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Is time running out on

your deductible?

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!

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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




Homespun Holiday Cheer

Photo by Hayley Mattson

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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

treatment options.

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!

Cutting-Edge Treatment

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

Removal. Microneedling

is the go-to treatment

for shrinking pore size.

The Co2re Intima is

used for women’s health

issues such as vaginal



Vampire Procedures

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procedures such as the O-shot, the

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In fact, one of the spa’s latest laser

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This is the only FDA device that

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and tightens the face and neck as well

as treats the body for tightening and

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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,

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acne treatments using the Celluma.

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“A Dream You Dream Alone Is Only A

Dream. A Dream You Dream Together

Is Reality.”

— 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.

Nicholas Mattson



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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

New York.

“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

Russian Connection.”

You can experience world-renowned trumpet

player, Paul Merkelo, and the Symphony of the

Vines Orchestra on Sunday, January 6, 3 pm,

at the Atascadero Methodist Church, 11605

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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.


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.


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

Pre-Raphaelite masters.

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


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

his kayak.

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

is priceless.

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

(set aside).

2. Combine white sugar and coconut

oil. Beat together until it

becomes light and fluffy.

3. Mix in pink sugar.

4. Scoop into jars.


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

and stir.

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

and structures.

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

Rescue Unit.

“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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Becoming Santa

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

your teacher!’”

Ten years later, she

finally relented.

“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

Channel movie.

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

physical exertion.

“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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Kevin Campion

is a champion

of SLO County’s

skater culture

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,”

he said.

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,”

he said.

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

new half-pipe.

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

Christmas spirit.”

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

throwing snowballs.”

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.


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

City Hall.


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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

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Musical Holiday

Walk Around

Atascadero Lake

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 Downtown

Holiday Celebration

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

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The Original Design for the Civic Center

Once E.G. Lewis, a major

magazine publisher

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

fascinating reading.

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

in 1935.

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Not Your Parents’ CAREER and


By James J. Brescia Ed.D

SLO County Office of

Education Superintendent

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

population. SLO

Partners’ mission is

to engage business

partners and educators

in aligning

workforce needs

with career and college

pathways and

provide work experience


to ensure that stu-

“A dream doesn’t become a reality

through magic; it takes sweat,

determination, and hard work.”

~Colin Powell

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

and skilled

local talent.

Templeton High

School is one such

example of a blossoming

CTE program

in our county

that has built up

their program pathways.

Energy and

Power Technology,

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.”

~Vince Lombardi

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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

Greyhound Future.”

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

community involvement.”

A History of

Atascadero Pride

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

Donn Clickard thanks Diana and Wayne Cooper for catering.

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.


Benefit Brunch

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

Kara Frenzel.

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

the Lake.

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.

We’re committed!”

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


Join Us

for a




Featuring Music by: Marty Paris & Debbie White


Donn Clickard: 805.712.6356


Atascadero Greyound Foundation

is a Non-Profit 501 (c)3 Organization


Tom Butler and Kara Frenzel




per person

Sunday, January 27, 2019

10:00 AM Departure

from Sunken Gardens in

Atascadero aboard



Please RSVP by

January 15, 2019






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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

accreditation,” Stearns

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.




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

collect feminine

hygiene products

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

little attention.

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

limited funds.

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.

805-391-4566 ads@colonymagazine.com

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By Barbie Butz

Americana Woman

What could be more “Americana”

than a holiday recipe using

cranberries? I found this one, titled,

“Cranberry Upside-Down

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



Upside-Down Cake

with Orange

Custard Sauce


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 egg

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




Car Wash

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.


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.

Spiced Cranberry

Apple Glogg

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

juice cocktail!

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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with Ginger

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

healing benefits.

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.

Cambria Christmas


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

Boat Parade

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.



Light Parade

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

call 805-238-4103.

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

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

‘Nutcracker’ ballet

in Templeton

“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.

Vine Street

Victorian Showcase

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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in Cayucos

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

Paso Robles

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


Christmas Parade

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


Living Nativity

in Templeton

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 events@nosloco.com, 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

library hour.

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,

vjanssen@co.clo.ca.us, 805-781-4491

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

TBA, pasorobleschamber.com

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,

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


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

Atascadero Library

6555 Capistrano, Atascadero • 805- 461-6161

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

Story time for 1-5 year olds

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

year olds

Special Events

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

Service Organizations

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,

6 p.m.

Elks Lodge

Atascadero Lodge 2733 • 1516 El Camino Real •


Lodge Meeting — second and fourth Thursdays

Paso Robles Lodge 2364 • 1420 Park Street •


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,

Paso, 805-464-9229

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


Special Events

December 12 — Lego Build, 4 to 5 p.m., open

to children

Creston Library

6290 Adams, Creston • 805- 237-3010

No events for December

Kiwanis International

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.)

Lions Club

Atascadero Club #2385 • 5035 Palma Ave.

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

Paso Robles Club 2407 • 1420 Park St.

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

San Miguel Club 2413 • 256 13th St.

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

Santa Margarita Club 2418 • 9610 Murphy St.

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

Shandon Valley Club • 630-571-5466

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

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

Loyal Order of Moose

Atascadero #2067 • 8507 El Camino Real • 805-


Camino Real, #104, Atascadero. Visitors welcome,


Above the Grade Advanced Toastmasters — first

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

805-238-0524, 930206.toastmastersclubs.org

Partners in $uccess — Business Networking International

—every Thursday, 7 to 8:30 a.m., Paso

Robles Assn. of Realtors, 1101 Riverside Ave.

