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Constance Hart, a color aromatherapy pioneer, recently moved her group healing classes from Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort to what she described as her "sacred Indian-temple-like space in the heart of Los Osos." Chakra balancers can now find Chakra Restorative Yoga at the Conscious Colors Energy Center. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and Wednesdays at noon. The center also offers other activities, including an Integrative Astrology Workshop on Aug. 29. For more information, visit or call 305-0046.

On Aug. 16, the Firestone family announced that Firestone Vineyard was acquired by the Foley Wine Group. The sale includes the Firestone Vineyard and Prosperity Wines brands, as well as the Santa Ynez Valley Winery and 480 acres of land including 380 of vineyards. The Firestone family will still hold on to Curtis Winery, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, the new family winery in Paso Robles, the Jarhead Red and Rock Hollow wine brands, and 400 acres in Santa Ynez Valley, including 215 of vineyards.

You want to be mayor. We know you do. The City of San Luis Obispo is currently accepting applications for the third session of "The Making of a City," a community academy that teaches citizens about municipal government. Sessions begin Sept. 27, and cover organizations and funding, police and fire, a mock city council meeting, and more. Classes will be held on seven consecutive Thursday evenings, starting at 5:30 p.m. The academy is free. For more information or to register, visit or call 781-7055.

Need an eye opener? Apple Farm in San Luis Obispo, 2015 Monterey St., is offering a free "Morning Buzz" with any $5 purchase at the bakery. Guests can pick up a refillable travel mug and get a complimentary cup of coffee. The offer runs through Nov. 15. For more information, call 773-1000.

As United Staffing Associates (USA) celebrated its fifth anniversary on Aug. 19, the professional employer organization prepared to introduce United Staffing Insurance Agency, offering retirement and group health, vision, and life benefits to existing and future customers. The new endeavor is expected to open in the fall. USA has offices in Pismo Beach, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, and elsewhere in this state and Nevada. For information, call 773-4USA.

This week's Strokes and Plugs was compiled by Editor Ryan Miller. Send your business news to

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