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06 Publisher’s Letter


08 Colony Buzz

10 Santa Margarita: Health & Happiness


12 Jeannie Malik: Atascadero's 2018 Citizen of

the Year

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


Jeannie Malik alongside one

of her favorite locations, the

Atascadero Lake

Photo by Pat Pemberton

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Something Worth Reading



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Simone Smith

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Sarah Pope

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Dr. James Brescia, Ed.D

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“I walk every day, and I look at

the mountains and the fields and

the small city, and I say: ‘Oh my

God, what a blessing.’ Then you

realise it’s important to put it in

a context beyond this woman,

this man, this city, this country,

this universe.”

— Paulo Coelho

Are we there yet? Sometimes,

the federal government

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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

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By Sarah Pope

Wtith the holiday frenzy

now just a speck in

the rear view, it’s time

to take ME off the backburner. It’s

time to upgrade that C25K app on

my phone and dust off those running

shoes. I admit it, I have completely

lost myself in the day-to-day shuffles

as a mom: laundry, meals, cleaning,

homework, sports, etc. Of course, I’m

always at the bottom of my to-dolist,

if I even make it on the list at all.

By the time this stuff is done, forget

it… I’m exhausted.

I know and understand that selfcare

is key for not only our own

well-being, but also for our children.

When we replenish, it allows us to

have more energy and patience. The

two key ingredients to enjoying

and surviving parenthood. It’s also

important for your kids to see you

practicing self care because you’re

modeling healthy behavior, whether

it be by exercising or simply committing

a half hour per night to your

favorite book. Sounds easy. So, why

“ Taking good care of

YOU means the people in

your life will receive the

best of you, rather than

what’s left of you.”

Carl Bryan

does it seem so impossible to do?

Having another little one, a

bit later in the game, left me in a

completely different stage of life

than most of my friends. When I

would’ve normally been out and

about for Girls Night Out, I was at

home (happily) nursing my newborn

baby boy. It was an adjustment

that I became way too comfortable

with. As moms, we tend to feel

guilty if we spend time away from

our families, but as I said earlier…

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

This is the year! Baby steps.

This is where I plan to start. My first

goal this year is to schedule (at least)

one uninterrupted hour with a close

friend. Go out for a drink, go out for

a bite, or a walk/hike together. It’s

about time I catch up with the ones

I miss the most.

And to help kick-off my year with

a self-care mindset, each day I WILL

start penning in 20 minutes per day,

just for me: make myself an enjoyable

drink, go for a walk, paint my

toenails, or simply sit on the couch,

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

time to get reacquainted with ME,

Sarah (not Mommy). Time to treat

myself with the same love and compassion

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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

natural environment?”

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

gastrointestinal difficulties.

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

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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

in 2012.

This year’s benefiting charities

were chosen in June, Malik said,

and community stars were paired

with professional choreographers

in July.

“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

Vegas entertainer.

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

also grown.

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

By Cassandra Frey

Master herbalist and

Clinical Nutritionist

Bobbi Conner of

Paso Robles is passionate about

her role in helping the community

thrive, become healthy, and

find balance. Conner founded

the Natural Alternative Nutrition

Center in Paso Robles in

1995, after graduating from Trinity

College of Natural Health as a

Master Herbalist. She continued

her education with the American

Academy of Nutrition as a board

certified Nutrition Consultant,

and she continues her education

in clinical nutrition and functional

medicine by regularly attending

seminars throughout the year.

“Becoming a nutritionist was

necessary,” she said. “To share my

experience and knowledge with

“With my detox /weight

loss programs, my

clients report weight

loss averaging 10-20 lbs

with renewed energy,

mental clarity, and a

foundation for

healthier eating habits.”

others who want to improve their

own health.”

Conner admittedly wasn’t always

in the best health, she shared, and

as a young woman she realized her

passion for finding a natural approach

to healing.

“As I reached my twenties, my

health was not as optimal as I

would have liked, so I began studying

nutrition and the importance of

food as medicine,” Conner said. “I

wanted to learn how supplements

would help support my high-stress


Conner remembers growing

up eating whole foods at

her family’s dinner table, which

helped to set the stage for a successful

and healthy lifestyle.

“I always seemed to be fighting

various viruses as I grew up,

and antibiotics were routine in

my life,” she said.

She noticed an increase in her

energy, vitality, and a remarkable

improvement in her immune system

just by making simple changes

to her diet and lifestyle, leading her

to open The Natural Alternative

Nutrition Store in 1995.

