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The Police Department announced that it has obtained enough donor funding to bring Santa’s Sleigh through Paso Robles this week.

He will visit neighborhoods from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly through Friday.

Officers follow Santa Claus around town in their patrol cars, alerting locals of his arrival with their sirens.

Santa stops every few blocks so children can come up to his sleigh and receive a candy cane.

The holiday tradition, now in its 11th year, was postponed by a week because the department was $2,500 short on the funding needed to run it. Last year, it was canceled before donors stepped in to bring it back.

Officers have looked to donors to maintain the event, one of many extras cut from the city’s budget during the recession. Local businesses and individuals have contributed $5,000 for officers’ overtime, fuel, a generator and other expenses in running the event.

For more information, call 237-4086.

— Tonya Strickland

SLO County

SLO Regional Rideshare is asking for theme submissions for Bike Month 2010, a local celebration of bicycle culture that will take place in May.

Past themes include: “Shift Gears,” “Wheel Experience” and “Chain Reaction.”

Submit theme proposals by Wednesday at www.rideshare.org or by calling 781-1385.

— Julia Hickey

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