2013 December PASO Magazine


A monthly look at life in the remarkable community of Paso Robles.

The Resurrection of the Farmers Alliance Building

December 2013


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RANCHO SALINAS Luxury! Custom home on 2.5

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under Williamson Act. Ideal for viticulturists, wine

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1440 sq.ft. of serenity maintained to the 10th degree!

3br/2bath, shaded skylights, ceiling fans in most

rooms, maple cabinets, carpeting, linoleum. Kitchen,

living & dining rooms are impeccable. Water softener &

RO unit in kitchen, 6-panel doors, upscale appliances &

chandelier. Private rear yard with grass, sprinklers, solid

lattice fence. Covered carport, 8 x 10 storage shed.


HERITAGE RANCH RETREAT 1,440 sq. ft. of relaxing

space in a 2br/2bath manufactured home.

Carpet and tile flooring throughout. Wonderful

kitchen, breakfast bar, large living room plus separate,

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DECEMBER 2013 volume 13 number 8

A Monthly Look at Life in our Remarkable Communities

Feature Stories

14 A Holiday Gift is


Local Charities

16 Holiday Celebrations

18 Resurrection

- the historic Farmers Alliance

Building transforms to

Derby Wine Estates

Part 1

52 Hoofbeat

Hoofbeat Calendar and Trail Tales

- by Dorothy Rogers


12 Ol’ Oaken Bucket

Filled with Humor, Timely Tidbits, and

Mesmorizing Memorabilia..stuff you

didn’t realize you need to know

22 Education

• Robin Hood Takes Over the PRHS

Performing Arts Center

• ‘TIMBA’ Band Boosters Keeps

Templeton High Marching

• Panda’s Garden Expands to

Educate More Students

• Paderewski Youth Piano Competition

Yields Repeat Legacy Prize Winner

• San Miguel District Teacher of the Year:

Ann Granados Tribute

• The Nutcracker Ballet Tickets

on Sale Now

34 City of Paso Robles Library

and Recreation

Cool stuff to do for the month ahead!

38 Paso People

• Jim’s Locomotive Obsession

• Quasquicentennial Update:

Only 31 Days to go!

• At the Library

• This N That - A Collection of ‘Stuff’

• Small Space. Big Vibe.

:a hammer salon:

• Thursday Men’s Prayer Breakfast

Celebrates 40 years

On the cover: Christmas in Paso Robles! NCDPAF

presents The Nutcracker - photo by Jimmy de includes

Rat Queen Georgia Owens, Drosselmeyer Caleb Cole,

Prince Mathew Jacobs, Clara Mikaela Farrer.

46 Round Town

• North County Chorus: Singing for

All at Veterans Hospitals

• Templeton Hires New Director

• County Perspective

- A Column by Bruce Curtis

• Cambria Christmas Market

56 Business

• Berry Hill Bistro Celebrates 10 Years

of Creating

• Paso Realtors Honor Their Own

• Paso Chamber’s Annual Dinner

and Awards Gala

• Christmas Magic in Downtown Paso Robles -

Child’s Play

• Lesser Gods of Wine: Christian Lazo Winery

• Business Spotlight - a Column by Millie Drum

64 Time & Place

Where to find just about anything and everything

to do in December

63 Last Word

Ride 2 Recovery Update by Chuck Desmond


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, Pam

1501 Riverside, Paso Robles Osborn, Jamie Self, Melissa Chavez,

Web: pasoroblesmagazine.com and Bob Chute


Paso Robles Magazine (PRM) © 2013, 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

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For advertising inquiries and rates, story ideas and submissions, contact

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letters, press releases, etc. at Dutch Maytag Home Appliance Center, 1501


Graphics and advertising composition by Janice Pluma, Warpaint Graphics,

editorial composition, Travis Ruppe, David Butz, art production.

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Merry Christmas Paso Robles!

Just a


By Bob Chute

Rho and I

Here’s hoping each of you has

special times of family and friends

planned in the days ahead, and

amidst all the holiday crazies -

please don’t lose sight of the fact

that Jesus is the Reason for the

Season. Take the time...slow down.

Give. Love. Appreciate each day

and each person in your life. The

true gifts. Take a moment and hug

those in your home. And again.

Good, very good.

Shop local

We want to take this opportunity

once again to thank you for

your support and ask you to please

do your holiday shopping locally

to support our small merchants

and keep sales tax dollars right

here at home.


Yes, I’m including photos of my

kids and our grandkids, I simply

must keep the community informed

of their progress!


Ben and



and their







Kelly and

Brad Lear





(and Brutus)

A very Merry Christmas

to all, and please, be safe

in celebrating the New

Year 2014...see you at the

special Quasquicentennial

New Years Eve Celebration

in the park! Let the

fireworks begin!


Annie and



with Dustin

and Riley

Incredible Honor

for Paso Robles Wine Region

The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance recently was named the

Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. This is a

world-wide designation for the area’s over 200 wineries and 32,000

vineyard acres.

“The purpose of Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Region of the Year award is to

recognize not only excellence in wine quality, but also innovation and excitement,”

according to a press release.

“Wine regions far more famous than Paso Robles produce great wines, but

few places exhibit the spirit and can-do positivity of this Central Coast appellation.

It’s not easy for a wine region to reinvent itself, but Paso is doing it with flair.

“Put another way, it’s the region to watch.

“Historians debate when Paso’s modern era began. Certainly, Gary Eberle’s

arrival in 1973 (he later started Estrella River) was a milestone.

“By the 1980s, the boutique winery movement had arrived, symbolized

by the 1981 arrivals of Jerry Lohr and Ken Volk. The decade also saw the

proliferation of Syrah, which would have a huge local impact.

“But it has been in the 2000s that Paso Robles has turned the corner on

its past reputation.”

Area vintners reacted. “The region’s winemakers, growers and industry

are ecstatic to be held in the highest regard among some of the world’s

greatest wine producing regions with this incredible award,” according to a

Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance release.

“Paso Robles as a wine region has been gaining in popularity in recent years

with a number of accolades through exemplary point scores, creative video

marketing initiatives and high profile articles and reports. The AVA continues

to mature with a current proposal to create 11 districts within the boundaries

of the Paso Robles viticultural area which will allow growers and vintners to

tell their stories more clearly, which in turn will give consumers and trade a much

greater understanding of Paso Robles’ diversity and complexity.

The Paso Robles wine region and the winners of the 2013 Wine Star Awards

will be honored during a black-tie awards ceremony at the New York Public Library

in New York City on January 27, 2014. The Paso Robles AVA will be represented

by Jennifer Porter, Executive Director and Christopher Taranto, Communications

Director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, as well as a number of winery

and grower representatives. For more information, visit www.pasowine.com.

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Contractor husband and wife looking for a retirement

home to fix up. Cottage or older place ok. Condo ok if

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Thinking of selling my large home in Paso now that my

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I have a nice home at the lake that I am selling and I

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“Till pit stop do we part - according to the Associated

Press, a newlywed German couple’s marriage

‘got off to a rocky start when the groom forgot

his bride at a highway gas station on the way home

from their honeymoon, only noticing she was

missing after two and a half hours had passed.’

She had been sleeping in the back of their van

but awoke to use the restroom as her husband

fueled up - but neglected to tell him. She waited

patiently until he returned.”

AUTOWEEK, 11-11-13

* * *

“Dogs look up to men, cats look down on them, but

pigs just treat us as equals.”

- Sir Winston Churchill

Churchill also named the henhouse he built for his

chickens: “Chickenham Palace’

* * *

Are Erasers a Mistake?

“Eberhard Faber was the first company to put erasers

on pencils. The idea caught on in the United States

immediately, but it has never caught on in Europe.

Europeans claim they shun erasers because they

encourage schoolchildren to be careless. Students

(and just about everyone else in Europe) use separate


- Offbeat Uses for Everyday Things by Joey Green

* * *

“$1,000,000 - the estimated price that a gold medal

won by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics is expected

to fetch when its auction closes on Dec. 7.”

Sports Illustrated, 11-18-13

“No statement about God is simply,

literally true. God is far more than

can be measured, described, defined

in ordinary language, or pinned down

to any particular happening.”

- David Jenkins

* * *


...where a chicken can cross the road without its motives


* * *

Riddles for the Kids

Which travels faster, heat or cold?

Heat travels faster because you can catch cold.

If a boy wears his pants out before noon, what should

he do?

Wear them back in.

What’s the difference between an auction and seasickness?

One is a sale of effects and the other is effects of a sail.

If five cats catch five mice in five minutes, how long

will it take one cat to catch a mouse?

Five minutes.

The Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce

selected Dick Willhoit as the November

Roblan of the Month during the monthly

mixer held at the recently remodeled Paso

Robles Golf Club.

A native of the north county, Born and

raised in Templeton, Dick graduated from

Templeton HS in 1963, from San Jose State in 1973 and has

resided in Paso Robles since 1973.

Dick has been involved with the Home Builders Association

of the Central Coast for the past 25 years. He is a past

president and Life Director of the organization, and believes in

Local Insurance Agency

Gives Thanks

Ted Hamm, owner of Ted Hamm Insurance, recently

presented a $1,011 check to Loaves & Fishes. “The donation

to Loaves and Fishes,” stated Ted Hamm, “was a small

part in this time of great need that our agency can do to help

others and we recognize the important role that Loaves and

Fishes plays in our community. We are grateful and give

thanks for all our customers and friends who make it possible

to live and work in Paso Robles.”

Pictured, from left: Rev Jacqueline Sebro of L&F, Owner

Ted Hamm and Chris Raders of Ted Hamm Insurance

Willhoit honored as Roblan of the Month

strengthening the local building economy through business

affiliations. A Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce member

for 30 years, Director from 2003 to 2006 and Chairman in


He is involved in numerous community organizations including

serving as a Commissioner on the Housing Authority

of Paso Robles in the current capacity of Chairman; a Board

member and served three terms as Treasurer of the San Luis

Obispo County Housing Trust Fund (SLOCo HTF).

Dick has been very active in local education and was a longtime

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High School and Paso Robles Joint Union School Districts.


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Charitable organizations offer many possibilities

for gift giving on a community level. Here are some

opportunities to get started.

By Chris Weygandt Alba

Shelter for the Sick

A holiday gift makes a big difference for a

local charity that supplies a rare service: Transitional

Food and Shelter Inc. provides emergency

housing for homeless people suffering a medical

crisis, while they recuperate or stabilize.

“We formed to help people who fall through

the cracks,” says Pearl Munak, longtime board

member of TFS. “They’re severely ill or injured

and they’re homeless. They don’t have insurance

or financial aid. They could use board and care

but they can’t pay for it.”

With ten studio apartments and a motelroom

fund financed with a few grants, donations,

and occasional small fundraisers, TFS shelters

homeless cancer patients, single mothers with

gravely ill children, seriously injured and very

sick people released from hospitals but too weak

for the streets.

To shelter 300-400 people a year, the charity

spends more than $20,000 on apartment

rent and $30,000 to $50,000 for motel rooms, if

they’ve got that much.

Make tax-deductible contributions online at

nowheretogo.com or mail to TFS Inc., P.O. Box

4471, Paso Robles, CA 93447. For info, call Pearl

at 238-7056. TFS also runs the Families Helping

Families program below.

Adopt a Family

In the Families Helping Families program,

you can “adopt” a very low-income family and

help them enjoy a special Christmas. Sponsors

can be anyone – clubs, businesses, families, and

individuals, and adoptions can be personal or via

a cash donation.

Program organizers will match you with a

family that has been screened by social-services

agencies to ensure there is a genuine need. You’ll

contact the family and learn their situation, then

decide how you want to help. You can deliver

an entire Christmas “package” of gifts, tree, and

holiday dinner to your adopted family, or meet a

special need, or simply donate funds to the program

so needy families not adopted will receive

gift certificates.

Every year, 50 to 120 families are blessed this

way, depending on how many sponsors step up.

Contact sponsor coordinator Bill Brocco (805-

235-2592) to sign up. To sponsor by donation,

send a check with a memo line labeled “Christmas

Family Program” to TFS, P.O. Box 4471,

Paso Robles, CA 93447.

Help Fill the Red Kettles

The Salvation Army needs cash donations so

they can provide gift cards for each family’s teenagers

(ages 13 to 16), plus provide several hundred

food gift certificates so all the families can

enjoy a special holiday meal. Donate directly to

the Salvation Army, memo “Day of Giving,” P.O.

Box 2654, Paso Robles, CA 93447.

In addition, the dollars you drop in the red

Salvation Army kettles this month will stay in

the community, financing all the emergency assistance

our local office provides in the coming

year. The dollars mount up, over $60,000 last

year, that will help local seniors and others with

utility bills and housing needs.

The campaign relies on volunteers filling 600

two-hour bell-ringing shifts and many supporting

roles behind the scenes. To take part, call

237-1039. The Salvation Army Center at 711

Paso Robles Street is open Tuesday through

Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (ph. 238-9591).

Toys for Children

The Day of Giving on Dec. 14 provides

toys, coats, and a holiday meal to almost 700

struggling families with more than 1,300

children. It’s an amazing achievement created

by the donation of nearly $50,000 in cash, toys,

and food and about 10,000 volunteer hours,

with the partnership of the Toy Bank of Greater

Paso Robles, Marine Corps Toys for Tots,

the Salvation Army, Coats for Kids, and the

community at large.

You can contribute new toys to the collection

boxes around town. They appreciate items

of $15 to $25 for infants to kids aged 12, with

gifts for the youngest and oldest always needed,

plus art supplies, stuffed animals, family games,

and sports balls.

Or give your time to the cause during the

week of Dec. 9-13, when volunteers organize and

shop for gifts and decorate the hall at Plymouth

Congregational Church. To help, call volunteer

coordinator Sally Mello, 238-4841.

Send tax-deductible donations to the Toy

Bank, P.O. Box 2801, Paso Robles, CA 93447.

Coats for Kids collects new or gently used

coats of all sizes for every family member.

Take gently used coats to Plaza Cleaners and

Paso Robles Cleaners during the first week of

December. Drop off new and clean coats at

KPRL, Citibank, Idler’s, Farm Supply, and

St. Rose Church by Dec. 11. Or send a

donation payable to the Toy Bank with “Coats

for Kids” on the memo line, to the Toy Bank

address above. For more info, call Barbie

Butz, 461-1234.

Buy Extra Food

Tens of thousands of children and elderly

people in our neighborhoods don’t have enough

to eat. They need the extra food you’re willing

to put in your grocery cart this month. Six

million pounds of food was distributed this year

by the Food Bank Coalition.

The holiday food-drive collection barrels are

on display in grocery stores and local businesses.

Most needed are soups, meals in a can, canned

food with pop-top lids, stews or chili, beans, rice,

pasta, peanut butter, cereal, canned fruits, real

fruit juices.

Your cash donations will stretch the farthest.

For that, contact:

Loaves and Fishes, P.O. Box 1720, Paso

Robles CA 93447; website PayPal donations,

loavesandfishespaso.org; or deliver personally,

2650 Spring St., weekdays 9 a.m.-noon,

2-4 p.m., Tues. /Thurs. 5:30-7 p.m.; phone


Food Bank Coalition of SLO County:

9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2212 Golden Hill Rd., Paso

Robles CA 93446; website donations slofoodbank.org;

phone 238-4664.

Women’s Shelter Wishes

People in the community make the holidays

brighter by donating hams and turkeys, gifts for

the kids, and necessities (or gifts) for the moms.

Topping the wish list: prepaid gas cards and

monthly bus passes. Also department-store gift

cards, prepaid calling cards, movie passes, new

women’s sleepwear, and new children’s gifts

(toys, games, clothing). Drop off at the Women’s

Resource Center, 1030 Vine St., Mon.-Fri.

8:30-5 p.m. (ph. 461-1338).

At the Homeless Shelter

For kids and grown-ups spending the holiday

at the North County homeless shelter, deliver

unwrapped donations during business hours to

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Youngsters: Puzzles, games, modeling dough,

model kits, art and science kits, toys, hair decorations,

new warm clothes, movie passes.

