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YO U R H EARING H EAL T H
Is time running out on
Most medical deductibles reset at the beginning of the year.
Now may be the best time to have your hearing tested!
The end of the year marks many occasions...
The end of the holiday season, the beginning of a new year and the sense of renewal
that it brings, and for most people the best time to use your health insurance benefits.
Deductibles typically renew on January 1st. Whether your health insurance is through a
group or individual, the end of the year can be the best time to schedule appointments
and save money on healthcare.
Have you had your hearing tested in 2018?
For most Americans over age 50, hearing testing is recommended as a part of their annual
healthcare routine. However, most will wait until difficulty with hearing becomes
apparent before scheduling an appointment.
Hearing impairment is very common. In fact, today, 1 out of every 6 baby boomers (ages
53-71) currently has a hearing loss. Luckily, early detection, prevention, and treatment is
better than ever with modern technology!
Peter Lucier has served San Luis Obispo County for nearly 20 years. While things have
changed quite a bit over the years — especially hearing aid technology — our approach
has remained the same, which is that of a small, family-owned business that treats its
patients like it would its own family members.
• Requiring frequent repetition.
conversations involving more
than 2 people.
• Thinking that other people
• Frustration and exhaustion
from conversation while
straining to understand
environments like crowded
rooms, shopping malls, etc.
• Long term exposure to loud
noises or environments
• Reading lips or relying on
reading lips for comprehension
• Turning up the volume on the
television or telephone
Call us today to schedule your hearing appointment
and make the most of your healthcare benefit!
Learn more about hearing health at
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SOMETHING WORTH READING
06 Publisher’s Letter
08 Colony Buzz: The Russian Connection
10 ärt/ Presents: Both Sides of the Big Pond
12 Pope X 3: Gifts From the Heart
13 SLO Stringer Honored with US 101 Naming
14 Charlie Carlin Becomes Santa Claus
22 History: Original Design for the Civic Center
23 Education: Not Your Parents’ Career Tech Ed
by County Superintendent Jim Brescia
24 Nonprofit Spotlight: Brunch On The Bluffs at
Piedras Blancas Light Station
25 Spiritual: Awakening Ways
26 Education: Dr. Stearns, Cuesta’s Promise
27 Health: Helping Women & Girls ... Period
28 Taste of Americana: The Colony Cookbook
29 Spice of Life: No Boundaries with Ginger
30 North SLO County Holiday Event Guide
31 North SLO County Activity & Event Guide
ON THE COVER
Homespun Holiday Cheer
Photo by Hayley Mattson
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CENTRAL COAST MEDICAL AESTHETICS
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Central Coast Medical Aesthetics
of Paso Robles is owned and
managed by a board certified
plastic surgeon, and 2 aesthetic
nurses. Together they have over 40
Years of aesthetic experience.
In an industry where many
med spas offer only one brand of
neurotoxin and filler so that they
may achieve a top tier to reduce
their costs, Central Coast Medical
Aesthetics provide client-specific
The spa uses 3 different types of
neurotoxins, several different fillers
such as Radiesse, Belotero, Voluma,
Juvederm XC, Volbella and Vollure
along with Restylane/Sculptra in
the face. The staff is trained on
injecting Sculptra in various areas
of the body such as the buttocks -
also known as the Brazilian Butt Lift.
They are the first to offer this in the
valley and Central Coast!
In addition to their widespread
variety of options in fillers and
neurotoxins, CCMA also maintains
the latest cutting-edge lasers.
Instead of utilizing a standard
laser for it’s few modalities,
the spa considers the type of
treatment and the biology/desires
of the client then selects the most
appropriate of a wide collection of
lasers. For instance, the Candela
Gentlemax- Pro may be selected
for hyperpigmentation aka sun
damage, tightening and IPL’s. The
Syneron Co2re will most likely be
used for resurfacing the skin to treat
fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks,
and deeper pigmentation
issues. The Candela
Gentlemax-Pro is also
utilized to treat vascular
issues and Laser Hair
is the go-to treatment
for shrinking pore size.
The Co2re Intima is
used for women’s health
issues such as vaginal
Interested in learning more about
the infamous vampire procedures?
No problem! Central Coast Medical
Aesthetics is certified in vampire
procedures such as the O-shot, the
Vampire face lift and the vampire facial.
In fact, one of the spa’s latest laser
purchases is the Syneron Profound.
This is the only FDA device that
makes your body produce it’s own
elastin and hyaluronic acid. If you want
the next best thing to a facelift without
surgery the Profound is exactly what
you are looking for. It amazingly lifts
and tightens the face and neck as well
as treats the body for tightening and
significant cellulite reduction!
Coolsculpting is another service
offered by the spa. In fact, they were
one of the first centers to bring the
procedure to the Paso Robles area.
Since healthy, youthful and
radiant looking skin is a desire
of most women, the facility
also provides many other spa
services such as massage, eyelash
extensions, waxing, microblading
and body wraps. CCMA has 3
amazing estetician’s and sells a
wide range of Obagi, skin cueticals
and Image products which satisfy
each clients needs. The spa also
offers, infrared services such as the
Fit Wrap — which helps with pain,
healing and the loss of inches — and
acne treatments using the Celluma.
Rachelle Osterbauer and Brianne Simoes
With so many options in terms
of product and services, it is easy
to see why Central Coast Medical
Aesthetics is so highly regarded
within the industry. The spas
owners are inspired and motivated
by the knowledge that their work
increases the confidence levels of
the beautiful people that trust them
in their cosmetic journey.
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“A Dream You Dream Alone Is Only A
Dream. A Dream You Dream Together
— John Lennon/Yoko Ono”
“If humanity does not opt for integrity
we are through completely. It is
absolutely touch and go. Each one of us
could make the difference.”
— R. Buckminster Fuller
Season’s Greetings, one and all! We
have so much to be thankful for,
and so much we are blessed with.
Our neighbors to the north and south
have suffered so much these past few
years. When I read that the Camp fire was headed toward Paradise, I
called my sister. Formerly, she was a teacher at Paradise Middle School,
and now teaches high school math in Chico. By the time I called her,
she was already evacuated to Oroville with her husband and five kids.
They spent 10 days in Oroville as her former stomping grounds burned
to the ground. Luckily, her neighbor plowed a firebreak which probably
saved her home and many others as the fire enveloped the area. It came
within 1,000 feet of her home, but last week the mandatory evacuation
was lifted and they were welcomed back home. But it will not feel the
same for some considerable time.
On Thanksgiving, we received long-awaited rain, and Chico was
provided its fair share. That will go a long way toward bringing serenity
and life back to the area. At the same time, rain can be its own hazard
after devastating fire, providing the ingredients for mudslides.
Passing through Thanksgiving week as these fires were put down, we
can be especially thankful for the highly-trained emergency responders
and firefighters who do all they can to prevent the spread of destruction
from these not-so-natural disasters. THANK YOU!!!
Despite the apocalyptic scenes painted as the end of times, it is of
due note that while fire is a natural element, the causes of the two devastating
fires are attributed to power lines owned by power companies,
north and south, and the Tubbs and Thomas fires were also suspected to
be caused by power lines, privately and corporately owned, respectively.
The fires, the mudslides, and the death and destruction associated
with them are not natural disasters, but our own making. We should not
be surprised, that as we increase the population the planet and enjoy the
benefits of that growth, disasters like these will become more tragic.
We cherish our families, our friends, and our loved ones who make
life worth living and sharing. Without them, we would all have less
of the best things in life. This season, treasure them all the more, and
please be careful, and watchful, in regards to all of our safety and
security as we celebrate the merry and bright together during the most
wonderful time of the year.
Please enjoy this issue of COLONY Magazine.
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Symphony of the Vines Presents
nternationally-traveled, virtuoso trumpet
player, Paul Merkelo will be featured during
“The Russian Connection” symphony concert
on Sunday, January 6, in Atascadero.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Greg Magie,
Conductor of the Symphony of the Vines
Magie and Merkelo were college chums at
the prestigious Eastman School of Music in
“I met Paul when I was searching for a trumpet
player for a brass quintet I managed,” Magie
said. “Paul had just transferred from the University
of Illinois and I invited him to join.” Over
the next three years, the two horn players (Magie
plays French horn) spent countless hours in
rehearsal, performance, and competitions.
“He always impressed me with his tone,
technique, and musicianship,” Magie remembers.
“We all took our studies and craft seriously,
but we could also relax and have fun as a
group. Paul quickly excelled to the top ranks
of the trumpet studio, and it was clear that he
had a great future ahead of him in music.”
Paul Merkelo has been the Solo Trumpet of
the Montreal Symphony Orchestra since 1995.
He has played with orchestras throughout the
United States, and extensively toured North and
South America, Europe, Russia and Asia. He
made his New York debut at Lincoln Center
with the New World Symphony and Michael
Tilson in 1998.
Paul Merkelo believes that his skills are earned
not gifted. “When I was young, there were many
things I was no good at, but I felt there was a bit
of hope for playing the trumpet,” he explained.
“I was never the most naturally gifted trumpet
player, but I knew that was what I wanted to do
as a career.”
