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The 2013 Central Coast Railroad Festival is chugging into town Thursday, October 10th through Sunday, October 13th! Find updates and more information on ticketing, details, and exact locations at: . Most of the family events are free! Here is the schedule: EXCURSIONS Oct. 10th: Three exciting Excursion packages offered on the vintage Silver Splendor Vista Dome Car! Various trips include David Holt & Robert Van Camp, rail history, wine tasting and gourmet meals. Various starting points. Oct. 12th, 11a: Join Ballooney the Clown on a Family Excursion on the Pacific Surfliner between Grover Beach Amtrak Station and San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum. Oct. 13th, 12:15p: Wine Rail Excursion to DAnbino and Pomar Junction wineries with light lunch, rail history, and a ride on the Coast Starlight between Paso and SLO. Starts at Paso Robles Amtrak Station. Advance tickets are available for all excursions: MUSIC & FILM entertain on the back platform of from participating organizations. SLO Railroad Museum. Near Higuera and Nipomo corner. Oct. 11th, 10a: Walking tour of the Historic San Luis Obispo Railroad District. Stroll past 15 sites in the old commercial district, depot area, and century-old boardinghouses. Hear stories about the heyday and controversies of the SP during the steam age. Meet at corner of Osos and Leff Steets at Guss Grocery. Leader: historian Joe Morris. Oct. 11th, 1 to 5p: Pacific Coast Railway programs featuring a meet and greet with author Loren Nicholson at Avila Community Center (view historic photos 1p to 3p) and a history walk down Harford Pier with historian Brian Craig Kreowski at 3p. Oct 12th, 10a to 4p: Grand Opening Celebration San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum (11:30 Dedication Ceremony) New displays, tours, history walks, model trains, presentations, hands on displays, kiddie play area, speeder rides, huge Union Pacific Engine, info booths, food, drinks, ice cream, music and more! Ballooney the Clown will be at the Freight House 1:15-3:00pm. Oct 12th, 10:30a: Presentation on Oct. 12th, 6:30p: VIP meet and Oct 10th, 6 to 9p: BanjerDan and greet reception with David Holt and Railroad Troubador Don Lampson. Robert Van Camp followed by At SLO Farmers Market. Celebrating North Americas Tourist Oct. 11th, 7:30p: Rhythm of the Railways and Museums program. Railroads show with songs and SLO Masonic. $$ - advance tickets stories performed by David Holt available: and screening of favorite segments Oct. 12th, 8p: Train Songs, Hobo from the Great Scenic Railway Secrets and Tales of the Rails Journeys PBS series. Series creator Concert featuring Appalachian and Robert Van Camp will show a Best railroad music and stories from David Of compilation of scenic railroad Holt. SLO Masonic Hall. $$ - advance footage from around the world as tickets: David plays songs from the album, When The Train Comes Along. At Oct. 13th, 1p & 2:30p: Railroad SLOs Fremont Theatre. $$ - advance Troubador Don Lampson and Friends perform two mini concerts in the tickets: picnic area behind the Oceano Depot. Oct. 12th, 10:30a: LA folk singer Frankie Fuchs sings the songs of SPECIAL PROGRAMS Woody Guthrie for train lovers of all Ongoing: Shiny Rails - 135 Years of ages. San Luis Obispo Library. Railroads on the Central Coast Oct. 12th, 11a 1p: The Central Coast railroad themed art show at the Art Brass perform during the Opening Central Gallery in SLO. Ceremony of the San Luis Obispo Oct. 10th, 6 to 9p: CCRRF Big Booth at Railroad Museum. SLO Farmers Market. Hear BanjerDan Oct. 12th, 2:30p: Frankie Fuchs at and Don Lampson perform railroad Atascadero Branch Library. songs, see running model trains and Oct. 12th, 1 to 4p: BanjerDan will historic rail equipment, and grab info

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Getting Out
historic railroad time pieces by the National Assoc. of Watch and Clock Collectors, Chapter 52. SLO Railroad Museum. Oct. 12th & 13th, 11:30a to 4p: The Santa Maria Valley Railroad History Museum - see historical locomotive, boxcar, speeder and caboose also view model trains and history display. Located in Santa Maria next to the new Transit Center on Miller St. Oct. 12th, 2p: Presentation on SLOs founding fathers and their efforts to bring the South Pacific Railroad into town. Presented by author Marilyn Darnell & historian Joe Carotenuti. SLO Railroad Museum. Oct. 12th, 5 to 7p: Shiny Rails art Railroad Administration at San Luis show reception with the artists Art Obispo Railroad Museum. Central Gallery in SLO. FAMILY PROGRAMS at SLO LIBRARY Oct. 12th & 13th: Open House at the Oceano Depot in Oceano. See large, Oct. 12th & 13th. 10a to 5p: SLO running model layouts by San Luis Library Community Room open with Obispo Model Railroad Association. art displays and a large visiting model Also view the Depots railroad layout from the California Central Coast On30 Modular Group. Various artifacts and local history displays. programs will be presented each day. Oct. 13th, 1 to 4p: Historic Jack This area is sponsored by Rabobank. House Tours (SLO) Special R.E. Jack railroad focused tour at 1p with Oct. 12th: Frankie Fuchs will be at SLO Library (10:30a) and Atascadero author Marilyn Darnell. Branch Library (2:30p). Oct. 13th, 1 to 4p: Railroad Industry Presentations by the Santa Maria Rose Ann Woolpert reads her Valley Railroad, Union Pacific childrens book Engine Number Railroad Company and the Federal Ten - A Tale of Steam Engines, Construction and California History. Oct. 11th, 3:30p: Doc Burnsteins in AG, Oct 12th: 11:30a: SLO Library, Oct. 12th, 3p: SLO Railroad Museum. See the Music Listings for more family events. MODEL LAYOUTS Oct. 12th & 13th, times vary: Outstanding, Professional Model Layouts at SLO Library, SLO Railroad Museum, Oceano Depot, Central Valley Model Works, Central Coast Trains, and Doc Burnsteins Ice Cream Lab. Ten other home and club layouts will be open during the weekend at various times.

through OCT 10th. Three Divisions: 1-4 years, 5-8 years and 9-12 years of age. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at noon on OCT 12th at the SLO Library after Ms. Woolperts 11:30 am book reading. Submissions will be displayed on the SLO Library Childrens Room walls.

