Events and Activities 3-14-2024

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 14, 2024

Morro Bay’s By the Sea Productions presents a staged reading of “Talk Radio,” the Pulitzer Prize winning dark comedy by Eric Bogosian, directed by Chrys Barnes.

Nighttime Cleveland radio shock jock Barry Champlain has become wildly popular by insulting his callers in the name of “Keeping It Real.” When he learns the network wants to “go National” with his show, he doubles down on the outrage, despite growing evidence that some listeners are unhinged enough to turn their anger into real world violence.  

This show contains adult themes and language and is not appropriate for children.

Showtimes are March 22-24, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at 545 Shasta Ave., Morro Bay.  Tickets are available online at bytheseaproductions.org, or call 805-776-3287.

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Calling all dog-lovers! The Lioness Club of Cayucos will hos their annual Easter Dog Parade from 12 – 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, starting at the Cayucos pier. This fun-filled event benefits the Cayucos Lioness Club who supply the Mutt Mitt bags, dispensers, and trash receptacles for Cayucos beaches, beach accesses, and downtown Cayucos. The event will offer T-shirts for sale as well as a free photo booth to capture the essence of your special furry friend. Doggie costumes are encouraged. Free bunny ears will be given to two-legged participants while supplies last. Come join the fun and support the Mutt Mitt Program that helps keep our community welcoming and beautiful!

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Local sculptor, Chloe A. White, has created a new set of Stations for St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church that draws from a slightly different set of events than usual.

The Stations of the Cross date back to the sixteenth century. They were created by Franciscan monks to help people go to Jerusalem in their imaginations and follow the path (the Via Dolorosa) that Jesus is thought to have taken on the final day of his earthly life. The images are drawn both from the Biblical accounts and from traditional stories.

St. Benedicts is located at 2220 Snowy Egret Lane, Los Osos. Viewing times are Thursdays March 14,21 and 28 from 2-4 p.m. and Saturdays March 16 and 23 from 2-4 p.m. They can be reached at 805-528-0654.

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Free events brought to you by the Los Oso Library 2075 Palisades, Ave, 805-528-1862.

• Mini Weaving – Friday, March 15, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

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.

• Book Discussion – Thursday, March 21, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

Book of the Year: “Creep” by Myriam Gurba. No need to sign up ahead of time. Just show up! Call the library for details.

• Fairytale Engineering – Friday, March 22, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Magical STEM fun at the library! Read the fairytales, plan, create and test your structural design using 3 different kits. For ages 3+

•Teen Writing Workshop with Sherry Shahan – Saturday, March 23, 2:00-3:30 p.m.    

Want to write a story but not sure how to begin? Started writing but got stuck? Learn how to turn your ideas into stories with Battle of the Books author Sherry Shahan (“Frozen Stiff,” “Death Mountain,” “Ice Island,” and more). Bring what you’re working on – even if it’s only a paragraph. That’s how stories are born. For tweens and teens, ages 11-18.

• Legos! – Friday, March 29, 1 – 4 p.m.

Come to the Los Osos Library and build amazing creations with Legos! We will display your finished pieces during the month of April.

• Nintendo Switch – Friday, March 29, 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.

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Orchestra Novo continues its tradition of performing live to silent movies with the 1925 film, “The Freshman,” starring comedic genius Harold Lloyd of “Safety Last “ fame. Hoping to emulate the local college star football hero, Lloyd embarks on a hysterical journey to gain personal fame and find true love.

Carl Davis’s musical score captures the essence of American life in the 1920’s and Michael Nowak’s 40-year history of working in the Hollywood studios offers the perfect partnership for a magical afternoon at the movies. 

The fun takes place Sunday, March 24 at 4 p.m. at the Harold J. Miossi CPAC at Cuesta College. For more information and to purchase tickets go to orchestranovo.com.

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Morro Bay Main Street Farmers Market takes place Saturdays, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Continues through May 31. Get fresh and veggies, fruit, baked goods, sweets, and handmade artisan crafts. Come have some fun with your local farmers and artisans and enjoy delicious eats while enjoying the fresh breeze of Morro Bay.

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Now that spring has arrived, learn about best practices for keeping healthy while gardening. Join the Los Osos Valley Garden club on Sunday, March 17, from 2-4 p.m., as they welcome guest speaker, Audrey Elliott, MPT from Sunnyside Physical Therapy. Elliott will talk about preventing injuries while gardening and provide tips on warm up exercises, proper body mechanics, adaptive equipment, and the importance of planning and taking breaks.

Elliott attended Cal Poly SLO for her undergraduate degree and graduated from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences with a degree in Physical Therapy. She and her husband returned to the central coast in 2000. Elliott has been working at Sunnyside in Los Osos for twenty years and feels fortunate to work in a clinic where she has adequate one-on-one time with every patient.