Magie and Merkelo reconnected during the
summer a couple of years back in Santa Barbara
and began planning a concert with North County’s
orchestra, Symphony of the Vines. “When
we talked about repertoire, he suggested the
Shostakovich Trumpet Concerto because he is
going to Moscow later in January 2019 to record
it with the Moscow Philharmonic,” Magie
said. “Once we decided on a work by the Russian
composer, Dmitri Shostakovich, I built a program
around it.” The concert’s music focuses on
the artists Shostakovich knew and studied with
at the St. Petersburg Conservatory; his teacher,
Alexander Glazounov, and colleague, Sergei
Prokofiev. That is why the concert is called “The
You can experience world-renowned trumpet
player, Paul Merkelo, and the Symphony of the
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Both Sides of the Pond
By Marie Ramey
Since the beginning, Mother Earth has offered her beauty and bounty for all. We are not always good stewards of Earth.
This is an issue shared across our globe. Climate change, pollution, careless industry practices, and more pose a serious
threat to Earth’s water supplies, ecosystems, and oceans.
ärt/ in Atascadero is proud to present Both Sides of the Big Pond: Sharing Common Ground, an exhibit joining together
the vision of two photographers who live an ocean apart. Marty Cullen from Dugannon, Northern Ireland, in County Tyrone
and Michael V. Messina from Atascadero. Each photographer has responded to his own vision to express Earth’s irreplaceable
beauty with the knowledge that as nature’s balance is destroyed, nothing will ever be the same.
DON’T LOOK BACK IN ANGER, BY MARTY CULLEN
Marty Cullen is a fine art photographer,
artist, and sculptor who is a
graduate of law and political philosophy
from Ruskin College, Oxford and
the University of Warwick.
The Sperrin Mountains, Ireland’s
largest mountain range encompasses
a quarter of the landmass of Northern
Ireland. “The People in this rural area
of the Sperrins have a long history of
struggle and a determination not often
found in the towns and cities.” With
his love of the Sperrins and his personal
involvement with people native
to the land who have formed a grassroots opposition against proposals
currently underway to intensively mine for gold in this sacred place, Marty
brings to us their struggle to maintain their way of life which will disappear
as hundreds of tons of ore waste, along with the chemicals such as
cadmium, mercury, arsenic, zinc, and sodium cyanide are generated in the
process of gold mining destroying this mystical place.
Marty’s photography for Both Sides of the Pond depicts his visual concept
constructed around isolation and loss. His imagery is produced in
monotones and slight hints of duotone and influenced by eastern and
northern European photo realists. The mountains are laid bare for the
viewer to see that the story of the Sperrins is also a shared story of America…loss
of our natural heritage through the destructive footprint of humanity.
Marty will join us through photographs and a video presentation.
FLIGHT OF THE PELICAN, BY MICHAEL MESSINA
Michael V. Messina is an educator
and fine art portrait, wedding, and
travel photographer. He studied
photography at the San Francisco
Academy of Art where he developed
a painterly style that captures
a range of creative themes inspired
by the Renaissance, Baroque, and
Traveling by kayak, Michael found
himself not only drawn to the beauty
of the Morro Bay Estuary, but ongoing
concern for the vitality of this
critical wildlife transition from land
MICHAEL V. MESSINA
to sea. This nursery of the sea protects thousands of species that include
migratory birds, mammals, fish, and other wildlife that spend some period
of their developmental lifecycle in the estuary. Human threats to
the native estuary include fertilizers, pet waste, untreated human sewage
from failing septic tanks, industrial discharges, storm water runoff, and
sediment from construction sites.
Michael’s vision began to take place when exploring the estuary by
kayak photographing vegetation, mammals, and migratory birds. In
early morning treks, he began to sense the spirit of the Chumash people
who are an integral part of the estuary and its history as a sacred place.
The estuary and the Chumash Spirit are one. He has woven organic
and textured images captured from an eye-level perspective as seen from
Exhibit to be held at ärt/ — 5806 Traffic Way, Atascadero, CA — runs through January 26, 2019
Because of organizations such as the Morro Bay National Estuary Program, the estuary maintains its vitality. Natural habitats are repaired and
the health of the estuary is continually monitored. Visitors and residents are educated about the critical balance of nature’s nursery. Marty
and Michael would like us to know that the balance of Nature as we know it is within our grasp if we feel the heartbeat of Mother Earth.
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The PERFECT GIFT starts with
Love & Thought
the most wonderful time
of the year!” There’s nothing
like chilly night parades “It’s
with hot cocoa in hand, picking
out the perfect Christmas tree as
a family and anticipating your first
visit from that silly elf!
The minute that Target Holiday
Catalog hits the mailbox (before
Halloween) the boys start clipping
and pasting their Christmas wishes
for Santa and are eager to get
the Christmas lights hung. I just
love these traditions we have created
as a family and look forward
to them each year.
One tradition we have continued
is making the majority of our
gifts at home. Coming up with
something unique and meaningful
each year is so much fun. Teaching
the kids that giving is just as
fun as getting is important. And
seeing the looks of excitement as
their grandma opens something
that they had worked so hard on
One year we poured paint colors
into the inside of clear Christmas
tree bulbs and personalized each
and every one with sticker monograms.
They came out amazing! Or
the cool mosaic stepping stones
we made with chipped dishes and
outdoor pots that were a hit! My
oldest son’s preschool teacher still
proudly has hers displayed right
outside her classroom door. But
I’m pretty sure the snow globes
we made out of salt and pepper
shakers were number one!
Gifts made with love and
thought mean more than any
pair of slippers or collared shirt…
guaranteed! This year is all about
pampering and self care, because
everyone loves to feel their best. To
By Sarah Pope
add a holiday feel to our gifts we
decided to go with a peppermint
scent for our Lip Balm and Sugar
Scrub. So far, my (11, 9 and 3 year
old) helpers haven’t lost interest!
• ½ cup coconut oil
• ¼ cup sugar
• ¼ cup pink sugar (sugar + 1 drop
of red food coloring)
• 6 drops peppermint essential oil
• Air-tight jars (Amazon.com)
1. Mix sugar and one drop of red
food coloring to make pink sugar
2. Combine white sugar and coconut
oil. Beat together until it
becomes light and fluffy.
3. Mix in pink sugar.
4. Scoop into jars.
PEPPERMINT LIP BALM
1 ½ tbsp natural beeswax
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp shea butter
2 tbsp sweet almond oil (or olive
20 drops peppermint essential oil
Tins with lids (Amazon.com)
1. Boil water
2. In a separate glass measuring
cup mix beeswax, shea butter, coconut
oil and sweet almond oil.
3. Place glass inside pot of boiling
water and melt ingredients while
4. Remove from heat and add 20
drops of peppermint essential oil
5. Pour into tins right away.
Super easy, right? Now add your
own personal touch with a label or
some colored twine and a candy
cane! Ta-Da! Christmas shopping
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extra to pamper yourself during
the chilly holiday season. Have
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Remembering SLO Stringer
By Melissa Chavez
Highway memorial sign honors photojournalist Matthew Frank
When Matthew Frank
died in a car accident
on his way to a twoalarm
fire during the wee hours of
March 21, 2017, it seemed as if all
of San Luis Obispo County reeled
at the news. As more information
became known about the anonymous
local photojournalist known
as SLOStringer, the loss became
even more inconceivable. He had
just turned 30. How could someone
so young, vibrant, and integral to
the daily lives of so many people be
gone so soon?
SLOStringer was esteemed by
citizens and first responders alike for
accurate, time-sensitive reporting of
traffic accidents, fires and other incidents.
Hundreds attended his funeral.
To this day, people who have
never met Matthew still mention on
social media the loss of his presence.
On November 2, a ceremony was
held to dedicate a stretch of Highway
101 between Avila Beach Drive
and Spyglass Drive as Matthew
“SLOStringer” Frank Memorial
Highway. The proposal, introduced
by 35th District Assemblyman Jordan
Cunningham, was made official
last August. Flanked by fire trucks
and rescue units, a large crowd witnessed
the ribbon-cutting at Madonna
Meadow, approximately ten
miles from where Matthew died.
Mila Vujovich-LaBarre, one of
Matthew’s teachers at San Luis
Obispo High School, remembers
him well. Matthew also babysat for
her daughters, Danica and Jorja.
“He was enthusiastic, smart,
compassionate and had a sense of
humor,” Mila said. “Matt dutifully
transported my precious daughters
to and from school and helped
with other daily chores of running
a household. Matt was a champion
in that he was always upbeat around
the children and had high standards
for their behavior. My children
would always share Matt’s ‘Lesson
of the Day’ at our dinner table about
road safety or life in general. I can
see the future SLOStringer’s smiling
face and hear his charming voice
like it was yesterday. His early passing
was so very tragic. He served our
community well with such a humble
demeanor. My prayers and good
thoughts are with his family and
close friends. May he rest in peace.”
The day after Matthew died,
Coast 104.5 FM radio produced a
tribute to him in the form of a compilation
of music and statements by
the community who shared stories
of the direct impact that he had
on their lives.
One man described his encounter
with Matthew after learning
that his father committed suicide.
When he saw inquiries about police
and coroner activity posted on
the SLOStringer Facebook page, he
contacted Matthew with a request
to keep details of his father’s death
private as he returned to the Central
Coast. Matthew honored his request,
replied with condolences, and
gave him his phone number. When
they met over coffee three days later,
Matthew presented him flowers for
the man’s mother.
“The respect that he had and the
integrity that he had was something
that had out-matured his age,” the
man said.. “I’ll always remember
meeting him… he wasn’t doing
anything for pride, for ego boost
or for money; he was just doing it
because it was the right thing to do.
