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Blue Roo Crew Rocks “Strike the Stigma” Bowl-a-Thon

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

On Friday, February 28 the Blue Rooster Telecom team aka “Blue Roo Crew” descended on Pismo Bowl to have some fun with other local technology companies while raising money for Transitions Mental Health Association. Our mascot, Blue Roo, enjoyed sampling the local beers and cheering on the team as they bowled the night away. Team members Jeff Buckingham and Paul Tourdot took their bowling uniforms to a new level by adding “rooster tails” – which seemed to be good luck because the “Blue Roo Crew” was announced as the top fundraising team of the evening with a total of $880 raised. The brood had a lot of fun raising money for a great cause, and Blue Roo can’t wait to hit the lanes again soon to work on his skills for next year!

Click here to learn more about Transitions Mental Health Association and all the great work they do in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.

Parading Around Town

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

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One of Blue Roo’s favorite holiday traditions is getting festive and seeing all of his adoring fans at the San Luis Obispo Holiday Parade. The annual event, hosted by the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association on December 6th, was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.

This year as always, Roo wanted to be the center of attention. So he took it upon himself to rewrite the lyrics to the popular hit “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” to make it all about roosters, of course. The crow-filled soundtrack played as the Blue Rooster Telecom float full of wild animals (actually Blue Rooster staff, our families, clients and friends) made its way through the crowd. If you missed the parade, click play below to listen to the song!


The Blue Rooster Telecom team had a fabulous time dancing and crowing our way through the streets as we wished happy holidays to everyone in the crowd. It seems like every year the Blue Rooster float gets even better. So we’re already looking forward to the fun that will happen in 2014!

Blue Rooster Brood at the SLO Holiday Parade

Jeff, Johane, Mallory and other members of the Blue Rooster brood greet the crowds and dance their way through the streets.

Blue Rooster Float for the Downtown SLO Holiday Parade

Bunnies, penguins, pandas, and many more animals catching a lift on the Blue Rooster Telecom float.

Episode 66—Blue Roo’s “Staycation” at SummerWood Winery & Inn

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Written by: Chelsea Franza

“Staycation:” a vacation spent close to home.

Looking for your own perfect “staycation?” Look no further than the newly remodeled SummerWood Winery & Inn in Paso Robles. Thanks to Inn Manager (and Executive Chef) Kelly Wangard, Blue Roo enjoyed an exclusive tour.

The beautiful, newly remodeled SummerWood Winery and Inn.

The beautiful, newly remodeled SummerWood Winery and Inn.

The Inn and surrounding gardens were given more than just a face lift from local architect Greg Wynn and Ricigliano Construction. A demonstration kitchen and outdoor dining space now compliment SummerWood’s newly refurbished guest rooms and grounds. The inn sleeps up to 22 people and each guest is treated to a farm-fresh, cooked-to-order breakfast, afternoon wine and appetizers, evening dessert and coffee, and so much more! Each room features an outdoor patio and seating area, culinary inspired bath and body products from Paso Robles based Oluv Skin, embroidered robes,  and caramel candies from Sugar+Spoon Caramels. With vintage elegance, a stay at the SummerWood Inn is the perfect get-away!

Check out photos of the inn below or visit the SummerWood Winery and Inn Facebook page.

Blue Roo checking-in at the inn.

Blue Roo checking-in.

Blue Roo loved the cozy rooms at the inn.

Big beds in every room, just what Blue Roo likes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Roo Loved the bathrobes, he could lounge all day!

Blue Roo Loved the bathrobes, he could lounge all day!

Blue Roo relaxing by the fire.

Blue Roo relaxing by the fire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Roo in hit water with Inn Keeper and Executive Chef Kelly!

Blue Roo in hot water with Inn Manager and Executive Chef, Kelly!

The brand new demonstration kitchen at the inn.

The new demonstration kitchen at the inn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor seating area to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

Outdoor seating area to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SummerWood Winery & Inn has a full calendar of upcoming events, including a Farmer’s Market cooking demonstration on September 28 and a Yoga Retreat with Laura Narayani!

