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April 2014
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The Arts .................................. 2
Library Voice ........................ 4
Money ......................................... 6
Fun & Games ........................ 8
Getting Out ........................ 10
Local History ....................... 12
Education ............................... 14
Calendar .................................. 17
Family Events ..................... 18
Easter Egg Hunts .......... 19
Getting Out ........................ 22
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Autism Awareness / Hike-a-Thon / Local Stars / Learning Disability / Fox on the Fairway Pg 2
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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS
Kristen Barnhart, Jennifer Best, Guy Crabb, Stephanie Foster,
Molly Peoples, CS Perryess, Walter Reil, Steven Smith, David Vogel
GRAPHIC DESIGN
Out of the Blue
CCF
The Arts
Cover Photo:
Sterling Gragg, Lawrence Banta, and
Jeff Raach in Fox on the Fairway
©
Chelsea Phoutography
The Fox On the Fairway is
presented by Morro Bay
High School Pirate Players on
Thursday, April 10, Friday, April
11, and Saturday, April 12 at 7:00
pm in the MBHS cafeteria, 235
Atascadero Rd, Morro Bay. A
tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend
Me A Tenor, Crazy for You, Moon
Over Buffalo) to the great English
farces of the 1930s and 1940s,
The Fox On the Fairway takes
audiences on a madcap romp that
pulls the rug out from underneath
the stuffy denizens of a private
country club. Filled with mistaken
identities, slamming doors, and
over-the-top shenanigans, it’s a
furiously-paced comedy about
romance, life, and man’s eternal
love affair with golf.
This crazy action around the
tap room of Quail Valley Golf
Club, directed by Sherry Wright
with assistance from Lia Fagan,
revolves around the Annual Inter-
club Golf Tournament between
Quail Valley and their archrivals,
Crouching Squirrel, in which the
latter has triumphed for the past
five years. With his job on the line,
Q.V. Director Henry Bingham has
enrolled a scratch golfer named
Tramplemaine, only to have the
guy quit the day before the match
and join Crouching Squirrel,
for whom he will play in the
tournament. To add to Bingham’s
worries is a bet he has placed for
$200,000 (plus his wife’s antique
shop) with C.S. Director Dickie
Bell, the master of the malaprop
and wearer of the ugliest golf
sweaters on the planet.
Upon learning that his newly
hired assistant Justin Hicks is a
golfer in the same category as
Tramplemaine, Henry Bingham
immediately signs him up and
sends him out to play, with much
success: at the end of 16 holes,
Hicks is down eight strokes, while
Tramplemaine is down only one!
Matters are quite complicated,
however, by Justin’s new fiancé
Louise’s losing her engagement
ring and the untimely arrival of
Muriel Bingham, who discovers
her husband embracing the
comely Q.V. VP Pamela, who just
happens to be Dickie Bell’s former
wife, among other incredible
connections (no spoilers here)!
Ludwig has peopled his play with
six off-the-wall characters, stock
characters of farce, only this time
in golf attire (Louise calls golf “a
game played by people wearing
mismatched clothing”). There are
two ingénues (male and female),
a clownish dolt, a Nervous Nellie
main character, a beautiful sassy
older woman, and a battle-ax
matron. The entire cast appears
to be loose-jointed as they gallop
around the golf-themed set, flop
around on the floor, dance across
the furniture, and toss around
a precious vase with classic
comedic timing.
Sterling Gragg plays Henry
Bingham, the witty and cynical
Director of the Quail Valley
Country Club. Pamela Peabody,
an attractive and sophisticated,
yet loose, member of the Quail
Valley Country Club, is played by
Claire Vogel. Lawrence Banta
plays Justin Hicks, Bingham’s new
eager-to-please assistant who
volunteers his services as a golfer
to help Quail Valley win the golf
tournament. Louise Heindbedder,
a waitress at the Quail Valley
Country Club, is played by Addy
Cota. Jeff Raach plays Dickie
Bell, obnoxious Director of the
rival Crouching Squirrel Country
Club, with whom Bingham gets
into a high-stakes wager. Muriel
Bingham, Henry’s overbearing
and stern wife, is played by Kasey.
Tickets are $7 for students, and $8
general admission, available from
MBHS or at the door.
For more information, visit http://
mbhs.slcusd.org or call MBHS
offi ce at (805) 771-1845.
The Fox on the Fairway
We are excited to announce the opening of our
second location in Arroyo Grande!
Call either location today to take advantage of our
New Patient Special
FREE Childrens Exam
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New patients only up to age 18 with paid cleaning. Cannot be combined with any other ofer. Exp: 3/31/14
San Luis Obispo Arroyo Grande
544-9440 489-1495
Robert Flores D.M.D.
Robyn Flores D.M.D.
www.rrdentalcare.com
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Child Development
In order to highlight the growing
need for concern and awareness
about autism, the Autism Society
has been celebrating National
Autism Awareness Month since
the 1970s. The United States
recognizes April as a special
opportunity to educate the public
about autism and issues within the
autism community.
The annual Central Coast Autism
Spectrum Center WALK for Autism
is a symbolic stroll through beautiful
downtown San Luis Obispo, that
begins and ends at the historic
Mission Plaza. The Plaza will be
filled with the Autism Awareness
Fair, including music, food and
festivities for the whole family. The
event includes a Children’s Area,
entertainment on stage, vendor
and information booths, and much
more. This year, the WALK for
Autism and Awareness Fair is on
Sunday, May 4th from 12-4, with
the WALK commencing at 2:30.
You can learn more or register for
the WALK at www.asctowalk.
com.
Autism is a complex developmental
disability that typically appears
during the first three years of
life and affects a person’s ability
to communicate and interact
with others. Autism is defined
by a certain set of behaviors and
is a “spectrum disorder” that
affects individuals differently and
to varying degrees. There is no
known single cause of autism, but
increased awareness and funding
can help families today.
In March 2012, the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention
issued their ADDM autism
prevalence report. The report
concluded that the prevalence
of autism had risen to 1 in every
88 births in the United States
and almost 1 in 54 boys. The
spotlight shown on autism as a
result of the prevalence increase
opens opportunities for the
nation to consider how to serve
these families facing a lifetime of
supports for their children.
Know the signs: early identification
can change lives. Autism is
treatable. Children do not
“outgrow” autism, but studies
show that early diagnosis and
intervention lead to significantly
improved outcomes.
Here are some signs to look for in
the children in your life:
• Lack of or delay in spoken
language
• Repetitive use of language and/
or motor mannerisms (e.g.,
hand-flapping, twirling objects)
• Little or no eye contact
• Lack of interest in peer
relationships
• Lack of spontaneous or make-
believe play
• Persistent fixation on parts of
objects
The characteristic behaviors of
autism spectrum disorder may or
may not be apparent in infancy (18
to 24 months), but usually become
obvious during early childhood (24
months to 6 years).
As part of a well-baby/child visit,
your child’s doctor should perform
a “developmental screening,”
asking specific questions about
your baby’s progress. The National
Institute of Child Health and
Human Development (NICHD) lists
five behaviors that warrant further
evaluation:
• Does not babble or coo by 12
months
• Does not gesture (point, wave,
grasp) by 12 months
• Does not say single words by 16
months
• Does not say two-word phrases
on his or her own by 24 months
• Has any loss of any language or
social skill at any age
Any of these five “red flags” does
not mean your child has autism.
But because the symptoms of
the disorder vary so much, a
child showing these behaviors
should have further evaluations
by a multidisciplinary team. This
team may include a neurologist,
psychologist, developmental
pediatrician, speech / language
therapist, learning consultant
or many other professionals
knowledgeable about autism.
Asperger’s Disorder was added
to the American Psychiatric
Association’s Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders (DSM-IV) in 1994 as a
separate disorder from autism.
