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for a thrilling ride of laughter Audiences will be swept away and suspense that will captivate by this celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film starring Judy both young and old alike. Garland. The entire family will L. Frank Baums classic story of be captivated by the lavish The Wizard of Oz is one of the production, featuring magical effects, dazzling most satisfying and well-loved special choreography, and classic songs, tales of all time. The story begins in Kansas, where a farm girl including Over the Rainbow, named Dorothy is swept away If I Only Had a Brain, Were by a cyclone; her house landing Off to See the Wizard, and in Munchkinland on top of the more. sister of the Wicked Witch of the West. Dorothy is befriended by the beautiful Good Witch of the North, who gives her the ruby slippers that belonged to the crushed sister to keep her safe as she begins her journey back home to Kansas. Follow the yellow brick road to Kelrik Productions newest offering, to be staged at the Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center from January 25th through February 2nd. Join Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Lion, and all the Munchkins as they battle the Wicked Witch and journey to the Emerald City to meet the wonderful Wizard of Oz, where they hope their dreams will come true. Get ready
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Tickets for The Wizard of Oz are on sale now and may be purchased online at or in person at Cheap Thrills, 563 Higuera Street in downtown San Luis Obispo. Performances are Saturdays at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 pm Dorothy is sent on her way down from January 25th to February the yellow brick road to see the 2nd. great and magnificent Wizard of Oz, who is the only one with For more information on the power to grant her hearts Kelrik Productions, visit: www. desire to go home.

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In its dazzling new circus show spectacular, Cirkopolis, Montreal-based troupe Cirque loize transports audience members to a retro-futuristic industrial world, inspired by the daring aesthetics of classic films Metropolis and Brazil. Through gravity-defying circus arts, dance, and theater, twelve multitalented artists and acrobats tell the story of workers who rebel against the spirit-crushing monotony of the factory-city, challenging its boundaries and reinventing themselves. In the heart of a stern and imposing metropolis, giant gears and dark portals symbolize a mechanism that crushes individuality. In a world where fantasy provokes reality, the veil of anonymity is lifted and replaced by bursts of color. Cirkopolis unfolds like an elemental universe: jugglers brave the space, a contortionist is lifted by her companions in a surge of inspiration, and aerial artists defy the height of skyscrapers. Cirque loize is all about artful acrobatics and high-concept theatricality with charm and elegance in equal measure. - Oakland Tribune Cal Poly Arts presents two performances in the Cohan Center at the Performing Arts Center, One Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo: Wednesday, February 5th and Thursday, February 6th at 7:30 pm. Accompanied by an original score and creative video projections, this show for all ages plunges the spectator into a vibrant, dream-like universe, where the pursuit of our true place in the world reveals its vital importance. Tickets for this show are $30-58. For more information, or to order tickets, go to: or call 805 756-4849.

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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 shmonger appreciates and promotes sh, therefore, a wordmonger does the same for words.

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In the 1580s, concise came to the language from the Latin word concisus, meaning cut o or brief. Concise is constructed of two bits, con- or com-, meaning with, and -cise or -cide, to cut. This means the word concise translates to something like with cutting, and cutting is exactly what we have to do when our language needs to be more concise. A synonym of concise is succinct. Its modern meaning, brief or concise showed up in the 1500s, but its initial meaning in English was having ones belt fastened tightly, and thats exactly what those of us who tend toward wordiness feel when were told we need to be more succinct. The word was born of a Middle French word, from the Latin succinctus, which originated in a word meaning to gird from below, arguably referring to an early support garment one that likely felt a bit constricting. This at least oers imaginative evidence that it was our wordier ancestors who moved succinct into its present meaning. FISH IDIOMS Ive had a ne time celebrating dog idioms, dish idioms, walking idioms, skin idioms, and idioms made from the words in the title of John Greens novel The Fault in Our Stars. its time for idioms based around sh, a word that takes up nearly three full pages of the Oxford English Dictionary. Big sh in a small pond is an idiom started in America in the early 1880s. Many people prefer being the big sh in a small pond,

although escaping into the larger sea can have its advantages. Though Chaucer included the term a sh that is waterless in Canterbury Tales in the late 1300s, the rst time the term a sh out of water appeared in print seems to be three centuries later. You might say its the rare bird who enjoys feeling like a sh out of water, though I have appreciated that situation many times a year in American Samoa as one of the few palagi on the island, a couple of years as the only Anglo in the Cal State Northridge Pan African Studies Gospel Choir, the list goes on a pretty kettle of sh may have originated as a pretty kiddle of sh. Kiddle was a word used to refer to nets thrown across a river to catch the sh. Perhaps when the catch was particularly successful (or pretty), hauling in a bunch of apping, unhappy sh made a bit of a mess? The jury is still out and sparring etymologists continue to duke it out.

