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Child Development
Common Airborne Allergens
Dust mites are one of the most
common causes of allergies. These
microscopic insects are the main
allergic component of house dust.
Dust mites are present year-round
in most of the US (although less
commonat high altitudes) and live in
bedding, upholstery, and carpets.
May is National Asthma andAllergy
Awareness Month. Its a peak
season for asthma and allergy
sufferers, and a perfect time to
educate your family, friends, coworkers, and others about allergies.

In someone with an allergy, the

immune system treats the substance
(called an allergen) as an invader and
overreacts, causing symptoms that
can range from annoying to serious
or life threatening.

There is no cure for asthma and

allergies, but many severe reactions
are preventable with proper care.
Asthma affects 24 million Americans,
and 6.3 million children suffer
from asthma. Ten people a day die
from asthma. More than 50 million
Americans have all types of allergies.
The rate of allergies is climbing.

Allergies can be seasonal or can occur

any time contact with an allergen
Who Gets Allergies?
The tendency to develop allergies is
often hereditary. Someone usually
doesnt inherit a particular allergy,
just the likelihood of having allergies.

But some kids have allergies even

if none of their family members is
An allergy is an overreaction of allergic. And achild who is allergic to
the immune system to a substance one substance is likely to be allergic
thats harmless to most people. to others.
About Allergies

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Soy. Like peanuts, soybeans are

legumes. Soy allergy is more common
among babies than older children.
Manyinfants who are allergic to
cows milk are also allergic to the
protein in soy formulas. Soy proteins
are often a hidden ingredient in
prepared foods.
Wheat. Wheat proteins are found in
many foods. Celiac disease is caused
by a sensitivity to gluten, which is
found in wheat, rye, and barley. An
allergy to wheat not only can make
someone feel ill, but can also cause a
life-threatening reaction.

Molds are fungi that thrive indoors

and out in warm, moist environments.
Outdoors, molds can be found in
poor drainage areas, such as in
piles of rotting leaves or compost.
Indoor molds thrive in dark, poorly
ventilated places, such as bathrooms
and damp basements, and in clothes
hampers or under kitchen sinks.

Other Common Allergens

Eggs. One of the most common

food allergies in infants and young
children, eggs are used in many of
the foods kids eat and in many
cases theyre hidden ingredients.
Kids tend to outgrow egg allergies.

conjunctivitis. (When dark circles

are present around the eyes, theyre
called allergic shiners.) Those who
have asthma may have wheezing and
shortness of breath from airborne

Fish and shellfish. Fish and shellfish

are from different families of food,
so having an allergy to one does not
necessarily mean someone will be
allergicto the other.

Symptoms of Food, Medicines, or

Insect Venom Allergies

Insect stings. Being stung by an

insect can mean swelling, redness,
and itching at the site. But for
those with insect venom allergy, an
insect sting can cause more severe

Medicines. Antibiotics (used to treat

infections) are the most common
Pet allergens from warm-blooded
types of medicines that cause allergic
animals (such as dander, saliva, and
urine) can cause problems. Contrary
to popular belief, there is no such Chemicals. Cosmetics or laundry
detergents can cause an itchy rash.
thing as a non-allergenic dog or cat.
Dyes, household cleaners, and
Cockroaches are also a major
pesticides also can cause reactions.
household allergen, especially in
Airborne Allergy Symptoms
inner cities. Exposure to infested
buildings may cause the high rates of
Airborne allergens can cause allergic
asthma in inner-city kids.
rhinitis. It usually develops by 10
years of age and peaks in the teens or
Common Food Allergens
early twenties, with symptoms often
The American Academy of Allergy,
disappearing between the ages of 40
Asthma, and Immunology estimates
and 60. Symptoms can include:
that eight foods cause most allergies.
Cows milk. Between 2% and 3% of
infants are allergic to the proteins itchy nose and/or throat
found in cows milk and cows milknasal congestion
based formulas. Cows milk protein
allergy is a reaction to proteins used coughing
to make baby formulas, cheeses, These
and other milk products. Many kids accompanied by itchy, watery, and/
outgrow milk allergies.
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itchy or swollen eyes

exposure are hard to miss. Others

are less obvious because they seem
similar to other conditions.

If your child has cold-like symptoms

lasting longer than a week or two or
develops a cold at the same time
drop in blood pressure
every year, consult your doctor. To
About Anaphylaxis
find the cause of an allergy, allergists
Kids with severe allergies can be at usually do skin tests for the most
risk for a sudden, potentially life- common allergens.
threatening allergic reaction called
Treating Allergies
anaphylaxis. A child might faint or
There is no cure for allergies, but
like his throat is closing, for example.
it is possible to relieve symptoms.
Reactions can quickly worsen. If not
The only real way to cope with
treated, anaphylaxis can be fatal.
them is to reduce or eliminate
When treated properly, anaphylaxis
exposure to allergens. That means
can be managed.
that parents must educate their
If your child is diagnosed with a life- kids early and often. Informing
threatening allergy, the doctor will any and all caregivers about your
want her to carry an epinephrine childs allergy is also important. If
auto-injector in case of an emergency. reducing exposure to allergens isnt
Kids with severe allergic reactions possible or effective, medicines may
need an injection of epinephrine and help, including antihistamines, eye
immediate medical attention.
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Diagnosing Allergies

