Community Treasures | Around About North County

We are fortunate that most of the communities in our area have a “treasure” or two — some things that draw people in and make them want to visit or live there. Here in Atascadero, I believe we have several “treasures, including our historic City Hall, historic Printery Building (in the process of restoration), Sunken Gardens Park, Lake Park, Charles Paddock Zoo, and Atascadero Lake.

I love the Lake — just looking at the water is cooling in this heat. Big kudos go to Friends of Atascadero Lake who formed their organization a few years ago to work with the City to help keep the Lake beautiful and inviting. Also big kudos again to Atascadero Kiwanis who rebuilt the Bandstand by the water’s edge. 

And aren’t we lucky to be able to sit back on Tuesday evenings during the summer months, after enjoying a great meal at the Tuesdays in the Park BBQ, prepared by the Atascadero Elks crew, sponsored by the Atascadero Chamber, and served by nonprofits, and listen to the popular Atascadero Community Band play outstanding music in that bandstand! What’s not to love about that!

But wait — you can return to that location again on Saturdays during the summer and listen to a free band concert in that same bandstand by the Lake, sponsored by the City, individuals, businesses, and nonprofits. What a deal!

I think you get my point about community “treasures.” You can enjoy the lake setting on Tuesday, July 30 when PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) and CALL (Creative Alternative for Learning & Living) will be the hosting nonprofits at the Tuesdays in the Park BBQ. Food will be served from 5-7 p.m. The Community Band will play from 7-9 p.m.

Then on Tuesday, Aug. 6 you will have your last chance for this summer, to enjoy this popular barbecue event when Quota International of Atascadero and Community Church of Atascadero will be hosting. 

Tickets are available at the Chamber or from members of the hosting nonprofits. For more information, contact the Chamber at 805-466-2044.

I mentioned the City’s Saturday evening Concerts in the Park and this Saturday, July 27, come out to the Lake Park and enjoy the Martin Paris Band, sponsored by Atascadero Performing Arts Center Committee (APACC) and the Printery Foundation. Both groups will be there with information about the progress being made to the Printery and how we are planning for a performing arts theatre. Good stuff!

Mark your calendar for the APACC Annual Meeting on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce conference room, where you can learn more about the collaboration between APACC and the Printery Foundation and our goals for a theatre and other community use of the building.

Please RSVP [email protected] or call 805-460-9182.

The Paso Robles, Atascadero, and Templeton Chambers have come together to bring you the 2019 State of the North County. The event will take place at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom on Aug. 28, from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Join them for an informative progress report from government leaders who will provide local economic updates that affect North County residential and business communities. 

For more information about the speakers and to order tickets visit, or contact Emily Reneau at the Atascadero Chamber 805-466-2044.

The Atascadero Police Department is inviting the residents of Atascadero to their annual “National Night Out” on Aug. 6, from 5-7 p.m., in the Sunken Gardens in front of the historic City Hall.

The event is a community-building campaign promoting police and community partnerships designed to establish camaraderie among the neighborhoods to make them safer and more caring place to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. It also provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Come meet the Atascadero Police Department and public safety partners for a great opportunity to get safety tips and enjoy a variety of exhibitions.

Complimentary food and drinks will be available. The event is a free event to all community members.

For more information contact, Community Service Officer Lauren Purify at 805-461-5051.

If your calendar is not full yet, don’t forget to save the weekend of Aug.16-17, for the Cruise Nite on Friday and the Mid-State Cruizer’s 30th Annual Car Show on Saturday. It’s a great weekend for “car buffs” to say the least — and anyone else who appreciates beautifully restored vintage cars and just cars in general. More on this event coming up in another column soon!

Stay cool — enjoy the weekend. Enjoy the end of the Fair!



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