2019 January Paso Robles Magazine


The Story of Us — a Monthly Look at Our Remarkable Community


Live Blessed

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8 Something Worth Reading


10 Through the Grapevine

12 Main Street:Rolling out the Barrels

13 San Miguel Reflections with Lynne Schmitz

14 Hoofbeat, Calendar & Trail Tales

16 New Laws for 2019

18 Polar Bear Dips & New Year’s Day Trips


20 Brynn & Brittni Frace: Going the Distance

22 Corporal Roberts: A Century Since ...


32 Downtown Parking Program Begins

34 Business Spotlight: Lansford Dental Group

35 General Store: Try. Give. Say Thank You.


36 Health & Wellness: Wellness Kitchen Moves

37 Health: Natural Alternative

38 Education: SLO County Schools

By Dr. James J. Brescia, Ed. D.

39 Education: The Promise of Cuesta College

40 Humanity: MLK, Jr. and Women’s March SLO


42 The Breath of Tea with Lori Foster

43 Assembling the Perfect Cheese Board


44 North SLO County Activity & Event Guide

45 Atascadero Tamale Festival


50 Chamber Economic Development Checkup


Downtown Paso Robles

Photo by Nicholas Mattson

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Something Worth Reading

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“I am enough of an artist

to draw freely upon my

imagination. Imagination

is more important than

knowledge. Knowledge

is limited. Imagination

encircles the world.

— Albert Einstein

"Be the change you want to

see in the world."

— Mahatma Gandhi

It’s right about this time,

the evening before we

go to press, that I get

a chance to reflect on the

massive effort that goes into

producing our publications

by dozens of teammates. As

the cold and dark surrounds us this time of year, it brings to mind how we

rely on each other — for work, for play, for love, and for life.

Each year it seems my wife and I come to appreciate this season on a

deeper level. Our children make it that much more important to get it right

— and admit when we are wrong. We live in a crazy world — it was crazy

when there were just a thousand humans, and it is crazy with seven billion;

it was crazy when we fashioned tools from stone and were unaware of what

thunder was, and it is crazy now that we hunt for the next big thing and

realize we are on a small speck spinning 1,000 miles per hour and hurtling

at a mind-boggling 67,000 miles per hour around our wonderful, life-giving

star we call the rising Sun.

I imagine it will always be crazy. I imagine it will always offer adventure

and heartache. I imagine there will always be something to learn, whether

it is one set of eyes looking into the starry sky seeking answers to questions,

or whether it is seven billion sets staring into screens.

We are on spaceship Earth. We are going where no man or woman has

gone before, and we are home, all at the same time.

Looking back on 2018, I hope everyone has learned something. I imagine

everyone learned a little something different. Among other things, I learned

that beef jerky is a meat raisin. That was a mind-blower. I learned a few

other things too, from books. I love publishing magazines, because I love

connecting people to something enriching — a big thank you to those who

believe in what we do, and to the advertisers who partner with us — but a book

is a whole other level; literally pure imagination.

I did grow up a little in 2018, and got some grey hair in my beard and

more hair in my ears — that is pretty fun. I fell in love more with my wife

— that was rewarding. My kids grow up faster than I thought — that is

scary, wonderful, and scary.

What will 2019 bring? What adventure awaits? What heartbreak looms?

What crazy idea will revolutionize the world yet once again? We look forward

to being there every step of the way. I imagine, it will not be a year for

the faint of heart or poor of spirit. It will be a year to live blessed, and charge.

Please enjoy this issue of PASO Magazine.

Nicholas Mattson



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worth the reading.

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‘TRecreation Services is dancing into 2019 with exciting new classes

beginning in January. Instructor Yvette Madrigal (AKA Ms. Magical)

will bring her “magical” brand of dance to Centennial Park this

season. Whether you’re a new mom looking for a great way to

exercise with your little one or a budding ballerina, we have a class for

you! Madrigal is especially fond of community recreation classes as

she took her first dance steps as a child at her local recreation center.

Since then Yvette has continued to dance, owning and operating multiple

dance studios and sharing with her students the joy that dancing

has brought to her. Here’s a look at what she has planned:

Babies & Moms at the Barre • Baby-wearing (or baby-watching)

mommy & me exercise class will include stretching, basic ballet

and pilates for new mommas focusing on rebuilding strength in abs

and increasing flexibility. Moms with babies up to age one.

Mondays 9-10 am beginning January 7. $90/10 punch pass.

Dance with Me • Especially designed for little ones (ages 1.5-4

years) and their accompanying adult as their dance partner. Mondays

10:30-11 am beginning January 7. $59/6 week session.

Magical Fairy Princess Ballet • Basic ballet concepts with lots of

fun and fairy dust. Ages 4-6 years. Wednesdays 3:30-4:15 pm beginning

January 9. $59/6 week session.

Magical Movers • Dancers ages six to nine will learn

basic ballet principals and skills with themes of jazz and

contemporary dance including routines to favorite

Disney songs. Tuesdays from 4:45-5:45 pm beginning

January 8. $59/6 week session.

Marvelous Foundations of Ballet • Your child

will gain confidence in their dance skills during

this lively dance class focusing on balance,

flexibility, agility and basic ballet principles.

Ages 7+. Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. beginning

January 8. $59/6 week session.

Advance registration is strongly recommended for

all of these classes to ensure your spot and avoid

class cancellation. The Winter/Spring Recreation Guide

is available throughout the city at many local businesses,

City Hall, the Paso Robles City Library,

Centennial Park or online at prcity.com/recreation.

To register visit prcity.com/recreation, the Centennial

Park Registration desk (600 Nickerson Drive)

Monday-Friday from noon to 5 pm or call Recreation

Services at (805) 237-3988.

All-in-one workout program in a casual,

non-gym atmosphere.

• Classic Aerobics &

Interval Training

• Muscular Strength Training

• Balance & Flexibility

• Great Music ~ Lots of Fun!

Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:00am at Centennial Park.

Instructor: Shelley Kelley

No membership fee. Join anytime. Ages 18+

$35/10 class pass. First class is FREE (first-time participants only).

Registration: prcity.com/recreation • 805.237.3988

| Through the Grapevine


The Paso Robles Chamber of

Commerce will be “Lighting the

Way” in 2019, beginning with its

annual gala at the Paso Robles Inn

Ballroom on Saturday, January 26.

As the premiere business event of

the year, the coveted reservations are

predicted to sell out quickly.

The event features a number of

presentations, including that of the

2018 Roblan of the Year — Matt


“Matt’s Paso Robles roots run

deep. His loyalty to this community

is unparalleled, as is his involvement

and support in ‘giving back’ over

countless years. He and his family

are generational staples in Paso’s rich

history,” the PRCC stated.

The chamber will also present the

Beautification of the Year and Ambassador

of the Year awards.

Cava Robles RV Park will be

honored as Beautification of the

Year, for its transformation of a 74-

acre property in northeast Paso Robles,

off CA 46 East, and Virginia

Lockyer will be presented as the

2018 Ambassador of the Year.

Live and silent auctions will help

fund the chamber’s educational programs,

and other tools designed to

help businesses succeed.

For more information, go to pasorobleschamber.com

or call Paso

Robles Chamber of Commerce

CEO Gina Fitzpatrick at 805-238-


Paso Robles Magazine will feature

Matt Masia, Cava Robles, and Virginia

Lockyer in our annual Roblan

of the Year issue in February.

Montessori School hosts

NY International Children’s Film Festival

Every year, the New York International

Children’s Film Festival

(NYICFF), puts together “the best of

the fest” from that year’s film festival.

These shorts — animation, live action,

documentary and experimental films

— come from across the globe.

On Saturday, January 12,

Children’s House Montessori School

in Atascadero will host two collections

from the 2018 Festival — Kid Flicks

One for children ages 3-7 and Kid

Flicks Two for ages 8-18. The event is

open to the public, and children must

be accompanied by an adult.

The audience will be given a ballot

to score their favorites and offer their

opinions. Discussion about the films

will follow the screening.

Tickets are $5 and include a bag of

popcorn and a cookie.

Kid Flicks One

Kid Flicks One gives a warm welcome

to all budding cinephiles with a lively

international lineup of fun. Kick off

with good hygiene and great dubstep

in Party Mouth (USA), then let your

hair—or, er fur—down and hang loose

in I Want to Live in the Zoo (Russia).

And the charming If You Fall (Canada).

Kids Flicks Two

With a compelling range of styles

and themes, Kid Flicks Two offers

clever, thought-provoking films sure

to inspire audiences ages 8+ to expand

their horizons. In the Grand

Prize award-winner Game (USA), AJ

has the drive to excel but must push

through obstacles to get there. Meanwhile,

teamwork takes on different

stripes when an odd couple of bears are

forced to work together in the hilarious

stop-motion short Poles Apart (UK).

For more info, call Korey Dudley

Children’s House Montessori

3025 Monterey Rd


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| It’s Happening on Main Street

Stop by Main Street

for a Wine Barrel Stroll Map

There are over 100 wine barrel planters

throughout Downtown Paso Robles,

many of which were in need repair or

replacement. With Executive Director Norma

Moye’s idea and guidance; working with volunteers,

business owners, community members

and artists, the Wine Barrel Painting Project

has blossomed into the first comamunity art

project for the City of Paso Robles.

Local artist and Main Street liaison for the

art community Laure Carlisle is managing

the project. Local wineries donated the barrels.

Rental Depot prepared the barrels for

longevity by stabilizing the staves and drilling

drainage holes. After working with the businesses

on the art design that represents them,

she gathers local artists in the workshop of

her new art gallery/studio at 1030 Railroad

Avenue, Paso Robles, in the former location

of Eighteen-Ninety House. Tom Flynn Sr.

and John and Laure Carlisle deliver the barrels

By Millie Drum

to local businesses after they’re painted and

varnished. For those wondering about Dot

Lefebvre, she’s working out of her historic

1890 House at 626 16th Street in Paso Robles.

After a career that’s included her own craft

galleries/studios and showing her paintings

and jewelry internationally and in the

United States, Laure recently “took the

plunge” again and opened this gallery/studio.

Locally, artists and lovers of art will be inspired

by Laure’s passion and talent showcased

in the brilliantly-renovated showroom and

workshop space that is filled with light, color

and the collaborative effort with fabric

artist Rachel Eckert and Studio Dream-

Woven. Stop in and be prepared to be

amazed by Laure’s art, jewelry and Rachel’s

woven hats, scarves and other embellishments!

Visit the Main Street office for

your map and take a “Wine Barrel Stroll.”

Laure Carlisle in Main Street’s Barrel

Workshop. Contributed photo

A Sweetheart Evening

with Main Street

Valentine’s Day

Movie Night at

Park Cinemas

featuring the 1964

romantic comedy

Father Goose with Cary

Grant and Leslie Caron. Limited seating.

Sunday, February 10 at 7 p.m.

Chocolates and champagne and a

movie for just $12!

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Paso Robles, CA 93446

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By Lynne Schmitz

As we greet the New Year, our little

town is growing. Downtown is

blooming with maturing trees and

sidewalk gardens. Businesses include the Mercantile

and Dollar General. Good places to eat

include San Miguel Market, San Miguel Deli

and Taco Mafia downtown; Leo’s Steakhouse

and Dos Hermanos on 10th Street by Highway

101. Across from our beautiful park on 13th

Street, the historic Hoffmann house was repainted

including the original lettering, ‘Maxwell

House’ now clearly visible from L Street.

Another historic structure on the corner of N

and east 12th Streets is resplendently red. Behind

it, new homes are rising across from the

Senior Center (which hosts Community Bingo

every second and fourth Friday at 6:30 p.m.).

The next phases of Self-Help homes are under

construction off of east 11th Street. All residents

are encouraged to get involved in their

new community.

The San Miguel Resource Connection

website discoversanmiguel.com is filled with

local current information and includes stories

and pictures from their History Group. The

Chamber of Commerce coordinates two parades

each year – Sagebrush Days in April and

San Miguel Christmas Lights in December –

a major car show on Labor Day weekend and

other events. For information call Mike Sanders

at 805-712-9120. The San Miguel Lions Club

is one of the oldest organizations in town. Their

barbecue skills are legendary and their Old Timers

Picnic in August is a must-attend for area

pioneers. For information also call Mike.

Friends of the Adobes just celebrated their

50th year of taking care of the Rios-Caledonia

Adobe Museum and Gift Shop in San Miguel

– open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11

a.m. to 4 p.m. (tours by appointment) and the

Estrella Adobe Church on Airport Road. They

are in need of volunteers to open the Gift Shop

at the Caledonia on weekends. Learn more of

the history of San

Miguel area, California

and the nation

by visiting San

Miguel Mission

Museum and Gift

Shop – open daily

from 10 a.m. to 4:30

p.m. - and Camp

Roberts Historical

Museum at Camp Roberts - open on Thursday

and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

San Miguel has had a library since the early

1900s. It is located on 13th Street next to the

soccer field in a building which was built in the

1940s as a justice court. The Library is open

on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday – hours

are posted. The San Miguel Advisory Council

is a liaison with the county to give us voice

in planning for our area. They meet on the

fourth Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Community

Building in the park. San Miguel – discover us.

Organics (Green Container)

Green Waste


Plant prunings


weeds with a minimum of soil

tree trimmings

unpainted/untreated wood

Food Waste

all cooked and uncooked food including

meat, fish, fruits, and vegetables

dairy and egg waste, including shells

coffee grounds and tea leaves

Not Accepted Items for the Green Container:

All paper or plastic products, including

compostable plates, cups, utensils, plastic

bags, pizza boxes, coffee filters, liquids, oils,

grease, diapers, and animal waste.

