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In this year’s annual issue, you can find the vintage cake trend [11], traditions and where they came from [12], affordable wedding venues [14], what’s fashionable [16], and a brewery to get married in [18]

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edding season is almost here, and we’ve got some information for those of you still trying to decide what to do for yours. In this year’s annual Weddings Issue, Staff Writer Bulbul Rajagopal chats with bakers about the vintage ; Senior Staff Writer Glen Starkey writes about traditions and from [12]; Staff Writer Samantha Herrera found three cheap-ish wedding ; Staff Writer Taylor O’Connor from New sister paper, the Sun, speaks with wedding dress purveyors and planners about what’s on-trend in bride and bridesmaid fashion [16]; and Staff Writer Adrian Vincent Rosas highlights a brewery you could get married

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Green Party candidate calls for fresh leadership in the 19th District

Incumbent U.S. Representative and Democrat Jimmy Panetta faces two challengers for his 19th District seat.

On March 5, voters across parts of three counties will choose from among Panetta, Green Party candidate Sean Dougherty, and Republican Jason Anderson for their congressional representative. The primary candidates who receive the highest and second-highest number of votes will advance to the general election in November.

Dougherty told New Times on Feb. 26 that he decided to run last July after facing difficulties trying to communicate with Panetta.

“Several activists and I were very concerned about the lack of diplomatic effort to address the war in Ukraine,” the Santa Cruz-based engineer said. “We tried to get a five-minute meeting with him, and we couldn’t even get that meeting.”

Dougherty added that, other times, he contacted Panetta’s staff to criticize some of the congressman’s “hawkish” foreign policy decisions and faced misunderstandings about what he said.

“I didn’t feel heard at all. … I decided that someone had to challenge him,” he said. “I knew that nobody thinks he can be unseated. When you look at past election results, he wins decisively.”

Redrawn from the 20th District during the 2021 redistricting process, the mostly coastal 19th District comprises parts of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo counties.

Panetta—whose father, former director of the CIA Leon Panetta, represented the 20th District from 1977 to 1993—served as the U.S. representative of the old district from 2017 until it became the 19th District. He defeated Republican Jeff Gorman during the 2022 election to become the new district’s first U.S. Representative.

Dougherty’s campaign website calls for a permanent cease-fire of Israel’s U.S.-backed military operations in Gaza. On Feb. 28, he convened a press conference on the steps of the Santa Cruz Courthouse to spotlight Panetta’s acceptance of funds from a pro-Israel lobbying group.

Atascadero RV lot developers drop project after illness, financial uncertainty

A controversial RV Storage Lot along the Salinas River in Atascadero will no longer be built after its developers requested the city to pull the permit.

“VSM (VS Marine LLC.) has reluctantly determined it cannot move forward with the project,” VSM’s Kris Gustafson told the city in a letter on Jan. 18. “VSM hereby requests that the city rescind its approval of the project (and any related entitlements) so that VSM may allocate its available time and resources elsewhere.”

The Atascadero City Council approved the request at its Feb. 27 meeting, formally rescinding the development permit it unanimously granted to VSM in October 2023.

According to Gustafson, VSM can’t maintain its commitment to develop the 6-acre lot due to time spent addressing a family illness.

This illness, he said, led to him being unable to work a single day for the last four months, and that was unlikely to change thanks to compacting financial concerns.

“In addition to the medical emergency mentioned, … VSM is also advised that the Federal Reserve’s

Campaign data from the Federal Election Commission showed that the political action committee of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) donated $143,055 to Panetta’s campaign last December. His campaign has received more than $1.7 million in total contributions between Jan. 1, 2023, and Feb. 14, 2024.

Panetta belonged to a group of Congress members who signed a Jan. 23 letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken that labeled South Africa’s International Court of Justice case on Israel’s occupation of Palestine “grossly unfounded.”

“I can’t help but make the connection between a giant AIPAC donation and his position on Gaza,” Dougherty said.

Panetta’s campaign spokesperson said he couldn’t speak with New Times before press time.

Dougherty said that affordable housing was also one of his top priorities.

“I want to see social housing where you’ve got publicly owned housing that’s rented out to people, scaled to their income,” he said.

He aims to secure funds for it through a proposal to reduce the country’s defense budget by half.

“That may sound crazy to people, but cutting the defense budget by 50 percent, we would still have the biggest defense budget in the world by a lot,” Dougherty said. “[This] would get us the funds for universal housing, paid family and medical leave, medical debt forgiveness, debt-free college, and universal child care. That only takes a quarter of the defense budget, and I propose the other quarter could be applied to a Medicare-for-all system.”

Dougherty’s campaign raised $6,406 from July 12, 2023, to Feb. 14, 2024, and he pledges “complete independence from wealthy influences.” So far, he’s received endorsements from the Green Party of California and its chapters in Santa Clara, Monterey, and SLO counties; Santa Cruz for Bernie; Peace and Freedom Party of California; and California Progressive Alliance.

Republican Party candidate and Atascadero resident Jason Anderson didn’t respond to New

recent interest rate hikes and general uncertainty created by the upcoming presidential election create risks that have forced VSM to reevaluate its risk profile at this time,” Gustafson’s letter said.

He hopes that by backing out from the RV lot development, VSM can handle its current issues and better prepare for future long-term success.

“Unfortunately, VSM has determined that this project will not be part of its future,” Gustafson’s letter said. “This decision represents VSM’s best efforts to respond proactively to these circumstances.”

Should VSM want to return to the project in the future, the city said it would have to go through the entire approval process again.

It took the RV storage lot five hearings to get approval in July 2023 from the Atascadero Planning Commission.

After that, resident David Broadwater appealed the decision to the City Council, citing concerns about a lack of environmental studies on the project.

In front of the City Council, the project faced challenges from Councilmember Susan Funk, who questioned the need for such a large-scale high-environmental-impact RV storage lot. As a result, the council voted to approve the project under the condition that VSM complete certain environmental feasibility studies.

Times’ multiple requests for comment. FEC campaign data showed that his campaign raised $3,024 from Oct. 1, 2023, to Feb. 14, 2024. The small-business owner received endorsements from organizations like the California Rifle and Pistol Association; the Republican Party chapters of Santa Cruz, Monterey, and SLO counties; and individuals like former SLO County 2nd District Supervisor race contender Bruce Jones and Templeton school board trustee Jennifer Grinager.

Anderson’s X page (formerly known as Twitter) contained posts that shared information on uncovering alleged election fraud, “the truth” behind the 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, and a call to close the border.

“We must secure the border now,” a post from Feb. 26 read. “Our first duty is to protect citizens. We cannot do that if we don’t know who is entering the country.” ∆

Representatives from the SLO Beaver Brigade—a group that advocates for habitat conservation in the Salinas River—said they’re thankful the project is no longer in the works.

“Parking vehicles and putting industrial zones perched above our drinking water is a recipe for disaster,” SLO Beaver Brigade member Audrey Taub told New Times. “We think a healthy Salinas River is vital to having healthy communities.”

She said the Beaver Brigade is hopeful that the city will make efforts in the future to ensure that projects next to the river account for environmental impacts.

“Supporting the health of our river, supporting the beavers, should be a priority for our municipalities that reside along the Salinas River,” Taub said. “We are thrilled that, for now at least, this disaster has been avoided.”

Congressional candidates talk immigration, cutting back military spending

Incumbent Congressman Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) is running for his fourth term in the March primary, battling against a Republican

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and a fellow Democrat to represent parts of San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties and all of Santa Barbara County.

A statement provided to New Times by Carbajal’s senior advisor and communications director, Ian Mariani, said that Carbajal has helped write new laws to lower health care and energy costs, while expanding access to affordable housing and creating new jobs for the region.

“I have spearheaded efforts to work across the aisle and finally fix our broken immigration system, as well as respond to issues like the rising cost of child care and the worsening threat of climate change. And I have helped bring hundreds of millions of dollars in investments to our region through projects funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and other landmark laws I helped pass in recent years,” Carbajal’s statement said.

Challenger and Republican Thomas Cole is running a campaign fueled by the differences between his policies and Carbajal’s. He told New Times his policies focus on peace, border control, and parental rights.

“Almost everything revolves around those three issues and that’s what I’m focusing on,” he said. “I’m reaching out to those who may have left the Republican Party and I’m also reaching out to centrist Democrats that are unhappy with the far left unreasonableness of the party today.”

Cole said he aims to work on closing the borders as thousands of people who enter the U.S. illegally. In January 2024, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol recorded 124,220 encounters between ports of entry along the southwestern border, a 50 percent decrease from the month prior.

He added that closing the borders would lead to less fentanyl in the streets, which he said kills around 50,000 people a year. In 2022, USA Facts reported that 73,654 people died from fentanyl overdoses, more than double that of 2019.

Cole claimed Carbajal is working to keep our borders open with a “free flow of fentanyl.” However, Carbajal co-led the Disrupt Fentanyl Trafficking Act, which was signed into law by President Biden on Dec. 20, 2023.

This law declares fentanyl trafficking a national security threat stemming from drug cartels and smugglers, directs the Pentagon to develop a fentanyl-specific counter-drug strategy, requires the Secretary of Defense to increase security cooperation with the Mexican military, and more, according to Carbajal’s website.

Cole, who owns a data analysis company, has raised $10,370 in campaign funding, according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings through Feb. 15. He told told New Times he has “about $20,000” in reserve.

Helena Pasquarella, a schoolteacher, Democrat, and photojournalist, reported zero dollars raised to the FEC, but told New Times she has received $2,900 in campaign funding since the last reporting period. She said that U.S. sanctions on economies such as Cuba, Iran, and Venezuela have caused havoc and increased the number of undocumented immigrants claiming asylum on the border.

“We need to make them documented, and we want to protect them, but I think another really important issue is the issue of pesticides,” she said. “We have 35 pesticides that are being used in our 24th District that are illegal to use in Europe.”

Pasquarella’s campaign revolves around peace. She believes that the U.S. needs to actively promote peace internationally and at home by approving The Peace Building Act of 2021.

“I decided to put my heart and soul into this campaign and educate people about the military industrial complex,” she said.

“Right now, I’m focusing on Palestine and the genocide because people are dying daily with our tax dollars, and at this point, we really got to understand that we are directly involved in that war.”

Pasquarella and Cole both alleged that Carbajal was sitting on more than a million dollars in campaign contributions from “military industrial complex” providers such as the RTX Corporation—formerly known as Raytheon—a major U.S. defense contractor.

However, Carbajal’s senior advisor and communications director, Mariani, said the largest category of contributors is constituents. The defense industry, Mariani said, is nearly the lowest category of financial support he has received.

This cycle, Carbajal has raised $1.2 million in campaign funding, according to FEC filings, and he has $2.68 million cash on hand. FEC filings show that RTX Corporation gave Carbajal $3,500 in 2024.

The top two vote getters will head to November’s general election.

Ex-SLO County IT employee charged with embezzlement

A former San Luis Obispo County employee met with criminal charges for embezzling at least $250,000 over seven years

using a county credit card.

Now-fired Information Technology Department supervisor Norman Hibble, 54, allegedly misused the credit card from April 26, 2017, to October 16, 2023, for personal purchases such as DJ equipment, a crossbow and arrows, and video editing equipment, among other items, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

“An auditor at the county AuditorController’s Office noticed a discrepancy in the amount of sales tax on a particular purchase believed to have been made by Mr. Hibble using a county credit card,” Assistant District Attorney Eric Dobroth told New Times. “This resulted in a closer look at the expenditure.”

County investigators served Hibble a search warrant at his Atascadero residence last November, the county fired him on Jan. 5, and SLO County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Hibble on Feb. 21.

The criminal complaint detailed 12 charges against Hibble—each a crime of misappropriation broken into six-month increments to keep track of the alleged yearslong theft. These potential felonies could be enhanced through a special allegation of aggravated white-collar crime. The Sheriff’s Office custody log also notes a misdemeanor of resisting a public officer.

Hibble was arraigned on Feb. 23 on felony charges in SLO Superior Court. On Feb. 28, prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney Ben Blumenthal argued against reducing Hibble’s bail amount.

Blumenthal told the court that he was hesitant to agree to reduced bail terms because of the possibility that Hibble, an Australian, might flee the country.

The prosecutor added that although law enforcement took custody of Hibble’s Australian passport last November, it’s uncertain whether Hibble could approach the Australian embassy, say he lost his passport, apply for and receive a new one, and leave the U.S.

SLO County jail booked Hibble into custody on bail set at $350,000—a sum he said he couldn’t afford to pay. The court considers the depth of a defendant’s roots in the community to determine bail reduction, presiding Judge Barry LaBarbera said at the hearing.

A probation report prepared by Santa Barbara County discussed Hibble’s 12-year employment with SLO County, the fact that he owned a home, and had kids enrolled in the local school district.

Blumenthal went on to mention that county officials are still uncovering the full

extent of Hibble’s purchases. In February 2021, “at the height of one of the first waves of COVID-19,” he said, Hibble visited the website of a New York-based company and purchased editing software called the Blackmagic Da Vinci Resolve Mini Panel worth more than $3,000 using the county credit card and shipped it directly to his house.

Hibble allegedly bragged about the device on social media and falsified an invoice that claimed he purchased a printer for the county office.

Court documents from a separate case—a June 2023 lawsuit—show that Hibble also possessed an electric scooter. He sued a woman living on Prefumo Canyon Road in small claims court for allegedly crashing into his scooter and damaging it along with some camera equipment. He filed the claim for $1,628 to “replace parts for the scooter and broken tripod.”

“She failed to give way to me causing me to crash into her vehicle and damage my scooter and camera equipment,” Hibble’s claim read.

Dobroth confirmed to New Times that there’s evidence Hibble purchased the scooter during the time frame of the charges.

At the Feb. 28 bail reduction hearing, LaBarbera reduced the bail amount to $100,000 because Hibble is nonviolent and doesn’t have the ability to reoffend because he got fired and lost access to the credit card.

“We cannot say he was a faithful county employee for over 12 years,” LaBarbera said. “On the other hand, he is entitled to a reasonable bail he can pay.”

While Santa Barbara County prepared Hibble’s probation report, SLO County will oversee the probation and bail procedures. Once Hibble’s bond payment goes through, the Probation Department will fit him with a tracking device; he will have to turn over any outstanding passports; he can’t apply for new ones without the court’s leave; and cannot possess any dangerous weapons.

Hibble’s next court date is set for March 14.

Grover Beach plans to crack down on signs

The days of large, unattractive signs will soon be over for Grover Beach business owners as the city recently beefed up its sign policy.

During the Feb. 26 City Council meeting, council members decided to move forward with a previously approved sign regulation policy that was put on pause during the COVID-19 pandemic. It prohibits the use

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of feather flag signs and inflatable signs and restricts the use of A-frame signs in city rights of way.

“A primary objective of the signage regulations update was to streamline the approval process and provide greater certainty for business owners, which aligns with the city’s 2023 to 2025 goals for economic development and community development,” Grover Beach Senior Planner Kyle Bell said.

Those goals aim to strengthen and maintain a business-friendly environment; implement strategies that build upon existing efforts to keep businesses around and attract businesses and commercial development, especially on West Grand Avenue; expedite permit processing; and promote tourism and hotel development, according to a Feb. 26 staff report.

While the sign policy was initially adopted in October 2019, the city temporarily put it on hold due to the pandemic, as staff needed to divert resources and attention to other priorities.

Grover Beach City Manager Matthew Bronson told New Times that the only change made to the city’s sign regulation since its 2019 adoption was that City Council directed staff on Feb. 26 to conduct outreach to local businesses and residents, especially those on Grand Avenue.

“This will help provide staff with a foundation to make a recommendation to council on which policies and regulations may need to be modified to meet the needs of the community,” he said.

The regulations also ban abandoned signs; signs that simulate traffic signs or signals in color or design; and those that use of words, symbols, or characters that interfere with, mislead, or confuse pedestrian or vehicular traffic, including signage that is highly reflective, according to the city’s Development Code. Digital display or LED messaging signs that are animated, moving, flashing, blinking, reflecting, glaring, or revolving are also banned.

