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November 2012

Getting Out .................... 2 Library Voice ................. 4 Education ....................... 6 Fun & Games ................. 9 Safety ............................ 10 Local History ................ 12 Family Life ................... 14 Self Care ....................... 15 Calendar ........................ 17 Family Events ............... 18 Local Resources .......... 20 Alt Education .............. 22

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Getting Out
Stormy Weather? Enjoy the Great Indoors!
by Jennifer Best

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The Paso Robles Childrens Museum, 623 13th Street in Paso Robles, is centered around a vintage fire engine, which was donated along with the old fire house where the museum is located. Santa Marias Discovery Museum on McClelland Avenue offers an agricultural focus, while the Exploration Station, 867 Ramona Avenue in Grover Beach, strives toward scientific exploration. Active water babies of all ages still can get in a splash on the coolest or rainiest of days in the comfort of the indoors. 5 Cities Swim School in Arroyo Grande features a 90 degree heated pool and classes for all ages. Lompoc Aquatic Center offers three indoor pools, including a cooler lap pool, warm play pool with water slides and climbing structures, and a very warm therapy pool. Dressing rooms and showers are ample at this less-expensive option, though open hours are more limited than those at 5 Cities Swim School. Picking apples at SLO Creek Farm, San Luis Obispo
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One of the great things about living on the Central Coast is spring-like weather almost year round. While other parts of the nation suffer with sleet and snow, ice and cold, tornado season, hurricane season, and more, were blessed with weather that beckons us outdoors almost every day of the year. Almost.

holiday season. Winter vacations and holidays bring not only cooler temperatures, but houses full of visitors looking for adventure and entertainment.

Childrens museums are the easy go-to for the younger set. All of the childrens museums on the Central Coast are works in progress after relatively recent Now and again, temperature dips moves or expansions. San Luis drive our temperate souls inside, Obispo Childrens Museum, 1010 or rain douses our plans for a day Nipomo Street, includes a fun at the beach or the park, or on the village for preschoolers who want trail. This can be a challenge for to play house or post office, dress families with active children used up in costume and climb on stage, to everyday jaunts in the sunshine, or play the part of firefighters or Or try something completely particularly during the coming bankers. different: bowling. Kids love the challenge of getting the ball to the lane, let alone hitting the pins Central Coast Family PO Box 6424, Los Osos, CA 93412 down the alley. Pismo Bowl on Our goal is to connect Central Coast families with the resources they need to thrive! Pomeroy offers classic play on wooden lanes, while Mustang EDITOR PUBLISHER Patrice Vogel David Vogel Lanes at Cal Polys Julian McPhee Phone: (805) 528-0440 Phone: (805) 540-7100 University Union offers the latest Fax: (805) 439-0798 Fax: (805) 540-7101 amenities including automated bumpers. Food is available at or near each of these alleys. Rancho ADVERTISING ASSOCIATE EDITOR Bowl at 28 East Donovan Road in Claire Vogel (805) 528-0440

Santa Maria has an arcade, caf, and kids party room. Cold, rainy days present perfect opportunities to explore the arts by visiting any of a number of museums throughout the Central Coast. With any art museum, parents may want to consider prerunning the exhibits. Artists are free to express themselves, and sometimes resulting images may offend some visitors or frighten young guests. And while children are often welcome in museums, the adults who accompany them are expected to maintain control of youthful exuberance: visitors should keep their voices low and their hands to themselves. In San Luis Obispo, children are always welcome at SLO Museum GRAPHIC DESIGN Out of the Blue


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of Art, 1010 Broad Street, just off Mission Plaza downtown. Museum exhibits rotate regularly and may feature any media, from blown glass to fabric sculptures, paintings to photography. Budding artists might also try their hand at the wheel at AnamCre Pottery Studio, 570 Higuera Street, #140. This working clay studio offers many classes, as well as open studio hours for students and guests. Call ahead for their current schedule or to arrange your own group gathering. For the more musically inclined, head to Boo Boo Records, 978 Monterey St., in San Luis Obispo. Music is always the focus at Boo Boo, but every Wednesday for more than a decade the back room has turned into a musical play area for the preschool set. Take a seat on the floor and play with stories, songs, instruments, and other impromptu musical docent on hand has stories to tell offerings designed specifically if youre willing to ask. for the youngest musicians and On the north coast, head for the music fans. Museum of Natural History in The Central Coast also offers Morro Bay State Park for handsseveral indoor attractions that on science exhibits and one of include historical education. the best views of Morro Bay and One of our favorites is Solvangs Morro Rock. Elverhoj Museum, 1624 Elverhoj Way. Children are treated like The Pioneer Museum, at 2010 honored guests by volunteers, Riverside Avenue in Paso Robles, who talk about the history of offers myriad antiques and Solvang and the Danish culture collectibles from area farms and families. that survives there. Head to Santa Marias Natural History Museum, 412 S McClelland, to feel a shark skin or compare seabird eggs. Across town, Santa Maria Museum of Flight, 3015 Airpark Drive, shelters a variety of aircraft and World War II paraphernalia. The hangar can be cold, but it is protected from the rain and wind, and chances are very good that the volunteer When in doubt, check in with the local library. Central Coast libraries offer fantastic collections for the entire family. Theyre free! And they often offer special events including story times, book clubs, and performances. For your closest library location, hours, events, and activities, visit libraries.html.

