Recap of May activities | Around About North County

As we wrap up the month of May, I want to send kudos to Nancy Hair and the rest of Friends of Atascadero Lake for organizing the LakeFest and encouraging activities that occur on our beautiful Atascadero Lake. From Nancy’s report, everyone enjoyed the cardboard boat races and the other race categories.

Congratulations to the crew of the Solarponics sponsored “Sun Catcher” that placed first in the Open Class in the Cardboard Boat Races. It’s not too early to start planning your entry for next year. Save some cardboard!

If you’re a “Bingo Buff,” the Atascadero Elks Lodge No. 2733 will be offering Bingo on the first Sunday of each month, starting with this Sunday, June 2. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. with the games starting at 1 p.m. and ending at 5 p.m. The Lodge is located at 1516 El Camino Real, Atascadero. Must be 18 years old to play. They list early bird games, door prizes, special games, concessions, jackpots, and more. For more information, call 805-466-ELKS (3557).

I hope you were able to attend a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday. John and I attended the one organized by the Atascadero Veterans Memorial Foundation and held at the Faces of Freedom Memorial in Atascadero.

Master of Ceremonies, Dick Mason (KPRL Radio) announced the program, starting with a Military Flyover by the Estrella Warbirds and the Presentation of Colors by Cal Poly ROTC Cadets with Central Coast Pipes and Drums, setting the tone of the special ceremony.

The San Luis Obispo County Trumpet Alliance played a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem, followed by the Invocation by retired pastor, Rick Comstock.

I loved the Armed Forces Medley when members of the different military forces stood as their “song” was played. You could sense their pride.

Guest Speaker for the event was Lieutenant Colonel Ed Cobleigh USAF (Ret), followed by vocalist Marlon Varin.

The Wreath Laying was performed by Debbie Roller and Jerry Zalusky, each representing members of their families who have served in the military.

The end of the ceremony began with the playing of “Taps” by Tommy Gong and his son Darin, followed by the Benediction and the Retiring of the Colors.
It was a beautiful ceremony created to remind us of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. The Faces of Freedom Memorial offers a very special location to reflect and remember.

Thanks go to the Atascadero Veterans Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, for the work they do in educating present and future generations about the service of our Veterans; providing financial support for the repairs, maintenance and improvements to the Faces of Freedom Memorial; and promoting and supporting events and organizations that honor our nation’s Veterans.

Following the ceremony, the Atascadero Kiwanis Club provided a barbecue lunch for purchase. What a great group — Thanks, Kiwanians!

The Foundation will be serving at the Tuesday in the Park BBQ on June 25, from 5-7 p.m., at Atascadero Lake Park. To purchase tickets ahead (and save $1 per ticket), call Andrea at 805-466-7076, or visit the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce.

Bring a low chair and enjoy the Community Band in the Centennial Bandstand by the Lake, from 7-8 p.m. after the barbecue.    

The next general meeting of AVMF will be on June 3, 6 p.m., at the VFW in Atascadero. Meetings are open to anyone wishing to help support Veterans and maintain the Faces of Freedom Memorial.

The Optimist’s Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival Golf Tournament will be played on Saturday, June 22, at Chalk Mountain Golf Course. Organizer Jerry Tanimoto, says there’s still time to register by going to the Optimist website at and downloading the entry form.

This great “morning of golf” will start with a shotgun start at 8 a.m., using the 4 person Scramble Format. Entry fee is $80 per golfer up to June 17, when the fee will then be $90. So, clean those clubs, shine your shoes, don your latest “stylish” golf clothes, and plan to help the Atascadero Optimist Club raise funds for student scholarships at Atascadero High!

After a morning of golf, you’ll be ready to relax and attend the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival “Reserve Experience” from 4-8 p.m. at Atascadero Lake Park, organized by the Atascadero Chamber and the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival Committee.

The festival has expanded to once again introduce you to some of the best local wines, but is adding ciders, brews, and distilled spirits from the area. You won’t want to miss the fun of discovery! For more information visit or call Vicki at 805-466-2044.

Enjoy the weekend — rain or shine!



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