Update on holiday activity | Around About North County

As I write, I’m listening to the needed rain we are getting. My plants are so happy to have all of that moisture from the sky, and I am so happy that I don’t have to get the hose and water them myself!
I was on KPRL’s Sound Off on Tuesday, with Jaime Umphenour. We talked about the Coats for Kids project and the 31 years I have been involved. It doesn’t seem possible that it was that long ago, but time passes very quickly these days.
There are some very special people involved in Coats for Kids and they have been for many years. For instance, KPRL Radio has been supporting the project since the beginning, as well as the Atascadero News and the Paso Robles Press. The Paso Robles Magazine and now the new Colony Magazine has been helping. If you know the owners, please thank them for their support.
Speaking of KPRL, I just recorded a PSA with Kevin Will, owner of the station and listeners will begin to hear me listing the drop-off locations for new or gently used coats, jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts. For more information, visit coats-for-kids.net or contact me at 805-461-1234.
Please remember that we need volunteers for the set-ups and distributions. Atascadero’s set up will take place on Dec. 10 and 11, and distribute on Dec. 12 at the National Guard Armory. We will set up in Paso Robles on Dec. 13 and 14, and distribute on Dec. 15 at the Paso Robles Event Center in the Frontier Building.
To sign up to volunteer in Atascadero, contact Brenda May at 805-466-8610. For Paso Robles, contact Ali Bowman at 805-712-0599. Any amount of time is appreciated.
Now, on with the holiday events “around about North County”
The Atascadero Chamber’s Women in Business are presenting their annual Holiday Fashion Show on Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at SpringHill Suites by Marriott. Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for potential members. Please register at Atascaderochamber.org.
Fashions will be brought to you by Kelly’s Casuals, Farron Elizabeth, Anna & Mom, and K.Jons Diamonds & Gems. The luncheon will be catered by Union & Vine.
For more information, contact the Chamber at 805-466-2044.
Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles will benefit from the Show & Shine Car Show at Cider Creek on Saturday, Dec.  8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cider Creek 205 Oak Hill Rd., Paso Robles.
Bring a new unwrapped toy to enter your vehicle. The toys will be used at the “Day of Giving” distribution at the Paso Robles Event Center on Dec. 15. Coats for Kids and the Salvation Army will also be participating.
Sponsors for the Show & Shine Car Show include Late Night Cruizers Car Club of Paso Robles, Rainshadow Coffee Roasting Company and Borjon Auto Center.
For more information, contact Bill at 805-423-1272.
The Bow Ties Bluegrass Band will be in town on Dec. 8 to present a benefit concert at the Atascadero Pavilion on the Lake for Transitional Food & Shelter, whose mission is helping the most vulnerable people suffering from homelessness in North County.
Tickets are $30 per person. For $20 more you can attend a pre-concert “Meet & Greet” at 5:30 p.m. Wine and appetizers will be served. For the general ticket holders, the doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased through my805tix.com or at the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, contact Orlando Gallegos at 805-441-4896.
My good friend Jane Sacks sent me this recipe for Potato Latkes and in honor of our many Jewish friends in the North County who will be celebrating Hanukkah, starting Dec. 2, I am including her recipe just as she sent it.

Potato Latkes
From Jane Sacks

2-4 russet potatoes
½ onion
¼ cup milk
2 eggs
¼ cup flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Grind in a blender put in eggs and milk and flour first. Cut potatoes in pieces and add one at a time to blender. When finished, fry in hot oil until golden brown on both sides. Drain on a paper towel. Can put Latkes in the oven until all are cooked. Serve with sour cream or applesauce.
Jane said, “I like them plain with some salt.”
Thanks, Jane, and Happy Hanukkah to you and your family. Jane and I met in 1980 when we were both members of the Atascadero Branch of AAUW. We have remained friends for 38 years and have served on Cheers!


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