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What the county’s talking about this week

SLO County supervisors adopt controversial new Paso Robles basin ordinance

Despite pleas and legal threats from the local agricultural industry, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors narrowly adopted a new planting ordinance for the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin on Dec. 6.

The ordinance—the first major change in county policy for the parched basin in almost a decade—expands landowners’ access to groundwater while also imposing a slew of new requirements and regulations for agriculture.

Passed by 3-2 vote, 1st District Supervisor John Peschong, 4th District Supervisor Lynn Compton, and 5th District Supervisor Debbie Arnold supported the policy as a “necessary evil” to fix an “unfair” ordinance that had been in effect for the basin since 2013.

According to them, those prior rules rewarded larger agricultural entities and punished small family farms. It halted expanded irrigation basinwide while allotting properties 5 acre-feet per year pumping exemptions. Under the new ordinance, that exemption increases to 25 acrefeet per year per site—enough water to irrigate a roughly 20-acre vineyard.

“What I’m trying to change is the fact that for 10 years, some people have been allowed to use most of the sustainable yield, and more [of the basin], and many, many other landowners have had no ability to irrigate on their ag-zoned land,” Arnold said. “They had constitutional rights taken from them in a kind of roundabout way and never returned.”

Yet, the higher pumping allowance comes with caveats. To comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the county is establishing a new permit system for planting crops under the ordinance.

Planting applicants will have to abide by requirements, or mitigation measures, for those plantings, like buffering them 50 feet from riparian habitats, enacting dust control and carbon sequestration measures, reporting their monthly water use, and completing hydrology reports.

The new system and its requirements will not only apply to hopeful farmers wanting to take advantage of the 25 acre-feet per year exemption, but likely to any grower who wants to rotate crops or make changes to their farms that fall under the county’s definition of a “new planting.”

That aspect alone united the county agricultural industry against the ordinance— with the SLO County Farm Bureau going so far as to threaten litigation against the county if it passed.

County supervisors drop the ax on Oceano Advisory Council

After claiming to stay silent for years, 4th District Supervisor Lynn Compton opened the verbal floodgates at the Dec. 6 San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors meeting, washing away the Oceano Advisory Council in her wake.

During an hour-and-a-half-long commentary at the meeting, Compton wielded a “3-inch stack of documents and 15 videos” to bolster her argument that the advisory council stepped out


doing,” SLO County Farm Bureau Executive Director Brent Burchett said at the meeting. “This is the first time in the U.S. that any government—local, state, or federal—has created a mandate for greenhouse gas and carbon sequestration for planting crops.”

Several farmers and ag groups spoke against the ordinance during the meeting. Randy Diffenbaugh, a vegetable and grain farmer in Shandon, said that the county will be discouraging farmers from engaging in beneficial practices, like crop rotations, in fear of getting caught up in the red tape.

“This is a far cry from the smaller, more efficient government, lower taxes, and more personal freedom that District 1 constituents have been told to expect,” Diffenbaugh said. “There’s a reason every ag organization in this county has opposed this.”

Others urged the county to pass it, arguing that the prior ordinance favored big groundwater pumpers, hurt those who may have cut back during the drought, and damaged property values.

Candy Nachel, 73, a landowner in Templeton since 1996, told the board that she lost all the water on her property around the time that heavy agribusiness started coming into the North County.

“I have not one, but three wells [go] dry,” Nachel said. “I’ve had to truck in water for myself, my son, and my granddaughter for a year and half now. … This all started happening when the planning department or whoever governs this let Stewart Resnick, the water banker, and J Lohr move less than a mile from me. … I can’t even sell my property with no water. … There’s gotta be more people like me.”

Dissenting 2nd District Supervisor Bruce Gibson and 3rd District Supervisor Dawn

of line in its responsibilities.

“I made a mistake,” she declared to the room of 40 remaining spectators. “I should have handled this much earlier. As it played out over the past four years, I kept my mouth shut.”

The advisory council—established by a resolution in 1991—was dissolved in a precedent-setting 3-1 vote, with 2nd District Bruce Gibson and 3rd District Dawn Ortiz-Legg dissenting and abstaining, respectively. The board withdrew the recognition past supervisors awarded to the advisory council in 1996. It’s the first time in county history that the Board of

While Gibson agreed that the prior ordinance for the basin created a “tough situation” with regard to equity, “there’s a reason,” he said. “We have a basin that’s in crisis.”

“This crisis remains exactly as it was nine years ago,” he said. “In those nine years, nothing has been done to correct the overdraft of the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin. In the last two years, because of the recurrence of the drought, we’ve lost 80,000 acre-feet of storage from the basin.”

Gibson, Ortiz-Legg, and other opponents of the ordinance said they favored extending the prior rules and working with local agencies to stabilize the basin via the state’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act process.

“I want to make something very clear,” OrtizLegg said. “I want to make it clear that the reason why I oppose this is not because I want to penalize the people who lost out initially. I want to make sure there’s water for them down the road.”

Peschong, an early proponent of the new ordinance with Arnold, disagreed with that timeline.

“We need relief now for these farms,” he said. ∆

Supervisors “unrecognized” an advisory council.

“They’re the nastiest, most uncivil group I’ve met in my life,” Compton said at the meeting.

Compton read out almost every Freedom of Information Act and Public Records Act request filed by members of the council regarding the controversial Oceano airport renovation.

She added that the advisory council’s chair, Charles Varni, co-founded the Oceano Economic Development Council, and that group met with some Cal Poly research students and a professor

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“behind the county’s back” to discuss the airport’s redevelopment.

“They’ve got the pictures on the website. Every one of the Oceano Advisory Council members is sitting at a table facilitating a meeting, including the new supervisor that’s replacing me in January,” Compton said.

She went on to accuse the council of colluding with local press like New Times and The Tribune to “blow up” its agenda while denying their motives beforehand.

Compton also brandished a transcript of a Nov. 29 Dave Congalton Hometown Radio podcast episode about New Times’ reporting on the advisory council, and said she found “36 lies” from council members in it

In the lead-up to the Dec. 6 meeting, Compton didn’t respond to New Times’ multiple requests for comment after she made the motion to discuss decertifying the council in late November. She addressed her silence at the meeting when Gibson questioned the length of her commentary.

“I have purposely not played this out in the media, and this is the place to play it out,” she replied.

Compton also criticized the advisory council presenting their opposition to off-roading at the Oceano Dunes to the California Coastal Commission. She then read out cantankerous comments made by council Vice Chair April Dury on her personal Facebook page, and played 15 clips from videos assembled from past council meetings, which are posted on YouTube. One of these digital excerpts showed councilmember Lucia Casalinuovo screaming “bullshit” repeatedly during an argument with Varni, and others showed members criticizing the county.

“I really had about 40 videos, but I didn’t want to torture you,” Compton said.

Community members opposing and favoring the advisory council gave public comment at the meeting.

Varni and former county Supervisor Richard Krejsa recommended dissolving both the Oceano Advisory Council and a second advisory group in the unincorporated area called the Vitality Advisory Council of Oceano. They want to replace them with a new council of elected members rather than the current system of self-appointed ones.

Gibson favored this option as a way forward.

“I do not in any shape or fashion condone the behavior or language that I saw in some of those clips,” Gibson said. “I believe the natural evolution of every advisory council is to evolve on to an elected body.”

He said that simply decertifying one advisory council is not an adequate solution, and that he doesn’t fully agree with Compton’s 10 findings that the advisory council overreached their duties.

Ortiz-Legg refused to vote altogether, saying that she wants to come up with “a better solution” for all advisory councils.

Three companies win offshore wind energy leases for Morro Bay area

Big changes could be coming to the coast off Morro Bay as 43 companies vied to nab one of five commercial wind farm leases in the Pacific Ocean.

The lease sale, held by the Bureau

of Energy Management (BOEM) was finalized on Dec. 7. Equinor Wind US LLC, Central California Offshore Wind LLC, and Invenergy California Offshore LCC secured the three leases near Morro Bay, totaling around $425.6 million.

“These leases off Morro Bay will help secure the Central Coast’s dominance as a renewable energy hub for years to come— attracting new businesses and creating good-paying jobs—and I look forward to working with the lease purchasers, as well as local, state, and federal partners, to make these offshore wind projects a reality in the years ahead,” Congressman Salud Carbajal said in a statement.

The 376-square-mile area off the coast of Morro Bay could produce up to 3 gigawatts of energy, providing power to 2 million homes. With the Diablo Canyon Power Plant on the verge of decommissioning within the next decade, the offshore wind energy project is expected to fill that energy gap. Former Morro Bay City Council member and current 30th District Assemblymember Dawn Addis (D-SLO) said the lease sale brings California closer to its renewable energy goals.

“In the coming years, state and regional policymakers must seriously examine how offshore wind farms affect what makes the coast great—our fisheries, public beaches, native lands, and our economy, including tourism,” Addis said in a statement. “There is no doubt that, if done right, offshore wind will be a great benefit to California’s push for 100 percent clean energy and to our economy. My focus will be on ensuring that our coastal communities have a voice in the process and share in those benefits.”

Offshore wind projects aren’t the only new changes coming to the shores of Morro Bay. Carla Wixom, Morro Bay’s recently elected mayor, said she will lead the city in a new direction with the help of a new, all-female City Council.

“I’m looking forward to working collaboratively with the other four women,” Wixom said. “I think that we have an opportunity to obtain some direct benefits from some of the wind energy, particularly in how that can fit into our community and help with our harbor needs and things like that.”

FCFA firefighters ask for more funding and staffing

Six back injuries, trauma to the shoulder and knee, an on-duty heart attack, and a hit to the respiratory system.

These are some of the work-related damages faced by firefighters in the Five Cities Fire Authority (FCFA) over the past three years.

“On average, one person is on work compensation for a work-related injury almost all the time,” firefighter and FCFA Union President Jeff Lane told New Times

Lane spoke at the Grover Beach City Council’s Dec. 5 special meeting where officials discussed the future of fire services following the defeat of the Measure A-22 special tax in Oceano. During public comment, he told city leaders that he’s cautiously optimistic about FCFA’s reformation.

“With all-time high call volumes and a lack of staffing, your firefighters are unable to complete basic important duties

such as fire prevention and training,” Lane said. “Just today—ventilation training in Oceano usually takes two to three hours—it took the employees all day to do it because we have to answer the calls of citizens, that’s our No. 1 priority.”

Call volume data from the fire department mirror Lane’s comments. Grover Beach City Manager Matt Bronson displayed those statistics at the meeting. Calls for service have been rising since 2011—a year after a joint powers agreement combined resources from Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande, and Oceano to form the FCFA. That year, the three areas received a total of 2,812 calls. While that call volume dipped during some years, the FCFA received 4,154 calls in 2021. That’s an increase of 47 percent over a decade. As of Nov. 30, 2022, the FCFA call volume for the year is 6.7 percent higher than in 2021. Projections show a continued average increase of 4.8 percent annually.

Lane urged city officials to support Fire Chief Steve Lieberman’s plan for proper staffing at the fire department, adding that the lives of the public and of the firefighters depend on it.

“Stress levels are elevated from increased workload, and workplace injuries are at an all-time high,” he said. “These are direct correlations to our increased call volume and workload. Within the last year, 11 of the 20 firefighters have applied for outside agencies. This is due to the lack of financial support from the cities and the uncertainty of the department’s future.”

He told New Times that most of the injuries occur because they’re called for lift assists. Those are cases where a person can’t get off the ground because of a fall. Lane said it often happens to elderly people who then need to be picked up off the ground and placed into a wheelchair or a walker.

“Some of these individuals weigh 200 to 300 pounds, and with only two [firefighters] available, it’s difficult to lift that deadweight,” he said.

With increased funding, and subsequently, more staffing, more than two people could operate a fire engine at one time and arrive at service calls.

During public comment, firefighter Mike LoPresti said that 66 percent of the time, only seven firefighters are on duty. He added that the national recommendation for staffing for a residential structure fire is 17 firefighters.

With voters in the Oceano Community Services District rejecting the special tax to preserve emergency fire services in the area, they will have to leave the FCFA. Grover Beach and Arroyo Grande are now scrambling to figure out fire services before the wind-down period ends on June 30, 2023.

Petition to oust Paso school board trustee gains traction

Some Paso Robles residents are tired of the countless controversies that have plagued the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District (PRJUSD) over the last couple of years. That frustration came to a head on Nov. 10, when a group of parents and community members filed a petition with the County Office of Education to oust board trustee Kenneth Enney, who was recently appointed to fill in the remainder of Chris Bausch’s term.

The petition came after Enney posted controversial statements about LGBTQplus and transgender youth on the conservative PRotect Paso Facebook page.

“You can’t be something you’re not, just because you say so and have surgery. ... And bullying of others into saying you are something that you are not violates their rights. LGBTQ is not one big happy, harmonious group,” Enney wrote. “Although not reported, many within the LGBQ community reject what is transpiring in our schools, because of the ‘T,’ ... which is an attempt to recruit and convert children.”

The post angered Carey Sue, who organized the petition against Enney.

“These concerns did not start with Mr. Enney, but his rhetoric on social media and in board meetings, was the breaking point for many of us,” Sue wrote in an email to the New Times. “He took his oath and immediately began accusing staff in open board sessions and on social media of un-investigated and unfounded allegations driven by national issues not present in PRJUSD.”

Sue and several others started the petition to remove Enney from his post on Nov. 2, where it quickly garnered nearly 800 signatures, more than the required 455. The petition was submitted to the County Office of Education eight days later. The signatures were then forwarded to the San Luis Obispo County ClerkRecorder’s Office to validate.

County Superintendent James Brescia told New Times that if the petition is deemed legally sufficient, then Enney’s position would be terminated and a special election would be called. The certification of signatures is expected to be completed by Dec. 9, which will determine whether the district will have to spend $493,000 to remove Enney from his position.

“Personally, although I hate the thought of wasting MORE taxpayers’ money on this, I welcome the challenge. When asked to throw my hat into the ring to fill Chris Bausch’s seat, my first question was why not add his vacancy to the Nov. ballot? Answer: District didn’t want to spend $500k. So, here we are,” Enney wrote in another Facebook post.

Enney defended his previous statements and accused the district’s teachers union of supposed involvement.

“The fact that the teachers union has reportedly contributed to make this happen has more to do with my questions regarding finances and support for charter schools and school choice. Charter schools and school choice are a mortal threat to the teacher’s unions. I showed Dracula the cross,” Enney wrote.

Jim Lynett, executive director of the Paso Robles teachers union, said that the union has decided to take a neutral stance on the matter to allow teachers to make their own decisions.

“And I made it clear that I will support it and will participate. But I don’t think that with the division that we have, it’s with some of the teachers and school employees that some do [want to participate] and some don’t,” Lynett said. “So it’s a democratic process, and people can participate in it if they choose to.”

While Enney thinks that the entire process is “waste of taxpayer money,” Lynett thinks otherwise.

“They are willing to lose $200,000 on a pool for the aquatic center and not spend $500,000 on a democratic process,” Lynett

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said. “They are receiving $7.9 million in one-time money, above what they have this year.”

Bruce Gibson wins 2nd District supervisor race by 13 votes

In one of the tightest local elections in recent memory, San Luis Obispo County 2nd District Supervisor Bruce Gibson prevailed over challenger Bruce Jones, winning by 13 votes, or 0.06 percent, according to final certified election results posted Dec. 7.

The final tally showed Gibson with 11,722 votes and Jones with 11,709 votes. His reelection paves the way for a Democratic majority to take power on the Board of Supervisors after five years of Republican rule.

“I’m thrilled with the trust the voters have put in me,” Gibson told New Times by phone after the results posted. “I’m excited that next year we’ll have a chance to do some really good things for SLO County.”

