Events and Activities 12-2-2021

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.

December 2, 2021

Los Osos / Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual parade and tree lighting festivities once again. Join them Friday, December 10 at 4:30 pm at the picnic area of the Red Barn, on the corner of Los Osos Valley Road and Palisades Avenue! We’ll have a cut Christmas tree to decorate, sing carols, and enjoy light snacks! Bring the kids and an ornament for the tree if you like.

The Los Osos Baywood Park Christmas parade is Saturday December 11 at 10 a.m. from Fairchild Way to Palisades Avenue. The theme this year is Parade of Thanks. Email a sentence or two to thank someone local and they will read your thanks out loud during the parade.

Bay Osos Kiwanis Club will have a pre-parade Pancake Breakfast (pancakes, sausage and orange juice) in front of Bay Auto & Tire on Los Osos Valley Road starting at 8 am.
Following the parade, the Maxine Lewis Memorial Homeless Shelter Fundraiser will be held at the South Bay Community Center until 9 p.m.

The 2021 International Surfing Association World Para Surfing Championship takes place in Pismo Beach on Dec. 5 through 11. Organizers say the championship has created a stage for surfers with physical challenges to display their talents in world-class competition. The event is a team competition where athletes compete individually earning points for their nations in an effort to win the Team World Champion. Athletes are assessed based on strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination grouped with surfers with similar impairments into one of nine Para Surfing Sport Classes. The event will feature a Learn-to-Surf clinic for those just starting out as well as a symposium on Dec. 5, opening ceremonies on Dec. 6 and the competition between Dec. 7 and 11. For a schedule, go to Photo by Sean Evans

The Lighted Boat Parade is back this year and will be held on Saturday December 4 starting at 6:30 p.m. on the Morro Bay Embarcadero. Boats will be judged and cash prizes are $500 for first, $350 for second, and $150 for third.


Left Coast Art Studio, a space for local artists in the community to share their art as well as their knowledge with families in the community, is holding a Holiday Craft Market Sunday, Dec 5 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 1188 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos.

The Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery at Cuesta College hosts the foundry bronze exhibit through Jan. 28. The invitational group exhibition “Alloy: Ideas and Influence” brings together representative works of contemporary cast metal by current and former faculty and alumni and highlights the depth of talent inspired by the Cuesta College Sculpture Foundry Program.
On Friday, December 10, join the History Center of SLO County for the Carnegie Lecture, “Reflections on the Life of the famous William Goodwin Dana,” via Zoom at 5 p.m. Participants hear from Dr. Joseph Dana, great-great grandson and the definitive biographer of one of the most famous rancheros of early California: William Goodwin Dana. Together with his wife Maria, their 21 children, and many native Chumash laborers, they built the Dana Adobe in Nipomo, now a National and State Historic Monument. Call the History Center at 805/543-0638, for more information or go to to register for this free event.


The Morro Bay Police Department continues the popular Caroling Cops on Dec. 6, North Morro Bay, Dec. 7, Central Morro Bay, and Dec. 8, South Morro Bay. Caroling begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. each night. Santa will give away gifts from the back of his altered sleigh. Due to COVID-19, only MBPD and Santa will be allowed on board. The department will also decorate the front of the station, and there is a Coffee with a Cop event on Dec. 11, place to be determined.


Hospitality Day 2021 takes place on Monday, December 6, all day in Cambria. Shops, restaurants and other businesses will host special events and other promotions. There will be barbecue and hotdogs provided by the American Legion in front of the Chamber starting at 3:30 pm.). For more information, go to

The Cal Poly Choirs will be back live and in person with the fifth annual “Holiday Kaleidoscope” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center. Continuing the tradition of community collaboration, the choirs will be joined by the Cabrillo High School Madrigal Singers, directed by Cal Poly alumna Jennifer Peterson, and the San Luis Obispo High School Chamber Choir directed by Rick Robbins.
The four university choirs and the two guest ensembles will each perform a short selection of repertoire, then unite for some larger works.

A small student orchestra of Cal Poly students and faculty will be also featured. The orchestra will accompany the choirs for several pieces, and will provide music for various carols, during which the audience will have an opportunity to hum along.
The Cal Poly Chamber Choir will perform the stunning “O Sacrum Convivium” by Vytautas Miškinis, as well as the world premiere of faculty member Meredith Brammeier’s gorgeous setting of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

The University Singers will perform works by Eric Barnum, David Childs, Victor Johnson and more.
The Cal Poly Women’s Chorus will perform a portion of the program it will perform for the California All-State Music Education Conference in February. The group was honored to be one of only two college choirs invited to perform.
Tickets are $15 and $20 for the public, and $10 for students. Event parking is sponsored by the PAC. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849).


Enjoy this 25th annual Silver Celebration, presented by North County Dance and Performing Arts Foundation at the Cal Poly PAC. Dancers from across San Luis Obispo County come together on stage to present this timeless story of Clara and her beloved Nutcracker. Tickets range from $24 to $85. Shows take place on
Sat., Dec. 4, 2 and 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 5, 2 p.m. For more information, go to or call 805-756-4849

Santa’s Coming to the Embarcadero thanks to the Rotary Club of Morro Bay, who have an in with the big guy. Visit Jolly ol’ Saint Nick and get a picture at the Chessboard on the Embarcadero on Dec. 3-5 and 10-12 from 5 to 8 p.m. Santa will be in his house to pose for photos and share presents and treats with the children. Pictures are free, but frames do have a small cost.

Don’t miss the next book signing at Coalesce Bookstore at 845 Main Street, Morro Bay on Sat., Dec. 4 featuring Dr. Edward Smink. The newly released, revised edition of “The Soul of Caregiving: A Caregiver’s Guide to Healing and Transformation” captures and expands the essence of the first edition, originally released in 2018. Readers will learn about the dance of caregiving, balancing self-care with other care, strengthening caregivers by rediscovering the archetypal nature of caregiving, the struggle between perfectionism and the “wounded healer,” and how to recover from compassion fatigue, especially in the time of the nebulous and uncertain “new normal” that is pandemic life. Dr. Smink shares this idea of the universal compassion fatigue in this new revised edition of his formative book of caregiving.


Get tickets to the Great American Melodrama, 1863 Front St., Oceano and see the Scrooge find his Christmas spirit in a heart-warming tale of holiday magic, laugh until your sides ache at the zany characters in a fractured fairy tale opera, and celebrate the music of the season in our Holiday Vaudeville Revue. Tickets are $30-$35 and can be purchased at The show is Wednesdays – Sundays through Dec. 31.

Need a unique, holiday gift for a special someone? Join Black Rabbit Studio in SLO, 1154 Mill St. to paint a portrait of their best buddy at this December Paint Your Pet event on Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at to sign up. They can be reached at 805-550-2181.


Literacy For Life has a SLO countywide need for tutors. Work one-on-one with non-literate adults learning to read, write, and speak English. This tutor training will be held virtually. As they slowly transition to in-person tutoring, this training will focus on hybrid models. Sessions are Sat., Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call them at 805-541-4219.
Send your event listing at least three weeks in advance to 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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