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RANCHO SALINAS Luxury! Custom home on 2.5
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SPECTACULAR ESTATE IN PASO ROBLES 70+/- ac.
under Williamson Act. Ideal for viticulturists, wine
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Main home is 3,600 sf, 4 bd/2ba, hardwood floors,
views. In-ground pool & spa. $2,395,000
IMMACULATE MOBILE HOME in Los Robles Estates
1440 sq.ft. of serenity maintained to the 10th degree!
3br/2bath, shaded skylights, ceiling fans in most
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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,
spacious family room. Amenities include walkin
pantry, separate laundry room w/sink, storage
shed, lovely deck in the back yard w/hot tub and
scenic views. Very comfortable and well maintained.
TEMPLETON MOBILE HOME PARK A beautiful 1300 sf
2br/2bath manufactured home on a large lot with full
grassed and landscaped private back yard w/sun room.
In Meadowbrook Mobile Home Park, open floor plan,
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laminate flooring, fireplace in the family room, laundry
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DECEMBER 2013 volume 13 number 8
A Monthly Look at Life in our Remarkable Communities
14 A Holiday Gift is
a BLESSING for
16 Holiday Celebrations
- the historic Farmers Alliance
Building transforms to
Derby Wine Estates
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
• 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
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
• Berry Hill Bistro Celebrates 10 Years
• Paso Realtors Honor Their Own
• Paso Chamber’s Annual Dinner
and Awards Gala
• Christmas Magic in Downtown Paso Robles -
• 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
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Merry Christmas Paso Robles!
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.
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!
A very Merry Christmas
to all, and please, be safe
in celebrating the New
Year 2014...see you at the
New Years Eve Celebration
in the park! Let the
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
“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.
(805) 434-9700 ext. 222
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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
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patiently until he returned.”
* * *
“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
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* * *
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
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“$1,000,000 - the estimated price that a gold medal
won by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics is expected
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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
* * *
I DREAM OF A SOCIETY
...where a chicken can cross the road without its motives
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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
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?
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
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
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member and served three terms as Treasurer of the San Luis
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Dick has been very active in local education and was a longtime
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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
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
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
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;
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
EOC Case Management, c/o Loaves and Fishes,
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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.
‘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
‘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
.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
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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
of craft, integrity,
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.
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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
“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
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
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“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
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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EDUCATION & YOUTH
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,
That’s about to change.
Thanks to a group of talented
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
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
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
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
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
And having Goodnow
as their instructor is not just
an added bonus, it’s vital, according
“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
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
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EDUCATION & YOUTH
‘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,
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!”
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EDUCATION & YOUTH
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,”
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 –
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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
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
“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
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
volunteering, contact Cisneros at
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EDUCATION & YOUTH
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.
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EDUCATION & YOUTH
Ann Granados Tribute
2013 San Miguel
Joint Union School
District Teacher of
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
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
Wolf Recreation Center on the
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
at retirement homes within the Central
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golfer with a number of championship
wins, she is also a two-time winner of
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EDUCATION & YOUTH
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
Owens, Drosselmeyer Caleb
Cole, Prince Mathew Jacobs,
Clara Mikaela Farrer
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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
Clara, who dreams that her Magical
Nutcracker Doll transforms into a
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
Street Ballet of Santa Barbara
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.
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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
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
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
A suggestion for Jim and Penny...
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our yards, but you really need a couple
of chipmunks in your yard to complete
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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
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
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magazine database that puts
hundreds of popular, full color, interactive
digital magazines instantly at
your fingertips – entertainment, food,
health, home, recreation, sports, travel,
Using your Paso Robles City Library
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popular titles with no holds, no checkout
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In addition, Zinio offers:
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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
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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
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
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,
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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
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The quote by beauty industry icon,
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Thursday Men’s Prayer Breakfast celebrates 40 years
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A group of local men from various denominations
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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-
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SALON from page 42
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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
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The Board of Directors
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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
546-3195, #3. To make a donation to help cover
their travel expenses for the trip, send a check
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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
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.
more, I’m going to mess with you at Rebecca Nelson, one of the experts
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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
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
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
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
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If you’re looking for a new experience
to celebrate the Christmas season,
Cambria Christmas Market may
provide the perfect outing for yourself
and visiting friends and family.