“I have met with individuals wanting

to not only achieve a healthy

weight, but also improve their cardiovascular

health, sleep better, improve

digestion and much more,” she said.

“With my detox/weight loss programs,

my clients report weight loss

averaging 10-20 lbs. with renewed

energy, mental clarity, and a foundation

for healthier eating habits.”

Conner and her team strive to

educate their customers, helping

them to make the proper dietary

and lifestyle changes to achieve

optimal wellness. Her message is

simple, “Change your diet, exercise

daily, and practice disease prevention,

that’s the Natural Alternative.”

This year in April, The Natural

Alternative Nutrition Center celebrates

its annual customer appreciation

day, which is their way of

saying thank you to the community.

“I am proud of my team, and I love

to serve the community in such a

wholesome way,” Conner said.

To find out more about upcoming

classes or to subscribe to

The Natural Alternative’s newsletter,

visit naturalalternativenc.com.


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The Buzz Marathon

in San Miguel

Runners will take to the trails

on the historic Camp Roberts

Army National Guard Reservation

in San Miguel on February 16. The

19th Annual Buzz Marathon is a

Boston Qualifier and features an

out-and-back course on paved

road with dirt and packed gravel

shoulders. The course features rolling

hills and breathtaking views of

oak-studded hillsides, the Salinas

and Nacimiento Rivers, and Central

Coast wildlife. In the past, the

race has been likened to a trail run,

according to the event’s organizers.

Child care is available by request.

The base museum and annex will

be open during the race with some

military vehicles for public viewing.

All proceeds go toward funding

the athletic programs at Lillian

Larsen Elementary School.

Race Details:

Date: February 16

Register here: runsignup.com/Race/


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

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

Jonathan Dolan, Pepe Gonzalez, Stan Packer, Matt Shuck

Photo by Nicholas Mattson

Where: Camp Roberts

Website: buzzmarathon.org/

Hares 'N' Hounds

5K and Fun Run

The Atascadero Greyhound

Foundation presents the all-ages,

family friendly Hares ‘N’ Hounds

5K and Fun Run on March 2. The

money raised will help the organization

fund its community-based

programs and yearly operations.

Local organizations are encouraged

to use the event for their

own fundraising efforts through

individual and group sponsorships.

The 5K course is a “certified loop

run” that starts and finishes at the

same spot at Atascadero Lake. The

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

and back from the same start as

the 5K. There are no road closures

so good traffic awareness is important.

Race Details:

Date: March 2

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


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

run $15

Where: Atascadero Lake Park

Website: atascaderogreyhoundfoundation.org/haresnhounds.html

Montaña de Oro

Trail Run

Strike your feet against gold

on March 9 at Pacific Coast Trail

Runs’ Montaña de Oro Trail

Run. Jog in full stride through

a mix of rugged, rocky cliffs,

coastal plains, sandy beaches and

streams. The start/finish line for

all distances will be at Spooner’s

Cove Beach. This year, the

race will feature the brand new

“Three Peaks” course, named after

Hazard, Valencia, and Oat’s

peaks. Take in some epic views

of the Pacific Ocean, nearby

beaches, and Morro Bay before

crossing the finish line. Then

settle in for post-race barbecue

that offers tacos, fajitas, sliders,

and more.

Race Details:

Date: March 9

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

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

Half-marathon, $55 12K,

Where: Montaña de Oro State Park

Website: pacificcoasttrailruns.com/


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Wine Country Runs

Half Marathon

Run/Walk and 5K

There’s stomping good fun along

the Salinas River on March 31 at

the annual Wine Country Runs

Half Marathon & 5K. The event

benefits North San Luis Obispo

County charitable organizations

and youth sports. Run next to row

after row of wine grapes along

Buena Vista Drive and Circle B

Road. Each participant will receive

a Tech-Fabric T-shirt, breakfast

and goodie bag. All half-marathon

runners and walkers that

complete the course will receive a

medal and commemorative wine

glass. The half-marathon and 5K

are presented by IQMS Manufacturing

Software, Cass Vineyard

and Winery, and La Quinta Inns

and Suites.

