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There’s plenty to do in February

‘Come Outside and Play” is the Cayucos Land Conservancy’s invitation to its innovative fundraiser Saturday.

“The board wanted a fundraiser directly connected to our mission,” Chairwoman Mary Bettencourt said. “We brainstormed getting our supporters out to explore our many beautiful parks. Diane Weatherford called various leaders to host tours. They instantly agreed to help.”

A donation of $15 for adults and $10 for children buys lunch and one docent-led tour. Go birding with Rick Austin or Tom Edell.

David Chipping delivers Cayucos bluffs geology factoids. Tour Harmony Headlands with Elise Wheeler, or hunt marine mammals with Rouvaishyana.

Photograph the oaks with Jerry Kirkhart, or sketch the Elfin Forest with Barb Renshaw. Learn Cayucos history with Lou Smith, or find out what’s next for Cayucos Land Conservancy.

The kayak tour with Paul O’Conner is sold out, but a Ken Kaberline barbecue is worth the price of admission.

“We’re celebrating where we live by getting outside to learn more about it,” Amanda Atkinson said. “Additional displays will be at the veterans hall, where we’ll have lunch at 12:30.”

Check out www.Cayucos LandConservancy.org, then reserve your play-tour at 995-1972.

Morro Bay Fund Follies

Talent of a different ilk will grace the Morro Bay Community Center stage Feb. 25 and 26 when Janice Peters and Nancy Castle present another Morro Bay Fund Follies.

“We’re in rehearsal now with several talented people — new and returning,” Peters said. The theme is “Divas and Crooners,” with songs such as “Nine to Five,” “My Way,” “Your Cheating Heart,” “Fever” and more.

Local favorites performing are Peters, Neil Farrell, Jenny B, Camille Watkins, Jill Garcia, Hank Roth and Gary Ryan.

Yummy pizza is catered by Noah Smukler and Carla Borchard. The Morro Bay Seniors hosts and bakes cookies.

Tickets are $10 and available at the Senior Center and Chamber of Commerce. The Follies generates grants for groups such as Morro Bay 4th, Harbor Festival and Cruisin’ Car Show to offset the impact of city costs required to produce those events.

Lions Chili Cook-off

Hot, hot, hot or mildly seasoned? You be the judge at the Cayucos Lions Chili Cook-off on Feb. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cayucos Veterans Memorial Lions Hall.

Chairman Dick Moon said, “Restaurants and individuals can bring at least a gallon to earn best chili bragging rights for 2011. Chili can be prepared with any kind of meat or combination of meats, red or green chili peppers and spices. Bring chili at noon. We’ll have everything else. Lions Clubs districtwide are participating this year.”

The Kern River Band will entertain. Lions’ projects benefit.

Tasting tickets are $5 at the door. Questions? Call Dick Moon at 995-1218.

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