SUCCINCT AND WORDY We use all sorts of words to describe writing. Heres a look at some: The synonyms wordy and verbose both come from the ProtoIndo-European word were- that meant, not surprisingly, word. Were- made its way through Latin (verbum) to become the English word verbose, while another branch of the were- family tree made its way through Germanic languages (Old Saxon, Frisian, Dutch and Old High German) to become word. Wordy. At some point the Scots generously donated that nal y to wordy, as they did to many English words. A writer who is wordy might be referred to as prolix, which showed up in English in the 1400s, through Old French, originally from Latin, prolixus, where it meant extended, with a literal translation of ow forth or owing liquid, a metaphor that works just ne for any of us whove spent time on the listening end of a prolix speech or lecture.

In 1660, John Evelyn rst penned the idiom bigger sh to fry, which may be the sort of thing that leads a big sh in a small pond to venture into the larger sea, where he may feel like a queer sh, There is, of course, the possibility or a sh out of water, or might that the sh in the water think discover that life out of his little of the sh out of water as queer pond is a pretty kettle of sh. sh, a British idiom that appeared in 1919, applied to anyone who My thanks to sources: the OED, might appear odd or eccentric. Etymologists argue about the origins of ne kettle of sh (and its sibling pretty kettle of sh). Some are moderately certain the idiom was born of a Scottish term kettle of sh, referring to a picnic of sorts, in which the local landholder invited his minions to enjoy a day o work. This event called for the minions to light a re on the riverbank, suspend a giant kettle over it, catch fresh sh, cook them in the kettle, and serve them to the visiting nobles. No one is certain how the theoretically positive experience could have collected a negative connotation, but I do wonder about those lucky minions who were invited to do all the work. Other etymologists suggest that
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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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Financial Resolutions for the New Year

by Molly Peoples

appropriate for your needs, goals, risk tolerance, and time horizon, youre already doing what you should be doing in the long run. So theres no need to stress yourself over the shortterm movements that show up in your investment statements.

Do whatever you can to turn these New Years resolutions into realities. Your eorts could pay o well beyond 2014.
Molly Peoples is a nancial advisor at Edward Jones in San Luis Obispo. She can be reached at (805) 784-9013. 2013 Edward Jones. All rights reserved. Member SIPC.

About 45% of Americans usually in a liquid account that oers a make New Years resolutions, high degree of preservation of according to a survey from the principal. Without such a fund, University of Scranton. But you might be forced to dip into the same survey shows that your long-term investments only 8% of us actually keep our to pay for emergencies, such resolutions. Perhaps this low as a new furnace, a major car success rate isnt such a tragedy repair, and so on. You might when our resolutions involve not be able to nish creating things like losing a little weight your emergency fund in one or learning a foreign language. year, but contribute as much as But when we make nancial you can aord. resolutions resolutions that, if achieved, could signicantly help Plan for your protection needs. If you dont already us in our pursuit of our important have the proper amounts of long-term goals its clearly life and disability insurance worthwhile to make every eort in place, put it on your To to follow through. Do list for 2014. Also, if you So, what sorts of nancial havent taken steps to protect resolutions might you consider? yourself from the considerable Here are a few possibilities: costs of long-term care, such as an extended nursing home Boost your contributions to stay, consult with your nancial your retirement plans. Each professional, who can suggest year, try to put in a little more the appropriate protection to your IRA and your 401(k) or investment vehicles. You or other employer-sponsored may never need such care, retirement plans. These taxbut thats a chance you may advantaged accounts are good not want to take. The longer options for your retirement you wait, the more expensive savings strategy. your protection options may become. Reduce your debts. Its not always easy to reduce your Dont overreact to market debts, but make it a goal to volatility. Too many people nish 2014 with a smaller head to the investment debt load than you had going sidelines during market into the new year. The lower downturns. But if youre not your monthly debt payments, invested, then you miss any the more money youll have potential market gains, and the to invest for retirement, biggest gains are often realized college for your children (or at the early stages of the rally. grandchildren) and other important objectives. Focus on the long term. You can probably check your Build up your emergency investment balance online, fund. Work on building an which means you can do it every emergency fund containing day, or even several times a six to 12 months worth of living day. But, should you? If youre expenses, with the money held following a strategy thats

