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In 2014, EPIC camp will include additional labs from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

EPIC (Engineering Possibilities in College) is a summer camp for middle and high school students (7th-12th grades) to learn about engineering and experience hands-on labs in a university atmosphere. EPIC offers an opportunity for students to explore the different types of engineering programs available

at Cal Poly and other universities. There will be three sessions of EPIC in 2014 on the Cal Poly campus in San Luis Obispo. Grade levels are based on the grade a camper will be in the fall of 2014. Students who are going to be a rising senior should attend Session 2, if possible. This session
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EPIC campers will tour the exciting Cal Poly engineering labs as well as local engineering companies, such as Diablo Canyon Power Plant, Trust Automation, The goal of EPIC is to expand the Lockheed Martin, Zurn Wilkins, College of Engineering mission Applied Materials, Melfred to K-12 students: To educate Borzall, or Next Intent. students for careers of service, leadership, and distinction in EPIC isnt all work and no play. engineering or other fields by Students will be able to meet using a participatory, learn by other students through fun activities on Cal Polys campus, doing, hands-on approach. such as bowling, rock climbing, EPIC students attend several hikes to the Cal Poly P, and lawn hands-on labs throughout the games. There is also time to week. The following Engineering listen to speakers from various Labs are offered: engineering companies, learn Aerospace, Architectural, networking skills, and play games. Biomedical, Civil, Computer, There will even be raffles to win Electrical, Environmental, free prizes throughout the week! Industrial, Manufacturing, The cost of the 2014 programs are Materials, Mechanical, and as follows. Software.

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CS Perr yess writes about words
GOOD ENOUgH TO EAT If the foods we eat have fascinating etymological tales to tell, shouldnt the labels we give our meals be similarly intriguing? The noun breakfast showed up in English in the 1400s and is a simple combination of the verb break and the noun fast. It hasnt changed in meaning over the years, and for centuries has referred to a time when we break our nightlong fast. Breakfast happens to be a tosspot word. We all know that brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch, but who knew it was a portmanteau word created by British college students in 1896? Words combined to make a new word are called portmanteau words, a term stolen from a piece of luggage designed with two compartments (apparently one for each of the two contributing words). Lunch started out as luncheon (originally spelled lunching) in the 1650s, meaning a light repast between mealtimes. Though nobody knows for sure, lunch may have come from: 1. An earlier English term meaning thick piece or hunk 2. A northern English word meaning hunk of bread or cheese 3. A Middle English term, nonechenche that translates to noon drink The word snack entered English in the 1400s, meaning the snap of a dogs jaw. By the 1550s, snack

I grew up in a blue-collar neighborhood, in which we all ate dinner. We shared the understanding that people who mistakenly called dinner supper had their snoots in the air. Followers, how did you look upon these terms in your youth?

