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ChatGPT, an open source artificial intelligence software that can do things like write, is fairly easy for most people to get their hands on. Just Google it. Local educators are worried about what that could mean for the future of education and the impact it could have on student learning. The AI makes it a little easier to cheat on homework assignments and could disrupt students’ ability to learn how to think for themselves. Staff Writer Shwetha Sundarrajan speaks with students and educators about it [8].

This week, you can also read about how “economic headwinds” are impacting SLO’s budget [4], SLO’s plans for more housing downtown [9], what Art Central has planned for its anniversary celebration [18], and My Friend Mike’s [24]

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SLO holds budget meeting, cautions about ‘economic headwinds’

San Luis Obispo gathered with dozens of residents in the Ludwick Community Center on Jan. 26 for its biennial community budget workshop, which sets the stage for the city’s next two-year financial plan.

But before locals could weigh in on their preferred priorities, goals, or projects, city officials delivered a cautionary message: the upcoming few years would likely be constrained by rising costs and general economic uncertainty.

“There are some strong economic headwinds at play that we’re taking a look at,” SLO City Manager Derek Johnson told a packed house. “Inflation has a rather insidious impact on everyone’s budget, including local government.”

Johnson said that rising construction costs have resulted in a 23 percent cost increase to the city’s capital improvement plan. He noted steep spikes in the latest estimates to build the Prado Road overpass at Highway 101 and the Nipomo-Palm Street parking garage.

During the next fiscal year, the city’s estimated budget shortfall for all planned capital projects is $8 million to $12 million, he said.

“The promises we’ve made over the last decade or so to deliver key infrastructure projects, those are costing a lot more than all of us ever imagined,” Johnson said. “We’re trying to balance what it’s going to take to deliver those key projects.”

As a result of the Jan. 9 floods, the city is also grappling with about $9 million in unforeseen emergency repairs. While the Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to reimburse the city for those costs, that could take several months or years to happen, Johnson said.

“Right now, as of today, we have over 100 sites that are going to require rehabilitation,” he explained. “Those range from bridges and roads to culverts and stream banks.”

Despite the ominous introduction, SLO residents didn’t hold back in sharing their thoughts on the 2023-25 budget. Nearly 100 citizens or groups submitted letters to the city ahead of the workshop, and several more spoke during public comment.

Arts and culture organizations made a strong

Tensions flare at redo of OCSD district officers’ election

Combining two issues into one item became a lightning rod during the Oceano Community Services District’s (OCSD) election of its district officers.

“The suggestion of rotating the president and the vice president on an annual basis by district was combined with the election for the officers, which further confused the situation and muddied it up to the point where one of the directors wasn’t clear on what the vote was actually on, understandably so,” OCSD Board member Charles Varni said at the Jan. 25 meeting.

collective pitch to receive priority in the budgeting process. Supporters of the SLO Repertory Theater spoke to the importance of the city moving forward with its long-planned parking garage downtown, which pairs with the nonprofit’s plans to build a new theater next to it.

“Our board wrote to you this week regarding our appeal for arts and culture to remain a part of your major city goals,” said Ellie Washington, a

million new police station, a sentiment echoed in a handful of written public comments.

“What City Manager Johnson said about economic struggles [is] pretty scary. Is now really the right time to debt finance $52 million for a new police station?” Gutterman said. “Is that the kind of messaging we want to send to the citizens of SLO— having the SLO Rep theater have to practically beg for money. Do we want to prioritize building this brand-new police station or public safety center when the option is there to retrofit it for less than half the cost?”

Several other projects and priorities across the city were identified and supported in written public comments. Those ranged from an appeal for the city to help fund a restoration project at the historic La Loma Adobe house; to prioritize maintenance at the Santa Rosa Park hockey rink; to support public

board member with SLO Rep. “We have so much forward momentum—having raised 72 percent of our capital campaign goal—we can’t slow down now. We need the city’s continued support to ensure arts and culture remains one of the driving forces of the city’s economic recovery, resiliency, and fiscal sustainability.”

Cal Poly third-year student Ethan Gutterman echoed his support for the theater and asked that the city reconsider plans to build an estimated $52

The OCSD elects its district officers, or the president and the vice president, annually during the first regular meeting in December after new members are seated. The board members themselves are the sole voters, though public input is welcomed.

The OCSD was due to hold a district officer election on Dec. 14, 2022, after Varni’s recent election win and Beverly Joyce-Suneson’s appointment following OCSD board member Karen White’s retirement. In a 3-1 vote, with board member Allene Villa absent, the OCSD voted for Linda Austin and Villa as the president and vice president, respectively. But a new feature was thrown into the mix.

Earlier during that meeting, General Manager

safety and infrastructure improvements at City Farm SLO.

City officials said they would compile the results of the Jan. 26 community workshop, public comment, and a citywide priorities survey in time for an upcoming City Council meeting scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9. During that meeting, the City Council will set its “major city goals” for the 2023-25 financial plan. ∆

Will Clemens suggested that board members take turns in the leadership roles through a rotation system. Like some cities around San Luis Obispo County that switched to by-district elections, the OCSD moved from at-large to by-division races last year. Theoretically, through rotation, a board member representing each division would have the chance to be president or vice president.

Austin and fellow board member Shirley Gibson agreed with the idea, and added it to the vote for district officers at the meeting. It confused JoyceSuneson who said she thought she was only voting for rotations and not candidates. Varni called it a violation of the Brown Act.

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“We had not had a closed session [prior to Dec. 14] to discuss that,” Varni told New Times. “On Jan. 11, we discussed the whole thing in closed session. That’s when we voted 3-2 to redo the election.”

The redo took place at the Jan. 25 board meeting after Austin and Gibson dissented to voting on district officers again. Citing an OCSD bylaw stating that district officers should be elected in December, they alleged rule-breaking.

However, CSD legal counsel Jeff Minnery announced at the Jan. 25 meeting that violations—either of the Brown Act or of bylaws—didn’t occur.

“I do not see any violation of the Brown Act from your actions in December,” he said. “I think, generally, as part of good governance you respect your decisions and move on. However, I do think you have the authority to look at this again if you want to.”

The Jan. 25 election ended in a 3-2 vote for Villa and Gibson as president and vice president, respectively, with Varni and JoyceSuneson dissenting.

“I wanted the have the vote for president and vice president separate,” Varni told New Times. “I wanted to be vice president. I was confused as to why Allene was agreeing to having Shirley Gibson as her vice president. I felt I was definitely qualified.”

The president has a special power unlike other board members. Varni added that they can unilaterally put items on the agenda whereas other board members have to either consult the general manager through the president, or receive support for an item from two other members.

Austin, an OCSD board member since 2016 with frequent stints as president, said that she has never agendized an item all on her own.

“Whenever I’ve served as president, we’ve always done it as a board consensus,” she said.

While Varni thought that the rotation system would eliminate district officer elections altogether, Austin said that previously new members never wanted those roles because of inexperience.

“[The rotation] is to keep it fair and nonpolitical. When the general manager brought it up, I thought that made sense,” she said. “I just want to do business of the board. This was a waste of time.”

The OCSD will discuss a potential rotation system and amending its bylaws at the Feb. 8 meeting.

Candidates gear up for special Paso Robles school board election

Paso school district voters will get to choose between recently ousted board member Kenney Enney and community volunteer Angela Hollander in an upcoming special election to fill the seat Enney was booted from.

Appointed in October 2022 and removed via a voter petition in December, Enney upset community members with antitransgender comments he made on social media. In comments he posted in the PRotect Paso Facebook group, he claimed that transgenderism was “an attempt to recruit and convert children.”

But getting removed from office hasn’t deterred Enney’s desire to serve as a Paso Robles Joint Unified School District board member. He said he wants to improve students’ academic performance.

“What the district needs is we don’t need

people hugging and patting each other on the back. We don’t need pay raises for superintendents and staff,” Enney said. “We need strong leadership that’s going to hold people accountable and enforce standards. That is the only way you’re going to improve performance.”

Enney compared his challenger to the status quo, pointing out her endorsements from previous superintendents.

“If you like things the way they are, vote for Mrs. Hollander. If you want to fix things, vote for me,” Enney said.

As candidates begin receiving endorsements from various organizations, Enney called out the Paso Robles teacher union. Paso Robles Public Educators (PRPE) Executive Director Jim Lynett explained that it’s customary for the union to send out letters to candidates inviting them to participate in the union’s endorsement process. On Jan. 24, Enney took to Facebook to accuse the union of having “wildly radical anti-American and anti-family beliefs” and for taking a stance against veterans.

“There are good, patriotic teachers within the PRPE, but they are afraid of retaliation or retribution if they speak out against the union’s ideology that has been pushed by you and the union leadership,” Enney wrote to Lynett. “I look forward to working with PRPE when their primary focus is on student achievement of basic skills as opposed to the divisive social justice agenda they are currently pushing.”

Lynett told New Times that he was “appalled and insulted” by Enney’s desire to create a “atmosphere of confrontation.”

“The most important thing about this is it shows that he has absolutely no understanding of how a school district works. The teachers union represents employees and contractual matters,” Lynett said, adding that he wanted to see the evidence backing up Enney’s claims.

Lynett said that Hollander would go through an interview with the endorsement committee before deciding whether or not to endorse her.

After a long career in neonatal intensive care, Hollander told New Times, she decided to put her hat in the ring because she is “passionate about education.”

Over the past 20 years that Hollander has called Paso home, she’s been an active community member. From volunteering in Paso Robles school classrooms to managing scholarships for the Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County, Hollander told New Times that all she wants to do is make sure that “our children achieve their best potential.”

“I think what a lot of people don’t realize is it’s not a place to get your political agenda addressed. It’s more about setting goals for the district. And then you want to increase student achievement,” Hollander said. “So I would start looking at this year’s baseline and how we can improve those and we hold the superintendent accountable for those goals. And we closely monitor the budget.”

Ballots go out in March, and the special election is April 18. While Hollander declined to comment on Enney’s campaign, she did say that she’s “not running against Enney; I’m running for the position.”

Los Osos CSD to discuss state water connection

The Los Osos Community Services District (CSD) is considering its next steps in building a potential pipeline connection into the State Water Project.

The CSD board of directors will meet on Feb. 2 to discuss a request for proposals that, if issued, would kick off the necessary environmental work for a 2.5-mile intertie— envisioned to run alongside South Bay Boulevard and connect with a state water turnout in Morro Bay.

Last year, the CSD board directed its staff to explore the pipeline project, part of an effort to augment the community’s water supply. Los Osos is entirely reliant on a groundwater basin threatened by overdraft and seawater intrusion.

According to a Feb. 2 meeting report, the CSD already started talks with SLO County about acquiring state water and will continue negotiations about potentially subcontracting for an allotment.

“Climate change and extended drought conditions on the West Coast are a reality and must be planned for by all local water agencies,” the CSD’s report reads. “This project would allow delivery of potable water to the district’s water distribution system, thereby reducing the amount of local groundwater pumping from the Los Osos Groundwater Basin.”

The environmental analysis for the pipeline is currently budgeted at $80,000— with a 20 percent contingency—but that expense hits at a difficult time for the district.

Due to damage suffered in the Jan. 9 storms, a CSD-owned Cabrillo Estates drainage basin will require at least $1 million in emergency repairs. The board is discussing a funding strategy for that repair work on Feb. 2 and expects to eventually receive reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

While Los Osos takes a hard look at investing in new water sources, recent water level and quality metrics for the groundwater basin show some signs for optimism.

Biannual basin data released on Jan. 26 from October 2022 showed that chloride (salt) measurements remain relatively steady throughout the basin, after an alarming jump in those metrics a few years ago.

The overall water table level also continued to rise, according to last fall’s numbers, despite an extremely dry spring and summer.

“What jumped out to me was the water level looked healthy,” Los Osos CSD General Manager Ron Munds said. “You’d think that would be stable, or going down, but it’s not. It’s still coming up.”

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Munds told New Times that water officials are still closely monitoring the chloride metric, which is an indicator of seawater intrusion. That datapoint has gone up and down in recent years.

“That’s been our concern. That’s one we’ve been watching carefully,” Munds said.

Water purveyors are addressing potential seawater intrusion by moving their pumping farther away from the coast as well as expanding their monitoring network. Overall, Munds thinks the basin is in a “stabilized period.”

“I think we’re holding well,” he said. “After some severe drought conditions [before the recent rains], it will be very interesting to see what our spring data is.”

Morro Bay city manager to leave for position at HASLO

After six years of serving the city of Morro Bay, City Manager Scott Collins is moving on. Collins, who was selected as city manager

in 2017, told New Times that he will be the new executive director of the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo (HASLO). The decision to step down came after Collins said the pandemic forced him to reevaluate his “place in the world.”

“You know, city managers and others who are on the front lines in rescue, they have an opportunity to really kind of do that deep thinking,” Collins said. “So that was something that came later for me and just thinking about what I want to accomplish in the world. And I have a deep personal connection to the mission of HASLO.”

Details of his impending departure were discussed at a Jan. 30 special closed session meeting. According to Human Resources Manager Rachael Hendricks, the city will first appoint an interim city manager while the City Council will begin a recruitment process to hire a more permanent replacement, which can take up to three to six months.

“But I also want to make sure I leave the city in a really, really stable situation. I believe in an exceptional City Council, mayor, and a really strong executive team, but the city manager sort of helps connect those pieces, and so we want to make sure we have somebody in the interim role that will keep moving things forward.”

Collins told New Times that his time as city manager would come to a close by the end of February and is expecting to tentatively start his new position at HASLO sometime around early March.

“I fell in love with this place and certainly it was a major factor in my decisions for me as well. I still live in Morro Bay, and if I have it my way we never leave,” Collins said. “The community is so great and our kids are in school here, and so it’s great that we’d be able to continue to live here and use those relationships, leverage the relationships that we have already built here to help with the HASLO mission.”

During his time as the city’s helm, Collins helped lead Morro Bay through natural disasters, the COVID-19 pandemic, and changes with city administration. After six years, Collins said that there’s one project that stands apart from the rest—the Water Reclamation Facility.

“At least two-thirds of it [are] getting complete or near complete, but definitely operational on time for that storm we just experienced. Had it not been ready to go online, we would be facing potential ecological disaster Morro Bay,” Collins said. “That is something that previous mayors, and City Council members, and staff and community members and current mayors, city managers, city councils and state managers—all the staff made happen. I just happened to be here to see that all come to fruition.”

