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I hope you survived a joyful Thanksgiving and are now enjoying all the leftovers, which I think is one of the great benefits of that “fulfilling” meal!
 We traveled all the way to Paso Robles to share the day with our son David, his wife Shannon and their family. Shannon is a marvelous cook and she never lets us down. Due to family tradition, it is my responsibility to prepare a raw cranberry/Jell-O salad. The recipe was given to my mother by my father’s mother, my grandmother, Jenny Wofford, when my parents were first married in 1935, making the recipe over 80 years old.
If you have family recipes that have become holiday traditions, please email them to me at [email protected] and I will incorporate some of them in my December recipe column in this paper. If there’s a special story about the recipe, please include that too.
Our Coats for Kids collection is now in full swing. The drop off boxes are out at locations listed on our website at We need new or gently used coats, jackets, sweaters and sweatshirts for children and adults. Gently used items that need “refreshing” can be dropped off at any of our north county cleaners in Atascadero and Paso Robles, and they’ll clean them at no charge. A committee member will pick them up when they are ready. Please be sure to tell the cleaners that the items are for Coats for Kids, and thank them for their support.
We now have a Facebook page, thanks to Jean Pedigo. Be sure to check it out. She has added lots of photos and continues to update the page.
Volunteer coordinators, Brenda May, for the Atascadero distribution, and Ali Bowman, for the Paso Robles distribution, are busy recruiting. Contact Brenda at 805-466-8610 and Ali at 805-712-9599, if you’d like to join the Coats for Kids “team” of volunteers.  We are grateful for any amount of time you can give. They will give you the schedule of times.
We will be setting up at the National Guard Armory on Olmeda Ave., in Atascadero on Dec. 10 and 11. The distribution is scheduled for Dec. 12.
The setup days in Paso Robles at the Paso Robles Event Center will be Dec. 13 and 14. Distribution will take place on Saturday, Dec. 15.
The Coats for Kids committee partners with Atascadero Loaves and Fishes, the Atascadero Kiwanis Club, and the Salvation Army, to provide a special day of giving, for families who have a need and have registered for the distribution. The families must reside from Templeton to Santa Margarita and outlying areas.
In Paso Robles, we partner with Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles and Salvation Army to cover families from Paso Robles to San Miguel and outlying areas.
If you have questions, call me at 805-461-1234. I will also be on KPRL’s “Sound Off” with Jaime Umphenour, on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. We will be open for phone calls, and will review the Coats for Kids program and schedule for the 2018 distributions. KPRL can be found on your AM radio dial at 1230.
A great big Thank You to Mid State Cruizers who dispersed their donations, from their summer car show, last week at Round Table Pizza in Atascadero.
2018 was the 29th year of the Mid State Cruizers Car Show at Atascadero Lake Park, on the weekend of the Hot El Camino Cruise Night in August. There were 175 entrants from 32 cities. All the proceeds that the club receives from the annual show, are donated to local charities. This year they were able to award $600 each to 10 groups, for a total of $6,000 going back into the community. Club members vote to determine the recipients.
Officers of the Club include Larry Wilson President, Roy Barba Vice President, Linda Solipasso Secretary, Mari Cole Treasurer, and Dorothy LoSchiavo and Linda Montoya Sunshine Lady.
Recipients of the donations included: Kiwanis Books/Loaves and Fishes Toys for Tots, Woods Humane Society, Atascadero, Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County Operation School Bell, ECHO (El Camino Homeless Organization), Atascadero High School Auto Shop, Escuela Del Rio, Atascadero Loaves and Fishes, Boxes for Soldiers (Si Tenenberg director), Atascadero Robotics (Greybots), and Parents for Joy ( for All-inclusive Playground).
I am making the Mid State Cruizers my “Community Heroes” for this week. Thank all of you for your time and support of our local nonprofits — we appreciate you!
There are many events coming up that you won’t want to miss. Check the website of the Atascadero Historical Society for their “Raise the Roof” fundraiser on Dec. 1, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Pear Valley Winery. Tickets are available at the Colony House Museum and the Atascadero Chamber. For more information, call 805-466-8341.
The Atascadero Community Band Annual Holiday Concert will be held at the Pavilion on the Lake, on Dec. 9, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Watch for the downtown lighting ceremonies in all of our communities — they always have Santa visiting!
Enjoy your shopping weekend — remember to shop small and shop local!

The Mid State Cruizer’s were able to award $600 to 10 charities from proceeds of the Atascadero Lake Car Show held in August.  (Photos courtesy of Roy Barba)


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