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I had looked forward to the Atascadero Tamale Festival with great anticipation since I had attended the Festival in 2018 and thoroughly enjoyed it. But this year it was not meant to be. Instead, we were dealing with our aging pet — a Border Collie and Lab mix who is going on 12 years of age.
Cale was at a point that made us think she needed to be put down. That was the sad news. However, the good news is that we took her to see Dr. Renee Leton at El Camino Veterinary Hospital and she examined her, said her heart was strong and she was healthy — she was simply “aging” and needed some pain medication to help her deal with it. John and I said we certainly could understand that! We now give her the medication (like Tylenol) and she’s 90 percent better. The 10 percent is the “aging” part, which many of us understand!
Terrie Banish, who organized the Tamale Festival, sent me an update on the event which was held on Saturday, Jan. 19, and was the 4thAnnual — it just keeps growing and getting better! This year there were 80 vendors in attendance and 32 of them were tamale vendors who came from all over SLO County as well as from the far reaches of the Central Valley and Southern California, including Anaheim, Bakersfield, Hemet, Huntington Beach, Riverside and Santa Ana!
Each year, the festival has a Judges Favorite and a People’s Choice Tamale Contest. The first-place winner under Judges Favorite, in the Traditional category, was Garcia’s Restaurant in Atascadero.
First place in the Gourmet category was La Luz Del Mundo from Ontario, while First Place in the Sweet category was La Luz Del Mundo from Santa Ana.     
People’s Choice Awards went to these three vendors who won across all categories of traditional, gourmet and sweet. The winners were Garcia’s Restaurant, Atascadero, first place; La Luz Del Mundo Paso Robles, second place; and Las Delicias de Zacatecas, San Luis Obispo.  
Congratulations to Terrie Banish and her “tamale team” for putting on another successful Tamale Festival — putting Atascadero on the map! Save the date of Jan. 18, 2020, for the 5th annual event!
For more information, contact Banish at 805-470-3490.
The Canzona Women’s Ensemble is presenting a concert on Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m., at the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church. Joining the Ensemble will be Vivace of Central Coast Youth Chorus. The theme for the concert will be “Raising Our Voices.”
For more information, about Canzona Women’s Ensemble and tickets, visit the website at or call 805-391-SONG.
The 37th Annual Ladies’ Conference is coming to Atascadero on March 8 and 9, at Colony Park Community Center, 5599 Traffic Way. Register online at For more information, contact Jan at 805-466-0992 or Denise at 805-459-9384.
The theme for the conference is Radiate! “...let your light shine…”
March is full of “save the dates!” Here’s another important one for your calendar. Cuesta College and Women’s Legacy Fund — a fund of The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County will present the Women of Distinction Awards at Cuesta College on Thursday, March 21, from 4-6 p.m.
Nominations are open for Progress for Women Award; Community and Public Service, Professional Award; Community and Public Service, Volunteer Award; and Grace N. Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award.
If you know a woman deserving of this recognition, please nominate her by Feb. 1, 2019. Past recipients and nomination form can be found at
Be sure to save this date! Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County will present “Under the Big Top” Charitable Chic Fashion Show, on April 6, from 12-2:30 p.m. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. The event is planned for Embassy Suites San Luis Obispo.
I will keep you posted on this exciting event as we get closer on the calendar.
Knights of Columbus Santa Lucia Council 3648 is presenting their Charity Concert tonight, featuring Hilary and Kate, singing Americana, Gospel, Folk, and Bluegrass Music. The concert will take place at St. William’s Parish Hall 6410 Santa Lucia Rd., Atascadero, from 7-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door.
This is a fundraiser for St. William’s Church Bell Restoration Project and Knight’s Scholarship Fund.
For more information, call Mike at 661-317-6048.
Just an added note — Hilary and Kate performed at our 2018 Colony Days and were terrific. Don’t miss this opportunity to do some boot stomping and hand clapping!
Here’s a save the date for March if you’d like to plan ahead. Quota International of Atascadero is planning their annual “O’Bunko” party for Wednesday, March 13, at the Atascadero Elks Lodge BPOE 2733, located at 1516 El Camino Real, Atascadero. The event will begin at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $25 and include snacks. There will be raffle opportunities to win some great prizes. In the raffle, there will be two gas cards given away and two tickets to Dancing With Our Stars for the Friday night performance on March 22.
Tickets are available from any Atascadero Quota Member or by contacting event chairman Myrna Wood at 805-460-6129.
Proceeds will support local community needs.Cheers!


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