Colony Days 2015

2015-buttonsThe 2015 Colony Days theme is “Volunteers on Parade,” and we are celebrating the driving force behind many of the events and organizations around Atascadero.

Just like Colony Days, which has been volunteer driven since 1973, many establishments thrive on the hard work that is done behind the scenes by those who give their precious time to specific causes.

Volunteers on Parade celebrates all the hard work that volunteers give to make Atascadero a wonderful place to live, work, and play — it is the best way we know how to say “thank you.”

Learn Another Language for Free!

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Dianne Greenaway On Tent City

In a wonderful interview Dianne Greenaway, founder of Tent City, tells a bit of history and a look to the future. Tent City is a part of Colony Days that recreates Atascadero of 100 years ago with over 100 costumed actors living a day in early Atascadero. Be a part of Colony Days the third Saturday of October every year!

Thanks to Brent Keast of Cherent Ranch Studio for interviewing, video recording, and video editing.

Robert Allen Jensen

Robert Allen Jensen

Robert Allen Jensen

Bob made his transition surrounded by four generations of his family on April 21st at his home in Atascadero after a long illness.

Although born in Santa Maria California November 1932., Bob grew up in the San Fernando Valley.  He joined the USMC at 19 years old and served in Korea.  His service was from 1951-1954 as a member of the EOD and completed his service with the rank of Sergeant. Bob was wounded in action.

After returning home, Bob apprenticed to his father and followed a lifetime career as a painting contractor throughout the LA basin.

In 1957 he met who was to become his lifetime sweetheart, Linda Blackwell;  they married in 1959 and raised 3 sons. Bob was a loving and devoted father and husband.  He had a great heart and quick wit.  He always proved the statement that “he never met a stranger” as his friendliness attracted many friends.

Much of Bob’s life revolved around sports, motorcycle racing, and coaching.  He was a member of the SoCal Motorcycle Club and enjoyed desert racing. He was a gifted athlete and pitched in Double A fastpitch.  He and his wife, Linda, started the first Women’s Double A Fastpitch Softball League in the San Fernando Valley. He was the coach for the VALCO Double A fast pitch team.

Bob touched so many young lives.  One of his great joys was teaching.  He loved working with children both as a coach for a team and as a private/neighbor who helped a kid improve his batting skills, pass a learner’s driving test, or repair their brakes.

Bob and Linda moved to Atascadero in 1984.  He continued his paint contracting until his retirement.

Bob is predeceased by his Father, Clark Glenn Jensen, his mother, Lillian Elizabeth Jensen, and his brother, Glenn Jensen.  He is survived by his wife Linda Jensen, sister, Jackie Coppedge (husband, Alton) of Helendale and three sons: Derek Lee Jensen (wife Jill) of Santa Barbara, Keith Allen Jensen (wife Shannon) of Atascadero and John Darren Jensen  (wife Patrice) of Ojai.  His grandchildren are all Jensens: Ashley, Shane, Justin, Joshua, Jace, Jeremy and Jenna. He has one great grandchild, Jayden Jensen.
The family has suggested that donations be made to The Wounded Warrior Project  or The Disabled American Veterans in lieu of flowers.

Spring is in Full Bloom!

rose1As The temperatures rise and the rains have sprinkled a bit of happiness on our town, the plants all respond like gangbusters! The roses are blooming, the iris are in almost peak bloom and color is everywhere. Along with this is the plethora of unwanted plant that must be wacked, pulled, or mowed. The face of the city is lovely. May your garden be in a state of happiness. Send your favorite garden pictures and the finest ones will be posted her on you localTwo-tone-iris town blog.

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