Events and Activities 4-6-2023

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.

April 7, 2023

Morro Bay State Park is looking for volunteer kayakers and stand-up paddle boarders for the SeaLife Stewards program starting in May of this year.

SeaLife Stewards go through one, four-hour virtual training and one, four-and-a-half hour training and evaluation where they are trained by subject matter experts on preventing wildlife disturbances, recording community science data, and how to identify wildlife.

Stewards will also learn safe viewing distance guidelines for a variety of the wildlife that call Morro Bay home. Stewards must be able to swim and kayak and stand-up paddle boarders must bring their own board.

Applicants are asked to make a minimum commitment of two, four-hour shifts and submit an application with Robin Hazard at SeaLifeStewards@gmail.com or 805-712-4776.

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Downtown SLO’s Annual Bunny Trail returns to the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market on Thursday, April 6 from 6–8 p.m.. This event is free, family-friendly, open to the public, and will coincide with the normally-scheduled Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market. 

• Bunny Trail: Families are invited to follow the “trail” and collect treats from over 30 different downtown businesses. Volunteers will be passing out free treat bags and trail maps at the corner of Chorro & Higuera Street and throughout the Market. The map will also be available online at DowntownSLO.com/BunnyTrail. 

• Meet & Greet with Downtown Bunny: Children can meet Downtown Bunny at the corner of Chorro & Higuera Streets; photos will be free with a personal device. No printed photos with Downtown Bunny will be available for purchase. More information about Bunny Trail can be found at DowntownSLO.com/BunnyTrail.

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The Morro Bay Art Center, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, has been in existence for over 50 years. There is a large workroom as well as a gallery. The workroom has just been reopened to offer (free to the membership and the general public) ‘Creativity Day’ which was closed during COVID. Anyone can come with their supplies and work on their project and meet other artists who are also working. This open studio atmosphere is available on Thursdays from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. For questions email Elaine at elainemason41@gmail.com.

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The San Luis Obispo Master Chorale is diligently rehearsing as the group prepares for its third and final performance of the 2022/2023 season. Tickets are on sale now for “The Theatrical Mendelssohn: Elijah,” happening on Sunday, April 23, at 3 p.m. in Harold Miossi Hall at the Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo. Together with new and returning members, the SLO Master Chorale will be performing with over 100 voices – the most since prior to the pandemic – plus a full symphony orchestra. Tickets are available for purchase at www.pacslo.org or by calling the PAC box office at 805-756-4849. 

Leading up to the Sunday concert, the SLO Master Chorale will host two educational “Beyond the Notes” free events to impart additional insight about the world of composer Felix Mendelssohn and his family. Both presentations are given by Dr. Marian Wilson Kimber, professor of musicology at the University of Iowa. On Saturday, April 22 at 7 pm, is “Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and the Problem of a Woman in Music,” Dr. Wilson Kimber will discuss how Felix Mendelssohn’s sister became an important musical figure and symbol of women’s struggle for equality. This talk is held at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in downtown SLO. Then, learn how Felix Mendelssohn’s romantic music drew on his lifelong engagement with his German musical heritage, as well as theater, literature, and poetry. An amateur painter, Mendelssohn also composed music that reflected the natural landscape he encountered in his many travels. “Felix Mendelssohn Composes His World” takes place on April 23 at 1:15 pm in the Pavilion at the Performing Arts Center, concluding just before the concert at 3 p.m. that day. 

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Check out events at the SLO Bontanical Garden. A Founders Walk and Talk takes place Tuesday, April 4 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The cost is $10. Members free.

Join gardening expert and SLOBG founder Eve Vigil for great tips and tricks for your garden. Subjects may touch on the Garden’s history, what’s in bloom, important maintenance – when and why – or whatever interests the group. Have you ever wondered how the garden beds were initially prepared, what the irrigation schedule is or anything about the plants?  

Bring water and comfortable shoes for our walk around the garden.

Yoga on the Terrace takes place Saturday April 8 and 15 from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. The cost is $12 for non-members and $10 for members – Class Package available

Outdoor yoga rejuvenates the body and soul and helps you find center by grounding you to the earth. Our resident yogi, Cheryl of Waking Fields Yoga, channels the natural healing energy of our garden into her weekly class on the terrace of SLOBG. Start your weekend on a positive foot with a yoga class for all levels that focuses on mind-body unity.

Bring a mat, towel, water, and any supports you may need. 

For more information about registering for this program, email millie@slobg.org, or call (805) 541 – 1400 x302.

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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.

• 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 Bob Rodgers with portraits and landscapes

Display Case is TBD

• 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 & 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.

• Cartoon Club – Friday, April 7, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Zap! Pow! 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. 

• Family Movie – Saturday, April 8,  2 p.m.

We will be showing “A Bug’s Life.” It’s rated G. We will also provide popcorn!! Everyone is invited to attend this wonderful movie! 

