Events and Activities 11-17-2022

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.

November 23, 2022

Help keep folks warm this winter. Donate new and gently used adult coats to Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, and San Luis Obispo libraries November 29 – December 10. The Transitions Mental Health Association (TMHA) Library Outreach Team will distribute to our neighbors in need.

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“Suite Surrender” by Micael McKeever is By the Sea Productions’ last show of the 2022 season.  Directed by Kelli M. Poward, the comedy features two 1940s singing divas starring in a USO fundraiser show.  Famous for their long-standing feud, chaos ensues when they are mistakenly booked into the same hotel suite.

Add a pair of bumbling bellhops, a nosey gossip columnist, a lost dog, Navy men on weekend leave, and the overwhelmed hotel manager is trying desperately to have the show go on.

Featured in the frenzy are Kate Kravets and Laura Richie as the divas and David Rousseve as the hotel manager.  Also in the cast are Gregory DeMartini, Samvel Gottlieb, Janice Peters, Heather Babcock, Sarah Ruth Smith and Molly Pendley.

“Suite Surrender” plays November 25 through December 18, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at 545 Shasta Ave. in Morro Bay.

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Reservations at bytheseaproductions.org or call 805-776-3287.  COVID vaccination and masks are recommended. In honor of National Adopt a Senior Pet Month in November; Woods Humane Society is waiving adoption fees for all senior pets (age 7+) this month. The adoption promotion aims to help the shelter’s more mature pets find comfortable, loving homes for the holidays, and for their golden years.

Woods’ senior pet promotion is the most recent of a series of adoption promotions that the nonprofit adoption center has offered to encourage adoptions, remove financial barriers to getting a pet, and help make room to transfer in more animals from nearby over-crowded shelters that are experiencing high numbers of stray and surrendered animals.

The length of stay for senior pets is typically longer than that of younger animals. That trend has intensified during recent years as the pet industry has experienced a “puppy boom” and an increase in demand to adopt puppies, Wood’s says. In 2021, the average length of stay for these older animals was 20.3 days, which was an entire 7 days longer than that for younger adult animals (13.1 days) and 12 days longer than the length of stay for puppies (8.3 days). In 2022, the average length of stay for senior pets has gone up to 29 days.

To view all of the currently available senior pets at Woods, go to www.WoodsHumane.org/adopt or visit in person during daily public hours from 12-5 p.m. (adoption hours are from 12-4 p.m.). For more information about Woods, go to www.WoodsHumane.org or call (805) 543-9316. Woods Humane Society is located at 875 Oklahoma Ave., San Luis Obispo and at 2300 Ramona Rd., Atascadero.

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The community is invited to the fourth annual Bash Cancer Fest on Saturday, November 19. All proceeds go to the Teddy Bear Foundation to help local kids battle cancer and help support their families.

The event takes place at the Red Barn at 2180 Palisades Ave in Los Osos from 12 to 5 p.m. There will be raffles, food, drinks and live music performances.

The Young Dubliners, Cuesta Ridge, Driftwood Brothers, Surfeza, Dan Waters, Big B and Da Boys are slated to perform,

Tickets are $20 per person for entry to the fest and kids are free. To make a donation or learn more about Bash Center Fest go to bashcancerfest.com.

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The 42nd Annual Central Coast Craft Fair takes place Friday, November 25 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the San Luis Veterans Memorial Building (SLO Vets Hall), 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo. This annual event provides a curated shopping experience where all items are 100% handmade by the crafters, makers and artisans present. The wide selection of handcrafted products features home decor, bath and body products, quilted goods, toys, seasonal decorations, baked goods and treats, art, jewelry, and so much more!

Attendees can support the Spotlight Organization Central Coast Quilts Of Valor Foundation (QOVF) #79001, a nonprofit organization with a mission to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. Fully 100% of the monies collected from the purchase of additional prize drawing tickets will be donated to QOVF. 

For more details, go to facebook.com/events/629526001696842. 

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Morro Bay Art Association presents The Annual Winter Faire & Juried Craft Show, featuring some of the finest artworks on the Central Coast through January 2, 2023.   

This very special holiday event offers a collection of exceptional paintings, photography and fine crafts, spanning a variety of artistic mediums from traditional to contemporary. Crafts include fiber, wood, glass, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and more. 

Whether you’re attending this exhibit to observe or to find that perfect holiday gift, you are in for a delight!  For more information, contact them at www.artcentermorrobay.org or 805-772-2504 

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

• Paws to Read – Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Come and read your favorite book to Berkeley! She’s at the Los Osos Library on Wednesday afternoons. School Age.

• Featured Artists – 

Wall artist TBD through December

Mosaics by Anne Hodges in the Display Case

• Storytime – Thursdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.

Stories, dance, and music for toddlers and preschoolers.

