SLO County Roundup

SLO County

Swine-flu vaccination clinics will be open next week to everyone who wants to receive the vaccine, the county Public Health Department has announced.

Because of the increased availability of the vaccine, the county has lifted its restriction to people who are considered to be at higher risk of complications.

Anyone will be able to be vaccinated at participating clinics from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in Grover Beach, Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo, county officials announced.

County officials also reported that last week, 1,000 doses were furnished to Cuesta College for student vaccinations. Students there should contact the college for information.

For information on clinics, call 788-2903 or visit www.slocounty.ca.gov/health/publichealth/swineflu.htm.

— Antonio A. Prado


A Nipomo cancer retreat center is selling 60 donated Christmas trees to raise money for its programs and a local youth leadership group.

The tree sale is slated to be at Healing Us Garden Sanctuary, 1016 Mesa Road in Nipomo. The cost of fir trees range from $35 to $75.

The public is invited to buy trees on weekdays from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. through Dec. 23.

The sale will benefit the cancer retreat center and the Nipomo-based LifeBound Leadership Youth Development Program.

The center and LifeBound will host an open house at the retreat this afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m.

Everyone is invited to see the trees — which were donated by Miner’s Ace Hardware in Nipomo — talk to LifeBound’s youth volunteers and enjoy holiday tunes from local band Moon Pie.

For more information, call 929-6054.

— Nick Wilson

Cal Poly

Two Cal Poly College of Architecture and Environmental Design programs were ranked in the 2010 DesignIntelligence survey, which evaluates public and private degree programs nationally, according to Cal Poly officials.

DesignIntelligence is a bimonthly journal published by the Design Futures Council, a Washington, D.C., think tank that examines architecture, engineering and building technology.

Cal Poly’s Architecture Department ranked third among undergraduate programs. The architecture program has made the Top 20 list since 2003 with a ranking of sixth or better.

The Landscape Architecture Department ranked 14th in the list of the nation’s Top 20 undergraduate programs. Landscape architecture has made the list since 2005, ranking as high as fifth in 2007.

The survey also rates the best institutions at preparing students for specific skills. For the third year in a row, Cal Poly’s architecture program earned top honor in the Construction Methods and Materials category.

— Nick Wilson