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Easter Events April 4

photodune-7234346-easter-hunt-xsThe 26th Annual Bay Osos Kiwanis Club’s Easter Egg Hunt is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4 at the South Bay Community Center in Los Osos. The egg hunt is for kids 2-7-years old and is free for everyone. There will be prizes for the Best Costume, and Best Colored Egg, plus a hot dog lunch, bounce house, face painting, balloon animals, a 4-H petting zoo, photos with the Easter Bunny, story time with the library and demos by the Boy Scouts. Rains means wet kids will hunt wet, hard-boiled eggs. Continue reading Easter Events April 4


Grover Man Arrested After Homemade Firework Explodes

NEWS Harris mugshotThe Sheriff’s Department arrested a Grover Beach man for alleged willful cruelty to a child after a homemade firework blew up and injured the man’s son in rural Morro Bay.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, at 10:15 a.m. March 22, they got a report of a 13-year-old boy that was injured “by the discharge of powder or a flare on Canet Road, rural Morro Bay,” reads the news release. Continue reading Grover Man Arrested After Homemade Firework Explodes


Sheriff’s Investigate Sex Crime

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a reported “sexual assault” in rural San Luis Obispo.

According to a news release, the department got a report of a sexual assault about 1:25 p.m. Thursday, March 19. From a “mandatory reporter,” that occurred in the 1400 block of O’Connor Way. Detectives and forensic specialists responded to “process the crime scene,” the release said.

The department has not indicated what type of sexual assault this is suspected of being. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about the case, to call 781-4550 or Crime Stoppers at 549-STOP.


AG Man Arrested for Morro Bay Burglaries

CRUCE,ROBERT MICHAEL IIIMorro Bay police have charged an Arroyo Grande man in two recent Downtown burglaries — one of which was a locksmith’s shop.

At about 9:15 p.m. Monday, March 16, MBPD said Arroyo Grande police arrested their suspect in the burglaries — at Village Dry Cleaners on Feb.2 and Pacific Locksmiths on Jan. 15. Both businesses are in the Morro Bay Boulevard corridor about a block away from each other.

MBPD had gotten an arrest warrant for Robert Michael Cruce, 37 of Arroyo Grande and AGPD picked him up on the 16th — a charge of resisting arrest was added to the warrant, presumably by AGPD. In his mugshot from County Jail, Cruce’s face appears bloodied. Continue reading AG Man Arrested for Morro Bay Burglaries


Dinner and a Movie: Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel a Fun Romp

122056_oriBy Teri Bayus

In an industry that values car chases, explosions, gratuitous sex and pandering to a younger demographic, it is wonderful to encounter a film that speaks to the spark of life no matter what your age.
Through vibrant images, magnificent acting and exceptional storytelling, “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” reminds that life is an adventure, regardless of your age and the only limits are the ones we place on them. Continue reading Dinner and a Movie: Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel a Fun Romp


Dinner and a Movie: Naked Truth? Naked Fish a New Favorite Sushi Bar

teri useBy Teri Bayus

If you listen to what your body tells you after eating sushi, you would eat it every night.
Even if you over-indulge and leave uncomfortably full, in a short time you feel a vital energy burst that does not weigh you down like many other foods.
I was in search of a new, favorite sushi bar, when I found the Naked Fish in downtown San Luis Obispo. I grilled the sushi chef before I sat down, as I am a very picky sushi connoisseur.
His sign out front said that he had the “freshest fish” and I asked, NakedFish2“What makes your fresh fish better than other fresh fish?”
He explained with a gentle smile and a sharp knife, “It comes down to handling. From the moment a fish is taken from the ocean, it starts a time clock on its lifespan of quality. The better a fish is handled, the better the quality will be when it makes it to your plate. We use one of the highest quality suppliers in the country, and I typically pick them up every day, as FedEx does not know how to handle fish.”
I was already a fan of this chef’s passion, now I wanted to see what he could do next to impress me. Continue reading Dinner and a Movie: Naked Truth? Naked Fish a New Favorite Sushi Bar


Entertainment: March 19–April 1, 2015

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Songwriters At Play Showcase presents a Townes Van Zandt Tribute featuring Holly Ann Phillips

Songwriters At Play Showcase presents a Townes Van Zandt Tribute on March 19 from 6:30-9:30 pm at Shell Café, 1351 Price St. Pismo Beach. This is an all ages show. A tip jar will be passed for performers. The late great Texas troubadour Townes Van Zandt would have been 71 this month. He never had a big-selling album or single on his own, yet his songs were covered by Bob Dylan, Norah Jones, Cowboy Junkies, and The Avett Brothers. He wrote “Pancho & Lefty,” first recorded by Emmylou Harris, and later a top hit for Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. Performers include Amber Cross, Dennis Russell, Randall Lamb, Gary Foshee, Jeanne Newhall, Cliff Stepp, Mark Getten, P.J. Robertson, Holly Ann Phillips (pictured right) and BanjerDan.

