Events and Activities 5-18-2023

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.

May 19, 2023

Los Osos based, SLO AXE CO will hold a grand opening at their new venue the A-Town Chop Shop, a vintage auto-themed axe throwing lounge. The fun takes place Wednesday, May 24 from 4-8 pm in the heart of Atascadero within the new La Plaza building at 6250 El Camino Real. 

The A-Town Chop Shop is putting the pedal to the metal delivering an axe-throwing experience like no other, with a team of expert Axe Whisperers on hand to guide participants through the perfect throw. The lounge offers an innovative interactive approach to axe throwing with the use of projected targets, allowing participants to track scores and play a variety of games. 

The A-Town Chop Shop boasts a 70s-inspired disco ball, vintage car décor, and music, creating a unique and unforgettable atmosphere. The lounge also serves snacks and is in the process of having some of your favorite local beers on tap. The covered outdoor patio offers the ultimate spectator spot, not only for the inside action but also for the bustling La Plaza promenade. 

At the A-Town Chop Shop, they take axe-throwing seriously, but they don’t take themselves too seriously. Get ready to unleash your inner lumberjack while grooving to some funky tunes and checking out some sweet vintage auto art. There will be raffles, contests and giving away prizes. They will also offer grand opening weekend specials through their social media May 26 – 28. To register, go to


Act quickly to take part in this event. With so many passionate individuals and organizations wanting to help monarchs, where do we source information from? Join the Western Monarch Trail: The Path to Collaboration presentation on Friday, May 19 at 1 p.m. to learn how the Central Coast State Parks Association is combining the work of federal, state, and nonprofit organizations to create the Western Monarch Trail.

The Western Monarch Trail is a multifaceted collaborative project that serves as a platform for consistent education, outreach and resource avenues that focus on preservation of the western monarch along its migration path as well as kickstart political actions in an effort to restore populations of healthy migrating western monarch butterflies.

Join CCSPA, CA State Parks, and Kristin Howland (CCSPA Executive Director and Project Manager for the Western Monarch Trail) for this presentation.

Free to join and open to all ages. Must pre-register to participate. Register at


The Cayucos Library, located at 310 B ST. in Cayucos, presents the following programs. Contact the library at (805) 995-3312 for more information, or visit their website at All programs are free to attend.

Summer Reading Program: June 1 – July 31. Visit your favorite library to pick up a bag of goodies and a summer reading guide. All ages.

Family Storytime: Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. join them for stories, songs, rhymes and fingerplays! Stay afterwards for a different activity each week. Children of all ages are welcome.

Chair Yoga: Every Tuesday at 11 a.m. A gentle mindful mobility practice for all skill levels. 


All things nautical will be for sale at the Annual Marine Swap Meet, set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24 at the Maritime Museum, located at the end of the Front Street parking lot on the Embarcadero. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Morro Bay Harbor Department, Maritime Museum, and Youth Sailing Foundation, the event is free to attend. Vendors will have marine-related items for sale — from wetsuits to boat and fishing gear, artworks, canoes and kayaks, surfboards and more. Bring cash if you plan on buying something.

If readers have nautical items they’d like to sell, they can sign up to be a vendor at: 


Cruise Control Cambria presents “The Rolling Hills of Jenny West by artist Anna Fusco at 1075 Main Street. There is an opening reception on May 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. 

Fusco’s work for this show is born from a love and appreciation for pulp western comics and their place in framing the idea of manifest destiny in the American west, and that natural friction with the current sentimental and fleeting possibility of modern home ownership. If nowhere is home then why can’t everywhere feel a bit like it? If everywhere is home then why is there still that incomplete feeling?

Her unearthing of the internal emotional landscapes at stake are heightened by the external evidence presented back to us. The concepts of safety and security through a place of ones own, in contrast to the revelations of life on the road are the compelling forces of her storytelling. Vignettes, asides, and anecdotes become the proof of life we can recall, and eventually become the truth we remember over time.

Anna currently lives, writes and creates in the hills of San Luis Obispo County.  


Join the League of Women Voters for “The Promise and Challenges of Offshore Wind Power Generation” presentation on May 25 at noon via Zoom. It features moderator:  Neil Havlik, Chair, LWV SLOCO Natural Resources Committee and panelists Alla Weinstein, CEO, Trident Winds and Crow White, Ph.D., associate professor, Cal Poly.

A large area off the coast is proposed for offshore wind power development at Morro Bay. The process is underway but is in the early stages. County residents will want to know more about the wind power structures, how they will be constructed and put in place, and the potential impact on the marine environment.

