SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

The date for free bike tours led by Cal Poly ethnic studies students has been postponed from today to 10 a.m. Dec. 4.

The tours will highlight historical research on San Luis Obispo through a critical ethnic studies perspective, consisting of two simultaneous routes, beginning at either Mission Plaza or the Amtrak station.

— Julia Hickey

Grover Beach

Wednesday is the deadline for anyone interested in being in Grover Beach’s 44th Annual South County Holiday Parade on Dec. 4.

The parade will traverse Grand Avenue in Grover Beach during the day to the theme “Soar With Us This Holiday Season.”

Longtime local residents Gene and Gracia Bello have been selected as the parade’s grand marshals. The couple bought a pharmacy in Grover Beach in 1956 — three years before the community became an incorporated city.

The Bellos received the first business license in what was then called Grover City and held it until their retirement in 1994. The license has since been donated to the city’s historical archives.

Two decades ago, they served as marshals for the Grover City Christmas Parade.

The application fee for parade entries is one new, unwrapped toy, which can be dropped off at the city’s Parks and Recreation Department or brought to the parade.

An event, Santa’s Workshop Fine Art and Craft Faire, will be held following the parade at the Ramona Garden Park Center, 993 Ramona Ave., from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The event will end with the annual holiday tree lighting and includes snow.

For information or to volunteer, call the department at 473-4580 or stop by the office at 154 S. Eighth St. during business hours.

— Cynthia Lambert

Pismo Beach

A Nov. 28 celebration in Pismo Beach will honor Scottish heritage and offer a lunch of traditional Scotch meat pies.

Hosted by the Central Coast Scottish Society, the Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan event will feature bagpipes, flag presentations, consecrations of tartans by a clergyman for those of Scottish heritage, readings from the Old and New Testaments, and psalms and hymns that would be sung in a Scottish church.

The event is scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. Nov. 28 at Community Presbyterian Church, 990 Dolliver St. in Pismo Beach.

A donation of $5 is requested, as well as reservations at 238-0346.

— Julia Hickey