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Finding Funds Just Got Easier


New Internet Tool Now at Libraries Thanks to Community Foundation

People seeking funding sources for everything from art to architecture, music to museums have just acquired a new collaborator. The San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation (SLOCCF) has just made GrantStation available at seven library locations countywide. GrantStation is an online funding resource for individuals and organizations seeking grants throughout the world. GrantStation connects grantseekers with accurate, comprehensive information about grantmakers that are actively accepting inquiries and proposals.

A report from the SLO County Libraries indicated that a growing number of callers were requesting information about grants, which was absorbing more time from the reference staff.  This prompted SLOCCF Executive Director Barry VanderKelen to approach SLO County Library Director Brian Reynolds with an idea that makes researching funding sources more effective and efficient. SLOCCF will sponsor GrantStation at libraries in: Atascadero, Cambria, Morro Bay, Nipomo, Los Osos, Arroyo Grande, and San Luis Obispo.

SLO Library Manager Kristine Tardiff said that online tutorials make the program easy to use and soon the library will offer hands-on workshops to assist users with navigating GrantStation.

“We so appreciate the support offered by the Community Foundation,” said Tardiff. “Now every organization that needs help with researching funding sources can get it.”

Local organizations have already shown an interest in GrantStation, since obtaining current, up-to-date information on grants is hard to find.

GrantStation offers information on federal grant programs; links to state funding agencies; and a growing database of U.S. and international grantmakers.

“Staffing cuts have made it harder for our library staffs to respond to requests for assistance with finding grantmaking sources,” said VanderKelen. “We are pleased to be able to sponsor this important new service to anyone seeking funds for nonprofit causes.”

Since its founding in 1998, SLOCCF has successfully impacted the local community with its philanthropic efforts. During the past 11 years, the SLOCCF has granted over $12 million to deserving causes and individuals through its 200 funds and scholarships. It continues to grow its assets despite a down economy, and is committed to serve as an enduring source of charitable funding for the SLO County community. For more information about the SLOCCF, to find or establish a fund, or to donate, please call (805) 543-2323 or log onto www.sloccf.org.


October 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Special Needs Children Find Fun and Confidence in the Pool


New swim class will be offered this fall through Jack’s Helping Hand

Extended by popular demand, a larger “Little Swimmers” class will be offered this fall to children with physical challenges and special needs at Cuesta College. The summer session for children up to 5 years old was so successful that two qualified instructors are now available for one larger class that can accommodate 14 children ages 2 to 8. The two instructors can divide the group according to age or ability. Sponsored by Jack’s Helping Hand, Inc., the fall class will be held on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. from October 14th through November 18th.

Designed for children with special physical needs, Little Swimmers classes engage them in fun water activities that encourage both physical and social development. Red Cross guidelines and parent participation ensure utmost safety.  Classes are $25 for the entire season.

“We offer scholarships for those who can’t afford the fees,” said Jack’s Helping Hand’s Charitable Administrator, Mary Illingworth. “And we also provide any special equipment that the instructor might need to assist her in teaching the class.”

The head instructor, Tess Jansse, has an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and is a pre-physical therapy graduate student, with all the required certifications critical to this special group of children. Her company, Kids Improvement Program (KIP), employs other qualified teachers.

“We loved hearing the laughter and seeing the confidence that developed so easily in the swimming pool this summer,” said Bridget Ready, co-founder of Jack’s Helping Hand. “We hope to see many more happy faces this fall.”

Now in its fifth year of service, Jack’s Helping Hand is an award-winning non-profit organization that assists disabled and medically fragile children, providing special treatments, services, equipment and transportation not provided by other sources, or that exceed family financial capabilities. To register or for more information about Little Swimmers classes or Jack’s Helping Hand, call (805) 547-1914.

October 15, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Central Coast City Poised for Big Broadband Business

Digital West

Ideal location and ARRA funds may give Grover Beach a corner on the market

GROVER BEACH, CA―A California beach town is geographically poised―now preparing a Technology Master Plan―to become a hub for broadband communications on the west coast. The City of Grover Beach, located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California’s central coast, has successfully submitted an application for federal stimulus monies made available from President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 for broadband.
Grover Beach is located in San Luis Obispo County, which is a landing point for fiber optic cable connecting the U.S. to Japan, making the city ideally positioned for the building of a fiber-optic cable infrastructure, allowing strong and direct connections to the Asian markets. With fiscal help from ARRA, and technical guidance from Digital West Networks Inc., Grover Beach will now be well-equipped, both financially and technologically, to implement the plan that would make it possible.
The application was developed through a joint effort between city staff and consultants at Digital West and is based on elements of the City’s Technology Master Plan. The request for Broadband Stimulus funds was made to The Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utility Services (RUS) and The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA). While there are numerous funding components, the proposed project will be in excess of $3 million and will deliver broadband services beyond those defined by the Federal Communications Commission.
The Master Technology Plan will be completed in a series of phases, the first of which is intended to provide economic vitality to commercial and industrial areas of the City. By nature of its proximity to a Trans Pacific cable to Japan, Grover Beach has a decided strategic advantage and would be ideal for companies looking for locations with a sophisticated technological infrastructure.
“As home to one of the most significant Trans Pacific cable landing stations, Grover Beach looks forward to a time when businesses will relocate to our community to take advantage of our direct access to the Asian markets,” said Mayor John Shoals.

