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Several local organizations have come together to raise funds for the family of Alanna Williams, the 10-year-old Los Osos girl nearly drowned when she was swept out to sea just north of Morro Rock. Though her condition is stable, her health is fragile and she remains hospitalized at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. A benefit barbecue is scheduled for April 1, from 3-6 p.m. at Nazarene Church in Los Osos. Good food for a great cause, $8/person. For more info call 550-4255.

 Paso Robles High School students interested in trade, technical and skilled services just got a big boost, thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Midland Pacific Homes’ charitable organization. The grant will go toward purchasing equipment and gear to assist students in regional, state, and national competitions in wiring, plumbing, sheet metal and welding. The organization is dedicated to providing grants to support worthy causes within communities where Midland Pacific homes are built. Written requests for grant opportunities can be sent to 6995 El Camino Real, Suite 200, Atascadero, CA 93422.

 New technology has advanced the world of plastic surgery, allowing the age-wearied to gain back their youthful glow without having to go under the knife. Central Coast Facial Surgery Center in Templeton is leading the pack in ground-breaking, non-invasive face-lift technology, and now they’re offering the ThermaCool system, a cosmetic procedure recently approved by the FDA for rejuvenating not only the face, but the entire body. A fast, alternative way to tighten up unwanted loose skin. For more info on how you can reclaim your youthful appearance, call 434-5960. ∆

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