performing

Arts Center, 1200 S.

Main Street, Templeton on Friday,

July 3, 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 5,

2 and 7 p.m.

In The Heights tells the Universal

story of a vibrant community in

New York’s Washington Heights

neighborhood full of three generations

of music from many countries

including Cuba, the Dominican

Republic and Puerto Rico. It’s a

community on the brink of change,

full of hopes, dreams and pressures,

where the biggest struggles can be

deciding which traditions you take

with you, and which ones you leave

behind. It’s about home, family and

finding where you belong. Production

Team: Catherine Kingsbury,

Marcy Goodnow, Lauren Josephs,

Courtney Brock. NCTW is the

newest community theatre company

in SLO County.

Tickets available now at brownpapertickets.com

and at the door on

date of the event: $15 General $10

Senior/Student. For information


All Ford Family Picnic

An all Ford Family Picnic will be

held on Sunday, July 12, 8 a.m. to

2 p.m., sponsored by The Early Ford

V8 Club of Atascadero at Atascadero

Lake Park and Zoo 3 miles west of

Highway 101 on Highway 41 W.

(Morro Road). Trophies, drawings,

door prizes, 50/50 drawing, Jazz

Band-Creole Syncopators, and a

Kiwanis Club BBQ. $10 to enter

your car. Spectators free. For information,

contact Bob at 462-2275 or

Dennis at 227-6930.

Senior Healthy Screening

Senior Health Screening serves

the County of San Luis Obispo

providing free health screening for

adults. Services include: monitoring

of blood pressure, pulse and weight

and finger prick blood test screening

for anemia, blood sugar and

cholesterol. Nutritional /lifestyle

Counseling. No appointment needed

for basic services.

The schedule for July is as follows:

• Tuesday, July 7, 9 a.m. to 12

noon - Atascadero, Colony Park

Community Center *Full Lipid

Panel available at this site for $20

fee. Call 544-2484 ext. 1 for an


• Wednesday, July 22, 9 a.m. to

12 noon - Paso Robles Senior Center,

270 Scott St.

For more information contact

Community Action Partnership,

Senior Health Screening, 1030

Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo,

phone (805) 544-2484 ext. 1.

Local author’s book


Local author

Dianne Emley’s

newest Nan

Vining mystery,

Killing Secrets,

will be available

July 21 as an eBook

original for

$2.99. Emley is a Los Angeles Times

bestselling author; receiving critical

acclaim for her Detective Nan Vining

thrillers and short fiction. Her

books have been translated into six

languages. Dianne and her husband

split their time between Pasadena

and Paso Robles. More info at:


Celebrate America!

Showtime at the USO, August 8,

5 to 9 p.m. at Estrella Warbirds Museum,

4251 Dry Creek Road in Paso

Robles. Celebrate America! presented

by Paso Robles Republican Women

Federated, general admission $45,

veterans and military $35. Libations,

live music, dancing, USO tribute

show, special guest, fly over Paso in an

historic WWII C47 plane. Proceeds

benefit programs and scholarships

of PRRWF, Honor Flight Central

Coast and Gooney Bird Group.

Tickets: brownpapertickets.com and

PR Chamber of Commerce.

Heart & Stroke Run & Walk

Register now for the San Luis

Obispo Heart & Stoke 5K Run and

Walk on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the

Avila Beach Promenade and Bob

Jones Trail. Funds raised support

the American Heart Association.

For information and registration,

visit www.SLOHeartWalk.com.

Heart and Soul Women’s


Trinity Lutheran Church, 940

Creston Road in Paso Robles, is

hosting a Heart and Soul Women’s

Conference on Friday, Sept.

18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday,

Sept. 19, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Featured

speaker will be Pam Farrell

co-author of Men Are Like Waffles

Women Are Like Spaghetti. $30 registration.

For more information call

Debbi at 610-5194 or visit their

website: www.heartandsoulwomens


Now Open in the Courtyard

585 12th Street

Paso Robles

July 2015, Paso Robles Magazine 41


Nathan McEuen and Amber Cross to perform in Templeton

Concert will raise funds for Project Surf Camp

By Melissa Chavez

Two gifted singer-songwriters,

Nathan McEuen and

Amber Cross, will perform

at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8,

at Bethel Lutheran Church,

located at 3rd and Crocker

Street in Templeton. Concert

proceeds will benefit Project

Surf Camp in Morro Bay.

Led by Executive Director Katy

Davis, formerly of Alliance Board

Company, the nonprofit organization

draws hundreds of volunteers

nationwide to assist approximately

300 area individuals experiencing

special needs. In twenty-four

camps, the sensory benefits of surfing

and stand up paddle boarding

are used to build self-esteem, social

skills, increase physical fitness and

cultivate self-sufficiency.

Nathan McEuen has appeared in

the North SLO County area several

times over the past decade and

The Central Coast Renaissance

Festival returns to San Luis Obispo’s

Laguna Lake Park on July 18 &

19 with many new acts and several

perennially popular performers returning.

With three stages, the festival is

packed with exciting acts including a

falconry show; a comedic stunt show

involving juggling, fire eating and

acrobatics; period dancing shows; authentic

marionettes; storytelling; fast

and frenzied Shakespeare, a comedy

parrot show, a family friendly magic

show and much more. Eight music

groups will perform on stage and at

different locations throughout the

day. A full contact joust is held twice

daily and there will be a dressage


looks forward to performing on the

same bill as Amber Cross.

“I appreciate any opportunity to

come up to the Central Coast and

play for all my friends up there,”

says Nathan.” I’m also especially

looking forward to playing with

Amber Cross, who is a musician

that I have been hearing a lot of

great things about. Any time that

we can not only play our music for

an appreciative audience, but raise

much needed funds for a very worthy

cause, I’m going to be there if at

all possible!”

A Rocky Mountains native, Na-

Queen Elizabeth will visit, accompanied

by her magnificently attired

courtiers, guards and many attendants.

She’ll parade throughout the village

where over 500 costumed participants

will welcome her to the village.

The festival has something for all

ages. Children will enjoy the stage

than McEuen couldn’t help but

sing and create music. His father,

John McEuen, of Nitty Gritty Dirt

Band, along with talented brother,

Jonathan, inspired Nathan to master

a number of instruments and

compose his own songs. Nathan has

appeared at Grand Ole Opry three

times, on The Tonight Show, and

opened for David Crosby and Graham

Nash, Kenny Loggins, Dave

Mason, appeared with Steve Martin

on American Idol, and worked with

Willie Nelson, Carrie Underwood,

Brad Paisley, and many others. His

2004 album of 11 original songs,



Money Go bye: ‘Beep’…text:

“Your checking account is down to

($x.xx). And just so you know it wasn’t

our fault, remember, you signed up

for these text warnings asking us to

let you know when your measly little

account dropped below ($xx.xx)”

Yeah, I know, the good folks at

UberBank didn’t really say that,

when their computer warned me I

was headed for the dark underworld

of Overdrawn, but I knew their disclaimer

was just aching to pass the

buck – pardon the expression. So I fast

got on the computer and transferred

funds to make them happy and keep

me free of fees.

And that’s just the nature of the

daily money drama; there is never

enough, there is always less than

you think, you always spend it faster

than you realize, and you made more

purchases than you remember. Yep,

overestimate prices by a factor of

50%, that’s the way you win at Let’s

Make a Deal.

I’m sure our stewards in county

government go through the same little

money delusions that haunt us regular

citizens, otherwise they wouldn’t dis-

shows, face painting, Shetland pony

rides, storytelling, archery, a magic

show, games and a costume contest

with prizes.

Guests can partake of delicious

food like roasted turkey legs, meat

pies, Cornish pasties, BBQ, wood

fired pizza, foods from the Orient,

Grand Design, was followed by five

more, including his newest CD,

Side by Side.

Amber Cross will open for

McEuen. She has opened for

Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Dave Stamey,

Mary Gauthier and the Wronglers

(led by Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Festival co-founder Warren Hellman).

Amber debuted her 2013

album, You Can Come In, and has

received raves from top critics

from as far as the UK, including a

five-star review by Country Music

People Magazine.

The countryside ambiance of

Bethel Lutheran Church will provide

a perfect venue for this afternoon

concert. Completed in 1891,

the distinctive red building was

constructed from bricks made out

of Salinas river clay. To this day, a

hand-carved pulpit and altar still

grace the interior of its historic


Tickets are $15 and available at the

door and at brownpapertickets.com.

For more details about the performing

artists and Project Surf Camp, visit

projectsurfcamp.com, nathanmceuen.

com and ambercross.com.

tract us with pictures of bucolic green

meadows framed with moss-dripping

live oaks, as they did on the summary

brochure for the 2015-2016 budget

cycle now in discussion. Probably

wouldn’t have printed a supplement,

either, if money weren’t such a deceitful,

amorphous commodity.

A glance at the internals brings the

realization that taxpayers aren’t Santa

Claus, in spite of politician’s speeches,

once you get past the part that justifies

the spending, which is San Luis

Obispo County’s mission statement

Please see PERSPECTIVE page 44

The Renaissance Reigns at Laguna Lake Park

corn on the cob, ice cream and more.

