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Good News! Liberty Tattoo Removal Program receives donation from Church for Life of Santa Maria

The Liberty Tattoo Removal Program, run by the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc., received a generous for $3,500 donation from the Church for Life in Santa Maria. The Liberty Tattoo Removal Program provides free laser tattoo removal treatment clinics to low-income community members with anti-social, gang related and visible tattoos in exchange for community service at local non-profits.

Click here to see the press release.

Janet Allenspach, Program Coordinator, holds check for $3,500 from SM Church for Life.

**Janet Allenspach, Program Coordinator, holds check for $3,500 from SM Church for Life.**


28th Afternoon of Epicurean Delights Thanks You!

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The CAPSLO Health & Prevention Division could not have coordinated the event without the volunteer event committee: Paula Clark, Margaret King, Carl Weber, Jim Weilbacher, Sandee Menge, Charlene West, Phil Strahl, Cheryl Strahl and Division staff: Kayla Wilburn, Darlene Azevedo, Charley Newel and Janet Allenspach.

All flowers were arranged by Amanda of Shell Beach Floral Design.

Event photographer was Cheryl Strahl

The master of ceremonies at the pool stage was Jeanette Trompeter from KSBY.

Flowers were donated by: Eufloria, Holland America Flowers, Oak Park Flower Farm, Pacific Sun Growers and Trader Joe’s.

Musicians provided amazing sounds to go along with the majestic setting:

  • Cadillac Angels
  • Chasing Audrie Duo
  • Choro de Oro
  • Green to White
  • Gypsy All Stars
  • Ranchers for Peace

Special thanks to Joan Gellert Sargen for being an event sponsor for the third year and to Bolton & Company Insurance Brokers for also being an event sponsor.  Our event host was Don Shidler and the event could not have happened without his support.  The support of our sponsors and underwriters made it possible for all event revenue to provide no cost services to thousands of vulnerable community members:

  • Breakaway Tours and Event Planning
  • Cannon Associates
  • Coast 101.3 (El Dorado Broadcasting)
  • Edward Jones, David Gaddis
  • Jay and Carol Devore
  • iii Design
  • Bill Gaines Audio
  • New Times
  • San Luis Ambulance
  • The Sun
  • Tolosa Press
  • Carl Weber

Purveyors who gave of their time and amazing talents:

  • Ancient Peaks Winery
  • Baileyana Winery
  • Baker and Brain Wines
  • Big Sky Café
  • Black Horse Expresso & Bakery
  • Blue Sky Bistro
  • Castoro Cellars
  • Chamisal Winery
  • Clairborne & Churchill Vinters
  • Cottonwood Canyon
  • Cracked Crab
  • Jack Creek Cellars
  • Edna Valley Vineyards
  • Filipponi Ranch
  • Firestone Walker Brewery
  • Frockling Frog Winery
  • Gardens of Avila Restaurant
  • Gerald’s Olde Tyme Chocolates
  • Honey Bee Cakery
  • J Lohr Winery
  • Jaffa Café Mediterranean Cuisine
  • Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards
  • Kenneth Volk Winery
  • Laetitia Vineyard & Winery
  • Novo Restaurant & Lounge
  • Opolo Vineyards
  • Paella Party SLO
  • Peachy Canyon Vineyard
  • Peloton Cellars
  • Penny’s All American Café
  • Sage at Vista Grande
  • Saucelito Canyon Winery
  • Sculpterra Winery
  • Seaside Café & Bakery
  • Shell Beach Brewhouse
  • Splash Café
  • Stephen Ross Cellars
  • Still Waters Vineyard
  • Sweet Alexis Bakery
  • Tablas Creek Vineyards
  • Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steak House
  • Tap It Brewing Company
  • Testa Catering
  • The Groves on 41
  • The Muffin Goddess at the Cliff’s Resort
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Upper Crust Tattoria
  • Wolff Vineyards
  • Zorro’s Café & Cantina

Purveyor Awards for 2015:

Best Beverage: Chamisal Winery

Best Food:  Shell Beach Brewhouse

Best Confectioner:  Gerald’s Olde Tyme Chocolates

Best Display:  Laetitia Vineyard & Winery

A final thank you to those who purchased tickets and supported the Health & Prevention Division services.

