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Child Development

April is Autism Awareness Month. To highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the rst three years of life and aects a persons ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is dened by a certain set of behaviors and is a spectrum disorder that aects individuals dierently and to varying degrees. We know that there is no one cause of autism, just as there is no one type of autism. Over the last ve years, scientists have identied a number of rare gene changes, or mutations, associated with autism. A small number of these are sucient to cause autism by themselves. Most cases of autism, however, appear to be caused by a combination of autism risk genes and environmental factors inuencing early brain development. Each individual with autism is unique. Many of those on the autism spectrum have exceptional abilities in visual skills, music and academics. About 40 percent have average to above average intellectual abilities. Indeed, many persons on the spectrum take deserved pride in their distinctive abilities and atypical ways of viewing the world. Others with autism have signicant disability and are unable to live independently. About 25 percent of individuals with ASD are nonverbal, but can learn to communicate using other means. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by diculties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism subtypes include autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disordernot otherwise specied (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome. With the May 2013 publication of the new DSM-5 diagnostic manual, these autism subtypes will be merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD. ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, diculties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues, such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art. In March 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ADDM autism prevalence report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 88 births in the United States and almost 1 in 54 boys. The spotlight shown on autism as a result of the prevalence increase opens opportunities for the nation to consider how to serve the families facing a lifetime of providing support for their children. Autism is treatable. Children do not outgrow autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to signicantly improved outcomes. The characteristic behaviors of autism spectrum disorders may or may not be apparent in infancy (18 to 24 months), but usually become obvious during early childhood (24 months to 6 years). For more information about autism, visit, www., or On April 28th, Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center (CCASC) is hosting the fth annual WALK for Autism and Awareness Fair in downtown San Luis Obispo.

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From 12:00 to 4:00 pm, Mission Plaza will be lled with fun for people on and o the spectrum, including childrens activities, food sales, vendor booths, music, and much more! Make sure you have registered for the WALK, because this highlighted event commences at 2:30 pm. Walk as an individual or dress to stand out as a team. Your support and donations allow the Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center to respond to local needs through various programs, services, and resources. A very generous donation from California PsychCare in 2008, enabled CCASC to open the doors of the rst and only Center for autism spectrum disorders in San Luis Obispo County. CCASC works to provide lifetime support and services to individuals, from

early diagnosis and intervention, through pre-vocational and vocational training, to transitional services and beyond. CCASC provides support for parents and caregivers and oers workshops and play groups for siblings and families. Just as it aims to support families throughout their journey, CCASC provides support, training, and education for professionals in our communities. Many work side by side with children or adults on the spectrum, and may not know how to bring out each individuals strengths. By providing education, training, and community outreach, CCASC supports those who live and work closely with persons aected by autism spectrum disorders. Find out more at www.

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Library Voice
Every Day is

Earth Day
by Kristen Barnhart

When sharing ideas for green living with children, the library should be the rst thing that pops into your head. Not only because we provide great books, some of which Ill highlight, but also because we are (and always have been) the model of shared resources. With the economy still challenging families, the library continues to oer free programs, books, movies, music, and smiles to greet you at the door. Every week, families come in and ll their canvas bags (yes, we oered them long before Trader Joes!) with books of all shapes and sizes, music CDs, audio books, VHS and DVD movies. They present a card and take it all home for free. Then, O frabjous day!, they bring them back to the library and do it all over again. Thousands of books are shared every day like smiles between friends and neighbors. In fact, the library is the perfect place to meet up with old friends and make new

ones. Play dates at the park after Toddler or Pre-school Story-times can lead to lifelong friendships for both children and their parents. Children can explore all aspects of green living, starting with their favorite resource: the childrens librarian! We can recommend picture books, such as Chris Van Allsburgs (Polar Express, Jumanji) Just a Dream, wherein litterbug Walter thinks the birthday gift of a tree from his neighbor is pretty worthless. But then he has a dream of a frightfully polluted world. Walter awakens as a changed boy empowered to save the world, starting with a tree.

Carl Hiassens chapter books for middle schoolers Hoot and Flush feature laugh-out-loud adventures with kids saving endangered owls and a polluted waterway. A movie never seen is a new movie, so check out WALL-E (if your children were too young in 2008), and nd love on an almost-dead planet earth. Have the whole neighborhood over on Saturday, April 22nd for an Earth Day party and make something new from something old!

on animals, and the biographies on inspirational people like John Muir, Johnny Appleseed Chapman, and Rachel Carson too. Jump on the bus and ride to your nearest library. Youll be amazed by what you nd. I love green living so much, Ive even spruced up and recycled this column!

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Your library system could be viewed as an ever growing and adapting tree. One trunk is the San Luis Obispo City Library. Branches include Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Los Osos, Morro Bay, and Paso Robles. We even have twigs, such as San Miguel, Shell Beach, Shandon, and Cayucos libraries. There are sixteen locations in all, including the ever-popular Bookmobile at the Templeton Farmers Market. Santa Maria Library includes Every new day oers parents Guadalupe, Orcutt and New opportunities to share creative Cuyama branches. ways to help the world. Books on craft projects using found and So, visit, or recycled items can be fun and a Like us on beautiful way to create low-cost facebook: SLOCountyLibrary or gifts. Children love to get their Santa-Maria-Library, and discover a hands in the dirt and they love to green world of shared resources! eat, so plant an organic garden, learn to compost, and prepare a Heres a little teaser: Summer homegrown meal together. You Reading is Coming! This years can even sing Oats Peas Beans themes are: Dig into Reading for and Barley Grow while you work our younger readers and Beneath together. Your librarian can lead the Surface for our teens. Next you through the Dewey decimal month, Ill have all the exciting system to the craft books in the details. 745s, the gardening books in the 635s, cooking books in the 640s, Kristen Barnhart has been telling stories, recommending books, and stamping little and songbooks in the 780s. Dewey love to help? Yes we do! We also have books on global warming, recycling, and Earth Libraries will get you through Day in the 363.7s, and saving the times with no money, better than rainforest in the 333.7s. Dont money will get you through times with no Libraries! forget to ask for all the books
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Central Coast Family

Getting Out
Plan the Perfect Road Trip


Best Family Adventures: San Luis Obispo County / Santa Barbara County
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Spring break has come and gone. That winter ski trip is behind us. Now its time to relax, save up, and start planning for the perfect family summer road trip. Perfect family road trip? Is that even possible, you ask. Absolutely. Whether youre in it for outdoor adventure, broadening your cultural horizon or simply to see the fantastic sites our nation has to oer, a well-planned road trip can be a fabulous, aordable adventure for the entire family. Get out a map. Yes, a real map. Made of paper. Theyre available free to AAA members, though anyone may stop by and pick them up for a fee. Now take out a highlighter and mark that map. Yep. Write on it. Take notes on it. Talk about it; then draw some more. Give each traveler his or her own color to mark up potential stops of interest - friends homes, family members homes, campgrounds, parks, museums, even factories. This step helps you talk about what each of you is looking for in this family vacation while also beginning to establish the potential route. It also gets everyone involved in the research. Start by keeping in mind that this is a family road trip. Long days of driving are hard on passengers and brutal for antsy little ones. Consider your regular driving habits and take frequent breaks. Weve found that driving an hour or so, then visiting a location for several hours, then carrying on another hour or so to our nal

stop for the night, mirrors the type of driving we do here on Central Coast adventure days. While the adults in your midst might be most interested in touring wineries, breweries, eateries and theater venues, theyll be traveling with children who will be entirely bored by, or not even old enough to take part in, these things. Toddlers may enjoy childrens museums across the country, but adults have seen childrens museums, and, really, did you want to drive ALL that way just to spend your days in an enclosed space with everyone elses toddlers?

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland, Oregon is one of the nations most spectacular, family-friendly science centers, worthy of at least a full day visit if youre in the area. The 219,000-square-foot museum located in Portland General Electrics historic sawdust-red power generation plant includes ve exhibit halls with hundreds of interactive exhibits and displays. Take a break from hands-on play in the turbine hall and experimentation in the physics lab with a ick in the IMAX theater, or choose from among the healthy options in the cafeteria.

Entertaining kids in the car for an hour at a time is far easier than keeping them happy for hours on end. For the youngest set, stash a bag or box of favored toys out of sight in the front seat. Dont tell them its there. Dont even hint at it. Hand one item back at a time for toddlers to peruse. When theyve tired of the rst item, give them a few minutes to relax, look out the window, be self entertained. Wait until signs of boredom really set in, then hand back the next item. For older kids, put creative supplies within their arms reach - drawing pads, colored pencils, crayons. (We prefer colored pencils since they dont melt in a hot car like crayons do.) Your front-seat stash might include ageappropriate books to be handed back with the same stealth as toys for toddlers. Even nonreaders can enjoy the pictures, and keep adults entertained while telling their own versions of their favorite stories.

State and national parks oer outdoor adventures for everyone, visitor centers, scenic stops, and picnic venues. A family paddle down a gentle stream or hike to In fact, toddlers, preschoolers a glacier is far more memorable and early elementary age children than a day spent inside yet will enjoy just about any active another arcade/pizza joint. settings where they can interact with their parents and other Once youve marked up your map, family members. Choose stops consider how much time and cash that oer some entertainment you have on hand, which stops and interactive opportunities for provide for common interests, Books on tape, CD, or mp3 players can save the day. Classics can be everyone. and narrow down your list. Now downloaded free from Librivox. plan your route, keeping in mind Getty Center in Los Angeles, for your personal daily mileage org. The local library also oers CDs and DVDs on loan, as well as instance, oers a fabulous array limitations. Remember: make of art and performances for those sure theres a long, fun stop in the digital downloads. Good readers entertain adults and children alike interested in taking in the classics middle of every travel day. as the miles wear on. With maps, or modern art, while also oering a family corner for hands-on art Traveling daily is tough on plans, entertainment and family projects and a toddler playroom everyone. Plan to stay at least loaded, climb aboard and enjoy where the youngest set can get two nights at each stop. This the ride and let the road take you their art on. Take a break from the gives you one full day to explore, where it will. galleries to roll on down the lawn- rather than a few hours squeezed covered hill, have a family picnic, in at the end of a long, exhausting Freelance writer Jennifer Best is the author or plan ahead to take advantage day of travel. Ideally, stays can of Best Family Adventures: San Luis Obispo County and Best Family Adventures: of free family-focused events. be extended for more than two Santa Barbara County, which are available ( w w w. g e t t y. e d u / e d u c a t i o n / nights, even if the nal destination at bookstores throughout the Central Coast. For more information or to contact kids_families) her, visit is further down the road.

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Fun & Games

April Foolery
Unscramble the letters below to make 5 word related to April Fools Day. Then unscramble the letters in the red squares to answer the question at left.

Jacks Jokes
Why do bees have sticky hair? They use a honeycomb! Knock Knock. Whos there? Figs. Figs who? Figs the doorbell! Where do hipsters avoid swimming? The mainstream!

Earth Day Soduko

In what country did April Fools Day originate?

Hink Pinks (2 rhyming 1 syllable words matching a silly denition):

1. world glee 3. ocean travel 4. canine run ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________
1. earth mirth 2. rain stain 3. ship trip 4. dog jog

2. shower spot ________________ ________________


Sudoku begins with some of the grid cells lled with numbers. The object is to ll the other empty cells with numbers between 1 and 9 (1 number only in each cell). A number should appear only once in each row, column, and region.

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The impact of poor attention: My son can play video games for hours, but he cannot focus on his homework for 5 minutes! Parents frequently notice that their childs attention is inconsistent and wonder if he has an attention problem, if he is lazy, or if he is simply choosing not to pay attention. Parents share that they are exhausted from constantly having to remind their child to complete basic routines and chores, to not forget items, to keep rooms and schoolwork organized, to stop teasing siblings, to think before they act, to calm down, and to sit still. One parent described her daughter as, a busy buttery that its from ower to ower without an awareness of where she is or how she is impacting others around her. While these children are often unaware that they are not paying attention, or even what distracted them in the rst place, they do notice that they are dierent from their classmates and even their siblings. Sadly, their realization may contribute to poor self-esteem. Compounding this, they may receive negative messages from parents and teachers who are exasperated by their behavior. You need to know that it is not your fault as a parent, nor is it your childs fault! Attention and learning problems: Weak attention and focus skills adversely aect the ability to succeed in school, at home, and at work. Unfortunately, attention problems can continue into adulthood and be detrimental to long-term self-esteem. Brock Eide, M.D., and Fernette Eide, M.D., noted that problems with attention can both cause learning challenges, and be an important sign that other learning challenges are present. In order to x the attention or learning obstacle, one must get to the REAL root of the problem. According to Daniel Amen, M.D., Attention Decit Disorder (ADD/ ADHD) is the most common learning and behavior problem in children and it aects about 17 million children and adults in the US. Dr. Amen notes, ADD aects many areas of the brain, [including] the brains controller of concentration, attention span, judgment, organization, planning impulse controlthe brains gear shifter[and] the brains mood control center. These functions are

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critical for maintaining alertness in the classroom, focusing on tests and during homework time, prioritizing, thinking before speaking, and having mental-exibility (vs. rigidity) to aid problem-solving. Temporary x: ADD and ADHD-type behaviors are typically handled with short-term eects and supports, rather than solutions. Accommodations can be made to reduce distractions in the classroom (e.g., placing the student in the front of the classroom, or modifying assignments). In The Gift Of Learning, Ron Davis wrote, Behavior modication or Ritalinis not a solution, because it does not address the REAL problem. Drugs are often used as a rst-response to attention problems instead of a last-response, even though there are usually unwanted side eects. The drugs temporarily aid attention and focus only while the child is on the medication. Parents are often told to seek counseling or behavior modication for their child. These important interventions can be helpful in supporting him with a structured environment and improved family communication and strategies. However, because these measures will not change the root cause, the child will continue to deal with attention problems. The solution comes from science: It used to be thought that our brains were hard-wired and unchangeable, but it is now widely recognized by neuroscientists that the brain can create new neuropathways and has plasticity, which is the ability to change in both structure and function. As noted in Dr. Amens book, Healing ADD, Before and after [brain] imaging shows that, with eective treatment, brain function can dramatically improve and give suerers more access to their own abilities. According to the research, an intensive and targeted brain-training program, along with a healthy diet and adequate exercise, will make benecial and lasting changes in the brain. Prior to engaging in a brain-training program to remediate focus and attention, it is important for the child to complete an evaluation that

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can pinpoint the underlying cause of the attention problem. In The Mislabeled Child, Drs. Eide and Eide advised that, Attention is the end result of many more basic functions that work together to allow a child to pay attention. Its not enough to know that a child shows ADHD-type behaviors; you need to know why the child shows those behaviors. Only when you know the source of a childs attention problems can you nd a complete set of solutions. The most eective remediation program needs to be intensive in order for the brain to change. It must also be completed in a one-to-one setting and include critical focus and attention-training elements including: reex integration; body awareness and control; creating neuropathways in the attention and control centers of the brain; developing internal awareness and control (to notice when you are, or are not paying attention); learning to confront external distractions (auditory and visual), and developing executive function skills to increase selfmonitoring across many settings. Attention and focus CAN change! It is important to know that there is HOPE! Research proves that a childs brain can make positive and lasting improvements in focus and attention. An eective training program can also result in reducing anxiety and frustration, improving condence and self-esteem, creating more mental exibility, and making learning easier. Dont wait until its too late-when you are at wits end and your child has given up on himself. The investment in an eective program can change his life forever.
Amen, Daniel, M.D. Healing ADD. New York, NY: Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2002. Davis, Ronald D., Braun, Eldon M. The Gift Of Learning. NY, NY: Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2003. Eide, Brock, M.D., M.A., and Eide, Fernette, M.D. The Mislabeled Child. New York, NY: Hyperion, 2006. Monastra, Vincent J., Ph.D. Parenting Children With ADHD. Ann Arbor, MI: Sheridan Books Inc., 2006. Karyn Lutes, MA, CCC-SLP, is a Licensed Speech and Language Pathologist, CA Credentialed Teacher, and Executive Director of The Speech And Learning Coach in Arroyo Grande. She is an author, speaker, wife, and mother of three. Contact her at (805) 474-1144 or Info@ 2013 The Speech And Learning Reproduction allowed if origination is included. Must be used in its entirety.