Wine, ale and honey mead will be

available, along with freshly squeezed

juices, teas and water.

Over 60 vendors will display

unique handmade arts and crafts of

the period. Clothing merchants will

have everything a visitor could want to

get into the Renaissance spirit, from

shoes to full costumes including hats,

leather goods, tankards, weaponry and


Adult tickets are $18; seniors and

ages 6-15 are $12. Under age six are

free. Parking is $8 at Madonna Meadows

with a free shuttle to the festival.

Hours are from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

on Saturday (5 p.m. on Sunday.)

For more information visit


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PERSPECTIVE from page 42

to provide communities that are safe,

healthy, prosperous and livable with

‘well-governed’ coming in dead last.

A brief buffet browse shows that

county reserves have once again

climbed back to a healthy 5%, now

that we are…well…mostly out of the


One main target, buildings and

capital improvements, is, at $7 million,

well funded. Half that goes

to fund future capital projects,

while the other half will be set

aside for building maintenance and


Personnel matters is an area where

the budget will be augmented; don’t

you love jargon? The augmentation

brings the budget to $12.2 million,

of which $4.1 comes from the general

fund, to hire another 77 county

employees, to provide a higher level

of service; their words, not mine.

Most of those employees are in

public safety, i.e., firefighters and

sheriff, as well as social services.

For those of you who have, like

me, been bellyaching about the

poor condition of county roads, be

encouraged; funding for highway

maintenance and improvement

climbs by 10% in the projected budget,

($740,000), with a one-time

Christmas present, my words, not

theirs, of $3 million.

If you’re curious about the total

county budget, it is over half a billion

dollars, these days, at $564 million.

The pie chart looks like this:

43% comes from state and federal

funding, 30% from local taxpayers.

The rest comes from fees, fines and

licenses. You can see the chart online

at the county government’s website,

but please stay here for now.

“The state mandate is not quite fleshed out,

but starts by tackling San Joaquin Valley

farmers first. Whether they get to us, right

away, remains to be seen.”

Mental: The Grand Jury’s report

on county mental health services

sounded a bit paranoid, saying patients

find care to be confusing and

time-consuming. If you’re not in

crisis, but just need a little mental

health help, like me, the delay in service

can be upwards of six weeks, and

that’s just to receive an assessment. It

could take another two weeks after

that to see a practitioner.

I guess I’ll just have to self-medicate

with Doc Burnstein’s vanilla and


Water Drop: We mentioned

fast-rising home prices last month,

but now there is concern the

drought could cause some owners

to see their homes lose a lot of value,

and water concerns are behind projected


Vineyard properties are on the

radar, with pressure both from the

county’s planting moratorium and a

just-announced state well water use

reduction that hits Californian agriculture

hard. The state mandate is not

quite fleshed out, but starts by tackling

San Joaquin Valley farmers first.

Whether they get to us, right away, remains

to be seen. As a reference, Paso

Robles area vineyard property typically

sells for $65,000 per net acre and up.

Towards Shandon, where water is historically

less plentiful, vineyard acreage

goes for less, $40,000 and up. The real

pain seems to be in Geneseo, where

we’ve heard so much about wells drying

up; homes there have dropped

from nearly $350,000 to just under

$314,000, so buyers are definitely

showing concern about water.

In other areas, the drought hasn’t

hit home yet, so to speak; in Creston,

for instance, properties have skyrocketed

by more than 30% just

since last year.

Quarry Plan Slides: Las Pilitas

quarry owners were soundly rebuffed

by the county board after an

overflow crowd of Santa Margarita

area residents opposed to a planned


Supervisors seemed to hinge on

reports of increased truck traffic

on local roads, including Hwy 58.

Quarry owners told the board the

expansion would add 160 truck trips

a day to Hwy 58, while county staffers

put the estimate closer to 270,

but both sides admitted those trucks

would go right through downtown.

The board’s late May marathon

event session ended with a 3-2 vote to

deny the development permit, Frank

Mecham sustaining the denial, while

Debby Arnold and Lynn Compton

voted to allow the expansion. The vote

was greeted with applause.

The board apparently tipped

against the argument that concrete

producers would have to raise their

prices if local stone wasn’t available.

Proponents suggested cheaper concrete

meant better roads, more bike

trails and such, but support never solidified.

On the other hand, with an

unusually close vote, Las Pilitas quarry

owners may just come back with

another plan, perhaps scaled back.

Until then, I guess I’d better put

aside some more money for that

patio project…

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Templeton this summer

Templeton Pool

Templeton Pool is open Tuesday

through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

through Aug. 14 and Saturday and

Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. through

Sept. 7. The pool is closed every

Monday except Sept. 7 for maintenance.

As a thank you to the community,

Templeton Lions Club is

sponsoring free recreational swim

for children. Lessons will be offered

throughout the summer in the

morning, register forms are available

at Templeton Pool at Templeton

Community Park. For more information,

call 781-5930 or 434-0686

or go to www.slocountyparks.org.

Concerts in the Park

Templeton’s summer Concerts in

the Park series in Templeton Community

Park runs every Wednesday

through Aug. 19 from 6:30 to 8:30

p.m., except for the last two, which

will go from 6 to 8 p.m. Local food

vendors will be set up during the

concerts, though attendees may bring

their own picnics and beverages, including

alcohol, along with low-back

chairs, blankets and small tables. No

dogs or smoking is allowed during

the concert. Although alcohol is allowed

in the park, Templeton Community

Services District Recreation

Assistant Lynda Vering said no glass

should be used for the safety of everyone

in attendance. For more information,

call 434-4909.

Concert 2015 lineup

July 1: Wild the Coyote

July 8: The Jammies

July 15: Dr. Danger

July 22: Big Daddy’s Blues Band

July 29: The Martin Paris Band

Aug. 5: The JD Project

Aug. 12: The Brass Factory

Aug. 19: Monte Mills and

The Lucky Horseshoe Band

Fourth of July

Please see our county overview

of 4th of July events on page 12 of

this issue.

North County Chamber


The four North County Chambers

of Commerce – Atascadero,

Templeton, Paso Robles and San

Miguel – will host its annual joint

By Heather Young

mixer, “4 Chambers – 1 Purpose,”

on Thursday, July 16 from 5:30 to

7:30 p.m. at the new Springhill

Suites in Atascadero off Highway

101 at 900 El Camino Real. The

mixer will include networking, connecting

and revisiting North County

businesses, featured food and

wine and music. For more information,

contact Atascadero Chamber

at 466-2044, Paso Robles Chamber

at 238-0506, San Miguel Chamber

at 712-9120 or Templeton Chamber

at 434-1789.

Templeton Chamber of

Commerce annual

Installation Gala

The Templeton Chamber of

Commerce will hold its annual Installation

Gala on Saturday, July 18

at 5 p.m. at Portola Inn, 6650 Portola

Road in Atascadero. Awards

will be announced for Citizen of the

Year, Business of the Year, Business

Beatification Award and Ambassador

of the Year, along with presenting

the incoming board of directors

and ambassadors. There will also be

a cocktail networking hour, dinner,

silent and live auctions and dancing

under the stars to music provided by

a disc jockey. Tickets on sale now for

$70 each. Because seating is limited,

tickets should be ordered early by going

to www.templetonchamber.com

or calling 434-1789. For more information,

contact Templeton Chamber

Executive Director Sarah Maggelet

at sarah@templetonchamber.com.

Movies in the Park

Templeton Community Services

District will host its annual Movies in

the Park series on Saturdays in August

and September in Evers Sports

Park. The movies will begin at sunset.

Sponsors are still being sought. for

more information, contact Lynda at

434-4909 or lvering@templetoncsd

.org. Admission to the movies is free

and open to the public.

Aug. 22: “Back to the Future”

Aug. 29: “Dolphin Tale 2”

Sept. 19: “Paddington”

Sept. 26: “Big Hero 6”

August After Five Mixer

The Templeton Chamber of

Commerce will host its monthly

After Five Mixer on Thursday, Aug.

27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Honey

Oak House, 2602 Templeton Road

in Templeton. For more information,

contact Gail Kudlac at info@templetonchamber.com

or 434-1789.

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By Dorothy


Try something new. Challenge

yourself and your horse. A

very busy 2015 season continues

this summer with fun for everyone.

Kids’ camps, trail rides, clinics,

classes, gymkhanas, western

weekends, parades, driving, team

ropings, team sortings and other

adventures await those who

enjoy their horses, learning and

socializing in our blessed Central

Coast. Check the Hoofbeat Calendar.

Don’t see your club’s event?

Start sending in data at least a

month in advance so that others

can share in the fun.

Triple Crown Dreams

The crowd knew it; history

was made at the Belmont Stakes

this year. Amid the loudest roar

ever, “American Pharoah” (the

horse named by a contest whose

name was mis-spelled) led the

field across the finish line. Few

spectators moved as hopes for

the 12th Triple Crown winning

horse were, at long last, realized

in front of their eyes.

