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Easter Sunday was a beautiful day in many ways and I hope you were able to spend it with friends and family. We shared a delicious breakfast with Dave and Shannon, our Paso Robles family. It is always nice to get caught-up with them and with their daughters Madison and Meredith, as the girls finish their college careers. Madison will graduate from Law School at the University of Alabama in June, while Meredith is enjoying her classes at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where she transferred this year.
The last few days have been beautiful, warm and “spring-like.” I love this time of the year even though one day the sun is shining and the next day it threatens to rain. In fact I hear that we may have some of that “wet stuff” over the weekend. I hope it gets it out of its system so that the next weekend will be dry for all the rummage sales and yard sales that are being planned.
The St. William’s Annual Rummage Sale will kick-off the weekend of sales on Thursday, April 12th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. They will continue on Friday, April 13 with the same hours. On Saturday the 14th they will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Their Saturday special will be $2-a-bag. St. William’s Church is located at 6410 Santa Lucia Road in Atascadero.
The first ever Atascadero City-wide yard sale will be held on Saturday, April 14th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and anyone who loves the thrill of a bargain will want to get a map and join the “hunt” for the good “stuff.”
So far some 75 residents have registered their sales and event organizer, Kate Auslen said, “The excitement of an event like this is you never know what you’ll find--- from tools to home furnishings and sporting goods, antiques and one-of-a-kind items.”
With this event, shoppers will know that they are contributing to the Joy Inclusive Playground to be located at the Atascadero Colony Park Community Center. Construction is scheduled to begin this spring.
Your registration fee of $15 will go toward the playground project. If you have an organization that wants to register, the fee is $40. Registration deadline is April 11th.  To register visit parentsforjoy.org and click on the “events” tab.
Here’s how it works: A digital map of yard sale locations and descriptions of items for sale will be available on the Parents for Joy website (parentsforjoy.org) and Facebook event page, starting April 11th. Hard copy listings of sale locations will also be available at the Chamber of Commerce office on April 13th and Atascadero Grocery Outlet on April 13th and 14th.
For more information contact Kate at 805-466-1985.
This Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cuesta College in SLO will be the location of the SLO Veterans and Family Resource Fair. You will be able to get information, visit with employers, check housing availability, talk to VA representatives, and take varied workshops pertaining to veteran issues. Free admission and parking for veterans and family. For more information email [email protected]
This next event aims to give hope for the future to foster children in North County. It’s hard to believe, but forty percent of the children in foster care in SLO County reside in the North County.
CASA of SLO County’s annual event, “Hope for the Future,” raises awareness of the need for volunteer advocates for children and teenagers in North County, and money to train and support the men and women who take on that roll.
At the Paso Robles Inn on April 21, guests will dine in elegance, enjoy local wines, and have the chance to participate in both silent and live auctions, including the event’s famous cake auction. The event will run from 5 to 9 p.m. An individual ticket costs $100, and guests can also buy tickets as a group and reserve tables of eight.
To learn more about “Hope for the Future” and purchase tickets, visit slocasa.org/event-details.php?id=17. For more information about CASA contact Cathy Orton at 805-541-6542.
People have asked me, “What is the Empty Bowls Luncheon?” So, I talked to one of the organizers and she gave me this list. I think it explains it nicely:
An event where you eat delicious soup and bread prepared by local chefs; a fun lunch served by local celebrities; receive a beautiful bowl for your soup — some handmade by local potters, some decorated by school children, others from ECHO’s eclectic collection gathered by volunteers; receive a wonderful handmade potholder, trivet, mug rug, or another special item crafted by local knitters and quilters; and a chance to win great raffle prizes.
The 3rd Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, April 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Atascadero Bible Church 6225 Atascadero Avenue, Atascadero, and will benefit El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO).
Tickets can be purchased on EventBrite.com https://echoemptybowls2018.eventbrite.
Knights of Columbus at St. William’s Church are hosting a Charity Bocce Tournament on April 28, at Colony Park Community Center.
Interested players, family members and friends are invited to Bocce practice every Wednesday at Colony Park. There will be “court clean up “ from 3-3:30 p.m. and Bocce play from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
The tournament will be a five game minimum, so be ready to stay and play. There will be a “Hole in the Wall Shootout”, “Big Jenga,” a raffle, and a 50/50.
You can register your team at the Atascadero Chamber and it is suggested that you do it early since the tournament could sell out— don’t be left out!
If you have questions call Mike LoPicolo at 661-317-6048.
Symphony of the Vines is presenting a special orchestra concert on April 15, at 3 p.m., at the Park Ballroom 1232 Park Street, Paso Robles. Tickets will be available at the door or order tickets on the Symphony of the Vines website.
Enjoy the rain this weekend!


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