In the race, Gibson jumped out to an early lead after election night, only to see it dwindle with subsequent counts. Following a Nov. 23 update, Jones trailed by fewer than 40 votes. But the incumbent held on in the final count of about 800 2nd District ballots on Dec. 7.

“That is exceptionally close,” Gibson said. “I’ve been in sort of suspended animation for a month. I’ve been telling people that once the polls closed, the result had been determined. Now it was just a matter of finding out what it was. It takes a long time.”

Jones did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to SLO County ClerkRecorder Elaina Cano, the county does not, by practice, conduct automatic recounts of close races. Any registered voter can ask for and fund a recount of the race before Monday, Dec. 12, at 5 p.m.

Cano said she had not received a formal recount request as Dec. 7.

In the June primary election, Cano’s office was asked to conduct a hand recount of the 4th District supervisor contest between Jimmy Paulding and Lynn Compton, which lasted about a month. The margin of that race was 639 votes, and the recount did not change a vote. Paulding, who won that race, is set to take over the 4th District seat in January.

If the Nov. 8 election results hold, Gibson, Paulding, and 3rd District Supervisor Dawn OrtizLegg will lead the new liberal-leaning majority on the Board of Supervisors, with 1st District Supervisor John Peschong and 5th District Supervisor Debbie Arnold in the minority. ∆ —Peter Johnson

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Gift them a memory

Iguess a necktie or some perfume or a scarf is OK, but if you need a last-minute gift and you want it to stand out, give an activity that can grow into a memory—a gift that keeps on giving long after the tie is out of style, the perfume has run dry, or that scarf was inadvertently left in a café. The Central Coast has all kinds of things you can give that may get someone out of their comfort zone to try something new.

Luminous landscapes

The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, located in El Chorro Regional Park, is hosting Nature Nights through Sunday, Jan. 8 (Thursday through Sunday nights; 5 to 8 p.m.; $19.75 plus fees for adults, $14.75 plus fees for children 12 and under, toddlers 2 and under free at

The immersive outdoor holiday light and art display features large-format light projections by Bryn Forbes, illuminated sculptures by Michael Reddell, and artistic lighting of garden areas by Kody Cava through an 8-acre portion of the 150-acre garden.

“Nature Nights was inspired by Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden event, Luminaria,” SLO Botanical Garden Executive Director Chenda Lor explained. “Nature Nights fi lls a need in San Luis Obispo County for off-season family attractions. Through a connection to nature, visitors will enjoy the mental and physical health benefits inherent to the garden experience.”

A variety of culinary delights, regional wines, and beer will also be available for purchase.

If you’re in Northern Santa Barbara County, check out the Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden’s Enchanted Garden Lights Fest, and if you’re in North SLO County, check out Paso Robles’ Light at Sensorio.

SLO Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Road, San Luis Obispo;; (805) 541-1400.

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Tour SLO County’s oldest home

The Dana Adobe and Cultural Center, located in Nipomo, is open for walk-ins every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (subject to holidays and private events), with an admission of $8 per person and $3 for kids 6 to 17. Weekday tours can be booked at various rates depending on the number of people.

Originally built from 1839 to 1850 on a 37,888-acre Mexican Land Grant bestowed upon Boston ship’s captain William Goodwin Dana in 1837, the home’s 13 rooms have been restored to look as they did in 1850. The home hosted important historical figures such as Henry Tefft and John C. Fremont. It was also an exchange point on California’s fi rst official mail route between LA and Monterey.

“Stepping into the Dana Adobe and taking a guided tour not only brings history to life but cultivates the visitor to feel that the walls and objects you are seeing are more than just an old house,” DANA Executive Director Alexis Carreno explained. “The tour guides encompass the reality of living on the vast rancho in the height of the 1850s, where travelers would stop and share a cup of tea or coffee and homemade tortillas. Where you could experience seeing a vast number of workshops actively making products for both the visitor, families, and tradesmen nearby. A thriving and energetic stop full of activity and a true sense of a home.

“The Dana Adobe is a hidden gem that provides a platform to step back in time and learn about the people and resources that truly made this rancho a home and a vital part of the growing community on the Central Coast.”

671 S. Oakglen Ave., Nipomo;;; (805) 929-5679.

Stay glassy, Atascadero

Glasshead Studio in Atascadero is a creative space where people learn to work with the magical possibilities of glass. The

private studio offers classes in fused glass, mosaics, and stained glass. Not only will visitors gain a creative experience, they’ll walk away with a personal piece of art that they’ll be proud to display. Twofer!

Proprietor and glass artist Lisa Renée Falk attended San Jose State University to pursue her passion for glassblowing, earning a degree in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts cum laude with an emphasis in glass and textiles. Recently, Falk relocated to the Central Coast to be closer to family.

“Giving the gift of an art class is giving someone an experience,” Falk explained. “We already have so many ‘things,’ however, gifting an experience is the gift of a memory. Everyone who takes classes at Glasshead Studio has said how much fun it was to create a glass piece, even if they do not have prior experience. Families have created lasting memories together and beautiful glass art too!

“I strive to be an instructor who allows participants to explore their own unique creative voice and guide them in making an artistic glass piece that they will be proud of.”

8793 Plata Lane, suite H, Atascadero;; (408) 839-6167; Δ

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Handcrafted holiday

Tired of holiday shopping at bigbox stores or on Amazon? San Luis Obispo County has a bounty of local makers markets coming up this month so you can shop for out-of-the-box gifts. We highlighted 10 pop-up markets where you can fi nd locally made goods and crafts this holiday season.

SLOcally Made Market

At this temporary brick-and-mortar shop in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo, crafting sisters Sadie Rodgers and Kerry Long compile the works of dozens of local makers, selling handmade items from paintings and prints, to clothes, pottery, jewelry, leather goods, soaps, and much more.

881 Higuera St., SLO; Dec. 4 to 24, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.;

Handcrafted for the Holidays at Studios on the Park

Wall art, jewelry, glass, ceramics, woodworking, textiles, and more await at Studios on the Park in downtown Paso Robles this month. “This show is a timely showcase of fi ne craftspeople and their work,” reads an event description. “People can fi nd unique handmade gifts for every taste and price point.”

1130 Pine St., Paso Robles; Nov. 30 to Dec. 30;

Holiday Makers Market at the SLO Public Market

The SLO Public Market is hosting its second annual holiday market alongside Makeshift Muse, a local organizer for makers. At the two-day event, you can fi nd 50 local craftspeople selling handmade items paired with live music, workshops, food, and drinks.

3845 South Higuera St., SLO; Dec. 10 and 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

Cambria Christmas Market

Shop for gifts at one of the most celebrated holiday events on the Central Coast: the Cambria Christmas Market. This market honors European tradition—so in addition to the various local handmade goods that will be for sale, the market will also have an authentic German booth, featuring “the best in handmade, imported German Christmas décor, including nutcrackers and smokers, glass-blown ornaments, and more,” according to the market’s website.

Cambria Pines Lodge, 2905 Burton Drive, Cambria, Nov. 25 to Dec. 23, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.;

Barrett Block Holiday Market at Linnaea’s Cafe

Linnaea’s Cafe beckons you to its patio garden on Saturday, Dec. 10, for a special holiday market. Here you’ll fi nd local and handcrafted gifts, including jewelry, art, and herbal goods.

1110 Garden St., SLO; Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.;

Streets of Vintage Flea Market

This Oxnard-based market travels the Central Coast with its unique handmade and vintage items. The market will make an appearance at the downtown SLO farmers’ market on Dec. 15, just in time for your last-minute gift shopping.

Downtown SLO; Dec. 15, 6 to 8:30 p.m.;

Christmas at The Carrisa

Step into the wildly festive Carrisa, enjoy a drink, and fi nd that last gift for a friend or loved one. Located in the heart of downtown SLO, the Carrisa is a private event space but is open to the public during this special holiday pop-up. Check out its website for the schedule. 736 Higuera St., SLO; open through Dec. 23 ;

Atascadero Winter Wonderland

More than 75 tons of snow will turn downtown Atascadero into a literal winter wonderland on Dec. 9. Go for the snow slide, stay for the shopping. More than 50 local craft and food vendors will be at the event, which will also feature performances from local music and dance groups.

Sunken Gardens, 6505 El Camino Real, Atascadero; Dec. 9, 5 to 9 p.m.;

Mid-State Fair Winter Market

Mid-State Fair in December? Why not! A winter market will take over the Paso Robles Event Center from Dec. 9 through 11 with vendors selling jewelry, apparel, fashion accessories, home décor, health and beauty products, art, antiques, handmade eats, used items, and more. The event is free, with food available to purchase.

Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave., Paso Robles; Dec. 9, noon to 4 p.m.; Dec. 10 and 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.;

Derby Wine Estates Christmas Market

A pop-up market with two dozen local vendors is coming to Derby Wine Estates on Dec. 17. Jewelry, apparel, photography, food, wine—it’s all there.

525 Riverside Ave., Paso Robles; Dec. 17, noon to 4 p.m.; Δ

Assistant Editor Peter Johnson wants more makers markets. Reach him at FIND CRAFTS The San Luis Obispo Public Market is hosting a holiday makers market on Dec. 10 and 11, which will feature the works of 50 local craftspeople.
Plenty of crafty gifts await at these upcoming makers markets and pop-up shops
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Plant power

San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties’ nurseries, gardens, and plant shops bring the world’s biodiversity to our fingertips. This holiday season, pick from a cornucopia of flowers and houseplants as eleventh-hour gifts that still show you care. Our list is in no way exhaustive but highlights some savvy local businesses that cater to green thumbs.

Cal Coast Orchids

Co-owned by Dutch native Bas van Eijik and his wife, Allison Glasco, Cal Coast Orchids produces sustainably grown Phalaenopsis orchids. Van Eijik learned the art of managing orchids—famously known to be a difficult houseplant to keep alive—in New Zealand after he was tasked with reviving a struggling Phalaenopsis orchid production that threatened to shutter their greenhouses. The result was a sustainability plan that is still in use today. Now, the couple operates Cal Coast Orchids in Los Osos, an area that

they picked for its ideal climate to grow Phalaenopsis. They provide orchid care tips, ship plants all over California, and are also available on

2181 Blue Heron View Lane, Los Osos; (805) 305-1410;

Idyll Mercantile

Idyll is a Santa Barbara brick-andmortar shop run by Hannah Bangs. She has a background in natural history, botany, and ecopsychology.

“I work with small-batch artists who are mostly United States-based women who are not on Amazon,” Bangs said. “I have a lot of local artists also, and the plants support the art.”

She recommended user-friendly and foolproof plants like the tropical ZZ (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) and the monstera deliciosa, which is also called the Swiss cheese plant. Customers can browse through Idyll’s gallery of other plants too, like Bangs’ favorite, the hoya. The shop also offers plant-related accessories like books, automatic misters, and plant food. Bangs said that shopping from Idyll means supporting women in business who are carving a path forward in pursuing their craft, with affordable options available for everyone.

“Buying a plant is an investment in a friendship for a long time because [cut] flowers die,” she said with a laugh.

703 Chapala St. Santa Barbara;

Growing Grounds

Growing Grounds Farm and Nursery is a social enterprise of Transitions-Mental Health Association.

“Established over 35 years ago, Growing Grounds is a nonprofit wholesale nursery that provides therapeutic horticulture, socialization opportunities, paid employment, and soft job skills training for adults with severe and persistent mental illness,” according to its website.

They have something for residents of both SLO and Santa Barbara counties. The Growing Grounds Farm in Santa Maria sells plants and succulents—including plants that are edible, drought-tolerant, and native to California. They can be purchased Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In SLO, Growing Grounds operates a

nursery open to the public on Tuesdays, and a downtown retail store for local honey, beeswax candles, air plants, and houseplants. All proceeds support mental health services in the community.

820 W. Foster Road, Santa Maria; 3740 Orcutt Road, SLO (nursery); 956 Chorro St., SLO (downtown store); (805) 544-4967;

Cal Coast Succulents

Cal Coast Succulents was created by an association of local growers in 2020. It comprises Mike Bush and Jeanne Miller of the SuccShack, Grow’s Nick Wilkinson, Richard Rowe of Rowe Clayworks in Morro Bay, and Steve Super of Steve Super Gardens.

They’ll have a sale in Los Osos on Dec. 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’ll feature all four growers and a holiday gift market with four local artists who create high-end plant pots, silverworks, handcrafted wooden spoons, and even succulent-themed scarves.

Miller told New Times that they offer sixpacks of plants, too, that the growers will put together for customers. They’ll get to pick from hundreds of varieties of plants, and they’re “not stuff you see in Home Depot.”

“This is a great time of year for wintergrowing plants like African bulbs, and landscape plants,” she said. “This sale will have beautiful specimens of plants in gorgeous pots with pretty rocks, so they’re gifts that are ready to go.”

2016 9th St., Los Osos; (805) 602-7817; Δ

Staff Writer Bulbul Rajagopal is putting down roots. Reach her at brajagopal@

GREEN TEAM Cal Coast Succulents’ sale on Dec. 17 in Los Osos will feature unique plants from four local growers, some of which are already in crafted pots as ready-made gifts. PHOTO COURTESY OF JEANNE MILLER
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Cozy & Warm for the Holidays!

Stationery spree

Everyone has that one friend who goes crazy for stationery. You know, the guy or gal with 80 notebooks, boxes of pens, and enough stickers to make a kindergarten teacher swoon? This holiday season, instead of making a run to Staples to buy a last-minute gift for that friend, check out these local stationery stores that will make your fellow paper perfectionist smile.

Wilde House Paper

The interior of Wilde House Paper is a reflection of the products they sell. Minimalistic, innovative, and clean. Tables and shelves house a variety of neatly stacked calendars, notepads, journals, and more.

“Paper is a medium that at times is an afterthought, but when you take a step back, paper is a vehicle of everyday interactions and meaningful moments,” Wild House’s website reads.

These paper products aren’t like any other stationery. Owner Megan Heddinger says that these sustainable, women-owned stationery companies aim to provide a connection to others through the medium of paper.

“I think the idea of giving someone a tool that allows them to connect deeper with themselves ... shows that you see them in that moment that allows them to fi nd connection,” Heddinger said.

Founded by Cal Poly alumni, Wilde House Paper has been in business for the past four years, providing SLO with small gifts for coworkers, family, and friends. Choose from a selection of calendars curated to help you stay mindful and connected. Or, switch it up with a cultivating conversations card deck that’ll help you craft conversations within yourself or with others.

1235 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo;


Satisfy your sticker craving at Pipsticks, a local, woman-owned store that specializes in all sorts of stickers that’ll jazz up any surface. While Pipsticks doesn’t have a physical location anymore (it used to have a brick-andmortar on Monterey Street in SLO), customers can order themed packets of stickers or join their subscription club. Choose from scratch-and-sniff stickers, stickers that you can color, fuzzy stickers, and puffy ones too. Founded in 2014 by Maureen Vasquez, Pipsticks was a way for Vasquez to fi nd “reliable and creative distractions.”

“Pipsticks has given me the chance to be able to connect and collaborate with thousands of amazing sticker lovers all over the world—it turns out that it’s not just crazy me who’s been dreaming of stickers

since the ’80s!” Pipsticks’ website says. Pipsticks offers subscription options you can give to your sticker aficionado friends, ranging from $11.95 to $17.95. Subscription packages for the dedicated bullet journaler come with sticker sheets, a paper goodie, a reusable holographic pouch, a sticker club zine, a 5 percent discount for all online store purchases, and access to the VIP Subscriber Facebook Group.

