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Child Development
and understand the feelings and
perspective of another person.
People with autism find it harder
to show empathy to others,
although they can be taught to
acknowledge other people’s
views and feelings.
Physical Contact
In some cases, autistic people do
not like physical contact, such
as hugs, tickling, or physical play
with others.
In the US, the first National
Autism Awareness Month was
declared by the Autism Society
in April of 1970. Since then, a
nationwide effort was launched
a to promote autism awareness
by educating the public, enable
inclusion and self-determination
for all, and to ensure that each
person with autism is provided

the opportunity to achieve the
highest possible quality of life.
Autism is a complex mental
condition and developmental
disability with a wide spectrum
of symptoms characterized by
difficulties in the way a person
communicates and interacts with
other people. Autism can be be
present from birth or form during

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early childhood (typically within
the first three years). Autism is
a lifelong neuro-developmental
disability with no single known
People with autism
are classed as having Autism
Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the
terms autism and ASD are often
used interchangeably. People will
autism have a set of symptoms
unique to themselves (no two
people are the same), with a wide
range in severity.
Common Autism Characteristics

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While no two people with
autism will have the same set of
symptoms, there are common
characteristics found in those with
this complex disability. Briefly,
these characteristics include:
Social Skills
People with autism often have
problems interacting with others;
autistic children do not have
adequate playing and talking
skills. Mild symptoms on one end
of the spectrum may be displayed
through clumsy behavior, being
out of sync with those around
them, and making inappropriate
or offensive comments or
gestures. At the other end of the
spectrum, an autistic person may
not be interested in others at all.

Sudden Environment Changes
Due to heightened sensitivity
and dependence on routine,
any sudden change in their
surrounding environment may
affect a person with autism
negatively. Common offending
disruptions could be loud noises,
changes in intensity of lighting,
alteration of visual aspects, or
even changes in smell.
Speech can be affected in people
with autism. ‘Echolalia’ is a typical
speech symptom in which the
person repeats words and phrases
that they hear. The speech tone
of an autistic person may be flat
or monotonous. When symptoms
are more extreme, the person
may not speak or interact with
Changes in Behavior and Routine

People with autism often display
repetitive behavior when they
repeat the same action many
times over. For example, a person
with autism may repeatedly
pace around a room in a certain
direction. Any change to their
behavior or routine can be
unsettling for them. This could
be a reordering of daily activities,
such as the sequence when a
person brushes their teeth, takes
a shower, and has breakfast when
Empathy is the ability to recognize they get up in the morning.

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Other characteristics of autism
can include an unpredictable
rate of learning, asynchronous
cognitive, emotional, and physical
development, obsessions, and
physical tics.
Autism Is Widespread
Awareness Is Not
On March 27, 2014, the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) released data on the
prevalence of autism in the United

States. This surveillance study
identified 1 in 68 children (1 in 42
boys and 1 in 189 girls) as having
autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Since then, some government
estimate that
the prevalence is now 1 in 45
National Autism
Awareness Month aims to make
the public more aware about this
widespread disability and the
issues that arise in the autism
community. As so many people
in America have autism, chances
are that you know someone with
this disability. A better informed
public will be more understanding
and supportive towards people
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Library Voice

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When sharing ideas of green
living with children, the library
should be the first thing that pops
into your head. Not only do we
carry great books, some of which
I’ll explore below, but we are
and always have been the model
of shared resources. With the
economy still challenging families,
your library is here for you with
more programs all the time, fresh
new books, movies, and smiles to
greet you at the door.
Every week, families come in and
fill their canvas library bags (yes,
we offered them long before
Trader Joe’s) with books of all
shapes and sizes, music CDs,
audio books, video games, and
DVDs. They present a card, and
take it all home for free! Then,
oh frabjous day, they bring them
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over again.
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shared every day like smiles
between friends and neighbors.
In fact, your local library branch
is the perfect place to meet up
with old friends and make new
ones. Making a play date at the
park after Toddler or Pre-school
Story-Time can lead to lifelong
friendships for both children and
their parents.
Children can explore all the
components of green living
starting with their favorite
resource: the children’s librarian!
We can recommend picture books,
such as Chris Van Allsburg’s (Polar
Express, Jumanji) Just a Dream,
with litterbug Walter, who thinks
that his neighbor’s gift of a tree
as a birthday present is pretty
lame. Then he dreams of a world,
not filled with cool robots, but
with a frightening polluted future.
Walter awakens as a changed boy,
empowered to save the world,
starting with a tree. Carl Hiassen’s
chapter books for middle grade
readers, Hoot and Flush, feature
laugh-out-loud adventures of kids
saving an endangered owl and a
polluted waterway.
A movie never seen is a new
movie, so check out WALL-E if
your children were too young in
2008, and watch robots find love
on an almost dead planet earth.
Invite kids from your whole
neighborhood over on Friday,
April 22nd for an Earth Day crafts
party and make something new
from something old! DVDs now
circulate for the same three-week
lending period as books and CDs,
so there’s no need to panic about
getting your items back to the
library on time.

