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The fourth annual Paso Robles Duck Derby will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on Oct. 23 at the Barney Schwartz Park come rain or shine.

Recreation Inc., a nonprofit organization to enhance park and recreation services and facilities in Paso Robles, organized the event. This is the first year the event will take place at the Barney Schwartz Park. For the past three years, the event took place in a ravine near Sherwood Park, and water had to be brought in to create a flowing creek. Because of water conservation in the city this year, Barney Schwartz Park was a more logical place to hold the derby since a manufactured pond already exists there. Recreation Services Manager Charlotte Gorton expects the event to garner community support and participation as it has in the past.

“We don’t usually get a big turnout at the derby itself, but we sell about 1,500 ducks beforehand,� said Gorton. Supervisor Harry Ovitt, Chair of Recreation Inc. Greg Haas, and Police Chief Dennis Cassidy are several of the local celebrities who will be tossing rings at the ducks during the event. If a ring lands around the duck’s neck, whoever purchased that duck wins a prize. Prizes range from the grand prize of $1,000 to a three-month membership at a local health club. Individuals can purchase a single duck before the event for $10 or a floatation of ducks for $50.

“Last year’s event raised about $10,000,� said Gorton. “The money was used to purchase shade structures for the two community pools and to buy a defibrillator for the municipal pool.� Ducks will also be for sale the day of the derby. For more information, call Charlotte Gorton at 237-3987, or the Parks and Recreation Department at 237-3988.



Fourth- and fifth-grade students at Bellevue Santa Fe Charter School have been busy growing pumpkins for a program called Ag-Grow. These aren’t your average pumpkins. One pumpkin, affectionately named “Mucho Grande� by the students, is an incredible 512 lbs! On Oct. 21, at the Avila Beach Farmers’ Market, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., this giant of a pumpkin will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Luckily, delivery of Mucho Grande is included in the bid. Advanced bids can be sent via fax to 595-7556. …

… Think pink. As in The Pink Flamingo. Located at 251 Higuera St., this shop sells vintage clothing, mid-century furnishings, and collectibles. If you’re looking for a costume for a party or a special occasion, this just might be the place for you. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call owner Anthony Nelson at 785-0980. …

… Mary Donnelly’s World Class Dance Company will present a multicultural dance show in honor of the United Nations’ 59th anniversary. The show, titled, “A Salute to the United Nations and UNICEF,� starts at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23 at Unity of San Luis Obispo, 1490 Southwood Drive. Unity of San Luis Obispo is a spiritual organization that supports local and global arts and humanitarian ideals. Donations will be accepted at the event. For more information, call 543-9955. …

… The Birth and Baby Resource Network will present author and guest speaker Barbara Harper, R.N., on Oct. 25 at the SLO Public Library Auditorium from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Barbara Harper is founder of Water Birth International, an organization that facilitates maternity care reform by addressing issues facing parents and practitioners, and advocates for water births. Harper’s presentation, titled, “The Passion of Birth: Helping women with their fears,� is free and open to the public. Call 546-3755 for more information. …

… Arroyo Grande has a new Longs Drugstore and Pharmacy. Grand opening activities are scheduled for Oct. 22, which include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, refreshments, drawings, a live broadcast of Sunny Country 102.5 FM, and free pictures with Scooby Doo and
Mr. Tip Crayola. Also, Scott Taylor from Coast 101.3 FM will be broadcasting live from Longs on Oct. 30. The new store is located at 1435 Grand Ave. For store
hours and more information, log on to ³

This week’s Strokes & Plugs was compiled by intern Brenda Wiley. Associate Editor Kat deBakker contributed. Fax info to 546-8641.


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