Author: Heather Young

Karen McNamara: Realtor, business owner, community advocate

Karen McNamara has not lived in Atascadero all her life but she loves Atascadero as though she had. She moved here with her late husband, Mike McNamara, who died in
June 2015. Since moving to Atascadero, she started the Printery Foundation with Nic Mattson, who had started discussing the fate of the historic building with Mike, but Mike died before anything could be done.
“He didn’t like to complain,” Karen said. “If he didn’t like something, he did something about it. He was just a really good man… Mike and Nick both grew up here, it’s a building they both
care about.”

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Showdown Cornhole Tournament

The third annual Atascadero Kiwanis and Knights of Columbus Showdown Cornhole tournament will take place on Saturday, Sept. 22 in Sunken Gardens. Last year’s tournament made the event the largest one of its kind on the Central Coast with 64 teams participating. Organizer Mike LoPicolo said that more than 100 teams are expected this year.
“The Atascadero High School Greybots robotics team has been chosen to receive the proceeds from this year’s tournament,” LoPicolo said. “The Kiwanis and Knights chose the Greybots because a major focus of both clubs is to help the youth and youth programs in
our community.”

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Tent City After Dark Moves to Friday

The annual fundraiser for Colony Days, Tent City After Dark, will be bigger and better than ever. The concert will happen in Tent City, which will be set up in Sunken Gardens, on Friday, Oct. 5 starting at 4:30 p.m.
The event has historically been held the Saturday evening of the Colony Days celebration for event goers to get another view of the historic Tent City once the sun went down. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. with food trucks and beer and wine and continue well into the night. The main music event will begin at 6 p.m., although there will be amateur musicians and other events happening beforehand.

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