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April 2012

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

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backgrounds. The number of cases of autism now surpasses that of all types of pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. In California, the number of students with autism grew by 95.6% from 1996 to 1999 and by 275% from 1996 to 2002. This striking growth rate indicates that the number of students that are being identified as autistic has been nearly doubling every three years (American Institutes for Research, 2003). It is important to realize that these figures are for children diagnosed and receiving services. Many others fall through the cracks. The easiest way to mark this special month is to wear one of the Autism Societys Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbons, showing your support. By using websites such as facebook or twitter you can also update your status to raise awareness and spread the word. By making a donation or volunteering to help out in your local area, you can really make a difference and shine a light on an issue that many people feel uncomfortable talking about. The 4th Annual WALK for Autism and Awareness Fair is just around the

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April is National Autism Awareness Month - a chance to highlight autism, a condition thought to affect a staggering 1 in 110 children. The month was first established in the 1970s to keep the public informed about autism and how to help sufferers within the community. Autism, or autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), are lifelong developmental disabilities, with no known cause or cure. ASDs refer to a range of neurobiological disorders that interfere to varying degrees with normal development in language and social interactions, and are characterized by impaired social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and unusual, repetitive, or severely limited activities and interests.

Many children with autism have a reduced sensitivity to pain, but are abnormally sensitive to sound, touch, or other environmental sensory stimulation. These unusual reactions may contribute to some behavioral symptoms. Individuals with autism may have difficulty interpreting what others are thinking or feeling because they cant understand social cues, such as tone of voice or facial expressions, and dont watch other peoples faces for clues about appropriate behavior. The spectrum includes individuals diagnosed with classic autism, high-functioning autism, Pervasive Developmental DisorderNot Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) and Aspergers Syndrome. The disorder affects individuals from all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic

corner! Join Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center on April 29th at Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo to show support for those touched by autism spectrum disorders. The Awareness Fair is 12:00-4:00 pm and includes childrens activities, music, food and vendor booths, and much more! The WALK for Autism starts at 2:30 pm at the plaza. Sponsors, vendors, and volunteers are needed. To learn more about this event or to register as an individual or team, go to www.

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New Diagnostic Criteria More Restrictive
Getting an autism diagnosis could be more difficult in 2013 when a revised diagnostic definition in the 5th edition of American Psychiatric Associations (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM5) goes into effect. The proposed changes may affect the proportion of individuals who qualify for a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, according to preliminary data presented by Yale School of Medicine researchers at a meeting of the Icelandic Medical Association. Given the potential implications of these findings for service eligibility, our findings offer important information for consideration by the task force finalizing DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, said Yale Child Study Center (CSC) director Fred Volkmar, M.D., who conducted the study with CSC colleagues Brian Reichow and James McPartland. Presently, more than a million children and adults have a diagnosis of autism or a related disorder such as Asperger syndrome, childhood disintegrative

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disorder, or pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). The proposed change would consolidate all four disorders into one category known as autism spectrum disorder. The APAs rationale for consolidation is that, given the present state of knowledge, distinctions among disorders are unclear and inconsistent. The proposed change would require three deficits in social communication and interaction, and at least two repetitive behaviors for an autism diagnosis. The new criteria would be more narrow than the present requirement for six of twelve behavior impairments. Volkmar and his team found that a significant number of individuals without intellectual disabilities who were diagnosed with autism, PDDNOS or Aspergers during the 1994 DSM-IV field trial would not qualify for a diagnosis of autism under the proposed new definition. Volkmar stressed that the preliminary

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findings relate only to the most cognitively able and may have less impact on diagnosis of more cognitively disabled people. Use of such labels, particularly in the United States, can have important implications for service, he said. Major changes in diagnosis also pose issues for comparing results across research studies. Volkmar first presented the preliminary research results in September, 2011 at Yale University and in October, 2011 at the Institute

on Autism American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Meeting in Toronto, Canada. Volkmar and his colleagues plan to publish the full study results in the April 2012 print edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The study results will also be available online at www.
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Library Voice
A Red Devilish Good Time
by Kristen Barnhart

Well, there we were, Pomona High School (Home of the Red Devils) Class of 1971 gathered for our reunion at Riversides beautiful Mission Inn (where we held our Junior/Senior Prom). This would likely be the last time to see each other before we entered our 60s. We were longing for eyes to look past the extra pounds and silver hair, and behold the child we once were. This year, nametags were senior portraits fabulously enlarged to 3 by 5 and worn on lanyards to allow for easy identification and minimal awkwardness. Even the room size was perfect, although at first I thought it a little too small. I realized that close quarters allowed more time and opportunity to talk with people who might be shy or unsure of whom to greet. By the time the dancing started, most of the faces had merged into a hybrid of young and now. High school memories took a back seat to a charming mix of grammar school stories and smartphone sharing to view pictures of our children and grandchildren. Our Las Vegas Strip mogul brought wine from his vineyards down under, but wanted to talk about our kindergarten 3rd grade teachers. He talked about the play we performed in first grade with the beautiful Miss Penny Carter and how shocked he was to find out that

her name was Penelope and she had been only 23-years-old. He had been the source of my only positive math memory when he missed the costume parade one Halloween (because of a dentist appointment) and was allowed to wear his fabulous gorilla costume in class. Miss Shively celebrated his love of numbers by having him show the class how to do long division. Now, forever and always, each time I divide something, in my minds eye I imagine it being done with gorilla hands. We shared more of our classmates back stories that couldnt be told in those days. I hadnt known that one girls mom was actually her step-mom, and that her mother had died when she was only 5-years-old. In 1958, after bravely leaving her marriage with 3 children, she found herself pregnant and felt that her only option was to terminate the pregnancy. In 1958, birth control was very limited and abortions were illegal. In 1958, her mother bled out and died on the table (without access to proper medical care), leaving my friend motherless and back with her father. This type of tragedy was something that happened in books and movies, not to the sweet girl who transferred into our 8th grade class. Another girl was offered sympathy for the death of her younger brother.

Little did we know - the siblings were so estranged that it was the first she knew of his passing. The memorial table filled with names of all those who had died, many of whom had never reached the rites of passage into adulthood, parenthood, grey or balding heads, and had left so much unsaid and undone. Of course, not all the stories ended sadly, and there were triumphs to be celebrated as well. One of my best friends came with wigs and fancy outfits (including a prom dress), delighted to be alive with five years cancer-free. She was also the one whose nametag photo most closely matched her face today. Now an English professor, and mother of four boys aged 17-37, she had survived the murder of an adored brother and the deaths of both parents. Nevertheless, she was the life of the party and a reminder of our blessings.

