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STEVE MARTIN: VISION 2019
PASO ROBLES MAYOR SHOOTS FOR THE MOON
CHAMBER, DOWNTOWN PARKING, AND WINE
LOCAL BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS PREP FOR 2019
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
TASTE OF PASO
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
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Downtown Paso Robles
Photo by Nicholas Mattson
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“I am enough of an artist
to draw freely upon my
is more important than
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.
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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,
• Classic Aerobics &
• 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
CHAMBER LIGHTING THE WAY IN 2019
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
Movie Night at
featuring the 1964
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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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
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
Museum and Gift
Shop – open daily
from 10 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. - and Camp
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)
weeds with a minimum of soil
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 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
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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Hoofbeat & Trail Tales |
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,
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
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.
AB 216: FREE POSTAGE
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.
AB 375: CALIFORNIA CONSUMER
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.
AB 1871: FREE AND
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
AB 1976: LACTATION
IN THE WORKPLACE
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
AB 2013: CONCEALED
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.
SB 1046: IGNITION INTERLOCK
DEVICE (IID) FOR DUI
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.
SB 1448: HEALING ARTS
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
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.
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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GOING THE DISTANCE
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 —
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
“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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MAYOR’S VISION FOR 2019
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
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
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
“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
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
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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
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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10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Brunch & Lunch Pairings
10:30 am – 5:30 pm
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The kitchen at Tooth and Nail is creating a fulfilling
experience from first bite to last.
Chef Brenen Bonetti
A California’s Central Coast native with roots in the
produce of Salinas and the seafood of Monterey.
Deep passion and respect for farm-to-table cuisine.
Brenan studied at the California Culinary
Academy in San Francisco.
Ten Years later, and...
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Chef Brenen cooks with the same love and
reverence for California’s local fare with
local seasonal produce and a passion for
from-scratch cooking. Our cuisine is a
variety of his favorite bites to pair with our
great wines. Just like our wine, the food
pairings are a product of time and love.
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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 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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TRUST THE PROCESS:
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,”
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
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
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
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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OWNTOWN PARKING PROGRAM
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
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
“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
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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LOCAL GOODS REPORT
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 Caresas a customer. We
loved her smile, style and the calm purpose she radiates.
Paso Caresadvocates 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
CONTINUING SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
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
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Educational Leadership in the North County
James J. Brescia Ed.D
Office of Education
“Leadership and learning
are indispensable to each other.”
- John F. Kennedy
Over the past 20 years, I
have reviewed and conducted
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,
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
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
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
2013 = 25 percent
*2017 = ^36 percent
*2018 data not available
90 percent = Local
Cuesta after graduating,
attend as Promise
By Melissa Chavez
BY THE NUMBERS
Classes of 2018 —
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
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
The Cuesta Promise application for academic
year 2019-20 is open through August
1, 2019. Visit www.cuesta.edu/admissionsaid/
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I Am...Because of His Legacy
Paso Robles celebrates
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR .
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
“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,
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,
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
WOMEN’S MARCH SLO
on January 19
By Meagan Friberg
“When a woman tells the truth,
she is creating the possibility
for more truth around her.”
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
The event is free; please register
for planning purposes.
For more information, including
ways to help, donating to the
cause, and the latest updates follow
Women’s March SLO on Facebook,
Instagram, and Twitter.
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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
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
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.
SHEN NONG, MEDICINAL HERBS
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
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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
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
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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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 email@example.com, and visit nosloco.com for more information on events.
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
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
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.
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
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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
For more information, contact Terrie Banish
at 470-3490 or email email@example.com.
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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,
Partners in $uccess — Business Networking International
— every Thursday, 7 to 8:30 a.m., Paso
Robles Assn. of Realtors, 1101 Riverside Ave. Visitors
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
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
Post Meeting — second and fourth Wednesday, 6 p.m.
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.
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.
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.)
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
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
Atascadero — 9315 Pismo Ave.
Meeting — every Wednesday, 12 p.m. at Atascadero
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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| North SLO County Activity & Events Guide
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
Health & Wellness
THE WELLNESS KITCHEN
AND RESOURCE CENTER
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
CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY
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.
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
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,
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 email@example.com or 805-610-
6486.; Beautification Boutique offers products
for hair loss and resources for mastectomy
SUPPORT & ENCOURAGEMENT
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-
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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,
Parks & Recreation Commission — fourth Tuesday,
Airport Land Use Commission — third Wednesday,
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.
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.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS
Sponsored by Hospice SLO • 805-544-2266
Living with Grief Group — every Monday,
Pet Loss Group — last Monday, 5 p.m.
General Grief Group — every Tuesday, 6 p.m.
Suicide Bereavement — fourth Wednesdays,
Spouse and Partner Group — every Thursday,
Child Loss Group — every Thursday, 6 p.m.
Family Caregiver Group — every other Friday,
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,
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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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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
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
“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.
DIRECTORY TO OUR ADVERTISERS
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Adelaide Inn Worship Directory... 49
Adrienne Hagan............................ 21
Advanced Concrete & Construction...
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...
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
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
Writing Support Group................. 34
York, Cheri...................................... 07
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