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United Blood Services, Central Coast is hosting a Heart-to-Heart Blood Drive Jan. 21 through Feb. 17. All blood donors will receive a box of See's chocolates with two chocolate hearts as a token of the Blood Center's appreciation for the donation. There are more than a dozen locations to donate blood in SLO alone, so visit to find a blood drive near you.

Shay Salomon, author of Little House on a Small Planet, will be hosting a book signing at the SLO Public Library, 995 Palm St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 25. In her book, Salomon offers advice to people who want to consume less resources by occupying a smaller living space and maximizing use of the space. Learn how to build, remodel, and redecorate to save money and have a positive impact on the environment. Fore more information, visit

A Cambrian resident who recently suffered a fall that paralyzed him is in need of some support. The David McCall Benefit Fundraiser will take place on Feb. 3 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Cambria Vets Hall. The evening will feature a rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and bluegrass concert a silent auction appetizers and desserts from local restaurants and no-host beer and wine. The McCalls are longtime Cambria residents who are actively involved in the community. Tickets to the fundraiser cost $25, and can be purchased in advance at Robin's Restaurant (927-5007), Cambria's Chamber of Commerce (927-3624), Vineyard Church in Cambria (927-5550), Cambria's Friday Farmers' Markets, or by calling Jayne Koontz at 927-5548. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

Enhancement, Inc., a local organization dedicated to assisting the recovery of breast cancer survivors and distributing information to the public about breast cancer, is hosting its Fifth Annual Dessert Extravaganza Fundraiser on Jan. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m at the Cliffs Resort in Shell Beach. A $20 ticket purchases guests the opportunity to bid on all dessert entries and wines, plus free coffee, milk, cheese, and crackers. A $35 ticket purchases all of the above in addition to an Enhancement wineglass and the opportunity to taste wines offered by five wineries. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Arts editor Ashley Schwellenbach compiled this week's Strokes and Plugs. Send your business news to [email protected].

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