2019 February Paso Robles Magazine


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




2018 Roblan

of the Year


Runnin’ Strong

No. SLO County’s Best Running Events

Chamber Awards

Roblan, Ambassador & Beautification

of the Year

Health, Wellness & Fitness

Taking Care of You in So Many Ways




February 2019

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30 36



8 Something Worth Reading


10 Through the Grapevine

12 Hellie Blythe: 2019 Sweet Art

14 San Miguel Reflections: Buzz Marathon


16 Matt Masia: 2018 Roblan of the Year

18 Virginia Lockyear: Chamber Ambassador of

the Year

20 Bobbi Connor: A Natural Alternative


24 Tai Chi & Qi Gong, with Faye Baker

26 Taking Care of Me with Sarah Pope

28 Secret Oasis Walks with Tonya Strickland


30 Cava Robles: 2018 Beautification of the Year

32 Business Spotlight: Bella Jule celebrates

three years

34 Business Spotlight: Home and Garden Expo

35 Local Goods: Mehlenbacher’s Taffy


36 History Here: Look Up! at the Bank of Italy

38 Studios in the Park: pARTners

40 Education: SLO County Schools

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


42 Spice of Life:Spicing Up Healthy Food

43 entrée: Fig at Courtney’s House with 2018

Roblan of the Year Matt Masia


44 North SLO County Activity & Event Guide


50 Joel Peterson: Executive Director of the Paso

Robles Wine Country Alliance


Matt Masia

2018 Roblan of the Year

At the Adelaide Inn,

donning his San Francisco

Giants’ orange.

Photo by Meagan Friberg

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Something Worth Reading



Nicholas Mattson


Hayley Mattson


Denise McLean


Travis Ruppe


Luke Phillips


Sue Dill


Meagan Friberg

Millie Drum

Tonya Strickland

Melissa Chavez

Lisa Robinson

Sarah Pope

Bec Braitling

Lynne Schmitz

Mark Diaz

Cassandra Frey

Tom O’Brien


Magazine Mama” Millie Drum


Pam Osborn


Jamie Self


Karli Twisselman


Carmen Kessler


John Lozano


Dana McGraw


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“I walk every day, and I look at

the mountains and the fields and

the small city, and I say: ‘Oh my

God, what a blessing.’ Then you

realise it’s important to put it in

a context beyond this woman,

this man, this city, this country,

this universe.”

— Paulo Coelho

Are we there yet? Sometimes,

the federal government

has me feeling like

I’m in the back seat of the station

wagon and the parents are having

that argument about directions.

Do all roads lead to Rome? Or

home? Or … are we there yet?

I hope you all are feeling the

love. It is time to love something and keep a good thing going in 2019.

It doesn’t have to be that Eros love. Maybe it is just loving you. So our

February issue is partly dedicated to loving ourselves — health, wellness,

fitness, and personal growth. It’s hard to fit every topic in, but take a look

at some of our articles and try something new. If you don’t find what you

are looking for here, remember to remember … take care of you in the

way you need to.

We are really happy with the team coming together here at Paso Robles

& Colony Magazines. We continue to be blessed with great talent that

really makes it all come together. We have long-time leaders helping keep

the ship sailing north, and we have some new fresh ideas and energy. It

all amounts to more focus on our content, both advertising and editorial,

and it is proving a success in both accounts.

We were really excited to hear from Tami Jo at Tooth & Nail Winery

that they had immediate success with their ad with us in January. We also

heard one of our Holiday Gift Guide advertisers, Hope Chest Emporium,

did 45 percent increase year-over-year in December. And that isn’t all.

We love being a part of the success of our business community, and

we really feel strongly about that success continuing in 2019. We are

confident that it is our team, and our connection to the community, that

will determine our success — whether the stock market or the federal

government can figure out what it wants to do, we are going to work to

make our community and our partners successful.

Our business is assisting your business, and with a distribution of

50,000 copies in the North San Luis Obispo County, success is within in

reach. With our dedication to writing “Something Worth Reading” we are

always grateful to the community for doing “Something Worth Writing.”

Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Fuller would be proud of us.

When we come together on an idea, or a 6- or 12-month marketing

campaign for our clients, we celebrate the best community in the world,

and that is what we want glowing from our pages. Keep it going!

Please enjoy this issue of PASO Magazine.

Nicholas Mattson



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If thou wouldest win Immortality

of Name, either do things worth

the writing, or write things

worth the reading.

— Thomas Fuller, 1727

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et Crafty with Recreation Services!

Paso Robles Recreation Services invites you to get crafty with us this winter and spring.

We’ll be offering several classes at Centennial Park that feature a wide range of projects

guaranteed to appeal to the Pinterest lover in you. Joan Martin Fee of Creative Me Time has

wowed us with some spectacular class projects that are perfect for gifting or keeping for yourself.

Joan’s classes offer step-by-step instruction in a lively atmosphere that’s all about taking time for

yourself and creating. We suggest inviting a few friends along and making it a night out. We’re

also very excited to welcome Becky Hallet of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pots for a special Valentine’s

Day and Mother’s Day candle pour this season. During these magical classes, Becky demystifies

the process of candle making from preparation, pouring and personalization to make your

creation something unique and special. We invite you to come and create something wonderful

with our talented and very crafty instructors this season. Check out all of our crafting classes

below and sign up today. Your heart will be happy!

Mosaic Heart

Create a gorgeous mosaic using your choice of

broken plate pieces & baubles to decorate a 7”

heart. Tuesday, February 5, 6-9pm. $20 + $40

supply fee.

Succulent Birdhouse

Paint a birdhouse with your choice of colors &

pattern then adorn the rooftop with succulents.

Tuesday, March 5, 6-8pm. $15 + $40 supply.

Mosaic Garden Rock

Learn mosaic basics to create a whimsical

garden rock for yourself or for the garden

lover in your life. Thursday, March 21,

6-9pm. $15 + $30 supply.

Teacup Wire Birdfeeder

Add whimsy to your garden or create a fabulous

gift. Learn to drill holes in a teacup, form wire &

add colorful beads to create an adorable feeder for

your feathered friends. Tuesday, April 9, 6-8pm. $15

+ $40 supply.

Vertical Succulent Garden

Create a gorgeous vertical

succulent garden by adding

soil to an already assembled wood container,

then plant choosing from a variety of succulents.

Thursday, April 18, 6-8pm. $20 + $50

supply fee.

Resin Necklaces Mother’s

Day Craft • Saturday Class

Create two custom necklaces using

baubles, beads, glitter & more then

encase them in glistening resin. Bring

mom & craft together or give as a

Mother’s Day or friend gift. Saturday,

May 11, 10am-12pm. $15 + $25


Sea Glass & Wire Wave Jewelry

Catch a wave & create a stunning

beach inspired necklace & earrings.

Form wire, learn to drill holes in sea

glass & master basic jewelry making

techniques. Tuesday, May 21, 6-8pm.

$15 + $35 supply.

Look for the winter/spring 2019 Recreation Guide

available throughout the city at many local businesses,

City Hall, the Paso Robles City Library, Centennial

Park or online at prcity.com/recreation. To

register for classes visit prcity.com/recreation, the

Centennial Park Registration desk (600 Nickerson

Drive) Monday-Friday from noon to 5 pm or call

Recreation Services at (805) 237-3988. Advanced

registration is strongly encouraged to secure your


The Art of Soy Candle Making

Take home your hand poured soy candle at the end of this class that will take

you from preparation to pouring to scenting & personalizing your candle

with unique embellishments. Thursday, one night class, 6-8pm. Valentine’s

Day Candle Creations, February 7 or Mother’s Day Candle Creations,

April 25. $20 + $15 supply. Add $8 supply & make an extra candle. Participants

will receive a discount coupon for future candle making supply

purchase from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pots.

| Through the Grapevine

Kindergarten​ ​is for children who

will be 5 years old on or before

September 1, 2019. Kindergarten

hours are the same as

1s​t​-5t​h​ graders.

Transitional kindergarten​​ is for

children who will be 5 years old

on or between September 2,

2019 and December 2, 2019

Transitional kindergarten is projected

to be held at the following

sites: Winifred Pifer, Virginia

Peterson, and Bauer Speck. Transitional

kindergarten will also be

taught in Spanish at Georgia



Registration packets may be picked up at the District

Office or your neighborhood elementary school.

Early entrance to transitional

kindergarten​​ is for children

who will be 5 years old on or

between December 3, 2019

and March 1, 2020. Admittance

for early entrance is based

upon available space.

PRJUSD also offers prekindergarten

programs . Visit www.

pasoschools.org/preschoo​l​ ​to

review program options.

Registration will take place at:

Paso Robles Joint Unified School

District Office 800 Niblick Road

From 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

beginning on the dates below:

February 7​​th​​ ​​for​ ​​Georgia Brown

(Dual Immersion)

February 8​ for​ The Arts Academy

at Bauer Speck (Visual and

Performing Arts)

February 12​for all elementary


When registering your child

please provide copies of the

following information:

• County birth certificate

(proof of legal name and age)

• Immunization records

• Proof of address

(utility/electric bill)

• Parent’s driver’s license or

identification card

Contact the District Office

at 805-769-1000 for

further information or

visit pasoschools.org




More of R.J. Arnold’s

Portraits of the Central Coast

Consider the enormous scope

of work to clean, restore and catalog

over 1,400 delicate glass plate

photographic negatives from the

late 1800s. After being displayed

at Paris Photo Los Angeles, the

collection was gifted to the El

Paso de Robles Historical Society

by Jacqueline D. Marie in memory

of Randal Gene Young.

In 2012, Anthony Lepore, Master

of Fine Arts, Yale University

came to Paso Robles to select

the negatives that would become

the first exhibit SHARED

Continued on PAGE 11

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By Meagan Friberg

Sweet Art celebrates

Hellie Blythe

Local Artist to be Honored at February 12

Fundraising Luncheon

Iconic Paso Robles artist Hellie

Blythe will be honored at Studios

on the Park’s 2019 Sweet

Art event on Tuesday, February 12.

The annual fundraising luncheon

will begin at noon and is a celebration

of the best artist and contributors

in our community.

“Guests are invited to gather

to put the ‘fun’ in fundraising in

honor of the talented, generous,

creative, funny Paso Robles icon

and our dear friend, Hellie Blythe,”

Studios on the Park Director

Sasha Irving said.

Blythe’s biography on the Studios

website states she was born

with a silver paintbrush in her

hand, soon graduating to a mural

brush, painting sets for Pioneer

Players’ Stage Productions. At the

age of 70, she became a violinist,

delighting her family with recitals

of “Happy Birthday” in Japanese.

Guests are invited to gather to

put the ‘fun’ in fundraising

Inspired by foreign artists, she

spent several seasons painting en

plein air in France, escaping her

glassblowing addiction. Lately,

Hellie has enjoyed being with

her fellow artists at Studios on

the Park, where her creations are


Proceeds from the

fundraiser directly benefit

Studios on the Park.

The event, held at Studios on the

Park, located at 1130 Pine St. in

downtown Paso Robles, features a

delicious lunch by Cass Catering,

entertainment, door prizes by professional

artists, and more.

Tickets are $60 per person.

For reservations or more

information, call Sasha

at 805-238-9800

Continued from PAGE 10

HISTORIES: R.J. Arnold’s Portraits

of the Central Coast. Brother Lawrence

Scrivani, S.M., then archivist

for the Cooper Molera Adobe in

Monterey guided the dedicated

volunteers with the restoration

project. At the time of their creation,

the negatives could only be

printed at the actual size of 5 by 8

inches. Current technology brings

an astonishing look into these portraits

through scanning in high resolution

to produce large prints.

The exhibit points to the diversity

of native and immigrant cultures

prevalent in our area. Through the

years, the identities of the people

pictured have been lost; creating

speculation about their personal

stories and what life was like on the

Central Coast over 125 years ago.

The exhibit runs through December

2019 at the Historic Carnegie

Library in the downtown Paso Robles

City Park. pasorobleshistorical


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It will only get worse.

Good people get into financial trouble. Our laws are

designed to help people start their financial (and emotional)

lives over, very quickly. Bankruptcy is one solution to debt

problems; Richard Rossi will explore all your alternatives

in your FREE first meeting.

Bankruptcy is a Constitutional Right. Why? Simple.

Reasonable people get into financial trouble that they

cannot get out of.

Getting started: Yes, first call for an appointment.

Then make a list of the property you own (home, cars,

retirement, etc.) and a list of your debts. You can

estimate the amounts owed. List car loans and monthly

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Immediate Relief. And, you can afford an attorney; we accept payments.

Should Seniors consider bankruptcy. Absolutely. Given their fixed income, they usually don’t have the

ability to replace savings and investments. Retirement accounts and Social Security are property they CAN KEEP by

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1. Will you lose property if you file bankruptcy?

No. That is why you have an attorney. In preparing your

legal documents we carefully analyze the property you

own, so you can keep it, as the law allows. We don’t file

unless we know you can keep your property. Once in a

while, very rarely, someone has property that cannot be

kept in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, so we suggest an alternative

remedy for your debt problems.

