SLO County Roundup

Paso Robles

A fall blood drive is set for Thursday, sponsored by the Paso Robles Police Department.

The public is invited to give blood with officers and their family and friends at the city’s Public Safety Center at 10th and Park streets.

Those interested can stop by between 2 and 6 p.m. or schedule an appointment by calling 237-4086.

For details, visit the department’s new online community information network at http://local.nixle.com/alert/215266/ or contact Christina Hatch at 237-4086 or chatch@prcity.com.

— Tonya Strickland

Grover Beach

November will be “Building Permit Fee Reduction Month” in Grover Beach, according to city officials.

As part of the city’s economic stimulus program, endorsed by the City Council, homeowners and rental-property owners can take advantage of 20 percent reductions in building permit fees.

Discounts apply to such projects as new residential units, residential additions, commercial remodels, re-roofing permits and water heater permits.

The reduction will be given only to applicants who file during November, and applications are approved and then a permit issued within 90 days of the submittal date.

For more information about program details, visit www.grover.org or call 473-4520.

— Nick Wilson

Cal Poly

A photojournalism exhibit documenting the daily lives and struggles of California’s farmworkers will be on display at Cal Poly’s Robert E. Kennedy Library from Thursday through Nov. 30.

Presented in Spanish and English, the exhibit is free and open to the public.

It’s based on the book “The Migrant Project,” with photos and text by Rick Nahmias. The book details the challenges of a population the author considers “cast-off” by mainstream society.

Cal Poly officials say the exhibit also addresses the human toll of feeding America and that more than 1 million farmworkers pick California’s fruits and vegetables — produce that accounts for more than half of the nation’s daily consumption.

Yet the workers are among the state’s poorest and most feebly housed, with the lowest rates of health insurance coverage and literacy.

The exhibit opens with a reception and wine pouring from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, at which Nahmias will be honored along with Talley Vineyards, which established the Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers to support local agricultural workers.

For information, visit www.cla.calpoly.edu/socs or call 756-1216.

— Nick Wilson