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The legendary Broadway musical and recent Hollywood hit Les Misrables comes to the Clark Center stage in Arroyo Grande on Friday, August 2nd at 8:00 pm, and Saturday, August 3rd at 2:00 pm. In its eighteenth year, Chameleon Productions is proud to present this powerful and iconic musical brought to life by a cast of over 30 performers, a dynamic and stunning set, and a musical score that is loved by millions. Les Miserables is a musical based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo. Set in early 19thcentury France, it is the story of Jean Valjean and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his starving sisters child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew after a kindly bishop inspires him, but he is relentlessly tracked down by an obsessed police inspector named Javert. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into a revolutionary period in France, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade. First published in 1862, and considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century, Les Miserables examines the nature of law and grace, and elaborates upon love, faith, forgiveness, class struggles, politics, economic inequality, and personal and societal change. Due to scenes depicting abject poverty, prostitution, corruption, war, and death, parental guidance is suggested for children under age 13.

The epic musical Les Misrables has played on Broadway, in London, and in touring companies in 40 countries around the world for nearly 30 years. With the rights now available, this summer marks the first opportunity for local, non-touring companies to bring this spectacular show to the community stage. Chameleon Productions is proud to present the first full-length version of this show on the central coast.
voices tell this story of love, loss, conflict, and the survival of the human spirit. Other faces familiar to central coast audiences include Gregory Gorrindo (Marius), Matt Ambrose (Enjolras), Nicholas Johnson (Thenardier), and Robin Kirk Wolf (Madame Thenardier).

now in its eighteenth year. They are well-known in the central coast community for hits such as Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story, Evita, Sweeney Todd, Jekyll & Hyde and many others. Tickets ($25-35) are available at, (805) 489-9444. To learn more, visit chameleonproductions805. Chameleon Productions, founded com or facebook at Chameleon Even with decades of theater by Dana and Jenny Shaheen, is Productions 805. experience under their belts, director and producer team Dana and Jenny Shaheen, have found the production of Les Misrables to be not only an exhilarating challenge, but one that is ultimately fruitful and rewarding. Evenings have been filled with preparing over two hours of nonstop music and action, filled with rousing full-cast numbers, bloody battles, show-stopping songs, Car,Truck & Motorcycle Accidents and intricately grand set changes. Wrongful Death, Head Injury, Burns Daytime has been spent building Medical Malpractice, these elaborate and dynamic set Nursing Home Neglect pieces that will transform the Clark Center stage into the chaotic No Recovery . No Fee and energy-charged streets of 19th century France.

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Under the musical direction of Mark Robertshaw, this cast features the amazing voices of many performers, both new and familiar to central coast audiences. Leading men Jacob Garrison (Jean Valjean) and Jacob Shearer (Javert) fill the stage with powerhouse voices. They are joined by leading ladies Sydni Abenido (Eponine), Taylor Safina (Cossette) and Jenny Shaheen (Fantine), whose mesmerizing

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CS Perryess writes about words
Though these days the term wordmonger refers to a writer or speaker who uses language pretentiously or carelessly, please join me in proposing a new meaning. A fishmonger appreciates and promotes fish, therefore, a wordmonger does the same for words.

of symmetry in the Alhambras miraculous tilework, as they strive to keep the Alhambra and the thriving Islamic life & culture it represents alive. Following are etymologies for some of the words that play important roles in the tale:

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The story takes place in the Alhambra, a stunning Moorish castle. Alhambra means red or a traffic citation for a deed of palace, and comes from Arabic, vehicular repute. al hamra, which refers to the glowing red bricks of its exterior. Bill: either one receives a bill for what one owes, or one can be The stone lions of the title are the from the Greek word symmetros, meaning having a common paid in bills when one is owed. centerpiece of the Alhambras measure, even, or proportionate. Court of the Lions - a fountain Host: I can be helpful by hosting By the 1590s, symmetry also surrounded by twelve stone lions. a website or hosting a party, or meant a harmonic arrangement Lion entered English in the 1200s I can cross to the dark side and of parts (a phrase that could also from Old French, wherein the host a disease. refer to Dandridges novel). By word meant not only lion, but 1809, the word symmetrophobia Oversight: I can be in charge of hero. was born (though this word the oversight of employees, or I The French borrowed the word doesnt occur in the book, the can ignore my responsibilities and from Latin (leonem), which books villain appears to fit into be guilty of an oversight. borrowed it from Greek (leon), the category of symmetrophobe). Swipe: I can do what our society honors and swipe my credit card, or I can do what society abhors and swipe something off the shelf. which appears to have borrowed it from a Semitic language (most likely the Hebrew word labhi). Some of the meanings lion has held during its long life as an English word include: - one who is fiercely brave, - tyrannical leader, and - greedy devourer. The word sultan entered English in the 1550s from Middle French, which borrowed the word from Arabic. It means ruler, king, queen, power, or dominion. The Arabic word sultan was derived from the Aramaic word shultana, a word which spoke of both power and protection.

