Events and Activities 1-18-2024

Written by Theresa-Marie Wilson

Theresa-Maria Wilson has been a journalist covering the North Coast and South County area for over 20 years. She is also the founder of Cat Noir CC and is currently working on a novel.

January 19, 2024

The Feline Network Humane Organization is looking for folks to help stray cats and give back to your community. They are looking for volunteers to help with the Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) Program in the Nipomo and 5-Cities areas. You provide your time; they provide all of the tools you need to prevent cat overpopulation and improve the lives of cats in our community. 

For the past 22 years, the Feline Network Humane Organization has provided TNR education and services within SLO County. It is a non-profit humane organization established to reduce cat overpopulation through spaying/neutering and public education and to rescue homeless cats and kittens and place them in permanent homes. 

The Feline Network is an all-volunteer organization that works with local veterinarians who generously donate their time and provide medical services at discounted fees. They average 1,500 spay/neuters each year.

 For information on adoptions, low-cost spay/neuter, help with feral cats or to volunteer or donate, contact them at 805-556-0717 OR (549-9CAT) or online at www.felinenetwork.org.

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The Morro Bay High School Drama Program invites all to their presentation of “Little Women” performed Friday, 1/26 at 7 p.m., Saturday, 1/27 at 2 p.m., Saturday, 1/27 at 7 p.m., Friday, 2/2 at 7 p.m., Saturday, 2/23 at 2 p.m., Saturday, 2/23 at 7 p.m. All shows are in the Morro Bay High School Theater, 235 Atascadero Road, Morro Bay. Tickets are $12/child and $15/adult.  Tickets can be purchased at www.mbhsdrama.com.  For questions contact K. Kostecka at kkostecka@slcusd.org or 951-428-7592. 

Pictured are: Jocelyn Ocampo-Mateo as Amy, Josephine Davis as Jo, Justine Mayo as Beth and Valerie Merson as Meg.

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On Sunday, January 21, from 2-4 p.m., join the Los Osos Valley Garden club for a presentation by Thomas Gratz of Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI). Gratz was involved in the development and commissioning of the San Luis Obispo Kompogas Facility as well as other projects in the U.S. HZI’s state-of-the-art anaerobic digestion facility in SLO has been converting organic waste into carbon-neutral biogas and high-grade natural compost since September 2018.

Gratz will discuss how to utilize organic waste as a resource to produce renewable energy and beneficial soil amendments, instead of disposing of it in landfills where it creates greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate warming. He will explain the differences between composting and anaerobic digestion, which is the process used at the SLO Facility. A member talk by Dave Keitel on Home Composting will precede Gratz’s presentation.

The meeting takes place at First Baptist Church of Los Osos, 1900 Los Osos Valley Rd., Los Osos (cross street Lariat Drive) and is free and open to the public. No signup/registration is required to attend. If you have any questions, email club President, Wendy McKeown at info@lovgardenclub.org.

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Guest artist Anne Hege and Cal Poly Music Department faculty member Julie Herndon present an electronic music concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). 

Hege, in her “Divining Wisdom Part II,” will weave together works for her analog live-looping recorder with compositions for live voice, electronics and video. Herndon will perform a selection from new works for extended keyboard instruments augmented with electronics. 

Hege’s tape machine, which she constructed in 2009, is a portable instrument with three hacked cassette players — one recording tape head and two playback points running a handmade tape loop. 

The works will be juxtaposed with pieces from her New Prosthetics project from 2006-20, in which live vocal processing and electronics extend and expand the power of the voice in an augmentation of the human body. The set explores the creation of balance between these very different worlds. 

Herndon performs a selection from her “Electronic Etudes,” a collection that seamlessly integrates acoustic keyboard instruments and live electronics, ranging from the intricate world of recording and audio effects to the realms of analog and digital synthesis. “These pieces for extended keyboard instruments explore the body’s relationship to the piano, the keyboard, the synthesizer and other forms of tempered technology,” she said. Each piece explores the nature of touch and gesture relating to the piano and its performance practice.  

The concert is free and open to the public For more information, visit the Music Department’s calendar website or call 805-756-2406.

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The following are free events brought to you by the Los Osos Library 2075 Palisades, Ave, 805-528-1862.

