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

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are still learning the ropes of daily living, and outings add another layer to the challenge. Bring older siblings into the game by soliciting their help. Let them help to plan outings, chose activities, pack lunch. Then they get just what they want, and may even be able to carry the baby. In the earliest months, put the baby in a front carrier that supports her head, or use a stroller if the path is paved or well groomed. Walk around your block or neighborhood, and then try a picnic in your local park. The key to this first picnic is to practice walking to the park with everything you think youll need. If you forget something, you can go right back home without a hassle. If you take too much, narrow your load down for the next outing.

Day tripping
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Were deep into summer. School-age kids have long since begun zoning out, perhaps even muttering that age-old refrain, Theres nothing to do around here. Heres a chance to show your kids just how smart you are. You can explore the Central Coasts rich, family-friendly options with a staycation that just may become the best vacation youve ever had.

A day out doesnt have to be difficult, extensive, or expensive. There are hundreds of free venues and free events throughout San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County. Anyone with the desire and energy can do it. Just Once youve gotten into walking be prepared, start small, and be shape, research trails close to home. Some great local spots flexible with your plans. Getting out with a baby can be the biggest challenge. New parents

for strollers include the wooden boardwalk loop through Elfin Forest Natural Reserve near Los Osos, and the new bluff-top boardwalk at Moonstone Beach north of Cambria. Poly Canyon, Nojoqui Falls south of Buellton, and the bluff-top trails at Montana de Oro provide fairly safe options for those in front-carrier mode.

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Getting Out
during afternoon naptime. Once the baby can hold up her own head, get a good, sturdy backpack designed specifically for carrying a young child. The pack should have room for the baby to grow, a padded hip strap and shoulder pads for the adult who will heft the load, a safety belt system for the baby, somewhere the baby can put her head when she inevitably falls asleep, and handy pockets for her food, diapers, warm clothing layers, and other daily needs. Our baby pack has a detachable little daypack for diapers, wipes, toilet paper, sunscreen, and resealable plastic bags used to bring back diapers and other trash. If our baby is not wearing them from the get-go, we also carry a sweater, brimmed sun hat, warm hat, mittens, socks, and booties. Hiking with your friends or older children provides, not only good
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Traveling with infants is easiest when theyre napping. A typical hike day might look like this: rise with the baby; eat breakfast together; pack lunch and gear in the car while she plays in a safe spot; change the baby into a clean diaper and hiking clothes appropriate for the days weather; slather everyone in sun block; drive to the trailhead during morning nap time; hike and picnic through midday, and travel home

company, but also assistance in carrying the extra stuff you may want to bring along. On those days, the second hiker can carry a small first-aid kit, water, lunch and/or snacks, and a camera. Sometimes hikes dont quite work out as planned, but these can also turn into some of the most successful outings. Diversions

down unintended paths can lead to newfound discoveries. Just try to go with the flow, and call it wonderful.
Jennifer Best is the author of Best Family Adventures: San Luis Obispo County and Best Family Adventures: Santa Barbara County, available in bookstores throughout the Central Coast and online at www.BestFamilyAdventures. com. She can be reached at JBest@

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Most teachers face the dilemma of modified course instruction with each new class. In fact, some of you may have seen this on your childs report cards. All that this means is that the teacher has tried to adjust the workload to match your childs natural abilities. If your son or daughter has had modified course instruction, you should sincerely thank your teacher for taking the time to figure out that there is a discrepancy between by Jeffrey Cyr the actual grade level and their Last month, I wrote about getting grade level. For instance, you independent levels. All subjects your children excited about reading might have a 5th grade student can be modified, to some degree, and how you can help motivate independently reading at a 3rd to meet your childs abilities. them to start reading books grade level. What this means is Remember to have a positive independently. I want to continue that the student is expected to outlook and think of this as a that discussion by taking some of keep up with grade level texts learning moment in your childs the mystery out of how teachers and mandatory classroom read- education. assess their students in order to aloud books, but isnt able to determine the correct reading participate in classroom discussion As an educator, I want to know or do assigned homework because what level a student is reading at level for each child. his reading level is far behind his when they can read a book that First and foremost, finding the actual grade level. The same is they comprehend and can retell correct independent reading true for students who are in the with an accuracy of 90% or above. level for each student is crucial academic 5th grade, but have an The teachers first step is to for independent reading success! independent reading level in the perform a Running Record, If you hear your childs teacher 7th or 8th grade. These students which involves listening to and talking about Independent may become bored in class recording a child as she reads Reading Levels, they are simply and tend to get off task because aloud. A Running Record should referring to the level that your child although theyre emotionally 5th be administered by a professional, reads at for pleasure. As teachers, graders, their brain functions at as there are subtle nuances in we need to be sure of this level an advanced pace. Both situations the reading process that can be because it may not match up with require some modification in missed. It takes someone with a students actual instructional course instruction. expertise to identify any miscues or reading deficiencies in a child. Once the Running Record has been completed, it will give the teacher a letter code to help guide the student to pick books from the proper level. As a practical matter for parents, you can ask your teacher about your childs Independent Reading Level (IRL) and the teacher will give you a letter. Using this letter, you can obtain books at your childs exact reading level, which will reduce the risk of buying books only to find them left behind unread because your child is unable to understand them. If your childs teacher isnt sure of his or her IRL, ask them if they wouldnt mind trying to help you figure it out. I have worked with an exceptional group of teachers throughout my career and find that if a parent inquires with real concern, most teachers will go out of their way to offer help. Since its summer vacation and teachers arent available, I found a website that offers a ton of information on this subject at guided/runrecord.html. If this seems like too much information, then simply get a few of the leveled books from the website above and sit with your child and listen to them read. While they are reading aloud, listen for words that make them stumble. Try not to correct them while they are reading! If you correct or interrupt their mistakes, it will defeat the purpose of trying to find a book that is fun to read. Simply pause, and try a book at a higher or lower level. Have your child read 100 words. Youll know youve found their independent level when you hear them read with 90% accuracy or 90 out of the 100 words are correct! (Big Huge Smile ) I hope you find a fun way to read with your children this summer. Together you can discover many exciting adventures, mysteries, and/or hunts! If you have any questions about this reading topic, please feel free to contact me and Ill be happy to help.

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Rydell High visits San Luis Obispo as Kelrik Productions presents the 1950s musical, Grease. This gritty musical is packed with explosive energy, vibrant 1950s pop culture and all those unforgettable songs including Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted, Greased Lightnin, Beauty School Dropout, We Go Together, and many more! Come see the Burger Palace Boys and the Pink Ladies sing and dance their way across the

stage of Unity June 22nd through July 8th. Its the most electrifying extravaganza on stage Be there or be square! After spending a hopelessly devoted summer with Sandy Dumbrowski (Ali Peters), the new girl in town, Danny Zukos (Brady Beckstead) world is thrown upside down when Sandy appears at Rydell High on the first day of school. What follows is a rock n roll celebration of growin up, as the longest running show in cruisin with friends, and goin Broadway history, after playing 3,388 performances. steady. Directed by Erik Austin and choreographed by Holly Patterson, GREASE features costume design by Keith Wetzel, lighting design by Ryan Manus, and musical direction by Lacey McNamara. GREASE features book, music, and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Everywhere it has opened, Grease has struck a universal chord with its irresistible mix of adolescent angst, vibrant physicality, and 1950s pop culture. Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey created a perfect period piece - a pastiche of the 1950s, which is fast, furious and thrilling, an injection of raw energy ... and fun, fun, fun (Hilary Bonner - Daily Mirror). GREASE has maintained its everlasting popularity - proving that teenage angst and young loves dream remains timeless and universal. GREASE originated in Chicago and made its premiere at The Kingston Mines Theater in 1971, before making its New York premiere offBroadway at the Eden Theatre on February 14, 1972. After 128 soldout performances, the show made the transition to Broadway, taking up residence at the Broadhurst Theatre on June 7, 1972. In 1978, GREASE became a hugely popular feature film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the lead roles. A Broadway revival opened on May 11, 1994 at Eugene ONeill Theatre, where it played 1,503 performances and won three Tony Award nominations. The new Broadway production of GREASE opened on August 19, 2007, and was nominated for a 2008 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. The film version of GREASE produced one of the best-selling soundtracks in history and is still the highest-grossing movie musical of all time. The two Travolta / Newton-John duets, Youre The One That I Want and Summer Nights were both #1 hits. The song Hopelessly Devoted to You was nominated for an Academy Award (1979) for Best Music - Original Song, and the films title song Grease, was a #1 smash hit single for Frankie Valli.

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This month, we are going to take a ride out to Avila Beach and I am going to share some very interesting discoveries I have made recently. This article will have names of people and places that may be familiar to many of you, and youll find out about one of the first railroads built in the county that never had an engine. I am going to take you way back in history to the Avila area in the mid1800s, when it was owned by the Avila family. In 1867, Miguel Avila received the legal title to the area that we know today as Avila Beach. In the same year, Miguels son Don Miguel developed the layout of the town and started selling lots to interested people who came to the area to buy land with an ocean view. The family also leased land to a group of people who wanted to build a wharf there because it was believed that the Avila harbor was the safest harbor for ships and schooners bringing dry goods to the small city of San Luis Obispo. In 1868, John Harford was a mover and shaker in San Luis Obispo. He, along with several investors, formed a group called the Peoples Wharf Company. Their goal was to build a new wharf in Avila that

would enable larger ships to enter the bay and off-load lumber and other larger items. The wharf was built near where San Luis Creek meets the ocean. Arguing among the investors soon began, so John Harford decided to build his own wharf with his own money to eliminate future problems. Mr. Harford was never happy with the location of the Peoples Wharf, so he decided to build his new wharf down the road where we find the Port San Luis wharf today. This location was in a better area and was protected from winter storms. Harford was a smart businessman because before he decided to build his new wharf, he purchased the entire shoreline from the creek to where the wharf is today. He started building the wharf in 1871 and hired several men to survey and grade the area for a railroad that would go from his wharf to San Luis Obispo. But this was not your normal railroad. He designed it to use horses for the engine. Harfords railway was a unique and unusual type of railroad system. It climbed eighty feet up the side of the hill on the bluffs above the location of todays road. At the top of the eighty-foot climb, he blasted

a hole in the side of the hill and created a tunnel, through which the railroad ran. This section of the railway was gravity powered. Horses would pull the railcars up the grade to the tunnel location. Then they would unhitch the horses and let the railcars glide down the other side of the hill to come to a gentle stop with the help of the brakeman, who would control the speed of the railcars. As Harford was building his wharf, he hired several Chinese workers to help. One of those Chinese workers was named Wong On. He was one of Harfords best workers and also became a leader of the Chinese workers. Harford was so impressed with Wongs work, Harford made him his lead man and renamed him Ah Louis. He soon became a major leader in the Chinese community in San Luis Obispo. Harford completed the wharf and railroad in 1873 and was soon in competition with his former partners, who owned the Peoples Wharf. Other investors started to develop ideas to build a steam railroad that would run from Avila to San Luis Obispo. Around 1874, Harford ended up selling his wharf and railroad for $30,000 to a man named Charles Goodall. The history of Avila is colorful and filled with lots of interesting characters, but there is one bit of history that has nothing to do with a wharf or a railroad. This piece of Avila history is the Port San Luis lighthouse, which was built in the late 1800s by the United States Light House Service. The lighthouse was originally built on a 30-acre plot of land that was purchased from the

