SLO County Roundup

Arroyo Grande

The Five Cities Fire Authority is sponsoring a blood drive for United Blood Services from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday at its headquarters station, 140 Traffic Way in Arroyo Grande.

Anyone with questions can contact fire Capt. Paul Quinlan, blood drive organizer, at 473-5490.

— Cynthia Lambert

San Luis Obispo

The San Luis Obispo Police Staff Officers’ Association and Food 4 Less supermarket in San Luis Obispo will celebrate the holidays with the Good Driver Award Program.

San Luis Obispo police officers will look for drivers with good driving habits, with an emphasis on wearing seatbelts and using child car-safety seats, and then present them with a certificate for a free turkey.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

SLO County

For the 26th year, Hospice of San Luis Obispo County is bringing Light up a Life memorial tree-lighting ceremonies to 11 communities on the Central Coast.

Ceremonies are free, but individuals may receive a Hospice lantern ornament and have a loved one’s name read at a ceremony in exchange for a donation to the nonprofit organization.

Hospice provides grief counseling, support groups, community education and in-home volunteers to those with a terminal illness and their families.

Visit www.hospiceslo.org or call 544-2266 for details. Lighting ceremonies around the county include:

Arroyo Grande, 6 p.m. Thursday at the Village Gazebo.

Atascadero, 7 p.m. Thursday at the Pavilion on the Lake.

Avila Beach, 6 p.m. Monday at The Grill at Avila Beach Golf Resort.

Cambria, 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Pewter Plough Playhouse.

Grover Beach, 6 p.m. Tuesday inside Ramona Garden Park.

Heritage Ranch, 6 p.m. Monday at the Heritage Ranch Senior Center.

Morro Bay and Los Osos, 6 p.m. Wednesday at Coalesce Bookstore in Morro Bay.

Nipomo, 6 p.m. Friday at the Kaleidoscope Inn.

Paso Robles, 6 p.m. Friday at Paso Robles City Park Gazebo.

Pismo Beach, 4:30 p.m. today at Shore Cliff Lodge.

San Luis Obispo, 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mission San Luis Obispo.

— Tribune staff

Santa Maria

Caltrans is holding an informational meeting Tuesday to answer questions about a proposed project that would relocate drainage ditches along Highway 166 east of Simas Street near Guadalupe and from Black Road to Bonita School Road south of the Santa Maria River.

The meeting on the State Route 166 Guadalupe Ditches Project will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Santa Barbara County Public Works Department’s office at 620 W. Foster Road in Santa Maria.

The community can learn more about the project and submit written or verbal comments. Comments may also be submitted until Dec. 23 to Caltrans, Attn: Matt Fowler, Senior Environmental Planner, 50 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 or to Matt Fowler@dot.ca.gov.

— Cynthia Lambert