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The stories behind the names of the things we eat can often be as delicious as the items themselves. meant a snappish remark. The Heres a random sampling from 1680s brought a new meaning for words that made their way into snack: a share, portion or part. By English during the 1700s: 1807, snack morphed to mean a mere bite or morsel to eat. Pumpernickel this dense, tasty bread is of German origin, as In the 1300s, the English borrowed is its name. Oddly, the name disner from the French in the form pumpernickel referred originally of the word dinner. Interestingly, to a coarse, dark, brutish fellow. dinner originally meant the first Etymologists argue over whether meal of the day, then moved later the first part is pumper, meaning to mean the noonday meal, and the noise of a heavy fall, or eventually came to timelessly pumpern, meaning to break wind. mean the main meal of the day. The The second part is a nickname lower and middle classes ate this for the name Nicholas, which meal near midday, but over time interestingly is also equated the upper classes commandeered with goblins, louts and rascals. the term dinner to refer to the Etymologists cant piece together meal they enjoyed after sunset. exactly how pumpernickel moved from labeling the louts or farts to Back in the 1200s, the English also labeling the bread, but given the borrowed soper (now spelled fact that paler flours tended to be supper) from the French. This reserved for the wealthy, its not word referred to the last meal of too much of a stretch to imagine the day, a meal that was seen as how any generally negative term lighter and less formal than the got applied to a distinctively dark midday dinner. Interestingly, the bread. verb sup developed independently on two separate trunks of the The sandwich, as many have heard, etymological tree. From French was named for John Montague, soper came the verb sup, to eat the the Fourth Earl of Sandwich. evening meal. At the same time, the Some claim the Earl was very fond Old High German word sufen, to of gambling so fond, he wasnt drink alcohol, grew to become the willing to put down his cards for German supen and Dutch zuipen, events as mundane as meals. So meaning to tipple. This term he simply wrapped a hunk of meat ended up in Old English meaning in a slice of bread and ate without Other to take into the mouth with the slowing the game(s). historians claim that the inaugural lips, giving us parallel growth of two completely different roots to sandwich was most likely eaten at end up with surprisingly similar the Earls desk as he addressed his many responsibilities in business meaning. and politics. In the 1600s, dessert showed up in English from the French word Welsh rabbit is actually a snub desservire, meaning clear the table. directed at the good people of So when we indulge in dessert, Wales. Typically, Welsh rabbit is were etymologically celebrating melted cheese or cream over toast the clearing of the previous course or crackers. It seems the Welsh were perceived as living on the from the table.

wrong side of the tracks. The snub suggests that melted cheese over toast was the nearest thing to rabbit the Welsh could afford. has The word chowder etymologists duking it out. Some claim it heralds from Brittany, where a form of the French word chaud, meaning hot, gave birth to the name for the pot one puts over the fire, the chaudiere, or cauldron. These etymologists claim the housewives of Brittany used the term chowder for both the pot and for what they cooked in the pot. Other etymologists stick with the same French roots for the word, but place the words birth in Newfoundland in the early Americas. When we toast someone, we typically dont raise a piece of heated bread to do so, but to some degree, our ancestors did. In a classy establishment of the 1700s, a tiny piece of spiced toast was placed in the bottom of a glass filled with ale or another beverage. When the glass was raised in honor of someone, the drinker did, indeed, raise the toast. What food names do you wonder about? What might you have to say about the origins noted above?
My thanks to sources: the OED, Etymonline, Jordan Almonds Dictionary of Word Origins, and Wordnik.
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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it much easier to navigate the their own goals. By incorporating increasingly complex investment these behaviors and attitudes into your own investment world. strategy, youll be following a As weve seen, some of the same pretty good game plan. factors that go into producing a team capable of reaching the Molly Peoples is a financial advisor at Edward in San Luis Obispo. She can be reached Super Bowl are also relevant Jones at (805) 784-9013. 2013 Edward Jones. All to investors who want to reach rights reserved. Member SIPC.

If you are a football fan (and probably even if you arent), you are aware that were closing in on the Super Bowl. This years event is unique in that its the first Super Bowl held in an outdoor, cold-weather site New Jersey, to be specific. However, the 2014 game shares many similarities to past Super Bowls in terms of what it took for the two teams to arrive at this point. Some of these same characteristics apply to successful investors. Here are a few of these shared traits:

bonds, government securities, certificates of deposit, and so on. And you can do the same. Keep in mind, however, that although diversification can help reduce the impact of volatility on your portfolio, it cant guarantee a profit or always protect against loss. Perseverance: Every team that makes it to the Super Bowl has had to overcome some type of adversity; injuries to key players, a difficult schedule, bad weather, playoff games against good opponents, etc. Successful investors have also had to overcome hurdles, such as bear markets, bad economies, political battles and changing tax laws. Through it all, these investors stay invested, follow a long-term strategy and continue to look for new opportunities, and their perseverance is often rewarded. You can follow their example by not jumping out of the market when the going looks tough and not overreacting to scary-sounding headlines.