Village Papery

Surrounded by historic buildings in the Village of Arroyo Grande, Village Papery is a fantastic place to fi nd presents for not only your fellow stationery enthusiasts, but for friends and family who are into other hobbies and goodies. Self-proclaimed as having one of the largest stationery offerings in the county, Village Papery carries a selection of matching journals and pens, calendars, and calligraphy supplies. Keep forgetting your passwords to various websites? Grab a notebook designed to keep all those passwords in one place. If handwritten letters are your thing, grab a packet of beautifully designed cards and envelopes that you can adorn with a wax seal stamp from the store’s calligraphy section.

Village Papery also offer a variety of gifts, ranging from handbags to wall decor to spa products. Peruse their extensive collection of jewelry for that special person in your life, ranging from Pandora jewelry as well as hand-curated artisan jewelry from around the world.

110 1/2 E. Branch Street, Arroyo Grande; (805) 489-1162;

SLO General Store

This store isn’t generally known for its paper products, but located in the SLO Public Market, the General Store has its fair share of cute stationery items that your friends will be clamoring to get their hands on. An open wooden box houses several themed notepads—a market list for the weekly grocery runs, a recipe book to jot down any culinary concoctions, and a floral notepad for scribbling any quick thoughts. Another wooden bookshelf hosts a stack of red and green notebooks for hiking and birding enthusiasts. Choose from a selection of California and San Luis Obispo themed stickers to adorn your spiral-bound notebook. Complete the stationery haul with some candles to provide your friends with an illuminating journaling experience.

3845 S. Higuera St., suite 120, San Luis Obispo; (805) 296-9767; Δ

Staff Writer Shwetha Sundarrajan is on a stationary stationery spree. She can be reached at

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HOLIDAY GIFTS Head over to the SLO General Store, in the Public Market on South Higuera, and find cute notebooks that can be used for a variety of activities. PHOTO BY SHWETHA SUNDARRAJAN
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Check out these local stores catering to stationery aficionados
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Safety first Strokes&Plugs

San Luis Obispo’s kids belonging to the LGBTQ-plus community have more safe places to gather thanks to the Gala Pride and Diversity Center

The nonprofit’s youth services wing added a new weekly group for middle and high schoolers. Called the Trans Youth Group for kids ages 11 through 18 years old, they meet every Tuesday at Gala’s headquarters from 6 to 8 p.m. On Thursdays, at the same time, the existing Q Youth Group for the same age range meets at the Gala office.

“Historically, it’s always been one Thursday group a week for kids ages 11 through 18, and it’s a social support group, which is something incredibly valuable, especially on the Central Coast where we’re a little more of a rural area,” said Janae Sargent, a co-director of youth services. “I’ve always seen that as a special and powerful service in our community, and it’s not enough.”

There’s more in the works, too. Starting Jan. 10, parents of trans youth can engage in a Parent Support Group on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. Talking to parents of LGBTQ-plus identifying kids in the community helped Sargent and her co-director Margaret Johnson address the needs of even younger people.

Gala will host a Rainbow Family Kids Event for kindergartners through fifth graders on Dec. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. It’s meant for both kids and their families. The organization is on the lookout for more parent organizers, with the hope that it can be a regular gathering. They want to discuss activities and the nature of the meetups. Contact youthdirector@ for location information, and to sign up as a volunteer group facilitator.

“We got cold calls from people in the community saying, ‘We see information about the groups that you’re running for certain age groups, but we need something for younger kids,’” Johnson said.

As a result, the directors met with parents in October to talk about creating a youth group for kids in elementary school. From that brainstorm, they determined two primary needs.

“A casual social opportunity for kids aged 5 to 10 to just be themselves in a safe space with supportive allied adults,” Johnson said. “We also identified a need for parents to have a support network and learn from each other. It felt really important for it to be local.”

Sargent added that according to the parents who reached out to them, younger kids who identify as LGBTQ-plus need a space where they don’t have to explain themselves.

“We have heard that younger kids when they’re at school have to explain their pronouns to their friends and teachers, and that can be really difficult over and over again,” Sargent said. “I cannot imagine having to navigate being a second-grader and explaining that all the time. It’s just about being a lighthearted

space where they don’t have to walk in and worry about what’s going to happen.”

The safety of minors identifying as LGBTQ-plus has been a hotly debated topic in North County recently.

Specifically, the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District drew attention for a hate incident in 2021, a teacher training at the high school that stemmed from it, and a symbolic resolution the board passed about gender-specific titles.

“We’ve had kids come from Paso and say, ‘When are you going to do something in Paso? We’re desperate up there,’” Sargent said. “We see this growing need, and I think that’s what prompted the Pride Center to put emphasis on youth groups.”

Sargent called safe youth group spaces “life-saving.” She added that when youth groups check in on kids about their low points, the common answer is that they were bullied, harassed, and on the receiving end of homophobia.

“If we can provide that social scene and you can question it—you don’t have to decide at age 5 who you are forever … it can change. But accepting it and letting it be, really can make a difference,” Johnson said. “We might see less mental health issues as these kids grow into their teens, and more tolerance and understanding.”

Fast fact

• SLO County Public Libraries will use a recent $23,000 award to set up a tool lending library for the Shandon Library. The money comes from the California Sustainable Libraries Grant. The county library will work with a local hardware store to outfit a tool collection for the rural, agriculture-based community of Shandon. The ion-lithium battery-powered gallery will include power table saws, wet/dry vacuums, hedge trimmers, wheelbarrows, gardening tools, and drills. The tool lending library will open in spring 2023, with two demo workshops in English and Spanish. For more information, visit sustainable. ∆

Reach Staff Writer Bulbul Rajagopal at

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Water seeds of peace

America believes it is guiltless in all the wars since Truman declared peace. We always blame the other country, evil forces, bad players. Isn’t it time that we did some real soul searching as a country to understand why we are in a constant state of war somewhere in the world?

mothers and wives and children who have lost loved ones in stupid, unwinnable wars? Human beings suffer because of the wrong decisions of their rulers.

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ow, Therefore, I, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the cessation of hostilities of World War II, effective twelve o’clock noon, December 31, 1946.”

I was a little more than 10 months old when President Truman proclaimed an end to war and the beginning of what the world hoped would be peace. But there has been no peace in the world during my lifetime. We even waged a “Cold War.”

This is true because people, and groups of people, and the rulers of people are constantly competing for resources, land, influence, and power. Leaders talk peace, but wage war.

In the same way that it takes two people to have an argument, it takes two countries to fight a war. Both decide to struggle against the other. Both have a choice between diplomacy and violence. There are moments when peace may be achieved, and so many times, as in the Ukrainian war, those moments come and go.

There is the seed of violence and war in every human being. There is also the seed of peace. What do we water? What we water is what will grow.

War is not a sports event. It is serious violence and destruction.

Yet, we treat wars as if they are athletic competitions where we love our team and are desperate for them to win. We cheer our side on whether we are right to battle the other side or not.

One need only look at recent wars, which were never declared by Congress, as the constitution demands. None of them were wise. None of them were fair. None of them were won.

Are we destined to keep fighting for decades and centuries to come, or will we blow up our planet in an attempt to defeat our enemies, and in so doing make our planet uninhabitable?

It’s up to us.

We can choose to elect leaders who are peacemakers. Women and men who know the true costs of war and are ready to do all they can to make and keep the peace. This would begin by not arming the world so that it is in a constant state of war.

The shout will go out that if we don’t do it, someone else will. We’ve heard that cry before. What about the cry of all the

I say rulers because there are no real democracies left on Earth. Every leader is chosen by the corporations and individuals who can afford to elect them. In America, Citizens United was the nail in the coffin. Now you can’t run for office unless you have the funding class on your side. So much for democracy!

It is up to the people to change the system that is rigged against them. Not just in America, but around the world. It begins with open discussion and debate between people who believe they are natural enemies. War will only end when we stop warring with each other, find the common ground that is there in our humanity, and work together to heal the world.

This may sound too optimistic. What is the alternative? ∆

Gale McNeeley writes from Santa Maria. Send a response for publication to letters@

The LGBTQ-plus community is welcome in SLO

In regards to the story about local businesses being intimidated about having family drag shows (“SLO businesses receive intimidating messages about drag performances,” Dec. 1), here’s support from another local business owner:

Should the SLO County Clerk-Recorder’s Office get more funding for elections? 41% Yes, the county needs to prioritize it! 37% No, it already gets plenty of funding. 14% The state and federal government, not the county, need to provide more support. 8% Whatever it takes to get the votes counted faster.

Hi, my name is Namu. I’m the owner of Namu.Love and I want to make this abundantly clear: I live and work in SLO County, and if you’re a business or business owner who supports, encourages, or spews anti-LGBTQ-plus rhetoric like “family drag shows are grooming kids,” then you will never have my business, I will caution my network not to use you, and I will do everything legally within my power to make sure the general public knows about your homophobic stances. It’s 2022, and there is no place in our world for that kind of hate.

And for the unnamed aggressor in the article? I’m not like you. I don’t hide online, I stand by my words publicly—you know why? Because I choose love. You choose hate, so of course you don’t want your name or your businesses name attached to your hateful beliefs. That’s what failure as a human looks like.

To the LGBTQ-plus/drag community in SLO and surrounding areas: You are an important and valuable part of our community, and you are welcome here. All the love, y’all.

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Maybe it’s senioritis or lame duckery or the realization that she doesn’t have to pretend to care what her constituents think of her anymore, but outgoing 4th District Supervisor Lynn Compton is making her exit in a way that tells those who voted for her successor, Jimmy Paulding, that they chose wisely.

During the Dec. 6 SLO County Board of Supervisors’ meeting, Compton spent about 90 minutes lambasting the Oceano Advisory Council (OAC) via a long and tedious list of actions that she found egregious. Apparently, Compton is a Seinfeld fan and takes to heart the Festivus Airing of Grievances. I guess her droning on for an hour and a half was an example of Festivus Feats of Strength.

A majority of her bile was directed at all the Public Records Act requests citizens had filed, which is why she’s being 100 percent ridiculous—because as a public official (for a little tiny bit longer, anyway) that’s part of her job. Public records are PUBLIC. I get that she no longer wants to be bothered, but boohoo.

I get that the OAC was a pain in Compton’s ass, and in a final F-U to the OAC, she managed to get her fellow conservative supervisors to “unrecognize” the council at the Dec. 6 meeting, but WWJD? Jimmy, not Jesus. Don’t be surprised if the OAC in some form returns when Jimmy Paulding takes office. Personally, I’m going to miss Lynn.

I have a terrible feeling Jimmy is going to be a lot harder target.

Someone who’s proving to be an exceedingly easy target is new Paso Robles Joint Unified School District board trustee Kenneth Enney, who unwisely decided to dip his toe into some alphabet soup and discovered it’s hot-hot-hot, baby! On his Facebook he wrote, “Remember that LGBTQ is really 5 classes or groups of people. I know and am accepting of people that fall under the ‘L’ and ‘G.’ I have to be honest … I don’t really understand the ‘B’ or ‘Q.’ So, I would say that I am tolerant of these people. The ‘T,’ however, I reject. You can’t be something you’re not, just because you say so and have surgery.”

Oh dear, retired USMC Col. Ken, where to begin? So, you think people can legitimately be gay and lesbian because you personally know gays and lesbians, right? In fact, I bet some of your best friends are homosexuals (wink-wink). But you don’t “understand” bisexuality (no threesomes for you, sad face) or “questioning sexuality” (no experimentation either, super sad face), I presume because you’ve never met a bisexual or someone willing to admit to you that they’re questioning their sexuality. OK, I’ll buy that. But you reject

transexuals because, what? You’ve never met a trans man or woman? First, how do you know? Is your transdar as highly attuned as your gaydar?

Enney went on to write, “Bullying of others into saying you are something that you are not violates their rights.” I see what you did there, Kenny-boy. Sly devil! You took a highly vulnerable minority group, one that is regularly the victim of prejudice, intimidation, and violence, and you made them into the victimizer because they would like to be treated with respect and kindness.

Well, not on your watch! And not under threat of being kicked off the board. When some Paso parents collected the requisite 455 signatures to challenge Enney’s appointment to the board, after which Superintendent Curt Dubost encouraged him to resign, Enney doubled down.

In a Facebook letter to Paso parents, Enney wrote, “I have been told that if I recant my Facebook posts, then the 455 malcontents will withdraw their petition. I’m sorry, but neither are an option. GAME ON!!”

Semper fi? Granted, my Marine Corps experience is limited to movies, but doesn’t the Corps transition people all time? “Only steers and queers come from Texas, Private Cowboy, and you don’t look like a steer to me so that kind of narrows it down.”

Let me ask you, Col. Enney, do you find it respectful to be addressed as you identify as

a “Marine Corps Officer,” or would you be OK if people addressed you as they see you: a small-minded bigot who thinks parents who allow their children to transition are guilty of “genital mutilation.”


Well, tell you what, Cap’n Transphobic Kenny-E, how about school districts don’t tell parents or their kids to transition or not transition. How about they—and you— stay the hell out of people’s private lives. But no. Ain’t gonna happen, and Cap’n Kangaroo went so far as to set himself up as the victim of a conspiracy: “Although the predicate for the challenge is the assertion that I’m a ‘racist, sexist, homophobe,’ the fact that the teacher’s union has reportedly contributed to make this [challenge to appointment] happen has more to do with my questions regarding finances and support for charter schools and school choice. Charter schools and school choice are a mortal threat to the teacher’s unions. I showed Dracula the cross.”

Ay caramba! I’ll have what he’s having and make it a double. ∆

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The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (SLOMA) premiered its latest group exhibition, Dirty Laundry, in early December. The show is scheduled to run through the end of February and showcases mixed-media works by several California-based artists, including a soil and textile-layered grass block installation by Minga Opazo. Visit for more info. SLOMA is located at 1010 Broad St., San Luis Obispo.




This special holiday event offers a collection of exceptional paintings, photography, and fi ne crafts, spanning a variety of artistic media from traditional to contemporary. Crafts include fi ber, wood, glass, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, and more. Through Jan. 1, 2023, 12-4 p.m. Free. 805-772-2504. Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St., Morro Bay.

ART AND ABOUT LOS OSOS Join us for Art and About Los Osos, a self-guided art walk that gives the community an opportunity to experience visual, literary, and performing art in galleries and other venues throughout Los Osos. Events will not occur on major holidays. Second Saturday of every month, 1-4 p.m. Free. 805-544-9251. Los Osos, Townwide, Los Osos.


Collages and photographs featuring Sweet Springs Nature Preserve and the Elfi n Forest by Los Osos photographer Kelly Hayes are for sale online and on display at Los Osos Pop-up Gallery (1056 Los Osos Valley Road). Photo prints on metal, paper, acrylic, and greeting cards. ongoing Free. Los Osos, Townwide, Los Osos.

COSTA GALLERY: ELLEN JEWETT Gallery hours are expected to be extended beginning in October or November for the holidays. Thursdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays, 12-4 p.m. Costa Gallery, 2087 10th St., Los Osos, 559-799-9632.



UNDER FIFTY Costa Gallery will feature Holiday gifts $50 and under by more than 20 regional artists. Explore affordable original art cards, fi ber art, glass, jewelry, paintings, photography, prints, and sculpture. Mondays, Thursdays-Sundays. through Dec. 30 Free admission. 559799-9632. Browse and buy unique art, fi ne craft, and affordable gifts from more than 20 local artists. Through Dec. 31 559-799-9632. Costa Gallery, 2087 10th St., Los Osos.


The Gallery at Marina Square in Morro Bay presents an opening reception for jeweler Lisa Kanofsky, Group Photo Show “Winter Light,” and Group Painting show,

“Morro Mornings.” Dec. 10, 3-5 p.m. Free. 805-7721068. Gallery at Marina Square, 601 Embarcadero suite 10, Morro Bay.


