Events and Activities 9-7-2023

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 7, 2023

The Rotary Club of Los Osos invites everyone to its annual Family Fun Fair on Grandparents Day, September 10at the South Bay Community Center and Los Osos Community Park. from 12- 4 p.m. 

The kids play games to win tickets that they can exchange for bounce houses, face painting, prizes or a hot dog meal. Live music by Route 66 from 2-4 p.m. Hot dog, hamburger or vegetarian chili available for purchase. Raffle tickets available at the event to win prizes including a Central Coast Staycation package, two tickets to Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival and a Nintendo Switch special Zelda edition gaming console and many more. Need not be present to win. Entry is free, but there is a charge for some activities. 

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The Pride of Morro Bay, The White Caps Community Band is gearing up for their final concert of their summer series on the T-Pier.  On Saturday, September 9 from 11 a.m. to 1p.m., the band will perform classical, jazz, and popular music.  

The band is also very excited to be performing a brand new piece composed by their director Brenda Hascall entitled, “Giraffes in Space.”  

“I’ve always been a big fan of sci-fi and thought it would be fun to compose a whimsical story about giraffes heading to the moon,” Hascall said. “The band has enjoyed the silliness of it all and has really made the experience a lot of fun.”  

The concert is a free concert with donations graciously accepted.   

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Fans of all manner of 2-wheeled, motorized fun, and the exhilaration of riding waves, will have a chance to partake of an inaugural vehicle show coming to Cayucos in September.

The first ever “Moving Parts Vintage & Custom Motorcycle Show” is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 on Ocean Front Avenue in Cayucos.

“The event will celebrate and merge the skate, surf and motorcycle cultures of the past and present,” according to a press notice sent out by the organizers.

The event will have a variety of vintage and custom motorcycles on display plus a swap meet and market. Moving Parts is free admission and will take over Ocean Front Avenue, which is the short narrow street that fronts Cayucos Beach.

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Join author, activist, and host of the “Socialist Program” podcast, Brian Becker for the talk “McCarthyism Is Back, Together We Can Stop It Pro Peace and Equality.” Join the event on Saturday, Sept 16 at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universal Church, 2201 Lawton Ave, San Luis Obispo. Brian is the National Coordinator of the Answer Coalition and a leader of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Becker has been a central organizer of the mass anti-war demonstrations that have taken place in Washington, D.C. over the past two decades. This event is sponsored by SLO Speaks who can be reached at slospeaks@gmail.com (805) 317-6661.

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The People Helping People annual rummage sale is Sept. 8 and 9. Friday is from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Bay Community Center in Los Osos, 2180 Palisades Ave. The sale features tools, electronics, sporting goods, household goods, small furniture, and collectables. 

People Helping People is a non- profit organization, distributing food to the needy every Wednesday morning, and loaning medical equipment at the office.  They also raise money for The Noor Medical Center and 40 Prado Homeless Center.

One-third of proceeds will be donated to the Community Center, 1/3 will go to support People Helping People, and 1/3 will be donated at the 18th  Annual Needs ‘N Wishes Holiday Fundraiser in December.  

For more information call The People Helping People office at 805 528 2626

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The Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery at Cuesta College presents Scab Picker, a solo art exhibition of paintings by Molly Segal through Oct. 13.

 According to Segal, her artwork delves into the conflict between dystopian entropy and optimistic desire, portrayed subtly yet intensely across landscapes and within the human soul. Nature and civilization intersect in both symbiosis and conflict, precariously sharing the atmosphere amidst existential risks. Surreal compositions depict clashes between decomposing marine, insect, or avian life and industrial landscapes such as oilfields and waste sites. Romantic embraces are juxtaposed with elements that evoke anxious recoiling, creating tension within the artworks.

For more information, call the gallery at 1.805.546.3202. Image by Molly Segal.

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The Alzheimer’s Association in collaboration with CAPSLO, Hospice SLO County, and Guided Aging is excited to offer the Caregiver Retreat on September 16th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Caring for a loved one at home can be tiring. Therefore, we invite you to this free caregiver retreat where you’ll experience chair massages, restorative yoga, respite care, discussion, lunch and tours of the adult day center. The event is located at the St. James Episcopal Church Community Room (1335 Oak St., Paso Robles). RSVP by September 11th at bit.ly/slo_retreat or call (805) 239-5679. If you have any additional questions, contact Mara Whitten at mwhitten@capslo.org. 

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Join a team of State Park Interpreters a presentation about the wonders of the State Parks in San Luis Obispo County. Are you new to San Luis Obispo County and want to know what parks to visit? Lived here a while but looking for a refresher on what this county has to offer? Join this 1-hour webinar on Sept. 15 starting at 1 p.m. Hear a brief overview of each park, as well as insider tips on the best ways to responsibly recreate in these incredible public spaces. We’ll highlight the amazing natural wonders of Pismo State Beach, explore the land and sea at Morro Bay State Park, discover the rich history of Hearst San Simeon State Park, and everywhere in between. Pre-register at https://bit.ly/3L7GDCr

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The Morro Coast Audubon Socity’s September Virtual Community Zoom Program is “Exploring Biodiversity and Conservation in Ecuador: An Ecologist’s Perspective” presented by Torrey Gage-Tomlinson, biologist and MCAS Board Member. It all takes place Monday, September 18, 2023 at 7 p.m.

