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September 2012

Getting Out .................... 2 Child Development ....... 3 Library Voice ................. 4 Education ....................... 6 Fun & Games .................. 9 Science ........................ 10 Local History ................ 12 Family Life ................... 14 Calendar ........................ 17 Family Events ............... 18 Local Resources .......... 20 Alt Education .............. 22

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Getting Out

Coastal Cleanup Day

California Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) was first organized in 1985 by the California Coastal Commission. In 1993, the event was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest garbage collection ever organized with 50,405 volunteers. Here in SLO County, the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO) has been organizing Coastal Cleanup Day since 2005. Last years event enabled countywide watershed cleanup from creeks to beaches hosting 1,567 volunteers who collected 30,807 pounds of debris. This years 28th annual CCD will take place on Saturday, September 15th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at sites throughout the county. This years event will be important in educating SLO County beachgoers about the Japan tsunami,

ECOSLO will also be teaming up with Creek Day organizers once again. This will allow volunteers the opportunity to cleanup at which resulted in the release of one of fifty beach or creek sites 5 million tons of debris into the throughout the county! Pacific Ocean. Tsunami debris has started to wash up on shores Coastal Cleanup Day organizers along the west coast, and it is likely are urging all participants to that California will start seeing the Bring Your Own (BYO) bucket, impacts this year. Fragments will gloves, reused bags, refillable be arriving throughout 2013 and water bottle, and to ride a likely for several years after that. bike, walk, carpool, use public transportation, or do anything (environmentallyRadiation experts agree that it is ecogroovy highly unlikely that any tsunami friendly) that you can imagine. generated marine debris will hold harmful levels of radiation For every ecogroovy action you from the Fukushima nuclear display on the day of the event, emergency. Debris in West Coast you will receive a raffle ticket. states has already been tested, Raffle prizes include a chance to and no radioactive contamination win a night for two at Cliffs Resort, was found. When the debris two Whale Watching passes with arrives, it will probably be beach Sub Sea Tours, a bike tune-up from cleanup volunteers who remove Cambria Bike Outfitter (worth it. Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers $75), and many more prizes from will be educated about how to generous local sponsors! identify and handle potential tsunami debris and will also be given data collection cards to track the arriving wreckage.

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Baby sleep

Child Development

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Before 6 weeks of age, a babys biological clock is too immature to even tell the difference between day and night. Sleep comes when it will, and all we can do is try to promote as much sleep as we can. Babies lives consist of eating and After a couple weeks of sleepless sleeping around the clock, with nights, desperation set in and I maybe a little face time mixed in. started wishing that sleep was a This is completely normal! commodity you could trade for on the streets! Sleep plays a huge The second big milestone is at role in the first few years of our about 4-5 months of age. This childrens lives, and it also directly is the Big Daddy of milestones, affects us as parents. Because and most parents will notice the we all know that if baby isnt effects in one way or another. At sleeping no one is sleeping! this age, babies sleep cycles start But how can we maximize our becoming more like an adults. childrens sleep potential? Adults spend only about 20% of night-time sleep in the REM phase. It helps to understand the science The remainder of our night sleep of sleep. As our babies grow, we is made up of non-REM cycles. are constantly on the lookout But new babies sleep cycles are for developmental milestones. split at an even 50/50. When will he give us a first smile, when will she roll over, what At around 4-5 months of age, most about pulling up or babbling, parents notice that their typical eating solid foods, etc.? But most night-time routine suddenly parents dont realize that children doesnt work anymore! This stage reach sleep milestones as well. By has sometimes been labeled the understanding when these come 4 month sleep regression. In and what they mean, you can reality, it is a change that parents help maximize your childs sleep can work with and come out potential. better in the end! The first sleep milestone is usually reached at around 6-8 weeks after birth. This is when babys nighttime sleep becomes organized! What does that mean to us? Well, it means that you will start to get one long chunk of sleep, usually at the beginning of While the sleep maturation process takes many years, we can see changes right away. First, a babys daytime sleep becomes organized. What does this mean? We start to see naps falling into a loose schedule, usually around 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 3:00

pm. We can help babies shape that schedule in conjunction with their circadian rhythm or body clock. We will also see the biological need for an earlier bedtime, typically between 6:008:00 pm. One of the most important things to remember is that the sleeping brain is not a resting brain. It is

constantly growing, developing, and filing away everything our little ones are learning. Sleep is to the brain what food is to the body. While we would never think of depriving our little ones of food, it is important that we view sleep the same way.
Kerrin Edmonds is a Certified Infant & Child Sleep Consultant, and the Founder of Meet you in Dreamland.

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Library Voice
by Kristen Barnhart

Its National Library Card Month, A library card is your key to the Its National Library Card Month, world. Really, as corny as that Its National Library Card Month! sounds, it becomes more valuable every day. Were you as shocked as Not as catchy as The British are I was to discover how expensive coming, but just as necessary to video games are, especially our nations legacy of freedom considering that the game and democracy. And how free is console was already a substantial it? Its FREE! investment? The library has games for Wii, Playstation, and Throughout the month of Xbox that circulate for the same September, San Luis Obispo three-week cycle as books and, of County Libraries are giving course, they are free! everyone the opportunity to trade up to our new, way cool library How about content for an cards, which give you two, two - e-reader, tablet, or smartphone? two cards in one! A small sturdy We have downloadable e-books keychain card and the regular and audio books you can access wallet-size card that we all know online, with your library card and love. number and password (your last name with first letter capitalized) No excuses for not having your working as your own magical card with you to check out on your Abracadabra. own (although we are always here to help!). For families, its heaven- Show your high standards by sent to keep cards for the whole making sure that you keep your Library card in that first slot in your clan right there with your keys.

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wallet, and is bookmarked on your computer. Bring it up in conversation like name dropping: While my family had a film fest based on our favorite books with movies we checked out at the Library, we couldnt help but notice how strong we had become carrying them all home For all you travelers who use your card away from home to renew, place holds, or download books, we have a fun request for you. We are collecting photos of people and their library cards in locations near and far to post on our website. Please post

them at slolibrarycardmonth. September wraps up with my daughters birthday, which marks the first day of Banned Book Week (September 30-October 6). This 30 year old celebration of the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment is the perfect time to reread To Kill a Mockingbird, Harry Potter, In the Night Kitchen, and other potentially subversive classics. We love to help you with all of our services, so come on in to your local branch library and check us out!

