Remembering Tom Maas | Around About North County

Saturday, July 6, was one of those beautiful North County days and family and friends of Tom Maas gathered to say goodbye and pay tribute to a man who was loved and respected by many. The memorial was held at Pear Valley Winery, owned by Tom and his wife, Kathleen.

Several of us, members of Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County, attended the memorial gathering to pay our respects and to support Kathleen, who is a valued member of our organization. Both she and Tom have been devoted to the support our members give to school children, through our Operation School Bell program.

During the memorial, it was pointed out how much Tom loved helping others. He had a couple of projects that were especially important to him — Boys and Girls Club of North SLO County and PRYAF (Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation.)

Tom and Kathleen recently helped the Boys & Girls Club purchase a building for the area’s youth, whose mission is “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” 

PRYAF has had to turn kids away at this point and need to do an addition to their facility. In fact, Tom was preparing the land for the addition. The organization strives to “enrich the lives of the area youth with FREE after-school classes in the visual and performing arts in a safe and nurturing environment.”

Since Tom loved people and loved helping those who are underserved, especially kids, it was suggested that we might want to take up where he left off, and help too!

If you’d like to make a donation in Tom’s name, I’m including the addresses of the two groups. Boys & Girls Club of North SLO County, 600 26th St., Paso Robles, CA 93446 and Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation, 3201 Spring St., Paso Robles, CA 93446.

The Atascadero Historical Society Summer Pot Luck Dinner is Saturday, July 13, at 5 p.m., at the Colony House Museum, 6600 Lewis Ave., Atascadero. Coffee, cold drinks, and paper goods, will be provided. Bring your favorite dish to share. For more information call 895-466-8341 or visit

Last Thursday evening was the 4-Chamber Mixer, held on the grounds of the Printery Building, located on Olmeda, in Atascadero. It was a well-attended event with Chamber members from San Miguel, Paso Robles, Templeton and Atascadero. It was an opportunity for the Printery Foundation to introduce the building to a large gathering of interested North County people. 

As a member of the Printery Foundation board, it was exciting to talk about the future uses of the historic building, including a performing arts theatre and a “museum of print.”  It’s all a “work in progress,” but somehow I know it will happen with the help of those who care about saving a part of history! 

Speaking of “historical” sites, try to visit the Camp Roberts Historical Museum this summer. You can “experience Central California’s vital role in military training through the decades — related in the largest Army museum in the West!” 

Admission is free and open to the public. Hours are (in military terms): 0900-1600 on Thursdays and Saturdays. 

Visit the Museum and see history come alive in the many Educational Exhibits. The Museum consists of two large historic World War II-era buildings full of important and relevant displays.  

Arrangements for large groups can be made by contacting the Museum Curator, Gary McMaster at 805-286-6431 or [email protected]. A phone number for the museum is 805-238-8288.

With the growth in population here in the North County, Templeton Fire and Emergency Services is facing some very real challenges in their area. Please visit to educate yourself about those challenges. You can also email Chief Bill White at [email protected] or call 805-434-4911.

Don’t forget the Chamber’s Tuesday in Park BBQs at Atascadero Lake Park. Food service begins at 5 p.m. and will be served by a hosting nonprofit for that evening. From 7-8 p.m. you can enjoy the Atascadero Community Band at the lakeside Bandstand. It’s a beautiful evening! For more information you can call the Atascadero Chamber at 805-466-2044.

The Atascadero Greyhound Foundation’s “All Comers Track & Field Meets” have started and the next one is Thursday, July 18. The gate is open at 5 p.m. at the Atascadero High School Track. For more information, contact Atascadero Greyhound Foundation Executive Director, Donn Clickard at 805-712-6356.

Have a great weekend and get ready for the California Mid-State Fair opening on Wednesday, July 17!



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