However, some Grover Beach residents who are part of Grover H2O, a group that opposes the Central Coast Blue project and higher water rates, said that the sign policy is an attack on their movement.

“I just think the timing is interesting because we just recently had a wave of signs for the campaign we have going,” one resident said during public comment. “I also did notice when reading over the sign policy that there was something in it about if a sign somehow could be misconstrued as a road sign or any type of hazard, and it’s interesting because our signs are yellow.”

Grover H2O started after the Grover Beach City Council voted 3-2 on Dec. 11, 2023, to increase water rates by almost 20 percent over the next four years to help fund the city’s portion of the Central Coast Blue water reclamation project.

The cost estimate for Central Coast Blue— which aims to recycle wastewater and inject it into the groundwater basin to create a more sustainable water supply for Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach, and Grover Beach— recently increased from $55 million to $93 million due to inflation and other factors, according to previous New Times reporting.

However, Bronson said that the city wouldn’t target yard signs or other kinds of signs based on color alone and that staff

would clean up the policy so it doesn’t continue to confuse residents.

“This section stipulates that any deliberate obstruction of the city’s signage related to the traffic sign, signal, or similar, as to interfere or mislead the public, would be prohibited, and subject to immediate removal,” he said.

Bronson also said business owners who don’t follow the sign regulation policy will receive a warning first, and if the violation isn’t corrected, they would face administrative fines.

Federal grant boosts

Paso Robles Airport improvements

The Paso Robles Airport runway is getting a facelift thanks to $594,055 in grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“This is going to allow us to extend the lifetime of the runway, and by extension, the airport itself pretty significantly,” Paso Robles Airport Manager Mark Scandalis told New Times

With this funding, he said, the city will be able to remove rubber from the airport runway, fill cracks, and repaint markings that have needed to be addressed. The city expects work to begin by mid-March and finish by April, with most construction done during airport off-hours to ensure it can maintain daily operations.

Paso Robles received the funding thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which President Joe Biden signed into effect in November 2021. Scandalis said this law helps fund FAA grants aimed at helping with airport improvement projects that can match 10 percent of the funds via internal budgets.

“That’s the FAA’s whole goal with these types of grants,” he said. “Find airports in need of funding like ours and help keep them modern and up-to-date.”

Scandalis said the airport plans to first remove the residual rubber left on the runway from landing aircrafts. After that, they will repaint portions of the runway to ensure better visibility and modern signage that aligns with FAA standards.

“It’s all part of our goal of keeping our airport up-to-date and safe,” he said. “Besides cleaning up the rubber and repainting, we are going to be filling in cracks along the entirety of the runway, and that will significantly improve the lifespan of the airport since water and other liquids will no longer wear them down or make them larger.”

Even with the half-million-dollar boost, the airport still has a long way to go, according to Scandalis. However, he expects these improvements to allow him and his staff to focus on their primary task: converting the airport into a spaceport.

In January, Paso Robles City Council unanimously voted to support an updated timeline and increase airport staff to speed up the airport’s transition into a spaceport. To get that spaceport license, however, Scandalis needs to submit an updated version of the city’s 20-year-old airport master plan.

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PG&E is currently in regulatory proceedings for both extended operations and decommissioning.

The Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel (Panel) was created to foster open and frequent dialogue between members of the local community and PG&E on topics regarding the site’s eventual decommissioning, originally planned to begin in 2025 but now slated to begin in 2030 or later. The panel will focus on decommissioning related issues not ongoing continued operations. The Panel will focus on decommissioning related issues and not ongoing continued operations.

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Peaceful protest

One local group plans to protest California’s offshore wind projects on March 9.

REACT Alliance is organizing a Save Our Seas march beginning at noon in front of the Morro Bay Veterans Memorial Building. Participants will walk down to the T-Pier and meet with local fishermen and discuss the impacts of wind farms and return to the vets hall for a fundraiser event.

“We’ll have a guest speaker come out and also do a silent auction as another way to raise money,” spokesperson Betty Winholtz told New Times. “We will also have a play area that will be supervised for parents that want to bring their kids because we think families would be interested, as this will affect their future.”

REACT (Responsible Energy Adaptation for California’s Transition) Alliance spokesperson Nicole Dorfman also told New Times that Bear City Social and Taqueria Cinco de Mayo will have their food trucks at the event.

“Our silent auction items include EV chargers and installation from Photon Brothers, nature themed artwork, cases of wine from Stolo Winery, various gift baskets of organic products from Soto’s True Earth, Avocado Shack, and Sunshine Market, and more,” she said.

A variety of gift cards will also be auctioned off, and the event is free to attend.

“We also have Carolyn Porco as our special speaker, and she’s a planetary scientist who was a lead scientist on two of NASA’s biggest space missions,” she said. “She was also named in 2012 one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential people in space exploration.”

The U.S. Department of Interior auctioned off the first California wind energy leasing areas off the coast of Humboldt and Morro Bay in 2022. The two areas were divided into five lease areas and auctioned off for a total of $757.1 million, according to an Aug. 22, 2023, Morro Bay city staff report. The wind energy areas are located roughly 20 miles offshore.

The project is expected to take between 12 and 15 years to complete, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s environmental impact statement states that the project could impact air quality, animals, wetlands,

coastal habitats, and commercial and recreational fishing.

“Project structures above the water could affect the visual character defending historic properties, properties of traditional religious and cultural significance, and recreational and tourism areas,” the study states. “Additionally, the project could create space-use conflicts with military activities, air traffic, land-based radar services, cables, and scientific surveys.”

Winholtz said she’s passionate about opposing the wind project because she believes that the wind farms will harm whales as they move through the Central Coast as part of their migration pattern.

“Right now, mother whales are just giving birth down in Mexico and they’ll bring their babies up through here as they swim up to Alaska. These babies are young, and when project developers start sound testing, that’s going to have a real impact on their ears, causing some of these babies to die,” she said. “Also, it’s going to affect bird migration patterns as they fly from north to south.”

Fast facts

• Cal Poly accounting students are offering free tax help to qualifying local community members—with $67,000 or less in gross income—via the Volunteer Assistance Tax Program (VITA) on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. by appointment through March 16. Those interested can visit orfalea. to learn more. The clinics will be held in Cal Poly’s Business Building (No. 3) near California Boulevard. VITA will also be running two off-campus locations in Oceano and Santa Maria through March 16.

• Atascadero High School students are partnering with Tree-Plenish to host a tree planting event with the objective of planting enough saplings to compensate for their school’s energy consumption. Those who are interested in helping students reach their 150-tree goal can order a sapling by March 20. For more information, please visit ∆

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End paid parking

It’s the city of Paso Robles’ own fault its downtown parking program is such a mess

Ifiled a complaint with the California Bar Association against the Paso Robles city attorney. At stake here is the principle of rule of law, whether we take laws seriously or just let government officials use their position to evade justice and do whatever they want without facing the consequences.

My point is the city attorney is charged under the rules of conduct with giving the best legal advice and sticking to the law. I believe that the city attorney basically made the Brown Act toothless and gave the city permission to violate the state Constitution. I understand that the city attorney feels she is working in the best interests of the client, and I’m not accusing her of being malicious—just overlooking some of the points I’ve brought up.

I filed a cease and desist letter against the city over the City Council’s motion that changed parking fees on Nov. 21, 2023. To me, that vote was a clear violation of






the Brown Act. I showed the city three court cases with legal precedent, two that the plaintiffs won and another where the defendant won to clearly illustrate the proper application of the Brown Act.

The response from the city attorney was that the parking discussion was clearly listed on the agenda. Apparently, that justified making a motion and passing it. But the actual motion that was voted on was not on the agenda and should have been brought up at another City Council meeting for a first reading that included necessary public comment. The city attorney who subbed in at the meeting for Mrs. Hull agreed and this is in the video from the meeting.

The other thing that I find really, really confusing is the twisted logic I received from the city attorney regarding the fact that the city voted to run the parking by resolution and not by ordinance as required by the state Vehicle Code. Essentially, I was told that since the city had the right to change parking fees and zones by ordinance, it could write an ordinance that said it could do this by resolution. I don’t think the code was written so that a city government could arbitrarily change it.

Amazingly enough, one council member criticized downtown employees of “gaming the system” while not holding the city attorney to the same standards. Citizens get called out for gaming the system but it’s OK for the city to do so. That’s why this has become an issue of fair, just, and

honest government and not just parking management. The city’s failure to negotiate and come up with a reasonable solution has blown this up into a crisis of how the city government operates.

The bottom line is that the city wants to make up for a deficit in the parking program at the expense of the downtown merchants. Wouldn’t the downtown merchants like to

Essentially, I was told that since the city had the right to change parking fees and zones by ordinance, it could write an ordinance that said it could do this by resolution.

make up for the increase of supply chain costs, loss of income due to pandemic restrictions, rampant inflation, and loss of business due to parking mismanagement, too? Why does the city, the servant of the taxpayer, have priority over the people who

actually pay the taxes to support the city government?

The following is from my email to Mrs. Hull and one of the partners of her employer, Best and Best and Krieger:

“My final point is that everyone loses here because there is no real rule of law. It just comes down to who has the most clever lawyer and the ability to raise the resources to litigate. I’ve seen this happen too often with school board issues, and now with the city of Paso Robles. So think about this and decide whether you want to live by rule of law or just win but obstruct justice through legal tactics. That is the principle behind my complaint.”

The city needs to just flat out end the parking program, stop wasting time on this issue, admit that it violated the Brown Act, and move on to much more important matters like crime, homelessness, and most of all fixing the crumbling roads. ∆

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False choice

What does it take to hold a Congressman accountable? An election?

Well, it most certainly isn’t this election.

In SLO County, we’re now blessed— blessed, I say—to be part of not one, but two congressional districts. We get double the fun! In the northern half of our county, incumbent U.S. Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Monterey) is running against a Green Party candidate and former “Bernie Bro” from Santa Cruz and a renegade Republican from Atascadero who believes that the 2020 election was stolen. Oh goody! I can’t wait to fill out my ballot.

If Panetta’s war chest says anything about the race, he’s going to beat their asses in the primary. It’s $1.7 million against a combined less than $10,000. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara), who represents the southern portion of our bucolic bastion, has $2.4 million on hand versus his opponents’ total of $12,000.

Carbajal’s running against a fellow Democrat who’s campaigning on world peace and a Republican who’s running on closing the southern border because they’re bringing “drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” I can’t wait to vote. The choices are limitless. I think I’d rather pay for a wedding than vote in the primary, and I live in a cardboard box, so it’s not like they pay me a lot around here.

The two incumbents are seasoned vets when it comes to being politicians, running campaigns, raising dollars, and being elected. Hell, we pay them upward of $170,000 a year to do this thing and represent us. Key words: represent us.

So why then did they decide not to talk to New Times reporters about the issues raised in this election cycle? It’s not like the issues are new—homelessness, affordable housing, the economy, etc. One of the big ones, of course, is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is heading into its sixth month. If I had to guess, and I do: That’s the one they wanted to avoid.

Both said they simply couldn’t work with our timeline (a day). They couldn’t even bother to send emailed, pre-canned statements responding to the questions. Boring, guys!

I get that it’s a touchy subject. It’s complicated, and there are a lot of issues involved, lots of people have died and are going to die, but come on!

Panetta and Carbajal recently voted to send $14.5 billion to Israel and $10 billion in humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. That’s $24.5 billion to play both sides—and that was just one of the wars included in the $95 billion “defense” package. Did neither one think they should have to

answer for that decision?

I’d be offended too, if the constituents that chose me and pay me to represent them questioned me on the votes I’m making on their behalf. Appalled even!

Don’t people know they put out press releases and social media posts with their canned talking points, designed to be as inoffensive as possible, paint them in a positive light, and quoted from wholesale. Duh! Direct to the people! No feet to the fire, you know?

It’s disappointing. I’m disappointed in both of them.

What makes me really sad is the fact that none of the other candidates in the races represents a real challenge to the incumbents. Can we bring Vicki Nohrden back, please? She wrote a book about God smiting California for being too liberal. Who doesn’t love reading about that?

Speaking of weddings, I’ll take $24.5 billion to plan one, I’d even take $6.4 billion. I’ll take $59 million to plan myself the wedding of the century in Paris, like Florida car dealership heiress Madelaine Brockway did last November when she dressed up as Marie Antoinette, had a sleepover in the Palace of Versailles, partied under the Arc de Triomphe, ate lunch in Chanel ’s haute couture suite, and hired a team of lipstick readers to predict her future. I predict her future will be a lot richer than mine.

And the leftovers? I’d take that almost $6.4

billion and pay down some of California’s future budget deficit.

Instead, Gov. Gavin Newsom would prefer that I vote yes on Proposition 1, a $6.4 billion bond to build housing units and rearrange the mental health care system. That sounds like a fabulous idea, but it may take dollars away from local services in the process.

SLO County’s Department of Behavioral Health believes that it would lose two-thirds of its funding from the Mental Health Services Act if the proposition passes.

With the state’s ever-ballooning budget deficit for the 2024-25 fiscal year, which recently jumped from $58 billion to $73 billion, I’m not sure we need to be taking out any bonds.

And while we do need affordable housing, we don’t even really know how successful all that money we spent during the pandemic on turnkey homeless housing has been yet. Maybe we better tap the brakes and collect some data before moving full steam ahead into debt that aims to “fix” homelessness, especially if we lose vital local mental health services in the process.

The only exciting thing on the ballot is the 5th District SLO County Board of Supervisors race, and it’s mostly because Debbie Arnold isn’t running again. Which Atascadero queen will reign supreme? We’ll find out after March 5, hopefully. ∆

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Kinda your grandma’s cake

Vintage-style cakes are taking over weddings with their intricate piping and callback to yesteryears

They’re petite, draped with buttercream swags and ruffles, often crowned with whole cherries, and sometimes even colored Pepto-Bismol pink.

These are vintage-style cakes— reminiscent of celebrations in the 1980s and before—and they’re dominating the dessert table when it comes to weddings on the Central Coast.

“I honestly did not think it was going to be a long trend because trends come and go, but here we are. It’s going strong, more now than ever,” SeaBreeze Cupcakes & Sweet Treats owner Breanne McLaughlin said. “Everyone loves the vintage piping!”

McLaughlin’s created vintage-style wedding cakes of almost every kind, be it single or multi-tiered, monochromatic elopement cakes that bear “Forever” and “Just Married” signs, and even one that was all metallic silver.

In 2023, 95 of SeaBreeze’s 382 cakes were vintage style for weddings. This year, so far, McLaughlin has decorated 15 of the bakery’s 51 cakes with those designs.

“Inquiries this year have shown that the trend continues with the vintage style, about 25 percent,” she said. “The most requested is

Take the cake

Find SeaBreeze Cupcakes & Sweet Treats at 3001 Broad St., SLO, or call (805) 242-6588.

Drop by Arroyo Grande Bakery at 1231 E. Grand Ave, Arroyo Grande, or call (805) 489-1141.

Place your order from Bri’s Sweet Retreat at (559) 9089462 and pick it up at 1525 25th St., Oceano.

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a single tier, all-white heart-shaped cake with writing on top.”

Vintage-style cakes burst on to the digital scene roughly a year ago when they appeared on phone screens as the burgeoning choice for birthday parties. It’s hard to avoid the smorgasbord of icing videos, especially if you have a TikTok account. Online bakers festooned their cakes with old-fashioned piping made from icing tinted with colors that telegraphed the theme clients wanted. They included ’70s disco, matte-black Goth, and even the iconic striped dress Jennifer Garner wore in 13 Going On 30

“I love TikTok, … that’s where I first saw it,” McLaughlin said with a laugh. “They’re very ’80s, ’90s. You know, that was when you got a cake, you got a lot of piping detail.”

The trend caught Casey Davis by surprise too. The cake decorator at Arroyo Grande Bakery for 31 years told New Times that the vintage-style wedding cakes demand a lot more buttercream than usual. It’s a deviation from the previous pattern where couples favored “naked” cakes that were barely coated with icing.

