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When your child’s homework Becomes your homework: 12 red Flags for learning problems
by Karyn Lutes, MA, CCC‐SLP “The Speech And Learning Coach”

Child Development
11. Body and Motor Skills: Is your child aware of his body in the space it occupies? Does he appear clumsy, have poor balance or awkward motor skills? There is a strong mind-body relationship. A disorganized body often coexists with excessive motor movements and symptoms of mental inattention and disorganization. 12. Behavior: Negative behavior can be a symptom of the stress your child is experiencing. Is he the ‘class clown’ or withdrawn in class? Does he lash out at family members? Parents provide a soft place to fall (and fall apart). As parents, we usually bear the burden and impact of negative behavior. If you see some of these red flags in your child, and you suspect that it’s more than just temporary ‘fog on the runway’ that is causing the delay in your child’s ‘taking off’–– then you are probably right! The next step is to determine which symptoms and foundational obstacles are getting in the way of your child’s true potential. You can start by downloading the Learning Problems Checklist Quiz and watching a free educational video at www. TheSpeechAndLearningCoach. com. You can find help to guide your child down the runway of success toward a brighter future!
Karyn Lutes, MA, CCC‐SLP, is a Licensed Speech and Language Pathologist, CA Credentialed Teacher, and Executive Director of The Speech And Learning Coach in Arroyo Grande. She is an author, speaker, wife, and mother of three. Contact her at (805) 474‐1144 or Info@ TheSpeechAndLearningCoach.com. © 2013 The Speech And Learning Coach.com. Reproduction allowed if origination is included. Must be used in its entirety.

Is homework time a battle between you and your child? Does it seem to take forever? Do you have to break assignments into easier-tomanage chunks and then micromanage each step? How much do you need to help so that your child can merely get by in school? As a parent, it is frustrating to wait and wait for your child to become independent! It reminds me of watching a plane sitting on the runway with engines running and propellers spinning––anticipating the take off––but it never happens! Let’s jump ahead to the future… I’m guessing that you don’t plan on going off to college with your child to help him get to classes on time, do homework with him, or remind him when it’s due. I’m also guessing that you don’t plan on having your child live with you forever because he couldn’t ‘make it’ in the real world. While teachers may make accommodations (such as extra time for tests, or providing a ‘buddy’), bosses do not! The difference between what is considered ‘normal’ vs. ‘a real learning problem’ is not always obvious. It can even be downright confusing when you recognize that your bright child has many strengths, but lacks the ability to do schoolwork independently, or isn’t living up to his potential. You might even think he is capable of doing the work, but is “just lazy and disorganized.” So how do you know if there is a real problem? Just like a thumbprint, we each have a unique brain. And each brain comes with strengths and weaknesses. The weaknesses are a problem if they get in the way of being independent and self-reliant in school and, even more important, in life. Here is a list of 12 warning signs of a deeper problem: 1. Memory: Can your child remember three tasks and execute them? Does your child seem to know information when studying, but then bomb on the test? 2. Lack of Motivation: Does your child appear to be lazy? This could

show up in slouching body posture, in careless work, or disinterest in important things, such as schoolwork, or social interaction. 3. Organization: Does your child have difficulty organizing his thoughts, materials, time, or personal space? Are assignments completed and turned in on time? 4. Attention: Can your child focus and pay attention for less preferred tasks, such as homework? Do you see your child hyper-focus on favorite activities, and on little details, and then miss the big picture? Do you see excessive movement, especially when trying to concentrate? 5. Auditory Processing: Does your child correctly hear, remember and comprehend what you are saying? Does she often ask “What?” or “Huh?” for clarification? 6. Impulsivity: Does your child act or talk impulsively without thinking first? Is he overly defensive when you try to help? 7. Effort: Does your child have to work harder than others do? How much energy does it take to keep up, or to pay attention? Is your child exhausted after school from all of his effort? 8. Mental Flexibility: Is your child a good problem solver, and can he quickly create Plan B if Plan A doesn’t work out––and be okay with it? Does he transition easily from one task to another? 9. Mistakes: Does your child make careless mistakes? A father recently shared that his smart daughter can do just about anything with 80% success. But 80% isn’t good enough when it comes to doing a math problem, spelling a word correctly, or just about anything that involves details. 10. Emotional Problems: Does your child believe in himself? How is his self-esteem, confidence, and resilience? Does he get frustrated easily and give up? Do you see anxiety, depression, withdrawal, or fear of trying because he believes he will just fail again? How often do you see anger or tears?

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Library Voice

by Kristen Barnhart

Home -- now there’s a loaded word for you. Right? We all carry a full itinerary of them in our heads, some real, some imagined, and all evocative of a time and place in our lives. Margaret Wise Brown’s classic, Home for a Bunny, is always my first choice for home-themed storytimes. It’s large enough to be seen by every child and has fabulous rhythm and repetition: Down the road and down the road and down the road he went. He was going to find a home of his own. A home for a bunny. A home of his own.

And I am instantly transported to that safe, evocative, cozy world where a fire is crackling, the stars are twinkling, and even “nobody” is wished goodnight. Goodnight Moon was my daughter’s first gift from one of her Cambria Aunties, who rushed out to buy it before the doctor’s lab had even confirmed the home pregnancy test. That same green room has a cameo role in the Runaway Bunny where his Mother says: “If you become a little boy and run into the house, I will become your mother and catch you in my arms and hug you.”

have felt as a dismissal of her. Sorry Mom. I also have a dream home that goes back to my very earliest memories, occasionally I will get a sense of déjà vu in rooms filled with light and musty with books; “home” it whispers, “you’re home.”

I have been dreaming of my Margaret always gets it right in childhood home a lot lately and my book: the talks with my Mom that never got to happen outside In the great green room dreamland. I still have questions There was a telephone and I’m sure she has answers, And a red balloon and this time I wouldn’t dismiss them, which she must certainly And a picture of‐

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The thought of a retirement home has a chilling effect; at least it did until I saw the movie The Quartet. An English country manor is converted into an elegant Home for Retired Musicians with gardens, a kind staff, eccentrics all around and, of course, music. Now, that got me thinking about how my generation will re-envision assisted living in the future; perhaps with the “Beatles rule” wing, the “Rolling Stones” wing, not to mention the heavily soundproofed “Jimi Hendrix” wing, with other genres scattered between. The garden may be heavily medicinal with clear and easy paths to the beach, the library, and the health food store. There will be laughter and kindness and old friends all around. Forever Kristen Barnhart has been telling stories, young we will be! I am excited to grow older (old itself will always be ten years past whatever my age), and I wonder how I will cope and continue to grow my community. I know it will always revolve around books and children. Volunteering, travel, story-telling and even writing the books incubating in my soul are all possibilities I look forward to exploring. I will “Libraries will get you through even complete the adult reading times with no money, better than programs at the library, both money will get you through times with no Libraries!” winter and summer!
recommending books, and stamping little hands for over 34 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 kbarnhart@slolibrary.org.

