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Wow! I just talked to Kate Auslen, event organizer of the Atascadero Citywide Yard Sale, sponsored by the City and Parents for Joy, and she said that there are over 100 residences signed up for the sale tomorrow (Saturday, April 14).
You can pick up a map of the “sellers” at the Chamber today until 4 p.m. or at the Grocery Outlet today and tomorrow. The map will also be online at the Parents for Joy website and Facebook event page.
This event benefits Joy Inclusive Playground, scheduled to begin construction this spring. If shoppers would like to contribute to the cause, donation jars will be available at several yard sale locations, or they can donate directly through the Joy Playground GoFundMe page.
While you are making your rounds, don’t forget to stop by the St. Williams Annual Rummage sale which is on today and tomorrow.
I had lunch last week with a friend of mine since high school days, who now lives in Morro Bay. We ate at the Back Porch Bakery by the Carlton Hotel. I hate to admit that I had not been in there since it reopened, but I know now that I will go back.
It’s funny how things happen sometimes right in your own hometown. Friends of ours, Sheila and John Noyes, from Balboa Island were up here recently for a short stay. They come to town often and manage to try new restaurants when they are here.
We had dinner with them at their Atascadero home and Sheila served a wonderful Country Rye bread with the meal. I was curious as to where she shopped for it and she mentioned the Back Porch Bakery. Then she went on to insist that I needed to go there for lunch with my friend. She couldn’t say enough about the “Back Porch BLT” and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
My friend ordered the BLT and loved it. I ordered the Grilled Cheese—There’s nothing like it with all that “melted cheese, after cheese, after cheese, on sliced grilled brioche. I added avocado and with the homemade aioli, the sandwich would have been sinful if I’d been on a diet!
Next time we are going to meet for breakfast and try some of the items on the breakfast menu.
Dan and Sharon Davis, Atascadero residents, are teaching Ballroom Dance lessons at Centennial Park 600 Nickerson Dr., in Paso Robles. The sessions last four weeks, and are on Wednesdays, from 7:15-8:15 p.m. All levels of dancers are welcome, from beginning through advanced. The month of April showcases Foxtrot and Waltz. There will also be a session in May to help you prepare for weddings, summer parties and concerts in the park with Swing, Waltz and Club Foxtrot.
For more information contact Dan or Sharon at 805-461-0599, or visit
The class is presented by Paso Robles Recreation Services.
Atascadero Kiwanian Jack Scott could be renamed “Mr. Kiwanis.” He was honored in and informal tribute recently on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Jack was a charter member of the Atascadero club when the charter was issued in 1969. He has been president, a director, Lt. Governor, membership chairman and more. He attends all the work parties and it is said that he often outworks some of the younger members.
     When the club built the new Centennial Bandstand at Atascadero Lake Park, Jack was there almost every day. He said he has worked on three previous remodels of the bandstand over the years.
Jack has been Kiwanian of the Year twice!
He was a vocational Ag teacher for many years until he joined the faculty at Cal Poly, teaching students who have gone on to become fair managers.
I have known Jack and his wife Bonne, who is also a Kiwanian, for years. They are special people and are constantly giving back to this community. Thanks guys for all you do and Congratulations to you, Jack—Mr. Kiwanis.”
One of the Kiwanis Club’s latest projects was a custom barbecue installed at Paloma Creek Park in Atascadero. Those involved in the project involved Albert Almodova, Ned Thompson, Caleb Mendoza, Dennis Nanninga (who built the grill) and Randy Bessett. John Ramsey was on hand to supervise when the grill was lowered into place. Many thanks to the club for that donation.
Join Friends of the Paso Robles Library and the Library foundation for a spring fundraiser at the beautiful hilltop location of Calcareous Vineyard and Winery on May 5, at 6:30 p.m.
Calcareous is located at 3430 Peachy Canyon Road, four miles west of downtown Paso Robles. In that lovely setting guests will enjoy a four-course dinner; wine pairings introduced by Jason Joyce, Winemaker; and music provided by Aurora Denny, Harpist.   
Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased at The Friends of the Library Store, 1000 Spring Street, or at
For more information call 805-238-5562 or 805-238-1175. View the website at
Members of the Printery Foundation and Atascadero Performing Arts Center Committee have been busy investigating the idea of a collaboration on the rehabilitation of the Printery building and the possibility of a performing arts theatre as part of the project. Stay tuned---I think we are getting close to a decision.
The 3rd Annual LakeFest and Cardboard Boat Regatta will return on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Atascadero Lake Park, presented by Friends of Atascadero Lake, recipient of the 2017 “Organization of the year Award” from the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce.
For more information visit
Mark your calendars for the Templeton Beer Festival presented by the Rotary Club of Templeton on May 12, from 2-6 p.m., at Templeton Park.
Additional information can be found at or call Club President Kathie Smaglik at 805-952-5700.
Have a great yard sale weekend —Hope you find some treasures!


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