Marre family. The work on the lighthouse was completed in 1890 and included a light tower along with a house for the lighthouse keeper and his family. The actual light for the lighthouse was made in Paris, France in 1876. In 1894, the light was powered with whale oil lamps. Later, the light switched over to diesel power and eventually was powered by electricity. In 1939, the United States Coast Guard took over the operation of the lighthouse. The use of lighthouses began to fade and soon many of them became unmanned or closed down. After many years of being shuttered, in 1992 the Port San Luis Harbor District purchased the landmark from the federal government to restore the lighthouse to its original glory. Today there are tours every Saturday according to the Port San Luis Lighthouse website. The fare is $20 per person, which is a bargain. The trip to Avila Beach is always worth the drive. If you decide to ride your bike on the Bob Jones trail, remember you are also riding on the original railroad path that traveled from Avila Beach to San Luis Obispo. If you drive all the way down to the old Harford Wharf, imagine a train steaming right down the middle of the wharf and passing you by on its way to San Luis Obispo. Learning about local history is as fun as a warm sunny day at Avila Beach!
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kids to ask uncles and aunts for memories they have about their moms and dads. Sharing and laughing together creates more memories that they can share with their own someday children! You will be amazed at what they remember! Last spring, my daughter went to China with the Womens Chorus from California State University at Northridge. It was a whirlwind tour with performances in venues as varied as rehearsal rooms and full-size concert halls. They were treated as visiting celebrities and were exposed to foods, sounds, and sights they never dreamed they could experience in just ten days. When my daughter returned, she had special gifts for her family and friends with a story about why she chose each particular gift for that person. Her gift for me? A beautiful jade laughing Buddha. This is when the memories started pouring in. My daughter sat me down and made me promise I would wear it before she gave it to me, since she knows that I tend to tuck nice things away. Then she filled me in on the wonder of the Shanghai Jade Market and how she spent the better part of their free-time going through every collection of jade Buddhas until she found just the right one. Then my daughter went back to her hotel to get the daughter of their Chinese host to make sure that she got the best price because it was really expensive.

Everyone should be well into summer mode now, and enjoying all that our beautiful Central Coast has to offer. Hopefully, the whole family is signed up for various Summer Reading Programs offered for babies through grandparents at your local Branch Library. Enjoy sharing your favorite reads around the table, or pool, or in the car. Be sure to check out all the incredible audio books for those long summer road trips too.

One thing I like best about a whole family listening to the same book together is the way characters become known to everyone and almost join the family as you all remember various scenes. Ramona Quimby and Clementines hilarious misadventures become more than just a fun chapter in a book; they are gateways into sharing funny stories from your own family history. Visits to family members present a great opportunity for

searched and found that pocket piece and keep it with me again. You never know what children will remember. On my birthday this February, my daughter wanted me to think about us getting matching tattoos. Yikes! I thought about it and decided that, since it was my 60th year, it would be quite a way to remember my 50s. And, for heavens sake, my 21-year-old daughter wanted matching tattoos with me, her Mother! So I texted her what, where? Her answer took my breath away. Breathe she wrote, on our wrists. From the time my daughter was about a year old until a just a few years ago, I had a decal on my cars rear window that read Breathe (so I could be reminded each time I checked my rear view mirror, and so the driver behind me might take a deep breath too).


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Breathe was our family goto comfort word for owies, hurt feelings, bad dreams, and other semi-traumatic childhood moments. Of course, this word also reminded us of blowing out birthday candles and our favorite To complete the necklace, my bedtime cuddle book Grandfather daughter picked some white jade beads to be tied into the red cord until it was just right. It was the perfect gift and I was deeply touched, yet I felt there was more to the story. I asked my daughter why it was so imperative that she find jade for me. She looked into my eyes and said Because Mommy, when I was a little girl you always carried a piece of jade in your pocket. I had no idea when I had stopped carrying jade, but since it was a Cambria thing, I guess that my daughter was probably only 5 or 6 years old at the time. I have

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When money is tight, we may be tempted to give up favorite beauty products for drug store discounts and salon knock offs. Most of us dont realize what we sacrifice because we are focused on saving a few bucks. The most important part of your hair care regimen is your home care in between salon visits. Caring for your hair properly at home will not only save you money, but also save you from those awful bad hair days. The quality of your shampoo and conditioner is essential. How can you expect your hair to stay structured if you are not giving it the proper foundation before styling? Hair is most vulnerable and in its weakest state when wet. Drug store products are made of mostly water and include paraffin waxes and alcohol agents. These products may leave your hair soft and shiny in the first few weeks of use. Then product residue builds up, makes your hair feel dry and brittle, and ultimately causes breakage. It may seem like you save money with

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Twilight by Barbara Helen Berger. When we used to read that book together, my young daughter would blow out the lit candle on one page and quickly turn to the next, to see just a hint of smoke rising from the wick, resulting in Good job, you did it! Then there was our elderly cat Demeter, who waited for us to both to be home after school one day so we could breathe with her until she gently slipped away into death. So I said Yes. Mothers Day found us in San Francisco on the Haight in a quite beautiful meditative tattoo parlor (who knew?), getting our matching tats. Then we were off for delightful evening of cocktails, dinner, and a movie. Im currently working with the book Real Love by Greg Baer in a group from my church. To me, real love happens when I know I have been truly deeply seen. When youre gifted with something that holds a deeply profound memory, especially if it is unexpected, it creates yet another opportunity to fall in love all over again.