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The female body is perfectly designed to conceive and nurture the development of a baby, and to deliver through the joyful experience of giving birth. Females of all mammal species have within them an innate knowledge of how their bodies were made to birth. When babies are born in a quiet, calm, and gentle way, it truly becomes a celebration of life, and not a dreaded event to be feared. HypnoBirthing allows women to use their natural instincts to bring about a safer, easier, and more comfortable birthing experience. Birth is a natural, normal life experience, not an illness or medical condition. For most of their lives, women are bombarded with negative stories (from family, friends, and media) about giving birth, and they are conditioned to believe that giving birth is something to fear. This conditioning can lead to the belief that excruciating pain is necessarily associated with labor and childbirth. Misinformation and horror stories about having a baby have led to an unprecedented fear of giving birth. This fear can cause a mothers body to become tense, and that tension often prevents her from easily performing the normal physiological function of birth. The result? Exactly what the mother feared most a long, painful, and disappointing birth experience.

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Local History

SLO Historic Fiction

by Guy Crabb

I finally published my first fiction book (as an eBook) and I am excited to share it with my readers. It took about 2 years to develop the characters and create a fun story that the whole family could enjoy. The title is San Luis Obispo Boys: The Christmas Float. The setting for the story is San Luis Obispo and the time frame is the late 1960s. The two main characters are Gus and Benny, who go to junior high school and love to surf, skate, work on old cars, ride bikes, and avoid the two meanest girls in town, the Fontana Girls -- Lavinia and Prudence. It was fun writing fiction using many places that I have been researching for years for my other books on downtown history. A writer normally writes about things that they know about, and I know a little about the history of San Luis Obispo. Not only have I researched the history of the town, I have also had wonderful opportunities to talk to people who have lived in San Luis Obispo for many years. Ive learned that in the 1960s and 1970s, people would dump things into the creek that would be illegal today. Way back at the turn of the century, people and businesses used the creek as a dumping area for many things. They would dump chemicals, animal parts, human waste, and general sewage into the creek

without a second thought. Over the years, the city developed laws and rules about what could be dumped into the creek. In the 1960s-1970s you could still find old tires, washing machines, wood debris, plumbing pipes, and other items that people threw in the creek because they were too lazy to take it to the local dump. I have the boys in the story going down into the creek to look for a large piece of wood for their float. They dont find any wood, but they do find something else.

front of your eyes. I have Gus and Benny make a visit to the Sno White Creamery to discuss their plans for the Christmas parade float. The boys recall a day they went to the creamery and ate way too many sweets, and Benny found out that he could only hold so much of a One of my favorite chapters good thing in his tummy. in the book is about when the boys go to the ice cream shop Another fun chapter follows the called Sno White Creamery. The boys on their hunt for that large creamery was at 888 Monterey in piece of wood for their float. They the Call building for over 20 years stop at the Firestone Tire store, from 19451965ish. A couple of which is now Firestone Grill on generations growing up in San Higuera. I remember going down Luis Obispo made Sno White a to Firestone Tire to buy a new popular spot. One picture I have set of tires when I first moved to of the Creamery shows college town. As the boys continue, their guys sitting at the counter drinking search brings them to the railroad Coke, Lyons Root Beer, and malts. station. The boys decide to rest Another picture I have seen shows under the old water tower that still the inside of the creamery, which stands at the station. The water had a painting of the seven dwarfs tower has been restored and looks from the Disney movie Snow great today, but it wasnt always White. All the dwarfs had big grins so beautiful. I had someone tell on their faces and the painting me that they would climb up the helped to make the creamery a fun water tower and ignore the no place. They had booths to sit in or trespassing signs. They knew you could sit at the counter and they would get in trouble if one of watch the ice cream wizards make the station workers saw them, and up your hot fudge sundae right in they would get chased down the tracks if they were caught. Many of us can relate to running as fast as possible to get out of trouble. Gus and Benny ended up finding a giant piece of wood for their float at the station along the tracks after a long days search. I also write about the boys going to the local walk-in theater to see a favorite spy movie. I was thinking about the old Obispo Theater as I was writing this section of the book. In the early 1970s, the Obispo was one of the most popular theaters in town. In 1975, it burned down and was soon demolished. This site was used as a parking lot for many years.

