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Taking Care of You
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SOMETHING WORTH READING
06 Publisher’s Letter
08 Colony Buzz
10 Santa Margarita: Health & Happiness
12 Jeannie Malik: Atascadero's 2018 Citizen of
13 Bobbi Connor: A Natural Alternative
18 Chamber of Commerce Awards
19 805 Boutiques
20 Building a LIGHTHOUSE: Atascadero
Greyhound Foundation Begins Phase One
22 Wellness Kitchen Moves, Keeps Serving
Hugs in a Bowl
23 Atascadero, After E.G. Lewis
by Atascadero Historical Society
24 Is University the Only Path After High School
by Dr. James Brescia, Ed.D
25 The Fraud Fable: Local Author Denise Braun
on Faking It Until You Make It
26 Atascadero Printery & Tent City Marathon
27 Natural Alternative: Celebrate Healthy Hearts
28 Taste of Americana: JELL-O
29 Spicing Up Healthy Food by
30 Activity & Event Guide
31 4th Annual Tamale Festival
34 One of the Greatest Places
ON THE COVER
Jeannie Malik alongside one
of her favorite locations, the
Photo by Pat Pemberton
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Something Worth Reading
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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
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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
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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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In our ever increasing hightech,
hurry-scurry world of
overload, we are constantly
bombarded with the latest and
greatest potions, pills, products and
techniques to cure what ails us both
mentally and physically, but what
if increased health and happiness
could be attained by simply taking
in the atmosphere of a natural environment?
Is this possible? YES
and improved health can be inexpensively
and easily had by a simple
stroll on one of our many local
trails just east of Santa Margarita!
In the 1980s, a form of nature
therapy called Shinrin-yoku (aka
“forest bathing”) was introduced
in Japan to encourage its citizens
to make use of miles of wooded
trails for therapy. Since then, forest
bathing has increased in popularity
and has been proven through
research and scientific studies to
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On the Trail to Health and Happiness
have real benefits leading the practice
to being regarded as a means
of preventative health care and
healing in Japanese medicine.
According to shinrin-yoku.org,
the scientifically-proven benefits of
forest bathing include boosted immune
system functioning with an
increase in the count of the body's
Natural Killer (NK) cells, reduced
blood pressure, reduced stress,
improved mood, increased ability
to focus (even in children with
ADHD), accelerated recovery from
By Simone Smith
“What if increased
health and happiness
could be attained by
simply taking in the
atmosphere of a
surgery or illness, increased energy
levels, and improved sleep. In
practice, Shinrin-yoku is a form of
mindfulness meditation which has
been separately studied and shown
to have additional mental and
physical health benefits. In a recent
article by Harvard Health*, studies
on mindfulness have shown similar
results as well as an increased sense
of well-being and emotional resilience,
reduced anxiety, reduction
of chronic pain, and alleviation of
Shinrin-yoku involves the
mindfulness techniques of immersing
yourself in the present
in a natural environment away
from distractions (no cell phones,
no music). To start experiencing
the potential healing benefits of
this natural therapy, head out to
one of our many natural areas
such as Santa Margarita Lake,
the Los Padres National Forest
or even venture out to the Carrizo
Plain National Monument.
Simply walk down a trail, quietly
observe your surroundings, notice
the terrain and fully engage your
senses. Notice the sights, sounds
and smells, engage your sense of
touch and even your sense of taste
(if you’re knowledgeable about
wild edibles). Have fun, be curious,
encourage friends to join you
and compare observations. See
you on the trail!
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Jeannie Malik Named
Citizen of the Year
Dancing With Our Stars leader transformed event
Two days after Jeannie Malik
was officially recognized as
Atascadero’s Citizen of the
Year, tickets went on sale for her
wildly successful “Dancing with
Our Stars” charity event.
One of the most popular charity
events in the county, “Dancing
with Our Stars” has grown considerably
under Malik and was a
significant factor in the Atascadero
Chamber of Commerce’s decision
to honor her.
“Its success is a testament to
Jeannie’s vision and tireless work
to expand the event and keep it
fresh for all involved,” said John
Donavon, chairman of the board
of directors. “Atascadero’s rise over
the last few years can be attributed
to a lot of people and a lot of
things taking place, but to have a
cheerleader in the form of Jeannie
Malik leading the charge has, in
my opinion, helped people look
differently at Atascadero than in
years past and perhaps even with
a little envy.”
The recognition adds to Malik’s
growing list of achievements —
from being named Allan Hancock
homecoming queen to competing
in a 435-mile bike race with a
cumulative 30,000-foot climb to
breaking a world fishing record.
But this honor is different said
Malik — also a former Miss California
Roller Skating Queen.
“I hesitate to view ‘Citizen of
the Year’ as an accomplishment,”
she said. “I didn’t have to run a
race. It’s more akin to receiving a
thank you for what I love doing.”
As noted in Colony Magazine’s
August profile of Malik, she is
known for her seemingly boundless
energy. That’s apparent in her
volunteer work and her daily walks.
“I make a point to prepare a
nutritious breakfast so she can recharge
after her daily 6 1/2-mile
walk with Sophie, our Boston
terrier,” said her husband, Greg,
whom she met while swimming
laps at the Kennedy Club Fitness
Pool — also the site of their wedding
During the Jan. 12 Atascadero
Chamber of Commerce Installation
Dinner, where Jeannie Malik
was formally honored, past Citizen
of the Year Grenda Ernst cited
Malik’s numerous community volunteering
efforts, including work
with Friends of Atascadero Library,
the Chamber of Commerce,
local schools, the Boy Scouts and
“By way of all these activities,
Jeannie has reached out and
touched people in the best of all
possible ways, whether by moral
support, financial support, or
creating a pathway for a dream to
move forward,” said Ernst, who
nominated Malik for the award.
“Her good heart and gentle manner
inspire others to want to be
like her, but her friends know that
she also has a spine of steel under
By Patrick Pemberton
Jeannie Malik, 1978 Miss
California Roller Skating Queen
“We have so many deserving people
in this community. I feel like I am
the face of many. I would not be a
recipient of this honor if not for the
many citizens I unite with to ensure the
success of projects and events.”
that kind exterior and that she has
an unerring instinct for what is the
right and the good thing to do.”
Ernst also noted the success
of “Dancing with Our Stars,” a
community charity event modeled
after the popular TV show
“Dancing with the Stars.” Malik
first participated in the event as a
dancer in 2011, then became the
chair, working on the event yearround
This year’s benefiting charities
were chosen in June, Malik said,
and community stars were paired
with professional choreographers
“Some community star dancers
have been learning their dance
routines since August,” Malik
said. “We’ll host three rehearsals
and three full dinner shows March
21, 22, and 23 at the Pavilion
on the Lake.”
She expects each night to sell
out for the event, which will benefit
seven local nonprofits. The
‘80s-themed event will feature
40 dancers and will be hosted by
Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin
and Joel Mason, a professional Las
Greg Malik thinks part of the
event’s success is attributed to recruiting
a diverse group of talented
people — and getting more people
involved. The number of nonprofits
benefiting from the event has
“Jennie has a genuine desire to
help others,” Greg said.
While Jeannie Malik knows the
role she has played in Atascadero,
she doesn’t claim all the credit.
“We have so many deserving
people in this community,” she
said. “I feel like I am the face of
many. I would not be a recipient
of this honor if not for the many
citizens I unite with to ensure the
success of projects and events.”
When she’s not volunteering
in the community, she works as
the marketing manager for Greg
Malik Real Estate Group. But her
biggest achievement, she said, is
raising three children. While those
children are now grown, Malik’s
extended family is Atascadero
itself, where she has lived for the
past 25 years.
“It is a privilege to live in such a
desirable spot in the world and in
a community with such remarkable
people,” she said. “Our town really
is the gem of the Central Coast.”