Have you signed up for the Hot Reads for Cold Nights adult reading program at your local branch library? It’s a great way to challenge yourself to read outside your usual genre with a mix-up of fiction, non-fiction, movies, and audio books all required for the very cool prizes you can earn. No worries, you still have until April 16th to finish! Reading programs aren’t just for kids anymore, although we do offer a great one from March 2nd to April 14th for kids 4-12. InN-Out is once again sponsoring the Cover to Cover program. For every five books that kids read, they receive a coupon for a free hamburger or cheese burger, and they can reward themselves up to three times. Be sure to get those burgers to-go, so you can enjoy them at home, wherever and whatever home is to you!

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Kids Sports: Play it Cool
by Jeffrey Cyr

With eight seconds left on the clock, her team was down by one point! Dribbling the ball down the court, the pressure was on to score the winning basket. With the seconds quickly evaporating, the team couldn’t get down the court fast enough. This was Meghan’s final game as a senior, and she had practiced this shot a thousand times in her mind; catch the pass, post up, and drain the basket. Just as she had imagined, the final shot was hers. Time slowed as Meghan posted and let the ball softly spin in a high arc towards the rim. Spectators stood bracing one another in silent anticipation. Both teams froze and everyone in the building followed the ball with their eyes as it hit the back of the rim and bounced straight up. The crowd gasped! Falling directly downward, all that could be heard was the “swish” sound, as the clock buzzer went off and startled everyone. The crowd literally erupted in cheers, along with all of Meghan’s teammates. They rushed to the court and hoisted Meghan up on their shoulders. Anyone who has signed up to play a sport has inevitably imagined making the game “winning” shot and then getting carried off on the shoulders of their teammates. Childhood sports programs offer kids an opportunity to be a part of a team and learn the lessons of defeat as well as the joys of winning. Ideally, these elementary programs are

designed to teach players the game rules and regulations, while boosting self-esteem and instilling the values of teamwork and gracious sportsmanship. Working with a large group of individuals to achieve one main goal is a complex challenge. Being a good teammate and supporting the members of your squad is a valuable life lesson not only for the children, but parents alike. The role of player or spectator comes with a general understanding of being a “good sport.” Watching your child play a sport can become an emotional event. It’s easy to lose control and say inappropriate things aloud, or even to criticize a referee or player in the “heat of the moment.” Remember that the most supportive parents are not necessarily the loudest. My own children prefer that I behave as a stoic observer and trust that they know where to throw the baseball or that a runner is stealing second base. One of my favorite things to do while watching my boys’ games is to encourage them by using the very soft and gentle sayings we used when they were 5 or 6 years old. My eldest son, now in high school, rolls his eyes when I blurt out from the stands, “get in alligator ready position!” My light-hearted nature sends the message that I’m there watching with fondness, and without all the competitive comments that sometimes get hurled from the stands.

We are fortunate to have two boys who are proficient ball players. For some children, athletic performance is a real challenge. I encourage parents to find a “good fit” when it comes to helping their children to choose sports. Each child’s unique strengths, weaknesses, and interests must be considered when trying out athletic activities. My brotherin-law, by all standards, had an awkward childhood due to a lack of hand-eye coordination. He was consistently the last person to be picked and the first person to stop playing with his peers. In his freshmen year of high school, he discovered long distance running while trying out the track team. By his senior year, my brother had become so adept at running, he captured (and 20 years later, still holds) the school track records.

becomes a positive compliment to their child’s sport.

I’ve received many compliments on my boys’ enthusiasm, arm strength, and attitude while out on the baseball field. People seem to assume that I am the parent who dedicated all the time it took for them to develop those “on the field” skills. In reality, my wife was the one who marched them out on our front lawn everyday after work for an hour to help them “defend” themselves against the ground ball and to properly catch and throw a ball “back to your brother, so it lands right in the mitt!” Those early bonds have endured to this day, as both boys prefer to play catch with Hunny! Together, we have raised two athletes who take their craft seriously, and become parents who wholeheartedly support Sport-minded attributes such as them and their teammates alike. teamwork, mentoring, and self- Go Giants! sacrifice are important life skills that can help to develop a child’s Jeff Cyr is a k‐6th grade educator on self esteem and confidence. the Central Coast, helping parents The bond between parent and bridge the gap between classroom and home. He is the founder /owner of child has an opportunity to be Dragonfly Tuoring Center. Contact him strengthened when the parent at MrDragonflyTeacher@gmail.com.

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I am lucky enough to own a 1957 Chevy truck that is charcoal black with cool old-school flames painted on the front. I drive it around town and it acts as my publicity blitz because of the ad for my books on the back window. Every once in a while, something goes wrong and I need to take my truck to the local hot rod shop and have the professionals get it back on the road safely. I found Scott’s Shop on Higuera Street several years ago, and I trust Gary and Scott to fix my truck at a reasonable price. Scott’s Shop is in an older building that looks like it has been an automotive shop for many, many years. Standing in that old garage, I wondered where people took their cars to be repaired in San Luis Obispo at the turn of the century. I have lots of interesting photos of SLO taken in the early 1900s, but one of my favorites is of Higuera Street packed with horses and wagons with people riding down the street conducting business and shopping. One of the best things about researching the history of

downtown SLO is to see how new technology changed businesses over time and attracted new customers. At the turn of the century, most people used the horse and wagon as their main mode of transportation, which is the reason we had a number of livery stables in downtown. We also had many blacksmith shops scattered around town. Both of these businesses were vital to keep the traffic moving with smooth-running wagons and sure-footed horses. Rowan’s Stables was on Higuera Street at the site of a current parking lot next to the Cal Poly store. Rowan’s was like a refueling stop for travelers and locals who came into town looking to buy supplies. It was a very large wooden building where visitors could leave their horses for several hours while visiting town and shopping. It was like a hotel for horses. Your animal was fed and watered and could even get a private stall. You could also rent horses, wagons, and