Race Details:

Date: March 31

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


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

Stomp $20

Where: CaliPaso Winery

Website: winecountryruns.com

Tent City


The Atascadero Printery Foundation’s

Tent City Marathon is set

to attract a variety of competitive

and fun runners on April 7. The

event will serve as a fundraiser

for the foundation’s efforts toward

preserving and rehabilitating

Atascadero’s historic Printery

Building into a community center

for the Arts and Sciences. Participants

will be treated to free race

photos, “finishers beer or cupcakes,"

on-course entertainment, multiple

on-course aid stations, and a racers

“TLC” tent for Post Mileage Yoga,

foam roller area, and massages. The

race expo at Atascadero’s Sunken

Gardens will offer local beer, good

eats, and the latest in running and

fitness resources.

Race Details:

Date: April 7

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

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

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

Where: Sunken Gardens

Website: tentcitymarathon.com

11th Annual

Paso Robles Dog Jog

You and your furry, four-legged

friends are invited to join Sherwood

Dog Park volunteers on

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

through the lush Vina Robles

Vineyard at the 11th Annual Dog

Jog on Saturday, May 4. After the

jog, listen to live music as you enjoy

lunch, wine tasting and tour

the event expo comprised of local,

dog loving vendors, silent auction

and dog contests. Participation in

this fundraiser is a great way to

“actively” help support the ongoing

maintenance and improvements

for the Sherwood Dog Park located

in Paso Robles. Registration

for this event is already open.

Race Details:

Date: May 4

Register here: parks4pups.org or

call (805) 239-9326

Cost: $30 pre, $35 day of event

Where: Vina Robles Vineyard

Website: parks4pups.org

Miracle Miles

For Kids

The Family Care Network presents

Miracle Miles for Kids on

May 11. The 10K (6.2) mile race

course runs along the water’s edge

from Morro Rock to Cayucos Pier.

All money raised from the event

will go toward foster care children

in San Luis Obispo and Santa

Barbara County in need of support

and services. Around 2,000

at-risk children, youth and families

are served by the Family Care

Network annually and Miracle

Miles helps support those efforts.

One-way transportation for participants

will be provided by shuttles

from the finish line area near

the Vet's Hall parking lot back to

the start line area in Morro Bay. A

Bag Drop will be available at the

start line area for participants to

place belongings. All participants

will be treated to a post-race party

with live music, breakfast, and

vendor fair.

Race Details:

Date: May 11

Register here: Coming soon

Cost: Coming soon

Where: Starts at Morro Rock, end at

Cayucos Pier

Website: mm4k.com


Benefit Fun Run

and Family Day


Fun Run and Family Fun

Day will feature an amazing race

course for runners and walkers.

Participants may choose to run or

walk this challenging 5K course

through the vineyard. There will

be a kids 1/2 mile race following

the finish of the 5K run as well as a

100-yard dash for those age 6 and

under. Enjoy the Family Activity

Area: bounce house, face painting,

and crafts. Stay for the raffle

prizes, breakfast burritos and rock

out to music from DJ Guy Cooper.

The Pomar Junction Tasting Room

will also be open to the public.

Race Details:

Date: June 1

Register here: Coming soon

Cost: Coming soon

Where: Pomar Junction Vineyard

and Winery

Website: LIGHTHOUSEatascadero.


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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

and partner.”

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

Molly Comin.

“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,”

she said.


Terrie Banish

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

Nancy Beckett will

dance the Cha Cha

choreographed by

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.

Tom Butler

Atascadero Unified School District


Tom Butler

will present

a swing

dance with



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.

Susan Funk

Atascadero City Council member

Susan Funk will perform a



dance with

Aaron Avila

and choreographed


Laura Slania.


nonprofit is

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 Ketzler

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

first year

she’s participated

as a


star. She

was born

and raised

in Germany

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

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.

She was

an aerobic


teacher for

many years

and has taken


in many

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

early 20s.

Karen McNamara



will perform



2 Step choreographed

by Chris


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.

Heather Moreno

Atascadero Mayor Heather

Moreno will present a freestyle

dance choreographed

by Rod

Ware. Her


is Friends

of the


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


Sharon Davis


Jeannie Malik and

Jim Patterson

with choreographer

Judy Magonacelaya


Dan and Eileen O’Grady

with choreographer

Frank Sanchez


Rolfe Nelson

with choreographers

Leigh Ormonde

and Chris Harmon


Vicky Morse with

choreographer Chris Harmon


Mary Kay Mills

with choreographer

Ernie Gamble


E.J. and Tobi Rossi

with choreographer

Tracy 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 Walker

Gary Borjan

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

2018 Community

Service Award

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

the community.