been the heart of the city. People have gathered in front of the Mission since 1772. Gus and Benny often hang around the front of the Mission sitting on the steps and watching the cars drive by. The boys could do this because you could drive on Monterey Street in front of the Mission back in those days. You could park your car in front of the Mission and go to church or shop downtown. There was also a large rose garden along the banks of the creek where a patio seating area and the flag pole is located today. Of course, the book ends with the big Holiday parade. The parade goes downtown as it has done over many years. Back in the 1960s, the city would decorate the streets with huge banners that would stretch across from one side of the street to the other side. One picture I have in my collection shows city workers putting up larger banners across Monterey Street in front of the Sinsheimer Building. Another cool picture from the 1930s shows a camel pulling a cart in the Christmas parade on Chorro Street. I have enjoyed reading about the history of San Luis Obispo, but talking to people has been an inspiration and has let me imagine what life was actually like in San Luis Obispo over many decades. What a great resource to write a short fiction book that includes a touch of the city. The Mission has always been the heart of the city, but the people bring the beat to that heart.
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Family Life

Laughter relieves tension, stress, anger, irritation, grief, and depression. Similar to crying, laughter can lower emotional barriers, and allow the release of pent-up emotions. After a hearty session of laughter, you can experience a sense of true wellbeing. Humor in love and marriage is a key element in successful and lasting relationships. In all Partners Wanted publications, a sense of humor is a prime prerequisite. One of the more reliable signs that a marriage is working is if the marriage partners can laugh together frequently. Laughter is a very rational way to deal with the totally irrational aspects of life, such as the rough spots in a marriage. It is unrealistic to think that two people can agree all the time. Most of us tend to take life far too seriously. Humor provides us with a way to put our problems into perspective, find some hope in our difficulties, and accept our human weaknesses. Laughter in relationships can help us get out of a rut, and get over some of the hurdles. Laughing together allows you to relax and enjoy one another even if you disagree on certain things. So how do you deal with some of the difficult issues? Humor is the easiest way. It can help you move from your rigid positions toward

compromise or common ground. When tensions are loosened, you can more easily achieve harmony with each other. Humor and laughter have positive physical, mental, and emotional effects on marriage partners. Research has found that people with a sense of humor report fewer and milder symptoms of physical ailments than those without. In addition to the Try not to take yourself too seriously. Do yourself a favor physical benefits, laughter can and Lighten up! You may live help us cope with emotional longer and happier. issues. Humor can ease the stress of dealing with small everyday Poke fun at each other. Find frustrations, and even lighten the out what type of humor your burden of living with serious and partner enjoys, and how far tragic issues. you can take things. It is not suggested that we all Learn to laugh in difficult times. become comedians, although We are all prone to stress, and we can certainly take some tend to lose it from time to advice from professionals in the time. Humor and laughter can entertainment world. Bob Hope make things more tolerable, once said, Laughter is an instant and can make recovery more vacation. Jay Leno has said, graceful. You cant stay mad at somebody who makes you laugh. And Bill Look for the humor around Cosby provides this nugget, If you. Share a joke heard on you can find humor in anything, the radio, a funny story in the you can survive it. newspaper, an odd personal

Zillman, D., Rockwell, S., Schweitzer, K. & Sundar, S. 1993 Does humor facilitate coping with physical discomfort? Motiv. Emot. 17, 121. (doi:10.1007/BF00995204) Birk, L. S., Tan, S. A., Fry, W. F., Napier, B. J., Lee, J. W., Hubbard, R. W., Lewis, J. E. & Eby, W. C. 1989 Neuroendocrine and stress hormone changes during mirthful laughter. Am. J. Med. Sci. 298, 390396. (doi:10.1097/00000441198912000-00006)

Always remember: The couple that laughs together, stays together! I love being married. Its so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. ~ Rita Rudner If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance. ~ George Bernard Shaw A pun is the lowest form of humor, unless you thought of it yourself.

experience, or some of your Studies show that people with a kids funny expressions. sense of humor are less likely to experience stress, burnout, or Take your humor seriously. depression. And they are more Explore what your partner likely to enjoy life, including enjoys in humor. Is it light or marriage and family. dark humor, silly newspaper Here are a few pointers to keep cartoons, TV sitcoms, stand up the humor and laughter alive in shows? Learn to enjoy some your marriage. of these together.

