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Getting Out



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Don’t Miss the Elephant Seals!

The Northern Elephant Seal,
Mirounga angustirostris, is an
extraordinary marine mammal. It
spends eight to ten months a year
in the open ocean, diving 1000
to 5000 feet deep for periods of
fifteen minutes to two hours, and
migrating thousands of miles,

twice a year, to its land based
rookery for birthing, breeding,
molting and rest. The Piedras
Blancas rookery, on Highway 1
seven miles north of San Simeon
on the California Central Coast,
is home to over 20,000 animals.
The area is open for viewing

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every day of the year and there is make sure they get their mom’s
no admission fee or reservation attention, and make all sorts
of noise. The enormous bulls
posture and bellow (it sounds like
In February, the elephant seal a Harley revving up, or the lowest
pups wean after spending a notes of a huge pipe organ) to
month nursing and resting on the establish dominance.
And if
beach with their mothers. Visitors you think that these huge bulls
enjoy the antics just below the would be slow, you haven’t seen
little bluffs that provide a spread- them in action, charging each
out viewing area for this amazing other, banging necks and biting.
spectacle. Less than twenty feet Wherever you look, plumes of
away, huge seal adults lay in the sand keep spraying up, covering
sand, flipping plumes of sand on both young and old with sand to
themselves to keep cool. Looking stay cool. Off in the distance, you
along the rookery cove (one of may also see plumes of water as
several) you see thousands of gray whales migrate south.
seals—gigantic bulls (up to 16
feet long and 5,400 pounds) with The origins of Piedras Blancas
their characteristic elephant-like rookery began on November 25,
snouts; large mother seals nursing 1990, when 23 elephant seals
their pups, and hundreds of pups, were counted in the small cove
just south of the Piedras Blancas
squawking loudly.
lighthouse. The spring of 1991
Volunteer docents are usually
available to answer questions
about the seals--such as the fact
that the purpose of an adult
male’s long snout (proboscis) is
to attract a mate; and that the
pups grow from 60 pounds at
birth to 300 pounds before they
venture out on their own by
March. Most of the births usually
take place in late January, though
this varies from year to year, and
births started unusually early on
November 29th this year.

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brought almost 400 seals to molt.
In January of 1992, the first birth
occurred. The colony grew at a
phenomenal rate. In 1993, about
50 pups were born. In 1995, 600
pups were born. The population
explosion was underway. By
1996, the number of pups born
soared to almost 1000 and the
colony stretched all the way to
the beaches that run along the
Coast Highway.
Where did the animals come
from? Re-sightings of tagged
animals indicate that most were
from San Miguel Island, San
Nicolas Island, and Ano Nuevo.
However, all the major rookeries
were represented. Overcrowding
or the failure to successfully wean
pups may have prompted them to
Friends of the Elephant Seal was
formed in November of 1997. The
goal of this dedicated group of

volunteers is education. Docents
are at the viewpoint to answer
questions and help visitors get
the most from their viewing
experience. Public safety and
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Improvements at the vista
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the viewing experience, with a
boardwalk built by the California
Conservation Corps with support
from the California Coastal
Conservancy, several interpretive
signs provided by the California
State Parks, and handicapped
parking lot improvements and
access provided by California
Department of Transportation.
Bluff fencing has been added in
an attempt to control runaway
erosion. Since it is speculated continue to grow for many years.
that elephant seals return to mate
on the same beaches where they Take the whole family on a road
were born, the colony will likely trip up the beautiful north coast
and enjoy nature’s wonder. This
amazing experience is not to
be missed! The seal rookery at
Piedras Blancas is on CA Highway
1 at the southern end of Big Sur on
the California coast, twelve miles
north of Cambria and four miles
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pups protection from high water;
and it is protected from predators
by a kelp forest. At Piedras
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Library Voice

Black History Month
by Kristen Barnhart

“Darkness cannot drive out
darkness; only light can do that.

Lead me on to the light

Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.”

Take my hand precious Lord,
lead me home

Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hearing her singing through his
pain, in the darkest of nights, was
like being tucked into bed under
a quilt handmade by a devoted
grandmother. I love the way
Pinkney’s words and illustrations
capture that same strong bond.
After reading it with your children,
be sure to check out some of the
YouTube clips of her marvelous
presence and voice, to breathe life
into the story. The library is also a
goldmine of documentaries and
classic movies on civil rights, free
for the requesting and borrowing.

February is Black History Month
and there is so much available
to enlighten at your library. The
wonderful non-fiction picture
book Martin and Mahalia: His
Words, Her Song by Andrea Davis
Pinkney fills in the back story of
one of my favorite moments in
the film. Dr. King gets up out of
bed in a long dark night of the
soul, makes his way to the kitchen
phone, and calls Mahalia Jackson.
She leaves her bed knowing what
he needed to hear:
Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn
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Congressman John Lewis, who is
the last surviving member of the
“Big 6” civil rights leaders from
that Bloody Sunday in Selma,
wrote an autobiographical graphic
novel titled March. It begins on
the Edmund Pettus Bridge in
Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965,
and then traces his childhood and
the early years in the civil rights
movement. Lewis shares his story
on President Obama’s January 20,
2009 inauguration by reminiscing
in his office about being a
sharecropper’s son who grew
up to be an elected member of
the United States Congress. This
beautifully told and illustrated
format resonates with teens as
they can see themselves in him,
and how their own choices can
define them and their generation.
It is the first of a proposed trilogy
exploring Congressman Lewis’

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life and his continued influence on delightfully captures the everyday
our American ideals.
family stuff that we can all relate
to. This allows the listener /
reader to feel completely present
in the story when it gets heavy.
The Watson kids face the reality of
racism for the first time and your
children can walk along in their
shoes. Elijah of Buxton is another
Newbery Award winning book by
Christopher Curtis that features
a small town in Canada settled
February has some long weekends by freed and runaway slaves.
for traveling that offer your family Again, Curtis writes in such a way
the perfect opportunity to listen that readers will laugh out loud
to great audio books together and sit on the edge of the seat in
in the car. The 1977 winner of suspense. Both of these books
the John Newbery Medal, Roll of can open up discussion for your
Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred family to explore and grow.
Taylor (powerfully read by Lynn
Thigpen) is a great choice for
families with middle graders
up through high school. This
is a vivid story of a black family
whose love ties them not only to
each other, but also to their land,
and gives them strength to defy
rural Southern racism during the
Depression. The novel shows the
rich inner rewards of black pride,
love, and independence despite
the certainty of outer defeat as
they face Klan nightriders and
daily humiliations. Be sure to help
your driver keep his eyes on the
road, since this is such a riveting,
look at the speakers, production!

Great fiction fosters empathy in
readers of all ages, which is why
I adore it and love to spark the
joy of reading in children. The
characters in fiction can logically
lead readers to the stories of
real people who made the
history reflected in novels, and
your library has a plethora of
biographies to feed that curiosity.

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This story follows a family from Kristen
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that vitamin D status relates to
adverse health outcomes for
critically ill patients, including
infection, a prolonged length
of stay and mortality. Though,
this relationship has not been
thoroughly studied in children.

Vitamin D


by John J. Cannell, MD

A recent study published in
the journal Annals of Intensive
Care discovered that vitamin D
deficiency may be associated
with a longer duration of
intensive care unit (ICU) stay
among children.
Researchers believe vitamin
D is capable of reducing ICU
patients’ risks for adverse events
through its ability to modulate

the immune response. Vitamin
D receptors are expressed on
immune cells, allowing vitamin
D to increase the number of
immune cells and to promote
protective immunity.

Researchers from All India
Institute of Medical Sciences
recently hypothesized that
vitamin D deficiency is highly
prevalent in children admitted
to ICUs and associated with
clinically important outcomes
in children admitted to ICUs.
In order to test this, the
prospective observational study
over a period of 8 months in 101
children admitted to the ICU.

a greater risk for vitamin D
deficiency due to a lack of physical The children were between
activity and sun exposure. ages 1 month and 17 years old.
Research has clearly shown Those who were already on
vitamin D supplementation
were excluded from the study.
The most common diagnoses
upon admission to the ICU were
pneumonia (19%) and septic
shock (19%).
Here is what they found:
• The prevalence of vitamin D
deficiency (levels less than 20
ng/ml) was 74%.
• The median vitamin D status
of vitamin D deficient children
was 5.8 ng/ml.
• 61% were considered severely
deficient (levels less than 15
• Children with vitamin D
deficiency were found to
be older (4 years vs. 1 year)
and more likely to receive
mechanical ventilation (57%
vs. 39%). However, these
statistically significant.
• The median duration of ICU
was significantly longer in
vitamin D deficient children

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compared to those who were
not (7 days vs. 3 days; p =
• After adjusting for factors
(confounding factors), such as
diagnosis and illness severity,
the relationship between ICU
duration and vitamin D status
remained significant (p =
The researchers concluded,
“We observed that the length of
ICU stay was longer in children
with ‘vitamin D deficiency’ with
a mean difference in ICU stay of
3.5 days (95 % CI: 0.50–6.53; p
= 0.024) as compared to those
‘not deficient’.”

Tovey, A. & Cannell, JJ. Low
vitamin D levels is linked with
longer ICU stay among children.
The Vitamin D Council Blog/
Newsletter, January 2016.
* Sankar, J. et al. Vitamin D
deficiency and length of pediatric
intensive care unit stay:
prospective observational study.
Annals of Intensive Care (2016)

John Cannell, MD has over 35 years of
clinical experience, and has written and
spoken widely on integrative medicine
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director of the non-profit Vitamin D
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Speak Up!

During a
Election Year

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by Molly Peoples

We’re just a few weeks away from
the first caucuses and primaries,
so presidential election season
is in full swing. As a voter,
you may be keenly interested
in the election process. But
as an investor, should you be
If you take a look back, you might
be somewhat encouraged over
the prospects of the financial
markets this year. In the last 12
presidential election years, the
Dow Jones Industrial Average
has been up nine times and down
just three. So, election years
must be good for the financial
markets, right?
Not necessarily. In every year,
the markets are influenced by a
variety of factors: interest rates,
inflation, corporate profits,
geopolitical events, economic
growth, even the weather. And
it’s safe to say that 2016 will be

no different. At this early stage
of the year, one could say that
some of these factors, such as
continued low interest rates and
a reasonably strong economy,
might bode well for investors.
But there’s a lot of 2016 ahead of
us – and it’s notoriously difficult
for anybody, even so-called
experts, to accurately predict
the market’s performance over
a relatively short time, such as a

by the financial markets, which
generally dislike surprises, big
changes, and new directions.

However, you can’t really count
on past trends to provide a certain
roadmap for the year ahead, in
terms of the performance of the
financial markets. As mentioned
above, many factors influence
this performance, and at this
early stage in the year, we just
Still, the market’s history of can’t predict which of these
pretty good results in presidential factors will take precedence.
election years may not be entirely
random. For one thing, the White So, instead of worrying about
House is never the only office things you can’t control, focus
being contested; elections are on those that you can. For
also held for every congressional starters, review your investment
district and many seats in the mix. Does it still properly reflect
Senate. Consequently, during your goals, risk tolerance, and
these election years, campaigning time horizon? Over time, even if
often takes precedence over you haven’t made many changes
This legislative to your portfolio, it can become
inactivity tends to be welcomed “unbalanced.”
For example, if you own some
stocks that have increased
greatly in value over the years,
these stocks may now be taking
up a larger percentage of your
holdings than you had intended,
bringing with them a higher

degree of risk. Consequently,
you might want to consider
selling off some of these stocks
and using the proceeds to fill in
other gaps in your portfolio.
On the other hand, if you
think your mix of investments
is not providing you with the
returns you need to help make
progress toward your longterm objectives, you may need
to add some vehicles that can
provide you with more growth
potential. After all, it’s 2016
now, so whatever your age,
you are another year closer to
Will this year look like past
presidential election years, as far
as good returns from the stock
market? No one can say for
sure. But if you “vote” for smart
investment moves, you won’t be
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Local History
Fast Food Joints of

San Luis Obispo
by Guy Crabb

Has anyone noticed that there
are a lot of hamburger places
in San Luis Obispo? As I walk
around downtown, I see many
hamburger joints, such as The
Habit and Eureka Burger. When
you combine these two places
with the established burger
places, it feels like downtown San
Luis Obispo is having a “burger
war.” Mother’s Tavern (the old
Union Hardware store location)
has turned into MoTav with a
focus on burgers, and then there’s
McLintock’s with a great juicy
burger, Buffalo Pub has its great
blue cheese burger, and there are
several more options in town.

established burger places. Since
we are already up on Monterey
Street, let’s talk about Frank’s
Famous Hot Dogs. Their website
tells us that Frank’s started in 1977
at the corner of Broad and Chorro
and then they moved in 1988 to
their present location. We always
go to Frank’s to get the best hot
dogs in town. If you sit at one of
the back tables by the bathrooms,
there is an old picture on the wall
of a guy standing in front of what
I’m guessing is Frank’s and in
the background, you can see the
cost of a hamburger. Frank’s still
serves up a great burger after all
these years.

It still is crazy to see the long lines
at Firestone, which serves one
of my favorite cheeseburgers.
Every time I get one with a big
basket of fries, I remember when
I bought tires at the same location
many years ago. If you travel up
Monterey Street and stop in at
Frank’s, you can get a Monster
Burger. Is anyone else starting
to feel like eating a big, fat, juicy

When my oldest daughter Katie
was in high school, she used to
walk down to Bishop’s Burgers.
Splash Café is there today, and
Katie tells me that the burgers
were good, but walking down
there from school was the real
highlight. My good friend Matt
reminds me that before Splash
Café and Bishop’s Burger, the
famous Ed’s Take Out was at this
location. The building did not look
like it does today. It was smaller
and could get very crowded at
lunch. Splash Café pays homage
to Ed’s with a great painting inside
the café. Ed’s served up a burger
good enough to keep people
coming back for many years.

Since we’re on the topic of
burgers and I write about history,
I bet you’ve guessed that I have
done some research on burger
places of the past. I’ve also
found the history of a few current

Monterey Street is getting a makeover.
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As we move down the road, I need
to remind some that there was
once a Farley’s Jr. Restaurant on
the corner of Morro and Marsh
streets. I was lucky enough to buy
one of their menus, probably from
the 1970s. The menu has a whole
group of “International Burger
Bar” choices. A Texas Chile Burger
would set you back $2.60, while
a Lumber Jack cost $3.50. The
latter was “A half pounder served
on garlic bread, with Jack cheese,
spaghetti sauce and jalapeno.”
The list of burgers on the menu
included 15 different options.
Another great restaurant on
Higuera that served up a nice
hamburger was Corcoran’s, which
was a long time favorite near the
corner of Chorro and Higuera
streets. Don’t worry everyone, I
won’t forget Scrubby and Lloyd’s.
Do you think I’m crazy? Don’t
answer that... I also cannot forget
to mention Foster’s Freeze, which
served up burgers at 590 Marsh
Street for 65 years. My wife and
I used to ride our bikes to Foster’s
and split a burger and fries.
Before Louisa’s Place on Higuera,
there was a restaurant called the
Best Ever Grill at that location.
You would have had to be in town
during the 1960s to enjoy one of
their grilled burgers. I don’t think
anyone would remember a burger
joint called Dad’s Hamburger
Place that was at 589 Higuera in
the 1940s. It was there for many
years. I figure that with a name
like that, it must have served up
one outstanding burger.
Outside of downtown, I remember
going to the Sizzler on Foothill.
The Panda Express is now using
that location. I remember taking

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my daughters there to order
That Sizzler always
cooked the best steaks and
burgers. I also used to love their
salad bar. Another place near the
Sizzler was the Dairy Queen on
north Broad. Dairy Queen was
very similar to Foster’s Freeze and
served up a quick hamburger. I
used to love those hamburgers,
because the juices would always
form a little grease puddle at
the bottom of the paper it was
wrapped in and the cheese would
stick to the paper.
Scrubby and Lloyd’s was probably
the most famous burger joint
in San Luis Obispo.
Middlecamp has a great website/
blog called Photos from the Vault,
and he wrote a blog with Scrubby
and Lloyd’s as the topic. People
wrote in and each of them had
wonderful memories of this little
hamburger joint. Lloyd Pettenger
and Zada “Scrubby” Lewis ran
the place with Lloyd cooking and
Scrubby serving up the grub. They
served up a burger that people
would stand in long lines for. You
always felt lucky if you were able
to snag a booth. Way back in the
1940s, 35 cents would get you a
burger and soda. Many people
also remember enjoying their
popular Bean Burgers.
Now go out and get a big fat juicy
hamburger (maybe with blue
cheese, bacon, lettuce, pickles,
and a big toasted bun) at your
favorite place.
Isn’t learning
about history burgerlicious?
Guy Crabb teaches at Charles E. Teach
Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He
graduated from Cal Poly SLO and has been
teaching for 30 years. Guy was a Teacher of
the Year in 2006 and currently teaches at a
National Blue Ribbon School. Reach him at

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CS Perryess

about words

the dough. We still see vestiges
of dey in the modern name
I received a comment from the Doubleday, servant of the twin.
inimitable and oft-quoted Anne R.
Allen, who proclaimed her interest Of course, Proto-Indo-European
in the connection between the was never written down. It’s
words dough, lady and paradise. a language reconstructed by
Who am I to turn down a request linguists, “believed to have
from The Manners Doctor herself? been spoken well before 4000
B.C. in a region somewhere to
The connection hearkens back the north or south of the Black
6000 years to the Proto-Indo- Sea” (
European word dheigh, dough. Though hard-working forensic
In a mere sixty centuries, dheigh linguists would disagree, the very
morphed into the following existence of Proto-Indo-European
words in the following ways:
as a language adds up to wellresearched conjecture…
lady – At some level, the word
lady is redundant. It certainly is
breadworthy. It was constructed
of the Old English term for one If the word lady originally referred
who kneads dough, dage, plus the to the gal who made the bread,
Old English word for loaf, hlaf. A when and how did lady get a
hlafdage was originally one who promotion to become the gal who
made loaves of bread. Over time, watched the servant bake the
the pronunciation and spelling bread while nibbling bonbons?
morphed to lady.
In terms of written English, I can’t
paradise – Half this word started find evidence of lady referring to a
as the Greek combining form peri- woman who was likely to get her
, meaning around. We modern hands mussed in such things as
English speakers know this bit of dough. In the year 1000, the word
Greek from the words perimeter, was used to mean both a mistress
periscope, period, and periphery. in charge of servants or slaves and
The second part of paradise is our a woman who rules over subjects,
old Proto-Indo-European friend, to whom feudal homage is due.
dheigh, in its later meaning of However, lady was constructed of
to form or to build. The great parts that meant one who kneads
grandmother of all paradises, is, bread. Interestingly, lord literally
of course, the Garden of Eden, translates to he who guards the
a protected, perfect place. The loaves. These two etymologies
word paradise suggests that a together suggest that bread may
wall was formed around such a have metaphorically represented
perfect spot.
home (being the staff of life and
A bonus thought – in another
branch of this twisted linguistic The word lady takes up nearly
tree, the term dheigh or dough, three pages of the print version
also came to be spelled dey and of The Oxford English Dictionary,
referred to the servant who made offering eighteen shades of

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meaning for the noun and two
for the verb (to make a lady of and
to render lady-like or feminine).
Some notable first sightings of
various meanings of lady include:
900 – Lady in reference to the
Virgin Mary
1205 – lady recognized as a more
courteous term than woman
1206 – lady as a synonym for wife
or consort (though “yeah, she’s my
old lady,” didn’t kick in until the
late 60s)
1489 – lady as the queen in chess
1611 – lady as a kind of butterfly
(later to become the painted lady)
1704 – lady as the calcerous
structure in the stomach of a
lobster (I don’t make this stuff up)

Oxford English Dictionary with its
fourteen shades of meaning.
hand, comes from the Latin
substare, literally, to stand firm.
Interestingly, its primary meaning
now is essential nature or essence.
Substance takes about two full
pages in the Oxford English
Dictionary. Coincidentally, it also
has fourteen shades of meaning.
Understand and substance aren’t
synonyms at all, but together,
they certainly inspire some

To understand something’s
substance, one must stand in the
midst of its essence. When we
really want to grasp something,
... and the list goes on.
isn’t that exactly what we do?
UNDERSTANDing SUBSTANCE Don’t we surround ourselves as
much as possible with whatever it
It occurred to me the other day is, then stand there, and breathe
that based on their word parts, it all in?
substance and understand could
almost be synonyms, or might at Many thanks to sources: OxfordDictionaries.
least work in concert to tell an com,, the OED, take our word,
and Chicago Tribune.
interesting story. Doesn’t submean under? Don’t stand and
stance mean pretty much the
same thing?
Understand comes from the Old
English word, understandan.
Stand means exactly what one
might expect, to stand, but under
in Old English meant something
other than the under we Modern
English speakers know today.
Instead, it meant in the midst of.
So to understand something is
to stand in its midst. Understand
takes up a page and a half in the

CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
foggy little town on California’s central coast.
Find more at,
or reach him at

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February 2016 Free Ongoing Events

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk




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

February is:

American Heart Month
American History Month
Black History Month
Children’s Dental Health Month
National Wild Bird Feeding Month
Responsible Pet Owners Month
International Friendship Month


11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk

Langston Hughes’
Birthday (Born in 1902)

laura wilder’S
BIRTHDAY(Born in 1867)


11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk

8:30-11am AG Spencers Market
12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens
3:00-6:00pm Pismo Beach Pier
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI


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

clean out your
computer DAY

world cancer day
birthday(Born in 1902)


3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park
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
3:00-6:00pm Pismo Beach Pier
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI


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


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

mardi gras
inventors DAY

founded (in 1894)

stop bullying dAY


3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park
3:30-4:15pm AG

umbrella DAY


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

world thinking day
be humble day

9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart
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 Paso Downtown Park
12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St

1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO

hank aaron’s
birthday (Born in 1934)

(Born in 1895)


9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart
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 Paso Downtown Park
12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo
2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St

get a different
name day

abraham lincoln’s
birthday (Born in 1809)

world radio day

white t-shirt DAY


8:30-11am AG Spencers Market
12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens
3:00-6:00pm Pismo Beach Pier
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
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


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


pluto discovered
(By Clyde Tombaugh in 1930)

love your pet day
john glen
orbited earth
(In 1962)
mr roger’s
neighborhood debut
(In 1968)

Susan B. anthony’s
birthday (Born in 1820)

11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk


make a friend DAY

george washington’s
Birthday (Born in 1732)



don’t cry over
spilled milk DAY

random acts of
kindness DAY

president’s day
(honoring Lincoln & Washington)


birthday(Born in 1913)

toothache DAY


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


world wetlands day


Kite flying DAY

charles dicken’S
BIRTHDAY(Born in 1812)

3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park
3:30-4:15pm AG


boy scout day
(Founded in 1910)

superbowl l




3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park
3:30-4:15pm AG
international dog
biscuit appreciation


8:30-11am AG Spencers Market
12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens
3:00-6:00pm Pismo Beach Pier
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
10:10 SLO, 10:15 CAM,10:30 AT, 10:30
AG,10:30 LO, 11:00 CAY, 11:30 SMG

quiet DAY


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

international stand
up to bulllying day

(In 1872)


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

tell a fairy tale day

polar bear dAY

carnival DAY

henry wadsworth
birthday (Born in 1807)

tennis day

tortilla chip



11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club
3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk

public sleeping


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


3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park
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
Pismo Beach Pier
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
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


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


Birthstone: Amethyst

leap day

Flower: Iris or Violet

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Family Events
FRI JAN 15-SUN JAN 31 (times
vary): LITTLE WOMEN at SLO Little
Theatre, 888 Morro St, SLO. Under
the guidance of their beloved
mother, the four young March sisters
struggle to keep their family going
while Father’s away at war. A warm
tale of love, family, and individuality.
Cost: $13-20. Contact: 786-2440 or
THU JAN 21-SUN MAR 6 (days &
times vary): THE 39 STEPS at The
Great American Melodrama, 1863
Front St, Oceano. A talented cast of
four portrays dozens of characters
as this spoof hilariously reconstructs
the Hitchcock classic with lightningfast costume changes and comedic
intrigue. Vaudeville Revue follows
each show with song, dance, and
comedy. Cost: $19-25, discounts for
groups, seniors, students, military,
and children. An All-Star Season Pass
can save up to 44%. The in-house snack
bar serves great food and drinks.
or 489-2499.
THU JAN 28 6:00-9:00 pm:
at Congregation Beth David, 10180
Los Osos Valley Rd, SLO. The worldrenowned Carpenter Trio of the
Salome Chamber Orchestra will be
playing a benefit concert in San Luis
Obispo. This concert will benefit The
Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo
County and the JCC Federation of
SLO. Purchase tickets at salome2016.
Contact: or 544-9096.

City of SLO’s Division of Natural
Resources and, of course, the Sierra
Club discuss their efforts and plans
for the year to come. Cost: free.
Contact: or
THU JAN 28 7:30-9:30 pm: TEN
at Downtown Centre Cinema, 888
Marsh St, SLO. A live event, featuring
10 entrepreneurs, about becoming
your own boss and creating freedom
in your life. One topic, ten local
speakers, ten minute talks, and ten
percent goes to charity. Cost: $10.
Contact: or 574-5477.
FRI JAN 29 1:00-3:00 pm: SASSY
Hill Marriott Suites, 900 El Camino
Real, Atascadero. This fashion show
features local celebrity models and
includes lunch, a no-host wine bar,
raffles, and a jewelry sale. Fundraiser
for North County Humane Society.
Cost: $30. Contact: or
SAT JAN 30 9:00 am-1:00 pm:
at Palm Theatre, 817 Palm St, SLO.
Enjoy viewing the Best of 2015
Bioneers speakers and performers
in the comfort of the Palm Theatre,
Jan 30, Feb 6, and Feb 13. Screenings
followed by audience discussion.
Cost: $20. Contact:
or 548-0597.

SAT JAN 30 9:30-10:30 am: LIBRARY
U at Cambria Library, 1043 Main
St. Learn how to manage your
THU JAN 28 6:30-7:30 pm: POETRY library account, search for items,
IN THE LIBRARY at Los Osos Library, place holds, and explore the online
2075 Palisades Ave. Enjoy readings databases. One of many free events
by featured poets Morgan Ferris at county libraries through April as a
and Jacqueline Marcus, plus time for part of the Discover Your Community
open mic. One of many free events program. Cost: free. Contact:
at county libraries through April as Contact: or 461-6161.
part of the Discover Your Community
program. Cost: free. Contact: SAT JAN 30-SUN JAN 31 10:00 am-4:00
pm: MODEL RAIL DAYS at Oceano or 461-6161.
Depot, 1650 Front St, Oceano. Rail
THU JAN 28 at 7:00 pm: THE PEKING fans, modelers, and kids of all ages
ACROBATS at Clark Ctr, 487 Fair Oaks will delight in operating model train
Ave, Arroyo Grande. Enjoy a troupe layouts in HO, N, and O Scale. Look
of China’s most gifted tumblers, for bargains at the yard-sale table
contortionists, jugglers, cyclists, and or get your trains tested by club
gymnasts. Cost: $36-46. Contact: experts. Refreshments available.
Cost: free. Contact: or
489-9444 or
THU JAN 28 at 7:00 pm: THE
SUSTAINABLE CITY at Steynberg SAT JAN 30 10:30-11:30 am: TOUCH
Gallery, 1531 Monterey, SLO. TANKS at SLO Library, 995 Palm St.
Representatives from ECOSLO, SLO Explore the world of ocean animals
Clean Energy, SLO Foam Free, the with this hands-on demonstration.

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One of the many free events at
county libraries during the Discover
Your Community program that runs
through April. Cost: free. Contact: or 461-6161.

drums and melodica, Jonathan Dane
on trumpet, Brandon Statom on
acoustic bass, Daniel Zimmerman on
guitar, and lead vocals and guitar by
Teka. Cost: $10-15. Contact: 546-3198.

SAT JAN 30 2:00-6:00 pm: AMERICAN
at Post 136, American Legion, 417
Orchard St, Arroyo Grande. Features
chili samples, adult drinks, door
prizes, and fun. All proceeds support
Boy’s State program. Cost: $15.
com or 481-9444.

FRI JAN 29 at 8:00 pm: WELLINGTON
ORCHESTRA at Cohan Ctr, Cal Poly
PAC, 1 Grand Ave, SLO. Sharing
DNA with Flight of the Conchords
and hailing from the home of The
Hobbit movies, New Zealand’s
ukulele supergroup is in hot demand
for its winning combination of
charming humor, disarmingly small
instruments, and absolutely sublime
musicality. The band’s No. 1 rule is:
“If you know the words, sing along.
If you don’t know the words, sing
along!” Cost: $23-58. Contact: 7566556 or

SUN JAN 31 12:00-3:00 pm: COOKIN’
Coalesce Bookstore, 845 Main St,
Morro Bay. Join life coach Rosie
Morris and storyteller Zette Harbour
for a fun interactive workshop where
the recipe for daily happiness will be
served. Heart and mind work will be SUN JAN 31 11:00 am-4:30 pm: HOT
mixed with some hands on culinary SWINGIN’ JAZZ at Veterans’ Memorial
Building, 780 Bello St, Pismo Beach.
magic. Cost: $25. Contact: 234-3726.
Presented by the Basin Street
FRI JAN 29 at 7:30 pm: LUIS MUNOZ Regulars Jazz Society. Jam session at
QUINTET FEATURING TEKA IN 11am, bring your instrument and join
CONCERT at Cuesta College Cultural in. Two professional bands start at
and Performing Arts Center, Highway 1pm. Cost: $5-10. Contact: pismojazz.
1, SLO. Join us for an exciting evening com or 937-8402.
of jazz featuring Luis Munoz on

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Family Events
Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Road.
Come be inspired at this arm chair
tour of two beautiful and influential
French gardens. Presentation is
followed by a free docent-led tour
in the Garden at 2 pm. Cost: $5-10.
Contact: or 541-1400.

Try our New Programs!
10:30 am Mondays

For all ages
English & Spanish

SAT FEB 13 7:00-9:30 pm: CCASC
TEEN DANCE at Elks Lodge, 322 Elks
Lane, San Luis Obispo. Central Coast
Autism Spectrum Center sponsors
this fun event with a dancefloor,
DJ, food, and a “Chill Room” with
games, art and quieter activities. No
RSVP required; bring friends! Cost:
$5 donation. Contact: 458-8063 or

Reading to Rover
Wednesdays at 3:00 pm

New or shy readers can practice reading to a
therapy dog

Teen Homework Hub
Mondays 3:00-4:30 pm

SUN FEB 14 1:00-4:00 pm: VALENTINE
DANCE PARTY at Elwin Mussell
Senior Center, 510 Park, Santa
Maria. The Santa Maria Senior Club
and Parks & Recreation hosts a
Valentine’s Dance Party with Riptide
Big Band and vocalists, Holly Williams
and Bob Nations. Cost: free. Contact: or 843-2830.

Teens get homework done with the help and
supervision of a volunteer librarian / writing tutor

Grover Beach Library
240 N 9th Street, Grover Beach
(805) 481-4131
SUN JAN 31 at 3:00 pm: MUSIC AT THE
at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship,
2201 Lawton Ave, SLO. Inga
Swearingen and her band will
perform music from their soon-tobe-released album, as well as jazz
classics. Cost: $5-20, under 12 free.
Contact: or 786-4331.

4849 or

FRI FEB 5 at 8:00 pm: CAL POLY’S A
CONCERT at, Mission San Luis Obispo,
751 Palm St. Several of Cal Poly’s
finest student music ensembles
contemporary chamber music. This
concert will feature performances
SUN JAN 31 at 7:00 pm: MOSCOW by a string quartet, saxophone
FESTIVAL BALLET: Chopiniana & quartet, clarinet ensemble, trumpet
Romeo and Juliet at Cohan Ctr, Cal ensemble, brass choir, brass quintet
Poly PAC, 1 Grand Ave, SLO. Cost: and woodwind quintet. Cost: free.
$24-60. Contact: 756-4849 or tickets. Contact: or
SUN JAN 31 at 7:30 pm: CELTIC
Clark Ctr, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo
Grande. Featuring vocalists from
the Celtic world, with dance and live
music. Cost: $36-48. Contact: 4899444 or

FRI FEB 5-SAT FEB 6 (times vary):
TOP GIRLS at SLO Little Theatre,
888 Morro St. SLO Little Theatre’s
Ubu’s Other Shoe Staged Reading
series presents Caryl Churchill’s play
that explores what it means to be
a “successful” woman. Cost: $12.
Contact: or 786TUE FEB 2 at 7:30 pm: CAMERON 2440.
RECITAL at Cohan Ctr, Cal Poly PAC, SAT FEB 6 at 2:00 pm: FAMILY MOVIE
1 Grand Ave, SLO. Cameron will at Los Osos Library, 2075 Can you tell
perform on the Forbes Pipe Organ me who is practically perfect in every
and on his own International Touring way? Call for movie title (rated G).
Organ. Cost: $32-40. Contact: 756- Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862.

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WED FEB 17 at 3:00 pm: KIDS CRAFT
at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades.
Make a T-Rex paper marionette.
Sponsored by Friends of Los Osos
Library. Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862.
SAT FEB 20 at 2:00 pm: FAMILY
MOVIE at Los Osos Library, 2075
Palisades. This PG film features a dog
– Best Friend, Hero, Marine. Call for
title. Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862.

SAT FEB 27 9:00 am-1:00 pm: BOOK
SALE at Los Osos Library, 2075
Palisades. Join us for great bargains
at our quarterly book sale. This event
supports the Los Osos Library and
the Friends of Los Osos Library. Rain
cancels. Contact: 528-1862.
SAT FEB 27 at 8:00 pm: CAL POLY
Hall, Cal Poly PAC, 1 Grand Ave, San
Luis Obispo. Showcasing music from
a variety of American traditions,
such as barbershop, musical theater,
spirituals, and American classical.
Performances by PolyPhonics, the
University Singers, student soloists,
Susan Azaret Davies, and Paul
Woodring. Cost: $9-14. Contact: 7564849.
THU MAR 3 at 11:00 am: CAL POLY
at Davidson Music Center Rm 218,
1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. The
Music Department presents this
event. Cost: free. Contact: 756-2406
THU MAR 3-SAT MAR 5 (times vary):
SALE at SLO Veteran’s Memorial,
801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo.
THU 6:00-9:00 pm, FRI 10:00 am5:00 pm, and SAT 9:00 am-2:00 pm.
Peruse over 20,000 books at $1 per
inch and 5,000 audio-visual items
(including vinyl LPs) at $.50 to $1.
Collectible books will be specialpriced. Proceeds benefit SLO Library.
Contact: 544-3033 or http://slofol.

FRI MAR 4 at 8:00 pm: U.S. ARMY
SUN FEB 21 at 7:30 pm: THE FIELD BAND at Harman Hall, Cal Poly
MCCARTNEY YEARS at Clark Center, PAC, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo.
487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande. Cost: 4 free tickets per household.
A tribute to the Beatles and Wings. Contact: 756-4849 or music.calpoly.
Cost: $39-48. Contact: clarkcenter. edu.
org or 489-9444.
SAT MAR 5 at 8:00 pm: CAL POLY
LIVE at Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, Harman Hall, Cal Poly PAC, 1 Grand
San Luis Obispo. Minchin performs Ave, San Luis Obispo. This concert
stand-up comedy and satirical songs features the Cal Poly Wind Orchestra,
on piano. Cost: $21-36. Contact: 756- the Wind Ensemble from Cal Poly
Pomona, and conductor Ricky Badua.
4849 or
Cost: $9-12. Contact: 756-4849 or
THU FEB 25 at 11:00 am: CAL POLY
at Davidson Music Center Rm 218,
1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. The
Music Department presents this
event. Cost: free. Contact: 756-2406

SUN MAR 6 at 3:00 pm: CAL POLY
Cal Poly PAC, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis
Obispo. Cost: $12-14. Contact: 7564849 or

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Local Resources
2nd FRI every month at 1:00 pm:
Cayucos Book Group at Cayucos
Library, 310 B St. Join other readers
to discuss whatever you’re reading
and to discover, ponder, and share
insights about what others are
reading. Cost: free. Contact: 9953846.

Hearst Cancer Resource Center (HCRC)

dreams and the relationship between
dreams and spiritual path, using
Jungian interpretive assumptions
and language and Robert Johnson’s
book Inner Work. Cost: free. Contact:

3rd WED of every month at 6:30 pm:
Prepared & Natural Chidlbirth Classes
Every WED 3:00-4:00 pm: PAWS at Twin Cities Community Hospital,
TO READ at Los Osos Library, 2075 1220 Las Tablas Rd, Templeton. This
Palisades Ave. Read to Berkeley, the is a six-series class addressing all
dog who loves to listen to children matters of childbirth in the form of
read. Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862.
a lecture as well as hands-on demos
and practice techniques. Cost: free.
Every THU 6:30-9:30 pm: SLO CHESS Contact: 434-4654.
CLUB meets at Carl’s Jr on Santa Rosa
St, 1 block W of Foothill, across from 2nd THU of every month at 6:30 pm:
Cal-Poly. All ages. Cost: free. Contact: Breastfeeding Basics at Twin Cities
441-7210 or
Community Hospital, 1100 Las Tablas
Rd, Templeton. In this introduction
Every SAT 10:00 am-2:00 pm: SLO to breastfeeding class you and your
CHESS CLUB meets at the big board family will learn about the practical
on the Morro Bay Embarcadero at the aspects of feeding your newborn
west end of Morro Bay Blvd (down from an Internationally Board
the stairs). Cost: free. Contact: 441- Certified Lactation Consultant. Cost:
7210 or
free. Contact: 239-4443.
The Mankind Project men’s support
group meetings: all issues welcome.
Find purpose, mastery, healthy
autonomy, and your life’s mission and
purpose. Gain skills to change your
life or to become a better husband or
dad. Call ahead to confirm. 1st & 3rd
TUE 6:00-9:00 pm in San Luis Obispo.
Contact: 459-7808. 1st & 3rd THU
6:30-9:30 pm in Cayucos. Contact:
471-9342. 2nd & 4th THU 6:30-9:00
pm in Atascadero. Contact: 235-2774.
Cost: free. Info:

San Luis Obispo Special Education
Local Plan Area (SELPA) and
Community Advisory Committee
(CAC) offer parent orientation to
special education programs in SLO
County. Contact: 782-7301 or www.

A one-of-a-kind r esour ce
in San Luis Obispo County for those living with cancer and their families
Wellness and support services provide a bridge between standard
medical care and a full range of healing therapies
Our integrative approach offers a foundation for care that includes
programs designed to strengthen the body, educate the mind,
and alleviate the stress that often comes with a cancer diagnosis

1941 Johnson Ave
Ste 201A, San Luis Obispo
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 suffering the loss of a
loved one who is in need of support.
Contact: 540-6020.

United Methodist Church, 275 N
Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande. free
and low-cost services are offered for
people 50 and older: blood pressure,
pulse, weight, total cholesterol,
screening for anemia, diabetes, and
fecal blood, nutritional counseling,
and medical referrals. Contact: 4812nd SAT of every month FEB-NOVat 2692 or 788-0827.
9:00 am: the Santa Maria Recreation
and Parks Dept offers free docent- 1st WED every month at 12:00
led nature walks in Los Flores Ranch, pm: Disabled American Veterans
6271 Dominion Rd, Santa Maria. Cost: luncheon at Veterans Memorial
Bldg, 313 W. Tunnell St, Santa Maria.
free. Contact: 925-0951 x 263.
Contact: 345-0402.
2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00 pm:
Caregiver Support Group at Cayucos Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm: Widowed
Community Church, Ocean Ave & S Support Group at New Life Church,
3rd St. free support for caregivers 990 James Way, Rm 14, Pismo Beach.
and family dealing with long-term Arrive 10 min early for 1st meeting.
illness, memory loss, dementia, and Offered by Hospice of SLO Co.
Contact: 544-2266 or
Alzheimer’s. Contact: 458-7484.

Twin Cities Community Hospital
Volunteers, a non-profit org
providing support to patients,
doctors, and nurses of the hospital,
seek volunteers to work in the gift
shop and Obstetrics Dept. AM Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Remain
3rd SAT every month 3:00-6:00 pm: and PM 4 hour shifts are available. Independent Despite Vision Loss at
Interactive Indonesian Music at Contact: 434-4524.
Santa Maria Terrace, 1405 E Main St.
Grandma’s Frozen Yogurt, 307 Morro
New ways of doing daily tasks are
Bay Blvd, MB. Instruments available Last FRI every month at 6:00 pm: taught by the Braille Institute, such
for all. Play along with “Ëru” and Family Fun at Unity Church, 1165 as home management, traveling, and
Anna! Endang “Ëru” Rukandi is a Stubblefield St, Orcutt. Contact: 937- using talking library books. Contact:
master of the regional music of West 3025.
Java. Cost: free. Contact: 704-9866.
Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & SAT 2nd & 4th MON every month at 6:30
1st & 3rd THU every month 7:00- 11:00 am-5:00 pm: Exploration Station pm: MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
8:30 pm: Drop-in Dream Group at Interactive Science Center welcomes meet at Pacific Christian Church,
St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, families at 867 Ramona Ave, Grover 3435 Santa Maria Way, Santa Maria.
2220 Snowy Egret Ln, Los Osos. This Beach. Cost: $2-3. Contact: 473-1421 Childcare is provided. Contact: 934“drop-in” support group is to share or
3491 or

3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm:
How to Survive Divorce seminar
at the San Luis Obispo Women’s
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
& Women’s Community Center
provide one-on-one legal advice
for persons filing divorces w/o an
attorney, and a document preparer
to assist in completing court-required
1st WED every month at 9:00 am: forms. Min. $40.00 donation. Limit:
Community Action Partnership 12 participants. Contact: 544-9313.
Senior Health Screening at First

of San Luis Obispo County
crisis line: 781-6400
business phone: 781-6401

Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon Family
Support Group at Luis OASIS Senior
Center, 420 Soares Ave, Orcutt.
Contact: 937-9750.

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
staff trained to screen, assess, and to
provide intervention. Appointments
are preferred. Contact: 489-4026.

Women’s Shelter

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( 805 ) 542-6234

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RISE (formerly Sexual Assault
Recovery and Prevention Center of
San Luis Obispo Co) offers: Weekly
Drop-In Support Groups for Sexual
Assault Survivors; 24 Hour Crisis Line;
Advocacy and Accompaniment; Peer
Counseling; Individual Counseling;
Prevention and Education, and
Women’s Empowerment and Self
Defense Workshops. Contact: 5458888 or
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.
Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED
3:00-5:00 pm: Jacks’ Adaptive Toy
Lending Library-Jack’s Helping Hand
at Central Coast Gymnastics, 21
Zaca Lane, #100, San Luis Obispo.
Traditional and adaptive toys for
children with all types of disabilities
to check out. In-home appointments
available. Cost: free! Contact: 5471914 or
Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI
4:00-7:00 pm: Jacks’ Adaptive Toy
Lending Library - Jack’s Helping Hand
at Pat’s Place in Nipomo Recreation
Community Rm, 671 W Tefft St, Ste
2, Nipomo. Toys for children with all
types of disabilities to check out. Inhome appointments also available.
Cost-free! Contact: 547-1914 or www.
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 sign:
Senior Dancers. Dance, chat and
listen to good music. No fees; no
dues; just fun! Contact: 489-5481 or
Literacy Council for San Luis Obispo
County has an ongoing and urgent
need for volunteer tutors and offers
free training in SLO. Contact: 5414219 or

babies (0-10 mos), offers a free class
on feeding, crying, and sleep at 1230
Marsh St, SLO. Nurse and lactation
consultant Andrea Herron answers
questions. Dads welcome! Call to
reserve. Contact: 543-6988.

Volunteer as a Good Neighbor! Make
a difference in the life of an older or
disabled adult. Trained volunteers
choose services to contribute and
schedule hours at their convenience.
Training is monthly at Wilshire
Community Services, 285 South St,
Morro Bay Museum of Natural History Ste J, SLO. Contact: 547-7025 x 17.
offers Adventures With Nature &
Mind Walks. Find the schedule at: Volunteer at San Luis Obispo Museum
of Art! Stop by at 1010 Broad St
(Mission Plaza) or email volunteer@
Central Coast Commission for Senior
Citizens offers many free services: San Luis Obispo Senior Center offers
Senior Connection - connecting health screening, legal services,
callers with local resources; one on meals, exercise, bridge, and bingo
one Medicare assistance, advise at 1445 Santa Rosa St. Contact: 781and referrals for long term care, and 7306.
help with billing / appeals; Vial of Life
magnetized containers with medical
information; a Senior Resource
Directory for SLO and SB counties,
and much more. Contact: 925-9554

San Luis Coastal Adult School’s
Parent Participation Program offers
Core Parenting and Enrichment
classes in San Luis Obispo, Morro
Bay, and Los Osos. Bring your child to
activity classes, or find peer support
and education just for parents. Cost:
$76 for 10 wks. Contact: 549-1222 or

CC Flutes

Hospice of San Luis Obispo County
provides free grief counseling,
group support, counseling, crisis
intervention, and wellness education
to those with a life-limiting illness,
their families, and the bereaved.
This non-profit agency offers free
counseling, community education
and volunteer support to those
grieving a death or dealing with
Every WED 11:00 am-12:00 pm: potential end-of-life issues. Offices
Growing With Baby, an infant feeding in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles.
office for breastfeeding moms and Contact: 544-2266.
1st THU every month at 6:15 pm:
Commission on the Status of Women
meets at Coast National Bank, 500
Marsh St, SLO. This official advisory
group to SLO County Board of
Supervisors identifies issues of
concern to women that are not the
focus of other advocacy or advisory
organizations. Contact: 788-3406.

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Central Coast Astronomical Society
sponsors a Dark Sky Star Party every
month at Santa Margarita Lake
KOA Campground at sunset. CCAS
sponsors guest speakers and public
programs. Find events, weather
updates, and resources at: www.

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Local Resources
days per week. Contact: 929-6878.

Alternative Education

Santa Lucia School on 5 acres in
Peace education for
over 25 years. Integrated curriculum
founded on life experiences, indepth study, and active immersion in
the arts for grades 1-8. Attendance
Mon-Thu with homeschool Fridays.
Carpooling encouraged. Contact:
434.2217 or

on the
Central Coast

SLO Classical Academy. Private
Part time or full time
classical education in SLO. Part time
options are Tuesday/ Thursday or
Monday/ Wednesday with a Friday
enrichment day. Contact: 548-8700

Central Coast families are fortunate to have a wide variety of quality
choices for their children’s education. Following are some options for
those seeking secular alternative education in our region. For more
information on independent and religious schools, go to:
re/sd or
Parent Participation. San Luis Coastal
Adult School offers core classes
to enhance parenting skills, meet
other families, and allow children
to play with peers. Also enrichment
classes such as Spanish, Cooking,
and Gardening, and a Cooperative
Preschool at CL Smith. Contact: 5491222 or
Charter Schools
CAVA – California Virtual Academies
and K¹² give kids the chance to
learn at their own pace. Online
schooling is aligned with California
state standards. Teacher support as
needed, meetings and work samples
required quarterly. Contact: (866)
339-6790,, or
Family Partnership. A tuition-free
K-12 independent study public school
serving Santa Barbara, San Luis
Obispo and Ventura counties. Home
study charter schools in San Luis
Obispo (165 Grand Ave), Solvang,
Santa Maria, and Cambria. Meet
with teachers weekly and turn in
work samples. Contact: 348-3333 or
Olive Grove. Independent study
home school with sites in San Luis
Obispo (165 Grand Ave), Santa
Maria, Lompoc, Los Olivos, and
Santa Barbara. Meet with teacher
weekly and turn in work samples.
Enrichment classes also offered.
Contact: 543-2701 or sbceoportal.
Orcutt Academy Independent Study.
Affiliated with Orcutt Academy
Charter School at 500 Dyer St, this
free program offers home study and
blended classroom/home study for
grades K-8. Contact: 938-8934 or
Summit Academy charter school
serves K-12 grades, and provides

