SLO County Roundup

Arroyo Grande

Seven homes for very-low-income families could be built on Brisco Road in Arroyo Grande.

Habitat for Humanity for San Luis Obispo County has bought the land at 184 Brisco, using $260,000 in Redevelopment Agency funds allocated in December by the Arroyo Grande City Council.

“Obtaining this land is a significant step forward, but there is still much to be done to make these homes a reality,” said Julia Ogden, the organization’s executive director.

“We are confident that we will be successful with support from the community and the continued dedication of our donors, sponsors and volunteers,” Ogden said.

Aiming to end “poverty housing,” Habitat for Humanity forms partnerships with very-low-income families to build simple, affordable houses.

According to an announcement, Habitat for Humanity for San Luis Obispo County is “an ecumenical Christian ministry that seeks to eliminate generational poverty in our county and to make substandard housing and homelessness socially, politically, and morally unacceptable.”

— Bob Cuddy

SLO County

San Luis Obispo Regional Rideshare is inviting artists, designers and community members to submit designs for the 2011 Bike Month Image Design Competition. This year’s theme is Change Lanes.

The winning image or artwork will serve as the logo for Bike Month 2011 in May, and will be featured in all promotional material. The creator will be awarded $300 and an offer to develop other promotional material.

The submission deadline is Feb. 15. All eligible submissions will be posted online for a community vote. For guidelines, visit www.rideshare.org.

— Julia Hickey

San Luis Obispo

A free public forum will address how local family- support organizations can benefit from partnerships with Americorps, a service program that links volunteers with agencies in need.

The event will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the San Luis Obispo Veterans Memorial Building, 801 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo.

Jesse Torrey, Americorps coordinator, along with local Americorps members and supervisors will speak with the community about how Americorps can assist community agencies in enhancing their programs and developing resources.

For details, call the San Luis Obispo County Child Abuse Prevention Council Office at 543-6216 or visit www.slocap.org.

— Julia Hickey

South County

There is still time to register for spring classes at Cuesta College’s South County centers.

The 15-week, evening classes start Monday at Arroyo Grande and Nipomo high schools.

The classes still available include biology, business, criminal justice, drama, English, math, English as a second language and work experience courses.

The last day to add most courses with an instructor approval is Feb. 20.

The spring semester runs through May 20. For more information on classes and registration, visit www.cuesta.edu or call 474-3913.

— Cynthia Lambert