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For Wildlife in Distress

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. English twenty years earlier, meaning foolish mistake. Booboo is a reduplication of boob. Dish

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Reduplication Years ago when I lived on the island of Tutuila in American Samoa, I was fascinated by the cultures take on many European traditions. One of those was the tradition of the use of Junior. In Samoa, Junior was applied to boys whose first name mirrored his family name. The full name of the first Junior I met was Eliapo Eliapo, Jr. I met a Tasi Tasi, Jr., a Malie Malie Jr., and many others. In honor of that translation of one cultures tradition into anothers, this weeks words all feature what etymologists call a reduplication, or words that masquerade as reduplications. Bonbon showed up in English in 1796 from the French word bonbon a reduplication of bon, or good. And doesnt a bonbon deserve the moniker goodgood? In 1954, boo-boo came to English. Its parent word, boob, entered

Recently, Anne R. Allen posed Pompom entered English in 1748, a question regarding the word disk, disc, discus, dais & desk. meaning ornamental round tuft. dish. I hope youll find the story Some additional dish idioms It was originally pompon (1725) & of dish as satisfying as I did. include: appears to have come from the French word pompe, meaning Dish occupies about one full To dish on someone pomp. It doesnt appear to be page of the print version of the a true reduplication, but it sure Oxford English Dictionary. Dish To do the dishes looks like one. Many arguments first appeared in Old English as To dish the dirt exist for why an ornamental early as 700 AD, meaning disk, round tuft might display pomp, plate or table. The disk or plate Revenge is a dish best served meaning came from what is cold but nobody knows for sure. known as Vulgar Latin, while the Some lost meanings for dish Beriberi came to English in 1725. table meaning came through an include: It defined a paralytic disease early Italian or French dialect. prevalent in India. It came from A specific measure of corn By the mid-1400s, dish could the Sinhalese language, in which beri meant weakness, but the refer to a type of food served, In tin-mining, a gallon of ore degree of weakness brought on as in Elton brought the most ready for smelting by the disease was greater than peculiar dish to Gliseldas In the game of quoits, a quoit your average weakness, thus potluck. To cheat, defeat completely or beriberi. Around that same time the verb circumvent The word for the frilly skirt worn form appeared, meaning to in ballet came to us in 1910 from serve food. We see vestiges of Many thanks to sources: OED, the French language. Tutu was this form in the modern idiom Wordnik, and Etymonline. originally cucu, a reduplication to dish up. of a part of the body the tutu is By the 1940s, the idiom dish intended to cover. A somewhat it out was born, meaning to refined literal translation of tutu administer punishment. is derriere-derriere. Another reduplication is the word pooh-pooh, which showed up in English in 1827, built on the word pooh, which (like its reduplication) meant to dismiss lightly and contemptuously. Pooh was one of many words first put on paper by William Shakespeare. The bards first pooh was uttered by Ophelia in Hamlet. Somewhere around 1900, the noun dish picked up the meaning what one likes, as in Who wouldve guessed that juggling live squid would become little Balthazars dish?

By 1920, the noun dish acquired the meaning attractive woman, as in That Myrtle Mae is one serious dish! About this same time, the adjective dishy was Reduplication (or faux re- born, applying to both male and duplication, as in pompom above) female attractiveness. is responsible for many more words. Can you think of some? Dishs closest relations include

CS Perryess teaches and writes for teens, narrates audio books, and ponders the wonder of words in a foggy little town on Californias central coast. Find more of his blog posts at , or reach him at .

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Risk Tolerance & Investment

against loss, it can help reduce one that you can live with for a the effects of volatility on your long time and that can help you avoid the biggest risk of all: not portfolio. reaching your long-term goals. By knowing your own risk tolerance, and the role it can play in your choices, you can Molly Peoples is a financial advisor at Edward Jones in San Luis Obispo. She can be reached help yourself create an effective, at (805) 784-9013. 2013 Edward Jones. All suitable investment strategy rights reserved. Member SIPC.

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How Should Your Risk Tolerance Influence Investment Decisions?

risk tolerance should help inform your investment decisions, to a As an investor, how much risk can point. you tolerate? Its an important Even if you determine that you question, because the answer have a high tolerance for risk, you can help you make the right almost certainly should not load investment choices. up your portfolio exclusively with Before you know your risk stocks. If the stock market enters tolerance, youll want to make a prolonged slump, you could sure you first understand the face heavy losses that may take nature of investment risk the many years to overcome, causing risk of losing principal. This risk you to lose significant ground in is especially prevalent when you the pursuit of your financial goals. invest in stocks, because stock prices will always fluctuate, and there are never any guarantees about performance. Of course, a decline in value does not mean you need to sell; you can always hold on to the stock with the hope that its value will bounce back. And this can certainly happen, but again no guarantees. How you respond to this type of investment risk will tell you a great deal about your own risk tolerance. Of course, no one, whether he or she has a high tolerance for risk or a low one, particularly likes to see declines. But people do react differently. If youre the sort of person who can retain your confidence in your investment mix and can focus on the long term and the potential for a recovery, you may well have a higher tolerance for risk. But if you find yourself losing sleep over your losses (even if, at this point, theyre just paper losses), becoming despondent about reaching your goals, and questioning whether you should be investing at all, then you may have a low tolerance for risk. Conversely, even if you discover you dont have much tolerance for risk, you may not want to invest only in supposedly safe vehicles, such as Guaranteed Income Certificates (GICs). During those periods when rates on GICs and similar instruments are low, as has been the case in recent years, your interest payments from these investments may not even keep up with inflation meaning that, over time, you could end up losing purchasing power, which, over the long term, can be just as big a risk as market declines. Ultimately, then, youll probably want to let your risk tolerance guide your investment choices, but not dictate them with an iron hand. So, if you believe you are highly tolerant of risk, you might have a somewhat higher percentage of stocks in your portfolio than if you felt yourself to be highly risk-averse. In any case, youll likely benefit from building a diversified portfolio containing stocks, bonds, government securities, GICs and other investments.

