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More rain — that’s a good thing! We have an area on our property, just off of our deck that is covered with oak trees and rocks. We dubbed it “The Park” and right now it is beautiful. The rocks are covered with vibrant green moss and when the sun shines through the trees it is simply breathtaking. During the drought, the moss was dry and we were lucky to see any green at all, but now it’s alive and well thanks to all the rain!
Have you noticed the daffodils popping their heads above ground? You should see them in front of the Montessori School on Monterey Road. When they all bloom it’s going to be a sight to see!  I think we are in for a beautiful display this year all over Atascadero. Thanks to Lee Swam, aka “Daffodil Man,” who started the “Daffodil Movement” several years ago. Thanks, Lee!  
Our Atascadero Colony Days Committee held our annual meeting and awards dinner this week for the “passing of the gavel” to the next chairman. Karen McNamara, who served the past two years, passed the gavel to Nic Mattson.
The committee also chose the parade theme “California Dreams”, so put on your thinking caps right now to come up with a float idea for the parade on Oct. 5 this year.
For the first time, the Sweetheart Stroll is on a Friday night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. In the past, it has been on Saturdays. This year the date is Feb. 8.
There will be Hershey’s kisses, courtesy of Grocery Outlet in Atascadero, as well as free roses to the first 50 participants at Arlyne’s Flowers and Gifts located on Palma Avenue across from City Hall.
Strollers can take a carriage ride around the downtown during the event. The carriage will pick up attendees at the Carlton Hotel. Tours of Historic City Hall will be offered during the event. The Atascadero Kiwanis Key Club will have a booth selling baked goods during the Stroll.
Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased online at atascaderochamber.org and picked up at the Historic City Hall on the night of the event. Tickets will also be available that evening starting at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall and at Grape Encounters on Traffic Way.
An exclusive Sweetheart Stroll wine glass, an opportunity to taste local wines at participating businesses, and to view outstanding art, are included in the Stroll.
For additional information, contact Jamie Neutill at [email protected]
The City of Atascadero and Pavilion on the Lake are presenting the 15th Annual Father-Daughter Sweetheart Dance — “Dancing in Wonderland.”
Show her how special she really is…Fathers, Uncles, Grandfathers, or anyone with a special girl are invited to spend a semi-formal evening of great fun dancing to music from deejay Manuel Medina from Medina light Show Designs with snacks, door prizes and more!
Don’t miss your chance to win fantastic prizes as couples dance the night away. Due to the popularity of this event, the Friday, Feb. 1 dance is sold out. Tickets are available for Saturday, Feb. 2 from 7-10 p.m. at the Pavilion on the Lake, 9315 Pismo Ave., Atascadero. Jimmy DE, a professional photographer, will be onsite with affordable picture packages to make your memories last forever. Advance ticket purchases only. Tickets will not be available at the door!
Ticket prices are $31 per couple for Atascadero residents with a 93422 zip code and $36 per couple for non-residents. Tickets for additional daughters are only $5. Tickets can only be purchased at the Colony Park Community Center located at 5599 Traffic Way, Atascadero. The Community Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For additional information, call 805-470-3360.
Members and friends are invited to the Annual E. G. Lewis Dinner presented by the Atascadero Historical Society. The annual potluck dinner is scheduled for March 2 and will honor the 150th birthday of the city’s founder, E.G. Lewis, and allow members of the Society to conduct business. Dues for 2019 Historical Society membership will be collected and require cash or check for payment.
The event will be held at the Fellowship Hall of the Community Church of Atascadero, 5850 Rosario Ave., from 5-9 p.m.  For more information regarding the dinner contact Irene Bishop at 805-466-4370.
I’m including the winner of the Pinewood Derby recently held here in Atascadero. I loved to watch those events when our boys were involved when they were in Cub Scouts many years ago. Good memories!
Have a great weekend and enjoy the rain!


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