Here are some things that can help

Some allergies are easy to identify kids avoid airborne allergens:
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Remove carpets or rugs from your
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Get rid of heavy drapes and other
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Children with food allergies need

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The good news is that only a very
small group of kids will experience
severe or life-threatening allergic
reactions. With proper diagnosis,
preventive measures, and treatment,
most kids can keep their allergies in
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Mothers Day
by Kristen Barnhart

Mothers Day in the 50s Barnhart

house can be summed up in two
words: Ice Capades. Groans from
my older brothers, half-hearted
resigned support from Dad, and
that straight across her mouth
smile from my Mom set the
tone. I was secretly excited,
except for the whole staying
dressed up in itchy Sunday-School
dresses and sitting between my
brothers in the back seat all the
way to L.A. I thought it must feel
like flying as I watched the speed
and jumps and spinning. Loved
the spinning!
In 1964, we went to the brand new
Cinerama Dome on Sunset Blvd
and saw Its a Mad, Mad, Mad,
Mad World. That was really funny
and was almost as good as the
Warner Cinerama on Hollywood
Blvd where we had been
awestruck by How the West Was
Won in 1962. These had screens
that wrapped halfway around
the front of the theater, and we
covered our heads when the
buffalo stampeded right towards
us, and held onto the arms of our
seats as we joined those Prescotts
caught in the rapids!
movies were presented more like
live theatre; tickets were ordered
in advance, there were assigned
seats with real ushers in uniforms,
and everyone wore their Sunday
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part of the family as we all laughed

and gasped together, not just the
kid sister.
Julia Ward Howes Mothers Day
Proclamation was one of the
early calls to celebrate Mothers
Day in the United States. Written
in 1870, it was a pacifist reaction
to the carnage of the American
Civil War and the Franco-Prussian
The Proclamation was
tied to Howes feminist belief
that women had a responsibility
to shape their societies at the
political level. For most of us,
however, it remains that second
Sunday in May when Mom is
celebrated and we remember
family traditions and history.
At the Library, three of our
favorite Mothers Day books
explore what mothers pass down
through the generations. Cherry
Pies and Lullabies by Lynn Reiser
follows several generations as
they bake pies (Im so grateful
they portray a ready-to-bake
pie, not just homemade!), make
flower crowns, create quilts and
sing the same lullaby, showing
that every time it was the same,
but different. I love that the
lullaby is included and the words
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piano recital, which made it a real

occasion. The book ends with
a little girl putting pearls on her
doll, imagining how many more
mothers and daughters would
wear them.

A small fit in little hands jewel

of a book; Mothers Mothers
Day by Lorna Balian, is not to be
missed. It all starts with Hazel
taking violets to her mother, But
Mother wasnt home! Tsk! That
was because Hazels mother was
going to see her mother, and so
on... But wait, theres more: at
Great-Great-Great Grandmothers
house, a CAT waited for an easy
meal. Luckily, this last mother
had gone to see Hazel, bringing all
the mothers safely to one party.
The wordless pages illustrating
the scamper to safety show only
a ginger paw following these
My Mothers Pearls traces not sweetly spunky mice, giving the
just any pearls. They are the family youngest reader an opportunity
pearls starting in 1788, when they to tell the story.
were a wedding present to greatgreat-great-great-great-great I cant forget my most favorite
Grandmother Susanna. Catherine Hazel in childrens books from
Myler Fruisen captures the ritual Rosemary Wells Hazels Amazing
of little girls watching their mom Mother. Hazel and her doll are
get dressed up on those special sent to buy goodies for a picnic
days. I especially liked the mini- and, after eating her way through
skirted mother in 1968 wearing town, Hazel finds herself lost.
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tear up her doll and ride her little

carriage down the hill into the
pond and then a storm appears
prompting Hazel to cry Mother,
I need you! Meanwhile, Hazels
mother rides the storm winds
using a tablecloth as her sail
and lands in the tree above her
weeping daughter. Using a voice
filled with divine retribution, she
calls down to the bullies to fix
the doll and carriage. When they
finish, she drops from the tree,
spreads out the tablecloth and
together they eat their picnic.
When Hazel asks, How did you
do it? mother replies (as all we
mothers do), It must have been
the power of love.
Love is the reason for Mothers
Day. Love fuels our responsibility
to end war; transplant families
across oceans and prairies; bake
pies; sing lullabies; protect our
children; take risks; and yes, even
to wear the family pearls. So, if
you still have your mother here
on Earth, give her a hug from me.
Share your stories with her and
the whole family about what she
has done to make you the person
you are still becoming.
Beatles, as always, said it best:
In the end, the love you take,
Is equal to the love you make.
Happy Mothers Day!
Kristen Barnhart has been telling stories,
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children, as well as changes in
household rules that may have
to be made. Even if the couple
lived together before marriage,
the children are likely to respond
to the stepparent differently
after remarriage because the
stepparent has now assumed an
official parental role.
Marriage Quality

Step Family Success II

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The so-called blended family

is no longer an aberration in
American society: Its a norm.
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
didnt 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

families should consider three key

Young children, for example, may
issues as they plan for remarriage:
feel a sense of abandonment
Financial planning and living or competition as their parent
arrangements. Adults should devotes more time and energy
agree on where they will live and to the new spouse. Adolescents
how they will share their money. are at a developmental stage
Most often partners embarking where they are more sensitive
on a second marriage report to expressions of affection and
that moving into a new home, sexuality, and may be disturbed
rather than one of the partners by an active romance in their
prior residences, is advantageous family.

because the new environment

becomes their home. Couples
also should decide whether
they want to keep their money
separate or share it. Couples who
Planning for Remarriage
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A marriage that brings with it generally reported higher family
children from a previous marriage satisfaction than those who kept
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months of marriage to build on
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children are often more consumed
with the demands of their kids.

Resolving underlying feelings

and concerns about the previous
resurrect old, unresolved anger
and hurts from the previous
marriage, for adults and children.
For example, hearing that her
parent is getting remarried, a child
is forced to give up hope that the
custodial parents will reconcile.
Or a woman may exacerbate a
stormy relationship with her exhusband, after learning of his
plans to remarry, because she
feels hurt or angry.
Anticipating parenting changes
and decisions. Couples should
discuss the role the stepparent will
play in raising their new spouses

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Couples should make priority time

for each other, by either making
regular dates or taking trips
without the children.
Parenting in Stepfamilies
The most difficult aspect of
stepfamily life is parenting.
Forming a stepfamily with young
children may be easier than
forming one with adolescent
children due to the differing
developmental stages.
Adolescents, however, would
rather separate from the family as
they form their own identities.
Recent research suggests that
younger adolescents (age 10-14)
may have the most difficult time
adjusting to a stepfamily. Older
adolescents (age 15 and older)
need less parenting and may have
less investment in stepfamily
life, while younger children
(under age 10) are usually more
accepting of a new adult in the
family, particularly when the adult

is a positive influence. Young

adolescents, who are forming
their own identities tend to be a
bit more difficult to deal with.
Stepparents should at first
establish a relationship with the
children that is more akin to a
friend or camp counselor,
rather than a disciplinarian.
Couples can also agree that the
custodial parent remain primarily
responsible for control and
discipline of the children until the
stepparent and children develop
a solid bond.
Until stepparents can take on
more parenting responsibilities,
they can simply monitor the
childrens behavior and activities
and keep their spouses informed.
Families might want to develop a
list of household rules. These may
include, for example, We agree
to respect each family member
or Every family member agrees
to clean up after him or herself.
Stepparent-Child Relations
While new stepparents may
want to jump right in and to
establish a close relationship
with stepchildren, they should
consider the childs emotional
status and gender first.
Both boys and girls in stepfamilies
have reported that they prefer
verbal affection, such as praises
or compliments, rather than
physical closeness, such as hugs
and kisses. Girls especially say

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physical shows of affection from activities that involve only the
their stepfather. Overall, boys children and parent.
appear to accept a stepfather
Parents shouldnt speak against
more quickly than girls.
their ex-spouses in front of the
child because it undermines
Nonresidential Parent Issues
the childs self-esteem and may
After a divorce, children usually even put the child in a position
adjust better to their new lives of defending one parent against
when the parent who has moved another.
out visits consistently and has
maintained a good relationship Under the best conditions, it
may take two to four years for a
with them.
new stepfamily to adjust to living
But once parents remarry, they together. Seeing a psychologist
often decrease or maintain or marriage and family counselor
low levels of contact with their (both together and individually)
children. Fathers appear to be the can help the process go more
worst perpetrators: On average, smoothly.
dads drop their visits to their
children by half within the first
year of remarriage.
James Bray, PhD, is a researcher and
clinician at the Department of Family

The less a parent visits, the more Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.
a child is likely to feel abandoned.
with permission American
Nonresidential parents should Reprinted
Psychological Association.
attempt to reconnect with
their kids by developing special *

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Fun & Games

Jacks Jokes
If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?
Knock Knock. Whos there? Figs. Figs who? Figs the doorbell!
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A 529 Plan Can

Help with Those
College Bill$

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from Sexual Abuse

by Molly Peoples

Were nearing the end of another

school year. If you have younger
kids, you might be thinking
about summer camps and other
activities. But in the not-toodistant future, your children will
be facing a bigger transition as
they head off to college. Will you
be financially prepared for that

be considerably higher, because

inflation is alive and well in the
higher education arena.

A college education is a good

investment. College graduates
earn, on average, $1 million more
over their lifetimes than high
school graduates, according to a
study by Georgetown University,
but a bachelors degree doesnt
come cheap. For the 20152016
school year, the average expense
(tuition, fees, room and board)
was $19,548 at a public four-year
school and $43,921 at a four-year
private school, according to the
College Board.

A 529 plan offers a variety of

benefits, including the following:

Your children may be eligible

for some types of financial aid
and scholarships. But even so,
you may want to consider some
college-savings vehicles and one
of the most popular is a 529 plan.

High contribution limits

A 529 plan wont limit your
contributions based on your
income. In all likelihood, you can
contribute as much as you want
to a 529 plan, as many states have
contribution limits of $300,000
and up. And you can give up to
$14,000 ($28,000 for a married
couple filing jointly) per year, per
child, without incurring any gift

By the time your children are

ready for college, these costs may Tax advantages Your earnings

can accumulate tax free, provided

they are used for qualified higher
education expenses.
plan distributions not used for
qualified expenses may be subject
to federal and state income tax,
and a 10% IRS penalty on the
earnings.) Furthermore, your 529
plan contributions may be eligible
for a state tax deduction or credit
if you participate in your own
states plan. But 529 plans vary,
so check with your tax advisor
regarding deductibility.
Freedom to invest in any states
plan You can invest in a 529 plan
from any state, but that doesnt
mean your child has to go to school
there. You could live in one state,
invest in a second states plan,
and send your student to school
in a third state, if you choose.
Money can be used for virtually
any program Upon graduating
high school, not all kids are
interested in, or prepared for, a
traditional four-year college. But
you can use your 529 plan to help
pay for qualified expenses at a
variety of educational institutions,

including two-year community

colleges and trade schools.
Of course, a 529 plan does have
considerations you will need to
think about before opening an
account. For example, your 529
plan assets can affect your childs
needs-based financial aid, but it
might not doom it.
As long as the 529 assets are under
your control, they typically will be
assessed at a maximum rate of
5.64% in determining your familys
expected contribution under the
federal financial aid formula, as
opposed to the usual 20% rate for
assets held in the students name.
In any case though, a 529 plan is
worth considering. But dont wait
too long as you well know, your
kids seem to grow up in the blink
of an eye.
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

San Luis Obispo

by Guy Crabb

I teach the fourth grade and

the students in my class write
research reports. This year,
one of the reports is called The
Coin. I put an assortment of
pennies from various years in a
jar and the students pick out their
coin. They are then assigned to
do a report on their year and to
create a front page newspaper
that shows the headlines of that
year. My oldest penny was a 1912
and the most recent penny was
a 1980. For my readers in their
50s, 60s, and older, 1980 was 36
years ago. Yikes!! As we were
discussing what the outline for
our reports would look like, we
decided to start the reports with
what was happening locally, then
statewide, in the United States,
and then finally throughout the
world during their year.
discussed what the world was
like 100 years ago. I began to
imagine what it would be like to
walk down Higuera Street in San
Luis Obispo in 1916. So here we
go. Its a beautiful day for a walk.
You will be joining my wife
and myself on a Friday stroll in
downtown San Luis Obispo at
about noon time in the summer
of 1916. We are going to start our
walk at the corner of Santa Rosa
and Higuera and complete several
chores that we have needed to
do all week. My wife Janet has a
list of things we need to do today
and we are walking (rather than
taking our wagon) into town. To
be honest with you, I was just too
lazy to hitch up the horse to the
wagon, and if we dont bring the
wagon, then we cant spend too

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Enjoy Your Memories!

much money. Im sure that our

horse Rocky is also happy about
not getting hitched up and going
out on this lazy warm afternoon.
One less horse on the road means
less dust that is flying around in the
air. On most Saturday afternoons
downtown, there are so many
horses and wagons going up and
down the street kicking up dirt
that I wish I was wearing a mask,
so I didnt suck up so much dirt in
my nose.
There are a few people buying
automobiles in this part of
California. Janet and I decided to
stick with our horse and wagon
because we both agreed that
this whole automobile idea is
crazy and will not last very long.
Those automobiles have a funny
smell. Speaking of funny smells,
I can tell we are getting close
to town because I smell Rowan
Stables. The Stables (in 2016, this
is a parking lot next to the bank
on the corner of Higuera and
Osos) are taking care of fewer
horses these days, which is why
San Luis Transfer is using part of
their stables. Rowan Stables is
really a big building, and today I
think I saw the boys in the stable
repair one of those automobiles.
Those things always seem to be
breaking down, which is another
reason we will never buy one of
those machines.
Most of upper Higuera Street
is flanked by fields and empty
lots. But as soon as you get past
the stables, there are a lot of
businesses where all the good
citizens of San Luis Obispo and
the surrounding cities do their
shopping. As we pass the stables,
we walk by the Harrington Bros.
Harness Makers (where the Gap
is today at 875 Higuera) and wave
at the brothers who have been
making the harnesses we use for
our horses for many years. They
use the best leather and the
strongest steel. People from all

Monterey Street is getting a makeover.

Buildings are being renovated and the
parking lots are being dug up.

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Get an autographed copy at:

w w w. s l o 1 0 0 ye a r s . co m
Also available at Barnes and Noble, Crushed Grape, Antiques of Monterey,
History Center, Apple Farm, and Boo Boo Records.

around the county come to San aroma of cigar leaves that comes
Luis Obispo to buy their harnesses from downstairs, where many of
the cigars are being rolled. Kluver
from the Harrington Brothers.
and Sons Cigar Store (Novo is
The first thing on my wifes to do there today at 716 Higuera) has
list is to stop in at City Hall (where been located here for many years.
Charles Shoes is today at 867 So has the J. J. Andre Store next
Higuera) and ask about the tax door (where Ambiance is today
on a piece of property we own at 714 Higuera), which is where
out near El Moro (Morro Bay). Janet goes to do a little shopping.
Actually, I dont mind stopping by I hope she doesnt buy anything
City Hall because the fire station is too heavy, because I dont want
on the ground floor and while my to carry too many pounds of dry
wife is upstairs inquiring about goods. She comes out emptythe property taxes, I can check handed, but I notice she has a
out the new fire wagon that the paper in her hand. Janet bought
city recently purchased. The fire some things and arranged for the
wagons are red with lots of shiny Sandercock moving company to
chrome everywhere. I can see the deliver to our home. Suddenly,
horses that pull the wagons out I am getting a headache and ask
in back. Janet comes down after if we could stop by Norton Drug
about 20 minutes and pulls me Store and buy headache pills.
away from the fire wagons and
I have to stop the story here as I
we set off down the street.
am running out of space. If you
We walk by the White House want to find out what happens
Grocery store and Janet asks next as Janet and I continue to
me to remind her to stop by the walk down Higuera Street in 1916,
grocery store on the way home youll need to tune in next month.
as we continued our walk. The Be prepared, because things
Sandercock family has had a store could get crazy in San Luis Obispo
on Higuera forever (Fiore is there in 1916!
today at 856 Higuera) and they
have hauled lots of items for me
in the past. I always have them
deliver animal feed to our ranch
out in El Moro. We say howdy,
but if we say hi to everyone, I will
never get down to Kluvers to buy
some fresh cigars. Janet does not
approve of me smoking cigars,
but it is one of my few bad habits.
Ive even read in the newspaper
that smoking may be bad for your
health. Even Ty Cobb thinks that Guy Crabb teaches at Charles E. Teach
School in San Luis Obispo. He
smoking is bad for your lungs. Elementary
graduated from Cal Poly SLO and has been
George Kluver and sons have teaching for 30 years. Guy was a Teacher of
Year in 2006 and currently teaches at a
been rolling the best cigars in the
National Blue Ribbon School. Reach him at
town for years. You can smell the

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CS Perryess

about words
of the term and it simply means
cheap, nonsensical or pretentious
English is rife with colorful terms language.
referring to irrelevant, useless, or
empty words. As we ramp up to There are so many great synonyms
for bunk, blatherskite, bosh and
elections, lets celebrate a few.
claptrap. Followers, what emptyBunk appeared in American word words would you add to the
English about 1900 as a shortened list?
form of bunkum, meaning
the elusive scraperfish
nonsense. By most accounts the
term was born in the US House
of Representatives when North Word-lovers go to great lengths
Carolina Representative Felix to help others make sense of
Walker threw in his two cents this nutty language we love so
regarding Missouris statehood well. The Elusive Scraperfish is
in relation to the Mason-Dixon one such tale. Its not elusive
Line. He needed to say something because of its astounding
that would appear in the papers camouflage or because it buries
back home in Buncombe, so itself in the muck. Its elusive
he unabashedly made a long, because so many people dont
dull, irrelevant speech. In time, even know its there. Such is the
Buncombe shifted to bunkum, nature of bottomdwellers that
concern themselves with English
which got shortened to bunk.
pronunciation rules.
Blatherskite, was born during the
American Revolution, and refers
to both the words spoken by a
talkative, nonsensical person and
the person him/herself. It comes
of blather, meaning to babble.
Blather is a Scottish term derived Meet the scraperfish. It scrapes
from an Old Norse word meaning along on the bottom of the sea,
to wag the tongue, added to skite, looking for its tunnel-dwelling
meaning a contemptible individual. prey. As its rough belly scrapes
We see a related ending in the along the ocean floor, it makes the
word cheapskate, and a related sound kkkkkk, kkkkkkk, kkkkkk,
beginning in the term blithering signifying to those in the know
idiot. Skite also originated in Old that the letter C (masquerading
Norse, from a word meaning to as a gill), generally makes the
shoot, which apparently is what K sound. However, when the
the Old Norse thought should be scraperfish spots its tunneldwelling prey, it sucks it up, savors
done with blatherers.
it, and says sssss, sssss, sssss.
Bosh came to English in the 1830s
from Turkish. Its literal Turkish
meaning of empty, applies in
English only to meaningless
speech or writing.
bunk & its buddies

Claptrap appeared in the 1730s

and meant a stage trick to catch
applause. Since then weve lost
the applause-inducing element

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The observant reader will notice

the nature of the scraperfishs
prey. When the letter C is followed
by an E, I, or Y, it makes the S

May 2016

sound (cellophane, cinnamon,

cyborg). Otherwise, it makes
the K sound (coliform, curly,
cadaver). The scraperfish rule
even works when a C is doubled, as
in accident and accelerate. When
a C is followed by the letter H, all
bets are off, but in other cases,
its amazing how consistently this
pronunciation rule applies.

From there, some etymologists

see no source. Others argue for
the Arabic term yasara, he played
at dice, while others argue for
azahr or al-zahr, meaning, the die.
By the mid-1500s the English
word hazard shed its specific
connection to games of chance
and became generalized to refer
to any chance of loss, harm, or risk.

