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Food or flora: Two ways to check out Sunny Acres 

Folks interested in helping out Sunny Acres and folks who just want to check it out and get some free grub will all have a chance to do so in two events coming up at the in-the-news sober living facility.

On Saturday, April 26, volunteers from Friends of Sunny Acres are meeting to plant 110 native plants to offer a screen to neighbors and commuters.

Joseph A. "Joe" Johnson of the Old Mission Social Justice Ministry is organizing the effort.

"Hopefully this will appease some of the people who are complaining, but it won't appease all of them," he said. Planting begins at 9 a.m. Johnson can be reached at 544 2086 or 305 1730.

In a separate event, on May 3, Sunny Acres is having a community open house and offering free donated food.

"This is a chance to come see what we're all about," said Dan DeVaul, founder of the center and owner of the 72-acre ranch it sits on, along Los Osos Valley Road just outside of San Luis Obispo.

A self-supported, nonprofit sober-living facility, Sunny Acres has been hit with tens of thousands of dollars in county fines recently for alleged code violations and has been the subject of concern from surrounding neighbors, who have expressed alarm that sex offenders are among the residents.

The number of residents has been cut by half, to 26, since the fines.

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