Janus Words Dont you love those words that have two opposite meanings? Theyve been called many names over the years, though none of those names have really stuck: contranyms, antilogies, eniantodromes, and Janus words. Im fond of that final one, which refers to the two-faced Roman god of transitions, Janus. A few of my favorite Janus words: Fast: either something can hold fast, or it can move fast. Strike: either I can strike the ball or miss the ball & strike out. Garnish: either a garnish is something added, like parsley on ones dinner plate, or something subtracted, as in garnished wages. Citation: I can receive a citation of merit for some good deed,

Many thanks to sources: OED, Fun With Words, Gwen Dandridges The idiom the lions share blog, and Etymonline. entered English in 1701. The word lionize initially referred to a person of note who is much sought after, a macabre reference to the lions kept in the Tower of London. Over the span of a dozen decades, it has come to mean to treat someone as a celebrity. It takes little to imagine that what with paparazzi and all, our The Stone Lions modern celebrities may feel the Gwen Dandridges middle grade teeth of the earlier meaning. novel The Stone Lions recently showed up on the digital book- The Alhambra is located in shelf true cause for celebration. southern Spain in the city of Granada, whose name most likely In this tale of intrigue and came from the Latin, granatum, mathemagic, the reader joins Ara which translates to seeded apple, CS Perryess teaches and writes for teens, narrates audio books, and ponders the wonder and Layla to rush through the or pomegranate. of words in a foggy little town on Californias stunning Alhambra, in all of its central coast. Find more of his blog posts at early-Renaissance glory. Our two Symmetry made its way to , or reach heroines search for various types English in the 1560s through Latin, him at .

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unquestionably need some growth elements in your portfolio, with the exact amount based on your risk tolerance and specific objectives. These arent the easiest times for young people. Nonetheless, with diligence, perseverance and a measure of sacrifice, you can gain some control over your financial fortunes so look for your opportunities.
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As Americans, were used to thinking that we will inevitably do better than our parents generation. But, for now at least, this type of progress may be facing some roadblocks and this inability to gain ground, financially, can have real implications for todays younger people and their approach to investing. Before we get to the investment component, lets quickly review the nature of the problem. In a nutshell, younger Americans those in their twenties and thirties have accrued significantly less wealth than their parents did by the same age, according to a recent study by the Urban Institute. Heres why: Bursting of housing bubble: Many younger people who bought houses shortly before the housing bubble began deflating in 2006 now find themselves to be underwater on their mortgages that is, they owe more than their houses are worth. Consequently, they have less opportunity to build home equity, which has been an important means of building wealth for past generations. Student-loan debt: The median balance among all households with student loan debt is now more than $13,000, according to the Pew Research Center, and debt levels are much higher for recent graduates. It can take years to pay off these debts, and the money being used for debt payments is money that cant go toward building wealth for long-term goals. Wage stagnation: For several years, the job market has been pretty bad for younger workers. Even those with jobs arent making much headway, because wages, adjusted for inflation, have largely

stagnated for over a decade. Less income clearly equates to less opportunity for investing and creating wealth. Still, even given these somewhat grim realities, younger people can help themselves build resources for the future and make progress toward long-term goals. If youre in this group, what can you do? For starters, pay yourself first. Set up an automatic payment each month from your checking or savings account into an investment vehicle, such as an IRA. At first, you may only be able to afford small sums, but, over time, you may be pleasantly surprised at the amount youve saved. Next, every time your salary goes up, try to increase the amount you put into your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. Because you typically contribute pretax dollars to your 401(k) or other plan, the more you put in, the lower your taxable income. Plus, your money can grow on a tax-deferred basis. Heres another suggestion: Dont be overly-cautious with your investments. Many younger investors, apparently nervous due to market volatility of recent years, have become quite conservative, putting relatively large amounts of their portfolio into vehicles that offer significant protection of principal but little in the way of growth potential. Of course, the financial markets will always fluctuate, and downturns will occur. But when youre young, and you have many decades in which to invest, you have time to overcome short-term declines. To achieve your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you will

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Sit Up Straight for School Success!
feet to rest flat on the floor, and Adjusting a desk takes a little more with the table height allowing for work. Ask the school custodian flexed elbows. to bring their wrenches to your classroom to help with this task. Both groups in the study were The desk should hit the student given a standardized test of mid-chest height, so that his object manipulation, in which elbows are loosely flexed. the child plays games with the examiner that involve picking As children grow throughout up small objects, using a pencil the school year, their desks and to write, turning the pencil over chairs will need to be adjusted. to erase, cutting with scissors, As many teachers can testify, handling papers, constructing students typically start the school projects, and manipulating coins. year off in desks and chairs that are too big, enjoy about 2 months In the study, children who were of proper positioning around optimally seated performed December and January, and then significantly better in all tasks. The outgrow this again by the end of studys results suggest that the fit the year. Later in the year when of furniture relative to the childs students no longer fit, desks can size has a significant impact on be raised up, and seats exchanged the students manipulation skills. to optimally match the students Complex hand skills, (like moving bodies. See the illustration below objects around in the hand, using for correct positioning guidelines. both hands at the same time, and stabilizing paper with the non-dominant hand) appear to be easier when the child sits in a correctly fitted chair. There are several easy methods to ensure that your child fits into his new school desk. First, start with your childs chair. Make sure the student sits back comfortably with his back just touching the back-rest. His feet should rest with his ankles and knees bent to ninety degrees. If the students feet swing or his knees are bent over 90 degrees, he should use a chair that is shorter. Consider using last years chair until the child grows. If the only chairs available are too high, put a sturdy box or large book under the students feet, so that his ankles rest comfortable at the required ninety degrees. In addition, you can have the child trace his feet onto poster board, cut these out, and color them in bright colors. Secure the paper feet under the desk in the correct position. This serves as a reminder for the student to keep his feet in the proper place. It is harder to slouch when a students feet lay flat on the floor. In addition, teachers may need to remind students to use good posture throughout the day.

