Category Archives: Community Events

SLO Hosts 36th Annual Triathlon

SLOCN Triathelon 004 SLOCN Triathelon 015 SLOCN Triathelon 036On the evening of July 26, fresh sunburns abounded in the City of SLO. More than 1,000 participants and spectators spent the morning putting their bodies to the test in the traditional, swim-bike-run, triathlon stages of the 36th Annual San Luis Obispo Triathlon.
For the second year in a row, Team Joseph, a group made up of the, family, friends, physical therapists and well wishers of a local young man with cerebral palsy took to the course together.
Joseph Cornelius, 21, has little-to-no mobility on his own but is aided through the challenges by the team with use of a floatation platform specially designed last year by Cal Poly engineering students, as well as a bike trailer and wheelchair for the other challenges.
The course consists of a .5-mile swim at Sinsheimer Pool, a 15-mile bike ride (which required bus stop rerouting and road closures in the Orcutt Road area) and a 3.1-mile run to finish.
According to the City’s Parks and Rec Department approximately 300 people volunteer their time every year to make the event possible.

Catching a Feast for Charity

BN COMM Rotary fishersMembers of the Morro Bay Rotary Club set sail for a day of fishing aboard Virg’s Landing’s Princess to catch fish for its Annual Fish Fry, set for Saturday, Aug. 29, a joint benefit with the Central Coast Women for Fisheries. The fish fry will be at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, 962 Piney Way (in the meeting room not the sanctuary), from noon to whenever they run out of fish. Proceeds go to scholarships for local students and Rotary and CCWF’s community programs. On the menu will be rock cod (caught by the Rotarians) rice pilaf, and fresh coleslaw, for dine-in or takeout. Cost is $10 a plate and available only at the door on a first-come first-served basis. Submitted photo

Give a Day for the Bay

View from Summit of Hazard Peak to Morro Bay Estuary, Sandspit,The Morro Bay National Estuary Program is in the midst of its “Give a Day for the Bay” volunteer campaign, which started July 25 and continues with special clean-up events through Oct. 18.
Partnering with various other non-profit groups, the NEP is asking people who love the estuary for Its many different recreational opportunities and important habitat for a diverse group of plants and animals to pitch in and help keep it clean and healthy for all creatures. By participating in an organized activity or performing their own bay-friendly service at home, people can make a big impact on this special place, the NEP said in a news release. Continue reading Give a Day for the Bay

Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market: The Heart of Downtown, The Community and The Week

IMG_1763If you stroll along Higuera Street on any given Thursday night in Downtown San Luis Obispo, you will see it; you will feel it and you can’t help but to fall in love with our Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market.  Whether your heart gravitates to the fresh produce or the old fashioned BBQ or the lively entertainment, it’s all part of the “experience” of the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market.
For some that “experience” can mean something even bigger.  Just ask City of San Luis Obispo Fire Chief Garret Olson.  When he was offered his position with the City three years ago, he and his wife, Susan, were uncertain about moving here.  So before making the decision, they came to visit and stumbled upon our Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market.  He recalls, “Susan and I turned the corner at Morro & Higuera at about 7 PM on Thursday, July 26, 2012. Susan started pumping my hand like she was milking a cow. When our eyes met she said, ‘we need to figure out how to make this work. This is amazing.’ The Market was our tipping point.” Garret and Susan saw their future in San Luis Obispo as they walked down the five blocks of Higuera Street. Continue reading Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market: The Heart of Downtown, The Community and The Week

Beer Fest Floods El Chorro

DSC02077Photos By Erin O’Donnell

The Third Annual Seven Sisters Craft Beer and Music Fest (7SF), was held July 10-12 at El Chorro Regional Park & Campground on Highway 1. Highlights included 35 local and national craft breweries participating with three days of music and camping on site for many of the partiers. The camping is touted as part of what makes 7SF unique, as participants book room for a tent, RV or trailer site and host a block party, starting at $115 per person. 7SF benefits Woods Humane Society and the Infinite Music Foundation.

Laguna Lake Hosts Rarities

DSC_4440 DSC_4445 DSC_4483On July 12 the Central Coast’s ‘Friendliest little car show’ was hosted at Laguna Lake Park with the 9th Annual Gathering of Friends All-European Car Show. The community of close-knit European automobile enthusiasts hang out, meets restoration customers, and talks shop. Some models look as if they’ve just rolled off the assembly line, while others still have the wear and tear of several generations to show with the historic plates. The Central Coast Region of the Porsche Club of America, in conjunction with the Calif. Central Coast 356 Porsche Club, put on the event to benefit the local programs of Camp Hapitok, Kiwanis Youth Fund and the Boy Scouts of America. Cars pictured here include Singer, Citroen, and an SS Jaguar models. Photos submitted by Herb Shoebridge.

91st Cayucos Portuguese Festa

CAY Festa-01 Hundreds from across the state gathered in Cayucos July 11-12 for the 91st Annual Cayucos Portuguese Celebration, a chance to celebrate a beloved queen who cared deeply for her people, risking her life to help them through drought and famine. Queen St. Isabel of Aragon, who lived from 1271-1336, was revered for an act of kindness and love when she sold her jewelry Continue reading 91st Cayucos Portuguese Festa

Summer Street Fair, Aug. 2

MB Merchants 1-4s 07-23-15The Morro Bay Merchant’s Association is having its 41st Annual Summer Street Fair, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2 in Downtown Morro Bay.
Vendor applications are available on the Association’s website, at There will be lots of arts & crafts vendors, a variety of merchandise, food, live music, kid’s games, educational booths with local non-profit groups, and more. Admission is free.
The Summer Street Fair is a fundraiser for the non-profit, Merchant’s Association and a summertime tradition for more than 40 years. Go to the website at for more information.

Scholarship Workshops, July 28 and 29

CuestaCollegeThe deadline for local high school grads to get a year’s free tuition at Cuesta College is approaching and the school is holding two workshops to assist students with the paperwork.
The two final “Promise Scholarship” workshops are Tuesday, July 28 at the San Luis Obispo Campus, Rm. 3411, from 5-7 p.m.; and Wednesday, July 29 at the North County Campus in Paso Robles, Rm. N3129 from 5-7 p.m.
The deadline to apply for the scholarships is Monday, Aug. 3.
All recently graduated San Luis Obispo County high school students who attend the workshops can receive assistance with any of the Promise Scholarship application requirements — Cuesta College admissions application, and the FAFSA and/or Dream Act forms.
Attendees need to bring their “myCuesta” username and password information. For more information on the workshops, call (805) 546-3143. Continue reading Scholarship Workshops, July 28 and 29