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Wishing Well School in Los Osos
offers pre-school, mixed age
kindergarden, and 1st-3rd grades.
The approach (educating the whole
child: head, heart, and hands) is
based on Rudolf Steiner’s Waldorf
personalized home-based learning model. Contact: 235-4401.
that fosters investigation, skill Children’s
development and creativity, and School in Atascadero strives to help
lifelong curiosity. Contact: (818) 450- each child reach his/her greatest
9810 or
potential, by embracing learning
and appreciating and respecting
Nature Based Schools
the world. Contact: 466-5068 or
SLOWanders. Offering nature-based
education in SLO County. Programs Montessori Children’s School in San
include wilderness living skills, Luis Obispo seeks to inspire a passion
naturalist studies, wildlife tracking, for excellence, to nurture curiosity,
awareness skills, and rites-of-passage creativity and imagination, and to
customized for after-school, home- awaken the human spirit of every
school, and personal one-on-one child. Ages 3-12. Contact: 544-6691
mentoring. Weekend workshops or
for adults. Contact: 215-0595 or
Central Coast Montessori School in
Morro Bay offers a rich, individualized
Outside Now. Summer, after-school, academic environment to promote
and private nature-based education independence and optimum scholastic
in SLO County. Contact: 541-9900 or achievement. Contact: 772-9317 or
Coyote Road Regional School. Heritage Montessori Preschool
Natural Science and Outdoor in San Luis Obispo provides an
Education. Contact: 466-4550 or enriching and loving environment in
a beautiful country setting. Waldorf
and Montessori based for ages 2.5-5
Independent Schools
years. Contact: 235-5589.
Central Coast International School. Academics and More is a Homeschool
Inquiry-based, small class, International Helper class for 7th-8th grade at
Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school
Ludwick Community Center in SLO.
serving grades 1-8 in SLO. One tablet
computer per child. Spanish and Offered in partnership with City of
Mandarin taught weekly. Strong SLO, this class includes a convenient
math, sciences, music and arts. Caring cost-effective way for students to
community that nurtures learners. gain access to a tutor, community
involvement, assistance with their
Contact: 858-8054 or
school work, time management and
The Laureate School. Project-based, organization skills, and more. Contact:
differentiated learning to develop
critical thinking, in arts, technology,
Public Schools
foreign language, and character
development programs.
In San
Luis Obispo. Contact: 544-2141 or Cambria Montessori Learning Center.
Tuition-free public school in Morro
Bay for grades K-6th through the
Clarity Steiner School in Nipomo. Family Partnership Charter School.
Waldorf education for first and Contact: 927-2337, 541-2412 or
second graders. Class meets four

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Santa Maria Joint Union Home School.
Accredited high school program at
Santa Maria Public Library. Interactive
student-parent-teacher partnerships
provide educational resources, a
mentor teacher, and eligibilty for
sports, clubs, and activities. Students
may qualify to enroll in community
college as well as secondary classes.
Contact: 937-2051 x 2761 or x 2762.
Templeton Independent Study
High School. WASC accredited.
Weekly meeting with teacher.
Opportunity for early graduation
and concurrent Cuesta College
enrollment. In Templeton and SLO
at Los Ranchos Elementary School.
Contact 434-5833 or tae.tusd.
Trivium Charter Schools in Lompoc,
Santa Maria, and Arroyo Grande
offer a hybrid program of classical
project-based classes 2 days per
week and homeschool 3 days
per week. Contact: 489-7474 or
West Mall Alternative School.
Independent Study Home School
in Atascadero. Contact: 462-4238
Paso Robles Joint Unified School
District Home School & Independent
Study Program serves K-8th grade.
Students and parents work one-onone with teachers, receive lesson
plans, textbooks, and teachers’
editions for all subjects. Classes,
enrichment activities, and field trips
are also offered. Contact: 769-1675.
Homeschool Organizations
California Homeschool Network is
a statewide grassroots organization
to protect the right of parents to
educate their children. Their website
provides information about current
state and federal laws, and how to
get started. Contact: (800) 327-5339
Homeschoolers of the Central
Coast. An inclusive Yahoo! group
meeting on a regular basis for
interaction and field trips: groups.
Santa Maria Inclusive Learners.
A Yahoo! group offering free
Templeton Unified School District
K-8 Home Schooling program.
Contact: 434-5840 or
Note: This feature is published as space
allows and is a work in progress. Please
submit updates, corrections, or additional
resources to:

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Benefits of Exercise
by Renee P. Mosier

Despite the well-established
physical and emotional benefits
participation in physical activity,
most Americans are not getting
enough of this important and life
sustaining behavior to reduce
their risk of many diseases.
Those who don’t perform regular
exercise are also more likely to
become depressed or anxious.
Physical activity is a good way to
reduce mood swings and it helps
people to maintain a sense of
emotional well being.

or losing weight, which leads
to a reduced risk of diabetes,
stroke, cardiovascular disease,
hypertension, arthritis, and several
common types of cancer. People
who get regular physical exercise
have a more efficient immune
system, which also helps to ward
off various everyday illnesses,
such as colds and flu. While
these are all great reasons to
get a regular workout, there are
several additional health benefits
that you can gain from exercising
to improve your daily life.

large stressors of the day add
up, people often look for ways
to de-stress. Unfortunately, this
urge often results in unhealthful
activities that do little to
meaningfully reduce stress, such
as: binge watching favorite TV
shows, eating comfort food,
or drinking alcohol. While all
of those things may be fine in
moderation, switching up your
routine to include exercise can
truly help reduce stress.
If time is an issue, break exercise
sessions into 10 minute workouts
throughout the day, go for a brisk
walk during your lunch break, or
when you take your children to
the playground, turn that time
into your workout by playing a
game of tag with them or simply
use the playground equipment as
an outdoor gym.
Lack of sleep can leave you feeling
fatigued, and uninspired to start
your day. Physical exercise is
very important for decreasing
insomnia and improving sleep
quality. Without enough deep
sleep, you are less likely to feel
motivated about waking up, much
less performing at your best.

The great news is that research
shows that even those with
chronic insomnia will find that
exercise helps to decrease time
falling asleep and increase the
We all know that exercise is a Reduction of stress is a great amount of sustained sleep. In
big component of maintaining benefit of exercise. As small and addition to getting enough sleep,
you can give yourself some prep
time to start your day with by
doing supportive things, such as
preparing yourself a healthful
lunch, or setting out your clothes
for the following day before you
go to bed. By doing this, you
reduce distractions to think about
before you fall asleep.
If you find yourself forgetting
things more frequently, like
people’s names, or descriptive
words, you may want to consider
adding both a cardio and weight
lifting regimen into your weekly
activities. Research has shown
that each type of exercise effects
a different part of the brain that

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is related to increasing cognitive
With age-related
Parkinson’s disease becoming
increasingly prevalent in our
society, this is one of the ways
you can help to keep your brain as
fit as the rest of your body.
With all of these great benefits,
you will want to ensure that
you stick with exercise over the
long haul. Before committing
to a workout routine, make sure
that your activity of choice is
something that you can enjoy.
Whether you choose walking,
taking a group fitness class,
hiking, biking, lifting weights,
or yoga, be sure it is something
that you like to do. If you commit
yourself to an activity you dislike,
you might feel discouraged and
stop working out all together.
So search around, try some new
activities, and if it helps, get
your friends or family members
to join you.
Getting other
people involved in your healthful
lifestyle can help to increase your
enjoyment and accountability.

Renee P. Mosier is an ACE Certified Personal
Trainer at MZR Fitness in San Luis Obispo.
She can be reached at renee@mzrfitness.
com or (805) 543-9800.

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