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PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CENTRAL COAST CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY
A succulently good time
Cactuses, like pet rocks, can seem hard to love. After all, a cactus does everything in its power to … uh … keep you at arm’s length. But cactuses and succulents are often aesthetically pleasing despite—and perhaps because of—their prickliness, and the Central Coast Cactus and Succulent Society will celebrate this beauty by once again throwing an annual Show and Sale at the Ludwick Community Center from May 25 to 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. There will be succulents to view and purchase. The Ludwick Community Center is at 864 Santa Rosa St. in San Luis Obispo. For more info, visit centralcoastcactus.org.
ARTWORK BY WILLIAM MITCHELL
Master the brush
They say life is what you want to make of it. If that’s true, this New Times writer would be living in an earthquake-proof glass container filled with chinchillas and those big bags of little donuts. The truth is, sometimes life is what you see around you. No one knows this better than plein air artists, who wield the paintbrushes of reality and surreality to describe the world around them. The Second Annual Plein Air Masters Exhibition will come to Studios on the Park May 23 through June 30, in conjunction with the Paso Robles Festival of the Arts. The exhibit will showcase painting from top plein air painters. For a list of artists showcased, and more info, visit studiosonthepark.org. Studios is at 1130 Pine St. in Paso Robles.
ARTWORK BY DENNIS CURRY
A hike a day
Lots of folks move to the Central Coast to be near our scenic and natural beauty. I personally moved here because I saw an episode of Oprah that said this was the happiest place on earth to live, and because … wine. Jury’s still out on that whole Oprah thing, but the wine is killer! If you do love trails, flora, fauna, and greenery (and really, everyone with half a soul loves those things), then you need to register for the Hike-A-Thon set for this June, presented by ECOSLO (Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo County). The Hike-A-Thon is a fundraiser meant to inspire outdoor enthusiasts of all ages to appreciate and protect our local trails. To register for the thon, pick up a packet at the ECOSLO office (75 Higuera St., suite 100, in SLO) or register online at ecoslo.org, and start collecting pledges now. There will be a kick-off event on June 1 at Laguna Lake Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be giveaways, resources, docent-led hikes throughout the day, food, and drinks. Final pledge forms have to be turned in on June 28 by noon. Registration is $10 for individuals and $25 per family. You must collect $100 in pledges to participate. ECOSLO provides trail restoration, cleanup efforts, docent training, conservation and outdoor ethics advocacy, and a significant amount of community service to San Luis Obispo County.
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