He was doing it out of the kindness
of his heart.”
From August 13 to September
6, 2016, Matthew provided roundthe-clock
coverage of the 46,344-
acre Chimney Fire stretching from
Lake Nacimiento to Ft. Hunter
Liggett in San Luis Obispo and
Monterey counties. One woman’s
family in Bryson was evacuated for
ten days. When she realized that
Matthew was reporting near her
home, she asked if he could check
on the chickens and cats on her
property. When Matthew complied
and contacted her the following
day, she was amazed. Not only
did Matthew send photos, he even
fed her animals.
Along with the public, firefighters’
family members expressed thanks
on Matthew’s Facebook page for
his posts, photos and video reports,
which often surpassed those of the
area’s most sophisticated media
outlets, and for providing real-time
information about the record-breaking
inferno that destroyed 70 homes
One woman, who preferred not
to be named, saw Matthew almost
daily when she worked nights as
a Chimney Fire command post
volunteer with the San Luis Obispo
County Sheriff ’s Search and
“He had more information than
we had, but we gave him burritos,”
the volunteer said. “Our job was to
keep the generator going and the
radios up. National media outlets
were at the fairgrounds with Cal
Fire. Where was Matthew? At the
fire. It became erratic at one point,
but he was the direct line to all of us.
Matthew was there to help, not hinder,
and he did so in more ways than
people ever could. From the frontline,
his information was invaluable.
Matthew respected, honored,
and helped us do our job as a third
responder. He was truly respected
and earned the trust of everybody,
including kids. At the memorial last
month, this little gal named Mercy
carried a flag in her hand. Before he
died, she’d told her mom that she
was going to marry SLOStringer.
“While Matthew’s mother spoke
at the podium, CHP helicopter H70
had to respond to a call,” said the
volunteer. “As it flew up, the crowd
was awestruck as it hovered there for
a moment before it took off. I like to
think that was to honor Matthew.
He’s such a loss. There’s never going
to be another SLOStringer. I’ve
never met somebody who had so
much compassion for our community.
He truly was an amazing angel
and we were gifted by him.”
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Charley Carlin’s Saint Nick is a year-round commitment
As his wife whips up a
latte in the kitchen,
Charley Carlin uses
the opportunity to
hand his guest a business card.
“I carry these with me all the
time, year round,” he says.
Instead of the usual name, title
and place of business, this 4-by-6
card features a painted image of
Santa Claus modeled after Carlin,
a longtime Atascadero resident.
“The directions are on the
back,” he says.
A flip of the card reveals a simple
message: “Be good!”
Not surprisingly, Carlin hands
out more of these cards after
Thanksgiving – when he dons
his red hat for the first time in
his official capacity as North
County Santa. But with his thick
white beard, rounded belly and
approachable smile, he is “recognized”
year-round. No matter
where he travels, he gets the celebrity
treatment, even if no one
knows his actual name.
Instead, he’s Pape Noel in Chile,
Jólasveinn in Iceland or, most
often, just Santa.
“I get recognized no matter
where I am,” said Carlin, who
recently spent 40 days traveling
the Baltics – with a Santa-esque
pass over the Arctic Circle – with
his wife, Anet.
And, of course, he doesn’t try to
avoid the attention.
“I wear a lot of things that
are red anyway,” he says, wearing
a shirt featuring dozens of
red chili peppers.
Carlin will take up his usual
Santa duties in Paso Robles this
year, appearing at the Vine Street
Victorian Christmas Showcase,
the Christmas Light Parade and
his temporary house in City Park.
In photos from the 70s, Carlin
looked like he could pass for a
member of a Laurel Canyon rock
band. But his hair began to turn
white at 40, and -- like Tim Allen
in “The Santa Clause” -- he
has seemingly morphed into the
jolly elf. Given his striking similarity
to Saint Nick, about 15 years
ago, Anet first offered his services
as Santa to the holiday parade in
By Patrick Pemberton
San Luis Obispo.
The two met decades ago, when
Anet, a relocated Texan, taught
theatre in San Luis Obispo.
“He was my student at Cuesta
College and hit on me,”
she remembers. “I said, ‘I am
Ten years later, she
“Please don’t represent me as a
cradle robber,” she pleads, to which
Charley quickly responds with a
smile: “Or me as a grave robber.”
Charley, who went on to earn
a degree in computer science and
mathematics from Cal Poly, became
a computer expert, working
for many years as a senior computer
support staffer at PG&E. Anet
was a player in the local arts scene,
becoming instrumental in the formation
of the popular PCPA theatre
program in Solvang and the
Great American Melodrama and
Vaudeville in Oceano. For a few
years, the two even hosted regular
theatre performances in their
backyard. The Brickyard Theatre,
with 12 performances a year, raised
money for local non-profits, including
Hospice of SLO.
Of course, it makes sense that
they’d be giving – this is Santa
Claus, after all. And, for Santa,
charity isn’t just local. The Carlins
have also raised tens of thousands
of dollars to build a Tibetan school
for girls in Northern India.
“I’m out to make the world a
better place,” says Charley, 68, just
like a Santa character in a Hallmark
Luckily, he married someone
with a similar sentiment. Anet,
who became a Buddhist in 1963,
speaks fondly of helping girls in
India get an education.
“The idea of doing something to
help children that far away is like a
dream of mine,” Anet says.
The school is located amid rugged
terrain – and often snowed
in. Yet, the couple still plans
to visit sometime within the
year, even if that requires some
“I hiked the Himalayas when
I was 50,” Anet says. “And
I’m 78 now.”
A look at their home reveals
that this is a couple that values
travel – and art. And, of course,
some of that art includes depictions
of Santa. No matter where
they go – be it Russia, Sweden,
Greenland or Germany – they try
to pick up Santa mementos.
It’s sort of like research.
“We’ve been checking to see
how Santa is portrayed across the
world,” Charley says.
But for now, they’re sticking to
North County for the holidays.
And once Charley dons his official
Santa digs, he’ll get mobbed
by little kids, whether it’s at the
popular Vine Street event or the
local grocery store.
“In December, it might take an
hour to get a loaf of bread,” he said.
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December 2018, COLONY Magazine colonymagazine.com | 15
is a champion
of SLO County’s
By Patrick Pemberton
In Atascadero, Kevin Campion
is known for his contributions
to the skateboard
and scooter community. But as a
kid, he spent much more time in
water than on wheels.
“I started swimming competitively
when I was 5 years old,”
For 22 years, he competed
through college at Humboldt
State. But eventually the overtraining
caught up with him.
“Sometimes we were doing
four or five hours a day in the
water,” he said.
Today, the surfer spends more
time in salt water than chlorinated
water. And while he no longer
coaches fellow swimmers like he
once did, he still provides mentorship
to kids through the Atown
Park, which he has run, through
a contract with the city, for
the past decade.
“I think we’re making a contribution,”
In between swimming, Campion
found time as a youth to surf
and skate in the Bay Area, where
he grew up. And in 1984, Campion
opened his first surf shop,
Marin Surf Sport. The business
was so successful that he eventually
sold it and moved on to other
ventures. One of those, as part
owner of Poor Boy surf brand,
brought him to Atascadero. That
too was popular enough to sell,
eventually leading to two visible
local endeavors, both associated
with skateboarding: The Atown
Park and the 805 Boardshop are
both off of Traffic Way, within
skating distance of each other.
“For the record, 805 Boardshop
has been around longer than 805
beer,” Campion said, referring to
the popular Firestone Walker beer
brand. “Everybody keeps saying,
‘Can I get a beer here?’ No.”
San Luis Obispo County,
boasting several skateparks, has
some pretty serious skateboard
cred. Stacy Peralta, a legendary
past skate champion and director
of acclaimed skater biopic “Dogtown
and Z-Boys,” lives in Cayucos,
just a few miles north of the
Morro Bay Skateboard Museum.
Campion’s shop is a bit of a museum
itself, with boards on display
that date back to the 50s.
When he’s not selling skater
shoes, shirts or decks, he can be
seen at the nearby Atown Park,
an indoor skatepark that recently
added an 8-foot tall half-pipe.
While there are other skateparks
in the county, this is the only indoor
one. And it has a staff that
provides supervision, making all
visitors feel welcome and safe.
There are strict rules at Atown
Park, Campion said, which require
patrons to respect one another.
“We’ll get 40-year-old skateboarders
riding with 8-year-old
scooter riders, and everybody is
getting along,” he said.
The park’s positive reputation
has drawn support from organizations
such as the Rotary Club
of Atascadero and Home Depot,
which recently donated money
and volunteer time for the
Campion will continue to
champion the cause of skaters in
Atascadero. But while he still surfs
regularly, Campion has scaled
back his skateboarding, which
began back when wheels were
made of clay.
“I’m 62 years old,” he said. “I
don’t want to fall anymore.”
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Get into the Christmas spirit with events around Atascadero
By Heather Young
Downtown Atascadero comes alive
with the Christmas spirit at Winter
Wonderland on Friday, Dec. 7
from 5 to 9 p.m. The event centers around
Sunken Gardens and pours into the downtown
streets. The event is free and has something
for people of all ages.
“Due to living on the Central Coast, it
never snows,” Atascadero resident Amy
Foster said. “It is always such a joy to
watch our boys share in a snowball fight.