Arroyo Grande Bakery makes frosting from scratch, and the ample amount on its vintage-style cakes caused a surge in popularity, Davis said.

“For myself, it’s probably more frosting,” she said. “People could just want to get back to how things used to be.”


Amy Marks of the Cakery designed this vintage-style cake for a couple who rescues dogs and also wanted a Wes Anderson-inspired cake that referenced the Grand Budapest Hotel

WORTH THE WAIT Vintage-style wedding cakes take longer to prepare because the designers’ piping skills are put to the test, SeaBreeze Cupcakes owner Breanne McLaughlin said, but the end result is perfectly picturesque.

The small size of these vintage-style cakes makes them fashionable too. Davis, SeaBreeze’s McLaughlin, and Brianna Nudson of Bri’s Sweet Retreat in Oceano all confirmed that couples often order a small old-school cake and pair it with a dessert bar loaded with brownies, mini pies, cupcakes, or cookies for guests.

Present day vintage-style cakes are also reinstating characters once sidelined for couples’ initials placed on top.

“To me, the vintage is the swag, more the frosting flowers and the cake people on top,” Davis said. “So when I see people who want more vintage, that’s what they bring in: the bride and groom toppers.”

The rekindled interest in traditional toppers on vintage-style cakes underscores the rise in nostalgia for weddings culture, the bakers said. Some of the toppers are family heirlooms that couples received from their grandparents, according to Nudson.

“They’re trying to resemble the cakes they had back then,” Nudson said. “This trend started last year but it’s picked up for 2024.”

Other bakeries around the Central Coast, including Cake Cathedral in SLO and Just Baked in Paso Robles, also witnessed a rise in orders for vintage-style cakes. The Cakery in Atascadero designed 20 such cakes as a onewoman bakery since the trend began in 2023. Owner Amy Marks said while the piping styles are a throwback to the last century, the shapes of these cakes are now modernized.

“If you see, you know, your grandparents’ cake, … it tends to have shorter tiers, and then there’s usually separation where they’re on some sort of a stand as opposed to being stacked,” she said. “Now I’m seeing it either in an individual tier just for the couple, or colored cylinders, or heart shaped.”

Marks, Nudson, McLaughlin, and Davis predicted that the vintage-style cakes will be in high demand for weddings throughout 2024. Davis saidthat she’s also decorating more and more birthday cakes in that style. It shows how cyclical trends are, according to her.

“Just like anything, I think it comes back,” Davis said with a laugh. “I mean, look at how bell-bottoms are coming back.” d

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Most of us know a white bridal gown signals purity and innocence, but why do brides carry a bouquet?

Why are wedding cakes tiered?

Why isn’t the groom supposed to see the bride before the ceremony?

Why does the bride’s father walk her down the aisle?

Why, why, why do weddings have so many speci c traditions and superstitions?

If you’ve ever wondered, you’re in the right place because the odd origins of these and other wedding traditions are about to be revealed, and you may be surprised to learn that many traditions stem from a fear of evil spirits that the ancient world was certain wanted to ruin a new couple’s happiness.

Let’s start with the veil, which hails from ancient Rome. e Romans believed jealous evil spirits would haunt the bride, so the veil was meant to disguise her happiness. Likewise, bridesmaids in matching dresses were meant for both good luck and to confuse the pesky evil spirits by acting as bride decoys. Nowadays, the scariest thing about the matching dresses is how expensive they are for a dress you’ll probably wear only once.

What about that garter around a bride’s thigh, hidden under her dress until the reception when the husband removes it and throws it to a crowd of bachelors? Like the tossed bouquet to single women, whoever catches the garter will be next to marry. But the tradition actually comes from the Dark Ages, when after the wedding, family and friends would gather outside the nuptial chamber to await evidence—dirty sheets or

undergarments—proving that the marriage had been consummated. Ew.

Speaking of the bouquet, is it just about holding pretty owers? Let’s go back to ancient Greece and Rome and all those evil spirits again. Back then, brides carried bundles of herbs such as garlic, dill, and others to ward o jealous specters out to steal the bride’s happiness. e current tradition of owers traces to 1840 and the royal wedding of Queen Victoria, who carried a bouquet of Prince Albert’s favorite ower, snowdrops.

We can also thank Q-Vicki and P-Bert for the little bride and groom wedding cake toppers. e tradition came to America in the 1920s, and by the ’50s, the couple gurines symbolized marital stability.

You know the one about the groom not seeing the bride before the wedding ceremony? at comes from the time of arranged marriages. e fear was if the couple saw each other beforehand, they might change their mind and back out.

We’ve no doubt all heard the one about the bride carrying “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” right? e old symbolizes the bride’s past, the new the couple’s future, the borrowed something from a happily married woman so good fortune rubs o , and the blue to denote delity and love. e father placing sixpence in the bride’s shoe was a token of luck and prosperity. e Greek culture believes placing a sugar cube on the bride

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will sweeten the marriage.

Smash a glass or vase? An Italian tradition believes the number of broken shards symbolizes how many years of happy marriage the couple will enjoy, so really put some muscle into it.

Placing the ring on the fourth finger of the left hand is Roman and comes from the idea that the left hand is directly connected to the heart by the so-called “vein of love.”

Tossing rice symbolized fertility and prosperity, but the tradition has been sort of killed by an urban myth that birds eat it and it expands inside them and kills them. Not true. It’s just hard to clean up. These days, dried lavender buds or biodegradable confetti is used.

What about that tiered wedding cake? In ancient Rome, guests broke a loaf of bread over the bride’s head to symbolize fertility, and the newlyweds would share a few bites while the guests gathered up leftover crumbs for good luck. Fast forward to Medieval England, where the couple had to kiss over a pile of pasties, buns, scones, cookies, and the like to ensure a prosperous future, which is the precursor to the tiered cake, the top of which is to be kept frozen and enjoyed by the couple at their first child’s christening.

Stressed about rain on your wedding day? Southern folklore says to bury a bottle of bourbon upside down at the wedding site one month prior to ward off rain. Dig it up after the ceremony to enjoy.

What about the father of the bride walking her down the aisle and giving her away? That also hails from the time of arranged marriages and symbolizes a transfer of ownership. Gulp. Have daddy walk you down anyway. It’s sweet, right?

Why is getting married called tying the knot? Because you’re now bound together. In Celtic and Hindu weddings, the bride’s and groom’s hands are literally tied together during the ceremony. It’s called handfasting in Celtic and hastmelap

So, you did it. You’re hitched. Mazel tov! Now it’s time to head home, and the groom will pick you up and carry you over the threshold. But why? In Medieval Europe, the bride was considered vulnerable to evil spirits through her soles, so let’s keep evil out of the house, shall we?

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Married on a budget

SLO County has some of the most beautiful scenery in California, including vineyards, botanical gardens, historic sites, and scenic views of the Central Coast—making it an ideal place to plan a wedding.

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2775 Pioneer Ranch Road, Templeton (805) 434-8181

Located on a beautiful, family-owned farm, you can snag Pioneer Home Farms for less than $3,000.

“We have a half-acre orchard that is peppered with about 18 fruit trees,” Pioneer Home Farms owner Sheryl Stuetzel told New Times. “We started just organically having people ask us if they could have the space for di erent events, and towards the end of November 2023, we started marketing it for events.”

Stuetzel said the space is perfect for smaller weddings, with a venue that can hold around 60 people comfortably and maxes out at around 80.

“Our standard price includes access to the orchard for eight hours, while also including

access to our bridal suite that we call the Garden Getaway,” she said. “So, the Garden Getaway is included for six hours, we also include a bartender for six hours and access to the orchard for a rehearsal before the wedding. For all four of those things, we charge $2,500.”

Although Pioneer can provide a bartender, Stuetzel said they don’t provide alcohol or catering.

“One of the things that makes our venue unique is that we allow you to bring in your own food and drinks,” she said. “ is option makes it even more a ordable for someone who’s on a budget.”

Stuetzel said weddings booked Monday through ursday are only $1,500, and the farm doesn’t o er Sunday services.

“Since we’re only an outdoor venue, our highest season is de nitely April through October,” she said. “We actually don’t recommend weddings in the dead of winter because we’re not really suited for freezing weather.”

History Center of San Luis Obispo County—

Dallidet Adobe and Gardens

1185 Paci c St., SLO (805) 543-0638

With a rich and vibrant history dating back to 1856, the Dallidet Adobe and Gardens in SLO, operated by the History Center of San Luis Obispo County, could be the perfect venue for those looking to add a historic touch.

“ is is a great place for wine history, French and Mexican history, and even architectural history,” venue manager Stacey Avelar

Avelar said prices depend on a few factors, including the size of the wedding party, the length of the stay, and time of year. However, with the most expensive option being $4,500 from March through early November for eight hours of use, it’s still an a ordable venue with lots of character.

Prices do drop to $3,900 from November to February, she said.

“We also do smaller packages, which include a four-hour ceremony and three tiers,” she said. “ e rst tier is $1,000 for up to 20 people, $1,400 for up to 60 people, and $1,800 for up to 130 people.”

Couples can pick between three seating options, bridal suites, personal restrooms for the bridal party and more for guests, and a vendor list of those that are properly insured.

“We just planted a butter y garden that’s actually being worked on right now and that should take a couple years to ll in, but we’ll have a new area of interest,” Avelar said.

SLO Botanical Garden

3450 Dairy Creek Road, SLO (805) 541-1400

Located directly across from Cuesta College, the SLO Botanical Garden has an array of beautiful plants and a venue for a decent price.

“We have spaces that are perfect for intimate ceremonies that hold about 45 to 50 people and an indoor pavilion that can hold about 96,” Director of Development Dana New Times. “If we combine our indoor and outdoor spaces, we can hold

Sunblad said the SLO Botanical Garden coordinators work with couples to gure out what their price range is to help work with their budget.

“If someone wanted to do a small ceremony here, our spaces are rented at $125 to $200 an hour depending on the day of the week,” she said. “But for a Saturday night rental it’s closer to $3,000 for both our indoor and outdoor spaces.”

e garden prices everything a la carte so couples can pick and choose what they want and make it more a ordable, Sunblad said.

“If you need to rent linens, tables, or chairs from us that’s ne, or if you want to bring your own stu that’s ne also,” she said. “We have a commercial kitchen on-site, so if you want to use that for cooking or your caterer wants to use it, that works too.”

Unlike other venues, Sunblad said winter is the most picturesque time of the year at the SLO Botanical Garden because the plants are the greenest, making for beautiful photos. •

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Unique expression

Central Coast wedding planners and dress shop owners say wedding fashion is both classic and changing

Weddings are about fashion, style, and individual expression as much as they are about bringing two people together. Every person getting married wants a unique wedding—and part of that personal expression comes alive through fashion.

“I love how many different styles there are because there really is something for everybody,” Moondance Bridal store manager and lead stylist Courtney Kent told New Times. “It’s so exciting to see what different personalities match with different gowns. … Everything is so different, that’s what’s so fun about this.”

While wedding dresses take center stage when it comes to outfits on the big day, grooms also select their suits months in advance and have them tailored; wedding parties are dressed and accessorized to complement the day’s aesthetic; and guests have to find appropriate attire for any RSVP requirements.

From pops of color to customizable dresses, wedding planners and wedding dress shop owners are seeing new fashion elements emerge in the wedding aesthetic.

maybe with a slit—became super popular and that was surprising to a lot of people, especially the designers.”

While the transition to ball gowns was surprising, fitted gowns are still very popular, she said.

“Another thing I’ve definitely noticed is there’s still tons of girls that wear a traditional veil, but more girls want to be unique as well and will wear a cape instead of a veil, or wings. … It’s almost like a veil, but it attaches to your shoulders.”

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Detachable sleeves, additional outfits, and other changes between the ceremony and reception add a surprise or “shock factor” to the day, she said.

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While a lot of people still lean toward white or ivory dresses and a classic, timeless look, brides are also picking out dresses with cat-eye necklines, drop waists, or longer trains to give their look a twist, Kent said.

“It’s something different for everybody; every girl comes in with their own vision, but typically that would mean not a lot of lace and sparkle,” Kent said. “But [there are] more silk or crepe or moscato gowns that just look like you could see them in a picture from 50 years ago and still feel like today I would completely wear that,” Kent said.

Moondance Bridal is based in SLO has served residents on the Central Coast for the past eight years, carrying a variety of designers and sizes to meet each person’s needs, she said. Stylists will meet with clients individually by appointment to help them browse the store and pick a few dresses to try on.

“It’s a full experience; you can bring your family, have that moment,” Kent said. “It’s so fun, it’s a really fun atmosphere. We’re super happy helping girls have the best day ever. It’s a really great job.”

Along with timeless pieces, nude or blush dresses with white lace have also grown in popularity because they give the dress more dimension and color, she added.

“We do have a dress that has all these different colors of bright florals, and that’s been really fun to see,” Kent said. “One major thing is we never saw girls wanting ball gowns in the past couple of years, and in this past year that very classic ball gown—

Bridesmaids are tending to wear different dresses in different shades, adding a pop to the day, said Danette Castillo, owner of wedding planning company Perfect

Timing by Danette Castillo.

Castillo, a northern Santa Barbara County native who grew up in Guadalupe and moved to Orcutt in 2021, launched her wedding planning company three years ago and provides everything from full-planning services to basic wedding management.

“My only goal is to make their vision come to life and for their day to be as smooth as possible,” Castillo said. “There isn’t anything I wouldn’t want to see because every wedding is different and clients come in with so many different visions; very rarely there are couples

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that are the same. My only goal is to exceed their expectations of my work.”

Castillo said she likes seeing brides give their bridesmaids more flexibility with their dresses, allowing them to wear different styles that complement the individual and correspond with fellow bridesmaids through color shades—rather than every person in the same style and color.

“What’s really popular right now is a lot of patterns and colorful floral, not so much the basic white and neutral colors. It’s eclectic; it’s not at all the same,” she said.

Grooms and their attendants are also leaning toward custom suits, rather than rentals or just picking one out in a store, Castillo added.

“The design is just different; it’s not the average suit you see,” she said. “It’s more customized to fit the personalities of the groomsmen.”

Fellow Santa Barbara County-based wedding planner Brenda Cali added that the wedding’s location is important to consider when picking out a dress or suit.

Cali spent the last 10 years in the wedding planning industry as owner and creative director for events and weddings for Gatherings for Good, she said. Similar to Castillo, Cali’s services range from full to partial planning, but a portion of her proceeds go to Santa Barbara County nonprofits.

“I think people pick their dress based on venue location and climate. In Santa Barbara, there’s obviously a lot of Spanishstyle architecture, and if your venue has that look, it’s nice to have a dress with a Spanish flare to it,” Cali said. “There’s a lot of beach weddings and people are choosing simple gowns. When you’re standing in the sun and the sand, you don’t want something super heavy.”

Churches and religious venues may have dress codes for wedding ceremonies, and it’s important to check with the venue before making any purchases, she said.

“I don’t have opportunities to go shopping, but I’m just surprised when I see them on the day,” Cali said. “A lot goes into it emotionally and mentally; there’s a lot of preparation and details and things you do along the way. Seeing that vision come together, seeing that experience is really rewarding and satisfying.” d

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WEDDING FASHION from page 16 FLORALS AND PATTERNS A wedding dress with a few pops of color brings a nice contrast to the traditional white dress and is something not typically seen on wedding days.

Ever wanted to combine delicious house-made sweet treats alongside in-house beer at a brewery for an unforgettable wedding?

Bang the Drum Brewery in San Luis Obispo has you covered.

“We love our space; the layout, the vibe, and the patio surrounded by redwood trees makes it feel like you are stepping into another world,” Bang the Drum owner Kimberly Hancock said.

Bang the Drum, located at 1150 Laurel Lane in SLO, offers both an indoor and outdoor area for prospective wedding planners to set up the perfect casual space for their event.

“We’ve used the term fancy/not fancy to describe both the venue and ourselves at Bang the Drum,” Hancock said with a laugh. “There are so many wedding venues out there, and we tend to attract those couples who want a beautiful venue with a little more laid-back feeling.”

They offer catering options for, of course, in-house beers, but also specialty pies.

