SLO County Roundup

Morro Bay

The city will have a traditional fireworks show this Fourth of July.

The city’s Chamber of Commerce, business improvement district and others have raised the $25,000 to $30,000 needed to put the show on, said chamber chief executive officer Peter Candela.

The community decided to go with fireworks after last year’s experiment with a 30-minute laser light show. Some business owners said the light show was a flop and they lost money.

“People want to see fireworks,” Candela said. “It’s tradition for them.”

The fireworks will take place in the same venue, Tidelands Park. It will be a family-oriented event with games for the kids and no alcohol.

The laser light show was tried as a more environmentally friendly alternative. Fireworks can disturb herons and other birds that nest in the Morro Bay estuary.

— David Sneed

SLO County

Cal Fire/San Luis Obispo County Fire will hold an annual wildland training exercise today to help sharpen firefighters’ skills before fire season.

This year, the training will be hosted out of the department’s Parkhill Road station. About 100 to 150 participants and 20 fire engines are expected, according to Cal Fire fire inspector Clint Bullard.

Participants will train on the use of hand tools, engine operations, aircraft safety and communications.

— Cynthia Lambert

Cal Poly

Classes for older learners will be held this fall in the Robert E. Kennedy Library.

The courses are coordinated through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which provides noncredit programs for older learners in the San Luis Obispo area. Its programs are partially supported by an endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Doris Derelian, a Cal Poly professor with the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and the former chair of the Food Science and Nutrition Department, is the institute’s new director.

Derelian is a fellow with the American Dietetic Association with specializations in nutrition and consumer awareness of health behaviors.

She’ll seek input from institute members to develop new long-term strategies for curriculum and overall long term success of the institute suited to the needs and interests of the community.

For more information, call 756-2345.

— Nick Wilson