You are on page 1of 24

Central Coast


March 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

Raising Boys / Childproofing to Prevent Home Accidents / Murder at Cafe Noir

Pg 3

F ree! Central Coast Family

Child Development
Those Amazing Boys!
by Susan Elizabeth Crook

Cover Photo:
where boys are in the developmental spectrum and how they are made. While all children enjoy rough and tumble play (often called roughhousing), boys especially need this. Roughhousing allows boys a safe opportunity to negotiate power, learn cause and effect, establish and follow rules (including those for taking turns), and to learn give and take. It also helps in building relationships, develops gross motor skills, strengthens muscles, and nourishes their sensory systems. In fact, according to Anthony DeBenedet and Lawrence Cohen in their book The Art of Roughhousing, it can even make kids smarter! They tell us that when children are roughhousing, a chemical called brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDFN) is released. BDFN is like fertilizer for our brains. It helps stimulate neuron growth within the cortex and hippocampus, both of which are vital to higher learning, memory, and advanced behavior such as language and logic. Parents and care providers need to provide boys with safe places where they can establish personal power. Dan Hodges wrote in his book Boys that personal power is not based on
MBHS Pirate Players Gryphon Strom & Lyndsey Homan in Murder at Cafe Noir
Noelle Sisneros Photography

Two 4-year-old girls decide to play cars. First, each one picks out her cars, then they talk about which ones will be the mommy cars and which will be the baby cars. Next, they decide to make a house for the cars. Taking the bin of Duplo blocks off the shelf, they begin to build while talking about what the mommies are going to do. After they have completed the house, they put their baby cars to bed. This whole process takes about 30 minutes, and not once did they actually run the cars along the floor or make noises even remotely sounding like a car. A group of 4-year-old boys decide to play cars. They dump the basket of cars on the floor, each grabbing their favorites quickly. Next, they begin to push the cars along the floor, the table, each other, any available surface making loud car sounds. Running their cars into each other, they simulate crashes, which are usually accompanied by more loud noises. This play lasts a few minutes before they are off to do something else, leaving the cars behind. This is an example of normal behavior for both boys and girls. Researchers have found that the areas of the brain involved in language, in spatial memory, in motor coordination, and

in getting along with other people, develop in a different order, time, and rate in girls compared with boys. While the areas of the brain involved in language and fine motor skills mature about six years earlier in girls than in boys, the areas of the brain involved in targeting and spatial memory mature about four years earlier in boys than in girls. * In simple terms, girls brains develop from the front (the thinking part) to the back (the doing part). They naturally spend more time talking things out. Boys brains develop from back (doing) to front (thinking), so they are more apt to jump right into driving their cars. This explains a lot and can help us understand what normal behavior looks like and why boys and girls often play differently, even with the same toy. Of course, there will be exceptions to this rule. But in general, boys and girls are different - from the inside out. You may have noticed that, compared to girls, the boys in your life need more room to play, use higher levels of energy when they play, and use louder noises in their play. This is not because boys are unkind or (as it may seem at times) just trying to annoy you. This difference reflects

dominance over others. It is an ability to make choices and produce results. It is a skill that is used with and for others. It is based on a sense of selfworth. When we fail to provide boys with safe opportunities to develop personal power, they may respond by creating conflicts and chaos... in order to gain personal power. So, what can we do to encourage constructive boy behavior? Begin with an understanding of normal behavior. A healthy and happy boy

Our goal is to connect Central Coast families with the resources they need to thrive!
EDITOR Patrice Vogel Phone: (805) 528-0440 Fax: (805) 439-0798 FUN & GAMES Claire & Jack Vogel Cartoons: Amaya Dempsey

Central Coast Family

PO Box 6424, Los Osos, CA 93412

PUBLISHER David Vogel Phone: (805) 540-7100 Fax: (805) 540-7101 ADVERTISING (805) 528-0440

GRAPHIC DESIGN Out of the Blue

DISTRIBUTION Woodards & Rose

$30 Special ($15 Savings!)

Wash, Cut & Style
(only valid with Mandy B)

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Brad Bailey, Kristen Barnhart, Guy Crabb, Susan Elizabeth Crook, Steve Kragenbrink, Michael Morin, Steven Smith
Central Coast Family is published monthly with a readership over 30,000. Find FREE copies throughout San Luis Obispo County and North Santa Barbara County.

Visit our website: Submission deadline: 15th of each month prior to publication
Material published herein may not be reproduced in any manner without prior written permission. Vogel 2008

Legends Salon & Day Spa

4855 El Camino Real Atascadero

Mandy B
Curl Specialist

Information contained in advertisements and other submissions is accepted in good faith. Publication does not imply endorsement by Central Coast Family. Opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect views of the publisher. We reserve the right to reject submissions for any reason, and to edit all submissions.

(805) 461-5207 salon (916) 225-3971 direct

Every issue is printed with soy ink on 100% recycled paper. Please recycle again!

Central Coast Family

March 2012

Page 2

Child Development Murder at Cafe Noir

by David Landau, Music & Lyrics by Nikki Stern

Presented by the Pirate Players of Morro Bay High School

Thu March 15th Fri March 16th Sat March 17th at 7:00 PM at MBHS Auditorium 235 Atascadero Rd in Morro Bay

capes for super heroes. Keep a supply of foam water noodles (cut in half) to use as swords, so boys can imagine themselves as warriors, super heroes, or pirates. Provide space where boys can climb to the moon or dig to China. Set out a variety of building materials, parts and pieces like rain gutters, pvc pipes, boards of varying sizes, cardboard boxes, paint brushes and buckets, old pot lids (that make great shields for sword fighting) and pots (that make great helmets), plastic and galvanized tubs and short ladders. This is a good start, and most of it can be found around your house or at yard sales and thrift stores. Give boys access to water so they can dig moats, make lakes and rivers, build dams and generally just wallow in the mud. Truly, it wont hurt, but it will help boys to build important skills necessary for adulthood. And last, but equally important, limit screen time on television and computers (including games on an iPad or smartphone). Have confidence that the ways boys think and play, grow and learn, are okay. Actually, theyre perfect different from girls, but absolutely perfect for boys. To love and care for boys, all you need to do is provide the

Tickets: $ 7 w/ASB, $8 G eneral Contact: 77 1-18 45

is often loud, lively, rascally, and confrontational. Knowing this, the second thing to do is provide ample space and time for him to simply be a boylet him spend his energy to exhaustion. Respect his space and play with him only if he welcomes you into his space. Otherwise, stay close by to observe and help if needed. Head to the park with your son and some friends, where they can kick a ball around, get rough, establish their own rules and have some fun. Most children dont consider organized sports as play, so provide plenty of unstructured play time as well. Provide your son with props that encourage imaginative play, such as

space, the tools, and especially the understanding and respect they need and deserve. Following are some of the many resources available to help you raise amazing boys. Enjoy! Play by Stuart Brown M.D. The Power of Play by David Elkind, Ph.D. The Art of Roughhousing by Anthony DeBenedet, M.D and Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D. Boys: Changing the Classroom, not the Child by Daniel J. Hodges Earth, Water, Fire and Air by Walter Kraul Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv Chants, Fingerplays and Stories compiled by Bev Bos and Michael Leeman
* Harriet Hanlon, Robert Thatcher, and Marvin Cline. Gender differences in the development of EEG coherence in normal children. Developmental Neuropsychology, 16(3):479506, 1999. Susan Elizabeth Crook is the founder and director of Wellspring Childrens Center, a nonprofit Christian preschool in Los Osos. She has worked with children for over 20 years, and holds a BS in Nutritional Science and an AA in Early Childhood Education. Susan has 2 children and 4 grandchildren. She can be reached at

David S. Vogel
Serious Injury
Car, Truck and Motorcycle Accidents Wrongful Death, Head Injury, Burns Medical Malpractice, Elder Abuse No Recover y . No Fee
Former Prosecutor with 28 years of Experience

Law Offices of

Honored with the highest rating (AV Preeminent) in the Peer-Reviewed National Law Directory Martindale-Hubbell (805) 540-7100

1026 Palm Street, Suite 214, San Luis Obispo
Central Coast Family March 2012 Page 3

Library Voice
Teen Scientists @ the Library
by Kristen Barnhart

I see. You see. We all see, Miossie! Well I certainly see him now, and am shocked that I didnt know more about him before the SLO City Library received the fabulous grant Teen Scientists @ the Library from the charitable trust in his honor. Harold Miossi was born at family owned La Cuesta Ranch in Cuesta Canyon in 1922. His love for the majesty of nature in our county can be appreciated by all of us who live here now. Miossis grandparents were part of the Swiss-Italian emigrants between 1864 and 1870, who built the dairy industry here. His parents were born in SLO County: his father Bernard on a ranch near Pismo, and his mother Vera Gnesa on a ranch in Green Valley between Cambria and Harmony. Miossi matriculated in SLO schools through his AA at San Luis Obispo Jr. College, which shared a campus with the high school before becoming Cuesta College. He received his BS with academic honors from UC Berkeley in 1943 and returned to run the family cattle ranch. Miossi was an active community leader, who firmly believed that individuals shape the world. He worked hard to create and save

some of our most beloved open spaces, such as Montana de Oro and Cuesta Grade, which was set to be widened to eight lanes with clear-cutting of the Sargent Cypress grove on the west ridge. Miossi called the Cal-Trans plan burying of Cuesta Canyon alive and went from being a lone voice to having the San Francisco Chronicle and L.A. Times take his opposition statewide to victory. He was active in the Sierra Club and led the fight to pass a bill protecting Santa Lucia Wilderness all the way to President Jimmy Carter, who signed the bill in 1978. One of my concerns about moving to the Central Coast in 1978 was PG&Es Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. Mr. Miossi actively opposed the plant. He not only questioned the safety of the process, but the impact of all those power lines winding their way through the delicate ecosystems that make up our unique beauty. I hope that Harold Miossi would be delighted with the way we are encouraging young people to enjoy hands-on science experiences with the support of his Trust. The Grant has allowed us to hire two terrific teen interns, Gwendolyn Wensloff and Noran Rahim, who

