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This past weekend John and I attacked an area of our property that is covered with a huge variety of weeds I’ve not seen before, including Miner’s Lettuce. It is beautiful and lush and according to my research online, is edible. 

It’s amazing what came in with the winds this year. We’ve seen more wildflowers, also, that add to the beauty of rural living.

This county is unbelievable — when you can live two miles from town, with deer, wild turkeys, grey squirrels, and other critters, it is a blessing, indeed.

This will be a busy weekend here in the North County, with many family-oriented events taking place. The Atascadero Historical Society will be presenting “Colony Family Fun Day” on Saturday (April 27) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Colony Heritage Center, 6305 Capistrano Ave., near the Atascadero Library.

Members of the Historical Society will lead children in old-time games and activities, and tours of the Heritage Center which is in the “growing” process.

A tasty pizza lunch with a beverage will be available for $6, so bring the family and enjoy the day learning about the early days of Atascadero.

For more information, visit

“Brew at the Zoo” is this Saturday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Charles Paddock Zoo. Tickets include a commemorative beer glass, micro-brewery and cider tasting and live music. Pre-sale $35 per person; $45 per person at the door. Must be 21 years and over to be admitted. For more information, or call 805-461-5080.

Don’t forget the 5th Annual K9 Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser is Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Atascadero Elks Lodge No. 2733, 1516 El Camino Real, in Atascadero. 

The dinner will benefit the Atascadero Police K9 Foundation. During the event, you will be able to meet the dogs and the officers who handle them, and view live demonstrations of tactical obedience, narcotic detection and mock vehicle pursuit.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children age 10 and under. “To-Go” meals will be available.

Friends of Atascadero Lake are planning the 4th Annual “LakeFest” on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include Cardboard Boat Races, Stand-Up Paddleboard Races, 2-for-1 Zoo tickets, a wine and beer garden, live music by The Long Shots, kid’s activities, and food and commercial vendors.

Become a LakeFest Sponsor. Create a competitive boat and win prizes. Proceeds from this event will help improve the quality of Atascadero Lake. Visit to learn more about the event and how to make a donation to become a sponsor. 

Yesterday I met my friend Ann Hobbs from Morro Bay and we attended the lunch serving of “Empty Bowls” held at the Atascadero Bible Church. This special event was a fundraiser for El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO).

We were able to select a bowl from a table of lovely bowls — some handmade and some commercial. Then we were directed to choose a soup to be served by a celebrity server. Jeannie Malik, Ian Parkinson, Debbie Arnold, and Jeff Buckingham were serving as well as others when we went through the line.

The soups, all prepared and donated by local chefs and restaurants, were hard to choose from since they all looked so good. We started with Carrot Curry and I ended with a tasting of old-fashioned Chicken Noodle that was delicious and tasted nothing like Campbell’s out of a can!

The event committee did a beautiful job of setting up the tables in the large hall at the church. The weather was perfect so they were able to offer outdoor seating also. It had to have been a “sell-out” because there was a huge crowd — many folks coming from work to eat lunch and “help a cause.” 

I served during the dinner shift. It too was a “sell-out” and a nice addition to the event. I imagine the committee will include it again next year.

The mission of ECHO is to empower people in SLO County to make positive change by providing food, shelter, and supportive services. The organization was a grassroots idea back in 2001 and has grown into a multi-faceted, effective response to the SLO County’s homeless population’s needs. The organization provides a safe and secure overnight 50-bed shelter to meet immediate needs and help families and individuals find permanent and sustainable housing within three months of entering the shelter.

For more information, visit or call 805-462-FOOD (3663).

Enjoy the weekend!



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