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Every single day offers parents
opportunities to share creative
ways to help the world. Books
on fun craft projects that use
found and recycled items can be
a beautiful way to make gifts.
Children love to get their hands
in the dirt and they love to eat,
so: plant an organic garden,
learn to compost, and prepare a
homegrown meal together. You
can even sing “Oats Peas Beans
and Barley Grow” while you are
working together.
Your librarian can lead you
through the Dewey decimal
system to the craft books in the
745s, the gardening books in the
635s, cooking books in the 640s,
and song books in the 780s.
Dewey love to help? Yes we do!
We also have books on global
warming, recycling, and Earth
Day in the 363.7s, and saving the
rainforest in the 333.7s. Don’t
forget to ask for all the books
on animals and biographies on
inspirational people like John
Chapman, and Rachel Carson.
So, jump on the bus and take a ride
to your library, you’ll be amazed
by what you find and the RTA will
get you close to most of our larger
branch locations. I love recycling
so much, I’ve even spruced up
and recycled this column!
Your library can even be viewed

as an ever-growing and adapting
tree. The trunk is the San Luis
Obispo Library; the branches
include Atascadero, Cambria,
Arroyo Grande, Morro Bay, and
Los Osos. We even have twigs,
such as San Miguel, Shell Beach,
Oceano, Shandon, and Cayucos,
and all have programs for your
There are 15 locations in all, so
visit, like us
on facebook: SLOCountyLibrary,
and discover your local library.
Also visit our website to view your
record, make lists of items you
may want to reserve later, renew
books, and place holds.
You can ask our calendar to send
you a reminder when interesting
programs come up. We even have
a mobile catalog for quick and
easy access to materials from your
smart-phone or tablet. Happy
Earth Day and happy reading!

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 Library. Kristen can be reached at (805)
781-5775 or
“Libraries will get you through times with
no money, better than money will get you
through times with no Libraries!”

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Family Life

Step Family Success
by Bob Taibbi

Creating a step or blended family
is always a challenge - combining
different households and family
cultures, visitations, dealing with
exes, the confusion that children
feel in trying to make sense not
only of the divorce, but a new
parent and stepsiblings that they
didn’t ask for. The stress can take
its toll. At least, blended families
are in good company; over 50% of
US families are now remarried or

offer comfortable distractions
to break through awkwardness,
yet allow you to step out of your
“parent” role, and give you both
an opportunity to spontaneously
enjoy each other’s company.
Whenever the child talks, be quiet
and listen. If the mood seems
right, throw out quick one-liner
questions, such as “It seems like
you are not excited about coming
here some weekends. How come?
Is it hard to move between two
houses?” and see what happens
What’s likely to happen next
is not much; an “It’s okay” or
grunt, though you might be
surprised. Don’t be tempted to
take a stepchild’s response (or
lack of response) personally.
Whether the child or teen talks
about themselves or not is less
important than your showing
an interest in his world, and by
casually bringing up topics you
are letting him know what type of
things can be talked about.

do. The antidote to a child or
teen’s resistance is building a
supportive relationship.
back and develop a connection
before taking any disciplinarian
role. Refer misbehavior to the
biological parent. If your partner
needs support, be the sideline
coach or sounding board, but let
him or her take the lead. Once
a strong trusting relationship is
established, gradually step up to Build one relationship at a time.
discipline if needed. With older
Not having clear rules and
Perhaps it comes as no surprise children or teens, stepparent routines. Dealing with sibling
that struggles between step- discipline may not be advisable.
rivalry can be difficult in the best
parents and stepchildren are Nurture first, discipline second.
of families, and this challenge
one of the primary causes of
quickly multiplies in stepfamilies.
second divorces.
The move Failing to develop individual Stepfamilies need nurturing yet
Each child in
from divorce to singlehood to relationships.
strong leadership.
Clear and
a different
stepfamily certainly requires time
enforced rules and routines
and patience, but like most life response to a stepparent - one (knowing when and how chores or
transitions also benefits from child quickly warming up, while homework are to be done, having
awareness and skill. Even in another remains aloof. Children consistent and age-appropriate
the best of circumstances, the who are particularly close to bedtime routines, understanding
transition can take a few years the other natural parent may that hitting will not be tolerated
to normalize. Here are the most hold back, believing that if they and has consequences) helps
common mistakes to avoid and become close to the stepparent children and teens feel safe and
they are in some way being
related keys to success:
able to settle.
disloyal. They may worry that
Disciplining too soon. One of a biological parent will come to In the absence of structure (when
the big, yet easy, mistakes that love them less due to divided rules seem arbitrary or confusing,
a lot of new stepparents make attention. Children might also be or enforcement is inconsistent or
is stepping in a disciplinarian too reluctant to trust a stepparent, non-existent) children are prone
soon. While the intentions may especially if they feel abandoned to not only test the limits and act
be good, kids are likely to show or abused by a biological parent. out more, but feeling essentially
resentment, rather than respect
leaderless and anxious, they
- the proverbial “You’re not my Stepparents can navigate this may argue and fight among
emotional quagmire by remaining
themselves. Unable to relax and
patient while at the same time
This is particularly true for teens, initiating one-on-one activities. trust, they can’t develop positive
who are likely to see a stepparent Choose places and activities relationships with each other
as nothing more than another - movies, picking up a pizza, across family lines.
authority telling him what to playing cards or legos - that When setting family priorities and

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expectations, keep the children’s
differing developmental needs
and personalities in mind.
Younger children for example,
tend to thrive with parent-set
routines, while older children
and teens may appreciate more
say in establishing their own. Be
careful that the quiet middle child
doesn’t get lost in the shuffle,
that the loudest or oldest doesn’t
dominate the others, or that one
child acts up and learns to only
get attention in a negative way.
Anytime any of the children is
doing what is expected of him,
reinforce the positive behavior
with acknowledgement.
When misbehavior does arise,
act calmly but decisively and
always follow through with
consequences. If conflicts arise
between siblings, try to be
more the mediator, and less the
arbitrator. If necessary, help them
both to calm down. Once they
have, help them brainstorm and
work through their own solutions
to their problem.
Realize that while you can
make sure that the children are
respectful and considerate in
behavior and communication
with each other, you can’t make
them like each other. They will
have to develop acceptance,
and especially affection, at their
own pace. What you can do,
however, is encourage their
interaction, for example ask
an older stepbrother to help a
younger one with his homework,
have two stepdaughters go with
you to pick out a new dress for a

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special event, or create a family
ritual of Friday night pizza and
DVDs that the kids have to choose
among themselves.
your leadership and this mix and
match approach, the children
will not only get to know each
other better and build their own
relationships, but will, through
shared memories.

is unfair and arbitrary.

Provide structure for the children.

Don’t let this happen. Make
time for yourselves with regular
date nights and/or neighborhood
walks, cozy times after the kids go
to bed or before they get up in the
morning. Resist the urge to spend
this time together glued to a TV
or computer. Instead talk about
your day and about yourselves.
Periodically, take stock of what
is working well, decide what
needs to be changed or finetuned, and plan for upcoming
Work together as a team.
events or challenges. Take the
Not making time as a couple. If time to remember why you came
being on the same page is the together in the first place. This

Not being on the same page. As
all the other tips suggest, none of
this really works unless you both
are able function together as a
parent team. Divided parents
create divided children. They
may fight among themselves, act
out their anger, or withdraw into
depression. Inconsistency and
cracks in the family structure will
encourage children to play one
parent against another, and leave
them with the feeling that the
parents are not reliable, that life

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While your natural instincts
as a parent are to protect and
defend your own children when
situations become difficult, the
approach is to protect each
other as parents instead. Think
of yourselves as cops sharing the
same beat. When you are on the
same page, are able to discuss
and decide on clear rules, are able
to see yourselves as a leadership
team first, and advocates for
your children second, you avoid
the divisions that can develop in
stepfamilies. You need to agree
on the ground rules, and be able
to back each other up, especially
when one of you is feeling
stressed. Your support provides
the balance that can prevent overreactions or giving in to pressure.

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administrative side of parenting,
making time for yourself as a
couple is the true connecting
side. Unfortunately, it’s easy for
this side to wither even in the
best of circumstances given our
frantic lifestyles. When you add
the stresses and challenges of
step parenting to the mix, this
part of a relationship can easily be
pushed to the back burner.

will help you both weather the
normal ups and downs that come
with change.
Put your relationship first.
Remember that creating a new
family is less a project and more
an on-going process, one that
requires clarity, commitment,
and sensitivity.
Learn from
your mistakes, pat yourselves
on the back often, and above
all, keep a sense of humor.
With patience, perseverance,
open communication, realistic
expectations, and professional
counseling whenever needed,
you are all bound to succeed in
creating a new family culture.
Bob Taibbi, L.C.S.W., has 40 years of clinical
experience. He is the author of 10 books
and over 300 articles and provides
training nationally and internationally.
Copyright Sussex Publishers, LLC.

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Fun & Games

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Changing your
Inve $ tment
Mix Over Time

Speak Up!
Keep a Child Safe
from Sexual Abuse

by Molly Peoples

To be successful at investing,
some people think they need to
“get in on the ground floor” of
the next “big thing.” However,
instead of waiting for that one
“hot” stock that may never come
along, consider creating an asset
allocation – a mix of investments –
that’s appropriate for your needs,
goals, and risk tolerance.
But once you have such a mix,
should you keep it intact forever,
or will you need to make some
changes? And if so, when? To
begin with, why is asset allocation

a profit or protect against loss.)
Your particular mix will depend
on your investment time horizon,
comfort with risk, and financial
When you are young, and starting
out in your career, you may want
your asset allocation to be more
heavily weighted toward stocks
and stock-based investments.
Stock investments historically
have provided the greatest
returns over the long term,
although as you’ve probably
heard, past performance can’t
guarantee future results and you
will need this growth potential to
help achieve your long-term goals,
such as a comfortable retirement.
Stocks also carry a greater degree
of investment risk, including the
risk of losing principal, but when
you have many years to invest,
you have time to potentially
overcome the inevitable shortterm declines.

Different types of investments
incomeproducing stocks, international
securities, real estate investment
trusts, and so on) have unique
characteristics, so they rarely rise
or fall at the same time. Thus,
owning a mix of investments can
help reduce the forces of market
volatility. (Keep in mind, though, Once you reach the middle-tothat allocation does not ensure later stages of your career, you

may have achieved some of
your goals that required wealth
accumulation, such as sending
your children to college. However,
what is likely your biggest longterm goal; retirement, still awaits
you, so you may not want to
scale back too much on your
stocks and other growth-oriented
including an allocation to bonds
can help to reduce some of the
volatility of the stock portion of
your portfolio.
Now, fast forward to just a few
years before you retire. At this
point, you may want to lower
your overall risk level, because,
with retirement looming, you
don’t have much time to bounce
back from downturns and you
don’t want to start withdrawing
from your retirement accounts
when your portfolio is already
going down. So, now may be
the time to add bonds and other
fixed-income investments. Again
though, you still need some
growth opportunities from your
investments, after all, you could
be retired for two, or even three