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discounted hair care products, but you pay for it in your hairs loss of integrity and by using more product per treatment. Professional salon products are highly concentrated. You use less and you dont pay for the water you can add at home! Consider this breakdown: The average cost of one bottle of drug store shampoo is $10 (usually, you buy one every month). The average cost of one bottle of salon shampoo is $20 (usually, you buy one bottle every 2.5-3 months). Essentially, you pay $30 for drug store products used over three months, compared to the professional product that you buy once at $20. Over the course of three months, you save an average of $10. With salon products, you actually save money, maintain the strength and beauty of your hair, and make it easier to style on a day-to-day basis.
Mandy Buechner is a master stylist at Legends Salon & Day Spa in Atascadero and graduated from Paul Mitchell The School MTI. She lives with her daughter in Templeton and can be reached at (916) 225-3971.

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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July 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



Birthstone: Ruby

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



July is:
Anti-Boredom Month National Blueberry Month National Hot Dog Month National Ice Cream Month National Picnic Month National Recreation Month



Flower: Larkspur




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






lIbERTY bEll cRAckS (at John Marshalls funeral in 1835)




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


ApOllO 11 lIFTS OFF (to the moon in 1969) FIRST bOEINg 707 FlEW (in 1954)




DISNEYlAND OpENS (in 1955)


cHESS DAY MOON DAY (Astronauts land 1969) IcE cREAM SODA 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


bEATRIx pOTTERS bIRTHDAY (Born in 1866)


THREAD THE NEEDlE DAY (Celebration of Needle Crafts)


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

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Family Events
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 JUN 23-JUL 8 (times vary): GREASE at Unity Church, 1490 Southwood Dr, SLO. This iconic rock n roll musical is named for the 1950s working-class youth subculture known as the greasers. High school teens navigate the complexities of love, cars, and drive-ins and the award winning score recreates the sounds of early rock and roll. Cost: $14-$20. Contact: 543-PLAY or THU JUN 28 5:30-7:00 pm: WALK TO END ALZHEIMERS KICK OFF PARTY at Rabobank Community Rm, 1025 Las Tablas Rd, Templeton. Lead the way by signing up as a team captain or a fundraising walker. Meet others who share in the vision of a world without Alzheimers disease. Sign up before JUN 28 or at the Kick Off and receive extra raffle tickets. Raffles won every 10 minutes. Cost: free. Contact: 547-3830 or http://alz. org/cacentralcoast. JUN 28-JUL 4 10:00 am-11:00 pm: CAMP FIRE USA FIREWORKS SALE at 834 Grand Ave, Grover Beach. The funds raised will be used to support programs and summer camps. Script is also available in $10 denominations. With each ticket purchase your name will be entered into a drawing for a Fireworks Assortment package valued at $130.00. Contact: 773-5126. JUN 29-JUL 4 (times vary): CIRCUS VARGAS IN SAN LUIS OBISPO at Madonna Inn, 100 Madonna Road, SLO. Circus Vargas presents famed singing Ringmaster Kevin Venardos for a production of musical magnitude! Arrive 30 minutes early for the interactive pre-show, where your kids are the stars. Cost: $20-$65. Contact: 877-468-3861 or http://circusvargas. com for tickets. FRI JUN 29 6:30 pm: TEEN HENNA TATTOO PROGRAM at the Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Learn the history and application of this ancient form of temporary body art. For ages 12 and older. Limited space, mandatory sign up at the Los Osos Library. Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862. JUL 1-4 9:00 am-9:00 pm: AGHS Eagle Robotics FIREWORK STAND at Old JJs Market, 33 E Branch St, Arroyo Grande. AGHS Band Boosters pitch their fireworks stand on 19th and Hwy 1, Oceano. SUN JUL 1 at 6:30 pm: FREE MOVIE NIGHTS @ THE LIBRARY featuring National Treasure in Shepard Hall, Santa Maria Public Library, 421 S McClelland St, Santa Maria. Contact: 925-0994 x117. TUE JUL 3 5:00-7:00 pm: BENEFIT BBQ FOR THE TEMPLETON ADULT DAY CENTER at Atascadero Lake Park, 9305 Pismo Ave. Kickoff Independence Day with great music and food. Cost: $12 adults, $6 kids (11 & under), $10 seniors. Contact: 549-7603. WED JUL 4 5:00 am-10:00 pm: PUBLIC SAND SCULPTURE CONTEST, PARADE & FIREWORKS in Downtown Cayucos, near the pier. 5:00 am - sand sculpture contest; 10:00 am - parade, dusk - fireworks. Contact: 9951200 or WED JUL 4 10:00 am-10:00 pm: PICNIC IN THE PARK CELEBRATION at Shamel Park, 5455 Windsor Blvd, Cambria. Enjoy free

entertainment, prizes, food, and a fireworks display over the ocean at dusk. Contact: 9275010 or WED JUL 4 11:00 am-3:00 pm: OLD FASHIONED 4th OF JULY CELEBRATION at Mitchell Park, 1445 Santa Rosa St, SLO. Enjoy free carnival games, sweet treats, a Rotary fundraiser barbecue, and musical entertainment at the bandstand. Contact: 781-7300 or parksandrecreation. WED JUL 4 11:00 am-6:00 pm: COMMUNITY PICNIC at Niblick Road Baptist Church, 1145 Niblick Rd, Paso Robles. Celebrate Independence Day with water slides, bounce houses, live music, games, and activities offered for kids of all ages. All food and entertainment are free. Contact: 238-4614 or WED JUL 4 11:00 am-10:00 pm: FOURTH OF JULY BIKE PARADE & FIREWORKS in Morro Bay. All ages and abilities are welcome to ride down the Embarcadero and end at Tidelands Park, where there will be free live music, food, games, and fireworks when the sun sets. Contact: or 800 396-6910. WED JUL 4 12:30-3:00 pm: 4th OF JULY IN THE VILLAGE in downtown Arroyo Grande at Heritage Square Park. Village Band performs at the bandstand. Enjoy period costumes and barbecue. Contact: or 473-2250. WED JUL 4 1:00-4:00 pm: OCTAGON BARN OPEN HOUSE at 4595 S Higuera, SLO. Cost: $5 per person, $10 per family. Enjoy a tour of the historic barn and learn about the Land Conservancys vision to open the site for community use. Contact: or 5449096. WED JUL 4 at 1:00 pm: ANNUAL BARBECUE at Temple Beth El Of Santa Maria, 1501 E Alvin Ave, Santa Maria. Menu includes tri-tip, hot dogs, and veggie burgers. Bring your own place settings and salad and/or dessert to share. Cost $8, $6 members, $3 children, military free. Contact: 938-7728. WED JUL 4 2:00-9:30 pm: CELEBRATION ON THE PISMO PIER celebrates the nations independence with live music, food, military bands, clowns, and a fireworks show. This event is free. Spectators sit on the sand beside the Pismo Beach Pier or the new Promenade where it meets the pier. Contact: 773-7063 or WED JUL 4 5:00-10:00 pm: SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS at Lompoc High Schools Huyck Stadium, 515 W College Ave, Lompoc. Live music, face painting, carnival games, snacks, cotton candy, and cold drinks. Tickets: $6 adults, $4 children. Contact: 875-8100. WED JUL 4 5:30-10:00 pm: COMMUNITY FIREWORKS CELEBRATION at Santa Maria Fairpark, 937 S Thornburg St, Santa Maria. Free concert by Hot Rods at 5:30 pm and fireworks at 9:00 pm. Contact: 925-8824 or WED JUL 4 11:00 am-6:00 pm: PASO ROBLES: A JULY FOURTH COMMUNITY PICNIC at Niblick Road Baptist Church, 1145 Niblick Road, Paso Robles. Celebrate Independence Day with water slides, bounce houses, live music, games, and activities offered for kids of all ages. Cost: free. Contact: 238-4614 or JUL 5-8 (times vary): LIVE-LOVE-BE: GAY PRIDE in San Luis Obispo. Gay Pride week of events include an art reception, drag show, and beach bash, all culminating with Pride in the Plaza. Cost: free. Contact 541-4252 or JUL 6-22 (times vary): LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL at Allan Hancock Colleges Marian

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Theatre, 800 S College Dr, Santa Maria. A blonde sorority sister takes Harvard by storm in this musical based on a novel by Amanda Brown as well as a popular movie. Most appropriate for children 12 and over. Cost: $15-32.50. Contact: 922-8313 or SAT JUL 8 12:00-4:00 pm: 5th ANNUAL GOLDENS IN THE PARK at Laguna Lake Park, 504 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo. This is both family fun and a fundraiser for Woods Humane Society and Animal Shelter & Adoption Partners. The event will include best fetch, best trick, most balls in mouth, King & Queen for the day & parade of Goldens. There will be food & vendor booths, t-shirts, and watering pools. All dog breeds invited. Cost: free. Contact: 489-9000 or SAT JUL 8 8:00 am-2:00 pm: ALL FORD FAMILY PICNIC & CAR SHOW at Atascadero Lake Park. Trophies, raffles, prizes, live music, and BBQ. Cost: free. Contact: 227-6930. WED JUL 11 12:00 pm: RAPTORS WITH KARA HAGEDORN at Cayucos Public Library. A raptor rehabilitator focuses on the beauty, behavior and value of raptors with Sunshine, a Red-Tailed Hawk. For ages 4 and up. Cost: free. Contact: 781-5775. JUL 11-15 (events throughout the day): SANTA BARBARA COUNTY FAIR at Santa Maria Fairpark, 937 South Thornburg. Enjoy carnival rides, live entertainment, delicious food, and exhibits. Contact: 925-8824 or JUL 11-22 (times vary): FESTIVAL MOZAIC: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GIANTS at various locations in SLO County. This offers the chance to get up close and personal with talented chamber musicians through interactive brunch, dinner, and discussion events. Large-scale concerts will take place at various venues. Cost: $32-$125. Contact: 781-3009 or 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. FRI JUL 13-SAT JUL 14: iRest WEEKEND at Sukha Wellness Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Beach. iRest is an evidence-based program for healing PTSD, depression, insomnia, pain, stress-related disorders, and chemical dependency, and to re-establish a sense of well being in daily life. FRI JUL 13 6:30-8:30 pm: iRest Yoga Nidra class. Enjoy a guided yoga meditation while lying comfortably on a yoga mat and blankets. Cost: $25. SAT JUL 14 10:00 am-4:00 pm: Intro to iRest Yoga Nidra Workshop. Cost: $108. Contact: 801-8088 or WED JUL 14 5:30-8:30 pm: ICE CREAM ZOOFARI at Charles Paddock Zoo, 9305 Pismo Ave, Atascadero. Enjoy all you can eat ice cream, music, and entertainment. Cost: $10 adults, $6 kids (3-11), free for kids under 2. Contact: 461-5080. SAT JUL 14 10:00 am-5:00 pm: FOURTH ANNUAL CENTRAL COAST LAVENDER FESTIVAL in the Downtown Paso Robles City Park. Growers share their techniques for cultivating, drying, and using lavender. See dozens of varieties, while enjoying lavender treats and aromas from the distillation of essential oils. There are more than 100 booths featuring arts, crafts, lavender, food, and music. Cost: free. Contact: 805-238-4103 or JUL 17-19 (times vary): PUPPET SHOW at Morro Bay Library, 625 Harbor St. Singer/ songwriter Tom Knight mixes music and science into his show. For kids 3-8. Cost: free. Contact: 781-5775.