Kristen Barnhart has been telling stories, recommending books, and stamping little hands for over 33 years throughout SLO County. She is currently a Youth Services Librarian at the San Luis Obispo Library. Kristen can be reached at (805) 781-5775 or

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with the big kids. During the foundational years of early elementary school, it is important to help your child lay a solid base so that as they face subsequent transitions, theyll have the tools necessary for success. The early years move quickly, and before you know it the proverbial cement has cured and we send our babies off to middle school. I want to focus on the jump to middle school year, because it is perhaps the most significant educational transition for children as they ease their way into independence. Let me qualify my feelings by saying I was a nervous wreck when my eldest son first went to middle school. I was convinced that the school was full of bullies! Thank goodness, our sons social experience was very positive and middle school was a place where he flourished in his studies. For the first time as a parent, I forced myself to let go a bit and allow my son to make his own academic choices. For the most part, we trusted him to stay on top of his studies, manage his homework and study for tests. I believe this contributed to his academic confidence. As a back-up, we monitored his progress with the online grading feature (Power School) offered in the San Luis Coastal Unified School District. I recall that, as the parent of a new middle school student, it was challenging to transition from micro-managing homework (which could easily be done in grade school) to trusting that my child would complete academic tasks in a timely manner. Gone were the days when we could simply run down to the school and drop off a lunch or missed homework at the classroom door. My youngest son is making the big jump to middle school this school year, and we have had many discussions about making good choices, being responsible, and staying organized. However, for me, nothing is more important than knowing that my child feels safe and secure while at school. Towards that end, many middle schools now offer conflict management courses wherein the students develop skills to help resolve conflicts among students (while working with administrators). I highly recommend participating in these courses where offered. Bullying is an issue that concerns parents and children alike, especially during the middle school years. Middle school children often struggle to find their own identity, which can contribute to bullying. I have always encouraged my sons to be respectful towards their teachers and fair with their friends. Its sometimes a tricky balance to support their independence, while interjecting my expectations. I want my sons to have a voice and stand up for themselves, if they find themselves being bullied. If bullying does occur, a trusted teacher, parent, or peer should be notified immediately so the situation can be handled quickly and hopefully stopped. The ultimate goal of every middle school educator is to lay a strong foundation for success in high school. As a teacher, there is no greater reward than when I hear that a former student is flourishing in middle and high school. In middle school, the kids will be challenged by all kinds of different types of teachers. When I hear about teacher complaints, I remind my kids that when they get older they will encounter difficult co-workers or bosses. Learning how to deal with different personality types and teaching styles is a skill that will carry over later in life. The process of learning has value. Good luck to all the new middle school parents and children! As school starts back up, take a second with your son or daughter and remind them that youre proud of them and will be there to provide support during this significant transition.
Jeff Cyr is a k-6th grade educator on the Central Coast, helping parents bridge the gap between classroom and home. Send him questions or comments at

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Celebration of Curiosity
by Walter Reil

As a volunteer public outreach representative for NASAs and Caltechs Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena over the past seven years, I have conducted free multimedia presentations for Central Coast communities bringing the excitement and wonder of astronomy and space exploration to libraries, schools, and community organizations. I am afforded opportunities to receive training from NASA and JPL engineers and scientists on the latest missions orbiting Earth and spacecraft visiting other planets and moons in our solar system and beyond. It is fascinating and humbling to learn about Americas stunning accomplishments beyond Earth and the breathtakingly beautiful objects orbiting our Sun and in the depths of our Milky Way galaxy. I wish to focus on a spectacular new space mission and what it represents for America; the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, which made a flawless landing in Mars Gale Crater on Sunday, August 5th at 10:32 pm Earth Pacific

Daylight Saving Time. Tucked snugly inside its aeroshell cruise cover, Curiosity silently traveled 350 million miles over 8.5 months to reach Mars. Then it performed a stunning and daring descent through the Martian atmosphere to land on the Red Planet. During Seven Minutes of Terror, Curiosity entered the fiery Mars atmosphere at a blistering 13,000 miles per hour, then started slowing down beneath a huge hypersonic parachute. The 2,000-pound Curiosity spacecraft continued its descent, shedding its cover and parachute, emerging beneath an amazing first-ever, rocketpowered sky crane hover craft that lowered Curiosity on cables to the Martian surface at a gentle 2 miles per hour. The entire 7 minutes of complex, split-second landing maneuvers were performed automatically with guidance from Curiositys on-board computer, and without any help from us on Earth. In fact, this extraordinary landing occurred 14 minutes before we could learn whether it had been a success

or failure. This waiting period was very anxious for mission personnel! My family watched all of the action via NASAs Internet TV channel, and enjoyed seeing mission personnel at JPLs Mission Control Center erupt with cheers, jump for joy, and hug each other as they learned of the successful landing. I was in tears as we popped open a bottle of Champagne to celebrate. We nailed it! America triumphed over incredible odds, now having six new rover wheels on Mars (with parts made on the Central Coast!). Learn more at my MSL Curiosity blog webpage, which includes wonderful pictures, explanations, and links to outstanding videos and mission information:

The spectacular nuclear-powered Curiosity rover mission represents something vitally important to all Americans. Our nation desperately needed a successful landing and continued exploration of Mars. This mission, featuring the most complex robotic spacecraft ever built and the most sophisticated and powerful array of scientific instruments ever sent to another planet, represents the premier achievements of phenomenal science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Over the past 50 years, America had been the worlds leader in STEM education, technological innovations, and daring exploration missions on and beyond Earth. In addition to Curiosity on Mars, the famous Mars rover Opportunity is still operational 8 years after its 90-day primary mission. NASAs Cassini spacecraft has been orbiting Saturn for 8 years, the Messenger spacecraft is orbiting Mercury, the New Horizons spacecraft will arrive at Pluto in 2015, the Juno spacecraft will arrive at Jupiter in 2016, and American spacecraft are orbiting our Moon and the Sun. JPL and NASA missions represent what is wonderful about Americas strong foundation in STEM education. This is absolutely vital to our nations well-being and progress. Beginning in 1958 with the launch of Americas first spacecraft JPLs Explorer I (weighing just 30 pounds), NASAs and JPLs Earth and solar system exploration missions have resulted in amazingly powerful spinoffs of technology, including satellite communications and TV, smart phones, desktop computers, automobile electronics, and new medical equipment and treatment techniques. The list is endless, spreading prosperity throughout our nation by creating jobs and

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improving our standard of living. Not a penny is spent in space; all work performed to support space exploration is done by humans on Earth. I am excited to see Curiosity and other missions in progress and being planned and developed, to help us learn more about ourselves as human beings and whether there may be life, or conditions that could support life, beyond Earth. This all requires STEM education, which is the backbone of our nations economy and way of life. Unfortunately, the availability and quality of STEM education is rapidly and dangerously deteriorating. We are failing our children and their future, as our place in the worlds educational systems has been declining for many years, especially in STEM education. Our children deserve much better. They deserve the best. We must provide it. Communities throughout our nation are now recognizing this crisis, and developing partnerships to strengthen and enhance STEM education inside and outside of schools. Im a founding member of the Central Coast STEM Collaborative (, which serves communities from Paso Robles to Santa Barbara. This all-volunteer organization is comprised of many educators, business leaders, nonprofit STEM education organizations, and local residents working to improve the future for our children and future generations. I encourage you to check out JPLs new Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity mission and other NASA missions. I also encourage your involvement in the Central Coast STEM Collaborative. Our children could soon be designing, building, and operating space and ocean exploration missions, or becoming medical doctors and technicians, or designing and constructing the computers, buildings, and highways of tomorrow. They must be given the tools to succeed. STEM education, combined with other core instruction and the arts, provides these tools. Americas future prosperity, security and survival depend upon it.
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by Guy Crabb

One of my favorite things is to go to Disneyland, and I have been going since I was about 3 years old. I have this great old picture of my mom and brother in the monkey cage railroad car on the Kasey Jr. Ride. My dad had a Polaroid camera, so I have several old black and white pictures that he took of us on a trip to Disneyland.

