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It’s amazing what a little cleaning-up around an old building can do for its presence. The Printery Building, in Atascadero, 6351 Olmeda Ave., next to the National Guard Armory, is coming alive again due to the efforts of dedicated volunteers.
The historic Printery was the first building built in Atascadero and was the key to the survival of the Atascadero Colony as it provided jobs for many people who came to live in this area.
The building suffered damage during the 2003 earthquake and many hours have been spent in securing and stabilizing the building.
The Atascadero Printery Foundation was formed and purchased the building in May, 2017.  As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, the Foundation is dedicated to its rehabilitation and preservation. A committee is currently working with Architect Greg Ravatt and two students in the Architectural Program at Cal Poly, to determine the building’s future usage.
The Atascadero Performing Arts Center Committee, also a nonprofit organization, is collaborating with the Foundation and is serving on the committee to add to the discussion of a performing arts theater in one of the large spaces in the building.
Exciting things are happening with this special building that was once and eyesore in our community. If you are interested in volunteering on this project, contact Judy Scott-Dewing at 805-461-5658. For more information visit AtascaderoPrinter.org.
The Atascadero Elks Lodge #2733 will be presenting its 14th Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 2, at Chalk Mountain Golf Club, Atascadero.
Registration will take place at 8 a.m. with the first Tee-off at 8:30 a.m.
For more information contact Tournament Chairman Darin Giessinger at 805-712-7860, or call the Elks Lodge office at 805-466-3557.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County has announced that Pacific Western Bank is the Presenting Sponsor for the 8th consecutive year for their “BIG Event” fundraiser on June 2. Their $6,000 gift brings their total to $42,000 in support of the agency’s mentoring programs.
Tom Strait, Executive Vice-President of Pacific Western Bank said, “Pacific Western Bank is honored to provide our continued support to Big Brothers Big Sisters of SLO County, their work enhances the quality of life for so many in our community.”
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Big Brothers Big Sisters website slobigs.org or call 805-781-3226. All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of SLO County’s youth mentoring programs.
The Colony Days Committee is looking for volunteers to help with the annual celebration of the founding of Atascadero. It’s fun and there are many “diverse” (politically correct word!) jobs for this “diverse” group!
The date for Colony Days this year is Saturday, Oct. 6. The parade theme is Mudhole Follies. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and I will have more information as we approach the event.     
For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Cindy Gould at 610-5425. Want to know more about the Colony Days celebration? Visit colonydays.org.
On the National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 3, all are invited to gather again at Sunken Gardens in front of Atascadero City Hall, where members of a variety of churches will pray together during the noon hour for the country and for local and worldwide needs, according to pastors at Atascadero Bible Church.
The 2018 National Day of Prayer theme for a large number of groups that will then be praying across the nation is “Pray for America-Unity.”
The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988 this law was unanimously amended by our country’s House and the Senate and signed by President Ronald Reagan—then designating the National Day of Prayer to take place on the first Thursday of May each year. Since 1952, every president has always signed a national Day of Prayer proclamation.
For many years in Atascadero, those from a variety of churches have gathered in front of City Hall on the first Thursday of May to pray together in unity.
Mark your calendars for the Templeton Beer Festival sponsored by the Rotary Club of Templeton on May 12, from 2-6 p.m., at Templeton Park.
For more information visit TempletonBeerFest.com or call Kathie Smaglik at 805-952-5700.
Come and enjoy a fun afternoon in the park and taste some really great local brew!
The 20th Anniversary of the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival is set for May 10-13. Attendees can camp out there for the weekend, or drive out for the day. Either way you will enjoy some of the best Bluegrass music around!
Parkfield is known as the “Earthquake Capital of the World,” but Parkfield springs to life every Mother’s Day Weekend with the best Bluegrass, Old Time, Traditional and Gospel music anywhere. Music fans take over this small country village once a year for four days of concerts, workshops, children’s activities, camping and around-the-clock music jams! Attendees are welcome to come for the weekend with their RVs or tents. Single day admissions are also available and the Festival is a great day-trip outing form almost anywhere in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo or Monterey Counties.
For complete information visit parkfieldbluegrass.org or bmscc.org.
Don’t forget the Atascadero Methodist Church Rummage Sale starting on Thursday, May 3rd from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; continuing on Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with “Half-Price Day”; and winding up on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, with a $4-a-bag day.
The church is located 11605 El Camino Real, near Santa Barbara Road. The church office phone is 805-466-2566, if you have questions.
P.S. The sale includes fabulous Boutique items, nice clothing, household supplies, home décor, kitchen utensils and small appliances, and a “linen” room. I have been to this sale many times and always come away with great purchases!
And speaking of sales like that one, some of us are downsizing or simply trying to get rid of “stuff,” so John and I are having a yard sale here at 3370 San Fernando Road, off of Graves Creek in Atascadero.
We will have been married 59 years this June and we can’t believe the “stuff” we’ve accumulated! We have a little bit of everything, like quilts, pedal cars, antiques, books, collectibles, tools and furniture. You name it and I bet we have it! There’s even my 1984 low-mileage Anniversary Mustang Convertible on the list!
We are doing our sale on Friday (today) and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Our friend Adrienne Hawkinson will be joining us with her table of beautiful antique pieces. So come by and say “hi” and do a little shopping to help this old gal get rid of “stuff.”
Have a great week-end…Cheers!

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