Events and Activities 7-13-202

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.

July 16, 2023

Who doesn’t love a spicy bite? Spicy food represents that thin line that separates pleasure from pain. After the first bite you start feeling your lips and tongue catch on fire, your eyes start watering but for some reason, you can’t turn away. Some of us want to be challenged by spiciness, to the point of sweating and gasping.

The range of fiery, delicious dishes is as broad as the culinary heritage of the world. Most cuisines utilize spice in different ways. To celebrate the cultural and gastronomic diversity of spicy expressions, the vendors of the SLO Public Market have come together to create the hottest day of the year. 

On July 22 the SLO Public Market is “Bringin’ on the Heat. Participant vendors will sell their small but hot creations inspired by each cuisine they represent.

Participating vendors are:

• Baht

• Bing’s Bao Buns

• Bottlecraft

• Brooks Burgers

• Central Coast Creamery

• Humble Oven

• Jay Bird’s

• Night Shift Cookie Co

• Perfect Scoop

• Plant Pub

• Rambling Spirits

• The Neighborhood

• The Perfect Scoop

• Todo Buen 

• Veg on the Edge 

In addition to these delicacies The SLO General Store will be hosting a raffle with a selection of local spicy treats.  Orange Theory will be hosting a “Burn before the Burn” workout (RSVP required) and Nexus will host a spicy Latin dance class in the market’s courtyard.

The heat goes down at the SLO Public Market, 3845 S Higuera St. Free Entry and Free Parking

While reservations are not required, they are highly encouraged to help the vendors prepare. RSVP at


Help make 20 new scarecrows in just one day to celebrate the 15th year of the Cambria Scarecrow Festival on Aug. 5, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cambria Grammar School. 

Participants can work alone or bring a friend and work together to create your very own scarecrow. Your creation will add artistic whimsy to Cambria in the month of October. All materials to build and create a scarecrow are provided. However, you are welcome to bring any items such as hats, sunglasses, fancy buttons, clothes, or outfits, which will add your special touch to your scarecrow.

Sara Blair-Field will demonstrate how to create and sew a soft sculpture face. Organizers will provide water, soda, chips, and candy. You provide your lunch, creative genius, and readiness to have fun. Register online at A waiting list will be established once the workshop is full and participants placed on the wait list will be contacted if a space becomes available.


Get ready to be transported to Paris for the day – no passport or plane tickets required. Celebrate Bastille Day and French Heritage at the Dallidet Adobe & Gardens on Saturday July 15 from 11:30 to 3 p.m. – lunch will be served at noon

The menu is fine French cuisine, featuring vegetables from the Dallidet garden as well as French wine and cheeses.

The gardens will glow with the sound of live music by the incomparable Brynn Albanese, who will bring her unique French Gypsy style.

In the raffle, take a chance on winning a one-of-a-kind turned wooden bowl by local master wood turner Barry Lundgren, made from a piece of a Blackwood Acacia tree that lived on the property and was taken down last year.  The bowl is 11 inches across and 3½ inches tall. Tickets to the event are $75 and raffle tickets are $10 each. For more information and to register, go to


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.

• Acrylic Paint Marbling for Teens – Thursday, July 20, 1- 2 p.m. Teens! Come and join Susana as we learn with Creativebug on the technique of acrylic marbling. Create a one-of-a-kind piece to take home! Ages 12-18

• Book Discussion – Thursday, July 20, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Discussion is “Codebreaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene editing, and the future of the human race” by Walter Isaacson.  No need to sign up ahead of time.  Just show up! Call the library for details.

• Coloring and Texture – Friday, July 21, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Drop by the Los Osos Library to create colorful art with textured rubbing plates! All kids welcome.

• Xtreme Science Magic with Don O’Brien – Saturday, July 22, 11-12 p.m. Xtreme Science Magic Show is a fast-moving, interactive, upbeat show that mixes entertainment with information. Kids will not forget Don O’Brien’s interactive presentation! Ages 3 and up.

• Keva Blocks & GeoMags – Friday, July 28, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Come to the Los Osos Library and play with Keva Blocks! Build your own creations and have lots of fun. School age.