My husband and I even join in on the
snowy fun too.”
Foster’s children also chimed in with
their favorite things at the event.
“My favorite part is going around and
checking out all the booths,” said Riley, 6.
His brother, Kyle, said his favorite part of
the event is “getting to throw the snowballs.”
Deputy City Manager Terrie Banish said
that more than 53 tons of snow is brought
in for the event, making it “the only winter
wonderland event of its kind in the
county.” The Kiwanis Club of Atascadero
creates a massive snow slide on Palma Avenue
at Traffic Way. There are also two snow
piles: one for children under 12 and one
older than 12.
“My daughter looks forward to playing
in real snow,” Atascadero resident Michele
Coombs said. “Sometimes it is the only time
she sees snow all year. It really gets us in the
Around Sunken Gardens and throughout
the downtown, more than 50 food, craft
and nonprofit groups will have booths. Banish
also said there will be obstacle courses,
bounce houses, a rock climbing wall,
Santa & Mrs. Claus, Atown Park Scooter
Demonstrations, Joe’s Little Train by the
Elks, Atascadero elementary and high
school show choirs, and music by Medina
Light Show and Designs.
Atascadero resident Sydney Drexler, 9,
said her favorite part of Winter Wonderland
is “running around having fun and
This event is presented by the City of
Atascadero and its many sponsors. Go to
VisitAtascadero.com or call 805-470-3360
for more information.
WINTER WONDERLAND ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP:
5-5:35 p.m.: Motion Academy of Dance
5:40-6 p.m.: Atascadero Fine Arts Academy Dance Group
6-6:40 p.m.: Atascadero elementary choir
6:40-7:15 p.m.: Atascadero High School Concert & Show Choir
7:15-9 p.m.: Live D.J. music
* Times are approximate. Entertainment will take place on the steps of
the City Administration Building. The North Pole location for Santa
and Mrs. Claus will be on the Atascadero Junior High School side of
SEE PAGE 20 FOR MORE LOCAL HOLIDAY EVENTS!
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Holiday Magic at
Charles Paddock Zoo
Zoo Holiday Magic at
Charles Paddock Zoo
in Atascadero will take
place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
on Saturday, Dec. 15.
The annual event offers a chance
to deliver special gifts to animal
friends. For more info, go to
Atascadero.org or call the zoo at
By Heather Young
The 20th annual Musical Holiday
Walk Around the Lake at
Atascadero Lake will take place
from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday,
Dec. 1. Hot cider, popcorn
and other refreshments will be
available as attendees walk around
the lake. There will be free entry
into Charles Paddock Zoo from
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
If there is steady rain prior to
or during the event, some of the
street activities may be cancelled.
Bring a flashlight and a warm
coat. For more information, go to
AtascaderoLake.net or call 805-
Atascadero Light Up
The lighting ceremony
will take place Friday, Nov. 30.
The Atascadero Art & Wine
Tour will take place from 5:30
to 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the tour
will be for sale the night of the
A crowd gathers for the Light Up Downtown celebration.
Photo By Rick Evans
event at City Hall or at Grape
Encounters Wine Empourium
for $20 per person. At 6 p.m., everyone
will gather in front of City
Hall for the lighting of Sunken
Gardens and historic City Hall.
Santa will arrive at 6:10 p.m. The
Atascadero Fine Arts Academy
Honor Choir will perform on
the steps of City Hall. Free docent-led
tours of City Hall will
take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
along with free horse-drawn
hayrides and Model-A fire truck
rides and a visit with Santa and
Mrs. Claus. For more information,
go to VisitAtascadero.com.
Visit AtascaderoChamber.org to
purchase Art & Wine Tour tickets
or call 805-466-2044.
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THE BIRTH OF ATASCADERO
The Original Design for the Civic Center
Once E.G. Lewis, a major
from St. Louis (actually
University City, Mo.) purchased
the 23,000-acre Atascadero
Rancho from Jason Henry in
1913, and almost before starting
to plan what he would do
with the property, E.G. decided
to start advertising the concept
of Atascadero in a series
of bulletins. Ultimately, there
were nine Atascadero Bulletins
published. The writers of
this column will use and reference
those bulletins in some of
our columns published here in
COLONY Magazine. Unfortunately,
the Atascadero Historical
Society does not have
copies of all of the bulletins
but we are currently working
on a project to scan those we
have and make them available
on our website, as they make
This column will focus on
E.G. Lewis’ initial design for
the Atascadero Civic Center.
Below is the perspective sketch
of the planned Atascadero
Civic Center, as well as a caption
with a description of it, all
appearing in Atascadero Bulletin
#3, dated June 1913. (In
the drawing’s title, notice the
reference to “the Woman’s Republic,”
indicating the role of a
By The Atascadero Historical Society
national organization Mr. and
Mrs. Lewis had created in the
very early 1900s, to promote
the role of women in government.)
More specifics about
this connection will be presented
in a later column.
Some of the buildings in this
sketch were built, but many were
not. However, this sketch does
show the early vision E.G. Lewis
had for the city. His main collaborator
was Walter Bliss, a San
Francisco architect who was a
member of the governing board
of the Colony Holding Corporation.
The Bliss firm, because of its
knowledge of the most modern
seismic design practices learned
from their work in rebuilding
San Francisco, after the 1906
earthquake, was a great choice
in designing the Civic Center of
Atascadero. We think you will
be impressed by the details of
these buildings from the actual
caption and some insights from
our discussion which we hope
you find informative.
Notice the orientation of the
Civic Center and the buildings
that were planned. From this
sketch, only the Administration
Building was built as indicated,
giving it the distinction of being
the only building that was not
significantly modified throughout
the planning process.
One eventual change from the
diagram was to move the Administration
Building and the
current Sunken Gardens one
block east of the State Highway,
currently El Camino Real
(the caption describes the State
Highway between the Administration
Building and the current
Sunken Gardens.) The caption
also identifies “a central plaza
and beautiful gardens” as a key
feature behind the Administration
Building. These were to be
what we call Sunken Gardens
and was originally intended to
be where the current middle
school is located.
In keeping with the grand
plan, an Opera House, a University
and office buildings were
all in the core of the planned
city. The grand department store
called La Plaza or the Mercantile,
was the only other building
described in the caption, that
was built. This building, which
had been converted into a hotel,
known as the Atascadero Inn,
burned to the ground in a fire
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Not Your Parents’ CAREER and
By James J. Brescia Ed.D
SLO County Office of
Career Technical Education
(CTE) in each of our
school districts provides
North County students of all ages
with the training, academic skills,
and technical knowledge necessary
to succeed in future careers. Our
schools not only promote “Future
Careers, Locally Grown” they support
lifelong learning. Across the
United States, nearly 12.5 million
high school and college students
are enrolled in CTE courses. CTE
prepares these learners for the
world of work by providing academic
content, introducing workplace
competencies, and exposing
students to providing a hands-on
context. The current
high school graduation
rate for CTE
concentrators is about
90 percent, which is
nearly 15 percentage points higher
than the national average.
The San Luis Obispo County
Office of Education established
SLO Partners in 2014 to address
college and career readiness among
the county’s student
Partners’ mission is
to engage business
partners and educators
with career and college
provide work experience
to ensure that stu-
“A dream doesn’t become a reality
through magic; it takes sweat,
determination, and hard work.”
dents have the skills and knowledge
necessary for success in the
workplace and businesses have the
skilled workers required for a sound
growing economy. SLO Partners is
committed to collaborating with
local businesses and education for
pathways to opportunity
School is one such
example of a blossoming
in our county
that has built up
their program pathways.
taught by Jason Diodati, is one
of the school’s most robust CTE
programs. This pathway includes
engineering, manufacturing and
energy. Many CTE courses are
dual-enrolled with Cuesta College,
allowing high school students to
earn college credit through their
high school courses. The program
fosters local participation
with large businesses such as
PG&E and smaller businesses
such as Dale Evers Arts Studio.
Programs originated through local
efforts of the school districts, the
San Luis Obispo County Office of
Education and legislators.
“The price of success is hard work,
dedication to the job at hand, and the
determination that whether we win
or lose, we have applied the best of
ourselves to the task at hand.”
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Brunch on the Bluffs
Atascadero Greyhound Foundation Serves a Dish of Piedras Blancas
Recently, I stopped by
the Atascadero Unified
School District office and
found some original pamphlets of
the Atascadero Greyhound Athletic
Foundation, which proudly
stated a goal “To Build A Better
If you are unfamiliar with the
foundation, it is worth review because
over nearly a quarter century,
it has done just that. With an initial
purpose of raising money to build an
all-weather track for the Atascadero
High School, the foundation began
with a big focus on the Greyhound
athlete. Since then, it dropped the
“Athletic” part of its name to open
the focus on all Greyhounds — including
past, present and future.
In 2012, the foundation formed
the LIGHTHOUSE committee
to address devastating drug-related
issues affecting our community, specifically
designed to help high school
students struggling with addiction.
In the past few years, LIGHT-
HOUSE expanded its scope and
continues to grow. In 2017, it raised
more than $50,000 to seed a high
school mentorship program pairing
seniors at AHS with sixth-graders
at Atascadero Middle School. Currently,
a couple dozen pairs of mentor-mentees
are participating for the
2018-19 school year.