2. Will bankruptcy ruin your credit forever?

No. In most cases, bankruptcy will provide the quickest

way to good credit. Certified Financial Advisor Liz

Weston’s article “Filing for Bankruptcy May Actually

Help Credit Scores” is available from Richard Rossi.

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Yes. You cannot afford not to have an attorney. An attorney

can make sure your keep your property, and give you

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Probably no one, except your creditors, unless you

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5. Which debts are cancelled by bankruptcy?

Generally all debts, except child support and alimony,

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incurred as the result of fraud. Taxes may be cancelled if

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No. Oft-time the debt is only in one spouse’s name, so the

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7. If you‘ve been sued is it too late to file for


No. The moment you file a bankruptcy the lawsuit is

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garnishing your wages, the bankruptcy will immediately

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Religion and Bankruptcy: By Dr. Michael Russell (reprinted with permission): “In Deuteronomy 15, Moses

reveals God’s concern with perpetual or chronic debt among His people. Moses says, ‘At the end of every seven years

you shall grant a remission of debts...’ It has puzzled me over the years why Christian leaders have stressed – almost

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training), to fail to do so is to sin and reflects spiritual bankruptcy...I reject – that conclusion. God is a God of grace;

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| San Miguel Reflections


By Lynne Schmitz


h he month of February is noted for

hearts and flowers and candy, and in

San Miguel, for Hornets. The 19th

annual Buzz Marathon will be held this

year on February 16 on the beautiful course

running through Camp Roberts. Due to

some construction the course has been redesigned.

With help from Paul DeMatteo it has

been recalibrated and recertified by USA Track

and Field to maintain entrants’ eligibility for

other races including the prestigious Boston

Marathon. Current Lillian Larsen Athletic

Director Larry Halderman is race director.

Course volunteers are needed.

For all information and to register go to

buzzmarathon.org. All participants, including

volunteers, must respond by February 10 in order

that the military can do security checks. It is suggested

that mailed entries be posted by February

1 to ensure they are received on time. Entries

close on February 9 at runsignup.com.

Get Buzzed! Run for Lillian Larson

For all information and to register

go to buzzmarathon.org

The Buzz Marathon began in 2000 as a

way to raise funds for sports programs at

Lillian Larsen School. Eighth grade teacher

and Athletic Director Eileen Rogers had

personally funded an athletics program for some

fifteen years. In brainstorming ways to find an

independent way to help the program become

self-sustaining, the marathon seemed ideal. It

started slowly but with much encouragement it

grew. Since the Lillian Larsen Mascot is a Hornet,

it was named the ‘Buzz Marathon’ and Eileen

was dubbed the ‘Hornet Queen’, an appellation of

which she is justly proud. Year by year it became

better and better until achieving its present status.

Although retired from teaching at San

Miguel, Eileen keeps very busy, still greatly

involved with sports. She firmly believes in exercising

both mind and body. Thus, six years

ago she established the Rogers Family Fun

Run which is held at the end of October.

The course runs through San Miguel from

the school to the Mission and back and also

benefits Larsen Athletics. This success story certainly

shows how one person with a good idea,

determination and contagious enthusiasm can

make a big difference!

Meanwhile also in February, the sport of

football culminates in the Super Bowl which

will be played on February 3 in Atlanta.

San Miguel Seniors will continue their

tradition of a community Super Bowl Party

that afternoon at the Senior Center on east

12th Street. Friends and neighbors are invited

to bring snacks to share and enjoy the game

in good company. Game time is 3:30 p.m.

out here in the west. Doors will be open from

1 p.m. at the Center. Come root with us.

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Take Out: Call to Order

Mussels, lobster tail,

oysters, and

dungeness crab

Live music

Thursday, Friday

& Saturday

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Paso Robles Chamber Honors

Local Volunteer at Annual Gala

Photo and story by Meagan Friberg


then Matt Masia was first notified he

had been named the 2018 Roblan of

the Year by the Paso Robles Chamber

of Commerce, he was both surprised and

grateful. Long-time personal and business acquaintances

of Masia, however, said the honor

was long overdue.

“When I saw the announcement about Matt

being named Roblan of the Year, it brought a

smile to my face because he is one who has committed

basically his entire adult life to the success

of Paso Robles,” Travel Paso Executive Director

Dana Stroud said. “When people hear about this

honor, they think about several traits of Matt

– loyalty, dedication to the community and its

success, and his continuing engagement in local

committees and organizations year after year.”

“I truly do love this town

and the people...”

With a theme of Lighting the Way, the Chamber

celebrated Masia at their annual gala at the Paso

Robles Ballroom on January 26. He joins a long

list of locals who have been named Roblan of the

Year, many of whom he grew up with and have

had a positive impact on his life. Born and raised in

the area, Masia felt honored to be counted among

others whose involvement has brought about the

betterment of the community.

“My reaction was surprise, shock, and appreciation,”

Masia said. “I can’t explain how lucky I feel

to be recognized; there are many people in Paso

Robles that are involved and make this community

great. I truly do love this town and the people, and

I appreciate the opportunities living and working

in this area have given me and my family.”

Family man, businessman

Masia has been married to Robin for almost

20 years, and they are parents to Mateo, 18. A

1974 graduate of Paso Robles High School, he

is the son of Shirley and Mario Masia and has

two younger siblings, Michelle and Mitchell.

A member of the 1972 Bearcat CIF Championship

football team, he attended Fresno State

where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree

in Business Finance.

He and his parents moved to the Black

Oak Motel, located across the street from the

Fairgrounds, to take over operations when he

was four. Owned by his maternal grandfather,

Hugh Black, the property where the motel was

originally situated extended all the way down

Riverside Avenue and was home to the Black

Poultry Hatchery. Later, his maternal aunt, Linda,

operated the family-owned liquor store; he

worked there during high school, on weekends

while attending Fresno State, and when he

graduated college.

“My grandfather instilled in all of us the

importance of family, work, and giving back,”

Masia said. “He was always involved and did

a lot for the community, especially under the

radar financially.”

Giving back

His grandfather started buying animals right

after the California Mid-State Fair started in

1949 and the family has not missed a year since.

Growing up, Masia was involved with 4-H and

FFA, showing many animals and entering vegetables

at the Fair over the years. The Black Oak

and The Adelaide Inn are volume buyers at the

Jr. Livestock Auction yearly, and Masia was inducted

into the California Mid-State Fair Hall

of Fame in 2017. He also won the CMSF Blue

Ribbon Award and the Pioneer Committee

Supporter Award.

Masia has a passion for helping youth, in

areas ranging from arts and sports to education

and business. His support over the years

to organizations including youth sports teams,

Bearcat Boosters, Boys and Girls Club, Children’s

Museum, and Studios on the Park has

benefited thousands of local youth. In addition,

Masia volunteers with Little League Baseball

and helped students of Daniel Speck Elementary

School establish a working garden.

“My grandfather instilled in

us the importance of family,

work, and giving back.”

He has been instrumental in a variety of

community organizations including Estrella

Warbird Museum, Pioneer Museum, Pioneer

Day, Main Street Association, and the Paso Robles

Chamber of Commerce. His committee

and board involvement over the years includes

being 4-H President, Paso Robles FFA President,

Chamber President and longtime Board

Member, City of Paso Robles “All Aboard”

Train Station Committee Chair and Board, San

Luis Obispo County Visitor and Convention

Bureau Founding Member and Board, Travel

Paso Board, and a founding member of the

Paso Robles Business Improvement District.

Quiet leader

“Matt is a quiet leader, but he is not one to

sit back and watch things happen,” Chamber

CEO Gina Fitzpatrick said. “He makes sure

he is present when and where he is needed,

and impacts the community in a positive way.

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We appreciate the time, effort, and energy Matt

puts forth in everything he does and the way that

he gives back in every aspect of this community.

Whether arranging for donations or time for the

children, sports, art, or the business community,

he simply goes above and beyond.”

Stroud echoed these sentiments, saying,

“Matt’s style is one of quiet assurance. He

is not the loudest one in the room, nor is he

always the first one to speak, but when he

does speak it is with a well-honed observation.

He has developed a very effective voice because

of his involvement, lessons learned, best practices,

and the leadership role he plays with many of

our local organizations.”

Making Grandpa proud

Masia grew up doing all the jobs at The Black

Oak – at the age of six he answered phones,

and later cleaned rooms, changed beds, greeted

guests – everything that comes with being part

of a family business. When given the opportunity

to continue in the business, Masia worked

to help The Black Oak grow, developed the area

known as Black Oak Corner and, in 1986, was

instrumental in building The Adelaide Inn.

In addition to The Adelaide Inn and the now-

Best Western Black Oak, Masia and his family own

and operate several businesses including the Cambria

Inns Collection, and the newly-anticipated

Black Oak Lodge. Besides his siblings, other family

members are key to running the business including

his mom, his cousin Greg Pacheco and his wife, and

those who have worked over the years to uphold

the family tradition.

“I think giving back

helps not only other people,

but it’s good for you.”

“My grandfather would be very proud,”

Masia said. “He never pushed any of us to join

the business, but wanted to give us an opportunity.

He wanted to make sure we got an education,

and he liked to see people improve their lives.”

His General Manager, Bill Roof, nominated

Masia for the award and said, “Matt really

deserves this honor. Whether through volunteering

or his unsung financial contributions

to local organizations, he continually gives of

his time to make Paso Robles a better place.

Matt is all about community involvement, more

so than many people realize because he’s not

one to step up and take credit. He is very humble,

and doesn’t want any recognition.”

When he’s not working or volunteering, Masia

enjoys spending time with his family, whether

its enjoying a meal as his favorite restaurant,

McPhee’s, traveling to Hawaii, or attending a

San Francisco Giants game – he’s diehard fan.

And what advice does Masia have for others

in the community about giving back?

“Honestly, I think giving back helps not only

other people, but it’s good for you,” Masia said.

“You get a connection you would otherwise not

have. Everyone is busy, but if you can do just a

little to help, do it. You will help Paso Robles,

and you will develop friendships with people

of all different backgrounds, people you might

not otherwise have the chance to interact with

during your everyday work or family life. Invest

just one day a month if that’s what you’re able

to do – that is what makes a community.”

Great advice from a great man.

Thank you, Matt, for all you do for

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Photo and story by Meagan Friberg

Being named the Ambassador of the Year

by the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce

at its annual Gala was a true honor

for Virginia Lockyer, owner and operator of

The Gifted Basket. To say she was surprised by

the award is an understatement.

“I was absolutely flabbergasted when I

learned I was chosen as the Ambassador of the

Year,” Lockyer said. “What an amazing and

pleasant surprise!”

What makes this award special is how the

voting is conducted. The Chamber Ambassador

Team members submit anonymous ballots,

making it a peer-to-peer award, according to

Chamber Events Coordinator Shanay Brown.

“They select an individual who has dedicated

a lot of time and energy to the Chamber and is

present at most of our events,” Brown said. “Everyone

in Paso Robles knows Virginia because

she is usually the first person to greet them at

our events such as ribbon cuttings, mixers, and

our Restaurant of the Month award ceremonies.

She is very deserving of this award.”

Among the current Ambassador team, Lockyer

has been serving the longest. After moving with

her husband, Phil, to Paso Robles in 2006, Lockyer

joined the Chamber in 2007. Approached to become

an Ambassador in 2008, she took on this

important role and has been helping to promote

the Chamber for more than a decade.

“One of the things I enjoy the most is the

ribbon cuttings we do for new local businesses,”

Lockyer said. “This gives me the opportunity

to meet a lot of people and help them launch

their business forward. Another way I am able

to meet community members is by greeting

and signing people in at our Chamber mixers

— I get to see everybody!”

She is friendly, genuine, committed

to our community, and sees the value

of business-to-business relationships.

Brown has worked with Lockyer for more

than six years. She said Lockyer recognizes

the value of giving her time to the local community

and is almost always one of the first

people to volunteer for whatever the Chamber

has going on.

“To put it simply, Virginia shows up and gets

things done,” Brown said. “To stick with serving

as an Ambassador for as long as she has is just

amazing. She is friendly, genuine, committed

to our community, and sees the value of business-to-business

relationships. It is truly evident

that she cares not just about the success of her

own business, but about all of the businesses in

our community.”

Some of the positive changes Lockyer has seen

during her time serving with the Chamber include

the leadership of CEO Gina Fitzpatrick and the

partnership with the City of Paso Robles and

Main Street. Lockyer looks forward to continuing

her role as an Ambassador while also running

The Gifted Basket, a business she started about

three years before moving to the area.

“It was a challenge rebuilding my business in

a new area, but the Chamber has been a huge

help with referrals and promotions,” Lockyer

said. “That is what I like to share with other

newcomers to the area, just how dedicated the

Chamber is to their success.”

In her spare time, Lockyer enjoys exploring the

area with her husband and staying active at the

gym and outdoors. She is also a member of the

Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association,

and the North County Realtors Association.

