SLO County Roundup

Paso Robles

Country acts Lady Antebellum and Sugarland will perform at next year’s California Mid-State Fair, fair officials announced Tuesday.

Lady Antebellum, the Grammy Award-winning group whose hits include “I Run To You,” “Need You Now” and “Our Kind of Love,” is scheduled to perform July 28 at the Paso Robles Event Center.

Sugarland, composed of lead singer Jennifer Nettles and guitar player Kristian Bush, will take the stage July 22. The two-time Grammy winners are best known for the songs “Stuck Like Glue,” “All I Want To Do” and “Want To.”

Tickets for both shows are $40 to $95 and go on sale Dec. 10.

They can be purchased by phone at 800-909-FAIR (3247), online at www.midstatefair.com, or in person at the fair box office and Vallitix outlets.

The 2011 California Mid-State Fair runs July 20 through July 31. The theme is “Mountains of Fun.”

— Tribune staff

Morro Bay

Restaurateur Bill Hoppe, 54, of Morro Bay, died Monday at his home. He had been ill for some time.

The often crusty Hoppe, known for his cutting-edge cuisine, skillful saucing and masterful plating, had for years owned Hoppe’s Garden Bistro & Wine Shop in Cayucos.

Hoppe formerly owned and operated Hoppe’s Hip Pocket Bistro on Morro Bay’s Embarcadero. He had been chef and one of the partners who launched another Embarcadero restaurant, Hoppe’s at Marina Square, which is now Windows on the Water.

Service arrangements are pending at Benedict-Rettey Funeral Home in Morro Bay.

— Kathe Tanner

SLO County

ARTS Obispo is encouraging local high school students to participate in Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation competition.

More than 1,600 local students participated this year, according to a news release. Catherine Hall of Mission Prep placed third at the statewide competition, held in March in Sacramento.

Interested San Luis Obispo County schools must register by Tuesday by contacting ARTS Obispo at 544-9251 or www.artsobispo.org/artsed.html.

— Julia Hickey

SLO County

Free weatherization services are being offered to low-income families by Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County.

According to CAPSLO, weatherization helps make home energy more affordable. Services can include attic insulation, door weather-stripping, water heater blankets, water-saving devices and minor home repairs.

The organization’s Energy Services department has offered free weatherization services to qualifying households in the county for more than 30 years.

For more information, contact Energy Services at 800-495-0501, go to www.capslo.org or visit its Facebook page at “CAPSLO Energy Services.”

— Cynthia Lambert