Events and Activities

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 15, 2021

Don’t miss the next Central Coast State Parks Association Mindwalks on Friday July 16 at 1 p.m. Join Call Poly professor Scott Johnston to discuss how geologist study the formation of volcanic rocks, when and how the local volcanic formations formed and how their formation has helped geologists to better understand the evolution of recent tectonic events in the region. The virtual mindwalk will look at the Morro-Islay Volcanic Chain that make up the iconoclastic peaks that define the San Luis Obispo area and provide spectacular hiking and climbing opportunities for inhabitants and visitors, but their formation is commonly misrepresented. Register at https://ports-ca.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_B1tmJXQCRLeBxeF7H9osS

R.A.C.E. Matters presents the second iteration of their Belonging series — a multi- location, multimedia event that centers and amplifies Black voices. R.A.C.E. Matters is a San Luis Obispo-based, Black-led organization that creates artistic, cultural, educational, and social experiences that amplify Black voices and matters of racial justice.
Supported by funding from the City of San Luis Obispo for programs that foster diversity, equity, and inclusion, Belonging was produced in collaboration with several local creatives.
Belonging includes the photographic and video installation We Are Here, musical celebration Rhythms in Black, and live storytelling event Stories Matter. We Are Here showcases local Black residents; and includes an unprecedented display of portrait photography on city pedestrian banners in the hub of Downtown San Luis Obispo. The community can view We Are Here and listen to Rhythms in Black around Downtown SLO and via R.A.C.E. Matters’ website (racemattersslo.org/belonging) Rhythms in Black is also available for streaming on the SoundCloud.com/racemattersslo platform, accessible to anyone with a computer or phone. Tickets for Stories Matter, a live and in-person event at Bang The Drum Brewery, are now on sale at racemattersslo.org along with more information about our Belonging programs and events.
Key Dates:
July through August: View and listen to We Are Here and Rhythms in Black around Downtown San Luis Obispo and on racemattersslo.org
Thursday, July 15th, 6-9 p.m.: Belonging Block Party at Farmer’s Market: music, Black-owned business vendors, art, and more! Morro Street between Higuera and Monterey streets.
Sunday, August 1st, 4-6 p.m.: Stories Matter at Bang the Drum Brewery. Tickets are $5 online at Event Brite and $7 at the door. Photo caption: San Luis Obispo resident Josephine Agoruah photo shoot for Behind the Scenes with photographer Stephen Heraldo of Community Roots Project.
Photo by Eric Deshawn Lerma.

Pi Jacobs plays what has been called “an Americana bluesy rock thing”. Pi will be coming to the central coast on July 17 to play Morro Bay’s Libertine Brewing with her one-woman show that includes the obvious: powerful singing, and rootsy guitar work, alongside the not so obvious “Stomp Box” that she plays with her feet creating impeccable grooves. The result is a high energy, captivating affair that will be certain to entertain. Pi’s music has been heard on NPR, DittyTV, Austin Music TV, The Alternate Root Magazine, Americana Highways, American Songwriter Magazine, and regularly on Radio Tastemakers, KCSN (LA), and WFUV (NYC), as well as stations across the nation, Live from Memphis her upcoming Blackbird Record Label release, comes out August 13, 2021.
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Cambria Center for the Arts’ Gallery will open it’s doors on July 24.
The Rosemary Pisciotta Retrosepctive will be available to view on line July 3 – August 29, in the virtual gallery, and from July 24 – August 29 in the gallery on Main St. in Cambria. For more information, go to to at cambriaarts.org. A closing reception will take place in August.

Looking for a new place to sit and enjoy your surroundings? The Cal Poly Construction Management Team led by Professors Jeong Woo and Daniel Knight designed, constructed, and installed ten cast concrete benches in The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, in early June 2021. The new benches provide comfortable, study, and stylish outdoor seating.
While you are there, take in the Birds and Botany Monthly Walk on July 22, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and August 26 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Join birding enthusiasts for a walk through the Garden. Discover relationships between bird and plant species. What birds are drawn to which plants? What do they get out of the relationship? This understanding can shape landscaping efforts to the benefit of fauna and flora. Visit slobg.org for tickets and info!
Cost is $10 for Garden members, $20 for the general public, free for children. Tickets include entry to SLO Botanical Garden
Learn more about the non-profit San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden and purchase your ticket at slobg.org.
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Brunch in the Garden is back every Sunday this summer at 11 a.m. at the Cambria Pines Lodge. Enjoy the Cambria sunshine, delicious brunch items, and good company in their beautiful garden. Non-alcoholic beverages are included with the menu prices and a full bar will be available for adult beverage purchases.
Reservations: Groups under 8 can call (805) 927-4747 or visit their OpenTable page; Groups with 8+ guests please call (805) 927-4747 to reserve your table. To see a menu, go to cambriapineslodge.com.
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As part of Festival Mosaic there is a Chamber music series featuring the work of Schubert, Mozart, & Clara Schumann on July 30 starting at 8 p.m. at SLO Brew Rock, 855 Aerovista Lane. Listen to Schubert – String Trio in B-flat, D. 581 Steven Copes, violin, Jessica Oudin, viola, Dariusz Skoraczewski, cello. Mozart – Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat K. 452 John Novacek, piano, Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, oboe, Burt Hara, clarinet, Conrad Cornelison, bassoon, Kaitlyn Resler, horn, Clara Schumann – Piano Trio in g, op. 17 Scott Yoo, violin, Sophie Shao, cello, Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano
Premium seating is in the front section of the venue, closer to the stage. General seating seats in the middle to rear of the venue.
Single ticket prices start at $60. Save when you package 3 or more events. Purchase tickets at https://www.festivalmozaic.org/event-detail.php?id=68. The 4 p.m. show is sold out.

Morro Bay Art Association presents The Great Outdoors through September 6 at Art Center Morro Bay 835 Main St
After months of sheltering in place and staying close to home, there may be no better cleanse for the human spirit than art.
Artists create en plein air or artworks inspired by the beautiful scenery and colorful wildlife found in San Luis Obispo county from their respective studios. Local backyards provide creative inspiration for many novices and seasoned artists alike. View nature inspired scenes imbued with romance, desire and dramatic light in all media.
In addition to this exhibit, Art Center Morro Bay will feature beautiful wood turned vessels, bowls and other three-dimensional artworks by special guest artist, Larry Truesdale.
With special social distancing measures in place, Art Center Morro Bay remains open to visitors seeking to leave behind the dust of everyday life, even if just for a few hours. For more information, go to artcentermorrobay.com. Painting Dog Beach Cayucos by Harwood Benton
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