Takin’ Care of Business 6-1-2023

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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.

June 5, 2023

Woods Waves Adult Cat Adoption Fees Through June 4

With nearly 200 kittens currently in foster care, and in anticipation of June being National Adopt a Cat Month, Woods Humane Society is holding the Purrfection is Priceless adoption promotion that waives adoption fees for adult cats (regularly $65-$80) through  Sunday, June 4. All adult and senior felines (age 5 months or older) are free to adopt.  

The nonprofit organization says that June often marks the height of kitten season on the Central Coast. The Purrfection is Priceless fee-waived cat adoption promotion aims to remove barriers to cat adoptions in order to make room for the 186 kittens currently in foster and soon to need shelter space in Woods catteries.

“Kitten season started early this year and has been steadily gaining momentum,” said Woods Interim CEO Emily L’Heureux. “We have taken in more than 300 kittens so far in 2023, including 257 who have needed foster care while awaiting veterinary services and shelter space. Meanwhile, as kittens start to become available for adoption, our adult cats often get overlooked and spend more time waiting to be adopted. We hope these nine days will help our older friends with ‘nine lives’ find their forever homes.”

L’Heureux said that in a typical year, Woods Humane Society sees a dip in adult-cat adoptions as soon as kitten season begins to surge. “Our adult cats are beautiful, sweet, loving, and ready to transition seamlessly into adopters’ lives and homes. They often do not require as much hands-on attention, exercise, or play time as younger kittens, making them perfect for new adopters or people who do not have as much time to devote to a new pet.”

All adult cats have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and treated for parasites. Adoptions also include a voluntary 30-day enrollment in complimentary pet insurance and a free wellness exam at a local vet clinic.

Woods Humane Society is located at 875 Oklahoma Ave., San Luis Obispo, CA, 93405, and at 2300 Ramona Rd., Atascadero, CA, 93422, and is open to the public from 12-5 p.m., with adoption hours from 12-4 p.m. (closed on Memorial Day). For more information about Woods, visit www.WoodsHumane.org or call (805) 543-9316. 

Rotary Golf Tournament Raises Scholarship Funds

Morro Bay Rotary Club Tournament Chair John Weiss and Billy Jr Fagundes during the recent golf tournament. 

The Rotary Club of Morro Bay recently held a fundraiser at the Morro Bay Golf Course raising more than $10,000 for local scholarships and non-profits.

“It was great to see several Morro Bay High School student golfers join our tournament and be assigned to several of our groups,” said John Weiss, tournament chair.  

Golf team winners included #1 at -6 Amit Patel, Jim Walter, and Jr. Golfer Nate Landwehr and three teams at -5 #2 Mimi Black, Evan Black, Kevin Cuda, and Jr. Golfer Talon Hawk #3 William Johnson’s team Billy, Jim, Ashlyn, and Ed #4 Jo Anne Miller, Sam Miller, Laney Wolfe, and Jr. Golfer Noah Kimbrell.

Sponsors include Chevron, Mechanics Bank, Harbor House, Hungry Fisherman, Horizon Realty & Property Management, Bay Auto & Tire, Hinson’s Tire, Central Coast School – Gene Appleby, Rotarian Barry Branin and Vivian, Coastal Real Estate – Christine Mc Donald-Weiss, Sub Sea Tours LLC, Dutchman’s Restaurant, Foster Freeze, Rotarian Rich Riedel and Linda, North County Adaptive Sports & Rec, Fitness Works, Coast Electronics – RadioShack, Carla’s Country Kitchen, Farmers Insurance – Aaron Trahan, JR Technologies – Jim Hodges, Harbor Hut, Tognazzini’s Dockside Restaurant, Mission Linen, Hay Printing, Capci Family Partnership, Sherry Sim Realtor, Wendy and Rotarian Keith George, Rotarian Mike Williams, Spencer’s Fresh Markets, Franklin Real Estate – Matt Franklin, and Doc Kleckner.

Volunteers were Mike Williams, Amit Patel, Mike & Bridgett Gerson, John Solu, Gary Stoner, Pauline Stansbury, Jilll Copsey, Patrick & Nanci Teter, Elsie Casida, Pete Zotovich, and Dan Costley..

Poly Wins Food Services Award

The Via Carta outdoor community space, which includes a 504-square-foot mural titled ‘Generosity,’ recently won a dining award 

The National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) awarded Cal Poly Campus Dining and its Via Carta outdoor community space a bronze. Camus Dining earned the 2023 Loyal E. Horton Dining Award for Retail Sales – Single Concept/ 

Multiple Concepts/Marketplace. 

“Via Carta was designed to be a dynamic celebration of the Central Coast, and it’s great to be recognized for the engaging gathering space we’ve created on campus,” said Jess Dozier, Campus Dining director. “Via Carta takes full advantage of the beautiful San Luis Obispo weather and creates the opportunity to get outside, put down your devices, relax, socialize and enjoy a meal together.” 

The Retail Sales category recognizes outstanding retail locations on campus that have innovative features and techniques. Through collaborative partnerships with other Cal Poly departments and outside contractors, Via Carta was completely revamped in just two months to create an outdoor space with comfortable shaded seating, inviting planter boxes with built-in seating and parklet-style landscaping. Located directly outside Campus Market, Via Carta is the fourth in a collection of outdoor community spaces that have been created to further support student success and enhance the campus experience for all members of the Cal Poly community. 

“With a new mobile kitchen, a barbecue pit and food truck area anchored by a vibrant mural, Via Carta is a festive space that can host events and serve as a daily gathering spot for the campus community to meet, eat and connect,” said Dozier. 

The NACUFS awards celebrate exemplary retail spaces, menus, presentations, special event planning and new dining concepts, and provides an avenue for sharing ideas and creative presentations in campus dining services. Winners are listed online at: https://www.nacufs.org/Awards/LoyalEHortonDiningAwards.

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