Skateboarders competing over a course filled with ramps, banks, jumps and whoop-de-doos will race this weekend on a stretch of Morro Bay Boulevard.
The course for the Skater-X World Championships will be set up on the boulevard, between Shasta and Monterey avenues.
Practice runs begin this morning at 10, with qualifications starting at 3 p.m. The top 32 skaters will advance to Sunday’s head-to-head round.
The fastest two racers will compete for the overall champion title and the $5,000 first-place prize.
For more details, go to http://skateboardersjournal.ning.com/events/freshpark-2010-world.
— Tad Weber
Arroyo Grande Community Hospital will offer free health screenings and information at a Binational Health Fair today at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Nipomo.
The fair is part of the 10th annual Binational Health Week, which began Monday and continues through next Friday. It was designed by the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission to promote community-based solutions for health promotion, disease prevention and increased access to health services in the United States, Mexico and Canada, according to a news release from hospital spokeswoman Anna Scott.
The health fair will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the church at 298 S. Thompson Ave. Free health screenings will include glucose and cholesterol testing, blood pressure checks, bone density, eye exams, chiropractic services, breast health information and diet and nutrition information.
A representative from the Mexican Consulate will also be available at the health fair. Refreshments will be available at a low cost, and there will be games and prizes for children.
For more information, call hospital Community Educator Roberta Alderete at 473-7662.
— Cynthia Lambert
The Atascadero Land Preservation Society received a $680,000 state grant in September to help buy 103 acres to preserve along Atascadero Creek on the city’s west side.
The California River Parkway grant — coupled with a $206,786 Environmental Enhancement grant already awarded by Caltrans — will help the group preserve the area’s oak forest, enhance the creek habitat and provide public access for hiking, horse riding and bicycling.
The society, in conjunction with nonprofit The Trust for Public Land, has worked for nearly four years to procure funding for the purchase, officials said.
In addition to trails and amenities planned for the property, society members hope the land purchase will provide a “vital link in a long-envisioned Atascadero-to-the-ocean trail through the Los Padres National Forest,” according to the group.
— Tonya Strickland