We just love Paso Robles and now,

to be recognized for helping the

Chamber promote our beautiful city,

I am truly honored.

Paso Robles is such a friendly and cohesive

city,” Lockyer said. “There’s always something

happening here; so much to do and so many

ways to keep active and involved. We just

love Paso Robles and now, to be recognized

for helping the Chamber promote our beautiful

city, I am truly honored.”

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Green Waste


Plant prunings


weeds with a minimum of soil

tree trimmings

unpainted/untreated wood

Food Waste

all cooked and uncooked food including

meat, fish, fruits, and vegetables

dairy and egg waste, including shells

coffee grounds and tea leaves

Not Accepted Items for the Green Container:

All paper or plastic products, including

compostable plates, cups, utensils, plastic

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

grease, diapers, and animal waste.

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Starting January 1, 2019

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

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Find your go-to team at The Natural Alternative Nutrition Center in Paso Robles

By Cassandra Frey

Master herbalist and

Clinical Nutritionist

Bobbi Conner of

Paso Robles is passionate about

her role in helping the community

thrive, become healthy, and

find balance. Conner founded

the Natural Alternative Nutrition

Center in Paso Robles in

1995, after graduating from Trinity

College of Natural Health as a

Master Herbalist. She continued

her education with the American

Academy of Nutrition as a board

certified Nutrition Consultant,

and she continues her education

in clinical nutrition and functional

medicine by regularly attending

seminars throughout the year.

“Becoming a nutritionist was

necessary,” she said. “To share my

experience and knowledge with

“With my detox /weight

loss programs, my

clients report weight

loss averaging 10-20 lbs

with renewed energy,

mental clarity, and a

foundation for

healthier eating habits.”

others who want to improve their

own health.”

Conner admittedly wasn’t always

in the best health, she shared, and

as a young woman she realized her

passion for finding a natural approach

to healing.

“As I reached my twenties, my

health was not as optimal as I

would have liked, so I began studying

nutrition and the importance of

food as medicine,” Conner said. “I

wanted to learn how supplements

would help support my high-stress


Conner remembers growing

up eating whole foods at

her family’s dinner table, which

helped to set the stage for a successful

and healthy lifestyle.

“I always seemed to be fighting

various viruses as I grew up,

and antibiotics were routine in

my life,” she said.

She noticed an increase in her

energy, vitality, and a remarkable

improvement in her immune system

just by making simple changes

to her diet and lifestyle, leading her

to open The Natural Alternative

Nutrition Store in 1995.

“I have met with individuals wanting

to not only achieve a healthy

weight, but also improve their cardiovascular

health, sleep better, improve

digestion and much more,” she said.

“With my detox/weight loss programs,

my clients report weight loss

averaging 10-20 lbs. with renewed

energy, mental clarity, and a foundation

for healthier eating habits.”

Conner and her team strive to

educate their customers, helping

them to make the proper dietary

and lifestyle changes to achieve

optimal wellness. Her message is

simple, “Change your diet, exercise

daily, and practice disease prevention,

that’s the Natural Alternative.”

This year in April, The Natural

Alternative Nutrition Center celebrates

its annual customer appreciation

day, which is their way of

saying thank you to the community.

“I am proud of my team, and I love

to serve the community in such a

wholesome way,” Conner said.

To find out more about upcoming

classes or to subscribe to

The Natural Alternative’s newsletter,

visit naturalalternativenc.com.

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The Buzz Marathon

in San Miguel

Runners will take to the trails

on the historic Camp Roberts

Army National Guard Reservation

in San Miguel on February 16. The

19th Annual Buzz Marathon is a

Boston Qualifier and features an

out-and-back course on paved

road with dirt and packed gravel

shoulders. The course features rolling

hills and breathtaking views of

oak-studded hillsides, the Salinas

and Nacimiento Rivers, and Central

Coast wildlife. In the past, the

race has been likened to a trail run,

according to the event’s organizers.

Child care is available by request.

The base museum and annex will

be open during the race with some

military vehicles for public viewing.

All proceeds go toward funding

the athletic programs at Lillian

Larsen Elementary School.

Race Details:

Date: February 16

Register here: runsignup.com/Race/


Cost: $75 marathon, $65 half, $40

10K, $25 5K, $10 Under 12 Mile

Jonathan Dolan, Pepe Gonzalez, Stan Packer, Matt Shuck

Photo by Nicholas Mattson

Where: Camp Roberts

Website: buzzmarathon.org/

Hares 'N' Hounds

5K and Fun Run

The Atascadero Greyhound

Foundation presents the all-ages,

family friendly Hares ‘N’ Hounds

5K and Fun Run on March 2. The

money raised will help the organization

fund its community-based

programs and yearly operations.

Local organizations are encouraged

to use the event for their

own fundraising efforts through

individual and group sponsorships.

The 5K course is a “certified loop

run” that starts and finishes at the

same spot at Atascadero Lake. The

1-Mile and 1/2-Mile runs are out

and back from the same start as

the 5K. There are no road closures

so good traffic awareness is important.

Race Details:

Date: March 2

Register here: active.com/atascadero-ca/running/distance-running-races/hares-n-hounds-5k-and-fun-runs-


Cost: 5K $30; 1-mile run $15; Halfmile

run $15

Where: Atascadero Lake Park

Website: atascaderogreyhoundfoundation.org/haresnhounds.html

Montaña de Oro

Trail Run

Strike your feet against gold

on March 9 at Pacific Coast Trail

Runs’ Montaña de Oro Trail

Run. Jog in full stride through

a mix of rugged, rocky cliffs,

coastal plains, sandy beaches and

streams. The start/finish line for

all distances will be at Spooner’s

Cove Beach. This year, the

race will feature the brand new

“Three Peaks” course, named after

Hazard, Valencia, and Oat’s

peaks. Take in some epic views

of the Pacific Ocean, nearby

beaches, and Morro Bay before

crossing the finish line. Then

settle in for post-race barbecue

that offers tacos, fajitas, sliders,

and more.

Race Details:

Date: March 9

Register here: ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=62601

Cost: $109 50K, $99 36K, $65

Half-marathon, $55 12K,

Where: Montaña de Oro State Park

Website: pacificcoasttrailruns.com/


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Wine Country Runs

Half Marathon

Run/Walk and 5K

There’s stomping good fun along

the Salinas River on March 31 at

the annual Wine Country Runs

Half Marathon & 5K. The event

benefits North San Luis Obispo

County charitable organizations

and youth sports. Run next to row

after row of wine grapes along

Buena Vista Drive and Circle B

Road. Each participant will receive

a Tech-Fabric T-shirt, breakfast

and goodie bag. All half-marathon

runners and walkers that

complete the course will receive a

medal and commemorative wine

glass. The half-marathon and 5K

are presented by IQMS Manufacturing

Software, Cass Vineyard

and Winery, and La Quinta Inns

and Suites.

Race Details:

Date: March 31

Register here: active.com/paso-robles-ca/running/distance-running/


Cost: Half $75; 5K $40; Kids Grape

Stomp $20

Where: CaliPaso Winery

Website: winecountryruns.com

Tent City


The Atascadero Printery Foundation’s

Tent City Marathon is set

to attract a variety of competitive

and fun runners on April 7. The

event will serve as a fundraiser

for the foundation’s efforts toward

preserving and rehabilitating

Atascadero’s historic Printery

Building into a community center

for the Arts and Sciences. Participants

will be treated to free race

photos, “finishers beer or cupcakes,"

on-course entertainment, multiple

on-course aid stations, and a racers

“TLC” tent for Post Mileage Yoga,

foam roller area, and massages. The

race expo at Atascadero’s Sunken

Gardens will offer local beer, good

eats, and the latest in running and

fitness resources.

Race Details:

Date: April 7

Register here: active.com/atascadero-ca/running/distance-running-races/tent-city-marathon-2019

Cost: Marathon $90; Half $75; 10K

$55; 5K $45; Fun Run $40

Where: Sunken Gardens

Website: tentcitymarathon.com

11th Annual

Paso Robles Dog Jog

You and your furry, four-legged

friends are invited to join Sherwood

Dog Park volunteers on

a 2K, 4K, or 10K jog or walk

through the lush Vina Robles

Vineyard at the 11th Annual Dog

Jog on Saturday, May 4. After the

jog, listen to live music as you enjoy

lunch, wine tasting and tour

the event expo comprised of local,

dog loving vendors, silent auction

and dog contests. Participation in

this fundraiser is a great way to

“actively” help support the ongoing

maintenance and improvements

for the Sherwood Dog Park located

in Paso Robles. Registration

for this event is already open.

Race Details:

Date: May 4

Register here: parks4pups.org or

call (805) 239-9326

Cost: $30 pre, $35 day of event

Where: Vina Robles Vineyard

Website: parks4pups.org

Miracle Miles

For Kids

The Family Care Network presents

Miracle Miles for Kids on

May 11. The 10K (6.2) mile race

course runs along the water’s edge

from Morro Rock to Cayucos Pier.

All money raised from the event

will go toward foster care children

in San Luis Obispo and Santa

Barbara County in need of support

and services. Around 2,000

at-risk children, youth and families

are served by the Family Care

Network annually and Miracle

Miles helps support those efforts.

One-way transportation for participants

will be provided by shuttles

from the finish line area near

the Vet's Hall parking lot back to

the start line area in Morro Bay. A

Bag Drop will be available at the

start line area for participants to

place belongings. All participants

will be treated to a post-race party

with live music, breakfast, and

vendor fair.

Race Details:

Date: May 11

Register here: Coming soon

Cost: Coming soon

Where: Starts at Morro Rock, end at

Cayucos Pier

Website: mm4k.com


Benefit Fun Run

and Family Day


Fun Run and Family Fun

Day will feature an amazing race

course for runners and walkers.

Participants may choose to run or

walk this challenging 5K course

through the vineyard. There will

be a kids 1/2 mile race following

the finish of the 5K run as well as a

100-yard dash for those age 6 and

under. Enjoy the Family Activity

Area: bounce house, face painting,

and crafts. Stay for the raffle

prizes, breakfast burritos and rock

out to music from DJ Guy Cooper.

The Pomar Junction Tasting Room

will also be open to the public.

Race Details:

Date: June 1

Register here: Coming soon

Cost: Coming soon

Where: Pomar Junction Vineyard

and Winery

Website: LIGHTHOUSEatascadero.


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Tai Chi & Qigong

Movement Arts for a Lifetime

of Health and Vitality

By Millie Drum


ry Something New That is Really Old!

Tai Chi is an ancient, gentle art that is

known for its slow, meditative movements

and overall health benefits. Tai Chi postures

align the body for maximum efficiency;

using the breath with relaxed yet focused attention

and physical movements to break the stress

cycle and calm the central nervous system. With

more than 30 years of experience in the martial

and movement arts, certified instructor (Sifu)

Faye Baker guides her students with functional,

easy exercises to heal and regenerate the body

while adding comfort, ease and mental clarity

into their daily lives.

Faye adds, “Think of an exercise you can do

in your own space and time — no equipment

or special attire. Imagine an exercise of peaceful

serenity, as if moving slowly and softly through

water. Practice Tai Chi for a true sense of balance

and well-being.”

The exercises are easily integrated into daily

life; done in small spaces, standing, seated

or lying down. Once the exercise routine becomes

regular and synchronized, you can move

through your life with more ease and fluidity.

The gentle exercises move the body’s bioelectrical

energy or Chi (life energy or breath) along

the energy pathways or meridians; the same as

used in acupressure or acupuncture. The meridians

relax, the body is aligned, blood is oxygenated,

and the immune system is stimulated.

The movements have descriptive names to assist

in remembering the sequences. They

include Stork Spreads Its Wings, Part

Wild Horse’s Mane, Grasp Bird’s Tail,

Golden Ball, and Lifting the Moon.

Breathing, relaxation, body structure

and alignment are integral to these


Some of the benefits realized through

the practice are improved relaxation, flexibility,

balance, strength, endurance, circulation, range

of motion and breathing capacity. Practicing Tai

Chi can ease the symptoms related to arthritis,

Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, back pain,

heart conditions and lack of balance.

Through ongoing classes, Faye teaches Tai

Chi, Body in Balance Qigong, Body in Balance

and Tai Chi for Active Aging in addition to customized

Workplace Wellness Programs (Comfort

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February 5 – March 26

North County Campus,

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Faye Baker

and private sessions, workshops, business conferences,

retreats currently classes at Paso Robles

Kennedy Club Fitness and through the Paso Robles

Recreation Department. She recently worked

with the County of San Luis Obispo Public

Health Department on a fall prevention program.

Visit CounterChanges.com or contact Faye

at faye@counterchanges.com or 805-238-9770

for more information.

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By Sarah Pope

Wtith the holiday frenzy

now just a speck in

the rear view, it’s time

to take ME off the backburner. It’s

time to upgrade that C25K app on

my phone and dust off those running

shoes. I admit it, I have completely

lost myself in the day-to-day shuffles

as a mom: laundry, meals, cleaning,

homework, sports, etc. Of course, I’m

always at the bottom of my to-dolist,

if I even make it on the list at all.