LIGHTHOUSE has grown,
and is not done building “A Better
Greyhound Future.” There is still
lots to do for the organization “developed
because … major improvements
in our [high school] facilities
were only going to happen through
A History of
You might have heard that the
boys water polo team were practicing
in wetsuits during the fall season
because the AHS swimming
By Nicholas Mattson
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Photo by Nicholas Mattson
pool heater had finally given up the
ghost. Coincidentally, the Atascadero
Greyhound Foundation pamphlet
described “a long history of volunteer
community pride” in Atascadero that
included a 1960s effort of “extensive
fundraising and mobilized corps of
volunteers to build the pool at little
cost to the school district.” With a
price tag of multi-millions to build
a proper aquatics center for the high
school, it is not likely that will come
at “little cost to the school district”
this time around, but it will still take
a community effort.
AHS coach and middle school
teacher Jon Conrad, along with former
water polo player and local developer
Max Zappas, approached the
Atascadero Greyhound Foundation
in their current campaign to kickstart
new pool construction. Conrad and
Zappas are currently looking for support
in the initial stages of research
and development as they work to
provide the kids a place to swim.
Conrad coaches high school water
polo, as well as age-group water polo
which serves kids from 5- to 18-years
old. Zappas pointed out that the pool
is something the community uses for
a variety of purposes from exercise
and sports for people of all ages.
While the Atascadero Greyhound
Foundation held emotional interest
in supporting the cause for a new
pool, there remains a large volume
of research needed to get the effort
going the right direction, and Conrad
and Zappas could use all the help
they can get in the early stages. If you
are interested in helping, please contact
Conrad at 310-985-3692.
The AGF is charging forward
with a head of steam in fundraising
for LIGHTHOUSE, its current
flagship cause. Once again taking
a place among the stars with a spot
in the 2019 Atascadero Dancing
With Our Stars program. In 2017,
the foundation hit a home run with
a new event — a LIGHTHOUSE
Benefit Brunch at the scenic Piedras
Blancas Light Station in San
Simeon. The PBLS is open to the
public for tours, but they are scheduled,
guided tours so any access to
the historic property is a commodity.
On Sunday, January 27, the AGF
will be busing 180 lucky folks on
three charter buses to and from the
event, serving a Stein’s Catering
brunch on the bluffs of San Simeon
overlooking the panoramic view of
the Pacific Ocean.
The event will feature a live auction,
with exclusive guided visits to
the top of the historic Piedras Blancas
Light Station, and a wine walk
along the bluffs after brunch —
featuring St. Hillaire, Starr Ranch,
Seven Angels’ Pear Valley, Paso
Port, Guest House Grill and Eberle
Winery. Along the path of the wine
walk, you can stop and learn about
the history of the historic landmark
and if you are lucky enough, you
might find a knowledgable docent
to provide a guided tour.
Martin Paris and Debbie White
will serenade the event, and Joebella
Roasters signature LIGHT-
HOUSE Coffee will be available all
day long, just in case the off shore
winds are blowing cold.
As you explore the multiple
walking paths where silent auction
items await, you’ll also be treated
to the majestic scenery and numerous
marine animals. California sea
lions and harbor seals hang out on
the offshore rocks to rest. Elephant
seals utilize nearby beaches. Gray
whales, humpback whales, and bottlenose
dolphins can often be seen
on the open waters, and sea otters
forage along Point Piedras Blancas
and wrap themselves in kelp to rest.
The afternoon will be capped
off with a preview dance from the
Atascadero Greyhound Foundation
Community Dancer Tom Butler
(Atascadero Unified School District
Superintendent, and his Choreographer
All proceeds from this amazing
event will support the Lighthouse
Education Programs. The Greyhound
Foundation has committed
themselves to raise the funds needed
for continued support of the
LIGHTHOUSE Coffee Company,
Mentoring and Counseling
programs, Reality Tour, Wellness
Center, After School program and
Resource Center now located at the
Atascadero Chamber of Commerce.
Tickets to the Piedras Blancas
brunch are now available. Call AGF
Executive Director Donn Clickard
at 805-712-6356 or email donn@
to RSVP and get your spot on the bus.
Tickets will not be available on the
day of the event.
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Awakening Ways Spiritual Community
is Committed to Being of Service in the County
e may work and live in Atascadero,”
said Rev. Dr. Terry zumMallen, “but we
believe in the oneness we have with the whole
community. That’s why we have always reached
out to be a positive influence in the county.”
Rev. Dr. Terry and her husband, Rev. Dr. Frank
zumMallen, are the much-beloved spiritual
leaders of Awakening Ways Spiritual Community,
which has been meeting in Atascadero for
ten years. It is a New Thought community in the
tradition of Religious Science that attracts
people throughout the entire county to its
Sunday gathering at Atascadero’s Pavilion on
Rev. Dr. Terry
Rev. Dr. Frank
By Patricia Alexander
“We appreciate this area so much,” said
Dr. Frank. “It is important to us to reach out
beyond ourselves. That’s why we are active
supporters of RISE here in Paso, which offers
crisis intervention and treatment services
to survivors of sexual and intimate partner
violence. We also donate to Woods Humane
Society and Friends of Atascadero Lake and
have a special volunteer crew that works
on the Highway Cleanup between Del Rio
Road and San Ramon Road. AWSC has
been longtime participants in serving meals
and raising money for the El Camino
Homeless Organization (ECHO) and are
weekly contributors of food to Loaves &
Fishes, as well as clothes to NCI Thrift Shops.
Awakening Ways embraces the
belief that there are many roads
that lead to the divine...
Awakening Ways embraces the belief that there
are many roads that lead to the divine, that
there is a Oneness that connects us all, and that
all life is interdependent. They offer a meditation
time prior to their 10 a.m. gathering
each Sunday, a special children’s group, and
many classes and social opportunities to
inspire personal growth and connection. They
are also offering an unusual world peace meditation
from 4 to 5 a.m. on the morning on
December 31 at AW’s Atascadero offices at
7350 El Camino Real, Suite 101. This is a very
special meditation that happens at the same
time every year all over the world.
“Over the ten years of our existence, we’ve
noticed that about half of the people who attend
our gatherings are from Paso Robles,” said
Rev. Terry. “We’re pleased that our teachings
and welcoming community have attracted so
many Paso residents. We look forward to welcoming
more Paso people in the upcoming year
and continuing our service to the county where
we all live.”
To learn more about Awakening Ways
Spiritual Community, visit their website
at AwakeningWays.org or call
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CALL FOR RESERVATIONS:
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is a Non-Profit 501 (c)3 Organization
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Dr. Jill Stearns: Leading Cuesta’s Promise
New Leader Brings New
Vision, New Programs,
and New Cougar Spirit
By Nicholas Mattson
Facing the retirement of former president
Gil Stork, Cuesta College conducted a
nationwide search to find the right person
to fill the shoes of the 50-year Cuesta veteran who
fulfilled a personal goal with the establishment of
a second year of the Promise Scholarship — the
last item his bucket list — before retiring in June.
On July 11, Dr. Jill Stearns was sworn in as
Cuesta College’s seventh Superintendent/
President, bringing a complementary history
of experience and success to the Central Coast’s
premiere community college.
Dr. Stearns had served as president of
Modesto Junior College since 2012, where she
left a legacy of improving accreditation compliance
and decreasing disparity.
“When I arrived at MJC, the college had been
placed on sanction and probation in terms of its
said, “there were
some very serious issues
to be addressed.”
Sterns spent the
first couple years focused
on aligning the
practices with the
standards, and for the
last four years my focus
was moving the needle on the area of student
success in terms of student outcomes.
“We were a very diverse campus,” Stearns said,
“with around 50 percent hispanics and many
other backgrounds and cultures on the campus.
There was considerable disparity between the
highest performing groups and others. So we focused
on raising the completion rates overall to
close that gap.”
Stearns’ success at MJC garnered attention
and the college was selected to apply for the
Aspen Price, was one of 15 schools accredited
to award baccalaureate degrees, and was selected
as one of 20 demonstration colleges for Guided
Pathways: “a student-centered approach that
can dramatically increase the number of students
earning community college credentials, while
closing equity gaps.”
“It is a framework for reimagining and redefining
student experience on campus,” Stearns
said, “and moving away from what had become
a ‘cafeteria-style’ approach to providing students
incredible opportunity to explore, but without
providing clear direction on the quickest
path to completion.”
Leveraging her previous experience, Stearns
and the faculty and staff at Cuesta College is
getting ready for improving student experience.
“We have already started that process,” Stearns
said, “and I’ve had and opportunity to review
a 60-page report based on 15 focus groups held
at Cuesta last spring. We are capturing the voice
and experience of the student and using that to
frame our work for redesign.”
PASO Magazine welcomes Dr. Stearns warmly,
and we will continue to deliver information about
the progress at Cuesta College and deliver information
throughout 2019 to help new and returning
students get the most of our local college. Stay tuned
for monthly installments.
CLASSES START JANUARY 22
Need help getting started?
Workshops are available just for you!
Call 805.546.3952 for dates and time.
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“The daily lives of homeless women and girls
are fraught with enough uncertainties. The
question of what to do when the next period
comes around shouldn’t be one of them.”
