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December 2012

Toy Safety ..................... 2 Library Voice ................. 4 Gift Guide ...................... 6 Fun & Games ................. 8 Local History ................ 12 Family Life ................... 14 Self Care ....................... 15 Calendar ........................ 17 Family Events ............... 18 Local Resources .......... 20 Pet Tips ....................... 22

Toy Safety / Unique Gifts / Local Holiday History / Christmas Around the World

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December is safe Toy & Gift month!
Skates, tricycles, toy trucks and cars, wagons and balls are among childrens favorite playthings. But in one year, according to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates, there were 150,000 toy-related injuries serious enough to require hospital emergency room treatment. Falls are the most frequent kind of accident, but many serious injuries result from children swallowing small parts or placing tiny toys in noses or ears, from exploding gaspowered toys, from flammable products, and from sharp edges. Each year, some 5,000 new toys enter the market-place. The holiday season finds over 150,000 different kinds of toys for sale in approximately one million stores. Despite the efforts of manufacturers, retailers, safety inspectors, and others, it is impossible to examine every toy. But it is possible for parents and other relatives to check every new toy they buy and every old toy around the house for possible hazards. The following suggestions can help you keep playtime a safe, fun time. SELECT TOYS WITH CARE Choose carefully. Look for good design and quality construction in the toys you buy. Watch out for toys that have sharp edges, small parts, or sharp points. Avoid toys that produce extremely loud noises that can damage hearing and propelled objects that can injure eyes. Buy toys that suit a childs age, interest, and abilities. Avoid toys that are too complex for young children. Many toys have a suggested age range to help you choose toys that are appealing as well as safe. Be a label reader. Look for safety information such as Not

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recommended for children under 3 years of age, or nontoxic on toys likely to end up in little mouths, or washable/ hygenic materials on stuffed toys and dolls. Check with parents before you buy a child a toy that requires close supervision - electrically operated toys, shooting toys and games, chemistry sets, and the like. Remember, too, that younger children may have access to toys intended for older children once the toy has been brought into the home. Look for the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) seal on electrical toys. It indicates the electrical parts have been safety tested. Toy Soldier in Babes in Toyland Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet
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with wires that can cut or stab. 5. Propelled objects: Projectiles - guided missiles and other flying toys - can be turned into weapons and can injure eyes in particular. Children should never be permitted to play with OPEN Christmas Day adult lawn darts or other hobby SAT, DEC 15th & New Years Day! or sporting equipment with sharp points. Arrows or darts 1:00-3:00 pm (805) 543-0722 used by children should have 795 E Foothill Blvd, SLO soft cork tips, rubber suction Consult the toy Professionals cups or other protective tips to prevent injury. Daily Monday Lunch Dinner 6. Electric toys: Electric toys that Buffet Buffet are improperly constructed, $7.95 $10.95 wired, or misused can shock or burn. Electric toys must meet mandatory requirements for maximum surface 7. Wrong toy for the wrong age: Toys that may be safe for older temperatures, electrical children can be extremely construction, and prominent dangerous in the hands of little warning labels. Electric sturdy and wont tip over if the TEACH PROPER USE OF TOYS ones. Check package labels for toys with heating elements child climbs on it. recommended age range. Check the instructions and are recommended only for explain to your child how to use children over age 8. Children SEVEN TOY DANGERS the toy. should be taught to use electric 1. Sharp edges: Toys made of safety toys cautiously and under adult Information on toy by thewas adapted from Always try to supervise children material provided U. S. Consumer brittle plastic or glass can break Product Safety Commission. supervision. while they play. Learn to spot easily, exposing sharp points an accident about to happen. and edges. Wooden, metal, and plastic toys sometimes Check toys periodically for have sharp edges due to poor broken parts and potential 114 West Branch St, Arroyo Grande construction. hazards. A dangerous toy & Our NeW LOcAtiON: should be repaired immediately 2. Small parts: Tiny toys and toys or thrown away. Sharp or 168 West clark Avenue, Old Orcutt with small, removable parts splintered edges on wooden can be swallowed or become toys should be sanded smooth. lodged in a childs windpipe, (805) 4 7 4 - 4 0 6 8 Use only non-toxic paint on toys ears, or nose. The squeakers or toy boxes. Check outdoor in some squeeze toys can toys for rust and weak or be removed and possibly sharp parts that could become swallowed. The seams of hazardous. poorly constructed stuffed toys can break open and release Teach children to put their toys small pellets that also can be away so the toys do not get swallowed or inhaled. broken and so that no one trips and falls on them. 3. Loud noises: Toy caps and some noise-making guns and other Toy boxes, too, should be toys can reach noise levels that checked for safety. A toy chest can damage hearing. The law should have a lightweight lid requires the following label that can be opened easily from on boxes of caps producing within. For extra safety, be sure noise above a certain level: there are ventilation holes. WARNING - Do not fire closer Watch for sharp edges that than 1 foot to the ear. Do not could cut and hinges that could use indoors. pinch. Attach rubber bumpers to the front corners of a toy 4. Sharp points: Broken toys can chest so little fingers wont be expose dangerous prongs and caught by a slammed lid. knife-sharp points. Pins and staples on dolls clothes, hair, Toy shelves are another storage and accessories can easily possibility. Open shelves allow puncture an unsuspecting children to see favorite toys and child. Even a teddy bear or easily return them to the shelf stuffed toy can be assembled after play. Be sure the shelf is

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Library Voice
Under One Roof

by Kristen Barnhart

One of my favorite (and funniest) teachers was my English teacher Mrs. Jeppesen at Pomona High School. I would literally have to empty my bladder on the way to her class, just to avoid the embarrassing result of too much laughter. Christmas adventure stories were always the best. For example, her tale of the trial run on a new-fangled snowmobile while visiting relatives in the Midwest, which included brake confusion leading to a race through the chicken coop, was priceless. Not only did Mrs. Jeppesen give my compare and contrast paper on Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May and Janis Joplins Get it While You Can an A+, but she insisted on Janis played at full volume. Her funny stories could also be very poignant. My favorite Jepp story was about how we can mix up word meanings. Mrs. Jeppesen told of a candlelit Christmas Eve service when she was in college. Her favorite professor, and every girls crush, sat next to

her on the pew. She wanted to be sophisticated and not stare at him in the beauty of the candlelight, and was flustered when he turned to speak to her when the choir quietly entered singing Silent Night. He whispered moments such as this leave me feeling so nostalgic. Mrs. Jeppesen reached into her purse and pulled out a handful of tissues, furtively handed them to him to throw-up in. She was never able to meet his eyes again after he had to explain to her the difference between nostalgia and nausea! The two can actually seem to go hand in hand at the holiday season. I just read that 45% of Americans would rather just skip the holidays, due to the stress and expense. How very sad and relatable. My Christmas this year will be a 21st century family mashup. My daughters dad is coming out from Michigan. Her brothers family is in a small apartment, and his father-in-law is also coming, which makes eight. So were renting a house up in Lake Arrowhead for

everyone. My ex and I havent been under the same roof for more than a few hours since 1992, and my daughter-in-law has played the role of go-between very diplomatically for most of those years. This year, she laid down the law: Christmas is for her children, period! Any adults bringing drama or discomfort into their holiday memories will be told to leave. I applaud her and think that should be the rule for every family. Feeling antsy? Take a walk. Are politics pushing your buttons? Take a walk! A little too much holiday cheer? Sleep it off! Think about your legacy. Do you really want to compete with SNLs drunk uncle or be dreamily confused with Santa? Put a sign on the front door letting everyone know that only kids are allowed to be childish this year! In our family, these children will never be 6 and 4 again, there are no Christmas do-overs, so our job is to make it warm and yummy and joyful and a little magic. I plan to bring bags of books, and my bed will become the cozy reading retreat. Christmas books, fairytales, poetry, and maybe even a short chapter book will be my addition to this years memories. I dont do snow, so everyone else can cover the outdoors, while I provide a warm welcome when they return. Ill be bringing my Moms Chicken Tortilla Casserole (yes, the one made with Campbells soup) for our first dinner, so Ill be feeling my parents love around the table. For me, its all about cuddling with my daughter and the little ones; Ill just stick with what I do best! Whatever it is that you do best; bring it. We have good friends who put together a talent show every

Christmas. Their decades of video are more precious, and bring up more love, than any other tradition I know. What is your familys tradition? Do all the generations know its origin? Opening one present on Christmas Eve? Are stockings fair game before presents? Is there simultaneous mad ripping of all the presents or one person opening at a time? These family traditions provide the framework that we all hang our memories on. As small as they may seem to you now, they may become sacred protocol to be followed by your children. Whether you have menorahs for every family member, or the one passed down for generations, tell your children why. Do you celebrate the solstice and sing about the light returning from the darkest night? All the people of the earth value and celebrate their families in some way. Lets make it wonderful for everyone this year. Dont let the nostalgia make you nauseous, and have a Happy New Year!
Kristen Barnhart has been telling stories, recommending books, and stamping little hands for over 33 years throughout SLO County. She is currently a Youth Services Librarian at the San Luis Obispo Library. Kristen can be reached at (805) 781-5775 or

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Flowtoys is another company creating unique and wonderful toys to motivate movement and self-expression. Our favorite product is their Flow-wand levitation stick. This enchanting toy was inspired by a magicians dancing cane, to be used in creative movement that will become almost meditative and amaze onlookers. Flow-wands come in 4 iridescent shades and retail for $22.95. Lighted varieties are also available.

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Another favorite toy among our family and friends is the Perplexus maze game. These challenging toys involve maneuvering a small marble through twisting colorful barriers within a transparent sphere. You can follow various tracks to complete each threedimensional maze, and there are many ways to play as a single player or competing with friends, so players dont lose interest. Perplexus comes in four versions; Original, Rookie, Epic, and Twist, suitable for players ages 6 and up. Players flip, twist, and spin the sphere and work with gravity to guide the marble. This exercise and focus assists in development of motor and dexterity skills, as well as hand-eye coordination. And no batteries are required! Originally created by 3-D design teacher Michael McGinnis as an art project, Perplexus spheres are as attractive as they are engaging. Around our house,

LunaStix Juggling Sticks have also become quite popular around here. These innovative sport toys will get everyone up and moving. Once you feel the balance point, the basic juggling moves are easy to master, and this fun activity soon becomes soothing, as well as entertaining. In fact, juggling LunaStix can help to relieve stress and calm the mind. Of course, juggling is also great for developing focus, coordination and motor skills. LunaStix come in many colors and five models: Equinox (top-ofthe-line), Master (most versatile, and available in glow-in-thedark), Wizard (for advanced fast spinning tricks), Jester (slower spinning), and Kid (sized for ages 6-10). Prices range from $25 to $60 for each set and many local toy stores carry LunaStix. Learn more at

A close second favorite flow toy is the Toroflux, a mesmerizing kinetic sculpture that resembles a four dimensional Slinky. The Toroflux, made of a single interlocking strand of metal, is very tactile and addictive to play with. It folds flat into a handy carrying pouch, then pops up for action. You can put your hand through it and it will run safely along your arm and can be passed from one person to another. Toroflux are $20 each. Find more information and view these and other flow toys in action at

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My favorite time of the year is the winter holidays. Colder weather makes many of us go from shorts to pants more often, or throw an extra blanket on the bed, or maybe turn up the heat. There is just something about this time of year, when many of us are in a spirit of giving, thinking of others, and being nicer than normal because we have a reason to be joyful. It is also that time of year when my wife pulls out all of her Christmas clothes and jewelry, and I pull out the many storage cases of Christmas decorations. We start decorating our house the first weekend after Thanksgiving, which is also the same weekend we go down to buy our tree. I have lived in San Luis Obispo for over 30 years now, and I think our area is one of the best places to live, especially when it comes to the holiday season. I love bundling up, going to downtown San Luis Obispo, and finding a good spot on the curb along Higuera Street to watch the Christmas parade roll by. I have been going to the parade for as long as I can recall. If you have never been to the SLO parade, then this is something that you need to put on your to do list this year. We always sit down by McLintocks to watch the parade and wave at the people on the floats. I have seen some of the craziest and wildest

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change and never get old. The winter holidays also bring some great entertainment to our local live theaters. My personal favorite is the Great American Melodramas production of A Christmas Carol. We love getting our seats along the back or side, loading up with a chili dog, nachos, and a big piece of cake, and enjoying a marvelous show that reminds us that giving to others less fortunate is what this season is about. Of course, the Nutcracker and other holiday shows have been a part of our community for many years. Every year, several of my students are involved in the Nutcracker, and its lots of fun hearing what role they are playing in this years production. I have had Sugar Plum Fairies, Flowers, Dewdrops, Snowflakes, Dolls, and Angels in my class over the years. This year, I have at least three girls in my class that will perform in a production of the Nutcracker. Lets not forget holiday shopping in the downtowns in our local towns and cities. San Luis Obispo normally will be festooned with holiday colors, trees, and a reindeer or two in the stores along main streets. For over 100 years, local stores have been reminding us who not to forget on our lists of nice little boys and girls. As you visit Morro Bay, Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach, Paso Robles, Atascadero, and all of our other wonderful towns and cities, you can enjoy a winter holiday spirit that has been a part of local tradition for generations. The one place I always miss at this time of year is the Country Classic store that used to be at the new and

retrofitted Sinsheimer Building on Monterey Street. That was the best holiday store in town. The age-old traditions of Hanukkah (Chanukah) and Christmas were celebrated by many of the founding fathers of San Luis Obispo County. We have gathered together in Mission Plaza for many years to celebrate people of all faiths and traditions. Let me tell you about the very first Christmas that was celebrated in San Luis Obispo County. It was a stormy winter day back on December 24, 1769, when Captain Gaspar de Portola came out of the forest where Cambria is today. He and his 60 men were not only wet and cold, but they were very hungry and exhausted from their march through steep valleys and mountains. As Portola and his men settled down for the night with hunger pangs in their stomachs, out of a clearing came several Chumash Native Americans carrying food to share with these starving Spaniards. The Chumash had no idea that this was a holy night for these Spanish explorers, but Portola and his men viewed this gift of food as a miracle, for which they had prayed fervently. The tradition of giving and caring on the Central Coast goes back over 243 years, and still flourishes today. Happy Holidays to everyone and best wishes for the New Year!
Guy Crabb teaches at Charles E. Teach Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He graduated from Cal Poly SLO and has been teaching for 28 years. Guy was a Teacher of the Year in 2006 and currently teaches at a National Blue Ribbon School. Reach him at

SLO Christmas Parade in 1964

floats in the world. We enjoy seeing local celebrities, from TV news reporters, city council members, fire fighters, policemen and policewomen, to other special local heroes. But my favorite sights are the floats loaded with kids and their families. I have seen floats break down and be pushed to the end of the parade. I saw some chickens jump off a 4H float one year. It was wild watching little kids chase down the chickens and put them back on the float! I have seen some old photos from back in the 1960s, with the streets decorated and kids dressed up like presents or elves, much like you might see today. When it comes to parades in every town in our region, some things never

Christmas Parade in Paso Robles, 1963

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are now recognized for Christmas Day. These dates are associated with the Julian calendar and the Gregorian calendar. Currently, the old Julian calendar is 13 days behind the Gregorian calendar, so some countries celebrate Christmas Day on January 7th. People in different countries have various traditions for the Christmas holidays. Catholic followers around the world, especially those in Europe, Mexico, Central and South America, and the United States, celebrate Novena, a Roman Catholic worship service consisting of prayers on nine consecutive days. On the 8th of December, the Day of the Immacolata, it is customary to set up a nativity scene with a manger and a Christmas tree. At the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas on January 6th, comes the Epiphany or Day of the Three Kings, and this is the day when gifts are given. The practice of offering gifts is associated with the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh given to baby Jesus by the three wise men: Melchior of Arabia, Gaspar of Tharsis, and Balthazar of Saba. Children place written requests in their shoes, in hopes of receiving gifts and toys. Parents can find a variety of wonderful books about the holiday season to read to their children, like The First Christmas (an excellent read-aloud book for younger children to learn about the birth of Jesus), The Story of the Three Wise Kings by Tomie DePaola, and Las Posadas: An Hispanic Christmas Celebration by Diane HoytGoldsmith, which describes how one Latino family in New Mexico celebrates the season. In the United States, Christmas is a federal holiday. Popular traditions include decorating homes and businesses, bringing a tree indoors to adorn with ornaments and lights, getting presents from Santa Claus, exchanging gifts, sending greeting cards, holding large family dinners, and attending pageants and religious services. The birth of Christ is the central theme of holiday celebrations in Mexico and Central and South American countries and the manger is a dominant traditional symbol. Families construct nativity scenes called El Nacimiento and on Christmas mid-night, a figure of baby Jesus is placed in the manger. In the book Federico and the Magis Gift, a child hears the story of Los Tres Reyes Magos (the three wise men) and he leaves his zapatos (shoes) out for regalos (gifts). In Mexico, the Christmas celebration often begins on December 12th, with the birthday of La Guadalupana (the Virgin of Guadalupe), and ends on January 6th with the Epiphany. The most popular cultural tradition in Mexico is a fiesta called Las Posadas. This celebration begins with a procession, in which children act out the story of Mary and Joseph looking for an inn for the night. Pilgrims follow the children, who carry faroles (paper lanterns with candles). Foods for the event include tamales, pozole (a spicy corn soup), and biscochitos (holiday cookies). On Christmas Eve, people set off fireworks and ring bells, attend a midnight mass, and have a meal of menudo, tamales, rellenos, rice, beans, and atole. To learn more about the customs in Mexico, read one of these books: A Mexican Christmas by Michael Elsohn Ross or Christmas in Mexico from World Books, Inc. In Brazil, the holiday is known as Papai Noel or Father Christmas, and Viejo Pascuero (Santa Claus) climbs through windows to leave gifts. A special sweet Christmas bread Pan de Pascua is eaten at meals. Across Africa, caroling is a popular activity for the holiday season and villagers join together to sing holiday songs. People take gifts to special worship services as a love offering to honor Jesus. Many sit outdoors in a circle to enjoy a traditional meal of turkey, roast beef, mince pies, or suckling pig, yellow rice with raisins, vegetables, and plum pudding. At bedtime on Christmas Eve, children hang up stockings for presents from Father Christmas. For Australians, Christmas occurs during summer, so many people celebrate outdoors by going to beaches and camping out. The meal


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Christmas is not only the most popular civil holiday in the United States, but it is also widely celebrated throughout the world. The word Christmas comes from Cristes maesse, which means the Mass of Christ. Today, it is celebrated by both Christians and non-Christians. Although scholars dont agree on exact origins, many theorize that the early beginnings of Christmas derived from the weeklong Roman midwinter celebration of Saturnalia,

in which one day was dedicated to the birth of Christ. During the festival, people feasted, decorated temples with evergreens, visited each other, and exchanged gifts. The festival of Christmas originated as a way for followers to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The precise date of the birth of Christ is not known. In 350 AD, Julius I, Bishop of Rome, chose December 25th for the date to observe Christmas. Two dates (December 25th and January 7th)

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of traditional ham, turkey and plum pudding is often served picnic style. Caroling and singing are a popular part of the holidays, and people attend concerts like the annual Carols by Candlelight concert held at Myer Music Bowl. Although Christmas is not a legal holiday in Mainland China, December 25th is a public holiday in Hong Kong and Macau. Chinese families decorate their homes with lights, paper lanterns, and paper flowers. The Christmas tree in China is called the Tree of Light and it is also decorated with paper lanterns, chains, and flowers. Children hang stockings for Dun Che Lao Ren (Christmas Old Man). The opening of the Holy Season in Italy is announced by the sound of cannons firing from the Castle of Saint Angelo in Rome. At noon on Christmas Day, the Pope gives his blessing to crowds gathered in Vatican square. Kids look forward to receiving gifts from the Christmas witch named Befana, who comes 12 days after Christmas. Kids can read about the legend in The Story of Befana: An Italian Christmas Tale by Ilse Plume. French people display a nativity scene or crche in their homes with little clay figures called santons (little saints). On Christmas Eve, youngsters put their sabots (wooden clogs) near the hearth so that Pere Noel will leave them gifts. A special dessert enjoyed in France is Bche de Nol, a Yule log-shaped cake. Christmas Day in India is Bada Din. People from all religions join their Christian friends to celebrate the holiday festivities. Father Christmas brings gifts for children with a horse and cart. Christmas is celebrated as a festival in Japan. Trees are decorated with candles, small toys, dolls, ornaments like the origami swan, gold paper fans, lanterns, and wind chimes. Parents give presents to their children. A popular holiday meal consists of a Christmas Chicken Dinner made popular by Kentucky Fried Chicken. A favorite dessert is called Christmas cake. The Russian Orthodox Church designated January 7th as the official holiday for Christmas in Russia. Families focus on religious celebrations such as an all-night mass and the blessing of homes ceremony. After Christmas Eve services, people carrying candles, torches, and homemade lanterns parade around the church, singing carols and hymns before going home to celebrate the feast of ShenKolli i Dimnit (Saint Nicholas of Winter). The main dish for the feast is a porridge called kutya. St. Nicholas, the patron saint of Russia, leaves gifts for the children. People of many different faiths celebrate the Christmas holiday. Regardless of the country or specific traditions, two themes remain constant around the world; giving unto others and spending time with loved ones. Its an occasion to show how much goodness we can offer, whether its in the form of material gifts or acts of kindness. Across the earth, people unite in love and worship.
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December 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



Universal Human Rights Month Hi Neighbor Month National Stress Free Family Holiday Month Read A New Book Month Safe Toy and Gift Month Write to a Friend Month

December is:

Birthstone: Blue Topaz / Turquoise

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


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

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

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



Flower: Poinsettia



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


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

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


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



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


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



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



PEARL HARBOR DAY (Attacked by Japan in 1941) WALT DISNEYS BIRTHDAY (Born in 1901)



IRA GERSHWINS BIRTHDAY (Composer born in 1896)



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


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

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



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



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


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


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






(In 1911)


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 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







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


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

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




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



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


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




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


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



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







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Family Events
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 http://pcpa. org. THU NOV 15-SUN DEC 23 (times vary): HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA at The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville, 1863 Front St, Oceano. The grand holiday tradition continues as GAM presents the most popular show of the year. Tickets: $18-$22, with discounts for groups, seniors, students, active military, and children. The in-house snack bar serves food and drinks before the show and during intermissions. Contact: 489-2499 or 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 photos 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-MON DEC 24: HOLIDAYS IN THE PINES in Cambria. The village of Cambria celebrates in a big way decked out with lights, free festive events, decorations, deals, and discounts. Shop in a unique, relaxed atmosphere and get a chance to win a shopping spree! Contact: cambriaholidays. com. 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. FRI NOV 23-SAT DEC 15 at 8:00 pm: AVENUE Q at Unity, 1490 Southwood Dr, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy date night with KELRIK After Dark and an uproarious stroll down Avenue Q! This laugh-out-loud musical tells the story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment and discovers his own purpose in life. Adult subject matter: audience members under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Cost: $20. Contact: 543-7529. SUN NOV 25- TUE DEC 11: ALTRUSA HOLIDAY OF TREES at 1447 S Broadway, Santa Maria. Enter a raffle to win a predecorated tree and the presents beneath it for just $1! Proceeds benefit local scholarship and grant foundations. Contact: http:// THU NOV 29 5:00-8:00 pm: FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE at Paso Robles City Library Conference Room, 1000 Spring St. On display and available for purchase will be a variety of unusual gifts, ranging from retro toys and fashion jewelry to home and holiday decor items. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, and children may sit and listen to holiday stories while parents peruse the fabulous merchandise. Refreshments provided, and no sales tax. Contact: 227-4628. THU NOV 29-SUN DEC 2 (times vary): OUR TOWN at Paso High School Theatre, 801 Niblick Rd. Thornton Wilders play will be performed at the newly modernized school Performing Arts Center. Cost: $8-10. Contact: 769-1500 or FRI NOV 30 5:30-8:00 pm: HOLIDAY HARMONY at Beach Bum Holiday Rentals parking lot on Dolliver and Pomeroy St, Pismo Beach. 12th annual event is free and will include fresh snow, bounce houses, crafts, music, and cookie decorating, and photos with Santa. 6:00 pm: Tree lighting. Contact: 773-7063. FRI NOV 30 6:00-8:00 pm: ILLUMINATING EVENING at Vina Robles Hospitality Center, 3700 Mill Rd, Paso Robles. The celebration will include the ceremonial lighting of a towering Christmas tree, a special holiday music performance, mulled wine, local apple cider, and homemade cookies Nov. 30. Please bring an unwrapped toy to benefit our local Toys for Tots organization. Contact: 227-4812 or FRI NOV 30 at 7:00 pm & SUN DEC 2 at 2:30 pm: MESSIAH CONCERT BENEFIT at Mission San Miguel Arcngel, 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-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 11:00 am-6:00 pm: 2012 HOLIDAY OF LIGHTS in Grover Beach. The parade begins at 16th St, travels west down Grand Ave, and finishes at Ramona Garden Park Center, 993 Ramona Ave. After the parade: Santas Workshop And Holiday Tree Lighting festivities include a visit with Santa, kids activities, artists and crafters, and live music. Contact: 473-4580 or 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 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 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 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 nonstop family fun! Contact: 756-6556 or http:// SAT DEC 1 at 6:00 pm: LIGHTED BOAT PARADE IN MORRO BAY. Local boats of all sizes decorate with lights for the holiday season

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and cruise the harbor. Morro Bay White Caps and San Luis Obispo City Band will play at the South T-pier. Enjoy live music and shopping at the marinas. Contact: 478-9477 or http:// SAT DEC 1 at 7:00 pm: HOLIDAY LIGHT PARADE starts at 835 12th St, Paso Robles. The 51st annual parade has the theme: Christmas Past Christmas Present, and will include cash prizes. Contact: 238-4103 or 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, and SLOs own Dr. Roger Steele. Celebrate the festival of lights and enjoy latkes and sufganiot. Cost: $25-32. Contact: 544-0760. 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 including A Christmas Carol, a new work by Meredith Brammeier for mens voices and English horn. Seasonal favorites will be featured in a carol sing-a-long, the keyboard magic of Paul Woodring and accompanist Susan Azaret Davies, Cal Poly Brass Ensemble, and a cappella favorite Take It SLO. Cost: $9-14. Contact: 756-4849. SUN DEC 2- SUN DEC 9 (days & times vary): VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS & CANDLE LIGHT TOURS at Historic Jack House, 536 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy the splendor with self-guided tours, hot cider and cookies, and unique items for sale in the Wash House Gift Shop. Cost: $2. Contact: 781-7300 or http:// SUN DEC 2-MON DEC 10 (times & locations vary): LIGHT UP A LIFE CEREMONY. Gather to remember loved ones during the 28th annual Light Up a Life. During the holiday season, you are invited to help shine a light during any one of the 12 Hospice SLO memorial ceremonies in 10 communities throughout the county. Your loved ones name (including pets) will be read at the Light Up a Life

ceremony of your choice and entered into the Memorial Book for a donation of $15. Contact: 544-2266. WED DEC 5 5:30-7:30 pm: TAMALE-MAKING WORKSHOP at Pismo Beach Vets Hall, 680 Bello St, Pismo Beach. Enjoy a hands-on workshop including a tamale-making demo and tasting, and leave with dozen delicious tamales that you made yourself and a variety of authentic tamale recipes. Cost: $35. Contact: 773-7063. WED DEC 5 5:30-7:30 pm: SOLSTICE HOLIDAY GREEN MIXER at Ventana Grill, Pismo Beach. SESLOC Federal Credit Union and Back To Herbs present Green Polkadot Box, live music by Anthony Roselli, the GREEN Wizard, food, refreshments, and over $1,000 in free giveaways! Cost: $5 donation to benefit Achievement House. Contact: 473-5064. THU DEC 6 at 2:00 pm: HOW CHRISTMAS BECAME A RESPECTABLE HOLIDAY; Or, Why Our Grandparents Didnt Sing White Christmas When They Were Kids, at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 1344 Nipomo St, San Luis Obispo. Until the 1820s traditional American Christmas was typically a weekslong riot of revelry, drunkenness, debauchery, and public disorder. This lecture-discussion course will explore how and why the Christmas we know came to be, and why we have, for the most part, forgotten its origins. Cost: $5-10. Contact: 784-0456. FRI DEC 7 at 5:30 pm: OCTAGON BARN HOLIDAY LIGHTING & GIFT SHOP at 4440 Octagon Way, SLO. The Land Conservancy of SLO lights up the barn to celebrate the holiday season! Contact: 544-9096 or http:// FRI DEC 7 at 6:00 pm: HOLIDAY LIGHTING CEREMONY IN SUNKEN GARDENS at 6550 El Camino Real, Atascadero. Enjoy an evening of holiday fun, art, and wine as the trees are illuminated amidst music and cheer. Santa will be onsite serving hot chocolate. Cost: free. Contact: 470-3472 or http://atascadero. org. FRI DEC 7 at 6:00 pm: LOMPOCS ANNUAL

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HOLIDAY PARADE begins at Pine and H Sts, and runs along H Street, followed with a tree lighting ceremony at Centennial Square. Contact: 736-1261 or FRI DEC 7 at 7:00 pm: SLO HOLIDAY PARADE kicks off at the corner of Palm and Chorro Sts. Entries include nearly 100 colorful floats, jammin music, marching bands, animal groups, and classic carolers. Contact: http:// FRI DEC 7 at 7:30 pm: CUESTA HOLIDAY CHOIR CONCERT at Cuesta College CPAC, CA 1, San Luis Obispo. This years concert features all the best that Cuesta choirs have to offer: processionals, meditations, humor, carols, and holiday music from around the world. Cuesta College Chamber Singers, Voce, and Concert Choir present medieval, gospel, jazz music, old holiday chestnuts and multi-cultural, solstice, and Hanukah pieces. Cost: $12/$7. Contact: 546-3936. FRI DEC 7 at 5:00 pm: JULEFEST TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY at Solvang Park, corner of Mission Dr & First St, Solvang. Contact: SAT DEC 8 9:00 am-12:00 pm: MAKE YOUR HOLIDAY GREEN! at Sweet Springs Nature Preserve, Broderson & Ramona Aves, Los Osos. Give something back to nature this holiday season. Help restore this beautiful coastal habitat on the shores of Morro Bay with native plants. Bring a shovel with your name on it, if you have one. Otherwise, just bring friends and family of all ages. Cost: free. Contact: 239-3928. SAT DEC 8 10:00 am-7:00 pm: 7th Annual NEEDS N WISHES HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER at South Bay Community Center, 2180 Palisades Ave, Los Osos. Open House all day after the Los Osos Christmas Parade. Visit with Santa, buy gifts, enjoy free cookies, Rudolphs kitchen, Toy Store, and live entertainment all day. Cost: free. Save and bring your change to fill the jars for those in need. Contact: 5285800. SAT DEC 8 11:00 am: JULEFEST PARADE traditional Danish parade through downtown Solvang. Santa Claus will be available for visits and photos in Solvang Park post-parade. Contact: 688-6144 or SAT DEC 8 1:00-3:00 pm: DREAM CATCHERS & HOLIDAY GIFTS: Kids Workshop at SLO Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd, San Luis Obispo. Create fun holiday crafts to give to friends and family! Learn stories as we play and create in the Garden. $5 donation appreciated. Contact: 541-1400 or www. SAT DEC 8 2:00 pm: A JOYFUL, JOLLY HOLIDAY CONCERT at Trinity Lutheran

Church, 940 Creston Rd, Paso Robles. Central Coast Childrens Choirs annual concert will delight young and old with festive favorites. Cost: $8-15. Contact: 464-0443. SAT DEC 8 at 3:00 pm: SLO WINDS HOLIDAY CONCERT Chanson For Christmas at United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks St, San Luis Obispo. A yuletide gift for your entire family filled with peace, hope and joy. Enjoy beautiful wind band arrangements of familiar tunes and a traditional audience sing-along! Cost: $12-15. Contact: 456-3333 or http:// SAT DEC 8 5:00-8:00 pm: 5th Annual CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE on Ocean Ave, Cayucos. Ring in the holidays by finding something wonderful for everyone on your list! Enjoy great deals, horse carriage rides, street carolers, gingerbread house display, entertainment, and refreshments. 5:00 pm: Christmas Tree Lighting with Santas arrival. Cost: free. Contact: www.cayucoschamber. com. SAT DEC 8 5:00-8:00 pm: WINTER HOLIDAY EVENTS In Avila Beach. Pick up your holiday goodie bag on the Promenade at San Miguel St. Enjoy free parking all day and free child care 5:00-8:00 pm as you enjoy live music, food, wine and family activities. Harbor Cruise starting at 6:30. Cost: varies. Contact: 627-1997. SAT DEC 8 6:00-8:00 pm: 21st Annual DRIVETHRU NATIVITY at Oak Park Christian Church, 386 N Oak Park Blvd, Grover Beach. Enjoy the annual nativity complete with live actors and animals from the comfort of your car. 100 people create more than 15 scenes telling the story of Jesus Christ. Cost: free. Contact: SAT DEC 8-SUN DEC 16 at 6:00 pm: HANNUKAH: MENORAH IN MISSION PLAZA, San Luis Obispo. The lighting takes place above the steps at the Old Mission church. SAT DEC 8: Hannukah Party at SLO Museum of Art after lighting includes dreidel and song contests, menorah making, nosh, and schmoozing! Cost: free. Contact: 426-5465 or SAT DEC 8-SUN DEC 9 (times vary): THE NUTCRACKER at Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, Cal Poly PAC, SLO. Civic Ballet of SLO presents Lori Lee Silvaggios version. Its Christmas Eve and Clara is about to have the night of her dreams! All ages will marvel at the magic and wonder of this professional production accompanied by a live orchestra. Cost: $1852. Contact: 756-2787 or SUN DEC 9 at 10:00 am: MULTICULTURAL HOLIDAY CONCERT at Unity of SLO, 1490 Southwood Dr, San Luis Obispo. Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa with

the Unity Community Chorus. This concert will be entertaining and inspirational for the whole family. Cost: free. Contact: www. SUN DEC 9 3:00 pm: HOLIDAY CONCERT at Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande. San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony will present festive music for the season. Contact: 543-3533 or SUN DEC 9 5:00-7:00 pm: ADVENT FESTIVAL OF LESSONS AND CAROLS at St. Peters Episcopal Church, 545 Shasta Ave, Morro Bay. Enjoy a candlelight service of readings and music with a reception to follow. Cost: donation. Contact: 772-2368. SUN DEC 9 6:00 pm: A JOYFUL, JOLLY HOLIDAY CONCERT at United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks St, San Luis Obispo. Central Coast Childrens Choirs annual concert will delight young and old with festive favorites. Cost: $8-15. Contact: 4640443. SUN DEC 9 6:00-9:00 pm: VINE STREET VICTORIAN SHOWCASE on Vine, between 9th and 21st Sts, Paso Robles. 14 blocks of decorated properties including Victorian homes, Scrooge, Santa, the Grinch, and entertainment including carolers. Cost: free. Contact: 238-4103 or http:// SUN DEC 9 at 7:30 pm: THE POLAR EXPRESS at Le Vigne Winery, 5115 Buena Vista Dr, Paso Robles. This holiday season you and your family can take a ride on the Polar Express! Jump aboard the historic Pullman train cars at Le Vigne Winery for a special reading of

The Polar Express. After the storytelling, guests proceed to a winter wonderland celebration complete with hot chocolate and cookies for kids, wine and cheese for adults, and of course, a visit from Santa Claus! Cost: $10 kids, $20 adults. Contact: 503-6269. TUE DEC 11 at 7:00 pm: WINTER CHORAL CONCERT at Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, Cal Poly PAC, SLO. Join choirs from Los Osos Middle School and Morro Bay High School as they perform a variety of music, including holiday favorites! Cost: $11. Contact: www. THU DEC 13 at 11:00 am: THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER at the Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande. Laugh when two merry elves arrive at a small village in the Black Forest to discover a poor shoemaker who clearly needs help. Their good deeds, kindness and resourcefulness save the shoemaker from a bleak and unhappy holiday in this classic tale, adored by children and adults all over the world. Cost: $8.75. Contact: (800) 606-0424. FRI DEC 14th at 7:00 pm: Central Coast Childrens Choirs ADVANCED VOCAL ENSEMBLE HOLIDAY CONCERT at United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks St, San Luis Obispo. Ages 5 and up. Cost: $8-15. Contact: 464-0443. SAT DEC 15 9:00 am-12:00 pm: KIDS FISHING CLINIC at Lopez Lake Recreation Area, 6800 Lopez Dr, Arroyo Grande. Bring the Kids (under 16) to the Nature Center near the Marina. Attendees must sign up before 11:00 am to allow time to fish. Kids will be given lessons with an experienced fishermen on

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fishing ethics 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 DEC 15 10:00 am-2:00 pm: ZOO CUBS HOLIDAY CRAFTING at Charles Paddock Zoo, 9100 Morro Rd, Atascadero. When parents want to pick holiday gifts for children they can simply hop in their cars and go! What about when your child wants to get you a gift? What about brothers and sisters, friends, or grandma and grandpa? Ages 6-12. Cost: $28, $25 Members. Contact: 461-5080. SAT DEC 15 11:00 am-5:00 pm: MAKE MERRY AT THE LIGHTHOUSE at Point San Luis Lighthouse, Lighthouse Rd, SLO. Travel back in time to an old fashioned holiday celebration! The Light Station will be trimmed for the season with candles glowing and holiday spice in the air. Stroll through at your leisure and learn about our history. Cost: $50 adults, $25 kids under 12. Contact: 540-5771. SAT DEC 15 11:30-1:30 pm: VOICES FOR CHILDREN at Madonna Inn, 100 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo. Celebrate the holidays with CASA. Be entertained by a local childrens group, as well as live and silent auctions and the ever-popular Jewelry with a Past. Cost: $50. Contact: 541-6542 or SAT DEC 15 2:00-4:00 pm: VICTORIAN TEDDY BEAR TEA at 1600 Country Club Dr, Paso Robles. Visit with special guests including Santa, enjoy music and stories, decorate gingerbread cookies, and bring home teddy bear tea cups. Cost: $7 kids, $13 adults. Contact: 238-4103 or http:// SAT DEC 15 at 8:00 pm: VESPERS at Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, PAC SLO. The Cuesta Master Chorale will present Rachmaninoff Vespers and Holiday Carols. Cost: $11-24. Contact: 756-2787 or SAT DEC 15-SUN DEC 16 (times vary): THE VELVETEEN RABBIT at Spanos Theatre, 1 Grand Ave, PAC SLO. Ballet Theatre San Luis Obispo presents this endearing ballet based on Margery Williams classic childrens book. Then, step into the late 1800s at the Paris Opera Ballet for the world premiere of Degas & Marie. Cost $20-44. Contact: 7562787 or SUN DEC 16 at 3:00 pm: Forbes Pipe Organ HOLIDAY CONCERT & SING-ALONG at PAC SLO, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. This memorable, heart-warming concert features the Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Central Coast Childrens Choir, and Cal Poly University Organist Paul Woodring playing a collection of holiday carols while audience members sing along. Cost: $9-16. Contact: www. FRI NOV 16-MON DEC 31 (times vary): SEPTEMBER SONG - Great American Songbook Salutes JBs 100th at Pewter Plough Playhouse, 824 Main St, Cambria. Jim Buckley, the theaters founder, will be celebrating his 100th birthday! The cast performs about 40 fabulous songs and tells stories of JBs many exotic exploits. Special New Years Eve Bash includes musical stage show, live cabaret music, an elegant supper buffet, Opolo champagne, party favors and fun! Cost: $17-30. Contact: 927-3877. MON DEC 17-FRI DEC 21 9:00 am-12:00 pm: KIDS EASY BAKE & TAKE at Pismo Beach Vets Hall, 680 Bello St. Kids will have fun learning the basics of baking and make simple and tasty treats! From holiday cookies to cake pops and mini pizzas, well be baking up a storm! At the end of the week, each student receives a book full of recipes to share with the whole family! Cost: $100. Contact: 7737063. MON DEC 17-WED DEC 19 10:30 am-4:30 pm: LEGO DESIGN & BUILDING MANAGEMENT at Shell Beach Vets Hall, 230 Leeward Ave. Invent your own structure! Design and build with green technology in mind. Manage your projects like a true Designer and Engineering Manager. Join the game while learning and applying basic principles of management. All for fun with surprise rewards! Bring a snack and lunch each day. Cost: $145. Contact: 7737063. MON DEC 17-THU DEC 20 1:00 pm-3:00 pm: OLDIE BUT GOODIE HOLIDAY CRAFTS at Pismo Beach Vets Hall, 680 Bello St. Tis the season for homemade crafts! Make one of a kind snow globes and felt crafts, and bake dough ornaments. Your holiday decorations will not be complete without these fun flashback crafts. Kids & adults. Cost: $75. Contact: 773-7063. TUE DEC 18-THU DEC 20 9:00 am-12:00 pm: MOONDOGGIES SURF CAMP at 781 Dolliver St, Pismo Beach. Learn how to surf with expert instructors with CPR & First Aid Training, emphasizing water safety and surfing etiquette. Students will learn how to stand and maneuver on a surfboard, and how to spot and avoid riptides. Basic swimming skills required. Cost: $115 includes equipment, goodie bag and t-shirt. Contact: 773-7063. FRI DEC 21 at 12:00 pm: ELVES FOR ANIMALS AT THE ZOO (6-8 & 9-11 yrs) at Charles Paddock Zoo, 9100 Morro Rd, Atascadero. Come to Santas Workshop to make presents for your Zoo friends to open during Holiday Magic on SAT DEC 22 11:00 am-2:00 pm. Pick your favorite wrapping paper for the Spider Monkeys, Macaws, or even the tiger. All attendees receive free admission to Holiday Magic, so bring the whole family to spot your presents and watch the animals rip, tear and enjoy! Cost: free with admission. Contact: 470-3172 or FRI DEC 21 & FRI DEC 28 6:30-8:30 pm: ENGINEERING WITH LEGO at SLO City/ County Library, 995 Palm St, San Luis Obispo. Let your imagination run wild with Play-Well TEKnologies and over 100,000 pieces! This will be a fun event using real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture to develop problem-solving skills, foster an appreciation of mechanics, and build selfconfidence. Ages 7-12. Cost: $15 per child per class. Contact: 781-7300. FRI DEC 21 at 8:00 pm: THE IRISH TENORS at Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, PAC SLO. Celebrate the holidays with a touch of blarney as the Irish Tenors (Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns, and Ronan Tynan) perform accompanied by San Luis Obispo Symphony. Cost: $38-75. Contact: 543-3533 or http:// SAT DEC 22 11:00 am-2:00 pm: HOLIDAY MAGIC at Charles Paddock Zoo, 9100 Morro Rd, Atascadero. Every year Santa and his elves work a little harder and a little earlier to bring presents and good cheer to zoo animals. Dont miss this yearly tradition of watching the animals open their gifts. Cost: free with admission. Contact: www.

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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. Shooting sport fun for the whole family. Cost: new shooters and juniors: Free. SLOSA members: $15. Nonmembers: $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 6:00-7:00 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. 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 skills, bonding, and songs. Contact: 481-6399 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: 801-8088. Every TUE 6:00-7:30 pm: Womens Depression Group with Michelle Ogle, LMFT at 411 Traffic Way #A, Arroyo Grande. Explore your personal journey among like-minded women. Share adversity and strengths. Learn to Set boundaries and Goals. Evolve through others experiences. Be happy without compromising who you are. Ongoing groups. Call for brief screening and info. Contact: 260-5710. Every TUE at 6:30 pm: Central Coast Weight Loss Challenge Lessons and Classes at Crossroads Wellness, 1542 W Branch St,

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Arroyo Grande. This 12-week program advises proper nutrition and food choices while encouraging exercise. Each person will receive personalized one-on-one coaching. Participation costs $39 for all 12 weeks. $10 of each entry will be donated to a local childrens charity, and the rest of the proceeds will be awarded to the biggest loser. Contact: 489-4466 or 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://morrobayfriendsoflibrary. org. Every SAT 11:00 am-4:00 pm: ADOPT-A-PET 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 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 Every WED at 4:30 pm: Read to Skipper the Dog at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Skipper is a good listener. Contact: 528-1862 or Every WED-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & SAT 10:00 am-5:00 pm: Free Electronic Waste Drop Off at Exploration Station, 867 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach. Drop off any item with a cord (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 www.explorationstation. org.

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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 PG&E Education Center, 6588 Ontario Rd. SLO NightWriters is the premier writing organization on the Central Coast. 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 AIKIDO FOR KIDS - Get Fit at Aikido of SLO, 209 Bonetti, SLO. Ongoing classes are for ages 4-11 (kids are divided into two age groups). Children learn how to be safe without hurting others. The learning environment is fun and skilled teachers are friendly. Classes include safety techniques, games, tumbling, and cooperative interaction skills. Contact: or 544-8866. La Clinica de Tolosa is a nonprofit childrens dental clinic in Paso Robles providing a full range of quality pediatric dental care for ages 1 to 12. It serves low-income children throughout the county who are uninsured or covered by public insurance programs such as Medi-Cal. Contact: 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. 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 long-term 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, longsleeved 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 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: 4894026. 1st WED every month at 9:00 am: Community Action Partnership Senior Health Screening at First United Methodist Church, 275 N. Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande. Free and 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 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: 5449313 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 www. 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.

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Every MON 4:00-5:00 pm: Jacks Yoga for Teens in San Luis Obispo Veterans Building, 801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Classes are free with Jacks Helping Hand Scholarships, all abilities and special needs welcome, ages 10-18. Classes are taught by certified yoga instructor Shoosh Crotzer. Contact: 547-1914 or Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED 3:00-5:00 pm: Jacks Adaptive Toy Lending Library - Jacks Helping Hand at Central Coast Gymnastics, 21 Zaca Lane, #100 in San Luis Obispo. Traditional and adaptive toys for children with all types of disabilities to check out. In-home appointments also available. Cost-Free! Contact: 547-1914 or 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 www.jackshelpinghand. org. 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 www. 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 InfantChild CPR Class at 5 Cities Swim School, 425 Traffic Way, Arroyo Grande. Contact: 4816399 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: 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.

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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 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, 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. 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 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: Contact:

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Holly, Jolly and Oh-So-Safe! Of course, you want to include your furry companions in the festivities. As you celebrate this holiday season, try to keep your pets eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. And be sure to steer them clear of the following unhealthy treats, toxic plants, and dangerous decorations: Christmas Trees: Securely anchor your tree, so it cant tip and fall, causing possible injury. This will also prevent the tree waterwhich may contain fertilizers or bacteria that cause stomach upsetfrom spilling. Tinsel-less Town: Cats love this sparkly toy thats easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration, and possible surgery. No Feasting for the Furries: By now, you probably know not to feed your pets chocolate or anything sweetened with xylitol, but do you know the lengths to which an enterprising pet will go to chomp on something yummy? Fatty, spicy, and no-no human foods, as well as bones, should not be fed to your furry friends. Pets can join the festivities in other fun ways that wont lead to costly medical bills. Make sure to keep your pets away from the table and unattended plates of food, secure the lids on garbage cans. Toy Joy: Looking to stuff your pets stockings? Choose gifts that are safe. Dogs have been known to tear their toys apart and swallow pieces that can become lodged in the esophagus, stomach, or intestines. Stick with chew toys that are basically indestructible, such as Kongs that can be stuffed with healthful chew treats designed to be safely digestible. Long stringy things are a felines dream, but the most risky toys for cats involve ribbon, yarn, and small parts that come loose and can get stuck in the intestines, often necessitating surgery. Forget the Mistletoe & Holly: Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. Many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a petsafe bouquet. That Holiday Glow: Dont leave lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface. And if you leave the room, put the candle out! Wired Up: Keep wires, batteries, and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pets mouth. House Rules: If your animal-loving guests would like to give your pets a little extra attention and exercise while youre busy tending to the party, ask them to feel free to start a nice play or petting session. Put the Meds Away: Make sure all of your medications are locked behind secure doors, and be sure to tell your house guests to keep their meds zipped up and packed away, too. Careful with Cocktails: If your party includes adult beverages, be sure to place unattended alcoholic drinks where pets cannot get to them. If ingested, your pet could become weak or ill, and may even go into a coma, risking death from respiratory failure. A Room of Their Own: Give your pet his own quiet space to retreat tocomplete with fresh water and a place to snuggle. Shy pups and cats may want to hide out under the furniture, in their crate or carrying case, or in a separate room away from the hubbub. New Year Noise: As you count down to the new year, please keep in mind that strings of confetti (if ingested) can get lodged in a cats intestines, perhaps necessitating surgery. Noisy poppers can terrify pets and may even cause damage to sensitive ears.

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Cold Weather: A pet left too long in the cold, without shelter, could be in danger. On chilly days and nights, make sure your pet is safe and warm. The holidays can be an exciting time, but keep pets in mind as you prepare to host guests. Make sure that ID collars are worn at all times and warn guests about letting pets out. Dont forget about pets in your travel plans, as well. If you take dogs along, make sure to keep collars and tags on at all times. If you are considering boarding your pet, you will need to schedule very early and make sure that all pet vaccinations are current. While your pet enjoys a loving home, remember those less fortunate. Our shelter animals appreciate toys, treats, and especially love, as much as yours. So visit with holiday cheer. All dogs and cats of Woods Humane Society wish you safe and wonderful Howlidays and a Happy Mew Year!
Mikey works closely with the Outreach and Volunteer Services Coordinator Steve Kragenbrink at Woods Humane Society. Steve and Mikey can be found at (805) 543-9316 x19 or

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Holiday Fundraiser
Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter for the Homeless & Transitional Food & Shelter
Open House 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
at South Bay Community Center (behind skate park) For Our Countys Community Action Partnership

December 8, 2012

los Osos/Baywood Park Christmas Parade

Visit with Santa and enjoy free cookies and hot cocoa. Shop at Santas Toy Store, Elfs Craft & Gift Store, Mrs. Claus Baked Goods, Silent Auction, Holiday Raffle & Childrens Raffle. Eat & buy bakery at Rudolphs Kitchen. Enjoy folk dancing, school choirs, and live music all day.

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