Events and Activities 10-5-2023

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.

October 6, 2023

A Blessing of the Animals takes place Saturday, October 21from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at

Estero Bay United Methodist Church. This is an annual event looked forward to by many animal lovers. Animals will receive a certificate and human and animal treats will be served. The church is located at 3000 Hemlock in Morro Bay. For questions, call 805)772-7644.

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Taylor Rae will open for the Band of Heathens at the Siren, 900 Main St., Morro Bay, on Nov.2 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $27 – $30 and can be purchased at thesirenmorrobay.com.

Taylor Rae is a singer-songwriter who was born in Santa Cruz, California and raised in the quaint town of Ben Lomond, nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains. 

She sang her first song at the age of 2, a cover of Carole King’s “It’s Too Late”and began to write her own music at 8. By the time she was ten, she had filled countless notebooks with her original lyrics. Inspired by the natural beauty of her hometown, as well as the music of artists such as Bonnie Raitt, King, Janis Joplin, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Jewel, Simon & Garfunkel and Steely Dan, Taylor taught herself guitar at 12 and by the time she was 15, she was playing her first paid gig.

 The next decade of her life saw her wandering around the U.S., exploring the many forms of Americana, Folk, Jazz and Blues and the changing attitudes of the world. Her music, often compared to that of Grace Potter, Joss Stone and Maren Morris Grace Potter, earned her a spot in the Top 20 Americana Music Album Chart for her debut record Mad Twenties – a collection of 12 originals.

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The following programs are presented by the Morro Bay Library, located at 625 Harbor St. Contact the library at (805) 772-6394, for more information, or go to www.slolibrary.org.  

•Medicare Open Enrollment Plans and Changes on Wednesday, October 18 from 10:30-11:30am. HICAP provides information and counseling about Medicare so you can make informed decisions.  Come learn more about your open enrollment choices from a local HICAP Registered Counselor. For seniors.   

•Author Talk with Teri Bayus on Thursday, October 19 from 2 – 3:30 p.m.  

Welcome local author Teri Bayus for circus readings to promote her new book “The Greatest of Ease.” Did you ever threaten to run away and join the circus? It’s 1980, and Gail has decided to blow off her full college ride and become a trapeze artist. As she finds herself wandering the dysfunctional circus life, she realizes the safety net of the existence she once knew is unraveling, but the show must go on no matter what. For ages 18 and up.  

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Don’t miss ARTober, a month-long program during Arts & Humanities Month. ARTober takes place from October 1–31, 2023 and features a community engagement campaign called Experience ARTober as well as Piano in the Plaza, a musical pop-up for all to enjoy.

San Luis Obispo’s arts and culture scene wouldn’t be as vibrant without local engagement. To encourage further support and appreciation for local arts and humanities organizations, the community is invited to Experience ARTober by engaging with SLO’s many diverse offerings.

Participants can visit three or more arts and cultural experiences in the city, document them and head to the SLO Visitor Center to pick up a free ARTober tote bag as well as be entered to win an extensive grand prize. To make it even easier to Experience ARTober, head to Visit San Luis Obispo’s events calendar for a hub of all arts and cultural events taking place throughout the month.

How to Enter:

Step 1: Starting on October 1, 2023 visit at least three arts or cultural experiences in the city of San Luis Obispo and document it. 

Step 2: Bring your documentation to the SLO Chamber Visitor Center (895 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401). 

Step 3: Receive an ARTober tote bag and be entered to win a grand prize!

ARTober also brings Piano in the Plaza to the community. All month long, Mission Plaza will be home to an upright piano painted by local artist, Missy Reitner-Cameron. Regional pianists have been invited to play intermittently throughout October, and community members are invited to sit down and help fill the plaza with music as well. The piano will be uncovered and open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily.Learn more about ARTober at slocity.org/ARTober.

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Several faculty members new to the Cal Poly Music Department will be featured in a Faculty Showcase recital at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus. 

The event is part of Cal Poly’s Mustang Family Weekend and features several Music Department applied faculty who are recognized across the region for their expertise in solo and chamber ensemble performance. They will present intimate works that highlight their artistic achievements. 

The recital is open to the public. Admission is $10 general, and $5 students at the door. Parking is free after 5 p.m. in the Grand Avenue parking structure (No.  130). 

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Morro Bay High School Drama Program invites everyone to their presentation of “Alice In Wonderland.”  The play is performed Fridays on Oct. 13 and 20 at 7 p.m., Saturdays on Oct. 14 and 30 at 2 and again at 7 p.m. The show is 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.

Young patrons are invited to a 45-60 minute Mad Hatter Tea Party experience directly following Saturday’s matinee performances of “Alice In Wonderland,” where they will sit with characters and enjoy treats, photos and fun!

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The San Luis Obispo Master Chorale announced its 2023/2024 season. It begins with the November 19, 2023, concert, “Chants Encounter.” This performance features Estonian-born composer Arvo Pärt’s Te Deum and W. A. Mozart’s Mass in C-minor. Pärt utilizes the beauty of chant mixed with bell-like chords (tintinnabulation) to create a dramatic rendering of the fourth century prayer. Mozart’s Mass, a wedding gift for his wife, Constanza, is influenced by the choral works of Bach and Handel, as well as eighteenth century opera. “Chants Encounter” will also include Mozart’s concert aria, Per questa bella mano, for baritone and double-bass. Concert soloists include sopranos Alba Franco-Cancél and Amy Goymerac, tenor Jon Lee Keenan, baritone Joel Balzun, and Ken Hustad, double-bass.

