SLO County Roundup

South County

Caltrans will delineate its plans to install a median barrier along Highway 101 between Nipomo and Arroyo Grande on Feb. 16.

The barrier is planned for 4.6 miles from Los Berros Road to the Traffic Way exit in Arroyo Grande.

The barrier will be designed to prevent broadside and cross-median collisions, and protect errant vehicles from running off the road, Caltrans said.

It also would restrict left turns at El Campo Road, the Laetitia Winery and three other cross-over locations.

The meeting is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Arroyo Grande High School multi-purpose room, 495 Valley Road, with a formal presentation scheduled at 6 p.m.

Caltrans staff will be available to answer questions. The public may submit written comments no later than April 30 to Caltrans, Attn: Matt Fowler, 50 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo, 93401.

— Bob Cuddy

Paso Robles

The public is invited to participate in the next step of creating a demonstration garden in Paso Robles.

A free, hands-on fruit and nut tree-planting workshop is planned from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday at Centennial Park, 600 Nickerson Drive in Paso Robles.

If it’s raining on Saturday, those interested should call Judith Bernstein at 221-5672 to see what the plan is.

The workshop is the second in a series that will demonstrate how to convert lawns to a food-producing garden or “food forest,” organizers said.

The workshop is part of a lawn-to-food demonstration project that is being carried out via a one-year agreement between Transition Town Paso Robles Food Group and the city Library and Recreation Department.

Two of the trees have been donated by the Bay Laurel Garden Center in Atascadero, and the winter vegetables are being provided by Nature’s Touch.

Participants should bring garden gloves, shovels and a rake, if they have them; otherwise tools will be available.

— Tonya Strickland


A series of community meetings, hosted by the Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos, will be held in Nipomo in an effort to gather information about the proposed development of a community park.

The gathered input would be used in the planning process.

The meetings are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. on Feb. 7 at the adobe.

Suggestions and concerns can also be given at the Nipomo Community Services District at 6 p.m. on Feb. 9. Public comment is also welcome at the Adobe group’s presentation at the South County Advisory Council meeting set for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22.

— Amy Dempsey