Cambria Pines Lodge will host the
2nd Annual event every Wednesday
through Sunday throughout the season,
beginning just after Thanksgiving,
November 29 through December
22, from 5-9 p.m.
An old tradition, the history of
Christmas markets hails in Europe
as far back as the Late Middle Ages.
Throughout small towns in Germany
and Austria, the Christmas holiday
began with the Weihnachtsmarkt,
which was typically held in the town
Food, Wine, Music,
square. These Christmas markets sold
food, drink, seasonal items and were
entertained by the singing of traditional
songs and by dancing.
At Cambria Pines Lodge, located
at 2905 Burton Drive, thousands of
holiday lights will be displayed and
decorate landscaping, walls, arches
and through candy cane lane. Reminiscent
of a winter wonderland, it
establishes a perfect backdrop for creative
Arrive hungry, because a variety of
food and refreshments will be available.
Cambria Christmas Market’s
German style theme is also a natural
for the enjoyment of brats and Gluhwein
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Vendor booths will offer everything,
including jewelry, pottery, cookbooks,
wreaths and greenery, one-of-a-kind
artisan objects, art glass, baked goods,
pet items, lavender items, and more
for purchase to provide plenty of ideas
and opportunities for gift shopping.
Santa’s House will also be open
from 6-8 p.m., so that children may
visit and express their Christmas requests
to old Saint Nick. Bands and
choirs will perform everyone’s favorite
carols throughout the evening and
add to the fun.
Convenient shuttle transportation
will be available with pickups at Center
Street in East Village and Cambria
Nursery for arrival at the Cambria
Christmas Market. Admission for
the nightly event is just $4 per person.
Children ages 12 and under get in free.
Season passes are also available online
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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
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.
Make get your event dates in
for the Hoofbeat 2014 Master Calendar
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
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
A helping hand (or two) really
change up the atmosphere and the
positive outlook of someone who is
aging, overworked, injured, tied up
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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.
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.
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
A donation to: SLO HEET
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
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?
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
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
and laughter despite what is going
on in the world.
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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,
7 a.m., parking & admission
free, Harriet Landrum 687-
Dec. 6 (Tent.) SLOCQHA
meeting, Griff ’s Restaurant,
Main St., Templeton, 6 p.m. dinner,
meeting 6:30 p.m., holiday
Dec. 7 CCCAHA Christmas
Party, members only, AJ Spurs,
Grover Breach, www.cccaha.org
Dec. 7-8 MacDonald Performance
Training Clinic, 6955
Estrella Rd., San Miguel,
hands on, half or full day or weekend
sessions, fee includes lunch,
$75, 125, 225 respectively, cow
work, trail, reining, green rider
basics & specific personal topics,
Dec. 13-15 Monterey Cowboy
Poetry & Music Festival, Dave
Stamey, Juni Fisher, Kristyn
Harris, Carolyn Martin, Mike
Beck, Ed Peekeekoot, etc.
Dec. 21 Ray Berta Horsemanship
Clinic, Carmel Valley
Saddle Club Arena, 85 E. Garzas
Rd., fee includes lunch, 9-4 p.m.,
Dec. 27-29 Winter Camp,
Harris Stage Lines, N. River Rd.,
Paso, 9 a.m. till 2 p.m., no show,
sign up for one or more days,
ride & drive, all breeds light/
heavy/mules, Tom or Debby
Trail Tales: Rocky Canyon Trail, Atascadero
View: E. Atascadero towards
Creston, hills, livestock, canyon
Access: Park intersection Halcon
Rd. & Rocky Canyon Rd or at
Paloma Creek Arena
Fees: Free • Pass: N/A
Time factor: Ride to Creston, 2
hours each way. Tie up for lunch.
Rocky Canyon Rd. & Hwy. 229.
