Takin’ Care of Business 11-30-2023

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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.

December 4, 2023

Cambia Hospitality Night

The Cambria Chamber of Commerce Hospitality Night takes place Monday, December 4 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Chamber officials are spreading the word. “We would love to hear from you if you are planning anything for that day.”

Main events in the Village from 3 to 7 p.m. Your business may celebrate all day if you want.

The festivities include:

• A decorating that started November 24

• There is a scavenger hunt again this year. By December 1, the Chamber will bring participants a poster, a wine glass to hide, and the QR code for people to register when they find your wine glass. Let the Chamber know you want to participate; we will come to all the businesses in person.

• Santa will meet with children in the East & West Villages.

• Music and food and fun throughout town.

• Real Estate Company of Cambria will have food and beverages at their offices.

• The Place will have 20% off store wide all day!

• University Women will be at the Historical Society. They are again pairing with the library to offer free books to children (babies through high school).

• Lights and demonstrations by the Lawn Bowlers Club at the Joslyn Center. AND free lessons inlawn bowling from 2:30 until dark.

• Hotdogs by the Sons of the American Legion outside the Chamber!

• Chips and lemonade provided by the American Legion Auxiliary outside the Chamber to go with your hotdog.

• Coffee and hot chocolate at the Cambria Coffee Company next to the Chamber!

• Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch & Preserve will be open for visitors next to Sandy’s Deli.

• Cutruzzola Vineyards will offer 2-for-1 tastings and 15% off for all in store purchases on Hospitality Night. We encourage all locals to stop in for a tasting, a glass of wine, or stock up on wine and merchandise. 

• Popcorn! and H.A.R.T. at Mimosa’s.

• Tree Lighting at the Cambria Historical Society! 

For more information, go to cambriachamber.org/hospitality-night-2023/.

12 Free Parking Days in Downtown SLO

Everyone will have 12 more reasons to support local businesses in downtown San Luis Obispo this holiday season – 12 Days of Free Parking.

“Community members can enjoy the festivities and shopping in our vibrant downtown San Luis Obispo and park for free on certain days this holiday season,” said Jennifer Rice, deputy director of Mobility Services for the City’s Public Works Department. “We invite the community to explore the heart of San Luis Obispo and support local businesses in person and park for free in the downtown public parking structures for one hour every day plus all day on the 12 Days of Free Parking. To spread even more holiday cheer, we are also offering free parking downtown during the annual holiday parade.”

The remaining 12 Days of Free Parking are only on the following days in all three public parking structures (842 Palm Street, 919 Palm Street, and 871 Marsh Street):

Sundays Dec. 3, 10 and 17, Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Christmas Day, Dec. 25, the day after Christmas, Dec. 26, New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 and New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.

SLO Transit Route 2A is Changing Soon

Two SLO Transit bus stops will be removed from Route 2A, but will continue to be serviced by other routes, to improve reliability and on-time service.

Community members who ride the bus in San Luis Obispo can soon expect improved reliability and on-time service on Route 2A. SLO Transit is realigning Route 2A and removing two stops effective December 1, 2023.

“We are continually improving our services to better meet the needs of the community. This minor realignment is a great example of flexible and responsive transit operations,” says Alex Fuchs, the City’s mobility services business manager.

Route 2A will no longer serve the bus stops Dalidio at Froom and Dalidio at Madonna, but these stops will continue to be available on SLO Transit Routes 2B, 3A, and 3B. SLO Transit Route 2A will instead now serve a nearby bus stop (Madonna at Oceanaire) 48 minutes after the hour.

SLO Transit bus riders are encouraged to contact Transit Dispatch at (805) 541-2877 along with visiting www.slotransit.org, or the SLO Transit app, for current service status prior to planning their trip.

For more information on routes and schedules, contact SLO Transit Dispatch by phone at (805) 541-2877, by email at slotransit@slocity.org, or online at www.slotransit.org. 

