Events and Activities

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 4, 2021

The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble Fall Concert take place Sat., Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 and $20 for general admission. They are available at music.calpoly.edu/calendar/.

The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble and guest artists perform a program of music and dance from the Eastern Mediterranean and larger region.
The Ensemble is a combined orchestra and choir with vocal and instrumental soloists. Its members are from a wide range of majors on campus and professions off campus.

Critically acclaimed guest artists from the metropolitan San Francisco and Sacramento areas are featured in the program, including Ishmael on qanun (trapezoidal zither), Fathi Aljarrah on kamanja (violin) and Faisal Zedan on riqq (tambourine), daff (frame drum) and darabukka (goblet drum).
Continuing a longstanding collaboration, San Luis Obispo dance director Jenna Mitchell leads a dance troupe in original choreography to complement the ensemble of instrumentalists and singers. Cal Poly music Professor Ken Habib, a composer, performer, conductor and ethnomusicologist, will direct the event.

The show includes some of the most celebrated repertoire of Arab art and popular music. Preeminent composers, poets and artists include Umm Kulthum, Fairuz, Nazem al-Ghazali, Karem Mahmoud, Bayram al-Tunisi, Ahmed Mansour and renowned sixth-century poet Antara Ibn Shaddad.

Morro Bay Art Association presents the documentary film “Walking on Water” on at Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay on Monday, November 8 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
The transient mega-artwork of Christo Javacheff, made in collaboration with his wife Jeanne-Claude until her death in 2009, is celebrated in Andrey M. Paounov’s documentary “Walking on Water,” which follows the creation of one of Christo’s recent gigantic populist exhibitions: The Floating Piers, a series of walkways installed at Lake Iseo in northern Italy from June 18 to July 3, 2016.
The film covers the preliminary work of planning and design, in which Christo and his nephew and aide Vladimir Yavachev discuss the project, often breaking out in volatile arguments. Myriad logistical problems had to be overcome, before actual construction could proceed, and the opening was threatened by the fact that, contrary to promises, officials failed to take necessary measures for crowd control. Throughout, Christo comes across as an engaging figure — a cantankerous but committed octogenarian — and Yavachev is a dedicated servant of his art.
For more information, call 805-772-2504 or go to ArtCenterMorroBay.org.

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Enjoy the California Central Coast Pastel Society: 3CPS Member Online show through March 31, 2022 at 3cps.org/3cps-online-show. Discover California Central Coast Pastel Society’s new online exhibit, with vibrant contemporary and classical paintings in varied styles and themes. Find exhibit, workshop, membership, paint-out dates, and event info on website.

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The Cambria Center for the Arts, 1350 Main St in Cambria, presents the Gallery’s next show: Irregularity x 2 by Jeanette Wolff and Art Van Rhyn. The show opens on Saturday, November 6, with a reception from 4:30 until 6 p.m. and will run through December 31.

A massive light display takes place Thur. and Sun. through Jan 2 at 4380 Highway 46 East, Paso Robles. Acclaimed artist Bruce Munro’s Light at Sensorio features two walkthrough installations: “Field of Light” featuring almost 60,000 color-changing blooms covering 15 acres of rolling hills; and “Light Towers,” celebrating Paso Robles wine country with 69 towers composed of more than 17,000 illuminated wine bottles. Tickets are $9.50-$110 and can be purchased at sensoriopaso.com.

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The opening reception for Winter Faire & Juried Craft Show Exhibit
& the 1st Annual Ornament Fundraiser Kick-off takes place at Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St, Morro Bay, on Sun. November 7 from 2 – 4 p.m. This 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.
The 1st Annual Ornament Fundraiser features ornaments that are hand painted or crafted by MBAA members and featured for sale, in the Gallery. All proceeds will go to the Art Center to fund ongoing community projects! Each ornament is a one-of-a-kind piece, hand signed by the artist and are available for $15 each.
The exhibit will be on display Nov. 4 – Jan. 3 and is open daily from 12 – 4 p.m.

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Morro Bay Rotary Club is holding a drive-thru barbecue fundraiser set for Nov. 17 at Carla’s Country Kitchen, 213 Beach St., Morro Bay. Tickets are $50 and the menu is a premium tri tip roast, sourdough garlic bread, ranch style beans, and garden salad — enough food to feed six people. Purchase advanced tickets now through Nov. 15, online at: Morrobayrotary.org. Pick-up is from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17
“All proceeds help us help others,” reads the Rotary Club’s motto.
Honor Flight Central Coast California is hosting a wine release party on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 1-4 p.m. in Hangar 1 of the Estrella Warbirds Museum in Paso Robles. The casual, drop-in event will herald release of Lee’s Legacy, a unique red blend wine produced by Pianetta Winery as a fundraiser for

Honor Flight Central Coast California. The local Honor Flight is a member of a nationwide network of Honor Flight hubs that provide veterans with all-expense paid group trips to Washington, DC to visit the memorials honoring military service. The Lee’s Legacy name and label honor the late James Lee, a WWII and Korean War veteran.

All needed Covid precautions will be in place. McGill said Honor Flight board members are holding the ticket price to $20. “We want people to come…and have money to buy wine!” Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance at www.honorflightccc.org/wine. The drop in event will include a short program at 2:30p.m.

The Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum (CCVMM), 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, invites all veterans and everyone in the community to join them for a celebration on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11. The event, co-hosted with American Legion Post #66, is self-guided tours from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. There will also be two docent-led tours at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m., featuring a special display called “Women in the Military: Local Heroes,” showcasing a tribute to First Lieutenant Hazel McNett- Blumhorst, a WWII Army Nurse.

During WWII, Hazel served in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded battle stars, a victory medal, and an ETO medal. Locally, Hazel retired as Assistant Director of Nursing at the County General Hospital, served as an active volunteer in the community, and was the first woman to be the Commander of San Luis Obispo’s American Legion Post. Learn more about Hazel and other exemplary women who have served our country and sacrificed for our freedoms.

The Lighted Boat Parade is back this year and will be held on Saturday December 4 starting at 6:30 p.m. on the Morro Bay Embarcadero.
For Boat Entry forms and Skipper information go to morrobayrotary.org and look for the “download” section on the right-hand side. The application deadline is Wednesday, December 1 by 4:30 p.m. and the entry fee is $25.
Boats will be judged and cash prizes are $500 for first, $350 for second, and $150 for third.
The Morro Bay Rotary Santa’s House will welcome families at the Chessboard on the Embarcadero on the weekends of Dec. 3, 4, 5 and Dec. 10, 11, 12 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
For more information contact Nancy at 805-235-3733 or rotaryfromtheheart@gmail.com. To keep up to date on the parade, sail on over to Facebook and follow at Morro Bay Lighted Boat Parade

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Take part in the American Field Service-Humankind Free Trade Fundraiser at Humankind Free Trade, 974 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo on Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Ten percent of sales go to the local AFS Chapter also known as the student exchange program. Shop in-store all-day or online at humankind/slo/shop. For more information, contact (805) 801-1132.

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