I remember participating in the first Dancing With Our Stars and I raised $3,000 which went to the Library project that year. All of us who danced were very excited to be part of the show and hoped that the fundraising committee would continue to produce the event. We knew that it had great potential for raising funds for the Library.
Continue, it did and last weekend was the 10th production of what has become a signature event for Friends of the Library, who originally presented it, only now the dancers represent a nonprofit and raise money for that group. Friends of the Library continues to have a dancer represent it since there is always a need for raising funds for the maintenance of the building.
Community Star Dancers included Terrie Banish dancing to raise funds for the Atascadero Library; Nancy Beckett raising funds to benefit Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation; Tom Butler representing Atascadero Greyhound Foundation; Susan Funk fundraising for Atascadero AAUW’s Tech Trek scholarship program; Steffi Ketzler representing ECHO; Jan Lynch representing Atascadero Kiwanis with proceeds going to Woods Humane Society’s Education Program; Karen McNamara danced to raise funds for the restoration of the Printery building; and Heather Moreno danced for the Library.
Community Star Partners and Choreographers included Aron Avila, Charlie Bradley, Kara Frenzel, Chris Harmon, Justin McMillan, Laura Slania, Frank Sanchez, Mia Sudmeier (Frank’s granddaughter), Christina Troxel, Rod Ware, Amy Wescom and Bob Woodard.
This special show now plays for three nights and has become a “not to miss” event. There was a sell-out crowd each night, who enjoyed not only the “5-star” performances but award-winning wine from event wine sponsor Opolo Vineyards and an exceptional buffet dinner prepared by Dawn and Seth White, owners of Pacific Harvest Catering.
Friends of the Atascadero Library is to be commended for starting something that has grown to be such an important part of Atascadero’s entertainment calendar. The organization is also to be commended for expanding the focus of the event to include nonprofits, to help them raise funds for their philanthropic work in the community and the North County.
Last but not least, Congratulations to all of the Community Star Dancers--- you are all winners!
I want to offer special congratulations to Karen McNamara for placing third in the “Champion” race. Karen managed to raise $25,000. Proceeds will go to help rehabilitate the Printery and keep us headed toward including a performing arts venue in the building. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a permanent stage for our Star Dancers? Keep that thought!
Please see other articles in this issue about the event and the big winners over the three performances.
Speaking of performances, Atascadero Performing Arts Center Committee (APACC) is presenting “Afternoon Tea with Phoebe Hearst” on Saturday, April 13, from 2-4 p.m. at Atascadero Community Church Hall, 5850 Rosario, Atascadero, featuring local actress Karen Harris as Phoebe.
Hearst Castle is a state monument dedicated to the memory of two people; “to William Randolph Hearst, who built it, and Phoebe Apperson Hearst, who inspired it.” Everyone has heard of William but who was his mother, Phoebe?
Phoebe Apperson Hearst was one of the most influential philanthropists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She founded organizations and sponsored innovations that affect Americans every day. UC Berkeley, the PTA, Mount Vernon, and the National Cathedral School are just a few of the institutions that, if not for the “little lady from California,” might not exist for the 21st-century public.
APACC is presenting “Afternoon Tea with Phoebe Hearst,” a one-woman performance featuring local actress Karen Harris who will present stories from Phoebe’s life, in costume and in the “Chautauqua” style of lectures designed to provide higher learning to adults in an informal setting, that were popular in the late 19th century.
The mission of APACC is to provide a permanent, joint-use facility where the youth and adults of the community may develop, express or experience live performances of all forms of art. APACC is collaborating with the Atascadero Printery Foundation in its efforts to restore the Printery building and provide space within the building for a performing arts theatre, along with other community-use spaces.
Tickets for the “Afternoon Tea with Phoebe Hearst” are $50 and include a lovely tea served with vintage teacups, plates, and teapots, along with a glass of sparkling wine or cider, and the performance by Karen Harris.
Tickets are available at the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce, 6907 El Camino Real, or online at BrownPaperTickets.com. (Search Phoebe Hearst). You may also call 805-712-9824 for ticket reservations.
It might seem a little early, but here’s an important date to save. The Atascadero Community Band will be presenting “A Magically Musical Mother’s Day Concert” on Sunday, May 12, from 3-5 p.m. at Atascadero Bible Church, 6225 Atascadero Ave.
This very special concert will feature medleys from “West Side Story,” “My Fair Lady,” “The King & I,” “Sweeney Todd,” and “The Lion King” just to name a few, along with a special tribute to Gilbert and Sullivan.
Visit the band website at atascaderoband.org for more information.
Remember the concert admission is free and there is plenty of convenient parking on the church grounds.
Plan now to gather your family and friends and celebrate Mother’s Day with music!
Check out tickets for the Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County’s 2019 Charitable Chic Fashion Show and Luncheon, online at alslocounty.org/Events-“Under the Big Top.” Tickets are $85 per person ($40 tax deductible). Proceeds benefit Operation School Bell.
The event is April 6, at Embassy Suites, 333 Madonna Rd., SLO, and doors open at 11:30 a.m.
Spring is here and we are in for some busy, busy times — Enjoy! Cheers!