SLO County Roundup

Cuesta College

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. awarded Cuesta College a $25,000 grant at a board of trustees meeting Wednesday to help fund the North County campus Sustainability Center.

The Sustainability Center would provide training in renewable energy technologies and be a site to prototype, test and display new technologies.

It would also be used to support local economic development efforts, with the help of the Cuesta College Business and Entrepreneurship Center, by providing start-up assistance and trained technicians.

The grant is to be used to augment a separate grant through the U.S. Department of Education to fund solar energy training equipment, fund initial start-up efforts and support the development of strong public-private partnerships.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

South County

Caltrans will hold a public meeting Wednesday to discuss a $5 million project that would install a median barrier along 4.6 miles of Highway 101, from the Los Berros Road undercrossing in Nipomo to the Traffic Way exit in Arroyo Grande.

Doing so, according to Caltrans officials, would improve safety and decrease the potential for collisions in the area.

The informational meeting — a follow-up to one held in May — will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Arroyo Grande High School’s multipurpose room at 495 Valley Road.

A presentation is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Caltrans officials will discuss ongoing traffic monitoring at the median openings where the agency has installed warning signs and yellow flashing beacons.

Caltrans staff will be available to answer questions from the public.

— Cynthia Lambert

Paso Robles

Tickets are now available for the 20th Annual Victorian Teddy Bear Tea.

The longtime event is planned for Dec. 18 and features youngsters and their favorite teddy bears — often in costume — as everyone sits down for beverages and cookies.

Parents must purchase a separate ticket to attend. Seating is limited.

It will be held at the Paso Robles Golf Club, 1600 Country Club Drive, from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $7 for children age 12 and younger and $13 for everyone else.

They can be purchased from the Paso Robles Main Street office at 835 12th St., Suite D, off the alley marked “Norma’s Way.” Each ticket holder will receive a teacup to take home.

Also attending will be the Snow Queen and King, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and other holiday visitors. For more information, call 238-4103.

— Tonya Strickland