2016 Summer School on Fractal Geometry and Complex Dimensions


Social Activities and Cultural Events


Due to the limitations of our budget, we are not able to offer transportation to any of the following events. However, we will assist in coordinating rideshare transportation during the event, and we will also provide car rental information. If you drive to San Luis Obispo and have spare seats in your vehicle, please consider offering these seats to others for ride sharing. Also, please note that the San Luis Farmer's Market is within walking distance of the Conference Hotel (Lexington Inn).



Thursday, June 23 - SLO Farmer's Market
Getting there
Meet at Lexington Inn after the last talk of the day. The group will depart on foot at 7pm for the 1 mile (1.6km) walk to downtown; it is approximately 15min. For those who prefer not to walk, the Old SLO Trolley runs from Downtown to upper Monterey Street during 5:00-9:00pm.
Description
The Thursday night San Luis Farmers' Market SLO County Farmers' Market thrives year-round nestled in the heart of the charming San Luis Obispo downtown center. Every week, this market draws over 10,000 market-goers and is one of the largest Farmers' Markets in the state of California. Approximately 70 farmers from all over the Central Coast and the San Joaquin Valley come out, week-after-week, to sell their fresh California seasonal produce to locals marketgoers and tourists alike. This market is very well publicized as it runs in conjunction with the SLO Downtown Association activities and includes live music, food and children's events.
San Luis Farmers' Market The farmers' booths span over 2 city blocks on Higuera Street, the main street through downtown SLO. Once the market manager blows the whistle at 6:10 pm, the market is open for business. For further information:



Friday, June 24 - Avila Beach Street Fair
Getting there
Conference participants will self-organize transportation to nearby Avila Beach (13min from the Lexington Inn, by car). A map with the route to the easiest parking in Avila is here:
Description
The Avila Beach Farmers Market Avila Beach Farmers' Market is a seasonal event that takes place on Fridays (4pm-8pm) from April - September every year. The event takes place in the center of Avila Beach, right on the beautiful beach. Grab a fish taco or some Tri-Tip BBQ from one of the vendors, and enjoy the sunset with a bottle of wine on the steps or the pier. Bring a frisbee or other beach games to play. There is plenty of locally grown produce, great food from local restaurants, Central Coast wine tasting, contests and prizes, live music and dancing. Avila Beach Farmers' Market For further information:



Saturday, June 25 - Conference Dinner at Café Roma
Getting there
Conference participants will self-organize transportation to Café Roma following the public lecture. A map with the most direct walking route (30min walk) is here:
Café Roma is immediately adjacent to the train station, and there are buses running between campus and the train station.
Description
Café Roma has downstairs banquet facilities. Menu information will be posted later. For further information:



Sunday, June 26 - Excursion to Montaña de Oro
Getting there
Conference participants will self-organize transportation to Montaña de Oro, a coastal park in nearby Los Osos (24min drive from Lexington Inn). A map to the Bluff Trail parking area is here:
Description
Montaña de Oro state park We will walk along the Bluff Trail, which follows the coastline along the top of the cliffs, and enjoy the unusual and distinctive rock formations. There are also tide pools and sea caves to explore down along the shoreline.
This park features rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, including 1,347-foot Valencia Peak. Naturalists and backpackers enjoy the solitude and freedom found along the park's trails. There are also mountain biking and equestrian trails. The best-known beach is Spooner's Cove, across from the campground. Montaña de Oro state park The park's name, "Mountain of Gold," comes from the golden wildflowers that bloom in spring. Wildlife in the park includes black tailed deer, rabbits, and the black oystercatcher. Don't forget your camera!
Montaña de Oro state park The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended. The park has bathrooms but not much else in the way of facilities: participants are advised to bring their own water and snacks. We suggest packing a picnic lunch; there are several good restaurants in Los Osos, right on the route to Montaña de Oro. For take-away, there is a Subway sandwich shop (chain restaurant) and also the Native Herbs & Honey shop which is run by beekeepers and soapmakers, but has a lovely café featuring sandwiches, burritos, etc, made with local and organic ingredients. Montaña de Oro state park For eat-in dining, Celia's Garden Café offers patio seating in the garden, and a lovely garden/nursery to walk through after your meal. Also, Sylvester's Burgers is legendary on the Central Coast for having the best hamburgers around (and the largest variety). For further information on these options, consult the organizers (or Google). For further information:



Sunday, June 26 - Excursion to the Cathedral Tree
Getting there
While passing through Los Osos, conference participants may be interested in visiting the tree in which the organizers drew up the grant proposal for this conference. A map showing the location of the tree is here:
Description
The Cathedral Tree is a prime specimen of the type of pines which grow along the Central Coast. These trees tend to sprawl along the ground and form a densely enclosed canopy with a large open space surrounding the trunk and major branches. The central chamber forms a startlingly large space (``the cathedral'') which may be accessed from the intersection at Santa Ysabel Ave and Pasadena Dr or from the trail leading to it from the adjacent Pasadena Park (which provides parking and beach access). An observation deck has been constructed in an opening of the canopy, and the brave can climb to it (6--8m high). The observation deck affords a nice view of the Back Bay, including the Sandspit and Morro Rock. It was in this location that the organizers spent several hours writing up the initial draft of the proposal for the grant that eventually led to this conference.
Erin and Tony in the Cathedral Tree John and Tony in the Cathedral Tree Tony in the Cathedral Tree



Sunday, June 26 - Excursion to Morro Bay
Getting there
Conference participants will self-organize transportation to Morro Bay and the iconic Morro Rock. A map showing the most scenic route from Montaña de Oro to Morro Bay (around the estuary and salt flats) is here:
Description
Morro Bay Morro Bay is a scenic waterfront town with an enjoyable embarcadero district featuring galleries, shops, live music, and restaurants. The town's most striking feature is Morro Rock, a 576 foot high volcanic plug which stands at the entrance to the harbor. Climbing the rock itself is prohibited except with a permit, both due to risk of injury, and because it is a peregrine falcon reserve. A group of sea otters lives in the area and enjoys paddling around the bay near the rock. Morro Bay Morro Bay



Sunday, June 26 - Piano Concert by David Carfí
Getting there
The Monday Club is easy walking distance from Lexington Inn or Downtown:
Description
The Monday Club David Carfí will perform a special concert in honour of the many accomplishments and contributions of Prof. Michel Lapidus on the occasion of his 60th birthday, at the Monday Club in San Luis Obispo. Doors open at 5:45pm, with the concert beginning at 6:30pm and lasting approximately one hour. Refreshments to follow.
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