An Arroyo Grande woman won the Clark Center for the Performing Arts’ annual talent competition.
Singer/songwriter Melody Stanford took first place Sept. 18 in the Clark Center Search for the Stars competition, receiving $300 in cash and 10 tickets to Clark Center shows.
She’ll also have the opportunity to open for a professional touring show.
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Makulumy Alexander-Hills, a pianist and Irish step dancer from Pismo Beach, took the second-place prize of $200 and Clark Center tickets.
Buellton singer Chelsea Chaput won third place, earning $100 and tickets.
Now in its second year, Search for the Stars seeks to showcase the region’s singers, dancers and musical groups.
This year’s competition drew 40 acts from Templeton to Santa Ynez, resulting in 21 semifinalists.
The top-10 finalists performed in front of a panel of judges including radio personality Adam Monteil, composer Danny Pelfrey and PCPA Theaterfest casting director Erik Stein.
Auditions for the next Clark Center Search for the Stars competition will be held in June, with performances taking place next September.
For information, visit www.clarkcenter.org or call 489-4196.
— Sarah Linn
The public is invited to paint tiles and clay objects today for a mosaic to be installed in the plaza sitting area at Centennial Park in eastern Paso Robles.
Art on the mosaic will be inspired by the Salinas River and agriculture landscape of Paso Robles, organizers said Tiles, paint, brushes, and stencils will be provided along with materials for creating the clay objects. All ages are welcome to create. The painting is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the Heritage Oaks Bank Family Fun Day and Fun Run at Downtown City Park.
For details, call the Centennial Park office at 237-3994.
— Tonya Strickland
A local organization that works to provide affordable housing has received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Treasury Department.
The San Luis Obispo County Housing Trust Fund received the money from the Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.
It was the local group’s second award from the program, and Housing Trust Fund Executive Director Jerry Rioux said his organization is “ecstatic.”
“With the receipt of this grant, we will have nearly $3 million available to finance affordable housing projects in San Luis Obispo County,” Rioux said.
The Housing Trust Fund’s award was one of 180 grants totaling $104.9 million that were announced Aug. 19.
Rather than directly develop or own housing, the Housing Trust Fund provides financing and technical assistance to help private developers, nonprofit agencies and local governments produce and preserve housing that working families, seniors on fixed incomes and persons with disabilities can afford to rent or buy.
— Bob Cuddy
Arroyo Grande’s Recreation and Maintenance Services Department is offering a Parents’ Night Out event on Friday.
Parents can enjoy a night out on the town while children, ages 5 to 13 years old, enjoy activities including board games, contests, crafts, foosball, coloring and movies at the Elm Street Community Center from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.
The cost is $14 for one child, $26 for a family with two children, or $36 for three children. The event requires a minimum of 10 children.
Parents can register at the Recreation Division office, 1221 Ash St., in Arroyo Grande. For more information call Brenda Barrow at 473-5476 or 473-5474.
— Cynthia Lambert