We grew up and came of age in an amazing time politically, socially, and musically. As we watched a video of our generation, I was stunned to realize all that we lived through and were shaped by. We recalled TV shows like Laugh-In, the Smothers Brothers, and the Sunday night ritual of The Ed Sullivan Show. Back then, we all watched at the same time, because there were no VCRs or DVRs, and no more than seven channels. We reminisced about the music that lived and died in our senior year alone: Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin, and Jim Morrison. Not to mention, the break-up of the Beatles. Speaking of music, we remembered that Smokey Robinson played at our Disneyland Grad Night! I shared some recommendations for great kids books (in historical fiction!) that can set you right back into childhoods most pivotal moments. These included two Newbury Honor books. The Watsons go to Birmingham 1963 by Christopher Curtis (who also graduated high school in 71), captures the summer we were 10-years-old with heartbreaking accuracy and pathos complete with a Motown soundtrack. Gary Schmidts book, The Wednesday Wars captured our 1967 Jr. High days, as we became aware of the war in Vietnam and began questioning our nations involvement, as we watched older brothers go off to fight for something they couldnt understand. On my way home, I stopped by the National Cemetery in Riverside. I hadnt been there since my daughter and I brought my fathers ashes down to join my mother in 2007. I sat and told my parents all about the friends Id seen; that many had fond memories of them and our home growing up; how much I missed them, and how proud they would be of their only granddaughter. I took a photo of their gravestone and was glad I had been able to add a last line (my fathers last words to me): Goodnight Sweetheart.


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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precedes Lent. Lent is the forty-day period that leads up to Easter Sunday. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and represents the forty days that Jesus spent alone in the wilderness before he started his ministry on earth. Many Christians, especially Catholics, spend this time fasting and doing penance. The week preceding Easter Sunday is called Holy Week; it is the last week of Lent. Holy Week begins with the observance of Palm Sunday, remembering the day when Jesus entered Jerusalem and the crowds laid palms in his path. Holy Week includes Maundy Thursday - the Last Supper, Good Friday (the day of Jesus crucifixion), and Holy Saturday (the day between the crucifixion and resurrection). Easter Sunday marks the day when Christians believe that Jesus was resurrected. There is also a fifty-day period following Easter Sunday called Eastertide, which includes the ascension of Jesus into Heaven. The Jewish festival of Passover also happens in March or April. Passover is celebrated during Nisan; the first month of the Hebrew lunar year. Passover is an important and widely observed celebration for Jews. It is observed for seven or eight days to remember the deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Also called the Feast Of Unleavened Bread, Passover commemorates the Exodus, when freed slaves had no time to wait for bread to rise. Early Christians, who had been brought up with Hebrew tradition, connected Passover to the death and resurrection of Jesus. Easter Sunday doesnt fall on a set date every year. The First Council of Nicaea (ecumenical Catholic council) established the date of Easter in 325 AD. It is the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring (after the vernal equinox on March 21), and occurs between March 22 and April 25. Here are some traditions, customs, and symbols of the Easter season. In Greece and Eastern Europe, Orthodox Christians typically celebrate Easter from one to five weeks after other Christians. Greeks eat Koulourakia cookies made with seasame seeds. New York City holds an annual Easter parade featuring women and girls wearing their favorite Easter bonnets. In early times, some people actually thought that the earth was hatched from an egg. This belief appears in creation stories. Eggs are a symbol of birth in most cultures and colored eggs were used during spring festivals to honor Ostara. In ancient times, people dyed eggs and gave them to one another as gifts in the beginning of spring. Eggs might be wrapped in gold leaf or dyed by boiling them with leaves and flower petals. Polish and Ukrainian people are famous for making beautiful eggs by creating intricate designs with hot wax and special dyes. Easter egg hunts may have originated in Europe during the Burning Times. This was the period when Christianity was growing and some did not look kindly upon those they thought were heathens or following pagan religious rites to honor goddesses by coloring and exchanging eggs. One interesting tidbit discovered in my research is that pretzels are thought to have been invented by a young monk in 610 AD, who was preparing bread without milk or eggs for lent. Pretzels are made in the shape of arms crossed in prayer. The monk gave the pretzels as treats to children who recited their prayers well. The Easter Bunny did not become

Kids love to celebrate Easter by coloring and decorating eggs, egg hunting, and finding a basket of goodies left for them by the Easter bunny. Easter is a well-known Christian celebration, but the exact origins of this religious days name are unknown. St. Bede, an eight-century English scholar and historian, believed that the Easter celebration originated as a festival to celebrate spring, and to honor the mythological Anglo Saxon goddess Eostre. It is possible that the word Easter was derived from the

words Eastre or Eostre. In Germany, this goddess was called Ostara. She was associated with spring and fertility. The rabbit was her sacred animal, and rabbits and eggs became symbols of fertility. For those of the Christian faith, Easter is not a one-day celebration; it is the most important festival in the Christian calendar and covers a long period of time. The Easter season begins with Fat Tuesday (also known as Mardi Gras or Carnival), which

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popular in the United States until after the Civil War. The Germans are credited with introducing the symbol of the Easter rabbit in America. Today, the Easter season has become commercialized. You can buy all types of decorated greeting cards, coloring books, candy chicks (like Peeps), marshmallow eggs, stuffed Easter bunnies, and brightly colored plastic and straw Easter baskets. Kids can learn more about Easter traditions and customs from these great books. Easter by Gail Gibbon The Easter Egg by Jan Brett Looking for Easter by Dori Chaconas Happy Easter Mouse by Laura Numeroff The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegan Counting Books - 10 Easter Egg Hunters by Janet Schulman The Bunny Who found Easter by Charlotte Zolotow Celebrate Easter with Colored Eggs, Flowers and Prayer by Deborah Helligman Easter Parade by Irving Berlin Michael Hagues Family Easter Treasure

