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Getting Out
Camp Natoma
Celebrates 75 Years

by Emily Zbin

Camp Natoma is a long-standing
tradition in San Luis Obispo
county, operating since 1941 on
360 pristine oak-studded acres
in the Adeladia area of Paso
Robles. Owned and operated

by Camp Fire Central Coast of
California, a non-profit youth
development organization, Camp
Natoma welcomes boys and girls,
1st through 11th grades to its
overnight camp program. Each

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session is 6 nights and 6 days, and fast-paced, technology-centered
includes food, t-shirt, all activities, world, camp can be a respite for
kids on screen time overload.
and transportation.
In the book Last Child in the
At Camp Natoma, campers Woods, Richard Louv describes
sleep under the stars, explore the modern child’s experience
the natural world, make new as one that may cause nature
friends, express their creativity deficit disorder, or behavioral and
and become part of a caring developmental problems due to
community. Each day, campers lack of time in the natural world.
participate in many outdoor Camp Natoma provides campers
Options depend with time for unstructured
on camper age and include play in natural settings - an oak
swimming, hiking, archery, arts forest and Franklin creek. This
and crafts, nature exploration, outdoor experience enriches a
geocaching, child’s perception of the world,
outdoor skills, games and more. invigorates the senses and sparks
Campers swim daily, are provided curiosity.
nutritious meals and snacks,
and attend an entertaining and Campers say Camp Natoma is their
interactive evening campfire second home. The community and
unique traditions at Camp Natoma
make it a welcoming environment
Campers, parents, and staff report for all kids. A highly qualified and
that perhaps one of the greatest trained staff guide campers in
things about going to Camp teambuilding activities, facilitate
Natoma is being outside all week, new friendships, and support
unplugged from technology opportunities for gains in selfand immersed in nature. In our reliance and self-confidence.

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operations. This includes the
hiring process, staff background
checks and training, inspection of
campground facilities, healthcare
policies and procedures, program
content and more. You can
learn more about camp safety
standards and find resources
for parents at www.acacamps.
org. In addition, Camp Natoma
has earned Markel Insurance
company’s Safety 1st designation
for proven safety record. We are
proud to provide a safe and fun
outdoor experience.

Camp Natoma is accredited by
the American Camp Association.
It’s important for families to
know that just like schools,
camps can become accredited,
which validates a program’s high
standards for safety and camp

Youth today gain important life
skills and improve their well-being
through an overnight summer
camp experience.
At camp,
kids are active all day - hiking,
swimming, running, climbing,
and playing. Camp helps kids
build self-confidence and selfreliance through non-competitive
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To celebrate the 75 year tradition,
Camp Natoma alumni are invited
to two special events in 2016. On
June 5th, there will be a dinner at
Cass Winery and for those who
want to sleep under the stars, a

special two-night alumni camp
will be held August 5-7. New
families are invited to Open
House on June 4th and Family
Camp June 17-19.
For more information, contact
Camp Natoma at (805) 709-2569
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Emily Zbin has been the Director of Camp
Natoma for seven years. She has a Masters
degree in Education with a focus in Children
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Library Voice

What’s In
A Name?
by Kristen Barnhart

Words are powerful, the pen is
mightier than the sword, and
they beat out sticks and stones
in the harming department daily.
I remember when my daughter
came home from kindergarten
appalled because one of her
friends used the “s” word. I
braced myself, started my “active
listening,” and was somewhat
relieved when she whispered to
me: “stupid.” We talked about
how, even though we might feel
we’ve done something stupid, it
doesn’t make us stupid. Namecalling really gets my Irish up.

fight for us to get there. Saying
we are doesn’t make it so. Some
words don’t lose their charge, no
matter how much they’re used,
nor by whom they are used.
They are like shouting “Fire!” in
a crowded theater, to use the
classic example.
Unfortunately, many people are
trying their best (worst?) to prove
me wrong. Still others, raised on
bad TV, don’t even know when
they are abusing the language
and those within hearing
distance. I continue to be “that
woman” who asks; “Do you kiss
your mother with that mouth?”
on the bus, in the movie theater,
and other public places, and I am
often applauded for it. I am not
against the occasional use of a
well-placed expletive. I do object
to profanity used as a substitute
for “um” in every sentence.

Wait; am I using an ethnic slur
against myself? I’m an Irish /
German / American / Caucasian
woman with no tolerance for
intolerant people. Some ethnic
slurs are so common as to go
unoticed. The phrase “I got
Gypped” is often used without
realizing the hurtful connotation.
We need to continually revisit One of my favorite books on this
the distinction between colorful topic is Elbert’s Bad Word by
Audrey Wood.
language and racist rhetoric.
Though we are not yet a postracist, post-sexist society, I wish
we were, and I will continue to

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At a lovely and very proper garden
party, young Elbert has a croquet
mallet dropped on his great toe
and he uses a word (loudly) that
he has heard but never used. After
shocking the guests, the word
turns into a nasty little monster
thing and hides in his shirt while

