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Paso Robles Newsletter for December 1-15, 2018

You can see at a glance what is going on in our community; opportunities for public input; and upcoming meetings, public forums, and events. 

News and Important Dates

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Existing permit-only parking

Downtown Parking 

Downtown customers should find more parking is available downtown!

The voluntary downtown parking permit program begins December 1, 2018.

Many thanks to all the downtown businesses and employees participating in this voluntary program in order to free up on-street parking for customers. Details

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City Council Reception

Please join us at a brief reception to thank outgoing Councilmember Jim Reed for his four years of service to Paso Robles and to welcome and swear in new Councilmember Maria Garcia at 6:00 PM just prior to the December 4, 2018 City Council meeting.

Refreshments by Cahoots Catering will be provided. 

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Community Meetings to Discuss Changing to District Elections

Driven by a legal challenge, the City is transitioning from the current at-large system of electing the City Council to a by-district election model. The next two of many informational meetings are scheduled for December 5, 2018 at Centennial Park and December 10, 2018 at Flamson, both at 6:00 PM, so please plan to join your neighbors in planning this important change in City governance. Details

Sherwood Park  area aerial photo with parks named

Community Meeting to Draft of Sherwood Park Master Plan

After multiple rounds of community meetings to gather input and ideas, the project designer has drafted two sets of plans for the Sherwood Park area and the City invites residents and elected officials to review, discuss and decide which ideas to incorporated into the final plan.  The meeting takes place on December 12, 2018 at 6:30 PM at the City Council Chamber at 1000 Spring Street. 

Important Business News

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Project Hourglass

Citing a slew of looming economic challenges, a broad-based coalition of regional business and civic leaders, including the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, announced the creation of a new organization that will unify the “Central Coast Super Region” – from Vandenberg to Camp Roberts – to forge a stronger, more resilient regional economy. Details

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Chamber Business Walk Results 

The Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce conducted its first ever Business Walk on November 8, 2018. Chambers throughout the United States have utilized this tool as a way to come face-to-face with business owners and managers and to gauge what the community needs to thrive. Results.

Upcoming City Meetings, Forums, & Workshops

City Council Meeting
December 4, 2018, 6:30 PM @ City Council Chamber, 1000 Spring Street
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Community Meeting #1 - By-District City Council Elections
December 5, 2018, 6:00 PM?-?7:30 PM

Residents are being asked to help design the maps of the districts. Demographics and a mapping tool will be available to those interested in submitting draft maps. The first three meetings are as follows: • 12/5 Community Meeting, 6:00 PM, Centennial Park • 12/10 Community Meeting, 6:00 PM, Flamson Auditorium • 12/18 Public Hearing, 6:30 PM, City Council Chamber
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Airport Commission Meeting
December 6, 2018, 6:30 PM?-?8:30 PM @ Airport Terminal Conference Room
The Airport Commission serves as a means to aid the City Council in gathering public input on the operation and future development of the Paso Robles Municipal Airport, by providing advice to the City Council, and by making decisions in those areas where delegated.
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Senior Citizen Advisory Commission Meeting
December 10, 2018, 1:30 PM?-?2:30 PM @ Senior Center, 270 Scott Street
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Community Meeting #2 - By-District City Council Elections
December 10, 2018, 6:00 PM?-?7:30 PM @ Centennial Park White Oak Room, 600 Nickerson Drive

Residents are being asked to help design the maps of the districts. Demographics and a mapping tool will be available to those interested in submitting draft maps. The first three meetings are as follows: • 12/5 Community Meeting, 6:00 PM, Centennial Park • 12/10 Community Meeting, 6:00 PM, Flamson Auditorium • 12/18 Public Hearing, 6:30 PM, City Council Chamber
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Planning Commission Meeting
December 11, 2018, 6:30 PM?-?7:30 PM @ City Council Chamber, 1000 Spring Street
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Sherwood Park Area Community Meeting
December 12, 2018, 6:30 PM?-?8:00 PM @ City Council Chamber, 1000 Spring Street

The City of Paso Robles is hosting its last community meeting to gather input on the future of the parks and public areas in the Sherwood Acres neighborhood prior to adopting the Sherwood Park Area Master Plan. This meeting will provide community and neighborhood residents an opportunity to choose from two sets of draft designs and “mix and match” features and improvements that will provide a road map for the development of real projects in the future. 
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Library Board Meeting
December 13, 2018, 9:00 AM?-?10:00 AM @ City Library, 1000 Spring Street
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Upcoming Community Events 

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Art After Dark

Saturday, December 1, 2018
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Studios on the Park, 1130 Pine Street

Celebrate the opening of our 2018 Handcrafted for the Holidays showcase with JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery wines and live music by vocalist Judy Philbin and guitarist Adam Levine. Free admission. Wine for $8/glass. 