About Digital West
Digital West Networks Inc. is a provider of Commercial Internet services, specializing in Professional Consulting Services, Colocation, Managed Network Services, Dedicated and Managed Services, Cloud Computing, and Hosted Services packages. Expansion plans at Digital West include developing Data Centers on the East Coast of North America and Asia, creating solid trans-Pacific data networks for companies doing business on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.

October 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment



Lynn Harrell will perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto and a recent work by film composer John Williams

Maestro Michael Nowak and the San Luis Obispo Symphony will present the second installment in their 2009-2010 “Classics in the Cohan” concert series at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo on Saturday, November 14th at 8 pm. World-renowned cellist Lynn Harrell will join the Symphony for an evening of beautiful music, including Edward Elgar’s playful and poignant Cello Concerto and the lyrical Elegy for Cello and Orchestra written by noted film composer John Williams and featured on Harrell’s latest CD.  Actor David Selby, a Los Osos resident, joins the orchestra in celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday, narrating Aaron Copland’s inspiring homage to one of our greatest presidents: Lincoln Portrait.  Detailed information about the musical program and the guest artists as well as video and music clips are available on-line at http://www.slosymphony.com.

“Few cellists can match Lynn Harrell’s playing. With his remarkable musicianship and impeccable technique he makes everything he plays look effortless.” –Los Angeles Times
A consummate soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and teacher, Lynn Harrell’s work in America, Europe and Asia has placed him in the highest echelon of today’s performing artists. A frequent guest of many of the leading orchestras, in recent seasons Mr. Harrell has performed with the Boston and Chicago symphonies, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Dallas Symphony (whom he guest conducted), the St. Louis Symphony at Royal Festival Hall, the London Philharmonic with Kurt Masur conducting, and the Israel Philharmonic with Franz Welser-Möst conducting. Additional highlights include a two week tour to Japan with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Pinchas Zukerman, a three week “Lynn Harrell Cello Festival” with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and a return tour to Australia. Mr. Harrell is the recipient of numerous awards including the first Avery Fisher Award. He plays a 1673 Stradivarius, that once belonged to the famed cellist Jacqueline du Pré, and a 1720 Montagnana. He makes his home in Houston, Texas, where since 2002 he has been Professor of Cello at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.

David Selby is a veteran of stage, screen, and television.  His many Broadway performances include “The Heiress” with Jane Alexander, “Eccentricities of a Nightingale” with Betsy Palmer, “Ghandi” with Jack MacGowran, directed by Jose Quintero, and “I Won’t Dance,” by Oliver Hailey.  In January, 2009, Mr. Selby returned to Washington to star as Abraham Lincoln in the critically acclaimed play “The Heavens Are Hung in Black,” commissioned for the re-opening of Ford’s Theatre.  Feature films include “Up the Sandbox,” “Surviving Christmas,” “Dying Young,” “Mighty Ducks III,” “Rich and Famous,” and “White Squall.” Mr. Selby created the roles of Quentin Collins on “Dark Shadows,” Richard Channing on “Falcon Crest,” Michael Tyrone on “Flamingo Road,” and Xavier Trout on “Soldier of Fortune.  He starred as Arthur on the HBO series “Tell Me You Love Me,” and has guest starred on numerous series, most recently “Cold Case,” “Raising the Bar,” and “Mad Men.”  One of his numerous performances as Abraham Lincoln was on “Touched by an Angel.”
This concert is sponsored by Patricia McNamara and by Aaron and Lyn Baker.  Generous 2009-2010 Symphony Season Sponsors include the City of San Luis Obispo, Trilogy Central Coast, Van Beurden Insurance Services, Inc., First Bank of San Luis Obispo, Big Images, Classic Wines of California, Embassy Suites Hotel, KCBX Public Radio, the San Luis Obispo County Tribune and generous Symphony business partner Sage Restaurant at Cal Poly.

Tickets range in price from $12.50-$65 and may be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office at (805) 756-2787 or online at http://www.pacslo.org (there is an additional fee for online ticket sales.) Music lovers on a budget are encouraged to take advantage of special pricing in the Gallery section.  “It’s Better Live – 2 for $25” tickets in the “Gallery Group” include great seats, great music and a complementary reception held exclusively for Gallery patrons at intermission.  Gallery Group tickets can be purchased through the PAC Box Office by calling (805) 756-2787 or toll free at (888) 233-2787. Student prices are half-price in all sections after 7 pm at the door.

A No Ties Allowed! Free Dress Rehearsal, generously sponsored by Rabobank, will be held at 1 pm on the day of the concert. No tickets are required for this open rehearsal, but PATRONS ARE ADVISED TO ARRIVE EARLY TO ENSURE SEATING.

October 9, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment