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The county Sheriff’s Department launched a new “Reverse 911” program on Monday that can be used to call residents to relay important information after an emergency — such as a wildfire, a chemical spill or an evacuation.

The system includes all known hard-line phones in San Luis Obispo County, including home and office numbers, even if they are unlisted.

Sheriff’s officials are urging residents to register cell phones and voice-over Internet protocol systems, and ensure that their hard-line phone number is in the system.

Officials said phone numbers will not be shared or sold, and will only be used to communicate official messages.People can sign up by going to www.slosheriff.org and selecting the “Reverse 911” link.

— Cynthia Lambert

Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande High School’s Eagle Robotics team invites the public to participate in the seventh annual Pumpkin Chunkin’ Contest.

On Nov. 13, teams and individuals can build a mechanical catapult to launch a pumpkin into the 10-acre field behind the high school.

Participants should bring their creations to the high school’s back field between 9 and 10 a.m. Arroyo Grande High School is at 495 Valley Road in Arroyo Grande.

Coffee and baked goods will be sold; proceeds will benefit the robotics team. The pumpkins are supplied by Branch Elementary School and grown by Talley Vineyards.

For more information, rules and directions, go to www.eaglerobotics.com.

— Cynthia Lambert

Atascadero

Tonight’s meeting of the Atascadero Planning Commission has been canceled. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at City Hall, 6907 El Camino Real.

— Tonya Strickland

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