buggies if your wagon or buggy was in for repairs. You would see men hanging out in front of the stable talking and sharing the latest news since the last time they were in town for supplies. There were also several blacksmith shops in San Luis Obispo. One of the more popular shops at the turn of the century was McCabe’s Blacksmith on Monterey Street, where the courthouse is located today, across from the Fremont Theater. McCabe’s was a large wooden building that always had a fire in the forge. Mr. McCabe was a person of great skill, who had studied the art of shaping metal and could turn chunks of iron into tools, nails, horse shoes, knives, hinges, wagon wheel rims, and an assortment of other objects. The pounding of McCabe’s hammer could be heard ringing throughout town all day long. The age of the horse and wagon gave way to new technology, and soon McCabe’s Blacksmith Shop turned into McCabe’s Garage. The automobile caught on like wildfire and everyone in town was ordering their own. The Harrington Brothers had a stable and a harness making business on Higuera Street where the Gap is today. They started their businesses repairing wagons and making harnesses. By the 1920’s, they had switched over to repairing automobiles. In the late 1910s and into the 1920s, people had to go to an automobile store to order a car from a catalog. Where Aaron Brothers is today, was one location to order automobiles from a book. The Ford Model T and other car models were soon part of an automobile explosion. With the popularity of the car came the need for gas stations. Most gas stations also had repair garages where you

could go to get a flat tire fixed or other car repairs. From the 1920s to the 1970s, most gas stations had repair garages. If you found a good car mechanic at a gas station in town, you became a loyal customer. Gas stations began popping up all over town. Landis Motor’s garage on Marsh Street was once a popular gas station named Boysen Texaco. It was in business from the 1950s into the 1970s pumping gas for customers and repairing cars. You can drive by Landis and see how gas stations looked in the 1950s, because the new owners haven’t changed things much. Many gas stations were located on Marsh Street. Seaside Gas Station stood where the CVS store is currently located. Seaside Gas was in business from the 1930s into the 1960s pumpomg gas, cleaning windshields and checking oil levels. They would even check your tire pressure upon request. People in town definitely had their favorite gas station and families would become loyal customers for generations. Righetti Gas Station was a little further up Marsh Street. By the 1960s, more specialty garages started repairing cars and the gas station repair shop started to become a thing of the past. It’s always nice to find a trustworthy mechanic, but people have been saying that in San Luis Obispo for over 100 years. Isn’t it amazing to learn that car owners have been looking for good mechanics for over a century?
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 crabbx5@charter.net.

Higuera Street ~ 1900

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Family Life
Is Your Family Prepared

For an Emergency?
by Steven Smith

Services of San Luis Obispo County and the Pacific Gas and Electric Company put out a loud, steady, shrill sound for three to five minutes as a warning.

“If you hear a steady siren 3 - 5 minutes, go indoors and tune to a local radio or television station, and listen for important information and instructions.” Your have probably heard that phrase many times, but do you know what to do during an emergency? Are you really prepared in case of a disaster? During a real emergency, local radio and television stations will play messages from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) via the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The FCC designed the EAS to quickly transmit important information to the public in an emergency.

Emergency alert radio signals are also provided by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) office. These radio signals are not accessible on AM/FM radios, but are received by weather alert radios available at local electronics stores. The NWS broadcasts weather warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. In addition to EAS alerts, San Luis Obispo County has the “Early Warning System” sirens. These sirens, which are tested annually by the Office of Emergency

Preparedness for the Family by Arthur Bradley, Emergency food Storage & Survival Handbook by Peggy Layton, Organize for Disaster: Prepare Your Family and Your Home for Any Natural Many of us have probably or Unnatural Disaster by Judith practiced “Drop, Cover and Hold Kolberg, or Disaster Preparedness On” since we live in earthquake for Dummies. country, but it is always a smart idea to learn more. Following are Another helpful item was the 2013 some valuable tips to help you calendar which the San Luis Obispo County Office of Emergency become better prepared. Services (http://www.slocounty. First, read about what to do in an ca.gov/OES.htm) mailed out to emergency. Find information at residents. This calendar contains your local fire or police stations. important safety information on I discovered an informative evacuations. Keep the calendar booklet Putting Down Roots in handy so you can refer to it Earthquake Country at the main quickly. Find helpful tips online at: www.dropcoverholdon.org, fire station in San Luis Obispo. http://www.ready.gov/build-aRead an emergency preparedness kit, http://emergency.cdc.gov/ manual, copy the supply preparedness/kit/disasters, or checklists, and store it in your http://72hours.org. household emergency kit. A few books to find locally are: Identify potential earthquake Handbook to Practical Disaster hazards in your home and fix

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Beauty Blog: Pro Make-Up Tips
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Self Care
cool (blue) or warm (yellow) undertones. It depends largely on your ethnicity and genetics. You may not fit exactly into one skin color category, and many people are in-between. Determining the nearest category will help you find a color palette. Select a foundation that matches exactly with your skin color. You may need to switch foundations seasonally if your skin is slightly darker in summer months. Try foundations on your skin. The best place to test foundation is on the skin between your lower cheek and jawbone. Foundations are either yellow-based or bluebased. Some make-up lines actually have words like “cool beige” or “warm honey” on their labels to indicate the tone it was made for. Sheer: For Normal Skin - this softer finish is perfect for those who’d rather go bare. Dewy: For Dry Skin. Matte: For Oily and Combination Skin. Tools: Sponges are perfect for liquid or cream-based formulas. They provide the fullest and most precise application. Dip a sponge into liquid makeup and smooth a layer all over your face. Add extra coverage in areas with uneven tone. Puffs work great for powdering on the go. They fit into most compacts and provide buildable, yet even coverage. Lightly dab a puff over shiny or uneven areas. A few thin layers provide better coverage than one thicker one. Brushes are great for precise application of powder formulas. There’s a brush for every cosmetic, from eyeshadow to blush. Just like puffs, a few thin layers cover better than one thick one.

them. Anchor tall heavy furniture to walls, secure televisions and computers with straps and use latches on cabinets to prevent glassware and dishes from falling out and creating a safety hazard. Develop and practice a home evacuation plan. Plan for at least two ways out of your house in case one is blocked. Designate an outside meeting place for your family, such as your mailbox or the end of your driveway. Put together a basic “Disaster Supply Kit.” Place the kit where it can be accessed easily near an exit door or in a designated area of the garage within easy reach. Create a master packing list of what you put in the disaster kit and save it on your computer. Print out a copy and mark off items as you pack them. Then put the checklist in the disaster kit. Many people make two kits: “A Personal Disaster Supply Kit” and “A Household Disaster Supply Kit.” A plastic bin with a lid is perfect for storing items so they remain dry and clean. A large

plastic bucket with a tight fitting lid is great for storing tools and might be handy as a portable toilet. Label containers with big text: “Disaster Kit.” A good rule of thumb is to stock enough provisions (especially food and clothing) to last at least three days. Stores, businesses, and other services may be closed due to damage or loss of power, so you should plan to be selfsufficient and well stocked.

