Events and Activities 2-29-2024

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.

March 1, 2024

Reprise Foundation for the Arts invites the San Luis Obispo community to a free concert featuring soprano Katherine Arthur and pianist Susan Azaret Davies performing music by Brahms on Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Los Osos. This free community event includes a silent auction and light reception. All proceeds benefit the Reprise Foundation for the Arts scholarship fund. Through the scholarship program, Reprise offers local students support to ease the financial burden of arts education and experiences. For an application for scholarships, or to donate, visit reprisefoundation.org.

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Morro Bay Friends of the Library celebrates National Library Week with a book giveaway.  All children ages 3 to 12 years old are invited to sign up for their free book. Books are selected by library staff, are age-appropriate and feature stories about oceans and marine life. Stop by the Morro Bay Library at 625 Harbor St. to sign up anytime between March 12 to March 23.  

Each child who signs up can pick up their book at the Library on Saturday April 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Library card applications for children and adults of all ages are also available at the main desk.

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Take a trip down memory lane with “Beehive: The 60’s Musical,” a celebration featuring iconic female voices of the 1960s, at SLO Repertory Theater. Told from the perspective of six young women who came of age in this enigmatic decade and unforgettable time, this new show will have you “dancing in the aisles.”

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7-9 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, 2-4 p.m. Continues through March 10. Tickets range from $40 – $60 and are available at SLOrep.org.

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Join virtuoso and Arroyo Grande resident, Gilles Apap, return to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, and Bartok’s Violin Rhapsody No.1. The concert takes place March 2 at Harold Miossi Hall on Cuesta’s SLO camp us at 7:30 p.m.

The Hungarian spirit continues with Leo Weiner’s Hungarian Folk Dance Suite – a symphony in four movements based on Hungarian folk melodies and in a late romantic style. 

Ensure ample time for parking. Parking is FREE but may take time! Be aware that the PAC Plaza is under construction. but we do not expect any impact on your experience.

Join Maestro Sewell, and guest solosit Gilles Apap, for a Symphonic Foray Discussion beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets range from $12 to $82 and are available at Pacslo.org under events. Photo is soloist Gilles Apap

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Jump-Start Your Creativity is a workshop to spark new ways to see, think, create, and live taking place Sunday March 10, from 1-3 p.m. at Coalesce Bookstore 845 Main St, Morro Bay.

Join writer, artist, and coach Ruth Davis and play with ways to spark how you see, think, create, and live. You can apply these practices to all aspects of your life!. Creativity is more than making art. Creativity is seeing things in new ways and sharing what you experience from your unique point of view.

No artistic experience needed. The cost is $45/person and pre-registration required. Contact Ruth for details and sign up at ruth@sparktheheart.com or 602-531-3736. 

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The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble gives its winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in Spanos Theatre. 

A suite of instrumental and vocal pieces celebrated across Arab society are a highlight of the program. It features a wide range of rhythmic modalities with pieces ranging from four to 17 beats per measure, as well as examples of muwashshah, a genre of poetry and music that stems from 10th-century Andalusia in the southern Iberian Peninsula.

A Romanian folksong and Ottoman Turkish dance piece will also be performed, along with a song made famous by the Lebanese singer Fairuz that is an arrangement of the second movement of Joaquín Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez.” Ensemble member Samuel Shalhoub will conduct the ensemble in his own arrangement of the work. Shalhoub teaches in the Liberal Studies Department and Music Department at Cal Poly.

Other composers, poets and artists that will be represented in the works performed include Anton Pann, Badi` Khayri, Farid al-Atrash, Ibrahim Touqan, Mohammed Flayfel, Sayyid Darwish and Ziad Rahbani.

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

•Sensory Playtime – Saturday, March 2, 10 – 11 a.m.

Let your little ones lead the way in this open-ended playtime! Babies and toddlers can use their five senses to explore our play stations. Parents and caregivers: we also have early literacy tips for you! For ages 0-5.

• Create a Thaumatrope – Saturday, March 2, 1 – 2 p.m.

A Thaumatrope or “wonder turner” is an optical illusion based on combining two images with movement. Come learn how to make one with presenter Luna! For all ages. This program is presented in Spanish and English.

• Art Party – Wednesday, March 6, 3 – 5 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.