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If you cant make it better, you can laugh at it. ~ Erma Bombeck Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of mans superiority to all that befalls him.

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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: Iris or Violet

LanGston HuGhes Birthday (Born in 1902) national FREEDOM 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 Paso Downtown Park 12:00-2:30pm AG Village Gazebo 2:30-6:00pm Morro Bay 800 Main St

iCe Cream for BreaKfast DAY

hanK aarons birthday (Born in 1934) Disaster drill day western monarCh day babe ruths birthday (Born in 1895)

suPerbowl XlVIII national Carrot DAY

CHARLES LINDBERGHs birthday (Born in 1902) ROSA PARKs birthday (Born in 1913)

Charles diCKenS BIRTHDAY (Author born in 1812) laura inGalls wilderS BIRTHDAY (Author born in 1867)

boy sCout day (Founded in 1910)


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

umbrella DAY hersheys ChoColate founded (in 1894) toothaChe DAY

Clean out your ComPuter DAY dont Cry oVer sPilled milK DAY white t-shirt DAY national inVentors DAY abraham linColns birthday (Born in 1809) Get a different name day

Susan B. anthonys birthday (Born in 1820)

Valentines day


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


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

Presidents day (honoring Lincoln & Washington)

random aCts of Kindness DAY

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

John Glen orbited earth (In 1962) Pluto disCoVered (By Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 toothPiCK Patented (In 1872)

world thinKinG day be humble day GeorGe washinGtons Birthday (Born in 1732) loVe your Pet day

mr roGers neiGhborhood debut (In 1968)


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

Quiet DAY national tradinG Card DAY

henry wadsworth lonGfellows birthday (Born in 1807) CarniVal DAY leVi strauss birthday (Born in 1829) no brainer DAY Polar bear DAY

PubliC sleePinG day

international doG bisCuit aPPreCiation day

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Family Events
THU JAN 23-SUN MAR 9 (times vary): THE BACHELORS at Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville, 1863 Front St, Oceano. Throughout time, the heaven thats known as a bachelor pad will always be undone by the same unstoppable force a woman. Bachelorhood shattered in a mad cap, musical romp! 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://americanmelodrama. com. SAT JAN 25-SUN FEB2 (times 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:// at 1255 Monterey St, Suite C, San Luis Obispo. San Luis Oriental Market presents 20th annual Lion Dance. Cost: free. Contact: 5448599 SUN FEB 2 12:00-3:00 pm: MARTIN LUTHER KING SCHOLARSHIP BARBECUE at Elks Club, 222 Elks Lane, San Luis Obispo. Join friends at the round tables or enjoy great take-out for Super Bowl Sunday. Meals include: BBQ chicken, baked beans, potato salad, and garlic bread. Cost: $10. Contact: MON FEB 3 at 7:00 pm: AFRICAN CHILDRENS CHOIR at Hillside Church, 1935 Newport Ave, Grover Beach. The program features well-loved childrens songs, traditional spirituals, and gospel favorites. Cost: free, donations accepted. Contact:

