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Atwater Family Dental
Sponsor February 2017

Dr. Eric Cheung and his staff are dedicated to provide comprehensive dental care to you and your family at the most reasonable price. Preventive care and good oral hygiene are our main focus. Dr. Eric performs restorative and cosmetic dentistry such as tooth color fillings, porcelain veneers, crown, and bridge, implant crown, tooth whitening and also professional cleaning, night guard, anti-snoring device, root canal treatment, extraction, partial and complete dentures along with sedation dentistry. We treat toddlers to people over 100 years old. Toothache and other emergency appointment welcome. PPO insurance, credit card, cash and cheque accepted. Care credit and other payment plan available. New Patients Welcome.

Kathy Jansen
Sponsor December 2016

My name is Kathy Saca Jansen and I was born at Mercy Hospital in Merced CA. on June 21st 1950. My parents were Joe & Laura Saca. My father along with his father, mother and younger brother, immigrated from the Azores Island of Pico in 1928. They settled in the “Fruitland Colony” near Winton, CA. My mother was born in the “Arena Colony” near Livingston , CA. and her parents were John & Mary Maciel. My parents met at a Portuguese Pentecost Celebration. They married in 1944 . By the time I was born in 1950, they were owners of the Arena Grocery Store on Hwy. 99 and Arena Way. When I was 2 years old my parents rented a space in a new building that Atwater named the “Smith Building”. They decided to open an infants & children’s store and the named it “Kathy’s Tot Shop”. (picture is of the Smith Building).

I had a very happy childhood. My grandparents lived close by and I had a lot of cousins to play with. My mom & dad welcomed my brother Ron in 1954. In 1955 we moved into the Redwood House on Juniper & 7th St. I attended Mitchell School when I was in Kindergarten and it was right across the street from my house. In 1960 we built a new house on Central Way on the property that my grandparents Saca owned. From 1st to 8th grade I attended St. Anthony’s School on Winton Way. I have a deep love for that school & church which I attend today. I have many fond memories of St. Anthony’s School and cherish lasting friendships. I was “May Festival Queen” in 1964 and you were nominated by your classmates. Four girls ran for Queen and the one who sold the most tickets would win. The tickets sold for 10cents a piece! I sold $214.00 worth of tickets! Mom & Dad welcomed Alan to our family in February 1967.

Lee Insurance Agency
Sponsor August 2016

Beginning in 1950, Bill Lee established this full service Insurance agency in Atwater and headed the business for many years until his son Eric joined him in 1979. In 1996 Eric bought his Dad’s business and the Bloss Block Building at the corner of Atwater Blvd. & Third Street. This historic building was rushed to completion in 1912 by the Bloss family and housed several businesses after the 1912 fire destroyed the buildings between Third and Fourth Street. It consists of seven well planned rooms and the corner space was occupied by Dr. Kinney who opened the Atwater Drug Store and he was followed by “Pop” Heller as the pharmacist & owner. Eric has remodeled the building but kept many of the original features. Eric Lee still offers a full service insurance agency and is very involved in the Atwater community. We encourage you to always consider our local businesses for all of your insurance needs.

Conchitas Panaderia
Sponsor July 2016

"La Panaderia que vino para Quedarse"
In the year of 1989, a young couple decided to take a chance and open the first Mexican Bakery in Atwater, California. Jesus and Eva Medina had no previous experience owning a business, as well as no support when they started their journey. Yet despite the obstacles they persevered and Conchitas Panaderia still stands today.

Jesus Medina came from a family of bakers from Michoacan, Mexico. The Medina family was known for their ancestral recipe of Conchitas. From this recipe Jesus and Eva started from the bottom and worked their way up. In the beginning when they were starting out, Eva Medina would go out to the camps and sell bread. She would drive around and introduce people to the first Mexican Bakery that had just opened up. Jesus and Eva Medina's hard work paid off, they found loyal customers who continue to come back year after year.

During the 27 years that Conchitas Panaderia has been opened, never once has there been a stranger behind the counter. Since its opening day Conchitas Panaderia has been a family run business, showcasing the love and support that we value as a business. In the year of 2002 when Jesus and Eva Medina decided to move, they sold the bakery to their only son in law, still keeping it a family run business.

Since 2002 until now Joel Gutierrez has been the owner, keeping the legacy alive while providing some of the best pan dulces. As if that wasn't enough, Conchitas Panaderia continues to make delicious cakes for birthdays, weddings, and quinceaneras; providing locals with tamales, menudo and other Mexican delights.

Conchitas Panaderia has been around for 27 years and we hope to continue running it for many more years to come. The dream that Jesus and Eva Medina had grew and it continues to grow due to the love and support of our local clientele. From us to you, thank you for your undending support!

TEA Solar
Sponsor June 2016

Matt Mahaffey became a licensed electrical contractor in August 2007.He started his business , Technical Electrical, wiring custom homes, performing service calls related to electrical issues and sub contracted for PG&E and other electrical utilities. He has focused his attention PV Solar installations for residential and commercial application. He now has focused on TEA Solar which provide quality PV installations in Merced and Stanislaus counties.