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Library Voice
by Kristen Barnhart

We all have so very much to be grateful for. We live in one of the most beautiful areas in the world. In our busy lives, we can forget that. I commute to work on the RTA bus from Templeton to downtown SLO and the view is never the same twice, especially coming over the grade. This morning, we burst into sunshine after an overcast North County. Sometimes, we look down on a mysterious white comforter flung over San Luis Obispo with little peaks of green or brown sticking up as beacons of the lay of the land. At the library, I find myself humming Louis Armstrongs version of What a Wonderful World as I catch sight of I love you disguised as how do you do, when friends of all ages meet and greet over books. November is National Picture Book Month, and I am certainly grateful for our incredible collection of picture books in the Black Gold Library System. Picture books are treasures waiting to be opened over and over again because, like the Cuesta grade, its never the same story twice. Most picture books are not just for pre-schoolers. In fact, some can almost be too rich

for our youngest patrons. Also, what can be funny to a five-yearold, might be hilarious to a tenyear-old, yet elicit I dont get it from an adult. For many children, picture book memories are as vivid as their recollections of real life experiences and equally influential. Children growing up without these books can have a harder time with empathy, imaginative thinking, and understanding basic plot lines as they grow into their teen and adult years. Middle school kids have a special affinity for picture books, which can be overlooked by educators trapped in the tyranny of test scores. This was driven home to me recently while I helped a friend who teaches at-risk sixth and seventh graders. Her classes are filled with adolescents who were never read to as children, never taken to a library, and who never learned the simplest rhymes and songs most of take for granted. These kids did not get the deep connection of books, cuddles, and love inherent with sharing picture books. My friend is proving everyday that its never too late to build a relationship with beautiful, thoughtful, tearful,

silly, rhyming, colorful, complex, Childrens librarians wait all aquiver for someone, anyone, to and deceptively simple books. share picture books with. We Mo Willems writes the kind of are a strange group of people books that can be easily dismissed who invest ourselves in the lives because of his economic use of of fictional characters as well line drawings. Well, at least their as the lives of our patrons from award-winning style eluded me, birth to infinity. We long for the until Margaret (head of Youth right person to give the perfect Services for SLO County Libraries) book to at the moment they are started reading me the Pigeon ready for it. When we peruse books. I went from eh? to new books, we hold them up and OMG, this is the funniest book in call out the names of patrons we the world! before she got half think will resonate with them, way through Dont Let The Pigeon from toddlers to our dear retired Drive The Bus. Liz Krieger, and we delight in the words; Oh thank you, how did you know?! Yes, we have much to be thankful for here on this glorious stretch of California coast. Show your gratitude this Thanksgiving by bringing home a bag of picture books from the library. Sit together between dinner and Now, I wait with such anticipation pie and read them together. The for Willems new books starring memories you make will bless Elephant and Piggie, that I cannot your family for generations. contain my squeal of delight when it is finally in my hands. This is seriously funny stuff! What was I Kristen Barnhart has been telling stories, thinking before; and why couldnt recommending books, and stamping little hands for over 33 years throughout SLO I see for myself the genius of County. She is currently a Youth Services these books? Because I needed Librarian at the San Luis Obispo Library. Kristen can be reached at (805) 781-5775 a new perspective graciously or provided by a librarian, of course.

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Teaching Kids about the Election

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This November, we elect our president and its an exciting time for our country! In most classrooms, teachers are busy putting up presidential images and creating lessons to help educate students about our system of government. Its always tricky to incorporate the nuances of our political system into the curriculum. Being a history major in college, I found the study of our presidents and the formation of our country to be full of interesting twists and turns. I vividly remember my absolute favorite professor, Mr. Wilson, using quirky voices to describe in exact detail the various significant political points throughout our countrys

history. Mr. Wilsons enthusiasm made the process of learning thrilling! After one semester with him, I was hooked on learning as much as I could about our presidents and history in general. It has always been a goal of mine to bring that same level of excitement and enthusiasm to my classrooms. Recently, I had the privilege of speaking with a group of teenagers about our electoral process and hearing their views about our upcoming election. It was refreshing to know that they cared deeply about the office of the presidency. What surprised me the most, however, was that they had very limited knowledge about our electoral college and

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hold as Americans are amazing gifts that we shouldnt take for granted. Our constitution was created to help guide and shape the governance of our country, but just as important, to give all I didnt want to spoil the fun, of us certain rights. so I encouraged them to go back in history and see when I exited the conversation to give the U. S. public overwhelmingly the teenagers the opportunity to wanted a particular candidate, continue expressing, debating, but the Electoral College voted and taking polls on where differently. Almost instantly, one everyone stood on each tiny of them found the information issue. It was refreshing to hear on a smartphone (technology them talking about issues that does have its advantages), and could affect their future. the conversation erupted in boisterous protest! Watching Young children may ask parents the looks on their faces was truly questions during the election season. Why do people vote? priceless. How do you pick someone to I had to remind the disgruntled vote for? Try to explain things teenagers that elections are at an appropriate age level. While an exciting time because there such conversations can present is the potential for change an opportunity to share parents and opportunity, and that its personal values and viewpoints necessary because we live in an on specific issues, its also ever-changing world. The impact important to encourage critical of an election can have serious thinking skills in our children. consequences, so everyone should participate! I then tossed How do you explain the voting our local ballot initiatives out to and democracy process to a them and reminded them that 5-year-old? Simplify it as much as were voting on much more than possible. An election is a contest, in which every citizen can pick just the presidency. who they want to win. There I went into teacher-mode and is no need to confuse a young gave a Mr. Wilson speech: As child with discussions about the a free society in America, we have electoral college and its role. You the opportunity to make real can demonstrate a basic election change with a simple vote. There process by having your family are places in the world where members participate in a vote. people arent even allowed to vote. The rights and freedoms we Have everyone write down their the popular vote. Everyone was shocked when they learned that sometimes the popular vote and the Electoral College vote have had different outcomes.

