2018 May PASO Magazine


The Story of Us. A monthly look at our remarkable community of Paso Robles.


T ractors, T rains, and Fighter P lanes

Memorial Day Weekend Packs a Punch at

Historic Santa Margarita Ranch

By Meagan Friberg

Join fellow community members in celebrating the heroes and history

of America at the Best of the West Antique Equipment Show during

Memorial Day Weekend. Hosted by the Paso Robles Pioneer Day Committee

and Rossi Foundation, the family-friendly event takes place Friday

through Sunday, May 25-27, at the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch.

“Over the years, the show has morphed beyond tractors to include planes,

trains, engines, automobiles, steam trains, military vehicles, horses, mules, and

antique trucks,” said Founder Tom Madden. “It is basically big kids and their

toys! We have daily parades and a tremendous children’s play area, food and

drink vendors, and much more. This event is Americana in every sense.”

All proceeds from the event help fund the Annual Paso Robles Pioneer

Day celebration. Madden is highly involved with the Pioneer Day Committee

and started the Santa Margarita Antique Equipment Show back in 2010.

“I got involved in Pioneer Day because of the tractors,” he said. “Some of

my earliest memories as a kid were of watching the parade and being mesmerized

as the tractors rolled down Spring Street in Paso Robles. The Pioneer

Day Board is made up of tremendous people from all walks of life that pull

together to promote and perpetuate the history of farming, agriculture, and

western life in SLO County. The Best of the West show in Santa Margarita is

a way for us to help fund Pioneer Day and get others involved.”

Paying T ribute To S ervice M embers

The idea for the event first came about when Madden, an avid collector of

antique tractors, attended the 2004 Tulare Antique Equipment Show featuring

Holt and Best, predecessors to Caterpillar that merged together in 1925

to form Caterpillar. In 2008, Madden and a friend came up with the idea to

put on a show for the National Antique Caterpillar Owners Club (NACOC)

in Woodland where he served on the Heidrick Museum board.

It was the biggest gathering of Holt and Best and Caterpillar equipment

that has ever been put together, according to Madden. He was then approached

by others to help put on an antique show at Santa Margarita

Ranch. The inaugural show was so successful Madden and his fellow

volunteers decided to make it an annual event starting in 2014.

Held on Memorial Day Weekend, Madden’s intention

from the start was to not only feature antique

tractors and equipment, but for it to be a patriotic

event as well.

“We honor all of our fallen service men and

women each day at noon,” he said. “We have speakers,

music, flyovers from Estrella Warbirds, and pay

tribute to our service members on behalf of this

great nation.”





“Caroline,” the 1880 prairie-style

steam engine at Santa Margarita

Ranch was recently renovated

and will be running the 5/8 scale

track on Memorial Day Weekend.

Kids ’ Corral, Pacific Coast Railroad, and More

There are plenty of activities to keep the entire family entertained and involved. Over

at the Kids’ Corral, the young ones will experience gold panning, a Farmers’ Market, and

participate in butter making, roping, and more. There will also be a giant sand pile and

tire climbing gym.

The steam-powered Pacific Coast Railroad is a favorite of visitors. It follows a narrow-gauge

loop around the Santa Margarita Ranch headquarters, allowing for wide-open views of the

surrounding meadows and mountains. There are three engines and four 5/8 scale passenger

coaches from the Santa Fe and Disneyland Railroad dating back to the 1950s.

Have you always wanted to take a ride in a WWII era B-25J Mitchell Bomber?

Register for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take to the skies – a true thrill for

veterans and aviation fans to be part of an amazing 30-minute flying experience at a cost of

$425. See www.aafgroup.org or call 805-377-2106 for more information.

Become an Exhibitor

Want to go beyond attending the show and become an exhibitor? The Best of the West folks

would like to hear from you! They’re looking for a variety of displays and exhibits including

tractors, and vintage items utilized in farming, earth moving, logging and general rural life

dating from the 1970’s and older. Also, steam or gas engines dating 1850 to 1950, including

hit and miss engines and power units, and classic automobiles and motorcycles.

In addition, military vehicles, tanks, halftracks, jeeps, and trucks, used in the military

of any country at any time as well as antique trucks, firetrucks, and trailers utilized in

farming, ranching, construction, trucking, or commerce of any type. Perhaps you have

other items and displays complementary to the above-mentioned equipment or industry

such as blacksmithing or you’re involved with early-American history reenactments – see

bestofthewestshow.com to find out if your skills or items will be a good fit for the event.

Don’t forget those “original tractors” – horses and mules! Learn more about bringing

animals with wagons, carts, plows, and graders by contacting Wade at 805-550-1078.

Find forms for exhibitors, vendors, RV & camping registration as well as dinner

tickets, golf cart

rentals, and dog rules at


Best of the West is operated

100 percent by volunteers.

Interested in helping

out? Contact Tara at





US 101


Santa Margarita Ranch

Best of the West

Antique Equipment Show


Antique Equipment Show

at the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch

Memorial Day Weekend

May 25 –27

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

General admission, day pass, $10

Weekend pass, $25

FREE admittance for active duty

military in uniform

FREE admittance for children

ages 10 & under

For more information or

to purchase tickets, visit

bestof thewestshow.com

Town of Santa Margarita



El Camino Real

In 1861, Joaquin sold this 17,735-acre

ranch to Martin Murphy Jr. for $45,000, who

turned over the running of the ranch to his son,

General of the California National Guard,

Patrick. Patrick Washington Murphy administrated

the Rancho Santa Margarita,

the adjacent Rancho Atascadero, and Rancho

Asuncion (both Atascadero and Asuncion

owned by his brother, Pedro), altogether

comprising about 61,000 acres from his Rancho

Santa Margarita headquarters.

In 1889 the railroad reached Santa Margarita

from Templeton. This was the railroad

terminus for 5 years. While the tunnels

were being dug for the railroad, all freight

had to be loaded for stage and freight wagon

transportation up and down the Cuesta grade.

Murphy had laid out the streets of the town

and held a “grand auction” to sell the lots.

Santa Margarita now boasted a hotel, taverns,

blacksmiths, ice cream parlors and a saddle

maker. Once the railroad “gap” was closed

from Santa Margarita to San Luis Obispo,

the town grew quiet.

Modifications to the Asistencia were started

by the next owner, Ferdinand Reis of San

Francisco in 1901, who also built massive

adobe walls for the storage of crops. After the

death of William Reis, grandnephew to Ferdinand,

the ranch was willed to Stanford University,

which then sold the property to the

Robertson family of Texas. The Robertsons

operated and preserved the ranch until 1998.

Margarita Town saw a renaissance in the

roaring 1920s. The El Camino Real was one

of the primary roads for seeing California.

The town sported a motor inn, hotel, six gas

stations, garages, pool halls, restaurants, taverns

and a baseball team. Then came the depression.

The bulk of the ranch is now owned by

three local families, the Filipponis, Rossis,

and Wittstroms. The historic Santa Margart

was Franciscan Father Junipero Serra

and Spanish Army Captain Don Pedro

Fages who left Father Joseph Cavaller

to build a mission in Canada de Los Osos in

1772. After Serra and Fages continued their

walk to San Diego, Cavaller started the 5th

mission in Alta California two leagues away

in San Luis Obispo. It was Cavaller who “discovered”

the Cuesta trail up to the rich fields

of Santa Margarita and started the Asistencia

Santa Margarita de Cortona in 1774 as an

outlying farm. Grapes, wheat, barley, pigs and

cattle were among the foodstuffs produced by

the San Luis Obispo Mission Chumash population.

They carted grapes down the grade

to be made into mission wine. The asistencia

was to become the meeting place for traveling

priests and others.

An extensive building was erected. It was

divided into storerooms for different kinds of

grain and apartments for the accommodation

of the majordomo, servants and wayfarers. At

one end was a chapel, and snug lodging for a


There is also an adobe house and an adobe

bunkhouse. The house was used as a Wells

Fargo stage stop and general store. It was, for

a time, the local post office. The original El

Camino Real (King’s Highway) went right by

the adobe house.

The House was Used as a Wells Fargo

Stage Stop and General Store.

After secularization in 1841, the Santa Margarita

Rancho was granted to 26-year old Joaquin

Tomas Estrada, who was a half-brother to

the governor of Mexican California, Juan Bautista

Alvarado. Earthquakes had damaged “all

the walls in Santa Margarita” and when Joaquin

acquired the Rancho land grant, the mission

was in ruins. Estrada moved into and existing

adobe several hundred yards south of the asistencia.

Joaquin was known for his hospitality

and fandangos. One time he invited his friends

and relatives from throughout the state to come

to the Casa de Estrada for a circus. The party

lasted two weeks. For 12 consecutive nights, the

circus gave a show.




ita Ranch continues today as one of the oldest

operating cattle ranches in California.

Rob Rossi, who separately owns the 1,000

acre headquarters, established the Pacific

Coast Railroad, a historic narrow-gauge

Railway that includes several steam engines

including one from the Dr. Quinn TV drama.

The Railroad also includes four of Walt Disney’s

5/8 scale passenger coaches, once Walt’s

pride at the opening of the 1955 Disneyland.

The Asistencia Building is Regarded as

the First Stone-and-Mortar Structure

Built in California.

The three families have also established

Ancient Peaks Winery, an estate winery with

their ranch vineyard originally planted by

Robert Mondavi; and Margarita Adventures,

a zip-line and outdoor adventure group, that

adds history tours and recreation opportunities

for its numerous Ranch visitors.

The Asistencia building on the property is

regarded as the first stone-and-mortar structure

built in California. It has served as a farmhouse,

granary, chapel and lodging quarters

during the mission period. Today the original

building is covered by a protective barn and

continues the historic Rancho Hospitality

to host visitors for community events, weddings,

and private parties.

El Camino Real at one time, ran right

through the ranch. With the coming of the

railroad, it was relocated alongside the tracks.

The original ranch house still stands today, its

adobe walls now protected by wood siding.

The existing Wells Fargo building was an official

stage coach stop for Wells Fargo and other

stages, and for a time, was the town post office.

There is now a mission grape vineyard honoring

the ranch’s wine-growing roots.

The ranch history of viticulture began with

the Mission-era grape-growing Father Martinez.

The Estrada family looked into it with no

success, and the vines planted in the 1800s remained

part of the wild landscape until Robert

Mondavi planted the first vineyards, spawning

Ancient Peaks Margarita Vineyards.








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08 Publisher’s Letter

10 Through the Grapevine

12 City of Paso Robles Rec Department News


14 Brandi DeCarli: Farm from a box

16 David Bouillez: Some Gave All

18 Jacob Lovejoy: Love.Joy.Eat Catering

19 They Said What? Clients and Readers Speak

20 Stephanie Rothbauer: Big Sister of the Year

22 Maria Sabi: Serving Loaves, Fishes & Love


24 Travel PASO talks about tourism

26 Where To Find Wildflowers

by Heather Young

40 Templeton Happenings

a column by Heather Young

41 San Miguel Reflections

a column by Lynne Schmitz

42 County Perspective

a column by Bruce Curtis

27 2018 Firestone Walker Beer Fest Concert

28 Cycle de Mayo

by Heather Young


30 2018 AAUW Home Tours

50 General Store: Local Goods Report

32 Oak Park Redevelopment: Phase 3 Begins 51 Natural Alternative: Achoo! Allergies?

by Bob Chute

34 Hoofbeat


a column by Dorothy Rogers

52 Summer Camps: Beat the Heat

38 Two in Tow: Nature Hiking

52 Local News from SLO County School District

a column by Tonya Strickland

by SLO County Superintendent Jim Brescia

39 It’s Party Time!

53 Bearcat Alley at the Carnegie Library

a column by Sarah Pope

by Millie Drum

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54 entrée: Experience Berry Hill Bistro

by Meagan Friberg

56 Sip & Savor: Exploring the Paso Wine Region

a column by Mira Honeycutt

57 Gettin’ Hitched: Get a Wedding Planner

a column by Azurae Shults of Ciel Bleu


58 Memorial Day: What’s Happening

59 Summer Concerts in the Park: Preview

60 WWW10: It’s Finally Here!

61 Dick Woodland Inducted Into Hall of Fame

62 Time & Place: Everything Happening


66 Golden State Classics: The Cruise and Car Show

by Chuck Desmond


Pacific Coast Railroad at Santa Margarita Ranch

Photo by Nicholas Mattson


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Local Art, Local Wine: The Perfect Pairing

by Millie Drum

Studios on the Park is one of the

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immeasurable ways. And there’s more

to come! Executive Director and gal

with unlimited energy Sasha Irving,

created Winery Partners; a weekly

evening gathering to encourage our

community to explore Studios.

Winery Partners Wine Bar serves

local wines every Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a glass or

two, stroll through the six studio spaces; home to 15 working artists, the

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Family Nights

Aqua Jam

Swim Lessons

Splash Into Summer!

Centennial Pool will open for public

swim on Saturday, June 2, marking the

beginning of a splash-tastic summer

aquatics season at the Paso Robles City

pools. Saturday swim times are from 1-4pm

on June 2 through June 16. Both the Centennial

and Municipal pools will open for their weekly summer

hours on Monday, June 18 offering six days of weekly

public swim access, three sessions of swim lessons,

exciting new adult classes and a REC swim team.

REC Swim Team / Lap Swim

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 5 for the

Super Summer Sign-Up Party at Centennial Park

from 10 am to 2 pm. This summer kick-off party will

offer exclusive early access for all swimming lesson registrations

and lifeguards will help parents choose the

perfect lesson for their child. Early swim lesson

sign-ups will happen on that day only, with general

registration opening Monday, May 7. The event will

feature fun give-aways, free sample activities and

discounts on many summer camps and classes. A Lego®

build, snow cones, free balloon animals and more are

planned. Check out some of the details about our

summer aquatics fun below, and let’s get ready

to splash into summer!

What’s New at the Pools

This Summer?

Aqua Jam aqua aerobics will be coming to

Centennial Pool this summer! Instructor

Tiffaney Henry encourages all ages of participants

(12+) to try this low impact, shallow

water cardio workout set to Latin

inspired party music. Tuesdays/Thursdays

(June 25-August

10) noon-1 pm at

Centennial Pool. $5/drop-in

or $45/10 punch pass.

Last summer, Aquatics

Manager Nelson Zuniga

noticed that Paso’s

young swimmers

who reached the

highest level of the

City’s swim lesson

offerings didn’t have a

way to continue practicing

their stokes and

improve their endurance.

This summer, Zuniga has

designed a REC Swim Team for those who want to

challenge themselves in a fun and friendly team

environment. Youth ages 6+ who can swim at least 50

yards (two laps) of the pool may to join. “This is a great

way for kids to see what it’s like to be on a swim team

and possibly prepare to join a club team in the fall or

move on to the high school swim team.” says Zuniga.

There will be a swim meet on Saturday, August 4 from

9am-noon at Municipal Pool to end the season.

Continuing Aquatics Fun

A full season of returning aquatics programs are

planned for all ages including three sessions of the City’s

popular Swim Lessons for ages 3-11. Morning and

evening classes are available along with the addition of

Private and Semi-Private Lessons to meet individual

needs of any age and ability youth through adult.

Two Family Swim Nights at Centennial Park (June 23

and July 14 from 5-7pm) will feature family-friendly

games and activities.

SKWIM is back! This water disc game played with teams

and floating goals is easy to learn and provides a low

impact way to workout in the

water while having a blast at

Centennial Pool. Monday,

Wednesday, Friday

noon-1 pm $3/day or

$25/10 punch pass.

For those looking for

a less structured slower

paced workout, Water

Walking will return to

Centennial Pool Tuesdays

and Thursdays from 9:15-10:15

am for $3/day or $25 for a 10

punch pass (June 25-August 10). Lap swim will continue

at Municipal Pool Monday through Friday from noon-12:50 pm.

To learn more about these offerings and

all of the summer classes and camps

sponsored by Paso Robles Recreation

Services visit pricty.com/recreation or

call Paso Robles Recreation Services at

(805) 237-3988.

Look for the Summer Recreation Guide in

your water bill late April or early May.




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Brandi DeCarli


‘Farm from a box’

as a viable solution to

food deficiency



he infrastructural means required

for anyone to farm can be

limiting and exorbitantly expensive.

“Farm in a box” has addressed this

with a system that can deliver rapid

and ongoing return – all within

a standalone, deliverable unit that

provides all the parts to establish a

two-acre planting operation.

The daughter of Ron DeCarli,

executive director of San Luis

Obispo Council of Government

(SLOCOG), and wife Susan De-

Carli (Paso Robles City Planner),

Brandi’s DeCarli’s brainstorm with

co-founder Scott Thompson utiliz-

es modified shipping containers to

establish crop production and a

reliable source of sustained income.

As DeCarli described the sensibility

of her Farm in a box product,

her passion was palpable.

“There’s little need for tomatoes

to travel 1,500 miles from

farm to plate,” said DeCarli. “We

designed Farm from a Box as a

scalable agricultural infrastructure

to modernize community-driven

farming in a sustainable way. By

Left, before Farm from a box, and right, after Farm from a box.

Left, Co-founder of

Farm from a box, Brandi

DeCarli. Above, The World Food

Programme piloted the first Farm

from a box unit in Tanzania to

increase the availability of nutritious

crops and boost income levels for

refugees and local communities.

empowering people to grow and sustain

food production at the community

level, we work to build greater

resilience to climate shocks, boost

livelihoods, and help increase the

healthy food that is locally available.”

"It is the Swiss Army knife of farming."

“Farm in a box is a unique concept

– it is the Swiss Army knife of

farming,” said Ganesan Srinivasan,

Dean of Santa Rosa Junior College.

“It comes with its own solar power

panel that generates enough power

that is required for taking care of

the farming operations. It has got its

own water, filter, etc. The farmer will

be able to do almost all the things

that are needed, required, for farming

two to four acres.”

Each steel structure puts to

use a renewable energy package

of basic farm tools, a waterefficient

irrigation system, and

(Cloud-based) IoT management

with WiFi capability, which can be

customized to any culture, climate

and community.

In an IoT (or “Internet of Things”)

system for this application, the amount

of energy required for the Farm in a box

kit to work is determined, controlled

and analyzed in an intelligent way.

In this system, green technology

and sustainable farming methods

are merged by using remote sensors,

geospatial mapping software (or

geographical data technology) and

off-grid weather systems to provide

the most informed, user-friendly,

time-sensitive and efficient way for

independent farmers to use.

A key aspect of the system is “regenerative

agriculture.” This farming

and grazing practice functions in an

agro-ecological way to rebuild organic

matter, restore a degraded soil’s biodiversity

and improve the water cycle.

Outfitted with smart technologies

with renewable energy capability, the

20-foot-long structures can help reduce

the need for food aid.

What about cost? A typical Farm

in a box unit costs $55,000, similar

to what Americans spend for a wellappointed

2018 Ford F-350 truck or

similarly configured Dodge, but with

renewable energy and better rate of


In Tanzania, for example, where

DeCarli participated with the United

Nations World Food Programme, a

previously barren chunk of land was

transformed into a verdant cornucopia.

14 PASO Magazine, May 2018

“The before-and-after we saw in

Tanzania was tremendous,” said De-

Carli. “In America, instead of a vacant

lot, we can have a beautiful plot

of land that feeds a neighborhood,

sources a farm stand or enables a local

chef to plant specialty crops.”

DeCarli envisions Food from a

box as a useful, hands-on part of a

school curriculum, perfect for urban

or small community farming,

or even restoring mental health.

In Alexandria, Virginia, she cited

how farming is being used among

veterans as a therapeutic means for

combatting PTSD while supplying

produce for commercial farms.

“The before-and-after

we saw in Tanzania

was tremendous.”