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Art & Cork

a new way to bring friends together over a glass of wine and a blank canvas. Create a unique collection of your own paintings! Your own canvas, paint, apron, glass and a light snack will be waiting for you. We offer semi-private and private parties at a discounted rate and choice of day and time.

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.

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Learn the different uses of colors in the animal world. For 4th-5th graders. Cost: $150. Contact: 470-3172 or www. JUL 16-20 9:00 am-2:00pm: DRAMA CAMP at Sukha Wellness Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Beach. Students ages 7-15 will learn fun and engaging acting techniques. Cost: $165. Contact: 801-8088 or http:// JUL 22-28: JUNIOR/SENIOR HIGH CHURCH CAMP at Camp Arroyo Grande, 250 Wesley Street. For youth entering grade 6 to 2012 Grads. When we turn to Jesus and God with our fears, what does that do to our lives? Explore with activity, discussion, songs, and food. Cost: $350. Contact: 489-4139 or www. JUL 23-27 9:00 am-3:00 pm: BEACH CAMP at Avila Beach. Make art projects, learn oceanography lessons from each other and the tide pools, and play in the sand and salt water. For ages 6-12. Cost: $250. Contact: 550-4222 or JUL 23-AUG 3 9:00 am-2:00pm: HAPPY HIPPO THEATER CAMP at Sukha Wellness Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Beach. Students ages 4-6 will learn fun and engaging acting techniques. Cost: $165. Contact: 801-8088 or JUL 30-AUG 3: WILDERNESS EXPLORERS CAMP at Santa Rosa Park in SLO. Discover some of the many diverse ecosystems in SLO County. For ages 8-12. Cost: $300. Contact: 541-9900 or JUL 30-AUG 3 9:00 am-3:00 pm: JR. ZOOKEEPER SUMMER CAMP at Charles Paddock Zoo, 9305 Pismo Ave, Atascadero. Experience firsthand what zookeepers actually do. For 4th-5th graders. Cost: $150. Contact: 470-3172 or www.


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JUL 2-6 9:00 am-4:00 pm: VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL DAY CAMP at Camp Arroyo Grande, 250 Wesley St. Children going into 1st through 6th grades will learn and grow with our ReNew program, based on the scripture of the Sower and the Seeds. Kids will learn about ecology through scripture and activities, play games, sing songs, and go swimming! Register online. Cost: $125. Contact: 4894139 or JUL 2-6 9:00 am-3:00 pm: MIGHTY METAMORPHOSIS SUMMER CAMP at Charles Paddock Zoo, 9305 Pismo Ave, Atascadero. Explore the fascinating life cycles of animals around the world. For 4th5th graders. Cost: $150. Contact: 470-3174 or JUL 9-13 9:00 am-3:00 pm: COLORFUL CRITTERS SUMMER CAMP at Charles Paddock Zoo, 9305 Pismo Ave, Atascadero. Learn why an animals colors matter. For 1st3rd graders. Cost: $150. Contact: 470-3174 or JUL 9-13 9:00 am-3:00 pm: NATURE ADVENTURES SUMMER CAMP at City Hall of Pismo Beach, 760 Mattie Rd. Participants will increase their knowledge of local ecology and ethnobotany plus gain skill in bird language, animal tracking, and wilderness survival. For ages 6-9. Cost: $300. Contact: 773-7063 or JUL 9-13 9:00 am-3:00 pm: MEDITERRANEAN ADVENTURE CAMP at SLO Botanical Garden, 9305 2998 Dairy Creek Rd. This camp focuses on the five Mediterranean climate zones of the world with hikes, gardening, art, dance, cooking classes, live animals, and other hands-on activities. For 2nd-6th graders. Cost: $150. Contact: 541-1400 304 or http:// JUL 9-AUG 10 (2 sessions) 9:00 am-3:00 pm: DANCE CAMP at Everybody Can Dance, 800 S. Broadway, Santa Maria. For ages 7 to 14. Instruction in jazz, ballet, modern, pointe, and other fun styles. Cost: $125 per week. Contact: 937-6753 or everybodycandance. JUL 15-18: ELEMENTARY OVERNIGHT CHURCH CAMP at Camp Arroyo Grande, 250 Wesley Street. Through games, songs, and skits, kids will learn the story of Noah or about United Methodists all over the world. Register online. Cost: $350 for grades 4-6, $200 grades 1-3. Contact: 489-4139 or www. JUL 16-20 9:00 am-12:00: NASA SPACE CAMP at Pismo Beach Veterans Hall, 680 Bello St. Learn about the planets, the moons, the sun & other stars, rocketry, and life in space. Ages 5-10. Cost: $135. Contact: 773-7063 or JUL 16-20 9:00 am-3:00 pm: ANIMAL WARDROBES SUMMER CAMP at Charles Paddock Zoo, 9305 Pismo Ave, Atascadero.

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SAT JUL 21 8:00 am-5:00 pm: 21st ANNUAL ANTIQUE TRUCK SHOW at Trinity Hall, 6565 Edna Valley Road, SLO. Presented by the Central Coast Chapter of American Truck Historical Society. Fun for all ages. Cost: free. Contact: 481-3318 or www.central-coast-aths. org. SAT JUL 21 10:00 am-5:00 pm: COASTAL DISCOVERY FAIR at the Coastal Discovery Center at W.R. Hearst State Beach (off Hwy. 1), San Simeon. See live animals, make an underwater robot, take a picture with Sammy the Steelhead, enjoy games, make crafts, learn how to help our local marine mammals, and enjoy tacos. Cost: free. Contact: 9276575. SAT JUL 21 8:30 am: STRIDE WITH THE TIDE at Pismo Beach Pier. A 5k race on the sand with all ages welcome. There will be medals for the top three finishers in 10 age divisions. Cost: $10-$20. Contact: 773-7063. SAT JUL 21 9:00 am-12:00 pm: KIDS FREE FISHING CLINIC at 6800 Lopez Dr, Arroyo Grande. Bring kids (under 16) to the clinic at the Nature Center near the Marina. Come before 11:00 am to allow time to fish. Kids will be given lessons with experienced fishermen on fishing ethics and conservation, knot tying, fish types and ecology, and how to cast your line. All equipment provided and everyone will fish. Rain cancels. Contact: 788-2381. SAT JUL 21: Application deadline for the CHILDRENS CRAFT FAIRE at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave, Los Osos. Children ages 13 and younger are invited to sell their crafts in the AUG 4 faire. Stop by the library for a free application. Contact: 528-1862. JUL 21-22 10:00 am-6:00pm (5:00 pm on SUN): 28th ANNUAL RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL in SLOs El Chorro Regional Park. The village comes to life as reenactment groups set up camp and give history demonstrations. There are a wide variety of stage acts including