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EPISODE 65—SLO I Madonnari Festival

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Written by: Chelsea Franza

Since the 16th century, the Madonnari (Italian street painters) have worked their magic with colored chalk on pavement in Italy. This weekend, local artists become Madonnari to transform San Luis Obispo’s Mission Plaza into a colorful and creative canvas. The “I Madonnari Festival”, September 7th & 8th, benefits the Children’s Creative Project, a non-profit arts education organization.

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The festival is co-presented by the Central Coast Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Blue Roo met local AIA president Heidi Gibson to learn more about the festival. Heidi, a partner at Studio 2 G Architects, LLP, explained the SLO Madonnari are volunteer artists and children from local art programs. These street painters will fill 200 pre-designated pavement squares with unique works of chalk art.

Paintings from last year's festival.

Paintings from last year’s festival.

The squares are sponsored by businesses, organizations and individuals. Blue Roo sponsored a square for a local child to paint. He is hoping for a cool red barn, corn fields, or a beautiful hen profile in his square! With artists, live music, and food, the festival is a great way to enjoy a beautiful weekend in San Luis Obispo! If you feel a surge of creativity, or if you’d like to give an opportunity to a young local art student, square sponsorships are still available. Contact Shelley Triggs at (805) 927-1697 for more information.

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With the info from Heidi of Studio 2G (an I Madonnari sponsor), Blue Roo is ready to enjoy the festival!Specializing in environmental and LEED designs, Studio 2G focuses on sustainable projects. The firm recently received an AIA California Central Coast Chapter Award of Merit for its work on the Shale Oak Winery in Paso Robles (pictured below).

Blue Roo with Studio 2 G's award winning Shale Oak Winery design.

Blue Roo with Studio 2 G’s award winning Shale Oak Winery design.

 

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EPISODE 64—Blue Roo visits Woods Humane Society

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Written by: Chelsea Franza

Blue Roo’s crowing with excitement over the changes at Woods Humane Society! With expansion projects and new outreach programs, there is so much to crow, bark, and meow about at Woods! Blue Roo flew the coop to visit with Woods Executive Director, Cory Karpin, and get a bird’s eye view of the changes.

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A professional K9 training room, new adoption play yard and plenty of outdoor event space are just a few of the new additions currently in the works (those are pet memorial walls you see behind Cory).  Woods also recently hired a professional canine trainer and dedicated Humane Education Coordinator.  Together they’ll take full advantage of all of the new space with training classes, canine demonstrations, lectures and community events.  Check out offerings such as C.H.A.R.M. School (Changing Habits and Reinforcing Manners) and Petit Pals!

Cory and Blue Roo in front of the new memorial walls.

Cory and Blue Roo in front of the new memorial walls.

No trip to Woods would be complete without visiting some furry friends (Woods didn’t have any hens on hand for Blue Roo to flirt with!) Blue Roo met Sheeba, a five-year-old Mastif mix, and Ceasar, a one-and-a-half-year-old Chihuahua Terrier mix. Don’t be fooled by their sizes, Sheeba is a sweetheart who loves to play, and Ceasar loves attention and completing obstacle courses!

Ceasar loves to do tricks.

Ceasar loves to do tricks.

 

Sheeba gives Blue Roo Kisses.

Sheeba gives Blue Roo Kisses.

 

 

Blue Roo had a blast hanging out with the kittens and cats in the Cattery. Housing over 45 cats at a time, the Cattery is a unique space for cats to nap, play, and explore! Cats typically spend three times longer in the shelter than dogs, but Woods helps to place cats by labeling each one with their Feline-alities. With traits like “sidekick”, “party animal”, and” love bug” it’s fun to find the perfect cat!

The kittens loved Blue Roo!

The kittens loved Blue Roo!

 

 

Blue Roo enjoys a cat nap in the Cattery.

Blue Roo enjoys a cat nap in the Cattery.

