PEOPLE | EVENTS | SHOPPING | DINING | FEBRUARY 2019
of the Year
No. SLO County’s Best Running Events
Roblan, Ambassador & Beautification
of the Year
Health, Wellness & Fitness
Taking Care of You in So Many Ways
LOCAL RACES COMING UP
FROM FUN RUNS TO MARATHONS, MARK YOUR
CALENDARS AND TIE YOUR SHOES
MATT MASIA: 2018 ROBLAN OF THE YEAR
OWNER OF ADELAIDE INN AND BEST WESTERN PLUS BLACK OAK, MASIA
GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY THAT GAVE SO MUCH TO HIM
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
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
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.
TASTE OF PASO
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
ON THE COVER
2018 Roblan of the Year
At the Adelaide Inn,
donning his San Francisco
Photo by Meagan Friberg
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Something Worth Reading
THE STORY OF US | VOLUME XVIII | NO. 10
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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,
— 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.
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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!
Create a gorgeous mosaic using your choice of
broken plate pieces & baubles to decorate a 7”
heart. Tuesday, February 5, 6-9pm. $20 + $40
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
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
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.
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 7th for Georgia Brown
• February 8 for The Arts Academy
at Bauer Speck (Visual and
• February 12for all elementary
When registering your child
please provide copies of the
• County birth certificate
(proof of legal name and age)
• Immunization records
• Proof of address
• Parent’s driver’s license or
Contact the District Office
at 805-769-1000 for
further information or
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
Local Artist to be Honored at February 12
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
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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| 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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MAT T MASIA
OF THE YEAR
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
“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
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
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.
“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.”
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2018 AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR
OWNER OF THE GIFTED BASKET HONORED
BY PASO ROBLES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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
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
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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weeds with a minimum of soil
all cooked and uncooked food including
meat, fish, fruits, and vegetables
dairy and egg waste, including shells
coffee grounds and tea leaves
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All paper or plastic products, including
compostable plates, cups, utensils, plastic
bags, pizza boxes, coffee filters, liquids, oils,
grease, diapers, and animal waste.
Food Waste Collection
Has Arrived for Paso Robles Residential Customers!
Easily recycle your Food Waste! Place it in your Green Organics Cart
(the container you already have for Yard Waste)
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Starting January 1, 2019
Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week
shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.
Contact our office at (805) 238–2381
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BOBBI CONNER ANSWERS YOUR BIGGEST HEALTH QUESTIONS
Find your go-to team at The Natural Alternative Nutrition Center in Paso Robles
By Cassandra Frey
Master herbalist and
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
healthier eating habits.”
others who want to improve their
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
“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,
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OF THE NORTH COUNTY
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.
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
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.
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
Where: Atascadero Lake Park
Montaña de Oro
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,
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
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Wine Country Runs
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
Date: March 31
Register here: active.com/paso-robles-ca/running/distance-running/
Cost: Half $75; 5K $40; Kids Grape
Where: CaliPaso Winery
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
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
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.
Date: May 4
Register here: parks4pups.org or
call (805) 239-9326
Cost: $30 pre, $35 day of event
Where: Vina Robles Vineyard
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
Date: May 11
Register here: Coming soon
Cost: Coming soon
Where: Starts at Morro Rock, end at
Benefit Fun Run
and Family Day
The LIGHTHOUSE 5K Benefit
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.
Date: June 1
Register here: Coming soon
Cost: Coming soon
Where: Pomar Junction Vineyard
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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
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
@ Your Computer and Stress Relief Strategies),
BODY IN BALANCE
TAI CHI GONG
February 5 – March 26
North County Campus,
7 to 8 p.m. 8 sessions
Register at Cuesta.edu/
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 email@example.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.”
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
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
a continuously paved walkway in
a developed area with manicured plant life, rock
One of our faves is the sidewalk along Rolling
walls and leafy green shade overhead.
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
copy how we
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
bike for this reason.
There’s also a way shorter route to the lawn
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.
And, at the top of this hill, you’ll be rewarded
with a flat, grassy oasis
to run and
den from view from the passing motorists.