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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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Head back in time to the '80s!
By Heather Young
The Atascadero Dancing With Our Stars
fundraiser will return to raise money for
nonprofits around the North County in
March. The event’s theme of “Time Machine:
Back to the ‘80s” will come to life on Thursday,
March 21, Friday, March 22 and Saturday,
March 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Atascadero Pavilion
on the Lake.
While the event started as a major fundraiser
for relocating the Atascadero library, once the
funds were raised for that purpose, the event
was modified to raise money for local nonprofits
as well as Friends of Atascadero Library.
“This is our third year sharing this phenomenal
fundraiser with six participating local nonprofit
organizations,” Dancing With Our Stars
Producer Jeannie Malik said. “We continue to
include two community star dancers representing
the library to assist with ongoing expenses,
as in updating furnishings and technology.”
The dancer who raises the most money is
named champion of the event.. One dollar
equals one vote. Votes are cast by putting cash
or a check into the dancer’s collection container
or by donating online at FriendsoftheAtascaderoLibrary.org.
“The stars host fundraising events, preview
parties, etc,” Malik said. “Each organization
should have a voting link on their specific website
for Dancing With Our Stars fundraising.
Each participating nonprofit has a fundraising
chairman that organizes the events and helps
relieve the star of this task so the star can focus
on their dance routine. All checks are written
directly to the specific organization.”
Tickets went on sale in mid-January and are
expected to sell out quickly. Tickets are $85 per
person and include wine from Opolo Vineyards,
beer from Central Coast Brewing, appetizers,
a buffet dinner catered by Pacific Harvest
Catering, plated dessert, coffee and the show.
There will also be a silent auction during the
event each night. The championship trophies
will be presented only on Saturday, March 23
at the conclusion of the show.
“In addition to the fundraising champions,
we invite the audience at each show to vote for
their favorite dancers,” Malik said. “Each night
we present a People's Choice trophy to the star
In 2018, Brenda May and her choreographer
Brian Reeves were named as Grand
Champions for raising $30,000. Last year a
total of $93,000 was raised for participating
nonprofits. This coming production is the seventh
for Malik and the first for artistic director
“Frank Sanchez directed Dancing With Our
Stars the past four years and brought this event
to a professional level,” Malik said. Sanchez is
still very much involved this year as a choreographer
for two community stars and also a vignette
dance featuring his granddaughter Mia.
Malik said that Comin will cast vignette
dance routines in between the community stars.
“Many of these vignettes will include professional
dancers and past community star dancers,”
2019 COMMUNITY STARS:
Terrie Banish will dance the Charleston with
choreographer Chris Harmon. Her nonprofit is
Friends of the Atascadero Library. As a child,
Banish took ballet and tap
lessons but did not continue
it into adulthood.
Banish is the deputy city
manager of outreach,
promotions and events
for the city of Atascadero.
She also owns and operates
boutique winery Black Hand Cellars with
her husband. Harmon is a dancer and choreographer
who teaches both dance and high school
Nancy Beckett will
dance the Cha Cha
Christina Troxel. Her
nonprofit is Paso Robles
Youth Arts Foundation.
Beckett has been dancing
since she was young
and has gone from student to performer to
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teacher and then patron of the
arts. She is on the board of the
Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation,
which offers art classes free
to the community. Nancy and her
husband Doug own Peachy Canyon
Winery. Her choreographer is
Christina Troxel, who is another
life-long dancer. She has taught
swing and ballroom dancing at the
Agricultural Hall in Atascadero.
Atascadero Unified School District
Frenzel. His nonprofit is the Greyhound
Athletic Foundation. He
made an appearance in the 2018
Colony Days Parade as part of the
comedy in the entry on his bicycle.
He is a member of the Atascadero
Rotary Club and is on the board of
directors for the San Luis Obispo
Museum of Art. Unlike some of
the other community stars, Butler
does haven’t any dancing experience.
His partner will balance his
lack of dance experience. Frenzel
is a West Coast Swing champion
and was recently nominated
for the California Swing Dance
Hall of Fame.
Atascadero City Council member
Susan Funk will perform a
Atascadero chapter AAUW. The
funds raised by Funk for AAUW
will help underwrite the organization’s
scholarship program. Susan
and her husband, Gordon, along
with their college-age son have
lived in Atascadero for the past 10
years. Funk is one of newest members
of Atascadero City Council.
While Funk does not have a lot of
dancing experience, she is a singer
and has sung with the SLO Masters
Chorale and Canzona. Her
partner started dancing at The
Graduate when he was attending
Cal Poly two decades ago.
He started dancing when he was
attending Cal Poly. Slania teaches
dance and gives private lessons.
She is also a paralegal and buys
and sells antiques with Avila.
Steffi Kitzler will dance the
Samba with professional dancer
Justin McMillan as choreographed
by Frank Sanchez. Ketzler’s nonprofit
is the El Camino Homeless
Organization. Kitzler is not new
to Dancing With Our Stars but
this is the
and moved to the United States in
2000 and to Atascadero in 2003.
She became a United States citizen
in December 2018. She owns
and operates Baby Seals Swim
Academy, which provides aquatic
survival and swim lessons to
infants and young children. Her
partner has worked for nonprofits
around the county doing a variety
of tasks. He is currently the owner
of The Ridiculous Fun Camps, a
party and event rental business. He
is also writing a “choose your own
adventure” book for young dancers.
Jan Lynch will dance East Coast
Swing with Charlie Bradley, choreographed
by Frank Sanchez.
Lynch has lived in Atascadero for
32 years with her husband, Patrick.
She’s not a newcomer to dancing.
and has taken
different forms of dance, including
clogging and line dancing. While
Lynch is representing the Kiwanis
Club, the organization will direct
what money comes in toward the
Woods Humane Society Education
Program, which teaches
children the importance of being
a responsible pet owner. Her partner
is a retired bank executive who
picked up his dancing shoes and
motorcycle gloves after leaving his
professional life. Their choreographer,
Sanchez, has been a part of
the fundraiser for the last several
years, serving as director for four,
and continues on this year. He
grew up in a large, musical family
and ballroom dance training in his
2 Step choreographed
Her nonprofit is the Atascadero
Printery Foundation. Karen is
one of the founders, and current
president, of the Atascadero Printery
Foundation, which is working
toward rehabilitating the Printery.
She owns Hope Chest Emporium
in downtown Atascadero and is a
Realtor with Classic Coast Realty
Team of Pacific Home Brokers.
Karen is also the outgoing chairperson
of the Atascadero Colony
Days Committee, and a member
of the Atascadero Optimist Club.
Atascadero Mayor Heather
Moreno will present a freestyle
Library. Moreno has participated
in the fundraiser before. She was
a community star in 2014 and has
continued to dance in the show
each year. She has a background
in jazz and tap lessons and has
continued dancing into her adult
life. Moreno owns Weight Breakthrough
and was recently sworn in
as mayor of Atascadero after serving
as a city council member. Her
choreographer is a retired firefighter
and is focusing on dance
in his retirement. He is a student,
choreographer and director with
the San Luis Obispo School
of Ballet Theatre.
Jim Lewis with
choreographer Debi Lewis
Bill White with
Jeannie Malik and
Dan and Eileen O’Grady
and Chris Harmon
Vicky Morse with
choreographer Chris Harmon
Mary Kay Mills
E.J. and Tobi Rossi
Brenda May with
choreographer Brian Reeves
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Chamber Recognizes Business Leaders, Board Members
Mike and Charlotte Byrne
Geoff & Kate
Glenn's Rental & Repair
Farron Elizabeth, Glenn's Repair & Rental
celebrated as outstanding businesses
While Jeannie Malik
was the talk of the
town at the Atascadero
Chamber of Commerce Annual
Dinner in January as she
received the 2018 Citizen of the
Year award, her grace did not
overshadow five additional and
equally-deserving award winners.
