Author, O’Brien Browne, will sign his new book, “My Back Pages” from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 at Coalesce Bookstore, 845 Main St., Morro Bay. My Back Pages is a story about the summer of 1968, the “summer that broke America’s back,” a time of passion, promise and destruction. My Back Pages is the story of Del Turner and his family, as they live through this hot summer of change. Against the backdrop of the assassination of Robert Kennedy, student riots and deadly fighting in Vietnam, Turner’s world is blown apart. As he discovers rock music, LSD and sex, his innocence vanishes. Simultaneously, his life is shattered, as he deals with racism against his African-American girlfriend, while his mother abandons the family. My Back Pages is a tale of youth, rebellion, transformation and the death of the ‘60’s dream. Raised on a ranch in Central California, Browne writes fiction, blogs and feature articles on history, personal development and culture. He is a Huffington Post blogger and a contributing editor at The Quarterly Journal of Military History. He has lived in the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East, working as a personal coach, public speaker, seminar leader, cooking instructor and university lecturer. Browne holds degrees from U.C. Berkeley and New York University, and runs Open Minds Open Markets, an international people and business development organization. Call Coalesce at 772-2880.
SWAP’s next Third Saturday Nature Walk in the El Moro Elfin Forest is set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. What is an estuary? Why is the Morro Bay estuary important to the Elfin Forest, and vice versa? Adrienne Harris, the National Estuary Program’s executive director, and Lexie Bell, assistant director, will talk about the 48,000-acre watershed that feeds the estuary, threats to its health, and the NEP’s conservation efforts. Participants will learn how they can help to protect this vital natural resource in their every-day lives. Meet at the north end of 15th Street off Santa Ysabel Avenue in Los Osos. Don’t block mailboxes and leave pets at home. Call 528-0392 for information.
International bestselling author of suspense Anne Perry and author/playwright, Victoria Zackheim will present “Writing: Works & Process & Performance” Thursday, July 23 from 6-8 p.m. at Cuesta College Student Union. The public is invited to this free presentation, including free parking in Lot 2. Perry promised to make an appearance at Cuesta College once she returned to the United States after a snafu with her passport kept her in Scotland until May of this year. She was scheduled to present with Zackheim at the 30th Anniversary Central Coast Writers Conference last September. Fortunately, technology allowed her to present her keynote and workshop to registrants and supporters of the San Luis Obispo Public Library Foundation, but she wanted to return for a live performance when schedules allowed. Perry is the author of more than 80 novels with more than 26 million copies sold, most of them her award winning Pitt or Monk mystery/suspense series. Victoria Zackheim is the author of five anthologies, two stage plays, one optioned feature film, numerous documentaries. Both are in-demand speakers at writers’ conferences. The audience will learn about the authors’ writing processes, their collaborative projects, anecdotes from their books and tours, and encouragement for beginning to prolific writers as well as readers. The authors will be available for book signing after their presentation. Volumes of Pleasure Bookshoppe of Los Osos is selling a variety of titles by Perry and Zackheim.
••• Continue reading Community Calendar: July 23–Aug. 5, 2015
Cal Fire Sta. 15 in Los Osos is partnering with DeWitt Stern, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co., Central Coast CPR, the South Bay Community Center and the Los Osos Community Services District, to host a 1-day CPR/AED (automatic external defibrillator) course from 2-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2 at the South Bay Community Center, 2180 Palisades Ave.. Fee is $10. Sign-up during normal business hours at the station on Bayview Heights Drive, or call 528-1053. First-come, first-serve and space is limited. Participants must be at least 16-years old. Students are not guaranteed CPR certification. Based on skill level, the instructor will issue either a CPR Certificate or a Certificate of Course Completion.
The City of Arroyo Grande Recreation Services Department’s Children In Motion program is offering a summer break program through August 14 for children 5 to 13 years of age at Ocean View Elementary School. The program runs Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $150per week for 5 days, $128.00 for 4 days, or $34 per day. Half-day prices are available from either 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at $17 per day. An annual registration fee of $25 is applied to students not attending the school year. This program provides fun-filled activities such as board games, contests, crafts, foosball, coloring, sports, guest speakers, and field trips to local organizations. Parents may register their children at the Recreation office located at 1221 Ash Street, Arroyo Grande. For more information, call the office at 473-5474 or Carrie Van Beveren at 473-5472.
Continue reading Community Calendar: July 9–22, 2015
Lifelong Learners of the Central Coast is offering five new classes in July. “Meditation for the Soul,” is from10 a.m.-noon Monday, July 13 at the SLO Adult School. “Journey of the Universe — What’s It All About?” 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15 at the Oak Creek Commons in Paso Robles. “Basic Genetics From the Beginning Until Now,” six Monday sessions — July 20, 27 and Aug. 3, 17, 24 and 31 from 10 a.m.-noon at KCBX studios in SLO. “Taking Great Nature Photos,” 10-noon Wednesday, July 22 at the Los Osos Oaks Nature Reserve. And “Expressing Your Personal Philosophy,” 10-noon Thursday, July 23 at the SLO Adult School. Courses are open to the general public and each session is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. See: www.lifelearnerscc.org for more information and to register and become a member. Membership is $25 a year.