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Fun & Games

Jacks Jokes
What do ghosts say before dining? What is a witchs favorite school subject? What do you call a skeleton who wont work? Bone appetit! Spelling! Lazy Bones!

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Music for Kids

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parents to interest their children in music: Arrange a family listening time, with each person choosing his favorite music. Relax and enjoy what each family member selects.

October 1st is International Music Day! Much has been written on the benefits of music, especially with regard to young children. Classical music will help your child develop brain power. Listening to Mozart soothes a fussy baby. Early musical training helps develop language processing and abstract reasoning. These stories inspire parents to introduce their youngsters to music at an early ageor even before birth. Some think that even infants in the womb can benefit from listening to Beethoven, Bach and Brahms.

Neuroscience research shows that children involved in music Create a family music time during develop greater growth of which family members play neural activity, improved sound for each other or together and discrimination and fine motor combine their assorted skills in skills. Research has also found playing, singing, or dancing. The a causal link between music and spatial intelligence, which can Here are some suggestions for type of music may vary, depending help children visualize various elements that go together, like they would do when solving math problems or organizing materials. These skills come Music Lessons for All Ages into play in solving multistep problems in practical life, Piano, Guitar, Voice, architecture, engineering, math, Winds, Brass, Percussion art, gaming, and working with Composition & Music Theory computers.

While scientific study can show the value of music education for academic disciplines, some of the most important benefits of music are more obvious. Music asan art form can teachstudents to perceive and appreciate beauty, and add great enjoyment to a balanced and fulfilling life. Its a shame that public schools are making budget cuts Youngsters who play instruments to arts education, but it is easy discover the rewards that come to find extracurricular musical after persistent practice produces opportunities. a successful performance. Those who belong to an orchestra For some people, music develop discipline, patience, isnaturally closer to their social confidence, and teamwork heart than others. As a parent, skills. Audience members gain sometimes you knowwhen insight into different cultures music will be yourchilds passion, and times. All are exposed to the but sometimes its hard to tell incomparable. until they grow older.The Parents, take note! These claims are actually true. Children do gain enormously through the study of music. Not only do they use their minds better (boosting academic achievement and memory); they also learn to think creatively, imagining solutions to problems that are out of the box.


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on family interests, the season, enrolling her in a youth orchestra. the current mood, etc. Many have varying levels that are appropriate for beginners to Plan a special outing to a ballet, advanced students. concert, folk music festival, or a local production of a musical. If your child likes to listen to music while doing homework, try Read a music story to, or with, playing classical music softly. your child. This may be a story about composers or a classic Visit a local instrument supplier music story (such as The Magic or music store; look at and try out Flute or Cinderella.) instruments while getting advice from a professional. Enjoy a video together. Beethoven Lives Upstairs or Tubby the Tuba Visit a local musician or music are fun for young children. school; talk to teachers, and perhaps sit in on a lesson. Revive your own music skills. You may even decide to take lessons Play an educational music video yourself! game with your child (www. Listen to music in the car as you travel to and from after-school Find books in your library about activities. how to make musical instruments from found materials. Experiment Attend a performance by a local with your child, and make up a youth orchestra. Your child will song to play together. enjoy hearing peers perform music of interest to youngsters. Developing musicians need well-crafted, imaginative, and If your child has been studying her meaningful music of diverse styles instrument for a while, consider that will stimulate their ears and

minds, teach them to read and count well, and logically address the technical problems of their instruments. To find music for students at various levels and for many different instruments, go to marc-weber-home.php.

bring the whole family to a No Ties Allowed! FREE Dress Rehearsal at the Performing Arts Center for a fun afternoon listening to our local orchestra play live.

San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony offers school-age musicians the The San Luis Obispo Symphony chance to receive full orchestral is dedicated to introducing training. Learn more at http:// and advancing chamber and symphonic music by providing musical programs for people of Short-term music training enhances verbal all ages. intelligence and executive function. Moreno S, The Symphonys Musical Petting Zoo is a popular way for kids to try out different instruments, and the Apex for Kids Childrens Concerts are regularly sold-out far in advance to kids with an appetite for musical adventure. SLO Symphony Music Education offers school programs, such as the Symphony Music Van, the traveling Etudes Quartet, and Strings in the Schools. Parents seeking to nurture their childrens growing musical curiosity can
Bialystok E, Barac R, Schellenberg EG, Cepeda NJ, Chau T. Psychol Sci. 2011 Nov;22(11):142533. doi: 10.1177/0956797611416999. Examining the association between music lessons and intelligence. Schellenberg EG.Br J Psychol. 2011 Aug;102(3):283-302. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.2010.02000.x. Learning to Make Music Enhances Spatial Reasoning. Lois Hetland. Journal of Aesthetic Education Vol. 34, No. 3/4, The Arts and Academic Achievement: What the Evidence Shows (Autumn - Winter, 2000), pp. 179-238.

Source material adapted with permission: Classics for Kids, the-benefits-of-music-education, and http:// Education.

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Local History Time in a Bottle

by Guy Crabb

San Luis Obispo: 100 Years Books

Collect all three great books about the history of SLO town. Buy your memory of downtown as it continues to change in the coming months and years. Capture a moment in history!

Wouldnt you want to be around after more than 100 years if you still looked as good as or better than ever? The city and county of San Luis Obispo has a long history of groups that were important to the growth and progress of our community. Many of these organizations have been around for over one hundred years. I recently read that the Masonic Lodge on Marsh Street was celebrating their 100year anniversary at the Marsh Street location. In addition to celebrating 100 years, they also announced that they would unearth the time capsule that was buried at the cornerstone of this beautiful building. I knew that it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be present when this historic metal box was opened. The date was set and the location of the unveiling would be in the incredible main room of the lodge. As people gathered in the room to witness the opening, the anticipation mounted. David Middlecamp, Senior Photographer for the Tribune, was there documenting the event. The well-dressed Masons were ready to reveal the contents of the buried treasure and the audience wondered what incredible things were put in this box so many years ago. We all sat on the edge of our seats (well, at least I was on the edge of my seat) and waited to see the wonders. The tin box was pulled out of a lead cover. The treasure box was opened up to expose a multitude of small parts of the past. I think my favorite

artifacts were three small bottles that contained items that were symbols of Masonic legend. The first bottle was filled with wine, the second bottle had corn kernels, and the third bottle was supposed to contain oil, but the bottle was mysteriously broken and its content had spilled onto the other artifacts in the box. I was curious as to why this bottle was broken, and when it may have happened during the last one hundred years. You could see that the oil had soaked into the paper items many years ago, so I discounted that the bottle might have been broken during its recently unearthing. It will likely be a mystery that will never be answered. The craziest thing I saw in the box was the wisdom tooth of a Masonic leader 100 years ago. Some of the attending Masons confessed that they would not be willing to match such a sacrifice. There was also a clump of hair that was a collection from the various members of the lodge. There were newspapers, documents, coins, and other cool stuff too. As the items were displayed on the table, I couldnt wait for the Masons to give the okay to approach so I could get a closer look. As I looked around, I also wondered why there were only 20 to 25 people in attendance. Since this was indeed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I expected to be in a crowded room and fighting for position to take a few pictures. I know that sometimes, after a hard day at work, its difficult to go to a special

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event in the community. Most of the time, I try to find the energy to show up with my camera. Ive never been disappointed at the great stuff I have seen over the years. I understand that the current Masons will put the old contents back in the box and add current items for the people that will gather around at the lodge in 2113 to open up the box once again. On my adventures researching in our local cemeteries, I have seen many Masonic symbols on grave markers throughout our county. One of the coolest graves in the city of San Luis Obispo is the pyramid on lower Higuera Street. The pyramid is the resting place of two members of the Dorn family. When you visit, you can see the various Masonic symbols that surround the pyramid at its base. You can also see grave markers in Cayucos, Paso Robles, and the other cities and towns in our county with Masonic symbols, which indicate how proud they were to belong to a special organization. Another service organization in town is the Elks Club. I know many people who are members of this community group. The Elks were nice enough

to help Teach School with a pancake fundraiser recently. They let us use their grand room and donated many of the food supplies. I took advantage of the opportunity and started walking around the building and looking at the history of the group. At the front door, they have a very cool metal elk sculpture to remind members of their proud symbol. They have a great dining room, a bar for the adults and a wonderful swimming pool. Many of my students go swimming here as their parents relax around the pool. The walls are covered with pictures showing past leaders and plaques for various good deeds done by the membership. Like the Masons, the Elks are a community-minded group and are an example of what can happen when people get together to perform charitable acts. Isnt it great to live in a place where people realize that working to help their community is still important after 100 years?
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

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Flags of California
by Henry Eisemann

California has seen more than nine countries or groups that have claimed the state as their own. The flags flying today represent the recognized claims.

castles of Castile and Leon, was the Royal Spanish Lionsa fourquarter design of lions and castles.

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First: On the north end of the Way Station building in Cayucos, is displayed the United States Ensign of 1849 with 31 Stars, which was created when California joined the Union. It is placed here in accordance with U.S. Flag etiquette, which requires all other flags to fly to its left (to the right of the viewer). Though shown first in order, it is actually the last of the early flags of California, and was subsequently replaced by the U.S. Ensign as it changed when new states were added.

Fourth: Queen Elizabeth I sent her free-spirited admiral, Sir Francis Drake, who arrived in San Francisco Harbor and raised the English flag of the period, the Cross of St. George, the Patron Saint of Great Britain. The British decided that colonizing the east coast made more sense. todays flag of Mexico.

Fifth: Besides the Spanish and British, the Russian Imperial presence was felt when the Russian-American Fur Company established itself in far northern California and planted the Russina Second: Before the founding of Double Eagle flag. The Companys Jamestown, the Spanish Empire influence continued until 1842. sent emissaries to claim California. Cabrillo arrived in San Diego in 1542 and planted the Spanish State Ensign, white with the bright red saltire of King Charles I, also known as Emperor Charles V.

Seventh: North Americans took their time developing an interest in California. In 1844, Captain John C. Fremont of the U.S. Topographical Engineers, made an expedition into California and struck a flag with the U.S. flags red and white stripes and a blue field with a white eagle holding arrows in its talons.

Ninth: In 1846, the American settlers overthrew the Spanish Californians and then declared California to be an Independent Republic. That revolt flag was the precursor of todays California Bear flag. There were other groups and nations to lay claim to California territory, but these nine flags are the ones most often recognized as historically significant. For more information about flag history, visit

Sixth: Hippolyte de Bourchard, a French rebel commanding a 38gun corsair, entered Monterey Bay Harbor, burned the capital and looted the area, striking the Argentina flag of the time, with its Third: A flag of Spain, for the bright yellow sun burst.

Eighth: Following Mexicos overturn of Spanish rule, the Republic of Mexico was formed. Mexican Californians raised the flag of Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos, which is similar to

Henry Eisemann and his wife Mary Ellen own The Way Station in Cayucos-by-the-Sea. They enjoy traveling, gardening, and keeping local history alive. Henry is the author of many beloved childrens books, including the Hump-Free series; Su Su, the Chinese New Year Panda; and Salinas Streets, Steinbecks Town Then and Now.

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October 2013 Free Ongoing Events

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


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

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



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

October is:

Birthstone: Opal

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


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

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

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


Flower: Calendula/Marigold

world vegetarian day child health day

Look at Leaves day

national golf day


world teacher day



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


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

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


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



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


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


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

card making day thomas edison shows 1st motion picture (in 1889) indigenous peoples day 1st telephone call (in 1876)
Eleanor Roosevelts birthday (Born in 1884)

farmers day


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


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

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


columbus day
national poetry day national costume swap day national grouch 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 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall


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

Bosss day world food day dictionary day

black poetry day (honoring Jupiter Hammon, 1st African-American published poet) alaska day

sweetest day thomas edison shows electric light (in 1879)


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


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

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


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



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


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


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

babbling day
mickey mantles birthday (Born in 1931)

national denim day pablo picassos birthday (Born in 1881)

garbanzo bean day

International red cross organized (In 1863)

national nut day national stuttering awareness day

united nations day hillary clintons birthday (Born in 1947)


