Events and Activities 2-15-2024

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 16, 2024

Cal Poly/California Sea Grant will be hosting a Community Education Workshop on Economic Issues related to Floating Offshore Wind at the Morro Bay Community Center’s Multipurpose Room on Thursday February 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. with presentations from a National Renewable Energy Lab researcher on Community Benefit Agreements and a Cal Poly professor on the employment impacts of floating offshore wind for the Central Coast region.  

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The next Morro Coast Audubon Society Virtual Community Zoom Program takes place Monday, February 19 at 7 p.m. Bird-tripping: Tales from the Road to Tuktoyaktuk is presented by Devon Bradley, Ph.D. via Zoom Meeting with ID: 975 1997 5420 and passcode: 885594. 

All MCAS Zoom Community Programs are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. No signup/registration required to attend.  

In the summer of 2022, Devon Bradley packed up her binoculars, camera, and pup to follow the birds north, all the way to the shores of the Arctic Ocean. Devon carved a circuitous route to Alaska, first along the Cassiar Highway of British Columbia, to Yukon on the famed Alaska Highway, and up to the Arctic Circle via the Dempster Highway – a ribbon of a road that traverses two mountain ranges, extensive subarctic wilderness, and the breeding habitats of some incredible species of birds, on its way to the Mackenzie Delta and Tuktoyaktuk.

In this presentation, Devon will share highlights and anecdotes from this 2.5-month journey. 

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On Sunday, February 18, 2024, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., the Los Osos Valley Garden Club hosts Linda Hicks of California Garden Clubs, Inc., as she discusses summer-flowering bulbs. She will show examples of some bulbs, corms, rhizomes, and tubers and explain how to successfully grow them. These wonderful summer-flowering plants include dahlias, gladiolus, calla lilies, ranunculus, and others. 

Hicks joined the Multiflora Garden Club in Paso Robles in 1995, and in 2012, became a National Garden Clubs, Inc Flower Show Judge. She currently judges about a dozen fairs and shows per year. Hicks is interested in horticulture as well as floral design and enjoys growing cactus and succulents in the ground and her greenhouse.

A member talk on “Herbal Medicine: A Brief Overview,” will be given by Debbie Jo Bird prior to Hicks’ presentation.

The meeting is held 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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Cal Poly’s Cantabile presents a send-off concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, in the First Presbyterian Church of San Luis Obispo, which will include works by Hildegard von Bingen, Caroline Shaw and new works by David N. Childs and Cal Poly music Professor Meredith Brammeier. 

The concert is a preview of Cantabile’s performance at the ACDA Western Region Conference titled “Lift Every Voice and Sing” in Pasadena, California, on March 8. The conference represents choral directors, singers and composers from seven states, and is one of the largest choral conferences in the U.S.

Cantabile commissioned two pieces that will be performed at both concerts: “She Weeps” by celebrated choral composer Childs of Dallas, and “Charity Begins Today” by Brammeier. “She Weeps” addresses the crisis of climate change and sustainability. It is scored for viola, percussion, piano and choir and was crafted in conjunction with 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw’s “Its Motion Keeps,” which reflects on the concept of the steady march of time. “Charity Begins Today” is a setting of Saint Teresa of Calcutta, the patron saint of World Youth Day and the Missionaries of Charity who is better known as Mother Teresa and addresses the subject of caring for the poor. 

The concert also includes a modern setting by Michael Engelhardt’s arrangement of Hildegard von Bingen’s “O Antiqui Sancti.” 

Tickets to the concert are $20 general and $10 students. Tickets can be purchased from 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).

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

• Art Party – Friday, February 16, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Unleash your creativity at our monthly art party! Use your imagination to make unique art pieces using paper, pens, pencils, scissors, glue and more. All materials provided – you bring the inspiration! Creative options available for ages 3-12.

• Marble Run – Friday, February 23, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Come to the Los Osos Library and play with marbles! Build your own creations and have lots of fun. All Ages

• Plant Swap – Saturday, February 24, 10 a.m. 4 p.m.    

Calling all plant enthusiasts, newbies, and everyone in between! Bring along any plants, cuttings, starts and pots you’d like to share; then take home a new plant for yourself. Don’t have a plant to share? We’ll have extras, so come anyway! Also, check out our seed library while you’re here to inspire your spring garden.