However, there are still many
professionals who consider
Asperger’s Disorder a less severe
form of autism. In 2013, the DSM-
5 replaced autism, Asperger’s
Disorder, and other pervasive
developmental disorders with
the umbrella diagnosis of autism
spectrum disorder.
What distinguishes Asperger’s
Disorder from autism are the less
severe symptoms and the absence
of language delays. Children with
Asperger’s Disorder may be only
mildly affected and frequently have
good language and cognitive skills.
To the untrained observer, a child
with Asperger’s Disorder may just
seem like a normal child behaving
differently.
While there is no known cure for
autism, there are treatment and
education approaches that may
reduce some of the challenges
associated with the condition.
Intervention may help to lessen
disruptive behaviors, and education
can teach self-help skills that allow
for greater independence. For
more information about autism
spectrum disorders, visit www.
cdc.gov/actearly or www.
autismspeaks.org.
AUTISM AWARENESS
Special Needs Art Education Program
“Emphasizing abilities not disabilities.”
Classes available for all ages
For class descriptions, teacher bios and more visit
www.CoastalDanceandMusicAcademy.com/Special_Abilities
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June 17-July 17 Tues, Wed, Thurs 9:00-10:30
• For kids who have difficulty navigating social situations, managing
peer interactions, and self regulation.
Handwriting Group: Ages: Entering K-1st Grade
July 22-Aug 7 Tues, Wed, Thurs 9:30-10:30
• Beginning writers will develop strength, stability, and fine motor
skills necessary for handwriting success.
Handwriting Group: Ages: Entering 1st-3rd Grade
July 22-Aug 7 Tues, Wed, Thurs 11:00-12:00
• Kids who struggle with handwriting will participate in games,
obstacle courses, cooking, and crafts with related writing activities.
Enrollment now open - Space is limited
For details, call Kidmotion Therapy Services
(805) 835-3098 or visit us on Facebook
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Kristen Barnhart has been telling stories,
recommending books, and stamping little
hands for over 34 years throughout SLO
County. She is currently a Youth Services
Librarian at the San Luis Obispo Library.
Kristen can be reached at (805) 781-5775 or
kbarnhart@slolibrary.org.
Libraries will get you through
times with no money, better than
money will get you through times
with no Libraries! 
by Kristen Barnhart
Library Voice
The blue bowl fell only a short
distance from the bottom shelf to
the counter, but it was far enough
to break and become my undoing
in this year filled with loss and
grief. It was “the fudge bowl” and
was a gift from our friend Anna
back in 1995, when I attempted a
big open-house Christmas party
in our Morro Bay home. The tree
was a step up from our forlorn
Charlie Brown Christmas trees
of the 2 previous years. The
decorated house was filled with
food and drink and we waited and
waited in excited anticipation for
friends to brave the foul weather
and celebrate with us. The rain
came, and only 5 people showed
up during that endless afternoon,
most memorably Anna with a
blue bowl filled with fudge. Our
dog ate (and survived) the fudge,
and the bowl became a favorite
for goodies as we moved through
the years and 4 more homes to
finally arrive here, broken on the
counter. I wept.
I wept and rocked and keened as
I picked up the pieces as if it had
contained all my tears, a vessel
filled with loss that now knocked
me down with the strength of a
tsunami.
The biggest piece of the bowl
represented my dear friend
Cielle, who had been my spiritual
partner in crime for years as we
travelled the world of Jungian
and “Woo-Woo” workshops all
over the state. She barely made
it into 2014 before making her
transition from this sweet planet.
Cielle and I would return from
our travels and call the women of
Cambria together to share what
we had learned, creating a ripple
effect of tears, laughter, dance,
prayers, and stories, which still
bind us together a quarter of a
century later. Cielle and I shared
our lives. We urban camped in
hospital parking lots in my
Chinook RV as our “outside
accommodations” at the pricier
events. Cielle helped me birth
my daughter, and became her
Godmother. She died across the
country in her blizzardly Vermont
farmhouse with her children at
her side, knowing that she was
being welcomed into the next
stage of her immortality. I wept.
The next piece of the blue bowl
reminded me of another dear
friend, who always answered
“Wonderful” when asked how
she was. Linda left next. The
healthiest, most positive, warm
person you could ever want to
meet. A woman whose parties
were legendary and her smile
electric, Linda had a blues band
play at her goodbye service. Kay
Bohler “sang her out” with At
Last, and we felt her warmth
embracing us all in a last cheek-to-
cheek dance. I wept.
If only my bowl had purple on it
to reflect my friend Norma, who
left next. With bright colors, coral
lipstick, and a presence bigger
than life, she whirled through
the lives of those she touched.
Norma saw right through to your
very soul, laughed and embraced
you with healing hugs that really
did make everything feel better.
Another dancer, she and her
beloved Jeff are hoofing it up in
whatever dancehall of heaven
they’re in. I smiled.
Smaller shards of lost birthday
cards, missed connections, and
the transfer of our beloved
Children’s Librarian just added to
the little cuts and jabs distracting
me from my blessings. As the
great philosopher Dr. Seuss said,
“Don’t cry because it’s over,
smile because it happened!”
Breathing out, I realized that I
have ridden out the tidal wave
and am now able to float gently
on my sea of emotion. The blue
bowl, that symbol of the sweet
inside a disappointment, can be
glued back together. It won’t
be perfect; “There is a crack in
everything. That’s how the light
gets in.” as Leonard Cohen said,
but it will still hold fudge and the
tears will just fall through.
The beautiful April light of our
glorious Central Coast will entice
me outside to dance and sing and
laugh as I embrace all the good
in my life. Easter and Passover
celebrate the promise of new
life after a long winter. Children
need books and stories. Cielle,
Linda, and Norma sweetly color
my dreams and memories as I
share love and wisdom with those
still held close, as well as all the
lovely friends I have yet to meet.
Because I am a reader, I have lived
thousands of lives with thousands
of friends in a myriad of worlds.
We share an immortality in life,
fiction, and beyond.
What will live forever in your
family’s blue bowl?
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If you’re like many travelers,
you get a little nervous when
your airplane goes through
some turbulence. If you’re like
a lot of investors, you may get
somewhat jumpy when the
financial markets are volatile.
Yet flight turbulence probably
isn’t as scary as it seems, and
the same may be true for market
volatility — if you know how to
respond. Let’s look at some
positive responses to market
movements:
Don’t overreact to turbulence.
Turbulence happens on most
flights, but passengers are well
aware that they can’t bail out at
30,000 feet, so they generally
don’t panic. As an investor,
you also need to avoid panicky
behavior by not taking a time out
from investing. Over a period of
decades, if you were to miss just
a handful of the market’s best-
performing days, your returns
could be dramatically reduced,
and the best days often follow
some of the worst. So if you’re
not invested in the market, you
could miss out on the beginning
of a new rally, which is typically
when the biggest gains occur.
Balance your “cargo.” The
ground crew properly positions
an airplane’s cargo to maintain
the plane’s center of gravity
and reduce the effects of
turbulence. When you invest,
you also need to achieve
balance by owning a variety
of vehicles, including stocks,
bonds, government securities,
and certificates of deposit.
You’ll want your investment mix
to reflect your risk tolerance,
goals, and time horizon. While
this type of diversification can’t
guarantee profits or protect
against loss, it can reduce the
effects of turbulence (that
is, market volatility) on your
portfolio. Over time, your
“cargo,” your investments, may
shift, becoming too heavy in
stocks or bonds relative to your
objectives. Consequently, you’ll
need to periodically rebalance
your portfolio to ensure it’s
meeting your needs.
Match your “transportation
method” with your goals. If you
are flying from New York to Los
Angeles, you may experience
delays or some changes in the
flight plan — but your goal
is still to reach Los Angeles
as quickly and efficiently as
possible. Consequently, you
wouldn’t scrap the idea of flying
and head to the West Coast on
foot.
When you invest, you will also
encounter events, such as
market downturns, that you
feel may be slowing you down
in your progress toward your
long-term objectives, such
as a comfortable retirement.
But if your objectives haven’t
changed, neither should your
“transportation method” for
reaching them. In other words,
don’t abandon your long-term
strategy in favor of quick fixes,
such as chasing after “hot”
stocks that may not be suitable
for your needs.
Maintain perspective on
your “flight path.” When
you’ve flown, you’ve probably
observed (perhaps with some
envy) some of your fellow
passengers sleeping through
periods of turbulence. In the
investment world, these types
of people are the ideal long-
term investors. They know
that turbulence, in the form of
market fluctuations, is normal,
because they’ve experienced
it many times before. Their
perspective isn’t on short-term
events, such as volatility, but
rather on the voyage toward
their “final destination” — i.e.,
the achievement of their long-
term goals.
So when you fly, fasten your
seatbelt and relax. And when
you invest, don’t overreact to
short-term events. By following
these basic guidelines, you
will be a calmer traveler and a
better investor.
Molly Peoples is a financial advisor at Edward
Jones in San Luis Obispo. She can be reached
at (805) 784-9013. © 2013 Edward Jones. All
rights reserved. Member SIPC.
Money
You Can Cope
with Turbulence
by Molly Peoples
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Fun & Games
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Fill empty cells with numbers between 1 and 9 (1 number per cell).
A number should appear only once in each row, column, and region.
Why was the Easter Bunny upset? He was having a bad hare day!
What do you get when you cross shellfish with a rabbit? The Oyster bunny!
How do you catch a unique rabbit? Unique up on him!
How do you catch a tame rabbit? Tame way. Unique up on him!
J ack’s J okes
Central Coast Family • April 2014 • www.centralcoastfamily.com • Page 9
Joe Callero’s
Basketball Camp
Coached by Cal Poly’s Head Men’s
Coach Joe Callero, his staff, and players
Summer Fun Learning New Skills!
www.JoeCalleroBasketball.com (805) 202-8007
June 16-19, 2014 (M-TH)
Nipomo High School Gym
Half-Day
9am-12noon $125
Early Registration
by June 1: $110
Full-Day
9am-3pm $210
Early Registration
by June 1: $195
Boys & Girls
entering grades 2-7
Grouped by age & skill level
Central Coast Family • April 2014 • www.centralcoastfamily.com • Page 10
Dr. Marc Irving Weber
Music Lessons for All Ages
Piano, Guitar, Voice,
Winds, Brass, Percussion
Composition & Music Theory
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with many years of teaching experience
B.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music
M.M. from Yale School of Music
Ph.D. from the University of Iowa School of Music
Each student is unique and
requires a flexible approach
I teach the student, not the instrument
My goal is to provide students with
a solid musical foundation that will
transcend all genres
Lessons in Your Home
$25/half hour $50/hour
Credit Cards Accepted
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http://iowacreativemusic.com
ECOSLO will be holding their 2nd
annual Hike-a-thon fundraiser
during the month of May. The
event is open to hikers, bikers,
equestrians, and other trail users;
and will motivate participants to
collect pledges, log trail miles, and
collect data on trail conditions.
This will be a great time to take
the kids and head out-of-doors,
while involving them in a great
community service project!
ECOSLO is The Environmental
Center of San Luis Obispo.
ECOSLO strives to support and
create resilient, healthy natural
systems and life styles in San
Luis Obispo County. ECOSLO
is committed to a sustainable
future, while working to improve
the quality of life and economic
vitality in our communities. They
work to protect and preserve
our local natural environment,
and educate everyone in our
communities about our natural
environment and the effect that
humans have on it. ECOSLO began
when citizens joined together to
clean up San Luis Obispo Creek in
1971. ECOSLO shortly thereafter
pioneered progressive recycling
practices by establishing the
first recycling center in San Luis
Obispo County. They currently
have a program for recycling ink
cartridges and other electronics.
Registration for the Hike-A-Thon
is $10 per person, or $25 per
family or team of 4. The Kick-
Off Celebration will take place
Saturday, May 3rd at Laguna
Lake Park 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. where
participants can register (if they
haven’t already), and start hiking
with docent-led hikes. Throughout
the month of May, there will be a
docent-led hike every Saturday
morning, plus participants are
encouraged to do additional
hiking (or other trail uses) on their
own. For registration, maps and
information, or ideas for starting
fundraising, stop by the ECOSLO
offi ce at 75 Higuera Street, Suite
100 in San Luis Obispo.
At the end of the month, all
participants will turn in their
pledges and trail log sheets. Those
that have raised $100 or more will
have a chance to win prizes and
awards at the After Party event,
held on Saturday, May 31st at El
Chorro Regional Park from 3 p.m.
to 6 p.m. At the After Party will
also be food, music, and a silent
auction of donated items. Dinner
will be provided for all registered
hikers - friends and family may
attend for $15.
The funds raised from the Hike-A-
Thon will help ECOSLO continue
their important trail workday
events, and their advocacy work
for our local natural environment.
It will also help them train
new docents for their monthly
docent-led hikes. The Hike-a-
thon provides the participants an
opportunity to be a part of the
solution for a clean, healthy, and
accessible natural environment.
It is also a great way to get the
kids outside, and introduce them
to the wide world of nature
that surrounds us. A healthy
environment means clean air to
breathe, clean water to drink, and
clean, nutritious food to eat!
ECOSLO believes their annual
Hike-A-Thon will continue to
grow to become one of San Luis
Obispo County’s premier outing
events, for young and old alike.
To register for the Hike-A-Thon, or
for more information on it or their
monthly docent-led hikes, see the
ECOSLO website at ecoslo.org or
call 544-1777. Come on out and
join the fun – the trails are calling!
115 East Branch Street in Arroyo Grande
Get Your Easter Do
with Toni & Toni
(805) 489-5100
You’re no
April Fool!
Getting Out
Hike-A-Thon
Central Coast Family • April 2014 • www.centralcoastfamily.com • Page 11
REACH THE BEACH 2014
A former agnostic, Josh McDowell
believed that Christianity was
worthless. However, when
challenged to intellectually
examine the claims of Christianity,
Josh discovered
compelling
overwhelming
evidence for the
reliability of the
Christian faith.
Adult speaker, Josh McDowell
Nightly 7:00-8:30 pm in the “Big Tent”
Thursday - A Skepticʼs Quest (Joshʼs testimony)
Friday - Is the Bible True...Really?
Saturday - Who is Jesus...Really?
Youth Speaker Les Christie nightly 5:30-6:30 pm
in the “Big Tent”
Childrenʼs Speaker Age 4-Grade 5, nightly 7:00-8:30 pm
in the “Little Tent”
Nursery available through Age 3
Meals served outdoors nightly 5:00-6:30 pm
Family $10.00
Also: Special Event - Saturday 12 noon
Menʼs Rally - Building Relationships that Transform
Lunch will be served
Park and Walk @ Middle School
Park & Shuttle Nazarene Church & Ralphʼs Market
April 17-19
Los Osos Middle School
Soccer Field
1555 El Morro Street
Los Osos, CA 93402
805 528-0391
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The only reason that I watch the
Oscar Awards is to see how some
of the older stars have aged. The
beginning of the Oscar TV coverage
includes all the big stars walking
down the red carpet to have their
pictures taken by the press, and
some are interviewed. One of my
all time favorite Hollywood stars
is Bill Murray. He is still funny and
can make me laugh with just a look,
but he did look on the older side
this year (which he is). I remember
some years ago when Bill came to
our area for a visit. I also started
thinking about the movie people
who have lived in our county or
have stayed here for a few years
before moving on.
From all the research that I have
done over the years, I can easily say
our county has had kings, queens,
mega stars, world class athletes,
and many other famous people
come to our county and either live
here or visit for a period of time. The
people that I am referring to were
guests of one of the most famous
residents of San Luis Obispo County,
William R. Hearst. Mr. Hearst was
one of the world’s richest men and
famous people came to visit him at
his ranch, more popularly known as
Hearst Castle. Not only did famous
people like Clark Gable, Charlie
Chaplin, or Winston Churchill stay
at the Castle, but many also stayed
in San Luis Obispo before they were
driven to the Castle by taxi. Errol
Flynn, Greta Garbo, Harpo Marx,
and Charles Lindbergh were a few
of the more famous people who
have stayed in our area for a while.
Stars of the past are the first things
that enter an old researcher’s mind
like mine. I have also met a few
famous people over the years. I
think one of the most famous
current stars from our county is
Zac Efron, a Disney star who lived
in Arroyo Grande. Another famous
person who lives in the AG area is
Jon Anderson of the rock group Yes.
I’m not sure if I would recognize
him if I walked past him on Grand
Avenue, but I would enjoy saying
howdy to him. I used to listen to
Yes all the time years ago. I also
hear that the “Hulk,” Lou Ferrigno,
lives in the area. Arroyo Grande is
like Hollywood North with all the
stars walking around town.
We’ve also had world class athletes
stay in our county. One of my all-
time favorite big league pitchers
Sandy Kofax of the Los Angeles
Dodgers lived in the North County
for years. I got to meet him at a
golf tournament, and it was an
opportunity that I will never forget.
I have also met Joe DiMaggio, but
meeting Sandy was a real dream
come true. I think one of the
biggest sports figures who made
San Luis Obispo his home for a few
years was John Madden, of football
fame. Harry’s Bar in Pismo used to
use John Madden’s name in their
radio commercials.
Professional golfer Loren Roberts
was actually born in San Luis Obispo
and continues to be a part of our
community. Horace Grant was a
professional basketball player and
has made our county his home. I
know several people who have
met him and say he’s a very nice
guy. Ozzie Smith is a Hall of Fame
baseball player who went to Cal
Poly and would come back to the
area to help out his alma mater.
One of the coolest professional
athletes that lived in our area was
Chuck Liddell, who was an Ultimate
Fighting Champion. I would see him
walking down Higuera Street and
would always be surprised by his
height.
One of the world’s most well-
known athletes who ever lived in
our area was my mother’s favorite,
Jack LaLanne. As Morro Bay’s most
famous resident, Jack would often
eat at Dorn’s Restaurant. That’s
where I met him for the first time,
and noticed that everyone in the
restaurant loved Jack and he loved
them. His wife was wonderful
and just as colorful as Jack. Jack
LaLanne was a true modern day
historical figure, and the first fitness
superhero. When I was teaching at
Morro Elementary in the 1980s, a
student’s parent that worked for
Jack had him sign an 8 x 10 photo
to me. I am still very proud of that
picture.
There are many other Hollywood-
type people that live or have lived in
the area. Weird Al Yankovic is a Cal
Poly alumnus famous for making
fun of tunes by famous singers, such
as Michael Jackson. James Brolin
grew up in the area, and I hear that
Johnny Galecki, who stars in the TV
series Big Bang Theory, has bought
some property in the North County.
Isn’t it fun knowing that you might
see someone famous around town?
Guy Crabb teaches at Charles E. Teach
Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He
graduated from Cal Poly SLO and has been
teaching for 28 years. Guy was a Teacher of
the Year in 2006 and currently teaches at a
National Blue Ribbon School. Reach him at
crabbx5@charter.net.
Local History
by Guy Crabb
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Know Your Rights - Whether your
child attends a public or private
school, he or she is entitled
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right to request at any time that
your child be evaluated for learning
disabilities. Learn about your
child’s legal rights by obtaining
a copy of your state’s guidelines
for special education services.
You can get these guidelines from
your school district offi ce or your
state department of education at
www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/lr.
If the results of the evaluation
indicate that your child has LD,
she may be eligible for special
educational services. Note: If
your child has LD but doesn’t
qualify for special education, she
may qualify for protection under
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
Act of 1973, a civil rights law that
prohibits discrimination on the
basis of disability.
If your child doesn’t qualify for
special education services, it’s still
important to work with the school
and his teacher to ensure that
the evaluation findings are used
to enhance classroom instruction
in ways that help your child work
around his learning problems and
capitalize on his abilities. Even
without an IEP, it may be possible
to make changes that will help
your child, especially given recent
amendments to the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA) that
broaden the definition of who
an individual with a disability is
under federal law. If your child
is not eligible for services under
IDEA, your child may now qualify
for a 504 plan. Discuss this with
Education
the school and work together
to implement changes in the
classroom and at home.
Reassure and Encourage Your
Child - Reassure your child that
having a LD doesn’t mean that
she’s stupid or lazy. Be honest
and optimistic with your child,
and encourage her to speak up
about what helps her learn. Teach
your child to be an effective self-
advocate and to articulate what
she needs. Explain that, though
learning may be a struggle, your
child can still succeed.
Emphasize Your Child’s Strengths
- Like all children, a child with LD
has individual strengths as well
as challenges. Some children
with LD struggle with reading
or math, but are outstanding
athletes, or excel in creative
areas like music, painting, or
sculpture. Participation in some
after-school activities and clubs
can help children to develop their
interests and talents, build self-
esteem, develop social skills, and
enjoy a break from academics.
In the classroom, the teacher
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use his abilities to compensate
for his learning diffi culties. For
example, a child who learns well
by listening (auditory ability), but
who struggles with reading might
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books.
Support Your Child at Home - On
the home front, you can help your
child succeed if you establish a
regular time and place for doing
homework. Be sure to offer praise
for effort. Help him or her develop
a homework routine that works,
and encourage him to practice
good study habits at home.
The first part of this article was
published in the March 2014 issue.
For more information about LD,
visit www.ncld.org.
Excerpted with permission. © 2014 The
National Center for Learning Disabilities Inc.
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SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
30
FARMERS MARKET:
11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club
31
FARMERS MARKET:
2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria
1
FARMERS MARKET:
3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB
3:30-4:15pm AG
APRIL
FOOLS DAY
2
FARMERS MARKETS:
8:30-11am AG Spencers Market
12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens
5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT,
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI
HANS CHRISTIAN
ANDERSON’S
BIRTHDAY
INTERNATIONAL
CHILDREN’S BOOK
DAY
3
FARMERS MARKETS:
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
FIND A RAINBOW DAY
4
BINGO VETS HALL MB - 1st FRI 5:00pm
FARMERS MARKETS:
9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart
2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall
4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO
WALK AROUND
THINGS DAY
5
FARMERS MARKETS:
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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
SLO CO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
1st SAT 12:30am IOOF Hall SLO
NATIONAL READ A
ROADMAP DAY
6
FARMERS MARKET:
11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club
JUMP OVER
THINGS DAY
NORTH POLE
DISCOVERED
(In 1898)
7
FARMERS MARKET:
2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria
WORLD
HEALTH DAY
NO HOUSEWORK
DAY
8
FARMERS MARKET:
3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB
3:30-4:15pm AG
ZOO LOVER’S DAY
9
FARMERS MARKETS:
8:30-11am AG Spencers Market
12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens
5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT,
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI
1ST PUBLIC
LIBRARY OPENED
(1833 in New Hampshire)
10
FARMERS MARKETS:
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
NATIONAL
SIBLING DAY
ENCOURAGE
A YOUNG
WRITER DAY
11
FARMERS MARKETS:
9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart
2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall
4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO
JACKIE
ROBINSON DAY
12
FARMERS MARKETS:
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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
13
FARMERS MARKET:
11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club
THOMAS
JEFFERSON’S
BIRTHDAY
(Born in 1743)
14
FARMERS MARKET:
2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria
REACH AS HIGH AS
YOU CAN DAY
15
FARMERS MARKET:
3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB
3:30-4:15pm AG
INCOME TAX DAY
DA VINCI’S BIRTHDAY
(Born in 1452)
16
FARMERS MARKETS:
8:30-11am AG Spencers Market
12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens
5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT,
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI
NATIONAL
STRESS
AWARENESS
DAY
SLAVERY ABOLISHED
(In DC by Lincoln in 1862)
17
FARMERS MARKETS:
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
18
FARMERS MARKETS:
9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart
2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall
4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO
PET
OWNER’S DAY
19
FARMERS MARKETS:
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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
HUMOROUS DAY
20
FARMERS MARKET:
11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club
EASTER
21
FARMERS MARKET:
2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria
KINDERGARTEN
DAY
(1st kindergarten in 1837)
22
FARMERS MARKET:
3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB
3:30-4:15pm AG
EARTH DAY
23
FARMERS MARKETS:
8:30-11am AG Spencers Market
12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens
5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT,
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI
SHAKESPEARE’S
BIRTHDAY
(Born in 1564)
24
FARMERS MARKETS:
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
TAKE DAUGHTERS &
SONS TO WORK DAY
ADMINISTRATIVE
PROFESSIONAL’S
DAY
25
FARMERS MARKETS:
9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart
10:00am-12:30pm Cayucos Vets Hall
2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO
NATIONAL
TELEPHONE DAY
ARBOR DAY
26
FARMERS MARKETS:
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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
HUG A FRIEND
DAY
NATIONAL
PRETZEL DAY
27
FARMERS MARKET:
11:30-2:30pm Nipomo: Monarch Club
TELL A STORY
DAY
28
FARMERS MARKET:
2-4:30pm Los Osos: 2nd & Santa Maria
POETRY
READING DAY
29
FARMERS MARKET:
3:00-6:00 pm in Paso Robles City Park
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:10 SLO
DOC BURNSTEIN’S READING LAB
3:30-4:15pm AG
ZIPPER DAY
30
FARMERS MARKETS:
8:30-11am AG Spencers Market
12:30-4:30pm Santa Maria Town Ctr
3:00-6:00pm AT Sunken Gardens
5:00-8:00pm Pismo, Main St & Dolliver
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 AT,
10:30 AG, 11:00 NI
NATIONAL
HONESTY DAY
1
FARMERS MARKETS:
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
2
FARMERS MARKETS:
9:00am-12:30pm Paso Robles Wal Mart
2:30-5:30pm Cambria Main St Vets Hall
4:00-8:00pm Avila Beach Promenade
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 10:30 LO
3
FARMERS MARKETS:
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
LIBRARY STORYTIME: 11:00 AG
NEW MOON
April 2014 Free Ongoing Events
FULL MOON
April is:
Autism Awareness Month
School Library Month
Keep America Beautiful Month
National Child Abuse
Prevention Month
Nat. Math Education Month
National Garden Month
National Frog Month
National Poetry Month
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Flower: Sweet Pea
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Family Events
WED FEB 5-WED APR 2 5:30 pm: SLO
LIBRARY “WATCH A GREAT BOOK”
at SLO Library, 995 Palm St. A series
featuring films adapted from great
books, on Wednesdays. Cost: free.
Contact: slolibrary.org or 781-1215.
THU MAR 13-SUN APR 27 (times
vary): THE MARK OF MORRO by
The Great American Melodrama and
Vaudeville at 1863 Front St, Oceano.
The in-house snack bar serves food
and drinks before the show and during
intermissions. Cost: $18-22. Contact:
americanmelodrama.com or 489-2499.
FRI MAR 28-SAT MAR 29 (times vary):
ANTIQUE BOTTLE SHOW & SALE at
Morro Bay Veterans Hall, 209 Surf St.
46th annual sale with thousands of
bottles, glass insulators, and collectible
containers. Cost: free. Contact: 543-
7484.
SAT MAR 29 9:00 am: ROCK THE ‘80s 5K
AND KIDS’ 1-MILE FUN RUN at Pioneer
Park, 1150 W Foster Rd, Santa Maria.
The city of Santa Maria Recreation
and Parks Department presents their
community walk. Cost: $20-25. Contact:
www.cityofsantamaria.org or 925-
0951.
SAT MAR 29 10:30 am & 2:00 pm: WHERE
ANIMALS CALL HOME presented by
Zoo To You in the Community Room
at San Luis Obispo Library, 995 Palm
Street. Cost: free. Contact: slolibrary.
org.
SAT MAR 29 11:00 am-2:00 pm: BOOK
SIGNING PARTY at Farm Supply, 224
Tank Farm Rd, SLO. Baby chicks will
be on hand for this book signing party
for Rainbow and Friends Love One
Another. Cost: free. Contact: nicolette.
tateauthor.com or 710-3090.
SAT MAR 29 1:00-3:00 pm: BOOK
RELEASE & SIGNING at Guadalupe-
Nipomo Dunes Center, 1065 Guadalupe
St. Doug Jenzen will sign copies of
his new book, Images of America:
Guadalupe, which contains nearly 200
historical photographs of Guadalupe
and is the latest book in Arcadia
Publishing’s pictorial history series.
Cost: free. Contact: dunescenter.org or
343-2455.
SAT MAR 29 1:00-4:00 pm: ESTERO BAY
COMMUNITY RADIO LAUNCH at Morro
Bay Chamber, 695 Harbor Street. 97.3
The Rock will turn on the big switch
to go live. After a wait of 2 years, the
radio has received the FCC license.
Live bands, refreshments, and shows
will be featured. Cost: free. Contact:
esterobayradio.org or 234-4315.
SAT MAR 29 2:00-3:00 pm: GEOLOGY
ROCKS at the Exploration Station, 867
Ramona Ave, Grover Beach. Explore
rocks and minerals. Bring a rock to
stump the geologist! Come early and
play in the science center. Cost: $2-3.
Contact: explorationstation.org or 473-
1421.
SAT MAR 29 6:30-8:00 pm: FILM
SCREENING at Santa Maria Public
Library, Shepard Hall, 421 S McClelland.
The American Association of University
Women will screen the film “Makers” at
their next meeting. Cost: $15. Contact:
cityofsantamaria.org.
SUN MAR 30 9:30 am: PACIFIC
WILDLIFE CARE FARM/AG TOUR at
Novo Restaurant, 726 Higuera, SLO.
Join PWC for a tour of three farms, LOV
Organic Farm, Growing Grounds, and
Talley Farms, in the comfort of our tour
bus. Included is a box lunch, a talk by
local historian Dave Kreiger, and hors
d’oeuvres at Novo’s with our Animal
Ambassadors. Cost: $110. Contact:
pacificwildlifecare.org or 927-1017.
MON MAR 31-FRI APR 4 9:00 am:
SURFING LESSONS - 5 Day Camp from
City of San Luis Obispo Parks & Rec.
Wetsuits and surfoards are provided
to suit every profile and ability level.
Cost: $285. Contact: slocity.org.
TUE APR 1-WED APR 30 (during business
hours): NATIONAL POETRY MONTH at
Paso Robles City Library, 1000 Spring
St. Create a poetry flag in the Paso
Robles City Library in honor of National
Poetry Month through April. Flags will
be sewn together and displayed. Cost:
free. Contact: 237-3870.
THU APR 3 9:00 am: HIKE BLACK
HILL in Morro Bay. Join the Estuary
Program on this morning hike. Enjoy
panoramic views of the estuary and
watershed. Hear about the geography
of this region, as well as restoration and
protection efforts. Cost: free. Contact:
mbnep.org or 772-3834.
FRI APR 4 11:00 am-2:00 pm: SESSIONS
OF LIGHT & TONE at Santa Margarita
Community Hall, on the corner of I and
Murphy Street. Lightshare will provide
sessions to all. No appointment
is necessary. Cost: free. Contact:
lightshare.us or 438-4347.
FRI APR 4 6:30-9:30 pm: CENTRAL
COAST ORCHID SHOW PREMIERE
BENEFIT at Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes
Center, 800 S. Branch St, Arroyo
Grande. Featuring local wines, hors
d’oeuvres, live music, silent auction, and
an awards presentation. Guest judges,
local celebrities, and mayors will select
their favorite orchid. Attendees get the
first selection of orchids to purchase.
Cost: $45. Contact: dunescenter.org or
343-2455.
FRI APR 4-SUN APR 13 (times vary):
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN THE MUSICAL
at Templeton Performing Arts Center,
1200 Main St. Presented by Atascadero
High School Drama. Tickets available
at brownpapertickets.com. Cost: $10-
17. Contact: ahsdramaboosters.org or
464-7110.
SAT APR 5 10:00 am-6:00 pm: SPOTTED
WHALE CONSIGNMENT SALE at The
San Luis Obispo Adult School, 1500
Lizzie Street. This sale will be stocked
with new and gently-used clothing,
gear, toys, books, furniture, etc. for the
kiddos ages newborn through 12. Cost:
free. Contact: 242-2213.
SAT APR 5 1:00-3:00 pm: SPRING INTO
NATURE at SLO Botanical Garden,
3450 Dairy Creek Rd, San Luis Obispo.
Kids and parents will celebrate the
outdoors in this hands-on nature crafts
workshop. Cost: $5. Contact: 541-1400
x 304.
SAT APR 5-SUN APR 6 (times vary):
THE CRUCIBLE at Alex and Faye Spanos
Theatre, 1 Grand Ave, SLO. The Civic
Ballet of SLO presents a new ballet
inspired by Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.
Cost: $18-30. Contact: pacslo.org or
464-7110.
SUN APR 6 3:00 pm: SLO COUNTY
BAND SPRING CONCERT at First United
Methodist Church, 275 N. Halcyon Ave,
Arroyo Grande. This performance will
celebrate the 140th year of service to
the community. Cost: $10. Contact:
slocountyband.org or 234-6012.
THU APR 10-SAT APR 12 7:00 pm: THE
FOX ON THE FAIRWAY at Morro Bay
High School Cafeteria, 235 Atascadero
Rd. MBHS Pirate Players present a
hilarious farce by Ken Ludwig featuring
golf rivalry, romance, and fashion. Two
rival country clubs, Quail Valley and
Crouching Squirrel, compete to win a
golf tournament. Quail Valley seems
doomed to fail before they discover
the golf talents of new assistant Justin
Hicks. But when Justin’s personal life
interferes with his golf game, all bets
are off! Cost: $7-8. Contact: 771-1845.
SAT APR 12 9:00 am-2:00pm: BOOK
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SALE at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades
Ave. Buck-a-bag begins at 1:00 pm.
Funds raised support the library. Cost:
free. Contact: 528-1862.
SAT APR 12 10:00 am-3:00 pm:
CHILDREN’S DAY IN THE PLAZA in
Mission Plaza, 989 Chorro St, SLO.
Enjoy the 36th Annual day dedicated to
making SLO kids happy with hands-on
activities, rides, games, face painting,
petting farm, carnival, food, music &
more! Cost: free. Contact:782-7280.
SAT APR 12 at 8:00 pm: HULA SHOW
at Spanos Theatre, 1 Grand Ave, San
Luis Obispo. Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu
will perform, featuring their trademark
hula mua or “hula that evolves” style.
Cost: $38.40-47. Contact: calpolyarts.
org or 756-4849.
SAT APR 12-SUN APR 27 (times vary):
YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE
BROWN at Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks
Ave, Arroyo Grande. In this charming
revised version of the original musical,
a day in the life of Charlie Brown is
made up of big and small moments—
from Valentine’s to the baseball
season, from wild optimism to utter
despair—all shared with his friends,
both human and canine. From bright
uncertain morning to hopeful starlit
evening, all the familiar characters
are there: Lucy, Schroeder, Sally, the
indomitable Snoopy, and Linus with
his blanket. Kelrik presents this family
musical as a pleasure for all ages. Cost:
$20-30. Contact: clarkcenter.org or
489-9444.
SAT APR 19 2:00 pm: SATURDAY
AFTERNOON MOVIE at Los Osos
Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Enjoy a
film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “Willie
Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”
This event includes popcorn courtesy
of Friends of the Los Osos Library. Cost:
free. Contact: 528-1862.
SUN APR 21 11:00 am-4:00 pm: FAMILY
KITE FESTIVAL at Rotary Centennial
Park, 2625 S. College Dr, Santa
Maria. Santa Maria Valley Discovery
Museum’s annual event will be on
two fields. Field 1 will be the site of
all interaction with kites. Field 2 will
feature award-winning champions
from around the world, demonstrating
Kite Ballet, Kite Precision, and Kite
Freestyling. The festival is open to
amateurs and professionals off all
ages. Bring your own kite or buy one
at the festival. Refreshments available
to purchase. Cost: free. Contact:
smvdiscoverymuseum.org or 928-8414.
FRI APR 25 at 8:00 pm: CAL POLY
FESTIVAL SHOWCASE: THE BANDS
at Cohen Center, PAC, 1 Grand Ave,
San Luis Obispo.. Cost: $9-14. Contact:
music.calpoly.edu or 756-2406.
SAT APR 26 5:00-8:00 pm: GIRLS NIGHT
OUT at the Abel Maldonado Youth
Center, 600 S McClelland St, Santa
Maria. This City of Santa Maria event
featuring snacks, spa treatments,
crafts, a ‘chick flick’ movie marathon,
and door prizes. Cost: free. Contact:
cityofsantamaria.org or 925-0951 x 252.
SUN APR 27 10:00 am-5:00 pm:
EARTH DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL at SLO
Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Rd,
San Luis Obispo. The largest annual
environmental event in SLO County will
showcase the eco friendly and include
a Music Festival! Cost: free. Contact:
541-1400.
SUN APR 27 at 2:30 pm: CAL POLY
ALL-STATE FESTIVAL CONCERT at
PAC, 1 Grand Ave, SLO. Cal Poly Music
Department sponsors this family-
friendly concert. Cost: $9-14. Contact:
music.calpoly.edu or 756-2406
FRI MAY 2 10:00-11:00 am: PETER &
THE WOLF Ballet at Clark Center, 487
Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande. Ballet
Theatre San Luis Obispo’s Youth
Outreach Performance of the classic
and beloved children’s story will appeal
to all ages. Cost: $10. Contact: 440-1439.
SAT MAY 3 at 8:00 pm: SLO SYMPHONY
CLASSICS at PAC, 1 Grand Ave, SLO.
Jennifer Frautschi will perform on
violin. Cost: $20-75. Contact: http://
slosymphony.com or 543-3533.
SUN MAY 4 12:00-4:00 pm: WALK FOR
AUTISM at Mission Plaza, 751 Palm
St, SLO. The WALK for Autism and
Awareness Fair is 12-4, with the actual
WALK at 2:30. Be sure to get there early
to check-in and get your WALK shirts
(quantities are limited). Register for
the WALK as an individual fundraiser, as
a family, or as a team. The Plaza will be
filled with the Autism Awareness Fair,
including music, food and festivities for
the whole family. Cost: free. Contact:
763-1100.
