California Native Plant Society – San Luis Obispo Chapter

Annual Potluck Banquet

Saturday, January 20, 2018

5:30-9:30 pm

$10 per person, plus a pot luck item for the dinner


Morro Bay Veterans Memorial Building

209 Surf St, Morro Bay

Social Hour – 5:30 pm

Buffet Style Potluck Dinner – 6:30 pm

Chapter business – 7:30 pm

Program – 8:00 pm

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San Luis Obispo – A Remarkable Center for Chaparral Biodiversity

Richard W. Halsey, Director of the Chaparral Institute

Richard HalseyRichard W. Halsey is a writer, photographer, and the director of the California Chaparral Institute, a non-profit research and educational organization dedicated to the preservation of California’s native chaparral ecosystem, helping communities understand the dynamics of wildland fire, and supporting the creative spirit as inspired by the natural environment. Richard also works with the San Diego Museum of Natural History, teaches natural history throughout the state, and leads the Chaparral Naturalist Program at the Elfin Forest Reserve in Escondido.

Within a 35 km diameter circle surrounding San Luis Obispo, it becomes clear why the region is one of California’s jewels of biodiversity and natural history. Within this relatively small area one can find seven highly localized, endemic species of one of the chaparral’s most iconic members, manzanita. Outcrops of serpentine soils and the influence of a maritime environment help create unique native shrublands found nowhere else. And the legacy left behind in the region by the chaparral’s once powerful denizen, the California grizzly bear, offers a testament to the ecosystem’s fragility.


Tickets are $10 per person – You may reserve your spot with credit card or PayPal by clicking the Tickets button, or if you prefer, you may send payment to D. Krause, 2706 Newton Drive, Cambria, CA, 93428. You may print this form to include with your check.

Questions? Contact David Krause  at or 805-927-5182



CNPS will be providing the beer, wine, coffee, tea, and assorted beverages included with the cost of the banquet. Plates, glasses, cups, and napkins will be available; we ask that you bring your own eating utensils, although plastic utensils will be available.

For the dinner potluck, we are asking those with last names beginning with the following letters to bring the suggested item (and serving utensils). However, if you have a dish you especially want to share with the group, please feel free to bring it or contact Lauren (805-460-6329, for alternative suggestions.

R to Z: main meat or veggie dish
A to H: salad (with dressing) or side dish
I to Q: dessert

Please put your name on a label or piece of tape on your serving items so they can be returned to you.


From the south (SLO/Los Osos): Exit Hwy 1 at Main Street. Turn right, go under freeway, and stay on Main Street through traffic signal.

Go up the hill a couple hundred yards and turn right on Surf Street (sign is obscure). Continue over cross street and veer to the right. The Veterans Building is the large building on the left.
From the north (Highway 41 and the north coast): Turn left on Main Street immediately east of the freeway. Stay on Main Street through the signal and then see above.


contact Lauren at or 805-460-6329.

Hope to see you there!