By the time this stuff is done, forget

it… I’m exhausted.

I know and understand that selfcare

is key for not only our own

well-being, but also for our children.

When we replenish, it allows us to

have more energy and patience. The

two key ingredients to enjoying

and surviving parenthood. It’s also

important for your kids to see you

practicing self care because you’re

modeling healthy behavior, whether

it be by exercising or simply committing

a half hour per night to your

favorite book. Sounds easy. So, why

“ Taking good care of

YOU means the people in

your life will receive the

best of you, rather than

what’s left of you.”

Carl Bryan

does it seem so impossible to do?

Having another little one, a

bit later in the game, left me in a

completely different stage of life

than most of my friends. When I

would’ve normally been out and

about for Girls Night Out, I was at

home (happily) nursing my newborn

baby boy. It was an adjustment

that I became way too comfortable

with. As moms, we tend to feel

guilty if we spend time away from

our families, but as I said earlier…

it’s the best thing we can do for everyone.

This is the year! Baby steps.

This is where I plan to start. My first

goal this year is to schedule (at least)

one uninterrupted hour with a close

friend. Go out for a drink, go out for

a bite, or a walk/hike together. It’s

about time I catch up with the ones

I miss the most.

And to help kick-off my year with

a self-care mindset, each day I WILL

start penning in 20 minutes per day,

just for me: make myself an enjoyable

drink, go for a walk, paint my

toenails, or simply sit on the couch,

put my feet up and close my eyes. It’s

time to get reacquainted with ME,

Sarah (not Mommy). Time to treat

myself with the same love and compassion

that I treat others.

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Two in Tow

& On The Go

Two in Tow

By Tonya Strickland

& On The Go

A Family Adventure Column

A Family Adventure Column

ometimes the kids and I like to get in

the car and By find Tonya another Strickland neighborhood to

walk in beside our own because the route

around our house gets old. Well, I don’t know

if the kids actually want to do this, but they’re

ometimes the kids and I like to get in the

2 and 4 so they’re stuck with me.

car and find



of our faves


is the sidewalk along

to walk


own Hills because Road on Paso’s the route east side. around Going from our

in beside our

house gets old. south Well, to north, I this don’t quaint know concrete if path the meanders

to upward do this, between but Golden they’re Hill 2 and Creston 4 so


actually want

they’re stuck





a continuously paved walkway in

a developed area with manicured plant life, rock

One of our faves is the sidewalk along Rolling

Hills Road

walls and leafy green shade overhead.





the top


of this


hill, you’ll


be rewarded


south to north, with this a flat, quaint grassy oasis concrete to run path and play, meanders

upward den between from view Golden from the Hill passing and Creston motorists.


roads, offering Fun, a right? continuously paved walkway in

a developed area



free to


copy how we


do this




Park at Planet Fitness on Creston Road. Exit

walls and leafy green shade overhead.

the parking lot on foot, heading west toward

And, at the Rolling top of Hills this Road. hill, Then you’ll walk be north rewarded on that

with a flat, grassy same street. oasis The to sidewalk run and begins play, shortly hidden after.

from view from Walk the roughly passing 15 motorists. 20 minutes Fun, until you right? find

Feel free to the copy flat grassy how area. we You’ll do this have walk: to cross a small

access road on the way.Afterward, head back

Park at Planet Fitness on Creston Road. Exit

south to your parked car.

the parking lot on foot, heading west toward

Note that the route isn’t perfect — there’s a

Rolling Hills steep Road. slope Then in one section walk north from the on sidewalk that

same street. down The sidewalk to the busy Rolling begins Hills shortly Road. after. It would

Walk roughly be bad 15 news to to 20 take minutes a tumble until down you it. I’d find recommend

area. having You’ll your have littles to walk cross on the a small inside

the flat grassy

of the path with you as a buffer on the outside

access road on the way.Afterward, head back

(typical mom behavior anyway). But I wouldn’t

south to your



a kid’s


bike for this reason.

There’s also a way shorter route to the lawn

Our Secret

Paso Robles

Swalk in beside our own because the route

around our house gets old. Well, I don’t know

if the kids actually want to do this, but they’re

2 and 4 so they’re stuck with me.

One of our faves is the sidewalk along Rolling

Hills Road on Paso’s east side. Going from

south to north, this quaint concrete path meanders

upward between Golden Hill and Creston

Our Grassy Secret Oasis Grassy

roads, offering a continuously paved walkway in

a developed area with manicured plant life, rock

walls and leafy green shade overhead.

Walk in

And, at the top of this hill, you’ll be rewarded

Oasis Walk

with a flat, grassy oasis


to run and


play, hid-


den from view from the passing motorists.

Fun, right?

Feel free to copy how we do this walk:


Note that the route isn’t perfect — there’s



at Planet additions Fitness Creston to the Road. scenic Exit Salinas River Walk. But nicely pav

the parking lot on foot, heading west toward on the same sidewalk going from north to went aga

steep slope in one section from the sidewalk if I’m here for one thing, it’s to talk about real

Rolling Hills Road. Then walk north on that south that almost involves no hills. For that, ously hav

down to the busy Rolling Hills Road. It would

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having your littles walk on the inside

flat grassy area. You’ll have




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then find


a lawn creeper in

access road on children the way.Afterward, alone head on back remote to your left. paths, no matter how but you

south to your parked car.

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of the path with you as a buffer on the outside Note that nicely the route isn’t paved perfect or — there’s pretty. a like There I should are follow times this with my when Official I’ve Mama So, wi

steep slope in

(typical mom behavior anyway). But I wouldn’t went one section against from the this, sidewalk thinking PSA: Make I’m sure crazy to buddy and up while seriously venturing ticular wa

down to the busy Rolling Hills Road. It would anywhere rural/out of view of others. thorough

bring a kid’s bike for this reason.

be bad news have to take a almost tumble down always it. I’d rec-regretteommend having or your something littles walk on raised the inside that paths red in Paso flag. Robles, I’m including not new-ish saying addi-


There are it several because beautiful off-road someone walking in plain v

of the path with you as a buffer on the outside tions to the scenic Salinas River Walk. But if cially wig

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bring a kid’s


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get weirded out by taking my two small sure to sa

As alw

meanders upward between There’s also a way shorter route to the lawn

… maybe. So it’s my mantra to pair up.

Golden Hill and Creston roads... children alone on remote So, with paths, all no that matter pleasantry how aside, this particular

nicely paved or pretty. walk There is out are in times the when open, I’ve right off a main thoroughfare

and directly behind some houses in plain view

on the same sidewalk going from north to went against this, thinking I’m crazy and seriously

have almost always regretted it because

There’s also a way shorter route to the lawn

south that almost involves no hills. For that,

park on the your same car on sidewalk Salida Del going Sol off from Rolling north someone to south or something

so I haven’t

raised that




flag. I’m

mama bear instincts there.

Hills that Road, almost take involves the sidewalk no hills. south, For = walk that, not park saying your we’re going And to hopefully, be ambushed I haven’t by some officially wigged you out

uphill car on about Salida five minutes Del Sol and then off find Rolling a lawn Hills creeper Road, in wait behind entirely. the But cloak that’s of vegetation, mom life for ya.

to your left.

but you know … maybe.

take the sidewalk south, = walk uphill about five As always, So it’s if my you mantra see us out and about, make

We love walks. In saying this, though, I feel to pair up.

minutes and then find a lawn to your left. sure to say hi! Unless you’re a creeper, that is.

like I should follow this with my Official Mama So, with all that pleasantry aside, this particular

I walk feel is out in the open, right off a main

PSA: We Make love sure walks. to buddy In up saying while venturing this, though,

Two In Tow & On The Go is a SLO County Mommy

anywhere like I should rural/out follow of view this of others. with my Official thoroughfare Mama

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Blog that details pictures, tips and stories about


PSA: There Make are several sure beautiful to buddy off-road up walking while venturing plain view so I haven’t felt those mama bear

paths things to do with kids on the Central Coast.

anywhere in Paso rural/out Robles, including of view new-ish of others. additions

to the scenic Salinas River Walk. But if cially wigged you out Follow entirely. the But adventure that’s mom at @two.n.tow on Instagram

instincts there. And hopefully, I haven’t offi-

There are several beautiful off-road walking

I’m here for one thing, it’s to talk about real life life for ya.

and Facebook; and at twontow.com.

with kids.






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get weirded out by taking my two small sure to say hi! Unless you’re a creeper, that


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RV RESORTreceives the

Beautification of the Year Award

By Melissa Chavez

With the exception of its warm and welcoming

residents, the best part about North

San Luis Obispo County is its rustic beauty.

From fog-laced mornings overlooking Highway

46 West to deer-dotted hillsides of Paso

Robles’ east side, even a brief visit provides

plenty of relaxation for world-weary souls.

The Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce

honored Cava Robles RV Resort on January 29

with its 2018 Beautification of the Year award

at the Chamber’s Annual Gala presentation at

the Paso Robles Inn ballroom.

“The Chamber is very proud to honor Cava

Robles RV Park with the Beautification Award,”

said representative Larry Werner. “Not only is it

beautifully designed, managed, and sustainably

constructed, it provides visitors a great opportunity

to visit Paso Robles and enjoy the many

wonderful activities and beauty of our area.

Many thanks to Sun Communities.”

More than 8.9 million households have

turned to recreational vehicles as their preferred

way of vacationing. Right here on the Central

Coast, everything you need can be found to create

the perfect getaway. Cava Robles RV Resort,

located at 3800 Highway 46 East in Paso Robles,

is a fun, fresh way to relax and inhale the

rustic beauty of the Central Coast.


Cava Robles has taken great care has been

taken to preserve the natural beauty of the

property, including existing oak trees that grace

the grounds. Here, visitors will find more than

300 Deluxe, Premium, and Elite motor coach

sites. These are spacious, level pads with full

hook-ups and ample room for other personal

vehicles, including sites with pull-through accessibility.

A propane station is also available for

convenient refueling.

No RV? No problem! Cava Robles offers a

selection of three standalone cottage plans in

a contemporary-meets-early-California style.

There are studio Chalets, two-bedroom Chateaus

or one-bedroom Tuscany Villa lofts with upper

decks. Clever design features make the most of

the cottage spaces to provide for a serene, efficient

and comfortable vacation experience.


Whether you’re looking forward to soaking

up a sky piled with stars from the comfort of

one of three Jacuzzi spas or a soothing Oak Spa

Massage, a slew of amenities await every visitor.

The Cava Robles Welcome Center and Market

has everyone covered for travel essentials,

treats and more. Want to go wine tasting?

Cava Robles can direct you to the local favorites

or the newest vintners in Paso Robles or stay

onsite for tasting and dining at the Farmhouse

Bistro & Wine Bar. Stone-fired pizzas with

fresh ingredients are their jam from Thursday

through Sunday with an ample selection of the

region’s wine and beer. There are even shuttles

to nearby wineries and events. Need something

fast? Cava Robles has it covered. Just pick up a

bento box to go!

Need to stretch your legs? Explore Cava’s

walking trails, play billiards, bocce ball or other

outdoor games. Don’t forget your pups! Cava

Robles welcomes your furry companions with

landscaped off-leash dog park areas so they,

too, can get plenty of fresh air and exercise in

clean and safe environment.

Golf cart and bicycle rentals are available

for exploring the property. There’s also a wellequipped

SunFit Fitness Center for adults and

a playground and splash pad for the kids. In the

evening, sit by the fire pit and let all your cares

dissolve within the park’s peaceful surroundings.


Group gatherings and RV rallies are welcome.

There are multiple banquet rooms, barbecue

pits, patios and pools to host your closest

friends. On-site catering is available. Just tell

the Food Service manager what you need. Cava

Robles can handle custom requests, including

vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free menu items.

Through March 31, RV site prices are just $69

per night with a free site upgrade, and cottages

are $179 per night. Reservations peak during

summer and fall, so stake your claim early!

See more details at

cavarobles.com or call

Cava Robles RV Resort

at (844) 450-2981

Photos by Rick Evans

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| Business Spotlight

It’s a pleasure to offer congratulations

to Mike and Kim Sherwin

and their family on the third

anniversary of the opening of Bella

Jule Fine Jewelry.

In 1973, Mike’s parents Nick and

Pat put their life savings into a parcel

of rough Australian opals. The

vivid beauty of the stones got Nick

all fired up! So, he went on the gem

and mineral show circuit to sell

opals for three years. In 1976, a location

was secured in the old Bank

of America building on Park Street

and named PAN Opals (P for Pat, N

for Nick). Now, four plus decades

later, Mike and Kim are carrying on

the family legacy of Pan Jewelers to

a new era filled with advancements

in technology while preserving the

tradition of impeccable attention

to detail and customer satisfaction.


By Millie Drum

While Pan Jewelers was called the

“Jewel of Downtown” for 42 years,

now Bella “Jule” is carrying on the

hometown tradition of this family-owned

and managed business.

The passion the Sherwins feel

for gemstones is far older than

the parcel of opals that started the

business in 1976.

It’s a family legacy bestowed by

Nick’s parents, Mike’s grandparents

John and Katie, amateur geologists

and lapidarists who raised their children

rock and gem hunting. Daily life

meant that Nick and Pat had to run

the store with their young children

Mike and his sister June nearby.

“My dad trained me by sitting me

down next to him on the jeweler’s

bench to watch him,” Mike said.

Years later, Mike received training

at the Gemological Institute

of America and has been keeping

up with cutting edge, state-of-theart

techniques for custom created

designs. Mike’s impeccable attention

to detail brings not only a sense

of confidence to his customers.

His expertise in restoring heirlooms,

repairing jewelry and clocks, engraving

personal items and creating

custom contemporary pieces

adds to the wide array of services

available at Bella Jule.

For work on Rolex and other

high-end timepieces, Bella Jule

has partnered with certified repair


The Sherwin family has witnessed

the advancement in technology

that has changed the way jewelry

is made, repaired and restored. To

compliment Mike’s talent on the

jeweler’s bench, Kim’s business

experience keeps the showroom

running smoothly. Soon, daughter

Carrie Mullins will be joining the

family business; working the retail

side and greeting customers. Of

course, Mike and Kim’s 4-year-old

son Mika is behind the counter like

Mike was when he was a young boy.

Mike adds, “Hopefully, he will be

the next one after me.”

If you’re one of the store’s loyal,

long-time customers, you just might

catch a glimpse of Mika’s grandparents

Nick and Pat at the store. In between

enjoying retirement and traveling

in their RV, they keep an eye

on the downtown that has meant so

much to them.

After serving the community for

more than 42 years, thousands

of people own items purchased

from Pan Jewelers — wedding sets,

rings, watches, necklaces, bracelets,

earrings and more for special

occasions; Christmas, Mother’s Day,

Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day and

birthday and recently from Bella

Jule for the past three years. Bella

Jule is truly continuing the legacy

of service through the generations.

“We offer the best service to our

clients. I want my customers to be

ecstatic about what we can offer

them,” Mike said.

During the 3-year anniversary

celebration, selected items will be

30 percent off. Browse and shop at

1224 Pine Street in downtown Paso

Robles. Click bellajule.com for a

closer look at the services, monthly

specials or to shop online!

Better yet, stop in and see the

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February 23 & 24

Make your spring and summer

home projects come to life

at the Inspired Home, Garden

& Gourmet Expo on February

23 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

at the Paso Robles Event Center

& Fairgrounds. This special event

is free to attend and parking is

also free.

Fun and free cooking demonstrations

will take place all day

Saturday and the Taste Buds Best

Chef Competition will take place

all day Sunday.

A full schedule of seminars can

be found at inspiredexpos.com/


The Grand Prize for attendees of

the event will be a Cutco Knife Set!

Fill out the “Passport” at the event

to be entered to win.

Spring is a great time to evaluate

your home and initiate home

renovation projects

Ask a group of diverse experts all

of your home improvement questions

on site during the expo. This

year’s event features useful home

and garden exhibits, daily cooking

demonstrations, shopping, as well

as a pop-up living room and dining

room with luxurious ideas for your

home interior.

Stop by for a few hours and

discover the very best in home

improvement products, advice and

inspiration. Home expo exhibitors

include general contractors,

flooring, landscapers, kitchen and

bath, cabinets, painting contractors,

landscape designers, countertops,

tile, granite, appliances, solar

energy, synthetic turf, HVAC,

garage doors, windows, furniture,

mattresses, and much more all from

around San Luis Obispo County.

Spring is a great time to evaluate

your home and initiate home renovation

projects, so you’ll be ready to

enjoy visits from family and friends

this summer in your updated home.

It’s also a wonderful time to get

started! Start by visiting the Inspired

Home Expo to plan your

home improvement and landscaping

vision and meet trusted experts

who can make it a reality. Unleash

your creativity and create a true

sanctuary where you can relax and

rejuvenate in your beautiful home.

For more information, visit

InspiredExpos.com or call


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from General Store Paso Robles

Mehlenbacher's Taffy

“ Working as hard as bull riders

to hand-make your favorite taffy! ”

e may be known as a world-class wine

region, but add sweets to the list of

reasons foodies should hang out in Paso.

Mehlenbacher’s Taffy, makers of traditional,

hand-pulled taffy, offers up one of the most

delicious candies we’ve ever tasted at General

Store (and we taste a lot — we know, hard job.).

Starting with an original recipe from the 1900s,

Mehlenbacher’s uses only the finest, natural

ingredients, including grade A butter and

pure cane sugar. You’ll find no high-fructose corn syrup or preservatives, and,

who knew? It’s gluten free! Each taffy stick, which is about the size of a cigar, is

about 125 calories. They are brightly colored and make really cute (and affordable)

party and wedding favors. They’re adorable sprinkled down the center

of a table at a birthday party or adding a pop of color to a local gift basket.

What better time than Valentine’s Day to learn a bit about a sweet treat we know

you’ll love? What machine is used to make the taffy? None, unless you call a

copper kettle a machine! The taffy is hand-pulled on a hook, hand-portioned

and wrapped. Pulling taffy is like riding a bull ... you have to get this sticky mess

to stay on the puller and you are working against gravity.

How many flavors do you make? The Mehlenbacher’s crew has more than 30

years of experience and make more than 30 different flavors.

Is it saltwater taffy? No. We like to let our flavors stand on their own, so we

make our taffy with no salt (good news for those of us trying to keep our sodium


How long does taffy last? It’s best to eat it within six months of when it’s made.

Not a problem at General Store, where we delivery fresh taffy frequently.

What are the oddest flavors you’ve ever made? We made vinegar taffy, which

sounds weird but tastes good. Crisp and refreshing like lemon lime.

How do you prevent your taffy from melting on a hot Paso day?

If it’s hot outside, put your taffy in the fridge for a few minutes. It will make it

much easier to separate from its wrapper.

Thanks to Alicia and team for giving us another local treat to enjoy. May we

suggest the Hot Cinnamon for your Valentine?

The team at General Store Paso Robles

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By Lisa Robinson,

The Redhead Historian

Well, here we are a month already into

2019 and the question is, have you stuck

to any of your New Year's resolutions? It’s not

too late to make another one. I propose everyone

take up this motto: Look up more in

2019! Look up from your phones. Look up

from social media. Look up and take in the all

the history surrounding you.




Paso Robles is one of the most beautiful

small towns in America. People come from

all over the world to taste our award-winning

wines, experience outstanding hospitality and

make everlasting memories. Take some time to

familiarize yourself with the beauty and historic

culture that our quaint town has to offer.

For starters, if you are on the corner of Park

and 13th Streets desperately trying to find a

parking space, safely look up. The southwest

corner at 1245 Park Street is the original

building of the Bank of Italy. This breathtaking

Renaissance-Revival building was built almost

100 years ago by a Swedish immigrant named

August Nyberg. Towering at three stories, this

brick building was once the tallest building in

Paso Robles, now second to the original almond

grower building Derby Winery presently

occupies on Riverside Avenue.




With mass square footage of 16,800 equally

distributed throughout the three floors,

you will notice unique features such as the

quoin-like corners, semicircular windows on

the second floor that have latticed glass,

brick borders and recessed transoms. A single

plain brick band can be found running the

perimeter of the building above the third-story

casements. It was used mainly as a commerce

building but has worn many hats since. In 1930,

Bank of America acquired all the banks in

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Paso Robles and from

1937 to 1938 they

were the only banks

in town.

The story of how

this building came

to be begins in 1840

when Amadeo Peitro Giannini (known as AP

to friends and colleagues) was born to Italian

immigrants in San Jose. His father passed away

when AP was only 23 and shortly after his father's

demise Giannini attended Heald Business

School. He quickly resolved to the fact

that he could do a far better job actually doing

business than wasting his time in school learning

about it. When he came back home his

mother had remarried and his new step-father

owned and operated a produce company where

AP was employed as a salesman. He soon

grew tired of the business of lemons, limes

and oranges and set off to accomplish his own

way in the world by making his own take of

lemonade in the Golden City.

FUN FACT: Do you like the Disney movie,

“Snow White?” Well, AP loaned Mr. Disney

the money to produce the classic tale that we

all love today.

Giannini went on to become the director

of Columbus Savings and Loans and quickly

observed that the increasing immigration population

in his community lacked any way of

banking so he decided to start his own bank,

keeping in mind to cater to the average Joe.

Deciding to call his business Bank of Italy with

allegiance to his heritage he would offer loans

and savings accounts to people who did not

have the collateral that the other banks demanded.

So on October 17, 1904, he opened

for business and brought in a total of $8,780 in

deposits by the end of his first day.

FUN FACT: Ever heard of George Bailey

from the classic Christmas movie, “It’s a

Wonderful Life?” Well, producer George Capra

developed the character with AP in mind.

Years later, in 1906, the horrific San Francisco

earthquake devastated the city, including

Giannini’s business. He had the wits and courage

to take all of his customers money out of

the safe concealed in a wheelbarrow amongst

the fierce flames and chaos all around him.

After a few weeks he was determined to help

get the city back together so he set up shop

with a plank and two barrels right there in the

middle of the desolated city of lights, loaning

money to the people that needed it. He asked

for no identification — it was all based on their

good character and a hearty handshake. All

loans distributed at this time were reported to

be completely paid back. This had turned out

to be a smart move because all the other banks

could not get into their safes for their customers

because the vaults were too hot to open.

After many successful years, Giannini’s Bank

of Italy began opening other branches with

the first in San Jose in 1909. In October of

1921 R.C. Heaton, the President of The First

National Bank of Paso Robles, received a

letter from the office of AP Giannini offering

him the chance to buy stock in his bank

and the rest, as they say, is history.

Tune in next time to see what

historical person, place or

building you can learn about

when you LOOK UP!

If you have a historical

question about Paso Robles

please email lisa@pasomagazine.com

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| Art Community

Studios on the Park highlights P

Exhibit on display in Atrium Gallery through February 24


By Meagan Friberg

Fiebruary often brings about a sense of

love in the air and sparks thoughts of

romance. For artists working alongside

their romantic partners, does that romance

extend to their works of art? That is one of

the questions being explored this month at

Studios on the Park in Paso Robles with the

appropriately titled exhibit, “pARTners,” running

through February 24.

“When we thought about programming in

2019, February was the logical month to hold

this show,” Host Curator Stephanie Wilbanks

said. “All of the artists involved with this show

are not only romantic partners, but studio

partners as well. Occasionally, the couples

will collaborate, but most work in entirely

different mediums.”

Opening night of the show is slated for

Saturday, February 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. as part

of Studio’s monthly Art After Dark event.

Wine provided by Enfold Wines will be available

for purchase and local singer-songwriters

Bob and Wendy will perform. On February 9,

Tess Wright, a local historian, will host Love

and Work at 3 p.m. She will explore the unique

challenges faced by artistic couples reconciling

the rewards of love while developing individual

mastery in creative pursuits.

“All of the artists involved with this

show are not only romantic partners,

but studio partners as well.”

The artists for “pARTners” include: Katherine

Anderson and Steve Anderson, Rosemary

Bauer and Mike Bauer, Nancy Becker and

Len Chmiel, Margaret Bertrand and Robert

Dodge, Lois Charles and Peter Charles, Charlotte

D’Aigle and Carl Berney, Julie Dunn and

Roger Combs, Abigail Gumbiner and Peter

Holmes, Leslie Hannon and Mike Hannon,

and Kelly Johnson and Leonard Johnson.

Additional artists are: Sheri Klein and Jim

Tyler, Jean Obermeier and Wade Smith, Jami

Ray and Josh Talbott, Barbara Rosenthal and

Rosey Rosenthal, Editha Hayes Spencer and

Harold Spencer, Mary Summers and Kerry

Drager, Peggy Vrana and Michael Miller, and

Stephanie Wilbanks and Ken Wilbanks.

With a variety of mediums to satisfy any

taste, “pARTners” will showcase sculpture,

wood, oil painting, photography, and more.

“The many different artists with different

styles make the show stand alone, but the extra

fun is for those who attend to be able to read

the artist statements displayed alongside each

other and see photos of the artists as a couple,”

Wilbanks said. “It really adds another layer

to viewing the art. There are quite a variety of

stories of how people support each other.”

Studios on the Park, open daily,

is located at 1130 Pine St. in Paso Robles.

For more information,call 805-238-9800

or see studiosonthepark.org.

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Is University the Only Route After High School?

James J. Brescia Ed.D

SLO County

Office of Education


“Education is the most powerful weapon which

you can use to change the world.”

- Nelson Mandela

The question we should be

asking is “How do we best

prepare students for life

after high school graduation? Last

year I was fortunate to be invited

to present some of my current educational

research at a symposium

hosted by Cambridge University

in the United Kingdom. In 2015,

I lectured at Oxford and was reminded

of how similar our educational

challenges are both internationally

and domestically. At this

conference I was co-presenting

with my colleague, Dr. James Gentilucci.

