SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

A presentation and reception will introduce grandparents to Born Learning, a public outreach program that helps adults promote school readiness for their grandchildren, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the San Luis Obispo Senior Center.

“Especially now, when funding to the education system is in jeopardy, it is important for adults to encourage informal learning at home,” said Rick London, chief executive officer of United Way of San Luis Obispo County. “Born Learning teaches that even simple things, like making up songs or playing with sock puppets, are incredibly effective for helping young children learn and make connections.”

The presentation will teach simple ways to incorporate learning into daily activities. A walk through the Born Learning Trail in Mitchell Park will follow. Children are invited to come and enjoy story time with their grandparents; parents are also welcome.

For details, call 541-1234.

— Julia Hickey

Grover Beach

Grover Beach officials are looking for volunteers to participate in the next “Grover Beach Beautiful Day” on Saturday.

The monthly cleanup days were set by the City Council as the third Saturday of each month to beautify various areas throughout Grover Beach.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves and meet in the City Hall parking lot, 154 S. Eighth St., at 8 a.m.

Teams of volunteers will receive assignments to clean up public areas along the city’s major streets. The work is expected to finish at noon.

For more information or to offer suggestions for an area that should be added to the cleanup list, contact Parks and Recreation Director Kathy Petker at 473-4580 or kpetker@grover.org.

— Cynthia Lambert

San Luis Obispo

The Cal Poly-based Bakari Project Mentoring Program — designed to encourage social responsible behavior among at-risk youth — graduated five students from this fall’s program: Brian Bellrose, Joel Garcia, Camilo Felipe, Gabe West and Andrew Wilson.

The program, derived from the Bakari Project in Irvine started by Thomas Parham, began at Cal Poly in November 2008.

Cal Poly students assist with the mentoring under the guidance of Roslyn Caldwell, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Child Development at Cal Poly.

Mentors work closely with students to encourage responsibility and productivity, including ways to avoid illegal activity and stay on track to attend college.

This year’s mentors were Ryan Brekke, Jessica Berry, Danielle Gillett, Danna Tejada, Megan Sirna, Breehan Yohe-Mellor, Gabrielle Bernal, Amir Rafie, Morgan Roth and Vanessa Dowell.

The project is funded by California juvenile justice realignment funds through the County Probation Department; it has received funding from the county Sheriff’s Department.

— Nick Wilson South County

Five Cities Christian Women Food Ministry is accepting sign-ups from needy families that would like to receive boxes of Christmas dinner food. Applications are being taken from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 192A S. Ninth St. in Grover Beach through Friday. Identification is required.

Boxes will be distributed Dec. 21 at United Methodist Church, 275 N. Halcyon Road, Arroyo Grande.

Those wishing to help can mail monetary donations to FCCW, P.O. Box 756, Grover Beach CA 93483, or call 489-6706 to arrange a food donation.

— Julia Hickey

Los Osos

The Tribune is seeking a volunteer weather watcher for the community of Los Osos. If you are currently keeping track of temperatures and rainfall for your area and wouldn’t mind sharing that information with The Tribune, please phone Sharon Morem at 781-7937.

— Tribune staff report