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favorite movie or ice cream flavor out of 3 or 4 choices on small pieces of paper. Fold the papers and place into a box. When everyone has cast their ballot, show the kids how the votes are counted to determine a winner. Celebrate the election outcome with a family movie night or ice cream party. our lives, we may not agree on our politics, or in all the quirks and twists of our government, but weve instilled in our children that it is an absolute privilege and honor to be able to cast a ballot. Weve reminded them to keep an open mind about different political perspectives and to try to be informed before making a decision. Above all else, our For more ideas about how to elections are about our country teach kids about voting and coming together and expressing government, find these great patriotism. Internet resources: I hope families can take a moment to talk about the process of the November elections and convey to the younger generation that election-2012 its important and exciting to stay informed and get out and vote! My wife and I have always made it a point to get out and vote in person with both our boys in tow. We realize that throughout
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The next time you are in San Luis Obispo, take a walk to the corner of Monterey and Osos Streets, where the old J.P. Andrews building sits like an immovable fortress. This building has been part of the exciting history of San Luis Obispo for 120 years. The man who built this brick monument has a colorful and incredible story. I can easily say that John Pinckney Andrews was one of the most prominent citizens in the history of the city. He was no ordinary man, to be sure. When Andrews first came to San Luis Obispo County in 1859, our area was a lawless settlement with little leadership. One of the first stories about Mr. Andrews was written the year he first settled in San Luis Obispo. He heard that there was a group of men who were upset because new settlers were not welcome in the area, and they were coming to either move him out or kill him. Andrews quickly armed himself and one of his ranch hands. He held off the hoodlums and was never bothered again. Many stories were written about the life and times of J.P. Andrews. John Pinckney Andrews was born in North Carolina in 1824 into a prominent wealthy family. His great-grandfather ran for president as a Federalist in 1804. Andrews spent many years working in the Baltimore, Maryland area until 1857, when he heard of great

opportunities in California for hardworking ambitious men just like him. People were still coming to California to seek their fortune in the gold fields, and Andrews was just like many other industrious young men of his time. Andrews bought his ticket to fame and fortune. He arrived in San Luis Obispo in 1859 and almost got his head shot off, which Im sure made him think twice about why he settled here. A year later in 1860, Mr. Andrews married Miss Tennessee A. Cheney. Over the years, the couple had 13 children. By 1864, Mr. Andrews was raising cattle and hogs. He made a profit during this year, even though the county was faced with the worst drought in many years. During these years, J.P. Andrews also became known as an excellent shot with his rifle and pistols. He was a great hunter and often went hunting in the county for big game animals such as wild boar, bear, and mule deer. Another interesting story about Mr. Andrews occurred during 1866. During the mid 1860s, our county did not receive any measureable rain, which caused many cattle ranchers in the county to lose thousands of head of cattle. Mr. Andrews bought hundreds of these starving cattle and slaughtered them. He sold the hides, and used the meat to feed his hogs. J.P. was one of the only people who sold hog and cattle meat for a

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high price that year. Ranching was a great occupation, but Andrews was destined for more. In 1873, J.P. Andrews and other community leaders organized the Bank of San Luis Obispo and by 1877, he became President of the bank. Realizing that he could become a success on his own, Andrews built his own bank in 1893. He called his bank the Andrews Banking Company and he was the controlling stockholder. Andrews bank was big, modern, and beautiful, with a huge vault to keep the depositors valuables safe. During the next several years, Mr. Andrews continued to build more two-story brick buildings along Monterey and Osos Streets. The rooms above the bank were used as San Luis Obispos first public library. He stayed President of his bank until 1913, when he handed over control to his son, George H. Andrews. Even though J.P. Andrews was a tough and rugged man, he also was known to have a heart of gold, and the ability to forgive and forget. Andrews had some enemies in his early years, who later became close friends. He donated land across the street from his bank to build our county courthouse, and also gave land to build churches and schools. Even in his later years, Andrews was full of energy and worked tirelessly to improve the city.

I bought the photograph included with this months article several years ago. I have never seen another family portrait of the Andrews family. The picture shows a welldressed family standing proudly around their seated father (J.P. Andrews). You can also see Mrs. Andrews leaning on her husbands shoulder. Another person I can accurately identify in this photo is the fellow standing near the center with one hand in his pocket and his other hand holding a hat. This young man is George H. Andrews, who was born in San Luis Obispo in 1862. At the age of fifteen, George was already working full time on his fathers ranch. He took over the bank after his father retired, and took control of the family businesses after J.P. Andrews died in 1914. Isnt learning about rough and tough guys like J.P. Andrews fun? Whats really cool about this months article is the Andrews family photo that is published here for the first time in many years, or maybe ever.
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Family Life
like the turkey, corn, pumpkins, cranberries, and the cornucopia have become associated with the holiday. Though there is no real evidence that turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving, it has become the center of the meal for most Thanksgiving dinners. Scholars believe that venison and fish was served at the first feast. Benjamin Franklin was instrumental in getting the turkey attention, when he favored making it our national bird (in lieu of the bald eagle). The tradition of serving turkey is mentioned in the History of Plymouth Plantation written by William Bradford in the 1600s. Many families have the tradition of pulling on the turkey wishbone for good luck. Corn is a customary symbol of Thanksgiving. To some Native Americans, blue and white corn is sacred. Indians were growing corn when the pilgrims arrived, and they taught the pilgrims how to grow corn and use it as a food through the winter months. At first, the pilgrims did not eat fresh corn on the cob, since the corn the Indians grew was only used for producing corn meal. The pumpkin was another staple in the Pilgrims diet. The word pumpkin originated from the Greek word Pepn, which means large melon. Native Americans used pumpkin for a basic food source and probably taught the Pilgrims how to grow it. The Pilgrims would take out the seeds and fill the pumpkin cavity with cream, honey, eggs and spices before cooking it in the hot ashes of a cooking fire. They would scoop out the contents of the cooked pumpkin, which looked similar to custard. The first recorded pumpkin pie recipe is found in a 1651 cookbook by chef Francois Pierre de la Varenne. Originally called crane berry, the cranberry got its name from its pink blossoms and drooping head, which the pilgrims thought resembled a crane. Pilgrims used maple sugar to sweeten the bitter cranberries. A cornucopia, or horn of plenty, is often used to decorate the holiday table. This horn-shaped container filled with fruits and vegetables was originally made from a curved goat horn. The ancient Greek legend is that Amaltheia (a goat) broke off one of her horns and offered it to the Greek God Zeus as a sign of her reverence. Zeus then created an image of the goat in the sky, which we now know as the constellation Capricorn. Many Thanksgiving traditions are similar across America. Families from coast to coast watch parades in the morning, including the well-known Macys Day Thanksgiving Parade in New York City, and Americas Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, Michigan. In the afternoon, families gather to watch favorite college or professional teams play football. In our household, we share various old traditions, but we have also added new customs for our Turkey Day. Thanksgiving is an excellent time for families to create their own traditions. You might enjoy reading these all-time favorite holiday books with your younger children: Thanksgiving Is by Gail Gibbons, This is the Turkey by Abby Levine, Celebrate Thanksgiving with Turkey, Family and Counting Blessings by Deborah Heiligman, and Its Thanksgiving by Jack Prelutsky. Before Thanksgiving Day, you can get into the spirit of the season by helping those less fortunate in your community by donations of your time or money. Consider collecting for food drives, or serving food at homeless shelters. Contact local groups such as the Peoples Kitchen, the Prado Day Center in San Luis Obispo, the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter, Salvation Army, or local churches to see what you can do. Your entire family can join in the festive mood by decorating your home with Indian corn, pumpkins, gourds, and fall leaves. Kids can create arts and crafts, such as pinecone turkeys, and trace the shape of their hands to apply to turkey placemats, napkin holders, and place cards for the dining table. For project ideas, look through these books: Thanksgiving fun: Great Things to Make and Do by Ronne Randall for ages 4-8, Thanksgiving Fun by Judith Hoffman Corwin for ages 9-12, and Thanksgiving Day Crafts (Fun Holiday Crafts Kids Can Do) by Arlene Earlbach for ages 9-12. Or find project ideas on these websites: thanksgiving/index.html http://www.enchantedlearning. com/crafts/thanksgiving Many families enjoy the custom of using special plates and glasses, platters, and even salt and pepper shakers decorated with turkeys, pumpkins, or fall leaves as they set their table. A traditional meal for

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In the poem Over the River and Through the Woods, Lydia Maria Child tells of her childhood memories of visiting her grandfathers house on Thanksgiving Day. Many of us, like Child, have fond memories of past Thanksgivings. We remember special times when we visited a favorite place, or when family and

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friends joined together, gathered round the table to enjoy a meal of seemingly never-ending dishes. Thanksgiving began as a festival for people to celebrate the harvest; a day to celebrate and be thankful for what we have. Over time, a number of holiday traditions and symbols,

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Self Care
Beauty Blog: Winter Hair
by Mandy Buechner

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As the weather changes, so does our hair. The winter brings on the cold, wind, and rain, as well as central heating. Here are tips to keep your hair under control. 1. FRIZZ. Ugh, a curly girls worst nightmare! Start with a smoothing shampoo and conditioner. After towel drying, add a leave-in conditioner and shaping lotion to smooth cuticles and seal in moisture. Try to avoid blow drying, and curling and flat irons, because artificial heat damages the cuticle and causes more FRIZZ. 2. DRY & FLAKY SCALP. Chilly temperatures outside and central heating inside can strip skin cells of moisture. Avoid the embarrassment of brushing off flaky skin cells and dandruff by investing in tea tree oil. Add a drop or two to a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to improve dandruff and relieve dry, itchy scalp. You can also slightly warm olive oil and gently massage it into your scalp for 30 seconds. Follow with moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.

3. LIMP FLAT LOCKS. Hats and scarfs can leave our hair limp and flat. To help with volumeless locks, keep a travel-size volume hairspray in your purse for a quick lift. You can also start your day with a volume shampoo and conditioner with menthol in it. Menthol aids blood flow to hair follicles to bring on the volume. Style with a volumizing mouse or root booster. 4. SPLIT ENDS. Cold weather and heat styling can make your hair brittle with fraying ends. Shampoo less often to give hair a chance to absorb your natural oils. To deep condition hair: apply conditioner in the shower, then cover hair with a shower cap. I like to warm a towel in the dryer and wrap it around my head for 15 minutes before rinsing my hair with lukewarm water to seal cuticles and leave my hair soft and smooth.
Mandy Buechner is a master stylist at Legends Salon & Day Spa in Atascadero and graduated from Paul Mitchell The School MTI. She can be reached at (916) 225-3971.

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Thanksgiving Day includes roasted turkey stuffed with dressing, and side dishes of cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, yams or sweet potatoes, and pumpkin and/or apple pie for dessert. For tips on planning the day or finding a tasty recipe, browse through The New Thanksgiving Table: an American Celebration of Family, Friends, and Food by Diane Morgan, Thanksgiving Entertaining by Lou Seibert Pappas, or Thanksgiving 101 by Rick Rodgers. Also check the following websites: holidays-and-events/thanksgiving/ Top.aspx topics/thanksgiving-side-dishes/ index.html Recipes/Holiday---CelebrationRecipes/Thanksgiving-Recipes Kids have fun working in the kitchen, so find a way for them to lend a hand. Cranberry sauce is an easy dish for kids to prepare. Kid-friendly recipes can be found at http://familyfun. and http://www.tipjunkie. com/?s=Thanksgiving+recipes. Dont forget to count your blessings. At our family meals, each person

at the table offers a thanks before the meal begins. Another idea is to place three kernels of corn by each persons place around the table, and allow everyone to tell of three blessings. In the childrens books Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes, and Round the Turkey, A Grateful Thanksgiving by Leslie Kimmelman, families talk about what they are thankful for. As the days pass closer to November 22nd, I begin to remember those familiar words: Over the river, and through the wood, To Grandfathers house we go; The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white and drifted snow. Over the river, and through the wood, To Grandfathers house away! We would not stop for doll or top, For this is Thanksgiving Day.
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November 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



November is:
Aviation Month Child Safety Month Good Nutrition Month National Family Literacy Month National Adoption Month National Epilepsy Month Latin American Month Peanut Butter Lovers Month

Birthstone: Citrine/Topaz Flower:

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 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






DANIEl BOONES BIRTHDAY (Born in 1734) SANDWIcH DAY (Birthday of creator John Montague)


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


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


(Fall Back 1 Hour)

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 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





X-RAY DAY (Discovered in 1895)



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






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


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

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



MIckEY MOUSES BIRTHDAY (Created in 1928)

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


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


gETTYSBURg ADDRESS DElIvERED (by Lincoln in 1863)



(Forced to shoot an apple off his sons head in 1315)





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 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


MARk TWAINS BIRTHDAY (Born Samuel Clemens in 1835)


kINg TUTS TOMB OpENED (in 1922)

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Family Events
SEP 20-NOV 11 (times vary): SHEERLUCK HOLMES at The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville, 1863 Pacific Blvd, Oceano. This musical parody follows the detective duo of Holmes and Watson as they follow the clues to solve a mysterious case involving Egyptian artifacts, but unlike the detective of legend, this hapless Sheer-Luck Holmes stumbles across the answers. Tickets: $18-$22, with discounts for groups, seniors, students, active military, and children. The in-house snack bar serves great food and drinks before the show and during intermissions. Contact: 4892499 or WED OCT 31-WED NOV 14: Order Poinsettias & Christmas Trees to benefit MBHS Band & Choir Programs. Fresh and full trees ($20-41) and lush poinsettias ($10) for pick up at MBHS, 235 Atascadero Rd, Morro Bay. Pickup times - trees: SAT DEC 8 8:00-11:00 am, poinsettias: TUE DEC 4 2:00-6:00 pm. Proceeds benefit MBHS Music Boosters. Contact: 528-0440. WED OCT 31 at 5:30-8:30 pm: 9th Annual FALL FESTIVAL at El Morro Church of the Nazarene, 1480 Santa Isabel Ave, Los Osos. Contact: 528-0391. WED OCT 31 at 6:00 pm: CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG LIVE! at Christopher Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, Cal Poly SLO. What better way to celebrate Halloween than with the beloved Big Red Dog on his 50th anniversary? 5:00 pm: Bring your little ones in costume to trick-ortreat for candy in the PAC lobby, bring a camera to take a photo with Clifford, and then at 6:00 pm, enjoy this all-new musical perfect for the entire family! Cost: $12-24. Contact: 756-6556 or http:// THU NOV 1 4:00-6:00 pm: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION at SLO Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy decorating sugar skulls, and making papel picado and paper marigolds. Free admission. Kids must bring an adult. Contact: 543-8562 or THU NOV 1 at 7:00 pm: A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM at Black Box Theater, One High School Hill Rd, Atascadero. This great comedy by William Shakespeare revolves around the adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors, and their interactions with fairies who inhabit a moonlit forest. Cost: $8-15. Contact: 952-3100. FRI NOV 2 4:45-6:00 pm: AIKIDO GAMES CLASS for boys & girls age 7-12 at Aikido of SLO, 209 Bonetti Dr, San Luis Obispo. Celebrating its 25 years on the Central Coast, many top instructors are traveling to Aikido of SLO. Two of the nations top childrens aikido instructors will lead a class of lively activities based on the peaceful martial art. Cost: free! Reserve space (limited to 25). Contact: 544-8866, or FRI NOV 2 7:30-8:30 pm: MAGIC SHOW at Aikido of SLO, 209 Bonetti Dr, San Luis Obispo. Magical Michael Friedl is a star magician and renowned 6th degree Black belt aikido instructor. His fun show will draw out the magical qualities in everyone with sleight of hand, magic tricks, wonder, and humor for all ages. Cost: free! Contact: 544-8866 or SAT NOV 3 at 2:00 pm: SOMETHING RIDICULOUS JUGGLERS at Arroyo Grande Library, 800 W Branch St.. Highenergy, slapstick stuntmen Mark Wilder and VonJon juggle everything from machetes to bowling balls, climbing up free-standing ladders, and onto sevenfoot-tall unicycles. Cost: Free. Contact: 781-5775 or FRI NOV 2-SUN NOV 4 (times & locations vary): Festival Mozaics WINTERMEZZO CONCERT. Engage with Scott Yoo and John Novacek as they bring Beethovens virtuoso rhythms to life. Cost: $22-85. Contact: 781-3009 or www. NOV 318 (times, days, & locations vary): 29th Annual SAN LUIS OBISPO POETRY FESTIVAL. Local, state and nationally known poets read original works. Venues include San Luis Obispo Art Museum, Cal Poly PAC, and SLO businesses. Cost: $5. Contact: 547-1318 or SAT NOV 3 & SUN NOV 4 9:00 am-5:00 pm: HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR at Cambria Veterans Hall, 1000 Main St, Cambria. Enjoy quality arts, crafts, and live music. Free admission. Contact: 203-5206. SAT NOV 3 at 8:30 am: Pismo Beach Marching Band Review on Dolliver St, Pismo Beach. Twenty-two bands from SLO County and the Central Valley will compete in this 34th Annual review. Contact: 773-4382. SAT NOV 3 5:00-11:00 pm: 6th Annual BREAST CANCER BENEFIT at Pennys All American Cafe, Pismo Beach. Come enjoy a night of Vegas style fun for a wonderful local cause. There will be casino style games, dancing, and other entertainment. Tickets include entry, 25 casino chips, 1 cocktail/beverage, and a raffle ticket to win one of many luxurious prizes. Cost: $25. All proceeds go to the Jacqualyn Palchak Cancer Fund. Contact: 773-3776. SAT NOV 3 at 6:30 pm: Canzona Womens Ensemble WEAVING WOMENS VOICES concert at United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks St, San Luis Obispo. Soli Deo Gloria womens choir will be joining Canzona for this fall concert featuring Verdis Laudi Alla Vergine from his 4 Sacred Pieces set to text from Dantes Paradiso. Cost: $10-15. Contact: 5420506. SUN NOV 4 10:00 am-4:00 pm: MINIATURE RAILROAD FALL FUNDRAISER at Bitter Creek Western Railroad, 2110 S Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande. Come experience a unique central coast gem and enjoy a fun-filled day of riding trains on this private miniature live steam railroad. Cost: $8-12. Contact: 548-1894 or www. SUN NOV 4 2:00-5:00 pm: CHEMISTRY OF COCKTAILS at Exploration Station, 867 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach. The Exploration Station annual fundraiser is an afternoon of food, live music, silent auction, cocktail tastings, and more! Local mixologists from the areas top gathering places will compete as chemistry and cocktails collide. Cost: $40. Contact: 473-1421 or www. MON NOV 5 9:30 & 11:00 am: HARRY THE DIRTY DOG at Lompoc Civic Auditorium, 217 N. L St, Lompoc. Be amused by Harrys funny antics to avoid his least favorite time - bath time! In this charming adaptation of Gene Zions classic book, he finds himself completely unrecognizable to his beloved family. Recommended for pre K-4th grade. Cost: $8.75. Contact: (800) 606-0424. THU NOV 8 at 3:30 pm: SOMETHING RIDICULOUS JUGGLERS at Atascadero Library, Colony Park Community Center, 5599 Traffic Way. High-energy, slapstick stuntmen Mark Wilder and VonJon juggle everything from machetes to bowling balls, climbing up free-standing ladders, and onto seven-foot-tall unicycles. Cost: Free. Contact: 781-5775 or www. THU NOV 8-WED DEC 23 (times vary): THE WIZARD OF OZ is presented by PCPA Theaterfest at Severson Theatre, Allan Hancock College, 800 S College, Santa Maria. Fly over the rainbow with Dorothy as she rides a twister into the merry and troubled land of Oz. Contact: 922-8313 or SAT NOV 10 10:00 am-3:00 pm: TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE at Apple Farm Inn, 2015 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy wine & beer tasting, gingerbread cookie decorating, floral and food demos, carriage rides, photos with Santa, and much more fun for the whole family. Free admission & parking. Contact: 544-2040. SAT NOV 10 at 10:30 am: SOMETHING RIDICULOUS JUGGLERS at SLO Public Library Community Room, 995 Palm St., San Luis Obispo. High-energy, slapstick stuntmen Mark Wilder and VonJon juggle everything from machetes to bowling balls, climbing up free-standing ladders, and onto seven-foot-tall unicycles. Cost: Free. Contact: 781-5775 or www. SAT NOV 10 at 12:00 pm: DAY ZOO CAMP: Strange Behaviors (9-11 years) at Charles Paddock Zoo, 9100 Morro Rd, Atascadero. Have you ever wondered why meerkats stand up on their hind legs? How about why vultures circle high overhead? Find out why animals do the funny things they do, through firsthand observations, activities, and crafts. Contact: 461-5080. SAT NOV 10 1:00-3:30 pm: GARDEN FRESH FAMILY COOKING - Kids Cooking Class at San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd, SLO. Cook a healthful feast harvested straight from the Garden. Kids do all the cooking and the whole family learns about healthful delicious food. For kids 2-6 grade & guardians of all ages. Cost: $25 for child and guardian, $5 per additional person. RSVP: space is limited. Contact: 541-1400 x304 or SAT NOV 10 1:00-4:30 pm: EAGLE ROBOTICS PUMPKIN CHUNKIN at Talley Vineyards, 3031 Lopez Dr, Arroyo Grande. Arroyo Grande High School Eagle Robotics Team presents this 7th annual family event. Bring your catapult, trebuchet, mini-catapult, or LEGO contraption to participate in the pumpkin-chunkin contest. Cost: free. Contact: 441-9870. SAT NOV 10 4:00-6:00 pm: Paderewski Festival YOUTH PIANO COMPETITION WINNERS RECITAL at Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, 1103 Spring St, Paso Robles. Emerging talents from SLO County will again compete with entrants from Monterey and Santa Barbara Counties for the privilege to appear at this years festival and participate in the Youth Exchange in Poland. Cost: free. Contact: 769-4622. SAT NOV 10 at 6:00 pm: 23rd ACQG HOLIDAY CHARITY QUILT AUCTION at Trinity Lutheran Church, 940 Creston Rd, Paso Robles. The event will feature a quilt raffle, handmade quilts and wall hangings, gift items, a decorated tree, and much more. Profits benefit Escuela Del Rio Youth Arts Foundation, and ACQG Education Program. Cost: free admission. Contact: www. almondcountryquilters. SUN NOV 11 11:00 am-1:00 pm: FAMILY PHOTO AND PONY RIDE DAY at Millers Equestrian Center & Sanctuary, 1084 Hidden Springs Rd, San Luis Obispo. Bring the whole family for pony rides, riding safety info, and family photos for the holiday season. Each rider will enjoy a 10-min pony ride on expert horses. Cost: $10/per rider. Contact: 781-7069 or SUN NOV 11 11:00 am-6:00 pm: SAVE OUR SEAS MUSIC FESTIVAL at Tidelands Park, 300-394 Embarcadero, Morro Bay. C.O.A.S.T. Alliance presents Zongo All-Stars, Mathias and the Cry, and Dr. Danger in a free family concert to help stop the threat of acoustic seismic testing. Introduction and Chumash blessing by Fred Collins. Bring family and friends, a picnic, dancing feet, and love for the ocean! Contact: www. FRI NOV 16 at 7:00 pm: AWARD-WINNING SCREENING at Palm Theatre 3, 817 Palm St, San Luis Obispo. First time showing in SLO of award winning film The Power of Two to support Childrens Organ Transplant Assn (COTA) and local resident Dustin Lucas. Compelling true story of twins with cystic fibrosis who each receive life-saving double lung transplants. 100% of ticket sales go to COTA to offset costs for Dustins transplant. Cost: $10. Contact: 541-5161. SAT NOV 17 8:00 am-3:00 pm: FALL HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE at Life Community Church, 3770 Ruth Way, Templeton. Shop locally for the Holidays at this

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ins are welcome to the presentation. Pre-register for art therapy workshop. Contact: 544-2266. SUN NOV 18 at 8:00 am: LOPEZ LAKE TURKEY FESTIVAL at Lopez Lake Recreation Area, 6800 Lopez Dr, Arroyo Grande. Enjoy family activities including a 10k Turkey Trail Trek, 5k Turkey Trek, and Tiny Mile Turkey Trot. Contact: 7882386 or SUN NOV 18 1:00-3:00 pm: BIRD NESTING BOX PRESENTATION at San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd, SLO. Discover helpful tips for creating a backyard bird sanctuary. Bird boxes available for sale to benefit the Morro Coast Audubon Society. 2:00 pm: Free docent-led garden tour. Cost: $5-10. Contact: 541-1400 x 304 or www.slobg. org. SUN NOV 18 at 3:00 pm: CAL POLY SYMPHONY FALL CONCERT at the Christopher Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, Cal Poly SLO. Music and Image is a concert inspired byand interpreted throughvisual art. The centerpiece is a collaboration with Sky Bergman, an internationally published photographer. Bergman will re-interpret Modest Mussorgskys Pictures at an Exhibition with her own images of people and cultures across the globe. Cost: $8-12. Contact: 756-6556 or http://calpolyarts. org. THU NOV 22 11:00 am - 2:00 pm: THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY DINNER at AARP Bdg in Atascadero Lake Park, 7848 Pismo Ave, Atascadero. Homeward Bound Ministry is serving dinner for the people of Atascadero and surrounding communities. All are welcome to attend as a guest or to make a donation or volunteer. Cost: free. Contact: 441-9563. FRI NOV 23MON DEC 24 (times & days vary): SANTAS HOUSE IN THE PLAZA, Mission Plaza, 989 Chorro St, San Luis Obispo. Bring the kids to have their photo taken with Santa, in his own little house in Mission Plaza. Every child that visits with Santa will receive a candy cane, toy, and coloring book at no charge. Cost: $5 to take your own picture with Santa, $7 for a Souvenir framed photo, and $10 to take your own photo and receive a souvenir framed photo. Contact: www. FRI NOV 23 SAT NOV 24 10:00 am4:00 pm: 34th Annual CENTRAL COAST CRAFT FAIR AND BOUTIQUE at Veterans Memorial Bdg, 801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy the largest handcrafted only show on the Central Coast, with over 130 crafters and artisans. Shop for the perfect gifts while treated to free apple cider and cookies from our boutique. Free admission and door prizes! Contact: 466-0191. FRI NOV 23-FRI DEC 21 11:00 am-5:00 pm: CRAFT ART MARKET at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St, SLO. Unique gifts made by local artisans. Free admission. Contact: 543-8562. SAT NOV 24 10:00 am-5:00 pm: COWGIRL CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE at Trinity Hall

in Old Edna, 6565 Edna Rd, San Luis Obispo. This is a one of a kind show that promotes over 40 small businesses, while emphasizing great gift items for the Christmas shopper! This is a family event with free admission and parking. Nipomo 4H Beef Group will offer a BBQ lunch. Contact: 260-6529. WED NOV 28 at 7:30 pm: Atascadero High School Choirs WINTER CONCERT at Atascadero Junior High Baro Gym, 6501 Lewis Ave, Atascadero. Enjoy music of the season sung by AHS choirs. Cost: $57. Contact: 462-4328. FRI NOV 30 at 7:00 pm & SUN DEC 2 at 2:00 pm: MESSIAH CONCERT BENEFIT at Mission San Miguel Arcangel, 775 Mission St, San Miguel. Enjoy this 8th annual family holiday concert showcasing Handels Messiah. New World Baroque Orchestra will perform with Paso Robles High School and community choirs. Cost: $20-50. Contact: 467-3256. SAT DEC 1 at 8:00 am: REINDEER RUN at Mitchell Park, 1400 Osos St, San Luis Obispo. The 5K route is perfect for runners and walkers of all abilities. Enjoy breakfast with Santa at the Senior Center immediately following the run. Event T-shirt and breakfast ticket included. Holiday themed costumes encouraged and the best costume wins a prize! Additional breakfast with Santa tickets can be purchased for $5/kids, $7/adults. Contact: 781-7109. SAT DEC 1 at 12:00 pm: TEEN ZOO CREW at Charles Paddock Zoo, 9100 Morro Rd, Atascadero. A program just for teens to discover alongside the zoo staff what it means to be a scientist, a zoologist, and a zoo keeper. Through first-hand experience and fun activities, be a part of the Zoo crew and enjoy wild experiences! Contact: 461-5080. SAT DEC 1 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm: POPOVICH COMEDY PET THEATER at Spanos Theatre, 1 Grand Ave, Cal Poly SLO. Trained pet comedy and lots of clowning around guarantees non-stop family fun! Contact: 756-6556 or http://calpolyarts. org. SAT DEC 1 at 7:30 pm: LATKE LAUGH IN at Congregation Beth David, 0180 Los Osos Valley Rd, San Luis Obispo. An evening of Adult comedy with emcee George Pudlo, LA comedian Elisa Wayne, SLOs own Dr. Roger Steele. Guest video appearances by Jackie Mason, George Burns, and more. Celebrating the festival of lights, the audience will enjoy traditional latkes and sufganiot. Cost: $25-32. Contact: 544-0760. SAT DEC 1-SUN DEC 2 9:00 am - 5:00 pm: HOLIDAY IN THE PLAZA at Mission Plaza, 989 Chorro St, San Luis Obispo. Over 40 local craft vendors display handmade items for sale in this outdoor holiday event. Enjoy live music and delicious snacks while browsing for gifts. Free Admission. Contact: 781-7300. SAT DEC 1 1:00 & 6:00 pm: BABES IN TOYLAND at the Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande. Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet presents a magical
boutique featuring talented local artists and crafters. Free admission. Contact: 835-2863. SAT NOV 17 at 8:30 am: 16th Annual TURKEY TROT & KIDS MILE FUN RUN at Recreation and Parks Office, 615 S. McClelland St, Santa Maria. Runners of all skill levels can participate in the trot and mile fun run. The 5k begins at 8:30 am. Boys and girls ages 7-14 are invited to the fun run beginning at 8:45 am. Registration fee of $25 includes a T-shirt and finisher medal. Contact: http:// SAT NOV 17 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 NOV 17 10:00 am-3:00 pm: HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE at Pavilion on the Lake, 9315 Pismo Ave, Atascadero. Annual Holiday Boutique with approximately 60 crafters on site. Free admission. Contact: 4703178 or SAT NOV 17 11:00 am-6:00 pm: THE SPOTTED WHALE TOY SALE at Grace Church, 1350 Osos St, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy steep discounts on name brand clothing, toys, and baby gear. Shop, consign or sell! Free admission. Contact: 242-2213 or SAT NOV 17 at 12:00 pm: DAY ZOO CAMP: Wacky Ways Of Wildlife (6-8 years) at Charles Paddock Zoo, 9100 Morro Rd, Atascadero. Have you ever wondered why owls only come out at night? Or why a snake sticks out his tongue? Explore the world of animal behavior, you might be surprised by some of the answers you hear. Spend a day learning about the ways animals survive and the funny things they can do! Contact: 461-5080. SAT NOV 17 at 7:00 pm: INTERNATIONAL SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE DAY at Hospice of SLO County, 1304 Pacific St, San Luis Obispo. Guidance, information, and support for those coping with losing someone to suicide during a free presentation and Q&A, followed by an art therapy workshop. Presented in conjunction with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Drop-

story sure to delight the entire family. Good triumphs over evil, and a wedding celebration features endearing nursery rhyme characters, including Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Bo Peep and her sheep, Miss Muffet, and the Three Blind Mice. With stunning costumes, a beautiful set and the expertise of the dancers, Babes In Toyland is sure to become a favorite holiday tradition! Cost: $18-25. Contact: 489-9444 or www. SAT DEC 1 8:00 pm: Cal Poly Choirs A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION at Christopher Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, Cal Poly SLO. Enjoy an evening of special works for the holiday season including A Christmas Carol, a new work by Music Professor Meredith Brammeier for mens voices and English horn. Seasonal favorites will be featured in the carol sing-a-long, as well as in the keyboard magic of university organist Paul Woodring and staff accompanist Susan Azaret Davies. Also featured will be the Cal Poly Brass Ensemble conducted by Christopher Woodruff, and a cappella favorite Take It SLO. Cost: $9-14. Contact: 756-4849.

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4th SUN of every month at 10:00 am: Central Coast Rimfire at SLO Sportsmens Assn, Hwy 1 & Gilardi Rd, San Luis Obispo. A safe and fun introduction to shooting steel targets with .22 rifles and pistols in an environment that fosters growth in new and experienced shooters. Shooting sport fun for the whole family. Cost: new shooters and juniors: Free. SLOSA members: $15. Non-members: $20. Contact: 541-3338. 2nd SAT of every month FEB-NOV at 9:00 am: The City Of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department offers free docent-led nature walks of the Los Flores Ranch Park, 6271 Dominion Rd, Santa Maria. Contact: 925-0951 x 263. 2nd WED every month 6:30-7:30 pm: LOS BERROS 4-H CLUB Create and Learn meets at El Camino Art Gallery, 1200 E Grand Ave, Arroyo Grande. New members welcome! Cost: free. Contact: 748-1454. 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. Theres 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

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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 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 family and friends! Contact: 772-6394 or http:// 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.
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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 Kinesio-Therapist Kay Heaton. Contact: 547-1914. Volunteer as a Good Neighbor! Make a difference in the life of an older or disabled adult. Once trained, volunteers choose services to contribute and schedule hours at their convenience. Training is scheduled monthly at Wilshire Community Services, 285 South St, Ste J, SLO. Contact: 547-7025 x 17. Volunteer at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art! Stop by at 1010 Broad St (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 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. Appt preferred. Contact: 489-4026. 1st WED every month at 9:00 am: Community Action Partnership Senior Health Screening at First United Methodist Church, 275 N. Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande. Free and 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 at Veterans Memorial Bldg, 313 W. Tunnell

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St, Santa Maria. Contact: 345-0402. Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm: Widowed Support Group at New Life Church, 990 James Way, Rm 14, Pismo Beach. Arrive 10 min early for 1st meeting. Offered by Hospice of SLO Co. Contact: 544-2266 or 1st THU every month at 6:15 pm: Commission on the Status of Women meets at Coast National Bank, 500 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. The Commission is an official advisory group to the SLO County Board of Supervisors to identify issues of concern to women that are not the focus of other advocacy or advisory organizations. Contact: 788-3406. Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon Family Support Group at Luis OASIS Senior Center, 420 Soares Ave, Orcutt. Contact: 937-9750. 2nd SUN every month 1:00-3:00 pm: Free Reiki energy balancing and relaxation at Sukha Wellness Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Place, Avila Beach. 30 min sessions, no disrobing, 5 certified practitioners. Contact: 235-6283. 3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm: How to Survive Divorce seminar at the San Luis Obispo Womens Community Center, 1124 Nipomo St, #D in SLO. Practical tips, pointers, and suggestions for handling family law issues. $10.00 donation requested for handout materials and book. Contact: 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. 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 and 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. 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 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 or dues; just fun! Contact: 489-5481 or

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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. 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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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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Is thankful for all our loyal clIents
Enjoy your Thanksgiving & dont forget to come to the Village for the Christmas Parade on NOV 25th!

Make your Holiday Appointments Early Give us a call:

(805) 489-5100
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115 East Branch Street in Arroyo Grande

Central Coast Family November 2012

David S. Vogel
Serious Injury
Car, Truck & Motorcycle Accidents Wrongful Death, Head Injury, Burns Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home Neglect No Recovery . No Fee
Former Prosecutor with 29 years of Experience Honored with the highest rating (AV Preeminent) in the Peer-Reviewed National Law Directory Martindale-Hubbell

Law Offices of (805) 540-7100

1026 Palm Street, Suite 214, San Luis Obispo

Poinsettias & Christmas Trees

Trees Poinsettias

November 14th

Fresh Christmas Trees

Very full and on the tall side!

Order Now!

(805) 528-0440
Checks payable to:
Douglas Fir
7-8 tall $41 3-4 tall $20 6-7 tall $56


Noble Fir

MBHS Music Boosters

Beautiful Red Poinsettias

Perfect for Gifts & Decoration Full of Blooms in 6 pot $10

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