WED FEB 5 & THU FEB 6 at 7:30 pm: CIRQUE ELOIZE: CIRKOPOLIS at Cohan Center, Cal Poly PAC, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. This breathtaking spectacle combines the worlds of circus, dance, and JAN 31-FEB 8 (times vary): theater. Cost: $30-58. Contact: ORCHESIS PRESENTS VITALITY 756-4849 or at Spanos Theatre, Cal Poly PAC, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. THU FEB 6 at 7:00 pm: CELTIC Orchesis Dance Company NIGHTS at Clark Center, 487 presents its annual showcase. Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande. Cost: $12-20. Contact: 756-4849 This unique show features the finest voices of the Celtic world or showcased against a thundering SAT FEB 1 1:00-3:00 pm: Saturday backdrop of expert dancing Cost: $35at the Childrens Garden KIDS and musicianship. GARDEN PARTY at San Luis Obispo 46. Contact: 489-9444 or http:// Botanical Garden, . Enjoy a hands- on learning experience for the whole family! Learn gardening SAT FEB 8 9:00 am-2:00 pm: MINI essentials and have fun. Cost: $5. BOOK SALE at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades. The Friends of Contact: Los Osos Library will sponsor this SAT FEB 1 at 5:45 pm: BROWN BAG family event featuring all kinds MOVIE NIGHT at Los Osos Library, of books (weather permitting). 2075 Palisades Ave. Pack your Contact: 528-1862. dinner and enjoy a film adaptation of J K Rowlings Harry Potter and SAT FEB 8 2:00-3:00 pm: the Prisoner of Azkaban (PG). VALENTINE ACCORDION BOOK Cost: free, including popcorn! CLASS at Studios on the Park, 1130 Pine St, Paso Robles. Childrens Contact: 528-1862. book author and fiber artist Beryl SUN FEB 2 11:00 am: LION DANCE Reichenberg will teach kids to celebrating the Year of the Horse make a folded book. Cost: $5.

Contact: 238-9800. SAT FEB 8 at 3:00 pm: CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION at Volumes of Pleasure Bookshoppe, 1016 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos. Bring the whole family to this 11th annual event. The Cal Poly Lion Dance Team will ring in the year of the Wood Horse. Cost: free. Contact: 528-5565.

SAT FEB 8 6:00-8:30 pm: FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE at Pismo Beach Veterans Hall, 780 Bello St. Pre-registration required by JAN 31. Cost: $25 per pair. Contact: FEB 13-MAR 2 (days & times vary): 773-7063. HAMLET at Marian Theatre, 800 S. College Dr, Santa Maria. PCPA SAT FEB 8 at 8:00 pm: Moscow performs The Tragedy of Hamlet, Festival Ballet performs GISELLE the Prince of Denmark. Cost: at Cohan Center, Cal Poly PAC, 1 $29.50-37.50. Contact: 922-8313 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy or a full-scale production of Adolph Adams romantic, sweeping ballet FRI FEB 14 2:00-5:00 pm: masterpiece. Direct from Russia VALENTINES DAY PROJECT at and featuring 50+ performers, Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades the Moscow Festival Ballet Ave. Create a lovely craft for your brings together elements of the Valentine. Cost: free. Contact: great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet 528-1862. companies. Cost: $30-66. FEB 14-MAR 22 (days & times vary):

SUN FEB 9 at 7:00 pm: JOSHUA BELL at Cohan Center, Cal Poly PAC, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Violinist Joshua Bell performs with celebrated pianist Sam Haywood, offering a program that includes Tartinis Violin Sonata in G minor, Op. 1, No. 10 Devils Trill Sonata; Beethovens Violin Sonata No. 10, Op. 96; Stravinskys Divertimento for Violin and Piano (after The Fairys Kiss); and Tchaikovskys Valse-Scherzo, Op. 34. Cost: $3590. Contact: 756-4849 or http://

