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The fried piper
Hanukkah is all about oil—both symbolic and edible—from the iconic candles or oil lamps to the frying of the delicious sufganiot or jelly-filled doughnuts. So it’s only fitting that in the Mediterranean-esque landscape of the Central Coast, there would be an olive oil tasting tour to celebrate the Festival of Lights. The Dec. 1 tour will start in the Edna Valley and include Robbins Family Farms, Kiler Ridge Olive Farm, and Mount Olive Organic Farm. Follow the oil trail through the Central Coast but, of course, this fried piper doesn’t hail from Hamelin—that wouldn’t be kosher! RSVP to Courtney Mellblom at email@example.com.
PHOTO COURTESY OF LISA WOSKE
Lights, Toscamera, action
Floria Tosca, Puccini’s titular soprano, exemplifies the rôle of the opera diva, even on the silver screen. One of the most frequently performed operas, Puccini’s melodramatic work returns for an encore screening Dec. 1 at 2 p.m., at Cal Poly’s Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave. in San Luis Obispo. For tickets and more information call 756-4849 or visit calpolyarts.org.
ARTWORK BY JOAN SCHLICHTING
Arts and crafts movement
Local. D-I-Y. Handmade. Sustainable. Did that get your attention? Thought so. Then get yourself down to the CraftArt Market at SLOMA, open daily through New Year’s Eve from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Items ranging from original artwork such as Joan Schlichting’s Bryce Canyon (pictured) to handmade cards—and everything in between—will be on hand to fulfill your holiday shopping needs while supporting local artists and craftspeople. And while you’re at it, pop into the gallery next door to see Josie Rodriquez’s encaustic works on display through the end of the year as well for the complete local art experience. For more information, visit sloma.org or call 543-8562.
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