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School will be back in session soon! And students will once again be adjusting to sitting still at their desks for long periods of time. Many students have trouble remaining in their chairs after an active summer. But a few simple adjustments may help ease this transition. A study published by Smith-

Zuzovsky and Exner in 2004 examined how proper seat positioning affected typical 6 and 7 year-old childrens object manipulation. They compared children who sat in too-large standard classroom furniture to those in individually fitted furniture. The latter group sat in chairs that allowed the childs hips to flex to 90 degrees, their

Teachers work very hard all year long to ensure that all students learn to the best of their abilities. They engage a variety of senses and use many hands-on activities to demonstrate new concepts. Proper seating not only ensures that students have an easier time manipulating paper and pencils, but also improves attention to learning. For more information on promoting good student desk and chair positioning, contact your schools occupational therapist.
Smith-Zuzovsky, N., & Exner, C. E. (2004). The effect of seated positioning quality on typical 6and 7- year old childrens object manipulation skills. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 58, 380-388. Stephanie Foster has been an Occupational Therapist for 23 years and specialized in working with children with self-regulation difficulties for the past 19 years. Her field of expertise spans from pre-natal & perinatal psychology to sensory integration therapy for children and families. Dr. Stephanie can be reached at 264-1553 or

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Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo has been a gathering place since 1772. Since 1996, free familyfriendly Concerts in the Plaza are held every Friday during the summer. The whole plaza fills with visitors and locals rocking out to some great music. If you like being surrounded by hundreds of music lovers and a few dancers, then make your way to Mission Plaza on Friday evenings and experience what its like to gather at Mission Plaza much like people have been doing since the 1850s. Way back in those days, people would gather to watch a bull and bear fight to the death in a ring or a hole in the ground. It has been said that some folks would bring a picnic to witness the hanging of any bad guys who were caught doing bad things. Nowadays, we get to enjoy festivals of all kinds and experience fun family events in the Plaza. The area in front of Mission San Luis Obispo has a long and rich history, but I would like to focus more on Mission Plaza and how important it has become as an attraction to the city. At one point in time, I would say that Monterey Street was the main street in town. During the 1800s, many businesses lined the street and visitors from the city of Monterey would travel down this street to enter the sleepy little town of San Luis Obispo. Travelers in wagons, and later in automobiles, drove right in front of the Mission. In later years, people would park their cars in front of the mission on either side of the street and run around town doing their shopping or other activities. Even

before the Plaza was created, kids would hang around the front of the Mission and watch the cars go by as they would pass the time away during long summer days. During the early 1960s, the idea of closing off Monterey Street became a very controversial topic in town. After many years of discussing the Monterey Street closure, citizens voted in 1968, in a two to one margin, to close off Monterey Street and develop a plaza in front of the Mission. It took a few years to develop the design of a gathering place in front of our historic Mission, but by 1970, walkways and new trees were planted and the plaza started to take shape. Within a few more years, a grass lawn, restrooms, a flagpole, and other projects were incorporated into the plaza.

La Fiesta was one of my favorite events in the Plaza. La Fiesta was started way back in 1925 by Father Keenan. He called it La Fiesta de las Flores (The Festival of Flowers) and the money raised went to repair of the Mission. Unfortunately, the spirit of La Fiesta has left us, but Im sure one

day, some brave soul will bring fans and autograph books, and this historic event back. in my case talk about the history of downtown San Luis Obispo. One of my current favorite events The Plaza is lined with tables of in the Plaza is I Madonnari, which authors and booksellers under is a festival featuring people the beautiful trees. The Book and drawing wonderful chalk art work Author Festival has taken a break on the sidewalk in front of the for a few years now, but hopefully Plaza. Every year when I walk will return in the near future. through the Plaza looking at the art, I am amazed at the talented Mission Plaza has continued to people who live in our community. add new attractions and things Some of my students and their for people to experience. In 1988, families have spent hours on the bear fountain was completed their knees to create incredible and became an instant hit. People continue to bring their families pictures. and put their hands in the cool Another favorite time in Mission water, and they will gather in Plaza is during the winter holiday the Plaza to celebrate wonderful events. Santa comes to the Plaza events for many years to come. every year to greet kids of all The next time you are in town, ages and to listen to their holiday check out what is happening in wishes. I have not only taken our the Plaza. Who knows? You could three daughters to the Plaza to possibly meet Santa or witness a see Santa, but now I get to take just-married couple coming down our grandchildren to visit the jolly the church steps to take pictures. man. I also like all of the great See you at the concert this Friday! holiday gifts (including handmade goods and creative art In 2013, Concerts in the Plaza run work) that local artisans display in every Friday 5:00-8:00 pm. Here is the remaining lineup: the plaza. AUG 2 - Guy Budd Band with Inga The Greek Festival is another Swearingen annual event that keeps people AUG 9 - Resination entertained over a two-day AUG 16 - Neon Russell weekend. We have a vibrant AUG 23 - JD Project Greek population living in and around San Luis Obispo County. AUG 30 - Damon Castillo Band The food is great, and the dancing SEP 6 - Big Daddys Blues Band and costumes are amazing. Mission Plaza becomes home to Title photo: Burning James & the Funky Flames wonderful Greek traditions for Dean Sullivan everyone to enjoy. Another one of my favorite events in Mission Plaza is the Book and Author Festival. Local authors are able to meet their
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any breastfeeding applies to all moms who are trying to breastfeed, even when the main source of nutrients given to the baby is formula. Ninetysix percent of women left SLO County hospitals giving some human milk to their babies. Yay! Unfortunately, one quarter by Jennifer Stover of moms are unsuccessful at Expectant American couples and expectant parents need to exclusively feeding their babies spend many hours preparing for be aware that breastfeeding breastmilk. life after baby arrives; shopping success usually depends on the for clothes, cribs, strollers, and choices they make; prenatally, Lets look even closer. How checking out car seats. We during birth, and during the first 6 many of the successful mothers decorate a special room, look months of their babys life. were actually getting their at our insurance coverage, and milk into their babies the old are showered with gifts. But The good and the bad news: fashioned way, via their nipples? breastfeeding, the single most Unfortunately, we do not know! important item for ensuring a When it comes to helping women Because of the high priority placed happy healthy baby and a less start breastfeeding, our county on simply getting human milk into stressed mom, is given very little is doing better than 41 other babies, no matter the delivery thought or preparation. Most California counties. Sounds good system, separate statistics are women in San Luis Obispo County right? Lets look closer using 2012 not collected. The rates include simply assume they are going statistics from UC Davis Human mothers who are pumping or to breastfeed their baby, that it Lactation Center. Hospital expressing and then bottle, cup, is natural, and will come easily. breastfeeding rates are compiled or syringe feeding their milk. What is the reality? August is two ways; exclusive breastfeeding True, this gets all the wonderful Breastfeeding Awareness month, and any breastfeeding. In studies, nutritional benefits of human milk into babies, but leaves out all the fantastic psychological benefits. Meanwhile, the moms feel exhausted and lack confidence in their own mothering abilities. Too The American Academy of PEdiatrics wants many women leave our hospitals mothers to exclusively breasTfeed for 6 months, in this time-consuming and but only 16% of US women achieve this goal. stressful position.