Helping Women and Girls …
Commission of the
Status of Women
for the underserved
A special to COLONY Magazine
The Commission on the
Status of Women takes
an unabashed approach
to a social issue that gets far too
At COLONY Magazine, this
issue was a bit uncomfortable for us
and we thought it might be uncomfortable
for our readers. That factor
served to impress us further that these
underserved members of our communities
are further underserved by a
lack of attention and dialogue. So we
leave you with this information.
The Commission on the Status
of Women is helping homeless
women and girls throughout San
Luis Obispo County by hosting a
“drive by” feminine hygiene product
drive for those in need. On
December 4 from 4 to 7 p.m.,
in front of the County Government
Building Center located at
1055 Monterey Street in San Luis
To add insult to injury, menstruation is a taboo
topic; people who are able to help often
aren’t even aware that such a vast need exists.
Obispo, donators can drive by and
drop off sealed boxes of tampons
or pads. Locally, donations can be
dropped off at ECHO homeless
services, located at 6370 Atascadero
Avenue in Atascadero.
Feminine hygiene products are
some of the most-needed items at
shelters, yet they are also some of
the least donated. To add insult
to injury, menstruation is a taboo
topic; people who are able to help
often aren’t even aware that such a
vast need exists.
The daily lives of homeless
women and girls are fraught with
enough uncertainties. The question
of what to do when the next
period comes around shouldn’t be
one of them.
Even for those who earn a little
money, tampons and pads are frequently
classified as non-essential
luxury items. They’re not covered
by government assistance programs
and are taxed in 40 states,
including California, putting
them out of reach for women with
Despite the fact that menstruation
is an unavoidable, biological
reality for half the population,
these products aren’t seen for what
they are: a necessity.
The Commission on the Status
of Women is sounding the call to
action to help women and girls in
need of access to feminine hygiene
products. Something as small as a
tampon can make the difference.
All donations will benefit El
Camino Homeless Organization
(ECHO) a homeless services
organization. ECHO empowers
people throughout San Luis
Obispo County to make positive
change by providing food, shelter,
and support services.
The Commission on the Status
of Women has been an official
advisory group to the San Luis
Obispo County Board of Supervisors
since 1975. The commission
identifies issues of concern to the
women of San Luis Obispo County
and reports those findings in an
annual report. To take the annual
survey, go to slowomen.org.
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THE COLONY COOKBOOK
By Barbie Butz
What could be more “Americana”
than a holiday recipe using
cranberries? I found this one, titled,
Cake with Orange Custard
Sauce,” in a cookbook compiled
by Assistance League of the Bay
Area, Houston, Texas. The book is
titled, “Settings on the Dock of the
Bay” and was published in 1999.
I have a deep appreciation for
cookbooks compiled by Assistance
League and Junior League
chapters. The books are beautiful
to begin with and the recipes are
outstanding. The proceeds from
the sale of these books always go
to philanthropic projects in the
communities where the organizations
exist. I like that my purchase
helps make a difference in someone’s
Watch the cookbook shelves in
your local thrift stores for books by
these two groups that are so much
a part of our “American Way.”
Newer releases can be found at
large bookstores like Barnes and
9 tablespoons (1 stick plus 1/8
stick) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries
1 ¼ cups flour
1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
½ cup milk
1/3 cup currant jelly, melted
Orange Custard Sauce (below)
Spread three tablespoons of
butter on the bottom and side of
a 9-inch round cake pan. Sprinkle
a half-cup of the sugar evenly
in the bottom. Cover with the
cranberries. Mix the flour, baking
powder and salt together. Beat the
remaining six tablespoons of butter
and remaining half-cup sugar in a
Hwy 41 & 101 Exit 219 Atascadero, CA 93422
mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
Add the egg, vanilla and orange
zest and mix well. Add the flour
mixture alternately with the milk,
beating constantly at low speed
until just combined after each
addition. Pour over the cranberries
and smooth the top. Bake at
350 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes
or until brown. Cool in the pan on
a wire rack for 20 minutes. Invert
onto a serving plate. Brush with
melted currant jelly. Serve with
Orange Custard Sauce.
1 cup milk
1 cup half-and-half
1 (1-inch) piece vanilla bean
3 (1/2 x 3½ -inch) pieces orange
6 egg yolks
¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
Bring the milk, half-and-half,
vanilla bean and orange zest to a
simmer in a small saucepan. Remove
from the heat and let stand
for 15 minutes. Strain into a bowl.
Beat the egg yolks in a mixing
bowl. Add the sugar. Beat for
three minutes. Add the strained
milk mixture and mix well. Pour
into a saucepan. Cook for seven to
10 minutes or until thickened over
low heat, stirring constantly. Remove
from the heat. Stir in Grand
Mariner. Let stand until cool. Pour
into a sauce boat to serve.
This next recipe is for a Glogg,
an authentic Swedish spiced wine,
perfect for those cold nights ahead
here in our North County! And
guess what — it uses cran-apple
Ingredients and Directions:
For this body-warming drink,
bring 3 cups cran-apple juice
cocktail, 7 cups dry red wine, ½
cup sugar, 2 cinnamon sticks, 2
whole cloves and orange rind
strips to just below a simmer in a
large saucepan. Cook for 1 hour.
Strain and ladle into mugs. Can be
prepared ahead and served warm.
Happy Winter Holidays
Enjoy your turkey, dressing,
green bean casserole, sweet potato
casserole, mashed potatoes
and gravy, cranberry sauce, Waldorf
salad, relish platter, hot rolls
(with lots of butter), wine, pumpkin
pie, pecan pie, mincemeat pie,
and on and on and on. And yes,
have a slice of that Cranberry
Upside-Down Cake with Orange
Custard Sauce, while you’re at it!
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Ginger is a spice that
knows no boundaries. It
can jump start your meal
with an enthusiastic appetizer, add
zest to your main course, and finish
with a dessert that lingers on
the palate. Transforming each dish
into something completely different
on the tongue, ginger has a
magical way of adapting itself and
delivering a unique quality all its
Hot, spicy, energizing, healing...
The story of ginger spans the
globe, reaching countless cuisines
and identifying classic dishes.
Not only does ginger burst with
flavor, it also is a powerhouse of
By Lori Foster of Spice of Life
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is
native to tropical forests in southeastern
Asia and is now grown
widely around the world, from
Hawaii to Africa, Australia and
many other countries. Ginger
grows underground as a horizontal
stem, or rhizome, with beautiful
green upright shoots reaching to
the sun. Close relatives are turmeric
and galangal which also grow as
Warm, woody, peppery heat
with tender sweetness jumps out
at you as ginger mingles with other
ingredients. Classic Asian dishes,
Indian curries, Middle Eastern
and European cuisines all crave
the boldness of ginger. Complimentary
flavors that marry well
with ginger are garlic, lemongrass,
chili, turmeric, citrus, cinnamon,
cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, and
saffron to name a few.
What would the holidays be
without ginger? Gingerbread
cookies, ginger snaps, and of
course, pumpkin spice blends
with ginger being a key ingredients.
Try adding molasses to ginger
cookies which gives a softer
texture and almost caramel flavor.
Sauteed, tender carrots with fresh
shredded ginger and garlic or
roast winter squash with a dusting
of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg
to bring about the warming
flavors of winter.
Not only does ginger taste delicious,
the medicinal benefits are
pretty impressive as well.
Ginger is among the healthiest
spices in the world with countless
studies and reports throughout
history showing effective results.
Ginger’s ability to calm upset
stomachs and motion sickness has
been a comfort for many. It can
also help relieve digestive problems,
soothe morning sickness
and nausea. During the cold and
flu seasons, ginger is the perfect
spice to keep on hand to combat
sickness. Strong anti-inflammatory
properties help with arthritis and
other conditions while offering a
wide array of important vitamins
and minerals. Natural remedies
like ginger are a great alternative
to reaching for over-the-counter
medications for relief. Steeping
ginger with peppermint and chamomile
in a cup of hot water makes
a great tea to help relax, calm and
soothe the body.
Visit Lori at Spice of Life at 1306,
Pine St., Paso Robles, CA 93446
for more information on seasonal
spices and healthy recipes.
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Holiday Events in the North County
Note: Events are chronologically listed.
Readers are encouraged to call phone numbers
listed to confirm scheduled events. There
are many activities to choose from this holiday
season from holiday boutiques to caroling
to performances. Take a look to find the
perfect fit, or fits, for you and your family.
The seventh annual Cambria
Christmas Market will
take place through Sunday,
December 23 on the grounds of
Cambria Pines Lodge, 2905 Burton
Drive in Cambria, at 5 p.m. every
night except Nov. 26 and 27 and
Dec. 3, 4 and 10 when the market
is closed. The annual market offers a
winter wonderland of colorful lights
in addition to food, wine, live music,
shopping, vendors and Santa’s house.
Nightly shuttles are available at the
Brambles in East Village and Coast
Union High School. The last shuttle
to the market leaves at 8:15 p.m. The
cost is $10, $15, $20 or $25 depending
on the night and children 10
and younger are free. For more information,
go to CambriaChristmas
Market.com or call 805-927-6109.
Tickets must be purchased in advance
Morro Bay Lighted
The 33rd annual Morro Bay
Lighted Boat Parade will take place
on Saturday, December 1 at 6 p.m.
at the waterfront. The procession of
decorated Christmas skiffs, yachts,
fishing boats, cutters, sailboats and
kayaks will begin at 6:30 p.m. Go to
MorroBay.org for more information.
Find out where to see Santa!