James Vinyard
Sponsor April 2016

James & Kimberly Vineyard have lived in Atwater for 28 years where they raised two lovely daughters, Amber & Daniella. James retired as a Law Enforcement Fire Captain after 36 years (32 & 1/2 yrs accumulated service) with the CDF/Cal Fire. James works as an Atwater volunteer in Police Service (AVIPS) & as the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator for the Atwater Police Department. Kimberly is a Pre-School Teacher at Merced Montessori where she has worked for Ann McDonald the last 26 years.

New Day Café
Sponsor March 2016

The Atwater Historical Society is very proud to welcome the New Day Café to our family. Located out at Castle Commerce Center (Castle Air Base) they are open for business and incredibly popular with the locals.

Please visit New Day Café and tell them The Bloss House sent you.


Anderson Flooring
Sponsor December 2015

Anderson Flooring, formerly known as Olin's Floor covering, is located at 1201 Broadway Ave. in Atwater, CA.

Matt Anderson opened his office and showroom on April 13, 2015. The name is new but Matt in no stranger to the flooring industry. He worked as sales manager for Kerr Rug Co, as well as Builder's Flooring, both located in Merced, CA. Matt was born in Modesto and has lived in the Atwater area since 1984. He believes that customer service is his main priority when it comes to his business. Matt has been a mainstay for providing carpet needs for the Bloss Home Museum.

Anderson's offers many varieties of flooring which include: wood, tile, carpet, and linoleum. If you have any flooring needs Matt is the man to contact. Please give him a call at 209-358-2512 or email: Matt@andersonandsonsflooring.com.

A Christmas Adventure
Sponsor November 2015

ATWATER – God bless us, everyone! "A Christmas Adventure" returns to Atwater for its sixteenth year of performances on December 10, 11, 12, 13. This environmental theatre piece transports audiences through the pages Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," as Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley and Tiny Tim come to life in a walking tour of the Bloss Mansion.

"A Christmas Adventure", an A.B.C. Production, brings together the talents of 60 individuals from Atwater and Buhach Colony, as well as the support of the Atwater Historical Society. “Every year students are so excited to audition for and perform in this play,” explains Mr. Bettis (BCHS). “It’s become something the students look forward to!”

The show, now an Atwater tradition, lasts an hour and 20 minutes. There are several shows each evening, starting every 20 minutes. Audience members are greeted by a friendly hostess in Bloss Park, across from the house. Here, the audience is prepared for the participation sections of the show. A storyteller guides the group to the front door, and the tour begins with a brave audience member knocking on Ebenezer Scrooge’s door. As the audience moves from room to room, they experience different scenes from the story: the ghostly warning from Jacob Marley, the revelation of the three spirits and the transformation of Scrooge.

Audience members will delight as they dance at Fezziwig's Christmas party, help Martha and Peter Cratchit make cookies, and trim the tree with Scrooge's nephew and niece.

Part of the proceeds from the production are designated for Atwater Historical Society Drama Scholarships for deserving seniors. “There is something magic about doing this show at the Bloss House. The mansion seems to become an important character,” said Julianne Aguilar, the Atwater High School drama instructor who adapted the play especially for the house.

Tickets may be purchased at the Atwater High School (357-6028) and Buhach Colony High (357-6609) School Student Body Offices during normal school hours at the Bloss House on the days of performance, if any are still available. Ticket prices are as follows: $10 pre-sale; $12 at the door.

Julianne Aguilar
Theatre Arts/Film Instructor


Click here for ticket information

Hunter Farms Pumpkin Patch
Sponsor October 2015

The Hunter family is delighted to provide the community with a unique, fun and affordable location for all to enjoy the harvest season. Our goal is to offer an agricultural setting that promotes a focus on family and provides activities that encourages both children and adults to act like kids.

Hunter Farms Pumpkin Patch is a great location for your group’s fall event. We had a great time hosting many events last season from local youth groups to harvest dinners. We look forward to working with you to customize our venue for your needs. Give us a call and we can work out the details!

To Schedule Your Party or Event Contact:
Scott Hunter at (209) 394-4444 or

Location: South side of Hwy 99 at Buhach—Atwater

Pizza Factory
Sponsor September 2015

I always wanted to have a pizza parlor" states Josh Holman and "Atwater is the perfect place" . Holman, a central valley native with a passion for pizza, chose to open the Pizza Factory as it offers home made style pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, and salads. On our main wall is an awesome picture of Downtown Atwater circa 1950's that was donated by the Atwater Historical Society. Thank you to the historical society and the dedicated caretakers of the Bloss Home Museum. History, Pizza, Awesome.

Atwater Pizza Factory
Josh Holman - Proprietor
1300 Commerce Ave.
Atwater CA, 95301
Phone: (209) 357-5700

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