Oct. 2 and 3 are very busy for Estero Bayans. Much planning, production and ultimately profits will benefit area nonprofit groups. Friday, beginning at 5:30 p.m., the Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce has its 31st annual family friendly Community Auction.
President Dawn Rodden said, “The South Bay Community Center in Los Osos will transport you to New Orleans’ Bourbon Street for Mardi Gras in October. Red Skunk Jipzee Swing Band will make a special appearance. We have 100 items for silent and live auction and Bay-Osos Kiwanis will barbecue tri-tip and chicken dinners.”
The annual event allows the Chamber and Visitor Center to stay open all year. Monarch Grove Elementary School PTA will also share the profits.
There is no charge to attend the auction. Dinner tickets are $15 or $10 for children and available at Good Tides Coffee House in Baywood Park or the Chamber office on Los Osos Valley Road.
The 29th Annual Morro Bay Harbor Festival is all day Saturday and Sunday at the north end of the waterfront.
Ani Lyne, administrative development coordinator, discussed what’s new in 2010.
“This year, English rocker John Waite and blues legend Coco Montoya will headline. Of course, entertainment will be going on all day on all three stages.
“Remember, kids 12 and under are free. The Carnival Cove has been reinvented. It will have a 33-foot Shark Slide, a 62-foot Dolphin Obstacle and a new train tooting through the festival.”
Back by popular demand is a paddle race and rescue demonstration out in the bay. On the North T Pier, the Harbor Department has a Touch Tank for the children, and commercial fishing has stepped up its maritime expo, plus the ever-favorite fresh barbecued albacore will be available.
The Silent Seas Auction, music schedule, wine, cuisine and brewery participants can be previewed online at www.mbhf.com.
Who benefits? The volunteer organizations who work the festival! Pre-sale tickets for both days are $10, and at the event, they are $8 a day or $12 for the weekend.
Meanwhile, Estero Bayans can also participate in Sunset Magazine’s “Savor the Central Coast.” Los Osan Jim Davis was tapped to coordinate musical entertainment for most of the events after years of producing Harbor Festival shows.
“Friday night, our very own Central Coast living legend Red Holloway will perform at Mission Plaza,” Davis said. “On Saturday, Los Osos-based Red Skunk Jipzee Swing Band performs.”
On Sunday at 10:30 a.m., Morro Bay’s Chef Kirk Sowell of Frankie and Lola’s and Executive Chef Neil Smith of Windows on the Water will battle for 2010 “Iron Chef”-style bragging rights before Sunset Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Katie Tamony.
Reach Judy at 801-1422 or firstname.lastname@example.org.