Events and Activities 2-1-2024

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.

February 1, 2024

Central Coast Women for Fisheries (womenforfish.org) are making and selling albacore enchiladas at the Morro Bay Community Center on Kennedy Way, Saturday, February 10, the day before Super Bowl Sunday. Each tray is $15 and filled with prime albacore from a local fisherman, along with other ingredients to make a tasty enchilada. There’s a choice of corn tortillas with green sauce, or flour tortillas with red sauce. 

This is the organization’s biggest annual fundraiser for community projects. Past projects include the statue at Morro Rock and the recently installed signs on the waterfront about local fisheries. It’s best to pre-order because it’s possible to sell out before the event. To order call, text or email Sharon Rowley: srowley303@gmail.com or 805-674-4854.  They need your name, phone number and how many of either green/corn or red/flour. You can pay on Feb. 10 when you pick up between 1 to 5 p.m. 

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On Sunday, February 18 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Cayucos Yoga and Estero Bay Kindness Coalition present a clothing and food drive along with three donation-based yoga classes at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., with a suggested donation of $25. The event takes place at Cayucos Yoga, 625 S. Ocean Ave. All proceeds go to EBKC and their efforts helping under-resourced kids and families of the Estero Bay community know that they are cared for and never have to go to bed hungry. Sign up for the yoga sessions now at CayucosYoga.com , space is limited to 20 per session, and a waiting list is available. All food and clothing donations can be dropped off at the ocean view deck which is located in the south back area of the studio property. 

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Transitions-Mental Health Association announced their 40th annual Strike Out Stigma Bowl-a-Thon taking place in March at Pismo Bowl, Cal Poly’s Mustang Lanes, and Rancho Bowl in Santa Maria. The Bowl-a-Thon raises critical funds for SLO Hotline and other crucial services TMHA provides — all while bringing friends and families together for a great cause. We invite you to join in on the fun!

Assemble a team of 5 bowlers • Visit https://support.t-mha.org/campaign/ tmha-bowl-a-thon-2024/c547975 to reserve your preferred shift or contact Eileen Calandro at ecalandro@t-mha.org or 805-540-6510 or or Clara Cobb at ccobb@t-mha.org 805-540-6564.

Share your fundraising page with your friends, family, and colleagues. Your team is asked to raise at least $500 by March 14th, 2024, or skip fundraising and pay a flat fee of $500 for your team. You and your team will receive shoe rentals, pizza, snacks, and event t-shirts. Bowl 2 games with your team. Win prizes for raising money and have fun.

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The San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre (SLO REP) presents its winter gala production, “Beehive: The 60’s Musical,” which promises to transport audiences on a vibrant journey back to the iconic era of the 1960s. 

Beehive is a captivating and high-energy musical tribute that pays homage to the women who made the 60s an unforgettable period in history. Featuring a playlist of timeless hits, this production is set to dazzle San Luis Obispo audiences with its powerful performances, memorable melodies, and a kaleidoscope of fashion and culture. 

“Beehive: The 60’s Musical” runs from Feb. 9-March 10, with performances on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. 

Directed and choreographed by Keenon D. Hooks, Beehive features a talented ensemble cast who will bring to life the iconic female singers of the 1960s. From Aretha Franklin to Janis Joplin, the show offers a musical celebration of the cultural, social, and artistic changes that defined this remarkable decade. Audiences can expect a fantastic voyage through the music and fashion of the era, celebrating the empowering spirit of women in a time of significant change. The show captures the essence of the 60s, from the early girl-group harmonies to the psychedelic anthems.

For tickets, call (805) 786-2440. 

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Bruce Willard, the bassist for several local bands including Dr. Danger, Robi’s Narrow Bridge, Anam Cara, The Mojo Combo, The Three Muskrat Ears, and Hey Mikey! The  Melvin Brucifer Show, suffered a major cardiac event on December 1, 2023. His recovery has been nothing short of miraculous, but he will need to be on supplemental oxygen. Friends and band members Deborah Tullos, Mike Melchione, and Richard Manuputy are throwing a benefit on Saturday, February 10. 2024, from 1-10 p.m. at Niffy’s Merrimaker in Baywood Park. The purpose of the benefit is to raise money to gift Bruce a backpack oxygen concentrator so he can be more mobile and continue to work as a musician. Any money raised in excess will be given to Bruce to use for other expenses.

The benefit features twelve local bands in the following order: Blues Asylum (the host band) with Robi Duganne, “Burning” James Scoolis and Billy Baxmeyer, Dr. Danger with Wil Anderson on bass, Vintage Renegades, Back Pages Band, Cocktail Shorty, Mojo Combo, Rosewood & Honey, Ted Waterhouse & The Jumptones, Back Bay Betty, Bay Love, and Electric Lavender Train. Bands are scheduled to trade off every 40 minutes. If time permits, there will be a jam hosted by Blues Asylum at the end.

