The countdown is on in Arroyo Grande. The city will commemorate the 100th anniversary of its incorporation July 10, 2011, and a committee has been formed to plan yearlong events to celebrate, said Judith Bean, the president/CEO of the Arroyo Grande Chamber of Commerce.
The centenary weekend in July will include a parade, a bike ride, historical reenactments, a dinner, dancing and fireworks.
The celebration is geared toward current and former Arroyo Grande residents, Bean said.
“It’s not a tourist event — it’s for our folks,” she said.
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The Arroyo Grande Centennial Committee doesn’t plan on marketing the event to would-be tourists, but instead plans to reach out to the community and contact alumni from the local high school.
Community groups, service clubs and churches are invited to a meeting at the South County Regional center at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 to discuss ways they can get involved.
The city plans to recognize any residents who turn 100 years old in 2011.
The Five Cities Men’s Club is constructing a new time capsule, which will be filled and then placed in Centennial Park. The City Council recently approved preliminary designs for the park, which would upgrade the gazebo and make other improvements to the area by Olohan Alley and the city’s Swinging Bridge.
More information about the centennial is available at www.arroyograndecentennial.org.
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Grover Beach officials are planning to host an annual memorial service and art show to honor those who died Sept. 11, 2001.
Local artists are invited to display artwork commemorating 9/11, or celebrating the themes of patriotism and the American spirit, according to Recreation Coordinator Nora O’Donnell.
The artwork will be displayed from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Ramona Garden Park, located at 993 Ramona Ave. in Grover Beach. The memorial ceremony will be from 4 to 5 p.m.
The deadline for artwork submissions is Sept. 8.
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