The following are free events brought to you by the Los Osos Library 2075 Palisades Ave, 805-528-1862. All library programs follow current California and County of San Luis Obispo health guidelines.
• Book Discussion – Thursday, March 16, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Discuss “Ghost of Gold Mountain” by Gordon Chang. No need to sign up ahead of time. Just show up! Call the library for details.
• Marble Run – Friday, March 17, 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.
• Poetry Night – Wednesday, March 22, 6:30-8:15 p.m.
Join on Zoom for a night of poetry celebrating “Origins.” Poets Kathy Fagan and Mira Rosenthal present their original works, followed by an open mic. Registration is required for attendance.
•HexBugs – Friday, March 24, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Create mazes for these motorized bugs! All ages welcome.
• Nintendo Switch – Friday, March 31, 2:30-4:30
Master your gaming and fine motor skills with our Nintendo Switch! School Age.
Book signing and book launch celebration for Debbie Noble Black’s debut novel, “Deetjen’s Closet” takes place Sunday March 19 from 1-3 p.m. at the Garden Chapel behind Coalesce Bookstore at 845 Main Street in Morro Bay. Debbie will give an author talk and brief reading at 2 p.m. Book lovers of all ages are welcome. “Deetjen’s Closet” is a historical fantasy for readers ages 8-12 published by Coalesce Press. It is the first book in the series Sara and the Ghost Clothes. Book 2, “McMenamin’s Closet,” is scheduled for release in October.
The following programs are presented by the Cayucos Library, located at 310 B St. in Cayucos. Contact the library at (805) 995-3312 for more information, or go to www.slolibrary.org. All programs are free to attend.
• Cover-to-Cover Reading Program: through April 15. Read five books and get a free In-n-Out hamburger or cheeseburger! Visit the library to pick up a reading log. Each child can receive up to three coupons. Ages 4-12.
• Storytime: Every Wednesday at 10 a.m., join in for stories, songs, rhymes and finger-plays.
• Book of the Year: Visit the library to pick up a complimentary copy of their book of the year, “All My Rage.” It is a contemporary fiction focusing on two Pakistani American teens, Salahudin and Noor, and their experiences in the small town of Juniper, California. This annual literary program is hosted in partnership with Cuesta College.
Booked for Lunch: Second Fridays at noon. Tell us about your favorite books you have read this month. Everyone is welcome.
On Mar. 16, internationally renowned musician and performance artist Dorian Wood presents a 12-hour composition and art installation at Cuesta College in collaboration with the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery and the Cultural & Performing Arts Center (CPAC).
Wood (pronouns: she/her/they/them) is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Using subject matter informed by their own perspective as a genderfluid brown person, a child of Costa Rican and Nicaraguan immigrants, and an autodidact, Wood’s intent of “infecting” spaces and ideologies with their artistic practice is born from a desire to challenge traditions and systems that have contributed to the marginalization of people.
Canto de Todes, Spanish for “Song of Everyone,” is inspired by a lyric by the late Chilean singer/songwriter Violeta Parra. The work is divided into three movements – the first and third movements are one-hour-long chamber pieces influenced by folk, popular, and experimental music. The second movement is a 10-hour pre-recorded piece unfolding throughout multiple spaces. The Los Angeles Times describes Wood’s work as featuring “layered vocals that can be at turns cacophonous and haunting.”
Canto de Todes unifies Wood’s multidisciplinary strengths to create a community-oriented project exploring the potential of music as a conduit for social change. It upends the expectation of the rigidness often associated with witnessing chamber music performances by offering a welcoming space that allows individuals to project their personal, communal joys and traumas. It is a collaborative work with local artists who are invited to permanently incorporate their respective visions into the body of this evolving piece.
Canto de Todes is presented on Thursday, Mar. 16, in three movements:
• Movement I | 9:00 – 10 a.m. | CPAC Experimental Theater
• Movement II | 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery
• Movement III | 8 – 9 p.m. | CPAC Experimental Theater
Admission to this event is free. Go to cuesta.edu/student/campuslife/artgallery/ or call (805) 546-3202 for a schedule of exhibits and hours of operation . Image courtesy of Dorian Wood.
Join Cambria Center for the Arts for Refreshments and Art. “Finding the Light” features internationally shown artist Liz Hampton-Derivan. Her delightful and unexpected imagery includes mixed media, photography, hot and cold wax, paints and pastels. The exhibit runs through April 30. Gallery hours are Fri-Sun 12 to 4:00 p.m. More information is at http://www.cambriaarts.org.
Cambria Center for the Arts has a call to artists for their Spring Juried Photography Exhibit with juror Kerry Drager.
To register/submit art online through April 17-21 and for information, go to
Anne Grannis is the Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St., featured artist through April 23 with open hours 12-4 p.m. daily. Anne loves creating art from stone carving, pastel painting and fabric. She has taught clay sculpting since she was a young girl. Her sense of whimsy prevails in her popular dream boxes and her figurative sculptures are the very shape of intimacy, created from live models.