Alongside Jeannie, Mike and
Charlotte Byrne, Gary Borjan,
Ray Johnson, Farron Walker, and
Geoff and Kate Auslen were invited
on stage to receive awards.
Mike and Charlotte Byrne
Co-founders of the El Camino
Homeless Organization, or
ECHO as it is well-known, Mike
and Charlotte have made a significant
impact on Atascadero since
arriving in 1971.
Both teachers, they brought
compassion to their jobs and
that compassion carried on in
their retirements. Mike taught in
Special Education at Atascadero
High School, and Charlotte
taught Child Development at
Cuesta College. Before helping
By Nicholas Mattson
start ECHO, Mike and Charlotte
served as volunteers at
Loaves and Fishes Food Bank.
In 2018, Mike and Charlotte
stepped down from the board of
ECHO, but according to board
chair Eric Gobler their contributions
will leave a lasting impact
on the organization and
• Gary Borjan, 2018 Ambassador
of the Year
• Ray Johnson, 2018 Lifetime
• Glenn’s Rental & Repair, 2018
Business of the Year
• Farron Walker, owner of Farron
Elizabeth, 2018 Entrepreneur
of the Year
The event also served as the
2019 Installation Dinner for incoming
board members and outgoing
Board Chair John Donovan,
owner of John Donovan’s
State Farm Insurance and Financial
Services, recognized the
service of the outgoing members.
“John [Donovan] stepped in as
the board chairperson on January
1, 2018,” Kirk said, “and I don’t
think it is ever easy to step into
an organization with a brand new
CEO, but he did so fabulously.”
At 7’1”, Big John then dwarfed
the podium, but his sincere humility
and attitude of service put
the event in perspective.
“I would like to thank my board
of directors from last year for all
the hard work you did,” “Each one
of you showed up to the meetings,
volunteered your time and you
made the job of chair very, very
easy. Thank you.”
Donovan also thanked the
ambassadors, committee chairs,
council chairs, volunteers, Kirk
and the Chamber staff, and the
membership of the Atascadero
Chamber of Commerce.
“Without participation from
[the members] nothing happens,”
Donovan then introduced
the outgoing chairpersons, Ray
Buban, Eric Gobler, Jessica Sohi,
Ryan McGaughey, and Tim Bauman.
“Thank you everybody for your
participation,” Donovan said. “We
are going to miss you.”
Then Donovan handed the baton
to incoming 2019 Chamber
Board Chair Angela Cisneros,
manager of K-Jon’s Fine Jewelers.
“Last year, I stood before you
and told you that Atascadero is on
the verge of breaking out,” Donovan
said. “I don’t think there is any
doubt that is indeed happening.
At this time I’d like to introduce
the chairwoman of the board of
the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce
for 2019, Angela Cisneros.”
“I’m very honored to be your
2019 chairperson,” Cisneros said.
“It’s great to be a part of a chamber
that is evolving. The chamber’s
vision is for business leaders and
our business community to succeed.”
Cisneros announced the 2019
board, with Tom Jones (PG&E)
serving as Chair eElect, Phil
Koziel (Atascadero State Hospital)
as Vice Chair of Finance,
Maria Kelly ( JUSTIN Vineyards
and Winery) as Vice Chair, Donovan
remaining on as Past Chair,
and rank and file members Terrie
Banish (City of Atascadero), Gary
Borjan (Pacific Premier Bank),
Jacque Fields (Wild Fields Brewhouse),
Mike Giancola (Chicago
Grade Landfill), Sabrina Harper
(CoastHills Credit Union), Don
Idler (Idler’s Home), Sean Kennedy
(Kennedy Club Fitness), Janet
Wallace (O’Leary Wallace LLP),
and Zoe Zappas (Z Villages
and La Plaza).
For information, go to
Tom Jones Phil Koziel Maria Kelly John Donovan
2019 Executive Board
Angela Cisneros, Board Chair
Tom Jones, Chair Elect
Phil Koziel, Vice Chair of Finance
Maria Kelly, Vice Chair
John Donovan, Past Chair
2019 Board Members
Terrie Banish • Gary Borjan
Jacque Fields • Mike Giancola
Sabrina Harper • Rich Johnson
Sean Kennedy • Janet Wallace
Zoe Zappas • Don Idler
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The Business of
Expos and craft fairs are a common sight
on the Central Coast, but 805 Boutiques
brings a new twist on a familiar scene.
Owner Robin Peterson said she saw an opportunity
to showcase direct sales and multi-level marketing
businesses in the community.
Three years ago, she rented a small venue and sold
spots where local sellers could share their products.
Peterson admitted that her business debut produced
“It was terrible, no one showed up,” Peterson said,
laughing. “But it was a lot of fun.”
She said that everyone agreed that there needed
to be more events catering to this specific market.
The idea and business continued to grow and
gain recognition. Currently, the events take place in
Sunken Gardens, located in downtown Atascadero,
supporting approximately 50 vendors in selling their
wares. Peterson noted that the City of Atascadero
made the transition to the outdoor area painless and
the larger venue allows her to sell booth placements
at a more competitive level.
Peterson believes her business helps the community
by connecting local buyers to local sellers. Direct
marketing sales generally are limited to the seller’s
circle of influence — friends, family and co-workers.
However, 805 Boutiques allows budding entrepreneurs
the chance to broaden their limited contact
range and establish a greater clientele base. She believes
that helping others is just good business sense.
“There’s more than enough customers,” Peterson
said. “There’s more than enough opportunity, finding
our niche and being visible and reaching those
people is that much easier to do if you are helping
Apart from being a business owner, Peterson also
works part-time as a masseuse in a local chiropractic
office and also homeschools her two children, ages
2 and 4.
“I love my kids more than anything,” Peterson
said. “But being able to help others, specifically being
able to help other local moms work out a part-time
job and be able to stay home with their kids more,
that’s probably my biggest business passion… I think
that the more parents can be with their kids, the
better society will be.”
805 Boutiques plans to host three events at
Sunken Gardens in 2019; March 16, May 11 and a
holiday event scheduled in mid-November. All the
events are free to attend and this year Peterson is
excited to announce food trucks being added to her
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/805Boutiques/
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Phase One: Gathering Data and Information
By Nicholas Mattson
What was scheduled as an
8-hour, two-day workshop turned
into 12 packed hours over three
days of pointed discussion by more
than 60 community leaders led by
DJ Pittenger as the facilitator in
search of the answer to a burning
question: In the next 3 to 5 years,
how LIGHTHOUSE Atascadero
can contribute to the awareness,
prevention, education, and intervention
LIGHTHOUSE formed in
2012 in response to an unacceptable
level of drug overdoses and
deaths in our local community,
especially impacting the youth.
LIGHTHOUSE is a committee
of the Atascadero Greyhound
Foundation which specifically
targets funding for a dedicated
licensed therapist at Paloma
Creek Continuation High School.
Coming into its seventh year,
LIGHTHOUSE has grown to
be a massive local resource that
we don’t have room to describe
completely here. That growth, led
the the question, where do we go
from here? And City Council and
School Board members, school
administration, business owners,
retired police and fire, concerned
parents and citizens, members of
other various nonprofit boards,
chamber of commerce, and a few
high school students gathered at
the Atascadero Unified School
District Office and Pittenger led
the three-day charge to gather information.
“One of the things we set forward,
is that after introductions,
every voice was equal,” Pittenger
said. “The participants were able
to honor that.”
High school student and
LIGHTHOUSE Coffee Company
member Abigail attended all
"I wanted more accessiblity to
the LIGHTHOUSE program
even though I'm still a student,"
Abigail said. "I can get the connection
that some students would not
get. Involving more kids expands
the committee, and we get more
accessibility to the data [we need].
