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Can you hear me now? Beginning Jan. 12, and continuing every second Friday of the month, Advanced Hearing Aid Center will provide free hearing aid clinics at its Garden Creek office. The expert staff will be happy to check and replace batteries, conduct hearing tests, and answer all hearing-related questions starting at 2 p.m. Advanced Hearing Aid Center is located at 73 Broad St. (behind Albertsons on Foothill). For more info, call 543-2300 or 544-3277.

HopeDance films wants your creative and exciting bicycle footage for its annual bike film festival. Short films should be shorter than 10 minutes with a strong message in support of alternative transportation. This year's theme is "Shift Gears." Become the change you wish to see on the road, and become your own propaganda machine to spread the word. There will be first and second prizes given at the festival in May (bike month) and all the films will be available for viewing in the HopeDance library. Submissions can be sent (preferably in DVD form) to HopeDance films, P.O. box 15609, SLO, 93406 by April 20. For more info, call 544-9663 or visit hopedance.org.

The San Luis Obispo Downtown Association is looking for a local artist to design the 2007 Concerts in the Plaza promotional poster. Elements of music, movement, and community specifically Mission Plaza should be incorporated in the design. Artists should include examples of recent work, as well as a written proposal no later than Jan. 31. A formal outline can be obtained at downtownslo.com or by calling Kristin Dennis at 541-0286.

Bakers start your ovens! Enhancement, Inc., an organization dedicated to improving the lives of breast cancer survivors, is holding its fifth annual dessert baking extravaganza fundraiser on Jan. 25, 2 to 4p.m. at The Cliffs Resort. Prepare for an afternoon of entertainment and philanthropy with wine tasting, cheese, fresh-baked goodies, and live music. Sample the best that amateur and professional bakers have to offer, and then place your bid. Prizes (including an overnight stay and dinner at one of the Central Coast's best inns) will be given to the pastries that bring in the highest tender and for the best looking. All bakers who want to enter should cal 771-8640 by Jan. 22, or e-mail info@enhancementinc.com. The cost is $20 or $35 with a commemorative wine glass.

Kylie Mendonca compiled this week's Strokes and Plugs. Send your business news to rmiller@newtimesslo.com.

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