Events and Activities 6-16-2022

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.

June 17, 2022

Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St, Morro Bay, presents “Broken Nature” through June 27. The exhibition addresses the critical state of the environment due to the impact of human presence, by thinking locally and globally, and confronting global warming, drought, wildfires, climate change, extinction of species, pollution, ocean plastic garbage patch, polluted air, etc. 

Organizers say the exhibit is a challenge to dare. To pose raw questions, expose current states of matter and to envision the solutions. Let us address the consequences of our choices and urgent need to live sustainably within Earth’s resources and within our own psyche. 

This event is free and open to the public. Art Center Morro Bay is open daily from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, go to artcentermorrobay.org. Image: All is Lost by Jay Bonestall

In celebration of National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, Woods Humane Society is offering a month-long Feelin’ Good Feline Adoption Special of half-off of all adult cat adoption fees in June. The promotion comes in response to the current height of kitten season on the Central Coast.

Woods provided foster care for 147 kittens just in the month of May and a total of 201 kittens received foster, shelter, veterinary and/or adoption services last month. The nonprofit shelter is actively recruiting more foster volunteers to meet the growing need.

Regular adoption fees for adult cats (between 5 months and 7 years) are $80 and adoption fees for senior cats (more than 7 years of age) are $65; this month, those fees will be reduced to $40 and $32.50, respectively. Kitten adoption fees will remain unchanged, at $150.

All animals available for adoption at Woods Humane Society have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, licensed, and treated for fleas and other parasites prior to adoption. Adoptions also include a free veterinary exam and 30 days of pet health insurance (if adopters choose to enroll). To view the cats currently available for adoption, visit www.WoodsHumane.org/Adoptions or visit either of the shelter’s locations, San Luis Obispo and Atascadero, open daily with adoption hours from 12-4 p.m. and closing at 5 p.m. For information about the foster program, go to woodshumanesociety.org/get-involved.

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Mark your calendars for the SLO Public Market season kick off with a Summer Celebration on June 18 from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Entry to the event is free to the public and the first 50 people to check-in will get a tote bag filled with goodies.

The Market is teaming up with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) of San Luis Obispo. A percentage of sales from most SLO Public Market Vendors will go to CASA of SLO. The event kicks off the Summer Music Series featuring music every Friday and Saturday.

Schedule:

• The Vibe Setters 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

• Riff Tide 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

• SLO Bounce Co 2 p.m.  – 7 p.m.

• SLO Axe Co pay-to-play 4 p.m.  – 7 p.m.

• Group Pic Booth 4 p.m.  – 6 p.m.

• Balloon Animals & Glitter Tattoos 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

By the Sea Productions’ first full show for 2022 is “Social Security,” a fast-paced, light-hearted comedy, the New York Post called this play “a sophisticated hoot!” It is performed weekends from June 17 through July 10 in Morro Bay.  

Trendy art gallery owners Barbara and David Kahn have their lives upended when Barbara’s younger sister deposits their elderly mother Sophie on the Kahns’ doorstep, so Trudy and her husband Martin can deal with their sexually precocious college student daughter. When Sophie meets suave “non-agenarian” artist Maurice, he paints her portrait and begins to brighten her life in ways she never expected in her twilight years.  Ultimately, everyone realizes we’re never too old to redefine ourselves.     

Directed by Lisa Woske, “Social Security” features Sholly Von Stein, David Rousseve,  Greg DeMartini, Debora Schwartz, Janice Peters and Larry Bolef.  Tickets are available at bytheseaproductions.org or call 805-776-3287. 

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If you are looking for a way to help others, consider volunteering at French Hospital. Volunteers, 130 strong, share a common spirit, a desire to use their life experiences, education and concern for others to support our patients, visitors and staff. There are a variety of opportunities ranging from greeting visitors at the front desk and working in the gift shop to helping in various areas of the hospital. For more information and a list of ways to volunteer, go to supportfrenchhospital.org click on “Ways to Give” and select “Volunteer” in the dropdown menu. 

Get your fingers snapping and your toes tapping at the 26th Annual Concerts in the Plaza this summer in Mission Plaza every Friday evening for ten weeks from June 24, – August 26. This year features the brand-new Singer-Songwriter Showcase. Each concert is opened by a different local solo act. Singer-songwriters were chosen from the 2020 lineup, which was canceled due to COVID-19. The opening solo singer-songwriter act begins at 4:30 p.m., and the main act runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All concerts are free to the public and family-friendly.