Adults: Prepaid gas cards, phone cards,

monthly bus passes, warm outerwear, new socks

and underwear, camping gear, gift cards for fast

food, groceries, department stores, hairstyling/

haircuts, movie passes.

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December 2013, Paso Robles Magazine 15

By Melissa Chavez

Note: Events are chronologically listed. Readers are encouraged

to call phone numbers listed to confirm scheduled

events. Whether attending local performances, a parade,

craft show or helping to make a child’s Christmas a little

brighter, there are many experiences to enjoy this holiday


Atascadero Holiday Lighting at 6 p.m. on

December 6 takes place at Sunken Gardens in

Atascadero. Enjoy an historic fountain ribbon cutting,

Atascadero High School Show & Concert

Choirs, the Community Band, holiday singing and

welcome a visit by Santa Claus. www.atascadero.org.

Downtown Christmas Light Parade marks

its 51st year in Paso Robles on Saturday evening, December

7, beginning at 7pm. Celebrate “Christmas in

Toyland” with Santa and a glittering array of floats,

equestrian, vehicle and marching entries. Bundle up

and choose your spot along the Downtown parade

route, from 10th/Spring Street (heading north past

City Park), turning east one block to 14th Street,

turning south on Park Street (between 14th-12th),

turning east from 12th/Park to Pine Street, then

turning south on Pine Street around City Park.

Route ends on 11th Street. Visit www.pasoroblesdowntown.org.

Call 238-4103.

‘Santa’s Holiday House’ Schedule in Downtown

Paso Robles at City Park. Sunday/Dec. 8, 15

from 11am-3pm; Sunday/Dec. 22 from 11am-4pm;

Monday/Dec. 23 from 11am-4pm; Tuesday/Dec. 24

on Christmas Eve from 11am-3pm. Call 238-4103.

12th Annual Atascadero Winter Wonderland

in downtown Atascadero from 5-9 p.m., December

13, offers snow slides, 50 tons of snow, slides,

food, crafts, strolling entertainment, Santa Claus and

holiday costumed characters. Event is sponsored by

Atascadero Main Street, participating merchants and

local media. Call Gail, 570-4524. Visit www.


Wreath Making at Paso Robles City Library

will use recycled materials at the annual

craft event on December 12 at 6 p.m. in the

Library Conference Room. Call 237-3870 or sign

up at www.prcity.com.

Vine Street Victorian Showcase from

6-9pm, on December 14, takes place between 8th and

21st Streets in Paso Robles. There’s something for

everyone, including bands, dancers, refreshments,

The Grinch, the Snow King and Queen, choirs,

caroling and one cantankerous Ebenezer Scrooge!

Paso Robles High School Marching Band opens

the festivities. Bundle up and enjoy this free, wellattended,

annual event. No dogs/cars allowed. Note:

No traffic permitted on this route between

6-9pm. Call 238-4103.

Advent at Night at Templeton Presbyterian

Church, 610 S. Main Street, Templeton,

begins at 7 p.m. on December 18. This quiet, reflective

service has been a blessing in the past

for those who are hurting or struggling during

the holidays, or who want an alternative to

noisier celebrations. Call 434-1921. Visit www.


‘Follow the Star’ at First Baptist Church,

1645 Park Street, PR, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on

December 19, 20 & 21. Experience the sights and

sounds of old Jerusalem on shepherd-guided interactive

“caravan tours” through the marketplace,

tunnels and tents on the eve of the Christ child’s

birth. Free admission. RSVP and schedule your tour

at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/498045. All

ages welcome. Call 238-4419. Visit www.fbcpasorobles.org.

‘Emmanuel, God with Us’ Living Nativity

on the lawn at Templeton Presbyterian Church, 6th/

Main Street, Templeton, Fri-Sun., December 20-22,

from 7-7:30 p.m. Hot chocolate and cookies at 6:30

p.m. Narrated story of Jesus’ birth with actors and

live animals, including a donkey, sheep and Lulu the

camel. Carol singing, too. Dress warmly and bring

the family. Call Pastor Little at 434-1921.

23rd Annual Victorian Teddy Bear Tea at

Paso Robles Park Ballroom, 1232 Park Street, PR,

from 2-4pm on December 21 Visit with Snow King

and Queen, Santa and Mrs. Claus, the elves, and

Victorian friends. Enjoy gingerbread cookie decorating,

pictures to color and candy canes. Bring your

teddy bear for cookies and juice. Music, storytelling

and a door prize. Seating limited. Pre-purchase tickets

(adults/$13, kids/$7) at the Main Street Office,

835 12th Street, Suite D. Call 238-4103.

San Miguel ‘Magic Lights’ Parade from

6-6:30 p.m. on December 21 is the main event to a

full day of fun. Participate in a Kids’ Coloring Contest

(Mission Deli, 1 p.m.), Craft Fair (2 p.m.), Cupcake

Contest (Country Diner, 2 p.m.), Chili Cook-Off

(Country Station, 4-6 p.m.) and visit the Fire Station

after the parade to see Santa and enjoy hot dogs and

refreshments. Snowman Contest at participating merchants.

Drop off a canned food donation to cast your

vote for your favorite! For more info, call Mike Sanders,


Zoo Holiday Magic at Charles Paddock Zoo in

Atascadero between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., December

21, offers hot chocolate and a chance to deliver special

gifts to animal friends. Check out the Zoo Gift

Shop, too. Visit www.atascadero.org.

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Händel’s ‘Messiah’ Annual Christmas

Concert at Trinity Lutheran Church, 940

Creston Road, PR, begins at 3 p.m. on December 1.

Enjoy the New World Baroque Orchestra, directed

by John Warren, and singing by combined community

choirs. Guest violinist Amy Sze will perform

“Winter” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Seating:

$35/Premium, $20/General and Seniors and $10/

children 12 and under. Tickets are available Matt’s

Music (Templeton), Paso Robles Main Street

Office, Trinity Lutheran Church, at the door at

www.brownpapertickets.com/event/498146. Call


‘Horns for the Holidays’ by SLO Wind

Orchestra begins at 8 p.m. on December 6 at

United Methodist Church in San Luis Obispo.

Cost: $20/adults and $10/students with ID. Children

8 and under/free. Call 456-3333. Visit www.


‘The Nutcracker’ (Templeton) by North

County Dance and Performing Arts Foundation

with Class Act Dance on December 6, 7, 8,

13, 14 and 15 at Templeton Performing Arts Center.

Curtain times: 2 pm on Saturdays/Sundays, and

7:30 pm on Friday. Tickets: $25/adults and $19/

kids and seniors 65+. Lap-sitting babies under 1 are

free. Group discounts available for 20+. Visit www.

brownpapertickets.com. Email: info@northcounty

performingarts.org. Tickets:www.brownpapertickets

.com or at the door.

‘Peace on Earth’ by SLO Vocal Arts Ensemble

in to performances. December 7 at 8 p.m. at

Mission San Luis Obispo and December 8 at 3 p.m. at

United Methodist Church (SLO). Tickets: $10-$40.

Call 541-6797. Visit www.vocalarts.org.

Cuesta College Holiday Concert begins at 3

p.m. on December 15 on the CPAC Main Stage at the

SLO Campus. Cost: $12/adult and $7/students and seniors.

For questions, call Stella, 546-3195.

City of Paso Robles ‘Giving Tree’ and ‘Can

Your Fines’ is an opportunity to love thy neighbor.

Throughout December, choose an ornament from the

Giving Tree and take it to the Circulation Desk

along with your $25 donation to dedicate a book

title to the person of your choice. ‘Can Your Library

Fines’: Reduce library fines by donating standard

or larger sized cans of soup, chili, fruit, vegetables,

meat, chicken or seafood, and one-pound or larger

sizes of rice, pasta or packaged meals. Call 237-3870

for more details. Visit www.prcity.com/library.

Food Bank Coalition of SLO County will

receive your tax deductible donation or nonperishable

food items. Efficient administration ensures that

94 percent of all donations directly benefit hungry

residents. Every dollar enables the Food Bank to provide

$10 worth of food for those in need. For more

details, call 238-4664. To donate online, visit www.


Helping Hands Ministry at North County

Christian Fellowship provides temporary help with

meals, light housekeeping, grocery shopping and

more for people and families who have suffered a loss

or in need due to health, surgery or other issues. Call

Bea Jackson, 237-2819. Visit www.nccfchurch.org.

Loaves and Fishes, 2650 Spring Street, PR,

receives donations at the back door entrance (alley

at 26th Street) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

from 9-11 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call 238-4742. Visit wwwloavesandfishespaso.org.

must! Charities Month will give everyone two

opportunities to help others in need throughout December.

For every bottle of wine sold, participating

wineries will donate a portion of their sales proceeds

to neighbors in need. On “Third Thursday” at Downtown

Paso Robles Businesses, several storefronts, including

Il Cortile Ristorante and La Cosecha Bar

+ Restaurant, will also donate portions of their proceeds

to worthy causes. For more details, call 226-

5788. Visit www.mustcharities.org.

Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles will accept

your monetary donations to help make a child’s Christmas

brighter. Mail your check to P.O. Box 2801, Paso

Robles, CA 93447. Deposit new, unwrapped toys into

collection boxes at fire stations and local businesses. For

more details and locations, call 226-2126 or visit www.


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By Chris Weygandt Alba

A phenomenon happened on Riverside

Avenue this year. A resurrection. Right here

in Paso Robles. You can see it with your own


The corpse was a public spectacle for a

generation of Roblans, abandoned at 525

Riverside Ave. for the elements to slowly decompose.

Now, it stands boldly, blinking in

the sunlight as if savoring this moment on

the brink of charging into its new job.

Whatever this building knows about life

and death, the old Farmers Alliance warehouse

has experienced a resurrection.

It has been saved from extinction and given

a new purpose. Its existence was spared

from demolition by the city council of Paso

Robles. It has been studied and saluted for

its significance in the life and history of the

town that created it. Its integrity has been

honored, and it is cared for by people who

respect the craft that built it.

Revival of a Relic

In the autumn sun, the building seems

taller on a recent visit, standing new and

vigorous head to toe. Its owners believe it’s a

building that inspires pride.

“It’s a living monument,” says Ray

Derby. “An architectural and engineering

masterpiece. It stood like a rock through

the earthquake in 2003. The engineering

techniques were well ahead of the their time.

It was built in a majestic manner, the work

well done by men who take pride in their


Three years ago Ray and Pam Derby

bought the decaying relic because they

envisioned a future for it. The vision came

at a price, says Ray: “Three years of hard


When escrow closed in October 2010,

Pam says, “We came over here to look at our

new property. Pigeon droppings everywhere,

fish skeletons on the walls...We looked at

each other and said, ‘What did we do?’”

A building becomes

a monument, an

epic combination

of craft, integrity,

and solidarity.

To resurrect the building as the home of

Derby Wine Estates, they caused history

to repeat itself. They formed an alliance to

create a majestic living monument to the

town’s agricultural heritage.

That’s how the building began a century


United by a vision, six small almond

growers formed the Paso Robles Almond

Growers Association in 1910. They were

savvy men with a good understanding of the

forces that were changing their world.

With foresight and success, they hired a

master architect to design a cutting-edge

warehouse at 525 Riverside Ave.


Is in the details. Restorers found traces of original

lettering, then carefully re-created the original name

emblazoned on the

building by its creators.

18 Paso Robles Magazine, December 2013

In 1922, they accomplished a feat in five

months, erecting a processing plant of over

11,000 square feet of reinforced concrete, so

efficiently engineered that a handful of men

could process 500 tons of nuts. Lots of those,

under the “Blue Diamond” logo, wound up

in Hershey chocolates.

In the autumn of 1922, a handsome

$60,000 processing plant, majestic in a

warm-red stucco, stood at the gateway of

Paso Robles between the State Highway and

the railroad. Considered “lasting evidence of

our success,” the building pulsed with life,

with farmers, trucks, machinery, and gears as

500 tons of almonds poured into the tower’s

bins. Trains chugged down the tracks on the

western side, transporting the city’s premier

crop, in the era when Paso Robles was the

“Almond Capital of the World.”

The dirty work

Saving history is not an ordinary construction


Neal Madsen and Mike Anderson have

spent a year and a half in the company of the

old hulk. Just the two of them, alone on the

site. It’s the longest job they have ever had.

“Unbelievable,” says Neal, shaking his

head at the volume of time consumed by this

building. “When I walked in, it was a disaster.

It was beyond disgusting. I went home and

went online to research pigeon poop. There

are 17 different diseases in pigeon poop. We

had to hire a company for a toxic environmental


Ray scooped up Mike & Neal Construction

for general contractor duties after they

wrapped up the restoration of the Linn’s

building in Cambria.


Work done with pride endures. The building’s

structural engineering was ahead of

its time. Loaded with rebar, it had

exceptional seismic


“They are superior to everything a general

contractor is supposed to be,” he says. “We’ve

had zero accidents, really only one unpleasant

surprise — when we struck oil in an

underground storage tank that was left over

from the almond processing days. Mike and

Neal spent two months working through the

proper disposal.”

Neal says that he and Mike spent a long

stretch in the interior, unseen by the public, as

people asked, “When are you going start?” His

wife passed away in that period, and he found

pleasure in pounding nails and pouring concrete,

alone in the building with his partner.

Now that dirty work is done, the structure

retrofitted and 60 tons of steel stronger, the

pace has picked up, Neal says. “We’re incredibly

busy, shepherding subcontractors.”

A lot of work has to be done to adapt the

building for its new purpose in life: the production

of wine. And it must be done carefully.

The building’s integrity is at stake.

Integrity is valuable

When the old building catapulted to the

role of historic treasure in 2005, it gained

special status as a structure. Its prospects

had been dim; the property owner at the

time, Smart & Final Corporation, asked permission

to demolish the old relic and build

a store with a replica tower. When townspeople

rallied to save the genuine article, the

city ordered the warehouse to be thoroughly,

professionally scrutinized by a firm specializing

in old buildings.

The report of that investigation changed


The city declared the old Almond Growers

building a “significant historic resource,” officially

announcing that the building deserves

to be saved because it contains immensely

valuable evidence of an era that wrote history

in the heritage of Paso Robles.

The Derbys bought the newly designated

historic building, says Ray, “to preserve the

past with respect and preserve a part of history

through adaptive reuse. There’s a lot the

past has to teach us. We can learn from it.”

To reincarnate the Almond Growers warehouse,

they’ve walked in the footsteps of the

men who built it 91 years. It’s a painstaking

process, governed by Secretary of the Interior

Standards for Historic


To protect the integrity

and authenticity of the Almond

Growers building, the

Derbys are vigilant in following

the stringent rules

dictating the modifications

they make while restoring

the building to usefulness

again. They want the building

listed on the Register of

Historic Places.

December 2013, Paso Robles Magazine 19

“What we’re doing with the Almond

Growers building is an adaptive reuse that

falls under the category of rehabilitation,”

says Pam. Architect Craig Smith is on their

team, and his expertise in historic building

restoration is vital to their preservation

goal: to use almost every element of

the original facility and meet national

historic preservation requirements.

They recently resolved an especially

challenging project to preserve the building’s

central tower. While building a wine

lounge on the top, they found a structural

nightmare in the cupola.

“When the Farmers Alliance turned

it from an almond elevator into a grain

elevator, they sawed off half the studs,”

says Ray. “Literally the nails were rusted

through. The cupola was absolutely


It took some serious ingenuity and special

permission from the city council, but

ultimately the cupola was entirely reconstructed

in a period-correct manner, as it

originally appeared, and the building’s integrity

was preserved.

Solidarity in Action

It’s a big investment for a small winery

that produced 3,200 cases in 2013. The Derbys

have an affinity for old things, but this

project is a big leap from collecting vintage

cars and guitars.

“Over our years together, Pam and I have

done our share of junkyard shopping,” Ray

says with a laugh.

They were motivated by a combination of

things, says Ray.

Ray and Pam Derby and Winemaker Tiffinee Vierra.

One factor is that he learned in his

previous life to listen to his instincts. One

day, after decades at the helm of a multinational

automotive-parts manufacturing firm

started by his father, he discovered it was

time to stop.