L to R: SLO Co Library Youth Services Coordinator Margaret Kensinger-Klopfer, Gwendelyn Wensloff, Noran Rahim

work with various adult mentors to create memorable and fun science programs. In January, they offered a program on animal communication that included clicker training with dogs. In February, it was the everamazing shake down of earthquakes using slinkys, jello and marshmallows! I know, is this stuff cool or what? On March 24th it will be, wait for it Ice Cream Science! Save April 14th and May 19th for the final two sponsored programs. These programs will lead to six science kits for check-out to families and schools. Noran and Gwendolyn are having a great time working with each other, the mentors, and the youth librarians. They bring a level of enthusiasm to the projects that cant be duplicated by adults trying to think like teens. Sounds obvious, but this is often overlooked by organizations serving young people. Their process seems to involve a lot of giggling along the

way to creat publicity, goals, outlines and snacks (gotta have snacks!). These young women are building skill sets that will serve them well as they continue their education, keeping their eyes on the prize of medical school, where I am sure they will continue to give back to their communities. They are learning to work as a team with each other and with local scientists, who will become part of the web of networking they will be able to turn to throughout high school and beyond. We feel proud to work with our community on such an innovative and inclusive program. Everything that libraries encourage fits into the model of sharing time, talents, information and resources to create new skills and memories for our community. Although all the programs are held at the San Luis Obispo City Branch, kids from the whole county are welcome to sign up and participate. These programs are geared for elementary aged children, so make sure your child is eligible when you call the Childrens Library to register. Of course, all of the programs are FREE! I wish I could sit down and listen to Mr. Miossis stories about his vision for our beautiful county, the people he met, the fights he chose, and the memories he cherished. At least, being part of this grant allows us to carry his spirit forward into the 21st century. We are grateful and honored to be a small part of his enduring legacy. Be sure to visit our website at www. for more information or call the San Luis Obispo Library Childrens room at 781-5775 to register your child for a program.


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
Central Coast Family March 2012

Libraries will get you through times with no money better than money will get you through times with no Libraries!

Page 4

4211 Broad St, #D in San Luis Obispo


Kids Art Camps

Enough instruction for the project and enough room for creativity! Our classes and camps are all mixed media. Students will get to experiment with watercolor, paint, oil pastel, chalk pastel, pencil, and ink.
All lessons are new every year.

Art Classes

Monart Birthday Party!

See website for pricing

3:00-4:00 4:00-5:00 6:00-8:00 TUESDAY 3:00-4:00 4:00-5:00

Getting Ready Beginning Adults

3-5 years Adult

Ceramics & 3D Art 6-12 years

Spring Camps
9:00-12:00 or 9:00-3:00
Week 1 April 2-6 - Pet Animals
Monday April 2nd April 3rd Dogs & Cats Horses / Farm Animals Owls & Hawks Aquarium Bunnies & Chicks

Getting Ready Basic Monart

3-5 years 5-8 years

WEDNESDAY 2:00-3:30 3:00-4:00 Homeschool Art Getting Ready Kids Painting Fundamentals Teen Painting 6-12 years 3-5 years 6-12 years 8-12 years 12-16 years


Molly age 8

4:00-6:00 4:00-5:30 5:00-6:30 THURSDAY 2:00-3:00 3:00-4:00 4:00-5:30 FRIDAY 3:30-4;30 4:30-5:30

Wednesday April 4th Thursday Friday April 5th April 6th

Getting Ready Basic Monart I Basic Monart II

3-5 years 5-10 years 8-12 years

Week 2 April 9-13 - Animals of the World

Monday Tuesday April 9th April 10th April 12th April 13th Animals of Australia Animals of Africa Animals of Egypt Animals of China Animals of Alaska

Getting Ready Fundamentals

3-5 years 8-12 years

Wednesday April 11th Thursday Friday


Call (805) 544-4243 to Register Now!

Check out our new website:
Eden Homeschool
March 2012 Page 5

Central Coast Family

Family Life

Luck o the Irish!

by Steven Smith

Professional Web Design

We build websites that you can easily edit
Great customer service with a personal touch

(805) 720-0789
Patricks Day Parade by Steven is a lot of green grass in Ireland, Kroll Ireland is called the Emerald Isle, the Shamrock is green, Irelands Patricks Day Alphabet by St. flag has a green stripe, and green Beverly Vidrine is the popular color for spring. St. The tradition of pinching those Patricks Day Countdown by Salina Yoon who do not wear green on St. St. Patricks Day originated amongst Patricks Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting school children. Thats What Leprechauns Do The Shamrock (Trifolium repens, by Eve Bunting AKA White Clover) is the national The Leprechauns Gold by plant and symbol of Ireland. Like Pamela Duncan Edwards the four-leaf clover, wearing the The Leprechaun Who Lost His Shamrock is said to bring good Rainbow by Sean Callahan luck. Some like to use the phrase the luck of the Irish. Each four- The Luckiest St. Patricks Day leaf clover represents a spiritual Ever by Teddy Slater helper to bring hope, happiness, The Night Before St. Patricks love and faith. They are prized Day by Natasha Wing because of their rarity. Tim OToole and the Wee Folk by Gerald McDermott The Blarney Stone is located at Blarney Castle in County Cork, Ireland. The legend behind the Here are some interesting and Blarney Stone is that an old woman educational books for your child: cast a magical spell upon the stone St. Patricks Day by Rebecca Its to reward the King of Ireland for Gomez saving her from drowning in the Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland river. It is told that if a person by Tomie dePaola kisses the Blarney Stone, they will St. Patricks Day by Gail get the gift of gab, which is the Gibbons ability to talk convincingly. Kids can learn more about St. Patricks Lets Celebrate St. Patricks Day Day and the Irish culture from by Peter Roop these great read-aloud or picture Story of Saint Patricks Day The books:

Not many people know Maewyn Succat, yet are familiar with Saint Patrick - the name given to him by Pope Celestine. He is considered the patron saint of Ireland. On March 17th, people around the globe will celebrate St. Patricks Day by wearing green, eating corned beef and cabbage, and drinking green beverages. In 1991, March was proclaimed IrishAmerican Heritage Month by the US Congress. St. Patricks Day (also called St Paddys Day and St. Pattys Day) is celebrated by both Irish and non-Irish people. Maewyn Succate was born in Britain during 387 A.D. to Calphurnius and Conchessa, who belonged to a high ranking Roman family. At the age of 16, Maewyn had the misfortune of being captured by pagan Irish raiders and sold as a slave to an Irish Chieftain named Meliuc. He was forced to work as a shepherd

tending the sheep of his master Meliuc. Maewyn managed to escape and find his way back to his family. After returning to Britain, he went into the priesthood before taking the opportunity to return to Ireland as a missionary. In 432 A.D., Maewyn Succat was given the name Patercius, or Patritius, which means the father of his people. He died on March 17 in 461 A.D., and this date was observed as his feast day to honor his memory. St. Patricks mission was to convert the pagans to Christianity. Many believe that he used the Shamrock with its three leaves to represent the Holy Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit). Legend has it that St. Patrick also drove all of the snakes out of Ireland using his staff.

Arroyo Grande Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Seeking... Sharing... Serving

Worship Service Times Saturday: 9:30 & 10:45 am 240 Vernon St, Arroyo Grande

(805) 489-6622

Several symbols, traditions, and Irish folktales have become associated with St. Patricks Day; the leprechaun, wearing of the green, the shamrock, and the Blarney Stone. A leprechaun is an Irish mythical creature that hoards gold and sometimes dresses like a shoemaker. They are often called the little people, Green Shamrocks by Eve or the wee people, because they Bunting are described as being about two Hooray for St. Patricks Day by feet tall. Joan Holub Jack and the Leprechaun by Wearing of the green is a Ivan Robertson phrase that evolved from the Irish dressing in shades of green on St. Jeremy Beans St. Patricks Day Patricks Day. Green is an excellent by Alice Schertle choice for the holiday, since there Mary McLean and the St.

Central Coast Family

March 2012

Page 6

Now. More than ever. It is your childs time for...

