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Miller’s Equestrian Center and Sanctuary Raises Funds for Local Children and Horses

Third Annual Rescue Ride/Hike fundraiser to be held Sunday, November 14, 2010

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA― Miller’s Equestrian Center and Sanctuary hosts their third annual fundraiser Rescue Ride/Hike at Santa Margarita Ranch on Sunday, November 14th. This yearly event raises money to sustain Miller’s Equestrian Center and Sanctuary, an equestrian program that benefits horses and children through the rescue and care of unwanted or abused horses. The Rescue Ride/Hike is a fun-filled day complete with horse rides, hikes, silent auctions, vendors, activities for children, dancing and live music.

Ten years ago, founder of Miller’s Equestrian Center & Sanctuary, Michele Miller, opened the 501c(3) non-profit

"Dad and Me" class

Equestrian Center & Sanctuary in San Luis Obispo and fulfilled her life dream of providing a home for abused and abandoned horses while simultaneously offering the invaluable experience of growth, learning and love of horses for children.


The dual-purpose organization is a blessing for everyone involved. Each rescued horse is tracked with a management program to ensure the best mental and physical care possible. Miller’s is a no-kill sanctuary. It provides rehabilitation for injured and unwanted horses and allows them to live out their lives happily and with dignity. Horses in the sanctuary can be sold, adopted, used as companions, or sponsored. These same horses are given a new purpose as well; they become a learning experience for a child. The organization focuses on a learn-by-doing philosophy for the children, and through their interaction with horses, children learn patience, a positive work ethic, responsibility and love. They also experience the outdoors with their horses, build their self-esteem and self-confidence, and learn through the center, to work productively within a team.

Group ride from last year's Rescue Ride event

Miller’s Equestrian Center & Sanctuary is funded by grants and fundraisers, as well as individual and corporate donations. These tax-deductible donations are vital to sustaining this program which benefits children and horses alike.

The Rescue Ride/Hike fundraiser event on November 14th at Santa Margarita Ranch is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. For those who enjoy riding, a poker ride and a joker ride are scheduled for the morning and a three-mile hike is scheduled for all who want to show their support without mounting a horse. The afternoon will feature dinner, wine, live and silent auctions, local vendors, children’s activities, and dancing, featuring live music from entertainer Monte Mills. Tickets are available at West End Espresso & Tea (805) 543-4092 at 670 Higuera St. in San Luis Obispo. Call (805) 235-3834 or visit www.millersecs.org for more information.

October 26, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Cooper Wise as John Boy

SANTA MARIA, CA – Encore performances of the prison musical Off The Hook will be held Friday, Nov. 12 through Sunday Nov. 14 at Unity Church, 1490 Southwood Drive in San Luis Obispo. The play, set in a California prison, features a 14-member cast of formerly incarcerated people.

Produced by Poetic Justice Project, OFF THE HOOK recently ended its California Prison Town Tour, playing in Sacramento, Redding, Fresno, Bakersfield, Tehachapi, San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo, with powerful audience responses. Poetic Justice Project received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California State Arts Council and the LEF Foundation to help fund the tour. Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado, congratulating Off The Hook’s cast and crew, has said “audiences benefit from your insightful and educational portrayal of incarceration and rehabilitation.”

Off The Hook explores the culture of prison and the choices prisoners and staff make to survive, and the consequences ofthose choices.  Each performance is followed by a talk-back with the audience. The play was written by Deborah Tobola, artistic director of the Poetic Justice Project and directed by Bill McLaughlin, a professional actor and director with more than 30 years’ experience in stage and film. Original music is by Shawn Collins.

A program of the William James Association, based in Santa Cruz, Poetic Justice Project produces origi

Brad Tobola as Officer Pearce

nal theatre on the Central Coast that examines crime, punishment and redemption. Shows are at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 13, with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14. Tickets are $10 for groups of 10 or m

ore, $12 for students and seniors and $20 general admission. Tickets for

Off The Hook are available at brownpapertickets.com, by calling the 24/7 ticket hotline at 1-800-838-3006, or at the door.

October 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

SLO City Council Proclaims October 24th World Polio Day

Local clubs join Rotary International effort to recognize need to eradicate Polio

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA –  On Tuesday, October 19, Mayor Dave Romero and the San Luis Obispo City Council presented a proclamation recognizing October 24, 2010 as World Polio Day. Present were the presidents of the city’s three Rotary Clubs: Ed Naretto, Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo; Craig Darnell, Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak; and Jeff Buckingham, Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

In 1988, when Rotary International launched their mission to eliminate polio, 1,000 children were paralyzed by the virus daily in 125 countries. Today, only four countries worldwide remain polio endemic, and fewer than 1,700 cases a year are reported.  The world is on the brink of eradicating this crippling disease forever, and Rotary Club International seeks help

. Pictured, LtoR: Mayor Dave Romero with SLO Rotary Presidents Ed Naretto, Jeff Buckingham and Craig Darnell

in their final surge to eliminate polio worldwide.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded $355 million dollars to the Rotary International global effort to eradicate polio, $200 million of which is a challenge grant. This is the largest challenge grant ever received by Rotary in its 105-year history as a humanitarian service club, and these funds will be used by Rotary International and their partners, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention and UNICEF, to end the virus once and for all. As a part of 32,000 Rotary Clubs in 200 countries, the San Luis Obispo Rotary Clubs aim to generate funds in efforts to match the $200 million challenge grant.