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Health & Safety

Blue Laser Toys Can Cause Eye Injury
January is National Eye Care Month. Take the time to consider preventative eye care for your family and potential eye health hazards that your children may be exposed to. Researchers believe greater public awareness and government intervention is needed to prevent a potential epidemic of ocular injuries in children. blue laser devices sold widely on the Internet that resemble laser pointers with lower wattages but actually have an output power of up to 1200 milliwatts. After witnessing a rise in the occurrence of eye injuries caused by these lasers and to better illustrate the dangers of these devices, researchers in Saudi Arabia documented the case histories of 14 young males, ages 11 to 30, Exposure for even fractions of who sought treatment for these a second to high-powered blue injuries from January 2012 to handheld laser devices can cause January 2013. serious eye injuries, according to a study recently released Each of the 14 patients in the in Ophthalmology, the journal study had sustained injuries to of the American Academy of one eye. Four of the patients Ophthalmology. The researchers suered a full-thickness macular have concluded that the wide hole (break in the part of the eye availability of these devices, responsible for detailed, central which are often marketed as vision). Other macular injuries toys (including space guns, laser documented in the study included pens, and light sabers), could lead hemorrhages in dierent retinal to an epidemic of serious and layers, a macular pucker (when cells proliferate on the surface permanent ocular injuries. of the retina, causing visual The U.S. Food and Drug impairment), a retinal disruption Administration, the Laser Institute and a cavity in the retina. Only of America, and the American four eyes (29 percent) improved National Standards Institute have spontaneously with increase all released safety notications to in vision, whereas 10 eyes (71 the public about the risk of injury percent) required intervention, from handheld lasers with an including vitrectomy (surgery, in output power of more than ve which an operating microscope milliwatts. The natural protective and small surgical instruments are mechanisms of the eye such as used to remove blood and scar the blink reex are ineective tissue that accompany abnormal against these lasers, and severe vessels in the eye). retinal damage may occur, even High-power handheld laser after momentary exposure. devices may lead to an epidemic Studies have also shown that blue of ocular injuries that requires lasers are more likely to cause attention at dierent levels, retinal injury compared with wrote the studys authors from the green or red lasers. Yet, there are King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital

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Local History

SLO Law & Order

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Id like to start the new year o with a story about crime, murder, capturing bad guys, and the Vigilance Committee of San Luis Obispo County. Our town had a bad reputation, a very bad reputation, back in 1858. To give you an idea of just how bad it was in the county, one gang had a saying: Dead Men Tell No Tales. In 1849, nine members of a family were slain at the Mission in San Miguel. There were only about 340 people living in San Luis Obispo County at the time. Everyone who lived in the county was on their guard at all times just in case gangs invaded their ranches or farms. Finally, the citizens of the county had enough of the bad guys. A posse was formed, and several prominent citizens of the county chased the main gang to Carpenteria. All of the bad guys were killed. It was soon decided that the county needed a Sheri. In 1850, Henry Dalley was elected as the rst Sheri of San Luis Obispo County. He lasted a year until realizing that being Sheri was not the safest job in town. 1850 to 1860 was a busy decade for law enforcement. The main problem was that there was not enough law enforcement to handle the number of bad guys in the county. People in the county and the city of San Luis Obispo realized that by the time the sheri nally showed up to the scene of a crime, the bad guys were long gone. A Vigilance Committee was

formed to go after the criminals immediately after a crime was reported. The members of the Vigilance Committee were prominent names in the county-the leaders and pioneers. Walter Murray was the leader of one Vigilance Committee. Murray was a lawyer, judge, newspaper owner, and landowner, who lived across from the Mission. Other members included J. Price (who owned most of the land in Pismo Beach), S. Pollard (major landowner in San Luis Obispo), C. Johnson (major landowner), Mallagh, Dana, Graves, BeeBee, Herrera, and Blackburn. Joining the committee meant that you might not come back home alive. Yet, the above citizens and other community leaders were committed to getting rid of criminals to make the area safe for new settlers coming to the area. In the early 1850s, there were many people who did not strike it rich in the California gold elds. Many started traveling south to nd land to settle on and start a new life. One particular story about the county Vigilance Committee comes from an interesting biography written on Jack Powers. Powers was the leader of one of the most dangerous gangs in the county. Pio Linares was a member of the Powers gang and a murderer. According to the book Devil On Horseback, Pio Linares was being pursued by local citizens, including many ocial members

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of the Vigilance Committee. Pio sat on a hill where he could watch people come and go from town. He watched the Committee go in and out of town looking for him, so Pio decided to leave San Luis at night and hide in a forest near Los Osos Valley Road and Turri Road. He was soon discovered, and the Vigilance Committee members showed up in force, surrounded the forest, and eventually dispatched Pio Linares with a bullet to the head during a ferocious gun battle. By that time, the Vigilance Committee had hung ve men and killed Pio Linares. Their success sent a message to the other criminals in the county to leave town and never come back. Walter Murray was the leader during the Linares incident and he was setting his sights on Jack Powers, the real leader of the gang.

