SLO County Roundup

SLO County

The county could start offering swine flu vaccinations at public schools as early as Nov. 10 under a program announced Saturday by the Public Health Department and county Office of Education.

The program is to offer free H1N1 virus vaccines first to elementary school children, and then middle and high schoolers as more doses become available, according to the announcement.

Parents who want their children vaccinated must sign a permission slip. Dates of school clinics depend on the arrival of vaccine doses from the manufacturer, health officials said.

Information packets are to be sent home starting Monday, according to the announcement.

School staffers who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for flu-related complications can also get vaccinated.

Since H1N1 was detected in the United States in April, symptoms of the virus — which are similar to those of seasonal flus — have ranged from mild to severe, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Most people who have been sick have recovered without needing medical treatment, according to the CDC.

However, the agency notes that, as with the annual seasonal flus, the swine flu has led to some hospitalizations and deaths in higher-risk patients with underlying medical issues.

— Antonio A. Prado

Paso Robles

Anyone interested in participating in the 48th annual Holiday Light Parade in downtown Paso Robles has until Nov. 24 to sign up.

Under the theme “It’s Christmas Time In Our City,” the event — set for 7 p.m. Dec. 5 — offers cash prizes and ribbons to the winning entries.

In 2008, the traditional light parade attracted more than 70 entries, including student marching bands, businesses and community groups.

Applications are available at the Downtown Paso Robles Main Street office, 835 12th St., Suite D in the alley; at www.pasoroblesdowntown.org; or by calling 238-4103.

The parade will also bring Santa Claus into downtown City Park’s Holiday House for photos until Christmas Eve. Holiday House hours are posted at the downtown association’s Web site.

The parade route travels north on Spring Street from 10th Street to 14th Street, east to Park Street, then around the downtown City Park on Pine Street to 11th Street.

— Tonya Strickland

San Luis Obispo

The Downtown Association is looking for employees willing to be Santa and work in Santa’s House in Mission Plaza during the holiday season.

Santa candidates must be able to work from Nov. 26 to Dec. 24 for four hours at a time. They must also be able to wear a full suit, wig and beard, enjoy working with children and be dependable.

Those hired will be fingerprinted and a background check will be completed at no expense to the employee.

Applications can be completed by contacting the Downtown Association at 541-0286, or going online to www.downtownslo.com. There are no benefits for the temporary, $12 per hour position.

— Sally Connell