SAT APR 12 11:00 am-3:00 pm: KIDS DAY
at Nipomo Community Park, Pomeroy
Rd & W Tefft. Activities include an
egg hunt, BBQ, bounce houses, cake
walk, carnival games, pony rides, and
entertainment. Cost: free. Contact:
nipomorecreation.org or 929-5437.
THU APR 17: 6:00-8:30 pm: BUNNY
TRAIL DOWNTOWN at the SLO
Farmers Market. Join the eggs-
citement as E. Bunny invites all children
to “Hop Along the Bunny Trail,” visiting
businesses collecting candy and treats.
Meet at the corner of Chorro and
Higuera at 5:30 pm to receive a free
map of participating shops and a bag
for treats. Watch for E. Bunny! Cost:
free. Contact: downtownslo.com or
541-0286.
SAT APR 19 at 10:00 am: FAMILY EGG
HUNT & CARNIVAL at Elm Street
Park, 1221 Ash St, Arroyo Grande. Free
activities include egg hunts for all ages,
sack races, and a raw egg toss contest.
Other paid activities include a carnival,
hot dog barbecue, and a bounce castle.
Bring a basket! Cost: varies. Contact:
473-5474.
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SAT APR 19 10:00 am-12:00 pm: EASTER
EGG HUNT at South Bay Community
Center, 2180 Palisades Ave, Los Osos.
Bay-Osos Kiwanis Club annual Easter
event is on the lawn next to the
Community Center. It begins with
contests for the best home decorated
egg or best costume. 10:30 am: Los
Osos library story time on the lawn.
11:00 am: egg hunt for ages 2 to 7. Enjoy
bounce houses, a 4-H petting zoo, the
balloon guy, and face painting! After
the hunt will be a hot dog lunch! Cost:
free. Contact: 528-0100.
SAT APR 19 10:00 am-12:00 pm:
FAMILY FUN EASTER EGG HUNT at
Mountainbrook Community Church,
1775 Calle Joaquin, SLO. Cost: free.
Contact: 543-3162.
SAT APR 19 10:00 am-1:00 pm: EASTER
EGGSTRAVAGANZA at Dinosaur Caves
Park, 2701 Price Rd, Pismo Beach. In
addition to the eggs-citing egg hunt,
participants can enjoy games, bounce
houses, face painting, a balloon artist,
and much more! Bring your own
basket or bag. Cost: free. Contact:
pismochamber.com or 773-7063.
SAT APR 19 10:00 am-3:00 pm: EASTER
EGG HUNT & DOG PARADE at Hardie
Park, 3rd St, Cayucos. Dress up your
favorite pooch in their best Easter
Bonnet and outfit for a parade! Prizes
are awarded for Best Costume, Best
Behaved, Best Bonnet and many more.
Plus an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids
and they can meet the Easter Bunny.
Sponsored by the Cayucos Lioness
Club. Cost: free. Contact: 235-2289.
SAT APR 19 11:00 am: EASTER EGG HUNT
at Historic Jack House and Gardens,
536 Marsh St, SLO. Join the Easter
Bunny for an exciting free adventure
searching for prize-filled eggs in the
gardens. Ages 0-7. Cost: free. Contact:
781-7300.
SAT APR 19 11:00 am-2:00 pm: The
EASTER BUNNY will be in City Park
Holiday House at 12th & Spring St,
in Paso Robles. Hop to it – start at
the gazebo and follow the Easter
Bunny’s tracks – find him and he’ll
give you candy! He’ll be in and out of
downtown shops leaving his Easter
Bunny tracks for you to follow. Bring
your camera; you can also take your
picture with him. Cost: free. Contact:
pasoroblesdowntown.org or 238-4103.
SUN APR 20 9:00 am: EASTER EGG
HUNT at Shamel Park, 5455 Windsor
Blvd, Cambria. Meet the Easter Bunny.
Balloons & prizes for kids 8 yrs and
under. Special egg hunt for kids 2
yrs and under. Cost: free. Contact:
cambriachamber.org.
SUN APR 20 10:00 am-12:00 pm: EGG
COLORING & EASTER EGG HUNT
PARTY at SLO Creek Farms, 6455
Monte Rd, San Luis Obispo. Bring your
own basket to collect eggs. Egg hunt
for ages 12 and under. Face Painting,
contests, and photos with the Easter
Bunny! Cost: $3 for coloring, $5 ages
3-12 hunting, free under age 3. Contact:
slocreekfarms.com or (702) 245-3135.
Every SAT FEB 1-APR 5 10:00 am-3:30
pm: Free Tax Preparation Assistance at
Paso Robles City Library, 1000 Spring St.
Starting MON JAN 13: Call the library to
schedule an appointment. Seniors and
low-to-moderate-income residents are
offered free one-hour appointments
with AARP representatives. At the
Reference Desk, the Library will also
assist citizens looking for tax forms.
Contact: 237-3870 or www.prcity.com/
library.
Last FRI every month at 6:00 pm:
Family Fun Night at Unity Church, 1165
Stubblefield St, Orcutt. Contact: 937-
3025.
Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & SAT
11:00 am-5:00 pm: Exploration Station’s
Interactive Science Center welcomes
families at 867 Ramona Ave, Grover
Beach. Cost: $2 kids, $3 adults. Contact:
473-1421 or http://explorationstation.
org.
2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00 pm:
Grief Support Group at Central Coast
Hospice, 253 Granada Dr, Ste D, San Luis
Obispo. This free group is for anyone
suffering the loss of a loved one who is
in need of support. Contact: 540-6020.
2nd SAT of every month FEB-NOV
at 9:00 am: Santa Maria Recreation
and Parks Dept offers free docent-led
nature walks in Los Flores Ranch, 6271
Dominion Rd, Santa Maria. Contact:
925-0951 x 263.
2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00 pm:
Caregiver Support Group at Cayucos
Community Church, Ocean Ave & S
3rd St. Free support for caregivers
and family members dealing with long-
term illness, memory loss, dementia,
and Alzheimer’s. Contact: 458-7484.
Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Remain
Independent Despite Vision Loss at
Santa Maria Terrace, 1405 E Main St.
New ways of doing daily tasks are
taught by the Braille Institute, such as
managing the home, traveling, and use
of talking library books. Contact: 462-
1225.
2nd & 4th MON every month at 6:30 pm:
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet
at Pacific Christian Church, 3435 Santa
Maria Way, Santa Maria. Childcare is
provided. Contact: 934-3491 or www.
pacificchristian.net.
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.
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: 544-2266
or www.hospiceslo.org.
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 Women’s
Community Center, 1124 Nipomo St,
#D in SLO. Practical tips, pointers, and
suggestions for handling family law
issues. $10.00 donation requested for
handout materials and book. Contact:
544-9313 to register.
4th TUE every month at 5:30 pm: Legal
Clinic for Self-Represented Litigants at
the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse
Law Library, 1050 Monterey St in SLO,
#125. SLO County Bar Assn Family Law
Section & Women’s Community Center
provide one-on-one legal advice for
persons filing divorces w/o an attorney,
and a document preparer to assist in
completing court-required forms. Min.
$40.00 donation. Limit: 12 participants.
Contact: 544-9313.
RISE (formerly Sexual Assault Recovery
and Prevention Center of San Luis
Obispo County) offers: Weekly 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 Women’s Empowerment and Self
Defense Workshops. Contact: 545-
8888 or www.sarpcenter.org.
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
PET OF THE MONTH
Available for Immediate Adoption!
875 Oklahoma Ave
San Luis Obispo
(805) 543-9316
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5-year-old Brown & White Med Hair Tabby Female
Spayed, Vaccinated, Microchipped, Litter Box Trained
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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-Jack’s Helping Hand at Central
Coast Gymnastics, 21 Zaca Lane, #100,
San Luis Obispo. Traditional and
adaptive toys for children with all
types of disabilities to check out. In-
home appointments available. Cost:
Free! Contact: 547-1914 or www.
jackshelpinghand.org.
Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI 4:00-7:00
pm: Jacks’ Adaptive Toy Lending Library
- Jack’s Helping Hand at Pat’s 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 www.jackshelpinghand.org.
Every FRI at 7:00 pm: Senior Ballroom
Dancing at Madonna Inn. If you are
a senior (single or attached) and like
ballroom dancing, this is the place!
Look left of the bandstand for a table
sign Senior Dancers. Dance, chat and
listen to good music. No fees; no dues;
just fun! Contact: 489-5481 or dg17@
juno.com.
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.sloliteracy.org.
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 offi cial
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.
Every WED 11:00 am-12:00 pm: Growing
With Baby, an infant feeding offi ce
for breastfeeding mothers and their
babies (0-10 mos), offers a free class on
feeding, crying, and sleep at 1230 Marsh
St, San Luis Obispo. Pediatric nurse
practioner and lactation consultant
Andrea Herron will answer questions.
Dads are always welcome! Call to
reserve a spot. Contact: 543-6988.
Morro Bay Museum of Natural History
offers Adventures With Nature & Mind
Walks. Find the schedule at: www.
ccnha.org/naturewalks.html.
Central Coast Commission for Senior
Citizens offers many free services:
Senior Connection - connecting callers
with local resources; HICAP (Health
Insurance Counseling and Advocacy
Program) one on one assistance for
Medicare beneficiaries, advise and
referrals for long term care options,
and help with billing / appeals; Vial
of Life magnetized containers with
medical information; a Senior Resource
Directory for SLO and SB counties, and
much more. Contact: 925-9554 or
www.centralcoastseniors.org.
Hospice of San Luis Obispo County
provides free grief counseling, group
support, counseling, crisis intervention,
and wellness education to those 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. Offi ces in San Luis Obispo
and Paso Robles. Contact: 544-2266.
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 volunteer@sloma.org.
San Luis Obispo Senior Center offers
health screening, legal services, meals,
exercise, bridge, and bingo at 1445
Santa Rosa St. Contact: 781-7306.
Central Coast Astronomical 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.central coastastronomy.org.
Contact: Aurora Lipper at aurora@
centralcoastastronomy.org.
San Luis Coastal Adult School’s Parent
Participation Program offers Core
Parenting and Enrichment classes in
SLO, Morro Bay, and Los Osos. Bring
your child to a parent and child activity
class, or find support and education just
for parents. Cost: $74/10 wks. Contact:
549-1222 or http://parentparticipation.
org.
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If you have taken your family to
Yosemite, you already know how
magnifcent this original National
Park is. If you haven’t been yet
or it has been a while, it is time
to start planning! Yosemite is not
just a natural wonder, but a shrine
to human foresight, the strength
of granite, the power of glaciers,
the persistence of life, and the
tranquility of the High Sierra.
First protected in 1864, Yosemite
National Park is best known for
its waterfalls, but within its nearly
1,200 square miles, you can fnd
deep valleys, grand meadows,
ancient giant sequoias, a vast
wilderness area, and much more.
Yosemite has inspired generations
of people for thousands of years.
On June 30, 1864, Congress
enacted the Yosemite Grant Act,
establishing Yosemite Valley as
the frst protected wild land for
all time. This grant marked the
frst California State Park. Early
conservationist John Muir’s
persuasive words to President
Roosevelt and state authorities
led to combining Yosemite
Valley and Mariposa Grove with
Yosemite National Park in 1906.
When you are planning a trip to
Yosemite, frst decide when to visit
(ach season has its advantages),
then decide where you’ll spend
the night(s) so you can make
lodging or camping reservations.
Then, you can gather the family to
decide what to do in Yosemite.
No matter when you plan your
trip, you should consider staying
in Oakhurst; the gateway to
Yosemite National Park. Find
a great visitor’s guide at www.
yosemitethisyear.com/visitors-
guide. Lodging is usually less
expensive than the park options,
and Oakhurst is a wonderful town
for families. We enjoyed our
stay at America’s Best Value Inn
Yosemite South Gate at 48800
Royal Oaks Drive in Oakhurst.
This very convenient hotel ofers
a great family value, with clean
spacious rooms, free continental
breakfast, in-room Wi-Fi, and a
seasonal outdoor pool. All guest
rooms include microwaves, mini-
fridges, cofeemakers, and cable
TV channels with HBO. Our
two-room family suite included
comfortable beds, two large fat-
screen TVs, and a spacious shared
bathroom with jetted tub.
America’s Best Value Inn Kids
Stay Free Policy (11 and under in
parents’ room) helps families stay
within their vacation budget. Pets
are welcome (with reasonable
restrictions and a small charge).
Hotel staf was friendly and
responsive, the breakfast bar
was extensive, and rooms were
quiet. The hotel is centrally
located less than 1 mile from
Oakhurst Community Park, Purple
Cow Mall, the giant Sequoias in
Nelder Grove, and only a minute
from Golden Chain Highway 49.
Find more information at www.
americasbestvalueinn.com/bestv.
cfm?idp=906 or (866) 460-7440.
Yosemite park has something
for everyone, including art
and photography, car touring,
backpacking, day hikes, biking,
birdwatching, fshing, horseback
riding, picnicking, ranger
programs, rock climbing, water
activities, ziplining, and winter
sports.
Children can become a Yosemite
Junior Ranger (ages 7-13) or
Little Cub (ages 3-6)! Learn
more about Junior Rangers at
www. nps. gov/ yose/ f or ki ds/
beajuniorranger.htm. Consider
visiting the Nature Center at
Happy Isles (summer only) or the
Yosemite Valley Visitor Center
for interactive exhibits. Find an
online schedule of interpretive
programs, including special Junior
Ranger programs, in the Yosemite
Guide newspaper, as well as
information about trip planning,
activities, scheduled events, and
hours of operations for diferent
facilities and services. The Guide
(published several times per year)
can be found at: www.nps.gov/
yose/planyourvisit/guide.htm.
The Yosemite app (for iOS and
Android) also contains current
information, an interactive map,
and more.
Whatever you do, don’t miss the
Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine
Railroad! Located just 4 miles
from the South entrance to
Yosemite Park at 56001 Hwy 41
in Fish Camp, the steam train ride
is a one-hour narrated excursion
through the beautiful Sierra
National Forest. A brief stopover
in Lewis Creek Canyon gives riders
a chance to see the locomotive
up close, or explore the outdoors
before the return trip.
Yosemite
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The train is open to people of all
ages, and dogs ride free! Riders
travel along the historic right-
of-way of the Madera Sugar
Pine Railroad, where mighty
lumberjacks felled timber and
fumes carried the lumber to the
town of Madera. The conductor
tells the fascinating history of the
line, the trees, and the wildlife
native to the area.
Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine
Railroad also ofers gold panning!
Kids can dip their hands into
history and relive the excitement
of the California Gold Rush when
they pan for gold in authentic
sluice boxes. The adjacent
Thornberry Museum allows a
glance of logging camp life at the
turn of the century. The station
sells cold drinks, sandwiches, hot
dogs, and snacks and has a gift
and book shop. To buy train ride
tickets or learn more, go to: http://
ymsprr.com.
California State Parks and the
National Park Service is honoring
the 150th anniversary of Yosemite
through events, programs and
ofcial merchandise found
throughout the communities
surrounding the park. Learn
more about the commemoration
at: www.150.parks.ca.gov.
To get the kids excited about
your trip, Yosemite webcams
ofer images of El Capitan, Half
Dome, the High Sierra and
Yosemite Falls. The falls stream
live, while the others upload
every 30 seconds. Got to: www.
yos emi t econs er vancy. or g/
webcams-videos. Celebrate the
park’s anniversary by getting out!

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