Whats cooler still is that theres a

What I find fascinating is that by
second form of scraperfish.
most accounts, the word entered
English due to the Crusades.
Soldiers dont spend all their time
lopping off heads; they have a
little down time to learn the local
Amazingly, it hunts the same customs and play the local games,
and throwing dice was one of the
exact prey, giving us
gelatin, gin, and gymnasium games Crusaders learned during
in the presence of its prey, and their travels. Isnt it wickedly
gasoline, gogo boots, and guru ironic that games of chance, and
otherwise. This second fishs rule eventually a word referring to risk
doesnt work when g doubles and chance of loss was born of
up. Also, it has some high profile the recreational time of Christian
rule-breaking words in begin and soldiers heading to the Holy Land
girl, but like the first scraperfish, with violent intent? Thats not just
it applies the great majority of the irony, thats exponential irony.
Okay, so how many of you
word nerds have already met
the scraperfish? And who can
contribute other unlikely tales
to support English spelling or
pronunciation rules?

Many thanks to sources:,

Interesting English Borrowed Words, Hugh
Rawsons Wicked Words and the OED.

This words etymology is quite
pleasingly contentious.
Hazard came into English about
1300 from the Old French word,
hasard or hasart, a game of
chance played with dice. Most
etymologists agree that the
French word stems from the
Spanish word, azar, an unfortunate
card or throw at dice.

CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio

books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
foggy little town on Californias central coast.
Find more at,
or reach him at

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May 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

May day


3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park

3:30-4:15pm AG

space 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

Dr Benjamin
birthday (Born in 1903)

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

3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk


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


9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart

2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall

mothers day

3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park

3:30-4:15pm AG

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

national Family
child care
providers day

national teacher




No Diet DAY

mother goose 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

national school
nurse 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


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

train DAY

tulip day

twilight zone day

clean up
your room day



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


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 kentucky
derby (in 1875)

chocolate chip

national armed
forces day

visit your
relatives day
1st Us nickel
minted (in 1866)

red cross founded

(by Clara Barton in 1881)

museum day


circus day
(Ringling Brothers open in 1884)


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

3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Pk


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

play a musical
instrument day


3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park

3:30-4:15pm AG


8:30-11am AG Spencers Market

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


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

golden gate bridge

opens (in 1937)

1st morse code

message sent
(WA DC to Baltimore in 1844)

Jim Thorpes
birthday (Born in 1888)
Hamburger Day

penny day
national missing
childrens day


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

memorial day


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

May is:
American Bike Month
Allergy Awareness Month
Better Hearing & Speech Month
Flower Month
National Mental Health Month
National Physical Fitness Month
Older Americans Month
National Water Safety Month

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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



Lily of the Valley

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Family Events
APR 21-MAY 1 (days & times
RAW at Cuesta College CPAC
Experimental Theater, CA-1, San
Luis Obispo. 16 actors perform the
best Shakespeare monologues.
In this site-specific/immersive
follows the bards treasure
map to discover scenes. Bring
your phone to receive special
texts along your journey and be
prepared to move about campus.
Cost: $10. Contact: 546-3198 or
THU APR 28-SUN JUN 12 (days &
times vary): ACROSS THE RIVER:
FINN at The Great American
Melodrama, 1863 Front St,
Oceano. Cheer for this musical
folk tale 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. In-house
snack bar serves food and drinks.
com or 489-2499.

One Grand Ave, SLO. Lip-synch

and talent competition for high
school students in SLO county.
Cost: $17. Contact: tickets.calpoly.
edu or 756-4849.
SUN APR 30 at 8:00 am: SANTA
SALE (locations vary). This multistreet, multi-family event has had
over 50 participants in the past.
Dont miss it! Cost: free. Contact: or
SUN APR 30 9:00 am-2:00 pm:
Middle School, 1555 El Morro Ave,
Los Osos. Bring the whole family
to enjoy this exciting 2 mile team
obstacle course race. Sign up to
join in on the fun and help raise
funds for school programs. Cost:
$30-80. Contact: 534-2835 or

SUN APR 30 12:00-4:00 pm:

Colony Home Museum, 6600
Lewis Ave, Atascadero. This is a
self-guided tour of four historic
Atascadero homes. Cost: $20,
$15 AHS members tickets at
Atascadero Chamber of Commerce
SAT APR 29 at 7:00 pm: and Colony Museum. Contact:
TALENT BLAST at Cohan Center, or 466-8341.