• Mini Weaving – Wednesday, March 13, 3:00-5:00

Learn how to weave with Librarian Emily! We’ll make miniature tapestry weavings together and learn more about how cloth was made in the past and how it’s made today.

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Readers interested in California history are invited to become a docent at Mission San Luis Obispo. Attend training on March 16 at the Mission

Call John for details – (805) 550-7713.

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The First-Ever Central Coast Jazz Guitar Fest Is California’s Only Celebration of Archtop Guitars and great jazz players, creating the ultimate guitar player hangout. It all takes place at the Cambria Pines Lodge, March 1- 3.

Get ready to immerse yourself in a harmonious celebration of jazz music and guitar education, as the Central Coast Jazz Guitar Fest kicks off. The event features three days of electrifying performances, captivating workshops, engaging artists, Q&A sessions, a guitar and gear exhibition room, and unforgettable musical experiences.

The Central Coast Jazz Guitar Fest brings together world-class jazz guitarists and educators with jazz guitar enthusiasts for a weekend filled with listening, learning, and hanging out.

Renowned jazz guitar players from around the U.S. will grace the stage, showcasing their virtuosity, and pushing the boundaries of jazz guitar.

Attendees will have the opportunity to witness breathtaking performances and workshop-style classes by jazz luminaries such as: Rich Severson, Bruce Forman

Thom Rotella, David Becker and more.

All-access weekend passes, single-day all-access passes, and nightly concert tickets are available at

www.jazzguitarfest.com.

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

• Featured Wall Artist: Ron Baers

• Display Case: Nature Journaling by Mary Sturm

• 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, March 1, 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

• Art Party – Friday, March 8, 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.

•Messy Art Playtime – Saturday, March 9, 10 – 11 a.m.

Encourage your child to get creative through painting and other messy art processes! Leave the clean-up to us.  All materials will be provided. Wear clothes that can get messy. For ages 6 months and up.

•Seed Starting & Seed Collecting – Saturday, March 9, 10 -11 a.m.Hope Merkle from Los Osos Valley Nursery will come and show how to do some simple seed starting and collecting, and teach everyone how to make seed bombs. 

• Dungeons & Dragons for Teens – Saturday, March 9, 2 – 4 p.m.

Teens and tweens: Local Dungeon Master John will take us on a voyage to The Enchanted Woods! You and your friends are attending a school for wizards, but on a field trip to the Enchanted Woods you get separated from your group! Work together with your friends, watch out for dangers, and get help from the forest’s residents to get safely back to your class before night falls. For ages 11-18. Space is limited so please register.

Brain Education Series for Adults: Week 2 – Tuesday, March 12, 5:30 – 7 p.m. 

The Basics: Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alzheimer’s is not normal aging. It’s a disease of the brain causing problems with memory, thinking and behavior. You’ll learn the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, disease stages, risk factors, current research and treatments available.

Registration preferred. Walk-ins welcome. RSVP: Los Osos Library: 805-528-1862 or the Alzheimer’s Association: 800-272-3900.

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Ukrainian-born novelist, Nick Oliveri, will sign his new book, “The Last Conjurer,” from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at Coalesce Bookstore, 845 Main St., Morro Bay. 

A No. 1 Bestselling author if eight novels and an e-book of poetry, Oliveri’s “The Last Conjurer” is the third book in the Conjurer Story trilogy and was preceded by “Becoming the Conjurer (Stories of the Shadow and Flame Book 1)” published in February 2023; and its prequel, “The Conjurer (Stories of Shadow and Flame Book 2)” in 2021. The Last Conjurer was published this past December.

According to Amazon’s plot summary, “In today’s society, people today scroll through a digital world that alienates them. Coyote suffers the same struggle as he journeys to the greedy depths of vicious crime and sin. The unproven son leaves his cushy life to battle through tattered robes through deserts and cities. As he does so, a shocking power struggle between the kingdom’s leaders unleashes terror in an unforgettable battle of the wits. Blood spills.”

According to Amazon’s bio, Oliveri was born in Ukraine but grew up in Massachusetts, and now lives on the Monterey Peninsula. He is a former startup co-founder “dedicated to the onset of the circular economy.”

He “loves wine, hockey, surfing, philosophy, art, and of course, reading and writing,” according to Amazon.

Coalesce’s book signings are traditionally held in the Garden Chapel behind the bookstore.

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