comedy shows, dancing, music, magic tricks, juggling and even a comedy parrot show. The joust is the real deal, a full contact sport. Children will enjoy pony rides, face painting, games, wooden toys and a petting zoo. Over 50 vendors will offer everything that looks like it could have existed around the year 1585. Guests are welcome to come in costume, but it is not required. Cost: $17 adults, $10 seniors and ages 6-15. Parking is $2 at Cuesta College. Contact: JUL 27-28 (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: 4899195 or JUL 27-AUG 19 (times vary): LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL at the 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: 9272856 or FRI AUG 3-SAT AUG 4 (times vary): PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE RUMMAGE SALE FUNDRAISER at South Bay Community Center, 2180 Palisades Avenue, Los Osos. Cost: free. Contact: 528-2626.

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Every FRI 5:30-7:30 pm: Concerts In The Plaza in Mission Plaza, 751 Palm St, SLO. Free concerts feature local music, including Burning James and the Funky Flames on JUN 29, Zongo All Stars on JUL 6, Cuesta Ridge on JUL 13, Andrew Bees on JUL 20, and the Connection on JUL 27. Contact: 541-0286 or 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

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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 JUL 10-31 6:30-7:00 pm: Storyfest for Families at Atascadero Library Martin Polin Community Rm, 6850 Morro Rd. Sit back and relax and listen to a variety of old and new stories. Parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles are invited to bring youngsters to a free fun-filled evening. Each session features a special guest appearance. All are welcome to come in pajamas and bring a cuddly toy or blankee. Cost: free. Contact: 461-6163. 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: 481-6399 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: 801-8088. 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 12-week 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 http:// 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: 772-6394 or Every SAT 11:00 am-4:00 pm: ADOPT-A-PET 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: 549-9228 or http://felinenetwork. org. 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 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 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 www. 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 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: www.slonightwriters. org. 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 preschool 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 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

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ages 1 to 12. It serves low-income children throughout the county who are uninsured or covered by public insurance programs such as Medi-Cal. Contact: www.clinicadetolosa. org, 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: 547-1914. 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: 547-7025 x 17. Volunteer at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art! Stop by at 1010 Broad St (west end of Mission Plaza) or email 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 long-term 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, longsleeved 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.pacificchristian. net. Teen Wellness Program: TUE 3:00-6:00 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: 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 people 50 and older including blood pressure, pulse, weight, total cholesterol, screening for anemia, diabetes and fecal blood, nutritional counseling, and referrals. Contact: 481-2692 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: 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 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: 788-3406. 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: 5449313 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 www. 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.

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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: 788-3406. 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 3:00-5:00 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. In-home 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. In-home appointments also available. Cost-Free! Contact: 547-1914 or 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 adaptive toys for children with all types of disabilities free to check out. In-home appointments also available. Contact: 547-1914 or www. 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 InfantChild CPR Class at 5 Cities Swim School, 425 Traffic Way, Arroyo Grande. Contact: 4816399 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: 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 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 www.sloliteracy. org. 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: 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 www.sloalpha. org. 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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What is child sexual abuse? A person sexually abuses a child when he or she exposes the child to sexual acts or behavior. Child sexual abuse can involve (Finkelhor, Hammer, & Sedlak, 2008): _ Sex acts that involve penetration. _ Touching the childs breasts or genitals. _ Making a child touch the perpetrators breasts or genitals. _ Voyeurism (when a perpetrator looks at a childs naked body). _ Exhibitionism (when a perpetrator shows a child his or her naked body). Other forms of child sexual abuse may include the following: _ Showing a child pornography or using a child in the production of pornography (Putnam, 2003). _ Child sexual exploitation, such as trafficking or child prostitution. _ Internet-based child sexual abuse, such as creating, depicting, and/ or distributing sexual images of children online; or stalking, grooming, and/or engaging in sexually explicit behaviors with children online. Children who have been sexually abused may also experience verbal, emotional, or physical abuse (Finkelhor, Turner, Ormrod, Hamby, & Kracke, 2009). Perpetrators may use force or, more commonly, manipulation (e.g., threatening to harm a childs family or pets, telling the child that no one will believe him or her) to abuse a child and keep him or her from telling others. Child sexual abuse is a crime and an abuse of trust, power, and authority that may contribute to serious shortand long-term problems for the child. Who are the victims of child sexual abuse? Gender: Both boys and girls are vulnerable to child sexual abuse. Research has shown that girls are abused three times more often than boys, whereas boys are more likely to die or be seriously injured by their abuse (Sedlak & Broadhurst, 1996). Age: Children of all ages, from birth to age 17, may be sexually abused. In a recent survey, adolescents ages 14 to 17 were by far the most likely to be sexually victimized; nearly one in six adolescents (16.3 percent) was sexually victimized in the past year, and more than one in four (27.3 percent) had been sexually victimized during their lifetimes (Finkelhor et al., 2009). Who are the perpetrators of child sexual abuse? Gender: Based on law enforcement reports, 96