“American Pharoah” and his

team (including “Smokey” the

dappled AQHA buckskin retired

reining horse that is his

companion and owned by race

trainer Bob Baffort) were able to

break the 37 year drought span

of Triple Crown winners with

the second fastest time run for

the Stakes. Having won the

Derby, the horse had not been

contested much. He went on

to take first place as a fast, deep

mud horse in the pouring rain

during the second leg of the

triple, the Preakness. His notable

low running style made for

a fast, smooth race. The third

leg, the Belmont, was again carried

on NBC in June. Bravo to

NBC Sports in reaching a large


An exceptional horse, “American

Pharoah” has a measurable

stride of 24 feet. Compare that

with the legendary “Secretariat’s”

which spanned 22 feet. Triple

Crown winners are not just

a little better, they are set apart.

Victor, the jockey, knew he was

aboard a special horse that could

have, but didn’t need to, run

further. As per directions, he

never let him run full out in

the prep races. The team has decided

“American Pharoah” will

not be stood at stud – yet. In a

controversial move, he will continue

with his racing career despite

the breeding sales already

booked and the potential exposure

to injury.

Summer Jubilee

You’re invited to attend an

historic event August 1 and 2

in Arroyo Grande. Celebrating

61+ years of breeding landmark

horses that have shaped and

supported the breed, Varian

Arabians welcomes you for the

Summer Jubilee.

The dynamic Varian stallions

will be presented as will a collection

of Varian bred horses

for sale. You will have an opportunity

to view them under saddle

and at liberty where their personalities

really shine. A young

stallion, “Major Mac V” will be

shown as he carries on the VA

tradition with six generations

directly related to the great

“Bay Abi.”

Not to be left out, selected

Friend and Cowgirl Hall of Fame member,

Sheila Varian is a Central Coast icon.

Her Summer Jubilee is set for August 1

and 2 at the ranch in Arroyo Grande.

mares with their foals will put

on a show for all. Rarely, if ever,

can one see, touch, and check

photos of the horses and ask

Sheila, the remarkable woman

who created this dynasty, questions

face to face. Sheila is known

for her quiet trailer loading

without hassle – the Varian Way.

Ever had your horse refuse to

load? You will have keys to their

thinking and access to one of

Please see HOOFBEAT page 51

Expires 7/31/15

50 Paso Robles Magazine, July 2015


HOOFBEAT from page 50

the most successful and honored

horsewoman in the world (plus

her able staff ).

Set in a relaxed atmosphere

reminiscent of old California,

you will find simple, but gracious

outdoor BBQ dining where you

can renew friendships or meet

new horse folks. At VA, you

are surrounded by beautiful gardens

and eye catching horses

with one of the best long term

staffs in the country. Take a few

moments for selected shopping

from local honey to unique

western jewelry.

Sunday morning is a special

treat unlike at any other ranch.

The Mare Walk is a visit through

history with the legendary Varian

mares and their 2015 foals. It

is a time when you may touch

the foals which may be the stars

of tomorrow.

Reservations are a must. The

event is catered with a Saturday

BBQ and an over the top brunch

on Sunday. Giving attention to

detail, spaces are limited. You

may elect to attend both days

or just one. At the close of each

day, you may ask to have a horse

or two brought out for a close

up look. Email or call (489-

5802) or www.varianarabians


CA Style

July 21-23 and 24-25 finds

internationally known Mike

Bridges returning to the Central

Coast for clinics with your horse

or with your horse and cattle.

Seeking Refinement will be

held in Santa Maria. The cost is

$585 and spaces are limited.

Audit for $50 a day. Contact

Peter Adam (410-3854) or peter


Coming from an old California

family based near Carmel

Valley, quiet and supportive

Ray Berta will offer a clinic in

working with horses in the California

style with limited stress.

The fun, educational and interactive

day with your horse will

be hosted at the Carmel Valley

Trail and Saddle Club from

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch included.

Contact Ray for your

reservation or private classes and

fees at www.rayberta.com.

Buggy Buddy Days

Don’t miss the hands on Bug-

gy Buddy Days July 11. Brass

Oaks Driving Society members

help other members with issues,

ideas, adjustments, etc. for safe

and successful driving. Held at a

private ranch in Arroyo Grande,

this is one organization that

builds its membership. The fee is

a mere $20.

Have questions or want to be

shown the proper way to harness?

Or, perhaps, you want to

learn to create a correct turnout?

Contact Gloria (467-9204

who is ever helpful serving as a

“bridge” of connection for the

group) to reserve your space.

Good Planning

&Constant Evaluation

Paso Horse Park’s initial

month has shown the venue to

be an asset to the equine community

of the Central Coast.

Amid enthusiastic comments, a

trainer committee was formed to

guide improvements. Swapping

the LD Hayes warmup arena for

a jumper warmup arena is being

considered. Expanding to a four

week series for 2016 is high on

the list of proposals. In addition,

Paso is being considered to host

winter hunter/jumper events.

Gathering feedback from the

participants, it was agreed that

more shade and better food

choices were desired across the

board for the future. The trees

will grow. The grounds look

wonderful with projections for a

very special venue as landscaping


Fast Times

Team ropers need to shake

out a loop this month. July

16-19 is the 105th CA Rodeo

Salinas at the Sports Complex

www.carodeo.com (1-800-549-

4989) for tickets. Remember

that there are local roping

competitions at the Mid-State

Fair July 30 at 8 a.m. and for

the Country Rodeo August 1

and 2. Free with fair general


July 25-August 1 California

Gymkhana Association’s State

Championships are set for Bolado

Park south of Hollister. 13

events will be staged with the

16 fastest riders running match

races in the evenings for buckles.

Medallions are presented

to 10th place in each class and

high point for each division

wins barrel saddle.

Harris Stage Lines

Your Horse Riding, Driving, Party & Event Headquarters


JULY 13-17 & AUG 10-14

Ages 9 - 18 | Beginner to Advanced


Carriages for Hire

Stagecoach Rides, BBQ Parties

Children’s Birthday Parties,Field Trips

Riding & Driving Lessons,

Wedding & Rehearsal Dinners


July 2015, Paso Robles Magazine 51


July 2-12 National Horse Show,

Earl Warren Showgrounds, multiple

breeds & events, Santa Barbara,

parking & admission free,


July 4 Templeton Parade, bring

your own chair, car pool or arrive

very early for the 10 a.m. start

time, events begin in the park after

the parade

July 11 Ray Berta Clinic, Carmel

Valley Trail & Saddle Club,

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. w. gourmet lunch

included, educational, interactive

& fun day with your horse, www.


July 11 CGA Gymkhana, District

14A, Railhead Riders’ Arena,

Santa Margarita, sign up 8,

ride 9, set 1, Margo Abatti 467-

3535, Vicky Womble 610-7778

July 11 Buggy Buddy Days -

Private ranch Arroyo Grande,

members help beginners & ea.

other to hitch & drive safely

& properly, $20 fee, Gloria at


July 11 HEET, training with the

Anderson Sling

July 12 Not Quite Summer

Fling, LOVE Farm, 1869 LOVE

RD., Los Osos, entries close

5/28, free to spectators, John


Rees 328-0591

July 13-17 Summer Kid’s Day

Camps, Harris Stagelines, N.

River Rd., Paso, Mon.-Thurs. 8-1

p.m. Fri. 8-7 p.m., Tom or Debby

Harris, 237-1860, www.Harris-


July 15 SLOCQHA meeting,

PR Golf Club, 1600 Country

Club Drive, 6 p.m. to eat, 6:30


July 16-18 Team Roping Western

Regional Finals, Heber City,


July 16-19 105th CA Rodeo

Salinas, Sports Complex, 1-800-

549-4989 tickets, www.carodeo


July 21-23 Seeking Refinement

with Mike Bridges, Santa Maria,

$585, audit $50/day, Peter Adam

310-3854, peter@adambros.com

July 22-Aug. 2 Mid-State Fair,

Paso, noon-midnight, 4-H &

FFA Horse Show begins 9 a.m.,

July 23 Mid-State Fair Cow

Dog Trials, 8:30 a.m. followed

by Ranch Horse competition at

1 p.m.

July 24 & 25 Cow Working

with Mike Bridges, Santa Maria,

$585, audit $50/day, Peter Adam

310-3854, peter@adambros.com

July 24 & 25 Mid-State Cutting

Horse Show, 8 a.m.

July 25 Ray Berta Cattle Clinic,

Carmel Valley Trail & Saddle

Club, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with gourmet

lunch included, educational,

interactive & fun day with your

horse, www.rayberta.com

July 25-Aug. 1 CGA State

Championships, Bolado Park,

Hollister, 13 events, 16 fastest

I have received an email from Dee Pellandini (Cattlemen’s

Western Art Show & trails) regarding the San Antonio trail

and equestrian area. Due to the low water in the lake, it is to

be indefinitely closed July 1 by Monterey County Parks Dept.

in Salinas Parks@co.monterey.ca.us or 888-588-2267.

- Dorothy

riders run match races in the evenings

for buckles, medallions to

10th place ea. class, hi pt ea. div.

wins barrel saddle (21)

July 26 Mid-State Fair Sheep

Dog Trials & Draft Horse Show,

9 a.m.

July 27 Mid-State Fair Open

Horse Show, 9 a.m., Barrel Racing

2 p.m.

July 28 Mid-State Fair Snaffle

Bit Futurity & Stock Horse

Show, 8 a.m.

July 29 Mid-State Fair RSNC

Sorting, 8 a.m.

July 30 Mid-State Fair Team

Roping, 8 a.m.

July 31 Mid-State Fair Wrangler

Junior Gymkhana, 8 a.m.

Aug. 1 Mid-State Fair Country

Rodeo, 8 a.m. start

Aug. 2 Mid-State Fair Country

Rodeo, 9 a.m. start

Aug. 1-2 Varian Arabians Summer

Jubilee, reservations required,

catered, demos, tour

history displays in the barns &

living history seen in the horses.

The stories & the experience

are priceless. Don’t miss the

mare walk Sun. a.m. it is unlike

any other. www.varianarabians


52 Paso Robles Magazine, July 2015


Wine Country Theatre to perform musical I do! I do! in July

By Paula McCambridge

If longtime, aging couples

were asked what one addition

they would make to

their decades of memories,

their answer would likely be,

“If only we could have set

our lives to music.”

And now they may,

through I do! I do!, written

by Tom Jones and Harvey

Schmidt in 1968 and

performed by the Wine

Country Theatre in Paso Robles two

weeks in July.

The musical production takes its

audience through five decades of a

poignant yet lighthearted marriage

between Agnes and Michael Snow.

And though the version performed

by Wine Country Theatre begins in

the 1940s and finishes in the 1990s,

the story is a timeless one, director

Cynthia Anthony said.

“The main theme of the play is

completely timeless,” Anthony emphasized.

“Starting with the grand

honeymoon stage then the challenges

with children and aging…we

see work impacting a relationship,

affairs and then the empty nest. The

audience goes along for the ride.”

What’s particularly interesting is

the fact that the play has only two

characters aging from their 20s to

their 70s, and only two actors play

each role. For that, Anthony knew

she needed two of the finest actors

on the Central Coast – John Laird

who will play Michael Snow and



By Meagan


Golden Collar Canine Salon

It was her love of animals that

steered Teresa Coffey in the direction

of becoming a dog groomer.

And it’s her never-wavering commitment

to ensuring pets are treated

with love and respect that keeps

Teresa, owner of Golden Collar

Canine Salon since 2006, going

strong to this day.

“My motto is ‘One must do

something in order to be some-

Jennifer Blomfield

who will play Agnes


Of playing his 20-year-old self,

the 60-something Laird said, laughing,

“That takes a lot of acting.”

Laird described the process of

transitioning on-stage between one

decade and the next.

“The play is in sections, so we may

be on-stage in our 30s then go off

stage and prepare for the next scene

– it’s in those moments off-stage

that we kind of reset. I let the moment

of the previous scene pass.”

That and the fact that his counterpart

onstage is a fellow actor of

Blomfield’s strong ability.

“We do lean on each other

hugely,” he said. “She’s terrific.”

Added Blomfield, “This is a show

traditionally done with older actors.

It takes a level of maturity to deal

with the whole range of a marriage

and what you go through during

all those years together. I think any

marriage over 10 years old has gone

thing’ and my something is making

sure all pets that come to Golden

Collar are happy,” Teresa says. Her

daughter, Ashley, says at Golden

Collar “friendliness and kindness

are guaranteed!” She adds, “Many

owners bring their dogs to us time

and time again – they would never

go anyplace else because they trust

us and feel comfortable leaving

their pets here.”

Golden Collar has undergone

staff changes in the past nine

months or so, with the current staff

boasting a combined 100+ years of

experience. Friendly, professional,

dedicated, experienced and,

most of all, animal lovers – that’s

how Teresa describes her employees

that groom dogs of all breeds,

shapes, and sizes. “We take pride

in listening to our clients’ needs,

we groom the way our clients ask

us to, and we offer suggestions if

through many of

the stages we see

in this couple.”

Laird and

Blomfield are able

to pull from their

real-life experiences

of love and loss,

but those real-life experiences are

matched by their extensive bodies

of work performing on stage,

off-stage and on camera.

Blomfield began acting at 13

years old, about 50 years ago.

In fact, she has never had a job

that was not related to the theatre,

she said. In addition to her acting

work, Blomfield is the drama teacher

at Mission College Prep in San

Luis Obispo.

In addition to his acting work,

Laird is a grammy-award-winning

musician for jazz vocals with the

group 2+2. But it all started in Los

Angeles where he performed in

big church productions as a juniorhigh-school-aged


He moved on to singing, commercials

and movies. Viewers can

hear him in the opening sequence

of the Tim Allen movie, The Santa

Clause; he’s on-camera in a big

concert choir in the remake of Get

Smart; he has sung with Whitney

Houston and yesteryear musical star

Dinah Shore.

With that background, it’s no

wonder the actors can do it all.

“It’s very demanding for them,

and on top of that, they sing and

Teresa & Ashley of Golden Collar

Canine Salon

needed,” says Teresa, a former preschool


With a special heart for elderly

or special needs dogs, the caring

staff treats pets the way they

would like their own dogs to be

treated while providing a calming,

comforting, and relaxing salon atmosphere.

“It’s personal with us,”

says Teresa, “and we truly care

about these pets. It’s a good feeling

knowing we are doing something

that makes the animal happy and

dance,” Anthony said. “That’s the

craft of acting; that’s the thrill and

the challenge of acting. There are

times while directing when I would

remind them, you’re not pretty here

– you’re not young. We have to see

your negativity. They dig deep and

they get it. There are so many layers

in live performance. They have to act

and they have to react.”

To purchase tickets to see the

actors in I do! I do! performing July

10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m.

and July 12, 19, and 26 at 2 p.m. go

to www.winecountrytheatre.com or

call 1-800-838-3006. Tickets are

$25 each and $15 for students. Performances

are in the historic Park

Street Ballroom in Paso Robles.

“It’s a lovely story,” Blomfield said.

“Anybody who loves the old, classic

American songbook will enjoy this.”

Added Laird, “It’s fun, it’s poignant;

the audience will run the

gamut of emotions, and at the end

of the day, it lets us laugh a little at


This is the fifth production for

Wine Country Theatre, founded

by Anthony in February 2014.

She co-founded Classic American

Theatre. She also has served as executive

director of San Luis Obispo

Little Theatre and Pioneer Players

and served as managing director for

Pacific Repertory Opera, among

many other accomplishments.

Anyone wishing to volunteer with

theatre can get more information

on the website.

makes their human happy – it

doesn’t get better than this.”

Call Golden Collar to schedule an

appointment for your favorite canine

today at 237-9219 or stop by 1471

Creston Road; $5 off for new clients.

Mindy Voigt, RDHAP

Did you know there are options

for dental hygiene care outside the

traditional dentist office setting?

Mindy Voigt, licensed Registered

Dental Hygienist in Alternative

Practice, has been helping residents

of San Luis Obispo and

Santa Barbara counties enjoy fresh

smiles for more than 30 years and,

with the added convenience of

In-Home care, she ensures clients

of all ages continue to receive the

health benefits of dental hygiene

services in the comfort of their

own home.

Please see SPOTLIGHT page 54

July 2015, Paso Robles Magazine 53


SPOTLIGHT from page 53

“I take my services to clients

in Assisted Care Facilities as well

as private homes, working around

my clients’ needs in an atmosphere

where they feel most comfortable,”

Mindy says.

Mindy regularly receives compliments,

client referrals, and more

than her fair share of hugs thanks

to her quality care, integrity, professionalism,

kindness, and compassionate

ways. About 12 years

ago, legislation introduced a new

category in dentistry and Mindy

returned to school to obtain

her Alternative Practice license,

specializing in geriatric care. She

treats many dementia and Alzheimer’s

patients on a regular basis,

working with other health care

professionals to provide comprehensive

care. Board-certified, she

takes continuing

education courses

and offers

training for facility

staff as an

Mindy Voigt

oral educator.

“Over the years

I watched several of my patients

slowly start to miss appointments

at the dental office due to either

physical, mental, or emotional

limitations,” says Mindy. “When I

found out there was an alternative,

I knew that’s what I wanted to do.”

Fully portable, Mindy uses

pre-packaged, sterile instruments

and provides oral cancer screenings,

oral assessments, and fluoride

therapy (decay prevention).

She determines accessibility to

each patient, assesses how they

relate to her, performs a general

cleaning, and provides a written

dental hygiene summary to families

and caregivers.

Mindy also has office hours on

Thursdays at 503 13th St. with extended

hours by special arrangement.

Call her at 720-4665 for more information

or to make an appointment.