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Elbert is taken in to get his mouth planted in an American urban
washed out with soap.
landscape. The empowerment
of choosing strong words to fight
Elbert goes to see the gardener, evil is made accessible to all the
who happens to be a wizard, and 10-100 year-old adolescents who
he sees the problem. He also can then make the daily choice of
knows that we need strong words speaking up against what’s wrong
and he bakes up a cake for Elbert in their own worlds.
that is chock-full of words filled
with “sparkle and crackle.” When Be a wizard in your life. Gently
Elbert returns to the party, only correct children’s misuse of
to be conked again by a croquet language, model words with
mallet, he not only amazes all the “sparkle and crackle,” engage
guests with his new vocabulary, he them in discussions of stereotypes
banishes that nasty little word. No in popular media, and praise them
preaching, no heavy psychology, each and every time you catch
just learning the power and magic them standing up for themselves
and others. Remind adults that
of words through humor.
some jokes are not funny, and
Words hold so much power that a that name-calling has no place in
career book in a school library only a civil society.
appears to kids who “get it” in the
fabulous book So You Want to be Ethnic diversity should be
celebrated, preferably with food,
a Wizard by Diane Duane.
and enjoyed for all the color and
spice it brings to the table. So,
“kiss me, I’m Irish” and have a
beautiful March in this most lovely
place on our little planet!

This book, the first of an amazing
series, speaks directly to the
heart of the power of words
by connecting a smart girl with
a bullied boy in an unlikely
friendship. These disenfranchised
kids find themselves having to
save the world in some of the most
suspenseful scenes in children’s
and teen’s literature.
are pre-Harry Potter and firmly

Kristen Barnhart has been telling stories,
recommending books, and stamping little
hands for over 36 years throughout SLO
County. She is currently a Youth Services
Librarian at the San Luis Obispo (TUE 10:30
am Storytime) and Atascadero (MON 10:30
am Storytime) Libraries. Kristen can be
reached at (805) 781-5775 or kbarnhart@

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Toronto looking into the health
of Canadian children.

Vitamin D


The test results from the children
showed that for every month
that a child was breastfed after
his or her first birthday, the risk
of being vitamin D deficient rose
by 6%.

By the time the child was two
their risk of being Vitamin D
by John J. Cannell, MD
deficient had reached 16%, and
by the time they were three it
A Canadian study recommends Canada, measured the levels of had reached 29%.
giving Vitamin D supplements Vitamin D in the blood of 2,500
to children who are still Canadian children aged one to The researchers found that the
breastfeeding after their first five.
results were the same even if the
birthday in order to prevent
children were eating solid food
health problems such as rickets. The
all in addition to being breastfed.
participating in TARGet Kids!,
The study, conducted by a study by researchers from This study concluded: Breastfed
Dr. Jonathon Maguire at St. St. Michael’s Hospital and The children
Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Hospital for Sick Children in supplemented,
those breastfed more than
1 year, appear to have lower
vitamin D status. Vitamin D
supplementation may mitigate
this risk.
These findings
for supplementation during
breastfeeding of any duration.
Breast milk is an excellent source
of many nutrients needed by
children in the early stages of
life, however it does not contain
sufficient amounts of vitamin D.
Breastfeeding exclusively in
the first year of life is known
to increase the risk of the
bone disease rickets, with the
Canadian Paediatric Society
and the American Academy
of Pediatrics already both
recommending that breastfed
children be supplemented with
400 International Units (IU) of
vitamin D every day for the first
year of life.
Dr. Maguire believes that
these new findings could be
significant not only for Canadian
children but also those from

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other northern countries who
may struggle to get enough
exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet
rays, which the body uses to
produce vitamin D.
The World Health Organization
mothers breastfeed their babies
exclusively for the first 6 months
of life. From six months of age,
WHO recommends introducing
nutritionally adequate solid
foods to meet the child’s
increasing energy demands, as
well as continued breastfeeding
up to 2 years of age or beyond.
Chen, Gerald Lebovic, Catherine
S. Birken, Patricia C. Parkin, and
Jonathon L. Maguire. (2016).
Total Duration of Breastfeeding,
Vitamin D Supplementation,
and Serum Levels of 25Hydroxyvitamin D.
Journal of Public Health. e-View
Ahead of Print. doi: 10.2105/
Reprinted with permission. © Yahoo
News. February 19, 2016.

John Cannell, MD has over 35 years
of clinical experience. He is board
certified by the American Academy
of Psychiatry and Neurology and
obtained his MD degree from the
University of North Carolina School
of Medicine. Dr. Cannell has published
17 scientific papers in peer-reviewed
medical literature; three of his papers
are the most cited papers in the history
of their respective journals.

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Fun & Games

Jack’s Jokes
What has four legs and goes “Boo?”

& Ink
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A cow with a cold!

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Speak Up!
Keep a Child Safe
from Sexual Abuse

by Molly Peoples

As an investor, you may be gaining
familiarity with the term “market
correction.” But what does it
mean? And, more importantly,
what does it mean to you?
A correction occurs when a key
index, such as the S&P 500,
declines at least 10% from its
previous high. A correction, by
definition, is short-term in nature
and has historically happened
fairly regularly – about once a year.
However, over the past several
years, we’ve experienced fewer
corrections, so when we have one
now, it seems particularly jarring
to investors.
How should you respond to a
market correction? The answer
may depend, to some extent, on
your stage of life.
• If you’re still working … If you
are in the early or middle parts of
your working life, you might not

have to concern yourself much
about a market correction because
you have decades to overcome a
short-term downturn. Instead of
selling stocks, and stock-based
investments, to supposedly “cut
your losses,” you may find that
now is a good time to buy more
shares of quality companies,
when their price is down.

to proactively rebalance your
portfolio – or, during a correction,
the market may do it for you. To
cite one aspect of rebalancing, if
your portfolio ever does become
too “stock-heavy,” you may need
to add some bonds or other
fixed-rate vehicles. Not only can
these investments help keep your
Also, you may want to use the portfolio in balance, but they
opportunity of a correction to also may hold up better during a
become aware of the need to correction.
periodically review and rebalance
your portfolio. Stocks, and • If you’re retired … After you
investments containing stocks, retire, you may need to take
often perform well before a money from your investment
correction. If their price has accounts – that is, sell some
risen greatly, they may account investments – to help pay for your
for a greater percentage of the cost of living. Ideally, however,
total value of your portfolio – you don’t want to sell stocks, or
so much so, in fact, that you stock-based vehicles, during a
might become “overweighted” correction – because when you
in stocks, relative to your goals, do, you may be “selling low.”
risk tolerance and time horizon. (Remember the most common
That’s why it’s important for you rule of investing: Buy low and
sell high. It’s not always easy to
follow, but it’s still pretty good
So, to avoid being forced into
selling, you need to be prepared.
During your retirement years, try
to keep at least a year’s worth

of cash instruments on hand as
well as short-term fixed income
investments. By having this money
to draw on, you may be able to
leave your stocks alone and give
them a chance to recover, postcorrection.
And it’s important to maintain a
reasonable percentage of stocks,
and stock-based vehicles, in your
portfolio, even during retirement
– because these investments may
provide the growth necessary to
help keep you ahead of inflation.
Consequently, as a retiree, you
should have a balance of stocks
and stock-based vehicles, along
with fixed-income vehicles, such
as bonds, certificates of deposit,
government securities and so on.
Being prepared can help you get
through a correction – no matter
where you are on life’s journey.
Edward Jones, its employees and financial
advisors are not estate planners and cannot
provide tax or legal advice. You should consult
your estate planning attorney or qualified tax
advisor regarding your situation.
Molly Peoples is a financial advisor at Edward
Jones in San Luis Obispo. She can be reached
at (805) 784-9013. © 2014 Edward Jones. All
rights reserved. Member SIPC.

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Local History
Pismo Beach
by Guy Crabb

If you are looking for fun places to
visit with your family, we have a
lot of choices in our county. One
of my favorites would be Pismo
Beach, with many interesting
things to do and features to
explore. My wife and I love to
take a walk down the Pismo pier,
watch the waves, and see people
enjoying themselves. It’s nothing
new, because people have made
Pismo Beach a tourist destination
for well over 100 years.
Pismo Beach has gone through
many changes over its history
and has gone by several names,
including El Pizmo, Pismo, and
Pismo Beach. John Price founded
the town in the late 1880s to
early 1890s according to different
sources. Property lots were first
sold for as little as $5, and the more
beautiful coastal lots sold for $150
to $500. For the many tourists
that came to visit but did not
want to buy property, the owners
of the El Pizmo Hotel offered a
tent to stay in for the night. The
tent concept became so popular
that the area became known as
Tent City. The tents were 14 feet
by 18 feet and were covered with
a blue and white striped canvas.
They rented for $8 a night. In
1910, there were around 100
tents and a large Pavilion where

Monterey Street is getting a makeover.
Buildings are being renovated and the
parking lots are being dug up.
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Enjoy Your Memories!

an assortment of entertainment
Get an autographed copy at:
was offered to the tourists. Many
w w w. s l o 1 0 0 ye a r s . co m
people came in wagons until the
automobile became popular and
Also available at Barnes and Noble, Crushed Grape, Antiques of Monterey,
affordable. Pismo offered driving
History Center, Apple Farm, and Boo Boo Records.
on the beach, playing in the ocean,
sleeping in a tent by the ocean,
dancing, music, and a variety of of shops. The family sold their old down to this park for Easter egg
other types of entertainment.
arcade games to the public, and hunting. This little park has a very
I was lucky to buy one that was interesting history. At the turn
By the turn of the century, more
part of the old Pismo skating and of the century, the property was
and more automobiles were being
arcade business.
known as the Pacific Museum.
driven and the tourist industry
There were large underground
began. People started to flock At one time, Pismo even had a
caves that people could walk into
to Pismo by car to drive on miles large wooden Ferris wheel. By
and tour. The main caves were
of beach. In 1927, the fun level the 1940s, Tent City gradually
considered a unique geological
exploded when a huge Salt Water disappeared because more hotels
attraction and were promoted as
Plunge pool opened. There were began to pop up around the city
the Caves (or Caverns) of Mystery.
a variety of options for swimming, and in surrounding cities. In 1945,
A man named H. Douglas Brown
from small private pools to the the large pavilion that was near
bought the area and turned it into
large pool that most people used. the beach burned to the ground
a small amusement park in the late
The Plunge was built on Pomeroy and the fire also destroyed several
1940s. The first shop he built was
near the El Pizmo Inn, completely of the businesses that were close
a lapidary store. A lapidary shop
enclosed, and salt water was to the pavilion.
is where stones and gems are cut
pumped into the pool. I’m sure
and polished. Mr. Brown started
they had some type of filter and By the 1950s, not only did Pismo selling polished rocks and shells.
heating system. According to have a new skating rink and He added a few attractions and
some sources, the original pool new shops, but the city adopted started to build a large cement
still remains under the floors of the slogan “Clam Capital of the dinosaur. Brown’s idea was to
the Boardwalk Plaza. In the 1950s, World” because at the turn of have people walk through the
a family purchased the site of the the century, clams were plentiful side of the dinosaur and go down
old hotel and the plunge site and and you could haul them away into the caves. His neighbors
covered the area with hardwood by the sack full. Today, clams protested the dinosaur and he
floors for a future skating rink. are rare and you need to make was not allowed to complete
Over the years, the family who sure they are big enough to take the neck and head. A fire in the
owned the property closed down home and eat. There are even a 1960s destroyed the shops and
the rink and turned it into a group few giant concrete clams around what was left of the dinosaur,
town that welcome visitors to and then in the 1970s the main
Pismo Beach. I have seen these cave collapsed. The dinosaur
seven-foot-tall clams (they could remained in everyone’s memory
be bigger--I didn’t measure them) and the park was named after Mr.
dressed as reindeer and bunnies Brown’s dinosaur and his caves.
to celebrate whatever holiday
is coming. Pismo Beach still has We are lucky to live in a beautiful
a clam festival every year and it county with so much fun history.
attracts thousands of tourists. Spend a weekend and have some
Pismo is a fun place to go and fun in Pismo Beach and then
do lots of family things, such as go climb on some creatures at
surfing, bowling, playing pool, Dinosaur Cave Park.
swimming, shopping, eating, and
attending car shows.
Guy Crabb teaches at Charles E. Teach
Another place that I would like to
touch on is a place called Dinosaur
Caves Park. We take our grandkids

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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

Then again, look at English
spelling rules.

On my little part of the globe,
spring has arrived. I can almost
hear my mom saying, “Spring
has sprung, the grass has ris. I In celebration of March 10, the
International Day of Awesomeness
Wonder where the flowers is.”
(I kid you not), here are some
Our English word spring is etymological tidbits regarding
somewhat unique when it comes awesomeness (or as some might
to labeling the season between say, awesomnosity).
winter and summer. Two French
terms and one Latin one referring Inspiring awe, admiration or
to that same season, printemps, wonder is the modern definition
primevère, and tempus primum, that motivated Kevin Lawver to
mean first time, or first season. instigate the International Day
The Danish word voraar and the of Awesomeness, but awesome
Dutch word vorjar both mean has not always been cool waves,
The German word stunning sunsets and killer
Frühling, and Middle High German concerts. Its root, awe, started
word vrueje both mean early. out on the dark side.
The Haitian Creole folks put a
different spin on their equivalent, Awe came from the Proto-Indowith sous, meaning source. All of European word agh-es, which
these, however, have to do with grew into the Gothic word agis,
fear or anguish, and its German
firstness, earliness, beginnings.
cousin agiso, fright or terror. Awe
The English word spring, which entered Old English as ege, simply
became popular in the 1540s, meaning fear. By the 1300s it had
once springing time went out become aghe.
of vogue and long after the Old
English springan had faded away, Three centuries later, the gents
focuses on something entirely who pulled together the King
The season spring James Bible used awe to mean
sprung forth from the verb spring, fear mixed with veneration, and
meaning to leap, burst forth or it is those gents we can thank for
fly up. It came from Proto-Indo- awesome’s positive makeover.
European, sprengh, which meant
rapid movement. Its Sanskrit Inspired by “the myth of Chuck
and Greek equivalents, sprhayati Norris” (as opposed to the man,
and sperkhesthai meant desires Chuck Norris), The International
eagerly, and to hurry.
Day of Awesomeness can be
celebrated by any and all of us,
What do you suppose was up because “People are awesome
with those Englishfolk, breaking every day, frequently don’t realize
with linguistic tradition and it, and their feats of awesomeness
associating the first, the early, are rarely recognized.”
the beginning season with active,
radical concepts like leaping, Join in on the fun. Go out into the
bursting forth and flying up?
world and be awesome.

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rag dolls (no doubt after some
unthinking spouse had drawn
Who knew the unassuming word maps all over them).
napkin was part of such a large,
Another napkin relative comes
disparate family?
from the Latin word mappa,
Napkin entered English in the through the Old French word,
1400s from the Old French naperon, or small table cloth. It
word nape, cloth cover, towel, entered English in the 1300s as
or tablecloth combined with Napron, though today we know
the Middle English suffix –kin, it as apron. Over the course of
meaning little. The French got three centuries, napron lost its
the root from the Latin word initial n due to confusion around
mappa, short for the Medieval the use of the English article an:
Latin term mappa mundi, map “a napron” sounds about the
of the world. The somewhat same as “an apron.” Voila! The
unlikely connection apparently mystery of the disappearing n has
derives from the fact that at that been solved.
time maps were often drawn on
tablecloths (I find no connection Another relative of napkin is
to the word divorce, though I probably due to an early 1700s
imagine this practice led to some London dry-goods dealer by the
robust interspousal arguments). name of Doiley. Apparently s/he
produced a wool product known
So, napkin is related to map.
as a doily-napkin. Over time, the
In the late 1400s, mappa’s brother- doily-napkin shed its surname and
word mappe made its way into became simply, the doily.
English, meaning bundle of yarn
tied to a stick for cleaning tar from Many thanks to sources the OED, Etymonline,
a ship’s deck. Over the years this Wordnik, Day of Awesomeness.
word morphed into mop.
Another somewhat likely sibling
of napkin is moppet, which came
to English about the same time
in the form of moppe, meaning
little child, or baby doll, which,
in time picked up the diminutive
suffix, -et. When it first entered
English it also meant simpleton or
fool. This other meaning dropped
out within a century or two.
Etymologists are pretty sure the
little child or baby doll meaning
came through the use of recycling
napkins and tablecloths into

