Playground breaks ground | Around About North County

Exciting news! The City of Atascadero and Parents for Joy held the groundbreaking ceremony on May 1 at the Colony Park Community Center to initiate construction for the Joy Playground. The much-anticipated project has been made possible by the Parkland Facilities Impact Funds along with many donations from Kiwanis of Atascadero, the local Paso Robles Chapter of 100+ Women Who Care, the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival Committee, to a variety of local businesses, contractors and residents. It has been an ongoing fundraising effort on behalf of the Parents for Joy organization, which will be constructed on the grounds of Atascadero’ s Colony Park Community Center located on Traffic Way.
Parents for Joy is a group of local parents, families and teachers who live with or are associated with children with special needs. Their vision for the all-inclusive Joy Playground comes from their desire for a playground available to all children and their loved ones that will enhance the safety and involvement of children with special needs, as well as providing the ability for adult parents, grandparents and other adult loved-ones with special needs to have access to their children while at play.
The organization is still in need of donations to meet the projected total needed to complete the new playground. To contact or to donate to the Parents for  
Joy Playground project contact them at For more information about the project, visit
Remember the United Methodist Church rummage sale is this weekend, today and tomorrow (Friday and Saturday). Friday hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to noon. The church is located at 11605 El Camino Real near Santa Barbara Road.
Save the date of May 19th for the Friends of the Atascadero Library Super Spring Used Book Sale in the lobby of the Atascadero Library. Members of Friends can shop early at 8:45 a.m. with the public joining in from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will be another “bag of books for $3” sale so prepare to do some great shopping!
Alice’s Book Store in the Library lobby reports that business is bustling. Shoppers are enjoying the monthly raffle opportunity to win a $20 gift certificate. Each purchase offers the shopper a chance to win the prize.
Congratulations to Shirley Summers who was at the State Capitol in Sacramento in March as one of 40 women in California to be honored as Woman of the Year for District 35. The sponsor of the event was the California Legislative Women’s Caucus which was formed in 1985. The first Woman of the Year award was given in 1987.
News from my artist friend, Janice Pluma includes the dates for the Spring edition of SLO County Open Studios Art Tour Bonus Weekend May 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Her studio is Atelier 708, located at 708-D Paso Robles St., Paso Robles.
If you don’t have a catalog from the October 2017 tour, you can download one to your phone at You’ll find artist’s information and maps. The event is free and the artists are eager to share their new work with attendees.
Friends of Atascadero Lake are planning their 3rd Annual LakeFest & Cardboard Boat Regatta on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be paddleboard standing races, music, beer garden, 2-for-1 Zoo tickets, activities for kids, food and commercial and craft vendors.
For more information visit or Facebook: Friends of Atascadero LakeFest.
This Sunday, May 6, the Atascadero Community Band is presenting “An Outdoor Portrait & Music of the Wild West”, from 3-5 p.m., at Atascadero Bible Church 6225 Atascadero Avenue.
Enjoy the afternoon concert with the Community Band and Guest Conductor, Randy Schwalbe. The concert will include familiar American Folk songs & Western favorites such as Alabama Jubilee, Silverado, Sedona, The Great Locomotive Chase, and Northern Trails March to list a few. You will be welcome to stomp your feet, clap your hands, and tip your hat to the music. Feel free to climb into your best western wear—no spurs please!
Admission and refreshments are free. The musicians have selected Atascadero Loaves and Fishes to benefit from this concert. Donations will be accepted at the concert. For more information visit
Save the date of May 17 for the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce After Hours Mixer from 5:30-7 p.m., hosted by Century 21 Hometown Realty 6755 El Camino Real.
The Central Coast Cider Festival Atascadero is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, from 5-8 p.m., on Saturday, May12, at the Atascadero Pavilion on the Lake. For more information and to purchase tickets visit CENTRAL COASTCIDER FESTIVAL.COM.  
Lots of great activities going on in our beautiful North County this weekend and in the month of May. Looks like the weather will be good and even warmer for those outdoor events. Enjoy all that the area offers!


More In Columns