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The Children’s Museum has reopened its doors! The three-story, 8,400-square-foot facility offers children ages 2 to 12 (and their families) the opportunity to “explore, investigate and create” through a multitude of interactive and innovative exhibits. The new museum provides an exhibit that honors the museum’s roots and incorporates familiar town landmarks such as a diner, a fire station, medical office, bank trolley, performance stage, and farmers market. A 15-foot-tall sunflower teaches children about solar energy, and a three-part water system provides opportunities to investigate water. General admission costs $8; children two and younger are admitted for free. The Children’s Museum is located at 1010 Nipomo St., on the corner of Nipomo and Monterey. For information, call 805-545-5874 or visit…

Nominations for the Second Annual Isabel P. Ruiz Humanitarian Award are due Thursday, July 31. This award celebrates a local person for outstanding efforts in advocacy and caring of SLO County residents. Nomination forms are available online at under Featured Programs. Forms must be completed and received at P.O. Box 1580, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406, or faxed to 805-543-2346…

San Luis Obispo Senior Services, a new Web-based resource, lists professionals who serve seniors living on their own in San Luis Obispo County. The purpose of this online business is to promote professional businesses that serve seniors and to connect seniors directly to those services via the Internet. Professionals listed on the Web site come through personal referral, or after checking ratings through the Better Business Bureau or the Chamber of Commerce. Contact owner/administrator Linda Erwin at P.O. Box 2627, Avila Beach, CA 93424 or at 805-617-1760. Visit SLO Senior Services’ Web site at

Clever Concepts, a Web development company based in Paso Robles, has donated a brand new interactive Web site to the Charles Paddock Zoo, through the Atascadero nonprofit organization Central Coast Zoo Society. Thanks to Clever Concepts’ donation, said Ken Brokamp, CEO of the Central Coast Zoo Society, “funds earmarked for a new Web site can instead be reallocated to current renovations.” Go to Charles Paddock Zoo’s new Web site at for zoo news and information.

Intern Anna Weltner compiled this week’s Strokes and Plugs. Send your business news to [email protected]

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