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
Main ranger station: Call 911 for
First aid: Call 911
Cell reception: Good
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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,
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
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
“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
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
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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Medical science validates the positive and negative effects
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energy centers in the endocrine system, connections with
emotions, and the therapeutic use of essential oils.
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December 2013, Paso Robles Magazine 57
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.
Prices are $100 for members, $125 for non-members.
For more information contact the chamber at 1225 Park Street,
Paso Robles, phone 238-0506 or pasorobleschamber.com.
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Full Service Catering
Holiday Parties & Employee Appreciation
2014 Wedding & Winery Events
Stein’s Sunday Brunches at EOS Estate Winery • 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
January 19th (MLK Weekend)
February 16th (President’s Weekend)
March 16th (Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival Weekend)
May 11th (Mother’s Day)
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58 Paso Robles Magazine, December 2013
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
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.
CHRISTMAS MAGIC * DOWNTOWN PASO ROBLES
everyone is a kid again
inner child and the
power of playfulness
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
shaped the vitality of
our downtown, a successful
is critical. Their
lifeblood is all of us,
the appreciative fans
in this Great American
City. With our shopping, dining
and entertaining downtown, we
help keep our nationally acclaimed
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.
Please see MAIN STREET page 60
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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
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
King, the Grinch, and irascible
Wonderful Wine; Great Fun; Darn Nice People
ThE LESSER GODS OF WINE: Christian Lazo Winery
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Lupe and Steve, owners of
Christian Lazo Winery.
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
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.
Dec. 7 Christmas Light
Parade, 7 p.m.
Dec. 14 Vine Street Victorian
Showcase, 8th and 21st
streets, 6 - 9 p.m.
Dec. 21 Children’s Teddy
Bear Tea, 2 - 4 p.m., Park
Ballroom. Advance tickets
necessary (child $7, adult
$15) at PR Main Street
Assn., 835 12th St. Suite D
(in alley), phone 238-4103.
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sorta-private times with Lupe and
Steve. Guests and visitors might
be treated to home made fresh
salsa and chips sitting right at the
dining room table in the home.
Yes, it truly is that kind of atmosphere!
BUT - the story gets even better.
Three times a year, Lupe and Steve
have a winemaker-style dinner –
Please see LAZO page 62
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gifts have been forgotten, an
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Whether it’s stocks, bonds,
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your Edward Jones
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you decide which investment
is most appropriate.
Because when it’s the
thought that counts, thinking
about their financial
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Contributions to a 529 plan may be eligible
for a state tax deduction or credit in certain
states for those residents.
To learn about all the holiday
gift options available, call or
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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
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
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
don’t necessarily want to let the
cat out of the bag. They like the
intimacy just fine as it is!
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Pioneer Day was a very busy day!
Lily adds, “I want every day to
be like that!” Be sure to stop in
before the Christmas parade and
while you shop downtown!
Nature’s Remedy for
Rodents – Barn Owls!
Did you know that one barn
owl eats up to 1,000 rodents in one
year? That’s an amazing statistic for
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
to come up with their own Petite
Syrah and cork it into Jeroboam
bottles; that’s the equivalent of
four standard bottles!
Christian Lazo produces four
distinct varieties. Mostly Zin and
ranchers, farmers, vineyard owners
and homeowners; especially
those who are utilizing
practices on their
property. Glen Prichard,
owner of Nature’s
safe habitats for barn
owls as well as environmentally
friendly and costeffective
means to control rodents.
Glen has observed that landowners
in the North County are
generally very concerned for the
Please see SPOTLIGHT page 63
followed by Barbera, Petite Syrah
and Cab. They are bold but ever
soooo smooth on the palate.
Why not try out a trip to that
part of Paso and to a winery that
is the way things used to be. Call
Lupe at 727-1803 for an appointment
or reach them on the web at
Note the “s” at the end of “wine.”
Ask when the next family gettogether
event will be too! Just
don’t tell too many others. It’ll
be our secret!