By localizing food production,

DeCarli believes this is a viable

way to bridge both traditional and

technological worlds.

“Food connects us, and we’ve

gotten away from it, but we can

get it back,” said DeCarli, whose

Italian relatives have traditionally

grown their own fruits and vegetables.

“California is a great example

of this, in that we lead the nation in

food production. We are still those

pioneers! And we can do it off the

grid, cheaper, and more innovatively.

It’s the future, but it’s also an anchor

that connects us, quite literally, with

our roots.”

To learn more, visit


or “Like” their Farm from

a box page on Facebook.

Servicing Most Major Brands, Since 1995


May 2018, PASO Magazine 15



GAVE ALL Fallen Heroes


We have a master wood

craftsman and a kind,

thoughtful man in our

midst, David Bouillez. He is a Key

Grip/Gaffer in the film business,

but loves to work with wood and

be creative during his down time.

What makes David’s talent all

the more special is his poignant,

tangible way of expressing his

appreciation and sympathy to the

families of men and women who

have made the ultimate sacrifice

for their country and fellow

citizens-The Memory Box. The

inspiration for the Memory Boxes

came after a somber evening TV

news report on the casualties in

the war in Afghanistan. He wanted

to do something for the grieving

families. This prompted his idea to

use his woodworking skills to create

keepsake boxes for the families

Contributed photos

by Millie Drum

who have lost a loved one, killed

in action in the current Gulf Wars.

David’s childhood friend, Natalie

Probert Kurtz says, “David is

one of the finest. I’m proud of his

talent. I’ve sponsored a few Memory

Boxes and I hope others can find the

means to donate to this fine cause.

It brings some closure to families

as they go through the healing process.”

Many of the presentations

have been unexpected, poignant

gestures to commemorate a special

occasion such as a birthday,

wedding, anniversary or holiday.

“When I get a call or a thank-you

note from a family, it’s such a great

feeling to know I’m doing something

for someone and that they

really appreciate it,” says David.

The Memory Box Project currently

has more than 1,000 requests

and has shipped 250 boxes nationwide.

The cost to sponsor a Memory

Box is currently $375 to cover

materials and shipping. Donations

in any amount are appreciated to

meet the growing demand. Each

solid cherrywood Memory Box is

handcrafted and machine engraved

with the name, rank, branch of service

and dates of birth and passing

of the Fallen Soldier. The brilliant

pewter handles are made by Notting

Hill Decorative Hardware in

Wisconsin who is donating handles

The Memory Box Poem

How does one choose what it will hold?

For future stories to be told? A letter, a

ribbon, a picture or two? How do I choose

the memory of you? You were so brave -

right to the end. You weren’t just a soldier. You

were my best friend. There’s so much to tell of

the life you had. Your courage and strength-so

much could be said. To honor your memory is

easy to do. I place inside here sweet memories of

you. Your legacy lives on for others to see. A medal,

a letter? Inside it will be. How does one choose what

this box will hold - for future stories to be told?

Written by the proud mother of Fallen Soldier

SGT Amanda Older-Downing

May 30, 1986 - January 11, 2011

for 30 Memory Boxes; replicating

the Iris flower; symbolizing the

meeting of heaven and earth.

Through the gift of a Memory

Box, many Gold Star Families have

been comforted through the lifelong

healing process. Gold Star

Mother Dianne Layfield describes

the Memory Box in honor of her

son Travis by saying, “I’m in awe

of its beauty and craftsmanship.

Just a stunning piece I will forever

cherish. What a blessing. Thank you

with all my heart.” She adorned the

inside of Travis’ Memory Box with

a piece of his uniform. The Memory

Box was sponsored by another Gold

Star Mother who lost a son and had

received a Memory Box.


Emma was only a baby, 13

months old, when her father was

killed in action 10 years ago. But

through her mother's eyes she has

learned the value of keeping her

father's memory alive. She follows

along with whatever charitable

task that her mother takes

on; always helping with a smile on

her face. One of Emma’s favorite

things to do is honor her father by

doing nice things for others. Emma's

mother says, “She is very active

in helping veterans and volunteers

with "TAPS"-Tragedy Assistance

Program for Survivors. She painted

a picture of an angel watching over

the headstones of seven soldiers that

were killed in action in Iraq, one

being her Father’s. The painting

was auctioned off at a charity event

16 PASO Magazine, May 2018

to help raise funds. She is just an

amazing little girl!”

Fallen Soldier Memorabilia

Boxes, Inc. a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt,

nonprofit Corporation EIN:

46-2166640, relies on donations

from individuals, businesses and

foundations. To commemorate

this Memorial Day, join David in

showing your gratitude by donating

or fully sponsoring one or more

Memory Boxes. Tax-deductible

donations can be mailed to Fallen

Soldier Memorabilia Boxes, Inc.,

179 Niblick Rd., #439, Paso Robles,

CA 93446 or online at memory

boxproject.org, and click "donate."

To host a fundraising event or

help in any way, contact David at

805-221-5087 (Shop) or 415-806-

9064 (Cell) or Pat at 805-239-1372.

Email contact@memoryboxproject.

org. Memory Boxes are also available

by sponsorship, for all service

members from all wars, as well as

Fallen Fire Fighters, Peace Officers

and First Responders. They make

special gifts that are meant to be

passed down from generation to


May 2018, PASO Magazine 17


Before he received a shipment of new chef

coats and his website went live, Jacob

Lovejoy booked nearly 20 parties within

weeks. Just like that. His long-awaited business,

love.joy.eat Private Catering, has hit the

ground running. And this time, Chef Jacob is

rolling solo.

Inspired and determined, in February 2009,

Jacob brought culinary schooling and restaurant

experience to Cass Winery in Paso Robles.

There, he developed a successful catering program

and café, where his guests have ranged

from locals to foreign dignitaries.

The middle of three brothers and a younger

sister, Jacob’s upbringing is what cultivated

his desire to create food that is unfettered and


“In Clovis, my parents had three and a half

acres of cows, sheep, turkeys, a garden and

miscellaneous fruit trees. We pulled weeds

in the garden, grew vegetables and butchered

our own steers for meat. I grew up living the

farm-to-table experience before it was a thing,”

said Jacob. “They had a vision and style that I



by Melissa Chavez

branch out on my own and be with my family

a lot more” said Jacob. “My wife is a nurse who

works wonky hours. Cass provided a backbone

to support our children, and I worked real hard

to help put my wife through nursing school until

she graduated and found a job.”

At love.joy.eat, Jacob is essentially a oneman

show, but he’ll call on a minimal crew

when needed.

“I’ve provided all types and sizes of catering,

from weddings and birthday bashes, to business

and chamber luncheons. I want quality, local

and fresh – not overly fussed with,” insists Jacob.

“You won’t see me doing much molecular

gastronomy; I’m more of a food purist. But I’ll

do a five-course meal in a kitchen I’ve never

been in. I like the challenge.”

I’ve provided all types and sizes of catering,

from weddings and birthday bashes, to business

and chamber luncheons.

Diversity, flavor and simplicity are mainstays

– from classic French or Asian cuisine, to freshpicked

produce and traditional comfort food

“I grew up living the farm-to-table experience – before it was a thing.”

Chef Jacob Lovejoy

Photo by Rick Evans

always wanted to replicate.

“At Cass Winery, I started a chef’s garden,

brought in chickens and ducks, and we started an

estate beef program. When I mentioned the idea

of a chef’s garden, Steve (Cass) was out there

the next day, tearing out decorative landscape.

Over five years ago, we began house-smoking

our bacon. The impetus for that in a vineyard as

big as Steve’s was from when he replaced some

vines. We ended up with a big pile of grapevines.

I said, ‘Let’s save them. We can smoke the bacon

over grapevines.’ So that’s what we did. We’ve

used fallen oak wood from the vineyard, too.”

“Now, I want to provide a boutique dining

experience using organic and farmers market

produce as much as possible, and continue what

I’ve already been doing,” said Jacob, “I’ve wanted

to offer an entire experience for people looking

for something special. And it was time to

with smoked meats, like briskets, bacon and

Santa Maria-style tri-tips. Count on favorite

desserts, too, like crème brûlée or chocolate


“I’m humbled and blessed,” said Jacob, of

the votes of confidence he’s received thus far.

“I appreciate everyone who’s reached out to me

and I’m looking forward to this next adventure.

Stay tuned!”

Now, if only he could get those new chef

coats to show up…

Email Jacob at lovejoyeatcatering@gmail.

com, visit him on Facebook at love.joy.eatcatering,

or his website at lovejoyeat.com.

Contact Jacob at

Email: lovejoyeatcatering@gmail.com

Facebook: love.joy.eatcatering

Web: lovejoyeat.com

18 PASO Magazine, May 2018


“Frontier Floors has advertised in EVERY issue

of the PASO Magazine for over 16 years!

It is the BEST way to reach the

entire North County community,

promote our products and services and

build long-term relationships with our

customers! Thank you for being so

dedicated to helping local business

succeed and keep our economy strong!”

Dana Verreras, Frontier Floors

PASO Magazine is our #1 choice for

connecting with the community! We

know that when we place an ad,

IT WILL BE SEEN. There isn’t a better

partner for us than the PASO Magazine.”

Keith Swank, Kennedy Club Fitness

PASO Magazine is a “go-to” for

local events and all the happenings

in the area. My clients tell me they read

it “cover to cover.” With the new,

improved glossy magazine, I can’t wait

to continue my support by advertising

in this GREAT publication!”

Kim Bankston, Patterson Realty

“I’ve been advertising with PASO

Magazine for over 3 years and am

impressed with the positive

RESULTS. This is a terrific magazine

that really emphasizes the importance

of doing business locally! Keep up

the good work!”

Scott Reneau,

J. Scott Reneau Insurance Agency

“Along with 18 years of experience in

the Central Coast Real Estate market,

my listings of homes, land and businesses

reach more than 30,000 locals and

thousands of visitors to the North County.

I count on the consistency of our ads to

REACH BUYERS and sellers. With each

new inquiry, I ask how they heard about us.

Often the response is, “I saw your ad in

the PASO Magazine!”

Heather Desmond,

The Heather Desmond Real Estate Team

“Blake’s has served Paso Robles for over

66 years and our best advertising is with

the PASO Magazine. We’ve used it since

it started nearly 17 years ago, and

we know our customers read it

COVER TO COVER and hold on to it

all month long. They talk about the stories

and we always get good feedback over

our ads. That lets us know our ad dollars

are getting great results…it works!”

Brent Goodwin,

Blake’s True Value Hardware

“I love the PASO Magazine.

When I need a service, I check their

ads for the LOCAL provider first!

And I know my customers do too!”

Marjorie Hamon,

Hamon Overhead Doors

“As a new home owner in Paso five

years ago, my husband and I knew

little about the businesses and

resources in the area. PASO Magazine

became an INVALUABLE resource

in finding businesses, services,

entertainment, events and more.

Your articles are not only informative,

but also warmly reflective of the

Paso community.

We continue to look forward to

each monthly issue of PASO Magazine.”

Kristine Peterson,

Paso Robles resident

& PASO Magazine reader

May 2018, PASO Magazine 19


Stephanie Rothbauer was named Big Sister

of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters

San Luis Obispo. She is a resident of Paso

Robles, mother to three children and Big Sister

to Vanessa, a third-grader at Georgia Brown

Elementary School.

“I’ve always been interested in becoming a Big

Sister, but the timing was never right,” Rothbauer

said. “I am busy mother with three kids of my

own, and I own my own business as well— how

could I possibly fit one more thing? But my heart

had room for something more and I felt becoming

a Big Sister was just right.”

Rothbauer’s children are 8, 12 and 14, and

keep her busy, along with her husband, Tad,

and her own interior design business, Stephanie

Rothbauer Interiors. She also works alongside Jan

Kepler four days a week at Kepler Design Group

in San Luis Obispo. With her family’s blessing,

she took the leap to add another child to her life.

“I sat down with my family and told them this

is something I wanted to do and everyone was

on board,” Rothbauer said. “I had to explain to

my youngest child that there would be times she

could join my little sister and also times that I

needed to spend one on one time with my little

sister. And that’s how my Big Sister journey

began over two years ago. “

Now, Rothbuaer’s second-grade daughter

SLO Big Brothers Big Sisters

names mother of 3 as

and Vanessa are friends and even attend the

same school. Vanessa’s first language is Spanish

and Rothbauer’s daughter, Mia, is also fluent

in Spanish, learning it at the immersion school

they both attend.

“When I met Vanesa for the first time, we were

both incredibly nervous,”Rothbauer said. I think

that lasted for the first 10 minutes as we sat and

ate our frozen yogurt. By the time we finished

our first of many afterschool treats I knew we

were the perfect match.”

Rothbauer picks Vanessa up from school every

Wednesday, which is early release day for Paso

Robles schools, and they hang out for a couple

of hours. Some weeks, it’s just the two of them

and other times Rothbauer’s daughter or sons join

them. She said they’ve done just about everything:

seen every new children’s movie, bowling, Paso

Robles Children’s Museum, beach, pumpkin

patch, making gingerbread houses and more.

“Stephanie helps me with schoolwork,” Vanessa

added. “I like school more now because I am

interested in math and have made new friends.

Stephanie practices math, reading, and helps me

with my English homework. It’s really helpful to

have the extra practice outside of school. I used

to not like math, and Stephanie made it fun. I

have even received awards in school now. My

time with Stephanie is very special; we celebrate



by Heather Young

Contributed Photo

things like Valentine’s Day, Halloween, and

Christmas together.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters has been in existence

for more than 100 years and operates under the

belief that every child has the inherent ability

to succeed and thrive in life. Volunteers for Big

Brothers Big Sisters make meaningful, monitored

friendships between adult volunteers and


“I absolutely love when we get together and she

comes running to me with open arms,” Stephanie

Rothbauer said. “With pride, she tells her friends

that I’m her Big Sister. … I’m not sure our paths

would have crossed without Big Brothers Big

Sisters and I’m so incredibly thankful they did.”

The San Luis Obispo has been funded, in large

part, by donations from must! Charities. For more

information on volunteering or contributing to Big

Brothers Big Sisters, call 805-781-3226 or go to


20 PASO Magazine, May 2018


aso Robles is a region of undulating

hillsides dotted with centuries-old oaks,

sprawling ranches, farms, rows of winegrapes

and pioneer homesteads. Yet in

this cornucopia, where California ranks as the

top exporter of America’s produce and among

the top 10 exporters of agricultural products in

the world, people are going hungry.

Every morning from Monday through

Thursday, between 9-11:30 a.m., four to seven

people meet up at the Loaves and Fishes facility

at 2650 Spring Street in Paso Robles. Here,

they rotate and organize food to be distributed

by seven more volunteers between 1:30-4 p.m.

No one who arrives to receive groceries the

Loaves and Fishes pantry leaves empty-handed.

Perishable and non-perishable food and

toiletries are available in one room, while another

is devoted to food storage. The volunteers

are largely made up of people from businesses,

civic clubs and participating churches.

“We buy and collect locally from grocery

stores,” said Loaves and Fishes Executive Director

Maria Madrid Sabi. “Most often, we

shop at Food 4 Less, Grocery Outlet, and we

purchase from the Food Bank, who also gives

us fresh produce. Use of the building is donated,

but we pay to keep lights on, food refrigerated,

do repairs and business operating costs.”

According to the National Low Income

Housing Coalition, the fair market rent of a

modest two-bedroom apartment would require

a person earning minimum wage in 2017

to work 118 hours per week or $30.92 an hour.

Housing costs, relative to the cost of living in

California, is anywhere from 30-60 percent

higher than the rest of America.

“We are a frontline ministry,” said Maria.

“We relate to people face-to-face. We’re not invasive,

but we assess what they need – whether

they have cooking facilities, or if they’re homeless.

Surprisingly, just 10 percent are homeless.

The rest are ‘working poor’ or single moms,

those with disabilities, seniors living on Social

Security. We serve 20-30 people a day, four

times a week. Most of them are taking food to

feed their families. That’s about 1,600 people

a month. Our volunteers understand the need,

and some have known what it’s like to receive,


With 46 percent of the Golden State paying

rent – and the rest paying off mortgages, credit

card debt for out-of-pocket health costs, elder

care and more – it doesn’t take math wizardry

to see how an imbalance of income can disin-

By Melissa Chavez

tegrate even the most regimented of household


“The poor will always be among us,” said

Maria. “What we’re called to do isn’t to be an

agency, but a ministry. If someone is open to

prayer, we’ll do that. Our job isn’t to coerce, but

"Surprisingly, just 10 percent are homeless."

to do what we’re called – to share the love of


Loaves and Fishes in Paso Robles is a 501(c)

(3) tax-exempt organization. Call 805-238-

4742. Email Info@LoavesAndFishesPaso.org or

visit LoavesAndFishesPaso.org for annual event


Photo by Rick Evans

Maria Sabi stands and delivers from the storeroom at Paso Robles’ Loaves & Fishes.

22 PASO Magazine, May 2018

Social Bar Atmosphere


A new restaurant and bar in the

former Villa Creek location at Pine and 12th

onbarpaso.com | 1144 Pine St., Paso Robles | 805-369-2394

May 2018, PASO Magazine 23

PASO Magazine

The Story of Us

Since 2001

Proudly supports National Travel and Tourism Week — May 6-12, 2018

May 2018, PASO Magazine 25


Spring showers bring May flowers, or so the

saying goes. The heavy rains that dropped on San

Luis Obispo County in March and April have

certainly brought out the wildflowers, which dotted

the landscape around the county already.

However, Carrizo Plain National Monument

Manager Johna Hurl is not optimistic about it being

a great wildflower year on the Carrizo Plain.

Typically, wildflower season is from mid-March

to the first week of May, but that is with the area

getting significant rainfall by mid-February. The

majority of rain came in mid-March this year, so

that could result in a late wildflower season.

Before planning a trip to Carrizo Plain National

Monument, the Bureau of Land Management

encourages visitors to call the automated hotline

at 805-475-2035 to check conditions.

Chasing the wildflowers for fantastic photos

once-yearly — if that — for colorful groundcover

is something that many people set out to

do. While the photos are beautiful, tromping on

the annual flowers can dampen the excitement

for many, including the landowners. Before setting

out to take your own photos, read the list of

etiquette suggestions.

3 Respect other’s property. Don’t cross fence

lines without the owner’s permission.

3 Respect the wildflowers and don’t trample on

them. While the idea of running through the open

field of wildflowers is enticing it kills them and

leaves fewer for others to enjoy as trampled wildflowers

will not reseed for future appearances. So

stay on dedicated paths. There are ways to stage

photos to make it look like the subject is surrounded

by wildflowers without actually stepping on any.

3 Leave no trace. Meaning, don’t leave trash or

food behind — pack it in, pack it out. It’s fun to

enjoy a picnic surrounded by the beautiful nature,

but it’s not fun to be surrounded by trash.

Photo by Nicholas Mattson

By Heather Young

3 Don’t take nature with you when you leave,

including wildflowers. The more that is taken

away, the less there is for others to enjoy.

Where to Find Wildflowers

While there are places that usually have large

amounts of wildflowers year after year, those same

areas sometimes have fewer flowers some years.

A lot of that has to do with the rainfall that year.

During heavy drought years, there were fewer

abundant fields of wildflowers.

Heading to more rural areas, such as the Carrizo

Plain or somewhere between there and the

101, you’ll see more. That has a lot to do with the

number of people who wander among the flowers.

Popular places to see wildflowers include:

3 Shell Creek off Highway 58

east of Santa Margarita

3 Whale Rock Reservoir

3 See Canyon Road

3 Montaña de Oro

26 PASO Magazine, May 2018


Ready for the seventh Firestone Walker

Invitational Beer Fest on June 2? You would

know if you are, because tickets sold out in what

seemed like just seconds on Feb. 7 and there

won’t be any more available this year. So if you

just remembered you wanted to go, it is way too

late — or it’s early for next year!

