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August 2012

Getting Out .................... 2 Library Voice ................. 4 Education ....................... 6 Fun & Games .................. 9 Local History ................ 12 Family Life ................... 14 Calendar ........................ 17 Family Events ............... 18 Local Resources .......... 20 Alt Education .............. 22

Back to School Prep / Travel Reading / Walking SLO / Project Surf Camp

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Getting Out

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disabilities. Project Surf Camp introduces people to the water, who would otherwise never receive such an opportunity. To keep costs minimal for participants in the four-hour day camp, a volunteer staff provides one-to-one instruction. In addition, unlike similar camps, part of their focus is also on specialist intervention. As a result, camp participants also receive consultation, feedback, and support from three paid specialists.

Project Surf Camp

Project Surf Camp participant & volunteers - Morro Bay July 2012

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Project Surf Camp is a nonprofit organization designed to educate individuals with special needs. Their mission is to build self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-efficacy. They provide opportunities to build social skills, improve physical fitness, develop healthy outlets for stress reduction, and foster independence. Outcomes are achieved through the modality of surf instruction and/or beach and aquatic activities.

Camper fees are minimal with one quarter of the annual budget generated from participant enrollment fees. The remainder of the budget is funded through private solicitations, grants, and fundraisers and camp Sometimes we forget, especially sponsorships. living on the coast, that not everyone has experienced the Project Surf Camp depends on ocean. One group in particular volunteers, including individuals, that has been deprived of such groups, clubs, or businesses. All a privilege is those persons with are welcome to be part of the fun! To help to make each camp a success, a minimum of ten Central Coast Family Po Box 6424, Los osos, CA 93412 volunteers are needed per camp. Our goal is to connect Central Coast families with the resources they need to thrive! Volunteers act as one-to-one instructors. Surfing experience is EDIToR PuBLISHER recommended, but not required. Patrice Vogel David Vogel Wetsuits are available. Phone: (805) 528-0440 Phone: (805) 540-7100

While great strides have been made in recent years to increase access to goods and services for special needs individuals, opportunities for leisure or recreational activities are often still difficult to access.

from the community. Donations can be made online through PayPal, or checks payable to Project Surf Camp can be mailed to: Project Surf Camp, 1383 Bolton Drive, Morro Bay, CA 93442.

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Specialists provide an orientation and teach volunteers everything they need to know to work with campers in and out of the water. After camp, volunteers join in for lunch and surf camp awards. Service organizations, school groups, youth groups, and clubs are welcome to participate. To learn more, visit www. or call (805) 235-1157. Project Surf Camp, a 501(c)(3) taxexempt charitable organization, relies on donors, supporters, and volunteers to operate. A minimum of 75% of their operational budget depends on gifts and donations

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Child Development

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Library Voice
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by Kristen Barnhart

With the hottest days of summer still to come, and road trips looming ahead I thought Id share one of my favorite happy tips: Audio Books. Now, Im not a total audio book junkie; no pile by my bed, no listening while I work around the house. But put me in the car, or on the RTA to work and back, and I am so there! This format has evolved from edited books on cassette tape to the highly produced cd and downloadable options today. Downloadable you say? Yes! From your Librarys website www., you can access OverDrive, which offers some mp3 and IPod options and even some burnable books; cd burning, not Fahrenheit 451 bonfire burning! My IPhone now carries both downloaded books and audio books from the library. The link is right in the middle of the new and improved library site screen. OK, I have two approaches to the art of listening to books. My usual choice is to listen to books I have already read. I read really fast, almost an inhalation of the story more than separate words. When I come up for air and plug in, then I can luxuriate in the language by listening. This is especially true with the Harry Potter books. Jim Dale has won Grammys for his pitch perfect reading of this series and a Guiness world record for the most voices recorded and banked. His mastery lies in his ability to never cross the line from character to caricature, and therefore not step on the imagination toes of his audience. Dale is also reading the Barry/Pearson prequels to Peter Pan, and has even recorded that James Barrie classic so they are all in one voice. That being said, I have another favorite series I have only listened to and never, (gasp), read: Artemis Fowl. Nathaniel Parker is the reader of this hilarious action packed series. Twelve-year-old criminal genius Artemis Fowl, heir to the Fowl family ill-gotten empire and centuriesold legacy of scams and theft, hacks into the computer network of the

fairy world and decodes it, kidnaps leprechaun Holly Short, and takes on the entire forces of the fairy kingdom. Throw in a bodyguard/butler, a centaur computer geek and a truly disgusting dwarf and you have a high suspense wild ride. My young purist patrons are appalled that I have not read them and missed out on the coded messages running under the pages. Both Jim Dale and Nathaniel Parker are native speakers, which I feel enriches their performances of these British epics, and they are single reader productions. There are also multicast audio books that have a following. Brian Jacques Redwall series has a full cast, but these do not work for me as I find their dialogues distracting and cacophonyish, especially while driving. I know, ask me how I really feel! This is not to say that I have totally dismissed multiple reader productions, I just dont like them talking to one another! Paul Fleishmans Seedfolks has a different persons point of view for each chapter with 13 different characters who come alive via the distinct performances of a widely varied cast. When Kim, a young Vietnamese girl, plants some lima beans in a run-down vacant lot, she has no idea that her actions will be a catalyst for transforming the neighborhood back into a

community. This use of diverse readers nurtures the listener as well as the garden. Our own Jay Ashers book, Thirteen Reasons Why, also uses two voices as the protagonist listens to tapes left by a classmate/ crush who had committed suicide. These teen readers provide an immediacy and depth that creates an experience equally compelling to both male and female listeners and opens up opportunities for communication. This approach is also utilized in his newest book The Future of Us, which has chapters alternating between two teens in 1996, who have mysteriously stumbled on to their 2012 facebook walls. When you listen to books as a family on a long drive, you create memories and learning moments naturally arise as each person brings in their own take on a character or situation. The characters become part of your familys story as you look back on the vacation when you listened to Ramona Quimby, read by Stockard Channing or Inkheart, chillingly read by Lynn Redgrave. Just remember these are equal opportunity lessons. Listening to everything that your children remember and find important will teach you well. This year has been a record year for Summer Reading! Programs have been filled to the rafters, babies have earned board books, the canvas book bags are gorgeous, and the chance of winning an iPod Touch boosted our teen sign-ups to nearly double! The library is such a natural fit for summer days and kids. My beloved Pomona Public Library, with my home away from home Laura Ingalls Wilder Childrens Room, is facing closure due to the economic crisis, and it breaks my heart. We may be running just to stay in place (like the Red Queen), but we are open, willing, and able to serve you and your family. It is our great pleasure to do so!
Kristen Barnhart has been telling stories, recommending books, and stamping little hands for over 33 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

