'Language of Flowers' author to speak at Cuesta College

slinn@thetribunenews.comFebruary 8, 2013 

The author of The New York Times best-sellerThe Language of Flowers” is coming to the Central Coast.

Vanessa Diffenbaugh will speak about her novel Feb. 27 at Cuesta College’s Cultural and Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo. The free event, which includes a reception and book signing, is part of Cuesta College’s annual Book of the Year program.

Published in 2011 by Ballantine Books, “The Language of Flowers” follows a troubled young woman as she leaves the foster care system in search of her own identity.

Here are some of the other Book of the Year events in store for 2013. All events are free and open to the public.

  • “Pause on the Path” art exhibit: Local artist Gene Elsdon celebrates the beauty of the natural world in his watercolor paintings, on display through Feb. 28 in the lobby of Cuesta’s Cultural and Performing Arts Center.
  • “Plant Passion: Accessing the Soul’s Imagination”: Mary Ubersax conducts a workshop on the use of essential plant oils to stimulate creativity and the senses, Feb. 23 at EarthTones Gifts, Gallery & Center for Healing in Paso Robles. Call 238-4413 or email earthtoneswb@yahoo.com for reservations.
  • “Stepping Up for Emancipating Foster Youth”: Join Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Cuesta College and the county Department of Social Services as they discuss ways to meet the needs of foster youth. This forum takes place Feb. 27 in Room 5401 of Cuesta’s San Luis Obispo campus.
  • “Floral Arranging 101: The Language of Flowers”: Cuesta instructor Cheryl Ziehl leads a March 2 flower arranging workshop at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden. Reserve a spot by calling 546-3100, ext. 2287, or emailing kdecou@cuesta.edu.
  • “Growing Together: Foster Family Workshop”: Foster children and parents are invited to participate in this April 20 planting workshop led by Education Coordinator Lindsey Collingsworth at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden. Call 541-1400 for reservations.

For more information, call Carina Love at 546-3100, ext. 2688, or visit http://library.cuesta.edu/book/index.htm.

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