Preparing for Coats for Kids distribution | Around About North County

When you read this, we will be packing up our enclosed trailer with donated coats, jackets, sweaters and sweatshirts for Coats for Kids. We will move our set-up equipment into the National Guard Armory in Atascadero this Monday, Dec. 10, starting at 8:30 a.m., if you want to volunteer.
We still need more of those warm items, for children of our local families, for the distribution on Wednesday, Dec. 12. If you missed dropping your donation in one of our boxes, please bring your items to the Armory on Monday or Tuesday before 2 p.m. if possible.
We held our last Coats for Kids Committee meeting before the distribution event on Wednesday, Dec. 12. I’m happy to say that we are “on track” and ready to go.

The same information applies for the Paso Robles Distribution on Dec. 15. We will be setting up in the Paso Robles Event Center in the Frontier building beginning Wednesday, Dec. 13, with start time at 8:30 a.m.
Coats for Kids will be partnering with Atascadero Loaves and Fishes providing food for a holiday dinner, Atascadero Kiwanis Club providing toys for the children, and the Salvation Army providing a voucher for meat for the holiday dinner.
We will partner with Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles and Salvation Army in Paso Robles for that distribution.

The Atascadero Historical Society’s well attended “Raise the Roof” fundraiser last Saturday evening at Pear Valley Winery raised over $3,500, to be used for work on the Colony Heritage Center, located on a 3-acre plot near the Atascadero Library.
Visitors to the Center will discover the early history of Atascadero through a Natural History Museum, an Archive Center, as well as exhibits from the Colony Period of Atascadero. Guests at the Saturday event enjoyed a catered buffet prepared by Cahoots Catering.
For those of you celebrating Hanukkah, Jayne Sacks (sorry Jayne, I left the “y” out of your name last week!) sent this information. There will be a candle lighting of a large menorah in the Atascadero Sunken Gardens on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m. Jayne said, “There will be singing, hot chocolate, cookies, and good cheer.”
Friends of the Paso Robles Library are continuing their Holiday Extravaganza that opened Dec. 6 in the Library Conference Room. They will be open today (Dec. 7) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tomorrow, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Extravaganza offers all kinds of gifts for children and adults, jewelry, stocking stuffers, cookies, popcorn, and raffles. Come and shop and pay no sales tax.
Don’t miss the 32nd Vine Street Victorian Christmas Showcase this Saturday, Dec. 8, from 6-9 p.m. Stroll down historic Vine Street between 8th and 21st streets. You’ll see Scrooge, dancers, carolers, bands, entertainment, snow, and lights! The event is sponsored by Main Street and El Paso de Robles Historical Society.
The 28th Victorian Teddy Bear Tea will take place at the Paso Robles Park Ballroom on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 2-4 p.m. Come, bring your Teddy Bear and have a lovely afternoon. You will see Santa, the Snow King and Snow Queen and enjoy music, tea, and treats.  Seating is limited so get your tickets now. They are available at the Paso Robles Main Street office.
Winter Wonderland is tonight here in Atascadero, from 5-9 p.m. and promises to be another outstanding event for all ages. Over 53 tons of snow on the Central Coast is on its way to downtown Atascadero.
Atascadero’s Sunken Gardens and the entire downtown will be transformed into a magical winter snow globe for all to enjoy. This year’s events include a massive snow slide built by the Kiwanis Club of Atascadero, two large snow play areas, Joe’s Little Train operated by the Elks Club of Atascadero, a rock climbing wall, bounce houses and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus!
The event is free to come and enjoy, but don’t forget to bring along your wallet for holiday shopping, great food, and all the extra fun that abounds. For a schedule of entertainment, go to
I hope you are able to enjoy some of the exciting events planned by our North County communities for the holidays. There’s something for everyone!
Remember to visit our Assistance League Thrift Store at 667 A Marsh St. in SLO. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Thrift Store is a key source of funding for our philanthropic program, Operation School Bell, providing new school-appropriate clothing to students in need. During this current school year, we have clothed close to 2,000 students in grades K-12.
Right now our store offers wonderful gifts for Christmas at thrift store prices. Stop by, take a look, and see for yourself!


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