Events and Activities 3-23-2023

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.

March 25, 2023

The Morro Bay Maritime Museum welcomes the magnificent tall ship, San Salvador, set to return to Morro Bay from August 11-20, 2023.

As a museum dedicated to preserving maritime history, this ship holds a special place in their hearts. To make this visit an even more enriching experience, they are looking for volunteers to act as docents on the ship and assist at the museum during the visit. Interested parties should be passionate about history and excited to share their knowledge with visitors from near and far.

Readers interested in volunteering, are invited to stop by the museum or reach out online at https://morrobaymaritime.org/contact-us/.

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Coalesce Bookstore, 845 Main Street, Morro Bay, hosts Los Osos author Peggy Rothschild and her newest murder mystery book, “Playing Dead” In this sequel to Rothschild’s Dog Wrangler series, Molly Madison is back to solve another doggone difficult murder in her sleepy California beach town. When a dog trainer’s body is found, Molly knows it’s her duty to put her ex-police skills to use. She can’t say no to taking in the deceased’s dog either —not with those puppy dog eyes.

The book signing takes place on Saturday, March 25, 2023 from 1p.m. – 3 p.m.

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San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden and Five Cities Orchid Society present Orchid Fest2023! This plant and art sale takes place Saturday and Sunday, April1 and 2 from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the El Chorro Regional Park (3450 Dairy Creek Road, off Highway 1 between Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo). Parking is $3 per car, and admission to the event is free. 

With the Central Coast of California providing the ideal climate for orchids, and new hybrids that are easier to care for, orchids are more enjoyable than ever. Many varieties flourish on windowsills or sheltered outside areas, and are a delight to behold. This event provides an opportunity to collect new plants and get all of your orchid-related questions answered. Additionally, six of California’s talented orchid growers/hybridizers are offering their plants for sale. The SLOBG will sell native plants and will also be joined by orchid plant supply vendors and art vendors. 

Additionally, SLOBG and FCOS host a Cake Auction as a fundraising event. They will auction cakes that have been donated by local bakeries and private bakers. This event will be live and enthusiastic, and takes place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. For more information, go to slobg.org, or call (805) 541-1400. 

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The following are free events brought to you by the Morro Bay Library 625 Harbor St. The can be reached at (805) 772-6394. All library programs follow current California and County of San Luis Obispo health guidelines.

• Nintendo Switch – Wednesday, March 29 and April 26, 3 – 5 p.m.

Master your gaming and fine motor skills with our Nintendo Switch! School Age.

• Cartoon Club – Wednesday, April 5, 3 – 5 p.m.

Learn how to create characters, draw backgrounds, build a story and more during a fun comics-filled afternoon. Paper, pens and pencils provided — you bring the inspiration. For ages 8-18.

• Button Making – Wednesday, April 12, 3:00-5:00

Create your very own fantastic pieces of flair using our button maker. For ages 8-18.

• Keva Blocks and Geo Mags – Wednesday, April 19, 3 – 5 p.m.

Come to the Morro Bay Library and play with Keva Blocks! Build your own creations and have lots of fun. All ages welcome.

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California State Parks in collaboration with the Central Coast State Parks Association has a new exhibition “Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change.” This exhibit opens at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History at Morro Bay State Park on Mar. 24 and runs through Sep. 17, 2023. The exhibit features more than 52 color photographs of wildflowers representing seven of California’s regions, as well as equipment used by photographers in the field, high- and low-tech interactives, and natural history text panels featuring maps and essays focused on California’s landscape and climate change. The exhibition aims to address how climate change and other human impacts affect California’s wildflowers. 

An exhibit launch event takes place on Wednesday, Mar. 29 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Natural history photographer and member of the California Native Plant Society, Marlin Harms, will provide a presentation on the unique wildflower flora of San Luis Obispo County at 6 p.m., and the Central Coast State Parks Association will provide snacks and refreshments. The launch event is free and open to all ages. The exhibition will be available to view at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History during open hours from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., seven days a week.