While Collins’ departure was discussed in closed session, that didn’t stop Morro Bay residents from expressing their gratitude.

“He is by far the best city manager we have ever had. His dedication to the needs of the citizens of Morro Bay has been overwhelming. He performed his duties with such professionalism and ease it was difficult to follow all of his many accomplishments,” Lynda and Frank Merrill wrote in an email to the City Council. “Morro Bay will be losing a special man and a vital leader in Manager Collins.” ∆

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New AI software puts educators on edge about academic dishonesty

“Thisis a giant tidal wave coming to academia.”

at’s how Paso Robles High School English teacher Aaron Cantrell describes ChatGPT—a new arti cial intelligence software that’s been the talk of classrooms all across the country. e software has ignited conversations among teachers at Paso High since its launch on Nov. 30, 2022. Created by San Francisco based company OpenAI, ChatGPT has the ability to formulate human-like written responses to any question or request asked by the user.

Once Cantrell started exploring ChatGPT, he said he realized it was “a force to be reckoned with.”

“I asked it to write all of the essays that I’ve assigned to my students this year,” he said. “A good chunk of them did phenomenally well in 15 seconds on each of them. I said, ‘Wow, we’re gonna have to have a conversation about this, because it’s a bit of a game changer.”

e way it works is simple—ask ChatGPT to write anything, like an essay, an article, or even a cover letter. Within 15 seconds, ChatGPT delivers, which makes it fairly easy for students to cheat. A survey conducted by reveals that 89 percent of survey respondents said they have used the platform to help with a homework assignment.

Paso High School senior Cosmo TooheyBergvall explained that ChatGPT is blocked on the school’s Wi-Fi as well as students’ Google accounts, making it impossible for students to use the software on schoolassigned Chromebooks even while they’re away from school.

Toohey-Bergvall said that the software lacks a “personal touch” when it comes to essays but noted that it could be good for “busy work” assignments.

“[It’s] a very, very useful tool that can create a large amount of text, push people o in a certain direction, inspire them, or just generally serve as a basis for your writing, rather than it being a thing that can create whatever you need from scratch from a few words and a prompt,” Toohey-Bergvall said. “It needs

to be taken care of and nursed in the right direction.”

Cantrell said there could be a way to use the AI software that facilitates actual learning.

“What can we do to maybe use some functions of AI to do research?” Cantrell said. “I don’t think there’s anything necessarily virtuous about going through a card catalog, or search engine, and nding things and putting them in order. Maybe that part of it we can outsource to machines. But then the accumulation of all these ideas and the driving of some kind of argument can be retained by human beings.”

Ryan Jenkins, associate professor of philosophy at Cal Poly, said that any integration of chatbots into education should be handled carefully.

“I think that that has a pretty signi cant potential to erode some of the values of going through a college class. For example, if you reach the point—so, far end of the spectrum—where an AI is writing your essays for you, it’s not obviously di erent to me than having one of your classmates hand you an essay,” Jenkins said. “ at is to say, neither of those is really challenging the students to re ect on their own beliefs to work through a di erent di cult puzzle.”

ere’s not a lot of plagiarism software equipped to deal with AI-written essays. So far, the most popular detection software is called GPTZero, which was developed by 22-year-old Princeton student Edward Tian.

Since the technology is so new, teachers and administrators at Cal Poly are divided on how to tackle the use of ChatGPT.

“I think you see a range of all kinds of responses from this sort of Chicken Little ‘the sky is falling’ response to people who are openly embracing it,” Jenkins said.

“In the middle, I think you have a lot of folks that are saying, ‘Look, we can’t ght against this. You know, we can’t prevent students [from] remembering that this technology exists.”

While there has been no o cial directive from Cal Poly administrators regarding

what to do with ChatGPT, Jenkins said that there’s been a lot of “hand-wringing” within departments.

However, Cal Poly computer science professor Franz Kurfess has begun using ChatGPT as a learning tool. In his Computer Support for Knowledge Management class, Kurfess encourages his students to compare their proposal with a version that ChatGPT generated.

“A few students already experimented with it, and the results were decidedly mixed. So some of them said they were actually impressed because the results that ChatGPT delivered were reasonable, not perfect, but then the students’ proposal probably also will not be perfect,” Kurfess said. “Other students said it was practically unusable. And it’s too early to draw conclusions, but my suspicion is that the

students who didn’t get good results had very technical topics.”

One student who experimented with ChatGPT was fourth-year Computer Engineering major Brett Gowling, who explored the chatbot’s capabilities and its shortcomings through a presentation he did for Kurfess’ class.

“I think the main problem that you have to avoid with students using this is the direct adoption of the AI output as one’s own. And I think you can use, or you should be able to use, maybe an outline or structure that the bot developed,” Gowling said. “But the text should be either modi ed signi cantly, to make it your own, or it should be direct quotes, if it’s going to remain unchanged, and you need to give credit then to the chatbot.”

In an e ort to further facilitate conversations about the implications of ChatGPT in academia, Jenkins and his colleagues published a report on Jan. 30 about the norms of using and crediting AI for its contributions to scholarship.

“ ere have been several papers that have been co-authored by ChatGPT and other large language models. So we sort of drew up some principles about this and how to think about this from the perspective of a scholar,” Jenkins said. “I think next we’ll try to suggest some language for the administration to propagate down to students.”

While it might be too early to predict what the future of education might look like with the introduction of ChatGPT, Jenkins said that teaching methods are going to have to change.

“My worry is that this technology will sort of start at the boundaries and creep in to colonize or to displace more and more of the kinds of activities and assessments that we would have in a classroom that are supposed to really challenge people to think,” Jenkins said. ∆

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San Luis Obispo unveils downtown zoning change to encourage smaller, denser housing

Anew proposed zoning change to downtown San Luis Obispo would try to incentivize smaller, denser housing development in the city’s core— without overbuilding it.

That’s the fine line that city officials say they’re trying to walk with the “downtown flexible density program,” a policy that would essentially eliminate density restrictions on downtown housing units that are 600 square feet or smaller.

Community Development Director Michael Codron told New Times that the program is designed to attract smaller, denser, and—hopefully—more affordable housing that fit within the current scale of downtown.

“You don’t necessarily have to have tall, big buildings in order to have density,” Codron said. “What we’re doing is simply taking residential units that are 600 square feet or less out of the calculation for the maximum amount of residential density [allowed in a building].”

The zoning change, as drafted, only applies to SLO’s “downtown core,” places a development cap of 500 units, and sunsets in 2029. According to Codron, the policy bridges a gap between the city’s current density restrictions and its goals for downtown housing.

“There’s a little bit of a mismatch right now [in our policies],” he said. “You can build a relatively large building [downtown], but you can’t really fill that up with residential units, unless they’re very large. And larger residential units downtown are very, very expensive.”

On top of lifting density restrictions, the city is incorporating additional incentives to try to lure developers to build the smaller units. Per the policy, downtown projects with units that are 600 square feet or smaller would be exempt from inclusionary housing requirements and typical parking mandates.

In practice, that means that qualifying projects would not have to include affordable housing in them and would only be required to provide one parking space for every two units.

Codron said the rationale behind those exemptions is to try to remove barriers to development—and hope that the smaller, denser units will be rented at rates that are attainable for working locals.

“That’s the balance we’re trying to strike,” he said. “This City Council is interested in increasing housing in the downtown core, and there are trade-offs for that.”

SLO city published a draft of the zoning policy on Jan. 19 and is accepting public comments on it ahead of a Feb. 22 Planning Commission hearing. The City Council is scheduled to vote on the change on March 21. Dozens of SLO residents have chimed in thus far on an “Open City Hall” online forum, sharing mixed feelings about the policy. Many commenters supported the city’s vision for denser housing downtown.

“Yes—absolutely!” one resident wrote. “Our downtown has seen a decline in both businesses and business hours. It is not what it once was and is in a sad decline. More affordable housing around the area for young professionals is a great way to boost the culture.”

Others agreed with the overall denser housing concept but expressed concern that the resulting market-rate units would be too expensive for most.

“Yes, definitely,” a resident wrote, “but not if they are $2 million condos. People living

handle the impact. Parking space is a huge concern as well as losing the small-town feel that people come here to visit.”

Krista Jeffries, founder of the pro-housing group SLO County YIMBY (Yes in My Backyard), called the zoning change a “good start.”

“Overall, as a concept, I think it’s good. I’m glad they’re prioritizing housing in the downtown area,” Jeffries told New Times. “The available data we have is that new construction does immediately stabilize, if not lower, rent prices in the immediate neighborhood. It’s going to take pressure off the existing housing.”

But Jeffries also questioned the city’s proposed sunset date of 2029 as well as its “narrow” focus on the downtown core.

downtown would make it safer, and more lively, but an effort must be made regarding costs.”

Another resident put it more bluntly: “If you think that you can put in more high-cost apartments and have them be within reach of these young people, you are dead wrong. The cost of housing in this county is unaffordable for so many. These are people you rely on to do the jobs in this area and have so far priced them out of being able to live here.”

Many other locals opposed the program outright—arguing that the higher density units would exclude families, exacerbate parking issues downtown, and negatively impact city character.

“No more downtown housing,” a resident wrote. “The infrastructure is not set up to

“These projects are going to take a long time, and with interest rates and costs being so high, I don’t see it really producing it a whole lot in the time frame they’re giving it,” she said. “I hope it’s not the only thing they do. I hope they keep going with it.

Codron said that the city—if it adopts the zone change—will have a chance to evaluate the program in the future to see if it’s something it’d like to keep, expand on, or do away with.

“Ultimately,” he said, “if the City Council likes the resulting development and wants to continue on that path, then opportunities will be available.” Δ


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Brewed to fight

Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s 805 Beer partnered with Brazilian professional fighter Tabatha Ricci to make her the newest face in their line of endorsed athletes.

“Over the 10 years we’ve been brewing 805 here on the Central Coast, we’ve been honored to share the stories of the inspirational people who call this place home,” Nick Firestone, the brewery’s chief operating officer said. “When we met Tabatha, we instantly connected on her drive, aspiration, and passion that epitomize 805 Beer.”

Ricci is a grapplerstyle mixed martial arts fighter, meaning she specializes in handto-hand combat. The 27-year-old from Birigui, Brazil, moved to Ventura in 2017 after nearly a lifetime of Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu training, and a year of living and competing in Japan.

“I started when I was a little girl,” Ricci said. “My dad is a master in judo. He put me in judo when I was a kid.”

Now, Ricci is preparing for her next match: the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 285 in Las Vegas on March 4 against fellow strawweight (between 106 and 115 pounds) Jessica Penne. Until then, she’s bolstering her rigorous training with teaching jiu-jitsu at Ventura’s Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Being an instructor sharpens her fighting instincts, she said.


“Whenever you break down a technique, you always pay attention to the details,” she said. “Sometimes when you’re training for fights, you skip some of the details because everything happens so quickly.”

bringing in a lot more girls. Our fights are very entertaining actually,” she said. “We’re aggressive but we also bring the feminine side.”

When she’s not teaching, Ricci has her hands full with personal training from a battalion of six coaches. They guide her in Muay Thai, boxing, strength conditioning, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling. Even resting periods are dynamic.

“Fridays are sparring days and now I’m in active recovery,” she said. “It’s usually very intense for me. I took a nap, and now I’m going to swim a bit to loosen my body.”

With such regimented training, Ricci hopes to add to her 7-1 win record come March. Mixed martial arts may not be an Olympic sport yet, but she has loftier ambitions.

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“I’m always looking for ways to be different so that people can remember me,” Ricci said. “I want to create a chain: one generation is inspired by me, and they inspire the next, and so on.”

Ricci’s students range from teenagers to people in their 60s. She trains both men and women three days a week, and even offers private lessons to children.

“I train three to four times a day. On weekends, I do active recovery,” Ricci said. “I do love to teach. It’s my time to connect with myself, to learn more.”

Though Ricci spars with both men and women in the lead-up to competitions, gender disparity is common in mixed martial arts, according to her. While growing up in Birigui, Ricci said she barely encountered other females during jiu-jitsu lessons.

“In my Muay Thai gym, there were a lot of girls training with me. In jiu-jitsu, there weren’t many girls when I started, maybe one or two,” she said. “But when I went to São Paulo, which is a big city in Brazil, there were more girls there.”

She found that the disproportionate representation persisted in California. But Ricci said that the landscape of mixed martial arts is slowly changing.

“I think MMA’s [mixed martial arts]

Fast facts

• Through a partnership with People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH), Paso Robles Joint Unified School District students in first through sixth grades at select elementary schools will have access to Camino Scholars. Camino Scholars is a PSHH program that aims to improve students’ math and literacy skills. Parents can visit to learn more and register their students.

• Recovery plans are in place for San Luis Obispo County homeowners, renters, and business owners whose properties have suffered physical damage or loss because of the January storms. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Disaster Recovery and Resilience is helping eligible candidates file applications. Visit the Veterans Hall on 801 Grand Ave., SLO, to learn more. ∆

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Increasing density in downtown SLO won’t fix the problem

The city of SLO is in the process of gathering input on the idea of allowing large numbers of small condos and apartments in the commercial zones downtown, ranging up to 600 square feet. I’m not generally a fan of New Times opinion writer John Donegan, but his column “San Luis Obispo should heed San Francisco’s demise as a warning,” (Jan.19) is instructive and cautionary.

High density is not a panacea. We are already seeing more crime in town, including all the issues bemoaned in the article. Those who wish to live in big and dense cities may do so, without trying to remake smaller towns to their liking. There are plenty of cities from which to choose, and if small-town America is not satisfying, feel free go explore other places.

Those most in need of low cost housing,

SLO has a responsibility to protect its history

San Luis Obispo is one of only a handful of original California towns, those built around the missions, the beginning of “European” culture in the Western United States. As such, we who live here have a responsibility to citizens and visitors— far beyond our local population—to protect, maintain, and provide academic interpretation for the historic structures that remain. Local adobes are tangible relics of a unique population that developed at the confluence of multiple cultures—first peoples, Franciscan representatives of a Rome-based religion,

farm and service workers, will not be able to afford these new apartments/condos. Many have families, and a small one-bedroom or studio downtown is not a welcoming place for young children to grow. Without a car, getting to work outside of town is not easy, nor are there grocery stores nearby. Downtown has already become difficult to access, and parking for new development will exacerbate the situation.

