Lighthouse and Tuesdays in the Park | Around About North County

I had one of those crazy days this week where I had my dates mixed up for a couple of meetings. It made me feel old and angry until I had a conversation with someone much younger. She has a “smartphone” where she keeps her calendar — she calls the phone her “life-line.” She misplaced her phone recently and did not find it that day until after dinner. She said she missed everything, including a doctor’s appointment and a lunch date with a good friend. I decided that maybe I wasn’t so old and angry, after all — at least I hadn’t lost my “flip phone!”

A meeting I didn’t miss was the Lighthouse Atascadero Committee meeting, led by Lori Bagby. Lighthouse Atascadero is a partnership between Atascadero Unified School District and the Atascadero Greyhound Foundation (AGF).  

Executive Director of AGF, Donn Clickard, invited me to attend since he knows that I appreciate our nonprofits and the work they do in our communities.

Lighthouse is dedicated to overcoming addiction through awareness, prevention, and intervention. The program provides education, mentoring counseling, healthy activities, scholarships, and opportunities for school-aged youth.

Through awareness, the program educates the members of the community, young and old, that substance abuse is a problem for the individual addict, their family and friends, and the entire community.

The program is dedicated to assisting with providing and supporting activities within the schools and community that help prevent substance abuse among our young people.

The program helps provide Atascadero Unified School District students who are in recovery with an environment that will support their sobriety. It sponsors their involvement in healthy activities, mentors them, and provides training and scholarships after their high school graduation.

Naturally, nonprofits need money to fund their programs, and Lighthouse is presenting the 7th Annual Lighthouse 5K Fun Run & Family Day on June 1, from 8-11 a.m. at Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery, 5036 South El Pomar, Templeton. To learn more about the event visit or call the Greyhound Foundation at 805-712-6356.  

Since there was a lot on the Lighthouse Atascadero agenda, I’m going to stretch out my “report” and include something each week for a few weeks.

The program received several awards at a conference some of the board members had attended and I was impressed. The group also received a large donation at the meeting, which I will tell you about later. Now, on to other news.

Rumor had it that the Atascadero Chamber was not going to continue with the “Tuesdays in the Park” barbecues this summer — NOT TRUE! In fact, the first barbecue, prepared by Elks Lodge #2733 is scheduled for June 11, from 5-7 p.m. at Atascadero Lake Park, 9100 Morro Road, Atascadero. 

The barbecues are fundraisers for nonprofits and those groups will sell tickets and serve the food on the evening they are scheduled. The first group is Parents for Joy, whose funds will be used for the all-inclusive playground at Colony Park Community Center.

Don’t forget to celebrate Mother’s Day with the Atascadero Community Band at their “Magically Musical Mother’s Day Concert.” The event will be presented on Sunday, May 12, from 3-5 p.m., at Atascadero Bible Church, 6225 Atascadero Ave., Atascadero. 

The program will feature medleys from “West Side Story,” “My Fair Lady,” “The King & I,” and more great music.

Admission and parking are free.  However, a donation may be made to Gilbert and Sullivan Company of SLO, the beneficiary of this concert.

Even though the name has changed to Central Coast RESERVE, the event is still the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival, so don’t let it throw you! Just mark your calendars now for Saturday, June 22. In fact, save that whole weekend — Friday through Sunday and I’ll fill you in next week with all of the fun things in store this year.

Two wine festivals take place in May — one in Templeton and one in Paso Robles, so check the websites of their Chambers for details.

Enjoy the weekend!



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