San Luis Obispo
Students can gain experience and sharpen their musical skills this summer by joining the San Luis Obispo County Band.
The band invites local junior high and high school musicians to play with them during the summer months. Brass, percussion and wind players are welcome.
Created in 1874 as the San Luis Obispo Military Band, the County Band has become an outlet for musically minded folks. Members range from seasoned professionals to dedicated amateurs.
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The San Luis Obispo County Band rehearses every Thursday in Room J-4 of the San Luis Coastal Adult School, 1500 Lizzie St. in San Luis Obispo.
The band also performs several concerts each year, including a Memorial Day celebration in Los Osos, Fourth of July celebrations in Orcutt and San Luis Obispo, and numerous appearances at the San Luis Obispo Thursday night Farmers Market.
For more information, call 543-5691 or visit www.slocountyband.org.
— Sarah Linn
Paso Robles property owners have until June 1 to comply with the city’s fire-safety rules by clearing yards and larger areas of dead leaves, weeds, brush and tree limbs.
Properties in the city must have weeds mowed, disced or otherwise removed to lessen the fire hazard, city officials said.
Property owners should also remove excess trash, wood, or other combustibles from their property. Anyone with questions about the requirements or who needs the names of contractors that do weed and lot cleaning, can call the Department of Emergency Services at 227-7560, or visit 900 Park St. in Paso Robles.
— Tonya Strickland
Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Institute has published “75 SLO City Sites,” a book that provides information about San Luis Obispo’s history and early residents.
The book, released last month, is written by Patti Taylor and Suzette Lees. It contains vintage photos collected and organized by local photographer Verena von Engel, including some from her personal collection.
Taylor said the book has information that includes architectural details and histories of building owners and their contributions to the community.
Harvey Levenson, Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department head, said the book was printed by Cal Poly’s student-run, faculty-advised printing and publishing company, University Graphic Systems. For information, call 544-6510, send an e-mail to 75SLOCitySites1@sbcglobal.net, or write 75 SLO City Sites, P.O. Box 13004, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.
— Nick Wilson
Memorial Day weekend in Paso Robles will again feature art, entertainment and information on the environment at the Festival of the Arts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 29.
The city and nonprofit art center Studios on the Park will present the free event again for the second time. The event was originally organized in 2009, attracting about 5,000 attendees, organizers said.
The Festival of the Arts’ environmental perspective will again offer access to the city’s Salinas River Corridor Project plans for those who have questions about the future of the river.
As a new enhancement, participating artists have been asked to provide their vision of the future for the river, based on the findings of the river project.
The event will also feature a 10 a.m. Plein Air Quick Draw Competition and Auction, an art exhibit honoring the river, demonstrations for adults, a public mural project, hands-on children’s and teen art stations, live music and performances.
Admission is free. For more information, visit www.pasoartfestival.com.
— Tonya Strickland