Lisa’s jewelry encompasses a mix of pendants and beaded necklaces with a variety of metals and other textures. Her small creative abstract paintings feature various paints and inks to form incredible shapes and textures. Through Dec. 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 805772-1068. Gallery at Marina Square, 601 Embarcadero suite 10, Morro Bay.

FOREVER STOKED PAINT PARTY Join us at the gallery, for a few hours to travel on a creative paint journey guided by a member of the fun loving FS crew. You will receive as much or as little instruction as you prefer. No artistic experience is necessary. Saturdays, 7-9 p.m. $45. 805-772-9095. Forever Stoked, 1164 Quintana Rd., Morro Bay.

MAKE MOSAIC GIFTS Learn mosaic basics to create an exciting one-of-a-kind project. Choose your project online then you’ll have many colors, baubles, and beads to choose from to complete your project. Everything is included to fi nish the project. Great for beginners. Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Various. 805-286-5993. Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St., Morro Bay.


EXHIBIT This California-based artist is showing a dynamic solo exhibit of painting, drawing, ceramics, and tapestry, along with “Small Gems” at the CCA Gallery. Through Dec. 31 805-927-8190. gallery-exhibits/. Cambria Center for the Arts, 1350 Main St., Cambria.

METAL ART BY TRUDI GILLIAM Gilliam creates her sculptures using copper, brass, nickel/silver, and found objects. This new series of whales and birds uses copper and sea glass. ongoing 805-772-9955. Seven Sisters Gallery, 601 Embarcadero Ste. 8, Morro


MORRO MORNING: WATERCOLOR SHOW OF PAINTINGS (PERFECT FOR GIFTS) Featuring paintings of landscapes and seascapes that fi ll the Lower Gallery show walls with wonderful scenes painted of Central coastal areas. Through Dec. 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 805-772-1068. Gallery at Marina Square, 601 Embarcadero suite 10, Morro Bay.

MOSAIC TRIVET WORKSHOP During this workshop, you will learn how to design and create a mosaic trivet. You will learn how to select materials, lay out a pleasing pattern, and adhere the tiles to the trivet base. You will learn how to properly grout and seal your project. ongoing, 1-4 p.m. $60. 805-772-2504. Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St., Morro Bay.

THE PLEIN AIR TEAM Acrylic artist, Nancy Lynn, and husband, watercolorist, Robert Fleming, have an ongoing show of originals and giclee prints of Morro Bay and local birds. ongoing 805-772-9955. Seven Sisters Gallery, 601 Embarcadero Ste. 8, Morro Bay,

SECOND SATURDAYS Come by and see the Featured Artists Shows, fi nd gifts for your loved ones, surprises for yourself, and meet the artists featured in the incredible gallery. Second Saturday of every month, 5-7 p.m. Free. 805-772-1068. Gallery at Marina Square, 601 Embarcadero suite 10, Morro Bay.

SUITE SURRENDER Mistaken identities, overblown egos, double entendres, and a lap dog named Mr. Boodles round out this hilarious riot of a love note to the classic farces of the 30s and 40s. Through Dec. 18 By The Sea Productions, 545 Shasta Ave., Morro Bay.

golden hours, twilights, and more. Through Dec. 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 805-772-1068. galleryatmarinasquare. com. Gallery at Marina Square, 601 Embarcadero suite 10, Morro Bay.


CHRISTMAS CAROL HIGH SCHOOL Join the Atascadero High School Theater Department for a modern Mean Girls-style twist on the classic Christmas story. The campus “Scrooge”, Meredith Priestly — the prettiest, most popular, meanest girl in school — is taken on a life-changing journey. Dec. 9, 7-9 p.m. and Dec. 10, 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. $10. Atascadero High School, One High School Hill, Atascadero, 805462-4300.

DEPRISE BRESCIA ART GALLERY: OPEN DAILY Features a large selection of encaustic art, sculpted paintings, art installations, acrylic palette knife paintings, digital art, glass, jewelry, stones, fossils, and a butterfl y sculpture garden. ongoing DepriseBrescia. com. Deprise Brescia Art Gallery, 829 10th St., Paso Robles, 310-621-7543.

FUSED GLASS PENDANT WORKSHOP Create your own unique fused glass pendant using a variety of precut pieces of glass. Perfect for your holiday gift giving. A fun class for kids and adults. All materials included. Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-noon and Dec. 11, 1-3 p.m. $45. 805-464-2633. Glasshead Studio, 8793 Plata Lane, Suite H, Atascadero.

STUDIOS ON THE PARK: CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS Check site for a variety of classes and workshops offered. ongoing Studios on the Park, 1130 Pine St., Paso Robles, 805238-9800.


THE GREATEST OF EASE BOOK EVENT A book signing with circus performers at San Luis Obispo Library. Dec. 8, 3-5 p.m. Free. San Luis Obispo Library Community Room, 995 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, 805-781-5991.

ACTOR’S EDGE: ACTING CLASSES Actor’s Edge offers fi lm and television acting training in San Luis Obispo, plus exposure to Los Angeles talent agents. All ages and skill levels welcome. Classes available in SLO, LA, and on zoom. ongoing $210 per month. actorsedge. com. Online, See website, San Luis Obispo.

ALL LEVELS POTTERY CLASSES Anam Cre is a pottery studio in SLO that offers a variety of classes. This specifi c class is open to any level. Teachers are present for questions, but the class feels more like an open studio time for potters. Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. $40.

WINTER SUNSET: A GROUP PHOTO SHOW OF ARTWORKS FOR GIFTING Showcases photographs of countrysides and seascapes with wonderful sunsets, —Caleb Wiseblood
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Anam Cre Pottery Studio, 1243 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo,

ART EXPLORATION FOR KIDS In this class series, students learn about drawing and acrylic painting. In each class, students will recreate a famous piece of art from history. Thursdays, 2-3 p.m. through Dec. 29 $28 per session; $100 for 5 classes; $180 for 10 classes. 805-747-4200. Art Central, 1329 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.


GALLERY Schumacher’s work is pensive and introspective, inspiring one to take a solitary walk on a cloudy day. Wander in to reflect on her “delicious, wistful landscapes.” Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-4 p.m. Free. 805-747-4200. artcentralslo. com/gallery-artists/. Art Central, 1329 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.


COLLINS This class is designed to teach young students the important basic building blocks of drawing. Students learn about various drawing techniques and materials such as graphite, charcoal, and paint pens. For kids ages 8-13. Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m. through Dec. 29 $28 per session; $100 for 5 classes; $180 for 10 classes. 805-747-4200. Art Central, 1329 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

A CHRISTMAS STORY The holiday classic about young Ralphie Parker and his quest for a genuine Red Ryder BB Gun. Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. and Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m. through Dec. 17 $20$28. 805-786-2440. San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre, 888 Morro St., San Luis Obispo.

CIVIC BALLET OF SLO: THE NUTCRACKER Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo is presenting this holiday classic, with a full live orchestra and San Luis Obispo County’s finest dancers. Dec. 9, 7-9:15 p.m., Dec. 10 2-4:15 & 7-9:15 p.m. and Dec. 11, 2-4:15 p.m. $24-$72. 805-756-4849. Performing Arts Center, 1 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo.

COMEDY NIGHT Professional comedy show featuring local and touring comics. Hosted by Aidan Candelario. Third Thursday of every month, 7-9 p.m. $5. 805-5408300. Bang the Drum Brewery, 1150 Laurel Lane, suite 130, San Luis Obispo,

CUESTA DRAMA: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME A Tony Award-winning play about 15-year-old Christopher, who is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery. Through Dec. 11 $15-$20. Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center, Highway 1, San Luis Obispo,

HILDA KILPATRICK-FREYRE: ART SHOW Hilda is influenced by California paintings, as well as impressionists. Her work is vibrant and she paints local nature scenes. Through Feb. 14, 2023 805-545-5401. Big Sky Cafe, 1121 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo.

HOLIDAY POTTERY SALE Anam Cre Pottery is hosting a handmade gift sale for the holidays. Explore ceramic gifts and find the perfect unique item. Includes mugs, dishware, vases, ornaments, trinkets, and more. Dec. 10, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. Anam Cre Pottery Studio, 1243 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

INTRO TO IMPROV: FOUNDATIONS OF IMPROV Learn the fun fundamentals of improv, team collaboration, and scene work. Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 14 $225. 803-487-4481. Central Coast Comedy Theater Training Center, 2078 Parker Street, Suite 200, San Luis Obispo.


The perfect class for those wanting to try oil painting for the first time. Guests discuss color theory, layering paint, and how to use various media. For ages 16 and over. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $30 per class or $100 for 4 classes. 805-747-4200. Art Central, 1329 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

KIDS IMPROV CLASS Do you have an active youngster who loves to act or perform, or just loves to play? In this class, students will develop improv and acting skills, learn fun improv games, and develop teamwork skills. Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m. through Dec. 15 $225. 803-487-4401. Central Coast Comedy Theater Training Center, 2078 Parker Street, Suite 200, San Luis Obispo.

LIGHTS AND TRADITIONS The Jack House docents present this year’s holiday event. Celebrate the splendor of the holidays with a docent led tour of the Historical Jack House and Gardens. Sunday’s tours include activities for kids. Dec. 11, 1-4 p.m. Free. The Jack House, 536 Marsh St., San Luis Obispo, 781-7308.

LITTLE TREASURES HOLIDAY EXHIBIT Artwork in this exhibit is priced $100 or less. Everything is handcrafted and made with love by local artists. Find that one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone. Artist reception is Dec. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-4 p.m. through Jan. 30 Free. 805-747-4200. artcentralslo. com. Art Central, 1329 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

MINI MELODIES HOLIDAY SEMESTER Come sing, dance, and play to the music of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza for the first three weeks of December.

Grown up participation class for ages 0 to 5. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 10-10:45 a.m. through Dec. 21 $70. Changes locations periodically (SLO County), Call or check site for details, County-wide.

THE MONDAY CLUBHOUSE CONSERVANCY FINE ARTS AWARDS APPLICATIONS Open to high school juniors and seniors. Categories: classical music, jazz music, and visual art. Submit online application. Finalists in all categories compete in a live competition at The Monday Club on Feb. 26. Through Jan. 30, 2023 Free. 805-242-1076. Online, See website, San Luis Obispo.

OPEN MIC COMEDY Sign-ups at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Aidan Candelario. Mondays, 7-9 p.m. Free. 805-5408300. Saints Barrel Wine Bar, 1021 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo.

PICKET PAINTING PARTY Decorative picket purchasing opportunities are available to show your support and help fund maintenance and educational programs in the Children’s Garden. Second Saturday of every month, 1-4 p.m. $75 per picket or 2 for $100. 805541-1400. San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd., San Luis Obispo.


A self-directed fun group of dynamic artists who enjoy painting and sketching outdoors. Artists meet on site at various locations. Weekly plein air destinations are provided by Kirsti Wothe via email (mrswothe@yahoo. com). Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-noon SLO County, Various locations, San Luis Obispo.

SECOND SATURDAYS FREE ART EVENT SLOMA’s Second Saturdays program features art-making activities that complement the Museum’s current exhibitions. It’s completely free and open to the public, on the lawn outside SLOMA’s Mission Plaza double doors. Second Saturday of every month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. through Dec. 10 Free. 805-543-8562. second-saturdays/. San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St., San Luis Obispo.

SENIOR CLAY CLASS Offered to the senior community as an outlet to explore the beauty of clay. For ages 60 and over. Caretakers welcome for an additional $20. Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon $40. Anam Cre Pottery Studio, 1243 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

SLO GALLERY CHRISTMAS SHOW Includes a variety of works by local artists, along with additional visual treats to delight and surprise you. There will be seasonal refreshments, music, and artistic conversation to enjoy. Dec. 10, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. 805-926-5050. SLO Gallery, 1019 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo.

SLO NIGHTWRITERS: A COMMUNITY OF WRITERS SLO NightWriters supports local writers with monthly presentations, critique groups, contests, and other events. Second Tuesday of every month, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. 805-703-3132. Online, See website, San Luis Obispo.

WALT WHITMAN GAY MEN’S BOOK CLUB This club reads, studies and discusses books chosen by the group which relate to their lives as gay men. All are welcome. Second Monday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. galacc. org/events/. Online, See website, San Luis Obispo.


ARTWORK BY STEVE ANDREWS On display throughout November and December. Through Dec. 31 Clark Center for the Performing Arts, 487 Fair Oaks Ave., Arroyo Grande, 805-489-9444,

HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Visited by the ghosts of Past, Present, and Future, Ebenezer Scrooge must find it in his heart to change or face a bleak and lonely future. No show on Christmas day. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7-10 p.m., Saturdays, 2-5 p.m. and Sundays, 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 18 $36$40. 805-489-2499. Great American Melodrama, 1863 Front St., Oceano.

MATILDA: THE MUSICAL The ensemble cast features strong performances by many well-known, local teen thespians, including London Raftery. Presented by AGHS. Through Dec. 10 Clark Center for the Performing Arts, 487 Fair Oaks Ave., Arroyo Grande, 805-489-9444.

MIXED MEDIA FOR AGES 5-7 Each week students will have the opportunity to explore and combine various mediums like pastels with tempera, watercolors and collage, or clay and wood and so much more. Mondays, 3:30-4:45 p.m. $25. 805-668-2125. LilA Creative Community, 1147 East Grand Ave. suite 101, Arroyo Grande.

MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOP (AGES 7-12) Come explore mixed media with an emphasis on the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design. Each week, students will have the opportunity to use various media. Tuesdays, 3:30-4:45 p.m. $25. 805-668-2125. LilA Creative Community, 1147 East Grand Ave. suite 101, Arroyo Grande.

OPEN STUDIO (AGES 7-12) Guests can explore a variety of media and techniques while focusing on their own subject matter. Whether they come with a project in mind, or find their way as they play, this class offers a chance for independent learning in a supportive environment.

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Thursdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. $25. 805-668-2125. lila. community/all-workshops/open-studio. LilA Creative Community, 1147 East Grand Ave. suite 101, Arroyo Grande.

OPEN STUDIO FOR ADULTS Guests can come in and decide what materials they would like to work with and create freely. Share your creative process with others and see how your work will flourish. Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m. and Wednesdays, 12:30-3:30 p.m. $40. 805-668-2125. LilA Creative Community, 1147 East Grand Ave. suite 101, Arroyo Grande.

PLAY, EXPLORE, CREATE (AGES 5-7) Young artists will play at various stations, exploring games, and mixed media. There will be a new activity each week. Wonderful opportunities for drawing, painting, and sculpture. Tuesdays, 9-10 a.m. $25. 805-668-2125. LilA Creative Community, 1147 East Grand Ave. suite 101, Arroyo Grande.

Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 805-395-9323. plantaeandfungi. com/event/1st-anniversarycelebration/. Plantae and Fungi, 750 Sheffield St., Cambria.

MORRO BAY MIXED MARTIAL ARTS Disciplines include advanced athletic performance fitness training, Thai kickboxing, and more. Beginners to advanced students welcome. Day and evening classes offered. Mondays-Saturdays, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Call for more info. 805-7017397. Morro Bay Martial Arts, 850 Shasta, Morro Bay.

LIGHT UP A LIFE 2022 A fundraiser to celebrate and honor your loved ones who are no longer present, but certainly not forgotten. For 38 years, Hospice SLO County’s Light Up A Life season has offered special ceremonies at locations throughout SLO County. Through Dec. 14 Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, 751 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, 781-8220.

MULTICULTURAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION The NAACP SLO County presents their annual Multicultural Holiday Celebration and Silent Auction. Celebrate the season with song, dance, spoken word, and a special Kwanzaa presentation. Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m. Free admission. 805-619-5354. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 2201 Lawton Ave., San Luis Obispo.