See you all next year on Sunday June 5, 2016 for the 29th Afternoon of Epicurean Delights.



"Cardboard Stories" is a film by Rethink Homelessness, a non-profit located in Central Florida that wants to change the way the world sees the homeless. Each of the homeless clients CAPSLO homeless services works with has a unique and often surprising story, too. Recently Heather, a CAPSLO Shelter Worker, reflected on the many clients who are employed yet still need shelter as they get back on their feet:

The cashier ringing up our groceries. The guy making our sandwiches during the lunch hour rush.  The bartender serving up drinks until 2 am. The bus driver making his rounds in the city.  The single mom sitting next to us in class at Cuesta College.

These are not the people that typically come to mind when we envision who the homeless in our community are, but the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter (MLM), at least for a brief time, has been home for each one of these hard working individuals.

Working while homeless brings its own set of challenges. One young adult, the bartender, gets to shelter after 3 am, less than 3 hours before lights at MLM come back on.  Another gentleman, the bus driver, wakes up at 4 am to start his early morning bus routes. They are fortunate enough to have jobs and a path out of homelessness, but working and using shelter services for showers, meals, a place to sleep, and support from staff as they work towards returning to a home of their own is not always easy. Shelter services run on a tight schedule, everyone contributes to the shelter upkeep through the completion of chores, and there is little privacy when you are sharing a dormitory with 49 other people.  At MLM, staff are constantly inspired by the hard work and perseverance clients exhibit while maintaining a job or staying in school.

Because homeless individuals and families that are served by MLM don't necessarily "look homeless," it can be easy to forget that many of the people navigating homelessness in the community will be homeless for three months or less and really just need temporary support while they get back on their feet and into a home of their own.  Every time a client no longer needs MLM services it is a victory hard won, and staff are so grateful to be a part of the path back to self-sufficiency.

You can make a difference for SLO County's homeless men, women, and children by making a donation to our summer fund drive for the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter, volunteering, or donating items off of our needs list:

  • Disposable plates (9"), bowls, hot and cold beverage cups, disposable forks, spoons, knives
  • Pens and markers
  • Trash bags and Ziploc bags
  • Plastic Wrap/aluminum foil
  • Bath towels (new or gently used)
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Hotel/travel size soap, shampoo, conditioner, and toothpaste
  • First-Aid items
  • NEW socks and NEW underwear (men, women, and children)
  • Backpacks (new or gently used)
  • Earplugs

Donated items to Homeless Services can be delivered to the Prado Day Center (preferably between 2-4pm).

For more information about ways to get involved, please contact Bryn Smith at 805.544.4355 ext 175.


28th Annual Afternoon of Epicurean Delights

The 28th annual Afternoon of Epicurean Delights (AED) will be celebrated on Sunday, June 7th. This spectacular event will be held from 11:30 to 3:30 on the tranquil and picturesque grounds of the historic Chapman House by the Sea, nestled on the bluffs of the Pacific Ocean in Shell Beach. Proceeds benefit the Health & Prevention Division of Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, which provides medical, educational & advocacy services for over 10,000 under-served families, women, men and youth throughout our county. 

Guests at the event are invited to stroll through the serene gardens, take in the panoramic ocean views, and sit poolside while tasting food and beverages from SLO County's most renowned and award winning restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries, and confectioners. Guests will also enjoy a variety of live music and can participate in a silent auction with items featuring local art, hand-crafted jewelry, premium and reserve wines, get-away weekends, gift baskets, and much more.

Fifty four of the most renowned food and beverage purveyors will be participating in the event.

Tickets can be purchased through 6/4 by calling The Health & Prevention office at (805) 544-2498.

Tickets can be purchased through 6/5 at the Arroyo Grande & Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets can be purchased through 6/6 at Crushed Grape and the SLO & Pismo Beach Chambers of Commerce.