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
same street. The life sidewalk with begins kids. shortly And after. that park real your car life on Salida tidbit Del is Sol I off consistently
Walk roughly 15 to 20 minutes until you find Hills Road, take the sidewalk south, = walk not sayin
be bad news to take a tumble down it. I’d the recommend
having your littles walk on the inside
flat grassy area. You’ll have
cross a small
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.
We love walks. In saying this, though, I feel to pair up
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
This quaint concrete path (typical mom we’re behavior going anyway). But to I wouldn’t be ambushed I’m here for one by thing, some it’s to creeper talk about real in life life for ya
bring a kid’s
the cloak of
kids. And that real
get weirded out by taking my two small sure to sa
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
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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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.
tidbit is I
get weirded out by taking my two small sure to say hi! Unless you’re a creeper, that
As always, if you see us out and about, make
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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.
AN ARRAY OF SITE OPTIONS
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
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 OPTIONS AND RESERVATIONS
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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IN SPORTS MEDICINE
Joint Replacement, Arthroscopy,
Sports Medicine, Fractures, Joint
Pain and General Orthopedics
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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
unique selection of jewelry that is
even more beautiful in person!
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GARDEN & GOURMET EXPO
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
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
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
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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LOCAL GOODS REPORT
from General Store Paso Robles
“ 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.
THE SOUTHWEST CORNER AT
1245 PARK STREET IS THE ORIGINAL
BUILDING OF THE BANK OF ITALY.
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.
TOWERING AT THREE STORIES,
THIS BRICK BUILDING WAS ONCE THE
TALLEST BUILDING IN PASO ROBLES,
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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
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
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
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
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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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610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year.
Nearly 735,000 Americans have a heart attack each year. Did you know that
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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
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
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By Bec Braitling
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
• 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
• 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
• 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.
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,
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.
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 email@example.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
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
Brought to you by Whitehorse Tack
2805 Black Oak Drive, Paso Robles
42 | pasomagazine.com PASO Magazine, February 2019
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
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
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
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
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
c GUEST LIST d
Meagan Friberg, PASO
Nic Mattson, PASO Magazine
Co-owner & Publisher
Hayley Mattson, PASO
Magazine Co-owner & Publisher
c SPECIAL GUESTS d
Matt Masia, 2018 Roblan of the
Year, and owner of Adelaide Inn,
Best Western Plus Black Oak
Chris Dillow, owner of Fig at
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
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
“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
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 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 | email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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.
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
6555 Capistrano, Atascadero • 805-461-6161
Tuesday & Wednesday — 10:30 a.m., Preschool Story
time for 1-5 year olds
Friday — 10:30 a.m., Toddler Story time for 1-3 year olds
1st Tuesday — 11 a.m.
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
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.
American Legion Post 50 • 240 Scott St., Paso Robles
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.
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.
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,
• 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.
• 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.)
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
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,
Saturday, February 23 — A Closer Look: Book Discussion,
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
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
Atascadero — dinner meetings second and fourth Tuesday,
5:30 p.m., Outlaws Bar & Grill, 9850 E. Front Rd.
or call 805-712-5090
Paso Robles — dinner meetings second and fourth
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Paso Robles Elks Lodge, 1420
Atascadero — 9315 Pismo Ave.
Meeting — every Wednesday, 12 p.m. at Atascadero
Paso Robles Sunrise — 1900 Golden Hill Rd.
Meeting — every Wednesday, 7 a.m. at Culinary Arts
Templeton — 416 Main St.
Meeting — first and third Tuesday, 7 a.m. at McPhee’s
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Atascadero #2814 — 9555 Morro Rd., • 805-466-3305
Meeting — first Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Paso Robles #10965 — 240 Scott St., • 805-239-7370
Meeting — first Tuesday, 7 p.m.
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| North SLO County Activity & Events Guide
Health & Wellness
THE WELLNESS KITCHEN
AND RESOURCE CENTER
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.
CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY
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
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
SUPPORT & ENCOURAGEMENT
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-
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
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.
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Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance finds Executive Director in local Joel Peterson
Peterson brings 15 years of Marketing Experience to his New Position
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
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.
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
“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
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
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
DIRECTORY TO OUR ADVERTISERS
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
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
Yoga Inward...................................... 45
York, Cheri......................................... 07
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Makers Market • Paint Bar, March 31 • Wine Club
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Mother’s Day Brunch • Wine Fest Weekend
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