“We have our housemade pies, pretzels, sides, and desserts all available for the reception after the ceremony,” Hancock said. “Our wedding guests are welcome to enjoy our venue and bring in outside food or catering.”

Wedding planning can be stressful—from scheduling vendors to budgeting the cost to ensuring the venue fits the couple's needs. Hancock saw this firsthand when some friends checked out the brewery space during its construction in 2019.

“A couple of friends of the brewery had seen the space and our plans to build it out and asked us if they could be the first wedding, [as] we were imagining our space as a wedding venue,” she said. “Unfortunately, COVID ruined those first plans, but we were ready to roll once that was over, and other couples inquired about the space soon after.”

In spring 2022, the venue officially hosted its first wedding. Since then, Hancock said,

they’ve tried to maintain the same casual energy of that first wedding to reflect the brewery’s typical patrons.

“Usually, the type of people who want to have their wedding at a brewery—specifically, Bang the Drum—are the type of people we love,” she said. “Chill, fun-loving people who like to celebrate life.”

Part of maintaining that laid-back energy is being flexible with what the wedding planners feel the event needs to be.

“We do not have a set space for the wedding ceremony and have had people do many different versions based on what is important to them,” Hancock said. “We are fairly flexible here, as long as it’s legal and safe.”

She said most people who have their weddings at the brewery make use of the building’s distinctive design to merge the outdoor redwood garden patio area and casual bar hangout area inside.

For rentals of only the garden patio, which has a 90-person capacity and offers a more private ceremony space, outside food or drinks are not allowed as a catering option. For rentals of the entire brewery space, including the patio area—a 270-person capacity— outside food and/or drink catering is allowed.

“A physical element of the entire space that we think makes Bang the Drum unique is how well the inside ties into the outside patio,” Hancock said. “The roll-up door and full window walls create a perfect flow, and the natural lighting is pretty spectacular.”

While the location is important, Hancock added that Bang the Drum’s dedication to creating an inclusive space—on top of being

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the Drum Brewery offers an unorthodox alternative for wedding magic BANG THE DRUM continued page 20 Your own drum Visit bangthedrumbrewery. com or email kimberly@ for more information on wedding pricing and venue information. Bang the Drum is located at 1150 Laurel Lane in SLO.
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what she feels is decently priced—is just as valuable.

“We are a queer-friendly venue! As long as you are a kind human, we are more than happy to go out of our way to make your day special,” she said. “It is important for us that anyone can come in and feel comfortable and supported, whether they are grabbing a beer or celebrating a special day.”

It’s part of what she said makes the brewery special as a whole and why she hopes to continue doing weddings far into the future.

“We have put so much hard work,

intention, and love into this place. … We are flexible everywhere we can be, and we love thinking outside of the box to make each event unique to the people involved,” Hancock said. “It is our favorite thing to help create/run an event with people who appreciate our space as much as we do.” d

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SLO Provisions presents Awaken to Beauty, an exhibition of art by Liz Maruska, throughout March. On opening day, SLO Provisions will host an Art After Dark reception from 5 to 8 p.m. to celebrate the new showcase, which includes Clouds Romancing the Bay (pictured) and other colorful works by Maruska. Call (805) 439-4298 or visit for more info. SLO Provisions is located at 1255 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.



AQUARIUS 2024 Central Coast

Watercolor Society’s annual juried exhibit features a wide array of watermedia art from experimental to traditional. Meet the artists at the opening reception on Feb. 25, 2 to 4 p.m. when awards will be presented. Through April 1 Free. Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St., Morro Bay, 805-772-2504.

BIRD’S EYE VIEW: THE ARCHITECTURAL LANDSCAPES OF THE CENTRAL COAST Cambria Center for the Arts is proud to present Bird’s Eye View: The Architectural Landscapes of the Central Coast. The featured artist is local resident Tigg Morales. Artist’s reception on March 2, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. through April 28 Free. 805-927-8190. Cambria Center for the Arts, 1350 Main St., Cambria.


With the writer of The Last Conjurer

About the book: in today’s society, people scroll through a digital world that alienates them. As dangerous as it is compelling, this genre-defying journey crowns the critically acclaimed trilogy from novelist Nick Oliveri. March 9, 1-3 p.m. 805-772-2880. coalescebookstore. com. Coalesce Bookstore, 845 Main St., Morro Bay.


Listen to music while enjoying an afternoon of creativity, sipping, and mingling. The party includes a complimentary glass of wine and canvas with materials. Saturdays, 12-2 p.m. $55.

805-394-5560. coastalwineandpaint. com. Harmony Cafe at the Pewter Plough, 824 Main St., Cambria.

COSTA GALLERY SHOWCASES Features works by Ellen Jewett as well as 20 other local artists, and artists from southern and northern California. ThursdaysSaturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays, 12-4 p.m. 559-799-9632. costagallery. com. Costa Gallery, 2087 10th St., Los Osos.

FOREVER STOKED PAINT PARTY 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. 805772-9095. Forever Stoked, 1164 Quintana Rd., Morro Bay.

IT TAKES TWO This upbeat musical celebrates the risky business of falling in love with 19 original songs and spoken bits that are both funny and touching. Through March 3 my805tix. com. By The Sea Productions, 545 Shasta Ave., Morro Bay.

JEWELRY, SMALL WORKS, AND ART BY STEVIE CHUN Chun lives in a small town between Santa Clarita and Palmdale. She is a self-taught artist working in several mediums and many types of formats. Stevie is passionate about shape and color in per paintings and crafts and uses minimal outlined forms. Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through Feb. 29 Free. 805-772-1068. Gallery at Marina Square, 601 Embarcadero suite 10, Morro Bay.


will be guided through traditional and nontraditional drawing exercises to develop personal drawing skills, techniques, and strategies in support of their own creative practice. March 6 10 a.m.-noon $145. 805-927-8190. Cambria Center for the Arts, 1350 Main St., Cambria.

PAINT YOUR PET Enjoy a fun and creative afternoon of painting your pet. With the uploaded photo of your furry friend, the host will provide a sketched canvas and all the painting supplies you need to create a beautiful portrait that you can take home and cherish. March 9, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $60. 805-394-5560. Harmony Cafe at the Pewter Plough, 824 Main St., Cambria.

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,


GROUP Learn the basic tools for using the iPad app, Procreate. Every month, group focuses on a different way to use Procreate, sometimes starting with a “how-to” video. Join a supportive community and navigate the digital world together. First Wednesday of every month, 1-3 p.m. through March 6 $10. 805-927-8190. Cambria Center for the Arts, 1350 Main St., Cambria.


SHOW Features various media from painters Hema Sukumar, Joan L. Brown, Hope Myers, Sandra Sanders, Craig Harrill, Nancy Jensen, Patricia Newton,

Virginia Mack. Includes paintings of special sacred places “we all may have visited.” Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through Feb. 29 Free. 805-772-1068. galleryatmarinasquare. com. Gallery at Marina Square, 601 Embarcadero suite 10, Morro Bay.


COMEDY NIGHT Comedy Night is back at the Paso Lounge. This month’s lineup includes headliner Ahmed Ahmed, Blake Bartee, David Uhlfelder, and host Bob Fernandez. March 2 7-10 p.m. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. 805-635-5919. Paso Lounge, 1144 Black Oak Drive, Paso Robles.


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.


MUSIC Studios on the Park celebrates

First Saturdays, a fun tradition of art, wine, and live music-filled evenings at the start of each month. Enjoy meeting artists and seeing rotating exhibitions while enjoying live music and wine from one of the venue’s winery partners. First Saturday of every month, 6-9 p.m. Free; $10 for wine. 805-238-9800. Studios on the Park, 1130 Pine St., Paso Robles.

FOSSIL VITRA Special class with local guest teacher, Starr Lee. Create two 5” square fused glass garden sun catchers using the Fossil Vitra technique with real flowers, leaves, powdered glass, and more. Masks will be required when using

powdered glass. Six spaces available. March 2 1-3 p.m. $125. 805-464-2633. Glasshead Studio, 8793 Plata Lane, Suite H, Atascadero.

FRANK EBER: PRESENCE AND ABSENCE A special pop-up show in the Studio Spotlight space. Featuring the talented Frank Eber. The show will highlight a variety of Eber’s work that explores nature’s transitions in painting. Through March 25 805-238-9800. Studios on the Park, 1130 Pine St., Paso Robles.


Create an 8” x 8” fused glass plate or bowl using a variety of colored glass. A perfect beginner project. Pieces are fired twice: once to fuse, second to slump into the mold. Finished projects are ready to pick-up with a week. March 6 , 5-7 p.m. $100. 805-464-2633. glassheadstudio. com. Glasshead Studio, 8793 Plata Lane, Suite H, Atascadero.


POTTER In this workshop, learn to paint in the style of Beatrix Potter, a writer and illustrator best known for the enchanting story and art featured in The Tale of Peter Rabbit All artist levels are welcome. Basic materials provided. March 3 , 1:30-3:30 p.m. $35. 805-238-9800. Studios on the Park, 1130 Pine St., Paso Robles.


SESSIONS Use clay sculpting, ceramic tiles, textile art, paper crafts, watercolors, and more. You’ll be amazed as we unravel the secrets of color theory, famous artists, time periods, and techniques. Every other Monday, 2:30-4 p.m. through May 27 $25. 805-400-9107. ArtSocial 805 Creative Campus, 3340 Ramada Drive, suite 2C, Paso Robles.


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.

JACKSON MUSICAL “The gods are real. Like, the Greek gods.” Based on the bestselling book series by Rick Riordan. This musical is a pop rock-fueled adventure brought to life through song, dance, shadow play, and all kinds of theater magic. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8-10 p.m. and March 3 2-4 p.m. through March 9 $25 general admission. 805-756-4849. Spanos Theatre, Cal Poly, 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. actorsedge. com. Online, See website, San Luis Obispo.

ALISA SIKELIANOS-CARTER The Alisa Sikelianos-Carter exhibition at SLOMA will promote an emerging female artist of color whose works are inspired by the stories of her Black ancestors and traditionally Black hairstyles, centered on ancestral power and mythology. Through March 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 805-543-8562. alisa-sikelianos-carter/. San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St., San Luis Obispo.


ROULLARD John a retired school teacher who patiently guides potters of all ages to sculpt and work on details and design. Saturdays, 1:30-3 p.m. $40. Anam Cre Pottery Studio, 1243 Monterey St., 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,


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ART AFTER DARK: LENA RUSHING Featuring creations by Lena Rushing.


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22 • New Times • February 29 - March 7, 2024 • Weddings at Ragged Point Get married at our 20 acre cli side property with three distinct outdoor locations - e Pagoda, e Point, or the Cli House Lawn Contact us at 805-234-4584 or Hold your reception in our beautiful glasswalled cli side Solarium

It’s been a lovely year so far, and our annual Best Of issue is here to continue that trend! We’re asking you, community members, to take your time to pick out some cool cats and top dogs. Specifically, we need you to help us find the eateries, drinkeries, businesses, and people that make San Luis Obispo County so sweet—that make this a place a special sort of space.

Now isn’t the time to hold back. It’s time to tag your partners in crime. So put on those goggles and that scarf, and hop into the hot seat. Fill out this ballot. Then talk to your family, friends, and neighbors—and even their pets—so you’re not the only one driving. We all hit the road at our own pace, so they need to fill out ballots of their own! You can even go online to vote at

Best Chinese Food

12. Best Indian Food

13. Best Italian Food

14. Best Japanese Food

15. Best Mediterranean Food

16. Best Mexican Food

17. Best Thai Food

18. Best Seafood

19. Best Sushi

20. Best Poke

21. Best Barbecue Just remember, you need to complete at least 25 categories to make it into the sidecar.

Return this ballot to the New Times office or go online by 5 p.m. on March 18. Then stay tuned to read all about the coolest, hottest winners around on May 2. Tell everyone!

22. Best Vegan Food

23. Best Vegetarian Food

24. Best Food Truck

25. Best Chef

26. Best Caterer

27. Best Butcher

28. Best Fish Market

29. Best Burrito

30. Best Breakfast Burrito

31. Best Taco

BALLOT continued on next page • February 29 - March 7, 2024 • New Times • 23 Vote online (, drop your ballot by our office, or mail it to: New Times - Best of SLO County 1010 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Name ______________________________________________ Address City/State/Zip Phone # ____________________________________________ Email Ballots must be in our office by Monday, March 18, at 5 p.m., to be eligible for inclusion in the poll results. THE RULES: One ballot per person. No more than two ballots may be submitted per envelope or in person at one time. No photocopies can be accepted. To prevent ballot-box stuffing (also known as cheating), all ballots must have at least 30 categories completed and must include the name and address of the voter, for verification purposes only. Ballots without this information will be disqualified. All information is kept in complete confidence. Ballots must be in our office by Monday, March 18, at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced in our May 2 special publication. All entries become the property of New Times Remember, vote for your favorite local businesses! 1. Best North County Restaurant 2. Best North Coast Restaurant 3. Best San Luis Obispo Restaurant 4. Best South County Restaurant 5. Best South Coast Restaurant 6. Best Breakfast 7. Best Weekend Brunch 8. Best Family-Friendly Restaurant 9. Best Place to go on a First Date 10. Best Outdoor Dining 11.
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The symphony will showcase the talents of four student soloists and a composer! Violist Jayden Perez, who will perform the first movement of William Walton’s Viola Concerto. and pianist Simone Gabriel who will play the first movement of Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16. Soprano Melissa Scarpelli will sing Antonín Dvořák’s “Song to the Moon,” and soprano Helena Fuller will perform Lerner and Loewe’s “I Could Have Danced all Night” from “My Fair Lady.” The orchestra will also perform “Falling from Sky” by student composer Wyatt Willard. In addition, the symphony will perform four movements from Sergei Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

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Performing Arts Center, $15 and $20 general, $10 students

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Hot Dates

Visit site for more info. March 1 , 5 p.m. The Bunker SLO, 810 Orcutt Road, San Luis Obispo.

ART OF LIZ MARUSKA: AWAKEN TO BEAUTY Immerse yourself in a place held together by breathtaking sunlight and sparkling water. Discover a stunning painting and awaken to the wonder of art. Connect with beauty through Liz Maruska’s exhibition at SLO Provisions’ Art After Dark reception held Friday, March 1. March 1 , 5-8 p.m. and March 2-31, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Free. 805-439-4298. SLO Provisions, 1255 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.


Cre Pottery Studio, 1243 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

FIRST FRIDAYS Visit SLOMA on the first Friday of each month for exhibition openings, music, and wines provided by regional winery partners. Admission is free and open to the public. First Friday of every month, 5-8 p.m. Free. 805-5438562. San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St., San Luis Obispo.

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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 countywide, San Luis Obispo.


TICKETS 805-756-4849

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. gallery-artists/. Art Central, 1329 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

BARRY GOYETTE: MULBERRY For his exhibition at SLOMA, San Luis Obispobased artist Barry Goyette shows a series of portraits taken by a very specific mulberry tree as a site for portrait photography guided by the models, of varying stages of life. Through June 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 805-543-8562. sloma. org/exhibition/barry-goyette-mulberry/. San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St., San Luis Obispo.

BEACON ART SHOW 2024 A nearly monthlong exhibition. March 1 5-8 p.m. and Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. through March 24 Free. SLO United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks St., San Luis Obispo, 805-543-7580.

BEEHIVE: THE ‘60S MUSICAL Take a trip down memory lane with this musical celebration featuring iconic female voices of the 1960s. Told from the perspective of six young women who came of age in this enigmatic decade and unforgettable time, this new show will have you “dancing in the aisles.” Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7-9 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, 2-4 p.m. through March 10 $40-$60. 805-786-2440. slorep. org/shows/beehive-the-60s-musical/. SLO Rep, 888 Morro 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.