The Derbys turned to grapes. The widespread

Derby Wine Estates’ vineyards (in

San Simeon, on Hwy. 46 West, and on Hwy.

46 East) sells over 90 percent of their grapes

to customers like Gallo. With the reserved

portion, winemaker Tiffinee Vierra creates

diverse varietals and successful blends.

Preserving history and making it useful

again, say the Derbys, is a compelling idea.

“Not everything you do should be in dollars

and cents,” says Ray. “Some things you do

because it’s the right thing to do.


The restoration team headed up by Ray

and Pam Derby has solid proof: People

working together build


“My theory is that it’s good for the

community and good for business. It’s


The Power of Alliance

As 2013 winds down, a successful

completion is in sight for the historic Almond

Growers building. After three years

of hard work, the alliance formed by the

Derbys is just weeks from the finish line.

By February, they estimate, construction

will be finished, and soon after, they’ll be in

business, a dream accomplished.

When Derby Wine Estates opens its

doors as a winemaking and grape-processing

plant, restoration will be complete.


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Join the Paso High Theatre Company in this light-hearted production

Robin Hood takes over the PRHS Performing Arts Center

By Meagan Friberg

Can’t think of the last time

you had a swashbuckling,

good time?

That’s about to change.

Thanks to a group of talented

performers, community

members have the chance to

take in a tale that promises

to have audiences alternating

between gasps and laughs.

For two weekends in December,

the stage at Paso Robles

High School Performing

Arts Center will become

both Nottingham Castle and

Sherwood Forest as the Paso

High Theatre Company presents

the Larry Blamire rendition

of Robin Hood.

With witty dialogue and

a forest filled with swordfighting

adventurers, Robin

Hood is sure to delight audience

members of all ages.

A familiar cast of characters

– Robin Hood (Logan Ferry,

who called the show “very

light-hearted and humorous”),

Will Gamwell (Amber

Burgh), Marian Harper (Kassidy

Rice-Smith), Riccon

Hazel (Mason Hargrave) and the Sheriff

of Nottingham (Ryan Ramos) to name a

few – will take over the stage, with a bit

of a twist.

“We have a lot of gender-neutral casting,”

said Drama Instructor and Robin Hood Director

Marcy Goodnow. “There are three girls

that play the ‘woodsy-type’ instead of men that

are usually associated with those roles. And

Olivia Hanna, a gorgeous young lady, plays

Friar Tuck. It’s not your typical type-casting;

we are asking the audience to grow with us.”

As in the traditional version, Robin, Will,

Little John (Aaron Yost) and Friar Tuck join

forces with the peasants in a never-ending

quest to aid the needy as they begin stealing

from the rich and giving to the poor.

Betrayal, disloyalty and all the makings of a

true scandal erupt in the interrelationships of

King John (Teryn Steaffens), Queen Eleanor

(Caitlin Knoll), the Bishop of Hereford

(Schulyer McMahan) and The Prioress of

Kirklees (Lyric Jefferson).

“The show doesn’t take itself too seriously,

but it does have some darker tones,”

PRHS Drama Instructor/Robin Hood Director Marcy Goodnow sits among some of the Robin Hood cast.

Queen Eleanor, Marian Harper, King

John and the Sheriff of Nottingham light up

the stage in the Paso High Theatre Company’s

production of Robin Hood.

A familiar cast of characters, including King John

(Teryn Steaffens) and the Sheriff of Nottingham

(Ryan Ramos) will take over the stage at the

PRHS Performing Arts Center.

said Ferry. “There always has to be a few

bad guys.”

Knoll, who admittedly “loves being the

Queen,” said there’s something for all those

that come out to watch Robin Hood. Part

of the appeal of the show, she said, is the

cohesiveness of the cast.

This jolly good time will be happening at the

new PRHS Performing Arts Center, located at

801 Niblick Road, for two weekends – Friday,

Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and

Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. and again on Friday,

Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30

p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets

are currently available at prhsdrama.com and

will also be sold at the door one hour before

each show. Adults, $10; students/seniors/

children 3-13, $8; no children under 3 please

and all seats are general seating – first come,

first served. Handicap seating and assisted

listening available on request.

According to Jenna Crawford

(damsel-in-distress Ellen

Dierwold), the Paso High

Theatre Company is “like being

part of a big family.” The

camaraderie of the company,

along with the rush of performing

in front of a live audience,

is what drives this

“family” to put in long hours

of practice preparing for their

upcoming performance.

And having Goodnow

as their instructor is not just

an added bonus, it’s vital, according

to Burgh.

“She has such a love for

the theatre and for all of us,”

said Burgh. “Everything she

does and what she teaches

us comes across every day

and in the shows that we do.

It doesn’t matter what role

– a lead role or a smaller role

– she really cares and wants

all of us to have our moment.

We are all united because of

Mrs. Goodnow.”

Goodnow, who also

teaches Leadership and

Beginning Dance, was quick

to give accolades to her entire

cast of characters as well as fellow PRHS

teacher Jennifer Bedrosian, Principal Randy

Nelson, costume coordinator Ruth Enriquez-

Bague and costume designer Sydney Throop

(also the 2013 Homecoming Queen!) In addition,

Throop and Meredith Butz are assistant

stage managers that work alongside stage

manager David Fitzpatrick to keep things

running smoothly. PRHS alumni Monty

Renfrow and Amber Eye are lending their

talents as well; Renfrow, the production’s fight

director, choreographs sword-fighting scenes

and Eye helps with costume design.

“I love working with everyone and I

couldn’t do what I do here without the

support of my wife, Jaime,” said Goodnow.

“She’s my rock, my everything – she’s a big

part of my sanity, and my insanity!”

With a timeless story line and a stage full

of talent, the outlook is a good one for the

Paso High Theatre Company’s production

of Robin Hood. As Goodnow pointed out,

“All of us – the cast, the audience, those behind

the scenes – we are all going to have a

great time!”

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‘TIMBA’ band boosters keeps Templeton High marching

By Melissa Chavez

What’s a parade without a marching

band, or a live band without musicians?

It seems absurd to consider, but that’s

precisely what our future holds for lack

of support of school music programs.

In North County Band students, budget

cuts have continually hamstrung

music programs over recent years. Fortunately,

Templeton High School Band

students have a friend in TIMBA, or

Templeton Instrumental Music Boosters


The nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization

is seeking hand, hearts and money

to properly equip the students. “For

example, the marching band needs a

‘pit crew’ to help move equipment onto

and off the field for performances,” says

President Laura Wheeler. “We also

need help at concerts, to provide lunches

for the Marching Band ‘camp’ in

August, and perform many other tasks,

large and small, to help the band programs

run smoothly and hopefully take

some of the pressure off our wonderful

and talented Band Director, Mr. David

Landers,” said Wheeler.

The marching band budget per students

is about $400. Wheeler hopes

to subsidize half of this cost through

monetary donations and the other half

through fundraising. She estimates a

cost of $750-1,100 to transport

students to band competitions

and festivals, depending on distance

and the total time spent

away from campus. Due to this

high cost, travel to away games is

not an option.

TIMBA purchased sharp

looking, newly designed uniform

jackets, hats and plumes for $200,

which covers most of the ensemble,

minus the jumpers (pants).

“So for $200, an individual, business

or family can ‘sponsor’ a uniform,”

says Wheeler, and $300 will sponsor an

all-white drum major uniform. “A label

with their name will be sown into the

uniform so that the band member who

wears it will know where it came from.”

Wheeler adds that additional purchases

are necessary to account for different

sizes and new members.

TIMBA holds fundraisers yearround,

to include:

February/March: Applebee’s Breakfast

April/May: Rummage Sale

June/July: Fireworks sales (pre-sales

& booth at Las Tablas/Hwy. 101)

July: Fair parking

September: Rummage Sale

October: Taco Dinner

November/December: Thanksgiving Pies

& Christmas Tree/Wreath Sales

photos by David Landers

Proper instruments are costly.

Currently, the high school band tuba

is on loan; a new one costs $3,000.

It also takes anywhere from $1,200-

$1,500 per year to pay for drum

heads, which have a life span of one


Because the Marching Band is

an extracurricular activity, the window

of time to drill on the school

field is brief. People are needed to

listen and listen to the various sections

and provide guidance. “Think

of it as a football team, where there

are dif-ferent coaches for different

groups of players,” says Wheeler. “We

also have a Color Guard (twirling

flags and props), so that is another

group that needs its own knowledgeable

instructors and equipment.”

What are you doing for dinner?

Templeton High Marching Band is a

competitive group with a reputation for

excellence. Wheeler says that of the two

shows in which it had participated, THS

received First Place in the Atascadero

Colony Days field show and Second

Place at Selma High School. At the latter

competition, Wheeler reports Director

Landers entered Templeton within a

high level to compete with larger bands to

gain valuable experience for his group to

perform for large audiences. For example,

Reedley High has about 350 members,

while Templeton High Marching Band

is less than 40 members strong.

Wheeler encourages her North

County neighbors to get involved and

stay informed about THS Band events

by sending an email to be included in

the “Friends of the Band” email list,

which notifies supporters of fundraisers

and other events.

At Selma High, Templeton Marching

Band “put on a great performance

and were enthusiastically cheered by

the crowd,” says Wheeler. “It was fun

to hear the people around us comment

about ‘how good’ they are!”

Contact TIMBA by email at temp

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donations may be made to

TIMBA, P.O. Box 1332, Templeton,

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The Panda’s Garden expands

to educate more students

By Heather Young

Children at Virginia Peterson Elementary

School are learning where

their food comes from in the school’s

15,000-square-foot garden. The

school’s students tend the garden from

start to finish and perform whatever

duties need to be done, such as raking,

pruning, ripping out plants, harvesting,

weeding, picking up leaves, etc. Students

can also sit and sketch the garden.

It is also open for snacks or lunch.

is taken to the cafeteria and purchased

by the culinary academy and then prepared

for the school’s children to eat.

Many of the vegetables end up in the

salad bar. Remarkable Seniors Volunteer

Program (RSVP) volunteer Tom

Taylor said a lot of the children will

eat things in the garden that they

won’t eat if put on their plates.

Taylor, an Atascadero resident,

started volunteering at the school and

listening to children read,

den can handle up to 60 students

– two classes – at a time. The

work they do is teacher-directed,

but they are joined by Taylor and

other adult volunteers.

“I believe this resource is a

great way to get students interested in

science, agriculture, and nutrition, but

also a great way for them to take pride

in their school and the work they put

into it,” Cisneros said. “Teachers are

but because he has

a difficult time hearing, he couldn’t

understand the children. He then was

assigned to rake leaves in the garden

and now spends every morning in the

garden doing whatever needs to be

done. With his experience working

on and designing parks, school sites,

freeways, streets, undergrounds, hospitals

and drive-in theaters, he designed

the garden’s master plan.

“I’m old, tired and gung-ho,”

Taylor said.

He started volunteering in the garden

in May after a friend told him

that Principal Brad Yee was looking

for volunteers. Taylor put in 104 hours

in July alone, clearing out dead trees,

shrubs and weeds so he could plant the

pumpkin patch and set up the teepees

for vine plants.

“[The principal] said the garden

needed weed whacking,” Taylor said.

Classes sign up for slots to work

in the garden every other Friday for

a half-hour. Taylor said that the gargetting

more volunteers involved as

‘garden docents,’” the previous PTA

Garden Coordinator Nancy Andrus

wrote. “It’s easy to start a school

garden program. The hard part is

sustaining it. Ninety-five percent of

“I believe this resource is a great way

to get students interested in science,

agriculture, and nutrition, but also a

great way for them to take pride in

their school and the work they put into

it,” Parent Teacher Association Garden

Coordinator Brad Cisneros said.

“Teachers are also using the garden to

inspire creative writing as well.”

While the garden opened in 2002,

a steering committee for design and

implementation of a master plan was

formed this fall for The Panda’s Garden,

which was recently renamed

from The Country Club. The garden

was spearheaded by Virginia Peterson

teacher Beth McGill, who attended

the State Agriculture in the Classroom

Conference and visited school gardens

after the California Education Code

was changed in 1995 to “encourage

and support – but not fund – a garden

in every school.”

The produce that the students’

harvest – but don’t eat in the garden –


also using the garden to inspire creative

writing as well.”

Additionally, Taylor said that

students work on the garden in the

classroom by starting seed, so that

they can see the entire lifestyle of the

plants, as well as utilizing core classes

for garden work. He also cited handeye

coordination, working together,

and cooperation as other skills the

students develop.

One part of the garden’s master plan

is to eventually make it accessible to

those in wheelchairs, but he said that

is still a couple of years out.

The purpose of the steering committee

is to assess current student use

of the garden, oversee the maintenance

and repair of the existing facilities and

proceed with a design process to create

a master plan improvement plan for

future years.

“My main goal will be to have

whatever we do be easily sustainable

or self-sustaining in case we can’t be

there, by creating more interest and

school gardens fail because the

founder or person with a passion

moves on.”

Some of the ideas the committee

has for the garden include a bamboo

room, chimes, displays, drinking fountain,

entry bamboo, gazebo/stage, giant

teepee, grape arbor, greenhouse, hose

bibs, maze, mural, picnic tables, potting

area, robot, shade structure, solar,

statue, student art, sundial and water

feature. However, funding and donations

will dictate what gets completed.

“In addition to horticulture, the garden

provides and enhances learning

in subjects like science, math, reading,

writing, art, physical education, history,

geography, environmental education

and more,” Taylor said.

Taylor said that the committee is

looking to get the word out about

the garden, as well as get donations

and volunteers to continue to expand

the garden. Work days are held once

a month. To find out more about

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Paderewski Youth Piano Competition

yields repeat Legacy Prize Winner

By Melissa Chavez

One of the most beloved performances of every

year is the Youth Piano Competition Winners’

Concert at the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles.

The combined talents and personalities of six young

concert pianists in the 2013 season made for a thoroughly

enjoyable musical experience. Entrants from

Monterey County, San Luis Obispo County and

Santa Barbara County were eligible to compete.

In addition to a presentation of medals, cash prizes

were awarded each finalist.

Judges for the 2013 competition were Krezesmir

Dębski, a renowned Polish composer, virtuoso violinist,

pianist and conductor, India D’Avignon, Associate

Professor of Music at Cal Poly State University

(San Luis Obispo) and Paderewski Festival

Board Member, and Marek Zebrowski, Artistic Director

of the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles. A

Steinway artist, Zebrowski is also the Director of the

Polish Music Center at the University of Southern

California’s Thornton School of Music.

This year, San Luis Obispo County dominated

with four finalists. Pianist Evan Lin (16) won

top honors with the Paderewski Legacy Award

for Best Contestant and a $500 award. The San

Luis Obispo resident first performed Toccata in

E-flat minor by Aram Khachaturian. With confident

and masterful command he concluded with

Cracovienne Fantastique, Op. 14 no. 6 by Ignacy

Jan Paderewski. Evan has studied with Torsten

Juul-Borre and Alan Boehmer. When

he isn’t practicing piano, Evan enjoys significant

involvement as a leader in a percussionist

group and collaboration with the

Honor Jazz Band. He also lends his talents

by serving local nonprofit organizations

throughout the Central Coast and endeavors

to share his affinity for classical music.

“I used to be shy and timid,” said Evan, “but

now I am outgoing and always willing to

share my talents with others.”

Another San Luis Obispo County resident,

Daniel Ha (13) of Nipomo, won First Place in the

Junior Division and a $400 award. A student of

Dr. Lynne Garrett, Daniel displayed sensitivity

and a range beyond his years in his affecting

performance of Danza de la moza donosa (“Dance

of the Beautiful Maiden”) from Danzas Argentinas,

Op. 2 by Alberto Ginastera and Felix

Mendelssohn’s Rondo Capriccioso, op 14. Daniel is

no stranger to Paderewski Festival youth competition.

In the Junior Division, he has won Honorable

Mention/2010, First Place/2011 and Second

Place/2012 and participated in the Cultural Exchange

Program. Daniel expressed, “Playing with

peers that love music as I do and being mentored

by passionate musicians really inspired me to be

the best musician I can be.”

