SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

Downtown streets are expected to fill up Friday night as bystanders gather to see more than 100 entries in the 34th Annual Holiday Parade.

The parade starts at 7 p.m. at Palm and Chorro streets. It progresses south before turning east on Monterey, south on Osos, and west on Higuera streets. It will end on Nipomo Street at the creek.

The parade is put on by the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association.

Caltrans has announced it will close the Broad Street northbound 101 off- ramp from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. to avoid congestion on the freeway.

— Sally Connell


The city’s annual holiday lighting ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Friday in the Sunken Gardens Park.

The Atascadero Community Band and the Atascadero High School Show and Concert choirs are slated to perform a variety of holiday songs while the trees in the Sunken Gardens are lit and Santa Claus arrives at the Christmas Castle at 5965 Entrada Ave.

The Art and Wine Tour will also be held in conjunction with the holiday lighting from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will include local wineries pouring at participating galleries and businesses.

For more details, call 461-5000.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

Cal Poly

The university and the California Certified Organic Farmers organization will host the eighth annual Sustainable Pest Management Conference on Friday and Saturday.

The first day of the conference will be held at the San Luis Obispo Veterans Hall at 801 Grand Ave.

The second day is at Cal Poly’s Crops Unit on campus.

The first day will have a keynote address from A.G. Kawamura, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture on challenges and opportunities in sustainable pest management.

Conference registration is $170 for Friday and $90 for Saturday and includes parking, meals and materials. Student rates are available.

For more information or to register, visit www.ccof.org/pcaconference.php, call 831-423-2263, or e-mail ccof@ccof.org.

— Nick Wilson