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


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

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


mother-in-laws day
theodore roosevelts birthday (Born in 1858) navy 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 2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall


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

statue of libertys birthday (gift from France in 1886)

national organization day

national candy corn day

john adams birthday (Born in 1735)


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Family Events
SAT SEP 21-SAT SEP 28 7:30 am: WALK TO END ALZHEIMERS at Laguna Lake, SLO and Waller Park, Santa Maria. This is the nations largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Enjoy family friendly activities and ask onsite professionals about encouraging developments in the care and treatment of dementia. After the Walk/Run, participants are treated to a fun post-race party and meal. Cost: free, but donations are welcome. Contact: or 547-3830. THU SEP 26-SUN NOV 17 (times vary): DRAC IN THE SADDLE AGAIN at The Great American Melodrama, 1863 Front St, Oceano. This show will spoof all of your favorite Western films. Cost: $18-22, discounts for groups, seniors, students, military, and children. The in-house snack bar serves great food and drinks. Contact: or 489-2499. FRI SEP 27-SUN OCT 20 8:00 pm: COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA at The Spot, 116 W Branch St, Arroyo Grande. Dont miss this rollercoaster ride through the glorious quagmire that is American history. Cost: $15-20. Contact: thespotag. com or 474-5711. FRI SEP 27- SAT SEP 28 (times vary): ARROYO GRANDE VALLEY HARVEST FESTIVAL in Arroyo Grande Village. The 76th annual Festival will include a parade, produce, demos, and many contests, including: Whiskerino, Costume, Spelling Bee, Corn Eating, Grape Stomping, Chili, Salsa, Wiener Dog Races, Homegrown Flower, Vegetables and Fruits, Baking, Canning, Pie, Ice Cream, Honey, Pie Eating, Big Ditch Derby, Diaper Derby, and Scarecrow. Contact: http:// SAT SEP 28 1:00-3:00pm: KIDS COAST WEEK EVENTS DAY at SLO Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd. Learn how to protect and enjoy the creek. Cost: $5. Contact: 541-1400. MON SEP 30 6:00-8:00 pm: SOFTEC 5th annual Student Robotics Expo at Elks Lodge, 222 Elks Lane, SLO. Bring the kids to explore this spectacular event featuring local High School, Elementary and College Robotics teams. Meet local and international robotics companies (iRobot, Lockheed Martin, SRI, Party Robotics) and universities (CalPoly SLO, USC, and UCSB) and see their innovative technology up close. Cost: Free! Contact: 781-2600 or MON SEP 30 - MON OCT 7 (times vary): ALL OUT ADVENTURE FESTIVAL at SLO Op Climbing, 289 Prado Rd. There will be films, talks, and a climbing competition. Cost: varies. Contact: or 748-1478. TUE OCT 1 - FRI OCT 18 (times & locations vary): TIBETAN MONKS VISIT SLO COUNTY. Monks will share art, dance,

Including Many FREE Family Events! & Discount Kids Fares for Concerts & Excursions
and culture. Contact: 466-4653 or http:// TUE OCT 1 - THU OCT 31: CAMBRIA SCARECROW FESTIVAL throughout Cambrias East and West Villages and along Moonstone Beach Dr. Cambria has a lot to crow about! A cast of over 370 artistic, lively and whimsical scarecrows will spend the month of October. Cost: free. Contact: www.cambriascarecrows. com or 927-2597. FRI OCT 4 - SUN OCT 6: MOO LA LA BOUTIQUE CHILDRENS AND MATERNITY CONSIGNMENT SALE at Santa Maria Fair Park, 937 Thornburg St. Cost: free. Contact: centralcoast. or 904-6208. FRI OCT 4-TUE OCT 8 (times & locations vary): CENTRAL COAST RAILROAD FESTIVAL chugs into town to celebrate rails history with model displays, films, local excursions, and fun throughout the Central Coast! See schedule on pages 2-3. Contact: 773-4173 or SAT OCT 5 9:00 am-12:00 pm: 2013 SAN LUIS OBISPO HEART AND STROKE WALK at Avila Beach Promenade & Bob Jones Trail, 404 Front St. Cost: free. Contact: or 602-0435. SAT OCT 5 10:00 am-2:00 pm: MBHS Tennis Tournament Fundraiser at Morro Bay High School, 235 Atascadero Rd. Meet and compete with the 2013 Lady Pirates Tennis Team! Bring the whole family. Pre-registration recommended. Cost: $20 per person includes food and prizes. Contact: SAT OCT 5 10:00 am: DOGTOBERFEST 2013 at Atascadero Lake Park, Morro Rd. There will be wiener dog races, raffles, and vendors. Cost: $15 to race. Contact: or 461-5749. SAT OCT 5 at 10:00 am: BLACK HOLES, JUPITERS LASERS & SOLAR PLASMA at San Luis Obispo Library, 990 Palm St. Take an intergalactic tour of the universe in a planetarium-style star show! Indoors star show and outside solar telescope viewing. Discover massive black holes, spinning neutron stars, quasars, blazars, magnetars, supernovae, and more with this hands-on presentation by Aurora Lipper! Listen to pulsars, explore black holes, make plasma, and view the sun with solar telescopes. Not suitable for small children. Cost: free. Contact: www. SAT OCT 5 10:00 am-10:00 pm & SUN OCT 6 10:00 am-6:00 pm:18th Annual INTERTRIBAL POW-WOW at Live Oak Camp, Highway 154, Santa Ynez Valley. The Santa Ynez Band Of Chumash Indians present this family event featuring music, dance, healing, and socializing. Cost: $5 for parking, $25 for camping. Contact: 688-7997. SAT OCT 5 10:00 am-1:00 pm: FALL FUNDRAISING PLANT SALE at SLO Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd. Cost: free. Contact: 541-1400 or SAT OCT 5-SUN OCT 6 10:00 am-6:00 pm: MORRO BAY HARBOR FESTIVAL at Main Fishing Pier, Embarcadero Rd. Centered at the pier and waterfront, this annual family event features a wine and seafood faire, arts & crafts, and live entertainment. Cost: $5-25. Contact: or 772-1155. OCT 10: CHILDRENS COLORING CONTEST entries due at San Luis Obispo Library, 995 Palm St, SLO. Find the Engine Number Ten coloring page and instructions on page 3 of this issue of CCF. Submissions will be judged in three age divisions: 1-4 years, 5-8 years, and 9-12 years. Winners will be announced at noon on OCT 12 at the SLO library. Sponsored by Central Coast Railroad Festival, SLO Library, and Central Coast Family. Contact: 781-5991. FRI OCT 11 & SAT OCT 12 at 6:20 pm: CANDLELIGHT TOUR at La Purisima Mission, 2295 Purisima Rd, Lompoc. Travel back in time to the 1820s on this escorted walking tour. Cost: $45, advance purchase only. For tourists ages 6 and up. Contact: 733-3713 or