percent of people who sexually abused a child were male (Snyder, 2000). Age: Most perpetrators are adults. Law enforcement reports showed, 76.8 percent of those who perpetrated sexual assaults were adults; 23.2 percent were juvenile people who sexually abuse children with 19.5 percent of perpetrators between the age of 12-17 (Snyder, 2000). Relationship to the child: Children are most often sexually abused by people with whom they are acquainted. Family members were the perpetrators of 34 percent of law enforcement reports against juveniles (Snyder, 2000). How common is child sexual abuse? _ In a year, about one in 12 children are sexually abused (Finkelhor, Ormrod, Turner, & Hamby, 2005). _ 6.1 percent of all children surveyed had been sexually victimized in the past year and nearly one in 10 (9.8 percent) over their lifetimes (Finkelhor et al., 2009). _ About one in three girls and one in seven boys will be sexually abused before the age of 17 (Briere & Elliott, 2003). What are the warning signs that a child may be sexually abused? _ Evidence shows that child sexual abuse is not always obvious and many children do not report that they have been abused (Finkelhor et al., 2008). Many children feel embarrassed or guilty. Some fear the consequences of disclosure and the ramifications it will have on their families and the people who sexually abuse children. Children often love and trust the people who sexually abuse them, creating further barriers and complications in coming forward. They may feel confused because of the ways their bodies may have

reacted to the abuse. Victims may also have a fear that there is something wrong with them or that they somehow caused the abuse. A child may show any or none of the following warning signs if he or she is being abused (Jensen, 2005): _ Bodily signs (e.g., bed-wetting, stomachaches, headaches, sore genitals). _ Emotional signs (e.g., fear, sadness, mood changes, acting out, refusing to be alone with certain people). _ Sexual signs (e.g., inappropriate sexual behavior with objects or other children). _ Verbal signs (e.g., voicing knowledge about sexuality that is not age- or developmentally appropriate). These indicators may be cause for attention and concern on the part of parents, caregivers, teachers, and others involved in childrens lives. What are risk factors for the perpetration of child sexual abuse? Over the past 20 years, researchers have identified six categories of risk factors for child sexual abuse, including (Whitaker et al., 2008): 1. Family risk factors (history of abuse, poor family functioning including more harsh discipline, and poor family attachment/bonding). 2. Externalizing behaviors (aggression/violence, anger/ hostility, substance abuse, nonviolent criminality, paranoia/ mistrust). 3. Internalizing behaviors (history of mental illness, anxiety and low selfesteem). 4. Social deficits (low social skills, loneliness, difficulties with intimate relationships). 5. Sexual problems (deviant sexual interest). 6. Cognitions/attitudes tolerant of adult child sex and minimizing the perpetrators culpability.

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People who sexually abuse children have demonstrated some substantial differences from non-offenders in all six categories. How can I reduce the risk of children being abused? Follow these strategies for parents and concerned community members: _ Develop positive, open communication with children: talk to them about their day, friends, feelings, concerns, etc. When they talk to you, listen and be supportive. _ Model and teach about healthy relationships. Help children to create and express boundaries about being touched. _ Teach children about healthy sexual development. _ Teach children that secrets about touching and being touched are not safe secrets to keep. _ Help children to identify adults they trust whom they can confide in. _ Monitor childrens internet use. Talk to them about the dangers of internet predators. _ If a child or adolescent exhibits inappropriate sexual behavior, talk with a professional to assess the need for help. _ Support child abuse prevention programs in schools and other community settings. _ Educate yourself about child sexual abuse. Share what you learn with other adults. _ If you suspect a child is being abused, contact the police or your local child protective services agency, the ChildHelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) or local sexual violence program. Resources
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Briere, J., & Elliott, D. M. (2003). Prevalence and psychological sequelae of self-reported childhood physical and sexual abuse in general population. Child Abuse & Neglect, 27, 12051222. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2003.09.008 Finkelhor, D., Hammer, H., & Sedlak, A. J. (2008). Sexually assaulted children: National estimates and characteristics (NCJ 214383). National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children, 7, 1-12. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Retrieved from ojjdp/214383.pdf Finkelhor, D., Ormrod, R., Turner, H., & Hamby, S. L. (2005). The victimization of children and youth: A comprehensive, national survey. Child Maltreatment, 10, 5-25. doi:10.1177/1077559504271287 Finkelhor, D., Turner, H., Ormrod, R., Hamby, S., & Kracke, K. (2009). Childrens exposure to violence: A comprehensive national survey (NCJ 227744). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. Retrieved from Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: Jenson, T. K. (2005). The interpretation of signs of child sexual abuse. Culture & Psychology, 11, 469-498. doi:10.1177/1354067X05058588 Putnam, F. W. (2003). Ten-year research update review: Child sexual abuse. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 42, 269-278. doi:10.1097/00004583200303000-00006 Sedlak, A. J., & Broadhurst, D. D. (1996). Executive summary of the third national incidence study of child abuse and neglect. Washington, DC: National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. Retrieved from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families: http://www. Snyder, H. N. (2000). Sexual assault of young children as reported to law enforcement: Victim, incident and offender characteristics (NCJ 182990). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. Retrieved from Bureau of Justice Statistics: content/pu b/pdf/saycrle.pdf Whitaker, D. J., Le, B., Hanson, K., Baker, C. K., McMahon, P. M., Ryan, G., Klein, A., & Rice, D. D. (2008). Risk factors for the perpetration of child sexual abuse: Meta-analysis. Child Abuse & Neglect, 32, 529-548. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2007.08.005

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July 2012

Central Coast Family

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