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books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
foggy little town on California’s central coast.
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March 2016

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March 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

Birthstone: Aquamarine

March is:
American Red Cross Month
Irish-American Heritage Month
Woman’s History Month
Music in our Schools Month
National Nutrition Month
National Craft Month
Youth Art Month


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

Daffodil or Narcissus

share a smile day


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


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



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


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

National Pi Day

first day of

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


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

no smoking DAY
Barbie’s birthday
(Introduced in 1959)


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

(Everyone can be called Joe)


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


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

salesperson DAY


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

Da Vinci
(in 1485)


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

international DAY
of awesomeness

girl scout day
(Founded in 1912)

first paper money
issued (In 1862)
first basketball
game (In 1892)


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

1st walk in space
(In 1965)

St. patrick’s day


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

national quilting day
swallow’s return


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


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

March 2016


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

pancakes 1st made
(In New York City in 1882)


make up
your own
holiday DAY

harry houdini’s
Birthday (Born in 1874)


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

pencil with
eraser patented
(In 1858)

1st US map

~ Albert Einstein

Central Coast Family

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

goof off day

If you can’t
explain it simply,
you don’t
understand it
well enough.



toast day

sing out day

poetry day

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

(Star Spangled Banner adopted in 1931)


freedom of

teenagers day
single parent’s



everything you
do is right 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


anthem DAY

ides of march

albert einstein’s
Birthday (Born in 1879)

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

read across
america DAY

national pig DAY

women’s DAY

daylight saving
time begins
(Spring forward 1 hour)


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

Dr. Seuss’
(Born in 1904)

(Born in 1475)

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

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

peanut butter
lover’s day

dentist day




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Family Events
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 lightning-fast
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 AllStar Season Pass can save up to 44%. The
in-house snack bar serves great food and
drinks. Contact: americanmelodrama.
com or 489-2499.
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 or music.calpoly.

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: 756-4849.
MON FEB 29 at 10:30 am: NEW STORY
TIME at Grover Beach Community
Library, 240 N 9th St, Grover Beach.
Children of all ages are welcome for
some stories, songs, and surprises in
English and Spanish. Cost: free. Contact:
WED MAR 2 at 4:30 pm: CELEBRATE
SEUSS at Los Osos Library, 2075
Palisades Ave. Enjoy cake and a Dr
Seuss storytime to celebrate this special
author’s birthday. Cost: free. Contact: or 461-6161.

FEB 25-MAR 13 (times vary): CABARET
at SLO Little Theatre, 888 Morro St, San
Luis Obispo. This multiple Tony Awardwinning musical celebrates the 50th
anniversary of its Broadway premiere in
1966. Cost: $40-45. Contact: 786-2440 or

THU MAR 3-SAT MAR 5 (times vary):
BOOK SALE at San Luis Obispo Veterans
Memorial Hall, 801 Grand Ave. San Luis
Obispo Friends of the Library invites
you to peruse hundreds of books for
readers of all ages. THU 6:00-9:00 pm:
FOL Members Only, FRI 10:00 am-5:00
pm, and SAT 9:00 am-2:00 pm. Cost: $1
per inch for most books. Contact: www.

FRI FEB 26 11:00 am-3:00 pm: BLOOD
DRIVE at SLO Skate Park, 1050 Oak St,
San Luis Obispo. In honor of the Park’s
one year anniversary, the City of SLO
Parks and Recreation Department is
hosting a drive to support United Blood
Services of California. Cost: free. Contact:
781-7282 or

THU MAR 3-SUN MAR 13 (times and
locations vary): STRIKE OUT STIGMA
BOWL-A-THON at Cal Poly SLO and
Pismo. This 35 annual events is a great
way to have fun, enjoy family-friendly
competition, and support Transitions
Mental Health Assn programs. Cost: $100
pledge. Contact: 540-6510 or

SAT FEB 26 6:00-7:30 pm: EDIBLE &
COAST at San Luis Obispo Botanical
Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd, San Luis
Obispo. Enjoy a presentation on the
plants of SLO County with herbalist
Tellur Fenner, owner of the Blue Winds
Botanical Medicine Clinic. Cost: $5-10.
Contact: 541-1400 or

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 or music.calpoly.