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SPOTLIGHT from page 62
styles that follow fashion and celebrities,
Abby prefers to create low maintenance
styles with Aveda products
that are comfortable, personalized,
fresh and “current” rather than trendy.
Abby adds, “Finding Michele Bagnall
and Mod Studio was a good fit
for me.” The ambiance at Mod Studio
provides respite for her clients;
following Aveda’s belief in harmony
by connecting beauty, the environment
and well-being. Visit, click or
call Abby at Mod Studio, 1400 Railroad
St. Paso Robles, mssalons.com,
Loan Officer Zoe Raithel exemplifies
the founding principles
of Medallion Mortgage, a familyowned
mortgage bank that grew to
become one of the largest privately
held full-service banks in the U.S.
With an extensive background in
finance, marketing and business
development, Zoe creates special
relationships with her clients with
her dedication to AAA service
by being Approachable, Accessible
and Accountable. Despite the
competitive and impersonal online
access to loans, obtaining a loan is
really about people helping people
achieve their goals. She adds, “Beenvironment
and wildlife natural
habitats. He adds, “Fortunately
people here show good stewardship
over their land. My goal is to
increase the number of barn owls
on the Central Coast because the
numbers have dwindled quite a bit.
I’ve had a love for animals all my life.
I rescue for Pacific Wildlife Care
and I see the effect of poison and
encroaching development on redtailed
hawks, great horned owls and
From Monterey to Santa Barbara
counties, Glen installs nesting
boxes and raptor perches every 10
to 15 acres to keep the barn owls
within designated areas; eliminating
rodenticides and poisons. The design
and placement of the boxes is
critical to survival of the barn owls.
The size of the box will determine
the number of eggs laid by the owls.
When properly designed, the box
prevents the baby owls from falling
to the ground and being killed by
predators such as foxes, raccoons,
snakes and feral cats. The box should
also be pointed away from the
wind and rain to protect the nests.
Owls don’t have a long life span,
so the urgency is increasing due
to new farming, the destruction of
natural habitats and the use of
poisons that is devastating for all
wildlife. Call Glen Prichard at
712-8609. Click naturesremedy42
@gmail.com and www.natures
remedy.co for more information.
Abby Stoltzfus joins
Moving to California from
Pennsylvania was truly a heartfelt
decision for Abby Stoltzfus. She’d
established her career as a master
hair stylist after 10 years in a prestigious
salon with a
solid clientele, but her
family was in California.
“We were ready for a
change. We got a motor
home and took a
5 month road trip! It
was my parents, my
husband, two kids and 2 dogs all
in 31 feet of motor home traveling
across the country, taking an adventure
along the way!”
Abby reflects, “I love to make
people feel beautiful. In fact, I’m
working with a 5 year old girl with
leukemia and I get to cut her hair.
While it’s very emotional, it’s my
gift to those in the midst of painful
situations.” Instead of the hair
ing in a local small
and giving the personal
level of service
that I want to provide
to my clients
is matched by the
operations of Medallion
With my long history and legacy
of being in the business, I’ve been
fortunate to re-incorporate recently
to this very strong company.”
Medallion Mortgage’s growth
with offices throughout the greater
Central Coast and underwriting
and funding originating in Ventura
is another benefit for Zoe’s clients.
Turn times at Medallion are some
of the fastest in the industry.
To those who protect, serve and
care for our community, Medallion
Mortgage is offering a FREE
appraisal on any new purchase
or refinance of a home mortgage
loan. Members of the military, law
enforcement, firefighters, first responders,
teachers and health care
professionals are eligible for this
program. Contact Zoe for details.
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Christmas at the Carnegie -
“Nature on Display”
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
Happy Holidays from the
El Paso de Robles Area
At the Carnegie Library,
City Park, Paso Robles
Tues., Thurs.-Sat. 10-4
Open Every Day
Sun - Thurs 11-9 • Fri - Sat 11-10
721 12th St. Downtown Paso Robles
Across from the City Park
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or mail to PO Box 3996, Paso Robles,
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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.