The only affordable housing is built by nonprofits like People’s Self-Help Housing and the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo. I have never seen a new for-profit residential development built in the city that sells for affordable prices, no matter what is promised.

Spanish gentry and military, Mexican colonists, and European traders. Then came the Americans.

La Loma Adobe may have been one of the first residences in this area apart from the mission itself (dating of the small adobe is now in process) and was touched by all of those diverse cultures through the people who built, worked in, lived in, and visited these rooms that still exist to this day.

To ignore the value to state and national interests of this particular city-owned piece of history, in favor of more vocal and temporary pulls on the city’s limited financial resources, would risk a shame that would be impossible to justify.

Not only do we have the responsibility to

protect La Loma Adobe itself, but we also need to develop a sustainable way for the adobe to be accessible to students, historians, and others who value evidence of the origins of California’s diverse culture. Although that could become financially sustainable in the future, now the adobe needs immediate care in order to compensate for the neglect that has occurred over past decades characterized by ignorance of the adobe’s importance and shortsighted attention to immediate needs.

It’s time to urge the city budget people to please consider devoting an appropriate portion of the upcoming city budget to insure that the reputation of San Luis Obispo as a culturally diverse and globally responsible community is maintained.

Board of Supervisors needs to change county campaign finance rules

The League of Women Voters commends the SLO County Board of Supervisors for its decision to revisit the ordinance capping individual campaign contributions to candidates for countywide offices at $25,000. We urge the board to do the sensible thing and revert to the state limit of $4,900.

The League, together with 700 other individuals and organizations, strenuously opposed this ordinance when it was proposed. Large contributions from individuals and corporations, and dark money from PACs that are not required to disclose their donors, distort our political process and undermine fair representation. They contribute to public mistrust of government institutions and to voter apathy. Why bother to vote when elected officials can be bought and are in the pocket of special interests?

The League of Women Voters, both nationally and locally, seeks to ensure that candidates are elected based on their

positions and their qualifications to serve and not on how much money they can raise. We are dedicated, through our work in voter education, to empowering individuals and communities over organizations, corporations, and special interests.

Quoting from the Bible marginalizes those who aren’t Christian

In the most recent edition of New Times, John Asbaugh quotes scriptures from a Christian book, immediately marginalizing and othering a significant portion of the community that does not believe in what he does, as well as relegating his opinion piece to irrelevancy (“Advocate to your city, county, or Congress member about just, true, honorable things,” Jan. 26).

Whether New Times prints this letter will inform me on which side the bread is buttered, so to speak.

New bills are not gifts to taxpayers

Our state elected representatives are at it again, producing a blizzard of new bills. Just who of everyday Joes on the streets is going to know anything about any of these? These bills are for the biggest paying supporters or the biggest attention-getters. Most of these bills are “penny dreadful” junk bills.

The basic problem is that California has a 120-member “full time” paid Senate and Assembly with expense accounts, so these fellows have nothing to do but pass bills. Each representative is allowed 40 bills, but this was increased to up to 50 bills for the Assembly in

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the 2019 term. But each bill passed costs the taxpayer money in taxes!

We should ask ourselves, why are our reps not telling us how much they have reduced government, and how much they have reduced our taxes? How about giving us the number of canceled old bills each year?

Don’t we care? Why don’t we give them incentives to do so? Is voting them out of office the only incentive?

There are so many bills becoming law that the everyday taxpayer has no idea what they are, and without any malice of his own he can be found guilty of one or more of them only to be told by some politically appointed activist judge that their ignorance is no excuse.

At the rate we are going we will all become criminals at some point in our lives in California by simply going outside our house.

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It is no wonder that California has more people in purisons than any other state and most countries, and the most highly paid prison guards in the U.S.

A certain outcome for all of these bills is to paralyze the state of California from doing anything sans committing a crime. Total dysfunction is in store for us.

To help limit this out-of-control billpassing train wreck from continuing, let’s insist that our representatives sponsor a bill that limits the number of bills in every two-year session to one per representative. A provision of this bill will be to review and eliminate past bills every year and to notice them in public. However, even this restriction, if passed, would still result in 120 bills every two years—still more that any citizen could read.

If the governor can pass all those other bills for special interests, why not this one for the taxpayers?

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Economic fantasy

Downtowns are every city’s long-term, never-ending project. They’re a fantasy of economic ecstasy. Think San Luis Obispo is the only place that’s on the struggle bus? Guess again. Even the city of Santa Barbara with its high-end chain stores and fancy-pants restaurants and wineries is champing at the bit for change. The bougiest city on the Central Coast wants to “revitalize” its colonial Spanish-style downtown by increasing foot traffic, decreasing criminal

told Noozhawk in December 2022.

“At this point in time, hotels have a lot more value than apartments.”

What are you saying? Tourists have more cash than locals? No, no. He’s saying that building something for residents is too onerous. Because residents have needs that developers are required to actually meet. Things like

for a hotel room. Those dollar bill dreams get crushed regularly, and our culinary friends often have to close up shop. And guess what? No gold.

What’s the problem? Parking! According to everyone who’s never lived anywhere where parking is truly an issue. College students! According to people who don’t understand that they’re one of the only things keeping downtown alive. It’s certainly not visitors to Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa or the Dalidet Adobe.

It’s the boozers with their parents spending money. Duh.

I’m just a creaky old office appliance, so

would allow a higher housing housing density for units up to 600 square feet. It caps that development at 500 units or in 2029, whichever comes first, and waives inclusionary housing and parking requirements.

It sounds like an excellent idea. A bunch of studios and one-bedrooms above bustling Higuera, Monterey, and Palm streets. As city Community Development Director Michael Codron puts it, the program should attract smaller, denser, and—hopefully— more affordable housing. And retail and restaurants along the way.

Who are we kidding? There won’t be

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Fridays-Sundays, 12-4 p.m. through Feb. 26 Free. Cambria Center for the Arts, 1350 Main St., Cambria.


The sixth annual festival celebrates stories of romance, romantic comedy, and the complexities of love. Screening 60 or more independent films from around the world, the festival includes films, filmmaker talks, parties and more. Feb. 8-12 Varies. 805-927-8190. Cambria Center for the Arts, 1350 Main St., Cambria.

COLLAGES AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF LOS OSOS Collages and photographs featuring Sweet Springs Nature Preserve and the Elfin 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.


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

Join us at the gallery, for a few hours to travel on a creative paint journey. 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.

IN LOVE WITH SUCCULENTS Enjoy a relaxing morning creating with succulents. Choose your projects by preregistering. Feb. 4 10 a.m.-noon

Various. 805-286-5993. CreativeMeTime. com. Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St., Morro Bay.

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 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. 805-7722504. workshops/. 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,


JEWELRY Learn how to drill holes in sea glass (for safety this will be a demonstration), hammer metal to create strength and texture, and basic jewelry making skills. Create a sea glass necklace and two pierced earrings. Preregistration is required. Feb. 4 1-3 p.m. $45. 805-286-5993. Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St., Morro Bay.

SECOND SATURDAYS Come by and see the Featured Artists Shows, find 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. galleryatmarinasquare. com. Gallery at Marina Square, 601 Embarcadero suite 10, Morro Bay.

New Times and the Sun now share their community listings for a complete Central Coast calendar running from SLO County through northern Santa Barbara County. Submit events online by logging in with your Google, Facebook, or Twitter account at You may also email calendar@newtimesslo. com. Deadline is one week before the issue date on Thursdays. Submissions are subject to editing and approval. Contact Calendar Editor Caleb Wiseblood directly at

ART AND ABOUT PASO Join us for Art and About Paso, a self-guided art walk that gives the community an opportunity to experience visual, literary, and performing art in galleries and other venues. Visit site for an updated map of locations. Events will not occur on major holidays. First Saturday of every month, 5-9 p.m. Free. 805-544-9251. Participating locations, Paso Robles, City-wide.


A romantic candle making workshop. Leave with a beautiful candle to light up at home on Valentine’s Day! Each ticket comes with one glass of wine and light bites. Limited spots available. Feb. 2 5:30-8:30 p.m. $55. 805-246-1431. Fableist Winery, 5036 S. El Pomar Road, Templeton.


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 butterfly sculpture garden. ongoing

Deprise Brescia Art Gallery, 829 10th St., Paso Robles, 310-621-7543.


WORKSHOP Create your own unique fused glass flower using a variety of colorful pieces glass. Flowers can be

Create your own fused glass rectangular sushi plate. All materials included. Feb. 8 6-8 p.m. $200. 805-464-2633. Glasshead Studio, 8793 Plata Lane, Suite H, Atascadero.

MOTIF An exhibition of a variety of local artists’ works that feature a repeated motif, pattern, or rhythmic elements. Through Feb. 26 Free. 805-238-9800. Studios on the Park, 1130 Pine St., Paso Robles.



LAWRENCE SLO Comedy Underground is back with headliner Mark Christopher Lawrence, best known for his series regular role as Big Mike on NBC’s Chuck Feb. 2 8 p.m. $7 presale; $10 at the door. Paso Robles Casino, 1144 Black Oak Dr., Paso Robles.

SALSA SERIES AT SERIAL WINES WITH SABRINA Hosts provide multiple levels of lessons teaching salsa and more. Included in ticket price is a glass of rosé or sauvignon. Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. through March 29 $30. 805-296-3377. Serial Wines, 1226 Park St., Paso Robles.

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, 805-238-9800.

SWEET ART SILENT AUCTION This auction features 50 original artworks that have been donated by local artists. All of the money raised by this fundraiser is given right back to the community though the Kids Art Smart Program and Community Arts Access Programs. Through Feb. 19 805-2389800. Studios on the Park, 1130 Pine St., Paso Robles.

A.I.M BY KYLE ABRAHAM: AN UNTITLED LOVE Kyle Abraham is one of the most sought after choreographers and dancers of our generation. The bold creator has choreographed for New York City Ballet, NYCB dancer Wendy Whelan, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and more. An Untitled Love is Abraham’s new evening-length work. Feb. 9 , 7:30-9 p.m. $30-$60. 805-756-6556. Performing Arts Center, 1 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo,


Actor’s Edge offers film 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. 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 specific 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. Anam Cre Pottery Studio, 1243 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo,

ART AFTER DARK Group show for the first Art After Dark of the year featuring David Settino Scott, Vincent Bernardy, Chantelle Goldthwaite, and Rosemary Eames-Pace with live painting by Spencer Poulter. Also features instrumental music by Robert Grajeda. Feb. 3 5-8 p.m. 805-550-8055. Odd Fellows Hall, 520 Dana St., San Luis Obispo.

ART AND ABOUT SLO Join us for Art and About SLO, a self-guided art walk that gives the community an opportunity to experience visual, literary, and performing art in galleries and other venues. Visit site for an updated map of locations. Events will not occur on major holidays. First Friday of every month, 5-8 p.m. Free. 805544-9251. San Luis Obispo, Citywide, SLO.

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EVENT Gift bags, raffle prizes, sales, demonstrations, try stations, and more. be one of the first 100 guests to get a great gift bag. Feb. 4 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 805-747-4200. blog/. Art Central, 1329 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

ART EXHIBIT: NEEDLING Featuring the Cutting Edge Fiber Art Group. Reception on March 4. Feb. 3 - April 3 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 805-747-4200. artcentralslo. com/gallery/. Art Central, 1329 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.


CENTRAL 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. Art Central, 1329 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

CERAMIC LESSONS AND MORE Now offering private one-on-one and group lessons in the ceramic arts. Both hand building and wheel throwing options. Beginners welcomed. ongoing 805-8355893. Online, See website, San Luis Obispo.


ELSE This exhibition comprises three bodies of work interrogating thematic concepts surrounding social and cultural issues and human feelings and relationships. Feb. 2 , 5-7 p.m. Free. 805-756-1571. Cal Poly University Art Gallery, Cal Poly Art & Design, 1 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo, 93407-0321, San Luis Obispo.

COMEDY NIGHT Professional comedy show featuring local and touring comics. Hosted by Aidan Candelario. First Thursday of every month, 7-9 p.m. $5.

805-540-8300. Bang the Drum Brewery, 1150 Laurel Lane, suite 130, San Luis Obispo,

CRITICAL ENCOUNTERS Beginning with monoprints and photography from the 1980s, this exhibition follows the lineage of Nixson Borah’s practice towards his recent digital composites. Through April 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 805-543-8562. San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St., San Luis Obispo.

DATE NIGHT POTTERY Looking for a fun date night? Head to Anam Cre Pottery Studio and play with clay. Couples will learn how to throw a pot on the wheel and make a cheeseboard. Fridays, Saturdays, 6-8 p.m. $140. Anam Cre Pottery Studio, 1243 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo,

FREE DOCENT TOURS Gain a deeper understanding of the artwork on view with SLOMA’s new docent tours. Every Saturday, join trained guides for interactive and engaging tours of SLOMA’s current exhibitions. ongoing, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. 805-543-8562. sloma. org/visit/tours/. San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St., San Luis Obispo.


SHOW Hilda is influenced by California paintings, as well as impressionists. Her work is vibrant and she paints local nature scenes. Through Feb. 14 805-5455401. Big Sky Cafe, 1121 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo.

