SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo’s Helen Knight is the 2009 recipient of the Ingrid Reti Literary Grant.

She will receive $1,000 for her poems that grant reviewers said “create vivid and self-revealing characters with fresh language.”

This year’s award recipient was given to the poet, whose work demonstrates “a sense of place, natural and/or cultural,” and was chosen by literary reviewers from San Luis Obispo County.

Knight was born in San Luis Obispo and lived in Atascadero until age 12, when she moved to Cres-ton with her family.

Her writing reflects the landscape in Creston, the place to which she feels the most connected.

Knight started writing poetry after moving back to San Luis Obispo to complete a master’s degree in English at Cal Poly. She is now considering doctoral programs.

The Ingrid Reti Literary Grant’s objective is to mentor San Luis Obispo County writers. Ingrid Reti’s family has a partnership with the San Luis Obispo County Arts Council.

There were two Honorable Mention awards given to Paul Lobo Portuges and Rosemary Wilvert. There will be a reception in March to honor grant recipients.

— Amy Dempsey

Santa Maria

Boy Scouts of America is celebrating its 100th anniversary at the Santa Maria Town Center hall.

The Scout-o-Rama event will feature a climbing wall, woodcarving demonstrations and Pinewood Derby Races conducted by Scouts from the Central Coast.

There will be signal towers made of wood and rope and other events for the public and Scouts.

A flag ceremony will start at 1 p.m. and will include a color guard consisting of Boy Scouts from the Los Padres Council, which serves more than 9,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

Some participants will also represent the counties at the 100th Anniversary National Jamboree next summer in Virginia. The ceremony will end after Scouts and leaders play the national anthem.

— Amy Dempsey

Paso Robles

Locals can unload their old computers, television sets, monitors and other unwanted electronic items during a recycling event set for Saturday at 2900 Union Road in Paso Robles.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Paso Robles Public Schools will host the free service to raise money for its efforts to revamp technology equipment in its classrooms.

“In uncertain financial times, we must look at alternative funding opportunities to raise monies to replace old and broken classroom computers and technology equipment,” said Scott Knuckles, the district’s director of information technology.

The electronics collected at the site will be removed for recycling by Fresno-based Electronic Recyclers, the school district’s partner in the event.

For more information, contact Knuckles at 237-3362, ext. 217 or sknuckles@pasoschools.org.

— Tonya Strickland