Part 1: Skin Tone & Foundation Skin Tone Test • If you tan easily and do not usually burn, your skin’s natural melanin (the pigment that gives skin its color) level is higher, and you most likely have a yellowto-olive undertone. • Those who burn easily and either tan minimally or not at all, have significantly less melanin, resulting in a pink, bluish-red, or ruddy skin tone. A ruddy skin tone tends to flush easily. Some neutral skin tones fall into this category, particularly if rosacea is a factor. • If a yellow (or “sallow”) tone is predominant, you’ll notice that foundation or concealer with too much yellow will make skin look worse, not better. • Olive skin tones tend to look somewhat ashen or gray, from the combination of natural yellow undertones that everyone has and the greenish hue unique to olive skin of any depth. • Neutral skin tones are those with no obvious overtones of olive, sallow, or pink. Wear a white shirt and look in a mirror. Be sure you are in natural or incandescent light, as yellow or fluorescent light will reflect off your skin. See if your skin appears to have more yellow-red -- warm skin tones; or more blue-pink -- cool skin tones. Skin tone (or undertone) is not skin color, it is the tone under the skin color that reflects or is enhanced against white. There are many skin colors, but only two basic skin tone types -- warm and cool. Once you know your skin tone, you can select your make-up colors.

“Be prepared,” my Boy Scout leader used to tell our troop. These two important words of wisdom have stuck with me since my scouting days. Hopefully, you or your family will never have go through a devastating emergency and need to survive on your own for several days but by being prepared and planning ahead, Foundation: Decide which of you offer your family and yourself the major categories you fall a better chance for survival. into - fair, medium, olive or dark. Stay tuned next month for Pro People with the same skin color Tips for Concealers and Powder Steven Smith is a resident of San Luis do not always have the same skin Foundations! Obispo and a graduate of CSU Long Beach tone. For example, you could be with a degree in Creative Writing. Steven Mandy Buechner is a master stylist at Legends is a painter/muralist and freelance writer. His fair skinned and cool toned, or Salon & Day Spa in Atascadero and graduated art can be viewed at www.myspace.com/ fair skinned and warm toned. You from Paul Mitchell The School – MTI. She can be sloartiststevensmith. Contact Steven at: could be dark skinned with either reached at (916) 225‐3971 for a free consultation. sloartiststevensmith@yahoo.com.

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SUNDAY
FARMERS MARKET: 11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club

MONDAY 25 MARKET: FARMERS
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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Birthstone: Aquamarine

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

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 27 MARKETS: 28 MARKETS: FARMERS FARMERS

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 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

1 VETS HALL MB - 1st FRI 5:00pm 2 BINGO FARMERS MARKETS:

Flower: Daffodil or Narcissus

PEANUT BUTTER LOvER’S DAY SHARE A SMILE DAY NATIONAL PIG DAY

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

READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY DR. SEUSS’ BIRTHDAY (Born in 1904)

3 FARMERS MARKET:

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

4 FARMERS MARKET:

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

5 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

6 MARKETS: FARMERS

7 FARMERS MARKETS:

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

8 FARMERS MARKETS:

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

9 FARMERS MARKETS:

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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

DA vINCI INvENTED THE PARACHUTE (in 1485)
(Star Spangled Banner adopted in 1931)

DENTIST DAY MICHELANGO’S BIRTHDAY (Born in 1475))

NATIONAL ANTHEM DAY

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.
~ Albert Einstein

BARBIE’S BIRTHDAY (Introduced in 1959) NO SMOKING DAY WORKING WOMEN’S DAY POPCORN LOvER’S DAY

10 MARKET: FARMERS

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

11 MARKET: FARMERS

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

GENEALOGY DAY FIRST PAPER MONEY ISSUED (In 1862)

FIRST BASKETBALL GAME (In 1892) JOHNNY APPLESEED 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

12 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

13 MARKETS: FARMERS

14 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

15 MARKETS: FARMERS

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

16 MARKETS: FARMERS

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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

IDES OF MARCH

DAYLIGHT SAvING TIME BEGINS

GOOD SAMARITAN DAY URANUS DISCOvERED (By William Herschel in 1781) GIRL SCOUT DAY (Founded in 1912) ALBERT EINSTEIN’S BIRTHDAY (Born in 1879) NATIONAL PI DAY

EvERYTHING YOU DO IS RIGHT DAY FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DAY NATIONAL qUILTING DAY

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17 MARKET: FARMERS

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

18 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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1ST WALK IN SPACE (In 1965)

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

20 MARKETS: FARMERS

21 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

22 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

23 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

INTERNATIONAL EARTH DAY FIRST DAY OF SPRING!

NATIONAL TEENAGERS DAY SINGLE PARENT’S DAY CHILDREN’S POETRY DAY

NATIONAL GOOF OFF DAY NATIONAL SING OUT DAY

ST. PATRICK’S DAY SUBMARINE DAY SWALLOW’S RETURN DAY

TOAST DAY

24 MARKET: FARMERS

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

25 MARKET: FARMERS

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

HARRY HOUDINI’S BIRTHDAY (Born in 1874)

PANCAKES 1ST MADE (In New York City in 1882)

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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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

27 MARKETS: FARMERS

28 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

29 MARKETS: FARMERS

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

30 MARKETS: FARMERS

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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG

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NATIONAL ‘JOE’ DAY (Everyone can be called Joe)

INTERNATIONAL WAFFLE DAY

FULL MOON

See Family Events & Local Resources on pages 18-21

DOCTOR’S DAY PENCIL WITH ERASER PATENTED (In 1858)