HOME/WORK Features the work of 14 contemporary artists whose work questions our collective experiences of home: Brandy Eve Allen, Zalika Azim, Kate Barbee, Phoebe Boswell, Andrea Bowers, Allana Clarke, Geoffrey Chadsey, Judy Chicago, Mary Kelly, Emmett Moore, Sophia Narrett, Woody de Othello, Greg Scott, and Chiffon Thomas. Through March 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 805-543-

8562. San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St., San Luis Obispo.


ART CLASS This class is for students who may have tried oil painting in the past but are looking to advance their skill levels. Color theory and proportion study will be a focus in the class. Mondays, 2-5 p.m. $30 per student or $75 for 3 classes. 805-747-4200. Art Central, 1329 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

INTRO TO OIL PAINTING WITH SPENCER COLLINS The perfect class for those wanting to try oil painting for the first time. Discuss color theory, layering paint, and how to use various media. Each student will create a dynamic landscape using a reference image provided by the teacher. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. through March 30 $35 per class. 559-250-3081. 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. 805-7474200. Art Central, 1329 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

KIDS POTTERY CLASSES Enjoy making animal sculptures, bowls, plates, etc. Please arrive on time, not early, as venue uses the transition time between classes to sanitize. Designed to sign up on a weekly basis. Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. $40. Anam Cre Pottery Studio, 1243 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

LEARN TO WEAVE MONDAYS An opportunity to learn how a four-shaft loom works. You will get acquainted as a new weaver or as a refresher with lots of tips and tricks. This class includes

getting to know a loom, how to prepare/ dress a loom, and much much more. Mondays, 1-4 p.m. $75 monthly. 805-4418257. Patricia Martin: Whispering Vista Studios, 224 Squire Canyon Rd, San Luis Obispo,

OPEN MIC COMEDY Sign-ups at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Aidan Candelario. Mondays, 7-9 p.m. Free. 805-540-8300. Saints Barrel Wine Bar, 1021 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo.


PAPER, SLUG FROG SNAKE An opening reception for JooLee Kang’s solo exhibition, Rock Scissors Paper, Slug Frog Snake. Features music by Cuesta Jazz Combos and wine by Absolution Cellars from 5 to 6 p.m. Artist talk at 6 p.m. Feb. 2 , 4:30-7:30 p.m. Free. 805546-3201. Harold J. Miossi Gallery, Highway 1, San Luis Obispo.

PARENT-CHILD POTTERY CLASS Make lasting memories with clay together as a family. For ages 6 and over. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-noon $70. Anam Cre Pottery Studio, 1243 Monterey 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.

PLEIN AIR PAINTERS OF THE CENTRAL COAST 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 (

Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-noon SLO County, Various locations, San Luis Obispo.


This series is a great intro to the pottery wheel. Students learn to throw various shapes, surface decorate, and glaze. Clay and firing included with admission. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $180. Anam Cre Pottery Studio, 1243 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.


CASH From the songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique, original musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and the healing power of home and family.

Feb. 10 - March 12 San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre, 888 Morro St., San Luis Obispo, 805-786-2440.



Pen and ink drawings, paper sculptures, and digital animations by Korean artist JooLee Kang focus on the complicated interactions between humans and nature, and the symbiotic relationship between the two. Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. through March 10 Free. 805546-3201. Harold J. Miossi Gallery, Highway 1, San Luis Obispo.


This weekly sculpture drop-in class gives an opportunity for potters to take on new projects and learn new techniques relating to sculptural work. Additionally, every first Friday of the month, a new project will be taught by Rod Perez for beginners. Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon $40. Anam Cre Pottery Studio, 1243 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.


Intergenerational learning and creative expression for children of all ages. Families are invited to SLOMA’s lawn to learn about the visual arts together using our unique activity kits and create an art project inspired by our exhibitions. Second Saturday of every

month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 805-543-8562. 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. anamcre. com. Anam Cre Pottery Studio, 1243 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.


MIC NIGHT Enjoy a night of laughs provided by the local SLO Comedy Community. It’s open mic night, so anyone can perform and “you never know what you’ll see.” Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Free. Libertine Brewing Company, 1234 Broad St., San Luis Obispo, 805-5482337,


ONES PAINT For ages 4 to 6. Kids have the option to paint animals and other subjects. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $30. Anam Cre Pottery Studio, 1243 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.


WATERCOLOR This is a watercolor class designed to let you jump in and try out this engaging medium through experimentation. It’s designed for beginners and those with watercolor experience who wish to expand their knowledge of painting in watercolors. To enroll please contact Mack via email: Wednesdays, 1:303:30 p.m. $35. 805-747-4200. artcentralslo. com/workshops-events/. Art Central, 1329 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

VISIONS OF VALENTINES Come to SLO Gallery for Valentine’s season. Starting with Art After Dark and through Valentines’ week, Valentinesappropriate paintings, pastels, photos, digital art, and jewelry are available

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for viewing and purchase. Feb. 3-4 , 5-8 p.m. SLO Gallery, 1019 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo, 805-926-5050.


MIXED MEDIA (ADULTS) Each week, attendees will combine two or more media in several pieces, while working with watercolor, acrylic, ink, pastels, charcoal as well as various printmaking techniques in the course of a month. Enjoy discovering new ways to work with traditional and nontraditional materials. Mondays, 1-3 p.m. $35. 805668-2125. LilA Creative Community, 1147 East Grand Ave. suite 101, Arroyo Grande.

MIXED MEDIA FOR AGES 5-6 AND 7-12 For ages 5-6 (Mondays) and 7-12 (Tuesdays). Mondays, Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15 p.m. 805-668-2125. LilA Creative Community, 1147 East Grand Ave. suite 101, Arroyo Grande.

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.


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. Thursdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. $25. 805-668-2125. 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. 805668-2125. LilA Creative Community, 1147 East Grand Ave. suite 101, Arroyo Grande.


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.


AND 4) Enjoy the opportunity to explore drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and mixed media. Each week a new adventure awaits. Thursdays, 2-3 p.m. and Fridays, 9-10 a.m. $25. 805-6682125. LilA Creative Community, 1147 East Grand Ave. suite 101, Arroyo Grande.



AXE THROWING Enjoy the art of axe throwing in a safe and fun environment.

Kids ages 10 and older are welcome with an adult. No personal axes please. Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and Saturdays, 12-6 p.m. $20. 805-528-4880. Bayside Martial Arts, 1200 2nd St., Los Osos.


prepared to get down to the floor and up again. Breath practice is sustained throughout the session, which is filled with accessible movements that will create and enhance flexibility and balance. Shoe-less environment. Please bring a mat. Every other Monday, 9-9:45 a.m. $10. 415-516-5214. Bayside Martial Arts, 1200 2nd St., Los Osos.

CENTRAL COAST SLIM DOWN Take control of food without suffering. Learn a step-by-step process to take control of overeating, cravings, and feel peace with food. Build the habits, mindset, and your unique path with results that stick. Hosted byTami Cruz (Certified Health/Life Coach) and Dana Charvet (Coach/Fitness Trainer). ongoing Call for pricing info. 805-235-7978. Grateful Body, 850 Shasta, Morro Bay.


Learn the art of wood carving or wood burning. Join Central Coast Wood Carvers in Morro Bay at St. Timothy’s. Open for beginners, intermediate, or advance. Learn a wide range of techniques and skills. Mask Required. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, 962 Piney Way, Morro Bay, 805-772-2840,


MEETING Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) is a Twelve Step recovery program for anyone who desires to have healthy and loving relationships with themselves and others. Meeting is hybrid (both in person and on Zoom). For information, call 805900-5237. Saturdays, 1-2:15 p.m. Free. Cambria Connection, 1069 Main St., Cambria, (805) 927-1654.

FULL MOON CEREMONY AND SHAMANIC WATER RITUAL The cleansing power of water will be the element of focus in this gathering. Learn about a water ritual that can be done daily to increase your vitality, awareness and intuitive knowing.

Feb. 5 5-7 p.m.

805-540-1762. 9th Limb

Yoga, 845 Napa Ave., Morro Bay.


Disciplines include advanced athletic performance fitness training, Thai kickboxing, and more. Beginners to advanced students welcome. Day and evening classes offered. MondaysSaturdays, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Call for more info. 805-701-7397. charvetmartialarts. com. Morro Bay Martial Arts, 850 Shasta, Morro Bay.


DAYS Join Pale Kai for a fun intro to outrigger canoe paddling. Feb. 11 8-10 & 10 a.m.-noon Free. recruitment-program/. Coleman Park, Morro Bay, 101 Coleman Drive, Morro Bay, (805) 772-6278.


This four-class series will explore the iconography, mythology, and devotional practices of 4 goddesses: Durga, Kali, Saraswati, and Laksmi. Guided by Dawn Feuerberg, certified classical ashtanga yoga teacher and tantra meditation instructor. Feb. 9 5:15-6:45 p.m. $44; $148 for series. 805-540-1762. my805tix. com. 9th Limb Yoga, 845 Napa Ave., Morro Bay.


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,

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. 805-7092227. Hardie Park, Ash Ave. and B St., Cayucos.


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. TuesdaysThursdays Call for details. 805-701-7397. Grateful Body, 850 Shasta, Morro Bay.


AT THE CAYUCOS LIBRARY A free, interactive and educational session on the differences between normal brain changes due to aging and abnormal brain changes that could point to Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Feb. 2 , 10:30 a.m.-noon Free. 805-995-3312. Cayucos Library, 310 B. St., Cayucos.

WEEKLY QIGONG PRACTICE AT FITNESSWORKS MORRO BAY Calm your mind and nourish your joints with a weekly Qigong practice led by Mike Raynor of Tai Chi Rejuvenation. The practice is rooted in Qigong fundamentals, and standing/moving meditations. Forms include: Eight Brocades, Five Elements, Shibashi 18, and Tai chi 24. Saturdays, 10:45-11:45 a.m. Members free; non-members $8-$10. 805-772-7466. fitnessworksmb. com. FitnessWorks, 500 Quintana Rd., Morro Bay.

ZEN IN MOTION Learn the Shaolin Water Style and other deep breathing and moving meditation techniques with the 2019 Taijiquan Instructor of the Year. Beginners Welcome.Instructor Certification Courses available. Mondays, Wednesdays Call for details. 805-701-7397.

Grateful Body, 850 Shasta, Morro Bay.



Have you always been curious about astrology and your horoscope but don’t know where to start? If yes, than this is the offering for you. Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m. through Feb. 17 $125. 805-464-2838. Oracle, 6280 Palma Ave., Atascadero.


Join the Earth Shine volunteers as we work to pick up litter in communities across the Central Coast. Grabbers, bags, safety vests, and gloves provided. Feb. 11 , 10 a.m.-noon Free. 805-591-4691. Sunken Gardens, 6500 Palma Ave., Atascadero.

GODDESS GROUP Please join Oracle Owner/Intuitive Medium, Tiffany Klemz, for this twice monthly, Goddess Group. The intention of this group is to curate connection, inspiration, unity, and empowerment. Every other Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m. $11. 805-464-2838. Oracle, 6280 Palma Ave., Atascadero.

MEMBERSHIP MEETING OF THE MULTIFLORA GARDEN CLUB The Multiflora Garden Club (MFGC) focuses on furthering its members’ interests in horticulture, gardening, floral, and landscape design. Organized in 1971, fundraising efforts support scholarships in these areas and in the conservation of natural resources. The MFGC is affiliated with California Garden Clubs Inc. Second Wednesday of every month, 12-2:30 p.m. through June 30 Free. 805-237-2534. Centennial Park, 600 Nickerson Dr., Paso Robles.


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. 805-4412164. North County Connection, 8600 Atascadero Ave., Atascadero.

SOUND HEALING EXPERIENCE Join Jamie Nicole, of Harmonic Holistics, for this Sound Healing Experience. Feb. 8 6-7:15 p.m. $25. 805-464-2838. Oracle, 6280 Palma Ave., Atascadero.

TAI CHI This course’s instructor has won many Tai Chi and other internal martial arts tournaments. Both experienced martial artists and new learners are welcome to the class. Tuesdays, Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $65. 805-2373988. Centennial Park, 600 Nickerson Dr., Paso Robles.


LOSS AND MAINTENANCE A self-help support group focusing on weight loss and maintenance. Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. 805-242-2421. Santa Margarita Senior Center, 2210 H St., Santa Margarita.

YANG STYLE TAI CHI The course’s instructor won many Tai Chi and other internal martial arts tournaments. Both experienced martial artists and new learners are welcome to the class. Mondays, Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m. $62. 805-470-3360. Colony Park Community Center, 5599 Traffic Way, Atascadero.



Join Central Coast Gymnastics and the CCoast Acrobatics Team at their annual Acrobatics Team Showcase. Feb. 4 2-4 p.m. $10. 805-549-8408. Central Coast Gymnastics Sports Center, 21 Zaca Lane, San Luis Obispo. AGILITY CLINIC Agility (aka parkour) offers a path to social confidence. No experience is necessary. For ages 5 to 17. Feb. 4 1:15-3:15 p.m. $25; $10 per additional child. 805-547-1496.

Performance Athletics Gymnastics, 4484 Broad St., San Luis Obispo. BEYOND MINDFULNESS Realize your potential through individualized meditation instruction with an experienced teacher via Zoom. This class is for those who wish to begin a practice or seek to deepen an existing one. Flexible days and times. Certified with IMTA. Email or text for information. Mondays-Sundays, 5:306:30 p.m. Sliding scale. 559-905-9274. Online, See website, San Luis Obispo.

CAL HOPE SLO GROUPS AT TMHA Visit website for full list of weekly Zoom groups available. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays Transitions Mental Health Warehouse, 784 High Street, San Luis Obispo, 805-270-3346. CITY FARM SLO’S YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM Check site for more info on programming and summer camps. ongoing cityfarmslo. org. San Luis Obispo, Citywide, SLO. COMPLIMENTARY SHOWERS WITH SHOWER THE PEOPLE After a short hiatus, the San Luis Obispo Library will once again be partnering with local non-profit organization, Shower the People. The shower trailer will be located between the library and parking structure. Toiletries provided. Sundays, 1-3 p.m. Free. San Luis Obispo Library, 995 Palm St., San Luis Obispo.


Walk and talk with Eve Vigil in the Botanical Garden each month on the first Tuesday. Free garden tour with paid admission to the Garden. Free for members. No need to RSVP, just show up and enjoy. First Tuesday of every month, 11 a.m.-noon Free with $5 Garden Entry. 805-541-1400. San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd., San Luis Obispo.


Part of the Cuesta College Community Educational Series. Call or go online for more details. Tuesdays, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. through March 21 $150 includes book. 714-273-9014.

Online, See website, San Luis Obispo.


GROUP A safe place for anyone suffering from the pain of depression. We do


Starting on Thursday, Feb. 9, local yoga and meditation instructor Dawn Feuerberg will lead a new four-part workshop series, Shakti: Embodying the Goddess, at 9th Limb Yoga in Morro Bay. Classes take place between 5:15 and 6:45 p.m., and will be held on the second and fourth Thursdays of February and March. Visit to register in advance. 9th Limb Yoga is located at 845 Napa Ave., Morro Bay.

not criticize but do share our journey, feelings, and what works for us. We can meet in person or use Zoom if needed.