Food Waste Collection

Has Arrived for Paso Robles Residential Customers!

Easily recycle your Food Waste! Place it in your Green Organics Cart

(the container you already have for Yard Waste)

AB1826 Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

Starting January 1, 2019

Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week

shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.

Contact our office at (805) 238–2381


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| Hoofbeat & Trail Tales

By Bec Braitling

Templeton Farms

Templeton Farms is pleased

to announce that as of January,

Allison Mathy will be joining

the Templeton Farms team as

a Dressage Trainer. Allison, of

Lyric Dressage, is a USDF Gold

Medalist that offers training of

horse and rider through Grand

Prix. Her program is goal oriented

with students regularly working

toward competitions and achieving

their USDF Medals. Allison

joins a fantastic group of trainers

of multiple disciplines that are

currently located at Templeton

Farms. Welcome to the Central

Coast Allison! Check out www.

templetonfarms.com for information

on this fantastic facility.

Zee Varian and V6 Ranch

Zera Varian was born into a

family with a deep rooted passion

for ranch life and the magnificent

horses and cattle that come along

with it. Zera, better known as

Zee, spent her early years on her

family’s ranch in Culver City

eventually progressing to competing

show horses herself. She

was initially showing jumpers until

she happened upon the stock

horse classes at a local show and

was inspired by riders such as

Jimmy Williams and Barbara

Worth. This was the instant Zee

knew that training and showing

the reined cow horse was what

she wanted to do, and she found

that she was very, very good at it.

Lifetime earnings include a multitude

of belt buckles, 13 saddles,

3 horse trailers, and well over

$100,000 in cash prizes. One of

her proudest accomplishments was

when she became the first woman

to ever win the 1969 Reined

Cow Horse Open Bridle Championship.

Throughout her career Zee

has won multiple awards, championships

and reserve championships

almost exclusively on horses

she raised, trained, and owned.

The V6 Ranch in Parkfield was

purchased in 1961 by Zee and

her husband Jack. They run approximately

1,500 head of stocker

Zee and Jack Varian

cattle each year, purchasing them

in fall and selling them in the

spring. Zee and Jack have recently

begun raising grass-fed beef

cattle as well. Currently they

raise 25-30 head of grass fed beef

cattle a year and plan on increasing

those numbers annually. The

V6 Ranch got its name when

the last of their 4 children was

born, totalling 6 Varians, or ‘V6’.

Zera and Jack are incredibly proud

of the ranch they have built. In

2001 they made the decision to

create a Conservation Easement

on the property to ensure the

ranch cannot be divided or developed.

In partnership with the

California Rangeland Trust the

17,000 acre V6 Ranch is now

dedicated rangeland providing

open space not only for the cattle

to thrive but also ensuring the land

remains home to all animals large

and small.

Inspired by the movie ‘City

Slickers’, four times a year (3 times

in the Spring and once in the

Fall) Zee and her family welcome

strangers onto their family ranch.

They venture out across the countryside

on some of their 25 head of

horses, enjoying the sights, smells,

tastes and sounds of the sprawling

ranch. They’ve been doing this

for almost 26 years now, and Zee

still enjoys sharing her vast family

ranch. Cowboy Academies are also

available three times a year where

guests are able to experience the

real western lifestyle, sometimes

for the first time. Cutting, sorting,

roping, branding, barrel racing, and

pole bending are all skills event

participants have the opportunity

to participate in.

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Zee is a cowgirl through and

through, and we are beyond lucky

she and her family share her love

of the land and the animals on it

with us all.

Toys For Tots Trail R ide

W rap Up

The Atascadero Horseman’s

Club held the annual ‘Toys for Tots

Ride’ on Sunday November 18th.

The club has sponsored this event

for the past 45 years. This event

would not be possible without

the participation of dedicated

club members and riders from

our local equine community. The

spirit of giving provided 82 gifts

for needy children and cash donations

of $215 for the Atascadero

Loaves and Fishes food pantry.

A huge ‘thank you’ goes out to

the amazing club members who

volunteered their time and to all

who enjoyed the ride.

J anuary Calendar

Jan 5-6 Central Coast Polo Club,

Cal Poly Women vs. USC 2320

Clark Valley Rd, Los Osos

Jan 5-6 Salinas Valley Fair Winter

Barrel Race, 625 Division St,

King City

Jan 11- 12 Tanya Vik Dressage

Clinic at Woodmyst Farms in

In the Santa Cruz area there is Wilder Ranch (831-423-9703).

There are over 50 miles of multi-use trails (equestrians, hikers &

mountain bikers). Trails are both fire roads & single track through

meadows & redwoods. The horse camp is on the inland or east side

of Hwy. 1 (not the main park entrance). There is a locked gate so call

for the combination. There are approximately 5 horse corrals with

spigots for water (bring hoses) bring a port-a-potty. No fires & no

dogs. Access to trails is directly out of camp.

Reservations are typically not necessary, but call first. Day use also

allowed. Check out the California State Parks website for additional

information and directions. www.parks.ca.gov

Brought to you by Whitehorse Tack

2805 Black Oak Drive, Paso Robles • whitehorsetack.com

Gilroy, contact Julia Mitchell.


Jan 13 Twin Rivers 12th Annual

Combined Test & Jumper

Schooling Show, 8715 N River Rd

Paso Robles. Kick off the year at

the first schooling show of the

season. Visit www.twinrivershorse

park.com for entry premium and

more information

Jan 26- 27 LA Winter Dressage,

Burbank, visit www.cornerstonedressage.com

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A Look at New California Laws in Effect for 2019

Here is a sampling of some of the new

California laws in effect, as of January

1, 2019, that could affect you.



California voters who vote by mail will no

longer have to pay postage. The new law works

to ensure voting is free for all Californians by

requiring that election officials include a return

envelope with prepaid postage when delivering

vote-by-mail ballots. Local agencies could ask

the state to reimburse them for the new costs,

estimated at $5.5 million.



The new law can hold companies accountable

for potential abuse of personal data. In a

compromise reached between consumer privacy

advocates and tech companies, the California

Consumer Privacy Act was signed into law in

2018 and goes into effect in 2020. It allows

consumers to know more about personal information

companies collect on them and empowers

them to request the data be deleted. If

there is an unauthorized breach of a consumer’s

non-encrypted personal information, companies

can be sued for up to $750. Upon request,

members of the public could ask a business to

delete information they have collected on them

and businesses that sell consumers' information

would have to disclose the categories of information

they collect. Kids under 16 must opt

in to consent to the sale of their data. While

consumers can sue for security breaches, the

Attorney General can levy fines.




During his first term as California governor

in 1975, Jerry Brown signed legislation requiring

that all public schools provide students in

grades K-12 one nutritionally-adequate free

or reduced-price meal per school day. In 1992,

when charter schools were authorized as public

schools, they were exempt from this requirement.

This law ensures that charter school

students have the same access to nutrition as

low-income students in public schools. This

law will facilitate meals for over 340,000 eligible,

low-income students who are enrolled

By Melissa Chavez

in California charter schools, and over 80,000

low-income children who are currently going

without meals.




An employer shall make reasonable efforts to

provide an employee with the use of a room or

other location, other than a bathroom, in close

proximity to the employee’s work area, for the

employee to express milk in private. The room

or location may include the place where the

employee normally works if it otherwise meets

the requirements of this section. An employer

who makes a temporary lactation location

available to an employee will comply with this

section the following conditions are met: The

employer is unable to provide a permanent lactation

location because of operational, financial

or space limitations; The temporary lactation

location is private and free from intrusion while

an employee expresses milk; The temporary lactation

location is used only for lactation purposes

while an employee expresses milk; The

temporary lactation location otherwise meets

the requirements of state law concerning lactation





Under existing California Penal Code 26165,

the required course of training for an applicant

must be no more than 16 hours and must cover

firearm safety and laws regarding the permissible

use of a firearm. AB 2013 would amend

26165 PC to require that the course of training

be at least eight hours, but not be required to

exceed 16 hours. The bill requires the training

course firearm handling and shooting technique

instruction, a demonstration by the applicant

of shooting proficiency, safe handling of each

firearm that the applicant will be licensed to

carry and include live-fire exercises conducted

on a firing range. The law also requires licensing

authorities to establish and make available to

the public the standards used when issuing licenses

regarding the live-fire shooting exercises

it requires, as specified. By imposing additional

requirements on local licensing authorities,

this bill would create a state-mandated local

program. The California Constitution requires

the state to reimburse local agencies and school

districts for certain costs mandated by the state.

Statutory provisions establish procedures for

making that reimbursement. To date, 25 U.S.

states have enacted similar legislation.



California residents who have been convicted

of a DUI, will be required to install an ignition

interlock device on their vehicle, even if they

are convicted of their first DUI offense. An

IID is a small breathalyzer that is connected

to a vehicle’s ignition system. The device prevents

a vehicle from starting when a driver’s

breath sample contains alcohol. A convicted

driver has the right to apply for a restricted

license without completing their license suspension

upon revocation, providing they install

an IID on their vehicle, which will be in effect

until January 1, 2026.




Previously, California medical providers

who are disciplined for ethical violations such

as gross negligence, substance abuse, inappropriate

prescribing or sexual misconduct could

be placed on probation and allowed to continue

practicing for a period under restricted

conditions. Beginning in July 2019, California

physicians, surgeons, podiatrists, acupuncturists,

chiropractors and osteopathic and naturopathic

doctors are required to inform their

prospective patients if they are on probation

before they can be treated.

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POLAR PLUNGE rings in the New Year with salty fun

By Patrick Pemberton

Take a stroll to Cayucos on New Year’s Day

and you might think you’ve entered what

Rod Serling used to describe as another


The annual Carlin Soule Memorial Polar

Bear Dip is perhaps one of the wildest events

you’ll come across in San Luis Obispo County

— a holiday tailor-made for surrealists, oddballs

and goofs. But it’s also an unforgettable taste of

what we collectively call “the SLO Life.”

If you want to symbolically wash away any

unpleasant memories of 2018 — or you simply

can’t abandon the previous night’s New Year’s

Eve celebrations — there are three (official)

polar dip options for New Year’s Day.

The Avila Beach dip, which begins at 11:30

a.m., is relatively informal with few rules (One

you might want to remember: “No birthday

suits allowed”). Typically featuring gentle little

waves, slightly warmer water and a smaller

(though still robust) crowd, the Avila plunge is

ideal for the beginning dipper.

In nearby Pismo Beach, the 3rd annual Pier

to Plunge, beginning at 8:45 a.m., offers a

healthy start to 2019, combining a 5K beach

run with an ocean dip, as each runner heads

straight to the water after crossing the finish

line. The first 250 finishers will win a beanie,

while the first place man and woman will win a

training session with Nike-sponsored marathon

runner Jordan Hasay.

But the grand poo-bah of all local polar dips

is clearly in Cayucos, where more than 3,000

have been known to gather for this sobering

(or not) Pacific plunge. While the climax of the

event is the dash into the surf, the real highlight

occurs pre-dip on the beach, when a bizarre

cast of characters from around the county and

beyond gather in a party that’s a mash of New

Year’s Eve, Halloween and Mardi Gras.

The event began in 1981, when the late

Carlin Soule — bored with the slow New Year’s

days — invited a few friends and his employees

at the Way Station to dive into the ocean.

The next year, the event grew to 55 people.

Sadly, Soule succumbed to cancer before the

eighth annual dip. But his event continued to

grow, and today it is a nippy must on any SLO

County bucket list.

Costumes are encouraged at all plunges, but

the Cayucos dip, beginning at 10 a.m., features

the most outrageous. Here you might find superheroes

and aliens congregating with Elvis for

The real highlight occurs pre-dip on the beach,

with a bizarre cast of characters from around the county.

a photo op that even the most sensational tabloids

couldn’t have staged. Best of all, some of the

best costume models sport four legs and a tail.

As the noon dip nears, spectators pack the pier

and wait for a second New Year’s countdown.

But while the first announces the arrival of the

new year, this one reminds us to have fun with it.

Our New Year’s Eve Fun Guide

So technically speaking, New Year’s is just one

of 365 days on the calendar. But that doesn’t

mean it has to be a day like any other because,

symbolically, New Year’s Eve offers both a

chance to look back on the past year, and, ah —

OK, whatever. Really, it’s just an excuse to

party like it’s 1999 all over again. And, frankly,

there’s nothing illegal about a little legal fun,

right? Luckily, there are several events planned

county-wide to maximize your in-with-the-new

celebrations. Here are a few recommendations:

On the Waterfront: There’s a lot to be

said for staying close to home on New Year’s

— especially if there are tacos involved. Beginning

at 7 p.m., you can offer a toast of tacos

at the Pavilion on the Lake in Atascadero.

Semi-formal attire is suggested for the

event, which begins at 7 p.m. and features

live music by SoundCake. Tickets, which cost

$50 before December 30 ($65 after), buys

access to the La Parrilla taco bar and two

drink tickets. Dancing is encouraged but not

required for this lakeside bash, which raises

money for youth sports and scholarships, the

Alisa Ann Rusch Burn Foundation and other

local charities.

Think Pink: There’s a reason why celebrities

such as Paul Newman, Dolly Parton and Graham

Nash loved to visit the Madonna Inn —

it’s a trippy place. And the holidays here have

never disappointed. Perhaps the most ostentatious

place in the county — aside from Hearst

Castle — The New Year’s party ($75-125) features

live music, dancing, a midnight balloon

drop and, of course, those great desserts.

Ship Ahoy: What can be more cozy and romantic

than a nighttime dinner cruise on a 72-

foot yacht? The Papagallo will take off at 6 p.m.

on December 31, headed for a 9 p.m. (a.k.a.,

midnight Eastern time) celebration. Enjoy the

sights of Morro Bay from the water while also

dining on amazing food. If this one sells out,

look for other New Year’s cruises on the coast.

(Tickets: $100)

Feel the Beat: The Fremont Theatre, centerpiece

of downtown SLO, has become a quaint,

intimate place to see some of your favorite acts,

including the English Beat (tickets $55), who

will put on a New Year’s Eve show at the historic

theater. Led by Dave Wakeling, the English

Beat offers a mix of ska, reggae, pop and

80s nostalgia. Best known for songs such as

“Save it for Later” and “I Confess,” the Beat

have had a loyal following and are particularly

fond of performing in San Luis Obispo.

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Happy New Year from

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A Life is Measured by the Joy

Between the Beginning and the End

As I begin writing this, I can feel the

emotions rising to the surface. As the

sports editor of the local newspaper, I

was a part of the years of commitment, success

and heartbreak and I was blessed to feel every

moment and relive the greatest moments of some

young people’s lives.

The relationships I made during that time

are precious beyond explanation, and a few lives

were truly fused with my own as I cheered from

behind a camera, keyboard, and social media

platforms. I’ve cried alone in my car after our

teams lost that final playoff game of the season,

I stormed courts and fields after big wins.

When the hero was raised onto the shoulders of

the team, I was both the lifter and liftee. It was

our story, and we shared it together, and I then

shared it with our local readers and fans.

Devastating losses marked the end of an era,

closed the chapter on a story filled with wins,

losses, blowouts and comebacks. It was the period

at the end of a story that spanned an entire

lifetime up to that point.

But wins and losses are just a part of the story.

It is the relationships, the journey, the adventure

between the lines that truly capture the imagination,

because the score is just a temporary mark

but the adventure never ends.

My first year as the sports editor, Brynn Frace

was a senior at Atascadero High School. Her

sister Brittni was a freshman. I began my journey

as sports editor during the winter season, and the

By Nicholas Mattson

Frace sisters ran the pitch for AHS soccer. As

spring hit, I found my favorite sport to cover —

distance running.

I showed up at the 2013 Bearcat Relays at

Paso Robles High School and as I crossed the

all-weather track to the center of the mini-festival

that is a track meet, I was floored by the

scene of an Arroyo Grande runner cheering as

runners from Templeton, Atascadero, and Paso

Robles ran by her. There was a sense of joy for the

run that was now the pervading rhythm. Athletes

were no longer competing with each other, but

competing with their own personal best and using

each other to push themselves further along.

That spirit was evident between Brynn and

Brittni Frace, that they pushed one another to be

better in a way that inspired admiration. Whether

it was better goofy, or better friendly, or better

on the track or cross country course.

I can only imagine the joyful songs they sang

as they drove back together to Chico State for

the spring semester after winter break. They never

made it to Chico, but they never really left us either.

Like flowers that spring up after winter, the

clouds of sorrow break for beams of light and joy.

Now a year after the sisters left this Earth, their

spirit lives on. Their parents, Warren and Shari

Frace, continue their service to our community

and honor their daughter’s memories. Warren

serves as the Community Development Director

for the City of Paso Robles, and Shari serves as

support staff for Atascadero Fine Arts Academy.

In their spare time, they have brought honor to

their girls with a 10K & Fun Run-Walk around

the idyllic Santa Margarita Lake. As related

from Warren and Shari time and again as they

process the loss and celebrate the lives of Brynn

and Brittni, instead of dwelling on the loss, they

make the best of what the girls gave to the world.

The spirit of Brynn and Brittni remains a living

force for their “love of nature, the outdoors

and respect for the earth and one another.”

The marathon of life calls to us to reach inside

and find something that keeps us running

toward our own finish line, and those around us

who love us also challenge us, and push us to

choose who it is we will be each day as we go

the distance. To get a little inspiration, join Run

4 Bitti and Brynn as a walker or a runner, or

just as a fan at the finish line cheering on those

who make it across.

For more info on the upcoming Run 4 Bitti

and Brynn 10K and Fun Run-Walk, go to run-


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By Melissa Chavez

Some highly-decorated military

heroes have long and distinguished

careers. But Harold W. Roberts, for

whom Camp Roberts was renamed,

served just two years in the U.S. Army

before sacrificing his life to rescue

another in battle. Roberts was 22.

In 1916, the University of California,

Berkeley student had just taken

a brief trip to Mexico as The Great

War raged in Europe. A patriotic

young man, Roberts hoped to be

among the first to see service when

the United States fought abroad. On

his birthday on October 14, Roberts

enlisted in the Army, just a week after

German forces invaded Romania

in the Battle of Brasov and intensified

their hold on Central Europe.

As he returned to California af-

joicing in the hope of his speedy return,

a cablegram from France yesterday announced

the death in action on October

6 of Corporal Harold William Roberts,

only son of John Roberts and the late

Freda Seifert Roberts of San Francisco.”

Stars and Stripes Newspaper also

published riveting accounts of 47 Congressional

Medal of Honor recipients,

16 of whom had died, including Cpl.

Harold W. Roberts:

“Corporal Roberts, a tank driver,

was moving his tank into a clump of

bushes to afford protection to another

tank which had been disabled. The tank

slid into a shell hole ten feet deep, filled

with water, and was immediately submerged.

Knowing that only one of the

two men in the tank could escape, Corporal

Roberts said to the gunner, ‘Well,

only one of us can get out, and out you

go,’ whereupon he pushed his companion

ter serving in the Philippines as a

cavalryman, Roberts’ regiment was

sent to France, where he transferred

into the Tank Corps and fought with

Company A, 344th Light Battalion.

On October 4, 1918, Cpl. Roberts

participated in the historic

Argonne Offensive that would end

the war just weeks later.

The San Francisco Chronicle

published the news on November

18, 1918:

“While his friends and family were

celebrating the news of victory and rethrough

the back door of the tank and

was himself drowned.”

Since becoming curator of Camp

Roberts Historical Museum, Gary

McMaster has arranged for flowers

to be delivered to Cpl. Roberts’ grave

every Memorial Day.

“I thought that since I spent a year

and a half putting Roberts’ life together

for the first time several years

ago in a biography — not only as a

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as a tribute to him — that it fell on

me to be at his actual gravesite on the

centenary of his sacrifice,” McMaster

said. “I took a train up to Verdun.

From there, it was a 40-minute

drive to the cemetery north of town.

I pre-ordered a large floral arrangement

through a French florist and

it was placed on his grave. This was

a much larger arrangement, since it

was his centenary.”

“The Argonne Offensive of World

War I was the bloodiest battle in

our nation’s entire history,” McMaster

said, “and the Meuse-Argonne

American Cemetery where Roberts

is buried holds more than 14,000

American soldiers who participated

in it. It’s the largest of all our overseas


Cpl. Roberts was awarded the

French Croix de Guerre with Palm,

the French Military Medal and the

Italian War Cross. For his gallantry,

Cpl. Roberts was the second tanker

to be awarded America’s highest

military decoration, the Medal of

Honor, the whereabouts of which to

this day are unknown.

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Planning, Progress, and Purpose in Paso Robles

As we turn the corner on another

brand-new year, it’s

expected and appropriate

that we all turn our thoughts to the

future. With the completion of one

term as Mayor of Paso Robles and

the beginning of another, I am also

a bit preoccupied with the future. It’s

good to think ahead and lay plans. It

gives direction and helps define what

success will look like. Of course, the

universe sometimes has other ideas

and we are forced to react as well as

act. So, we have to be prepared for

those issues we anticipate and always

be ready to address the things

we never could have expected. If we

are well-prepared for 90 percent of

what happens we will be better able

to deal with those unexpected issues

that always seem to pop up.

So, what do we know about

the future? We know that our

citizens are looking for better

streets, more and better jobs and

strong public safety services. How

do we know that? People made

those preferences known in 2017-

2018 via public surveys, forums

and goal-setting exercises. So, I

have adopted three overarching

“Man-On-The-Moon” statements

for Paso Robles.

First, we will be a city where our

infrastructure (streets, water, sewer,

etc.) are strong, dependable and

well-maintained. We have already

accomplished much in the area of

street repairs and we will continue

to spend more than $5 million per

year to complete those efforts. In

the future we will need to establish

a regular pavement maintenance

program to assure street repairs are

done in a timely fashion. This will

increase the life-span of our streets

and reduce the need for massive,

expensive repairs in the future.

Second, we will be the hub for

economic development in our area,

providing a wide variety of jobs in

many business sectors. Tourism

has been the backbone of our local

economy for years. We want that to

continue. Money spent by visitors in

Paso Robles creates revenue for city

services that would otherwise have

to be generated by our citizens.

Even so, tourism cannot be the

only solution to our revenue needs.

If anything should happen to weaken

that revenue stream it would

jeopardize city services. We need

to expand other local business and

encourage others to locate in our

city. This will provide employment

alternatives and create a more stable

local economy.

Third, we will be a safe community

with sufficient emergency and law

enforcement services to assure a safe

and lawful community and be prepared

for unexpected natural emergencies.

We have already established

and approved a plan to increase the

size and scope of our Fire and Emergency

Services Department. In 2019

we will follow a similar course to

address the needs of our police department.

Public safety is always our

number one priority. The new year

will see an even greater focus on this.

Other projects that will occupy

our time in the years to come

By Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin

include housing, homelessness,

downtown parking and recreation.

Activity to create new housing in

our Specific Plan areas will continue.

First and foremost, these projects

will be required to go through

the environmental review process

to assure their ability to mitigate

any negative impact on our quality

of life. Secondly, we hope to have

balanced development via housing

that is accessible to people in many

income levels.

“If we are well-prepared for 90 percent of what

happens we will be better able to deal with those

unexpected issues that always seem to pop up.”

We anticipate working with local

organizations such as Paso Cares,

ECHO and others to participate

in a process that will create new,

more effective strategies to assist the

homeless. Homelessness is probably

a problem that will never be completely

solved, but we can be more

effective and efficient managing the

situation. Doing so will help people

out of homelessness, provide for the

truly needy and address the relatively

few among the homeless population

responsible for breaking the law and

creating problems.

Our pilot program for providing

employee parking in the downtown

area is already generating success.

We look forward to using the data

acquired during this program to

enhance downtown parking. We

will take this step-by-step, focusing

on the strategies that work and

discarding those that don’t. The

ultimate goal is to ease the downtown

parking situation to provide

Mayor Steve Martin

customers and businesses with the

most pleasant and profitable shopping


Recreationally, we are a community

that enjoys sports. We will

continue to work to increase the

availability of recreational facilities

to serve all of the community. This

will be a challenge of venue development,

maintenance and scheduling

and we will have to work together

to meet it.

These goals relate directly to the

quality of life in Paso Robles, a city

where people can live, work and recreate.

The more successful we are at

attaining these goals, the higher the

quality of life we will all experience.

One thing about the future will

be familiar: I and all of our City

Council, committees and staff will

look to our citizens for input and

assistance. We will be accessible

and responsible when you reach

out. We are all Paso Roblans and

we all want what is best for our

city. I trust no one in our community

will be shy about contacting

us with suggestions, complaints

and (every now and then) a little

compliment. Contact information

is available out our newly-updated

City website, prcity.com. The

website is the perfect way to stay

“in the loop” about what is going

on with the city. It’s automatic!

Fill out a form with your contact

information and we’ll make sure

you’re updated. Or, just check out

the regular City newsletter, also

available on the website.

Here’s to a bright 2019. Here’s to

you, Paso Robles!

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For almost 30 years, Señor Sanchos has been

serving from its home on Creston Road in Paso

Robles, and the owner Carlos Leyva is as proud

and blessed today as he has ever been.

Coming in, you can expect a friendly greeting

from him and his staff, who go out of their way to

serve more than just hot mexican food, cold

beverages, and incredible margaritas.

You might have a favorite meal, or want to try

them for the first time. With nearly 30-years of track

record, there is something right for everyone.

One of the new things on the menu at “Sancho’s”

is the beautifully remodeled banquet room, perfect

for holiday parties, team banquets, or company

parties when you need a meal and a meeting.

One thing you can’t miss is Carlos’ generosity,

compassion, and his gratitude for the friendships he

has made over the years.

His willingness and professionalism to make the

“Sancho’s” experience just right is just what the

Taste of PASO is all about.

Paso Magazine celebrated another great year

with its holiday party in the banquet room,

complete with a custom

menu tailored to fit all

our needs from picky

eaters to big appetites.

Call Carlos today to

book your reservation

or just say hi!

A Local Favorite – A World of Flavor

Odyssey is celebrating 21 years of

great success that can be attributed

to a comfortable ambiance featuring

excellent food at good prices and

friendly service. “We have a wide

variety of “comfort” food with an international

flair. Our salads, soups,

breads and sandwiches are homemade

and delicious,” says Dawn

Gregory. Week night specials vary

each month and include a salad and glass of house wine. Odyssey

can accommodate gluten-free, vegan, low-fat and sugar-free requests.