Whether you are attending this free exhibit to observe or to find that perfect painting for yourself or as a gift, you’re in for a delight. For more information, contact Art Center Morro Bay at (805) 772-2504, email@example.com ww.artcentermorrobay.org.
Join Saturday Seed Talks Garden Series: Oak and Acorns As A Staple Food at the Morro Bay Library, 625 Harbor St., on Saturday, March 11 from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. During this free event learn about the mighty oak, the local, dominant tree species, and how the edible acorn is used in cuisine and culture.
Presenter Jesse Trace has a background in sociology and sustainable development and is passionate about agro-ecology and ethnobotany.
On Saturday, March 18 from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. check out the Piedras Blancas: Elephant Seal Seasons of The Year. Join the Friends of the Elephant Seals for a dynamic slide and video presentation of the seasons of our Central Coast elephant seals.
All library programs follow current California and County of San Luis Obispo health guidelines. These two programs are recommended for adults.
The following are free events brought to you by the Morro Bay Library 625 Harbor St, (805) 772-6394. All library programs follow current California and County of San Luis Obispo health guidelines.
• Paws to Read – Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Come and read your favorite book to Billie the corgi! She’s at the Morro Bay Library on Wednesday afternoons. School Age.
• Storytime – Tuesdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Stories, dance, and music for toddlers and preschoolers.
• HexBugs – Wednesday, March 22, 3 – 5 p.m.
Create mazes for these motorized bugs! All ages welcome.
• New Life K-9’s – Saturday, March 18, 2023, 1 -2:30 p.m.
New Life K9s trains and places service dogs with veterans and first responders with PTSD. Meet the handlers, and dogs to learn about this great program. Free to the public.
Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre presents “Kodachrome,” its first Readers Theatre program for the season March 24 through March 26.
“Kodachrome,” written by Adam Szymkowicz, is the story of a small town told through the lens of the local photographer, who lets us peek into her neighbors’ lives to catch glimpses of romance in all its stages.
“Her camera and her stories capture moments in the lives of the town’s denizens, including the hardware store owner who hasn’t healed from the death of his wife, the lonely but unfailingly optimistic Florist, the young woman who has no idea what she really wants, and the waitress whose daily routine has been exactly the same for the past 20 years,” said the publication Broadway World. “Put together, these moments encapsulate what it is to be a person navigating the rocky waters of love. There are some surprises along the way, but most of the characters’ struggles, hopes, and fears will likely feel familiar, because they’re your struggles, hopes, and fears as well. It’s tender and poignant and awkward and funny all at the same time – you know, just like life.”
The staged reading is directed by Katy Dore, an accomplished actress/writer/film director and producer. A short film she wrote and directed, “Odd Bird,” was screened at a previous Cambria Film Festival.
Performances are at 1350 Main St in Cambria and run March 24-26, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online at Cambriaarts.org or at the door. All seats are reserved.
Win a Dream Trip from the Rotary Club of Cambria. How does a vacation on the beach in Bermuda, Los Cabos, Cancun or Costa Rica sound to you? Or a trip exploring the beaches and jungles of Belize or a wine train and hot air balloon ride in Napa Valley? Maybe checking out the Kentucky Bourbon Trail or New York’s Broadway are more up your alley. Whatever your preference, it’s time for Cambria Rotary’s Grand Raffle. Enter to win one of eight travel experiences. The winner will be drawn at their VIVA event “Spring Fling” on April 29, but the winner does not need to be in attendance to win. Purchase tickets for $50 from any Cambria Rotarian or email them more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds will help fund local and international projects including feeding the needy, polio eradication, disaster relief, basic education and literacy, high school scholarships, promoting peace, sustainable clean water and much more.
Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, presents Capturing the Essence of Nature, a 3-day, soft pastel workshop, with award-winning artist Greg Trombly March, 24, 25 & 26 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Focusing on basic composition, drawing techniques, color and value, this course is designed to provide hands-on guidance to students in a relaxed atmosphere. Students will learn how to incorporate contrasting shadows cast from sunlit skies along various rocky shorelines, to fields dotted with floral wonder. Trombly will provide an introduction to pastels, surface varieties and how to choose subject matter.
Students are encouraged to bring a reference photo of a flowery field, a sunset and/or shoreline, for these classes. Images are available upon request. This workshop is designed for beginner to advanced.
Trombly will give a free demonstration of pastel on March 13 from 3-5 p.m. at Art Center Morro Bay. If you’re not sure if this workshop is for you, get a free introduction by attending this exciting demo.
The cost for the workshop is $165 members and $175 non-members Pre-register at https://artcentermorrobay.org/index.php/shop/. For more information, call 805-772-2504 or go to www.artcentermorrobay.org.
Image is copyrighted and courtesy of Greg Trombly.
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