• Floral Wine Glass Painting with Spencer Collins – Saturday, July 29, 10-11:30 a.m.

Join artist Spencer Collins for this free, fun art class! In this class, students use enamel paint on wine glasses to create colorful tulips. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Registration required. For adults.

• Teen Crafternoon – Saturday, July 29, 2-4 p.m. Make tiny ice cream cone pins out of felt and pompoms. All materials provided! For ages 11-18.    


The Morro Bay White Caps Community Band summer series free concerts are in full swing.  Under the baton of conductor Brenda Hascall the band will entertain the community with pops, jazz, and classical music. Concerts take place on the South T-Pier on Saturday July 15, Aug 5, and September 9 from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. 

Photo Credit Suzanne Mustafa and Brenda Hascall  


Call for artists. In partnership with SLO County Arts, California State Parks Association and the Western Monarch Trail are thrilled to host the Through the Eyes of a Monarch art show. The exhibit takes place during the month of September at The Bunker SLO in support of CCSPA and the Western Monarch Trail. SLO County Arts is currently inviting people of all ages to submit art inspired by the migration of the western monarch. The show seeks to highlight not only the beauty of the monarch but also to introduce the struggles the monarchs and many other pollinators face. Climate change, habitat loss and pesticides are affecting our smallest yet very important species on earth. You can tell the story of the monarch with your art “through the eyes/lens of a monarch” in whatever way speaks to you as an artist. Is it the beauty of the migration, in the midst of a cluster of monarchs? Or it may be the destruction they see to their habitat through climate change, fires and habitat loss. Perhaps you envision the future of increased habitat and returning numbers? The western monarch butterfly population. All applications are due by July 28, 2023. View Submission guidelines at


Scott Yoo and Ryan Lawrence lead a family friendly performance of Aaron Copland’s ballet Appalachian Spring at Cuesta Performing Arts Center on July 22, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.  This concert is open for all ages will last under one hour without an intermission. All tickets $5; children sitting on a lap do not need a ticket. For mor einformation and to get tickets, go to 

Bring the kids out to the CPAC at 10 a.m. to try playing a variety of musical instruments at the SLO Symphony’s Instrument Petting Zoo.


Free upcoming July programs at the Morro Bay Library – 625 Harbor St, (805) 772-6394.

• Pacific Wildlife Care – Tuesday, July 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

The Pacific Wildlife Care team is bringing some animal friends to the Los Osos Library! Come meet an American kestrel, a Virginia opossum and a raven.

 • Coloring and Texture Art – Wednesday, July 19, 3:00-5:00

Drop by the Morro Bay Library to create colorful art with textured rubbing plates! All kids welcome.

 • Teen Crafternoon – Saturday, July 22, 2 – 4 p.m.

Make tiny ice cream cone pins out of felt and pompoms. All materials provided! For ages 11-18.

• Bubble Zone! – Tuesday, July 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Bubbles: not just for storytime. Come make bubbles on the patio with Susana. 

• Keva Blocks and GeoMags – Wednesday, July 26, 3:00-5:00

Come to the Morro Bay Library and play with Keva Blocks! Engineer your own creations and have lots of fun. All kids welcome.


Living in California means that residents need to be ready for wildfire. The City of San Luis Obispo has the information and tools needed to get prepared and will be offering a Wildfire Readiness night open to all.

San Luis Obispo Wildfire Readiness Night takes place  Thursday 6/22 at the Library Community Room, 995 Palm St. from 6-7:30 p.m.

Participants will hear from experts at the San Luis Obispo City Fire Department and receive a printed copy of the “Ready, Set, Go!” Personal Wildfire Action Guide.

The City’s Fire Chief, Fire Marshall, and Emergency Manager will present important wildfire and emergency readiness information to the community and will answer questions, helping attendees:

1. Get READY by preparing your home and property for wildfires.

2. Get SET by creating household evacuation and communication plans.

3. And Go! by knowing when it’s time to evacuate.

For more information on the event and wildfire readiness, go to and follow the Fire Department on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 

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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