Awards Included:

• 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 said.

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


Angela Cisneros

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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805 Boutiques


Mark Diaz

The Business of

Helping Businesses

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

lackluster results.

“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

other people.”

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

business expo.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/805Boutiques/

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Building a


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

of addiction.

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

three days.

"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.”


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:

Outlaw's Steakhouse

Race-day Registration begins

A Town Diner

at 6:45 am

By the Bag:

• 5K begins at 8 am

Atascadero Chamber of Commerce

Atascadero Bistro

• 1-Mile at 8:45 am

Gatherings Thrift

• 1/2-Mile at 9 am


See haresnhounds.org to register

Get Some!



Atascadero Greyhound Foundation is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) organization



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The Wellness Kitchen Moves Ahead


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

a difference.”

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 -


Chinese Medicine


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 !





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

original caption).


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

SLO County

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

Services Association.

We addressed an audience from

America, Europe, Asia and Africa

on the importance of thoughtful

recruitment and retention of educational

employees. London is

facing a similar shortage of educators

as we are in California.

One path the European, African,

and Asian countries have already

implemented is aggressive Career

and Technical Education (CTE)

in secondary schools that include

teacher education. Just a month

prior to the Cambridge symposium,

I attended a local conference

hosted by the California

Department of Education on the

importance of CTE pathways

in our schools. My attendance

at this conference and the 2015

Oxford symposium served to

further strengthen my commitment

to our county-wide efforts

in securing CTE funding for local

schools throughout our county. I

am honored to have our local assemblyman

Jordan Cunningham

and state senator Bill Monning

also supporting these efforts in

the state legislature.

Education in the United States,

and across the globe, continues to

experience challenging times. We

would be wise to remember that

according to current data one out

of three Americans (33 percent)

report attaining a bachelor’s degree,

and 12 percent reported

and advanced degree such as a

master’s, professional, or doctorate

degree. Almost nine out of

10 Americans (88 percent) attained

a high school diploma or

General Equivalency Diploma

(GED). Educational attainment

continues to vary by age, sex, race

and Hispanic origin, nativity, and

disability status. While we here

in America continue to navigate

our way through federal and state

mandates that impact our classrooms,

our leaders must include

CTE as a piece of the educational


Ask a puzzle master and you

will be advised that instead of

taking a wild stab at the puzzle,

see if you 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

24 | colonymagazine.com COLONY Magazine, February 2019


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

tell themselves.

“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

made-up story.”

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

Denise Braun

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

be authentic.”

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

website, therealdenisebraun.

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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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

in 1950.

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

architectural plans.

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

damage your blood vessels and lead

to heart disease and strokes. Omega-3

fatty acids not only reduce

inflammation, but are essential for

maintaining cell membrane health.

Please note that all Omega 3s are





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We only carry from the most reputable


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Happy Healthy Heart Month!

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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

THAT good!

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

JELL-O cookbooks.

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 &

Pie Filling.




- 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

Whipped Topping

- 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

this month.



- 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.


28 | colonymagazine.com Colony Magazine, February 2019

Healthy Dishes

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.



February 2019, Colony Magazine colonymagazine.com | 29

| North SLO County Activity & Events Guide

Special Events

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

Atascadero Pavilion on the Lake. February 1 is for those 11-and-under

from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and February 2 is for those 12-and-up

from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets not sold at the door.

Atascadero.org | 805-470-3360

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

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

sessions. Register at cuesta.edu/communityprograms. Instructor

Faye Baker.

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

February 9 — Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre benefit for the

Atascadero Printery Foundation. Experience a five-course gourmet

table-served dinner by the one and only Buona Tavola Chef Anthony

Varia. A perfect Valentine’s date night complete with champagne

and dessert, $100 per seat. Limited seating. Community

Church, 5850 Rosario Ave, Atascadero.

805-466-1961 | atascaderoprintery.org

February 9 — The Atascadero Chamber of Commerce invites you

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

at downtown locations; complementary tours of City Hall. Tickets

$20, available at 6500 Palma Ave.

atascaderochamber.org | 805-466-2044

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

Performers include comedians Cash Levy and Dennis Blair, magician

Justin Rivera, and host Lizette Mizelle. Features live music

by Ricky Montijo. Beer, wine, appetizers, and desserts available for

purchase; 6-9:30 p.m. at the Paso Robles Event Center; 2198 Riverside

Ave., Paso Robles. $40 in advance; $45 at the door.

