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Shake it up 

Talk about good vibrations! We all know that Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast is coming up quick, but did you know the weekend of epicurean bliss is also slated to feature an intimate concert by Beach Boys icon Brian Wilson? It's all going down at Vina Robles Amphitheater on Sept. 27, so get your seats reserved now, before your daddy takes that T-bird away ... Paso Robles is gearing up for its annual Taste of Downtown, and this year about 35 local chefs, wineries, and artisans are on board to create dazzling dishes (get your $25 pass by calling 238-4103). Don't forget to check out the colorful chalk artwork created by kids from ages 1 to 100 during the Arte de Tiza, which will unfold simultaneously around Downtown City Park.

Seasonal, sensational

Let's get juicy: It's almost Heirloom Tomato Festival time at Windrose Farm in Paso Robles. Tickets are on sale now for the Sept. 21 event featuring more than 40 varieties of heirloom tomatoes and thoughtfully crafted bites from local chefs (you can even camp out in the farm's apple orchard if you are so inclined: Get all the information you need at ... Join the Avila Valley Barn for a hands-on class on jams, jellies, and pies this Sept. 12 and get your hands on fall harvest apples, and pumpkins, too (call 595-2816 for reservations).

Kitchen scraps

Pack smarter: We are officially back to school, and that means paper bags and lunchboxes will need to be filled daily. Try packing your child (or spouse) a nutrient-dense, mineral and vitamin-filled lunch with expertise provided by a Vert Foods class this Sept. 13 (visit for details) ... Have you tried Kreuzberg's Kombucha yet? You need to. Not only is the Japanese-derived drink full of healthy probiatic goodness, but it's a delightfully refreshing way to beat the heat that won't be leaving anytime soon ... Congrats to Epoch Winery, which has taken on its eighth vintage in its brand-new York Mountain Winery (I suggest a stop at their cozy, modern tasting room so you can see first-hand why the winery graced Wine Spectator's 2013 Top 100 Wines list).

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