The 55th annual Downtown
Christmas Light Parade will take
place in Paso Robles Saturday, December
1 at 7 p.m. Celebrate the
holiday season with an array of
floats, equestrian entries, vehicles
and marching entries. This year’s
theme is “Cowboy Christmas.”
Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be
in attendance. For more information,
go to PasoRoblesDowntown.org or
Sugar Plum Tea
The North County Dance and
Performing Arts Foundation will
present the Sugar Plum Tea Party
on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1
p.m. at Cantinas on the Park, 1242
Park St. in Paso Robles. General admission
is $18, get a VIP upgrade
with early admission and photos
for an additional $5. Light lunch
will be served and it will include
crafts and dancing with Clara and
the ballerinas. To buy tickets, go to
Cayucos Christmas Tree Lighting
will take place Sunday, December
2 at 5 p.m. at the corner of Ocean
Avenue and D Street. In addition
to the tree lighting, there will also
be caroling. For more information,
call 805-995-1200 or go to Cayucos
By Heather Young
“The Nutcracker” ballet will take
place Friday, December 7 at 7 p.m.,
Saturday December 8 at 11 a.m. and
4 p.m. and Sunday, December 9 at
12:30 and 5:30 p.m. at the Templeton
Performing Arts Center. Tickets
are $29 for adults and $24 for children
12 and younger and seniors 62
and older. An open dress rehearsal
and student night will take place
Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. The cost
is $10 and a canned food donation
for students and $25 for adults. For
more information, email info@
ncdpaf.org or call 805-316-1833. To
purchase tickets, go to ncdpaf.org.
Los Osos Christmas
The 31st annual Los Osos Christmas
Parade will take place Saturday,
Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. The
parade will follow Los Osos Valley
Road from Fairchild Way to the
park at Palisades Avenue. There will
be a pre-parade pancake breakfast
sponsored by the Bay Osos Kiwanis
at Bay Auto & Tire. For more information,
go to lobpchamber.org.
The 32nd annual Vine Street Victorian
Showcase will take place Saturday,
Dec. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. between
8th and 21st streets in Paso
Robles. There will be bands, dancers,
refreshments, the Grinch, the Snow
King and Queen, choirs, caroling,
Santa and Mrs. Claus, illuminated
floats, entertainers, community
open houses, free refreshments and
Ebenezer Scrooge. There are no
dogs or cars allowed. The event will
happen even in the rain. For more
information, go to PasoRoblesDown
town.org or call 805-238-4103.
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The 10th annual Christmas in Cayucos will
take place Saturday, Dec. 8 at participating merchants
along Ocean Avenue. It is a merchant
open house with free horse-drawn carriage rides,
children’s activities, tree lighting, strolling carolers
and a visit from Santa. For more information, call
805-995-1200 or go to CayucosChamber.com.
Santa Holiday House in
Santa’s Holiday House schedule in downtown
Paso Robles at the Downtown City Park is Sunday,
Dec. 9 and 16 from noon to 3 p.m.; Tuesday,
Dec. 18 through Monday, December 24 through
Thursday, December 24 from noon to 3 p.m. Call
805-238-4103 or go to PasoRoblesDowntown.
org for more information.
Victorian Teddy Bear Tea
in Paso Robles
The 28th annual Victorian Teddy Bear Tea will
take place in the Paso Robles Park Ballroom,
1232 Park St. in Paso Robles, from 2 to 4 p.m.
on Saturday, December 15. Visit the Snow King
and Queen, Santa and Mrs. Claus, the elves, and
Victorian friends. Attendees should bring their
Teddy bears for an afternoon of cookies and juice
and entertainment. Seating is limited and tickets
may be pre-purchased at the Paso Robles Main
Street office at 835 12th St., Ste. D. Tickets are
$20 for adults and $8 for children. Call 805-238-
4103 for more information or go to PasoRobles
and Craft Faire
in San Miguel
San Miguel Christmas Parade and Craft Faire
will take place Saturday, December 15 at 6 p.m.
The parade will conclude a full day of fun. The
children’s carnival and street fair begins at 2 p.m.
There will also be a chili cook-off, silent auction,
drawings and other activities. Stop by the fire station
after the parade to see Santa and enjoy hot
dogs and refreshments. For more information, call
Mike Sanders at 805-712-9120 or go to discover
A Living Nativity will take place on the lawn at
Templeton Presbyterian Church, 610 South Main
St. in Templeton, Friday, December 14 and Friday,
December 15 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December
16 at 5:30 and 7 p.m. The entire event is about 30
minutes long but arrive early as seating is limited
and dress warmly. Call the church at 805-434-
1921 with any questions.
Submit listings to firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit nosloco.com for more information on events.
December 1 — Friends of the Santa Margarita Library Craft Faire, 9 a.m. to 3 December 31 — Atascadero Firefighters Association invites you to the New
p.m. at the Community Center in Santa Margarita, 22501 I St., Santa Margarita. Year’s Eve Bash. This event will be hosted at the Pavilion on the Lake from 7
p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Plan to ring in the new year while benefitting local charities.
Arts & Culture
Art After Dark Paso — first Saturday, wine tasting, 5 to 9 p.m., Downtown Paso,
hosted by Studios on the Park.
December 6 — Opening reception for solo art exhibit, “Artistic Journeys with
Janice Pluma”, 5 to 6 p.m. at the Atascadero Library, 6555 Capistrano Ave.
Atascadero. Exhibit continues through February. Open to the public during
Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce
pasorobleschamber.com • 805-238-
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,
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,
Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce
Restaurant of the Month Appreciation
— first Tuesday, time/location
December 12 — Membership Mixer,
5:30 to 7 p.m., Hosted by Community
West Bank, 541 Spring St., Paso
Atascadero Chamber of Commerce
atascaderochamber.org • 805-466-
6907 El Camino Real, Suite A,
Atascadero, CA 93422
December 6 — Women in Business:
Holiday Fashion Show, 11:30 a.m. to
1 p.m. at SpringHill Suites by Marriott,
900 El Camino Real, Atascadero.
Register at atascaderochamber.org
December 20 — Business Mixer: Pacific
Premier Bank, 5:30 to 7 p.m.,
7480 El Camino Real, Atascadero.
Templeton Chamber of Commerce
templetonchamber.com • 805- 434-
321 S. Main Street #C, Templeton,
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
December 8 — “A Night in Narnia”
Christmas Tree Auction and Dinner,
5:30 to 10 p.m., BarrelHouse
Brewing Company, 3055 Limestone
Way, Paso Robles. Templeton
non-profits invite you to this black
tie gala to advance their mission
through donations raising awareness
for their causes. Registration
required for this event through
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At the Library
6555 Capistrano, Atascadero • 805- 461-6161
Tuesday & Wednesday — 10:30 a.m., Preschool
Story time for 1-5 year olds
Friday — 10:30 a.m., Toddler Story time for 1-3
December 1 — Family Movie, 2 to 4 p.m., Lego
DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman: Rage of
December 4 — Gems in the Stacks Book Discussion,
11 a.m. to 12 p.m., open to adults
December 5 — Craft Club, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.,
open to 6 to 12 year olds
December 7 — Teen A-Town Create Space, 2 to
4:30 p.m., open to teens
December 8 — Prince and Princess Tea Party,
10:30 to 11:30 a.m., open to 4 to 10 year olds
December 12 — Teen Manga Art, 3:30 to 4:30
p.m, open to 10 to 17 year olds
December 14 — Folksongs of the Winter Holidays,
4 to 5 p.m., open to all ages
December 15 — Lego Club, 2 to 3 p.m., open
to ages 5 to12, registration required
December 19 — Cardmaking with Suzy McBride,
3:30 to 4:30 p.m., open to 10 to 17 year olds
December 20 — Mixed Minds Book Club, 2:30
American Legion Post 50
• 240 Scott St., Paso Robles • 805-239-7370
Commander John Irwin, 805-286-6187.
Hamburger Lunch — Thursdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $5
Pancake Breakfast — third Saturday, 8-11 a.m., $6
Post Meeting — fourth Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
American Legion Post 220
• 805 Main Street, Templeton • 805-610-2708
Post Meeting — second and fourth Wednesday,
Atascadero Lodge 2733 • 1516 El Camino Real •
Lodge Meeting — second and fourth Thursdays
Paso Robles Lodge 2364 • 1420 Park Street •
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
Pancake Breakfast — second Sunday, 7:30-11 a.m.,
December 9 — Grange Meeting, 12 to 1 p.m.
Taking Care of Business
North County Toast ‘N Talk Toastmasters — every
Monday, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. 1101 Riverside Dr,
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
to 3:30 p.m., open to adults
December 21 — Teen A-Town Create Space, 2
to 4:30 p.m., open to teens
December 28 — Teen A-Town Create Space, 2
to 4:30 p.m., open to teens
January 4 — Teen A-Town Create Space, 2 to
4:30 p.m., open to teens
Paso Robles Library
1000 Spring St., Paso Robles • 805- 237-3870
Monday & Friday — 10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.,
Preschool Story time for 1-3 year olds
Wednesday — 2:30 p.m., Grandparents & Books
for kids of all ages
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
December 12 — Lego Build, 4 to 5 p.m., open
6290 Adams, Creston • 805- 237-3010
No events for December
Atascadero — 7848 Pismo Ave. • 805-610-7229
Key Club — every Wednesday, 11:55 a.m.