Another great book Ive read is titled Journey of Justice. It tells some of the law enforcement history in the county. One interesting story describes a man by the name of Bert Ross, who was convicted of murdering a Deputy Sheri. The Deputy was transporting Ross to San Quentin prison on a ship. As the ship came to shore, Ross hit the Deputy on the head several times and then jumped overboard into the water. Ross was soon pulled out of the water and once again taken into custody. Unfortunately, the Deputy died of the injuries and Ross was convicted of murder and sentenced in May of 1900. His sentence was to be hanged by the neck until dead. However, by the time the trial was over, hangings were no longer conducted at the local level. Ross was once again sent to San Quentin prison and instead of getting 10 years for his original crime, he was hung in July of 1900. Ross was sentenced and was hung within a two-month span. At times, justice was very swift when it came to murder.

During this time period, the bandits werent the only problems for law enforcement. Some Tulare Indians would make frequent trips into the county stealing horses from ranchos and using the meat for food. Even Governor Pacheco led a party to recover a herd of horses that were stolen from a friend. They I hope everyone has the best year were able to get the horses back, ever, and I hope we can all work but one of his men was killed and together to keep our county the several were wounded. best ever, in the spirit of our citys As the years went by, the gangs early citizens. moved on, and the frequent murders eventually stopped. The vigilantes disbanded, and elected law officials took care of crime. Law enforcement still dealt with occasional murders due to arguments between neighbors or random killings.

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In 2013, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention found 52.5 percent of dogs and 58.3 percent of cats to be overweight or obese by their veterinarian. That equals approximately 80 million U.S. dogs and cats at increased risk for weight-related disorders such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, hypertension and many cancers. Forget about going to the gym. Twenty-Fourteen is the year to let your dog make your New Year resolutions for you. After all, your dogs life-long endeavor is to be your loving pet and loyal companion the least you can do this year is bring an extra wag or two to his world. Besides, his resolutions will have you both feeling great, and the best part is, none involve spandex, Zumba, or low-fat imitation butter. I resolve to take quality walks. Although your dog will never say no to a walkeven if it is the same old stroll around the block, realize that canines crave new scents, sounds, and experiences as much as you enjoy new scenery. Plan to change up your walk route, take an unfamiliar trail, and explore new neighborhoods. Make sure to check trail heads to see if the trails are dog-friendly and always pack water and poop

example). There are also some great enrichment games that you can purchase from your bags. Please remember: pick up local pet store. after your pets! I resolve to bring my dog to I resolve to hug less, and play more social gatherings. more. Im not talking about throwing Have you noticed that squirmy, a dog birthday party or a trip to let-me-out wiggle your dog does the dog parkalthough these during what you consider a are fun too. I am talking about loving embrace? Unlike us biped those social gatherings with primates, dogs dont feel all your human friends brunches, reassured and gooey inside after lunches, BBQs, Game Nights, a nice long hug. In fact, most etc. Anyplace that has a couple likely they feel trapped dont of your dogs favorite people will do. You can play a few of worry, its just a canine thing. his favorite games or simply ask A hearty run on the beach (again your friends to practice basic please make sure that it is dog- obedience with your dog. friendly and pick up after your pets), a game of tug, or maybe Gatherings can offer a valuable some simple nose work can be a opportunity for your dog to get HUGE stress reliever and a nice praised, treated, and rewarded bit of exercise as well. Note: if by someone else, which is great you are going to play tug, drop for boosting his condence with it and off are important socialization. commands to know. I resolve to bond outside the I resolve to regularly introduce home. new and enriching toys Your dog is not only a member into the mix. of your family he is your teammate, We all get bored with our toys companion, wingman. Find an activity for (yes even us cats). How about getting creative and making both of you to do together, some new toys to enrich our outside of the house. Agility lives? If you have a couple empty or obedience classes are great boxes and treatsyou have all because you can dedicate of the supplies for a Nose Work a specific day and time to game. Paper bags are great for enhance the bond you share us cats along with handmade with your dog. If obedience tugs and chews for your dogs and agility arent something (use old socks and t-shirts for you want to doconsider West

Coast Freestyle doggy dancing (contact Teah at Gentle Touch Pet Training) or find a Fun Nose Work class. Play fetch or Frisbee on the beachjust get out and enjoy the Central Coast already! I resolve to keep my dog physically fit. Truly, this is the only one that requires any willpower. I know that pleading puppy eyes are harder to resist than a trip to Carlocks Bakery or Sylvesters, especially when theres a stash of treats at hand (or food from your dinner plate). Even though it seems like your dog is harnessing the worlds entire supply of Cute Puppy Power to get you to surrender that big hunk of cheese, know that he really means this: Please do everything you can to ensure that Im healthy, active, enriched, socialized, and comfortable for a long, long time. Meow, Mikey Please feel free to email any of your pet related questions to
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Birthstone: Garnet

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


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

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

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


Flower: Carnation







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


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

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


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


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



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


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





(1st bottles delivered in 1878)




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


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

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


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


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



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


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


1ST SUPER BOWL (In 1967)