Our research on “Successful

Recruitment Strategies for Teachers”

was commissioned by the California

County Superintendents

Educational Services Association.

We addressed an audience from

America, Europe, Asia and Africa

on the importance of thoughtful

recruitment and retention of educational

employees. London is facing

a similar shortage of educators

as we are in California. One path

the European, African, and Asian

countries have already implemented

is aggressive Career and Technical

Education (CTE) in secondary

schools that include teacher

education. Just a month prior to

the Cambridge symposium, I attended

a local conference hosted

by the California Department of

Education on the importance of

CTE pathways in our schools.

My attendance at this conference

and the 2015 Oxford symposium

served to further strengthen my

commitment to our county-wide

efforts in securing CTE funding

for local schools throughout our

county. I am honored to have our

local assemblyman Jordan Cunningham

and state senator Bill

Monning also supporting these

efforts in the state legislature.

Education in the United States,

and across the globe, continues to

experience challenging times. We

would be wise to remember that

according to current data one out

of three Americans (33 percent)

report attaining a bachelor’s degree,

and 12 percent reported and

advanced degree such as a master’s,

professional, or doctorate degree.

Almost nine out of 10 Americans

(88 percent) attained a high school

diploma or General Equivalency

Diploma (GED). Educational attainment

continues to vary by age,

sex, race and Hispanic origin, nativity,

and disability status. While

we here in America continue to

navigate our way through federal

and state mandates that impact

our classrooms, our leaders must

include CTE as a piece of the educational


Ask a puzzle master and you will

be advised that instead of taking a

wild stab at the puzzle, see if you

Continued on PAGE 41

Future Careers. Locally Grown.

"It's been really great learning new

things, and having a teacher who is

willing to bring us opportunities like


Grace - Student, Templeton High



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

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Continued from PAGE 40

can identify a good strategy that will lead to an

acceptable solution. Similar to the puzzle master’s

advice, I believe that CTE is a key piece

of the educational quest for student success. As

we face an ever-changing world, it is important

to explore avenues that present multiple paths

for student success. CTE curriculum strives

to pair academics and high-level workplace

skills necessary for the 21st century. Students,

administrators, teachers, business members,

community leaders and even politicians have

endorsed CTE programs. The San Luis Obispo

County Office of Education (SLOCOE) and

our CTE program, SLO Partners in Education

(SLOPE) continues to engage in discussions

and review research related to reporting on

several additional career measurements. SLO

Partners’ mission is to engage business partners

and educators in aligning workforce needs

with career and college pathways. We facilitate

work experience opportunities to ensure that

students have the skills and knowledge necessary

for success in the workplace and businesses

have the skilled workers required for a sound

growing economy. We continue to work on industry

certification such as our highly successful

CompTIA Bootcamps.

SLO Partners is a regional consortium of

business, industry, education, and community

leaders committed to working together for

collective impact in workforce and economic

development by aligning education systems and

employment programs with economic opportunities.

As we continue to provide additional

opportunities for our students in CTE, I encourage

you to learn more about our highly successful

partnership with Cuesta College, SLO

Partners, our CTE programs, and these CTE

opportunities benefiting our community. It is

an honor to serve as your County Superintendent

of Schools.

February 2019, PASO Magazine pasomagazine.com | 41

| Hoofbeat

By Bec Braitling

Caring for

your Horse,

and Yourself,

in the Winter Months

We were lucky enough to be

blessed with some favorable riding

weather early this winter, with

much needed rain alluding us for

much of November and December.

Never fear, some frigid temperatures

and finally some rainy days

greeted us in January. Here are

some of my favorite winter horse

care tips:

• My show horses are typically

clipped once the new year rolls

around, leaving the age old blanketing

debate wide open. I could be

possibly accused of being a bit of

an “over-blanketing” type but I do

like everyone to have neck blankets

on. When temperatures plunge into

the low 20s at my barn, I like to

spray a little show sheen on the inside

of the neck blankets to prevent

manes rubbing.

• Cut tails a little shorter in the

winter to help keep them and the

hind legs a little more mud-free

during the worst weather. Braid

the tail or add a tail bag for extra


• When your tack starts to feel a

little damp each day after work, a

heater in the tack room (during the

hours I’m there) helps to keep the

tack from getting damp and moldy.

• Consider adding a good-quality

oil to your horse’s diet — it’s

great for keeping horses in good

condition and the coat shiny.

• Walk your horses a little longer

to warm up before work, it can

take a little more time to loosen

up on colder days before they pick

up to work.

• Be conscious to towel dry legs

well after work. Mud fever and

scratches are in full force at this

time of year and the extra hair on

the horse’s legs helps to harbor

nasty bacteria.

• Wrap exposed water pipes to

avoid bursting during hard freezes.

Invest in a couple of large water

buckets and fill them in a barn/ covered

area in the evenings to ensure

the horses can have access to fresh

water in the morning if the hoses are

frozen until later in the day.

• Find yourself a nice pair of lined

riding gloves for the winter. Cold

hands are the worst! Check out the

San Luis Obispo-based ridingwarehouse.com

for a good selection.

Meet Marshall


a.k.a. Katie’s Coffee

Forging a name for yourself in the

horse industry is not for the faint of

heart. Once you commit to making

a living riding, training and teaching,

you realise what a wonderfully

rewarding, yet gruelling lifestyle it

can be. Katie Sequeira is one such

Central Coast trainer. She heads

up Marshall Equestrian, based out

of Rancho Del Rio in Atascadero.

Specializing in lessons, training,

sales and competition, Katie has an

impressive resume training horses

and riders both here in the U.S. and

Australia before finally settling on

the Central Coast for the past two

years. One thing she picked up in

Australia was the ability to diversify

and the idea for Katie’s Coffee was

born. These days you’ll find her coffee

trailer on the corner of Highway

46 and Vineyard Drive from 6 to 10

a.m., serving morning commuters

before heading off to the barn for

the rest of the day. Katie is working

toward furthering her own competition

career with her new warmblood

mare, Willa, that she’s aiming to take

up the ranks of dressage. To keep up

to date with her current locations or

find out more about her riding program,

follow “Katie’s Coffee” and

“Marshall Equestrian” on Facebook.



Feb. 2: Santa Ynez Valley Cow

Horse and Reining, NRCHA approved.

195 N Refugio Rd, Santa

Ynez, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. New

reining classes added and the Collegiate

Cow Horse Challenge. Check

out syvch.org for more information.

Feb. 2-3: EponaMind Event, An

educational weekend for horse

owners, farriers and veterinarians.

6720 Linne Rd, Paso Robles (805)

239-3505. For full event details,

Katie’s Coffee

information on the speakers and

to sign up, visit EponaMind.com/


Feb. 2-3: Buck Davidson Clinic

at Twin Rivers Ranch. Come and

see one of America’s most I accomplished

eventing riders teach

a two-day clinic. Auditors welcome.

Contact andrea@twinrivershorsepark.com

for more details.

8715 N River Rd, Paso Robles.

Feb. 8-10: Central Coast Polo

Club hosts USPA West Interscholastic

Open Preliminary Tournament,

check out centralcoastpolo.

com for more information.

Feb. 9-10: Paso Robles Horse

Park hosts Noseworks Trials, Central

Coast Nosework Club. For

more information, visit centralcoastnoseworkclub.org/paso-robles-horse-park-february-2019

Feb. 9-10: Dressage: Santa Ynez

Equestrian Center Schooling

Show, see california-dressage.org

for entries and contact information.

Feb. 20-21: Melissa Creswick

dressage clinic, Four Corners

Dressage, 5720 El Pharo Dr, Paso

Robles. Contact Katey kateyaugsburger@gmail.com

Ride to Cayucos, depending on tide level.

Caution: halfway to Cayucos are rocks. Passable

at low tide, but NOT at high tide. Morro

Strand is a beautiful beach to ride.

View: Morro Rock & Central Coast

Access: From Atascadero, Hwy. 41 S. to Morro

Bay, go straight at stop under overpass,

pass high school, proceed to end dirt rd. near

mobile home park. Park along side of rd.

Fees: None • Pass: None • Rated: Easy

Time Factor: 2 - 3 hours. This is an out

& back ride. Turn back any time

Trail: Ride the beach & sand dunes

Feet: Shoes not required

Dogs: Not recommended • Camp: None

Overnight: None

Park Service: 805-772-2560 Call to double

check on current situation for riders.

First Aid: 911

Cell Reception: Very limited

Caution: Check tide levels, summer many

beach users, limited access due to Snowy

Plover protection

Brought to you by Whitehorse Tack

2805 Black Oak Drive, Paso Robles


42 | pasomagazine.com PASO Magazine, February 2019

Veterinary Tails

By Dr. Ryan Ehlinger

Welcome to 2019

faithful Veterinary Tails readers! I wanted

to spend this column talking about dogfights.

Hopefully, your furry best friend

has not been involved with one and you

can simply learn through the experience of

others. Those of you who have lived through

one of these knows they are no fun!

I’m not sure if it is from the recent “holiday

magic” or just something in the North County

air but we are seeing quite a few dogfights

lately. Ask anyone who has seen a dogfight

and they will tell you the hardest thing is

breaking it up. Acceptable strategies are putting

a hose on both dogs, or hitting the aggressor

with something blunt and strong to briefly

stun them into letting go. Poor strategies would

include using any part of using your hands or

body to intervene.

Dogs most often fight over territory or resources.

The most obvious example is one dog

slipping the fence and going to a neighbors

property where they are bit by another dog.

We also see quite a few dogfights resulting

from a human misinterpreting dog dominance

How to survive a


and giving preferred preference to a dog that is

not the dominant dog in the home. The dominant

dog should always get priority access to

resources such as food, petting, play, etc to keep

the peace. If a dog that is not the dominant dog

is given the preferential treatment by an owner,

this can lead to aggression by the dominant dog.

The dominant dog should always get

priority access to resources such as food,

petting, play, etc to keep the peace.

As humans we are very democratic. Your vote

counts as much as my vote. I’ll cut the piece of

pie and you pick which one you want. In dogs,

this simply does not work. Having a system of

dominance actually keeps the peace and if we

fail to acknowledge the hierarchy, violence may

ensue as the dogs attempt to set things right.

Many years ago I was working in an emergency

clinic in New England. I was doing

surgery in the back when one of my nurses

came running to the back with a cat carrier carrying

a cat that looked like it had experienced

head trauma. The nurse told me frantically

that I had to check the cat. She was working

in the reception area when a dogfight broke out

between a Pit Bull and a German Shepard.

She saw a cat carrier next to her which she

thought was empty. She lifted it up over her

head and smashed it down on the dogs to break

up the fight. When the dogs let go and things

calmed down she realized there was a cat in

the carrier that was seeing stars! I evaluated the

cat, gave it some medication, and kept it overnight

at no charge for monitoring for head

trauma. The next day the kitty was looking

all better. I called the owner and told them to

come down for discharge. When they arrived

I sheepishly went out and apologized for my

nurse acting like a pro wrestler in the lobby

and injuring their cat. I expected they might

give me a word or two about what we did

but they just laughed and said “don’t worry

about it. I’m just glad he could help break up

that nasty dogfight!”

Dr. Ehlinger is the owner of the Main Street Small

Animal Hospital in Templeton. A full service small

animal hospital serving the north county since 1988.

Visit templetonvet.com for more info.

February 2019, PASO Magazine pasomagazine.com | 43

Healthy Dishes

By Jodi Smith of Spice of Life

ariety is the Spice of Life! Spices and

herbs can be the foundation of our cooking,

transforming everyday foods into new and

exciting culinary adventures. The biggest reason

we add spices to our food is flavor, but spices

do more than perk up our dishes. High-quality

spices are a nutritional powerhouse with health

promoting benefits.

Creating healthy and delicious meals flavored

with spices is an excellent way to reduce calories

and unhealthy ingredients. Unlike sauces and condiments

that are generally loaded with calories,

refined sugar, salt and other processed ingredients,

spices allow you to boost the taste of your food

in a healthy way.

Spices and herbs come from plants, which

means they are a source of phytonutrients with

antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

What’s the difference between spices and herbs?

Herbs are typically the leafy part of the plant

(parsley, basil, oregano, and bay leaf ) and spices

come from other parts of the plant such as the

bark, seeds, stems and roots. Coriander, cumin,

clove, cinnamon, fennel, and peppercorn are

examples of spices.

There are countless ways to vary flavors with

healthy foods and make it more interesting.

When time is short and you are pressed for

time, spices are an easy way to accentuate simple

whole foods such as fish, vegetables, meat, chicken,

soups, whole grains, rice and lentils. Using

good-quality spice blends offers a time-saving

benefit, providing they are good-quality blends

not loaded with salt, sugar and preservatives.

Pulling a healthy meal together can be quick

and easy and having some of the essentials on

hand in your kitchen is key.