There is a $5 cover at the door, which includes the same value in raffle tickets. Besides a prize raffle. there is a silent auction with more 50 items, and a 50/50 raffle. Monetary donations will be accepted as well. Many of the items in the prize raffle and silent auction are of special interest to musicians, including musical instruments and accessories. 

For further information, to volunteer, donate goods or services as prizes, or donate, contact Deborah Tullos at 1(559)904-1060. 

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At Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, present two shows:  Chasing Light and Aquarius 2024, presented by the Central Coast Watercolor Society. 

The impetus behind Chasing Light is how the light in artwork can portray depth, perception, and intensity, as well as more subtle characteristics such as mood and emotion.  How light is used – through choice of color, sunlight, and reflection – can bring the champagne softness of an autumnal East Coast landscape or the hardness of a southern California beach day.  Or, maybe you “chase” neon light in a modern piece of sculpture or experiment with an LED light box to bring storytelling to your art in an unusual way.  How we use light, (and also shadow and the absence of light: darkness), in our work is premeditated and often nuanced.  And, more difficult to create than it may seem. 

In this exhibit, artists submitted entries on any platform that reflects their meditation on “chasing” the light in their creations.

In addition, the Central Coast Watercolor Society will host Aquarius 2024 in our Russell Gallery. A juried show, Aquarius 2024 presents the best in water-media painting, representing a wide range of subjects, materials, and techniques, from traditional to experimental. Awards will be presented during the opening reception, February 25 from 2-4pm. Joe Cibere is the juror of selection and awards.

Chasing Light & Aquarius 2024 are on display from February 22 to April 1, 2024. The opening reception is Sunday, February 25, 2024 from 2 – 4 pm. There is a call to artist for Chasing Light.

For more information, call (805) 772-2504 or go to www.artcentermorrobay.org. Photo by David Strope

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Art After Dark returns in 2024 with more venues than ever before. The SLO County Arts Council welcomes back dozens of annually participating venues and tons of new monthly locations. The spotlight for February is Texture Salon’s “Black History Month Lounge: Celebrating Arts and History.” The lounge will include drum circles led by Tracy Morgan at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., a digital gallery of works by local Black artists, a history of hip hop between drum circles, and Black history visuals and conversation starters. 

This event is a collaboration between R.A.C.E. Matters and SLO County Arts Council. In March, Art After Dark will highlight Arts Education Month with a neighborhood block party in the Mo-Jo neighborhood, featuring an “instrument petting zoo” from SLO Youth Symphony, alongside Raku (ceramics) firing demonstrations outside Anam Cre Pottery Studio. More spotlights will continue throughout the year. 

Art After Dark runs from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, countywide. For the list of participating venues, visit slocountyarts.org/art-after-dark.

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The following are free events brought to you by the Los Osos Library 2075 Palisades, Ave, 805-528-1862. The featured artists this month are: wall artist is Guillermo Willie and display case is Nemadji Pottery by Fayla Chapman

• Paws to Read – Wednesdays, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

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

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

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

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

Stories, dance, and music for toddlers and preschoolers.

• Nintendo Switch – Friday, February 2, 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 4 players at a time – feel free to bring your own too. Games include Mario Kart and Just Dance. School Age

• Lunar New Year – Friday, February 9, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Learn all about the Lunar New Year while making fun holiday crafts! Wear your finest red outfit for good luck! Welcome to the year of the dragon. School Age, Teen

• Brain Education Series for Adults: Week 1 – Tuesday, February 13, 5:30-7 p.m.

Promoting Your Brain Health: Growing evidence suggests that you can keep your brain healthy by adopting key lifestyle habits. Learn how you can take care of your brain through diet, exercise, social engagement and cognitive activities. Registration preferred. Walk-ins welcome. RSVP: Los Osos Library: 805-528-1862 or Alzheimer’s Association: 800-272-3900

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Volumes of Pleasure bookshop in Los Osos is thrilled to host — for the ninetieth time — a Chinese New Year celebration, Saturday, February 10 at 3 p.m.

The marvelous Cal Poly Lion Dance Team and Band will be in front of Volumes of Pleasure bookshop to enthusiastically perform the centuries-old Lion Dance ritual which will delight attendees and bless our community.    

This year is the Year of the Wood Dragon which combines qualities of the dragon — such as courage, charisma, and leadership — with the qualities of the wood element, which includes flexibility, generosity, and cooperation.

Wood Dragon years are know to foster harmony, balance, and peace. So we can anticipate 2024 to be a year of renewed positive energy stimulating creativity, innovation, and compassion. 

The Year of the Wood Dragon invites us to be authentic, adventurous, and optimistic in our expression and to celebrate our individuality and enhance our community with a shared vision of generosity and cooperation.

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