$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
7 • SLOFolks Concert: Legends of
the Celtic Harp at Castoro Cellars,
PASO ROBLES EVENT CENTER
Unless otherwise noted, please call 239-0655 for more details
about activities at the Paso Robles Event Center.
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.
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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 SMOG AT THEATRE DR.
With this coupon-
No other offers valid.
Coupon expires 12/31/13
■ all units drive up
■ on-site manager
■ sizes to fit any need
■ moving supplies
■ no deposit
■ surveillence cameras
■ monthly statements
■ payment plus rental kiosk
SAFE & SECURE
2025 Mesa Road, Paso Robles • 239-4040
1 block South of 46E off Golden Hill Rd.
64 Paso Robles Magazine, December 2013
TIME & PLACE
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.
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.
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
DIRECTORY of LOCAL HOUSES of WORSHIP
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
Wed & Fri, 7 p.m.,
Sunday 12 Noon
Pastor Miguel Alvarado
Bethel Lutheran Church
295 Old County Rd., Templeton
Service: 9:30 a.m.
Pastor Russ Gordon
Pastor Amy Beveridge
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,
Service: 9:30 a.m.
Pastor Aaron Newman
988 Vineyard Drive, Templeton
Pastor Roy Spinks
Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.
Central Coast Center
for Spiritual Living
689 Crocker St., Templeton
Service: 10 a.m.
Rev. Dr. Don and
Rev. LaVonne Welsh
Christian Life Center
1744 Oak St., Paso Robles
Service: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Pastor Don Smith
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
Congregation Ohr Tzafon
2605 Traffic Way, Atascadero
Service: Fridays, 7:30 p.m.
Rabbi Janice Mehring
Covenant Presbyterian Church
1450 Golden Hill Rd.,
Service: 9:30 a.m.
Pastor Dan Katches
Ride For the Brand Ministry
Templeton Livestock Market
Main St., Templeton
Service: Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Pastor Mike Mosby
Dayspring Full Gospel
1101 Riverside, Paso Robles
Services: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Pastor Harry Balson
Family Praise & Worship
206 5th St., Templeton
Service: 10 a.m.
Pastor Vern H. Haynes Jr.
Family Worship Center
616 Creston Rd., Paso Robles
Service: 10 a.m.
Pastor Patrick Sheean
First Baptist Church
1645 Park St., Paso Robles
Pastor Michael R. Garman
Services: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Christian Science Society
17th & Chestnut Streets,
Service: 10 a.m.
First Mennonite Church
2343 Park St. Paso Robles
Service: 11 a.m.
First Missionary Baptist Church
of Paso Robles
Corner of 3rd & Olive Streets
Service: 11 a.m.
Pastor Jeff Barger
First Presbyterian Church
610 S. Main St., Templeton
Service: 10 a.m.
Reverend Charlie Little
Fuente de Agua Viva
1521 Oak St, Paso Robles
Service: Thursday: 7 p.m.
and Sunday: 3 p.m.
Pastor Jorge Alvarez
Grace Baptist Church
535 Creston Rd., Paso Robles
Service: 10 a.m.
Pastor Kelsey Pietsch
Heritage Village Church
At the Senior Center,
Service: 11 a.m.
Pastor Ed Bedrosian
Corner S. River and Niblick,
215 Oak Hill, Paso Robles
Services: Sunday: 8:30, 9:45 &
Pastor Sean Martin
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
11011 Heritage Loop Rd.
Service: 10 a.m. Sunday
Pastors: Rodger & Julie Coale
Life Community Church
3770 Ruth Way, Templeton
Service: 9:30 a.m.
Pastor Keith Newsome
Life Worth Living Church of God
620 – 17th St., Paso Robles
Service: 11 a.m.
Pastor Jim Wilde
Lighthouse Community Church
301 13th St. San Miguel
Services: 9:45 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.
Pastor John Wheat
1521 Oak St., Paso Robles
Service: 10 a.m.
Pastor John Kaiser
2085 Gateway Dr.,
Service: 9:30 a.m.