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blues legend, and a rising roots music star join forces for one incredibly powerful night. Cost: $32-59. Contact: 756-4849 or Center welcomes families at 867 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach. Cost: $2 kids, $3 adults. Contact: 4731421 or http://explorationstation. org. 2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00 Grief Support Group at Central Recurring Events pm: Coast Hospice, 253 Granada Dr, & Resources Ste D, San Luis Obispo. This free group is for anyone suffering the loss of a loved one who is in need FEB-MAR: ELEPHANT SEALS at of support. Contact: 540-6020. Piedras Blancas Rookery, Hwy 1, 7 miles north of San Simeon. Now 2nd SAT of every month FEBthrough early March, approx. NOV at 9:00 am: Santa Maria 17,000 elephant seals will come Recreation and Parks Dept offers to the Piedras Blancas Rookery free docent-led nature walks in for breeding, birthing, and Los Flores Ranch, 6271 Dominion molting. Bring the family to enjoy Rd, Santa Maria. Contact: 925this amazing natural spectacle. 0951 x 263. The viewing area is accessible during daylight hours. Cost: free. 2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00 Contact: pm: Caregiver Support Group at Cayucos Community Church, Every SAT FEB 1-APR 5 10:00 amOcean Ave & S 3rd St. Free 3:30 pm: Free Tax Preparation support for caregivers and family Assistance at Paso Robles City members dealing with long-term Library, 1000 Spring St. Starting illness, memory loss, dementia, MON JAN 13: Call the library and Alzheimers. Contact: 458to schedule an appointment. 7484. Seniors and low-to-moderateincome residents are offered free one-hour appointments with Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm: AARP representatives. At the Remain Independent Despite Reference Desk, the Library will Vision Loss at Santa Maria Terrace, also assist citizens looking for 1405 E Main St. New ways of tax forms. Contact: 237-3870 or doing daily tasks are taught by the Braille Institute, such as managing the home, traveling, and use of talking library books. Contact: Daily NOV 1 - FEB 28 10:00 am462-1225. 4:00 pm: Monarch Butterfly Talks at Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove, Hwy 1, Pismo 2nd & 4th MON every month Beach. 11:00 am and 2:00 pm at 6:30 pm: MOPS (Mothers of daily: docent talks. Cost: free Preschoolers) meet at Pacific admission and parking. Contact: Christian Church, 3435 Santa or Maria Way, Santa Maria. Childcare is provided. Contact: 934-3491 or 800 443-7778. 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 Ave. Health services, including Every WED 5:45-7:00 pm: Play at reproductive health, in a safe Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades. environment with staff trained Ages 7-15. Contact: 528-1862. to screen, assess, and to provide intervention. Appointments are Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & preferred. Contact: 489-4026. SAT 11:00 am-5:00 pm: Exploration Stations Interactive Science

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MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET at Pewter Plough Playhouse, 824 Main St, Cambria. Enjoy this comedy production about a close-knit Catholic family. Cost: $16-21. Contact: 927-2877 or http://pewterploughplayhouse. org.

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and prizes are included. Arrive early for best seating. Besides refreshments there will be. Cost: $12 ticket. Contact: 238-4103. SUN FEB 23 11:00 am-12:00 pm: SUNDAY WITH A BOTANIST Gardening From the Ground Up at San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd, SLO. Join Marlene Simon, staff horticulturalist from the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory, at this interactive presentation on all things Mediterranean gardening. Be prepared to ask questions. Cost: $5-10. Contact:

SAT FEB 15 11:00 am-4:00 pm: ENERGY BALANCING SESSIONS at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center Auditorium, 1010 Murray Ave, San Luis Obispo. Look for Global Alliance signs. Free 25 minute sessions are for all ages. No appointment necessary. Contact: FEB 27-MAR 2 (days, times, & or 438-4347. venues vary): 2014 SLO COMEDY SAT FEB 15 at 7:00 pm: Americas FESTIVAL. The festival takes place Funniest VALENTINE COMEDY in nine fantastic venues, hosting EVENT at Pavilion on the Lake, 48 carefully selected comedians 9315 Pismo Ave, Atascadero. from all over the world. Contact: Perfect for date night! BIG Laughs 6th annual show stars Americas Funniest Cop Mike FEB 27-MAR 8 (days, times & Mancini, Americas Funniest Mom costs vary): AS YOU LIKE IT at Stephanie Blum, Comedy Rocker Spanos Theatre, Cal Poly PAC, 1 Mark Eddie, and host Lizette Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Josh Mizelle (seen on Showtime, Machamer directs Shakespeares The Tonight Show, and Comedy As You Like It. Contact: 756-4849 Central). Beer, wine, appetizers, or and desserts available for purchase. Red carpet photos. THU FEB 27 at 11:00 am: CAL Cost: $30 pre-sale, $35 at the POLY STUDENT INSTRUMENTAL door (discount for military and RECITAL at Davidson Music peace officers). Contact: www. Center, Room 218, Cal Poly, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. or 712-0400. Cost: free. Contact: http://music. SUN FEB 16 at 7:00 pm: THE QUIET MAN at Park Cinemas, 1100 Pine St, Paso Robles. Enjoy this 1952 THU FEB 27 at 7:30 pm: ELVIN classic film with John Wayne and BISHOP, JAMES COTTON, & PAUL Maureen OHara on the big screen THORN at at Cohan Center, Cal once again! Popcorn and soda Poly PAC, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Hear what happens or champagne and chocolates, Obispo. when a blues/rock icon, a living