Sponsors: Joan Gellert Sargen, Bolton & Company Insurance Brokers

Supporters: Michael Cannon, San Luis Ambulance

Underwriters: Edward Jones/David Gaddis, Jay & Carol Devore, Tolosa Press, Coast 101.3, iii Design, Michael Cannon, San Luis Ambulance, Breakaway Tours and Event Planning, Shell Beach Floral Design, New Times, The Sun

MC: Jeanette Trompeter of KSBY

Photographer: Cheryl Strahl

Musicians: Cadillac Angels, Chasing Audrie Duo, Choro de Oro, Green to White, Gypsy All Stars, Ranchers for Peace

Food purveyors:
Big Sky Cafe
Black Horse Espresso & Bakery
Blue Skye Bistro
Cracked Crab
Gardens of Avila Restaurant
Gerald's Olde Tyme Chocolates
Honey Bee Cakery
Jaffa Cafe Mediterranean Cuisine
Novo Restaurant & Lounge
Paella Party SLO
Penny's All-American Cafe
Sage at Vista Grande
Seaside Cafe & Bakery
Shell Beach Brewhouse
Splash Cafe
Sweet Alexis
Tahoe Joe's Famous Steakhouse
Testa Catering
The Groves on 41
The Muffin Goddess at The Cliffs Resort (Marisol)
Trader Joe's
Upper Crust Trattoria
Windows on the Water
Zorro's Cafe & Cantina

Beverage purveyors:
2nd Chance Winery
Ancient Peaks Winery
Baileyana Winery
Baker & Brain Wines
Castoro Cellars
Chamisal Winery
Claiborne & Churchill Vintners
Edna Valley Vineyards
Filipponi Ranch
Firestone Walker Brewery
Frolicking Frog Winery
J Lohr Winery
Jack Creek Cellars
Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards
Kenneth Volk Winery
Laetitia Vineyard & Winery
Opolo Vineyards
Peachy Canyon Winery
Peloton Cellars
Saucelito Canyon Winery
Sculpterra Winery
Stephen Ross Cellars
Still Waters Vineyards
Tablas Creek Vineyard
Tap It Brewing Co.
Wolff Vineyards 

Event Florist is Shell Beach Floral Design.

Flowers donated by:
Eufloria Flowers
Holland America Flowers
Oak Park Flower Farm
Pacific Sun Growers
Shell Beach Flower Design
Trader Joe's

This year there will be two shuttle stops with three shuttles running to bring you to the event!

Shell Beach Elementary School (2100 Shell Beach Rd) and Pismo Beach City Hall on Mattie Rd.

Parking in the neighborhood surrounding event is limited to Shell Beach residents only. If you don't live in Shell Beach you must take the shuttle from either Shell Beach Elementary School or Pismo Beach City Hall.

Shuttles will start at 11:00 am and run until 4:00 pm.  Thanks for taking the shuttle, as this will help to not impact the Shell Beach community.

We recommend that your print or obtain a ticket in advance, so that you will not have to wait at will-call. Click the link above to buy tickets. Ticket outlets: Crushed Grape in SLO, SLO, Arroyo Grande & Grover Beach & Pismo Beach Chambers of Commerce.

If you have questions please call the Afternoon of Epicurean Delights office at (805) 544-2498.

Your support is sincerely appreciated.



You are invited to a Public Hearing regarding the issues facing Low-Income Individuals & Families in San Luis Obispo County.

Date: Thursday, May 14
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: SLO County Library Community Room 995 Palm Street, SLO

The Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc is gathering public input for the development of its 2016-17 Community Action Plan. This plan takes a broad look at the needs of and resources available lower income families and individuals throughout San Luis Obispo County.

We want to hear from you about what you think the most urgent issues are! Please join us to share your feedback:

  • What are the significant issues that low-income families/individuals face?
  • Are services available to meet the needs?
  • What additional services are needed?

A Spanish speaking translator will be present to provide assistance to monolingual speaking participants.

If you are unable to attend, you may email comments to ddornan@capslo.org OR mail comments to: Community Action Partnership - Planning Division, 1030 Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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