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white mothers have a 70% chance of leaving the hospital exclusively breastfeeding, but Hispanic mothers chances are closer to only 40%. Compare that with women in our community who chose to birth out of the hospital with a midwife. Approximately 95% are exclusively nursing without the use of mechanical aids! Demographics? Sure, these women put a high value on natural mothering techniques, but not all of the discrepancy can be explained this way. The long-term story:

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out-of-hospital birth. Find out if your health insurance will cover help from a lactation consultant. Visit a mother support group to learn what to expect your new normal to be with a breastfed baby. Ask your pediatrician how many of his or her clients exclusively breastfeed for the first six months. Find out how alternative health care providers can support your endeavor. Download the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding to keep at your fingertips. Finally, create your own breastfeeding success plan. To improve your chance to reach the goal of exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months, plan to attend Beating the Booby Traps; A Road Map for Breastfeeding Success presented by Beacon Chiropractic, Labor of Love, Pacific Midwifery, and La Leche League on Monday, SEP 16 at 7:00 pm, 902 West Grand Ave, in Grover Beach. A $10 donation is requested to support La Leche League.

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August 2013 Free Ongoing Events

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


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

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



Artist Appreciation Month National Eye Exam Month National Breastfeeding Month Home Business Month National Catfish Month National Golf Month National Inventors Month National Water Quality Month

August is:

Birthstone: Peridot

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

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

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: Gladiola

respect for parents day

francis scott keys birthday (Born in 1779)

columbus 1st voyage (in 1492) national ice cream sandwich day national watermelon day


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


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

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


US coast guard day

neil armstrongs birthday (Born in 1930) national waffle day friendship day american family day

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



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


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


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

national chocolate chip day

book lovers day wiggle your toes day


dollar day (US Dollar created in 1786)

international day of the worlds indigenous people national rice pudding day

herbert hoovers birthday (Born in 1874)

smores day


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


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

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


hulk hogans birthday (Born in 1953) play in the sand day IBM Pc announced (in 1981) middle childrens day international Left-handers day annie oakleys birthday (Born in 1860)

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



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


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


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

julia childs birthday

roller coaster day (Patented in 1898) archeology day

davy crocketts birthday (Born in 1786)

(Born in 1912)

national creamsicle day

national relaxation day


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


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

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


national radio day

national aviation day

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



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


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


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

international homeless animals day bad poetry day

bill clintons birthday (Born in 1946) orville wrights birthday (Born in 1871)

1st photo of earth from the moon (Taken by Lunar Orbiter in 1966) national sponge cake day

national peach pie day strange music day


waffle iron patented (in 1869)


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


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

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


kiss & make up day

national banana split day mother teresas birthday (Born in 1910)

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



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


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


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

dream day (MLK Jrs I Have a Dream speech in 1963)

national toasted marshmallow day

national dog day womens equality day (Won right to vote in 1920)

national cheery turnover day

1st scout camp (Opened in 1934)