 

More than just a local non-profit adoption center, Woods offers training and education programs, performs over 3,000 surgeries a year, and handles spaying and neutering for SLO County. With programs like Critter Camp (summer camp for local kids age 9-12) and assisted living home visits, Woods works to educate the community about furry friends and teach compassion for animals! Woods-Cashin-Surgery-Suite

 

 

Want to support Woods? Join the Wiggle Waggle Walk for Woods (a one mile pledge walk through Downtown SLO) on Saturday, October 19th at Mitchell Park in SLO. The 21st annual Wiggle Waggle Walk features a K9 costume contest, pet fair & lunch, and exciting raffle!  Register online at woodshumane.org/walk

 

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EPISODE 63—Blue Roo Goes Back-to-School Shopping at MacSuperstore

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Written by: Chelsea Franza

Fall is just around the corner…. Leaves are beginning to turn, the sun is setting earlier, roosters are crowing later, and families are back-to-school shopping. There’s nothing Blue Roo loves more than back-to-school shopping! After a visit to MacSuperstore Blue Roo is going back to school in style. MacSuperstore is a locally-owned Apple Specialists store (next to Target on Los Osos Valley Road), helping customers with cutting-edge technology for 15 years.

What’s on Blue Roo’s back-to-school list? A MacBook Pro (to edit all his pictures and videos for Instagram,) Bluetooth speakers (to rock out to the Counting Crows after school,) and so much more!

Blue Roo is all ready for school thanks to MacSuperstore!

Blue Roo is all ready for school thanks to MacSuperstore!

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MacSuperstore Sales Manager, Will, helped Blue Roo get all the coolest Apple products and accessories for the new school year! You can get everything on your back to school list, and more, at MacSuperstore’s 15th Anniversary Sale on August 23 and 24!

 

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EPISODE 62—“FOREEEEEE” Blue Roo Visits Monarch Dunes Golf Club

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Written by: Chelsea Franza

Since Blue Rooster Telecom is hosting the 2nd Annual Imagination Park Fall Classic (a golf tournament benefitting Jack’s Helping Hand and the Jack Ready Imagination Park) Blue Roo needs to brush up on his golf swing. What better place to practice than at Monarch Dunes Golf Club in Nipomo? The Imagination Park Fall Classic (September 13) is at Monarch Dunes, and Blue Roo got a sneak peak at the club.

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The team at Monarch let Blue explore the two courses via golf cart. The Old Course was built in 2006 (not too old if you ask Blue) and the Challenge Course debuted in 2008.  A 12-hole, par 3 course, the Challenge Course is perfect for golfers of all levels. So if your handicap is like Blue Roo’s, this course is for you. In August you can hit a round for only $12!

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Who knew roosters could drive?

Besides the two courses, Monarch Dunes also has a driving range and putting green. Blue Roo couldn’t resist hitting some balls but his chicken wing got in the way. What he lacks in drive, he makes up for in putting! Blue Roo sure has an eye for reading greens.

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After driving around the courses, Blue stopped at the Butterfly Grille for a drink! On Wednesdays and Thursdays the grill is open from 5-8pm. He also tried on some cool swag in the pro shop…but they don’t have anything in rooster size.

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Blue Roo can’t wait for the tournament on September 13!  To learn more about the event, or to participate and start a team, visit the event website (www.imaginationparkfallclassic.com).

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EPISODE 61—Blue Roo Visits the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Written by: Chelsea Franza

What does every young rooster dream of doing? Going to summer camp, of course! Blue Roo recently attended the Artrageous Summer Camp at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, unleashing his inner artist. Blue posed for the “learn to draw what you see” class for ages 9-12, and then explored his inner Picasso at the “make your own colors” class for 5-6 year olds.

Blue Roo posing for the "learn to draw what you see" art class.

Blue Roo posing for the “learn to draw what you see” art class.

Artrageous Summer Camp offers six, week long sessions, from 9am-12pm, with classes for children aged 5-12. With two more sessions this summer (Jul 29-Aug 2 and Aug 5-Aug 9), there is still opportunity to get your little rooster into camp. For more information or to enroll in camp visit the SLOMA website.

Blue Roo at ARTrageous Summer Camp.

 

“Established in 1958, the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art’s focus is on exhibitions, education, collections and outreach that convey artistic knowledge to residents and travelers, represents the region’s artists, and presents engaging visual art to diverse regional audiences,” says Museum Executive Director Karen Kile. While at the museum, Blue Roo viewed the Mark Beck exhibit (currently on display in the gallery.) Blue Roo loved Beck’s rural-focused paintings but felt he should have included a picture of a rooster!

