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Watch professional golfers and other top players compete for $125,000 in prizes at the Straight Down Fall Classic at San Luis Obispo Country Club on Nov. 9, 10, and 11. The public is invited, with no admission fee.

Presented by Heritage Oaks Bank, the tournament features PGA, Champions, and Nationwide Tour professionals club professionals and quality amateur partners.

The format--36 holes of four-ball stroke play at scratch--includes former U.S. Open winner Scott Simpson, former British Open champion Tom Lehman, San Luis Obispo native Loren Roberts, and PGA Tour star Charley Hoffman, who won the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic earlier this year. Gary McCord, a CBS golf analyst, author, and instructor, will also play.

Tee times for the 36-hole tournament are split from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11. An 18-hole pro-am shotgun start tournament at 8 a.m. on Nov. 9 is also part of the weekend. A pairings party on Thursday night at the country club matches a professional with four other golfers. Nationwide Tour player Ed Loar and San Luis Obispo auto dealership owner Don Woodward are the defending champions. For more info, visit www.straightdown.com.

Central Coast shoppers seeking eco-friendly wares can find the latest in sustainable goods for home and lifestyle at Bambu Batu, a store dedicated to all things bamboo. The shop just moved from its Grover Beach location to a new storefront at 1127 Broad St. in SLO. Bambu Batu offers bamboo furniture, kitchenware, home accessories, houseplants, and remarkably soft bamboo fiber clothing, towels, and bed sheets. Bambu Batu is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, and to check on expanding hours, call 788-0806 or visit bambubatu.com.

SLO's downtown high-fashion boutique, Coverings, just celebrated its grand opening at a new location in the Historic Warden Building at 760 Higuera St. The new spot offers more floor space for shoes and accessories, and a new section dedicated to men's fashion. Owner Leslie Cameron said that the store strives for a big-city aesthetic with a small-town experience. Coverings is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays till 6 p.m. For more info, call 549-8373.

Ashley Sorbet-Phelan is offering Central Coast parents an alternative to traditional daycare with Snug as a Bug Nanny Agency. Sorbet-Phelan is a former nanny, and believes in a one-on-one approach with a personalized childcare plan for each kid. All of the Snug as a Bug nannies submit to background checks as part of an intensive interview process that also includes psychological screening. The agency offers full-time, part-time, live-in, and baby-sitting services from Nipomo to Paso Robles. For more info, call 264-6477 or visit www.snugasabugnannyagency.com.

Dr. Howard Fine, a practicing naturopathic physician for three decades, is offering homeopathic healing solutions at his new office in SLO. Fine's approach to health looks at a patient's unique symptoms, rather than the shared or common symptoms associated with an illness. He's available by appointment only at his office on 1150 Grove St. For more info, call 7097883 or e-mail DrHowFine@yahoocom.

Kylie Mendonca compiled this week's Strokes and Plugs. Send your business news to strokes@newtimesslo.com.

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