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

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

a chamber concert featuring Suzanne Duffy and Carol Houchens,

flutes, and Lynne Garrett, piano. It's happening from 4 - 5:30 p.m.,

Cass Winery, 7350 Linne Road, Paso Robles. Tickets are $15 - $30,

students K-12 are free with a paid adult.


March 3 — Symphony of the Vines presents "Harp Chamber Music"

with Catherine Litaker on harp; Carol Houchens, flute; Michael

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

Wine, 4900 Union Rd, Paso Robles. Tickets are $15 - $30, students

K-12 are free with a paid adult.


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

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

Almond Country Quilters Guild — General Meeting:

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

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

on Wool Applique.

Coffee with a CHP — second Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.,

Nature’s Touch Nursery & Harvest, 225 Main St.,


Exchange Club — second Tuesday, 12:15-1:30

p.m. at McPhee’s, 416 S. Main St., Templeton.

805-610-8096, exchangeclubofnorthslocounty.


Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter

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

Terminal, 4900 Wing Way. Getting youth involved

with aviation, EAA465.org

North County Multiflora Garden Club — second

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

Church, 2706 Spring St., Paso Robles, Public

Taking Care of Business

North County Toast ‘N Talk Toastmasters — Mondays,

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


Early But Worth It Chapter — Business Networking

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

Culinary Arts Academy, Paso, Visitors welcome,


Business Networking International — every

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

Camino Real, #104, Atascadero. Visitors welcome,


Above the Grade Advanced Toastmasters — first

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

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


Partners in $uccess — Business Networking International

— every Thursday, 7 to 8:30 a.m.,

Paso Robles Assn. of Realtors, 1101 Riverside

is welcome, no charge, guests welcome. Call

805-712-7820 or visit multifloragardenclub.org

Monthly Dinner at Estrella Warbirds Museum

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

296-1935 for dinner reservations, ewarbirds.org

Paso Robles Democratic Club — third Wednesday,

6:30 p.m. at Centennial Park, 600 Nickerson,

White Oak Room. All meetings are open to the

public. For further info visit our Facebook page

or visit pasoroblesdemocrats.org.

North County Newcomers — General Membership

Meeting and Luncheon: Wednesday, February

6 at La Bellasera Hotel, 206 Alexa Court,

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

Active Senior Club of Templeton — first Friday,

10:30 a.m., Templeton Community Center, 601

S. Main St. Meetings include a presentation on

relevant local issues, often followed by a luncheon.

Membership is $5 per year. Contact Templeton

Recreation Department with questions.


North County Wines and Steins — first Friday of

the month, 6 p.m. at Templeton American Legion

Hall, 805 Main St. Meetings include wine and

beer tasting, speaker or program and potluck.

Visit winesandsteins.org for more information.

Central Coast Violet Society — second Saturday,

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brookdale Activity Room,

1919 Creston Road, Paso. Email Znailady1@aol.

com with any questions.

Classic Car Cruise Night — second Saturday

(weather permitting), 5 to 7 p.m. at King Oil

Tools, 2235 Spring St., Paso. Contact Tony Ororato,

805-712-0551 with any questions.

Daughters of the American Revolution — first

Sunday. For time and place, email dmcpatriot


Ave. Visitors welcome, bniccc.com

Speak Easy Toastmasters Club — every Friday,

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

Community Hospital. 9797.toastmastersclubs.

org. 805-237-9096

Coffee at the Carlton — Entrepreneurs and business

leaders meet Wednesdays at 9 am. Carlton

Hotel in Atascadero.

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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!







Joint Replacement, Arthroscopy,

Sports Medicine, Fractures, Joint

Pain and General Orthopedics

— Local Licensed Electrician —



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| North SLO County Activity & Events Guide

At the Library

Atascadero Library

6555 Capistrano, Atascadero • 805-461-6161

Special Events

Ongoing Programs

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

time for 1-5 year olds

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

1st Tuesday — 11 a.m.

Lego Club

1st Saturday — 2 p.m., Family Movies

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

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

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

Paso Robles Library

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

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

year olds

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

for ages 0-18 months

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

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

Events Calendar for more information.

Special Events

For Adults:

Service Organizations

Service Organizations

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

• 805-239-7370

Commander John Irwin, 805-286-6187.

