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Go ape: Monkey Spit hot sauce and seasonings company has qualified for a Kiva Crowd Funded Loan, which means they can keep doing what they do best (making our mouths burn so good). The Nipomo-based company is moving into a new facility, and they will even be able to provide canning services to help other sauce companies produce products. Learn more at cattaneobros.com ... Arroyo Grande takes pride in the old-fashioned family fun, and the Harvest Festival is a prime example of this time-honored tradition. Held the last full weekend in September, (this year, Sept. 28 and 29), the event serves as a tribute to agriculture, the area's leading industry (learn more at agharvestfestival.com) ... Cocktail month continues! All September long, restaurants across SLO County are featuring cool cocktails made with locally distilled spirits. Don't forget to vote for your favorite cocktail on slococktailmonth.com. (The Grand Cocktail Event on Oct. 6 will award the most popular drinks.) Δ

Hayley Thomas Cain enjoys the spit of the monkey. She can be reached at hthomas@newtimesslo.com.

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