Events and Activities 6-6-2024

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 6, 2024

Support the Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART) with dinner at Harmony Cafe’ and music by Jill Knight Saturday, June 22 at 5 p.m. for a delicious four course meal: salad, appetizer, choice of entrée (braised short beef ribs, baked halibut or vegetarian option) and dessert.

This special dinner with music by local favorite, Jill Knight, will help raise much needed funds for HART.

Tickets are $125 per person (gratuity included) and a cash bar will be available. Space is very limited, so get your tickets soon.

Make reservations by calling HART directly Tuesday through Saturday from noon till 5 p.m. at (805) 927-7377, or send an email to wendy@slohart.org.

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Juneteenth celebration, speakers, silent auction and bake sale, resource fair, as well as history, cultural, and art exhibits take place on June 15 and 16. On Saturday, June 15 from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo for main events and exhibits at the History Center of SLO County, 696 Monterey St and Edna Contemporary, 967 Osos St. 

The Master of Ceremonies, Sylvia B. Henson is a recognized thought leader focused on protecting rights of children as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the County of San Luis Obispo. She provides support and resources to marginalized and underrepresented communities ensuring their voices are heard and rights are protected.  Having many years as an IT professional, she develops and advances the technical skills for girls and young women interested in Software, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as well as women of color pursuing a career in engineering.

Music includes headliners Lila Hood-the Blue Violin, the Vibesetters, gospel music by the legendary House of Prayer Choir, Latino Music by Juan Leandro Gutierrez and Paul Gonzalez, and classics by Bay Love. 

On Wednesday, June 19, check out a screening of the documentary “The Cost of Inheritance” that explores the complex issue of reparations in the United States using a thoughtful approach to history, historical injustices, systemic inequities, and the critical dialogue on racial conciliation. It takes place from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. 2201 Lawton Ave (corner of Broad/Lawton) San Luis Obispo. The movie is free but seating is limited, so reserve tickets in advance by emailing naacpslocty@gmail.com.

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React Alliance will hold a special celebration of World Oceans Day on the South T Pier in Morro Bay starting at 12 p.m. on June 8, and lasting at least 1 p.m.. Everyone concerned about the health of our local oceans is invited to join this peaceful rally that will highlight the impacts of the proposed offshore wind energy project and encourage individuals to learn more about the controversial technology. They will convene at the base of the South T Pier and walk slowly along the Embarcadero throughout the hour. Bring appropriate signs to carry on the waterfront walk. They will have signs available for those that choose to borrow one. Come lend your voice and presence to this event that will recognize the importance of a healthy, non-industrialized ocean and coast.

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Central Coast readers of all ages are invited to participate in a Summer Reading challenge and other free events and activities at County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries locations this summer.

Summer Reading is the Library’s annual challenge where participants read books to earn prizes. This year’s program runs June 8-August 10. For every three books they read, kids earn a spin on a prize wheel. Teens receive a book bag and book to keep. Adults can also track their own reading to win a book bag.

Readers are also invited to participate in the Quail Quest — a challenge to visit any or all the libraries 14 times over the summer. Additionally, libraries will be hosting free events including a reptile show, a symphony instruments “petting zoo,” and boba tea book clubs for teens. This year’s Summer Reading is sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County Library Foundation and Friends of the Library groups from Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Cambria, Morro Bay, Nipomo, Oceano, Santa Margarita, and Shell Beach libraries.

For more information about Summer Reading, summer events, and County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries locations, visit SLOLibrary.org.

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The Cal Poly Symphony and Cal Poly Choirs will perform celebrated works from the French and American repertory at 7:30 p.m. Saturday June 8, in the Performing Arts Center. 

The “France Tour Preview Concert” will feature works the symphony and choirs will perform while on tour of France in late June, including as part of the 80th anniversary of D-Day at the American Cemetery in Normandy, in the Church of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine in Paris, and other locations throughout the country. 

Two Cal Poly choirs — PolyPhonics and University Singers — and the symphony will perform separately and together. David Arrivée directs the symphony, and Scott Glysson directs the choirs. 

The combined ensembles will present a variety of shorter works by Gabriel Fauré and Camille Saint-Saëns. Both composers held the position of music director for the celebrated Madeleine Church, which is shaped like a Greek temple, in the late 19th and early 20th century. 

As a part of the D-Day remembrance of the Allies’ June 6, 1944, invasion of France (Normandy) in what became known as the largest amphibious operation in military history, the choirs will present a haunting version of “In Flanders Fields” by Stephen Rew. “In Flanders Fields” is a famous war memorial poem published in 1915 by World War I Canadian medical officer John McCrae. The choirs and symphony will combine to perform John Williams’ “Hymn to the Fallen” composed for the 1998 film “Saving Private Ryan.”