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Family Events
THU JAN 24-SUN MAR 10 (times vary): THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY at The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville, 1863 Front St, Oceano. Enjoy a charming, madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair with outrageous sweaters and... golf. (Rated PG). 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 http://americanmelodrama. com. FRI FEB 22-SAT MAR 16 (FRI & SAT) 8:00 pm: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at Unity, 1490 Southwood Dr, San Luis Obispo. This Kelrik After Dark production chronicles the overachievers’ angst of six precocious adolescents. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Cost: $20. Contact: 543-7529 or http://kelrikproductions.org. THU FEB 28-SAT MAR 2 (times vary): SLO FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE at Vets Memorial Blg, 801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. 20,000 books in every category will be sold at $1 per inch and 8,000 audiovisual items ($1 for CDs and DVDs), as well as special-priced collectible books. Cost: Free, except for THU. Contact: 544-3033. THU FEB 28-SAT MAR 2 (times vary): LITTLE MERMAID JR at Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande. Adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production, this musical is about a magical kingdom fathoms below, where the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice. Cost: $10-15 advanced purchase ($2 surcharge at door). Contact: 489-9444 or www.clarkcenter.org. THU FEB 28 6:30-7:30 pm: PAJAMA STORYTIME at Paso Robles City Library, 1000 Spring St. Enjoy a cozy evening of stories with volunteer storyteller Tony Wallace. Children may wear pajamas and should bring an adult. Cost: Free. Contact: 237-3870 FRI MAR 1-SUN MAR 17 (times & locations vary): STRIKE OUT STIGMA BOWL-A-THON. This 32nd annual event is a great way to have fun, enjoy friendly competition, and support mental health in our community. Benefitting SLO Hotline and other TMHA programs. Cost: $100 pledge includes 2 games, shoes and meal. Contact: 540-6511 or www.t-mha. org. SAT MAR 2-SUN MAR 3 at 9:00 am: The Spotted Whale CONSIGNMENT SALE at Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave. This sale will feature favorite brands of clothing, toys, baby gear, books, and much more for children ages 0 - 12 at highly discounted prices. Cost: free admission. Contact: 242-2213. SAT MAR 2 (times & locations vary): GOOD DOGMA DOG TRAINING. Classes begin MAR 2 in Los Osos and MAR 4 in Cayucos. GDDT offers obedience training for all levels and a new scholarship program! Cost: 5 group sessions $135-150. Private instruction also available. Contact: 528 8383 or www. gooddogma.net. SAT MAR 2 10:00 am-4:30 pm: COMPASSIONATE COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP at Equity Reach, 107 Nelson St, Arroyo Grande. A fun and interactive workshop where you can learn to experience deeper connection with family, friends, co-workers, and yourself. Cost: $60. Contact: 434-1704 or www. CommunicationFromTheHeart.com. SAT MAR 2 11:00 am-1:00 pm: FAMILY MARINE SCIENCE DAYS at Avila Beach Sea Life Center, 50 San Juan St. Create and learn with inquiry-based science activities designed by students from Cal Poly’s Communicating Ocean Sciences to Informal Audiences course. Students will present their ongoing fun and interactive projects. Cost: Free with admission. Contact: http:// sealifecenter.org. SAT MAR 2 at 8:00 pm: Cal Poly JUST JAZZ CONCERT at Performing Arts Center, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. This concert features everything from traditional jazz standards to cutting-edge world music, hip-hop and more. Cal Poly Jazz Bands respect tradition while expanding its boundaries. Cost: $9-12. Contact: 756-2406. MAR 3 at 2:00 pm: CHAMBER PLAYERS OF THE SLO YOUTH SYMPHONY at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2201 Lawton Ave, San Luis Obispo. Exceptionally talented musicians from the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony will perform chamber works. Cost: $5-20, under 12: free. Contact: 786-4331 or http://uuslo.org. MAR 4 7:00-9:00 pm: FAMILY OPEN MIC at Klondike Pizza, 104 Bridge St, Arroyo Grande. Enjoy this family friendly all-ages show or get up and share your five minute routine. No comedy or electric instruments. Contact: www.klondikepizza.com. MAR 5 at 7:00 pm: END THE SILENCE at Mission San Luis Obispo Serra Rm, 751 Palm St, SLO. Mission SLO Social Justice presents a program about mental illness for local high schools. Learn about local resources and ways to help a loved one or a friend with a mental illness. Cost: Free. Contact: 544-2086 WED MAR 6-SUN MAR 10 (times, prices & locations vary): SAN LUIS OBISPO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. Film, Wine, Fun! That’s what you can expect at the 19th Annual SLOIFF. Enjoy a wide variety of movies, parties, workshops and wine tasting - and the chance to rub elbows with Hollywood and extreme sports celebrities. Contact: 546-3456 or slofilmfest.org. THU MAR 7 at 6:30 pm: STAR PARTY at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Central Coast Astronomical Society will bring telescopes for patrons to view the moon and other out-of-this-world objects. Dress warmly. If rain or clouds are present, the event will be rescheduled. Free family fun for everyone! Contact: 528-1862. THU MAR 7 at 7:00 pm: CASA’s GIRLS NIGHT OUT at SLO Country Club, 255 Country Club Dr, San Luis Obispo. A cocktail party no gal should miss! Enjoy tapas, a no-host bar, dancing and fabulous raffles. Best of all, tuxedoed Meathead Movers will be on hand to lavish attention on guests. Cost: $50-60. Contact: 541-6542 or www.slocasa.org. FRI MAR 8 at 8:00 pm: CAL POLY WINTER POPS CONCERT: ‘Strike Up The Band!’ at PAC, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Featuring W. Terrence Spiller, Piano, Cal Poly Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Enjoy Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Cost: $9-14. Contact: 756-2787 or music.calpoly.edu.

TUE MAR 12-SUN MAR 17 at 8:00 am: Holy Cow PERFORMANCE HORSE ROUND UP at Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave. Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association brings a week of top-name competitions, featuring Hall of Fame riders and horses. Over 450 horses compete for prize money and prestige. Contact: 239.0655 or www. pccha.com. SAT MAR 9 10:00 am-5:00 pm-SUN MAR 10 10:00 am-4:00 pm: 3rd Annual CAYUCOS SEA GLASS FESTIVAL at Vet’s Hall, 10 Cayucos Dr. Discover why sea glass collecting is so popular along coasts. Vendors from around the nation will be selling and displaying their sea glass creations. Discovery Center and Mermaids. Famous author Richard LaMotte will be there to present his art. Enjoy local food, drinks, auctions, and live music. Cost: Entry $3. Contact: 995-3681 or cayucosseaglass.com. SAT MAR 9 10:00-11:30 am: CREATE SOME ART FAMILY DAY at United Methodist Church Activity Center, 1515 Fredericks St, San Luis Obispo. Families are invited to bring their children to chat with some of the SLO-United Methodist Church’s Beacon Art Show exhibiting artists. Learn how artists work, and create some art using the same materials as the artists! Cost: Free. Contact: 543-7580. SAT MAR 9 11:00-4:00 pm: ADOPT-A-PET EVENT at PetCo, Madonna Plaza Shopping Center, SLO. Cats and kittens are spayed or neutered, tested and vaccinated prior to adoption. A free vet examination is included. Cost: $60 for one, $80 for two. Contact: 5499228 or felinenetwork.org. SAT MAR 9 1:00-3:00 pm: SATURDAY AT THE GARDEN – Gophers, Voles And Moles, Oh My! at San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden,