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Local History
Historic Hotels in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo: 100 Years Books

Collect all three great books about the history of SLO town. Buy your memory of downtown as it continues to change in the coming months and years. Capture a moment in history!

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by Guy Crabb

The city of San Luis Obispo and its citizens have been waiting for the Copeland Chinatown Project and the other major projects on the block between Nipomo and Garden Streets. I have heard that the Chinatown Project may include a nice downtown hotel. San Luis Obispo has had many hotels throughout its history and Im the guy who is going to take you on a ashback of hotels from the past. I may even throw in a little murder story, a little ladies of the evening story (children, close your eyes), a few res, and other surprises. I know the new hotels to be built downtown will be nice and elegant, but the hotels from yesteryear were incredible with woodwork detailing that isnt done anymore. Heres the re story I was talking about. Everyone knows the big brick Andrews building on the corner of Osos and Monterey Streets. Back in 1886, on this same corner was the original Andrews Hotel. It was a beautiful, threestory building that was made by

the best wood craftsman in the area. It had 26 suites, 86 single rooms, and 16 bathrooms. It was the most modern hotel in the area and attracted many tourists who would come to San Luis Obispo by train. Within seven months of opening, the hotel burnt to the ground in one of San Luis Obispos worst res ever. Mr. Andrews then erected the brick building you see today and turned it into a bank. Now I am going to tell you about a story of murder, the FBI, and Mr. Andrews. Lets go back to 1910, when Mr. Andrews decided to build another hotel on the corner of Osos and Palm Streets. It was a plain looking building with nothing of elegance to oer. It had 80 rooms. Some guests enjoyed their own ensuite bathroom, while others had to share bathrooms at the end of the hall. It was the murder at the hotel that made it famous. In 1947, a body was found in a trunk in the basement. It was such a mystery, the FBI got involved. It turned out that a young man had murdered

his wife, who was a Countess from Portugal, and stued her body into a shipping trunk under the hotel stairs. After a lengthy manhunt, the murderer was brought to trial. Now, let me tell you a little about the shadier side of downtown hotels. In the early 1920s, a young lady by the name of Mary Gail Black was a reporter for the San Luis Obispo Daily Telegram. She stayed for some time at the San Luis Hotel. The building is still there on the corner of Higuera and Broad Streets, where the Rocket Fizz store is today. The hotel was upstairs. Mary soon was shocked to learn that the other women staying in the hotel were ladies of the evening and this section of town was a red light area. Ok, thats enough of murder and mayhem. Now lets transition to Hollywood and famous movie stars. At one time the Anderson Hotel (on the corner of Monterey and Morro Streets) was one of the most modern and elegant hotels in town. Je Anderson built the hotel in 1923, and expanded it a few years later. This hotel had the towns rst elevator and oered 200 guest rooms. Many famous Hollywood stars stayed at the Anderson before and after they visited Hearst Castle as guests of Mr. William R. Hearst. Not too many hotels can brag that they hosted Charlie Chaplin for the evening. The most famous hotel in town is no longer a hotel, but the current owners were nice enough to put the Wineman Hotel sign back up on the corner of the building. The rooms today are rented out or leased. If you take a tour of the available rooms, you can see just how small hotel rooms were back in the 1930s. The Wineman had 50

rooms and the building still has lots of cool tile work in the bathrooms. The Wineman was denitely a popular tourist location between the 1930s and 1970s. If you travel up the block and stand in front of the Ross Dress for Less store, you can view the old Marshall Hotel that was on the second oor of the building. Guests would stay here from the 1930s into the 1960s. On Monterey Street, the old St. James Hotel used to stand where Beverlys is today. This hotel was a low rent type of hotel. In 1933, the St. James caught on re. It was another spectacular re in town, and the re department could not put it out before the entire building was destroyed. As they started to go through the ruins of the St. James, workers found some of the old adobe brick walls that were part of the original structure. There were many other downtown hotels. The Granada Hotel on Morro has come back to life with a recent retrot. Most of the building is still there, but now it has become a bistro. At 995 Higuera Street, there were a few dierent hotels. One was called the Grutti Hotel, which later became the Midway Hotel. On Osos Street, on the second oor of the brick part of the Andrews buildings, there were several hotels through the years. Its always interesting to remember the past, and it is also fun to imagine what the future holds for downtown San Luis Obispo.
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Family Life

by Steven Smith

Earth Week

Mark your calendar for April 16th to 22nd, and get ready to celebrate Earth Week 2013 (also known as National Green Week). This is an ideal time to learn about current environmental issues and discover what your family can do to help. MEASURE CARBON FOOTPRINTS A great way to start out the week is to measure your carbon footprint - the estimated amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) you contribute to the environment in a year. CO2 gas traps heat in our atmosphere, raising the average temperature of areas around the world and aecting weather patterns. The primary source of CO2 gas buildup is burning fossil fuels. By measuring your carbon footprint,

you can assess your personal impact on the earth, and monitor how much energy you consume and how much waste you create. You can plan changes in your lifestyle and habits to reduce your impact on the earth. I located several websites on the Internet with quizzes you can take to measure your carbon footprint. For kids, check out: www.cooltheworld. com/kidscarboncalculator.php, for those ages 10 to 18, visit: www. htm. Adults can go to: www. or www.nature. org/greenliving/carboncalculator/ index.htm. READ FOR FUN & KNOWLEDGE Celebrate Earth Week by reading

informative and interesting books about the earth and environmental issues. Search for books on ecology and ecosystems, climate change or changing weather patterns, extreme weather, rising seas, global warming, the greenhouse eect, deforestation and reforesting the earth, pollution, endangered animals, reducing, reusing and recycling, how to live sustainably, or being greener. Some popular read-aloud choices for young children are The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry, or Why Are the Ice Caps Melting: The Dangers of Global Warming by Anne Rockwell. Older children can discover fantastic books at the local library, such as Investigating Climate Change by Rebecca L. Johnson, The Down-ToEarth Guide to Global Warming by Laurie David, Global Warming by Laurence Pringle, True Green Kids: 100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet by Kim McKay, Girls Gone Green by Lynn Hirsheld, or Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers & Wetlands by Cathryn Berger Kaye. Young adults can nd ideas to inspire action from the book The Young Activists Guide to Building A Green Movement & Changing the World by Sharon J. Smith. Adult readers can nd good book picks on these websites: www. Best_Environmental_Books,, or environmental-books.htm. REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE Everyone should practice the 3 Rs Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Parents can serve as teachers and role models for their kids. Start as a family by trying to reduce your overall consumption. Make an eort to recycle everything you can. Work to nd ways to reuse things you have. Reduce Reduce your overall consumption. Be a smart shopper: buy durable products that can be recycled. Buy in bulk to reduce packaging or choose unpackaged items. Purchase and use rechargeable

batteries. Go paperless by using washcloths instead of paper towels, and a handkerchief instead of tissues. Turn o all lights and unplug appliances when not using them. Reuse Reuse things around your home. For instance, save reusable paper, or repair damaged clothing. Take reusable bags to stores. Recycle Place all recyclables in your curbside bin, including aluminum cans, glass containers, plastic bottles, magazines, newspaper, paper and cardboard. Recycle packaging materials, including Styrofoam, at local sites: Use recycled items when possible. Host a yard sale, donate items to thrift stores, and give extra books to a local library. LIVE GREEN Make your personal lifestyle more sustainable, healthful, and earthfriendly by eating, living, and making your home greener. Green Living Watch what you eat. Become skilled at reading labels and avoid unhealthful food. Eat locally-grown and organic food. Eat less meat. Drink ltered tap water, and carry a reusable water bottle. Avoid beauty products with toxic ingredients. Use natural toiletries. Conserve water used for showers, landscaping, laundry, etc. Walk, bike, ride the bus, or carpool. Lower your consumption of fuel and electricity. Green your Home Give your home an environmental makeover. Replace incandescent light bulbs with ecient LED or CFL bulbs, and install outdoor solar lights. Install low-ow showerheads and toilets. Fix leaks promptly. Get energy-ecient appliances. Use natural (non-toxic) nishes in your home renovations. Maximize sunlight in your house. Clean Green Use ecofriendly cleaners. Baking

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Beauty Blog: Pro Make-Up Tips

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April 2013 Free Ongoing Events

FARMERS MARKET: 11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club


2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria

3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO DOC BURNSTEINS READING LAB 3:30-4:15pm AG



Autism Awareness Month School Library Month Keep America Beautiful Month National Child Abuse Prevention Month Nat. Math Education Month National Garden Month National Frog Month National Poetry Month

April is:


Birthstone: Diamond

8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:30 AG, 11:00 NI


9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade

8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St

3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG






Flower: Sweet Pea




11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club


2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria


3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO DOC BURNSTEINS READING LAB 3:30-4:15pm AG


FARMERS MARKETS: 8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:30 AG, 11:00 NI


3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG



9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade


8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St

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11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club


2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria


3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO DOC BURNSTEINS READING LAB 3:30-4:15pm AG


FARMERS MARKETS: 8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:30 AG, 11:00 NI


3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG



9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade


8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St




11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club


2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria

3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO DOC BURNSTEINS READING LAB 3:30-4:15pm AG


8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:30 AG, 11:00 NI


3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG



9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 10:00am-12:30pm Cayucos Vets Hall 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall


8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St







11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club


2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria


3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO DOC BURNSTEINS READING LAB 3:30-4:15pm AG



8:30-11am AG Spencers Market 12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr 3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens 5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT, 10:30 AG, 11:00 NI


3:00-6:00pm Old Porte Fisheries AG 2:30-5:00pm Spencers Morro Bay 6:00-9:00pm Downtown SLO LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:00 MB, 10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30 AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG



9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade


8:00-10:30am SLO Promenade 9:00am-12:30pm Templeton City Park 9:00am-1:00pm Shell Bch Dinosaur Caves 9:00am-1:00pm Paso Downtown Park 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St

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Family Events
THU MAR 14-SUN APR 28 (times vary): LES MISERABLES or a Whole Lot LESS Miserable presented by The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville at 1863 Front St, Oceano. (Rated PG). The in-house snack bar serves food and drinks before the show and during intermissions. Cost: $18-22. Contact: 4892499 or FRI MAR 22-SUN APR 28 (times vary): THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH at Pewter Plough Playhouse, 824 Main St, Cambria. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play follows the saga of an extraordinary American family as they struggle against incredible obstacles to survive famine, re, an ice age, great oods, economic collapse, politics, end-of-the-world scenarios, many depressions and endless wars. Cost: $15-25. Contact: 927-3877 or THU MAR 28 5:30-8:30 pm: BUNNY TRAIL DOWNTOWN San Luis Obispo Farmers Market. Join the eggs-citement as E. Bunny invites all children to Hop Along the Bunny Trail, visiting businesses collecting candy and treats. Meet at the corner of Chorro and Higuera at 5:30 pm to receive a free map of participating shops and a bag for treats. Watch for E. Bunny! Contact: www.downtownslo. com or 541-0286. FRI MAR 29 11:00 am-2:00 pm: HEALTHY FOOD DEMONSTRATION at La Reyna Market, 532 24th St, Paso Robles. The Network for a Healthy California-Gold Coast Region invites all SLO County residents to learn about healthier meal options. Cost: free. Contact: 677-5255 or FRI MAR 29-SUN APR 14 (times vary): TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE at The Spot, 116 W. Branch St, Arroyo Grande. Based on the best-selling novel. Mitch reconnects with his dying professor Morrie. Starring Kirk Scott and Darren Doran. Cost: $15-20. Contact: 474-5711 or SAT MAR 30 at 10:00 am: ANNUAL EGG HUNT at Mountainbrook Community Church, 1775 Calle Joaquin, SLO. Cost: Free. Contact: 543-3162. SAT MAR 30 at 10:00 am: HOPPY EASTER EGG HUNT at SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel, 2241 Price St, Pismo Beach. Kids ages 10 and under search the 5 acre grassy area for eggs full of candy and goodies. With other prizes and activities, this free family event is always a blast! Contact: (800) 782-8400 or www.SeaCrestPismo. com. SAT MAR 30 at 10:00 am: FAMILY EGG HUNT & CARNIVAL at Elm Street Park, 1221 Ash St, Arroyo Grande. Free activities include egg hunts for all ages, sack races, and a raw egg toss contest. Other paid activities include a carnival, hot dog barbecue, and a bounce castle. Bring a basket! Contact: 473-5474. SAT MAR 30 10:00 am-1:00 pm: EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA at Dinosaur Caves Park, 2701 Price Rd, Pismo Beach. In addition to the eggs-citing egg hunt, participants can enjoy games, bounce houses, face painting, a balloon artist, and much more FREE fun! Bring your own basket or bag. Hunt times for dierent age groups: 10:10 am: age 2 & under; 10:40 am: age 3-5; 11:10 am: age 6-8, 11:40 am: age 9-12. Contact: 7737063 or SAT MAR 30 11:00 am: EASTER EGG HUNT at Historic Jack House and Gardens, 536 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. Join the Easter Bunny for an exciting free adventure searching for prize-lled eggs in the gardens. Ages 0-7. Contact: 7817300. SAT MAR 30 11:00 am-3:00 pm: KIDS DAY at Nipomo Community Park, Pomeroy Rd & W Tet St. Easter egg hunt 11:00 am-12:00 pm. Free activities follow including a BBQ, bounce houses, cake walk, carnival games, pony rides, and entertainment. Contact: 929-5437. SAT MAR 30 at 10:00 am: Cayucos EASTER EGG HUNT & DOG PARADE at Hardie Park, 3rd St, Cayucos. 10:00 am: Egg Hunt. 12:30 dog registration, 1:00 Easter Bonnet Parade. Registration fee: $10. Dogs must be well-behaved on a leash. All proceeds benet the Mutt Mitt program! Bring chairs and cameras to watch or judge. Contact: 235-2289. SAT MAR 30 at 2:00 pm: TURTLES & TORTOISES AROUND THE WORLD Family Mind Walk at Museum of Natural History, Morro Bay State Park campground. Enjoy this presentation for adults and children by Judy and Bob Thomas. Learn about our planets oldest inhabitants and their threatened existence. Cost; $3, under 17 free. Contact: 772-2560. SUN MAR 31 at 9:00 am: EASTER EGG HUNT at Shamel Park, 5455 Windsor Blvd, Cambria. Meet the Easter Bunny. Balloons & prizes for kids 8 yrs and under. Special egg hunt for kids 2 yrs and under. Admission is free. Contact: SUN MAR 31 10:00 am-12:00 pm: EGG COLORING & EASTER EGG HUNT PARTY at SLO Creek Farms, 6455 Monte Rd, San Luis Obispo. Bring a dozen hard-boiled eggs and coloring supplies. Bring your own basket to collect eggs. Egg hunt for ages 12 and under. Face Painting, contests, and photos with the Easter Bunny! Cost: $3 for coloring, $5 ages 3-12 hunting, free under age 3. Contact: (702) 245-3135 or FRI APR 5 12:00-3:00 pm: HEALTHY FOOD DEMONSTRATION at Albertsons, 730 Quintana Rd, Morro Bay. The Network for a Healthy California-Gold Coast Region invites all SLO County residents to learn about healthier meal options. Cost: free. Contact: 677-5255 or goldcoastnetwork. org. FRI APR 5- SUN APR 14 (days & times vary): Disneys BEAUTY & THE BEAST at Coast Union High School Gym, 2950 Santa Rosa Creek Rd, Cambria. Presented by Coast Union High School Drama. Cost: $5-20. Contact: 927-3834 or FRI APR 5-SUN APR 21 (times vary): LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Unity, 1490 Southwood Dr, SLO. In this Kelrik

The Morro Bay High School Pirate Players present

After Dark production, a down-and-out Skid Row oral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon Audrey II grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, rhythm-and-blues-singing carnivore who oers the assistant fame and fortune in exchange for fresh victims. Patrons under age 16 must be with an adult. Cost: $20. Contact: 543-7529 or FRI APR 5 6:30-9:30 pm: ORCHID SHOW PREVIEW BENEFIT at South County Regional Center, 800 W Branch St, Arroyo Grande. This elegant evening includes local wines, gourmet hors doeuvres, live music, a silent auction and an awards presentation. Buy the rst selection of orchids, and talk with vendors prior to the show. Cost: $40. Contact: www.fcos. org or SAT APR 6 9:00 am-5:00 pm & SUN APR 7 10:00 am-5:00 pm: CENTRAL COAST ORCHID SHOW & SALE at South County Regional Center, 800 W Branch St, Arroyo Grande. Natures Gems, the 18th annual show sponsored by the Five Cities Orchid Society will include exhibits and vendors oering a large variety of orchids, books and supplies, orchid culture re-potting demonstrations, plant doctors, and catered lunch. The weekend rae benets the GuadalupeNipomo Dunes Center. Cost: $5 includes a door prize ticket, 12 and under: free. Contact: SAT APR 6 11:00 am-3:00 pm: MISSION DAYS at San Antonio Mission de Padua, 1 Mission Rd, Jolon. A family experience with re-enactors, crafts, food, tours, and

demonstrations. Cost: $10. Contact: 3854478 or SAT APR 6 11:00 am-3:00 pm: HEALTHY FOOD DEMONSTRATION at Albertsons, 1132 Branch St, Arroyo Grande. The Network for a Healthy California-Gold Coast Region invites all SLO County residents to learn about healthier meal options. Cost: free. Contact: 677-5255 or SAT APR 6 12:00-4:00 pm: GRAND OPENING & PLANT SALE at BeeWench Farm, 4805 River Grove Dr, Paso Robles. Cost: free. Contact: 423-7187 or SAT APR 6 1:00 -4:00 pm: WINE, CHOCOLATE, CHEESES ...OH MY! at River Oaks Hot Springs, 800 Clubhouse Dr, Paso Robles. Enjoy the best of local wines, chocolates, and cheeses at Zoo To Yous annual Conservation Benet. Cost: $45. Contact: 391-0604. SAT APR 6 at 7:00 pm & SUN APR 7 at 2:00 pm: ROBIN HOOD at Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center, 1 Grand Ave, SLO. Presented by Ballet Theater SLO. The Sheri of Nottingham loathes Robin Hood. Maid Marian loves Robin Hood. Is he hero, or villain? You will decide when you experience this unforgettable experience for the entire family. Cost: $20-38. Contact: 440-1439 SAT APR 6-SUN APR 7 (times vary): ALICE IN WONDERLAND presented by Civic Ballet of SLO at the Performing Arts Center, 1 Grand Ave, SLO. Alice in Wonderland directed by Drew Silvaggio. Featuring a brand new piece, Ryan Lawrences Mourn. Cost: $18-29.

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7th Annual Kite Festival at Morro Rock - A Free Family Event! SAT April 27th 11:00 am-5:00 pm & SUN April 28th 11:00 am-4:00 pm 1st 500 kids on SAT get free kites from Central Coast Funds for Children! Fly a Kite! Enjoy Performances by Amazing Kite Flyers and Dancers

portion of proceeds benefit CCGGA Scholarship Fund. Cost: free. Contact: 961-8901 or SAT APR 13 10:00 am-3:00 pm: CHILDRENS DAY IN THE PLAZA in Mission Plaza, 989 Chorro St, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy a fun free day dedicated to making kids happy with hands-on activities, rides, games, face painting, petting farm, carnival, food, music & more! Contact: 782-7280 SAT APR 13 10:00 am-3:00 pm: APPLE BLOSSOM DAYS FESTIVAL at Apple Farm, 2015 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo. Celebrate spring with wine tasting, garden & floral demonstrations, a local artisan craft fair, cake walk, bounce house, petting zoo and more free fun for the whole family! Contact: 800.255.2040. SAT APR 13 1:00-3:00 pm: Workshop on MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATE LANDSCAPING at San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd, SLO. A stunning show featuring new and exciting plants for your yard. Local landscaper Gabriel Frank will explore compelling plants from the Mediterranean regions of the world. Cost: $5-10 ($3 parking). Contact: 5411400 or SAT APR 13 & SUN APR 14: 5th Annual WINE 4 PAWS to benefit Woods Humane Society. Visit any participating winery when they will be donating your Tasting Fees or a portion of your purchases! No advance tickets needed; simply head out to any of the participating wineries. Contact: FRI APR 19 7:30 pm: OPEN HOUSE CONCERT at Spanos Theatre, 1 Grand Ave, SLO. After an exciting day at Cal Polys Open House, come and enjoy an evening of live entertainment by three of the Music Departments finest instrumental ensembles: University JazzBand, Symphony, and Wind Ensemble. Cost: $9-14. Contact: 756-2406 or FRI APR 19-SUN APR 21 (times vary): THE FANTASTICKS at Nipomo High Schools Olympic Hall, 525 N Thompson Ave, Nipomo. This thrilling stage production tells an allegorical story concerning

two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud. The fathers hire traveling actors to stage a mock abduction, so that Matt can heroically seem to save Luisa, ending the supposed feud. Contact: SAT APR 20 1:00-3:00 pm: KIDS EARTH DAY at San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd, SLO. Have fun creating collaborative recycled art projects. Make something new out of something old, while making new friends in the Garden. Cost: $5 donation per family ($3 parking). Contact: 541-1400 or SAT APR 20 6:30-10:30 pm: KIDS NIGHT OUT at Central coast Gymnastics, 21 Zaca Lane, San Luis Obispo. Pizza, snacks, drinks, games, big screen movie, the Foam Pit, and great gymnastics fun for ages 3 (potty trained) and up! Cost: $25 / 1st child, $15 / siblings. All proceeds benefit Teach School. Register by APR 18 by calling 234-4143. No registration at CCG. SUN APR 21 10:00 am-5:00 pm: SLO EARTH DAY FAIR & MUSIC FESTIVAL at El Chorro Regional Park, SLO. This all-ages event features live music on 3 stages, local vendors, childrens activities, food, wine, and beer. Cost: free. Contact: 5448529 or SUN APR 21 2:30 pm: CAL POLY ALLSTATE MUSIC FESTIVAL CONCERT at Performing Arts Center, 1 Grand Ave, SLO. This spectacular Open House event will feature 150 of Californias finest young musicians, chosen by audition to participate. They are the future of music in America, and it is our pleasure to showcase their talent under the direction of world-class conductors. Come and enjoy an afternoon of musicmaking as these young professionals display skills far beyond their years. Cost: $9-14. Contact: 756-2406 or music. SUN APR 21 3:00-5:00 pm: BABA THE STORYTELLER at Congregation Beth David, 10180 Los Osos Valley Rd, SLO. Baba the Storyteller is from Long Beach, California but spent many years in Gambia, Africa learning the art and music

Contact: 544-4363 or civicballetofslo. org. SUN APR 7 4:00 pm: KEITH GREENINGER at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd, SLO. Keith paints intricate portraits of the human condition with powerful melodic images, deep engaging guitar rhythms and warm, heart-wrenching vocals. He is a multi award winning singer songwriter and winner of the prestigious Telluride Troubadour National Song Writing Competition. Seating is limited. Cost: $20-25. Contact: 541-1400 or TUE APR 9-THU APR 11: SPRING EARTH DAY CAMP at Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School, 2450 Pennington Creek, SLO. Campers will enjoy the outdoors while learning about alternative energy and participating in games and arts and craft projects. Offered to students in grades 1-6. Morning and afternoon snacks are included. Register now! Cost: $100 ($10 discount for 2nd child). Contact: 7827336 or THU APR 11-SAT APR 13 at 7:00 pm: LOVE BY THE BOLT at Morro Bay High School Multipurpose Rm, 235 Atascadero Rd. The Pirate Players present a French farce by Georges Feydeau. This fast-paced comedy follows Dr. Moulineaux (Tyler Forman) as he attempts to flirt with pretty married patient Suzanne Aubin (Claire Vogel). Meanwhile, his sweet wife Yvonne (Erin Henry) and her domineering mother Madame Aigreville (Kyla Finger) are determined to keep him honest. Moulineaux is vexed with boring friend Monsieur Bassinet (Tielor Stanger), who is harder to get rid of than a cold. Complicating matters, the husband M.

Aubin (Lawrence Banta), a womanizer himself, mistakes Dr. Moulineaux for a dressmaker, and confusion and frantic cover-ups ensue. Rounding out the cast are Raymond Martinez, Keana Alden, Julia Krok, Verona Strom, and Camille Hoffman. Wren Thompson is asst director. Cost: $7 w/ASB/seniors/children under 12, $8 general. Appropriate for all ages. Contact: 771-1845. THU APR 11-SAT APR 13 7:30 pm: THE MAGIC FLUTE at Spanos Theatre, 1 Grand Ave, SLO. The co-opera collaborative venture between Cal Polys Student Opera Theatre and Opera San Luis Obispo continues this year with a complete production of Mozarts The Magic Flute. Outstanding student singers in several key roles will perform side by side with internationally acclaimed opera singers. Student instrumental musicians will perform with OperaSLOs professional orchestra. Cost: $9-18. Contact: 756-2406 or calendar. FRI APR 12 11:00 am-3:00 pm: HEALTHY FOOD DEMONSTRATION at Albertsons, 771 E Foothill Blvd, SLO. The Network for a Healthy California-Gold Coast Region invites all SLO County residents to learn about healthier meal options. Cost: free. Contact: 677-5255 or goldcoastnetwork. org. SAT APR 13 9:00 am-3:00 pm: 12th Annual CENTRAL COAST GREENHOUSE GROWERS OPEN HOUSE at various locations. Member nurseries in Nipomo and Arroyo Grande will open their doors to the public. Many offer tours of their facilities in addition to their highly anticipated plant and flower sales. A

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of the great Storytellers (Griots). His talent will amaze you. Cost: $15. Contact: 544-0760 or TUE APR 23 at 7:00 pm: CIRCA: 61 CIRCUS ACTS IN 60 MINUTES at Cohan Center, PAC, 1 Grand Ave, SLO. Cal Poly Arts presents the lithe, athletic, and intrepid acrobats of Circa mixing bodies, light, sound, and skill to totally reinvent the concept of circus arts. Pulsing with upbeat music and featuring multi-skilled performers who are the best at beating the clock, this is fast, furious circus fun for all ages (3+). Cost: $12-44. Contact: WED APR 24 6:15-8:15 pm: LEARNING DISABILITIES PARENT WORKSHOP at New Directions for Kids, 1522 W Branch St, Arroyo Grande. Share with other parents and learn strategies from occupational therapists for managing daily life with children who struggle with sensory processing and learning challenges. Cost: free. Contact: 474-6811 to RSVP. THU APR 25-SUN MAY 12 (times vary): FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at The Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande. Travel the roads of Anatevke with Tevye, his dairy cart, his wife, and ve daughters. As the sun rises and sets on his beloved Russian town, he dreams of a better future for his family. Presented by PCPA Theaterfest. Contact: 489-9444 or SAT APR 27 11:00 am-3:00 pm: HEALTHY FOOD DEMONSTRATION at Albertsons, 1132 Branch St, Arroyo Grande. The Network for a Healthy California-Gold Coast Region invites all SLO County residents to learn about healthier meal options. Cost: free. Contact: 677-5255 or SAT APR 27 & SUN APR 28 (times vary): 7th Annual MORRO BAY KITE FESTIVAL at Morro Bay Beach. The skies around the rock will be lled with kites of all shapes and sizes as professionals and amateurs, children and adults show o their skills. Kite yers and kite dancers from around the country will amaze the crowd with choreographed kite routines by teams and solo performances set to music. The rst 500 children to attend on Saturday will receive free kites, donated by Central Coast Funds for Children. Cost: free. Contact: 772-0113 or morrobaykitefestival.yola SUN APR 28 12:00-4:00 pm: 5th Annual WALK FOR AUTISM & AWARENESS FAIR at Mission Plaza, 989 Chorro St, SLO. Mission Plaza will be lled with fun, including childrens activities, food sales, vendor booths, music, and so much more! Make sure you have registered for the WALK at 2:30 p.m. Support and donations allow the Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center to be responsive to local needs. Cost: free. Contact: 763-1100 or SUN APR 28 12:00-5:00 pm: MORRO BAY AAUW GARDEN TOUR at 845 Main St, Morro Bay. Cost: $10. Contact: 235-5779 or

Recurring Events & Resources

Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & SAT 11:00 am-5:00 pm: Exploration Stations Interactive Science Center welcomes families at 867 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach. Cost: $2 kids, $3 adults. Contact: 473-1421 or http://explorationstation. org. 3rd SAT every month: Equine Assisted Learning Workshops in Los Osos. Enjoy being with horses in a fun, active, and eective setting. Workshops are all unmounted (no riding). For individuals, parents, couples, team building. Facilitated by EAGALA certied professionals: Angela Sherman, Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist PSY 23689 and Carol Studer, Equine Specialist. Contact: (650) 248-4072,, or www. 2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00 pm: Grief Support Group at Central Coast Hospice, 253 Granada Dr, Ste D, San Luis Obispo. This free group is for anyone suering from the loss of a loved one who is in need of support. Contact: 5406020. 2nd SAT of every month FEB-NOV at 9:00 am: The City Of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department oers free docent-led nature walks of the Los Flores Ranch Park, 6271 Dominion Rd, Santa Maria. Contact: 925-0951 x 263. 2nd WED every month 6:30-7:30 pm: LOS BERROS 4-H CLUB Create and Learn meets at El Camino Art Gallery, 1200 E Grand Ave, Arroyo Grande. New members welcome! Cost: free. Contact: 748-1454. 1st & 3rd THU of every month 6:007:00 pm: Free Class On How To Read Music at The Piano Outlet, 485 North Frontage Rd, Nipomo. Introduction to the basic building blocks of music notation and how to read and play music with emphasis on pitch and duration, or rhythm. Theres no need to register. Just show up! Contact: 541-350-1703 or Every TUE & THU 9:30 am or 6:30 pm: Moms Group Drop-in classes at 5 Cities Swim School, 425 Trac Way, Arroyo Grande. $7 members, $9 Non-members. This fun year-round class for parents and babies 3 mos to 2 yrs includes swimming skills, bonding, and songs. Contact: 4816399 or 1st MON every month 12:15-12:45 pm: Sukha Wellness Center welcomes Heidi Harmon for a singing and dancing good time at 6615 Bay Laurel Place, Avila Beach. Helps kids with active participation and camaraderie, developing creativity, reducing performance anxiety and building memorization skills. Cost: $5. Contact: 801-8088. Every MON 6:30 pm: Prenatal Yoga With Mary Sage Sennewald at Sukha Wellness

