Estero Bay News Briefs 2-29-2024

Written by Theresa-Marie Wilson

Theresa-Maria Wilson has been a journalist covering the North Coast and South County area for over 20 years. She is also the founder of Cat Noir CC and is currently working on a novel.

March 1, 2024

Register for T-K and Kindergarten

San Luis Coastal Unitified School District registration and open enrollment for the 2024 – 2025 Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten school year begins March 4, 2024 and ends April 5, 2024. 

Families with students new to the district or wishing to transfer from one school to another should register during the open enrollment period. For school year 2024 – 2025, the dates to qualify for Transitional Kindergarten have expanded to students turning 5 between September 2, 2024 and June 2, 2025. 

Depending on space availability, students who have their 4th birthday by September 1 are allowed to be put on a waitlist; contact for details. The district webpage for Enrollment/Registration goes live on Monday, March 4. Visit for details.

Cheng Park in SLO Renovations

A distinct park in San Luis Obispo will get a new look while maintaining the original intent for the space. 

Renovation of LC YC Cheng Park in Downtown SLO on the corner of Marsh and Santa Rosa streets is underway.

Original elements of the Chinese Garden currently being restored include the water pond, pagoda, and updated landscape and irrigation systems. Solar lighting and ADA-accessible elements will be added.

The park was the vision of retired Cal Poly professor Alice Loh and her husband Larry, who transformed the 11,000 square foot area into a meditative Chinese Garden with a pavilion, pond, lions, and the original Tankhead Fish public art. It was built in 2005 and donated to the city in 2006.

The park commemorates the contributions of the Chinese laborers who settled along the creek starting in the mid-1870s. 

Free Pet Vaccinations at Woods in Atascadero

Woods Humane Society offers chances for free pet vaccination on March 9 and 23 as part of Petco Love’s National Pet Vaccination Month called Vaccinated and Loved. The program provides one million free pet vaccines to existing animal welfare partners, including Woods Humane Society, which has so far distributed 5,014 vaccines to SLO County pets in need. 

Spring, commonly known as “puppy and kitten season,” threatens young and vulnerable pets with an especially high risk of exposure to deadly and contagious diseases and viruses. To combat this risk, Petco Love and Woods Humane Society urge pet owners to protect their pets from deadly pet diseases like parvovirus and distemper in dogs, and panleukopenia in cats. These are the most prevalent deadly diseases affecting pets and are preventable with a simple vaccine — either the DAPPv Canine or the HCP Feline vaccine — which Petco Love’s initiative has made free and accessible. Woods will also offer other vaccines and services at low cost during the clinics.

Woods’ appointment-based Pet Vaccine Clinics for publicly owned pets takes place at the North County campus at 2300 Ramona Road in Atascadero, California on Saturday, March 9 and Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 Pet parents must make an appointment in advance at In order to qualify for free vaccines, pets must be six weeks or older, healthy, and owned (community outdoor cats do not qualify). Dogs must be on a leash, puppies under the age of four months must be carried, and cats must be in a secure cat carrier. More information is available at

In November 2023, Petco Love’s Vaccinated and Loved initiative reached its goal of distributing 2 million free pet vaccines.

For more information about vaccine distribution, contact Woods Humane Society by calling (805) 543-9316, or visiting 875 Oklahoma Ave., San Luis Obispo or 2300 Ramona Rd., Atascadero. Woods is open to the public daily from 12-5 p.m., with adoption hours from 12-4 p.m. Learn more about Petco Love’s impact at

NPR Journalists to Speak in SLO

KCBX Central Coast Public Radio is presenting a candid in-person discussion with two prominent NPR Journalists: Nathan Rott, NPR’s Environment & Climate Correspondent and Kelly McEvers, host of NPR’s Embedded podcast and previous host of NPR’s news program, “All Things Considered.” The event takes place on March 9, at 7 p.m., at SLO Brew Rock. Both Rott and McEvers have worked for NPR in varying roles and will share their experiences reporting on the global climate and from war zones.

As a correspondent on NPR’s National Desk, Rott primarily focuses on environmental issues and the American West. He has also spent time in Ukraine, reporting on the current war. In addition to serving as the host of NPR’s All Things Considered, McEvers has spent most of her career as an international correspondent, reporting from Asia, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 805-549-8855. Funds raised from this event benefit KCBX Central Coast Public Radio.

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