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For several years now, I have noticed my hearing loss coming on. Of course, for me age has everything to do with it. I struggled through hundreds of meetings, not really hearing everything that was said, but good friends always filled me in. Well, I finally got my hearing aids on Tuesday of this week and I am learning to hear all over again! It’s exciting. I’m hearing the ticking of our old antique clock and the striking of the hour, which seems so loud now, the rattling of the newspaper when I read it, the jingle of the bracelets on my arms, the running of water, and of course, the clanking of dishes and pots and pans in the kitchen! It will take some getting used to, but I’m up to the challenge.
I can only imagine what it must be like for children who have been deaf since birth, but are suddenly able to hear due to new technology. Oh my, what wonderful sounds they must enjoy for the first time.
Cindy Gould, our Volunteer Chairman for Colony Days, and I attended the Atascadero Kiwanis meeting yesterday morning. It was my first introduction to “hearing” in a large room with a lot of people. I was amazed that I could hear everyone who spoke. In the past, I could only see the mouth move on some people, since I could not hear their voices. It was a wonderful experience and I let the Kiwanians know that I heard everything they reported and they applauded that! Cindy and I were signing up volunteers for the Colony Days celebration on Oct. 6. We always need help with the parade and Kiwanis members show their “community spirit” by volunteering. What a great group.
Special praise and a big “thank you” goes to Atascadero Kiwanis member, Albert Almodova, who has been one of the leaders on the parade committee for several years. Due to other obligations, he has found it necessary to cut back on his volunteer-time this year — he will be hard to replace. We are hoping that another “leader” or a couple of “leaders” will step up to the plate and help with the parade.
For more information regarding Colony Days volunteer opportunities, please contact Cindy Gould at 805-610-5425.
Speaking of Colony Days, the committee has been planning to take the Tent City After Dark event up a notch. I think you will be impressed with the additions and changes. This year the event will kick off the Colony Days weekend giving a preview of the tents along with live folk and country music, all with the backdrop of the illuminated historic Atascadero City Hall.
The event will take place on Friday evening, Oct. 5, from 4:30 to 10 p.m., in the Atascadero Colony Days Tent City area of the Sunken Gardens. There will be food, live music, beer, wine and cider. Live music will be provided by Hilary & Kate, Carolina Story, and other popular groups.
Advance tickets are $35 each and include one beverage. Tickets purchased at the event are $40 each. VIP sponsorship tables of eight are $500 and include one drink per person, a platter of tacos for the table and personal table service for the entire evening. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 1 at 9 a.m. at
Save the date of Sunday, Sept. 16, from 4-7 p.m., for the Atascadero Printery Foundation’s presentation of “Cow Pie Bingo” on the grounds of the Atascadero Printery, 6351 Olmeda Ave.
This is a free event featuring live music from Shelly and The Classics, who will be performing classic rock favorites. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. There will be fun for the whole family with food, drinks and games available for purchase.
The “Bingo” tickets are $25 per square with a chance to win the grand prize of $800. All losing squares will be entered into a second-chance raffle.
Gates open at 4 p.m. Bingo begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are available at or at Hope Chest Emporium, 5800 El Camino Real, Atascadero.
Proceeds will benefit the Atascadero Printery Foundation’s participation in Dancing With Our Stars to raise funds to begin the seismic retrofit of the historic Printery Building.  
Don’t forget Rendezvous 2018 for CASA on Sept. 15, from 5-9 p.m., at San Luis Obispo Country Club.
Tickets are $100 per person and include premier wines, gourmet dining, live and silent auctions and the spectacular “cake auction.”
For reservations by Aug. 31, visit or call 805-541-6542.
 CASA of San Luis Obispo County has made a difference in our community by helping to support abused and neglected children through their program. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are appointed by a judge to advocate for abused and neglected children. The goal of CASA is to help secure what every child deserves…a safe, loving, permanent home.
Just a reminder that you are invited to attend the 16th Annual Women’s Legacy Fund Luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 27 from noon to 1:45 p.m., at Alex Madonna Expo Center. Doors will open at 11:15 a.m. for check-in and socializing.
Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online until Sept. 7. Visit
This year’s luncheon will honor the 2018 Grant Recipients. The focus this year was Empowering Girls.
The Mission of The Women’s Legacy Fund, a fund of The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County is “To be a catalyst for philanthropy that improves the lives of women and girls in San Luis Obispo County”
Join The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County as it celebrates 20 years of impact in our community and toast the future impact it will continue to create as we all work together to make a difference through philanthropy.
The celebration will take place at Santa Margarita Ranch, Sunday, Oct. 28, from 3-5 p.m. Tickets are $20 and space is limited. To purchase tickets visit [email protected] For more information, contact Erin at 805-543-2323.
Enjoy the long weekend!


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