Center, at 6615 Bay Laurel Place, Avila Beach. Learn essential exercises and techniques to use throughout pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Meet other pregnant women and learn about local resources. Cost: $8. Contact: 8018088. Every TUE 6:00-7:30 pm: Womens Depression Group with Michelle Ogle, LMFT at 411 Trac Way #A, Arroyo Grande. Explore your personal journey among like-minded women. Share adversity and strengths. Learn to Set boundaries and Goals. Evolve through others experiences. Be happy without compromising who you are. Ongoing groups. Call for brief screening and info. Contact: 260-5710. Every TUE at 6:30 pm: Central Coast Weight Loss Challenge Lessons and Classes at Crossroads Wellness, 1542 W Branch St, Arroyo Grande. This 12week program advises proper nutrition and food choices while encouraging exercise. Each person will receive personalized one-on-one coaching. Participation costs $39 for all 12 weeks. $10 of each entry will be donated to a local childrens charity, and the rest of the proceeds will be awarded to the biggest loser. Contact: 489-4466 or Every other THU 3:30-4:30 pm: Paws to Read ProgramReading to Rover at Atascadero Library, 6850 Morro Rd. Join Captain, a 6 year-old tan and white rough-coated Jack Russell Terrier and his human friend Anne Harris, for a relaxed hour of stories. Captain, a certied therapy dog, loves it when children read to him! For dates, call 461-6161. 4th WED of every month at 10:00 am: Wednesdays at the Movies at Morro Bay Library, 625 Harbor St. Watch a free ick and discuss it with family and friends! Contact: 772-6394 or http:// Every SAT 11:00 am-4:00 pm: ADOPT-APET events at Petco in Madonna Plaza Shopping Center, 271 Madonna Rd, SLO. Cats and kittens are spayed or neutered, tested and vaccinated. A free vet exam is included. Cost: Adoption fees are $60 for one or $80 for two. Contact: 5499228 or Los Osos Pet Lost & Found Headquarters connects people with their LOST pets and allows those who have FOUND a pet to locate the owner. If you are unable to secure a found pet in your home, call 528-5611. Sponsored by Squeaks, Chirps & Bubbles Pet & Feed Store, 1030 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos. If you found or lost a pet in Los Osos, call 528-5611 or 801-6640. Tree of Life at 7730 Morro Rd, Suite 106, Atascadero, is a non-prot organization helping women and families facing an unplanned pregnancy with free pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds, baby clothes and supplies, as well as medical referrals and other practical assistance. All services are free and completely condential. Contact: 461-3405 or www. Every WED-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & SAT

10:00 am-5:00 pm: Free Electronic Waste Drop O at Exploration Station, 867 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach. Drop o any item with a cord (all electronics and small appliances). Not accepted: large appliances, batteries, and light bulbs. Tax receipts and free pick-up for large TVs and loads of electronic waste. Contact: 473-1421 or Every WED 10:00 am-6:30 pm: North County Humane Society oers microchip clinics at 2300 Ramona Rd, Atascadero. Get your cat microchipped, so youll never have to worry about them getting lost. Its the best $15 you will ever spend! Contact: 2nd TUE every month 7:00-9:00 pm: SLO NightWriters oers educational speakers at PG&E Education Center, 6588 Ontario Rd. SLO NightWriters is the premier writing organization on the Central Coast. Contact: www.slonightwriters. org. Every FRI 10:00 - 11:30 am: Postpartum Education for Parents (PEP) at One Consignment, 240 E HWY 246, #105, Buellton. Contact: 564-3888 or www. AIKIDO FOR KIDS - Get Fit at Aikido of SLO, 209 Bonetti, SLO. Ongoing classes are for ages 4-11 (kids are divided into two age groups). Children learn how to be safe without hurting others. The learning environment is fun and skilled teachers are friendly. Classes include safety techniques, games, tumbling, and cooperative interaction skills. Contact: or 544-8866. La Clinica de Tolosa is a nonprot childrens dental clinic in Paso Robles providing a full range of quality pediatric dental care for ages 1 to 12. It serves lowincome children throughout the county who are uninsured or covered by public insurance programs such as Medi-Cal. Contact:, or 238-5334. Every FRI 1:00-2:00 pm: Mommy and Me Little Swimmers in a warm water therapy pool at 1443 Cazadero St, SLO. Jacks Helping Hand oers a parent & child class designed to engage children ages 2 to 8 with special needs in fun water activities that encourage physical and social development. Cost: $20 for 4 classes, scholarships available. Join anytime! Taught by Kinesio-Therapist Kay Heaton. Contact: 547-1914. Volunteer as a Good Neighbor! Make a dierence in the life of an older or disabled adult. Once trained, volunteers choose services to contribute and schedule hours at their convenience. Training is scheduled monthly at Wilshire Community Services, 285 South St, Ste J, SLO. Contact: 547-7025 x 17. Volunteer at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art! Stop by at 1010 Broad St (Mission Plaza) or email 2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00 pm: Caregiver Support Group at Cayucos Community Church, Ocean Ave & S 3rd St. Free support group for caregivers and family members dealing with longterm illness, memory loss, dementia, and

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Alzheimers. Contact: 458-7484. 1st SAT every month 9:00 am-12:00 pm: Eln Forest Work Parties. Dress for wind, fog, or sun (layers work well) in long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and sturdy shoes. Meet at the north end of 15th St in Los Osos. Contact: 528-0392 or 2nd SAT every month: Family programs at San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden. Contact: 541-1400 or Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Remain Independent Despite Vision Loss at Santa Maria Terrace, 1405 E. Main St. New ways of doing daily tasks are taught by the Braille Institute, such as managing the home, traveling, and use of talking library books. Contact: 462-1225. 2nd & 4th MON every month at 6:30 pm: MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet at Pacic Christian Church, 3435 Santa Maria Way, Santa Maria. Childcare provided. Contact: 934-3491 or www. Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI 3:005:30 pm: Teen Wellness Program at Arroyo Grande EOC Health Services Clinic, 1152 E Grand Ave. Health services, including reproductive health, in a safe environment with sta trained to screen, assess, and provide intervention. Appt preferred. Contact: 489-4026. 1st WED every month at 9:00 am: Community Action Partnership Senior Health Screening at First United Methodist Church, 275 N. Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande. Free and lowcost services for people 50 and older including blood pressure, pulse, weight, total cholesterol, screening for anemia, diabetes and fecal blood, nutritional counseling, and referrals. Contact: 4812692 or 788-0827. 1st WED every month at 12:00 pm: Disabled American Veterans luncheon at Veterans Memorial Bldg, 313 W. Tunnell St, Santa Maria. Contact: 345-0402. Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm: Widowed Support Group at New Life Church, 990 James Way, Rm 14, Pismo Beach. Arrive 10 min early for 1st meeting. Oered by Hospice of SLO Co. Contact: 544-2266 or 1st THU every month at 6:15 pm: Commission on the Status of Women meets at Coast National Bank, 500 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. The Commission is an ocial advisory group to the SLO County Board of Supervisors to identify issues of concern to women that are not the focus of other advocacy or advisory organizations. Contact: 788-3406. Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon Family Support Group at Luis OASIS Senior Center, 420 Soares Ave, Orcutt. Contact: 937-9750. 2nd SUN every month 1:00-3:00 pm: Free Reiki energy balancing and relaxation at Sukha Wellness Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Place, Avila Beach. 30 min sessions, no disrobing, 5 certied practitioners. Contact: 235-6283.

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3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm: How to Survive Divorce seminar at the San Luis Obispo Womens Community Center, 1124 Nipomo St, #D in SLO. Practical tips, pointers, and suggestions for handling family law issues. $10.00 donation requested for handout materials and book. Contact: 544-9313 to register. 4th TUE every month at 5:30 pm: Legal Clinic for Self-Represented Litigants at the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse Law Library, 1050 Monterey St in SLO, #125. SLO County Bar Assn Family Law Section & Womens Community Center provide one-on-one legal advice for persons ling divorces w/o an attorney, and a document preparer to assist in completing court-required forms. Min. $40.00 donation. Limit: 12 participants. Contact: 544-9313. Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention (SARP) Center of San Luis Obispo County oers: Weekly Drop-In Support Group for Sexual Assault Survivors; 24 Hour Crisis Line; Advocacy and Accompaniment; Peer Counseling; Individual Clinical Counseling; Prevention and Education Programs; and Womens Empowerment and Self Defense Workshops. Contact: 545-8888 or 1st THU every month at 6:15 pm: Commission on the Status of Women meets at Coast National Bank, 500 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. The Commission is an ocial advisory group to the SLO County Board of Supervisors to identify issues of concern to women that are not currently the focus of other advocacy or advisory organizations. Contact: 7883406. Every MON 4:00-5:00 pm: Jacks Yoga for Teens in San Luis Obispo Veterans Building, 801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Classes are free with Jacks Helping Hand Scholarships, all abilities and special needs welcome, ages 10-18. Classes are taught by certied yoga instructor Shoosh Crotzer. Contact: 547-1914 or Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED 3:005:00 pm: Jacks Adaptive Toy Lending Library - Jacks Helping Hand at Central Coast Gymnastics, 21 Zaca Lane, #100 in San Luis Obispo. Traditional and adaptive toys for children with all types of disabilities to check out. Inhome appointments also available. Cost-Free! Contact: 547-1914 or www.

Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI 4:00-7:00 pm: Jacks Adaptive Toy Lending Library - Jacks Helping Hand at Pats Place in Nipomo Recreation Community Rm, 671 W Tet St, Ste 2, Nipomo. Toys for children with all types of disabilities to check out. In-home appointments also available. Cost-Free! Contact: 547-1914 or Every THU 11:00 am-2:00 pm & SUN 1:004:00 pm: Katies Korner Adaptive Toy Lending Library (Jacks Helping Hand) is at Paso Robles Childrens Museum, 623 13th St, Paso Robles. Traditional and adaptive toys for children with all types of disabilities free to check out. In-home appointments also available. Contact: 547-1914 or Divorce Support Group meets weekly at 1540 Marsh St. Suite 260 in SLO. Licensed Psychotherapist Ben Elfant-Rea leads the group. Contact: 903-2604 or www. 1st MON every month at 6:00 pm: Free Infant-Child CPR Class at 5 Cities Swim School, 425 Trac Way, Arroyo Grande. Contact: 481-6399 or 1st THU every month 9:30-10:30 pm: Bike Happening at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa! After Farmers Market, enjoy pedaling with hundreds of bikers, or just watch. Dierent costume and decoration themes every month. Have fun and obey all trac laws! Contact: http:/ Last TUE every month at 7:00 pm: Birth & Baby Resource Network sponsors free education events at EcoBambino, 863 Monterey St, SLO. Contact: www.bbrn. org or 546-3755. Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm: ADOPT A PET at Petco, 2051 Theater Dr, in Paso Robles. Cats are available for adoption through NCHS. Dogs are available through Short n Sweet Dog Rescue. Contact: 466-5403. Find the Adventures With Nature & Mind Walk schedule from Morro Bay Museum of Natural History at: naturewalks.html. Every FRI at 7:00 pm: Senior Ballroom Dancing at Madonna Inn. If you are a senior (single or attached) and like ballroom dancing, this is the place! Look left of the bandstand for table sign Senior Dancers. Dance, chat and

listen to good music. No fees or dues! Contact: 489-5481 or Literacy Council for San Luis Obispo County has an ongoing and urgent need for volunteer tutors and oers free training in SLO. Contact: 541-4219 or Become a volunteer tutor for adults learning to read, write, or speak English with Central Coast Literacy Council. No teaching experience or ability to speak a 2nd language required. Tutor training at Santa Maria Library on SAT FEB 25 & SAT MAR 3. Contact: 925-0951 x 837, or stop by the oce at Santa Maria Library. Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens oers many free services: Senior Connection - connecting callers with local resources; HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) one on one assistance for Medicare beneciaries, advise and referrals for long term care options, and help with billing / appeals; Vial of Life magnetized containers with medical information; a Senior Resource Directory for SLO or SB counties, and much more. Contact: 9259554 or San Luis Obispo Senior Center oers health screening, legal services, meals, exercise, bridge, bingo, and more at 1445 Santa Rosa St. Contact: 781-7306. San Luis Obispo ALPHA (Alpha Pregnancy Counseling & Support) is a nonprot, nonpolitical, non-sectarian organization providing free pregnancy support, newborn assistance & education in SLO, Arroyo Grande, and Atascadero. Pregnancy Testing; Options Counseling; Follow-Up Counseling; Support & Referrals re: Post-Partum Depression; Medical Care & Insurance; Agency Referrals; Rental Deposit Assistance; Maternity & Baby Clothes; Infant Supplies & Equipment; Workshops; Support Groups; and a Speakers Bureau. Contact: 541.3367 or Central Coast Astronomical Society plans a Dark Sky Star Party every month at Santa Margarita Lake KOA Campground at sunset. CCAS also sponsors special guest speakers and programs periodically. Event details and schedules, weather updates, and local resources can all be found at: www.centralcoastastronomy. org. Contact: Aurora Lipper at aurora@

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installed means of preventing the animal from being discharged, or the animal is cross tethered to the vehicle, or is protected by a secured container or cage, in a manner which will prevent the animal from being thrown, falling, or jumping from the vehicle. (b) This section does not apply to any of the following: (1) The transportation of livestock. (2) The transportation of a dog whose owner either owns or is employed by a ranching or farming operation who is traveling on a road in a rural area or who is traveling to and from a livestock auction. (3) The transportation of a dog for purposes associated with ranching or farming. There may also be additional city ordinances where you live. Alternatives to having your dog exposed in the bed of the truck vary, as shown in the California vehicle code. Crates, harnesses, or seat belts to secure the dog in the cab are all good options. Or simply attach a short chain to the bed and make sure the dog is secured. In any event, dont hesitate to mention the safety concerns to dog owners who are doing the wrong thing. Dont ever apologize for trying to help an animal that cannot speak for itself.
Lisa Ellman has been training dogs since the age of 11, when she took rst place in a group class with her Doberman Sidney. She was a founding member of Heeling Touch Dog Training in San Luis Obispo, bringing shelter dogs to the inmates of Juvenile Services. Lisa launched Good Dogma Obedience Training in 1996, and she mentors students from the Animal Behavior College in Northridge who are studying to become dog trainers. Lisa lives in Los Osos with her husband and four-legged children: Jake, Remo, and Chagall.

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Weve all seen dogs riding in the back of pickup trucks as the trucks y down the highway. We often forget that dogs animal instincts are extremely powerful. Dogs are rarely capable of staying in a truck or anywhere else when they notice a prey animal and their instinct says get it. Lives are jeopardized every time someone transports a dog on a roadway in the back of a truck without appropriate restraints. Aside from the dog jumping out and getting dragged behind the vehicle, a dog on a shorter tether can hang itself over the side of the truck. As a vet technician, I unfortunately saw the results of this situation rsthand. How many times have we all driven behind a pickup on the highway, going at least 55 mph, and seen a dog standing on the tire well, inches from going over the edge? Not to mention getting whatever is in the air and on the asphalt blown in its face another health risk! The dog may seem to be having fun, but by living in the fast lane, it risks injury

from ying objects. Eye injuries are common, but theres an even greater danger: approximately 100,000 dogs a year nationwide are killed because they jump or are thrown from a pickup. Theres no reliable way to estimate how much damage and how many serious accidents such incidents cause. How many times have we seen an unsecured dog lying on a high bench in the back of a truck, and anxiously imagined what could happen if the driver had to make a sharp turn. I want to get in front of such a truck as soon as possible, because I dont want to be the one that runs over the dog when it falls out. Nor do I want to cause a major accident, because I have to slam on my brakes or swerve to avoid hitting it. There is no way to guarantee that a dog is going to stay in the back of a truck, unless the dogs tether is so short that the dog can only lie down or sit. Even then, if the tether is not made of metal, it can be chewed through. One quick turn, abrupt

stop, or unexpected bump in the road, and a dog can be catapulted into trac. This can result in broken bones, bruises and road rash, and even death. Responsible pet owners have a moral and legal duty to ensure the health and safety of their animals, both at home and on the road. Letting a dog ride unsecured in the back of a pickup truck is not only unsafe and potentially deadly for dogs, it can be illegal. Many local and state governments, and some states, now regulate how dogs can be carried in pickup beds. California requires dogs in the open back of an average pickup to be either in a cage or cross-tied to the truck. Violators can be ned $50 to $100 for a rst oense and up to $250 for a third oense. Here is the law: CALIFORNIA VEHICLE CODE SECTION 23117 (a) No person driving a motor vehicle shall transport any animal in the back of the vehicle in a space intended for any load on the vehicle on a highway unless the space is enclosed or has side and tail racks to a height of at least 46 inches extending vertically from the floor, the vehicle has

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