Events and Activities 9-22-2022

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.

September 26, 2022

You’re invited to indulge in a late morning champagne brunch for up to six guests to be scheduled in May of 2023. Setting overlooks Morro Bay’s view of Morro Rock and MBYC. Special guest SLO journalist Neil Farrell will share some of his wildest interviews after a lifetime of coverage of for the Sun Bulletin, Bay News and Estero Bay News among other publications. The meal is hosted and prepared by fellow columnist Judy Salamacha at her home. This is just one of the many experiences to be offered at silent auction during the Morro Bay Maritime Museum’s Rock the Waterfront event to support its next expansion. Want to fly over Morro Rock on the Estrella Warbirds Big Betsy or help Captain Annie pilot a Morro Bay chowder cruise with friends on the Chablis. Take a private tour of MB’s Power Plant with Vistra before it becomes a memory or witness a personal Mooro Bay Fire Deparment demonstration of equipment and station operations. Tickets are limited to 150 guests at the Morro Bay Yacht Club. 10/6 5:30 to 8 p.m. This is a catered affair with music by renowned banjoist Gary Ryan and Derek Hood mystifying with his magic. Tickets are $100 per person or $90 if members of MBMM. Purchase events at the museum or online as well as some auction items available for bids online now at www.morrobaymaritime.org.

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The San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club is holding its Lighthouse Century Bicycling Event on Saturday, Sept. 24 as more than 1,000 cyclists hit the roads through the North Coast.

There will be cycling on flat and more challenging routes of 45 to 100-miles that follow scenic Hwy 1 from Morro Bay northward to San Simeon and back. 

Riders will experience the iconic coastal vistas, northern elephant seals at Piedras Blancas, Hearst Castle, the San Simeon zebras, beach towns, Morro Rock and cool ocean breezes on this ride. 

Motorists should take care when driving Hwy 1 during the event, as there will be many cyclists sharing the road.

For information, go to: www.slobc.org/lighthouse. 

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Quota International of Morro Bay is bringing back its Annual Fall Into Fashion Show fundraiser and a Morro Bay boutique is providing the bling this year. This is the 23rd edition of the fundraiser luncheon, which is set for noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Madonna Inn Main Ballroom. Tickets are $60 per person (some $30 is tax deductible), with proceeds benefitting Quota’s many local charitable programs and projects.

Clothes this year will be provided by Poppy’s Boutique, located at 911 Embarcadero in the Harbor Center with a second location in Santa Barbara and a new boutique in Marina Square. 

The emcee for the show is KSBY-TV’s Meteorologist Dave Hovde, and there will be door prizes and a silent auction. For tickets call Shary Goulart at (805) 771-8364 or email to: jsstarfish@sbcglobal.net. Get tickets early, as they tend to sell out.

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The Central Coast Watercolor Society has resumed its monthly meetings!  The free September program meeting takes place on Tuesday, September 27 in the Wesley Building of the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church (1515 Fredericks St, SLO).  Social time is at 1 p.m. and will be followed by a demonstration at 1:30 p.m. by Central Coast watercolorist Harwood “Woody” Benton. Benton has been living in Morro Bay for over five years, having spent the last two decades in the islands of Hawaii with his wife of 36 years, Joni. Their travels around the world have inspired his paintings, which span architecture, portraiture, and seascapes.

The artist loves how the watercolor medium is able to capture not only mood and light, but cultures, time and texture; his love of the medium was nurtured by his mother’s own appreciation of art.   He has teased that it was her “dragging him across Europe” to view the great artists during his early childhood in post WWII Europe that inspired his own appreciation.

In this demonstration, Benton will illustrate direct methods for creating strong value relationships.  His demo will be accompanied by painting examples.

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. For more information,  go to www.ccwsart.com. Image by Woody Benton

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SLO Skiers, a local, non-profit sports and social club for adults will hold its next monthly meeting at Dairy Creek Golf Course Clubhouse in San Luis Obispo at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, October 5.  Meetings are free and yearly membership is only $65. Social and sports activities occur year round.

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Have you been doing your part to increase the Monarch butterfly population? Well get ready for some changes. Morro Bay in Bloom will feature butterfly gardens at Maritime Family Fun Day on October 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Morro Bay in Bloom volunteers will present one free succulent plant to the first 200 guests who ask about how to plant a Monarch butterfly garden of California Coastal native plants. You might be surprised to learn more about what food source Monarch butterflies actually need during fall and winter. Find their booth right between Youth Sailing and the Salinan’s exhibit.

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Cal Poly will debut its first commissioned outdoor mural, titled “Generosity,” with an artist’s talk and ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, Sept. 30, on campus. Central Coast-based artist Oscar Pearson painted the mural, located in the newly renovated Via Carta Plaza adjacent to Campus Market. He will give a talk at 11:10 a.m. Sept. 30 in Room No. 0001 in the Advanced Technology Laboratories Building (No. 7). A ribbon-cutting will follow the talk at 12:10 p.m. near the Campus Market on Via Carta. All are welcome to the talk and ribbon-cutting.

The mural has transformed a divided triptych wall into a vibrant mural that encourages student and community interaction. It is located on the Food Processing Building (No. 24) at the intersection of Highland Drive and Via Carta.

The mural ​​speaks to several themes, including recognizing the valuable contributions of farm laborers on the Central Coast and Cal Poly’s student contributions to the field of agriculture.

The mural is part of the university’s permanent collection, which serves as a resource to support teaching and scholarly activities at Cal Poly and to enrich the cultural life and aesthetics of the university. 

Parking for the artist’s talk and ribbon-cutting is available in lot H2, located at Highland and University drives. Visitors should park in metered spaces and use the ParkMobile App for hourly parking. General parking permits are available for purchase at parking pay stations for lot H12. More parking information can be found on the Transportation and Parking Services website at: https://afd.calpoly.edu/parking/parkingoncampus/permits.

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Check out the latest exhibit at the SLO History Museum, The Varian Brothers. Sigurd and Russel Varian were raised in Halcyon before going on to invent the Klystron tube, a necessary prerequisite for such technologies as radar, satellite communication, medical scanners, guitar amps, and much more. Without the Klystron – without the Varians – the technology that makes up our modern world would not be possible.

Learn about Sig and Russ, from their early days in San Luis Obispo County to their success in Silicon Valley.

The History Center Museum is housed in the historic Carnegie Library building across the street from the Mission and is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Tuesday. Admission is free, donations accepted. 

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Join the people of St. Benedict’s on October 2 for a Blessing of the Animals! This tradition is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. The event takes place at 2:30 p.m. outside the South Bay Community Center 2180 Palisades Ave. and at 3:30 p.m. in the Los Osos Middle School back parking lot at South Bay Blvd & Pismo Ave.

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Take part in a  free, fun filled, interactive art demonstration by award winning artist and poet, George Wm. Asdel. George will be demonstrating how to draw animals and write haiku at the same time on October 10 from 3 – 5 p.m. Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay

Send questions to Kirsti Wothe, mrswothe@yahoo.com. For more information, go to 

www.artcentermorrobay.org.

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