We will get there bit-by-bit. It's
not going to happen all at once."
At the other end of the age
spectrum, AUSD board trustee
and AGF executive director Donn
Clickard (happy birthday Donn!)
planned the workshop to engage
the community in becoming a part
"I wanted more of the community
to have an idea of what it is
we are doing, and to contribute to
what it is we are doing and what
we are going to do," Clickard said.
"With the exception of not having
more students, we hit it in terms of
a cross section of the community."
Over three days, the group dove
into the obstacles that need to be
faced in order to make LIGHT-
HOUSE more effective in the local
fight against addiction. Colony
Magazine will follow this story as
the action plan develops.
We are looking at another three
hours and we will have what we
wanted,” Pittenger said, “an action
plan for the next 3 to 5 years with
a 1-year focus and something they
can do in the next 90 days.”
To contact LIGHTHOUSE
or the Atascadero Greyhound
Foundation, go to atascaderogrey
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Hares N Hounds 5K
Runnin' for more than 20 years!
Enjoy a beautiful run on a USATF Certified
course around the Atascadero Lake, led by
K-Man himself on bike — Keith Schmidt.
Also enjoy our 1-mile and 1/2-mile FUN RUNS, awards
and raffles, and LIGHTHOUSE Coffee and refreshments.
By the Cup:
Race-day Registration begins
A Town Diner
at 6:45 am
By the Bag:
• 5K begins at 8 am
Atascadero Chamber of Commerce
• 1-Mile at 8:45 am
• 1/2-Mile at 9 am
See haresnhounds.org to register
RAFFLE PRIZES FUN RUNS! AWARDS for ALL AGES
Atascadero Greyhound Foundation is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) organization
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The Wellness Kitchen Moves Ahead
CONTINUING SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
Local nonprofit in recovery mode after temporary setback due to fire
By Meagan Friberg
When the staff and volunteers of The
Wellness Kitchen and Resource
Center learned of a fire in their
building on October 21, 2018, their immediate
concern was how they would manage to provide
healing foods to those in critical need in our
local community. Despite the setback, which included
smoke and water damage, the non-profit
organization is carrying on and isin some ways,
stronger than ever.
“The greatest upset wasn’t as much the building
or the cleanup,” said Executive Director
Gina Grieb, “but the inability to serve those
individuals’ lives that rely on us for our healthy
nutrient-rich meals each week. The good news is
we were able to resume our weekly therapeutic
nutrition program starting December 3 thanks to
the use of a commercial kitchen by the generous
folks of Atascadero Bible Church. Combined
with an offer by the people of Fig at Courtney’s
House in Templeton, we also have a temporary
distribution location in North County.”
Knowing they are now able to continue with
their mission and make a huge impact in the
lives they serve has been a tremendous relief to
Grieb, the staff, and the 55 active volunteers of
The Wellness Kitchen.
“The response from the community has just
been phenomenal,” said Grieb. “We have received
donations from a variety of businesses
and individuals, we have more people asking
to volunteer, and our administration offices are
able to run thanks to the Dusi Family sharing
their warehouse with us. It really is a collaborative
effort and we can’t take full credit – we have
an amazing community supporting us.”
The fire also forced the closure of The Wellness
Kitchen’s storefront and weekday lunch
counter. The primary support for the nonprofit,
according to Grieb, will be their weekly pre-order
service of Healing Foods, Wellness Foods,
broths, soups, and Healing Tea.
“The funds that we have been losing will have
to be recouped and the pre-order service is one
way the community can help us,” said Grieb.
Funds from weekly orders and participation
in the 2019 Top Chef Competition events will
help support the Pay It Forward Program;
Healthy Cooking Programs for Kids, Teens and
Adults, and The Wellness Kitchen’s Operation
“What happened was just a temporary setback
and we are going to overcome this,” said
Grieb. “We are continuing to thrive and make
For more information, to order meals, or
register for events, visit thewkrc.org.
The Wellness Kitchen
Weekly Pre-Order Service
Healing Foods • Wellness Foods
Broths • Soups • Healing Tea
Place orders by midnight Sunday at
See website for pick-up locations, days, and times
- Deliveries to the housebound as usual -
Herbs • Cupping
Gua-sha • Qigong
P O S I T I V E • U P L I F T I N G • C O M P A S S I O N A T E
Y O U B E L O N G H E R E !
M E N T I O N T H I S A D A N D
Y O U R F I R S T C L A S S I S F R E E !
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ATASCADERO'S BEGINNING: The Planned Civic Center Part 2
This is the Second of a series
of articles about the original
civic center planned
for the colony of Atascadero.
Atascadero was the first of a series
of colonies that were planned in the
name of the Woman’s Republic. In
the December edition of this magazine,
we had presented a sketch of
the Atascadero Civic Center that
was published in the Atascadero
Bulletin #3, dated June 1913. E.G.
Lewis published a total of nine Bulletins
and used them as advertising
as well as status reports on the development
of Atascadero. They were
distributed worldwide and many
foreign nationals settled in the area
as a result of these Bulletins.
By Atascadero Historical Society Volunteers
For this edition, we are going to
do something a bit different. In the
Atascadero Bulletin #4, dated February
1914, there is a very detailed
sketch representing a “Birdseye of
the Civic Center Group, Atascadero
Calif.” In 1914, there were grand
plans for Atascadero. Not only a
civic center to be envied, but an
industrial district carefully thought
out to the finest detail. Future articles
will explore in detail some of
the buildings shown and described
in the sketch and its caption.
The rest of this column presents
the view and its caption in its entirety
(spelling and punctuation
are exactly as presented in the
BIRDSEYE OF THE CIVIC CENTER GROUP, ATASCADERO, CALIF.
This sketch of the Civic Center group of the Atascadero Colony,
made from a hill on the opposite side of the State Highway which
crosses the entrance plaza of the group, just to the left of the
fountain shown in the foreground, gives some idea of the general
appearance and effect of this fine grouping of all the civic,
social, educational and administrative buildings as they will be
when completed. In one beautiful valley, on the eastern center of
the great estate, convenient to all parts of its forty square miles of
orchards, groves, farms and gardens, and immediately surrounded
by the restricted private residence section of the colony. In the
immediate foreground, is shown the magnificent fountains which
will ornament the entrance plaza facing the State Highway and in
front of the Administration Building. Between the Administration
Building and the Opera House shown in the background, is the
large sunken garden of the central plaza, five hundred feet long.
At the left, approached by a series of gentle terraces, is seen the
Department Store, 425 feet in length. Opposite the Administration
Building and facing the sunken gardens, is the Opera House, while
at the right of the central plaza is shown the group of Educational
Buildings of the Colony, the Graded and High Schools, the Agricultural
College, the Conservatory of Music. the Art Academy,
etc. At the extreme right, on the foot of Pine Mountain, ls shown
the hotel, Atascadero Inn, while in the distance, also on a foothill
of Pine Mountain, is seen the Permanent Residences Apartments
Building. In the background, at a short distance back or the Opera
House, is seen the new railroad depot of the Southern Pacific main
coast line, which crosses the lower end of the Civic Center Valley.
ln the right foreground is seen Atascadero Creek, crossed by the
new $10,000 concrete span bridge now being constructed by the
county. The Civic Center Valley occupies a space of approximately
one hundred acres, at the foot of the great central valley of the estate,
being laid out in flower seed farms, and is being designed as
the center of the entire social, commercial and administrative life of
the colony. The Civic Center group of buildings. when completed,
will have cost approximately $1,500,000. Immediately surrounding
the Civic Center, approximately two thousand acres have been laid
out as a highly restricted private residence section, in which some
twenty-eight miles of streets and roads, shaded by stately liveoaks
and in some parts with large Washington Robusta Palms, have
been cut and graded. This restricted residence section comprises
the first unit of construction, and will be completely sewered and
piped with water mains, with high pressure mains in the Civic Center
for fire protection. It is conceded that the Civic Center group of
the Atascadero Colony will be one of the finest groupings of public
and semi-public buildings in America. The style of the buildings
adopted by the architects, Bliss & Faville, is pure Italian throughout,
the buildings being faced with a cream or buff brick and terra
cotta with tile roofs. Connected with the Civic Center by the traffic
way along its northern side, will be, throughout the entire colony. a
number of local centers with their local buildings, while below the
Civic Center and directly on the main line of the Southern Pacific
Railroad, and entirely concealed from the Civic Center, has been
located another group of buildings constituting, when completed,
the industrial and manufacturing center of the colony, where will
located the canning, preserving and cold storage warehouses, and
all manufacturing industries.
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Is University the Only Route After High School?
James J. Brescia Ed.D
Office of Education
The question we should
be asking is “How do
we best prepare students
for life after high school graduation?
Last year I was fortunate
to be invited to present some of
my current educational research
at a symposium hosted by Cambridge
University in the United
Kingdom. In 2015, I lectured at
Oxford and was reminded of how
similar our educational challenges
are both internationally and
domestically. At this conference
I was co-presenting with my colleague,
Dr. James Gentilucci. Our
research on “Successful Recruitment
Strategies for Teachers” was
commissioned by the California
County Superintendents Educational
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
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 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
Continued on PAGE 27
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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The Fraud Fable
An Atascadero resident is
helping people start 2019
by recognizing and overcoming
the stories that they tell
themselves that keep them from
becoming their authentic selves
with her debut book, “The Fraud
Fable: How To Be Real When
You Feel Like a Fake.” The book
was release in mid-December and
examines the fables people tell
themselves, their origins and how
to change the story for good.
“When I came up with the idea
of ‘The Fraud Fable,’ being a therapist
it’s not about the countless
stories we tell ourselves, it’s where
those stories come from,” Braun
By Heather Young
said, adding that many of the fables
we tell ourselves were guided
by someone who is older and
wiser, “but many of those gables
don’t serve us.”
According to Braun, there
are a ton of fables people
“The risk of buying into a fable
[is that] you don’t get to be
your authentic you,” she said.
“You’re living someone else’s
As a therapist, Braun saw people
rewriting their stories but
because they did not address the
origin, they fall back into the same
story. Her book helps people figure
Photo by Heather Young
out the root of the story and how
to rewrite it. She said what really
helps is changing the story in
the subconscious. So in her book,
she include hypnosis via exercises.
There are also audio files that
go with each exercise that can be
found on her website.
“There’s a ton of personal development
books on the market,” she
said. “There’s a lot of theory, but
what do you do?”
That led to Braun including
the exercises to help her
readers work on the origins of
their fables. Those exercises include
visualization and deep
relaxation, which is “the way
we change our gable, not only
by reading the book,” Braun
said. “Hopefully it helps people
reconsider how they fail to
Braun found herself living a
life that wasn’t authentic, but it
wasn’t until her sister, who was
dying from breast cancer, said
something that it came to Braun
that she needed to make a change.
And she did.
Her book is for sale on her
com, and on Amazon. She kicked
off the release of her book with
a book signing at Spa Central
Coast in downtown Paso Robles
and has lined up an appearance
on The Mother Loving Future
podcast and others.
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THE FIRST PIECE OF ATASCADERO
It was six thirty on a cold morning late in
March. It was an eerie scene, with 300 people
standing in a silent group before a line.
An ancient brick building loomed to one side,
overshadowing the scene. Some swung their
legs and set timers while others gulped down
a last-minute gel. Most stood in anticipation,
determination written over their faces, breaths
producing ghosts in the air. Then the sound: an
airhorn, unreasonably loud, broke the silence.
The hushed runners abandoned their positions
and their silence, breaking into a wild run, many
whooping with joy. The 2018 Atascadero Tent
City Marathon looked like any other race but
differed in a couple of ways. This was its first
year and it served as a fundraiser for a shabby,
old brick building known as the Atascadero
The Printery was built by Atascadero’s founder,
E. G. Lewis, in 1915 and was the colony’s first
completed administrative building. The building
was about 16,000 square-feet and employed 200
workers. The Printery was the lifeblood of the
early colony as it produced publications promoting
Atascadero, encouraging people to move to
the young community. It was quickly outfitted
with the largest rotogravure press west of the
Mississippi River and produced its first issue of
the Atascadero News in January of 1916.
Later that year it introduced a novel experiment:
The Illustrated Review, a magazine of
photographs instead of words. The first subscription
price for the Illustrated Review was
ten cents per year. The magazine sought to accurately
display life through pictures. So, for its
first few years, it included pictures of World War
I. By 1917, nearly one million copies were being
printed and circulated. This is noteworthy since
the population of San Luis Obispo County at
the time was 21,000. The Illustrated Review’s
fame grew rapidly until it could be bought off of
the newspaper stands in New York City.
Because Atascadero’s printing press was the
only rotogravure press on the west coast, it
By Joe MacFarlane
printed a lot of supplemental material for the
San Francisco Chronicle, the LA Times, and
Sunset Magazine. As E. G. Lewis’ wife was a
women’s rights activist, the press also printed
many bulletins promoting women’s rights. The
Illustrated Review lost popularity in the early
1920s, causing the publication to end in 1924.
The end of the Printery caused the building to
enter its next phase of use by a variety of owners.
It was sold to serve as a southern satellite campus
for an exclusive boys’ prep school. It then
was used as a junior college for a period until it
was bought by the Masonic Temple Association
For several decades, it was used as the meeting
place for the Atascadero Masonic Lodge.
During this time, it served as one of many
substations for the San Luis Obispo County
Sheriff ’s Department, provided office space for
the Atascadero Unified School district, gave
a photographer a place to live and a studio to
work, and watched a karate school flourish on
the old printing press floor. The 6.5 magnitude
earthquake of 2003 rendered the Printery unsafe
to occupy, ending the thriving public use of the
The Masonic Temple Association had given
the building to the City a few years before
the earthquake under the condition that the
City would continue to provide youth services.
However, after the earthquake, because of the
money required to repair the structural damage,
the Printery remained vacant from that point
on, quickly becoming a home for pigeons and a
popular site for vandalism.
In 2015, the Atascadero Printery Foundation
was started with a very specific goal: to reclaim,
rehabilitate, and repurpose the Atascadero
Printery. In 2016, they managed to buy the
Printery in an auction with a bid of $300,100.
The APF is currently in the rehabilitation stage.
Because of the earthquake, weather, vandalism,
and fifteen years of disuse, it is estimated that at
least $6 million is needed to bring the building
back to full functionality.
The APF has initiated a number of fundraisers
to raise this money, chief among these
being the Tent City Marathon, which will be
put on a second time in April of 2019. However,
the APF hopes to raise the bulk of the needed
funds with grants and bonds from the City and
state. Already, they have cleared the grounds,
cleaned the interior, replaced the broken windows,
installed security cameras to prevent further
vandalism, and drawn up comprehensive
Many do not see the significance of the Printery
and see the restoration of the dilapidated
building as a fool’s errand and a waste of money.
To this, APF board member Nicholas Mattson
said, “That old building was the first piece of
The Printery was completely built before
Hearst Castle’s construction was started and is
listed under the National Register of Historic
Places. The APF’s vision is to restore the Printery
to be a source of vitality for the community
and a place for youth to go. And with the addition
of a planned amphitheater, it will provide a
venue for theater, concerts, performances, comedy,
and movie nights. Although it has a long
way to go before full restoration, the Printery is
on its way. Soon people will be heading down
to the Printery for some middle school theater
or an art gallery.
Publisher's Note: We thank Joe MacFarlane for
his interest in local history, and his research into
the Atascadero Printery Building. We hope that you
will follow suit and get involved. We need Joes.
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According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention,
approximately 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 you can support
heart health with some simple diet
and lifestyle changes?
Healthy Fats for a Healthy
Inflammation in the body can
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Continued from PAGE 24
world, it is important to explore
avenues that present multiple
paths for student success. CTE
curriculum strives to pair academics
and high-level workplace skills
necessary for the 21st century.
Students, administrators, teachers,
business members, community
leaders and even politicians have
endorsed CTE programs. The San
Luis Obispo County Office of
Education (SLOCOE) and our
CTE program, SLO Partners in
Education (SLOPE) continues to
engage in discussions and review
research related to reporting on
several additional career measurements.
SLO Partners’ mission is
to engage business partners and
educators in aligning workforce
needs with career and college
pathways. We facilitate work experience
opportunities to ensure
that students have the skills and
knowledge necessary for success
in the workplace and businesses
have the skilled workers required
for a sound growing economy.
We continue to work on industry
certification such as our highly
successful CompTIA Bootcamps.
SLO Partners is a regional
consortium of business, industry,
education, and community
leaders committed to working
together for collective impact in
workforce and economic development
by aligning education systems
and employment programs
with economic opportunities. As
we continue to provide additional
opportunities for our students
in CTE, I encourage you to learn
more about our highly successful
partnership with Cuesta College,
SLO Partners, our CTE
programs, and these CTE opportunities
benefiting our community.
It is an honor to serve as
your County Superintendent of
February 2019, COLONY Magazine colonymagazine.com | 27
By Barbie Butz
When it comes to branding
and marketing a
food product I’d have
to say that JELL-O wins by 100
percent! Who doesn’t remember
growing up with that flavorful, gelatin
and hearing the JELL-O commercial?
I ate my share growing
up--- at home, at church pot-lucks,
picnics, and even in the hospital. It
was the first food my mother allowed
us to eat after we had the flu
and at that point it tasted almost
as good as steak — well, maybe not
One of Norman Rockwell’s famous
paintings shows a little girl
unmolding her JELL-O. Molded
salads are memorable and nothing
looks or tastes quite like a beautiful
gelatin mold, especially those with
names like Apple Blossom, Ambrosia,
Gazpacho Salad, or Juicy
Layered Orange Pineapple. Molds
offer cooks the opportunity to be
creative with layers such as a red,
white, and blue for the Fourth of
July, a Crown Jewel Dessert full
of little colorful gelatin cubes, or a
Rainbow Ribbon Mold made with
the colors in the rainbow.
With the necessity for some
of us to watch our sugar intake, I
thought I’d include some really delicious
recipes from one of my old
Since coffee desserts seem to
be popular these days, see if these
two don’t satisfy your coffee habit!
They call for JELL-O Pudding &
- 2 packages (3 ounces each) ladyfingers,
- 1 cup freshly brewed strong coffee,
at room temperature, divided
- 1 package (8 ounces) Philadelphia
Free Fat Free Cream Cheese
- 2 cups cold fat free milk
- 2 packages (4-serving size each)
- Vanilla Flavor Fat Free Sugar Free
- Reduced Calorie Pudding & Pie
- 1 tub (8 ounces) Cool Whip Free
whipped - Topping, thawed, divided
- Shaved or chopped chocolate for
Brush cut side of ladyfingers
with about ¼ cup of the coffee.
Place ladyfingers on bottom and
up side of 2-quart serving bowl.
Beat cream cheese and remaining
¾ cup coffee in large bowl with
wire whisk until smooth. Gradually
beat in milk until smooth. Add
pudding mixes. Beat with wire
whisk 1 minute or until well blended.
Gently stir in ½ of the whipped
topping. Spoon into prepared bowl;
cover. Refrigerate 1 hour or until
ready to serve. Top with remaining
whipped topping. Garnish with
3 tablespoons shaved or chopped
- 1 package (3 ounces) ladyfingers,
- 1 ½ cups cold skim milk, divided
- 1 container (8 ounces) Philadelphia
Light Soft Light Cream Cheese
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee
- 1 tablespoon hot water
- 2 tablespoons brandy (optional)
- 1 package (4-serving size) JELL-O
- Vanilla Flavor Fat Free Sugar Free
- Reduced Calorie Pudding & Pie
- 2 cups thawed Cool Whip Lite
- 1 square (1 ounce) Baker’s Semi-
Sweet Baking Chocolate, grated
Cut ladyfingers in half horizontally.
Cover bottom of 8-inch
springform pan with ladyfinger
halves. Place remaining ladyfinger
halves, cut ends down, around sides
of pan. Place ½ cup cold milk and
cream cheese in blender container;
cover. Blend on medium speed until
smooth. Dissolve coffee in hot
water. Place in blender container
with brandy and remaining 1 cup
cold milk. Add pudding mix; cover.
Blend until smooth. Pour into
large bowl. Stir in whipped topping
immediately. Spoon pudding mixture
into pan. Refrigerate 4 hours
or until set. Remove sides of pan.
Garnish with chocolate.
This next recipe would be fun for
Valentine’s Day or President’s Day
VERY CHERRY DESSERT
- 1 ½ cups boiling water
- 1 package (8-serving size) or 2 packages
(4-serving size) JELL-O Brand
- Cherry Flavor Gelatin Dessert, or
any red flavor
- 1 ½ cups cold water
- 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
- 4 cups angel food cake cubes
- 3 cups cold milk
- 2 packages (4-serving size) JELL-O
Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie
- 1 tub (8 ounces) COOL WHIP
Whipped Topping, thawed
Stir boiling water into gelatin in
large bowl at least 2 minutes until
completely dissolved. Stir in cold
water and cherry pie filling. Refrigerate
about 1 hour or until slightly
thickened (consistency of unbeaten
egg whites). Place cake cubes in
3-quart serving bowl. Spoon gelatin
mixture over cake. Refrigerate
about 45 minutes or until set but
not firm (gelatin should stick to
finger when touched and should
mound). Pour milk into large
bowl. Add pudding mixes. Beat
with wire whisk 1 minute. Gently
stir in 2 cups of the whipped topping.
Spoon over gelatin mixture in
bowl. Refrigerate 2 hours or until
set. Top with remaining whipped
topping and garnish as desired.
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By Jodi Smith of Spice of Life
Variety is the Spice of Life! Spices and
herbs can be the foundation of our
cooking, transforming everyday foods
into new and exciting culinary adventures.
The biggest reason we add spices to our food
is flavor, but spices do more than perk up our
dishes. High-quality spices are a nutritional
powerhouse with health promoting benefits.
Creating healthy and delicious meals flavored
with spices is an excellent way to reduce calories
and unhealthy ingredients. Unlike sauces and condiments
that are generally loaded with calories,
refined sugar, salt and other processed ingredients,
spices allow you to boost the taste of your food
in a healthy way.
Spices and herbs come from plants, which
means they are a source of phytonutrients with
antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
What’s the difference between spices and herbs?
Herbs are typically the leafy part of the plant
(parsley, basil, oregano, and bay leaf ) and spices
come from other parts of the plant such as the
bark, seeds, stems and roots. Coriander, cumin,
clove, cinnamon, fennel, and peppercorn are
examples of spices.
There are countless ways to vary flavors with
healthy foods and make it more interesting.
When time is short and you are pressed for
time, spices are an easy way to accentuate simple
whole foods such as fish, vegetables, meat, chicken,
soups, whole grains, rice and lentils. Using
good-quality spice blends offers a time-saving
benefit, providing they are good-quality blends
not loaded with salt, sugar and preservatives.
Pulling a healthy meal together can be quick
and easy and having some of the essentials on
hand in your kitchen is key.
