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May 2012

Child Development ......... 2 Library Voice ................... 4 Family Life ........................ 6 Fun & Games .................. 9 Education ....................... 11 Local History ................ 12 Safety ............................. 14 Calendar ......................... 17 Family Events ............... 18 Local Resources ............ 20 Health ........................... 22

Teen Fiction / Family Treasures / Water Safety / Ultimate Summer Camp!

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The camp property borders Nisene Marks State Park, providing a barrier against encroachment as well as access to 10,000 acres of additional activity space. The resident camp is designed to look like an old western town, and the day camp is located on a hilltop overlooking Monterey Bay. Were secluded, but not isolated. says General Manager Pam Caldwell Nootbaar, Granddaughter of the camps founders. Its the perfect location. Kennolyn is an institution for Bay Area families, but also hosts people from around the world. The 40 flags that hang in the historic lodge represent the countries from which campers and staff have come to Kennolyn over the years. Kennolyn campers on the ropes course
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Kennolyn Camps
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on Californias Central Coast near Santa Cruz, the camp has been a summer tradition since 1946. Kennolyn hosts resident, day, and family camp programs on a private 300 acre property in the hills above the small town of Soquel. The property was chosen by the original owners Max and Marion Caldwell because of the beautiful redwoods, the proximity to the Kennolyn is one of Americas Pacific Ocean, and the temperate premier summer camps. Located summer climate. Going away to summer camp is a time honored American tradition. In addition to the fun of camp life, children develop important life skills at sleepaway camp. Independence, resilience, confidence, friend-making skills, and increased cooperation are all regularly noted by parents of kids returning from resident camps across the country.

home away from home can last a lifetime. Kennolyn is operated as an inclusive community and offers opportunities for social awareness and development; building friendships; independent Life at resident camp revolves living and decision making; group around the cabin group family. An and individual responsibility, and adult counselor leads the campers positive interactions between in daily activities. The friendships campers and young (and not so made among campers in their young) adults.

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Activities at Kennolyn include the traditional camp favorites, such as swimming, horseback riding, archery, crafts, ceramics, photography, tennis, drama, and riflery. For those looking for something a little different, fencing, trapeze, surfing, and extensive tree top challenge courses are all available. Special activities, such as outpost campouts, beach days, overnight horseback rides, and field trips to the world famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk round out the fun-filled schedule.

home for a camp experience. The biggest concern is whether a child will be homesick and sad at camp. The truth is, some campers will miss home while theyre at campits to be expected and can be a significant growth experience. For most, its a passing moment easily dealt with by a trained and caring staff.

them long after the summer is over. Kennolyns number one source of new campers is referrals from satisfied families who want to share their commitment to Kennolyns program and ideals. But Kennolyns biggest fans are the campers who return year after year and continue to feel the impact of their camp experience long after they have grown up and started their own families. Give your children the greatest gift of all: A summer of fun, a childhood

full of adventure, and a lifetime full of memories. Kennolyns annual Open house is Sunday, April 29th from 1:00-4:00 pm. Tour Day is Saturday, May 12th with tours scheduled at 11:00 am or 1:00 pm. For more information, visit and 8205 Glen Haven Rd Soquel, CA 95073 Phone: 831 479 6714

Kennolyn has a dedicated camp mom who is there for campers who need more attention. She monitors their progress, communicates with parents, and helps counselors work with their Kennolyn has an overall staff-to- campers. The Kennolyn health camper ratio of one to three, which center is staffed by qualified is a very high level of supervision. personnel, including registered All staff members at Resident nurses, who watch out for the Camp are at least 18 years old and health and welfare of all campers undergo an extensive interview and staff. process as well as rigorous training. Staff return year after Kennolyn Camps is accredited by year to continue to influence and the American Camp Association, inspire campers. the only nationally recognized accrediting organization for Many parents are concerned the camp industry. In addition, about sending children away from Kennolyn is the first camp in the world to earn the prestigious Diamond Certified Award. Whether you are looking for a sleepaway or day camp for your children, or a camp experience the whole family can enjoy together, Kennolyn Camps offers the very best summer camp experience available. Many people who attend Kennolyn as campers, parents, or staff, develop a sense of pride and commitment that stays with

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Library Voice OWN NIGHT


Capital with stark excesses and waste isnt hard to imagine. With extreme make-overs, teen stars by Kristen Barnhart in rehab, and toddlers in tiaras, Whats with all the depressing, dismal angst; isnt the world scary popular culture already resembles dystopian, dark books for teens? enough? Bingo! The world can a fight to the death. Someones always dying or be overwhelmingly frightful for becoming immortal living dead teens and tweens contemplating Teenagers are assaulted daily in the books my teen brings their future. Amazingly bright kids from within and without, from home. Whatever happened to with GPAs over 4.0 and over-the- hormones to bullies, from the flower fairy tales my daughter top extracurricular achievements wants and needs and all thats used to read, these teen fairies are cant count on admission to our in-between. For them to make If college the time to read books not on a frightening? Why dont you get state universities. funny, inspiring light reads for the admission is granted, the cost is required list is truly phenomenal! teen section? Alright already, we so astronomical that celebrating Stand up and cheer (silently, so know parents are freaked out by is anti-climatic. The price of as not to mortify!) each time what their teens read. We get it! fighting to the death against other they slouch off with a book in teens for survival doesnt seem so hand. Harry Potters discovery of his wizard lineage and escape The Hunger Games book trilogy far-fetched or unrealistic. to a magical, albeit dark, school by Suzanne Collins has over 250 hold requests. The movie based Our teens have grown up with is no less foreign than middle on the first volume was number so-called reality programming and high school. Turning into a one in the box-office for its first as TV entertainment. Theyve vampire with strange desires and four weeks. Before that, it was watched people voted off islands, a nocturnal lifestyle is pretty much the ever darkening Harry Potter singers devastated by nationwide how puberty and the teen years series and of course, Stephanie voting, athletes caught using feel when youre in the middle Meyers Twilight books. Parents strength enhancing drugs, and of them, and becoming a wolf of teen readers basically fall into families become international certainly speaks to a teens urge two camps (no, not team Jacob celebrities just because they can to howl at the moon. vs team Edward!); those who afford it. Why wouldnt a televised recoil and those who become as game pitting children against Books, especially in a series, offer hooked as their kids. I naturally an artificial environment, fighting teens a chance to put their issues fall into the latter group but, hey, until only one is left alive seem into perspective. Chemistry is possible? In a country where the challenging, but not quite as its my job! top 1% control 99% of the wealth, dangerous as a potions class at What is the big draw of all this a District like The Hunger Games Hogwarts. Coming home from