Hearst Cancer Resource Center (HCRC)

A one-of-a-kind r esour ce
in San Luis Obispo County for those living with cancer and their families
Wellness and support services provide a bridge between standard
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Our integrative approach offers a foundation for care that includes
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SUN APR 30 1:00-4:00 pm: ARBOR
at Greenspace Creekside Reserve,
2264 Center St, Cambria. Zen
Mountain Poets play great worldinfluenced music. The festival also
features childrens art, seedlings
for sale, beverages and snacks,
and raffles. Cost: $10. Contact: or 9272866.
One Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo.
Featuring works by Bach, Durufle,
and more. Cost: $24-30. Contact:
756-4849 or

MON MAY 2 11:00 am-5:00 pm:

Library, 310 B St, Cayucos.
Paperbacks will be 25 cents each
or 5 for $1.00. Also cookbooks,
coffee table books, fiction and
non-fiction, CDs, and DVDs are
SUN APR 30 at 4:00 pm: $1.00 each! Stock up on books for
CHRIST PERONDIS STUNT DOG summertime. Contact: 995-3312.
EXPERIENCE at Cohan Center, One
Grand Ave, SLO. Stunts, tricks, and TUE MAY 3 10:00 am-1:00
comedic acts performed by a cast pm:
of canines. Cost: $20-30. Contact: WORKSHOP at San Luis Obispo
Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy or 756-6552.
Creek Rd, SLO. Jayne Devencenzi
SUN MAY 1 11:00 am-4:00 pm: will be leading this hands-on
MULTICULTI SUNDAY BBQ at workshop. All materials are
Templeton Park, 420 Crocker St, provided for you to create a
Templeton. Enjoy a free potluck living succulent wreath in time
BBQ picnic to celebrate cultural for Mothers Day! More info at
heritage, family ties, and the Cost: $60-70.
natural diversity that makes up Contact: 541-1400 x 305.
our local communities by sharing
food, music, storytelling, and TUE MAY 3-THU JUN 16 at 4:00
dance. Cost: free. Contact: 464- pm: THE MARTIAL ART AIKIDO FOR KIDS at The Budo Ryu, 3556
2692 or
South Higuera #205, San Luis
SUN MAY 1 at 3:00 pm: NORTH Obispo. Fun, focus, and peaceful
TENTH power for kids age 6-10. Aikido
at is a non-aggressive martial art, a
Atascadero Lake Park Pavilion, way to be strong without being a
9315 Pismo Ave, Atascadero. Cost: bully. Classes taught by blackbelt
$10-12, free for veterans. Contact: instructor Mary Tesoro. Contact
544-8866 or
SUN MAY 1 at 3:00 pm: PAUL FRI MAY 6 11:00 am: MOTHERS
RECITAL at Cohan Center, PAC, at San Luis Obispo Botanical

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Family Events
free. Contact: 528-1862.
SAT MAY 14 1:00-2:00 pm: GETTING
Luis Obispo Botanical Garden,
3450 Dairy Creek Rd, SLO. Join Dr.
Jenn Yost, professor of botany at
Cal Poly, for this engaging lecture
on the diversity of palms. Learn
about palm biology, conservation,
and much more! Free docent
led tour at 2:00 pm. Cost: $5-10.
Garden Oak Glen Pavilion, 3450
Dairy Creek Rd, SLO. Join Mary
Ann Rutshaw for a cooking class
to spruce up your brunch menu.
Cost: $15-20. Contact:
cooking or 541-1400 x 305.

West Java performed by Gamelan

Eruna. Cost: free. Contact: 5281862.
MAY 10 at 7:30 pm: MARK
Center, One Grand Ave, San
Luis Obispo. Featuring routines
choreographed to a diverse
selection of live music. Cost: $2460. Contact: 756-4849 or http://

FRI MAY 6 at 3:00 pm: FIRE

Obispo Botanical Garden, 3450
Dairy Creek Rd, SLO. The new Fire
Safe Garden is one of the largest
of its kind in California. The ribbon
cutting ceremony will be followed FRI MAY 13 at 7:30 pm: CUESTA
by a tour.
College CPAC, CA-1, San Luis
SAT MAY 7 9:00-11:00 am: Obispo. Enjoy Bachs Cantata
BIRDING with Morro Coast #106, Actus Tragicus, Schubert
Audubon Society at San Luis Mass in G, and an eclectic set of
Obispo Botanical Garden, 3450 vocal jazz, pop, funk, and Latin
Dairy Creek Rd, SLO. Join this music. Cost: $10-15. Contact: 546fun, family-friendly birding walk 3198 or
through the garden. Cost: $5-10.
Contact: or 541- SAT MAY 14 9:00 am-1:00 pm:
BOOK SALE 2075 at Los Osos
1400 x 305.
Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Scoop
SAT MAY 7 at 11:00 am: GAMELAN up the great bargains at this
MUSIC CONCERT at Los Osos quarterly sale. Proceeds support
Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Enjoy the library and Friends of Los
traditional percussive music from Osos Library. Rain cancels. Cost:

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SAT MAY 14 at 6:30 pm: MINION

5599 Traffic Way, Atascadero.
Behind the Community Center
- the future location of JOY
Playground! 6:30 pm: BBQ starts.
Minion face painting and 50/50
drawing. Movie starts at sunset.
Cost: free. Bring a low back chair/
blanket. Popcorn and cotton
candy for sale. Contact: www.

month. Call for title. Cost: free.

Contact: 528-1862.
SAT MAY 28 8:00 am-1:00 pm:
Bay High School, 235 Atascadero
Rd, Morro Bay. This fun annual
half marathon, 5k, and 10k race
benefits school music programs.
The family-friendly course starts
at MBHS football stadium and
follows Morro Bay coastline.
Along the way, runners and
walkers enjoy local music groups
including Back Bay Betty, and
MBHS students and alumni! Cost:
$25-60. Contact: morrobaybotr.