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Author, Ron Rayborne, will sign his book, “Opalescence,” from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 13 at Coalesce Bookstore, 845 Main St., Morro Bay. Have you ever wondered about Eden? Was there ever a true paradise on earth? Yes, and that world was the prehistoric world of the middle Miocene Era. The future is dystopian, but time travel is accidentally discovered. Opalescence takes a journey back to a lush world gone by. An interested “non-scientist,” Rayborne and his brother Rod have always felt a special affinity for the earth. A long-time hiker, many of the experiences in Opalescence were actual occurrences for the Santa Margarita resident.
Continue reading Community Calendar: June 11–24, 2015
The fifth Annual Morro Bay K-9 Walk-a-Thon is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at Morro Bay City Park. There will be a 1-mile and a 1-1/2 mile walk for dogs and their owners (registration is $20 and includes a goodie bag). There will be police dog demos, picture booths, vendors and food booths, and a dog adoption event. The event is sponsored by the National Police Dog Foundation and proceeds support Morro Bay Police Department’s K-9 program. Email Ofc. Stephanie Pipan at: for more information.
Eco-Rotary Club of Morro Bay is hosting the Third Annual Eco Faire from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 31 at St. Timothy’s Church Hall, 962 Piney Way in Morro Bay. More than 30 environmental organizations will have booths offering information, demonstrations, and products of an ecological nature. Admission is free. There’s a special presentation at 1 p.m. by the Permaculture Guild, a water conservation solutions organization, addressing the drought with a panel of experts discussing the topic, “Got Water? What Drought is Really About in our Area.” At 3 p.m. there will be live music with Zen Mountain Posts and there will be an eco kids’ corner and a silent auction to benefit projects that Eco-Rotary Club of Morro Bay support. For more information call Trina Dougherty at (805) 801-4826 or email to: . Eco-Rotary Morro Bay is also on Facebook.
••• Continue reading Community Calendar: May 28–June 10, 2015
For the fifth year in a row, Surfrider SLO is coordinating Hands Across the Sand in Avila Beach. Come join hands with your friends and neighbors to say yes to clean energy and no to more Offshore Oil Drilling on May 16. At the East side of Avila Pier (off Front Street). Free registration starts at 11 a.m., speakers start at 11:30 a.m., and the line starts at 11:50 a.m. The local Hands Across the Sand gathering is in conjunction with events around the country to raise awareness about the dangers of offshore drilling and to call on leaders to end our oil dependence and move America into a clean energy future. At noon, participants will join hands for 15 minutes to form a line along the beach/ shoreline.
The Grover Beach Community Library will hold their annual Community Appreciation Day on Wednesday, May at 5 p.m., at the library, 240 N 9th Street. The highlight of the event include presenting the Mary Lee Clark Award recognizing a person, persons, organization, agency or entity that has significantly contributed to the goals, enhancement, promotion, success and continued growth of the library. According to Nan Fowler, the president of the Library Board of Directors, the library was the brainchild of Mary Lee Clark who convinced her husband, Cliff Clark, to give up space in his law office for the library. Fowler said, “We invite you to attend, share some snacks and Champagne with us, see our cozy little library and meet this year’s award recipient”.
The Grover Beach Parks, Recreation & Beautification Commission will present a Water Conservation & Drought Tolerant Landscaping workshop, featuring Tami Reece, UCCE Master Gardener. The presentation will provide tips and strategies to help you conserve, capture and use water wisely for your home and yard. This free event takes place at the Ramona Garden Park Center, 993 Ramona Avenue on Saturday, May 2. There will also be a free prize drawing of items related to water conservation. Anyone wishing to attend is requested to RSVP to the Grover Beach Parks & Recreation Department, so that sufficient materials can be made available. For more information, please contact the Grover Beach Parks and Recreation Department at (805) 473-4580.
Continue reading Community Calendar: April 30–May 13, 2015
Cuesta College’s Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery is hosting the annual student juried art show, with an opening reception set for 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 17. Awards will be presented at 6 p.m. Free. The exhibition will run Mondays-Fridays, noon-4 p.m. through May 22. Cal Poly assistant professor of drawing, Sara Frantz, judged the submissions in ceramics, digital art, drawing, graphic design, mixed media, artist books, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. For more information call Bea Anderson at 546-3936.
••• Continue reading Community Calendar: April 16–29, 2015