Vocalist, Inga Swearingen, will perform with a band of noted local musicians to benefit the Central Coast Children’s Choir, at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at the Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly. Tickets are $18, $24, and $30 and are available at the PAC Box Office noon-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Order by Phone at 756-4849 or online at: www.pacslo.org. Swearingen will be backed by Linda Vanasupa on piano; Ken Hustad, bass; Darrell Voss, percussion; Britta Swearingen, vocals; and dancer Lisa Deyo on a number of pop hits like Stevie Wonder’s, “Isn’t She Lovely,” Steve Miller’s “Fly Like An Eagle,” “On a Clear Day” and “Pure Imagination.” The Children’s Choir will also sing back up on many of the tunes. The Choir is also getting ready for its big Spring Concert, set for May 16-17. More information is available on the website, www.CentralCoastChildrensChoir.org.

Calvary Lutheran Church, 480 Monterey Ave., Morro Bay (corner of Anchor Street) will host a Spring Concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4 featuring acclaimed concert pianists, Edith Orloff and Robert Krupnick. Orloff will play several pieces by Beethoven and Krupnick will play Rameau, Ravel and Mozart. Free, donations at the door. Call 772-8457 for more information
Continue reading Entertainment: March 19–April 1, 2015


Clubs & Nightlife: March 19–April 1, 2015

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Harry’s Nightclub and Beach Bar
Live Music Friday & Saturday @ 9PM

Lido Restaurant at Dolphin Bay
-Tapas Tuesday 5:30-9PM
Monday night live music & ½ off any bottle of wine
Mon., Thurs., Fri. Live Music 6-9PM
Sunset Happy Hour Mon-Fri 3-6PM

Manrock Brewing Co.
Tasting Room
Tasting Room: M-Th 4-10PM w/ Pint Night, Fri 3-12AM w/ Live Music

Mongo’s Saloon
NBA Pass, MLB package, Karaoke, live music, dancing, house music, two pool tables and soft tip dart board. Continue reading Clubs & Nightlife: March 19–April 1, 2015



woman drinking coffee:teaBy Susan K. Boyd MS, MFT

Scarlett O’Hara’s famous line in the classic movie, Gone With the Wind, was “I can’t think about this now; I’ll think about it tomorrow!” Unfortunately, some of us live most our lives like that. And if we do, tomorrow becomes today, quicker than we think. Procrastination may look like laziness but other factors may contribute to putting things off, instead of getting them done. Two of those factors are perfectionism and fear.
Some people feel that if we can’t do a project perfectly, then they should put it aside, until they can do it justice. They aren’t satisfied with just getting it finished. Procrastinations are justified by believing they are not ready; they just want it to be done right. For example, people might tell themselves, “I don’t want to go through those piles of papers and deal with them until I have a good filing system figured out.” That kind of thinking raises the bar to a level, that they imagine, is unattainable. They dread going back to it and so we never do. Continue reading Later


Giving Back: It’s Never Been Easier

Gretchen Ross-1By Gretchen Ross, CRTP

Getting tax exempt status has been a real stumbling block for many small charities.  This past July, the IRS made it easier to become a 501(c)(3) charity.  In the past, the IRS required all charities to fill out a confusing 26 page form to apply for tax exempt status and then wait for months to hear back if the status has been granted.  There is now a new form, the 1023-EZ, which is only two and a half pages long.
To qualify to use the new form, the organization must have less than $50,000 in gross receipts and assets of less than $250,000.  The form can only be filed electronically at the website www.pay.gov.  The idea behind this streamlined application to speed up the process.  The cumbersome forms that larger organizations must fill out are very time-consuming for the IRS to review and in the past have created great backlogs. Continue reading Giving Back: It’s Never Been Easier