Healthy Inspirations

Get ready to feel healthy, inspired,

relaxed, and successful!

Specializing in healthy weight loss,

the friendly and motivated team

at Healthy Inspirations is ready to

help you live the life you deserve

with one-on-one support and

guaranteed results!

“We provide a safe, comfortable

environment for women,” says

Tricia Williams, owner of both

the Paso Robles and Atascadero

locations for the past 10 years.

“We work individually with your

food challenges and schedule,

providing options that are

right for you and a lifestyle

approach that is sustainable.”

Experienced and knowledgeable

Healthy Inspirations

coaches work with

clients to achieve healthy

weight loss using sensible

nutrition combined with a

fun and effective circuit exercise

program and weekly relaxation

sessions. In addition to designing

individualized eating programs

and sharing recipes and cooking

tips, they provide education, support,

and motivation.

Tricia Williams

“As a certified Eating

Psychology Coach with

the Institute of the Psychology

of Eating, I can

effectively address weight

concerns including binge

eating, overeating, body

image challenges, and

various nutrition related

health concerns,” says

Tricia. “My work combines the

powerful new fields of Dynamic

Eating Psychology which affirms

that our relationship with food

has important lessons to teach

us if we choose to listen, and

Mind-Body Nutrition by focus-

ing on the fascinating connections

between brain, body, and behavior.

Simply put, what we eat is only

half of the story of good nutrition.

The other half is who we are as


Healthy Inspirations is offering

Zero Enrollment Fees this summer!

Check out www.weightlosspasorobles.com

to read client success

stories, then call 238-9395 or stop

by 935 Riverside, Suite 8B in Paso

Robles to set up a FREE consultation

and get started on your way to

a healthy and happy future! For the

Atascadero location, call 462-3476

or stop by 8115 El Camino Real.

54 Paso Robles Magazine, July 2015

July 2015, Paso Robles Magazine 55


What’s happening

on Main Street?

By Chris

Weygandt Alba

len’s learned the name early and got

drought tolerant. That’s the way we

grow around here.

The climate’s perfect for two festivities

for hardy souls this month in

the Downtown Park: Fellowship and

feast at the Free Pancake Breakfast –

and the spectacular display pouring

from our Mediterranean summer,

the purple lavenders.


want in on the flapjack feast

(described below), score a

free ticket from a downtown

merchant by July 29.

On Thursday evenings,

bring your lawn chairs and

gather around the bandstand for

the Concerts in the Park from 5:30

- 7:30 p.m. Enjoy dinner in one of

our fine downtown restaurants or take

advantage of the hors d’oeuvres offered

in the park.

On Saturday, July 11, the 7th annual

Lavender Festival celebrates one

of the world’s most versatile herbs,

brought to you by the Main Street

Association and Central Coast Lav-

“Bad rain years” aren’t bad if hearty

characters are raining purple pancakes

in the park. Like they do here in Paso

Robles in July.

Bad rain years are familiar visitors.

Pioneer families like Art Von Dolender

Growers Association.

The downtown park will be

filled with lavender growers,

lavender products, live music,

artisans, children’s activities,

and festival vendors from

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lavender, like grapes and olives,

grows well in our Mediterranean-like

climate. Highly prized for its multiple

uses, lavender is an emerging agricultural

crop for local commercial

growers. Festival seminars will show

you how to grow, distill, and use this

aromatic perennial, which is so powerful

that its essence can be detected

Please see MAIN STREET page 59

Introducing J. Scott Reneau Insurance Agency tential damage from weather and

By Millie Drum

After working with Farmers Insurance

for 3 years, Scott Reneau is

the new owner and agent of J. Scott

Reneau Insurance Agency. The

transition of ownership from Jeff

Railsback to Scott Reneau has been

smooth since both have thorough

knowledge of Farmers Insurance

and strong ties in the community.

Scott attended college in Southern

California; later moving with

his family to Paso in 1970 to help

start a family-owned car dealership.

While Scott started selling

life insurance at age 23 right

out of college; it just wasn’t

the right fit. Now representing

Farmers Insurance suits

Scott’s long term goals while

offering the independence of

owning his own agency in the

community he knows so well.

Scott adds, “It’s worked out

very well. Farmers sincerely

wants each agency to succeed.

When we take care of our loyal

clients, they are a client for life. A

big part of the insurance business is

planning for the huge exposures due



to accidents and unforeseen

life-changing events. It’s

rewarding to find the proper

coverage for my clients;

especially for those who

begin planning before the

need arises.” Scott provides

a periodic Farmers Friendly

Review to analyze coverage,

premiums and deductibles

to best serve the existing clients.

Since Farmers is a California based

company, they understand the characteristics

of the lifestyle, housing

market, business climate and po-

natural disasters. Insurance products

include commercial, workman’s

comp, home, auto, life, umbrella and

recreational; mobile homes, trailers,

boats, and motorcycles.

Scott enjoys the North County

with his wife Emily and kids Shelby,

Sloane and Carson. J. Scott Reneau

Insurance Agency is located in

the Granary building at 1111 Riverside

Ave. Ste 402, Paso Robles.

Stop in! You’ll get a warm welcome

from Tracy Phillips, the Farmers

front desk gal! Call 238-4333 and

click jreneau@farmersagent.com.

56 Paso Robles Magazine, July 2015


Visit the Newest Tennis and

Pickleball Club in America!

Templeton Tennis Ranch

By Millie Drum

Nestled among the native

oaks and a creek on

the south side, Templeton

Tennis Ranch is emerging

as a destination for

tennis players, sports and

fitness enthusiasts and members of the

local community for gatherings and social

events. While the original homestead

farmhouse has been gone for many years,

the natural surroundings still lend a serene,

historic feel to the property. As President

and CEO of Templeton Tennis Ranch,

Ralph Goehring, with his partner Marc

Eisemann, developed TTR to bring attention

to the sport of tennis and pickleball

to the Central Coast as both are active

tennis players. However, by offering

premium amenities in all areas of health

and fitness, TTR has broad appeal for

individuals and families. As a two-family

owned and operated company, Ralph’s

wife Judy serves as Event Manager; his

son Simon is Business Manager.

The property was acquired in 2003,

construction began in June of 2013 with

completion a few months ago. The design

of the entire facility revolves around the

natural landscape of the creek bed and na-

tive trees that include oak,

Douglas fir and madrone.

The 11, 000 square foot

clubhouse brings the outdoor

feeling indoors with

natural wood, rich earth

colors, textures and a view

from every room including the Pro Shop

and state-of-the-art Fitness Center.

Outdoor activities include horseshoes,

bocce ball and hiking along winding trail.

Plans are underway to work with local

hoteliers to offer guest passes to our tourists.

Additional features with completion

planned for later this year, include a special

event room that accommodates up

to 40 people and areas for exercise classes

and massage and esthetician services.

Outdoor expansion includes a swimming

pool, spa and additional outdoor hospitality

areas with food service.

With concern for conservation, Ralph

states, “We capture all of the water on

the property in eight 10,000 gallon tanks

by trenching the water runoff from the

courts. We use the gray water for landscaping

and washing the courts. With 2

inches of rain, we can capture 80,000 gallons

of water. The courts use low-energy

LED lights and we have utilized premium

insulation in the building to lower

energy usage”

Tennis is “center court” by providing

a world-class venue for players from the

professional, the amateur, and the kids

starting out in the Pee Wee camps. The

6 lighted tennis courts (1 stadium, 4 hard,

1 cushioned) and 4 pickleball courts, offer

a variety of play for every individual.

The stadium court is targeted to host large

tournaments with seating for 800 spectators.

Along with adult tennis and pickleball

clinics, the junior tennis program is

led by Amy Barber, USPTA Elite Tennis

Professional, with over 25 years of experience

and other tennis pros and coaches.

July and August camps and clinics are

suitable for all ages and level of play with

instruction on drills, strokes, footwork,

conditioning and strategy. For the youngsters

between 5 and 10, Pee Wee and Hot

Shots camp is available along with Rising

Stars for the kids from 11 to 13. Intermediate

and Advanced camp is offered for

JV and Varsity high school players. Spectators

also get a fabulous view from what

the owners affectionately call the “Sky

View Deck”. Ralph adds, “It’s our favorite

place in the club. We love it up here. It’s

great for observing the lessons especially

for the kids from 6 to 18. The parents can

really see what’s going on.” Future plans

include showcasing local artists in an expansive

stairwell leading to the deck.

The Goehring family is committed

to delightful service in an upbeat, family

oriented atmosphere. Additionally, their

personal presence at the club will allow

Pro players on Stadium Court on

Opening Day

Pickleball Players!

Viewing Deck above tennis courts

them to welcome the community with

their pledge to give back to the community

through fundraisers and charitable

events. Call 434-9605 for a free tennis

and/or pickleball session. Templeton

Tennis Ranch is located at 345 Championship

Lane west of the Main Street exit

in Templeton. For more information, visit


July 2015, Paso Robles Magazine 57


Mullahey Dodge-Jeep-Chrysler-Ram opens in Paso

By Bob Chute

“The car business is a people business. I know

many go on the internet and shop for their vehicles

today, but the face-to-face interaction of

selling cars is still a people business to me…and

fun!” said Mike Mullahey, owner of Mullahey

Dodge-Jeep-Chrysler-Ram, now open in Paso

Robles. “I love dealing with our employees and

interacting with our customers. It’s fantastic to

be able to find just the right car for a family or an

individual buying his first car.