Front row, from left: Bella Oldenburg, Ivan Davidek,

Sydney Haughian, Kevin Park, Daniel Ha, Evan Lin.

Back row, from left: Artistic Director and concert pianist

Marek Żebrowski, Polish violinist/composer Krzesimir Dębski,

President Steve Cass, Polish Deputy Supvervisor Mirosław

Banach (behind Sydney), Vice President Joel Peterson,

Polish Consul for Culture Malgorzata Cup.

photo by Melisa Chavez

Earning Second Place was Kevin Park (12) of

Orcutt in Santa Barbara County. With nimble

precision, Kevin played Frederic Chopin’s celebratory

waltz, Grande Valse Brillante, Op. 34 no. 1 and

earned a $300 prize. The Orcutt Junior High School

student has studied piano for seven years under the

instruction of Dr. Lynne Garrett. Kevin not only

earned two finalist wins at the Paderewski Festival

in 2011 and 2012, he was district winner of the Bartok

and Honors Piano competitions, and received

Second Place at the state level in the 2011 MTNA

Competition. In addition to piano, Kevin performs

as a violinist with the San Luis Obispo Youth Academy

String Orchestra and is a repeat winner of the

North County Math Superbowl.

Please see PADEREWSKI page 30

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Ann Granados Tribute

Ann Granados,

2013 San Miguel

Joint Union School

District Teacher of

the Year

By Judy Bedell

Ann Granados, the San Miguel

Joint Union School District 2013

Teacher of the Year, is often remembered

as having a “Heart for the

Arts.” Granados passed away during

the 2012-2013 school year after a

serious and sudden illness.

Ann Granados continues to exemplify

all that an excellent educator

should be.

Friend and colleague Mary Stobridge

said, “Ann was “all about the

students.” She made sure that they

had learning experiences beyond

the boundaries of the school and

community. Yet community and

school were also important so she

brought experiences to her students

as well. Ann loved music and the

arts. She promoted learning opportunities

that the students would

not have been able to experience

through her diligence and persistence

in bringing those opportunities

to the students of the District.”

Artist, philanthropist and San

Miguel native Steve Kalar wanted

Granados’ work to continue at the

school and approached Superintendent

Curt Dubost with the plans

for a permanent tribute to Granados

above the school stage. Dubost

agreed wholeheartedly and the project

was set in motion.

Embracing all of the elements

that made Granados the

wonderful and dedicated teacher

that she was, a “Hearts for

the Arts” memorial banner was

designed and hand painted by Kalar.

Granados raised Hereford cattle

on her ranch outside of San Miguel

San Miguel artist and philanthropist Steve Kalar

presents the “Hearts for the Arts” banner to the

students and staff at Lillian Larsen School at a

special Tribute Assembly for Ann Granados.

and presented a Holiday Music

Celebration every December. These

are both elements visual in the colorful

tribute that is now mounted

above the stage in the Don

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PADEREWSKI from page 28

In Third Place and winner of a $200

prize, Sydney Haughian (13) is a student

of Iva Svitek and Alan Boehmer.

Sydney is familiar face on the winner’s

stage. She chose Paderewski’s Menuet

a l’Antique, Op. 14 no 1. The previous

2012 Honorable Mention recipient is

an eighth-grade honor student at Old

Mission School in San Luis Obispo.

In addition to her wins at the

Lillian Larsen campus.

“The hearts have empty spaces

in the middle because the loss

of Ann has left a void at our

school,” explained Kalar at a school

assembly where the banner was


“But the joy and music and

angels help us remember all that

Ann wanted for our school and

community. When you see the

banner, thank a teacher for what

they are doing for you. Remember

the music and the art and the

theatre that Ann brought to the

students at this school and help

that live on,” Kalar reminded the

students and staff.

Ann Granados is greatly missed

and the students and staff still grieve

the loss of a wonderful teacher and


Paderewski Festival, Sydney perform

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The Nutcracker ballet tickets on sale now

By Melissa Chavez

Terrific seating is still available for

performances of The Nutcracker, presented

by North County Dance and

Performing Arts Foundation (NCD-

PAF) on Fridays, December 6 and

13 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

matinees shows are also available on

December 7, 8, 14, and 15 at 2 p.m.

All performances will take place at

Templeton Performing Arts Center,

located at Templeton High School,

1200 S. Main Street in Templeton.

The 16th season of the Tchaikovskyscored

ballet offers lavishly costumed

dancers and creative set designs, in

which toys suddenly materialize, snowflakes

and flowers begin to dance, mice

wage war, and a magical kingdom is

unveiled for all to see.

In addition, a special dress rehearsal

performance will also be made available

for students at a Student Night / Dress

Rehearsal performance on Thursday

evening, December 5, at 7 p.m. This

show also serves as a “food-raiser” for

the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis

Obispo County and students are asked

to arrive 30 minutes early. The cost is

$5/students and $20/adults. To attend,

students must bring with them a canned

food item and purchase a $5 ticket for

Left: Sugar Plum Fairy Shelby


Right: The lead dancers

Below: Rat Queen Georgia

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Cole, Prince Mathew Jacobs,

Clara Mikaela Farrer

Photos by: Jimmy de

admission. Tickets for this show are not

available online. They may be purchased

at the Class Act Dance office at 2508

Spring Street in Paso Robles. Youth organizations,

such as school groups, scout

troops, and others are invited to take advantage

of this opportunity.

At press time, NCDPAF Director

Cheryle Armstrong hopes to confirm

plans for a free performance on December

12 for the Make a Wish Foundation

of America and underprivileged families.

This year, principal cast

members are Matthew Jacobs

as the Nutcracker Prince,

Shelby Fredrick as Sugar

Plum Fairy, Tori Akers as the Snow

Queen and Mikaela Farrer as Young

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Nutcracker Doll transforms into a

handsome prince.

Leading the holiday production

are Armstrong and Assistant Director

Amy Wescom. Assisting them will

be visiting guest choreographers. David

Eck’s credits include State Street

Ballet of Santa Barbara and Royal

Winnipeg Ballet. Michael Levine is a

former principal dancer at

Joffrey Ballet, in addition

to American Ballet Theater.

Matthew Jacobs hails

from The Rock School of

Ballet and Huntsville Ballet.

Brianna Fields has various

experiences dancing at

L.A. Classical Ballet, State

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and has done work in

TV and film.

Instructing the large cast

on a daily basis are staff

choreographers, which include

Patricia Bart, Tiffini

Hansen, Cerra Cavalletto and Amanda

Bravo. Director Armstrong finds

that each choreographer brings with

them facets of their personality and

interpretations that create one-ofa-kind

performances that audiences

anticipate and enjoy.

To reserve your seats, visit www.

brownpapertickets.com. Cost: $25/adults,

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Jim’s Locomotive Obsession

By Bob Chute

Every once in awhile you get to write

a story that is just tooo much fun.

Such is the case talking with Jim

and Penny Sabin, married for 48

years, and they’ve together experienced

Jim’s lifelong obsession with

trains. Jim has created an incredible

fully operational built-to-scale steam

locomotive - a facsimile of a Denver

& Rio Grande Consolidation Engine

- complete with a real coal car

that includes a seat for the engineer,

a box car, a flat car with seating for

two children or adults, and a caboose.

All are built in the scale of 1.5 inches

to 1 foot with phenomenal detail and

all ride on a track circling his house

on 150 feet of track, with just 4 3/4”

width between the rails.

“I started working on it, with

Penny’s support, when our daughter,

Cullen, was born in 1974,” said Jim.

“I had been to a supplier of engines

within walking distance of our home

in Lomita, looked at lots of catalogues,

then I went into the garage

and started on it, not really knowing

what I was doing.”

He finished the train, and the

track when Cullen turned 17...by that

time they had moved to the San Jose

Area. “We lived on a busy street and

people would drive by, see it and slam

on their brakes to stop and watch us

circle the house with a good head of


Jim left his job in the Bay Area

and he and Penny decided to move to

Paso Robles in 2003, “The most critical

concern about the house was the

yard we needed to accommodate the

track,” said Penny. “We finally found

one that settled the purchase, and it

took about a year to set up the track

on our new property.”

They’ve since added a water tank,

landscaping and a stream running

under a wood trestle bridge within

the layout plus a 100 foot spur with

a turntable for turnarounds. Rho and

I, with our kids and grandkids, along

with friends Dave and Shari, and

their kids and grandkids, were fortunate

to spend Pioneer Day afternoon

experiencing this amazing setup, and

Jim graciously agreed to wear a Santa

cap for a December story.

“She is very supportive of my obsession,”

agreed Jim. “Penny is an artist

and has been instrumental in finding

everyday objects over the years to be

part of the train or accessories in the

cars and along the track...for example:

she envisioned a sink for the caboose

made from an ice cream scoop!”

The true-to-scale Denver & Rio Grande

Consolidation engine.

Dustin and Riley out for a ride!

The super detailed caboose.

Dustin and Cooper riding the rails

up a hill.

Let’s turn the clock back

and explore the roots of Jim’s


“I remember my first Lionel

train under the Christmas

tree when I was 5 years old,”

said Jim. “I was captivated.”

He was raised in the Pasadena

area, where they were near a

train station, “My parents would

take me to watch the trains arrive.

I remember my first ride in the cab

of a steam engine. That was really

something - it was near the end of

steam in 1950.”

Riley, Cooper, Tobin and Dustin enjoying

the sounds and steam with Jim.

Jim explaining how the train runs to the

audience of Eric, Dave, Cooper, Tobin

and Dustin.

Jim with other obsessed locomotive builders at

Bitter Creek Western Railroad near AG.

He sold the Lionel and graduated

to scale model HO and created

an 8x10 setup in his bedroom, “I

was in to all types of plastic model

building, including planes and cars

as well as trains.

“But what really changed my life

was watching a Walt Disney Donald

Duck cartoon, ‘Out of Scale‘ with

Chip ‘n’ Dale. I thought that was

the coolest thing, it was live steam

inspired, and I knew I wanted to

have something like that. [Editor’s

Note: Take a few minutes now, go

to your computer, grab your laptop,

or iPad and Google this cartoon and

watch it. This IS Jim’s train...watch

Donald’s train and you’re watching

the train Jim built....very cool.]

Over the years Jim has been “kind

of a lone wolf with my trains, haven’t

really joined any live steam clubs. But

then I heard about the Bitter Creek

Western Railroad set up on private

property near Arroyo Grande. My

jaw dropped the first time I saw it...

he has 2 1/4 miles of various tracks,

buildings, bridges, tunnels and much

more. I had pictures of my train in

my wallet and showed them to the

guys there to get some credibility,

but the track was larger. My train

wouldn’t fit. They were all running

on rails 7 1/2” wide.”

Jim got the bug again and bought

another steam locomotive that would

fit the tracks, “I didn’t start this one

from scratch, I didn’t want to spend

another 17 years building it. I found

one in sad shape and restored

it, ‘Uncle Sam,’ a 3” scale Porter

Tank engine. The research and

building is as much fun as running

the trains for me. Going

to Bitter Creek is really a fun

social time, everyone has the

same obsession...it’s only open

to the public on select dates (see

bcwrr.org). I only go once in

awhile but we all help to maintain

the area and the tracks.”

Life is good! An obsession

enjoyed and shared with family and


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we all have gophers and squirrels in

our yards, but you really need a couple

of chipmunks in your yard to complete

the effect.

38 Paso Robles Magazine, December 2013

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By Chuck Desmond

Count ‘em down fellow Roblans.

At the stroke of midnight on the 31st,

2014 will officially be here – the beginning

of the year-long 125th birthday

party to celebrate El Paso de Robles as

an incorporated city! Remembering and

preserving our past to lead us into the

future; that’s the mission.

At last, at long last, the fabulous efforts

by the committee of 50 will be

unfolding. In this, the 14th straight

monthly update provided by YOUR

Paso Robles Magazine, we’ll take a

look at the latest news and information

for the year ahead.

Let’s start with the big night

– New Year’s Eve. The big bash starts

at the Paso Robles Inn with the glitzy

gala evening. Music, special-for-theevent

wines by Hope Family Winery,

Firestone brews, ultra-yummy multicourse

dinner, champagne cocktails

and great performances set the tone.

As I sit here at my Smith-Corona

typewriter in mid November, there

are about 20 seats still available. $125

pp and a phone call to Ms. Shonna at

227-7236 will place your reservation

or put your name on the list for last

minute availability.

Across the street in City Park, and

beginning at 8 p.m., the whole town

is invited to the “Glow in the Park”

evening. A cadre of family games will

be done “glow in the dark” style. Food

and beverages, warming stations and

surprises all lead up to the main fireworks

extravaganza at midnight. Yes,

fireworks in City Park! Everyone is

invited. It’s free and honestly, there

ain’t a one of us who will see the 250th

celebration so don’t miss this one!

FREE Wi-Fi in the Library

World’s largest newstand

now at your fingertips

The Paso Robles City Library is

pleased to offer Zinio, a new downloadable

magazine database that puts

hundreds of popular, full color, interactive

digital magazines instantly at

your fingertips – entertainment, food,

health, home, recreation, sports, travel,

and more.

Using your Paso Robles City Library

card, browse the Library’s collection of

popular titles with no holds, no checkout

periods, and no limit to the number

of magazines you can download.

In addition, Zinio offers:

• Easy browsing – Browse titles one

Quasquicentennial Update

Only 31 Days to go!

The flag poles along Spring St.

will be showing off special banners

for the year. Both the Police and

Emergency Services will be wearing

Quasquicentennial badges on their

uniforms throughout the year. City

transportation vehicles will be adorned

with 125th celebration decals for all

of 2014 as well.

Flags: Starting Jan 1st and for the

full year, all Paso Public Schools will

be flying the Quasquicentennial flags

(along with the USA flag) like the one

in the photo. At a mere $50 you can

sponsor a school of your choice for

its flag. Three are already spoken for

but your support will mean a great

deal. They were personally paid for by

one individual. It’d be super to help

repay that credit card. There are also

some for sale if you’d like to fly one

at your own home or business. Send

your check and school choice (or your

personal / business info) to Kathy

McNamara at Paso Unified Schools

at 800 Niblick.

Next on the calendar’s events come

in March. The official birthday party

will be March 11th in the park after

school is finished for the day. Women’s

Day at the end of March in Pioneer

Museum will focus on local historical

women of note. Details on both of

these will be coming soon.

Speaking of calendars – did

you get yours? 300 flew off the shelves


at a time, search for your favorite magazines

by title or use the convenient category

feature to find new magazines

which meet your interests

• Current issues – The latest issues are

released simultaneously with the print

edition and available for immediate

check out

• Back issues – Miss the new issue?

You can easily find previous issues To

create your Zinio account, go to www.

prcity.com/library, click on the Zinio

icon and simply follow the steps. The

Paso Robles City Library is located at

1000 Spring Street and is open Monday

– Friday 10-8, and Saturday 10-5. For

more information on library programs

and events, please call 237-3870 or visit


Volunteer Bilingual Tax

Prep Assistance needed

The Paso Robles City Library will

once again partner with AARP Tax

Aide and VITA (Volunteer Income Tax

Assistance Program) to provide tax assistance

for the coming tax season and

is looking for bilingual volunteers with

some bookkeeping/tax preparation skills

to assist.

The AARP/VITA program is for

but at $5, there might be a few

left at the gift shops of Historical

Society, Main St, Pioneer Museum

and Friends of the Library. Loaded

with amazing photos, the full-size

calendars are one of the best useable

mementoes ever.

Recipe Books have arrived! 400

recipes dating back to the beginnings

of Paso right to the present.

Wonderful photos, some history inside

and a cover with a John Partridge

original painting. Think Christmas

presents! Only 15 bucks each at the

same gift shops. Amazing deal! 700

were printed. Don’t wait – they won’t

last. The same scenario is true for

the ball caps, tee shirts and tote bags.

April brings us Arbor Day. Trees!

Oak trees in specific! El Paso de

Robles – The Pass of the Oaks! 125

years old! See the connection? This

is gonna be a fabulous event for the

city. Stay tuned to future issues about

what’s planned. It’s really neat!

The website. WWW.PASO125.

COM. Use this! Shonna has everything

posted for a monthly update.