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: HOOKING UP
487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande. Enjoy
this great date-night comedy show with
a focus on relationships. Cost: $36-45.
Contact: 489-9444 or
SAT FEB 27 at 8:00 pm: CAL POLY
AMERICA’ at Harman Hall, Cal Poly
PAC, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo.
Showcasing music from a variety of

Central Coast Family

THU MAR 3-SAT MAR 5 (times vary): SLO
at SLO Veteran’s Memorial, 801 Grand
Ave, San Luis Obispo. THU 6:00-9:00
pm, FRI 10:00 am-5:00 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 special-priced.
Proceeds benefit SLO Library. Contact:
544-3033 or

Rd. Join local author and artist Beryl
Reichenberg for a fun children’s book
crafting event, followed by an herbal
exploration in the Garden. Bring your
creativity and your enthusiasm! Cost: $5.
SAT MAR 5 at 2:00 pm: FAMILY MOVIE at
Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. We
supply the popcorn and movie every first
SAT of the month. This movie is about a
silly old bear. Call for movie title (rated
G). Cost: free. Contact: or
SAT MAR 5 2:00-3:00 pm: BALLET
FOLKLORICO at Arroyo Grande Library,
800 West Branch St, Arroyo Grande.
Enjoy the traditional regional dance from
Mexico as presented by students from
Righetti High School. Cost: free. Contact:
473-7165 or

FRI MAR 4 at 8:00 pm: U.S. ARMY FIELD
BAND at Harman Hall, Cal Poly PAC, 1
Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Cost: 4 free
tickets per household. Contact: 7564849 or

SAT MAR 5 at 8:00 pm: CAL POLY WIND
Hall, Cal Poly PAC, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis
Obispo. This concert features the Cal
Poly Wind Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble
from Cal Poly Pomona, and conductor
Ricky Badua. Cost: $9-12. Contact: 7564849 or

SAT MAR 5 1:00-3:00 pm: KIDS’ BOOK
SLO Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek

SUN MAR 6 at 3:00 pm: CAL POLY
SHOWCASE at Harman Hall, Cal Poly PAC,

March 2016

1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Cost: $1214. Contact: 756-4849 or music.calpoly.
MON MAR 7 at 10:30 am: NEW STORY
TIME at Grover Beach Community
Library, 240 N 9th St, Grover Beach.
Children of all ages are welcome for
some stories, songs, and surprises in
English and Spanish. Cost: free. Contact:
Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis
Obispo. Conductor Boguslaw Dawidow
will lead performances of Wagner and
Chopin. Cost: $32-66. Contact: 756-4849
SAT MAR 12 1:00-4:00 pm: TATER DAY ON
TRAFFIC WAY in Downtown Atascadero.
Come for a taste of the Irish with a
variety of merchants hosting a fun-filled
afternoon for all ages. Activities and
food abound! Cost: $10, tickets at Carlton
Hotel. Contact:
SAT MAR 12 1:00-3:00 pm: CENTRAL
Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd.
Discover the secrets to a beautiful, lowmaintenance, and water-wise garden!
Join succulent expert Nick Wilkinson,
owner of both GROW Nursery and Left

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Family Events
SAT MAR 19 11:00 am-2:00 pm:
La Purisima Mission, 2295 Purisima
Rd, Lompoc. Enjoy craft activities that
supplied the needs of the mission
residents like tortilla making and
pottery. Cost: $5-6. Contact: 735-2174 or
SAT MAR 19 at 2:00 pm: FAMILY MOVIE
at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave.
Enjoy a movie about candy, chicks and
rock’n’roll (PG). Call for title. Cost: free.
Contact: or 461-6161.
TUE MAR 22 at 5:30 pm: MARCH OF
Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Calling
all preschoolers! Come to the library,
bring your favorite stuffed animal,
parade in your PJs, and have fun playing
with numbers all the while. Cost: free.
Contact: or 461-6161.
SAT MAR 26 at 10:30 am: SPECIAL
STORYTIME at Los Osos Community
Park, 2180 Palisades Ave. Enjoy a special
story before the Los Osos Kiwanis Easter
Egg Hunt. Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862.

Field. Cost: $5-10. Contact:
SAT MAR 12 6:00-8:00 pm: FATHERDAUGHTER DANCE at Abel Maldonado
Youth Center, 600 S McClelland St, Santa
Maria. Enjoy this annual family fairy-tale
ball. Cost: $30. Contact: 925-0951.
SAT MAR 12 at 8:00 pm: CLASSICS
CONCERT IV at PAC Cohan Center, 1
Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Conductor
Bruce Anthony Kiesling will lead San
Luis Obispo Symphony in performances
of Rachmaninoff and Mussorgsky. Cost:
$20-80. Contact: 756-4849 or tickets.
SUN MAR 13 1:30-4:00 pm: ST. PATRICK’S
DAY DANCE at Elwin Mussell Senior
Center, 510 Park Ave, Santa Maria. Santa
Maria Senior Club sponsors the Rip Tide
Big Band with Holly Williams and Bob
Nations. Cost: $10. Contact: 843-2830 or
WED MAR 16 at 3:00 pm: KIDS CRAFT
at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave.
Make a whirligig. School age children
make’n’take a craft on the third WED
of every month. Cost: free. Contact: or 461-6161.

1025 Monterey St, SLO. Meet Pismo the
Surfing Goat followed by the film Ocean
Driven with special guests Chris Bertish,
Jeff Clark, Nadia Tarlow, and Greg Linden.
Cost: $10-15. Contact:
SAT MAR 19 9:00 am-5:00 pm: 5th
Santa Margarita. Celebrate the 2016
wildflower season with Hidden Treasure
“nature talks and walks” about our local
area from wildlife to wildflowers, a CA
wildflower photo contest open to all,
public votes, free wildflower seeds and
a map to viewing areas. Free parking
and a bus shuttle will help move families
around town. Cost: free. Contact: 2352129 or
SAT MAR 19 10:00 am-1:00 pm: SPRING
PLANT SALE at SLO Botanical Garden,
3450 Dairy Creek Rd. Enjoy this semiannual plant sale, and find the perfect
plants for your yard, get expert advice,
and find great deals. Cost: free. Plant
prices vary; tax-free. Contact:

FRI MAR 18 at 7:30 pm: SLO FILM FEST’S
ANNUAL SURF NITE at Fremont Theatre,

SAT MAR 19 at 11:00 am: BLOOM TEA
PARTY LUNCHEON at Boys & Girls
Club, 901 N Railroad Ave, Santa Maria.
Enjoy a tea party luncheon to benefit
the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Maria
Valley. Cost: $35. Contact: 922-7163 or

Central Coast Family

March 2016

FRI APR 1 at 7:00 pm: IT’S MAGIC at Cal
Poly PAC, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo.
Harkening back to an era of all-star magic
shows, this live stage show features
many of the world’s top professional
magicians, with each act carefully
selected to represent the variety in the
art of magic. Cost: $14-48. Contact: 7564849 or
SAT APR 2 7:00 am-5:00 pm: MBHS
GARAGE SALE at Morro Bay High School
Cafeteria, 235 Atascadero Rd, MB. This
giant fundraiser is part of Morro Bay’s
Citywide Garage Sale weekend and
features something for everyone in the
family! All proceeds go to MBHS AVID
program. Cost: free. Contact: mbhs.
SAT APR 2 10:00 am-3:00 pm: APPLE
Farm, 2015 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo.
Celebrate spring at this 9th annual
event with food demos, local wine and
beer tasting, floral demos, a crafts fair,
bounce slide, petting zoo, clay pot craft
booth, kids’ scavenger hunt, and much
more fun for the whole family! Cost: free
admission, BBQ: $12. Contact: 544-6100.

SUN MAR 20-FRI APR 3 (times vary):
CHICK CITY at Charles Paddock Zoo, 9100
Morro Rd, Atascadero. Come for a day at
the Zoo and enjoy the Easter collection
of baby chicks, over 100 animals, and
the new Aviary and Turtle Lab. Activities
for all ages. Cost: Chick City included in

Zoo admission: 12 and over $7.00; 3-11 $5;
under 2 years free! Contact: 470-3170 or
THU MAR 24: 6:00-8:30 pm: BUNNY
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 to receive a
free map of participating shops and a bag
for treats. Watch for Downtown Bunny!
Cost: free. Contact:
or 541-0286.
SAT MAR 26 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! Bring your own basket or
bag. Cost: free. Contact: pismochamber.
com or 773-7063.
SAT MAR 26-SUN MAR 27 10:00 am-1:00
pm: EASTER FUN at Apple Farm, 2015
Monterey St, San Luis Obispo. Join the
Easter bunny for family photos. Cost:
free. Contact: 544-6100.
SAT MAR 26 at 10:00 am: FAMILY
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! Cost: varies. Contact: 4735474.
SAT MAR 26 10:00 am-12:00 pm: EASTER
EGG HUNT at South Bay Community
Center, 2180 Palisades Ave, Los Osos. It
begins with contests for the best home
decorated egg or best costume. 10:30
am: Los Osos Library story time on the
lawn. 11:00 am: egg hunt for ages 2 to 7.
Cost: free. Contact: 528-0100.
SAT MAR 26 10:00 am-12:00 pm:
Mountainbrook Community Church,
1775 Calle Joaquin, SLO. Kids ages 2-10
can enjoy the Easter Bunny, 12,000 eggs
to find, bounce houses, a petting zoo,
face painting, and popcorn. Cost: free.
Contact: 543-3162.
SAT MAR 26 10:00 am-3:00 pm: EASTER
Park, 3rd St, Cayucos. Dress up your
favorite pooch in their best Easter
Bonnet and outfit for a parade! Prizes
are awarded for Best Costume, Best
Behaved, Best Bonnet and many more.
Plus an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids
and they can meet the Easter Bunny.
Sponsored by the Cayucos Lioness Club.
Cost: free. Contact: 235-2289.

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Local Resources
SAT MAR 26 11:00 am-1:00 pm: EGG
HUNT at Laguna Lake Park, 11175 Los
Osos Valley Rd, San Luis Obispo. Hippity
Hoppity! Bring your basket and join the
Bunny for an exciting adventure and
search for prize-filled eggs. Cost: free.
Contact: 781-7067 or

Contact: 471-9342. 2nd & 4th THU 6:309:00 pm in Atascadero. Contact: 2352774. Cost: free. Info:
3rd SAT every month 3:00-6:00 pm:
Interactive Indonesian Music at
Grandma’s Frozen Yogurt, 307 Morro
Bay Blvd, MB. Instruments available
for all. Play along with “Ëru” and Anna!
Endang “Ëru” Rukandi is a master of the
regional music of West Java. Cost: free.
Contact: 704-9866.