Developing Key Competencies through:

by Patricia A. Pingry Kids can make Irish crafts to celebrate St. Patricks Day, such as small leprechauns and paper shamrocks, or a paper leprechaun mask. For ideas, check out the book: Crafts for St. Patricks Day by Kathy Ross, or go to one of the following fun web sites: holidays/st-patricks-day/stpatricks-day-parties/st-patricksday-crafts.shtml holidays/st-patricks-day Dont forget to serve your child some green foods on St. Patricks Day. For breakfast, try some of Dr. Seuss green eggs and ham, or Lucky Charms cereal with green milk. Yum! There are lots of green fruits and vegetables you

can serve such as kiwi fruit, green grapes or apples, bell pepper, celery, cucumbers, or broccoli. For dessert, try some lime sherbet or shamrock cupcakes, which you can make by adding green icing to vanilla cupcakes and decorating the top with green candy. To make food green, just add some green food coloring. This works great for transforming whipped cream and ranch dressing into green colored foods too! This St. Patricks day, dont forget to wear green, so you wont get pinched! And be sure to wear a shamrock. If you happen to spy a rainbow, remember to look for a pot of gold at the end, placed there by the leprechauns. Who knows? On this magical day, you might just experience the luck o the Irish.

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for the 2012-2013 School Year

Kindergarten, Elementary & Middle School TUE, March 13 at 9:00 am

School TourS

Toddler & Primary School THU, March 15 at 9:00 am

Toddler & Primary

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:

Financial Aid for 1st-8th grades

New for

Farrier . Blacksmith . Ironwork

Elementary School



(805) 674-5446
Middle School
Out of the

School for Toddlers & Primary Grades

Central Coast Family

March 2012

Page 7


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!

MonFri June 25-29, 2012 9am to 2pm

Register Early to Reserve Your Spot:

Scan with QR Code Reader on your Smartphone
Get 50% off using discount First 20 Students Early Bird Discount Valid for the code: CMP2012

What do you offer Central Coast Families? (805) 528-0440

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. With its simple, easy-to-read-and-enjoy format, even young children will understand the expertly intertwined themes of cooperation and solidarity.

The Worlds First



Page 8

Central Coast Family

March 2012

Jacks Jokes
Whats Irish and stays out all night? What makes a river rich? What takes spring so long to pass? Paddy OFurniture! It has two banks! Its a long March!

Fun & Games

By: Amaya Dempsey

Hen & Ink

Spring Word Search

Central Coast Family

March 2012

1. sham rock 2. spring fling 3. jade blade 4. play day

S3 U9 D6 O K2 U

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.

8 2 4 9 5 2 1 1 9 3 5 4 4 6 1 3 3 9 7 8

5 9 2 8

4 8
Hink Pinks (2 rhyming 1 syllable words matching a silly definition):
1. fake stone 2. season spree 3. green knife 4. 24 hour fun ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________

5 3 1 5 9 6

Page 9

Two Great Locations: San Luis Obispo & North County Spring Development Program Locations & Dates
1. San Luis Obispo (Old Pacheco Elementary) Mondays starting March 26th 2. Templeton (Adys Field) Wednesdays starting March 28th
iNSPire * eduCATe * CeLeBrATe

Spring Break Earth Day Camp April 9 - 11, 2012

MON-FRI 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Offered to students in grades 1-6 throughout the county Have fun learning about nature in our beautiful outdoor setting! Morning and afternoon snacks provided
Program 1: Advanced Skill Builders (Boys & Girls) Ages: 6-14 Time: 4 to 6pm Cost: $125
This seven-part, once per week skills developmental program is designed to help the young player become confident and creative with their soccer skills, regardless of beginning skill level.

Registration Now Open!

$100 per child - $10 discount for 2nd child Forms available at Mail registration and payment by April 2nd to:

Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School

San Luis Obispo County Office of Education 2450 Pennington Creek Road San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Program 2: Little Skill Builders (Boys & Girls) Ages: 4-6 Time: 4:30 to 6pm Cost: $75
This five-part, once per week skills program includes simple moves, turns, fakes, ball-control techniques and soccerrelated games for your new soccer player.

805 782-7336 phone 805 544-7559 fax 805-541-3031 Page 10

Central Coast Family

March 2012

Individuals with Disability Education Act Plan for Action

by Brad Bailey In my February article about the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA), I described its history and intent to provide children with a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). IDEA is designed to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education, with equal access to the same challenging core-subject curriculum. I wrote about the criteria used by school professionals to determine whether a child qualifies for an Individual Education Plan (IEP), and related services. I would now like to suggest an Acton Plan that parents and caregivers can follow, with sample letter content for specific assessment requests. To be considered for an IEP, one or more of the following thirteen categories of disabilities must be present and adversely affect the education performance of your child (in alphabetical order): Autism, Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Emotional Disability, Hearing Impaired, Language or Speech Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disabilities, Sever Orthopedic Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Other Health Impaired, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Visual Impairment. The above list includes what I will term major categories, each with sub-categories underlying them. For instance, a child may have a Specific Learning Disability in the area of Reading or Mathematics. Some children can excel in Reading, while struggling year after year in mathematics. The reverse can also happen, or a learning disability may exist in both areas. The category for autism (a developmental disability diagnosed at increasing rates) is not specific as to severity. The CA Education Code 56846.2 defines it this way: A pupil with autism is a pupil who exhibits autisticlike behaviors, including, but not limited to, any of the following behaviors, or any combination thereof: 1) An inability to use oral language for appropriate purposes; 2) A history of extreme withdrawal or of relating to people inappropriately, and continued impairment in social interaction from infancy through early childhood; 3) An obsession to maintain sameness; 4) Extreme preoccupation with objects, inappropriate use of objects, or both; 5) Extreme resistance to controls; 6) A display of peculiar motoric mannerisms and motility patterns. While the CA Education Code defines autistic-like behaviors, there is also an official medical diagnosis for autism, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), which must be considered. Another very common category of disability is Other Health Impaired (OHI). OHI includes such sub-categories as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, a heart condition, hemophilia, lead poisoning, leukemia, rheumatic fever, and Tourette syndrome, all of which can adversely affect a childs educational performance. The only way to determine whether or not your child falls under one of the above categories, or the numerous subcategories, is to have your child assessed by school officials. What is assessed will depend upon the category of suspected disability. There are categories that school officials are not licensed to assess. For example, school officials cannot determine whether or not a child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Your childs pediatrician must make that diagnosis, as per the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. School officials will help to determine whether or not diagnosed ADHD adversely affects educational performance. Poor grades or inability to focus or pay attention may indicate that your childs performance is adversely affected, and there is often more than one indicator. If you want to find out if your child qualifies for an IEP, the first-step in your Action Plan should be to write a letter to the school principal requesting assessment. I would suggest adapting the following text for clarity (filling in the names, dates, etc.): I am writing to request a full-battery of psycho-educational assessments for my child ___. My child is struggling academically in the areas of ___ and ___. I would like ___ to be assessed in the areas of academic achievement, social-adaptive behavior, sensorymotor development, communication, intellectual development, health and developmental history, and observation. Please provide me with a Plan for Assessment within the required timelines of IDEA, so that I can sign it and you can administer the assessments. Sincerely, ___ Date: ___ Make a photocopy of your letter, and take both copies into the school office. Hand both copies to the secretary, and ask for a date/time stamp on both. Then initial both copies. Keep one copy for yourself and leave the other with the secretary. Mark your calendar fifteen days after you submit the letter. The Plan for Assessment must be provided to you to sign within fifteen days. The letter submission begins the clock running on a timeline for your child to be assessed. The timeline is governed by law and must be adhered to by school officials, as long as you do not waver in your request for assessment. I say this because of my clients experiences with district personnel trying to talk parents out of pursuing assessments, and into trying other interventions. Please keep in mind that, until you and school district staff have

scientific data resulting from assessments, any attempts at intervention would be based upon subjective information. Once the District has provided you with a Plan for Assessment, consider it carefully and dont be in a rush to sign it on the spot. You may have questions about each box that indicates an area to be assessed; that is common. You may also question plans such as why a Sensory Motor assessment would be conducted by a school psychologist, rather than a licensed Occupational Therapist (OT). That would be a good question, since I believe that only a licensed OT can accurately assess a childs sensory motor skills. OTs are licensed and specifically trained to assess fine and gross motor skills, sensory issues, handwriting deficits, and other related areas. When you receive the plan for assessment, you can do a couple of things to better understand each assessment. You may want to review my February article, which gives a broad explanation of each assessment. You can call the school and ask them to explain each assessment to you. You can Google your question, for example: What is a Social-Adaptive Assessment? You can always call us at Education Advocacy of the Central Coast (927-5889), and we will help you without any charge with whatever questions you may have. Once you have turned in the signed Plan for Assessment, school officials must complete all assessments, and hold an IEP meeting within sixty (60) days. While the end of this school year may seem distant, based upon the submission of a signed Plan for Assessment today, the final IEP meeting would be held around May 1, 2012. If you want to get to the bottom of your childs academic, social, emotional, or behavioral struggles in school, you need to take action TODAY. As the IEP meeting date approaches, I would urge any parent to ask an advocate to also attend. School officials will have well-educated professionals attending, which can be very intimidating. Officials may use professional vocabulary, phrases to describe their assessments, and your childs needs. An advocate can help to translate professional jargon into plain English for parents to understand. An advocate can also help parents to understand the assessment scores, and how they compare with like-aged and likegrade level peers. All assessments administered to your child are nationally normed. This means that assessment results from all children administered tests (including regular and special-needs students) are averaged to determine quantifiable data and place children on a bell-curve to determine their performance. The normed-group of children is grouped by scores into categories of Superior, High Average, Average, Low Average, Low, or Very Low. The above categories may vary somewhat depending upon the assessment. The assessments will also determine your childs Grade and Age Equivalent results, so you can see how they scored when compared to the normed group. If such results do not appear on the assessment results, then ask that they be provided. There are many advocates to assist you in the IEP process, including (but not limited to): Parents Help Parents SLO, Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK) Atascadero, and Parent Connection SLO. Each agency operates differently, but the first question I would ask any agency is: Do you physically attend meetings with me? If they do not attend meetings, I would keep looking. I would also suggest you ask each agency you contact for the CA State Education Credentials their advocates hold. Finally, hold steady in your pursuit of assessments. You may be surprised if school officials try to talk you out of it. As a former school official, I cannot understand why attempts are made to change a parents mind. Having your child assessed to determine their needs is your right under IDEA, and can also make a significant difference in your childs learning success.
Brad Bailey, M.A. Ed. is an Education Advocate, Retired School District Superintendent, Principal, and Teacher of regular and special needs students. He can be reached at 927-5889.

Concerned with your childs lack of academic, social, or emotional growth?

We work with your family every step of the way to find solutions!
cut & save

Brad Bailey M.A. Ed.

(805) 927-5889

cut & save

(805) 909-7548

Central Coast Family

March 2012

Page 11

Local History
Morro Bay
by Guy Crabb

100 Years of Downtown Businesses:

San Luis Obispo:

The Founding of

The Cross Streets

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

This months article is in honor of a wonderful lady named Jane Bailey, who passed away several months ago. Jane was a very active community member in Morro Bay. In partnership with Dorothy Gates, Jane wrote the historic bible Morro Bays Yesterdays. I taught in Morro Bay for over 20 years before coming to Teach Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. I taught at Morro Elementary until the district closed the school in 2000-2001. I enjoyed teaching my students about their hometown and the names of some of the people who were pioneers and founding community members. While teaching at Morro Elementary, one of my fun activities was to take the kids for a historic walk down Morro Bay Boulevard. This was once called 5th Street, until the city changed the street names from numbers and letters to the names that we know today. The town completed the street name changes around 1958. It must have been a memory game for a while, as people tried to remember to call 4th Street Pacific Street, C Street Monterey Street, and so on. Around 1864, Franklin Riley arrived in Morro Bay and bought a big piece of land from the government

that would soon be turned into the town of Morro Bay. Riley had a wife and two children, and the family began their new lives in the new town. They built their home out of the trees that surrounded the area. Riley also established the pier and developed a road that went down to the beach. This road was later named Beach Street. The pier was built to attract ship captains to Morro Bay to pick up and drop off goods for the growing town. Another interesting bit of information about Franklin Riley is that he is the person responsible for introducing the eucalyptus tree to the town. He heard that eucalyptus trees grew fast and could be used as a windbreak for strong ocean breezes that would blow sand over newly planted crops. Unfortunately, these trees didnt grow very straight and they were not the sturdiest of trees, so their usefulness was limited. The eucalyptus trees were good for firewood and windbreaks, but that was about all. Since people were cutting down the local native trees to build homes, these eucalyptus trees came in handy for the growing population to use as fuel for cooking and keeping warm. More people started coming to

Enjoy Your Memories!

Also available at Barnes & Noble, Crushed Grape, Antiques on Monterey, Boo Boo Records, the History Center, Apple Farm, and Volumes of Pleasure. G UY C RABB P UBLISHING
Get an autographed copy at

the little town by the bay. Families with names such as Spooner, Stocking, Tanner, McKennon, Gilbert, Greenberg, Quintana, and Schneider were among the first to make Morro Bay their home. By 1870, Morro Bay had established a township and the town was becoming known as a place to raise a family and start a business. In that same year, Ezra Stocking became the first postmaster in town, and the Stocking family became a cornerstone of the community. I know this may sound a little creepy, but many of the people who helped establish the town of Morro Bay can be found in the Cayucos cemetery. If you are interested in the history of Morro Bay, I suggest walking around the lower section of this cemetery. Much of the history of Morro Bay is written in stone on the markers. The grave markers often include information such as the country that people came from, their birth dates, possibly their religion, and any organizations they belonged to. If you continue to walk around, you may just discover the grave marker of the founders of Morro Bay, Franklin and Hannah Riley. It is not the biggest or best marker, but a simple stone marker for a simple man who did so much to develop the little town by the bay. I dont understand why Franklin Riley has yet to be honored by a marker or statue somewhere in Morro Bay. As I enjoyed telling stories to my Morro Elementary classes, one of the cool facts that my students loved to hear about was how Morro Rock was quarried. Big chunks of the rock were used to create the jetties in Morro Bay and Avila Beach, which serve as

wave breaks. The method used to quarry the Rock was blasting. The whole town would shake from the explosions as dynamite was ignited to blow off chunks of Morro Rock. Quarrying of the Rock started sometime in the 1890s and continued all the way into the 1960s. But that was not my students favorite story about Morro Rock. The best one was about the ghost that haunts Morro Rock. Are you ready for a nice little ghost tale? Once upon a time, back in the mid 1800s, there was an old Spaniard with an incredible love for Morro Rock and the surrounding area. He would often ride his horse down to the Rock and gaze out at its beauty. He made it known that his last wish was to be buried on top of the Rock. It is not known where he was actually buried when he died, but we know that it was not on top of the Rock. The legend goes that if you stand up on one of the cliffs that overlook Morro Rock admiring the beauty in the early evening as the sky becomes gray and the mist comes in with a slight gentle breeze that pushes against your face, you may see something most mysterious. If you are paying attention, you may notice a dark figure sitting on top of a horse staring out on the Rock and the Pacific Ocean. As soon as you notice the figure, the mist comes in and suddenly the figure is gone. You may have just seen the ghost of Morro Rock. Learning about local history can be spooky sometimes...
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

Morro Bay family in the 1890s

Central Coast Family

March 2012

Page 12

Central Coast Family

March 2012

Page 13

Child Safety
preventing household Accidents

The Village Salon


INOA Color
Ammonia-Free Great Shine!
Call Toni S. at

(805) 489-5100

115 East Branch Street in Arroyo Grande

Household injuries are one of the top reasons kids under age 3 visit the ER, and nearly 70% of the children who die from unintentional injuries at home are 4 years old and under. Young And though we often think of kids have the highest risk of being babies and toddlers when we injured at home because thats hear the words babyproofing where they spend most of their or childproofing, unintentional time. injury is the leading cause of death Supervision is the best way to in kids 14 years old and under, with prevent injuries, in the home and more than a third of these injuries out, but even the most watchful happening at home. parents cant keep kids completely out of harms way every second of the day. Here are some simple ways to help prevent injuries in your own home. Accidents That Can Happen at Home The most common causes of home-injury deaths are fire and burns, suffocation, drowning, choking, falls, poisoning, and firearms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most home accidents happen where theres: water: in the bathroom, kitchen, swimming pools, or hot tubs; heat or flames: in the kitchen or at a barbecue grill; toxic substances: under the kitchen sink, in the medicine cabinet, in the garage or garden shed, or even in a purse or other place where medications are stored, potential for a fall: on stairs, slippery floors, from high windows, or from tipping furniture. You can take precautions to make these places safer, but the most important thing to remember is to watch young kids at all times. Even if your home is childproofed, it only takes an instant for babies and toddlers to fall, run over to a hot stove, or put the wrong thing in their mouths. Your watchfulness is your childs best defense. However, home accidents will still happen, so its important to be prepared. If youre expecting a baby or have kids, its wise to: Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the age-appropriate Heimlich maneuver. Keep the following near the phone (for yourself and caregivers): poison-control number: 1-800222-1222 doctors number parents work and cell phone numbers neighbors or nearby relatives number (if you need someone to watch other kids in case of an emergency) Make a first-aid kit and keep emergency instructions inside. Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. For more information including child product recalls and news, home safety tips, and checklists, go to:
1995- 2012 . The Nemours Foundation/ KidsHealth. Reprinted with permission.

When was the last time you crawled around your home on your hands and knees? As strange as it sounds, give it a go. Kids explore their everyday environments, so its crucial to check things out from their perspective to make sure your home is safe.

Central Coast Family

March 2012

Page 14

Central Coast Family

March 2012

Page 15

Central Coast Family

March 2012

Page 16

March 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



March is:
American Red Cross Month Irish-American Heritage Month Womans History Month Music in our Schools Month National Nutrition Month National Craft Month Youth Art Month

Birthstone: Aquamarine

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

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

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



Flower: Daffodil or Narcissus


reAd ACrOSS AMeriCA dAY dr. SeuSS BirTHdAY (Born in 1904)


(Star Spangled Banner adopted in 1931)



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

dA viNCi iNveNTed THe PArACHuTe (in 1485)

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


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


MiCHeLANGOS BirTHdAY (Born in 1475))

If you cant explain it simply, you dont understand it well enough.

~ Albert Einstein



BArBieS BirTHdAY (Introduced in 1959) NO SMOkiNG dAY

GeNeALOGY dAY FirST PAPer MONeY iSSued (In 1862)


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


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

GOOd SAMAriTAN dAY urANuS diSCOvered (By William Herschel in 1781) ideS OF MArCH GirL SCOuT dAY (Founded in 1912) ALBerT eiNSTeiNS BirTHdAY (Born in 1879) NATiONAL Pi dAY everYTHiNG YOu dO iS riGHT dAY FreedOM OF iNFOrMATiON dAY ST. PATriCkS dAY SuBMAriNe dAY NATiONAL quiLTiNG dAY



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


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





1ST WALk iN SPACe (In 1965)




HArrY HOudiNiS BirTHdAY (Born in 1874)


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


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

dOCTOrS dAY PeNCiL WiTH erASer PATeNTed (In 1858)


PANCAkeS 1ST MAde (In New York City in 1882)


NATiONAL JOe dAY (Everyone can be called Joe)

List Your Event!

Email press release to: by the 15th of prior month

Central Coast Family

March 2012

Page 17

Family Events
THU JAN 19-SUN MAR 4 (times vary): Greater Tuna & The Pack Vaudeville Review at The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville on HWY 1 in Oceano. This tall Texas tale takes place one hilarious day when popular disc jockeys, Arles Struvie (George Walker) and Thurston Wheelis (Billy Breed), spin morning musings on the popular Radio Station OKKK. They not only deliver the news and farm reports, but also introduce us to men, women, children and animals of some of Texas most colorful residents. This irreverent and insightful send-up of small town life is a tour-de-farce of costume quickchanges and comic characterizations. Then trade your overalls for your tuxedo in a tribute to the legendary Rat Pack in The Pack Vaudeville Revue. Tickets: $18-$22, with discounts for groups, seniors, students, active military, and children. Contact: 489-2499 or http:// THU FEB 16-SUN MAR 11 (times vary): Little Women, The Broadway Musical at Marian Theatre, 800 S College, Santa Maria. When people discover Passion, theyve come upon something rare. Brimming with all the life of Louisa May Alcotts classic novel Little Women, the Broadway Musical follows the adventures of the four March daughters as they grow up in Civil War America. Contact: 922-8313 or http://www.pcpa. org. FEB 17-MAR 25: Wait Until Dark at Pewter Plough Playhouse, 824 Main St, Cambria. Times: 7:30 pm and SUN at 3:00 pm. This intricately constructed psychological thriller is about Susy, an unsuspecting and courageous blind woman whose life becomes a nightmare when she is besieged by a cool-as-ice psychopath and two cohorts searching for a mysterious doll, containing a fortune in heroin. Cost: $15 - $25. Contact: 927-3877 or http:// FEB 25-MAR 11: Once Upon A Mattress at UNITY, 1490 Southwood Dr, San Luis Obispo. Times: SAT at 2:00 & 7:00 pm, SUN 2:00 pm. If you thought you knew the story of The Princess and the Pea, youre in for a walloping surprise! By turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the classic tale of courtship and come-uppance leads to side-splitting shenanigans. After seeing Once Upon A Mattress, youll never look at classic fairy tales in quite the same way again! Tickets: $14-20. Contact: 543-7529 or THU MAR 1-SAT MAR 3 (times vary): Friends of the Library Book Sale at SLO Veterans Memorial Bldg, 801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Approximately 8,000 audio-visual items, and 20,000 books will be available for purchase at the following times: THU 6:009:00 pm, FRI 10:00 am5:00 pm, and SAT 9:00 am2:00 pm. Books sold at $1 per inch. Admission: Free ($10 donation for THU preview). Contact: 544-3033. THU MAR 1 at 7:30 pm: Dont Fence Me In at the Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande. Enjoy songs, music, and

poetry of the American West to explore the regions celebrated musical and oral culture. Tickets: $36-43. Contact: 4899444 or THU MAR 1 7:30 pm: Red Star Red Army Chorus And Dance Ensemble at Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. The consummate glory, tradition, and national pride of Russia are on dazzling display with the incomparable Red Star Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble. Tickets: $20-47. Contact: 756-2787 or THU MAR 1-SAT MAR 3 (times and ticket prices vary): Cal Poly Student Theater presents Tennessee Williams famous play A Streetcar Named Desire at Alex & Faye Spanos Theatre, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Contact: 756-2787 or http:// FRI MAR 2 6:30-8:30 pm & SAT MAR 3 8:30 am-3:00 pm: 30th Annual Ladies Conference Colony Park Community Center, 5599 Traffic Way, Atascadero. Nationally known singing artist Kathy Troccoli and speaker Ellie Lofaro, will be encouraging women to look up! Cost: $50. Contact: 466-9203 or http:// SAT MAR 3 & SUN MAR 4 at 9:30 am: Weekend Meditation Retreat With John Makransky at Morro Bay Veterans Memorial Building, 209 Surf St. This retreat is for both new and experienced meditators. Participants learn powerful meditations from Tibetan Buddhism that help bring out latent powers of loving compassion and wisdom from the ground of our being. Cost: $40 for both days. Contact: 441-4861. SAT MAR 3 10:00-11:30 am: Members of Girl Scout Cadette Troop 40146 host a Thinking Day to celebrate international friendship at Atascadero Library, 6850 Morro Rd. Participants age 5 and up are invited to travel various stations and learn about different countries through games, crafts and food. Come and celebrate the 100th year of Girl Scouts (1912-2012) with lots of fun activities! Space is limited. Signups are not required. Contact: 4616163. SAT MAR 3 at 10:30 am: Dr. Seuss Birthday Party at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades. Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character and celebrate the writers birthday with cake, activities and stories! Cost: Free! Contact: 528-1862. SAT MAR 3 & SAT MAR 10 10:30 am-2:00 pm: Cal Polys Vita (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program at Orfalea College of Business, 1 Grand Ave, Bdg 3, San Luis Obispo. The IRS-sanctioned program is a free service to spare individuals and families the costly expense of tax preparation. Available for those making less than $50,000 per year, the program is offered every SAT through MAR 10. No appointment is necessary. Just bring an ID, social security card, and all of your tax documents. Contact: 756-2667. SAT MAR 3 & SUN MAR 4 at 3:00 pm (locations vary): American Music: Old & New. The Vocal Arts Ensemble, a fifty-

plus-member, award-winning choral group singing American classics and pop favorites in lush four-part harmony, performs MAR 3 in the barrel room of Cellar 360 (formerly Meridian Vineyards) 7000 Hwy 46 E, Paso Robles, and on MAR 4 at the Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center, Hwy 1, SLO. Cost: $15-25. Contact: 541-6797 or http:// SAT MAR 3 at 8:00 pm: Surfin Safari at the Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Dr, Arroyo Grande. Enjoy a faithful recreation of what it would have been like to see the Beach Boys live in concert, in their prime! Cost: $29-42. Contact: 489-9444 or http:// SUN MAR 4 11:00 am-3:00 pm: 12th Annual Wedding and Special Events EXPO at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, 1103 Spring St. If you will be planning a special event this year, whether a wedding, anniversary, family reunion or other celebration, be sure to attend. Free to the public, the EXPO will provide you with personal attention from a large number of exhibitors at one time and place formal-wear boutiques, florists, photographers, caterers, limousine services, reception sites, and more. Bridal and formal wear will be modeled throughout the event. You can even renew your wedding vows at the event for free. Door prizes and gift certificates will be given away. Contact: 238-4103. TUE MAR 6 6:00-8:00 pm: Demystifying Regional Food Systems: A New Look At An Evolving Trend In Food And Farming at The Monday Club, 1815 Monterey St, SLO. Cal Poly Center for Sustainability is hosting this free Sustainable Ag Lecture. A presentation by Joeseph McIntyre will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives of local organizations that are shaping our food system. Contact: 756-5091 or http://cfs. TUE MAR 6 at 7:30 pm: The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao at Alex & Faye Spanos Theatre, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Performed by Elvis Nolasco, The American Place Theatres Literature to Life stage presentation brings the delicately brutal words of best-selling author Junot Diaz to life. Cost: $20. Contact: 756-2787 or WED MAR 7-SUN MAR 11 (times & locations vary): Annual San Luis Obispo International Film Festival! As a premier cultural and educational event on the Central Coast, the SLOIFF showcases screenings in the Fremont Theater the citys classic Art Deco landmark; The Palm Theatre well-known for great independent film; and a variety of other venues. The Festival attracts local, national and international work, and has played host to many visiting filmmakers, extreme sport athletes and big screen celebrities. Contact: 546-3456 or http:// THU MAR 8 8:30-10:00 am: Free Public Forum on the Impact of 2nd Hand Smoke on Young Children in SLO County Veterans Hall Lounge Room, 801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Learn about the

Take the family to local high school sports events! Encourage fitness and sportsmanship in your children and show support for our local athletes.
Find scheduled events and sports standings for any high school at:

High School Sports

dangers of second and third hand smoke and how exposure impacts health and the environment. Topics will include what is third and second hand smoke, who is affected, and what is being done to help protect vulnerable populations. There is a focus on young children especially vulnerable to second and third hand smoke exposure and what can be done to protect them. Contact: 543-6216 or THU MAR 8 at 6:30 pm: Great Movie Series at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades. Watch free movies with your community and friends! A Classic Hitchcock film will be shown. A short Q and A follows the film; refreshments provided. Contact: 528-1862. THU MAR 8-SAT MAR 10 (times vary): Arroyo Grande HS Theatre Company presents Midsummer Nights Dream in the Studio Theater at the Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Dr, Arroyo Grande. Times: THU & FRI at 7:00 pm & SAT at 2:00 & 7:00 pm. On an enchanted summers evening, four young lovers find themselves entangled in a bewildering game of love and desire. In a magical forest where a powerful fairy king and queen are at war, nothing is as it seems as mischievous spirits run riot, confusion reigns and love conquers all. Contact: 489-9444 or THU MAR 8-SAT MAR 10 (times & prices vary): Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre at Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Songs, arias, duets and ensembles from opera and musical theater will be sung. Contact: 756-2787 or THU MAR 8-SAT MAR 10 (times & prices vary): Classic Scenes From Opera and Musical Theatre at Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center, 1 Grand Ave, SLO. Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre joins Brian Alhadeff of Opera SLO to produce three performances of classic scenes. Contact: 756-2787 or http:// MAR 8-APR 22 (times vary): The Three Musketeers at The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville on HWY 1 in Oceano. Enjoy this classic tale of inseparable friends who live by the motto, All for One and One for All! Follow the rousing and rollicking adventures of DArtagnan and his fellow Musketeers as they fight for King and country, with

Central Coast Family

March 2012

Page 18

PETS OF THE MONTH Available for Immediate Adoption!

2 year old Female Black Short Hair w/ Gold Eyes

7.5 year old Female Boston Terrier Mix


Spayed, Vaccinated, Microchipped, Vaccinated, Spayed Microchipped, Leash & House Trained & Litter Box Trained Adoption Fee Sponsored Curious & Vocal, Friendly Great w/ kids & dogs (not cats)! Independent & Affectionate!

MAR 9-25 (times & locations vary): 31st Annual Strike Out Stigma Bowl-aThon is in Full Swing - Support Mental Health in Our Community by Getting Involved! A 30-year tradition, the Strike Out Stigma Bowl-a-Thon benefits SLO Hotline and other Transitions-Mental Health Association programs. The event will span 3 weekends at four locations. Pismo Bowl on MAR 9, 16, 18, 23, 24 and 25; Rancho Bowl in Santa Maria on MAR 10; Cal Poly Mustang Lanes on MAR 11; and Paso Bowl in Paso Robles on MAR 17. Teams are forming now! Contact: 540-6527 or SAT MAR 10 & SUN MAR 11 at 10:00 am: 2nd Annual Cayucos Sea Glass Festival at Cayucos Vets Hall, 10 Cayucos Drive. Vendors from around the nation will be selling and displaying their sea glass treasures and creations. Vendors from A Taste of Cayucos will also be featured. Food prices vary and are not included in the $3 admission. Contact: 995-3681. SAT MAR 10 1:00-3:00 pm: Spring Planting Party at San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd, SLO! Enjoy a hands-on learning experience for the whole family. Learn gardening essentials, help the Garden grow and take home a plant of your own. No reservations needed. Activity is $5 suggested donation per family. Contact: or 541-1400 x 300. SAT MAR 10 8:00-9:30 pm: Basic Men 101 at Embassy Suites, 333 Madonna Rd, SLO. This workshop is for women only and will shift your understanding of the opposite sex. Classes are broken down by age group: ladies ages 26-45 meet 10:30 am-12:00 pm or 3:00-4:30 pm, ages 18-25 meet 1:00-2:30 pm, and ages 46 and up meet 6:00-7:30 pm. A closing session for all women 25 and up is offered. Cost: $20-25. Contact: 229-1886 or http:// SUN MAR 11 at 3:00 pm: An Afternoon With Rex Reed at Alex & Faye Spanos Theatre, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. The former co-host of the syndicated television show At the Movies and current film critic/ columnist for the New York Observer will tell tales that only a true Hollywood insider could know in the amusingly acerbic style for which he is famous. Cost: $32. Contact: 756-2787 or SUN MAR 11 at 4:00 pm: Canzona Womens Ensemble presents A Celebration of Love at United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks St, San Luis Obispo. Concluding its 3rd season, the group is led by co-directors Cricket Handler and Jill Anderson and comprises 21 singers accompanied by pianist Janis Johnson and cellist Anna Carey. Featured will be classical pieces by such composers as Brahms, Faure, Holst and Martinu, as well as American folk music, a swing piece by Duke Ellington, and rousing gospel song. Canzona will be joined on this concert by women from the Cuesta College choirs under the direction of John Knutson. Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 students. Contact: 5420506 or; tickets will also be available at the door.

SAT MAR 17 at sunset: Star Party at Santa Margarita Lake KOA Campground. Is Your Telescope Gathering Closet Dust? The Central Coast Astronomical Society is hosting a free star gazing event for those who are passionately interested in astronomy (weather-permitting). Take an intergalactic tour of the universe by peeking through telescopes and chatting with real astronomers! Discover planetary nebulae, galaxy clusters, blue giants, and more. Contact: www.

Family Events
all. Cost: $38. Contact: 756-2787 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 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

(805) 543-9316

San Luis Obispo

875 Oklahoma Ave

frequent detours involving wine, women and song. Youre guaranteed an evening of adventure with this swashbuckling tale! Play followed by the Blue Collar Vaudeville Review. Tickets: $18-22, with discounts for groups, seniors, students, active military, and children. Contact: 489-2499 or http://americanmelodrama. com. THU MAR 8 at 6:00 pm: People Helping People Irish/Scottish Party at South Bay Community Center, 2180 Pallisades, Los Osos. Enjoy the lively music of the Gillie Wheesels Band with a scrumptious dinner of meat pie, mashed potatoes, peas, salad, dessert and coffee or punch. $8 tickets must be purchased in advance. Contact: or 5282626. FRI MAR 9 1:00-6:00 pm: Blood Drive at Atascadero Elks Lodge, 1516 El Camino Real in Atascadero. Individuals may donate blood once every 56 days roughly every other month. Donors are asked to make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome. Contact: 543-4290. FRI MAR 9 6:0011:00 pm: Night Without Limits at the Veterans Hall, 801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Come join United Cerebral Palsy of SLO County for a night of food, dancing and fun. Hosted and DJd by 95.3 The Beachs Danny P, Night Without Limits will feature musical favorites from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Additionally, UCP will hold an iPad giveaway and a silent auction at the event. Contact: 543-2039 to purchase tickets. FRI MAR 9 at 7:00 pm: Atascadero High School Choir Concert at Atascadero Bible Church, 6225 Atascadero Ave. Under the direction of Emy Bruzzo, the Atascadero High School choirs present their spring concert. Cost: $7 for the public, $5 for seniors and students. Contact: 4624328. FRI MAR 9 at 8:00 pm: Masters Of Hawaiian Music: George Kahumoku And Friends at Alex & Faye Spanos Theatre, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Kahumoku brings the magic of the islands alive, when he is joined by fellow awardwinning musicians Dennis Kamakahi, Uncle Richard Hoopii, and Bobby Ingano in a celebration of culture and song. Cost: $38. Contact: 756-2787 or

SUN MAR 18 at 7:30 pm: Cuesta Choirs Spring Concert at Cuesta CPAC, Hwy 1, SLO. Cuesta Colleges award-winning vocal ensembles will perform a mix of classical, jazz, gospel, and American music. Cost: $7-10. Contact: 5463195 or performingarts. WED MAR 21 at 7:30 pm: Savion Glover: Bare Soundz at Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. This impressive trio creates their own rhythm and melody section with their feet, accented only by humming vocals. Savions solo truly defines the term show-stopper. Cost: $30-51. Contact: 756-2787 or http:// THU MAR 22 at 7:00 pm: Exploding Stars and Astrophotography free astronomy presentation in the Wesley Building, 1515 Fredericks Ave, SLO. Join 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, and more! All ages welcome. Contact: www. SUN MAR 25 at 3:00 pm: Apex For Kids Family Concert - Music Tells The Story at Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Featuring a silent film with live music, talented local dancers, preconcert activities in the lobby and more, your children will be introduced to the instruments of the orchestra and learn how Hollywood matches the music to the movies. Prices vary. Contact: 7562787 or SUN MAR 25 at 7:00 pm: Ive Got A Little Twist at the Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Dr, Arroyo Grande. This one-of-akind show proves that the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire is still fun, fresh, and full of life! Enjoy classic tunes with a twist. Cost: $38-48. Contact: 489-9444 or WED MAR 28 at 10:30 am: Ivan Ulz Storytime at Arroyo Grande Library, 800 W. Branch St. Enjoy a delightful storytime featuring Ivan Ulz as he sings and tells stories that boys and girls of all ages will enjoy! Contact: 473-7161 or THU MAR 29 at 7:30 pm: Macbeth at Alex & Faye Spanos Theatre, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Aquila Theatre brings its dramatic intensity back as they portray the chaotic world of William Shakespeares Macbeth, where nothing is as it seems and men combat their own fates as madness threatens to envelop

Recurring Events & Resources

FRI MAR 2 at 4:00 pm: Call For Entries: Green Shorts Film Festival Is Coming to San Luis Obispo! Filmmakers of all ages and abilities are invited to write, produce, direct, edit and score their own 1-2 minute short film on any topic related to saving our planet and being green. A panel of judges will select the top entries to screen during a special twohour segment of the SLO International Film Festival on MAR 11. In addition, all submissions will be eligible for screening at the Green Shorts Film Festival in Santa Barbara on APR 6. Winning filmmakers receive six passes to the SLOIFF. Screenings will feature top ranked Green Shorts films, an awards ceremony and a filmmaker reception. The deadline for submitting a film is MAR 2. Contact: or 781-4462. Registration is open for SUPERCHARGED SCIENCE CAMP in San Luis Obispo, MON-FRI JUN 25-29, 2012 9:00 am2:00 pm. What are YOUR kids doing this summer? Enjoy a wild week of hands-on science! Open to kids ages 7-12 years. Blast rockets, build your own robots from junk, wire up homemade burglar alarms, shatter laser beams, zoom roller coasters, pilot your own airplane, discover black holes, and use chemistry to turn copper into silver and gold. Kids do real hands-on experiments in astronomy, aerodynamics, electromagnetism, robotics, engineering, chemistry, and physics and keep everything they build. Get 50% off using this discount code: CMP2012. Register early to reserve your spot: http://www.superchargedscience. com/camp. Every THU 6:30-9:30 pm: Mic-Check Jam Session at Shell Caf, 1351 Price St, Pismo Beach. Contact: 773-8300 or http:// 4th WED of every month at 10:00 am: Wednesdays at the Movies at Morro Bay

Central Coast Family

March 2012

Page 19

Local Resources
Library, 625 Harbor St. Watch a free flick and discuss it with friends! Contact: 7726394 or http://morrobayfriendsoflibrary. org. Every SAT 11:00 am-4:00 pm: ADOPT-APET events at Petco in Madonna Plaza Shopping Center, 271 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo. Cats and kittens are spayed or neutered, tested and vaccinated prior to adoption. A free vet examination 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 www. Every SAT 6:00-9:00 pm: Drum Circle at Spirits of Africa Gallery, 570 Higuera, Suite 150, San Luis Obispo. Open to all adults who want to relax, release and embrace the weekend through creative drumming expression. All levels of experience welcome. Bring your own drum or rent and/or purchase an authentic African Drum. Bring a chair if desired. Donation: $10. Contact: 598-3212. Every WED at 4:30 pm: Read to Skipper the Dog at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Skipper is a good listener. Contact: 528-1862 or http://slolibrary. org. Every WED-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & SAT 10:00 am-5:00 pm: Free expanded Electronic Waste Drop Off at Exploration Station, 867 Ramona Ave (behind Rabobank) in Grover Beach. Drop off any item with a cord (working or not), including all electronics and all small appliances. Not accepted: large household appliances, batteries, and light bulbs. DONT TOSS IT--DONATE IT and help to E-RASE---EWASTE! Tax receipts can be provided and free pick-up for large TVs and loads of electronic waste. Contact: 473-1421 or Every WED 10:00 am-6:30 pm: North County Humane Society offers microchip clinics at 2300 Ramona Rd, Atascadero. Get your cat microchipped, so youll 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 www. AIKIDO FOR KIDS - Get Fit at Aikido of SLO, 209 Bonetti, SLO. Ongoing classes are for ages 4-11 (kids are broken up into two ages groups). Children learn how to be safe without hurting others. The learning environment is fun and knowledgeable teachers are friendly. Classes include safety techniques, games, tumbling, and cooperative interaction skills. Contact: or 544-8866. La Clinica de Tolosa is a nonprofit childrens dental clinic in Paso Robles providing a full range of quality pediatric dental care for ages 1 to 12. It serves lowincome children throughout the county who are uninsured or covered by public insurance programs such as Medi-Cal. Contact:, or 238-5334. Every FRI 1:00-2:00 pm: Mommy and Me Little Swimmers in a warm water therapy pool at 1443 Cazadero St, SLO. Jacks Helping Hand offers a parent & child class designed to engage children ages 2 to 8 with special needs in fun water activities that encourage physical and social development. Cost: $20 for 4 classes and scholarships are available. Join anytime! Taught by Kay Heaton, B.S.M.S, Kinesio-Therapist. Contact: 5471914. Volunteer as a Good Neighbor! Make a difference in the life of an older adult or an adult with a disability. Once trained, volunteers choose 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 the 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 longterm illness, memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimers. Contact: 458-7484. 1st SAT every month 9:00 am-12:00 pm: Elfin Forest Work Parties. Dress for wind, fog, or sun (layers work well) in long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and sturdy

Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention Center of San Luis Obispo County

24 hour crisis line: 5 4 5- 8 8 8 8


Womens Shelter
of San Luis Obispo County crisis line: 781-6400 business phone: 781-6401 email: www.

shoes. Meet at the north end of 15th St in Los Osos. Contact: 528-0392 or www. 2nd SAT every month: Saturday at the Garden programs at San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden. Contact: 541-1400 or Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Remain Independent Despite Vision Loss at Santa Maria Terrace, 1405 E. Main St. New ways of doing daily tasks are taught by the Braille Institute, such as managing the home, traveling, and use of talking library books. Contact: 462-1225. 2nd & 4th MON every month at 6:30 pm: MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet at Pacific Christian Church, 3435 Santa Maria Way, Santa Maria. Childcare provided. Contact: 934-3491 or www. Teen Wellness Program: TUE 3:006:00 pm & FRI 3:00-5:30 pm at Arroyo Grande EOC Health Services Clinic, 1152 E Grand Ave. Health services, including reproductive health services, in a safe environment with staff trained to screen, assess, and provide intervention. Appointment preferred. Contact: 4894026. 1st WED every month at 9:00 am: Community Action Partnership Senior Health Screening at First United Methodist Church, 275 N. Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande. Free and lowcost services for people 50 and older including blood pressure, pulse, weight, total cholesterol, screening for anemia, diabetes and fecal blood, nutritional counseling, and referrals. Contact: 4812692 or 788-0827. 1st WED every month at 12:00 pm: Disabled American Veterans luncheon meeting at Veterans Memorial Bldg, 313 W. Tunnell St, Santa Maria. Contact: 3450402. Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm: Widowed Support Group at New Life Church, 990 James Way, Rm 14, Pismo Beach. Arrive 10 min early for 1st meeting. Offered by

Hospice of SLO Co. Contact: 544-2266 or 1st THU every month at 6:15 pm: Commission on the Status of Women meets at Coast National Bank, 500 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. The Commission is an official advisory group to the SLO County Board of Supervisors to identify issues of concern to women that are not currently the focus of other advocacy or advisory organizations. Contact: 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 court-required forms. Min. $40.00 donation. Limit: 12 participants. Contact: 544-9313. FRI-SUN 10:00 am - 4:00 pm: Coastal Discovery Center at W.R. Hearst State Beach in San Simeon. Southern gateway to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary with free exhibits, videos, and live plankton display. Docent led History of San Simeon Bay walk 1st SUN each month at 11:00 am. Contact: 927-6575.

Central Coast Family

March 2012

Page 20

For Wildlife in Distress 805 543-WilD [9453]

Call Our HOtline:
1314 E. Grand Ave, Arroyo Grande

(805) 481-2060 Your LOCAL resource

Books, Games, Toys Classroom Supplies
Mention this ad for

Ramona Rd, Atascadero. Free service led by a bereavement counselor. Contact: 466-5403. Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm: ADOPT A PET at Petco, 2051 Theater Dr, in Paso Robles. Cats are available for adoption through NCHS. Dogs are available through Short n Sweet Dog Rescue. Contact: 466-5403. For the Adventures With Nature and Mind Walk schedule from the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History, go to www. Every FRI at 7:00 pm: Senior Ballroom Dancing at Madonna Inn. If you are a senior (single or attached) and like ballroom dancing, this is the place! Look left of the bandstand for a table sign Senior Dancers. Dance, chat and listen to good music. No fees; no dues; just fun! Contact: 489-5481 or Every MON 4:00-5:00 pm: Jacks Yoga for Teens in San Luis Obispo Veterans Building, 801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Classes are free with Jacks Helping Hand Scholarships, all abilities and special needs welcome, ages 10-18. Classes are taught by certified yoga instructor Shoosh Crotzer. Contact: 547-1914 or Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED 3:00-5:00 pm: Jacks Adaptive Toy Lending Library - Jacks Helping Hand at Central Coast Gymnastics, 21 Zaca Lane, #100 in San Luis Obispo. Traditional and adaptive toys for children with all types of disabilities to check out. In-home appointments also available. Cost-Free! Contact: 547-1914 or Every THU 11:00 am-2:00 pm & SUN 1:004:00 pm: Katies Korner Adaptive Toy Lending Library (Jacks Helping Hand) is at Paso Robles Childrens Museum, 623 13th St, Paso Robles. Traditional and adaptive toys for children with all types of disabilities free to check out. In-home appointments also available. Contact: 547-1914 or Anam-Cre pottery studio has pottery classes for kids ages 6 and up after school and on weekends at 570 Higuera in SLO. Cost: $20. Contact: 896-6197 or Divorce Support Group meets weekly at 1540 Marsh St. Suite 260 in SLO. Licensed Psychotherapist Ben Elfant-Rea leads the group. Contact: 903-2604 or www. 1st MON every month at 6:00 pm: Free Infant-Child CPR Class at 5 Cities Swim School, 425 Traffic Way, Arroyo Grande. Contact: 481-6399 or 1st THU every month 9:30-10:30 pm: Bike Happening at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa! After Farmers Market, enjoy pedaling with hundreds of bikers, or just watch. Different costume-decoration themes every month. Have fun and obey all traffic laws! Contact: http:/ Every WED 4:00-5:00 pm: FREE Yoga classes for cancer survivors at SLO Vets Hall, Monterey & Grand, San Luis Obispo. Mats provided. For any cancer survivor, at any stage. Spouses, family members and caregivers are also welcome at no cost. Contact: 772-3560. Mommies of North County is a group of mothers who gather weekly to play, learn, and meet new friends in many North County locations for: zoo days; park days; monthly crafts & moms night out; childrens museum; or play dates at members homes. Contact: meetup. com/mommiesofnorthcounty. Last TUE every month at 7:00 pm: The Birth and Baby Resource Network sponsors free education events at EcoBambino, 863 Monterey St, SLO. Contact: or 546-3755. Last THU every month 6:30 to 7:30 pm: Pet Bereavement Support Group at the North County Humane Society, 2300 Literacy Council for San Luis Obispo County has an ongoing and urgent need for volunteer tutors and offers free training in SLO. Contact: 541-4219 or Become a volunteer tutor for adults learning to read, write, or speak English with Central Coast Literacy Council. No teaching experience or ability to speak a 2nd language required. Tutor training at Santa Maria Library on SAT FEB 25 & SAT MAR 3. Join a great group of volunteers, meet new friends and support your community! Contact: 925-0951 x 837, or stop by the office at Santa Maria Library. Most WED & SAT (& some other days) at 8:45 am, Guided hikes along Pecho Coast Trail in Avila Beach. See the old Point San Luis Lighthouse (built in 1890), and enjoy harbor views. The trail is only open during these times. Hikers must be 9 years or older in good physical shape. Hikes last ~4 hours. SAT: one fast and one slower hike. Contact: 541-8735. 3rd SAT every month 9:30-11:30 am: Walk in El Moro Elfin Forest at north end of 15th St off Santa Ysabel in Los Osos. Guided walks through 90-acre nature preserve with pygmy trees, endangered plants, butterflies and birds. Stay on boardwalk and trails, and keep pets leashed. Contact: http://losososbaywoodpark. org. Piedras Blancas Light Station Tours: TUE, THU & SAT. Meet escorts at 9:45 am at Piedras Blancas Motel, 1.5 miles north of

50 % any one item! off

Not valid with other discounts or coupons
the lighthouse. Adults $10, $5 for ages 6-17 and free for kids under 5. Contact: 927-7361. Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens offers many free services: Senior Connection - connecting callers with local resources; HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) one on one assistance for Medicare beneficiaries, advise and referrals for long term care options, and help with billing / appeals; Vial of Life magnetized containers with medical information; a Senior Resource Directory for SLO or SB counties, and much more. Contact: 9259554 or San Luis Obispo Senior Center offers health screening, legal services, meals, exercise, bridge, bingo, and more at 1445 Santa Rosa St. Contact: 781-7306. San Luis Obispo ALPHA (Alpha Pregnancy Counseling & Support) is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, non-sectarian organization providing free pregnancy support, newborn assistance & education in SLO, Arroyo Grande, and Atascadero. Pregnancy Testing; Options Counseling; Follow-Up Counseling; Support & Referrals re: Post-Partum Depression; Medical Care & Insurance; Agency Referrals; Rental Deposit Assistance; Maternity & Baby Clothes; Infant Supplies & Equipment; Workshops; Support Groups; and a Speakers Bureau. Contact: 541.3367 or Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention (SARP) Center of San Luis Obispo County offers: Weekly Drop-In Support Group for Sexual Assault Survivors; 24 Hour Crisis Line; Advocacy and Accompaniment; Peer Counseling; Individual Clinical Counseling; Prevention & Education Programs; and Womens Empowerment and Self Defense Workshops. Contact: 545-8888 or Central Coast Astronomical Society plans a Dark Sky Star Party every month at Santa Margarita Lake KOA Campground at sunset. CCAS also sponsors special guest speakers and programs periodically. Event details and schedules, weather updates, and local resources can all be found at: www. Contact:

Central Coast Family

March 2012

Page 21

The SLO Lane

Where Did All the Smog Go?

$15 off your 1st lesson!

(Mention this ad - new students only)

Top Online Course & Expert Driver Training

Our program develops good judgement & decision-making skills All instructors have law enforcement and driver safety training:
John Rhoades, CHP SGT Peter Hubbard, SLOPD Steve Sicanoff, MP Butch Kiworthy, Fire Captain Dan Marple, CHP Michele Hanley, Mom Patrick Woods, Law Teacher

New 5-star rated Cars Lessons 6 Days per Week!

Make the right decision... Call Precision! 788-0900

by Michael Morin

I was driving home to Atascadero the other day, up the infamous Cuesta Grade, when I became aware of a rather bad smell and my eyes began to water slightly. I closed my cars vent and started looking for the source of the smell, expecting to see a big diesel rig upwind of me. Instead, I saw a 1970-something Ford Galaxy up ahead, a behemoth from the age of Detroits dinosaurs, spewing noxious odors into the atmosphere. Smelling it up ahead reminded me of what it was like driving on LA freeways in the sixties, stuck in traffic, windows down (air conditioning was an expensive option then), eyes burning. We took it for granted that, unless it had just rained, visibility would be limited and there would be many days when the kids couldnt go outside and play. This was the price of progress. In 1961, California became the first State in the nation to adopt automotive emission controls when the California Motor Vehicle State Bureau of Air Sanitation, predecessor of the Cal Air Resources Board, mandated Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) valves on new

automobiles and required that they be retrofitted to older cars. Automobile-caused smog had already become a problem in the Los Angeles Air Basin. The PCV (AKA Pollution Control Valve), now a part of every gasoline and diesel engine sold in the world, recycles crankcase vapors back into the intake manifold to be burned by the engine. It was a big deal, because if you wanted to sell cars in California, it had to be there. California was already the largest market for cars in the United States, on its way to becoming the largest in the world. The domestic automobile manufacturers hollered like stuck pigs; The End of Civilization as we know it is upon us! Cars will cost more than new homes! The technology is beyond our engineering capability! European car manufacturers saw the writing on the wall. They were already building small fuel-efficient cars, and readily adapted new emission strategies to existing platforms. The European car parts company Robert Bosch refined their fuel injection system (built under patents

originally developed and then sold by General Motors), invented the now universal oxygen sensor that allows the fuel system to tailor its output to match the requirements of the catalytic converter. The domestic manufacturers soldiered on with the carburetor, apparently willing to try anything short of adopting a successful European strategy. However, every few years, the California Air resources Board would up the ante, requiring that tail pipe emissions be cleaner and cleaner. Federal standards followed a year or two later. Throughout this whole period of development, the skies around our cities have become cleaner and clearer, even as the number of cars on the road doubled and then tripled. In California, there are now more than three times as many cars on the road as there were in 1970, driving a total of 280 BILLION vehicle miles. Yet the cumulative emissions for all cars and trucks on the road are now less than they were in 1970. brochure/history.htm

The California Air Resources Board recently unanimously approved regulations that require car manufacturers to cut smog emissions from new vehicles by 75 percent by 2025 and reduce greenhouse gases by 34 percent. To meet these goals, the number of plug-in battery electric vehicles in California is expected to double from current levels by 2013 and will reach 460,000 by 2020. Cities in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties are about to become much more friendly to plugin electric vehicles (PEVs), thanks to a $200,000 planning grant from the California Energy Commission. Before cleaner, battery-powered vehicles can become an important part of Californias transportation mix, drivers must feel confident they will find adequate charging stations when they need them, said Energy Commissioner Carla Peterman. With this grant, local planners can decide where best to add chargers along the key Highway 101 transportation corridor that serves Northern and Southern California. Local governments can streamline the permitting, installation and inspection of plug-in chargers, and insure that consumers know about the charging improvements and the benefits provided by electric vehicles.

There is more to this story though. After a few false starts in the seventies, where fuel economy and power declined along with emissions, automotive engineers have continued to refine engine and materials technology. In fact, not only do modern cars and trucks produce dramatically lower emissions, they get dramatically better fuel economy, are more powerful, are far safer, and require less maintenance. Here is a classic example of government regulation forcing dramatic improvement in an industry that has resisted change every step of the way. Rather than being an impediment to innovation in this case, government regulation has been the handmaiden of success!

Michael Morin is the owner of Morin Brothers Automotive in San Luis Obispo. Hes had his head under the hood for more than thirty years. Michael rides bicycles for fun and plays with his canine helpers Lenny and Gertie, the Diagnostic Duo. Michael can be reached at or 541-2407.

Central Coast Family

March 2012

Page 22


Relax & enjoy perfect private dining for your Holiday Party, Wedding, Rehearsal Dinner, Business Meeting, Birthday, and other gatherings.

FuLL SERvICE CATERING also available at your site! PARty tRAyS available tO GO or for DELIVERy

IN THE CREAMERY 570 Higuera St, Ste 130

NEw HOuRS! 10:30 am-10:00 pm

San Luis Obispo


Delivery pick up Dine In

Central Coast Family

March 2012

Page 23

You might also like