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2018 March PASO Magazine

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Spice of Life Celebrates

Spice of Life Celebrates 5 Years By Meagan Friberg Recently, when stopping by Spice of Life to stock up on my favorite loose tea, I noticed a beautiful bouquet of flowers. When I asked Owner Lori Foster if it was a special occasion, she said the flowers were in celebration of her 5th anniversary of her location at 1306 C-2 Pine Street in downtown Paso Robles! Join us as we wish Lori a splendid and Happy Anniversary! Lori started Spice of Life with a love of creativity, health, and passion. One step inside the cozy and welcoming business and you will be greeted with intoxicating aromas, vibrant flavors, and a diverse selection of spices, herbs, and teas. Be sure to ask about Lori’s monthly salad menus and indulge in her fresh avocado toast – simply irresistible. Stop by and say hi to Lori at Spice of Life or give her a call at 805-227- 6000 and wish her Happy Anniversary! Be sure to check out her website at and follow Spice of Life on Facebook and Instagram. In years past, the volunteers with Friends of the Adobe have hosted two major events at the Rios-Caledonia Adobe in San Miguel – a car show in June and a celebration of days gone by in September. This year, they have decided to combine the two events and are preparing for the brand new Caledonia Days/Classic Car Show on April 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be a step back in time, including Dutch oven cooking and tastings, adobe brick making, and old-time arts. Beautifully restored Model A, Model T, and early V-8 cars, a stagecoach, and more will be on display. Located at 700 South Mission St., across from Mission San Miguel, the event at the Rios-Caldenia Adobe promises a day filled with fun for the entire family, and entrance is free! There will be food and drinks available for purchase, including barbeque tri-tip sandwiches, hot dogs, desserts, sodas, and wine. Car collectors, Dutch Oven cooks, and those with historic-type of displays interested in participating are encouraged to contact Friends of the Adobe at 805-467-3357 or “Come celebrate your life; uncover what you sense is next.” To manifest a dream into a reality, Lori Sortino and her reading circle invite women to a retreat from Sunday, March 25 through Friday, March 30 at Dancing Deer Retreat Center for a week of transformation and honesty. “The inspiration behind it comes from being a part of a women’s circle,” Sortino said. “One in particular started because I opened my home and we had a collage party where we cut images out of magazines.” Those gatherings became more regular and deepened an experience they want to now share with other women. The experience is prefaced by an agreement to be honest yet compassionate, which is what the group had cultivated together. “Sitting down and starting with a new group of people and being explicit about how we are going to be together,” Sortino said. “The aspect of building a community is about being together, having dialogue, and practicing,” The retreat will offer transformative exercises, guided meditations, and “powerful tools that will help you connect to your most authentic and empowered self.” Sortino and her Heart’s Journey group want to give participants a “roadmap to living your life with a new sense of wholeness.” What a woman might get out of the experience will be personal to the woman, but Sortino is certain about what she wants to deliver — "Being empowered — it is all about being authentic, and how can we be more authentic." With a warmth and compassion of someone who has been through transformation, Sortino expressed that the week should challenge women in ways that may be uncomfortable at first. “If I say something inauthentic, or using my small voice, or being hard on myself,” Sortino said, “we have made an agreement to call each other out. If we hurt each other, we say sorry, but that is why we are there — to practice the hard stuff.” The week’s retreat costs $795 and includes five nights at Dancing Deer Retreat Center, healthy vegetarian meals, and a personal deck of impression cards. Contact Lori at 805-709-6000 or, or Rotary Club of Paso Robles Sunrise invites everyone to join us on Saturday, March 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. at beautiful Windfall Farms. Enjoy a beautiful evening at Windfall Farms Stallion Barn. This exclusive property is only open to the community once a year for this special event. The evening will feature silent and live auctions, a Wagon of Cheer raffle and a delicious desserts live auction. Class Act Dance will be dazzling us with performances throughout the event. For the price of admission, you can indulge yourself with all you can eat fresh succulent crab, bottomless bowls of Olive Garden style salad, pasta marinara with gourmet meatballs and garlic bread. Beverages and Barrelhouse beer on tap will also be available. All proceeds from this event benefit the Rotary Club of Paso Robles Sunrise Foundation 501(c)(3), which distributes $1,000 scholarships to worthy Paso Robles High School graduates, sponsors high school juniors to attend Rotary Youth Leadership Camp (RYLA), and supports Skills USA for high school vocational students. Rotary Sunrise also supports Polio Eradication, and numerous community programs and projects such as the EOD Warrior Foundation and RISE. More info at, or call Steve Baker at 805-226-9246. 16 PASO Magazine, March 2018

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