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The Whales are Back

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We are once again graced by the migration of Humpback Whales here on the Central Coast. A species of Baleen Whale, Humpback Whales as a whole are very friendly and curious animals. Some Humpback Whales referred to as “friendlies” will approach kayakers and boats many times staying with or under them.
A Humpback’s lifespan is about 50 years and an adult Humpback weighs on average about 80,000 pounds and can reach up to 60 feet in length. They are known for their long pectoral fins, which can be up to 15 feet and used to maneuver, slow down and even back up! The females are larger than the males. They only eat in the summer and can eat up to 3,000 pounds or more of food per day, primarily krill, plankton and small fish. It is believed the Humpbacks are here in the bay a month earlier than their usual migration due to the large numbers of available anchovies.
Humpbacks have some interesting habits. They breach, lobtail and spyhop. A Humpback will spyhop to take a look around. It is not clear why they breach or lobtail. It could have a social meaning, it could be to loosen parasites or they may simply be playing. Humpbacks sing and are the most vocal and nosiest of all whales.

Dinner & A Movie: ‘Jurassic World’ a ‘Wow” Moment for Dino-Lovers

Dinner and MovieBy Teri Bayus

To go along with our larger than life meal, the whole crew went to see Jurassic World. The dinosaurs are back and we were all thrilled.
I’m OK with suspending belief that a crazed scientist made a theme park attraction of a living dinosaur by splicing their DNA with a tree frog, but not okay with the female lead Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), fleeing through the jungle on pink pumps.
I’m mean really; no one but sales people and movie stars wear these shoes! Why would the high powered, number two woman at a huge corporation, be wearing them in the Costa Rica jungle?
Besides that irritating point, Jurassic World is exactly what I expected and loved about the franchise. I was thrilled with Chris Pratt (playing Owen), as I think he is second only to Indiana Jones as an adventure movie star/icon. Continue reading Dinner & A Movie: ‘Jurassic World’ a ‘Wow” Moment for Dino-Lovers

Dinner & A Movie: Texas-Sized Meals at Cowgirl Café

teri useBy Teri Bayus

One of my daughter’s is pregnant. This is cause for celebration because now I get another grand-baby girl to spoil, but it is an occasion for serious dining, as this girl eats like a linebacker when she’s pregnant.
There is no “nouveau cuisine” in her wheelhouse when she is ready to eat. Adjectives like big, hearty, and cowgirl-size are what she looks for when picking a restaurant. I was pleased to find not one, but four restaurants that could tame the beast she calls an appetite called the Cowgirl Café. Continue reading Dinner & A Movie: Texas-Sized Meals at Cowgirl Café

Locally Grown: The Beginnings of Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market

IMG_1902Ever wonder how Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market became the world famous market that it is today?  Many people don’t know, but there’s an interesting piece of local history regarding the origins of the Market as we know it today.
It started in the late 1970s, when downtown businesses began staying open past 5PM on Thursdays.  Since most businesses usually closed right as people were finishing their shifts, Thursday nights provided a great opportunity for SLO residents to run errands after work.  Needless to say, people loved it.  In a few short years, downtown SLO became so popular that people drove from all over the county to shop, eat, and socialize every Thursday night. Continue reading Locally Grown: The Beginnings of Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market

That’s The Way it Was

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By King Harris

For 20 years of my life, I was a local television news anchor, and for more than half that time, a news director as well, so it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that I’ve been following with great interest the salacious saga of former NBC news anchor Brian Williams, who was suspended earlier this year then demoted last week for embellishing several news accounts that he was involved in.
I blame NBC for letting the situation get out of hand as it did, but as far as I’m concerned William’s first big mistake is that he let it get away from him.
It’s easy to do when you are suddenly thrust into the spotlight and become the celebrity that everyone else thinks you are.
It’s an ego trip just waiting to happen when your real purpose for being there was to present in the most effective way you could, news reports and features that would have some value to your viewers. Credibility here was the key, and that’s not something you build in just one day. Continue reading That’s The Way it Was

Community Calendar: June 25–July 8, 2015

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ARTS Obispo is presenting, Art After Dark Los Osos

Lifelong Learners of the Central Coast is offering five new classes in July. “Meditation for the Soul,” is from10 a.m.-noon Monday, July 13 at the SLO Adult School. “Journey of the Universe — What’s It All About?” 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15 at the Oak Creek Commons in Paso Robles. “Basic Genetics From the Beginning Until Now,” six Monday sessions — July 20, 27 and Aug. 3, 17, 24 and 31 from 10 a.m.-noon at KCBX studios in SLO. “Taking Great Nature Photos,” 10-noon Wednesday, July 22 at the Los Osos Oaks Nature Reserve. And “Expressing Your Personal Philosophy,” 10-noon Thursday, July 23 at the SLO Adult School. Courses are open to the general public and each session is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. See: www.lifelearnerscc.org  for more information and to register and become a member. Membership is $25 a year.
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Nightwriters: The Visit

Tony PiazzaBy Tony Piazza

I can’t remember the quote verbatim, but I can paraphrase; “Be courteous, because who knows, you might be entertaining an angel.” I’m not sure it was an angel who appeared that summer day many years back; but if it wasn’t, it was surely the closest thing.
I was sickly as a child. Just one of those spins of life’s wheel. Some kids could play in the pouring rain with no effect, and others, like myself, got into a small draft, and ended up with the sniffles. It was hard on my mother. I weathered it, but being her only child, she worried constantly. Continue reading Nightwriters: The Visit

Volunteers Honored by Senior

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By Judy Salamacha

“Seniors, Get into the Act!” This call to action complimented and congratulated several individuals and senior service organizations for their good works at the 2015 “Celebration Tea” hosted by the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens, Area Agency on Aging.
Jim Talbott, president of the agency’s board of directors, said the honorees were “champions” for their efforts to enhance the lives of senior adults in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. Three honorees were recognized as “Senior Citizens of the Year” — Dr. Ralph B. Allison, Forrest “Frosty” Frost, and Joan Bogle. Continue reading Volunteers Honored by Senior

Hoppin Plaza

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Photos courtesy of SLO Downtown Association

Every Friday throughout the summer there is only one place to be. Between 5.30 p.m. and 8 p.m. the Mission Plaza in downtown San Luis Obispo becomes a concert venue and host to the annual Concerts in the Plaza series. Celebrating its 20th year this unique venue has become the place both locals and tourists alike kick off their weekend, “let down their hair and boogie down” to the sounds of a wide ranging selection of bands including many local ones such as Damon Castillo and the world renowned Young Dubliners.
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