2022 Concerts in the Plaza Lineup:

• June 24 • Brass Mash | pop and rock | plus Chris Beland

• July 1 • RESINATION | roots, rock, reggae | plus Graybill

• July 8 • The Mother Corn Shuckers | bluegrass, country, jam band | plus Dulcie Taylor

• July 15 • Damon Castillo Band | rock n’ soul | plus Noach Tangeras

• July 22 • Dante Marsh & the VibeSetters | island soul, funk | plus Jineanne Coderre

• July 29 • The Molly Ringwald Project | 80s pop and rock | plus Ynana Rose

•August 5 • Moonshiner Collective | Americana (Californicana) | plus Miss Leo

• August 12 • Carbon City Lights | alternative rock | plus Nataly Lola

• August 19 • The Tipsy Gypsies | jazz, blues, soul | plus Devin Welsh

• August 26 • Truth About Seafood | rock | plus Steve Key

Food and drink will be available; outside alcohol is not allowed. Downtown SLO is eliminating single-use plastics at Concerts in the Plaza; all beverages are sold in reusable cups or aluminum cans. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their own reusable cups (no glass, please!). 12oz souvenir cups will be available for purchase.

Free bike valet off of Chorro Street will be provided by Bike SLO County. Pets are not allowed at Concerts in the Plaza.

The Central Coast Watercolor Society has resumed its monthly meetings. The June program meeting takes place on Tuesday, June 28, in the Wesley Building of the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church (1515 Fredericks St, SLO).  Social time (6:30 p.m.) will be followed by a demonstration at 7 p.m. 

The demo artist is watercolorist Virginia Mack. A native Californian who studied fine arts at Berkeley, Mack grew up in and taught in the Bay area for many years before moving to the Central Coast more than 15 years ago. She has taught studio art, art history and art appreciation at both Cuesta College and Allan Hancock College. 

Her passion is kayaking in the bay, and she has developed many pieces based on studies done while kayaking.  She works primarily in watercolor and is a colorist at heart. Her series of bird studies, each done within two minutes before the bird flies, swims, or walks away, are based on her kayak work and have been her primary subjects.  During the pandemic, Mack also found inspiration in the visual journals of birds and other life in her yard that she has been keeping since 2020, completing a page each day. She uses these preliminary sketches both to clarify concepts and to resolve basic image making.

Her demonstration will focus on preliminary sketches that could lead to finished pieces. How do we work from our initial inspiration to sketches on the page that can lead to a final realization of the piece? 

CCWS requires all attendees for all CCWS activities to be fully vaccinated and boosted at least two weeks prior to the event. Masks are optional, but social distancing is required.

Prospective members are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Publicity Chair Mari O’Brien (805-439-0295) or arttrekfineart@gmail.com). Image by Virgina Mack

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Turn Cambria Purple for Alzheimer’s as part of the The Longest Day in SLO County and the Central Coast. This is the day we can fight back against Alzheimer’s disease. 

Robin’s Restaurant will donate sales of purple Ube Flan from June 22-24 to the Alzheimer’s Association. The Ube flan is made with love by one of their passionate team members ,and it’s gluten and dairy free made with condensed coconut milk and unrefined brown sugar. It has eggs. It’s served with a raspberry coulis and fresh raspberries.

Cambria Electric Bike Co is offering 10% discount on bike rentals in the month of June to anyone who donations to the Alzheimer’s Association. They have a link at the counter for online donations.

Ball and Skein Yarn Shop invited their customers to knit or crochet squares and dozens were sent in. These will be bound together to make lap blankets for memory care residents! They have more than eight-dozen squares already. Customers are also encouraged to donate to the association.

The Scarecrow Festival donated a purple trio of characters to reside outside the Chamber of Commerce in June to raise awareness! 

Many businesses will have informational table tents out during June to encourage donations and support of the cause.

A listing of public events in the tri-county area for The Longest day can be found at bit.ly/3MF81Wj. Pictured is Purple Ube Flan from Robin’s. 

Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St, Morro Bay, presents the glass and multi-media sculptures of Ted Lee Emrick through June 27 in the .

Unique to his aquatic connection to the Central Coast, and having been a surfer for more than 50 years, Emrick’s appreciation and respect of his ocean environment has created a powerful artistic style, conscious of light, motion, time and life.

Emrick’s contemporary style combined with inspiration from cave paintings and rock expeditions, offer a dynamic blend of visual storytelling within each unique sculpture. 

The current exhibit was inspired by the struggles in Ukraine, the bravery of its people and their efforts to be free. Art Center Morro Bay is open daily, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

For more information about Ted Emrick and this body of artwork, go to visit tedleeemrick.com/shards-of-ukraine. Image: “Out of Putin’s Grasp.”

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