FLEX Performing Arts is thrilled to present Storytellers, a heartfelt family adventure brought to life through ballet, modern, contemporary, and theater jazz dance. Described as a magical, familyfriendly holiday experience. Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m. and Dec. 11, 3-5 p.m. 805-489-9444. storytellers/. Clark Center for the Performing Arts, 487 Fair Oaks Ave., Arroyo Grande.



A pop-up boutique sale. Shop from more than 25 local, unique vendors, artists, and crafters scattered throughout the Garden. Enjoy hot chocolate while you shop and receive a door prize raffle ticket with any purchase from any vendor. Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. 805-2641580. Birchwood Garden Barn & Home, 323 West Tefft Street, Nipomo.


CINDERELLA Last seen at PCPA in 2015 and back by popular demand for the whole family, the Broadway adaption of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved musical. This fresh, contemporary take on the classic tale is full of new surprises, familiar friends, and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s unforgettable music. Through Dec. 23 $25-$59. 805922-8313. PCPA: The Pacific Conservatory Theatre, 800 S. College, Santa Maria.

SONNY SONATA A staged reading presented by OCT. Written by Dixie Arthur. Dec. 9, 8 p.m., Dec. 10, 8 p.m. and Dec. 11, 1:30 p.m. Orcutt Community Theater (Klein Dance Arts), 3546 Skyway Drive, Bldg. 1, suite A, Orcutt, 805-937-3738,


CAMBRIA CHRISTMAS MARKET Will feature more than 2 million twinkling Christmas lights, along with artisan vendors, visits from Santa, a fun train ride, cozy fire pits, live music, delicious food, drinks, and much more. Wednesdays-Sundays, 5-9 p.m. through Dec. 23 $15-$25. 800-966-6490. cambriachristmasmarket. com/. Cambria Pines Lodge, 2905 Burton Dr., Cambria.

CHRISTMAS IN CAYUCOS With participating Ocean Avenue businesses. Ring in the holidays during this special night of shopping in Cayucos. Stroll the shops while admiring Christmas lights and decorations, visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy free carriage and wagon rides, a craft workshop for kids, and Lioness Club refreshments. Dec. 10, 5-8 p.m. Free. 805-748-2950. Cayucos, N. Ocean Ave. and D St., Cayucos.

FIRST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION As a thank you to all of the venue’s customers, everything in the store is 22 percent off. Event also includes prizes, a raffle, free hot tea and appetizers, live music, and more.

REIKI TRAINING AND INITIATION LEVEL 1 This ‘Level 1’ training course is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the core truth of their being.

Lunch is provided. Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $295. 805-637-3150. Vyana Wellness Collective, 4090 Burton Dr #6, Cambria.

SOCRATES: DISCUSSION GROUP Group members present interesting and thought provoking topics of all sorts. Topics are selected in advance and moderated by volunteers. Vaccinations are necessary. Enter through wooden gate to garden area. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. 805-528-7111. Coalesce Bookstore, 845 Main St., Morro Bay,


Performances of Suite Surrender, presented by By The Sea Productions, are scheduled to run through Sunday, Dec. 18, at St. Peter’s by the Sea Episcopal Church in Morro Bay. The show is set in 1942 and follows two Hollywood divas, played by Kate Kravets (left) and Laura Richie (right), who are accidentally booked in the same hotel suite. Tickets are available in advance at St. Peter’s by the Sea Episcopal Church is located at 545 Shasta Ave., Morro Bay. —C.W.

STAY YOUNG WITH QI GONG Qi gong offers great anti-aging benefits, providing a comprehensive system for improving physical, mental and emotional health. Its roots date back thousands of years in China. Learn with certified instructor Devin Wallace. Call first. Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. $10. 805-709-2227. Hardie Park, Ash Ave. and B St., Cayucos.

TAI CHI AND QI GONG: ZEN IN MOTION Small group classes with 2019 Tai Chi Instructor of the Year. Call for time and days. Learn the Shaolin Water Style and 5 Animals Qi Gong. Beginners welcomed. Mondays, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Call for price details. 805-701-7397. Morro Bay Martial Arts, 850 Shasta, Morro Bay.

TAI CHI CHUN CERTIFICATION With the 2019 Tai Chi Instructor of the year. Ongoing courses. ongoing Call for price. 805-701-7397. Grateful Body, 850 Shasta, Morro Bay.

TAI CHI CHUN/ QI GONG BASICS Learn the foundation of Qi Gong, the rooting of breathing, and Shaolin Tai Chi. Tuesdays-Thursdays Call for details. 805701-7397. Grateful Body, 850 Shasta, Morro Bay.


BOOKSALE Come shop with Friends of Atascadero Library at Alice’s Bookstore. Most items are $1 or less. Dec. 13, 2-5 p.m. Free to attend. Atascadero Library, 6555 Capistrano, Atascadero.

HANDCRAFTED FOR THE HOLIDAYS This show is a timely showcase of fine crafts people and their work. People can find unique handmade gifts for every taste and price point for that special someone and pick up something for themselves Through Dec. 30 Free. 805238-9800. Studios on the Park, 1130 Pine St., Paso Robles.

HOLISTIC DISCUSSION GROUP Subjects include all modalities of Holistic medicine. Held in the second floor conference room. Second Tuesday of every month, 4:30-5:45 p.m. 805-458-1682. Atascadero Library, 6555 Capistrano, Atascadero.

MID-STATE FAIR WINTER MARKET Features local crafters and artisans from throughout San Luis Obispo County selling handmade and unique items. Find jewelry, apparel, fashion accessories, home décor, health and beauty products, art, antiques, handmade eats, used items, and more. Dec. 9, 12-4 p.m., Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 805-239-0655. Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave., Paso Robles.

NAR-ANON: FRIDAY MEETINGS A meeting for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction of a loved one. Fridays, 12-1 p.m. Free. 805-441-2164. North County Connection, 8600 Atascadero Ave., Atascadero.

FREE DAY AT THE GARDEN Head on over to the SLO Botanical Garden for free admission. Bring the whole family and make a day of nature and exploration. There will be activities for everyone to enjoy. Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd., San Luis Obispo, 8055411400.


CLASS Have fun dancing to a wide variety of music. No experience necessary. No dress code. Partners welcome (no partner needed). 12 weeks of instruction begins Sept. 15. Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. through Dec. 15 $50 for the entire class. 805-221-5437. SLO Guild Hall, 2880 Broad St., San Luis Obispo.

NATURE NIGHTS An immersive outdoor holiday light and art exhibition. Features large format light projections, illuminated sculptures, and artistic lighting of garden areas throughout the garden. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thursdays-Sundays, 5, 6 & 7 p.m. through Jan. 8 San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd., San Luis Obispo, 8055411400.

NOVY’S ARK HOLIDAY BENEFIT Help support Novy’s Ark Dog Rescue and Adoption this holiday season. Shop festive handmade ornaments and bid on amazing auction items; 100 percent of proceeds support Novy’s Ark’s rescue dogs. Dec. 11, 4-6 p.m. Free. 805-5740320. Saucelito Canyon Tasting Room, 3080 Biddle Ranch Rd., San Luis Obispo.

OPEN MIC COMEDY NIGHT Come on over to the tasting room for some laugh out loud fun at Open Mic Comedy Night with many delicious ciders on tap. Second Thursday of every month, 7 p.m. Free show. SLO Cider, 3419 Roberto Ct., Suite C, San Luis Obispo.

Q YOUTH GROUP (VIRTUALLY VIA ZOOM) This is a social support group for LGBTQ+ and questioning youth between the ages of 11-18. Each week the group explores personal, cultural, and social identity. Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. Free. Online, See website, San Luis Obispo.

QI GONG FOR MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT Learn and practice qi gong, a Chinese system for physical, mental and spiritual development. This class is conducted outdoors in a beautiful setting, which is the best place to do qi gong, as its inspiration is drawn from nature. Certified instructor: Devin Wallace. Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m. $10. 805-709-2227. Crows End Retreat Center, 6340 Squire Ct., San Luis Obispo.

REINDEER RUN 5K The San Luis Obispo County Friday Night Live Partnership is excited to host the annual Reindeer Run, which brings community members together to participate in a 5K fun run and celebrate the winter season. Dec. 10, 9-11 a.m. $25. Mitchell Park, 1445 Santa Rosa St., San Luis Obispo.

SECOND ANNUAL SENIOR SANTA EVENT Community members are encouraged to adopt a wish list for a senior to help ensure they have a happy holiday. Hosted by the Senior Angels of the Central Coast. Through Jan. 1, 2023 Online, See website, San Luis Obispo.

SLO CHESS CLUB All skill levels welcome. Feel free to come by and check it out. Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m. through Feb. 28 Free. 805-540-0470. Whole Foods Market, 1531 Froom, San Luis Obispo.

SLO LIBRARY: BRAIN EDUCATION SERIES A free education series to answer your questions about memory loss, healthy aging, and how to be a caring member of your community. Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m.-noon Free. 805-781-4187. San Luis Obispo Library, 995 Palm St., San Luis Obispo.

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competitive games. Sundays, 4-7 p.m. and Tuesdays, Thursdays, 7-10 p.m. through Jan. 31 Free. 805-5400470. Ludwick Community Center, 864 Santa Rosa, San Luis Obispo.

SOUTH COAST SLO COUNTY NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WATCH AND CLOCK COLLECTORS, CHPT. 52 Come join a friendly meeting of watch and clock collectors. Members bring watches and clocks to show, plus there are discussions of all things horological. Second Sunday of every month, 1:30-3 p.m. 805-547-1715. new.nawcc. org/index.php/chapter-52-los-padres. Central Coast Senior Center, 1580 Railroad St., Oceano.

SALT AND SUNDRY SPA OPEN HOUSE AT THE CLIFFS Explore spa offerings at The Cliffs and enjoy some complimentary treats. Dec. 15, 5-7 p.m. 805-7735000. The Cliffs Hotel and Spa, 2757 Shell Beach Rd, Pismo Beach.

SANTA’S DOGGIE PARADE This year’s parade participants will receive goodie bags donated by Petco Arroyo Grande. Dogs compete for best dog costume, best dog/owner look alike, best holiday look, funniest costume, and best in show. Dec. 10, 11 a.m. 805-6271997. Avila Beach Promenade, 404 Front St., Avila Beach.


The public is welcome to come help clean up Shell Beach. Dec. 8, 10 a.m. 805-773-5000. The Cliffs Hotel and Spa, 2757 Shell Beach Rd, Pismo Beach.

Garden Bistro, 78 N. Ocean Ave., Cayucos.

SING WE NOW OF CHRISTMAS A festive collection of holiday standards, familiar favorites, and some new selections performed by the Cambria Chorale. Dec. 11, 2 p.m. $20; free for students. cambriachorale. org. Community Presbyterian Church of Cambria, 2250 Yorkshire Dr., Cambria.


FRIDAY NIGHT DJ Weekly DJ series, with a different DJ every Friday. Presented by friends at Traffic Record store in Atascadero. Come listen, dance, drink, and unwind every Friday. All ages event; no cover charge. Fridays, 7-10 p.m. 805-460-6042. Ancient Owl Beer Garden, 6090 El Camino Real, suite C, Atascadero.



LIVE Live indie, dance, and punk music. Dec. 14, 7 p.m. $22. SLO Brew Rock, 855 Aerovista Pl., San Luis Obispo, 805-543-1843.

11 O’CLOCK NUMBERS: THE SONGS THAT LIT UP BROADWAY Featured performances include several numbers from notable musicals. Dec. 10, 7 p.m. $15; $10 for students w/ID. Cuesta College Auditorium (5401), Hwy 1, San Luis Obispo, 805-546-3185.

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SOCIAL GROUP FOR WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS Call for more details. Second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. 805-904-6615. Oak Park Christian Church, 386 N Oak Park Blvd., Grover Beach.


NORTH COAST SLO COUNTY MORRO BAY MAIN STREET FARMERS MARKET Get fresh and veggies, fruit, baked goods, sweets, and handmade artisan crafts. Come have some fun with your local farmers and artisans and enjoy delicious eats while enjoying the fresh breeze of Morro Bay. Saturdays, 2:30-5:30 p.m. through May 31 Varies. 805-824-7383. morrobayfarmersmarket. com. Morro Bay Main Street Farmers Market, Main Street and Morro Bay Blvd., Morro Bay.


BRUNCH IS BACK Celebrate the second Sunday of the month with brunch. Enjoy a two-hour cruise on the waterfront. Features fresh coffee, pastries, and more. Second Sunday of every month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $50. 805-772-2128. Chablis Cruises, 1205 Embarcadero, Morro Bay.


DOWNTOWN SLO FARMERS MARKET Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. Downtown SLO, Multiple locations, San Luis Obispo. SLO FARMERS MARKET Hosts more than 60 vendors. Saturdays, 8-10:45 a.m. World Market Parking Lot, 325 Madonna Rd., San Luis Obispo.


PISMO BEACH FARMERS MARKET Features various vendors selling their goods. Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m. Pismo Beach Farmers Market, Pismo Pier, Pismo Beach, 805. 773.4382.

SALT AND SUNDRY SIP AND SHOP AT THE CLIFFS Bring your besties for some holiday shopping, and a glass of bubbles at The Cliffs on-site boutique. Dec. 11, 3-7 p.m. 805-773-5000. cliffshotelandspa. com/cliffsmas/. The Cliffs Hotel and Spa, 2757 Shell Beach Rd, Pismo Beach.



CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS CONCERTS Join Brynn Albanese and Cambria friends for this Christmas concert series. Dec. 9-11 Old Santa Rosa Chapel, 2353 Main St., Cambria.

FOREVER GREEN AT CAMBRIA CHRISTMAS MARKET’S BIERGARTEN Forever Green is an electronic/acoustic, modern/traditional music duo. Multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriters and twin sisters Christi and Cara Brown create indie/folk/pop/rock with notes of Celtic, jazz, and blues. Dec. 14, 5-8:30 p.m. $15-$25. Cambria Pines Lodge, 2905 Burton Dr., Cambria, 805-927-4200.

LIVE MUSIC WITH GUITAR WIZ AT LUNADA GARDEN BISTRO “Guitar Wizard” Billy Foppiano plays a wide range of music, including blues, R&B, classic rock, and more. Second Sunday of every month, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 805-900-5444. Lunada

ANOTHER CHRISTMAS IN PARIS: JAZZ CONCERT A holiday jazz concert at the Penny featuring vocalist Deborah Gilmore with an all-star cast of local musicians. The music for this soiree will include favorite Christmas songs and some jazz standards. Dec. 14, 6:45-9 p.m. The Penny, 664 Marsh St., San Luis Obispo.


New Jersey-born Breland began writing songs as a teenager, inspired by a diverse collection of sounds and eclectic artists like the Beatles, Rascal Flatts, Prince, and his number-one influence, Stevie Wonder. Dec. 8, 7 p.m. $15. SLO Brew Rock, 855 Aerovista Pl., San Luis Obispo, 805-543-1843.

CHANNEL TRES LIVE Dec. 10, 8 p.m. The Fremont Theater, 1035 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, 805-5468600,

CHRISTMAS JAZZ VESPERS This concert will feature the Marshall Otwell Quartet, with a special appearance by Inga Swearingen. Dec. 11, 7-8:30 p.m. Free; Donations appreciated to benefit SLO4Home. 805-5435451. First Presbyterian Church of San Luis Obispo, 981 Marsh St., San Luis Obispo.