But that should not stop you from enjoying

at least some of the fun this year, and Firestone

Walker has made that possible with a kickoff

concert featuring Nikki Lane and The Mother

Nikki Lane. Contrbuted photo

Hips on Friday, June 1, at Paso Robles Event

Center. Tickets for the concert are now available,

and you are invited to join the beer festival

pregame party.

Joining Firestone Walker on tap will be

Boneyard Brewing, Garage Project, Half Acre,

Highland Park, Russian River, and Funkwerks

& Firestone Walker Collab. The event organizer

wants you to know that the available beers can

be changed without notice.

Along with the brews, food will be available

at the concert so you can fill your face

while Nikki Lane and The Mother

Hips fills your ears.

Head over to Eventbrite.com


to pick up

your tickets to the concert.

While the concert gives those locals

who missed getting beer fest tickets

another option, with only 3,500

FWIBF tickets available worldwide,

there are plenty of people forced to

fend for themselves in the wild, and

pick up a case of 805 at their local


One look at the Firestone Walker

The Mother Hips. Contrbuted photo

Twitter feed, and you can see how hard it is to

get tickets. “Hey guys how quick did they sell out?

ten seconds? I tried at 7am, literally refreshing to

the point they were available and they still sold out

before I could get any” or “Got mine! Seems like they

sold out in like 5 seconds. Is that always the case?”

For those lucky 3,500 who got tickets, it

means a day of long lines and camaraderie

among brewski fans — some local, and some

from out of town.

Stay tuned in for next year’s FWIBF by

following Firestone Walker on Twitter

and keeping up with news at


May 2018, PASO Magazine 27

Celebrate Bike Month at Cycle de Mayo

Annual events moves to Paso Robles City Park

by Heather Young

Cycle de Mayo has been a staple

Bike Month event in the North

County for many years. It was started

by Paso Robles Mayor Steve

Martin and Atascadero Mayor Tom

O’Malley. While the event started

in Atascadero, it moved to Templeton

and two years a migrated

to Paso Robles.

One highlight of the event is the

community bike ride. There will be

a children’s ride through downtown

Paso Robles to show off their

skills and bike decorations. There

will also be 10-, 20-, and 30-mile

recreational group bike rides. A

new element are walking tours and

historic walk routes.

The event is now being organized

by North County Cyclepeds, an

active group of cyclists and pedestrians,

whose goal is to practice and

promote safe and healthy outdoor


9 am • Adult ride starts

• Setup family


10 am • Bike rodeo starts

• Yoga in the Park

• Bike Decor Booth

• E-Bike demos

• River walk tour

11 am • Cooking demo

• Fitness demos

• Bike demos (unicycle/tall passee)

12 pm • Historic Walking tour

• Children’s ride around in park

• BMX/other trick show

• Music starts

For more information about the event, go to cycledemayo.com.



Bike Month in San Luis Obispo County

Bike Month takes place every

May around the county to help reduce

the number of single occupant

vehicles on the roadways during

peak commuting hours, as well as

to promote bike culture in the area

outside of peak commuting area.

This year, sloshift.org will be the

main hub for Bike Month events

in SLO County. This website is

a resource for bike-related events

around the county.

Instead of RideShare SLO being

the main sponsor and organizer of

Bike Month events, it will focus

on National Bike to Work Day on

Friday, May 18 and the after party

— Bikes & Beauty Fashion Show

and Blowout at the SLO Guild

Hall, 2880 Broad St. in SLO, from

6 to 9 p.m.

It will also continue to host its

Bike to School event on May 9.

Check out the 2018 Bike to Work

Day commuter stations:

• Scientific Drilling, 3003 Rollie

Gates Drive, Paso Robles from

7:15 to 9 a.m.

• Atascadero State Hospital with

K-Man Cyclery, 10333 El Camino

Real, Atascadero, 7 to 9 a.m.

• City of Morro Bay with Morro

Bay Chamber, 595 Harbor St.,

Morro Bay, 7 to 9 a.m.

• Cal Poly University Union, SLO,

7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

• Ten Over Studio with SLO Bike

Club, 539 Marsh St., SLO, 7

to 9 a.m.

• French Hospital, 1911 Johnson

Ave., SLO, 7 to 9 a.m.

• Caltrans, 50 Higuera St., SLO,

7 to 9 a.m.

• SLO Natural Foods Co-op, 2494

Victoria Ave., SLO, 7 to 9 a.m.

• Cannon, 1050 Southwood Drive,

SLO, 7 to 8:30 a.m.

• Costco Wholesale, 1540 Froom

Ranch Way, SLO, 7 to 9 a.m.

• Sunrun, 775 Fiero Lane, SLO,

7:30 to 10 a.m.

A Trust in Tradition!




805.712. 9375



(B MLS.@


28 PASO Magazine, May 2018

May 2018, PASO Magazine 29


The Paso Robles Association of

University Women (AAUW)

will have their home tour this

year of three spectacular homes on

Saturday, May 5, from noon to 4 p.m.

This is a major fundraiser for the

group’s scholarship fund. AAUW

deeply appreciates the following

homeowners for their contribution

to this scholarship fundraiser for

graduating seniors, re-entry women

students and Tech Trek Camp.

Refreshments are included in the

$25.00 ticket price. Tickets may be

purchased at The Blenders women’s

clothing store at 538 12th Street, Paso

Robles, OR by calling Bev Howe at

805-239-1817. For further information

you may contact tour chairperson

MartyDiffley@charter.net. Be sure to

purchase your tickets early as it will

be a sellout for sure.

Copia Vineyards - Sahi/Kothari

home and guest house, 999 Kiler

1401 Greenwood St

Paso Robles

Paso Robles AAUW presents

Canyon: This home is located on the

site of Copia Vineyards in the Willow

Creek District on the westside of Paso

Robles. There are currently two acres

of Rhône grapes planted around the


Varinder and Anita, the current

owners, have plans to expand the vineyard

to include a total of 19 acres of

Rhône and Bordeaux grape varietals

for their Copia wine label.

Architectural Style: Contemporary,

clean lines, and built to take advantage

of beautiful panoramic views from

every room. This 3,300-square-foot

main residence was completely redesigned

and rebuilt in 2011. On the

main floor, the open and airy formal

living room features two large picture

windows, 15-foot, wood-beamed ceilings

and an open hearth wood-burning

fireplace. A formal dining area features

a custom-designed temperature

controlled wine cellar. In the heart of

the home lies the gourmet kitchen

with custom Alder wood cabinetry

and an exceptional reclaimed wood

island. The home is outfitted with

modern French doors that invite in

the beauty of the outdoors. The family

room leads to an amazing entertaining

area with a built-in outdoor BBQ ,

seated area with a gas fire-pit, infinity

edge swimming pool with breathtaking

westerly sunset views. The second

230 Hollyhock Road


by Bob Chute

floor has a master bedroom with an

east facing balcony perfect for seeing

the sun rise, as well as two guest

bedrooms and a study/library space.

Other features: Copia Vineyards

Guest House is a 2,447-square-foot

guest vacation rental home outfitted

with all the amenities just two miles

from Paso Robles downtown. Newly

planted 50-tree orchard with various

fruit and nut trees.

Dick and Kim Rogers, 230 Hollyhock

Road, Templeton: The Rogers’

Spanish style home was designed by

Ron Wulff and built by Ben Graves

construction in 2016. The home was

designed to take advantage of the

views of the Templeton Gap and for

entertaining a large group. The Rogers

wanted the home to feel like a

1920’s Spanish bungalow so many of

the characteristics found in a home of

that period are reflected throughout

the house. The hand-hewn front door

featuring wrought iron grape bunches

was found at an architectural salvage

company in Pasadena. Many of the

light fixtures in the home were found

at antique stores and sales. Colorful

Spanish tiles and Saltillo tile floors

2018 Home Tour

999 Kiler Canyon

Paso Robles

can be found throughout the house.

Koene Graves, 1401 Greenwood

St., Paso Robles: The home on this

property was built originally in 1952

and was home to the Walti family. It

sits at the end of a short, quiet culde-sac

on three-quarters of an acre of

oaks on a hill overlooking the city-in

town but with a rural feel.

The land was divided after the

second generation here were grown.

Daughter Karen and husband Dan

Jones built next door. After Libby

Walti died, son Paul Walti and wife

Diana moved back and lived in the

house. They undertook a major remodel

but decided to move back to

Washington state.

Koene Graves purchased the property

in 2013. She worked with the

Walti’s architect, Nick Gilman, and

contractor Vince Vanderlip to enlarge

and personalize the home, which will

become her eventual retirement abode.

Eliana Kohn helped her furnish and

decorate the house, which is currently

operated as a vacation rental managed

by Paso Robles Vacation Rentals.

Koene is continuing landscaping work

on the property.

30 PASO Magazine, May 2018


Oak Park Redevelopment PHASE 3 Underway

by Bob Chute

Construction has begun on Phase 3 of

the Oak Park Redevelopment, which

will incorporate 76 new affordable

apartment units with a targeted completion

date of March 2019.

Looking back, the Paso Robles Housing Authority

celebrated the initial Oak Park Project

Ground Breaking on February 12, 2013. “We

held a rather unusual ground breaking on this

spot with a giant excavator tearing down one

of the 148 deteriorated public housing units

constructed in 1942 to serve the enlisted men,

women, and families of Camp Roberts during

WWII,” said Paso Robles Housing Authority

Executive Director David Cooke. “When Oak

Park is completed, a total of 301 affordable

housing units will be constructed in four Phases

replacing the original dilapidated units on the

approximately 25-acre site.”

Phase 1 of 80 units and Phase 2 with 70

units, including a manager’s unit, have since

been completed and are fully rented with a

waiting list of over 400 applicants. “We recently

secured financing and have begun construction

for Phase 3, incorporating 76 units,” said Cooke.

“The targeted completion date is March of 2019

and we will begin accepting applications in

December of this year.”

Phase 4, with the remaining 75 units is in

the approval process. “We recently submitted

applications for tax credit allocation and hope

for approval in June of this year, and if all goes

as expected, we will break ground in December

of 2018.” A March of 2020 completion date for

Phase 4 is anticipated.

“Why Oak Park?” said Cooke. “Housing

matters … this is a huge difference for these

families, especially the children who can be

proud of their home. We’re especially proud of

this effort. We are changing the neighborhood

and live, what a transformation!”

The apartment homes for all four phases are

comprised of one, two, three, and four bedroom

units (due to an unforeseen need, a redesign

was undertaken and more one bedroom units

are now planned for Phase 4).

Square footages range from approximately

679 sq. ft. to 1,530 sq. ft. All first-floor units

will be fully accessible and adaptable for those

individuals requiring adjustments in their units

Contributed photos

for ADA accessibility. Unit amenities include

Energy Star® rated refrigerators and dishwashers,

low-flow toilets, exhaust fans, sink disposals,

ranges with ovens, generous counter, cabinet and

storage space, solar powered energy, central air,

blinds, carpet, walk-in closets, patio/balcony,

and washer/dryer hookups.

The target population primarily consists

of residents from the

City of Paso Robles

and north San Luis

Obispo County who

are income qualified.

One-hundred percent

of the units will be

rent restricted to individuals

and families

with incomes ranging

from 30% to 60% of the

County area median income.

Phase 2 included

an approximate 6,200

square foot resident

center including Paso

Robles Housing Authority’s office in addition

to a large soccer size recreational play area,

basketball court, open space with a network of

walkways, barbeque/picnic areas and a tot lot

for the residents. The resident center includes

a community/meeting room, a kitchen, and

restroom facilities.

Phases 3 and 4 plans to include a separate

Community Center as well as a multi-sports

court for volleyball, pickleball, and other activities.

Additionally, the Housing Authority sponsors

onsite children programs, including its

own YouthWorks Program, plus other onsite

residents services.​

“The City of Paso Robles has really been

behind this project,” stated Cooke. “They provided

deferred loans for up to 30 years, to be

repaid through cash flow by deferring certain

impact fees.”

Central California Housing Corporation

(CCHC), which is a dba of Affordable Housing

Development Corporation, will be the co-developer

of Phases 3 and 4 with the Paso Robles

Housing Authority (PHRA) and Afordable

Housing Paso Robles (AHPR), a 501(c)(3) and

affiliate of PRHA. CCHC has vast experience

in the development of affordable housing communities

throughout the State of California.

CCHC developed and currently owns and operates

40 projects in 20 cities, which provide

between 38 and 313 housing units per project

totaling 3,965 residences.

The primary sources of financing will be in in

Low Income Housing Tax Credits through the

California Tax Credit Allocaton Committee.

Local companies North Coast Engineering

(NCE) designed, and Dave Spurr Co. installed,

the award winning pervious concrete street at

the back of Oak Park 1 and 2 that will extend

through Phase 3 and 4 when completed. This

is the longest contiguous street of its kind in

the County. Pervious concrete is a special type

Paso Robles Housing Authority

Executive Director David Cooke

of concrete with a high porosity used for concrete

flatwork and street applications that allows

water from precipitation and other sources to

pass directly through, thereby reducing the

runoff from a site.

For information regarding Oak Park, you can

go to the Housing Authority website:

pasoroblesha.org, or call 805-238-4015.

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Sustainable Change Clinic

No matter what your style or activity,

DO NOT MISS your chance

to participate, or, at the very least,

audit this upcoming May 20 clinic.

Make it a point to meet them and

treat them as mentors. Teachers

CeeCee Moss and Eric Wagner

are among the best.

They have spent the time and

money to study with icons in the

horse world. They are willing to share

their vast knowledge and experience

with others. It doesn’t matter what

your chosen field may be. CeeCee

and Eric can help you and your horse

come to a better understanding. Invest

in that relationship. Both are

soft spoken, but quite precise. They

will work with you and your horse

until you both better understand.

New and unable to “speak” dressage,

hunter/jumper, etc. I was

nonetheless grateful for the help

and proffered friendships.

The valuable clinic is set for Eric’s

Training Stables in Arroyo Grande

(see Hoofbeat Calendar). How to

balance, using aids from your center

first and offer your horse a good deal.

They can help you to understand

what your horse is doing (or needs to

do) to increase his performance. The

$75 morning and $75 afternoon fees

are more than reasonable for the level

of instruction and personal attention.

You will learn to lift your horse’s core

and why that is important not only

to him, but to you as well. Valuable

for trail riders, competitors, etc. the

knowledge is not readily available

in a book.

Koelle Institute Clinics

What’s Koelle? An Equine

Demonstration Day May 19 gives

you s taste from 10 a.m. to noon. It

can be yours for a mere $25. Hands

on work without the need of riding

or horse experience will find you

carefully guided by two certified

clinicians. Kasia Roether and Jutta

Thoerner will assist you as you gain


May 26 will find the return of a

Play Day with Horses back by popular

demand. Starting at 8:45 a.m.

and running till 4 p.m. you and a

horse will solve problems together

at a beautiful ranch outside of Paso.

The experience is safe allowing for

self discovery, curiosity and play.

Do remember to wear enclosed toed

shoes/boots and take sun protection.

Check equine-experience.com for

additional details.

Vayan con Dios on Blessed


It’s been a great ride in so many ways.

Perhaps in the future we will have an

opportunity to visit up on the mountain

or down the trail. I’ll look forward to

it, Dorothy.

May 1-5 Wrangler Ride, V6, Parkfield,


May 4-6 WCBRA Fiesta Futurity

Barrel Race, Porterville, 11863 Road



May 6 Golden Hills Farms, Dorreene

Gilmore Memorial Dressage

Show, CD rated, regular & western

dressage, Golden Hill Farm, judge

Brent Hicks “S”, contact Ellen

Corob 805.440.2947

May 7-13 Mother's Day Circuit,

Paso Events Center, the longest

running QH show on the West

Coast, the best staff, awards, friendly

folks, something for everyone Eng.

By Dorothy


& West, several judges akin to sev.

shows, free admission for spectators,

trade show, vendors w/gear, clothing,

trailers, new products.

May 11-13 Brass Oak Driving

Show, CDE, Sargent Equestrian,

15757 E. Sargent Rd., Lodi,


May 12 WCBRA Barrels, 6725

Union Rd., Paso, 11 a.m. start,


May 12-13 Spring Schooling Show,

Paso Horse Park, free admission, off

of Airport Rd., hunter/jumpers vie

for honors.

May 18-19 Mustang Makeover

competitors pick up their BLM

equine contestants off range corrals,


events/texas, event Sept. 6-8 Ft.

Worth, Texas, watch our own Ginger

Bailey of Creston as she vies for

the title & cash until Sept.

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Continued from page 34

May 18 Bakersfield, Friday Night

Lights, 5320 Peacock Park Lane,

$40 entry, $5 arena fee, 5 p.m. exhibit

runs, barrel racing

May 20 Sustainable Change Riding

Clinic, Wagner Training Stables,

1424 Noyes Rd., Arroyo Grande,

Eric Wagner & CeeCee Moss

Giovannetti, bring a sack lunch if

you desire more afternoon personal

attention, $75 morning, $75

afternoon, $25 auditor for whole

day, take a chair, notebook, drinks,

& big smile, 8:30 sign ups, horse

work begins at 9 a.m., call CeeCee


May 21-22 Jordan Valley Big Loop

Rodeo, Jordan Valley, Oregon, true

trade, old style.

May 22-27 49th Bishop Mule Days.

Tri Co Fairgrounds, packing competitions,

everything for the long

ear aficionado, Dave Stamey concert

5 p.m., Thurs. Tony Suraci concert,

parade on Sat., on site camping,


May 23-27 Paso Horse Park, free

for spectators, Hughes off of Airport

Rd. off of Hwy 46E, beautifully

staged, food available, take a chair

or blanket plus your camera & sun


May 23-27 Paso Horse Park, free

for spectators, Hughes off of Airport

Rd. off of Hwy 46E, beautifully

staged, food available, take a chair

or blanket plus your camera & sun


May 25 WCBRA Barrels, Porterville,

11863 Road 200, 559.303.2467.

May 30-June 3 SLOCQHQA

Mother’s Day Circuit, Paso Events

Center, multiple judges similar

to several shows at once, free for

spectators, marketplace trade show:

tack, clothing, new products, discuss

stallions, clothing, tack/gear, etc., a

local favorite.

May 30-June 3 CA Classic, Paso

Horse Park, off of Airport off of

Hwy 46E, beautiful jumping horses

competing at high levels, challenging

jumps, free for spectators.

May 25-27 Parkfield Rodeo, BBQ,

delicious BBQ for sale, at 2 p.m.

each day contestants can take all of

the cheering you can offer (as the

animals are usually ahead), Monte

Mills & his Lucky Horse Shoe

Band will give you incentive, low

cost camping, Katy Varian 805-441-


May 31-June 3 Lester Buckley &

Julie Cross Clinic, v6.com.

May 30-June 3 75th Elk’s Rodeo &

Parade, Santa Maria, one of the largest

fund raisers for kids & charities,

concerts, tickets Von’s & Albertson’s,

Paso Farm Supply.

View: Morro Bay coast line (watch for snakes that are blind when they awaken)

Access: Hwy. 41 to Morro Bay. Approx. 8 mi. from Atascadero “campgrd. ahead” sign. Slow down.

Cerro Alto on L. Park at entrance or drive paved rd. to lot at end. 2-way rd., but single lane wide. Small

lot & may require backing in.

Suggestion: Check out in car first to see evaluate challenges.

Fees: Day Use Adventure Pass may be req. (check main kiosk, cash & checks OK)

Rated: Mod. to difficult. Horses & riders must be fit.