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


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


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



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


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



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


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

AUSTRALIA DAY (Sydney settled in 1778)

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


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


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



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


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







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Family Events
THU NOV 21 - TUE DEC 31 (times vary): HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA at Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville, 1863 Front St, Oceano. The grand holiday tradition continues with the most popular triple bill show of the year. Tickets: $20-$22, with discounts for groups, seniors, students, active military, and children. The in-house snack bar serves food and drinks before the show and during intermissions. Contact: 489-2499 or http:// SAT JAN 4 10:00 am-12:00 pm: CENTRAL COAST AQUARIUM TOUCH TANKS at SLO Library Community Rm, 995 Palm St, San Luis Obispo. Cost: free. Contact: 781-5775 or

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TUE JAN 7 at 7:00 pm: FREE STOP SMOKING CLASSES at San Luis Obispo Public Health Dept, 286 S 16th St, Bldg B, SLO. Smokers that Call for a free estimate: want to set a quit date can take free classes in SLO (TUE 5:30-7:00 pm), Paso Robles (WED 5:30-7:00 pm), Atascadero (WED 4:00-5:00 Tony-winning Broadway legend pm), or Grover Beach (THU 5:30- returns for a passionate, powerful evening of popular song. Cost: DEC 1-JAN 3 (times & locations 7:00 pm). Contact: 781-1562. $40-85. Contact: 756-4849 or vary): JULEFEST HOLIDAY CELEBRATION. Solvang celebrates WED JAN 8 at 1:00 pm: North the season with a city-wide County MULTIFLORA GARDEN Christmas Tree display DEC 1-31. CLUB MEETING at Paso Robles SAT JAN 11 at 9:00 am: 2014 The annual Christmas Tree Burn Community Church, 2706 Spring FINANCIAL EDUCATION: A Tool is on JAN 3. Contact: 709-2221 or St, Paso Robles. Expand your for Economically Empowering knowledge of bees with Scott Women at Hind Properties Jereys, Ph.D., a lecturer in Conference Center, 3675 S Higuera TUE DEC 31 at 11:00 am: NOON Cal Poly Horticulture and Crop St, Suite 170, San Luis Obispo. YEARS EVE at the Childrens Science Dept. Cost: free. Contact: Topics Include: Reviewing Your Financial Situation, Budgeting, Museum, 1010 Nipomo St, San 238-5888. Saving, Your Life and Financial Luis Obispo. Ring in the New Year well before bedtime! Craft noise THU JAN 9 9:30-11:30 am: Needs at All Stages, Funding makers before the countdown CAPSLO ADULT WELLNESS & Your Childs Education, Green and balloon drop at noon sharp! PREVENTION SCREENING at SLO Investing, Taxes, Retirement, Contact: 545-5874 or Senior Center, 1445 Santa Rosa Estate Planning, Planned Giving, Your Personal St, San Luis Obispo. Free health Protecting Information, and How to Choose a TUE DEC 31 at 7:30 pm: NEW screenings for anyone over age 18 YEARS EVE WITH SLO SYMPHONY to check sugar, cholesterol, blood Financial Advisor. Cost: $199 early at Cal Poly PAC, 1 Grand Ave, pressure, pulse, and weight, and registration, all materials included. San Luis Obispo.. Celebrate with oer basic guidance on health Contact: 242-2185 or www. music and a countdown to 2014 at related issues. Contact: 544-2484 9:00 pm as the ball drops in New x 1 or SAT JAN 11 at 2:00 pm: ALICE York City. Cost: $40. Contact: 5433533 or THU JAN 9-THU FEB 13 5:30-6:30 IN WONDERLAND at Los Osos pm: FULFILLING OUR WISHES, Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. This WED JAN 1 at 3:30 pm: 1ST HIKE ACCOMPLISHING OUR GOALS at animated lm adaptation of MORRO BAY at Morro Rock. Santa Maria YMCA, 3400 Skyway Lewis Carrolls classic is rated G. The rst event of Morro Bays Dr, Santa Maria. Want to be Popcorn will be provided. Cost: Landmark & Legacy year, this more condent, courageous, free. Contact: 528-1862. easy walk follows a section of happy, and creative? Buddhas the California Coastal Trail. Enjoy teachings on joyful eort help SAT JAN 11 at 7:00 pm: COUNTRY a free family-friendly walk led us to understand what it is we ROYALTY: A Tribute To Hank by State Parks docents, heading need to change and give us the Williams & Patsy Cline at Clark north along the beach during one condence and skill to achieve Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo of the lowest tides of the year. results. All ages welcome. Cost: Grande. Lost Highway star Jason Petty re-creates the role that Contact: $10. Contact: 270-5103. made him famous while Grammy FRI JAN 3 at 10:30 am: ANIMALS FRI JAN 10 at 8:00 pm: MANDY nominated singing sensation, ALIVE at SLO Library Community PATINKIN: DRESS CASUAL at Carolyn Martin, gives a jawRm, 995 Palm St, San Luis Obispo. Cohan Center, Cal Poly PAC, 1 dropping performance as Patsy Cost: free. Contact: 781-5775 or Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Cline. Cost: $29-45. Contact: 489 The Emmy-winning TV star and 4196 or