CLAY BABY HANDPRINTS Offers a unique experience of pressing your baby’s hand/foot into clay so parents can cherish this time forever. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays $55. Anam

Cre Pottery Studio, 1243 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

COBI MOULES: SHOWERING OF SPARKLY BITS Cobi Moules’ paintings feature queer bodies at play, exuding agency and abandon. Symbolizing queer joy, they transcend boundaries, obscuring the landscape as a backdrop to their pleasures. Moules reimagines 19th century Hudson River School landscape painting as queer spaces of desire and belonging. Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. through March 15 Free. 805-5463202. artgallery/index.html. Harold J. Miossi Gallery, Highway 1, 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. Saturdays, 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.


Owen and Kyoko Hunt from Kyoto, Japan offer classes for Japanese calligraphy (Fridays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.), a Japanese art called “haiga” (Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m.) and more at Nesting Hawk Ranch. Fridays $45. 702-335-0730. Nesting Hawk Ranch, Call for address, San Luis Obispo.

KIDS POTTERY This is a month-long class that meets four Thursdays. Homeschooled children welcome. A Heartland vendor. Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. through March 1 $140. Anam Cre Pottery Studio, 1243 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

LEAH ROSENBERG Rosenberg works across artistic media to spark new experiences of color. Using painting, installation, printmaking, sculpture, performance, and video, she invites viewers to consider how color can be perceived both multi-sensorially and multi-dimensionally. Through April 1 Free. 805-543-8562. San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St., San Luis Obispo.


A new square dance class, with Rick Hampton teaching. Exercise your body and brain while making new friends. Casual dress. Singles and couples welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. through April 18 $70 for all 12 weeks. 805-781-7300.

San Luis Obispo Grange Hall, 2880 Broad 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. 805-441-8257.

Patricia Martin: Whispering Vista Studios, 224 Squire Canyon Rd, San Luis Obispo,

MOVIE SCREENING IN THE GALLERY A special screening of the cult classic film The Blob (1988) in the gallery, surrounded by the artwork that it inspired. Followed by panel discussion on queer culture, horror films and Cobi Moules’ artworks from local scholars and community members. Feb. 29 5:30 p.m. Free. 805-546-3202. Harold J. Miossi Gallery, Highway 1, San Luis Obispo, student/campuslife/artgallery/.

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.


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.


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, 805-548-2337,


SALE With about 40,000 books, CDs, and DVDs for children, teens, and adults.

SLOFOL Members receive early access Feb. 29. Come support the SLO Library. Feb. 29 3-9 p.m. and March 1 -3, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. San Luis Obispo Vets’ Hall, 801 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo, 805-781-5930.

STOMP Witness STOMP, an explosive, inventive, and utterly unique percussion sensation for all ages. This awardwinning eight-member troupe captivates audiences with unconventional instruments, from matchboxes to garbage cans, creating magnificent rhythms. With rave reviews and repeat performances worldwide, STOMP delivers a pulsepounding, electrifying experience. March 3 , 7-8:30 p.m. $59-$92. 805-756-2787. Performing Arts Center, 1 Grand Ave., 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, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $35. 805-747-4200. Art Central, 1329 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

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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,

DATE NIGHT POTTERY Bring your date and throw a cup on the pottery wheel. Next, texture a clay slab and press into a form creating a personalized piece. Guest are welcome to bring drinks; venue provides aprons. Pieces are fired, glazed, and ready in two weeks. Saturdays, 6-6:30 p.m. $140. Anam

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.

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.,

YOUTH POTTERY CLASS Teens love this class. Learn handbuilding techniques and throwing on the potter’s wheel. Held every Friday after school. Fridays, 3:30-5 p.m. $40. Anam Cre Pottery Studio, 1243 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.



SALE The sale offers a wide selection of current fiction, non-fiction, research, and coffee table books. Rain cancels. Cash only. March 9 9-3 a.m. Free to attend. 805-481-4131. Grover Beach Community Library, 240 N 9th St., Grover Beach.

GRAVE MISTAKES Book editor Ray’s chances of courting writer and housemate Molly get pushed to the backburner when the duo’s landlord teams up with a ghost hunter and plots to kick his two tenants out in order to transform their home into a horror-

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The San Luis Obispo Friends of the Library (SLOFOL) 45th Anniversary Book Sale kicks off at the San Luis Obispo Veterans Hall on Friday, March 1, and runs through Sunday, March 3. The multi-day event includes thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, and more. SLOFOL members can get early access to the sale on Thursday, Feb. 29, from 3 to 9 p.m. Visit slofol. org for more info. The SLO Veterans Hall is located at 801 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo.

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themed tourist destination. Through March 16 Great American Melodrama, 1863 Front St., Oceano.


Andrews’ artwork will be on display during January and February at The Clark Center. Through Feb. 29 805-489-9444. Clark Center for the Performing Arts, 487 Fair Oaks Ave., Arroyo Grande.




MARTIAL ARTS This class for ages 18 and over is a hybrid of yoga, active isolated, resistance stretching, and more. Breath work is incorporated throughout. You must be able to get down onto the floor and back up again. Please bring a mat and some water to stay hydrated.

Sundays, 9-10 a.m. $15 session. 415-5165214. Bayside Martial Arts, 1200 2nd St., Los Osos.


This class for ages 18 and over is a hybrid of yoga, active isolated, resistance stretching, and more. Breath work is incorporated throughout. You must be able to get down onto the floor and back up again. Please bring a mat and some water to stay hydrated. Tuesdays, 5:306:30 p.m. $15 session. 415-516-5214. Omni Studio, 698 Morro Bay Blvd., Morro Bay.



FACE MEET-UPS Representatives from “Citizens for Estero Bay Preservation” will be on hand to discuss current news and events surrounding efforts to stop the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in Morro Bay and the industrialization of the Embarcadero and waterfront. “No Batteries by the Bay” yard signs available. Email preserveesterobay@gmail for more info. First Tuesday of every month, 10-11 a.m. Free. Buttercup Bakery and Cafe, 430 Morro Bay Blvd., Morro Bay.


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 805-900-5237. Saturdays, 1-2:15 p.m. Free.

Cambria Connection, 1069 Main St., Cambria, (805) 927-1654.

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.

YOGA STRETCH AND FLOW Grab your yoga mat and water and join Templeton Tennis Ranch every Monday and Friday for yoga stretch and flow, with instructors Janet Rhodes and Jena Baird. Please RSVP to reserve your spot today. Mondays, Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $10 members; $15 future members. 805-434-9605. yoga/. Templeton Tennis Ranch, 345 Championship Lane, Templeton.



JACOBY Behind every Holocaust survivor is an incredible story of determination, struggle, and loss, and a journey of the triumph of survival. Hear Goldie Jacoby’s moving story and experiences during one of the darkest times in history. March 10, 7-9 p.m. $0-$25. 805-756-4849. pacslo. org. Performing Arts Center, 1 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo.


ENJOY 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.


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.

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. 805-7017397. Grateful Body, 850 Shasta, Morro Bay.


CRYSTAL BOWLS SOUND HEALING WITH JAMIE NICOLE Experience the transcendent harmony and relaxation of the crystal bowls. Immerse yourself in waves of serene vibrations, guiding you to inner peace and restoration. An evening of spiritual resonance and rejuvenation. March 6 6:30-7:30 p.m. Donation based. 805-391-4465. Awakening Ways Center for Spiritual Living, 9350 El Camino Real, No. 101, 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.

NAR-ANON: FRIDAY MEETINGS A meeting for those who know or

TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP Not faith based. All are welcome. Please wear a mask. First Saturday of every month, 9:30-11:30 a.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church SLO, 650 Pismo St., San Luis Obispo.


BASICS FOR BOARD MEMBERS Join to learn: definitions of diversity, equity, and inclusion; understanding implicit bias; identifying social identity and privilege; preventing micro-aggressions; and the importance of being anti-racist. March 5 , 11 a.m.-noon $25 for non-Spokes members; $10 for Spokes members. Online, See website, San Luis Obispo.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CEO ROUNDTABLE (FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS) In this roundtable, gather with Executive Directors and CEOs to share challenges, brainstorm solutions, gain facilitation skills, and build connection with each other. This roundtable will give you added support in your leadership role. March 7, 12-1 p.m. $10; Free for Spokes members. Online, See website, San Luis Obispo.

GARDEN FOUNDER WALK AND TALK Walk and talk with Eve Vigil in the Botanical Garden each month on the first Wednesday. Free garden tour with paid admission to the Garden. Free for members. No need to RSVP, just show up and enjoy. First Wednesday of every month, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free with $5 Garden Entry. 805-541-1400. San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd., San Luis Obispo.

LEARN TO SOLDER WORKSHOP Learn how to use a soldering iron and the materials used in soldering, including types of solder, flux, and soldering iron tips. You will put together and take home two small refrigerator magnet kits with LEDs that blink. Adults only. March 7 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5-$20. workshops. Alpenglow Industries, 3485 Sacramento Drive, Ste. F, San Luis Obispo, 805-242-8158.


SALE A large book sale of around 40,000 books, CDs, and DVDs for adults, teens, and children. FOL Member get early access on Feb. 29 (can join at door); public sales held March 1 through 3. Come out to support the SLO Library. Feb. 29 3-9 p.m. and March 1 -3, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 916-847-8987. San Luis Obispo Vets’ Hall, 801 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo.

VISION BOARD MAKING PARTY Get clear on your vision for the future and call in what you are manifesting in a fun, welcoming atmosphere March 3 4:30 p.m. The Bunker SLO, 810 Orcutt Road, San Luis Obispo. • February 29 - March 7, 2024 • New Times • 27
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SURF CAMPS Lessons and camp packages available daily. All equipment included. ongoing Starts at $70. 805-835-7873. Sandbar Surf School Meetup Spot, 110 Park Ave., Pismo Beach.

DINOSAUR WORLD LIVE Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World Live in this roarsome interactive show for the whole family. March 7 6:30 p.m. my805tix. com/. Clark Center for the Performing Arts, 487 Fair Oaks Ave., Arroyo Grande, 805-489-9444.


Class schedule varies. Contact empoweryoga805@gmail for details and reservations. ongoing 805-619-0989. Empower Yoga Studio and Community Boutique, 775 W. Grand Ave., Grover Beach.

DRIVING AFTER 80 Are you concerned that you won’t pass your next driving test? Free event with local experts who will share advice and tips on how to continue to safely drive as you age. March 6 , 10-11:30 a.m. my805tix. com/. Hilton Garden Inn, 601 James Way, Pismo Beach.

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

POINT SAN LUIS LIGHTHOUSE TOURS A docent-led tour of the buildings and grounds of the historic Point San Luis Light Station. 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. 805-9046615. Oak Park Christian Church, 386 N Oak Park Blvd., Grover Beach.



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.



TABLE) The book launch of Chef Candice’s

The Versatile Chef Indulge in small bites inspired by the book’s recipes, enjoy a meet and greet, and captivating stories about the recipes. Tickets include welcome drink, brunch bites, presentation, and signed copy of the book. March 3 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $20-$50.

Carbon 6 Wine Bar, 5940 El Camino Real, Atascadero, 805-464-2131.

BRUNCH IS BACK Celebrate the second Sunday of the month with brunch. Enjoy a twohour 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.


TABLE) Check site for more info on the At Her Table series and tickets. March 5 , 4:306:30 p.m. Idler’s Home Paso Robles, 2361 Theatre Drive, Paso Robles, (805) 238-6020.


Teams of 1 to 6 people welcome. Visit site for more info. Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m. my805tix. com. Club Car Bar, 508 S. Main Street, Templeton, 805-400-4542.

EL LENGUAJE DE COMIDA: THE LANGUAGE OF FOOD (AT HER TABLE) Embark on an enchanting evening with Chef Benavidez of Agridulce, Jules Marsh of Kelpful, Glenna Thompson of Symbiosis Wines, and singer Jazlynn Thompson where the art of food becomes a universal language that transcends barriers.Enjoy a five-course meal, wine pairing, and the harmonious blend of song. March 3 6:30-8:30 p.m. $165. my805tix. com/e/language-of-food. Farm Blanc et Rouge Farmhouse Guest Rentals, 3000 Live Oak Road, Paso Robles, 310-594-2199.

FRIENDS OF JAMES BEARD DINNER (AT HER TABLE) An enchanting evening as At Her Table hosts the Friends of James Beard Dinner, celebrating culinary excellence and women’s achievements amidst Bruce Munro’s mesmerizing light installations, featuring top chefs and prestigious Central Coast wineries. March 1 5-10 p.m. $390. sensorio-james-beard-foundation-dinner. Sensorio, 4380 Highway 46 East, Paso Robles, 805-226-4287.

MAKERS MARKETPLACE: SIP AND SHOP Limited spaces available for vendors ( must get approved first). Contact if interested. March 2 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Templeton Mercantile Club Car Bar, 508 S. Main St., Templeton.

NIGHT TIME ON 13TH: AN EVENING OF WINE, ART, MUSIC, AND FOOD (AT HER TABLE) Enjoy a collaborative evening featuring live demonstrations by the artists of the Pocket Gallery on Pine, music by talented jazz vocalist Dawn Lambeth presented by Libretto, and food by The Hatch and Della’s paired with selections from TOP Winery. March 4 , 5-8 p.m. $85. The Hatch, 835 13th St., Paso Robles, 805-221-5727.

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.

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

TASTE OF TIN CITY WALKING TOUR Enjoy the first ever walking tour of Tin City – an industrial area just outside of downtown Paso Robles –that is home to a community of innovative and passionate producers of high-quality wines, spirits, beer, and more. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $125. 805-400-3141. tour/tin-city-walking-tour/. Toast Tours, 1722 Stillwater Ct, Paso Robles.


VINEYARDS (AT HER TABLE) Become a winemaker for the day by joining The Blending Lab, High Camp Wines, and Timshel Vineyards in this special wine blending seminar led by women winemakers and owners. March 1 , 4-6 p.m. $126. The Blending Lab Winery, 618 12th St., Paso Robles, 805-369-2026.


PAIRED DINNER (AT HER TABLE) Lauren of Yes Cocktail Co, Nancy of Ulloa Cellars, and Monika of Colony Culture join forces to showcase the incredible food and drink featured at Paso’s Union Road Collective. This paired dinner will feature delicious alcoholic and non-alcoholic options alongside a one-of-a-kind menu. March 2 5:30-8 p.m. $165.

Yes Cocktail Company, 2915 Union Road, Paso Robles, 805-591-4735.


AT HER TABLE At Her Table’s mission is to bring awareness, support, and the spirit of celebration to women-owned and co-owned businesses in the food, beverage, and lodging industry on the Central Coast. Visit site for more info on this year’s lineup of events. March 1 -10 SLO County, Various locations countywide, San Luis Obispo.

BEDA’S BIERGARTEN LEAP BIER FEST The second-ever Beda’s Biergarten Leap Bier Fest (only comes around every four years). Celebrate Leap Year with Beda’s authentic German food and beer (available a la carte), music by The Tipsy Gypsies, games, prizes, and more. For ages 21 and over. March 2 , 3-8 p.m. $25. Odd Fellows Hall, 520 Dana St., San Luis Obispo.


Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. Downtown SLO, Multiple


The second annual Santa Ynez Valley Empty Bowls fundraiser takes place at Bethania Lutheran Church in Solvang on Saturday, March 9, with seating times at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. The event’s unique handmade bowls were created by artisans at Community Clayworks, a studio based in Buellton. The fundraiser’s featured soup providers include Coast Range, Mattei’s Tavern, Hitching Post, and other restaurants. Call (805) 688-4637 for more details. Admission is $30. Bethania Lutheran Church is located at 603 Atterdag Road, Solvang. —C.W.

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GRAND OPENING! DANCE, EAT, AND DRINK! (AT HER TABLE) A fun afternoon filled with dance, food, and wine pairings. With dance gurus Jason Sumabat and Christiana Sunderland. March 2 , 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $40. Studio de Myriam, 3563 Sueldo St., suite N, San Luis Obispo, 805-544-7433.

HEAD GAMES TRIVIA NIGHT Live multi-media trivia every Wednesday. Free to play. Win prizes. Teams up to six players. Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Antigua Brewing, 1009 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, 805-242-1167.