Morro Bay High School Lady Pirates Tennis Fundraiser Fundraiser 2013
Doubles Tournament
Saturday, October 5th 10:00 am - 2:00 pm MBHS Tennis Courts

Meet and compete with the 2013 Lady Pirates Tennis Team!
Bring a doubles partner or let us pair you up for this double-elimination tournament Fun for the whole family - If you can play a set, you can play with us!
Pre-Registration is recommended. Walk-ons welcome, but space is limited. $20 per person includes Food and Prizes! All proceeds benefit MBHS Tennis Make checks payable to: Morro Bay High Tennis Include the following info: Player Name, Partner, Level (Advanced, Intermediate, Beginner), Phone Number, Total Amount $.

Mail to: MBHS Tennis, 235 Atascadero Rd, Morro Bay, CA 93442
For more information, contact Kathy Dannecker at

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popular Wine Walk 5:00-7:30 pm. Cost: $30-50. Contact: 773-4382. SAT OCT 19 8:00 am-12:00 pm: 21st Annual WIGGLE WAGGLE WALK FOR WOODS at Mitchell Park, 1400 Osos St, Downtown San Luis Obispo (NEW LOCATION). 1 Mile K9 Pledge Walk through downtown SLO, Pet Fair, K9 Contests, Raffle, BBQ Lunch, and more! This years theme is A K-9 Superhero Tail of Who Rescued Who. Dont forget to dress your pup in his or her best superhero costume for a chance to win great prizes in the Costume Contest. Cost: $15 for walkers; includes t-shirt and K-9 goodie bag. Under 12 walk free! Proceeds benefit the Woods Humane Society. Contact: www. SAT OCT 19 9:00 am-3:00 pm: Santa Maria COIN & COLLECTIBLES SHOW at Elwin Mussell Senior Center, 510 East Park Ave,Santa Maria. This family event will feature coins, casino chips, beanies and sports cards. New, experienced, and junior collectors are all invited. Bring coins for free appraisals. Free Admission. Contact: 937-1250. SAT OCT 19 2:00 & 7:00 pm: The World Famous COMEDY PET THEATRE at The Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande. This popular family-oriented show features the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. Cost: $25-39. Contact: 489-9444 or
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Clubs, and local businesses. Cost: $10 or 2 for $15. Discounts on facebook. Proceeds benefit Central Coast MakerSpace @ LOMS. Contact: Area55BeScared. SAT OCT 26 9:00 am-2:00 pm MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY in Chumash Auditorium, Cal Poly, SLO. For this volunteer day of service, participants will be placed at non-profit agencies throughout the County to help with projects ranging from gardening and painting to special events and fundraisers. Cost: free. Contact: or 541-1234. SAT OCT 26 9:00 am-3:00 pm: Youth Arts Academy ARTS & CRAFTS FAIRE at Ramona Community Center, 10th & Ramona, Grover Beach. Bring the whole family to this first annual Faire. Contact: SAT OCT 26 10:00 am-1:00 pm: PUMPKINS ON THE PIER in Downtown Pismo Beach. Enjoy this family-fun event including a costume contest, pumpkin decorating, a climbing wall, bounce house, balloon typhoon, face painting, carnival games and more. 11:30 am-12:10 pm: Kids Costume Contest (most original, scariest, funniest, and most decked out). Adult costume contest follows. 12:002:00 pm: Trick or Treat Extravaganza at participating local downtown businesses. Cost: free. Contact: 7737063. SUN OCT 27 9:00 am-5:30 pm: Los Osos/Baywood Park OKTOBERFEST in Downtown Baywood Park, 2nd St, Los Osos. This 35th annual family event includes live music, car show, food, crafts, jewelry, children activities, 5k race, aerial artists, face-painting, bounce houses, balloon sculptures, Beer Garden, arts & crafts. 7:30 am: registration for 4Mile Run. 8:00 am: Pancake Breakfast. Cost: free. Contact: www.lobpchamber. com or 528 4884. SUN OCT 27 11:00 am-3:00 pm: HESPERIA HALL COUNTRY FAIRE AND QUILT RAFFLE in Hesperia Hall, 51602 Bryson Hesperia Rd, Bradley. The event will include vendors, food, desserts and a quilt raffle. Cost: free. Contact: or 472-2070. THU OCT 31 at 5:30-8:30 pm: 10th Annual FALL FESTIVAL at El Morro Church of the Nazarene, 1480 Santa Isabel Ave, Los Osos. Shuttle provided from Los Osos Middle School. No scary costumes, please. Cost: donations accepted. Contact: 528-0391. SAT NOV 2 at 7:00 pm: Jack Hannas INTO THE WILD LIVE! at the Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Americas favorite zookeeper performs a live show featuring many of his favorite animal friends, as well as fascinating and humorous stories and footage from his adventures around the world. Cost: $23-45. Contact: 756-4849 or http:// SAT OCT 12 10:00 am-4:00 pm: SLO RAILROAD MUSEUM GRAND OPENING at 1940 Santa Barbara St. Come check out the new museum at the SLO Freight House, featuring dedications, ceremonies, operating model railroads and railroad motorcars, historical displays, music, kids activities, lectures, and tours. Cost: $5-25. Contact: slorrm. com or 773-4173. SAT OCT 12 1:00-3:00 pm: PLANTS OF THE SALINAN TRIBE at SLO Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd. Join Salinan tribal member Patti Dutton for a presentation on how Salinans used plants for food, medicine, and more. Cost: free. Contact: 541-1400 or SAT OCT 12 at 2:00 pm: BIZETS CARMEN at Performing Arts Center, One Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. A timeless tale of love, jealousy, and betrayal. Cost: $10-75. Contact: 541-5369 or SAT OCT 12 5:00-10:00 pm: Pennys

