John and I had another commitment on the night of the Hot El Camino Cruise here in Atascadero last weekend, but we heard that it was well attended. With some 400 classic, antique and “hot” cars, it was a success according to all reports.
I attended the Saturday night event, Dancing in the Streets, to help with the Printery Foundation booth. There were definitely more people enjoying the beautiful summer evening in the downtown Atascadero Colony District — more than last year I observed. With five bands, great food, and beer, wine, and cider tasting opportunities the event is growing and making for a fun weekend. Under the leadership of Terrie Banish, Deputy City Manager/Outreach, Promotions, Events, for the City of Atascadero, the organizers did a fantastic job. Congratulations to all!
We had many people stop by our Printery Foundation booth to purchase some yummy desserts, and to get an update on the rehabilitation of the historic Printery building on Olmeda, next to the National Guard Armory. We were happy to announce that we are making progress, although slowly, we are being thorough, and I reminded them that “Rome wasn’t built in a day!” I suggested that if they wanted to volunteer, maybe we could move faster!
One of our special committees has been meeting with architect Greg Ravatt and students from the Architecture Department at Cal Poly, to come up with ideas for a theatre and for the use of the other spaces in the building. John and I have been participating in the sessions and the process is exciting.
Save the date of Monday, Oct. 29 and plan to do your holiday shopping early at the Assistance League of San Luis Obispo Thrift Store located at 667 A Marsh St., in SLO. While you are shopping, you will also be able to enjoy entertainment, refreshments, holiday fashions and décor and special merchandise held back for this one-day event.
There will be door prizes throughout the day along with “how-to” decorating demonstrations. Local artisans, including well-known Viqui and Mark of Hiteshew Studios will be there to share their gallery pieces of sculpture, holiday art, children’s books and more.
You won’t want to miss this first-time, one-day-only opportunity for early shopping, completing your holiday décor needs, buying those special gifts for family and friends, and having personal shoppers available to help you find that perfect holiday outfit, complete with lovely selections of jewelry.
A $10 donation to “Operation School Bell” will be requested at the door, giving you the opportunity to help clothe a child in SLO County. I think that being able to help make a difference in a child’s life while getting ready for the holidays is the best part of this whole event. It’s a win-win!
Operation School Bell is the primary philanthropic program of Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County and was adopted in 1995. The program was created with the belief that when students go to school feeling confident about their appearance, it results in a more successful academic and social experience.
The program’s goal is to improve school attendance and participation by enabling students to attend school without feeling self-conscious or out of place due to the lack of proper clothing. This program provides new, school-appropriate clothing to students in need, in grades K through 12 in all 10 school districts in SLO County. Students are referred to Operation School Bell through school personnel.
Funding for the program is raised through a variety of chapter events, the chapter’s Thrift Store, as well as through the generosity of private contributors, service organizations and grants. Donations are fully tax-deductible.
Last school year, over 2,500 students were clothed through operation School Bell. Scheduling for clothing students has begun for the new school year at Kohl’s in North County and at Old Navy in SLO. Both stores have been working with the program for several years and are helping Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County to make a difference in the lives of these students.
So, remember the date I gave you to save — Oct. 29. Put it on your calendar right now, so you won’t forget. The hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. which are special hours just for this event.
The store is normally closed on Sunday and Monday. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday. You might want to take a peek at the store before Oct. 29, if you haven’t discovered this special Thrift Store!
Here’s a reminder for this weekend. “Paddington 2” will be showing on the big screen in the Sunken Gardens this Saturday night at the City’s Movies in the Gardens.
Movies are free for the community and you are encouraged to bring a blanket, low-back chair, and your family and take advantage of the warm summer evenings we experience here in North County. Snacks and refreshments will be available every week provided by St Luke’s Episcopal Church.
For more information, visit VisitAtascadero.com or call 805-470-3360.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the “cooling trend.”