Here’s a list of a few basics for your spice cabinet:

Basil, parsley, paprika, garlic, onion, ginger,

cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, chili, rosemary,

smoked paprika (one of my favorites), black pepper

and pink himalayan salt or sea salt.

A handful of spices have reached an elevated

status due to both their incredible flavors as well

as their potential to decrease inflammation, aid

digestion, reduce cholesterol, fight cancer and

boost our immune system.

Turmeric, typically found in Indian dishes,

has an intense, bright orange/yellow color with

mild flavor. Add to rice dishes, curries, marinades,

eggs, chicken rub, and salad dressing.

Vegetables such as carrots, squash, cauliflower

and potatoes work well with a dash of turmeric.

Adding a pinch of black pepper helps your body

better absorb the nutrients in turmeric.

Ginger is an impressive root and a powerhouse

for both flavor and health. Add fresh or

dried ginger to everything from soups, stir fry

dishes, marinades, rubs, and vegetables. Ginger

can be effective in overall gut health and helps

your body absorb and assimilate nutrients from

other foods we eat.

Cayenne pepper packs a punch of heat as

well as health benefits. The compound capsaicin

is responsible for aiding in a variety of health issues.

Sprinkle cayenne on egg dishes, vegetables,

soups, marinades, meats, poultry, stews, and more.

Creating healthy and delicious meals

flavored with spices is an excellent way to

reduce calories and unhealthy ingredients.

Spices you stock in your pantry will depend

on your taste preferences as well as your comfort

level in using them. Here are a few ideas of spices

that characterize different cuisines from around

the world. For example, Chinese food welcomes

garlic, ginger, star anise, cinnamon, and sesame

oil. Italian dishes often includes garlic, oregano,

parsley, rosemary, and fennel seed while Mexican

cuisine builds flavor from cumin, chilis,

coriander, oregano, cilantro and various citrus.

Allowing your taste buds to enjoy the flavor of

foods by reducing the amount of salt can enhance

your experience. Over-salted food tends to numb

our taste buds and subdue our sensitivity to other

flavors. Check labels at the supermarket, limit processed

foods that can be loaded with sodium, avoid

over-processed “table salt” and substitute with sea

salt or pink Himalayan salt. Fresh lemon juice is

a wonderful flavor enhancer and a healthier option

than reaching for the salt shaker. Consuming too

much salt can cause high blood pressure, stroke,

heart disease and kidney disease. Substituting

spices and herbs for salt will uplift your meals and

transform bland dishes into mouth watering feasts.

Celebrating healthy ingredients and bringing

balance and flavor can be magical. Adding

texture, color and increasing flavors can bring

healthy food alive.

44 | pasomagazine.com PASO Magazine, February 2019

By Meagan Friberg

Photos by Hayley Mattson

Welcome to our first

edition of entrée in

the New Year! Happy

2019! With this month’s PASO

Magazine focusing on health and

wellness, the perfect place to enjoy

lunch was Fig at Courtney’s House

in Templeton.

We were honored to have Roblan

of the Year Matt Masia join us as our

special guest. Fig Owner Chris Dillow

and Chef Tyler Miner delighted

us with hearty servings of delicious

foods served in a quaint and cozy

private room. What a treat!

As a 501c3 nonprofit, Fig at

Courtney’s House is unique — it’s

not only a fabulous full-service

restaurant, its mission is to train and

employ adults with developmental

and intellectual disabilities to work

alongside staff, hosting, bussing, and

learning various kitchen and restaurant

skills. Carrie Sanders founded

Courtney’s House in 2012 to help

young adults with developmental

disabilities including her daughter,

Courtney. When Sanders joined

forces with Dillow, longtime Central

Coast restaurateur and former

owner of Harmony Pasta Factory

and Fig Good Food, Fig at Courtney’s

House was born.

“We have a really good staff, and

they each have a heart for our mission,”

Dillow said. “If one of us is feeling

challenged, there is always someone

to come in and pick us up. Many of

the staff have family or friends with

varying degrees of disabilities, so this

place touches them in so many ways.

We operate with a core staff of 11, and

currently, have about 12 interns.”

Miner, a self-taught chef, oversees

the kitchen and has trained numerous

staff members and interns.

“Most of the recipes are standards

or Chris’ family recipes but I come

up with the specials and soups; we

get a lot of donations from local

A PASO Dining Experience

Featuring a delectably healthy lunch at fig at Courtney’s House

farms so I like getting creative with tomato vinaigrette. This fall version

those. We also make our own soup includes a healthy quinoa salad with

stocks, sauces, marinades, dressings, roasted root vegetables and a light

chutney, and more from scratch.” citrus dressing.

Learning about the restaurant’s “This is an absolutely perfect salad!

It has a winning combination

mission and staff was both inspiring

and motivating.

of ingredients and is overflowing

Before long, it was time for the with flavor. The quinoa salad alone

staff to shine in the kitchen… is fantastic and, with the rest of the

and serve up some of the best dish, it’s like having two salads in

food on the Central Coast. one. Healthy, delicious, filling, and


a new favorite for me.”

Chris brought us two starters of Hayley’s Favorite: Creamy Silver

Bell Squash Pasta — Silver Bell

spread and bread, made in-house by

intern Brenden — the White Bean squash from Robin Farms with caramelized

onion, broccoli rabe, and

Mash and the Frenchie.

Nic’s Favorite: The Frenchie pecorino romano.

— a sweet and savory fig chutney “This dish, one of Tyler’s specials,

satisfies my love for anything

with dried mission figs, poached

pear, grapes, orange zest, scallions, squash! The mix of flavors and pasta

is simply wonderful and leaves

kalamata olives, and roasted garlic

served with warm bread.

me wanting more. Everything

“There are a lot of complex flavors about this makes it the ideal hearty,

in every bite, and the melted brie on feel-good comfort meal, especially

top is terrific. It’s sweet and savory, during these cold days.”

just like the description. The texture Matt’s Favorite: Citrus Glazed

is fabulous and the bread Brenden Rotisserie Chicken — one of Fig’s

made is fabulous. It’s obvious why signature dishes, the all-natural

this menu item is a signature piece

and it’s definitely something I

would return for.”


The selection of main dishes

served up by Chris, Tyler, and their

team included Quinoa Harvest Mary’s Free-Range Chicken is slowcooked

in the kitchen’s American

Salad, Creamy Silver Bell Squash

Pasta, Citrus Glazed Rotisserie Range Rotisserie and glazed with

Chicken, and Harissa Hash & Eggs. orange, lime, ginger, and coriander;

Meagan’s Favorite: Quinoa served with choice of side dishes.

Harvest Salad — made with dried “The citrus glaze is full of flavor,

apricot, celery, winter squash, scallions,

pistachio nuts, organic greens, and organic; this is really, really de-

and the chicken is healthy, low fat,

licious. It’s tender, juicy, and I’m able

to taste the flavors of the glaze all

the way through. This is something

I would definitely order again.”

What are Chris and Tyler’s favorite

menu items? Chris loves

The Figgie and Tyler goes for the

Moroccan Chickpea and Lentil


Meagan Friberg, PASO

Magazine Writer

Nic Mattson, PASO Magazine

Co-owner & Publisher

Hayley Mattson, PASO

Magazine Co-owner & Publisher


Matt Masia, 2018 Roblan of the

Year, and owner of Adelaide Inn,

Best Western Plus Black Oak

Chris Dillow, owner of Fig at

Courtney’s House

Tyler Miner, head chef at Fig

Stew. These are also guest favorites,

along with the Harissa Hash &

Eggs (vegetarian option available

on request), Rotisserie Roast Beef

Sandwich, and anything from the

dessert selection!


All pies, cakes, and other sweet

offerings are baked in-house by

Chris’ husband, Dennis. Need a

dessert for that special occasion?

Call ahead t place an order.

Everyone’s Favorite: Everything!

Chris served up slices of Dennis’

housemade Hummingbird Cake

— a delightful banana spice cake

with hints of pineapple, buttercream

frosting, and pecans — as well as the

Key Lime Pie and Chocolate Cherry

Fudge Cake.

“Wow! We were so busy enjoying

these yummy treats that none of us

wanted to stop to comment. So, let

me state this as simple as possible

— Save. Room. For. Dessert!

Fig sources from local suppliers

as much as possible, including provisions

from Etto Pasta, Robinsong

Farm, and Templeton Valley Farm.

Stop by and say hi to Chris and the

team at Fig at Courtney’s House,

located at 311 6th St. in Templeton,

and tell them you saw their story

in Paso Robles Magazine!

For more information, including

hours and menu, see figgoodfood.

org or call 805-434-3895

February 2019, PASO Magazine pasomagazine.com | 45

| North SLO County Activity & Events Guide

Special Events

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

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

11-and-under from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and February 2 is for

those 12-and-up from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets not sold at the door.

Atascadero.org | 805-470-3360

February 5-March 26 — Body in Balance Tai Chi Gong. Tuesday

evenings 7 to 8 p.m. Cuesta College North County Campus,

eight sessions. Register at cuesta.edu/communityprograms.

Instructor Faye Baker.

805-238-9770 | faye@counterchanges.com | counterchanges.com

February 9 — Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre benefit for the

Atascadero Printery Foundation. Experience a five-course

gourmet table-served dinner by the one and only Buona Tavola

Chef Anthony Varia. A perfect Valentine’s date night complete

with champagne and dessert, $100 per seat. Limited

seating. Community Church, 5850 Rosario Ave, Atascadero.

805-466-1961 | atascaderoprintery.org

February 9 — The Atascadero Chamber of Commerce invites

you to the Sweetheart Stroll from 1 to 4 p.m. 15 wineries will

be pouring at downtown locations; complementary tours of

City Hall. Tickets $20, available at 6500 Palma Ave.

atascaderochamber.org | 805-466-2044

February 9 — Big Laugh Live Valentine's Comedy, Magic, and

Music. Performers include comedians Cash Levy and Dennis

Blair, magician Justin Rivera, and host Lizette Mizelle. Features

live music by Ricky Montijo. Beer, wine, appetizers, and desserts

available for purchase; 6-9:30 p.m. at the Paso Robles

Event Center; 2198 Riverside Ave., Paso Robles. $40 in advance;

$45 at the door.

biglaughlive.com | 805-712-0400 | info@biglaughlive.com

February 10 — Symphony of the Vines presents "Flute Delights,"

a chamber concert featuring Suzanne Duffy and Carol

Houchens, flutes, and Lynne Garrett, piano. It's happening

from 4 - 5:30 p.m., Cass Winery, 7350 Linne Road, Paso Robles.

Tickets are $15 - $30, students K-12 are free with a paid adult.


March 3 — Symphony of the Vines presents "Harp Chamber

Music" with Catherine Litaker on harp; Carol Houchens, flute;

Michael Whitson, viola; and Hilary Clark, cello, 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Pear Valley Estate Wine, 4900 Union Rd, Paso Robles. Tickets

are $15 - $30, students K-12 are free with a paid adult. Visit


March 24 — Come enjoy "Mendelssohn in Scotland" at the

San Miguel Mission. Presented by Symphony of the Vines, this

full orchestra concert begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 - $30,

students K-12 are free with a paid adult. Visit


Clubs & Meetings

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

*Submissions must be made by the 5th of the month prior to publication date.

Almond Country Quilters Guild — General Meeting:

Friday, February 1 at Masonic Temple, 6:30-9

p.m. acqguild.com. Speaker Catherine Redford:

on Wool Applique.

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.


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

Taking Care of Business

North County Toast ‘N Talk Toastmasters — Mondays,

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


Early But Worth It Chapter — Business Networking

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

Culinary Arts Academy, Paso, Visitors welcome,


Business Networking International — every

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

Camino Real, #104, Atascadero. Visitors welcome,


Above the Grade Advanced Toastmasters — first

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

Paso, 805-238-0524, 930206.toastmastersclubs.


Partners in $uccess — Business Networking International

— every Thursday, 7 to 8:30 a.m.,

Paso Robles Assn. of Realtors, 1101 Riverside

is welcome, no charge, guests welcome. Call

805-712-7820 or visit multifloragardenclub.org

Monthly Dinner at Estrella Warbirds Museum

— first Wednesday, 6 p.m., guest speakers. 805-

296-1935 for dinner reservations, ewarbirds.org

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 pasoroblesdemocrats.org.

North County Newcomers — General Membership

Meeting and Luncheon: Wednesday, February

6 at La Bellasera Hotel, 206 Alexa Court,

Paso Robles, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $30. Visit northcountynewcomers.org

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.


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 dmcpatriot


Ave. Visitors welcome, bniccc.com

Speak Easy Toastmasters Club — every Friday,

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

Community Hospital. 9797.toastmastersclubs.

org. 805-237-9096

Coffee at the Carlton — Entrepreneurs and business

leaders meet Wednesdays at 9 am. Carlton

Hotel in Atascadero.

46 | pasomagazine.com PASO Magazine, February 2019

North SLO County Activity & Events Guide |

At the Library

Atascadero Library

6555 Capistrano, Atascadero • 805-461-6161

Special Events

Ongoing Programs

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

1st Tuesday — 11 a.m.

