SLO County Roundup

SLO County

Julia Ogden is the new executive director of Habitat for Humanity for San Luis Obispo County.

Ogden’s experience includes 12 years with the Food and Drug Law Institute and as a leader of a grass roots initiative in Arizona to assist adults and children in building self-sufficiency, according to a news release.

She has also served as the executive director of the Piedras Blancas Light Station Association.

Ogden’s goals include raising awareness about the effects of poverty in San Luis Obispo County, aligning community resources and working with local governmental leaders.

Habitat for Humanity partners with low-income families, volunteers and sponsors to build affordable homes.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande’s Recreation and Maintenance Services Department is offering two new programs for families: a preschool program for children 3 to 5 years old, and child care during the Lucia Mar Unified School District’s Thanksgiving break.

The city’s Children In Motion program will offer child care from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Nov. 24, including board games, crafts, contests, sports, music and more.

The program is $32 for one day, $64 for two days and $84 for three days. A $25 registration fee will be applied for new students.

Parents can register their children at 1221 Ash St., or by calling Child Care Coordinator Carrie Van Beveren at 473-5484 or the Recreation office at 473-5474.

The preschool program has openings in its Tuesday and Thursday afternoon class from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The cost is $99.50 a month, although Arroyo Grande residents receive a discounted fee of $85.50 for each four-week session.

There is also an annual registration fee of $12, or $10 for Arroyo Grande residents.

For more information about preschool, call 473-5474 or 473-5476.

— Cynthia Lambert

San Luis Obispo

Santa Claus arrives Nov. 26 when Santa’s House opens in Mission Plaza in downtown San Luis Obispo.

This year, children are invited to join Santa as he rides around San Luis Obispo on the Downtown Trolley. Interested children and their parents must meet at 9:30 a.m. opening day at the Wells Fargo parking lot at 665 Marsh St.; space is limited to the first 26 riders, who will receive free photos with Kris Kringle himself.

The fun continues at 10 a.m. at Mission Plaza with performances by the San Luis Obispo County Band and the Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo, plus free apple cider and snacks.

Santa’s House will be open through Dec. 24, with varying hours. It’s presented by First Bank of San Luis Obispo.

Every child who visits Santa will receive a candy cane, a toy and a coloring book free of charge. Photos with Santa cost $5 to $10.

For more information, call 541-0286 or visit www.downtownslo.com.

— Sarah Linn