Events and Activities

Small bat in a hand

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.

May 6, 2021

Do you think bats are scary? The next Morro Coast Audubon May Community Meeting will help change that on Tuesday, May 18at 7 p.m.
via Zoom. Join them for a talk by Melinda Alvarado, a wildlife rehabilitator, conservationist and educator since 1989. Her presentation includes a slide show and features live, tame bats of several species for viewing and discussion.

Myths, superstitions and misconceptions about these highly beneficial mammals are discussed and replaced with factual learning about the ecological importance of bats and their roles in many ecosystems as insect controllers, pollinators and seed dispersers. Discover why bats don’t get headaches from hanging upside down and why you don’t have to worry about bats getting stuck in your hair. All ages kindergarten through adult will benefit and appreciate this chance to examine the real world of bats. For Zoom information, go to

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Honor Flight Central Coast California is usually on the receiving end of donations, but this May, it’s turning the tables to help local wineries who have supported the organization that takes local military veterans on all-expense paid trips to visit military memorials in Washington DC. For the last several years, SLO County wineries have participated in “Vino for Vets,” a Memorial Weekend fundraiser that donates a portion of wine sales to Honor Flight. This year, Honor Flight leaders want to show their appreciation and support for partners hard hit by COVID-19 and other challenges and will forego the on-site fundraiser and instead conduct a Vino for Vets Wine Raffle. Honor Flight collected wine to be assembled into five “six pack” collections and are raffling each for a $25 entry fee. Only 150 entries will be offered for a chance to win one of the six packs. Since its founding in 2014, Honor Flight Central Coast California has taken several hundred local veterans (half of them WWII veterans) on all-expense paid trips to Washington, D.C. for VIP tours of the memorials that were built in their honor. The all-volunteer organization, 100 percent dependent on donations to fund the trips, is hopeful flights will resume later this year. McGill said the Vino for Vets fundraiser generates significant funds for the group as well as showcases who Honor Flight is and what it does. “Our winery partners have been so good to us, and this year, we want to help them.” He said that despite Honor Flight’s plan to purchase all wine, winery partners are donating, discounting and offering fine wines to enhance the value of the raffle. The Vino for Vets Wine raffle runs for the month of May, subject to the availability of the 150 entries. In addition to wine and logo glasses, each six pack will contain a special gift: a bottle of the Honor Flight 2020 special red blend commemorative wine created by Pianetta Winery in Paso Robles. The five winners will be announced in a Facebook Live event on June 6, the 77th anniversary of the D Day invasion. Entries may be purchased by check or credit card; purchase information and entry forms are on the Honor Flight website,

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Many County library doors opened this week for Grab & Go service.

Browse the shelves, pickup holds, or use express computers at the Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Los Osos, Morro Bay, Nipomo, and
San Luis Obispo libraries 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Tuesday through Saturday. Per State and County guidelines, they require face coverings and social distancing, and we ask everyone to limit visits to 30 minutes.

Want to change the pickup location of your holds? Log in to your account at or call one of our open branches
Need more information about your visit? Visit for answers to frequently asked questions, or feel free to call an open branch.
Wondering why your local library isn’t open yet? Stay tuned: They expect to open more branches and to fine-tune hours as soon as more staff return from County COVID-19 assignments.

Join Mike and Rosemary Bauer along with other fellow artists for a curated art show and sale at Four Sisters Ranch Vineyard and Winery, 2995 Pleasant Rd. in San Miguel as part of Wine Festival Weekend on May 22 from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. There will also be live music from 12- 3 p.m. featuring The Blood Brothers acoustic duo, who are two childhood friends, Ron and Spike, with a uniquely woven twin guitar sound with some mandolin and harmonica thrown in. Current to classic, but always acoustic. Dog and family friendly. Reservations recommended for wine tasting. No outside food or beverages allowed; however, Hurricane Kitchen food truck will be there. For more information go to or call them at 805-467-2046.

The Rotary Club of Los Osos is collecting electronic items to be recycled. Collecting runs through Saturday, May 8 at the Los Osos Trinity United Methodist Church at 490 Los Osos Valley Rd. Specifically, TVs including older CRT, flat screens, and computer monitors of all types as well computer laptops and desktops can be brought to the site. Unfortunately, other electronic items are no longer being recycled. Los Osos Rotary has recycled over 100 tons of electronic items. With help from the County’s Integrated Waste Management Authority, The club will also provide information on how to get rid of non recyclable items.

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