3450 Dairy Creek Rd, San Luis Obispo. Are your plants disappearing in the night? Are little mounds popping up in your garden and you don’t know what to do? County Farm Adviser Tamara Kleeman will help identify and problem solve your pest issues. Cost: $5 members/$10 non-members. 2:00 pm: free docent-led Garden tour. Contact: 541-1400 x 304. SAT MAR 9 at 6:00 pm: DARK-SKY STAR PARTY at Santa Margarita Lake KOA Campground at sunset. Event details and schedules, weather updates, and local resources can all be found at: www. centralcoastastronomy.org. Cost: Free. Contact: aurora@centralcoastastronomy. org. SAT MAR 9 7:00-9:00 pm: SLO YOUTH SYMPHONY SPRING CONCERT at Clark Center for the Performing Arts, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande. All four of the Youth Symphony Ensembles will perform favorite family-friendly classics. 17-year-old violinist Joseph Wyer will be the soloist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minor with the SLOYS Concert Orchestra. Cost: $515. Contact: 543-3533 or sloyouthsymphony. org. SAT MAR 9 at 8:00 pm: CAL POLY SYMPHONY WINTER CONCERT: Soloist Showcase - Music & Dance’ at Harman Hall, PAC, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Student soloists will explore the connection of music and dance with Orchesis. Cost: $9-14. Contact: 7562787. SUN MAR 10 at 4:00 pm: CELTIC AND BEYOND at United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks St, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy an afternoon of traditional music from the British Isles featuring the women of Canzona in solos, duets, and other ensembles, Celtic

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harp and Irish flute. Cost: $10-20. Contact: 543-7580 or brownpapertickets.com. MON MAR 11 7:00-9:00 pm: EDUCATIONAL FORUM ON FIREARM REGULATIONS IN CA at Congregation Beth David, 10180 Los Osos Valley Rd, San Luis Obispo. Deborah Linden, Former Chief of Police (retired), City of SLO will moderate a panel of local professionals. Cost: Free. Contact: 544-0760 or http:// cbdslo.org. TUE MAR 12 at 5:30 pm: KIWANIS BINGO NIGHT at South Bay Community Center, 2180 Palisades Ave, Los Osos. Bring your friends, have dinner at the Snack Bar, and enjoy a rollicking game of Bingo. The bigger the crowd, the bigger the pay out. There will be door prizes, and a $50 jackpot game. Proceeds support Kiwanis Club of Bay-Osos. Cost: $20. Contact: 528-1360. WED MAR 13 6:30 pm: CASA INFORMATION SESSION at Starbucks, 1230 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos. Learn about becoming an advocate for an abused child and other volunteer opportunities at CASA. Men and women over age 21 and bilingual volunteers are especially needed. Cost: Free. Contact: 541-6542 or www.slocasa.org. WED MAR 13 at 7:30 pm: WYNTON MARSALIS & Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. This expansive program that will include classic Blue Note Records tunes made famous by John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Gerry Mulligan, John Lewis, and more. Cost: $30-75. Contact: 756-4849 or www.calpolyarts.org. THU MAR 14 6:00-7:00 pm: GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP at Central Coast Hospice, 253 Granada Dr, Ste D, San Luis Obispo. This group is for anyone suffering from the loss of a loved one who is in need of support. Cost: Free. Contact: 540-6020. THU MAR 14 at 6:30 pm: LAUGH OUT LOUD MOVIES at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Watch free movies with your community and friends. Whisky Galore will be shown. Local Scotsman Michael Bell will give a special introduction. Contact: 5281862. FRI MAR 15 at 9:30 & 11:00 am: CHARLOTTE’S WEB at Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande. Explore a magical barnyard world where animals talk and miracles happen. This story about courage and friendship, based on E.B. White’s touching novel, has inspired readers for decades. Recommended for grades K-5. Cost: $8.75. Contact: (800) 606-0424. SAT MAR 16 9:00 am-4:00 pm: WOMEN’S SYMPOSIUM at San Luis Coastal Adult School, 1500 Lizzie St, San Luis Obispo. Morning: Dr. Jean Houston Presents On: “Renaissance of Spirit and the New Identity of Women.” Afternoon Sessions: Facilitated Break-out Sessions & Panel Discussion With Experts in Their Field. Cost: $85-105. Contact: 540-1058 or www.spiritualcircle.org. SAT MAR 16 9:00 am-1:00 pm: Spring Fundraising PLANT SALE at San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd, San Luis Obispo. 9:00-10:00 am: Members Only, 10:00 am-1:00 pm: Open to the public. Are you gearing up for spring planting? Is your garden a bit bare? Do you want some variety in your garden or yard and don’t know what to try? All plants are tax free! Contact: slobg. org/plant-sale.

SAT MAR 16 10:00 am-2:00 pm: HAPPY CARNIVAL at Monarch Grove Elementary, 348 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos. Bring the whole family for carnival games, food, a petting zoo, bounce house, crafts, silent auction, chili cook-off, and more! Free admission, game & food tickets at the door. Contact: 305-9493. SAT MAR 16 10:00 am-4:00 pm: CENTRAL COAST BABY EXPO at Santa Maria Fair Park, 937 S. Thornburg St, Santa Maria. Everything for new parents, expecting parents, grandparents and caregivers. This event features information and products for children, contests, free raffle giveaways, food, and entertainment. Cost: $5, under 12 free. Contact: http://www. santamariafairpark.com. SAT MAR 16 12:00-1:30 pm: ZUMBATHON FUNDRAISER to benefit youth recreation scholarships at Colony Park Community Center, 5599 Traffic Way, Atascadero. 100% of proceeds provide recreation scholarships to youth. Enjoy 90 minutes of calorie-blasting easy to follow moves set to energetic music. Cost: $10 at the door. Contact: www. pasorobleszumba.com. SAT MAR 16 at 7:00 pm: YOUNG IRELAND St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Pewter Plough Playhouse, 824 Main St, Cambria. First and second generation Irish Americans with County Mayo roots, this father-son duo writes and performs original songs. Their acoustic music is driven by “skillfully crafted ballads and delicate harmonies in a richly Irish tradition.” Cost: $15. Contact: 801-2988. SAT MAR 16 at 8:00 pm: SLO Symphony Classics: BLOOMING TALENT at Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. 16-yearold Salome Jordania, an extraordinary young pianist from Eastern Europe, will perform with SLO Symphony. The program will include Schumann’s romantic Piano Concerto in A minor, conducted by Giorgi Jordania, and Kodaly’s Dances of Galánta and Variations on a Theme of Haydn by Johannes Brahms, conducted by Michael Nowak. Cost: $20-75. Contact: 756-2787. TUE MAR 19 10:00 am-2:00 pm: CAREER FAIR at Cuesta College Rm 5401, Hwy 1, San Luis Obispo. Learn more about career opportunities, internships, and job openings with local organizations. Cost: Free. Contact: 546-3204 or cuesta.edu. TUE MAR 19 6:30-9:00 pm: CASH BINGO & DESSERT BUFFET at The Monday Club, 1815 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo. Cash Prize Bingo Fundraiser $25 buy-in includes 8 multicard games, a dabber, and dessert buffet. There will also be a Silent Auction of Gift Baskets for all ages, and wine tasting will be available for a nominal fee. Proceeds provide college scholarships for local high school seniors who want to become teachers. Contact: 528-0566 or slcta.net. THU MAR 21 at 7:00 pm: BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP for The Age of Miracles in the Conference Room, 1000 Spring St, Paso Robles Library. On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-yearold Julia and her family awake to discover that the rotation of the earth has begun to slow. The Age of Miracles, Karen Thompson Walker’s fiction debut, is a luminous, haunting, unforgettable story of a resilient and insightful young girl set against the backdrop of an utterly altered world. Contact: 237-3870 or www.prcity.com/ library. SAT MAR 23 at 5:00 pm: A NIGHT IN BLACK & WHITE at Pavilion on the Lake, 9315 Pismo Ave, Atascadero. Enjoy an elegant evening to benefit North County Women’s Shelter and Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention Center. Black and white attire is encouraged! The event will feature live music by 46 West, live and silent auctions, local wines, social hour at 5:30 pm, and dinner at 7:00 pm. Contact: 226-5400 or northcountywomensshelter.org. SUN MAR 24 at 2:00 pm: YOU TO ZOO: A Magical, Moose-ical Tour at Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. 2:00 pm: It all begins outside on the PAC plaza, with the Zoo to You team and their furry, feathery and scaly friends! 3:00 pm: The orchestra joins the fun bringing “YOU to the ZOO” featuring “Carnival of the Animals” dancers, two grand pianos, big screen video and a full symphony, all delightfully accompanied by Ogden Nash verses narrated by Kevin Harris. Cost: $5-15, age 3 and under free. Contact: 756-4849 or slosymphony.com. SAT MAR 30 at 2:00 pm: TURTLES & TORTOISES AROUND THE WORLD Family Mind Walk at Museum of Natural History, Morro Bay State Park campground. Enjoy this presentation for adults and children by Judy and Bob Thomas. Learn about our planet’s oldest inhabitants and their threatened existence. Cost; $3, under 17 free. Contact: 772-2560.