There will be featured profiles of the

sponsors who voted with their wallets

to make the year successful. Featured

recipes from the Recipe Book. Featured

tours of our fabulous historical

treasures. Featured events hosted by

Paso businesses and organizations.

Walking tours, Central Coast Food

tours of Paso. 4th of July celebration.

The Barney to Toby 12.5 mile run in

October. The list goes on. If you’re

not exhausted by the end of 2014,

you’re just an old stick-in-the mud.

Merry Christmas and get ready to

party like it’s 2014! It’s finally here!

seniors and low-to-moderate income

residents who need assistance in preparing

their own tax returns. IRScertified

volunteers provide free basic

income tax return preparation, assisting

with various tax credits such as

the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child

Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly

or the Disabled.

Training for bilingual assistants will

be held in December 2013 and January

2014. For more information on this

much needed, short-term volunteer opportunity,

please contact Stan Marquis

at 712-5128 or at smarquis@charter.

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NA collection of stuff

Show & Shine

3rd Annual Show & Shine Car &

Bike Show to benefit Toys for Tots

on Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 5

p.m. at the Mid State Fairgrounds.

Entry: Unwrapped toy. Hosted and

presented by TEAM Auto Collision

& Custom Center, the show will

feature Cars, Motorcycles, Trucks,

Whatever plus live music, BBQ,

raffles as well as 30 vendors. For info

call 2w38-6304. All profits go to Toys

for Tots, Inc.

100 Year anniversary of

Templeton Women’s Club

The Templeton Women’s Civic Club

celebrates 100 years on Saturday, Dec. 7

from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Templeton Community

Center at 601 Main Street. The

history of the women’s club will be on

display. Local wines and hors d’oeuvres

will be served. There will be performances

by local musicians. Be sure to

help celebrate their birthday!

Mothers of Preschoolers

MOPS - Mothers of Preschoolers

meet Monday, Dec. 9, 9:30 to 11:30

a.m. at Highlands Church 215 Oak

Hill Rd. Paso Robles. For kids ages

birth to Kindergarten. Childcare

provided. For more information

contact Mindy Klein 831-596-2251

or mops@highlandsadventure.org.

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December 2013, Paso Robles Magazine 41


By Millie Drum

The quote by beauty industry icon,

Vidal Sassoon, aptly describes Jullie

Hammer’s professional evolution.

“For me the working of hair is architecture

with a human element.” Jullie grew

up in the beauty industry, but initially

chose another career path...architecture.

Little did she know that as one

career chapter closed, another would

open and she would rise to the prominence

of working for beauty pageants

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Miss Universe Organization.

While she earned a BA degree in

Architecture at Cal Poly and worked

for an architect in San Luis Obispo,

the personal fulfillment was missing.

Jullie adds, “At the end of the road, I

just wasn’t happy, so I quit that job

and went to beauty school.” She adds,

“My mother and grandfather were hair

dressers, so every day after school, I’d

go to the salon to sweep up hair and fold towels,

so everyone always told me that I’d grow up to

be a hairdresser. No one in my family attended

college so I wanted to pursue my formal education.”

The color wheel symbolized the transition

to the beauty industry. She reflects, “I knew I’d

made the right choice when I was taught about

the color wheel in both architecture and beauty

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school I instantly connected the two and knew it

was all about creativity and design.

From the Mid-State Fair to

Miss Universe

In just four years, Jullie has evolved from

small town hairstylist to state and national beauty

pageants, culminating with achieving

her goal of becoming “bi-coastal”

by expanding her business to

New York City. The incredible journey

began at the Mid-State Fair in

Paso Robles and a friendship with

pageant contestant Tommy Lynn

Calhoun. Going backstage to do

hair instantly clicked for Jullie.

Tommy won the pageant, so Jullie

encouraged her to compete for Miss

California. Two weeks later, Tommy

gets the call for an interview

and off they go to

Palm Springs! Jullie was

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Gathering with over

400 contestants was exciting

AND intimidating;

especially with the

stipulation that there

would be no professional

hair and make-up assistance.

So, with Jullie’s

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the past title holders were allowed to have assistance,

Jullie quickly asked the directors and

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Thursday Men’s Prayer Breakfast celebrates 40 years

By Bob Chute

A group of local men from various denominations

recently celebrated meeting every

week for the past 40 years for the Thursday

Men’s Prayer Breakfast at 6:30 a.m. in the

basement of Christian Life Center, 18th and

Oak Streets, in Paso Robles.

The original attendees, in October of

1973, included Jerry Walters,Glenn Rediger,

Bic Moe, Bill Ritner, Dallas Moore and Le-

Roy Stewart utilizing two hot plates, a single sink

and a table in the kitchen. Their scriptural focus for

the group became James 5:16...”Admit your faults

to one another and pray for each other so that you

SALON from page 42

With hard work and determination, Jullie

made a great impression that would pave the way

to her future. Two weeks later, Jullie was called to

work a photo shoot for contestants from 3 states.

Jullie adds, “Because of that photo shoot, I

was hired as an official hair dresser for Miss

California. From styling Cassidy Wolf, Miss

California Teen USA 2012, Jullie was hired

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man has great power and wonderful results.”

Originally they charged $1 for breakfast, but today’s

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color and extensions. Jullie adds, “I’ll be meeting

the new Miss Universe after Thanksgiving. It’s

been an incredible whirlwind.”

Expansion at Home and on the

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While Jullie thrives on big city living, the

small town ambiance of Paso brings her back

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and functionality. The intimate space offers the

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North County Chorus

Singing for all at Veterans Hospitals

By Chuck Desmond

Cuesta College is 50 years old this

year! Cuesta has been the source of

thousands of wonderful life-changing

events and one of them was the formation

of the North County Chorus.

Formed in 2005 by Ms. Cassandra

Tarantino, the Choral Conductor and

Instrumental and Voice instructor of

Cuesta North, “NoCoCho” as it’s referred

to, was conceived as a way to

bring another choice of fine arts to

the North County Campus. Starting

with about 15 singers for little

more than the joy of singing choral

music, the chorus practiced in whatever

vacant room they could find and

sang at smaller venues, primarily in the area.

That has changed. Today NoCoCho has

about 40 vocalists and it is an independent ensemble

through Cuesta’s Community Programs.

The Chorus’s vocalists are a diverse collection of

beautiful voices. Many have experienced enhancing

moments through the gift of their voices.

Their mission is now one of outreach that aims

to share choral music with the entire county.

By now, we all know that El de Robles heads

Templeton hires new Director

the list of “communities where the residents

give back.” That spirit is indeed one

of the things that makes our hometown,

and its close ties to Cuesta, so fabulous.!

On December 8 - just a few days from

now - the Chorus will be performing their

Winter Concert at Atascadero’s Lake Pavilion

off Morro Road. The Chorus will be featuring

music of praise and peace that was written by

American composers. Tickets are $12 and $10

for students and seniors. Reservations may be

made by calling 546-3195.

But, here’s where it gets really even better! All

the proceeds and donations go to the upcoming

summer Freedom Tour in 2014 to give FREE

concerts in Veteran’s Hospitals! Audiences in

The Board of Directors

With a professional

of the Templeton Chamber

background in marketing

and sales, Maggelet

of Commerce has named

Sarah Taylor Maggelet as

has worked in the local

the new Executive Director.

media and wine industries,

before launching

Maggelet, a long time volunteer

with the Chamber,

her own website development

firm, Ap-

most recently served as an

ambassador and as co-coordinator

of the Chamber’s

with her husband

Sarah Taylor

Maggelet plynx Website Solutions,

Wine & Roses Bicycle Ride. She Scott. Sarah also volunteers her

is President of the Rotary Club time with KCBX and the Live

of Templeton, is a San Luis Obispo Oak Music Festival.

native, and earned her MBA from

Cal Poly in 2001.

Please see DIRECTOR page 48

Washington DC, Virginia, Philly,

Boston, will hear them perform at

those VA Hospitals – all for free!

NoCoCho is doing this as their

way to say yet another Thank You

to the men and women and their

families who gave for us.

Some of these vocalists with their

great voices have never been to that

part of America and a couple have

never been on an airplane. Between

performances, the group does get

to do some sightseeing and on the

list are The White House, 9-11

Pentagon Memorial, Viet Nam

Memorial and Bunker Hill.

If you want to sing, please call Cassandra at

Ms. Cassandra


546-3195, #3. To make a donation to help cover

their travel expenses for the trip, send a check

to North County Chorus at Cuesta College

Foundation, PO Box 8106, SLO, 93403. Tax

deductible of course.

Lastly, when you see a Service Man or Woman,

thank them and know that their comrades who

might be in one of those hospitals, are going

to have a great experience and it’ll be coming

from right here in Paso!

The Templeton Chamber of Commerce

wishes one & all a warm Holiday Season

and Thanks you for Thinking Local


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County Perspective

Unwelcome Visitor: I woke work, home and especially in the evening

when you want to rest; in other

up feeling like my face and neck had

been removed and clumsily reattached.

Crud season. Feeling blah, I I’ll still be here.’

words, when you wake up tomorrow,

still had to make a last-minute coastto-coast

drive, during which it seemed and citizens aren’t quite sure into what

Water: Paso Robles area wineries

everyone I talked to either was suffering

with or had experienced this bug’s groundwater basin district fits: bur-

category the proposed Paso Robles

unique symptoms.

densome guest or necessary medicine.

It seems the annual march of lowlevel

viral infections that arrive before euphoric over the prospect of impos-

One thing is clear, nobody is gleefully

the holidays just seem to grow worse ing a legislative tool to ration scarce

and last longer.


The chief county health officer To recap: the aquifer is over-drafted

– from years of agriculture and

wasn’t available but I did get a call back

from a staff nurse. She said no out of residential development – according

the ordinary infections were being to county officials, aggravated by relentless

drought, now beyond six years

reported, although I did get the usual

5-step influenza avoidance checklist. duration.

Apparently any low-level infectious Thirsty Californians, in general,

disease that doesn’t fit the definition of haven’t been exactly blessed by news

either influenza or rhinovirus, doesn’t that January and February 2013 were

trip public health’s radar.

the driest on record, although Sierra

Same story at the California Department

of Public Health in Sacra-

better than 2012, but nowhere near

snow pack levels are somewhat mixed;

mento. The employee who answered hydration heaven. Paso Robles area

knew nothing about any viral outbreak.

He couldn’t find anyone on levels, forcing rural water users to drill

aquifers have declined below historic

staff, but then it was 4 p.m., everyone deeper wells, which usually produce

had gone home, he was pretty sure. poorer quality water.

They leave that early, I asked? Yeah, Local interests represented by THE

he answered; many staff take three Paso Robles Agricultural Alliance for

and four day weekends. Something to Groundwater Solutions, (PRAAGS),

file away for future reference if you’re a group representing primarily wine

a citizen and voter concerned about growers, publicly argue passionately

fraud and waste.

for compromise and cooperation,

Actually, they probably don’t want while PRO Water Equity, representing

a group of residents and smaller

to admit that half their respective

staff are out with the virus, a virile, wine growers, see within PRAAGS

uninvited guest moves into families the stirrings of a cartel. Either way,

bearing suitcases laden with unseen the decisions about how to divvy up

drama to share. This latest infection a precious, yet declining resource, are

brings headaches, sore throat, sleeplessness

accompanied by an explo-

is whether growers with larger tax bills

not arrived at easily. One current snag

sive form of cluster sneezing. It also should have more clout than smaller

makes people crabby, though I can’t property owners.

detect any additional crabbiness in How much water growers and

my own sweet demeanor, obviously. rural residents can use, is something

And having just driven across the that becomes a lot more certain, when

country, I can verify its everywhere. a groundwater management district

Around the seventh day, this bug exists, although there are fewer than

whispers, ‘I’m not leaving, what’s 13 in the state.

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hired by San Luis Obispo County

to study such a district, says they

have effectively limited overdraft

and groundwater depletion in other

areas; Nelson is a researcher with

Stanford University’s Water in the

West program.

If such a groundwater district is

enacted, via state legislation, district

officials would look at studies and

surveys and then decide whether and

how much to limit water extraction.

Will rain bring both sides together in

a Kumbaya-accompanied embrace?

With rainfall running 3-4 inches

when we should already have seen

had double-digit precip numbers, it

ain’t gonna happen anytime soon.

Good Vintage? Paso Robles red

grape growers are so far pleased with

a harvest that happened in a flash for

some. Dry spring weather and good

growing conditions produced smaller,

more intensely flavored fruit for some

Zinfandel and Cabernet growers. Tonnage

prices should reflect the combination

of less fruit of higher quality.

Since wines take aging and knowhow,

the final product is yet to be

judged, although Paso Robles’ J. Lohr

Vineyards and Wines has given preliminary

samples an “A” rating.

Homelessness Up: An assessment

of the county’s efforts to reduce

homelessness isn’t brimming with

roses, irking supervisors. A county

watchdog, the Homelessness Services

Oversight Council report says

San Luis Obispo County’s homeless

population continues to climb, closing

in on 2,000; up 3% from 2008,

when county officials passed a homeless

reduction plan.

Supervisor Adam Hill criticized

the report for leaving out important

details, such as how effective homelessness

programs have been since

they were implemented almost five

years ago. He didn’t see the study

as being particularly helpful, since

it didn’t give them hard data about

the individuals living along San

Luis Creek, or in roadside shrubbery.

He didn’t mention homeless populations

near Paso Robles, where

many live in riparian areas along

the Salinas River, at least during

warmer weather.

Rehab: Two years ago, Governor

Jerry Brown imposed a prison reform

program emphasizing rehabilitation,

on counties around the state, but only

five counties have so far been successful

implementing rehab programs.

San Luis Obispo County is one of

them, according to a study released.

The Stanford Criminal Justice

study said only 20% of California’s

58 counties have successfully implemented

the changes that came funded

with $4.4 billion in state money.

The rate of recidivism, i.e., former

criminals reoffending continues to

remain high, throughout the nation.

Hey, I know a pernicious little virus

that will keep them off the streets.

DIRECTOR from page 46

The Groves on 41. Both women will

work part time for the Chamber at

She is a graduate of Leadership the office on Main Street.

San Luis Obispo Class XV and also The Templeton Chamber of Commerce

is an alliance of over 200 North

leads the Vocal Arts Ensemble as part

time Executive Director.

County businesses and citizens that

Jennifer Tallent was also added as has advocated for the economic vitality

the Chamber’s adminstrative assistant.

She has a background in hotel 1902. For more information on the

of the community of Templeton since

management in Southern California Templeton Chamber of Commerce,

and recently relocated to the North including membership information,

County to work at her family-owned visit the website at www.templetonchamber.com

or call 434-1789.

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and opportunities for gift shopping.

Santa’s House will also be open

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visit and express their Christmas requests

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Convenient shuttle transportation

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By Dorothy


Continuing in our series of appreciation

and thanksgiving is a bronze

of George Hearst embracing his popular

stallion, “Mylanta Lena,” recently

installed at the Paso

Events Center. The

statue is dedicated

to his memory and

his love of horses.

It will remain as a

reminder of one who

markedly helped

to elevate the level

of our equestrian

facility at the Paso

Mylanta lena hearst


Events Center. Somehow it seems

fitting to see our late friend watching

over the facility that he and his family

were so instrumental in developing.

Quick Notes

Make get your event dates in

for the Hoofbeat 2014 Master Calendar

(info@calclassics.net) right


Watch for the 100 mule train

and film of their trip from Bishop

to Los Angeles along the LA

Aquaduct. Be mindful of horses

in drought situations gobbling up

acorns. The effects of the tannins

and the sharp hulls can cause issues.

Most important is to make certain

that your horses are not subject to

moldy or mildewed hay.

Timing was not the best for publication

for Cindy Ramirez-Smith

of Vulcan Mesa and her PRE mare

“Carina HGF.” They are set to be

awarded a gold medal by the US

Eventing Association in December.

This is their first year of competition

and they were awarded All

Breeds USDF Reserve Champion

at First Level. Cindy and “Decoroso

HGF,” were named USPRE

Open Reserve Champion at Third

Level. Her husband, Eric, has ridden

“Winchexter”(AQHA) to pick

up some All Breeds USDF awards

of their own. We’ll look forward to

more achievements in 2014.

