The Lucia Mar Unified School District has board approved schematic plans and Phillips Metsch Sweeney Moore Architects were granted approval on a contract to complete the designs for a new 10,500-square-foot, multi-use building on the campus of Paulding Middle School in Arroyo Grande.

PMSM Architects/ Jim Moore will serve as principal architect and Fred Sweeney will be the principal designer and Debra Smith will be the project manager.

Estimated construction cost is ,1.9 million.

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Business sponsors are being sought for the Ninth Annual San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. These major sponsorships range from ,350 to ,10,000. Call 546-3456 for information.

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American Medical Response has added Cristin Senior to its staff as an emergency medical technician.

The Lompoc native was raised in Santa Maria and graduated from Righetti High. He earned EMT and fire technician training at Hancock College. Prior to joining AMR, Senior spent two years with the Orcutt Fire Department as a volunteer. He continues to serve as a volunteer.

The Buellton-based AMR operates more than 25 emergency and non-emergency vehicles in the county and employs 100. In 2000, AMR responded to more than 20,000 requests for ambulance or emergency services and transported more than 16,000 patients.

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Certified Financial Planner Barbara Steveson from Blakeslee & Blakeslee will present a number of seminars in September and October. A no-fee class at Hancock College will cover a range of investing topics from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Sept. 18. Topics include investing for life, the new tax laws, protecting financial assets and planning your estate. For Information, pick up a Spectrum class schedule and fax your registration for ticket #8313 to 352-1046.

Steveson will also present a class for women on "How To Achieve Wealth" at the Solvang Center Sept. 29 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and on Oct. 6 at the same time. For information on both groups of classes, call 922-6966, Ext. 3209.

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If you needed long-term care, how would you pay for it? That is the question to be explored in a Prudential Financial seminar to be sponsored at Best Western Big America Thursday.

Two sessions are offered. The first is from 10:30 a.m. to noon and the second from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

A spouse or friend is welcome at the free event, but reserve seating by calling 614-9770.

n Vern Ahrendes can be reached at 739-2221 or by e-mail at vahrendes@pulitzer.net. John A. Read can be reached at 739-2220 or by e-mail at jread@pulitzer.net.

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