school feeling starved is nothing compared to risking your life to feed your family by hunting illegally. And those beautiful kids at school may seem like another species, but they probably arent supernatural. Kids feelings come and go in extremes, so they need complex guides that almost make growing up look easy. As long as theyre reading, teens are developing survival skills tempered with empathy and hope for a life that, despite being muggle-bound, holds a place for them. Speaking of places for teens Summer Reading @ Your Library is coming right up and we are offering teens the opportunity to Own the Night! This year, we are offering more programs around the county for teens, including Manga Workshops with Irene Flores, who will critique teens art as well as teach the genre. Sheri Klein will bring back her Fused Glass Workshop, where they can create works of art that will be fired and returned the next week! And, speaking of the supernatural, the Central Coast Paranormal Investigators will answer that ageless question: Who ya gonna call? An added incentive for summer readers this year, in addition to the artful canvas bag, book, and coupons, is the chance to win an iPod Touch by turning in the ticket on their reading log upon finishing 10 books. To find out more about this program and other happenings in SLO County Libraries, visit us at:, or like us on facebook: SLOCountyLibrary. Next month, Ill have the whole Summer Reading events list, so make room on your refrigerator! If youd like to support kids reading programs, donations are always appreciated. Go to: www. or your local Friends of the Library group.
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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Our classes and camps are all mixed media. Students will experiment with watercolor, paint, oil pastel, chalk pastel, pencil, and ink.

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MONDAY 3:00-4:00 4:00-5:00 6:00-8:00 TUESDAY 3:00-4:00 4:00-5:00 WEDNESDAY 2:00-3:30 Homeschool Art 6-12 years Getting Ready Kids Painting Fundamentals Teen Painting 3-5 years 6-12 years 8-12 years 12-16 years Getting Ready Basic Monart 3-5 years 5-8 years Getting Ready 3-5 years Ceramics & 3D Art 6-12 years Beginning Adults Adult

All lessons are new every year. Week 1 June 18-22 Camp 1. Art at the Childrens Museum (Animals where we play) (*9-12 only) 3-5 yrs Camp 2. Monart Basic Horses (At the ranch, beach & on the farm) 5-8 yrs Camp 3. Monart Advanced Horses (jumping, running & vaulting) 8-14 yrs Week 2 June 25-29 Camp 1. Art at the Childrens Museum (Animals on the farm) (*9-12 only) 3-5 yrs Camp 2. Monart Aquarium Fish (Sea horses, jelly fish, crabs & more) 5-8 yrs Camp 3. Monart advanced Coral Fish (Coral fish, sharks & more) 8-14 yrs Closed July 4th week Week 3 July 9-13 Camp 1. Art at Childrens Museum (Animals in the deep sea)(*9-12 only) 3-5 yrs Camp 2. Monart Fashion Design Star (Create a portfolio of outfits) 5-8 yrs Camp 3. Monart Advanced Fashion Design (Create an advanced portfolio) 8-14 yrs Week 4 July 16-20 Camp 1. Art at the Childrens Museum (Animals with patterns)(*9-12 only) 3-5 yrs Camp 2. Monart Amazing Animals of the World (Lions, bears, birds & more) 5-8 yrs Camp 3. Monart People, Animals & Buildings from Around the World 8-14 yrs Week 5 July 23-27 Camp 1. Monart Learn Spanish while Creating Art (People, places & more) 5-12 yrs Camp 2. Monart Outdoor Canvas Painting (Flowers, trees, & animals) 8-14 yrs Getting Ready Basic Monart I 3-5 years 5-10 years Week 6 July 30-Aug 3 Camp 1. Monart Cartooning Animals (Angry birds & video game friends) 5-8 yrs Camp 2. Monart Cartooning in Manga and Anime 8-14 yrs Week 7 August 6-10 Camp 1. Monart People, Dragons & Castles in Fantasy Land 4-8 yrs Camp 2. Monart Mythical Creatures (Hydra, centaur, cyclops & more) 8-14 yrs Week 8 August 13-17 Camp 1. Monart Old and New Master Painters 4-8 yrs Camp 2. Monart Advanced Master Old and New Painters on Canvas 8-14 yrs

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Family Life

Heirlooms & Treasures

by Steven Smith

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Grandmas tea cups, old family photos, grandpas pocket knifes - family heirlooms - are sentimental treasures, and they provide insight into the lives of our ancestors and our familys history. There is something magical and unique about holding something that belonged to your great grand parent and that has been passed down through the family from generation to generation. I personally have an assortment of glass Avon cologne bottles that my

dad collected as a child. These bottles, which now are on a dresser in my old bedroom at my parents house, sat on the dresser in my dads bedroom in his parents home for almost the past 50 years. Although some people display their prized family heirlooms, others store them out of sight and are hesitant to use them because they are afraid they might get damaged. You can preserve your family heirlooms, show them off, or use them and get lots of enjoyment