IZAKAYA DINNER (AT HER TABLE) A Japanese Izakaya is a casual place for friends to gather, grab a drink, and settle in. Chef Kimi Walker-Ahrens of Wren will be showcasing her Japanese heritage through a family-style dinner. Features paired wines from Croma Vera, High Camp, Paix Sur Terre, and Thibido. March 4 , 6-9 p.m. $95. Region Wine Bar, 979 Morro Street, San Luis Obispo, 805-329-3855.

PIÑATAS ON THE PATIO What is more festive than a piñata? Join for some brunch drinks and a couple of good hits to a piñata (or two). Good times and goofy prices promised. Turns will be determined on a first come, first served basis. First Sunday of every month Free. Rambling Spirits, 3845 S. Higuera St. (inside SLO Public Market), San Luis Obispo, drinkramblingspirits. com.

SLO FARMERS MARKET Hosts more than 60 vendors. Saturdays, 8-10:45 a.m. World Market Parking Lot, 325 Madonna Rd., San Luis Obispo.


TOUR (AT HER TABLE) A wine and culinary journey through SLO’s Urban Wine Trail. March 3 , 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Duncan Alley, 3183 Duncan Road, San Luis Obispo.


Dive into the world of sober curiosity with Jaime Lewis of the CONSUMED Podcast and industry leaders. Enjoy insightful discussions, light bites from Trumpet & Vine Catering, charcuterie by Wren Foods, and refreshing mocktails. Connect, explore, and celebrate a healthier lifestyle. March 3 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $65. Region Wine Bar, 979 Morro Street, San Luis Obispo, 805-329-3855.

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. 805-4392529. Oak and Otter Brewing, 181 Tank Farm Road, suite 110, San Luis Obispo.

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

WOMEN OF COLOR SYMPOSIUM This pivotal event is dedicated to empowering women

of color through insightful panels, personal storytelling, and meaningful networking opportunities. The symposium will focus on developing skills, learning strategies, and more. March 1 , 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $100. The Monday Club, 1815 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, 805-541-0594.


DUMPLING MAKING CLASS Join Chef Garrett of Sichuan Kitchen SLO for his famous dumpling making class. He will be generously donating 100 percent of profits to the Boys and Girls Clubs of South SLO County. For ages 21 and over. Only 20 spots available. Feb. 29, 6-8 p.m. $50. 805-481-7339. Boys and Girls Clubs of South San Luis Obispo County Clubhouse, 1830 19th St., Oceano.


Experience a guided hike through the dunes, learning about the Dunites, a group of free thinkers and artists and poets who once called these sandy landscapes home. Then make your way to the Spoon Trade for a luncheon with Dunites wine. March 3 $45. my805tix. com/e/dunes-dining-wine-hike-aht. Meadow Creek Trail, 25 W Grand Ave., Grover Beach, 805-489-1869.


New topics each month with a thorough demo and explanation of the process that creates non-alcoholic, probiotic, and nutrient-dense fermentations. Leave the class confident and prepared with recipes to make your own at home. Limited seating; reserve spot prior to class by phone/email. Second Sunday of every month, 3:30-5 p.m. $30. 805-801-6627. Kulturhaus Brewing Company, 779 Price St., Pismo Beach.


NORTH COAST SLO COUNTY BLUES AGENDA JAM AND SHOWCASE A rockin’ blues dance party at Niffy’s Merrimaker every first, third, and now fifth Wednesdays. The Blues Asylum house band welcomes local, visiting, and newcomers to the blues groove. Spirits, beer, and wine, with outside food welcome. Every other Wednesday, 7-10 p.m. Free. 805-235-5223. The Merrimaker Tavern, 1301 2nd Street, Los Osos.

EASTON EVERETT Easton Everett plays guitar-woven music with an indie attitude through songs in distinctive stylistic shapes outside the pop mainstream. March 3 , 3-6 p.m. Kickers, 885 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, 805-225-1769.

REPRISE FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS HOLDS FREE BENEFIT CONCERT Free benefit concert featuring soprano Katherine Arthur and pianist Susan Azaret Davies performing music by Brahms. Silent auction and reception. All proceeds support Reprise Foundation for the Arts scholarship program. Reprise offers support to local students to ease the financial burden of arts education. March 3 3-5 p.m. Free with donations;

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accepted at event. 805-540-1738. Trinity United Methodist Church, 490 Los Osos Valley Rd., Los Osos,

UP IN THE AIR AT MERRIMAKER BEER GARDEN Up in the Air will play it’s unique blend of upbeat original music along with a mix of familiar favorites. March 10 3-5 p.m. Free. 805-5341077. The Merrimaker Tavern, 1301 2nd Street, Los Osos.



Experience the magic of timeless melodies from classic handdrawn animations to modern-day digital video games. This is a free concert, with all donations benefitting the Paso Robles Youth Arts Center. Refreshments provided at intermission. ACB is a nonprofit community band open to all musicians. March 3 3-5 p.m. Free. Atascadero Bible Church, Atascadero Mall, Atascadero, 805-466-2051.

BURLEY THISTLES Burley Thistles plays original guitarwoven music that has a tough beat and generates curiosity with songs that are in distinctive stylistic shapes outside the pop main stream. March 10, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Calcareous Vineyard, 3430 Peachy Canyon Road, Paso Robles, 805-239-0289.

COUCHDOG, SLAUGHTERHOUSE, AND MORE Presented by Good Medicine. March 7 7 p.m. Templeton Mercantile Club Car Bar, 508 S. Main St., Templeton.

DESLONDES Presented by Good Medicine. March 4 , 7 p.m. Templeton Mercantile Club Car Bar, 508 S. Main St., Templeton.

DISCO-LICOUS DINNER AND DANCE PARTY Enjoy a familystyle Greek dinner, catered by Jaffa Cafe, followed by a dessert auction, a performance by the Templeton High School Drama program, a silent auction, and a disco dance party with a live DJ, supporting THS’s Spring production of Mamma Mia! March 9 5-9:30 p.m. $5-$60. 805-591-4770. templetondrama. org. Templeton American Legion Hall, 805 South Main St., Templeton.

DUSTBOWL REVIVAL Presented by Good Medicine. Feb. 29, 7 p.m. Templeton Mercantile Club Car Bar, 508 S. Main St., Templeton.

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

JOLON STATION BAND VARIETY SHOW Come join Jolon Station Band every Thursday night in downtown Atascadero for a night of comedy, musical guests, prize wheels, and more. Thursdays, 8-10 p.m. $5 at the door. Raconteur Room, 5840 Traffic Way, Atascadero, 805-464-2584.

MELODIOUS FUNK JAZZ BAND March 2 7-10 p.m. my805tix. com/. Templeton Mercantile Club Car Bar, 508 S. Main St., Templeton.

SINGING HANDS CHILDREN’S CHOIR A unique performing arts group that performs across the state for deaf festivals, service organizations, churches, fairs, and other outlets. New members always welcome. Registration open weekly. Mondays, 5-6:30 p.m. $45 tuition per month. Singing Hands Children’s Choir and Performing Arts, 1413 Riverside Ave., Paso Robles.


ALL AGES OPEN MIC NIGHT Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m. Liquid Gravity, 675 Clarion Court, San Luis Obispo.

BLUES WEDNESDAYS Spinning blues records all night. Chicago, Memphis, Delta, Detroit, and more. Visit this new vinyl bar in the Railroad District. Acoustically treated room, old-school sound system, big speakers, but always at a polite volume. Plenty of free parking. Wednesdays, 2-8 p.m. Free. 313-316-7097. Jan’s Place, 1817 Osos St., San Luis Obispo,

CAL POLY CANTABILE ACDA SEND-OFF CONCERT Cal Poly Cantabile will present a preview concert of its American Choral Directors Association Western Region Conference performance. Highlights will include works by Hildegard von Bingen, Dale Trumbore, Caroline Shaw, and Cal Poly professor Meredith Brammeier. March 1 7:30 p.m. $20 general; $10 students. 805-756-4849. First Presbyterian Church of San Luis Obispo, 981 Marsh St., San Luis Obispo.


SOLOIST SHOWCASE The symphony will showcase the talents of four student soloists and a composer, winners of the Cal Poly Symphony’s Solo Competition. In addition, the symphony will perform four movements from Sergei Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet.” March 9, 7:30 p.m. $15 and $20 general; $10 students. 805-756-4849. Performing Arts Center, 1 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo.

CANZONA PRESENTS: WEAVING WOMEN’S VOICES Join us for Canzona’s spring concert, Weaving Women’s Voices, which is a celebration of music composed (or arranged) exclusively by women. The concert promises an extraordinary musical journey spanning centuries and cultures and showcases • February 29 - March 7, 2024 • New Times • 29
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Unity SLO will be meeting live on the first Sunday of every month at 10:00 am. Watch our recorded services at 10:00 am on Facebook, live every Sunday or on our website, SLO Senior Center • 1445 Santa Rosa Street (corner of Santa Rosa & Buchon) A positive path for spiritual living • 805-243-2283
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a diverse repertoire. March 10 3-5 p.m. $10-$35. 805-2426065. San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks Street, San Luis Obispo.

CUESTA JAZZ FESTIVAL WITH DAVE TULL Don’t miss the chance to see Dave Tull perform with the Cuesta Jazz Ensemble and a specially formed rhythm section to showcase his fun music. March 9, 8 p.m. $10-$15. Harold J. Miossi CPAC at Cuesta College, Highway 1, San Luis Obispo.

CUESTA MUSIC FACULTY CONCERT The Cuesta Music Faculty Concert is a treasured San Luis Obispo tradition. The talented Music Faculty perform to raise money for the music scholarship fund, and this year marks 20 years of dedication to student opportunity and success. March 3 3 p.m. $10-$50. Harold J. Miossi CPAC at Cuesta College, Highway 1, San Luis Obispo.

JOHN SALMON AND JANET JOICHI PIANO RECITAL: BACH, BRUBECK, AND BEYOND John Salmon, a music professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Cal Poly Music Department faculty member Janet Joichi will give a free piano recital featuring piano duet versions of works by J.S. Bach and Dave Brubeck, plus some of Salmon’s compositions March 7 11:10 a.m.-noon Free. 805-756-2406. music.calpoly. edu/calendar/. Cal Poly Davidson Music Center, Room 218, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

LIVE MUSIC AT KROBAR Enjoy live music at Krobar, which showcases local, talented artists of all music genres. Kick-off your weekend right, grab your favorite seasonal craft cocktail, and vibe to the sounds of the night. Follow on Instagram to find out who is playing. Every other Friday, 6-9 p.m. and Every other Saturday, 6-9 p.m. through March 30 Free entry. 833576-2271. Krobar Craft Distillery, 1701 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

LIVE MUSIC AT LIQUID GRAVITY Check social media and calendar for weekly updates. Fridays, 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-5 p.m. Liquid Gravity, 675 Clarion Court, San Luis Obispo.

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,

PLYWOOD LOVE AND MORE A night of punk rock music, featuring Plywood Love, Dire, Throw Away, Tiny Plastic Everything. All ages welcome. Presented by Noise Bloc. Tickets are limited. March 2 6 p.m. $10. The Bunker SLO, 810 Orcutt Road, San Luis Obispo.

THE QUEEN’S CARTOONISTS The Queen’s Cartoonists bring cartoons to life with perfectly synchronized music from over 100 years of animation. Experience virtuosic musicianship, multi-instrumental mayhem, and comedy as they perform original soundtracks and fresh compositions alongside projections of classic and modern animated films. March 8 7:30-9 p.m. $28-$46. 805-756-2787. Performing Arts Center, 1 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo.

SLO SYMPHONY 2023-2024 SEASON Enjoy the SLO Symphony’s 2023-24 season, featuring classic works by Brahms, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky, local composers Stefan Podell and Meredith Brammeier, with the Forbes Pipe Organ, SLO Youth Symphony, and guest soloists Gilles Apap, Andrew Balio, and Salome Jordania. March 2 , 7:30-9:30 p.m. $12-$82. 805-543-3533. Performing Arts Center, 1 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo.

SLO SYMPHONY: BARTOK AND BEETHOVEN Violin virtuoso and Arroyo Grande resident Gilles Apap returns to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, and Bartok’s Violin Rhapsody No.1. The Hungarian spirit continues with Leo Weiner’s Hungarian Folk Dance Suite, a symphony in four movements based on Hungarian folk melodies and in a late romantic style. March 2 , 7:30-9:30 p.m. $12-$82. 805-756-4849. events/detail/bartokbeethoven24. Performing Arts Center, 1 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo.


GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA LIVE See this world famous orchestra live in concert. March 2 2 & 7 p.m. Clark Center for the Performing Arts, 487 Fair Oaks Ave., Arroyo Grande, 805-489-9444.

KARAOKE EVERY FRIDAY Enjoy some good food and karaoke. Fridays, 5-8 p.m. 805-723-5550. The Central Grill, 545 Orchard Road, Nipomo.

KARAOKE EVERY WEDNESDAY A weekly event with barbecue offerings and more. Wednesdays, 4-8 p.m. Rancho Nipomo BBQ, 108 Cuyama Ln., Nipomo, 805-925-3500.

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Gallery at Marina Square holds joint reception for three March exhibits

As part of welcoming its three new featured artists, Gallery at Marina Square in Morro Bay is holding its next atrium party on Saturday, March 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. Guests of the reception can look forward to viewing three new exhibits, slated to premiere at the gallery on Friday, March 1, and remain on display through Friday, March 29.

The three new showcases highlight acrylic paintings by Sandra Sanders, sculptures and small craft works by Jari De Ham, and photography by Grant Kreinberg. Aside from the opening reception, each artist’s works will be available for the public to view during the gallery’s regular hours, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except for Tuesdays.

Call (805) 772-1068 or visit galleryatmarinasquare. com for more info. Gallery at Marina Square is located at 601 Embarcadero, suite 10, Morro Bay.

Estrella Warbirds Museum hosts WWII talk with David Blakely

Former San Luis Obispo County Supervisor David Blakely is the guest speaker at the Estrella Warbirds Museum’s next monthly dinner program, slated for Wednesday, March 6. David’s father was Lt. Col. Everett Blakely, a B-17 pilot with the 100th Bomb Group during World War II. The speaker will discuss some of his father’s missions while explaining the early American bomber strategy and the ways in which it changed and evolved during the war in order to defeat Nazi Germany.

For his service, Lt. Col. Blakely received 11 medals, including the Silver Star for “gallantry in action,” the Distinguished Flying Cross for “heroism or extraordinary achievement during aerial flight,” and the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters for flying missions over Germany. On one of these missions, the airman and the crew of his plane were credited with shooting down nine Nazi fighters.

In Apple TV’s Masters of the Air, a nine-episode mini-series produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, actor David Shields portrays Lt. Col. Blakely, as the show follows the 100th Bomb Group during WWII. Attendees to the upcoming WWII talk and dinner will have access to a no host bar at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Reservations are required in advance. Admission is $25 per person. Call (805) 296-1935 or visit for more info.

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Express yourself

Lena Rushing and Co.

showcase the strange side of storytelling with new Bunker exhibition

Art is about expression. Ask any painter, craftsman, musician, actor—you name it.

And that’s how San Luis Obispo-based artist Lena Rushing sees things.

“As artists, we seek to form a connection between two things—sometimes that’s us and the audience and sometimes it’s with the art itself,” she said. “We get that by sharing something deep and specific about ourselves.”

Starting on March 1 at The Bunker SLO art gallery, Rushing will showcase her works and offer them for purchase alongside pieces by fellow artists Mac Wilkinson and Kelsey Amann. The works range from oil paintings to collages and shadow

FABRIC FUN Well Fed by Mac Wilkinson is all about the strange and weird, taking inspiration from a wild story heard while working SLO Museum of Art’s front desk.

See it soon

Catch The German Baby Sperm Incident’s exhibit opening during Art After Dark on Friday, March 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Bunker SLO, 810 Orcutt Road. To find out more about work by Lena Rushing and her future art exhibits, visit or follow her on Instagram @lenarushing.


Rushing has long been involved in SLO’s art scene, contributing oil paintings that typically depict women in strange or singular places.