Mondays, 6-7 p.m. Free. 805-528-3194.

Hope House Wellness Center, 1306 Nipomo St., San Luis Obispo.


(ONLINE MEETING) Zoom series hosted by TMHA. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-noon Transitions Mental Health Warehouse, 784 High Street, San Luis Obispo, 805270-3346.

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.


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.

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.


MEETINGS Want to improve speaking and leadership skills in a supportive and positive environment? During COVID, we are meeting virtually. Contact us to get a meeting link for info. Tuesdays, 12-1 p.m. Free. slonoontime.toastmastersclubs. org. Zoom, Online, Inquire for Zoom ID.


CABINET Weekly Coffee Cabinet meeting of the SLO RAM Active Retired Men, a local men’s social club. Click ‘Contact’ on website for invite. Thursdays, 8-9:30 a.m. $10. Madonna Inn Garden Room, 100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo.

STAY YOUNG WITH QI GONG Qi Gong boosts energy and vitality, reduces stress, improves balance and flexibility, and, best of all, is fun. Join instructor Devin Wallace for this outdoor class which is held in a beautiful setting. Call or email before attending. Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m. $10. 805-709-2227. Crows End Retreat Center, 6340 Squire Ct., San Luis Obispo.



Alcoholics Anonymous is a voluntary, worldwide fellowship of folks from all walks of life who together, attain and maintain sobriety. Requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. Email for password access. Sundays, 7-8 p.m. No fee. Online, See website, San Luis Obispo.


Gentle but powerful physical exercises to improve balance, posture, and overall well being. Wednesdays, 8:25-10:35 a.m. through May 24 $77. 805-549-1222. Online, See website, San Luis Obispo.

TAICHI AND QIGONG ONLINE With Gary West through SLO Adult School. Held Wednesdays, at 8:25 a.m. (TaiChi) and 9:35 a.m. (QiGong). Wednesdays. through May 25 $77 for semester. 805-549-1222. Online, See website, San Luis Obispo.

TRANS* TUESDAY A safe space providing peer-to-peer support for trans, gender non-conforming, non-binary, and questioning people. In-person and Zoom meetings held. Contact for more details. Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. Free. GALA Pride and Diversity Center, 1060 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, 805-541-4252.


BEGINNER GROUP SURF LESSONS AND SURF CAMPS Lessons and camp packages available daily. All equipment included. ongoing Starts at $70. 805835-7873. Sandbar Surf School Meetup Spot, 110 Park Ave., Pismo Beach.

CUPID PAWS PARADE The Cupid Paws Doggie Parade will be held on the Avila Promenade. Participants will receive goodie bags donated by Petco Arroyo Grande. All dogs must be registered and check-in between 10 and 10:45 a.m. Feb. 4 11 a.m.-noon $5. 805-627-1997. Avila Beach Promenade, 404 Front St., Avila Beach.

FIVE CITIES REPAIR CAFE Volunteers make free repairs on toys, clothes, bikes, small appliances, smart phones, computers, tablets, etc. Bring in what needs fixing. Feb. 5 1-4:30 p.m. Oceano CSD, 1655 Front St., Oceano.


Volunteers make free repairs on clothing, bikes, toys, small appliances, electronics, phones, computers, tablets, etc., and sharpen knives and tools. Feb. 5 1-4:30 p.m. Free. 650-367-6780. Oceano CSD, 1655 Front St., Oceano.

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Join for some well-deserved self-care. Anyone including fire, EMS, police, hospital workers, medical staff, assisted living caretakers, etc. is welcome. All yoga abilities are encouraged to attend. Please email empoweryoga805@gmail. com in advance to enroll. Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. 805-619-0989. Empower Yoga Studio and Community Boutique, 775 W. Grand Ave., Grover Beach,


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. php/chapter-52-los-padres. Central Coast Senior Center, 1580 Railroad St., Oceano.

PILATES AND SHUTTLE TO THE LIGHTHOUSE Shuttle and enjoy the world class views on your way to the Point San Luis Lighthouse for a one of a kind Pilates session led by Vanessa Dominguez of Tabula Rasa Pilates. Check website link for dates and times. Feb. 4-18 my805tix. com. Point San Luis Lighthouse, 1 Lighthouse Rd., Avila Beach.


Tours will give you a glimpse into the lives of Lighthouse Keepers and their families, while helping keep our jewel of the Central Coast preserved and protected. Check website for more details. Wednesdays, Saturdays

Point San Luis Lighthouse, 1 Lighthouse Rd., Avila Beach.

SOCIAL GROUP FOR WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS Call for more details. Second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. 805904-6615. Oak Park Christian Church, 386 N Oak Park Blvd., Grover Beach.


Facility advertised as open and safe. Give the office a call to register over the phone. Mondays-Fridays $160$190. 805-481-6399. 5 Cities Swim School, 425 Traffic Way, Arroyo Grande,




Local artists inspire and instruct customers step-by-step to create their masterpieces. Saturdays, 12-2 p.m. $50. 805-394-5560. coastalwineandpaint. com. Madeline’s Wine Tasting Room, 788 Main St., Cambria.


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.

BUBBLES AND BRUSHES Please join Art Social 805 for a Valentine’s-themed painting experience. Feb. 4 , 12-2 p.m. $47. 805-434-1554.

15 Degrees C Wine Shop and Bar, 624 S Main St., unit 101, Templeton.

first glass of liquid courage and all your painting materials. Feb. 8 6-8 p.m. $40. 805-720-1255. Paso Market Walk, 1803 Spring St, Paso Robles.

PAINT YOUR PET Please join Art Social 805 at the Derby Wine Estates for a “paint your Pet “ painting experience. Feb. 9 5:30-7:30 p.m. $60. 805-2386300. Derby Wine Estates, 525 Riverside Ave, Paso Robles.

TACO TUESDAYS La Parilla Taqueria will be in the courtyard serving up their delicious tacos and tostadas. Menu typically includes barbacoa, chicken, and pastor tacos, as well as shrimp ceviche tostadas. Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m. 805-460-6042. ancientowlbeergarden. com. Ancient Owl Beer Garden, 6090 El Camino Real, suite C, Atascadero.

bestie, or come on your own for an evening of sipping wine, honing your cooking skills, and feasting. Feb. 8 , 6 p.m. $90 per person; $75 per Collective member. 805-434-5607.

ONX Wines: Clark House, 1595 Paradise Meadow Lane, Templeton.


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.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT PUB TRIVIA Bring your thinking cap as questions vary from pop culture, geography, to sports. There is a little for everyone. Prizes for the winning teams. Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. 805-439-2529. Oak and Otter Brewing, 181 Tank Farm Road, suite 110, San Luis Obispo.


Feb. 4 1-3 p.m. $55.

PAINT AND SIP Join Art Social 805 at Graveyard Vineyards for a Valentine’sthemed painting. Entry fee includes your first glass of liquid courage and all painting material.

805-467-2043. Graveyard Vineyards, 6990 Estella Road, San Miguel.

PAINT AND SIP: PASO MARKET Please join Art Social 805 at Paso Market Walk for a Valentine’s-themed painting experience. Entry fee includes your

VALENTINE’S PICNIC Each private picnic spot includes a bottle of wine of your choosing, a cheese and charcuterie board, French macaroons, blankets to keep you warm, and flowers to take home. Feb. 11 and Feb. 12 $70 per person. 805-434-5607. onxwine. com. ONX Estate Vineyard, 1200 Paseo Excelsus, Templeton.


COOKING CLASS AT ONX WINES Venue is teaming up with Chef Rachel Ponce for this class. Grab your boo, galentine,


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

TRIVIA NIGHT Join BrainStew Trivia for a hilariously witty evening of trivia in Pismo. Teams of 1 to 4 people. Prizes awarded to the first and second place teams. Kitchen is open until 7:30 p.m. for brain fuel. Beer, cider, wine, and non-alcoholic options available. First Thursday of every month, 6:30-8 p.m. Free to play. 805-295-6171. Kulturhaus Brewing Company, 779 Price St., Pismo Beach.




GUERRETTE Feb. 5 7-10 p.m. The Siren, 900 Main St., Morro Bay, 805-225-1312,

BLUES ASYLUM LIVE Blues Asylum delivers blues and rocking blues originals and covers with influences from the Delta, Chicago, and West Coast styles. Feb. 3-9 p.m. Free. 805-439-1466. The Olde Alehouse, 945 Los Osos Valley Road, Los Osos.



Oracle in Atascadero hosts its Galentine’s Ritual Ring Making event on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees will use metal stamping, shaping, and bending to create their own ritualized rings as symbols of self-love. Admission is $85. Call (805) 464-2838 or visit for more info. Oracle is located at 6280 Palm Ave., Atascadero. —C.W.

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. 805-9005444. Lunada Garden Bistro, 78 N. Ocean Ave., Cayucos.

OPEN MIC NIGHT Come join us each Wednesday for Open Mic Night in the downstairs dining area. Grab some friends and show off your talents. Food and drink service will be available. Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Free. 805-995-3883. Schooners, 171 North Ocean Ave, Cayucos.



The Secret Beach is the moniker used by Canadian artist Micah Erenberg, whose brand of unabashed lyrical honesty, and vulnerable talk-like delivery has earned admiration from audiences across North America and Europe. Special guests include Chris Mariscal, Tommy Choboter, and Loren Radis. Feb. 7, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. 805-204-6821. events. Schooners, 171 North Ocean Ave, Cayucos.



VALLEY WINERY Easton Everett plays guitar-woven music that generates curiosity and has a distinctive sound and a sweeping groove. Feb. 11 , 1-3 p.m. Free. Pear Valley Winery, 4900 Union Road, Paso Robles, 805-475-3389.

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. ancientowlbeergarden. com. Ancient Owl Beer Garden, 6090 El Camino Real, suite C, Atascadero.


BOB MARLEY DAY With Resination, Vibe Setters, and more. All ages welcome.

Feb. 4 6 p.m. SLO Brew Rock, 855 Aerovista Pl., San Luis Obispo, 805-5431843,

CELLO ON FIRE Cello on Fire features the artistry of Amit Peled and Douglas Lilburn. Feb. 4 7:30 p.m. $21-$89. 805356-1438. Performing Arts Center, 1 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo.

CUESTA COLLEGE ANNUAL ACOUSTIC GUITAR CONCERT Featuring one of the world’s great acoustic guitarists: Laurence Juber, former lead guitarist of Paul McCartney’s band Wings. Juber is joined by SLOcal favorites Dorian Michael, Sam Shalhoub, and Jennifer Martin. You’ll hear jazz, folk, classical, Beatles, and more.

Feb. 4 7:30-9:30 p.m. $10-$15. Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center, Highway 1, San Luis Obispo.

DJ B.TRU An evening DJ set featuring Mushroom Jazz and Roots Reggae and delicious ciders on tap. Held in the tasting room and patio. Saturdays, 5-8 p.m. 805-721-6878. SLO Cider, 3419 Roberto Ct., Suite C, San Luis Obispo.

EASTON EVERETT LIVE AT THE MARK Easton Everett plays guitar-woven Indie music that generates curiosity, and has a distinctive sound and a sweeping groove. Feb. 4 , 7-10 p.m. Free. The Mark Bar and Grill, 673 Higuera St., Sal Luis Obispo, 805-439-4400.

EASTON EVERETT SOLO Enjoy some indie-acoustic, live music. Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Big Sky Cafe, 1121 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo, (805)545-5401.

EMILY FRANKLIN LIVE Come over to the tasting room for a jazz show from Emily Franklin and delicious ciders on tap. Feb. 3 5-7 p.m. Free. 805-721-6878. SLO Cider, 3419 Roberto Ct., Suite C, San Luis Obispo.


Over the course of five years and five LP’s, LA veterans Frankie and the Witch Fingers have been mutating and perfecting their high-powered rock n’ roll sound. Feb. 5 7 p.m. $15. slobrew. com. SLO Brew Rock, 855 Aerovista Pl., San Luis Obispo, 805-543-1843.

GIMME GIMME DISCO Feb. 4 , 8 p.m. The Fremont Theater, 1035 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, 805-546-8600,

LIVE MUSIC AT RAGTAG WINE CO. Enjoy live music by local favorites. Wine available by the flight, glass, or bottle. Thursdays-Saturdays, 6-9 p.m. Ragtag Wine Co., 779 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo, 805-439-0774,

LIVE MUSIC FROM GUITAR WIZ BILLY FOPPIANO AND MAD DOG Join “Guitar Wiz” Billy Foppiano and his trusty side kick Mad Dog for a mix of blues, R&B, and more. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 805-544-2100. Bon Temps Creole Cafe, 1819 Osos Street, San Luis Obispo,



Songwriters at Play host Steve Key will share the stage with Paddy Marsh and Perry West. Feb. 8 6-8 p.m. Free. 805-204-6821. events. SLO Wine and Beer Company, 3536 S. Higuera Street, Suite 250, San Luis Obispo.

SUNDAY MUSIC AT RAGTAG WINE CO. Enjoy live music by local favorites. Wine available by the flight, glass, or bottle. Sundays, 4-7 p.m. Ragtag Wine Co., 779 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo, 805-439-0774,


CELTIC BASH WITH ANAM CARA The Anam Cara Quartet, (Angela Wood, Tracy Morgan, Taj Williams, and David Foster Evans), hit Puffer’s of Pismo with dynamic originals, soaring vocals, and sparkling musicianship. Feb. 3 7-10 p.m. $5 at the door. 805-710-3309. Puffers of Pismo, 781 Price St., Pismo Beach. ∆

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Eight painters participate in new Morro Bay group show, Peaceful

In early February, Gallery at Marina Square in Morro Bay debuted a new group exhibition that showcases paintings in a variety of media—oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, and more— from eight participating artists. The featured painters in the show are Patricia Newton, Jari de Ham, Nancy Jensen, Virginia Mack, Hope Myers, Lubov Pavluk, Sandra Sanders, and Gregory McIntosh.

The show is titled Peaceful and includes a collection of country landscapes and seascapes designed to “bring peace and joy to the observers,” according to press materials. On Feb. 11, the gallery will host a joint reception for Peaceful and two new solo exhibitions, from 3 to 5 p.m. All three shows are scheduled to remain on display through Feb. 27.

The gallery’s two solo exhibits, which premiered at the beginning of February, highlight the works of painter, poet, and crafter George Asdel and photographer Michael Johnston.

Based in Atascadero, Asdel specializes in acrylic paintings, pen and ink drawings, and creating greeting cards, among other areas, which he often approaches with “a delightful sense of humor,” according to press materials.

Johnston developed her unique digital photography style through years of independent study and local workshops. Horses are often Johnston’s subjects, as she specializes in equine photography. Her photography career has taken her to other states around the country, including New Mexico and Colorado, and outside the country as well, according to the Gallery at Marina Square website.

To find out more about the new exhibitions featured at Gallery at Marina Square and the upcoming joint reception, call the venue at (805) 772-1068 or visit

Gallery at Marina Square is open daily (except Tuesdays) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 601 Embarcadero, suite 10, Morro Bay.

New SLO exhibit showcases multifaceted artworks by JooLee Kang

The Harold J. Miossi Gallery in San Luis Obispo presents Rock Scissors Paper, Slug Frog Snake, a new solo exhibition of works by Korean artist JooLee Kang, whose pen and ink drawings, paper sculptures, and digital animation work will be featured in the show.

An opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Feb. 2, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more info on the showcase, set to remain on display through March 10, visit the gallery’s tab on the Cuesta College website. The gallery is located at Cuesta College. ∆

Expanding community

Art Central celebrates 12 years of business and service to SLO with a community-focused art event

As cars zoom by on Monterey Street, a pleasant chime signals a new customer at Art Central.

Some days it’s a college student looking for class materials. Other days, it’s an artist looking for the perfect paints to bring their passion to life or a mother and child looking for materials to make the most memorable family craft night.

“ ere’s a wide variety of artistic types that we serve in the community. Fostering that diversity has always been part of our mission,” said Art Central associate and event coordinator Shauna Jellison.

On Feb. 4, the store will hold a special 12th anniversary celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. marking its impact and history with sales and live artist demonstrations, including pet portraits with Karyn Blaney, book making with Lyndee Sing, and acrylic painting with renowned guerilla artist Robbie Conal.

All of these festivities are designed to celebrate Art Central founder and owner Etty Paci co’s vision of bringing the San Luis Obispo art community together by being the go-to location

Come celebrate

Enjoy live artist demos, gift bags, and storewide sales starting at 10 a.m. on Feb. 4 at 1329 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, as the store kicks off its 12th anniversary event. For more information on this and future events visit Art Central’s website at or follow them on Instagram @ artcentralslo.

for artistic needs, carrying products from simple canvases, to acrylic paint, to T-shirt ink for custom designs, and more.

Paci co, who started out as a painter, saw the need for an art store that could meet the needs of painters but also serve other forms of art blossoming in the SLO community.

Starting in 2011, she brought on others who were equally passionate about growing the local art community, including Jellison and her coworker Nick Webb, to help expand workshops and demonstrations like the ones being held at the anniversary event. Paci co and Art Central even venture into fundraisers that provide art supplies to local students who may not be able to a ord them otherwise.


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“We have had programs over the years that have been dedicated to fundraising for arts scholarships and expanding the reach art has throughout the community,” Jellison said, “so that has to be an essential part of the anniversary celebration as well.

“ is is the rst time since 2020 that we have been able to host an in-person event like this,” she said. “For the last two years, these events have been largely online, but virtual events weren’t nearly as interesting and didn’t o er the same excitement as our traditional anniversary event.”


In addition to the live demos, the event will also feature art “play” stations and mini classes all run by local artists, who are happy to share their know-how with watercolor, specialty pens, gold leaf, paint markers, printmaking, and calligraphy. e art stations will be run by Tracy Taylor,

“ e anniversary event is all about giving back to the community while strengthening our artistic impact in the process and celebrating local artists together with our customers,” Jellison said.

Art Central will also host youth-centric activities, encouraging young artists to come and experience live demos and special discounts on beginner art kits alongside their parents. e morning demonstrations and play stations will cater primarily to teens and adults, while the afternoon is designed to be more kid-friendly, which is all part of the store’s desire to encourage more creativity in the community.

“ e artists who will be providing demos and running stations all o er a really unique experience for both adults and children, and that’s re ective of the range of supplies we provide here,” Jellison said.

She and Webb have come to learn the ins and outs of the local art community’s needs, from standard art equipment to special bundles or items required by the art programs of Cal Poly, Cuesta College, and Allan Hancock College.

“We see a lot of local landscape artists come in, knowing exactly what they want—bam, in and out,” Webb said with a laugh. “Other times, it’s a brand new artist just looking at where to start their journey into expression, so we have learned to adapt to whatever the customer needs us to provide.”

In addition to equipping students and accomplished artists of all ages over the past 12 years, Art Central is serving a new role for many of its more recent customers.

“We have seen so many new people come in over the past two years looking for some way to express themselves artistically because of how cooped up they have been,” Webb said. “To be able to be part of their creative journey and provide them with the tools they need to express themselves is really neat.” ∆

Freelancer Adrian Vincent Rosas is saving up to buy some new fancy colored pens to jot down notes with. Reach him at

Shirley Horacek, Maryanne Nucci, Dorothy Anderson, Mary Lou Johnson, and Charmaine Martinez. PAINT PARTICIPATION Art Central is bringing back its in-person annual anniversary event, so customers and community members can once again celebrate by creating art.
GIVING BACK Part of Art Central’s commitment to the community includes fundraising events centered on providing art supplies to in-need students throughout San Luis
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HANDS-ON Art Central’s 12th anniversary celebration will enable visitors to put many of the tools the store sells to use through demonstrations hosted by local artists.

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Cello On Fire

Saturday, February 4, 2023

7:30 PM @ The Performing Arts Center SLO

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To life!

Oliver Hermanus (Mo e) directs Bill Nighy in his Academy Awardnominated role as Mr. Rodney Williams, a humorless bureaucrat who in 1953 London receives a fatal diagnosis, leading him to take time o from work to nally experience life. Kazuo


What’s it rated? PG-13

What’s it worth, Glen? Full pric e

What’s it worth, Anna? Full price

Where’s it showing? The Palm, Stadium 10

Ishiguro’s screenplay, also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, is adapted from the 1952 Japanese lm Ikiru by Akira Kurosawa, which was loosely inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s 1886 Russian novella e Death of Ivan Ilyich. (102 min.)

Glen Life can grind us down—the routine, the repetition, the drudgery of meeting our endless responsibilities. Get up, work, eat, sleep, rinse, and repeat. Mr. Williams— widowed and trapped in a soul-crushing, paper-pushing, project-denying profession in the County Public Works department— oversees a cadre of young bureaucrats in a cramped o ce. Relentlessly polite but pointedly humorless, Williams runs a tight ship where nothing gets done. en he learns he’ll soon die and thus begins an experiment on living a fuller life. Drinking and carousing are temporary distractions. e real focus of Williams’ end-of-life transformation is to do something worthwhile with the time left. Living ends up being an uplifting and poignant celebration of a man who found purpose.

Anna Bill Nighy absolutely deserves not just a nomination for this performance, but a win. Locked into the mundane drudgery of the day-to-day, Mr. Williams is so unconditionally sad and so desperate for some sort of connection. His son and daughter-in-law may live in the same house as him, but they are worlds apart. He’s

respected at work, but it holds no joy, and at the end of the day, he’s simply a cog in the broken machine of government. In Piccadilly Square one day, he runs into Miss Harris (Aimee Lou Wood), a former underling who’s taken a new job, and the two end up spending the day together. Mr. Williams gets a glimpse of what life is like when you really live it. e lm may feel slow to some; it’s really introspective. I personally loved every minute; the small moments build into a great story. What a wonderful reminder that life is meant to be lived.

Glen Nighy is spectacular in the role. His performance is deeply internalized. After all, he’s playing a stoic, somber, exceedingly formal gentleman. Without words, you know what he’s feeling. e lm’s third act, after Mr. Williams’ death, does most of the story’s emotional heavy lifting as the various characters recall the moments when they discovered his transformation. In ashback, they recount the scenes when Mr. Williams, who was used to acquiescing to his superiors at County Hall, stood up and fought back with nobility and humility. Some moments absolutely devastate, for instance when Peter

Larry Hall (Paul Walter Hauser) in the hopes that he’ll confess and reveal body locations.

Jimmy’s slick as snot, the son of a dirty cop, Big Jim Keene (Ray Liotta), who’s terminally ill. Jimmy’s desperate to get out before he dies, so he reluctantly agrees to enter a living hell.


What’s it rated? TV-MA

When? 2022

Where’s it showing? Apple TV Plus

Larry seems like a loser and a bumpkin, but he’s managed to fool the cops into thinking he’s a “serial confessor” … until evidence suggests he’s guilty. The former grave digger and janitor, however, is great at covering his tracks.

It’s an incredible story, and the acting— especially from Hauser and Liotta—is superb. Joe Williamson also turns in a pivotal performance in the essential supporting role of Correctional Officer Carter, who befriends Jimmy and seems like a good friend to have inside but who isn’t as magnanimous as he appears. Very bingeable! (six approximately one-hour episodes)


Wakeling (Alex Sharp) from Public Works encounters a police constable who was the last to see Mr. Williams alive recount Mr. Williams’ obvious happiness. Just thinking of it lls me with happy sadness. is is a beautiful lm, and worthy of Kurosawa’s 1952 masterpiece. Anna It is thought-provoking. If you only had months left of life, would you want to know? What would you change? In the case of Mr. Williams, his diagnosis brings up memories from his life: He and his father at a baseball game, coming home from war, meeting his wife. It all reminds him of not just what life was, but what it can be. He recognizes the importance of giving to people—be it with your time, your ideas, or whatever small amount of power you may hold. Not only are the performances solid gold, but the movie is simply beautiful. Keen eyes made these sets and costumed these performers. It is absolutely a must-see. ∆

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What’s it rated? TV-MA

When? 2019-2021

Where’s it showing? Netflix

Seems like we can’t get enough zombies! I started watching the new HBO series The Last of Us and after a couple “meh” episodes, in the third it’s getting good. While looking for something similar to watch as await the long week until the next episode, I stumbled across Black Summer another zombie series that’s a prequel to Syfy’s Z Nation (2014-18).

I’m enjoying Black Summer more than the first two episodes of The Last of Us Black Summer is

set in the early days of a zombie apocalypse, and it’s intense from the start. The characters we meet don’t yet know what’s happening. The military is evacuating civilians to a sports stadium, but they’re quick to break families apart and brutally leave people behind.

Survivors such as Rose (Jaime King), Spears (Justin Chu Cary), Sun (Christine Lee), Lance (Kelsey Flower), and William (Sal Velez Jr.) are desperate to get to the stadium and what they hope is safety, but they must go through zoombies

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(fast zombies) as well as remorseless marauders who’ve turned on other survivors. Characters’ stories cleverly chronologically overlap in this gripping drama. (16 approximately 40-min. episodes) ∆
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Red hot blues

Austin, Texas, bluesman

Black Joe Lewis plays The Siren

It’s hard to believe that bluesman Black Joe Lewis didn’t pick up the guitar until he was 19. The ripping player was working a shift at an Austin, Texas, pawnshop, picked up a guitar, and started teaching himself how to play. He soon found himself immersed in the local Red River blues and garage band scene, eventually forming Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears in 2007.

Now with six albums to his credit, most recently The Difference Between Me & You (2018), Lewis has a growing catalog of music to draw from, not to mention a killer stage presence and some slick guitar tricks. Wait until he plays with his teeth this Tuesday, Feb. 7, at a Numbskull and Good Medicine show at The Siren (7 p.m.; 21-and-older; $20 at Shane Guerrette opens the show.

Also this week at The Siren, check out The Highwayman: A Tribute to Vintage Country Music on Friday, Feb. 3 (7:30 p.m.; 21-and-older; $17 plus fees presale at Fans of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson, this is your show.

On Saturday, Feb. 4, Red Hot Tribute plays the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sublime at The Siren (8 p.m.; 21-andolder; $16 plus fees presale at Get your ’90s on!

Next Thursday, Feb. 9, enjoy an evening of bluegrass and Americana music with Stillhouse Junkies and Head for the Hills (7 p.m.; 21-and-older; $15 plus fees presale at

Reggae and rock at SLO Brew

Reggae icon Bob Marley’s birthday is coming up on Feb. 6, which means it’s time for SLO Brew Rock’s annual Bob Marley Day celebration this Saturday, Feb. 4 (6 p.m.; all ages; $12 plus fees presale at ticketweb. com). True Zion starts things off, followed by Bob Marley protégé Ras Danny & The Reggae Allstars, Dante Marsh & The Vibe

Setters, and finally Resination

Also this week at SLO Brew Rock, check out Bloomington, Indiana-formed rock band Frankie and The Witch Fingers, now headquartered in Los Angeles, on Sunday, Feb. 5 (7 p.m.; all ages; $15 plus fees presale at These psych rockers rip! Check out the video for their new single, “Electricide,” on YouTube, to get a taste. Monsterwatch and Pancho & The Wizards open the show.

Almost Dolly and Kenny

Almost three years ago, country music icon Kenny Rogers transitioned to the big concert hall in the sky, so the chances of a Rogers and Dolly Parton reunion are gone, but you can still experience the magic with Islands in the Stream: A Tribute to Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers at The Clark Center this Saturday, Feb. 4 (7:30 p.m.; $48 to $58 at Karen Hester and Dave Karl will perform classics such as “She Believes in Me,” “Tell Me That You Love Me,” and their biggest hit together, “Islands in the Stream.”

More music …

The St. Olaf Choir under the baton of conductor Anton Armstrong plays the Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Feb. 2 (7 p.m.; $30 to $50 at The 75-voice a cappella choir has a vast repertoire of sacred and secular choral standards, traditional hymns, spirituals, and more.

Alicia Olatuja stunned a global audience when she sang “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” during Barack Obama’s second inauguration. This Friday, Feb. 3, the jazz singer, backed by a quartet, plays Cal


STARKEY continued page 23 WITCHY WAYS Psych rockers Frankie and The Witch Fingers play SLO Brew Rock on Feb. 5 PHOTO COURTESY OF FRANKIE AND THE WITCH FINGERS DEEP BLUES Bluesman Black Joe Lewis plays a Numbskull and Good Medicine show at The Siren on Feb. 7
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The SLO Symphony presents Cello on Fire with renowned cellist Amit Peled playing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 this Saturday, Feb. 4 , in the Performing Arts Center (7:30 p.m.; $25 to

$89 at The symphony will begin with Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn, also known as St. Anthony Variations, as well as Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme of Greensleeves.