To make some fun crafts, look for the book Fun to Make Crafts for Easter. My mom had a tradition of dressing us up for Easter Sunday in brand new outfits and taking our photos. My sister had to wear a frilly dress, white shoes, and a white hat trimmed with lace and ribbons. I got to wear my new suit and bow tie. The Easter Bunny (just like Santa) always seemed to find our house, even though we moved a few times over the years. We never missed a year getting our Easter baskets full of goodies. My favorite candies were the yellow marshmallow chicks, which I liked to freeze and eat hardened. Whatever your faith or culture, chances are you celebrate the arrival of spring in some way. Its interesting to learn how the popular traditions of Easter originated and eventually merged into the Easter I grew up celebrating. For centuries, this holiday has been enjoyed by families all over the world.
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State Education Standards What Your Child Should Know

by Brad Bailey

and practice later. If you can think of the objects in the patterns as numbers, you will quickly see how children generalize (skills carried over to other problems) the concept of patterns to solve problems. Let me give a final example of patterns in our number system: 2, 4 , 6, 8, 10, 12 is a repetitive pattern of adding 2 to each number. It is also a repetitive pattern of the number 2, a pattern of even numbers, that are repeating by 2 every fifth number. Every number 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, will also be repeated as the pattern of numbers expands into two-digit numbers like 22, 32, 42, 52; notice that the two digit numbers begin to represent yet another pattern with the basic pattern of the repetitive number 2. This may seem mind boggling, but if you start very simple and take baby steps introducing patterns, your child can develop a skill that will enable him to master even the most abstract mathematic problems in later grades. Patterns are everywhere in our lives. Just look at the bricks of a building, leaves on a tree branch, the flow of a stream, or waves as they break onshore everything is a pattern that eventually repeats itself. Next, I will jump to the Grade 6 Mathematics Number Sense strand, so we can see how it weaves from kindergarten through grade 6. In the number sense area, kids are expected to Compare and order positive and negative fractions, decimals, and mixed numbers. That sounds very familiar to kinders who have to understand the relationship with numbers and quantities. In order for 6th grade students to compare and order positive and negative fractions, they must understand the value of a fraction, before ordering the value from low to high or high to low. Ordering fractions is exactly the same as understanding and applying the skill of creating a fractional pattern of value. Example: 12/32, is the same as 6/16, is the same as 3/8, etc. Do you see the pattern of 12-6-3 (multiples of 3) and 32-16-8 (multiples of 8), or the numerator (top number) and denominator (bottom number) number of the fraction decreasing by half as the pattern extends? Sixth-grade students must also deal with negative numbers. Negative numbers, as well as positive numbers, have a pattern that increases or decreases. With negative numbers, the pattern is just reversed. For instance, starting at zero (0) on a number line and moving to the right counting, every number decreases in value. If you start at zero (0) on the number line and move left counting, all number values increase. Learning about patterns is absolutely necessary in order to be successful in mathematics. This vital skill can be taught as early as age 18 months, if you take baby-steps and repeat until a specific pattern is understood before moving on. Use this approach, and you cannot go wrong in teaching your child this very important concept. Next month, Ill continue with mathematics, but also break into English Language Arts/Reading standards. Wait until you see the patterns involved in reading and writing! At Education Advocacy of the Central Coast, we are always willing to answer questions on a variety of educational topics at no charge. Thank you to all those who have written letters of appreciation for our efforts to fill in some gaps in understanding the educational process.

Can you believe another school year ends in just a few months? Now is the perfect time to understand what the CA State Education Standards expect your child to know and be able to do by June 15, 2012. The standards can be found at Once there, click on Standards, a subject area such as Mathematics, then your childs grade level. I always look at the current year and see whats in store for them the next school year. The CA State Standards are broken down by grade level and subject. I believe the two most important standards are Mathematics and Reading/Language Arts. Mathematics standards are broken out in strands. Strands weave their way through each grade level, and increase in difficulty according to the learning standard and grade level progression. The math strands are: Number Sense, Algebra and Functions, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics, Data Analysis, Probability, and Mathematical Reasoning. Lets begin with Kindergarten. In the area of mathematics, kinder kids are expected to understand the relationship between numbers and quantities. By June 15, 2012, they are expected to know and be able to: count, recognize, represent, name, and order a number of objects to 30. Example: Five marbles represent the number symbol 5. Replace any of the marbles with a different object like a checker, and the objects still represent a series of objects that equal 5. This is a complicated task. The child is exposed to many variables/objects, and must discount what the objects are, view them in only one dimension, and internalize that they represent the value of one in a number of objects that equal 5. Did I make that sound more complicated than it is? Try to understand that a childs mind must sort through all of the variables and retain the one variable that relates to his/her teaching and task: that a particular variable represents the number 5. (Sort of like X = 5, which is a 3rd grade math standard every time you see X, it represents 5). Why is this challenging? Kinder kids will want to touch, hold, play with, chew on, put in their pocket, smell, taste, show their neighbor, or make something out of the objects, because that is what their developmental age

is telling them to do EXPLORE. That is why we call the math standards strands; they weave their way through our developing minds so we can make sense of what numbers can be (not necessarily what they literally represent), and how they can be used to represent the value of something, to develop Number Sense. The Kindergarten Algebra and Geometry strand wants kinders to Identify, sort, and classify objects by attribute and identify objects that do not belong in a particular group. An attribute can also be called a feature. An attribute or feature is something that distinguishes an object as different or the same as another object, in one or more ways. The ability of a child to internalize and apply the concept of attributes is, in my professional opinion, one of the most important basic building blocks for success in mathematics K-12. Why? Because sorting by attributes is a key component of understanding patterns, and our entire mathematical base-ten system is built on evolving patterns (the strand weaving its way through our developing minds that soon duplicates itself by forming repetitive patterns of similar or different attributes). Sounds strange, doesnt it? I use to think so too, until I taught kindergarten and watched my students learn simple patterns. When they grasped the patterns of attributes that grew in complexity and applied the process of creating more and more difficult repetitive patterns, their light bulbs turned on MAGIC. I finally understood why mathematics was so difficult for me as a youngster; I was never taught patterns and the variables or attributes that patterns represent. This is the foundation of all mathematical thinking, reasoning, and problem solving. I will use a series of letters to give you an example of a basic pattern that will evolve to a more complex one: A. 1 B. 12 C. 123 D 1234 E. 1234? More complex: A. 12121 B. 12122 C. 12123 D. 1212? You can readily see why patterns are a difficult process to learn, but starting with a very simple pattern like: *fork, spoon; *fork, spoon, knife; * fork, spoon, knife, fork; * __ __ __ __ __ can be an ongoing and fun project to lay out somewhere, leave,

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Local History

San Luis Obispo County

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Schools are wonderful places where kids can learn and discover things that will amaze and astound them. Being a teacher for over 25 years now, I still enjoy the times when I get to teach new concepts or give my students new information. When my students learn something new and exciting, I enjoy seeing their eyes light up with energy and wonderment. Being a teacher is lots of fun, but the hours that teachers devote to making things fun are endless. I have taught at three different schools in my career. The first school I worked in was Morro Elementary School in Morro Bay. The school was built in the early 1930s and Julia Morgan, William R. Hearsts architect for Hearst Castle, helped design the school. I taught in Room 6 inside the main building and my class had a great view of Morro Rock. The floors were wood, and our custodian Dan Stanley kept those floors looking great. We also had the best stage in the world with thick red velvet curtains and a cool trap door to get under the stage. Today the Morro Elementary campus is rented out to a variety of businesses and is no longer a school.

