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Pouring wines for canines and felines 

Three worthy shelters will receive much-needed funds from a dazzling evening benefit

click to enlarge FRIENDS FOR LIFE :  Annie Driezler (left), Rhonda Myers, and Lynette Crane (right) - of Feline Network rescue, shelter, and arrange the adoptions of cats sure to improve - companions’ lives. - PHOTO BY STEVE E. MILLER
  • FRIENDS FOR LIFE : Annie Driezler (left), Rhonda Myers, and Lynette Crane (right) of Feline Network rescue, shelter, and arrange the adoptions of cats sure to improve companions’ lives.
Eat, drink, be merry, and foster the adoption of homeless dogs and cats at a gala fundraiser alfresco under the stars amid the brilliant flowers and lush foliage at Ron’s Nursery in Grover Beach on Wednesday evening, Nov. 11, from 5 p.m. to 8 pm at 1207 13th St. The glittering gathering will benefit three needy shelters: Befriended Felines, Feline Network, and North County Humane Society.


A mere $10 donation buys three pours of prime local wine; half of the proceeds will directly aid the three rescue organizations. There will be delectable seafood treats from the The Quarterdeck restaurant in Arroyo Grande to help energize bidding in a silent auction and there’ll be a lively raffle to help the animals, with tickets at only $2 each or six for $10. Ron’s Nursery is discounting everything at the garden center by 20 percent especially for the event, including a wide variety of gift items, and will donate 10 percent of all sales proceeds from that night. The nursery will be adorned in festive holiday decorations and great music will rev up the crowd.


“I saw a need for these animal shelters to come together; we’re all trying to do the same things. Let’s just all network and become a group,” said animal advocate Rhonda O’Dell, who arranged this and two other such benefits. “Let’s get cats spayed and neutered so we don’t keep breeding them. If we can raise a couple thousand dollars at each event it will really help, so we’ll keep having them.”

The two preceding benefits were held at wineries and were very successful: One last November raised $3600 and another in May this year raised $2900.


“One thing different about this event is we’ve never had live animals at our fundraisers because the locations were smaller. This time we will have cats available for adoption,” said O’Dell.  “My mission is to help people find an animal to rescue and love, so they can experience how good it feels to know they’ve saved a life.”


North County Humane Society has been a beneficiary of the two earlier fundraisers and will receive $500 from this event, with the other two rescue organizations splitting the remainder of donations. North County Humane Society is currently sheltering more than 200 cats for adoption. 

The silent auction will offer luxury vacations at Cambria Pines Lodge and Sycamore Mineral Springs, prizes from Crushed Grape, Otter Productions, Tails, Sandalwood Spa at Trilogy, McLintocks, Edna Valley Vineyard, Seasonal Custom Cuisine Delivered, and much more.

For more information and to donate visit or call 489-4747.


Fast facts


The new Cost Cutters Family Hair Salon will offer free haircuts to the first 50 customers on Saturday, Nov. 7. All subsequent customers that day will receive haircuts for a special bargain price, $7.95. No appointments are necessary. The salon is located in the Irish Hills Plaza Center at 1511 Froom Ranch Way in SLO. Call 541-2270 for information


The 5 Cities Swim School is providing free infant/baby CPR classes on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. The school is located at 425 Traffic Way in Arroyo Grande. For more information call 481-6399


Celebrate the 13th anniversary and the grand opening of the House of Bread at its new location, 299 Marsh St. in SLO, on Saturday, Nov. 7 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The bakery will give away cinnamon rolls and hold free raffles every hour for free baking classes, gift baskets, and gift certificates. For more information visit or call 801-4853


Federal tax credits for families have been expanded but many families don’t know they’re eligible. That’s why the National Women’s Law Center will provide details in a free online training session on Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. The session is geared to advocates who counsel families. Sign up at


Growing Grounds Downtown offers holiday trees and poinsettias in support of Transitions Mental Health Association. The deadline for tree orders is Nov. 12 and for poinsettias, Nov. 16. To order a tree, call 541-5144 ext. 152 and to order poinsettias, reach ext. 175. Trees from 5 to 13 feet are available, among them Douglas Fir, Noble Fir, and Grand Fir; prices range from $28 to $198. Poinsettias in 6-inch pots cost $10 and include white, two shades of pink, solid red, and variegated red-and-white plants.


Intern Dylan Baumann compiled Strokes&Plugs this week. Send your business and nonprofit news to [email protected].

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