Gift Ideas for the


Each year we are asked, “What

would please my ‘favorite horse

person’?” There are times when

some item has to be purchased,

but many of the best gifts involve

spending your time rather than

your money. Most important of

Lessons from the Range: Adventures of a

Working Cowboy by our own Gary L. Williams

might make a great gift (especially autographed at Farm

Supply) for Christmas or winter reading by the fire.

The website is CowboyDogTrainer.com to order the

book mid-Dec. $22.95 plus tax & shipping. Noel Ryan

of Farm Supply in Paso will line up a signing date for

December 20 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

all, if you do buy, buy American,

buy Californian and make an effort

to buy from Central Coast

artisans and small businesses. If we

ask business folks to support events

and to carry inventories, then they

should at least expect us to stop in

and find out what they offer. If we

don’t support our own, who will?

Make a Memory

Arrange for or create gift certificates

for adventures for children

or adults: a class, a ranch tour,

a day retreat at one of our wonderful

guest ranches, club dues for the

family or a personal private lesson

or evaluation. If you don’t see

“Gift Certificates Available” on

the website, then call or email and

ask. They won’t “bite, strike or kick”

you for calling to ask. You might

open up a new aspect to someone’s

business. These types of shared

experiences and surprises can

change lives.

Elbow Grease

Lend a hand: ranch sitting (this

one is critical and must be done

responsibly), stall cleaning, hay or

horse hauling, manure disposal, adding

sand/gravel to paddocks, mulch

making, truck or trailer washing,

silver/saddle/gear cleaning (make

certain as to know how and what

to use), clipping, braiding, volunteer

to be part of the support team at a

competition, give an equine massage

(or rider massage), put together

a vet kit, make or repair jumps, poles

or obstacles.

A helping hand (or two) really

change up the atmosphere and the

positive outlook of someone who is

aging, overworked, injured, tied up

Please see HOOFBEAT page 53

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HOOFBEAT from page 52

or just needing someone to come

alongside and be an encourager.

We can make a difference in the

Central Coast now.

Cultivating Connections

Teach what you know. If you

don’t know a lot about horses, then

make it your business to hire someone

who does (even for an hour).

This can change a life. It can also

be a matter of safety. Do something

together like creating a website/blog

or racks for a saddle room. Set up a

computer with equine themes (perhaps

featuring the special person’s

horse), take a trip to a show or

event, plan a full day of trail riding

without interruptions or a training

session that you can enjoy together.

Take a roping class (ranch, arena

or trick) for something different.

Perhaps next year will be the year

to create a horseback adventure

here in the US or one overseas.

These memories last a lifetime.

Come Alongside

Sometimes help with the little

things can be a delightful surprise:

boot cleaning, making hangers for

gear or gear box, creating a mounting

block/stand, auditing a favorite

clinician, gear identification marking

and photographing (make two copies

and store one elsewhere), putting

all of the recipient’s horse photos on

discs could make them more useable.

Give Something Truly


Gather: first aid and safety items

for horse and rider for the barn, the

trailer or a saddle pack (don’t forget

a whistle on a lanyard to be worn

when riding out even if you carry

a cell), a good knife and sheath,

making a health and hoof journal,

creating kits to enable the receiver

to “do” something specific such as

clean/condition gear, clean boots,

keep records, post information for

emergencies, etc. See if it is possible

to pair a person longing to own

or ride a horse with an animal that

would otherwise just stand (make

certain to check on the upkeep finances,


A Gift That Keeps

On Giving

A donation to: SLO HEET

(emergency rescue/evacuation),

Morning Star Youth Ranch, the

scholarship programs of the Cattlewomen

and other ag groups,

Rancho de los Animales, Heaven

Can Wait Horse Rescue, Cal Poly’s

Horse Unit, Miller’s Equestrian,

Animali Farm, Wranglerette’s, Paloma

Creek Equestrian Center, high

school rodeo, the Railhead Arena, or

to 4-H or other equestrian groups

especially those setting up public

trails and arenas.

Perhaps joining in with the good

folks from Paso’s Holiday Inn Express,

PCCHA and the National

Breast Cancer Foundation for more

hot pink halters will help with research

in 2014.

Get out sturdy gloves and tools

to help with organized trail system

development/upkeep and meet

some new friends. Look into helping

animal victims of war or natural

disasters (we have plenty). Offer to

sponsor a class or perpetual trophy

to encourage those who are learning

while remembering the passion for

horses of a loved one. Maybe a new

horse is in your future for 2014?

Bless Someone

Put yourself out there. Encouragement

takes a little time and effort,

but it is a real boon to a life whether

young or old. Gather items for a

theme gift basket with any number

of horse items (hand cream, playing

cards with knots for horsemen

or CDs). Set up a snapshot/photo

session, frame show photos, plan a

video session, decorate a jacket or

sweaters, take a favorite photo and

have it printed for a cake, a tee shirt,

jacket, tote or cap. Remember to slip

in a scarf for warmth. If you have a

mature horse and are knowledgable,

then consider accompanying

someone with a young/novice horse

for a few trips on the trail. Locate a

special book to help educate. Perhaps

volunteer to watch or read to a child

so that his/her mother or dad can go


Think about how to use your

unique skills and talents to create a

gift that lasts. The gift of self is nearly

always the best. Give a Cowboy

Bible and invest time in sharing

and studying together. Remember

that the Greatest Gift given to the

world a long time ago is still free and

available to all who choose to invite

Him today.


From our outfit to yours, may

you and your family (including your

critters) have a blessed Christmastide,

a celebration of Light and a

wonderful New Year filled with opportunities

for service, love, growth

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This is a busy season, but it is

important to get your dates in

now for the Hoofbeat Master

Calendar for 2014. Send them

directly to me at: info@calclassics.

net. You need not write a lot, but the

event, date, time, address, a contact

person, number and the basics are


When the rains begin, please be

considerate and stay off of trails until

they have had time to dry out.

Nov. 28-Dec. 1 National Pro/

Am Horse Show, Earl Warren

Showgrounds, Santa Barbara,

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meeting 6:30 p.m., holiday

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Dec. 21 Ray Berta Horsemanship

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Saddle Club Arena, 85 E. Garzas

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Dec. 27-29 Winter Camp,

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View: E. Atascadero towards

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Access: Park intersection Halcon

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Fees: Free • Pass: N/A

Rated: Easy

Time factor: Ride to Creston, 2

hours each way. Tie up for lunch.

Rocky Canyon Rd. & Hwy. 229.

Take money.

Trail: Unpaved thru Rocky Canyon

Quarry. Abandoned roadway to unpaved

road out to Hwy 229. Wide

shoulders to town.

Feet: Sections rocky, so tender fted.

may need shoes/easy boots.

Dogs: Allowed • Camp: None

Overnight: None

Main ranger station: Call 911 for


First aid: Call 911

Cell reception: Good

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Maps: N/A • Participation: N/a

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Berry Hill Bistro celebrates 10 years of creating

By Bob Chute

This month Jody Storsteen is celebrating

10 years as owner of Berry

Hill Bistro on Pine Street in downtown

Paso Robles. But 19 days after

she opened on December 3, 2003 she

wasn’t sure if she’d be in business for

20 days, let alone 10 years.

December 22 was the date of the

6.5 magnitude San Simeon Earthquake

which caused tremendous

damage throughout the area and took

the lives of two women working in an

unreinforced masonry building in the


“We’d only been open 19 days,” said

Jody. “Then we were closed for three

weeks awaiting approval of structural

engineers to reopen the building. We

lost everything. I had just received a

large order and all the food was lost

along with all of our wine, liquor,

glasses, plates...everything!”

Jody said it literally took a couple of

years to get back on track, “That was

an awful beginning. When we finally

reopened we had been closed longer

than we were open but were back at

square one with huge expenses to restock

and reorder...basically doubling

our opening expenses plus all the repair

expenses that were needed. I was

hoping for a FEMA low interest loan

but they said I didn’t qualify because

I had only been open a short time.

Fortunately I had a great 15 year relationship

with Mid State Bank [now

Rabobank] in Cambria with my JBJ

Round Up Pizza Restaurant I had

sold to move to Paso and they helped

me with a loan. Some of my vendors

also helped out and the community

was very supportive...our neighbors

were great and our customers came

back right away.”

And on December 3 she celebrates

10 years in Paso, “I believe our success

is because of our homemade creations

of what I call contemporary comfort

food with a twist...the best food

possible for

the best price.

Nothing comes out

of a can, for example, all of our soups,

dressings and desserts are made from

scratch. Plus we offer a full bar, an

extensive local wine selection, and an

ever expanding collection of our local

craft beers.

“I feel downtown Paso Robles is a

wonderful place to be, it is constantly

evolving and has an international feel

to it now,” added Jody. “The Main

Street Association is so supportive

and the merchants have a great camaraderie

- we’re always supporting

each other, loaning and borrowing as

needed. So it has that international

ambiance without losing the special

small town feel that is Paso Robles.”

That small town feel brought Jody

to Paso Robles from Cambria. “I lived

in Cambria while attending Cal Poly

and worked at several restaurants to

put myself through school including

Slab Town Pizza. When I graduated I

went to work for the State Department

of Fish & Game and was involved in

a fascinating Sea Otter Project about

20 years ago. But then the project

went to the feds and I lost the position.

The times were tight and there

were only desk jobs available locally.

I could have

transferred to

Los Angeles or

Fresno areas to continue to work outside

but that didn’t appeal to me.”

Then things changed dramatically,

“I realized I really enjoyed the

interaction with people everyday in

the restaurant business and my folks

helped me by co-signing on a loan to

buy Slab Town Pizza. I renamed it JBJ

(for my parents, Joanie and Brad and

Jody) Round Up Pizza and created a

western theme. It was really popular, I

owned it for 15 years but I liked what

I saw happening in Paso, it was the

beginning of the boom times in town

and the wineries were exploding. I

liked the vibe, the country feel and the

direction the downtown was taking

with new ideas and great restaurants. I

moved here in 2000 and commuted to

Cambria for awhile then sold JBJ but

it took three years before a space came

available around the park.

Jody has been blessed with incredible

employees over the years, “My best

friend and Manager Janet Zillig came

with me from Cambria along with my

head cook, Efrain Garcia. I’ve been so

fortunate to have such great people

so I don’t have to be here 24/7. Effie

has been with me for over 25 years,

unfortunately we lost Janet to cancer a

couple years ago, and I miss her dearly.

Other familiar faces include Tammy

and Susan, plus many new faces have

brought new ideas including fantastic

martinis and after dinner drinks. I also

have several great cooks that have each

been with me for at least three years.”

Where does she hope to take Berry

Hill Bistro in the years ahead? “I’d

like to continue following the latest

trends in food preparation with our

special twists, no packaged foods ever.

I love to experiment with new ideas

and the menu is always changing.

Everything is always fresh and good.

And we keep our basic daily specials

each week as well - they have quite

a following. I dropped the Tuesday

Clams special one month and wow,

did I hear about that!

“It’s fun as well because my 20

year old son Tanner is working with

me and creating some new ideas of

his own. My 13 year old Tate is also

helping out. They have the same drive

I have, it’s fun to watch.”

Jody is planning a special day long

celebration on Tuesday, December

3rd to mark the 10th anniversary with

drawings for prizes and gift certificates,

special lunch and dinner offerings

plus Happy Hour all day, along

with some yet-to-be-defined surprises.

“Thank you Paso Robles,” added

Jody. “I appreciate your confidence in

our efforts and hope to serve you for

many more years! Please join us for

our celebration!”

Berry Hill Bistro, 1114 Pine Street

in Paso Robles has seating for 40 and

is open 7 days a weeks serving lunch

and dinner, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m, later in

the summer months. “Many restaurants

close after lunch then reopen for

dinner, we’re open constantly 11 a.m.

to 9 p.m. every day.”

Jody only closes on Thanksgiving

and Christmas Day. For more information,

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Local Realtors Honor Their Own

The Paso Robles Association

of REALTORS® held their 2014

Installation Dinner at the Paso Robles

Golf Club during November and passed

out numerous honors and seated their

2014 Board of Directors and Officers.

During the evening Shelley Gurney

of Fidelity National Title was honored

as Affiliate of the Year and Chris

Bausch of Prudential Hallmark Realty

was recognized as the Realtor of the

Year. The 2014 slate of Directors and

Officers includes: President/State Director

Chuck Hill; President Elect/State

Director Cody Wilcoxson; Vice President

Kate Graham; Secretary Debbie

May; Treasurer Jennifer Kranich; State

Director April Smith; Local Directors

Jack Stinchfield and Teresa Turner;

and Past President Ron Johnson.

The 2014 incoming Board of Directors for the Paso Robles Association of REALTORS

include, from left: President/ State Director Chuck Hill; President Elect/State Director

Cody Wilcoxson; Vice President Kate Graham; Secretary Debbie May; Treasurer

Jennifer Kranich; State Director April Smith, and Local Director Teresa Turner.

Not pictured are Past President Ron Johnson and Local Director Jack Stinchfield.

Shelley Gurney of Fidelity National

Title, left, was honored as Affiliate of

the Year and Chris Bausch of Prudential

Hallmark Realty received the Realtor

of the Year distinction.

Photos by Richard Baker

Chamber plans Annual Dinner and Awards Gala

The Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce

will name the Roblan of the Year,

Beautification of the Year, and seat their

incoming Board of Directors during the Annual Dinner and Awards

Gala, “Putting on the Ritz” scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 11, 6 to

10 p.m. at the Broken Earth Winery, 5625 Highway 46 East in

Paso Robles, featuring a Winemaker’s Dinner, plus a live and silent

auction. Celebrating 125 years of Paso Robles and 93 years

serving the business community as your Chamber, this signature

event of the Chamber is certain to be another sold out event with

attendance of over 300 businesses, civic and community leaders.

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By Chris

Weygandt Alba

On the 22nd day of this month, an

entire decade will have passed since

the morning when lives were shattered

in downtown Paso Robles, by

a sudden violent shudder that made

local history. The destructive shock

of the 6.5 San Simeon earthquake

went on for years, and the damage

ran deep, exceeding $250 million.

But with steady work, people

built it again, brick by brick, exactly

as people of an earlier era built the

new town.

In two different centuries, residents

of Paso Robles share a remarkable

similarity in behavior. In

1890 and in 2004, people decided

to invest resources, skills, friendship,

and labor in a common goal,

to build a place where people could

become a community.

Downtown Paso Robles: We

Never Get Old

Everyone is a kid again at Christmas.

So much good cheer is generated

downtown during holiday festivities,

even grown-ups turn into children.


everyone is a kid again

Child’s Play

Re-discover your

inner child and the

power of playfulness

this Christmas

with a visit to the

playground for the

young at heart in the

downtown city park.


holiday theme this

year is “Christmas in

Toyland” – a call to cherish childhood

and have fun with life’s simple

things. At its heart, Paso Robles

remains very much a place rich in

simple pleasures, sustained through

good years and hard years by cooperative

effort, in small ways and

grand ones, from the people who

call it home.

During the holidays, come see

the wonderland created by our

downtown merchants. It twinkles

from windows to rooftops with

whimsy and merriment, cheering

the child in all of us as we walk

around our town.

Explore the shops.

For the small businesses

that have

shaped the vitality of

our downtown, a successful

holiday season

is critical. Their

lifeblood is all of us,

the appreciative fans

in this Great American

Main Street

City. With our shopping, dining

and entertaining downtown, we

help keep our nationally acclaimed

community strong.

Our local economy benefits

from every dollar we circulate in

locally owned businesses. Downtown

merchants and employees

are our neighbors and friends,

and they take pride in providing

quality goods at competitive prices

with wonderful customer service.

While we’re at it, one of us will

win a $500 shopping spree ($300 and

$75 sprees too.) Someone will win

those prizes by playing Main Street’s

holiday version of Black-Out Bingo.

Nab the Christmas-tree bingo form

in this issue of Paso Robles Magazine,

page 6, get it stamped by the

participating businesses, and take it

to the Paso Robles Main Street office

by Friday, Dec. 13.