Polio is a crippling virus that can cause paralysis, sometimes immediately. Its effects are usually irreversible and there is no known cure for the virus. The only way to protect against the damaging effects of polio is to prevent the virus altogether. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is the single largest internationally coordinated health project in all of history, and since its inception, occurrence of the virus has decreased by 99%.

To learn more about Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio, log on to http://www.rotary.org/en/serviceandfellowship/polio/pages/ridefault.aspx.

October 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Local High School Counselor Receives Humanitarian Award

David Ruiz presents Xelina Rojas with Isabel P. Ruiz Humanitarian Award

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA―On September 21, 2010, the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation presented the 4th Annual Isabel P. Ruiz Humanitarian Award to this year’s winner, Paso Robles High School Counselor, Xelina Rojas.

For over 12 years, Ms. Rojas has gone above and beyond by working weekends and evenings with students and parentsinsupport of their desire to fundraise for scholarships, to learn more about community advocacy, and to implement service learning in Paso Robles.  She has been described as a “whatever it takes” kind of person, who doesn’t think of herself, but rather the need and how she can help with that situation.

The Isabel P. Ruiz Humanitarian Award annually recognizes and rewards a local individual for outstanding efforts in

Mayor Dunane Picano presents Xelina Rojas with proclamation from the City of Paso Robles

advocacy and caring for local people in San Luis Obispo County. David Ruiz, Isabel’s son, presented the award to Rojas at the Paso Robles City Council meeting. Paso Robles Mayor, Duane Picanco, also presented Rojas with a proclamation from the City of Paso Robles.

Established through the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation by Bill Broadbent in 2007, the Isabel P. Ruiz Humanitarian Award serves the dual purpose of honoring Ruiz and encouraging others to follow in her footsteps. For more information on this award or the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation, visit www.sloccf.org.

October 20, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“Stronger Together With Justice for All”

Event to Launch Community Phase of the Growing Together Initiative

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA- On Saturday, October 23 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, the Growing Together Fund Advisory Committee invites the public to help launch the Community Phase of their Endowment Campaign. The event will be held at the Jack House Gardens at 536 Marsh Street and includes catered hors d’oeuvres and wine, presentations about the impact of the Growing Together Fund on the community, and a drawing for a gift basket celebrating local pride.

The Growing Together Initiative is dedicated to supporting the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gendered community, to raise general awareness, and to fight discrimination. Currently, the Community Foundation is undertaking a targeted major gifts campaign to build the endowment as a permanent source of grant-making funds to support local needs. To date, the Fund has secured commitments of $214,000 from major donors and aims raise another $50,000 through the support of the community. For more information or to RSVP to the event, contact Kim at 543-2323 or kim@sloccf.org.

The San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation (SLOCCF) established the Growing Together Initiative in 2001 in response to continuing reports of the violation of civil rights, discrimination and violence against members of the LGBT community. For more information, log on to www.sloccf.org and click on Growing Together Initiative, or call 543-2323.

October 14, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Local Commercial Property Featured in National Magazine

Quaglino Properties recently recognized for work in Metal Architecture

San Luis Obispo, CA— Qualino Properties was recently highlighted in the September issue of Metal Architecture, a national trade magazine that caters to architects and design professionals. Quaglino was recognized for their work at San Luis Obispo building complex, Ricardo Court Industrial. Quaglino Properties is the owner and builder, and Quaglino Roofing the installer for the project.

The goal for the project was to create a flexible, low maintenance, light industrial complex that could be functional for a wide variety of possible tenants. The design concept was to create a theme that recalled historic factory aesthetics in a modern form. Also featured in the article, Steven D. Pults of AIA & Associates LLP, served as the architect for the project. To view the article online, visit http://www.metalarchitecture.com/Default.aspx?PublicationID=3&ArticleID=2554

“It is very rewarding to have one of our projects honored in a national magazine,” said Quaglino Properties Managing Member, Matt Quaglino. “When the manufacturer’s sales representative asked if he could submit the project I was honored. The Ricardo Court development is very unique with the use of both materials and colors, and it most definitely stands out from the typical concrete block warehouse.”