My wife and I spent four days at the Happiest Place On Earth this summer and visited the new Cars Land in California Adventure. As we stood in line on a Tuesday morning, we were talking about the old rides that used to be in the Cars Land area. Walt Disney didnt want anything to stay the same forever, so he was always replacing or recreating rides and lands in his parks. When the park finally opened, we were whisked along with hundreds of get there as quickly as I could. When California Adventure Park other people to Cars Land. As we rounded a corner, I noticed As I turned the last corner before opened in 2001, my wife and I went that the folks at Disney had torn the Spooners Cove parking lot, directly to the Golden Dreams Theater where Whoopi Goldberg narrated a great film on the history of California. The movie opened with the Chumash village at Montana de Oro. I absolutely loved seeing the scenes that I had watched Disney filming.

down a theater across from the water show area and replaced it with Ariels Undersea Adventure from The Little Mermaid. I was bummed out about the theater being demolished, because it always reminded me of when the Disney Company came to Montana de Oro to film a movie for their new California Adventure Park. It was a complete village, built to resemble those inhabited by Lets jump into my wayback groups of Chumash hundreds of machine to a day in 1999. I was years ago. They were filming a working in my classroom when group of Chumash actors landing a parent came in to tell me a on the beach in their tomol and secret. This parent knew of others milling around the village. my love for Disneyland, and that It was a very cool experience, I would be interested to find out and I went back several times what a crew from Disney was to take pictures. One day, the doing in Montana de Oro. That security people let me go down day after work, I zipped home to on the set to get a closer look grab my camera and took a drive at the village. I was in heaven, out to Spooners Cove. I was surrounded by two things I love excited and curious and tried to Disney and California history.

I was stunned to see an entire Chumash village occupying the beach. The security crew had the parking lot blocked off, so I had to drive up to the cliffs beyond. They had big white tents set up in the parking lot below, where the Disney staff ate and built props for the film. On the beach were several traditional Chumash huts and a canoe called a tomol.

lighthouse during a nasty storm and you will recognize Montana de Oro. The area where the film crew built their temporary lighthouse is still known as Disney Point. I also read that the seaside town scenes in the movie were filmed in Avila Beach. Other movies filmed in the city of San Luis Obispo and in the county go back as far as 1923 when The Ten Commandments was filmed on the Guadalupe Dunes. A more recent movie filmed at San Luis Obispo High School, in downtown San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay is a real stinker titled I Know Who Killed Me starring Lindsey Lohan. I remember when the movie Little Giants was filmed in San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande in the early 1990s. There seemed to be something in the newspaper every other day about shooting that movie because it had two Hollywood stars; Rick Moranis and Ed ONeill. Of the many movies filmed in San Luis Obispo County, my favorite is Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End, which came out in 2007. Once again, the Disney Company came to the Guadalupe Dunes to shoot the opening moments of the movie as Johnny Depp went sliding down the sand. Sometimes, learning about local history is as much fun as a day at the movies!
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

Chumash village at Spooners Cove in Los Osos

Golden Dreams was not the only Disney movie filmed in our county. In the mid 1970s, the Disney Company came to Montana de Oro for the first time to film a famous animated/live action movie called Petes Dragon. The next time you watch this movie, look for the scene of the

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Family Life

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Todays families always seem to be on the go, rushing off in all directions. With such busy schedules, it is hard to find time when everyone can be together. The answer is Family Fun Night! You can schedule them once a week, once a month, or whenever you like. Many of my friends grew up observing a special night when their whole family could spend quality time together. No matter what time you choose, just remember to put it on your familys master calendar and keep it family only.

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a Magic Night, or even a Night Out Night. If you are short on ideas, go online to sites like: http:// familyactivities1.html or browse through An Introduction To Family Nights: Family Nights Tool Chest by Jim Weidmann. One of the most common family nights is Game Night. You can play outdoor or indoor games. Since board games are easy to set up, this makes them a popular choice. There are over 5,000 board games available, but most families have their favorites. Make sure that everyone will enjoy playing the games, and let each family member help choose the games. Consider games that match age and skill levels, and vary the games you play so that no one gets bored or tired. Games fit into different types: classic, strategy, multi-faceted, skill and action computer games, and even kitchen table games. Classic games include Scrabble, Boggle, Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Clue, Monopoly, Operation, Othello, Parcheesi, Pictionary, Sorry, Trivial Pursuit, and Trouble. Strategy games (for those who like a challenge) are Battleship, Checkers, Chess, Backgammon, or Parthenon. Younger kids often like physical games like Twister. MultiFaceted Games (that combine different kinds of skills) are Cranium, Cranium Family Fun, Hoopla, and Whonu. If your family prefers to play skill and action computer games, look at some of the newer DVD games like Captain Bones Gold from Spin Master, or KerPlunk from Mattel. Dinner games work well because you can play them while the family is at the dinner table, and they are quick and easy (many take only a few minutes each). Scope out ideas for dinner games from the book Unplugged Play: No Batteries, No Plugs, Pure Fun by Bobbi Conner. If your family enjoys playing cards, try games such as Go Fish, Concentration, Old Maid, and My Ship Sails. You can find instructions on many card games in Joanna Coles book Crazy Eights and Other Card Games. And dont forget charades! This activity works well for all ages, is very simple to play, and most kids love to act out ideas. If you need help finding new games or learning more about a particular game itself, go online and find this website: http://fun.familyeducation. com/games/33076.html.