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

Pancake Breakfast — third Saturday, 8 to 11 a.m., $6

Post Meeting — fourth Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

American Legion Post 220

• 805 Main Street, Templeton • 805-610-2708

Post Meeting — second and fourth Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Elks Lodge

Atascadero Lodge 2733 • 1516 El Camino Real • 805-


Lodge Meeting — second and fourth Thursdays

Paso Robles Lodge 2364 • 1420 Park Street • 805-


Lodge Meeting — first and third Wednesdays

El Paso de Robles Grange #555

• 627 Creston Rd. • 805-239-4100

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

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

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

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

Kiwanis International

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


• eBook Clinic with Patrick McCoy, by appointment,

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

February 16, 10-11 am

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

February 2, 10:30-12:30 pm

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

Thursday, February 7,

6-8 pm

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

Thursday, February 14, 6-8 pm

• Black Dove by Ana Castillo book discussion, Thursday,

February 21, 7-8 pm

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


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

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

February 27, 6-8 pm

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

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

For Children:

• Story Times, check online calendar for days and times

• Take Your Child to the Library Day, Monday February

4, all day

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

Key Club — every Wednesday, 11:55 a.m.

Kiwanis Club — every Thursday, 7 a.m.

Paso Robles — 1900 Golden Hill Rd. (Culinary Arts


Kiwanis Club — every Tuesday, 12 p.m.

Board Members — first Tuesday, 1 p.m.

Night Meeting — third Wednesday, 6 p.m., Su Casa

Restaurant (2927 Spring St.)

Lions Club

Atascadero Club #2385 • 5035 Palma Ave.

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

Paso Robles Club 2407 • 1420 Park St.

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

San Miguel Club 2413 • 256 13th St.

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

Santa Margarita Club 2418 • 9610 Murphy St.

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

Shandon Valley Club • 630-571-5466

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

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

Loyal Order of Moose

Atascadero #2067 • 8507 El Camino Real • 805-466-


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

Bingo — first Sunday, 12-2 p.m.

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

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

• Maker Monday series—Candy Grabber! February

25, 4-5 pm

Creston Library

6290 Adams, Creston • 805-237-3010

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

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

& Heart Pencil Craft, 2 p.m.

San Miguel Library

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

Saturday, February 9 — Movie & Craft Saturday

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

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

1 p.m.

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

4 p.m.

Santa Margarita Library

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

Saturday, February 2 — Young People’s Reading Round

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

Saturday, February 23 — Coding with Matt

Shandon Library

195 N 2nd St, Shandon • 805-237-3009

Call for info

Pool League — every Wednesday

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

Visit mooseintl.org for more information

Optimist Club

Atascadero — dinner meetings second and fourth Tuesday,

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

or call 805-712-5090

Paso Robles — dinner meetings second and fourth

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

Park St.

Rotary International

Atascadero — 9315 Pismo Ave.

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

Lake Pavilion

Paso Robles Sunrise — 1900 Golden Hill Rd.

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


Templeton — 416 Main St.

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


Veterans of Foreign Wars

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

Meeting — first Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

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

Meeting — first Tuesday, 7 p.m.

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,

CA 93422.

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

Office Hours with Field Representative for Senator Bill

Monning — third Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m., Paso Robles

Chamber of Commerce Conference Room. Contact

Hunter Snider for appointment, 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



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

on Healing and Wellness Foods meal

programs, volunteer opportunities, and classes

(to RSVP, register and pay online.)

Healthy Cooking Class: Heart Healthy Foods

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

at Idler’s Home Paso Robles, 2361 Theatre

Dr., Paso Robles. Also Friday February 22,

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

Obispo, 122 Cross St., San Luis Obispo.


1051 Las Tablas Road, Templeton • 805-


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

to provide support, education and hope.

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

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

Visit cscslo.org for description of support

groups, social events, education and kid’s


Living With Cancer Support Group — 2nd

and 4th Wednesdays, 10:00am –11:00am.

Facilitated by Jamie Dunn, LMFT & Katie

Boucher, AMFT.

Contact Jamie: 805-238-4411.

Caregiver Support Group — 4th Wednesdays

- concurrent with patient group in a separate

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

Jamie Dunn, LMFT & Katie Boucher, AMFT

Contact Jamie: 805-238-4411.