Finally, you’re retired. At this
point, you should adjust your
asset allocation to include enough
income-producing investments
(bonds, certificates of deposit,
perhaps dividend-paying stocks)
to help you enjoy the retirement
lifestyle you’ve envisioned. Yet,
you can’t forget that the cost of
living will likely rise throughout
your retirement. In fact, at a
modest 3% inflation rate, the
price of goods will more than
double after 25 years. So even
during retirement, you need your
portfolio to provide some growth
potential to help you avoid losing
purchasing power.
By being aware of your asset
allocation, and by making timely
you can provide yourself with
the opportunities for growth
and income that you will need
throughout your life.
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

by Guy Crabb

Atascadero is one of the best small
towns in San Luis Obispo County.
It has a unique history and is a very
friendly place to visit. Atascadero
also has a strong connection to
another one of my favorite cities
in the county, Morro Bay. I taught
at Morro Elementary School for
many years until the school district
closed the school in 2001. So this
article gives me a chance to tell
my readers about two great cities
that are easy and fun to visit.
Let’s start with a little history of
Atascadero. A man named E. G.
Lewis came from the great state
of Missouri to San Luis Obispo
County around 1915 (during the
time of World War I). Lewis felt
that California was the best place
in the country to live due to the
wonderful year-round climate.
Lewis purchased a huge ranch that
stretched from Santa Margarita
to Templeton. He focused on
area. He started sending out
thousands of periodicals that
showed pictures and included a
sales pitch to buy property in E.
G. Lewis’s Atascadero Colony.
The publication was called the
“Illustrated Review – Atascadero,
California,” and you can even go
on E-bay and buy old copies of the
magazine for ten dollars. Since

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Monterey Street is getting a makeover.
Buildings are being renovated and the
parking lots are being dug up.
Buy your copy of Monterey/Marsh Sts
100 Year Book. Remember the past, as
the future is right around the corner.

Enjoy Your Memories!

the magazine is around 100 years
old, you would think it would be
more valuable than ten dollars.
Copies of the “Illustrated Review”
are so cheap because of the many
thousands of magazines he sent
out to people in the eastern and
midwestern parts of the United
States. In fact, Mr. Lewis had a
problem with the United States
government that involved his
publication and mailing of those
publications, but that is another
story in itself.

Get an autographed copy at:

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time and the weather is mild.
In addition to living in sunny
California, they could travel over
the hill and spend leisure time at
Atascadero Beach in Morro Bay.
Soon Mr. Lewis realized that
he purchased too much land in
Morro Bay, so he started his own
seed farm called the Atascadero
Seed Company. He built this farm
on the area near the housing
development known today as
the Cloister’s property. He grew
rows and rows of vegetables and
flowers of all colors. Farmers
still grow flowers for seed in the
Los Osos area and it really is a
beautiful scene watching flowers
grow to their full maturity. The
Atascadero Seed Company farm
must have been a wonderful site
with many acres of flowers that
were the colors of the rainbow.

As Mr. Lewis continued selling
lots to people across the country,
he felt that to entice his potential
land buyers he needed some form
of recreation. There was the
ocean over the hills in Morro Bay,
and there were hot springs up in
Paso and down in the Avila Beach
area. He finally settled on the
beautiful beaches in the Morro
Bay area. Lewis put together a
package deal that combined a
plot of land in Atascadero to build
a future home with a small lot on
the beach in Morro Bay that Mr.
Lewis named Atascadero Beach.
I am sure many people have
wondered why there was a beach As time passed, Mr. Lewis
in Morro Bay named for a city on continued to spend other people’s
the other side of the hills.
investment money by coming up
with the idea to build a resort to
In 1919, E. G. Lewis purchased attract even more people. He
almost 500 acres of prime land realized the large resort required
along the area that is now Morro more money than he could raise,
Bay High School all the way up to so as a compromise Lewis built
Toro Point, which is a short drive a small resort and called it The
up the road. The deal would be Cloister’s Inn. The Inn was located
that these people from back in at the end of what we know today
New York would be able to buy as San Jacinto Street. According
a plot of land and have a house to one of my favorite Morro
built on the property, and also Bay history books, Morro Bay’s
get to have a small lot of land Yesterdays, the eucalyptus trees
on or near the ocean. With all of that still line the street are the
the pictures that Mr. Lewis put in same trees that Mr. Lewis planted
his publications, the purchase of to enhance the avenue heading
property became very tempting. down to the hotel/inn.
Buyers from New York would get
to leave the snow and freezing In reality, the whole plan by Mr.
weather and move to California Lewis to sell lots of land on the
where the sun is out all of the beach failed miserably. Many

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lots were purchased by buyers
across the country, but it was
soon discovered that obtaining
loans to build on the land was
very difficult, so only one house
was ever built on the property.
As I mentioned, Mr. Lewis had
run-ins with the United States
government on several accounts
and spent time in prison.
Mr. Lewis developed the concept
of Atascadero and Morro Bay
combined together to create a
paradise for people across our
country. I for one know that
both of these towns are indeed
a paradise for more and more
people every year. Take a trip
soon to Morro Bay and then go
over the hill to visit the Atascadero
Zoo. I bet you’ll agree that we live
in the best place in the world.

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

• careful observation or
• a state of mental perplexity
• a state of reverie or abstraction
• application of mind to the
acquisition of learning
• attentive reading
• desire, inclination, pleasure or
interest in something
• reflection

Modern American society appears
to be ambivalent about learning.
We all claim it’s of paramount
importance, but oddly, those who
excel at it are seldom considered
heroes. After looking into the
etymologies of these two words,
I find myself wondering whether
the concept so many of us really
admire and aspire to is that of
studying more than learning.
What a world it would be if we all
immersed ourselves in study in all
To my surprise, the word learn its various meanings. Even that
covers only 2/3 of a page of the state of mental perplexity can be a
OED. To be truthful, the entry great thing. When I’m perplexed
isn’t fascinating reading. Learn about something, it often leads
has roots in all the Germanic me to, well, study it.
languages (except for Dutch, for
some unknown reason). Ever What connections do you make
since it entered English about with the various meanings of
900 AD, learn has meant to study, or what theories do you
acquire knowledge. About the have regarding society’s apparent
most intriguing story learn has to ambivalence regarding this topic?
tell us is that back in the 1400s,
“I learned him his lesson,” was
considered proper English.
The word study, on the other
hand, is worthy of some study.
It covers nearly three pages of
the OED. It’s related to studio,
student, and etude. Study comes
from Latin through French, and
originally referred to zealousness,
affection, seeking help, and
applying oneself. It made its
way into English writings when
Chaucer employed it in 1374, and
has countless shades of meaning.
The verb alone includes, but is not
limited to these varied nuances:
• devotion to another’s welfare
• the action of committing to
• friendliness
• an employment, occupation or

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Latin. It originally referred to a
value of property for tax purposes.
Assess comes from the Latin
word assidere, to sit by (referring
to the fact that the judge or
assessor was usually seated while
proclaiming property’s value).
By the 1640s assessment also
meant an estimation. Assessment
didn’t discover its application to
education until the 1950s.

The verb quiz, showed up in
English in 1847 from the Latin qui
es?, who are you? (the first thing one
must answer on a quiz). By 1867,
quiz made its way into the world
of nouns, however, at that point
quiz meant an odd or eccentric
person. Quiz’s next life as a noun
started in 1807, when a quiz was
a hoax, a practical joke, or piece of
humbug. By 1891 the noun quiz
began its long association with
Now let’s take an etymological the classroom and began to mean
look at a topic that (in my humble the act of questioning, specifically
opinion) has been getting an of a class or student by a teacher.
inordinate amount of focus –
the purported measurement of What irony, humor, or intrigue do
you find in these word histories?
The word test came to English
in the 1300s through Old French
from Latin, originally meaning
an earthen pot used in assaying
precious metals. It took till 1590
for it to generalize to mean trial
or examination to determine
In the last few decades, the
become fond of the word
assessment, which showed up in
English in the 1540s, and, like test,
came through Old French from

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opportunity for the sadly seldom
used pick-up line, “Voulez vous
canoe avec moi?”
The word paddle takes up a page
and a half in the Oxford English
Interestingly, one
meaning of the word paddle has
no known source. We Americans
seldom use paddle this way –
to walk about in mud or water.
There’s also a paddle which refers
to a small leather bag (diminutive
of pad), and another paddle
which refers - for unexplainable
reasons - to the sea-toad or
lumpfish. The paddle we might
use in a canoe is a relative of the
word spade, and some linguists
contend it was initially spaddle.
Originally, it meant a long-handled
spade-shaped implement used for
clearing a ploughshare of earth
or digging out thistles. In time,
it morphed into the paddle we
know today.
Many thanks to sources: Etymonline, The OED,
Merriam Webster, Latintos.

The word canoe comes from
the Arawakan language of Haiti.
Canaoua first appeared in English
in the 1500s, taken from the notes
of none other than Christopher
Columbus (who some revere and
others feel should’ve received
a paddling). The noun referred
originally to a narrow boat made
of a log with the center hollowed
or burnt out. After a few centuries,
the meaning broadened and
the noun verbified, creating

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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April 2016 Free Ongoing Events

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

April is:

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


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




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


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

Birthstone: Diamond


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

1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO

Hans Christian
Anderson’s birthday

Flower: Sweet Pea

Children’s book day


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


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

National read a
roadmap 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

1st public
library opened
(1833 in New Hampshire)

no housework
health day
find a rainbow day


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

sibling day


north pole
(In 1898)


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


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

quartet 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


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


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

patriots day

reach as high
as you can 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

look alike
haiku day


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

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

slavery abolished
(In DC by Lincoln in 1862)

Robinson Day
(Born in 1743)

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


Da vinci’s birthday
(Born in 1452)

a young
writer day


zoo lover’s DAY

humorous day


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


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

telephone day

(1st kindergarten in 1837)

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Income tax 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

earth day

(Born in 1564)



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

arbor 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


reading day

pretzel 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

tell a story day

pet parents

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awareness Day

honesty day

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Family Events
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 at 10:00 am: FAMILY EGG
HUNT & CARNIVAL at Elm Street Park,
1221 Ash St, AG. 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: 473-5474.
SAT MAR 26 10:00 am-11:30 am: AVILA
Community Center, 191 San Miguel St,
Avila Beach. This family event features
a bounce house, egg hunt, crafts,
refreshments, and the Easter Bunny.
Cost: free. Contact: or
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-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

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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, SLO. Join the Easter bunny
for family photos. Cost: free. Contact:
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.
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: or 781-7067.
SUN MAR 27 at 8:00 am: EASTER EGG
HUNT at Shamel Park, 5455 Windsor Blvd,
Cambria.  Meet Easter Bunny. Balloons &
prizes for kids 8 yrs and under. Special
egg hunt for kids 2 yrs and under. Cost:
free. Contact:

THU MAR 10-SUN APR 24 (days & times
vary): A DOG’S LIFE at Great American
Melodrama, 1863 Front St, Oceano. This
hilarious, warmhearted new musical
chronicles the joys and challenges of
dog ownership. When Joel adopts Jack
at the shelter, he soon realizes that life
will never be the same. Vaudeville Revue
follows each show with song, dance,
and comedy. Cost: $19-25, discounts for
groups, seniors, students, military, and
children. All-Star Season Pass saves up to
44%. In-house snack bar serves food and
drinks. Contact: americanmelodrama.
com or 489-2499.

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Personal Knowledgeable Service by Flexible Appointment
Club Dr. Ladies, it’s time for CASA’s
legendary Girl’s Night Out! Grab your
gals and get ready for an entertaining
night of cocktails, dinner, and dancing
hosted by tuxedoed Meathead Movers.
Contact: or 541-6542.
SAT MAR 26 10:00-11:00 am: HEARING
55 Broad St, SLO. Speaker Jo Black of
Hearing Loss Association of America will
discuss advocacy and removing Barriers.
Cost: free. Contact: 543-6955.
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.
SUN MAR 26 10:30-11:30 am: INSECT
SHOW at SLO Library, 995 Palm St.
Dennis Sheridan, wildlife expert and
photographer, will bring live insects
to view and touch. Cost: free. Contact: or 461-6161.
SUN MAR 26 11:00 am-1:00 pm: CREATE
Children’s Museum, 1010 Nipomo St.
Monarchs cannot survive without
milkweed. The caterpillars only eat
milkweed, and butterflies need milkweed
to lay eggs. Start seeds in pots, take
them home and replant in your yard.
Cost: included with admission. Contact: or 545-5874.

WED MAR 22-MON MAR 27 10:00 am5:00 pm: BUTTERFLY MOBILES at
SLO Children’s Museum, 1010 Nipomo
St. Make a standing mobile using a
symmetrically painted butterfly. Cost:
included with admission. Contact: slocm.
org or 545-5874.

SUN MAR 26 7:00-8:00 pm: MASTERS
Lake, 6800 Lopez Dr, AG. Bring the
family, take a guided night hike, and
learn about owls in the park. The hike will
be moderate to easy. Dress warm, wear
sturdy shoes, and bring water. Meet at
the park office. Cost: $10 per vehicle.
Contact: 788-2381.

FRI MAR 24 at 6:00 pm: GIRL’S NIGHT
OUT at SLO County Club, 255 Country

SUN MAR 26 at 8:00 pm: KAHULANUI
IN CONCERT at Spanos Theatre,1 Grand

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Ave, SLO. Grammy-nominated nine-piece
band that blends traditional Hawaiian
music with Big Band Swing. Cost: $39-48.
Contact: or 756-6552.
MON MAR 27 10:15 am-12:15 pm: NATURE
BOAT CRUISE at Lopez Lake, 6800 Lopez
Dr, AG. Learn about the history, flora,
and fauna of the park. 16 seat limit. Call
to reserve today. Cost: $3-6. Contact:
TUE MAR 28-SAT APR 1 9:30 am-12:00
at Colony Park Community Center, 5599
Traffic Way, Atascadero. Don’t just play
games, make them! Learn to create
a multi-level arcade or platform style
video game, like Super Mario or Space
Invaders, using introductory graphical
programming software for kids. Cost:
$67-73. Contact: 470-3360.
TUES MAR 28-SAT APR 1 10:00-11:00
Grange Hall, 2880 Broad St, SLO. Start at
the very beginning and learn about the
world of theater. Sing, create characters,
act out stories, and much more! Each
exciting class will help students build
confidence and learn theater basics. For
grades K through 2. Cost: $95. Contact:
TUES MAR 28-SAT APR 1 10:00 am-12:00
at Grange Hall, 2880 Broad St, SLO. Your
young artists will laugh, sing, dance & act,
learning music & choreography to some
Broadway classics during this week long
camp with a special sharing for family
& friends. For grades 3 through 9. Cost:
$175. Contact:
TUE MAR 28-SAT APR 1 (times vary):
at SLO Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St.
Budding artists can enjoy a week of
creativity taught by pro teaching artists.
All materials provided. Cost: $165-195.

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Family Events

Los Osos Valley
Organic Farm

featuring hip hop and contemporary
styles. Cost: $14-20. Contact: tickets. or 756-4849.

SUN APR 10 1:00-3:30 pm: KID’S
COOKING at SLO Botanical Garden, 3450
Dairy Creek Rd, San Luis Obispo. The
Garden partners with Cal Poly’s nutrition
advocates STRIDE for this familyfriendly cooking class. Children harvest
vegetables from the garden and use
them to prepare a delicious meal. Cost:
$5-25. Contact: 541-1400.

(805) 242 6789

Contact: or 543-8562.
TUE MAR 28-SUN APR 2 (days vary) at
2:00 pm: SPRING FLING at Morro Bay
Museum of Natural History, 20 State
Park Rd. Educational workshops on
topics of Native American art, tide pool
etiquette, animal scat and tracks, vision
and eyeball dissection, Pacific Wildlife
Care, and touch tanks of marine animals.
Cost: members & kids free, adults $3.
Contact: or 772-2694.
WED MAR 29-THU MAR 30 1:00-5:00
STUDIO at Colony Park Community Ctr,
5599 Traffic Way, Atascadero. Have you
seen stop-motion films, such as Chicken
Run or Wallace and Gromit? In this
animation class, students build sets, film
scenes, and edit on computer. Cost: $6268. Contact: 470-3360.
WED MAR 29-MON APR 3 10:00 am-5:00
Children’s Museum, 1010 Nipomo St.
Create a butterfly using natural items
like flower petals, sticks, and leaves.
Cost: included with admission. Contact: or 545-5874.
SAT APR 1 6:30-9:30 pm: CENTRAL COAST
South County Regional Center, 800 W
Branch St, AG. Hosted by the GuadalupeNipomo Dunes Center to support their
educational outreach. Includes Central
Coast wines, gourmet hors d’oeuvres,
and live music. Cost: $50. Contact: 343-2455.
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

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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 the AVID
program. Cost: free. Contact: mbhs.
SAT APR 2-SUN APR 3 8:00 am-4:00 pm:
annual event features a free treasure map
that guides bargain hunters across the
city to explore a concentrated number
of yard sales. Shop at over 300 different
sale locations and find treasures you
didn’t even know you “needed.” Cost:
free. Contact: or 772-4467.
SAT APR 2 9:00 am-11:00 am: BIRD WALK
at SLO Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy
Creek Rd, San Luis Obispo. Join Kaaren
Perry and Jay Carroll of the Morro Coast
Audubon Society on this exciting, familyfriendly birding walk through the garden.
Cost: $5-10. Contact:
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 APR 2 at 2:00 pm: FAMILY MOVIE
at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades. They
supply the popcorn and a movie every
first Saturday of the month. Call for
movie title, always G/PG. Sponsored by
Friends of Los Osos Library. Cost: free.
Contact: 528-1862.
SUN APR 9 at 7:00 pm: ONCE UPON A
ONE LAST TIME at Spanos Theatre,1
Grand Ave, SLO. Dance performance

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MON APR 10 at 3:00 pm: FRANK WARREN
- POSTSECRET at Christopher Cohan
Center, 1 Grand Ave, SLO. A multimedia
production inspired by Warren’s
PostSecret Project which collected post
cards containing personal secrets sent
anonymously from around the world.
Ages 17 and up. Cost: $23-38. Contact: or 756-6552.
MON APR 11-SAT APR 16 (hours vary):
FOOD 4 FINES at San Luis Obispo County
public libraries! Celebrate National
Library Week by helping to end hunger in
our community. At all branches, patrons
can donate non-perishable items. One
donation is $1 off overdue fines (no limit).
Other fees, such as lost or damaged
items, are not included. Contact: www.
SAT APR 15 & MON APR 17 (times vary):
at Spanos Theatre, 1 Grand Ave, SLO.
The Crucible is a bewitchingly creative
production consisting of contemporary
music and modern dance. As a second
act, La Fille Mal Gardee - The Defiant
Daughter is a passionate story featuring
classical ballet and more. Cost: $26-38.
Contact: or 756-4849.
SAT APR 16 10:00 am-2:00 pm:
the Planet! at Charles Paddock Zoo, 9100
Morro Rd, Atascadero. At this 7th annual
event, enjoy interactive adventures,
hands-on activities, and lively demos.
Kids can bring an old t-shirt to transform
into a ‘ZooperHero’ costume, play
animal charades, make bracelets, enjoy
face painting, door prizes, workshops
on beekeeping, native plant gardening,
and food waste recycling. Cost: free
with admission. Contact:
SAT APR 16 at 2:00 pm: FAMILY MOVIE
at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades. We
supply popcorn and a movie every 3rd
SAT of every month. Always G/PG. Call
for title. Sponsored by Friends of Los

Osos Library. Cost: free. Contact: 5281862.
WED APR 20 at 3:00 pm: KIDS CRAFT at
Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades. School
age children make’n’take a craft on the
3rd WED of every month. Sponsored by
Friends of Los Osos Library. Cost: free.
Contact: 528-1862.
SAT APR 23-SUN APR 24 (times vary):
KITE FESTIVAL at 200 Coleman Drive,
Morro Bay. This 10th annual annual
event for kite enthusiasts and families
is on the beach just northeast of Morro
Rock, which offers some of the best
kite-flying wind in the world. Come
enjoy a fun family event for all ages and
lifestyles. Hundreds of kites provided by
Central Coast Funds for Children. Cost:
free. Contact:
SUN APR 24 10:00 am-5:00 pm: EARTH
DAY FEST at El Chorro Regional Park,
3450 Dairy Creek Rd, San Luis Obispo.
Enjoy this 26th annual fun family outdoor
event including local musicians, an ecomarketplace, and interactive exhibits.
Cost: free. Contact: 541-1400.
MON APR 24 at 7:30 pm: THE MOTOWN
EXPERIENCE at the Clark Center, 487
Fair Oaks Ave, AG. Featuring members
of the Temptations, The Capitols, and
The Miracles. Cost: $39-50. Contact: or 489-9444.
THU APR 28-SUN JUN 12 (days & times
American Melodrama, 1863 Front St,
Oceano. Cheer for this musical folktale
as Huck finds his own moral compass and
learns the difference between right and
wrong. Vaudeville Revue follows each
show with song, dance, and comedy.
Cost: $19-25, discounts for groups,
seniors, students, military, and children.
All-Star Season Pass saves up to 44%. Inhouse snack bar serves food and drinks.
Contact: or
SAT APR 29 at 7:00 pm: COUNTYWIDE
Christopher Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave,
SLO. Lip-synch and talent competition
for high school students in SLO county.
Cost: $17. Contact: or
SUN APR 30 at 4:00 pm: CHRIST
Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, SLO. Stunts,
tricks, and comedic acts performed by
a cast of canines. Cost: $20-30. Contact: or 756-6552.