Trails: 3 trails: 2 from kiosk (Canyon & Bridge Trails) 1 near entrance (Boy Scout Trail, w. water

crossing). All single track & rocky w. long climbs. Trail to Cerro Alto top NOT suggested for horses

(walk, beautiful view). Pop. loop is Bridge Trail – AT&T

Trail – Canyon Trail.

Feet: Shoes recommended

Dogs: Allowed

Other: No horse camping. Water hose bibs available in

parking lot. Day users can fill up in the parking lot. Morning

is suggested. Trail used by hikers, mountain bikers,

& equestrians. Be courteous. Critters include snakes.

Cerro Alto Trails

Brought to you by Whitehorse Tack

2805 Black Oak Drive, Paso Robles


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by Tonya Strickland

I’m going to let you in

on a little secret. There’s an

easy way to get out of the

house with kids without

having to spend money or

commit to a big activity.

And this magic is called — The Adventure

Walk. These treks are particularly good on, say,

Mondays when the kids are relentlessly ramped

up from the weekend but I’m still clinging to

that third cup of coffee.

All you do with this activity is walk around

outside and pick up things you find on the

ground. Then go back home, lay out your treasure

stash and talk about each item.


Adventure Walks with


Three key elements make this walk successful:

1. Baskets for each child.

2. A route along a neighborhood sidewalk,

trail or park.

3. Questions to discuss when you get

home, such as where the treasure came

from and what it was once used for.

The secret fourth step is, when the kids aren’t

looking, go into mom stealth mode and

throw away the gross/sharp/weird discoveries

that are now unapologetically sitting on your

kitchen table. (Kid: “Mom, look at this awesome

beer bottle thing some random dude had in his

mouth! Cool!” Mom: "That’s greeeeeat, honey.”

*grimace*). Shady secret fourth step aside,

this activity teaches our littlest adventurers

some beautiful lessons, such as to:

• Be aware of their surroundings.

• Find value in everyday things like rusty

coins, funny shaped rocks and cool looking


• Take in all aspects of nature.

• You’ll usually find us learning these life lessons

on Centennial Trail, a roughly 1 mile

stretch of flat, paved pathway from Lana

Street to Mohawk Court on the city’s east

side. The trail is stroller-friendly and completely

off-road. It features a seasonal creek,

a canopy of beautiful twisty oaks and spots

Clara and Wyatt look for treasures on Centennial Trail.

to see deer. The trail is popular with joggers

and dog walkers, but we like to buddy up

when venturing anywhere off-road or out of

view of others.

I’ve also been known to bring one of those

plastic push cars there so my two year old can

ride if he peters out. Or, when I convince him

that strapped-in car cruising is way cooler than

walking to spare me from having to chase him

during this crazy daredevil toddling stage. You

know, whichever.

Alternative to baskets: Try walking sticks

with rubber bands and twist-ties to attach the

treasures to. Or, try covering the sticks in duct

tape (sticky side out) to attach flower petals,

leaves and grasses. That’s the beauty of this

activity, you can customize it to work for you.

Strapped-in toddler push cars in all.

38 PASO Magazine, May 2018

It's Party Time with Sarah Pope


I admit, I have a secret love for

party planning. I enjoy the stress and

excitement of it all. But I really don’t

have a choice.

In my family of five, parties are

happening all year long. Before and

after holidays … Winter, Summer,

Spring, and Fall. With that many

parties every year, I’ve got to try keep

things interesting!

My youngest turned two a few

months ago and my absolute favorite

party place for the little ones is the

Paso Robles Children's Museum.

Their upstairs party room is perfect

for inviting your closest friends and

family to enjoy some birthday cake

and celebrate a special someone's big

day. And at the Children’s Museum,

there is something for everyone!

Pretend to be on stage in Broadway

with their wide array of costumes,

stage and audience seating. Or own

your very own pizza restaurant. Get

creative at the paint wall and take

advantage of all the fun and crafty

projects they have to offer.

The older kids are still fans of

Newton’s Playhouse where you can

shoot balls out of

a cannon while

aiming them

into baskets (or

the back of their

brothers head).

The best part is,

once the over

head basket is

full of balls, the

basket opens and

all the balls rain on top of you.

Mack the Firetruck, (an engine

from 1944), is on display and welcomes

little firefighters to take the

wheel, while dressed in the real fireman

gear they have available for the

kids to wear. The museum holds its

past with its firehouse theme. Don’t

miss the original fireman’s pole on

the first floor!

As the kids are getting older, keeping

them and their guests entertained

can start to get a little tricky. We

had an eighth birthday in June and

I was recommended, Central Coast

Mobile Game Theatre and Laser Tag.

They come to YOU! The options you

can do with this are endless! Since

the weather is

beautiful in June

we decided to

go with outdoor

laser tag at the

Templeton Park.

Arik, owner of

Central Coast

Mobile Game

Theatre, arrived

40 minutes before

the guests were due to show up.

He set up the coolest battle zone, fully

equipped with camouflaged bungalows

for dodging opponents and high

functioning laser tag guns to give

the kids the best and most realistic

game of tag, EVER! He provided

TWO hours of non-stop fun for an

energetic group of kids, while the

parents relaxed in the shade sharing

stories of parenthood. Unless, they

decided to participate in the fun too.

We ALL enjoyed their services

so much, we decided to use them

again for our 11 year old in February.

This time we took advantage of the

Mobile Game Theatre. This trailer

will blow you away. Air conditioned

and air freshened, one side lined with

comfortable gaming seating, the other

with flat screen TVs and gaming

consoles. And two screens mounted

onto the outside of the trailer, where

games like Just Dance can be played.

All the games are provided based

on age appropriateness and parents

discretion. We did this one in the

comfort of our own home (while little

bro was napping in his own bed).

Huge plus, in my book. Everyone

was happy!

So convenient, extremely easy and

super fun!

Time to make Pinterest my best

buddy and start planning the next


Central Coast Mobile

Game Theatre & Laser Tag

Book your event now online:


or call 805-668-0060.

Paso Robles Childrens Museum

(closed Monday & Tuesday)

623 13th Street, Paso Robles

For more info call (805)238-7432

May 2018, PASO Magazine 39


Enjoy wine in Templeton

Park in May and June

There will be two opportunities

to taste local wine in Templeton

Community Park this summer. The

first is the sixth annual Templeton

Wine Festival, which will be held on

Saturday, May 5 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $35 when purchased

by Friday, May 4 at noon and $45

at the door, beginning at noon on

Saturday, May 5.

The ticket price includes unlimited

wine tasting, souvenir stemless

wine glass, live music from Ricky

Montijo and the Mojitos, and food

sampling. Non-drinking attendees

(including children) are $20

each. For more information, go to


The second is the 15th annual

Pinot and Paella Festival, which will

be held on Sunday, June 3 from to

2 to 5 p.m. Tickets to this annual

event are $75 each and sellout early.

Proceeds from this event go to local

youth performing arts programs.

For more information, go to


SLOFolks Concert: Hanneke

Cassel Trio

SLOFolks will present Hanneke

Cassel Trio at Castoro Cellars on

Saturday, May 5. Doors open at

6:30 p.m.; show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 each. For more

information, go to slofolks.org/


May After Five Mixer

The Templeton Chamber of

Commerce will host its monthly

After Five Mixer on Thursday, May

24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Wellness

Kitchen/Pacific Premier Bank,

1255 Las Tablas Road, Templeton.

For more information, contact Gail


Templeton this month

Kudlac at 805.434.1789 or


SLOFolks Concert: Crary Evans


SLOFolks will present Crary

Evans Barnick at Castoro Cellars

on Friday, June 1. Doors open at

6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 each. For more

information, go to slofolks.org/


Concerts in the Park

Templeton’s summer Concerts

in the Park series kicks off on June

6 and runs every Wednesday

through Aug. 22. The concerts

are held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in

Templeton Community Park. Local

food vendors will be set up during

the concerts, though attendees may

bring their own picnics and beverages,

including alcohol, along with

low-back chairs, blankets and small

tables. No dogs and no smoking are

allowed during the concert. While

alcohol is allowed in the park, no

glass is preferred for the safety of

by Heather YOUNG

everyone in attendance. For more

information, call 805-434-4909.

2018 lineup:

• June 6: The Mother Corn

Shuckers (Americana, Central

Coast Beergrass)

• June 13: Brass Mash (Brass


• June 20: Soul’d Out (Funk/

R&B/Top 40)

• June 27: The JD Project (California

Roots Rock)

• July 11: High Voltage – a Tribute

to AC/DC (Rock)

• July 18: The Martin Paris Band

(Classic Rock/New Country)

• July 25: Jill Knight and the Daylights

(Folk Pop)

• Aug. 1: The Joy Bonner Band

(Classic Rock/R&B)

• Aug. 8: Royal Garden Swing

Orchestra Big Band (Big Band


• Aug. 15: Wood (Folk Rock)

• Aug. 22: Monte Mills & The

Lucky Horseshoe Band (Country)

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By Lynne


The Friends of the Adobes will

hold their annual memorial service

at the little Estrella Adobe

Church on Airport Road at 2 p.m.

on Sunday, May 27 - Memorial Day

weekend. This service honors the

memory of pioneers who settled

this part of the north county in the

1800s. Churches were very important

to them. Descendents of some

of those families still live in the

area. The adobe was built in 1878

and was the first of several protestant

churches (wood-framed) built

in surrounding districts that had

attracted settlers here even before

the railroad arrived in 1886. Mission

San Miguel, founded in 1797,

is the oldest and the only Catholic

church in the area until St. Rose

of Lima was built in Paso Robles

in the late 1880s. The Estrella

Adobe is the only rural church

that survives. It fell into ruin

over the years until the History

and Landmarks Committee of

the Paso Robles Women’s Club

had it restored. Resident adobe

expert Jess Crettol of San Miguel

did the work, aided by young men

from the nearby El Paso de Robles

Youth Correctional Facility

(known familiarly as the ‘Boys

School’) under the supervision of

correctional officer James White,

also of San Miguel. Along with

the Caledonia, it has been in the

care of Friends of the Adobes since

they were founded in 1968 for that

purpose. The kerosene wall lamps

and reed pump organ enhance the

atmosphere. In San Miguel, the

Friends of the Adobes and the

History Group of the San Miguel

Resource Connection both work

gathering, preserving and presenting

our history and stories. Sadly,

some wonderful original buildings

like the 1887 brick school house

that was located in what is now

San Miguel Park, have been razed

and only pictures and memories

remain. The History Group erected

a kiosk in Fr. Reginald

Park (next to

the mission), built

by Jacob Cagliero

as his Boy Scout

Eagle project, featuring

town maps

and information

about local businesses

provided by

the Chamber of

Commerce. They

created a historical

tour of the town

with an informational

brochure highlighting points

of interest and have placed plaques

at several historic locations. The

Caledonia Adobe Museum and

Gift Shop is open weekends 11

a.m. to 4 p.m. and Mission San

Miguel Museum is open daily 10


a.m. to 4 p.m. The work done by

history groups is invaluable. They

love hearing from people who have

historical information and/or pictures.

Hundreds of school children

visit both museums annually as they

study California history and docents

are welcomed and trained.

Estrella Adobe Church. Photo by Meagan Friberg

To volunteer at the Caledonia, call

Laverne Buckman at 805-712-9920

or go to discoversanmiguel.com.

To volunteer at the mission, call

the Gift Shop at 805-467-3256

during business hours. Better yet,

come to visit!

May 2018, PASO Magazine 41


Turf Trouble: I thought I’d drive

through my old Hollywood Hills

neighborhood recently during a

layover and had a rather bizarre

Star Trek encounter. An agitated

older gentlemen blocked my way in

his SUV, leaned out of his window

to interrogate me: Did I live here?

Why was I driving on his street?’

He droned on and on about people

turning around in his driveway and

breaking his retaining wall.

By Bruce


I thought he looked vaguely familiar.

When he finally took a breath, I

told him I thought he probably had

bigger issues than people turning

around in his driveway. As I escaped

his blockade, I realized he was the

actor who played Star Trek Deep

Space Nine’s security chief Odo, a

control-issue-driven shapeshifter.

He must have taken the role too

much to heart.

San Luis Obispo County’s control

issues landed it in hot water with

SCOTUS recently when the high

court struck down ordinances controlling

the size, color and timing of

political signs on private property.

Clearly the supremes have a problem

with things that infringe upon

free speech. It may have been a sharp

rebuke to our current cultural burden

of political correctness but county officials

thumbed their noses, refusing

to rescind the ordinance. They merely

agreed to no longer enforce it.

Board Demonstration: Progressivist

protesters noted the death of


mental health patient Andrew Holland

by shutting down Supervisor’s

March 20th meeting. The focus was

recently released surveillance video

of Holland being strapped to a restraint

chair before he died at San

Luis Obispo County jail.

The images of Holland’s death are

not for the squeamish; after 46 hours

in restraint, he’s released, rolls onto

the floor and loses consciousness.

The coroner’s report ruled Holland’s

death was caused by a blood clot that

traveled to his lungs but the optics are

grim; deputies joking with each other

as paramedics tried to revive him.

Chair John Peschong called for

a 10-minute recess, but protesters

didn’t leave, so Peschong ordered the

room cleared. Protesters then filed

out, chanting slogans about justice.

Solutions are few; the system broke

down when jail officials were told

there were no vacant bed for Holland

at the county’s mental health facility.

It turns out that wasn’t true.

The protesters’ goal is the ouster

of Sheriff Ian Parkinson, and they

apparently weren’t willing for voters

to weigh in at the June election. The

urgency is driven by protester’s claim

Holland’s death is part of a pattern

of county sanctioned torture. The

rest of us simply want to know why

county staff responsible for Holland’s

death haven’t been identified and


Walk-Out Lock-In: The irony of

Atascadero student’s planned walkout

to protest school violence was

itself canceled after social media

threats against participating schools.

Similar walkouts countywide

went off without a hitch. The events

were reportedly sponsored by anti-gun

lobby, Women’s March Youth


Atascadero students were instructed

to shelter in place, until midmorning,

when officials texted parents

that things were under control. The

student originating the threat was

found and arrested.

Whether the anti-gun crowd

diverts attention from the education

system dysfunction and law

enforcement failures that led to the

school shooting in Parkland Florida,

remains to be seen, but will parents

swallow the suggested solution,

“schoolags,” campuses with taller

fences, body scanners, swat teams

and video surveillance?

It may be time to admit our aging,

underperforming and dangerous

public school systems have passed

their sell-by date. Reimagined education

might combine the best of

resource teachers and home school

nurture. Imagine an informal place

where students learn via creative online

curricula, then gather for academy

enrichment classes and sports.

Imagine a system run by stakeholders,

not bureaucrats. Don’t stop me

now, I’m on a roll.

Last One Out: Our county housing

crisis pinged the national scope when

MSNBC broke a story about high

taxes and housing costs driving an

exodus from California. The network

not exactly known for conservative

views quoted a San Luis Obispo man

leaving for Las Vegas.

Local resident Dave Senser wasn’t

looking for glamorous nightlife, he

lives on a fixed income that is now too

lean to survive in SLO. He’s joining

thousands fleeing the golden state

for cheaper, if not greener pastures.

“There's nowhere in the United

States that you can find better

weather than here," Senser told the

network, but added, "Rents here are

crazy, if you can find a place, and

they're going to tax us to death,” referring

to $4/gallon gas, the result of

a Governor Jerry Brown-authored

gas tax hike.

Senser noted Nevada doesn’t even

have a state income tax.

County economic summit speaker,

Christopher Thornburg of Beacon

Economics, says lower income people

are fleeing, but more upscale Californians

are following, as housing

costs hit the soon-to-be formerly rich

as seven figure home prices become


Citing 2016-2017 census data,

Thornburg says that despite healthy

job growth, California experienced

a net exodus.

Nice Work: Daniel Esenwein

shouldn’t have trouble finding an

affordable home here. The former

assistant Santa Cruz County public

works director signed a lucrative deal

for director of public works here in

San Luis Obispo County for $22,750

per month in wages and benefits.

As comfortable as that is, Esenwein’s

contract doesn’t make him

the highest paid county employee; it

doesn’t put him in the top ten and just

barely makes the top twenty. SLO

County’s chief executive Administrator

Daniel Buckshi pulls down over

$334 large, but he’s not the top paid

county employee. That honor goes to

M. Daisy Llano-Ramos, San Luis

Obispo County’s medical director

of mental health, who in 2016 reportedly

made more than $429,000

in wages, “other pay” and benefits.

Esenwein will supervise 280 employees

and hopefully have enough

money left over to pave our pot-holed,

bumpy county roads, while he’s also

supervising the Salinas groundwater

basin, among other tasks.

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May 2018, PASO Magazine 43

The World War II Memorial in Washington

D.C was completed in 2004, and as Honor Flight

founder Earl Morse went about his job working

as a physician assistant in the Department of Veteran

Affairs clinic in Springfield, OH, he realized

that many of his WWII patients would never

travel to see the memorial dedicated to their war.

In January 2005, he organized private pilots to fly

and escort veterans around D.C. to see the capital

of the country they served at war overseas.

Honor Flight was born, and has escorted more

than 200,000 veterans at no cost to them, with

hubs in almost every state, and seven in California.

In 2014, Templeton native Greg McGill

organized the first flight of 13 veterans from the

Central Coast, and has since flown almost 250

veterans from the Central Coast to see the memorials

in the nation’s capital.

“These memorials are a true tribute to the

men and women of service,” Greg said, “and

it is just a shame that so many of them never

got to see their memorial. They wanted to see

it, but just weren’t able to, financially. If the government

felt it was important enough to build

these memorials, then it is just as important that

the veterans get to see them.”

As a firefighter out of Kern County, Greg was

introduced to Honor Flight by an opportunity to

be a Guardian — those who travel with the veterans

and ensure a safe and memorable experience

for every vet.

“My buddy asked me if I wanted to go to

Washington D.C. to help with Honor Flight,”

Greg said. “That trip is what sealed the deal for

Honor Flight here on the Central Coast.”

Greg traveled with 20 WWII veterans out of

Bakersfield on his first Honor Flight trip, and the

rest is history.

“We go into the Baltimore airport, and there

is a crowd of 400 to 500 people cheering for all

A Memorial Mission

Local Chapter Scheduled To Fulfill 11 th Tour on May 14

Greg McGill and Gordon Bastien

these WWII veterans,” Greg said. “My buddy and

I did not know what was happening. It was a total

surprise for us, and to see the veterans so excited.”

Hearing Greg tell it, the trip was a whirlwind

of emotion, wonder, laughter, tears, and forming


“The whole time on the trip, we heard stories

of where they had been around the world,” Greg

said. “Not just the war part, but ‘In France, I got

to try this wine and it was so good. I was 19 years

old.’ And my buddy and I come back and can’t

stop talking about this trip.”

“Being that my first job was given to me by a

WWII veteran here [in Templeton],” Greg said,

“I wanted to find a way to give back the way I


As a freshman at Templeton High School,

Greg was hired by Chuck Breslin, owner of Four

Paws Kennel and Marine veteran of WWII.

“It was really interesting to hear his life experience

about living in Guam, Japan, and re-enlisting

for Korea. He taught me a lot on the job,” Greg

said. “Being born and raised here [in the North

SLO County], I really wanted to do something

for veterans here.”

He couldn’t find a chapter on the Central

Coast, so he helped start one.

“I called the Bakersfield chapter and sat with

some of the board members,” Greg said. “I was 24

or 25 at that time. I had no idea of how to start

a nonprofit, but I want to start something. They

told me to find 10 to 15 veterans from the Central

Coast and we would do one trip together.”