Catering options include party platters, sandwiches/wraps,

sides, and dessert bars. Picnic in the park or wine country with

Odyssey’s Gourmet Box Lunches.

The dining area décor is adorned with artwork by local artists

and back patio are inviting for large groups and intimate gatherings.

General Managers, Jill White and Wilbert Saucedo keep the

“front and the back of the house” running smoothly and assist in

keeping variety to the menu; keeping up with wonderful seasonal

ingredients and favorite menu items for their customers.

Danny, Carlos, Susana and Lupe assist Wilbert in the kitchen.

Elizabeth rounds out the front with veterans Carolyn and Jamie

along with new staff members Oscar, Vivi and Chelsea. Many of

the employees have been with Odyssey for many years. Along with

the great food, the friendly staff is what keeps customers coming

back! Many have become more than loyal patrons. They have

become friends.

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Nautical Cowboy Freshens the Menu

The new year brings new menu items to Nautical Cowboy as the restaurant

continues forging ahead in its first year. With chef Jason Main behind the kitchen

staff and David Weyrich helping steer the way, the voyage has just begun for the

team inside the Historic Carlton Hotel restaurant.

To combat the cold and rain expected in the new year, Weyrich and Main will

bring in some comfort food and a supplier

with quick access to fresh seafood.

“The new supplier we have out of

San Francisco, if I called him today, he

would have 30 different kinds of oysters,”

Weyrich said. “It’s unbelievable.”

Along with fresh oysters, crab will be a

fixture on the menu for January.

“The Dungeness is going to be huge,” Weyrich said, “the fresh crab season

started in November, so I’m bringing fresh Dungeness for a lot of dishes.”

Nautical Cowboy will feature the Dungeness on several plates, with a variety of

presentations including a Dungeness Ceasar.

To get the mouth watering, lunch hours are

coming soon to Nautical Cowboy, preparing

for burgers, sandwiches and seafood.

With focus on fresh, sustainable seafood,

the new menu will feature swordfish, both

Prince Edward Island and Mediterranean

mussels, and a sole variety.

“We’ll also be doing the comfort food winter time stuff,” Weyrich said, “like

bison meatloaf and chili, and short ribs slow-cooked over six hours.”

In the heart of wine country, the glass is never half-empty at Nautical Cowboy.

“We are constantly revolving our wine list so people can try different things,”

Weyrich said. “You are likely to see a new chardonnay by the glass every week —

local, regional, and worldwide, keeping favorites and bringing in new flavors.”

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A Hidden Gem Discovered!

The Brickyard in the Alley

Jeffry’s Wine Country BBQ is the

most unique eatery in Paso Robles. It’s

unique style of “Wine Country BBQ”

combines classic French cooking techniques

with premium, local ingredients

with traditional wood-fired BBQ

methods. The highlight is the beautiful

outdoor courtyard tucked away in the

heart of downtown Paso Robles.

Jeffry Wiesinger created Jeffry’s Catering almost 12 years ago;

leading as a personal chef combined with a catering business. Jeffry’s

Wine Country BBQ opened Father’s Day weekend 2018. Jeffry says,

“With 6 months into the business, we’re excited to be expanding into

an additional space in our courtyard.”

Jeffry’s signature dishes are the award-winning Paso Mac &

CheeseSteak, smoked Tri- Tip Sandwich, smoked Pork Bahn Mi,

Wine Country Bacon Cheeseburger and the Sunday special – Chef ’s

Paso Paella that won awards at the Paso, Pinot & Paella Festival.

The delicious, scratch-made food, friendly service, relaxed

atmosphere, cool vibe and beautiful courtyard keeps the customers

coming back while referring new customers every day.

“We are extremely happy and humbled to have such a loyal

following and amazing fan base in such a short period of time. This

has been an incredible labor of love for my wife Kathleen and I. To

provide a fun and unique ambiance for locals and tourists to enjoy

and share with their family and friends, warms our hearts and fills us

with pride for our community.”

Black Cat Bistro Too

Brings Acclaimed & Innovative

Farm Fresh Fare

to New Location on Pine Street

Open since July 4th, 2002,

Black Cat Bistro is known

for serving Innovative Farm

Fresh Fare.

The menu changes often as

Black Cat Bistro consistently

strives to present fare that is

reflective of seasonal, local

produce and organically

raised or sustainable product.

The food is especially

cognizant of wine pairings to

electrify the palate.

The Black Cat has received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

nine years in a row.

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By Tom O’Brien

For more than a decade, the

Paso Robles Wine Country

Alliance has pursued an agenda

focused on putting the region’s

vineyards and grapes on the map for

winegrowers, critics, and enthusiasts.

Now, with another year in the

rearview mirror, the organization

is looking ahead at 2019 as simply

another chance to expand the

Paso Brand” and its growing influence

in the international and

national wine communities.

“Every little bottle of wine is a

little billboard,” said Chris Taranto,

the Wine Alliance’s Communication

Director, “each one says where

it’s from.”

It’s for that reason Paso’s Wine

Alliance takes a diversified approach

to spreading the word

about San Luis Obispo County’s

wine hub. For instance, the 501(C)

(6) nonprofit this year is set to

attend a wine and chef pairing

event in Florida where a renowned

Paso winemaker will join forces

with one of five chefs to create

a custom meal and wine tasting


Every little bottle of

wine is a little billboard.

While this particular upcoming

food and wine showcase is in its

infancy, Taranto said the Wine

Alliance tried to target similar

events in order to get Paso wine in

front of as many people as possible.

Just last year, the organization

wrapped up two years of outreach

into the Texas region. The work

was made possible after the nonprofit

acquired some $300,000

in federal Speciality Crop Block

Grant Program funds.

Taranto told Paso Magazine

the Alliance was pursuing a similar

grant for 2019 but had yet hear

word from the U.S. Department

of Agriculture if the application

had been approved. He said federal

dollars like that helped the

Alliance achieve its mission of

getting the region’s myriad bottles

of wine into the hands of firsttime


“If we can influence the

influencer... give them

those tools to be able to

talk about our region,

it’s a win.

“Wine is a very unique product

because you don’t run around and

say, ‘Hey, I got this jar of mayonnaise,

you gotta try it,’” he explained.

“A bottle of wine though,

you’re like, ‘Hey, I got this bottle

of wine. I was in Paso or the [sommelier]

at such and such restaurant

turned me on to it, you gotta try it.

That’s a unique thing; a unique way

of sharing this product.”

And it’s why the Alliance tries

to recruit writers, “influencers” on

social media, and sommeliers to

visit the Paso region by offering to

pay for their trip and run visitors

through a crash course on The Paso

Robles American Viticulture Area.

“If we can influence the influencer,

and get those bottle shop

owners, the sommeliers, and the

likes to understand who we are a

little bit better and basically play

into that paradigm that they exist

in, on wine … sense of place, and

give them those tools to be able to

talk about our region, it’s a win.

“It’s a win because then we’ve

created a new ambassador.”

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By Tom O’Brien

Before Gina Fitzpatrick took the

helm of the Paso Robles Chamber of

Commerce three years ago, the organization

was in a sort of doldrums. Saddled

with a substantial amount of debt, a frayed

relationship with the city government and a

CEO on the way out, the organization was in

desperate need of new leadership.

In stepped Fitzpatrick, a branch manager

and business development officer in the local

banking industry. A veteran in the financial

world for a dozen years, it didn’t take long for

her to determine the best course of action.

“What we had to do was really take a deep

dive and truly see where we were on all levels:

everything from the day-day operations,

staffing models, our financial position, even to

what we were offering through visitor services,”

she said.

What we had to take a deep dive

and see where we were on all levels.

The Chamber with Fitzpatrick at the helm

also delved into how it could best impact positive

economic development that would benefit

the community. “Once we really were able to

assess the situation and break it all down, we

took an absolute clean slate and then went to

build it back up,” she explained.

Fitzpatrick then set a series of goals: in five

years, the Chamber would be Paso Robles’ lead

agency for economic development; the “go to”

business resource for owners and entrepreneurs;

and have a trusted relationship with the city.

She only needed three.

In 2016, the Chamber and the city began

forming an agreement to create an economic

development division for Paso Robles, with

the city providing funding and the Chamber

taking the lead.

According to Fitzpatrick, forming a strong

relationship with city officials came down to

two things: trust and accessibility.

We need to make sure we have

a seat at the table.

“It was about making resources available to

both the city and businesses and showing how

we could be a resource to put business owners

in touch with city officials who can best help

them,” she said.

Likewise, the city can call on the Chamber

for vital information on Paso’s business community,

such as data on where residents

are working, how far they’re traveling, and

what companies are bringing employees into

the area.

One such project Fitzpatrick said the Chamber

was eyeing for 2019 tracks Paso Robles

residents’ commute on an average workday.

“It’s really looking to see how many people

are driving,” she added, “are they going over the

grade or are they going to Bakersfield?”

Recently, city officials approached the

Chamber to sit on the board for its new

parking program, which has become a point

of contention among local business owners.

“Some people really want meters, some are

completely against them, some really want

timed parking and others are completely

against that,” Fitzpatrick said. “So we’re

really been trying to find a way for everyone

to meet in the middle but it’s going to

take time.”

And it’s only a piece on the Chamber’s

full plate for 2019. The organization hosts

multiple events throughout the year, including

education programs, leadership summits, and

the annual State of the County in conjunction

with the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce.

“As far as events are concerned this is just the

beginning,” Fitzpatrick said.

One new event this year was the inaugural

Business Walk, where Chamber members and

volunteers conducted short surveys with participating

companies about their financial health

and needs.

Fitzpatrick said another focus for 2019 and

beyond was ensuring Paso Robles has a voice

in all major economic discussions.

“We need to know what dots are on the

horizon,” she added. “What activities could

impact us? We need to make sure we have a

seat at the table, access to resources, and able

to voice our concerns if something’ not going

to benefit us.”

Another key issue that Fitzpatrick and the

Chamber want to steer the local business community

toward is a philosophy that embraces

diversification and sustainability.

As far as events are concerned,

this is just the beginning.

“We are in that process right now of becoming

a ‘Chamber of the Future,’” Fitzpatrick

said. “We’re looking at things like, ‘What

might downtown look like five years from now?’

and ‘What will visitors need?’ or ‘How do we

become more sustainable with an economy that

isn’t so dependent on tourism?’

“We’re doing so well in tourism right now

but we don’t know what the future holds,

so we need to make sure we diversify at all

levels,” she added. “If our roles as a chamber is

to keep our business community strong, a

big piece of that is sustainability and a diversified


We are in that process of becoming

a Chamber of the Future.

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Designed to Alleviate Crowding

By Tom O'Brien

The newly-enacted parking program for downtown

Paso Robles went live on December 1 and

City officials, business owners, and concerned

citizens are waiting to see if the new system will

alleviate some the area’s congestion issues.

“We’re noticing a slight difference with not as

many cars parked downtown at 8:30 a.m. but

I’m still not hearing that the impact is impactful

enough,” Paso Robles Chamber CEO Gina

Fitzpatrick said.

The $5 per month parking program was rolled

out in recent months due to complaints from

downtown businesses. A chief concern among

owners was that employees from other companies

were parking in spots reserved for patrons.

“There were no places for customers to park,”

said Norma Moye, executive director of the Paso

Robles Downtown Main Street Association.

The designated parking areas siphon off 150

spaces from several lots throughout downtown,

including City Hall, the train station, as well as

the lots at Railroad, Spring, Pine, and 12th streets.

Reactions to the program from the business community

have been generally positive thus far but the

City and coordinating officials have stressed this is

only one phase of a multifaceted plan.

“We are hearing good things,” Fitzpatrick said.

“We definitely know this is just step one of a process

and as we move forward and see how these

150 parking spaces have affected downtown, then

we’ll look into phase two or what we need there.

“Do we need more assigned parking or do

we need to go to timed parking? That’s what all

this is about; really paint that picture and get a

clear assessment of where we are today.”

The Downtown Association’s Moye said that

whatever happened, she hoped it wasn’t parking


“They’re ugly,” she added. “They take away the

charm of downtown — a lot of tourists comment

on the charm of downtown Paso Robles. “We don’t

want that to change,” she said.

It is for that reason the City is attempting to

move forward with a methodical pace in addressing

its parking overflow issues.

The Chamber’s Fitzpatrick said her organization

was attempting to help everyone reach an

agreeable compromise.

“We’ve really been trying to find that way to

meet in the middle,” she added. “That’s why everything

has been put in stages, because if there

can be a solution without going directly and

straight to meters, let’s do that.”

There are three types of monthly

$5 parking permits currently for sale:

daytime employees (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.);

evening employees (5 to 8 p.m.);

and downtown residents (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.).

The parking program is only effective

on weekdays.

The permits can be purchased

on the City’s online portal at

prcity.com /361/ Downtown-Parking

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| Business Spotlight

By Meagan Friberg

ith a motto of “Creating Beautiful

W Smiles,” it’s no wonder people in North

SLO County have decided that making a visit

to Lansford Dental Group will be one of their

New Year’s resolutions. Since 2009, Dr. Jeremy

Lansford and Dr. Jennifer Karanian have been

bringing empathy, caring, quality, and comfort

to patients at their Paso Robles office.

As this husband and wife team celebrates 10

years of serving the local community — they

purchased the practice from Dr. John Davis

when he retired after 38 years — they continue

to work tirelessly to bring smiles to their patients.