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FRI MAY 31-SUN JUN 30 (times THU JUN 13-SUN SEP 29 (times vary): PCPA THEATERFEST (locations vary). Fiddler on the Roof shows through JUL 6, and Spamalot shows JUL 13 -AUG 10 at Solvang Festival Theatre. Always... Patsy Cline shows AUG 8-31 at Severson Theater in Santa Maria and SEP 6-15 at Solvang Festival Theater, Cyrano de Bergerac shows AUG 17-SEP 1 at Solvang Festival Theater, and Clybourne Park shows SEP 12-29 at Severson Theatre. Cost: varies. Contact: or 922-8313. THU JUN 20-SAT SEP 21 (times vary): HOW THE WEST WAS REALLY WON at The Great American Melodrama, 1863 Front St, Oceano. There are many stories of how the West was won with legendary characters, brave battles and forgotten heroes. See how the West might have... uh, could have... well, maybe even should have been won... but probably wasnt. Guns will be blazin and laughs will be snortin as you hear our tales... maybe slightly tall tales... Cost: $18-22. Contact: americanmelodrama. com or 489-2499. MON JUL 1-MON AUG 12 10:00 am-4:00 pm: CRITTER CAMP at Woods Humane Society, 875 Oklahoma Ave, SLO. Critter Camp is a 10-week day camp for kids ages 9-12 to learn all about the basics (and specifics) of pet care. There are also field trips and guest presentations from various animal networks throughout SLO County. Camp runs Monday through Thursday. There are still spots available for the weeks of: July 1, July 22, July 29, Aug. 5, and Aug. 12. Cost: $250. Contact: or 543-9316. another young girls life? Find out in this action-packed western melodrama full of gunfights, heroes, villains, lovers, liars and laughterCost: $18-22. Contact: or 4892499. FRI JUL 19-SUN SEP 1 (times vary): THE ODD COUPLE (A FEMALE VERSION) at Pewter Plough Playhouse, 824 Main St, Cambria. Neil Simons most famous comedy, this time with an hilarious twist from a different perspective, as messy Olive and neat-freak Florence are the mismatched roommates who, against all odds, try to live together! Cost: $15-25. Contact: or 927-3877. FRI JUL 26-SAT AUG 3 (times vary): LES MISERABLES at the Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande. Chameleon Productions presents this powerful and iconic musical brought to life by a cast of over 30 performers, a dynamic and stunning set, and a musical score that is loved by millions. Parental guidance is suggested for children under age 13. Cost: $25-35. Contact: 709-2937.


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Madame Aline, the author of I Became a Vagabond Traveler at Friends of Nipomo Library Fair, 918 W Tefft Ave, Nipomo. Contact SAT AUG 3 at 10:00 am: BIG LATCH ON at French Hospital, 1911 Johnson Ave, San Luis Obispo. Moms - celebrate World Breastfeeding Week by breaking the world record for the most mother/nursling pairs breastfeeding simultaneously! Gather for socializing at 9:45 am in the patio to the right of the main doors (look for balloons). Arrive no later than 10:15 am to fill out required paperwork for an official count. The actual Latch On is at 10:30. Bring: your baby, a blanket or folding chair to sit on, and a hat/ sunscreen. Cost: Free. Sponsored by Wholeistic Mamas and Papas, Labor of Love, and French Hospital Family Birthing Center. Contact: 473-3746. THU AUG 8-SUN AUG 11 4:307:00 pm: FREE VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL at Mid State Baptist Church, 1749 Ramada Dr, Paso Robles. All children ages 4 years

THU JUL 18-SUN SEP 22 (times vary): DEATH AT DEVILS CAVE at The Great American Melodrama, 1863 Front St, Oceano. Con man John Livingstone is rotten to the core! Having led poor Bess Sinclair into a false marriage, he then deserts her. Now he turns smart, and increase the visibility his sights on the beautiful Rose of families on bicycles. During the SAT AUG 3 9:00 am-12:00 pm: BOOK SIGNING, Day. Will he and Old Tagger ruin ride (from Mitchell Park to the AUTHOR

THU AUG 1-SUN AUG 4 (times THU AUG 1 5:00-8:00 pm: vary): WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN NURSING CAFE at Farmers LOVE at SLO Little Theatre, 888 Market, Broad and Higuera Sts, Morro St. Cost: $35. Contact: San Luis Obispo. Sponsored by or 786-2440. La Leche League & Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition. If you FRI AUG 2 5:30-6:30 pm: AN are a breastfeeding mother, ELEGANT EVENING AT THE please stop in to visit with other ROTUNDA at City Hall, 6500 Palma moms, consult with a lactation Ave, Atascadero. Celebrate as the consultant or just sit and rest. doors to the Historic Rotunda Breastfeeding supporters can building officially re-open as the stop by the tent and pick up a City Administration Building. As sticker to show support. Contact: guests embark on a special tour of each room, they will enjoy 242-2294. a progressive dinner with a THU AUG 1 5:30-6:30 pm: different course in each wing of KIDICAL MASS: THE FAMILY BIKE the building and dessert in the HAPPENING at Mitchell Park, upper rotunda. This semi-formal Osos & Pismo St, San Luis Obispo. event includes a silent auction The theme is rainbows! Kidical and dancing. Proceeds benefit Mass is a venue for parents to the Fountain Restoration Project. teach their kids to ride safe & Cost: $100. Contact: atascadero. smart. We educate families to ride org or 461-5000.

