Events and Activities 12-15-2022

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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.

December 15, 2022

The zoom meeting All About Monarchs: What They Need and How We Can Help takes place Dec. 15 from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. There is no registration required, and it is free and open to the public. The Western monarch’s population is dwindling. Biologist and Xerces representative, Jessica Griffiths, teaches about the Western Monarch’s overwintering habitats and nectar sources along the Central Coast of California. She discusses how climate change and pesticides are affecting the Western Monarch and makes suggestions about how we can help monitor the species and plant for their survival. This is a pre-recorded presentation from the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden’s Science Saturday Series in November 2020. The link is, the meeting ID: 753 644 4586 and the passcode: LOVGC.


Forever Stoked Holiday Art Show takes place on December 17 rom Noon to 8 p.m. at 

1164 Quintana Rd. in Morro Bay. Join the celebration of Central Coast inspired art featuring original paintings from Charlie Clingman, Chris Pedersen, Peter Pierce, Ken Chistensen and more. They will also have a large selection of prints and gift items for purchase.This is a free event and everyone is welcome. Photo Caption: “Kelp Slab” Oil on Panel 24×36 inches by Peter Pierce. Photo Credit: Photo by Elliott Johnson.


WWII History on the Central Coast: Traveling Exhibit continues at the Spooner Ranch House, Montana De Oro State Park, San Luis Obispo. This traveling exhibit details the history and implications of World War II on the Central Coast, specifically in Morro Bay State Park and Montaña de Oro State Park. Located at the Historic Spooner Ranch House in Montaña de Oro State Park. The Ranch House is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to enter. The exhibit will be on display through the end of 2022.


Take and Share King Tides Photos via the California Coastal Commission’s King Tides Project. The next King Tides are December 23-24, 2022 and January 21-22, 2023. Use your smart phone or digital camera to participate in the project by taking and uploading photos of king tides through the King Tides photo upload form at Start by choosing where you’ll go to take your photos and then look at the tide map to find out what time and how high your king tides will be. Take your photos as near to high tide time as you can. Your photos will be displayed on an interactive map. (If you’d like to share a video clip of king tides, email for instructions.)

The most important thing to remember is to be safe! Take extra precautions when you walk on slippery areas or near big waves, and always be conscious of your surroundings and the weather conditions. Don’t turn your back on the ocean! Be aware that shore birds may be taking refuge in areas above the tide line – don’t flush them out in the process of getting your shot.

Some of the most powerful images are taken in areas that are subject to flooding and erosion, and of places where high water levels can be gauged against familiar landmarks (such as cliffs, rocks, roads, buildings, bridge supports, sea walls, staircases, and piers).

In addition to uploading your photos, you can also share them on social media using #kingtides. 


A staged reading of Barbara Robinson’s “Best Christmas Pageant Ever” takes place December 16 and 17, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and also Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Herdman’s were absolutely the worst kids in the world.  They lied and stole and smoked cigars—even the girls! So how did these kids end up in the starring roles in the church Christmas Pageant? 

Get into the holiday spirit with this hilarious, heart-warming tale, read by some of our favorite performers like Oz Barron, Zoe Saba, Jill Turnbow, John Geever, Lisa Woske, Colin Toohey, and Janet Stipicevich.  

CCAT is located at 1350 Main St, in Cambria.  Tickets are $10 and are available online at or at the door.  


The Cambria Center for the Arts, 1350 Main St in Cambria, has a Call for Artists for the Gallery’s next exhibit: New Beginnings. This exhibit will feature artist members and non-members of Cambria Center of the Arts, January 6 through February 26, 2023. 

From December 30, 2022, until January 2, 2023, artists can register and submit art online to the Cambria Center for the Arts, as the Gallery will exhibit original artwork by its member artists. While the intent is to encourage and showcase current members, new and non-members are also welcomed to participate. As a benefit to members, a discounted fee of $5 per item will be charged for this New Year exhibit. 

On-line registration is required. The date to drop off artwork at the Gallery is January 3, 2023, from 10 a.m. until noon.   

Opening reception for New Beginnings is Saturday, January 7 at 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m., and the exhibit will adorn the walls through February 26, 2023. 

For membership and exhibit details, go to Contact the Gallery with any questions 


Visit the traveling exhibit titled “Seeds: Nature’s Artful Engineering” at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Seeds: Nature’s Artful Engineering is an exhibit vividly portraying the incredible diversity, ingenuity and beauty of seed dispersal mechanism of plants native to California. Seeds and their dispersal mechanisms are one of the final stages in the evolutionary biology of flowering plants. Against many, many odds they are the final step in ensuring the survival of plant life. The exhibit is based around 30 + high-resolution, close up photographs of the seed structures and dispersal mechanisms of California native plants taken in the wild and in garden settings by Northern California plantspeople and naturalists, John Whittlesey and Jennifer Jewell.


The Central Coast Watercolor Society issued a Call for Artists for Aquarius 2023 California Open Watermedia Exhibition, taking place February 23 – April 3, 2023, at Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay. 

Aquarius 2023 presents the best in watermedia painting, representing a wide range of subject material and techniques, from experimental to traditional, and encourages support for water-media painting as a vital, enduring and expressive artistic medium. 

The call for entries is open to CCWS members as well as to non-member watermedia artists residing in California. Submissions close at midnight January 8, 2023. The juror for selection and awards is the internationally recognized, award-winning watercolorist Fealing Lin. Over $3000 in cash and merchandise will be awarded. The complete prospectus and entry form are available at 

For more information, contact Exhibition Chair Diann Johnston at 


Santa Claus makes a special stop at the Grover Beach Community Library to read to all the good little girls and boys on his list. Don’t miss Storytime with Santa on Monday, December 19 at 10:30 a.m. at the library, 240 N. 9th St. Join us for holiday stories and treats. Santa will read “The Night Before Christmas,” take photos and visit with the kids. Bring your cameras and take candid photos your family will love.

For more information, call 805-481-4131or send an email to


End 2022 with some laughs at the SLOFunny New Years Eve Comedy Show, presented by Estero Bay Community Radio on December 31at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. The lineup of comedians to help you end the year with a little joy and some huge laughs includes host Thomas Connolly, local comedian Ron Swallow with Jonas Garvin, featuring Jen Murphy and headliner Adam Yenser. Doors Open 30 minutes prior to show. Tickets are $25 online and $30 at the Door (cash or Venmo only). The Show is 21and up, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. All proceeds from the bar and concessions go to 97.3-107.9 The Rock.


Celebrate the holidays and Christmas Eve with Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay. This exciting art exhibit is just in time for those last minute gifts. A diverse collection of paintings, photography and fine crafts, spanning a variety of artistic mediums from traditional to contemporary is offered on the Art Center patio by local artists. Hand-made crafts include fiber, wood, glass, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, hand woven fiber arts and more.

Enjoy music, sweet treats including hot apple cider and Farmer’s Market. Winter Market will be on display Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24 from 12 – 4 p.m.. Attendance is free and open to the public.

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