Event Types

The Evacuation of Saigon

Captain Christenson, a native of Minneapolis,  graduated from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1957. He served in a destroyer, diesel submarines and amphibious ships. He is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he earned a Master of Science degree. Captain Christenson retired from the navy in 1986, when he and his wife Mary moved to San Luis Obispo. He worked for Greg Hind at the sportswear manufacturer, Hind, Inc. until 1994 at which time he joined a safety consulting company, Cal/Nev. He has been active in his church, Mount Carmel Lutheran, served as a board member of SLO Opera, CAPSLO Homeless Services and United Way.
Jan 17, 2018
Jan 20, 2018
12:50 PM – 2:26 PM

Grassy Oak Oyster Company

Grassy Bar Oyster Company
3488 Gilbert Ave.
Cayucos, CA 93430

Jan 24, 2018
Jan 25, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Jan 28, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM

San Luis Obispo County Fire Dept

CAL FIRE /San Luis Obispo County Fire Department  Division Chief Steve Spinharney is in charge of the Coastal Division which is compromised of the coastal areas from the Monterrey county line to the Santa Barbara county line.

He supervises three field battalion Chiefs, the training Battalion Chief and Cuesta Conservation Camp. he has 28 years with the department and has worked in multiple Units with multiple roles including a Fire Fighter, Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief, Administrative Officer, and Director of Fire Training at the department Academy in Ione, CA.  

Chief Spinharney has 11 years of Type 1 Incident Management Team  experience as a Branch Director  and Operations Section Chief  and in his current role as an Incident Commander Trainee on CAL FIRE IMT1. His most current assignments included the LNU Central Complex (Santa Rosa), The Lilac 5 fire in San Diego County, and Mud Slide/ Debris Flow in Santa Barbera County.

He has been a part of two technical rescue teams and was an auto extrication instructor for 15 years.

He has earned an Associates Degree in Fire Science from Butte Community College and a Bachelors of Administration Degree from the California State University, Chico. 

As a 17 year resident of Templeton he has been an active  youth sports coach, club sports coach, and Templeton High School boys’ volleyball coach for 4 years. 

He has been married to his lovely wife Roann for 24 years who works for the Templeton Unified School District. They have two children; Shane and  Savannah.  

Jan 31, 2018
Jan 31, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Illustrations by Kelly Ricker


Kelly Ricker has lived on the Central Coast most of her life. She attended St. Louis de Montfort Elementary and St. Joseph High School, both in Orcutt. She completed lower division coursework at Allan Hancock College before leaving the Central Coast for the Bay Area, transferring to San Jose State. There, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration and minored in English Literature, graduating as a Dean’s Scholar and Magna Cum Laude.

She has worked in the mobile gaming industry since graduating, first working at Disney as a part of Disney Interactive and currently works for Pixelberry Studios, a small company out of Mountain View with a Top 25 Grossing Overall game on the App Store. Her comics appear in two anthologies and one upcoming this summer. She teaches both art and boxing, though not at the same time. It should come as no surprise that she is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Nipomo, Director of Youth Service, and your PEN.

Feb 07, 2018

Not So Newlywed Game

Feb 14, 2018
Feb 20, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Coalition of Labor Agriculture & Business

Feb 21, 2018

Magic Show

Feb 28, 2018
Feb 28, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Mar 04, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Community Response Emergency Teams

Mar 07, 2018
Mar 08, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

California Telephone Access Program

Skippy will discuss California Telephone access for people with disabilities and hearing loss.

Mar 14, 2018
Mar 20, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County

Kevin Drabinski has served as the CEO of the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County since Valentine’s Day 2017. During 2017, the Food Bank delivered 5 million pounds of food to the one in six persons in our county who have limited or uncertain ability to acquire nutritionally adequate and safe food. Fully half of the food distributed was produce. Some 40% of the food distributed went to children while 20% went to seniors.

The strength of the Food Bank lies in being a coalition. It serves as the primary source of food for 94 agency partners throughout the county who help in our mission to alleviate hunger and build a healthier community.

