SLO County Roundup

Arroyo Grande

The Arroyo Grande City Council has approved a test closure in which Caltrans could gauge the possible effects of a proposed median barrier along Highway 101 between Traffic Way and Los Berros Road in Nipomo.

The test closure would provide the city with information and data on whether the median would increase safety, or negatively affect drivers and traffic circulation, according to city officials.

At a cost estimated at $7 million, the state highway agency has proposed a 4.6-mile barrier that would restrict left and U-turns at several locations where they are now allowed between Arroyo Grande and Nipomo.

— Amy Dempsey

Paso Robles

Pet-less people interested in taking part in the Paso Robles Dog Jog can do so for the first time this year through the new Rent-a-Dog option.

Participants can escort a dog available for adoption from the Woods Humane Society for a $50 donation at the event that is set for 9 to 11 a.m., March 27.

As occurred last year, owners and dogs are also invited to trek the Salinas River Walk during the second annual event.

The morning event, co-hosted by Kennedy Club Fitness and the nonprofit group Parks-4-Pups, gives participants the choice of a four-mile run or two-mile walk to raise money for local off-leash dog parks.

In addition to the rental option, another new element this year is a one-mile Kids Route option for children age 12 and younger.

The races take place along the Salinas River with the start and finish lines at 500 S. River Road.

Race registration, limited to one dog per runner, costs $15 until March 20 and $20 thereafter. Dogs must be on a leash during the rain or shine event, organizers said.

Goodie bags and an event-day bandanna will be given to the one- and two-mile walk participants. To sign up, call Kennedy Club Adventure in Paso Robles at 239-8488, Ext. 33 or visit www.parks4pups.org.

Local businesses and organizations are invited to set up vendor booths at the Kennedy Club parking lot and at the starting and finish lines. For information on that or volunteer opportunities, call Paula O’Farrell at 239-4437 or e-mail pasodogjog@gmail.com.

— Tonya Strickland

San Luis Obispo

Uplift Spiritual Community, a new nonprofit interfaith organization, will have its inaugural gathering in San Luis Obispo tonight at 6.

The Rev. Jay Horn, a musician and ordained minister through the Awakenings Institute of Arroyo Grande, will lead weekly services which will include music and emphasize personal transformation through spiritual insight.

Meetings are free and open to the public at the Senior Center, 1455 Santa Rosa St., in San Luis Obispo. For information, contact info@upliftspirit.com or call 481-2483.

— Julia Hickey

Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande will allow up to six stands to sell safe-and-sane classified fireworks in the city this year, according to a city announcement.

Applications for a fireworks stand permit are now available at the Arroyo Grande Fire Department. They’re due by April 15.

Fireworks can be sold within the city from 9 a.m. July 1 through 9 p.m. July 4. The fire department is at 140 Traffic Way. It is open Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

— Cynthia Lambert