Married for 14 years, they previously

worked together for five years as dentists serving

in the United States Army.

“I think we are unique in a variety of ways,”

said Dr. Lansford, “and it is valuable having

both a male and female dentist in our office.

Many patients feel more comfortable with one

or the other and that is a nice flexibility to have.

Most dentists have specific areas of expertise

and my wife and I are no different. We have our

strengths and can consult with each other in our

respective areas of strength to better facilitate

our patients’ care.”

In addition to offering general dentistry, Dr.

Lansford and Dr. Karanian both have completed

a tremendous amount of continuing education

in the areas of cosmetics, implants, and

comprehensive restorative dentistry.

“We do a large amount of ‘makeover’ type

cases,” Dr. Lansford said. “This is one of the

most rewarding aspects of our profession. When

you can completely make over a patient’s smile

and countenance, it is not uncommon for them

to become very emotional. It can really positively

affect their self-esteem and confidence.”

Dr. Lansford pointed to a high level of technology

as being central to their practice philosophy,

including the ability to do crowns in one

visit with CAD/CAM milling technology. The

office features digital radiography that decreases

radiation exposure by 200 percent, and intraoral

cameras that allow patients to see just what the

dentists see when doing an exam.

“Technology in dentistry, as in many professions,

is moving at light speed and we are dedicated

to being ahead of the curve in this area,”

Dr. Lansford said.

Looking toward all that is in store for 2019,

the doctors would like to wish their patients and

friends in Paso Robles peace, happiness, and joy.

Reflecting on the recent loss of Dr. Karanian’s

mother to cancer, they understand that the holidays

and the new year may elicit a variety of

emotions for people as it has for them recently.

“We hope everyone can enjoy the precious

moments in their life and realize that time

with family and friends is not guaranteed,” Dr.

Lansford said.“Take the time to tell the special

people in your life what they mean to you.”

To learn more about Lansford Dental

Group, see lansforddental.com,

call 805-238-1441 or stop by

1134 Vine St. in Paso Robles.

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from General Store Paso Robles

Each year, we at General Store take a breath; setting our goals for the New

Year. Did you know that people who try this at the beginning of the year more

likely to achieve their goals than if they started in March? We’re sharing some

resolutions and ways that locals inspire us.


It’s never too late to try, make or do something. We were delighted

to bring you an example of that, a book written by locals

Jane Jennifer Carey, Barbara Partridge and Hellie Blythe. Calling themselves

the “Vintage Consortium,” the women present “​New Rules for the New Old, Old

and How to Be It in the 21st Century​.” Featuring Blythe’s charming illustrations,

the book is full of wisdom and humor. Proceeds benefit the Paso Robles City

Library and Studios on the Park.


We met Gail McNichols of ​Paso Cares​as a customer. We

loved her smile, style and the calm purpose she radiates. ​

Paso Cares​advocates passionately for the needy members of our community.

Without a permanent shelter or kitchen, they feed people five nights a week

in the parking lot across from the fairgrounds. This year we will continue to

support Gail through once a month meals. If you’d like to contribute or give

toward their wish list of sleeping bags and essentials, please follow them on

Facebook orall ​(805) 712-4710.


Studies show that being grateful has lasting impacts on everything

from your health and mood to your energy and even your marriage.

The thank you note is experiencing a renaissance.

We think that’s beautiful. We’ve doubled the


amount of cards we carry and are happy to help you find just

YOU the right one if you’re stumped. But remember, it’s less about

saying it perfectly, and more about saying it from the heart.

We’ll start working those resolutions by saying thank you to our community. We

love being a part of your holidays and appreciate that you keep our downtown

thriving by shopping local.

The Team at General Store

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| Health & Wellness

The Wellness Kitchen Moves Ahead


Local nonprofit in recovery mode after temporary setback due to fire

By Meagan Friberg

When the staff and volunteers of The

Wellness Kitchen and Resource

Center learned of a fire in their

building on October 21, 2018, their immediate

concern was how they would manage to

provide healing foods to those in critical need

in our local community. Despite the setback,

which included smoke and water damage, the

non-profit organization is carrying on and isin

some ways, stronger than ever.

“The greatest upset wasn’t as much the building

or the cleanup,” said Executive Director

Gina Grieb, “but the inability to serve those

individuals’ lives that rely on us for our healthy

nutrient-rich meals each week. The good news is

we were able to resume our weekly therapeutic

nutrition program starting December 3 thanks to

the use of a commercial kitchen by the generous

folks of Atascadero Bible Church. Combined

with an offer by the people of Fig at Courtney’s

House in Templeton, we also have a temporary

distribution location in North County.”

Knowing they are now able to continue with

their mission and make a huge impact in the

lives they serve has been a tremendous relief to

Grieb, the staff, and the 55 active volunteers of

The Wellness Kitchen.

“The response from the community has just

been phenomenal,” said Grieb. “We have received

donations from a variety of businesses

and individuals, we have more people asking

to volunteer, and our administration offices are

able to run thanks to the Dusi Family sharing

their warehouse with us. It really is a collaborative

effort and we can’t take full credit – we have

an amazing community supporting us.”

The fire also forced the closure of The Wellness

Kitchen’s storefront and weekday lunch

counter. The primary support for the nonprofit,

according to Grieb, will be their weekly pre-order

service of Healing Foods, Wellness Foods,

broths, soups, and Healing Tea.

“The funds that we have been losing will have

to be recouped and the pre-order service is one

way the community can help us,” said Grieb.

Funds from weekly orders and participation

in the 2019 Top Chef Competition events will

help support the Pay It Forward Program;

Healthy Cooking Programs for Kids, Teens and

Adults, and The Wellness Kitchen’s Operation


“What happened was just a temporary setback

and we are going to overcome this,” said

Grieb. “We are continuing to thrive and make

a difference.”

For more information, to order meals, or

register for events, visit thewkrc.org.

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| Education

Educational Leadership in the North County

James J. Brescia Ed.D

SLO County

Office of Education


“Leadership and learning

are indispensable to each other.”

- John F. Kennedy

Over the past 20 years, I

have reviewed and conducted

research related

to high-performing organizations.

In each of these high-performing

organizations (mainly educational

entities), the leadership consisted

of individuals who embodied “servant

leadership” in their words and

actions. Charism, a commanding

presence, visionary goals, and elite

pedigrees are admirable, but these

characteristics are not the common

factor in successful organizations.

Servant leaders are those who

promote, as Rotary International

does, “service above self.” These

successful leaders are people-centric,

value service to others and

consider their work stewardship or

a vocation. Servant leaders are passionate,

humble, detail-oriented

types who have a longer-than-average

tenure in organizations.

Many of these leaders remember

what it is like to work on the line,

in the trenches, or the classroom.

Four North County servant

leaders joined me in facilitating

a “Leadership North County”

workshop on December 7, 2018,

in Atascadero. This Chamber of

Commerce-sponsored series of

workshops addresses topical community

issues designed to cultivate,

inspire, connect, and empower

an effective community of

leaders. The Atascadero Economic

Foundation, Atascadero and Paso

Robles Chambers of Commerce,

and other community-minded

organizations support Leadership

North County.

December’s workshop focused

on youth and education. Servant

leadership begins early in the education

system and this workshop

explored our local school system

from many different angles.

Participants joined interactive

discussions, educational facility

tours and were able to ask organizational

leadership questions of

North County superintendents,

the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation,

the Paso Robles Culinary

Academy, Cuesta College Dean

Dr. Maria Escobedo and Cuesta

College President/Superintendent

Dr. Jill Stearns.

During the keynote on leadership,

I referenced seven orchestral

conductors to illustrate

“servant leadership.” The leaders

highlighted believe that every

employee should be treated with

respect, have access to meaningful

work and be encouraged to

achieve excellence. Servant leaders

live the “golden rule” and understand

that they serve not only the

organization but the stakeholder

of the organization. It is an

honor to serve as your county

superintendent of schools.

“A genuine leader is not

a searcher for consensus,

but a molder of consensus.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Future Careers. Locally Grown.

"It's been really great learning new

things, and having a teacher who is

willing to bring us opportunities like


Grace - Student, Templeton High



Watch the Video @San Luis Obispo County Office of Education YouTube

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Scholarship provides free college for 3,000 local residents

For many, the prospect of paying for

college can seem impossible. But for

local high school graduates, that notion

couldn’t be further from the truth.

Five years ago, Cuesta College debuted its

Promise Scholarship. The program allows any

recent graduate of a San Luis Obispo County

high school an opportunity to attend college

without fees for the first year. Thanks to an

$8 million-dollar endowment by the Charles

and Leeta Dovica Family Trust, nearly 3,000

SLO County students have attended Cuesta

through the scholarship.

In 2016, then-Cuesta Superintendent/

President Dr. Gil Stork and others announced

a fundraising goal of nearly $10 million to

support a second year of fee-free enrollment.

In response, the community delivered

nearly $3 million in private donations to the

Cuesta College Foundation. In October of

2017, Governor Jerry Brown also signed into

law AB19, which waived fees for students

enrolled with 12 or more semester units

in their first year.

“This is the second year that the Cuesta Promise

will provide our students the opportunity to

Local High School Grad

Attendance Rate:

2013 = 25 percent

*2017 = ^36 percent

*2018 data not available

90 percent = Local

students attending

Cuesta after graduating,

attend as Promise


By Melissa Chavez



High School

Classes of 2018 —

925 Promise


176 Paso Robles HS

145 Arroyo Grande HS

133 Atascadero HS

97 Morro Bay HS

91 San Luis Obispo HS

73 Templeton HS

26 Coast Union HS

concentrate on their education rather than concerning

themselves on how they will pay for it,”

said Dr. Maria Escobedo, Dean of the North

County Campus and South County Center.

To be eligible for the Promise a second

year, students must earn over 50 percent

Education |

of their units attempted and sustain a 2.00

grade point average or higher in their first

year. Among those participating in the second

year of the Promise is freshman Anna

Betts, who plans to transfer to the University

of California, Santa Cruz and then pursue a

career in economics.

“I chose Cuesta because the Promise saves

an incredible amount of money and allows

me to stay close to my family while I complete

my general education. But community

colleges are awesome — the instructors

are very approachable and class sizes are

way smaller than at a university and I like

that,” Anna said.

Anna’s mother, Aimee La Rue, couldn’t

agree more about her daughter’s decision.

“Because of the two-year Cuesta Promise,

a local family can save an average of $50,000

for those two years. It’s remarkable if you

think about it. It is absolutely the most sound

financial option.”

The Cuesta Promise application for academic

year 2019-20 is open through August

1, 2019. Visit www.cuesta.edu/admissionsaid/


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| Humanity

I Am...Because of His Legacy

Paso Robles celebrates


on January 19

By Meagan Friberg

Join fellow community members

at a free event honoring the life of

Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday,

January 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. at

the Flamson Middle School auditorium,

located at 2450 Spring

St. With a 2019 theme of “I Am …

Because of His Legacy,” this annual

celebration commemorates King’s

lifelong journey toward equality

and peace.

“This year’s theme honors Dr.

King on the 50th anniversary of his

assassination,” Event Chairperson

Lovella Walker said. “The celebration

brings together people from all

different aspects of our local commu-

ty to fill in the blank — ‘I am more

aware because of his legacy … I am

more resilient because of his legacy

… I am more tolerant because of his

legacy.’ These are only a few possibilities

for answers to the question,

‘What are you because of his legacy?’

Because of his legacy, we hope people

will reflect equality, unity, and genuine

love amongst one another.”

Due to the crowd’s overwhelming

response to Dr. Joye M. Carter,

MD last year, she will return as the

2019 keynote speaker. Dr. Carter is

expected to expound on the theme

and motivate, captivate, and inspire

the audience with an enthusiastic,

powerful message.

The program will also feature

folkloric dancers; The Black Queens;

PRHS Jazz Band; bagpipes; Singing

Hands; the PRHS Black Student

Union, and more. In addition, the

annual Art & Essay Contest returns

— Joe Schwartz Photo Archive will

be donating his posters as prizes —

and there will be door prizes.

The event is made possible by

The City of Paso Robles, the REC

Foundation, Paso Robles 4A Foundation,

Paso Robles Joint Unified

School District, Paso Robles Waste

& Recycle, Second Baptist Church,

and Walmart.

The Ministerial Association will

make the celebration part of its Week

of Unity, according to Walker. This

will start on Jan. 18 for eight nights

of prayer for Christian unity, hosted

at several different local churches.

Event volunteers are still needed;

call 805-237-3988 or see prcity.com/

recreation for more information.

Bringing Truth to Power

join with


on January 19

By Meagan Friberg

“When a woman tells the truth,

she is creating the possibility

for more truth around her.”

Adrienne Rich

For the third consecutive year, organizers

and supports of Women’s

March San Luis Obispo will lead

locals in as they march in solidarity

with millions of women, men, and

their allies across the nation. With

a theme of Truth to Power, the local

event will start at 9 a.m. with a

rally in Mitchell Park, located at

1400 Osos St. in SLO, followed by

a march through downtown SLO

beginning at 10 a.m.

“This past year, we have witnessed

many people stepping forward

with their truth,” said Women’s

March SLO Co-Organizer

Andrea Chmelik. “Whether it was

nity to recognize and appreciate both

our differences and similarities.”