All concerts are in Harold Miossi Hall at the Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo on the Cal Poly campus. Tickets are available for purchase at www.pacslo.org or by calling the PAC box office at 805-756-4849. 

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The Cal Poly Music Department will host guest artist Matt Sargent for a unique guitar concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center. 

The versatile artist — a composer, guitarist, recording engineer and music technologist — will perform new guitar works with electronics. The program will include works by renowned postminimalist composer Eve Beglarian, Connecticut composer and critic Robert Carl as well as Sargent’s original works. 

Based in upstate New York, Sargent is an assistant professor of music at Bard College. His experimental compositions grow from interests in resonance and recursive systems, computer models of intelligence and the making/breaking of long-form patterns. 

He recently recorded and premiered James Romig’s “The Fragility of Time,” a new concert-length work for electric guitar. Last December, he premiered “Splectar,” a new work by classical composer Carl for retuned electric guitar and live electronics. 

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406. 

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Cambria Veterans Hall Parking Lot, 1000 Main Street, Cambria, CA 93428

Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 10AM to 2PM

Take part in the 23rd annual Cambria Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show. All are invite to enter your vehicles, especially classics, military, hot rods, exotics, and custom vehicles. We welcome trucks and motorcycles.

It is $50 to enter and if you enter. Entry starts at 9:00 AM on Saturday morning.

All are welcome to attend. There is no cost to come to look at the vehicles! There will be raffle prizes, event souvenirs for sale, and a chance to vote for your favorite entry. Breakfast and lunch will be available. Help choose the people’s choice, stroll around, and enjoy breakfast and lunch provided by local service clubs.

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

•Create an Axolotl – Wednesday, October 11, 3:30-5:30

Come learn all about this unusual amphibian who only lives in one lake in Mexico – then make your own drawing or sculpture of an axolotl to take home! Presenter Luna will guide us through the steps. For ages 3+. This program will be presented in Spanish and English.

•Fairytale Engineering – Wednesday, October 18, 3- 5:00

Magical STEM fun at the library! Read the fairytales, plan, create and test your structural design using 3 different kits. For ages 3+

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The Bear Valley Quilters are putting on a Holiday Boutique featuring Unique Handmade Items. It takes place on Sunday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the South Bay Community Center, 2180 Palisades Avenue, Los Osos. For more information, go to BearValleyQuilters.org.

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Cambria Pines Lodge will host the annual Cambria Neighbors Club’s Craft Fair Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Folks are invited to visit the Craft Fair and support artists and crafters who will feature items such as handmade cards, driftwood creations, handmade gourds, a variety of jewelry, knitted and crocheted clothing, paintings and much more.

There will be food, music and seating areas located conveniently near the center of the outdoor vendor area, providing a space for those who would like to sit down, relax, and take in the fresh fall air. This event is free to attend.  

The Cambria Neighbors Club, formally the Cambria Newcomers Club, is a social organization formed in 1996 to offer newcomers and residents of Cambria an opportunity to meet their neighbors, participate in special activity groups, and come together once a month for luncheons or special events.

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The following are free events brought to you by the Los Oso Library, 2075 Palisades, Ave, 805-528-1862. All library programs follow current California and County of San Luis Obispo health guidelines.

•Read Together – Thursday, October 12, 5:30-6:45

Jonniepat Mobley facilitates the group reading of a play/script. No audition necessary. Come in, take a script and we will read the play aloud together. This month is “The Man Who Came to Dinner”

•Legos – Friday, October 13, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

• Book Discussion – Thursday, October 19, 5:30-6:45 p.m.

We will discuss “Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest” by Suzanne Simard and “Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States” by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. No need to sign up ahead of time. Just show up! Call the library for details.

• Fairytale Engineering – Friday, October 20, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Magical STEM fun at the library! Read the fairytales, plan, create and test your structural design using three different kits. For ages 3+

•Teen Costume Swap & Build – Saturday, October 21, 2:00-4:00

This Saturday we’ll be working on Halloween costumes – because you’re never too old for a spooky (or silly) get up. Bring an old costume you’d like to trade up, and/or bring costume pieces you want to work on. We’ll have sewing supplies and more. For ages 11-18.

• Nintendo Switch – Friday, October 27, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

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

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Los Osos Garden Club presents Selecting and Growing Succulents. This informative presentation is offered by Jeanne Miller owner of Calcoast Succulents based in Los Osos. Find out how to bring out the very best in these beautiful and fun plants. Los Osos offers ideal growing conditions for many succulents. Learn which plants are best for your needs and personality. Before this presentation, the club will offer a member talk on “Curing Olives” presented by Debbie Jo Bird and Patti Toews.

The Los Osos Valley Garden Club will meet Sunday, October 15, from 2-4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Los Osos, 1900 Los Osos Valley Road. Los Osos Valley Garden Club programs are free and open to the public. No signup or registration is required to attend. If you have questions, email Wendy McKeown, President, at info@lovgardenclub.org.

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