Events and Activities – Aug. 12, 2021

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.

August 12, 2021

Enjoy a free outdoor movie-going experience at the Jack House Gardens, 536 Marsh Street in downtown San Luis Obispo on Saturdays at 8 p.m. this month. Aug. 14 is Disney’s “Aladdin” and on Aug. 21 is Disney’s “The Lion King.” This movie experience has been held for more than a decade, typically on the first three Saturdays in August. They were previously held at Mission Plaza and were moved several years ago to the Jack House to share with the community the garden setting and historic Victorian home. This activity was cancelled last year due to COVID-19 restrictions but has returned this year to benefit the community. “All COVID-19 health guidelines will be followed,” organizers said. “However, since the event is outside and does not meet the mega event category, cloth face coverings are encouraged but not required, along with all other self-managed safety precautions.” 

For more information, call (805) 781-7300

Ed Cobleigh Author Photo
Ed Cobleigh will sign “Fly with the Falcon”

Coalesce Bookstore, 845 Main St. in Morro Bay, will hold its first book signing of the year Saturday, August 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. In his newest book “Fly with the Falcon,” veteran fighter pilot and bestselling local author Ed Cobleigh addresses sexual harassment in the U.S. military and the fast-paced lives of peregrine falcons. Three troubled flyers, two human and one avian, two female and one male, find the tangled threads of their unraveled lives intertwined in a tightly-written new novel.

Set in California’s scenic Central Coast and in Saudi Arabia, “Fly with the Falcon” delivers romance, moral dilemmas, illicit sex, exciting aerial action and mystical falcon lore. The novel flies in vivid detail through Morro Bay, Big Sur, Jalama Beach, Ragged Point, and the Santa Rita Hills wine country.


Cambria Center for the Arts, the only co-op art gallery between Cayucos and Carmel, is currently accepting applications for featured artists for the 2022 season. They are are seeking both two-dimensional and three-dimensional artists who can fill roughly 50 linear feet of gallery wall either as a solo exhibitor or paired with a second artist. Two artists can apply together or they will suggest a “partner” whose work is complimentary to yours. Three-dimensional artists will be partnered with a two-dimensional artist.

The application deadline is September 30, 2021. A Featured Artist Application can be found at  

Questions can be sent to:

Explore how journaling helps us discover, articulate, and deepen our relationship with the Divine from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14 in person at Awakening in Los Osos. Writing provides a place and process to organize our thoughts and uncover emotional attachments and fears that sometimes hinder our meditative experience. Themes often emerge that inform and guide the choices and intentions for our unfolding spiritual journey. Bring a pen and paper for writing. Your inner wisdom awaits your pen. This class is offered on a free will donation basis with a suggested amount of $20. Awakening is located at 1310 Van Beurden Drive, No. 102, Los Osos. For more information, call 805-772-0306 or email:

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Don’t miss the Music, Art, and Culture of Paris at Dallidet Gardens. After a long period where international travel has been impossible and in-person events have been few and far between, guests are invited to experience a piece of Paris right here in San Luis Obispo. The History Center of San Luis Obispo will hold their first-ever Parisian Farm-to-Table Luncheon to be held at the Dallidet Adobe and Gardens on Saturday, August 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

The luncheon prominently features produce grown in the Dallidet Gardens. Brynn Albanese, recently of Café Musique, provides the music. There will be a pop-up art gallery featuring several local artists, in addition to a silent auction presenting a variety of items that would fit in at any French market.  Caricaturist Jim Parker will be on hand to help guests remember the day.  As if that were not enough, there will also be a raffle for a beautiful 18-inch pearl necklace – très chic! Tickets are $75 each, available at  Raffle tickets, available on the same page, are $10 each, or buy a bundle of 5 for $40.

The History Center of San Luis Obispo County is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving and promoting all of San Luis Obispo County’s history. The Dallidet Adobe was built in 1856 by Pierre Hypolite Dallidet, the first commercial winemaker in San Luis Obispo County. Pierre’s youngest son, Paul, willed the house and gardens to the History Center upon his death in 1958.