CUESTA COLLEGE COMBOPALOOZA The group’s final jazz concert of the school year. The 2022-2023 CPAC season is generously sponsored by Joan G. Sargen and New Times. Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. $5. Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center, Highway 1, San Luis Obispo,

A HOLIDAY BRASS AND JAZZ CONCERT With the SLO County Trumpet Alliance and Royal Garden Swing Orchestra. A musical menagerie of big band jazz and trumpet chamber music. The 2022-2023 CPAC season is generously sponsored by Joan G. Sargen and New Times. Dec. 10, 2 p.m. $15; $10 for students w/ID. Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center, Highway 1, San Luis Obispo,

HOLIDAY TRADITIONS CONCERT SERIES: NIPOMO AND SAN LUIS OBISPO LOCATIONS Get in the spirit by attending a choral music performance by Vocal Arts Ensemble. Enjoy classical holiday tunes and a sing-a-long at various locations in early December. Dec. 11, 4-6 p.m. $30-$40 (students $10). 805-541-6797. SLO County, Various locations, San Luis Obispo.

MATTHIAS CLARK IN THE TASTING ROOM A great show with Matthias Clark and many delicious ciders on tap. Dec. 9, 7-9 p.m. 805-721-6878. SLO Cider, 3419 Roberto Ct., Suite C, San Luis Obispo.

SAN FRANCISCO YIDDISH COMBO AT BETH DAVID SLO Klezmer for the 21st century. Dec. 11 3-5 p.m. $25-$30. 805-544-0760. Congregation Beth David, 10180 Los Osos Valley Rd., San Luis Obispo.


ADVENT FESTIVAL OF LESSONS AND CAROLS An evening of singing and readings. Lead by the St. Barnabas’ Choral Scholars and Chancel Choir. Reception to follow. Dec. 11, 5-6 p.m. Free. 805-489-2990. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 301 Trinity Way, Arroyo Grande.

CHRISTMAS CHOIR Sing your way into the new year. Bring your choir binders (new members will have binders provided) Some new original tunes and some standard Christmas Songs will be included in this years program. Contact for end date. Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. through Dec. 20 Free. Richard Inman, Private Home TBA, Arroyo Grande, 805-937-4413.

HOME CONCERTS Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by cellist Rebecca Roudman. Dec. 8, 7-9:30 p.m. $20-$35. Tunes On Mentone, 1901 Mentone Ave., Grover Beach, 805-441-5868. ∆

THE NAACP SLO COUNTY BRANCH PRESENTS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2022 6:00PM 8:00PM UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP 2201 LAWTON AVE, SLO (DOORS OPEN AT 5:30 PM) BRING YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY DISH OR BAKE D GOODS TO SHARE A Multicultural Holiday Celebration And FUNDRAISER-SILENT AUCTION SAVE THE DATE For more information call: 805 619 5354 or go to Join us as we Celebrate the Season with Song, Dance and Spoken Word from different cultures and a special Kwanzaa presentation. LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH The NAACP SLO County Branch Presents LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH A Multicultural Holiday Celebration and FUNDRAISER-SILENT AUCTION SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2022 6–8pm (Doors open at 5:30pm) Bring your favorite holiday dish or baked goods to share For more information call: 805-619-5354 or go to UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP 2201 Lawton Ave, San Luis Obispo H.E.L.P. SOCK DRIVE Donate new socks to keep our unhoused community warm Bring them to the Celebration or to our Annual Meeting on December 13: 6-8pm
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Winter Festival Market showcases local crafters in Nipomo

Birchwood Garden Barn and Home in Nipomo presents the Winter Festival Market, which will be open on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The two-day, pop-up boutique sale will feature items from more than 25 local crafters, artists, and other vendors.

Hot chocolate will be available for guests to enjoy during the event. Each purchase during the sale includes a ticket to enter into a raffle for door prizes. Admission to the event is free.

To find out more about the event, call Birchwood Garden Barn and Home at (805) 7235102 or visit birchwoodnipomo. com. Birchwood is located at 323 W. Teft St., Nipomo.

AGHS students bring Maltida: The Musical to the Clark Center

The Arroyo Grande High School (AGHS) Theatre Company presents its final performances of Matilda: The Musical at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts on Dec. 8, 9, and 10, at 7 p.m. each evening.

Adapted from the classic Roald Dahl novel, Matilda: The Musical is described as an exploration of “the anarchy of childhood” in press materials, and features original songs from prolific composer Tim Minchin. The show has won more than 40 international awards, including a Tony Award.

Tickets to the AGHS production, which stars London Raftery in the title role, are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students. Raftery’s previous appearances in Central Coast-based productions include roles in the Pacific Conservatory Theatre’s The Secret Garden and the San Luis Repertory Theatre’s A Christmas Story

For tickets and more info on the show, call the Clark Center for the Performing Arts box office at (805) 489-9444 or visit The venue is located at 487 Fair Oaks Ave., Arroyo Grande.

To find out more about the AGHS Theatre Company, visit the group’s Facebook page.

Nipomo Library hosts

Reading to Rover youth program

The Nipomo Library will host its next Reading to Rover event on Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Children are welcome to come to the library and read books to two friendly therapy dogs during this program designed for preschool and elementary school students.

For more info on the event and additional offerings at the Nipomo Library, call (805) 9293994. The library is located at 918 W. Tefft St., Nipomo. ∆

—Caleb Wiseblood

Arts Unique perspective

Cuesta College presents the award-winning play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

From the technical wonders of special effects to the heartfelt acting, Cuesta College’s drama program aims to make a profound impact on every aspect of the theater experience.

In her last directorial role before she heads into retirement, bree valle wanted her final production to be an emotionally impactful story about a young person’s unique perspective and a showcase of what the Cuesta Drama Program is capable of.

“There’s nothing like sitting in a space where everyone is breathing the same air as the performers and having a visceral reaction and experience together,” she said.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is the Broadway adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel of the same title. The play, which began its run on Dec. 4, will continue until Dec. 11 at the Harold J. Miossi Cultural and Performing Arts Center Experimental Theater in a special limited showing.

The story centers on the experience of neurodivergent youth Christopher Boon, who, after being accused of a crime, goes on a journey to find the true culprit all while facing the challenges that come along with his unique understanding of the world.

“You are inside the brain of someone who is neurodivergent,” valle said. “It’s fast-paced and ... you’re experiencing things through his eyes and it’s like bam, bam, pow!”

Christopher and the audience go on a hero’s journey with the help of modern-day special effects—projectors and moving stage pieces handled by the production ensemble.

Valle worked alongside Technical Director Richard Jackson to ensure the technical

Enjoy the performance at the Harold J. Miossi CPAC Experimental Theater located on Highway 1 in SLO through Dec. 11. Visit for show times and to purchase tickets.

work for the play would be above and beyond previous productions and also stand as a starting point for the program to continue creating even more advanced productions.

“As I move into retirement, I want to leave the program with a legacy of continuing to challenge itself and the students, and these are the tools that will allow them to do so,” valle said.

In addition to the technical aspects of the play, valle knew that casting was going to be key in portraying the particular perspective of the main character. By choosing actor Dylan Hahn, who—similar to valle—deals with the challenges and unique worldview that come along with being neurodivergent, the director aimed to give the audience a true perspective highlighting how someone like Christopher would act in this setting.

“We live in an extraordinary time in the history of performance, a moment in which ‘authenticity’ has become immensely important to our industry,” valle said. “I feel it’s our duty as theater artists to honor and promote representational honesty.”

This desire helped draw in other cast members as they resonated with valle’s aim to tell an impactful, accurate, and representative tale. Jordan Michel, who plays Christopher’s father, Ed Boon, attended Cuesta College and was part of valle’s previous productions. After

moving back to San Luis Obispo four years ago, Michel reconnected with his alma mater when valle reached out about the role of Ed.

“It’s probably the most intense role I’ve had offered to me in a while,” Michel said. “There were a lot of moments where the impact of the character I was playing really shocked me.”

Michel believes that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a perfect final production for valle, noting that it challenged the production crew and required them to rely on everyone’s respective strengths to get the production off the ground.

“I want everyone to get their share of the credit because it takes a lot of physical energy to be part of the production,” he said. “[The ensemble] might as well be part of the stage itself with how much they are moving and shifting things around.”

The physical and technical effort required of the actors, ensemble, and the director is part of valle’s mission to keep the audience engaged and involved with the performance.

“You’re not going to be bored,” valle said with a chuckle.

Michel said he hoped that through this production, audiences would be transported into the mind of Christopher and come to understand the unbelievable worldview people like him have to offer.

“You’re going to walk away feeling that you have a different perspective of the world, [one] that might impact you in your actions and your thoughts,” Michel said. ∆

Contributor Adrian Vincent Rosas is on his way to see the play a second time. Reach him through the editor at

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INTENSE AND IMPACTFUL Actor Jordan Michel (right), who plays the role of Christopher Boon’s father, Ed, said the relationship between the two characters is one of the more intense and impactful roles he’s played. PHOTOS COURTESY OF ADAM SCHOOLEY
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Arts Split Screen

Better off dead

o-writer Paul Leyden directs this sequel to the 2013 action comedy R.I.P.D., about an afterlife law enforcement agency whose operatives go after Deados—monsters and demons disguised as humans. (102 min.)

Glen I think the fi rst question we have to ask about this unnecessary and unwelcome sequel is why? Why make a sequel of a box office bomb that cost $130 million to make but that only returned $78 million? The original even had Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges, and it still sucked like a brand-new top-of-the-line vacuum. At least the sequel producers had the good sense to send this straight to Netfl ix and not embarrass themselves by attempting a theatrical release. The story opens in the American West circa 1876, and Sheriff Roy Pulsipher (Jeffrey Donovan) is shooting it out with a notorious gang when he’s shot in the back and fi nds himself at the Rest In Peace Department office, where he’s offered a chance to go back to Earth to stop Otis Clairborne (Richard Brake), who’s really a demon who plans to breach the Gates of Hell and release all the demons. Of course, Roy has other plans, such as revenge for his murder and seeing his soon-to-be-married daughter, Charlotte (Tilly Keeper), again and saving Tilly’s milquetoast fiancé, Angus (Richard Fleeshman), but instead he’s teamed with Jeanne (Penelope Mitchell), his sword-toting R.I.P.D. partner, who has to keep Roy on task. It’s as ridiculous and convoluted as it sounds, but lucky for you, there’s so much ham-fisted plot exposition that you’ll never get lost. This fi lm stinks more than the poisonous gas seeping from the breach in Hell’s Gates.

Anna I like Donovan, and he worked hard to try and make this funny, but the material just isn’t there. I’m not sure why this got greenlit. Maybe the fi rst fi lm


What’s it rated? PG-13

What’s it worth, Glen? Don’t bother

What’s it worth, Anna? Don’t bother

Where’s it showing? Netflix

had some “so bad it’s good” renaissance I don’t know about or an underground cult following. Unfortunately, the premise is so ill-conceived that the cast spends half the time explaining plot points to get the audience invested. It didn’t work, at least for me. On IMDb, this comes in more than a full point behind its predecessor— not a great sign for any more fi lms from this “franchise.” Roy and Jeanne get a third character to quip with in Slim Samuels (Jake Choi), an outlaw/Deado they capture who wants his soul to have a retrial. Unfortunately, adding more ingredients to this soup didn’t help; it’s just a mess.

Glen Donovan did his darnedest to recreate Jeff Bridges’ Roy Pulsipher, but the fi lm didn’t have a Ryan Reynolds. Instead, Roy is teamed with a humorless woman warrior who turns out to be a

famous heroine from history. I won’t tell you who, but in addition to her sword, Jeanne’s afraid of fi re. Like the original, the “joke” is that living humans can’t see Roy and Jeanne as they are. Instead, they have human avatars—in this case two Black women (Rachel Adedeji for Roy and Evlyne Oyedokun for Jeanne), and you can imagine the kind of treatment they get in the Wild West. Cue tepid racism jokes. The fi rst fi lm should have been left buried and forgotten.

Anna I didn’t see the original, so I can’t speak to its merit, but its follow-up fell totally flat for me. There just isn’t a whole lot here to root for besides the “don’t let the demons out of hell” thing, and the attempts at humor didn’t work. I zoned out quickly on this one—not a great sign. I don’t want to knock the actors; they just weren’t given much of anything to work with, and what they were given just stunk. I hope this is the last attempt to make R.I.P.D. a thing. Skip it. Δ


Dr. Toby Fleishman (Jesse Eisenberg) can’t find his wife, Rachel (Claire Danes). Well, ex-wife that is. He’s working through the dissolution of his marriage, diving into the world of dating apps, trading a fancy New York apartment for a bachelor pad, and

reconnecting with his friends from the past. One friend, Libby (Lizzy Caplan), is the narrator for this series and dives into his life before Rachel, with her, and after.

It’s not so great if you dislike watching conflict on-screen or uncomfortable emotional difficulty. Neither Rachel nor Toby are particularly appealing. He’s nebbish and nitpicky and jealously obsessive. She’s cold and unwilling to change or work on herself, disconnected, and generally pretty mean. But their emotional difficulties feel real, and the acting is terrific.

With five episodes out as of press time and three more to come, Fleishman is in Trouble offers a look at imperfection, a fly-on-thewall view of an unhealthy and unhappy relationship, but also perspective on when it wasn’t those things. Fans of quiet drama who don’t mind a bit of discomfort watching intimate fights will appreciate this FX series. (eight 48-min. episodes)

You’d be forgiven if you’ve never heard of Zola . It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020 and had a limited theatrical release in 2021, but despite being nominated for and winning a raft of awards, it’s drifted into obscurity.

Frankly, it deserves recognition. The story, written by director Janicza Bravo and playwright Jeremy O. Harris, is based on a 2015 viral Twitter thread by Aziah “Zola” King that was chronicled in the Rolling Stone article “Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Striper Saga Ever Tweeted” by David Kushner. It’s a dark, twisted story about a segment of America’s sexual underbelly. Zola (Taylour Paige) is a waitress and part-time dancer who meets crass fellow dancer Stefani (Riley Keough), who convinces Zola to join her; her “roommate,” X (Colman Domingo); and her dimwitted boyfriend, Derrek (Nicholas Braun), on a road trip from Detroit to Tampa, where she’s promised a fat payday for dancing at a club. Instead, Zola is caught up in a prostitution scheme that requires every bit of her wits to navigate. It’s like watching a really well-written and acted train wreck unfold. (86 min.)

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ROUGH RIDE Jeanne (Tilly Keeper) and Roy (Jeffrey Donovan) are dead, but they’re also law enforcement sent from the afterlife to stop an earthly breach of Hell’s Gate, in R.I.P.D 2: Rise of the Damned , streaming on Netflix.
Δ —Glen FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE What’s it rated? TV-MA When? 2022 Where’s it showing? Hulu ZOLA What’s it rated? R When? 2020 Where’s it showing? Showtime MIXED SIGNALS Exotic dancers Stefani (Riley Keough, left) and Zola (Taylour Paige) road trip to Florida to work a lucrative club but quickly discover they’re at cross purposes, in Zola , streaming on Showtime.
tries to figure out what
ESTRANGEMENT Married couple Rachel (Claire Danes) and Toby Fleishman (Jesse
Eisenberg) have
end of the line, and Fleishman is in Trouble streaming on Hulu chronicles the sad fallout as Toby
derailed their relationship.
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Strictly Starkey

Compton smooth and Minnesota smart

The Fremont hosts Channel Tres and Al Franken

The holidays are approaching, the college students will soon be gone, and the live music selection will slow down considerably, so make the most of this last week before it’s too late. Let’s start with the Fremont Theater.

Channel Tres plays this on Saturday, Dec. 10 (8 p.m.; all ages; $40.77 at Born Sheldon Young, the Compton-based rapper and producer “blends the drive of Detroit techno and the silky-smooth grooves of Chicago house with the snarl of West Coast rap,” according to his bio. His last EP i can’t go outside debuted in Spotify’s Top 10 U.S. Album Debuts.

