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Here’s hoping! Fort Hope, a non-profit organization and frontier children’s museum, is hosting a fundraising barbeque in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Trinity Hall, located at 6565 Edna Road, Highway 227. Come for a taste of old-fashion fun and enjoy dinner, music, and a 1850s Western Showcase. Tickets cost $35 and are tax-deductible, with proceeds supporting local children from single-parent and foster homes, youth-serving organizations, and fourth-grade California history students. Call Fort Hope CEO Pat Loomis at 473-9462 or Sarah Rudd-Lawlor of Big Brothers Big Sisters of SLO County at 781-3226 to purchase tickets ;

Anchor’s away! Come kayak with The Surfrider Foundation on Sept. 13 at 8 a.m. to honor Ken Harmount, a Central Coast lifeguard who was paralyzed in a snowboarding accident, in the 2008 Ken Harmount Pier to Pier Paddle. Departing from Old Port Beach in Avila, kayakers will paddle to the SeaVenture Hotel in Pismo Beach. Participants should arrange for transportation back to Old Port Beach. The participation fee costs $30 for the general public and $20 for Surfrider members and Junior Lifeguards, and includes a commemorative tee shirt. Call 773-3500 for more information or pre-register at Central Coast Kayaks in Shell Beach at 1879 Shell Beach Road ;

Keep it clean, folks! The California Coastal Commission is hosting its 24th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon. Part of the International Coastal Cleanup, the event takes place in all 50 states and more than 90 countries, with more than 700 locations at California’s beaches, neighborhoods, and inland waterways. Get involved to help to preserve our coast and ocean and raise awareness about the importance of coastal environmental stewardship. Call 1-800-COAST 4U or log on to for event locations and more information.

Intern Carrie Covell compiled this week’s Strokes and Plugs. Send your business news to

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