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Barbie Butz dressed up as a vintage witch. (Contributed photo)

Autumn produces falling leaves. Maybe that’s why we call this season “fall.” Well, I’ve been raking leaves around here and believe me we have plenty to spare. We live in what I call an oak forest and this is the time of year that the trees do a cleansing by shedding some leaves. When a huge oak sheds some leaves, it makes a real statement on the ground.
I’ve been observing other trees in our area also making statements by the color changes of their leaves — gold, red, orange, and amber — exciting to see!
Remember that the Charles Paddock Zoo Boo is Saturday evening, Oct. 27, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Zoo, located at Atascadero Lake Park.
There will be tons of Halloween fun for all ages because the Zoo is preparing for another “spooktacular” evening. Be sure to wear your very best kid-friendly costumes and bring the entire family to this not-too-scary event.
You will find spooky decorations throughout the Zoo, a haunted house, carnival games, and trick or treats for all. For more information, contact Deputy City Manager Terrie Banish at 805-470-3490.   
The Atascadero Business Improvement District Committee is inviting residents to the annual Safe Trick or Treat on Entrada Halloween event. It will be held on Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m. There will be 30 locations with the local downtown businesses, non-profits, and other Atascadero businesses participating.
At the event, you can find your way through the Hay Maze sponsored by Atascadero Hay and Feed. Enjoy the Fire Department’s Vintage Fire truck and stop by the cakewalk for a tasty treat. Great music will be provided by DJ Medina light Show Designs, and you can listen to Ghost Stories of Atascadero’s past. Be sure to enter into the children’s costume contest (up to age 14) at 5:30 p.m. A pet costume contest will follow the children’s costume contest.
Entrada will be closed on Oct. 31, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. to allow for safe Halloween festivities at this event. For more information, contact Zoe Zappas at 805-674-6817.
The Canzona Women’s Ensemble, Celebrating Women’s Voices, has reason to celebrate  — it’s the 10th Anniversary of this dynamic group. In recognition of this milestone, the ensemble will present a concert on Nov. 4, starting at 3 p.m., at San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church. For more information, visit canzonawomen.org or call 805-391-SONG
There’s another important organization celebrating an anniversary this month. I will be attending the celebration and will report on the event in my next column. The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County is celebrating 20 years of community impact with a reception at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch on Sunday.
Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County invites you to their Holiday Shopping Extravaganza on Monday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Assistance League Thrift Store, located at 667 A Marsh Street, behind Wells Fargo Bank.
Please come and join our membership at this holiday wonderland sale event. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to shop for beautiful gifts at thrift store prices.
There will be refreshments, entertainment, decorated trees, holiday décor, holiday fashions, special reserved merchandise, wreaths, door prizes every hour, local artisans, and much more!
Proceeds support Operation School Bell, clothing children in need, in SLO County schools, with school-appropriate clothes. A $10 donation to Operation School Bell will be requested at the door, giving you the opportunity to help clothe a child.
Hope to see you on Monday. Cheers!

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