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for my wife and I. But with the passage of time, comes changed perspectives. Unbelievably, we have now fast forwarded some twelve years and lo and behold, we have a teenager in our living room! The teenage years seemed to appear literally overnight, as our oldest son grew rapidly within a very short time period. Now, Im a 65 man and in all my years, I never truly imagined that the infant who once fit in the palm of my hands would be able to stand and look me square in the eyes. by Jeffrey Cyr Of course, I try my best to inch I can vividly remember getting past. At the time, those early upward to give the illusion that the exciting news that Were years felt overwhelming, as we Ill always be bigger. For the going to have a baby! Those juggled a nanny, school, extra- first time, Im starting to secretly years of having a little baby in curricular practices (baseball, entertain the unsettling thought our lives seem so far removed basketball, piano, and singing), that my oldest son may actually from today. Its funny how, now and serious health scares, along pass me up in height soon. that I have adolescent children, with the everyday coughs and I tend to flash back more colds. It seemed like the infant My son, of course, absolutely frequently on all of the cute and toddler years were as tough relishes the thought that he may and funny moments from years as things were ever going to get be taller than me! We laugh, joke, and prod each other about the relative size of our bodies as we flex and tiptoe around the house. My wife rolls her eyes, as she watches her boys behave like two prancing peacocks. From my observations, her plan for dealing with the height issue is to buy shoes with higher and higher heels. little dreams for him, I often have to fall back on those early years and remember him singing in the childrens choir on Christmas Eve or envision his excitement in 5th grade as he made the most precious disappearing book report (thank you Mr. K). As the parent of a soon-to-be adult, I try to take comfort in the fact that my wife and I have laid a solid and positive foundation for our son to choose a path in this world that is heartfelt and fulfilling for him. We often tell our son, You get what you give in this world. He, along with his brother, are our proudest accomplishments.

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As each new chapter unfolds in both of our sons lives, we are reminded that the cute and cuddly years of childhood have laid their foundation. All of us have a responsibility to gently nudge our children in a positive direction and give them opportunities. However, inevitably (as I have learned the hard way), it will be entirely up to them to decide what path they choose. It seems that, no matter what stage of parenting we are involved in, there is a balance between holding our children close for reassurance and guidance, and letting them The joy of these teenage years go - to learn from their own starts with the physical changes, experience. but in lifes big picture, we need to start preparing our teenager Im here to share my experiences, for independence and success both in teaching and as a parent, in life on his own. We can easily to help bridge the gap between I see our son going in a multitude the classroom and home. of directions with his life. There welcome any and all of your are times when I sit and dream of comments, questions or topic his direction and have everything suggestions. You can reach me settled in my mind as to what at Mrdragonflyteacher@gmail. he should choose or what I feel com. I must say, I have been is best for him. What I have overwhelmed with the kind come to realize, however, is that emails I have received since I teenagers are not subject to began writing for Central Coast being controlled with steadfast Family. Thank you all for the solid plans or even helpful encouraging feedback! directions from others (probably an understatement). When I see my son heading down the Central Coast. He can be reached at a path so far removed from my
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Summer time in San Luis Obispo is always wonderful, with the sun shining and little birds singing in the trees. One of my favorite things to do on a summer evening in SLO is to take a walk around downtown. I am going to take my walking day on a Tuesday, because Thursday and Friday are two very busy days downtown full of fun and excitement. Thursday is the world famous Farmers Market and Friday is celebrated with Concerts in the Plaza throughout the summer. Even on a Tuesday, SLO will still have lots of people walking around, but the pace will be a little slower than on Thursday through Sunday. I am going to start my walk standing in front of the Mission. San Luis Obispo happens to be home to the 5th of the 21 Missions established in California by the Spanish Empire. Father Junipero Serra founded this mission in 1772 next to a creek, with its variety of wildlife to provide food. The Chumash who lived in the area were peaceful, most of the time. The mission you see today has been completely rebuilt and is still considered to be the heart of the city. Lets turn around and walk over

the bridge that is across from the steps of the mission. Take a walk over the bridge and stop in the middle and you get a great view of San Luis Creek. The water you see in the creek is on a journey to Avila Beach, where it runs into the ocean. In addition to watching traveling water, you are standing on one of the most famous bridges in SLO that not too many people know about. This is Queenie Bridge, named after Queenie Warden, whose family owned much of downtown San Luis Obispo at one point. The bridge was built around 1925 of concrete, and is about 20 feet above the creek. It was built so that trucks could deliver goods to the Warden Building from the back rather than through the front door. Lets continue to walk over the bridge to Higuera Street through the Mission Mall, cross Higuera, and walk over to Bubblegum Alley. People come from all around the world to this little alleyway and take photgraphs of gum stuck on a wall. Heres a little history on Bubblegum Alley (yes, even this landmark has a story). It seems that the history of the alley is not set in stone, because different people have different memories of how

it started. Some people say it started in the 1940s with a group of high school seniors showing their creativity by using bubble gum on the wall. Another story is that it began in the late 1950s with a rivalry between the local high school kids and students from Cal Poly competing with some cool artwork using bubblegum of all colors. During the 1970s, the alley was totally cleaned of gum twice because store owners in the area felt that the gum was a health hazard. Who knows how many layers of gum grace the walls of our world famous alley today? Lets walk down the street to Fanny Wrappers, where they sell womens intimate clothing as anyone can see from their window displays. Fanny Wrappers was once a bank way back in the late 1800s, and if you walk in to browse around, slink to the back corner of the store where some fitting rooms are and you will find the bank safe that was used for over 100 years to hold the riches of some of the people in SLO. Its big enough to walk into. Today the safe holds lots of ladies underwear and more. My, how times change. Dont forget to look around and pick up something special if you have the notion. Keep on walking down the street to my favorite shoe store, Charles Shoes. This building was built in the mid 1950s, but before that this was the location of City Hall, which was a cool threestory building. The ground floor was home to the fire department and the city jail. In 1953, the entire old city hall was demolished with the exception

of the old jail, which is still there now. Today, it is used as a storage area for the shoe store, but you can still see bars on two windows. Unfortunately, these two windows face a wall that is part of the new building built in 1955. The store is often busy, so it is very difficult to get an appointment to even see the jail. If you try, please be nice and dont tell them you heard it from me (unless you are also going to buy a pair of shoes-then you can tell them that your old buddy Guy Crabb sent you down). Walk back up Higuera to find the Johnson building on the corner of Higuera and Chorro. Its the building that says Chamber of Commerce on the front. (I just read that the Chamber will soon relocate to Monterey Street.) During my research, I would often read about the Dove Building in town. For years, I wondered what building was the Dove Building. One day, I was taking pictures of the Johnson Building and realized that there are two large tiles at the corner with doves on them. After putting a few facts together, I was able to confirm that the Dove Building and the Johnson Building are one and the same. Now head back down the street with a wad of gum in your mouth. Enter the danger zone if you dare, and leave a little of your DNA in Bubblegum Alley!
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Set a budget and start looking for smart buys. Keep in mind that styles may be important to your children because what they wear may affect their self-confidence. Being organized at home helps Be sure to learn about the dress children do better at school. Some families use a large master code at your childrens schools. family calendar where each School supplies are important person uses a different color to for kids to be successful. Many list their activities. Parents might schools send a list home advising designate a place in the house parents of supplies that kids will where kids can leave papers to be need. A few weeks before school, signed or reviewed. For families some local office supply stores involved in lots of activities, have have supply lists displayed by the your children prepack activity front door. It is smart to check bags for each sport or club and with your childrens teachers keep them near the door. regarding specific preferences. Talk with kids before school Your childrens backpacks needs starts about family rules, study to be large enough to hold their habits, schedules for studying at supplies and personal items. Be home, when to watch TV and use sure to choose a backpack that is electronics, how to organize their durable and comfortable for your time to balance activities with child to carry. Dont forget to get homework. Here are just a few typical family rules: a reusable lunch bag or box. Homework comes first; it must Children need a quiet spot in the be done before attending a home to serve as a study center. sports event or watching TV or They may also need access to playing video games. computers. Set up a study area No TV in the morning before in your home that includes a desk school. and comfortable chair. Have a place to store school papers No TV (or other distractions) while doing homework. and supplies. Be sure there is adequate lighting, and supply When homework is done, pack reference books like a dictionary, backpack for the next school a thesaurus, or pictionary for day and place by the door. young children. Now is the time to figure out the best way for your children to get back and forth from school. Children walk and bike, ride the bus, car pool or get rides from a parent or family member. Sit down with your children and discuss transportation safety issues to help them become street smart. If your neighborhood has a block parent home, show your child the house and introduce your child to the adult(s) there. For helpful tips, go to safety-basics.

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Last month, I wrote about the importance of professional hair care. Since then, a lot of people have been asking me about products I prefer. Here is a breakdown of what I use. For basic shampoo and conditioner, I like Thermafuse and Enjoy pro products. Make sure you get the proper type for your hair. I keep my locks happy by clarifying and deep conditioning 2-3 times a month. To do this at home: deep cleanse with a clarifying shampoo (I like Provana or Kenra products). Use a deep conditioner (I like Loreal Deep Reconstruct). Put a shower cap over your hair and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. I also like to wrap a warm towel (out of the dryer) around my head over the cap. Heat opens up the hair cuticle allowing conditioner to penetrate. Rinse with an apple cider vinegar and water mixture. I put a cap full of ACV in a gallon of water. The vinegar scent vanishes as hair dries. It is very important to use a leave in conditioner everytime you wash or

get your hair wet. Leave in conditioner evens out your hairs pH and seals the cuticle. If you blow dry, use a thermal protectant spray (I like Kenra Blow Dry Spray). Once your hair is dry, finish with Moroccan Oil. A few favorite products in the salon: Kenra Working and Finishing Spray. This hairspray is unlike any I have ever seen before. If you have resistant hair that wont hold a curl, spray this on before you curl. It leaves no sticky residue and you can brush through your hair and it will curl right back up! Thermafuse One Pass Flat Iron Cream. To give naturally curly or thick course hair that smooth sleek look, this product is amazing! Pull each section down, use one pump over each, and flat iron as usual, working slowly. Rapid motions when flat ironing wont do anything but fry your hair!
Mandy Buechner is a master stylist at Legends Salon & Day Spa in Atascadero and graduated from Paul Mitchell The School MTI. She can be reached at (916) 225-3971.

These are great books on study techniques and how tos that can help your children learn ways to be more efficient and productive while studying and doing their homework: Seven Steps to Homework Success by Sydney Zantall. 101 Ways to Get Straight As by Robin Dellabough. Getting Straight As by Gordon W. Green, Jr. (Aimed at high school students and college students) Students can learn how to read a book, take a test and write a term paper. How to Help Your Child with Homework by Marguerite C. Radencich (for parents of children ages 6-13) How to Study: Use Your Personal Learning Style to Help You Succeed When It Counts by Gail Wood. For parents of ninth graders, I recommend The Insiders Guide to High School: a Parents Handbook for the Ninth Grade Year by Tim Healy. This book focuses on

challenges that ninth graders face when entering high school and gives tips on how to help your child do better at school. Daily planners and to-do lists are great for helping students get organized and learn to manage their time! Some schools provide students with a planner. Planners also allow parents to see when assignments are due. Extracurricular activities can be important for children. Before discussing options with kids, parents should read Sign Me Up! The Parents Complete Guide to Sports, Activities, Music Lessons by Stacy M. DeBroff. Dont let the first day of school become a hectic challenge; plan ahead to minimize the stress and maximize the enjoyment.
Steven Smith is a resident of San Luis Obispo and a graduate of CSU Long Beach with a degree in Creative Writing. Steven is a painter/muralist and freelance writer. His art can be viewed at sloartiststevensmith. Contact Steven at:

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August 2012 Free Ongoing Events

FARMERS MARKET: 11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club 3:00-6:00pm Grover Bch Ramona Park


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

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



Artist Appreciation Month National Eye Exam Month National Breastfeeding Month Home Business Month National Catfish Month National Golf Month National Inventors Month National Water Quality Month

August is:


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


9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 10:00am-12:30pm Cayucos Vets Hall 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade

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

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




Flower: Gladiola


FRANcIS ScOTT kEYS bIRTHDAY (Born in 1779)








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


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

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


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


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




9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 10:00am-12:30pm Cayucos Vets Hall 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade


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







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


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


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


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


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




9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 10:00am-12:30pm Cayucos Vets Hall 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade


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

ROllER cOASTER DAY (Patented in 1898)


DAvY cROckETTS bIRTHDAY (Born in 1786)

(Born in 1912)





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


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

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




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


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




9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 10:00am-12:30pm Cayucos Vets Hall 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade


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

1ST pHOTO OF EARTH FROM THE MOON (Taken by Lunar Orbiter in 1966) NATIONAl SpONgE cAkE DAY





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


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


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


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


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



9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 10:00am-12:30pm Cayucos Vets Hall 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall 4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade


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

DREAM DAY (MLK Jrs I Have a Dream speech in 1963) NATIONAl DOg DAY WOMENS EqUAlITY DAY (Won right to vote in 1920)



BLuE MooN!
2nd Full Moon

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Through SEP 8: Community Art Contest to find amazing artwork to feature on next years Summer Reading Program bags. Cloud Star and the Library will be accepting entries through SEP 8. Contact: or 5441590. JUN 14-SEP 15 (times vary): GUNSMOKIN at The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville, 1863 Pacific Blvd, Oceano. This western parody is set on the streets of Dodge City during a time of strong, fearless, courageous men, but it is not a story of those men. Come along and frolic on a musical adventure where things may not be quite what they seem. Tickets: $18-$22, with discounts for groups, seniors, students, active military, and children. The in-house snack bar serves great food and drinks before the show and during intermissions. Contact: 489-2499 or http://americanmelodrama. com. JUL 12-SEP 16: FROM RAGS TO RICHES at The Great American Melodrama, 1863 Pacific Blvd, Oceano. Follow a heartwarming American classic as two orphans desperately search for their long lost mother. Will they overcome the villain and survive the streets of New York in their search for happiness? Showtimes: WED & THU at 7:00 pm, FRI & SAT at 8:00 pm, and SUN at 6:00 pm. Cost: $18-22. Contact: 489-2499. JUL 19-28 (times vary): CENTRAL COAST SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL at River Oaks Amphitheatre, 800 Club House Dr, Paso Robles. Pack a picnic and enjoy live theatre under the stars. Cost: $0-20. Contact: 546-4224 or http:// JUL 20-29 at 8:00 pm: I CANT DRAW A HEART AND OTHER EPISODES at The Spot, 116 W Branch St, Arroyo Grande. This one-woman show by Taylor MurphySinclair is an intensely emotional, autobiographical piece that shakes the boundaries of what people normally say in front of other people. Its about overstepping, over speaking, overdoing and learning to love yourself anyway. Its an honest look at what it means to be who you are, where you are, and its sensationally moving. Cost: $10-15. Contact: 474-5711 or FRI JUL 27 6:30-8:00 pm: PEACE DAY CRANE FOLDING PARTY at Serenity Yoga Center, 104 Main St, Templeton. Storyteller Zette Harbour will teach ages 8 and up how to fold an origami crane. Its a fun and simple process.. Paper will be provided, along with treats, and stories. The cranes will make a 1,000 Crane Peace Sculpture to express many individuals desire for a world that manifests peace, to be unveiled on SEP 16. Cost: Free. Contact: 441-6688 or

FRI JUL 27-SAT JUL 28 (times vary): ARROYO GRANDE CRUISE NIGHT AND CAR SHO, between Halcyon and Courtland on Grand Ave, Arroyo Grande. FRI: cruise from 6:30-8:30 pm, SAT: show from 9am-4pm. Hundreds of hot rods, muscle cars, trucks, motorcycles and vintage trailers fill the Village while other activities take place around the gazebo. Pre-1985 cars only. This is a fundraiser for local senior and kids organizations. Cost: Free. Contact: 489-9195 or www. JUL 27-AUG 19 (times vary): LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL at Solvang Festival Theater, 420 2nd St, Solvang. A blonde sorority sister takes Harvard by storm in this musical based on the novel by Amanda Brown, as well as the popular movie. Most appropriate for children 12 and over. Cost: $20.50-39.75. Contact: 922-8313 or SAT JUL 28 11:00 am-3:00 pm: 12TH ANNUAL GREAT KITCHENS OF CAMBRIA (locations vary). A self-guided tour with 8 unique and wonderful kitchens. There will be hors doeuvres, drinks, raffle prizes and more. The event benefits the Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Cost: $30. Contact: 927-2856 or SAT JUL 28 at 2:00 pm: LIVE TURTLES at Exploration Station, 867 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach. Come meet a variety of turtles from the Triple T Turtle Ranch. Youll see Desert, Russian, tortoises, Box, Reeves, Redear and more turtles. After the turtle demonstration, play in the interactive science center. Cost: free with admission. Contact: 473-1421 or SAT JUL 28 at 7:00 pm: JUKE BOX ROCK at Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande. This benefit for the Arroyo Grande Community Hospital features Sting Ray Anthony and Juke Box Rock playing hits by the Everly Brothers, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Chuck Berry. Cost: $29-75. Contact: 489-9444 or http:// SUN JUL 29 12:00-5:00 pm: BON ODORI 2012 at Veterans Memorial Hall, 313 W Tunnel Ave, Santa Maria. Hosted by the Guadalupe Buddhist Church, this celebration of Japanese culture includes food, activities, music, and Bon Adori or Obon dance. Cost: Free. Contact: 9377026. TUE JUL 31 10:00 am-3:00 pm: CANINE COMPANIONS FOR INDEPENDENCE SEMINAR at Mission College Preps Theater Rm, 682 Palm St, San Luis Obispo. Canine Companions for Independence is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance dogs to people with disabilities completely free of charge. Enjoy training demonstrations, meet Canine Companions dogs, and see presentations about the program at

Earths Treasures . Rocks . Minerals Exhibits . Demos . Equipment

45th Annual gem Show

3 big Days! August 3rd, 4th & 5th

525 N Thompson Ave, Nipomo ONE Of A KIND Stones, Jewelry, and Merchandise from All Over the World at Rock Bottom Prices! Gem Raffle and Prizes - Food on Sale
Santa Maria Style bbq SAT Night AUg 4th $12 Adults, $6 Kids (under 12)


10:00 am - 5:00 pm


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Orcutt Mineral Society, Inc.

PO Box 106 Santa Maria, CA 93456

805 929-3788

A Public Benefit, Non-Profit Corp

this free event sponsored by the Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust. Cost: Free. Contact: 760 901-4305 or sloseminar. TUE JUL 31 6:00-8:00 pm: COMMUNITY DISCUSSION REGARDING HOMELESSNESS at St Barnabas Episcopal Church, 301 Trinity Ave, Arroyo Grande. Joining in the discussion will be Patti Diefenderfer (President of 5Cities Homeless Coalition), Dee Torres (Director of CAPSLO), and Tillman Moen (President of ECHO). The Forum will open with a short video Homeless Not Hopeless (In the Happiest Place). Cost: Free. Contact: 710-4330. AUG 1-19 (times vary): DADDY LONG LEGS at Allan Hancock Colleges Marian Theatre, 1100 S Bradley, Santa Maria. A young orphan is given the chance to develop her mind and spirit by a mysterious benefactor. Contact: 9228313 or FRI AUG 3-SAT AUG 4 (times vary): People Helping People RUMMAGE SALE FUNDRAISER at South Bay Community Center storage shed, 1434 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos. FRI: 12:00-5:00 pm, SAT 8:00 am-2:00 pm. Furniture, household goods, collectibles, antiques, etc. Enjoy this fun family event and find something you never knew you needed! Proceeds benefit Southbay Seniors. Contact: 528-5800.

FRI AUG 3-SUN AUG 5 10:00 am-5:00 pm: ORCUTT MINERAL SOCIETY at Nipomo High School, 525 N Thompson Ave, Nipomo. Bring the whole family to the 44th Annual Gem and Mineral Show featuring gems for sale, raffle prizes, and lapidary arts demonstrations. Cost: free! Contact: 481-3495 or FRI AUG 3-SUN AUG 5 (times vary): ALICE IN WONDERLAND at Santa Maria Civic Theatre, 1660 N McClelland St, Santa Maria. Contact: 922-4442 or http://smct. org. FRI AUG 3 3:00-4:30 pm: SUPER SMASH BROS BRAWL TOURNAMENT at Santa Maria Public Library, 421 S McClelland, Santa Maria. For junior high and high school kids. Contact: 925-0951 x 117 or FRI AUG 3 at 5:30 pm: HUMAN NATION Brazilian Funk Fusion in Downtown City Park, 11th & Spring St, Paso Robles. This free festival is sponsored by Strawberry Blonde, and there will be food to purchase. All net proceeds from beverage sales go to the REC foundation to enhance and support parks and recreation in Paso Robles. Cost: Free. Contact: 237-3988 or recreation. SAT AUG 4 9:00 am-2:00 pm: FRIENDS FAIR at Nipomo Library, 918 W Tefft St, Nipomo. This fun family event features jewelry, arts, crafts, books, authors, BBQ and burgers. Contact: 929-1014.

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SAT AUG 4 at 9:15 am: WAG, WALK, AND ROLL at River Park in Lompoc. This family event features a Doggy Costume Contest, on-site grooming, and pledge opportunities to earn shirts, hats, and a professional doggy portrait. Funds raised will help provide an Autism Service Dog for a 3-year-old boy. Cost: $25 suggested donation. Contact: 763-8768 or http:// SAT AUG 4 11:00 am-4:00 pm: CHILDRENS CRAFT FAIRE at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Children ages 13 and younger can pick up applications at the library. These are due July 21. Children will be making and selling their own crafts! Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862. SAT AUG 4 1:00-9:00 pm: SLO OBON FESTIVAL at the Veterans Hall, 801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Obon Matsuri is a free colorful and entertaining summer festival featuring many Japanese cultural arts, martial arts demonstrations, beautiful Japanese kimonos, and traditional Japanese foods. Contact: 595-2625. AUG 4 6:00-9:00 pm: A SALUTE TO EISENHOWER: The Man & The Barbecue at Bedford Winery Tasting Room, 448 Bell St, Los Alamos. Enjoy a historical presentation by Jim Newton, editorat-large for the Los Angeles Times and author of Eisenhower: The White House Years and a Presidential Dinner created by winemaker Stephan Bedford using recipes from the Eisenhower family. Cost: $40. Contact: 344-2107. SUN AUG 5 9:00 am-5:00 pm: MORRO BAY SUMMER STREET FAIR, Morro Bay Blvd to Main St, Downtown Morro Bay. The main drag comes alive with arts, face painting, petting zoo, vendors, and entertainment (11:00 am-4:00 pm). Cost: Free. Contact: 877 478-9477 or WED AUG 8-SAT AUG 11 (times vary): JUMPBRUSH: Pacific Coast Dance Convergence at PAC Cal Poly SLO. This three-day/four-night festival includes classes, workshops, and performances at various venues within the Performing Arts Center. Classes are geared for dancers at intermediate to professional skill levels, ages 12 and up. Cost: varies. Contact: or 756-4849. SAT AUG 11 (contact for times): DAY FOR CREATIVE WOMEN in Mission Plaza, San Luis Obispo. The Womens Community Center (WCC) of SLO County sponsors this show of art and handcrafted items. Contact: 221-5672. SUN AUG 12 11:00 am-5:00 pm: CHILI FESTIVAL at Biddle Park, 3500 Lopez Dr, Arroyo Grande. The Arroyo Grande Rotary Club presents this Western Style Chili Cook-off with chili tastings, wild west demos, live entertainment, a car show, kids games, arts and crafts, and vendors. Cost: $5, kids under 12 are free. Contact: 489-7359 or http:// SAT AUG 18 10:00 am-2:00 pm: 6TH ANNUAL TOMATO EXTRAVAGANZA AND PLANT SALE at 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo. Master Gardeners present this years free Tomato Extravaganza and plant sale. Come out and enjoy the sun and some great plants. There will be a huge edible and ornamental plant sale. Contact: 781-5939 or http://groups. SAT AUG 18 10:00 am-5:00 pm: 9TH ANNUAL OLIVE FESTIVAL at Downtown City Park, 11th & Spring St, Paso Robles. Celebrate the olive industry with olive oil tasting, olive oil ice cream, edible delights, artists, crafters, music, childrens activities, cooking demonstrations, cooking contest, and more. Cost: Free. Contact: 238-4103 or SAT AUG 18 (times vary): ATASCADERO LAKE CAR SHOW at Atascadero Lake Park. This family show, with live music, a raffle, food vendors, and vehicle products benefits local charities. Pre-registration highly recommended. Contact: 4663853 or SAT AUG 25- SAT AUG 26: 21ST ANNUAL STONE SOUP ETHNIC MUSIC FESTIVAL & STREET FAIRE at Ramona Garden Park in Grover Beach. Enjoy a wide array of live bands, food & shopping from around the world at this festive free family event. SAT at 9:00 am: Dune Run-Run, a 5K/10K walk/run. Children will enjoy hands-on fun with rock climbing walls, bounce houses, and inflatable obstacle courses for a small fee. SUN AUG 26 12:00-5:00 pm: Isabel Ruiz Health Faire offers free screenings for glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol, and free health information. Contact: or 473-4580. FRI AUG 31-SUN SEP 2 10:00 am-4:00 pm: 6th Annual PINEDORADO FEST at Veterans Hall, 1000 Main St, Cambria. This free family event includes an art show, parade, fun run, car show, BBQ, kids games, prizes, food booths, kiddie cars, live music, and more. Contact: 9273624 or Every FRI 5:30-7:30 pm: Concerts In The Plaza in Mission Plaza, 751 Palm St, SLO. Free family-friendly concerts feature local music. No pets and no smoking allowed. Contact: 541-0286 or http:// 1st & 3rd THU of every month 6:00-7:00 pm: Free Class On How To Read Music at The Piano Outlet, 485 North Frontage Rd, Nipomo. This class introduces the basic building blocks of music notation and how to identify, read, and play music with emphasis on recognition of pitch and duration, or rhythm. No need to call or register. Just show up; its free! Contact: 541-350-1703 or Every TUE & THU 9:30 am or 6:30 pm: Moms Group Drop-in classes at 5 Cities Swim School, 425 Traffic Way, Arroyo Grande. $7 members, $9 Non-members. This fun year-round class for parents and babies 3 mos to 2 yrs includes swimming skills, bonding, and songs. Contact: 4816399 or 1st MON every month 12:15-12:45 pm: Sukha Wellness Center welcomes Heidi Harmon for a singing and dancing good time at 6615 Bay Laurel Place, Avila Beach. Helps kids with active participation and camaraderie, developing creativity, reducing performance anxiety and building memorization skills. Cost: $5. Contact: 801-8088. Every MON 6:30 pm: Prenatal Yoga With Mary Sage Sennewald at Sukha Wellness Center, at 6615 Bay Laurel Place, Avila Beach. Learn essential exercises and techniques to use throughout pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Meet other pregnant women and learn about local resources. Cost: $8. Contact: 8018088. Every TUE 6:00-7:30 pm: Womens Depression Group with Michelle Ogle, LMFT at 411 Traffic Way #A, Arroyo Grande. Explore your personal journey among like-minded women. Share adversity and strengths. Learn to Set boundaries and Goals. Evolve through others experiences. Be happy without compromising who you are. Ongoing groups. Call for brief screening and info. Contact: 260-5710. Every TUE at 6:30 pm: Central Coast Weight Loss Challenge Lessons and Classes at Crossroads Wellness, 1542 W Branch St, Arroyo Grande. This 12week program advises proper nutrition and food choices while encouraging exercise. Each person will receive personalized one-on-one coaching. Participation costs $39 for all 12 weeks. $10 of each entry will be donated to a local childrens charity, and the rest of the proceeds will be awarded to the biggest loser. Contact: 489-4466 or Every other THU 3:30-4:30 pm: Paws to Read ProgramReading to Rover at Atascadero Library, 6850 Morro Rd. Join Captain, a 6 year-old tan and white rough-coated Jack Russell Terrier and his human friend Anne Harris, for a relaxed hour of stories. Captain, a certified therapy dog, loves it when children read to him! For dates, call 461-6161. Every THU 6:30-9:30 pm: Mic-Check Jam Music Session at Shell Caf, 1351 Price St, Pismo Beach. Contact: 773-8300 or 4th WED of every month at 10:00 am: Wednesdays at the Movies at Morro Bay Library, 625 Harbor St. Watch a free flick and discuss it with friends! Contact: 7726394 or http://morrobayfriendsoflibrary. org. Every SAT 11:00 am-4:00 pm: ADOPT-APET events at Petco in Madonna Plaza Shopping Center, 271 Madonna Rd, SLO. Cats and kittens are spayed or neutered, tested and vaccinated. A free vet exam is included. Cost: Adoption fees are $60 for one or $80 for two. Contact: 5499228 or Los Osos Pet Lost & Found Headquarters connects people with their LOST pets and allows those who have FOUND a pet to locate the owner. If you are unable to secure a found pet in your home, call 528-5611. Sponsored by Squeaks, Chirps & Bubbles Pet & Feed Store, 1030 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos. If you found or lost a pet in Los Osos, call 528-5611 or 801-6640. Tree of Life at 7730 Morro Rd, Suite 106, Atascadero, is a non-profit organization helping women and families facing an unplanned pregnancy with free pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds, baby clothes and supplies, as well as medical referrals and other practical assistance. All services are free and completely confidential. Contact: 461-3405 or www. Every WED at 4:30 pm: Read to Skipper the Dog at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Skipper is a good listener. Contact: 528-1862 or http://slolibrary. org. Every WED-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & SAT 10:00 am-5:00 pm: Free Electronic Waste Drop Off at Exploration Station, 867 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach. Drop off any item with a cord, including all electronics and small appliances. Not accepted: large household appliances, batteries, and light bulbs. Tax receipts and free pick-up for large TVs and loads of electronic waste. Contact: 473-1421 or Every WED 10:00 am-6:30 pm: North County Humane Society offers microchip clinics at 2300 Ramona Rd, Atascadero. Get your cat microchipped, so youll

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never have to worry about them getting lost. Its the best $15 you will ever spend! Contact: 2nd TUE every month 7:00-9:00 pm: SLO NightWriters offers educational speakers at the PG&E Education Center, 6588 Ontario Rd. SLO NightWriters is the premier writing organization on the Central Coast. All are welcome. Contact: 2nd WED every month 9:30-10:30 am: Free Classic Story Hour at SLO Classical Academy, 165 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Free and open to the public. Story time for pre-school aged children on the campus of SLO Classical Academy in SLO. Come hear a story, participate in a craft and make some new friends! Contact: 548-8700. Every FRI 10:00-11:30 am: Postpartum Education for Parents (PEP) at One Consignment, 240 E HWY 246, #105, Buellton. Contact: 564-3888 or www. AIKIDO FOR KIDS - Get Fit at Aikido of SLO, 209 Bonetti, SLO. Ongoing classes are for ages 4-11 (kids are divided into two age groups). Children learn how to be safe without hurting others. The learning environment is fun and skilled teachers are friendly. Classes include safety techniques, games, tumbling, and cooperative interaction skills. Contact: or 544-8866. La Clinica de Tolosa is a nonprofit childrens dental clinic in Paso Robles providing a full range of quality pediatric dental care for ages 1 to 12. It serves lowincome children throughout the county who are uninsured or covered by public insurance programs such as Medi-Cal. Contact:, or 238-5334. Every FRI 1:00-2:00 pm: Mommy and Me Little Swimmers in a warm water therapy pool at 1443 Cazadero St, SLO. Jacks Helping Hand offers a parent & child class designed to engage children ages 2 to 8 with special needs in fun water activities that encourage physical and social development. Cost: $20 for 4 classes and scholarships are available. Join anytime! Taught by Kay Heaton, B.S.M.S, Kinesio-Therapist. Contact: 5471914. Volunteer as a Good Neighbor! Make a difference in the life of an older adult or an adult with a disability. Once trained, volunteers choose services to contribute and schedule volunteer hours at their convenience. Training is scheduled 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 (west end of Mission Plaza) or email volunteer@ 2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00 pm: Caregiver Support Group at Cayucos Community Church, Ocean Ave & S 3rd St. Free support group for caregivers and family members dealing with longterm illness, memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimers. Contact: 458-7484. 1st SAT every month 9:00 am-12:00 pm: Elfin Forest Work Parties. Dress for wind, fog, or sun (layers work well) in long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and sturdy shoes. Meet at the north end of 15th St in Los Osos. Contact: 528-0392 or 2nd SAT every month: Family programs at San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden. Contact: 541-1400 or Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Remain Independent Despite Vision Loss at Santa Maria Terrace, 1405 E. Main St. New ways of doing daily tasks are taught by the Braille Institute, such as managing the home, traveling, and use of talking library books. Contact: 462-1225. 2nd & 4th MON every month at 6:30 pm: MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet at Pacific Christian Church, 3435 Santa Maria Way, Santa Maria. Childcare provided. Contact: 934-3491 or www. Teen Wellness Program: TUE 3:006:00 pm & FRI 3:00-5:30 pm at Arroyo Grande EOC Health Services Clinic, 1152 E Grand Ave. Health services, including reproductive health services, in a safe environment with staff trained to screen, assess, and provide intervention. Appointment preferred. Contact: 4894026. 1st WED every month at 9:00 am: Community Action Partnership Senior Health Screening at First United Methodist Church, 275 N. Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande. Free and lowcost services for people 50 and older including blood pressure, pulse, weight, total cholesterol, screening for anemia, diabetes and fecal blood, nutritional counseling, and referrals. Contact: 4812692 or 788-0827. 1st WED every month at 12:00 pm: Disabled American Veterans luncheon meeting at Veterans Memorial Bldg, 313 W. Tunnell St, Santa Maria. Contact: 3450402. 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 1st THU every month at 6:15 pm: Commission on the Status of Women meets at Coast National Bank, 500 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. The Commission is an official advisory group to the SLO County Board of Supervisors to identify issues of concern to women that are not currently the focus of other advocacy or advisory organizations. Contact: 7883406. Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon Family Support Group at Luis OASIS Senior Center, 420 Soares Ave, Orcutt. Contact: 937-9750. 2nd SUN every month 1:00-3:00 pm: Free Reiki energy balancing and relaxation at Sukha Wellness Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Place, Avila Beach. 30 min sessions, no disrobing, 5 certified practitioners. Contact: 235-6283. 3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm: How to Survive Divorce seminar at the San Luis Obispo Womens Community Center, 1124 Nipomo St, #D in SLO. Practical tips, pointers, and suggestions for handling family law issues. $10.00 donation requested for handout materials and book. Contact: 544-9313 to register. 4th TUE every month at 5:30 pm: Legal Clinic for Self-Represented Litigants at the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse Law Library, 1050 Monterey St in SLO, #125. SLO County Bar Assn Family Law Section & Womens Community Center provide one-on-one legal advice for persons filing divorces w/o an attorney, and a document preparer to assist in completing court-required forms. Min. $40.00 donation. Limit: 12 participants. Contact: 544-9313. Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention (SARP) Center of San Luis Obispo County offers: Weekly Drop-In Support Group for Sexual Assault Survivors; 24 Hour Crisis Line; Advocacy and Accompaniment; Peer Counseling; Individual Clinical Counseling; Prevention & Education Programs; and Womens Empowerment and Self Defense Workshops. Contact: 545-8888 or 1st THU every month at 6:15 pm: Commission on the Status of Women meets at Coast National Bank, 500 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. The Commission is an official advisory group to the SLO County Board of Supervisors to identify issues of concern to women that are not currently the focus of other advocacy or advisory organizations. Contact: 7883406. Every MON 4:00-5:00 pm: Jacks Yoga for Teens in San Luis Obispo Veterans Building, 801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Classes are free with Jacks Helping Hand Scholarships, all abilities and special needs welcome, ages 10-18. Classes are taught by certified yoga instructor Shoosh Crotzer. Contact: 547-1914 or Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED 3:005:00 pm: Jacks Adaptive Toy Lending Library - Jacks Helping Hand at Central Coast Gymnastics, 21 Zaca Lane, #100 in San Luis Obispo. Traditional and adaptive toys for children with all types of disabilities to check out. Inhome appointments also available. Cost-Free! Contact: 547-1914 or www. Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI 4:00-7:00 pm: Jacks Adaptive Toy Lending Library - Jacks Helping Hand at Pats Place in Nipomo Recreation Community Rm, 671 W Tefft St, Ste 2, Nipomo. Traditional and adaptive toys for children with all types of disabilities to check out. Inhome appointments also available. Cost-Free! Contact: 547-1914 or www. Every THU 11:00 am-2:00 pm & SUN 1:004:00 pm: Katies Korner Adaptive Toy Lending Library (Jacks Helping Hand) is at Paso Robles Childrens Museum, 623 13th St, Paso Robles. Traditional and

