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Local festival blooms 

If your green thumb is a bit brown these days, don’t give up hope. Cambria Pines Lodge and Cambria Nursery and Florist are hosting a two-day festival, Gathering of Gardeners, Oct. 16 –17. The festival, at the lodge and the nursery, will offer a wide array of presentations, as well as guest speakers. Nancy Caldwell, manager of the nursery, hopes the event will be as big a hit as it has been for a resort in Cottage Grove, Ore., owned by the same company that owns Cambria Pines Lodge.

“They don’t even have a nursery like we do, and several thousand people come for the festival every year,� said Caldwell. She’s hoping guest speakers and authors Rosalind Creasy and Renee Shepherd, as well as Australian-born horticulturist Robin Parer, will attract lots of festival-goers. Parer in particular may be of interest to individuals who live along the coast because he will speak on the planting and growing of pelargoniums and geraniums. According to Caldwell, geraniums are one of the flowers that do especially well in the coastal climates.

“Geraniums are a favorite flower along the coast — that’s why you see so many against the ocean,� she said. Prices for a single presentation at the event range from $6 for the cost of admission to hear one of the guest speakers to $59 for a hands-on learning experience painting botanical art. For more information about the festival, call Cambria Nursery and Florist at (800) 414-6915.



If you long for the simpler days, when digital photography was still something years away, you’ll be relieved to know someone still practices old-fashioned photography. Steve Curtis Professional Black and White Photo Finishing is celebrating its 10th anniversary at 9473 El Camino Real in Atascadero. Curtis specializes in custom film processing by hand, custom prints from new and old negatives, ready-to-use Framatic print frames, and pre-cut print mats, to name just some of the services available. The lab is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Steve Curtis at 466-9480. …

… EOC Health Services wants everyone to know that every month should be cancer awareness month. The clinic offers screening programs for early detection of breast and cervical cancer, along with follow-up care and referrals if needed, for women who meet the financial need requirements. To make an appointment, call 544-2478 for the San Luis Obispo clinic and 489-4026 for the clinic in Arroyo Grande. …

… The Yoga Centre, located at 1880 Santa Barbara St., offers classes in Nia. What is Nia? Nia, which stands for Neuromuscular Integrated Action, is a new fitness craze. Unlike traditional yoga, Nia incorporates a much more vigorous workout to music while still focusing on the mind/body connection. For more information, log on to or call 549-9642. …

… Bike First, a program aimed at getting people to give up driving and opt for peddling, is set to begin with a recipient ceremony on Oct. 16 at Cambria Bicycle Outfitters in San Luis Obispo from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Twenty-three county residents, selected from among 80 applications, are purchasing a bike package valued at $1,200 for only $200. During the time they participate in the program, they will use an odometer to log the miles they bike going to work, to the grocery store, and other places. Mike Donovan, Rideshare program manager, hopes this program will become a model for other communities throughout the country. For more information on Bike First, log on to or call SLO Regional Rideshare at 781-4362. ³


This weeks Strokes & Plugs was compiled by intern Brenda Wiley. Fax info to 546-8641.

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