• Teen Advisory Board Interest Meeting – Saturday, February 24, 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 me what rad stuff you want to see happen. There will be snacks. For ages 12-18.

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The Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery at Cuesta College presents an exhibition featuring the captivating new paintings of Cobi Moules entitled Showering of Sparkling Bits  through Mar. 13. The highly anticipated collection by Moules reimagines the sublime landscape tradition of 19th century Hudson River School paintings as queer spaces of desire, imbued with a touch of mystery and allure.  

In this exhibition, Moules skillfully incorporates silicone embedded with glitter and hair, creating oozing layers that serve as portals into meticulously crafted mise-en-scènes. Within these scenes, one can find unexpected elements, such as jockstraps hanging from trees, draped across rocks, or nestled in logs. The fleshy texture of the silicone alludes to the queer body while also evoking a sense of horror film intrigue, resembling an amorphous organism that poses a threat to the hidden protagonists within the landscape. 

Explore the captivating world of Cobi Moules’ new paintings at the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery, where the artist’s unique reinterpretation of the landscape tradition challenges conventions and sparks conversations about desire, identity, and the queer experience.

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Join Morro Bay Arts for a 6-week Sketchbook workshop with artist, Sarah A. Pletts on Mondays from March 4 through April 8 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Students will learn the art of filling a large sketchbook with images and writing. Dreams, photographs, ideas, and more will be part of the creative process. Participants will work from prompts (optional) sent out before starting and as class continues.

Sarah Pletts paints, writes, instructs, performs and produces dance/theatre for stage and screen. Her career began at 14 in the Miami Ballet Company. Then she went to Pratt Institute in NYC for fine arts and dance. Her visual art is in collections in the U.S. and Europe, and she has illustrated for many publications including Scholastic Magazine, Macmillan. & the Audubon Field Guides. 

This workshop is designed for beginners and appropriate for intermediate artists.Bring your choice you medium to class. The following work well for working in sketchbook: colored pencils, watercolors, crayons, pastels or craypas as we create in color.  

Reserve your space online: https://artcentermorrobay.org/index.php/shop/

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

• Teen Advisory Board – Saturday, February 17, 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 13-18.

 • Marble Run – Wednesday, February 21, 3 – 5 p.m.

Build fun marble maze creations! For ages 4+ 

• Nintendo Switch – Wednesday, February 28, 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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Get ready for a nostalgia-filled, feel-good night as “the sounds” of Simon & Garfunkel inspire memories from the past. 

Featuring a full band, The Graduates will perform at the Clark Center on Saturday, March at 7:30 p.m.

From the hauntingly ethereal Scarborough Fair to the upbeat and unforgettable Mrs. Robinson… from the mysteriously provocative Sound of Silence to the anthemic Bridge Over Troubled Water, The Graduates is an energetic and heartwarming salute to the music of Simon & Garfunkel.

Tickets available online now at clarkcenter.org/shows/the-graduates/.

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The Cal Poly Symphony’s Winter Concert will showcase the talents of four student soloists and a composer at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in the Performing Arts Center. 

Additionally, the symphony will perform four movements from Sergei Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” that trace the story: “Montagues and Capulets,” “Juliet as a Young Girl,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Romeo at the Tomb of Juliet.” 

Student winners of the symphony’s Solo Competition in November will be featured: two instrumentalists, a pair of vocalists and one composer. All are music majors. 

The instrumentalists are violist Jayden Perez, of Visalia, California, who will perform the first movement of William Walton’s Viola Concerto and pianist Simone Gabriel of San Luis Obispo, who will play the first movement of Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16. 

Soprano Melissa Scarpelli, of Chico, California, will sing Antonín Dvořák’s “Song to the Moon” and Helena Fuller, of Vista, California, soprano, will perform Lerner and Loewe’s “I Could Have Danced all Night” from “My Fair Lady.”  

 The orchestra will also perform “Falling from Sky” by student composer Wyatt Willard, of San Marcos, California.The symphony is directed by music Professor David Arrivée. 

Tickets to the concert are $15 and 20 for the public, and $10 for students. Event parking is sponsored by the Performing Arts Center. 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). 

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