Rotary Crab Feed out of this world | Around About North County

Members of the Rotary Club of Atascadero sure know how to put on a Crab Feed and last Saturday night they proved it again. It’s an annual event and the Pavilion on the Lake was packed with Atascadero Rotarians with their families and friends, along with Rotarians I recognized from Paso Robles and Templeton clubs.
I sat at the “Z Farm” table hosted by Tom and Linda Zirk and decorated, of course, in a farm theme. I think Jeannie Malik had her creative hand involved in the decorating and the table won first place in the decorated table competition.
Rotarian and popular “event” auctioneer, Doug Filipponi helped bring in some big dollars to fill the philanthropic coffers of the Rotary club. Club President Don Idler kept things moving and introduced the student members of the Interact Club at AHS, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Atascadero, who served meals and waited tables. What a special group of kids!
It was a fun evening with a great “table of friends” and the crab was simply “out of this world.” Kudos to the cooks!
As Chairman of Coats for Kids, I’d like to personally invite you to a very special concert on Sunday, March 3, from 3-5 p.m. at Atascadero Bible Church when Guest Conductors Randy Schwalbe and Justin Larson will share the podium for this one-of-a-kind musical experience provided by the Atascadero Community Band.
The title of the concert is “The Humankind Epic.” The dawn of man, birth of jazz, remembrance of fallen heroes, American independence, industrial age, technology, space exploration and more milestones will be celebrated and represented by musical compositions such as Fanfare for the Common Man, Porgy and Bess Medley, Shield of Freedom, Leroy Anderson’s The Typewriter, Jupiter from the Planets, and Over the Rainbow. Come and enjoy another detailed and entertaining narration creation by Randy Schwalbe.
The concert will benefit Coats for Kids which provides children and adults, throughout North County, with warm coats, jackets, sweaters and sweatshirts. Distributions are held in December in Atascadero and Paso Robles.
Coats for Kids is nonprofit and has been providing items of warm outerwear to qualified North County families for 31 years. A tax-deductible donation will go directly toward the purchase of items to keep kids warm.
Admission, refreshments and parking are free, so plan to come to the ABC Church on March 3, and support not only the wonderful, talented musicians in our Atascadero Community Band, but support Coats for Kids.
Hope to see you there!
Please note: Checks written as a donation for Coats for Kids should be made out to Atascadero Community Band with the memo “Coats for Kids.” All donations are fully tax-deductible.
If you are interested in attending the 37th Annual Ladies’ Conference on March 8 and 9, at Colony Park Community Center in Atascadero, be sure to check with Jan Johnson at 805-466-0992 to register. The registration fee is $60 and includes the conference, dessert on Friday evening, and coffee break and lunch on Saturday.
Belated bouquets to JoeAnn Bruzzo and Brenda May who organized the Murder Mystery ‘Til Death Do We Part…and we part tonight” dinner event on Feb. 9, held at the Community Church Hall. The 5-course dinner was presented by Chef Antonio Varia, owner of Buona Tavola in Paso Robles and was “outstanding.”
Our cast of 11 amateur actors had such fun bringing the mystery to the audience who later determined who committed the crime. The cast included Brenda and David May, Lisa and Charles Kania, Jenell Beltz, Kent Kenney, Jayne Sacks, Larry Bruzzo, Karen McNamara, Chris Harmon, and me!
The funds that were raised that night will benefit the rehabilitation of the historic Printery Building.  McNamara will be representing the Printery Foundation in Dancing With Our Stars in March on the 21 through the 23, and will be dancing with professional dancer, Chris Harmon. The two gave the audience a sneak preview of their performance that night.
Thanks to all who attended our attempt at the performing arts and live theater! We certainly were not nominated for an Oscar!
Enjoy the weekend and the weather — whatever settles in!

At the Rotary Club of Atascadero’s Crab Feed. Front row left to right: Greg Malik, Jeannie Malik and Grenda Ernst. Back row left to right: Richard Pulley, Marguerite Pulley, Shirley Summers, Tom Zirk, Linda Zirk and Barbie Butz. (Contributed photo)


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