It’s not music, but comedian and former Minnesota senator Al Franken performs at the Fremont on Sunday, Dec. 11 (8 p.m.; all ages; $66.50 at Franken was a longtime writer for Saturday Night Live, and he proved his liberal bona fides with this book: Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot, a fantastic takedown of the conservative blowhard and one of Franken’s four New York Times bestsellers.

I always thought it was a real shame that his political career was derailed by a silly photo prank, but unlike Republicans who refuse to step aside when they do much worse things, Franken had the grace to exit with humility. He’s a class act.

Numbskull and Good Medicine at The Siren

After this next week, Numbskull and Good Medicine with go dark until Jan. 18, but they have two more great shows before they stand down through the holidays.

The Dustbowl Revival with opener Dan Curcio returns to The Siren on Saturday, Dec. 10 (8 p.m.; 21-and-older; $22 plus fees at Dustbowl has a real knack for putting a contemporary spin on vintage Americana sounds. The LA Weekly said their “upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear.”

Curcio is the frontman of Moonshiner Collective, but he puts on a terrific solo show, so this one will be amazing from stem to stern.

Instrumental rockers Los Straightjackets with opening act The Cliffnotes play on Wednesday, Dec. 14 (6:30 p.m.; 21-and-older; $20 plus fees at Los Straightjackets’ shtick is to don lucha libre masks and shred, and that’s just what Danny Amis (guitar), Eddie Angel (guitar), Greg Townson (guitar), Pete Curry (bass), and Chris Sprague (drums, percussion) do. The Nashville band has 15 studio and two live albums to their credit. Also at The Siren, don’t forget that roots

rock, alt-country, hillbilly blues, surf rock and beyond act Deke Dickerson & the Whippersnappers play this Thursday, Dec. 8 (7 p.m.; 21-and-older; $15 at, with The Bonneville Phantoms opening. Last week, I incorrectly mentioned Dickerson was working on a book about Merle Travis, but, in fact, SIXTEEN TONS: The Merle Travis Story was just released before Thanksgiving. It’s a perfect Christmas gift for guitar nuts!

The James Rivers Band plays a free show at The Siren on Friday, Dec. 9 (7:30 p.m.; 21-and-older). Expect blues, rock, and Americana from this son of singer-songwriter Johnny Rivers.

Also, Radio Ranch plays a free show on Thursday, Dec. 15 (7:30 p.m.; 21-andolder). “Inspired by the folk revival of the ’60s and traditional country music, Rhett Henry Baxter and Camille Elizabeth have long been in love with the freedom of wide-open country and the people within it,” their bio explains. They write songs from the point of view of travelers.

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New Jersey-born Breland, whose single “My Truck” is blowing up on music streaming services everywhere, plays this Thursday, Dec. 8 (7 p.m.; all ages; $15

general and $50 VIP at; $20 day of show). If you get a chance, check out the video for “My Truck” online. It’s a baitand-switch hoot that starts with a generic white cowboy in a black hat and jean jacket walking toward the camera, lipsyncing Breland’s lyrics, before Breland, a bespectacled Black man, slides into the frame and takes over singing.

SLO Brew Live and (((folkYEAH!))) present !!!(CHK CHK CHK) with Tolliver on Wednesday, Dec. 14 (7 p.m.; all ages; $22 at !!! combines “punk abandon and tightly coiled dance music.”

More music …

Quick reminder that LA singersongwriter Mike Vitale plays the house concert series Tunes on Mentone this Thursday, Dec. 8 (7 p.m.; $20 to $30 cash donation requested at the door; RSVP at If you dig Paul Simon, John Mayer, Sting, Dave Matthews, and Peter Gabriel, you might dig Vitale too.

The Journals 805 has been playing gigs throughout the area lately. The father and son duo has also “written and recorded a bunch of new songs as well as donating time to play at The Creston Village senior living residence.” They play The Paso Inn’s newly remodeled Cattlemen’s Lounge this Thursday, Dec. 8 (6 to 9 p.m.).


Matthias Clark plays a solo show in the SLO Cider Company tasting room this Friday, Dec. 9 (7 to 9 p.m.; all ages). Clark’s a talented songwriter with a rustic, affecting voice. Also at SLO Cider, they host low key DJ

Nights with DJ B. Tru spinning an eclectic mix of music featuring mushroom jazz and roots reggae every Saturday, including Saturday, Dec. 10 (5 to 8 p.m.; all ages).

Big Variety Night with host Ted Waterhouse has been going on for 30 or so years now, moving locations and always being an eclectic lineup of performers.

“Having done shows for many years at Linnaea’s Cafe in SLO and more recently at Puffer’s of Pismo, we decided to try out a new venue in SLO, the Broad Street Public House, that was a smashing success,” Waterhouse explained. This Friday, Dec. 9, Big Variety Night returns for another show (6 to 9:30 p.m.), with short sets by Mike Campbell, Randall Lamb, Peter Yelda, Ted Waterhouse & Cheri Mason, Karen Wilkins & Steve Kindel, accordion master Duane Inglish, Rosewood & Honey, and Erin Montgomery

The Jazz Vespers Series at SLO’s First Presbyterian Church returns with their sixth annual evening of Christmas Jazz music on Sunday, Dec. 11 (7 p.m.; $20 recommended donation at my805tix. com or the door). This concert will feature the Marshall Otwell Quartet, with a very special guest appearance by Inga Swearingen on vocals. Expect classic Christmas carols and reinterpreted seasonal music. The fundraiser will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to SLO4Home, a local nonprofit that rehouses Afghan refugees in our area.

Band Lab presents Christmas Talent Night at The Clark Center on Sunday, Dec. 11 (5 p.m.; all ages; $15 general admission at Join Village Creative’s Band Lab students as they celebrate Christmas with this musical showcase.

Judging from the Smoker Dad song “Cocaine Blues,” these dudes listened to their fair share of the Rolling Stones’ country songs. This Wednesday, Dec. 13, Smoker Dad and local opener Hot Tina will deliver a blistering evening of rock ’n’ roll (9:30 p.m.; 21-and-older). ∆

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I’ll state the obvious: San Luis Obispo is full of hot chicken spots. But one of them draws its inspiration from Korean-style fried chicken and offers non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to keep you coming back for more.

Added to the Creamery Marketplace in July, HellaHot stands out among the center’s brown and matte black structures. The red-and-white striped restaurant and its screens blaring funky animated chickens welcomed me in. If the place is called HellaHot, I’m ready to test the heat.

“I knew you were Indian when you ordered the HH Invitational,” said HellaHot co-owner Joe Alerta with a laugh.

Well, I look Indian even when I’m not ordering the spiciest chicken on the menu.

Alerta, on the other hand, likes his poultry on the tame side.

“Medium’s even pushing it,” he said. “I’d probably get a mild sando, maybe even a HellaPlain!”

Alerta runs HellaHot with his brother Jeremy and his business partner, Tony Antillon. He devised the menu while Jeremy and Antillon taste-tested the spice level with a friend who told them he could handle all the heat. The trio are neighbors in North Hollywood now and live behind a Dave’s Hot Chicken, of all places. But the Alerta brothers were born in Guam and grew up in Lompoc. Antillon went to high school in Arroyo Grande. Now the restaurateurs commute to SLO from LA every week.

They wanted in on the hot chicken trend that’s gripped Southern California over the past five years.

“We fell in love with hot chicken. We went to Nashville and all its original hot chicken spots,” Alerta said. “We looked at the food scene here and there was no hot chicken. We were the first to announce, but our permits took longer than expected, so Jay

Bird’s and Dave’s beat us to the punch.”

HellaHot delivers five levels of spice. They use different ratios of cayenne pepper for the lowest to the medium levels. The spice levels rise on the Scoville scale from there with the “Hot” level getting its heat from habanero peppers. The fourth level, called “HellaHot,” features ghost and scorpion peppers.

The final stage is called the “HH Invitational.” That comes with all the previous peppers and the Carolina Reaper, which Guinness World Records declared the hottest chili pepper on the planet in 2017. HellaHot’s pinnacle spice level is paired with a challenge too—hungry daredevils can sign a waiver and attempt to down two chicken tenders doused in this

pepper medley within 10 minutes.

I didn’t hear about the competition until later, but I ate the invitational tenders anyway.

The tenders are brick-red with a thick dusting of chili powders. The pungent burn hit my nostrils seconds before they landed on my table. I’m impatient but I’ve watched enough Hot Ones to know I shouldn’t use my bare fingers to grab one, in case I touch my face later. I stabbed one lurid tender with a fork before I took my first bite.

A slow build. I got a major hit of pepper, and it was pleasant for a few minutes. The floral heat slightly numbed my tongue but never went to the back of my throat like I feared. The spice mix tingled enough to make me want to take another bite.

Feel the burn

But I could sense my downfall quickly. Chicken tenders trap heat for an annoyingly long time. The high temperature of the freshly fried hot chicken burnt my tongue repeatedly and accentuated the spiciness. I waited 10 minutes for it to cool off and nursed my tongue with water and HellaHot’s cheesy parsley-dusted mac ’n’ cheese.

Still, I enjoyed the flavor. HellaHot delivers on its name, but spice isn’t the only profile. You can relish your chicken whether you’re racing against the clock to win the challenge or if you picked a spice level just for fun.

“We use a different flour and breading system. We try to incorporate potato starch, which is used in Koreanstyle dishes. Nashville’s more savory, but we throw in a little more brown sugar,” Alerta said.

Winning the HH Invitational means going home with a one-of-akind NFT. Those patrons can return to HellaHot, show their NFT, and get 20 percent off their whole order and a free drink every time. The digital tokens are available to purchase too.

“It’s a good incentive to have, especially for college kids. NFT is a digital asset that can be tracked on a blockchain, [which] if I have to dumb it down is like the iCloud,” Alerta said. “We have a 1,000 pieces that we created and none can be replicated. We ended up doing 10 rare ones on top of the 1,000 that are Cal Polyrelated.”

Basically, NFTs are virtual assets that link ownership to unique physical or digital things like works of art, real estate, or in this case, hot chicken. The 1,000 NFTs HellaHot created look like chicken characters, created by a 3D artist

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San Luis Obispo’s HellaHot doles out fiery chicken, waivers, and NFTs
Grab HellaHot’s hot chicken and more at the Creamery Marketplace on 570 Higuera St., SLO. Learn about NFTs and job openings at the counter. Keep up with their menu updates on Instagram at @hellahot.
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PHOTOS COURTESY OF HELLAHOT CROWING FOR MORE HellaHot’s hot chicken sandwich comes with a breaded chicken breast lacquered with spicy oil and topped with pickles, cooling coleslaw, and lashings of their special sauce.
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BIRDS OF A FEATHER From left, HellaHot owners Tony Antillon, Jeremy Alerta, and Joe Alerta started the restaurant out of a mutual love for hot chicken and cryptocurrency.


in Poland. These NFTs are collectively called the Chicken Coop, and each bird has its own appearance, personality type, and even clothes.

HellaHot NFT holders can trade or sell their tokens too. Alerta said that his team wanted to incorporate NFTs

into the business because of their cryptocurrency background. In fact, most of HellaHot’s funding is crypto-based. Alerta hopes their NFT use will act as a customer loyalty program of sorts.

“We’ve sold 10 or 15 NFTs. We gave out 100 on the grand opening and have given out another 30 or 40 during the spice challenge. We’re hoping that as we grow, the demand of NFTs gets up,” he said.

Until then, HellaHot will continue to dish out tenders, hot chicken sliders, and sandwiches with cooling coleslaw, zingy fries, a mélange of house-made sauces like the special “HellaSauce,” and sweets like chocolatey fried Oreos and strawberry lemonade. HellaHot can be found at the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market every Thursday too, doling out the crowd-favorite mac ’n’ cheese.

Alerta said expanding to Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and even out of state is on his mind, but he wants to keep his street-style business local for as long as possible and cater to SLO.

“The funny thing when we were trying to dial in, we were like, ‘Can white people handle the spice?’” he recalled. “It was always in the back of our heads. There are some who come in and ask for the hottest one! For the most part, there’s balance.” ∆

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GIVEN THAT the City of San Luis Obispo will receive bids by mail or in person for the “842 PALM PARKING STRUCTURE GATELESS ENTRY, SPEC. NO. 1000525” at the Public Works Administration Office located at 919 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 until, THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2023, at 11:00 A.M., when they will be publicly opened.

Bids received after said time will not be considered. Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope plainly marked with the project title, contractor name, address, and specification number.

The Contractor must possess a valid Class A OR C-10 Contractor’s License at the time of the bid opening. Every bid must be accompanied by a certified check/cashier’s check or bidder’s bond for 10% of the bid amount, payable to the City of San Luis Obispo.

Download FREE at the City’s website: www.SloCity.orgBid packages under Bids & Proposals Questions may be addressed to Wyatt Banker-Hix, Project Manager, at 805295-1609 or December 8, 2022




Environmental Impact Report Scoping Meeting

WHAT: A request An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Scoping Meeting for the proposed Avila Beach Resort phased Development Plan (DP) / Coastal Development Permit (CDP) DRC2018-00067 (ED21-190). An EIR Scoping Meeting is an opportunity for agencies and interested members of the public to obtain information about the project and provide input on the issues that will be analyzed in the EIR.

The subject of the EIR and the scoping meeting is a request by ABR Property L.P. for a phased DP/ CDP to add hotel accommodations and related facilities including various sized temporary events to the Avila Beach Golf Resort (Resort). The project includes, but is not limited to, a request for a modification to the setback standards for the proposed project in order to contain development in the least sensitive portion of the site, an exception to allow additional business and access signage area, and a request to modify the road improvement standards along Avila Beach Drive. The Development Plan application will also concurrently amend and update the San Luis Bay Estates Master Development Plan to provide consistency between the San Luis Bay Estates Master Development Plan (SLBE MDP) and the San Luis Bay Coastal Area Plan. The project will result in the disturbance of approximately 17 acres on the 170-acre site with approximately 14,700 cubic yards of cut and 18,100 cubic yards of fill.  The subject property is identified as APN 076-181-032, APN 076-181-039, APN 076181-061 and 076-205-001 and is located on approximately 170 acres. The resort is situated immediately north of Avila Beach Drive, adjacent to the community of Avila Beach. The property is situated at the edge of San Luis Bay, where San Luis Creek flows into the Pacific Ocean. It is bounded to the north and east by steeper hillsides and residential development known as San Luis Bay Estates, and Avila Beach Drive and the community of Avila to the south and west. The Resort property has a land use designation of Recreation (REC). The Resort is part of the 1,100-acre San Luis Bay Estates Master Development Plan and located within the San Luis Bay Coastal Planning Area within the Urban Reserve Line (URL) of the Avila Community.

The County Department of Planning & Building invites all interested persons and organizations to attend this meeting and provide comments on the preliminary environmental assessment. The scoping meeting discussion will be focused on environmental concerns, the focus of the project environmental document, feasible ways in which project impacts may be minimized (mitigation measures) and potential alternatives to the project. You may comment by providing testimony in person at the scoping meeting below. Alternatively, written comments will also be accepted and should be submitted to Nicole Ellis, 976 Osos Street, Room 300, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408, no later than Tuesday January 3, 2023.