Greg partnered with the Bakersfield chapter

in 2013, taking 13 WWII vets from the Central


“I interviewed each veteran, found out where

they went to high school and everything, and I

wrote one-page papers on each and went to businesses

and asked if they would sponsor these guys.

Like that, I had $10,000,” Greg said.

After three trips taking Central Coast veterans

with the Bakersfield chapter, it was clear that a

Central Coast chapter needed to be established to

serve the local area.

Although Greg is packing away enough experience

with the flights to get used to the emotion,

the impact still brought out the raw feelings of

gratitude and healing the trips offer both veteran

and Guardian.

By Nicholas Mattson

“This is the last chapter of some of these veterans’

lives,” Greg conveyed. “For some, it is the

last paragraph.”

The trip opens up doors and windows to the

souls of the veterans, but it doesn’t just stop with

the vets. It has an impact on the immediate family

and friends as well.

Rich Campbell, Greg McGill and Gordon Bastien

“We took one, and a week later he passed

away,” Greg said. “His son got ahold of me,

and he said ‘what you guys did for my dad, really

brought our family back together.’ I’m not

going to say we ‘fixed’ their family, but we got

them talking again about a positive experience.”

It is hard to really understand the impact of

years of silence awakened by a voice from the past

— especially when that voice is from your own son.

“We reached out to a vet’s son and told him

that his dad was going on the trip,” Greg said.

“The son said he didn’t talk to his dad, but then he

wrote a letter to his dad. His dad told me, ‘I got a

letter from my son. I don’t think you understand

what it means to get a letter from my son. I haven’t

talked to my son in years.’”

The healing that takes place for veterans

making the trip, and those who show up to

meet them when they touch down in D.C., is

remarkable beyond words. Being a part of Honor

Flight for Greg and other Guardians, is the

result of a greater hand at work and each flight

has its own surprises.

“We took one gal, Ruth Gwinn, a beautiful

woman back during WWII,” Greg said. “She

was a nurse, but women were not considered

veterans back then. Truman signed them in

as veterans. Ruth said she got to be there the

day Truman signed women in. We went to

the Women In Military Service For America

Memorial, and there is her picture. One of the

ladies working there heard us talk about it and

went and got General [Wilma] Vaught. We got

pictures of Ruth and General Vaught.”

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There may be no way to put a price tag on the

experience, but the trip costs Guardians $1,500

per trip, and Honor Flight Central Coast raises

the money for the veterans’ trip.

Among other fundraising efforts, the second

annual Vino for Vets will raise money through

a network of wineries donating tasting fees and

more to Honor Flight during the weekend of

May 26 through 28.

As of publication, the wineries participating

in Vino for Vets are Anglim Winery, Aronhill

Vineyards, Bella Luna Estate Winery, Calcareous

Vineyards, Cayucos Cellars, Hearst Ranch Winery,

Pianetta Winery, Robert Hall Winery, and

Rava Wines. For more information about Vino

for Vets, go to honorflightccc.org or call Greg at


“It is really nice that we are all-volunteer, because

every dime that comes in is put to use for

Honor Flight,” Greg said.

The visit to the memorials is only part of the

experience for the veterans.

“Less than 2% of our WWII veterans got a

homecoming, and for Korean War vets it wasn’t

much more,” Greg said. “With this trip, we get

to give them a homecoming they never got. A

group out of Santa Maria called Welcome Home

Heroes travel all over the state and get people together

and greet the vets at the airport. We throw

a huge homecoming with flags everywhere and

people cheering for them. We have 90-year old

veterans out at 9:30 in the morning waiting to

cheer other veterans coming back. It is really cool.”

The mission of Honor Flight is to honor all of

America’s veterans by taking them to Washington

D.C. on their “Tour of Honor” as our guest. Once

there, they can visit and reflect at their memorials

which have been built to honor their service.

On May 14, Honor Flight CCC will take its 11th

flight with eight WWII vets and 14 Korean War

vets, upon which a total of 267 veterans will have

made the trip.

One of the original 13 Honor

Flight Central Coast members,

Gordon Bastien, began his military

career as a 16-year old in 1943,

served 16 years and some months

— and said the 2014 Honor Flight

“was the highlight to end it.”

“I was only a kid, 16, when I went to the Navy,”

Gordon said. “By the time I got out of boot camp

I was 17. In 1930s-40s we didn’t have much of

an army and navy. We were just going along. We

had built an army but not a lot. But when the Japanese

bombed Pearl Harbor, all hell broke loose.

People started enlisting all over.”

Gordon served during WWII, and spent

many years in flight and on carriers transporting

equipment around the Pacific. After the

war ended, he continued service in taking

back foreighn territories from Mejiro, Japan,

to Marshall Islands, and Guam.

Bob Busick points to the memorial of the D-Day Invasion.

“We were just about to go to Iwa Jima,” Gordon

said, “and they said ‘you been on three islands, so

we’re sending you home.’ I came home and got

married, and started cropdusting in Modesto.”

Half a lifetime later, Gordon found out that

Greg was taking a group of veterans to D.C., and

joined the original 13 from the Central Coast,

with others from Bakersfield.

“I think we had about 60-something people

on that flight,” Gordon said, “and you didn’t see a

dry eye at the memorial. I broke down and it took

two or three people to hold me up. We were all

old men and all shedding tears. And not a one of

us was ashamed to tear up about it.”

Gordon could not say enough about Greg’s

work in getting veterans to the memorials.

“For a young man like that, it was quite a feat,”

Gordan said. “That young man deserves more

credit than I can ever give him, and everyone on

that first flight, to a man, will tell you that.”

May 2018, PASO Magazine 45

“Fun for All Ages"


As the national anthem plays around

the venue, airplanes demonstrate

dramatic flyovers in a bold display

of American pride and honor for those

who lost their lives in combat


Take flight with a once-in-a-lifetime

opportunity to take to the skies in a real

WWII-era B-25J Mitchell Bomber. Whether

you are an Air Corps Veteran wanting to

relive what it felt like to fly in this amazing

airplane, or an aviation fan tired of simply

viewing the air show from the ground,

this amazing flying experience makes

memories that will last a lifetime.



• Gold panning

• “Farmers’ Market”

• Butter making

• Coloring pages

• Roping dummies

• Giant sand pile

• Tire climbing gym


Like a magical vision from a bygone era, the steam-powered Pacific Coast Railroad never fails to

enchant visitors to Santa Margarita Ranch. The railroad includes three engines, as well as four

5/8 scale passenger coaches from the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad dating back to the 1950s.

Enjoy tours around the ranch, guided by informative docents … but watch out for local bandits!

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By Melissa Chavez

Barbara Lewin & Lori Alpert

Every day is

Barbara Lewin and her daughter

Lori Alpert, co-owners of The

Blenders, “a unique boutique” in

Paso Robles, consider themselves

“very fortunate, said Lori. “To us,

it’s not just about selling something,

but having relationship with

people. Just stop by and say hi if

you like.”

The longest running retail store

in Downtown Paso Robles at 538

12th Street offers personalized

shopping, custom ordering and a

wide selection of carefully selected

women’s fashions. Also the North

County’s Merle Norman headquarters,

not only has The Blenders

carried the makeup and skin-

care line for over 40 years, Merle

Norman continues to receive high

marks from online cosmetic review

sites, such as MakeupAlley.com.

“Sometimes you just have to

push the ‘refresh’ button,” said

Lori, “and consider what one’s skin

needs now, which can be affected

by time, the environment and even

certain medications. Our customers

are enjoying Merle Norman’s

Skintelligent line, but many items

have been their favorites for years.

Even our roll-on deodorant is a

consistent seller.”

Lori and Barbara have a real

knack for coordinating everything

they sell into a fresh and cohesive

look that makes use of both essential

pieces and current trends.

In addition to their clothing line

with brands such as Tribal, Keren

atThe B

in Paso Robles

Hart Ltd., and Lulu B, among

their accessories are Holly Yashi

hypoallergenic jewelry and handbags

by Baggallini, and they do

ear-piercing, too. At press time,

a generous selection of beautiful,

versatile scarves in silks and

cotton blends for the season were

displayed throughout the shop

($26-$59) in time for summer.

Barbara Lewin is known to

many longtime proprietors in Paso

Robles as a gentle mover and shaker

who cultivated Downtown Paso

Robles retail from when the community

was just 8,000-strong to

what it is known today. An earlier

rendition of The Blenders began

as shop that carried fresh-roasted

coffee beans (“before it was a

thing”), teas, Jelly Belly candy,

boutique jewelry, accessories and

gift items.

“She had forethought in Paso

Robles,” said daughter Lori. “and

thought about what her customers

would want," Barbara added,

“When I moved from the Bay

Area, fresh coffee beans weren’t at

the grocery stores and there were

no coffee houses, so I brought

coffee beans to my shop.” Barbara

and Lori both agree that “the

key to selling is to find a need and

fill it.”

“Mom and I play off each other,”

said Lori. “We have similar

tastes, yet we approach things differently.

If I have another idea of

how to do something, my mom

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“ The key to selling is to find a need and fill it.”

Barbara Lewin and Lori Alpert

will say, ‘let’s give it a try.’ Ours is a

complimentary partnership.”

“We’re just lucky; we’re family.

And PS: We work together! “said

Barbara. “Lori is a fine businesswoman

who always goes beyond

what is necessary. She has the

keenest eye for color and design,

and more than anyone that I’ve

encountered in this business,” she

said of her daughter. “Lori is very

kind, very loving and I’m very

proud of her.”

Call The Blenders at

238-5554 or visit


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Five years ago this

month, we opened

our doors. It was like

throwing a party and

hoping someone would come. Since day one, our community has been

not only supportive but vocal, noticing when we change things, commenting

on a Bob Marley cover we’re playing in the store, giving us a

thumbs-up and a smile when they come in on a summer afternoon and

see us busy at the register.

We have two things to say to this cool place we call home:

1. Thank you for five ridiculously gratifying years.

2. We are just getting started!

To kick off our anniversary month, we are celebrating with a “High

Five” countdown. If you follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or come

into the store, you’ll see that every day until the 17th (our official open

date), we will have sowme kind of High Five offering ... a donation, a

special giveaway, a shout-out. There were just too many people to thank

and too many ways we wanted to do it to limit it to one day! We will

begin our High Five Celebration by donating $500 to must! charities.

Another homegrown operation, we admire their focus, dedication, and

how they inspire us to give in whatever way we can. We have a special art

project in the works with local painter David Bond, as well as a custom

cocktail mix (Paso Punch-thanks to Yes Cocktail Co.!) ... check in

with us through the 17th to see more.

We also wanted to tip our hat to the makers of our community. Some

of them met with us in our living room over five years ago and were

willing to develop products for us before we even had a storefront. Others

have kept us well stocked even as they’ve exploded, and still others have

made us the first place they’ve offered their goods in a shop. Without

you all, we would look a lot more like a store that could be in any old

town. It’s you that makes General Store specifically Paso, and a place

where you can literally find things no one else has. Thank you so much.

We are blessed to live here, to do what we love doing, and to do it

alongside brilliant people - including our staff, our families, and our


Cheers to five years!

Erin, Jillian and Joeli

& the team at General Store Paso Robles

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Achoo!!! Miserable with Allergies?

Spring is my favorite time of year!

The grass is abundant and green.

Flowers are popping up adding color

to the hillsides. The weather is

warming. Unfortunately for those

who suffer from allergies, this can

be a dreaded time of year.

Allergens are agents that trigger

an allergic response such as pollen

from various plants and stimulate

the immune system to release an

immunoglobulin, which in turn

produces a histamine release. Histamine

causes the body to flush,

produce extra mucous, swells tissue,

and can cause eyes to tear; the

primary symptoms of hay fever.

Other nasty symptoms include sinus

congestion, headache, burning

eyes and headache. The good news

is that there are several fast-acting

natural products that can relieve

those symptoms without the side

effects of certain medications!

BreatheX Allergy & Sinus Support

has been awarded “Best in

Class” to support body’s immune

function, normal histamine production,

and relief from sinus congestion.

BreatheX contains quercetin

(natural anti-histamine), bromelain,

citrus bioflavonoids, and vitamin C

that work together to help support

a healthy respiratory system.

Allercetin Allergy & Sinus Homeopathic

is an extremely effective

homeopathic formula in fighting

the congestion and watery eyes

caused by allergies. When herbal

formulas are contraindicated due

to medications or pregnancy, homeopathy

is not only safe, but very

effective. A pregnant woman came

into the store last spring, miserable

with watery eyes and runny nose—

typical allergy symptoms. She purchased

Allercetin Allergy & Sinus

Homeopathic and returned two

weeks later praising its effectiveness!

FastBlock Allergy Relief is a nose

spray has been proven effective in

over 20 clinical trials to effectively

relieve symptoms such as sneezing,

runny, itchy nose, and sinus congestion.

FastBlock Allergy Relief

provides a light powder to the nasal

passages blocking allergens from

creating a histamine response. This

nasal spray is safe for all ages!

Our local Vana Tisanes has just

introduced a new tea blend called

Breathe. This tasty tea contains a

blend of organic herbs that assist

breathing passageways to clear,

expectorant herbs to help ease a

cough, as well as natural decongestants

and histamine reducers.

Great hot or cold!

Happy Mother’s Day to all

those special ladies out there!

Being a mom is one of the hardest

jobs in the world, but I could

never feel more blessed! Happy


Bobbi Conner, CNC, ACN, MH

The information contained in this

article is for educational purposes

only. Please consult with your medical

practitioner if health challenges



May 2018, PASO Magazine 51

in North County

by Heather Young

There are only two months left in the school

year, and it’s never too early to start figuring

out what the children will do over summer

break, especially since many camps fill

up early. Below is a sampling of summer

camps happening in the North County

this summer.

Boys & Girls Club Day Camp

The Boys and Girls Club has a summer-long

day camp from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Wednesday,

June 20 through Friday, Aug. 10 in Atascadero

and Paso Robles. It’s for incoming kindergartners

through eighth graders. The Paso Robles

summer camp will be held at 600 26th St. The

Atascadero camp will be held at Atascadero United

Methodist Church, 11605 El Camino Real.

The cost is $525 for the entire summer. For an

application, go to bgcslocounty.org/application.

Paso Robles Pioneer Day Camp

The Paso Robles YMCA hosts a summer day

camp from Monday, June 18 through Friday, Aug.

10 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for children entering

kindergarten through sixth grade at Centennial

Park, 600 Nickerson Drive in Paso Robles. The

cost is $165 per week. The campers will learn

and practice social responsible, leadership skills

An integral part of our human

development must include education

in the arts. Educational research

that examines the learning

processes throughout the ages, even

those beginning with Plato, has

emphasized the importance of the

arts as part of our development and

scholarship. Humanities are described

as academic disciplines that

study human culture. Humanities

researchers detail the arts as one of

the defining characteristics of the

human species and conclude that

every culture has a distinct artistic

aspect. Our cognitive ability to

create art separate from the body

is thought to have originated in

Africa, but the practice may have

begun at different times both genetically

and culturally across the

globe (Morriss-Kay, 2010). Today

the humanities are more frequently

contrasted with natural, physical,

and social sciences as well as professional

training. However, we must

consider fine arts as a critical component

of our academic experience.

The visual arts are present in

music, dance, language and rituals

that mark many different aspects

of our lives such as birth, marriage,

and develop positive character.

For more information or to register, call 805-

239-3047 or go to sloymca.org.

Camp Natoma

Camp Natoma is an overnight camp north of

Paso Robles. This camp is for children leaving

first grade through ninth grade. Sessions will be

held June 22 to 24 (family camp), June 24 to 30

July 8 to 14, July 15 to 21, July 22 to 28, July 29

to Aug. 4 and Aug. 5 to 11. The cost is $650 per

week. At Camp Natoma, campers gain self-confidence,

become positive team-players, expand

their imagination, and develop a relationship

with the natural world. All sessions include sleeping

under the stars and outdoor activities such

as swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, archery,

music, nature exploration, team-building and

more. For more information or to register, call

805-709-2569 or go to CampNatoma.org.

Bob Cantu’s Basketball Camp

There will be three sessions of Bob Cantu’s

Basketball Camp this summer; one at Paso

Robles High School June 18 to 21 and two at

Mission Prep High School in San Luis Obispo

June 25 to 28 and July 9 to 12. The camps are

for children 4 to 12 years of age and are held 9

The Importance of

death, religion, and politics. Animal

courtship, competitions, as well

as modern day communications,

all include aspects of vocalization,

ritualized movement and visual displays.

Anyone who has watched

turkeys or peacocks during spring

can validate art in animal courtship.

I was recently enjoying a jazz concert

at D’Anbinos in Paso Robles

featuring a local Paso Robles High

School graduate and observed many

of the patrons expressing emotions

through dance, tapping of feet, clapping

of hands, shaking of bodies

and bobbing of heads. Is this a form

of art as well as the expression of

emotion? Many opinions exist on

how we define art, but without academic

consensus (Layton, 1991).

We tend to identify art in a formal

sense related to what we find aesthetically

pleasing. Can we claim

that what is considered positive and

evokes emotion resonates as an art

form rather than something that is

solely pragmatic? Do we know if

ancient art was created for art’s sake

or did it represent a survival need?

Does my love of jazz and disinterest

in heavy metal indicate that only

one of these forms of music is a valid

expression of art, or simply what I

find pleasing?

May of 2017 nearly 3,200 North

County students, faculty and staff

gathered to enjoy “Peter and the

Wolf: Telling Stories Through

Music” a Countywide Arts Collaboration

bringing together the

San Luis Obispo County Office of

Education, Ballet Theatre San Luis

Obispo, radio talk show host Dave

Congalton, and the OperaSLO

a.m. to noon. The cost is $150 per week. For

more information or to register, call 805-461-

4919, email bobcantu@cantucamps.com or go

to CantuCamps.com/campinfo.

British Soccer Camp

Soccer camp for children 3 to 15 years of age

will be held at Dinosaur Caves Park June 9 to

13; Barney Schwartz Park in Paso Robles July

23 to 27; Evers Field Park in Templeton Aug. 6

to 10. Half days are 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., which

cost$138 per week; full days from 9:15 a.m.

to 4:15 p.m., which costs $192 per week. For

more information or to register, go to challenger.


Paso Robles City summer camps

The City of Paso Robles has multiple options

for kids to get busy this summer. Some of those

activities include Central Cal Diving/Springboard

Diving, Good Dogs Kid’s Kamp, Lego

Engineering, Magic Camp and Science Camp.

To register for any camp offered by the city, go

to prcity.com or call 805-237-3988.

College for Kids at Cuesta

Students entering fifth through ninth grades

for the 2018-19 school year can take advantage

of two sessions of College for Kids at Cuesta

College’s campus in San Luis Obispo. Session

1 is June 18 to July 5 Monday through Thursday.

Session 2 is July 9 to 25. For more information,

cuesta.edu or call 805-546-3132.

by Jim Brescia

Grand Orchestra conducted by Artistic

Director Brian Asher Alhadeff

in a new ballet version of Sergie

Prokofiev’s classical tale for narrator

and orchestra. This year Vina Robles

has again agreed to graciously

host this year’s production of “Peter

Pan,” another Countywide Arts

Collaborative sponsored by the

Paso Robles Education Alliance,

the San Luis Obispo County Office

of Education, Professor David Burt,

and Virginia Severa. “Live theatre

is a team sport and the performing

arts are relevant and necessary for

children to experience frequently,”

says Maestro Alhadeff.

We must maintain or expand

levels of fine arts education in our

schools, including in schools with

high percentages of poor and minority

students. In the face of economic

stress, schools and districts

may be tempted to reduce their

investment in anything that appears

to be “extra” or unnecessary.