Pastor Steve and
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
10 a.m. & 6 p.m.
Pastor Bruce Fore
Mission San Miguel Parish
775 Misssion Street, San Miguel
Weekday Mass: 8 a.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. & 5 p.m. (Vigil)
Sunday: 7 a.m., 11 a.m.,
6 p.m. (Spanish)
Reverend Pedro Umana
New Day Center
530 12th St., Paso Robles
English Service: 10 a.m.
Pastor Brad Alford
Hispanic Service: 2 p.m.
Pastor Vincente Salmeron
New Life Church of Paso Robles
Meeting at Holiday Inn Express
2455 Riverside Ave.,
Pastor Randy Bunch
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: email@example.com
All worship service times listed are for Sundays, unless noted otherwise:
New Life Tabernacle
3850 So. Ramada Dr. Ste. D,
Service: 10 a.m.
Pastor Efrain Cordero
Niblick Road Baptist Church
1145 Niblick Rd., Paso Robles
Services: 10:30 a.m.
Pastor Christopher Cole
North County Christian
421 9th St. , Paso Robles
Service: 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Pastor Steve Calagna
Oak Shores Christian Fellowship
2727 Turkey Cove,
at the Clubhouse, Oak Shores
Service: 8:30 a.m.
Pastor Christopher Cole
Paso Robles Bible Church
2206 Golden Hill Rd.,
Service: 10:30 a.m.
Pastor Dave Rusco
Pastor Mark Wheeler
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
Paso Robles Community Church
2706 Spring St, Paso Robles
Service: 9 a.m.
Pastor Shawn Penn
Thirteenth and Oak Streets,
Service: 10 a.m.
Pastor Steven Mabry
Second Baptist Church
1937 Riverside Ave.
Service: 11 a.m.
Rueben Tate, Gary Jordon
Shandon Assembly of God
420 Mesa Grande, Shandon
Service: 10:30 a.m.
Hispanic Service: 4 p.m.
Pastor Ted Hunt
105 Second Street, Shandon
Service 9:30 a.m.
Rev. Fred B. Morris
Provided as a community service by...
Solid Rock Christian Fellowship
925 Bennett Way, Templeton
Service: 10:00 a.m.
Pastor Jeff Saylor
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,
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church
820 Creston Rd., Paso Robles
Weekday Mass: M-S, 7 a.m.
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
Templeton Hills Seventh-day
930 Templeton Hills Rd.,
Service: Saturday 9:30 &
Pastor Ivor Myers
The Revival Center
3850 Ramada Dr., Ste. A-3,
Service: 10 a.m.
Pastor Gabe Abdelaziz
The Rock Church
616 Creston Rd., Paso Robles
Service: 7 p.m. Friday Nights
Pastors Ed & Char Barger
Trinity Lutheran Church
940 Creston Rd., Paso Robles
Contemporary Service: 9 a.m.
Traditional Service: 10:45 a.m.
Sr. Pastor Dan Rowe
True Life Christian Fellowship
Lockwood/Jolon Road, across
from the school in Lockwood
Service: 9:30 a.m.
Pastor Erick Reinstedt
915 Creston Rd., Paso Robles
Services: 9 a.m. & 6 p.m.
Pastor David Webb
Vineyard Church of Christ
601 So. Main St., Templeton
Service: 10 a.m.
Evangelist: Steve Orduno
Vintage Community Church
692 Peterson Ranch Road,
Services: 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Coaches: Aaron Porter,
Paso Robles Magazine
P.O. Box 3996,
Paso Robles, CA 93447,
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
IS YOUR HEART?
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
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 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!
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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
Arlyne’s Flowers 21
Atascadero Insurance 61
Baker, Richard 59
Bankston, Kim 15
Barto, JR Heating 61
Beehive Salon 42
Berry Hill Bistro 17
Blakeslee & Blakeslee 57
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
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
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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
Jaffa Cafe 7
Joe’s Plumbing 62
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
Moffatt, Jim 60
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
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
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
Smile N Style 59
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
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
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.
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