Oktoberfest and Project Connect heading to Baywood Park and Morro Bay

Two diverse community events will happen this Sunday in Baywood Park and Morro Bay.

The 36th annual Oktoberfest and Car Show is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce.

“There is more than ever to enjoy,” said acting Executive Director Dawn Rodden. “We’re partnering with Baywood Ale House to produce a German beer competition. Central Coast (Brewing), Tap It, Figueroa Mountain Brewing and Cambridge Brewing will participate.”

Register for the traditional Oktoberfest Run benefiting Morro Bay High School’s cross country teams at 7:30 a.m. The Kiwanis pancake breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. Live entertainment begins at 9:30 a.m. and broadcasts all day on 97.3 The Rock. The car show has more than 100 entries.

Find more information at http://www.lobpchamber.org.

“We’re keeping our Oktoberfest traditions and adding new activities like the bounce houses for children and adults and German sausage and schnitzel,” Rodden said.

In Morro Bay from noon to 4 p.m. at the Community Center, the Estero Bay Alliance for Care (EBAC) has invited nonprofits serving the area and the public to a free open house event, Project Connect: Community Resources & Opportunities. Interested agencies should call 225-1991.

Morro Bay Councilman Noah Smukler co-chairs with Councilwoman Christine Johnson.

Smukler explained: “Like a trade show, groups will have tables with materials to share their services. It is a chance for the community to learn what services are available whether they need them now or in the future — volunteer to help. Flu shots will be available.”

Unique to the format will be brief presentations by each of the groups, beginning at 1 p.m. Agencies signed up for the event represent health and wellness, volunteerism, family resources, job development, transportation, housing and home improvement, and senior and community services.

“We’ll also have a brief discussion about alternatives to panhandling and better ways to help people in need,” Smukler said. “This component of the event will be recorded by AGP for rebroadcast on Channel 20 and on 97.3 The Rock.”

According to Smukler, EBAC was created to address several community issues.

“When Mayor (Jamie) Irons and I walked precincts in 2012, we talked to people in need and those volunteering to help those in need,” Smukler said.

EBAC grew out of a brainstorming session with diverse community members seeking solutions while understanding Morro Bay’s limited resources. Thus, when feeding the hungry at Lila Keiser Park became a community concern, EBAC volunteers and the city of Morro Bay were positioned to create “Monday Night Dinners at the Veterans Hall.” Co-chairs Nancy Castle and Linda Fiddell coordinate weekly preparations served by Morro Bay Lions, St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Circle of Friends and Rock Harbor Christian Fellowship.