County Roundup

Paso Robles

The Wellness Community will host a free workshop for those affected by cancer today from 6 to 8 p.m. The event, titled “Harvest Your Colors,” is designed to help with skin changes due to aging, sun, cancer or stress.

Cosmetics consultant Karla Murray will provide a personalized skin care analysis for each participant to impart user-friendly tips to discover which colors look best with the participant’s skin tone to increase confidence in their appearance.

Reservations — open to people with cancer, cancer survivors and their families — are required for the workshop, to be held at 614 13th St. in Paso Robles.

Call 238-4411, Ext. 13, to reserve a spot.

The Central Coast chapter of the international nonprofit Wellness Community serves San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties and is dedicated to providing free cancer support.

—Tonya Strickland

Paso Robles

Bauer Speck Elementary School in Paso Robles will get a new, $20,000 solar panel on campus thanks to a Solar Schools grant from Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

“We are planning to have a ‘Solar-bration,’ ” said fifth-grade teacher Jillian Johnson, who applied for the grant more than a year ago. She was also chosen as Bauer Speck’s Teacher of the Year for the 2007-08 school year.

The school’s fourth- and fifth-grade GATE program students are going to research, plan and present different activities to teach the rest of the students about solar energy during the event, planned for Wednesday and Thursday. The photovoltaic panel will then be included in teaching activities for all grade levels, Johnson said.

— Tonya Strickland

Grover Beach

The Exploration Station in Grover Beach will accept unwanted electronic equipment at no charge from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31.

Unwanted computers, televisions, monitors and other electronics will be accepted. Microwave ovens and other appliances will not be accepted.

The Exploration Station is located at 867 Ramona Ave., Grover Beach, one block behind Rabobank. For more information, call 473-1421.

— David Sneed

Los Osos

Los Osos residents are invited to meet state Assembly candidate Hilda Zacarias from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the schoolhouse in Los Osos Community Park.

Zacarias is a Democrat and a Santa Maria City Council member and mayor pro tem. She is also executive director of the Santa Barbara Family Care Center.

She is running for the seat held by Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo, who is stepping down due to term limits. She says she is running as a strong voice for change in Sacramento.

For more information, call Maria Kelly at 534-9890.

Zacarias is the only announced Democrat in the race.

Republicans vying for their party’s nomination include San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian, Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong, Santa Maria Planning Commissioner Henrietta “Etta” Waterfield, and former Santa Maria City Councilman Marty Mariscal.

— David Sneed