There, in the alley behind 12th

St. known as Norma’s Way (official

address: 835 12th St. Suite D), the

Main Street office behaves like a

beating heart. This time of year, it

pumps out an army of volunteers

who sail forth to stage the city’s

most beloved holiday festivities.

Weeks ago, the unofficial Main

Street Holiday Squadron called in

its special forces of townspeople,

merchants, employees, business

people, and property owners to exercise

their unique set of skills with

the Main Street Promotion Committee.

Their numbers swelled with

transfusions of recruits from their

families and friends.

By the first of December, this

diverse collection of souls is a muscular

force with a common goal:

Create a uniquely Paso Robles

style of “Christmas in Toyland” and

bring the community downtown

during the holidays, to shop, dine

and conduct all types of transaction.

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By Chuck Desmond

Out on the westside

of El Paso de

Robles, a bit off of

San Marcos Creek Rd,

husband Steve is the

grape farmer and the wine maker

and wife, Lupe, takes care of almost

all of the customer interactions.

Their two children are busy with

school and shake their heads at how

much one family can actually do.

The two ranch dogs take their toll

on gophers & squirrels.

Christian Lazo began in 2002

and by 2006, their property, home

and facility were all together at one

25 acre location on some lovely

rolling hills. Steve and Lupe concluded

they wanted to make really

good wine, have a really good

family life and really enjoy the area

they felt they’d been blessed to own.

That meant keeping all things in

MAIN STREET from page 59

They pool their efforts to make

every Saturday before Christmas

a celebration of the season, beginning

with the Christmas Light

Parade on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m., bringing

Santa Claus to town. Santa

stays here until Christmas Eve,

relaxing every Sunday at the Holiday

House in the park to visit with

children. His visiting hours are

posted there.

Then the volunteer force multiplies

to produce the beautiful Vine

Street Victorian Showcase on Dec.

14. Closed to cars between 8th

and 21st streets from 6 to 9 p.m.,

Vine Street sparkles with Christmas

wonder, attracting Santa and

Mrs. Claus, the Snow Queen and

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perspective – including the size

of the operation. 1,500 cases annually

seemed just right and they

have stuck to that. But, they also

thought, “You know, we ought to

old Ebenezer Scrooge for this very

special evening.

Treat yourself to the neighborly

stroll in the pleasing company

of beloved music and twinkling

scenes, and along the way, rediscover

the many ways an oldfashioned

Christmas offers refreshments

for the human spirit, complete

with snow for playing and

chestnuts roasting on the fire!

A huge holiday treat for children

is Main Street’s Victorian Teddy

Bear Tea on Dec. 21, held this year

in an enchanting new setting: the

Paso Robles Park Ballroom above

McLintock’s. Children bring their

teddy bears to spend a magical

afternoon playing with beloved

holiday characters from 2 to 4

p.m. It’s a sell-out every year with

limited seating; tickets must be

at least try and

see what might

happen if we

grew like the Big

Dogs.” With that,

Lupe opened a tasting

room on 13th St. in 2010 and

while she sold a lot of wine, it was

also a ton of work to stick to the

top-level plan. In March, 2012,

she moved it all back to the vineyard


Steve and Lupe realized that

their niche truly was in being a

Private Sensory Explosion. How

fun and exciting it would be if

their club members and the others

who clamored for the yummy-good

wine could share in the evolution

and evaluation of Christain Lazo


With that, the program changed.

Today Christian Lazo is by appointment

and invitation and

purchased in advance at the Main

Street office. The cost is $7 for

children, $15 for adults.

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Fresh, Healthy and

Delicious! Lily’s Yogurt

After two years of planning and

completing much of the renovation

themselves, Andy and Lily Nguyen

are pleased with their new shop

and the reaction from the community!

The hard-working couple

is known for their other business

Lily’s Nail Salon and Spa. Andy

adds, “We’ve been here for seven

years. We know a lot of people and

a lot of people know us. We love

the small town and the support of

the people. We’ve moved around a

lot but we love Paso and wanted to

do something special for the people

with our yogurt shop! From King

City to Santa Maria, no one has

16 flavors!”

Andy and Lily Nguyen

Fresh, healthy yogurt is a special

treat any time, especially for the

kids after school or a play day in

the park. With 16 flavors and 90

toppings, there is something for every

liking and diet to include sorbet

and sugar-free flavors. Along

with nuts, sweets, granola, candy

and cereals, the fresh fruit (never

frozen!) comes from the market

daily. Smoothies, coffee and Boba

tea will be added soon. Lily’s

Yogurt is open every day at 11,

closing Sunday through Thursday

at 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at

10 p.m. Lily’s Yogurt 721 12th

LAZO from page 60

Business Spotlight

By Millie Drum

at their property – at the edge of the

vineyard. They have been doing this

for six years and for each one of the

events, Chef Nolan Bourgeois has

prepared the off-the-hook meals to

go with the Christial Lazo wines.

Usually, about 60 people make reservations

and it seems those guests

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Pioneer Day was a very busy day!

Lily adds, “I want every day to

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time, an unexpected rain came just

as the dinner event was starting.

For Steve and Lupe – no problem.

They moved everyone into the

house and although pretty crowded,

Lupe says it was one of the best

times she’s ever had! Steve recalls

they ended in the blending room

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Come and see all of “Natures Gifts” that have been

used for centuries to celebrate the holidays.

The Carnegie will be filled with the traditional natural

elements commonly seen during winter celebrations.

Enjoy the sights and scents nature has provided

for this wonderful time of year.

The Carnegie Library

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Tues., Thurs.-Sat. 10-4

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A monthly look at events, meetings

and special occasions. To submit your

listing, email bob@pasoroblesmagazine.

com, bring info to our 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.


1-23 • ‘Holidays in the Pines’ thru

Cambria is a month-long celebration

that illuminates the town and features

live music, gifts, raffles and discounts at

many lodgings, shops and galleries. Call

Cambria Chamber at 927-3624. Visit


2 • Almond Country Quilters will

meet at Trinity Lutheran Church, 940

Creston Road, PR, begins at 7 p.m.

The agenda includes members teaching

quilting techniques. Social time begins

at 6:30 with the meeting to follow at

7:30 pm. Quilter Jake Finch (Mama-

MakesQuilts.com) will present two

lectures: “Creativity 101” and “12 Steps

to Recovering Money from Your Fabric

Addiction.” Cost: Free. For more information

about the Guild, visit www.


5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28 • Paso

Robles Inn Steakhouse & Cattlemen’s

Lounge, 1103 Spring St.,

805.226.4925. Steakhouse: Join us for

Prime Rib Wednesdays! Cattlemen’s

Lounge: Happy Hour, 4-6 pm, includes

cocktail and menu specials; Monday Industry

Night, 6-9 pm, 20 percent off for all

professionals; Wednesday Locals Appreciation

Night Happy Hour 4-CLOSE;

Acoustic Thursdays, 7-9pm. 12/5: Adam

Rowland. 12/12: Lance Robinson. 12/19:

Steve Ploog. 12/26: Lance Robinson. Friday

Ladies Night, 7-10pm, half-off drink

specials; Saturday Night $5 Drink Specials,

8-12 pm; Friday & Saturday Live

Entertainment, 9:30-11:30pm: 12/6-

12/7: Stellar. 12/13-12/14: Rough House.

12/20-12/21: Soul Sauce. 12/27-12/28:

Julie and the Bad Dogs.

5-8, 12-15 • ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet

at Templeton Performing Arts Center

will be presented on Fridays, Dec. 6 and

13 at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday

matinees on Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 2

p.m. Special dress rehearsal performances

for students on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7

p.m. to benefit Food Bank Coalition of

San Luis Obispo County. Students admitted

with a $5 ticket admission and

must bring a canned food item. Tickets:

Visit brownpapertickets.com or www.

northcountyperformingarts.org. Cost:

$25/adults, $19/children under 12 and

seniors over 60. Group discounts available

for 20 or more.

7 • The Templeton Women’s Civic

Club celebrates 100 years from 1 to

4 p.m. at the Templeton Community

Center at 601 Main Street. The history

of the women’s club will be on display.

Local wines and hors d’oeuvres will

be served. There will be performances by

local musicians. Be sure to help celebrate

their birthday!

7 • SLOFolks Concert: Legends of

the Celtic Harp at Castoro Cellars,


Unless otherwise noted, please call 239-0655 for more details

about activities at the Paso Robles Event Center.

E-mail mail@midstatefair.com.

3rd Annual Show & Shine Car & Bike Show to benefit

Toys for Tots on Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at

the Mid State Fairgrounds. Entry: Unwrapped toy. Hosted

and presented by TEAM Auto Collision & Custom Center,

the show will feature Cars, Motorcycles, Trucks, Whatever

plus live music, BBQ, raffles as well as 30 vendors. For info

call 238-6304. All profits go to Toys for Tots, Inc.

Central Coast Gun Show on December 7-8 in the Event Center.

Candy Cane Christmas Tree Lot offers a big selection of holiday trees

through December 25 in the Main Parking Lot. Visit candycanetreelot.com.

Locally Owned

Car Care Professionals

• No Appointment Necessary

• Drive-Thru • Fast Courteous Service

• Professional Certified Technicians

• All Services Warranty Approved

1315 Bethel Road, Templeton, features

three of the premier Celtic harpers

in the world. Cost $20/person. Call

(888) 326-3463. Visit www.castoro


7 • J Street Slim in Concert at Asuncion

Ridge Tasting Room, 725 12th

Street PR. From 5-8 p.m. This local

musician sings and plays guitar and

harmonica, writes eclectic songs and

covers folk, rock and blues standards.

No cover. Call 237-1425 Visit www.


7 • Lighted Boat Parade and Tree

Lighting in Morro Bay Harbor from

4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. See decorated boats

of all sizes will cruise the harbor at

6:30 p.m. Christmas music performed

by White Caps will be at the North

T-pier starting at 6 p.m. Tree lighting,

performance and Santa Claus at

City Park starting at 4:30 p.m. Call


14 • 6th Annual Christmas in Cayucos

from 5-8 p.m. is an opportunity to visit

the participating merchants along Ocean

Avenue. Free horse drawn carriage rides,

children’s activities, tree lighting, strolling

carolers and a visit from Santa. Holiday

shopping with gift ideas, special

offers, giveaways, refreshments and

entertainment. Call 995-1200 for more


14 • Eberle Winery Holiday Open

House, 3810 Hwy. 46 East, PR,

Please see CALENDAR page 65

$10 off






With this coupon-

No other offers valid.

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■ all units drive up

■ on-site manager

■ sizes to fit any need

■ moving supplies

■ no deposit

■ surveillence cameras

■ monthly statements

■ payment plus rental kiosk


2025 Mesa Road, Paso Robles • 239-4040

1 block South of 46E off Golden Hill Rd.


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CALENDAR from page 64

present and afternoon of carolers, appetizers

and Gary’s famous (and free!)

BBQ from 12-4 p.m. Staff will be

happy to help you finish your shopping

list with great ideas and free gift

wrapping. Cost: Free. Cal 238-9607.

Visit www.eberlewinery.com.

14 • Robert Hall Winery Open House,

3443 Mill Road, PR, offers Christmas

music, sweet treats, unique gift packages

and wine specials from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be a book signing by a local

author, too. Cost: Free. Call 239-1616.

Visit www.roberthallwinery.com.

14 • Vina Robles Winery Saturday

Live: Mike Annuzzi at Vina Robles

Hospitality Center, 3700 Mill Road,

PR, from 1-4 p.m. Relax and listen to

music while sipping Vina Robles wines.

Cost: Free. No RSVP needed. Wine for

purchase and tastings. Call 227-4812.

14 • Wreath Making Party at Olivas

de Oro Olive Company, 4625 La Panza

Road, Creston. This annual event from

12-5 p.m. will get you into the Christmas

spirit. Make a wreath and sample

some holiday treats made from estate olive

oils and vinegars. Donations accepted

for the local Food Bank. Cost: Free. Call

227-4223. Visit www.olivasdeoro.com.

18 • ‘Starting a Business’ Workshop

at the University of LaVerne, 4119

Broad Street, SLO. A free workshop

from 9:30am to 12:30am, hosted by

SCORE (Mentors to America’s Small

Business), will cover aspects to consider

when starting a business, including

business plans and financial reports.

Seating is limited. Call 547-0779 or

visit www.sloscore.org to pre-register.

20 • Lessons from the Range: Adventure

of a Working Cowboy by our own

Gary L. Williams might make a great

gift (especially autographed at Farm

Supply) for Christmas or winter reading

by the fire.

The website is CowboyDogTrainer.

com to order the book mid-Dec. $22.95

plus tax & shipping. Noel Ryan of Farm

Supply in Paso has a signing date on December

20 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

24 • Christmas Eve

25 • Christmas Day

31 • New Year’s Eve ‘Glow in the

Park’ at Paso Robles City Park begins

at 8 p.m. Gather family and friends for

an evening of free activities, all glowin-the-dark,

followed by fireworks at

midnight. Food trucks, music, glowin-the-dark

face painting, and a warming

zone. Activities include, croquet,

horseshoes, bocce ball, hula hoops,

bubble blowing, badminton, football

toss, paddle ball, and more.

31 • North County Newcomers RSVP

deadline is December 31 for the January

8 luncheon meeting at Cafe Roma, San

Luis Obispo. Social Hour begins at 11

a.m. followed by the 12 p.m. luncheon.

Cost: $22. See www.northcountynewcomers.org

or more info.

Winter Horse Day Camp

AT Harris Stage Lines

5995 North River Road, PR, take place December 27 thru 29, 2013,

and January 3 thru 5, 2014. Youths ages 7 to 18 work at their own

experience level and learn what it takes to own a horse, work with the

different breeds, light horses, draft hoses, & ponies. Ride & drive horses,

safety is stressed. Classes are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Daily rates available.

Sign up for one or more days. Cost: $175 for a three-day session or

$60 per day. Register online at www.harrisstagelines.com.

Piedras Blancas Lighthouse

tours are offered throughout December on

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, excluding Federal

holidays. Meet at the former Piedras Blancas

Motel, located 1.1 miles north of light station at

9:45 a.m. Please do not wait at the gate to the

lighthouse. $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-17, and free

for children 5 and under. Special arrangements must

be made for groups of 10 or more - call 927-7361.

December 2013, Paso Robles Magazine 65


The following listing of area churches/synagogues is provided free of

charge as a community service by Adelaide Inn and Paso Robles


Our goal is to have this become a complete listing of places of worship

located in Paso Robles, Templeton, San Miguel and Shandon. For

Apostolic Assembly of the

Faith of Christ Jesus

2706 Spring St., Paso Robles

Bilingual Services:

Wed & Fri, 7 p.m.,

Sunday 12 Noon

Pastor Miguel Alvarado

(805) 610-2930

Bethel Lutheran Church

295 Old County Rd., Templeton

Service: 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Russ Gordon

Pastor Amy Beveridge

(805) 434-1329

Bridge Christian Curch

Currently meeting at

Centennial Park Banquet Room

600 Nickerson Dr., Paso Robles

Service: 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Tim Mensing


Calvary Chapel Paso Robles

1615 Commerce Way,

Paso Robles

Service: 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Aaron Newman

(805) 239-4295

Celebration Worship


988 Vineyard Drive, Templeton

Pastor Roy Spinks

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

(805) 434-2424

Central Coast Center

for Spiritual Living

689 Crocker St., Templeton

Service: 10 a.m.

Rev. Dr. Don and

Rev. LaVonne Welsh

(805) 434-9447

Christian Life Center

1744 Oak St., Paso Robles

Service: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Pastor Don Smith

(805) 238-3366

Church of Jesus Christ

of Latter-day Saints

1020 Creston Rd., Paso Robles

Service: 8:30 a.m. -

Bishop Brian Kerr

Service: 1:00 p.m. -

Bishop Mark Goforth

(805) 238-4216,

238-4214, 238-4217

Congregation Ohr Tzafon

2605 Traffic Way, Atascadero

Service: Fridays, 7:30 p.m.