All American Cafe 7th Annual BREAST CANCER BENEFIT at Pismo Beach Vets Hall, 780 Bello. Dont miss this breast cancer fundraiser and dance party! Cost: $45. Contact: or 7733776. SUN OCT 13 7:00-10:00 am: CITY TO THE SEA HALF MARATHON, 5K & KIDS FUN RUN. The point-to-point half marathon begins in downtown San Luis Obispo and ends in Pismo Beach. If 13.1 miles is not your preferred distance, youll love the much shorter seaside 5K race (3.1 miles) in Pismo Beach. Sign your kids up for the Kids Fun Run (1/4 mile) at Dinosaur Caves Park! Cost: $35-100. Contact: www. FRI OCT 18-SUN OCT 20 (times vary): 67th Annual CLAM FESTIVAL at Pismo Beach Pier & Promenade, on the corner of Pomeroy and Dolliver. A community tradition since 1946, this family and pet friendly Festival features a live parade, best local chowder contest, surf contest, food, Beer & Wine Garden, music and entertainment. Friday night is the

SUN OCT 20 12:00 am-4:00 pm: SKELETON SUNDAY at Museum of Natural History, 20 State Park Rd, Morro Bay. A day of family fun features a fantastic bone collection. Activities for all ages from young children to adults including a fossil dig, human skeleton puzzles, bone ID, owl pellet dissection, teeth comparisons, bones bingo, otoliths, skulls and prizes and favors to take home for the kids! The day will conclude with a skeleton story and sing along. Cost: $3.00 admission; children 16 and under are free. Contact: (805) 772-2694. TUE OCT 22-TUE NOV 12 1:00-4:00 pm: THE SAVVY CAREGIVER SERIES at First Baptist Church, 2075 Johnson Ave, SLO. Classes every Tuesday hosted by the Alzheimers Association. Cost: $25 suggested donation. Contact: 547-3830 or FRI OCT 25 & SAT OCT 26 6:00-10:00 pm: AREA 55 BE SCARED at Los Osos Middle School, 1555 El Moro Ave, Los Osos. Worlds apart from the usual haunted house, Area 55 stands out as a unique high-tech sci-fi blend with interactive challenges for participants on a search and rescue mission. No Blood. No Gore. Just fear and humor. Exciting, funny, and scary, this popular annual event ends with a surprising LOMS band performance. Created by LOMS students with support from local law enforcement agencies, Cal Poly, Kiwanis and Rotary

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Local Resources
Last FRI every month at 6:00 pm: Family Fun Night at Unity Church, 1165 Stubblefield St, Orcutt. Contact: 9373025. Every WED 5:45-7:00 pm: Play at the Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades. Free for ages 7-15. Contact: 528-1862. Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & SAT 11:00 am-5:00 pm: Exploration Stations Interactive Science Center welcomes families at 867 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach. Cost: $2 kids, $3 adults. Contact: 473-1421 or http://explorationstation. org. 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: Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department offers free docentled nature walks in Los Flores Ranch, 6271 Dominion Rd, Santa Maria. Contact: 925-0951 x 263. Volunteer as a Good Neighbor! Make a difference in the life of an older or disabled adult. Once trained, volunteers choose services to contribute and schedule hours at their convenience. Training is scheduled monthly at Wilshire Community Services, 285 South St, Ste J, SLO. Contact: 547-7025 x 17. Volunteer at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art! Stop by at 1010 Broad St (Mission Plaza) or email 2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00 pm: Caregiver Support Group at Cayucos Community Church, Ocean Ave & S 3rd St. Free support group for caregivers and family members dealing with longterm illness, memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimers. Contact: 458-7484. 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 the 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 is provided. Contact: 934-3491 or www. 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 to provide intervention. Appointments are preferred. Contact: 489-4026. 1st WED every month at 9:00 am: Community Action Partnership Senior Health Screening at First United Methodist Church, 275 N. Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande. Free and low-cost services are offered for people 50 and older including blood pressure, pulse, weight, total cholesterol, screening for anemia, diabetes and fecal blood, nutritional counseling, and medical referrals. Contact: 481-2692 or 7880827. 1st WED every month at 12:00 pm: Disabled American Veterans luncheon at Veterans Memorial Bldg, 313 W. Tunnell St, Santa Maria. Contact: 3450402. Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm: Widowed Support Group at New Life Church, 990 James Way, Rm 14, Pismo Beach. Arrive 10 min early for 1st meeting. Offered by Hospice of SLO Co. Contact: 544-2266 or 1st THU every month at 6:15 pm: Commission on the Status of Women meets at Coast National Bank, 500 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. The Commission is an official advisory group to the SLO County Board of Supervisors to identify issues of concern to women that are not the focus of other advocacy or advisory organizations. Contact: 788-3406. Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon Family Support Group at Luis OASIS Senior Center, 420 Soares Ave, Orcutt. Contact: 937-9750. 3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm: How to Survive Divorce seminar at the San Luis Obispo Womens Community Center, 1124 Nipomo St, #D in SLO. Practical tips, pointers, and suggestions for handling family law issues. $10.00 donation requested for handout materials and book. Contact: 544-9313 to register. 4th TUE every month at 5:30 pm: Legal Clinic for Self-Represented Litigants at the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse Law Library, 1050 Monterey St in SLO, #125. SLO County Bar Assn Family Law Section & Womens Community Center provide one-on-one legal advice for persons filing divorces w/o an attorney, and a document preparer to assist in completing court-required forms. Min. $40.00 donation. Limit: 12 participants. Contact: 544-9313. RISE (formerly Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention Center of San Luis Obispo County) offers: Weekly DropIn Support Group for Sexual Assault Survivors; 24 Hour Crisis Line; Advocacy and Accompaniment; Peer Counseling; Individual Clinical Counseling; Prevention and Education Programs; and Womens Empowerment and Self Defense Workshops. Contact: 545-