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FRI AUG 16-SUN AUG 18 10:00 am-5:00 pm: MORRO BAY HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 63 REUNION at Fairways at Dairy Creek, 2990B Dairy Creek Rd, SLO. 50 year reunion. Classes of 62 and 64 also welcome. Contact: alumniclass. com/morrobay or 473-9191. SAT AUG 17 9:00 am-2:00 pm: Friends of Los Osos Library Book Sale at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. There will be books, tapes, CDs, and DVDs for all ages at amazing prices. 1:00-2:00 pm: Buck a bag sale! Contact: 5285052. SAT AUG 17-MON AUG 19 at 9:30 am: ST. ANTHONYS CELEBRATION at St. Anthonys Church, 390 Bello St, Pismo Beach. The St. Anthonys Celebration Committee sponsors this annual event to celebrate the cultural contribution of the areas Portuguese descendants. The parade begins on Sunday at 9:30am with sopas being served at the St. Anthonys grounds. SUN AUG 11 11:00 am-5:00 pm: Cost: free. Contact: (800) 443CENTRAL COAST CHILI FESTIVAL 7778. at Biddle Park, 3500 Lopez Dr, Arroyo Grande. Rotary Club SAT AUG 17 10:00 am-2:00 pm: 4th presents this International Chili Annual PUTTIN ON THE DOG at Society sanctioned competition Arroyo Grande Elm Street Park, with official judging and cash 1221 Ash St, Arroyo Grande. This prizes. Peoples Choice judged free family-friendly event is the by public. 5 free tastings (more: major fundraiser for Elm Street 10 for $5). Plus childrens games, Dog Park. Enjoy contests for you arts and crafts and food booths, and your dog, dog-related demos, and a car show. This is a charity bbq lunch, raffle, food vendors, fundraiser. Cost: $5. Children 12 pet-related vendors and services years and under free. Contact: (adoptions, nail trimming, sitters, or supplies, training & boarding). 489-7359. Have fun with the do-it-yourself FRI AUG 16 8:00 am-8:00 pm: 5th Annual ZONGO YACHTING CUP at Morro Bay Yacht Club, 541 Embarcadero Rd. Calling all skippers, crew, and passengers! Zongo All-Stars, Morro Bay Yacht Club, and San Luis Yacht Club, proudly present the biggest ocean sailing race on the Central Coast! 8:00 am: Gather at MBYC. 10:00 am: All boats underway. 4:00-8:00 pm: - Zongo All-Stars performs on the Promenade. 6:00 Ppm: Awards Ceremony at San Luis Yacht Club. Contact: DogLympics obstacle course. Contact: 550-5334. SAT AUG 17 10:00 am-6:00 pm: 27th Annual QUICK DRAW & ARTWALK at Santa Ynez Valley Arts, Alamo Pintado and Grand, in Los Olivos. Quick Draw Artist Gwen Cates presents this FREE live art festival for the whole family. Contact: 886-0858. SAT AUG 17 11:00 am-1:00 pm: LOS OSOS CHILDRENS CRAFT FAIRE at the Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades, Los Osos. Children aged 13 and younger sell handcrafted items priced $4 or less at the best childrens craft faire on the Central Coast. Applications are mandatory and are available at the Los Osos Library. Everybody is invited to this fun-filled day for both buyers and sellers. Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862. SAT AUG 17 11:00 am & 1:00 pm: BEE SOCK PUPPETS at San Luis Obispo Childrens Museum, 1010 Nipomo St. Create a googly-eyed bee hand puppet to buzz around the museum. Classes limited to 10 participants. Cost: Admission. Contact: 545-5874. SAT AUG 17 1:00-3:00 pm: KIDS RECYCLED ART DAY at SLO Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd, San Luis Obispo. Make something new out of something old, while making new friends in the Garden. Cost: $5 donation per family. $3 fee for parking. Contact: 541-1400. SAT AUG 17 1:00-4:00 pm: WOMENS EMPOWERMENT & SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP at Shell Beach Vets Hall, 230 Leeward Ave, Pismo Beach. Sarp Centers workshops are about more than just punching and kicking. They focus on developing and practicing awareness skills, assertiveness skills, physical self-defense techniques, and empowerment. This class is open to girls and woman age 12 and older. Cost: $10 donation requested. Register: 773-7063. SUN AUG 18 1:00-5:00 pm: COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES presents CASA at the Vineyard at Crossroads Estate, Crossroads

through 6th grade are welcome to this free fun, Bible-based summer program with exciting lessons, crafts, games, snacks, jump houses, and giveaways! SUN 7:00 pm: closing and awards dessert fellowship. Contact: 238-2281. FRI AUG 9 5:307:30 pm: SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, The JD Project Band at City Park, 12th and Spring Sts, Paso Robles. Tap your feet, dance, and sing along with rock, blues, soul, and country. Cost: free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. All donations will be matched by the REC Foundation and go to the Downtown City Park Playground Project. Dogs are not allowed. Contact: 237-3988. SAT AUG 10 10:30 am-12:30 pm: ACT, SING AND DANCE with Karen Garman at Atascadero Library, 6850 Morro Rd. Learn and share the techniques of acting, singing a current song, and dancing an award winning hip hop number. This free event is for anyone entering sixth grade high school. Signups are not required. Contact: 461-6163.

SAT AUG 17 10:00 am-5:00 pm: ANNUAL OLIVE FESTIVAL at Downtown City Park, Paso Robles. Enjoy a festival dedicated to everything olive. Pre-Olive Festival mixer on Friday at the La Quinta Inn. Oils, olive oil tastings, soaps, gourmet foods, and much more. Juried arts and crafts. Try free samples of the popular Olive oil ice cream. Beer and wine tasting. Cost: free. Contact: or 238-4103.

