SLO County Roundup

Paso Robles

The city will provide free sand bags to residents during the rainy season, officials said Tuesday.

The sand and bags are available separately at the city yard at 1220 Paso Robles St., on a self-serve basis. Those interested should bring their own shovel.

The goods are located on the 12th Street side, just east of Paso Robles Street, outside the gate. For a map, visit www.prcity.com/publicworks.

— Tonya Strickland


Atascadero Main Street has prepared a foul weather plan to preserve the Winter Wonderland event scheduled for Friday.

The event, which includes snow, Santa, music and an ice skating rink, will continue as planned if the forecast is for fair weather or a chance of showers.

It will be postponed to Dec. 18 if significant rain is projected. If bad weather continues beyond Dec. 18, the event will be canceled.

For more details, visit www.AtascaderoMainStreet.org or call 462-0177.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

San Luis Obispo

Author Alvin Townley is the keynote speaker at an annual dinner sponsored by the Central Coast chapter of the Boy Scouts of America.

Townley is scheduled to speak tonight at the Major Member Dinner, hosted by the Los Padres Council.

An Eagle Scout and member of the Order of the Arrow, Townley is the author of two nonfiction books about Scouting and its influence on American life.

Townley’s first book, “Legacy of Honor: The Values and Influence of America’s Eagle Scouts,” featured interviews with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell, among others.

His second, “Spirit of Adventure: Eagle Scouts and the Making of America’s Future,” introduces readers to a new generation of leaders.

The event starts with a 6 p.m. reception at Embassy Suites, 333 Madonna Road in San Luis Obispo, followed by dinner. Individual tickets are $150.

For more information, call Emilee Hanson at 773-3556.

— Sarah Linn