“I wanted to invite these younger artists to showcase their work as well, since they don’t normally have a chance to showcase stuff in this setting,” said Rushing, who works alongside the pair at the SLO Museum of Art (SLOMA).

One specific event that happened during work at the museum became the central theme to this Bunker SLO exhibit, which is more unorthodox than Rushing’s standard affair.

“You might want to sit down before I tell you the name of this exhibit,” Rushing said laughing. “It’s called The German Baby Sperm Incident.”

The name, according to Rushing, comes from a surreal experience with a SLOMA visitor that involved a rant featuring a quilt, a baby, and the alleged artificial insemination clinic’s switcheroo of that baby’s origin.

“The whole time I am barely getting any words out [and] have become permanently red in the face and a little sweaty,” Wilkinson said. “She was just talking at me.”

Wilkinson and Rushing are no strangers to unique conversations like this, especially with the number of visitors SLOMA gets regularly.

“Over the years, you get all kinds of people coming through the museum with unique stories and interesting personalities,” Rushing said. “This one in particular made such an impression on Mac and me that we felt it was a perfect name for our little showcase.” She said that while the story itself was extremely surreal in the moment, it also


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revealed something to her about art.

“This exhibition is not about a German baby, it’s about the desire to make a connection by sharing something oddly specific and deeply personal with strangers,” Rushing said. “The German Baby Sperm Incident is the name of this exhibition because, like art, it’s strange, personal, vulnerable, and doesn’t always make sense as you expect it to.”

All three artists will have their works featured in the corner of The Bunker next to the Nautical Bean coffee shop, where visitors can look at the art while also grabbing a caffeine treat.

“When you are going into a coffee shop, you probably are not expecting an exhibit with a name like this,” Rushing said laughing. “But it will stick with you and hopefully inspire people to receive the art in new and exciting ways.”

Rushing said that doing this type of exhibit is also a great way for her to showcase the work of her fellow SLOMA coworkers, noting that fresh voices and a nontypical selection of her art should help the exhibit stick out for people.

“Normally I make works that are around 4-feet tall oil paintings, but this time around I am going for smaller, more unorthodox non-oil painting work,” Rushing said. “I’m letting the younger artists handle that end of things.”

Everything in The German Baby Sperm Incident will be available for purchase.

“This exhibit is all about the give-and-take between artists and audience,” Rushing said. “Much like the person who inspired the name, we are coming in and telling this grand, strange tale with our art.”

She wants the exhibit to inspire people to express themselves in less typical ways—whether telling strange tales or anything from life’s day-today absurdity.

“As artists, we should strive to share something deeply personal,” Rushing said. “Put ourselves out there for the public to make sense of what they see—it might be strange and vulnerable, maybe even making a different impression than what you expected, but it’s you.” ∆

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than Coen directs this queer comedy co-written with his wife, Tricia Cooke, about free-spirited Jamie (Margaret Qualley) and her uptight friend, Marian (Geraldine Viswanathan), who decide to take an impromptu road trip to Tallahassee, but they inadvertently take a “drive-away” car—a vehicle the driver agrees to transport like a courier to avoid the expense of renting a car—meant for someone else, and soon they’re pursued by a cadre of inept criminals the car was meant for. (84 min.)What’s it rated? R

What’s it worth, Glen? Matinee

What’s it worth, Anna? Matinee

Where’s it showing? Downtown Centre, Park, Stadium 10

Glen If you’re in the mood for a lightweight absurdist comedy about odd-couple lesbians, their impromptu crime caper, its connection to political corruption, and a road trip that feels like it goes nowhere, this might do the trick. I, however, was expecting something more substantial than this amuse-bouche. Part of the lm’s limited fun is the MacGu n at its center, a silver attaché case Jamie and Marian nd in their drive-away car. If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve seen them open the case in a café and gaze in wonder at its contents. Unlike most MacGu ns (think Marsellus Wallace’s attaché in Pulp Fiction), we learn what’s inside, and it’s central to the story, but revealing its contents would ruin it for you. It’s right about then in the plot that the lm begins to perk up. Its rst act felt overwritten and too enraptured with its own cleverness, the second act felt like ller. By the third act, I began to like the lm more, but overall, it’s an underwhelming e ort from a Coen brother.

Anna While lled with charm, Jamie is an exhausting character. She’s very y-by-theseat-of-her-pants, especially in comparison to Marian, whose reserved nature sits on the surface of a pot ready to boil over. You’re right—the rst half felt long, but luckily


What’s it rated? Not rated

When? 2024

Where’s it showing? Netflix


othing ever goes wrong in a love triangle, right? There’s a lot of true crime out there, but even in a world filled with stories of love gone wrong, secret identities, and crazy exes, the story of Dave Kroupa, Cari Farver, and Liz Goyler hits high on the scale of absolutely bonkers.This is a story I was well familiar with, having heard it told through various podcasts and articles. However, seeing Kroupa recount the madness behind what was eventually found out to be the murder of Farver is mesmerizing. Farver


HOT TAMALE On a road trip to Tallahassee, Jamie (Margaret Qualley) and Marian (Geraldine Viswanathan) discover their rental car contains contraband sought by criminals, in Drive-Away Dolls , screening in local theaters.

it picked up and had a fun back half. is de nitely had some of the Coen brand going for it, but it lacked a bit in comparison to the lms the Coen brothers made working as a duo. ere were also moments of psychedelic animation that I guess I can tie to a story element, but they just sort of felt like unconnected ller. I liked the story and the adventure the two were on, I just didn’t love it. I do have to mention Beanie Feldstein as Sukie, Jamie’s ex-girlfriend and a cop, and the two bumbling fools (Joey Slotnick and CJ Wilson) tasked with nding Jamie and Marian—or at least the attaché case they’re driving around. ese characters lled in a lot of the fun in the storyline. Glen Feldstein is a highlight, to be sure. She’s got great comic timing. e two mismatched leads are also engaging in their di erent ways, and it’s satisfying to watch their relationship deepen. And the cast has some heavy hitters, including Pedro Pascal (brie y in the rst act), Bill Camp (in a role whose thread is left dangling), and Matt Damon

started out as a casual sexual and dating partner to Kroupa, but when he started getting serious with Goyler, Farver seemingly went off the rails and became a dogged stalker who spent years making Kroupa’s and Goyler’s lives miserable. Doesn’t seem too off the wall yet, right? Well, buckle up. As the investigation into Farver and her whereabouts continues, the story is soon turned on its head, and in real-life horror film manner, the call is seemingly coming from inside the house. Mixing dramatic reenactments alongside interviews with those closest to the case, this story is too wild to skip for fans of true crime and true drama. (90 min.)



After a divorce, Dave Kroupa tried online dating, which turned his life into a stalking nightmare, in the Netflix true crime documentary Lover, Stalker, Killer


What’s it rated? TV-MA

When? 2024

(brie y in the last act). I wish the lm had more depth, but it seemed to move from one moment to the next without purpose. I mean, what was the point of the goons looking for the girls in Slappy’s juke joint? Was it just for color, same as the psychedelic montages that include a cameo by Miley Cyrus? If you’re going to see it, my advice is to smoke some weed rst.

Anna Yep, this is the perfect time to pop that edible and head to the theater. It’s funny and refuses to pretend it’s something serious, and I’m OK with that. It did feel like the cameos were there for a bit of show, and yes, Pascal and Damon were the setup and conclusion to the lm, but the heart of it rested with Jackie—and, I’ll argue, even more with Miriam, who experiences the most self-discovery. is lm works if you need a quick and quirky road trip romp. ∆

Where’s it showing? Netflix


ased on the bestselling novel by Trenton Dalton, this family dramedy centers on precocious Eli Bell (Felix Cameron), a 13-yearold living with his selectively nonverbal older brother, Gus (Lee Tiger Halley), mother Frances (Phoebe Tonkin), and stepfather Lyle (Travis Fimmel), who struggles to provide for the family with a job at a prosthetics factory and a drugdealing side hustle. They love each other, but things are tough. We see Eli’s dangerous world through his childish wide-eyed wonder.Essentially, this is Eli’s coming-of-age story, and we get flashbacks of him as a 6-year-old (Auden Ryan), and the story proceeds until he turns 17 (Zac Burgess) and sets his sights on becoming a journalist. In between, he encounters drug dealers, dirty cops, and criminals who act as mentors. Co-stars include some of Australia’s finest, such as Simon Baker and Bryan Brown. This is far and away one of the best new miniseries I’ve seen recently, with humor, heart, and a lot of surprises. Moving between despair and optimism, Eli and his family experience real tragedy, but in the end, it’s a story of triumph. Absolutely binge-worthy, with twists and turns and colorful characters. (seven 49- to 77-min. episodes) ∆ —Glen

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Zen Mountain Poets soar on Stellar Ignition

Iimagine first-time listeners of Zen Mountain Poets might experience what early listeners of the Grateful Dead might have felt: a sense that this music is authentic, heartfelt, organic, and honest. The group’s only gotten better as they’ve progressed, and like the Dead, they boast a long list of alumni.

Their current incarnation features Robyn Saxer (keyboards, French horn, ukulele, accordion, and vocals), bandleader Billy Clayton (guitar and vocals), Jeremy Lemmen (bass), and Anthony Roselli (drums, harmonica, and vocals), and the quartet’s riding high on their most recent recording, Stellar Ignition.

“We are incredibly thrilled,” Roselli said. “As I mentioned some weeks ago, we’re still on the jam band charts and having nationwide publicity on more than 400 radio stations. It’s all going very well, so well to the point we’ve recently been able to collaborate with Mickey Hart from the Grateful Dead.”

The band is also opening for Joe Craven’s band Painted Mandolin in Morro Bay’s The Siren on Friday, March 8 (7:30 p.m.; 21-andolder; $18 at Craven is the longtime emcee for the Live Oak Music Festival (this year on June 14 to 16 at El Chorro Regional Park. Tickets at

But back to Zen Mountain, who Roselli says has yet another album in the works.

“Our sound is as unique and powerful as ever,” Roselli said, “and with the current traction we’ve had with our new album, we’ve gotten recognized nationally and will continue that wave with upcoming tours and playing larger shows and festivals. We’ve been in the top 10 of the Relix/Jam band charts for the last four months. We are truly excited!”

It’s impossible to pigeonhole the band’s sound, but there are elements of psychedelia, folk, jazz, and more. Let’s call it space rock flying straight into the cosmos.

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at The Siren …

Candy-O: The Ultimate Tribute to The Cars and Ric Ocasek is on Saturday, March 2 (8 p.m.; 21-andolder; $20 at I saw The Cars in my first big

stadium concert in 1979 in San Diego. I got hit in the back of the head hard by a Frisbee, but I still love the band. So many great songs!

Montreal garage-rocker Mark Sultan (of The King Khan & BBQ Show) brings his bluesy punk rock craziness to The Siren, with opener Plywood Love, on Sunday, March 3 (7 p.m.; 21-and-older; $17 at

NYC rock band The Thing with local opener Margot Sinclair play on Wednesday, March 6 (7 p.m.; 21-and-older; $12 at tixr. com). The Thing formed when Michael Carter, Jack Bradley, and Zane Acord were in high school, and were influenced by ’60s pioneers such as the Kinks, Grand Funk Railroad, and artists of The Nuggets Compilation series.

Margot Sinclair began in 2022 as Buenavista. Their bio explains, “Each member’s unique taste of music makes it difficult to confine their sound into one singular genre.”

Numbskull and Good Medicine

The Dustbowl Revival always delivers an amazing and eclectic night American music like swing, jazz, bluegrass, and roots, and on Thursday, Feb. 29, they’ll play in Club Car Bar (8 p.m.; all ages; $23 at goodmedicinepresents. com) with LA-based multiinstrumentalist player Abby Posner delivering her own brand of genre-jumping music.

Iconic So-Cal skate punk act Agent Orange plays on Friday, March 1, in The Siren (8 p.m.; 21-and-older; $20 at They’ve been mixing punk and surf music since 1979. Seattle-based punks The Drowns will open.

Déjà vu: Olivia Rodrigo with DJ Blade Trip was rescheduled to Friday, March 1, at Club Car Bar (8 p.m.; all ages; $12 presale at or $15 day of show). Rodrigo, a singer and actress, is best known for starring on the Disney television programs Bizaardvark and the mockumentary High School Musical: The

Musical: The Series.

New Orleans-based Americana quintet

The Deslondes play on Monday, March 4, in Club Car Bar (7 p.m.; all ages; $16 at The group— Dan Cutler, Sam Doores, Riley Downing, Cameron Snyder, and John James Tourville— have continued to evolve their sound, adding “saxophone, flute, and synth to string arrangements and a full drum kit for the first time,” according to their bio. They’re touring in support of their newest, Ways & Means. • February 29 - March 7, 2024 • New Times • 35
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“The title reminds me of being young, getting into the music business, going through everything, and coming out of it,” Downing observed. “We’re taking a look right, left, and back at ourselves.”

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Ready for some My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, and more classic emo bands? The Fremont’s got you covered when The Emo Night Tour returns on Friday, March 1 (8 p.m.; 18-and-older; $20 at Hear all your favorite bands playing their hits.

The historic downtown SLO theater’s big show of the week is Brian Culbertson on The Trilogy Tour on Tuesday, March 5 (8 p.m.; all ages; $39.50 to $79.50 at prekindle. com). The multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter is touring in support of The Trilogy, 30 songs in three albums that, according to press materials, “describes the three-part arc of a long-term relationship: the hot and steamy ‘falling in love’ phase, the rocky middle when perhaps they even break up for a bit, and the couple reunites to live ‘happily ever after’ phase. The Trilogy Tour will feature a mix of songs from The Trilogy Albums, as well as the greatest hits from Brian Culbertson’s catalog.”

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You’re in a for a percussive and visual treat when Stomp returns to Cal Poly’s Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 3 (7 p.m.; $59 to $92 at

“The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments— matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps—to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms,” according to press materials.

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No one will ever replace showstopping R&B performer Tina Turner, but Caroline Borole comes darn close. The South Africanborn singer and dancer stars in PROUD

Tina: The Ultimate Tribute to Tina Turner Friday, March 1 (7:30 p.m.; all ages; $45 to $75 at Featuring a live band and dancers, this is an electrifying show paying tribute to one of the greatest performers of the 1970s through the 1990s.

If you’re in the mood for some smooth big band sounds, check out the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra on Saturday, March 2 (2 and 7 p.m.; all ages; $29 to $55 at Miller passed in 1944, but his legacy has lived on. This incarnation of his band began in 1956, and delivers hits such as “Moonlight Serenade,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” “String of Pearls,” and of course “In the Mood.”

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French violin virtuoso and Arroyo Grande resident Gilles Apap will join the SLO Symphony on Saturday, March 2, in the Performing Arts Center, to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Bartok’s Violin Rhapsody No.1, as well as Leo Weiner’s Hungarian Folk Dance Suite—a symphony in four movements based on Hungarian folk melodies and in a late romantic style (7:30 p.m.; $12 to $82 at

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Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, with culinary stints in New York City and Denver, Rusty Quirk has honed her skills over the past several years as executive pastry chef at Michelinstar eatery Bell’s in Los Alamos, and Michelin-recommended restaurants Ox + Anchor in San Luis Obispo and Bar Le Côte in Los Olivos.

In February, she celebrated her first year helming her own establishment—fulfilling her professional dream—and leading SLO’s original coffeehouse Linnaea’s Café into its 40th year of business.

“I’m inspired by [founder Linnaea Phillips’] legacy,” said Rusty, who co-owns the restaurant along with husband Alex Quirk. “By all accounts, her commitment to community has had a lasting impact on San Luis Obispo. For many years she provided access to arts, culture, and conversation to so many people, and we are honored to continue that legacy.

“It’s a place where people meet, share ideas, relax, and make memories together. It’s not about food or coffee. It’s about time spent in the space with friends and family, though throughout the years Linnaea’s has always provided delicious, wholesome offerings, and we plan to keep that legacy going. Both Alex and I have been customers for years.”

Phillips, 90, no longer frequents the restaurant, but she is thrilled that it continues to thrive since she first welcomed guests into her social oasis on Garden Street in 1984.

