SLO County Roundup

Carrizo Plain

As many as 60 volunteers converged on the Carrizo Plain National Monument on Saturday to perform restoration work.

The volunteers worked to renovate a popular overlook of Soda Lake and a boardwalk on the lake, replace barriers around the parking lot, resurface trails and renovate interpretive displays.

The work is part of National Public Lands Day, in which volunteers help overburdened federal land managers do maintenance, pick up trash and do other jobs.

In 2007 and 2008 combined, nearly 200,000 hours were donated on federal conservation lands at a value of nearly $4 million.

“Public Lands Day is a great opportunity to build partnerships between our local communities and the managing partners of the Carrizo Plain National Monument,” said David Dennis, president of Friends of the Carrizo Plain.

— David Sneed

Paso Robles

Workshops on resume and interview skills will be featured at the Paso Robles Career and Job Fair on Tuesday.

The free event, set from 3 to 6 p.m. at City Hall, 1000 Spring St., will feature local businesses as well as representatives from federal, state and local governments talking about working in the public sector.

The city of Paso Robles is under a hiring freeze because of the recession, but that has not stopped it from hosting the event, now in its fourth year, because linking potential employees with employers supports its economic strategy, said Marlaine Sanders, Paso Robles’ human resources manager. For details, call 237-3962 or visit www.prcity.com.

— Tonya Strickland

Santa Margarita

Children’s Health Initiative of San Luis Obispo will host the third annual Champions for Children event, “Sunset at the Ranch III” on Saturday at the Santa Margarita Ranch.

The event honors local individuals for their outstanding efforts on behalf of local children, and proceeds will provide health coverage for local children.

This year’s award recipients are: James Glinn, president of San Luis Sports Therapy; longtime south county baseball supporters Kaz and Mitzi Ikeda; Noreen Martin of the Paso Robles Children’s Museum; and Paul and Bridget Ready of Jack’s Helping Hand.

The “Elegant Western” themed event will include a barbecue by the Arroyo Grande Optimist Club and the live music of Burning James and the Flames.

To purchase tickets, which are $75, call 540-5177 or visit www.slohealthykids.org.

— Julia Hickey