The Food Bank moved into its new warehouse across from the airport in San Luis Obispo in November 2016, and it is from this location that the needs of those who hunger will be met for the next generation.

Kevin is a 30 year resident of San Luis Obispo where he and his wife raised their two loving daughters. 

Mar 21, 2018
Mar 24, 2018
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Mar 27, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Tom Bordonaro is the San Luis Obispo County Assessor.  His job is to identify all property in the county, determine its’ taxability, and place a value on it.  Since becoming Assessor, he has created a more taxpayer friendly office, leveraged technology to do more for less, and cut the number of assessment appeals in half.  He has a Bachelor’s in Ag. Management from Cal Poly and a Master’s in Ag. Economics from UC Davis.  Prior to becoming the Assessor, he was a member of the Ca. State Assembly, a Commissioner for the Board of Prison Terms, a Realtor, and he managed his family construction business.  He has been a county resident for over 40 years.  He and his wife Martha have four children and 2 grandchildren and live on the family farm in Paso Robles where they raise wine grapes and hay.

Mar 28, 2018
Mar 28, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Cal Poly Brock Center for Agriculture

Apr 04, 2018

Ice Cream Lab Tour


Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab

971 Huber Street, Grover Beach,  93433


Apr 11, 2018
Apr 13, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Apr 17, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Service Awards - Evening meeting

Apr 18, 2018
Apr 18, 2018
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Apr 19, 2018
12:30 PM – 6:00 PM

City of Santa Maria

Alice Patino has decades of service to Santa Maria. She began her career as a teacher, then a board member in the public school system, and holds various leadership positions with the City of Santa Maria. She grew up in Santa Maria and attended Allan Hancock College. She has served on the City Council since 1999, and in November 2012, she was elected as Mayor, becoming the first female Mayor in Santa Maria’s history. She was re-elected in November 2016.

Her community service activities are numerous. She has served in the Rotary Club of Santa Maria, the Minerva Club, Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, Santa Maria Valley Republicans, Santa Maria Valley Beautiful, California Women for Agriculture, was Secretary for California High School Rodeo Association District 7, and is a Board Member of Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley. 

Mrs. Patino was a teacher from 1972 to 1982 with the Santa Maria/Bonita School District. Starting in 1976, she served until 1991 on the Santa Maria Joint Union High School Board. The major issue was to find cost-effective ways of enlarging the existing school campuses and identifying new properties for building new schools. 

From 1994 to 2002 she was a member of the Marian Medical Foundation and as Board president, together with an excellent team of Board members, raised nearly $1 million for critically needed programs. 

She served as a Code Compliance Board Member for the City from 1997 to 1999 and was appointed to the City Council in 2000. A top priority is addressing neighborhood concerns and law enforcement. 

Alice has been married to John Patino for 52 years and they have two sons, both of whom are in the Ag industry; and four grandchildren, and all four are involved in rodeo. 


Apr 25, 2018
Apr 25, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
May 01, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Reconstruction of Highway One

Joseph is a Caltrans Project Manager in District 5 working on the reconstruction of Highway One at Big Sur.

Bachelors of Science | June 2006 | California Polytechnic State University

Project Manager | California Department of Transportation | September 2016 to Present

  • Ensure assigned projects to improve the State Highway System are delivered and completed in accordance with their individual approved scopes, schedules and budgets.   Elevate major issues to the District 5 Deputy of Project Management when necessary.  

Transportation Engineer | California Department of Transportation | January 2006 to September 2016

  • Preformed engineering work involving plans, design, and details of the State Highway System.  Used innovative design processes, produce complex calculations, specifications, and review work prepared by others.   Provide technical guidance while designs are being developed.  

Lecturer | CALIFORNIA Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo | March 2015 to June 2015

  • Instructed CE 422 Highway Geometrics and Design course lab section within the University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. 