An Arts and Crafts Night is a fantastic way for the family to interact. This was always a favorite activity in our household. Collect ideas for craft projects and file them in a three-ring binder by categories. Start a crafts supply box to store art and craft supplies. Family members can work on their favorite project or learn new skills, either working on a cooperative or individual project. At our house, we made homemade gifts for our family and friends, for Mothers Day, Fathers Day, birthdays, and holidays. Some good ideas for family crafts are model building, scrap booking, jewelry making, and creating holiday decorations. Get outside and share some family excitement with a Backyard Night. Set up the grill and barbecue some hot dogs and hamburgers. Put up the badminton net, try croquet, or just toss a ball around. Some of my friends used to pitch a tent in the backyard and have a cook out around a campfire. After dinner, they sat around the campfire telling spooky ghost tales, looking at the stars, and making the all-time favorite camping dessert: smores. For more backyard game ideas, try looking through Moms Handy Book of Backyard Games by Peter Cava, and Run, Jump, Hide, Slide, Splash: The 200 Best Outdoor Games Ever by Joe Rhatigan. A new popular activity for family night is to hold a music night with your own version of American Idol. Plug in a Karaoke machine and microphone, or sing along to musical accompaniment. Kids and adults can dress in costumes and perform by singing, dancing, or both. Pick a family member or two to judge, prop up a few stuffed animals for an audience, and let the show begin! Having a Kitchen Night ranks high on most family lists, since everyone likes to eat. Set themes for each week, put up decorations, and dress in costumes whenever possible. Cook your favorite Mexican dishes; serve a Chinese buffet and eat with chopsticks; prepare a French soire, or experiment with sushi and rice wrapped in seaweed. For a special treat, have an Ice Cream Social: parents supply the ice cream and toppings, and kids build their favorite ice cream sundaes or banana splits! Consider fruit, chocolate, nuts, candy, and broken cookies for yummy toppings. Or hold a cupcake

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Fun by Ian Keable. In the book Thats Magic by Richard Jones, kids can learn how to do the cut and restored rope trick and a multitude of other card tricks. A Night Out is a great way for families to enjoy their community together by attending a concert, a play at the local melodrama, a sports event, or just catching a Friday night flick at the local movie theatre. Young children might enjoy a Reading Night where they can share their favorite stories with parents and siblings. For ideas on good picks to read, check out the book Family Reading Night by Darcy J. Hutchins, ask your favorite youth librarian, or go online to: http://www.ehow. com/way_6170658_family-readingnight-ideas.html. Family fun nights can be a wonderful way for families to share quality time, grow closer, and to have good old-fashioned fun. Try to make them a tradition in your family.
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September 2012 Free Ongoing Events

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


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

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



Baby Safety Month Better Breakfast Month Library Card Sign-Up Month National Honey Month National School Success Month Women of Achievement Month National Courtesy Month Classical Music Month

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Birthstone: Sapphire

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


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

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

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




Flower: Aster


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


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

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



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



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



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


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





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


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

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


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



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



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


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


(Born in 1914)



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


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

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


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



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



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


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





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


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

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


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



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



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


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



jOHNNY ApplESEEDS bIRTHDAY (Born in 1774)

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Family Events
Through SEP 8: Community Art Contest to find amazing artwork to feature on next years Summer Reading Program bags. Contact: or 544-1590. JUN 14-SEP 15 (times vary): GUNSMOKIN at The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville, 1863 Pacific Blvd, Oceano. This western parody is set on the streets of Dodge City during a time of strong, fearless, courageous men, but it is not a story of those men. Come along and frolic on a musical adventure where things may not be quite what they seem. Tickets: $18-$22, with discounts for groups, seniors, students, active military, and children. The in-house snack bar serves great food and drinks before the show and during intermissions. Contact: 489-2499 or http://americanmelodrama. com. JUL 12-SEP 16: FROM RAGS TO RICHES at The Great American Melodrama, 1863 Pacific Blvd, Oceano. Follow a heartwarming American classic as two orphans desperately search for their long lost mother. Will they overcome the villain and survive the streets of New York in their search for happiness? Showtimes: WED & THU at 7:00 pm, FRI & SAT at 8:00 pm, and SUN at 6:00 pm. Cost: $18-22. Contact: 489-2499. FRI AUG 31-SUN SEP 2 (times vary): PASO ROBLES CLASSIC CAR WEEKEND at 1100 Spring St, Paso Robles. Enjoy a cruise, car show, and barbecue with live music. FRI 6;00-8;00 pm: cruise (free) on Spring St, from 6th to 22nd. SAT 9:00 am-4:00 pm: Car Show (free) in downtown city park. SUN 11:00 am-4:00 pm: BBQ at Le Vigne Winery. Contact: 238-0506. FRI AUG 31-SUN SEP 2 10:00 am-4:00 pm: 6th Annual PINEDORADO FEST at Veterans Hall, 1000 Main St, Cambria. This free family event includes an art show, parade, fun run, car show, BBQ, kids games, prizes, food booths, kiddie cars, live music, and more. Contact: 9273624 or SAT SEP 1 at 7:00 am: AFS 21st Annual PINEDORADO 5K FUN RUN at Coast Union High School, 2950 Santa Rosa Creek Rd, Cambria. 7:00 am: Registration. 7:45 am: Race. $20 Entry fee includes a t-shirt ($15 without a t-shirt). The race follows the Pinedorado Parade route. Proceeds provide travel scholarships for local students. Contact: 995-1432 or 9274965. SAT SEP 1 9:00 am-1:00 pm: FUN IN THE SUN SAFETY FAIR at The Home Depot, 1551 Froom Ranch Way, San Luis Obispo. Bring family and friends for a free kids clinic with mask painting and animal balloons. Come see Smokey The Bear. Talk to our Crime Prevention Specialists, and much more. Cost: free. Contact: 596-0857. SAT SEP 1 10:00 am-5:00 pm: ART IN THE PARK at City Park, Harbor and Morro Bay Blvd, Morro Bay. The original outdoor art festival features 100 exhibitors, paintings, photography, pottery, crafts and more! Cost: free. Contact: 772-5755 or SAT SEP 1 at 10:00 am & SUN SEP 2 at 1:00 pm: THE SOUND OF HEAVEN at Santa Maria Fairpark, 937 S. Thornburg, Santa Maria. Participants will enjoy a time of worship through music, dance, and art at this regional gathering for all ages. Cost: free. Contact: 417-337-0499 or http:// SAT SEP 1 at 1:15 pm: San Luis Obispo County GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY 1940s CENSUS RELEASE PARTY at IOOF Hall, 520 Dana St, SLO. Enjoy photos, food, music, artifacts, and 1940s costumes, starting with a research class at 12:15 pm. Cost: free. Contact: 785-0383 or http:// SUN SEP 2 at 5:00 pm: SLO County Women For Agriculture BURGERS AND BEER FESTIVAL at Loading Chute, 6350 Webster Rd, Creston. This family event includes a sampling of the finest local meats and brews and music of Monte Mills and the Lucky Horseshoe Band. Cost: $40-45, sober driver and kids: $25, kids under 6 are free. Proceeds benefit CWA scholarships and agricultural awareness projects. Contact: 674-3233. SUN SEP 2 2:30-6:30 pm: SAN LUIS OBISPO SYMPHONY Pops by the Sea 2012: Pops Romantico! at Avila Beach Golf Resort, 6464 Ana Bay Dr, Avila Beach. This years family-friendly concert features guitarist Jos Maria Gallardo del Rey and violinist Anabel Garca del Castillo. Cost: $12-85. Contact: 543-3533 TUE SEP 4-THU SEP 6 9:00 am-2:00 pm: NATIONAL FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDERS DISPLAY at SLO County Courthouse 1050 Monterey St, and Cuesta College, Hwy 1, SLO. SLO County commemorates Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day with a flag display on the County Courthouse lawn and at Cuesta College. Cost: free. Contact: 305-3235 or THU SEP 6 11:00 am-1200 pm: SANTA MARIA PUBLIC LIBRARY FREE WORKSHOP on how to download eBooks and audiobooks at 421 S. McClelland, Santa Maria. Contact: 9250994 or SEP 6-30 (times vary): THREE SISTERS BY ANTON CHEKHOV at Severson Theater,

800 S. College, Santa Maria. See a portrait of a 19th Century Russian family in crisis. Plus, theres a duel! Cost: $14-19. Contact: 922-8313 or FRI SEP 7-SUN SEP 9 (times vary): THE SPOTTED WHALE CONSIGNMENT EVENT at Embassy Suites, 333 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy steep discounts on name brand clothing, toys, and baby gear. Shop, consign or sell! Cost: free admission. Contact: 242-2213 or http:// SAT SEP 8 at 7:00 am: BEST LITTLE LEAGUE GOLF TOURNAMENT IN THE WORLD at Laguna Lake Golf Course, 11175 Los Osos Valley Rd, San Luis Obispo. SLO Morning Kiwanis Club presents this 3rd annual event to benefit the First Tee Program of SLO, the SLO Symphony Childrens Education Program ,and Achievement House. 7:00 am: golfer check-in breakfast. 8:00 am: shotgun start. Cost: $50 includes breakfast and lunch. Contact: 541-1395. SAT SEP 8 at 5:00 pm: CASAs 10th Annual RENDEZVOUS AT THE COUNTRY CLUB at SLO Country Club, 255 Country Club Dr, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy local Fine Wines, Raffles, Live Music, Gourmet Cuisine, and Auctions. Cost: $100. Contact: 541-6542. SAT SEP 8 10:00 am-2:00 pm: BIRTH AND BABY FAIR at Sukha Wellness Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Beach. Find valuable

information and special deals from local birth professionals including local birth centers, midwives, chiropractors, and more. Cost: free. Contact: 801-8088 or SAT SEP 8 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm: CENTRAL COAST CELEBRATION CHORUS at Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande. This annual production features Alice in Barbershop Land featuring music and a fun story. Cost: $20. Contact: 489-9444 or SUN SEP 9 4:00-5:30 pm: RUMIS POETRY with Crystal Bowls at Sukha Wellness Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Beach. Experience the mystical poetry of Rumi with quartz crystal bowls to open and tune your bodys energy centers (chakras). Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Contact: 801-8088 or FRI SEP 14-SUN SEP 16 (times vary): CRESTON CLASSIC RODEO at Hwy 229 & Swayze St, Creston. This special rodeo features a queen contest, rodeo clown, jackpot team roping, steer riding, barrel racing, calf roping, mutton bustin, food, and vendors. Cost: free. Contact: 2268418 or FRI SEP 14 6:30-8:00 pm: ALL-STAR FUN ZONE at Ludwick Community Center, 864 Santa Rosa St, San Luis Obispo. Kick off the school year with a blast! All fourth-sixth graders are invited

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SAT SEP 15 3:00 & 7:00 pm: ALOHA TODAY, TOMORROW, ALWAYS at PAC, Spanos Theatre, Grand Ave and S Perimeter Rd, Cal Poly, SLO. Experience the sights, sounds and music of ancient and contemporary Hawaii. Captivating hula dancers will chant and dance to ancient hula drumming. Cost: $24-28. Contact: 756-7222. SAT SEP 15 10:00 am-5:00 pm & SUN SEP 16 10:00 am-4:00 pm: 35th Annual CENTRAL COAST CARVERS SHOW at Vets Hall, 10 Cayucos Dr, Cayucos. 30 CA carvers will show and sell handcrafted woodcarvings in many styles. Tools, guides and supplies, demos daily, carving contests, and raffles. COST: Adults $2, age 12 and under free. Contact: 927-3951. SUN SEP 16 11:30 am-12:30 pm: KIDS STORY SWAP at Camp Ocean Pines, 1473 Randall Dr, Cambria. Join a Kids Story Swap at the Peace Love Story Fest, recommended for ages 8 & up. 10:30 am: Warm-up & Coaching Session led by Zette Harbour. Cost: free with $10 festival entry. Contact: 441-6688. WED SEP 19 at 2:00 pm: PASO ROBLES JOB FAIR at Paso Robles Inn, 1103 Spring St, Paso Robles. CA Employment Development Dept, in partnership with Business and Career One-Stop of SLO present a job fair for everyone. Contact: 788-2691. SEP 22 9:00 am-12:00 pm: HUNGER WALK at Food Bank Coalition, 2212 Golden Hill Rd, Paso Robles. 9:00 am: registration. 10:00-12:00: walk. Bring the whole family to support your local community in this county-wide walk to End Hunger One Step at Time! Contact: 238-4664. SEP 22 10:00 am-2:00 pm: CONSERVATION CELEBRATION at Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero. This all-inclusive event will connect how we manage natural resources and protect animals locally and globally. Enjoy this family friendly event with a Learn by Playing theme and fun, hands-on activities. Learn about conservation efforts in our county, have a chance to win fantastic raffle prizes, and so much more! Cost: free with admission. Contact: THU SEP 27-SUN SEP 30 10:00 am-5:00 pm: Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast at Santa Margarita Ranch, 9000 Yerba Buena Ave, Santa Margarita. Celebrate the beauty and bounty of the coastal region with this event showcasing area winemakers, chefs, and artisanal food producers. Cost: $50-150. Contact: 5418000. FRI SEP 28 at 4:00 pm & SAT SEP 29 at 10:00 am: 75th Annual ARROYO GRANDE HARVEST FESTIVAL in Arroyo Grande Village. Enjoy a parade, pie eating contests, weiner dog races, food and craft booths, music, salsa and chili cookoffs, a free movie, haunted maze, and games! Contact: http://

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1st & 3rd THU of every month 6:007:00 pm: Free Class On How To Read Music at The Piano Outlet, 485 North Frontage Rd, Nipomo. Introduction to the basic building blocks of music notation and how to read and play music with emphasis on pitch and duration, or rhythm. No need to register. Just show up! Contact: 541-350-1703 or Every TUE & THU 9:30 am or 6:30 pm: Moms Group Drop-in classes at 5 Cities Swim School, 425 Traffic Way, Arroyo Grande. $7 members, $9 Non-members. This fun year-round class for parents and babies 3 mos to 2 yrs includes swimming skills, bonding, and songs. Contact: 4816399 or 1st MON every month 12:15-12:45 pm: Sukha Wellness Center welcomes Heidi Harmon for a singing and dancing good time at 6615 Bay Laurel Place, Avila Beach. Helps kids with active participation and camaraderie, developing creativity, reducing performance anxiety and building memorization skills. Cost: $5. Contact: 801-8088. Every MON 6:30 pm: Prenatal Yoga With Mary Sage Sennewald at Sukha Wellness Center, at 6615 Bay Laurel Place, Avila Beach. Learn essential exercises and techniques to use throughout pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Meet other pregnant women and learn about local resources. Cost: $8. Contact: 8018088. Every TUE 6:00-7:30 pm: Womens Depression Group with Michelle Ogle, LMFT at 411 Traffic Way #A, Arroyo Grande. Explore your personal journey among like-minded women. Share adversity and strengths. Learn to Set boundaries and Goals. Evolve through others experiences. Be happy without compromising who you are. Ongoing groups. Call for brief screening and info. Contact: 260-5710. Every TUE at 6:30 pm: Central Coast Weight Loss Challenge Lessons and Classes at Crossroads Wellness, 1542 W Branch St, Arroyo Grande. This 12week program advises proper nutrition

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to dance to a live DJ, play video games, enjoy sports and activities, socialize with friends, and eat snacks in a safe, staffsupervised environment. All children must be signed in and out by and adult. Cost: $5/child. Contact: 781-7289. SAT SEP 15 11:00 am-6:00 pm & SUN SEP 16 11:00 am-3:00 pm: Annual MORRO BAY AVOCADO & MARGARITA FESTIVAL at 714 Embarcadero, Morro Bay. Enjoy the best CA avocados in all variations of culinary delights as well as refreshing beverages, specialty foods, live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, and fun contests! New this year: a large family area, coloring contest, games, entertainment, and fun foods! Entry fee: $1 per person (a share donated to the SLO Food Bank). Contact: AvoMargFest. com. SAT SEP 15 9:00 am-12:00 pm: KIDS FISHING CLINIC at Lopez Lake Recreation Area, 6800 Lopez Dr, Arroyo Grande. Bring the Kids (under 16) to the Nature Center near the Marina. Attendees must sign up before 11:00 am to allow time to fish. Kids will be given lessons with an experienced fishermen on fishing ethnics and conservation, knot tying, fish types and ecology, as well as how to cast your line. All equipment provided and everyone will fish. Rain cancels. Contact: 788-2381. SAT SEP 15 9:00 am-12:00 pm: CREEK AND COASTAL CLEAN UP DAY at various SLO County Creeks and Beaches, San Luis Obispo. Site Captains and volunteers of all ages needed to get outdoors and do something great for the environmental community! Cost: Free. Contact: 544-1777 or SAT SEP 15 at 9:00 am: ZOO TO YOU DOCTOR DOLITTLE SHOWING at Park Cinemas 9, 1100 Pine St, Paso Robles. Enjoy a special showing of the original Doctor Dolittle (staring Rex Harrison) to benefit Zoo To You Wildlife Education. There will be raffle prizes and lots of fun before the show, including a special 9:00 am meet and greet with Zoo To You animal ambassadors. Movie starts at 9:45 am. Cost: $10-15. Contact: 391-0604. SAT SEP 15 10:00 am: THE CRAFT FAIR at Cambria Veterans Hall, 1000 Main St, Cambria. Enjoy arts and crafts galore in a beautiful seaside town. Contact: 9273065. SAT SEP 15 10:00 am-1:00 pm: 4-H SLO HIKERS at Bob Jones Trail, Ontario Rd, San Luis Obispo. Bring the whole family for a lovely and leisurely hike with stops along the way and a resting point at Avila Beach with snacks and water! Walk some or all of the 5-mile Bob Jones Trail! Meet at the East trailhead entrance off Ontario Rd at 10:00 am (bring your own water). Cost: free. Contact: 781-5944.

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and food choices while encouraging exercise. Each person will receive personalized one-on-one coaching. Participation costs $39 for all 12 weeks. $10 of each entry will be donated to a local childrens charity, and the rest of the proceeds will be awarded to the biggest loser. Contact: 489-4466 or Every other THU 3:30-4:30 pm: Paws to Read ProgramReading to Rover at Atascadero Library, 6850 Morro Rd. Join Captain, a 6 year-old tan and white rough-coated Jack Russell Terrier and his human friend Anne Harris, for a relaxed hour of stories. Captain, a certified therapy dog, loves it when children read to him! For dates, call 461-6161. 4th WED of every month at 10:00 am: Wednesdays at the Movies at Morro Bay Library, 625 Harbor St. Watch a free flick and discuss it with friends! Contact: 7726394 or http://morrobayfriendsoflibrary. org. Every SAT 11:00 am-4:00 pm: ADOPT-APET events at Petco in Madonna Plaza Shopping Center, 271 Madonna Rd, SLO. Cats and kittens are spayed or neutered, tested and vaccinated. A free vet exam is included. Cost: Adoption fees are $60 for one or $80 for two. Contact: 5499228 or Los Osos Pet Lost & Found Headquarters connects people with their LOST pets and allows those who have FOUND a pet to locate the owner. If you are unable to secure a found pet in your home, call 528-5611. Sponsored by Squeaks, Chirps & Bubbles Pet & Feed Store, 1030 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos. If you found or lost a pet in Los Osos, call 528-5611 or 801-6640. Tree of Life at 7730 Morro Rd, Suite 106, Atascadero, is a non-profit organization helping women and families facing an unplanned pregnancy with free pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds, baby clothes and supplies, as well as medical referrals and other practical assistance. All services are free and completely confidential. Contact: 461-3405 or www. Every WED at 4:30 pm: Read to Skipper the Dog at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Skipper is a good listener. Contact: 528-1862 or http://slolibrary. org. Every WED-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & SAT 10:00 am-5:00 pm: Free Electronic Waste Drop Off at Exploration Station, 867 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach. Drop off any item with a cord (all electronics and small appliances). Not accepted: large appliances, batteries, and light bulbs. Tax receipts and free pick-up for large TVs and loads of electronic waste. Contact: 473-1421 or Every WED 10:00 am-6:30 pm: North County Humane Society offers microchip clinics at 2300 Ramona Rd, Atascadero. Get your cat microchipped, so youll never have to worry about them getting lost. Its the best $15 you will ever spend! Contact: 2nd TUE every month 7:00-9:00 pm: SLO NightWriters offers educational speakers at the PG&E Education Center, 6588 Ontario Rd. SLO NightWriters is the premier writing organization on the Central Coast. All are welcome. Contact: Every FRI 10:00-11:30 am: Postpartum Education for Parents (PEP) at One Consignment, 240 E HWY 246, #105, Buellton. Contact: 564-3888 or www. AIKIDO FOR KIDS - Get Fit at Aikido of SLO, 209 Bonetti, SLO. Ongoing classes are for ages 4-11 (kids are divided into two age groups). Children learn how to be safe without hurting others. The learning environment is fun and skilled teachers are friendly. Classes include safety techniques, games, tumbling, and cooperative interaction skills. Contact: or 544-8866. La Clinica de Tolosa is a nonprofit childrens dental clinic in Paso Robles providing a full range of quality pediatric dental care for ages 1 to 12. It serves lowincome children throughout the county who are uninsured or covered by public insurance programs such as Medi-Cal. Contact:, or 238-5334. Every FRI 1:00-2:00 pm: Mommy and Me Little Swimmers in a warm water therapy pool at 1443 Cazadero St, SLO. Jacks Helping Hand offers a parent & child class designed to engage children ages 2 to 8 with special needs in fun water activities that encourage physical and social development. Cost: $20 for 4 classes and scholarships are available. Join anytime! Taught by Kay Heaton, B.S.M.S, Kinesio-Therapist. Contact: 5471914.

of San Luis Obispo County crisis line: 781-6400 business phone: 781-6401 email: www.
Volunteer as a Good Neighbor! Make a difference in the life of an older adult or an adult with a disability. Once trained, volunteers choose services to contribute and schedule volunteer hours at their convenience. Training is scheduled monthly at Wilshire Community Services, 285 South St, Ste J, SLO. Contact: 5477025 x 17. Volunteer at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art! Stop by at 1010 Broad St (west end of Mission Plaza) or email volunteer@ 2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00 pm: Caregiver Support Group at Cayucos Community Church, Ocean Ave & S 3rd St. Free support group for caregivers and family members dealing with longterm illness, memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimers. Contact: 458-7484. 1st SAT every month 9:00 am-12:00 pm: Elfin Forest Work Parties. Dress for wind, fog, or sun (layers work well) in long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and sturdy shoes. Meet at the north end of 15th St in Los Osos. Contact: 528-0392 or 2nd SAT every month: Family programs at San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden. Contact: 541-1400 or Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Remain Independent Despite Vision Loss at Santa Maria Terrace, 1405 E. Main St. New ways of doing daily tasks are taught by the Braille Institute, such as managing the home, traveling, and use of talking library books. Contact: 462-1225. 2nd & 4th MON every month at 6:30 pm: MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet at Pacific Christian Church, 3435 Santa Maria Way, Santa Maria. Childcare provided. Contact: 934-3491 or www. Teen Wellness Program: TUE 3:006:00 pm & FRI 3:00-5:30 pm at Arroyo Grande EOC Health Services Clinic, 1152 E Grand Ave. Health services, including reproductive health services, in a safe environment with staff trained to screen, assess, and provide intervention. Appointment preferred. Contact: 4894026. 1st WED every month at 9:00 am: Community Action Partnership Senior Health Screening at First United Methodist Church, 275 N. Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande. Free and lowcost services for people 50 and older including blood pressure, pulse, weight, total cholesterol, screening for anemia, diabetes and fecal blood, nutritional counseling, and referrals. Contact: 4812692 or 788-0827. 1st WED every month at 12:00 pm: Disabled American Veterans luncheon meeting at Veterans Memorial Bldg, 313 W. Tunnell St, Santa Maria. Contact: 3450402. Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm: Widowed Support Group at New Life Church, 990 James Way, Rm 14, Pismo Beach. Arrive 10 min early for 1st meeting. Offered by Hospice of SLO Co. Contact: 544-2266 or 1st THU every month at 6:15 pm: Commission on the Status of Women meets at Coast National Bank, 500 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. The Commission is an official advisory group to the SLO County Board of Supervisors to identify issues of concern to women that are not currently the focus of other advocacy or advisory organizations. Contact: 7883406. Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon Family Support Group at Luis OASIS Senior Center, 420 Soares Ave, Orcutt. Contact: 937-9750. 2nd SUN every month 1:00-3:00 pm: Free Reiki energy balancing and relaxation at Sukha Wellness Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Place, Avila Beach. 30 min sessions, no disrobing, 5 certified practitioners. Contact: 235-6283. 3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm: How to Survive Divorce seminar at the San Luis Obispo Womens Community Center, 1124 Nipomo St, #D in SLO. Practical tips, pointers, and suggestions for handling family law issues. $10.00 donation requested for handout materials and book. Contact: 544-9313 to register. 4th TUE every month at 5:30 pm: Legal Clinic for Self-Represented Litigants at the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse Law Library, 1050 Monterey St in SLO, #125. SLO County Bar Assn Family Law Section & Womens Community Center provide one-on-one legal advice for

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persons filing divorces w/o an attorney, and a document preparer to assist in completing court-required forms. Min. $40.00 donation. Limit: 12 participants. Contact: 544-9313. Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention (SARP) Center of San Luis Obispo County offers: Weekly Drop-In Support Group for Sexual Assault Survivors; 24 Hour Crisis Line; Advocacy and Accompaniment; Peer Counseling; Individual Clinical Counseling; Prevention & Education Programs; and Womens Empowerment and Self Defense Workshops. Contact: 545-8888 or 1st THU every month at 6:15 pm: Commission on the Status of Women meets at Coast National Bank, 500 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. The Commission is an official advisory group to the SLO County Board of Supervisors to identify issues of concern to women that are not currently the focus of other advocacy or advisory organizations. Contact: 7883406. Every MON 4:00-5:00 pm: Jacks Yoga for Teens in San Luis Obispo Veterans Building, 801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Classes are free with Jacks Helping Hand Scholarships, all abilities and special needs welcome, ages 10-18. Classes are taught by certified yoga instructor Shoosh Crotzer. Contact: 547-1914 or Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED 3:005:00 pm: Jacks Adaptive Toy Lending Library - Jacks Helping Hand at Central Coast Gymnastics, 21 Zaca Lane, #100 in San Luis Obispo. Traditional and adaptive toys for children with all types of disabilities to check out. Inhome appointments also available. Cost-Free! Contact: 547-1914 or www. Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI 4:00-7:00 pm: Jacks Adaptive Toy Lending Library - Jacks Helping Hand at Pats Place in Nipomo Recreation Community Rm, 671 W Tefft St, Ste 2, Nipomo. Traditional and adaptive toys for children with all types of disabilities to check out. Inhome appointments also available. Cost-Free! Contact: 547-1914 or www. Every THU 11:00 am-2:00 pm & SUN 1:004:00 pm: Katies Korner Adaptive Toy

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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 Divorce Support Group meets weekly at 1540 Marsh St. Suite 260 in SLO. Licensed Psychotherapist Ben Elfant-Rea leads the group. Contact: 903-2604 or www. 1st MON every month at 6:00 pm: Free Infant-Child CPR Class at 5 Cities Swim School, 425 Traffic Way, Arroyo Grande. Contact: 481-6399 or 1st THU every month 9:30-10:30 pm: Bike Happening at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa! After Farmers Market, enjoy pedaling with hundreds of bikers, or just watch. Different costume-decoration themes every month. Have fun and obey all traffic laws! Contact: http:/ Last TUE every month at 7:00 pm: Birth & Baby Resource Network sponsors free education events at EcoBambino, 863 Monterey St, SLO. Contact: www.bbrn. org or 546-3755. Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm: ADOPT A PET at Petco, 2051 Theater Dr, in Paso Robles. Cats are available for adoption through NCHS. Dogs are available through Short n Sweet Dog Rescue. Contact: 466-5403. Find the Adventures With Nature & Mind Walk schedule from Morro Bay Museum of Natural History at: naturewalks.html. Every FRI at 7:00 pm: Senior Ballroom Dancing at Madonna Inn. If you are a senior (single or attached) and like ballroom dancing, this is the place! Look left of the bandstand for a table sign Senior Dancers. Dance, chat and listen to good music. No fees; no dues; just fun! Contact: 489-5481 or dg17@juno. com. Literacy Council for San Luis Obispo County has an ongoing and urgent need for volunteer tutors and offers free training in SLO. Contact: 541-4219 or

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Become a volunteer tutor for adults learning to read, write, or speak English with Central Coast Literacy Council. No teaching experience or ability to speak a 2nd language required. Tutor training at Santa Maria Library on SAT FEB 25 & SAT MAR 3. Contact: 925-0951 x 837, or stop by the office at Santa Maria Library. Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens offers many free services: Senior Connection - connecting callers with local resources; HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) one on one assistance for Medicare beneficiaries, advise and referrals for long term care options, and help with billing / appeals; Vial of Life magnetized containers with medical information; a Senior Resource Directory for SLO or SB counties, and much more. Contact: 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 Central Coast Astronomical Society plans a Dark Sky Star Party every month at Santa Margarita Lake KOA Campground at sunset. CCAS also sponsors special guest speakers and programs periodically. Event details and schedules, weather updates, and local resources can all be found at: www. Contact:

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Local Resources

Alternative Education
on the Central Coast

Integrated curriculum founded on life experiences, in-depth study, and active immersion in the arts for grades 1-8. Attendance Mon-Thu with homeschool Fridays. Carpooling encouraged. Contact: 434.2217, SLO Classical Academy. Private school. Part time or full time classical education in SLO. Part time options are Tuesday/ Thursday or Monday/ Wednesday with a Friday enrichment day. Contact: 548-8700, www. Sage Creek Sudbury. Modeled after Sudbury Valley School. Opening in the Fall of 2010. Contact: 489-3820, Childrens House Montessori School in Atascadero strives to help each child reach his/her greatest potential, by embracing learning and appreciating and respecting the world. Contact: 466-5068, www. Montessori Childrens School in San Luis Obispo seeks to inspire a passion for excellence, to nurture curiosity, creativity and imagination, and to awaken the human spirit of every child. They offer classes for children ages 3-12. Contact: 544-6691, http:// Central Coast Montessori School in Morro Bay offers a rich, individualized academic environment to promote independence and optimum scholastic achievement. Contact: 772-9317, PuBLIC SCHOOLS Cambria Montessori Learning Center. Tuition-free public school in Morro Bay for grades K-6th through the Family Partnership Charter School. Contact: 927-2337 or 541-2412. Application forms are available at Santa Maria Joint Union Home School. Accredited high school program at Santa Maria Public Library. Interactive student-parent-teacher partnership providing educational resources and a mentor teacher. Students may qualify to enroll in community college courses in addition to their regular secondary classes. Students are eligible to participate in high school sports, clubs, and activities. Contact: 937-2051 X2761 or X2762.

Templeton School District Independent Study. Contact: 4345875, com. West Mall Alternative School. Independent Study Home School in Atascadero. Contact: 462-4238, Alternative. HOMESCHOOL ORGANIZATIONS California Homeschool Network is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the right of parents to educate their children. Their website provides information about current state and federal legislation affecting homeschooling families, and how to get started. CA law requires that all children between the ages of 6 and 18 attend a public full-time day school unless they are exempted. Understanding your options and abiding by the law will help you avoid truancy. Contact: 800 327-5339, http:// Homeschoolers of the Central Coast. An inclusive Yahoo! group for homeschoolers meeting on a regular basis for interaction and scheduled field trips: Homeschoolers_of_the_Central_ Coast/ Santa Maria Inclusive Learners. A Yahoo! group offering free homeschool enrichment and support in the Santa Maria Valley: santa_maria_inclusive_learners/ HOMESCHOOLING LINKS index.htm http://www.homeschoolnews Note: This feature is published as space allows and is a work in progress. Please submit updates, corrections, or additional resources to:

Central Coast families are fortunate to have a wide variety of quality choices for their childrens education. Following are some options for those seeking secular alternative education. For more information on independent and religious schools, go to: sd or
Parent Participation. Core classes for parents and children to enhance parenting skills, meet other families, and allow children time to play with others of the same age. Enrichment classes are offered, such as Spanish, Cooking and Gardening, and a Cooperative Preschool at CL Smith. Register through the San Luis Coastal Adult School. Contact: 549-1222, CHARTER SCHOOLS CAVA California Virtual Academies. and K give kids the chance to learn at the pace and in ways that are right for them. Online schooling aligned with California state standards. Teacher support as needed, meetings and work samples required quarterly. Contact: (866) 339-6790, www. or Family Partnership. A tuition-free K-12 independent study public school serving Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties. Home study charter schools in San Luis Obispo (165 Grand Ave), Solvang, Santa Maria, and Cambria. Meet with teachers weekly and turn in work samples. Contact: 686-5339, www. Olive Grove. Independent study home school with sites in San Luis Obispo (165 Grand Ave), Santa Maria, Lompoc, Los Olivos, and Santa Barbara. Meet with teacher weekly and turn in work samples. Enrichment classes also offered. Contact: 543-2701, www.sbceoportal. org/losolivos. NATURE BASED SCHOOLS SLOWanders. Offering nature-based education in SLO County. Programs include wilderness living skills, naturalist studies, wildlife tracking, awareness skills, and rites-of-passage customized for after-school, homeschool, and personal one-on-one mentoring. Weekend workshops for adults. Contact: 215-0595, www. Outside Now. Summer, after-school, and private nature-based education in SLO County. Contact: 541-9900, Coyote Road Regional School. Natural Science and Outdoor Education. Contact: 466-4550, www. INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS The Laureate School. Project-based, differentiated learning that develops critical thinking, coursework in arts, technology, and foreign language, and a school-wide character development program. Interactive learning in a small-class environment that addresses students unique learning needs. 880 Laureate Lane in San Luis Obispo. Contact: 544-2141, www. Clarity Steiner School. Waldorf education for first and second graders. Class meets four days per week in Nipomo. Contact: 929-6878. Santa Lucia School. Independent school on 5 acres in Templeton. Peace education for over 25 years.

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