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8888 or Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm: ADOPT A PET at Petco, 2051 Theater Dr, in Paso Robles. Cats are available for adoption through NCHS. Dogs are available through Short n Sweet Dog Rescue. Contact: 466-5403. Find the Adventures With Nature & Mind Walk schedule from Morro Bay Museum of Natural History at: www. Every FRI at 7:00 pm: Senior Ballroom Dancing at Madonna Inn. If you are a senior (single or attached) and like ballroom dancing, this is the place! Look left of the bandstand for a table sign Senior Dancers. Dance, chat and listen to good music. No fees; no dues; just fun! Contact: 489-5481 or Literacy Council for San Luis Obispo County has an ongoing and urgent need for volunteer tutors and offers free training in SLO. Contact: 541-4219 or 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. This official advisory group to the SLO County Board of Supervisors identifies issues of concern to women that are not currently the focus of other advocacy or advisory organizations. Contact: 788-3406. 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 and SB counties, and much more. Contact: 925-9554 or

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San Luis Obispo Senior Center offers health screening, legal services, meals, exercise, bridge, and bingo 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 The Central Coast Astronomical Society plans a Dark Sky Star Party every month at Santa Margarita Lake KOA Campground at sunset. CCAS also sponsors special guest speakers and programs periodically. Event details and schedules, weather updates, and local resources can all be found at: Contact: Aurora Lipper at aurora@ Every WED 11:00 am-12:00 pm: Growing With Baby, an infant feeding office for breastfeeding mothers and their babies (0-10 mos), offers a free class on feeding, crying, and sleep at 1230 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. Pediatric nurse practioner and lactation consultant Andrea Herron will answer questions. Dads are always welcome! Call to reserve a spot. Contact: 543-6988. San Luis Coastal Adult Schools Parent Participation Program is a family-focused, integrated-approach with Core Parenting and Enrichment classes in SLO, Morro Bay, and Los Osos. Come with your baby, toddler or preschooler to an adult and child activity class, or find support for parents only. All caregivers are welcome. Cost: $74 per 10 wk trimester, 10% discount for two or more classes. Contact: 5491222 or

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Pumpkin Patches & Harvest Fun

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Avila Valley Barn, 560 Avila Valley Drive, San Luis Obispo: Fresh produce, pumpkin patch (u-pick in the field or gathered), straw bale maze, gift shop, snacks and refreshments, restrooms, picnic area, tractor-pulled hay rides, petting zoo, parking. Open daily

9:00 am-6:00 pm. Contact: 5952810 or http://avilavalleybarn. com. Big League Produce, 1603 So. Bradley Rd, Santa Maria Pumpkins (8 varieties) in the shop or farmstand, pumpkin

and refreshments, patch. Open daily October 20-30 snacks 10:00 am-9:00 pm. Contact: 260- restrooms, picnic area, pony rides. Open weekends 10:00 am4154. 6:00 pm. Contact: 237-9560. Cal Poly SLO Fruits & Crops, Highland Drive off of Hwy 1, San Reis Family Ranch, 3535 Los Osos Luis Obispo: Pumpkin patch-pick Valley Rd (new location near Turri in the field, corn maze, haunted Rd), Los Osos: Pumpkin patch, corn maze, u-pick apples, harvest produce, corn maze, produce, honey from hives on haunted forest, restrooms, and the farm, restrooms, school a jail on a working farm. New tours. Open SAT 10:00 am-1:00 this year: pumpkin launcher! pm. Free parking. Contact: 756- Open daily. Contact: 528-0636. 2224 or River K Pumpkin Patch and programs/organic_farm.html. Corn Maze, 7325 N River Road, Cheesebrough Farm, 790 Moss Paso Robles: Pumpkin patch Lane, Templeton: Pumpkin u-pick, corn maze, horse-drawn patch. Open daily 10:00 am-6:00 hayrides, picnic area, school pm. This is a working farm with tours. Open daily 9:00 am-dusk. fields at different stages, barn, Contact: 467-3737. tractors, small cattle operation. Farm stand and pumpkin patch San Marcos Ranch, 775 San available in October only. Marcos Rd, Paso Robles: Contact: 434-0843 or http:// Pumpkin patch (u-pick in the field or gathered), Fall festival, corn maze, child-sized hay bale maze, Dos Pasos Ranch, 4330 Santa haunted house, restrooms, Rosa Creek Road, Cambria: picnic area, pony rides, farm Pumpkins, gourds, and other animals. Open MON-SUN 10:00 produce at unmanned farm am-dusk. Contact: 467-3315. stand. Open weekends 9:00 amSLO Creek Farms, 6455 Monte 5:00 pm. Contact: 924-1008. Rd, San Luis Obispo Pumpkins Jack Creek Farms, 5000 Hwy in the farmstand or pick in the 46 West, Templeton: Organic field, pick-your-own apples, pumpkins, pumpkin patch tractor-pulled hay rides, honey, (u-pick in the field or gathered), porta-potties, picnic area. Open Fall festival, child-sized haybale everyday 11:00 am-5:00 pm. maze, honey from hives on Contact: (702) 245-3135 or http:// the farm, gift shop, snacks and refreshments, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, birthday Sunny Acres Pumpkin Patch, parties, school tours. Open 10660 Los Osos Valley Rd, San MON-SAT 10:00 am-6:00 pm Luis Obispo: Families can choose (except WED), SUN 11:00 am- their own pumpkins grown on6:00 pm. Contact: 238-3799 or site and support community recovery programs. Prices start at $1 cheapest in SLO! Contact: McCall Farm B&B, 6250 Santa Rosa Creek Rd, Cambria: Pumpkins, produce. Open daily. The Tiny Trotters - Pony Rides, Contact: 927-3140. Contact: 2210 Cimarron Way, Los Osos: Wagon rides, pony rides, birthday parties, shows and school tours. Oak Flat Pumpkin Patch, 4760 Limited availability call first to Oak Flat Road, Paso Robles: schedule a visit. Contact: 748pumpkin patch (gathered), child- 9158 or http://thetinytrotters. sized haybale maze, produce, com.

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