  • Mud Creek Emergency Project – Coordinated efforts to respond to 5.5 million cubic yard landslide on the Big Sur coast.  Lead multifunctional team in analyzing the scope and appropriate solution to reopen State Route 1 in a safe, economic and efficient manner.  
  • Cow Cliffs Viaduct – Developed project to restore full access to Route 1 near Big Sur as a result of erosion beneath the highway.  
May 02, 2018
May 04, 2018 6:00 PM

A Way Back Home

May 09, 2018
May 11, 2018
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Welcome Home Military Heros

May 16, 2018
May 22, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
May 22, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Director of Marketing and Creative Services

Brandon Downing is marketing and creative services director at KSBY-TV, Cordillera’s NBC affiliate in the San Luis Obispo-Santa Barbara, CA, television market. He began his broadcasting career fresh out of high school as an intern in the stations promotion department before quickly being hired in news, where he served as production manager and director of the top-rated evening newscasts for 12 years, prior to his current roll. Downing has helped KSBY remain the dominant station in the market by strategically utilizing limited resources and effectively marketing news and station programming, as well as commercial clients and community projects.

Brandon’s skills in editing, writing, producing and directing have earned him numerous recognitions, including multiple regional Emmy Awards.

He spent most of his childhood in the small coastal town of Cambria and graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. He and his wife Shannon, live in Arroyo Grande with their 6-year-old son, Carter. 

May 23, 2018

Foundation Awards - Evening meeting

May 31, 2018
May 31, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Native Touch Landscapes

Taylor Matheson was born and raised in south Florida. His parents being avid outdoors people raised Taylor and his siblings in the sun. Naturally Taylor spent most of his time in youth exploring all Florida had to offer. From diving fresh water springs and coral reefs to hiking and hunting the Everglades Taylor grew up with nature.

At 23, when Taylor’s high school sweetheart came back to town for a visit, she offered that he return with her to California. A week later he boarded his first commercial flight. After seeing the Mountains on final approach to L.A.X. he knew there was no turning back. He spent his first five years in the city of Los Angeles hiking and Volunteering in the local Mountains before moving to the Central Coast to start a family. It was there that his love of the outdoors and passion for helping the environment and those people within it coincided. He stumbled into a career doing drought tolerant landscaping, he found that this combined his lust for digging holes with the ability to help people get outside and enjoy their own yard in a way they never thought was possible. Taylor has been working in drought tolerant landscaping for the better part of two years and founded Native Touch Landscapes in 2017. His mission is to create a landscape that will get you to spend more time outside, whether that be cooking and enjoying a meal, making sure that your lawn is water efficient, or enjoying the local wildlife in while sipping a nice chardonnay. -Native Touch Landscapes- (805) 723-0916 

Jun 06, 2018
Jun 06, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:00 PM


Stephanie grew up back East and attended Brown University. Shortly thereafter she married her husband of 30 years, moved several times and settled in San Luis Obispo 20 years ago.  She has been involved in food and health in the community through her work at the Cal Poly STRIDE Center, the founding of GleanSLO, and her board work at the Food Bank and YMCA. She recently has come to address the issue of housing since, like food access, it is a key social determinate of health. Stephanie has three grown boys who thankfully are adequately housed at the moment.


Jun 13, 2018
Jun 16, 2018
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Jun 19, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

New Life K9s

Our Mission is to save lives through the healing power of the human canine bond. New Life K9s teaches and places service dogs for Veterans and First Responders (Firefighters, Police Officers, Emergency Medical Services) with post traumatic stress free of charge.  More than 22 veterans commit suicide every day, 1 in 3 combat veterans that seek treatment are diagnosed with PTSD, and 1 in 3 homeless in the US are veterans. Our service dogs will prevent suicides, enrich relationships, reduce homelessness, save community resources, and decrease the need for medications. New Life K9s utilizes inmates at two state prisons to teach the dogs, this not only benefits New Life K9s by cutting staffing costs, it also benefits the lives of the inmates. 
Jun 20, 2018
Jun 21, 2018
12:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Jun 22, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Jun 24, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Vanderberg Air Force Base

Jun 27, 2018