San Luis Obispo
Employees found out Wednesday that the Blockbuster video rental store at Madonna Road in San Luis Obispo will close April 10.
Saturday is the last day to rent from the store, which will close Sunday in preparation for a full liquidation sale starting Monday, said an employee at the location.
The store has 11 employees. According to the store manager, nothing has been said officially to them about their jobs.
Blockbuster — which was founded in 1985 and operates more than 7,000 stores throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia — filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sept. 23, according to a recent news release.
On Feb. 21, Blockbuster announced it has entered into an asset-purchase agreement with a “stalking horse” bidder, Cobalt Video Holdco LLC. Blockbuster hopes the bid will attract higher offers.
In addition, Blockbuster has filed a motion seeking authorization from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York to conduct an auction process for the company.
The auction process is part of the company’s recapitalization plan to reduce debt from nearly $1 billion currently to an estimated $100 million or less.
— Julia Hickey
The public is invited to a goal-setting workshop with the Templeton Community Services District on Saturday.
The meeting is planned for 9 a.m. at the board of directors’ meeting room at 206 Fifth St. in Templeton.
The public can ask the district’s board members questions during the special workshop meeting.
Those with questions before the meeting can call 434-4900.
— Tonya Strickland
San Luis Obispo
Can’t afford to go shopping? Freewheeling fashionistas can add pizzazz to their wardrobes at Swap-O-Rama-Rama, March 12 at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St. in San Luis Obispo.
The event, which runs from 1 to 6 p.m., features a community clothing swap, workshops and two fashion shows geared toward do-it-yourselves enthusiasts.
About 200 people attended the first Swap-O-Rama-Rama in April.
“Everybody had nothing but praise about how great it was,” organizer Jennifer Alexander said. “It definitely has left an impression.”
This year’s participants can learn how to embellish a favorite garment, craft a coffee cup cozy and transform plastic water bottles into beautiful beads – all while listening to live music by the Ash Reiter Band and watching the documentary “Handmade Nation.”
Participating businesses include Beverly’s Fabrics & Crafts, Goodwill Industries, The Cotton Ball in Morro Bay and San Luis Art Supply in San Luis Obispo.
Proceeds go to the museum’s educational programs for children and teens.
Admission is $5 in advance and $10 at the door, plus a bag of clean, unwanted clothes.
For more information, call 619-807-7006 or visit www.swaporamarama.org.
— Sarah Linn