The March for Unity kicks off

the day — participants should

gather at 11:30 a.m. at 21st Street

and Riverside Avenue, near the

fairgrounds. At noon, walk with

friends and family to Flamson

Middle School to start the 1 p.m.

celebration; refreshments will be

provided to all march participants.

“In keeping with the commemorations

planned across the United

States to honor the civil rights leader…

the theme asks each of us to

think about what we have become

because of King’s leadership,” Walker

said. “We are asking the communiconcerning

a relationship, workplace,

nationality, or gender, it took a lot of

courage to step forward with that

truth. The theme this year – Truth

to Power – shows the power behind

what can happen when someone has

the courage to speak up.”

The local rally and march is a

way for people to show up, experience

a mutual sense of solidarity,

participate in democracy, and walk

away feeling inspired and encouraged.

The focus is to help ensure a

positive and just future for everyone

– women, men, and children.

“We connect with a lot of women,”

said Chmelik, “but men are

equally present at our events. Especially

this past year, I think more men

can relate to issues regarding power

plays and other situations women

have endured. They realize just how

much women have had to put up

with and how traumatic it can be.”

Speakers for the event include

Nicole Brydson, conceptual artist,

journalist, entrepreneur, and founder

of Misfit Media; Dr. Leola Dublin

Macmillan, social justice educator

and Cal Poly ethic studies professor,

and Rita Casaverde, Peru-born local

activist, women and environmental

advocate, and software product

manager. Dian Sousa, a poet, activist

and the 2008 SLO Poet Laureate,

will recite an original poem.

The WMSLO, a sister march to

the Women’s March on Washington,

is organized by Chmelik, Jen

Ford, Dawn Addis, Terry Parry, and

Pat Harris. Run solely by volunteers,

Photo by Annie Hock

WMSLO receives no funding from

Women’s March National, and relies

on donations to cover various costs

and to ensure safety and accessibility

to all. Any excess funds go towards

future advocacy and programming

associated with WMSLO; since its

inception, WMSLO has organized

over 20 events and participated in

dozens more.

The event is free; please register

at womensmarchslo.com/truthto-power

for planning purposes.

For more information, including

ways to help, donating to the

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of TEABy Lori Foster of Spice of Life

LORI FOSTER is a spice purveyor and owns

Spice of Life in downtown Paso Robles. Exploring

spices, herbs and teas has been a long time

passion. Please feel free to e-mail her (lifeofspice@charter.net)

and let her know if there is

a particular spice you would like her to feature.

As you lean in and take those first deep

breaths, your senses awaken to the energy

and charm of that satisfying cup

of tea. Steeped in tradition and infused with

complexity, tea continues to be the most widely

consumed beverage in the world today.

The most famous tea-producing regions today

are China, Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Africa, Indonesia

and Taiwan. Fascinating links between

modern tea drinking and ancient China weave

back through history to 2737 BC.

Camellia sinensis, an evergreen plant with

delicate, creamy white flowers and sturdy, green

leaves is responsible for the many varieties of

tea. The character, color and flavor of each are

determined by a long list of variable factors

including location of plantation, altitude, climate,

soil, cultivation methods and how the

leaf is processed.

Six different categories of tea include white,

yellow, green, oolong, black and puerh (pronounced

pooh-air), each having their own specific

qualities. Herbal teas, or tisanes, are not actually

“tea” and are not made from the camellia

sinensis plant. They consist of other roots, flowers,

leaves and seeds.

WHITE TEA, named after the tiny white

hairs that cover the buds, are plucked, dried

in the sun and are the least-processed of all

teas. They are champagne-colored teas with a

soft, delicate flavor.

YELLOW TEAS are among China’s rarest

teas, named after the yellow hue from the special

type of paper the tea was wrapped in.

GREEN TEA (unoxidized) involves a short

period of withering the leaves, steaming or

pan-firing to stop the oxidation and a series of

rollings and firing to shape and dry the leaf. It

provides a clean, grassy cup of golden infusion.

OOLONG TEA (partially oxidized) are

pale, amber-colored teas with soft, fruity characteristics.

Taiwan is best known for their

exquisite Oolongs.

BLACK TEA (fully oxidized leaves) delivers

a full-bodied, copper-colored infusion. The leaves

are put through a special rolling machine that

presses and twists them, breaking down the cells

and releasing natural juices and chemicals that

will advance the oxidation process.

PUERH TEA, exclusively in China for centuries,

is an aged, fermented black tea with an

earthy, mature character, rich and woody. Most

Puerh yield 5-8 infusions. Puerh tea has the

unique quality of improving with age.

"Tea comforts the spirit, banishes

passivity, lightens the body,

and adds sparkle to the eyes."

Shen Nong, Medicinal Herbs.

Brewing styles and equipment vary. The

general technique to brew a satisfying cup of

tea is to bring fresh, clean water to a boil, measure

the desired amount of tea (1-2 tsp. per

cup) and add to an infuser. Pour water over the

leaves and steep.

A few brewing tips to keep in mind: Never

pour boiling water over green tea (they prefer

cooler water, 165-185 degrees) and only

steep 1-2 minutes. Typically, the darker the

tea the more robust flavor and greater amount

of caffeine. Black, puerh, and oolong teas

can steep 3-5 minutes and can withstand the

hotter temperatures.

There are important differences in the way our

body absorbs caffeine in coffee and caffeine in

tea. Coffee caffeine goes instantly into our circulatory

system, jolting us into wakefulness, causing

our heart to beat faster and blood to pump

more vigorously. Caffeine in tea is released much

more slowly and takes 15-20 minutes to absorb.

It goes gently into our central nervous system,

helps heighten our senses and gives greater mental

alertness. The effects of tea caffeine tapers off

slower over a longer period of time than coffee


Ever since Shen Nong discovered the stimulating

and detoxifying properties of tea some

4,000 years ago, people have been interested in

its medicinal properties. Although some of the

health properties of tea were recognized by Chinese

medicine a very long time ago, it is only

recently that modern science has confirmed these

benefits. It is sparking a lot of interest, particularly

in the areas of cancer prevention and the treatment

of degenerative and cardiovascular disease.


Recent studies around the world have given

evidence that tea has tangible health benefits.

Tea contributes to longevity, stimulating heart

function, strengthening the immune system and

preventing cell mutations. Consuming tea on a

daily basis may help increase concentration, mental

sharpness, aid digestion, eliminate fatigue and

many other everyday ailments.

Because of the different processing methods,

each tea has different benefits. Green teas are

the highest in antioxidants and can help protect

against certain age-related diseases. Puerh and

Oolong are helpful in reducing blood cholesterol

and weight loss while black tea is more effective

as a physical stimulant.

As we become more familiar and appreciate

the individual nuances of tea, the intimate

relationship between us and nature grows.

The art of tea releases its beauty in every

harmonious cup.

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Assembling the Perfect Cheese Board

Di Raimondo’s Italian Market and Cheese Shop

By Mira Honeycutt

The holiday season is over and some of us

are heading to the gym or simply snuggling

up in the cold of January. We are

ready to cradle bowls of hearty stews or create

a simple cheese platter served with crusty baguette

and a cup of hot tomato bisque.

And, yes, there is all that cheese left over

from holiday entertaining.

The nutty, buttery, earthy tastes of assorted

cheeses sound comforting when sitting by a

cozy fireplace, so I reached out to few cheese

shops, among them Fromagerie Sophie and

Vivant Fine Cheese, two favorite destinations

for a turophile (cheese fancier).

My mission started with veteran cheesemonger

Sophie Boban-Doering, owner of

San Luis Obispo’s popular cheese shop Fromagerie

Sophie. The store is stocked with some

60 to 70 cheeses with a database of over 300,

mostly imported with a small U.S. selection

from California, Washington State, Oregon

and Indiana.

A visit with Boban-Doering is like a Cheese

101 lesson; it’s a total immersion and education.

There are a few essentials in assembling a

well-crafted cheese platter, she observes.

“Think of your cheese board as setting a table,"

advises Boban-Doering. “How you want

to present different colors, textures, heights

and profiles of cheeses.”

Let your creativity guide you in decorating

with edible flowers, dried and fresh fruits,

nuts and honeycomb.

To assemble a cheese board, Boban-Doering

suggests including a range of cheeses —

one each of sheep, cow, buffalo and goat milk.

“They all bring different profiles and textures,”

she notes, plus the sheep and goat cheeses are

easier on people with lactose intolerance.

Next, incorporate color with orange-tinted

cheeses such as gouda from Holland, Mimolette

from France, the classic British Sparkenhoe

Red Leicester or Midnight Moon, a

goat gouda made in Holland exclusively for

California’s Cypress Grove cheese company, a

nutty creamy cheese with a delicious caramel


Add soft, creamy cheeses, such as the Italian

Robiolo di Capra, a cow and goat’s milk

blend wrapped in leek leaves from Piedmont;

or Époisses de Bourgogne, the odiferous, soft,

washed rind, cow cheese from Burgundy. Blue

cheeses, wrapped in grape or fig leaves and

soaked in brandy or whiskey are also a must

on the cheese board.

At Vivant Fine Cheese in downtown Paso,

I found an overwhelming selection. The store

stocks over 250 varieties, mostly imported and

a few from California, Oregon and Wisconsin.

There were such offerings as the Derby

sage cheddar from Holland, an Alpine cheese

coated with herbs and flowers, a truffle-laced

Moliterno from Sardinia and an Irish cheddar

fused with Porter beer.

In the winter season, a glass of Port or

Madeira is a match made in Heaven with

salty blue cheeses such as Oregon’s Rogue

River blue cheese soaked in pear brandy and

wrapped in grape leaves.

Nearby, Di Raimondo’s Italian Market

and Cheese Shop offers a selection of some

50 varieties. Among them, the cave-aged Mimolette,

an earthy Spanish blue Valdeon;

Dreamweaver, a beer-washed soft goat cheese;

and Old Quebec, the classic three-year aged

Canadian cheddar.

What about the leftover cheeses from

the holidays, I ask?

Boban-Doering’s face lights up.

“No, you don’t want it to ever go to waste,”

she replies. “It’s not going to go bad, it’s cheese.”

First off, how about a fondue?

“Make a mélange of cheeses, put it all in

food processor, melt it for fondue,” she advises.

The mélange also makes a delicious dip and

toppings for soups and nachos.

Then you can get creative with assorted

cheeses as toppings on flatbread pizzas or whip

up a mac n’ cheese.

Left over Époisses? Stuff it in fresh ravioli

and cook it with butter — simple and delicious.

Add the rind of Grana Padano to flavor

vegetable soups or fill scones or tartlets

with leftover Brie.

As for grilled cheese sandwiches, she suggests

hard cheeses, such as the earthy, mushroomy

Welsh cheese Gorwydd Caerphilly. It

goes well with Chardonnay, Riesling or beer.

Other sandwich options include Welsh Rarebit

and Croque Monsieur.

Then there’s the Raclette, an Alpine cow’s

milk cheese and a Swiss dish. The cheese

is melted on a special Raclette grill, scraped

off directly on a plate and served with sliced

meats and potatoes.

The hearty cheese-based dishes are not only

ideal for winter, they’re also a great match

for Paso’s bold red wines.

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| North SLO County Activity & Events Guide

Special Events

January 11 — Lightshare is providing free sessions of light

and tone from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Santa Margarita Community

Hall, 22501 I Street. No appointment necessary for a

Project of Light session. All are welcome to come and enjoy

a free tune up facilitated by Lightshare team volunteers. Visit

www.lightshare.us or call 805-305-7595 for more information.

January 12 —Join the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce

for a spectacular evening at their 2018 Awards Dinner, celebrating

award winners in the business community. Enjoy delectable

dishes brought to you by Phil's Catering. The event

will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Pavilion on the Lake, 9315

Pismo Avenue. For more information, visit www.atascaderochamber.org.

January 19 — Winter Wine Stroll with the Downtown Paso Robles

Wineries takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon

downtown strolling, sipping and nibbling gourmet goodies

at 16 of our Paso Robles Downtown Wineries tasting rooms.

Tickets are $40 and are available from downtownpasowine.


January 19 — Highway 46 Wineries come together for the

18th Annual Esprit du Vin from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This is an

evening of wine and cheese pairings, live music and much

more. VIP and general admission tickets are available by visiting


January 19 — The 4th Annual Tamale Festival takes place

in the Sunken Gardens from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

A Tamale eating contest is open to ages 12 and up as well

as voting for the People’s Choice Award for Best Tamale.

The event is open to the public, but bring your wallet to

purchase delicious food, activities and merchandise.

January 26 — You are cordially invited to join the Paso Robles

Chamber of Commerce for their Annual Gala celebrating

the past year's triumphs, the 2019 Board of Directors

installation and recognition of the Roblan of the Year.

This year's theme is "Lighting the Way." The event will

take place Saturday, January 26 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at

the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, 1103 Spring Street in Paso

Robles. Tickets are $125 or $1,500 for a sponsored table

of eight. Register online or contact the Chamber Office at


February 1-2 — The Father Daughter Dance will take place

at the Atascadero Pavilion on the Lake. February 1 is for

those 11-and-under from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and February

2 is for those 12-and-up from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets will not

be sold at the door. Visit Atascadero.org or call 805-470-

3360 for more information.

February 9 — The City of Atascadero and Atascadero Colony

District invite you to the Sweetheart Stroll from 1 to

4 p.m. 15 wineries will be pouring at various downtown

locations as well as complementary tours of City Hall. Tickets

are $20 per person and will be available at 6500 Palma


At the Library

Submit listings to events@nosloco.com, and visit nosloco.com for more information on events.

