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Written by Theresa-Marie Wilson

Theresa-Maria Wilson has been a journalist covering the North Coast and South County area for over 20 years. She is also the founder of Cat Noir CC and is currently working on a novel.

August 11, 2023

Celebrate Farmers Markets

There is still time to join the county in recognizing National Farmers Market Week. Even if you miss the festivities, every week there are multiple places and reasons to celebrate the bounty of local farmers we have. 

On July 18, 2023, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors heard a resolution proclaiming August 6-12 as San Luis Obispo County Farmers Market Week. The resolution acknowledges the role that farmers markets play in the economic, social, environmental, and physical health of our local community. In addition, the proclamation calls out the efforts of many of our local farmers markets to make markets accessible to people on limited incomes by accepting CalFresh/EBT as payment and providing additional nutrition incentives through the Market Match program.  

National Farmers Market Week is an annual celebration of farmers markets coordinated by the Farmers Market Coalition, a membership-based 503(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports farmers markets nationwide through training, technical assistance, and network-building.  This year, the campaign is centered around the essential role that farmers market operators play in our local food systems and in developing resilience in communities as hubs for local economies and connection.  

The following farmers’ markets across 

SLO all accept CalFresh/EBT 


Baywood on Santa Maria Ave from 2-4:30 p.m.  


Paso Robles 11th and Spring St 9:30 a.m. -12 p.m.  


Atascadero Sunken Gardens from 3-6 p.m.; Arroyo Grande Smart & Final 8:30-11 a.m.  


Morro Bay Spencer’s Market Parking Lot from 2-4:30 p.m.; SLO Downtown 6pm-9pm  


Cambria 1000 Main St 2:30-5:30 p.m.  


Templeton 6th & Crocker from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Paso Robles 11th & Spring 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; SLO Embassy Suites Parking Lot 8-10:45 a.m.  

 “Farmers markets are abundant sources of food, connection and resilience in our communities across the country, but they don’t just happen on their own.” said Ben Feldman, Farmers Market Coalition executive director. “Behind the scenes of every successful farmers market is a dedicated person or team working to make the market thrive. These farmers market operators are experts who need community and financial support to run their markets and resources specifically designed for their needs.”

Save the Date for Community Foundation of Estero Bay Concert

The rumors are true! Come out and support Estero Bay kids and have a great night of fun, food and live music as the Stellar Band presents and evening with “Fleetwood Dreams,” featuring hits by the iconic Rock Band Fleetwood Mac. 

The concert is a benefit for the Community Foundation of Estero Bay, celebrating its 13th annual “Morro Bay Sings.” In addition to live music, the event features dinner, a live auction, and a silent auction.   

Tickets are $70 per person, tables for eight are $525 and tables of ten are $600.  New this year is a Sponsor Table (either 8 or 10 seats) for $750 – this includes two bottles of wine and sponsorship recognition. Tickets include dinner, cookies and coffee, music, dancing and exciting auctions. The price of each individual ticket includes a tax-deductible donation of $60. Tickets go on sale September 1 through the Foundation Website at www.communityfoundationesterobay.org/events. 

It all takes place at the Morro Bay Community Center, 1001 Kennedy Way, in Morro Bay on Saturday, November 4. The doors open at 5 p.m.

For more information about the non-profit Community Foundation of Estero Bay, or to purchase tickets please visit: www.communityfoundationesterobay.org/events, email comm.found.esterobay@gmail.com or call (805) 458-4494.

French Hospital Opens Heart Lab

Technology can save lives, and the latest is at a local hospital.

Dignity Health French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC) recently opened its brand new Heart Catheterization Lab with the most advanced technology and equipment, the GE Allia IGS 730 fluoroscopy system. The new cath-lab is located in the Copeland, Forbes and Rossi Cardiac Care Center in the hospital. 

Cardiologist, Robert Doria, MD, performed the first procedure at French Hospital’s new cath lab last month and said, “Our first procedure with the new technology was successful and resulted in excellent imaging of the patient’s coronary arteries and valves. It couldn’t have gone better. The new state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratory system brings the most advanced imaging technology to the Central Coast. This is the first of two identical catheterization lab systems which will be installed at French Hospital Medical Center, making French Hospital the only facility between Los Angeles and San Francisco to have this advanced diagnostic system.  Patients will benefit from more precise and improved imaging of heart and vascular structures while receiving even lower radiation doses compared with the systems which have been replaced.  This advanced technology will significantly enhance cardiovascular diagnostics and therapies for the patients in our community for many years to come.” 

The new system and the types of procedures physicians can do with it will help serve people in our community who suffer from heart attacks and other heart and vascular conditions that need specific procedures like pacemaker implantation and coronary artery stenting. Doctors can also use it for arrhythmia ablation, minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (TAVR), Transcatheter Edge to Edge Repair (MitraClip), Watchman, radioembolization for liver cancer, uterine fibroid embolization and more.  

The new system adds both clinical and operational efficiency with custom system settings to suit clinician preferences which helps reduce time-consuming procedural setup and provides more focus on the needs of the patient.

Some highlights of GE Allia IGS 730 fluoroscopy system include:

• Allows a more multi-disciplinary utilization of the lab – adding flexibility for different specialists to work in the space including cardiologists, electrophysiologists, and interventional radiologists

• Features and capabilities of the system effectively future-proof the lab, allowing for added technology and to support new or breakthrough procedures.  Features a fully robotic gantry system

• Applies the first AI-based, interventional image chain in the industry with training on over 6,000 procedural datasets to optimize image quality

French Hospital’s Cardiovascular Services cover both diagnostic and interventional cardiology procedures, electrophysiology, structural heart, and interventional radiology services. 

Are you or a neighbor Taking Care of Business. Is your business, including non-profits, supporting our community? Maybe you’re launching a new business, or you’re making updates to your current business model, or re-opening. Perhaps you have a job opportunity, or have been doing some volunteer work, or are collaborating with another business or a non-profit. Or maybe you know someone who is. Submit your awesome local efforts for publication to Editor@EsteroBayNews.com.

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