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adaptive toys for children with all types of disabilities free to check out. In-home appointments also available. Contact: 547-1914 or Divorce Support Group meets weekly at 1540 Marsh St. Suite 260 in SLO. Licensed Psychotherapist Ben Elfant-Rea leads the group. Contact: 903-2604 or www. 1st MON every month at 6:00 pm: Free Infant-Child CPR Class at 5 Cities Swim School, 425 Traffic Way, Arroyo Grande. Contact: 481-6399 or 1st THU every month 9:30-10:30 pm: Bike Happening at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa! After Farmers Market, enjoy pedaling with hundreds of bikers, or just watch. Different costume-decoration themes every month. Have fun and obey all traffic laws! Contact: http:/ Last TUE every month at 7:00 pm: Birth & Baby Resource Network sponsors free education events at EcoBambino, 863 Monterey St, SLO. Contact: www.bbrn. org or 546-3755. Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm: ADOPT A PET at Petco, 2051 Theater Dr, in Paso Robles. Cats are available for adoption through NCHS. Dogs are available through Short n Sweet Dog Rescue. Contact: 466-5403. Find the Adventures With Nature & Mind Walk schedule from Morro Bay Museum of Natural History at: naturewalks.html. Every FRI at 7:00 pm: Senior Ballroom Dancing at Madonna Inn. If you are a senior (single or attached) and like ballroom dancing, this is the place! Look left of the bandstand for a table sign Senior Dancers. Dance, chat and listen to good music. No fees; no dues; just fun! Contact: 489-5481 or dg17@juno. com. 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 Become a volunteer tutor for adults learning to read, write, or speak English with Central Coast Literacy Council. No teaching experience or ability to speak a 2nd language required. Tutor training at Santa Maria Library on SAT FEB 25 & SAT MAR 3. Contact: 925-0951 x 837, or stop by the office at Santa Maria Library. Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens offers many free services including: Senior Connection connecting callers with local resources; HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) one on one assistance for Medicare beneficiaries, advise and referrals for long term care options, and help with billing / appeals; Vial of Life magnetized containers with medical information; a Senior Resource Directory for SLO or SB counties, and much more. Contact: 925-9554 or www. San Luis Obispo Senior Center offers health screening, legal services, meals, exercise, bridge, bingo, and more at 1445 Santa Rosa St. Contact: 781-7306. San Luis Obispo ALPHA (Alpha Pregnancy Counseling & Support) is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, non-sectarian organization providing free pregnancy support, newborn assistance & education in SLO, Arroyo Grande, and Atascadero. Pregnancy Testing; Options Counseling; Follow-Up Counseling; Support & Referrals re: Post-Partum Depression; Medical Care & Insurance; Agency Referrals; Rental Deposit Assistance; Maternity & Baby Clothes; Infant Supplies & Equipment; Workshops; Support Groups, and a Speakers Bureau. Contact: 541.3367 or Central Coast Astronomical Society plans a Dark Sky Star Party every month at Santa Margarita Lake KOA Campground at sunset. CCAS also sponsors special guest speakers and programs periodically. Event details and schedules, weather updates, and local resources can all be found at: www. Contact:

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Local Resources

Alternative Education
on the Central Coast

life experiences, in-depth study, and active immersion in the arts for grades 1-8. Attendance Mon-Thu with homeschool Fridays. Carpooling encouraged. Contact: 434.2217, SLo Classical Academy. Private school. 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, www. Heritage Montessori School in San Luis Obispo combines traditional Montessori education ideas with Waldorf Education creativity. The school is open 9:00 am-3:00 pm and extended hours are also offered. Contact: 235-5589. Childrens House Montessori School in Atascadero strives to help each child reach his/her greatest potential, by embracing learning and appreciating and respecting the world. Contact: 466-5068, www. Montessori Childrens School in San Luis Obispo seeks to inspire a passion for excellence, to nurture curiosity, creativity and imagination, and to awaken the human spirit of every child. They offer classes for children ages 3-12. Contact: 544-6691, http:// Central Coast Montessori School in Morro Bay offers a rich, individualized academic environment to promote independence and optimum scholastic achievement. Contact: 772-9317. PUBLIC SCHOOLS Cambria Montessori Learning Center. Tuition-free public school in Morro Bay for grades K-6th through the Family Partnership Charter School. Contact: 927-2337 or 541-2412. Application forms are available at Santa Maria Joint union Home School. Accredited high school program at Santa Maria Public Library. Interactive student-parent-teacher partnership providing educational resources and a mentor teacher. Students may qualify to enroll in community college courses in addition to secondary classes and can participate in high school sports, clubs, and activities. Contact: 937-2051 X2761 or X2762.

Templeton School District Independent Study. Contact: 4345875, com. West Mall Alternative School. Independent Study Home School in Atascadero. Contact: 462-4238, Alternative. HOMESCHOOL ORGANIZATIONS California Homeschool Network is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the right of parents to educate their children. Their website provides information about current state and federal legislation affecting homeschooling families, and how to get started. CA law requires that all children between the ages of 6 and 18 attend a public full-time day school unless they are exempted. Understanding your options and abiding by the law will help you avoid truancy. Contact: 800 327-5339, http:// Homeschoolers of the Central Coast. An inclusive Yahoo! group for homeschoolers meeting on a regular basis for interaction and scheduled field trips: Homeschoolers_of_the_Central_ Coast Santa Maria Inclusive Learners. A Yahoo! group offering free homeschool enrichment and support in the Santa Maria Valley: santa_maria_inclusive_learners HOMESCHOOLING LINKS index.htm http://www.homeschoolnews
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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. For more information on independent and religious schools, go to: or
Parent Participation. Core classes for parents and children to enhance parenting skills, meet other families, and allow children time to play with others of the same age. Enrichment classes are offered, such as Spanish, Cooking and Gardening, and a Cooperative Preschool at CL Smith. Register through the San Luis Coastal Adult School. Contact: 549-1222, CHARTER SCHOOLS CAVA California Virtual Academies. and K give kids the chance to learn at the pace and in ways that are right for them. Online schooling aligned with California state standards. Teacher support as needed, meetings and work samples required quarterly. Contact: (866) 339-6790, www. 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: 686-5339, 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, www.sbceoportal. org/losolivos. NATURE BASED SCHOOLS SLoWanders. Offering nature-based education in SLO County. Programs include wilderness living skills, naturalist studies, wildlife tracking, awareness skills, and rites-of-passage customized for after-school, homeschool, and personal one-on-one mentoring. Weekend workshops for adults. Contact: 215-0595. outside Now. Summer, after-school, and private nature-based education in SLO County. Contact: 541-9900, Coyote Road Regional School. Natural Science and Outdoor Education. Contact: 466-4550, www. INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS The Laureate School. Project-based, differentiated learning that develops critical thinking, coursework in arts, technology, and foreign language, and a school-wide character development program. Interactive learning in a small-class environment that addresses students unique learning needs. 880 Laureate Lane in San Luis Obispo. Contact: 544-2141, www. Clarity Steiner School. Waldorf education for first and second graders. Class meets four days per week in Nipomo. Contact: 929-6878. Santa Lucia School. Independent school on 5 acres in Templeton. Peace education for over 25 years. Integrated curriculum founded on

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