James A. Quaglino founded Quaglino Roofing in San Luis Obispo in 1922. The company works statewide on commercial, industrial and residential projects. Quaglino Properties, LLC, was created in 1987 and specializes in development, construction, leasing, maintenance and management of Quaglino-owned properties. Quaglino Roofing and Quaglino Properties are located at 815 Fiero Lane in San Luis Obispo, and online at www.Quaglino.com.

October 11, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Local Insurance Services Provider to Sponsor Seminars on Health Care Reform

Gray & Troy Insurance Services, Inc. to provide seminars for business owners and managers

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – On Tuesday, October 19, Gray & Troy Insurance Services, Inc. presents the first in a series of seminars to help employers understand and comply with new responsibilities resulting from health care reform. Keynote speaker, Christine P. Roberts, is a partner in the Santa Barbara law firm of Mullen & Henzell L.L.P. Roberts practices exclusively in the employee benefits and employment law area, with particular emphasis on pension and health plans.

Federal health care reform includes two major pieces of federal legislation signed into law by President Obama in March 2010: the PPACA, or Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act of 2010, and the HCERA, or Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. Some health care reform provisions directly govern insurers, others govern or impose tax impacts on employers and individuals, and many provisions impact the Medicare and Medicaid systems. This presentation will focus on provisions affecting employer-provided, insured group health plans for small to mid-sized businesses.

Space is limited and seats are offered on a first come first serve basis. For more information, contact Meghan Sommers at 805.540.7010 msommers@gray-troy.com.

Gray & Troy was founded in 1999 by longtime local insurance agents Gene Gray and Dan Troy. The company has two San Luis Obispo locations, at 2420 Broad St. and at 890 Osos St., serving clients throughout the tri-county area.  For more information on Gray & Troy, call (805) 541-7100 or visit them online at http://www.gray-troy.com.

October 8, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Grant will help support self-defense workshops for the LGBT community

San Luis Obispo, CA – The Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention (SARP) Center of San Luis Obispo County recently received a $500 grant from the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation (SLOCCF). This grant will be used to implement self-defense and empowerment workshops for gay men in the community.

While the SARP Center has offered women’s self-defense workshops since 2000, the agency recently recognized the need to provide these risk reduction techniques for local gay men. Self-defense and empowerment workshops focus on awareness, assertiveness and physical techniques. By covering aspects of all three areas, participants are not only taught how to defend themselves with physical moves, but they also walk away with a newfound confidence to be assertive and feel empowered to defend themselves if that ever becomes necessary.

. From left to right: Jess Hawley, SARP Center Education Services Coordinator; Kristy McCray, SARP Center Executive Director; Janice Fong-Wolf, SLOCCF Director of Grants & Programs.

In accordance with National Coming Out Day (October 11), self-defense workshops have already been scheduled with local organizations, including the Cal Poly Pride Center and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GALA) of the Central Coast. Private workshops can be scheduled with any group of five or more participants. To schedule a self-defense workshop, please email education@sarpcenter.org or call 805-545-8888.

The SARP Center was chosen to receive this grant from the Growing Together Fund, an endowment held at the SLO County Community Foundation to address the issues affecting the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. In only 10 years, the SLOCCF has given out more than $14 million in grants to assist nonprofit agencies. For more information on the SLOCCF or any funds, please call 805-543-2323 or visit www.sloccf.org.

The SARP Center has served San Luis Obispo County for more than 30 years, providing crisis intervention services and a 24-hour crisis line, clinical counseling, prevention education and self-defense workshops to sexual abuse survivors, their loved ones, and the community. For more information please call 805-545-8888 or visit www.sarpcenter.org.

October 7, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Peoples’ Self Help Housing, Opening Doors for Forty Years

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Event Raises More than $15,000 for Leukemia Research

“Light the Night” is big success in raising for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Nipomo, CA—More than $15,000 was raised in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at the highly successful “Light the Night” event held in Nipomo last month. On the evening of September 26, the event featured dinner and cocktails, as well as a silent auction, and was held at St. Joseph Church Hall in Nipomo.

Sponsored in part by Mike and Lisa Streator, and supported by 4th District County Supervisor Candidate and fellow Rotarian Paul Teixeira, the event was organized by a team of community members from the Nipo

Pictured, Left to Right: Steve Linscott, Rebecca Houseman, Desire Lyon, Debra Hodgekiss, Paul Arbogast, Debbie Houseman, Linda Mallut, Brian Houseman, Paul Teixeira, Mitch Houseman and Amie Linscott.

mo Rotary Club, led by Debbie Geaslen, and was intended not only to raise needed funds for life-saving research and patient services, but also to raise public awareness about this deadly disease.

According to statistics provided by the Leukemia and

Lymphoma Society, someone dies from a blood cancer every 10 minutes. That’s one death every six hours; with more deaths resulting from blood cancer among children and young adults than from any other cancer.

“Events like this support the research and new treatments that will help those numbers decline,” said Teixeira.

The donation will be given out at a regular meeting of the Nipomo Rotary Club.

October 5, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment