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Caffeine addicts now have a new java joint to help them get their fix: Joe Momma's at 310 Front St. in Avila Beach. The shop uses a prized Clover brewer, and is offering cups to the public from 7 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 8. Stop by for "Clover Day" and taste the super-expensive Hacienda la Esmeralda free of charge. The shop is also opening an organic spa Nekkidd so guests can grab a coffee, get a massage, and shop for natural clothing, all without leaving a several-foot radius. Owner Micheal Kidd said that the experience is patterned off of coffee houses in New Zealand. The local shop features Intelligentsia coffee, so stop by and have a cup. Info: 627-1500

Lisa Shrubb is organizing a small group of women to participate in a Run for Congo Women event starting at about 9 a.m. (depending on the tide) on Sept. 15. She and others will run from Morro Rock to the Cayucos pier. Shrubb is coordinating the runners to call attention to the deaths, rapes, tortures, slavery, and militia attacks in the Congo. For more information, visit or call 748-0833.

The Central Coast Natural History Association has a secret, but not one to keep hidden. Sept. 8 marks the group's Secret Safari, which starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Guests will enjoy food, wine, and entertainment on the progressive dinner. The theme is "dressy safari," though flip-flops a signature of the event are encouraged. The association hopes to raise $30,000 this year, and has added a silent auction and a 20-20 raffle: $20 buys you a chance to win 20 bottles of wine. Tickets are $95 per person for Central Coast Natural History Association members, or $120 for non-members. Tables of eight get a special rate. A portion of the proceeds will go toward restoring the Spooner Ranch House at Monta"a de Oro. For reservations, call the association's executive director, Denise Lapp Tallman, at 772-2694, Ext. 101.

This week's Strokes and Plugs was compiled by Editor Ryan Miller. E-mail your business news to

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