SLO County Roundup

SLO County

The Food Bank Coalition and Central Coast Coalition for Change are looking for volunteers to help with their annual Martin Luther King Jr. food drive.

The drive begins at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 15, as the organizations distribute grocery bags to neighborhoods throughout the county.

They also need volunteers to pick up the filled bags on Jan. 17, also beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Food and funds raised will help the Food Bank Coalition supply food for more than 200 partner agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers, churches, and other nonprofit organizations working to fight hunger.

“This is an excellent chance to make a positive difference in our community,” said volunteer coordinators Megan Chicoine and Stephanie Lossinsky.

In addition to distributing and collecting the food bags, residents can help by donating nonperishable food to the Food Bank during the drive or donating money either at www.slofoodbank.org. Every $1 received can provide 10 lbs. of food, organizers said.

Chicoine and Lossinsky say there will be drop-off spots throughout the county.

For more information call, 238-4664 or go to http://centralcoastunitedforchange.org.

— Bob Cuddy


Cyclists will have new lanes to use on Vineyard Drive between Bethel Road and Bennett Way.

Construction on the lanes — financed with a $569,700 Caltrans grant to the county — could start as early as 2012, according to the county Public Works Department.

The project is part of the county’s bikeways plan. Officials say they have been trying to fund it since 2002.

— Tonya Strickland

San Luis Obispo

Reading in Public and ARTS Obispo are hosting Happy in Public, a live reading by locals about what makes them happy.

Ten-minute readings will take place during Art After Dark, from 6 to 9 p.m. today at ARTS Space Obispo in the SLO Creamery at 570 Higuera St., No. 165 in San Luis Obispo.

Featured speakers including Linnaea Phillips, San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx, Steven de Luque, and county Supervisor Adam Hill, among others.

Text the organizers at 628-2283 about what makes you happy (or unhappy) living in San Luis Obispo or in general, and some comments will also be read at the event.

Reading In Public was formed in San Luis Obispo to celebrate the written word by way of community performance in public spaces. For more information, visit www.readinginpublic.com.

— Julia Hickey

Cal Poly

The Central Coast chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers is inviting the public to learn about and practice techniques of pruning fruit trees during its next gathering at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The free annual workshop will take place at Cal Poly’s Crops Unit at Highland and Mt. Bishop Road in San Luis Obispo, close to the railroad tracks.

Trees to be pruned include plums, peaches, nectarines, Asian pears, pluots and cherries.

No experience is necessary, but bring your own pruning shears, clippers, loppers, handsaws and gloves. Light rain will not cancel. For details, call 544-1056.

— Julia Hickey