SUN MAR 27 at 8:00 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.
Cost: free. Contact: cambriachamber.

1st & 3rd THU every month 7:00-8:30 pm:
Drop-in Dream Group at St. Benedict’s
Episcopal Church, 2220 Snowy Egret Ln,
Los Osos. This “drop-in” support group
is to share 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:

& 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: 995-3846.

3rd WED of every month at 6:30 pm:
Prepared & Natural Chidlbirth Classes at
Twin Cities Community Hospital, 1220 Las
Tablas Rd, Templeton. This is a six-series
class addressing all matters of childbirth
in the form of a lecture as well as handson demos and practice techniques. Cost:
free. Contact: 434-4654.

Every WED 3:00-4:00 pm: PAWS TO
READ at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades
Ave. Read to Berkeley, the dog who
loves to listen to children read. Cost:
free. Contact: 528-1862.

2nd THU of every month at 6:30 pm:
Breastfeeding Basics at Twin Cities
Community Hospital, 1100 Las Tablas
Rd, Templeton. In this introduction to
breastfeeding class you and your family
will learn about the practical aspects
of feeding your newborn from an
Internationally Board Certified Lactation
Consultant. Cost: free. Contact: 2394443.

Every THU 6:30-9:30 pm: SLO CHESS
CLUB meets at Carl’s Jr on Santa Rosa
St, 1 block W of Foothill, across from CalPoly. All ages. Cost: free. Contact: 4417210 or
Every SAT 10:00 am-2:00 pm: SLO CHESS
CLUB meets at the big board on the
Morro Bay Embarcadero at the west
end of Morro Bay Blvd (down the stairs).
Cost: free. Contact: 441-7210 or slochess.

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: 7827301 or

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.

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.

Women’s Shelter

of San Luis Obispo County


10:30 am Mondays

Feeling hopeless, desperate, or alone?
Concerned for someone you care about?

Reading to Rover
Wednesdays at 3:00 pm

Suicide Prevention
Mental Health and
Emotional Support
24 hours of every day
A program of Transitions Mental Health Association

AM and PM 4 hour shifts are available.
Contact: 434-4524.
Last FRI every month at 6:00 pm: Family
Fun at Unity Church, 1165 Stubblefield St,
Orcutt. Contact: 937-3025.
Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & SAT
11:00 am-5:00 pm: Exploration Station
Interactive Science Center welcomes
families at 867 Ramona Ave, Grover
Beach. Cost: $2-3. Contact: 473-1421 or
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.
2nd SAT of every month FEB-NOVat
9:00 am: the Santa Maria Recreation
and Parks Dept offers free docent-led
nature walks in Los Flores Ranch, 6271
Dominion Rd, Santa Maria. Cost: free.
Contact: 925-0951 x 263.
2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00 pm:
Caregiver Support Group at Cayucos
Community Church, Ocean Ave & S
3rd St. free support for caregivers and
family dealing with long-term illness,
memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.
Contact: 458-7484.
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
home management, traveling, and using
talking library books. Contact: 462-1225.

Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI 3:005:30 pm: Teen Wellness Program at

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For all ages
English & Spanish

New or shy readers can practice reading to a
therapy dog

2nd & 4th MON every month at 6:30 pm:
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet
at Pacific Christian Church, 3435 Santa
Maria Way, Santa Maria. Childcare is
provided. Contact: 934-3491 or www.

crisis line: 781-6400
business phone: 781-6401

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Try our New Programs!

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

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

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:
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 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: 481-2692 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. Offered by
Hospice of SLO Co. Contact: 544-2266 or
Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon Family
Support Group at Luis OASIS Senior
Center, 420 Soares Ave, Orcutt. Contact:
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

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persons filing 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.
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:
545-8888 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 LibraryJack’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: 547-1914
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. In-home appointments also
available. Cost-free! Contact: 547-1914
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: 541-4219 or
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: 7883406.
Every WED 11:00 am-12:00 pm: Growing
With Baby, an infant feeding office for

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breastfeeding moms and 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: 5436988.

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, Ste J,
SLO. Contact: 547-7025 x 17.

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

Morro Bay Museum of Natural History
offers Adventures With Nature & Mind
Walks. Find the schedule at: www.

Volunteer at San Luis Obispo Museum
of Art! For more information, stop by
at 1010 Broad St (Mission Plaza) or email

Central Coast Commission for Senior
Citizens offers many free services: Senior
Connection - connecting callers with
local resources; one on one Medicare
assistance, advise and referrals for long
term care, and 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 or www.

San Luis Obispo Senior Center offers
health screening, legal services, meals,
exercise, bridge, and bingo at 1445 Santa
Rosa St. Contact: 781-7306.

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 baby or child to
activity classes, or find peer support
and education just for parents. Cost:
$76 for 10 wks. Contact: 549-1222 or

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 potential end-oflife issues. Offices in San Luis Obispo and
Paso Robles. Contact: 544-2266.

CC Flutes

New and Used Instruments . Band Instrument Rental

Locally Owned and Operated . Amazing Discounts!
Personal Knowledgeable Service by Flexible Appointment

Volunteer as a Good Neighbor! Make

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Local Resources

Alternative Education
on the
Central Coast

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

days per week. Contact: 929-6878.
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
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

Summit Academy charter school
serves K-12 grades, and provides

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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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

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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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