Visitors welcome, bniccc.com

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

Shandon Library

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

Optimist Club

Atascadero — dinner meetings second and fourth

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

Front Rd. or call 805-712-5090

Paso Robles — dinner meetings second and fourth

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

1420 Park St.

Rotary International

Atascadero — 9315 Pismo Ave.

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

Lake Pavillion

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

McPhee’s Grill

Speak Easy Toastmasters Club — every Friday,

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

Community Hospital. 9797.toastmastersclubs.

org. 805-237-9096

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 lisajguerrero@msn.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.

805-610-8096, exchangeclubofnorthslocounty.org

Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter

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

Terminal, 4900 Wing Way. Getting youth involved

with aviation, EAA465.org

North County Multiflora Garden Club — second

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

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

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

or visit multifloragardenclub.org

Monthly Dinner at Estrella Warbirds Museum —

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

Health & Wellness



1255 Las Tablas Rd., Templeton. Visit thewkrc.org,

805-434-1800 for information on Healing and Wellness

Foods meal programs, volunteer opportunities,

and classes.

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




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,

11 a.m.;

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,

10 a.m.;

FRIDAY: 12/7 & 12/14-Grupo Fuerza y Esperanza,

6 p.m.

Healthy Lifestyle — Navigate with Niki-Thursdays

by appointment, call 805-238-4411;

Cancer Well-Fit® at Paso Robles Sports Club,

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

pre-registration is required with Kathy Thomas

at kathythomas10@hotmail.com or 805-610-

6486.; Beautification Boutique offers products

for hair loss and resources for mastectomy

patients (knittedknockers.org).


Take Off Pounds Sensibly — every Monday,

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

5850 Rosario,, basement room. 805-466-1697

or visit tops.org

North County Overeaters Anonymous — every

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

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

MOPS — Mothers of Pre-schoolers — first &

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

Church, 940 Creston Road, Paso, Ashley Hazell,

805-459-6049, nocomops@gmail.com.

Chronic Pain Support Group — CRPS (Chronic

Regional Pain Syndrome), third Tuesdays, 5 to

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

Contact Suzanne Miller 805-704-5970

or email suzanne.miller@ymail.com.

North County Parkinson’s Support Group —

third Tuesday, 1 p.m. at Templeton Presbyterian

Church, 610 So. Main St. Info: Rosemary

Dexter 805-466-7226.

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 dmcpatriotdaughter@gmail.com.

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

St., Templeton.


Sponsored by Hospice SLO, 805-544-2266, hospiceslo.org

Bereaved Parents Group — every Tuesday, 5:30 to

7 p.m.

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.


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

Crocker Street

Atascadero Planning Commission — first and third

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

Palma Avenue

City Council — second and fourth Tuesday, 6 p.m.

at City Hall Council Chambers, 6500 Palma Avenue

December 2018, COLONY Magazine colonymagazine.com | 33

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

whenever possible.

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

Memory Boxes.

Tax-deductible donations can be mailed

to Fallen Soldier Memorabilia Boxes, Inc.,

179 Niblick Rd., #439, Paso Robles, CA 93446 or

online at 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


“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

76 Gas Station.......................... 28

A Beautiful Face........................ 21

American West Tire Pros........... 11

Anna & Mom............................ 17

Arlyne’s Flowers....................... 09

Atascadero Greyhound Foundation

................................................. 25

Atascadero Pet Hospital........... 21

Awakening Ways...................... 15

Baby’s Babble........................... 09

Bella Jule Designs................... 17

Bijou......................................... 17

Bottom Line Bookkeeping....... 27

Branches of Wellness Acupuncture

................................................. 21

Brittni & Brynn Run.................. 35

CASA......................................... 28

Cassidy, Diane.......................... 05

Central Coast Medical Aesthetics

................................................. 02


Cuesta College......................... 26

Farron Elizabeth....................... 17

Five Star Rain Gutters............... 05

Foss Electric.............................. 16

Foss Farms................................ 22

Frontier Floors.......................... 29

Funky Wonderland.................. 17

Glenn’s Repair.......................... 08

Greg Malik RE Group............... 07

Healthy Inspirations................. 21

Hearing Aid Specialists of the

Central Coast............................ 03

Heather Desmond Real Estate.09

Hope Chest Emporium............ 17

John Donovan State Farm Insurance

and Financial Services..... 20

Las Tablas Animal Hospital...... 29

LivHOME.................................. 15

Lube N Go................................ 21

Luke’s Episcopal Church........... 09

Natural Alternative................... 08

Odyssey World Cafe................. 16

Reverse Mortgage Pros ........... 12

Robert Fry, M.D......................... 22

San Luis Obispo County Office of

Education................................. 23

Señor Sanchos......................... 05

Sixteen Twenty......................... 17

Solarponics.............................. 07

Spice of Life.............................. 09

Sue Hubbard - Farmers Insurance

................................................. 12

Templeton Door & Trim............ 09

The Carlton Hotel..................... 11

The Laundromat....................... 15

Triple 7 Motorsports................. 11

Triple 7 Tractor.......................... 07

Whit’s Turn Tree Service........... 15

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Brynn & Brittni Frace’s Memorial

2019 Running Chicken

10K & Fun Run



Fundraiser for


Athletic Equipment

and Community



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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