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Estate Winery, 5017 Zaca Station Rd, Los Olivos. Contact: 739-9102 or SAT AUG 24 & SUN AUG 25 10:00 am-8:00 pm: 22nd Annual STONE SOUP MUSIC FESTIVAL at Ramona Garden Park Center, 993 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach. Enjoy the sounds of Latin, African, Australian, Scottish, jazz and country-western music, and booths with homemade items, retail vendors, and ethnic foods for people of all ages. Cost: Free admission. Contact: 489-1488. SAT AUG 24 12:00-10:00 pm: 2nd Annual CANTINAS MUSIC FESTIVAL at Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave. Cantinas Ranch Foundation presents Grammy Award winner Michael W. Smith, Grammy nominated vocalist Francesca Battistelli, and many other artists. There will also be carnival games, crafts, a Kid Zone, booths, raffles, speakers, and more! Cost: $35. Contact: www. FRI AUG 30-SAT AUG 31 (times vary): PASO ROBLES CLASSIC CAR SHOW at Downtown Paso Robles, 11th St and Spring St. The weekend will include 2 days packed with car show excitement including a FRI Cruise in the historic downtown, a SAT Car Show in City Park, and more. The Cruise and Car Show is free to attend for spectators and enthusiasts. Contact: or 227-2871. interaction skills. Contact: http:// or 544-8866.

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Recurring Events & Resources

Throughout August: Express Yourself! Breastfeeding Art Contest sponsored by La Leche League. Contact: www.facebook. com/lllofslo. 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

San Luis Coastal Adult Schools Relationships Parent Participation Program Adoption & Foster Care is a family-focused, integrated Family Issues approach to learning. Core Children & Teens Parenting and Enrichment classes Divorce, Grief & Loss are held in SLO, Morro Bay, and School Issues Los Osos. Come with your baby, toddler or preschooler to an adult Depression & Anxiety and child activity class, or find Everyday Life Challenges support in a class for parents only. Grover Beach 805.540.1902 All adults in a parenting role are welcome. Cost: $74 per 10 week trimester, 10% discount for 2 or more classes. Contact: 549-1222 Ste D, San Luis Obispo. This free group is for anyone suffering or from the loss of a loved one who Every WED 5:45-7:00 pm: Play is in need of support. Contact: at the Los Osos Library, 2075 540-6020. Palisades. For ages 7-15. Cost: free. 2nd SAT of every month FEBContact: 528-1862. NOV at 9:00 am: The City Of Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & Santa Maria Recreation and Parks SAT 11:00 am-5:00 pm: Exploration Department offers free docentStation Interactive Science Center led nature walks in Los Flores welcomes families at 867 Ramona Ranch, 6271 Dominion Rd, Santa Ave, Grover Beach. Cost: $2 kids, $3 Maria. Contact: 925-0951 x 263. adults. Contact: 473-1421 or http:// Volunteer as a Good Neighbor! Make a difference in the life 2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00 of an older or disabled adult. trained, volunteers pm: Grief Support Group at Central Once choose services to contribute Coast Hospice, 253 Granada Dr, 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. 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

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Life Church, 990 James Way, Rm 14, Pismo Beach. Arrive 10 min early for 1st meeting. Offered by Hospice of SLO Co. Contact: 5442266 or 1st THU every month at 6:15 pm: Commission on the Status of SLO Hotline Women meets at Coast National TMHA Bank, 500 Marsh St, San Luis Suicide Prevention, Mental Health Obispo. The Commission is an and Emotional Support official advisory group to the SLO County Board of Supervisors Free & Confidential to identify issues of concern to 24 Hours of Every Day women that are not the focus of other advocacy or advisory Braille Institute, such as managing organizations. Contact: 788-3406. the home, traveling, and use of talking library books. Contact: Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon 462-1225. Family Support Group at Luis OASIS Senior Center, 420 Soares 2nd & 4th MON every month Ave, Orcutt. Contact: 937-9750. at 6:30 pm: MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet at Pacific 3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm: Christian Church, 3435 Santa How to Survive Divorce seminar Maria Way, Santa Maria. Childcare at the San Luis Obispo Womens provided. Contact: 934-3491 or Community Center, 1124 Nipomo St, #D in SLO. Practical tips, pointers, and suggestions for Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI handling family law issues. $10.00 3:00-5:30 pm: Teen Wellness donation requested for handout Program at Arroyo Grande EOC materials and book. Contact: 544Health Services Clinic, 1152 E Grand 9313 to register. Ave. Health services, including reproductive health, in a safe 4th TUE every month at 5:30 pm: environment with staff trained Legal Clinic for Self-Represented to screen, assess, and provide Litigants at the San Luis Obispo intervention. Appt preferred. County Courthouse Law Library, Contact: 489-4026. 1050 Monterey St in SLO, #125. SLO County Bar Assn Family Law 1st WED every month at 9:00 am: Section & Womens Community Community Action Partnership Center provide one-on-one legal Senior Health Screening at First advice for persons filing divorces United Methodist Church, 275 w/o an attorney, and a document N. Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande. preparer to assist in completing Free and low-cost services for court-required forms. Min. $40.00 people 50 and older including donation. Limit: 12 participants. blood pressure, pulse, weight, Contact: 544-9313. total cholesterol, screening for anemia, diabetes and fecal Sexual Assault Recovery and blood, nutritional counseling, and Prevention (SARP) Center of referrals. Contact: 481-2692 or San Luis Obispo County offers: 788-0827. Weekly Drop-In Support Group for Sexual Assault Survivors; 24 1st WED every month at 12:00 Hour Crisis Line; Advocacy and pm: Disabled American Veterans Accompaniment; Peer Counseling; luncheon at Veterans Memorial Individual Clinical Counseling; Bldg, 313 W. Tunnell St, Santa Prevention and Education Maria. Contact: 345-0402. Programs; and Womens Empowerment and Self Defense Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm: Workshops. Contact: 545-8888 Widowed Support Group at New or

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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) provides 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 Speakers Bureau. Contact: 541.3367 or www. 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, guidelines for bringing children, and local resources can be found at: www.centralcoastastronomy. org. Contact: Aurora Lipper at aurora@centralcoastastronomy. org.

