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The first session of Cuesta College’s Astronomy Research Seminar (Physics 193 CRN 70873) will take place on Wednesday evening, Aug. 27 in room 2108 at the San Luis Obispo Campus. †The seminar leader, astronomer Dr. Russ Genet, will give a slide show talk on “Scientific Research with Small Telescopes,” while a highly experienced student researcher, Jo Johnson (“Aiming for the stars,” New Times, Aug. 14, 2008) will give a slide show on “Scientific Measurements of

Visual Double Stars.” †High-school students, senior citizens, and local amateur astronomers are all welcome to attend this first session of the seminar and, if interested, can register for the full semester-long seminar. †Seminar participants conduct original scientific research. Their findings are published in scientific journals. †Contact Russ Genet at 438-3305 or [email protected]. For†more information see

It’s time to run! The Coast Union High School American Field Service, a school organization for exchange students, is sponsoring the 17th Annual Pinedorado 5K Fun Run on Saturday, Aug. 30, beginning at Coast Union High School in Cambria. The race follows the Pinedorado parade trail. Proceeds will provide scholarships for local students to study abroad. Registration costs $15. For more information call 995-1432 or 927-4965. …

The San Luis Obispo County Department of Social Services will be hosting a foster care and adoption outreach session on Monday, Aug. 25and again on Tuesday, Oct.14, at 6:30 p.m. Sessions are open to anyone interested in adopting or becoming a foster parent. For more information call 781-1705 or visit the Department of Social Services office at 3433 Higuera Street, Room 115 in San Luis Obispo. …

The Coastal Surgical Institute has become the new outpatient surgical facility for the Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Coastal Cancer Care Center. The center will help patients navigate the multidisciplinary care plans for patients with all forms of cancer. For more information about the new center visit arroyo …

The Lions Club of Cambria is hosting Pinedorado Follies— evenings of silliness and craziness from Aug. 27 through 31. The show is directed by Shirley Kirkes Mar, who has worked with such stars as Steve Martin and Clint Eastwood. Tickets range from $15 to $30 and can be purchased at the Cambria Chamber of Commerce, 767 Main Street in Cambria or by calling 927-3624.

Intern Patrick R. Barbieri compiled this week’s Strokes and Plugs. Send your business news to [email protected].

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