Best of SLO County 2021 Virtual Publication

We asked you to dust off your gloves, shine your cleats, and find the winners in our community. And you did just that in this year’s annual readers poll!

Best of SLO

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The Central Coast Guide to All Things Food and Drink


Spring Arts Annual: As the pandemic surge lulls, both virtual and in-person arts activities are ready to bring you joy

New Times' annual Spring Arts issue brings you arts, music, and craft events from across the Central Coast. With the pandemic still going but possibly waning, arts events continue to be mostly virtual, but some in-person events are happening too!

Spring Arts Annual

Health and Wellness 2021: COVID-19 has impacted people physically and mentally, changing the way we eat, cope, and exercise

It's nearly impossible to talk about public health right now without discussing COVID-19.

Health & Wellness

Volunteers 2021

In our annual Volunteers Issue, Assistant Editor Peter Johnson talks to the El Camino Homeless Organization about its new North County shelter and Staff Writer Kasey Bubnash writes about senior services organizations struggling to provide the same level of care with higher demand and fewer volunteers.


Last-Minute Gift Guide 2020

For this year’s Last Minute Gift Guide, we are showing you where to get that holiday shopping out with a focus on local, local, local—whether it’s online or in person, curbside, delivery, or in-store.

Last-Minute Gift Guide

Holiday Guide 2020: Find hope, tips for having hard conversations, local feasting options, and more

It's going to be a strange holiday season, with limited, socially distanced, outside gathering recommended for normally boisterously big family get-togethers.

Holiday Guide

2020 New Times Music Awards

The winners!
Let Glen Starkey introduce you to the first place winners! Stream the playlist on Spotify!

New Times Music Awards

Central Coast photographers show off their best perspectives in New Times’ annual Winning Images contest

This year's winners. Photographs capture moments, emotions, and thoughts without words.

Winning Images

Autumn Arts Annual 2020

New Times' annual Autumn Arts issue brings you arts, music, and craft events from across the Central Coast. With the pandemic still on like Donkey Kong, this year's fall festivities are mostly virtual.

Autumn Arts Annual

Virtually learning: As Cal Poly and Cuesta start a new year, education stays online

For this year's annual student guide issue, we talk challenges and potential successes facing local colleges and universities due to the constraints of COVID-19.

Student Guide

Education Today 2020

This year's Education Today issue feels more weighty than those of the past.

Education Today

55 Fiction 2020: Our annual short story contest results are in

It doesn't sound like much, but writers can do a lot with 55 words. They can kill someone, love someone, and surprise someone.

55 Fiction

Pride 2020: Pushing for equality

A Supreme Court ruling grants Civil Rights Act protections to the LGBTQ-plus community, while a new Trump administration rule reverts the federal definition of 'sex' back to traditional gender roles
In our annual Pride issue, find stories about how the Gala Pride and Diversity Center celebrated Pride Month during the pandemic and how Planned Parenthood of the Central Coast continues to provide gender affirming care; a Trump administration ruling that reverses Obama-era LGBTQ-plus health care coverage protections and what the Supreme Court of the United States’ recent discrimination ruling means; a peek at the unrest L.A. felt in the days leading to the Stonewall Riots; and a rally in Lompoc bringing awareness to transgender individuals who are killed violently.

Pride Issue

Food & Drink 2020

Even though it seems as if we're heading down the road back to normalcy, "normal" is going to look very different than we're used to—at least for the time being.

Food and Drink Issue

Summer Guide 2020

With all that’s happening, we didn’t forget to put together our annual Summer Guide issue for you! The activities and events are a smidge different than in other years, but Calendar Editor Caleb Wiseblood can show you what’s out there!

Summer Guide


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Do you think schools should reopen for in-person classes?

  • Only if there are safety measures in place.
  • The hybrid models that schools are using now are working fine.
  • Yes, they should reopen fully, and our kids shouldn't have to wear masks all day.
  • Let's stick with distance learning while COVID-19 is still here.

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Point SLO Lighthouse Tours @ Point San Luis Lighthouse

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Wednesdays, 12 & 1 p.m. and Saturdays, 12, 1 & 2 p.m. — Docents lead guests on a one-hour tour of the historic site, the...
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Open Air Vineyard Yoga @ Cass Winery And Vineyard

Open Air Vineyard Yoga

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Point San Luis Lighthouse Virtual Tour

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