•Book Discussion – Thursday, January 18, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Since December was cancelled because of the rain, we will be having a “Celebration of Reading”. Bring your favorite book to share! No need to sign up ahead of time. Just show up! Call the library for details.

• Button Making – Friday, January 19, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Zap! Pow! Learn how to create characters, draw backgrounds, build a story and more during a fun comics-filled afternoon! Paper, pens and pencils provided – you bring the inspiration. For ages 8-18.

•Beginner Coding – Friday, January 26, 2 – 4 p.m. Hands on coding fun for kids! Come tinker with Cubetto robots, a Let’s Go Code set and a Robot Mouse. For ages 3+.

•Teen Advisory Board Interest Meeting – Saturday, January 27, 3 – 4 p.m. Calling all teens! Looking for volunteer or community service hours? Help Librarian Emily create a new Teen Advisory Board! Participation can be listed on job, scholarship and college applications. Help plan teen events, create content for social media, create contest ideas, recommend books, movies and more. Tell us what rad stuff you want to see happen! There will be snacks. For ages 12-18.

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There is a Call to Artists for March /April at Cambria Center for the Arts. Community artists are invited to submit two- and three-dimensional art for the upcoming Cambria Center for the Arts (CCA) exhibit entitled, “Bird’s Eye View: The Architectural Landscapes of the Central Coast.” 

The show opens on March 1, 2024, and runs through April 28, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, March 2 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the evening. Artists may submit their work online from February 23 until February 27, or, alternatively, may drop off their art on the Exchange Day, February 27, from 10 a.m. until noon. For details regarding submission requirements, the CCA website: www.cambriaarts.org.

 The featured artist will be local resident Tigg Morales. Tigg has created art throughout her life in one form or another, including interior design and architectural drafting. She received a degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo ingraphic communications. Eventually, she found her way to painting. She works with both oils and watercolors, in her studio and outdoors. She is inspired by the natural beauty of the sea, the trees, and the charming communities tucked along the coastline.

Tigg’s paintings capture various views across San Luis Obispo County, merging natural and architectural elements that cannot be seen from street level. 

Photo courtesy of CCA.

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Free upcoming January programs at the Morro Bay Library – 625 Harbor St, (805) 772-6394

• Legos – Wednesday, January 17, 3 – 5 p.m.

Come to the Morro Bay Library and build amazing creations with Legos!

• Teen Advisory Board – Saturday, January 20, 3 – 4 p.m.

Looking for volunteer or community service hours? Help Librarian Emily plan teen events, create contest ideas, recommend books, movies and more. There will be snacks. For ages 12-18.

• Beginner Coding – Wednesday, January 24, 3 – 5 p.m.

Hands on coding fun for kids! Come tinker with Cubetto robots, a Let’s Go Code set and a Robot Mouse. For ages 3+.

• Nintendo Switch – Wednesday, January 31, 3 – 5 p.m.

Master your gaming skills and make new friends with our Nintendo Switch! We will provide one Switch for up to 4 players at a time – feel free to bring your own too. Games include Mario Kart and Just Dance.

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Art Center Morro Bay Presents Birds of the Winter Garden Interactive Watercolor Workshop on January 26, 2024 from noon – 3 p.m. This 3-hour workshop introduces students to the basics of drawing and watercolor painting techniques, mixing colors and color application. This class will emphasize the steps artists take to create accurate images of birds using watercolors.

Students will experience step-by-step demonstrations that allow for individual guidance and real-time interactions between the teacher and participants. The goal will be to complete a watercolor painting of a winter garden scene with a bird as the subject.

This class is appropriate for those with no prior experience, or anyone who wishes to improve their skills. Questions should be addressed to Fred Ventura at fred@venturaes.com or (805) 709-2281.

To see a list of supplies and to register go artcentermorrobay.org. 

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SLO County Libraries have a notable authors appearing in January. Author and journalist Roger Rapoport will make two appearances at SLO County Libraries: 1/30, 3 – 4:30 p.m. at the Atascadero Library; and 1/31, 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the SLO Library Community Room. 

Rapoport will speak about his book “Searching for Patty Hearst,” which will be published by Lexographic Press in January, around what will be the 50th anniversary of her kidnapping. The book delves into some of the unanswered questions regarding what was one of the most famous American kidnappings of the 20th century.

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