Recap of Tea with Phoebe | Around About North County

Well, I heard from several of you that you missed my column last week. Thanks for noticing! However, it was nice that my “space” was filled with the article written by my friend Lon Allan, about the Atascadero Kiwanis Club celebration of 50 years of making a difference in our community. Thanks, Lon!

Our Atascadero Performing Arts Center Committee (APACC) presented “Afternoon Tea with Phoebe Hearst” last Saturday at the Community Church Hall. Local actress, Karen Harris, was truly believable as Phoebe and impressed the audience with her Chautauqua-style of performance which was popular in the late 19th century.

Thanks go to Wendy Richardson, owner of the Tea Trolley in Atascadero on Entrada Avenue, who advised our committee on the preparation and serving of a “proper Tea.” Also thanks go to Jodi Bloom, owner of Bloom n Grow in Atascadero, who arranged lovely centerpieces in vintage teacups, for each table.

It was a busy weekend for North County residents, but “thank you” to those of you who chose our event to attend.

APACC is collaborating with the Printery Foundation on the rehabilitation of the Printery building on Olmeda, in Atascadero. Both groups are looking forward to planning for a performing and visual arts venue within the building, along with other community-use spaces. I’ll keep you posted.

Speaking of events, please plan to attend ECHO’s 4th Annual Empty Bowls event on Thursday, April 25, at Atascadero Bible Church, 6225 Atascadero Ave. This year there will be two servings, with Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 per person and include a beautiful bowl of your choice, delectable soup, stew, or chowder from local restaurant chefs and artisan bread from local bakeries.

Local restaurants and bakeries participating and donating in this event include: Catering by Chef Charlie, Dan’s Grub Shack, Guest House Grill, Streetside Ale House, Pedro’s Mexican Restaurant, Outlaws Bar & Grill, Hofbrau Morro Bay, Giovanni’s Fish Market & Galley, Odyssey World Café, The Full Belly Deli, The Restaurant at Justin Vineyards, ll Cortile, Atascadero Café, McPhee’s Grill, Trumpet Vine Catering, The Wellness Kitchen, Dan Cook, Nino’s Grill, Brian’s Bread, and Back Porch Bakery.

If that list doesn’t get you there, I don’t know what will. I have served at every event and if you have not attended, let this be the year! The soups and bread are simply “outstanding” and you will not go away hungry, I assure you. Get a group of friends together for the dinner serving time and come and enjoy the food while helping raise funds for ECHO to continue the organization’s mission “to empower people in SLO County to make positive change by providing food, shelter, and supportive services. ECHO operates a 50-bed shelter, a daily community dinner program, and shower program for homeless individuals and families throughout San Luis Obispo County.

For more information, visit For ticket information, visit or call 805-462-3663.

My suggestion: If you can’t attend the Empty Bowls event, why not make a donation for ECHO programs and services. Visit the website for donation information.

Remember to mark your calendar for the Atascadero Community band presentation of “A Magically Musical Mother’s Day Concert” on Sunday, May 12, from 2-5 p.m. at Atascadero Bible Church, 6225 Atascadero Ave.

The program will feature medleys from “West Side Story,” “My Fair Lady,” “The King & I,” “Sweeney Todd,” and “The Lion King,” to name a few. There will also be a special tribute to Gilbert and Sullivan.

Admission and parking are free. Concert donations will benefit Gilbert and Sullivan Company of SLO.

The new president and CEO of the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce, Emily Reneau, was introduced at the Chamber Mixer last night at the Chamber location. A large gathering of members and friends were there to welcome her on board.

Don’t miss the K9 Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, April 27, from 4-8 p.m., at the Atascadero Elks Lodge No. 2733, 1516 El Camino Real, Atascadero. Funds will benefit Atascadero Police K9 foundation. This is an opportunity to meet the dogs and the officers through live demonstrations of Tactical Obedience, Narcotics Detection and Mock Vehicle Pursuit.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children age 10 and under. “To-go” meals will be offered. Tickets are available at the Police Department, Glenn’s Repair and Rental, Elks Lodge, CarQuest Auto Parts, and the Chamber. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Enjoy the weather, the wildflowers, Easter activities and sunrise services, and your family and friends. We are blessed to live here in this county!



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