only cool school that once graced our rolling hills and towns. The city of San Luis Obispo and surrounding areas had a bunch of country schools. Actually there were no organized schools in the county prior to 1850. In 1850, the first official school was established at Mission San Luis Obispo and taught in Spanish. The population of the area was very small and families were spread out. Schools would pop up when there was a need due to a growing community. Heres some really interesting information; in the very early days of the county, Brush Schools were scattered throughout the county. A brush school was an oak tree that had a wooden fence surrounding it to keep the cattle out. Kids came to school when the weather was good and it wasnt too cold outside. These brush schools were also used as churches and places for other community activities.

there was a place called Canyon School. It was a small, wooden, one-room schoolhouse where the teacher taught all of the children from See Canyon. The Irish Hills, which run along See Canyon, held several small schools. In 1926, there was a schoolhouse that was about 30 feet wide and 50 feet long. It was named Irish Hills School and the wooden building had a four foot tall cattle fence surrounding the building to keep the cows out. The picture that I have of this school also has a big oak tree next to the building. This might have been a brush school until the community decided to construct a real building. There was another one in the Irish Hills called Pecho School, which looks to be about half the size of Irish Hills School. Pecho School appears to be a sturdy-looking stationary building with a covered porch, but most of these small schools were wooden boxes that could be moved to another location if necessary.

are wearing dresses. Another wonderful old school building that someone was smart enough to save and restore was the Banning Canet School, now located at the Rancho El Chorro Education Center. The Banning Canet School was originally located in the Morro Bay area along Highway 1. The building was larger than many other schools at the time. In 1923, the class picture had 22 students. Several of the students look a little on the older side, but my guess is that this school taught all students from first grade through high school. When I would take my students to Rancho El Chorro, we would go into the schoolhouse to gaze at the stars in the giant inflatable planetarium. All 35 of the kids could sit inside! You can also visit the old Santa Fe Bellevue schoolhouse located at the head of Bob Jones bike trail along Hwy 101 at the Avila Beach exit. The folks at Salisbury Vineyards have done a lovely job restoring this schoolhouse after it had fallen into disrepair. Its great to have some of these old schoolhouses around from the 1800s and have the chance to walk inside them. I encourage everyone to spend an afternoon traveling around to see some old wooden schoolhouses. Schools are wonderful places. I should know, because I have been going to school for about 50 years now!

Let me tell you about some schools that are no longer around because of demolition or being moved to a different location. Im sure everyone has driven into See Canyon at some time. The roads Morro Elementary was not the are narrow and curving. In 1903, One of my favorite old wooden schools is the Los Osos School in the community park in Los Osos. This old school house has been restored to its original appearance. If you have never been to visit the school, it is worth the time to go and peek in the windows. If you are lucky, the doors may be open and you can step into the past and imagine sitting in this building as a student. After you visit the school, grab your skateboard and have fun at the skateboard park just a few steps away. I have a great old picture of a teacher and her class standing in front of Los Osos School. There are nine students ranging in age from Los Osos Community Park Schoolhouse about 8 to 14 year olds. The boys are all wearing Levis and the girls

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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Child Safety Aspirin & KiDs

preventing reyes syndrome
The U.S. Surgeon General says parents should not give aspirin or products containing aspirin to children under the age of 19, unless approved by a doctor. Although someone can get Reyes without taking aspirin, keeping aspirin away from children can Reyes is uncommon and isnt help avoid many cases. contagious. Its usually seen SYMPTOMS OF REYES when a child is getting over a viral illness. And though it can occur The first sign of Reyes is usually at any time, its seen mostly in vomiting, which starts about January, February and March - three to seven days after a child when people may be battling the has a virus like the chickenpox flu, colds, and chickenpox. Reyes or flu. The vomiting usually gets usually strikes children between worse during the next eight to 12 the ages of 4 and 16 - but rarely hours. The child may have little adults. Babies can get it, too. energy and be very sleepy. These are warning signs that your child THE ASPIRIN LINK needs immediate medical help. Studies show a connection between aspirin and Reyes. During the second stage, children You probably know not to give your kids aspirin - and that the reason has something to do with Reyes (pronounced ryes) syndrome. Most parents have no clue what Reyes is or what aspirin has to do with it.

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may be aggressive, cranky and confused, and may not know where they are. They may have seizures or even go into a coma. Call 9-1-1 if your child has any of these symptoms. There is usually no fever. Infants may have different symptoms, like diarrhea instead of vomiting. WHY ITS SO SEVERE In Reyes, fat builds up in the liver (and other organs) and pressure builds in the brain. Because Reyes may be mistaken for other illnesses, valuable treatment time can be lost. If Reyes is caught early, a child has a much better chance of getting well. If the disease progresses untreated, though, coma and death can occur. ASPIRIN IN PRODUCTS Aspirin may be listed on product labels as various names, including acetylsalicylate, acetylsalicylic acid, salicylic acid or salicylate. Always read labels carefully or check with your doctor or pharmacist before you buy medication for your children. The following over-the-counter medications may contain aspirin or closely related compounds: Medicines for fever or pain relief Medicines for nausea, vomiting or diarrhea Pills for menstrual cramps Sinus pain or congestion medicine Multi-symptom cold or flu medication Aspirin can be found in many other common over-the-counter and prescription medications as well. Some topical medications (products rubbed on the skin) may also contain aspirin or salicylates. Since they can be absorbed through the skin, there is a chance that they may also pose a threat of Reyes syndrome, though more research is needed. Check all labels carefully and then ask your doctor before using the following products on a child or teen: Acne products Arthritis pain rubs Dandruff shampoos Wart removers Sport-strength sun block Facial scrubs Exfoliating creams Astringents Muscle pain relief creams or patches Facial scrubs and masks TREATMENT Immediate diagnosis and treatment is key. In hopes of preventing brain damage, the care team may need to give a child with Reyes a medication to reduce brain swelling. They will also make sure the childs fluids and electrolytes stay balanced, and work to prevent lung or heart complications. Depending on how severe the swelling becomes, it could cause brain damage or death. A child with the condition who is treated early has a much better chance of getting well than one who slips into a coma. Thats why caregivers need to act quickly if they notice the earliest symptoms of Reyes.
Adapted from the National Reyes Syndrome Foundation & National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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April 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



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

April is:

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


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







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


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


1ST pUBLIC LIBRARY OpENED (In 1833 in New Hampshire)

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 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


FARMERS MARKETS: 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







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


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








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


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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Family Events
MAR 8-APR 22 (times vary): The Three Musketeers at The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville on HWY 1 in Oceano. Follow a band of heroes in 17th century Paris, who set out to defend the French Queens honor and save her country from war. Following each performance, enjoy the Blue Collar Vaudeville Revue with song, dance and comedy saluting plumbers, electricians, mechanics, and others working hard for the money! 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 MAR 30-APR 1 (times & locations vary): Morro Bay Photo Expo includes photography classes, workshops, and a presentation by keynote speaker Arthur Morris on how to photograph birds. Cost: $149. Contact: 772-2504 or http:// SAT MAR 31 9:00 am5:00 pm & SUN APR 1 10:00 am-5:00 pm: 17th Annual Central Coast Orchid Show & Sale at South County Regional Center, 800 W. Branch St, Arroyo Grande. Stepping Back in Time will celebrate history with dazzling displays of orchids. Plants, books, and supplies will be for sale. Cultural information will be provided by plant doctors and repotting demos. Admission $5, Children 12 and under free. Contact: 929-5749 or SAT MAR 31 10:00 am-3:00 pm: The Easter Bunny will be in Downtown City Park at 12th & Spring Sts, in Paso Robles. Hop To It Start at the Gazebo and follow the Easter Bunnys tracks find him and hell give you candy! Hell be in and out of downtown shops leaving his Easter Bunny tracks for you to follow. Bring your camera; you can also take your picture with him. Contact: 238-4103 or SAT MAR 31 12:00-3:00 pm: Family Fun Day at Pavilion on the Lake, 9315 Pismo Ave, Atascadero. Enjoy a barbecue lunch, live music, vendor booths, raffles, free paddle-boat rides, magic shows, face painting, auctions, bouncehouses, carnival games and more! Sponsored by Gods Havens For Children Inc. Adults free, kids $5. Contact: 772-4004 or SAT MAR 31 2:00-6:00 pm: Easter Eggstravaganza at Sea Pines Golf Resort, 1945 Solano Ct, Los Osos. Magician Derek Hood, rubber ducky dance races, bounce houses, spring-themed crafts, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Cost: $10 per child. Contact: 528-5252. SUN APR 1 to WED MAY 30: Jewelry Jubilee at the Gallery at the Network, 78 Higuera St, Ste B, San Luis Obispo. Merging fine art, design and craft, our jewelers will present earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, and brooches. Artists reception during Art After Dark on FRI APR 6 from 6:009:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. Contact: 788-0886 or www.thegalleryatthenetwork. com. SUN APR 1 2:00-4:00 pm: Chamber Players from SLO Youth Symphony at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Luis Obispo County, 2074 Parker St, SLO. Enjoy the culmination of years of training, taken up another notch. These players perform without a conductor and in synch with each other. Tickets at the door or through Brown Paper Tickets. Price: $20. Contact: 786-4331. THU APR 5 5:30-8:30 pm: Bunny Trail at Downtown San Luis Obispo Farmers Market. Join the eggs-citement as E. Bunny invites all children to Hop Along the Bunny Trail, visiting businesses throughout Downtown collecting candy and treats. Meet at the corner of Chorro and Higuera at 5:30 pm to receive a free map of participating shops and a bag for treats. Watch for E. Bunny! Contact: or 541-0286. THU APR 5 at 7:30 pm: Andre Watts at Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Debussy. Contact: 756-2787 or

SAT APR 7 at 10:00 am: 23rd Annual Family Egg Hunt and Festival at Elm Street Park, 1221 Ash St, Arroyo Grande. Free activities include egg hunts for all ages, sack races, a raw egg toss contest, and fire truck and police car exhibit. Other activities include a carnival, hot dog barbecue, face painting, a bounce castle, petting zoo, and pony rides. Bring a basket! Contact: 473-5474. SAT APR 7 at 10:00 am: Easter Egg Hunt at Hardie Park in Cayucos. Bring the kids, hunt for eggs, and meet the Easter Bunny! Contact: 995-1545. SAT APR 7 10:00 am-12:00 pm: Family Fun Easter Egg Hunt at Mountainbrook Community Church, 1775 Calle Joaquin, SLO. Free to the public. Contact: 543-3162. SAT APR 7 10:00 am-1:00 pm: Annual Easter Eggstravaganza at Dinosaur Caves Park, 200 Cliff Ave, Pismo Beach. In addition to the eggs-citing egg hunt, participants can enjoy games, bounce houses, face painting, a balloon artist, and much more FREE fun! Bring your own basket or bag. Hunt times for different age groups: 10:10 am: age 2 & under; 10:40 am: age 3-5; 11:10 am: age 6-8, 11:40 am: age 9-12. Contact: 773-7063. SAT APR 7 11:00 am: Easter Egg Hunt at Historic Jack House and Gardens, 536 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. Join the Easter Bunny for an exciting free adventure searching for prize-filled eggs in the gardens. Ages 0-8. Contact: 781-7300. SAT APR 7 11:00 am-3:00 pm: Kids Day at Nipomo Community Park, Pomeroy Rd & W Tefft St. Easter egg hunt 11:00 am-12:00 pm. Free activities follow including a BBQ, bounce houses, cake walk, carnival games, pony rides, and entertainment. Contact: 929-5437. SAT APR 7 at 1:00 pm: 6th Annual Cayucos Lioness Easter Bonnet Dog Parade at Paul Andrew Park, 3rd St, Cayucos. 12:30 registration, 1:00 parade. Arrive by 12:30 to enter a dog in the parade. Registration fee: $10. Dogs must be well behaved on a leash. All proceeds benefit the Cayucos Mutt Mitt program to help keep dog friendly beaches clean! Bring chairs and cameras to watch or judge. Contact: 235-2289. SAT APR 7 at 2:00 pm: The 70s in Film: A Yearlong Series at SLO Public Library presents Towering Inferno in the Community Room, 995 Palm St, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy this free film series of Disaster Films in April. For more themes and film titles, visit oofilmfest.htm or Twitter, at @SLO_Library_AV. Contact: 781-1215. SUN APR 8 at 8:00 am: Easter Egg Hunt at Shamel Park in Cambria. Meet the Easter Bunny. Balloons & prizes for kids 8 yrs and under. Special egg hunt for kids 2 yrs and under. Admission is free. Contact: SUN APR 8 10:00 am-12:00 pm: Egg Coloring & Easter Egg Hunt Party at SLO Creek Farms, 6455 Monte Rd, San Luis Obispo. Bring a dozen hardboiled eggs and coloring supplies. Bring your own basket to collect eggs. Egg hunt for ages 12 and under. Face Painting, and photos with the Easter Bunny! Cost: free. Contact: (702) 2453135. SUN APR 8 at 4:00 pm: Bill & Kate Isles Easter Benefit Concert at Sukha Wellness Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Place, Avila Beach. This family-friendly event benefits Birth & Baby Resource Network. Donation: $10, kids under 12: free. Contact: 8018088 or MON APR 9-WED APR 11: Spring Earth Day Camp at Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School, 2450 Pennington Creek, San Luis Obispo. Campers will enjoy the outdoors while learning about alternative energy and participating in games and arts and craft projects. Offered to students in grades 1-6. Morning and afternoon snacks are included. Register now! Cost: $100 ($10 discount for 2nd child). Contact: 782-7336 or www. THU APR 12 & FRI APR 13 at 7:30 pm: Eventyr presented by Suspended Motion Aerial Arts at the Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Dr, Arroyo

Grande. Over 40 performers dazzle with feats of strength, flexibility, and flight. They are the little aerial circus arts company that can; they fly on aerial silks, lycra, cube and ladder. The story: Eloise is going to bed for the night and her mother reads her fairy tales. Tickets: $15-20. Contact: 489-9444 or FRI APR 13 11:00 am-1:00 pm: SLO Childrens Museum features Life Cycle of the Butterfly at 1010 Nipomo St, San Luis Obispo. Learn about the life cycle of the butterfly and make your own life cycle book. Contact: or 545-5874. SAT APR 14 & SUN APR 15: 4th Annual WINE 4 PAWS, to benefit Woods Humane Society at Participating Wineries in SLO County. Visit any of the wineries APR 14-15, when a portion of proceeds will be donated to Woods. Find a complete list of wineries at www.wine4paws. com. Get your FREE passport stamped & youre entered to win a raffle prize. Its easy! Price: no cost, some tasting fees. Contact: 543-9316 or SAT APR 14 8:30 am-1:00 pm: California State Parks Foundations 15th Annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup at Montana de Oro State Park, 2886 Pecho Valley Rd, Los Osos. Projects include trail maintenance, grading, restoring native vegetation and repairing fences. Individuals, groups or businesses interested in volunteering can register at earthday or call 1-888-98-PARKS. SAT APR 14 10:00 am-3:00 pm: Childrens Day in the Plaza at Mission Plaza, Chorro & Monterey St, San Luis Obispo. This free family event celebrates the National Month of the Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is a day designed to bring education, fun, and families together with community resources. This years theme is Express Yourself: Dance to the beat of your own drum! Enjoy a Farmers Market for Children, Fire truck, Games and Activities, Face Painting, Inflatable Rides, Food Booths, and much more! Contact:

SAT APR 14 10:00 am-1:00 pm: CASA Walk for the Child at Atascadero Lake Park, 9305 Pismo Ave. This 1st annual walk/run to support CASA is a fun filled event with Raffles, a Bounce House, Barbeque, and Music for the whole family! Walk with friends or form teams to help CASA find secure loving and permanent homes for very deserving children. Contact: 541-6542 or www. SAT APR 14 1:30-4:30 pm: 2nd Annual Butterfly Release at SLO Creek Farms, 6455 Monte Rd, San Luis Obispo. Celebrate life and the beauty of nature. Butterflies $5. Limited amount available. Name your butterfly, take a photo, and release it into the beautiful orchard. Reserve a butterfly at Registration 1:304:00 pm. Butterfly Release Ceremony 4:15-4:30 pm. Contact: (702) 245-3135. SAT APR 14 at 4:00 pm: San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum presents: Disneys Love of Trains at Santa Margarita Ranch, 9000 Yerba Buena St, Santa Margarita. Enjoy an entertaining nostalgic evening filled with Disney magic with unlimited train rides, music, wine and beer tastings and hors doeuvres. The highlight of the evening will be a multi-media presentation titled Disneys Love of Trains. Price: $40. Contact: 544-6531 or SAT APR 14 at 8:00 pm: Bettye LaVette in the Spanos Theatre, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. At the Kennedy Center honors in 2009, 63 yearold Bettye LaVette belted a moving Love Reign Oer Me. Using that night as a catapult, LaVette now rivals Aretha Franklin as her generations most vital soul singer. Contact: 756-2787 or SAT APR 14 at 8:00 pm: Four Sides of 4o at the Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Dr, Arroyo Grande. Four seasoned stand-up comedians confront the joys, perils, and fears of turning the big 4-0. Hard-hitting, painfully truthful, and downright hilarious, this show appeals to all ages, whether 40 seems decades away, decades ago, or is staring you right in the face! Tickets: $30-40. Contact: 489-9444 or

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Central Coast Gym nastics

Kids Night Out!

Provided: snacks, drinks, games, BIG SCREEN movie, the pIT & great gymnastics fun in CCGs 16,000 SF facility! BYO: dinner at 21 Zaca Lane in San Luis Obispo
$25 for first child and $15 for each additional sibling Kids age 3 (potty-trained) and up

Saturday, April 21st 5:00 to 10:30 pm

THU APR 19 3:30 pm: at Seabird Protection Network Outreach Program The Seabird Olympics at Atascadero Library, 6850 Morro Rd. Seabird Olympics is a fun, hands-on activity that includes a virtual pelican plunge, deep cormorant fish hunt, and hammering and stabbing shellfish like a black oystercatcher. Participants receive a Seabird Field Guide and a chance to recite the Seabird Safe Pledge to earn a Junior Ranger badge. Ages 5 and older. Space is limited. Signups are not required. Contact: 461-6163.

Family Events
this six-by-six-string phenomensemble explores intricate original compositions and new arrangements of progressive rock, jazz, classical, and world music. Contact: 756-2787 or SAT APR 21 at 8:00 pm: Winter Dance Party at the Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Dr, Arroyo Grande. Enjoy the official live and authentic recreation of the final tour of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper in 1959. This critically acclaimed national touring production includes over two hours of unbridled, high voltage entertainment, proving that the music did not die in that infamous plane crash. Tickets: $38-48. Contact: 489-9444 or SUN APR 22 10:00-5:00 pm: 22nd Annual SLO County Earth Day Get Down to Earth at El Chorro Regional Park, CA 1, Morro Bay. The Earth Day Alliance is partnering with SLO County Parks and the SLO Botanical Gardens for this free family event. Returning as a major sponsor, Rapid Transit Authority will be giving free bus rides from every corner of the county to and from the park all day. Contact: 544-8529 or SUN APR 22 11:00 am-4:00 pm: The Discovery Museum hosts the 3rd annual free Family Kite Festival at Rotary Centennial Park in Santa Maria. Bigger and better this year, amateurs and kite experts alike are invited to fly kites, participate in contests, and learn from kite flying experts from around the world, who will dazzle with synchronized kite performances. Contact: SUN APR 22 12:00-4:00 pm: Beneath the Surface Earth Day Carnival at the Sea Life Center, 50 San Juan St, Avila Beach. Join in ocean and beach cleanup followed by food and fun! 9:00-11:00 am: Dive Cleanup and the Harford Pier in Port San Luis Harbor. 12:00-4:00 pm: Beach cleanup & carnival (the food & fun part). Contact: 5957280 or SUN APR 22 at 3:00 pm: The Joy of Singing Faculty Recital in the Davidson Music Center, room 218, Cal Poly SLO. Join Katherine Arthur, soprano, and Susan Azaret Davies, piano, as they perform a concert of songs filled with passion, humor, and excitement! Admission: $5 at the door. Contact: 756-2406. TUE APR 24 at 7:30 pm: Craig Ferguson in a Center Stage Event at Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly Arts presents the host of CBS The Late, Late Show in an all new stand up performance. Tickets: $25-58. Contact: 756-2787 or WED APR 25 12:00-1:00 pm: CASA Volunteer Information Sessions at CASA of San Luis Obispo County, 75 Higuera St, Suite 180, SLO. A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained volunteer appointed by a judge to advocate for a child that has been removed from home due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Learn how to become a volunteer at one of our information sessions. Contact: 541-6542 or THU APR 26 at 6:00 pm: Avila Beach History & Heritage Event at Avila Beach Community Center, 191 San Miguel St, Avila Beach. Hear from local historians Pete Kelley, Fred Collins, and Terri San-Filippo. Presentation topics include Chumash History, Energy from Flukes to Nukes, and Avila Families and Fishing. See pictures from the Historical Photo Gallery and more! $15 per person. Contact: 627-1997. THU APR 26 7:00-9:00 pm: Exploding Stars and Astrophotography at United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks Ave (Wesley Building), San Luis Obispo. Join the friendly astronomers of Central Coast Astronomical Society as they share their passion about the universe. Discover what Galileo missed, as you tour the cosmos, learn about telescopes, exploding stars, astrophotography, and more through this free astronomy presentation. All ages welcome. Contact:

FRI APR 20-SUN APR 22 at 10:00 am: Lompoc Spring Arts Festival at Ryon Park, 800 W. Ocean Ave, Lompoc. Enjoy a carnival, food booths, arts & crafts, and fun for the whole family. FRI: Park opens at noon. SAT: Car Show and Rib Cook-off. SUN: BBQ Shoot Out and Motorcycle Show. One Day Unlimited Ride Wristbands for $30. Contact: APR 20 & 21 6:30-8:30 pm: Whale of a tour and seminar at Piedras Blancas Light Station, 15950 Hwy 1, San Simeon. Sunset whale watching at 6:30 pm. Presentation Gray Whales: What We Know and What We Thought We Knew at 7:45 pm. Cost: $25. Reservations are required. Contact: 924-1807. FRI APR 20 & SAT APR 21 at 7:00 pm: Ballet Theatre San Luis Obispo presents Undine at Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly SLO, One Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Before The Little Mermaid, there was Undine ~ A ballet story of a water spirit, switched at a young age with a peasant girl, so that one day she might marry a human to gain a soul. Contact: or SAT APR 21 9:00 am-1:00 pm: Habitat for Humanitys Hike for Habitat on Bob Jones Trail between Ontario Rd trailhead and Avila Beach. The entire trail is flat and easy on foot, bikes, with strollers, pets, or children. Start from either direction with Welcome Stations at both ends. Hourly launches at Avila Sea Life Center offer free admission with hike tickets and an ocean habitat activity. The trail is dotted with family-friendly activities. Visit each station and get a surprise at the end! $25 for adults, $10 for children or $50 for a family. Contact: 782-0687 or SAT APR 21 9:00 am-12:00 pm: Kids Fishing Clinic at Lopez Lake, 6800 Lopez Dr, Arroyo Grande. Bring the Kids (under 16) to the Lake for a Free Fishing Clinic at the Nature Center near the Marina. Attendees must sign up before 11:00 am to allow time to fish. Kids will be given lessons with an experienced fisherman on fishing ethnics and conservation, knot tying, fish types and ecology, as well as how to cast a line. Contact: SAT APR 21 10:00 am-3:00 pm: Cambrias Chili Cook-Off And Car Show at the Vets Hall, 1000 Main St, Cambria. Hot Chili and Cool Cars! 10:002:00 pm: Car Show. 12:00-3:00 pm: Chili Tasting. $5.00 for Chili Tasting (vote for your favorite), Car Show free. Contact: 927-3624 or www. SAT APR 21 at 2:00 pm: The 70s in Film: A Yearlong Series at SLO Public Library presents China Syndrome in the Community Room, 995 Palm St, San Luis Obispo. This free film series features Disaster Films in April. For more themes and film titles, visit oofilmfest.htm or Twitter, at @SLO_Library_AV. Contact: 781-1215. SAT APR 21 4:00-10:00 pm: 5th annual Share the Hope event at Hearst Ranch, San Simeon. A cocktail reception by the Neptune Pool, dinner in the Dairy Barn, a live auction, and live entertainment will benefit the Hearst Cancer Resource Center at French Hospital. $400 / person, $3,200 for a table of 8. Register online at or by phone at 542-6496. SAT APR 21 at 8:00 pm: California & Montreal Guitar Trios at Spanos Theatre, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Featuring guitar virtuosos,

Reservations / tickets by April 16th: call (805) 543-2717

Sponsored by Central Coast Family to benefit Teach Elementary School!

SAT APR 14 at 8:00 pm: Cal Poly Open House Concert in the Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy the Music Departments finest instrumental ensembles: University Jazz Band, Symphony and Wind Ensemble. Contact: 756-2787 or SUN APR 15 9:00 am-3:00 pm: A Dogs Day at Santa Rosa Park in San Luis Obispo. Join the Santa Lucia Open Dog Obedience Group (SLODOG) for a day of celebration for you and your dog/s. Admission is free! Bring dogs on a leash. Main events include demos of Canine Musical Freestyle (dancing with your dog), Nose Work, Flyball, and a 4-H Dog Show. Get exercise by trying Agility, running Flyball, or walking a Rally-Obedience course. There will be a raffle, vendors, info booths, food, and AKC certified Canine Good Citizen testing. Contact: 772-8008 or SUN APR 15 12:00-4:00 pm: San Luis Obispos Spectacular Spring Bridal Show at Alex Madonna Expo Center, 100 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo. The largest public Spring Bridal Fair on the Central Coast, with over 120 Wedding Exhibitors. Discounted tickets available in advance or at the door. $10 per person or $5 per groom with online discount. Contact: www.centralcoastbride. com. SUN APR 15 at 2:30 pm: Cal Poly All-State Festival Concert in the Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. This spectacular event features one hundred and fifty of CAs finest young musicians chosen by audition. Contact: 756-2787 or http:// SUN APR 15 at 3:00 pm: Ken Waldman & The Secret Visitors at Spanos Theatre, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Fiddler, poet, and raconteur Ken Waldmans variety shows are Alaskas answer to a certain beloved radio program out of Minnesota. Waldman is joined by a troupe of world-class musicians in a story-telling music fest created just for us! Contact: 756-2787 or http:// MON APR 16: Deadline to apply for The California

Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships reporting grants of $2,000 to $5,000 for California journalists. The new Lucile Packard Foundation for Childrens Health Journalism Fund will help two California journalists undertake ambitious reporting on childrens health and health care policy in California. Contact: www. MON APR 16 at 9:30 & 11:00 am: Beauty & the Beast presented by California Theatre Center at the Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Dr, Arroyo Grande. Wonder at the retelling of this French fairy tale, in which the kind and courageous Beauty teaches the Beast to be gentle and good, and thus releases him from his beastly form. Recommended for grades K-5. Tickets: $7.50. Contact: 800-606-0424. MON APR 16 at 7:00 pm: Evening with Banjos Concert at Morro Bay Room, Inn at Morro Bay, 60 State Park Rd. Featuring Ross Nickerson (author of the Banjo Encyclopedia) visiting from the East Coast, Local Legend Dixieland Jazz player Gary Ryan, and Molly Reeves of the Red Skunk Jipzee Swing Band. Tickets: $10 at the door. Contact: 441-7463. Starting APR 17 - TUE & THU at 10:00 am: Baby Signing Time classes at the Exploration Station, 867 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach. Babies crawl before they walk, and sign before they talk! Baby Signing Time gives babies the signs they need to express their needs and wants. Clever songs, playful animation, and adorable babies make learning signs fun and easy. Join for 4, 8, or 16 classes. Contact: www.explorationstation. org or 473-1421. APR 19-May 13 (times vary): PCPA presents Romeo and Juliet By William Shakespeare at Marian Theatre, 800 S College Dr, Santa Maria. Over seven hot days in fair Verona, Juliet and her Romeo defy the will of their torn households and secretly woo, marry, and sadly die for love. Shakespeare is best enjoyed by well-prepared children 12 years and older, especially as this play includes violence and sensuality. Contact: 9228313 or

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Local Resources
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.santamariafairpark. com or 925-8824. 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: 937-1250. 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: www. or 748-5547. 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. 12:00-4:00 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: www. 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 selfguiding 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: 748-4731 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 SAT MAY 5 10:00 am-3:00 pm: Birth & Baby Fair at Mission Plaza, SLO. Free family fun, silent auction, car seat safety check, and much more! 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 12:00-4:00 pm: 28th AAUW Home Tour in Paso Robles and Templeton. AAUW home tour benefits graduating seniors and returning women students scholarships. Contact: 227-7317.

Arroyo Grande Seventh-Day Adventist Church

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, 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, KinesioTherapist. 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

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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 mike@ 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 http://shellcafepismo. com. 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, 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

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A friend of mine (a non-rider) once asked me why bicyclists often ride side by side. He was clearly more worried about hitting one of them, than whether they got exercise and fresh air. My reply was Theyre talking! There is something indefinable about riding with a friend at a pace casual enough to chat. My buddy John and I rode every Thursday night for almost fifteen years, often from Los Osos up to Cayucos and back down on Highway One. Cyclists should only ride side by side when the shoulder is wide enough. The shoulder along Highway One gave us plenty of room, and the hills and views gave us plenty to occupy our bodies and minds. In our other lives as working stiffs, we might catch up with one another once a month, but as cyclists we were able to share a love of self-propelled movement through the air, sights slowly appearing in the distance, hills struggled up and over, and exhilarating descents, with the strong southerly coastal breeze

these simple rules of group riding ettiquette: ride smooth, dont over react, avoid hard braking, be alert to what is going on up pushing us home in the evening. the road ahead of the group, and The companionship of riders is anticipate what traffic will do. subtly different than that of your Inexperienced riders who panic typical couch potatoes parked in and touch another riders wheel front of the TV. Im theorizing that may crash or cause a group-crash. its the bond of mutual suffering combined with the endorphins You can avoid most problems by released by our bodies that practicing group riding rules: enhances each ride. A good ride leaves us satiated in a way no meal 1. Stay alert at all times. could, whether its up to Cayucos 2. Hold your formation steadily. after work, or up and over the 3. Communicate any plans to Ridge Route at Montana de Oro. change pace ahead of time. Being able to involve our children, as John has, has been a real gift. 4. Dont overlap wheels. Johns son Leland got the bug 5. Dont look back! early, riding with John on their 6. Relax and ride smooth. tandem in the Wildflower century and going on to become a semipro 7. Focus on the rider(s) ahead. downhill racer. Our children, and 8. Beware of potholes and other now my grandchildren see us hazards in the road. suiting up and riding off, hopefully modeling healthy behavior that 9. Dont brake unless absolutely necessary. will last a lifetime. 10. Pass carefully with advance notice. As with solo cycling, be sure to observe traffic laws and rules of the road and ride considerately. The San Luis Obsipo Bicycle Club Riding with friends will be safer provides some helpful guidelines and more pleasant if you follow for riding in a group at: http:// SLO CYCLING NEWS Central Coast advocates for bicycle riding went to Washington in March to lobby for federal money for biking and walking. Members of the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Coalition (SLOBC) joined 900 people in similar organizations from around the country as part of the National Bike Summit. Executive Director Dan Rivoire and marketing and outreach director Leslie Bloom represented the Central Coast and the coalition.

Rivoire and Bloom met with elected representatives to ensure the future funding for transportation projects that include bicycle and pedestrian facilities, according to a SLOBC news release. The National Bike Summit is an unbelievable opportunity for us to learn lessons from our nationwide allies and remind our representatives how important biking and walking is to our region, Rivoire said. Continued federal funding for biking and walking is essential for such county projects as the Bob Jones Trail in Avila Beach and the De Anza Trail in Paso Robles. The coalition does more than just lobby for money. Recently, for example, coalition members helped get the Morro Bay Bike Plan approved and helped facilitate an update to the Arroyo Grande Bike Plan. The San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition is a nonprofit organization that provides bike education, maintenance, advocacy and other bike-related support for the public through numerous community-based programs, such as the Bicycle Valet at the SLO Farmers Market, Kidical Mass, and more. For more information, visit

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