SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

A new program examining women in the film industry will premiere at next year’s San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, thanks to a $10,000 grant.

The Academy Foundation, part of the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, recently awarded the festival $10,000 to fund “Chicks ’n’ Flicks.”

“We are so delighted to have the support of the most respected and venerable film organization in the world,” festival Executive Director Wendy Eidson said in a news release.

She said the program will add “an exiting new dimension” to the 17th annual festival, which runs March 9 through 13 at locations throughout the county.

Planned for the duration of the festival, “Chicks ’n’ Flicks” will feature film screenings, panel discussions, workshops and wine tastings at the Monday Club, 1815 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo.

“I’m really looking forward to the panel discussions that are sure to be provocative, fun and will relate to issues shared by many women still working for equality in the work force,” Eidson said.

For more information about the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, call 546-3456 or visit www.slofilmfest.org.

— Sarah Linn

San Luis Obispo

School bullying is the subject of a presentation Monday in San Luis Obispo.

County Schools Superintendent Julian Crocker will introduce a video presentation by James Garbarino, founding director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago.

The event is hosted by the countywide PTA, the county Office of Education, the San Luis Obispo County Child Abuse Prevention Council and the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, among other groups.

Garbarino’s presentation will focus on “how a school’s social system plays a decisive role in the process of bullying, sexual harassment and emotional violence in the lives of children and teenagers,” according to a news release. He urges communities to “expand the circle of caring.”

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Rancho El Chorro Auditorium, up the hill from the county Office of Education, 3350 Education Drive off Highway 1.

For more information, call Mark Buchman at 441-9553.

— Sarah Linn

Paso Robles

The Paso Robles City Library is offering to reduce patrons’ overdue book fines in exchange for donating food during the holidays.

Starting Monday and continuing through Dec. 23, the library will forgive 50 cents in fines for every canned or other nonperishable food item, up to a maximum of $10 per account, according to the city.

To take part in the food drive, bring nonperishable food items to the library’s main desk at 1000 Spring St. Donations will go to the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County.

For details, call library Manager Kris Bell at 237-3870.

— Tonya Strickland

SLO County

Soroptimist International of San Luis Obispo is offering two scholarship opportunities for women throughout San Luis Obispo County:

Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards are available for women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and are seeking financial assistance to go back to school or gain additional skills and training. Applications, due Dec. 15, are available at the Cuesta College Financial Aid Office or by calling 550-9461.

The Soroptimist Violet Richardson Awards for outstanding volunteerism are open to young women between 14 and 17 years old. Applications are available at local schools and organizations and must be received by Dec. 15.

For details, call543-0838 or e-mail sdenel@yahoo.com.

— Julia Hickey