By Angela Cisneros

March is always an exciting month for me because it is my birthday month, and I like to celebrate all month long. Atascadero has many options, and I want to share my top picks with you.  

Mason’s Beauty and Gifts on Traffic Way has an array of facials, like their Signature Facial and O2 Facial, that sound great. Michelle, the owner, has her own skincare line along with her other products and gifts. Booking online makes it easy.


I can’t forget books for my birthday. I have been able to add books to my collection and discover new ones at The Book Odyssey on Traffic Way. I am looking forward to finding my next read.

Are you a wise owl? The Central Coast Charles Paddock Zoo is having its 4th annual Zoo Trivia Night on March 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the zoo. You can meet the zookeepers, test your animal knowledge, enjoy food and beverages, and, of course, see the exotic animals from around the world. Tickets are $30 per person, or get a table of five for $125. Interestingly, the Central Coast Charles Paddock Zoo is one of about 233 total institutions that are accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) out of over 3,000 zoos in the United States. That means it is held to the same standards as the big zoos. When you buy a family pass to the Central Coast Charles Paddock Zoo, you also get great discounts at other zoos and aquariums in the United States and worldwide. If you are planning summer vacations, getting a zoo pass can be a money saver. I love hanging out at the zoo, so this is on my list of options.

Entrada Street will be closed for the annual At Her Table Street Festival on March 10 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. This festival brings together over 160 women-owned and co-owned businesses in SLO County for a jam-packed day of delicious food, refreshing drinks, local vendors, and fantastic live music in celebration of Women’s Week. This event is free to the public and not to be missed by me.

You can also celebrate Beer Week with over 40 breweries, plus ciders, distilled spirits, and wine, at the Central Coast Craft Beer Fest on March 23 from 12 to 4 p.m. in our famous Sunken Gardens. It will be a fun day filled with music, food trucks, a street fair, lawn games, and, of course, beer. Tickets sell out fast, so be sure to get yours soon. Even though I don’t drink alcohol, the music and food make it an option for me to consider.

Birthday money and spring fashion make me want to shop at our local clothing stores, too. Farron Elizabeth, Black Sheep Finds, Little Bit 805, Ernest Grace, Ametza Clothing Boutique, Anna & Co, and RoCoco Luxe Resale are just a few.

It looks like I have plenty of ways to celebrate my birthday this month. I may need to extend the celebrations to next month. Happy March everyone!


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