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Paso Robles Newsletter - Thanksgiving Edition

There is much to be thankful for in Paso Robles. Here are a few of the City- and community-related items to inspire gratitude, create community and provide opportunities to give back to this place we call home.
(November 27-December 15, 2019 events and classes are listed)

Car going through puddle in front of library

Grateful for: Rain. And sandbags

Rainfall amounts from anticipated winter storms could be significant, which could cause local flooding. City staff cleans storm drains and pipes all year to prevent flooding. If you wish to make sandbags to protect private property, the City has sand available at the City Streets Yard located at 1220 Paso Robles Street. Please make sure to bring a shovel and empty sandbags. Flood Safety Checklist

Water hitting puddle

Grateful for: Water

Paso has secured enough water to serve future water needs at full buildout, with a 40%+ buffer for drought conditions. We now have 4 sources of water: Lake Nacimiento, Salinas River, Paso Robles Basin (currently in overdraft) and recycled water. The state-mandated Groundwater Sustainability Plan gives the Basin until 2040 to become sustainable. Users of the Basin include SLO County ag users (70%), San Miguel CSD, Shandon/San Juan Water District and City of Paso Robles. Details

PRPD families with Loaves and Fishes

Grateful for: Cops Who Give

The Paso Robles Police Association worked with Loaves and Fishes this year to deliver Thanksgiving dinners to families around the city. The PRPA and their family members put together dinner boxes and our PRPD officers delivered them to residences throughout the city on Tuesday, November 26. Many locals donated to the food drive, notably the kindergarten classes at Kermit King Elementary School.  

Volunteers on serving line

Grateful for: Thanksgiving for Paso Robles 

A celebration of thanks serving over 1000 men, women and children a traditional Thanksgiving meal at no cost. A true expression of community that brings diverse people together to share the day with others. All made possible through the generosity of caring individuals, students, organizations, churches and businesses. Details

Turkey dinner at Paso Robles Inn

Grateful for: Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

Paso Robles is renowned for its food. Thanksgiving dining options range from the traditional turkey and trimmings to exotic farm-to-table creations that celebrate nature's bounty. There are a number of options if you'd prefer not to cook on November 28. Reservations are highly recommended and occasionally required. List of restaurants

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Gratitude Playlist for Thanksgiving

It's true that music and gratitude soothe the soul. This is the perfect time of year to slow down, turn on some music and remind ourselves of all the things to be thankful for. We searched YouTube to find the best Gratitude playlist to share with you and yours, enjoy. Get to listening

Thanksgiving Safety

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to bring family and friends together.  Unfortunately, it is also the leading day of the year for home fires.  Please help us reduce home fires and injuries by sharing the following educational messages:

• Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food. 

• Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently. 

• Keep children at least 3 feet away from the stove.  

• Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns. 

• Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys or bags. 

• Keep knives out of the reach of children. 

• Be sure cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child. 

• Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet is safest. 

• Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle. 

• Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button. 

Beware of Frying Your Turkey
Homes and dollars are lost each year to cooking fires from frying turkeys. There are ways to do it without burning down your house.
turkey fryer fire
Read the flyer to learn how to avoid this
Upcoming City Meetings, Forums, & Workshops

Holiday - City Hall, Library and City Offices Closed
November 28, 2019, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM
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Holiday - City Hall, Library and City Offices Closed
November 29, 2019, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM
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Recreation Events & Classes 

beach resin tree

Resin Play Time

Have fun creating a unique resin project. Instructor provides a variety of trinkets, colored glass and shells for your use. All projects will be mixed in resin and encased so that they glisten. Thursday, December 5 from 6:00-8:00 PM.  Ages 16+.  $15 registration + choose your project: two resin necklaces ($25 supply fee), framed resin beach scene ($60 supply fee), framed resin holiday tree ($60 supply fee).  Learn more and register here

Holiday Tree art

Holiday Paint & Cocoa Party

The December project for this seasonal paint party is a Winter Magic Tree created using acrylic paint on canvas.  This all-ages class is perfect for everyone ages 4 to adult. We'll sip cocoa and listen to seasonal music while painting. Wednesday, December 11 from 5:30-7:00 PM. $10 + $15 supply fee. $5 for an additional family member + $15 supply fee.  Learn more and register here.
Frozen Coronation face paint

Frozen Fun Coronation Party 

Join Queen Elsa and Princess Anna for a coronation party complete with cookies, cocoa, cider and chocolate! Princess Anna will transform participants with painted face decorations featuring a crown or reindeer. Queen Elsa will be at the craft table helping children create their own ice palace then sing along to Queen Elsa's favorite song. Fancy attire is recommended. Wednesday, December 18 from 4:00-5:30 PM. Ages 3-10.  $25 registration + $10 supply fee.  Learn more and register here.

