South County Beat: Rehabbing soldiers to ride through SLO County

Look for 160 wounded military veterans in Pismo Beach next week as they come through San Luis Obispo County in the annual Ride 2 Recovery Golden State Challenge.

Representatives of the Pismo Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau will greet the riders on their expected arrival on Oct. 7, giving them goodies such as postage-paid postcards, pens and saltwater taffy, according to a bureau announcement.

The ride is a seven-day cycling event in which disabled veterans participate as part of their physical and mental rehabilitation.

This year’s ride starts Sunday in San Francisco and ends Oct. 10 in West Los Angeles.

Riders are due to spend the night of Oct. 7 at the Pismo Lighthouse Suites and the Best Western Shore Cliff Lodge, which offered them a group discount, according to the bureau.

They are due to gather at Marie Callender’s restaurant that night, where they’re being provided the banquet room for free, and dinner for about 50 percent off.

Pismo Beach Mayor Mary Ann Reiss and Grover Beach Mayor John Shoals are expected to read to the veterans a proclamation at 6 p.m.

This is the second year for the ride, noted Jim DeCecco of Pismo Beach who, along with local American Legion members, is helping organize the Central Coast leg of the event.

DeCecco, a fifth-grade teacher at Oceano Elementary School, invites everyone to cheer for the veterans as they leave the Pismo Lighthouse Suites in two groups at 9 and 10 a.m. on Oct. 8. The cyclists will head down Dolliver Street in downtown Pismo Beach.

Anyone who wants to sponsor a veteran for dinner can send a $12 check payable to Fitness Challenge Foundation, P. O. Box 764, Pismo Beach, CA 93448. Donors are asked to include a short note for the vet.

— Tony Prado

Help build the A.G. Halloween maze

Do you love Halloween?

Arroyo Grande’s Recreation Division is looking for creative people to help plan and build its popular Haunted Maze, which is part of the annual Halloween Carnival set for Oct. 24.

Volunteers are needed to plan the maze’s design and decoration, staff costumed characters and help with setting it up and then taking it down.

For information, call Recreation Supervisor John Rogers at 473 5478.

— Tony Prado

Watch competitive weaving Sunday

Central Coast Weavers are getting ready to celebrate National Weaving and Spinning Week with the Sheep to Shawl event on Sunday at Dinosaur Caves Park in Shell Beach.

Visitors are invited to cheer on teams of spinners and weavers as they try to complete a handspun, hand-woven shawl in just four hours. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the coastal bluff park along Shell Beach Road.

— Tony Prado