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SLO Symphony Musicians Teach Elementary Students in Ongoing Program

Grant from Central Coast Funds for Children Supports “Strings in the Schools”

Thanks to a grant from Central Coast Funds for Children, elementary school children throughout the County have a chance to work with a musician from the San Luis Obispo Symphony on a regular basis. A program called “Strings in the Schools” offers affordable after-school group string instruction to all 2nd through 6th grade students in five SLO County public schools. Classes run from October through May every year.

“For many students, this program has been the spark that ignites a passion for music that lasts a lifetime,” said Andrea Stoner, music education director for the Symphony. “Strings in the Schools is an exciting and important supplement to the regular curriculum and we are so grateful that the Central Coast Children’s Fund has supported it again this year.”

Established in 1993, Central Coast Funds for Children benefits children in need of special services in San Luis Obispo County. Funds are raised through individual and business donations plus successful fundraising events such as the popular annual “Soup Supper.” Visit http://www.centralcoastfundsforchildren.org for more information.

Strings in the Schools is just one of many music education programs offered by the SLO Symphony. “Everyday Etudes” is a rich partnership between the Symphony and local schools that allows students to hear and discuss classical music every day and experience live performances. Others include a “Musical Petting Zoo,” the “Music Van,” and “Debut Strings.” These programs reach over 16,000 school children every year. Visit http://www.slosymphony.org to find out more or call (805) 543-3533.


December 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Three-in-One Company Attracts Varied Investors

Triad Offers Trio of Real Estate and Financial Services to Local Clients

A new real estate and investment group, Triad, announces their grand opening, offering an unprecedented trio of services under one roof. Seasoned real estate professionals Rodessa Newton and Victoria Relva will offer residential and commercial real estate services, foreclosure and asset management; and private money lending and investing services.

Newton is a SLO County native and a Cal Poly graduate who is a Broker and holds the designations of Graduate Realtors Institute, Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Certified Short Sale Professional and e-PRO certified, an internet designation reserved for less than 1% of all Realtors. Newton has been buying and selling real estate for more than ten years.

Relva holds an M.A. in Public Administration and has worked for more than 18 years with such projects and companies as People’s Self-Help Housing Corporation, the Housing Authority, Vanguard Lending Group and National Foreclosure Company.

Together, they have launched a unique and sought-after set of services.

“We take pride in building strong, long-term relationships through successful transactions and smart portfolio management,” said Newton. “And we always take a customized approach to expand each client’s opportunities.”

Whether purchasing a foreclosure, lending money for development, or buying wholesale directly from banks, Triad can help your money make money.
For more information, call Rodessa or Victoria at 805.544.5500 or log onto http://www.triadslo.com.

December 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Shop Here, Eat Here … Win $100

Two new websites appeal to retailers, restaurateurs, shoppers and diners

Just in time for the holidays, a $100 Visa gift card will be given to the first 50 San Luis Obispo County residents to spend $1,000 at SLO City retailers. The City of San Luis Obispo has just launched a program to spur retail sales and bolster revenues for city merchants. A pair of new websites—ShopSLO.org and DineSLO.org— will list all retail shops and restaurants in San Luis Obispo with locations and phone numbers, searchable by both category and name.

“These two sites also have parking and transportation information, an online exploration of the City’s neighborhoods, plus an events and announcements section,” said Marco Rizzo, City of SLO’s Promotional Coordinating Committee Vice-chair and co-owner of Café Roma restaurant. “Shop SLO and Dine SLO will make shopping and dining in San Luis Obispo even easier, more convenient, relaxing, and fun.”

Retailers and restaurateurs operating within the city limits can create an account on the sites to enhance their listings and add promotions, flyers, photos, and a link to their own websites. The goal will be to highlight the breadth of shopping opportunities the city has to offer, and show off the wide variety of dining options available.

To be eligible for the $100 gift card giveaway, shoppers must be local county residents. They will be required to save their sales receipts between November 27th and December 24th, 2009, and when their total reaches $1,000, submit them to Verdin Marketing Ink at 689 Tank Farm Rd., Suite 210 by January 12th. The first 50 to do will receive a $100 gift card. For more information, call Katy McGrath at 541-9005. To plan a day of shopping and dining, log on to http://www.shopslo.org or http://www.dineslo.org.

The ShopSLO and DineSLO programs are funded by the City’s Promotional Coordinating Committee as a way to enhance visits to the city for county residents and tourists alike. For more information on the program, contact Bigitte Elke, Principal Administrative Analyst for the City of San Luis Obispo, at 781-7151.

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment