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

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Getting Out

SLO-OP Climbing
by Jennifer Best

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fun things for people to do right here. Not cookie cutter stuff. We have the abilities and desire to do something more than that,” Kristin Tara said. While the gym is open 24 hours a day to paying members, visitors are welcome during general hours 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm Monday through Thursday. They enter through the facility’s new weight room (now separated from the sometimes-dusty climbing room), then emerge to face the new 18-foot-tall climbing wall in the gym. Climbers swap out street shoes for climbing footwear (some available on loan), and then head into the heart of the gym with wall-to-wall padded floors and floor-to-ceiling climbing walls. Thicker crash pads dot the floor to mark the confluence of climber insecurity and safety. There are no ropes - this is free climbing, bouldering, going it on your own, testing personal limits over the safeguard of a soft cushion. Every face of the wall is encrusted with manmade handholds and footholds in a rainbow of colors powdered with climbing chalk. Some resemble body parts - a nose here, a skull there - while others model fruit, planets, and cultural icons. Intended routes are marked by colored duct tape tabs, but there is no right or wrong way to climb the walls. Some of the climbs are vertical, many provide overhangs for enhanced challenges. A large, freestanding structure near the middle of the room resembles a piece of modern art, but serves as a boulder for additional climbing space. Nearby, a narrow strap hangs taut between two posts for slackline practice - known to the old guard as tightrope walking. There are other climbing gyms, but SLO-OP has a community feel.

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to outdoor free-climbing in San Luis Obispo. Yishai Horowitz solicited the help of half a dozen Central Coast climbing enthusiasts to start the indoor climbing gym in 2002, after he experienced a cooperatively run climbing gym in New Zealand. They designed and built the climbing walls in a storage facility, which they quickly outgrew as news of the coop, and membership, grew. The gym moved through larger warehouse spaces until it found its current 3,500-square-foot home in 2009 at 289 Prado Road, east of South Higuera Street. Yishai is joined in leadership by his wife, Kristin Tara Horowitz. Together, they manage the new facility while also running special events throughout the Central Coast as owners of All Out Events (including the upcoming SLO Mud Mash slated for OCT 27 & 28 at Laguna Lake Park. “We want to build a little empire of

Tucked behind a small industrial complex off Prado Road, a seemingly random collection of people mill about a padded room, meditate on mellow tunes and climb the walls. College students chatter, children test their balance on the slackline, parents spot their children, stretch or climb, or relax on the sofas. These are the people of SLO-OP Climbing Gym, an indoor alternative

Experienced climbers keep an eye on new climbers and offer pointers and spotting assistance now and again, if newcomers welcome the help. The gym is open to all, but children must be attended by parents at all times - there are no drop-off hours. The minimum age is left to the discretion of management. “Some 7-year-olds can handle it, and some 12-year-olds can’t. It’s not only about climbing ability, but the ability to work cooperatively and respectfully in an enclosed space,” Kristin Tara notes. For more information about SLOOp Climbing Gym, including hours, special events and news, visit www. slo-opclimbing.org or call 748-1478.
Jennifer Best is the author of Best Family Adventures: San Luis Obispo County and Best Family Adventures: Santa Barbara County, available in bookstores throughout the Central Coast and online at www.BestFamilyAdventures. com. She can be reached at JBest@ BestFamilyAdventures.com.

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Child Development
on teeth. These chewable tablets temporarily stain the plaque that builds up on teeth. Parents can also use the disclosing tablets, solution, or swabs to show children how well they are brushing or flossing their teeth -- especially if they already have a cavity or two. You may want to schedule a disclosing session once a week or so, to keep your child on his toes. Keep Teeth Brushing Fun You should replace toothbrushes every 3-4 months anyway, so make Halloween an occasion for getting new brushes. When children like toothbrushes, they are more apt to enjoy brushing. Young children can choose from a variety of kid-sized brushes and typically can’t wait to use a new toothbrush. Children also like to pick out their own toothpaste. Give your child the freedom to pick from gels or pastes, different colors and flavors. Just check the label to be sure it contains fluoride. Check on the condition of your child’s
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Library Voice
Words to Live By
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so lofty as Mr. Browne’s quotes from great books, but perfect for siblings just trying to get through life. Her first rule; “Chew with your mouth closed” is kind in their world. David has the Frog and Toad book series on tapes, and listens to them daily until they wear out and must be replaced, immediately. He can only access and understand feelings by quoting them verbatim. His sister Catherine quotes back the next lines, letting him know how they fit into the context of his life as they navigate each day. But, back to Wonder... As profoundly moving as Auggie’s journey is, it is a laugh-out-loud book, really! It’s divided into eight parts with the voices of family and friends speaking in short chapters -- a brilliant move. Everyone who becomes involved with this great kid is as changed in that one school year as he is. Through the perspective of each loved one, the rich wisdom is expanded exponentially. I had my own inner narrative running and loved reading my thoughts expressed through their words. The school principal Mr. Tushman (yes, that name always gets a laugh!) speaks for us all at the 5th grade graduation: “And if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, every single one of you, the face of God. Or whatever politically correct spiritual representation of universal goodness you happen to believe in.” I believe in books and the power of the words we all have somewhere deep inside. I believe in libraries and the people who care for them, through work or pleasure. Take an opportunity to share your favorite sayings around the dinner table; maybe things your grandparents used to say. And as Catherine and David know; “If you need to borrow words, Arnold Lobel wrote some good ones.”

I have fallen in love with Wonder. I‘m not alone in my passion for this first novel by R.J. Palacio. Every reviewing journal and popular magazine, has starred it as a must read. Despite that, I still love this miraculous novel and am willing to ride this wave of popularity and amazement, even though I am stunned that my new love is beloved by so many. I don’t want it to be overlooked or judged by its cover. I want to be the one who places it in children’s hands, while looking them in the eye as if offering a blessing. “My name is August, by the way. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.” With this first line in first person, Auggie envelops you in the world of an “ordinary” kid. He’s a boy who has already endured 27 surgeries before entering middle school as a fifth grader, after being home-schooled. He has spent his life watching the quicklyaverted eyes of the sympathetic, and the open stare of all the rest.

Yet, Auggie sees himself as just a regular kid. He plays video games, loves his dog, has parents who see and love him wholly, and has an older sister who feels everything for herself and him. In a move his father fears is like “leading a lamb to the slaughter,” Auggie steps up and into a small prep school near their home. His English teacher Mr. Browne starts the first day of class with an explanation of precepts and tells them that each month, they will have one on the board to contemplate and write about. September’s is a quote from Dr Wayne Dyer, “If you have the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” Mr. Browne defines precepts as “words to live by” and “rules about really important things.” The award-winning book Rules, by Cynthia Lord, is another one with words to live by. In this family, the 12-year-old narrator has a younger brother with autism. She creates rules to help him cope with the world. Not

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came when choosing whether video games were appropriate for our children and, if so, at what age. We were faced with peer pressure as “all of the other kids” had gaming systems. After careful research, we purchased a gaming system focused on sporting games. We held out on allowing any violent games for quite some time, and encouraged just playing and competing with one another. I clearly remember convincing my wife that video games could help in developing strong handeye coordination skills. I guess I wasn’t completely off base in my assumptions, as both our boys have cat-like reflexes on the baseball field and are adept at reading and playing sheet music. As our sons grew older, we had to adapt and constantly reevaluate the types of games that were appropriate. We soon realized that we couldn’t control the games our kids were playing at their friends’ houses. We had to rely on the facts that our boys have a strong foundation, understand our philosophy about inappropriate games, and know the difference between right and wrong. In steps the “smartphone” and the proverbial game changes. One of our boys’ rights of passage is to receive a smartphone when they hit 9th grade. For those who have elected out of this technology, it is basically the equivalent of a personal computer, digital camera, unlimited music, games, and applications (Apps) accessible in a way that allows the user to “personalize” their device. In our family, everyone has their own phone with personal number and access to society’s information superhighway. go into the device’s preferences and change them yourself. It’s a daunting task trying to navigate parental settings, but it’s well worth your time to help shield your child from unwanted influences. Social media is designed to offer access for all and it’s a way for people to connect without barriers. The most popular online social media site has software designed to search your device(s) and then go out into the world and “find” your friends. Once you have signed up, it allows you to keep a record of every thought or emotion during every experience of your life. You’ll be notified if a friend has something to say about you or others and visa versa. Again, without proper monitoring and filters, complete strangers can learn a great deal about your family and routines. Online social sites present a neutral way to communicate with people without ever having to deal with them face to face. It offers a wonderful opportunity to catch up with long-lost friends or start new relationships. The diverse online world is powerful and can easily influence and manipulate young minds, as well as adults. For my teenager, it took only a few easy steps to help filter facebook access by marking the account “private,” which requires permission to become a part of his circle. Our household computers are another access point, and I would recommend putting them out in the open in public areas of the house so they can be monitored. You can also put agerestricted filters on computers, phones, and gaming systems by using the “Parental Controls.” Another tool for monitoring content is to keep an eye on the “history.” These controls can be found on the computer system itself or online in the case of smartphones. Read the system manual or do a computer search to find out how to set filters.

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The moment we enter this world something magical happens to all of us: we become “digital.” Instantly, our births are recorded and data is sent throughout the airwaves via smartphones, social media or personal websites. The lives of our children, if we so choose, can be chronicled

seamlessly with a couple of inventive Apps and some music. My own children have grown up with a piece of technology either pointed at them or in their hands. Today, it’s nearly impossible to avoid anything digital. Our first digital hurdle as parents

Conscientious parents try to filter their child’s exposure to content on television or radio. Well, I’m here to tell you that the content filters on their digital devices are all turned off! If you want to limit the content, you’ll have to One big wake-up call for my wife

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and I came when we noticed my nephew playing one of his video games using a headset. We both heard him talking, laughing, and shouting directions, as if he were sitting next to another player. We found out that players sign up online and compete against one another over the Internet. Anyone in the world can simply sign in, pick up a headset, and talk to your child with no restrictions. The thought of my young nephew playing his video games with complete strangers of all ages and types was unsettling, and we quickly remedied the situation. All of the popular gaming systems have this feature, so please take a moment to talk to your child about “online gaming safety.” via websites and phones at a moments notice. We can carry around an infinite encyclopedia, countless photographs, films, and novels in our pockets! But with all that goodness, we have to be aware that such devices can also cause harm. I worry that not all parents realize the risks with unfiltered technology so readily available to our children. If you have done nothing yet to safeguard your digital devices, make today the day you sit with your child and talk about technology and society and make a few simple changes.
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School is back in session with 33 new students in my 4th grade class. Every year as summer ends, I start to think about fun plans to make school educational and exciting. As I think about new ideas to capture the interest of my students, I also like to create projects that not only involve my students, but their parents as well. I really like developing activities that my students and their families can do together.

created for my students and their families. I hope you enjoy your excursion as much as my students are enjoying these quests into the unknown. Good Luck! Argonaut’s Adventure One I am very happy you have decided to go on this quest to find information that could change the world. Well Argonauts, this first adventure will start off at the SLO Mission by the fountain. Look up toward the mission and you will see the statue of Father Junipero Serra next to a big cross. Look on the plaque on the Father Serra statue and note the year he was born and the year he died: ___________________________

This last summer, my wife and I stayed in a cabin in Big Bear and I read about the California gold rush. I decided that concentrating on the gold rush would be fun and offer the students a more in-depth and engaging study of California in 1847-1850. In 4th grade, the main focus in social studies is California, Continue your quest by walking but I want to go a step further for down the mission steps and across this year’s students. the plaza to the bridge near the amphitheater. You are standing So this year, I am focusing on the on “Queenie Bridge.” It was built gold rush and the people who in 1925. Trucks would go over this came to California during this bridge to deliver goods to the important time in U.S. history. back of the Warden Building. The Many of the people who traveled bridge was named after Queenie to California by covered wagon Warden, who owned the Warden from the eastern United States Building and was an important were called Argonauts. These community member. It’s fun to brave people embarked on a just stand here and watch the quest to new places where they creek. Now answer the next would discover things they had question. What type of building never seen before. Since many of my students are unfamiliar with the history of San Luis Obispo, I decided to develop a few “quests” for the “Argonauts” in my class. In this article, I want to share the first Argonaut Adventure I

material is the road across the Chorro and Palm Streets. Look bridge made of? across the intersection at the red ___________________________ brick building. This is the Ah Louis Building. Carefully walk across Now walk back off of the bridge the streets and stand in front of toward the mission and go left. the large bell next to the Ah Louis Walk down to the corner of Broad building. Who is this bell a tribute and Monterey Streets. Stop at to? ________________________ the end of Mission Plaza and look across the street at the History What’s the bell made of? Center, which is our county ___________________________ history museum. Carefully walk across the street and stand at the Congratulations! You have now corner looking at the front doors finished the first quest. Please do of the museum and discover who not reveal any of the information gave money to build this building. you discovered to anyone else. How many steps did you walk up Let them enjoy the adventure on from the sidewalk to where you their own. are standing? ________________ Take this publication downtown How long was this used as the on your Argonaut’s Adventure, Carnegie Library? _____________ fill in the blanks, and enjoy our wonderful city. I hope that some Walk back to the corner of Broad of our veteran residents and and Monterey Streets and down newer families, as well as our new Broad Street toward Palm Street. Cal Poly students will use this little Stop at the back of the History quest to discover cool stuff about Center Museum and find the old San Luis Obispo. wall made of rocks that looks really old. This is thought to be the last remaining wall of the original mission. What year does the little wooden sign say the wall was built? ___________________ Return to the sidewalk and about 12 steps down Broad Street towards Palm Street. Stop and look at the rock wall of the mission across the street. There is a “hidden” symbol made of rock in the mission church on the wall. What’s the symbol? ____________ Now walk down to the corner of Palm and Broad Streets and across the street to the corner where the mission building is located. Walk down the block until you get to the corner of
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 crabbx5@charter.net.

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Family Life
Many home fires occur in the kitchen while cooking and these are a leading cause of injuries from fire. However, other common causes of fires are discarded cigarettes, candles, sparks from fireplaces, and old or improper electrical wiring. These fires can be particularly dangerous because they may smolder for a long period of time before being discovered. Children playing with matches or lighters is a another leading cause of home fires. Teach children that fire is a tool not a toy. Tell kids to never pick up matches, and don’t allow a young child to light candles on birthday cakes or turn on the stove. Store all matches and lighters in a locked cabinet out of the sight and reach of children. Clothing fires occur when children set their clothes ablaze by getting too close to a heat source, such as an open fire, campfire, stove, or jack-o’-lantern, or when playing with matches or lighters. In the 1970s, the Flammable Fabrics Act was created requiring children’s sleepwear (sizes 0-6X) to be flame retardant. However, children often nap or fall asleep in garments like tee shirts and knit pants that are classified as “daywear.” Although these garments resemble sleepwear, they may not be fire retardant. When a child’s clothing catches fire, the child’s first reaction is to run. Teach them that “If your clothes catch on fire, STOP, DROP, and ROLL - drop to the ground, cover your face with your hands and roll repeatedly to smother the flames.” Practice with kids so they get used to dropping and rolling. Have your child read the book Stop, Drop and Roll by Margery Cuyler for ages 5 and up. You can help to protect your family from fire by planning ahead for safety and following some important safety tips. Create a Home Evacuation Plan Make a drawing for kids showing exit routes from the home and post the drawing in an easy to see spot like on the refrigerator. Additionally for young children, post a drawing in their room where they can see it at all times. It is important for kids to understand that they need to get out of the home as quickly as possible in case of a fire. Plan for two ways out of every room in the home, in case one way is blocked by fire. If the primary way (door) out is blocked by fire or smoke, you will need a second way out (a window). Windows and doors with security bars need quick release devices to allow them to be opened quickly in an emergency. Escape ladders should be kept in all occupied rooms above the main level. Designate a safe meeting place outside your home for the family to gather. Show kids where to go once they have left the house in case of a fire. If you all meet at the end of the driveway or front sidewalk, you will know that everyone has gotten out. Practice & Test Evacuation On a regular basis, practice escaping from your home. Read some of these books to your young ones to help them get ready for the fire drill: Fire Drill by Paul Dubois Jacobs for ages 4 and up, Arthur’s Fire Drill by Marc Brown for ages 5 and up, or What if there is a Fire by Anara Guard for ages 5 and up. Try escaping both in daytime and in the dark and try out the primary and secondary routes. Be sure that windows are not stuck and screens can be taken out quickly. Talk with children about how to determine if the primary route (for example, the main door of the room) is the safest exit route. Demonstrate to kids how to check: Feel the door for heat by using the back of your hand to touch the top of the door, the door knob, and the crack between the door and door frame, to make sure that fire is not on the other side. If the door knob feels hot, use the secondary escape route. Even if the door feels cool, open it slowly and carefully. If heat and smoke come in, close the door and look at the secondary escape route. Use the safest exit route, but if you must escape through smoke, remember to crawl low to the floor and under the smoke to avoid smoke inhalation and provide the clearest view. Remind children to never hide in a closet or under a bed, and to never go back for a toy or try to find a loved one or pet. After getting out of the burning building, go to the designated meeting spot to check that everyone is present and then have someone go to a neighbor’s house to call 9-11. If anyone is missing, wait for help from the firefighters, since they are equipped to perform rescues safely.

Be Fire Safe
by Steven Smith

Statistics indicate that each year more than 850 children under age 14 die in house fires, and another 2,800 kids are seriously injured. Fires are considered the third largest cause of fatal home injuries in the U.S. October 9 - 15 is Fire Prevention Week and a perfect time to teach your kids about fire safety in the home. I grew up watching commercials on TV that featured Smokey the Bear.

Today, kids are hearing about fire prevention from Sparky the Fire Dog (www.sparky.org) and the Danger Rangers (www.dangerrangers.com). It is very important for parents to educate their children about fire safety and “how to evacuate” to prevent unnecessary death and injury from fires. Understanding the causes and dangers of fire can help kids to prevent home fires and help them react in fire emergencies.

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Conduct a Home Fire Inspection Tour your home with your child, looking for potential problems and possible fire hazards. This gives your child the opportunity to ask you questions and learn about fire safety hazards and what to do in case of a problem or emergency. You can find a home inspection checklist online at www.nfpa.org. Examine smoke detectors and alarms to be sure they are in working order, that circuits are not overloaded, and that there are fire extinguishers readily available throughout your home. Install & Check Smoke Detectors Every home should have at least one working smoke detector/alarm, and multilevel homes should have at least one on every level and near sleeping areas. Put smoke alarms near bedroom doors. If you sleep with bedroom doors closed, you might want to add smoke alarms in the bedrooms as well. Statistics show that a working smoke alarm can double your chances of survival, so test your alarms regularly. The primary job of a smoke alarm is to alert you in case of a fire, especially if you are asleep. But don’t rely on fire alarms to wake sleeping children, since many kids are heavy sleepers. You should test the alarm when children are asleep to see if the sound will wake them. If you have a home security system, you might include a fire alarm, which provides monitoring services for fires. Some homes are also equipped with fire sprinklers. Take Precautions Think safety first and plan ahead when possible. Here are just a few tips for parents with young kids: Never leave your young children alone or unattended at home. Child proof your home. Use safety caps to cover all unused outlets. Avoid portable or space heaters, if possible. If you must use them, keep anything combustible at least three feet away. Always supervise children near the kitchen stove or oven. Educate Kids about Home Fire Safety Fire safety education is the key to preventing fires in the home. Young children are often curious about fire. Parents can teach kids fire safety skills by using games, coloring sheets, crossword puzzles, and quizzes. Many resources are available online or at your local fire department.

In addition, kids can watch cartoons with fire safety themes (such as Fireman Sam or Danger Rangers). Read books about fire safety with young children, such as the Fireman Sam story books, Sparky the Fire Dog by Don Hoffman, and No Dragons for Tea by Jean E. Pendziwol for ages 3 and up. Visit your local fire department station during an open house, so kids can meet firemen and see the fire truck up close. The U.S. Fire Administration Kids (USFA Kids) has an excellent website www.usfa. fema.gov/kids/flash.shtm for kids, and there are many more informative websites online for parents. Explore some resources: of these web

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Steven Smith is a resident of San Luis Obispo and a graduate of CSU Long Beach with a degree in Creative Writing. Steven is a painter/muralist and freelance writer. His art can be viewed at www.myspace.com/ sloartiststevensmith. Contact Steven at: sloartiststevensmith@yahoo.com.

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October 2012 Free Ongoing Events
SUNDAY
FARMERS MARKET: 11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club

MONDAY 1 FARMERS MARKET:
2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria

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

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Adopt-a-Shelter-Animal Month Computer Learning Month Family History Month National Apple Month National Clock Month National Roller Skating Month Polish American History Month National Stamp Collecting Month

October is:

WORlD vEgETARIAN DAY cHIlD HEAlTH DAY

Birthstone: Opal

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

WEDNESDAY THURSDAY 3 MARKETS: 4 FARMERS FARMERS MARKETS:

FRIDAY
FARMERS MARKETS:
9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO

SATURDAY
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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

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

5 VETS HALL MB - 1st FRI 5:00pm 6 BINGO FARMERS MARKETS:

lOOk AT lEAvES DAY

NATIONAl gOlF DAY

SLO CO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY 1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO

Flower: Calendula/Marigold
WORlD TEAcHER DAY

cARD MAkINg DAY THOMAS EDISON SHOWS 1ST MOTION pIcTURE (in 1889)

7 FARMERS MARKET:

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

8 FARMERS MARKET:

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

cOlUMbUS DAY

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

9 FARMERS MARKET:

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

10 MARKETS: FARMERS

11 MARKETS: FARMERS

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

12 MARKETS: FARMERS

9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO

13 MARKETS: FARMERS

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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

FARMER’S DAY

ElEANOR ROOSEvElT’S bIRTHDAY (Born in 1884)

INDIgENOUS pEOplE’S DAY

1ST TElEpHONE cAll (in 1876)

NATIONAl cOSTUME SWAp DAY

14 MARKET: FARMERS

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

15 MARKET: FARMERS

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

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

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NATIONAl pOETRY DAY NATIONAl gROUcH DAY bOSS’S DAY WORlD FOOD DAY
NEW MOON

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

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18 MARKETS: FARMERS

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

19 MARKETS: FARMERS

9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO

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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

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DIcTIONARY DAY
blAck pOETRY DAY (honoring Jupiter Hammon, 1st African-American published poet) AlASkA DAY

SWEETEST DAY THOMAS EDISON SHOWS ElEcTRIc lIgHT (in 1879)
MIckEY MANTlE’S bIRTHDAY (Born in 1931)

21 MARKET: FARMERS

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

22 MARKET: FARMERS

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

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

23 MARKET: FARMERS

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

24 MARKETS: FARMERS

25 MARKETS: FARMERS

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

26 MARKETS: FARMERS

9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 10:00am-12:30pm Cayucos Vets Hall 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO

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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

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bAbblINg DAY gARbANzO bEAN DAY NATIONAl NUT DAY NATIONAl STUTTERINg AWARENESS DAY
UNITED NATIONS DAY

NATIONAl DENIM DAY pAblO pIcASSO’S bIRTHDAY (Born in 1881)

INTERNATIONAl RED cROSS ORgANIzED (In 1863)

THEODORE ROOSEvElT’S bIRTHDAY (Born in 1858) NAvY DAY HIllARY clINTON’S bIRTHDAY (Born in 1947)

28 MARKET: FARMERS

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

29 MARKET: FARMERS

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

MOTHER IN lAW’S DAY
STATUE OF lIbERTY’S bIRTHDAY (gift from France in 1886)

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

30 MARKET: FARMERS

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

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

2 FARMERS MARKETS:

9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO

3 FARMERS MARKETS:

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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

NATIONAl ORgANIzATION DAY

NATIONAl cANDY cORN DAY
jOHN ADAM’S bIRTHDAY (Born in 1735)

HAllOWEEN

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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: 489-2499 or http:// americanmelodrama.com. 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. Cost: $50-150. Contact: 541-8000. FRI SEP 28 7:30 am-5:00 pm: HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE at Sierra Vista Boutique, 1010 Murray Ave, San Luis Obispo. Shop for handcrafted items for every season. Contact: sierravistaboutique@aol.com. 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://agharvestfestival.com. SAT SEP 29 10:00 am-4:00 pm: 2012 WHAR Wolf OPEN HOUSE BBQ & Bake Sale at 2445 Adobe Rd, Paso Robles. Join the amazing animals, staff and dedicated volunteers of WHAR Wolf Rescue for this 12th Annual free family event. There will be live and silent auctions, animal interaction, a photo contest, down home barbecue, homemade baked items, and live music. Contact: 610-6109. SAT SEP 29 at 5:30 pm: SLO 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE at Sanitarium, 1716 Osos St, San Luis Obispo. This worldwide festival takes place on the same day in over 150 countries across the globe. San Luis Obispo will gather in support of social justice with poets and writers holding simultaneous events, some under dire conditions, all over the world. Donations will benefit SLO Food Bank. Bring-yourown-barbecue. Contact: 544-4124 or http://100tpc.org. MON OCT 1 at 2:00 pm: BANNED BOOKS WEEK CELEBRATION at Santa Maria Public Library, Shepard Hall, 421 S. McClelland St. Enjoy free talks and readings by Dorinda Moreno, Anna Nieto Gomez, Yolanda Miranda, Maria Guardado, and Diana Garcia. Contact: 925-0951 or http:// ci.santa-maria.ca.us. OCT 1-31 8:00 am-8:00 pm: CAMBRIA SCARECROW FESTIVAL! For the entire month of OCT, enjoy over 250 of the most amazing, artistic, and liveliest scarecrows throughout Cambria’s East and West Villages and Moonstone Beach Dr. Contact: cambriascarecrows.com. TUE OCT 2 & WED OCT 3 at 7:30 pm: STOMP at Christopher Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, Cal Poly SLO. Come witness the international dance and beat sensation. A percussive hit for all ages, STOMP will have you drumming on your seat and tapping your feet. Ticket prices vary – student prices avail. Contact: 756-6556 or http:// calpolyarts.org. THU OCT 4 (times & locations vary): READ FOR THE RECORD! SLO County Libraries participate in “Read for the Record” when over two million people nationwide will read “Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad” on the same day in support of Jumpstart’s mission of children succeeding in school. Find a free family event at a library branch near you. Contact: 528-1862 or http:// slolibrary.org. OCT 4-8 (times & locations vary): CENTRAL COAST RAILROAD FESTIVAL chugs into town to celebrate rail’s history with model displays, films, local excursions, and fun throughout the Central Coast! Contact: 773-4173 or http://ccrrf.com. FRI Oct 5 at 4:00 pm: Stephen Chbosky on BANNED BOOKS at Chumash Auditorium, University Union, Cal Poly SLO. Robert E. Kennedy Library presents Stephen Chbosky, author, screenwriter, and director as part of the library’s celebration of Banned Books Week. Cost: free. Contact: 756-2315. SAT OCT 6 9:00 am-4:00 pm: Adoptable PETS MEET & GREET at PETCO, 271 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo. Petco’s adoption partners will be offering dogs and cats. All adoptions include instant savings on food and supplies, and free consultations with animal trainers and groomers. Contact: 596-0836. SAT OCT 6 8:00 am-12:00 pm: BEAUTIFUL MINDS WALK at Laguna Lake Park, 504 Madonna Rd, SLO. 8:00 am: Registration 9:00 am: The 1.5 mile walk begins. Raise awareness of widespread issues concerning mental health, reduce the stigma of mental illness, and raise much needed funds for local support and treatment programs. Enjoy a silent auction and displays with information on mental health issues and services. Contact: 4590501 or www.namislo.org. SAT OCT 6 10:00 am-1:00 pm: PASSPORT TO THE ARTS in downtown San Luis Obispo. This free kid-friendly event offers families a chance to experience the arts while enjoying a fun-filled walk around the city. Start by picking up your passport at the Museum of Art in Mission Plaza. Contact: 543-7963. SAT OCT 6 10:00 am-3:00 pm: PCPA Theaterfest HALLOWEEN COSTUME SALE at PCPA Costume Shop, 643 S. College Dr, Santa Maria. Don’t miss this chance to buy real PCPA costumes at great prices ($5-25)! Contact: 928-7731 x 4100 or http:// pcpa.org. SAT OCT 6 10:00 am-4:00 pm: United Cerebral Palsy of SLO County 3rd Annual WALK & ROLL at Meadow Park, 2333 Meadow Street, SLO. Enjoy an outdoor hike in a beautiful park with live music, lunch, information booths and much more! Create or join a team and help raise money for people with disabilities to create life without limits. Contact: 543.2039 or www. ucp-slo.org. OCT 6-7 10:00 am-6:00 pm: MORRO BAY

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HARBOR FESTIVAL on Embarcadero St, Morro Bay. Celebrate the sea with local and national bands playing three stages and enjoy BBQ, art, crafts booths, and a kid’s zone with carnival games and slides. Cost: $8-15, kids 5-12: $5, under 5: free. Contact: 800 366-6043 or http://mbhf. com. SAT OCT 6 10:00 am-10:00 pm & SUN OCT 7 10:00 am-6:00 pm: Santa Ynez Band Of Chumash Indians 17th annual INTERTRIBAL POW-WOW at Live Oak Camp, Highway 154, Santa Ynez Valley. Bring the whole family to this 17th annual event featuring music, dance, healing, and socializing. Cost: $5 for parking, $25 for camping. Contact: 688-7997. SAT OCT 6 12:00-4:00 pm: STUDENT ART SCHOLARSHIP SHOW at Morro Bay Art Center, 835 Main St, Morro Bay. Call for Entries from high school and college students in SLO County for the 2012 Art Show sponsored by the Morro Bay Art Assn. Submit 2 and 3 dimensional art and photography at Art Center MB by OCT 6. Request entry forms and info at cbraunpastels@gmail.com. Contact: 7719565 or artcentermorrobay.com. SAT OCT 6 at 2:00 pm: SOL SALISBURY performs kid’s music at Arroyo Grande Library, 800 W Branch St. Don’t miss this free toe-tapping show! Contact: 473-7161 or http://slolibrary.org. SAT OCT 6 at 2:00 pm: THE DARK CRYSTAL at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave, Los Osos. Bring the kiddos to watch this free family movie. Contact: 528-1862 or http://losososlibraryfriends.org. SAT OCT 6 5:00-8:00 pm: AUTUMN AUCTION AND DINNER GALA at Edwards

Barn, Pomeroy & Willow Rds, Nipomo. Nipomo HS Booster Club’s annual family event features food, music, and prizes! Cost: $100. Contact: 474-3300. OCT 6-14 (times vary): AUTUMN DANCES at The BlackBox at Dance Obispo, 672 Higuera St, SLO. Ballet Theatre San Luis Obispo performs. Cost: $15-20. Contact: 440-1439 or http://bt-slo.org. SUN OCT 7 9:00-11:00 am: 13th Annual BASKETBALL CLINIC at Mentone Basin Park Basketball Court, corner of 14th St & Mentone Ave, Grover Beach. This popular, free clinic features pointers and drills for youth, 8th grade and below. All equipment provided. Pre-registration is required. Contact: 473-4580 or www. grover.org. SUN OCT 7 9:30-11:00 am: BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS at St. Barnabas Church, 301 Trinity Ave, Arroyo Grande. 9:30 am: Blessing of animals in the courtyard (for animals that may not respond well in a church or for those who don’t want to attend the service). 10:00 am: Blessing of animals during the service. All are welcome. Cost: free. Contact: 489-2990. SUN OCT 7 9:00-3:00 am: NIPOMO NATIVE GARDEN PLANT SALE at Camino Caballo and Osage, Nipomo. Over 1,000 native and drought tolerant plants will be on sale with tee shirts, hats, transplanting tips, propagation techniques, gardening books, and more. Cost: free. Contact: 929-3589. WED OCT 10 at 7:30 pm: GIDGET GOES SAN LUIS OBISPO at Fremont Theatre, 1025 Monterey St, SLO. Meet the real Gidget, Kathy Zuckerman, with special guests Linda Benson and filmmaker Brian Gillogly at the Central Coast movie premiere of

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babysitter. Cost: $42. Contact: 773-7063 FRI OCT 19-SUN OCT 21 (times & locations vary): CENTRAL COAST BIONEERS 2012 CONFERENCE. This popular event includes a lineup of 16 workshops, films, and field trips in six major areas: renewable energy, food and farming, eco-preneurship and locanomics, green design, activism and social justice, and health, nature and spirit. Cost: varies. Contact: 548-0597 or http:// centralcoastbioneers.org. FRI OCT 19 at 8:00 pm: LYNN ANDERSON at Clark Center for the Performing Arts, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande. Enjoy music from one of the most successful female country artists of all time. Cost: $39-48. Contact: 489-9444 or http:// clarkcenter.org. FRI OCT 19 at 8:00 pm: QUETZAL Dia de los Muertos at Spanos Theatre, 1 Grand Ave, Cal Poly SLO. In a modern Day of the Dead celebration with music, dance, and storytelling, this popular East LA band focuses on the remarkable Mexican tribute to loved ones who’ve traveled to the afterlife. Cost: $28-35. Contact: 7566556 or http://calpolyarts.org. FRI OCT 19 & SAT OCT 20 10:00 am-6:00 pm: LEGO CONTEST at Whiz Kids, 3979 S Higuera St, SLO. Bring your amazing creation and win a Lego prize! All entries receive a free prize and photo. Winners announced on WED OCT 24. Ready, Set, BUILD! Contact: 547-1733 or www. shopwhizkidstoys.com. SAT OCT 20 at 5:00 pm: A TASTE OF ITALY at St Joseph’s Church Hall, 298 S Thompson Ave, Nipomo. Nipomo Rotary Club’s Annual Joint Fundraiser with Nipomo High Drama Dept includes spaghetti dinner, silent auction, dessert auction and donation drawing. Contact: 598-8854. SUN OCT 21 10:00 am-4:00 pm: BRAVOSLO! 2012 at the Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, SLO. Cal Poly Performing Arts Center previews its upcoming season with a showcase of more than 20 organizations— music and choral ensembles, dance groups, film shorts, and more! Cost: free. Contact: 756-2787 or http://pacslo.org. SUN OCT 21 1:00-4:00 pm: HAUNTED JACK HOUSE at Historic Jack House & Gardens, 536 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. The Jack Family lived in this house for nearly 100 years, but it has been many a decade since anyone occupied the old place. Strange noises have been heard emanating from these old walls. Could ghosts be hiding in the closets or wandering down the stairs? Come find out! Take a tour through the dimly-lit rooms. Cost: $5, under 12: free. Contact: 781-7300. SUN OCT 21 at 4:00 pm: TINGSTAD AND RUMBEL IN CONCERT at San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd, SLO. 2:30 pm: Docent-led garden tour. Doors open at 3:30 pm. The concert features a no-host bar. Cost: $20-30. Contact: 541-1400 or http://slobg.org. TUE OCT 23 at 5:00 pm: SPOOKY STORY NIGHT at Morro Bay Library, 625 Harbor St. Storyteller John Weaver will bring some mild chills with a program of spooky stories for ages 5 and up. Cost: free. Contact: 781-5775 or http://slolibrary.org. TUE OCT 23 at 6:40 pm: SPOOKY STORY NIGHT at SLO Library, 995 Palm St, San Luis Obispo. Storyteller John Weaver will bring some mild chills with a program of spooky stories for ages 5 and up. Cost: free. Contact: 781-5775 or http://slolibrary. org. WED OCT 24 at 2:00 pm: SPOOKY STORY NIGHT at Cayucos Library, 310 B St. Storyteller John Weaver will bring some mild chills with a program of spooky stories for ages 5 and up. Cost: free. Contact: 7815775 or http://slolibrary.org. THU OCT 25 at 3:30 pm: SPOOKY STORY NIGHT at Atascadero Colony Park Community Center, 5599 Traffic Way. Storyteller John Weaver will bring some mild chills with a program of spooky stories for ages 5 and up. Cost: free. Contact: 7815775 or http://slolibrary.org. THU OCT 25 at 5:00 pm: MUNCHKIN MARCH PARADE at Mission Plaza, Monterey & Broad Sts, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy a family-friendly costume parade. Munchkins (and their families) will parade through Farmer’s Market to the corner of Nipomo/Higuera. All participants are asked to bring a canned food item to be donated to Food Bank. Cost: free. Contact: 781-7300. SAT Oct 27 at 11:00 am: HAUNTED LIGHTHOUSE Signature Event at Point San Luis Lighthouse, Lighthouse Rd, Avila. The 2nd annual event features “Spooky Trolley Tours” with your very own Zombie Keeper. In the evening, a Lighthouse Mystery Dinner Theatre, features a seated dinner and the PVHS Players performing “An Inheritance of Murder!” Cost: Tours: $30, $15 under 12. Dinner Theater: $75 a plate, $525 a table of 8. Contact: 540-5771. WED OCT 27 at 2:00 pm: SPOOKY STORY NIGHT at Arroyo Grande Library, 800 W. Branch St. Storyteller John Weaver will bring mild chills with a program of spooky stories for ages 5 and up. Cost: free. Contact: 781-5775 or http://slolibrary.org. TUE OCT 23 at 6:30 pm: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Mel Brooks brings the laughs out loud just in time for Halloween! Cost: free along with free popcorn. Contact: http://losososlibraryfriends.org. 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-or-treat 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: 7566556 or http://calpolyarts.org. FRI NOV 2-SUN NOV 4 (times and locations vary): Festival Mozaic WINTERMEZZO Concert Series includes the great works of chamber music, featuring nationallyrenowned guest artists. Cost: varies. Contact: 781-3009 or http://festivalmozaic. com.

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Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story. Suggested donation of $15. 5:30-7:00 pm: Meet-and-greet reception at Luis Wine Bar. $50 tickets at slofilmfest.org. Contact: 546-3456 or http://slofilmfest.org. OCT 10-14 (times & locations vary): CALIFORNIA PHOTO FESTIVAL at Embassy Suites, 333 Madonna Rd, SLO. Click - 5 days of hands-on education and excitement. Cost: $120 and up. Contact: 528-7385 or www.californiaphotofest.com. THU OCT 11 at 6:30 pm: A CARIBBEAN MYSTERY at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Read Together, a free community reading experience presents: A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie. Miss Marple is on vacation but she never takes a break from solving crimes. All voices welcome; no auditions needed. Contact: 528-1862. FRI OCT 12-SUN OCT 14 (times vary): HARVEST FESTIVAL in Cambria will celebrate the arrival of the scarecrows with food, music, kid’s activities, and fun for all! Cost: free. Contact: http:// cambriascarecrows.com. FRI OCT 12 at 8:00 pm: CAL POLY PARENT & FAMILY ENSEMBLE SHOWCASE at PAC, 1 Grand Ave, SLO. All the major ensembles will be on stage in Harman Hall, all on the same evening! Cost: $9-14. Contact: 7562406. OCT 12-31 7:00-11:00 pm: MID STATE SCARE Haunted House at Mid State Scare, 1106 E. Grand Ave, Arroyo Grande. A fun and frightening Halloween tradition with two new separate events. ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE! Come seek sanctuary at our Zombie secure facility. OCT 21 & 28: Scream in the Dark show! Cost: $10. Contact: www. midstatescare.com. SAT OCT 13 9:00 am-2:00 pm: 20th Annual WIGGLE WAGGLE WALK for Woods at Laguna Lake Park, 504 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy a festive day in Sher Woods Forest including a 1-mile pledge walk, dog competitions, costume contests, pet fair, raffle and more! Benefits Woods Humane Society. Contact: www. woodshumane.org. SAT OCT 13 10:00 am-2:00 pm: TENNIS TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER at Morro Bay High School Tennis Courts, 235 Atascadero Rd, Morro Bay. This is a terrific opportunity to meet and compete with MBHS Pirates Girls Tennis team and help with fundraising while having great fun! All-doubles tournament with 3 divisions. Entry fee: $20/person includes food and prizes! Team members can enter for $10/ person, space permitting (priority to fullfee entrants). Bring a partner or come alone. Families can team up; novices welcome. Pre-registration recommended. Contact: n201ym@netzero.com. SAT OCT 13 10:00 am-2:00 pm: FALL FESTIVAL at Happy Time Cooperative Preschool, 1091 Bello St, Pismo Beach. Attractions include a pumpkin patch, bounce house, children games. Food and baked goods for sale. Cost: free admission; game tickets 2 for $1, wristband $5. Contact: 773-2095. SAT OCT 13 9:00 am-3:00 pm: BABYSITTING CLASS at Shell Beach Veterans Hall, 230 Leeward Ave. This teen course designed to instruct new babysitters on infant and child safety, CPR techniques, relief of airway obstruction (choking), healthy food selections, basic first aid, and other necessities for a responsible

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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 6:00-7:00 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. There’s no need to register. Just show up! Contact: 541-350-1703 or lucaspianoacademy.com. 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 www.5citiesswimschool.com. 1st MON every month 12:15-12:45 pm: Sukha Wellness Center welcomes Heidi Harmon for a singing and dancing good time at 6615 Bay Laurel Place, Avila Beach. Helps kids with active participation and camaraderie, developing creativity, reducing performance anxiety and building memorization skills. Cost: $5. Contact: 801-8088. Every MON 6:30 pm: Prenatal Yoga With Mary Sage Sennewald at Sukha Wellness Center, at 6615 Bay Laurel Place, Avila Beach. Learn essential exercises and techniques to use throughout pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Meet other pregnant women and learn about local resources. Cost: $8. Contact: 801-8088. Every TUE 6:00-7:30 pm: Women’s Depression Group with Michelle Ogle, LMFT at 411 Traffic Way #A, Arroyo Grande. Explore your personal journey among like-minded women. Share adversity and strengths. Learn to Set boundaries and Goals. Evolve through others’ experiences. Be happy without compromising who you are. Ongoing groups. Call for brief screening and info. Contact: 260-5710. Every TUE at 6:30 pm: Central Coast Weight Loss Challenge Lessons and Classes at Crossroads Wellness, 1542 W Branch St, Arroyo Grande. This 12-week program advises proper nutrition and food choices while encouraging exercise. Each person will receive personalized oneon-one coaching. Participation costs $39 for all 12 weeks. $10 of each entry will be donated to a local children’s charity, and the rest of the proceeds will be awarded to the “biggest loser.” Contact: 489-4466 or mike@crossroadsag.com. Every other THU 3:30-4:30 pm: Paws to Read Program—Reading to Rover at Atascadero Library, 6850 Morro Rd. Join Captain, a 6 year-old tan and white roughcoated 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: 549-9228 or http://felinenetwork.org. 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 5285611. 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.treeoflifepsc.com. 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: 4731421 or www.explorationstation.org. 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 you’ll never have to worry about them getting lost. It’s the best $15 you will ever spend! Contact: www.slonchs.org. 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: www.slonightwriters.org. Every FRI 10:00-11:30 am: Postpartum

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Education for Parents (PEP) at One Consignment, 240 E HWY 246, #105, Buellton. Contact: 564-3888 or www. sbpep.org. 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: http://aikidoslo.com or 544-8866. La Clinica de Tolosa is a nonprofit children’s dental clinic in Paso Robles providing a full range of quality pediatric dental care for ages 1 to 12. It serves low-income children throughout the county who are uninsured or covered by public insurance programs such as Medi-Cal. Contact: www.clinicadetolosa.org, 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. Jack’s 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: 5477025 x 17. Volunteer at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art! Stop by at 1010 Broad St (Mission Plaza) or email volunteer@sloma.org. 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 Alzheimer’s. 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 www. elfin-forest.org. 2nd SAT every month: Family programs at San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden. Contact: 541-1400 or www.slobg.org. 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.pacificchristian. net. Teen Wellness Program: TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI 3:00-5:30 pm at Arroyo Grande EOC Health Services Clinic, 1152 E Grand Ave. Health services, including reproductive health services, in a safe environment with staff trained to screen, assess, and provide intervention. 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 low-cost services for people 50 and older including blood pressure, pulse, weight, total cholesterol, screening for anemia, diabetes and fecal blood, nutritional counseling, and referrals. Contact: 481-2692 or 788-0827. 1st WED every month at 12:00 pm: Disabled American Veterans luncheon at Veterans Memorial Bldg, 313 W. Tunnell St, Santa Maria. Contact: 345-0402. Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm: Widowed Support Group at New Life Church, 990 James Way, Rm 14, Pismo Beach. Arrive 10 min early for 1st meeting. Offered by Hospice of SLO Co. Contact: 544-2266 or www.hospiceslo.org. 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.

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“Senior Dancers.” Dance, chat and listen to good music. No fees or 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 www. sloliteracy.org. 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, cclcread@mypowerpipe.com 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: 925-9554 or www. centralcoastseniors.org. 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 Speaker’s Bureau. Contact: 541.3367 or www.sloalpha.org. 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.centralcoastastronomy.org. Contact: aurora@centralcoastastronomy. org.

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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 Women’s 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 & Women’s Community Center provide one-on-one legal advice for persons filing divorces w/o an attorney, and a document preparer to assist in completing courtrequired forms. Min. $40.00 donation. Limit: 12 participants. Contact: 544-9313. 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 Women’s Empowerment and Self Defense Workshops. Contact: 545-8888 or www. sarpcenter.org. 1st THU every month at 6:15 pm: Commission on the Status of Women meets at Coast National Bank, 500 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. The Commission is an official advisory group to the SLO County Board of Supervisors to identify issues of concern to women that are not currently the focus of other advocacy or advisory organizations. Contact: 788-3406. Every MON 4:00-5:00 pm: Jack’s Yoga for Teens in San Luis Obispo Veterans Building, 801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Classes are free with Jack’s 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 www. jackshelpinghand.org. Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED 3:00-5:00 pm: Jacks’ Adaptive Toy Lending Library - Jack’s Helping Hand at Central Coast Gymnastics, 21 Zaca Lane, #100 in San Luis Obispo. Traditional and adaptive toys for children with all types of disabilities to check out. In-home appointments also

available. Cost-Free! Contact: 547-1914 or www.jackshelpinghand.org. Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI 4:00-7:00 pm: Jacks’ Adaptive Toy Lending Library - Jack’s Helping Hand at Pat’s 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 www. jackshelpinghand.org. Every THU 11:00 am-2:00 pm & SUN 1:004:00 pm: Katie’s Korner Adaptive Toy Lending Library (Jack’s Helping Hand) is at Paso Robles Children’s 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: 5471914 or www.jackshelpinghand.org. 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. searchforself.com. 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 www.5citiesswimschool.com. 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:/bikehappening. org. 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: www.ccnha.org/ 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

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