However, the arts play a significant

role in supporting student learning

beyond the boundaries of the fine

arts classroom. In line with maintaining

or expanding arts education,

we must work together to see that

Continued on page 53

52 PASO Magazine, May 2018


history immortalized at Carnegie Museum

Bearcat Alley bears the pride of the Crimson and White

PRHS cheerleaders

A walk through Bearcat Alley at

Carnegie Museum inside Paso Robles

City Park takes only a few steps,

but for many, the memories for Paso

Robles High School alumni are of an

unforgettable journey.

“As students, you respected your

teachers and you would do your best

to respect your fellow students,” said

Carnegie Museum docent Dale Hiner,

who graduated in 1960.

A treasure trove

Bearcat Alley continues to evolve as

more memorabilia is donated to Carnegie

Library. There are photographs,

yearbooks, trophies, news clippings,

letterman sweater patches, pins, band

uniforms, and even Norma Moye’s

cheerleading outfit.

“It’s a great group of people here.

They have that real sense of community,”

said Jan Cameron, Director of

Research at Paso Robles Historical

Society. “I recently met a 1974 homecoming

queen, who passed through

to view one of the yearbooks.”

Paso Robles High times three

The first high school in San Luis

Obispo County, Paso Robles High

School was built in 1892 and graduated

its first senior class in 1896.

Constructed with locally made bricks,

the stately three-story structure was

located at 17th Street and Vine Street,

where the Marie Bauer Elementary

sits now. A decade upon opening, the

high school and upper-level auditorium

would languish in the aftermath

of the San Francisco Earthquake in

1906. A new location was built at 24th

and Spring Street, and the faulted

building was later razed in 1939.

In the 1960s, the 24th Street campus

was refurbished, with subsequent

additions to what later became Flamson

Middle School. (By 2003, the

San Simeon Earthquake rendered the

structures unsalvageable, and a new

middle school was constructed.) By

1980, the third PRHS campus was

built on Niblick Road, where it stands

today. However, football games continue

at War Memorial Stadium on

the Flamson Middle School campus

to a faithful attendance of PRHS


by Melissa Chavez

PRHS Bearcat Alley, Carnegie Museum

An enduring legacy

Behind the memorabilia and

photos of smiling students are beloved

teachers who have passed

on. They include: George Flamson

(1983), Robert “Bob” Radar (1997),

Gil Asa (1999), Virginia Peterson

(2003), Daniel E. Lewis (2004), Ken

Schmutz, Carol Root Smeltzer and

Wally Ohles (2012), and Forest Hahn

(2013), to name a few.

Bearcat Pride among classmates

continues long past graduation in

ways that manifest in the day-to-day

in times of joy and sorrow. To help

keep graduates of all ages in touch,

social media groups, such as “Paso

Robles Bearcat Boosters” and “PRHS

Bearcat Athletics,” remain active

on Facebook’s virtual pages. Local

groups, many of whom are comprised

of former Paso Robles High School

students, as well as parents who have

lost their loved ones far too

soon, have established educational

scholarships for future


For Dale Hiner and others,

time certainly hasn’t diminished

relationships with his

fellow Bearcats, who still gather

to meet several times a week.

“Paso Robles High has an

unbelievable history,” said Dale.

“As a Bearcat, you can’t help but

be very proud of that heritage.

It’s true. ‘Once a Bearcat … always

a Bearcat.’”

Jan Stemper Brown, Song Leader 1961

Photos courtesy of Carnegie

Museum, Paso Robles

Continued from page 52

all students have equal access to courses in

various arts disciplines, regardless of their socioeconomic

backgrounds. We need to recognize

fine arts classes as core aspects of the academic

curriculum rather than as merely “add-ons” or

“feel-good” electives. The research is clear in

indicating that students at all grade levels (including

middle school or junior high) should be

required to study fine arts. To increase student

opportunities, we should assure that funding for

arts education in our schools is maintained or

expanded. Ongoing maintenance of funding is

necessary to continue the positive relationships

between arts education and student learning as

identified in the research literature. I am proud

to see North County embracing the arts in our

schools and community.

May 2018, PASO Magazine 53



a Special


Day Lunch

Berry Hill Bistro

by Meagan Friberg

Photos by Hayley Mattson & Meagan Friberg

:: Guest List ::

Meagan Friberg, PASO Magazine Writer

Hayley Mattson, PASO Magazine Co-owner

Millie Drum, PASO Magazine Ad Consultant

& Writer

:: Special Guests ::

Anne Laddon, Studios on the Park Executive


Sasha Irving, Studios on the Park Founder

& Artist

Jody Storsteen, Berry Hill Bistro Owner

Welcome to a special Mother’s

Day edition of entrée! I couldn’t

think of a better place to celebrate

Mother’s Day than Berry Hill Bistro

in downtown Paso Robles. The

perfect mother-daughter duo was

invited along as special guests –

Anne Laddon and Sasha Irving

of Studios on the Park.

Much to our delight, Berry Hill

Bistro owner Jody Storsteen was

on board with creating the perfect

setting and menu for our dining

experience. She greeted us like

family, and we shared a great meal

together while chatting about our

grandmothers, mothers, children,

and grandchildren.

A little background on my

fellow moms: Millie is mom to

Genevieve, Jamie, and Karin, and

Grandma to Carter, Gavin, and

Brody. Hayley is mom to Elle,

Mirac, and Max; Jody is mom

to Tanner and Tate, and Anne is

mom to Sasha and Ian. And me, I

am mom to Erica, Sarah, Joshua,

Patrick, Matthew, Michael, and

Adam, and Grandma/Meema to

Kayla, Madilyn, Jillian, Aaron,

Avram, Jackson,

Alice, Penelope,

and Arielle!

I asked Sasha

and Anne,

“After 10 years

at Studios, you

continue to work

well together as

a mother-daughter

team – what is

your secret?

“My mom’s approach is ready,

fire, aim,” Sasha said. “She has

vision, tenacity, and passion and

such a creative mind.”

Anne said, “Sasha is in the

back making sure all the donors

are contacted, making sure we are

organized; she’s responsible for all

the underpinnings that make this


Sasha adds, “It’s worth noting

that we are part of Studios, but

there are a bunch of other ‘godmothers’

that are right there with

us – Barbara Partridge, Dee Lacey,

Liz Hastings to name a few. When

you’re dreaming big, and my mom

is always dreaming big, and when

you’re working with your family,

or friends that are like family, it

allows you to take big risks and

have big results.”

Jody agreed, saying, “It’s like a

family here at Berry Hill also, and

we hope people can feel that when

they dine with us.”

There’s nothing better than

family and great friends! Let’s

get started!


Jody started us off with Frites

and Sweet Potato Frites, served

with three dipping sauces; *Sweet

Potato Bisque, and Seared Ahi

with wasabi coleslaw. *on Mother’s

Day menu

Sasha’s favorite: Sweet Potato

Bisque-sweet potatoes, vegetable

broth, shallots, coconut milk,

homemade croutons. "What I love

about this soup is you can taste all the

ingredients and actually feel healthier

when you’re done eating it! The

best dishes don’t weigh you down,

but make you feel like you’re ready to

take on the world! And that’s what

this soup is all about! It’s simple, but

simple things are the best-that’s when

your ingredients shine."


There was a nice selection of

dishes for the Paleos, Vegetarians,

Vegans, and Meat-Eaters

among us! The Maple Leaf Duck

Breast Salad, Grilled Veggie Panini

Sandwich, *Chicken Curry

Salad Croissant Sandwich, and

the Chicken Mango Salad. *on

Mother’s Day menu

Meagan’s favorite: Chicken

Curry Salad Croissant Sandwich

-this delicious mix of ingredients

was piled high on a soft, fresh

croissant roll and served with a delightful

salad of mixed fruit. "Jody

had Chef Efrain split the sandwich

to share between myself, Anne, and

Millie-and there was plenty for all

of us! I loved this!"

Anne’s favorite: Chicken Mango

Salad-organic mixed greens,

mangos, avocado, and red onion

topped with a house made dressing

of mango puree, fresh ginger,

cilantro, and olive oil. This salad

is absolutely beautiful. "The presentation

is full of beautiful colors

and textures, it’s fresh, and there’s an

interesting combination of flavors."

Hayley’s favorite: Chicken

Mango Salad, modified: All of the

ingredients above, minus chicken

for a vegetarian option. "This salad

is light and refreshing, really great

flavor combinations, and it’s just

delicious! And I love the dressing,

it’s simple and fresh."

“Talk about a creative force!

How do you dream up the recipes,

Jody?” Sasha asked.

“I’m always on the prowl for new

trends, but it really comes down

to being creative and combining

ingredients I think are fun and

flavorful. My grandmother, in the

Depression, cooked for crews and

it’s been passed on. I learned from

my grandmother and mom, but I

never dreamed this was going to

be my career. There are some old

family recipes I still use; I like to

pull up classics from the archives.”


We shared two sweet endings

-the Chocolate Kahlua Cake and

the Olallieberry Apple Crisp.

Millie’s favorite: The Olallieberry

Apple Crisp "This is a delightful

blend of sweet, warm, crisp, and

cool. But what I enjoyed the most

is memories of what Grandma and

Mom used to make from their summer

berry patch. A classic, crispy crumble

tops warm berries and apples with a

scoop of vanilla bean ice cream to the

side. There is no guilt when you indulge

in desserts steeped in tradition."

Jody lends a hand in the restaurant

most days. She relies on her

amazing support staff including

Kitchen Manager & Day Chef

Efrain Garcia, Night Chefs Leo

Merced and Justin Martinez, and

Front of the House Manager Erin

Lawrence to keep things running


Our server, Cindy, said, “We

have a great staff, it’s like a family

here and Jody is the mom!”

It doesn’t get much better

than that! Happy Mother’s Day


Head to Berry Hill Bistro

and see Jody and her team.

Tell them you saw their

story in PASO Magazine

1114 Pine St.

Paso Robles



Open daily:

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

54 PASO Magazine, May 2018

May 2018, PASO Magazine 55

There’s something about the region’s Wild

West spirit that draws renegade winemakers

to Paso Robles. The colorful cast of mavericks

is as varied as the region’s 40 grape varietals,

from albariño to zinfandel. It’s this

diversity that gets the winemakers creative

juices flowing, creating the signature “Paso Blend,”

fearlessly blending Rhône and Bordeaux varietals with a good dose of

zinfandel, highlighted by a smidgen of Spanish and Italian varietals.

True, Paso did and still continues to carry the image of hi-octane,

“drink now” wines. That is changing though as winemakers adopt new

techniques crafting wines with finesses and elegance, from bold Rhône

blends and peppery zinfandels to complex cabernet sauvignon wines at

par with Napa Cabs.

Paso’s come a long way since the Franciscan friars planted grapes in this

region back in 1790. Then came Indiana rancher Andrew York, who founded

York Mountain Winery and planted some of the earlier zinfandel vines.

The success of zinfandel drew the likes of celebrated concert pianist

and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Padereweski, followed by Italian-

American families — Pesenti, Dusi and Martinelli who took to planting

head pruned zinfandel vineyards.

Other pioneers arrived — Jerry Lohr of J. Lohr Vineyards & Winery;

Gary Eberle of his eponymous winery, home to the first planting of syrah

in the country; Dr. Stanley Hoffman and his daring planting of cabernet

sauvignon and pinot noir at his Hoffman Mountain Ranch in the Adelaida

region, and Bordelais Stephan Asseo, who pioneered the craft of the cabernet

sauvignon and syrah blend at his L’Aventure Winery.

At the Inner Circle loop there are Double Gold winning syrahs at Ecluse;

further up, the spectacular Law Estate’s swanky tasting room overlooks vineyards

planted to cabernet sauvignon, tempranillo and Rhône varietals some

perched as high as 1900-feet elevation.The scenic Willow Creek enclave is

home to by appointment only Saxum and Denner wineries. Nearby Janis

Denner Pelletiere offers delightful Italian varietals at her eponymous winery.

In the minuscule York Mountain AVA, Epoch’s winemaker Jordan

Fiorentini’s Rhône blends are as lyrical as her wine notes. In fact, she

expresses her palate sensations through sketches on the note cards that

accompany each wine.

In the hilly Adelaida area, Halter Ranch and Adelaida Vineyards & Winery

offer adventurous Jeep tours and wine tasting conducted in scenic vineyards.

Nearby at Tablas Creek you will savor an eclectic range of Rhône style

wines. And for top-notch Bordeaux style wines, there’s the panoramic hilltop

Daou Vineyards and Justin Vineyards, both offering excellent lunch fare.

The busy corridor of 46 East is lined with wineries such as Eberle, Vina

Robles, Robert Hall, Glunz Family Winery and the popular Wild West saloon-style

tasting room of Tobin James Cellars known for its party-hearty

wines as well as fine reserve cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel wines.

The Templeton region is now brimming with more acclaimed wineries:

tastings at the hilltop biodynamic estate of Ambyth and Victor Hugo are by

appointment, others such as Pomar Junction, Wild Horse, Clesi, Bella Luna

and August Ridge are open daily.

Although Paso is renowned for bold red wines, there are several wineries

producing refreshing Rosé wines and delicious whites, from crisp albariño

and sauvignon blanc to aromatic blends of white Rhône varietals such as

viognier, roussane and marsanne.

Paso’s come a long way since the

Franciscan friars planted grapes

in this region back in 1790.

In 1983 when the Paso Robles AVA (American Viticultural Area) was established,

there were just over a dozen wineries and 5,000 acres of vineyards.

Now, as the largest appellation in California, encompassing 614,000 acres

(compared to Napa Valley’s 225,000 acres), the region has grown to 32,000

acres under vine and home to over 200 wineries, mostly family owned, 95

percent of which produce 5,000 cases or less annually. In 2014, the Paso AVA

was subdivided into 11 distinct appellations defined by the region’s topography,

soil, climate and elevation.

To explore Paso is to know its many pockets and enclaves. The three

main arteries are the CA 46 East and CA 46 West corridors along with the

woodsy Adelaida/Willow Creek region. Clusters of wineries are also tucked

along routes dubbed Back Road Wineries, Inner Circle Wineries and the

Pleasant Valley trail, not to mention over a dozen tasting rooms in downtown

Paso. Then there’s Tin City, the new hip hub of wineries and breweries

ensconced in Paso’s industrial section bordering US 101.

Along 46 West, you can taste refreshing whites at Grey Wolf and scintillating

spirits from its Krobar Distillery. Four Lanterns offers distinctive

Rhône blends at its rustic barn while third generation winemaker

Janel Dusi pours zesty zinfandels at her J. Dusi winery. Niner Estate is a

must-stop where the restaurant and tasting room offer a sweeping view

of the Heart Hill Vineyard. Nearby Linne Calodo’s owner/winemaker

Matt Trevisan crafts creative Rhône-centric blends and up the road Turley

Wine Cellars specializes in vineyard designate zinfandels. Pinot noir

fans will find earthy Burgundian style at Windward Vineyard and lush

pinots at Jack Creek Winery.

Here’s a List of Some Wineries and Their Specialties:

Cabernet Sauvignon and

Bordeaux style blends:

Aleksander by S & G Estate

Brecon Estate

Brochelle Vineyards

Clavo Cellars

Chateau Margene

Daou Vineyards Winery

Halter Ranch Vineyard

Hunt Cellars

Justin Vineyards & Winery

Midnight Cellars

Niner Wine Estates

Opolo Vineyards

RN Estate

Bordeaux and Rhône

style red wines and

white wines:

Adelaida Vineyards

& Winery

Alegretto Vineyards

Ancient Peaks Winery

Bianchi Winery


Castoro Cellars

Domaine Degher

Dunning Vineyards Estate

Eberle Winery


Grey Wolf

L’Aventure Winery

LXV Wines

Rio Seco Winery

Robert Hall Winery

Steinbeck Vineyards &



Tobin James Cellars

Tooth & Nail Winery

Treana and Hope Family


Vina Robles Vineyards

& Winery

Wineries noted for

Rhône style wines:

Alta Colina


Ascension Cellar


Dubost Ranch

Four Lanterns Winery

Herman Story Winery


Law Estate

ONX Wines

Paix Sur Terre

Ranchero Cellars

Villa Creek Cellars

Tablas Creek Vineyard

Pinot Noir:

Asuncion Ridge

Derby Estate

Hug Cellars

Jack Creek Cellars

TH Estate Wines


Windward Vineyards

Italian style wines:

AronHill Vineyards

August Ridge Vineyards

Bela Luna Estate Winery

Caparone Winery


Dark Star Cellars

Donatoni Winery

Spanish style wines:

Bodega Paso Robles

Cinquain Cellars

Clavo Cellars

Diablo Paso

Pear Valley Vineyard

& Winery

Zinfandel wines:

Castoro Cellars

Chronic Cellars

Croad Vineyards

Dover Canyon

J. Dusi

Locatelli Vineyards

& Winery

Peachy Canyon

Proulx Winery

Ranchita Canyon



56 PASO Magazine, May 2018

Get’n Hitched

with Azurae Shults

If you’ve lived in Paso Robles for

more than a couple minutes I’m sure

you’ve noticed some big changes the

past few years. We live amongst one

of the most-revered wine regions in

the world. Where there’s wine there’s

tourism and where there’s tourism

there are weddings!

Destination weddings, local weddings,

celebrity weddings, you name

it, they are happening. They are a

staple of our local economy now —

hence this new column!

When my old pal Nic Mattson approached

me about writing a wedding

column for his magazine I couldn’t

turn it down. So, it’s time to divulge

the secrets of wedding planning!

On May 29, 2005 — almost 13

years ago! — Tommy and I got married

at a local Paso venue (which will

remain unnamed to protect the innocent).

In 2005 Paso Robles was not

as grown up or refined as it is now

and there definitely weren’t as many

venues to choose from!

The venue we chose was based on

a few criteria; space for 400, a price

my father wouldn’t faint over, and the

option to have a full bar. As a “bonus”

the venue offered us the assistance of

their “venue coordinator.” Had my

24-year-old self known then what I

know now about wedding planning I

never would have left it at that — but

how was I supposed to know?

I had never been married before,

and I was planning long distance, it

seemed like a great resource. I loved

the idea of having a venue coordinator

so I never even bothered to look

into a full-service planner. What a

mistake! I assumed she would help

me with all the day of details- but

instead I enlisted the help of friends

and volunteers. The night before my

wedding, my closest friends celebrated

in my Dad’s backyard while

I frantically re-organized my trusty

wedding binder to hand off! I felt so

helpless that night. Here’s the real

deal- a venue coordinator is not a

planner! They act as the middle man

between the venue and the client.

They are a wealth of knowledge about

the venue, they handle contractual

discussions between the couple and

are a resource as questions arise. They

are not however to be confused with

a full-service planner. That is where

I went wrong.

As you can probably guess of

course a few things went wrong!

Where was that venue coordinator

when I needed her? Why didn’t I hire

someone to help me? I spent months

asking myself these questions.

Coordinators are a local wedding

concierge. The good ones know everyone,

they are business savvy, excellent

communicators, and someone

you feel comfortable with.

Coordinators help you build your

wedding, layer by layer, from the

ground up! From choosing a date, a

venue, a budget, layouts, timeline, catering,

photographer, floral designer,

lighting, music, cake, rentals and so

much more! They will save your sanity

by organizing details and executing

your vision. When you get engaged

the first thing you should do is find a

coordinator! Not a venue or a caterer

but a coordinator!

Although we had an amazing wedding

and still hear stories from our

friends about their weekend in Paso,

I wish I could go back in time and

slap some sense into my 24-year-old

self and make her hire a coordinator!

Before hiring a coordinator check

them out.

1. Check online reviews & images

on sites such as Wedding Wire and

The Wedding Standard.