FRI Mar 22 at 7:00 pm: SPRING CONCERT at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades. SLO RLS TRIO (Randy Garacci, Luba Staller and Stanley Stern) plays a free classical music program, with Celtic and French country dance music. Contact: 528-1862. SAT MAR 23 at 9:00 am: 5th Annual DOG JOG at Kennedy Club, 500 S. River Rd, Paso Robles. Dogs bring their owners for a 4K/2K fun run or walk through the beautiful Salinas River walk trail. Proceeds benefit Sherwood Dog Park. Participants receive a racer’s goodie bag, an event bandana for their dog, and a medal. 8:00 am: registration. 9:00 am: 4K/2K race starts rain or shine. Dogs must be on leash. Cost: $15-20. Contact: 239-4437 or www.parks4pups.org. SAT MAR 23 & SUN MAR 24 9:00 am-5:00 pm: WILDFLOWER FESTIVAL at Auction Barn, 22390 El Camino Real, Santa Margarita. Come out and celebrate the beauty of the wildflowers! Arts, crafts, food vendors, and presentations. Rain or shine. Cost: Free. Contact: 438.3101 or visitsantamargarita. com. SAT MAR 23 & SUN MAR 24 at 10:00 am: HEALTH & FITNESS EXPO at Alex Madonna Expo Center, 100 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo. Over 100 exhibitors will include local health and fitness professionals. Cost: Free admission, parking, and shuttle. Free medical testing, educational seminars, and dance performances. Great food makes this home show a must-attend family event! Contact: 772-4600. SAT MAR 23 at 4:00 pm: CAMBRIA FISH FRY at Joslyn Center, 950 Main St, Cambria. Cambria Fishing Club’s annual event features local Rock Fish. 4:00-6:00 pm: Take-Out Dinners. 5:00 pm: Dine-in starts. Contact: 927-3364 or www.cambriachamber.org.

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at the Gazebo and follow the Easter Bunny’s tracks – find him and he’ll give you candy! He’ll be in and out of downtown shops leaving his Easter Bunny tracks for you to follow. Bring your camera; you can also take your picture with him. Contact: 238-4103 or www. pasoroblesdowntown.org. THU MAR 28 5:30-8:30 pm: BUNNY TRAIL DOWNTOWN San Luis Obispo Farmers Market. Join the eggs-citement as E. Bunny invites all children to “Hop Along the Bunny Trail,” visiting businesses collecting candy and treats. Meet at the corner of Chorro and Higuera at 5:30 pm to receive a free map of participating shops and a bag for treats. Watch for E. Bunny! Contact: www.downtownslo.com or 541-0286. SAT MAR 30 at 10:00 am: HOPPY EASTER EGG HUNT at SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel, 2241 Price St, Pismo Beach. Kids ages 10 and under search the 5 acre grassy area for eggs full of candy and goodies. With other prizes and activities, this free family event is always a blast! Contact: (800) 782-8400 or www. SeaCrestPismo.com. SAT MAR 30 at 10:00 am: FAMILY EGG HUNT & CARNIVAL at Elm Street Park, 1221 Ash St, Arroyo Grande. Free activities include egg hunts for all ages, sack races, and a raw egg toss contest. Other paid activities include a carnival, hot dog barbecue, and a bounce castle. Bring a basket! Contact: 473-5474. SAT MAR 30 10:00 am-1:00 pm: EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA at Dinosaur Caves Park, 2701 Price Rd, Pismo Beach. In addition to the eggs-citing egg hunt, participants can enjoy games, bounce houses, face painting, a balloon artist, and much more FREE fun! Bring your own basket or bag. Hunt times for different age groups: 10:10 am: age 2 & under; 10:40 am: age 3-5; 11:10 am: age 6-8, 11:40 am: age 9-12. Contact: 773-7063 or www.pismochamber. com. SAT MAR 30 11:00 am: EASTER EGG HUNT at Historic Jack House and Gardens, 536 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. Join the Easter Bunny for an exciting free adventure searching for prizefilled eggs in the gardens. Ages 0-7. Contact: 781-7300. SAT MAR 30 11:00 am-3:00 pm: KIDS DAY at Nipomo Community Park, Pomeroy Rd & W Tefft St. Easter egg hunt 11:00 am-12:00 pm. Free activities follow including a BBQ, bounce houses, cake walk, carnival games, pony rides, and entertainment. Contact: 929-5437. SAT MAR 30 at 10:00 am: Cayucos EASTER EGG HUNT & DOG PARADE at Hardie Park, 3rd St, Cayucos. 10:00 am: Egg Hunt. 12:30 dog registration, 1:00 Easter Bonnet Parade. Registration fee: $10. Dogs must be wellbehaved on a leash. All proceeds benefit the Mutt Mitt program! Bring chairs and cameras to watch or judge. Contact: 235-2289. SUN MAR 31 at 9:00 am: EASTER EGG HUNT at Shamel Park, 5455 Windsor Blvd, Cambria. Meet the Easter Bunny. Balloons & prizes for kids 8 yrs and under. Special egg hunt for kids 2 yrs and under. Admission is free. Contact: cambriachamber.org. SUN MAR 31 10:00 am-12:00 pm: EGG COLORING & EASTER EGG HUNT PARTY at SLO Creek Farms, 6455 Monte Rd, San Luis Obispo. Bring a dozen hard-boiled eggs and coloring supplies. Bring your own basket to collect eggs. Egg hunt for ages 12 and under. Face Painting, contests, and photos with the Easter Bunny! Cost: $3 for coloring, $5 ages 3-12 hunting, free under age 3. Contact: (702) 245-3135 or slocreekfarms.com.