Blue Roo admiring Mark Beck's work on display in the museum gallary.

Blue Roo admiring Mark Beck’s work on display in the museum gallary.

Blue Roo loves the museum and wishes he could spend all summer at the Artrageous Summer Art Camp!

 

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EPISODE 60- Blue Roo visits Festival Mozaic

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Written by: Chelsea Franza

 
Central Coast summers are full of hiking, going to the beach, and attending farmer’s markets for Blue Roo. With so much to do, it’s impossible not to crow about our community. One of Blue’s favorite summer activities is enjoying the Summer Music Festival (July 16-28) from Festival Mozaic. Blue Roo flew the coop to chat with Festival Mozaic Executive Director Bettina Swigger and learn all about the upcoming event.

A highlight of San Luis Obispo County since 1971, Festival Mozaic (originally called the Mozart Festival) is entering its 43rd season of bringing world class musicians to San Luis Obispo at venues all over the county.  While the festival is a renowned music event it’s not all about music, local artist Drew Davis produced an original piece, Trio, to be featured on the cover of the festival program!

Trio is featured on the cover of the festival program and the original piece will be part of an ongoing silent auction.

Trio is featured on the cover of the festival program and the original piece will be part of an ongoing silent auction.

The opening event, “Classical Musicians Doing Un-Classical Things” at the Cuesta College Cultural & Performing Arts Center (July 17 at 7:30 p.m) is part of the festival “fringe” series where classically trained musicians perform experimental and innovative pieces. A highlight of the performance will be the world premiere of Patrick Zimmerli’s new quintet, Parisian Memories, Parisian Dreams.  Blue Roo has always wanted to visit Paris but he might have to settle for listening to Zimmerli’s new piece!

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Blue Roo of Blue Rooster Telecom visits San Luis Obispo Festival Mozaic Executive Director Bettina Swigger.

The historical SLO Mission is the venue for two performances, including “Festival Orchestra: Baroque in the Mission” (July 18th at 8 p.m.).  “I love seeing this kind of music performed in such beautiful places. Venues like the Mission or Chapel Hill make the event more memorable,” says Swigger. Tickets for events are available at the Festival Mozaic website.

Blue Roo not only learned all about the Summer Music Festival but also a little about Swigger herself. Originally from New Mexico and Colorado, Swigger relocated to San Luis Obispo specifically for Festival Mozaic. This Summer Music Festival will be Swigger’s 3rd summer as director. “I love the people, places, and the music. People love the festival and they are so passionate about the event. It really gives the community the opportunity to connect with musicians,” says Swigger.

No visit to the Festival Mozaic office would be complete without a picture with Mozart and Swigger’s K-9 friend Annyong (meaning hello in Korean!). Blue Roo is ready for the Summer Music Festival, are you?!

Annyong is such a jokester… he kept making faces at the camera!

Annyong is such a jokester… he kept making faces at the camera!

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EPISODE 59—Blue Roo Donates to Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Written by: Chelsea Franza

Blue Roo loves to support local non-profits with the Blue Rooster Telecom Community Partners Program. Last week he visited Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County. Jeff Buckingham, Blue Rooster Telecom President, and Blue Roo presented the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors with a check for $500! Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County provides strong and enduring one-to-one relationships for children facing life challenges, changing their lives for the better. They help children achieve greater confidence and better relationships, avoid risky behaviors, and reach educational success. Blue Roo is ecstatic to support a program helping local children and families; it makes him cock-a-doodle-do all day!

Blue Rooster Telecom President, Jeff Buckingham with Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors: Jim Hamari, Karen Colombo, Mark Stasinis, and Brett Whitaker.

Blue Rooster Telecom President, Jeff Buckingham with Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors: Jim Hamari, Karen Colombo, Mark Stasinis, and Brett Whitaker.

 

You can join Blue Roo in supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County. Sunday, June 23, is their “Big Event Wine Tasting and Auction” from 2-6pm at the Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo.  To purchase tickets visit theBig Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County website.

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