Enjoy a SLO Weekend… Creations by the Creek

Creations by the Creek

Sat. March 8, 2014

9 am to 4 pm

77 Marquita Road, Templeton/Paso Robles

Shop this local event featuring hand made and re purposed goods! There will also be food. Such a great mix of local artists and sellers.

CLICK HERE for the Facebook Event Page

James’ SLO Life… Fireworks and Family

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The 4th of July is one of those holidays that stir up many fond memories of my childhood back in Hawthorne, CA. I was fortunate enough to live on a cul-de-sac with a broken street light, in one of the last few cities in LA that still allow fireworks. We had a lot of kids on my street growing up, so it was kind of an unofficial block party every year. Plus, the perks that came with having a police officer for a dad was that the quality of fireworks tended to be much greater with little risk of getting in trouble. Honestly, the things we used to do, it’s amazing that no one ever got hurt. I specifically remember a mortar shell exploding at knee level in the middle of the street, surrounded by people.

Now, living in Templeton; I have the pleasure of raising my kids on a cul-de-sac (with a broken street light) in one of the last cities in the 805 to allow fireworks. I was like a little kid when I saw a stand open up on Las Tablas on Sunday to start selling those wonderful, if not fleeting, sticks of mixed powder that seem to brighten everyone’s eyes to the point of “blindness”. I can’t wait to get my hands on some “piccolo petes” and start crimping them down to make them a little more fun then they are set up to be (unsafe and insane?). After seeing my daughter in Ohio with the fireworks and her reactions to them, I am excited to spend my time with the whole family, partaking in a great American tradition (yes, I know fireworks were invented by the Chinese).

If planning on spending the 4th in north county, make sure to hit up those firework stands in Templeton (and please only use them in Templeton). While Atascadero and Templeton both have daytime events, there will be no firework show this year (as of July 1st) at Barney Schwartz Park in Paso Robles. With Robert Hall Winery also canceling their big function, North County seems to not be the happening place for events. Most [in North County] will be flocking to Templeton Park to light fireworks with half of the county. I am gonna invite some friends over and light up my cul-de-sac, with the broken street light, in a great show of dazzling fire and sparks before shifting into Ramadan on Monday the 8th. What? James is Muslim? More on that next time. Be safe and enjoy your 4th of July.

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James’ SLO Life…Templeton Concerts in the Park

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This week kicks off my favorite event each Summer, Concert in the Park. Each city seems to have their own, so practically everyday, somewhere in SLO county, there is live music playing in a park.  Even before living in Templeton I would frequent their concerts because that is where my fellow crew members at Trader Joe’s would gather together. Concerts are held on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 and covers a whole spectrum of musical tastes but seems to focus on blues and rock this year. If you are planning on attending, I suggest arriving early as seating is first come first served on the grass and the later you arrive, the further away you will have to park.  Bring a blanket for the ground and one for cover since the evenings can get cool as the sun sets. This also seems to be the only time no one is paying attention to open container laws as half of the people there are drinking wine and carrying on, but keeping it under control and cleaning up after themselves to avoid losing that privilege. If you have kids, this is a great place to bring them. Once the music starts, you will be hard pressed to find a group of kids not moving their feet and dancing with each other to the great tunes coming from the band. Food is a must if planning on being there the whole 2 hours. Even if you think you won’t be, once you are having a good time you see everyone else munching on goodies, you are going to want snacks as well. The last thing I suggest bringing is a flashlight.  Templeton has very little street lights and it gets pitch black on some nights while walking back to the car and the risk for tripping is very high due to badly paved streets in that neighborhood.

These concerts are a great opportunity to get out into the community and meet your neighbors and if with kids, an opportunity to meet potential play dates. Families abound and your kid is going to meet someone they enjoy playing with while there. Also, each show is sponsored by local businesses (including TJ’s) and is a great way to promote and find out about your local options for goods and services to help your community grow. Most importantly, there is great music.  These bands tend to be some of the best local musicians in the area and they all play their hearts out for the 2 hours they are up there. Come support local music and you never know, you may stumble across your new favorite act, and find out that the guitarist lives next door to you. These concerts are great fun for the whole family and are great ways to get to know your community further. So check out your local concert in the park and let’s listen to some great music together.

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Outdoor Concerts in SLO County

outdoor concertsWe’re blessed to have amazing weather on the California Central Coast and cities throughout the county celebrate with outdoor concerts. We love attending concerts in the park and when we moved here I started asking around about events in our new home. So, I thought I would share this information with all of you newbies and locals alike. I hope to run into you at the concerts. Please let us know if you have a concert series you’d like to list!

All of these events are FREE and family friendly!


Templeton– 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Templeton Community Park- June 13 through August 22, 2013 (no concert on July 4th) – click here for lineup


Paso Robles – 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Paso Robles City Park Gazebo – June 14 through August 23, 2013 – click here for the lineup

San Luis Obispo – 5 to 8 pm in Mission Plaza – June 14 through September 6, 2013 – click here for more info and the lineup


Atascadero – 6:30 to 8:30 pm in Lake Park – June 29 through August 10, 2013 – click here for the lineup

Los Osos – 2 to 6 pm at Sea Pines Golf Resort – June 8 through July 27, 2013 – no outside food or beverage allowed – click here for their facebook page


Grover Beach – 3 to 6 pm in Ramona Park – June 2 through September 29, 2013 – click here for the lineup

Arroyo Grande – 1 pm at Heritage Square Park – June 9 through September 22, 2013 – click here for the lineup

Pismo Beach – 1 to 4 pm at Dinosaur Caves Park – June 9th, July 14th, and August 11, 2013 – click here for the lineup

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