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Harvesting Hope and Welcoming Butterflies in Pismo Beach

Monarch Butterfly MigrationPeople come to Pismo Beach for various reasons but fall offers a bounty of opportunities to pitch in, give back, and be rewarded by the beauty of the Central Coast. Here are two of our favorite fall celebrations.

Help Make It a Season of Plenty for All

This may be a bountiful time of year for many people and families, but not everyone is so fortunate. The Harvesting Hope Festival is a fundraiser for the 5Cities Homeless Coalition which aims to build a south San Luis Obispo County community services center. The goal is to empower low-income and homeless families, children, and individuals to acquire the education, job training, nourishment, and medical services needed to become confident, self-sufficient, productive members of society.

Being held Sunday, October 27, 2013, at the Monarch Dunes Clubhouse, the $25 festival ticket includes soup, bread, and a handcrafted bowl with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the 5Cities Homeless Coalition. Event entertainment will include music by Pacific Swing and harpist Toni Destro, a silent auction and opportunity drawings, and the fine work of local artisans on display for purchase. Guests can also indulge in fabulous local wines (at an additional charge). Take advantage of a fun night and enjoy the good feeling of knowing your contribution can help change the lives of so many.

Back in Town: The Monarch Butterflies Land in Pismo Beach

Butterfly season in Pismo Beach kicks off on November 2, 2013, with the Monarch Butterfly Grove Opening Day Celebration. The stunning orange and black butterflies are back and more awe-inspiring than ever. This mass migration of the delicate, beautiful insects is celebrated every fall as they make their way to their landing spot in Pismo Beach.

The migrating butterflies can live up to six months in their winter resting spot on the eucalyptus trees at Pismo State Beach (the typical lifespan of a monarch is only two to six weeks!) as they cluster together to form a shingle effect sheltering them from the elements. Gathered together by the thousands, this living work of art by Mother Nature is located only half a mile south of Pismo Beach. The opening day will feature plenty of docents (you are bound to have questions as you witness this fascinating phenomenon), activities, booths, and, of course, butterflies! The grove will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily with informational talks being given at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. through the end of February.

Find Comfort in Pismo Beach

Whether your time in Pismo Beach is philanthropic, beauty-seeking, or otherwise, you’ll need a place to lay your own head at night. The SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel in Pismo Beach offers a convenient, central location for visitors so you can take advantage of the natural bounty of the Central Coast, the delicious restaurants and wineries of our California city, and so much more.

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