Tap the Power of Core Values

Spokes hosts Tapping the Hidden Power of Core Values on Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. This class is designed for nonprofit leaders—CEOs, executive directors, board members and others in leadership positions. This class is a live, in-person event held at People’s Self-Help Housing, 1060 Kendall Rd, San Luis Obispo, near SLO County. The cost is $70 for non-members, $45 for Spokes members

and $20 each additional person from the same member organization.

“Our nonprofit organizations have values. Each of us has values. They may be implicit,” Spokes said in a press release. “They may be explicit. They may be listed in our strategic plans, our brochures, and on our walls.

“But do we truly know what our core values are? Are we clearly aware of those most deeply held values that frame how we make decisions, build relationships and solve problems?”

Core values are the often-unseen drivers that propel you and your staff as you work to deliver your mission. Allowing them to remain unconscious sets your organization up for unpleasant and sometimes negative consequences.

The problem could be as simple as interoffice friction or as complicated as losing a major supporter. Understanding how to identify and effectively employ organizational and individual Core Values enables you to create success for you, your team, and those whom you serve.

In this workshop, participants will experience increased clarity about the measurable benefits of Core Values Mastery, a strategy you can use in your organization to help:

• Eliminate mission creep

• Improve and streamline team communication

• Strengthen client relationships

• Increase organizational productivity

• Attract highly qualified staff, board, and patrons

• Enhance community awareness

To register or find more information about the event, visit https://bit.ly/spokesvaluesworkshop.

AARP Tax-Aide Announces New Volunteer Recruitment 

Due to continuing demand for AARP Tax-Aide’s free tax preparation and e-filing services for seniors and low to moderate income taxpayers, the SLO County Tax-Aide program is seeking volunteers for the 2024 tax season. Volunteers are needed for both tax return preparer positions, as well as client facilitators, and call-center positions.  All volunteers will receive training and IRS certification.  

Qualified volunteers should: 

• Be reasonably skilled using a computer

• Have previously used tax preparation or other software

• Like working in a collaborative team environment

• And want to “Pay It Forward”

Then you may find AARP Tax-Aide a rewarding volunteer experience.  Go to www.ccfreetax.org, for information. The program has nine locations in the county spanning Paso Robles to Nipomo. 

AARP Tax-Aide has been providing tax preparation service to Central Coast residents for more than 30 years. The approximately 75 local AARP tax counselors and other volunteers are trained annually, are IRS certified, and provide services across the county at nine preparation sites. 

SLO Wayfarer Ribbon Cutting

A ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening party was held recently at the newly rebranded Wayfarer San Luis Obispo. The ceremony included the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, California State Senator John Laird, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo administration and faculty, and a special performance from the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo marching band. Senator Laird presented the hotel with a certificate of welcoming in honor of the property’s opening. 

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, guests enjoyed food and drinks from the hotel’s restaurant, Schoolyard Burgers & Brew, and browsed booths from local SLOCAL makers. Participating vendors included Infinity Metals SLO, The Mayan Collective, Peachy Pairs, Taddo’s Tallow, Central Coast Stitchworks and Forever Stoked Art. In addition, guests tried sips from local companies including Tablas Creek Winery, Tooth & Nail Winery, Antigua Brewing, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, SLO Cider and Sabe Ready to Drink Cocktails.

The Wayfarer SLO offers 100 boutique rooms and suites that mix collegiate flair with modern amenities, with design details like collage-style photographs on the walls, world globes and old-school typewriters throughout. 

Are you or a neighbor Taking Care of Business. Is your business, including non-profits, supporting our community? Maybe you’re launching a new business, or you’re making updates to your current business model, or re-opening. Perhaps you have a job opportunity, or have been doing some volunteer work, or are collaborating with another business or a non-profit. Or maybe you know someone who is. Submit your awesome local efforts for publication to Editor@EsteroBayNews.com.

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