Here’s a list of a few basics for your spice cabinet:
Basil, parsley, paprika, garlic, onion, ginger,
cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, chili, rosemary,
smoked paprika (one of my favorites), black pepper
and pink himalayan salt or sea salt.
A handful of spices have reached an elevated
status due to both their incredible flavors as well
as their potential to decrease inflammation, aid
digestion, reduce cholesterol, fight cancer and
boost our immune system.
Turmeric, typically found in Indian dishes,
has an intense, bright orange/yellow color with
mild flavor. Add to rice dishes, curries, marinades,
eggs, chicken rub, and salad dressing.
Vegetables such as carrots, squash, cauliflower
and potatoes work well with a dash of turmeric.
Adding a pinch of black pepper helps your body
better absorb the nutrients in turmeric.
Ginger is an impressive root and a powerhouse
for both flavor and health. Add fresh or
dried ginger to everything from soups, stir fry
dishes, marinades, rubs, and vegetables. Ginger
can be effective in overall gut health and helps
your body absorb and assimilate nutrients from
other foods we eat.
Cayenne pepper packs a punch of heat as
well as health benefits. The compound capsaicin
is responsible for aiding in a variety of health issues.
Sprinkle cayenne on egg dishes, vegetables,
soups, marinades, meats, poultry, stews, and more.
Creating healthy and delicious meals
flavored with spices is an excellent way to
reduce calories and unhealthy ingredients.
Spices you stock in your pantry will depend
on your taste preferences as well as your comfort
level in using them. Here are a few ideas of spices
that characterize different cuisines from around
the world. For example, Chinese food welcomes
garlic, ginger, star anise, cinnamon, and sesame
oil. Italian dishes often includes garlic, oregano,
parsley, rosemary, and fennel seed while Mexican
cuisine builds flavor from cumin, chilis,
coriander, oregano, cilantro and various citrus.
Allowing your taste buds to enjoy the flavor of
foods by reducing the amount of salt can enhance
your experience. Over-salted food tends to numb
our taste buds and subdue our sensitivity to other
flavors. Check labels at the supermarket, limit processed
foods that can be loaded with sodium, avoid
over-processed “table salt” and substitute with sea
salt or pink Himalayan salt. Fresh lemon juice is
a wonderful flavor enhancer and a healthier option
than reaching for the salt shaker. Consuming too
much salt can cause high blood pressure, stroke,
heart disease and kidney disease. Substituting
spices and herbs for salt will uplift your meals and
transform bland dishes into mouth watering feasts.
Celebrating healthy ingredients and bringing
balance and flavor can be magical. Adding
texture, color and increasing flavors can bring
healthy food alive.
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| 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
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.
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.
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.
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North SLO County Activity & Events Guide |
4th annual Tamale Festival fills bellies and downtown streets
La Luz Del Mundo conglomerate and Garcia's Restaurant vie for top trophy taker
On Saturday, January 19, the City of
Atascadero hosted the 4th Annual Tamale
Festival with eighty vendors in attendance
and thirty two of them being tamale vendors
coming from all over San Luis Obispo County
as well as from the far reaches of the Central
Valley and Southern California, including Anaheim,
Bakersfield, Hemet, Huntington Beach,
Riverside and Santa Ana.
Each year, the festival has a Judges Favorite
and a People’s Choice Tamale Contest. Due to
the wide variety of tamales offered, there are
three categories for judging: sweet, gourmet
and traditional. Following are the results:
2019 Judges Favorite
1st Place ~ Garcia’s Restaurant, Atascadero
2nd Place ~ Mary’s Cuisine Catering, San Luis Obispo
3rd Place ~ Maria’s Catering, Anaheim
1st Place ~ La Luz Del Mundo, Ontario
2nd Place ~ Los Osos Mexican Market, Los Osos
3rd Place ~ Barrett’s Tamales, Huntington Beach
1st Place ~ La Luz Del Mundo, Santa Ana
2nd Place ~ Barrett’s Tamales, Huntington Beach
3rd Place ~ Los Osos Mexican Market, Los Osos
2018 People’s Choice:
These Tamale vendors won across all categories
of traditional, gourmet and sweet!
1st Place ~ Garcia’s Restaurant, Atascadero
2nd Place ~ La Luz Del Mundo Paso Robles
3rd Place ~ Las Delicias de Zacatecas, San Luis Obispo
Tamale Eating Contest winners: Ages 12 &
Over: Shawn Romagno finished five tamales
in under two minutes; Under 12 Years of Age:
Daniel Nava won first place by being able to
eat two tamales the fastest!
Chihuahua Contest and Fashion Show: The
Cowboy costume won the prize!
IN SPORTS MEDICINE
Joint Replacement, Arthroscopy,
Sports Medicine, Fractures, Joint
Pain and General Orthopedics
— Local Licensed Electrician —
BONDED/INSURED LIC# 1039894
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| 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.
Atascadero Chamber of Commerce
atascaderochamber.org • 805-466-2044
6907 El Camino Real, Suite A, Atascadero, CA 93422
Leaders Lunch — Friday, February 1. Build relationships
with other leaders in the community while enjoying a
catered lunch, and a talk from one our region’s leaders.
Member: $25, Non-Member: $35.
Business Mixer: Parents For Joy — Thursday, February
21 at Joy Playground, 5599 Traffic Way, Atascadero,
Good Morning Atascadero — Friday, February 22 at
Galaxy Theatres, 6917 El Camino Real, Suite I, Atascadero,
CA 93422. Catch up on the latest news that you
need to know for your business. Join us for a variety
of speakers, mimosas, and a light breakfast. Members:
$15, Prospective Members: $20.
Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce
pasorobleschamber.com • 805-238-0506
1225 Park St, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Office Hours with District Supervisor John Peschong
— third Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m., Paso Robles Chamber of
Commerce Conference Room. Contact Vicki Janssen
for appointment, email@example.com, 805-781-4491
Office Hours with Field Representative for Senator Bill
Monning — third Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m., Paso Robles
Chamber of Commerce Conference Room. Contact
Hunter Snider for appointment, 805-549-3784
Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce January Restaurant
of the Month — Park Street Grill, 1344 Park Street,
Paso Robles. 805-369-2705
Membership Mixer — Wednesday, February 13 at Community
West Bank, 541 Spring Street, Paso Robles;
5:30-7 p.m. Get to know each other and share business
contacts all in the friendly confines of a member
Wake Up Paso — Wednesday, February 27 at Paso
Robles Inn Ballroom, 1103 Spring Street, Paso Robles;
breakfast at 7:30 a.m., program at 8 a.m.; members
$22, general admission $28
Templeton Chamber of Commerce
templetonchamber.com • 805-434-1789
321 S. Main Street #C, Templeton, CA 93465
Chamber Board of Directors Meeting — 4 to 5:30 p.m.,
every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Pacific Premier
Bank Conference Room on Las Tablas Blvd.
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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
Healthy Lifestyle — Navigate with Niki, Thursdays
by appointment, call 805-238-4411;
Cancer Well-Fit® at Paso Robles Sports
Club, Mondays and Thursdays 12:30 to 1:30
p.m., pre-registration is required with Kathy
Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or
805-610-6486.; Beautification Boutique offers
products for hair loss and resources for
mastectomy patients (knittedknockers.org).
SUPPORT & ENCOURAGEMENT
Take Off Pounds Sensibly — every Monday,
6:30 p.m. at Community Church of Atascadero,
5850 Rosario, basement room. 805-466-
1697 or visit tops.org
North County Overeaters Anonymous — every
Monday, 5:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran
Church, Fireside Room, 940 Creston Rd.,
MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers — first &
third Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran
940 Creston Road, Paso, Ashley Hazell, 805-
Chronic Pain Support Group — CRPS (Chronic
Regional Pain Syndrome), third Tuesdays, 5 to 6
p.m. at Rabobank, 1025 Las Tablas Rd, Templeton.
