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Art Inspires! Supports Film, Stage, Voice, and Painting

The Community Foundation announces this year’s recipients
of the Art Inspires! Endowment Fund Grants

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA―Four local arts organizations were selected from a broad field of applicants to receive a total of $20,000 from the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation’s (SLOCCF) Arts Inspires! Endowment Fund. Created expressly to support the arts in our community, this fund was originally established by the Community Foundation with a gift from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation to ensure that community arts programs will continue to inspire local residents creatively, spiritually, and communally.
This year’s recipients and projects are:
•    The SLO International Film Festival will purchase the technology needed for the Youth Film Makers Program and Film Festival Customer Service.
•    The SLO Little Theater will retain a Fund Development Consultant to develop a fundraising plan and conduct board training.
•    SLO Vocal Arts Ensemble will develop a targeted marketing program, integrate social networking, and re-design its website.
•    Studios on the Park, in Paso Robles, will hire consulting services to develop a five-year strategic business plan to address sustainability of operations and programming.
“These four deserving organizations represent both the performing arts and the visual arts,” said Janice Fong Wolf, Director of Grants and Programs at the Community Foundation. “We are delighted to help them build on an already successful platform to reach, entertain, and inspire all our county’s residents.”
Now in its eleventh year, SLOCCF has more than 200 funds and long-term endowments that support a wide range of causes and community-based organizations. To donate to a fund, create a new one, or get more information about SLOCCF, please call 543-2323 or log on to http://www.sloccf.org.

November 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

SLO Children’s Museum Hosts Crazy Hair Day with Author Barney Saltzberg

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On Saturday November 14th from 10:30am-12:00pm the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum will host a Crazy Hair Day with Children’s author Barney Saltzberg. A Los Angeles local, Barney Saltzberg is an author/illustrator/singer/songwriter who has published about 30 children’s books and recorded 4 albums of children’s music.

On Saturday Barney and special guest Stanley from Mr. Saltzberg’s Crazy Hair Day book will be at the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum to read, sing and show off their hair-do’s. Half off admission for anyone with crazy hair and prizes for the craziest. Barney’s appearance is made possible by the San Luis Obispo County Reading Association and is part of the 2009 Author Fair.

The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum is located at 1010 Nipomo St in San Luis Obispo. For more information visit the Museum’s website at http://www.slocm.org or call (805)544-5437

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

Nationally Acclaimed Author to Speak About Values and Influence of Scouting


Los Padres Council Hosts Eagle Scout Alvin Townley at Annual Dinner

Over the course of a year Alvin Townley has traveled thousands of miles throughout the country and around the world exploring the legacy of Scouting and meeting Scouts with stories of courage, service, and hope that truly belong to all Americans. His thoughts and experience will be shared when the Los Padres Council, Boy Scouts of America welcomes him to the central coast as the keynote speaker at their annual dinner, to be held December 9 at theEmbassy Suites Hotel in San Luis Obispo. The event starts at 6 p.m.

Townley, an accomplished writer who has been acclaimed by novelist Tom Wolfe and former president Jimmy Carter, has written two novels exploring the lives of Scouts of all ages. “Alvin’s experiences give him a view on Scouting and America that all member of our community could benefit from hearing. Our children are especially fortunate to have such a great role model coming to San Luis Obispo to share his experiences,” says Los Padres Board member, Reese Davies.

Legacy of Honor, Townley’s first book, explores the lives and character of Eagle Scouts including Gerald Ford, Bill Gates, Sr. Bill Bradley, J.W. Marriott, Jr., Michael Bloomberg, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Michael Dukakis, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Super Bowl starter Deuce Lutui, and Jim Lovell of Apollo 13.

His second book, Spirit of Adventure, follows Townley all over the globe as he meets young Eagle Scouts leading lives of purpose and adventure. Through his travels he dives in Australia, surfs in Hawaii, rock climbs in Nevada, sails aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, and ventures into inner cities.
Tickets to the dinner are $150 per person and can be purchased through the Atascadero office of the Los Padres Council, Boy Scouts of America by calling (805) 461-4018. Corporate tables are also available for $1,500.

The Los Padres Council has been the local council of Boy Scouts of America in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties since 1919. They provide quality youth programs that seek to develop character, citizenship, fitness, and leadership skills in all young people. The local council service center is located at 7350 El Camino Real, #201, Atascadero. For more information visit http://www.lpcbsa.org.

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

Liz Bracken DVM Demonstrates Commitment to Unwanted Horses


Local veterinarian teams up with Miller’s Equestrian Center & Sanctuary to provide vaccines for horses in need

Miller’s Equestrian Center & Sanctuary, San Luis Obispo and Liz Bracken DVM have taken a stand in support of unwanted horses by participating in the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign (UHVRC). As part of the outreach program, equine veterinarians help rescue and retirement facilities provide healthcare for America’s unwanted horses.

Miller’s Equestrian Center & Sanctuary in San Luis Obispo has directly benefited from the program. The facility, which provides care for 30 horses, recently received core equine vaccines thanks to the support of American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) member, Liz Bracken DVM. The program supported Miller’s Equestrian Center & Sanctuary’s ability to obtain vaccines to protect their horses against Rabies, Tetanus, Eastern & Western Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus.

“Tens of thousands of horses end their days unwanted or unneeded,” says Michele Miller. “Our equine rescue center relies on the generosity of our supporters. Not only do we depend on them – our horses do as well. We want to thank Liz Bracken DVM for making a difference in the lives of so many of our horses. Having Liz Bracken DVM  on board in conjunction with the UHVRC is fantastic news for equine welfare.”

About the UHVRC
Established in December 2008 by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health and the AAEP, the UHVRC is committed to protecting the health of unwanted horses by donating equine vaccines to qualifying equine rescue and retirement facilities. Since January, the UHVRC has aided more than 1,400 horses across the country.

Three of the equine vaccines available through the UHVRC program are: PreveNile® West Nile virus vaccine; EquiRab™ rabies vaccine; and Prestige® V (KY93, KY02 and NM2/93 flu strains, EHV-1, EHV-4, EEE, WEE and tetanus).

Equine facilities that follow the AAEP Care Guidelines for Equine Rescue and Retirement Facilities and have a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status are qualified to receive support from the UHVRC. To download an application and the AAEP Care Guidelines or to learn more about the UHVRC visit: http://www.UHVRC.org.

Since Dec.1, 2008, a portion of all Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health equine vaccine sales has gone to support the UHVRC. To learn more about Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health’s full line of innovative, high-quality, equine-health products, visit http://www.intervetusa.com.

About Miller’s Equestrian Center & Sanctuary, please visit our web site @ http://www.millersecs.org

About AAEP
The American Association of Equine Practitioners, headquartered in Lexington, Ky., was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse. Currently, the AAEP reaches more than 5 million horse owners through its nearly 10,000 members worldwide and is actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry.

About Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health
Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health is a leader in research and dedicated to the development, production and marketing of innovative, high-quality animal-health products for all major farm and companion animal species. For more information about Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health visit: http://www.intervetusa.com.

November 2, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment