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Project Surf Camp is a nonprofit organization designed to educate individuals with special needs. Their mission is to build self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-efficacy. They provide opportunities to build social skills, improve physical fitness, develop healthy outlets for stress reduction, and foster

independence. Outcomes are achieved through the modality of surf instruction and/or beach and aquatic activities. While great strides have been made in recent years to increase access to goods and services for special needs individuals, opportunities for leisure or

recreational activities are often and caravan to Morro Rock Beach together. Wetsuit sizing and still difficult to access. needs assessments are conducted Sometimes we forget, especially first thing. living on the coast, that not everyone has experienced the To keep costs minimal for ocean. One group in particular participants in the four-hour day that has been deprived of such camp, a volunteer staff provides In a privilege is those persons with one-to-one instruction. disabilities. Project Surf Camp addition, unlike similar camps, introduces people to the water, part of their focus is also on As a who would otherwise never specialist intervention. result, camp participants also receive such an opportunity. receive consultation, feedback, Summer surf camps are planned and support from three paid for July and August, and are specialists. split into half day sessions of 4-hours. The focus is on specialist Camper fees are minimal with intervention. As a result, camp one quarter of the annual budget from participant participants receive consultation, generated enrollment fees. The remainder feedback, and support from three of the budget is funded through paid specialists. private solicitations, grants, Camps are held at Morro Rock and fundraisers and camp Beach near the Morro Creek sponsorships. outlet. Participants gather first at Coleman Park on the Project Surf Camp depends on Embarcadero (along the Harbor volunteers, including individuals, Walk, south-east of Morro Rock) groups, clubs, or bus inesses. All

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are welcome to be part of the fun! To help to make each camp a success, a minimum of ten volunteers are needed per camp. Volunteers act as one-to-one instructors. Surfing experience is recommended, but not required. Wetsuits are available. Specialists provide an orientation and teach surf camp volunteers everything they need to know to work with campers in and out of the water. After each camp session, volunteers join in for lunch and surf camp awards. Service organizations, school groups, youth groups, and clubs are welcome to participate as volunteers. To learn more, visit or call (805) 235-1157.

Project Surf Camp, a 501(c)(3) taxexempt charitable organization, relies on donors, supporters, and volunteers to operate. A minimum of 75% of the camp operational budget depends on gifts and donations from the community. Donations can be made online through PayPal, or by check payable to Project Surf Camp and mailed to: Project Surf Camp, 1383 Bolton Drive, Morro Bay, CA 93442. For more information about Project Surf Camp including scamp chedules for 2014, visit and be sure to Like their page on facebook.

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Library Voice

March In
by Kristen Barnhart

First of all, drop everything and check out this years Newbery Award winning book Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by K. G. Campbell. Ill wait right here until you get back with itDo you have it? OK, turn it over and look at the back cover: everyone is right there! From the near tragic beginning, a vacuum, the gift of from a well-meaning husband to his poet-souled wife, sucks up an unsuspecting squirrel (as if a vacuum as a gift wasnt tragic enough!), to first love, wise friends, and the beginning of parental understanding, this book has it all.

of Winn-Dixie, which was a Newbery Honor book, and The Tale of Despereaux, another Newbery first place, and other titles that are all uniquely wonderful. Now onto Library happenings. The San Luis City Library is finishing up our Animals Alive @ the SLO Library program this month. This series of live animal programs coupled with family reading logs, with which families can earn a day pass to either the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero or Central Coast Aquarium in Avila Beach has been brought to us by another generous grant from the Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust. There is still plenty of time to pick up a reading log at the childrens desk and have it completed by March 29th. Sunshine the Hawk will be visiting us during Spring Break on Wednesday, March 26th at 10:30 am, and another spectacular double visit from Zoo to You, Where Animals Call Home on Saturday, March 29th at 10:30 am and again at 2:00 pm will be the grand finale in the Community Room in San Luis Obispo Library at 995 Palm Street. These free programs are a wonderful way to share the richness of our beautiful areas natural resources. Dont forget that the first hour is free in the parking structure right next

Oh, did I mention that the squirrel Ulysses becomes a superhero, and that there are amazing illustrations? Yes, this is the same author of Because

door on the corner of Palm and you are a sponsor of a child or school without books, you can Morro Streets! ship them off around the world But wait, theres more! Mark and bring the joy of reading and your calendars, because March a smile to those less affluent. is the magical month of the This is a guaranteed good San Luis Obispo Friends of the time for all book lovers. Wear Library BOOK SALE! Because we comfy shoes, bring a friend, are bursting at the seams here and hydrate, because this is a in the Childrens Library, we marathon experience! have had to be ruthless weeders again this year, ruthless I tell Yes, the San Luis Obispo Library you, and not without whining is a happening place this month, on my part: But I Really Love but dont limit your experience to just this one branch! There is this book! a new Library in Cambria to visit, Our loss is your treasure trove right across from the Vets Hall of fabulous books for the whole on Main St, check it out between family. Fiction, Picture Books, visiting the elephant seals in Non-Fiction, DVDs, Biographies San Simeon and a enjoying tasty and much more will be laid out treat in one of the many North for your pleasure. Become a Coast cafs. There are some member of the Friends and you awesome changes coming up in can get started a day early on the Nipomo Library, and every Thursday, March 6th at 6:00 library has great opportunities pm. You can even join that very for fun. evening. Make sure to like us on Facebook The Book Sale takes place at (San Luis County Library) and the San Luis Obispo Veterans check our website (slolibrary. Memorial Hall on Grand at org or regularly Monterey on Thursday 6:00 to to stay in the know with your 9:00 pm (for members ONLY), library! Friday, March 7th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and winds up on Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Three rollicking funfilled days to get all the gaps in your home library filled. Homeschoolers will think they died and woke up in heaven Kristen Barnhart has been telling stories, when they can buy the books recommending books, and stamping little for over 34 years throughout SLO they need longer than the three hands County. She is currently a Youth Services renewals that the library offers. Librarian at the San Luis Obispo Library. Favorite books that may have Libraries will get you through never been bought or have been times with no money, better than lost or loaned out can now come money will get you through times with no Libraries! and live on your bookshelves. If
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For example, if you find yourself constantly dipping into your long-term investments to pay for short-term needs, you probably dont have enough by Molly Peoples money in savings. On the other hand, if you consistently find yourself with large sums in your savings account even after youve paid all your bills, you might be sitting on too much cash, which means you should consider moving some of this Ultimately, the question isnt money into investments with whether you should save or growth potential. invest; you need to do both. But you do need to decide how much Saving and investing thats a of your financial resources to winning combination. devote toward savings and how much toward investments. By Molly Peoples is a financial advisor at Edward in San Luis Obispo. She can be reached Its a good thing to have some quite simply, investments paying close attention to your Jones at (805) 784-9013. 2013 Edward Jones. All savings. When you put the can grow and you will need cash flow, you should be able rights reserved. Member SIPC. money in a low-risk account, this growth potential to help you can be pretty sure it will be achieve your objectives. readily available when you need it. Nonetheless, saving is not To illustrate the difference investing, and knowing the between saving and investing, difference could pay off for you lets do a quick comparison. far into the future. Suppose you put $200 per month into a savings account Think about it this way: Saving that paid hypothetical 3 percent is for today, while investing is interest (which is actually higher for tomorrow. than the rates typically being paid today). After 30 years, you You need your savings to pay would have accumulated about for your daily expenses, such $106,000, assuming you were as groceries, and your monthly in the 25 percent federal tax bills (mortgage, utilities, and bracket. Now, suppose you put so on). In fact, you might even that same $200 per month in a want your savings to include tax-deferred investment that an emergency fund containing hypothetically earned 7 percent six to 12 months worth of living a year. At the end of 30 years, expenses to pay for unexpected you would end up with about costs, such as a new furnace or $243,000. (Keep in mind that you would have to pay taxes a major car repair. on withdrawals. Hypotheticals These are all here and now do not include any transaction expenses, and you could use costs or fees.) your savings to pay for them. enormous disparity But in thinking of your long- This between the amounts term goals, such as college for your children and a comfortable accumulated in the two retirement for yourself, most accounts clearly shows the individuals typically cant simply difference between saving rely on their savings theyll and investing. Still, you might need to invest. Why? Because, be thinking that investing is

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risky, while savings accounts carry much less risk. And it is certainly true that investing does involve risks. Investments can lose value, and theres no guarantee that losses will be recovered. Nonetheless, if you put all your money in savings, youre actually incurring an even bigger risk the risk of not achieving your financial goals. In fact, a low-rate savings account might not even keep up with inflation, which means that, over time, you will lose purchasing power.

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Health & Safety

Baby Sleep
Every living creature needs to sleep. It is the primary activity of the brain during early development. Circadian rhythms, or the sleep-wake cycle, are regulated by light and dark and these rhythms take time to develop, resulting in the irregular sleep schedules of newborns. The rhythms begin to develop at about six weeks, and by three to six months most infants have a regular sleep-wake cycle. By the age of two, most children have spent more time asleep than awake and overall, a child will spend 40 percent of his or her childhood asleep. Sleep is especially important for children as it directly impacts mental and physical development. may last a few minutes to several hours. During sleep, they are often active, twitching their arms and legs, smiling, sucking and generally appearing restless. Newborns express their need to sleep in different ways. Some fuss, cry, rub their eyes or indicate this need with gestures. It is best to put babies to bed when they are sleepy, but not asleep. They are more likely to fall asleep quickly and eventually learn how to get themselves to sleep. Newborns can be encouraged to sleep less during the day by exposing them to light and noise, and by playing more with them in the daytime. As evening approaches, the environment can be quieter and dimmer with less activity.

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Create a consistent and enjoyable bedtime routine. Establish a regular sleep friendly environment. Encourage baby to fall asleep independently and to become a self-soother. For more information, visit: www.

There are two alternating types Sleep Tips for Newborns Develop regular daytime and Excerpted with permission. 2013 National or states of sleep: bedtime schedules. Sleep Foundation., All rights reserved. Observe babys sleep patterns Non-Rapid Eye Movement and identify signs of sleepiness. (NREM) or quiet sleep. During the deep states of NREM sleep, Put baby in the crib when blood supply to the muscles is drowsy, not asleep. increased, energy is restored, tissue growth and repair occur, Place baby to sleep on his/her Music Lessons for All Ages back with face and head clear of and important hormones blankets and other soft items. are released for growth and Piano, Guitar, Voice, development. Winds, Brass, Percussion Encourage nighttime sleep. Rapid Eye Movement (REM) or active sleep. During REM sleep, our brains are active and dreaming occurs. Our bodies become immobile, breathing and heart rates are irregular. Sleep and Infants (3-11 months) By six months of age, nighttime feedings are usually not necessary and many infants sleep through the night; 70-80 percent will do so by nine months of age. Infants typically sleep 9-12 hours during the night and take 30 minute to two-hour naps, one to four times a day; fewer as they reach age one. When infants are put to bed drowsy but not asleep, they are more likely to become selfsoothers which enables them to fall asleep independently at bedtime and put themselves back to sleep during the night. Those who have become accustomed to parental assistance at bedtime often become signalers and cry for their parents to help them return to sleep during the night.


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Local History

Morro Bay Stacks

by Guy Crabb

The ocean water would be used to cool down the giant turbine generators and the location was great for oil tankers to unload fuel to turn the generators. Morro Bay has many beautiful areas to visit and several different landmarks that can be recognized by ground, air, and sea. The landmark that made headlines in the month of February includes those three stacks that have been part of the horizon for well over 50 years. Dynegy officially shut down the Morro Bay power plant on February 4, 2014. Some people are sad and some have been waiting for years to see the stacks taken down. I taught in Morro Bay for many years and the stacks were part of the scenery on my drive to work. I would take students on a walking field trip down to the Rock from Morro Elementary and the kids would always stare up at the stacks and someone would inevitably wonder out loud about the height of the stacks. The Several different kinds of stacks are about 450 feet tall, just buildings were built on the 140 acres of land. One building was in case you were wondering. the power house that would hold Several years ago, I was lucky the two giant generators. I have enough to buy a personal seen several great pictures of the collection of photos that were generators being towed to the taken in 1953, when construction location. The History Center in of the power plant was well San Luis Obispo has many great underway. The story of the power pictures and stories chronicling plant really started back in 1949, the trip to Morro Bay. when San Luis Obispo County bought the area that was once a The story I enjoy the most is about Navy base. Yes, believe it or not, the crew of about 60 men who Morro Bay once had a Naval Base were working to lay down large during World War II (but thats wooden planks that were about another story). The area that the 20 feet long, 12 inches wide, and 3 county purchased was divided inches thick in front of the trucks into sections, and Pacific Gas and that were towing the generators. Electric bought a portion of land The trucks rode over the planks where the power plant would be and men would lift the planks built. The area was about 140 with cranes as and bring them to acres and it was a perfect site the front of the truck. The truck to build a steam electric plant. would move forward, and they would repeat the process. That continued for days until they finally got them down to the site. By the end, the planks were almost in splinters from the weight of the generators driving across them many, many times. The workers had to do this for about nine miles from the highway to the bay, which took about eight days.

the electricity to customers. The power plant started with just one huge 450 foot stack. The other two stacks were added as the power plant expanded. Many people were hired to work for the Bechtel Corporation, who had the contract to build the plant. There are still people in Morro Bay who remember working on the power plant. Bechtel even hired fishermen to build frames on their boats to do sounding checks in the bay to discover the depth of all areas of the bay. One of the best pictures I have is taken from the top of Morro Rock and shows the construction in full swing. I am happy to share several other pictures that show workers and construction underway.

The citizens of Morro Bay are now wondering what to do with the closed plant. I will offer two ideas. One idea is to create a park with a world-class aquarium, like in Monterey. The other idea is to develop a desalinization plant using the equipment already in the ground. My pictures show that there is a lot of building that is underground and possibly could be converted to provide fresh water for our county. I would rather have a world-class aquarium, but we sure could use the water. Arent we lucky to live in an area where you can drive a few miles and visit a great place There was also a seawater intake like Morro Bay? building that sucked in water from the ocean and an area that would discharge water back into Guy Crabb teaches at Charles E. Teach School in San Luis Obispo. He the bay. There were fuel tanks, Elementary graduated from Cal Poly SLO and has been a boiler furnace that was 139 teaching for 28 years. Guy was a Teacher of feet high, marine fuel line areas, the Year in 2006 and currently teaches at a National Blue Ribbon School. Reach him at and a switchyard, which sent

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If you suspect that your child has a learning disability (LD), dont despair. With early recognition and targeted intervention, children with LD can achieve as well as other children do. Students whose LD is identified and addressed in elementary school may have the best chance at academic success, but it is never too late.

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youve had with school personnel and other professionals. Through this process youll start to develop a keen awareness of your childs ability to learn, study, do homework and finish the tasks that are assigned. Share Your Concerns: Explain to your childs teacher what youre concerned about, and ask what shes observed in your childs academic performance and interactions with peers. Together you may come up with strategies to try in the classroom and at home to support your childs learning and behavior needs. Honest and open communication, together with some creative thinking and flexibility in planning, can go a long way toward discovering how best to address your childs unique needs. Working closely with you, the teacher can help you identify available school resources and methods to pinpoint and address your childs special needs.


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Fortunately, not every child who struggles in school has a learning disability. For example, common reasons for reading problems in young children are insufficient reading practice and a lack of background knowledge. This type of learning difficulty can often be remediated without the need for special education services. However, its critical that you are proactive about your childs learning difficulties. The sooner you address your childs struggles, the sooner he or she can receive appropriate support.

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diagnostic testing. Depending on the school, such a team might be called a student study team, teacher assistance team, or child study team. Another common approach is a research-based method known as Response to Intervention (RTI). RTI is a way to help all students succeed, including struggling learners. Teachers provide interventions as soon as students show signs of difficulties. When students are allowed to fail, they get further and further behind, making it more and more difficult to get them back on grade level. By helping students early, schools can keep every student on grade level and on track to graduate. The manner in which states and school districts implement RTI varies greatly, so be sure to check with your state or local school district for additional information about RTI in your childs school. Note: The RTI process is sometimes called Responsiveness to Intervention or Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS) depending on the state or school district. Formal Educational Evaluation: After a pre-referral or RTI approach has been used, you and/or your childs school may decide that more information is needed to understand how best to meet your childs needs. If so, a comprehensive educational

evaluation can be conducted. A formal evaluation can include: Parent and child interviews Direct classroom observation Review of a childs educational and medical history A series of tests that help identify a childs strengths and weaknesses Information gathering with teachers and professionals who work with a child Public schools administer this type of evaluation at no charge to its students and to children who live in the district, whether or not they attend a public school. Either you or your childs school can request such an evaluation, but it can only be conducted with a parents written consent. If your child attends a private school, you may need to hire and pay for a private evaluator, but talk to your school administrator to learn what options are available through the school. Special education services (as defined by federal law) are neither required nor funded at private schools. The second part of this article (addressing your legal rights and procedures to help students with LD) will be published next month. For more information about LD, visit
Excerpted with permission. 2014 The National Center for Learning Disabilities Inc.

Pinpoint Learning Problems: Before referring a student for a formal special education evaluation, many schools try alternative methods to pinpoint and address a students learning problems. If you feel your child is Collect Information: Gathering struggling in school, speak up and and organizing information request that the school consider about your childs academic one of the following approaches. development will help you monitor An approach that is often used progress over time. (Because to help struggling students is having LD can also affect a childs pre-referral intervention. In this social skills, make notes about approach, a team made up of his relationships and friendships teachers, a school psychologist, as well.) To track the patterns of and other school personnel is your childs development, mark established to brainstorm and the dates of the notes you keep. suggest educational procedures In addition to keeping your own and practices that a students notes, be sure to maintain a file teacher might implement to of all school-generated reports, help that child in his or her including standardized test regular education classroom. If results, report cards, progress the teacher uses the suggested and they are reports and written comments procedures from teachers. Also keep a record successful, the child may not of what you observe at different need to be referred for special stages as well as discussions education or go through formal Here are important steps you can take to work with teachers and other professionals to find out if your child has LD and ensure that he or she gets the necessary help to succeed in school.

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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

read aCross ameriCa DAY

mardi Gras

Da VinCi invented the ParaChute (in 1485)

dentist day MiCheLanGeLos birthday (Born in 1475))

Dr. Seuss Birthday (Born in 1904)

(Star Spangled Banner adopted in 1931)

nationaL anthem DAY

If you cant explain it simply, you dont understand it well enough.

~ Albert Einstein



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


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

Barbies birthday (Introduced in 1959)

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


dayLiGht savinG time beGins

first PaPer money issued (In 1862)

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

no smoKinG DAY first basKetbaLL Game (In 1892) JOHNNY APPLESEED day

Good samaritan day uranus disCovered (By William Herschel in 1781)

nationaL QuiLtinG day ides of marCh aLbert einsteins Birthday (Born in 1879) NationaL Pi Day

GirL sCout day (Founded in 1912)

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

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

everythinG you do is riGht Day freedom of information Day St. PatriCKs day

1st waLK in sPaCe (In 1965) first day of sPrinG! nationaL teenaGers day sinGLe Parents day ChiLdrens Poetry day

nationaL Goof off day nationaL sinG out day

submarine DAY

swaLLows return day


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


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

toast day

harry houdinis Birthday (Born in 1874)

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


INTERNATIONAL WAFFLE DAY PanCaKes 1st made (In New York City in 1882)

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

doCtors day

1st maP of the usa PubLished

nationaL Joe day (Everyone can be called Joe)

See Family Events & Local Resources on pages 18-21

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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:// 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://

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THU FEB 27 at 5:30 pm: 6th ANNUAL CULINARY CARNIVAL TO FUND HOMELESS SERVICES at Embassy Suites Hotel, 333 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo. Enjoy a gala fundraiser for the Prado Day Center with gourmet appetizers, wine and beer tasting, and New Orleans Second Line music from Crustacea Jazz Band, and a silent auction. Cost: $60. THU FEB 13-SUN MAR 2 (days & Contact: 595-2526. times vary): HAMLET at Marian Theatre, 800 S. College Dr, THU FEB 27-SUN MAR 2 (days, Santa Maria. PCPA performs times, & venues vary): 2014 SLO The Tragedy of Hamlet, the COMEDY FESTIVAL. The festival Prince of Denmark. Cost: takes place in nine fantastic $29.50-37.50. Contact: 922-8313 venues, hosting 48 carefully or selected comedians from all over the world. Contact: http:// FRI FEB 14-SUN MAR 16 (times vary): SOME ENCHANTED EVENING: THE SONGS OF THU FEB 27-SAT MAR 8 (times RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN vary): AS YOU LIKE IT at Alex and at SLO Little Theatre, 888 Faye Spanos Theatre, 1 Grand Morro St. Cost: $35. Contact: Ave, SLO. Josh Machamer or 786- directs Shakespeares As You 2440. Like It at Cal Poly. Cost: varies. Contact: or 756FRI FEB 14-SAT MAR 22 (days & 4849. times vary): MIRACLE ON SOUTH THU FEB 27-SUN MAR 23 (times vary): PCPA THEATERFEST at Severson Theatre, Allan Hancock College, 800 S College, Santa Maria. PCPA presents its production of Spring Awakening. Cost: $30For Wildlife in Distress 38. Contact: or 9228313.

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at Santa Maria Fairpark. This walk, titled Taking Back the City, starts at the corner of Broadway and Cook Streets and continues at the Santa Maria Fairpark. Cost: free. Contact: SAT MAR 1 at 1:00-3:00 pm: KIDS GARDEN PARTY at SLO Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd. A hands-on learning experience for the whole family in the Childrens Garden. Cost: free. Contact: 541-1400. SUN MAR 2 at 11:00 am-3:00 pm: WEDDING AND SPECIAL EVENTS EXPO at Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, 1103 Spring St. Photographers, caterers, jewelers, venues, and more. Cost: free. Contact: 238-4103. WED MAR 5-SUN MAR 9 (times vary): 20th Annual SLO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL at various locations. Experience movie magic with five days of the worlds best independent films and documentaries. Cost: $50-250. Contact: or 5463456. THU MAR 6-SAT MAR 8 (times vary): San Luis Obispo Friends of the Library BOOK SALE at San Luis Obispo Veterans Memorial Hall on Grand at Monterey. Peruse hundreds of books for readers of all ages. THU 6:009:00 pm: FOL Members Only, FRI 10:00 am-5:00 pm, and SAT 9:00 am-2:00 pm. Contact:

805 259.5239 SAT MAR 8-SUN MAR 9 at 9:00 am-5:00 pm: CAYUCOS SEA GLASS FESTIVAL at Shoreline Inn, 10 Cayucos Dr. Cost: $5-15. Contact: or 995-3681. SAT MAR 8 at 8:00 pm: OUT OF THIS WORLD - CLASSICS 4 at the Cohan Center, Cal Poly PAC, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo. Your intergalactic evening will begin with Claude Debussys beautiful symphonic triptych for orchestra, Nocturnes. An epic masterwork, Holsts The Planets has engaged the imaginations of music, astrology, and astronomy lovers for nearly a century. Cost: $20-75. Contact: MON MAR 10 at 7:30: WEST SIDE STORY at the Christopher Cohan Center, Cal Poly PAC, 1 Grand Ave, SLO. This revival of one of Broadways greatest love stories will be performed and accompanied by a pre-show lecture. Cost: $48-88. Contact: or 756-4849. FRI MAR 14-SUN MAR 16 (times vary): TASTE OF SOLVANG in Downtown Solvang, Mission Dr. Enjoy live jazz and the best sweets of Solvang, a grand tasting, a four-course, winepaired dinner with Chef Budi, and beer and wine walk. Cost: varies. Contact: 709-2221.

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FRI FEB 28-SUN MAR 9 (times vary): GUYS AND DOLLS at Mission College Prep High School, 682 Palm St, SLO. Cost: $7-10. Contact: missionprep. org or 543-2131. SAT MAR 1 9:00 am-2:00 pm: 1st ANNUAL PRAYER WALK

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Family Events
Womens Ensemble Singtime in Paris at Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center, Hwy 1, San Luis Obispo. This spring concert features music from the City of Light spanning five centuries. Cost: $10-20. Contact: 542-0506. 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: SAT MAR 29 at 10:30 am & 2:00 237-3870 or pm: ZOO TO YOU presents library. Where Animals Call Home in the Community Room at Last FRI every month at 6:00 San Luis Obispo Library, 995 pm: Family Fun Night at Unity Palm Street. Contact: www. Church, 1165 Stubblefield St, Orcutt. Contact: 937-3025. MON MAR 31-FRI APR 4 at 9:00 am: SURFING LESSONS - 5 Day Camp from City of San Luis Obispo Parks & Rec. Wetsuits and surfboards are provided to suit every profile and ability level. Cost: $285. Contact: Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & SAT 11:00 am-5:00 pm: Exploration Stations Interactive Science Center welcomes families at 867 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach. Cost: $2 kids, $3 adults. Contact: 473-1421 or http://

SAT MAR 15 2:00 pm: FAMILY MOVIE at the Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades. Join us for a film adaptation of Walter Farleys Black Stallion. This film is rated G. Popcorn will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of Los Osos Library. Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862. FRI MAR 21 at 7:00 pm: MIKE SUPER: MAGIC & ILLUSION at Christopher Cohan Center, 1 Grand Ave, SLO. Take part in a magical, theatrical experience sophisticated enough for adults, cool enough for teens, and completely engaging for childrens imaginations. Premium seating includes an exclusive VIP pre-show reception, featuring close-up magic. Cost: $26-68. Contact: or 756-4849.

handmade, homemade items from a variety of local crafters and artists, a bounce castle, prize drawings, Camp Fire candy, and a delicious tri-tip sandwich barbecue that can be ordered ahead of time for easy pick-up! Contact: 441-1405. SAT MAR 22 6:00-10:00 pm: NIGHT WITHOUT LIMITS: ROARING 20s STYLE at SLO Vets Hall, 801 Grand Ave. UCP of SLO Countys yearly Night Without Limits fundraiser aims to bring awareness to residents living with disabilities, showcasing affiliated organizations and their services. Cost: $40-50. Contact: 543-2039.

WED MAR 26 at 10:30 am: SUNSHINE THE HAWK in the Community Room at SAT MAR 22 10:00 am-4:00 pm: San Luis Obispo Library, 995 Suddenly Spring FINE ART & Palm Street. Contact: www. CRAFT FAIRE at Ramona Garden Park, 993 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach. Camp Fire Central SUN MAR 23 4:00 pm: Canzona Coast of California presents

2nd THU of every month 6:007:00 pm: Grief Support Group at Central Coast Hospice, 253 Granada Dr, Ste D, San Luis Obispo. This free group is for anyone suffering the loss of Daily FEB 24-MAY 8: ACT a loved one who is in need of Spring Theatre Classes at San support. Contact: 540-6020. Luis Obispo Little Theatre, 888 Morro St, SLO. After 2nd SAT of every month FEBschool classes for all ages and NOV at 9:00 am: Santa Maria experience levels. Cost: $125- Recreation and Parks Dept 175, scholarships available. offers free docent-led nature Contact: 781-3889 or http:// walks in Los Flores Ranch, 6271 Dominion Rd, Santa Maria. Contact: 925-0951 x 263. FEB-MAR: ELEPHANT SEALS at Piedras Blancas Rookery, Hwy 2nd MON every month 6:301, 7 miles north of San Simeon. 8:00 pm: Caregiver Support Now through early March, Group at Cayucos Community approx. 17,000 elephant seals Church, Ocean Ave & S 3rd St. will come to the Piedras Blancas Free support for caregivers and Rookery for breeding, birthing, family members dealing with and molting. Bring the family long-term illness, memory loss, to enjoy this amazing natural dementia, and Alzheimers. spectacle. The viewing area Contact: 458-7484. is accessible during daylight hours. Cost: free. Contact: Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Remain Independent Despite Vision Loss at Santa Maria Every SAT FEB 1-APR 5 10:00 am- Terrace, 1405 E Main St. New 3:30 pm: Free Tax Preparation ways of doing daily tasks are Assistance at Paso Robles City taught by the Braille Institute,

Recurring Events & Resources

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Local Resources
such as managing the home, traveling, and use of talking library books. Contact: 4621225. 2nd & 4th MON every month at 6:30 pm: MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet at Pacific Christian Church, 3435 Santa Maria Way, Santa Maria. Childcare is provided. Contact: 934-3491 or www. Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI 3:00-5:30 pm: Teen Wellness Program at Arroyo Grande EOC Health Services Clinic, 1152 E Grand Ave. Health services, including reproductive health, in a safe environment with staff trained to screen, assess, and to provide intervention. Appointments are preferred. Contact: 489-4026. 1st WED every month at 9:00 am: Community Action Partnership Senior Health Screening at First United Methodist Church, 275 N Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande. Free and low-cost services are offered for people 50 and older: blood pressure, pulse, weight, total cholesterol, screening for anemia, diabetes, and fecal blood, nutritional counseling, and medical referrals. Contact: 481-2692 or 788-0827. Veterans luncheon at Veterans Memorial Bldg, 313 W. Tunnell St, Santa Maria. Contact: 3450402. Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm: Widowed Support Group at New Life Church, 990 James Way, Rm 14, Pismo Beach. Arrive 10 min early for 1st meeting. Offered by Hospice of SLO Co. Contact: 544-2266 or Every TUE at 7:00 pm: AlAnon Family Support Group at Luis OASIS Senior Center, 420 Soares Ave, Orcutt. Contact: 937-9750. 3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm: How to Survive Divorce seminar at the San Luis Obispo Womens Community Center, 1124 Nipomo St, #D in SLO. Practical tips, pointers, and suggestions for handling family law issues. $10.00 donation requested for handout materials and book. Contact: 544-9313 to register. Contact: 545-8888 or www. Contact: 489-5481 or dg17@ 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 MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED 3:00-5:00 pm: Jacks Adaptive Toy Lending Library - Jacks Helping Hand at Central Coast Gymnastics, 21 Zaca Lane, #100 in San Luis Obispo. Traditional and adaptive toys for children with all types of disabilities to check out. In-home appointments also available. Cost-Free! Contact: 547-1914 or Literacy Council for San Luis Obispo County has an ongoing and urgent need for volunteer tutors and offers free training in SLO. Contact: 541-4219 or 1st THU every month at 6:15 pm: Commission on the Status of Women meets at Coast National Bank, 500 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. This official advisory group to the SLO County Board of Supervisors identifies issues of concern to women that are not currently the focus of other advocacy or advisory organizations. Contact: 788-3406.

4th TUE every month at 5:30 pm: Legal Clinic for SelfRepresented 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 1st WED every month at Center provide one-on-one 12:00 pm: Disabled American 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: PET OF THE MONTH 544-9313.

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Every WED 11:00 am-12:00 pm: Growing With Baby, an infant Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI feeding office for breastfeeding 4:00-7:00 pm: Jacks Adaptive mothers and their babies (0Toy 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! RISE (formerly Sexual Assault Contact: 547-1914 or www. Recovery and Prevention Center of San Luis Obispo County) offers: Weekly Drop-In Support Group for Every FRI at 7:00 pm: Senior Sexual Assault Survivors; 24 Ballroom Dancing at Madonna Hour Crisis Line; Advocacy Inn. If you are a senior (single and Accompaniment; Peer or attached) and like ballroom Counseling; Individual Clinical dancing, this is the place! Look Counseling; Prevention and left of the bandstand for a table Education Programs; and sign Senior Dancers. Dance, Womens Empowerment and chat and listen to good music. Self Defense Workshops. No fees; no dues; just fun!

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Los Osos Valley Organic Farm

(805) 242 6789

10 mos), offers a free class on feeding, crying, and sleep at 1230 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. Pediatric nurse practioner and lactation consultant Andrea Herron will answer questions. Dads are always welcome! Call to reserve a spot. Contact: 5436988.

with a life-limiting illness, their families, and the bereaved. This non-profit 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 Morro Bay Museum of Natural Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. History offers Adventures With Contact: 544-2266. Nature & Mind Walks. Find the schedule at: Volunteer as a Good Neighbor! naturewalks.html. Make a difference in the life of an older or disabled adult. Central Coast Commission Once trained, volunteers for Senior Citizens offers choose services to contribute many free services: Senior and schedule hours at their Connection - connecting callers convenience. Training is with local resources; HICAP scheduled monthly at Wilshire (Health Insurance Counseling Community Services, 285 South and Advocacy Program) St, Ste J, SLO. Contact: 547one on one assistance for 7025 x 17. Medicare beneficiaries, advise and referrals for long term care options, and help with Volunteer at San Luis Obispo billing / appeals; Vial of Life Museum of Art! Stop by at 1010 magnetized containers with Broad St (Mission Plaza) or medical information; a Senior email Resource Directory for SLO and SB counties, and much more. San Luis Obispo Senior Center Contact: 925-9554 or www. offers health screening, legal services, meals, exercise, bridge, and bingo at 1445 Santa Hospice of San Luis Obispo Rosa St. Contact: 781-7306. County provides free grief counseling, group support, counseling, crisis intervention, Central Coast Astronomical and wellness education to those Society sponsors a Dark Sky

Star Party every month at Santa Margarita Lake KOA Campground at sunset. CCAS also sponsors special guest speakers and public programs periodically. Find event schedules, weather updates, and resources at: www.centralcoastastronomy. org. Contact: Aurora Lipper at aurora@centralcoastastronomy. org.

San Luis Coastal Adult Schools 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: $74 for 10 wks, 10% off 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 Spanish, Cooking and Gardening, and a Cooperative Preschool at CL Smith. Register through San Luis Coastal Adult School. Contact: 5491222, Charter Schools CAVA California Virtual Academies. and K give kids the chance to learn at the pace and in ways that are right for them. Online schooling aligned with California state standards. Teacher support as needed, meetings and work samples required quarterly. Contact: (866) 339-6790, or Family Partnership. A tuition-free K-12 independent study public school serving Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties. Home study charter schools in San Luis Obispo (165 Grand Ave), Solvang, Santa Maria, and Cambria. Meet with teachers weekly and turn in work samples. Contact: 686-5339, Olive Grove. Independent study home school with sites in San Luis Obispo (165 Grand Ave), Santa Maria, Lompoc, Los Olivos, and Santa Barbara. Meet with teacher weekly and turn in work samples. Enrichment classes also offered. Contact: 543-2701, www.sbceoportal. org/losolivos. Orcutt Academy Independent Study. Affiliated with Orcutt Academy Charter School at 500 Dyer St, this free program offers home study and blended classroom/home study for grades K-8. Contact: 938-8934 or Nature Based Schools SLOWanders. Offering nature-based education in SLO County. Programs include wilderness living skills, naturalist studies, wildlife tracking, awareness skills, and rites-of-passage customized for after-school, homeschool, and personal one-on-one mentoring. Weekend workshops for adults. Contact: 215-0595, www. Outside Now. Summer, after-school, and private nature-based education in SLO County. Contact: 541-9900, Coyote Road Regional School. Natural Science and Outdoor Education. Contact: 466-4550, www. Independent Schools The Laureate School. Project-based, differentiated learning to develop critical thinking, with arts, technology, foreign language, and character development programs. Interactive learning in a small-class environment that addresses students unique needs. 880 Laureate Lane in San Luis Obispo. Contact: 544-2141, www. Clarity Steiner School. Waldorf education for first and second graders. Class meets four days per week in Nipomo. Contact: 929-6878. Santa Lucia School. Independent school on 5 acres in Templeton. Peace education for over 25 years. 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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MBHS Pirate Players Present

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Thursday, April 10 Friday, April 11 Saturday, April 12

7:00 pm

A hilarious farce featuring golf rivalry, romance, and fashion

Morro Bay High School Cafeteria 235 Atascadero Road

$7 ASB / Seniors $8 General Admission
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