The presentation is free, but registration is needed at


Take part in the annual Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony taking place in San Luis Obispo on Monday, May 29, at 11 a.m. Co-hosted by American Legion Post 66 and Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum. San Luis Obispo County residents and visitors of all ages will come together on this special day, to honor and remember all who lost their lives making the ultimate sacrifice during their service to our country at the Veterans Memorial Building in SLO at 801 Grand Avenue, near the Cal Poly entrance. 

Guest speaker William Bowes, Navy vice admiral (ret) will reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day. The ceremony includes a flag presentation by the Sea Cadets Color Guard, The History of the American Flag by Boy Scouts Troop #322, the Gettysburg Address, singing of the National Anthem, and the laying of a memorial wreath. The Cal Poly Brass Quintet, led by Christopher Woodruff, director of Cal Poly Bands, and member of Taps Across America will play the Armed Forces Medley and Taps.

From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., a $12 tri-tip sandwich lunch will be served onsite at Post 66, with the sandwich, coleslaw, chips and drink; free to veterans with valid ID. Pre-sale lunch tickets are available at Post 66 on Mondays or call the ticket coordinator at (805) 459-4015. All lunch proceeds benefit the American Legion, Post 66.

The Veterans Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, for free tours with a new, temporary exhibit, “Lost at Sea: Loss and Remembrance.” The exhibit provides a historical review of perilous military conflicts and natural disasters above and below the sea. Three scheduled exhibit talks take place at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., including a Q & A with local Navy surface ship and submarine Veterans about their own at sea experiences.  


Congregation Beth David SLO will honor two long-time members on Saturday May 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. at 10180 Los Osos Valley Road. Paul Wolff and Marvin Sosna, each well into their nineties, are being honored for their contributions to the wider community and to Beth David. 

Paul Wolff is a long-time SLO county resident and retired Architectural Design instructor from Cal Poly. At 93 years of age, Paul is still an active advocate for accessibility for all and the fight against anti-Semitism. 

Marvin Sosna, a gifted writer with a keen eye for detail was the editor of the Ventura Star-Free Press for 10 years before shifting to become the editor of the Thousand Oaks News Chronicle for 26 years. At 95 Sosna notes “They say old age isn’t for sissies, and it’s true. You have to work at it.” 

Tickets for this tribute can be purchased through the Beth David website: For more information, contact Robyn Friedman O’Leary at Beth David SLO or (805) 544-0760.


Cambria Center for the Arts is looking for original 2 and 3-D art of all types, large and small to exhibit concurrently with their next featured artist, Tom Gould: Connections.

Submit up to 4 pieces online June 28-July2. For more information, visit

Exhibit runs July7-Aug27 Gallery hours Fri-Sun 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Enjoy discounts and benefits by becoming a member at Cambria Center for the Arts; a non-profit local artists’ co-operative with fine art and crafts for sale.


The following are free events brought to you by the Los Osos Library 2075 Palisades Ave, 805-528-1862. All library programs will be following 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.

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. 

Beginner Coding – Friday, June 2, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Hands on coding fun for kids! Come tinker with Cubetto robots, a Let’s Go Code set and a Robot Mouse. For ages 3+. 


The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble will showcase music from multiple regions for its Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27, in Spanos Theatre at Cal Poly.

Several classic Iraqi songs, as well as celebrated selections of Lebanese, Palestinian, Romanian and Syrian music, will be featured. Composers, poets and artists represented on the program include the Anton Pann Ensemble, Elias Rahbani, Fairuz, Marcel Khalife and Nazem al-Ghazali. “Al-Madrasa Al-Arabiyya,” a composition by Arab Music Ensemble Director Ken Habib, will have its world premiere. 

Critically acclaimed guest artists to be featured include Ishmael on qanun (zither), Fathi Aljarrah on kamanja (violin), and Faisal Zedan on riqq (tambourine), daff (frame drum) and darabukka (goblet drum). 

San Luis Obispo dance director Jenna Mitchell will lead the dance troupe in the performance of original choreography that dialogues with the music. 

The Arab Music Ensemble is an orchestra and choir with vocal and instrumental soloists. Its membership represents a range of majors on campus and professions off campus. The dance troupe has a similar composition and has collaborated with the Arab Music Ensemble since its formation in 2006. 

Tickets are $20 for the public, and $10 for students. Event parking is sponsored by the PAC. 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). 

Send your event listing at least three weeks in advance to 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.

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