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-
Camino Real, #104, Atascadero. Visitors welcome,
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 welcome, bniccc.com
San Miguel Library
254 13th St, San Miguel • 805- 467-3224
December 4 — Crafty Wednesdays – Winter
Holidays, 1 to 4 p.m., open to all ages
December 12 — Crafty Wednesdays – Winter
Holidays, 1 to 4 p.m., open to all ages
December 4 — Crafty Wednesdays – Winter
Holidays, 1 to 4 p.m., open to all ages
Santa Margarita Library
9630 Murphy Ave, Santa Margarita • 805- 438-
December 1 — Young People’s Reading Round
Table, 4 to 5:30 p.m., open to 12 to 16 year olds
December 4 — E-help at the Library, 1 to 3 p.m.,
open to all ages
December 12 — Holiday Story Time and Craft,
10:30 to 11:30 a.m., open to preschool age
January 5 — 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
No events in December
Meeting — first and third Thursday, 6 p.m.
Bingo — first Sunday, 12-2 p.m.
Queen of Hearts — every Tuesday, 7 p.m.
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 Park St.
Atascadero — 9315 Pismo Ave.
Meeting — every Wednesday, 12 p.m. at Atascadero
Paso Robles — Paso Robles Inn Ballroom 1103
Spring St., meeting — Thursdays at noon
Paso Robles Sunrise — 1900 Golden Hill Rd.
Meeting — Wednesdays, 7 a.m. at Culinary Arts
Templeton — 416 Main St.
Meeting — first and third Tuesday, 7 a.m. at
Speak Easy Toastmasters Club — every Friday,
12:10 to 1:15 p.m. Founders Pavilion, Twin Cities
Community Hospital. 9797.toastmastersclubs.
Coffee at the Carlton — For entrepreneurs and
business leaders. Wednesdays at 9 am Carlton
Hotel in Atascadero, for this free, open networking
group to meet and learn from other business
members and expand your local network.
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Clubs & Meetings
Almond Country Quilters Guild Meeting — Holiday
General Meeting, December 3, 6:30 p.m., Join us
for refreshments, a gift exchange (handmade or
store bought, spending limit of $15) and lots of
fun for all. Trinity Lutheran Church, 940 Creston
Rd, Paso Robles. Contact kajquilter@ gmail.com
or email@example.com, acqguild.com.
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.
Health & Wellness
THE WELLNESS KITCHEN
AND RESOURCE CENTER
1255 Las Tablas Rd., Templeton. Visit thewkrc.org,
805-434-1800 for information on Healing and Wellness
Foods meal programs, volunteer opportunities,
The Wellness Kitchen suffered a loss when an
electrical fire damaged the building they leased
in Templeton. They are moving to a temporary
Please check their website for info, and support
them through this transition with a tax-deductible
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 description of support groups,
social events, education and kid’s programs.
The office will be closed from Monday, December
24, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019.
December 5: Life Beyond Cancer, 11:30 a.m.; Art
Time with Katie, 1:30 p.m.;
December 12: Young Survivors Peer Gathering, 6
p.m. in Templeton; Kids Art Time, 6 p.m.;
December 13: Advanced Cancer Support Group,
December 14: Education: Winter Well-Being, 12
December 20: Breast Cancer Support Group, 12
MONDAY: Therapeutic Yoga at Dharma Yoga, 11:30
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
— December’s meeting will be held at the Templeton
Community Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
and themed, ‘Christmas Lights’. Judee Stapp will
present on “The Gift That Keeps On Giving”. We
will fill a tree with socks for the needy at ECHO. The
cost is $12.00. Call JoAnn Pickering at 239-1096
TUESDAY: Educational Radio Show, 1:00 p.m.;
WEDNESDAY: Living with Cancer Support
Group —Newly Diagnosed/Active Treatment,
FRIDAY: 12/7 & 12/14-Grupo Fuerza y Esperanza,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Pre-schoolers — first &
third Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran
Church, 940 Creston Road, Paso, Ashley Hazell,
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 email@example.com.
North County Parkinson’s Support Group —
third Tuesday, 1 p.m. at Templeton Presbyterian
Church, 610 So. Main St. Info: Rosemary
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
by December 9th for reservations.
Active Senior Club of Templeton — first Friday,
10:30 a.m., Templeton Community Center, 601
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.
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 805-473-1748.
Lupus/Auto Immune Disorder Support Group — fourth
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. at Nature’s Touch, 225 So. Main
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS
Sponsored by Hospice SLO, 805-544-2266, hospiceslo.org
Bereaved Parents Group — every Tuesday, 5:30 to
Suicide Bereavement Support - fourth Wednesdays,
3 to 4:30 p.m.
Meetings at RISE – Visit in person at 1030 Vine St.,
Paso Robles or call 805-226-5400
General Grief Support — every Wednesday, 5 to 6:30
p.m. Meeting at 517 13th Street, Paso. No cost, no
GriefShare — every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the
Fireside Room at Trinity Lutheran Church 940 Creston
Road, Paso Robles.
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
Paso Robles City Council — first and third Tuesday, 6:30
p.m. at the City of Paso Robles Library Conference
Room, 1000 Spring Street
Planning Commission — second and fourth Tuesday,
6:30 p.m. at the City of Paso Robles Library Conference
Room, 1000 Spring Street
Library Board of Trustees — second Thursday, 9 a.m.
at City of Paso Robles Library, 1000 Spring Street
Templeton (Community Service District Board of
Directors — first and third Tuesday, 7 p.m. at 420
Atascadero 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 Avenue
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e have a master wood craftsman and
a kind, thoughtful man in our midst:
David Bouillez. He is a Key Grip/Gaffer in the
film business and enjoys creative woodworking
during his downtime. What makes David’s
talent even more special is his poignant, tangible
way of expressing his appreciation and sympathy
to the families of men and women who
have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country
and fellow citizens — The Memory Box.
The gift of a Memory Box honors
a life given in service to others;
allowing parents, relatives and
friends to treasure the memory
of those they’ve lost.
The inspiration for the Memory Box Project
followed a somber evening TV news report on
the casualties in the war in Afghanistan. David
wanted to do something for the grieving
families. Initially, he was inspired to use his
woodworking and design talent to create keepsake
boxes for the families of fallen soldiers.The
project has since expanded to include firefighters,
peace officers and first responders who have
given their lives in service to others. A Memory
Box is a special gift meant to be passed down
through the generations. To date, 275 Memory
Boxes have been shipped nationwide.
David’s childhood friend, Natalie Probert
Kurtz says, “David is one of the finest. I’m proud
of his talent. I’ve sponsored a few Memory Boxes
and I hope others can find the means to donate
By Millie Drum
to this fine cause. It brings some closure to families
as they go through the healing process.”
“When I get a call or a thank you note from
a family, it’s such a great feeling to know I’m
doing something for someone and that they
really appreciate it,” says David.
The demand is exceeding the donations,
especially as the holiday season approaches.
To sponsor a Memory Box, donations in any
amount are appreciated to cover the cost of
materials, shipping and the growing demand.
The cherry wood used is salvaged and reclaimed
Every box is handcrafted with tongue and
groove solid joinery and machine engraved
with the fallen hero’s name and personal information.
The brilliant pewter handles are made
by Notting Hill Decorative Hardware in Wisconsin;
replicating the Iris flower; symbolizing
the meeting of heaven and Earth.
Fallen Soldier Memorabilia Boxes, Inc. is a
501 (c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation —
EIN: 46-2166640, that relies on donations from
individuals, businesses and foundations. As the
holiday season is particularly poignant for families,
join David in showing your respect and gratitude
by donating or fully sponsoring one or more
Tax-deductible donations can be mailed
to Fallen Soldier Memorabilia Boxes, Inc.,
179 Niblick Rd., #439, Paso Robles, CA 93446 or
online at memoryboxproject.org. Click ‘DONATE’.
To host a fundraising event or help in any way,
contact David at 805-221-5087 (Shop) or 415-
806-9064 (Cell) or Pat at 805-239-1372. Email,
Honoring a Fallen Soldier
THE MEMORY BOX POEM
“How does one choose what it will hold?
For future stories to be told?
A letter, a ribbon, a picture or two?
How do I choose the memory of you?
You were so brave — right to the end.
You weren’t just a soldier.
You were my best friend.
There’s so much to tell of the life you had.
Your courage and strength
— so much could be said.
To honor your memory is easy to do.
I place inside here sweet memories of you.
Your legacy lives on for others to see.
A medal, a letter? Inside it will be.
How does one choose what this box will hold
— for future stories to be told?”
Written by the proud mother of Fallen Soldier
SGT Amanda Older-Downing
May 30, 1986 – January 11, 2011
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Brynn & Brittni Frace’s Memorial
2019 Running Chicken
10K & Fun Run
Lake Santa Margarita, SLO County
Race Starts at 9:00 am
Sunday, January 6, 2019
Brynn & Bitti were sisters, best friends and dedicated runners who ran with passion
and friends. They were selfless, authentic and full of joy. A Memorial Athletic
Scholarship as well as an Athletic Shoe Donation program would be just the thing
they would support.
Brynn & Bitti wanted everyone to find their Inner Chicken. What does being a
chicken mean? To them it meant living each day with: Courage, Commitment,
Loyalty, Dancing, Spontaneity, Acceptance, Fun and Running with Passion.
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