Events and Activities 2-9-2023

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 9, 2023

Cambria Center for the Arts continues its presentation of New Beginnings, a local artist’s cooperative featuring fine arts and crafts. Original oil paintings, watercolors, pottery, jewelry and other unique gifts are on display and available for purchase now, all created by the many local Cambrian artists.  The exhibit is open to the public through February 26. Admission is free. Visitors are welcomed Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12-4 p.m. They are located at 1350 Main Street, Cambria. For membership and exhibit details visit CCA’s website: https://cambriaarts.org/home. 

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Place your orders now. Members of the Rotary Club of Morro Bay, headed up by Dan Costley, will fire up their BBQs again on March 15 in support of the community.  Take home a full-size Spencer’s premium tri-tip roast along with ranch-style beans, garden salad with ranch dressing, hot sourdough garlic bread loaf and salsa.  This is a complete meal that serves six. Tickets are $55 and are available at morrobayrotary.org. All proceeds go to the club’s “Help Us Help Others” Campaign, which provides services to our community. 

Pick-up is from 5 – 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15 at Carla’s Country Kitchen at 213 Beach St. Morro Bay. 

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

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. Featured Artists – Wall artist TBD Display Case is Stanley Stern with his Blue Glass

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 and 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.

Gardening Event – Saturday, February 11, 10 -11 a.m.

Hope Merkle from Los Osos Valley Nursery will talk about: What to plant, When to plant, How to plant, and more. Librarian Antoinette will talk about the library’s Seed Library. All adults are invited to attend.

Family Movie – Saturday, February 11, 2 p.m.

Featuring  “Encanto.” It’s rated PG. The library provides popcorn Everyone is invited to attend this wonderful movie!

Book Discussion – Thursday, February 16, 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Discuss the Cuesta Book of the Year, “All My Rage.” No need to sign up ahead of time. Just show up. Call the library for details.

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Experience Nature Nights, an eight-acre experience in light and art, Friday through Sunday evenings through March 19 plus February 14, Valentine’s Day at the SLO Botanical Garden.  

This immersive experience features digital imagery by Bryn Forbes,  Michael Reddell’s wire sculptures and artistic lighting of the garden by lighting designer, Kody Cava. 

Wine, beer, beverages and snacks available for purchase.  Tickets are $24.75 pluss fees for adults, children 12 and under are $14.75 plus fees, and toddlers, 2 and under are free. Times, dates and tickets are available at My805Tix.com.

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The Man in Black is back. The San Luis Obispo Repertory Theater (SLOREP) will produce “Rick of Fire — The Music of Johnny Cash” — a tribute to one of the few people who have been inducted into both the Country Music and Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fames.

“This unique, original musical,” SLOREP said in a news release, “includes more than two dozen classic hits, from “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue” “Folsom Prison Blues” to the title tune — performed by a multi-talented 5-member cast. From start to end, the story paints a musical portrait of Johnny Cash that promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to a musical legend.

The show opens Friday, Feb. 10 and runs Wednesdays-Saturdays, through March 12. Wednesday-Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Shows are at the SLOREP Theater, 888 Morro Ave., in Downtown SLO. Tickets range from $40-$60 and are available online at: www.slorep.org or by calling 805-786-2440.

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Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, presents a free pastel demonstration with award-winning artist, Greg Trombly on March 13, from 3- 5 p.m.

This demonstration will explore basic composition, drawing techniques, color and value with a variety of soft pastels. Interaction with the artist is welcome and encouraged.

Trombly holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from State University of New York at Oswego and State University of New York at Albany. In addition, he holds a PhD in the cultural foundations of education from Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

This art demonstration is a precursor to Trombly’s 3-day  upcoming workshop that is open to the public March, 24, 25 and 26 from 1-4 p.m. For more information about the workshop and pre-registration, go to www.artcentermorrobay.org or call 805-772-2504.

Image is copyrighted and courtesy of Greg Trombly

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The Morro Coast Audubon Society presents “Observing and Conserving the Seabirds that Rely on California’s Central Coast” as its latest Zoom program on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. The event features Dan Robinette of Point Blue Conservation Science.

 Seabirds are a highly visible and charismatic feature of central California’s coast. They have adapted to ocean life by living long and providing increased parental care to offspring compared to other birds. This Community Program will introduce the many seabird species that are dependent on central California’s coastal habitats, discuss the threats they face, and highlight some of the conservation victories giving these birds hope. It will also demonstrate some of the ways that seabirds can be used as indicators of change in our oceans and thereby guide the management of our ocean resources.   

Dan Robinette is the Coastal Program Leader for Point Blue Conservation Science. He earned his B.S. in Marine Biology and M.S. in Biology from California State University, Long Beach. He has studied marine bird response to environmental change for over 20 years. He currently leads research and monitoring programs along the California coast with much of his work focused on developing marine birds as indicators of ecosystem processes and condition. 

All MCAS Zoom Community Programs are free and open to the public. All ages are welcomed. No signup/registration required to attend. For more information, email Wendy McKeown, programs chair at wendy@morrocoastaudubon.org. 

Join Zoom Meeting  at https://bit.ly/3CRGzUi. The meeting ID: 227 248 5901 and the passcode is morrocoast 

Photo courtesy of Dan Robinette.

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Check out “Vertebrate and Insect Pests of the Home Garden” on Thursday, February 16 from 6:45-7:45 p.m. when the Los Osos Valley Garden Club hosts guest speaker, Kim Wilson, master gardener. Kim will explain the basics of identifying vertebrate pests and how to control them safely, as well as the most common insect pests and how to prevent and control them in the garden. 

The presentation will be held on zoom. To join the meeting, go to:

https://bit.ly/40rP1me. Meeting ID is 753 644 4586 and passcode is 

LOVGC. If you don’t have a camera or microphone on your device, you can use your phone to dial in at 1-669-900-6833 US (San Jose); meeting ID: 753 644 4586; Passcode: 678130.

For more information, send and email t0 info@lovgardenclub.org.

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he Central Coast Watercolor Society announces Aquarius 2023 California Open Watermedia Exhibition held February 23 – April 3 at Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay. Aquarius 2023 presents the best in watermedia painting, representing a wide range of subject material and techniques, from experimental to traditional, and encourages support for watermedia painting as a vital, enduring and expressive artistic medium.

Submissions came from artists throughout California State as well as local CCWS members. The juror for selection and awards is the internationally recognized, award-winning watercolorist Fealing Lin. More than $3000 in cash and merchandise will be awarded.

A list of the selected artists can be found https://ccwsart.com.  

There will be an opening reception on Feb. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. including presentation of awards, certificates and a gallery tour with Fealing Lin

Contact Exhibition Chair Diann Johnston at diannj@gmail.com with any questions. Image is 2022 Aquarius First Place Winner: “Luca” by Pat Cairns.

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