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Feel like you’re selling yourself short? Learn how to promote yourself better as an expert by attending the After 5 Women’s Connection event, “Secrets of Selling Yourself,” hosted by the Central Coast Women’s Network (CCWN).

With more than 35 years of experience in advertising and public relations, guest speaker Margaret Hennessy will address ways to improve communication and body language in order to get ahead in today’s competitive business world. Also discussed will be learning how to build a client base of people you enjoy working with, the 12 sins of social networking, and the seven mind traps that keep people from getting ahead.

CCWN is celebrating its six-month anniversary of offering nonprofit networking and educational opportunities. The organization is also responsible for the Directory of Women In Business, a comprehensive online directory of woman-owned businesses in San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara Counties.

“Whether you’re already a business owner, or an entrepreneur looking to connect with others, CCWN can provide support and help nurture your business,” said CCWN founder Jacky Lopez.

“Secrets of Selling Yourself” will take place at Cafe Roma in San Luis Obispo on Oct. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $30 for CCWN members, $40 for nonmembers. The price includes dinner. All net proceeds will be donated to the L.I.F.E. Youth Program, a local nonprofit youth development organization. Book online at, or call 439-1013 for more information.

Spike’s Pub of San Luis Obispo has announced new ownership, and with it a new food and beer menu for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. With more than 50 beers on tap, big-screen televisions, and an open NFL ticket, there are plenty of reasons to visit the pub at 570 Higuera Street. Don’t forget your “Around the World” beer card

Morro Bay’s Garden House is celebrating its eighth anniversary of providing care for victims of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Located in Morro Bay, Garden House has served more than 200 residents and provided subsidized rates for more than 50 families unable to afford care for their loved ones. The facility is offering an open house tour for visitors. Donations are welcome. Visit the Garden House at 480 Main Street in Morro Bay or call 772-7181 for more information.

Intern Patrick R. Barbieri compiled this week’s Strokes and Plugs. Send your business news to

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