Cruisin’ Weekend | Around About North County

Last week, I mentioned the Cruisin’ Weekend here in Atascadero, starting with Hot El Camino Cruise Nite on Friday, Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. The weather is always beautiful and folks sit along El Camino Real, watching over 400 of California’s finest classic cars as they take a “cruise down the drag” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Aug. 18 the popular Mid-State Cruizers will present their 29th Annual Car Show at Atascadero Lake Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds from the show are distributed to local charities. The car show is free to the public.
Come out to the Lake Park and you will take a walk down memory lane when you see those beautiful cars. You’ll be saying, “I had one like that!” or “I wish I still had my car like that!” It’s a lot of fun to look back!
To learn more about the Mid-State Cruizers Car Club, visit
On Saturday evening from 5-10 p.m. join in the fun throughout the downtown area. You will have a chance to view antique cars from the Mid-State Cruizers car show, dance to five incredible bands, purchase food from various food trucks from around the Central Coast, and enjoy a beer or a glass of wine or cider.
There will be three stages for the bands located on Entrada, Palma, and Lewis streets. Music will be provided by the Martin Paris Band, Rocky Montijo, Bear Market Riot, Burning James & the Funky Flames and The Monroe.
This big weekend is one of my favorites. Come out and see for yourself what makes it one of the most popular Cruisin’ weekends in the North County!
Last Tuesday, our Rotary Club of Templeton hosted Rotary District 5240 District Governor Sandi Schwartz. The District has 3,300 members in 72 clubs within four counties, including San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Bakersfield, and Ventura.
Sandi Schwartz has been a member of the Rotary Club of Bakersfield East since 1994. She walked the streets of India in 2004 for a National Immunization Day event that profoundly changed her life and devotion to Rotary. She served as club President in 2013-1014 and received Rotary International’s Presidential Citation with Distinction.
Sandi was a registered nurse for 46 years and is now retired.
District governors are an important part of Rotary’s leadership structure. Governors, together with a team of assistant governors and district committees, support, strengthen, and motivate clubs. They also organize training and plan the district conference and other events. Nominees for district governor must have been Rotarians for at least seven years and have served as a club president.  
As District Governor, Sandi presented recognitions to three members of the Rotary Club of Templeton for being heroes “behind the scenes.” Wendy Dow and Deborah Stafford were present to receive their awards, while Frank Walsh was not in attendance.
For more information about the Rotary Club of Templeton, contact Laurie Reilly president at 805-550-9235.
For those of you who are “into” photography, either as a photographer or as one who appreciates the work, this next note is for you. The Wilding Museum of art and nature, located at 1511-B Mission Drive, Solvang is featuring its 10th annual competition featuring photographs that capture nature’s magical ability to regenerate. The winning photographs are exceptional and have unique perspectives on how nature preservers and regenerates.
The winners were announced at the show opening on Aug. 4. The guest judge for this year’s show was Bill Dewey, who has extensive photography experience, has photographed the tri-counties, and is known for his aerial photography.
The 2018 Annual Women’s Legacy Fund Luncheon will take place on Thursday, Sept. 27 from noon to 1:45 p.m. at Alex Madonna Expo Center. You can place your reservation for the luncheon online by visiting the Women’s Legacy website at and click events.
The Women’s Legacy Fund mission is to be a catalyst for philanthropy that improves the lives of women and girls in San Luis Obispo County.


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