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The Drum Circuit celebrated its 20th anniversary in February. Steve Hilstein, founder of the shop and owner of its drum school, and shop owner Howard Emmons plan to celebrate this accomplishment with events throughout the year, including free monthly in-store drum clinics, a Drum 'N Jam Camp in June, drum clinics featuring major artists, and the 19th Annual Drum Competition in April, which features 26 local drummers who compete for prizes, with proceeds going to the SLO County Child Abuse Prevention Council. For more information, visit or

Through March 22, Rent-a-Center will host its Big Brothers Big Sisters Easter Egg fundraiser. Paper eggs can be purchased for donations of $1 or more and will be displayed at the store. Rent-a-Center is located at 1446 East Grand Ave. in the Spencer's Market shopping center in Arroyo Grande. For more information, call 781-3226.

Intern Angela Watkins compiled this week's Strokes and Plugs. Items for consideration should be e-mailed to

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