• Read Together – Thursday, April 13, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

Jonniepat Mobley facilitates the group reading of a play/script.  No audition necessary. Come in, take a script and we will read the play aloud together.

• Button Making – Friday, April 14, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

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

• Book Discussion – Thursday, April 20, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

We will be discussing “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. No need to sign up ahead of time. Just show up! Call the library for details.

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Successful Landscape Design for Native Bees. On Thursday, April 20, from 6:45-7:45 p.m., the Los Osos Valley Garden Club welcomes Kim Chacon, Instructor at Cal Poly’s Landscape Architecture Department. Kim will speak about the importance of native bees and habitat. The best design strategies for native bees reduce habitat fragmentation, as well as educate, and improve bee habitat networks. This garden club meeting is free and will be held via zoom. To join the meeting, go to https://bit.ly/3pAKlts.

Meeting ID: 753 644 4586

Passcode: LOVGC

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

Email info@lovgardenclub.org, if you have any questions.

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“Visualizing Climate Change and a Just Transition,” community event, 10-noon, Saturday, April 15, St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, Los Osos. Enjoy this community event Saturday, April 15, and tap fresh perspectives on climate change. See eye-popping NASA images from space of the causes and impacts of climate change presented by Susan Callery, managing editor, NASA Global Climate Change website. Following the NASA presentation, gain insights about a just transition from the 30-minute award-winning film “Nation in Transition.” Top it off with free resources to reduce emissions and save money offered by the Cal Poly Climate Fellows and the www.ResilientSLO.org app. Photo credit NASA

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The Alzheimer’s Association California Central Coast Chapter invites you join the Healthy Aging Social Club for those living in the early stages of dementia. We meet on the second and fourth Thursdays each month from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (April 13 & 27) at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church (660 Pismo Street San Luis Obispo). Contact Laura DeLoye for questions at ladeloye@alz.org or 805-342-0956.

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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 at www.slolibrary.org. All programs are free to attend.

* Calm Kits: Pick up a bag filled with sensory items to help focus your mind when you are feeling anxious or stressed. All ages. Available while supplies last.

• Storytime: Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. stories, songs, rhymes and fingerplays!

• Book of the Year: Visit the library to pick up a complimentary copy of our book of the year, “All My Rage.” This 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.

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Cambria Center for the Arts is seeking your photography for our Spring Juried Photography Exhibit with Juror, nationally recognized photographer and author Kerry Drager (http://www.kerrydrager.com/).  The exhibit Coastal Perspectives, runs May 5- July 2. Register and submit art online between April 17-21. For detailed information, go to cambriaarts.org/cca-artists/. 

Morro Coast Audobonne Society’s next free Virtual Community Zoom Program is “Living and Working in a Penguin Colony in Antarctica” presented by Jean Pennycook on Monday, April 17 at 7 p.m.

In this program, Jean will share what it’s like to live and work in a penguin colony and what her research team has learned about the Adélie Penguin. Her team monitors the population of these amazing birds as they respond to changes in their environment. 

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

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The following programs are presented by the Morro Bay Library, located at 625 Harbor St, Contact the library at (805) 772-6395, for more information, or go to at www.slolibrary.org. All library programs follow current California and County of San Luis Obispo health guidelines.

• April is Stress Awareness Month, and the Morro Bay Library will have a table filled with stress-buster items designed to calm your mind and body.

• Read a Story to Billie, the dog on Wednesdays from 3:30  – 4:30 p.m. A great reading partner, Billie enjoys listening to all stories read to her.

• Button Making on Wednesday, April 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. Create your very own fantastic pieces of flair using our button maker. For ages 8-18.

• Feed Your Spirit Adult Art Group on Friday, April 14 from1 – 3 p.m. Adult Coloring, Stamping and Button Making.

• Keva Blocks and Geomags on Wednesday, April 19 from 3 – 5 p.m. Play with Keva Blocks. Engineer your own creations and have lots of fun. 

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The raw power of American tradition: 7 Sisters Folklore Society proudly presents Dirk Powell Band plus SLO County Stumblers at Bristol’s Cider House, 3220 El Camino Real, Atascadero, at 7 p.m (doors at 6) on Saturday, April 15. 

Dirk Powell is widely known as a passionate “musician’s musician” to Americana audiences, not only for his stalwart commitment to Appalachian and Cajun tradition but also for his songwriting and work in film and TV. His solo records, which often combine a traditional foundation with a wide-ranging commitment to emotion and original expression, have had impact around the globe. For this show, very special guests Sammy Lind and Nadine Landry of the legendary Foghorn Stringband will join with Dirk and Amelia Powell to form a truly powerhouse ensemble. Sammy and Nadine bring their own dynamic and soulful energy to the mix. Together, this is a band of familial energy, emotional original music, and the raw power of tradition at its most free. Tickets are $25 advance / $30 door (subject to availability). They can be purchased at eventbrite.com. The event contact phone number is 805-235-2874.

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