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from seeing them. The book Timeless Treasures: The Charm and Romance of Treasured Memories by Emilie Barnes is an informative book about family keepsakes. Look around your house, gather your family treasures, and then do a little research on the history of these items, the best way to preserve and protect them, and how to exhibit them. There are numerous ways to store and show off your treasures. If you have a large budget, you can invest in a curio cabinet with lights where you can exhibit your most valuable keepsakes. Before you go big-time though, you might consider starting on a smaller scale. You could begin by placing your heirlooms on a shelf, bookcase, desk, small table, bedroom dresser, or even on the wall. Try using shadow boxes or framed boxes for small items. If you have special photos, check out all the photo albums, picture frames, and scrapbooks available at local craft stores. Bev Kirschner Braun in New Ideas for Crafting Heritage Albums shows you how to create heritage albums using old family photos. Why not make a family gallery on a wall in your house? Visitors to your home will enjoy the family atmosphere that personal photos add to your home. Here are some tips on how to work with old heirlooms: Dont store valuable items in attics and basements where they can be damaged over time. Keep them in a dry, clean environment away from the dangers of moisture and mildew, insects, and rodents. Keep your valuables away from heat sources and brightly lit areas. Sunlight and fluorescent light may cause fading and discoloration. Sunlight is especially harmful to fabrics, paper, and photographs. A few minutes in a hot car can damage old vinyl records. Avoid magnetic self-adhesive photo albums, which can damage precious photographs. When framing paper documents, use a mat over the document so the document will not touch the glass in the frame. When possible, leave items in their original packaging, which makes them more valuable in case you ever want to sell them. Avoid plastic dry cleaning bags to cover clothing, because they often contain chemicals that may cause damage to fabric. Historic objects can be harmed by a variety of items, including abrasive cleaners; dry-cleaners bags; glues, adhesive tapes, and labels; pins, staples, and paper clips; acidic wood, cardboard, or paper, and pens and markers. Learn about safe methods before you try to clean a keepsake or store it. The following books provide excellent information on preserving and protecting heirlooms: How to Save Your Stuff From a Disaster by Scott M. Haskins Living with What You Love: Creating Intimate Spaces with Family Photos, Cherished Heirlooms and Collectibles by Monica Rich Kosann Saving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms, and Other Prize Possessions by Don Williams. Family heirlooms can serve as a great inspiration to introduce any member of the family to the hobby of collecting. Collections can be entertaining for all ages, and collectors can select an area of their own interest.

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Older relatives often have collections of wooden toys, vinyl record albums, first edition or rare books, and old clocks. Your grandmother, mother, or aunts may have accumulated tea cups, tea pots, cookie jars, pieces of china, knick-knacks, dolls, vintage jewelry, buttons, cook books, or embroidered hankies during their life times. Some people collect souvenirs on their travels, such as post cards, refrigerator magnets, spoons, bells, or mugs. Your grandfather, dad, or your uncles might have enjoyed collecting baseball cards, comic books, matchbox cars and trucks, old train sets, marbles, old radios, or racing memorabilia. Your first step is to decide what type of collection you would like. Before you make up your mind, check out the book Kids Collect: Amazing Collections for Fun, Crafts, and Science Fair Projects by Dan and Mary Hubley, which has a wealth of information about the hobby of collecting. Or find a website for kids interested in collecting, such as: valuableresources/a/kidscollecting. htm or http://collectibles.about. com/od/kidsandcollecting/tp/ collectionsforkids.htm

Some of my childhood friends collected coins, stamps, action figures, and Beanie Babies when I was young. Some excellent choices for kids might include: coins, stamps, baseball stuff, and travel souvenirs like postcards, stuffed animals, books of the area, refrigerator magnets, figurines, key chains, and snow globes. After you decide what types of things youd enjoy collecting, next comes the fun of hunting for your treasures. There are a variety of places to look for collectable items. I recommend starting out at garage and yard sales, rummage sales, swap meets and flea markets, and thrift or secondhand stores. Estate sales are especially great places to find interesting one of a kind items. Antique stores are also wonderful places to visit to look at collectibles, but tend to be a bit pricey. Whether you are preserving or acquiring heirlooms, enjoy this ageless pastime with your family.
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 www.myspace. com/sloartiststevensmith. Contact Steven at:

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What are YOUR kids doing this Summer?
Blast rockets, build robots, wire burglar alarms, shatter laser beams, zoom roller coasters, pilot your own plane, discover black holes, and use chemistry to turn copper into silver and gold! Taught by a real engineer, scientist, and university instructor. Kids do real experiments in astronomy, aerodynamics, electromagnetism, robotics, engineering, chemistry, and physics and keep everything they build!

Chess Fairy Tale

The most celebrated chess teacher on the Central Coast, Doctor Chess brings his expertise and contagiously fun outlook on the game of chess to the youngest of readers. Written not only to introduce children to the different chess pieces and their roles in the game, Little Pawny also teaches them about the importance of teamwork.

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Jacks Jokes
What do you call a boomerang that doesnt work? How do prisoners call each other? What do you get from a pampered cow? A stick! By cell phone! Spoiled milk!

Fun & Games

By: Amaya Dempsey

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Mothers Day WorD search

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1. thin grin 2. calm mom 3. clean bean 4. flight fright

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Sudoku begins with some of the grid cells filled with numbers. The object is to fill the other empty cells with numbers between 1 and 9 (1 number only in each cell). A number should appear only once in each row, column, and region.

3 1 7 5

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Hink Pinks (2 rhyming 1 syllable words matching a silly definition):
1. skinny smile 2. tranquil mother 3. washed legume 4. airplane fear ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________

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registration now open for Cuesta College Community programs summer fun!

For students entering 5th-9th grade in Fall 2012 Session I: M-Th., Jun 18-Jul 5, 2012 Session II: M-Th., Jul 9-26, 2012 7:30am-5:30pm Prices vary depending on schedule. M-Th., Jun 18-Jul 5, 2012 9am-12pm M-Th., Jun 18-Jul 5, 2012 1-4pm $205 For students entering 4th grade in Fall 2012 M-Th., Jul 30-Aug 2, 2012 8:30am-12:30pm $132 Model Airplanes-Electronic Gadgets (Ages 7-12) M-Th., Jun 2528 9am-12:45pm $175 Lasers - Galaxies - and Then (Ages 7-12) M-Th., Jun 2528 1:15-5pm $175 Make It and Take It Home (Ages 6-11) M-Th., Jul 30Aug 2 9am-12:45pm $175 CSI-Crime Scene Investigation (Ages 8-12) M-Th., Jul 30Aug 2 1:15-5pm $175

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Baby & Me Levels 1-6 Early Bird Sessions: M-Th., May 21-24, 2012 T-F., May 29-Jun 1, 2012 M-Th., Jun 4-7, 2012 3-4:25pm $25 - $30 Session 1: M-Th., Jun 18-28, 2012 Session 2: M-Th., Jul 2-12, 2012 Session 3: M-Th., Jul 16-26, 2012 Session 4: M-Th., Jul 30-Aug 9, 2012 11am-6pm $55 - $105

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Local History
Theaters of San Luis Obispo
by Guy Crabb

100 Years of Downtown Businesses:

San Luis Obispo:

The Cross Streets

This much-anticipated 3rd book of the San Luis Obispo 100 Years series is available from your favorite local bookseller NOW!

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Even though San Luis Obispo doesnt have a large population, the city has always offered its residents a wide variety of entertainment. One of the most popular forms of entertainment is going to the movies. The history of movies in San Luis Obispo dates back as far as the early 1900s. Of course, the most famous theater in town is the Fremont, which is still a landmark today. The Fremont opened on Memorial Day May 29, 1942. The first movie shown was This Above All staring Tyrone Power and Jane Fontaine, who were big Hollywood stars in the 1940s. At the Fremonts grand opening, the famous comedy team known as Laurel and Hardy came up to San Luis Obispo to help sell war bonds to support the United States in World War II. The Fremont Theater was named after General John C. Fremont, whose battalion of soldiers stayed in San Luis Obispo in 1846 while waiting for word from Washington D.C. to take control of the land from Mexico and turn it into a United States territory. The Fremont is a classic walk-in

theater that takes you back in time as you sit there and appreciate the period dcor that makes it so incurred extensive damage and unique. had to be entirely demolished. Snow White and the Seven We are fortunate to still have a Dwarves was the last movie to theater that offers an experience play at the theater, for what must of the past. San Luis Obispo once have been the weekend family had many theaters that are no matinee (because Snow White longer around today. In 1885, originally came out in 1937). the San Luis Obispo Agricultural Society built a large multi-storied On the topic of theaters in San Luis building on the corner of Monterey Obispo, I need to mention a man and Toro (near the Volvo car by the name of Jim Dee. I dealership). This building was guess you could call him the used to house exhibits for the modern day hero for theaters annual county fair. The building in San Luis Obispo since the was called the Pavillion and mid 1970s. Today, Jim is the was used by many groups over proud owner of the Palm Theater the years. One of those groups on Palm Street, but the Palm was showed the latest movies from not the first theater that Jim Hollywood at the turn of the owned. I went to Jim Dees century. At this same time, website for the Palm Theater, and another new theater was built was able to get find information down the street at the corner of that follows the string of theaters Monterey and Osos. It was named he has been involved with. In the the El Monterey and opened in mid 1970s, Jim opened the Cinema 1911. It stayed in business until it Zoo at 967 Osos Street, and then was bought by a new owner, who he reopened with a new one called renamed it the Obispo Theater. the Rainbow Theater in 1979. Jim kept the Rainbow Theater The Obispo Theater was the other running for about 10 years, and popular theater in town until 1975, then opened the Palm Theater in when it caught on fire. The building 1988. The building that houses this multi-screen theater was built in 1955, and was once used as the San Luis Obispo Employment Development Office. Before I leave the downtown area of SLO, I would like to mention that back in 1912 there was a theater called San Luis Theater on Monterey Street in a building that was demolished in the 1950s. Another popular theater in town was called the Elmo, which was at the old Elks Club on Marsh Street. The old Elks Club was at the corner of Marsh and Morro Street where the Union Bank is today. It stayed there until the early 1960s, when it was demolished to make

way for the new building. One of my favorite places to go see a movie is at the Sunset Drive-In. We are very lucky to be one of the last remaining cities in California to have a drive-in theater. I recently bought the very cool artifact of a ticket to the Sunset Drive-In Theater that admitted One Lady for free. The ticket was dated 1958-1959. Seeing this ticket brought back wonderful old memories of going to the drive-in with my family and buying tickets for everyone in the car. I remember listening to my dad tell the ticket seller the age of everyone in the car because the tickets prices were age-specific. The Sunset Drive-In was first opened in 1950, which was the peak year for drive-ins to be built in the United States. The town residents were thrilled to have their own drive-in. Some of the first movies to be shown at the Sunset were All About Eve, Asphalt Jungle, Disneys Cinderella, Harvey, and Sunset Boulevard. Isnt learning about historic theaters in San Luis Obispo entertaining? You betcha!

The Pavillion building in 1885

Guy Crabb teaches at Charles E. Teach Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He graduated from Cal Poly SLO and has been teaching for over 20 years. Guy was selected as San Luis Coastal Unified School District Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007. Reach him at

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Trail Rides
Spring Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Horseback Riding Adventure: The views are spectacular and the horses are wonderful! Enjoy a guided tour through the beautiful hills of the ranch. Treat yourself and/or a friend to a day on horseback.
Children must be 7 years or older. Guests are welcome to bring their own horses to enjoy the trails.

Play Days!
Play days are designed to get kids together on horses and offer many opportunites to better their horsemanship while playing arena games, exploring horse science, and trail riding. Includes lunch, prizes, and individual instruction. Riders are encouraged to bring their own horses. Cost: $80 Next Date: May 12, 2012 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Horse Camp
Learn new horsemanship skills and make new friends! Children will love our trustworthy horses, caring instructors, and home-cooked meals.

Summer 2012: June 18-21 (Boys) June 25-28 (Girls) July 9-12 (Girls) July 16-19 (Girls)
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Nothings more fun on a warm day than playing in the water, whether youre at home, at a local park or waterpark, or at the beach. But while youre having fun, dont forget that water safety is serious business. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children under age five in the United States. May is National Water Safety Month; a perfect time to remember that water safety is everyones responsibility. WATER SAFETy TIPS Teach children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible. All children are born with a breath holding reflex that disappears at 10-12 months of age. This means that infants will automatically hold their breath under water.

Always brief babysitters on water safety, emphasizing the need for constant supervision. Appoint a designated watcher to monitor children during social gatherings at or near the water. Post CPR instructions in your home, learn the procedures, and update your skills regularly. Dont rely on swimming lessons, life preservers, or other equipment to keep a child water safe. Dont think that youll hear a child whos in trouble in the water; child drowning is a silent death, with no splashing to alert anyone that a child is in trouble. Dont just wait for paramedics to arrive and lose valuable life-saving seconds. 4-6 minutes without oxygen can cause permanent brain damage or death.

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POOL SAFETy TIPS Keep rescue equipment and a first aid kit at poolside. Equip doors and windows that exit to a pool area with alarms. Keep a telephone close by when you or your family is using a pool or spa, with emergency numbers programmed into speed-dial. Install four-sided isolation fencing, at least five feet high, equipped with self-closing and self-latching gates, that completely surrounds the pool and prevents direct access from the house and yard. Maintain constant visual contact with children in a pool or pool area. If a child is missing, check the pool first; seconds count in preventing death or disability. Dont use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision. Never allow a young child in a pool without an adult. Dont leave objects such as toys that might attract a child in the pool and pool area. Never prop the gate to a pool area open. Never assume someone else is watching a child in a pool area. Dont leave chairs or other items of furniture where a child could use them to climb into a fenced pool area. Stay close and alert watching children in and around the pool. Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water.

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Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments. If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first. Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors. Understand the basics of lifesaving so that you can assist in a pool emergency. Maintain appropriate equipment for your pool or spa. Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools. Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa. If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms and always use them. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing pools or spas. Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water. Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers, and ask your pool service provider if you do not know. Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order. Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm.
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May 2012 Free Ongoing Events

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


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



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



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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 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



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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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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
APR 19-MAy 13 (times vary): ROMEO AND JULIET at Marian Theatre, 800 S College Dr, Santa Maria. The worlds most famous love story comes to life. In a world ripped apart by passions of brawling love and loving hate, two star-crossed lovers find each other in a love too pure for this hard world. Contact: 922-8313 or APR 20-JUN 3 (times vary): OUTWARD BOUND at Pewter Plough Playhouse, 824 Main St, Cambria. See this captivating and ethereal fantasy, interspersed with humor, about an odd assortment of passengers on an obscure ocean liner headed for an unknown destination. Cost: $15-$25. Contact: 927-3877 or http:// APR 26-JUN 10 (times vary): VAUDEVILLE SPECTACULAR at The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville on HWy 1 in Oceano. Let the good times roll, bring the whole family and enjoy a full night of Vaudeville Revue! The best of the best from years past are packed into a high-energy series of skits, songs, and tricks. 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: 4892499 or FRI APR 27-SUN APR 29 11:00 am-10:00 pm: SANTA MARIA VALLEy STRAWBERRy FESTIVAL at Santa Maria Fair Park, 937 S Thornburg St. Celebrate strawberry season with a carnival, go cart racing, food, entertainment, and attractions for the whole family. Contact: www. or 925-8824. FRI APR 27-SUN APR 29 (times vary): PyGMALION at Mission College Prep High School, 682 Palm St, SLO. FRI & SAT at 7:00 pm and SUN at 2:00 pm. Cost: $10 adults, $7 seniors and students. Contact: 543-2323 or FRI APR 27-SUN MAy 6 (times vary): THE THREE MUSKETEERS at Cultural and Performing Arts Centre, Cuesta College, HWy 1, San Luis Obispo. Follow the dazzling swordplay of dArtangnan and The Three Musketeers in this lavish costumed romp. Cost: $15, students with ID $10, children 12 and under $5. Contact: 546-3195. SAT APR 28 9:00 am-4:00 pm: SANTA MARIA COIN & COLLECTIBLES SHOW at Elwin Mussell Senior Center, 510 East Park Ave, Santa Maria. Free show with coins, casino chips, beanies and sports cards for new, experienced, and junior collectors. Free coin appraisals! Contact: 9371250. SAT APR 28 10:00 am-2:00 pm: WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES at Mission Plaza, 751 Palm St, SLO. SARP Center asks men to literally walk a mile in womens high-heeled shoes to shed light on the serious topic of sexual assault in a light-hearted way, while uniting our community against it. Cost: Free. Contact: 545-8888 or http:// SAT APR 28 & SUN APR 29 (times vary): 8th Annual CAMBRIA WILDFLOWER SHOW at Veterans Memorial, 1000 Main St, Cambria. Over 400 individual specimens of fresh flowers will be labeled with their botanical names and family, along with their common names. SAT 12:00-5:00 pm and SUN 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Cost: $3 donation; students free. Contact: 927-2856 or SAT APR 28 11:30 am-1:00 pm: ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL Blessing of the Animals at La Perla del Mar, 205 Windward Ave, Shell Beach. Beloved pets are given a special blessing inside the chapel. Admission is free. However, donations support the Rancho de los Animales program in Arroyo Grande, a nonprofit that cares

for neglected farm animals and provides ranch experiences for the public and the disabled. Pets must be on a leash or under owners control. Contact: or 7485547. SAT APR 28 at 2:00 & 7:30 pm: I GOT SPURS at the Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Dr, Arroyo Grande. The Gold Coast Barbershop Chorus of San Luis Obispo presents its 47th Annual Show with a Western theme and four-part a capella harmony with a time-twist. Great for the whole family! Tickets: $18. Contact: 489-9444 or http:// SAT APR 28 at 8:00 pm: BOLLyWOOD DELICIOUS at Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. blue13 dance company, Americas premier contemporary Indian dance ensemble renowned worldwide for its unparalleled artistry and commitment to authenticity and colorful theatricality - offers up an entirely new flavor with their Bollywood Delicious burlesque. A tasty tongue-in-cheek treat! Contact: 756-2787 or SUN APR 29 12:00-4:00 pm: AUTISM AWARENESS FAIR and WALK for Autism at Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo. Join Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center to show support for those touched by autism spectrum disorders. 12:004:00 pm: Fair with childrens activities, music, food and vendor booths, and much more! WALK for Autism starts at 2:30 pm at the plaza. Contact: SUN APR 29 12:00-5:00 pm: MORRO BAy AAUW GARDEN TOUR! Visit five unique gardens in Morro Bay and Los Osos. Tickets are $10 for the self-guiding tour and may be purchased at all Miners Hardware stores, Farm Supply SLO, Coalesce Bookstore in Morro Bay, and any AAUW member of the Morro Bay Branch. Contact: 7484731 or SUN APR 29 1:00-4:00 pm: SPRING OPEN HOUSE at Kennolyn Camps, 8205 Glen Haven Rd, Soquel. Bring the whole family to enjoy refreshments, meet year-round key staff, watch a short DVD offering a great overview of the Kennolyn experience, and tour the extensive grounds. Contact: 831 479-6714 or MAy 3-6: 32nd Annual STEINBECK FESTIVAL at the National Steinbeck Center, One Main St, Salinas. This years theme is A Voice. Celebrate the power of one voicethrough story, song and imagein the work of Steinbeck and others. Contact: 831.775.4721 or FRI MAy 4 10:00-11:30 am: CONVERSATIONS WITH CAL POLy AUTHORS at Robert E. Kennedy Library, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. This free event features the book Local Climate Action Planning designed to help communities develop Climate Action Plans to help alleviate Greenhouse Gas. The authors begin with an informal talk, followed by a conversation with Elizabeth Lowham and Q&A. Contact: 756-7549 or http://lib.calpoly. edu/authors/climate. FRI MAy 4 7:00-11:00 pm: WINE, WIT & WORDS: A FUNd-Raising Spelling Bee for Grown-Ups at Veterans Hall, 801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Come celebrate an evening with us and share lots of laughs, taste wines poured by local wineries, and enjoy savory and sweet treats. Either attend as an audience member at $40/ person or form a team of 4 and pay $100 each to register (a total of $400/team). Contact: 5414219 or

local resources and options available during pregnancy, birth, and early parenting in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Contact: www.bbrn. org. SAT MAy 5 & SUN MAy 6 10:00 am-5:00 pm: SAN LUIS OBISPO HOME SHOW at Alex Madonna Expo Center, 100 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo. Find all of the resources you need to make your home beautiful, no matter what your style or budget. Enjoy tips, seminars, and ideas on building, decorating, and organizing your home. Cost: Free. Contact: SAT MAy 5 11:00 am-2:00 pm: CyCLE DE MAyO Bike-a-Thon and Bike Rodeo at Morro Bay High School Track, 235 Atascadero Rd, Morro Bay. Join Morro Bay Montessori Charter School, SLO Ride Share, and SLO County Bike Coalition for this fun family event with great food, prize drawings, kidfriendly activity booths and biking for ages K-6! Bike rodeo and event is free. Bike-a-thon entry is $20. Contact: www.montessoriparentnetwork. or 801-2063. SAT MAy 5 at 7:00 pm: MOVIE NIGHT IN THE ORCHARD at SLO Creek Farms, 6455 Monte Rd, SLO. See a free outdoor movie on the 1st SAT of every month through June with popcorn and drinks available for purchase. Bring chairs or a blanket for a more comfortable and enjoyable experience. Contact: (702) 245-3135 or http:// SUN MAy 6 1:00-4:00 pm: FLAVOR OF SLO at Jack House and Gardens, 536 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. Treat yourself to this annual tasting event showcasing the very best food, wine, and beer of our region. All proceeds benefit United Way of SLO Co. Cost: before May 6th, $45 /$30 Student. Day of event, $55 / $40 Student. Contact: 541-1234 or SUN MAy 6 at 2:00 pm: FESTIVAL BLACKLAKE a Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Blacklake Golf

Resort, 1490 Golf Course Ln, Nipomo. Featuring Los Lobos and Mariachi el Bronx. Gates open at noon. All Ages; 7 and under free in Lawn Seating. Rain or Shine. Contact: or 888 825-5484. SUN MAy 6 at 2:00 pm: BLUE STEELE US AIR FORCE BAND at Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande. Blue Steel is the commercial, popular music ensemble of the United States Air Force Academy Band. These full-time active duty bandsmen perform high energy music for audience members of all ages. A local group will hold a BBQ Fundraiser and AGHS Drama Department will hold a fundraising bake sale. This family event is free on a first-come, firstserved basis. Reserve tickets: http://clarkcenter. org. Contact: 489-9444. THU MAy 10 at 5:30 pm: TACO SALAD FIESTA Cinco De Mayo Fundraiser at South Bay Community Center, 2180 Palisades Ave, Los Osos. This annual event includes taco salad, dessert, coffee, punch and musical entertainment by Mudskippers Band. Cost: $8. Tickets must be purchased in advance at SBCC M-F 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Bring the whole family for lots of fun, good food, door prizes, and dancing! Contact: 5282626. FRI MAy 11 at 7:30 pm: 7th Annual BIKE-IN MOVIE Napoleon Dynamite at Mission Plaza, 751 Palm St, SLO. Bring your family, friends, and blankets for

SAT MAy 5 10:00 am-3:00 pm: BIRTH & BABy FAIR at Mission Plaza, 751 Palm St, SLO. Free family fun, silent auction, car seat safety check, and much more! Gather information about


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Family Events
RSVP XVII: GARABATOS at PAC SLO, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. This diverse transmedia series celebrates electroacoustic diversity and compositional risk. Cost: $11. Contact: 756-2787 or FRI JUN 1: HUNGER AWARENESS DAy throughout San Luis Obispo County. 1 Day. 1 Dollar. 1 Big Challenge to Feed the Hungry. Raise enough money in just one day to feed 44,000 hungry residents in SLO County! Donate online at www., mail in a contribution, or look for collection sites throughout SLO County. Each dollar provides 7 nutritious meals! FRI JUN 1 6:30-8:30 pm: DIVE IN MOVIE at SLO Swim Center, 902 Southwood Dr, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy family favorite Finding Nemo on a big screen while lounging pool side or divein and make a splash in the lighted pool. Its fun for the whole family! Concessions available for purchase on deck. Cost: $5/person, $15/families of 3+. Contact: 781-7300. SAT JUN 2 & SUN JUN 3 (times vary): Greek Festival in Mission Plaza, 751 Palm St, SLO. Enjoy great traditional Greek food, pasties, costumes, dancing, entertainment, and childrens activities. SAT: 11:00 am-6:00 pm, SUN: 12:00-5:00 pm. Cost: free, $15 BBQ Lamb. Contact: www. SAT JUN 2 11:00 am7:00 pm: MORRO BAy MUSIC FESTIVAL at 714 Embarcadero, Morro Bay. Show your moves on Morro Bays largest outdoor dance floor while you listen to music of local favorites and national rising stars! In between bands, enjoy dance troops and demonstrations by community groups. Food and shopping available. Contact: 772-1155 or SAT JUN 2 at 8:00 pm: A MUSICAL JOURNEy The Vocal Arts Ensemble Prepares for Tour at the Mission, 989 Chorro St, San Luis Obispo. Tickets: $15-30. Contact: 541-6797 or www. SUN JUN 3 at 3:00 pm: A MUSICAL JOURNEy The Vocal Arts Ensemble Prepares for Tour at Community Presbyterian Church, 2250 yorkshire Dr, Cambria. Tickets: $20-$25. Contact: 541-6797 or

SUN MAy 13 at 3:00 pm: SLO yOUTH SyMPHONy SEASON FINALE at Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Talented musicians of SLO youth Symphony will be joined by string students from across the Central Coast in the annual Season Finale and String Celebration Concert. Featuring beautiful music performed by young musicians, this is a wonderful concert for the entire family. Cost: $8. Contact: 756-2787 or THU MAy 17 6:00-9:00 pm: CASAS GIRLS NIGHT OUT at San Luis Obispo Country Club, 225 Country Club Dr, SLO. Enjoy an evening of food, drinks, dancing and fun with Meathead Movers as your attentive companions! Visit to learn more about CASA and this event! Contact: 541-6542 or www. THU MAy 17 - SAT MAy 19 (times vary): CONSERVATORy REPERTORy 2012 at Severson Theater, 800 S. College, Santa Maria. Enjoy Into the Woods and Metamorphoses. Cost: Adults $12 Senior, Child, Student $10. Purchase one show at the adult ticket price and receive the second show at half price. Contact: 922-8313 or FRI MAy 18 12:00-2:00 pm: VETERANS RECOGNITION EVENT at Mitchell Park, 1400 Osos St, San Luis Obispo. Join Senator Blakeslee and local veterans organizations in recognizing our local heroes who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Cost: Free. Contact: 5493784. SAT MAy 19 10:00 am-12:00 pm: SUMMER REGISTRATION FAIR at City of SLO Parks and Recreation Department, 1341 Nipomo St, SLO. Leap into Summer! This is your first chance to register for day camps and swim lessons. This family event includes information booths, staff introductions, activities for kids, and class demonstrations. Completed Scholarship Applications MUST be submitted by May 15. No onsite scholarship processing (open registration begins May 21). The Summer Activity Guide is released May 11 at www.slocity. org/parksandrecreation. Contact: 781-7300. SAT MAy 19 10:00 am-3:00 pm: 4TH ANNUAL DUCKy DERBy at Mission Plaza, 989 Chorro St, San Luis Obispo. This family event is created by the men of Sigma Nu to help in the fight against cancer. By sponsoring a $5 duck, youre entering to win a 42 HDTV (and many other prizes) while you enjoy the duck race, BBQ, silent auction, bounce house, face painting, games, and plenty of fun. All are welcome, and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society! Cost: Free to watch, $5 per duck entry. Contact: 408 209-5423 or WED MAy 23 at 7:00 pm: SPRING CONCERT by Morro Bay High School and Los Osos Middle School Bands at Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. The MBHS Concert Band will perform music of Daniel Bukvich, including a new work for Symphonic Band, Rock Band and String Quartet, entitled The Evolution, Revolution, and Dissolution of the Blues: Part 2 conducted by the composer. Contact: 756-2787 or THU MAy 24-SAT MAy 26 (times vary): PIPPIN presented by AGHS at Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande. Pippin is a wacky musical that breaks the fourth wall while telling the story of a young prince trying to find his place. This hip, tongue-in-cheek, anachronistic fairy tale captivates with an energetic pop-influenced score. Contact: 489-9444 or http://clarkcenter. org. TUE MAy 29 & THU MAy 31 at 8:00 pm: CAL POLy

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free fun. Hot chocolate and popcorn provided by SLO County Bicycle Coalition. Contact: 5472055 or SAT MAy 12 8:30 am-12:00 pm: MIRACLE MILES FOR KIDS 10K WALK/RUN at Morro Rock in Morro Bay. It is time to lace up for the Family Care Networks 9th annual Miracle Miles for Kids, a 10k walk/run benefitting the foster and high-needs children, youth, and families served by the agency. The race is followed by a beach party with music and food. Cost: $30 early registration. Contact: 503-6233 or http://fcni. org. SAT MAy 12 11:00 am or 1:00 pm: TOUR DAy at Kennolyn Camps, 8205 Glen Haven Rd, Soquel. Bring the whole family to enjoy refreshments, meet year-round key staff, watch a short DVD offering a great overview of the Kennolyn experience, and tour the extensive grounds. Contact: 831 479-6714 or SAT MAy 12 11:00 am-3:00 pm: MOTHERS DAy VICTORIAN TEA at the Historic Point San Luis Lighthouse, 3650 Avila Beach Dr, Avila Beach. Indulge your loved ones surrounded by stunning vistas with an elegant Afternoon Tea served with Champagne, homemade scones, finger sandwiches, French pastries and other scrumptious delights. Includes trolley ride, tour, live music, and corsage. Cost: $45 adults, $25 kids under 12. Limited seating. Reservations: 540-5771. Contact: SAT MAy 12 11:00 am-5:00 pm: OUTDOOR DISCOVERy FESTIVAL at Lopez Lake Recreation Area, 6800 Lopez Dr, Arroyo Grande. Enjoy music by Zongo All Stars, Cuesta Ridge, and Morning Rise Sound, nature boat cruises, arts and craft vendors, eco-fair exhibits, and demonstrations. Camp for the weekend or come for the day. Cost: $10 per vehicle. Contact: 781-5930 or http://

SAT MAy 12 12:00-4:00 pm: 28th AAUW HOME TOUR in Paso Robles and Templeton. AAUW home tour benefits graduating seniors and returning women student scholarships. This year, the tour presents 3 unique homes for views of grand living in the Paso Robles / Templeton area. One home will serve refreshments. Contact: 227-7317. SAT MAy 12 at 7:00 pm: Cuesta Master Chorale presents Bachs ST. MATTHEW PASSION at Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy the greatest work of this composer and the late Baroque Period. Performance includes full orchestra. Conducted by Thomas Davies. Tickets: $20-35. Contact: 756-2787 or http:// SAT MAy 12 (times vary): NATIONAL TRAIN DAy EXCURSIONS at various Locations in San Luis Obispo County. The Central Coast will be alive with railroad events in celebration of the 4th Annual National Train Day. Enjoy free family events in San Luis Obispo and Guadalupe. In addition, the Central Coast Railroad Festival will coordinate two excursions on Amtrak from Guadalupe and Paso Robles to SLO. Cost: $15$25. Contact: 773-4173. MAy 12-JUN 3 (SAT & SUN) at 2:00 pm: WILLy WONKA: THE MUSICAL at Unity Church, 1490 Southwood Dr, SLO. Roald Dahls timeless story of the mad candy man comes to life on stage with beloved songs from the movie! Cost: $14-$20. Order tickets at Contact: 543-PLAy or http://kelrikproductions. com SUN MAy 13 1:00-4:00 pm: MOTHERS DAy CONCERT at Jack House Garden, 536 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy light jazz music in the beautiful gardens. Desserts & beverages served at additional charge. Mothers receive a flower in honor of this special occasion. Docent tours of Jack House will be available. Cost: $5, kids free.

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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 ahead 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: 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.

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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-onone 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 yearold 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: 772-6394 or http:// Every SAT 11:00 am-4:00 pm: ADOPT-A-PET events at Petco in Madonna Plaza Shopping Center, 271 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo. 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 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 http:// Every WED-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & SAT 10:00 am5:00 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: 4731421 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 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, San Luis Obispo. SLO NightWriters is the premier writing organization on the Central Coast. 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 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 low-income 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: 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 the services they would like 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, 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 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 Central Coast yoga, 900 E Grand Ave, Arroyo Grande. 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 courtrequired forms. Min. $40.00 donation. Limit: 12 participants. Contact: 544-9313. 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

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