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Local Resources
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: blood pressure, pulse, weight, total cholesterol, screening for anemia, diabetes, and fecal blood, nutritional counseling, and medical referrals. Contact: 4812692 or 788-0827. 1st WED every month at 12:00 pm: Disabled American Veterans luncheon at Veterans Memorial Bldg, 313 W. Tunnell St, Santa Maria. Contact: 345-0402. Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm: Widowed Support Group at New Life Church, 990 James Way, Rm 14, Pismo Beach. Arrive 10 min early for 1st meeting. Offered by Hospice of SLO Co. Contact: 5442266 or 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: 5449313 to register. 4th TUE every month at 5:30 pm: Legal Clinic for Self-Represented Litigants at the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse Law Library, 1050 Monterey St in SLO, #125. SLO County Bar Assn Family Law Section & Womens Community Center provide one-on-one legal advice for persons filing divorces w/o an attorney, and a document preparer to assist in completing court-required forms. Min. $40.00 donation. Limit: 12 participants. Contact: 544-9313.

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 and Education Programs; and Womens Empowerment and Self Defense Workshops. Contact: 545-8888 or RISE (formerly Sexual Assault 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. 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 Literacy Council for San Luis Obispo County has an ongoing and urgent need for volunteer tutors and offers free training in SLO. Contact: 541-4219 or www.

1st THU every month at 6:15 pm: Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED Commission on the Status of 3:00-5:00 pm: Jacks Adaptive Toy Women meets at Coast National Lending Library - Jacks Helping Bank, 500 Marsh St, San Luis Hand at Central Coast Gymnastics, 21 Zaca Lane, #100 in San Luis Obispo. Traditional and adaptive toys for children with all types of disabilities to check out. In-home appointments also available. Cost-Free! Contact: 547-1914 or Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI 4:00-7:00 pm: Jacks Adaptive Toy Lending Library - Jacks Helping Hand at Pats Place in Nipomo Recreation Community Rm, 671 W Tefft St, Ste 2, Nipomo. Toys for children with all types of disabilities to check out. In-home appointments also available. Cost-Free! Contact: 547-1914 or

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Local Resources
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 schedules, weather updates, and resources: www.centralcoastastronomy. org. Contact: Aurora Lipper at aurora@centralcoastastronomy. org. Every WED 11:00 am-12:00 pm: Growing With Baby, an infant feeding office for breastfeeding mothers and their babies (010 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.

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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. Morro Bay Museum of Natural History offers Adventures With Nature & Mind Walks: www. 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

Parent Participation Program offers 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 find support and education just for parents. Cost: Hospice of San Luis Obispo $74 for 10 wks, 10% off for two or County provides grief counseling, more classes. Contact: 549-1222 group support, counseling, San Luis Coastal Adult Schools or crisis intervention, and wellness education to those with a lifelimiting illness, their families, and the bereaved. This nonprofit agency supports the community in coping with loss and promoting healing with free counseling, community education and volunteer support to those grieving a death or dealing with potential end-of-life issues. Offices in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. Contact: 544-2266. Life magnetized containers with medical information; a Senior Resource Directory for SLO and SB counties, and much more. Contact: 925-9554 or www. 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

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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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