Santa's sleigh

Christmas Light Parade

Saturday, December 1, 2018
7:00 PM
Downtown Paso Robles

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday spirit with an illuminated parade featuring an array of light spectacles from local businesses. A variety of awards will be given for best in show. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus and watch downtown light up with holiday spirit! Free.  

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Tuesday Farmer's Market

Tuesday, December 4 & 11, 2018
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Near Downtown City Park, 11th and Park Streets

Get fresh local produce and artisan foods in Downtown Paso Robles every Tuesday from 3-6. Get a wider variety of foods not found in the supermarket. Know where it comes from. Talk to the farmer who actually grew it, picked it, and brought it to you!  

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Holiday Extravaganza

The Friends of the Library are hosting their 7th Annual
Holiday Extravaganza on the following dates: 
Thursday, Dec 6, 10-6
Friday, Dec 7, 10-6
Saturday, Dec 8, 10-4
You can find Gifts, Children’s Gifts, Jewelry, Stocking Stuffers and more! 
Cookies, Popcorn and Raffles, too
No Sales Tax - Ever! 

Recreation Classes & Events

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Mail Your Letter to Santa at Centennial Park

This season, Santa’s elves have installed a special mailbox in the Centennial Park lobby for your child’s letters to the North Pole.  Bring your children to drop-off their letters to Santa between noon and 5 pm Monday through Friday, December 3 through 21.  We’ll have a special holiday treat from Santa’s elves just for them.  

Beach resin tree

Make a Resin Holiday Tree

Whether you’re having a beach-themed holiday, the traditional red and green or something in between, you’ll find plenty of colored glass, seashells and holiday baubles to create this resin-encased glistening holiday decoration. 

Thursday, December 6 from 6-8pm at Centennial Park. $25 + $50 supply fee.  Register Here

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OM for the Holidays

Join Vanessa Orr of YaYa Yoga for this sweet December series of yoga classes for little ones ages four months to four years and their caregivers.  Yoga comes to life in these fun and creative classes designed to stimulate your child’s growing mind and curiosity.  Four-week session begins Thursday, December 7 at Centennial Park.  Two- week session available. $40  Register Here   

Sparkles the elf

Spread Christmas Cheer with Sparkles the Elf

Join Sparkles for a special gingerbread house decorating party complete with your own house to decorate, face painting and a holiday balloon animal to keep.  Wear seasonal PJ’s or dress in your favorite holiday colors. 

Friday, December 7 from 4-5:30pm at Centennial Park. Ages 3-13.  $25 + $15 supply fee ($5 sibling discount).  Register Here

Santa and little girl

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Join Recreation Services and the Paso Robles Police Department for this annual holiday tradition.  We’ll welcome Santa in his sleigh to Centennial Park on Thursday, December 13 from 6-7:30 pm.  This free event will feature holiday giveaways, treats and of course a photo op with the big man himself.  Santa and his sleigh will also visit Oak Park on Monday, December 17 from 6-7:30 pm.

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Holiday Hospitality Days at Centennial Park

Join Recreation Services for seasonal holiday treats, coffee and conversation in the Centennial Park main lobby from 9 am-6 pm on Monday, December 3 • Wednesday, December 12 • Thursday, December 20 • Friday, December 21.  While you’re visiting, pick-up a winter/spring Recreation Guide or purchase a recreation gift certificate for that special someone on your list.  

Succulent tree

Make a Succulent Holiday Tree

Add lush local succulents to a moss tree form to create this stunning holiday centerpiece.  Everything is included to complete the project.  This beautiful creation is perfect for your holiday table or as a hostess gift. 

Tuesday, December 18 from 6-8pm at Centennial Park.  $15 + $55 supply fee.  Register Here

Other interesting items

Camp Fire

Fire Support and New Squad Vehicle 

Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services responded with staff to assist with the Fires in Ventura, LA, and Butte counties. All our firefighters came home this week safe and sound. 

Firefighters and councilmembers in front of vehicle

The Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services received a new “squad” emergency response vehicle to meet the Operational Goals of the department and the growing service demands within the community.  The Emergency Services Department would like to thank the City Council and community for their support! 

Photo of Karyl Lammers

Downtown Ambassador Report

The Paso Robles Downtown Main Street Association (Main Street) provides Downtown Ambassador Karyl Lammers as a host to residents and visitors to our downtown. Karyl offers information on "Everything Downtown" including directions, recommendations, event information and referrals for relocating your home or business to Paso Robles. You can read her monthly reports here.

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