SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County will offer tours of the historic Octagon Barn today.

The open tours will be held every half hour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the historic site.

Land Conservancy leaders will be on hand to answer questions about restoration work at the barn, which was built more than 100 years ago and is considered one of the county’s most prominent landmarks.

The Land Conservancy seeks donations and in-kind support to transform the barn and the land surrounding it into a community center. An estimated $250,000 in additional work and materials are needed, members said.

The Octagon Barn is located at 4595 S. Higuera St. in San Luis Obispo.

For more information, visit www.octagonbarn.org.

— Stephen Curran

Grover Beach

The Exploration Station will open its new Interactive Science Center on Jan. 9 at 867 Ramona Ave. in Grover Beach.

The exhibit is designed for youth of all ages and features displays about the human body, weather and electricity, among other topics.

A grand opening will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $1 for both children and adults.

For details, call 473-1421.

— Julia Hickey

Los Osos

The Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce will host its 2010 installation and awards reception Jan. 8.

The annual celebration will begin at 6 p.m. at the Sea Pines Golf Resort, 1945 Solano St. in Los Osos.

The organization’s board of directors is also expected to announce the 2009 citizen, volunteer and business of the year.

Tickets are $25 and include a choice of dessert and complimentary toasting beverage.

For more information or to buy tickets, call 528-4884 before Jan. 2.

— Stephen Curran