Ecuador is one of Earth’s most biodiverse countries—home to about 15% of the world’s bird species—yet conservation remains a steep uphill battle. In this talk, Torrey will explore the issues of conservation, ecotourism, and scientific research in Ecuador, which he personally experienced while living, studying, and working as an ecologist there for nearly half a year. He will speak specifically about his research regarding the conservation and biology of IUCN-listed species in remote NW Ecuador, and display some of his best photos. Lastly, he’ll briefly talk about his trip after Ecuador to the Pantanal and Atlantic Cloud Forest in Brazil. His hope is that he can illustrate how ecotourism and scientific research can go hand-in-hand to support conservation of biodiversity.

Torrey recently graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in biology and spent nearly half a year studying and researching as an ecologist in Ecuador. He has been an avid birder from a young age and has a world life list of over 2400 species. 

Join Zoom Meeting at https://zoom.us/j/91552334991?pwd=akdDMTl2RytXUW4zWk5zeWhoTlNDdz09. Send questions to Wendy McKeown, programs chair: wendy@morrocoastaudubon.org. Photo by Torrey Gage-Tomlinson

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Join the Cayucos Library, 310 B St. in for the following free events. 

• Dilly Bean Canning: Thursday, September 14 at 10:30 a.m. Call (805) 995-3312 or visit slolibrary.org to register. Learn how to can a pint of pickled green beans with UCCE Master Food Preservers. All supplies will be provided.

• Booked for Lunch: September 8 at noon. Tell us about your favorite book you’ve read recently.

• Chair Yoga: Every Tuesday at 11am. A gentle mindful mobility practice for all skill levels. 

• Toddler Storytime: Thursday, September 14 and  28 at 10:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, rhymes and fingerplays! 

• Sensory Playtime: Thursday, September 21 at 10:30 a.m. Let your little one lead the way in this open-ended playtime! Babies and toddlers will use their five senses to explore our play stations.

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The Morro Bay Art Association presents Inspiration and Brush Strokes Exhibits at Art Center Morro Bay on September 21 through November 6, 2023 at Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St, Morro Bay. The opening reception is Sunday, September 24 from 2- 4 p.m. 

How does a work of art begin? What germinates the seed and how do we grow it? What motivates us to pick up a paintbrush or visualize a complex idea in a piece of glass? What drives us to bring something intangible – like the feelings of fear or sorrow – to that tangible place where other can experience it, too, and maybe even participate in the artist’s own creative catharsis?

In the exhibit “Inspiration,” artists were asked to take us on a personal journey in what we hope to be an eclectic exhibit that is open to all platforms, mediums and ideas. Additionally, Morro Bay Art Association hosts The Painter’s Group from San Luis Obispo, and their compelling, juried exhibit Brushstrokes 2023. A variety of accepted mediums include acrylic, oil, mixed media, watercolor, pastel and digital, encompassing a wide range of subject matter, figurative, landscape and abstract.

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

• Tenango Art – Wednesday, September 13, 3:30-5:30

Come to the Morro Bay Library to learn about tenango embroidery from presenter Luna before creating your own tenango inspired drawing! This program will be presented in Spanish and English. 

• Teen Crafts & Snacks – Saturday, September 16, 2 – 4 p.m.

Come on down for snacks and art. This Saturday’s craft will be felt poppy flower pins. For ages 11-18.

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In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and the return of the western monarch butterfly, Central Coast State Parks Association along with the Western Monarch Trail and in collaboration with the Latino Outreach Council will be celebrating the Mariposa Festival on Broad Street between Higuera and Monterey on September 14 at the San Luis Farmers Market. The evening will host a colorful array of exciting and educational booths and artisans who will represent the best of the Central Coast, highlighting Hispanic Heritage and the magnificent western monarch butterfly! Bring the entire family and immerse yourselves into the magic of nature and culture on the Central Coast! The monarch butterfly is deeply connected to Hispanic folklore culture and is a symbol of dignity and resilience who is said to carry the souls of ancestors visiting from the afterlife.

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The following are free events brought to you by the Los Oso Library 2075 Palisades, Ave, 805-528-1862. All library programs follow current California and County of San Luis Obispo health guidelines.

• Keva Blocks & GeoMags – Friday, September 15, 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.

• Jewelry Design & Wire Wrapping – Saturday, September 16, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join Li Li Clever as she teaches jewelry design and wire wrapping! This class is for adults. Only six can attend, so get your reservation in.

• Book Discussion – Thursday, September 21, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

We will be discussing “American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins.  No need to sign up ahead of time.  Just show up! Call the library for details.

• Teen Crafternoon – Saturday, September 23, 2 – 4 p.m.

Come on down for snacks and art! This Saturday’s craft will be felt poppy flower pins. All materials provided! For ages 11-18.

• Nintendo Switch – Friday, September 29, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Master your gaming and fine motor skills with our Nintendo Switch! We will provide one Switch for up to 4 players at a time – feel free to bring your own too. Games include Mario Kart and Mario Party.

Send your event listing at least three weeks in advance to Editor@EsteroBayNews.com. 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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