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Alternative Education
on the Central Coast

Integrated curriculum founded on life experiences, in-depth study, and active immersion in the arts for grades 1-8. Attendance Mon-Thu with homeschool Fridays. Carpooling encouraged. Contact: 434.2217, SLO Classical Academy. Private school. Part time or full time classical education in SLO. Part time options are Tuesday/ Thursday or Monday/ Wednesday with a Friday enrichment day. Contact: 548-8700, www. Sage Creek Sudbury. Modeled after Sudbury Valley School. Opening in the Fall of 2010. Contact: 489-3820, House Montessori School in Atascadero strives to help each child reach his/her greatest potential, by embracing learning and appreciating and respecting the world. Contact: 466-5068, www. Montessori Childrens School in San Luis Obispo seeks to inspire a passion for excellence, to nurture curiosity, creativity and imagination, and to awaken the human spirit of every child. Ages 3-12. Contact: 544-6691, Central Coast Montessori School in Morro Bay offers a rich, individualized academic environment to promote independence and optimum scholastic achievement. Contact: 772-9317, Heritage Montessori Preschool in San Luis Obispo provides an enriching and loving environment in a beautiful country setting. Waldorf and Montessori based for ages 2.5-5 years. Contact: 235-5589. Public Schools Cambria Montessori Learning Center. Tuition-free public school in Morro Bay for grades K-6th through the Family Partnership Charter School. Contact: 927-2337 or 541-2412. Application forms are available at Santa Maria Joint Union Home School. Accredited high school program at Santa Maria Public Library. Interactive student-parent-teacher partnership providing educational resources, a mentor teacher, and eligibilty for sports, clubs, and activities. Students may qualify to enroll in community college as well as secondary classes. Contact: 937-2051 X2761 or X2762.

Templeton Independent Study High School. WASC accredited. Weekly meeting with teacher. Opportunity for early graduation and concurrent Cuesta College enrollment. Sites in Templeton and SLO at Los Ranchos Elementary School. Contact 434-5833. http:// Trivium Charter Schools in Lompoc, Santa Maria, and Arroyo Grande offer a hybrid program of classical project-based classes 2 days per week and homeschool 3 days per week. Contact: 489-7474 or www. West Mall Alternative School. Independent Study Home School in Atascadero. Contact: 462-4238, Alternative. Homeschool Organizations California Homeschool Network is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the right of parents to educate their children. Their website provides information about current state and federal legislation affecting homeschooling families, and how to get started. Contact: 800 327-5339, http:// Homeschoolers of the Central Coast. An inclusive Yahoo! group for homeschoolers meeting on a regular basis for interaction and scheduled field trips: http://groups. of_the_Central_Coast. Santa Maria Inclusive Learners. A Yahoo! group offering free homeschool enrichment and support in the Santa Maria Valley: http:// maria_inclusive_learners. Templeton Unified School District K-8 Home Schooling program: 434-5840 or Homeschooling Links schooling
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Central Coast families are fortunate to have a wide variety of quality choices for their childrens education. Following are some options for those seeking secular alternative education. For more information on independent and religious schools, go to: Childrens sd or
Parent Participation. Core classes to enhance parenting skills, meet other families, and allow children time to play with others of the same age. Enrichment classes are offered, such as Spanish, Cooking and Gardening, and a Cooperative Preschool at CL Smith. Register through San Luis Coastal Adult School. Contact: 5491222, Charter Schools CAVA California Virtual Academies. and K give kids the chance to learn at the pace and in ways that are right for them. Online schooling aligned with California state standards. Teacher support as needed, meetings and work samples required quarterly. Contact: (866) 339-6790, or Family Partnership. A tuition-free K-12 independent study public school serving Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties. Home study charter schools in San Luis Obispo (165 Grand Ave), Solvang, Santa Maria, and Cambria. Meet with teachers weekly and turn in work samples. Contact: 686-5339, Olive Grove. Independent study home school with sites in San Luis Obispo (165 Grand Ave), Santa Maria, Lompoc, Los Olivos, and Santa Barbara. Meet with teacher weekly and turn in work samples. Enrichment classes also offered. Contact: 543-2701, www.sbceoportal. org/losolivos. Orcutt Academy Independent Study. Affiliated with Orcutt Academy Charter School at 500 Dyer St, this free program offers home study and blended classroom/home study for grades K-8. Contact: 938-8934 or Nature Based Schools SLOWanders. Offering nature-based education in SLO County. Programs include wilderness living skills, naturalist studies, wildlife tracking, awareness skills, and rites-of-passage customized for after-school, homeschool, and personal one-on-one mentoring. Weekend workshops for adults. Contact: 215-0595, www. Outside Now. Summer, after-school, and private nature-based education in SLO County. Contact: 541-9900, Coyote Road Regional School. Natural Science and Outdoor Education. Contact: 466-4550, www. Independent Schools The Laureate School. Project-based, differentiated learning to develop critical thinking, with arts, technology, foreign language, and character development programs. Interactive learning in a small-class environment that addresses students unique needs. 880 Laureate Lane in San Luis Obispo. Contact: 544-2141, www. Clarity Steiner School. Waldorf education for first and second graders. Class meets four days per week in Nipomo. Contact: 929-6878. Santa Lucia School. Independent school on 5 acres in Templeton. Peace education for over 25 years.

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