Mark your calendars for these special FREE holiday happenings sponsored by Paso Robles Recreation Services throughout December: 

Santa's Sleigh

Santa Claus is Coming to Town! 

Join Recreation Services and the Paso Robles Police Department to welcome Santa in his sleigh.  Santa’s elves and Paso Robles firefighters will be celebrating with Santa during this free event that includes holiday giveaways, treats and, of course, a visit and photo op with the big man himself.  Centennial Park, Thursday, December 12 from 6:00-7:30 PM. 

Kid mailing letter to Santa at Centennial

Mail Your Letter to Santa at Centennial Park

Santa’s elves have installed a special mailbox in the Centennial Park lobby!  Bring your children to drop off their letters to Santa between noon and 5:00 PM Monday through Friday, December 2 - 20 and receive a special holiday treat for the kids directly from the North Pole.

Coffee and gingerbread cookie

Holiday Hospitality Days

Join the recreation staff for seasonal holiday treats, coffee or cocoa and conversation in the Centennial Park lobby on four special days this season from 9:00 AM-6:00 PM on Tuesday, December 3, Wednesday, December 11, Thursday, December 19 and Friday, December 20.


Library Events & News

2 macrame keychains

Make It @ Your Library! Macramé Keychain 

Saturday, December 7, 10:30-12:30 PM
Create this boho macramé keychain to hold all your keys, give as a gift, or use to decorate your purse or backpack. All materials and instruction for the lark’s head, square knot, and diagonal clove hitch are provided free of charge. Space is limited. Registration is required. For ages 16+. 

Cartoon of Patrick McCoy

eBook Clinic with Patrick McCoy! 

Tuesday, December 10, between 4:00-5:20 PM
Learn how to navigate the Library’s eLibrary collection of eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music, magazines, and more! Your device (phone, tablet, or laptop) and active library card account are all you need to get started. Tech expert Patrick McCoy will provide one-on-one instruction, giving you the confidence to use your device like a pro. By appointment only. Space is limited. Registration is required. For age 16+.

Colored pencils

Drop In and Color

Thursday, December 12, 6:00-8:00 PM
Enjoy a relaxing and reenergizing evening of coloring. All materials are provided free of charge by the Paso Robles Friends of the Library. Avid colorists are welcome to bring their own projects if they prefer. For this final month of coloring at the library, we will be providing several books from which to choose.  For ages 16+.

Note: The library will close at 5:00 PM on Wednesday November 27, and reopen Monday, Dec 2 at 10:00 AM.

Community Events

Serving on food line

Thanksgiving for Paso

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 12:00-2:00 PM
Centennial Park

A celebration of thanks serving over 1000 men, women and children a traditional Thanksgiving meal at no cost. A true expression of community that brings diverse people together to share the day with others. All made possible through the generosity of caring individuals, students, organizations, churches and businesses. Donations are still being accepted, no volunteers are needed. Details

Crowd in the park with candles

Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Friday, November 29, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Paso Robles Downtown City Park
Christmas and holiday lights will illuminate the way to this year’s holiday festivities in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park. At 6pm, Mrs. Claus will arrive and light the downtown, inviting all to share in the holiday joy. Enjoy live music, speeches, candlelight caroling, free cookies, and hot chocolate with the family. Admission is free! Details
Float covered in lights

Lighted Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 7, 2019 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. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus and watch downtown light up with holiday spirit! Details

Victorian lit up on Vine
photo credit SLO Tribune

Vine Street Victorian Showcase

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Vine Street from 8th - 21st

Bring the whole family to Vine Street for this annual community Christmas party tradition. Community caroling, illuminated floats, entertainers, community open houses, live music, cotton candy, free cookies and hot chocolate— it’s fun, friends and festivities! Details


Other News

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Building Department Employee Featured in ICC Video

Devon Kuhnle, the City's Development Services Coordinator, is featured in a promotional video for the International Code Council, the body that develops the International Codes - model building codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools. Hear how she approaches her job and how that helps improve projects in Paso. Video

Regular City Reports

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