Join the SLO County Public Library for a lecture called the Struggle for Women’s Suffrage with Juliane McAdam on Wednesday, August 18 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. McAdam, a member of the SLO County League of Women Voters, will give a historical presentation on the passage of the 19th Amendment, including a view from our own county during that pivotal moment for equal rights. This is a Zoom presentation and you will receive an email with the Zoom link when you register. Register at and click the Events tab.

This woodpecker is one example of local birdlife.

The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden presents a monthly bird walk series on the fourth Thursday of every month. An walk is scheduled Aug. 26 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Explore the intersection of birds and botany with bird lover Mark Mushkat and docent Ken Levine, studying birdlife amongst the plants of the botanical garden. The focus is on which avian species are drawn to certain plants, what’s gained or lost in the exchange, and how this understanding can shape your own landscaping efforts to the benefit of fauna and flora. Allow for a two-hour exploration on mostly flat ground. Bring binoculars (if you have them), comfortable shoes, and water.

Tickets are $10 for Garden members, $20 for the general public, and free for children. All tickets include admission to the Garden as well. Walks are open to all ages. Group size is limited to 12 and children must be accompanied by an adult. Ticket sales end at 4 p.m. the day before each walk. For tickets, visit


Got some vino to give away for a good cause? The Friends of the Morro Bay Harbor Department are looking for donations to their live online auction on September 15. Help them reach their goal of 50 bottles by dropping off your donation at the Harbor Department Office at 1275 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, by August 15, with a description and estimated value. You can also help the department by donating to help purchase a new harbor patrol boat.  Castle Wind offered to match up to $20,000 of collected donations! The vessel has been purchased, but funds needed are the final push to help pay for retrofitting and adding specialized equipment specific to our Bay’s needs. Contribute through or mail your donation to PO Box 718, Morro Bay, CA 93443.


Reminder: By the Sea Productions is back onstage, opening with the one-woman show, “Shirley Valentine” starring Morro Bay actress, Sharyn Young.  The play depicts the life of a bored British housewife driven to having conversations with her kitchen wall.  When a friend wins a trip to the Greek Islands and invites her along, Shirley’s world opens up with new adventures.  This heartwarming play was also a popular movie.  Sharyn performed this show several years ago at the Pewter Plough Playhouse, and is delighted to reprise her role for By the Sea Productions re-opening premiere.

Cambria resident, Sandy Bosworth, directed both productions.  Says Bosworth, “Willy Russell’s ‘Shirley Valentine’ is a classic.  It is funny, whimsical, touching and revealing…a truly loveable, enjoyable experience.” 

“Shirley Valentine” plays one weekend only, August 13-15, with performances on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Sunday is sold out.  To ensure the comfort and safety of the audiences, there will be limited seating, with masks and proof of COVID vaccination required. Tickets are available online at, or call 805-776-3287.  Location is 545 Shasta Ave in Morro Bay. 

Learn macrame at the SLO Botanical Garden.

Spend a relaxing evening learning the basics of macramé. The SLO Botanical Garden is invites folks to a macramé workshop on Thursday, August 26 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Lindsey Altman of Tied & True Goods teaches the workshop. Attendees will master the basic knots and make their very own macramé air plant hanger using local driftwood and natural cotton rope. All macramé materials are provided, including a bubble vase and air plant to fit inside your new creation. Class is appropriate for ages 12 and up. Tickets are $55 for SLOBG members and $55 for the public. Class size is limited. Pre-registration required. Visit for tickets.


A new traveling exhibit is headed to the Spooner Ranch House at Montaña de Oro State Park. Explore the rich, long histories of African Americans in rural California

From the 1849 Gold Rush to today, black Californians have been part and parcel of rural areas, and histories of California’s rural communities are incomplete without the role of African Americans. “We Are Not Strangers Here: African American Histories in Rural California,”is a new travelling exhibition that will be at Spooner Ranch House from August 15 to October 10. It highlights unknown and untold stories of black farmers, ranchers and rural residents. These stories challenge myths about early California and create new narratives about freedom, self-governance, and civic culture, exhibit representatives said.

We Are Not Strangers Here is a collaboration between the Cal Ag Roots, Susan Anderson of the California African American Museum, the California Historical Society, Dr. Caroline Collins, and Exhibit Envoy. The project was made possible with support from California Humanities.

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