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Every THU at 10:15 am: Tiny Tunes
Music & Movement at Music Motive,
3440 S Higuera St #130, SLO. This
parent participation program for ages
1-5 includes activities based on music
psychology and child development.
Cost: $80 per mo. Contact: 543-0377.
Every TUE & SAT (by appt only): Partners
in Equestrian Therapy in Atascadero
offers riding lessons for special
needs children, adults, and veterans.
Volunteers needed. Contact:
or 235-2787.
2nd FRI every month at 1:00 pm: 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.
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.
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 Cal-Poly.
All ages. Cost: free. Contact: 441-7210 or
Every SAT 10:00 am-2:00 pm: SLO Chess
Club meets at the big board on Morro
Bay Embarcadero at west end of Morro
Bay Blvd (down the stairs). Cost: free.
Contact: 441-7210 or
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 6:309:00 pm in Atascadero. Contact: 2352774. Cost: free. Contact:

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 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: bobpelfrey@
3rd WED of every month at 6:30 pm:
Prepared & Natural Childbirth Classes
at Twin Cities Community Hospital, 1220
Las Tablas Rd, Templeton. This six-series
class addresses all matters of childbirth
with a lecture, hands-on demos, and
technique practice. Cost: free. Contact:
2nd THU of every month at 6:30 pm:
Breastfeeding Basics at Twin Cities
Community Hospital, 1100 Las Tablas
Rd, Templeton. Learn about practical
aspects of feeding your newborn from
a Lactation Consultant. Cost: free.
Contact: 239-4443.
SLO Special Education Local Plan Area
(SELPA) and Community Advisory
orientation to special education
programs in SLO County. Contact: 7827301 or
Twin Cities Community Hospital
Volunteers provide support to patients,
doctors, and nurses, and seek volunteers
to work in the gift shop and Obstetrics
Dept. 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

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


10:30 am Mondays

Reading to Rover
Wednesdays at 3:00 pm

New or shy readers can practice reading to a
therapy dog

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

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. Free group 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: 9250951 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.
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.

1st WED every month at 9:00 am:
Community Action Partnership Senior
Health Screening at First United

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For all ages
English & Spanish

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

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 to screen, assess, and
provide intervention. Appts preferred.
Contact: 489-4026.

Women’s Shelter

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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

Methodist Church, 275 N Halcyon Rd,
Arroyo Grande. Free and low-cost
services for ages 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
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 SLO Women’s
Community Center, 1124 Nipomo St #D,
SLO. Tips and suggestions for handling
family law issues. Cost: $10. Contact: 5449313 to register.
4th TUE every month at 5:30 pm: Legal
Clinic for Self-Represented Litigants at
the SLO County Courthouse Law Library,
1050 Monterey St, SLO, #125. One-on-one
legal advice for persons filing divorces
w/o an attorney, and a document
preparer to assist in completing courtrequired forms. Cost: Min $40 donation.
Contact: 544-9313.
RISE offers: weekly drop-In support
groups for sexual assault survivors;
24 hour crisis line; advocacy and
counseling; prevention and education,
and empowerment and self defense

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workshops. Contact: 545-8888 or www.
Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm: ADOPT A
PET at Petco, 2051 Theater Dr, in Paso
Robles. Cats from NCHS and dogs from
Short n’ Sweet Dog Rescue. Contact:
Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED 3:005:00 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 appts
available. Cost: free! Contact: 547-1914 or
Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI 4:007:00 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 appts 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: 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
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.
Morro Bay Museum of Natural History

Central Coast Family

offers Adventures With Nature & Mind
Walks. Find the schedule at: www.ccnha.

Plaza) or email
for information about multiple volunteer

guest speakers and public programs. Find
events, weather updates, and resources

Central Coast Commission for Senior
Citizens offers many free services:
Senior Connection for connecting
callers with local resources; one on
one Medicare assistance, advice and
referrals for long term care, and help
with billing and appeals; Vial of Life
magnetized containers with medical
info for emergency responders; a Senior
Resource Directory for SLO and SB
counties, and more. Contact: 925-9554

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
at centers 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 / 10 wks. Contact: 549-1222 or

Central Coast Astronomical Society
sponsors a Dark Sky Star Party every
month at Santa Margarita Lake KOA
Campground at sunset. CCAS sponsors

Hospice of SLO County provides free
grief counseling, individual and family
support, counseling, crisis intervention,
and wellness education to those with
a life-limiting illness, their families, and
the bereaved. Services offered at offices
in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles.
Contact: 544-2266.
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, Ste J, SLO. Contact: 5477025 x 17.
Volunteer at San Luis Obispo Museum
of Art! Stop by at 1010 Broad St (Mission

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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
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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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

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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