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Welcome to our big Cruisin’ Weekend here in Atascadero. Tonight, (Friday, Aug. 17) those beautiful, hot and classic cars from the past will be cruisin’ El Camino Real, so grab your family and friends and head on downtown. Don’t forget to take a lawn chair or two because the cars will cruise from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and you just might like to “sit a spell”.
Tomorrow (Saturday, Aug. 18) you can take in one of the most popular car shows in SLO County, at the Mid State Cruizers Annual Car Show at Atascadero Lake Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Then hop on downtown at 5 p.m. for the Summer Concert Blowout and Dance Party in the Downtown Colony District.
You will find plenty of food, drink, and dancin’ music! Plan on “dinner downtown.” After dinner head over to the Printery Foundation Dessert Booth for some sweets. Proceeds will benefit the Printery rehabilitation project.
Speaking of the Printery, there will be a work day on Saturday (Aug. 18) on the grounds of the building located on Olmeda next to the National Guard Armory. Volunteers will clear debris and help with other work projects. No experience necessary — only a willingness to help with the rehabilitation of the beautiful, historic building.
Last Tuesday night, John and I did take-out at the Tuesdays in the Park BBQ, presented by Atascadero Chamber of Commerce and hosted by PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) and CALL (Creative Alternative for Learning and Living).
If you haven’t had your “fix” of that wonderful barbecue, prepared by the Atascadero Elks Lodge BPOE 2733 BBQ Crew, you still have one more chance.
The United Methodist Church and Atascadero Chamber of Commerce will be your hosts on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Food is served from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the event.
The Community Band will play at the bandstand by the lake from 7 to 8 p.m. Be sure to bring a low-back chair and a jacket or sweater. Someday it will be cool again!
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is presenting “an evening of casual elegance” at their signature event, Rendezvous 2018, on Sept. 15, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the San Luis Obispo Country Club.
All proceeds benefit abused and neglected children in SLO County through the CASA program.
The evening includes premier wines, gourmet dining, live and silent auctions, and the popular, spectacular cake auction.
Tickets are $100 per person and can be reserved by visiting or by calling 805-541-6542. You are encouraged to make your reservations early as this is a very popular event.
The Knights of Columbus and Kiwanis Club of Atascadero are presenting the 3rd Annual Atascadero Charity Showdown 2018 Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 22. Check-in time is 8:30 a.m. Toss begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m., in the Atascadero Sunken Gardens in front of the Historic City Hall on El Camino Real.
Registration forms for the one-day tournament are available online at: or at the Atascadero Chamber.
For more information, call 661-317-6048.
This year, the organizers are adding more teams, more prize money, and more events during the tournament. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will be going to the Atascadero High School Greybots Robotics Team 973. They even plan to have a robot Cornhole player!
The North County Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program will be having a raffle with great prizes.
Even if you do not participate the teams will appreciate your support.
I love art workshops where you don’t need to be a professional to attend.
I just learned about this opportunity the other day and thought it sounded like a winner!
The title of the workshop session is Creativity Unleashed and will be led by Paso Robles artist, Vicky Hoffman on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. at art/ 5806 Traffic Way, Atascadero.
Cost is $75 pre-pay. To register, email [email protected] Registration includes sketchbooks as well as most materials. Participants are asked to bring a blow dryer and an apron to protect their clothing.
“This is a playful sketchbook class. Come and enjoy the magic of sketchbooks while enjoying a glass of wine. We will explore a variety of media and creativity exercises, including collage, journaling, materials and more. This is the perfect workshop for non-artists to break that creative block,” said the artist Vicky Hoffman.
Mark your calendars for the Women’s Legacy Annual Luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 12 p.m., at the Alex Madonna Expo Center, San Luis Obispo. I’ll have more on this event later.
As a reminder, tickets for the CAPS (Committee for Atascadero Public Schools) 12th Annual Evening for Education, “Under the Big Top” are available online with a credit card at and are $75 per person.
The event on Aug. 25 will be held at SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Atascadero, from 5 to 11 p.m.
Have a va-rooooom weekend at the Cruisin’ Weekend in Atascadero!


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