Tickets are $15 and 20 for the public, and $10 for students and San Luis Obispo Jazz Federation members. Event parking is sponsored by the Performing Arts Center. 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).

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Join the Cayucos Library, located at 310 B St., for the following free events. The library is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from June through August.

• Reptile Ron: Saturday, June 15 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.. Join us for a fun interactive event with Reptile Ron and his exotic animal friends from around the world! All ages.

• Botanical Watercolor Cards: Saturday, June 22 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Need to send a memorable gift? These handmade watercolor cards make the perfect present for any occasion! Students will learn to create basic botanical designs on cards. Registration is required, call us at (805) 995-3312 to register.

• Firework Art and Lemon Volcanoes: Saturday, June 29 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join us for Fourth of July themed art and science activities!

• Raspberry Chocolate Jam Making: Wednesday, July 10 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Adults will learn how to make their own raspberry chocolate jam and take home what they make. Presented by UCCE Master Food Preservers. Registration is required, call us at (805) 995-3312 to register.

• Storytime: Every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, rhymes and fingerplays! Children of all ages are welcome.

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Join Cambria Nursery and Florist for an Enchanted Fairy Garden Weekend, June 7-9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Featuring free lunch, noon to 1 p.m. daily. Bring the whole family and enjoy a variety of creative workshops, designed for all ages and skill levels! One of the highlights of the weekend is the Nursery’s popular Create A Fairy Garden workshop. This workshop provides all the supplies you need to bring your fairy garden vision to life. Participants will receive personalized instruction and assistance, ensuring everyone leaves with a beautiful, whimsical fairy garden. For more information and the three-day schedule, go to cambrianursery.com. Tickets are not required to attend this event.

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There is a CALL FOR ARTISTS for the exhibit 

“Here and Back Again” featuring Mauro Maressa at Cambria Center for the Arts. The show describes the artistic journey of now-Cambrian artist, Mauro Maressa. After a 40+ year career in animation and special effects, Mauro has returned to his early passions of painting and sculpting. Incorporating the skills that he honed as an animator; he is now creating again with the focus of his early years.

Mauro Maressa finds himself ‘Back Again’, on his old path with new skills and a newfound enthusiasm for his passion for art. Two and Three-dimensional Art can be uploaded to the website   Monday, June 24-Monday July 1. Exchange Day is Monday July 1 from 10 a.m. to Noon: Exchange Day (Bring in new art, pick up unsold art.).  Saturday, July 6 – 4:30-6 p.m. is an artists’ reception featuring wine, live music, refreshments. Exhibit dates are July 2 – August 25, (Tuesday through Sunday).

 Membership with Cambria Center for the Arts is not required for this show, but always encouraged. To become a member or update your membership, click the link: https://cambriaarts.org/join/

Submission/registration must be done using the online form at www.cambriaarts.org. If you are unable to use this registration method, you can bring your art in on Exchange Day.

This is an exhibit in our virtual gallery and our physical gallery. Each artist is responsible for submitting your work which includes uploading up to four high quality images of your work and paying the take-in fee, then bringing the submitted artwork to the gallery during exchange day hours. Artists who are unable to use the online registration form can bring their work in on exchange day and one of the gallery team will do it for you. Contact the Gallery with any questions at gallery@cambriaarts.org.

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The following are free events brought to you by the Los Oso Library, 2075 Palisades, Ave, 805-528-1862.

• Games Under the Sea – Friday, June 14, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Celebrate the start of summer with ocean themed games and crafts! Win small prizes playing loteria del mar, learn about seashore creatures with a matching game, choose an adorable or fearsome sea creature to color, and more. Watch live video of penguins and otters getting fed at 3:00 and 3:30 – yum!

• Summer Reading Kick-Off Party – Saturday, June 15, 11-2 p.m.

Help us kick off Summer Reading with a celebration of books and the great outdoors! Play giant lawn games, learn about park passes, adventure kits and more. Take a new plant friend home (while supplies last). Learn about pollinators with the Xerces Society at 1pm! All ages are welcome to sign up for summer reading! Pick up a reading log to keep track of your reads throughout the summer and complete fun activities to win sweet prizes.

• Raspberry Chocolate Jam for Adults – Tuesday, June 18, 5:30-6:30

Join us with UCCE Master Food Preservers and learn how to make Raspberry Chocolate Jam. Take home what you make. Reservations required. Space is limited.

• Book Discussion – Thursday, June 20, 5:30-6:45

“Lady Tan’s Circle of Women” by Lisa See. No need to sign up ahead of time. Just show up! Call the library for details.

• Reptile Ron – Friday, June 21, 3:00-4:00

Join us for a fun interactive event with Reptile Ron and his exotic animal friends from around the world!

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