Lego Club

1st Saturday — 2 p.m., Family Movies

1st Tuesday — 11 a.m., Gems in the Stacks Book Group

3rd Thursday — 2:30 p.m., Mixed Minds Book Group

February 19, Saturday — 2 p.m., Lego Club

Paso Robles Library

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

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

year olds

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

for ages 0-18 months

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

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

Events Calendar for more information.

Special Events

For Adults:

Service Organizations

Service Organizations

American Legion Post 50 • 240 Scott St., Paso Robles

• 805-239-7370

Commander John Irwin, 805-286-6187.

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

Pancake Breakfast — third Saturday, 8 to 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 • 805-


Lodge Meeting — second and fourth Thursdays

Paso Robles Lodge 2364 • 1420 Park Street • 805-


Lodge Meeting — first and third Wednesdays

El Paso de Robles Grange #555

• 627 Creston Rd. • 805-239-4100

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

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

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

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

Kiwanis International

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

• eBook Clinic with Patrick McCoy, by appointment,

Fridays, February 1,8, 15, and 22, 2-3 pm and Saturday,

February 16, 10-11 am

• Make It @ the Library! Lovebird Embroidery, Saturday,

February 2, 10:30-12:30 pm

• Film Viewing and Discussion: The Latino List, Part 1,

Thursday, February 7,

6-8 pm

• Drop In and Color! Tattoo Art of Freddy Negrete,

Thursday, February 14, 6-8 pm

• Black Dove by Ana Castillo book discussion, Thursday,

February 21, 7-8 pm

• Learn to Knit or Crochet! Saturday, February 23,


• Tabletop Game Day, Saturday, February 23, 1-4 pm

• Publishing 1-2-3-with Laurie Gibson, Wednesday,

February 27, 6-8 pm

• Film Viewing and Discussion: The Latino List, Part 2,

Thursday, February 28, 6-8 p.m.

For Children:

• Story Times, check online calendar for days and times

• Take Your Child to the Library Day, Monday February

4, all day

• Lego Build, Monday, February 11, 4-5 pm.

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 • 805-466-


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

Bingo — first Sunday, 12-2 p.m.

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

• I Love My Library Craft, Tuesday February 12, 4pm.

• Maker Monday series—Candy Grabber! February

25, 4-5 pm

Creston Library

6290 Adams, Creston • 805-237-3010

Friday, February 1 — Valentine Card Making, 1 p.m.

Thursday & Friday, February 7-8 — Sugar Cookie Decorating

& Heart Pencil Craft, 2 p.m.

San Miguel Library

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

Saturday, February 9 — Movie & Craft Saturday

Wednesday, February 13 — Mexican Tin Art Craft, 2 p.m.

Saturday, February 16 — Loom Knitting - Knit a hat,

1 p.m.

Saturday, February 23 — A Closer Look: Book Discussion,

4 p.m.

Santa Margarita Library

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

Saturday, February 2 — Young People’s Reading Round

Table, 4 to 5:30 p.m., open to 12 to 16 year olds

Saturday, February 23 — Coding with Matt

Shandon Library

195 N 2nd St, Shandon • 805-237-3009

Call for info

Pool League — every Wednesday

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

Visit mooseintl.org for more information

Optimist Club

Atascadero — dinner meetings second and fourth Tuesday,

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

or call 805-712-5090

Paso Robles — dinner meetings second and fourth

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

Park St.

Rotary International

Atascadero — 9315 Pismo Ave.

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

Lake Pavilion

Paso Robles Sunrise — 1900 Golden Hill Rd.

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


Templeton — 416 Main St.

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


Veterans of Foreign Wars

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

Meeting — first Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

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

Meeting — first Tuesday, 7 p.m.

February 2019, PASO Magazine pasomagazine.com | 47

| North SLO County Activity & Events Guide

Health & Wellness



Visit thewkrc.org, 805-434-1800 for information

on Healing and Wellness Foods meal

programs, volunteer opportunities, and classes

(to RSVP, register and pay online.)

Healthy Cooking Class: Heart Healthy Foods

— Thursday, February 21, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

at Idler’s Home Paso Robles, 2361 Theatre

Dr., Paso Robles. Also Friday February 22,

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Idler’s Home, San Luis

Obispo, 122 Cross St., San Luis Obispo.


1051 Las Tablas Road, Templeton • 805-


Open Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

to provide support, education and hope.

Cancer Support Helpline: 1-888-793-9355,

6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST.

Visit cscslo.org for description of support

groups, social events, education and kid’s


Living With Cancer Support Group — 2nd

and 4th Wednesdays, 10:00am –11:00am.

Facilitated by Jamie Dunn, LMFT & Katie

Boucher, AMFT.

Contact Jamie: 805-238-4411.

Caregiver Support Group — 4th Wednesdays

- concurrent with patient group in a separate

room. 10:00am –11:00am. Facilitated by

Jamie Dunn, LMFT & Katie Boucher, AMFT

Contact Jamie: 805-238-4411.

Breast Cancer Group - Templeton — Last

Thursday of each month, 11:00am-12:00pm

Facilitated by Lindsey Levenson, LMFT, 2-time

breast cancer survivor. Contact Jamie: 805-


Mindfulness Hour — with Katie Boucher,

AMFT. Last Wednesday. 11:30am - 12:30pm

Learn to practice the concepts of mindfulness,

distress tolerance and emotional regulation.

Open to patients & caregivers. Space

is limited. RSVP Required.

Therapeutic Yoga — Mondays, 11:30am–

12:45pm with Sue Larson. Therapeutic yoga

designed for cancer patients. Poses can be

modified to accommodate various needs and

abilities. All levels welcome. Held at Dharma

Yoga (1329 Spring St., Paso Robles).

Patient Navigation — By Appointment. Get

help with your medical and non-medical

resources. Let our navigators support you

in finding what you need to better support

your care. We can help find resources for

medical bills, access to benefits, access to

financial resources, support for transportation

challenges and much more. Call to book an

appointment, 805-238-4411.


Take Off Pounds Sensibly — Mondays, 6:30 p.m. at

Community Church of Atascadero, 5850 Rosario,

basement room. 805-466-1697 or visit tops.org

North County Overeaters Anonymous — every

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

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

MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers — first & third

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

940 Creston Road, Paso, Ashley Hazell, 805-459-

6049, nocomops@gmail.com.

Chronic Pain Support Group — CRPS (Chronic

Regional Pain Syndrome), third Tuesdays, 5 to 6

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

Contact Suzanne Miller 805-704-5970 or

email suzanne.miller@ymail.com.

North County Parkinson’s Support Group — third

Tuesday, 1 p.m. at Templeton Presbyterian Church

610 So. Main St. 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 818-415-0353.

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/Autoimmune Disorder Support Group —

fourth Saturday, 10:30 a.m. at Nature’s Touch, 225

So. Main St., Templeton.

48 | pasomagazine.com PASO Magazine, February 2019

Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance finds Executive Director in local Joel Peterson

Peterson brings 15 years of Marketing Experience to his New Position

Staff Report

The Paso Robles Wine Country

Alliance is proud to announce

that Joel Peterson has joined the

organization as its new Executive

Director. Peterson brings nearly

15 years of marketing experience

in the beverage industry to the

501(c)6 member-based association

dedicated to the promotion

of the Paso Robles American

Viticultural Area. Joel begins his

tenure as the Executive Director

on February 4, 2019.

“We’re proud to welcome Joel

to the Paso Robles Wine Country

Alliance team,” said Faith Wells,

Board Director and Chairperson

of the Executive Search Committee

of the Paso Robles Wine

Country Alliance. “Our search for

an exceptional candidate led us

right back to Paso Robles where

Joel has been lending his leadership

and marketing expertise to

the industry since 2005.”

After graduating with a degree

in Media Arts from the University

of Arizona, Peterson relocated to

Los Angeles, where he worked on

more than 25 film and television

projects. He followed his passion

for wine to Paso Robles, where

he has family roots. Beginning in

2001, Peterson worked harvest for

several wineries, including JUS-

TIN Vineyards & Winery and

L’Aventure. In 2005, he joined

Hope Family Wines, eventually

serving as director of communications,

overseeing multiple brands

and traveling extensively representing

the company.

In 2013, Peterson joined Solterra

Strategies, a marketing

and public relations agency that

specializes in serving wineries

and wine organizations including

the World of Pinot Noir and

the Rhône Rangers. In 2017, he

hopped from wine to beer, joining

Firestone Walker Brewing

Company as marketing manager.

Joel Peterson

He helped lead a talented team of

marketers in the crowded world

of craft beer, focusing on tactical

marketing of sales campaigns

while overseeing the media and

events teams.

“I am so excited to join the

Alliance team,” said Peterson. “I

moved to Paso Robles over 15

years ago to be part of the wine

community, and this leadership

role feels like the perfect place to

be. We’re going continue to highlight

and drive the message of

Paso Wine.”

The Executive Director develops

and executes the organization’s

strategic annual marketing

plans while driving future goals

and awareness for Paso Robles

wine and the wine community to

a diverse audience. The position

will work with the Board and staff

to retain and recruit members as

well as foster positive community

relations between the wine community

and the general public

with ongoing messaging about

the industry’s community support.

Peterson and his wife Dagny

live in Paso Robles with their

daughters Kalista and Amelia. He

is active in the Paso Robles community

and serves on the Paso

Robles School Board, Twin Cities

Community Hospital Board and

the Paderewski Festival, a cultural

festival dedicated to the legacy of

virtuoso pianist Ignacy Paderewski.

He was recognized as one of

the Tribune’s ‘Top 20 Under 40’

leaders by the in 2012.

805 Boutiques.................................. 33

Adelaide Inn Worship Directory...... 49

Adrienne Hagan............................... 43

Advanced Concrete & Construction.48

AM Sun Solar.................................... 25

Amdal Transport............................... 48

American Riviera Bank..................... 25

April’s Mobile Yoga........................... 25

Avila Traffic Safety............................. 28

Awakening Ways.............................. 50

Bella Jule Designs............................ 32

Blake’s True Value............................. 19

Bob Sprain’s Draperies..................... 29

Bridge Sportsmen Center................ 39

Brooklin Oaks Pharmacy.................. 48

Cal Sun Electric & Solar.................... 36

CASA.................................................. 43

Central Coast Medical Aesthetics..... 33

Chalekson, Dr. Charles..................... 26

Cider Creek Bakery........................... 48

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

Community West Bank.................... 04

Cone & Associates............................. 32

Connect Home Loans....................... 27

Counter Changes-Baker................... 37

Disaster Preparation Center............. 37

El Paso de Robles Historical Society.43

Estrella Warbirds.............................. 20

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

Gallagher Video Services................. 43

Gallegos Garage Door Service......... 45

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


Glenn’s Rental and Repair............... 21

Golden Hills Farm............................ 43

H.M. Holloway.................................. 15

H&R Block......................................... 31

Hamon OHD..................................... 43

Handy Brad, Handy Man & Home... 41

HDH Construction............................ 38

Hearing Aid Specialists of the CC.... 03

Hearing Solutions............................ 29

Heart to Heart RE.............................. 33

Heather Desmond Real Estate......... 13

Heavenly Home Paso....................... 24

Inspired Home & Gourmet Expo..... 34

Kaitilin Riley DDS............................. 29

Klockenteger, Lisa............................ 19

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

Las Tablas Animal Hosp.................... 18

Lube N Go......................................... 43

Main Street Small Animal Hospital.14

Mary Ann Austin............................... 50

Natural Alternative........................... 39

Nautical Cowboy.............................. 15

New with Tags................................... 36

Nose to Tail........................................ 24

Odyssey World Cafe......................... 37

Optometric Care Associates............. 17

Pacific Trust Mortgage...................... 44

Paradigm Advisors........................... 29

Paso PetCare..................................... 21

Perfect Air.......................................... 45

PR District Cemetery........................ 29

PR Golf Club..................................... 31

PR Handyman.................................. 47

PR Waste & Recycle.......................... 19

PR Youth Arts Foundation................ 15

Red Scooter Deli............................... 47

Robert Fry, M.D................................. 31

Rossi Law Offices.........................11/12

San Luis Obispo County

Office of Education........................... 38

Señor Sanchos.................................. 10

Solarponics....................................... 28

Spice of Life...................................... 44

St. Rose Catholic School................... 27

Ted Hamm Ins.................................. 27

Templeton Beauty Salon.................. 21

Templeton Door & Trim.................... 36

Teresa Rhyne Law Group.................. 21

The Art Works.................................... 19

The Big Laugh................................... 31

The Blenders..................................... 26

The Laundromat............................... 31

The Loft.............................................. 24

Tooth & Nail Winery/Rabble Wine... 33

Tooth & Nail Winery/Rabble Wine... 52

Trinity Lutheran School..................... 02

Twin Cities Community Hospital..... 51

Voice of Paso..................................... 43

Western Janitor Supply................... 25

Whitehorse....................................... 43

Yoga Inward...................................... 45

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

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