“It never gets old…I’m a car guy. I love working

in a small town atmosphere and developing

relationships - I know I may run into people

that come onto our lot at the grocery store or

the theater. It’s much more than ‘selling cars’,

I plan to be here in Paso Robles as part of this

community for the next 25 years and I want

people to know we will give them a fair deal

- we don’t want to sell them one car - we want

them to come back for their next one and the

one after that and recommend us to their family

and friends! Our crew realizes we are all in this

together…their success is my success…I’m always

looking for feedback from our customers to be the

best we can be in service and sales!

“I’ve been doing this over 20 years in Arroyo

Grande owning Mullahey Ford - I love it - and

felt a unique challenge when I was asked to open

By Heather Young

Out west of

Paso Robles, not far

from Highway 41

West, up on top of

a hill overlooking

vineyards and olive

groves, stands Trabia

Farms’ Atypical

Place, a place for

children and adults

with cognitive disabilities. The nonprofit was started

by Trabia Farms owner, Ben Polando, who has

worked with people with cognitive disabilities.

Atypical Place includes a sensory garden and

exploratorium, which includes a Tuscan-style playhouse

that is accessible to children with physical

disabilities, including those in wheelchairs; an Italian-style

arch; Columnar Basalts; harmony pit; and

a whale wall that will include a whale skeleton that

looks like it’s part of a dig.

“We wanted to make the exploratorium a

geo-history of the area,” said Polando, whose life

partner, Liz Burton, has a PhD in geology.

“The idea of the exploratorium is learn, play, sensory

development,” Burton added.

All proceeds from Trabia Farms goes to Atypical

Place, a nonprofit, Polando said. The exploratorium,

Burton said, has been in the works for many

years. Polando and Burton learned what should be

included by talking to the parents.

“The idea is for special people to have a place to

a Dodge-Jeep-Chrysler-Ram

store here in Paso Robles.

Dodge is adding dealerships

all over the western United

States and has a number of

fantastic products — I signed

the original letter of intent in

June of 2013.

“This is a great community…I’ve

put my heart and soul

in this project for the last two plus years getting it

open. There has been a lot of steps…finding the

land, designing the facility, acquiring all the permits

and meeting an incredible amount of nice people

to find the 18 who will be working with us. The

City of Paso Robles has been great to work with

and our 23,000 square foot building should be open

in June [this interview took place May 26]. We have

lots of room to work with on this 5.74 acre site with

an additional 5 acres across the street. Our Arroyo

Grande facility is less than two acres!”

The Paso store service department opened in

March of this year and already counts a number

of satisfied clientele. Over the next couple of

months Mike built a sales staff of people known

in the community. “We have a strong and committed

sales staff with many years of experience

satisfying our customers’ needs. People make the

business with enthusiasm and a fresh approach

Mike Mullahey

Ben Polando creates Atypical Place:

An exceptional space for exceptional people

call their own,” Burton said.

The garden includes a gazebo, grassy area,

picnic tables and a rainbow garden. The harvests

from the garden have gone to Glean SLO, which

is part of the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis

Obispo County, and to the families that visit the

farm. Atypical Place entertain special education

classes from Atascadero, Templeton and Paso

Robles. In October 2014, Trabia Farms hosted

its first October Fest, where students from those

classes came out and more than 280 pumpkins

were harvested.

“I think it’s beautiful,” parent Tiffany Ferreira

said. “I think it’s awesome they’re doing this for

the kids.”

Burton added one question they keep in mind is

how can kids have fun and learn?

“We’re trying to capture both: the local geology

-- and Sicily,” Burton said. “They’ll learn geology:

touch it, play on it.”

At an Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April

coming to work each day…everyone

needs the best frame of

mind to serve those that take

the time to visit our store…to

come onto our property. They

have honored us and we need to

show our appreciation.”

Mike’s father, Edward, and

his brother, Tim, originally

purchased the Arroyo Grande

Ford dealership in August of 1993 after Edward

was part owner of Christianson (now Arroyo

Grande) Chevrolet across the street on Traffic

Way. In 1995 Michael bought out their father

and begin working with his brother. “It wasn’t

difficult to realize how important relationships

are to a car dealership. When my dad and my

brother purchased the AG lot it had sold 20 vehicles

the month before. Then with their new

ownership…same people…same facility…same

vehicles available for sale…they sold 63 cars their

first month! Change of attitude!”

Experience fresh enthusiasm in your car buying

experience, and a great lineup of vehicles, at Mullahey

Dodge-Jeep-Chrysler-Ram, open 8:30 a.m.

to 7 p.m., at 2250 Golden Hill Road, just north

east of Lowe’s Hardware, in Paso Robles, phone

(805) 369-2400 www.mullaheychryslerdodgejeepram.com/

People gather, are involved in gardening and

other projects and appreciate the Italian style

arch on the property, owned by Ben Polando.

18, students brought out pumpkin plants they had

planted in class and put them in the ground. They

used seeds from last year’s pumpkins and were given

the chance to put those plants in the ground for

harvest in October.

Another offering at the farm will be equestrian

therapy for both those with and without cognitive

disabilities. That therapy will be under the direction

of Hans van Randwijk and Janine Asante.

“Bringing people together” is what Polando said

Atypical Place is about. Polando named his olive

farm after the city in Sicily where his mother was

born -- Trabia. “It’s an exceptional place for exceptional

people,” Polando said.

Polando and Burton split their time between

Paso Robles and the Bay Area, where they both

work. Polando is the president of Integrated Packing

and Crating Services, Inc. and Innovated

Packaging Company, Inc.

For more on Trabia Farms and Atypical Place,

go to www.trabiafarmsinc.com.

58 Paso Robles Magazine, July 2015


The Mattress Specialists are open in Paso Robles

By Bob Chute

“Paso Robles had a need for a quality

bedding store, including adjustable

beds, at affordable prices,” says Mattress

Specialists owner Leo London.

“We’re here now, at the corner of 13th

and Riverside. My son Richard and I

have a combined 90 years experience

in mattress and furniture sales. We

carry major brands and we’re introducing

the Comfortaire - a Select

Comfort Company - to Paso. They

are the oldest air bed company on the

market with dual chamber adjustable

firmness settings.”

“I encourage anyone and everyone

to come in to try it out…determine

what comfort level works for you,”

added Richard. “Find your comfort

level and you’ll truly

enjoy a good night’s

sleep like you haven’t

experienced before.”

You’ll need to

check out the

Tempa-Gel Memory

Foam beds, “They

are comparable to Tempur-Pedic

or Serta iComfort

beds but are cooler to

sleep on with the coolness

of a gel layer between you

and the Memory foam,” said Richard.

“It makes an incredible difference

for those who find the memory foam

beds just too warm to sleep on, especially

during Paso’s summer nights.”

They also carry

regular flat bed

sets in Twin, Full,

Queen, King and

Cal King sizes plus

airbeds, memory

foam gel, latex and

spring beds, as well

as bunk beds, daybeds,

and futons…as well

as complete bedroom sets.

Something for everyone!

In addition,

Mattress Specialists is your

Adjustable Bed headquarters with the

specialized beds available in all sizes

as the flat beds - and in different

configurations - with head of the bed

and foot of the bed motors or head of

the bed motor only. They have massage

units available and even plug-ins

for your electronic phones or tablets on the

side of the beds!

If you’re considering a mattress

purchase you owe it to yourself to take

advantage of the knowledge and experience

at the Mattress Specialists…

where bedding is their only business.

Check out their special Grand Opening

ad on page 26. You’ll find this new

business at 1301 Riverside Avenue, at

the corner of 13th and Riverside, in

Paso Robles, phone (805) 238-2188.

“We look forward to serving the

people of the North County,” added

Richard. They are open Monday

through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 pm.,

closed Sundays.

MAIN STREET from page 56

in your blood within five minutes of

rubbing it on your skin.

You’ll find a surprising array of

goods created with lavender, in addition

to oil, lotions and salts. The culinary

herb appears in lavender honey,

lavender tea, lavender cooking spices

and dipping oils. You can experience

the flavors of lavender at the Victorian

lavender tea garden, with refreshments

like lavender lemon sorbet and

lavender cookies.

Lavender is far more than a perfume.

It can tackle ailments too. Its

flowers and essential oil pack over 150

compounds with antiseptic, antibiotic,

and sedative properties. Herbalists

use it to treat anxiety, depression, in-

somnia, wounds, digestive problems,

headaches, fevers, rashes, sprains, and

burns. It’s a disinfectant and bug repellent

as well.

For more information, call Main

Street at 238-4103, or visit the website

at CentralCoastLavenderFestival.com.