2. Check availability & pricing.

Make sure they’re available and fit

your budget. A coordinator will usually

charge 10-15% of your budget.

3. Check references. Call recent

clients or local wedding pro’s for information.

There are so many exciting things happening

in the world of weddings! I hope

you’ll stay tuned as we continue this wedding

journey! Have a wedding question?

Email me: hello@cielbleuevents.com

Azurae Shults, Ciel Bleu Event Design


May 2018, PASO Magazine 57


2018 Memorial Day Weekend events

By Melissa Chavez



Sunday, May 27 at 2-4 p.m.

Friends of the Adobes, Inc., will host a nondenominational

service at the Estrella Adobe

Church on Airport Road, north of Paso Robles

Airport. Traditional hymns will be sung with

accompaniment at this annual event. Quester

members will provide refreshments. Enjoy

self-guided tours through the church grounds

and old cemetery. Call 805-467-3357. Visit

Rios-Caledonia Adobe on Facebook.



Monday, May 28 at 11 a.m. at Paso Robles District

Cemetery, 45 Nacimiento Lake Drive,

Paso Robles. In cooperation with American

Legion Post 50 and VFW Post 10965, the

commemoration will feature an 11 am military

flyover in V-formation by Estrella Warbird

Museum’s Freedom Flight. Guest speakers,

patriotic songs, Pledge of Allegiance, wreath

laying, a closing prayer and Honor Guard. Call

Tom or Brian at 805-238-4544.



Monday, May 28 at 11 a.m. ceremony at

Templeton Cemetery, 86 Gibson Road,

Templeton. American Legion Hall Post 220

will honor local veterans in a Patriotic Cere-

This Memorial Day weekend, local organizations will

assemble at various locations to commemorate those

fallen on behalf of our country. A Congressional

declaration reminds everyone “to voluntarily and

informally observe in their own way a moment

of remembrance and respect, pausing from

whatever they are doing for a moment of

silence or listening to ‘Taps.’”

mony at Templeton Cemetery and Estrella

Warbirds flyover at approximately 11:05 a.m.

The commemoration will be followed by a

Legion Hall BBQ, quantities are limited,

beginning at 12 noon at 801

South Main Street, Templeton. Call

Marty 805-434-0454.


Monday, May 28 at 11 a.m. The cemetery will

have a commemorative Memorial Day flyover

above the Atascadero Cemetery to honor

our departed veterans at 11:09 am. The flight,

in V-formation, will be performed by Estrella

Warbird Museum pilots of the Vietnam

combat era.



Monday, May 28 at noon at 8951 Morro Road

(Hwy. 41), Atascadero, SLO County Faces of

Freedom Veterans Memorial. The impressive

memorial sculpture onsite depicts an American

soldier in a pantheon of other historic military

heroes. Stretched across an open courtyard

are nine, seven-foot-tall panels that form

a 70-foot-long wall. Inscribed in granite are

over 231 names of soldiers from SLO County

who died while defending our nation. In

formation, Freedom Flight will soar overhead

at 12:10 pm. Call 805-462-1267.



Reflects Upon Memorial Day

and Military Service

By Melissa Chavez

Recently stationed in Spain after a three-year

Navy re-enlistment, Petty Officer Third Class

Anthony Falcone shared his thoughts about

Memorial Day and his commitment to serving

the United States.

“After graduating from Templeton High School in

2012 with my best friends Max and Alani, I enlisted

in the U.S. Navy,” said Falcone. “That was the best

decision I have ever made – five long years chock

full of new friendships, world travel, and important

life lessons,” said the son of Martha Bordonaro and

husband SLO County Assessor Tom Bordonaro.

Falcone’s interest in all things Navy were enhanced

by the film, “Master and Commander,” plus

“great achievements of the Navy; Captain John Paul

Jones’s revolutionary taking of the HMS Serapis,

the supremacy of American aircraft carriers during

WWII, and dominance of Naval Aviators during

Operation Desert Storm. Wooden frigates and steel

battleships that litter ocean floors are a stone-cold

testament to the cost of victory accepted by daring

commanders and iron-willed captains.

“There is a line in the Sailor’s Creed that states,

‘I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy, and those

who have gone before me to defend freedom

and democracy around the world.’ I stand on the

shoulders of giants, men and women who signed

on the dotted line to serve a greater purpose.

“This Memorial Day, children in school will be

given the day off. I hope they understand what their

day off is for – that while they are home, there were

those before them that left home to do battle and

never came back. It is also my hope that when the

time comes for me to retire, that at least one of them

comes to relieve my watch. HOOYAH NAVY!”

Falcone in Rota, Spain for a portof-call

while stationed in 2017 on

the USS Bataan (LHD 5)

58 PASO Magazine, May 2018

2018 Summer Concerts

Upcoming schedule announced for Downtown Paso Park

by Melissa Chavez

Paso Robles REC Foundation has announced

their line-up for 2018 Summer Concerts in the

Park, so mark your calendars now for Thursdays

at 6 p.m. from June 7 to August 16. A diverse

array of bands will satisfy music lovers with

both covers and original songs.

Major sponsors of the REC Foundation,

Firestone Walker Brewing Company and J.

Lohr Vineyards & Wines, help make possible

the music series that is attended by thousands

throughout North SLO County. Along with

wine and beer, water and sodas will also be

available for purchase.

The ten-concert season between mid-June and

mid-August is not only popular with devotees,

but with musicians, too. The process by which

bands are selected can be highly competitive.

“It’s tremendous,” said Lynda Plescia, Recreation

Services Manager. “We average 70 applications

a year. We implemented a protocol

to keep up with the interest.” On December

1, the Recreation Department puts out a call

for music talent. Along with their application,

specific criteria are met, including a song list,

references, and video.

Dirty Cello, a San Francisco-based blues,

bluegrass, and rock band that has traveled all

over the world, is excited to perform this year.

“We love Paso Robles, with its eclectic antique

shops, delicious eateries, and friendly people,”

said singer and cellist Rebecca Roudman.

“We’ve performed sold-out shows in Paso Robles

the past couple years at venues like D’Anbino

Cellars, and have gotten to know a lot of the

people of Paso Robles, who are not only warm

and welcoming, but a lot of fun to have at our

shows. Our new tradition is visiting Twisted

and Glazed for an after-concert donut treat!

We play a mix of covers with our own unique

spin, including Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and

Guns and Roses, plus our own original blues

songs like, “Don’t Call Me Honey.” We’ll get

you up and dancing and singing along. We can’t

wait to have a great time with you!”

Monte Mills, a longtime SLO County favorite

is always in the lineup. “This year, he’s going

to perform an extra hour at his show on June 21,

which is the summer solstice,” Plescia added.

“Our concerts feature incredible local talent

paired with great food and drink in our newly

renovated City Park and play area,” said Plescia.

“So, put on your dancing shoes or spread

out your picnic blanket and celebrate summer

with us!”

Dirty Cello

The Kings of 88

June 7: The Brass Factory (classic R&B/


June 14: The Jammies (rock, funk,


June 21: Monte Mills (country, rock)

June 28: Dulcie Taylor (rock American


July 5: Unfinished Business (rock, soul)

July 12: Dirty Cello (blues/bluegrass)

July 19: Sound Investment (pop, rock,


August 2: The JD Project (country,

rock, blues)

August 9: The Kings of 88 (classic rock)

August 16: Joy Bonner Band (old soul)

For more information, call Recreation

Services Manager Lynda Plescia at


©r Stefanie Mikulics _ -



Treat yourself to the Monalisa

Touch® in the month of May

and receive a $400 credit.


On Saturday, May

12, Estrella Warbirds

Museum will be celebrating

the 10th anniversary

of the original

Warbirds Wings &

Wheels event, including

the Mega Swap Meet,

and featuring Dennis

Gage, host of the nationally

syndicated tele- vision

show, "My Classic Car" r e -

turning as special guest host

for WWW 10.

Participants, visitors from all over

California, and world-renowned

race car drivers, automotive designers,

builders and enthusiasts have

attended over the years supporting

the event.

Car show participants can sign up

for $40 entry fee that includes: 2 all

access wrist bands, T-shirt, goodie

bag, dash plaque, photo of your

car with a Warbird plane and event

poster. Participants can win up top

$600 in a special drawing.

For information contact Carol

Verstuyft at (805) 674-3939 or online

at www.ewarbirds.org New this

year will be a vintage tractor display

as well.


The Mega Swap Meet will feature

new and used street rod parts; vintage

auto, race car, vintage motorcycle

and vintage tractor parts, hit and

miss engines, petroliana collectables,

automotive art plus much more. Swap

Meet registration information contact

Wayne Bloechl at (805) 460-9181 or

on-line at www.ewarbirds.org.

There will be plenty of FREE

parking for visitors adjacent to the

grounds at 4251 Dry Creek Road in

Paso Robles. WWW10 will be held

from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $5 donation to

the museum includes entry to the car

show, Mega Swap Meet and all museum

buildings will open at 10 a.m.

• Food Court includes vendors,

the Firestone Walker Beer Garden

and great prize drawings.

• NEW - Cacklefest Experience

Historic Front Engine Top Fuel Dragsters

vs NASCAR Racers lined up

with their engines running, set for

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

• NEW - State of the Art Flight

Simulator with huge screen and the

ability to virtually fly any aircraft!

• NEW - Corn Hole Tournament

- open to all ages. Adult league

(12 & over) cost is $50 per team (2

per team - $70 day of event). Youth

League (Under 12) cost is $20 per

team (2 per team -

$40 day of event).

Cash prizes up to

$1000 will be awarded based on a

60 team sellout. $50 Cash prize for

Best Team Costume. Cash prizes

for Adult League, trophies for Youth

League. Preregistration is recommended.

• Plus for the kids! Bounce houses,

face painting and many other activities

in the Kid Zone.

Friday Night Party

The Friday night dinner and barn

dance in the main hangar features

Monte Mills & the Lucky Horseshoe

Band, reservations are required.

Ron Berry, well known Custom Cartoon

Car Creator featured on “My

Classic Car” will be bringing his wild

cartoonish “Surf Seeker,” an incredible

mini VW Micro Bus for all to see.




60 PASO Magazine, May 2018

West Coast Stock Car HOF

Names Dick Woodland a 2018 Inductee

Among the six members of the

2018 West Coast Stock Car Hall

of Fame class our own local Richard

“Dick” Woodland will be honored

when the class of 2018 is enshrined

on June 21 at the Meritage Resort

and Spa in Napa.

The Hall’s 15 th class is comprised

of Joe Garone, president, and general

manager of 2017 Monster Energy

NASCAR Cup Series Champion

Furniture Row Racing; Joe Gibbs

Racing senior executive J.D. Gibbs;

Southern California racing legend

Oren Prosser; two-time NASCAR

K&N Pro Series West Champion

Greg Pursley, and NASCAR

and open-wheel car owner Richard

“Dick” Woodland. The late Larry Albedi,

a five-decade-long public-address

announcer, will be inducted as

a member of the media.

“It is getting increasingly difficult

to select the honorees because

the West Coast, over 75 years, has

produced so many eligible candidates

– literally hundreds,” said

Ken Clapp, Chairman of the West

Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. “I

salute the tenacity of the voting

board and the members of the

nominating committee on making

these difficult selections.”

Woodland, earned his selection

with a decorated career that began in

the seat of ... well, a "jalopy."

Woodland built his first race car, a

jalopy, in 1958 at age 15. During college,

he raced NASCAR hardtops at

Kearney Bowl in Fresno, Calif. and following

military service drove sprint cars

at Ascot Park in Los Angeles. With a

growing family, Woodland turned

owner and hired West Coast Stock

Car Hall of Fame inductees Frank Secrist

and Parnelli Jones, among others.

Woodland entered the NASCAR

K&N Pro Series West with NA-

SCAR and West Cost Stock Car

Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. in

1991 and continued with his son,

Rich Jr. In 55 races, they won once

(at Phoenix in 1998) and finished

fifth in the 1995 standings. They also

entered several NASCAR premier

series, Xfinity Series and Camping

World Truck Series events. Residing

in Templeton, Calif., Woodland

owns an extensive vintage race car

museum in nearby Paso Robles.

For additional information about

the West Coast Stock Car Hall of

Fame, please visit WestCoastStock-

CarHallofFame.com or contact Owen

A. Kearns at 661-342-2983. To obtain

details about table sponsorship for the

2018 awards dinner, contact Jenniffer

Wentzel at 623-463-5400. A limited

number of tickets will be make available

to the public beginning April

1. Inquiries should be forwarded to


About the West Coast Stock Car

Hall of Fame

The West Coast Stock Car Hall

of Fame was conceived in 2001 as

a means of recognizing significant

contributors and contributions to the

sport of stock car racing. The mission

of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of

Fame is founded to preserve history

and heritage of the important role

west coast stock car competitors have

played in the sport’s development

and continuation and to recognize,

through annual enshrinement, of outstanding

individuals and groups within

the sport such as, but not limited

to, designers, engineers, mechanics,

drivers, race track owners, promoters,

publicists and members of the motorsports


May 2018, PASO Magazine 61


A monthly look at local events, fundraisers,

meetings, and entertainment.

To submit a listing, email nic@

pasomagazine.com, millie@paso

magazine.com or mail to PO Box

3996, Paso Robles, 93447 by the

5th of each month preceding publication.

Questions? 805-239-1533.



Visit Travelpaso.com or organization’s

websites for information

2 • Agri-Business Tour – Paso Robles

Chamber of Commerce

4 • Main Street Pre-Olive Festival

Social Mixer, Allegretto Vineyard Resort

4 - 6 • Main Street Olive Festival,

Downtown Paso Robles

4 - 6 • Wildflower Experience/Triathlon,

San Antonio Lake

5 • AAUW Annual Home Tour

5 • Winemakers Dinner for PR

Library, Calcareous Winery, EventBrite.


5 • Templeton Wine Festival, Templeton


5 - 6 • Relay for Life North County -

Sunken Gardens, Atascadero

5 - 6 • Three Speckled Hens Antique

and Old Stuff Show, PR Event Center

10 • Open House, Boys & Girls Club

of North County

11 • Estrella Warbirds Museum/

Woodland Auto Display Barn Dance

12 • Warbirds, Wings & Wheels,

Estrella Warbirds Museum

15 • State of the North County presented

by Chamber of Commerce,

Springhill Suites in Atascadero

17 – 20 • 36th Annual Wine Festival,

Paso Robles City Park

17 – 20 • Paso Robles Horse Park:

Rosé in May

25 – 27 • Best of the West Antique

Equipment Show

25 - 28 • Great Western Bike Rally,

PR Event Center

30 • Wake Up Paso! Paso Robles

Chamber of Commerce


July 4 • Paso Pops at the Paso Robles

Event Center. paderewskifest.com

Sept. 15 & 16 • Whale Rock Music

Festival, whalerockmusicfestival.com


Almond Country Quilters Guild

Meeting – May 7, 6:30 p.m., Talk/Trunk

Show by Quilt Designer and Instructor

Dora Cary (orangedotquilts.com). Presentation

is in advance of class on her

pattern The Only One on 5/9 & 10. Trinity

Lutheran Church, 940 Creston Road,

Paso. Contact kajquilter @ gmail.com.

General info: lisajguerrero@msn.com,


North County Overeaters Anonymous

- 5:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran

Church, Fireside Room, 940 Creston

Rd., Paso, OA.org.

North County Toast ‘N Talk Toastmasters

- 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Keller Williams

Real Estate, Paso, 805-464-9229.

Writing Support Group with awardwinning

author/editor Patricia Alexander.

Every other Monday, May 14 & 28,

16, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. $25 per or $20

for 4 meetings paid in advance. Call for

location 805-479-7778. BookOfComforts.com.

Paso Robles Republican Women

Federated - third Monday, 11:30 a.m.

lunch, speaker at noon. $22 cash, guests

welcome, Paso Robles Inn Ballroom. Reservations

by the 2nd of each month to

Diane Oehlke, 805-239-8693 dloehlke

@gmail.com. Prrwf.org.

Santa Lucia Rockhounds - third Monday,

7:00 p.m. Templeton Community Center,

601 S. Main St. slrockhounds.org.


Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce

Restaurant of the Month Appreciation,

first Tuesday, time/location TBA, pasorobleschamber.com.

Templeton Chamber of Commerce

Women in Business Luncheon, second

Tuesday, 11:30, The Groves on 41,


Coffee with a CHP – second Tuesday,

8:30 a.m., Nature’s Touch Nursery &

Harvest, 225 Main St., Templeton.

BNI– Early But Worth It Chapter -

Business Networking International -

7:00 to 8:30 a.m., Culinary Arts Academy.

Visitors welcome, bniccc.com.

MOPS – Mothers of Pre-schoolers

- first & third Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. Trinity

Lutheran Church, 940 Creston Road,

Paso, Ashley Hazell, 805-459-6049, nocomops@gmail.com.

Exchange Club - second Tuesday,

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. McPhee’s, Templeton.

805-610-8096, exchangeclubofnorthslocounty.org.

Paso Robles Lions Club - second &

fourth Tuesday. 7:00 p.m., PR Elks

Lodge, 1420 Park St., Paso. 805- 712-

1260. pasorobleslions.org.

Chronic Pain Support Group Meeting

- CRPS (Chronic Regional Pain

Syndrome), third Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m.

to 6:00 p.m. Rabobank, 1025 Las

Tablas Rd, Templeton. Suzanne Miller

805-704-5970, suzanne.miller@ymail


North County Parkinson’s Support

Group - third Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m.,

Templeton Presbyterian Church, 610

So. Main St. Info: Rosemary Dexter


American Legion Post 50 - monthly

meeting fourth Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. 270

Scott Street, Paso Robles. Info: Commander

John Irwin, 805-286-6187.


Business Networking International,

7:00 to 8:30 a.m., Cricket’s, 9700 El

Camino Real, #104, Atascadero. Visitors

welcome, bniccc.com.

North County Newcomers – May 29

deadline for June 6 luncheon at the

Paso Robles Inn, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00

p.m. Meetings/luncheons/dinners held

first Wednesdays for residents living

here less than 3 years. Info and reservations,


Paso Robles Chamber Membership

Mixer, May 9, 5:30 p.m. Central Coast

Trail Riders, Location TBA, pasorobleschamber.com.

Live Music Wednesdays in the Club

Room – 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., Paso Robles

Golf Club. See ad in this issue for

local musicians. Reservations 805-238-

4722, PasoRoblesGolfClub.com.

Monthly dinner at Estrella Warbirds

Museum - first Wednesday, 6:00 p.m.,

guest speakers. 805- 296-1935 for dinner

reservations. ewarbirds.org.

Experimental Aircraft Association

(EAA) Chapter 465 - second Wednesday,

7:00 p.m. at Paso Airport Terminal.

Getting youth involved with aviation.


North County Multiflora Garden

Club - second Wednesday, 12:00 noon

to 3:00 p.m. Public is welcome, no

charge. PR Community Church, 2706

Spring St., 805-712-7820, guests welcome.


Paso Robles Democratic Club - third

Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. White Oak

Room, Centennial Park, 600 Nickerson,

Paso. Visitors/newcomers welcome.

Joyanne Soderholm, 2joyanne@gmail.

com. 805-769-4847.


Templeton Chamber of Commerce

Membership Mixer at Pacific Premier

Bank with The Wellness Kitchen, 1255

Las Tablas Road, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., templetonchamber.com.

Office Hours with District Supervisor

John Peschong, third Thursday, 9:00

to 11:00 a.m., Paso Robles Chamber of

Continued on page 64

We also cater private events!

62 PASO Magazine, May 2018

May 2018, PASO Magazine 63

Continued from page 62

Commerce Conference Room. Contact

Vicki Janssen for appointment, vjanssen@co.clo.ca.us,


Office Hours with Field Representative

for Senator Bill Monning, third

Thursday, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Paso

Robles Chamber of Commerce Conference

Room. Contact Hunter Snider for

appointment, 805-549-3784.