MAY 28 10:00 am-4:00 pm:

PASO ARTSFEST at Paso Robles
Downtown City Park, 12th and
Park St, Paso Robles. Featuring
an Outdoor Fine Art Show & Sale,
a Quick-Draw, the Kids Art Smart
Zone, hands-on CREATEspace
for adults, live music and
performances, and a wine bar.
SUN MAY 15 at 4:00 pm: SAN Cost: free. Contact: 227-7236.
FINALE CONCERT at Cohan SAT MAY 28 at 2:00 pm: DANCE
Center, One Grand Ave, SLO. PERFORMANCE at Los Osos
Featuring all five of the SLO Youth Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. The
Symphony ensembles. Cost: $15. Desert Coast Dancers present a
Contact: 756-4849 or tickets. musical story, combining dance
and storytelling. Cost: free.
Contact: 528-1862.
TUE MAY 17 7:00-9:30 pm: SPRING
CHOIR CONCERT at Cohan Center, THU JUN 2 at 7:30 pm: MAMMA
PAC, One Grand Ave, San Luis MIA! at Cohan Center, One Grand
Obispo. Choirs from Morro Bay Ave, San Luis Obispo. The ultimate
High School and Los Osos Middle feel-good Broadway blockbuster
School perform a variety of music. features ABBAs timeless songs
Cost: $11. Contact: mbhs.slcusd. and an enchanting tale of love,
laughter and friendship. Cost:
$60-90. Contact: 756-4849 or
WED MAY 18 at 3:00 pm: KIDS
CRAFT at Los Osos Library, 2075
Palisades Ave. School age children MON JUN 6 11:00 am-5:00 pm:
makentake a craft on the 3rd MINI BOOK SALE at Cayucos
WED of every month. Cost: free. Library, 310 B St, Cayucos. Also
cookbooks, coffee table books,
Contact: 528-1862.
fiction and non-fiction, CDs, and
SAT MAY 21 at 2:00 pm: FAMILY DVDs are $1.00 each! Stock up on
MOVIE at Los Osos Library, 2075 books for summertime. Childrens
Palisades Ave. Enjoy popcorn and Books will be 25 cents each or 5
a G/PG movie every 3rd SAT of the for $1.00. Contact: 995-3312.

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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 youre
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 Carls 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 mens support group
meetings: all issues welcome. Find
purpose, mastery, healthy autonomy,
and your lifes mission and purpose. Gain
skills to change your life or to become
a better husband or dad. Call ahead to
confirm. 1st & 3rd TUE 6:00-9:00 pm in
San Luis Obispo. Contact: 459-7808.
1st & 3rd THU 6:30-9:30 pm in Cayucos.
Contact: 471-9342. 2nd & 4th THU 6:30-

9:00 pm in Atascadero. Contact: 2352774. Cost: free. Contact:

1st & 3rd THU every month 7:00-8:30 pm:
Drop-in Dream Group at St. Benedicts
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 Johnsons 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


10:30 am Mondays

of San Luis Obispo County

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

May 2016

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

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. 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 Alzheimers.
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
Arroyo Grande EOC Health Services
Clinic, 1152 E Grand Ave. Health services,
including reproductive health, in a safe
environment to screen, assess, and

For all ages

English & Spanish

Feeling hopeless, desperate, or alone?

Concerned for someone you care about?

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.

Womens Shelter

Central Coast Family

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

provide intervention. Appts preferred.

Contact: 489-4026.
1st WED every month at 9:00 am:
Community Action Partnership Senior
Health Screening at First United
Methodist Church, 275 N Halcyon Rd,
Arroyo Grande. Free and 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 Womens
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.

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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
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-Jacks 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 - Jacks Helping Hand at Pats
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

Central Coast Family

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.

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.

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
local astronomy resources at: www.

Morro Bay Museum of Natural History

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

Volunteer at San Luis Obispo Museum

of Art! Stop by at 1010 Broad St (Mission
Plaza) or email
for information about multiple volunteer

San Luis Coastal Adult Schools Parent

Participation Program offers Core
Parenting and Enrichment classes
at centers in San Luis Obispo, Morro
Bay, and Los Osos. Bring your child to
parent and child activity classes, or find
individual peer support and education
just for parents. Cost: $76 / 10 weeks.
Contact: 549-1222 or parentparticipation.

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
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.

May 2016

San Luis Obispo Senior Center offers

health screening, legal services, meals,
exercise, bridge, and bingo at 1445 Santa
Rosa St. Contact: 781-7306.

Heres your chance to get involved

with your local chapter of the
nations oldest and largest grassroots
environmental group.
Check out volunteer opportunities in
local hike leadership, water quality,
land use, marine wildlife, and all other
issues the club is involved in.
Plus: Original art, jewelry & quilted items
for sale.

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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 childrens 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 K 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 (1981 Vicente Dr), Morro Bay,
Solvang, Santa Maria, and Cambria.
Meet with teachers weekly and turn
in work samples. Contact: 348-3333
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

Central Coast Family

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 Steiners Waldorf
personalized home-based learning model. Contact: 235-4401.
that fosters investigation, skill Childrens
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 Childrens 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

May 2016

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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