To find out more about lavender, visit


July also dishes up a time-honored

tradition and the best breakfast in

town: The Free Pancake Breakfast,

July 30, 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. in the downtown

park, commemorates Commu-

nity Pride Day at the Mid-State Fair.

Downtown merchants team up

with the Mid-State Fair and local

Granges to serve fabulous flapjacks

and all the fixin’s free of charge, but

there’s a catch:

You must have a ticket, and tickets

must be obtained in advance. BE-

FORE July 30, head downtown for

free tickets at all the downtown shops

displaying the “Free Pancake Breakfast”

sign in their windows.

The best comes out in a record


July 2015, Paso Robles Magazine 59


A monthly look at local events, meetings,

entertainment and special occasions.

To submit a listing, email bob@

pasoroblesmagazine.com, bring info to

drop box at Dutch Maytag, 1501 Riverside

Ave., or mail to PO Box 3996, Paso

Robles, 93447 by the 7th of each month.

Questions? Call 239-1533


1 • North County Newcomers Club,

General Meeting first Wednesday of the

month. 11 am to 1:30 pm, see website

for details on attendance and monthly

calendar of events and activities. northcountynewcomers.org.

1 & 15 • Fibromyalgia Support

Group the first and third Wednesday of

the month, 6:30 to 8 pm at The Wellness

Kitchen, 1255 Las Tablas Road,

Templeton. Facilitated by Kiley Embry,

no charge, donations to The Wellness

Kitchen welcome. Support for those

with mental and physical challenges

from Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis

and chronic fatigue and pain.

1 • Monthly dinner at Estrella

Warbirds Museum. Open to the public

on the first Wednesday of every month

at 6 pm. Reservations required. Museum

featuring American aircraft, vehicles

and artifacts open 10 am to 4 pm. Thursday

through Sundays and Monday holidays.

Group tours by appointment. Admission

$10, $5 ages 6 – 12, free under

5. 4251 Dry Creek Road, Paso Robles.

Call to schedule a group tour. ewarbirds

.org. 227-0440, 238-3897.

3 • Poetry in the Garden – North

County Poetry Circle forming. First

Friday of the month in Ellie’s garden at

10 am. Call Ellie Casey 227-0110 for


4 • Independence Day – Celebrate

America! Templeton Parade and Pancake

Breakfast, parade at 10 am. Fun in

the park until 3pm. Parade sponsored

by Templeton Kiwanis. Breakfast by

Templeton Fire Dept.

4, 11, 18, 25 • Grief Share –13 week

seminar and support group for people

grieving a loss. 10 am to noon, Trinity

Lutheran Church, Fireside Conference

Room, 940 Creston Rd., Paso Robles.

Info: Deaconess Juliet Thompson, 238-

3702, ext. 205.

7 & 21 • MOPS - Mothers of

Pre-schoolers meets the 1st and 3rd

Tuesdays of the month. 9:30 to 11:30

am, Life Community Church, 3770

Ruth Way in Templeton. MOPS is an

international nonprofit that helps moms

be the best they can be through encouragement

and loving support. Guest

speakers, creative activities, play dates,

mom’s night out and more! Childcare

is offered. Info: Coordinator Sandra Fry,


8 & 22 • MOPS – Mothers of

Pre-schoolers meet 2nd and 4th

Wednesday each month, 9:15 am.,

Trinity Lutheran Church Fireside

Room, 940 Creston Road, Paso Robles.

Info: Lisa 423-0140, Juliet 239-3734,


10 • Almond Country Quilters Guild

– Lecture and trunk show by Wendy

Mathson preceding her Storm at Sea

class on July 11. Info: Dora Espinosa at

sunzia2@charter.net. Tickets available

for Opportunity Quilt (queen lavender/

green). Info: Linda Hampton, lindahampton47@yahoo.com.

Social time

6:30, meeting 7:00 pm. Trinity Lutheran

Church, 940 Creston Road, Paso

Robles. almondcountryquilters.org.

11 • Classic Car Cruise Night – Meet

at 5 to 7 pm, King Oil Tools, 2235

Spring St., Paso Robles. Always the 2nd

Saturday of the month. Info: Tony Ororato,


11 • 7th Annual Lavender Festival,

10 am to 5pm, City Park, Free admission.

Lavender tasting garden, products,

distilling, samples, demonstrations, arts,

crafts, food and music. Sponsored by

Main Street, pasoroblesdowntown.org

and Central Coast Lavender Growers,

CClavenderfestival.com. Call 238-4103

for information. `

16 • North County 4 - Chamber

of Commerce Membership Mixer

at Springhill Suites by Marriott in

Atascadero near Home Depot. Joint

mixer of Paso Robles, Atascadero,

Templeton and San Miguel. Contact

Marcie DeLine, Paso Membership Director,


16 • Daughters of the American

Revolution. Regular meeting the 3rd

Thursday of each month from 10 am to

12 pm at the Templeton Presbyterian

Church, 610 S. Main, Templeton. Info:

Donna Cohen, 227-7105, 395-0630,


18 • Grow Your Own Cocktail Garden

– From garden to glass for summer

refreshing cocktails. $85 for class, materials

and a locally grown lunch. Info and

location: Lynette Sonne, FARMsted-

ED.com, 226-2081.

20 • Santa Lucia Rockhounds, 7 pm,

Templeton Community Center, 601 S.

Main St. A nonprofit club open to all

ages that enjoy rocks, fossils and minerals.

Guest speakers, junior Rockhound

education, raffles, silent auction,

refreshments. Members are encouraged

to bring their latest finds and treasures

of rocks, fossils and minerals. Visitors

welcome. Info: slorockhounds.org.

20 • Paso Robles Republican Women

Federated meets the third Monday of

the month at the Paso Robles Golf Club,

1600 Country Club Drive. Check-in

and social at 11:30 a.m. Lunch at 12

noon. Various speakers, guests welcome.

Reservations to 226-5620 or kate

@adelaideadvisors.com, $22 payable at

the door, check/cash. www.prrwf.org.

23 • Prostate Cancer Support Group,

Pavilion Room at Twin Cities Hospital,

1100 Las Tablas Rd., Templeton. Info:

Bill Houston 995-2254 or the American

Cancer Society 473-1748.

30 • FREE Pancake Breakfast in the

City Park. 7:30 to 10:30 am. Sponsored

by Main Street and the Mid-State Fair.

Must get tickets from downtown merchants

one week before the breakfast.

Info: pasoroblesdowntown.org.

Grief Support Groups

Held at RISE, 1030 Vine St., Paso

Roble and sponsored by HospiceSLO,

544-2266, hospiceslo.org

Bereaved Parents Group

Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

General Grief Support

Wednesdays, 5:00 to 6:30 pm.

Suicide Bereavement Support

(for those left behind)

4th Wednesday each month

3 to 4:30 pm.

Entertainment, Art Exhibits

and Festivals

Paso Robles Golf Club – Dining

and Music on the Veranda every

Wednesday and Thursday from 5

to 8pm. Easy parking. 7/8 London

Dave 70s Rock Review, 7/9 Dulcie

Taylor, 7/15 Azure Tres Trio, 7/16

Soul Sauce, 7/22 Karen Tyler, 7/23

Jo Stephan, 7/29 Brett and Julia

Mitchell, 7/30 Julie Beaver & Dorian

Michael. Reservations recommended.

pasoroblesgolfclub.com, 238-4722,

1600 Country Club Drive.

Shared Histories Part II through

December 31, 2015 at the Carnegie

Library. R.J. Arnold’s Portraits of the

Central Coast. Vintage photos from the

late 1800’s. Downtown City Park, Tues.

& Thurs. through Saturday 10 am to

4 pm, Sun. 11 am to 4 pm. Presented

by the El Paso de Robles Historical Society.

Free admission.

4 • Art After Dark Paso – First Saturday

of the month features self-guided

walks through art galleries, wine tasting

rooms and businesses featuring local

artists. 6 to 9:00 p.m. Downtown Paso

Robles. Coordinated by Studios on the

Park across from the City Park.

16 • Third Thursday Shop, dine and

drink in downtown Paso Robles. A

portion of the proceeds benefit must!

Charities. Visit facebook.com/pages/




1255 Las Tablas Rd., Templeton • 434-1800 • TheWKRC.org

The weekly Wellness Foods program offers pre-ordered meals made with

nutritious, fresh ingredients. Phone orders (434-1800), fax (434-1885) by

Sunday for pick-up the following Wednesday.

1 & 15 • Fibromyalgia Support Group the first and third Wednesday of the

month, 6:30 to 8 pm facilitated by Kiley Embry, no charge, donations to The

Wellness Kitchen welcome. Support for those with mental and physical challenges

from Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and chronic fatigue/pain.

8 • The Recipe for a WELLthy Life Series – Series 1 of 5 “Primary Foods” with

Ashley Beels, CHC, RDH, MA, 6:30 – 8 pm. Other topics in series include Crowding

Out, Food Journaling, Nutritional Bio-Individuality and Superfoods. This class is FREE.

