SLO County Roundup


New buildings, expanded restroom facilities and parking upgrades are on the way for the rest stop off Highway 46 East near the Highway 41 interchange.

Paid for in part by the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the $2.9 million project will close the Shandon Roadside Rest Area for a year.

Message signs will be posted to inform motorists of this closure.

Construction work will also update the site with the demolition and replacement of existing buildings, new maintenance equipment storage buildings and a new pedestrian area.

It’s expected to reopen in December 2010, if weather permits, officials said.

Funding from the federal act — commonly called the economic stimulus package — was allocated to 620 highway transportation infrastructure projects statewide.

— Tonya Strickland

San Luis Obispo

SLO County Health & Fitness Expo is seeking design submissions by Friday for a 5K run poster/T-shirt artwork contest.

The SLO County Health & Fitness Expo will take place Jan. 16 and 17. Submissions must be 8.5 inches by 11 inches, bright and colorful, highlight the Seven Sisters or Cerro San Luis and depict one or more runners.

For details visit www.slohealthandfitness.com. Submit designs electronically as a pdf file at 300 dpi to heather@simplyclearmarketing.com. — Julia Hickey


Monarch butterfly expert Kingston Leong will dedicate a new butterfly overwintering habitat area Saturday on The Woodlands resort in Nipomo.

The 19-acre site consists of eucalyptus groves with trails and a viewing area open to the public. The colorful insects spend the winter on the Central Coast, perched in trees close enough to the ocean to avoid freezing temperatures.

The opening ceremony will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in the Avila Room of the Monarch Dunes Golf Club at 1606 Trilogy Parkway, Nipomo.

Leong is a Cal Poly professor emeritus who is an expert in monarch butterfly biology and the species’ overwintering habitat requirements.

The county’s most famous monarch butterfly grove is in Pismo Beach, where 25,000 butterflies on average spend the winter each year. It is considered the largest aggregation of monarch butterflies in the United States.

— David Sneed