SLO County Roundup

Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande Community Hospital will hold an open house celebration today for staff and the public to mark its five-year anniversary of joining Catholic Healthcare West.

Festivities will begin at 11 a.m. and continue to 2 p.m.

Among the speakers will be hospital president Rick Castro, board president Ernest Jones, hospital foundation president Dan Cashier and county Supervisor Katcho Achadjian.

Food, refreshments and self-guided tours will be available from noon to 2 p.m. A shuttle bus service will be provided from St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at 501 Fair Oaks Ave. in Arroyo Grande.

— Sona Patel


The Oceano Community Services District board named Raffaele Montemurro its new general manager on Wednesday night.

Montemurro is the executive director of the Santa Maria Valley Youth and Family Center, according to Ryan Fothergill, an attorney for the district.

His starting salary, including benefits, is $78,500. Montemurro begins his new position Oct. 12, Fothergill said.

Montemurro replaces Interim General Manager Kevin Walsh, who took over the job vacated by Patrick O’Reilly about a year ago.

The district’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to hire Montemurro and finalized his contract on Wednesday.

— Nick Wilson

SLO County

Hundreds of volunteers throughout the county Saturday will pull tons of trash from local creeks.

The annual Creek Day Cleanup will take place at six locations Saturday starting at 9 a.m.

The goal is to remove trash and debris from creeks before winter rains can wash them into the ocean.

Past Creek Day events have removed more than 10 Dumpsters of trash from creeks as well as hundreds of pounds of recyclables.

Bags and gloves are provided, but volunteers are encouraged to wear long sleeves, sturdy shoes and sunscreen.

For more information about Creek Day in your community, call one of these numbers: Five Cities, 473-8221; San Luis Obispo, 544-9096; Santa Margarita, 438-4501; Cal Poly, 756-6664; Atascadero, 470-3148; Paso Robles, 227-1654.

— David Sneed


The North County Humane Society is hosting a K-9s for Felines fundraiser Saturday at the Atascadero Lake Park bandstand from 7 a.m. to noon.

Everyone is invited to walk in support of raising money for the shelter.

All registrants who collect at least $30 in pledges will receive a North County Humane Society T-shirt and a colorful bandana for their dogs.

“We have seen an increase in calls from people asking for help for their animals,” said Megan Hall. “At the same time, there is a decrease in donations, so we are doing more for the community with fewer donations.”

Several local businesses will be on hand to offer services and information. For details, call 466-5403 or visit www.slonchs.org.

— AnnMarie Cornejo


Friends of the North County Women’s Shelter is teaming with restaurateur Ian McPhee to host a benefit dinner in support of the North County Women’s Shelter at Ian McPhee’s Grill, 416 S. Main St., Templeton.

The event will be held Sunday, with social hour from 5 to 6 p.m. and a four-course dinner served at 6 p.m. The cost is $65 a person.

Executive chef McPhee will provide hors d’oeuvres, salad, entrée and dessert to attendees. Dinner wines will be provided by Vina Robles Winery.

The North County Women’s Shelter maintains two safe houses in Paso Robles and Atascadero and provides counseling and other services for women and children who have been victims of domestic violence.

For information about tickets, or about services provided by the shelter staff, call 461-1338.

— AnnMarie Cornejo