Breast Cancer Group - Templeton — Last

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

Facilitated by Lindsey Levenson, LMFT, 2-time

breast cancer survivor. Contact Jamie: 805-


Mindfulness Hour — with Katie Boucher,

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

Learn to practice the concepts of mindfulness,

distress tolerance and emotional regulation.

Open to patients & caregivers. Space


is limited. RSVP Required.

Therapeutic Yoga — Mondays, 11:30am–

12:45pm with Sue Larson. Therapeutic yoga

designed for cancer patients. Poses can be

modified to accommodate various needs and

abilities. All levels welcome. Held at Dharma

Yoga (1329 Spring St., Paso Robles).

Patient Navigation — By Appointment. Get

help with your medical and non-medical

resources. Let our navigators support you

in finding what you need to better support

your care. We can help find resources for

medical bills, access to benefits, access to

financial resources, support for transportation

challenges and much more. Call to book an

appointment, 805-238-4411.

Healthy Lifestyle — Navigate with Niki, Thursdays

by appointment, call 805-238-4411;

Cancer Well-Fit® at Paso Robles Sports

Club, Mondays and Thursdays 12:30 to 1:30

p.m., pre-registration is required with Kathy

Thomas at kathythomas10@hotmail.com or

805-610-6486.; Beautification Boutique offers

products for hair loss and resources for

mastectomy patients (knittedknockers.org).


Take Off Pounds Sensibly — every Monday,

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

5850 Rosario, basement room. 805-466-

1697 or visit tops.org

North County Overeaters Anonymous — every

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

Church, Fireside Room, 940 Creston Rd.,

Paso, OA.org.

MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers — first &

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


940 Creston Road, Paso, Ashley Hazell, 805-

459-6049, nocomops@gmail.com.

Chronic Pain Support Group — CRPS (Chronic

Regional Pain Syndrome), third Tuesdays, 5 to 6

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

Contact Suzanne Miller 805-704-5970 or

email suzanne.miller@ymail.com.

North County Parkinson’s Support Group —

third Tuesday, 1 p.m. at Templeton Presbyterian


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.


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,

2:30 p.m.

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.

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!

So remember:

• You live in one of the best places

on Earth.

• 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

surrounding area.

• 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

to atascaderoprintery.org.

• 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

805-Boutiques................................. 13

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

CASA.................................................. 09

Central Coast Medical Aesthetics..... 11


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

(805) 550-9891


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

Solarponics....................................... 05

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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You Mr. Rossi!” ~ Carolyn M.

“When I finally decided to file for bankruptcy a friend recommended Mr. Rossi. After struggling just to keep up

with the interest payments on my credit cards it was such a relief to hand everything over to Rick and Debra. Rick made

sure I understood the process from start to finish. He made sure that all the collections calls stopped and he ensured that I

knew I wasn't a deadbeat for filing bankruptcy and I was able to keep my car. The entire process only took 6 months and

I only had to go to court once in Santa Barbara.” ~ Jessica H. Santa Maria


It’s Time for a New Life

Call Richard Rossi – 541-1044 or 238-0238

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We are a debt relief agency; we help

people file for bankruptcy under the

Bankruptcy Code.

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Are YOU Drowning in Debt?

It will only get worse.

Good people get into financial trouble. Our laws are

designed to help people start their financial (and emotional)

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

problems; Richard Rossi will explore all your alternatives

in your FREE first meeting.

Bankruptcy is a Constitutional Right. Why? Simple.

Reasonable people get into financial trouble that they

cannot get out of.

Getting started: Yes, first call for an appointment.

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

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

estimate the amounts owed. List car loans and monthly

payments, same with RV and motorcycles, and a list of

credit card and personal loans all on one page. You are

done! Bring the list with you to the meeting.

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Most often clients decide to stop paying credit cards when they meet with attorney Richard Rossi.

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

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

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

law. Never borrow against a retirement account or equity in a home to pay unsecured debt.

Get a Local Attorney, one who you can meet in person, like Richard Rossi. When speaking with an attorney,

ask where the attorney’s office is located.

One Testimonial: “Richard Rossi helped me through a very financially difficult time in my life. He took

control of the situation and eased my anxiety. He is very knowledgeable about credit law and conducts himself in a

very professional manner. I do not hesitate to recommend Richard and his staff to anyone seeking help with money

matters.” Bill from AG

Turn the page for more information.


Paso Robles

515 Spring Street

Tel: 805-238-0238

San Luis Obispo

11573 Los Osos Valley Rd.

Tel: 805-541-1044


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