Atascadero Library

6555 Capistrano, Atascadero • 805-461-6161

Tuesday & Wednesday — 10:30 a.m., Preschool Story

time for 1-5 year olds

Friday — 10:30 a.m., Toddler Story time, 1-3 year olds

Special Events

January 2 — Craft Club, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., open for 6

to 12 year olds, registration required

January 4 — Teen A-Town Create Space, 2 to 4:30 p.m.,

open to 10 to 17 year olds

January 8 — “What’s APP?” How to Use Your Phone

Apps, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., open to adults

January 11 — Teen Art Contest/ Teen A-Town Create

Space, 2 to 4:30 p.m., open to 10 to 17 year olds

January 16 — A Visit from Our Zoo!, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.,

open to all ages

January 17 — Mixed Minds Book Group, 2:30 to 3:30

pm., open to adults


January 18 — Teen A-Town Create Space, 2 to 4:30

p.m., open to 10 to 17 year olds

January 19 — Lego Club, 2 to 3 p.m., open to 5 to 12

year olds, registration required

January 23 — Teen Manga Art, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., open

to 10 to 17 year olds

January 25 — Teen A-Town Create Space, 2 to 4:30

p.m., open to 10 to 17 year olds

February 1 — Teen A-Town Create Space, 2 to 4:30 p.m.,

open to 10 to 17 year olds Teen A-Town Create Space,

2 to 4:30 p.m., open to 10 to 17 year olds

Paso Robles Library

1000 Spring St., Paso Robles • 805- 237-3870

Monday — 11:30 a.m., Preschool Story time for 1-3

year olds

Thursday — 10:30 a.m., Mother Goose on the Loose

for ages 0-18 months

Fridays — eBook Clinic with Patrick McCoy, 2 p.m., 2:20

p.m. and 2:40 p.m., open to 16 and over. See Library

Events Calendar for more information.

Special Events

January 14 — LEGO Build, 4 to 5 p.m., open to 7 to

12 year olds

January 28 — Maker Monday, 4 to 5 p.m., open to 7

to 12 year olds, limited to 30 participants

Creston Library

6290 Adams, Creston • 805- 237-3010

No events this month

San Miguel Library

254 13th St, San Miguel • 805- 467-3224

No events this month

Santa Margarita Library

9630 Murphy Ave, Santa Margarita • 805- 438-5622

January 5 — Young People’s Reading Round Table, 4

to 5:30 p.m., open to 12 to 16 year olds

February 2 — Young People’s Reading Round Table, 4

to 5:30 p.m., open to 12 to 16 year olds

Shandon Library

195 N 2nd St, Shandon • 805- 237-3009

Atascadero Chamber of Commerce

atascaderochamber.org • 805-466-2044

6907 El Camino Real, Suite A, Atascadero, CA 93422

January 12 — Annual Dinner at the Pavilion on the

Lake at 5:30 p.m. Meal provided by Phil’s Catering.

Register at atascaderochamber.org

Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce

pasorobleschamber.com • 805-238-0506

1225 Park St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Office Hours with District Supervisor John Peschong

— third Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m., Paso Robles Chamber

of 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 to 4 p.m., Paso Robles

Chamber of Commerce Conference Room. Contact

Hunter Snider for appointment, 805-549-3784

January 9 — Membership Mixer, 5:30 to 7 p.m.,

Host TBD, visit pasorobleschamber.com for more


January 26 — Annual Gala “Lighting the Way”, 5:30

to 10 p.m. held at Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, 1103

Spring St., Paso; dinner, program and auction are

held to celebrate the past year’s triumphs, install the

2019 Board of Directors and recognize the Roblan of

the Year. Register online or by calling 805-238-0506

Templeton Chamber of Commerce

templetonchamber.com • 805- 434-1789

321 S. Main Street #C, Templeton, CA 93465

Chamber Board of Directors Meeting — 4 to 5:30

p.m., every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Pacific

Premier Bank Conference Room on Las Tablas Blvd.

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4th Annual Tamale Festival Adds to the Recipe

Chihuahua costume contest spices up festivities

By PASO Magazine Staff

The City of Atascadero is host to the 4th

Annual Tamale Festival in Sunken Gardens

and across the downtown coming

Saturday, January 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event has been a success, growing each year

from the inaugural event in 2016. Featuring

gourmet, traditional and sweet tamales — and

everything between — tamale vendors arrive

from all over California. The City expects more

than 30 tamale vendors.

The popular “Tamale Contest” will return

this year, where all of the tamale vendors can

showcase their outstanding work in creating

the “best” tamale. There will be a “People’s

Choice Tamale” and a “Judges Favorite Tamale.”

Members of the Atascadero City Council

and local celebrities will kick off the judging of

the Tamale Contest at 11 a.m. to select their

own personal favorite tamale. The winners of

the “Judges Favorite Tamale” along with the

People’s Choice for the “Most Popular Tamale”

will be announced at 5 p.m.

The “Tamale Eating Contest” is a favorite

and this year and anyone interested in participating

can register at the Information Booth

from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be two

categories, one for ages 12 and over on who

can eat the most tamales, and one for under 12

years of age to see who can eat two tamales the

fastest. These contest participants will have two

minutes in each age category to master the goal.

There will be an entry fee of $10 per person for

12 and over and free for under 12 years of age.

The contest will take place at 2:30 p.m. Space

is limited, first-come-first served. First-place

winners will receive a trophy.

New this year will be the Chihuahua Costume

Contest and Fashion Show. Sign-ups will

also take place at the Information booth from

11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and the contest will take

place at 3:30 p.m.

Entertainment will include the Mariachi

Mexicanisimo band, the famous Dancing

Horses, soloist Manuel Enrique, the Grupo

Folklorico Dancers from Paso Robles, as well

as music from the Dork Band, Ricky Montijo,

and the Los Gatos Locos band. The festival

will also include bounce houses, face painting,

balloon animals and plenty of fun for all ages.

A variety of food and craft vendors will be featured,

providing a wide variety of other food

types to appease everyone’s palette and appetite.

For interested tamale vendors and other food

or merchant vendors, the deadline to register

is January 4 at 5 pm. Applications are available

online at VisitAtascadero.com/events Click on

“Tamale Festival.”

For more information, contact Terrie Banish

at 470-3490 or email tbanish@atascadero.org.

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| North SLO County Activity & Events Guide

Culture & The Arts

Art After Dark Paso — first Saturday, wine tasting, 5 to 9 p.m., Downtown Paso, hosted by Studios on the Park.

Taking Care of Business

North County Toast ‘N Talk Toastmasters — every

Monday, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. 1101 Riverside Dr, Paso,


Early But Worth It Chapter — Business Networking

International — every Tuesday, 7 to 8:30 a.m.,

Culinary Arts Academy, Paso, Visitors welcome,


Business Networking International — every Wednesday,

7 to 8:30 a.m., Cricket’s, 9700 El Camino Real,

#104, Atascadero. Visitors welcome, bniccc.com

Above the Grade Advanced Toastmasters — first

Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m. Kennedy Club Fitness, Paso,

805-238-0524, 930206.toastmastersclubs.org

Partners in $uccess — Business Networking International

— every Thursday, 7 to 8:30 a.m., Paso

Robles Assn. of Realtors, 1101 Riverside Ave. Visitors

welcome, bniccc.com

Speak Easy Toastmasters Club — every Friday,

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

Community Hospital. 9797.toastmastersclubs.org.


Coffee at the Carlton — Entrepreneurs and business

leaders meet Wednesdays at 9 am. Carlton Hotel

in Atascadero.

Service Organizations

American Legion Post 50

• 240 Scott St., Paso Robles • 805-239-7370

Commander John Irwin, 805-286-6187.

Hamburger Lunch— every Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $5

Pancake Breakfast — third Saturday, 8-11 a.m., $6

Post Meeting — fourth Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

American Legion Post 220 • 805 Main Street, Templeton

• 805-610-2708

Post Meeting — second and fourth Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Elks Lodge

Atascadero Lodge 2733 • 1516 El Camino Real •


Lodge Meeting — second and fourth Thursdays

Paso Robles Lodge 2364 • 1420 Park Street • 805-


Lodge Meeting — first and third Wednesdays

El Paso de Robles Grange #555

• 627 Creston Rd. • 805-239-4100

Zumba — Tuesday and Thursday, 8:45 a.m.

Do Paso Square Dancers — second Thursday, 7-9 p.m.

Pancake Breakfast — second Sunday, 7:30-11 a.m.,

January 13 — Grange Meeting, 12 to 1 p.m.

Kiwanis International

Atascadero — 7848 Pismo Ave. • 805-610-7229

Key Club — every Wednesday, 11:55 a.m.

Clubs & Meetings

Almond Country Quilters Guild Meeting — January

19 — Community Quilts at Bethel Lutheran Church,

295 Old County Rd, Templeton. Contact Judi

Stevenson at 805-431-5907, email koriann2508@

gmail.com or visit acqguild.com.

February 2 — Learn the techniques required for

successful whip stitch wool appliqué while working

on a small piece that can be finished into a needle

case or pin cushion. Location TBA, so visit their

website for updates.

Coffee with a CHP — second Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.,

Nature’s Touch Nursery & Harvest, 225 Main St.,


Exchange Club — second Tuesday, 12:15-1:30

p.m. at McPhee’s, 416 S. Main St., Templeton.

805-610-8096, exchangeclubofnorthslocounty.org

Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter

465 — second Wednesday, 7 p.m. at Paso Airport

Terminal, 4900 Wing Way. Getting youth involved

with aviation, EAA465.org

North County Multiflora Garden Club — second

Wednesday, 12 to 3 p.m. at PR Community Church,

2706 Spring St., Paso Robles, Public is welcome,

no charge, guests welcome. Call 805-712-7820

or visit multifloragardenclub.org

Monthly Dinner at Estrella Warbirds Museum —

first and third Wednesday, 6 p.m., guest speakers.

Kiwanis Club — every Thursday, 7 a.m.

Paso Robles — 1900 Golden Hill Rd. (Culinary Arts


Kiwanis Club — every Tuesday, 12 p.m.

Board Members — first Tuesday, 1 p.m.

Night Meeting — third Wednesday, 6 p.m., Su Casa

Restaurant (2927 Spring St.)

Lions Club

Atascadero Club #2385 • 5035 Palma Ave.

Meeting — second and fourth Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Paso Robles Club 2407 • 1420 Park St.

Meeting — second and fourth Tuesday, 7 p.m.

San Miguel Club 2413 • 256 13th St.

Meeting — first and third Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Santa Margarita Club 2418 • 9610 Murphy St.

Meeting — second and fourth Monday, 7:30 p.m.

Shandon Valley Club • 630-571-5466

Templeton Club 2427 • 601 Main St. • 805-434-1071

Meeting — first and third Thursday, 7 p.m.

Loyal Order of Moose

Atascadero #2067 • 8507 El Camino Real • 805-


Meeting — first and third Thursday, 6 p.m.

Bingo — first Sunday, 12-2 p.m.

Queen of Hearts — every Tuesday, 7 p.m.

805-296-1935 for dinner reservations, ewarbirds.


Paso Robles Democratic Club — third Wednesday,

6:30 p.m. at Centennial Park, 600 Nickerson, White

Oak Room. All meetings are open to the public.

For further info visit our Facebook page or visit


North County Newcomers — Deadline for the

January 16 evening event at Studios On The Park,

1130 Pine St. Paso Robles, from 6 to 8 p.m. is January

8. Les Beck will be featured entertainment.

Reservations are required and prepayment is

encouraged. RSVP and additional info visit northcountynewcomers.org

Active Senior Club of Templeton — first Friday,

10:30 a.m. at Templeton Community Center, 601

S. Main St.

North County Women’s Connection Luncheon

January 11 with speaker in Barbara Whiteman,

a former clown, telling us "What it takes to be

good enough." Also Mari of Olivito will discuss

all the uses of Olive oil. Held at the Templeton

Community Center at 11:00 a.m. for only $12,

which includes lunch. Make your reservations

by January 4 with JoAnn Pickering at 239-1096

Active Senior Club of Templeton — first Friday,

10:30 a.m., Templeton Community Center, 601

Pool League — every Wednesday

Paso Robles #243 • 2548 Spring St. • 805-239-0503

Visit mooseintl.org for more information

Optimist Club

Atascadero — dinner meetings second and fourth

Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., Outlaws Bar & Grill, 9850 E. Front

Rd. or call 805-712-5090

Paso Robles — dinner meetings second and fourth

Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Paso Robles Elks Lodge, 1420

Park St.

Rotary International

Atascadero — 9315 Pismo Ave.

Meeting — every Wednesday, 12 p.m. at Atascadero

Lake Pavilion

Paso Robles Sunrise — 1900 Golden Hill Rd.

Meeting — every Wednesday, 7 a.m. at Culinary Arts


Templeton — 416 Main St.

Meeting — first and third Tuesday, 7 a.m. at McPhee’s


Veterans of Foreign Wars

Atascadero #2814 — 9555 Morro Rd., • 805-466-3305

Meeting — first Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Paso Robles #10965 — 240 Scott St., • 805-239-7370

Meeting — first Tuesday, 7 p.m.

S. Main St. Meetings include a presentation on

relevant local issues, often followed by a luncheon.