Rabbi Janice Mehring

(805) 466-0329

Covenant Presbyterian Church

1450 Golden Hill Rd.,

Paso Robles

Service: 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Dan Katches

(805) 238-6927

Cowboy Church

Ride For the Brand Ministry

Templeton Livestock Market

Sale Barn

Main St., Templeton

Service: Thursdays, 7 p.m.

Pastor Mike Mosby

(805) 463-2455

Dayspring Full Gospel

1101 Riverside, Paso Robles

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

Pastor Harry Balson

(805) 239-3273

Family Praise & Worship

206 5th St., Templeton

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Vern H. Haynes Jr.

(805) 975-8594

Family Worship Center

616 Creston Rd., Paso Robles

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Patrick Sheean

(805) 239-4809

First Baptist Church

1645 Park St., Paso Robles

Pastor Michael R. Garman

Services: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

(805) 238-4419

Christian Science Society

17th & Chestnut Streets,

Paso Robles

Service: 10 a.m.

(805) 239-1361

First Mennonite Church

2343 Park St. Paso Robles

Service: 11 a.m.

Pastor Romero

(805) 238-2445

First Missionary Baptist Church

of Paso Robles

Corner of 3rd & Olive Streets

Service: 11 a.m.

Pastor Jeff Barger

(805) 239-8756

First Presbyterian Church

of Templeton

610 S. Main St., Templeton

Service: 10 a.m.

Reverend Charlie Little

(805) 434-1921

Fuente de Agua Viva

1521 Oak St, Paso Robles

Service: Thursday: 7 p.m.

and Sunday: 3 p.m.

Pastor Jorge Alvarez

(805) 714-3827

Grace Baptist Church

535 Creston Rd., Paso Robles

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Kelsey Pietsch

(805) 238-3549

Heritage Village Church

At the Senior Center,

Heritage Ranch

Service: 11 a.m.

Pastor Ed Bedrosian

(805) 238-9240

Highlands Church

Corner S. River and Niblick,

215 Oak Hill, Paso Robles

Services: Sunday: 8:30, 9:45 &

11:00 a.m.

Pastor Sean Martin

(805) 226-5800

Adelaide Inn

1215 Ysabel Ave

(just off 24th near Hwy 101

and 46 East intersection)

Paso Robles, phone 238-2770

Lake Way Country


Meeting at Cappy Culver

Elementary School,

11011 Heritage Loop Rd.

Service: 10 a.m. Sunday

Pastors: Rodger & Julie Coale

(805) 423-4095

Life Community Church

3770 Ruth Way, Templeton

Service: 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Keith Newsome

(805) 434-5040

Life Worth Living Church of God

620 – 17th St., Paso Robles

Service: 11 a.m.

Pastor Jim Wilde

(805) 238-0978

Lighthouse Community Church

301 13th St. San Miguel

Services: 9:45 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.

Pastor John Wheat

(805) 467-3636

Live Oak

1521 Oak St., Paso Robles

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor John Kaiser

(805) 238-0575

Living Waters

Christian Fellowship

2085 Gateway Dr.,

Heritage Ranch

Service: 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Steve and

Christina Boggan

(805) 239-1716

Methodist Ministries

Meeting at 1005 Railroad St.

at 10th St.

Service: 10:30 a.m.

For information call 238-2006

Mid State Baptist Church

1749 Ramada Dr., Paso Robles

Services: Sundays,

10 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Pastor Bruce Fore

(805) 238-2281

Mission San Miguel Parish

775 Misssion Street, San Miguel

Weekday Mass: 8 a.m.

Weekend Mass:

Saturday: 9 a.m. & 5 p.m. (Vigil)

Sunday: 7 a.m., 11 a.m.,

6 p.m. (Spanish)

Reverend Pedro Umana

(805) 467-2131

New Day Center

530 12th St., Paso Robles

English Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Brad Alford

Hispanic Service: 2 p.m.

Pastor Vincente Salmeron

(805) 239-9998

New Life Church of Paso Robles

Meeting at Holiday Inn Express

2455 Riverside Ave.,

Paso Robles

Pastor Randy Bunch

(805) 769-8120

those churches/synagogues who have not yet responded to the request

for information and would like to be included in this directory, please

email your name, address, phone, service times and pastor’s/rabbi’s

name to Paso Robles Magazine at: prmagazine@charter.net

All worship service times listed are for Sundays, unless noted otherwise:

New Life Tabernacle

3850 So. Ramada Dr. Ste. D,

Paso Robles

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Efrain Cordero

Niblick Road Baptist Church

1145 Niblick Rd., Paso Robles

Services: 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Christopher Cole

(805) 238-4614

North County Christian


421 9th St. , Paso Robles

Service: 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Steve Calagna

(805) 239-3325

Oak Shores Christian Fellowship

2727 Turkey Cove,

at the Clubhouse, Oak Shores

Service: 8:30 a.m.

Pastor Christopher Cole

(805) 238-4614

Paso Robles Bible Church

2206 Golden Hill Rd.,

Paso Robles

Service: 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Dave Rusco

Pastor Mark Wheeler

(805) 226-9670

Paso Robles Church

of the Nazarene

Meeting at the Paso Robles

Youth Arts Foundation

3201 Spring St., Paso Robles

Service: 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Brent Wylie

(805) 238-4300

Paso Robles Community Church

2706 Spring St, Paso Robles

Service: 9 a.m.

Pastor Shawn Penn

(805) 239-4771

Plymouth Congregational

Church, UCC

Thirteenth and Oak Streets,

Paso Robles

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Steven Mabry

(805) 238-3321

Second Baptist Church

1937 Riverside Ave.

Service: 11 a.m.


Rueben Tate, Gary Jordon

(805) 238-2011

Shandon Assembly of God

420 Mesa Grande, Shandon

Service: 10:30 a.m.

Hispanic Service: 4 p.m.

Pastor Ted Hunt

(805) 239-3138

Shandon United

Methodist Church

105 Second Street, Shandon

Service 9:30 a.m.

Rev. Fred B. Morris

(805) 238-3134

Provided as a community service by...

Solid Rock Christian Fellowship

925 Bennett Way, Templeton

Service: 10:00 a.m.

Pastor Jeff Saylor

(805) 434-2616

St. James Episcopal Church

1335 Oak, Paso Robles

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

10:00 a.m. (Rite II)

The Rev. Mary K. Morrison,


(805) 238-0819

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church

820 Creston Rd., Paso Robles

Weekday Mass: M-S, 7 a.m.

Weekend Masses:

Saturday - 5 p.m. (Vigil)

Sunday - 8 a.m.,

10 a.m. (Family Mass)

12:30 p.m. (Spanish)

5 p.m. (Teen)

& 7 p.m. (Spanish)

Father Roberto Vera

(805) 238-2218

Templeton Hills Seventh-day

Adventist Church

930 Templeton Hills Rd.,


Service: Saturday 9:30 &

10:30 a.m.

Pastor Ivor Myers

(805) 434-1710

The Revival Center

3850 Ramada Dr., Ste. A-3,

Paso Robles

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Gabe Abdelaziz

(805) 434-5170

The Rock Church

616 Creston Rd., Paso Robles

Service: 7 p.m. Friday Nights

Pastors Ed & Char Barger

(661) 587-7625

Trinity Lutheran Church

940 Creston Rd., Paso Robles

Contemporary Service: 9 a.m.

Traditional Service: 10:45 a.m.

Sr. Pastor Dan Rowe

(805) 238-3702

True Life Christian Fellowship

Lockwood/Jolon Road, across

from the school in Lockwood

Service: 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Erick Reinstedt

(805) 472-9325

Truth Tabernacle

915 Creston Rd., Paso Robles

Services: 9 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Pastor David Webb

(805) 423-3135

Vineyard Church of Christ

601 So. Main St., Templeton

Service: 10 a.m.

Evangelist: Steve Orduno

(805) 610-4272

Vintage Community Church

692 Peterson Ranch Road,


Services: 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.

Coaches: Aaron Porter,

Dayn Mansfield

(805) 543-0943

Paso Robles Magazine

P.O. Box 3996,

Paso Robles, CA 93447,

phone 239-1533

or prmagazine@charter.net

66 Paso Robles Magazine, December 2013

Once again...your heart

was BIG, Paso Robles

By Chuck Desmond

It was just 3 months ago, in

September, on The Last Word

page as well of your Paso Robles

Magazine, where the gauntlet

was laiddown - HOW BIG


The topic was the RIDE 2

RECOVERY, a 470 mile bike

ride from the VA hospital in

Palo Alto to the Santa Monica

Pier. Begun in 2007 by a former

bicycling specialist, it is now

part of the therapy that our

military personnel might use

when returning from active deployment.

No matter what they

may have suffered, be it physical,

emotional or otherwise, bike

riding has proven to help our

Healing Heroes.

No disabled vet is asked to

pay a single dime to participate

in these events and they

are open to participation from

across America. Bob Rollins,

a member of Paso’s Planning

Commission and a vet himself, first rode 2 years ago

in California’s venue event. It‘s called the Golden

State-California Challenge. The events are sanctioned

by the military and all funds raised are used

to provide custom-made bicycles for recovering

military personnel. Use your imagination to realize

that many riders have lost one or multiple limbs

while protecting us. Mental or emotional scars

run just as deep. Making a bicycle that these men

and women can use is often a very tricky design

and manufacturing task. The process takes place in

Ohio and it requires money to get them built.

Bob Rollins

Bob set out to put a significant dent in that goal.

You see, he was challenged by a rider three years ago

who asked him how come it was that he, as a thenstill-active

military person, had all his limbs and

wasn’t riding in the event?

Message received! Passion took over.

Bob reached out and with a boost from the

story in the Paso Magazine plus local service clubs

and businesses and an auction at Kennedy Fitness,

he set a personal goal of $3,000 but raised over

$5100. And yes, he also rode the entire distance

– Bob has now done it twice!

This year the riders assembled in Palo Alto on October

12th and on the 13th, 200 full-ride riders set

out for the trip that ended on the 19th. One day

was a 90 miler! The rest averaged about 60 miles

and elevation swings were as much as 10,000 feet.

Law enforcement gave protection on the highways

and local hospitals along the way provided ambulance

coverage as well. Hotels deep-discounted

their nightly rates and all kinds of

organizations supplied food and

beverages for the trip. “Ride support”

companies donated maintenance-team

personnel and trucks

full of spare tires, wheels, and the

myriad of problematic things

that can happen to a bike on a

470 mile trip. Along the way, local

riders did day-trips with the

convoy to show their support as

well. Four individuals from Paso

are on that list. Whole classes of

school kids came out to cheer

and wave flags from various cities

along the route. As the conclave

approached the end, there were

an estimated 250 additional riders

for the last few miles!

Fellow Roblans. We are all

very busy. We see that every day.

We hear it in every phone conversation

and in every meeting.

For a city of 30,000, sometimes it

seems we have 3 million because

there is just so much to do. The

point is that at some level, we

can never allow ourselves to forget. Never, ever forget

the women and men who give and gave so much

for us so that we don’t have to!

In this regard, Bob Rollins is showing how big the

hearts of Roblans are. If this cause moves you to action,

you can contact Bob at BRollins@charter.net.

There are many Bob Rollins types in El Paso

de Robles. To all of you who help others in your

invisible and quiet ways and for the programs you

choose to sponsor and make such huge differences

to our town, may God Bless each and every one of

you this Christmas Season!

46 East Storage 64

911 Supply House 43

A Beautiful Face 34

Adelaide Advisors 59

Adelaide Floral 33

Advanced Concrete 57

Advanced Construction 53

Alliance Board Co. 7

American Oak 3

Artworks 55

Arlyne’s Flowers 21

Atascadero Insurance 61

Athlon 61

Baker, Richard 59

Bankston, Kim 15

Barto, JR Heating 61

Beehive Salon 42

Berry Hill Bistro 17

BlakesTrueValue 53

Blakeslee & Blakeslee 57

Blenders 29

Body Basics 58

Bresk, Helena 58

Bridge Sportsmen 54

Cambria Nursery 49

Cantrelle Painting 39

Casey Print 65

Casper, EJ, DDS 44

Chains Required 64

Chalekson, Dr. Char 47

Cider Creek 43

City-Recreation 2

Cold Stone Creamery 26

Colton, Dr. Kevin 46

Connect Home Loans 31

Country Florist 16

Country Oaks Glass 45

Davis Water Cond 34

Dawg on It 55

Delightful Desserts 25

Designs by Pam 52

Dharma Yoga Studio 55

Diamond West Farming 52

Divine Party 7

Dutch Maytag 27

Eddington Funeral Svs 39

El Paso de Robles Hist. 63

El Paso Storage 55

Ephraim Pottery West 50

Estrella Warbirds 62

First Baptist 15

Forsythe, Dr. 57

Frontier Floors 21

Gallagher Video 25


General Store PR 28

Gettmann, Mary Ann 43

Gilliss, Keith/PRIME 23

Golden Collar 58

GRL Computing 26

Griffin Chiropractic 21

Harris Stage 52

Healthy Inspirations 16

Healthy Skin by Karen 43

Heart to Heart RE 15

HFG Insurance 15

Home Elegance 20

Hunter Ranch 12

Idler’s 4

Jaffa Cafe 7

Joe’s Plumbing 62

Kaya 7

Lansford Dental 33

Life Community Church 61

Lily’s Yogurt 63

Lube N Go 64

Main St Animal Hospital 47

MD Spa 42

Medallion Mortgage 29

Michael’s Optical 29

Mikulics 59

Moffatt, Jim 60

Moonstones 51

Natural Alternative 57

Natural Health Sol 48

Nature’s Remedy 55

NCDPAF - Nutcracker 29

Nose to Tail 62

Oaks Hotel 35

Odyssey Cafe 42

Orthopedic Spec Assoc 35

PAN Jewelers 36,37,68

Panolivo 30

Papich Construction 45

Park Cinemas 35

Park Street Merchants 7

Paso Massage Therapy 45

Paso PetCare 39

PR Chamber 55

PR District Cemetery 34

PR Door & Trim 23

PR Furniture 7

PR Glass 39

PR Golf Club 24

PR Handyman 45

PR Heat 41

PR Inn 27

PR Insurance 31

PR Magazine - Dist 50

PR Main St - BINGO 6

PR Pet Boarding 27

PR Safe & Lock 31

PR Sports Club 21

PR Waste 65

Patterson Realty 25

Photo Stop 23

Plaza Cleaners 45

Pro Handyman 63

Pure Elements 41

Railsback Insurance 60

Revive Massage 62

River Oaks 32

Robert’s Weddings 28

Robin’s 51

Ross, SharonCC Mort 57

Sancho’s on Spring 41

Scoles, Patsy Law Office 45

Sealed with a Kiss 15

Secret Strands 48

Skin by Alicia 47

Siegel’s 7

Smile N Style 59

Solaralos 32

Solarponics 39

Sotheby’s - Crabtree 10

Sotheby’s - Desmond 5

Sotheby’s - York 11

Sousa and Company 25

Spice of Life 15

Sprain Draperies 45

Stein’s BBQ 58

Stifel Nicolaus 20

Stottzfus, Abby 30

Susies Dog Grooming 56

Takkens 23

Ted Hamm Ins 54

Templeton Chamber 46

The Dish 44

The Mobile Oil Chgs 45

Touch of Paso 23

Tree of Life 30

Tubb, J.K. Landscaping 56

Union Bank 9

Vic’s Catering 33

Western Heritage RE 13

Western Janitorial 57

Whitehorse 54

Windancers Gallery 51

Worship Directory 66

December 2013, Paso Robles Magazine 67


Ice crystals sparkle on newly fallen snow...

waterfalls cascade down hillsides.

Pale blue topaz, gleaming freshwater pearls, deep

African amethyst and watery iolite create a palette of

contrasting colors amid tendrils of gold vermeil wire

in Michou’s Spring Frost Collection.

Spring Frost merchandises well with the

Champagne Bubbles, Chrysalis, and Horizon collections.

Pat & Nick

“The Jewel of Downtown” Supporting Paso Since 1976

1224 Pine Street • Downtown Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 238-2231


Tanya and June



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