16 • Healthy Cooking for People with Illness – Cool Summer Foods! with

Nancy Walker. 5:30 to 7:00. Recipes and simple lessons for those facing lifealtering

disease. FREE to those with cancer/serious disease through the Pay It

Forward Education Program. For others, $20 or by donation. RSVP required,

434-1800, email nancy@thewkrc.org.

17 • Healthy Cooking for People with Illness – Cool Summer Foods!

with Nancy Walker. Same class description as above held at Idler’s in San Luis

Obispo, 122 Cross St. from 11 am to 1 pm. RSVP required, 434-1800, email nancy


23 • 3-Way Cooking Series, 5:30 to 7 pm, demonstration using one ingredient

3 ways. $20 p/p or donation, tasting included. RSVP required.

29 • Intro to Wellness: A Taste of Change, 5:30 to 6:30 pm with Nancy Walker

on 10 simple things to begin your clean eating journey. FREE, RSVP 434-1800.

60 Paso Robles Magazine, July 2015


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By Judy Bedell

Estrella 4H members Cody and Ellie Zack have

been working hard to prepare for the Junior Livestock

competition at the California Mid-State Fair since it

ended last year. They are anxious for the 2015 event

where they will be exhibiting poultry and livestock.

Cody and Ellie are twins who will be entering the

8th grade at Lillian Larsen School in San Miguel

this fall. Every day after school they travel to Penman

Springs Road where their project animals live.

Cody has a Spot Cross hog named Zetsu. Every

day he makes sure he takes his hog for a nice long

walk and practices the skills he will need for showmanship

this year.

“My goal is to place 5th or higher in showmanship

this year,” explained Cody.

And he thinks his hog will help him do that as

Zetsu is already very well trained at following Cody’s


Cody picked out his own hog this year, with only a

little help from his father and leader, Art Zack.

“The kids are old enough and know enough to be

able to choose their own animals,” explained Dad.

“We usually talk about the budget and then together

pick four or five animals we might bid on.

We bought Zetsu at the Atascadero FFA Auction so

there was a good selection of animals. Ultimately it

was Cody’s decision and he is getting pretty good at

spotting the good ones.”

Twin sister Ellie will be showing a lamb. Her lamb

is named Sonic and she also spends time every day

feeding, grooming and exercising her project animal.

Her goals include placing in showmanship and her

market class.

Both Cody and Ellie will also be showing poultry.

Cody has a Mediterranean Blue Andalusian and Ellie

has a Silver Spangled Hamburg hen named Yoshi.

They are both experienced showmen having placed

well at the Mid State Fair in prior years and at the

Central Coast Feather Fanciers Shows.

Cody won the Best of Breed in 2014 at the Feather

Fancier show and Ellie has been the Continental

Class winner for the past three years. They enjoy raising

breeding stock but have raised market chickens in

the past.

Twins Cody and Ellie Zack of Estrella 4-H are anxious

to compete with their animals in this year’s

California Mid-State Fair.

“We raised them, processed them and cooked

them,” explained Ellie who was not afraid at all to get

her hands dirty cleaning the chickens.

Getting ready for the Fair takes a lot of time and

effort, something both Cody and Ellie have committed

to. They have been Estrella 4-H members for 3 ½

years and have excelled at school during this time also.

Ellie was recognized for being a Million Word

reader at her school this year as well as playing a

starring role in the school play. She was also on the

volleyball team and has participated in Youth Cheerleading

in the past. Her love of animals and inquisitive

personality will be great traits for her goal of studying

Zoology in college and one day working at a zoo.

Cody is a multi-sport athlete having competed this

last year in cross country, basketball, volleyball and

track. He has played Youth Football in Paso Robles

and recently scored at the 10th grade level in reading,

while still in 7th grade. Cody also has his sights set on

college and sees himself pursuing a degree in Agriculture,

most likely Ag Mechanics or Engineering. He

would also like to breed hogs in the future.

Estrella 4H is an active club and in addition to the

Junior Livestock projects, both Cody and Ellie have

participated in 4H programs for Archery, Shooting

Sports, and Science. Ellie has also participated in the

Baking program and Ag Robotics.

The schedule in the Zack home is pretty busy but

father Art Zack doesn’t complain about the long hours.

“I know this is all very good for them. Being a

4H leader I can help them and others like people

helped me when I was younger. Raising the animals

and showing them lets us spend time as a family,”

said Zack.

Cody and Ellie will be spending a lot of time in

the Junior Livestock barns during the Mid-State

Fair and invite you to stop by, ask them about their

animals, and consider bidding on them in the

Junior Livestock Auction on Saturday, August 1st.

For information about Estrella 4H club contact Angela

Vinther at 296-8994. They meet the first Monday

of every month at 6 p.m. at the San Miguel Lions

Club Community Center by the Park in San Miguel.

Ellie spends time every day working with her

market lamb, Sonic, in preparation for the

California Mid-State Fair.

See pages 14 to 20 to learn more about the

2015 version of the California Mid-State

Fair, ‘Puttin’ on the Glitz.’

Advanced Concrete 43

Advanced Construction 8

Alliance Board Co. 29

Amdal In Home Care 27

American Oak 3

Arlynes Flowers 50

Artfully Unusual 33

Artworks 44

Austin, Mary Ann 23

Avant Gardener 59

Baker, Faye 37

Bankston, Kim 9

Beehive 57

Bella Rae Lingerie Bout 41

Berkshire-Hathaway 11

Berry Hill Bistro 13

BlakesTrueValue 8

Blakeslee&Blakeslee 55

Blenders 13

Body Basics 25

Bridge Sportsmen 18

Brooklin Oaks Pharmacy 41

California Mid State Fair 64

Cal Paso Solar 9

Cal Sun Electric Solar 29

Casey Print 55

Casper, EJ, DDS 44

CC Renaissance Festival 54

Chalekson, Dr. Charles 47

Christian LC Fireworks 13

Cider Creek 21

City-Concerts in Park 39

City-Recreation 48

Cone & Associates 22

Connect Home Loans 9

Dawg on It 30

Desmond, Heather 5

DMI Construction 27

Dutch Maytag 43

Eddington Funeral Svs 52

El Paso de Robles Hist 56

El Paso Storage 50

Estrella Warbirds 43

Farmhouse Motel 20

Farm Stead Ed 56

Fox Hill Pool 30

Forsythe, Dr. 40

Frontier Floors 33

Gallagher Video 18

Gilliss, Keith/PRIME 26


Golden Collar 22

Golden Oak Estate Sales 20

Golden Reverse Mortgage 44

Gotta B Fit 40

Great American Antiques 28

GRL Computing 31

Hamon Overhead Door 57

Hansen Bros Cleaning 19

Harris Stage 51

Healthy Inspiration 45

Heart to Heart RE 17

HFG Insurance 21

Home Elegance 23

Horse Connection Center 50

Idler’s 2

Indulge Restaurant 19

Joseph Antone 31

Kaya 21

Kim, Andrew H. 46

Klockenteger, Lisa RDHAP 44

La Casa de Amayah 27

Lansford Dental 49

Las Tablas Animal Hosp 11

Lube N Go 28

Main St Animal Hosp 47

Mary Kay Cosmetics 51

Mattress Specialists 26

Mindy Voigt, RDHAP 41

Mikulics, Dr. 37

Mobile Oil Changers 23

Mode Communications 32

Mullahey Dodge 33

Napa Auto Parts 49

New With Tags 41

Natural Alternative 11

Nose to Tail 57

Odyssey Cafe 43

PAN Jewelers 34, 35

Paso Massage Therapy 49

Paso PetCare 45

PR Chamber of Comm 59

PR District Cemetery 32

PR Door & Trim 21

PR Ford 25

PR Golf Club 23, 25

PR Handyman 49

PR Insurance 36

PR Main Street 56

PR Pet Boarding 45

PR Safe & Lock 21

PR Waste 37

Peck, Bibiche - Piano 36

Perfect Air 46

Photo Stop 29

Placer Title 55

Pro Handyman 40

Professional Design 25

Pure Elements 19

PW Construction 11

Red Scooter Deli 39

Reneau, J. Scott - Ins 24

Robert’s 37

Rotary Winemakers BBQ 45

Scoles,Law Ofc of Patricia 24

Señor Sancho’s 31


Simple Lending 29

SolaraloS 18

Solarponics 46

Spice of Life 27

St Louis, Lera 60

St. Rose 32

Stephen Mulder, MD 52

Stifel Nicolaus 12

Stoltzfus, Abby 33

Stove & Spa 15

Straight For/Word 59

Susie’s Pet Care 50

Ted Hamm Ins 51

Templeton Tennis Ranch 57

The Autobahn 12

The Loft 17

The Wellness Kitchen 26

Tree of Life 31

Twin Cities Hosp 4

Vic’s Cafe 20

Vizions Day Spa 39

Voice Prints 49

Western Janitorial 52

Whitehorse 52

Wine Country Theatre 7

Worship Directory 61

York, Cheri 63

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