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Every SAT FEB 2-MAR 30 10:00 am-3:30 pm: Free Tax Preparation Assistance at Paso Robles City Library, 1000 Spring St. Seniors and low- to-moderate-income residents can schedule free one-hour appointments with AARP representatives. Contact: 237-3870. 3rd SAT every month: Equine Assisted Learning Workshops in Los Osos. Enjoy being with horses in a fun, active, and effective setting. Workshops are all unmounted (no riding). For individuals, parents, couples, team building. Facilitated by EAGALA certified professionals: Angela Sherman, Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist PSY 23689 and Carol Studer, Equine Specialist. Contact: (650) 248-4072, changeyourlead@ gmail.com, or www.changeyourlead.com. 2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00 pm: Grief Support Group at Central Coast Hospice, 253 Granada Dr, Ste D, San Luis Obispo. This free group is for anyone suffering from the loss of a loved one who is in need of support. Contact: 540-6020. 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. There’s no need to register. Just show up! Contact: 541-3501703 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: 481-6399 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,

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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 one-on-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 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 www.treeoflifepsc.com. 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. 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 PG&E Education Center, 6588 Ontario Rd. SLO NightWriters is the premier writing organization on the Central Coast. Contact: www.slonightwriters.org. Every FRI 10:00 - 11:30 am: Postpartum Education for Parents (PEP) at One Consignment, 240 E HWY 246, #105, Buellton. Contact: 564-3888 or www.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, scholarships 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

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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 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 long-term 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, longsleeved 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. Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI 3:00-5:30 pm: Teen Wellness Program at Arroyo Grande EOC Health Services Clinic, 1152 E Grand Ave. Health services, including reproductive health, 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 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. 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 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 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: 547-1914 or www. jackshelpinghand.org. Divorce Support Group meets weekly at

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for Medicare beneficiaries, advise and referrals for long term care options, and help with billing / appeals; Vial of Life magnetized containers with medical information; a Senior Resource Directory for SLO or SB counties, and much more. Contact: 9259554 or 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 Lipper at aurora@centralcoastastronomy. org.

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Lost. — Whereas Mordecai Smith, boatman, and his son, Jim, left Smith’s Wharf at or about three o’clock last Tuesday morning in the steam launch aurora, black with two red stripes, funnel black with a white band, the sum of five pounds will be paid to any one who can give information to Mrs. Smith, at Smith’s Wharf, or at 221b Baker Street, as to the whereabouts of the said Mordecai Smith and the launch aurora.

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to either walk away or continue playing. The biter learns that if the game is to continue, his bites must be softer.

How Dogs Learn
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Although a litter of puppies is borne from one mother, it is possible that multiple fathers are involved. This means that the genetic predisposition of each puppy within a given litter (in terms of behavior, illness, colorings and all things biological) may be difficult, if not impossible, to determine. The good news is that no matter who the father is, each puppy’s mind will develop in the same way.

the relationship model that the dog will continue to encounter and learn from during its life with a human pack.

As weaning begins, the mother may get up and walk away from her pups as they try to nurse, or she may even growl and snap at them. Puppies will encounter vocal threats, nipping, and pawing from the mother when she wants to be left alone, or if the puppies are misbehaving. Significant behavioral changes This is the puppies’ first exposure take place as the mother begins to learning communication with to wean her pups, and their other dogs. relationship switches from caregiver and dependent, to Interestingly, the severity of leader and subordinate. This is the mother’s weaning behavior

An inkling of social structure also becomes apparent to the puppy FLUFF DOUG during play. Some dogs will 5 year-old Female Brown Tabby 3-year-old Tan Male Short Hair w/ Hazel Eyes Border Terrier / Mini Poodle Mix naturally become more dominant, Microchipped, Vaccinated, Spayed Neutered, Vaccinated, & Litter Box Trained Microchipped, Leash & House Trained and others will become more Talkative, Friendly & Affectionate Loves to play ball, Great with children submissive. Puppies learn how Gets along with other cats Loyal & Affectionate 875 Oklahoma Ave to read and respond to these (805) 543-9316 San Luis Obispo traits during play and to use those lessons when unfamiliar dogs or has been found to play a direct humans are encountered in the role on the puppy’s behavior future. when interacting with humans. Although a dog’s mind can be By the time puppies are taken quite malleable, critical early from their litter to live with a developmental periods such as human pack, responses and this can affect long-term behavior. behaviors (innate and/or learned), are becoming hard-wired into Playing with littermates provides their brains. another arena for learning. As with human children, play Puppy brain development is teaches puppies certain social critically influenced by what the skills they will need as adults: puppy learns and experiences in good communication, improved the first stages of life. You can coordination, and problem make a significant difference in solving. Getting along with your dog’s behavior and social others, dominance, submission, skills if you learn how to make and bite inhibition are other every day count. important lessons learned from play. Bite inhibition is learned when a puppy discovers that if it bites too hard a strange response is elicited from its playmate, a loud high-pitched yelp, “Ouch! You hurt me!” The biter is so startled that he will immediately let go. This gives the bitten dog a chance

Lisa Ellman has been training dogs since the age of 11, when she took first place in a group class with her Doberman Sidney. She was a founding member of Heeling Touch Dog Training in San Luis Obispo, bringing shelter dogs to the inmates of Juvenile Services. Lisa launched Good Dogma Obedience Training in 1996, and she mentors students from the Animal Behavior College in Northridge who are studying to become dog trainers. Lisa lives in Los Osos with her husband and four‐legged children: Jake, Remo, and Chagall.

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