• Stay Young with Qi Gong! – Fridays, 9 – 10 a.m. (rain cancels)

Qi Gong is a system for physical, mental and spiritual development that has roots dating back thousands of years in China. It consists of flowing movements and meditations that cultivate life force energy (called qi by the Chinese). The basics of qi gong are not difficult to learn and practice, and are particularly beneficial for older adults. Instructor Devin Wallace was certified to teach by qi gong master Lee Holden. Devin has taught at hospitals, fitness & yoga centers and also does private classes.

• E-Device Class – Wednesdays, 9:15 – 10 a.m. 

Bring your electronic device in and Diana will do her best to answer any questions you have.

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The SLOFunny Comedy Show is on November 26 at the Morro Bay Veterans Hall, 209 Surf St., Morro Bay. The hilarity is hosted by David Murphy, David Yates and Amanda Cohen. The show featured Justin Foster with headliner Greg Wilson. There are two shows, 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 online pre-sale and $25 at the door.My805Tix:

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The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble and Dance Troupe will be joined by the Morro Bay High School Choirs and critically acclaimed guest artists for its Fall Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in Spanos Theatre on campus. 

A special feature of the concert is a collaboration between the Arab Music Ensemble and the Morro Bay High School Choirs directed by Katie Bravante, a 1999 graduate of the Music Department. The groups will perform an adaptation of Joy Hirokawa’s arrangement of “Lamma Bada Yatathanna,” a foremost example of Arab art music. 

The critically acclaimed guest artists featured include Ishmael on qanun (zither), Fathi Aljarrah on kamanja (violin), and Faisal Zedan and Keeth CrowHawk on riqq (tambourine), daff (frame drum) and darabukka (goblet drum). 

The program features contemporary works and traditional genres with roots in the Eastern Mediterranean, the larger historical Ottoman Empire and the legacy of Andalusia, as well as some of the most celebrated repertoire of Southwest Asia-North Africa. 

The Arab Music Ensemble is an orchestra and choir with vocal and instrumental soloists. Its membership represents a wide range of majors on campus and professions off campus. The dance troupe has a similar composition and has collaborated with the Arab Music Ensemble since its formation in 2006. 

San Luis Obispo dance director Jenna Mitchell will lead the dance troupe in the performance of original choreographies that dialogue with the music. Habib, a composer, performer and ethnomusicologist, will direct the event. 

Tickets are $20 for the public and $10 for students. Event parking is sponsored by the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849).

For more information, visit the Music Department’s calendar website, email music@calpoly.edu or call 805-756-2406.

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The Cal Poly Choirs, which include Cantabile, Chamber Choir, PolyPhonics and University Singers, presents  the sixth annual “Holiday Kaleidoscope” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.  

This year the Cal Poly Choirs will be joined by the Cabrillo High School Madrigal Singers, directed by Cal Poly alumna Jennifer Peterson (Music, ’95); and the Central Coast Youth Chorus’ Cadence Choir, led by Cal Poly music majors Danna Dumandan and Katelyn Caron. 

Cal Poly Director of Choral Activities Scott Glysson established the concert in 2017 to showcase and celebrate Central Coast choral traditions and collaborations. The four university choirs and the two guest ensembles will each perform a short selection of repertoire and then will unite for some larger works. 

A 20-piece student orchestra will accompany the choirs on several pieces and during carol sing-alongs. The evening will include other fun features, such as College of Liberal Arts Dean Philip J. Williams narrating “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

 Tickets are $15 and $20 for the public, and $10 for students. Event parking is sponsored by the PAC. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849).

For more information, visit the Music Department’s calendar website, email music@calpoly.edu or call 805-756-2406.

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The Cambria Center for the Arts presents a staged reading of an original musical by Michael Kaplan and Jeff Mar, November 18-20. “Foodies” is  hailed as a delightfully comedic romp with catchy tunes and relatable characters that will have you tapping your feet and roaring with laughter. 

Like a great hollandaise sauce, the plot thickens as a fussy eater who hates vegetables is mistaken for the guest of honor at the Paso Robles Food & Wine Festival. When he becomes infatuated with the woman running the weekend, he must try and play the part as best he can, despite the challenges (and heirloom tomatoes) involved.  

The cast features some of CCAT’s favorite performers including Greg Gorrindo, Tara Brinkman, Mark Klassen, Oz Barron, and Sarah Smith. 

Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre has produced a previous Michael Kaplan production, Danny Come Home. And SLORep produced another of his musicals, We’re Cancelling Cable. For Foodies, Michael collaborated with Cambria musical director, Jeff Mar, to provide orchestrations as well as Shirley Kirkes-Mar, who contributed choreography to the show. 

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at CambriaArts.org or at the door.  All seats are reserved.  Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.. 

Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre is located at 1350 Main St. in Cambria. 

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