Third Thursday - Shop, dine and

drink in downtown Paso. A portion of

the proceeds benefit must! charities.

Above the Grade Advanced Toastmasters

- first Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Kennedy Club Fitness, Paso. 805-238-

0524, 930206.toastmastersclubs.org.

Overeaters Anonymous - 7:00 p.m.

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer,

4500 El Camino Real, Atascadero. Irene


BNI – Partners in $uccess - Business

Networking International - Thursday,

7:00 to 8:30 a.m. Paso Robles Assn. of

Realtors, 1101 Riverside Ave. Visitors

welcome, bniccc.com.

Hamburger Lunch– American Legion

Post 50, - $5, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

240 Scott St., Paso.

North County Prostate Cancer Support

Group - third Thursday, 7:00 p.m.,

Twin Cities Community Hospital Pavilion

Room. Bill Houston 805-995-2254 or

American Cancer Society 805-473-1748.


Winery Partners Wine Bar - Wine

tasting at Studios on the Park every

Friday and Saturday, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

benefits the free arts education program

for local kids. Studiosonthepark.org.

Wines and Steins for beer and wine

enthusiasts. First Friday, 6:00 to 9:00

p.m., American Legion Hall, Templeton.


North County Women’s Connection

Luncheon – second Friday, 11:00,

Templeton Community Center. Reservations,

call JoAnn Pickering, 805-239-

1096 by May 7.

Poetry in the Garden – second Friday,

6:30 p.m. Join local poets and share

your poetry and prose. Meet in Ellie’s

Garden, Ellie, 805-227-0110, ellencasey777@gmail.com.

Speak Easy Toastmasters Club -

12:10 to 1:15 p.m. Founders Pavilion,

Twin Cities Community Hospital. 9797.

toastmastersclubs.org. 805-237-9096.


Winery Partners Wine Bar - Wine tasting

at Studios on the Park every Friday

and Saturday, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. benefits

the free arts education program for

local kids. Studiosonthepark.org.

Vaccination Clinic at Paso Petcare –

second Saturday, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. for

cats, dogs and Microchip ID implants.

Cash/check only, dogs on leash, cats in

carriers, 238-1091.

Classic Car Cruise Night – second

Saturday (weather permitting), 5:00 to

7:00 p.m., King Oil Tools, 2235 Spring

St., Paso. Tony Ororato, 805-712-0551.

Art After Dark Paso – first Saturday, wine

tasting, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., Downtown

Paso. Hosted by Studios on the Park.

Central Coast Violet Society - second

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.,

Brookdale Activity Room, 1919 Creston

Road, Paso. Znailady1@aol.com.

Lupus/Auto Immune Disorder Support

Group - fourth Saturday, 10:30

a.m. Nature’s Touch, 225 So. Main St.,


Pancake Breakfast - third Saturday

8:00 a.m.to 11:00 a.m., $6, American

Legion Post 50, 240 Scott St., Paso.

Community Quilting - third Saturday,

(helping children and senior organizations),

10:00 am to 2:00 pm,

Bethel Lutheran Church, Old Country

Road, Templeton. Cynthia Bradshaw,



Daughters of the American Revolution

- first Sunday. For time and place,


PR Grange Pancake Breakfast - second

Sunday, 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. 627

Creston Road, Paso.


Sponsored by Hospice SLO,

805-544-2266, hospiceslo.org

Bereaved Parents Group,

Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Suicide Bereavement Support - fourth

Wednesdays, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Meetings at RISE, 1030 Vine St.,

Paso Robles

General Grief Support,

Wednesdays, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Meeting at 517 13th Street, Paso.

No cost, no pre-registration.

GriefShare All Saturdays in May. A

13-week on-going faith-based seminar/

support group for people grieving a

loss of a loved one. 10:00 a.m. to noon,

$15, on-going, open enrollment. Trinity

Lutheran Church, Fireside Room, 940

Creston Rd., Paso. Deaconess Juliet

Thompson, 805-238-3702, ext. 205.



1255 Las Tablas Rd., Templeton. Visit thewkrc.org, 805-434-1800 for information

on Healing and Wellness Foods meal programs, volunteer opportunities,

and classes (to RSVP, register and pay online.) Hours Monday through Friday

10:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday until 6:00 p.m.

Healthy Cooking Classes - 5/17, Breakfasts and Beyond, 5:30 to 7:30 in

Templeton. 5/18, at Idler’s in San Luis Obispo. $20 love offering, no one will

be turned away due to lack of funds. Taught by Evan Vossler. RSVP required

to 805-434-1800 or nancy@TheWKRC.org. 5/23, Intro to Wellness - A Taste of

Change with Registered Dietitian Hayley Garelli. 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Class is FREE.



1051 Las Tablas Road, Templeton

provides support, education and

hope. 805-238-4411.

Cancer Support Helpline, 888-793-

9355, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PST.

Visit cscslo.org for description of support

groups, social events, education

and kids programs.


5/2, 11:30 a.m. Life Beyond Cancer.

5/2, 1:30 p.m. Art Time with Katie.

5/9, 6:00 p.m. Young Survivors Peer

Gathering in Templeton.

5/10, 11:00 a.m. Advanced Cancer


5/16, 6:00 p.m. Young Survivors Peer

Gathering at Sierra Vista Hospital,

2nd floor, San Luis Obispo

5/16, 11:30 a.m. Potluck Social

5/30, 11:30 a.m., Mindfulness Hour,

RSVP required.


MONDAY: 11:30 a.m. Therapeutic

Yoga at Dharma Yoga

TUESDAY: 9:00 a.m. Tai Chi Chih

10:05 a.m. Coffee Chat, 1:00 p.m.

Educational Radio Show.

WEDNESDAY: 10:00 a.m. Living

with Cancer Support Group - Newly

Diagnosed/Active Treatment.

THURSDAY: Navigate with Niki by

appointment. T’ai Chi Chih (patients

only), 9:00 a.m. Coffee Chat Thursdays.

10:00 a.m.

FRIDAY: 5/4 & 18, 6/1, 6:00 p.m.

Grupo Fuerza y Esperanza.

Special Programs - Cancer Well-Fit®

at Paso Robles Sports Club, Mondays

and Thursdays 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

pre-registration is required with

Kathy Thomas, kathythomas10

@hotmail.com or 805-610-6486.

Look Good Feel Better®, check

calendar for Mondays, register

at 800-227-2345.

64 PASO Magazine, May 2018


By Chuck Desmond

Yes indeed, the fabulous Cruise and Car Show

weekend has moved from Labor Day weekend

to this Memorial Day weekend. That means the

Friday parade and Saturday show in City Park

will be this month instead of in the Fall. Make a

note in your cell-phone calendar right now!

Friday night, May 25 and Saturday, May 26

are the days for the sixth annual Cruise and Car

Show. Of course it's a family-oriented 2-day

event with something for everyone and all ages.

On Friday night, the parade down Spring St.

begins at 6:00. The vehicles cruise back and

forth from 6th to 23rd streets so you can get a

good look from both sides and snap your photos.

Beginning on Thursday and then all-daylong

on Friday, vintage vehicles start to cruise

into town. It's a delight for everyone to be on

the sidewalks and watch them show up. Best

viewing spots are around The Inn (across from

City Park) as that's become the defacto gathering

place for the cars' owners to get together and

catch up on their car-tales. Drive extra carefully

because there are always groups of people gathered

around the parked cars and folks often spill

into the street for a better glimpse.

Later, on Friday afternoon, those same sidewalks

begin “sprouting folding chairs” to hold

viewers' spots before the parade actually starts.

And what a parade it is! Just like Paso's other parade

on Pioneer Day, this is a Paso event of beauty

for sure as the vehicles 'show their stuff' while

cruising. Last year with over 300 vehicles entered,

they put on a great exhibition! Most especially if

you are into cars, and even if you're not, there are

only a couple words to use; DELICIOUS and


Adrienne Hagan 63

Advanced Concrete 63

Almond Acres Charter Academy 33

AM Sun Solar 48

Amdal Transport Services 60

American Riviera Bank 45

Applied Telecom Technology 15

Arlyne’s Flowers 35

Art Works 16

Associated Traffic Safety 60

Austin, Mary Ann 63

Awakening Ways 63

Berry Hill Bistro 29

Best of the West 47

Blake's True Value 49

Blenders 62

Bob Sprain’s Draperies 35

Body Basics 63

Bon Voyäge 48

Bridge Sportsmen Center 36

Brooklin Oaks Pharmacy 60

Cal Paso Solar 17

California MidState Fair 21

Calipaso 26

Chalekson, Dr. Charles 40

Cider Creek Bakery 46

City of Paso Robles-REC 12

Community West Bank 09

Connect Home Loans 37

Country Florist 64

Dale Gustin 63

Di Raimondo's Italian Mkt 42

Dutch Maytag 34

Edwards Barber Shop 37

El Paso de Robles

Historical Society 64

Equine Experience 36

Estrella Warbirds 31

Fox Hill Pools 35

Frontier Floors 17

Saturday, in City Park, get up close and personal,

as that's the place to be to see these wonderful

American memories. They truly display the USA

dominance of automotive engineering from “those

by-gone days.” Officially from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

there is a full cadre of classics, custom rigs, woodies,

street rods, and VWs along with their owners to

tell you about them. Marvelous paint jobs, massive

grills, real leather for upholstery, white-wall tires,

stick shifts and AM radios. If you're old enough

to remember, it'll take you back. If you aren't of

“that certain age to recall these beauties,” these

vehicles cause most folks to stop and ask, “Why

don't they make these today?” They make you drool

and all of a sudden, before you know it, you've

mentally added one to your Christmas list!

It was back in 1986 when Golden State Classics

Car Club was started by some local folks who

simply wanted to keep the memories of antique

motor-vehicles alive. The founders also wanted

to bring awareness and restoration-knowledge

that provide a pathway for folks to learn and become

involved while doing them in a club setting.

GSCCC kind-of disbanded for a few years but

now it's alive, strong and vibrant. It's no accident

that the club instigated another Paso-reason to

bring residents and visitors together. Yep, with

El Paso de Robles' great weather and our picturesque

country roads flowing amidst vineyards

and past ranches, we have the perfect locale for

driving the oldies around. As the Paso-area recognition

and reputation grows, so does the desire

for car owners to simply drive to our pueblo and

enjoy the super country-scenery to leisurely cruise

and hang out. We're just a logical place to gather.

Wherever we see an ad-hoc group of classic

autos, we always slow down to stare and smile –

probably dream just a little bit too!


Full Service Power Equipment 14

Gallagher Video Services 61

General Store Paso Robles 50

Glenn's Repair 47

Golden Collar 40

Golden Hills Farm 36

Golden Oaks Grill 33

Golden Reverse Mortgage 47

H.M. Holloway 15

Hamon Overhead Door 35

Harris Stage Lines 18

Healthy Inspirations 22

Hearing Aid Specialists 03

Heart to Heart RE 13

Heather Desmond Real Estate 07

HFG- Coastal Insurance Service 37

His Healing Hands 20

Julianne DesJardins 28

Kuehl Nicolay 33

Lansford Dental 05

Law Office of Patricia Scoles 61

Loaves N Fishes 23

Lube N Go 16

Main Street Small Animal

Hospital 41

Mikulics, Dr. 59

Natural Alternative 51

New with Tags 53

North County Pilates 49

Nose to Tail 58

Oak and Barrel Photography 57

Odyssey World Cafe 28

ON Bar 23

Pacific Trust Mortgage 42

Painted Oaks Salon 28

Paradigm Advisors 57

Parkfield Rodeo 20

Paso PetCare 22

On Saturday, as people wander through

the cars in the park, there'll be plenty of vehiclerelated

vendors, food booths and vehicles for sale.

It'll all keep you busy for awhile. A DJ plays the

music that's upbeat and surfin' for cruisin'.

An important part of the weekend event (and

GSCCC's routine donations-gathering) is that the

funds raised all go back to local organizations. As

always, Paso is nothing, if not a give-back community.

Our residents know and respect Golden

State Classic Car Club because it donates a bundle-o-bucks

that do such great community work.

With regards to that, sponsors also donate t-shirts,

awards and posters to name a few items. Last year,

donations from GSCCC went to at least a dozen

worthy causes from school groups to Scouting, our

local museums and to out-reach programs. This

club is truly involved and committed to Paso.

Here is some contact info if you need more details

about any part of the event or about the club

itself: goldenstateclassics.org. Shawn VanHorn

is club president. Paulette Pahler is club VP and

in charge of the event; 459-6711.


Patterson Realty - Paso Robles 11

Perfect Air 53

Photo Stop 08

PR Casino 29

PR Chamber of Commerce 61

PR Co-op Preschool 55

PR District Cemetery 43

PR Ford- 38

PR Golf Club 43

PR Handyman 46

PR Insurance 35

PR Physical Therapy 29

PR Safe & Lock 58

PR Waste 43

PW Construction 15

Red Scooter Deli 35

Reneau, J Scott - Insurance 14

Riley, Dr. Kaitilin 55

Santa Margarita Ranch 01

SESLOC Fed Credit Union 08

Solarponics 39

Spice of Life 18

St. Rose School 39

Stanislaus, Dr. Maureeni 63

Ted Hamm Ins. 55

The Harley Group 55

The Loft 51

The Teresa Rhyne Law 49

Thomas Hill Organics 62

Tim Covello 10

Tolosa Dental 30

Travel PASO 25

Vic’s Cafe 60

Western Janitor Supply 40

Whitehorse 36

Wighton’s 37

Wink Lash & Brow Bar 29

Worship Directory

- Adelaide Inn 65

Writing Support Group 50

Wyatt Wicks Door & Trim 51

66 PASO Magazine, May 2018

The Legendary

Rancho Hospitality

Traversing US 101 between Atascadero and San Luis Obispo just north of

Cuesta Grade, a driver might hardly notice the rolling landscape on either side

of the highway, but slowing down long enough to take a look around and you

will notice the most valuable treasure our Central Coast has to offer — picturesque

wide open space untouched as long as there has been dry dirt.

The historic and bucolic landscape, peppered with oak trees, cattle, and rolling hills

belongs to the 13,800-acre Santa Margarita Ranch, host to millions of travelers on

their way north and south.

Regularly quiet, the area echoes the history of those stewards over two centuries — from

California Indians, Spanish missionaries, the legendary Don Joaquin Estrada, the Murphy

family, Reis family, Stanford University, Robertson family, and since 1999 by Rob Rossi and

family — whose passion for, and sense of, history offer new life to a historic landscape and

small town of Santa Margarita.

Three distinct eras shaped the cultural landscape of the ranch, and the community — the

pre-rancho Native Americans, Spanish culture, and the American ranchers, beginning with

the Murphy family.

A study on the history of the ranch for California State Parks acknowledged that Patrick

Murphy “admired the open hospitality and other traditions of his rancho predecessors that

he continued them” as the ranch developed into 19th century norms.

Like Murphy, current owner Rob Rossi has a deep respect for his predecessors and the

sense of hospitality the ranch has provided the area for centuries.

The cultural history of Santa Margarita Ranch is a golden thread that has woven through

the changing hands and decades, and is steeped in hospitality and festivities. In 18 years

of ownership of the ranch, Rossi has continued that tradition — which, among other events,

can be seen on Memorial Day Weekend with the Best of the West Heavy Equipment Show.

In the mid-1800s, Estrada hosted famous fiestas and rodeos at Rancho Santa Margarita

lasting weeks at a time. Sublime spring and summer evenings enrich the sense of ease and

hospitality of Ranch events.

Raising large herds of cattle and farming, the ranch was an icon of organic farm-to-table

living and provided for large crowds and ranch hands and vaqueros. Money came from

driving cattle north to feed gold-rushing crowds.

From a two-week circus to month-long fiestas, bear-and-bull fights, grand after-dinner

Bailes (dances), and feats of horsemanship, the vibrance of the wild west was tamed and

trained to the rhythms of the Estrada wand.


The acronym stands for Ford “A” Speed Technology, but the drivers are

more interested in where they can put the motor to the test. That’s where

Santa Margarita Ranch again makes good. A 3,200 foot long air strip running

parallel to US 101 offers the F.A.S.T. racers a place to spin the tires and

pin the gas pedal.

While in town for the 2009

SLO International Film Festival,

the Carradine Bros.,

Robert, above, and David,

top right, stage a robbery of

the Pacific Coast Railroad at

Santa Margarita Ranch.

Estrada passed the wand to the Murphy family, and Patrick Murphy continued

hosting fiestas and rodeos. Murphy opened the land to the Southern

Pacific Railroad, and established the town of Santa Margarita.

As Santa Margarita Ranch passed on to the Reis brothers, and then the

Robertson family out of Texas, the landlocked town bypassed by US 101,

Santa Margarita has carried on a quiet existence with about 1,300 residents.

Rossi’s love affair with the Ranch Headquarters began in the 70s, when he

sketched some of the old buildings as an architectural student at Cal Poly.

Nearly 30 years later, he was the proud owner with a distinguished vision.

Putting the vision into action, several events and entertainment became

signature to the Ranch Headquarters.


In 2002, Rossi brought four historic passenger coaches that once transported

Disneyland visitors around the famous park. In 2006, he bought the

“Caroline” — named after his granddaughter — a restored replica 1880s

steam engine. The set now transports passengers through the decades and

centuries around a 1.5-mile loop of open California landscape. Another locomotive

on the track is the No. 2 Roger Linn, once used on the show Dr.

Quinn, Medicine Woman.

The train sees limited operation, with Best of the West this May being

one of opportunities for the public to take the trip through time — guided

by knowledgable docents.


Coming in handy again, the air strip plays a key role in Best of the West,

as a flock of airplanes star in the blue sky for a Memorial Day Weekend

homage to those who gave all in service to our country. After buzzing the

crowd during the national anthem in the morning, planes land on the strip

and park for visitors to get up close and personal with the ‘birds.’

Of course, you have to get through a number of eye-catching machinery

and mechanical wonders of ages gone by before you can get to the air strip.

Entering the show, visitors are treated to a rousing display of American

flags and antique equipment of a wide variety — all heavy-duty. From there,

a trip across the creek by tractor and wagon drops passengers near the tracks

of the Pacific Coast Railroad, where a careful crossing gives entrance to a

festival of military vehicles, fire trucks, food vendors, music, and more. Trips

on the PCR or a number of vendors are available for show goers, with something

for all ages to enjoy as the headquarters of the ranch pay tribute to

Memorial Day. It is a kickback time to slow down and enjoy good company

and meet new people.


In 2010, Sunset Magazine began a six-year run of Savor the Central

Coast — a food, wine, and star-studded event highlighted by Sunset’s Western

Wine Awards Gala — at Santa Margarita Ranch, featuring 200 wineries

and celebrity chefs. The four-day event was a marked success for six years,

and continues as a traveling attraction at food and wine festivals run by SloCal.


While the ranch provides an ideal place for big events and loud noise, the

essence of the legendary Rancho Hospitality can probably best be found on

the reserved and personal level through organized small events and weddings.

When the power of the moment demands whispering serenity, the

ranch provides a canvas that echoes centuries of history and carries the stories

of countless souls who shared a table for a time.

Breaking bread over the blessings on a marriage that took place under

the shady rancho oaks, or raising a toast and funds for a worthy cause — the

Rancho Hospitality carries a spirit centuries-old that adds a perfect touch to

what needs to be a perfect event.

When the warm Santa Margarita evening breeze joins that quiet moment

of reflection as if to say, ‘I’m just passing through,’ you will join a select group

who made Santa Margarita Ranch a special place.

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