Membership is $5 per year. Contact Templeton

Recreation Department with questions. 805-434-


North County Wines and Steins — first Friday of

the month, 6 p.m. at Templeton American Legion

Hall, 805 Main St. Meetings include wine and beer

tasting, speaker or program and potluck. Visit

winesandsteins.org for more information.

Central Coast Violet Society — second Saturday,

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brookdale Activity Room,

1919 Creston Road, Paso. Email Znailady1@aol.

com with any questions.

Classic Car Cruise Night — second Saturday

(weather permitting), 5 to 7 p.m. at King Oil Tools,

2235 Spring St., Paso. Contact Tony Ororato, 805-

712-0551 with any questions.

Daughters of the American Revolution — first

Sunday. For time and place, email dmcpatriotdaughter@gmail.com

Atascadero AARP Card Club — hosts bridge games

on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 to

3 p.m., bridge lessons Thursday at 1 p.m. , pinnochle

games Thursdays at 11 a.m. and Mah Jong

games Thursday at 10 a.m. call 805-461-4136 for

more information.

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| North SLO County Activity & Events Guide


Paso Robles

City Council — first and third Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

at the City of Paso Robles Library Conference

Room, 1000 Spring Street

Senior Citizens Advisory Committee — second

Monday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Paso Robles

Senior Center, 270 Scott Street

Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee —

second Monday, 4 p.m. at Centennial Park Live

Oak Room, 600 Nickerson Road

Planning Commission — second and fourth Tuesday,

6:30 p.m. at the City of Paso Robles Library

Conference Room, 1000 Spring Street

Paso Robles Democratic Club — third Wednesday,

6:30 p.m. at the White Oak Room, Centennial

Park, 600 Nickerson; Visitors/newcomers

welcome. Contact Joyanne Soderholm with

any questions. Call at 805-769-4847 or email

at 2joyanne@gmail.com

Health & Wellness



qVisit 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 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m.

to 6 p.m.

January 17 — Healthy Cooking Class: Comfort

Foods — Instructor Evan Vossler. 5:30-7:30 p.m.,

FREE for those facing illness, otherwise $20. No

one will be turned away for lack of funds.

January 18 — Healthy Cooking Class: Comfort

Foods — 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Idler’s Home, 122

Cross St., San Luis Obispo. RSVP required to

805-434-1800 or nancy@TheWKRC.org.

January 23 — Intro to Wellness: A Taste of

Change with Registered Dietitian Hayley Garelli.

Learn 10 simple ways to begin your clean eating

journey, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Please RSVP. Class

is FREE.


1051 Las Tablas Road, Templeton provides

support, education and hope. 805-238-4411.

Cancer Support Helpline, 888-793-9355, 6 a.m.-

6 p.m. PST.

Visit cscslo.org for more information.

January 21— Office Closed


Jan. 8: Young Survivors Peer Gathering, 6 p.m.

in Templeton;

Jan. 16: Education: Restoring Strength, Balance

and Flow, 11:30 a.m.;

Jan. 17: Advanced Cancer Support Group, 11


Jan. 23: Caregiver Support Group, 10 a.m.;

Navigating Change Workshop & Journaling,

11:30 a.m.; Potluck Social, 12:30 p.m.;

Jan. 24: Survivorship Support Group, 11 a.m.;

Young Survivor Peer Support SLO, 6 p.m.;

Library Board of Trustees — second Thursday, 9

a.m. at City of Paso Robles Library, 1000 Spring


Airport Commission — fourth Thursday of every

other month, 6:30 p.m. at 4900 Wing Way, Paso


Templeton (Community Service District)

Board of Directors — first and third Tuesday, 7

p.m. at 420 Crocker Street


Planning Commission — first and third Tuesday,

6 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers, 6500

Palma Avenue

City Council — second and fourth Tuesday, 6

p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers, 6500 Palma


Santa Margarita Area Advisory Council

Monthly meetings — first Wednesday, 7 p.m.

at Santa Margarita Community Hall, 22501 I St.

Jan. 30: Mindfulness Hour, 11:30 a.m.; Drumming:

Musical Expression, 6 p.m.;

Jan. 31: Breast Cancer Support, 11 a.m.


MONDAY: Therapeutic Yoga at Dharma Yoga,

11:30 a.m.;

TUESDAY: Educational Radio Show, 1:00 p.m.;

WEDNESDAY: Living with Cancer Support

Group —Newly Diagnosed/Active Treatment,

every other week, 10 a.m.;

FRIDAY: Grupo Fuerza y Esperanza, every

other week, 6 p.m.

Healthy Lifestyle — Navigate with Niki, Thursdays

by appointment, call 805-238-4411;

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

at kathythomas10@hotmail.com or 805-610-

6486.; Beautification Boutique offers products

for hair loss and resources for mastectomy

patients (knittedknockers.org).


Take Off Pounds Sensibly — every Monday,

6:30 p.m. at Community Church of Atascadero,

5850 Rosario, basement room. 805-466-

1697 or visit tops.org

North County Overeaters Anonymous — every

Monday, 5:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church,

Fireside Room, 940 Creston Rd., Paso, OA.org.

MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers — first & third

Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church,

940 Creston Road, Paso, Ashley Hazell, 805-

459-6049, nocomops@gmail.com.

Chronic Pain Support Group — CRPS (Chronic

Regional Pain Syndrome), third Tuesdays, 5

to 6 p.m. at Rabobank, 1025 Las Tablas Rd,

Templeton. Contact Suzanne Miller 805-704-

5970 or email suzanne.miller@ymail.com.

North County Parkinson’s Support Group

— third Tuesday, 1 p.m. at Templeton Presby-

No meeting in January 2019 for recess.

County of San Luis Obispo

All meetings below meet at the County Government

Center, Board of Supervisors Chambers,

1055 Monterey St, Room D170, San Luis Obispo.

Subdivision Review Board — first Monday, 9 a.m.

Board of Supervisors — first and third Tuesday,

9 a.m.

Parks & Recreation Commission — fourth Tuesday,

6 p.m.

Airport Land Use Commission — third Wednesday,

1:30 p.m.

Air Pollution and Control Board — fourth

Wednesday of every odd numbered month,

with some exceptions. 9 a.m.

Local Agency Formation Commission — third

Thursday, 9 a.m.

Planning Department Hearing — first and third

Friday, 9 a.m.

terian Church,

610 So. Main St. Info: Rosemary Dexter 805-


Overeaters Anonymous Atascadero — every

Thursday, 6:30 p.m. at California Manor,

Past the Lobby and follow the signs, 10165

El Camino Real, Atascadero. Contact Irene


North County Prostate Cancer Support Group

— third Thursday, 7 p.m. at Twin Cities Community

Hospital Pavilion Room. Bill Houston

805-995-2254 or American Cancer Society


Lupus/Autoimmune Disorder Support Group

— fourth Saturday, 10:30 a.m. at Nature’s

Touch, 225 So. Main St., Templeton.


Sponsored by Hospice SLO • 805-544-2266

• hospiceslo.org

Living with Grief Group — every Monday,

12:15 p.m.

Pet Loss Group — last Monday, 5 p.m.

General Grief Group — every Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Suicide Bereavement — fourth Wednesdays,

3 p.m.

Spouse and Partner Group — every Thursday,

11:30 a.m.

Child Loss Group — every Thursday, 6 p.m.

Family Caregiver Group — every other Friday,

2:30 p.m.

Meetings at RISE – Visit in person at 1030 Vine

St., Paso Robles or call 805-226-5400

General Grief Group — every Wednesday, 5

p.m. Meeting at 517 13th Street, Paso. No cost,

no pre-registration.

GriefShare — every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12

p.m. in the Fireside Room at Trinity Lutheran

Church 940 Creston Road, Paso Robles.

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looks to future with

‘two pronged’ approach

By Tom O’Brien

It’s been a busy year for the Paso Robles

Chamber of Commerce and its officials

say they hope their efforts over the past

12 months will serve as a foundation for

successful, localized economic development

through the next decade.

“This whole year has been what we are

calling the ‘shaping our future initiative,’” said

Josh Cross, the Chamber’s economic development


This whole year has been

what we are calling the

“shaping our future initiative.”

What Cross means is that the Chamber has

been listening, especially to the local business

community, and not just through in-person

feedback at dinner events, business surveys,

and leadership summits. On Nov. 8, a group

of around 70 volunteers visited more than

400 Paso Robles businesses as part of the

Chamber’s inaugural “Business Walk” survey.

The short questionnaire consisted of three

questions that focused on how the businesses

were currently doing financially and what

they needed to improve their customer bases in

order to be successful.

The cost and availability of housing in the

area was the chief concern for the majority

of respondents, according to Chamber

documents. Other worries listed by survey

participants included attracting new business,

retaining staff and customers, as well as

improving education locally.

The majority of business owners said their

most pressing needs involved assistance

with marketing and advertising, along with

“faster internet.” Survey respondents also

noted that attracting and retaining qualified

talent remained a pressing issue.

Cross said the Chamber planned to help

foster development locally with a “twopronged”

approach that focused on the Paso

business scene while also recognizing the area’s

place in the regional economy.

“We kind of think of the Central Coast as

Disneyland in the sense that when you go to

Disneyland you don’t just want to go to Adventureland

— don’t get me wrong, it’s great — but

you really want to get the whole experience by

seeing all the lands,” he added. “From a tourism

standpoint, each city has its own identity and

quality but the same applies to the business community

as well; what’s going on in our economy

is not the same as San Luis [Obispo] or on the

coast…everyone offers something different.”

The Chamber hopes the lessons

learned at the highly successful

companies in the Bay Area will

provide key insight for local

business owners.

Highlighting that certain “uniqueness”

which defines Central Coast locales such

as Paso’s wine country is part of the reason

why the Chamber helped organize a trip

for local business owners to Silicon Valley

in October of this year. According to

Cross, the Chamber hopes the lessons learned

at the highly successful companies in the

Bay Area will provide key insight for local

business owners.

“The hope is that attendees will return to

Paso Robles with an inspired toolkit of ways

to improve their online presence, social media

strategies and office culture,” he said.

As for what lies ahead for the Chamber, the

organization is set to release a draft “Strategic

Plan” in February or March of 2019. The report

will focus on how the organization believes the

Paso business community should best move

forward in the coming years.

“That’s the next step,” Cross said.


A Heavenly Home......................... 36

Adelaide Inn Worship Directory... 49

Adrienne Hagan............................ 21

Advanced Concrete & Construction...

....................................................... 43

AM Sun Solar................................. 33

Amdal Transport............................ 33

April’s Mobile Yoga........................ 19

Atascadero Printery Foundation... 15

Awakening Ways........................... 19

Black Cat Bistro Too........................ 27

Blake’s True Value.......................... 33

Bob Sprain’s Draperies.................. 21

Bridge Sportsmen Center............. 47

Brookdale Senior Living................ 39

Brooklin Oaks Pharmacy............... 22

Cal Sun Electric & Solar................. 17

Central Coast Medical Aesthetics.. 12

Chalekson, Dr. Charles.................. 19

Cider Creek Bakery........................ 45

City of Paso Robles-REC................ 09

Community West Bank................. 02

Connect Home Loans.................... 23

Dignity Health Med Plus............... 17

Estrella Warbirds........................... 04

Farron Elizabeth............................. 33

Frontier Floors................................ 35

Gabriel Architects.......................... 22

Gallagher Video Services.............. 22

Gallegos Garage Door Service...... 43

General Store Paso Robles............ 35

Golden Hills Farm......................... 15

H.M. Holloway............................... 21

H&R Block...................................... 32

Hamon OHD.................................. 21

HDH Construction......................... 12

Hearing Aid Specialists of the CC. 03

Heather Desmond Real Estate...... 11

Jeffry’s Wine Country BBQ............ 27

Kaitilin Riley DDS.......................... 19

Klockenteger, Lisa......................... 47

Lansford Dental............................. 05

Las Tablas Animal Hosp................. 23

Lube N Go...................................... 47

Main Street Small Animal Hospital...

....................................................... 14

Mary Ann Austin............................ 41

Mode Communications................ 31

Natural Alternative........................ 37

Nautical Cowboy........................... 26

New with Tags................................ 19

Nose to Tail..................................... 47

Odyssey World Cafe...................... 26

Optometric Care Assoc.................. 10

Pacific Trust Mortgage................... 41

Paradigm Advisors........................ 39

Paso PetCare.................................. 41

Perfect Air....................................... 23

PR Chamber of Commerce........... 31

PR District Cemetery..................... 47

PR Golf Club.................................. 45

PR Handyman............................... 17

PR Insurance.................................. 37

PR Safe & Lock............................... 47

PR Train Museum.......................... 32

PR Waste........................................ 13

Red Scooter Deli............................ 23

Reverse Mortgage Professionals.. 11

Robert Fry, M.D.............................. 47

SLO County Office of Education.... 38

Senor Sanchos............................... 28

Solarponics.................................... 41

Spice of Life................................... 31

Susan’s Antiques........................... 36

Ted Hamm Ins............................... 41

Templeton Door & Trim................. 31

Teresa Rhyne Law Group............... 11

The Art Works................................. 36

The Blenders.................................. 34

The Laundromat............................ 17

The Loft Maria................................ 19

Tooth & Nail Winery....................... 28

Trinity Lutheran Church................. 47

Twin Cities Hospital....................... 52

Voice of Paso.................................. 11

Western Janitor Supply................ 45

Whitehorse.................................... 15

Wighton’s...................................... 04

Writing Support Group................. 34

York, Cheri...................................... 07

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