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There will be a benefit barbecue and raffle on Jan. 26 to help fund the medical expenses of Chris Stillwell, an Arroyo Grande youth injured while riding his bike earlier this month. The barbecue will be hosted by Arroyo Grande Auto Sales at 1119 East Grand Ave. in Arroyo Grande. Food will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the raffle will feature items from local businesses, including Monument Skateboard and Esteem Surf Shop. Tickets for the barbecue are $10 and can be purchased at the event. Donations can also be made at any Rabobank location to the "Chris Stilwell Donation" fund. For more information, call 473-1144.

SLO Chai has recently expanded its business to include an online store. The website features more than 20 variations of certified organic tea, including a Brew-Your-Own-Chai Mix with instructions for making the spicy drink at home. The site also offers information on where SLO Chai's products are sourced so customers will know that farmers are paid fairly for the tea. To see the site for yourself, visit

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