SLO County Roundup


Prompted by the city’s effort to increase tourism, a half-dozen organizations came together to form the Atascadero Collaborative for Tourism earlier this year.

The group — whose membership includes the Atascadero Main Street, Atascadero Chamber of Commerce and the Atascadero Historical Society — meets to identify ways it can support the city’s tourism marketing plan, which was prepared by a local consultant and approved by the City Council in 2009.

One such campaign is the city’s restaurant stimulus effort, which has plans to offer punch cards for patron discounts and for restaurants to host local charity fundraisers more often.

The Collaborative for Tourism group is not a business improvement district group like others throughout the county. Improvement districts have hotelier members that charge various percentage levies on hotel stays.

— Tonya Strickland

SLO County

Four teams with students from Arroyo Grande High, San Luis Obispo High and Judkins Middle School placed well enough in the Destination Imagination state finals to travel to the Global Finals in Tennessee from May 26 to 29.

Destination Imagination is dedicated to promoting creativity, teamwork and problem solving by having students work in teams to solve challenges and present their solutions at tournaments, according to its Web site, www.idodi.org.

The 18 students heading to the Global Finals at the University of Tennessee need to raise about $1,500 to $1,800 each to pay for airfare, room and board, said Maggie Summers, regional director for the program from Paso Robles to Ventura.

To donate or for more information, contact Summers at 473-4742. In addition, there are several upcoming fundraisers: a yard sale in Pismo Beach on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at 941 Taft St., and a pancake breakfast at Applebee’s in San Luis Obispo on May 23 from 8 to 9:45 a.m. for $7 per person.

— Cynthia Lambert

Paso Robles

Kites will fill the sky Saturday when the 8th Annual Kite Fest kicks off from 2 to 5 p.m. at Barney Schwartz Park, 2970 Union Road.

The free event includes demonstrations by nationally ranked kite fliers and live music. The North County Clippers group will also be exhibiting radio-controlled airplanes and helicopters.

The REC Foundation and the City of Paso Robles, Library & Recreation Services organize the festival.

For more information, call 237-4741 or visit www.prcity.com/recreation.

— Tonya Strickland