The Live Oak tickets on sale now!

Neko Case! Cracker! Galactic! Acts are still being booked, but the 2023 Live Oak Music Festival lineup is already amazing! Scheduled for Friday, June 23, through Sunday, June 25, at El Chorro Regional Park, early bird tickets are on sale now through March 31. Last year full festival passes as well as Saturday single day tickets sold out.

“We’re happy to be back,” KCBX General Manager Frank Lanzone said. “I hope those who missed attending in 2022 due to tickets selling out can get their tickets early this year.”

KCBX Program Director and Live Oak Artistic Director Marisa Waddell, who works closely with Todd and Korie Newman of Good Medicine Presents, said, “We’re excited to present such a diverse array of talented performers across so many genres of music. We can’t wait to announce even more artists soon.”

Don’t miss out! ∆

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Flour power

My Friend Mike’s in San Luis Obispo is the neighborhood sleeper hit that whips up creative pizzas

Arecent chilly and wet late evening ignited my hunger for pizza. I devoured slices of the wackiest pie I had ever come across and rushed to hang out at my friends’ place. They were Bear & The Wren loyalists, who debriefed me on their own pizza dinner.

“That’s funny,” I said. “I had pizza, too, but from My Friend Mike’s.”

“That’s so nice of your friend Mike to whip up a pizza for you,” my friend said.

“No, no,” I clarified. “It’s a pizzeria.”

That’s exactly the kind of happy misunderstanding San Luis Obispo-raised Mike Radakovich said he wanted when he devised a name for his pizza business. His friends call him “Mike Rad,” and his pizzas are, in fact, rad.

“I have a good friend, Russell. He knows a lot of people, and he always says, ‘You know my friend Mike?’” Radakovich said. “I didn’t want another ampersand name. I thought it would also be good for word-of-mouth and marketing.”

That winter night, I ordered the potato, leek, and green garlic pizza. It’s a large burnished disc with a thin crust that impressively carries the weight of creamy white leek sauce, golden medallions of young potatoes, and long green threads of garlic, complete with olive oil drizzled on top. You can go whole hog and add guanciale (cured pork jowl, traditionally found in carbonara) sourced from Atascadero’s Alle-Pia Fine Cured Meats. But I sidestepped that to try the pie in its original form.

I wasn’t disappointed.

Everything was luscious and a perfect counter to the cold weather. The crust was warm and stayed crispy for a long time. The potatoes were moreish, and the leek sauce hit the spot. It was light enough to easily finish three slices in one sitting. I liked it so

Pie prep

New pizzeria My Friend Mike’s has limited supply, so place advanced orders via or call (805) 801-1020. Pick them up or choose to eat your orders indoors at 2324 Broad St., San Luis Obispo. The restaurant is open Thursday through Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m., and from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

much that I didn’t share. The pizza reheats well (I preferred microwaving over the oven), and doubles as a filling breakfast slice with lots of hot sauce.

The potato pizza is one of My Friend Mike’s popular limited offerings. Radakovich and his core culinary crew of Kamal Smith and Madison East concoct such combinations depending on what produce is available each season around SLO County. True to the pizzeria’s slogan—“We don’t do much, but we do it well”—the pie rotates every so often through their usual menu of 10 pizzas.

Started in April 2022, My Friend Mike’s is a small-scale labor of love. It’s only open Thursday through Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m., and on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Orders have to be placed online, or go old-school and give them a ring. You can pick up pizzas in-store at the 2324 Broad St. location and head out, or grab a seat at one of the wooden tables there to chow down immediately.

Radakovich prepares batches of dough almost every day. Wearing a faded black shirt spotted with flour one January morning, he expertly juggled machinery and ingredient measurements as the shop’s pizza mixer and

water tap whirred and hissed, respectively.

“I’ve been making sourdough bread for probably 10 years,” he said. “This starter right here that I’m feeding is probably 15 years old.”

Radakovich worked for 16 years in the warehouse industry, developing a love for dough in his free time. He was ready for something new but didn’t want to enter the networking rat race through LinkedIn. So he leaned into what he knew best: pizza.

He bolstered his bread-making skills with travels to pizza places in Los Angeles, New York, Italy, and France. Radakovich also learned from online bread forums, like The Fresh Loaf, and culinary books.

“The first Tartine book allowed me to understand baker’s percentages really well. Before that, I was making breads too, but it was clunky,” he said. “That book changed a lot of people I think.”


The proof is in the pies. Radakovich calls his a cross between New York-style and Neapolitan. His thin crust pizzas have an “open crumb” structure—light with lots of holes from air bubbles.

“It’s not flat, we want air in our pizza,” he said. “I knew I wanted to do sourdough bases with local ingredients. I knew I wanted to use stone mill flour. All our produce comes from farmers’ markets.”

Radakovich doesn’t have a favorite from his roundup of pizzas—they change almost every day. The week of Jan. 9, he and his team were partial to the Mary Nera: a pie loaded with Bianco DiNapoli tomatoes, shaved garlic, Sicilian oregano, sea salt, and many lashings of extra virgin olive oil.

“We’ve been eating it with a lemony arugula salad on top. We’re eating it all the time. No cheese,” he said.

Cheese is still on the menu, though. Most

of My Friend Mike’s pizzas come with aged mozzarella, and some of them feature ricotta too. Take the Loaded Veg, for example. It’s packed with aged mozzarella, Parmigiano Reggiano, Bloomsdale spinach, shaved red onions and garlic, pickled sweet peppers, local mushrooms, and lemony olive oil. Radakovich recommended it to his friend and musician Aaron Coyes when he dropped by for a chat.

Friendship has propelled his business. People like Coyes, who worked as a chef, helped Radakovich figure out the menu at My Friend Mike’s.

“Aaron and I grew up in San Luis together. He’s worked a couple nights here,” Radakovich said.

Coyes can’t eat pizzas because of a gluten allergy, though his kids still enjoyed the fare.

“I was just a friend helping out. When Mike started this, it was just him and Kamal. I’d eat pepperoni off his fingers,” Coyes said with a laugh.

Other well-wishers aided Radakovich too. Herman Story Wines’ Russell From provided My Friend Mike’s with redwood tables that a wine club member made for him. The pizzeria also offers a syrah Radakovich made with From at Herman Story Wines. The rotating wine and beer list at My Friend Mike’s has items from France, Portugal, Italy, Spain, and all over California. Radakovich is mindful of his goals with his restaurant.

“I want to make sure all the employees are making good wages to support themselves,” he said. “I want to be more intentional about sourcing our ingredients, and being able to play with and produce good food.”

For now, he’s racing to fulfill an immediate short-term dream.

“I’m saving up for another refrigerator right now,” he said with a laugh. “First, I have to pay sales tax back Jan. 31, and then I’m going to get a refrigerator.” ∆

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SPUDS ’N’ STUFF My Friend Mike’s limited seasonal potato pizza comes with a leek sauce, plenty of green garlic, and splashes of olive oil. FRIENDLY FACES From left to right, Madison East, Ryan Austin, Mike Radakovich, and Kamal Smith make up the current core My Friend Mike’s team. UPGRADE IT Make the Loaded Veg pizza a Drunken Veg with the help of Perez Produce spinach, Werdless Farms mushrooms, red onions, tomatoes, stracciatella, and housefermented chili sauce.
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Notice is hereby given that the San Luis Coastal Unified School District (hereinafter referred to as “Owner”) will receive proposals prior to the date and time stated below for the award of contracts to multiple architects for design and construction administration services on various projects, with each particular project to be assigned to one of the contracted architects via amendment to its contract. San Luis Coastal Unified passed a $349 million dollar bond measure in November, 2022. The focus of this measure is the modernization of the district’s 10 elementary schools, 2 middle schools and a continuation high school. Prior to the bond measures success, the district developed a Facility Master Plan. The master plan along with the district’s deferred maintenance plan will make up the projects associated with this RFQ and architectural services needed. The board of education is currently prioritizing the projects and establishing the schedule for projects district wide.

The Request for Proposals is available from the San Luis Coastal Online Planroom @

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For the U.S. 101/Prado Road Interchange Project (EA 05-1H640 and Project ID Number 0516000105)

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has completed an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the proposed U.S. 101/Prado Road Interchange Project.

The City of San Luis Obispo proposes to extend Prado Road over U.S. 101 to connect with Dalidio Drive and rebuild the existing U.S. 101 northbound on- and offramp connections to Prado Road to provide congestion relief, operational efficiency, and multimodal connectivity. The interchange is in the City of San Luis Obispo at post mile 26.8 on U.S. 101. The purpose of the project is to improve overall circulation and accessibility in the project area for all transportation modes. There is a need to provide better community connectivity between the existing and planned neighborhoods east and west of the U.S. 101 freeway and resolve forecasted operational deficiencies on State and city facilities. This connectivity need extends to all transportation modes.

The project limits extend from post mile 26.5 to post mile 27.3. U.S. 101 through the study area is currently a four-lane divided freeway with auxiliary lanes provided between Madonna Road and Marsh Street. Up to approximately 325,000 cubic yards of fill material would be imported to the project site for development of the project.

On the basis of this study, the proposed action will not have a significant effect on energy, greenhouse gas emissions, mineral resources, noise, population and housing, public services, recreation, transportation, utilities and service systems, and wildfire. Based on implementation of mitigation measures identified in the Initial Study/ Mitigated Negative Declaration, the project would have no significantly adverse effect on aesthetics, agriculture and forest resources, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use and planning, and tribal cultural resources. A petroleum pipeline from a Unocal site is present at the intersection of Elks Lane and Prado Road, and potential aerially deposited lead, pesticides and herbicides could result in hazards to the public or the environment during construction of the project. Required avoidance, minimization, and/or mitigation measures would reduce these impacts to a less than significant level.

Reference copies of the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration are available on the City’s website at environmental-review-documents.

Additional copies of the document and the related technical studies are available for review at the Caltrans District 5 Office at 50 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, California 93401; at the City of San Luis Obispo, Public Works Department, 919 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401; and at the San Luis Obispo Library at 995 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, California 93403. The required 30-day public review period for the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration will extend from February 2nd, 2023 to March 6th, 2023. If you have any comments regarding the proposed project, please send your written comments to Caltrans by March 6th, 2023. Submit comments via U.S. mail to: Dianna Beck, Associate Environmental Planner, District 5 Environmental Division, California Department of Transportation, 50 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, California 93401. Submit comments via email to:

A public meeting regarding the project will be held Wednesday February 15, 2023, at 6:00 PM at the City of San Luis Obispo Corporation Yard, 25 Prado, San Luis Obispo, California

February 2, 2023



WHO: County of San Luis Obispo Planning Department Hearing

WHEN: Friday, February 17, 2023 at 09:00 AM. All items are advertised for 09:00 AM. To verify agenda placement, please call the Department of Planning & Building at (805) 781-5600.

WHAT: A request by Catherine Buchert for a Minor Use Permit / Coastal Development Permit (C-DRC2022-00027) to allow for the construction of two exploratory borings for the purposes of locating a single well in support of the future development of a single-family residence. The project includes a riparian setback adjustment request for development within 100-feet of a Coastal Stream. The project is located in the Rural Lands land use category and is located at 0 Barcelona Road (APN: 079-211-003). The project is located within the rural San Luis Bay Coastal Planning Area.

Also, to be considered is the determination that this project is categorically exempt from environmental review under CEQA.

County File Number: C-DRC2022-00027

Supervisorial District: District 3 Assessor Parcel Number(s): 079-211-003

Date Accepted: 01/04/2023

WHERE: Virtual meeting via Zoom platform.

Instructions on how to view and participate in the meeting remotely and provide public comment will be included in the published meeting Agenda and are posted on the Department’s webpage at: https:// Meetings,-Hearings,-Agendas,-and-Minutes/Planning-DepartmentHearing-(PDH)-Virtual-Meeting-.aspx

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the staff report will be made available on the Planning Department website at

You may also contact Kip Morais, Project Manager, in the Department of Planning and Building at the address below or by telephone at 805-781-5136.

TO REQUEST A PUBLIC HEARING: This matter is tentatively scheduled to appear on the consent agenda, which means that it and any other items on the consent agenda can be acted upon by the hearing officer with a single motion. An applicant or interested party may request a public hearing on this matter. To do so, send a letter to this office at the address below or send an email to by Friday, February 10, 2023 at 4:30 PM The letter or email must include the language “I would like to request a hearing on C-DRC2022-00027.”

If you challenge this matter in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this public notice or in written correspondence delivered to the appropriate authority at or before the public hearing.

COASTAL APPEALABLE: If the County approves this project, that action may be eligible for appeal to the California Coastal Commission.

An applicant or aggrieved party may appeal to the Coastal Commission only after all possible local appeals have been exhausted pursuant to Coastal Zone Land Use Ordinance Section 23.01.043(b). Local appeals must be filed using the required Planning Department form as provided by Coastal Zone Land Use Ordinance Section 23.01.042(a)(1).

Corla Wade, Secretary Planning Department Hearing

February 2, 2023


WHO: County of San Luis Obispo Planning Department Hearing

WHEN: Friday, February 17, 2023 at 09:00 AM All items are advertised for 09:00 AM. To verify agenda placement, please call the Department of Planning & Building at (805) 781-5600.

WHAT: A request by Chris Mathys of Cypress Tree Motel for a Minor Use

Permit/Coastal Development Permit (C-DRC2022-00036) to allow for a motel expansion that will result in the construction of a two-story detached motel structure consisting of two units, including one accessible unit and parking lot improvements. The proposed lower-story accessible unit will be approximately 291 square-feet and the upper-story unit will be approximately 291 square-feet with a 28 square-foot balcony. The two proposed units will add an additional 582 square-feet of conditioned space to an existing 4,276 square-foot 13-unit motel, on a 12,632 square-foot parcel. The project will result in the disturbance of approximately 7,000 square-feet on a previously disturbed 12,632 square-foot parcel. A parking modification is requested to allow 17 parking spaces where 19 are required and to allow two of the 17 on-site parking spaces to be compact parking spaces. The proposed project is within the Commercial Retail land use category and is located at 125 South Ocean Avenue in the community of Cayucos. The project is in the Coastal Zone and in the Estero Planning Area. Also to be considered is the determination that this project is categorically exempt from environmental review under CEQA.