Elliott’s presentation will follow a member talk on Garden Safety presented by Debbie Weitzman and Wendy McKeown. 

The Los Osos Valley Garden Club is a 501c3 nonprofit. The meeting will be held at First Baptist Church of Los Osos, 1900 Los Osos Valley Road, in Los Osos (cross street Lariat Drive). There is no fee to attend, and reservations are not required. If you have any questions, email club President, Wendy McKeown at info@lovgardenclub.org.

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The Cal Poly Choirs’ “Traditions” Concert takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17, in the Performing Arts Center, will feature 100 alumni of Cal Poly’s choral program. 

Cal Poly graduates from the last 40 years make up the alumni chorus. The group will be co-directed for several choral gems by Cal Poly Professor Emeritus Thomas Davies, and Director of Choral Activities and Vocal Studies Scott Glysson.

University Singers will open the concert with traditional favorites including “How Lovely Are the Messengers” by Felix Mendelssohn, as well as modern selections like Byron J. Smith’s gospel work “Make a Way.” John Knutson, Cuesta College’s director of choral and vocal jazz program, is guest conductor of the group this quarter. 

The Chamber Choir will present a preview of its “Sacred Sounds” concert in Mission San Luis Obispo on May 25, which will include the mass setting “Missa O quam gloriosum” by Spanish Renaissance Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611) and contemporary works by Stephen Paulus, an American Grammy Award winner who died in 2014, and Zanaida Robles, an award-winning Black American female composer, vocalist and teacher. 

PolyPhonics will perform works from its upcoming tour of the San Francisco Bay Area: Alberto Ginastera’s riveting “The Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet” from 1946, Pawel Lukaszewski’s beautiful setting of “Crucem tuam adoramus,” “Breaking Dawn,” a modern work by Scottish composer Cecilia McDowall, and “Yon Monn Nuovo,” a vibrant and exciting work in Haitian Creole by Sydney Guillaume.  

Tickets 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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The next Morro Coast Audubon Society Virtual Community Zoom Program takes place Monday, March 18 at 7 p.m. The program is 15 Years of Birding for Conservation in Colombia Presented by Christopher Calonje

Christopher Calonje will talk about his 15-year involvement in promoting bird tourism in his native Colombia. The end of a 50-year civil war brought peace and prosperity to a country marred by violence, opening it up to tourism and to birders from around the globe. Colombia boasts the world’s longest list of birds, now over 1,960 species, which is roughly 20% of the world’s species in a country that occupies less than 1% of Earth’s landmass. Chris will discuss how bird tourism has supported conservation and local communities in rural areas of Colombia, and his involvement in the process since the country finally became accessible to birders at the beginning of the 21st century. 

A Humboldt State University graduate, Chris has led hundreds of tours in all regions of Colombia since he founded Colombia Birdwatch in 2009. Chris devotes his time to various non-profit conservation groups and local communities in Colombia and also runs the amazing Araucana Lodge in southwestern Colombia, near the city of Cali. Owned by his family on a 30-acre property purchased in 1957 by his grandfather Julio H., the lodge has been touted as one of the best birding lodges in the country.

Zoom Meeting ID: 985 7649 5990 Passcode: 640771

All MCAS Zoom Community Programs are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

No signup/registration required to attend.

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Morro Bay residents can show their city some love through brief, fun service projects on Saturday, April 27. The goal is to complete six gardening projects and one art project in two hours, using a method perfected by Morro Bay in Bloom volunteers. The event is called I ♥️ MB and, for volunteers who have registered at morrobayinbloom.org/i-love-mb, it begins at 8:30 a.m. at City Park, located where Morro Bay Boulevard meets Harbor Street. The gardening project choices include tree planting, planting a native plant garden, preparing downtown for the following weekend’s Cruisin’ Morro Bay Car Show, and a special planting project at one of the local schools. Event participants choose their preferred project during online registration.

Art project participants will paint galvanized metal buckets with their own unique, freeform designs. The buckets will be used as planters for special downtown displays. People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to registration at morrobayinbloom.org/i-love-mb.

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

• Fairytale Engineering – Wednesday, March 20, 3-5 p.m.

Magical STEM fun at the library! Read the fairytales, plan, create and test your structural design using 3 different kits. For ages 3+

 • Nintendo Switch – Wednesday, March 27, 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.

 • Teen Advisory Board – Saturday, March 30, 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.

Send your event listing at least three weeks in advance to Editor@EsteroBayNews.com. Make sure to include the who, what, why, where and when of the event and contact information. Please, type out in paragraph form rather than attaching flyers. We do not guarantee publication but try to include as many as we can.

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