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After a 20-year absence, the annual California Fireman's Muster will come to Morro Bay on June 2 and 3. The event will include a competition between fire departments from throughout the state, showing off their firefighting skills for all to see. The event begins Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with a parade of fire engines down Morro Bay Boulevard. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the competition will take place in front of the old fire station at 715 Harbor St. On Sunday, the competition will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fire muster is free to the public. For more information, check out the California Firemen's Muster Association's web site at www.californiamuster.com.

For anyone seeking exceptional accommodations on the Central Coast, Hotel Cheval in downtown Paso Robles offers luxury and sophistication. Opened in April, Hotel Cheval features 16 rooms, each thoughtfully and individually composed with a classic and stylish flair featuring a hint of contemporary design. Each room offers cozy windows, seats, fireplaces, outdoor patios, fountains, and European artifacts, complemented by the amenities of modern living and leisure (flat screen TVs, DVD players, wireless Internet, and more). In addition to the rooms, Hotel Cheval also offers guests amenities, such as a courtyard decked out with fireplaces, a library, and the Pony Club a Parisian inspired horseshoe-shaped bar. For more information about Hotel Cheval, peruse their web site at www.hotelcheval.com.

Tuesday, June 5, marks Hunger Awareness Day, and the San Luis Obispo Food Bank Coalition is challenging everyone to help out on this day of giving. The Food Bank Challenge has been organized to encourage everyone to make an effort to donate at least one dollar to fight hunger in SLO. The Food Bank Coalition uses the money to buy food and distribute it to more than 140 nonprofit groups to feed thousands of hungry people. According to the Food Bank, more than 25,000 local residents benefited from last year's event. For more information about the Food Bank Challenge or how you can get involved, call the Food Bank Coalition at 238-4664.


Intern Tyler Wise compiled this week's Strokes and Plugs. Send items for consideration to rmiller@newtimesslo.com or kmendonca@newtimesslo.com.

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