It has passed hands two other times—first to Linnaea’s longtime manager Marianne Orme and her husband, David Arndt, then briefly to Kim and Eric Boege.

And no one has dared change the name, much to Phillips’ joy.

“My father, Harold Churchward, was a self-educated botanist, a man of great desire,” she said. “He named me after the great 18th century botanist Carl Linnaeus. So I have a history of wanting the Earth to be a better place than it always has been. It comes with

Local treasure

Linnaea’s Café, located at 1110 Garden St. in San Luis Obispo, is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday to Sunday closing time is extended to 8 p.m. and sometimes later for special events. For more information, go to and follow the restaurant on Instagram and Facebook @linnaeascafe.

me. That’s who I am.”

Linnaeus’ most famous quote reads: “If a tree dies, plant another in its place.”

Phillips acknowledged that business wasn’t always rosy.

“People are always shifting their desires— what they like and don’t like,” she explained. “In the process, we all have to shift, and so we do.”

The restaurant’s latest incarnation maintains its original vegetarian focus, but under Rusty’s leadership it has also become a hotbed of culinary experimentation.

“Our lunch menu and most of the breakfast menu is entirely new, and, with the exception of a handful of classics and old favorites, our pastry program has also evolved,” she said. “Our team of bakers is constantly developing new fun pastries with a focus on vegan and gluten-free … [while our] baristas have proven themselves in the highly competitive coffee market, both in creative offerings and skillful execution.

“I believe cooking should involve a little whimsy—it should be a source of joy for both the chef and for the guest. It should be healthy, filling, affordable, and, in my opinion, made using locally sourced produce.”

For instance, she said, they’ve worked hard on their quiche recipe and recently started serving vegan pop tarts made with Chavez Farms organic strawberries. Other suppliers include Bautista Family Farms, Hayashi Fruit Stand, and Rocking Chair Farms.

The eatery is even stocked with local and imported beer and wine, the majority of which is natural.

The social aspect of Linnaea’s is where

Alex comes in. The Los Osos native is a composer and multi-instrumentalist music producer currently performing as nok nok. When not touring, he serves as barista and curator for the venue’s visual and performing artists, including musicians, comedians, poets, and more.

However, he adds, the glue that holds the establishment together— and will keep guests coming back for more—is Rusty.

“She is undoubtedly the hardest-working individual I’ve ever had the privilege to know,” he said.

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her ascent in the restaurant industry makes perfect sense.”

Rusty also recently caught the eye of Michelle Barrera, owner of EnjoySLO community calendar and founder of At Her Table. Barrera nabbed Rusty—along with local chefs Maegen Loring, Brittney Yracheta, and Betsy Villagomez—to headline At Her Table’s kickoff dinner event for its annual women’s festival March 1 through 10.

She traded a Cal Poly degree in graphic communication for an apron and never looked back.

“Transitioning from a line cook to an acclaimed pastry chef and eventually to a successful restaurant owner within just six years is a testament to her relentless dedication and dozens if not hundreds of 90hour work weeks,” he said. “Considering her unwavering drive and exceptional work ethic,

“These chefs stand out to me for their versatility and experience in managing the demanding pace of highvolume restaurants and upscale catering situations, all while never compromising on the quality of their dishes,” Barrera said.

“Rusty Quirk, in particular, caught my attention as the former pastry chef at Bell’s in Los Alamos. When she took over ownership of Linnea’s Cafe, I reached out to her to learn more about her vision for the café, which really aligned with the ethos of At Her Table,” she said. “A few days later, I stopped by, and she was kind enough to gift me a loaf of bread. It was absolutely delicious—one of the top breads in the area that I’ve had.”

As Rusty and other local female leaders navigate the demanding field of food and beverage, Phillips’ advice is to go for it, regardless of background or formal training.

Previously an artist, seamstress, and librarian at Cuesta College for 25 years, cafe founder Phillips embraced the happy “accident” of founding Linnaea’s.

“Do something off the cuff … that’s invigorating and experimental,” she said. “Try it. See what it feels like. Does it feel comfortable to you? Does it involve something that you think other people might like?

“All our lives are accidents, and we make of the accident what we can, and do with it what we love, and enjoy the pleasures of bringing other people into that love of accident.” ∆

Flavor Writer Cherish Whyte applauds Linnaea’s legacy and Rusty’s rising star. Reach her at

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760 Mattie Road, Pismo Beach, for the following purpose:


A. Address: 558 and 590 Price Street

Applicant: Doug and Shannon MacMillian

Project No.: P24-000001

Description: Time Extension Request to Permit P21-000052 for a Coastal Development Permit for the construction of a new 750 square foot retail market, 408 square foot addition to an existing restaurant, 1,000 square foot outdoor dining area addition with covered trellis to an existing restaurant, and construction of a new joint parking lot, and Categorical Exemption 2022-001. The project is located in the Retail Commercial C-1 Zone of the Downtown Core Planning Area. The project is located in the Coastal Zone and is not appealable to the California Coastal Commission.

APNs: 005-082-038 and 005-082-039.

Environmental Review

In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), it has been determined that the project is exempt from the requirements of CEQA pursuant to Section 15332 of the CEQA Guidelines regarding construction of small infill projects.

B. Address: 399 South Dolliver Street

Applicant: California Department of Parks and Recreation

Project No.: P23-000105

Description: Coastal Development Permit for the demolition of an existing park kiosk and construction of a new 290 square foot park kiosk and related improvements, and Categorical Exemption No. 2024-001. The project is located inside the Coastal Zone and is appealable to the Coastal Commission.

APN 005-241-015.

Environmental Review

In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), it has been determined that the project is exempt from the requirements of CEQA pursuant to Section 15302 of the CEQA Guidelines regarding replacement of an existing facility with no expansion of capacity.

Details about ways to participate in this hearing will be provided on the agenda posted for the meeting online at, and on the bulletin board at City Hall. The agenda will be posted in the afternoon of March 7, 2024.

You have a right to comment on these projects and their effect on our community. Interested persons are invited to participate in the hearing or otherwise express their views and opinions regarding the proposed projects. Emailed comments may be submitted to planningcommission@; staff cannot guarantee that emailed comments submitted after the start of the meeting will be given full consideration before action is taken. Written comments may be delivered or mailed to the Community Development Department / Planning Division Office at 760 Mattie Road, Pismo Beach, CA 93449, prior to the meeting, or hand-delivered during the meeting no later than the comment period for this item. Oral comment may be provided prior to the meeting by calling 805-773-7005 and leaving a voice message. Please state and spell your name, and identify your item of interest. Oral comment may also be made during the meeting, either by joining the virtual meeting using the link provided on the agenda document, or by attending the meeting in person in the Council Chamber at City Hall. Please refer to the agenda for this meeting for specific instructions for participation Staff reports, plans and other information related to these projects are available for public review from the Planning Division Office, by emailing Associate Planner Michael Gruver at The meeting agenda and staff report will be available no later than the Friday before the meeting and may be obtained upon request by mail or by visiting The Planning Commission meeting will be televised live on Charter Spectrum Cable Channel 20 and streamed on the City’s website.


If you challenge the action taken on this item in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City of Pismo Beach at, or prior to, the public hearing.

For further information, please contact Associate Planner Michael Gruver at or 805-773-74658.

Michael Gruver

Associate Planner

February 29, 2024


The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) will hold a Public Hearing on April 3, 2024, to receive public testimony on Amendment No. 1 to the 2023 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS)

Amendment No. 1 seeks to include in the RTP the Transit Safety Targets.

The 2023 RTP is SLOCOG’s long range regional transportation plan for each mode of transportation. The plan identifies financial projections through 2045 and the SLOCOG Board of Directors’ priorities on specific projects expected to be accomplished. The Plan contains the documentation to support a finding that the 2023 RTP and SCS meet the air quality conformity requirements for ozone. This long range “plan” can be amended at any time by the SLOCOG Board. The RTP serves as a foundation for the development of the shorter “action” plans called the Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP), which satisfies California transportation planning requirements, and the federal counterpart referred to as the Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) for all transportation projects that require federal approval or are “regionally significant.”

A recent addition to the RTP is the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), first fully included as an element of the 2014 RTP/SCS in response to Senate Bill 375 - the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008. The SCS is intended to reduce the passenger vehicle greenhouse gas emissions associated with the plan.

Individuals wishing accessibility accommodations at this meeting, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), may request such accommodations to aid hearing, visual, or mobility impairment (including Limited English Proficiency [LEP]) by contacting SLOCOG offices at 781-4219. Please note that 48 hours advance notice is needed to honor your request. Please refer to for the meeting agenda and further information. The public hearing will be held during the SLOCOG Board meeting that begins at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, in the SLO County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Katcho Achadjian Government Center San Luis Obispo County, 1055 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, California. For more information, write to SLOCOG, 1114 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, or contact Daniel Audelo (805) 781-1125, or email at

February 29, 2024


Approval of the Community Betterments Cycle 2 Program of Projects: The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) will hold a public hearing on April 3, 2024, to receive public testimony, review, and approve the Program of Projects for Community Betterments Competitive Grant Program Cycle 2.

Community betterments are improvements that support sustainable transportation goals set by SLOCOG and its member agencies. Grant applications have been thoroughly assessed and will be available for public review on March 15th, 2024. The program will be available at, and a hard copy will also be available at the agency office.

Draft funding recommendations will be presented during this public hearing. A listing of the project concepts received by the deadline will be posted and available for review at

Individuals wishing accessibility accommodations at this meeting, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), may request such accommodations to aid hearing, visual, or mobility impairment (including Limited English Proficiency [LEP]) by contacting SLOCOG offices at 781-4219. Please note that 48 hours advance notice is needed to honor your request.

Please refer to for the meeting agenda and further information. The public hearing will be held during the SLOCOG Board meeting that begins at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, in the SLO County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Katcho Achadjian Government Center San Luis Obispo County, 1055 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, California. For more information, write to: SLOCOG, 1114 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, or contact Richard Murphy at (805) 781-5754 or

February 29, 2024

Free Will Astrology by Rob

Homework: What do you want to do but have not been doing it—for no good reason?


(March 21-April 19): In my astrological estimation, the coming weeks will be an ideal time for you to declare amnesty, negotiate truces, and shed long-simmering resentments. Other recommended activities: Find ways to joke about embarrassing memories, break a bad habit just because it’s fun to do so, and throw away outdated stuff you no longer need. Just do the best you can as you carry out these challenging assignments; you don’t have to be perfect. For inspiration, read these wise words from poet David Whyte: “When you forgive others, they may not notice, but you will heal. Forgiveness is not something we do for others; it is a gift to ourselves.”


(April 20-May 20): Many of you Tauruses have a robust capacity for doing diligent, effective work. Many of you also have a robust capacity for pursuing sensual delights and cultivating healing beauty. When your mental health is functioning at peak levels, these two drives to enjoy life are complementary; they don’t get in each other’s way. If you ever fall out of your healthy rhythm, these two drives may conflict. My wish for you in the coming months is that they will be in synergistic harmony, humming along with grace. That’s also my prediction: I foresee you will do just that.


(May 21-June 20): Many people choose wealthy entertainers and celebrity athletes for their heroes. It doesn’t bother me if they do. Why should it? But the superstars who provoke my adoration are more likely to be artists and activists. Author Rebecca Solnit is one. Potawatomi biologist and author Robin Wall Kimmerer. The four musicians in the Ukrainian band DahkaBrakha. Poet Rita Dove and novelist Haruki Murakami. My capacity to be inspired by these maestros seems inexhaustible. What about you, Gemini? Who are the heroes who move you and shake you in all the best ways? Now is a time to be extra proactive in learning from your heroes— and rounding up new heroes to be influenced by.


(June 21-July 22): Your homework assignment is to work on coordinating two issues that are key to your life’s purpose. The first of these issues is your fervent longing to make your distinctive mark on this crazy, chaotic world. The second issue is your need to cultivate sweet privacy and protective self-care. These themes may sometimes seem to be opposed. But with even just a little ingenious effort, you can get them to weave together beautifully. Now is a good time to cultivate this healing magic.


(July 23-Aug. 22): If you don’t recognize the face in the mirror right now, that’s a good thing. If you feel unfamiliar feelings rising up in you or find yourself entertaining unusual longings, those are also good things. The voice of reason may say you should be worried about such phenomena. But as the voice of mischievous sagacity, I urge you to be curious and receptive. You are being invited to explore fertile possibilities that have previously been unavailable or off-limits. Fate is offering you the chance to discover more about your future potentials. At least for now, power can come from being unpredictable and investigating taboos.


(Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I invite you to study the fine art of sacred intimacy in the coming weeks. Life’s rhythms will redound in your favor as you enjoy playing tenderly and freely with the special people you care for. To aid you in your efforts, here are three questions to ponder. 1. What aspects of togetherness might flourish if you approach them with less solemnity and more fun? 2. Could you give more of yourself to your relationships in ways that are purely enjoyable, not done mostly out of duty? 3. Would you be willing to explore the possibility that the two of you could educate and ripen each other’s dark sides?


(Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Creativity teacher Roger von Oech tells how bandleader Count Basie asked a club owner to fix his piano. It was always out of tune. A few weeks later, the owner called Basie to say everything was good. But when Basie arrived to play, the piano still had sour notes. “I thought you said you fixed it!” Basie complained. The owner said, “I did. I painted it.” The moral of the story for the rest of us, concludes von Oech, is that we’ve got to solve the right problems. I want you Libras to do that in the coming weeks. Make sure you identify what really needs changing, not some distracting minor glitch.


(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Most of us have received an inadequate or downright poor education about love and intimate togetherness. Given how much misinformation and trivializing propaganda we have absorbed, it’s amazing any of us have figured out how to create healthy, vigorous relationships. That’s the bad news, Scorpio. The good news is that you are cruising through a sustained phase of your astrological cycle when you’re far more likely than usual to acquire vibrant teachings about this essential part of your life. I urge you to draw up a plan for how to take maximum advantage of the cosmic opportunity. For inspiration, here’s poet Rainer Maria Rilke: “For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task entrusted to us, the ultimate task, the final test and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation.” (Translation by


(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The myths and legends of many cultures postulate the existence of spirits who are mischievous but not malevolent. They play harmless pranks. Their main purpose may be to remind us that another world, a less material realm, overlaps with ours. And sometimes, the intention of these ethereal tricksters seems to be downright benevolent. They nudge us out of our staid rhythms, mystifying us with freaky phenomena that suggest reality is not as solid and predictable as we might imagine. I suspect you may soon have encounters with some of these characters: friendly poltergeists, fairies, ghosts, sprites, or elves. My sense is that they will bring you odd but genuine blessings.


(Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Some studies suggest that less than half of us have best friends. Men are even less likely to have beloved buddies than the other genders do. If you are one of these people, the coming weeks and months will be an excellent time to remedy the deficiency. Your ability to attract and bond with interesting allies will be higher than usual. If you do have best friends, I suggest you intensify your appreciation for and devotion to them. You need and deserve companions who respect you deeply, know you intimately, and listen well. But you’ve got to remember that relationships like these require deep thought, hard work, and honest expressions of feelings!


(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Among all the zodiac signs, you Aquarians are among the best at enjoying a bird’s-eye perspective on the world. Soaring high above the mad chatter and clatter is your birthright and specialty. I love that about you, which is why I hardly ever shout up in your direction, “Get your ass back down to earth!” However, I now suspect you are overdue to spend some quality time here on the ground level. At least temporarily, I advise you to trade the bird’s-eye view for a worm’s-eye view. Don’t fret. It’s only for a short time. You’ll be aloft again soon.


(Feb. 19-March 20): In old Hawaii, the people loved their deities but also demanded productive results. If a god stopped providing worshipers with what they wanted, they might dismiss him and adopt a replacement. I love that! And I invite you to experiment with a similar approach in the coming weeks. Are your divine helpers doing a good job? Are they supplying you with steady streams of inspiration, love, and fulfillment? If not, fire them and scout around for substitutes. If they are performing well, pour out your soul in gratitude. ∆ • February 29 - March 7, 2024 • New Times • 47
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