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School events top Cambria’s fall arts calendar

The 2007 family documentary ‘Arctic Tale’ which will show Nov. 6 and 7 at Hearst Castle.
The 2007 family documentary ‘Arctic Tale’ which will show Nov. 6 and 7 at Hearst Castle. Courtesy photo

A full-length Arctic adventure is the centerpiece of this year’s annual movie night fundraiser at Hearst Castle to benefit Cambria schools.

The Cambria Education Foundation and Hearst Castle Theater are teaming up for two 7 p.m. showings, on Friday, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 7. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 18 and younger accompanied by an adult.

Queen Latifah narrates the large-format feature film, appropriate for all ages, which follows a polar bear and her cubs, along with a walrus and her calf, as they navigate the challenges of surviving in the Arctic. The showings will feature themed lobby activities and concessions, before the film and during intermissions, to enhance the film experience.

Tickets, priced at $15 for adults and $10 for children 18 and younger, are available at or at the Cambria and Morro Bay chambers of commerce. Advance purchase is recommended, as seating is limited.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

All proceeds directly benefit Coast Unified School District students and teachers.

It’s one of two arts-related educational fundraisers set for the first week of November in Cambria, with the other being a book fair planned at the Santa Lucia Middle School library.

The “Monster Book Fair: Reading is So Much Fun, You’ll Get Goosebumps” runs from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 2-5 and from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6. Early birds can enjoy complimentary hot coffee and donuts at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, and the fair will remain open until 6 p.m. Wednesday, when it will offer the latest edition of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, “Old School.”

In addition to shopping at the school, book lovers can buy books online at Proceeds help purchase new books for the middle school.

Those who don’t wish to shop can consider purchasing a book from Santa Lucia’s Teacher Wish List, from the website above, that will be donated to the school library.

Art exhibit

California plein air artist Elizabeth Tolley’s works will be featured in a 20th anniversary exhibition from Nov. 14 through Dec. 1 at the Vault Gallery in Cambria.

A reception is planned for 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14.

Tolley began her career working with watercolors, then expanded her palette to include oil painting. Her instructional book on landscape painting, “Oil Painter’s Solution Book: Landscapes, 100 Answers to Your Oil Painting Questions,” was published in 2007. It has sold more than 30,000 copies.

Tolley lives and works in a studio near Morro Bay. The 2015 issue of Southwest Art Magazine featured her in “My World,” spotlighting artists with extraordinary studios. She is a member of the Oil Painters of America, California Art Club, Laguna Plein Air Painters and National Watercolor Society.

The Vault Gallery is at 2289 Main St.

For information, call 927-0300.


Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, a three-piece folk band from Prince Edward Island, Canada, will perform in the first of two November concerts at Coalesce Bookstore, 845 Main St. in Morro Bay.

The bilingual trio of Jesse Périard, Rowen Gallant and brother Caleb Gallant will appear at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13.

The band, nominated in multiple categories for the 2013 Canadian Folk Music awards, plays a mixture of Irish, Acadian, French and original music. The following week, guitarist Eric Henderson will bring his eclectic selection of traditional and contemporary music to Coalesce Bookstore in Morro Bay for a 7 p.m. concert set for Friday, Nov. 20.

Henderson has been playing guitar since the age of 6 and, six years later, became one of the youngest people to study privately under Spanish master Andres Segovia in Madrid.

Henderson’s diverse repertoire includes everything from works by Torroba and Bach to the Rolling Stones’ “Paint It, Black,” as well as his own original compositions.

The Laguna Beach native has recorded numerous albums for major labels such as JVC and MCA, while touring in Russia, Japan, Europe and the United States.

Tickets for each concert are $20. Information: 772-2880.

Book signing

Author Destry Ramey will appear at a book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Coalesce Bookstore, 845 Main St. in Morro Bay.

Ramey, a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and children’s author, will be signing her book “The Brown Paper Bag,” the fourth in her series “The Adventures of Hunter and Ramona Pug.” Based on the true story of an abandoned puppy, her latest work focuses on the adventures of a pup who is thrown out a car window in a paper bag.

The book is illustrated by Jesus Chavez.