For more information, visit www.exhibitenvoy.org.

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SLO Skiers, a local, non-profit sports and social club for adults holds its next monthly meeting at Dairy Creek Golf Course Clubhouse in San Luis Obispo at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, April 5.  Meetings are free and yearly membership is only $65. Social hour from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Meeting follows. Social and sports activities occur year around.

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The Cal Poly Music Department will host its 2023 Summer Music Camp from Wednesday, June 28, through Saturday, July 1, on campus.

 Applications are being accepted now for the camp, which is open to all California high-school-age vocalists and instrumentalists. Participants will be able to stay in residence halls while they engage in a variety of opportunities, including rehearsing with faculty and students in a choir, concert band or string chamber group; having private lessons with Cal Poly instructors; sampling music classes; spending time with current music majors; and exploring San Luis Obispo and local areas of interest. 

Review of applications begins April 1. Applications will be accepted through June 1. 

For more information about the camp — including costs, scholarships and the application — go to music.calpoly.edu/summer-camp/ or email music@calpoly.edu or call 805-756-2406.

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Join the free webinar “New National Polling Data on Different Approaches to Public Safety in America” April 5 at 10 a.m. sponsored by the Joyce Foundation.

Alternative methods of public safety is a topic of nationwide concern. There is strong evidence that policies that promote interventions in crises with behavioral health services can improve outcomes and reduce the chance for unintended violence. Researchers will present findings from a soon to be released nationwide public opinion poll of likely voters on their views of various approaches to addressing public safety issues. The results are expected to include data on voter’s views on police, crisis response, 911 dispatch, and community violence intervention strategies, among others. The presenters will also discuss the challenges that lie ahead as communities continue to grapple with how to improve public safety while working to minimize the potential harms of the justice system. Registration is required for this event at http://bit.ly/42ibUd9.

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The Alzheimer’s Association California Central Coast Chapter invites you join them for the SLO Walk to End Alzheimer’s Kickoff Party occurring March 28 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Antigua Brewing Company (1009 Monterey Street San Luis Obispo). Join them and bring your friends to learn about the SLO Walk and other ways to get involved with ALZ in your community! RSVP to Karen Ortiz: kdortiz@alz.org or 805-539-2094.

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The 2023 Central Coast Caregiver Conference, for the caregivers of today and the caregivers of tomorrow, will hold sessions led by field experts in dementia care education, brain health research, and learn about aging well in and alongside your community. They welcome those impacted by any form of dementia at any age, as well as those who want to learn more about providing and receiving care. The event is on April 5 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. hosted via ZOOM. Registration is required: bit.ly/alz2023. Contact Laura DeLoye for questions at ladeloye@alz.org or 805-342-0956.

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Parents and caregivers can get extra peace of mind that their car seat is installed correctly at a car seat check-up event on April 4 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Twin Cities Hospital (1100 Las Tablas Road) in Templeton.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 46% of car seats are misused. Certified child passenger safety technicians will check car seats for proper installation. Technicians will also teach caregivers how to install their car seat correctly and provide education about the appropriate seat based on the child’s age and size.

California law requires all children under two years old to ride in a rear-facing car seat, unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds or is 40 or more inches tall. Parents are encouraged to keep children in rear- and forward-facing seats as long as possible. Children who are age eight and older or who are at least 4 feet, 9 inches in height may ride in the back seat of a vehicle in a properly fitted safety belt, though a booster seat is still recommended.

This free event is presented by the Public Health Department and the non-profit Pregnancy & Parenting Support of San Luis Obispo County.  

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Join the Cougar Conservancy and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for a “Coexisting with Wildlife in San Luis Obispo” event on March 26 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in San Luis Obispo, 1605 Calle Joaquin. 

Dive into coexistence measures for at-home and on the trail—from cougar-proof enclosures and removing wildlife attractants to air horns and safety. Presentations by Cougar Conservancy and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome. For more information, go to CougarConservancy.org/Assistance

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