Where/When: Details for the Scoping Meeting is as below:

Date: Thursday December 15, 2022

Location: Avila Beach Community Center 191 San Miguel Street, Avila Beach, CA 93424

Time:  10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Further Information: Additional project information for the proposed project is available for review at the County’s Department of Planning & Building website (PermitSLO). Interested parties may search the plan case number DRC2018-00067 and click on the “Attachments” tab - DRC2018-00067 ( Please contact Nicole Ellis at (805) 781- 5157 or for additional information December 8, 2022


(Online Auction)

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned intends to sell the personal property described below to enforce a lien imposed on said property pursuant to Sections 2170021716 of the Business & Professions Code. The under signed will sell at public sale by competitive bidding on the 20th day of December 2022, at 2:00 PM, at www.storag Property is stored at Rock Safe Self Stor age, 2155 Willow Road, Arroyo Grande, CA County of San Luis Obispo, State of California, the contents of the following ten ant’s storage space(s):

Heather Bedia, Lydia Decker, Camille Hester, Lori Shaw, Rocky Guerraa, Sonia Ro driguez, Caroline Estrada, Brianna Testa, Brian Neall, Madeline Ramey, Nickola, & Coelhoortega

The contents of these storage spaces include furniture, toys, auto parts & equip, applianc es, sports equip, office equip, ladders, clothes, musical instruments & equip, hunting camera, TVs, metal detector, signs, drill press, tools, power equip, misc. boxes, contain ers, & other items.

Purchases must be paid for at the time of purchase in cash and credit card only. All pur chased items sold as is where is and must be removed within 72 hours of the sale. Sale is subject to cancellation in the event of settlement between owner and obligated party.

Auctioneer: Plastino Interests, Inc., CA Bond#7901004996

Online Auction Platform: www. Facility Phone: (805) 3566066 December 1 & 8, 2022


FILE NO. 2022-2200


New Filing

The following person is doing business as, SHIFT’N GEARS, 1621 N River Road #7, Paso Robles, CA 93446. San Luis Obispo County. Shift’n Gears 805, Inc., (1621 N River Road #7, Paso Robles, CA 93446). This business is conducted by A CA Corporation, Shift’n Gears 805, Inc,/s/ James R. Purdy, President. This state ment was filed with the County Clerk of San Luis Obispo on 09-22-22. hereby certify that this copy is a correct copy of the statement on file in my of fice. (Seal) Elaina Cano, Coun ty Clerk A. Bautista, Deputy. Exp. 09-22-27.

October 6, 13, 20, 27, Novem ber 10, & December 8, 2022


FILE NO. 2022-2247


New Filing

The following person is doing business as WANDER THE CEN TRAL COAST, JM REAL ESTATE SOLUTIONS, 310 W Cherry Ave, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420. San Luis Obispo County. Wander the Central Coast LLC, (310 W Cherry Ave, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420). This business is con ducted by A CA Limited Liability Company, Wander the Central Coast LLC, /s/ Jesse C Martinez, Managing Mmeber. This state ment was filed with the County Clerk of San Luis Obispo on 1018-22. I hereby certify that this copy is a correct copy of the statement on file in my office.

(Seal) Elaina Cano, County Clerk S. King, Deputy. Exp. 10-18-27. November 17, 24, & December 1, 8, 2022


New Filing

The following person is do ing business as NESHA EAST PHOTGRAPHY, 325 Oak Hill Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446. San Luis Obispo County. Dawnesha M East, (325 Oak Hill Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446). This busi ness is conducted by An Indi vidual, /s/ Tracie Jane Walser. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of San Luis Obispo on 10-24-22. hereby certify that this copy is a correct copy of the statement on file in my of fice. (Seal) Elaina Cano, County Clerk A. Webster, Deputy. Exp. 11-24-27.

November 24, December 1, 8, & 15, 2022


New Filing

The following person is doing business as ITS OK BUY SELL TRADE, 224 S Halcyon Apt 105, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420. San Luis Obispo County. Litzinger Leandro, (224 S Halcyon Apt 105, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420). This business is conducted by An Individual, /s/ Litzinger Leandro. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of San Luis Obispo on 10-27-22. I hereby certify that this copy is a correct copy of the statement on file in my of fice. (Seal) Elaina Cano, County Clerk A. Webster, Deputy. Exp. 10-27-27.

November 24, December 1, 8, & 15, 2022


New Filing



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the City of San Luis Obispo will receive bids by mail for the “TANK FARM AND ORCUTT ROUNDABOUT OFF-SITE MITIGATION PLANTING, Spec. No. 1000164-A” at the Public Works Administration Office located at 919 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 until, TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2023, at 11:00 A.M., when they will be publicly opened.

Bids received after said time will not be considered. Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope plainly marked with the project title, contractor name, address, and specification number.

The Contractor must possess a valid Class A or C27 Contractor’s License at the time of the bid opening. Every bid must be accompanied by a certified check/cashier’s check or bidder’s bond for 10% of the bid amount, payable to the City of San Luis Obispo.

Download FREE at the City’s website: www.SloCity.orgBid packages under Bids & Proposals Questions may be addressed to Jennifer Rice, Project Manager, at 805-7817058 or December 8, 2022


New Filing

The following person is doing business as, CENTERWELL HOME HEALTH, 805 Aero vista Place Suite 204, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. San Luis Obispo County. Gentiva Certi fied Healthcare Corp., (3350 Riverwood Parkway Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30339).

This business is conducted by A DE Corporation, Gentiva Certified Healthcare Corp. /s/ Joseph M. Ruschell, VP, ASSC. General Counsel and Corpo rate Secretary. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of San Luis Obispo on 09-2822. I hereby certify that this copy is a correct copy of the statement on file in my office.

(Seal) Elaina Cano, County Clerk M. Stiletto, Deputy. Exp. 09-28-27.

October 13, 20, 27, November 3, & December 8, 2022

The following person is doing business as IN BLOOM HOLIS TIC COACHING, 455 Acacia Street, Morro Bay, CA 93442. San Luis Obispo County. Tracie Jane Walser, (455 Acacia Street, Morro Bay, CA 93442). This business is conducted by An In dividual, /s/ Tracie Jane Walser. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of San Luis Obispo on 11-01-22. hereby certify that this copy is a correct copy of the statement on file in my office. (Seal) Elaina Cano, County Clerk S. King, Deputy. Exp. 11-01-27. November 17, 24, & December 1, 8, 2022


FILE NO. 2022-2532


New Filing

The following person is do ing business as A HALCYON DENTAL CARE, 268 S. Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420. San Luis Obispo County. Jose Suayan, (268 S. Halcyon Rd, Ar royo Grande, CA 93420). This business is conducted by An Indi vidual, /s/ Jose Suayan, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of San Luis Obispo on 11-01-22. hereby certify that this copy is a correct copy of the statement on file in my office.

(Seal) Elaina Cano, County Clerk S. King, Deputy. Exp. 11-01-27. November 17, 24, & December 1, 8, 2022

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CASE NUMBER (Número de caso): 22LC-0501

Notice! You have been sued. The court may decide against you with out your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below.

You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS af ter this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more in formation at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www., your county law library, or the court house nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money and prop erty may be taken without further warning from the court.

There are other legal require ments. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a non profit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia. org), the California Courts online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo., or by contacting your local court or county bar as sociation. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitra tion award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. ¡AVISO! Lo han demandado. Si no responde dentro de 30 dias, la corte puede decidir en su contra sin escuchar su version. Lea la in formacion a continuacion.

Tiene 30 DIAS CALENDARIOS despues de que le entreguen esta citacion y papeles legales para presentar una repuesta por escri to en esta corte y hacer que se en tregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefonica no lo protegen. Su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que proce sen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted puede usar para su respuesta. Pu ede encontrar estos formuleriors de la corte y mas informacion en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California ( selfhelp/espanol), en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede mas cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de pre sentacion, pida al secretario de la corte que le de un formulario de exencion de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su repuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento y la corte la podra quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin mas advertencia.

Hay otros requistas legales. Es recomendable que llame a un abo gado inmediamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remision a abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los requisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos gru pos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, (, en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California, ( o poniendose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. AVISO: Por ley, la corte tiene derecho a reclamar ias cuotas y los costos exentos por imponer un gravamen sobre cual quier recuperacion de $10,000 o mas de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo ao una consesion de arti

en un caso dce derecho civll. Tiene que pagar el gravamen de la corte antes de que la corte pueda desechar el caso.

CASE NUMBER: (Número de caso):22LC-0501

The name and address of the court is: (El nombre y dirección de la corte son)

SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFOR NIA, COUNTY OF SAN LUIS 1-35 Palm St., Room 385 San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

The name, address, and tele phone number of plaintiff’s attor ney, or plaintiff without an attor ney, is: (El nombre, la dirección y número de telefono del abogado del demandante, o del deman dante que no tiene abogado, es): Brandon M. Ormonde (Bar #272069)

MEDEROS ORMONDE & RASCON 791 North cherry, P.O. Box 29 Tulare, CA 93275 559-686-3861

Date: (Fecha) 07/28/2022 By: /s/ Michael Powell, Clerk (Secretario) /s/, Priyanka Singh, Deputy Clerk, (adjunto) December 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2022


NUMBER: 22CVP-0332

To all interested persons: Petitioner: Ellery Dean Conover and Candice Marie Conover filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: PRES

ENT NAME: Aaron Robert Wyche Conover to PROPOSED NAME: Aaron Robert Conover

THE COURT ORDERS: that all per sons interested in this matter ap pear before this court at the hear ing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing.

NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: January 18, 2023 Time: 9:30 am, Dept. P2, at the Superior Court of California, County of San Luis Obis po, 901 Park Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four suc cessive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: New Times

Date: November 15, 2022 /s/: Tana L. Coates, Judge of the Superior Court December 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2022



NEW FILE NO. 2022-2776 OLD FILE NO. 2019-0228

Bracket Architecture Office, 1157 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. San Luis Obispo County. The fictitious business name referred to above was filed in San Luis Obispo County on 01/23/2019. The following person(s) has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name: Bryan Scott Ridley, (836 Murray Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401). This business was conducted by An Individual, /s/ Bryan Scott Ridley. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of San Luis Obispo on 12-06-2022. I hereby certify that this copy is a correct copy of the statement on file in my office. (Seal) Elaina Cano, County Clerk. By M. Stiletto, Deputy Clerk. December 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2022

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Homework: What action could you take to rouse unexpected joy in a person you care about?


(March 21-April 19): Aries filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky wrote, “To be free, you simply have to be so, without asking permission. You must have your own hypothesis about what you are called to do, and follow it, not giving in to circumstances or complying with them. But that sort of freedom demands powerful inner resources, a high degree of self-awareness, and a consciousness of your responsibility to yourself and therefore to other people.” That last element is where some freedom-seekers falter. They neglect their obligation to care for and serve their fellow humans. I want to make sure you don’t do that, Aries, as you launch a new phase of your liberation process. Authentic freedom is conscientious.


(April 20-May 20): The term “neurodiversity” refers to the fact that the human brain functions in a wide variety of ways. There are not just a few versions of mental health and learning styles that are better than all the others. Taurus musician David Byrne believes he is neurodiverse because he is on the autism spectrum. That’s an advantage, he feels, giving him the power to focus with extra intensity on his creative pursuits. I consider myself neurodiverse because my life in the imaginal realm is just as important to me as my life in the material world. I suspect that most of us are neurodiverse in some sense—deviating from “normal” mental functioning. What about you, Taurus? The coming months will be an excellent time to explore and celebrate your own neurodiversity.


(May 21-June 20): Poet Jane Hirshfield says that Zen Buddhism is built on three principles: 1. Everything changes. 2. Everything is connected. 3. Pay attention. Even if you are not a Zen practitioner, Gemini, I hope you will focus on the last two precepts in the coming weeks. If I had to summarize the formula that will bring you the most interesting experiences and feelings, it would be, “Pay attention to how everything is connected.” I hope you will intensify your intention to see how all the apparent fragments are interwoven. Here’s my secret agenda: I think it will help you register the truth that your life has a higher purpose than you’re usually aware of—and that the whole world is conspiring to help you fulfill that purpose.


(June 21-July 22): Author Flannery O’Connor wrote, “You have to cherish the world at the same time that you struggle to endure it.” I will add a further thought: “You have to cherish the world at the same time that you struggle to endure it and strive to transform it into a better place.” Let’s make this one of your inspirational meditations in the coming months, Cancerian. I suspect you will have more power than usual to transform the world into a better place. Get started! (PS: Doing so will enhance your ability to endure and cherish.)


(July 23-Aug. 22): Many sports journalists will tell you that while they may root for their favorite teams, they also “root for the story.” They want a compelling tale to tell. They yearn for dramatic plot twists that reveal entertaining details about interesting characters performing unique feats. That’s how I’m going to be in the coming months, Leo, at least in relation to you. I hope to see you engaged in epic sagas, creating yourself with verve as you weave your way through fun challenges and intriguing adventures. I predict my hope will be realized.


(Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Venus is too hot and dry for humans to live on. But if travelers from Earth could figure out a way to feel comfortable there, they would enjoy a marvelous perk. The planet rotates very slowly. One complete day and night lasts for 243 Earth days and nights. That means you and a special friend could take a romantic stroll toward the sunset for as long as you wanted, and never see the sun go down. I invite you to dream up equally lyrical adventures in

togetherness here on Earth during the coming months, Virgo. Your intimate alliances will thrive as you get imaginative and creative about nurturing togetherness.


(Sept. 23-Oct. 22): As far as I’m concerned, Libran Buddhist monk and author Thích Nhất Hạnh was one of the finest humans who ever lived. “Where do you seek the spiritual?” he asked. His answer: “You seek the spiritual in every ordinary thing that you do every day. Sweeping the floor, watering the vegetables, and washing the dishes become sacred if mindfulness is there.” In the coming weeks, Libra, you will have exceptional power to live like this: to regard every event, however mundane or routine, as an opportunity to express your soulful love and gratitude for the privilege of being alive. Act as if the whole world is your precious sanctuary.


(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): A reader named Elisa Jean tells me, “We Scorpio allies admire how Scorpios can be so solicitous and welcoming: the best party hosts. They know how to foster social situations that bring out the best in everyone and provide convivial entertainment. Yet Scorpios also know everyone’s secrets. They are connoisseurs of the skeletons in the closets. So they have the power to spawn discordant commotions and wreak havoc on people’s reputations. But they rarely do. Instead, they keep the secrets. They use their covert knowledge to weave deep connections.” Everything Ella Jean described will be your specialties in the coming weeks, Scorpio.


(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Of all the signs in the zodiac, you Sagittarians are least likely to stay in one location for extended periods. Many of you enjoy the need to move around from place to place. Doing so may be crucial in satisfying your quest for ever-fresh knowledge and stimulation. You understand that it’s risky to get too fixed in your habits and too dogmatic in your beliefs. So you feel an imperative to keep disrupting routines before they become deadening. When you are successful in this endeavor, it’s often due to a special talent you have: your capacity for creating an inner sense of home that enables you to feel stable and grounded as you ramble free. I believe this superpower will be extra strong during the coming months.


(Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn author Edgar Allan Poe made this mysterious statement: “We can, at any time, double the true beauty of an actual landscape by half closing our eyes as we look at it.” What did he mean? He was referring to how crucial it is to see life “through the veil of the soul.” Merely using our physical vision gives us only half the story. To be receptive to the full glory of the world, our deepest self must also participate in the vision. Of course, this is always true. But it’s even more extra especially true than usual for you right now.


(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Aquarian theologian Henri Nouwen wrote, “I have discovered that the gifts of life are often hidden in the places that hurt most.” Yikes! Really? I don’t like that idea. But I will say this: If Nouwen’s theory has a grain of truth, you will capitalize on that fact in the coming weeks. Amazingly enough, a wound or pain you experienced in the past could reveal a redemptive possibility that inspires and heals you.


(Feb. 19-March 20): Piscean novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen says it’s wise to talk to yourself. No other conversational partner is more fascinating. No one else listens as well. I offer you his advice in the hope of encouraging you to upgrade the intensity and frequency of your dialogs with yourself. It’s an excellent astrological time to go deeper with the questions you pose and to be braver in formulating your responses. Make the coming weeks be the time when you find out much more about what you truly think and feel. ∆

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