Contact Suzanne Miller 805-704-5970 or
North County Parkinson’s Support Group —
third Tuesday, 1 p.m. at Templeton Presbyterian
610 So. Main St. Info: Rosemary Dexter 805-
Overeaters Anonymous Atascadero — every
Thursday, 6:30 p.m. at California Manor, Past
the Lobby and follow the signs, 10165 El Camino
Real, Atascadero. Contact Irene 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.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS
Sponsored by Hospice SLO • 805-544-2266 •
Living with Grief Group— every Monday, 12:15
Pet Loss Group — last Monday, 5 p.m.
General Grief Group — Tuesdays, 6 p.m.
Suicide Bereavement — fourth Wednesday, 3 p.m.
Spouse and Partner Group — Thursdays, 11:30
Child Loss Group — Thursdays, 6 p.m.
Family Caregiver Group — every other Friday,
Meetings at RISE – Visit in person at 1030 Vine
St., Paso Robles or call 805-226-5400
General Grief Group — Wednesdays, 5 p.m.
Meeting at 517 13th Street, Paso. No cost, no
GriefShare — Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the
Fireside Room at Trinity Lutheran Church 940
Creston Road, Paso Robles.
City Council — first and third Tuesday,
6:30 p.m. at the City of Paso
Robles Library Conference Room,
1000 Spring Street
Senior Citizens Advisory Committee
— second Monday, 1:30 to
3:30 p.m. at the Paso Robles Senior
Center, 270 Scott Street
Parks and Recreation Advisory
Committee — second Monday, 4
p.m. at Centennial Park Live Oak
Room, 600 Nickerson Road
Planning Commission — second
and fourth Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. at
the City of Paso Robles Library
Conference Room, 1000 Spring St.
Library Board of Trustees — second
Thursday, 9 a.m. at City of Paso
Robles Library, 1000 Spring Street
Airport Commission — fourth
Thursday of every other month,
6:30 p.m. at 4900 Wing Way, Paso
Templeton Community Svcs Dist.
Board of Directors — first and third
Tuesday, 7 p.m. at 420 Crocker St.
Planning Commission — first and
third Tuesday, 6 p.m. at City Hall
Council Chambers, 6500 Palma Ave.
City Council — second and fourth
Tuesday, 6 p.m. at City Hall Council
Chambers, 6500 Palma Avenue
Santa Margarita Area Advisory
Monthly meetings — first Wednesday,
7 p.m. at Santa Margarita
Community Hall, 22501 I St.
County of San Luis Obispo
County Government Center, Board of
Supervisors Chambers, 1055 Monterey
St, Room D170, San Luis Obispo.
first and third Tuesday, 9 a.m.
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We Live in One of the Great Places in the World
Here's a few ways you can make it better!
few things coming up
that really matter to me
as an Atascadero resident.
I’ve been a permanent resident of
Atascadero for more than 40 years
now, growing up here since 1978
and as a matter of choice decided
to make the Central Coast
my permanent home into my
adulthood since returning in 2005.
When I returned from a long
vacation in Hawaii — paid for by
working two jobs during my time
in Mammoth Lakes as a rental
shop supervisor and a waiter at
Hennessey’s Tavern — I stood at
Port San Luis and looked south
down the Avila Beach coast and
I was taken by the wonder of this
area. We are smack dab in arms
reach of 1,000 things to do within
a day’s round trip — all of them
epic if you decide it is so.
We have hiking, biking,
walking, running, tanning, surfing,
swimming, cruising, dining,
boating, fishing, or just a good
old fashioned picnic — and that
is all within a 30-minute drive.
If you really wanted, you could
hike, surf, and snowboard all in
the same day. OK, maybe you
are like me and that isn’t exactly
realistic … but you should still be
able to make sense of the message:
you live in one of the unique and
amazing places in California, and
therefore the world! And you pay
for it, so ENJOY IT!
So back to the few things
coming up that really matter to
me. 1) The Atascadero Lake is
filling with water after the City
of Atascadero was able to open
the pipeline from the creek. That
is a major assist to preserving
our crown jewel’s health. 2) The
Atascadero Printery Foundation
is hosting a Murder Mystery
on Feb. 9, which is an assist in
clarifying the long-term goals for
the foundation — community,
performance art, and history all
coming together under one roof.
Stay tuned for a radical update on
the third part of the foundation’s
mission to repurpose the building.
3) The Atascadero Colony Days
Committee (no relation to
Colony Magazine) has begun its
journey toward the 46th annual
parade and festival, scheduled for
the first weekend in October.
And what do these three things
have in common? You can get
involved! For very little time,
effort, or money, you can provide
assistance to things that are going
on in Atascadero that happen as a
result of community participation.
So while you are not enjoying
the beautiful area we live in, try
this — contact Nancy Hair with
the Friends of the Atascadero
Lake at 805-674-3850, or Karen
McNamara with Atascadero
Printery Foundation at 805-466-
1961, or me at info@colonydays.
org to lend a hand or sponsorship
for Colony Days. Each of those
groups live by the philosophy
“many hands make light work” and
what better way to get to know
your neighbors in Atascadero
than to help them make it a better
place to live.
Make your first call to get your
tickets to the Murder Mystery
Dinner Theatre on Saturday,
February 9 and enjoy a five-course
Buona Tavola dinner served by
Chef Antonio Varia. That will get
you in the mood!
• You live in one of the best places
• You pay for it, one way or another.
• So much beauty and life is
within your reach ... and we
will talk more about that in our
March issue as we explore the
• Organizations of humans work
together ... like little colonies? ...
to make our corner of the world a
better place to enjoy, and you can
help at literally any age with the
willingness to try.
• Friends of the Atascadero Lake
is putting on LAKEFEST 2019
on Saturday, May 18. Check
them out at friendsofatascadero
• For $100 you get a five-course
gourmet dinner, dessert and
wine — and a SHOW! — so, if you
haven't gotten your tickets yet, go
• It's a great time to get into the
community spirit by joining the
Atascadero Colony Days Committee
and shape the 46th annual event!
Go to colonydays.org for info on
how to help.
76 Gas Station.................................. 11
A Beautiful Face................................ 10
American West Tire Pros................... 09
Arlyne’s Flowers................................ 11
Atascadero Greyhound Foundation.21
Atascadero Pet Hospital................... 25
Atascadero Printery Foundation...... 21
Atown Family Med........................... 19
Avila Traffic Safety............................. 25
Awakening Ways.............................. 31
Bob Sprain’s Draperies..................... 27
Bottom Line Bookkeeping............... 08
Branches of Wellness Acupuncture.22
Central Coast Medical Aesthetics..... 11
DIRECTORY TO OUR ADVERTISERS
Dancing With Our Stars................... 02
Five Star Rain Gutters....................... 19
Foss Electric....................................... 31
Frontier Floors................................... 20
Glenn's Rental and Repair............... 08
Grace Yoga Central Coast................. 22
Greg Malik RE Group....................... 05
H&R Block......................................... 11
Healthy Inspirations......................... 29
Hearing Aid Specialists of the CC.... 03
Hope Chest Emporium.................... 11
John Donovan - State Farm ............. 13
Las Tablas Animal Hosp.................... 10
Lube N Go......................................... 10
Natural Alternative........................... 09
Nautical Cowboy.............................. 08
Odyssey World Cafe......................... 31
Robert Fry, M.D................................. 31
Rossi Law Offices.........................35/36
SLO County Office of Education....... 24
Spice of Life...................................... 27
Sue Hubbard - Farmers Insurance... 34
Templeton Door & Trim.................... 33
The Laundromat............................... 34
Triple 7 Motorsports......................... 05
Triple 7 Tractor................................... 21
Writing Support Group.................... 13
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