County File Number: C-DRC2022-00036

Supervisorial District: District 2

Assessor Parcel Number(s): 064-125-030

Date Accepted: 09/15/2022

WHERE: Virtual meeting via Zoom platform.

Instructions on how to view and participate in the meeting remotely and provide public comment will be included in the published meeting Agenda and are posted on the Department’s webpage at: Planning-Building/Grid-Items/Meetings,-Hearings,-Agendas,-and-Minutes/ Planning-Department-Hearing-(PDH)-Virtual-Meeting-.aspx

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the staff report will be made available on the Planning Department website at You may also contact April Lofgren, Project Manager in the Department of Planning and Building at the address below or by telephone at 805-781-5600.

TO REQUEST A PUBLIC HEARING: This matter is tentatively scheduled to appear on the consent agenda, which means that it and any other items on the consent agenda can be acted upon by the hearing officer with a single motion. An applicant or interested party may request a public hearing on this matter. To do so, send a letter to this office at the address below or send an email to pdh@ by Friday, February 10, 2023 at 4:30 PM. The letter or email must include the language “I would like to request a hearing on C-DRC2022-00036.”

If you challenge this matter in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this public notice or in written correspondence delivered to the appropriate authority at or before the public hearing.

COASTAL APPEALABLE: If the County approves this project, that action may be eligible for appeal to the California Coastal Commission. An applicant or aggrieved party may appeal to the Coastal Commission only after all possible local appeals have been exhausted pursuant to Coastal Zone Land Use Ordinance Section 23.01.043(b). Local appeals must be filed using the required Planning Department form as provided by Coastal Zone Land Use Ordinance Section 23.01.042(a)(1).


WHO: County of San Luis Obispo Planning Department Hearing

WHEN: Friday, February 17, 2023 at 09:00 AM All items are advertised for 09:00 AM. To verify agenda placement, please call the Department of Planning & Building at (805) 781-5600.

WHAT: A request by Chris Dudley for a Minor Use Permit/Coastal Development Permit (N-DRC2022-00021) to allow for the demolition of an approximately 545 square-foot single-story single-family residence and the construction of a replacement approximately 1,366 square-foot two-story single-family residence with an approximately 284 square-foot attached one-car garage and an approximately 515 square-foot uncovered deck on a 3,000 squarefoot parcel. The project will result in the disturbance of the entire previously disturbed 3,000 square-foot parcel. The project is within the Residential Single-Family land use category and is located at 37 16th Street in the community of Cayucos. The project is located in the Coastal Zone and in the Estero Planning Area.

Also to be considered is the determination that this project is categorically exempt from environmental review under CEQA.

County File Number: N-DRC2022-00021

Supervisorial District: District 2

Assessor Parcel Number(s): 064-225-020

Date Accepted: 09/27/2022

WHERE: Virtual meeting via Zoom platform.

Instructions on how to view and participate in the meeting remotely and provide public comment will be included in the published meeting Agenda and are posted on the Department’s webpage at: Grid-Items/Meetings,-Hearings,-Agendas,-and-Minutes/PlanningDepartment-Hearing-(PDH)-Virtual-Meeting-.aspx.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A copy of the staff report will be made available on the Planning Department website at www.sloplanning. org. You may also contact April Lofgren, Project Manager, in the Department of Planning and Building at the address below or by telephone at 805-781-5600.

TO REQUEST A PUBLIC HEARING: This matter is tentatively scheduled to appear on the consent agenda, which means that it and any other items on the consent agenda can be acted upon by the hearing officer with a single motion. An applicant or interested party may request a public hearing on this matter. To do so, send a letter to this office at the address below or send an email to pdh@ by Friday, February 10, 2023 at 4:30 PM The letter or email must include the language “I would like to request a hearing on N-DRC2022-00021.”

If you challenge this matter in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this public notice or in written correspondence delivered to the appropriate authority at or before the public hearing.

Corla Wade, Secretary Planning Department Hearing

February 2, 2023


Applications to make minor changes to the properties at the addresses listed below have been received by the City.

1. 1636 Encino Ct. ARCH-0433-2022; Review of a new three-story five-bedroom 4,880-square-foot single-family residence and a 618-square-foot accessory dwelling unit located on a property with an average slope of 23%. The project includes a request for tandem parking approval and a front setback reduction to accommodate one unenclosed required on-site parking space in the driveway. The project also proposes the removal of three trees. This project is categorically exempt from environmental review (CEQA); R-1 Zone; Andrew Goodwin Designs, applicant. (Graham Bultema)

2. 1143 Woodside Dr. HOME-0660-2022; Review of a homestay rental application to allow shortterm rental (such as AirBNB) of an owneroccupied single-family residence. This project is categorically exempt from environmental review; R-1 Zone; Camille Schwaegerle, applicant. (Graham Bultema)

3. 169 Cerro Romauldo Ave. HOME-0668-2022; Review of a homestay rental application to allow short-term rental (such as AirBNB) of an owneroccupied single-family residence. This project is categorically exempt from environmental review; R-1 Zone; Erik Loken, applicant. (Graham Bultema)

The Community Development Director will either approve or deny these applications no sooner than February 13, 2023

The Director’s decision may be appealed, and must be filed with the appropriate appeal fee within 10 days of the Director’s action. For more information, contact the City of San Luis Obispo Community Development Department, 919 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, stop by Monday and Wednesday between 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday between 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., or call (805) 781-7170, weekdays, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

February 2, 2023


The City of San Luis Obispo’s Community Development Director will hold a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, February 13, 2023, in Conference Room 1, at 919 Palm Street, to consider the following:

1. 951 Monterey St. SBDV-0062-2023; Review of an Airspace Subdivision of the Anderson Hotel to create seven parcels, including six commercial condominium units and one residential parcel that will include all residential common areas and floors 2 through 5 of the building. The project is categorically exempt from environmental review (CEQA); C-D-H Zone; San Luis Obispo Non-Profit Housing Corporation, applicant. (Kyle Bell)

PLEASE NOTE: Any court challenge to the actions taken on this item may be limited to considering only those issues raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City of San Luis Obispo at, or prior to, the public hearing.

February 2, 2023


PROPOSALS will be received at the office of the City Clerk, 760 Mattie Road, Pismo Beach, California, until 2:00 p.m., on Thursday, March 2, 2023 as determined by for performing work as follows:


The City of Pismo Beach is inviting qualified firms to submit proposals to provide professional services for the “Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Update”. The selected firm will work closely with staff from the City of Pismo Beach to prepare an updated Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

Proposal packages may be obtained from the Public Works Department, Engineering Division, 760 Mattie Road, Pismo Beach, CA 93449 or by calling (805) 773-4656. Printed versions are available for a non-refundable fee of $15 and PDF versions may be emailed at no charge. Specific questions will be accepted in writing up to 72 hours before the proposal due date and time by emailing Ben Fine, at For non-technical questions contact Erin Olsen at


February 2, 2023


1. Introduction of amendments to Title 8 and Title 22 of the SLO Co. Code to rescind Ordinance No. 3483, the Paso Basin Land Use Management Area Planting Ordinance, re-enact & extend until 1/128 the previously adopted Ag Offset Requirements for New or Expanded Irrigated Crop Production Using Water from the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin, exempt from CEQA & hearing date 2/7/23, approved w/ direction provided to staff.

2. Board of Supervisors Rules of Procedure amendment to allowing regular session meetings to be extended past 5:00 P.M. upon a vote of 3 Supervisors, approved.


For more details, view the meeting videos at: Clerk-of-the-Board/Clerk-of-the-Board-Services/Board-ofSupervisors-Meetings-and-Agendas.aspx

Wade Horton, Clerk of the Board of Supervisors

By: Annette Ramirez, Deputy Clerk

February 2, 2023

Corla Wade, Secretary Planning Department Hearing February 2, 2023 COUNTY
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Free Will Astrology

Homework: Give a blessing to someone that you would like to receive yourself.


(March 21-April 19): Theoretically, you could offer to help a person who doesn’t like you. You could bring a gourmet vegan meal to a meat-eater or pay a compliment to a bigot. I suppose you could even sing beautiful love songs to annoyed passersby or recite passages from great literature to an 8-year-old immersed in his video game. But there are better ways to express your talents and dispense your gifts—especially now, when it’s crucial for your long-term mental health that you offer your blessings to recipients who will use them best and appreciate them most.


(April 20-May 20): In esoteric astrology, Taurus rules the third eye. Poetically speaking, this is a subtle organ of perception, a sixth sense that sees through mere appearances and discerns the secret or hidden nature of things. Some people are surprised to learn about this theory. Doesn’t traditional astrology say that you Bulls are sober and well-grounded? Here’s the bigger view: The penetrating vision of an evolved Taurus is potent because it peels away superficial truths and uncovers deeper truths. Would you like to tap into more of this potential superpower? The coming weeks will be a good time to do so.


(May 21-June 20): The ingredient you would need to fulfill the next stage of a fun dream is behind door No. 1. Behind door No. 2 is a vision of a creative twist you could do but haven’t managed yet. Behind door No. 3 is a clue that might help you achieve more disciplined freedom than you’ve known before. Do you think I’m exaggerating? I’m not. Here’s the catch: You may be able to open only one door before the magic spell wears off—unless you enlist the services of a consultant, ally, witch, or guardian angel to help you bargain with fate to provide even more of the luck that may be available.


(June 21-July 22): I trust you are mostly ready for the educational adventures and experiments that are possible. The uncertainties that accompany them, whether real or imagined, will bring out the best in you. For optimal results, you should apply your nighttime thinking to daytime activities, and vice versa. Wiggle free of responsibilities unless they teach you noble truths. And finally, summon the intuitive powers that will sustain you and guide you through the brilliant shadow initiations. (PS: Take the wildest rides you dare as long as they are safe.)


(July 23-Aug. 22): Fate has decreed, “Leos must be wanderers for a while.” You are under no obligation to obey this mandate, of course. Theoretically, you could resist it. But if you do indeed rebel, be sure your willpower is very strong. You will get away with outsmarting or revising fate only if your discipline is fierce and your determination is intense. OK? So let’s imagine that you will indeed bend fate’s decree to suit your needs. What would that look like? Here’s one possibility: The “wandering” you undertake can be done in the name of focused exploration rather than aimless meandering.


(Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I wish I could help you understand and manage a situation that has confused you. I’d love to bolster your strength to deal with substitutes that have been dissipating your commitment to the Real Things. In a perfect world, I could emancipate you from yearnings that are out of sync with your highest good. And maybe I’d be able to teach you to dissolve a habit that has weakened your willpower. And why can’t I be of full service to you in these ways? Because, according to my assessment, you have not completely acknowledged your need for this help. So neither I nor anyone else can provide it. But now that you’ve read this horoscope, I’m hoping you will make yourself more receptive to the necessary support and favors and relief.


(Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I can’t definitively predict you will receive an influx of cash in the next three weeks. It’s possible, though. And I’m not able to guarantee you’ll be the beneficiary of free lunches and unexpected gifts. But who knows? They could very well appear. Torrents of praise and appreciation may flow, too, though trickles are more likely. And there is a small chance of solicitous gestures coming your way from sexy angels and cute maestros. What I can promise you for sure, however, are fresh eruptions of savvy in your brain and sagacity in your heart. Here’s your keynote, as expressed by the Queen of Sheba 700 years ago: “Wisdom is sweeter than honey, brings more joy than wine, illumines more than the sun, is more precious than jewels.”


(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Your assignment, Scorpio, is to cultivate a closer relationship with the cells that comprise your body. They are alive! Speak to them as you would to a beloved child or animal. In your meditations and fantasies, bless them with tender wishes. Let them know how grateful you are for the grand collaboration you have going, and affectionately urge them to do what’s best for all concerned. For you Scorpios, February is Love and Care for Your Inner Creatures Month.


(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Revamped and refurbished things are coming back for another look. Retreads and redemption-seekers are headed in your direction. I think you should consider giving them an audience. They are likely to be more fun or interesting or useful during their second time around. Dear Sagittarius, I suspect that the imminent future may also invite you to consider the possibility of accepting stand-ins and substitutes and imitators. They may turn out to be better than the so-called real things they replace. In conclusion, be receptive to Plan Bs, second choices, and alternate routes. They could lead you to the exact opportunities you didn’t know you needed.


(Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Author Neil Gaiman declared, “I’ve never known anyone who was what he or she seemed.” While that may be generally accurate, it will be far less true about you Capricorns in the coming weeks. By my astrological reckoning, you will be very close to what you seem to be. The harmony between your deep inner self and your outer persona will be at record-breaking levels. No one will have to wonder if they must be wary of hidden agendas lurking below your surface. Everyone can be confident that what they see in you is what they will get from you. This is an amazing accomplishment! Congrats!


(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “I want to raise up the magic world all round me and live strongly and quietly there,” wrote Aquarian author Virginia Woolf in her diary. What do you think she meant by “raise up the magic world all round me”? More importantly, how would you raise up the magic world around you? Meditate fiercely and generously on that tantalizing project. The coming weeks will be an ideal time to attend to such a wondrous possibility. You now have extra power to conjure up healing, protection, inspiration, and mojo for yourself.


(Feb. 19-March 20): Before going to sleep, I asked my subconscious mind to bring a dream that would be helpful for you. Here’s what it gave me: In my dream, I was reading a comic book titled Zoe Stardust Quells Her Demon On the first page, Zoe was facing a purple monster whose body was beastly but whose face looked a bit like hers. On page two, the monster chased Zoe down the street, but Zoe escaped. In the third scene, the monster was alone, licking its fur. In the fourth scene, Zoe sneaked up behind the monster and shot it with a blow dart that delivered a sedative, knocking it unconscious. In the final panel, Zoe had arranged for the monster to be transported to a lush uninhabited island where it could enjoy its life without bothering her. Now here’s my dream interpretation, Pisces: Don’t directly confront your inner foe or nagging demon. Approach stealthily and render it inert. Then banish it from your sphere, preferably forever. ∆

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