805 259.5239
SAT JAN 11 at 10:00 am-2:00 pm: SLO County YMCA OPEN HOUSE at 1020 Southwood Dr, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy free childcare, demonstration classes, giveaways, healthy snacks, and more! The rst 100 guests will receive a free Y T-shirt and the rst 50 new members to sign up in JAN receive a tote bag full of goodies. Sign up on the 11th to also receive either a free 30 minute personal training session or massage. Contact: 543-8235 or SAT JAN 11 1:00-3:00 pm: Stay Sharp: TOOL MAINTENANCE 101 at San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd, SLO. Dont get rusty this winter! Learn garden tool maintenance from Master Gardeners, including cleaning, sharpening and prepping your tools. Cost: $5-10. 2:00 pm: free docent-led garden tour. Contact: SAT JAN 11 & SUN JAN 12 (times vary): JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL at Palm Theatre 3, 817 Palm St, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy a weekend celebrating cultural diversity in our area, and Jewish life throughout the world. Includes an opening reception, Jewish food faire, and lmmakers/sponsors dinner. Cost: varies. Contact: 426-5465 or WED JAN 15 6:00-8:00 pm: SLO County Child Care Planning Council OPEN HOUSE at CAPSLO, 1030 Southwood Dr, San Luis Obispo. Learn about all that the council is doing under the umbrella of child care. Refreshments will be

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Family Events
Family Day events (requested for kayak trips). Cost: $3 per adult entering museum (kayak trips: $10). Contact: 772-7273 or www. SAT JAN 18 1:00-3:00 pm: EXPLORE THE OUTDOORS in the Childrens Garden, San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd, SLO. Explore the natural world around us. Sprouts, mushrooms, flowers, bugs, frogs, and so much more live in the garden. Plant, draw, and explore! Cost: $5. Contact: SAT JAN 18 1:00-3:00 pm: 4-H SLO Hikers ROCKYS TRAIL at Santa Margarita Lake Regional Park, Santa Margarita Lake Rd. Enjoy a 4 mile ranger-led hike with the whole family. Rockys trail begins at the western end of the lake and finishes at a 1,640 foot overlook. Most of the trail is mild and the last 1/2 mile is moderately steep. Cost: $3 day use fee per vehicle. Contact: 781-5944. provided. Contact: 782-4723 or Series Concert at Spanos Theatre, Cal Poly PAC, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Fine Arts Quartet, WED JAN 15 at 7:30 pm: ROBERT one of the elite few ensembles IRVINE LIVE at Cohan Center, to have toured internationally for Cal Poly PAC, 1 Grand Ave, San more than half a century, shares Luis Obispo. The celebrity chef their extensive recording legacy. presents his multimedia and multi- Cost: $38-47. Contact: 756-4849 sensory theatrical experience, or providing myriad opportunities for audience participation. SAT JAN 18 9:00-10:15 am: MAD Premium seating includes an HATTERS TEA PARTY at Los Osos exclusive VIP pre-show demo. Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. For Cost: $30-135. Contact: 756-4849 ages 5 and older. Come celebrate or one of your 364 UNbirthdays with activities, games, fun, tea and FRI JAN 17 7:00 am-6:00 pm: treats. Cost: free. Contact: 528TEACHER WORK DAY CAMP at 1862. Hawthorne Elementary School, 2125 Story St, San Luis Obispo. SAT JAN 18 9:00 am-3:00 pm: School-age children will celebrate Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival (and become) the stars of the FAMILY DAY at Museum of Natural silver screen. Campers put on History, 20 State Park Rd, Morro a live production, enjoy face Bay. This event includes a birding painting, popcorn balls, and a introduction, easy hikes, crafts movie screening. Cost: $40-50. and activities, a puppet show, Contact: 781-7289 or critter crawl, and condor hunt in parksandrecreation. honor of our Globally Important SAT JAN 18 5:00-8:00 pm: ATASCADERO ROTARY CRAB FEED at Colony Inn Banquet Rm, El Camino Ave, Atascadero. The Rotary Club of Atascadero is holding their annual all-youcan-eat crab feed to support scholarships, and community and worldwide efforts. Cost: $50. Contact: 466-5616. THU JAN 23 at 6:30 pm: NOW AND THEN Poetry Night at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Featured poets: Carol Alma McPhee, Joann Rusch, and Bonnie Young, open mic follows. Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862. vary): THE WIZARD OF OZ at Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center, HWY 1, SLO. Join Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, and the Munchkins as they journey to meet the wonderful Wizard of Oz in the Emerald City, where they hope their dreams will come true. SAT: 2:00 & 7:00 pm, SUN:

2:00 pm. Contact: 543-7529 or http://

MON JAN 27 at 7:30 pm: TOMMY EMMANUEL at Cohan Center, Cal Poly PAC, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. This Australian cultural icon with a unique 10-finger playing style--performs parts meant for melody, rhythm, bass and drums--all on one guitar. Cost: $20-38. Contact: 756-4849 or TUE JAN 28 9:30 am & 11:00 am: THE FROG PRINCE at Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande. Presented by California Theater Center. Cost: $8.75. Contact: 4894196 or TUE JAN 28 at 7:30 pm: THE IRISH ROVERS at Cohan Center, Cal Poly PAC, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. In this nostalgic and poignant Farewell Tour, the Rovers will perform a rollicking mix of worldwide hits, new favorites, and signature jigs that will have you singing and clapping along. Cost: $20-38. Contact: 756-4849 or

WED JAN 29 at 7:00 pm: THE PEKING ACROBATS at Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande. World famous acrobats return to amaze and delight with incredible acrobatics and displays of human dexterity. Cost: $36SAT JAN 25 at 8:00 pm: IN MY 46. Contact: 489-9444 or http:// LIFE: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES at Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande. More JAN 31-FEB 8 (times vary): than just a tribute concert, In My VITALITY at Spanos Theatre, Cal Life gives the audience a chance Poly PAC, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis to be there at pivotal moments Obispo. Cal Polys Orchesis Dance in history. Cost: $29-45. Contact: Company presents its annual Bird Area, home to or visited by 489-4196 or showcase with concerts at 2:00 FRI JAN 17 at 8:00 pm: FINE ARTS more than 200 bird species. No & 8:00 pm. Cost: $12-20. Contact: QUARTET: A Beethoven Cycle reservations are required for most SAT JAN 25-SUN FEB2 (times 756-4849 or

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Local Resources
Every SAT FEB 1-APR 5 10:00 am3:30 pm: Free Tax Preparation Assistance at Paso Robles City Library, 1000 Spring St. Starting MON JAN 13: Call the library to schedule an appointment. Seniors and low-to-moderateincome residents are offered free one-hour appointments with AARP representatives. At the Reference Desk, the Library will also assist citizens looking for tax forms. Contact: 237-3870 or pm: Caregiver Support Group at Cayucos Community Church, Ocean Ave & S 3rd St. Free support for caregivers and family members dealing with long-term illness, memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimers. Contact: 4587484.

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 Daily NOV 1 - FEB 28 10:00 am- the home, traveling, and use of 4:00 pm: Monarch Butterfly Talks talking library books. Contact: at Pismo State Beach Monarch 462-1225. Butterfly Grove, Hwy 1, Pismo Beach. Knowledgeable docents 2nd & 4th MON every month give talks at 11:00 am and 2:00 at 6:30 pm: MOPS (Mothers of pm daily. Cost: free admission Preschoolers) meet at Pacific and parking. Contact: www. Christian Church, 3435 Santa or 800 443- Maria Way, Santa Maria. Childcare is provided. Contact: 934-3491 or 7778. Last FRI every month at 6:00 pm: Family Fun Night at Unity Church, Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI 1165 Stubblefield St, Orcutt. 3:00-5:30 pm: Teen Wellness Program at Arroyo Grande EOC Contact: 937-3025. Health Services Clinic, 1152 E Grand Every WED 5:45-7:00 pm: Play at Ave. Health services, including Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades. reproductive health, in a safe Ages 7-15. Contact: 528-1862. environment with staff trained to screen, assess, and to provide Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & intervention. Appointments are SAT 11:00 am-5:00 pm: Exploration preferred. Contact: 489-4026. Stations Interactive Science Center welcomes families at 867 1st WED every month at 9:00 am: Ramona Ave, Grover Beach. Cost: Community Action Partnership $2 kids, $3 adults. Contact: 473- Senior Health Screening at First 1421 or http://explorationstation. United Methodist Church, 275 org. N Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande. Free and low-cost services are 2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00 offered for people 50 and older: pm: Grief Support Group at Central blood pressure, pulse, weight, Coast Hospice, 253 Granada Dr, total cholesterol, screening Ste D, San Luis Obispo. This free for anemia, diabetes, and fecal group is for anyone suffering the blood, nutritional counseling, and loss of a loved one who is in need medical referrals. Contact: 481of support. Contact: 540-6020. 2692 or 788-0827. 2nd SAT of every month FEBNOV at 9:00 am: Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Dept offers free docent-led nature walks in Los Flores Ranch, 6271 Dominion Rd, Santa Maria. Contact: 9250951 x 263. 1st WED every month at 12:00 pm: Disabled American Veterans luncheon at Veterans Memorial Bldg, 313 W. Tunnell St, Santa Maria. Contact: 345-0402.

14, Pismo Beach. Arrive 10 min Defense Workshops. Contact: early for 1st meeting. Offered by 545-8888 or www.sarpcenter. Hospice of SLO Co. Contact: 544- org. 2266 or Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm: Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon ADOPT A PET at Petco, 2051 Family Support Group at Luis Theater Dr, in Paso Robles. Cats OASIS Senior Center, 420 Soares are available for adoption through NCHS. Dogs are available through Ave, Orcutt. Contact: 937-9750. Short n Sweet Dog Rescue. 3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm: Contact: 466-5403. How to Survive Divorce seminar at the San Luis Obispo Womens Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED Community Center, 1124 Nipomo 3:00-5:00 pm: Jacks Adaptive Toy St, #D in SLO. Practical tips, Lending Library - Jacks Helping Hand at Central Coast Gymnastics, 21 pointers, and suggestions for Zaca Lane, #100 in San Luis Obispo. handling family law issues. $10.00 Traditional and adaptive toys for donation requested for handout children with all types of disabilities materials and book. Contact: 544- to check out. In-home appointments 9313 to register. also available. Cost-Free! Contact: 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.

547-1914 or www.jackshelpinghand. org. Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI 4:00-7:00 pm: Jacks Adaptive Toy Lending Library - Jacks Helping Hand at Pats Place in Nipomo Recreation Community Rm, 671 W Tefft St, Ste 2, Nipomo. Toys for children with all types of disabilities to check out. Inhome appointments also available. Cost-Free! Contact: 547-1914 or

Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm: Widowed Support Group at New 2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00 Life Church, 990 James Way, Rm

RISE (formerly Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention Center of San Luis Obispo County) offers: Weekly Drop-In Support Group for Sexual Assault Survivors; 24 Hour Crisis Line; Advocacy and Accompaniment; Peer Counseling; Individual Clinical Counseling; Prevention Literacy Council for San Luis and Education Programs; and Obispo County has an ongoing Womens Empowerment and Self and urgent need for volunteer

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: 4895481 or

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Los Osos Valley Organic Farm

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tutors and oers free training in prot agency supports the SLO. Contact: 541-4219 or www. community in coping with loss and promoting healing with free counseling, community education 1st THU every month at 6:15 pm: and volunteer support to those Commission on the Status of grieving a death or dealing with Women meets at Coast National potential end-of-life issues. Bank, 500 Marsh St, San Luis Oces in San Luis Obispo and Obispo. This ocial advisory Paso Robles. Contact: 544-2266. group to the SLO County Board of Supervisors identies issues Volunteer as a Good Neighbor! of concern to women that Make a dierence in the life are not currently the focus of of an older or disabled adult. other advocacy or advisory Once trained, volunteers organizations. Contact: 788-3406. choose services to contribute and schedule hours at their Find the Adventures With Nature convenience. Training is & Mind Walk schedule from Morro scheduled monthly at Wilshire Bay Museum of Natural History Community Services, 285 South at: St, Ste J, SLO. Contact: 547-7025 html. x 17. Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens oers many free services: Senior Connection connecting callers with local resources; HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) one on one assistance for Medicare beneciaries, 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 www. Hospice of San Luis Obispo County provides grief counseling, group support, counseling, crisis intervention, and wellness education to those with a lifelimiting illness, their families, and the bereaved. This nonVolunteer at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art! Stop by at 1010 Broad St (Mission Plaza) or email San Luis Obispo Senior Center oers health screening, legal services, meals, exercise, bridge, and bingo at 1445 Santa Rosa St. Contact: 781-7306. 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: www.centralcoastastronomy. org. Contact: Aurora Lipper at aurora@centralcoastastronomy. org.

Every WED 11:00 am-12:00 pm: Growing With Baby, an infant feeding oce for breastfeeding mothers and their babies (010 mos), oers 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 oers Core Parenting and Enrichment classes in San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, and Los Osos. Bring your child to a parent and child activity class, or nd support and education just for parents. Cost: $74 for 10 wks, 10% o for two or more classes. Contact: 549-1222 or

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Local Resources

Alternative Education
on the Central Coast

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, Childrens 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. 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. Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Home School and Independent Study Program serves kindergarten through 8th grade. Students and parents work oneon-one with credentialed teachers, receive lesson plans, textbooks, and teachers editions for every subject. Academic classes, enrichment activities, and field trips are also offered. Contact: 769-1675. 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: Montessori Childrens School in San 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 Cooking and Gardening, and a Cooperative Preschool at CL Smith. Register through San Luis Coastal Adult School. Contact: 549-1222, 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. 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,

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